Texas Hold ’em poker solved by computer

first_imgCard sharks, beware. A new program cannot be beaten at a variety of poker called heads-up limit Texas Hold ’em—at least in a human lifetime—a team of computer scientists reports. Researchers had previously developed unbeatable algorithms for other games such as checkers, but the new work marks the first time scientists have found such an algorithm for—or “solved”—a complex game in which some information about the state of the game (i.e., the cards in his opponent’s hand) remains hidden from the player. The program has yielded insights that could help players improve their game, and the general approach may have real-world usefulness in security and health care applications.Because of the hidden information and the luck of the draw, the program won’t necessarily win every hand, explains computer scientist Michael Bowling of the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, who led the study. But on average the program is so good that a human would have no chance of ever edging ahead of it, even if the two played 60 million hands. So “for all purposes that anyone would ever care about, we’ve solved the game,” Bowling says.Some games are easier to solve than others. For example, in tic-tac-toe even a child can learn to force a draw every time. In contrast, it took computer scientists years and plenty of computing power to solve checkers. And either of those games is much simpler than poker for a number of reasons. In both tic-tac-toe and checkers, both players have full knowledge of the state of the game at every turn. In poker, players cannot see each other’s cards. And unlike tic-tac-toe and checkers, poker involves luck, betting, and bluffing, factors that make it impossible to find a strategy that guarantees a win or a draw on every hand.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)In fact, poker is so complicated that Bowling and colleagues decided to study only a relatively specialized version called heads-up limit Texas Hold ’em. In it, only two players compete and the size of bets is limited. To begin, each player places a bet and is dealt two cards. Three cards—the flop—are then laid face-up in the middle of the table. Then two more cards are played face-up on the table. Each player then tries to make the best five-card hand—say, three of a kind—from his own cards and those on the table. After each round of cards, a player can check, bet, match his opponent’s bet, raise that bet, or fold. During each round of betting, a player must at least match his opponent’s bet to stay in the game. In the end, if no one folds, the better hand wins the pot.The researchers developed their strategy by pitting the computer against itself in a series of training rounds. After playing itself, the computer examined its moves to see if making different choices would have improved its result. It then calculated its “regret” for not doing so—a mathematical measure of how much it lost because of its imperfect move. As the computer “practiced” against itself, it improved its strategies, and its regrets gradually diminished. In a solved game, those regrets would be zero because each move would be perfect. After training their algorithm, the computer’s regrets were so close to zero that the game couldn’t be beaten in a human lifetime, the researchers report online today in Science.In this way the computer calculated a vast table of strategies for each possible action in a game. For every hand, the computer can look up whether it should fold or bet. Given the same hand, the program will not always take the same action, but instead will bet a certain fraction of the time and fold a certain fraction of the time. The program can even bluff—given a weak hand, the program will usually fold, but occasionally bet. Bluffing, it turns out, has a mathematical basis and can be optimized just as other actions can.Technically, the not-quite-zero value of the regret function the researchers achieved means that the game hasn’t been exactly solved and that an even better program could be found. But the strategy is so good that it’s essentially pointless to keep looking for a better algorithm, says computer scientist Murray Campbell of IBM’s  Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York, who did not work on the program. In poker, “you can never get the exact, perfect solution, but you can get so close that nobody could ever tell the difference.”Phil Laak, a professional poker player based in Los Angeles, California, who has played against an earlier program from Bowling’s group, says that programs like this one are useful tools for professionals. Such programs, he says, can only improve the game and not, as some might worry, take the joy out of it. “Poker somehow grabs the imagination, and it has a romance attached to it that I think will forever exist,” he said.In fact, the program may already be providing insights into the game. The program plays a larger range of hands than professional players do, making bets with weak hands that professional players tend to fold. It has also confirmed the conventional wisdom that the dealer in each round holds an advantage. But although the new strategy can never lose, it may not maximize winnings in all situations. When playing a weak player, the strategy will be too conservative to rake in the biggest possible winnings.Although the study of poker may seem like just fun and games, advances in game theory can have real-world applications in areas such as airport security, coast guard patrols, and health care, in which people must make decisions using the limited information available to them. “I think this is an exciting step that this paper makes, and I think it’s part of a broader development” in such algorithms, says Vincent Conitzer, a computer scientist at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. “More and more we’re able to apply them directly to real-life games, whether they be poker or these kinds of strategic situations that come up in security.”last_img read more

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Batang Pier eye Amer, Newsome for Romeo

first_imgRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTerrence Romeo, for so long the face of the GlobalPort franchise in the PBA, is on the trading block, with Meralco showing keen interest in pursuing the national team point guard who earned a special place in the league’s record books after another sterling season.The Inquirer learned from a highly unimpeachable source that Romeo had asked to be traded during the last Commissioner’s Cup, and that GlobalPort management had opened initial talks with counterparts from Meralco.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Both parties, though, have yet to strike a deal with GlobalPort reportedly asking for Baser Amer and Chris Newsome, a candidate for Most Improved Player last season and the 2016 Rookie of the Year, respectively.The duo is practically the soul of the Bolts’ backcourt.Coach Norman Black reportedly doesn’t want to part with Newsome, his player in several champion Ateneo squads in the UAAP and one of his best defensive men together with the veteran Jared Dillinger.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Inquirer tried to get the comment of Meralco officials to no avail at press time.Romeo joined all-time greats Ricky Brown and Bogs Adornado as the only players in league history to average more than 20 points in their first four seasons, with the former Far Eastern ace in the UAAP having a 20.3 average. Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Amer, meanwhile, showed remarkable improvement in transitioning to the point guard spot last season and will be coming off the best year of his young career, averaging close to 12 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists a contest.A different source also bared that TNT KaTropa initially sought Romeo but wasn’t willing to let go of former No. 1 Draft pick Moala Tautuaa, a 6-foot-7 power forward whom the Texters are still waiting to blossom into a true force underneath.That transaction was brought to the table at the end of the Commissioner’s Cup, but TNT immediately shot down the proposal, wanting to let go of small men only. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View comments LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brown finished an eight-year career with a 23.1 clip, while Adornado, who played 12 seasons, had a 20.4 average.During the last Philippine Cup, Romeo poured in 28.2 points a night, the highest scoring average in the last 25 seasons, according to chief statistician Fidel Mangonon III.Romeo, whose wish to be traded reportedly stems from his desire to play for a championship-caliber team, also led all locals in scoring in six of the last eight conferences.GlobalPort’s best finish has been a Final Four exit in the Philippine Cup two seasons ago.One of the architects of that batch, Pido Jarencio, is back calling the shots for the Batang Pier starting the 43rd season that opens on Dec. 17.Romeo earned a third straight scoring title in the past season after norming 23.3 points a contest that went with an impressive 5.5 assists and 3.7 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT PSL denies Iriga appeal on Soltones banlast_img read more

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Magnolia ends PBA title drought, closes out Alaska in Game 6

first_imgCelebration. | @BLozadaINQ #PBA2018 pic.twitter.com/vqGiYsTwuV— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) December 19, 2018“Our preparations started in the past four days and I saw that the players really wanted this game, they want the championship,” said Victolero. “Their focus in practice really showed that they really prepared for this game.”“I saw in the first two, three minutes that my players had the desire and we were able to sustain our start.”ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Magnolia turned what was deemed a dogfight kind of Game 6 into a rout and a much-awaited championship celebration Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The Hotshots had a blistering start to the game going on a 12-0 opening barrage that turned into a 32-18 trench after Travis’ jumper with a couple of seconds left in the first quarter.The thrill. | @BLozadaINQ #PBA2018Read: https://t.co/tMAmq67TNipic.twitter.com/S991sJ4fll— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) December 19, 2018Ian Sangalang and Paul Lee had 16 points apiece for the Hotshots while Finals MVP Mark Barroca added 13 points, five rebounds, and four assists.Mike Harris’ heroics of 26 points and 24 rebounds weren’t enough for the Aces as they dropped to a 0-5 Finals record in the Alex Compton era.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES ONE: Joshua Pacio gets new opponent for first strawweight defense Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? View commentscenter_img Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening The Hotshots finally ended their title drought after a wire-to-wire 102-86 win over the Alaska Aces in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals for the franchise’s first crown since pulling off a Grand Slam in 2014.Romeo Travis, the runner-up for Best Import of the conference, had the hot hand to finish with a game-high 32 points that went with 16 rebounds and six assists while Paul Lee, the Best Player of the Conference, added 16 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefMagnolia held its fort for most of the fight maintaining a lead that hovered in the 12 to 15-point region but the Aces showed their persistence with Simon Enciso cutting the deficit to 10, 96-86, with a layup with 1:10 left in the game.Jio Jalalon had a quick answer driving to the hoop to score on a floater to give the Hotshots a dozen-point lead, 98-86, with 50.5 seconds remaining.last_img read more

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Sports Wrap: BCCI names new selection committee, Kohli charged up ahead of bumper home season and more

first_imgBCCI names MSK Prasad to lead five-member selection committeeMSK Prasad was promoted to chief selector while Gagan Khoda was re-appointed in the national selection committee. Sarandeep Singh, Jatin Paranjpe and Debang Gandhi have been named for the first time.Career-defining season for Indian cricketers: Kohli Virat Kohli said the bumper Test season at home was an opportunity for India to lay the foundation in the traditional format.Lokesh Rahul reveals Team India’s most aggressive PlayStation player The team sometimes engages in intense sessions over the PlayStation while on tour and you wouldn’t believe who is the most aggressive player.India have not asked for rank turners, confirms Kumble Anil Kumble said that the focus for the long home season ahead will be on cricket irrespective of the conditions.Fabregas gives Chelsea win at Leicester, Norwich beat Everton in League CupChelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas scored twice in extra time as they fought back from two goals down to knock Premier League champions Leicester City out of the League Cup 4-2.last_img read more

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Coolpad Cool 3 with waterdrop notch display launched for Rs 5,999

first_imgAfter a long while, Coolpad has launched its latest contender in the entry-level smartphone space under Rs 7,000. The handset is called the Cool 3 and is priced at Rs 5,999. The smartphone offers a modern waterdrop notched display design and a glossy rear panel. This makes it the first smartphone under Rs 7,000 to offer a modern waterdrop notched display.The Coolpad Cool 3 with its price of Rs 5,999 sits opposite the Xiaomi Redmi 6A. For the price, the smartphone offers a modern 5.7-inch HD+ display with a small waterdrop notch on top. The rear of the device is made of a glossy plastic panel that resembles premium glass-bodied smartphones. There’s also a capacitive fingerprint sensor located at the rear of the device. Not many phones at Rs 5,999 offer a fingerprint sensor as standard.Inside, the Cool 3 is powered by a Unisoc quad-core 1.3GHz processor along with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage. Users can expand storage up to 128GB via microSD card. The Cool 3 runs on Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box. The phone also supports a face unlock system, which is powered by the selfie camera sitting in the waterdrop notch.As for the cameras, the Coolpad cool 3 sports an 8-megapixel + 0.3-megapixel dual camera setup aligned vertically. The front camera uses a 5-megapixel camera for selfies. The smartphone is kept alive by a 3000mAh battery.The Coolpad Cool 3 will be available in various colour variants such as Midnight Blue, Ruby Black, Ocean Indigo, and Teal Green colour options.last_img read more

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Crocs, Rocks and Tropical Storms

first_imgMany of us have experienced adventure on our way to a Touch Football tournament…a flat tyre while taking that “shortcut” your mates suggested was a good idea…the after-effects of a dodgy chiko roll at a late night roadhouse…or having your luggage end up on the other side of the country. Next time you face a hurdle or two in getting to your next game, spare a thought for the Ramingining team that competed at the recent Northern Territory Touch Football Titles. For those that don’t know, Ramingining is about 530km east of Darwin in East Arnhem Land, and if you want to drive to the NT capital, the best you’ll do is seven or eight hours dodging potholes all the way to the city. Two teachers from the Ramingining School – Cam Adams and Joseph Smith – came up with the idea to get a team together from the Indigenous community, and prepare them to compete at the NT Titles.  The fact none of the boys had ever played the game before (except Cam, a former Barbarians, WA and Cook Islands representative player) did nothing to curb the enthusiasm that Cam and Joseph had for the task of competing. The plan eventually went before another teacher – Geoff Guymer – who helped draft a letter to the East Arnhem Shire and the office of Malindirri McCarthy (MP for Arnhem Land).  The Shire granted support, while Ms McCarthy contributed some of her own money to help the team.  The NT Touch budget also assisted, and from there, Cam, Joseph and the team never looked back. Ever had trouble getting players committed to training?  It wasn’t a problem with these boys, so long as they had a way to get there for the daily 4pm sessions. “Joseph and I literally had to drive around the community in our cars to pick up the boys for training”, said Cam. “A lot of people get used to having an oval to train on – you know – a flat surface, good grass cover.  For us, it was just an open space – the surface wasn’t level, and we had anthills, potholes and tree stumps to watch out for.” Training didn’t always go well, as Smith explains. “We had a public holiday the other week (in late April).  The shop was shut, so it meant most of the boys hadn’t had their usual sugar fix, so they were flat and didn’t have much energy for training.” No doubt plenty of coaches would love the commitment to attend training that this team shared.  Tribal law isn’t what it once was, but missing “ceremony”, which often meant a funeral with associated dance, is still very much an issue to the elders. “We were really impressed with the commitment of the boys to their training.  Missing ceremony in the old days meant a spear through the leg!  These days, the elders yell at them, but it’s punishment they were prepared to wear for the good of the team”, said Smith. Now think back to that “horror” trip you might have done to get to a Touch Football event, and spare a thought for the Ramingining boys, who at the start, had a pretty straight forward plan to take the bumpy road into Darwin for their first taste of Touch Football competition. “We got word about a week out that the road from Ramingining to Maningrida was impassable because of flooding, so it meant a change of plans – drive 40km, then a boat across a river – followed by a further 60km by road into Maningrida”, said Adams. “Joseph got his boat sorted – a small tinnie with a 30 horsepower motor on the back.  We loaded up all the boys & luggage, and had to move fast with a tropical storm coming in.  We hit a mud flat and had to lift the engine with everyone out to drag the boat to deeper water.  Getting wet wasn’t the problem – but we all know there are plenty of big crocs in the river!” The team eventually got across the river…and without anyone getting taken by one of the local crocodiles.  But with no car meeting them on the other side, and Smith having little luck using the local language to get help, it was looking like they might not get to their flight. Help eventually arrived, and for most of the boys, it was a nervous first flying experience.  They didn’t know much about taking to the air, but knew a plane had crashed in the Territory only a few weeks earlier. The Ramingining Men’s Open enjoyed fine dining at 30,000 feet – snacking on sandwiches and dipping biscuits in orange juice!!  And they touched down in Darwin at 6:10m….plenty of time for their first match at 6:50pm. Heading into that first game, only Cam Adams had been on a touch field before.  By the end of the weekend, the Ramingining boys had had a great time – the highlight a seven-all draw with Alice Springs. “The boys thought that was the grand final….in fact I think they still think they’ve won”, said Adams. Cam Adams was not only impressed with the commitment of the team to the game, but also how quickly the community had come to accept him since his move from Western Australia last year. “It usually takes a long time to get the trust of the community.  The fact as a new teacher I was trusted to get the boys onto this trip meant a lot to me”, said Adams. Kings of the NT Titles…Kings of Ramingining….at least for one weekend!  And they’re already planning to do it all again next year….with the help of a bigger boat.Story taken from the Northern Territory Website.last_img read more

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RCB can still qualify for IPL 2019 playoffs: Chahal hopeful despite Mumbai defeat

first_img scorecard India Today Web Desk MumbaiApril 16, 2019UPDATED: April 16, 2019 11:00 IST Royal Challengers Bangalore are rooted to the bottom of IPL 2019 points table with seven defeats in eight games ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSRCB lost their seventh match of IPL 2019 in Mumbai against MI on MondayRCB need to win all their remaining matches in IPL 2019 to stand a chance of qualifying for the playoffsLast year a team had qualified with 14 points, so still, we are in the game: ChahalRoyal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal on Monday refused to rule out their chances of reaching the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 playoffs despite losing a must-win match against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium.Virat Kohli-led RCB are rooted to the bottom of IPL 2019 points table having won only one of their first eight games of the season. The Bengaluru-based team face need to win all their remaining matches (six) if they are to stand an outside chance of qualifying for the playoffs.Only four times in the 11-year history of IPL have teams qualified for the playoffs (or the semi-finals) with 14 points after the league stages. Rajasthan Royals were the latest team to do so when they made the playoffs of IPL 2018 after winning seven matches in the group stages.RCB have 2 points from 8 matches in IPL 2019 and will reach 14 only if they win all their matches from hereon. On Monday, RCB suffered a five-wicket defeat to Mumbai Indians despite AB de Villiers and Moeen Ali smashing quickfire half-centuries.RCB’s bowling attack was found wanting once again as Mumbai gunned down a 172-run target with an over to spare. Leg-spinner Chahal was the lone bright spot in RCB’s bowling performance as he finished with figures of 2 for 27.”If we win the next six games we can qualify. Last year a team had qualified with 14 points, so still, we are in the game. You never know what will happen next,” Chahal said in Mumbai. IPL 2019 points table (After MI vs RCB on April 15)Chahal also lauded Hardik Pandya’s performance in MI’s five-wicket in. The India all-rounder held his nerves under pressure and smashed 22 runs in the 19th over of the chase bowled by left-arm spinner Pawan Negi.advertisement”The pitch was offering turn and it wasn’t easy to score against the spinners. We bowled well till the 18th over barring a couple of bad overs in the Powerplay and still there were two overs and 24 runs (22) left. We had a chance on this track but Hardik did well,” Chahal added.Excited about my maiden World Cup appearance: ChahalMeanwhile, Chahal also said he is looking forward to representing India in his maiden World Cup appearance. The in-form leggie was named in India’s 15-man squad for the quadrennial event, starting May 30 in England and Wales.”It is my first World Cup, I’m very excited for that. Everyone wants to represent the country in the World Cup, so I’m excited,” Chahal said.Also Read | Scared to bowl against Hardik Pandya at the World Cup: Lasith MalingaAlso Read | RCB didn’t bowl well in the Powerplay: Hardik Pandya after MI winAlso See:For 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Mumbai IndiansFollow Royal Challengers BangaloreFollow IPL 2019Follow IPL 2019 points tableFollow Yuzvendra Chahal commentary advertisement view more view lesscenter_img graphs RCB can still qualify for IPL 2019 playoffs: Chahal hopeful despite Mumbai defeatRoyal Challengers Bangalore lost their seventh match of IPL 2019 in Mumbai on Monday. Virat Kohli’s men are languishing at the bottom of the points table with just one win from eight matches so far No data available!last_img read more

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BW Offshore Gets Breathing Space

first_imgzoom Global operator of floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) units BW Offshore Limited has received an approval for its long-term financial platform as it aims to secure future liquidity.The company has now received the required consents from all of its lending banks to implement the earlier announced financing plan which would contribute with more than USD 500 million in improved liquidity in the period throughout 2020 and “thereby give the company a significant runway until an expected market recovery.”“The consents are subject to customary conditions precedent, such as the entry into of appropriate documentation, corporate resolutions and the provision of legal opinions as well as the absence of any continuing event of default under the loan facilities,” BW Offshore said.Earlier in June, the company received approval for the required amendments to its bond loan agreements.“Except for customary conditions precedents with respect to the amendments to the bank and bond loans, the only outstanding condition for implementation of the plan is completion of the USD 100 million rights issue,” the FPSO operator said.The rights issue, which has been fully underwritten by existing shareholders and a bank syndicate, is expected to be completed in July 2016.BW Offshore has a fleet of 14 owned FPSOs and one FSO, and it operates additional two FPSOs.last_img read more

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Putting Health Care Back Into Hands of Nova Scotians Oped

first_img -30- In Nova Scotia, we are passionate about how our health care is delivered, accessed and managed. Yet, until recently, the fax machine has been the most common way for doctors to share information with each other, and patients still keep pieces of paper to keep track of important health information. In the meantime, text and email has become second nature in how we communicate with family and friends and online banking has become routine. It’s time to look at new ways of working in the health system too. We are ready to innovate and have taken that first step. We have introduced MyHealthNS, a secure online tool that connects doctors and patients. In doing that, we will increase access and convenience for patients, and put health care back into the hands of Nova Scotians. We are the first in Canada to offer this online tool provincewide. Right now, Nova Scotians can sign up at MyHealthNS.ca to keep track of personal health information like immunizations, blood pressure, medications and allergies. Feedback from patients is that this is an easy and convenient place to keep their health information organized, secure and accessible anytime from anywhere. Once you are registered online you will be ready for new features as they become available. The first major feature that will be available across Nova Scotia in early 2017 is eResults. This will allow family doctors registered with MyHealthNS to send their patients lab and diagnostic imaging results electronically. Patients who are also registered will be able to review the results online any time they need to, saving them a trip to the clinic to get the results. This will give people more control over their own health information and greater convenience overall. If the doctor feels that a test result is best shared in person, the clinic will call to ask the patient to come in for an appointment. The health information systems at the QEII Health Sciences Centre, the IWK Health Centre, and other hospitals in the Halifax, Eastern Shore and West Hants areas are now set up to provide electronic results on MyHealthNS. From young families with busy lives, to seniors who are now on the go more than ever, MyHealthNS is a convenient alternative to a doctor’s visit. It is simple and easy to use. Thirty-five doctors and more than 6000 patients took part in the three year evaluation. Patients say you don’t have to be tech savvy to manage your account. Doctors see the benefits as well. Those involved in the pilot said sharing test results electronically is valuable or extremely valuable to their patients. Ninety-eight per cent of the patients who took part said they wanted to keep receiving their results online. I am excited to see Nova Scotia taking the lead on e-health in this way, and I am pleased this will help Nova Scotians manage their own health care on their own time, and on their own terms. As we continue to roll the system out across the province, I encourage all Nova Scotians to register for this exciting new tool. You can do so by visiting http://myhealthns.calast_img read more

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Elections in hindsight

first_imgEvery election in India is unique and significant in the historical and evolutionary process of Indian democracy. Our democracy indicates its vibrancy, maturity and sobriety. Despite small drawbacks and inadequacies, 2019 electoral process went down very well. Conducting election in a country of 1.2 billion people, with extreme differences, disparities, and inequalities, is not an ordinary task. It cannot be compared with any country in the world. It is massive and managing the massiveness of the electoral processes and procedures is a great achievement. Also Read – A staunch allyThe political parties have displayed their full energy, enthusiasm, and efforts during electioneering by affirming faith in the constitutional electoral machinery in mobilising people for the political task of casting votes. In this process, voters have been apprised about the issues that are afflicting the country and solutions to be found out through the new regimes of different political fronts. Based on the perception, image, the knowledge they have gained and hope, people have given a dear mandate of the country’s governance to BJP. Also Read – Cuban pathosWhile voting, people give a collective message regarding their priority and preference in selecting the party to be in power. Political parties, both the victor and the vanquished, have to understand in perspective and act further. The intelligence of the political parties lies in understanding the exact mood of the people. BJP and Modi have projected that they stand for India’s pride, security, integrity, unity, and development. Further, BJP has given a signal that it looks at the whole scheme of development through Hindutwa framework. BJP has got a strong leader to do that job and there is no schism either in the party or on the front. On the other hand, the opposition parties joined only to submit a petition and remove Modi. They come together to bring allegations against Modi and not to act cohesively to combat his power. They have not joined together to project themselves as a force to govern the country with a common plan of action. Huge promises are present in the manifestoes of the Indian National Congress and opposition parties, not in BJP’s. Yet people gave priority to BJP and Modi even though rich promises are in the manifesto of the opposition parties. It is easy to comprehend that BJP and its leaders gave a notion to the people that they have credibility, they are united and highly disciplined to deliver what they promised. But the opposition parties criticised Modi and BJP and they criticised each other contemptuously. It gives a sense to the people that BJP and Modi always talk about the country, security, patriotism, and nationalism. The opposition groups have not touched such emotive and sensitive issues. They have given a feeling to the people that for the opposition, nation and national security are not priorities, the prime minister position is the sole aim and every party is interested in increasing their tally to increase their bargaining power during the government’s formation. So opposition parties are interested in strengthening their own position rather than evincing interest in the national issues. Every party in the opposition felt that people have suffered during demonetisation and GST and thereby, they would vote the opposition parties. There is no doubt that people have suffered and yet they rely on the credibility of Modi, not the opposition because the credibility of the opposition parties has been questioned by Modi through the past records. Many of the regional parties suffered set back because of the corrupt image of leaders. This has been effectively used by Modi in the past five years and he continued the same attack during this election also. A very comprehensive, deliverable manifesto has been brought out by the Indian National Congress but it has not reached voters as they have organisational inadequacy. Congress is not clear in its role and hence they have not declared their position on the post of prime ministership. Rahul Gandhi was proposed only by DMK and not by Congress. While taking the decision Congress or other regional and national opposition parties, the Modi factor has to be in the backdrop but not to attack Modi. The opposition parties have to introspect and further act competitively with the government led by BJP. India enters into a new era which is totally market-driven and in market-driven politics, democracy takes a backseat as it has not delivered substantial economic goods to the poor. Many parties have come to stagnation. Hence, political parties need introspection and appropriate action. (Dr. G Palanithurai is a former Professor and Rajiv Gandhi Chair for Panchayati Raj Studies, Gandhigram Rural Institute. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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Cyclists honoured for their work against drug addiction

first_imgAPTN National NewsFive cyclists have just completed a cross-country journey.It’s the first time for the group.Now they are being honoured for their work at the Minwaashin Lodge.Here’s APTN’s Annette Francis with that story from Ottawa.last_img

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Feds could lose more than 700M on Trans Mountain report

first_imgAnti-Trans Mountain Pipeline rally on Parliament Hill, May 22, 2018. APTN/file photo.Justin BrakeAPTN NewsA new federal government report says it has made a “significant finding” around the impacts of potential delays in the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion’s (TMX) construction and projected in-service date.On Thursday Ottawa’s Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux said Canada’s Dec. 31, 2021 projected in-service date for the project is “very optimistic”.He said, pending the outcome of the National Energy Board’s current reassessment process, “at least a one year delay” for TMX should be expected — and that would “incur a loss of $700 million”.A two-year delay would amount to a loss of almost $2.3 billion, Giroux said.His report, “Canada’s purchase of the Trans Mountain Pipeline — Financial and Economic Considerations,” identifies “delays in pipeline construction, an increase in construction costs and/or changes in the risk profile” of TMX “can negatively influence the final sale price” that Canada can negotiate for the original Trans Mountain pipeline, the yet-to-be-built expansion project, and other assets it purchased from Texas oil company Kinder Morgan last year.The report comes amid a federal court-ordered halt to project construction and a reconsideration of multiple factors by the National Energy Board, including further consultations with First Nations that would be impacted by the pipeline.Giroux “assumed a total construction cost of $9.3 billion and an in-service date of December 31, 2021, as quoted in Kinder Morgan Canada Limited’s August 2018 14-A filings,” the report says.Several First Nations’ legal challenges to the project were consolidated in a Federal Court of Appeal decision that has forced the federal government back to the table to consult with First Nations.Some First Nations are staunchly opposed to the pipeline and associated risks, despite an opportunity to sign benefit agreements with previous pipeline owner Kinder Morgan.In December Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs Secretary-Treasurer Kukpi7 Judy Wilson told Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at an Assembly of First Nations special chiefs’ assembly in Ottawa that “there was no consent” on TMX from Secwepemc people, which would run through more than 500 kilometres of their unceded territory.Similar to arguments made by Wet’suwet’en hereditary leaders against the Coastal GasLink pipeline in northern B.C., Wilson maintains that First Nation band councils don’t have the authority to make decisions impacting unceded lands outside reservations.“You can’t count a few [Impact Benefit Agreements] with some of the communities as consent because it’s the proper title holders of those nations that hold the title,” she said.In June Nicole Schabus, an assistant law professor at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, told APTN News that when Kinder Morgan suspended non-essential spending they pointed to the province of B.C. for the hold-up.“But the biggest uncertainty, legal and economic, comes from Indigenous peoples,” she said.D.T. Cochrane, an economic researcher with the Indigenous Network on Economies and Trade, told APTN that outstanding legal and financial risks make the project “completely untenable”.He said Canada’s purchase of the pipeline last year is a “perfect example of the socialization of risk,” and that those associated are now “borne by the Canadian government and…all of the citizens of Canada.”Giroux estimates that the Trans Mountain pipeline and TMX have a combined value between $3.6 billion and $4.6 billion.The Trudeau government purchased the pipeline, project and assets from Kinder Morgan for $4.5 billion.Asked if, in light of his assessment, he thinks a private corporation would have bought the pipeline under the same circumstances as Canada did, Giroux said “given the uncertainties and the risks…probably not.”jbrake@aptn.ca@JustinBrakeNewslast_img read more

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East Bypass Road will be renamed to Northern Lights Drive effective June

first_imgWith this approval, the City is now moving forward to complete the road renaming and addressing changes as required.In April, the City sent letters by registered mail to all property owners notifying them of this change as it will have an effect on their current address.If you are a property owner and did not receive a letter, you can contact the Planning and Engineering Department at 250-787-8150. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Starting tomorrow, June 26, the road known as the East Bypass Road will be renamed to Northern Lights Drive.According to the City, since there has been steady residential growth and development close to the road, it no longer functions as a bypass road to re-direct traffic around the City and away from urban development.Although the majority of the road is now within City boundaries, the City received approval from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to proceed with the road renaming on that portion of the road.last_img read more

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DGSN Denies Allegations Attributed to Lawyer Mohammed Ziane in Bouachrine Case

Rabat – On Friday, Morocco’s General Directorate for National Security (DGSN) released a press statement denying comments attributed to Moroccan lawyer Mohammad Ziane regarding a complainant summoned in the case of detained journalist Taoufik Bouachrine.A recent report by Moroccan news outlet Al Omk featured statements attributed to Ziane, who claimed that a complainant was forced to appear before the court on Friday. Ziane’s alleged statement added that the complainant was also threatened with the release of videos of her personal life if she did not appear at the next hearing which is scheduled for March 29.To verify the statements published by the news source, the judicial police opened an investigation in accordance with the procedures of the Public Prosecutor’s Office of the Court of Appeal in Casablanca to determine the circumstances and veracity of the attorney’s allegations. The press release issued by DGSN added that the court is the only legitimate body in charge of informing complainants who have been summoned to appear before the court. The DGSN strenuously denied that police received any complainant last Friday, announcing that the only alleged accuser in the high-profile case was summoned last Thursday.The statement also added that the police refuted the false statements published in the report, emphasizing that the investigation and all related witness and complainant interviews done in this case are based on legitimate practices done in accordance with Moroccan judicial procedures.The statement also noted that police officers and investigators are obliged to maintain the strict confidentiality of all aspects of the investigation, including complainant statements, in accordance with relevant legal requirements.Bouachrine, who was arrested on February 28, is facing charges of sexual harassment, sexual violence, and rape. The police claim to be in possession of 50 videos that may serve to back the charges facing the prominent journalist, suggesting that some or all of the videos were recorded by Bouachrine himself.During a previous court appearance, Bouachrine’s lawyers argued for their client’s innocence, claiming the videographic evidence the police claim to possess had been “falsified” in some manner.During a press conference held on March 12, the public prosecutor said that the argument made by Bouachrine’s lawyers against the judicial police “has no legal basis” and the accusations of video falsification are “unfounded.” read more

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Fume hoods will shut down this weekend

The fume hoods in Mackenzie Chown H and F block will be shut down on Saturday.The hoods will not be operational between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The shutdown is for annual fall repairs on the exhaust systems.Facilities Management advises that: All hood enclosures should be empty. If this is not practical, all bottles and containers in the hood must be closed tight. All containers in vented cabinets under hoods should be closed. This should be normal practice. Hoods that are not vented to the outside can be used (one filtered fume hood in Earth Sciences, all laminar flow hoods and all bio-containment hoods).Direct questions or concerns to Facilities Management customer service at 905-688-5550 x3717 or facilitiesmanagement@brocku.ca.Direct safety-related issues to Andy Prankevicius, research and academic safety officer, at 905-688-5550 x5390 or aprankevicius@brocku.ca. read more

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Micromine unlocking the value in data through Pitram OLAP tool

first_imgUsing data-driven insights to improve the decision-making process and unlock value has been one of the biggest trends in the mining industry over the past few years and it will continue to be a strategic priority for mining companies going forward, according to Micromine.“While data collection on site is important, what happens with that data next can sometimes be a challenge,” Micromine says.Many tools exist to help management with analysis, modelling and reporting in order to realise value in their data, with Micromine’s Pitram OLAP (Online Analytical Processing) tool an example.“Pitram’s OLAP Analysis module provides users with the necessary tools to perform multidimensional analysis of operational mining data. OLAP is a powerful technology used across various industries for data discovery, reporting, complex analytics and predictive forecastin,” Micromine says.“With mining companies required to manage large and very complex data sets, this type of technology can provide enormous value to a mining operation.”OLAP technology has been integrated into the Pitram solution to assist mines in understanding key data and improving business intelligence, according to the company, with multidimensional analysis, complex calculations, trend analyses, and sophisticated data modelling able to be applied through the Analysis module.Pitram Product Strategy Manager Gareth Dean said the Pitram OLAP module can assist mine managers, engineers, geologists and analysts to perform data analysis, while providing them with the insight and understanding they need for better decision making.The benefits of the OLAP Analysis module for Pitram users are significant, according to Micromine.Multidimensional analysis, trustworthy data and calculations, self-service reporting and the ability to manipulate data to identify areas of improvement are just some of the features.Dean said: “Having a fully dedicated and integrated OLAP Analysis module within Pitram makes it easy for users to access their key mining data relating to equipment, minesite personnel and materials.“Users of the Pitram OLAP Analysis module can leverage the large amounts of data collected on site to improve key focus areas such as production, safety and mine planning.”The OLAP module can also aggregate data from third party sources such as Microsoft Excel and OEM systems.Micromine’s Pitram fleet management and mine control solution has been implemented at more underground sites than any competitor product and is increasingly popular with sites using automated practices, according to Micromine.last_img read more

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Changes to roads taxi ranks as latest Luas Cross City works begin

first_imgSt Stephen’s Green NorthGrafton Street (lower) at College GreenHawkins StreetWestmoreland StreetO’Connell StreetParnell Street at Marlborough StreetDue to this, traffic management measures will be in place to ensure things move smoothly for city traffic and pedestrians.The full details of the works can be found here.Last year saw the infilling of Georgian cellars, with work taking place on 327 of them. Now that this phase has been completed, a new stage of the utility works is being undertaken.The workers will construct 40 deep drainage manholes, deal with 1,220m of sewer ‘rehabilitation’, and also deal with gas services, water services, telecom services, ESB services and carriageway reinstatement during this phase of works.GMC utility group was appointed contractor and work began yesterday in six places simultaneously.For people with questions about the works, a public information and communications office has been opened at Royal Hibernian Way, while the official website is being updated on a regular basis.Taxi ranksAs part of the works, some taxi ranks are being or will be affected:St Stephen’s Green ranksThere are two ranks on St Stephen’s Green North, and at all times during the works, one of these ranks will remain in operation. When one of these ranks is suspended, a temporary rank will be established on St Stephen’s Green North, east of Dawson Street on the north side of the roadway.The works will take place for four months here.Dawson Street ranksThe date for the commencement of works on Dawson Street has not been finalised. When they begin, the ranks will be replaced with temporary full-time ranks on Molesworth Street.Grafton Street rankThe initial works, which will take approximately four weeks, will not affect either of the two ranks. At a later stage, when these ranks are suspended, they will be replaced by a temporary full-time rank on Nassau St, and an extension of the Foster place rank to operate full time.Westmoreland Street rankThe initial works, which began yesterday, will not affect this rank. When this rank is suspended, temporary nearby arrangements will be incorporated into the traffic management plan for the works.O’ Connell Bridge rankThe date for the commencement of works in this area has not been finalised. However, when this rank is suspended, temporary nearby arrangements will be incorporated into the Traffic Management Plan for the works.O’ Connell Street Upper ranksThe date for the commencement of works in this area has not been finalised, but at all times during the utility works, one of these ranks will remain in operation. When these ranks are suspended they will be replaced with 10 temporary full-time spaces on Marlborough Street.Marlborough PlaceWorks began yesterday, and the six spaces will be accommodated locally in Marlborough Place.Read: Georgian cellars and cobbled road found during Luas Cross City dig> THE LATEST UTILITY works for the Luas Cross City project have begun, leading to some changes around Dublin’s city centre.At St Stephen’s Green, new boarding is being put in place to shield the works – and they have gone for a nostalgic feel with black and white photographs of the park of old:During the course of the utility works, all road users will be affected to various extents, as the construction works progress. The works are being undertaken to connect the red and green lines, and extend the existing line.The utility works will take place at:last_img read more

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Hands on with Ubuntu for smartphones

first_imgThere’s a big difference between releasing a video with smooth, sexy animation and actually being able to deliver that experience in the real world. Ubuntu for Smartphones may be pretty late to the smartphone ecosystem, but spending any time with the mobile operating system shows that Canonical has been paying attention.We’ve been hearing about Canonical getting into the mobile space for a while now. It seemed like Ubuntu for Android was as far as that was going to go for a bit, but now we have the entire Ubuntu experience in a mobile phone. The operating system is just called Ubuntu, allowing the company to complete their illusion that this operating system offers everything that desktop Ubuntu runs. There are more than a couple of differences at the moment, but if you’re a fan of the Unity UI you will find yourself right at home with this interface. Every bit of Ubuntu on the Galaxy Nexus, the phone of choice for the demonstration, has visual cues that come straight from Unity, but the mobile OS will be optimized for any and all displays it will be installed for.Everything about Ubuntu is incredibly smooth. The animations looked great, and the phone felt incredibly fast considering the hardware it was running on. There are no versions of Android that feel this smooth and have animations this nice on the Galaxy Nexus. Ubuntu makes the Galaxy Nexus feel as though it could compete with the Nexus 4 or the Droid DNA. Also, it’s clear Ubuntu seems to have succeed in an area that took Android years to figure out, and did it with less hardware. Even the parts of the mobile OS that feel as though they might be borrowed from Android are greatly improved upon in Ubuntu.Android’s notification shade is easily one of my favorite things about the platform. To be able to quickly access my notifications and dismiss them with a swipe is a powerful tool. Ubuntu has taken the notification shade and improved it dramatically. The top bar of the OS has several icons across it, offering a quick glimpse into things like battery life and of course your messages. When you pull the notification shade down, if you place your finger on one of these icons before you pull, you are shown settings relevant to that icon. If you want to take a closer look at your battery life or adjust your volume controls, you can do so without ever leaving whatever app you are in.Settings for every app are available by swiping up from the bottom of the screen, in a gesture that is quite similar to the right-to-left flick gesture used in Windows 8 to access the menu. If you swipe from right-to-left in Ubuntu, you are taken to the last app you were using. Repeat swipes will continue to take you back in time until you have exhausted the list of apps. There’s also a swipe to access launcher with apps that the user determines. The app drawer itself is separate from this, choosing instead to organize by frequency of use followed by the rest of the apps. Web apps and native apps are indistinguishable on any menu, meaning the Facebook icon will take you to their web app.Ubuntu is far from perfect. Their welcome screen allows for way too many apps to be rapidly accessible without a pin lock of some kind. While many users may prefer the wide open access to apps without the restrictive lock screen, being able to stay protected from that one friend you have is important as well. Ubuntu plans to have this feature available before launch. Also, despite Canonical’s best attempts to persuade you to believe that web apps are “first class citizens”, Gmail.com is never going to give your Ubuntu phone a notification when you get an email. Native apps for certain things are still necessary for now, and Ubuntu will need developers to fill their stores quickly.For an operating system that doesn’t have its own hardware yet, Ubuntu is really impressive. In order to be successful at launch, however, the seemingly small issues mentioned above will need to be worked out and developers need to feel comfortable moving to this platforme.While I am not willing to put my Android phone down just yet, I am very curious to see where Ubuntu will land when finally released on its own hardware.battery meter ubuntubattery meter ubuntukeyboard ubuntucamera ubuntuphoto app ubuntuwelcome screen ubuntunote app ubuntuWelcome screen appsorganized apps Ubuntuapp drawer ubuntuDigital content ubuntuPhotography by Chris Sewelllast_img read more

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How much do you know about Charles Stewart Parnell

first_img As the Land League agitated for land reform and tenants rights across Ireland, Parnell told tenants in 1879 that they must… Share your result: Saturday 7 Sep 2019, 9:00 PM Marquess of Salisbury, Robert Gascoyne-Cecil Clark Gable 14 Comments Share7 Tweet Email6 Benjamin Disraeli William Gladstone CHARLES STEWART PARNELL made an unexpected cameo in the Brexit debate earlier this week when recently-appointed leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg raised the Irish nationalist leader in an attack on the opposition’s tactics. Prime Minister Boris Johnson suffered a major defeat after opponents seized control of the parliamentary timetable to schedule a bill delaying the current 31 October Brexit deadline. Rees-Mogg insisted during the debate leading up to the late-night vote that “the approach taken today is the most unconstitutional use of this House since the days of Charles Stewart Parnell, when he tried to bung up Parliament.”So who was Ireland’s “uncrowned king”? Let’s test your knowledge of Charles Stewart Parnell.  You scored out of ! Short URL 1877 1880 1867 …”show the landlord that you intend to keep a firm grip on your homesteads and lands.” …”show the landlord that mould.” Tweet You scored out of ! Following his imprisonment in Kilmainham Gaol after calling for tenant farmer rent strikes in Ireland, the Land League was suppressed leading Parnell to restructure his party in 1882 upon his release. What was it called? 8 hours Party of the Parnellites Answer all the questions to see your result! Kitty O’Shea 41 hours Share https://jrnl.ie/4795486 You scored out of ! Renowned for his parliamentary performances, the Wicklow politician’s 1881 filibuster saw his Irish MPs keep the Commons sitting for how long to obstruct a coercion bill and force Parliament to focus on Irish affairs? 1875 Share The Pigott forgeries Sep 7th 2019, 9:01 PM A locket gifted to him by Kitty O’Shea Following the episode, Parnell was welcomed back to Parliament as a hero. In 1937, nearly 50 years after his death, which Hollywood actor portrayed the Uncrowned King opposite Myrna Loy on the silver screen? Share The Phoenix Park fibs Turtley awful How much do you know about Charles Stewart Parnell? Let’s test your knowledge of Ireland’s uncrowned king. 27 hours Errol Flynn Share Tweet Which year was Parnell was first elected to the British Parliament as an MP? Ivy Day Share your result: Kitty Newman The Parnell porkies Lord Palmerston As Parnell’s health failed after contracting pneumonia in 1891, the Irish leader insisted that what be kept by his bedside? A copy of William Gladstone’s memoirs ‘Wasn’t it Grand Benjy?’ The Irish Parliamentary Party Laurel Day Parnell’s downfall came after his affair with a married woman became public. She later became his wife, but what was her name? Tweet In 1887, Parnell found himself accused of supporting the Phoenix Park murders of 1882 after The Times newspaper published a series of letters implicating him. It later turned out to be untrue after a rogue journalist admitted he’d made the whole thing up. What are the letters now known as? Kitty Kiernan Tweet Charlie P’s rager The Home Rule Party You scored out of ! Top Dog Tweet Share your result: …”show the landlord that you intend to destroy the last link which keeps Ireland bound to England.” Fintastic Clever Cat An annual commemoration takes place at Parnell’s grave at Glasnevin Cemetery each year. What is this day known as? Parnell’s party went on to hold the balance of power in Parliament after the 1885 election, convincing the British Prime Minister to back home rule for Ireland. Who was the British PM at the time? Parnell’s Day By Cónal Thomas His favourite Cat, Disraeli Share your result: ..”show the British government that you will not be dispossessed of your holdings.” His red setter, Grouse You scored out of ! What are ewe doing? Zsa Zsa O’Shaugnessy Share Douglas Fairbanks 56 hours 27,981 Views The Parnell papers Share your result: The New Land League Rudolph Valentino Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Sea Creatures Inspire Researchers to Create FormaldehydeFree Glue

first_imgStay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Formaldehyde does an excellent job of preserving things, but it’s not the best stuff for us to be around. Not while we’re alive anyway.The bad news is that many of us spend a lot more time in close contact with formaldehyde than we think. One big reason why is that it’s a common ingredient in the adhesives that hold together pressed-wood furniture.Fortunately for us, a team of researchers at Purdue University have come up with a non-toxic alternative. They’ve cooked up a biomimetic glue that was inspired by undersea creatures.Chemistry professor Jonathan Wilker said “we have been able to make progress here by first learning how marine mussels stick themselves to rocks.” The team’s lab is home to hundreds of them — including the cluster pictured above.They studied the proteins that the mussels release when they attach to a surface and then formulated synthetic versions. Purdue’s creation is actually around ten times stronger than the “glue” the mussels themselves produce.Apart from being non-toxic and substantially stronger than today’s commercial adhesives, Purdue’s alternative offers a couple other key advantages. Unsurprisingly, one of those is that it’s still effective when used underwater.Another is that the adhesive can be broken down safely and easily, which could simplify the recycling process for materials like cardboard.Glues that are used today also prevent us from composting many cardboard and paper products. This new mussel-inspired adhesive has the potential to change all that. It could even lead to compostable furniture.It has to be adopted by manufacturers for that to happen, but that might not be too far off. Purdue’s scientists already have a patent in hand and the Purdue Office of Technology Commercialization is ready to ink licensing deals.If it’s easy enough to substitute and the cost is reasonable, it should be no tall task to convince companies to switch to the eco-friendly adhesive. For more weird science check out these color-changing beetles and diamond nanocrystals.Image: Purdue UniversityLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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