Pakistan appoint new T20 skipper

first_imgISLAMABAD (AP) — Wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed replaced Shahid Afridi as captain of Pakistan’s Twenty20 team yesterday after the national team made an early exit from the World Twenty20. Afridi quit as captain after Pakistan lost three of their four group matches at the World Twenty20 tournament in India but said he wanted to continue playing the shortest format of international cricket. “I spoke to Sarfraz this morning and conveyed to him that he was our natural choice for this position,” PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan said in a statement. “His appointment is open-ended. I wish him good luck in his new role.” Ahmed, 28, played in all the four World Twenty20 matches but batted lower down the order throughout the tournament despite having a good strike rate of 120.24 in 21 Twenty20 Internationals. Ahmed led Quetta Gladiators in Pakistan’s first professional domestic Twenty20 league in February before losing to the Misbah-ul-Haq-led Islamabad United in the final. Ahmed made his international debut in 2007, a year after he led Pakistan to win the Under-19 World Cup. He has scored 1,077 runs in 58 ODIs and 1,296 runs in 21 Test matches at an impressive average of 46.28. Last year he was made Pakistan’s vice-captain for both T20 and ODI teams. Ahmed said it was a big achievement for him to lead Pakistan in the shortest format. “It’s an honour for me that I’ve been made the captain. I was looking at various things since I was made the vice-captain and have noted it down,” Ahmed told reporters in his hometown Karachi.last_img read more

THESE PORTRAITS WERE MADE BY AI NONE OF THESE PEOPLE EXIST

first_imgAdvertisement Check out these rather ordinary looking portraits. They’re all fake. Not in the sense that they were Photoshopped, but rather they were completely generated by artificial intelligence. That’s right: none of these people actually exist.NVIDIA researchers have published a new paper on easily customizing the style of realistic faces created by a generative adversarial network (GAN).The Verge points out that GAN has only existed for about four years. In 2014, a landmark paper introduced the concept, and this is what the AI-generated results looked like at the time: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook In less than half a decade, the realism has improved to the point where most people might not be able to tell the portraits are fake, even when examining them up close. Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

Martin Luther King Community Choir celebrates 20 years with Pastor Ken Anderson

first_img March 21, 2018 Dave Scott Martin Luther King Community Choir celebrates 20 years with Pastor Ken Anderson Dave Scott, Updated: 5:58 PMcenter_img Posted: March 21, 2018 For more than two decades, the Martin Luther King Community Choir of San Diego has been thrilling audiences across the county with their powerful voices.The award-winning gospel choir has performed around the world and will soon focus its talent in San Diego on a series of special concerts.On April 7th, the Choir will perform at the KROC Center in Rolando. The show celebrates the Choir’s 20th anniversary and is under the direction of Pastor Ken Anderson.We will also be featuring a lady named Arnessa Jones. Arnessa is also producing a show called “All About the Blues.” This show is on May 19th and features the Choir of which Arnessa is a member. But she is also a talented playwright.KUSI’s Dave Scott was in Rolando this evening where the choir is rehearsing for their big shows. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Panchayat polls Calcutta High Court extends stay on election process

first_imgKolkata: A single Bench of the Calcutta HC on Monday extended a stay on the Panchayat election process in Bengal till the next date of hearing as an appeal on the maintainability of a petition by the BJP is pending before a division Bench. Justice Subrata Talukdar directed that he will take up the matter on Tuesday at 2 pm after going through Monday’s order of the appeal Bench.The State Election Commission and the Trinamool Congress had moved the division Bench comprising justices D Somadder and Arindam Mukherjee challenging the single Bench order which had accepted the maintainability of the petition at this stage. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe division Bench said it does not want to interfere in an “intra-court matter” at this stage and made it clear that the petitions would be heard before the single Bench of Subrata Talukdar. However, the division Bench maintained that the hearing has to take place expeditiously and if necessary, it might take place every day. The decision of the division Bench has made it clear that the single Bench will now hear the petitions by the opposition parties as well as by the State Election Commission (SEC) and ruling Trinamool Congress on Tuesday. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedKalyan Banerjee, advocate for Trinamool Congress said: “Day-to-day hearing will take place from Tuesday. I had raised my doubts over maintainability of the petition and had argued that it is not maintainable. We will argue our matter in Calcutta High Court only and would not go to the Supreme Court.”Welcoming the order, BJP’s Bengal unit general secretary Pratap Banerjee said: “The division Bench has rejected the ruling party’s appeal to vacate the single Bench order.” Banerjee on Monday furnished a bond of Rs 5 lakh as fine imposed by the court on the party for “misrepresenting facts” by moving both the Supreme Court and the High Court on the same plea. Justice Talukdar also permitted state Congress president Adhir Chowdhury to become a party in the case.It may be mentioned that the single Bench of Justice Talukdar had stayed the election process on March 12 and had fixed the hearing in the case for on Monday. It had directed the SEC to present a comprehensive report on the election process which was furnished by the latter on Monday. Petitions on the rural polls came up for hearing both in the single Bench and the division Bench after the ruling TMC moved the division Bench against the single Bench’s stay. On April 9, the State Election Commission had extended by a day the last day for filing nominations after the BJP and opposition parties alleged that the ruling party was resorting to muscle power and violence to prevent its candidates from filing nominations. The next morning, it withdrew the order citing legalities.As per the original schedule, the nomination process ended on April 9. The polls are scheduled to be held on May 1, 3 and 5 with counting on May 8.last_img read more

In Patent War Apple and Samsung to Try Mediation Before March Court

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. January 9, 2014 2 min read Looking to possibly put an end to the ongoing smartphone patent war, Samsung and Apple have agreed to mediation before their next court date in March. The only people attending the meeting will be Apple CEO Tim Cook, Samsung CEO Oh-Hyun Kwon and their own respective in-house counsel. The companies have agreed to meet no later than Feb. 19. Attorneys from Samsung and Apple met earlier this month to “discuss settlement opportunities,” according to court filings reviewed by Reuters.Related: In a Win for Apple, ITC Orders Import Ban on Some Samsung ProductsIf mediation fails, the technology rivals will face each other in court over Apple’s accusations that Samsung committed patent infringement.Since Apple began litigating against Samsung in 2011 the companies have gone to court twice, with Apple being awarded $930 million. Even outside of the courtroom, Apple seems to be winning on almost every front, including phone and App Store sales. This week Apple announced that users spent more than $10 billion on apps in 2013. Meanwhile Samsung posted a slight drop in profits this week for the first time in more than two years.Related: Obama Administration Makes a Rare Move Defending Apple in a Longstanding Patent War Between Apple and Samsung Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Insights From the Man Who Created a Digital Currency as a Joke

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 5 min read For many people, digital currency is an abstract concept that’s seemingly beyond understanding. For Jackson Palmer, a full-time marketing product manager at Adobe, however, cyber currency took on a whole new dimension when a well-timed joke ballooned into the $30-million network known as Dogecoin, an open-source, peer-to-peer digital currency.To get the inside scoop on this incredible story, I sat down with Dogecoin founder Palmer for some interesting insights into the world of digital currency and his unexpected rise to fame.The launch of Dogecoin.Palmer didn’t set out to launch a new currency — all he did was make an innocent Twitter joke proposing “Dogecoin” in the wake of Bitcoin’s intense press coverage and an article on the Gawker website marking 2013 as the year of the Doge meme. Digital-currency enthusiasts latched on to the idea, and Palmer was able to change Bitcoin’s code to include the Comic Sans exclamations that are part of the Shiba Inu-based meme.Image credit: DogecoinThis was enough to launch the currency and corresponding website in just a few hours and, according to Palmer, “The rest, as they say, is history.”Related: Bitcoin Is Now Classified as a Commodity in the U.S.Understanding digital currency.To understand the massive impact of Dogecoin, you first need to understand how digital currency works.“Just think of it as a digitized credit,” Palmer says.Essentially, cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Dogecoin operate by creating a massive, open ledger that records every transaction that has ever occurred on the currency’s network. Individual users are given a “public key” (basically, a long stream of digits than can be represented as a QR code), which can be used to either send or receive funds for a small fee.Where things get really interesting, though, is that every single device that records a balance in a given digital currency — whether Bitcoin, Dogecoin or another alternative — maintains a record of the full network’s transactions. So while traditional banks and services such as Paypal are vulnerable to system-wide outages stemming from major hacks, digital-currency markets can carry on as usual, thanks to their decentralized nature.Is digital currency safe?For the most part, cryptocurrencies’ infrastructure keeps them safe, as developers would need to get more than 51 percent of the network to agree to changes in the way that the currency operates. Even the fees generated by digital-currency transactions contribute minimally to fraud because the fees go to the data miners who push updates to the network successfully, not to owners or investors who could abuse the system for profit.That’s not to say that safety issues don’t exist. The Mt. Gox bankruptcy, for instance, demonstrates that services built of digital currencies can be as susceptible to hacking attacks as traditional banking institutions. PCWorld also acknowledges that digital currencies aren’t protected or insured by anybody, so if your computer (or your cryptocurrency wallet-hosting service, as in the case of InstaWallet) is hacked, these irreversible transactions could result in losses.However, programs such as these can also be used for good. Palmer attributes the growth of Dogecoin to the early creation of a bot that lets website readers “tip” site writers with small amounts of real currency (rather than just a Facebook “Like”).“People liked the idea so much that they started tipping their friends who had never heard of Dogecoin, so it created a sort of built-in virality,” he says.Related: Citigroup Is Testing Its Own Bitcoin: ‘Citicoin’Lessons from Dogecoin’s growth.As a technical marketer by trade, Palmer had quite the learning curve to get up to speed with cryptocurrency basics. His overnight education, along with the network’s surprising success, led him to a few interesting revelations:1. Be innovative.Now an advocate for online payments as a whole, Palmer estimates that cash could be obsolete in as little as 20 years. Getting there, however, will require both innovative new technologies such as Dogecoin and the adoption of these new products and services by a wide enough pool of customers to become self-sustaining.Palmer sees tremendous potential in these technologies, and encourages others to look forward to the possibilities that the future holds for digital currencies.2. Be aware of what you’re selling.Palmer argues that all marketers, including those in cryptocurrencies, should be aware of what they’re selling. He’s made it a point to take on small side projects throughout his career that give him the opportunity to learn new skills. Apart from his endeavors in digital currency, he also learned web development to ensure that he could communicate clearly with Adobe’s customers.You can do the same. Look for opportunities to develop complementary skill sets, then pursue them, even if you have to do so in your off hours.3. Don’t be afraid to fail.“All too often, people are afraid to get something off the ground because of what might happen, but you never know until you try,” Palmer says. “Don’t worry about what will happen if something fails, but think about what you’ll get out of it in terms of personal growth.”For more great insight, check out the full interview with Dogecoin’s Palmer:Have you ever used Dogecoin or any other cryptocurrency? Share your predictions on the future of cryptocurrency by leaving a comment below.Related: SexCoin, Dogecoin, HoboNickel, Ripple: Should You Take These Bitcoin Wannabes Seriously? October 20, 2015 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more