FIFA World Cup 2014: 8 funny memes on the Suarez ‘bite’ controversy

first_imgUruguay’s 1-0 win over Italy was followed by memes on Twitter showing Uruguay striker Luiz Suarez biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini. This is the third time that Suarez has bitten a football player, with him facing a possible ban from FIFA.Under the hashtag #suarez,  #ITAvsURU, #cannibal and #BanSuarez, the twitterati brought out their humorous side through several witty memes, with reactions ranging from outrage to mirth.One of the memes shows him with vampire teeth, with the caption of ‘Count Suarez’. Another shows him wearing a muzzle worn by dogs to prevent from them biting humans. A video entitled “Suarez’s greatest hits” show the three times he bit other footballers, saying he has finally completed his hat-trick.Perhaps Luis Suarez of Uruguay should change his name to Count Suarez and move to Transylvania!! @David10TV your take DOM TIBERI (@DOMTIBERI) June 24, 2014Would love to see him play in a muzzle #suarez ** Paul Anderson ** (@Seggaboi) June 24, 2014Several tweeters came up with witty one-liners, such as “if you can’t beat them, bite them” and “Suarez is hoping to play Germany and try a shoulder of Lahm.”Posters of popular movies were morphed with the footballer’s face. One of them replaced the shark in the poster promoting the movie Jaws with Suarez. Another user even placed him in the poster of the movie Twilight, saying he would be an ideal candidate for the role of a vampire. Another of these movie memes show him wearing a mask of Hannibal Lecter, the cannibalistic killer, with the caption “Having an old friend for dinner.”advertisementYup Suarez would be fantastic casting. RT @SBNation: So stoked for this remake. Isheta Salgaocar (@IshetaS) June 24, 2014Who needs Jaws when you have Luis Suarez #URU #represent ? Deandra de Kretser (@deandrawhitney) June 25, 2014hannibal suarez joe conway (@joeconway50) June 25, 2014 A lot of brands saw the incidence as an opportunity to promote themselves. Snickers, the chocolate company, came out with the line, “More satisfying than Italians. Next time you’re hungry, grab a Snickers” while the Apple logo of an apple with a bite taken from it read “Suarez was here.”  Pizza Express told Suarez “if you ever want to bite into a tastier Italian, try our pizza.”Snickers troll Suarez for biting on Chiellini#WorldCup Before I Was Famous (@BeforeFamePics) June 24, 2014It’s confirmed,Luis Suarez is the one who bit the Apple logo #WorldCup Dignited (@Dignited) June 25, 2014Some were ecstatic with Suarez, since an online Norwegian gambling site had offered odds of 1:175 that Suarez would not bite anyone. 167 people made the bet, and one winner who put in 32 krone (a krone is worth about Rs. 10) walked away with 5600 krone after the match.QUALITY: A Norwegian punter placed a bet on Luis Suarez biting an opponent at this Summer’s World Cup! BBC Sporf (@BBCSporf) June 24, 2014last_img read more

This is how Solonie Singh Pathania, India’s sole female participant, prepared for Ironman 2016

first_imgIt is no easy feat to prepare for Ironman. (A note for the uninitiated: we’re not talking about the Marvel character; but rather about the world’s most difficult triathlon event.) Pune-based Solonie Singh Pathania could not have fathomed that she would be able to pull off biking for 180 km, run 42.2 km and swim for 3.8 km three years ago. A vehicular accident during her graduation years, followed by a knee surgery made any physical activity difficult.”By mid-2013 I realized I was out of shape and started accompanying my father, a veteran and a fitness enthusiast, on his early morning walks. Walking soon transitioned into running and I did my first non-stop 10 km run in October 2013,” shared Solonie. With each passing feat her zeal to better her fitness goals kept Solonie motivated. She graduated to trying her hand at a triathlon for the first time in December 2013. “The excitement of doing three sports back-to-back really excited me. So in 2014, I made up my mind to do an Ironman 70.3 (a mini Ironman, so to speak) in 2015, and eventually successfully attempted my first full Ironman this year,” adds Solonie.Solonie was India’s sole female representative at Ironman this year. She only started preparing for it three years ago. A test of the mind It’s not just the physical training that made Solonie an Ironman finisher. Mental strength was of utmost significance to get her through the challenging triathlon. “I am convinced, more so now, that most of these endurance races test your mental strength slightly more than your physical ability. When you are exerting for such a long duration–things are bound to hurt. Your body is screaming for you to stop and take rest. But it’s about how you overcome these aches and pains,” adds Solonie.advertisementIt goes without saying that a lot is at stake when you’re training for a challenge like Ironman. In Solonie’s case, her social life became non-existent. “When you’re training, sleep deprivation and feeling tired is a constant state of being.  All this coupled with self doubt and questions–why am I doing this? Is this the right path for me? You can’t stop these thoughts but you can’t dwell on them either and let them get the better of you. So you condition your mind to let these thoughts pass,” adds Solonie.Training for IronmanPrepping for Ironman was no cakewalk for the army kid. Guidance and support from the right people helped Solonie sail through the preparation. However, her strategy became more streamlined once she met Dr Kaustubh Radkar–who has successfully finished the Ironman challenge 15 times–in 2014. He had relocated to Pune from the US.  “When I decided I wanted to do Ironman I immediately contacted him and he took me under his wing. All I did was to follow his advice to a T. With a full-time job that keeps me busy five days a week; I am usually on a very tight schedule,” shared Solonie who works as a Global Conference Producer for a KPO consultancy.Solonie finished her Ironman journey in 13 hours 49 minutes. Here’s how Solonie prepped for the feat:1. Solonie trained for six days a week and kept one day for recovery. On weekdays, she trained between two to three hours, stretched it to four to five hours over the weekends. “There are days when I didn’t want to get up at 5 am and train for 3 hours and then work for 9 hours in the office; days when my body was still sore from the previous day’s workout. But I still did it. Worse still, there were days I was on my menstrual cycle and had bad cramps, but I still went out there and trained.,” shared Solonie.2. Solonie’s rigorous training program included strength training, nutrition, diet control, and proper recovery. She was consistently on a high protein and medium carbohydrates diet.  Refined sugar in any form was a complete no-no.3. Knowing how to manoeuvre a bicycle wasn’t enough; Solonie had to know about its mechanics as well. She received training from Dr Radkar on how to fix a puncture during the race amongst other things.4. The Iron(wo)man of India didn’t succumb to any pressure or pushed herself beyond what her body could take. “Listen to your body – I missed a few sessions because my body was not feeling right. If you ignore what your body is telling you, it will most definitely not end well,” said Solonie.  5. What about days when she was feeling bogged down, and just not in the best of spirits? “What helped me a lot was to talk to my coach about my apprehensions and fears,  and talking to my close friends about how I was feeling. It helps in getting a different perspective and insight into things–and a little reassurance goes a long way,” shared Solonie.advertisementSo, what’s her goal for Ironman next year? “I am hoping that with training and hard work I can improve my timing,” adds Solonie. And we don’t have an iota of doubt about it.last_img read more

Moto Z2 Play with Moto Mods to launch in India today, high-end Moto Z2 leaks on Geekbench

first_imgMotorola launched the Moto Z2 Play in the US on June 2. Soon after that, the company announced via a tweet that they are going to launch the device in India on June 8. The Moto Z2 Play is set to launch in India today at an event in Goa around noon. Motorola will also live stream the event on their YouTube channel. You can watch the live stream here. The smartphone will be Flipkart exclusive and will be available to pre-book at 2PM on Flipkart . The Moto Z2 Play was initially launched with 4 new Moto Mods. This is the successor of the last year’s Moto Z Play, and is much improved in terms of performance, camera, processor and more at least in terms of the specifications. The company on Sunday tweeted that the smartphone soon after the India launch will be available for pre-booking as well. Moto Z2 Play can be pre-booked via the company’s official Moto India website.Meanwhile, another Moto phone — a high-end Moto phone called Moto Z2 — has been leaked on Geekbench, a website that lists Android benchmarks. The benchmark that was uploaded on June 7 hints at a phone that will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. This phone is likely to be the successor to the last year’s Moto Z. This also means that the phone will have a metal body, high-end hardware, including a high-megapixel camera and a QHD screen. It will also certain that the phone will support newer Moto Mods. In addition to the processor information, the Geekbench leak also reveals that the Moto Z2 will have 4GB RAM and that it will use Android 7.1 Nougat software.advertisementMotorola is offering several offers on pre-booking. People who pre-book the Moto Z2 Play will have to pay Rs 2,000 up front, and the rest of the amount can be paid eventually over a span of of 10 months with 0 percent interest. Furthemore, Lenovo is also offering the Moto Armor pack, which includes —  protective accessories, there will be offers on Moto Mods as well.To recall the new Moto Z2 Play is priced at $499 in the US. In India the smartphone will likely to be priced somewhere in between the Rs 25,000 and Rs 30,000. In terms of specifications, the Moto Z2 Play comes with a 5.5-inch full HD Super AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top. The device was announced in two storage options – 32GB and 64GB, both of which are expandable via a microSD card of up to 2TB.On the camera front, Z2 Play comes with a much improved camera set up and comes with a 12-megapixel primary camera and sport a 5-megapixel front facing camera coupled with LED flash. Further, the successor of last year’s Moto Z2 Play will run on Android 7.1.1 Nougat, and will be powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 626 processor clocked at 2.2GHz coupled with either 3GB or 4GB of RAM memory. Moto Z2 Play is backed by a 3,000mAh battery, which is expected to last for 30 hours on a single charge.Also Read: Moto Z2 Play with Snapdragon 626, 4GB RAM launched with four new Moto ModsAlso Read: Moto Z2 Play: Full specs, new Moto Mods, price and everything you need to knowlast_img read more

India captain Mithali Raj opens up on reading habit before going out to bat

first_imgThe weather conditions in Taunton didn’t allow the Indian women’s cricket team to have an outdoor net session on Wednesday but that isn’t something which India captain Mithali Raj is going to worry about too much.India are gearing up to face Stephanie Taylor’s West Indies side on Thursday and are the overwhelming favourites after their emphatic 35-run victory over hosts England in the first game.India displayed a swagger and quick moves on the field in the first match that make them look ominous now with Mithali leading by example. The 34-year-old has also earned the nickname of Captain Cool after she was seen reading a book right before going out to bat against the Windies and smashed 71 runs off 73 balls.It was her seventh consecutive half-century in ODI cricket, a record which no other player in women’s cricket has managed so far. She has been unbeaten in six of those innings.Mithali then went on to reveal that it wasn’t the first time she has read a book before going out to bat and it is a habit that she has.”It’s a habit and I read a lot. I do that even before going out to bat and it’s just not in international games but also in domestic cricket as well. That’s what I was doing, it’s just that the matches are being televised now so the people got to know about it,” Mithali said in an interview with captain #MithaliRaj discusses her side’s start to #WWC17 and tomorrow’s game against @windieswomen. Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 28, 2017Talking about the team’s upcoming match and the training session which happened indoors due to the weather, Mithali said,”We could get the outdoor facilities but we did some knocks and the bowlers did a bit of bowling in the indoor nets.”The first game has built a good momentum for us in the tournament but we do understand that we have to play a few more games before we qualify for the semi-finals. The next game is equally important.”Unlike India, the West Indies didn’t get off to a good start in the tournament losing against Australia in the first match. But Mithali is wary of the Windies’ strong batting lineup and says her players have to make sure that complacency doesn’t creep into them.”West Indies usually in the World Cups they start very slow. But they have some very good players and they do have a good batting lineup.It’s important for us to see it as another game and we can’t afford to get complacent after our first win. It’s important for us to win this game and keep ourselves in the hunt for a berth in the semis,” Mithali added.In the head to head records, India have a 5-0 advantage over the West Indies in World Cup ODIs over a stretch of two decades — 1993 to 2013.last_img read more

Stephen Curry Embraces Warriors’ Change, Praises Durant

first_imgOAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Someday, years or even decades from now, at one of those celebratory reunions teams like to do, Stephen Curry knows he and Kevin Durant will reminisce with fondness about their three insanely successful years together on the Golden State Warriors.They will reflect on the greatness, the fun, all they learned from each other shooting side by side day after day. Two championships, a pair of NBA Finals MVP awards for Durant.“I’ll always remember the three years we had. We’ll probably be back here down the road celebrating those like they did the ’74-75 team,” Curry said, nodding in the direction of the Warriors’ recent championship banners. “It’ll be cool when that happens.”For now, Curry is embracing “new beginnings” as the oldest player on a Golden State roster that will look far different come training camp next month — and that also was the theme he shared with girls attending his Warriors camp this week in one of his “bittersweet” final trips to the downtown Oakland practice facility before a move to San Francisco and the new Chase Center. Durant, recovering from surgery to repair a ruptured right Achilles tendon, has departed to join the Brooklyn Nets.“We won two championships and I think we both got better throughout the process as basketball players and as people,” Curry said. “With the demand every single night to be great and just all that that comes with, in terms of the media attention, the scrutiny, the criticism, the praise even, it’s a lot to handle. And I think me and him especially on that level could connect. Him going to Brooklyn, you’re just trying to make sure he’s happy and going to a place where he feels like he needs to be. At the end of the day, you’ve got to be happy about that for him.”Also gone are veterans Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston, guard Quinn Cook and big man DeMarcus Cousins. Meanwhile, the Warriors have added a handful of new faces like D’Angelo Russell, Willie Cauley-Stein and Glenn Robinson III. Draymond Green got a new four-year deal earlier this month worth close to $100 million. Kevon Looney re-signed, too.As Klay Thompson works back this season from surgery for a torn ACL in his left knee that he injured in the deciding Game 6 loss of the finals to the Toronto Raptors, Curry’s backcourt mate will be Russell.At 31, Curry doesn’t mind that he will be the quote-unquote old guy entering his 11th NBA season. A two-time NBA MVP, he has reached five straight NBA Finals.“Has it sunk in? No. Have people been reminding me? Yes, any time they bring up our team looking forward,” he said with a smile. “It’s cool though, hopefully I’m wise beyond my years but still youthful in what I can do on the floor. It’s just a change in dynamic all the way around. We’re excited about the opportunities, the challenges for the whole roster, because we’ve got a lot of guys that have the opportunity to really prove themselves and make a difference in our team. Obviously our core, ’til Klay gets back, we know how to win and we know how to play. We’re just going to do it a little differently.”Curry is unconcerned at this stage about outside expectations regarding how good this group might be and speculation that these Warriors may not be a championship contender.“I know the reality of the situation in terms of we lost a guy like Kevin Durant, who’s an all-time great basketball player,” Curry said. “We lost two veteran high-IQ guys in Shaun and Andre that really were like the cogs in the wheel that kept us going and you could rely on them every single game. So, the look is different but nobody really has a sustained run like we did where every year you’re expected to be the greatest. It’s just a matter of now we have to, I wouldn’t even say prove people wrong, but we have to kind of galvanize the new roster and do the exact same thing.”As he told the girl campers all sporting his No. 30 jersey, first things first.Curry took a quick poll of how many had started school again. Dozens of hands shot into the air.“Great to see you all again! You all having a great day, too?”Collective “Yeah!”“New beginnings, right? We’re going to take care of our school work this year?” Curry asked. “We’re going to be very dedicated and hard-working in the classroom as we are on the basketball court? That’s very important to be well-rounded people, right? Athletes and academics.”___By JANIE McCAULEYTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Report: Hudd Town 1 West Ham 4

first_imgHuddersfield Town 1 West Ham 4: Arnautovic runs riot to secure Moyes’ 200th PL win Alex Fisher Last updated 1 year ago 00:51 1/14/18 markoarnautovic - cropped Getty Images West Ham extended their unbeaten league run to four games with a 4-1 victory over Huddersfield Town, a win inspired by Marko Arnautovic. Marko Arnautovic created three and scored the other as West Ham lifted themselves away from the Premier League relegation zone with a 4-1 victory over Huddersfield Town.For the third successive away game, Arnautovic found the back of the net for the Hammers, his latest strike coming 11 seconds into the second half at the John Smith’s Stadium.The Austria international created the opener for Mark Noble midway through the first half, only for Joe Lolley to level things up with his first league goal of the campaign.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Huddersfield were not level for long, though, as Arnautovic stunned the home crowd with his sixth of the season, a powerful drive beyond Jonas Lossl.He then turned provider for Manuel Lanzini, his strike partner netting twice in five minutes to take the game away from their hosts.Victory lifts the Hammers into 11th place in the table, above Huddersfield, while also giving David Moyes his 200th Premier League victory.This guy— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) January 13, 2018Huddersfield had the better of a competitive start with attacking trio Rajiv van La Parra, Tom Ince and Lolley leading the charge.However, it was West Ham who broke the deadlock just before the half hour after a mistake by Lolley from Lossl’s short goal kick.Town’s attempts to play the ball out backfired dramatically as Arnautovic and Noble applied pressure, the pair dispossessing Lolley before the latter slotted home.Making such a mistake on his first home Premier League start could have easily affected the 25-year-old, but he responded in the perfect fashion by levelling things up before the break.A neat Huddersfield move on the right ended up at Lolley’s feet, he cut inside and was given plenty of time to curl a sumptuous shot out of Adrian’s reach.David Wagner’s hopes of Huddersfield maintaining momentum in the early stages of the second half were quickly extinguished by a sensational Arnautovic strike from the kick-off.A long ball from Angelo Ogbonna was flicked onto the Austrian by Cheikhou Kouyate, he lifted it over Tommy Smith and lashed beyond Lossl to restore West Ham’s lead.11 – 69% of Huddersfield’s home goals conceded in the Premier League this season have been against London clubs (11/16). Smoked. #HUDWHU— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 13, 2018With the wind in their sails, West Ham pushed for a third and came within inches as Aaron Mooy cleared off the line after Lossl had failed to deal with an Aaron Cresswell corner.And there was no respite as Lanzini put the game to bed with two strikes in quick succession.His first came after a neat passing move that finished with Arnautovic slipping the Argentine in, Lanzini making no mistake from 15 yards.As the clock ticked past the hour he had his second, this time profiting from Arnautovic’s rapid counter attack to lift the ball beyond Lossl.The introduction of new signing Alex Pritchard gave Huddersfield renewed hope, but there was nothing the former Norwich City man could do as Moyes celebrated his milestone win. Key Opta stats: – This was David Moyes’ 200th win as a manager in the Premier League, becoming the fourth person to achieve this feat after Alex Ferguson (528), Arsene Wenger (468) and Harry Redknapp (236).- Huddersfield have conceded seven goals in their last two Premier League games, this after conceding six across their previous six.- Marko Arnautovic had a hand in three goals in a single Premier League game for the first time in his career (one goal, two assists).- No Huddersfield player has scored or assisted more Premier League goals than Aaron Mooy (6 – 4 goals, 2 assists).- Mark Noble has now scored (35) or assisted (27) 62 Premier League goals for West Ham – only Paolo Di Canio (78) has had a hand in more for the club. read morelast_img read more

Vegas Computer’s Updated Score Prediction For Alabama-Oklahoma

first_imgnick saban getting criticized for end of half decision vs. georgiaATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on before the 2018 SEC Championship Game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)We’re less than two weeks away from the Orange Bowl, as Alabama and Oklahoma will battle for a chance to play in the national championship. Although both programs have been playing excellent football this season, the majority of projections tend to lean heavily toward the Crimson Tide.Kyler Murray will need to have another miraculous effort for Oklahoma, especially if Marquise Brown misses the semifinal matchup. However, even an insane performance from the Heisman Trophy winner might not be enough.Alabama isn’t just a team that prides itself on defense, but one that can beat opponents in a shootout. While the health of Tua Tagovailoa will certainly be worth monitoring, it appears OddsShark’s computer prediction isn’t too concerned.Right now, the current score projection has the Crimson Tide defeating the Sooners by a very convincing margin.It should be an entertaining matchup, as two of the best quarterbacks in college football will try to prevail on Dec. 29.Kickoff is set for 8:00 p.m. ET from Hard Rock Stadium.The Orange Bowl will be on ESPN.last_img read more

More than two dozen fringe parties vying for attention in Ontario election

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario’s election is all but down to two parties, if the polls are correct, but more than two dozen are actually competing, including those targeting the vegan vote, the anti-sex-ed vote and the no-vote vote.Beyond the usual Progressive Conservative, NDP and Liberal suspects exists a grab bag of minor and fringe parties, some of which can only hope to garner a few handfuls of votes but still gamely vie for voters’ attention as an alternative to the big three.The Trillium Party captured a few headlines last year after a controversial Progressive Conservative politician left that party and joined Trillium. It means they can claim a sitting member, though with the party not having enough seats for official party status in the legislature, Jack MacLaren technically sat as an independent.The party is against a carbon tax, against the Liberals’ sex-ed curriculum and wants the private sector involved in the sale of marijuana.Trillium Party president Bob Yaciuk said his party wants the votes of people who are disenchanted with the mainstream options.“I can almost say for certain that if you are planning on voting in the election then you’re probably not going to be voting for us. What we’re doing is we’re garnering our votes from the people who said it’s not worthwhile to vote,” he said.“People aren’t caring anymore and the question has to be: why don’t they care? It’s because they don’t believe their voice is being heard anymore.”Also looking for the disenfranchised vote is the None of the Above Direct Democracy Party. Among their star candidates are G20 protester Adam Nobody, whose complaint about a police officer’s conduct led to a criminal assault conviction for the officer, and a man who legally changed his name to Above Znoneofthe so he could appear last in an alphabetical list of candidates on a ballot.“I just think it’s great to have more options — part of a democracy,” Znoneofthe said of his party. “People have a really tough time making up their mind. They can decline their ballot or they can vote none of the above, thanks to the None of the Above party and myself.”He has run in several byelections as Above Znoneofthe and says this election will be the last before returning to his birth name — unless he wins.“I figured I’ve still got the name, so I’m going to take one last kick at the can with that name,” he said. “If that’s what happens after you run too many times — you turn into John Turmel — then no thanks.”Turmel holds the Guinness World Record for most elections contested. He has run more than 90 times.Joining Turmel’s Pauper Party of Ontario with parties running only two candidates — out of 124 ridings — are the Canadian Economic Party, the Go Vegan party, the Multicultural Party of Ontario, the Ontario Provincial Confederation of Regions Party, the Ontario Social Reform Party, the Party of Objective Truth and a Stop Climate Change Party.Other parties on some ballots include a party that bemoans the state of processed food and says cats know better than humans what is edible, a party that decries the notion of privilege and transgender rights, and one whose education platform calls for manners and courtesy in school and suggests mandatory uniforms in public schools.Associate political science professor Laura Stephenson said people support minor and fringe parties because they really believe in their platform, even if the party has no chance of winning. She distinguishes the Green party as a minor one, not fringe. They got nearly five per cent of the popular vote in 2014 and are running a full slate of candidates.Some parties are single-issue parties, and they attract people with a strong view on that topic, said the Western University professor.“If they can get that issue listened to, if they can make enough noise that one of the main party candidates, let’s say, picks up the issue itself, then maybe that’s the goal,” Stephenson said.That’s exactly the aim of Queenie Yu’s Stop the New Sex-Ed Agenda party.She ran as an independent in the 2016 Scarborough-Rouge River byelection and said her activism pushed then-leader Patrick Brown to clarify his stance on the sex-ed curriculum. She supported Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Tanya Granic Allen in that race, and said Granic Allen’s vocal opposition to the sex-ed curriculum forced all the candidates to take positions on it.“Our goal isn’t to win a seat at Queen’s Park, but to send a message to those who are at Queen’s Park and to influence them,” Yu said.last_img read more

Shakira Launches World Baby Shower To Benefit UNICEF

Singer-songwriter and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira, and FC Barcelona soccer star Gerard Piqué, are celebrating the imminent arrival of their second child by expanding upon their original concept of a ‘World Baby Shower’ to benefit UNICEF and vulnerable children around the world.
After the success of the UNICEF baby shower for their first son, Milan, Shakira and Gerard decided to create a shareable shower available for any and all expectant mothers in the hopes of giving a greater purpose to other baby showers and helping those babies and mothers who need it most.“Now that we are soon welcoming our second child we want to help other children around the world and also contribute to a long-lasting solution for getting children living in extreme poverty the supplies they need to survive,” said Shakira.“We also want other parents to feel compelled to do the same,” Shakira added. “With the explosion of social media, celebrities aren’t the only ones who have platforms that can reach mass audiences, and we want this movement to keep going long after our baby shower has ended, so we want to invite them to host their own baby showers with UNICEF as well.”Fans of the expectant couple will be invited to share in their event by visiting a special website featuring ‘Inspired Gifts’ that directly benefit UNICEF’s work for children in some of the poorest and remotest places on earth.In an exclusive post on her Facebook page, Shakira revealed the inspiration behind creating a platform where every expectant mother can help make an impact in saving and improving lives of children around the world.“Every woman who’s expecting has the power to use the blessing of her child’s imminent birth to save the lives of other, less fortunate children around the world. If every expectant mother having a baby shower decided to include among her gift registry some of these “inspired gifts” that UNICEF offers, we could collectively save the lives of hundreds of thousands of children all over the globe.”From the post, fans can use Facebook’s new call-to-action feature by clicking on ‘Donate’ to learn more and purchase an Inspired Gift for the baby shower.Among the 10 Inspired Gifts fans can purchase as part of the World Baby Shower are midwifery kits with medical equipment for safe delivery of 50 babies, measles and polio vaccines, blankets, and baby scales. Other gifts include a soccer ball – recognizing the power of sport and play in creating a happy, healthy childhood – and a storybook to nurture a love of reading and learning.Through Shakira’s Twitter profile, fans will also be able to purchase a special thank-you card from Shakira and Gerard. Every card bought will unlock funds for life-saving measles vaccines.Shakira and Gerard are urging other expectant parents to host their own virtual baby showers and engage their own families, friends, and followers to support UNICEF’s work for children. Just visit showers are popular in many countries as a way of celebrating the pending or recent birth of a child by presenting gifts to the mother. The celebrity couple’s first virtual World Baby Shower to benefit UNICEF’s mission for children was held from 16 January to 15 February 2013, to mark the birth of their son, Milan. As a result, over 80,000 children were vaccinated against polio; nearly 4 tons of therapeutic food helped children suffering from malnutrition; and around 1,000 anti-malaria bed nets and nearly 200,000 oral rehydration salts sachets were distributed.The gifts from the World Baby Shower have the potential to save the life of a mother or a child. Despite great progress in reducing the child mortality rate, 6.3 million children under the age of five still die every year from largely preventable causes. Among these are 2.9 million newborns who die in the first month of life. And every day, millions of mothers give birth without adequate equipment, medicines or support services.UNICEF Inspired Gifts is an innovative programme that provides the public the opportunity to purchase actual lifesaving items that are shipped directly from either the UNICEF warehouse in Copenhagen or one of UNICEF’s many suppliers to one of over 150 countries or territories where UNICEF works. read more

On the trail with NWTs grueling Walk to Tuk Challenge

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt’s the longest and the biggest outdoor physical challenge in the Northwest Territories and it’s going on right now.APTN’s Iman Kassam takes us on the Walk to Tuk Challenge.last_img

Algerias Bouteflika back home after Paris checkup

first_imgALGIERS- Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who suffered a mini-stroke last year, returned home on Thursday after spending three days at a Paris hospital undergoing medical tests, national media reported.“Bouteflika returned to Algiers on Thursday, mid-afternoon, after a medical check-up at the Val-de-Grace hospital in Paris,” the APS news agency reported.The tests showed “an overall improvement” in the health of the 76-year-old president, who has until Sunday to convene the organising committee for an April presidential election in which the ruling National Liberation Front (FLN) has asked him to stand for a fourth term. Bouteflika was intially expected to return on Friday, APS reported, after his office unexpectedly announced on Tuesday that he had been flown to Paris for a “routine check-up.”The health of the ageing president, who has ruled Algeria since 1999, has become an intensifying source of speculation since he was rushed to the same military hospital in Paris following his mini-stroke last April.Despite the health concerns that have dogged the last nine years of his presidency, he has still not ruled out the possibility of running for a fourth term in April, creating uncertainty which has paralysed Algerian politics.last_img read more

Passengers recall days of misery as cruise ship arrives home to NJ

BAYONNE, N.J. – Passengers aboard a cruise ship on which hundreds fell ill recalled days of misery holed up in their rooms as it returned to its home port Wednesday from a Caribbean trip cut short by what is suspected to be among the largest such norovirus outbreaks in the last 20 years.Travellers aboard the Explorer of the Seas recounted hundreds throwing up, and stricken passengers having food brought to their rooms. Others were served from covered buffets by crew members wearing gloves and masks during an outbreak that sickened nearly 700 passengers and crew on the ship operated by Royal Caribbean.Kim Waite, 50, of London, England, was on the cruise with her husband, Fred, to celebrate the end of her cancer treatments. She got severely ill, and barely saw her husband the whole trip.“My husband had to put me in a wheelchair and take me to the infirmary. The door opened on the lift and there were just hundreds of people being sick everywhere,” she said. “They were throwing up in buckets and bags — I started crying, I couldn’t believe it. I was in shock.“I’ve never wanted to go home so much in my life. I’ve never slept so much in my life, and I’ve got no sun tan.”The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said its latest count puts the number of those sickened at 630 passengers and 54 crew members. The ship, on a 10-day cruise that had to be cut short, was carrying 3,050 passengers.Health investigators suspect norovirus, but lab results are not expected until later this week. If norovirus is to blame, it would be one of the largest norovirus outbreaks on a cruise ship in the last 20 years, the CDC said. A 2006 norovirus outbreak on a Carnival Cruise Lines ship also sickened close to 700.Retiree Bill Rakowicz, 61, from the city of St. Thomas in Ontario, Canada, said he thought he was just seasick when he began suffering from vomiting, pain and diarrhea.“Then I went out of my room and saw people with gloves and people sick everywhere,” he said, adding that he saw a man in a wheelchair vomiting, then falling on the floor and hitting his head.He said he had the symptoms for five days starting Jan. 22, the day after the ship departed Bayonne. “It was awful. You feel like you want to give in,” he said.Rakowicz gave high marks to Royal Caribbean for going “above and beyond” in its efforts to help passengers. A female travelling companion did not get sick, he said, which he said was not unusual. He said he was aware of a number of cases in which one person in a room got sick and the other didn’t.Pastor Sue Rogutski, of Bloomsburg, Pa., said she got so sick she was quarantined for three days. She said her husband, Leonard, a nurse who only fell ill toward the end of the trip and less severely than her, had to carry her down from their room to the sick bay.“When we were in the sick bay, people were getting nervous and they started showing up there to try to get help,” she said. “Suddenly, there was influx of 150 people. That puts into perspective what this crew was facing — that it was epidemic.”Rogutski said the ship’s buffets were all covered and no passengers could touch them. They had to be served by crew members wearing gloves and masks, including entertainers who pitched in. Sick passengers were brought food to their rooms.Norovirus — once known as Norwalk virus — is highly contagious. It can be picked up from an infected person, contaminated food or water or by touching contaminated surfaces. Sometimes mistaken for the stomach flu, the virus causes bouts of vomiting and diarrhea for a few days.The cruise line said most guests who fell ill were up and about as the ship headed to port. It said seven people were still sick when the ship reached Bayonne, but that none of the passengers had to be hospitalized.The CDC said it recommended to Royal Caribbean that people who still have serious symptoms be linked to medical care, and perhaps given the option of staying in nearby hotels before travelling home.CDC investigators boarded the ship during its U.S. Virgin Islands port call on Sunday. They said no single food or water source or other origin has been identified.Royal Caribbean is providing all guests a 50 per cent refund of their cruise fares and an additional 50 per cent future cruise credit. It’s also reimbursing airline change fees and accommodations for guests who had to change plans for travelling home.Stricken guests who were confined to their staterooms are being provided a credit of one future cruise day for each day of confinement.The ship will be sanitized and no one will be allowed aboard for a period of more than 24 hours as an extra precaution, the cruise line said.Rick O’Shea from Miami-based ByoPlanet was at the dock to greet the ship. His company was going to use sprayers that produce electrically charged droplets to help sanitize the ship. He said it would take eight to 12 hours to complete the job.Explorer of the Seas is on track to depart at its originally scheduled time Friday afternoon on its next cruise, a nine-night trip with port calls in Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, the Dominican Republic and Haiti, a Royal Caribbean spokeswoman said.___AP Medical Writer Mike Stobbe in Atlanta contributed to this report. Passengers recall days of misery as cruise ship arrives home to NJ after nearly 700 sickened by Samantha Henry, The Associated Press Posted Jan 29, 2014 1:02 am MDT The Explorer of the Seas cruise ship is docked at a berth after arriving, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, in Bayonne, N.J. The number of passengers and crew reported stricken ill on the cruise ship has risen to nearly 700. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday its latest count puts the number of those sickened aboard the Explorer of the Seas at 630 passengers and 54 crew members. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Weigh the cost when deciding between low interest loans or RRSP withdrawls

Weigh the cost when deciding between low interest loans or RRSP withdrawls AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Canadians may be tempted to take advantage of low interest rate loans instead of dipping into their RRSPs before retirement to either buy a home or go back to school.But financial experts warn that while it may be difficult to resist the lure of “cheap money” — whether it’s from a bank or your RRSP — both options will come at a cost.“We now have a phenomenon of cheap money,” says Avraham Byers, an adviser with Breakthrough Personal Financial Trainers.“With cheap money, it’s easy to say, ‘Well I’ll just borrow more and more money.’ We see lines of credit are getting bigger and bigger. The problem is that cheap money isn’t always cheap.”Banks have been dropping interest rates on loans and lines of credit after the Bank of Canada cut its key interest rate to 0.75 per cent in January and many analysts expect the central bank to lower its rate again.But despite the rock-bottom rates, Byers advises clients to be careful with how much debt they take on.“The litmus test on a loan you’re about to take is to imagine that loan, or line of credit, puffed up by five per cent or so,” he said.“If you can handle that, then that’s great. But if you can’t handle that amount on there, then that may not be the best thing to do.”Any amount of debt can easily spiral out of control, he added.But if a loan isn’t affordable, that doesn’t necessarily mean that Canadians should automatically dip into their RRSPs to fund expenses.The Canada Revenue Agency permits first-time home buyers to withdraw up to $25,000 tax-free from an RRSP using the federal Home Buyer’s Plan, but that money needs to be paid back within 15 years. If that doesn’t happen, then the money will be added to their income for that tax year.Similarly, those who are going back to school full-time are allowed to withdraw $10,000 a year for a total of $20,000 from their RRSP under the Lifelong Learning Plan. One-tenth of the amount needs to be paid back each year, with the amount completely paid back within 10 years.“You have to understand that if you take money out of an RRSP, you really are taking money from your older self,” cautioned Byers.Mark Thierriault, a financial adviser with Nicola Wealth Management in Vancouver, says RRSP contributors need to do the math.“If you take out a loan from a bank, you have to start paying that back right way and have to pay interest payments,” he said. “With an RRSP withdrawal under the Home Buyers or Lifelong Learning plans, you’re missing out — for however long it takes you to pay it back — on the growth you would’ve gained in that RRSP.”For example, if investments in an RRSP are generating returns of six per cent, then it would make sense to keep the funds in that account and take out a loan at three per cent interest instead.“Really, it comes down to the level of risk you’re taking in the investment and can you outperform the cost of borrowing,” said Thierriault.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. The original version that moved Feb. 23 gave incorrect RRSP withdrawl amounts under the Lifelong Learning Plan. by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 25, 2015 12:41 pm MDT read more

An Inconsistent Strike Zone Hurt Both Teams in Game 3

CHICAGO — The Cleveland Indians won a 1-0 nail-biter on Friday night in Game 3 of the World Series. Two number-three starters succeeded in shutting down two strong offenses, allowing the game to come down to the final at-bat. But while the relievers were overpowering as usual, the most significant influence on this game wasn’t the wind, a single Indians hitter or managerial cleverness, but a seemingly inconsistent strike zone.Home plate umpire John Hirschbeck has a reputation for calling balls and strikes erratically, and that was on full display last night, creating shifting strike-zone boundaries that bedeviled both offenses.1A rough look at the strike zone plots for each team showed about 10 calls helping the Cubs, and seven helping the Indians. Data from PitchF/X needed for a quantitative comparison was not available at time of publication. For the Indians, Josh Tomlin turned in an unexpectedly solid line, allowing only two hits. At times, Tomlin was burned by bad calls, leading, for example, to a fourth-inning walk by Kris Bryant. But when the strike zone is called inconsistently, hitters tend to strike out more often and make weaker contact. That’s because pitchers can choose to target inconsistently called areas of the zone when it benefits them, while hitters can only decide whether to swing or not at what’s offered. When they’re uncertain, batters often opt to swing at pitches outside the zone, resulting in glancing contact and easy outs.Chicago Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks, who usually gets favorable strike calls due to his impeccable command, struggled mightily in allowing six hits and two walks in only 4.2 innings. The shifting zone did aid him in racking up six strikeouts, above what you’d expect based on his regular-season stats.Even as the inconsistent strike zone helped the pitchers, neither was overpowering. And with bullpens fresh after the day off, both starters were pulled before the 6th inning with the score 0-0, an event that has never happened before in MLB postseason history. That handed the game to the relievers, including an early appearance from Andrew Miller. They were as commanding as expected, except for one lapse by the Cubs’ Carl Edwards Jr., who allowed Coco Crisp to single in the lone run of the night.The Cubs came close to evening the score in the bottom of the ninth. With two runners in scoring position and two outs, Chicago dynamo Javy Báez was up to bat against Cleveland closer Cody Allen. He struck out whiffing to end the threat, leaving the Indians up 2-1 in the Series.The outlook for the Cubs is worrisome going forward: Their series win probability by Elo is down to only 37 percent.2For reference, that’s the same probability Elo gave the Indians before the World Series began. In his last start, Corey Kluber looked invincible, and the Cubs will have to face him in Games 4 and 7 of this Series (if it goes that far). That means they will need to pull off at least one upset against the 2014 AL Cy Young winner to clinch the series. While such a feat appears difficult, the Cubs managed an even more surprising performance against Clayton Kershaw in the NLCS, so it’s certainly possible. Nobody said ending a 108-year title drought would be easy.CORRECTION (Oct. 29, 12:05 p.m.): An earlier version of this article incorrectly described Corey Kluber. He was the 2014 AL Cy Young winner; he is not the reigning winner. read more

Ohio State Is Always Facing High Expectations — Scandal Or Not

*In preseason polls since 1976-77 season for women’s basketball, 1961-62 for men’s basketball and 1950 for football.Source: College Poll Archive TexasFootball5275 The year was 1956. Ohio State’s college football program was ranked fifth in the annual Associated Press preseason college football poll and was coming off a season in which they had won all but two games. Expectations for a strong season were, no doubt, high.But head coach Woody Hayes was in hot water with the Big Ten for providing loans to his players, and after an investigation, the conference put the team on probation for one year and banned it from playing in that season’s Rose Bowl.Sixty-two years later, Ohio State is once again entering the season with a No. 5 preseason ranking, having won all but two games the previous season. Controversy blankets the campus once more: Head coach Urban Meyer has been suspended for the opening three games of the season after an investigation concluded that he had mishandled domestic assault allegations against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith.High expectations are nothing new in Columbus. For about as long as college football has been around, the Ohio State Buckeyes have been a force. In the annals of the sport’s history, only Michigan (943) — oh, the irony — and Notre Dame (906) have won more games than the Buckeyes (898).1Excluding Yale, which is not currently a Division I Football Bowl Subdivision team. Since the turn of the century, only Boise State, which has played in three non-Power-Five conferences over that stretch, has won more total games than Ohio’s flagship university.And that prodigious success isn’t lost on Associated Press voters.Ohio State has failed to make the poll just four times in the 69-year history of the poll, most recently in 1988. That was John Cooper’s first year at the helm after taking over for the fired Earle Bruce. Cooper wouldn’t miss another preseason poll. Hayes only missed out in 1966 and 1967, the lone instance of the team failing to crack the AP preseason poll in consecutive years.Which got us thinking: Does Ohio State dominate this poll more than any team in any sport dominates its preseason poll? AP voters produce a preseason, weekly and postseason poll for three college sports: football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball. In 1989, the polls expanded to a 25-team format, which remains the current standard.Across the three sports, only the Tennessee Volunteers women’s basketball program has been more of a mainstay on the preseason poll than the Ohio State football team, according to data from the website College Poll Archive. Tennessee has made the AP preseason poll 98 percent of the time. It’s missed just once in the poll’s 42-year history — in 1976, the year the poll was introduced. Largely under their legendary coach, the late Pat Summitt, the Volunteers piled up eight national championships and 18 Final Four appearances, controlling the sport for decades before Connecticut assumed the mantle. 2Ohio StateFootball6594 RKTeamSportCountRate* 5USCFootball5884 3KentuckyMen’s basketball5088 9GeorgiaWomen’s basketball3276 4OklahomaFootball6087 Appearances 7Notre DameFootball5580 The preseason eliteTeams with the highest rate of appearances in AP Top 25 preseason polls in men’s or women’s basketball and college football 1TennesseeWomen’s basketball4198% 10AlabamaFootball5275 North CarolinaMen’s basketball4884 UCLAMen’s basketball4375 8TexasWomen’s basketball3379 Ohio State has at least five more appearances on the AP preseason poll than any team in any sport, having qualified in 94 percent of available seasons. Since 1989, Ohio State’s average ranking in the preseason AP poll is 10.3. And perhaps no team dominates the opening month of the season like Ohio State, which has gone 21-2 over the last six years in the month of September, winning by an average margin of more than 30 points per game. But preseason rankings aren’t always pinpoint precise: Ohio State typically underperforms relative to its lofty preseason ranking.AP preseason polls typically draw from blue-blood schools, so it’s no surprise that other well-heeled programs like the football teams at Oklahoma and USC and the men’s basketball team at Kentucky are among the most-ranked.But on the gridiron, no team is accustomed to high expectations like the Buckeyes. Columbus has produced the second-most first-round NFL draft picks all time, and the team is expected not only to win, but to dominate. In this weekend’s season opener against Oregon State, Ohio State opened as 38-point favorites, the most lopsided betting line of any opening-week contest for a ranked team. “A place like Ohio State, we’re expected to win every game we play,” Meyer has said. “There’s not many places like that.” Those are expectations that Meyer also noted aren’t always “easy to embrace.” But players and coaches alike should recognize that’s what they’ve signed up for in Columbus: a culture of on-field success, national title aspirations and a preseason ranking. read more

Campbellville woman gets 12 months jail for stabbing cousin

Lisa BobbRepeat offender and Campbellville resident Lisa Bobb, 25, was sentenced to spend the next 12 months in prison for attempting to murder her cousin.A case was made out against the woman who continues to deny the allegation, stating that she was defending herself following months of provocation.This decision was made by City Magistrate, Judy Latchman after the prosecution noted that Bobb failed to discredit the evidence given by several witnesses against her.According to the prosecution, the defendant admitted in an unsworn statement to pulling out the knife and injuring Christel Bobb to her arm and leg.As such, following a brief recess, Magistrate sentenced Bobb to 12 months imprisonment telling the accused that she did admit to committing the act.On the day in question, Christel Bobb had just returned home when she was pounced upon by Lisa Bobb, who dealt her a stab to her upper left arm.This attack reportedly stemmed from another misunderstanding the two cousins had the previous night. Christel was rushed to the public hospital where she was treated.Moreover, Lisa Bobb was heard screaming, “If I had the chance to murder that b***h, I would!” as she was being led out of the courtroom of Magistrate Ann McLennan on her first appearance for the attempted murder charge.On her last appearance before being charged for attempted murder, the defendant had been sent to be mentally evaluated.She has been a frequent offender since 2013. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related read more

TOP 5 Burgaard Vyakhireva Korsos Frey…

The World’s Best Young Female Player 2013/2014 is Danish star Louise Burgaard. Burgaard has got the highest number of points by the Jury (handball journalists) and five points from the Handball Planet visitors. She won 19 points in total.The second best young handball player in 2013/2014  is Russian lefthander Anna Vyakhireva, while Hungarian left wing Dorina Korsos is the third…WORLD’S BEST YOUNG PLAYER 2013/2014:1. LOUISE BURGAARD 192. ANNA VYAKHIREVA 153. DORINA KORSOS 144. SONJA FREY 135. JOVANA RISOVIC 12.. KATARINA JEZIC 12 ← Previous Story Over 17.000 votes for the best handball girls Next Story → Louise Burgaard is the World Best Young Female Player 2013/2014

Guess how many students have signed up for UCCs alcoholfree accommodation

first_imgRead: UCC students to be offered ‘alcohol free’ accommodation > Read: 11 activities every Irish college student engages in > THE PLAN GENERATED huge publicity for UCC when it was announced last month: the Cork university would be giving students the option of living in alcohol free accommodation.The college gave two main reasons for the move: to curb what had been described as “concerning” alcohol habits among the student population, and to make the campus more attractive to overseas students who may not be comfortable with the Irish drinking culture.Those interested in taking up the option will be housed in general student accommodation blocks, with the individual apartments or houses designated ‘alcohol free’. No limit was set for the numbers, but the college said it was expecting a “good uptake”.As the new term gets underway, UCC’s press department has confirmed the final numbers to just three students are currently in “the final stages of signing up” — all citing the desire to “reside in an environment more conducive to study”.The college says it had 25 initial queries from students who were “seriously interested”. Those who decided not to pursue it said there were “already committed to other accommodation by way of a lease; they had decided to take further time to consider the option at a later date or they had simply had a change of heart”.According to UCC’s statement, it is “happy with the initial response”:…it has provided a decent starting (and talking) point for generating further interest in the future.From here, limited advertising of alcohol-free accommodation is likely to take place again after Christmas for students who may not be happy with their current type of accommodation or who may have a renewed interest following their initial query.last_img read more

Thon rouge la France dans le collimateur des écologistes

first_imgThon rouge : la France dans le collimateur des écologistes Europe – La réunion de la Commission internationale pour la conservation des thonidés de l’Atlantique (Cicta), qui s’ouvre demain, mercredi 17 novembre, à Paris, suscite un regain de mobilisation, voire de colère de la part des ONG environnementales. La France est particulièrement pointée du doigt.”Le président Nicolas Sarkozy est le seul homme qui pourrait, s’il le voulait, sauver le thon rouge”, dit Paul Watson, pourfendeur de braconniers, fondateur et leader de l’ONG Sea shepherd, qui ne semble pourtant pas se faire trop d’illusions, jugeant “bien faibles et contradictoires” les actions du gouvernement français sur ce dossier.À lire aussiDes tortues marines naissent pour la première fois sur une plage française en MéditerranéeGreenpeace, le WWF et l’association américaine Pew, de leur côté, rappellent que la Cicta a constaté, pour les thoniers français, durant la campagne de pêche 2007, un dépassement de 1.500 tonnes des quotas autorisés. Une “ardoise” qui, selon les ONG, devrait être déduite du quota qui sera décidé pour 2011 : si les 13.500 tonnes du quota mondial 2010 sont reconduites, soit 2.012 tonnes pour la France (15 % du total, environ), les 17 thoniers senneurs français ne pourraient ainsi prélever que 500 tonnes l’année prochaine.Un accord autour de 10.000 tonnes (au niveau mondial) semble envisagé, au grand dam des écologistes, qui réclament un maximum de 6.000 tonnes, l’interdiction des prises dans les aires de reproduction et l’interdiction des thoniers senneurs, dont les pratiques sont jugées trop dévastatrices. Le 16 novembre 2010 à 14:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Google Employee Smashes World Record for Calculating Pi

first_img Emma Haruka Iwao, a Google employee, just broke the world record for calculating the value of pi.On Thursday, Google announced the accomplishment in a blog post, and said that Iwao’s team smashed the Guinness World Records title for the most accurate value of pi. With Google Compute Engine, which is powered by Google Cloud, Iwao calculated pi to 31,415,926,535,897 digits, marking a major milestone in mathematics.To calculate pi, Iwao used an application, y-cruncher, on 25 Google Cloud virtual machines. This wasn’t an easy task though, since it required a lot of memory and storage. Iwao’s calculation required 170 terabytes of data to complete, which is approximately equivalent to all the Library of Congress print collections’ data. It also took the virtual machines about 121 days to complete, while the Google Cloud infrastructure keeping the servers going without any technical hiccups.31.4 trillion: the number of π digits calculated.Congratulations to @Yuryu, who set the new world record, calculating almost 9 trillion more digits than the previous world record using Compute Engine VM clusters → #PiDay— Google Cloud Platform (@GCPcloud) March 14, 2019Iwao emphasized the importance of cloud computing, and how it can be used to solve complicated mathematical constants, such as pi. “Even if you don’t work for Google, you can apply for various scholarships and programs to access computing resources. I was very fortunate that there were Japanese world record holders that I could relate to,” Iwao said in the blog post. “I’m really happy to be one of the few women in computer science holding the record, and I hope I can show more people who want to work in the industry what’s possible.”More on Day 2019: Where to Score Free (or $3.14) Pizza and Pie on March 14Geek Pick: Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ Is a Cute ComputerWhere on Google Earth Is Carmen Sandiego? 50 Attorneys General Launch Bipartisan Probe Into GoogleYouTube Fined $170M For Alleged Child Privacy Law Violation Stay on targetlast_img read more