Chesss: Carlsen pips Viswanathan Anand

first_imgWorld champion Viswanathan Anand drew against Russian Vladimir Kramnik to finish joint second with Luke McShane of England at the 2010 London Chess Classic at Olympia.Viswanathan Anand drew with Vladimir Kramnik to finish second at the London Classic.Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen of Norway clinched first place with a crushing victory against Nigel Short of England on Wednesday.The final-round victory by the Norwegian ensured him first place regardless of the other results as he had the best tiebreak score.With four victories, one draw and two losses, Carlsen tallied 13 points and remained two ahead of Viswanath Anand and McShane.Kramnik and Hikaru Nakamura of United States finished joint fourth on 10 points each while Michael Adams ended his campaign on eight points following a draw with Nakamura in the final round.David Howell held McShane to finish ahead of Short who scored just two points from two draws besides five losses.The victory by Carlsen will also see him reclaim his place at the top of the official rating list in January 2011 although Anand will also have a marginal gain in rating points.Carlsen’s mentor Garry Kasparov was present at the venue to comment on the final- round games and see his protege win the tournament for the second successive year.The first game to finish was the pairing of current world champion Anand and his predecessor Vladimir Kramnik. Anand faced the Berlin Defense yet again and carried a token edge into the middle game that ensued.Kramnik was up to the task in exchanging pieces at regular intervals and it came down to an opposite- coloured bishop endgame where Anand’s extra pawn was of no consequence.advertisementNigel Short faced Carlsen with black pieces and his plan of going for a simplified position backfired.With clinical precision, Carlsen restrained Nigel’s queenside development and occupied crucial squares to win a pawn and it soon subsided into a straightforward technical win.David Howell and Luke McShane played a full- blooded Sicilian Dragon – one of the wildest openings in the canon.Howell got an optical advantage but missed his chances in the middle game. The result was a draw through perpetual checks.The game between Nakamura and Adams went right down to the kings. Adams played his favourite Marshall Attack and the American came up with a new idea.The queens came off and pressure against hanging pawns ensured an equal position for the English.In the open event, Grandmaster Abhijeet Gupta suffered a last- round loss to Thorustur Thorllsson of Iceland while International Master Sahaj Grover won his last round to finish as the best junior in the tournament, defeating David Eggleston of England.last_img read more

Lenovo says it has sold 1 lakh Moto E3 Power units in one day

first_imgLenovo’s ultra-affordable Moto E3 Power phone is off to a good start, if Motorola India’s country head Amit Boni is to be gone by. According to Boni, the company has managed to sell 100,000 units of the Moto E3 Power in just one day. The phone was launched in India on September 19 and is exclusively available for buying from Flipkart at a price of Rs 7,999.Our teams @Flipkart & @Moto_IND have made history. 100000 #MotoE3Power sold in one day. Recordbreakingspree!! Amit Boni (@AmitBoni) September 21, 2016The Moto E3 Power is a slightly upgraded version of the Moto E3 and comes with more RAM and a bigger battery. Boasting of an all-plastic body, the Moto E3 Power belongs to the rare category of smartphones that still carry a removable battery. The Moto E3 Power also has a water-repellent nano-coating that protects the phone from accidental spills, splashes or light rain. The phone is also smudge-resistant, claims Lenovo.The Moto E3 Power has a 5-inch 720p display and is powered by a 1GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735 processor coupled with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal memory which is further expandable by up to 32GB via microSD card. The dual-SIM phone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow and supports 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready).The Moto E3 Power sports an 8-megapixel camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel camera on the front. The phone is backed by a 3,500mAh battery and supports fast charging. The Z2 Plus comes with a 5-inch 1080p display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. The phone is backed by a 3,500 mAh battery.advertisementAlso Read: Moto E3 Power review: Affordable but not powerful enoughlast_img read more

Parliamentary Committee Proposes Recommendations to Curb Domestic Violence

first_img Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, says the review was done in order to introduce new and harsher penalties for the perpetrators of domestic violence. A Joint Select Committee of Parliament has submitted recommendations from a review of four critical pieces of legislations, which are intended to provide women and children with greater against domestic violence.These are: the Domestic Violence Act, Offences against the Persons Act, Child Care and Protection Act, and Sexual Offences Act.Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, says the review was done in order to introduce new and harsher penalties for the perpetrators of domestic violence.“The Government is also finalising the Prevention of Sexual Harassment Bill, which will be brought to the House of Representatives in the short term,” the Minister added.She was speaking at an International Women’s Day symposium at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston on March 8.The event was held under the theme: ‘Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change’ #BalanceForBetter.Ms. Grange advised that greater support is being provided during the 2019/20 fiscal year for women who are victims of domestic violence, with the purchase of two shelters valued $86 million.These facilities, she further indicated, will be located in western and eastern Jamaica.Last year, the Government purchased property in central Jamaica at a cost of over $34million, which is currently being renovated.On completion, it will be operated as Jamaica’s first State-run shelter for domestic violence victims.“It will provide a safe-haven for women who need rescue due to the threat of gender-based violence and will provide counselling, psycho-social support and skills training to victims of gender-based violence, their children as well as survivors of intimate partner and others forms of domestic violence,” Ms. Grange said.Director of Policy and Research at the Bureau of Gender Affairs (BGA), Sharon Coburn Robinson, told JIS News that the shelters will assist in strengthening the agency’s work, as well as facilitate increased victim intake.“Prior to now, [we had] overnight shelters… for just a period of time. The structures that we have taken on are… enclosed, private and confidential. They [will] allow the female… [if she is a mother] to take her small children to allow the family [to remain] together,” she said.The symposium, which was held in observance of International Women’s Day on March 8, brought together women from a wide range of sectors, including: government, the military, business, medicine, agriculture, and religion, to celebrate womanhood and share success stories.Mrs. Coburn Robinson explained that the BGA’s mandate is to ensure that the needs of women are met, adding that the Day was chosen to communicate this message.During the symposium, the 2018 Rural Women’s Achiever and Rural Girls Rock Awards were presented.The Rural Women’s Achiever Award acknowledges the outstanding contribution of rural women to nation-building.It also identifies and supports the capabilities of rural women and girls to emerge as leaders and change agents within their communities.The Rural Girls Rock Award is intended to empower rural young girls by highlighting their academic achievements and contribution to community and national development.Recipients of the Rural Women’s Achiever Award were: Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Sergeant Rochelle McGibbon-Scott from the St. Mary Division Community Safety and Security Branch, and President of the St. Ann Disabilities Association, Millicent Sankey.Student of Brimmervale High School in St. Mary, Tackeisha Johnson, received the Rural Girls Rock Award. These are: the Domestic Violence Act, Offences against the Persons Act, Child Care and Protection Act, and Sexual Offences Act. A Joint Select Committee of Parliament has submitted recommendations from a review of four critical pieces of legislations, which are intended to provide women and children with greater against domestic violence. Story Highlightslast_img read more

ChinaLed Consortium Chosen to Build LNG Terminal in Cyprus

first_imgzoomIllustration; Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license A consortium led by China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering Corporation (CPPEC) has been selected as the preferred bidder for the construction of an LNG terminal at Vassiliko Port in Cyprus.The consortium, comprising Wilhelmsen Ship Management Limited, Aktor S.A., Metron S.A. and Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding, is to build the LNG import terminal that includes a floating storage regasification unit (FSRU), a jetty for the mooring of the FSRU, jetty borne and onshore pipelines as well as additional facilities.The consortium will now be invited in Cyprus, in order to finalize the process and sign the contracts with ETYFA (Natural Gas Infrastructure Company).Symeon Kassianides, Chairman of Cyprus Natural Gas Public Company (DEFA), was cited as saying that, if the procedure goes according to plan, contracts with the preferred bidder would be signed in mid-October 2019.The EUR 300 million project, scheduled for completion in 2021, is co-financed by a grant of 40%, or up to EUR 101 million, from the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) financing instrument.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

US setting up facial recognition at major airports without proper vetting says

first_img Tags CBP is planning to employ facial recognition tech at 20 top US airports by 2021, says report.  Getty Images The US Department of Homeland Security is reportedly rushing to set up facial recognition systems that will scan all international passengers — including US citizens — in the top 20 US airports by 2021. This is being done without proper vetting or regulatory safeguards, according to a BuzzFeed News report Monday. There were reportedly “no limits” on how partnering airlines could use facial recognition data collected by the US Customs and Border Protection program, according to BuzzFeed News’ deep dive into 346 pages of documents obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a nonprofit research group. CBP reportedly limited participating companies and third-party firms from using this data in December, but it’s unclear how the new rule is being enforced.CBP didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment, but told BuzzFeed News that it would keep photos of non-US citizens departing the country for up to 14 days.”By partnering with airports and airlines to provide a secure stand-alone system that works quickly and reliably, which they will integrate into their boarding process, CBP does not have to rebuild everything from the ground up as we drive innovation across the travel experience,” a spokesperson told BuzzFeed News. Critics of facial recognition tech have said advances in artificial intelligence and the proliferation of cameras have made it increasingly easy for governments to watch and track what individuals are doing. Microsoft in December urged governments to enact legislation in 2019 that requires facial recognition tech to be independently tested to ensure accuracy, prevent unfair bias and protect people’s rights. Amazon’s shareholders in January called on the e-commerce giant to stop selling its Rekognition technology to government agencies, following criticism from civil liberties groups, members of Congress and Amazon’s own employees.BuzzFeed News said airports currently included in the CBP’s facial recognition program are in Atlanta, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Washington (Dulles and Reagan), Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Houston Hobby, Dallas-Fort Worth, JFK, Miami, San Jose, Orlando and Detroit. Comment 1 Security Sci-Tech Politics Facial recognition Share your voicelast_img read more

Journalist Amanullah Kabir passes away

first_imgAmanullah Kabir. Photo: UNBEminent journalist Amanullah Kabir passed away at a hospital here early Wednesday. He was 71.The veteran journalist was undergoing treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) and breathed his last around 12:45am.Amanullah Kabir was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of the BSMMU on 2 January with diabetes and other complications.Earlier on 5 January, he was admitted to the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases after suffering a massive heart attack. He was later taken to the coronary care unit from the emergency unit.He has been working as the Senior Editor of the online news portal bdnews24.com.He served as executive editor of the Independent, news editor of The Daily Star, editor of Bangla Daily Amar Desh, and chief editor and managing director of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS).last_img read more