By Dialogo August 27, 2009 Panama City, 24 August (EFE).- One hundred years after the first cement blocks were put in place for the Panama Canal, in 1909, the interoceanic canal, which has been traversed by 983,000 vessels over the course of a century, is getting ready for new locks that can be used by the new ships of the twenty-first century. Although no ceremony has been planned, tomorrow will be the first of the 1,883 days (about five years and two months) that the international consortium Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC) will have to build the locks for the new channel, which will enable the passage of larger vessels than those that existed at the beginning of the last century. GUPC, headed by the Spanish firm Sacyr-Vallehermoso and also including the Italian firm Impregilo, the Belgian firm Jan de Nul, and the Panamanian firm Constructora Urbana, has not yet set a date to break ground on the project, which it has agreed to carry out for 3.118 billion dollars. The opening of the construction period coincides with the hundredth anniversary of the date the first cement for the current locks was poured, on 24 August 1909, less than six years after Panamanian independence, for which the Canal project was decisive. A canal was first proposed in 1532, only nineteen years after the discovery of the Pacific Ocean by Vasco Núñez de Balboa’s expedition, when Charles V ordered topographical studies for the construction of a canal that would cross the Isthmus of Panama and streamline the shipment of treasure from Peru to Spain. Due to the complexity and financial cost of the project, however, it remained for many years only a recurring proposal, until it was again seriously pursued toward the end of the nineteenth century. It was the Frenchman Ferdinand de Lesseps, who had already built the Suez Canal in Egypt between 1859 and 1869, who set out to do the same in the Isthmus of Panama in 1880. However, his insistence on a sea-level canal, like the Suez Canal, as well as tropical diseases and administrative inefficiency, caused the enterprise to end in one of the largest financial scandals of the late nineteenth century. The United States, one of the countries that would benefit most from a canal, bought the rights from Lesseps, and when confronted with the difficulty of obtaining from Colombia the concession to build the canal through the Colombian province of Panama, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt supported the Panamanian independence movement. Panama declared its independence from Colombia on 3 November 1903 and found itself forced to sign a draconian treaty with the United States, granting Washington the canal concession in perpetuity and sovereignty over an eight-kilometer-wide strip on either side and thereby setting the stage for a lengthy struggle to recover the ceded rights. After numerous diplomatic efforts without results, on 7 September 1977, the Panamanian head of government, Gen. Omar Torrijos, and the U.S. president, Jimmy Carter, signed a treaty for the gradual handover of the canal to the Panamanians, along with guarantees of free transit and permanent neutrality. Thus, on 31 December 1999 Panama took full control of this strategic infrastructure, the construction of which the United States had restarted in 1904 and, with the efforts of around 75,000 workers from around the world and the investment of 400 million dollars at the time, had completed in ten years. Now, less than a decade after the handover, Panama has been faced since 2007 with a project with a total cost of around 5.25 billion dollars in order to refit the canal for the passage of larger vessels known as “Post-Panamax.” These ships, with almost three times the cargo capacity of so-called “Panamax” ships, are calculated to already account for around a third of the volume carried on container ships, the Canal’s principal business. The new channel, with a three-stage lock at each end of the Canal and a system of lateral reservoirs to conserve water, will raise the vessels twenty-six meters – equivalent to an eight-story building – to allow them to cross Gatún Lake, in the center of the isthmus, before descending to the ocean on the other side. The Panama Canal Authority has established financial incentives and penalties to speed up construction, with the aim of having the expansion completed for the centennial of the opening of the Canal on 15 August 2014.
Quarterback Joel Stave reportedly broke his left collarbone early in the second half against Michigan State and will miss the rest of the season.[/media-credit]It looked like quarterback Joel Stave was finally finding his rhythm in the offense – and against one of the best defenses in the nation, nonetheless.But all it took was one destructive hit to leave Wisconsin’s (6-3, 3-2 Big Ten) season in question.With what is now being reported as a broken collarbone, the UW training staff helped Stave off the field during the opening minutes of the third quarter when a hit from star MSU (5-4, 2-3) defensive end William Gholston slammed the Badgers’ quarterback to the ground.Stave finished the day going 9-for-11 through the air, amassing 127 yards and a touchdown before his injury. But the redshirt freshman was also sacked twice with the final takedown proving to end the quarterback’s promising game and season, as the Badgers fell to the Spartans 16-13 in overtime. Initially getting up, Stave went down on the field after walking towards the sideline, clutching his arm with his face contorted in pain.Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema, who praised Stave for playing well before the injury, noted that his young quarterback tended to hold on to the ball for too long.“We’ve been on him to try to get rid of the football when he’s feeling pressure,” Bielema said. “I can’t remember the exact schematics of the play he got hurt on, but they had [the receivers] covered up and you just wish he would have gotten rid of the football quicker.”Paired up with the 2011 second team all-Big Ten defensive end Gholston for a majority of the game, Wisconsin right tackle Rob Havenstein had the big defensive end in front of him on the play. But as Stave stepped up in the pocket with nothing open, he found himself with a face full of the 6-foot-7, 278-pound monster of the Spartan D-line as Gholston was able to roll off the block to the inside and deliver the punishing blow.“Gholston’s definitely a great player,” Havenstein said. “I have to stick on him longer, and obviously, I gave up that sack and I’ll put that one directly on me. It’s unfortunate that Joel got hurt because of my mistake.”Before his injury, Stave led the Badgers on what may have been the young quarterback’s finest play donning the cardinal and white. The native son of Greenfield, Wis., took the reigns on Wisconsin’s only series resulting in a touchdown, going 5-for-5 for 78 yards and a touchdown to Jacob Pedersen with 13 minutes, 44 seconds left in the first half.Michigan State’s defense made it evident throughout the first half that if anyone was going to beat them, it was going to be the play of Stave’s arm, stacking the box heavily against the run. However, it looked like there was a distinct possibility Stave would do just that. But due to the injury, once-touted transfer Danny O’Brien stepped into the game for the Badgers to direct the offense for the first time since running the two-minute drill at Nebraska nearly a month ago.It seemed like everything stalled on offense with O’Brien under center, or rather, what little momentum the Badgers garnered with Stave under center completely vanished.“I mean obviously you have a plan with Joel … a change at quarterback changes the game,” Bielema said. “It doesn’t really change anything play wise or anything like that. It was a difficult spot there for him to come into but Danny handled it.”While O’Brien didn’t turn the ball over, he also failed to show why Wisconsin should feel confident with him directing the offense moving forward. Hampered by a poor awareness in the pocket, O’Brien went 5-for-11 for just 44 yards as the Spartans sacked him three times.It put Wisconsin’s offensive line in another tough spot. After enduring a quarterback transition over a month ago in the second half against Utah State, the group had to once again adjust to a new signal-caller.But the Wisconsin run game and offensive line didn’t exactly help themselves either, gaining just 19 net yards on the ground for the entire game.“We just were not able to perform offensively and I think that comes down to the offensive line,” center Travis Frederick said. “Kind of going back to our old ways when we weren’t getting quite the movement we wanted. Obviously abandons trust in the run game and once that happens, things are up for grabs.”With the Badgers’ run game all but bottled up – Montee Ball and James White finished with a combined 62 yards on 29 carries – the Spartans and defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi were all too happy to challenge O’Brien to beat them through the air, sending a plethora of blitzes that discombobulated the second-string quarterback and sent him scrambling to keep plays alive.“I think as the game went on when they were down, we kind of knew, and they did pressure us more,” O’Brien said. “A lot of different blitz looks with some tricky coverages behind it. But we knew that, as the game was winding down, just with the lead they were going to blitz us more to try to get a turnover. It was a field position game all day.”“We didn’t turn it over but at the same time we got to make some plays.”Follow Nick on Twitter
Captain Peter Acheson says this is one of the lessons that the Premier County must take from their Munster final loss to Kerry.Tipp take on Derry in Round 4A of the qualifiers in Cavan on Saturday.Peter believes there are lot of positives from the clash with the Kingdom that could be taken into the meeting with the Ulster county. Meanwhile, James Mc Carthy looks set to miss Dublin’s All Ireland quarter final and the semi final if they get there.It’s reported in the Irish Mirror that the wing back has damaged knee ligaments and will struggle to play for the Dubs again this summer. Tipp FM will have live commentary on the match at Kingspan Breffni Park – our coverage gets underway at 4.45.
Sources: Trevor Bauer is being fined, but not suspended, for his in-game long toss demonstration— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 30, 2019Bauer apologized for his actions after the game.“There’s no place for it in the game,” Bauer told reporters (via Cleveland.com). “I’m happy it didn’t result in any physical injury for anybody else. I realize I put people in danger.” Related News Trevor Bauer’s actions in Sunday’s game are going to cost him money rather than time.The Indians pitcher will be fined, not suspended, for throwing a ball over the center-field wall at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, according to a report from MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. The 28-year-old righty has had an up-and-down season with the Indians going from 7 2/3 scoreless innings one game to allowing eight runs (seven earned) in another. MLB trade rumors: Indians ‘more likely than not’ to move Trevor Bauer Trevor Bauer apologizes for throwing ball over CF fence: ‘Completely unacceptable’ He has routinely shown frustration on the mound and after Sunday’s incident, some are starting to believe the Indians will be even more likely to trade him at the deadline.Cleveland is considering moving him since he has routinely said he will test free agency in 2020, but it has yet to make a deal for him leading up to the deadline.As of Tuesday, according to Heyman, it is looking less and less likely that Bauer will be dealt.Indians are increasingly unlikely to trade Trevor Bauer. Word is, ownership is reluctant to part with a big star with team in position to make playoffs and possibly even win division again.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 30, 2019
The Competition pulled off the rags to riches story to steal the spotlight by capturing the 2013 Nelson Mixed Slopitch Championship recently at the Lakeside Diamonds.The Competition defeated defending champion Louie’s 3-1 in the final.The title is the third time in the league’s 19 seasons that this team has won the A Championship. In 2001 as “Budweiser” and 1995 as “Arrow Building” The Competition pulled off the magical feat.However, in 2013 The Competition had to pull off some magic after finishing the regular season with a 6-9 record, the lowest finish the team has ever experienced.The victory this season also made The Competition, which never trailed once during the playoff tournament, the lowest seeded team (10th of 16) to win the championship in the 19 season history.Mallard’s Source for sports is adding to the Cinderella season by selecting The Competition as Team of the Week.The winning squad includes, back row, L-R, Jamie Beauchamp, Dwayne Lau, Kristine Rye, Deena Beauchamp, Jason Trower, Jason Morrow, Christine Boyes and Daryl MacAskill.Front, winning pitcher Erik Laughton, Ava Laughton, Amanda Laughton and Jack Boyes.Missing from photo, Yvonne Vulcano, JP Ostrander and Fiona Lau.
Brand South Africa’s CEO Miller MatolaThe Global African Diaspora Summit is currently in session in Johannesburg, with top-level gatherings taking place ahead of the main event on Africa Day on 25 May.The event is an initiative of the Addis Ababa-based African Union (AU) and the South African government. It takes place under the theme Towards the Realisation of a United and Integrated Africa and its Diaspora.The summit’s main aim, according to the AU, is to discuss how best to harness skills and energies within the continent and abroad to boost socio-economic development in Africa, and to facilitate innovation and entrepreneurship through sustainable partnerships with the African Diaspora.At a pre-summit gathering held on 23 May to welcome delegates, South Africa’s international relations minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said that setting up partnerships with African citizens living off the continent would be a priority outcome for the summit.The strengthening of pan-African solidarity is another important goal that will result in a better life for the continent’s people, said Nkoana-Mashabane.“This is Africa’s effort to reach out to its sons and daughters out there in other parts of the world, to affirm our collective identity and marshal our forces for a better Africa and a better world.”Brand South Africa’s CEO Miller Matola too addressed the delegates and reflected on the significance of the event.This summit should be just one of the mechanisms adopted in efforts aimed at fostering a dialogue that will create lasting and more sustainable solutions for the continent, said Jerry Matjila, director-general of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, in his closing speech.“For our part as South Africa, we recommit ourselves to working with all whose ideals and vision is part of what we espouse for the future of this continent, and its diaspora.”Harnessing the energy of AfricaAccording to official reports, 64 leaders from African countries, AU organs, and organisations working within the diaspora, will attend the Johannesburg summit. About 500 representatives of government, academia, business and civil society are expected.The date of the event was decided upon at the 18th ordinary session of the AU, held in January 2012, although the endorsement of South Africa as host happened back in 2006, at the organisation’s eighth ordinary session in 2006.AU leaders wish to mobilise African citizens within the continent and in the diaspora, to support the acceleration of the agenda of African integration and development.The decision marked the culmination of a long process of consultations and meetings between the African continent and its diaspora counterparts.In 2003, at the first extraordinary session of AU heads of state, a decision was taken to integrate the African diaspora into the policy framework of the AU.This was done by amending the Constitutive Act, to provide a new article that invites and provides full participation of the African Diaspora as an important part of the continent – although this amendment has not yet come into force.
China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Related Posts Nabeel Al Ahmed, Digital Consultant – Dubai SightseeingMoreover, several years experiences in Tech savvy I always try to come up with new trends as being Communicator for tech related topic especially in IOT, AI. Tags:#adaptive technology#AI#AI Adoption#AI Machine Learning#Artifical intelligence#Future Tech#tech#technology Speaking of Millennials and the next rising generation — what differentiates us from our predecessors is the inventions. Humans have now created and add further constructions to almost everything that we can touch in our virtual lives. The only thing common between us, our predecessors and the next generation will be our brains.What is really changing in the world is how we look at things — and how we communicate.There is a change in the demeanor of the Millennial — and those who care to keep up with them, who are older. The mode of communication is changing — and how the Millennial looks at things.Artificial Intelligence, most commonly known as AI was a prediction for decades but was initially associated with robots only. However, AI is incorporated in almost everything we use today — and we call it “smart.”AI is something where software acts as humans and shows human-like behavior. It has always been seen, witnessed and predicted as something with great potential. It is becoming significant enough to make us sit at a comfortable level relaxing — while some of our chores are taken care of better than we could do them. AI is saving our time and consuming less of our energies and efforts to get things done.ProgrammingProgramming introduces us to a new world where we can do different things we never thought we could do. AI, basically, connects us and serves as a transition between all discrete actions. That means AI lets us engage in multiple things at one time — such as translating from one language to another instantly — or ordering salt from that table.Ever since computers came into existence, we have been using a set of rules for handling our actions. Every app allows us to customize its operations for us from their settings page. Incorporating technology into AI involves the absence of such rules — and training the algorithm of the computer — to link it up with the correct actions.Predictions for 2019AI now gives us more variables to work with and helps us to process all the variables in a programmatic way which is much simpler and offers a transparent level of confidence. It may come off as controversial to some — guessing what is going to happen.However, if the predictions for the coming future are pretty much accurate — AI will perform within the scientific realm of statistics. From the very beginning — Prepare For AI Automation, the New Revolution in 2019 — computers were known for managing math’s equations well.We have now slated with the responsibility of handling all the related mathematical tasks.Calculating the statistical significance of AI will not always be easy — but these calculations are the foundation of machine learning. When it comes to predicting and checking weather patterns, diagnosing diseases, knowing the product amounts in supply-chain-management or playing chess — for AI to do its duty — the programmers will have had to do theirs.We will always be moving forward towards increases in data and how to use the data sets effectively and building the processing power that will make these AI computers more suitable for the future.DecisionsNowadays, companies make their production predictions depending mainly on the data obtained from management information systems. This is because that information directly originates from the operations of their company — making it significant enough to make the hard number decisions. This data also tells them the margin of error or when to make or break the rules.Merging AI and decision management systems have become capable enough to take decision-making to different heights.AI proficiency also benefits these decision management systems when it comes to interpreting customer data into predictive models of critical trends. This new sensation has already facilitated other departments like marketing and consumer advocacy and CRM — modifying efforts, per crucial demographic.We can safely call AI a more mature technology now — because it has been utilized so extensively in its relatively young life for a range of enterprise applications.AI has been performing automated decision-making for some time. Advanced Systems Concepts, Informatica, Maana, Pegasystems, UiPath — are great instances for decision management through management information systems.InteractionsAI reveals new horizons of interface methods with the least amount of effort, and as such, there is no undiscovered insubstantial method to interact with computers. With the advent of mouse and keyboards in our lives, we are using computers more progressively and more conveniently both now and into the future.For communicating digitally, we learned how to write programming and coding so we can achieve some exclusive outcomes. As coding is being processed into human sentences and can interrupt input from cameras and sensors — this interaction can be done as smoothly and naturally as if it’s being done in person.Impact and benefits to humans.According to some calculations shared by Gartner, by 2012, AI will eliminate around 1.8 million jobs and would replace it with 2.3 million jobs. If we see our journey from past three industrial revolutions towards this current digital revolutions — our working lives and standards have altered fundamentally — and they’ll be changing again. Our work-life balance may soon be working two days or four days a week.Everything we currently do is touched somehow by AI.Given rational thought and direction, AI is still a big deal. Reality as we know it now is where things complete quicker, more effortlessly, with more exactness. Better learning has shown an exceptionally impactful graph of how cell phone clients have an advantage from computerized reasoning.2020 will be an essential year in AI-related business progress, as per Gartner. Also, as a digital reasoning platform, (AI) will turn into a definite spark for significant strides in employment growth. AI-related industrial growth should see positive growth into two million net-new employments by 2025.Several critical advancements in the past have been connected with a higher rate of employment — then a downturn for a time. AI may take this course. But the likelihood is that AI will enhance the profitability of numerous occupations. There could still be a downturn is low-level positions. Passing the financial compliance factors in the US and some other countries may be difficult under the eyes of AI.Tragically, many people think that their job or employment will be taken over by AI in the form of robotization. Though AI personal assistants may be in that category, the best of the AI advantage will be a growth-blend of the human consciousness where both supplement each other.IT pioneers shouldn’t bring the spotlight on the anticipated net increment of employment. With every interest in AI-empowered advances, IT should be bringing our consciousness to thoughts of what job will be made. AI will change how specialists team up with others and how they will settle on choices and complete work.Conclusion:Over the years much talk of artificial intelligence has been buzzing in our ears from nearly all professions. In 2019, A.I. is growing and enlarging the way forward — more than we ever anticipated.Today, people are starting to come to terms with Artificial Intelligence after realizing and estimating how much it is going to make their professional lives tranquil. There was a time when A.I. was considered one of the next-generation machinery which was only pointed out in bestseller motion picture films set in the future.The overall advantage of artificial intelligence (AI) is that it reproduces choices and activities of humans — minus our fundamental human inadequacies.We will get rid of some of our exhaustion and time restrictions. We’ll make better use of the spectrum of our internet as we observe the present AI inventions. We can watch and see that AI cannot really be summed up in predictions — which is why we will continue to research and see more from these inventions capabilities from 2019 — and well into the future. AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage M. Al. Nabeel A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Them
LATEST STORIES His family migrated to Maryland but transferred to the Philippines for good when he was seven.The 2015 SEA Games gold medalist in featherweight graduated from the University of Santo Tomas.He was also a bronze medalist in the Incheon Asian Games in 2014.“I’m already 27 now, so if I can still can I will still fight in the 2019 SEA Games in Manila,” said the 6-foot-1 Morrison.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Samuel Thomas Harper Morrison of the Philippines battles Ardian Prayogo Dinggo of Indonesia in the finals of the men’s -74kg of the 29th Southeast Asian Games taekwondo competition. Morrisson prevailed to win the gold medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLKUALA LUMPUR — Samuel Morrison knew that he could be fighting in his last Southeast Asian Games of his career.That’s why he was overcome with emotions after capturing the gold medal in the -74-kilogram division.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief READ: Emotional Morrison wins gold in taekwondo, avenges teammate’s loss“I made a promise to my grandmother to win,” said Morrison, 27.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 shutoutHis maternal grandmother died during the time he was trying to qualify for the Rio Olympics last year. He didn’t make it to the Games.“That’s why I went to her grave before I flew here,” said Morrison, who was born in Olongapo to an American serviceman and Filipino mother. Ravena wants more after winning record fourth gold medal UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View comments Onwubere is also hoping that the ones that will be left in the auspices of EAC will draw inspiration for what he did in his eight-year stay in San Marcelino.“I always tell them that it’s all about the hard work. I always tell them that the only way we can catch up to the ones above us will be through hard work,” he said. “I’m very grateful for the EAC community and I hope that this campaign will help the guys for the next year.”Onwubere now gears up for a new challenge in his career as he is set to enter the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Nike honors LeBron’s 15th NBA season with powerful ad Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Sidney Onwubere. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonSidney Onwubere struggled to hold back his tears as he looked around Filoil Flying V Centre and soaked in the moment after Emilio Aguinaldo College survived a gallant stand from Perpetual, 83-81, on Tuesday.Though the Generals failed to reach their goal of making it to the Final Four, the Fil-Nigerian forward got what he wanted — a win to cap off his collegiate career.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00PH military destroys thousands of illegal guns, ammo01:37Protesters 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 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “I will miss this all. The crowd, the fans, the drums. I will really miss all of this,” said Onwubere, who netted 18.06 points, 12.38 rebounds, 2.88 assists, and 1.56 blocks in his fifth and final year to lead EAC to a 7-11 record.The triumph was a fitting farewell for Onwubere, who could arguably be the most successful product of the EAC basketball program of this era.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 shutoutThough injuries held the Generals back from accomplishing their target, the 23-year-old was happy that the Generals eclipsed their record this season from last year.“Our focus this season was really to make it there. But at least, we improved our record from last year,” he said. LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH