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first_imgInzamam to coach AfghanistanISLAMABAD (AP):Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq said yesterday that he will coach Afghanistan during the upcoming limited-overs tour of Zimbabwe.Calling Afghanistan “a fast rising team in international cricket,” Inzamam told The Associated Press that he will fly to Harare tomorrow to take charge of the ICC associate member.”They have some good fighting cricketers and what I will be looking forward (to) is to better their batting technique in international matches,” said the 45-year-old Inzamam, who scored 8,830 runs in 120 Test matches and 11,739 runs in 378 ODIs.He retired from international cricket in 2007.Afghanistan will play five ODIs and two Twenty20s against Zimbabwe, starting October 16.Smith disappointed with postponed tourMELBOURNE, Australia (AP):Australia cricket captain Steve Smith said yesterday he was disappointed he won’t get to lead the Test side to Bangladesh and he felt it for cricket fans in the South Asian country.On Thursday, Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said the two-Test tour of Bangladesh, scheduled to start with a warm-up match today, would not go ahead after Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs identified a serious security risk.An Italian citizen was shot to death by a gunman on a motorcycle while walking in Dhaka’s diplomatic zone on Monday. The militant group Islamic State later claimed responsibility.Smith said he understood the disappointment of the cricket community in Bangladesh.”I really feel for them,” Smith said. “They were all looking forward to us coming over, to playing over there so hopefully we can get an opportunity to get over there at some time.”Klitschko vs Fury rescheduled for Nov 28BERLIN (AP):Wladimir Klitschko’s postponed heavyweight title defence against Tyson Fury has been rescheduled for November 28 at the same Duesseldorf venue.The Ukrainian had been scheduled to defend his IBF, WBO and WBA belts against the British fighter on October 24, but the bout was called off after Klitschko tore a tendon in his left calf in training.Klitschko says in a statement Friday that that “injury will heal quickly enough for me to enter the ring on November 28.”Fury, unbeaten with 18 knockouts in 24 wins, is bidding to become the first fighter to defeat Klitschko since Lamon Brewster on April 10, 2004.last_img read more

Will it be yet another Chelsea shut-out at Middlesbrough? The punters think so

first_imgChelsea travel to the Riverside Stadium on Sunday looking to improve on an already excellent recent record against Middlesbrough. The Blues have won their last five games against Boro in the Premier League and have not conceded a goal in any of those games.Chelsea have, coincidentally, won their last five league games without conceding and if they win to nil on Teesside – which is 11/8 at BetVictor –  it will be the 10th time in the Premier League a club has won six or more league games without conceding. Note Chelsea have already achieved the feat on four previous occasions.Antonio Conte’s men are 11/20 to win, with Boro, unbeaten in their last three, 6/1, and the draw at 31/10.Eden Hazard limped out of Belgium’s World Cup qualifier but is optimistic of being available for Sunday’s game.Hazard is 5/1 to score first, behind Diego Costa, another injury doubt, who is 10/3 to find the back of the net first.For all the latest odds, check out www.betvictor.comHave a good weekend everyone.Charlie Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Web3.0 : Weaving the Semantic Web

first_imgWhile most companies haven’t even begun to come to grips with Web 2.0 and its corporate equivalent called Enterprise 2.0, people are beginning to talk about the next generation of web-based technologies, Web 3.0.Web 3.0 is beginning to align around something called the Semantic Web.  This is an idea that was first proposed by Tim Berners-Lee back in 2001 in a Scientific American article.  The differentiator of Web 3.0 is that web content can presented in a way that will easily allow software agents to easily find data, read and understand it, and then be able to share and aggregate it.Web 1.0 was a world of read-only web pages.  Web 2.0 created a read-write world of greater collaboration.  And Web 3.0’s world will be one of read-write-execute where software applications and agents play an important role.Central to the Semantic Web are tags that can be applied to data at a very fine-detailed level.  Next-generation search engines will be able to interpret the tags and perform highly accurate data searches.  Web 2.0 emphasized a grass-roots populist approach to tagging, but Web 3.0 is based on a more structured approach where tags provide detailed context to the information.  Companies like Adobe, Google, Oracle and Hewlett-Packard are investigating the possibilities of the technology.Business Week cites a report by Mills Davis, founder of the consulting firm Project10X, that finds that Semantic Web technologies could surge to more than $50 billion in 2010 from just $2.2 billion in 2006.Sramana Mitra proposed the following formula for Web 3.0:Web 3.0 = 4C [content, commerce, community, context] + P [personalization] + VS [vertical search].last_img read more

Bryant unveils NBA China academy plans

first_imgMission Hills Group will design and build the school and its six indoor courts, but it will be operated by NBA China.The NBA already has three training academies in China for top male and female prospects.NBA China chief executive David Shoemaker said in a Mission Hills press statement: “This groundbreaking NBA Basketball School in Haikou further builds upon our commitment to developing young basketball talent in China. “We are delighted that Mission Hills Group shares our vision and are thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to the government’s pledge to grow a sporting culture in Hainan Province.”Hainan, sometimes referred to as China’s equivalent of Hawaii, already hosts a Barcelona football academy, also in partnership with Mission Hills.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Along with football, basketball is the most popular sport in China and Bryant said the new facility — construction begins later this year — will be a boon to the Chinese game.“The Chinese youth will benefit from a complete approach to player development that combines NBA-quality coaching with NBA-level training,” said the retired five-time NBA champion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I believe this partnership will lift the game of basketball to a higher level in China.”The 39-year-old was in the city of Haikou, on the southern Chinese island of Hainan, to unveil the project. PH chess team eyes 7 golds or more in 2017 ASEAN Para Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Retired basketball superstar Kobe Bryant enjoying himself during his Mamba Mentality Tour on Saturday night, June 25, 2016, at Araneta Coliseum in Cubao. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLos Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant announced plans Tuesday for China’s first NBA basketball school, a development the 18-time All-Star says will improve the game in the country.The NBA Basketball School-Mission Hills Haikou will be open to male and female players from junior up to professional level after its completion in 2019 and could help unearth the next Chinese basketball star.ADVERTISEMENT View commentscenter_img Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterslast_img read more