With their eyes trained on a gilded frame containing a smeared, half-formed image of a distinguished gentleman, a small group of potential bidders gathered Friday night over cocktails at Christie’s New York and heard the pitch: here was the first portrait generated by an algorithm to come up for auction. The portrait, produced by artificial intelligence, hung on the wall opposite an Andy Warhol print and just to the right of a bronze work by Roy Lichtenstein.There were some smiles and at least one frown. Two people snapped cellphone pictures of the work, which looked as if someone had taken a sponge to a 17th-century oil portrait. The arrival of what some call the infant stages of the next great art movement at one of the world’s leading auction houses was greeted nonchalantly, with a nod of understanding and a sip of mezcal margarita.Christie’s is hoping for a more explosive reaction Thursday, when the gavel comes down on “Edmond de Belamy, from La Famille de Belamy,” formally testing the art market’s interest in AI art. The work — estimated at $7,000-$10,000 — was a collaboration by the members of Obvious, a French trio composed of a student of machine learning and two business school graduates, none of whom have a background in art. There was no paint or brushes involved, just an algorithm that learns to imitate sets of images fed by humans — in this case, thousands of portraits spanning the 14th century to the 20th.But is it art? Frédérique Baumgartner, an art historian at Columbia University, said the AI work raised questions about “intention and authorship,” but so, too, did artists from the past, including Marcel Duchamp (who famously made art out of a urinal). She went on to compare the portrait’s contrasting tones, coupled with the subject’s sober dress, with the old master of the Dutch Golden Age, Rembrandt van Rijn — though she quickly added, “That’s if I look half-closing my eyes.”The unusual sale shows the challenge traditional auction houses face staying relevant in a culture that moves at WiFi-enabled speeds. Christie’s — which shattered auction-house records in 2017 when it sold a $450 million Leonardo da Vinci painting — reached out directly to Obvious this year, rather than working through a seller. (It is the only AI work in Thursday’s sale of 363 lots.)Surprisingly, the loudest criticism has come not from the art establishment but from the small but passionate community of artists who work with AI, many of whom say that what Christie’s and Obvious suggested was groundbreaking was in fact effectively AI Art 101. Ahmed Elgammal, director of the Art and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at Rutgers University, said that the technology used to create the work, Generative Adversarial Networks, or GANs, had been used by artists since around 2015. “This group was totally irrelevant,” he scoffed.Mario Klingemann, a German artist known for his work with GANs, put it bluntly. “When I saw that announcement” of the auction, he said, “my reaction was ‘you can’t be serious.’” He compared the portrait by Obvious “to a connect-the-dots children’s painting.”Richard Lloyd, the International Head of the Prints & Multiples department at Christie’s, who brought the work in, acknowledged that he hadn’t made an exhaustive search of the small but very active field of AI art. “I just responded to it and thought it’d be cool,” he said.He added of AI art, “It’s just a personal sort of interest I’ve had for quite a few years.” He said he had been inspired by a report earlier this year that Nicolas Laugero Lasserre, a French collector, had privately purchased a portrait from Obvious, for about 10,000 euros, or about $11,400.What struck Lloyd most, he said, was the work’s resemblance to European portraiture. “It looks like something you’d expect Christie’s to sell,” he explained. “We’re the people who sold the Leonardo for $450 million.”He thought that the work Obvious was doing would be a good way to ease potential buyers at Christie’s into work made with AI. “I like the fact that it didn’t at first blush look different,” he said.Many artists and researchers who specialize in artistic applications of AI technology, while generally glad of the potential exposure the sale could bring, say that the portrait chosen by Christie’s is derivative. Codes written to produce the kind of images Obvious has made are also shared freely online among enthusiasts, raising questions of originality.For its part, Obvious acknowledges that the technology it used was gleaned from others. “It’s open source,” explained Pierre Fautrel, one of the group’s members, in an interview in New York last week. “We took a lot of different parts from different people.”The biggest difference between the Obvious portrait and their predecessors’ is the fact that Obvious had theirs printed on canvas and “signed” in the bottom right corner with a mathematical function used to produce it. They also had it extravagantly framed. “We’re introducing it to people who do not necessarily know what a GAN algorithm is,” Lloyd explained, speaking to the presentation. “It has to be, all things being equal, comparatively simple.”The opportunity to capitalize on the buzz surrounding artificial intelligence fits in with Christie’s efforts to market itself in new ways.In July it held its first Art & Tech summit, focused on the theme of blockchain, the technology behind cryptocurrencies like bitcoin. (Obvious themselves have sold art on SuperRare, an online marketplace that allows users to buy and sell digital artwork using cryptocurrency.)Brick-and-mortar auction houses have been slow to accept art that explores new technologies. To be sure, Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Phillips offer plenty of digitally generated works by blue-chip artists like Andreas Gursky and Christopher Wool. But the sort of digital video and virtual reality pieces that are featured routinely at contemporary art biennials rarely, if ever, appear at auction houses.Artists in the field are hoping that works sold at auctions like Christie’s will increasingly enter private collections. That appears to be happening more often. Earlier this year the New Delhi art gallery Nature Morte hosted what was billed as India’s first exhibition of work made entirely by AI, including works by Klingemann, Tom White, Memo Akten, Jake Elwes and Anna Ridler. In December, Elgammal of Rutgers will exhibit AI art for sale at Art Basel Miami Beach.Who knows what art historians of the future will say about these works and the impact of AI as a tool for artists. But Baumgartner at Columbia offered a gut response to the Obvious portrait.“It’s just so strange,” she said.c.2018 New York Times News Service Related Items
Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Read Next TNT was called for 32 fouls for the game, which led to San Miguel going 26-of-38 from the charity stripe. In comparison, the Beermen had 23 fouls, which turned to the KaTropa’s 14-of-21 shooting from the free throw line.Racela and his coaching staff have two days to devise a plan to trim those free throws attempt down, downplaying the situation. “I don’t know how. We’ll find ways to better defend them.”One thing’s for sure, is that TNT will come to play on Sunday with one goal in mind: to force a Game 7.“Again, the goal is to get to a Game 7. I think that’s the target of a lot of people,” he said. “I mean, your emotions cannot be dictated by this game. You just have to focus on the next one, and there will be a Game 7.”ADVERTISEMENT 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 View comments LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTNT coach Nash Racela was at loss for words after his side suffered a 111-102 Game 5 defeat to San Miguel in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals on Friday.“I would like to say that San Miguel easily outplayed us, but that’s just not the case,” said the soft-spoken coach, seemingly struggling to find the right words to say.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chris Ross credits teammates: ‘Everyone was up to the task’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera MOST READ Racela looked the other way and raised that just like in Game 3, turnovers once again led to the KaTropa’s downfall as they committed 24 turnovers which led to 23 turnover points for the Beermen.“Again, we have to limit our turnovers. I think that’s number one,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThose miscues haunted TNT as it lost its 15-point halftime lead, 61-46, and succumbed to a furious San Miguel rally in the second half.Racela continued: “We also have to limit San Miguel’s free throws.” What ‘missteps’? Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ray Allen visits Lyceum, tells unbeaten Pirates: ‘You have to work harder’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ 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 LATEST STORIES The Lady Chiefs, meanwhile, join University of the Philippines, Technological Institute of the Philippines, San Beda, Adamson, and College of St. Benilde.FEU is on its first campaign in a major tournament under the tutelage of head coach George Pascua, who replaced Shaq Delos Santos for the position.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 openingThe top four teams from Group A compete with the best four from Group B in the cross-over quarterfinals.The four winners then advance to the best-of-three semifinals with the best two teams advancing to the final round that has the same format. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netReigning NCAA champion Arellano and former titlist National University headline the upcoming Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference that is set to start on Sept. 2 at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Bulldogs, who won the collegiate conference title in the 13th season of the Shakey’s V-League, banner Group A that includes Ateneo, San Sebastian, Lyceum of the Philippines University, Far Eastern University, and Jose Rizal University.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’
WADA issued a statement saying officials were aware of WADA issued a statement saying officials were aware of Sharapovas case, but would not comment further until the ITF had ruled. – Full responsibility -======================= Sharapova has struggled with injuries during her career and has played just three tournaments since Wimbledon last year.She pulled out of the 2015 US Open with a leg injury and withdrew from the tournament starting this week in Indian Wells, California with a left forearm injury.Her most recent match was her Australian Open quarter-final loss to long-time rival Serena Williams.The short-notice press conference promising a “major announcement” had sparked speculation that she might be preparing to announce her retirement.”I know many of you thought I would be retiring today, but if I was ever going to announce my retirement it would probably not be in a downtown Los Angeles hotel with this fairly ugly carpet,” Sharapova said, trying with little success to inject a lighter tone into the proceedings. Asked if the doctor who prescribed the drug should have been aware it was now banned, Sharapova refused to shift the blame.”I have to take full responsibility for it,” she said.”At the end of day, everything you do is about you.” AFP SSC SSC
NEW YORK — Jake Peavy took little solace in knowing he had a perfect game going into the seventh inning — especially after the night ended with another loss.Peavy was outpitched by Jacob deGrom in a tantalizing hitless duel that carried into the seventh inning Saturday before the New York Mets broke loose and beat the San Francisco Giants 4-2.“There are a lot of positives. I had really good command, threw the ball mostly where I want to,” Peavy said. “But it is just hard to dwell on that right now with your team losing the game.”Pablo Sandoval doubled off deGrom with two outs in the top of the seventh for the game’s first hit.Peavy (1-11) was perfect until Daniel Murphy hit a one-out double into the bottom of the seventh on a ball that left fielder Michael Morse misjudged.The Mets went on to score four runs to back deGrom (6-5), and hand Peavy a defeat in his 11th straight decision, a streak that started with Boston.Peavy had never taken a no-hit try past 5 1-3 innings, but the 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner was dealing in his second start for San Francisco. He allowed four runs and four hits in seven innings.This was the second time this season that a game didn’t have any hits until there were two outs in the top of the seventh inning. Milwaukee’s Matt Garza and Atlanta’s Aaron Harang each had their no-hit bids broken up in the seventh on April 2.Murphy’s double came soon after there was a brief delay when Sandoval ran into the third-base railing chasing a foul ball.Morse took his first step in on Murphy’s line drive and couldn’t recover, setting off the Mets’ four-run inning. Travis d’Arnaud had a sacrifice fly, Juan Lagares hit an RBI single and Wilmer Flores added a two-run double.“I was playing shallow in, and he hit it pretty good, it just kept going away towards the line,” Morse said.In a scoreless game, Giants Manager Bruce Bochy never considered replacing Morse in left field. “You hate to take out one of your big bats in the seventh in a tie game, never know what is going to happen,” Bochy said.Both deGrom and Peavy got some help in keeping the bases clear until Brandon Belt walked with two outs in the fifth.The Mets backed their starter with fine glovework, while Peavy benefited from a replay call. DeGrom, batting eighth in the Mets’ lineup was initially safe for an infield hit in the third, but was the ruling was reversed.DeGrom was pulled with one out in the eighth following pinch-hitter Travis Ishikawa’s two-run single. In a career-high 7 1-3 innings, the lanky 26-year-old allowed four hits and two runs. He struck out seven in his 15th career start.“I knew it at the fifth inning so it was kind of a mental battle,” deGrom said of the dual no-hitters, “but I was sticking to the plan we had and I was going right after the guys.”Jenrry Mejia put runners on the corners in the ninth but got former St. John’s star Joe Panik to ground out for his 16th save.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shares
With her convincing performance as iconic actress Savitri in the biopic Mahanati, Keerthy Suresh established that she is not just another heroine with a pretty face in the south. After Mahanati, the actress was seen in films like Seema Raja, Sarkar and Saamy 2, which didn’t have much scope for Keerthy to perform.Now, she has been approached by independent filmmaker Nagesh Kukunoor, who is set to direct a film on issues faced by women in the society. Keerthy seems to have given her nod to the film.Nagesh Kukunoor, an NRI, who left his high-paying job for filmmaking, has made movies like Dhanak and Hyderabad Blues. His movies have received accolades in various International Festivals.Keerthy is also making her debut in Hindi with Amit Sharma’s upcoming film. The director is well known for his movie Badhaai Ho.Ajay Devgn will be the lead in the sports drama, which is based on the life of Syed Abdul Rahim, a football coach.ALSO READ | AR Murugadoss on his film with Rajinikanth: It is NOT a political ventureALSO WATCH | Actor Vijay pays homage to Karunanidhi at Anna Memorial
England would be desperately hoping that captain Eoin Morgan and in-form opener Jason Roy, who got injured during its match against West Indies, get fully fit before their next World Cup encounter against Afghanistan on Tuesday.Both batsmen went down in the first innings of Friday’s match, which England won by eight wickets against the Windies in Southampton.Neither Morgan nor Roy were risked during England’s run chase, as stand-in opener Joe Root hit his second century of the World Cup and carried his bat to take England to their target of 213. All-rounder Chris Woakes was promoted up to number three and he grabbed the opportunity and played a handy knock of 40 off 54 balls.Morgan suffered a back spasm while fielding and Roy picked up a hamstring injury, thus leaving the field at the Ageas Bowl.Roy pulled up his hamstring after chasing the ball over the covers during the eighth over of the match. The 28-year-old walked off and, soon, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed he needed further assessment after “feeling tightness”.Meanwhile, 32-year-old Morgan suffered from a back spasm during the 40th over and had to be helped from the field. Such was his discomfort that he stopped on his way to the changing room after finding the stairs up to the dressing room particularly difficult to conquer.Giving an update about both the injuries, Morgan said: “We will see how we pull up in the next 48 hours.”The England skipper, who had to give a standing post-match press conference because sitting down was too painful, said both of them would undergo scans on Saturday.advertisement”Hopefully, we don’t present serious injuries,” Morgan said. “When any two players go down, it’s a worry but we are not at panic stations yet.”Should either of the two batsmen need to be left out at the Old Trafford, England could call upon batsman James Vince, or recall all-rounder Moeen Ali.England are currently placed at the second spot with six points from four games.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Jofra Archer serves up reminder of what West Indies let slip awayAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Joe Root is the glue that holds England together, says Eoin Morgan
LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 27: A flag bearer for the Nebraska Cornhuskers waves the flag after a touchdown against the Bethune Cookman Wildcats at Memorial Stadium on October 27, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)The last few years have been a bit tough for Nebraska. They’ve endured back-to-back losing seasons for the first time in nearly 50 years. But one columnist suggests that the entire Big Ten conference may need Nebraska to emerge as a bona fide power in the years to come.In a column for the Omaha World-Herald, Sam McKewon suggested that Nebraska becoming a power in the Big Ten West could “save the league from making decisions that probably don’t help.” At Big Ten Media Days, some coaches raised the possibility of discussing divisional realignment or a move down to eight conference games, which is what the ACC and SEC currently have.He pointed to the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry essentially deciding the Big Ten, giving the conference overall a reduced “strength of perception.”“…the Huskers could help save the league from making decisions that probably don’t help, like reducing the number of conference games, scheduling too many FCS contests or ditching divisions, which threatens to reduce the league to an Ohio State-Michigan storyline that led to zero national titles and four measly Rose Bowl wins in the 1970s and 1980s.”Since the conference realigned into the Big Ten East and West divisions in 2014, the East winner has won the Big Ten title game each time. As the division’s biggest historic power, Nebraska may need to be the team that steps up in the West. The relatively lower perception of the Big Ten compared to the SEC may be contributing to the conference winner being snubbed from the College Football Playoff in the last three seasons.McKewon concluded that Iowa and Wisconsin have missed their chances to be the teams that elevate the conference.Nebraska head coach Scott Frost himself has suggested that Nebraska needs to be the school to do it.During Big Ten Media Days he said point blank that “the West hasn’t been as good as it should be” due to Nebraska’s struggles.“If I’m being honest, the West hasn’t been as good as it should be because Nebraska hasn’t been as good as it should be,” he said. “We can do a lot through the work we’re doing to try and get the program where it belongs to help the West be competitive and just as dominant as every other league in the country.”With high expectations coming into 2019, we’ll see if Frost can get his Huskers to seize that opportunity.[Omaha World-Herald]
Next Reuters ManchesterMay 7, 2019UPDATED: May 7, 2019 09:06 IST Vincent Kompany’s 25-metre goal sent the Etihad Stadium wild in a mixture of relief and joy (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVincent Kompany’s 70th minute helped City beat Leicester 1-0 in ManchesterKompany’s 25-metre goal was his first for City from outside the boxCity now have 95 points to Liverpool’s 94 and also have a plus four goal differenceJust as nerves and an enterprising Leicester City threatened to wreck Manchester City’s title hopes, their long-serving captain Vincent Kompany stepped up and fired home in the most emphatic fashion.The 1-0 win over Brendan Rodgers’ side now means City can secure the Premier League title with a victory at Brighton on Sunday.City are on top of the table with a one point advantage over Liverpool, who host Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday and know that their only chance of winning the title is if City stumble on the south coast.It had been a nervy and frustrating night for the home crowd until Kompany’s 25-metre drive sent the Etihad Stadium wild in a mixture of relief and joy after their longest wait this Premier League season for an opening goal at home.The 33-year-old Belgian defender picked up the ball just over the half-way line with the Leicester defence camped deep, and he unleashed a stunning drive that flew into the top corner of Kasper Schmeichel’s goal.It was the first time that Kompany has scored a goal for City from outside the box and there could not have been a better moment for such unlikely inspiration.Leicester had been good value in the first half as they tested City’s defensive solidity and frustrated their forward movement.There was a definite sign of nerves impacting on Pep Guardiola’s side as they struggled to find their usual fluidity and invention.TENSION SPILLEDThe crowd’s tension spilled onto the field and the occasional murmurs suggested that self-doubt was creeping in.advertisementBut after the break, City stepped up the tempo and the introduction of Leroy Sane for Phil Foden in the 56th minute allowed them to stretch the Foxes defence and penetrate the penalty area.But still chances were at a premium and when Sergio Aguero managed a close range poke goalwards in the 69th minute, Schmeichel was up to the task.Seven minute later Kompany took centre stage but there was still time for a scare as Leicester had an opportunity to level in the 87th minute but substitute Kelechi Iheanacho, a former City player, was unable to find the target from a promising position.City, who have now won 13 straight league games, have 95 points to Liverpool’s 94 and also have a plus four goal difference over Juergen Klopp’s side.Unless Brighton can produce the upset that has so far failed to materialise in the run-in of this epic duel, Liverpool, beaten just once this league campaign, will have to settle for the runners-up spot.Kompany, who has won three Premier League titles with the club since 2012, was overcome by the moment and was in tears as he took part in the lap of appreciation after the game.”I’m really happy for the team. This club, it’s part of how we have been successful to have goals like this, moments like this. We always believe that we have a chance and can play for the last second,” said Kompany.”We were putting pressure on, upping the tempo but found the last pass difficult. They defended really well and it was going to take something special. Now we have a final to play in Brighton, Nothing is won yet.”For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Manchester CityFollow Leicester CityFollow Premier leagueFollow Vincent Kompany Premier League: Vincent Kompany fires Manchester City to 1-0 win over LeicesterThe 1-0 win over Leicester City now means Manchester City can secure the Premier League title with a victory at Brighton on Sunday.advertisement
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zoomImage Courtesy: Balearia Spanish shipping company Baleària will start providing fast ferry service between Port Everglades, Florida, and Bimini, Bahamas, after the previous operator pulled out of the route citing commercial considerations.As of August 7, Baleària Caribbean will be the official Resorts World Bimini shipping company on the route for both passengers and cargo.Although the company did not reveal the name of the vessel it would deploy on the Bimini service, Baleària noted that the unit would have a 650-person capacity and a maximum speed of 38 knots, with the journey on the new service taking just under two hours.With five weekly services programmed to Bimini, the company said the number of connections could increase based on demand.The previous operator, FRS Caribbean, had the 400-passenger fast ferry San Gwann sailing between Miami and Bimini. The company terminated the route as of August 5.The change in operators comes months after the former CEO of Balearia Group, Hernan Calvo, was ordered to pay Balearia USD 2.8 million following his actions in helping competitors land the deal for ferry services to Genting’s Resorts World on Bimini. Calvo was convicted of using trade secrets and internal information to benefit a competitor.The new route to Bimini is the second operated by Baleària Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale to the Bahamas. Since 2011, Baleària provides services between this port and Freeport on Grand Bahama.
In celebration of World Smile Day, Kylie Jenner, Creator of Kylie Cosmetics, entrepreneur, television personality, style icon and Smile Train Ambassador, today announced the launch of the “Smile” Lip Kit, a limited edition set from her Kylie Cosmetics line.The lip kit will be made available on October 3 and for sale while supplies last. Jenner will donate 100 percent of net proceeds to Smile Train, the world’s largest cleft charity. In addition to the release of her latest lip kit, Jenner will also help to light the Empire State Building red and blue, Smile Train’s signature colors, on World Smile Day, a day dedicated to celebrating acts of compassion around the world.The two-piece Kylie Cosmetics lip kit includes a Matte Liquid Lipstick, a long-wearing, moisturizing lipstick with high intensity pigment for an instant bold matte lip, and Lip Liner, a creamy lip pen that makes application easy and comfortable.The “Smile” lip kit sells for an MSRP of $29.00 and is available exclusively on KylieCosmetics.com, while supplies last. “As the ambassador for Smile Train, I am excited to have the opportunity to donate 100% of the net proceeds from my newest Lip Kit ‘Smile’ to this amazing organization,” said Jenner. “It is incredible to know that in doing so I am helping give thousands of cleft children around the world new smiles.”Kylie, star of E! network’s #1 television series, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, now in its twelfth season and broadcast in over 160 countries worldwide recently partnered with Smile Train as an Ambassador to raise awareness of the issues faced by children living with untreated clefts. Over 170,000 children in developing countries are born with cleft lips and/or palates each year. Children with untreated clefts live in isolation and, more importantly, have difficulty eating, breathing and speaking. Smile Train’s sustainable model provides training, funding and resources to empower local doctors in over 85 countries in the developing world to provide 100 percent-free cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft care in their own communities. Cleft repair surgery is simple, and the transformation is immediate. Since its founding in 1999, Smile Train has provided more than one million cleft repair surgeries.“Smile Train is grateful for Kylie’s ’commitment and efforts to support children living with untreated clefts,” said Susannah Schaefer, CEO of Smile Train. “We are excited to be able to provide children born with clefts with new smiles and a fresh opportunity to lead full and productive lives.”For more information on the Kylie Cosmetics “Smile” Lip Kit, please visit KylieCosmetics.com.
CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi has responded to some of the critics of Tuesday’s massive funding announcement for the oil and gas sector in Alberta.He actually agreed with some of his critics, specifically the idea that this funding is not a long-term solution.Just spoke with the Natural Resources Minister @SohiAmarjeet. He agreed with some critics of yesterday’s announcement that this isn’t the long-term solution to Alberta’s energy woes. He says pipelines are still the answer, but something had to be done in the meantime @660NEWS— Kenny Mason (@krmason7) December 19, 2018Sohi argues that while the regulatory processes for building pipeline projects like Trans Mountain move forward, something needed to be done in the meantime.“What we’re focused on is that as we move toward building pipelines, how (can we) support industry now,” he said.He added this funding will allow companies the breathing room they need to survive in these tough times, similar to programs which were announced with the Business Development Bank of Canada and Export and Development Canada. Sohi said close to $1.5-billion was allocated in 2016, and the vast majority of that was used by businesses because they needed that support at that time. Now, he believes companies could use that support again.READ MORE: Experts weigh in on the federal investment into Alberta oil and gas “So what we announced (Tuesday) $1.6-billion will provide loans to get those businesses through these difficult times so they can make their payroll commitments,” he said. “This support is very meaningful for those businesses who need this support.”While there was no promise to get Trans Mountain started again in 2019 he says the work is being done to get it approved and built.“I am very confident that through our consultations with Indigenous peoples that we will be able to move forward on this project,” he said.Sohi retorted against some of the criticisms of the much maligned Bill C-69 saying it will actually help projects get built.“The current system is not working, you know, you can talk all about what’s wrong with Bill C-69, but I think what we need to do is fix what’s not working now,” he said.Some industry analysts asserted this bill, as it stands, would mean no pipeline project would ever be built in Canada. He does say he is open for changes to that bill.“Are there amendments to make Bill C-69 better? Absolutely we will look at those amendments, if they’re appropriate and allow us to actually achieve what we want to do, which is create certainty for businesses, and create certainty for, you know, Canadians that we will have a process in place that allows us to grow our economy, build pipelines, at the same time protect our environment, and allow Canadians to participate in the process.”
Coimbatore: Chennai City were Saturday crowned champions of the 12th I-League, which refused to be dwarfed by the uncertainty around its future, twisting this way and that till the last moments. Chennai City came from behind and got the better of Minerva Punjab 3-1 on the final day of the league. Chasing the leaders, travellers East Bengal finished second after beating Gokulam Kerala FC 2-1 in Kozhikode. At the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here, Roland Bilala had handed Minerva Punjab a shock lead in the third minute. But Pedro Manzi, one part of a deadly triumvirate that served Chennai City with distinction through their third season, converted from the spot to draw parity. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherAssam’s 20-year-old Gaurav Bora’s brace (69′ and 90+3′) then sealed the title for the Akbar Nawas-coached side. Chennai City ended on top of the league table with 43 points, one more than East Bengal who finished second in yet another photo finish. East Bengal’s bid to end their 15-year-old wait for the top-flight title continued even after they won their game against Gokulam Kerala. Manzi finished as the joint top-scorer of the league alongside Willis Plaza of Churchill Brothers with 21 goals. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenFor Chennai City FC, founded by two young football-loving owners based out of the southern metropolis, the triumph is nothing short of a dream. The club has exhibited immense vision in its short existence, right from the appointment of and freedom given to Singaporean coach Nawas. From scouting and building the team for the season, to getting on board top European club FC Basel as part owners of the club in a land mark deal earlier in the year, he had a free hand, and it paid rich dividends. In the last game, the Delhi-based Bora did the star turn with two second-half goals, as Chennai City FC won their maiden title, beating the defending champions Minerva Punjab. Manzi, their premiere Spanish striker fittingly scored a goal to join Plaza as the joint top scorer of the league, but the day undoubtedly belonged to the young Bora, a versatile defender cum midfielder who capped off a brilliant season with a double-strike when it mattered most for his team. It did not begin perfectly as Minerva took an early lead in the third minute through Ukranian recruit Roland Bilala. It was off a Juan Querro free-kick from the right flank, that he rose to beat his marker and lodge his header into the back of the net. Chennai kept pressing thereafter and with Nestor Gordillo missing through suspension, it was left to his fellow Spaniard Sandro Rodriguez to fuel all attacks. He along with Slovakian Jozef Kaplan and Romario Jesuraj, both of whom were constantly switching flanks, were constantly trying to create for Manzi. For Minerva, most of their openings were being created by Querro from the left flank. The diminutive Spaniard finding goal-scorer Roland again in the 40th minute with a wonderful cross, but the Ukranian could not make most of a free-header this time. Upon commencement of the second half, Chennai continued to control the game better. A Sydney Vanspaul effort in the 53rd minute from distance missed the target, but not by much. Two minutes later, Chennai got the opening they were looking for on a platter. Akashdeep Singh in an effort to clear inadvertently handled the ball inside the box and referee Santhosh Bhaskaran had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Manzi displayed outrageous confidence in pointing the goalkeeper to the spot where he would be placing the ball and did exactly what to bring Chennai firmly back into title reckoning. Bora then made a name for a lifetime with two stunning strikes to put the issue beyond anyone’s doubt. Both goals came off corners taken by Sandro from the right flank.
Mumbai: In one of its largest hiring exercise since it began operations over three years back, the premium carrier Vistara is hiring around 500–100 pilots and 400 cabin crew–mostly from the grounded Jet Airways, say industry and airline sources. The grounding of Jet has come as an opportunity for the market to hire readily-available skilled workforce from the licenced categories–pilots, engineers and cabin crew–and deploy them directly into specifics roles, thereby saving time and money on training them, they said. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraAfter unsuccessfully looking for an investor or fresh bank loans for months, Jet Airways had finally on April 17 stopped operations, leaving over 22,000 employees in the lurch. Of these around 1,300 are pilots and over 2,000 are cabin crew. Tuesday was the last day of the two-day recruitment drive for the cabin crew at the Tatas-Singapore Airline-run Vistara, which took place simultaneously in Mumbai and Gurugram, they said. “Vistara, which is likely to begin international operations soon, is in the process of inducting 100 pilots besides 400 cabin crew. Most of the new workforce is expected to come from the grounded carrier Jet,” said a source. A Vistara spokesperson was not available to comment.
TORONTO — Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:G7 meeting wraps upThe meeting of G7 leaders in Biarritz, France, wraps up on Monday. The gathering is being held amid increased worries about the global economic outlook with the U.S. and China engaged in a trade war.Bank earnings parade continuesThe parade of earnings from Canada’s big banks continues with results from the Bank of Montreal and Scotiabank on Tuesday. The results will be followed by a report from National Bank of Canada on Wednesday and Toronto-Dominion Bank and Laurentian Bank on Thursday.Ski-Doo and Sea-Doo resultsRecreational vehicle maker BRP Inc. reports its second-quarter results on Thursday. The company recently completed its acquisition of 80 per cent of Telwater Pty Ltd., a maker of aluminum boats and trailers in Australia, in a bid to grow its marine business.Economic report cardStatistics Canada will release second-quarter gross domestic product data on Friday. The agency recently reported that the Canadian economy grew for a third consecutive month in May, rising 0.2 per cent overall, above analyst estimates of 0.1 per cent growth.B.C. gas price reportThe B.C. Utilities Commission inquiry into gasoline and diesel prices in the province is expected have its final report done by Friday. Premier John Horgan called the public inquiry in May when gasoline prices at the pump reached a record-breaking $1.70 per litre.The Canadian Press
The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) found General Stanislav Galic guilty of one charge of violating the laws or customs by war by spreading terror among a civilian population, and four charges of crimes against humanity, for murder and inhumane acts other than murder. Two other charges were dismissed.In a majority judgement, the tribunal’s Judge Alphonsus Martinus Maria Orie of the Netherlands and Judge Amin El Mahdi of Egypt found that General Galic commanded a branch of the Army of Republika Srpska (SRK), the military wing of a self-proclaimed area within Bosnia-Herzegovina, between September 1992 and August 1994. That branch “had virtually encircled Sarajevo” by September 1992, the tribunal said.The judges agreed with prosecutors that General Galic was “criminally responsible” for many of the sniping and shelling attacks that occurred in Sarajevo over the next two years.”These attacks were mostly carried out in daylight. They were not in response to any military threat. The attackers could for the most part easily tell that their victims were engaged in everyday civilian activities,” Judge Orie and Judge El Mahdi stated.Those attacks included the notorious attack on a Sarajevo marketplace in February 1994, when a mortar shell exploded, killing 60 people and injuring more than 100 others.”The Trial Chamber has no doubt that the Accused was well aware of the unlawful activities of his troops,” the judges said.In a separate opinion, Judge Rafael Nieto-Navia of Colombia dissented in part with the majority judgement.Judge Nieto-Navia found that the offence of inflicting terror on a civilian population does not fall within the jurisdiction of the tribunal’s trial chamber. He also found that there were reasonable doubts over some of the shelling and sniping incidents.But the judge did find that the SRK deliberately or recklessly fired on civilians in Sarajevo, and that General Galic knew or had reason to know of this. He said that given this, he would have sentenced him to 10 years’ imprisonment.
Pitcher Zach Farmer throws a pitch against Toledo on April 2, 2014. Farmer passed away on Tuesday from a second bout of leukemia.Credit: Lantern file photoThe Ohio State baseball team and OSU community received some tragic news on Tuesday morning when it was learned that pitcher Zach Farmer has passed away, according to a report from The Chillicothe Gazette.Farmer was initially diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in late April 2014 of his freshman year after feeling dizzy while throwing. His recovery became a major factor for the team, with showings of support including his teammates volunteering to find if they were bone marrow matches and the team wearing orange wristbands in support.Farmer announced he was cancer-free in September 2014, less than six months after the diagnosis. He then turned his attention to building up his strength and returning to the team and university for the 2016 season, which would have been his redshirt sophomore year.Unfortunately, on July 15 Famer announced his cancer had returned, and this time he was not expected to make a recovery. Just a few days after the diagnosis, he and his girlfriend Kelsie held an impromptu wedding.Farmer was also able to speak to one of his heroes, Randy Johnson, who subsequently offered words of encouragement to Farmer during his Baseball Hall of Fame induction speech on July 26.Farmer was a three-time All-Ohio selection at Piketon High School in Piketon, Ohio, and was considered to be a professional prospect by many. He had just turned 21 years old on July 27.