Karan Patel is the first Indian-American to be drafted by a MLB teamSouthSideSox.comThe 2014 Hollywood movie ‘Million Dollar Arm’ presented a fictionalised and exoticised version of a real story about an American sports agent who comes to India in search of talented boys who can become good baseball players. The actual talent hunt program ‘The Million Dollar Arm’ took place in 2008 and the two lucky men who were selected to go to USA and receive training under the aegis of Major League Baseball (MLB) teams were Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel.Though both these men became the first Indians to sign a contract with MLB teams and underwent coaching, they were not able to make a big mark. Rinku is now a professional wrestler working in WWE’s developmental territory. But now, a less melodramatic but equally interesting story has unfolded in real life with a man of Indian origin becoming the first to be drafted by a MLB side.Karan Patel was born and brought up in USA and is no different from most boys of that country. But his Indian roots are reflected in his association with cricket. Patel succeeded in becoming an international player and played for USA at that level. But at the same time, he also kept himself involved with another sport that is way more popular in America than cricket – baseball.And now, the journey of this 22-year old has reached a new level with him becoming the first person of Indian origin or descent to be drafted into a MLB team – Chicago White Sox. The fact that he has been able to succeed in both sports makes this young man from Sugar Land, Texas a special character. Karan Patel has been picked up by Chicago White SoxTwitter/Conference USAKaran’s backgroundHis connection to cricket came from his father who was a cricketer himself and played for USA. But as he grew up, he also started to take interest in baseball. The fact that he was a bowler in cricket meant that pitching was his favoured suit. He may have moved on in his cricket career to become, primarily, a batsman, but pitching is what he continued to excel in at college level baseball.What’s even more interesting is that he credits his experience as a cricketer for some of those qualities that have made him a success at junior level baseball. An Alumni at the University of Texas at San Antonio, the young man is able to generate speeds of up to 94 miles/hour and also has those tricks of variation in pace that pitchers use to trouble their opponents.The Texan lad from an Indian background may just be the role model that Indian-Americans need to embrace this sport. Considering the affinity it has to their most loved sport, Cricket, there is no reason why more such players shouldn’t come through. While he may not have a movie made about his own journey, he will certainly be an inspiration to many young kids
A Jessore court on Wednesday convicted nine people and sentenced them to life term imprisonment for killing an UP member in Jessore in 2005, reports UNB.Among the convicts, three accused were present in the dock during the hearing while six others—Enamul Haque, Kabir, Anis, Biplob Mia, Kamarul Mandal, Ajam Fakir—remained absconding. According to the case statement, Insanul Haque, a member of Deyara union parishad in Sadar upazila, was killed by the convicts during a robbery on 8 July in 2005. Ijarul Haque Jewel, son of the victim, filed a murder and robbery case accusing unnamed people. After examining the records and witnesses, Md Iman Ali Sheikh of the Additional District and Sessions Judge Court-1, handed down the verdict.
Factfile looking back on the 12 June 2018, summit in Singapore between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US president Donald Trump. Photo: AFPThe agreement for a second summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un was a “remarkable breakthrough” for peace negotiations on the Korean peninsula, president Moon Jae-in said Monday, but he acknowledged doubts remained over denuclearisation.The US president and North Korean leader are due to meet in Hanoi from February 27 to 28 following their landmark first summit in Singapore last June.That meeting — the first-ever between the leaders of the US and North Korea — produced a vaguely-worded document in which Kim pledged to work towards “the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula”.But progress has since stalled with the two sides disagreeing over it means and analysts say tangible progress on denuclearisation will be needed if the talks are to avoid being dismissed as “reality TV”.With the high-stakes summit now two weeks away, Pyongyang has yet to provide any official confirmation of the meeting in the Vietnamese capital.”For us, the era of peace and prosperity on the peninsula has drawn closer,” said Moon in his first comments since the summit was announced.The meeting was a “remarkable breakthrough in the peace process on the Korean peninsula”, the South Korean president added.But he acknowledged there were “still many doubts about whether the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and peace process can be concluded successfully”.The leaders of the two Koreas and the US have persisted in talks over the issue because of “strong confidence in the direction history should take”, added Moon, who has taken on the role of middle man between Pyongyang and Washington, trying to bridge the gap on denuclearisation talks.Security allies Seoul and Washington have at times pursued divergent approaches toward Pyongyang, with the dovish South Korean leader pursuing engagement while the United States insists pressure must be maintained until the North denuclearises.But Moon expressed gratitude to both Trump and Kim for their “unprecedented, bold diplomatic efforts”, saying they were “crossing a sea of deep mistrust”.
Share Gail Delaughter/Houston Public MediaMinute Maid Park is home to the Houston Astros. The team has announced it will extend the protective netting at the ball park. A 2-year-old girl suffered a skull fracture when she was struck by a foul ball during a May game in Houston.The Houston Astros will extend the protective netting at Minute Maid Park to cover more of the seating area, joining other teams that have taken safety measures after foul balls injured fans.The team announced Thursday that the extended netting would be installed before the homestand starting Aug. 19. It will run farther down the left-field and right-field lines to better protect fans from foul balls and bats that fly out of hitters’ hands.A 2-year-old girl suffered a skull fracture when she was struck by a foul ball during a May game in Houston.Last month, the Chicago White Sox became the first major league team to extend protective netting from foul pole to foul pole. The safety measure was announced a week after a foul ball sent a woman to the hospital with her head bleeding.The Astros also said their ballpark’s current netting would be upgraded to knot-less netting for better visibility.
Kolkata: Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) has proposed to set up concrete roads in New Town in phases.This will reduce the maintenance cost of the stretches which eats up a major portion of the revenue collection. The potholes and crators that have been created due to the monsoon in areas under Sector V and Nabadiganta will be repaired before the Durga Puja. A workshop to find out methods to set up roads for longer duration was held in New Town on Thursday. Senior officials of HIDCO, New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA), Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority (NDITA) attended the workshop along with engineers and experts in road construction. There are 200km roads in New Town while Sector V has another 25 kilometers road. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe experts said that while constructing concrete roads, the upper layer should be covered with a thin layer of tar. This would help the cars to move smoothly and reduce the level of environmental pollution as well. The experts suggested that for the good health of the roads, the cracks that are more than 3 mm deep should be repaired immediately. Representatives of a start-up company said they would provide vehicles fitted with CCTV cameras which will help them to detect the cracks. The specially-designed vehicles will move around in New Town. There will a central monitoring system. Once the cracks are detected, the road repairing agencies will be informed through the monitoring system. HIDCO will ask the firm to do a pilot study and on the basis of the report, subsequent steps will be taken. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedEmphasis will also be given on visual improvement. HIDCO has taken up elaborate measures to increase the green cover in the area. Tall tree nurseries have been set up and with the state Forest Department, massive plantation of saplings have been done. Saplings were given to NGOs and individual owners and cooperatives looking after housing complexes during the Forest Week. The roadside trees are being watered daily with recycled water with the help of specially designed vehicles.
7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. April 29, 2019 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. A recent study from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco showed that the U.S. labor market is “at or beyond its full potential.” While that might be good news for the economy, it’s not for the tech companies still out there, searching desperately for qualified talent.Related: 4 Ways Artificial Intelligence Boosts Workforce ProductivityResearch firm Korn Ferry predicted that companies in technology, media and telecom will face a talent shortage of 1.1 million by 2020. By 2030, that number will grow to 4.3 million, the report said; and the result will be intense competition for a dwindling pool of tech professionals. The same survey showed that insufficient staff is already holding back digital transformation at 54 percent of companies surveyed.Skilled coders, of course, won’t materialize out of thin air. So, instead of hoping that traditional recruiting tactics will solve their mounting talent shortage, companies should consider a new approach — one that looks for alternatives to the human talent companies will always need but may have to struggle mightily to find. That approach: artificial intelligence.When AI is a human equivalentI’ve seen the effects of talent shortages firsthand during my career in app development. It’s something my own company has struggled with, in fact. Unfortunately, I think the outlook is even worse than the numbers imply.The university pipeline is not graduating nearly enough knowledge workers to fill even the present demand. Last year, there were more than a half million unfilled computer-related jobs, and relying on foreign-born workers has not been the best option due to tougher immigration restrictions.What if instead of trying to recruit a recent graduate who commands a six-figure salary, you could rely on technology to do the job? Artificial intelligence has advanced to the point that it can emulate the output of knowledge workers, not just perform repetitive manual labor.Related: A VC Perspective – How Valid Is the Threat of Artificial Intelligence on the Job Market?Already, we are seeing AI that can handle coding on its own. You identify an objective, and the program then autonomously develops a framework, generates code and finds the ideal mixture of APIs and SDKs. AI might not be able to replace a human coder entirely, but it can already increase his or her productivity.As the talent pool dwindles, AI can pick up the slack and replace the talent that could not otherwise be replaced. It’s not a panacea for all staffing problems, but it just may help you boost your efficiency and productivity, cut time to market and improve product quality — all without your having to make new hires.AI and the future of workTech is not the only industry figuring out how to use AI to remain relevant and productive moving forward. Self-driving trucks, for example, promise to eliminate hazards from the road, delays from delivery schedules and the challenges companies experience in finding qualified drivers. That said, even industries that were not formerly considered technology-based are becoming just that.Fast food is such an example of industries now adopting new technology. Turnover in that food industry is high, but robots in the kitchen will never choose to leave. For example, I work with a company that is developing a robotic arm and sensor system that can cook the perfect burger with complete consistency. Robotic cooks mean smaller kitchens, lower labor costs and more affordable food prices for everyone. Because of this, these robotic cooks can support human ones without eliminating them.While we shouldn’t expect to see robots walking through the office any time soon, we should embrace AI in all of its forms throughout the workforce. Remember, technology isn’t displacing workers — it’s stepping in where labor is needed.Are you ready to employ AI?Employers should be cautiously optimistic about AI. It may well have a big impact in many places, but that doesn’t mean every workflow is ready to be automated. Use these strategies to employ AI where it’s most effective in your company:1. Identify your biggest pain points. Know your most persistent problems and how they might be exacerbated by talent shortages. Each department is led by someone who can give insight into what that department needs and where it’s hurting. Talk to these employees. Their knowledge and these conversations can serve as the basis for organizational charts, to help your company identify its greatest deficiencies and see how AI systems might cover your biggest unmet needs.An example? Illustrating the possibilities that come from identifying areas in which a company has room to grow, the Associated Press began automating its reporting on earnings rather than having people do that task manually.The result: The press service was able to write 12 times more stories.2. Analyze job postings to see where you could fill the void. Look at your company’s open job postings to see where AI might be able to fill roles for which you can’t find qualified candidates.There are more than seven million unfilled positions in the United States right now, which means that a growing company — or even a stable one — will naturally need to replace employees who are bouncing to different jobs or those who retire. That said, growing companies are in dire need of more human capital in their offices to stay on a steady path to growth.AI can assist in areas where candidates aren’t available. For example, the App Association’s 2018 State of the App Economy report revealed that there is just one computer science graduate for every eight available computing jobs. Yikes: Don’t suffer shortages like that where you don’t have to.By analyzing which roles you have open and which you’re struggling to fill, you’ll find areas for AI to step in and fill your need.3. Let AI consultants help you see how automated solutions can fill the gaps. In our case, we went to academics who were actually writing algorithms, white papers and dissertations on this subject. In academia, people have more time to drill down on research and development for their theories and aren’t constrained by the need to please stockholders or attain commercial success. They can therefore be key players as you acquire knowledge and eventually adopt AI for your workplace.For example, around 50 people from Carnegie Mellon’s robotics lab joined Uber to help that company build self-driving cars. Some of the university’s top talent made the move to be a part of the project, providing expertise and insights to the ride-hailing company as it embarked on a new journey with AI.Overall, there will likely be two types of companies in the future: those that adopt AI and use it to become more efficient, and those that choose not to use it, leaving the real possibility they will be left behind. My money is on the prior group, whose people will also have to be adaptive and willing to integrate technology into their workflows.Related: These 5 Companies Have Added Robots to Their Workforce In other words, AI solves talent shortages, but that’s just the start. 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