Paralympics: Magical Bhavina, steady Rakesh Kumar make India’s day (Roundup)


Tokyo, Aug 28 | Bhavina Patel stormed into the final of the Women’s Class 4 section at the Tokyo 2020 on Saturday, securing for India a historic first medal in table tennis competitions at the Paralympic Games.

Bhavina came back strongly from a game deficit to stun world No. 3 Zhang Miao 3-2 in the thrilling semifinal clash on Saturday, setting herself up for a historic attempt at winning a first gold medal at the Paralympic Games for herself, and the fifth overall for the country.

After losing the first game 7-11, the 34-year-old government employee from Ahmedabad, Gujarat, fought back brilliantly to beat Miao, the Rio Paralympic Games silver-medallist, 7-11, 11-7, 11-4, 9-11, 11-8 in the 34-minute contest.

First-time Paralympian Bhavina has now assured India at least a silver medal, the first in table tennis at the Paralympic Games. India’s 12 medals at the Paralympics so far have come from three sports — athletics (10 including 3 gold), powerlifting (1 bronze), and swimming (1 gold).

Rakesh Kumar kept alive his hopes of doing a Bhavina in archery as he moved into the pre-quarterfinals in Men’s Individual Compound Open even as compatriot Shyam Sundar Swami made his exit from the Paralympic Games.

Kumar, who was placed third after the 72-arrow ranking round, continued with his superb run by outclassing Chunen Ka Ngai of Hong Kong 144-131 in the 1/16 Elimination Round at the Yumenoshima Final Field on Saturday.

Swami went down to Matt Stutzman of the United States in the 1/16 Elimination round, losing 139-142 to end his campaign.

Ranjeet Bhati, the only other Indian in action on Saturday, went down tamely without making a single valid throw in the men’s Seated Javelin Throw competition at the Olympic Stadium.

The 24-year-old from Faridabad, who had finished fourth at the Moroccan Grand Prix in 2019, failed to register even a single throw in six attempts in the F57 section to finish the event without a mark.

But Bhavina Patel more than made up for all these disappointments as she made it to the final 53 years after Murlikant Petkar had played in the Round of 32 at the 1968 Paralympic Games in Tel Aviv, Israel.

In the final to be played on Sunday, Bhavina will take on Chinese world No. 1 Zhou Ying, the player to whom she had lost in straight games in her first match in Tokyo Paralympics in the group stage.

Kumar will now take on Marian Marecak of Slovakia in the pre-quarterfinals on Tuesday (Aug 31).

Source: IANS

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Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk on Monday tweeted that he is hiring Artificial Intelligence (AI) engineers who are passionate about solving day-to-day problems through AI

San Francisco, Dec 6 | Musk hiring engineers to solve problems that affects people’s lives. Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk on Monday tweeted that he is hiring Artificial Intelligence (AI) engineers who are passionate about solving day-to-day problems through AI.

“As always, Tesla is looking for hardcore AI engineers who care about solving problems that directly affect people’s lives in a major way,” Musk tweeted along with a link to apply for the job.

Interested candidates can apply by filling in fields like name, email, exceptional work done in software, hardware or AI, dropping their resume in the PDF format and hitting the Apply option.

As per the website, Tesla’s AI and Autopilot unit develops and deploys autonomy at scale in vehicles, robots and more.

“We believe that an approach based on advanced for vision and planning, supported by efficient use of inference hardware, is the only way to achieve a general solution for full self-driving and beyond,” the website read.

In a 2014 interview, Musk said he looked for “evidence of exceptional ability” in a potential employee, rather than a degree from a prestigious university.

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“There is no need even to have a college degree at all, or even high school,” Musk said during an interview with the German automotive publication Auto Bild about his hiring preferences more broadly.

“If somebody graduated from a great university, that may be an indication that they will be capable of great things, but it’s not necessarily the case. If you look at, say, people like Bill Gates or Larry Ellison, Steve Jobs, these guys didna¿t graduate from college, but if you had a chance to hire them, of course that would be a good idea.”

Source: IANS


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