KCCA FC ready for tough Morocco challenge

first_imgThe KCCA team that flew to RabatSaturdayFUS Rabat vs KCCAKampala, Uganda| KCCAFC MEDIA|  Suspended from Kampala Capital City Authority Football Club’s opening game of the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup Group Stages tie against FUS Rabat, skipper Dennis Okot has a message for his teammates.Okot wants to see KCCA FC players play their hearts out for the fans and the country at large, having faced a number of challenges before they qualified for this stage.“Not so many people thought we would go out there and do it, get this far, and that kept on driving us to give our best,” Okot told www.kccafc.co.ug as the team left on Wednesday afternoon.Confederation Cup group fixtures :Matchday 1 (May 12-14)Gp A: FUS Rabat (MAR) v KCCA (UGA), Club Africain (TUN) v Rivers Utd (NGR)Gp B: CS Sfaxien (TUN) v Mbabane Swallows (SWZ), Platinum Stars (RSA) v Mouloudia Alger (ALG)Gp C: Zesco Utd (ZAM) v Smouha (EGY), Recreativo Libolo (ANG) v Al Hilal Obeid (SUD)Gp D: TP Mazembe (COD, holders) v CF Mounana (GAB), SuperSport Utd (RSA) v Horoya (GUI)Matchday 2 (May 23-24)Gp A: Rivers v FUS, KCCA v AfricainGp B: Mouloudia v Sfaxien, Swallows v PlatinumGp C: Hilal v Zesco, Smouha v LiboloGp D: Horoya v Mazembe, Mounana v SuperSportMatchday 3 (June 2-4)Gp A: KCCA v Rivers, FUS v AfricainGp B: Swallows v Mouloudia, Sfaxien v PlatinumGp C: Smouha v Hilal, Zesco v LiboloGp D: Mounana v Horoya, Mazembe v SuperSportMatchday 4 (June 20-21)Gp A: Rivers v KCCA, Africain v FUSGp B: Mouloudia v Swallows, Platinum v SfaxienGp C: Hilal v Smouha, Libolo v ZescoGp D: Horoya v Mounana, SuperSport v MazembeMatchday 5 (June 30-July 2)Gp A: KCCA v FUS, Rivers v AfricainGp B: Swallows v Sfaxien, Mouloudia v PlatinumGp C: Smouha v Zesco, Hilal v LiboloGp D: Mounana v Mazembe, Horoya v SuperSportMatchday 6 (July 7-9) Gp A: FUS v Rivers, Africain v KCCAGp B: Sfaxien v Mouloudia, Platinum v SwallowsGp C: Zesco v Hilal, Libolo v SmouhaGp D: Mazembe v Horoya, SuperSport v MounanaNote: group winners and runners-up qualify for quarter-finals ***Zesco can win CAF Cup, says star Ching’anduZesco United emerged as an African club force last season and believe they can become the first Zambian winners of the CAF Confederation Cup this year.“If we believe in each other we can lift the trophy,” said John Ching’andu ahead of their opening Group C game at home to Smouha of Egypt Saturday.The 23-year-old goal poacher bagged a brace as Zesco reached the mini-league phase by outplaying Enugu Rangers of Nigeria 3-0 at home.United had demonstrated an encouraging never-say-die spirit in the first leg, recovering from two goals behind to force a 2-2 draw.The convincing overall triumph against Enugu came after Ndola-based Zesco stunned Africa last year by reaching the CAF Champions League semi-finals.Serb coach Zlatko Krmpotic shares the optimism of Ching’andu while believing Smouha will pose a greater threat than Recreativo Libolo of Angola or Al Hilal Obeid of Sudan.“Smouha are a good team who I know from my days as assistant coach of TP Mazembe in the Democratic Republic of Congo.“We beat them 2-0 away and 1-0 at home in the CAF Champions League, but they were no pushovers and deserve respect.”While Zesco were eliminating Enugu with greater ease than anticipated, Smouha edged South African Premiership leaders Wits in a one-goal tie settled by a penalty.Zesco are among four seeded clubs with title-holders Mazembe and former Confederation Cup winners FUS Rabat of Morocco and CS Sfaxien of Tunisia.All launch their six-matchday group campaigns with home fixtures and should make winning starts in pursuit of top-two finishes and quarter-finals places.FUS host Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), the first Ugandan club to qualify for the group stage of a CAF competition.KCCA came close to shocking title-holders Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa in the Champions League before being demoted to the Confederation Cup.Mazembe, the second most successful club in CAF competitions with 10 titles, tackle CF Mounana of Gabon in a clash between two other Champions League drop-outs.Mbabane Swallows, the first Swaziland club to make a CAF group stage, have a challenging start away to record three-time Confederation Cup winners Sfaxien.The Tunisians scored seven unanswered goals in two previous home victories and Karim Aouadhi and Senegalese Mohamed Ndoye score consistently.Like the CAF Champions League, the Confederation Cup group phase has been expanded this year for eight clubs to 16 and the prize money increased.***Additional reporting by AFPShare on: WhatsAppcenter_img READ FULL STORY HERE (click)last_img read more

Spurs shed ‘soft touch’ image as Pochettino leaves his mark

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Tottenham have been derided as a soft touch for decades, but the sight of Eden Hazard being hounded into submission showed Mauricio Pochettino’s side are finally shedding their nice-guy image.The perception of Tottenham as entertaining but ultimately flawed under-achievers has haunted a succession of managers at the north London club.But Pochettino has worked tirelessly to imbue his squad with a more ruthless streak and Tuesday’s hard-fought 1-0 win over Chelsea in the League Cup semi-final first leg suggested his efforts have not been in vain.Tangible evidence of Tottenham’s new-found steely side could be seen in the way Hazard trudged wearily down the Wembley tunnel at full-time.In a bid to subdue Chelsea’s influential playmaker, Hazard was subjected to 90 minutes of intense tackling from Tottenham, who fouled the Belgian seven times — more than any other team this season.While Tottenham were aggressive in their approach, it was hardly the work of a group of hatchet men intent on kicking an opponent into submission.Pochettino wanted Hazard to realise nothing would come easily for him, that Tottenham players would be hassling him at every turn.It was the kind of shrewd game-plan that teams from Pochettino’s native Argentina have often used successfully and it worked to perfection against Chelsea.Hazard, already hampered by Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri’s decision to use him as a centre forward, found it difficult to find the space to flourish as Tottenham crowded him out time and again.The Spurs boss would not go into detail when asked about his team’s treatment of Hazard, but he did acknowledge he was the man to stop. “He has unbelievable quality. He was involved in the game a lot,” Pochettino said.“It is so difficult to stop him. We are talking about a player on the same level as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.”– Glory game –Such a smart yet cynical approach would, in the past, have been anathema to a club raised on the legendary Danny Blanchflower’s famous claim that “the game is about glory, it is about doing things in style and with a flourish”.Yet Pochettino has no qualms about his desire to make Tottenham more streetwise.“If you think about how we can improve our squad, it’s not only about adding quality players, but sometimes you need to be a little bit naughty,” Pochettino said this week.“We are so nice and in that game we showed that we can be a little naughty.”While Harry Kane, whose penalty winner made him Tottenham’s fourth highest all-time scorer, remains Pochettino’s most valuable asset, it was the tenacity of a well-drilled defence that emerged as the key to victory against Chelsea.With Tottenham searching for their first trophy since 2008, maintaining that hard-nosed style will be essential if Pochettino is at last to win the first silverware of his managerial career.There have been too many moments in Pochettino’s reign when Tottenham have shrunk in the spotlight.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

Twitter reacts in encouragement despite Indian women falling short against Aussies in T20 World…

first_imgImage Courtesy: IANSAdvertisement r5tgNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs3zmWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ew1( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 900dtWould you ever consider trying this?😱1nxCan your students do this? 🌚8si2Roller skating! Powered by Firework The stunning back to back wins in the Group stage, followed by an automatic qualification to the final of the T20 world cup for the first time. The Indian women’s cricket team had all the hopes and the backing of a billion supporters to bring home the trophy for the first time, but everything fell apart in Melbourne as the defending champions Australia overpowered Harmanpreet Kaur and the squad in both batting and bowling. After the dream run that ended in tears, the Indian women receive consolation and encouragement for their amazing overall performance and gifting the nation some of the best performance in Australia in the past few weeks.Advertisement Image Courtesy: IANSWhile India defeated the same team in the inaugural match of the tournament, the Aussies were flawless in both innings, racking up an astounding total of 184 and them wiping out the Indian batting order before they could make it 100 runs. Following the defeat, Twitter flooded in to uplift the morale of the Women in Blue cricketers, who nonetheless performed amazing throughout the world cup.Iconic Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar felicitated the world cup winners, but also praised the Indian women, stating that the growing young team has a solid future.Advertisement West Indies hall of fame Sir Vivian Richards motivated the Indian team that in future they will clinch the title that they came so close in this world cup.Men’s team captain Virat Kohli tweeted for an optimistic future for the ladies.Former women’s team skipper Mithali Raj forwarded her felitications to the squad for their tremendous spell across the tournament, and vouched for the betterment of women’s cricket in future.Former women’s team stalwart Jhulan Goswami cheered the ladies for their amazing performance and a promising future.Former Team India icon Gautam Gambhir had the perfect morale boost for the tournament runners up.Cricket commentator and former international player Aakash Chopra pointed out that although both finalists each lost only one game in the world cup, it wast the Aussie’s day in the end.Former Men in Blue opener Virender Sehwag revered the ladies for having a stunning world cup, and wished for a better future, congratulating the winners at the end.Mohammad Kaif, who was a part of the legendary Indian squad that suffered a loss against an invincible Australian team in the 2003 World Cup final, sympathised with the squad for having experienced the same feeling. However, the former batsman eulogised India for their amazing campaign in the tournament.Snehal Pradhan, sports journalist and former Women in Blue international, lamented that the Aussies can easily overpower their opposition even when not in peak performance.Next was VVS Laxman, the retired Indian run machine who expressed his joy on watching the women perform throughout the tournament.Superstar Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah had similar reactions, and commended the ladies for providing some of the most memorable moments the supporters enjoyed watching them perform.Women’s CricZone analyst and cricketer Ananya Upendran stated that the Aussies were saving their peak performance for the final stage, overpowering their opposition. She also pointed out the swashbuckling knock from Alyssa Healy, the player of the match who scored 75-off-39.Team India opener Mayank Agarwal morned the loss, but he also sprinkled some joy as he expects the Women’s world cup to inspire more young girls to start playing cricket.Senior cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle pointed out that despite Smriti Mandhana or the captain Kaur’s lacklustre form in the tournament, India’s road to the final was mesmerising. He also added that Australia’s game was top notch today compared to the rest of the tournament.Congratulating the hosts for securing their fifth T20 World Cup title, Bhogle congratulated India for having top of the line performance until the final match.Badminton Association of India president Himanta Biswa Sarma felicitated the team.Also read-ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Final Results: Indian tigresses falter at final hurdle against rampant Aussies Advertisementlast_img read more

Hope’s double puts Jaguars on ropes

first_img FALLING WICKETS BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC): Shai Hope’s second career first class double hundred battered Guyana Jaguars and left them fighting to remain afloat in their eighth round Regional four-day championship game against Barbados Pride here yesterday. The 23-year-old Hope piled up a career-best unbeaten 215 as Pride, starting the second day at Kensington Oval on 293 for two, declared on an imposing 480 for three in their first innings. Part-time off-spinner Roston Chase then picked up two wickets as Jaguars stumbled to the close on 119 for four, still 361 runs adrift of their target. Raymon Reifer was unbeaten on 25 and was partnered by veteran left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul on 15, the pair having stabilised the innings after it slipped to 86 for four, 40 minutes before the close. After Pride declared 50 minutes before tea, attacking opener Shimron Hetmyer fell cheaply for one to the fifth ball of the innings, caught at short-leg by Anthony Alleyne off fast bowler Miguel Cummins. Test batsmen Rajindra Chandrika (24) and Leon Johnson (15) then added 52 for the second wicket, a partnership that saw Jaguars to the break on 30 for one. Both failed to build on resumption, however, falling within 12 deliveries of each other. Chandrika drove Chase to substitute Justin Greaves at mid-wicket while skipper Johnson played back and was leg before wicket to the same bowler. Left-hander Vishaul Singh spent an hour over 15 before clipping a leg-side catch to wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich off seamer Kevin Stoute. AT WARNER PARK: Windward Islands Volcanoes, sent in by Leeward Islands Hurricanes, reached 371 for five at the close. Scores: Volcanoes 371 for six (Sunil Ambris 155 not out, Devon Smith 65, Liam Sebastien 33 not out, Tyrone Theophile 30; Rahkeem Cornwall 3-110).last_img read more

MINISTER’S DELIGHT AT JOBS BOOST AS KILLYBEGS TO GET WORLD’S LARGEST MARINE FOOD PLANT

first_imgDeputy Joe McHugh: Welcoming the Killybegs jobs boostMinister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney has warmly welcomed plans by the Killybegs Fishermen’s’ Organisation (KFO) and a Norwegian partner, to build the largest marine food ingredients plant in the world in Killybegs.Donegal Daily revealed the plans last night.The plant, due to become fully operational by the 1st of January 2017, will produce valuable high- end marine protein for human consumption. It’s expected to create up to 120 new jobs.The Minister said: “This facility will become a ‘game-changer’ in the seafood sector. It will position Killybegs and Ireland as a global leader in supply and research around new products and benefits from protein, oils and calcium associated with the sea.“This new processing facility arises from the new boarfish fishery which was developed by Irish fishermen over the past few years.“In 2012, the EU introduced quota shares for the stock and Ireland secured 70% share of the fishery and has a quota of 88,000 tonnes in 2014. I am delighted that the new food ingredients project will maximise the value of a significant part of this fishery and centre the associated economic activity and jobs in the heartland of Ireland’s fishing community.” Minister Coveney said “These plans are at an early stage and discussions are underway to finalise the full funding of the project. I look forward to the successful conclusion of these negotiations and to a formal announcement of this project in Donegal. KFO Chief Executive, Sean O’Donoghue, has invited me to Donegal to announce specific details of the project on 9th May which I’m very pleased to accept subject to successful conclusion of the on -going discussions.”The Minister is attending the BIM National Seafood Conference today in Dublin. The focus of this conference, attended by seafood business leaders, global industry thinkers and world renowned fisheries experts is ‘Capturing Ireland’s share of the global seafood opportunity.Minister Coveney said: “We all need to challenge our thinking and inform ourselves of best international practice so that Ireland will be able to position itself to maximise its share of the global seafood opportunity. Ireland may currently be a small player in the context of world seafood, however, given the huge resources around our coast it is clear that we should have major ambitions for sustainable growth of our seafood sector. This Conference will contribute to making these ambitions a reality and the Killybegs food ingredients projects shows what can be done.”Donegal TD Joe McHugh says the Killybegs development is a result of the hard work of the government in Europe to secure greater quotas.“It’s a superb boost for Killybegs,” he said, “coming as it does just a few days after the new Coast Guard station was officially opened by Minister Varadkar.” Pat The Cope Gallagher also welcomed the jobs.Pat the Cope was centrally involved in introducing legislation in the European Parliament in 2011, which facilitated the exploitation of the boar fishery by ensuring the use of the most appropriate fishing gear type.This helped Ireland to secure 70% of the Total Allowable Catch for the entire fishery. It would not be possible to establish such a facility, if not for the exceptionally high quota which Ireland secured. This is in no small measure due to the years of exploratory fishing by a number of vessels in the Irish Pelagic fleet, according to Pat the Cope.Pat the Cope has paid tribute to the KFO for attracting an international partner specialising in bio marine ingredients. “This is a welcome jobs boost for Killybegs and the County of Donegal which will result in the creation of up to 50 jobs during the construction phase and a further 70 direct and indirect jobs when it goes into full production,” stated Pat the Cope.MINISTER’S DELIGHT AT JOBS BOOST AS KILLYBEGS TO GET WORLD’S LARGEST MARINE FOOD PLANT was last modified: April 2nd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:jobs boostKFOKillybegsprocessing plantsealast_img read more

Keanu Reeves CarrieAnne Moss return for Matrix 4

first_imgLos Angeles: Actors Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are returning for the fourth installment of the “Matrix” franchise, which will be helmed by Lana Wachowski. Wachowski is set to write and direct a fourth science fiction film set in the world of “The Matrix,” with Reeves and Moss reprising their roles as Neo and Trinity, respectively, reports variety.com. Production company Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures will produce and globally distribute the film. Warner Bros. Picture Group chairman Toby Emmerich made the announcement on Tuesday. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “We could not be more excited to be re-entering ‘The Matrix’ with Lana,” said Emmerich. “Lana is a true visionary — a singular and original creative filmmaker — and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing and producing this new chapter in ‘The Matrix’ universe,” he added. In addition to Wachowski, the script was also written by Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell. According to sources, the film is expected to begin production in the beginning of 2020. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna Warner Bros. has been trying for the last of couple years to find a way to get back into “The Matrix” universe, but a hold-up over producing rights slowed the project down. The plot details of the film are currently under wraps, as is how the role of Morpheus will be handled, originally played by Laurence Fishburne. According to sources, Fishburne’s role may be recast for a younger take. The three previous installments — “The Matrix,” “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions” — have collectively earned more than $1.6 billion at the global box-office. “Many of the ideas Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now. I’m very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends,” Wachowski said. The first installment of the “Matrix” franchise released in 1999. It told the story of A computer programmer, who has to fight an underground war against powerful computers who have constructed his entire reality with a system called the Matrix.last_img read more

Calgary scientists use MRIs to reduce use of rats and mice in

first_imgCALGARY – Medical scientists at the University of Calgary have taken steps to minimize the impact on mice and rats used in their experiments.The university’s Cumming School of Medicine is outfitted with a small MRI that researchers use as they test possible treatments for cancer, strokes and multiple sclerosis.“It’s one of the premier ones in Canada,” said Jeff Dunn, director of the school’s Experimental Imaging Centre.“Anything under 500 grams fits in there, so mostly rats and mice. We use those in medical research obviously for preclinical assessment, how the disease progresses and possibly even more importantly if the treatment is functional.”The MRI has been in use since 2004. The lab is also equipped with a blood gas analyzer, so tests can be done using blood samples taken from the animals in much the same way they are collected from human patients.It’s a far cry from when scientists would use rats and mice and have to dissect them at every test stage.“It really reduces the use of animals in research because, for a time-course study of treatment, we don’t have to do a whole bunch of animals,” Dunn said.“You can take a small number and follow them over months to see how the treatment is working.”Any research facility receiving government funding is subject to rules set out by the Canadian Council on Animal Care.Spokeswoman Sandra MacInnis says the organization wants to ensure animal-based science in Canada takes place only when necessary and that the animals receive optimal care.“For example, when selecting a research model, they must first consider all possible alternatives to animal models, such as computer or cell-culture models,” she wrote in an email.The executive director of the Vancouver-based Animals in Science Policy Institute says efforts by the University of Calgary and others to use the equipment are a matter of debate.Elisabeth Ormandy, a former researcher, said putting a mouse under an MRI scanner requires sedation or anesthesia and could be considered a source of distress for an animal since it could happen several times.“It depends on our own personal ethics,” Ormandy said. “For people who care about that one individual mouse, that (MRI) might still not be OK.”But she said some people might argue “it’s better to cause a little bit more suffering to one mouse instead of moderate suffering to 10 mice.”An animal rights organization said there’s no need to use animals in tests at all when computer modelling can be just as useful.“All things else being equal, certainly hurting and killing fewer animals is better than hurting and killing more animals,” said Jeremy Beckham, research associate with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.But he said that loses the bigger question a little bit.“There’s not any real basis to think they feel pain any less than, say, a dog or a cat,” Beckham said.“We’ve bred dogs and cats to be our companions, so we’ve got a little bit more of an emotional attachment to them. But the ethical issues of using rats and mice are staring us in the face just as strongly.”— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

San Diego North Economic Development Councils 6th Annual Economic Summit

first_img Updated: 2:23 PM KUSI Newsroom San Diego North Economic Development Council’s 6th Annual Economic Summit Posted: April 11, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, center_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego North Economic Development Council’s 6th Annual Economic Summit was held Wednesday, April 10th in San Marcos.Hundreds of business and civic leaders attended including three North County mayors and more than 20 city councilmembers from the North County.Erik Bruvold, CEO, San Diego North Economic Development Council joined Good Morning San Diego to recap the event.While the economy at all levels has enjoyed a sustained level of prosperity in recent years, there are a number of economists who have suggested over the past several months that the economy is slowing and the expansion could be coming to an end, according to Bruvold.Two economic experts provided their 2019-2020 outlook on the economy and what it means for San Diego’s North County. April 11, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Hand shakes

first_imgNoted danseuse, Shallu Jindal’s an hour long performance at Kamani Auditorium on 1 November took the Capital to a scintillating journey into the world of Kuchipudi. Her daughter, Yashasvini, an upcoming Kuchipudi dancer, was also part of the performance.The classical repertoire portrayed different elements of Krishna-leela through Kuchipudi. The performance started with an invocation of Lord Venkateswara. This was followed by a rendition on Mere Saason ki Maala (a Meera Bai bhajan popularised by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan) fused with sufi and Hindustani music.  It was followed by Thillana – a traditional Kuchipudi Nritya item.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The third part of the performance was Madhushala –  a unique performance on the poem by the famed Late Harivansh Rai Bachchan.The evening ended with Tarangam in which Jindal performed on the edges of a brass plate in devotion to Lord Krishna. This item displayed an exquisite virtuosity as the dancer executes intricate footwork patterns by dancing on the rim of a brass plate and coordinates them with complicated rhythmic patterns. It is said to be the union of the Atma (soul) with the Parmatma (Almighty).last_img read more

AI Now Institute publishes a report on the diversity crisis in AI

first_imgEarlier this month, the AI Now Institute published a report, authored by Sarah Myers West, Meredith Whittaker, and Kate Crawford, highlighting the link between the diversity issue in the current AI industry and the discriminating behavior of AI systems. The report further recommends some solutions to these problems that companies and the researchers behind these systems need to adopt to address these issues. Sarah Myers West is a postdoc researcher at the AI Now Institute and an affiliate researcher at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society. Meredith Whittaker is the co-founder of the AI Now Institute and leads Google’s Open Research Group and the Google Measurement Lab. Kate Crawford is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and the co-founder and Director of Research at the AI Now Institute. Kate Crawford tweeted about this study. The AI industry lacks diversity, gender neutrality, and bias-free systems In recent years, we have come across several cases of “discriminating systems”. Facial recognition systems miscategorize black people and sometimes fails to work for trans drivers. When trained in online discourse, chatbots easily learn racist and misogynistic language. This type of behavior by machines is actually a reflection of society. “In most cases, such bias mirrors and replicates existing structures of inequality in the society,” says the report. The study also sheds light on gender bias in the current workforce. According to the report, only 18% of authors at some of the biggest AI conferences are women. On the other side of the spectrum are men who cover 80%. The tech giants, Facebook and Google, have a meager 15% and 10% women as their AI research staff. The situation for black workers in the AI industry looks even worse. While Facebook and Microsoft have 4% of their current workforce as black workers, Google stands at just 2.5%. Also, vast majority of AI studies assume gender is binary, and commonly assigns people as ‘male’ or ‘female’ based on physical appearance and stereotypical assumptions, erasing all other forms of gender identity. The report further reveals that, though there have been various “pipeline studies” to check the flow of diverse job candidates, they have failed to show substantial progress in bringing diversity in the AI industry. “The focus on the pipeline has not addressed deeper issues with workplace cultures, power asymmetries, harassment, exclusionary hiring practices, unfair compensation, and tokenization that are causing people to leave or avoid working in the AI sector altogether,” the report reads. What steps can industries take to address bias and discrimination in AI Systems The report lists 12 recommendations that AI researchers and companies should employ to improve workplace diversity and address bias and discrimination in AI systems. Publish compensation levels, including bonuses and equity, across all roles and job categories, broken down by race and gender. End pay and opportunity inequality, and set pay and benefit equity goals that include contract workers, temps, and vendors. Publish harassment and discrimination transparency reports, including the number of claims over time, the types of claims submitted, and actions taken. Change hiring practices to maximize diversity: include targeted recruitment beyond elite universities, ensure more equitable focus on under-represented groups, and create more pathways for contractors, temps, and vendors to become full-time employees. Commit to transparency around hiring practices, especially regarding how candidates are leveled, compensated, and promoted. Increase the number of people of color, women and other under-represented groups at senior leadership levels of AI companies across all departments. Ensure executive incentive structures are tied to increases in hiring and retention of underrepresented groups. For academic workplaces, ensure greater diversity in all spaces where AI research is conducted, including AI-related departments and conference committees. Remedying bias in AI systems is almost impossible when these systems are opaque. Transparency is essential, and begins with tracking and publicizing where AI systems are used, and for what purpose. Rigorous testing should be required across the lifecycle of AI systems in sensitive domains. Pre-release trials, independent auditing, and ongoing monitoring are necessary to test for bias, discrimination, and other harms. The field of research on bias and fairness needs to go beyond technical debiasing to include a wider social analysis of how AI is used in context. This necessitates including a wider range of disciplinary expertise. The methods for addressing bias and discrimination in AI need to expand to include assessments of whether certain systems should be designed at all, based on a thorough risk assessment. AI-related departments and conference committees. Credits: AI Now Institute Bringing diversity in the AI workforce In order to address the diversity issue in the AI industry, companies need to make changes in the current hiring practices. They should have a more equitable focus on under-represented groups. People of color, women, and other under-represented groups should get fair chance to get into senior leadership level of AI companies across all departments. Further opportunities should be created for contractors, temps, and vendors to become full-time employees. To bridge the gender pay gap in the AI industry, it is important that companies maintain transparency regarding the compensation levels, including bonuses and equity, regardless of gender or race. In the past few years, several cases of sexual misconducts involving some of the biggest companies like Google, Microsoft, have come into light because of movements like #MeToo, Google Walkout, and more. These movements gave the victims and other supporting employees  the courage to speak against employees at higher positions who were taking undue advantage of their power. There are cases were the sexual harassment complaints were not taken seriously by the HRs and victims were told to just “get over it”. This is why, companies should  publish harassment and discrimination transparency reports that include information like the number and types of claims made and the actions taken by the company. Academic workplaces should ensure diversity in all AI-related departments and conference committees. In the past, some of the biggest AI conferences like Neural Information Processing Systems conference has failed to provide a welcoming and safer environment for women. In a survey conducted last year, many respondents shared that they have experienced sexual harassment. Women reported persistent advances from men at the conference. The organizers of such conferences should ensure an inclusive and welcoming environment for everyone. Addressing bias and discrimination in AI systems To address bias and discrimination in AI systems, the report recommends to do rigorous testing across the lifecycle of these systems. These systems should have pre-release trials, independent auditing, and monitoring to check bias, discrimination, and other harms. Looking at the social implications of AI systems, just addressing the algorithmic bias is not enough. “The field of research on bias and fairness needs to go beyond technical debiasing to include a wider social analysis of how AI is used in context. This necessitates including a wider range of disciplinary expertise,” says the report. While assessing a AI system, researchers and developers should also check whether designing a certain system is required at all, considering the risks it poses. The study calls for re-evaluating the current AI systems used for classifying, detecting, and predicting the race and gender. The idea of identifying a race or gender just by appearance is flawed and can be easily abused. Especially, systems that use physical appearance to find interior states, for instance, those that claim to detect sexuality from headshots. These systems are urgently in need to be checked. To know more in detail, read the full report: Discriminating Systems. Read Next Microsoft’s #MeToo reckoning: female employees speak out against workplace harassment and discrimination Desmond U. Patton, Director of SAFElab shares why AI systems should be a product of interdisciplinary research and diverse teams Google’s Chief Diversity Officer, Danielle Brown resigns to join HR tech firm Gustolast_img read more