U of T research contributes to instant verbal translation

When Microsoft’s chief research officer took to the stage in Tianjin, China, last month, his language skills made an auditorium of hundreds of native Mandarin speakers applaud wildly. But he only spoke English at the conference. As he explained new developments in instantaneous translation and interpretation, Rick Rashid’s English spoken words were simultaneously translated robotically to Mandarin. The stunned crowd applauded the new computer system that can recognize human speech patterns, thanks to a U of T research team.

Canadian women down China in soccer friendly

Christine Sinclair scored her 102nd international goal to lead Canada to a 3-1 victory over China in a soccer friendly at BMO Field on Thursday. Canada’s national women’s team dominated China for most of the game while showcasing its controlled and tactical play. Sinclair, the top scorer in Canadian history, nabbed the third goal of […]

Tatham leads Canada’s third quarter comeback at worlds

[audio:http://www.torontoobserver.ca/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Nicole_CanadaChinaWomensBBall_podcast.mp3|titles=Nicole_CanadaChinaWomensBBall_podcast] After a blowout loss in their opening game of the FIBA women’s world championships, team Canada found themselves down a large margin once again. But this time, the Canadians came out of halftime with more energy, and they clawed back to a 65-61 victory over China on Friday. Down 37-30 at the break, it […]

China thumps Switzerland to win bronze

In their first Olympic games, China’s women’s curling team has impressed by picking up a bronze medal as they defeated Switzerland 12-6 at the Vancouver Olympic Centre on Friday. Two-time Olympic silver medalist Mirjam Ott conceded defeat after shooting a blank in the eighth end compared to China’s four. China started the game strong scoring […]

Sweden steamrolls China in women’s curling semifinal

 Sweden skip Anette Norberg forced team China skip Wang Bingyu to concede after the ninth end, defeating the Chinese 9-4 in semifinal action of women’s curling on Thursday at the Vancouver Olympic Centre. The rematch of the 2009 World Championship was really no contest for the defending gold medallists from Turin 2006, who are now […]

Bernard squeaks by Ott in women’s curling semifinal

  Not even a head cold could stop team Canada skip Cheryl Bernard. The 43-year-old’s rink came through in the clutch in another nail-biter to defeat Switzerland skip Mirjam Ott 6-5 in semifinal action of women’s curling at the Vancouver Olympic Centre on Thursday. The win assures the home nation of a medal, as they […]

Swiss’ Marty scores 4, China loses once more

The women of Switzerland over powered the women from China in their hockey classification game Saturday evening, beating them 6-0.  Forward Stefanie Marty continued her scoring streak by scoring four goals tonight, giving her 7 in the past two games. Swiss Goaltender Florence Schelling stopped all 21 Chinese shots, getting her second victory of the […]

Canada and Sweden remain undefeated in women’s curling

  Cheryl Bernard’s Canadian women’s curling rink narrowly avoided an upset Friday night, squeaking passed Denmark 5-4 in extra ends during draw 6 action from Vancouver. Bernard battled back-and-forth with Danish skip Madeleine Dupont, who was showing better accuracy through the first half of the match, and took the lead into the eighth end. Denmark […]