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Sports Wrap: Gambhir flops in comeback Test, Ronaldo stars in Portugal win and more

first_imgGambhir falls on 29 in his Test comebackGautam Gambhir making a comeback after two years failed to convert the start as he fell for 29 trapped lbw by Trent Boult on day one of the Indore Test.Ronaldo puts Portugal back on track; France also win in World Cup qualifyingCristiano Ronaldo returned to action by scoring two of his four goals less than five minutes into the 6-0 rout of nine-man Andorra in Group B.Rosberg secures pole for Japanese Grand Prix World championship leader Nico Rosberg will start the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix from pole position after setting the fastest time in qualifying on Saturday.Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif named in second Pakistan Super League’s players draft Both the former Pakistan players were ignored for the first PSL draft as they had just completed their five-year bans for spot-fixing.India stunned by South Korea in Kabaddi World Cup opener India suffered a shock defeat in the inaugural match of the ongoing Kabaddi World Cup as they were upstaged 32-34 by South Korea.last_img read more

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Infineon: OPTIGA Trust M to improve security of cloud connected devices and services

first_img Continue Reading Previous Alps Alpine develops compact solderless waterproof detector switchNext Farnell expands its Schneider Electric range with addition of 12,000 new products Hardware-based trust anchors are key for connected applications and smart services, whether for a robotic arm in the smart factory or automated air conditioning in a private home. The new OPTIGA Trust M solution from Infineon Technologies helps manufacturers to enhance the security of their devices while at the same time improving overall system performance. The single-chip solution securely stores unique device credentials and enables devices to connect to the cloud up to ten times faster than software-only alternatives. It is ideal for industry and building automation, smart homes and consumer electronics.As cloud connectivity and AI-based applications continue to grow, zero-touch provisioning of devices to the network or cloud is gaining more and more traction. When deploying OPTIGA Trust M, critical assets such as certificates and key pairs used to identify a device can be injected into the chip at Infineon’s secured factory premises. The turnkey set-up minimizes design, integration and deployment effort of embedded systems by providing a cryptographic toolbox, protected I2C interface and open source code on GitHub. Furthermore, the high-end security controller is certified according to CC EAL6+ (high) and provides advanced asymmetric cryptography. It has a lifetime of 20 years and can be securely updated in the field.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

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New ‘Mahabali’ Bajrang gives India first gold of Asian Games, Sushil makes shock exit

first_imgBy Bharat Sharma and Amanpreet Singh Jakarta/Palembang, Aug 19 (PTI) Bajrang Punia snatched the spotlight from fading superstar Sushil Kumar to open India’s gold account at the 18th Asian Games after the shooters delivered just a bronze in a low-key start to their campaign today. An in-form Bajrang won his maiden Asian Games gold in the 65kg category but a rusty Sushil lost his last chance to add an Asiad yellow metal to his rich collection after losing the qualification bout 3-5 to Bahrain’s Adam Batirov in the 74 kg category. Bajrang gave India the first gold of the Games in Jakarta but the country’s first medal came 600 kilometers away in Palembang, where the mixed rifle team of Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar faltered towards the end to settle for bronze. Like wrestling, shooting was also a mixed bag as the bronze came after teen sensation Manu Bhaker and Abhishek Verma failed to qualify for the pistol mixed team finals against expectations. The hockey turf in Jakarta also produced a brilliant result for India with the women’s team, which won a bronze in 2014, hammering hosts Indonesia 8-0 for a rousing start. Drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur was the star of the show with a hat-trick. But the day well and truly belonged to Bajrang, who came into the Games after winning three tournaments — the Commonwealth Games, the Tbilisi Grand Prix, and the Yasar Dogu International. He was simply sensational and produced a performance which had been expected of him in the build-up to the Games.advertisement Such was his domination that the 24-year-old from Haryana won all his bouts, until the final, by technical superiority. He outclassed Uzbekistan’s Sirojiddin Khasanov (13-3), Tajikistan’s Fayziev Abdulqosim (12-2) and Mongolia’s N Batmagnai Batchuluu (10-0) to storm into the gold medal bout. In the final, he was tested by Japan’s Takatani Daichi but the Haryana grappler held his nerve to prevail 10-8 in an exciting battle. With this stellar feat, Bajrang emulated his mentor Yogeshwar Dutt, who had won gold in the last edition. Kartar Singh (1978, 1986), Satpal Singh (1982), Rajinder Singh (1978), Changdi Ram (1970) and Maruti Mane (1962) are the other wrestlers who form India’s golden club at Asiad. “There are very few gold for Indian wrestlers in Asiad. So it is a big achievement for me. Only Yogeshwar and Rajinder Singh have won two gold medals in a year (CWG and Asiad), I am only the third to do it, so naturally, I am feeling proud of myself,” the 24-year-old said. Another name that was set to be on this list was of Sushil but the double Olympic medallist could not produce the big-event show he is famous for. However, he was graceful in defeat. “I did not expect this. The 57kg World Champion was sitting beside me, he said ‘I lost’. I told him dont worry, I have also lost. It is part of sport and I will come back again. We can’t be overwhelmed by defeats or victories, it won’t lead you anywhere,” said Sushil. A gold was also expected from the Jakabaring Shooting Range in Palembang, where the Indians were in contention in two events, but the contingent had to be content with a mixed team rifle bronze. The Indian pairing of Chandela and Kumar aggregated 429.9 after 42 shots in the 48-shot final and were in second spot for major part of the 48-shot finals before China overtook them to take the silver. It was a maiden Asian Games medal for Chandela, who will be aiming for a better colour medal in the 10m air rifle tomorrow. World Cup bronze medallist Kumar, who is mentored by the great Abhinav Bindra, had won a men’s 10m rifle team bronze at last the edition at Incheon. There were no more medals on the opening day but they were certainly some promising results. Indian swimmers Sajan Prakash and Srihari Nataraj finished creditable fifth and seventh respectively in the men’s 200m butterfly and 100m backstroke events. In rowing, medal hopes were raised after Om Prakash and Sawarn Singh topped Heat 2 in mens doubles sculls while Dattu Baban Bhokanal was second in Heat 1 of singles sculls. It was a lean day in tennis with most Indians getting first-round byes. There was one match in the mixed doubles and last-minute formed pairing of Karman Kaur Thandi and Divij Sharan did well to clear the opening hurdle. The Indian badminton team, led by Kidambi Srikanth, made a resounding start to its campaign, thrashing minnows Maldives 3-0 in the opening match of the team competition.advertisement World No 8. Srikanth brushed aside Maldives’ Hussein Zayan Shaheed Zaki 21-4 21-5 to give India a 1-0 lead. World No. 11 H S Prannoy then outclassed Mohamed Sarim 21-8 21-6. B Sai Praneeth, who had clinched the 2017 Singapore Open, then ended the challenge of Mohamed Ajfan Rasheed with a 21-7 21-8 demolition as India wrapped up the contest 3-0. In Kabaddi, which has been India’s ‘gold mine’ at Asian Games, both teams made a winning start. The men’s team outclassed Sri Lanka after opening its campaign with a win over Bangladesh, while the women’s team pulled off a dominating win over Japan in its opener. PTI BS/AT PM PDSPDSlast_img read more

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IPL 2019: Dhoni, Harbhajan, du Plessis star as CSK overcome KXIP challenge at Chepauk

first_imgChennai Super Kings withstood two solid innings from KL Rahul and Sarfaraz Khan to defeat Kings XI Punjab by 22 runs in Chennai on Saturday. CSK, the defending champions, have now won 4 out of their 5 matches in the 2019 Indian Premier League. | CSK vs KXIP – Match Highlights |Kings XI Punjab got off to a disastrous start to their chase. Harbhajan Singh, who did not play CSK’s against Mumbai Indians, returned to the team and dismissed Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal in his first over.KXIP were reeling at 7 for 2 off 2 overs but KL Rahul and Sarfaraz Khan kept their calm under pressure to build a strong partnership. The two were brilliant against spin – CSK had 3 high-quality spinners in Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir and Ravindra Jadeja. But Rahul and Sarfaraz were sure-footed, pierced the gaps with precision and ran hard to keep KXIP on track.Sarfaraz Khan’s maiden IPL fifty in vain Courtesy by BCCISarfaraz Khan, playing his 30th IPL match, brought up his maiden fifty. He had first played the Indian Premier League in 2015 for Royal Challengers Bangalore but failed to make much of an impression there. For KXIP, Sarfaraz looked in command against the Super Kings and showed he was determined to make his mark in a strong batting line-up.KL Rahul and Sarfaraz Khan brought up their 100-run stand in the 16th over but they needed a move-on as the asking rate climbed sharply. Rahul hit his second fifty of the season but he still had a lot of work to do.advertisementKXIP needed 46 runs off the last 3 overs and KL Rahul had no choice but to take on Scott Kuggeleijn who deceived him with a slower ball. Rahul mistimed the shot as Ravindra Jadeja completed an easy catch running in from deep midwicket.Kings XI Punjab were able to score only 24 runs from overs 13 to 17 despite having two set batsmen in the middle. That meant there was a lot of pressure on the batsmen coming in next as the asking rate kept climbing steadily. David Miller got off the mark with a boundary but the onus was still firmly on Sarfaraz Khan to lead the final assault.We never really got going towards the end.Hope to bounce back stronger in the next match. #SaddaPunjab #CSKvKXIP #KXIP #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/j3ZkV1HLYlKings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 6, 2019Deepak Chahar was tasked with bowling the penultimate over and he started off on a poor note. He bowled two successive no-balls (height) but he finished well when he castled David Miller. KXIP needed 26 off the final over.Earlier in the afternoon, Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni won the toss and decided to bat. Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis gave the defending champions a strong start. The pair added 56 for the opening wicket before Watson fell to R Ashwin in the 8th over.Faf du Plessis, who had replaced Dwayne Bravo, was playing his first match of the season and he looked in great touch. Suresh Raina struggled at the other end but du Plessis played some scintillating shots to bring up his fifty.Chennai Super Kings looked like in total control before Ashwin came on for his final over and removed du Plessis and Suresh Raina off successive balls. Ambati Rayudu survived the hat-trick ball and with MS Dhoni took the Super Kings to a strong total.MS Dhoni was in great form for CSK last summer and he has looked dangerous this season too. Both men took their time to get going but Dhoni exploded later in the innings with a six off Sam Curran. Dhoni was unstoppable from thereon and finished with an unbeaten 37 off 23 balls.Ambati Rayudu, meanwhile, hit 1 four and 1 six to remain 21 not out off 15 balls.Also Read | CSK vs KXIP, IPL 2019: Umpire talks to MS Dhoni after Ambati Rayudu backs up too farAlso Read | MS Dhoni plays 150th IPL match for Chennai Super Kings, 50th in ChepaukAlso See:last_img read more

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Aurora is the Lead Partner at AfroChic 2018

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Advertisement “Aurora is passionate about the arts and we are committed to supporting Canada’s creative communities,” says Paula Whitmore, Director, Partnerships & Events, Aurora Cannabis. “We are delighted to support AfroChic 2018 because this multi-disciplinary arts festival is such a wonderful representation of the beauty, strength and diversity of Toronto and its vibrant Afro-Caribbean community.”The festival is also sponsored by TD Ready Commitment, Factor Music and SoCan. Tickets can be purchased for two days or each individual day. For more information about ticket sales and for the latest news about the AfroChic Festival®, visit www.afrochic.ca.About AfroChicThe AfroChic Cultural Arts Festival is a multi-disciplinary annual event which highlights young and emerging talent from Canadians of African descent through visual arts, fashion, and music.About AuroraAurora is a Canadian cannabis company that’s redefining the thriving cannabis space. As one of the world’s largest federally licensed, medical cannabis companies, Aurora is committed to providing its patients with the highest standard of product quality, customer service and affordable pricing, while removing barriers to access. A progressive leader, using innovative technologies and state-of-the-art facilities, the company cultivates and produces exceptional, high quality, safe medical cannabis for the global market. Its growing constellation of subsidiaries and strategic partners provides global reach, product choice and first-class delivery. Find out how Aurora is helping shape the future of cannabis at www.auroramj.com.Twitter: @Aurora_MMJ | Facebook: @aurorammj | Instagram: aurora_mmj | #auroraeverywhere Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img TORONTO – AfroChic is pleased to announce that Aurora Cannabis Inc. (“Aurora“) will be the lead partner and exclusive cannabis brand at AfroChic 2018, Toronto’s annual community celebration of Afro-Caribbean music, visual art, fashion and culture. Now in its 8th year, AfroChic will take place over two days for the first time, July 14-15, and feature headliner DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown, aka Ms. Erykah Badu, along with a lineup of Toronto artists including Shi Wisdom, 11:11, Jayd Ink and more.“We’re thrilled to partner with Aurora to celebrate this milestone year for AfroChic, and to continue to showcase our community’s top talent to Toronto,” says the festival’s Executive Producer, Amoye Henry.The festival begins Saturday, July 14th with music performances at The Carlu and continues Sunday, July 15th with a live, intimate Q&A with Ms. Erykah Badu and special guests at the Globe and Mail Centre. In partnership with Aurora, the theme for this year’s festival is “Activated Healing” and the venues will be transformed into a rainforest oasis for the ultimate healing and growth-inspired weekend. Lead partner Aurora supports the AfroChic 2018 multi-disciplinary arts festival (CNW Group/AfroChic) Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

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Security concerns force UN refugee agency to suspend operations in Côte dIvoire

The French-brokered accord reached last week, which calls upon the government, rebels and political opposition to share power in a transitional government until elections in 2005, has sparked a series of violent protests and demonstrations that have rocked Abidjan since Saturday.A spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced the precautionary measure today, saying security concerns have forced the agency’s staff to temporarily put all operations on hold, including a repatriation movement that has so far sent some 900 Liberians home from the southwest. Despite the temporary suspension, Liberians in the area are still coming forward to register with UNHCR for help to return home. The agency estimates that up to 40,000 Liberian refugees still remain in the volatile western region of Côte d’Ivoire, including more than 5,000 in Nicla camp who cannot return home due to their ethnic background and known opposition to the Liberian Government.Concluding her 11-day mission to the West Africa region last Saturday, UNHCR’s Deputy High Commissioner Mary Ann Wyrsch said that the agency had so far received little regional assistance in finding other solutions, such as alternative sites in the region for Liberian refugees stranded in western Côte d’Ivoire.Ms. Wyrsch expressed her concern that even vulnerable refugees have become targets in Côte d’Ivoire, where, until recently, they were welcome members of the local community. “It is the responsibility of the Ivorian Government to protect them as well,” she said, appealing to the Ivorian people to make the distinction between refugees and rebels. “Refugees are vulnerable and in need of help,” she said.Meanwhile, Carolyn McAskie, the Secretary-General’s Humanitarian Envoy for the crisis in Côte d’Ivoire, remained in Abidjan today. She is meeting with UN agencies to discuss ways to strengthen the coordination of humanitarian assistance. read more

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Week In Brussels – Week ending Friday 15 March 2013

DOWNLOADEU ministers discuss Clean Power for Transport InitiativeCommission agrees draft mandate for EU-US trade negotiationsCommission approves first eco-innovation under new car CO2 legislation2014 European Parliament election recommendations adoptedWeek aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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After senior day disaster Ohio State mens basketball looks to rebound in

Senior center Trey McDonald is awarded a framed jersey during a Senior Night ceremony prior to a game against Wisconsin on March 8 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 72-48. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorThis wasn’t how the regular season was supposed to end.It wasn’t how the Ohio State men’s basketball team wanted to send out its five seniors.But when the clock hit zero on Sunday at the Schottenstein Center, the Buckeyes were on the wrong end of a 72-48 blowout against the No. 6 Wisconsin Badgers on senior day.“You don’t want to go out this way,” senior guard Shannon Scott said. “But we have got to put it behind us now. We know they’re a great team, we knew they were going to come here ready to play, but it’s a new season now.”OSU coach Thad Matta said the loss came as a slight shock to him, as he thought the Buckeyes had perhaps the best practice he had seen in his 11 years as a coach in Columbus the day before the game.“Honest to God, we had maybe the greatest practice I have ever had in March,” Matta said. “I actually went home and slept pretty well. For whatever reason, it didn’t happen.”Scott, who finished his final game at the Schottenstein Center with 10 points, four rebounds and three assists, said the Buckeyes need to put the loss behind them and set their sights on the Big Ten Tournament, scheduled to start in Chicago on Wednesday.“We have no choice but to shake it off,” he said. “If we don’t shake it off right now, we’re gonna lose our very next game.”Despite the shellacking handed down by the Badgers, the Buckeyes earned a first-round bye in the conference tournament, and are set to take on the winner of Minnesota vs. Rutgers in the final Thursday night matchup.OSU, which holds a perfect 2-0 record against those teams this season, would face Michigan State if it could pull out a victory in its first game.With the conference table set, OSU coach Thad Matta said he hopes to get better production from his seniors, who shot just 6-of-24 collectively from the field in their final home game.“I think that experience is huge in March,” Matta said. “I want to get those guys playing their best basketball down this stretch and playing with a chip on their shoulder.”Not only will Matta need better production from his seniors, but also from his freshman guard D’Angelo Russell, who said after the loss that he is not sure what to expect now that tournament play is here.“I don’t know anything about March, but I know anything can happen,” Russell said. “So I know just keeping the right attitude as a team and as a unit and a collective group, just keeping it free and an open mind that anything can happen, I feel like we’ll be successful.”Matta said although Russell hasn’t appeared in a post-season game in college, the Louisville, Ky., native has plenty of experience playing in big games.“I think he will be fine,” Matta said. “The guy has won two high school national championships before he got here. He knows what’s at stake and he will be ready to go.”What’s at stake for the Buckeyes is not only an opportunity to impress the voters for seeding in the NCAA Tournament, but also a chance at Big Ten supremacy. OSU has not won the Big Ten regular season title outright since 2011, and has not won a share since 2012.The Buckeyes did, however, take home the Big Ten Tournament hardware in 2013, the last time the conference tournament was played in Chicago.Four of OSU’s current five seniors were on that championship team, and three contributed to the title win two years ago.Matta said because of that experience, he still has faith in the Buckeyes and the senior class.“We’ve had great success in the Big Ten Tournament over our years here,” he said. “We have had great success in the NCAA Tournament. We need them.” read more

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End of buying off sexual assault victims hailed by campaigners as gagging

The existence of non-disclosure agreements hit the headlines last year when a slew of allegations emerged about the American film producer Harvey Weinstein. Victims campaigners have welcomed plans to outlaw gagging orders which prevent employees from disclosing sexual abuse at the hands of their bosses.The plans, which will be introduced as part of the domestic abuse bill, will stop companies from drawing up agreements that bar workers from going to the police.It is estimated that thousands of workers, who have been subjected to harassment, bullying and abuse, have been successfully silenced after being persuaded to sign non-disclosure agreements (NDA), in return for a pay off.The gagging orders often threaten the victim with financial penalties if they go to the police to make a criminal complaint.But a year after the launch of the #MeToo movement – which helped shine a light on the problem of sexual abuse in the workplace – the Government has pledged to ban NDAs.Harry Fletcher, victims rights campaigner said it was important the new laws were wide ranging in order to cover all forms of workplace abuse.He said: “This is welcome but the the government needs to be more explicit and explain what category of offences this covers.“It is important that anyone who is the victim of sexual, physical or psychological abuse cannot be bought off by an employer and can have the confidence to come forward and report the abuse. “Victims of serious crime also need to have an advocate to help them through the system and explain to them what their rights are.” Under plans set to be unveiled in the coming weeks, businesses will be prevented from drawing up gagging orders when dealing with complaints that are of a criminal nature.In addition businesses will also have a new legal duty to protect their employees from unreasonable behaviour in the workplace.This is intending to outlaw acts such as groping and unwanted sexual advances, but could also include inappropriate language and offensive jokes.The true scale of the extent to which NDAs are used to silence victims in the workplace is yet to be established.But the Equality and Human Rights Commission, which recently published the findings of a study into the issue, said it had found some “truly shocking” examples of sexual harassment.Rebecca Hilsenrath, chief executive of the EHRC, said: “We need urgent action to turn the tables in British workplaces, shifting from the current culture of people risking their jobs and health in order to report harassment, to placing the onus on employers to prevent and resolve it.”It cannot be right that millions of people go to work fearing what might have happened by the time they come home.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Since then similar allegations relating to NDAs have been made against other high profile figures, including the Portuguese footballer and former Manchester United star, Cristiano Ronaldo.Sexual harassment scandals have also engulfed Parliament and several high-profile businesses across the City and other sectors, with claims that victims have been silenced through the imposition of NDAs.In order to help victims report abuse a new national database will be established which is also intended to help expose the true extent of the problem.A Whitehall source said: “The intention is to stop NDAs being used to stop the victims of sexual harassment from going to the police and to introduce a new onus on employers to make it absolutely explicit to their staff that these agreements cannot be used in cases where a potential crime has been committed.” read more

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Ricky Skerritt announces challenge to Cameron CWI presidency

Dave Cameron speaks at a WICB townhall meeting (WICB Media/Brooks LaTouche Photography Ltd)Former West Indies team manager Ricky Skerritt has announced his intention to challenge Dave Cameron for the position of CWI president.Skerritt, 62, who is currently president of the St Vincent & The Grenadines Cricket Association, has previously been a cabinet minister and senator in the national assembly of St Kitts and Nevis and has also served as minister of tourism. He currently sits on the CWI board and has an MSc from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar.He will run for election alongside Dr Kishore Shallow, a 35-year-old entrepreneur and director of CWI, who is running for the role of vice-president. Both candidates’ nominations were supported by the Leeward Islands Cricket Board and Trinidad & Tobago Cricket Board. It would appear to represent a significant threat to Cameron’s future.While the pair have produced a 10-point plan that includes cricket-specific issues such as modernising coach education, a new approach to selection, greater emphasis at Under-19 and Under-23 levels and increased funding for the sport at grassroots level, it is clear that a distrust of Cameron lies at the heart of their challenge.In particular, the pair allege that Cameron plans to install himself as “a full-time executive” president, which demonstrates his “personal thinking” is “diametrically opposed to the values of West Indies cricket”.“After six years as president, Dave Cameron’s intention to implement sweeping changes to the democratic process of decision-making within West Indies cricket is troubling,” Skerritt said in a statement. “His desire to lead CWI as a full-time executive, is not reflective of the West Indies cricket ethos.“By advancing his plans for an autocratic leadership structure, which marginalises the role of commercially recruited executives, the incumbent has placed his personal thinking diametrically opposed to the values of West Indies cricket.”Skerritt and Shallow have confirmed that they will also propose a six-year term limit on the presidency. “I am convinced that a presidential term limit will remove much of the uncertainty and anxiety caused by the cricket politics and excesses that too often surround the office of president,” Shallow said.Cameron was approached for comment by ESPNcricinfo but declined to comment. The CWI elections take place in Jamaica on March 24. A total of 12 votes, two each for six member territories, are at stake. (ESPNCricinfo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWill David Cameron’s six-year reign over West Indies cricket end soon?March 8, 2019In “latest news”WIPA boss Hinds ready to work with Skerritt for good of the gameMarch 26, 2019In “latest news”Sammy slams Cameron’s stewardship, urges support for SkerrittMarch 22, 2019In “latest news” read more

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More gold in auto catalysts – bad news for PGMs

first_imgIt may be that a breakthrough catalyst formulation could see a dramatic increase in gold use, but may not be good news for platinum producers. World Gold Council (WGC), the organisation responsible for driving global demand for gold, and Nanostellar, a leading-edge developer of emission control technologies, have agreed to a long-term strategic partnership to enable the introduction of gold into the auto catalyst market.  Under this agreement, WGC has invested in Nanostellar in order to facilitate the commercialisation and marketing of the gold based technology that could increase industrial demand for gold.   Recently proclaimed a 2008 Technology Pioneer* by the World Economic Forum, Nanostellar has developed a new product, NS Gold, a catalyst formulation for use in the automotive industry that for the first time includes gold alongside traditional platinum and palladium metals. The inclusion of gold enables manufacturers of light and heavy-duty diesel engines to reduce noxious emissions by as much as 40% more than existing pure platinum catalysts, enabling significant savings for automotive manufacturers.  The potential to use gold in this type of application has long been considered, but until now the technical challenges concerning catalyst durability have prevented gold’s use.  WGC reports “independent test results confirm Nanostellar’s breakthrough which, if adopted by the automotive industry, could lead to an increase in industrial demand for gold, which in 2006 totaled 16.1 Moz (458 t).According to Johnson Matthey, during 2007, 4.24 Moz (119 t) of platinum is expected to be used in automotive catalysts – an increase of 2.3% from 2006. At current platinum prices of approximately $1,400-$1,450/oz, the total value of platinum use in auto catalysts during 2007 is expected to exceed $6 billion. In recent years, Nanostellar and other producers of catalyst materials have introduced the use of palladium to partially replace the four-times more expensive platinum. Now, to further reduce the amount of platinum needed and the overall cost of the catalysts, Nanostellar has pioneered the use of gold which is, currently, nearly half the price of platinum for diesel emission control.Joining Nanostellars existing equity investors, which include 3i, Khosla Ventures and Monitor Ventures, among others, WGC will also provide the company with significant marketing and business development support, designed to increase uptake of NS Gold among the global vehicle manufacturing community. James Burton, CEO of the WGC, commented: “World Gold Council is delighted to be able to assist Nanostellar in its efforts to bring the first gold-containing auto catalyst products to the market. The auto catalyst market is a large and important one for the platinum group metal producers and we are excited to be entering this new arena. We are also pleased to see gold play a role in an application with undoubted environmental benefits.”Pankaj Dhingra, CEO of Nanostellar, commented: “Garnering the support of a globally respected organisation like the World Gold Council speaks volumes about our proven technology and large market opportunity. WGC’s marketing expertise coupled with our technical knowledge should prove a powerful combination in winning advocates for our new product.”Governments in the US, EU, and other industrialised and developing nations are passing emissions legislation that set incrementally stricter standards for emissions reduction. The demand for platinum in diesel emissions control has been rising year on year because of these stricter emissions standards in order to further improve air quality and rising vehicle production. However, platinum is the most expensive component of the diesel oxidation catalysts (DOCs) that are required to meet the new, stringent emission regulations for the 14 million light-duty and two million heavy-duty diesel vehicles produced annually worldwide.Auto catalysts use platinum group metals to control harmful elements in automotive exhaust.  The major exhaust pollutants are carbon monoxide (a poisonous gas), hydrocarbons (from partially burned fuel that gives off diesel or petrol odor), particulate matter (or smoke – which contains cancer causing compounds) and NOx (smog forming compounds). * To be selected as a Technology Pioneer, a company must be involved in the development of life-changing technology innovation and have the potential for long-term impact on business and society. In addition, it must demonstrate visionary leadership, show all the signs of being a long-standing market leader, and its technology must be proven. Nanostellar, focusing on the fields of quantum computational nanoscience, chemistry, materials science, and chemical engineering, uses Rational Catalyst Design, which combines computational approaches with targeted experiments, to accelerate the development of materials. www.nanostellar.com.last_img read more

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Mario Kart Tour Comes to iOS and Android This September

first_img After a delay and some handwringing over its very mobile game microtransactions in the beta, Nintendo’s next game for phones is almost here. Mario Kart Tour releases for free on iOS and Android on September 25. Watch the new trailers. Some of these worldwide courses look so cool (New Donk City!) we wish they were in a Mario Kart game that didn’t exploit us. After a slight delay, beta users are finally getting their hands on Mario Kart Tour, Nintendo’s next high-profile mobile game. Considering the mascot racer is one of Nintendo’s most popular franchises, putting it on a platform as huge as mobile makes a ton of sense. Unfortunately, early reports suggest that this is yet another promising game corrupted by unethical exploitative free-to-play mobile practices. See for yourself.Looks like Mario Kart Tour beta is pretty hardcore with regards to monetization.Multi-level gacha for drivers, karts and gliders.Rare drivers have advantages during races.Stamina system limits races available on an hourly basis.(Subject to change, this is a beta.)— Dr. Serkan Toto E3 2019 (@serkantoto) May 22, 2019Considering this is a beta, Nintendo still has time to potentially adjust Mario Kart Tour’s in-game economy before it launches. Delay it again if that’s what it takes to make it more fair. But as long as the game remains free-to-play, it’ll always be inherently untrustworthy. It really seems like government regulation will be the ultimate solution to this problem. Earlier this week Nintendo announced it’s pulling certain mobile games from certain European territories to comply with new anti-loot box laws. The rest of the world should get on that, too.At least the Switch is doing well for Nintendo, experiencing record-breaking sales on the strength of games like Pokemon Let’s Go and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but it isn’t the only platform Nintendo puts its games on. And no we aren’t talking about the 3DS, which really needs to be put out to pasture already.For the past couple of years Nintendo has been dabbling with mobile games, bringing franchises like Mario and Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing to your iPhones and Android phones. You’ll have to wait a little bit longer for the next Nintendo mobile game though because Mario Kart Tour, as is tradition now for Nintendo mobile games, has just been delayed.Mario Kart Tour was announced over a year ago as Nintendo’s next mobile game and was slated to come out before the end of this fiscal year ending in March 2019. But the only Nintendo game we got in 2018 was the original RPG Dragalia Lost co-developed by Cygames. And at a recent financial briefing Nintendo confirmed the kart racer won’t be hitting smartphones until summer 2019. We don’t even know what the game looks like yet.Nintendo said it’s focusing on improving the quality of the game and making sure there’s a steady stream of post-release content. Mario Kart is one of Nintendo’s most important franchises. This briefing also included the stat that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the best-selling Nintendo Switch game at 15 million copies sold.So it makes sense Nintendo wants the game to be the best it can on a platform with an even bigger mainstream audience, especially considering how past Nintendo mobile games like Super Mario Run have slightly and surprisingly underperformed. Besides, as far as Nintendo delays go, anything looks better after learning Metroid Prime 4 was basically rebooted last week.For more on mobile games please consider our plea on why you should pay for them and check out what we think the next Nintendo mobile games should be. ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President‘Ring Fit Adventure’ Is a Nintendo Switch Exercise RPG center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Police Chief David Nisleit holds meet and greet event in University City

first_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 SettingsKUSI’s Ginger Jeffries sat down with newly-appointed San Diego Chief of Police David Nisleit for an exclusive interview on his path to becoming San Diego’s head policeman.Business owners, CEOs, nonprofit leaders and other professionals have been invited to participate in a fireside chat with Chief Nisleit Thursday, where he discussed leadership insights and his career path from business to public safety.Related Video: Meeting SDPD’s new Chief of Police David NisleitThe event is part of the Center for Wealth and Legacy’s Leadership Insights Forum. May 10, 2018 Updated: 6:18 PM Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: May 10, 2018center_img Ginger Jeffries Police Chief David Nisleit holds meet and greet event in University City Ginger Jeffries, last_img read more

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EXCLUSIVE 29 of benefits professionals receive a 213 pay rise

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: The most commonly awarded salary increases to HR and benefits professionals in the last 12 months were between 1.1% and 3%, according to research by Employee Benefits.The Salary survey 2017, which surveyed 249 HR, reward and benefits professionals in December 2016, also found that more than a quarter (29%) of respondents received an increase between 2.1% and 3% of salary, while 26% received between 1.1% and 2%. This is broadly in line with results seen in 2014 when we last asked this question.Overall, just under three-quarters (74%) received a salary review in the past 12 months.Looking ahead, however, respondents appear to have much lower expectations for the coming year. Nearly a fifth (17%) expect their salary to remain the same over the next 12 months, even though just 2% did not receive an increase in light of a review in the previous 12 months. Click to download the full Employee Benefits Salary Survey 2017last_img read more

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Urban Yeti Improv Group Enters Second Season

first_img(Photo by Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage)How can you tell when a town has matured into a city? You could use sheer population numbers, but that’s boring. How about entertainment offerings? Anchorage can now boast two comedy Improv groups. Scared Scriptless has been around for several years, and newcomer Urban Yeti Improv is starting its second season.Download Audio(Photo by Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage)Anchorage can now boast two comedy improv groups. Scared Scriptless has been around for several years, and newcomer Urban Yeti Improv is starting its second season.When you go to a rehearsal of improv group Urban Yeti, you find out really quickly that their name isn’t the only weird thing about them.But just who is this group? And why are they called Urban Yeti? Those answers will have to wait until later.First things first – I ask co-founder John Hanus, the most important question – can I meet the Yeti?(Photo by Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage)“You could meet the yeti if you were in the right place at the right time,” he said. “I’m not gonna lie, John Hanus and the urban yeti are usually not in the same place at the same time.”Ok, so it’s disappointing that I can’t get a yeti appointment and a little odd that Hanus talks about himself in the third person, but it’s clear, Hanus, who is a BP engineer by day, is really into his improv group. I ask him why.“John Hanus’s answer is, I love the aspect of tinkering around with a small business in my spare time and I love the aspect of directing and trying to get the best out of people and shared on a common goal and going in the same direction,” he said. “So I love leaving work and saying, you know, let’s think about marketing and advertising for urban yeti today, let’s think about contracts and to be honest I know I’m a total nerd, let’s think about taxes! That’s cool! I’m getting to know about small business tax structure.”(Photo by Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage)Hanus and his wife Mallory got into improv in college in Washington State, moved back to Anchorage, worked with Scared Scriptless and then decided to start their own improv group. Mallory says of all the performance art to choose from, improv is the most freeing and forgiving.“Because I can make a fool of myself and just dust it off and move on to the next thing,” she said. “I’ve always been involved in theater type things and got involved in improv in college and it’s been the only thing that’s stuck because it’s so addicting.”John Parsi is another member of the group. Parsi came to Alaska to work as a law clerk for the Supreme Court. He says he loves the playfulness of improv and the physical comedy.“You’ll do something as easy as someone pantomime struggling to open a jar and the audience will connect with that and think it’s hilarious because everybody experiences that,” Parsi said. “To see a group of people be able to be playful with those things, I think is fun for an audience, and is an interplay between all of the players on stage, all of the actors on stage and the people in the audience.”(Photo by Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage)“You have an opportunity to do that in improv because every single night, it’s a creation, organically produced by four or five people on a stage and 90 people in an audience and that’s an incredible feeling.”But rehearsal is important as director John Hanus reminds his crew.Hanus asks me for a word to get things started for Parsi. Clearly I’m not cut out for the spontaneity of improv. All I can come up with is…radio…Erik Dahl, MaryJo Mrochinski and Aneliese Palmer round out the group. Palmer says trust and cohesion is paramount.“And if you can create something together, that is what makes a wonderful show,” Palmer said. “If you’re on different pages, its just kind of, individuals walking around, saying crap….and if you are together, then it becomes a scene it becomes theater it becomes funny, it becomes fun.”Urban Yeti picks themes for their performances. Last season it was Frigid Affair, this year? Debauchery! Urban Yeti performances are the first Saturday of the month at the Alaska Experience Theater.last_img read more

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Art is Big Business in Southeast

first_imgWhat are the arts worth to Southeast Alaska? A new economic study says painting, carving, theater, music and other creative pursuits generate at least $60 million a year in business.Download Audio:Southeast artists include musicians, actors, carvers, painters and educators. (Chart courtesy Rain Coast Data/Southeast Conference)“When you’re looking at the saturation of artists in the region, we have nearly three times as many of the general U.S. population,” says Meilani Schijvens, director of Juneau-based Rain Coast Data.In a report prepared for the Southeast Conference, she estimates 2,340 artists live and work in the region. Many do it part-time, but their hours add up to the equivalent of 2.5 percent of workforce.“Last year, Southeast Alaska artists earned nearly $30 million, just from the arts components of their job,” she says. “And to put this in context, in terms of workforce earnings, the arts sector is nearly twice the size of the regional timber industry.”It’s also about the same size as Southeast’s financial sector, based on full-time equivalent jobs.Schijvens says about one in 10 of those surveyed make their entire living in the arts. About six in 10 earn less. And some don’t make any money at all.“Thirty percent of artists in the region, while accepting money for their work, are actually losing money. So nearly a third of the artists are actually spending more in terms of investing in their artwork than they get paid for doing their art,” Schijvens says.The total regional arts revenue adds up to almost $60 million a year. That includes spending by artists, customers, organizations and audience members.“It stimulates business activities. It generates tourism revenue. It attracts and retains a high-quality workforce here. People come here because of our arts community and arts our region has to offer. They stay here because of that. And it boosts quality of life,” she says.Schijvens says her research shows that Tlingit, Haida and other Alaska Native artists make more money. Twice as many, just under 20 percent, generate all their income from the arts.“If you look at the average net profit for independent Native artists, it’s 64 percent higher than the average net profit for all Southeast Alaska independent artists,” Schijvens says.The figures come from surveys of regional artists and organizations. Schijvens says the numbers, spending and earnings are probably larger, since she didn’t reach everyone who could have responded.The researcher hopes the data will be useful for groups seeking grants or looking for ways to collaborate.“As a whole, we’re stronger than the sum of our parts. So I hope the artists and arts organizations in the region will come together to be able to leverage more grant funding, be able to do more marketing, let people know what a treasure we have and to be able to take advantage of the larger network of art and artists that we have,” she says.The report was first presented to the Southeast Conference, an organization of business, government and other leaders promoting economic development in the region.last_img read more

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Design in India makes better business sense Bangalorebased businessman

first_imgIn countries like Taiwan, South Korea and China, where Indian products do not enjoy enough brand equity, the Central government’s “Make in India” initiative needs to be tweaked to “Design in India” to make inroads, so believes J Crasta, founder of Bangalore-based CM Envirosystems (CME).J Crasta says that it makes better business sense to supply raw materials and designs for products and manufacture them in South Korea to sell them in the above-referred countries. “There is not enough brand equity for Indian products in countries such as Taiwan, South Korea and China. So instead of focusing on ‘Make in India’, we have decided to sell raw material and our designs to our South Korean partner, who in turn will manufacture the products and sell it under the label ‘Made in Korea’,” Crasta told IBTimes India.CME, which manufactures environmental test systems, announced its South Korea foray on Thursday on the sidelines of the ongoing Automotive Testing Expo Korea 2016 and has tied up with Korean firm Naeng Yeol Co Ltd.Speaking at the function, head of CME’s global business operations Praveen Crasta said, “South Korea is one of the major hubs of R&D and over the years it has become one of the major driver for the country’s industrial growth. Today, South Korea has become the face of technology and we are here to be a part of it.” “CME’s products bring unique benefits to the table. They offer a high degree of customisation in their environmental test chambers and that’s one of the biggest demand from most of our customers,” said Cho, managing director, Naeng Yeol Co.J Crasta said the company hopes to add about Rs 10 crore to its current annual topline of Rs 45 crore.,In countries like Taiwan, South Korea and China, where Indian products do not enjoy enough brand equity, the Central government’s “Make in India” initiative needs to be tweaked to “Design in India” to make inroads, so believes J Crasta, founder of Bangalore-based CM Envirosystems (CME).J Crasta says that it makes better business sense to supply raw materials and designs for products and manufacture them in South Korea to sell them in the above-referred countries. “There is not enough brand equity for Indian products in countries such as Taiwan, South Korea and China. So instead of focusing on ‘Make in India’, we have decided to sell raw material and our designs to our South Korean partner, who in turn will manufacture the products and sell it under the label ‘Made in Korea’,” Crasta told IBTimes India.CME, which manufactures environmental test systems, announced its South Korea foray on Thursday on the sidelines of the ongoing Automotive Testing Expo Korea 2016 and has tied up with Korean firm Naeng Yeol Co Ltd.Speaking at the function, head of CME’s global business operations Praveen Crasta said, “South Korea is one of the major hubs of R&D and over the years it has become one of the major driver for the country’s industrial growth. Today, South Korea has become the face of technology and we are here to be a part of it.” “CME’s products bring unique benefits to the table. They offer a high degree of customisation in their environmental test chambers and that’s one of the biggest demand from most of our customers,” said Cho, managing director, Naeng Yeol Co.J Crasta said the company hopes to add about Rs 10 crore to its current annual topline of Rs 45 crore.,In countries like Taiwan, South Korea and China, where Indian products do not enjoy enough brand equity, the Central government’s “Make in India” initiative needs to be tweaked to “Design in India” to make inroads, so believes J Crasta, founder of Bangalore-based CM Envirosystems (CME).J Crasta says that it makes better business sense to supply raw materials and designs for products and manufacture them in South Korea to sell them in the above-referred countries. “There is not enough brand equity for Indian products in countries such as Taiwan, South Korea and China. So instead of focusing on ‘Make in India’, we have decided to sell raw material and our designs to our South Korean partner, who in turn will manufacture the products and sell it under the label ‘Made in Korea’,” Crasta told IBTimes India.CME, which manufactures environmental test systems, announced its South Korea foray on Thursday on the sidelines of the ongoing Automotive Testing Expo Korea 2016 and has tied up with Korean firm Naeng Yeol Co Ltd.Speaking at the function, head of CME’s global business operations Praveen Crasta said, “South Korea is one of the major hubs of R&D and over the years it has become one of the major driver for the country’s industrial growth. Today, South Korea has become the face of technology and we are here to be a part of it.” “CME’s products bring unique benefits to the table. They offer a high degree of customisation in their environmental test chambers and that’s one of the biggest demand from most of our customers,” said Cho, managing director, Naeng Yeol Co.J Crasta said the company hopes to add about Rs 10 crore to its current annual topline of Rs 45 crore.last_img read more

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SC upholds Khaleda bail in Cumilla arson case

first_imgBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia being taken to jail. File PhotoThe Supreme Court on Sunday upheld a High Court order that granted six months bail to Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia in an arson attack case filed under the Special Powers Act in Cumilla.A four-member Appellate Division bench, led by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, passed the order rejecting the petition filed by the state seeking stay on the HC order, reports UNB.On Thursday, the court fixed Sunday for delivering its order on the petition.On 6 August, the High Court granted 6-month bail to the BNP chairperson following a bail petition in the arson case.Later on the following day, the government filed a petition seeking a stay on the HC order.On 23 July, the HC directed the Cumilla Special Judge Court-1 to dispose of the bail petition filed by BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in the case within 26 July.Khaleda’s lawyer filed a bail petition with High Court as the Cumilla court rejected the bail petition of Khaleda on 25 July.Eight people were killed and 20 others injured when miscreants hurled a petrol bomb at a bus in Jogmohanpur of Chauddagram of Cumilla district during the BNP-led alliance’s movement on 3 February 2015.Two cases were filed against Khaleda Zia in this connection.On 8 February, Khaleda Zia was sent to jail after a special court sentenced her to five years’ rigorous imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.Since then she has been kept at an abandoned jail in the old part of Dhaka.last_img read more

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Full Show Law Enforcement Consolidation and Liberating Concentration Camps Sept 7 2018

first_imgListen 00:00 /50:55 On Friday’s Houston Matters: Parents of Santa Fe High School students react to how the school district handled a recent threatening text message exchange just months after a shooting there left ten people dead. Also this hour: A new study from Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research suggests law enforcement agencies in Greater Houston could save a lot of money by consolidating some of their services and facilities.Then, from Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick joining the fray over Nike and the national anthem, to a thief stealing front doors in Manvel, our non-experts break down The Good the Bad and the Ugly of the week’s news.And a new exhibit honors Texas soldiers who liberated concentration camps during World War II.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Video.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharecenter_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

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