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Goals galore by the Big Four

first_imgThe new Super League season kicked off this weekend without any surprises, with a number of spectacular goals and with the four title contenders showing their caliber.Olympiakos, PAOK, Panathinaikos and AEK all won, with varying degrees of ease, scoring 15 goals between them and accounting for 60 percent of the goals of the entire weekend that involved 14 teams.Champion Olympiakos paraded its new team, mostly acquired after its four European games during the summer, thrashing visiting Veria 6-1 on Sunday evening at the Karaiskakis Stadium. Brown Ideye scored a hat-trick, the other goals coming from Seba, Tarik Elyounoussi, and Luka Milivojevic. Pantelis Kapetanos scored Veria’s consolation.PAOK missed a host of chances but still managed to beat Panetolikos 2-1 at home, goals coming from Diego Biseswar and Garry Rodrigues, before Panetolikos pulled one back in injury time via Amr Warda.Panathinaikos was the only one of the “big four” to win away from home, downing Levadiakos 3-0 on Saturday. Its goals came from Cristian Ledesma, Mubarak Wakaso and Sebastian Leto.AEK scored three times in the first 17 minutes, eventually beating Xanthi 4-1 in Athens on Sunday. New signing Hugo Almeida scored a brace, and Petros Mantalos with Vila Didac were added to the scoresheet. Xanthi had Hamza Younes as its scorer.Greece’s other representative in Europe in the summer, PAS Giannina, was quite impressive against visiting Atromitos, winning 3-0. Platanias defeated host Kerkyra that has just bounced back up from the second division with a 1-0 score, and Panionios continued on last’s year form beating Asteras Tripolis 3-0.On Monday promoted Larissa hosts Iraklis.Source: KathimeriniTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Ref Holds Up Cyprus Soccer Game after Fan Trouble

first_imgNICOSIA (AP) — A Cyprus first-division match between APOEL Nicosia and AEL Limassol was interrupted for more than an hour, attracted riot police, and finished amid near-empty stands on Monday.Referee Demetris Mashias halted play late into the first half in Limassol after a ballboy appeared to have been hurt. He was taken away by ambulance to a private clinic.The match resumed a half hour later until Mashias again whistled a stop when fans began showering the pitch with flares. Some opposing fans then made it to the edge of the pitch and began hurling objects at each other. Police in full riot gear moved in to keep them apart.After fans filed out, the match resumed to a nearly vacant Tsirion Stadium and finished 0-0.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Expectations Rrise as Giannis, Bucks Move Into New Arena

first_imgMILWAUKEE (AP) — In his never-ending quest to improve, Giannis Antetokounmpo connected in the offseason with one of the NBA’s retired greats.No way was the Milwaukee Bucks star going to be late for a summer workout with Kobe Bryant.But showing up three hours early? That sends a message.It’s all part of an effort by Antetokounmpo to help get the Bucks take another step in the postseason.“I just wanted to show him I’m not here to mess around … I’m here to get better, simple as that. I think he understood that,” Antetokounmpo said. “It was an amazing day. It was a dream working out with Kobe.”Expectations are on the rise in Milwaukee after three first-round exits over the last four seasons. The Bucks are moving into a new downtown arena, the Fiserv Forum, and new coach Mike Budenholzer has experience winning playoff series.The Bucks hope they’ll be able to get a top-four seed. Whatever the case, they believe they have the talent to get out of the first round.It’s just the type of growth that the ownership group envisioned after buying the team in 2014.FILE – In this March 29, 2018, file photo, Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo dunks past Golden State Warriors’ Andre Iguodala during the first half of an NBA basketball game, in Oakland, Calif. Antetokounmpo is still only 23, but he’s entering his sixth season in the NBA. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, FIle)“When you look at what’s happened, every year has gotten better. Look, there are a lot of expectations on us … from the fans, from the team, from the coaching staff,” co-owner Marc Lasry said. “I think our goal is you want to keep on evolving and you want to keep on getting better.”SPACING IT OUTBoxes outlined in blue tape lined spots around the 3-point line of the Bucks’ practice court on the first day of training camp, a sign of one of Budenholzer’s philosophical priorities. He wants his team to shoot 3s.The hope is that proper spacing also helps open more 1-on-1 opportunities for Antetokounmpo to do what he does best: get to the lane for a dunk or a foul call. The Greek star also has the ability to dish to a teammate for an open shot, too.“I think it’s the best thing for Giannis to use his ability to just beat people 1-on-1,” forward Ersan Ilyasova said. “That’s why we try to give him more space and be in those blue boxes.”GET BACKThe offensive philosophy goes hand-in-hand with the focus on transition defense at camp. A missed 3 means the Bucks need to get back quickly to prevent a quick bucket by the opponent.“That’s where your defense starts. If you’re not good in transition, then you’re probably not going to be good, or you’re going to be taking it out of the net and playing a lot of offense,” Budenholzer said.FILE – In this Sept. 24, 2018, file photo, Milwaukee Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer poses for a photograph during media day at the NBA basketball team’s new arena, in Milwaukee. The Bucks’ biggest offseason addition was the hiring of Budenholzer. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)AT THE COREAntetokounmpo is still only 23, but he’s entering his sixth season in the NBA. In his seventh year in the league, Khris Middleton is coming off his first season in which he averaged more than 20 points while playing all 82 regular-season games. Point guard Eric Bledsoe is going into his first full season with the Bucks after being acquired in November in a trade with the Phoenix Suns. Both Middleton and Bledsoe are going into the last years of their contracts, though Middleton does have an option in 2019.ON GUARDThird-year player Malcolm Brogdon is healthy again after missing much of last season with a quad injury, returning just in time for the first-round playoff loss to Boston. The absence of the 2017 NBA rookie of the year deprived the Bucks of one of their best two-way players. Expected to start in the backcourt next to Bledsoe, Brogdon can hit 3s and handle the ball. He also offers a fearless presence in driving to the rim.BIG SIGNINGSThe Bucks’ biggest offseason addition was the hiring of Budenholzer. General manager Jon Horst made less splashy moves in free agency with the signings of Ilyasova and 7-foot center Brook Lopez, though their additions could be just as important. Drafted by the Bucks in 2005, the 6-foot-10 Ilyasova is in his third career stint with Milwaukee. Lopez, an 11-year veteran, figures to start at center. Both will be asked to contribute from the perimeter.—By GENARO C. ARMAS , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Judge Grants USWNT Class Status in Discrimination Lawsuit

first_imgThe U.S. women’s national team has been granted class status in its lawsuit against U.S. Soccer that alleges gender discrimination in compensation and working conditions.U.S. District Court Judge R. Gary Klausner’s ruling Friday in Los Angeles expands the case beyond the 28 players who originally brought the lawsuit to include all players who had been called up to camp or played in a game over a multiyear period. U.S. Soccer had opposed the move to certify the class.Twenty-eight players, including stars Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe, were part of the original suit filed against U.S. Soccer in March alleging institutionalized gender discrimination that includes inequitable compensation between the men’s and women’s teams. A May 5 trial date has been set in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.The federation has maintained that compensation for each team is the result of separate collective bargaining agreements, and that the pay structures are different as a result. Men’s team players are paid largely by appearance and performance, while the contract for the women’s team includes provisions for health care and other benefits, as well as salaries in the National Women’s Soccer League.The players disputed U.S. Soccer’s claims that some of them made more than their male counterparts, maintaining that if men had been as successful as the women’s team, they would have earned far more. The U.S. women won back-to-back World Cup titles in 2015 and 2019. The men failed to make the field for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Judge Klausner did not rule on the merits of the lawsuit but acknowledged the players’ claims that they were paid less on a per-game basis than the men and did not enjoy the same working conditions.“The failure to provide the (women’s National Team) with equal working conditions is a real (not abstract) injury which affects each Plaintiff in a personal and individual way,” the judge ruled “Plaintiffs also have offered sufficient proof of this injury. Indeed, Plaintiffs have submitted declarations establishing that WNT players were subject to discriminatory working conditions.”Molly Levinson, who speaks for the players in matters of the lawsuit, applauded the ruling.“This is a historic step forward in the struggle to achieve equal pay. We are so pleased that the Court has recognized USSF’s ongoing discrimination against women players – rejecting USSF’s tired arguments that women must work twice as hard and accept lesser working conditions to get paid the same as men. We are calling on (U.S. Soccer President) Carlos Cordeiro to lead USSF and demand an end to the unlawful discrimination against women now,” Levinson said.U.S. Soccer had “no specific comment” on the ruling.By: Anne M. Peterson, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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My most influential ICs

first_imgICM7218 antedeluvian says: LM339 October 25, 2016 at 3:37 pm Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. MAX690 October 6, 2016 at 9:42 am 8 thoughts on “My most influential ICs” LM358 LOC110 October 25, 2016 at 9:28 pm Log in to Reply MAX232 Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Analog October 6, 2016 at 12:59 pm Log in to Reply Continue Reading Previous Using static analysis to improve IIoT device securityNext The Write Stuff: A Hot Date “@Timnn”did you mean the MC146818 RTC? “nnYes I did. Thanks for the info.n” Log in to Reply “@JackPeacocknn”I’d add the General Instruments AY-3-1015 async serial transceiver”nnI guess you’d have to add a Baud Rate generator to that. What part would you use- the Fairchild 4702?nn”lowly 2N3904 and 2N3906 transistors “. nnIt didn’t occu AD626 TL431 October 5, 2016 at 10:04 pm I had worked with several standalone UARTs and used several offerings like Intel’s 8251, but when National (or maybe it was Western Digital) brought out the INS8250, it seemed to cover every option (including an on-board oscillator and baud rate generator) except one. It didn’t have the 8051’s 9-bit mode. Still it was good enough to be in the PC. I actually wrote a design idea on how to manipulate the 8250 to achieve a 9-bit performance – it was published in EDN Design Ideas as” Implement a Nine-Data-Bit UART on a PC” in June 6, 1998, but good luck finding it. [Editor’s note: Although various system migrations have made finding gems such as this difficult, a portion at least of Aubrey’s article is here (scroll to the bottom).] As I started working more and more with RS485, the appearance of the MAX485 was a great improvement over the earlier devices. Although the TI SN75176 was nominally the same functionality as the MAX485, it was not implemented in CMOS and drew quite a bit more current. Perhaps it deserves the nod.Strangely enough, driving many LEDs (both discrete and as 7 segments) popped up quite often and the micros had a limited number of pins, not to mention fairly slow clock rates so that there were constraints on processing tasks. I found Intersil’s ICM7218 (and later Maxim’s equivalent) family worked its way into several designs especially since it had a serial interface, which was relatively unusual back then. The family is still going strong as you can see from a new Arduino Display Driver Shield from Maxim.Figure 1. The 72 LEDs just to the left of the middle of the board were driven by an ICM7218, the IC just below them. There is another favourite IC on the board – the 8032 (8051 derivative) and a linear regulator on the left with the heatsink although I can’t remember why. The unit worked from the telecommunications standard -48VDC and used a SMPS module (in the unpopulated area on the left). (Source: Author)  And for something completely different: years ago I was told that it was not possible to design a self-powered 4-20 current loop isolator. I stumbled across a linear opto-isolator the LOC110 from CP Clare (now IXYS) (an alternate to the IL300 from Siemens at the time) and started working with it in my spare time. In the end it could be done and I am told my product is now considered the industry standard and has been for over 17 years. I first used the Linear Tech op-amp LT1366 on this loop isolator. For a digital designer flirting with analog, I chose the most all-round op-amp that I could find. Low power, rail-to-rail and operating to over 24Vdc supply, it may be pricey, but it worked like a charm and it frequently sneaks into my designs even though there may be a more optimal choice for a specific case.There are two kinds of design engineers in industrial electronics: those who know about instrumentation amplifiers (IA) and those who are about to learn that they needed an IA and what the heck are they going to do about it now? Planet Analog editor, Steve Taranovich, recently did a blog on the topic “6 Burr-Brown secrets to success you need to know about instrumentation amplifiers”. I messed around with a few in my early days, even tried to make my own from three op-amps. I quickly settled on the AD626 from Analog Devices. It will work with a single supply voltage, from low to high supply voltages and will tolerate a common mode voltage outside the supply rails, making it suitable for high side current monitoring. Even though there are many more options in the marketplace today, it is still a favourite of mine.I have designed more 4-to-20mA output devices that the proverbial number of hot dinners I have consumed. Where there is no requirement for loop power, the XTR110 is the quickest and surest way of designing the output. It doesn’t hurt that it has great performance as well even though today there are more economical options.It’s amazing how long some of these devices have been in production. There is no real order in my list, so please don’t try to read anything into the sequence. It’s your turn now. What devices have made a difference to the way you approach a design?My List with links: Log in to Reply XTR110 MAX485 RGARVIN640 says: “@RGARVIN640nnMy electronic formative years were in South Africa which was far removed from any other epicentre of electronic design and the market was also significantly different. Intel had great representation followed at quite a distance by Motorola. antedeluvian says: center_img Log in to Reply 2716 “DavidnnThere is no dispute about the influence of the 741- it just wasn’t a direct influence on my designs. nnHowever indirectly it did influence me a lot. I did a design once for a coffee packaging machine that measured weight using LVDTs. The gain s INS8250 Tim Hawks says: “No mention of the 741? It may be a pretty ordinary op-amp compared to your AD626, but it was the first real universal op-amp (the 709 was finnicky to compensate) and a lot of us cut our teeth on it. That makes it influential in my book…” JackPeacock says: October 16, 2016 at 12:17 am “For number 13 did you mean the MC146818 RTC? It’s data sheet at least is now at NXP, via Freescale from Motorola” LT1366 “I’d add the General Instruments AY-3-1015 async serial transceiver, the original UART and the go-to part for RS-232 interfaces.nnAnd how many times did the lowly 2N3904 and 2N3906 transistors make it onto a board to switch that one last signal?” MC6818 October 5, 2016 at 9:03 pm ICL7660 PSoC antedeluvian says: 8051 “Mine was the 6502 chip from Synertek in 1980. It was lower priced than other available 8 bit micros at the time and opened up many different applications to micro control. There were also several other manufacturers who were making the part which helped k David_Ashton_EC says: October 15, 2016 at 11:44 pm 7805 LM317 At the turn of the 21st century several EE luminaries created lists for a Hall of Fame of ICs. I searched, but could find no official list. I was reminded of it in a comment by Martin Rowe “MAX232 is a hall-of-fame IC. I designed them into a number of products, including the first Extech Comms printer ”. I thought I should create my own Hall of Fame. There are some that I am sure we can all agree should be there. Others have special meaning to me in that they proved to be really useful and appeared in several projects, often defining the approach.There can be no doubt that the 555 should be on anyone’s list. An analog IC that pretends to be digital, can be configured as an astable or monostable and is simple enough for a beginner or even a dumb digital engineer like me. The market segment still seems to be remarkably vibrant (see my blog “Timer, anyone?”)Early on, MOS micros, EPROMs, and RAMs had multi voltage supplies and they drew a fair amount of current, so heat dissipation from linear supplies (switch mode power supplies were few and far between) was an issue. Micros and RAM had already shifted to a 5V only supply, but when Intel introduced the 2716 (2Kx8) EPROM systems could be completely single supply. What a win! And yet we have now returned to multiple supplies!The Hitachi range of dot matrix LCD character displays using the HD44780 controller came in many formats from 1 line by 8 characters to 2 lines by 32 characters. They were great for a user interface when micro-based devices were still in their infancy. Whilst the HD44780 is a candidate on its own for Hall of Fame, I have an associated IC: The LCD module required a negative voltage to alter the viewing angle of the display and since I wanted a just a single supply board, Intersil’s ICL7660 was the answer to this problem and several other issues that required low current negative voltages.There have been many iterations to the switched capacitor approach of the ICL7660, higher voltage, smaller capacitors, positive voltage, smaller size but perhaps the most famous of the offshoots was the MAX232. Since I began this blog with Martin’s quote, I need not continue.When I was designing SBX cards (mezzanine cards intended for Intel’s single board computer (Multibus) product range) I designed and produced a watchdog timer which consisted of several TTL ICs. I remember going to the first Maxim seminar (Maxim had just been formed as a spin off from Intersil) and learning about the MAX232 and the MAX690 watchdog timer. I was really enthused after that and almost every system of mine since then has employed a watchdog timer.As you can see above, single supply voltage drove much of the design considerations. In the early days I was also very wary of analog circuits and had a mental block on the bipolar voltages used on the linear devices. And then suddenly there were the LM311/ LM339 single and quad comparators and there was light. It took a while longer for the single supply op-amp like the LM358 to come out, but when it did I found myself working more and more with analog circuits. The TL431 voltage reference has also graced many of my designs.Still sticking with the single supply theme, who could forget the linear regulators – the LM309, the 7805, and the adjustable LM317? If I remember correctly, the LM317 was selected as the electronic product of the year when it was released.When it came to micros I designed with quite a few: the 8085, Z80, 8048 and the 8051, but if I have to select just one then it would have to be the 8051. But I hasten to add that when I discovered the PSoC architecture circa 2002, there has been no other architecture that I will use if given free reign. It is true that the implementation has undergone a radical shift from the PSoC1 to PSoC4 and PSoC5, but it is for the better and I really enjoy building as much of the design into the hardware capabilities of the device. Take a look at my recent 3 part blog on how to measure the RMS of a signal “Measuring an RMS value on a PSoC5” Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.I was always interested in clock/calendar devices and it seemed to me that they took a long time to come out in monolithic form. I made and early SBX board using the NEC uPD1990 which was a Julian calendar and needed software to add the leap day. National Semi had announced several, but when I tried to get them I was told by the salesman that it was “easy to invent a data sheet, but harder to make the device”. When Motorola brought out the MC6818 it seemed to encapsulate all that I needed and my choice was validated by IBM’s selection of it for the PC.Continue to page 2 >> antedeluvian says: Log in to Reply 555 Log in to Reply Log in to Reply last_img read more

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Green Hills extends trusted instrument cluster solutions to Renesas’ R-Car D3 SoC

first_imgGreen Hills Software announced its safe and secure INTEGRITY real-time operating system and supporting products/services portfolio for the R-Car D3 automotive SoC for graphical instrument clusters from Renesas Electronics. The highly integrated high-performance platform combines the trusted ASIL-certified INTEGRITY RTOS and development tools with the high-performance 64-bit R-Car D3 and its Open GL 3D graphics acceleration from the Power VR Series 8XE graphics processing unit from Imagination Technologies. Carmakers and their Tier 1 suppliers can now create rich and smooth graphics-intensive HMI for automotive infotainment and instrument clusters on the safe and secure INTEGRITY run-time foundation.The Renesas R-Car D3 includes a 3D graphics core that enables high-performance human-machine interface and realises significantly reduced system development cost equivalent to those of existing 2D cluster systems.Customers have a comprehensive set of Green Hills capabilities to build from with the Green Hills solution for the R-Car D3:INTEGRITY RTOS, the gold standard run-time foundation for safety/security critical software in automotive. Performance-focused support for the Arm 64-bit cores leverages NEON SIMD and hardware virtualisation.As an optional future feature, the INTEGRITY Multivisor secure virtualisation extension safely runs guest operating systems such as Linux and Android alongside real-time critical applications, assuring freedom from interference with near-native speed performance, inter-process communication and sharing of hardware resources such as the GPU.MULTI 64-bit integrated development environment and debugger, safety-qualified Green Hills C/C++ Optimizing Compilers and 64-bit toolchain, profiler and many other integrated time-saving tools.Integrated code quality tools including MISRA C/C++ code quality adherence checker and DoubleCheck static analyser.Multicore run-control, board bring-up, low-level debugging and real-time trace debugging with the Green HiIls Probe and SuperTrace Probe utilising industry-standard CoreSight from Arm.Embedded Cryptographic Toolkit with FIPS 140-2 compliant services that secure embedded devices through secure boot, secure data storage, secure networks (SSL, TSL, IPSec, SSH) and digitally signed secure OTA firmware updates.Cloud-based Device Lifecycle Management manages secure credentials throughout the manufacturing supply chain, even over untrusted networks.Proven partner ecosystem spanning graphics, networking, connectivity, encryption, application modeling and all aspects of embedded device development and deployment.Services for safety/security certifications, system performance and programmer productivity.The INTEGRITY RTOS and comprehensive MULTI development environment for the Renesas R-Car D3 are available today. The solution is demonstrated in the Green Hills booth at the embedded world.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Executing secure functions from non-secure code using Arm TrustZoneNext b-plus: HiL-reinjection of sensor raw datalast_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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FIFA World Cup 2018: Japan cruise to historic win over 10-man Colombia

first_imgJapan defeated Colombia 2-1 in their opening Group H game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup at the Mordovia Arena in Saransk, to exact revenge for their 4-1 humiliation in the last edition.Japan, currently ranked 61st in the world according to the FIFA rankings, hence became the first Asian team to beat a South American team in the World Cup. Colmbia are incidentally ranked 16th.Japan won their fifth ever match in the World Cup thanks to Yuya Osako’s 73rd minute winner, which was enough to bag them three crucial points in a group which some have called as the group of death in this year’s World Cup.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEAsian teams had managed three draws in 17 matches against South American sides but the four-times Asian champions made their extra man count after Colombia midfielder Carlos Sanchez became the first player to get a red card in Russia.Colombia got off to the worst start, when Carlos Sanchez received a red card in the opening minutes of their match for a deliberate handball inside the box, to become the second fastest to be sent off in a World Cup matchWORLD CUP DAY 6 LIVE COVERAGE Ex-Aston Villa ace Sanchez was given his marching orders two minutes and 56 seconds into the game when his arm denied his Japanese opponent a clear shot at goal. There was little but no choice for referee Damir Skomina to send the defender off.The fastest-ever though still remains Jose Batista, who was sent off inside the first minute for fouling Gordon Strachan in 1986 World Cup match between Scotland and Uruguay. He was sent off in just 54 minutes.advertisementAlso read – A red card in 2 min, 56 secs for naughty SanchezSanchez became the first player to be red-carded in this year’s World Cup and will surely be suspended for his actions. He could also face further repercussions for refusing to immediately leave the field of play as Colombia’s players protested the decision. He is also the first Colombian to be sent off in a World Cup.Shinji Kagawa stepped up for Japan and slotted the ball past keeper David Ospina to take the lead. Juan Cuadrado was taken off the field to be replaced by Barrios as defensive reinforcement.But the joy was short lived for Japan as Juan Quintero as Colombia equalised six minutes before the interval when his low free kick squeezed over the line, just past the outstretched hand of diving Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima.With the goal Quintero became first player to score in two different World Cup tournaments for Colombia (2014 & 2018). Incidentally there have been more direct free-kick goals scored in just 15 games at this World Cup than there were in the entire 2014 edition.Kagawa went close to scorring in the 16th minute but his shot rolled past the post and Osako fired against the face of goal from a dangerous position in the box.With Japan dominating in midfield, Colombia’s Argentine coach Jose Pekerman opted to sacrifice Juan Cuadrado around the half hour mark to send on defensive midfielder Wilmar Barrios.That gave Colombia extra control and their all-time leading scorer and captain Radamel Falcao came more into the game.Falcao, making his World Cup debut after missing the last tournament in Brazil due to injury, showed his hunger when he stretched full length to get his foot to an overhead cross but did not have the power to beat the goalkeeper.Genki Haraguchi’s foul on Falcao earned Colombia a foul on the edge of the box and Quintero fired a low free kick under the leaping wall. Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima reacted late and by the time he got his hands to the ball, it had crossed the line.Pekerman introduced James Rodriguez, who did not start due to a calf problem, in the 59th minute but the Golden Boot winner in Brazil was unable to change the course of the match.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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first_imgThe Oppo Find X is official, and it’s every bit as futuristic as it was touted to be prior to launch. The Find X, is indeed, an all screen and no bezel phone. Or at least, the closest that it can get to realizing this dream in the current scenario. The Find X achieves this by taking forward things that Vivo started with its recently launched X21, and adding all sorts of crazy to it, down to the T. The Find X, to begin with, has a whopping 93.8 per cent screen-to-body ratio. Oppo calls it panoramic arc screen.The Find X is Oppo’s first flagship in years, but unlike its other flagship phones, the Find X is launching in global markets including North America and Europe. Further, the company is hosting a separate launch event in India on July 12 where Oppo is expected to announce the Find X for the Indian market. Here’s a closer look at everything that the Oppo Find X brings to the table.Specifications:Processor: The Oppo Find X is powered by the top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor.RAM: The Oppo Find X comes with up to 8GB RAM.Internal storage: It comes with up to 256GB internal storage which is also expandable.Screen: The Oppo Find X comes with a 6.4-inch 1080p+ OLED display and a screen-to-body ratio of 93.8 per cent.Rear camera: The Oppo Find X sports a dual camera system on the rear consisting of one 16MP camera and another 20MP shooter. There’s OIS and also lots and lots of AI on-board.Front camera: On the front, the Oppo Find X comes with a 25MP camera with AI and portrait light feature.advertisementSoftware: The Oppo Find X runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based Colour OS 5.1. The Find X is also eligible for Android P Beta.Battery: The phone is backed by a 3,730 mAh battery with support for VOOC fast charging. The phone charges over USB Type-C.Special features:– The Oppo Find X does not have a notch nor a prominent chin. One wonders how things would be if Oppo had somehow managed to removed that wee bit of chin like the Apple iPhone X, as well. But that’s alright. The Find X is the craziest bit of technology we’ve seen coming out of China off late — after the Vivo Nex — and because Oppo is fairly active in India, chances are the Find X may come to India as well. The fact that the phone supports global LTE bands and will be sold in the US and Europe — a first for Oppo — adds credence to the fact that Oppo isn’t looking for China exclusivity with the Find X. — The Find X, as crazy as it is, features an all-glass front and back. A completely clean front and back. There are no physical buttons. Or cameras. That’s right, the Find X does not ship with conventional cameras. Instead it features a motorized system that pops out every time you need the cameras, or face unlock. Oppo calls it Stealth 3D camera system. The system is similar to the pop-out system found on the Vivo Nex only in the case of the Find X, it involves both the front and rear cameras that sit nestled inside the glass sandwich and pop out only when you want them to. Oppo says that the system can pop out in just 0.5 seconds which is pretty nice, although it must be noted, that such a system that’s dependant on moving parts would be prone to wear and tear over time. Oppo claims that the system can be used for roughly 300,000 times, which should get most users over 5 years of usage from the Find X.– The Find X does not have a fingerprint scanner and instead supports only 3D facial recognition. It does not have a 3.5mm headphone jack as well.– The 3D facial recognition technology on-board the Oppo Find X uses a system that’s pretty similar to the one found on the iPhone X. It consists of a dot projector, an infrared camera and a flood illuminator that apparently makes O-Face (that’s what Oppo calls its system) a whole lot secure and faster than conventional mechanisms. Also, it works in the dark, claims Oppo.– The cameras on-board the Oppo Find X are loaded with AI. While the dual rear camera system can detect 21 scenarios and accordingly it can adjust your photos, the front camera supports Omoji that are Oppo’s take on Apple’s Animoji.Price and availabilityThe Oppo Find X has been launched at a ridiculously high price tag of 999 Euros which roughly translates to Rs 78,699. It will be available in two colour options: Bordeaux Red and Glacier Blue. Oppo is also launching a limited edition of the Find X in collaboration with luxury car maker Lamborghini. The special edition smartphone will have a textured carbon fiber back with a Lamborghini logo etched in, and also Super VOOC charging support out-of-the-box. The Lamborghini edition of the Oppo Find X will cost buyers 1,699 Euros which roughly translates to Rs 1,33,913.advertisementALSO READ: Oppo Find X launched with bezel-less all glass body, pop-out cameras and 3D facial recognitionlast_img read more

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IOA lacks competence to understand that football is global sport: AIFF

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 1 (PTI) The All India Football Federation (AIFF) today alleged that Narinder Batra-led Indian Olympic Association (IOA) “lacks vision and competence” after the national team was not cleared for participation in the upcoming Asian Games in Indonesia. “Its clear the IOA lacks the vision and competence to understand that football is a global sport played by 212 countries and that the top 5 teams in Asia play in the FIFA World Cup where the level of competition is far superior to the Asian Games,” the AIFF said in a statement. This will be the first time since the 1994 Hiroshima edition that an Indian team will not take part in the football competition of the Asian Games, which is an U-23 event with three over-age players being allowed. As per IOA regulations, only those national teams which are ranked between 1-8 at the continental level, were cleared for the Games. Accordingly, ‘Blue Tigers’, who are currently ranked 14 in Asia were denied an opportunity despite a string of good performances in international matches of late. India have qualified for the marquee Asian Cup after a gap of eight years, having last played 2011. “In fact, the premier football competition in Asia is the AFC Asian Cup where India has qualified after 8 years. IOAs stance and myopic view comes in sharp contrast to the support of both the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and Sports Authority of India, both of whom who have been hugely supportive of Indian Football and recognised AIFFs efforts in the last 3 years,” AIFF said.advertisement It was also learnt that AIFF president Praful Patel had called up Batra, secretary-general Rajeev Mehta and the tainted Lalit Bhanot (Chairman, Preparation Committee, Asian Games) explaining them the circumstances and also sent letters. “However, disregarding all facts, the IOA chose to stick to its original stance of sending teams ranked between 1-8 to take part, thus turning a blind eye to Indian football in the continental Games. “It is indeed a sad state of affairs for sport in India that the IOA is unable to distinguish the specific needs of each sport in the country. The IOA was never even bothered to even once discuss with the AIFF the strategy and plans for developing football in India,” the AIFF alleged. PTI KHS KHS PDSPDSlast_img read more

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India vs England: KL Rahul joins Rohit Sharma with second T20I hundred

first_imgKL Rahul became the second Indian to blast two T20I hundreds when he stormed to the triple figure mark against England in the first of a three-match series against England at Manchester.Rahul was sent in to bat at number three ahead of skipper Virat Kohli and the Bangalore boy made the most of his opportunities as he made 101 off 54 deliveries. In Ireland, he had been promoted to open the innings with Kohli and smashed a pulsating 36-ball 70.The 26-year-old Rahul enjoyed a sensational IPL campaign for Kings XI Punjab, smashing 659 runs off 14 matches.Rahul, many experts feel, should now be a part of Indian teams across formats. The stylish batsman did not play the IPL this year but in 2018, he was not retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore and was snapped up by Kings XI Punjab.MATCH BLOGOn his debut for KXIP, he blasted the fastest fifty in the history of the IPL. Moreover, in the innings to follow, he showed intent and a desire to complete the innings. Even though KXIP slipped out of the race for the playoffs, Rahul’s consistency meant he was once again an automatic choice for India in the shorter formats.When India announce the Test squad for the England tour, it will be impossible to leave him out.On Tuesday, Rahul walked in early after Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed cheaply. India were not chasing a big target and Rahul took his time to settle down before unleashing a wide array of shots. He was unstoppable and even the fiery Rohit Sharma took a backseat as Rahul enthralled the Manchester crowd.advertisementHowever, Rahul had got off to a breezy start which included two sweetly timed boundaries off Simi Singh in the first over. He was unstoppable thereafter and in the company of Suresh Raina, took the Ireland bowling attack to the cleaners.India are desperately looking for two middle-order options in the ODI side and Rahul’s classy innings in Dublin and Manchester should now put him in good stead. He looked good for his second T20I hundred last week against the Irish but he was done in by a Kevin O’Brien’s spongy bounce.Rahul is no stranger to records and milestones. He had hammered a hundred on ODI debut and smashed his maiden Test hundred in only his second match against Australia.In August last year, Rahul equalled the world record for most consecutive half-centuries in Test cricket.last_img read more

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The rise of Naya Raipur

first_imgEarlier, one would invoke Chandigarh when it came to planned township. Today, the template has changed. Naya Raipur is fast emerging as a role model for developing cities, with Andhra Pradesh taking cue from it to develop its own capital in Amravati, and Jharkhand planning one in the near future.Naya Raipur, the idea for which first came up in 1973, is serving as the administrative capital of Chhattisgarh and catering to the infrastructural needs of industry and trade in the region. The planning and growth of Naya Raipur stands as a significant benchmark in rapidly urbanising India and among the green field cities planned globally in the 21st century.Naya Raipur, which has been developed under the Narendra Modi government’s ‘Smart City Mission’, has now blossomed into a world-class city with state-of-the-art infrastructure that also bring in social cohesion and local inclusiveness. It sets a precedent of how urban development should be initiated and implemented.Naya Raipur Development Plan 2031 was prepared with a vision to develop a ‘Green City’, equipped with modern amenities for residents and visitors. The city is wellplanned, with balanced distribution of landuse and acts as the engine of economic growth for Chhattisgarh.The development plan covers a total area of 237.42 sq km, out of which the core area alone spreads over 95.22 sq km. The targeted population for the city is 5,60,000 by 2031. The plan for 2031, prepared in 2008, encompasses 41 revenue villages. The planning area of Naya Raipur is distributed into three layers. The form of Naya Raipur was deliberately designed linear in shape to facilitate Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) movement and ease in planning of infrastructure and facilities.advertisementTHE GREEN PLANCrisscross green walkways have been proposed and are connected from one end of the city to the other to promote pedestrian andnon-motorised transportation (NMT) movement. The green belt of 500m width around Layer-I boundary acts as a natural air purifier for the city.All water bodies have been retained and even the smallest ones, including natural streams, ponds and lakes, have been provided with a buffer of 25 m. Keeping the climatic conditions in mind, detailed natural drainage analysis based on the sustainable urban drainage system (SUDS) model has been prepared to retain water in streams, ponds and lakes throughout the year, using the water front for urban activities.HOUSING & INFRASTRUCTUREThe planning of the city is expected to accommodate housing for EWS and LIG with 25 per cent of area in the residential sectors reserved for the above economic classes. The infrastructure has been created utilising state-of-the-art technologies yet conserving the natural resources. NRDA has envisaged the development of the city on self-sustainable financing model.Various infrastructure projects like city level water supply, logistics hub and real estate projects like hotel, golf course, themed township, sports city, etc, are being developed.The infrastructure was envisioned as Information and Communication Technology-friendly in the development plan itself and subsequently, when Smart City initiative was introduced by the Government, the adaptation to the same was easily materialised.For Smart City implementation, Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping of all utilities and addition of SCADA (Supervisory control and data acquisition) system is being done.TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMThe transportation network for NRDA was based on the concept of accessibility, affordability, equitable and safe mobility. The 100-km of four and six lane city level roads have been constructed with 55-km of LED street-lighting.A 20m wide median is proposed in most of the roads with a vision of future expansion.A railway line has been planned and implemented connecting Naya Raipur to the main rail network within the country.Four railway stations within the planning boundary of NRDA will provide access to most of the sectors and villages. Other ongoing projects are Public Bike Sharing Scheme, Multimodal Logistics Hub and Last Mile Connectivity with e-IPT.POWER & WATER SUPPLYThe focus has been to make power supply available 24×7, reduce transmission and distribution loss. NRDA intends to increase in renewable energy resources (20 per cent power supply at Mantralaya is through solar energy) and continue to achieve more in this sector.Some of the key features of the smart energy system are to reduce redundancy, underground cable network, solar panels, wind-powered streetlights, intelligent streetlight management system, smart meters and electrical charging stations.A water treatment plant has been set up and treated water is being supplied to the residents since 2015. The existing system is being upgraded and the SCADA system is being set up to increase the system efficiency by future provision of 24×7 fully pressurised water supply system, real-time monitoring, automatic meter reading and its integration with billing software.advertisementlast_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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Time magazine sold for USD 190 million to couple

first_imgWashington, Sep 17 (AP) Time Magazine is being sold by Meredith Corp to Marc Benioff, a co-founder of Salesforce, and his wife.The Wall Street Journal reported that the iconic news magazine is being sold for USD 190 million to Benioff, one of four co-founders of Salesforce, a cloud computing pioneer.The sale is occurring nearly eight months after Meredith Corp. completed its purchase of Time Inc.Meredith, the publisher of such magazines as People and Better Homes & Gardens, had put four Time Inc publications up for sale in March.Negotiations for the sale of the three other publications Fortune, Money and Sports Illustrated are continuing. (AP) RUPRUPlast_img read more

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Dhawan, Ashwin in focus ahead of India Test team selection for West Indies series

first_imgThe selectors will meet in Mumbai on Wednesday to pick the Indian team for the two-Test series against the West Indies, and sources in the BCCI have said that five-member committee may wait for an official announcement till the end of the Asia Cup final on September 28.The two Tests will be held in Rajkot (October 4-8) and Hyderabad (October 12-16).For some strange reason, the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) in India did not issue a customary media advisory for the meeting in the capital.Shikhar Dhawan’s poor technique in testing conditions along with the fitness status of Ishant Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin will come up for discussion in the meeting.One of the main reasons is believed to be Dhawan’s selection in the Test team while Ishant (ankle) and Ashwin (groin) are racing against time to get fit.Since the two Tests will be a sort of dress rehearsal for the tour of Australia, selectors will be keen on giving all those players opportunity looking at the series Down Under.Murali Vijay is back among the runs in England’s county cricket but having been recently dropped, it will be difficult for him to make a comeback.KL Rahul after his stylish 149 at the Oval has sealed one of the opener’s slot but the issue is with Dhawan.His prowess on flat tracks with lack of seam movement is known to one and all as it has been evident during the Asia Cup.However when the ball swings or seams at a high pace, his technique has been found wanting as he has been a complete failure outside the sub-continent.advertisementThere is a possibility that if given a chance, Dhawan will again plunder runs against a weak West Indies attack on featherbeds before turning into potential ‘walking wicket’ against the likes of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood.Youngsters Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal have scored truckloads of runs and are waiting for their opportunity.Prithvi was included in the squad for the last two Test matches in England and would be hoping that he gets his much-deserved Test cap at Rajkot.While skipper Virat Kohli is expected to comeback after a much needed three-week break, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant are certainties.Hanuma Vihari and Karun Nair will be the two middle-order back-ups while Bhuvneshwar Kumar is expected to comeback into the side.Ashwin’s hip injury and Ishant’s dodgy ankle are two worrying areas for the selectors.Both have pulled out of the Vijay Hazare Trophy and it’s still not clear if they will be fit for the Test series.Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav are two sure shot picks in the squad.In case Ashwin misses out, Vihari’s part-time off-spin is one option and in the next line of spinners, the choice is between Krishnappa Gowtham and Jayant Yadav.Shahbaz Nadeem despite his brilliant form will have a tough fight with Jadeja and Kuldeep already in the squad.For the leg-spin option, there is Amit Mishra and Yuzvendra Chahal even though A team coach Rahul Dravid has termed the latter as “work in progress”.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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Virat Kohli a fantastic captain and his teammates follow him: AB de Villiers

first_imgAB de Villiers backed Virat Kohli as a captain to get a lot of success with Team India in the next few years, asserting the fact that he has enjoyed his time as a player under Kohli and he has seen him evolve from close quarters.Former England captain Mike Brearley recently said that Kohli’s “articulacy, his charisma, his presence, his skill, his fierce thoughtfulness could become tyrannical, a bit autocratic.”De Villiers, however, backed his good mate and said “he leads by example and his teammates follow him”.”Virat is a fantastic captain. We’re friends, I have seen him grow from strength to strength in the last few years and there’s no doubt that he’s a great captain. I really enjoyed playing under him, he leads by example and his teammates follow him. So, I’m expecting a lot of success for him and his team in the next few years,” de Villiers told indiatoday.in on the sidelines of Royal Stag Perfect Strokes event in New Delhi.Also read – You have to be honest with your fans: Mo Farah on how to find takers for distance runningDe Villiers was also very sure about the quality of Indian batsmen despite their failure in England during a five-match Test series. Barring Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara, the others struggled to make an impact as India lost 4-1. AB de Villiers said failures are part of sport and so is criticism. (India Today Photo)The Indian batsmen faced a lot of criticism for their technique and temperament but de Villiers strongly believes that they are all match-winners and said failures are just part of the sport.advertisement”Every batsman in the world goes through phases, no matter who you are, and the minute you fail everyone goes like ‘but he was just exposed, oh wait, it’s in England so okay he’s bad in England conditions’. The Indian batting line-up is one of the best in the world if not the best so they didn’t play so well collectively in England and now everyone’s suddenly saying that they can’t play in England, they should be dropped and whatever. That’s the nature of sport and I have had 15 years of that.Also read – India took their eye off the ball: Ric Charlesworth on decline of Indian hockey in 1990s”The minute I fail people go like ‘alright, why has he failed? Probably because of the wicket and he probably can’t play on that kind of wicket. So I can’t play spin or I can’t play seam, which is quite funny.”There is nothing wrong with the Indian batting line-up, believe me. They are all match-winners, they are incredibly talented, gifted players. Whether they are backed by people above them or by the media, that’s a different beast but there’s no doubt they can all be no.1 players in the world,” de Villiers further said.Also read – You have to be honest with your fans: Mo Farah on how to find takers for distance runningDe Villiers, who announced a shock retirement earlier in the year after South Africa’s victory over Australia in a home Test series, explained the logic behind his decision.What prompted him to hang up his boots after he finished a triumphant series as the second-highest run scorer with 427 runs in eight innings.Did pressure play a big part?”Yes, part of, big part of it. It’s not really pressure, it’s nonsense.”People always see the best of me and not behind closed doors. Some of what is said gets to you and some stupid comments do bother you. Personally, I always have this fear of embarassing myself. All that travelling 12 months a year and the time away from family, it gets to you. I try to give time to the fans and to the media but it’s not always possible. But I have had good 14-15 years in cricket.” AB de Villiers said some negative comments do bother him. (India Today Photo)De Villiers very fondly spoke about his time playing international cricket for South Africa and how he kept driving himself to do better every time he stepped on the pitch.”You don’t say it often but like most guys on the pinnacle, you do believe you’re the best and can produce miracles. I have always had that inner belief and luckily, I have managed to do some cool stuff on the field and I have enjoyed my cricket.”I will always miss it [international cricket]. It has taught me everything but for me, the end was perfect, it may not be for the others but I liked it. I have two young boys at home and I want to spend time with them. And then I am still available to play in the league. So, I get to stay with my family and still play cricket all over the world.”advertisementDe Villiers went on to say that captaining was an extremely tough part of his career but it helped him perhaps become a better player.”Captaining was tough and initially it was difficult to man-manage. But somehow, it improved my performance, that extra pressure, it helped me find my feet. With captaincy, it is about getting the best from your players and getting everyone in the right system. The support system you have during captaincy is very important.”Also read – India took their eye off the ball: Ric Charlesworth on decline of Indian hockey in 1990sThe friendship between Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers is very well documented and so is the Indian public’s love for de Villiers. The South Africa said there was a time when he first visited India, he did not want to come back but the country eventually grew on him.”I have no idea [how I got so much adulation in India]. It is very humbling the way I’ve been accepted here. I remember it was a culture shock to me the first time I came here as a 19-year-old. It was that Christmas, New Year time and I was missing my family and we were staying somewhere around Faridabad.”As a 19-year-old, I thought I didn’t want to come back but then over the year, I began to love this country, the people, the culture. When I walked on to bat and heard the crowd chanting, I went like ‘is that my name that I’m hearing’? I was shocked at first but then I started to thrive under that love and cheer.”I have a very healthy friendship with Virat. We don’t talk about it but there’s a really good competitiveness between us where both of us want to be better than each other and that helps. It is certainly a lifelong friendship and there have been some great moments between us on the field.” AB de Villiers has said that he and Virat Kohli share a “lifelong friendship”. (BCCI Photo)AB de Villiers also called his friendship with Kohli a “perfect” one.De Villiers gave India a good chance in the upcoming 2019 ICC World Cup and said that the wrist spinners and having previously won the Champions Trophy in England, gives them a good edge.”In the World Cup, India have a good chance. They have some really good wrist spinners who are getting wickets around the world. They previously won the Champions Trophy when no one though a subcontinent side to win it in England and then this time Pakistan, another subcontinent team, won the Champions Trophy. Also England and Australia are always favourites.”advertisementThere is a constant debate on how Test cricket will survive in the age of Twenty20 but de Villiers said he believes Test is ultimate format of the game and he hopes it can survive.”I’m not sure [how Test cricket will be taken forward]. I personally believe it’s the ultimate format and I have seen incredible things happening in Tests. I really hope the people who are responsible find a way and hopefully, there’s a way for both [Tests and T20s] to survive.”De Villiers is an all-round sportsperson and he was also very good at academics. It was evident when he was asked about who he thought were the ‘perfect’ sportsperson and what would he have pursued if not cricket.”Rafael Nadal [perfect sportsperson] when he is at his best, that fierceness is what I like. I always feel Federer does not have the kind of fire I see in Nadal and Djokovic. I’m more of a Nadal and Djokovic-kind of a guy. Also Tiger Woods because of the kind of comeback he has had.”I have always had this affinity towards learning so if not cricket, medicine.”last_img read more

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Disha Patani savagely trolled for fake dress after Janhvi steps out in original

first_imgThe world of fashion is not an easy one to navigate through. Especially with Instagram policing accounts like Diet Sabya around, it is impossible for even the smallest fashion mistake to go unnoticed.Diet Sabya, and Instagram account who calls out designers and celebrities for copying or doning fake copies of luxury brands does not spare anyone. Right from Anushka Sharma to Shweta Bachchan, the anonymous account calls out anyone who knowingly or unknowingly sports a fake.And their most recent target is Disha Patani. A recent post on the page shows Disha Patani wearing a white summer dress, which is apparently a fake version of a dress from Daisy.The problem arose when Janhvi Kapoor apparently wore the original Daisy dress and that came to Diet Sabya’s notice.Check out the post:Well, even though the dresses do look quite similar, who’s to say whether Disha’s dress was actually intended to be a copy of Daisy or it was plain coincidence.ALSO SEE | Ishaan Khatter is floored by huge birthday cake. Janhvi can’t stop smilingALSO SEE | Disha Patani shares kickass kickboxing workout videoALSO WATCH | Ishaan Khatter says Janhvi made me a foodielast_img read more

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HMD Global launches Nokia 106(2018) feature phone with 21-day standby time

first_imgHMD Global has launched a new Nokia feature phone dubbed Nokia 106(2018) for the global market. The new phone succeeds the Nokia 106 which was launched in year 2013. The new Nokia 106 has several updates in terms of design and its innards. The phone is built out of polycarbonate with a more ergonomic design than its predecessor.Nokia feature phones are known for their long-lasting battery life. The key highlight of the Nokia 106(2018) as highlighted by the company is its long battery life. The company promises 21 days of standby time and 15 hours of talk time with the phone.The Nokia 106(2018) is a dual SIM feature phone sporting a 1.8-inch QQVGA TFT display. It is powered by a MediaTek MT6261D processor with 4MB of RAM and 4MB of inbuilt storage. It is backed by a an 800mAh battery. The connectivity options include a Micro-USB port for charging and a 3.5mm headphone pack. The new Nokia 106 also comes with FM radio and an LED flashlight. The phone comes preloaded with games like the classic Snake Xenzia and Danger Dash among others.In addition to this, HMD Global has also added new Light Grey and Dark Blue colour variants to the already existing Black and Silver colour variants of the Nokia 230 that launched back in 2015. Nokia 230 is a dual-SIM feature phone with a 2.80-inch display with a resolution of 240 pixels by 320 pixels. The phone packs a 2MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera. It is powered by a 1200mAh removable battery.Meanwhile, there are also rumours of a new Nokia phone coming. There are talks that Nokia will soon launch a rebranded Nokia X7 in India dubbed Nokia 8.1. The Nokia X7 is available in China. Reports suggests that the new Nokia 8.1 will be an Android One phone launched on November 28 in India and would cost Rs 23,999. The phone is expected to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage. The battery size could be 3500mAh.advertisementALSO READ: Nokia 8.1 may launch in India on November 28 with price of Rs 23,999last_img read more

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Virat Kohli is still a work in progress as captain: VVS Laxman to India Today

first_imgFormer India cricketer VVS Laxman feels Virat Kohli still has a lot to learn as captain but praised the world number one batsman for the way he has embraced the added pressure that comes with the job.Kohli is the second most successful Indian Test captain after MS Dhoni but just two of his 24 wins have come out of the sub-continent (excluding the West Indies series).This year India gave a good fight in South Africa and England but faltered at crucial junctures during both the series which led to their downfall.VVS Laxman reveals he was not fit enough to play 2001 Kolkata Test vs AustraliaNow they are preparing to face Australia and many experts believe this is India’s best chance to clinch its maiden series win Down Under. Kohli knows the challenge that awaits his team and Laxman also believes the Indian team can stun the Aussies.Don’t like our batsmen, leave! Is Kohli too impulsive as a captain? “Virat knows he missed a great opportunity in South Africa and England because the Indian team was more superior on both occasions than the opposition. He knows his team has got the potential to go out and beat Australia in Australia.Bishan Singh Bedi on Kohli-Kumble fallout: One person is doing all he wants”Kohli will be focussing on that and thinking positively about the challenge down under. He won’t be thinking about the if not’s but will be thinking about how his team can beat the Aussies,” Laxman told India Today in an exclusive chat.advertisementMaiden hundred in Sydney Test removed all doubts I had about my game: VVS LaxmanLaxman also praised the way Kohli has evolved as a captain but said that he is still a work in progress.”Virat Kohli’s performance speaks for itself. Even in the first Test match he captained in Adelaide in 2014 he went for the win and I was happy with the approach he showed. That also shows his personality which is very positive, aggressive and he is always looking to create an impact.It is not easy being Virat Kohli: Harbhajan Singh to India Today”That attitude has rubbed on to the rest of the boys. With more success on overseas tours he (Kohli) will gain more experience as a captain. I definitely feel he is a good captain in the longer version. He relishes challenges and loves the responsibility.WATCH – Virat Kohli is making everyone proud: Harbhajan Singh”I have seen some captains succumb to the extra pressure but in Kohli’s case it has enhanced his performance and his reputation as a batsman since the time he started leading the team. I believe he is a good captain but still work in progress,” Laxman said.Pretty proud of my milestone: Virat Kohli after storming into 10,000-run clubIt is impossible to interview Laxman and not talk about his knock of 281 in the 2001 Kolkata Test against Australia, especially when his autobiography is titled 281 and beyond.Faf du Plessis suggests Australia to give Virat Kohli the ‘silent treatment’India registered one of its greatest Test wins at the Eden Gardens 17 years ago with Laxman playing a starring role in that match and the Hyderabadi spoke at length about his knock and the crucial role that Rahul Dravid played during their record partnership which led to the Indian triumph.Mitchell Johnson takes a dig at Kohli: I look forward to no Virat send offs”What really went through my mind was to just go out and play to the merit of the ball. It was a great learning experience for me and the entire team during that (Kolkata) Test. Till the time the last ball is bowled or the last run is scored, never give up.Virat Kohli promises to retaliate if Australia start sledging war”When you are in that position you don’t think about the future or the result. All you can think about is being in the present, focussing on the process and play each ball on its merit but at the same time show a lot of self-belief in your abilities. Only then you can play your natural game.”What I enjoyed about that knock was I went out and played my natural game. I should also thank Rahul for the grit and determination he showed during that partnership. He was also down with viral fever before the Test and he had a tendency of cramping but he endured all that pain. We kept on motivating each other. From that day onwards be believed that nothing is impossible,” Laxman said.advertisementlast_img read more

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Now you don’t have to wait for Redmi 6A, Xiaomi puts it on open sale

first_imgThe Redmi 6A is Xiaomi’s most affordable smartphone in the country. And according to IDC’s report, it is also the bestselling smartphone in India since it launched, treading on the footprints of its predecessor, i.e. Redmi 5A. Therefore, it’s obvious that the Redmi 6A is one of the most important smartphones for Xiaomi this year to lead the charts and keep the cash registers flowing. The only obstruction to Xiaomi’s smooth sailing towards success is its flash sale model for the Redmi 6A. Xiaomi is now getting rid of this obstruction by putting the Redmi 6A on open sale.In a recent tweet, Xiaomi announced that they will be putting the Redmi 6A on open sale. This means that consumers will be able to buy the Redmi 6A without waiting for flash sales. The Redmi 6A will be available on Mi.com and Amazon.in starting January 12. Previously, the Redmi 6A was available under the flash sale model and was put on sale in limited numbers. With the open sale, consumers interested in the Redmi 6A will no more have to wait to get their hands on their smartphone.The Redmi 6A is Xiaomi’s most affordable smartphone currently. Two variants of the smartphone exist, with the base version sporting 2GB RAM and 16GB storage and the high-end version sporting 2GB RAM and 32GB storage. The base version now starts at Rs 5,999 while the variant with 32GB storage sells for Rs 6,999. Xiaomi is offering special deals on the Redmi 6A on Mi.com, wherein buyers can avail up to Rs 2,200 cashback on Jio and 100GB of additional 4G data.advertisementThe Redmi 6A is Xiaomi’s entry-level smartphone. To recall, the Redmi 6A is the first Xiaomi smartphone to feature MediaTek chipsets after a long while. The smartphone is powered by MediaTek Helio A22 chipset and is accompanied by 2GB RAM as standard. The phone comes in two storage variants – 16GB and 32GB. It sports a large 5.45-inch HD LCD display. For the optics, the smartphone features a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera, both assisted by AI algorithms. It also features face unlock for verification. The smartphone is powered by a 3000mAh battery and comes with a 5W charger. The phone is available in blue, gold, rose gold and black.ALSO READ | Redmi with Snapdragon 855: Affordable next-gen flagship Xiaomi for Rs 26,000ALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 launched: Key specs, features, price and everything you should knowALSO READ | Xiaomi Mi TV 4X Pro 55-inch quick review: Subtle changes that matterlast_img read more

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