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    first_imgChhetri was happy that Mumbai City FC have qualified for Chhetri was happy that Mumbai City FC have qualified for the first time for the play-offs with one game in hand. “I feel very happy. Last year we could not qualify but this is the first stage (in play-offs). When I joined (after stint with I-League club Bengaluru FC), the team was in a very good position. Everyone looks fit. We will give our best but will take it one game at a time,” Chhetri said. “The first season, I was not there. Second season we had a good team, but we just lost our track. One of the reasons we have done well is sitting on my right (Forlan). He has been very influential on and off the field. “We also have a very able coach and coaching staff. We are in sync. We are heading in the same direction and when this happens more often than not we will taste success. There are no groups here. We are united but not complacent. “We are going to try our best to win the next game (against Delhi Dynamos here on December 3). There has been no calculation about whom to avoid (in semis). None from coach to captain. We are happy that we have qualified with one game in hand. “We want to be a confident team going into the semis. We will try to win the last game as well as the next one, semis. We have a great away result but had not done well at home. Suddenly we have won two out of two at home. We have to build on it, work harder. The momentum is with us,” he said. Asked about his position in the teams line-up, Forlan said from childhood he always played as a forward. “I like having freedom to play wherever I feel comfortable. I am comfortable in forward position where I have always played as a kid. We have really good players, Indian or foreign. Everybody who has had an opportunity has done well. We are all enjoying each others company, playing and training,” he said. He was not sure whether he could take part in a longer league in India. “Entire season in India? I dont know what I am going to do once the league ends. I have to see, get whole information before deciding,” Forlan said. PTI SSR GK PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

  • Dream goal for 14-year-old striker

    first_imgFernando Ovelar is just 14 years old but he has already created a moment to remember in one of the biggest matches in Paraguayan football.The 14-year-old forward scored his first goal in professional football as Cerro Porteno drew 2-2 with rivals Olimpia in Paraguay’s Division Profesional on Sunday.The match is a clash between the two most successful clubs in Paraguay, with Olimpia having won 41 titles while Cerro Porteno has captured the league 32 times. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! In what was only his second senior appearance, the teenager burst into the penalty area and deftly flicked the ball over onrushing goalkeeper Alfredo Aguilar, sparking wild celebrations among supporters and team-mates.Ovelar had previously made his debut in Cerro Porteno’s 1-1 draw with 3 de Febrero, starting and playing 58 minutes while earning a yellow card in his first taste of professional football.The forward is  the youngest player to ever play in the Paraguayan top flight, and also the youngest ever scorer in the league14 años, 9 meses y 27 días…FERNANDO OVELAR #LaMejorCanteraDelPaís — Club Cerro Porteño (@CCP1912oficial) November 4, 2018 Olimpia levelled the match through Nestor Camacho’s first-half strike before late drama at Estadio Defensores del Chaco saw stoppage-time goals at either end and both sides have a player sent off.The result leaves Olimpia seven points clear of second-place Cerro at the top of the table after 17 games.last_img read more

  • PV Sindhu battles into quarter-finals of Singapore Open

    first_imgStar Indian shuttler P.V. Sindhu defeated Fitriani Fitriani of Indonesia to advance in the Singapore Open Superseries badminton tournament here on Thursday.The fifth seeded Sindhu lost the first game before staging a superb comeback to win 19-21, 21-17, 21-8 in a contest that lasted around one hour.Sindhu started the proceeding on a good note but soon Fitriani started the counter attack at the end and a a result the Hyderabadi shuttler was prevailed over in the first game.The second and third game saw Sindhu at her best. She displayed some swift court movements and strokes to edged past her opponent.Sindhu will now take on Spain’s Carolina Marin, whom she defeated in the summit clash of the India Open this month.Among other Indians in the fray, B. Sai Praneeth defeated Qiao Bin of China to enter the third round of the competition.The Chinese shuttler gave a tough fight before surrendering the match 15-21, 23-21, 16-21 in one hour 13 minutes.In mixed doubles category, B. Sumeeth Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa defeated Jae Hwan Kim and Lee So Hee of Korea 17-21, 21-17, 21-16 in 54 minutes to advance.But in women’s doubles category, it was an end of the road for Ponnappa and N. Sikki Reddy as the Indian duo were defeated by Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi of Japan 21-11, 19-21, 21-12.last_img read more

  • SRH vs KKR: Rampaging Kolkata hot favourites against Hyderabad

    first_imgKolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will be hot favourites to do the double on defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad when the two sides lock horns in an Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Sunday.KKR have looked to be the team to beat this season and are on a roll winning four back-to-back games. On Friday at the Eden Gardens, the men in purple swatted aside lacklustre Delhi Daredevils by seven wickets with 22 balls to spare.At the forefront of the destruction was skipper Gautam Gambhir whose unbeaten 71 made sure he continued his rich vein of form. Robin Uthappa played a perfect foil once again, smashing a 33-ball 59.The left-hand, right-hand pair have looked deadly in tandem coupled with the fiery bowling of Australian Nathan Coulter-Nile who has kept the more accomplished Trent Boult on the bench.It is the manner in which KKR have decimated teams that makes them tournament favourites and against Hyderabad in their first meeting at the Eden, the two-time IPL champions had won by 17 runs.KKR are top of the points table having 14 points from nine games and a win on Sunday should all but seal their play-offs berth.Hyderabad, third in the table with 11 points from nine outings, have also played well so far, losing just thrice.On Friday against Kings XI Punjab, skipper David Warner led from the front with a sparkling 27-ball 51 as Shikhar Dhawan (77) more than supported the dashing Australian left-hander.New Zealand’s Kane Williamson’s whirlwind 27-ball 54 ensured the batting heavy side crossed the 200-mark and then restricted Punjab to 181/9 in 20 overs.advertisementWickets to Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who has been at his imperious best with the most number of wickets in IPL 10 at 18, and Ashish Nehra augurs well for them against KKR who can do no wrong with the bat. Rashid Khan’s economical bowling should also help the men in orange.Against Hyderabad, KKR have won seven times and lost just three in their 10 meetings so far.Squads:Kolkata: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa, Shakib Al Hasan, Chris Lynn, Umesh Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Sheldon Jackson, Ankit Singh Rajpoot, Trent Boult, Chris Woakes, Rishi Dhawan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rovman Powell, R Sanjay Yadav, Ishank Jaggi, Darren Bravo, Sayan Ghosh, Colin de GrandhommeHyderabad: David Warner (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Moises Henriques, Naman Ojha, Ricky Bhui, Kane Williamson, Siddarth Kaul, Bipul Sharma, Ashish Nehra, Yuvraj Singh, Ben Cutting, Abhimanyu Singh, Mustafizur Rahman, Barinder Sran, Deepak Hooda, Vijay Shankar, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Siraj, Eklavya Dwivedi, Chris Jordan, Mohammad Nabi, Ben Laughlin, Tanmay Agarwal, Pravin Tambelast_img read more

  • Chris Gayle apologises for RCB’s dismal show in IPL 2017

    first_imgExplosive Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) opener Chris Gayle has apologised to the fans for the franchise’s dismal performance in this edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). (Kohli says sorry to RCB fans after dismal IPL season)”I cannot be happy with my performance and with my team performance as well. It’s been disappointing,” Gayle told ANI. (RCB hurt by Rahul’s absence: Ponting)The Jamaican batsman, who is known for his power and brute force, himself didn’t perform well as he scored just 152 runs in eight matches he played at a strike rate of 121.66, his second lowest in all IPL seasons.”Apologies to the fans. We all are hurt. It’s amazing how they (fans) still come to stadium and support us. I hope to do better next year,” he added.RCB have had a horror time in this season of the IPL. They have won just two games in their 13 matches so far and are languishing right at the bottom of the points table.The Virat Kohli-led side, who are already out of play-offs contention, will conclude their this year’s journey of the tournament on Sunday with a game against Delhi Daredevils.last_img read more

  • IPL 2017: The ones who caught the eye, top performances of the season

    first_imgThe tenth season of the Indian Premier League is over and the following is the list of top performers of the edition, which concluded in Hyderabad on Sunday.David Warner: The Australian batsman led from the front for Sunrisers Hyderabad as he topped the run-scorers list with 641 runs from 14 games. Though, Hyderabad lost in the eliminator, failing to defend their title, Warner excelled again, showing great sense of responsibility. His highest score was 126 off 80 deliveries against Kolkata Knight Riders.Photo Credit: BCCI Gautam Gambhir: Like Warner, Gambhir captained Kolkata Knight Riders to the verge of the final before they lost the second qualifier to eventual winners Mumbai Indians. He once again showed his undying hunger for runs as he milked 498 runs. One stand-out decision of his captaincy was asking West Indian spinner Sunil Narine to open the innings as the latter came out with flying colours.Photo Credit: BCCI Shikhar Dhawan: With 479 runs, Dhawan finished as the third highest run-scorer turning out for Hyderabad, who relied upon him and Warner at the top of the batting order as the southern team boasting a thin middle and lower-middle order line-up. Equally adept at scoring big or playing risk-free cricket, he proved his critics wrong.Hashim Amla: The Kings XI Punjab managed to score 420 runs from only 10 games with an average of 60. He was the sole consistent batsman for the northern side and enabled them to fight till the end for the play-offs. Displaying delightful classical cricket shots, the 34-year-old also registered two hundreds, one each against Mumbai and Gujarat Lions.advertisementPhoto Credit: BCCI Bhuvneshwar Kumar: The pacer proved once again that he is one of India’s most improved bowlers in shorter formats. Turning out for Sunrisers Hyderabad, the right-armer bagged 26 wickets to top the bowlers’ chart. He was Warner’s go-to-man and scalped wickets whenever handed the white ball. His yorkers, slow yorkers and low full-toss deliveries helped him get an economy rate of 7.05 despite operating mainly at the Powerplay and death overs.Photo Credit: BCCI Jaydev Unadkat: One of the key players who helped unfancied Pune in reaching the final, Unadkat picked 24 wickets from 12 matches. His left-arm bowling ensured that the batsmen find it tough to negotiate. He delivered both with the new and the old ball. His stand-out performance was 5/30 against as they defended a total of 148/8 against Hyderabad.Jasprit Bumrah: The right-arm paceman proved that he is India’s best death-over specialist as he scalped 20 wickets from 16 games with an economy of 7.35. Like Bhuvneshwar and Unadkat, he was asked to choke runs at the start and end of the innings.Rashid Khan: The 17-year-old Afghan leg-spinner turned out to be a success story of the tournament. He justified his auction fee of Rs 4 crore as he impressed one and all with his guile and control of a very difficult art in cricket. His googly was very deceptive and overall he took 17 wickets from 14 games. His economy rate of 6.62 is the best among the bowlers who have bowled more than 40 overs.Photo Credit: BCCI Ben Stokes: The Englishman came with an auction fee of Rs 14.5 crore and did his best to live up to the hype. Arguably the tournament’s best all-rounder, Stokes was the driving force behind Pune’s run till the final. He made it a memorable IPL with 316 runs from 12 games and 12 wickets with an impressive economy rate of 7.18. He left for the national duty towards the end and Pune did really miss him, especially in the final.Photo Credit: BCCI Robin Uthappa: The Karnataka batsman reminded the selectors that he still has it as he scored 388 runs from 13 innings. His strike-rate of 165.10 is the highest among the top-10 leading run-scorers as he showed. As a wicket-keeper, he was involved in 15 dismissals.last_img read more

  • Mick Schumacher to mark 25th anniversary of father Michael’s Spa victory

    first_imgMichael Schumacher’s teenage son Mick will mark the 25th anniversary of the German’s first Formula One victory by driving demonstration laps in a 1994 Benetton at this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix.Sabine Kehm, a manager for both father and son and spokeswoman for the family, told Reuters on Wednesday that the 18-year-old would be at the wheel before Sunday’s race at Spa-Francorchamps.Schumacher, the seven-time world champion who suffered severe head injuries in a skiing accident in France in 2013, took his breakthrough win – the first of a record 91 career victories – at the circuit on Aug. 30, 1992.Spa was a special place for the German, who won the 1994 and 1995 crowns with Benetton before five titles in a row with Ferrari from 2000-04.He retired in 2006 and then made a comeback with Mercedes between 2010-12.The German made an impressive debut in Belgium with the Jordan team in 1991 and went on to win a record six times at Spa, as well as taking his seventh world championship there in 2004 – the only title ever clinched at the circuit.This weekend’s Belgian race could also see one of his records equalled, with Mercedes driver and triple world champion Lewis Hamilton needing one pole position to match the German’s unprecedented 68.Now 48 years old, the most successful driver in the sport’s history has not been seen in public since his accident, with the family closely guarding his privacy at their home in Switzerland.Mick Schumacher is working his way through the junior motor racing series and is currently competing in European Formula Three after a debut in Formula Four.advertisementKehm said it had not been possible to use a 1992 Benetton for the demonstration, due to mechanical and insurance issues, but the 1994 one was in running order and would be transported to Spa from Cologne on Thursday.Schumacher’s private collection of cars, from his boyhood karts to final Mercedes F1 car, is due to go on show at Motorworld Cologne next year.The permanent collection will also include trophies, racing suits and other memorabilia.last_img read more

  • Nokia 8, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, iPhone 8 Plus: Best phones to buy this October

    first_imgWhile Xiaomi maintains an unparallel lead in the affordable segment with phones like the Redmi Note 4 and the Android One-backed Mi A1, phones like the Nokia 8 and Honor 8 Pro outshine the OnePlus 5, this October. As for the high-end premium segment, things have changed with the arrival of the new batch of iPhones, but Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 still remains the Android flagship to beat.Best phone under Rs 10,000Xiaomi Redmi Note 4: Rs 9,999Backed by a premium design, top-notch performance and fantastic battery life, the Redmi Note 4 still remains to be the smartphone to beat at its price point. Follow up to the much successful Redmi Note 3; the Redmi Note 4 exists primarily to correct the camera shortcomings of its predecessor, according to the company. The phone comes with a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.0 aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus and dual-LED (dual-tone) flash. On the front, the Redmi Note 4 comes with a 5-megapixel camera.The Redmi Note 4 boasts of a full-metal body and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. It comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p IPS LCD display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor clubbed with Adreno 506GPU. The base 2GB RAM and 32GB storage version of the Redmi Note 4 sells for Rs 9,999 and supports expandable storage of up to 128GB via a hybrid micro-SD card slot as well. The dual-SIM phone runs Android Marshmallow-based MIUI 8 and supports 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready). The Redmi Note 4 is further backed by a 4,100mAh battery.Best phone under Rs 20,000Xiaomi Mi A1: Rs 14,999The Mi A1 in typical Xiaomi fashion is a phone that’s high on specs and low on price. But, it’s unlike any other Xiaomi phone that you’ve seen before. The Mi A1 does not ship with Xiaomi’s custom ROM MIUI. It’s an Android One-based phone that runs a near 100 per cent version of stock Android.advertisementThe Mi A1 runs stock Android 7.1.2 Nougat out-of-the-box and will be updated to the recently announced Android Oreo by the end of this year, Xiaomi has confirmed. Xiaomi (and Google), in fact, went so far as to say that the Mi A1 will also be getting Android P – or whatever Google decides to call the Android O successor – when it launches later next year.Just like the Redmi Note 4, the Mi A1 is also powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor. Unlike the Redmi Note 4, the Mi A1 has stock Android at its core. The combination — a deadly one at that — ensures the Mi A1 feels faster in almost every sense of the word in comparison to the Redmi Note 4 that runs MIUI: a custom ROM based on Android.The Mi A1 further comes with a dual camera setup on the rear — 12-megapixel + 12-megapixel — where one lens is wide-angle while the other is telephoto (or zoom lens). This dual camera system offers 2X optical zoom and 10X digital zoom (just like the iPhone 7 Plus) and therefore should technically result in clearer distant shots and professional bokeh effects in portraits. The system is further aided with phase detection auto-focus and a dual-LED (dual-tone) flash but there is no optical image stabilisation. On the front, the Mi A1 comes with a 5-megapixel camera.Elsewhere, the Mi A1 comes with an all-metal body that looks remarkably like the iPhone 7 Plus. The phone comes with a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and USB Type-C for charging and data syncing. It comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p screen, 4 gigs of RAM, 64GB of internal storage which is also expandable, and a 3,080mAh battery under the hood.Best phone under Rs 30,000Huawei Honor 8 Pro: Rs 29,999The Honor 8 Pro is simply a bigger and more powerful Honor 8 with the same dual camera setup packed inside an all-metal unibody design, and just like the Honor 8, the Honor 8 Pro is also a fantastic value for money buy especially in the camera department.The Honor 8 Pro has two cameras on the rear — dual 12-megapixel Sony IMX286 with dual-LED (dual tone) flash — wherein one takes monochrome shots the other takes photos in colour (RGB). The phone’s software algorithm then merges both the images into one and creates the final photo. The monochrome images can take in 300 per cent more light and 50 per cent more contrast than coloured photos, according to the makers. So basically, the phone can ideally take better low-light photos than rival top-tier phones thanks to its dual-lens system, if the company is to be gone by. And it does. The Honor 8 Pro, in addition, also has an 8-megapixel camera on the front.advertisementElsewhere, the phone comes with a 5.7-inch Quad-HD (2560×1440 pixel) screen and Huawei’s home brewed octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor clubbed with Mali G71 MP8 GPU and 6 gigs of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage which is also expandable.The dual-SIM Honor 8 Pro runs Android Nougat-based Emotion UI 5.1 and support 4G LTE. There’s USB Type-C for charging and data syncing and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner for security. The Honor 8 Pro is further backed by a 4,000mAh battery.Best phone(s) under Rs 45,000Nokia 8: Rs 36,999The Nokia 8 is HMD Global’s top-tier phone right now and unless the company launches something even bigger — which now seems unlikely — the Nokia 8 will remain its top-tier flagship phone for the year 2017. Unlike the Nokia 6 that came with sharp edges, the Nokia 8 comes with subtle curves that seamlessly wrap around the front. The front, meanwhile, is chamfered — and comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection — to enhance grip and ergonomics. The Nokia 8, much like the Nokia 6, is an all-metal smartphone carved out of 6000 series aluminum but two of its variants — Polished blue and Polished copper — have been polished to near perfection so they look like all-glass phones. They are glossy. The Tempered blue and Steel variants are meanwhile meant for someone who likes it sober.Also Read: Mi Mix 2, iPhone X, 3 other phones show bezel-less phones are finally realThe Nokia 8 has a physical home button on the front that also houses a fingerprint scanner, and is flanked by touch-based capacitive keys which are backlit. The power button and the volume rocker lie on the right, while the SIM card slot rests on the left. It comes with USB Type C port for charging and data syncing. The Nokia 8, in addition, comes with IP54 certification which makes it splash-proof (but not water-proof). It comes with an always-on display — Glance Screen — as well.The Nokia 8 comes with a 5.3-inch quad-HD IPS display with 700 nits of brightness, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor clubbed with 4 gigs of RAM under the hood, and 64GB of internal storage which is further expandable by up to 256GB via a hybrid micro-SD card slot. The phone is backed by a 3,090mAh battery and supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging.Although the Nokia 8 doesn’t ship with stereo speakers (or Dolby audio like the Nokia 6) it packs in Nokia’s OZO spatial 360 degree audio technology. It comes with three microphones that allow for 360 degree spatial audio capture while recording videos.On the camera front, the Nokia 8 comes with a dual camera system on the rear — 13MP RGB+13MP Monochrome sensor — assisted with Optical Image Stabilisation, laser and phase detection autofocus along with a dual-LED flash. The dual camera system has been fine tuned by Carl Zeiss. The front camera — which is the same 13MP as the primary sensor on-board the rear — has been given a similar treatment. This is to allow for Dual-Sight, a feature that lets a user to simultaneously use both the rear and front cameras to take stills/record videos. Think of it as picture-in-picture. If that wasn’t enough, the phone also allows for live broadcast of videos shot using Dual-Sight on to social media platforms like Facebook.advertisementBlackBerry KEYone: Rs 39,990Just like the Priv, the DTEK50 and the DTEK60, the KEYone has its software in place. It comes with decent hardware as well, and its physical QWERTY is a useful addition, the usefulness of which would depend on the end-user. Then, there’s the nostalgia. BlackBerry may not be looking to play the nostalgia card, but, there’s no denying the fact that the KEYone is a very nostalgic phone. Because it was under development during the time when BlackBerry was still alive and kicking in the hardware space, chances are that it might just be the last of its kind. Chances are there might not be another old-school BlackBerry with a physical QWERTY ever. Even if there is, it’s highly unlikely that it would recreate the same magic and the same nostalgia. The KEYone barely does that after all.The KEYone is still first and foremost an enterprise-only phone and the keyboard just adds a third dimension to the whole thing. BlackBerry is even pitching it that way, and the fact that it lives up to its reputation — of offering classic BlackBerry reliability and productivity — should attract consumers at the end of the day.Google Pixel (128GB): Rs 42,490The Pixel (and the Pixel XL ) was Google’s first official entry into the mainstream hardware space. You can say, Google has been building hardware for quite a while now which is true, only none enjoys the kind of fandom that a certain Nexus 5 or for that matter even the Nexus 6P can brag about. But Nexus is dead and Pixel is the future.”Pixel Phones will get software and security updates as soon as they’re available, directly from Google. When a new update is available, it can download and install in the background, so users no longer have to wait for the phone to update,” according to Google. The Pixel originally shipped with Android Nougat and is now upgradable to Android Oreo. It will be upgradable to Android P as well, as and when Google rolls it out.One of the more interesting things about the Pixel is its rear camera that still holds lots of promise. It sports a 12.3-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture, 1.55um pixels and unlimited Google Photos storage. On the front you get an 8-megapxiel camera.Best phone(s) money can buySamsung Galaxy Note 8: Rs 67,900This year’s Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ and Galaxy Note 8 are all so very similar that it all narrows down to one thing: do you or do you not, need the S-Pen? Dual cameras, unless you really want them, are just an added luxury. Take the S-Pen away (also the dual cameras) and the Galaxy Note 8 is simply a boxier (and slightly bigger) Galaxy S8+. Quite simply put, to be or not to be is the question the Galaxy Note 8 must repeatedly ask itself.Frankly speaking, it shouldn’t. The Galaxy Note 8 is in a league of its own. A lot of this also has to do with the way Samsung has priced the Galaxy Note 8 in India. Ever since Samsung launched the 6GB RAM/128GB storage version of the Galaxy S8+ at nearly Rs 75,000 we had reason to believe that the Galaxy Note 8 will cost a bomb when it lands in India: a price of an upwards of Rs 70,000 was expected.Only Samsung went on and launched the Galaxy Note 8 at a fairly aggressive Rs 67,900. Add to it, Samsung’s introductory offer comprising a one-time screen replacement and a free convertible wireless charger, and the Galaxy Note 8 suddenly becomes well worth the package. Even the Galaxy S8+ feels expensive with everything that the Galaxy Note 8 brings to the table which means at least fans will have every reason to not be swooned by the Galaxy S8+ now and instead invest in the Galaxy Note 8.The Galaxy Note 8 may be a bigger Galaxy S8+ — with an S-Pen stylus and dual cameras — but in the grand scheme of things, it’s all the more compelling than the Galaxy S8+ and not the other way round. The 6GB RAM/128GB storage version of the Galaxy S8+ is currently selling for Rs 64,900. Skip it if you can and go buy yourself the Galaxy Note 8. It’s not just the best Note ever, it’s also the best all-round Samsung phone ever.Apple iPhone 8 Plus (64GB): Rs 70,999The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus would seem rather uninteresting if all the iPhone X hype has got a strong hold of you. That’s not very surprising, now is it? The iPhone X is after all, a gorgeous iPhone. If however, you think the iPhone X is too out there or perhaps tad too expensive, Apple also has a fresh batch of ‘standard’ iPhones — the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus — that carries forward the legacy of last year’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus may be incremental upgrades of the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus but just like each year the new iPhones pack in a couple or two more tricks up their sleeves to make that all-important upgrade count.The iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus come with all-glass and aerospace-grade aluminium body and front mounted fingerprint scanner, aka Touch ID. Both the new iPhones are IP67-certified for water and dust resistance. While the iPhone 8 is a 4.7-inch phone, the iPhone 8 Plus come with a 5.5-inch screen. Both the new iPhones support Apple’s True Tone technology.The iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus are powered by Apple’s next-generation A11 Bionic processor and run iOS 11 software. The A11 Bionic is a six-core CPU with two performance cores that are said to be 25 per cent faster and four efficiency cores that are said to be 70 per cent faster than the A10 Fusion processor inside the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. The new processor comes with a custom built GPU with a three-core design that is claimed to deliver up to 30 per cent faster graphics performance than the previous generation. “All this power enables incredible new machine learning, AR apps and immersive 3D games,” according to Apple.On the face of it, both the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus may offer more or less the same deal but it’s the latter that you should actually spend your money on, if money isn’t a constraint. This is because, in addition to offering a bigger screen, the iPhone 8 Plus also comes with better camera credentials. While the iPhone 8 comes with a single 12-megapixel camera on the rear with f/1.8 aperture, OIS and a Quad-LED True Tone flash the iPhone 8 Plus comes with two cameras on the rear – 12MP + 12MP – wherein one is wide-angle (f/1.8) and the other is telephoto (f/2.8) that allows for photos with shallow depth of field, or bokeh as also 2X optical zoom (10X digital). The dual camera system is further assisted by OIS, Quad-LED True Tone flash and also gets Apple’s new Portrait Lighting feature. On the front, both the phones come with a 7-megapixel camera.FYI: The iPhone X will cost Rs 89,000 in India for the 64GB variant. The top end version with 256GB RAM will meanwhile cost Rs 102,000. Pre-orders begin from October 27 and the iPhone X will hit the shelves from November 3. If you’re not wary of the fact that the iPhone X doesn’t ship with Touch ID, this is actually the iPhone to buy this year, if money isn’t a constraint.last_img read more

  • ‘Sabko hunar, Sabko kaam’: Yogi Adityanath government’s skill mission targets maximum placements

    first_imgWith a clear target in mind to skill and train nearly two lakh youth every year, the Uttar Pradesh government under Yogi Adityanath is on a mission to train nearly 10 lakh during the entire BJP term till 2022.Speaking at Mail Today’s first edition of Skills and Entrepreneurship Summit in the Capital on Thursday, Chetan Chauhan, the UP cabinet minister for skills, vocational education, youth and sports development, said: “This skill mission under CM Yogi’s government is with a difference…without going into the past, I would say that we are thrusting a single point agenda – skills with maximum placements.”Chauhan said: “Skills have to go hand-in-hand with placements, as then only more and more youth will get encouraged to take up new learning skills and training. We are entering into an agreement with all our trainers to adhere to the government’s placement criteria as core objective of the state skills mission.”The veteran Indian cricket team opener told the gathering that skills and jobs are essential because his state would soon have nearly 60 per cent of the population in the workable age group.”The worry is that not more than 10 per cent are skilled in this category and we are committed to skill maximum youth so that they earn a living and run their small enterprises.”Chauhan said that nearly 19 companies are working to train state youth and eventually place them in jobs.”Big companies such as Raymonds, Maruti, L & T, Lava, Rajasthan Spinning and Weaving Mills are working with us and we are also tying up with placement agencies like Select Jobs, Mera Hunar, Saral Rozgar and We are committed to prime minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ and ‘Start Up India’ program, and are trying to make the most of these by skilling our youth.”advertisementThe thrust is also on reviving traditional skills in Uttar Pradesh, the minister said, adding: “We are encouraging our youth to take up skills to learn traditional arts like weaving, carpet-making, perfumery, glassworks, pottery and the famous chikan work of Lucknow.”‘SABKO HUNAR, SABKO KAAM’Echoing his minister, Rajesh Kumar, director of UP’s Skill Development Mission, said: “Our mission is aiming for ‘sabko hunar, sabko kaam’. The Skills Mission, by pooling the resources from different sources, is working on it. We are aiming for placements in both wage and selfemployment. To scale up its operation, quality, and ease of access, technology has been put to use by way fully integrated portal, mobile applications, etc.We are now ensuring that from accreditation of training centres to inspection and final results are all provided through our portal. Candidates can now opt for sector and centre online.”Kumar added, “The training providers are being helped to achieve the targets of placement by way of conducting regular job fairs and the options by way of placement agencies. “We recently got over 400 placements in one job fair.”The UP Skills Mission has moved closer to the people, resulting in increased acceptance of the skill training.”This is evident by the fact that registration on portal of the interested candidates in the present financial year crossed the three lakh mark. This increased belief in the mission is motivating us to achieve our aim of helping better and dignified life to aspiring youth,” Kumar added.Chauhan signed off in his own style, quoting famous US President Franklin Roosevelt: “We cannot always build a future for our youth, but we can definitely build our youth for future.”FULL COVERAGE OF MAIL TODAY SUMMIT | CM Raman Singh on Chhattisgarh | ‘Sabko hunar, Sabko kaam’: UP govt’s skill mission | On capacity building | Overseas Opportunities for Skilled India |  Social entrepreneurship with focus on rural employmentlast_img read more

  • Have no words to describe what Kevin De Bruyne has done with the ball vs Tottenham Hotspur: Pep Guardiola

    first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola was left speechless when asked about the performance of midfielder Kevin De Bruyne against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.De Bruyne was at the heart of City’s atatck as the league leaders thrashed the North London side 4-1 at the Etihad. He scored the team’s second with blistering strike.This was City’s 16th straight league win and now they are on top of the table with 52 points from 18 games. Second-placed Manchester United, who play West Brom on Sunday are on 38 points from 17 games.Sweet sixteenWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW#mancity Manchester City (@ManCity) December 16, 2017De Bruyne was a constant threat to Tottenham every time he had the ball, torturing Spurs with both his sweeping passes and his direct running at theirHe was brought down for the second-half penalty that was struck against the post by Gabriel Jesus and it was the Belgian’s burst forward that led to City’s third goal, which put the outcome beyond doubt.”His performance today, I have no words, no words to describe what he has done with the ball, how many assists, his (ability to) switch play,” said the Spanish manager.When Guardiola did find a way to describe the Belgian’s impact, it was to emphasise some of the midfielder’s work that might not be picked up in television highlights packages.”The fact that he is one of the most talented players and you see him, how he runs without the ball, he is a good example for the young players, for our academy.advertisement”They know how good Kevin De Bruyne is and they can see how he runs and fights without the ball and that is the best example. He helps us to be a better club, a better institution for the future, that is what we want to do,” said Guardiola.”All the time he watches the game in his head and then without the ball, he is able to make the pressure from 40 metres (out) to the goalkeeper. When that happens, the people behind him see it and say ‘if that guy runs like this, I have to run as well’.”HIGHLIGHTS #cityvspursRelive Saturday night’s epic win!BRIEF ?? ?? Manchester City (@ManCity) December 17, 2017Amid talk of City perhaps going the whole season unbeaten, De Bruyne said they were focused purely on their main goal of winning the title.”No, absolutely not. We are here to win titles, we had a great start, it’s still more than half (of the season remaining) so it’s very difficult, very hard. We want to win each game, we’re doing a good job,” he said.”We know the quality of the team is high, we know this mentally, we want to win every game, we’re very busy and mentally we want to keep going. It was a great performance.”(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

  • Blindside Hit Breaks Stepan’s Jaw

    first_imgNEW YORK — The New York Rangers’ smooth ride to the Stanley Cup finals has suddenly become much rougher.Not only did the Broadway Blueshirts let the Montreal Canadiens back into the Eastern Conference finals with a 3-2 overtime victory May 22 at Madison Square Garden, they might have to play without top forward Derek Stepan, whose broken jaw required surgery.The Rangers will carry a 2-1 series lead into Sunday’s Game 4, but finishing off the Canadiens could be more difficult if Stepan is sidelined for long.The center was injured 2:48 in when he was struck by a hard, blindside hit from Montreal’s Brandon Prust, who wasn’t penalized for the shot that left Stepan sprawled on the ice for several moments.Prust had a disciplinary hearing with the NHL on May 23, and was given a two-game suspension for interference by the league’s department of player safety. He would be eligible to play in Game 6 should the series last that long.Stepan got up after the hit, had X-rays taken that were negative, and returned to the game. But pain later that night and again the next day prompted the Rangers to send him to a specialist. Further tests and scans revealed the fracture.His playing status is unclear, but Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said more would be known May 24. With a two-day break before Game 4, both teams stayed off the ice May 23.Vigneault had already proclaimed that the on-ice officials failed in not penalizing Prust. He hammered the point home and took issue with Prust, who was critical of New York forward Chris Kreider’s collision with Carey Price in Game 1 that knocked the Canadiens’ No. 1 goalie out of the series.“Four referees missed the call. Stepan is injured,” Vigneault said. “The same player that called the hit on Price ‘accidental but on purpose.’“Late hit, everything that you want to get out of the game, that was his hit on Stepan. What saddens me about that hit is, if the call is made on the ice, we’re on a five-minute power play.”Prust, a fan favorite when he previously played for the Rangers, was hit from behind at 5:51 of the first period by New York enforcer Daniel Carcillo, who was penalized for charging.That immediately led to Prust fighting Derek Dorsett. During that altercation, Carcillo twice elbowed linesman Steve Driscoll, who was trying to keep him out of the fray, and was ejected from the game.Carcillo was given an automatic 10-game suspension by the NHL for physical abuse on an official without intent to injure.“What Dan did was inexcusable, and he’s going to pay a big price for it,” Vigneault said, “but if the call is made on the ice, he’s not put in that situation.”The 23-year-old Stepan, who has three playoff goals and is second on the team with 11 points, was out of action for about six minutes before returning to play.He had an assist on Kreider’s tying goal with 28.1 seconds left in regulation — extending his point and assist streak to five games — and registered two shots in 17 minutes, 46 seconds of ice time.New York is already missing forward Derick Brassard, who has sat out two games after hurting his shoulder in the opener. Jesper Fast and J.T. Miller could rejoin the lineup for Game 4.The Canadiens, still reeling from the series-ending injury to Price in the opener, were fired up by Prust’s hit. Montreal rallied from a 1-0 deficit, took a 2-1 lead on Danny Briere’s goal with 3:02 left in regulation, and shook off Kreider’s tying tally to win it when 20-year-old center Alex Galchenyuk netted the overtime winner at 1:12.“Prusty was trying to set the tone,” Canadiens center David Desharnais said. “I thought it was a good hit. You never want to injure somebody, but it set the tone for the game.”Price was shut down because of a suspected knee injury after Kreider barreled into him while driving to the net May 17. The Canadiens went from saying the hit was probably accidental to that it could have been avoided, to coach Michel Therrien calling it “reckless.” Therrien defended Prust.“Brandon Prust’s intention was not to hurt Derek Stepan. It was to finish his check,” he said. “It was a hockey hit, and obviously Stepan got hurt.” (IRA PODELL, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

  • Yanks Bounce Back, Bop Mets 5-0

    first_imgNEW YORK — Carlos Beltran hit a three-run, second-deck home run on a 100 mph fastball from Noah Syndergaard in the first inning, Michael Pineda pitched his best game in two months and the New York Yankees beat the Mets 5-0 Saturday to rebound from an opening loss in the weekend Subway Series.Brian McCann added a two-run homer in the sixth, the Yankees’ 200th home run this season, to quiet the sellout crowd of 43,630 at Citi Field on a sunny late-summer afternoon.Hoping to reach the postseason for the first time since 2006, the Mets started the day eight games ahead of second-place Washington in the NL East.Trying to reach the playoffs after their first two-year absence since the early 1990s, the Yankees began the day 4 1/2 games behind AL East-leading Toronto but four games in front of Houston for the first AL wild card.Pineda (11-8) had struggled since returning from a month on the disabled list caused by a right forearm strain. He allowed four singles in 5 1-3 innings to win for just the second time since the All-Star break.Justin Wilson relieved with two on in the sixth, walked Daniel Murphy and then fanned David Wright and Lucas Duda on 97 mph pitches as both batters grimaced, the first of seven straight strikeouts for a Yankees bullpen that didn’t allow a hit until a pair of singles off Chris Martin in the ninth.Andrew Miller got Travis d’Arnaud on a grounder for the final out.Syndergaard (8-7), one of the Mets’ young stud starters, gave up five runs and seven hits in six innings, struck out eight and walked none.In honor of new Mets star Yoenis Cespedes, Syndergaard on Friday brought his teammates a box of black T-shirts with “Yo Knows Beisbol” in yellow, orange and blue. But after driving in 42 runs in his first 41 games since the Mets obtained him from Detroit at the July 31 trade deadline, Cespedes is 0 for 17 with seven strikeouts. He took a bad route on Dustin Ackley’s fifth-inning drive and allowed it to fall behind him at the bottom of the center-field fence for a leadoff triple.Beltran hit .162 in April but is batting .301 since with 16 homers and 49 RBIs. After Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner looped singles into short right-center field, the former Mets star fell behind 0-2 in the count, fouled off an offering and sent Syndergaard’s 10th pitch of the game into the Pepsi Porch in right field.McCann homered into the visiting bullpen in right-center for a 5-0 lead. The Yankees already have hit 53 more home runs than they did all last season.WEB GEMMets left fielder Michael Conforto made an over-the-shoulder jumping catch while falling down on the warning track to rob Gardner in the third inning.CROWD CONTROLThe Mets have had six home sellouts, topping five during Citi Field’s first season in 2009.TRAINER’S ROOMMets: Setup man Tyler Clippard wasn’t available for the second straight day. His back tightened up during pregame warmups Friday.UP NEXTIn a marquee Sunday night matchup, Matt Harvey (12-7) starts for the Mets for the first time since Sept. 8, and CC Sabathia (4-9) goes for the Yankees. Harvey has pitched 171 2-3 innings and his agent, Scott Boras, has said doctors don’t want Harvey to pitch more than 180 this year — although Harvey says he will be available in the postseasonRONALD BLUM, AP Baseball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

  • Man City beats Man United 2-1, Guardiola tops Mourinho

    first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP) — Pep Guardiola got the better of old rival Jose Mourinho as Manchester City used a fast start to beat Manchester United 2-1 in an early-season clash of the Premier League title favorites on Saturday.Kevin De Bruyne and Kelechi Iheanacho set each other up for goals in the first 36 minutes, during which Guardiola’s City team gave a footballing clinic in passing and movement at Old Trafford.Zlatan Ibrahimovic replied for United in the 42nd minute, volleying home after City debutant Claudio Bravo dropped a cross, to set up a thrilling second half of furious, end-to-end action during which De Bruyne struck the post.City ended United’s winning start to the season with its fourth straight victory and it will be the sweetest of them all for Guardiola, coming at the expense of Mourinho in the latest instalment of their coaching rivalry.Mourinho said United’s “bad” first half cost his team.“What I told them at halftime was that for some of you, it looked like you are trying to do what I told you not to do,” Mourinho said. “Some of the boys, they felt the dimension of the game. Everything around the game: the derby, the big game, the focus, the attention. Some of the guys, they felt it.”After three years of bitterness and spats in their years in Spanish football with Real Madrid and Barcelona, Mourinho and Guardiola have established a cordial relationship now they are together in the same city in England.Guardiola greeted Mourinho with a handshake and a hug before kickoff. Then his team set about delivering a footballing lesson to United in the first half.And much of it was instigated by a player jettisoned by Mourinho in the coach’s days at Chelsea.De Bruyne was at the heart of City’s dominant start that showcased the team’s technical prowess and movement that is the hallmark of Guardiola’s teams down the years. Dovetailing with fellow playmaker David Silva in central midfield, De Bruyne kept finding space to hurt United with his strong running and through balls.“Kevin had an amazing, amazing game,” Guardiola said.The Belgium midfielder also showed a clinical side, running onto Iheanacho’s flick-on from a long clearance to poke the ball past Daley Blind and beat goalkeeper David de Gea from the edge of the area.Wayne Rooney was among the United players looking off the pace and frustration got to the United captain when he gave Guardiola a little push as he attempted to take the ball off the City manager, who was holding onto the ball at a United throw-in.De Bruyne was the provider for Iheanacho’s goal, finding space in United’s area to drift on to his left foot and drive a low shot against the post. The ball rebounded out to Iheanacho, a replacement for the suspended Sergio Aguero, to sidefoot into the net from six meters out.Ibrahimovic’s reply settled United — and it sprang from an error from Bravo, who dropped Rooney’s free kick while being impeded by his own defender John Stones. Ibrahimovic was clinical with his reaction, volleying first time into the net from just inside the area.Mourinho mixed things up for the second half, throwing on Marcus Rashford, Ander Herrera and later Anthony Martial and taking a more direct approach in search of an equalizer, but City still looked more dangerous on the counter-attack and De Bruyne nearly restored the two-goal cushion when he ran onto Leroy Sane’s pass and shot against the inside of the post.It was Guardiola’s eighth win in 17 meetings with Mourinho, who has won only once against his rival in their last 10 head-to-heads.“We go to one of the best stadiums in the world and win the game,” Guardiola said. “These guys have heart.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

  • Perfect Shot: Durant’s Late 3 Gives Warriors 3-0 Finals Lead

    first_imgCLEVELAND (AP) — Kevin Durant released his deep shot, the one he always makes in his dreams.As the ball hung in the air, his plan to win a championship, Golden State’s grip on the series, Cleveland’s last-gasp attempt to defend its title, all of it was on the line.Perfect.Durant drained the shot of his professional life — a 3-pointer over LeBron James with 45.3 seconds left — and scored 31 points as the Warriors, pushed harder than they have been throughout their pristine postseason, moved within one win of a title and payback by rallying to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 118-113 on Wednesday night to take a 3-0 lead in the NBA Finals.The Warriors trailed by six with three minutes left before Durant, criticized for leaving Oklahoma City last summer to chase a championship, brought them back, scoring 14 in the fourth.“He took over,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “You can tell, he knows this is his moment. He’s been an amazing player in this league for a long time, and he senses this is his time, his moment, his team.”With their 15th straight win, the Warriors now have the longest postseason streak for any team in the four major professional sports.Click the image to see the Highlights of the game.But that means little to Golden State’s players, who with a win in Game 4 on Friday night can exorcise those haunting demons from last June when the Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in the Finals to the Cavaliers.No team has ever overcome a 3-0 deficit, and it doesn’t appear any team is equipped to hang with these Warriors, who may go down as one of the best ever.Still, Durant isn’t looking too far ahead.“I never been in this position before,” said Durant, long accused of not being able to win the big game. “I don’t want to relax. It’s not over. This is a crazy game. Anything can happen. So I don’t want to relax or feel like it’s over, it’s not.”Klay Thompson added 30 points and Stephen Curry had 26 for the Warriors, who are one win from their second title in three years.If not for their meltdown last year, the Warriors, whose record-setting 73-win season got lost in the Finals aftermath, would be looking for a third straight crown.“We talked about it since the finals last year that the last season was a very unique year, for a lot of different reasons, and we learned a lot,” Curry said. “I think we have grown and matured just mentally of how to just pace yourself through this long year and take every day as a new experience and something that you can kind of take control of.”James shook off a knee-buckling blow to the chin while scoring 39 and Kyrie Irving added 38 for the Cavs, who took a 113-107 lead with 3:09 left on J.R. Smith’s 3-pointer.Curry hit a layup and after both James and Irving missed for the Cavs, Durant dropped his 3 — a shot that could be the one most remembered in this magnificent run by the Warriors.“All I was looking at was the bottom of the net,” Durant said. “I saw he (James) was playing his heels behind the 3-point line. I’ve been working on that shot my whole life. To see that go in, that was liberating, man. We’ve got one more to go.”After Golden State went up, Irving missed a 3 from his favorite spot on the right side and the Warriors closed it out with four free throws in the final 12.9 seconds before celebrating briefly on the floor and then charging down the hallway to their locker room.After winning Games 1 and 2 by a combined 41 points at home, the Warriors had to scrap for all 48 minutes to take down the Cavs, who will need a similar effort to avoid being swept by a team with few — if any — weaknesses.“It’s the most firepower I’ve played in my career,” James said. “I’ve played against some great teams, but I don’t think no team has had this type of firepower.”James and Irving were relentless in the second half and it appeared they had done enough to get Cleveland over the top and perhaps back in the series.Durant, though, was not going to be denied. Not after getting this close, not after enduring so much heat for turning his back on the Thunder, not with a chance to put the Cavaliers in an insurmountable hole.The 7-footer finished 10 of 18 from the field with eight rebounds and four assists. Curry, who has benefited more than any other player by Durant’s arrival and is healthy in these Finals, added 13 rebounds and six assists.With Kerr back on the bench for the second straight game after battling back pain, Golden State, which made a record 9 3-pointers in the first quarter and finished 16 of 33 behind the arc, also got just what it needed from its reserves as Andre Iguodala had several big plays, none bigger than stripping James of the ball on a potential tying 3-pointer with 12.6 seconds left.TIP-INSWarriors: Golden State is the 13th team to take a 3-0 lead in Finals, and third since 1996. … Broke the record of 14 straight postseason wins held by the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins, who did it twice. … Curry has hit at least one 3-pointer in all 73 career postseason games. … Golden State’s nine 3-pointers in the first quarter broke the previous Finals mark held by five teams, most recently the Warriors in 2015.Cavaliers: James (1,175) passed Sam Jones (1,143), Bill Russell (1,151) and Elgin Baylor (1,161) to move into fourth place on the Finals scoring list. Michael Jordan (1,176) is next. … James became the first player to appear in 20 or more Finals games with two franchises. He played in 23 for Miami.TOM WITHERS, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

  • Nick Markakis Made First Appearance in MLB All-Star Game after 13 Seasons

    first_imgWASHINGTON, DC – Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis was on the starting lineup for the National League in Major League Baseball’s All-Star game on July 17. It was the first appearance for Markakis in the All-Star game after 13 seasons in the majors.Though he had a relatively quiet game, with a fly out to left in his first at-bat and then drawing a walk in his next, the Greek-American ballplayer told Fox Sports that it was a “great experience and something I won’t forget.”He leads the NL with 108 hits this season. On Twitter, MLB Stat of the Day posted, “It’s been a long time coming for Nick Markakis,” referring to the fact that he tops the list for most games played before selection to the All-Star game with 1,928.Markakis won a silver medal with Team Greece in the European National Championships in 2003 and played for the Greek Olympic baseball team at the Athens Olympics in 2004.[Text Wrapping Break]The lineups for the midsummer classic were announced on July 8. Also among the All-Star players, Mike Trout, Aaron Judge, and Mookie Betts in the outfield for the American League, and Bryce Harper and Max Scherzer for the NL, the Associated Press reported.[Text Wrapping Break]Harper was in his usual spot at his home ballpark in Washington, while Trout is work- ing on perhaps the best season of his stellar career with the Los Angeles Angels. Judge has 25 homers and 58 RBIs for the New York Yankees, and Betts is batting .342 with 22 homers for the major league-leading Boston Red Sox.Markakis and Matt Kemp will join Harper in the NL outfield. Markakis has been a key performer for the surprising Atlanta Braves this year. Kemp’s return to the Los Angeles Dodgers has been a smashing success.Second baseman and reigning AL MVP Jose Altuve led the fan balloting with 4.8 million votes. Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado made the short trip down to D.C. for the July 17 game with speculation about his future ahead of the trade deadline which was confirmed on July 18 as he heads to the Dodgers.Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu, Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez, Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez and Tampa Bay Rays catcher Wilson Ramos rounded out the AL’s starting lineup.Harper was voted a starter for the fourth straight year. The slugger, who is eligible for free agency after this season, is batting just .218 for the disappointing Nationals, but he has 21 homers and 50 RBIs.The game had a record 10 home runs combined this year and a dramatic ending. In the bottom of the 9th with the AL winning 5-2, Cubs second baseman Scooter Gennett’s 3-run shot tied things up sending the game to extra innings. In the 10th, Astros Alex Bregman and George Springer hit back-to-back home runs off Ross Stripling to put the AL up 8-5. The Reds’ Joey Votto added a solo home run in the bottom of the 10th, but the AL held out for the win, 8-6. Bregman was named MVP.(Material from the AP was used in this report).TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

  • Amid Suspicions of Match-Fixing, Cyprus Soccer Association Suspends 2nd-Division Games

    first_imgNICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The Cyprus soccer association’s board has affirmed a decision to suspend all second-division games amid suspicions of widespread match-fixing.The board says the association will work with UEFA to draft new regulations imposing penalties for matches that generated “suspicious betting activity.”Teams will be notified of the new regulations before games resume. The association said it would also proceed with restructuring the second division ahead of next season, but didn’t provide details.___TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

  • Sensirion: air quality sensor for battery-driven applications

    first_imgSensirion now offers the ultra-lower power gas sensor SGPC3. The SGPC3 makes indoor air quality sensing available for mobile and battery-driven applications. With an average supply current of less than 0.07 mA the SGPC3 is able to provide indoor air quality measurements with several years of battery lifetime. Based on Sensirion’s SGP multi-pixel platform the SGPC3 offers a complete gas sensor system integrated into a very small 2.45 x 2.45 x 0.9 mm³ DFN package featuring I2C interface and a fully calibrated and humidity-compensated air quality output signal.Sensirion’s MOXSens Technology provides the SGPC3 with an unmatched robustness against contamination by siloxanes resulting in outstanding long-term stability and accuracy. The combination of ultra-low power consumption and long-term stability makes the SGPC3 the perfect choice for indoor air quality monitoring in mobile and battery-driven smart home applications. Evaluation and testing is supported by application notes and example code; the SGP evaluation kits are also available through Sensirion’s distribution network.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Abaco: 3U VPX solution to feature new Xilinx RF SoC technologyNext Maxim: low-power MCUs extend battery life for wearables and other compact deviceslast_img read more

  • Tools supporting AI fairness slow to emerge

    first_img Alegion, Does training data prep by converting data into large-scale AI training datasets for enterprise-level AI and machine learning, and validates model, via a human-assisted training data platform to eliminate bias. Some tools are appearing in specific industries that have either experienced high-profile machine-learning-gone-bad horror stories, or are at risk for them. These include financial services, such as credit scoring, credit risk, and lending, as we detail in another article in this special report, Reducing Bias in AI Models for Credit and Loan Decisions– as well as hiring decisions. There are also debiasing and auditing services available (see the “Methodologies, Frameworks…” box at the bottom of this page).The first rudimentary AIs date back to the 1950s. One might have expected the issue would have come up before this, but questions of fairness tend not to get raised until someone is treated unfairly, and even with all that history, the deployment of AI systems is still new. “So now we’re learning things we didn’t even envision before,” said Aleksandra Mojsilovic, IBM fellow, head of AI Foundations and co-director of IBM Science for Social Good. “We’re in a fact-based learning period.”Defining what is AI is also problematic: the line between AI on one hand and data science or data mining on the other is blurred, because much of the latter has been repackaged and advertised as AI.Implementing AI fairness and figuring out how that applies to the product you’re developing is complex: it requires being in the mind of both the practitioner and the user, said Mojsilovic. Developers need to understand what fairness means, keep it in mind, and imagine how their product might impact users positively or negatively.That underlines why diversity is so important. “Suppose you’re building a product and its model. You must check the data for balances and imbalances,” she said. “Or, say you find out the data was collected inappropriately for the problem you’re trying to solve. You may need to check the model to make sure it’s fair and well balanced. Then, you put the algorithm into production and maybe the model sees users it did not see during its training phase. You have to check fairness then, too. Checking fairness and mitigation has to happen throughout the lifecycle of the model.”Fairness checking and mitigation tools will be both commercial and open-source, said Mojsilovic. “Both are equally important, and they will play equally going forward.” Eventually, such tools will be used in more sophisticated systems, so some will be vertical, such as industry-specific or user group-specific. Hybrid open-source/commercial tools systems will also be used.New technology is often used first where laws and regulations have the most implications to those industries. So it’s not surprising to see many fairness and mitigation tools being developed in finance, where many decisions made by humans and AIs are heavily scrutinized, said Mojsilovic. These tools will also benefit the legal professions and credit scoring, other areas where the cost of errors is large.Methodologies, Frameworks and Services for Debiasing AI Some financial management firms have designed their own AI management frameworks and toolsuites for their clients that sometimes include tools for engineers. We also list some suggested methodologies that are more specific than guidelines, as well as debiasing and audit services . Methodologies Continue Reading Previous Green Hills Software supports Robot Operating System frameworkNext Logic Techology: Insyde speeds AMD embedded platform development Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Advanced Technology CapGemini – Perform AI solutions portfolio for manufacturing and other sectors addresses ethics concerns, and includes an AI Engineering module for delivering trusted AI solutions in production and at scale. Accenture – AI Fairness Tool lets clients assess algorithm models and underlying data to correct for bias in both in-house developed AI and third-party solutions. “Teach and Test Tool” helps clients validate and test their AI systems, including model debugging, so they act responsibly. Debiasing and Algorithmic Auditing Services 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. 16 Things You Can Do to Make Tech More Ethical, Part 1 , Rachel Thomascenter_img Fair Online Advertising A recent paper from researchers at Yale University and the Indian Institute of Technology suggests that a constrained optimization framework can allow algorithms to minimize discriminatory behavior, at only a minor cost to ad revenue. KPMG – AI in Control framework includes a Technology management component. “Guardians of Trust” white paper discusses AI fairness and ethics in context of the wider issues of corporate-wide trust and governance in analytics. O’Neil Risk Consulting & Algorithmic Auditing, Headed by Cathy O’Neil The Ethical Algorithm: The Science of Socially Aware Algorithm Design , Michael Kearns and Aaron Roth, to be published fall 2019. Special Project Logo - 1000 px Editor’s Note: This article is part of an AspenCore Special Project on AI Fairness. BOULDER CREEK, Calif. – There are lots and lots of guidelines and best practices for defining AI fairness and what to do about bias, as we describe in a companion article in this special report, Key requirements for AI Fairness. There are not a lot of tools that design engineers could use to detect and correct bias in algorithms or datasets, however. Such tools are lacking both for engineers developing their own products and for customers who want to optimize third-party AI systems.Only a few technology firms have announced open-source debiasing tools for developers, but some university researchers have created various types of debiasing tools, as we report in another companion article, AI experts address key questions about AI fairness. In addition, some major financial management firms like KPMG and CapGemini are designing their own comprehensive, enterprise-scale AI management solutions for their clients. These frameworks and tool suites sometimes include tools for engineers. Stanford debiasing To reduce bias in word embeddings, a debiasing algorithm is used to remove gender associations in the embeddings of gender-neutral words. Shown here, the number of stereotypical (left) and appropriate (right) analogies generated by word embeddings before and after debiasing. The algorithms were also evaluated to ensure they preserved the desirable properties of the original embedding, while reducing both direct and indirect gender biases. Enterprise-scale AI management frameworks last_img read more