Month: November 2019

  • 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

  • World Cup 2018: Kalinic refuses substitute role, Croatia send him home

    first_imgCroatia striker Nikola Kalinic has been sent home from the World Cup after refusing to come on as a substitute in the team’s opening game against Nigeria, coach Zlatko Dalic said on Monday.The 30-year-old was starting his fourth successive international match from the bench, told the coach that he had a back injury and was unable to play.”During the Nigeria encounter, Kalinic was warming up and was supposed to come on in the second half,” Dalic said in a statement.”However, he then stated that he wasn’t ready to come on due to a back issue. The same thing happened during the Brazil friendly in England, as well as before the practice session on Sunday.”I have calmly accepted that, and since I need my players fit and ready to play, I have made this decision,” he added.The Croatian Football Federation (HNS) said that Dalic had taken the decision after consultation with his coaching team.Dalic declined to answer any questions over the issue.Kalinic cannot be replaced so Croatia will continue in the tournament with a 22-man squad.Croatia, who beat Nigeria 2-0 on Saturday, face Argentina on Thursday and finish their Group D campaign against Iceland next week.Media reports said that Kalinic, who has been unable to break into the starting lineup during the build-up to the tournament, had been asked by Dalic to come on as an 85th-minute substitute against Nigeria.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

  • IOA pulls up EFI over Asiad selection

    first_imgThe Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has written strong letters to the Equestrian Federation of India (EFI) on Tuesday asking for explanations on their own governance and how shabbily they have dealt with the Asian Games selection.At a time when most of the national sports federations at home have been pressing for their teams’ participation at the Asian Games in Indonesia, the EFI has done the unthinkable.It first held a selection committee meeting in the Capital on June 2 and 3. A day later, the EFI sent out a press release to the media that a seven member team (three-day eventing and showjumping) had been cleared.Two days later, EFI president Lt General Ashok Ambre cancelled the selection without even consulting the selectors. This lead to a huge furore and has been reported in detail by Mail Today.Later, at a meeting held in the sports ministry where the annual training and competition of the EFI was discussed, Ashok Ambre had said to secretary sports, Rahul Bhatnagar, they were not sending a team to the Asian Games.The IOA, in its letter on Tuesday, has said “retracting of a national team that represents the country in such a prestigious international event is no small action. It caused much distress to the athletes (riders) and effects of which have also caused disrepute to the sport and our country,” says the letter signed by IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta.While the IOA does not interfere in the autonomy of federations and selection matters, it has expressed anguish at the way the whole drama has been played out. Riders and sponsors associated with the sport are in a state of shock and have written to the IOA seeking justice.advertisement”The IOA seeks to know the action taken by EFI to enquire the role of selection committee members that caused the unfortunate situation. We hope suitable disciplinary action would be taken against the guilty and precautions would also be taken to avoid such instances in the future,” adds the letter.The EFI will now need to tell the IOA and sports lovers who took the arbitrary decision to cancel the team selection. The EFI selection committee cannot be blamed as most of them were not in favour of cancelling the teams selected after their meeting was held at the beginning of this month.There is also a possibility the EFI selection meeting can be reconvened.In another letter, the IOA has raised serious doubts about the functioning of the EFI. The letter, again signed by Mehta says, “the EFI is not complying with the National Sports Development Code of 2011 and norms of the IOA.”The IOA, after reviewing the EFI statute, has pointed out flaws in the structure of the EFI where “all members including clubs and institutions are granted voting rights.””The right to vote in any of the national sports federations is granted to those associations that have only one sport association in one state for the sport,” says the IOA.For the first time, the IOA has also slammed the EFI over the composition of its executive committee. “It is evident that the composition of the EC is largely from one section of the government (Army). Out of the total 21 members in the EC, there are very few exceptions. In essence, it does not reflect autonomous governance of sport,” adds the letter.The EFI will now have to submit to the IOA several documents to prove they function at par with other national sports federations. It includes registration certificate, copy of statues/constitution, copy of minutes of the last AGM (annual general meeting) and last election report. The IOA has also asked for the last three years annual report.last_img read more

  • Air India leaves Indian TT squad stranded at IGI airport

    first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 22 (PTI) India’s table tennis star Manika Batra and six other top paddlers were today left stranded at the Indira Gandhi International Airport after being denied boarding on a Melbourne flight by national carrier Air India en route an international event. The Indian contingent, comprising 17 players and officials, is scheduled to participate at the ITTF World Tour Australian Open starting tomorrow in Melbourne. But to their disbelief, only 10 members of the team were allowed boarding after Air India told them that the flight was overbooked. Besides Manika, veteran Mouma Das was also one among the seven players, who were denied boarding. Commonwelath Games gold medallist Manika took to social media to share her ordeal and asked Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Prime Minister’s Office to look into the matter. “Our contingent of total 17 players & officials of Indian table tennis team including CWG medalist myself, Sharath Kamal, Mouma Das, Madhurika, Harmeet, Suthirta, Sathyan were supposed to fly today to Melbourne by AI 0308 to participate in ITTF World Tour Australian Open from tom,” Manika tweeted. “On reaching Air India counter we were told dat flight is overbooked & only 10 members of TT team can fly which left us in a shock. 7 of us are still unable to fly.All the tickets were booked by Balmer Lawrie,” she added. Alarmed by the situation, Director General of Sports India (erstwhile Sports Authority of India) Neelam Kapur swung into action immediately and sorted out the matter.”The TT team have been booked on an alternate flight leaving later tonight,” Kapur confirmed on her official twitter handle.advertisement Air India spokesperson was unavailable for a comment when contacted. PTI SSC SAN SSC KHSKHSlast_img read more

  • India u-16 pitted against Iraq, Japan at WAFF Championship

    first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 30 (PTI) The Indian U-16 football team will be locking horns with defending AFC U-16 champions Iraq, Asian powerhouse Japan, hosts Jordan and Yemen in the 5th WAFF U-16 Boys Championship slated to be held at the King Abdullah II International Stadium from August 1. The exposure tour has been arranged by AIFF in co-ordination with the Sports Authority of India (SAI) with an aim to provide a “fool-proof” preparation to the U-16 boys, who play in the AFC U-16 Championship Malaysia 2018 in September 2018. The tournament in Jordan comes on the back of the team’s exposure tours to China, Thailand and Malaysia where the boys played six matches against U-16 National Teams and more against Club sides since July. National Team Director Abhishek Yadav stated that the primary objective was the provide the team matches against sides who have qualified for the AFC U-16 Championship. “The U16 WAFF Championship has teams, which have qualified for the 2018 AFC U-16 Championship. We are entering the last phase of preparation and one of our key targets since January was to give the coach an opportunity to play against teams, who have qualified for the 2018 Championship. “If all goes as per plan in August, we would have played against half the Championship-qualified teams at least once,” Yadav, a former national team striker, said. “The significance of this tournament lies in the fact that it brings together teams qualified for the 2018 AFC U16 Championship, all in their last leg of preparations,” Yadav maintained. “Our boys will get a chance to play Iraq, the U-16 defending champions. That doesn’t happen every day. On top of it, we will also be playing Japan, perhaps the best U-16 Team in Asia.”advertisement “We have to thank West Asian Football Federation (WAFF) for inviting us in what is essentially a tournament for West Asian national teams. I have mentioned earlier that we are working intently on improving existing relations to ensure the best possible opportunities for our male and female teams,” Yadav signed off. PTI KHSKHSlast_img read more

  • Focus on Neymar-Mbappe partnership as PSG kick off title defence

    first_imgParis, Aug 10 (AFP) Neymar left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain 12 months ago in a bid to move out of Lionel Messi’s shadow and confirm his status as one of the world’s best players, but the Brazilian may have to share the mantle of talisman with teenage prodigy Kylian Mbappe this season. The French champions start the defence of their Ligue 1 title against Caen at the Parc des Princes on Sunday, and all eyes will be on Neymar after he missed the final three months of last term with a foot injury. The world’s most expensive player has been the subject of consistent speculation linking him with a move away from France, with reports usually suggesting he will sign for Real Madrid, but he insists that he’s not done with PSG yet. “Yes, I will stay in Paris. I have a contract with PSG. The speculation? The majority of it is invented by the press,” Neymar told ESPN Brasil last month. “I have a contract and people know the objective, the reason why I went to PSG. I want to win with this club and I hope this season will be wonderful.” Neymar returned in time for the World Cup, but failed to inspire Brazil to a record-extending sixth title as they suffered a 2-1 quarter-final loss to Belgium. Mbappe, on the other hand, was named as the tournament’s best young player after scoring four goals — including two in a scintillating individual performance against Argentina — to help France lift the trophy.advertisement The 19-year-old capped it off by becoming only the second teenager in history after Pele to score in a World Cup final, netting in the 4-2 victory over Croatia in Moscow. The transfer fee of 180 million euros which PSG paid Monaco for Mbappe is not far behind the world-record 222 million euros they parted with for Neymar. – Mbappe can ‘mark history of football’ -========================================= New arrival Gianluigi Buffon believes that Mbappe can follow in Pele’s footsteps by becoming an all-time great, having played against his then-Monaco team in the 2017 Champions League semi-finals for Juventus. “When I spoke (after the match) with (Juve centre-back) Andrea Barzagli, who is one of my great friends, he told me ‘Gigi, in 20 years of my career I have rarely seen a player run so fast with the ball, I had a hard time stopping him’,” the 40-year-old Buffon told PSG’s club magazine. “These words are not insignificant because Barzagli, when he is focused and fit, is really a top defender. “It’s obvious (Mbappe) has something more than others. I hope he will remain humble and keep this desire to progress and make sacrifices. “If so, he will make a mark in the history of football and write incredible pages of the sport.” Further accolades seem sure to follow in the coming years for Mbappe, who was named on the 10-man shortlist for FIFA’s ‘Best Player’ award for 2018, with Neymar conspicuous in his absence. But the 25-year-old Neymar, despite criticisms over his playacting at the World Cup, did perform on the pitch last season, scoring 28 goals in 31 appearances for PSG before breaking a bone in his foot against Marseille in February. Neymar will likely want the spotlight, but his best chance of leading PSG to their stated goal of a first Champions League title will be to replicate his famous combination with Messi and Luis Suarez at Barcelona with Mbappe and Edinson Cavani. Despite a domestic treble last season, that never really came to fruition, as Mbappe took time to settle in and Cavani and Neymar rowed over penalties. But new coach Thomas Tuchel said when he took over from Unai Emery in May that he was “not afraid at all of stars”, adding that “in his experience they are the hardest workers”. A second straight league title should be little more than a formality, but PSG will need their big guns on the same page and firing if they’re to finally lift the European crown. (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more

  • Sonu Sood no longer a part of ‘Manikarnika’

    first_imgMumbai, Aug 31 (PTI) Sonu Soon has decided to leave Kangana Ranaut-starrer “Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi” due to scheduling conflict, the actor’s spokesperson said today.According to the spokesperson, Sonu, who is filming Rohit Shetty’s “Simmba” right now, was recently asked to reshoot portions for “Manikarnika” by Kangana.The 45-year-old actor is sporting a beard for the Ranveer Singh-starrer, but for “Manikarnika” he was asked to go clean shaven.Sonu had asked the makers of the biopic to finish the reshoots after he completes his schedule for “Simmba” but things did not work out and he decided to quit the project.”Sonu has always been a thorough professional and honoured all his commitments. He had informed the makers of Manikarnika about his dates and schedule well in advance. Inconveniencing the team of his current film to accommodate the demands of another are against his professional principles.”Sonu has taken the higher road ahead and wishes the team of Manikarnika all the best,” the spokesperson said in a statement.There were reports that filmmaker Krish Jagarlamudi, who has directed the historical drama, has left the project. The news surfaced online after a picture of a clapboard featuring Kangana’s name as the director of the film went viral.However, it was later clarified by the National Award-winning actor’s team that she was just shooting the patchwork in absence of Krish, who is currently busy fulfilling his commitments for another project. PTI SHD BKBKlast_img read more