Ind vs Eng: Fitting farewell for Dravid on India’s mind in final ODI

first_imgEnding what has been a nightmarish tour positively is not the only motivation for the Indian team to win the final cricket ODI against England as the side would also want to ensure a fitting farewell to veteran Rahul Dravid, who plays his final one-dayer here on Friday. Dravid, who has amassed 10,820 runs in 343 ODIs at an average of 39, has announced his retirement from one-day cricket after this series and he would be keen to go on a high, more so since the first four games of the series have only yielded 51 runs to him. The 38-year-old right-hander, nicknamed ‘The Wall’ for his rock solid defence and consistency, has scored 12 hundreds and 82 fifties in the ODIs and he would want to notch up a big knock tomorrow to make his swan song appearance memorable. Aside from this, the match is of academic interest only as England have already won the series. The hosts are leading 2-0 after one match was rained out and another ended in a tie also due to rain interruptions. But Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men would be keen to get at least a consolation win on what has been a massively disappointing series. Dhoni has a difficult choice to make on the team selection as he can either look for a win or test the mettle of his reserves. If a solitary win from a horrendous tour is his motivation, it’s unlikely he would give better performers of the side, men like Suresh Raina, Praveen Kumar and even himself a break. If the choice is to view the men for tomorrow, then medium-pacers Varun Aaron and Vinay Kumar and batsmen such as Manoj Tiwary and Subramaniam Badrinath should be on the starting block. Despite the series loss, India have run England close in the one-day series which is commendable given eight of their World Cup stars were missing due to injuries. Openers Parthiv Patel and Ajinkya Rahane have been good against the new ball and Raina and Dhoni himself have been pillars of strength in the middle order. Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, presently the top wicket-taker from both sides, has been a good presence with both bat and ball and bowling all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has won the solitary man of the match award among the Indians. Jadeja was adjudged man of the match in the third one-day international at the Oval last week when he made 78 and picked up two England wickets with his left-arm spin bowling. Given how injuries have hurt India on this tour, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to blood youngsters and mark their performance for future references. A win in the final game could only be token and wouldn’t make any material difference in a series already lost. Some good performances from youngsters would also alert the seniors who would be looking to return in the home series against England next month. England, ironically, wouldn’t be in the best of spirits even though the series is already won for them. Two key players, Eoin Morgan and Stuart Broad, have been injured and both would have been invaluable when England pays a return visit to India next month. Craig Kieswetter and Ben Stokes, two young talents, haven’t covered themselves in glory and clearly there is a case for Kevin Pietersen’s return in England fold next month. Fast bowler Jade Dernbach, despite the specialist role he plays as a one-day bowler, hasn’t put the skids under the Indian batsmen.  Indeed, despite providing two green pitches in London and having asked India to bat first in both the matches, England were lucky to leave London without losing either of the two matches at the Oval and Lord’s. England clearly don’t have the flair and the flamboyance of the Indian batsmen and hitting over the top doesn’t come easy to them. A case in point was the last match at Lord’s where Ian Bell and Ravi Bopara prospered as long as they kept the scoreboard ticking with ones and twos. The moment Bell and Bopara flexed their arms and went for big hits, they were caught in the deep and England were just about lucky to escape with a tied match. The pitch here usually helps batters and England would struggle to contain the Indians. As has been the trend in the series, home captain Alastair Cook would once again hope to win the toss and insert the visitors in. Squads: England: Alastair Cook (capt), James Anderson, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn, Craig Kieswetter, Samit Patel, Ben Stokes, Graeme Swann, Jonathan Trott. India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Dravid, Virat Kohli, Manoj Tiwary, Suresh Raina, Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel, RP Singh, Vinay Kumar, R Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Parthiv Patel, Ravindra Jadeja, Varun Aaron. The match will start at 6.30 pm (IST).advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Giants Have Real Playoff Shot

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Heading into the final seven games of the regular season, things are looking up for the New York Giants.Forget that the Giants (5-4) have to play Tom Brady and the New England Patriots on Nov. 15 in their final game before a bye. Even though they have played the Patriots well, few expect them to win.The exciting part for Tom Coughlin’s team is it has a legitimate shot to make the playoffs for the first time in four seasons. The Giants not only have a half-game lead on Philadelphia (4-4) in the NFC East, they seem to be improving.The offense is starting to click with Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr., leading the way. Two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has returned after losing a finger in a July 4 fireworks accident. Cornerback Prince Amukamara is close to returning from a pectoral injury.Tackle Will Beatty might return from his offseason pectoral injury, and there is even an outside chance receiver Victor Cruz could play for the first time in more than a year.It’s very encouraging, a lot better than the past two seasons when New York was 3-6 with seven games to go and heading nowhere.The one negative is that the Giants lost defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins for the season to a pectoral injury in a 32-18 win over Tampa Bay on Nov. 8.“It’s a great thing to be in the hunt and be relevant,” Coughlin said. “Each week is meaningful and the players are well aware of it.”The schedule does not favor New York. The upcoming opponents have a combined 37-19 record, with New England (8-0), Carolina (8-0) and Minnesota (6-2) all leading or tied for first place in their respective divisions.Also on the schedule are the Jets (5-3), Dolphins (3-5), Redskins (3-5) and Eagles, who will visit MetLife Stadium for the regular-season finale.Having Pierre-Paul back is going to help on defense. He could be the quick fix for a pass rush that has been missing all season. He didn’t have any sacks Sunday in 46 plays, but he got pressure on Jameis Winston.Coughlin said Pierre-Paul looked rusty, but he also was quick off the snap and played well late with the game on the line. “He will assume whatever roles we need to design in order for us to maximize his ability,” Coughlin said.Naturally, Pierre-Paul wants to improve next week.“It takes time you know, like I said, I’m not perfect, nobody is in this world, but I’m going to take care of that and get better,” he said.Linebacker Jonathan Casillas thought Pierre-Paul played well.“He still has to get his feet underneath him just like anybody else would their first game back after a while,” Casillas said. “I’m just happy for a guy like him who suffered a very traumatic injury and to be back, to be playing, and doing the thing he loves to do.”The Giants will have to play better to beat the defending Super Bowl champions.The offense has stepped up the past two weeks, scoring six touchdowns in the 52-49 loss to New Orleans, and then controlling the ball for 35 minutes against the Bucs.“We all knew we were capable of being the top team in the division,” receiver Rueben Randle said. “It was all about us making sure we did it on the field and not just talked about it. I don’t find it a surprise to us that we’re at the top. We’ve just got to continue to build as a team and get better each and every week to remain there.”After giving up seven touchdown passes to Drew Brees in New Orleans, the defense allowed one touchdown to the Bucs — on a run.Casillas, who played for New England last season, called the Patriots’ offense a “well-oiled machine” that exploits opponents’ weaknesses.“New England is never not going to be a difficult task, and that’s a tribute to Tom Brady, Bill Belichick as the coach, and all the guys that move around in and out of the building,” Casillas said. “They just do a great job and we’re definitely going to have to play lights out to beat these guys.”Amukamara practice last week for the first time since being hurt on Oct. 11, and he made progress.Coughlin refused to say Beatty would be activated from the physically unable to perform list. The team must decide this week or place him on injured reserve for the rest of the season.Cruz, who has not practiced since a calf injury in mid-August, started running last week. If he can continue to make progress, he has a shot at playing this season.(TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Giannis Has 39, Bucks Beat Celtics 113-101, Lead Series 3-1

first_imgBOSTON — When Giannis Antetokounmpo picked up his fourth foul early in the third quarter of a tie game, the Boston Celtics sensed a chance to pull away.Instead, Milwaukee took control.Of the game, and the series.Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drives past Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving (11) during the first half of Game 4 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series in Boston, Monday, May 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Antetokounmpo watched the Bucks bench open a double-digit lead, then returned with a dominating fourth quarter to finish with 39 points and 16 rebounds as Milwaukee beat Boston 113-101 on Monday night to move one win from its first trip to the Eastern Conference finals since 2001.“If we’re honest with you, when Giannis and Khris (Middleton) go to the bench, you’re concerned,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said after his reserves outscored Boston’s 32-7 in the game and turned a 59-all tie into a 78-68 lead. “But you have confidence that that group can play.”Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) grabs a rebound against Boston Celtics’ Terry Rozier (12) and Jaylen Brown (7) during the first half of Game 4 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series in Boston, Monday, May 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)George Hill scored 15 points — nine in the third quarter — and Pat Connaughton had nine points and 10 rebounds off the bench for Milwaukee, which outscored Boston’s bench 42-16 in Game 3. After sitting out the last 8:18 of the third quarter, Antetokounmpo scored 17 points with seven rebounds in the fourth to help the Bucks pull away.“It’s always hard to take out Giannis; let’s start there. But at the end of the day, we are conscious of trying to keep him fresh,” Budenholzer said. “It’s hard to find the words (for) what he does for our team, both ends of the court. He’s special, but he’s very hungry. He wants more, and he’s playing that way.”Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) shoots against Boston Celtics’ Marcus Morris (13) during the first half of Game 4 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series in Boston, Monday, May 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)The Bucks have won three straight since losing the opener of the best-of-seven series at home and can eliminate the Celtics in Game 5 at home on Wednesday night. They have not reached the East finals since the ’01 team of Ray Allen and Glenn Robinson fell to Philadelphia’s Allen Iverson and Dikembe Mutombo in seven games.“Good players, when they have an opportunity like this, they don’t waste it,” Antetokounmpo said. “At the end of the day, I’ve got to do whatever it takes to help my team win.”SUMMER TIMEIn what might be his last home game for the Celtics, Kyrie Irving scored 23 points with 10 assists. But he was 7 for 22 from the floor, including 1 for 7 from 3-point range.“Who cares? I’m a basketball player,” said the six-time All-Star, who can become a free agent this summer. “I’m trying to do it all. For me, the 22 shots — I should have shot 30.”After leading all scorers with 26 points in Boston’s Game 1 blowout, Irving has made 19 of 62 shots and just 4 of 20 from 3-point range. He left the court with a few seconds remaining on the clock; many in the crowd had already headed for the exits, but a lone fan shouted at Irving, “Don’t leave!”“I know probably to the outside world we probably don’t stand much of a chance,” Celtics Center Al Horford, who scored 20. “We’re at a low point as a group, I guess that’s the reality. We’ll have to bring that fight to them on Wednesday.”DIFFERENT YEARSBoston beat Milwaukee in seven games in the first round last year and went on to lose to LeBron James and the Cavaliers in seven games in last year’s conference finals. They will have to win three straight — two of them on the road — to return.“I know probably to the outside world we probably don’t stand much of a chance,” said Celtics Center Al Horford, who scored 20. “We’re at a low point as a group, I guess that’s the reality. We’ll have to bring that fight to them on Wednesday.”Marcus Morris Sr. scored 18 with 14 rebounds, and Jayson Tatum had 17 points and 10 boards for Boston.EARLY RUNSBoston led by as many as 11 points before Connaughton made a long 3 at the first-quarter buzzer to make it 30-22. With about five minutes left in the second, the Bucks scored eight straight points to tie it.Boston led 67-65 before Milwaukee scored 13 of the next 14 points — seven of them by Hill, and all of them with Antetokounmpo on the bench — to open a double-digit lead.“Yeah that was killer,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “Their bench comes in, they’ve had no dropoff. Connaughton’s been excellent. George Hill’s been absolutely tremendous.”TIP-INSMilwaukee has won four straight road playoff games. … Marcus Smart, who has been out since tearing a muscle in his side during the second-to-last game of the regular season, played 15 minutes and scored three points, making 1 of 7 attempts from 3-point range. … It was Antetokounmpo’s eighth career 30-point playoff game, tying Marques Johnson for second in franchise history.UP NEXTGame 5 is Wednesday in Milwaukee.By: Jimmy Golen, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Realme X will launch in India soon, expect price of less than Rs 20,000

first_imgThe Realme X is now official in China and it is the company’s big bet to break into a pretty competitive market. Considering Realme’s success in India, which is the biggest smartphone market in the world right now, we expect the company to create the same magic in China as well. The Realme X has all the makings to become a successful phone. It is packed to the brim with features, a lot of which define what a smartphone is supposed to be in 2019.Ahead of the launch of the Realme X in China, I caught up with Realme India CEO Madhav Sheth in New Delhi where he confirmed that the Realme X will be coming to India soon. Now, we still don’t have an exact timeline for the launch of the Realme X in India, but by “soon” we expect it could happen by the end of this month or in June. Now that we know the official specs, it’s easy to see that the Realme X will slot above the Realme 3 Pro, but the difference in price is not expected to be too great.When it comes to pricing its phones in India, Realme has taken a very Xiaomi-like approach and has offered devices at disruptive pricing. The Realme 3 Pro, for example, is a Snapdragon 710 phone that is priced at Rs 13,999. This streak isn’t expected to break anytime soon and this suggests that the Realme X will also be priced aggressively in India.During my interaction with Madhav Sheth, he reiterated that the Realme is still largely focusing on delivering phones between Rs 5,000 to Rs 20,000, but there is an equal focus on offering innovations this year. If the price of a device goes beyond Rs 20,000 it should be justified by the innovative features it offers, he said. The Realme X is the company’s most innovative flagship yet, bringing a number of first-time features on a Realme phone. Does this mean the Realme X price could cross Rs 20,000?advertisement In China, the Realme X price starts at CNY 1,499 which translates to Rs 15,300. The price goes up to CNY 1,799, which is approximately Rs 18,300. Brands often launch devices in India close to their Chinese pricing, and for a company like Realme that is about offering powerful and stylish phones at disruptive prices, you can expect that the Realme X to cost between Rs 15,000 and Rs 20,000 in India as well.The Realme X looks like a premium flagship phone, but it comes with an affordable price. From the outside, it sports a large 6.5-inch FHD+ AMOLED notchless display, which is a first for the company. The 3D glass-like plastic panel on the back comes in two very attractive gradient colours – blue and white. There’s a vertical dual camera setup on the back that includes a 48MP Sony IMX586 main camera and a pop-up camera system for the selfie camera, another first for the one-year-old brand.The Realme X is also the first Realme phone to bring an in-display fingerprint sensor. It is powered by a Snapdragon 710 chipset paired with up to 8GB of RAM and and 128GB of internal storage. It runs on the latest Android Pie software with ColorOS 6 on top. Lastly, the handset supports VOOC 3.0 fast charging and houses a 3,765mAh battery.These are some key specs of the Realme X and that’s quite a lot for a phone that virtually costs around Rs 15,000. While most of the features may not sound innovative or new, they do look attractive when brought together on an affordable smartphone. Most phones in this segment will likely struggle to challenge the Realme X for what it offers on a whole.We’ve got the Realme X to play around with for a couple of days and we will soon have our first impressions ready so do stay tuned for that.Disclaimer: The reporter’s travel and stay in Beijing have been arranged by Realme.ALSO READ | Realme X launched with Snapdragon 710, AMOLED display, VOOC 3.0 and 48MP camera: Price, specificationsALSO READ | Realme X launched: Key specs, features, price and everything you need to knowALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi K20 with Snapdragon 855 chipset India launch confirmedlast_img read more

Antonio Conte backs Chelsea’s ‘polite’ Álvaro Morata to fill Diego Costa’s shoes

first_img Read more news Share on Facebook Costa insisted he has “no bitterness towards anyone” at Chelsea when interviewed in São Paulo on Friday, with Conte also keen to move on from a relationship that started to deteriorate at the turn of the year. “We want to thank him for what he did with this club. We wish him all the best for the future,” said the manager when asked about the player before Chelsea’s visit to Stoke City on Saturday.Conte was far happier extolling Morata’s suitability to be the club’s principal long-term striker. The 24-year-old has impressed since arriving from Real Madrid for £58m, scoring four times in six appearances while Costa has been absent without leave.However, he struggled to impose himself during the goalless draw with Arsenal at Stamford Bridge last week, leading to observers questioning whether Morata has the attributes to succeed at a club of Chelsea’s size. He certainly lacks the aggression and ruthless desire to win of his predecessor in that role.“For Álvaro it’s the right moment to be the striker in a great team and don’t forget with Juventus and Real Madrid, he played but not every game, not regularly. For this reason he is at the right age to have this responsibilty,” Conte said. “I like him because he’s a complete player and also he has a lot of room to improve in every situation – tactical, physical, technical aspect.“He’s also very committed and his behaviour is always fantastic. He is a very polite player, I like this, also I like he’s a good finisher, he feels the goal in every moment, he’s very good at understanding which is the best position in the box to receive the ball and where the ball is going.”Asked to expand on his description of Morata as a “polite player”, Conte, who also signed the striker when manager of Juventus, said: “It means if you have a daughter you’d be open to have this type of person with your daughter, to marry your daughter. A really good guy, a polite person. But my daughter is young, don’t touch my daughter!” Vittoria Conte is nine years old. There is irony in Diego Costa’s deal with Atlético but Chelsea saw the best of him Topics Share on WhatsApp Read more Antonio Conte Morata is likely to be in Chelsea’s XI at the Bet365 Stadium as they look to build on Wednesday’s 5-1 hammering of Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup. Eden Hazard could start for the first time in the Premier League this season having come through the Forest game unscathed following his recovery from an ankle injury.The Belgian’s return is a major boost for the champions, with Conte suggesting on Friday he could also start in Wednesday’s Champions League match at Atlético Madrid and next week’s league visit of Manchester City. “There is the possibility now to try to pick him for these games,” Conte said.David Luiz is suspended for the trip to Stoke following his red card against Arsenal but Tiémoué Bakayoko is available despite being involved in a car accident as he left Chelsea’s Cobham training base on Thursday. “It was a minor accident – he’s fit,” said Conte.With regards to Costa, Chelsea came under criticism for posting only a 30-word statement on their website announcing his transfer to Atlético. The club have, however, formulated a longer tribute to the player and will post it online as soon as the deal has been confirmed. Stoke City v Chelsea: match previewcenter_img Share via Email Antonio Conte has backed Álvaro Morata to fill the void left by Diego Costa at Chelsea, describing the striker, who joined the champions for a club record fee in July, as a “complete player” and, somewhat bizarrely, the type of person a father would be happy for his daughter to marry.Chelsea announced on Thursday they had reached an agreement with Atlético Madrid over the sale of Costa, with the 28-year-old set to complete a return to the Spanish club, subject to the agreement of personal terms and a medical, for a fee in the region of £57m. The transfer will bring an end to a turbulent three-year stay in London for Costa, ranging from the highs of scoring 52 goals in 89 top-flight appearances and winning two Premier League titles to the low of going into exile in his native Brazil this summer in order to force a move away. Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Chelsea Share on Messenger Diego Costa Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Study ranks Victoria best Canadian city to be a woman Windsor Ont

first_imgOTTAWA – A new study suggests Victoria is the best city in Canada to be a woman, despite the wage gap between men and women there worsening slightly in recent years.The study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives looks at differences between men’s and women’s access to economic and personal security, education, health and positions of leadership in Canada’s 25 biggest cities.The CCPA says Victoria is the only city on the list where more women than men are employed, and they account for nearly half of all senior managers and elected officials.But it says the wage gap in the city is on par with the rest of the country, with women earning 73 per cent of what men do — slightly worse than five years ago.In Windsor, Ont., which ranked worst in the study, the wage gap is actually smaller than average, with women making about 75 per cent of what men earn.But the study says only 23 per cent of elected officials and 34 per cent of senior managers in the region are women, and women are more likely to be living below the poverty line than men.The CCPA also says that sexual assault is the only violent crime that’s not on the decline in Canada, and every city still struggles with high rates of sexual and domestic violence.“Statistics will never be a substitute for the full experience of lives lived. But as signposts they mark the spot where more attention is needed from our political leaders and policy-makers,” says study author Kate McInturff, a senior researcher at CCPA. “We hope they follow through.”____Here is the CCPA’s ranking of the cities it studied:1. Victoria2. Gatineau3. Hamilton4. Kingston5. Vancouver6. Quebec City7. St. John’s8. Sherbrooke9. Halifax10. Toronto11. Ottawa12. London13. Kelowna14. Abbotsford-Mission15. Montreal16. St. Catharines-Niagara17. Winnipeg18. Edmonton19. Saskatoon20. Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo21. Regina22. Calgary23. Barrie24. Oshawa25. Windsorlast_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,269.27, up 11.37 points)Neovasc Inc. (TSX:NVC). Medical devices. Unchanged at 6.5 cents on 10.8 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Up 11 cents, or 1.39 per cent, to $8.04 on 6.6 million shares.Trinidad Drilling Ltd. (TSX:TDG). Oil and gas. Up 12 cents, or 6.52 per cent, to $1.96 on 6.2 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Down one cent, or 0.07 per cent, to $14.72 on 5.6 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Down five cents, or 0.40 per cent, to $12.44 on 4.1 million shares.Shaw Communications Inc. (TSX:SJR.B). Telecommunications and media. Up $2.25, or 9.31 per cent, to $26.42 on 3.8 million shares. Strong operational performance by its main business units offset concerns about $417 million in restructuring-related costs booked in its second quarter. Shaw reported a $164-million loss, mostly because of a previously announced restructuring that will affect one-quarter of its workforce.Companies reporting major news:Second Cup Ltd. (TSX:SCU). Restaurants. Up 79 cents, or 28.73 per cent, to $3.54 on 1.4 million shares. The company wants to convert some of its coffee shops in western Canada into cannabis dispensaries and, when legal, pot lounges. It has signed an agreement with marijuana clinic operator National Access Cannabis to develop and operate a network of recreational pot stores. However, neither currently has a licence to sell marijuana, so the deal is contingent on approval from the government, as well as from franchisees and landlords.last_img read more

Nearly 30kg of Cocaine Seized in Tangier Med Port

Tangiers – Around 30 kg of cocaine and 62,000 psychotropic pills, carried by a Moroccan expatriate, were seized, on Thursday, at the Tangier Med port, a customs source said.During a control operation, the customs services seized 62,660 psychotropic pills and 29 kg and 92 grams of cocaine hidden in the luggage of a Moroccan expatriate, it said, adding that the drug trafficker was boarding a Morocco-registered coach coming from Spain.The arrested was handed to the judiciary police, under the supervision of the public prosecutor’s office, to complete the investigation before bringing him to justice, it said. With MAP

Retooling leaves engine manufacturing subdued in September

Engine manufacturing output year-to-date, 2012-2014 Click through to download the UK engine manufacturing news release for September 2014.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Significant investment is being made into low-emissions engine manufacturing in the UK, ensuring a positive outlook for the sector. UK engine manufacturing down 13.6% in September as facilities undergo re-tooling efforts for new products. Output has fallen 5.0% over the year-to-date, but percentage exported has increased.  Engine manufacturing output rolling year total

Commentary BCS National Championship game shows brilliance of college football

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher celebrates after the BCS National Championship against Auburn Jan. 6 at the Rose Bowl. Florida State won, 34-31.Credit: Courtesy of MCTThe empty sense of disappointment that arrived in the wake of Ohio State’s 2014 Discover Orange Bowl loss Friday night stayed with me throughout the entire weekend. There was no consoling, nothing to make me truly forget about it.I didn’t think watching Monday night’s BCS National Championship game between Florida State and Auburn could possibly make me feel any better. That was the game I wanted the Buckeyes to play in, the one they were so tantalizingly close to. It could only remind me how their season ended, right?Wrong.Instead of making me think back on OSU’s shortcomings in South Florida, the 2014 National Championship Game lifted the dark cloud from above my head, and gave us 60 minutes of college football at its very best.It didn’t seem like it at first, though. Auburn’s backfield duo of junior quarterback Nick Marshall and junior running back Tre Mason spent the first half seemingly confirming the national suspicion that Florida State’s impressive record was just the result of a weak schedule. An SEC blowout — not unlike last year — was on the cards.The SEC had dominated for so long, and it looked like it was going to continue. In a season that had seen countless pundits write off teams like Florida State and OSU because they didn’t play in a certain conference, the Buckeyes had lost their chance to silence those doubters, and now it looked like the Seminoles had too.But things changed, dramatically. Auburn couldn’t pull away, and the result was a fourth quarter for the ages. After a Tigers field goal, the Seminoles took their first lead in nearly 45 minutes with an electrifying kickoff return from freshman wide receiver Levonte “Kermit” Whitfield. Then Auburn hit right back through the unstoppable Mason. A little more than a minute remained, and again Florida State’s time had almost run out.Cue a seven-play, 80-yard drive, defined by this year’s Heisman Trophy winner, redshirt-freshman quarterback Jameis Winston. His beautiful touchdown pass to the leaping redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin with only 13 seconds left put the proper exclamation on an exhilarating 34-31 Seminole victory.It was everything a championship game should be: heavyweight fight, chess match, and epic drama all rolled into one. It wasn’t so much about two teams as much as it was about the sport as a whole, a one-of-the-kind sight that could only take place on the gridiron.All the hits, touchdowns and cheers that populate a college football season led to this. From the comfortable Saturdays in late summer to the frigid temperatures of the past few weeks, everything from the past four months built up to make Monday’s game what it was.So rather than dwell on those two losses that some might say defined this season’s Buckeye squad, the beauty of the National Championship game allowed to me to remember that one single moment can’t sum up a team’s season, because so much goes into it.But what happened in the Rose Bowl Stadium certainly came closest to defining that one thing we all love: college football. read more

England Can Get Even Better And It Will Need To

When Eric Dier drove his penalty kick just past the outstretched fingers of Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina and into the back of the net, he broke a 22-year English streak of losing on penalty kicks. The obvious question now is whether England can break a far more important streak that’s lasted even longer: 52 years without winning a World Cup.While every team in the quarterfinals has a nonzero chance of lifting the cup, this question presses on England particularly for two reasons. First, England got a massively fortunate draw. The two powerhouse teams remaining in the tournament, Brazil and France, are both on the opposite side of the bracket. Spain was supposed to block England’s path to the final, but it lost on penalties to Russia. This leaves just Sweden and either Croatia or Russia standing in the way of The Three Lions.And second, it’s not like England had to knock off the world’s best to get here. Drawn into a group with Tunisia and Panama as well as Belgium, England was hugely favored to reach the knockouts. Colombia as a round of 16 draw was difficult on paper, but the absence of superstar James Rodriguez meant that even this match was not against a true equal.According to FiveThirtyEight’s Soccer Power Index as a measure of the quality of competition,1We used the pre-tournament SPI ratings. Uruguay and Belgium have had the lightest schedule, but each would likely have to get through both Brazil and France to make the final. England has faced the third weakest set of opponents to date, and its run to the final is projected as the second easiest of all the remaining contenders, ever so slightly behind Croatia.2Future opponents’ SPI represents a weighted average of each possible opponent’s SPI in the semifinals and finals and the likelihood of that team advancing that far. These probabilities were taken before the start of play Friday. England’s easy road will remain easyThe eight World Cup quarterfinalists by average SPI of tournament opponents so far and a weighted average of potential future opponents TeamAvg. Opponents’ SPI so farFuture Opponents’ SPI* Wilfried Zaha0.280.56+0.28 Kylian Mbappe0.770.97+0.20 Expected Goals & Assists Per 90 min. Harry Kane0.640.86+0.23 Future opponents’ SPI represents a weighted average of each possible opponent’s SPI in the semifinals and finals and the likelihood of that team advancing that far. France74.082.8 England’s two breakout starsPlayers under age 27 in the big five European leagues who showed the most improvement from the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons to 2017-18 in expected goals plus assists Belgium67.885.3 2015-172017-18Difference Russia71.282.6 England70.579.2 The big five are the Premier League (England), Ligue 1 (France), La Liga (Spain), Serie A (Italy) and the Bundesliga (Germany).Source: Opta Sports Mohamed Salah0.721.10+0.38 Raheem Sterling0.600.90+0.31 Willian Jose0.360.58+0.22 Lucas Ocampos0.370.56+0.19 Croatia74.879.2 As manager Gareth Southgate has said, this success in set plays does reflect effective attacking play, forcing opposition teams to give up fouls in dangerous areas. In other words, England is doing a good job of progressing the ball into the final third, and the team is being rewarded with set piece opportunities.However, these tactics do not suit one of England’s best players. England isn’t a legitimate World Cup contender simply because Harry Kane happened. At the same time that Kane was developing into one of soccer’s best pure strikers for Tottenham, Raheem Sterling was making the leap at Manchester City and becoming an elite inside forward. But it’s not just luck for England. As Bobby Gardiner highlighted for FiveThirtyEight, England has developed a legitimately good team with a coherent tactical identity based on pressing immediately after a turnover to win back the ball in dangerous areas.As Gardiner outlined, this tactic was developed in part because most of England’s players ply their trade at some of the highest-pressing sides in the world. But that’s not the only reason: England also lacks a proper creative midfielder. None of the top 30 ball progressors in the big five leagues is English, and the 31st, Jack Wilshere, did not make the squad.The hope is that by forcing turnovers, England can get the ball in advanced positions without asking less expansive passers like Dier or Jordan Henderson to provide progression from deep areas.So far the results have been mixed. England was dominant against Tunisia and created a number of clear chances from open play. But against Panama, Belgium and Colombia, England relied primarily on set plays to get chances. So far in the World Cup, according to data analytics firm Opta Sports, England has 30 shots from set plays, the most in the tournament — Spain is second with 28. Where England has particularly excelled is in winning fouls in dangerous areas to get shots from free kicks, either with direct attempts on goal or designed set plays. The Three Lions’ 17 shots from free kicks are by far the most at the World Cup, with Spain and Argentina trailing at 12. Neymar0.991.19+0.20 Sweden76.282.9 Son Heung-min0.490.71+0.22 Uruguay66.985.4 Florian Thauvin0.460.76+0.29 Brazil73.282.8 The incredible season that Mo Salah had for Liverpool somewhat obscured Sterling’s massive improvement in production — 22 goals and 12 assists in a little over 3,000 minutes in the Premier League and the Champions League. But set pieces aren’t Sterling’s game. While Kane attempted 26 headed shots last season in the Premier League, Sterling attempted just one. Sterling excels at receiving balls at his feet — he was second in the league in progressive passes received with 6.5.Though England’s set plays have been good for Kane — as his two goals against Tunisia demonstrated — they’ve done nothing for Sterling, who has no goals and just one assist in his three games played. The best way to get Sterling involved would be to develop an open-play strategy for getting the ball into the penalty area and allowing him to create. So long as England depends on set plays, the team sidelines one of its most dangerous attackers.The Three Lions have made it this far through an easy draw with the press and set play plan. But if England intends on defeating a superpower like Brazil or France and lifting the cup, it will need both of its forwards in the game.Check out our latest World Cup predictions. read more

Arda Turan handed 16game ban

first_imgArda Turan has been handed a whopping 16-match ban by the Turkish Super Lig after losing his temper in a bad call made by the refereeThe Barcelona loanee reacted angrily at a linesman in a match between his current team, Istanbul Basaksehir, and Sivasspor.Turan was left frustrated after ex-Real Madrid forward Robinho scored a late equaliser for Sivasspor that all but ended Basaksehir’s title hopes with the hosts having previously been reduced to nine men at the Istanbul Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadyumu.The 31-year-old then shoved the official with both hands and continued to protest after being given a straight red card.Turan was banned for 10 matches for attacking the assistant referee, three matches for insulting him and another three for threatening him.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.The former Atletico Madrid player was also fined 39,000 Turkish lira.??16 partidos de sanción a Arda Turan por agredir al árbitro asistente en la liga turca!! (10 por empujar, 3 por insultar y 3 por amenazar) #Radioestadio— Radioestadio (@Radioestadio) May 10, 2018last_img read more

Sissoko believes Spurs can still win

first_imgThe Tottenham Hotspur footballer believes the team can still lift the English Premier League trophy this season.Tottenham Hotspur is currently in third place of the English Premier League with 57 points.The team is five points behind second and first place Liverpool and Manchester City respectively with 62 points.And for Spurs Moussa Sissoko, his team can still become the Premier League champions this season.“If people want to talk about Liverpool and Man City then it’s better for us,” he told The Daily Telegraph.“For me, I prefer that. It means we can just do our job. We will fight to the end and anything can happen.”“And, yes, I think we can win the league because we have a good team,” he added.And the 29-year-old is hungry for a trophy.The midfielder started his professional career with Toulouse in 2007, and in 2013 he moved to the EPL for the first time with Newcastle United.It was then in 2016 when he decided to transfer to the Spurs.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“There are 13 games to the end so there are a lot of points left. But each game will be massive and hopefully we can win every one of them,” he commented.“We can see that we are not far from winning something.”“It is only small details that we are missing. What are those small details? I don’t know but we need to find the solution,” he continued.“I think we are capable, we have the team to win, everything is here to win and we just need to keep working and fighting. That is the only way.”The last time the Spurs lifted the First Division trophy was in the 1960-1961 season when they also won the double by earning the FA Cup too.But since then, the last thing they won was the FA Cup in 1990-1991.Moussa is back!💪 @MoussaSissoko 💪#COYS— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 24, 2019last_img read more

County mulled newspaper fee

first_imgA Clark County commissioner expressed interest in charging polluters, specifically newspapers, a special fee months before the Department of Environmental Services proposed the idea at a March 19 work session.Emails obtained by The Columbian through a public disclosure request show that a proposal to assess an “environmental surcharge” on newspapers did not receive high marks from department managers but was nonetheless presented at a county commissioners work session, where it was considered a top option.The newspaper surcharge, one of several fee proposals highlighted at the March meeting, followed a series of articles about commissioners David Madore and Tom Mielke, along with their involvement in hiring Don Benton, a Republican state senator, as head of the Department of Environmental Services.Benton has said, however, that there is no vendetta against the paper.The March meeting was used to help the Department of Environmental Services present scenarios to generate more revenue for the county’s water program, which has exhausted its fund balance and faces a $1.6 million shortfall.Two funding issues were addressed at the March meeting. For one, the county is on the hook to pay a $3.6 million lawsuit for violating the Clean Water Act. Meanwhile, new stormwater permitting requirements are driving up expenses within the program.last_img read more

Girl ends life due to abdominal pain in Kamareddy

first_imgKamareddy: A 17-year-old girl, Mounika, committed suicide by hanging herself in her house in Brahmanapalli village of Nizamsagar mandal on Tuesday. Relatives said that the girl ended her due to unbearable abdominal pain.Police registered a case and shifted the body to Kamareddy Hospital for postmortem. Sub-Inspector Sayanna visited the spot and enquired the relatives.last_img

HalfBlood Moon Partial Lunar Eclipse Coincides With 50th Anniversary Of Apollo 11

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These Ancient Peoples Smoked the Chronic at Funerals

first_imgAn excavated tomb.Xinhua WuIn the Jirzankal Cemetery, then, someone was blazing. But it’s hard to tell who exactly. It may have been the community, or maybe just spiritual elites. It’s also hard to divine how the intoxication combined with other elements in the ritual, though there might have also been a musical component, given that the researchers discovered an angular harp in the burial grounds. In addition, they found what might be evidence of human sacrifice in the form of perimortem injuries to skeletal remains—that is, blows suffered near or at the time of death. One of the wooden braziers found to have traces of cannabis. These rocks would have been heated to produce smoke.Xinhua WuEven if these peoples weren’t breeding their own plants for higher THC content, they would have been coming across some pretty darn intoxicating cannabis, at least by wild standards, because of a delightful quirk of biology. Cannabis is a highly plastic plant, meaning you can take two genetically identical individuals and grow them in two different conditions, and you’ll get two different chemical compositions. Things like sunlight exposure and soil quality and water all may influence how much THC—and any number of other cannabinoids like CBD—the plant expresses.Critically, at these higher altitudes, cannabis would be exposed to more UV radiation than at lower altitudes. “The plant is known to make THC as a UV protectant,” says Raber. A plant, you see, is not as defenseless as it might seem. “It’s sitting there trying to figure out what molecules to generate to ward off pests or protect itself from its own environment.”So here in the mountains of Central Asia, ancient peoples may have stumbled into the ideal habitat for the growth of strong weed. How, though, do the researchers know they weren’t just burning the cannabis as incense for these rituals? For one, this particular landscape is dominated by two plant groups, junipers and artemisias—basically the Central Asian version of the American southwest’s sage brush. Both are highly aromatic and known to be prominent in ancient incense burning. Wild cannabis, on the other hand, has nowhere near the strong scent of today’s high-octane cultivated varieties. (That characteristic smell, by the way, comes from compounds called terpenoids.) More Great WIRED StoriesAn all-white town’s divisive experiment with cryptoEverything you want—and need—to know about aliensHow early-stage VCs decide where to investThe 4 best password managers to secure your digital lifeHow to make a boomerang you can safely throw indoors🏃🏽‍♀️ Want the best tools to get healthy? Check out our Gear team’s picks for the best fitness trackers, running gear (including shoes and socks), and best headphones.📩 Get even more of our inside scoops with our weekly Backchannel newsletter This study, however, couldn’t pinpoint what percent THC the residue contains, because technically it doesn’t contain any. Instead, the researchers tested for a sort of signal for THC called cannabinol, or CBN. “THC will turn into CBN via an oxidative degradation pathway,” says Jeff Raber, CEO of the cannabis lab the Werc Shop, who wasn’t involved in the work. “That’s a fancy way of saying, in the presence of air and/or heat, it will go from THC to CBN.”The mere presence of CBN in significant amounts is telling, as it suggests significant amounts of THC in the cannabis that burned in the braziers. Because plenty of cannabis growing out in the wild has vanishingly small amounts of THC. Hemp, for instance, is by definition less than 0.3 percent THC.Where these ancient peoples got their product, though, isn’t clear. But one candidate might be the kafiristanica varieties, which today grow in the mountainous regions of Afghanistan. “In its wild state, it does have higher chemical production levels,” says study coauthor Robert Spengler, director of the Paleoethnobotany Laboratories at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. “So it’s very possible this plant was existing farther north in the past, and that humans were targeting it.”The researchers can’t be sure whether these peoples were actively domesticating and cultivating their cannabis, selecting for more intoxicating plants, or whether they were finding populations in the wild to exploit. “The findings suggest that humans may have harvested or traded for atypically psychoactive wild cannabis plants in order to achieve altered states of consciousness,” says Ryan Stoa, who studies the history of cannabis, but who wasn’t involved in the study. “Alternatively, humans may have obtained psychoactive cannabis by breeding and cultivating the plants themselves, which would represent one of the oldest examples of psychoactive cannabis cultivation.” When folks these days get high they watch TV or play videogames or paint or hike. Or if you’re a New York Times columnist, you eat too many edibles and descend into a Hunter S. Thompson-esque fit of paranoia in a hotel room.Alternately, if you lived 2,500 years ago in what is now western China, you smoked the good stuff at funerals while playing ritualistic music and also maybe doing some human sacrifice.So says a fascinating new study in the journal Science Advances. Researchers analyzed ancient incense burners (known as braziers) from burial grounds at the so-called Jirzankal Cemetery, nearly 10,000 feet up in the mountains of Central Asia, and found residue that tested positive for cannabis. Not only that, it’s cannabis high in THC content—at least by ancient standards—suggesting that these peoples were seeking out the most powerful plants for funerary rituals, perhaps aided by the fact that cannabis growing at high elevations tends to express more THC. It’s a glimpse both into how cannabis use spread around the ancient world, and how we humans have long exploited the plant’s malleability for our own purposes, be they for enjoying videogames or ushering compatriots into the afterlife.The cannabis we grow today is wildly different from what our ancestors got their hands on. Just over the last few decades, growers—particularly in Northern California’s legendary weed country—have bred strains to produce ever more flower with ever higher THC content. We’re talking compositions of up to 30 percent THC, whereas in the ’60s the hippies could puff all day on 5 percent flower, which is more in line with the cannabis you’d find growing in the wild, and what these ancient peoples may have been using. “So it really doesn’t make much sense why they would target something that doesn’t really have much of a scent in its wild state, when there were so many other options out there,” says Spengler.In addition, historical accounts of the Greek historian Herodotus describe cannabis smoking among peoples to the west, in the Caspian Steppe, which an archaeological find has corroborated: A wooden tent frame and copper containers of burnt cannabis seeds, suggesting these folks were, well, hotboxing. This may well have been a cleansing ritual after a funeral, whereas this new finding appears to be more of a mid-ritual smoking.“I think ancient people smoked cannabis to get to a special hallucinogenic state, to communicate with nature or spirits of deceased people,” says study coauthor Yimin Yang, of the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. “So it’s a plausible argument that there could have been human sacrifice attached to this whole ritual activity,” says Spengler. “How it all fits into one actual mortuary practice, I could only speculate.” The researchers stress that this evidence demands further investigation. (You can’t just go around accusing people willy-nilly of ritualistic human sacrifice, after all.)But what’s becoming much clearer is a picture of a time in history when human populations were increasingly flowing in and out of Central Asia: By testing bones in the Jirzankal Cemetery, the researchers could determine that some of the individuals weren’t from around these parts. Moving along trade routes, various peoples disseminated ideas and goods. Cannabis was both an idea and a good, not just a resource for making things like rope but for getting high and influencing rituals.“Cannabis smoking becomes a broad cultural practice that may have had linkages between people all across Western and Central Asia,” says Spengler.One love, as they say.last_img read more

This Amazing 61 Discount Offer On The LambdaTest Web App Website Testing

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UKs data protection regulator ICO releases report concludes that Adtech industry operates

first_imgUK’s data protection regulator ICO (Information Commissioner’s office) has published a report highlighting how thousands of companies are sharing personal data on hundreds of millions every day without a legal basis. The report also says, how most of today’s online advertising is illegal at a ‘general, systemic’ level. The report was in response to a series of complaints made in the UK around the security and legality of the adtech ecosystem.  These complaints were made by Mr. Veale, an academician and Jim Killock, executive director of the Open Rights Group, as well as campaign group Privacy International. Adtech is a term used to describe tools that analyze and manage information (including personal data) for online advertising campaigns and automate the processing of advertising transactions. RTB (Real time bidding) uses adtech to enable the buying and selling of advertising inventory in real time on an impression by impression basis, typically involving an auction pricing mechanism. It is a type of online advertising that is most commonly used at present for selling visual inventory online, either on the website of a publisher or via a publisher’s app. RTB relies on the potential advertiser seeing information about you. That information can be as basic as the device you’re using to view the webpage, or where in the country you are. But it can have a more detailed picture, including the websites you visited, what your perceived interests are, even what health condition you’ve been searching for information about.  The complexity of this type of online advertising poses a number of risks about the level of data protection compliance. Hence the ICO has investigated this issue and summarized how the ad tech sector should comply with GDPR. In this report, ICO has prioritized two areas: the processing of special category data, and issues caused by relying solely on contracts for data sharing across the supply chain. The report highlights “Under data protection law, using people’s sensitive personal data to serve adverts requires their explicit consent, which is not happening right now. Sharing people’s data with potentially hundreds of companies, without properly assessing and addressing the risk of these counterparties, raises questions around the security and retention of this data.” Key findings from ICO’s report Adtech is disregarding Special and Non-special category data Non-special category data is being processed unlawfully at the point of collection. Online advertisers believe that legitimate interests can be used for placing and/or reading a cookie or other technology (rather than obtaining the consent PECR requires). Even if an argument could be made for reliance on legitimate interests, participants within the ecosystem are unable to demonstrate that they have properly carried out the legitimate interests tests and implemented appropriate safeguards. Special category data- relating to especially sensitive data such as ethnic origin, health background, religion, political and sexual orientation- is also being processed unlawfully. This is because explicit consent is not being collected due to lack of proper data protection laws. DPIAs are tools that organizations can use to identify and minimize the data protection risks of any processing operation. Article 35 of the GDPR specifies several circumstances that require DPIAs where there is large scale processing of special category data. ICO states that there appears to be a lack of understanding of, and potentially compliance with, the DPIA requirements of data protection law. This increases the risks associated with RTB which are probably being not fully assessed and mitigated. Individuals have no control over their privacy ICO claims that the Privacy information provided to individuals lacks clarity as it is overly complex. Individuals have no guarantees about the security of their personal data within the ecosystem. Moreover, individual profiles are extremely detailed and repeatedly shared among organizations for any one bid request, all without the individuals’ knowledge. Not just that, these organizations are processing these bid requests with inadequate technical and organizational measures to secure the data in transit and at rest. There is also little to no consideration as to the requirements of data protection law about international transfers of personal data. ICO says organizations must understand, document and be able to demonstrate: how their processing operations work; what they do; who they share any data with; and how they can enable individuals to exercise their rights. Contract-only approach for data protection legislation should stop The adtech industry currently uses contractual controls to provide a level of guarantees about data protection-compliant processing of personal data. However, this contract-only approach does not satisfy the requirements of data protection legislation. Organizations cannot rely on standard terms and conditions by themselves, without undertaking appropriate monitoring and ensuring technical and organizational controls back up those terms. ICO says that the controllers must: assess the processor is competent to process personal data in line with the GDPR; put in place a contract or other legal act meeting the requirements in Article 28(3); and ensure a processor’s compliance on an ongoing basis, in order for the controller to comply with the accountability principle and demonstrate due diligence (such as audits and inspections). What’s next for ICO ICO states that its report requires further analysis and exploration. They will undertake targeted information-gathering activities related to the data supply chain and profiling aspects, the controls in place, and the DPIAs that have been undertaken, starting in July 2019. They will also continue targeted engagement with key stakeholders. They will continue bilateral engagement with IAB Europe and Google. They may also undertake a further industry review in six months’ time. The scope and nature of such an exercise will depend on their findings over the forthcoming months. As obvious, this report was well appreciated by netizens. However, some people had issues with it being just a guidance report, with a lack of real efforts. They also criticized the next steps section. Another issue which cropped up was how in spite of issues, the adtech industry, is also responsible for generating a large percentage of revenues. Although, ICO gave its reply. “RTB is an innovative means of ad delivery, but one that lacks data protection maturity in its current implementation. Whilst it is more the practices than the underlying technology that concerns us, it’s also the case that, if an online service is looking to generate revenue from digital advertising, there are a number of different ways available to do this. RTB is just one of these. Whatever form organizations choose, if it involves either accessing or storing information on user devices, and/or the processing of personal data, there are laws that they have to comply with.” Read the full report here. Read Next GDPR complaint in EU claim billions of personal data leaked via online advertising bids European Union fined Google 1.49 billion euros for antitrust violations in online advertising GDPR complaint claims Google and IAB leaked ‘highly intimate data’ of web users for behavioral advertising.last_img read more