Wimebledon 2017: I’m still in shock myself, says Sam Querrey after knocking out Andy Murray

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first_imgAndy Murray’s Wimbledon title defence evaporated on Centre Court in a painful five-set demise to Sam Querrey on Wednesday as the hip injury that has dogged the world number one throughout the tournament finally got the better of him.Murray’s hopes of becoming the first Briton to retain a grand slam title since Fred Perry in 1936 were shredded as he hobbled helplessly to a 3-6 6-4 6-7(4) 6-1 6-1 quarter-final defeat.The encounter ended in almost brutal fashion, as Murray struggled to move freely around the court in the final two sets and the big-serving Querrey ruthlessly put him to the sword, wrapping up victory with his 27th booming ace.Despite the best efforts of the Centre Court crowd to cajole a miracle recovery from the limping Briton, Murray’s troublesome hip proved beyond help and he was swiftly dispatched, with the final two sets taking just under 47 minutes.Querrey can now lay claim to the title of Wimbledon’s chief giant-killer, after slaying then champion Novak Djokovic last year. He becomes the first American man to reach a grand slam semi-final since Andy Roddick at Wimbledon in 2009.”I’m still in shock myself,” he said after setting up a semi-final encounter with Marin Cilic.”I didn’t start my best but kept with it and kept swinging and I hit my groove in the fourth and fifth sets.”It feels great and it’s a dream come true … to get to a semi-final and have it happen at Wimbledon makes it a bit more special.”advertisementHaving toured the game’s most awkward and unconventional opponents in the opening four rounds, Murray finally got to face a more routine tennis archetype.There are few surprises with Querrey’s game. He stands at 6 foot 6 inches (1.98 metres) and uses his giant frame to launch bullets from the sky and backs up his huge serve with an occasional haymaker forehand.His gameplan seemed to involve turning Centre Court into a firing range which brought him little success in the opening set, but as Murray’s movement became increasingly pained, the match turned emphatically in the American’s favour.Querrey would have been hard pushed to imagine such a glorious ending as Murray punished him almost at will in the opening set, when it was Murray’s serve that did the greater damage and the 29-year-old seemed wracked with nerves.Murray claimed that in 28 minutes and there was barely a hint of his vulnerability when he broke for a 4-3 lead in the second.There were stunned murmurs of discontent from the home crowd, however, as Querrey broke twice to level the match, wrapping up the second set with a beautiful backhand winner.That still seemed only a momentary blip for the champion, who broke immediately at the start of the third set to move back into a short-lived ascendancy.Querrey struck back in the 10th game forcing the set into a tiebreak and while Murray held his nerve to move back into the lead, from that point the writing was on the wall.The home fans willed their man to scramble freely around the court, but his grimaces told their own story as he looked up to his box and seemed to mouth “it’s gone, it’s gone” in the fourth set.Querrey won nine games in a row to take the fourth and open up a 3-0 lead in the fifth, before breaking again to move one game from victory.Two Querrey aces helped bring up three match points and one more finished the job off, leaving Murray to salute the home fans with an almost apologetic wave goodbye.”The whole tournament I’ve been a little bit sore,” Murray told reporters.”But I tried my best right to the end, gave everything I had. I’m proud about that.”last_img read more

Rafael Nadal, Simona Halep lead ATP and WTA rankings

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first_imgSpanish tennis player Rafael Nadal remained in the number one spot in the men’s Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) world singles rankings released on Monday.Nadal, 16-time Grand Slam champion, maintained the top spot although he lost the Shanghai Rolex Masters final on Sunday against Switzerland’s Roger Federer who came in second, reports Efe.Britain’s Andy Murray occupied the third position, while Croatian Marin Cilic jumped to the fourth.German Alexander Zverev dropped to fifth.Austrian Dominic Thiem went up one position to replace Serbian Novak Djokovic, who held the seventh spot.Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov jumped to the eighth spot, while Swiss Stan Wawrinka dropped to the ninth..@cilic_marin rises 1 spot after a @SH_RolexMasters SF run. Read & View Latest @Emirates ATP Race To London: https://t.co/g8XwUW4T0A pic.twitter.com/w2C4vLuttw- ATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) October 16, 2017HALEP LEADS THE PACKFrom @ChrissieEvert to @Simona_Halep: The 25 WTA World No.1s ???! –> https://t.co/jAHCsg6DkA pic.twitter.com/DJqRe28LAu- WTA (@WTA) October 7, 2017Romanian tennis player Simona Halep continued to lead the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) rankings released on Monday.The 26-year-old Romanian star reached the number one for the first time in her career last week to put an end to the four-week reign of Spaniard GarbiNe Muguruza, who came in second, reports Efe.There were no changes in this week’s rankings, as Czech Karolina Pliskova held the third position, followed by Ukrainian Elina Svitolina.American Venus Williams came in fifth, followed by Danish Caroline Wozniacki.advertisementThe current ATP rankings and point scores are as follows:1. Rafael Nadal (Spain) 10,465 points2. Roger Federer (Switzerland) 8,5053. Andy Murray (United Kingdom) 5,2904. Marin Cilic (Croatia) 4,5055. Alexander Zverev (Germany) 4,4006. Dominic Thiem (Austria) 3,9357. Novak Djokovic (Serbia) 3,7658. Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) 3,5909. Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) 3,45010. David Goffin (Belgium) 2,885.The current WTA rankings and point scores are as follows:1. Simona Halep (Romania) 6,175 points2. Garbine Muguruza (Spain) 6,1353. Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) 5,6054. Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) 5,4655. Venus Williams (United States) 4,6426. Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) 4,6407. Jelena Ostapenko (Latvia) 4,5108. Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia) 3,9509. Caroline Garcia (France) 3,86010. Johanna Konta (Britain) 3,795.last_img read more

Weve released 3.14 cr as allowance for 175 TOP athletes: Min

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first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 3 (PTI) The government has released Rs 3.14 crore as out of pocket allowance of 175 sportspersons under the Target Olympic Podium (TOP) Scheme in the last quarter of 2017, Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore said today.The amount has been released from the the National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) for the period from September to December last year, Rathore said in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha.”The rate of Out of Pocket Allowance (OPA) from NSDF is Rs 50,000 per month and it is admissible with effect from September 2017 or from subsequent months of selection of the athlete whichever is later,” he said.The TOP Scheme aims to identify, groom and prepare potential medal prospects for Olympic and Paralympic Games. The selected athletes are provided financial assistance for their customised training at institutes having world class facilities and for other necessary support.Answering another question, Rathore informed that 110 and 67 sportspersons failed dope tests in 2015 and 2016 respectively.The minister said in a bid to eradicate doping, the government has decided to establish regional centres to spread awareness and impart anti-doping education.”Government of India has decided to established five regional centres to increase the anti-doping education and awareness at all levels of sports in the country. One has already been established,” he said. PTI APA PDS PDSlast_img read more

Greek Sports Funding Cut 50%

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first_imgATHENS – Hopes of fielding an Olympic team for 2016 that will do better than the disastrous performance at the 2012 London games have likely been dashed after the government said it would cut funding in half for the sports federations.The agencies overseeing athletes will receive state funding of 12 million euros for 2014, the country’s Sports Undersecretary Yiannis Andrianos said, citing the country’ continuing economic crisis as the reason. That is less than 25 percent of the 50 million euros the country will spend hosting the symbolic, powerless six-month rotating European Union Presidency.Already plagued by a series of doping scandals and complaints from athletes they’ve been left on their own to train as they represent their country, Greek sports is feeling because of harsh austerity measures.Andrianos informed the Hellenic Olympic Committee at a meeting of the latest cutbacks which are included in the state budget. Last year 24.5 million euros was provided by the state to Greek athletics, also a 50 percent cut from the previous year.In the last two years, Greek sports has seen a 66 percent reduction in subsidies as even the Olympic team, representing the country where the games began, haven’t been spared.Last year, after the sports federation SEGAS protested original cuts of 80 percent and warned all sports would be shut down, the government came up with five million euros.Water polo and swimming have also suffered, with Greece pulling its swimmers out of the European short-course championships at the end of 2011 for the first time in 16 years. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Rangers 7-2 over Habs in Game 1 Rout

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first_imgMONTREAL, CANADA — Martin St. Louis and the New York Rangers had a reason to smile in the midst of a weekend of sadness.St. Louis, who will attend his mother’s funeral with his teammates on Sunday, scored the opening goal of the Eastern Conference finals to pace New York’s suddenly high-powered offense in a 7-2 rout of the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.New York got goals from six other players, and Henrik Lundqvist quieted talk of a Montreal jinx in a 20-save effort. It was his first victory at the Bell Centre in more than two years.The Rangers have wrested home-ice advantage away from the Canadiens, heading into Game 2 of the series Monday night in Montreal.“It was an emotional time for everyone, but the guys have been behind me and supported me,” said St. Louis, who received a long ovation from the crowd when he was named the game’s first star. “My teammates are behind me and supporting me, and their effort was unbelievable.“We feel really close right now and we’re trying to keep feeding off that.”The Rangers galvanized and drew inspiration from St. Louis after his mother’s unexpected death before Game 5 of New York’s second-round series against Pittsburgh.The Broadway Blueshirts haven’t lost since, winning four straight — including three on the road.Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said his team is trying to support St. Louis while staying focused on playing a sound team game.“Emotionally, for us, that is something really strong right now,” Vigneault said. “I know quite a few of our guys went to the wake (on Friday), and I texted with Marty last night to make sure that everything was good.“He’s handled it in an incredible way that probably has helped our team come closer together. (Sunday) is going to be a tough day. We need to be there to support him, and we’ll do that and get ready for Monday.”Mats Zuccarello, Chris Kreider, Brad Richards, Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan and Rick Nash also scored for the Rangers, who had netted only four goals in their past nine visits to Montreal.Lundqvist hadn’t played in Montreal since allowing four goals on Jan. 15, 2012. His last win there was March 17, 2009.The quick-footed Rangers, coming off a comeback, seven-game win over Pittsburgh, jumped on a Canadiens team that was flat and mentally absent after a nasty and emotional seven-game win over top-seeded Boston.“You don’t look at the score,” Richards said. “That’s not indicative of how anything’s going to happen in this series.“We got fortunate. We got some bounces. We got some momentum, and pucks went in the net. It was a win, that’s all it was. We’re very aware that it’s going to be a lot different.”Rene Bourque and Lars Eller scored for Montreal.New York’s turnaround against Pittsburgh started when St. Louis returned to the team a day after his mother, France, died. The Rangers won the final three games of that series in rallying from a 3-1 deficit.Playing in his hometown, St. Louis scored 4:35 into the game. He found an unguarded spot near the net and put Dominic Moore’s pass into an open side behind Carey Price, who lasted only two periods.Price appeared to injure his right leg early in the second when Kreider slid into him after shooting wide on a breakaway. Price remained in the game, but was pulled after giving up two goals late in the second.Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said Price wasn’t injured, and was replaced by Peter Budaj to start the third because the team was playing so poorly in front of him.“Good thing it’s a seven-game series and we have a chance to get back in it on Monday,” Bourque said. “I think we had a little bit of an emotional letdown after the Boston series.“We talked about that to going into the game. Obviously, it didn’t click. We have to just forget about this game.”The Rangers scored seven goals in a playoff game for the first time since April 17, 2007, against Atlanta (7-0), and did it on the road in the postseason for the first time since an 8-3 win at Quebec on May 8, 1995.It was Montreal’s worst playoff defeat since losing 8-2 to Carolina in 2002.Budaj was beaten on the first shot he faced, from the slot by McDonagh on a power play at 1:28.The Canadiens then took a succession of penalties, including two minors and a misconduct to former Rangers forward Brandon Prust. Stepan scored and Nash broke his slump with his first in 15 playoff games this year.“We’re all happy to see Nasher score because he’s taken a lot of heat,” Richards said. “That’s a little weight off his back.“We won the game. When you’re in the playoffs, when it’s 7-1, no one’s jumping up and down about who scored goals.”Montreal closed the scoring with Eller’s short-handed goal with 4:38 left.The boost the Canadiens got from their rousing pregame ceremonies in the first two series wasn’t there as the Rangers showed all the speed and intensity in the opening period, outshooting Montreal 12-6 and taking a 2-0 lead.Dominic Moore jumped on a loose puck after Michael Bournival partially blocked a point shot and slipped a pass to a wide open St. Louis at the doorstep to open the scoring.Moore was the playmaker again as he slid a pass in front of the net, and the trailing Zuccarello poked it into an open side as the Rangers beat Price twice on their first five shots.Bourque took consecutive hooking calls late in the first period, but made up for it in the second as he went hard to the net, whacked at Brian Gionta’s pass, and saw it go in off McDonagh’s stick at 12:38.The crowd came to life but was quieted again when Stepan broke in alone and beat Price with 1:01 left.With 12 seconds remaining in the period, Zuccarello made a reverse pass that had Price out of position for Richards to score into an open side.NOTES: Rangers center Derick Brassard left the game early in the first period with an injury after a hit from Mike Weaver and didn’t return. Vigneault said he is day to day. … The Rangers went 3 for 7 on the power play after scoring only three times in 29 opportunities over their first 14 playoff games.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Bowles Says Jets D Loafing

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first_imgFLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Disgusting. Flat. And, now, loafing.They’ve all been used while describing the performance by the New York Jets’ defense Nov. 1 at Oakland. And the criticism has come from the coaches and players themselves.Linebacker David Harris said the film of the 34-20 loss was “disgusting,” while defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson said the defense was “flat” and claimed “guys were loafing.”Coach Todd Bowles has acknowledged he wasn’t happy with his team’s performance, and was asked Wednesday if he noticed some players loafing when he watched the game film.“We had some loafs on defense for the first time this year,” Bowles said. “They were minor loafs, but they were still loafs nonetheless and we have to have everybody to the ball.”The statistical analysis website Pro Football Focus found 19 missed tackles. Bowles and his staff, however, are even tougher graders, with the coach saying their total was “in the 20s.”Bowles attributed the lapses in effort to possible fatigue, but made it clear it’s unacceptable. “Our guys don’t normally loaf,” he said, “and it shouldn’t happen anymore.”The Jets came into the game at Oakland with the No. 2 overall defense. They gave up 451 yards in total offense, including four touchdown throws by Derek Carr.The Raiders took a 28-6 lead early in the third quarter, and the defense did little to keep the Jets in the game.“We’re not saying people were just dogging it all the way to the ball here,” Bowles said. “There might have been somebody getting tackled down the field and somebody pulled up a yard or two from the ball, or not finishing or something like that. It wasn’t loafing like we were just dog tired and we were loafing.“Our guys understand what happened in the game, the coaches understand what happened in the game (and) we’ll work to correct that.”That means the players have gone through the film carefully to see if they can take better angles, wrap up better on tackles or just improve their hustle to the ball. If the players don’t get their acts together at practice this week, Bowles warned, they will be doing extra running.The Jets will certainly have a challenge Nov. 8 at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars, led by second-year quarterback Blake Bortles and an offense with some young playmakers in running back T.J. Yeldon and wide receivers Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns.“It is one game, and it’s the first time we fell apart like that,” Bowles said. “We have to come back together and it can’t happen again.”(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Islanders Down Flyers, 4-3

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first_imgPHILADELPHIA — The streaking Islanders weren’t at their best and they still managed to pull out a victory.Kyle Okposo had the only goal of the shootout, Frans Nielsen scored twice in regulation and the New York Islanders beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 Dec. 8.Jaroslav Halak made 43 saves through overtime and stopped all three Flyers attempts in the shootout, and Brock Nelson also scored to help the Islanders win for the sixth time in eight games (6-0-2).“It’s obviously a big two points for us, but we’ve got to play better,” Halak said.Ryan White, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Claude Giroux scored for Philadelphia, which had 46 shots — its second-highest total of the season. Steve Mason gave up three goals on 10 shots before he was replaced early in the second period, and Michal Neuvirth had 16 saves.The Flyers were pleased with everything except the final result.“We deserved better tonight,” coach Dave Hakstol said. “Everybody was moving, jumping, playing with tenacity. It’s a good formula.”Okposo, New York’s second skater in the shootout, using a stellar move to pull the puck onto his forehand before roofing it over Neuvirth.“We’re going to have to be better than that to win every night in this league, and we know that,” Okposo said.New York’s point streak of eight straight games is its best since going 8-0-3 in April 2013.“We just battled through it; we found a way,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. “When you’re in close games like this, you’ve got to find a way. We’ve been on the other side of that too, so it’s a good two points.”Giroux, Wayne Simmonds and Evgeny Medvedev all failed to convert against Halak in the shootout.Nielsen’s second goal of the game, 1:14 into the second period put New York ahead 3-1 and chased Mason. Nielsen scored on a wrist shot from the slot that went through defenseman Michael Del Zotto’s legs and got past Mason.Hakstol inserted Neuvirth in hopes of producing a spark, and it worked.“The group responded in a good way,” Hakstol said. “(Neuvirth) came in and did his job in that situation.”White’s goal from close range 3 minutes later pulled Philadelphia to 3-2. Halak saved Scott Laughton’s initial shot, but R.J. Umberger got the rebound and passed in front of the crease to White, who lifted it over Halak.The Flyers appeared to tie the game on the power play with 6:07 left in the second, but the goal was overturned after a lengthy replay review determined that Simmonds used a distinct kicking motion to get the puck past Halak.“I didn’t kick it,” Simmonds said. “I put my foot down.”Philadelphia eventually did tie it on Giroux’s slap shot that deflected off Nick Leddy 2:02 into the third period.“From start to finish, I thought we were the better team,” Simmonds said. “Sometimes that happens.”Both teams had chances to win it in regulation. Halak stopped Bellemare’s rebound attempt with an outstanding glove save with 9:17 left, and Neuvirth used his glove to deny Okposo’s wrist shot from right of goal.(AARON BRACY) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Bryce Gouging: Harper Makes Phillies Hottest Ticket in Town

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first_imgPHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bryce Harper swag is going, going and just about gone before he takes a swing in Philadelphia.Phillies merchandise stores and ticket vendors are certainly getting their hefty cuts thanks to Harper hype.Harper has Phillies fans spending stupid money on his No. 3 jerseys, tees and caps, and the franchise has set records with ticket sales headed into the March 28 opener.Billboards welcoming Harper to Philly line the interstate headed to Citizens Bank Park — and it’s Harper driving retail traffic at a record clip.No. 3 gear is No. 1 in Philadelphia.“I can’t wait to be a part of the Phillies for a long period of time,” Harper said. “I’ve grown to love playing in Philly, love playing in Citizens Bank Park.”When Harper looks in the stands on opening day — and over the remainder of his record $330 million, 13-year deal — he’ll see thousands of fans wearing his jersey.Fanatics said Harper’s No. 3 Phillies jersey was the all-time best-seller for any athlete during the first 24 hours of launch. Aramark, which manages the Phillies New Era Team Store at the ballpark, said “interest is high and sales are brisk” and new waves of merchandise arrive daily. MLBShop.com offered free shipping on all U.S. orders over $39 — a walk in the park for fans buying the $119 Harper batting practice waffle pullover hoodie or $44.99 for the Harper toddler official cool base player jersey.How’s this for a sign that Harper Mania has come out of left field? A notice was posted on the team store this week the store ran out of letters and did “not have any more R’s for Adult Home and Road Jerseys .”The die-hards haven’t balked at the $145 jerseys and $35 T-shirts and shoppers are leaving with the bags full. One fan even sold the first Topps Bryce Harper Phillies baseball card for $199.99 on eBay — no stale stick of gum included.Philadelphia Phillies’ Bryce Harper walks to the batting cages during baseball workouts Sunday, March 3, 2019, at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Fla. (Yong Kim/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)Fanatics, an online retailer, declined to reveal sales numbers but said New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge was the top seller last season and Harper, wearing No. 34 for the Washington Nationals, was 12th.Harper already is a hit on the field, with a home run Wednesday in his first scrimmage with the Phillies.Harper could make a case for MVP to stand for Most Valuable Purchase.The Phillies once had the toughest ticket in baseball shortly after Citizens Bank Park opened in 2004 and the franchise set an NL record with 257 straight sellouts from 2009-12. The Phillies drew 3,777,322 fans in 2010 but failed to reach 2 million in any season from 2015-17. They were in the playoff hunt until August last season and drew 2,158,124 fans, though tickets flooded the secondary market at less than $10 a pop.The Bryce Boon has formed old-school lines at the ticket window.John Weber, the Phillies senior vice president of ticket operations, said the team sold 100,000 tickets last Thursday when the team signed Harper and another 80,000 tickets the next day. The Phillies sold 50,000 tickets over Saturday and Sunday and 45,000 more on Monday. Philadelphia sells face value tickets ranging from $20 to $140 — but opening day tickets started at $103 (before fees) Wednesday on StubHub.Weber said full season ticket equivalents have jumped from 9,500 to 12,300, thanks to the additions of Harper and four other All-Stars.“You hope you have a price that is fair for the ups and downs as best you can,” Weber said. “It’s not perfect. But we’re not raising prices $20, $30 dollars. Let’s get our fans here and let them enjoy the game as we move forward.”Marsha Zisling, of Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, was a season ticket holder during the World Series seasons and gave them up once the team bottomed out in the NL East. Zisling held a shopping bag with a Harper authentic jersey as she stood in line this week at the ticket window and browsed potential dates. She even tuned into to a local sports radio station on the way to the park because she knew Harper would be a guest on the show.“It’s just been an exciting time to finally have enthusiasm about the Phillies,” she said. “He was just on the radio, and I swear I started to cry listening to him. He’s just so genuine and really sincere about coming here and making the city his home.”Nancy Hatfield, of Philadelphia, said Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen was actually her favorite player but she had to splurge on Harper merchandise. She held a couple of Harper T-shirts on her stop at the stadium to pick up her tickets. Hatfield has been a season ticket holder since 1996 and said Harper has energized the fanbase perhaps even more than the Ryan Howard-Chase Utley-Jimmy Rollins glory years.“We’ve been waiting for something good to happen,” she said. “Now we just hope he doesn’t get injured. That’s the Philly Curse. It’s been sad, all the empty seats the last couple of years.”Peggy McBreen makes a Philadelphia Phillies’ Bryce Harper baseball shirt at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Monday, March 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)Not everyone is on board with Harper’s arrival.Let’s check in with Elias, the guitar-strumming WWE bad guy, of course, and not the source of baseball statistics and historical data.“But you really want to know how I know I’m in Philly,” he sang at Monday’s WWE show . “Because the children here have no future no matter how hard they try. But you really want to know how I know I’m in Philly. Because Bryce Harper told me this was where his career would go to die.”The fans erupted in boos toward anyone who would dare slander their newest All-Star. Many fans were already wearing No. 3 T-shirts.But Phillies fans may want to slow the spending spree and save some of their cash for a rainy day.After all, Mike Trout is a free agent in two years .By: DAN GELSTON AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

New sub-GHz players target IoT connectivity

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first_imgSAN JOSE, Calif. — Move over, LoRa and Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT); two new competitors see a space that you are missing. Iota Communications and Anterix are buying spectrum in the 800- to 900-MHz bands to create new licensed networks for the Internet of things.The two rivals are leveraging work at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to reorganize part of the sub-gigahertz spectrum. Both Iota, focused on building automation, and Anterix, targeting utilities, have significant spectrum holdings already and financing in progress, but neither has networks up and running yet.It’s early days for both companies, which are still defining their service-level products. For that reason, they have not come on the radar for analysts who cover the low-power, wide-area networks (LPWANs) that LoRa and NB-IoT currently dominate and where the HaLow version of Wi-Fi is debuting this year.LoRa uses unlicensed 800- to 900-MHz bands, which is inexpensive but subject to interference and requires users to set up their own networks. Narrowband-IoT, a low-cost version of LTE, typically uses higher frequencies with less range and penetration than the ISM bands.“There’s an untapped market [for robust 800- to 900-MHz IoT network services that] we can address,” said Terrence DeFranco, chief executive and co-founder of Iota.Iota got its start in 2013 as the Solbright Group, Inc., specifying gateways and developing IoT applications for end users. It worked with partners Tatung, a Taiwan ODM that builds gateways and other products, and STMicroelectronics, which was trying to commercialize the powerline networking protocol that it acquired with startup Arkados.“We leveraged cellular, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Zigbee — whatever would work — but we were turned away from some jobs because we lacked connectivity,” said DeFranco.For example, an effort to automate operations in New York’s Chrysler Building “tried different cellular carriers to get backhaul out of building, but it got costly and our app was not feasible,” he said. “Cellular is a mainstream technology for IoT, and it works well for many apps, but it’s still power-hungry and delivers broadband links that a lot of apps don’t need.”Seeking a solution, Solbright purchased in August LPWAN provider M2M Spectrum, which owned some 800-MHz bands on which it ran a variant of LoRa based on the Symphony protocol from Link Labs. “They were a network in development looking for apps, and we had apps looking for connectivity,” said DeFranco.Seeing an opportunity in the FCC process to acquire enough spectrum for a U.S. national network, Solbright renamed itself Iota to mark its new mission. “We believe a licensed 800-MHz network would be a huge differentiator,” he said. 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. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Communications center_img Continue Reading Previous Kontron S&T acquires industrial mainboard business from Fujitsu Technology SolutionsNext Fewer embedded ears, more voice-controlled deviceslast_img read more

Aldec: SoC and ASIC designers to benefit from multiple HES Proto-AXI enhancements

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first_img Continue Reading Previous Kontron to supply European airline with IFE&C equipment in fleet-wide deploymentNext Portwell launches three more members to Kuber series Aldec has enhanced its HES Proto-AXI software to provide even greater support to designers using the company’s HES pre-silicon prototyping solution for hardware verification and software validation. The enhancements include support for QEMU (the open source machine emulator and virtualizer) and SystemC TLM version 2.0, plus resources that increase the interoperability of HES Proto-AXI with third party tools.Of equal benefit is support for the latest version of SystemC TLM. This transaction-level modelling (TLM) interface is commonly adopted as the interconnect standard in Virtual Platforms that are used to model CPU subsystems for architecture exploration and early software development. This feature allows for the linking of design components, running on a HES board and connected with HES Proto AXI infrastructure, with the CPU sub-system running the Virtual Platform.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

After CWG exploits, Kamal eyes medal at Asian Games

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first_imgMumbai, Jun 18 (PTI) India’s ace paddler Sharath Kamal says he is in the “best phase” of his career and is eyeing a medal in the upcoming Asian Games. The continental showpiece is scheduled to be held in Indonesian capital Jakarta and Palembang from August 18 to September 2. “We are in the final phase of our preparations, the last two months which will see us play a lot of matches, UTT is here, after this the Australia and Korea Open which are Super Series tournaments,” Sharath told PTI. The multiple Commonwealth Games medallist added, “Preparation has been right on track, confidence is high among the squad. But our main aim at the Asian Games is to get a gold. We’ve always gone on to the quarterfinals but have faltered at that hurdle as it’s really tough. “But this year, if we have a good draw and given our confidence, on aparticular day, we can beat the best in the world,” Kamal told PTI. Sharath excelled in the Commonwealth Games gone by in Gold Coast, winning a gold, silver and bronze medal. The veteran also impressed in the World Championship. “The World Championship was my career’s best performance. The way I played there, all the players from around the world came up to me and congratulated me for the touch I was in. “I made the highest number of points that an individual could ever make, even more than the World Number 1 Ma Long or Timo Boll. “We finished 13th compared to 25th last time. A lot of people have a wrong impression that the World C’ships weren’t as great for us but the comparison is too big, in terms of being the world champions from the CWG champions. Wehad a fantastic run there, personally, moving from 25 to 13 is a great achievement,” he noted.advertisement According to Sharath, the year has been great for him starting from the Qatar Open (and) to the CWG. “I am in the best phase of my career. But I believe, in the next 3-4 months, I will have my career best ranking,” he added. Sharath is leading the Warriors TTC in the ongoing UTT league, which began in Pune last week, and credited it for the improvements in his game. “After last year’s UTT season, it gave us that impetus to do better. However, the platform has to be consistent and if it stays so then we will have more youngsters watching us, the foreign players and will get inspired to get better and make us a better Table Tennis nation,” the paddler from Tamil Nadu said. “Table Tennis is my identity, so I will stay connected to the sport but we will have to wait for some more time before I go onto the other side of things,” the 35-year-old paddler signed off. PTI NRB AHAHlast_img read more

Prajakta Sawant chastises BAI for Badminton World Championship snub

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first_imgIndia’s doubles player Prajakta Sawant has come out and rebuked Badminton Association of India (BAI) for withdrawing her name without consent from the mixed doubles category of the Badminton World Championships.Sawant’s entry along with her Malaysian partner Yogendran Khrishnan was earlier accepted but it was later withdrawn and an all-Indian pair was selected.According to Badminton World Federation (BWF) rules for eligibility and processing of entries of World Championships, “in the event that players from two different Member Associations compete together as a pair, each player will be counted as 1/2 an entry for the respective Member Association in that event”.”I feel very sad to announce that Badminton Association of India has withdrawn my mixed doubles entry with Yogendran Krishnan without informing me or without my consent. This is a very unprofessional thing done by BAI,” Sawant wrote on her twitter handle.I feel very sad to announce that Badminton Association of India has withdrawn my Mixed Doubles entry with Yogendran Krishnan (Malaysia) without informing me or without my consent.This is very unprofessional thing done by Badminton association of India (BAI) @Ra_THORe @BAI_Mediaprajakta sawant (@prajakta_sawant) June 29, 2018Sawant also said that the young Indian pair of Rohan Kapoor and Kuhoo Garg, who were ranked 67th in the April 26 World Championship qualification ranking, were selected in their place despite being lower ranked then them in BWF chart at the cut off date.”Our entry was confirmed by both sides from Malaysia as well as India but BAI withdrew my entry without my permission just to give an lndian pair a chance who is ranked 67 according to the qualification date of World Championships and we were ranked 51 according to World Championships 2018 qualification date.”advertisementOur entry was confirmed by both sides from Malaysia as well as India but BAI withdrew my entry without my permission just to give an lndian pair a chance who is ranked 67 according to the qualification date of World Championships and we were ranked 51 according to WC… @Ra_THORe pic.twitter.com/JRG5Ge9lQAprajakta sawant (@prajakta_sawant) June 29, 2018Also read – Malaysia Open 2018: PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth reach semi-finalsJwala Gutta also reacted to the controversy and apparently supported Sawant saying she also had to fight “against the biggies” for similar reasons.”Well that’s always been the case wasn’t it?? When I was playing it always happened to me…why do u think I fought against the biggies? Is this anything new?” Gutta tweeted.Well thats always been the case wasnt it?? When I was playing it always happened to me…why do u think I fought against the biggies? Is this anything new?Gutta Jwala (@Guttajwala) June 29, 2018However, the BAI defended its decision, saying that Sawant’s entry was withdrawn since her partner Yogendra is a Malaysian citizen.FOR ALL BADMINTON COVERAGE”Doubles partner of Prajakta is a Malaysian citizen. As such BAI is not empowered to send the name of a Malaysian citizen in Indian team. That is why we have to withdraw the pair,” BAI president Himanta Biswa Sarma told PTI.Interestingly, Prajakta and Yogendran had competed in the 2017 World Championship at Glasgow. They lost in the second round to the Indian combo of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy.”What happened earlier I do not know. But as a responsible person I cannot recommend entry of a Malaysian citizen from BAI. BAI can face big problem if we do that without clearance of MEA and sports ministry, if at all we have to even consider such an eventuality.”Sawant also alleged that the young pair got selected as they are part of the Gopichand academy.”I know why this injustice has happened because the players who have qualified for World Championships are from Gopichand Academy and one of the daughters of executive committee member,” she wrote.Championships 2018 qualification date.I know why this injustice has happened because the players who have qualified for World Championships are from Gopichand Academy.These things are happening for many years and now I cannot take this injustice. @BAI_Media @Ra_THORe pic.twitter.com/Ph74UwkDYVprajakta sawant (@prajakta_sawant) June 29, 2018″These things are happening for many years and now I cannot take this injustice. Despite not included in National Camp I have been performing professionally to get good World ranking but still association and the concerned coaches have done injustice with me.”This was a very, very unprofessional move by Badminton Association of India and it’s my right to fight for it.”advertisementDespite not included in National Camp I have been performing professionally to get good World ranking but still association and the concerned coaches have done injustice with me. @BAI_Media @Ra_THORe pic.twitter.com/5ZyUXeYlHrprajakta sawant (@prajakta_sawant) June 29, 2018Sawant and Yogendran have been playing together for the last year and a half. She has been struggling to get Indian partners in mixed doubles and is being sponsored by The New Vision Badminton Academy in Kuala Lumpur, which is being owned by Yogendran, since 2014.She has been locked in a legal battle with the BAI and chief coach P Gopichand since filing a case in November 2012 in the Bombay High Court, when she accused Gopichand of causing “mental harassment” after she was refused entry to the national coaching camp in Hyderabad.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Ancients humans played team sports to test hunting skills: Study

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first_imgWashington, Jul 1 (PTI) Competitive team games may have originated among hunter-gatherers, to help men to hone their physical skills and stamina, and see how each performs under pressure, a study has found.Competitive team games in which men test their mettle against others are universal across the world, and may have deep roots in our evolutionary past. The games helped men hone their skills, assess the commitment of their team members, and see how each performs under pressure. All these activities suggest motivation to practise skills involved in lethal raiding, said Michelle Scalise Sugiyama of the University of Oregon in the US.Play behaviour in humans and other animals is thought to have evolved as a way to develop, rehearse, and refine skills that are critical for survival or reproduction.Chase games, for instance, build stamina and speed, which is helpful for evading predators. Similarly, play fighting is believed to develop skills used in actual fighting. Although many animals play fight, only people do so in teams.The findings, published in the journal Human Nature, suggest that team play fighting is not a recent invention of agricultural societies.For the purposes of this study, researchers analysed how widespread indigenous forms of coalitional play fighting were among hunter-gatherer societies, and whether these games rehearse motor skills used in lethal raiding. This type of play involves the use of coordinated action and non-lethal physical force by two opposing teams, each of which attempts to attain a predetermined physical objective, such as scoring a goal, while preventing their opponents from doing the same.advertisementThey analysed the early ethnographic records of societies described as hunter-gatherers in Murdock’s Ethnographic Atlas. Although play (or its absence) was not commonly or extensively documented by early ethnographers, researchers found information about hunter-gatherer team contact games for 46 of the 100 culture regions in the atlas that contain hunter-gatherer societies.Activities using sticks to hit objects (and sometimes people) were the most common game type, followed by games involving kicking and games similar to rugby. The researchers also found many instances of activities involving running, grappling, parrying and throwing. These physical skills mirror those used by hunter-gatherers when raiding other groups. Coalitional play fighting may have served as a practice ground for learning how to coordinate striking, blocking, kicking, dodging and projectile-throwing maneuvers amongst coalition members, all in an effort to increase the chances of success and reduce the chances of injury during potentially lethal raids.”Interestingly, mock warfare was found in 39 per cent of culture clusters and boys’ mock warfare in 26 per cent. This suggests that motivation to engage in coalitional play fighting emerges in childhood,” said Sugiyama.The safe confines of a game did not only have physical benefits but provided an opportunity to work as a team. Men learned to anticipate, monitor and strategically respond to the actions of their opponents, and continuously assess situations as both sides tired or lost combatants.”Periodic participation in such games during childhood, adolescence, and early to middle adulthood provides individuals with opportunities to viscerally assess the aggressive formidability and commitment of their own and – when played with neighbouring groups – other coalitions as their composition and skills change through time,” said Sugiyama. “The widespread evidence for such games among hunter-gather societies suggests that the motivation to engage in them is a universal feature of human psychology, generating behaviour that develops, rehearses, and refines the coalitional combat skills used in lethal raiding,” she said. PTI MHN MHNMHNlast_img read more

MS Dhoni booed at Lord’s, Virat Kohli defends former captain

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first_imgMS Dhoni became the fourth Indian batsman to go past 10,000 ODI runs but there was no standing ovation for the former India captain at Lord’s. Instead, Mahi was booed and his dismissal applauded.Indian supporters at Lord’s were left frustrated with Dhoni’s slow approach to a steep chase of 323 in the second ODI against England.India were already behind the asking rate when Dhoni walked in to bat at the fall of Virat Kohli’s wicket. His approach thereafter was baffling: Dhoni scored 37 off 59 balls and hit only two boundaries.At the end, when Lord’s did reverberate with applause, it was because Dhoni was dismissed by Liam Plunkett in the 47th over of the Indian innings.That was in stark contrast to what Dhoni is used to from the audience by now.When Dhoni walked in to bat at the fall of Kohli’s wicket, India needed 183 runs in 23 overs and the required run rate was just under 8. Ideal! One would think.MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTSHowever, the picture completely changed in the next 20 overs and eventually India lost by 86 runs while England levelled the three-match ODI series 1-1.In the 20 overs between Dhoni’s arrival and dismissal, India scored just 75 runs and the asking rate completely shot up. MS Dhoni failed to entertain the crowd at Lord’s during the second ODI between India and England. (AP Photo)In the last 15 overs, India could not manage more than 10 runs in any over and the last 10 overs produced just 42 runs.India looked like they had decided they would not be able to win the match and were only playing out the overs.advertisementAlso read – MS Dhoni 4th Indian after Tendulkar, Ganguly, Dravid to score 10000 ODI runsDhoni came under severe criticism on social media. Most people were completely baffled by his innings, where he scored just 37 runs off 59 deliveries, while some felt he was playing for a personal milestone.I am a massive fan of MS Dhoni but what was that all about ? He is the king of finishes but todays innings baffled me !Matthew hoggard (@Hoggy602) July 14, 2018This is very disappointing , MS DHONI playing this match for his own records.subhash (@subhash_ever) July 14, 2018Eventhough i Am Big Fan Of Ms Dhoni Really Very Disappointed By His Batting Innings Yesterday !!!!Why He Played Very Slow ?? After IPL Form I Expected Lot From Him Yesterday !!!Yesterday Innings Was A shock To His Fans Like me…..KARTHIK ? (@KarthiiOfficial) July 15, 2018#ENGvIND baffling play by India and MS Dhoni. This clearly justifies the end of road for Raina, dhoni in ODI.Bala (@Bmdsuccess) July 14, 2018MS Dhoni is preferred over Karthik because of his past achievements and reputation. This approach will take India to nowhere. #ENGvINDVasu Garg (@IamVasuGarg) July 14, 2018Even the crowd is booing MS Dhoni after every dot #ENGvIND???? (@bharathr002) July 14, 2018Despite all the criticism, captain Kohli came out in support of Dhoni and said as a team, it was their idea to “take the innings deep”.He said that people jump to conclusions and the team is not at all affected by all the criticism.”The idea was to take the innings deep. We don’t want to lose by 160 or 170 runs. You want to take it as deep as you can and he has got the experience, but some days it just doesn’t come off. People just jump to conclusions, which we as a team don’t. We totally believe in him and in the abilities in all the other players.”Kohli said the team was not affected by the criticism of Dhoni. “This thing comes up again and again when he is not able to play the way he does. It is very unfortunate that people just jump to conclusions very quickly. When he does well people call him best finisher ever. And when things don’t go well people pounce on him. We all have bad days in cricket. Today was I think a bad day for everyone, not just for him alone. And just as a batting unit we could not click,” Kohli said.India will play the third and deciding ODI on June 17.last_img read more

Flipkart Big Billion Days sale to start from October 10, here are the key highlights

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first_imgFlipkart that recently launched the cardless instant credit for buyers is back with its Big Billion Days sale. The four days Big Billion Days sale starts from October 10 this year and will last until October 14. This will be the fifth Big Billion Days sale hosted by the company. The sale will include a range of offers, discounts and buying options across all categories.Apart from the usual no cost EMI, Exchange offer, Credit and Debit cards, Flipkart this time has also launched a Cardless Credit to give buyers instant credit of up to Rs 60,000. Flipkart says the process to apply for an instant credit takes just 60 seconds, and instant access to credit line (upto Rs 60,000) is based on customer behavior on Flipkart. This newly launched buying option is expected to give a big push to the sales during the Big Billion Days sale.Moving on, the first day of sale will offers and discounts across categories like Fashion, TVs & Appliances, Home & Furniture, Beauty, Sports, Toys, Books, Smart Devices, Personal Care Appliances and more. The second day of the sale i.e. October 11 will cover Mobiles and Electronic Devices & Accessories. The rest two days of the sale will see offers and discounts across all categories.Coming to the payment options, the e-commerce giant has partnered with HDFC Bank to offers exclusive offers to its credit or debit card users. There is no cost EMI option on various bank cards and on Bajaj Finserv EMI Cards. There is also a Flipkart Pay Later that will allow users to purchase products and pay at one’s own convenience.advertisementLike the Prime users in Amazon, Flipkart will also give special benefits to its Flipkart Plus members. They will have an early access to the sale this year. Flipkart Plus members can have access to deals three hours prior to the sale. Flipkart launched the Flipkart Plus in August this year to take on Amazon Prime. It is a customer-first benefits program to offers various benefits such as free delivery, early access to major sale events, among other rewards.Flipkart has partnered with celebrities such as Amitabh Bachchan and Deepika Padukone to promote the event this year. “The Big Billion Days has become India’s most anticipated event, one that marks the beginning of India’s festive season and sets the bar for what follows. This year marks the fifth edition of TBBD and we are focused on making it the biggest and best one yet,” said Flipkart CEO Kalyan Krishnamurthy.ALSO READ: Flipkart Plus is India’s answer to Amazon Prime but can it truly give an edge to Flipkart? Yes and nolast_img read more

Notification for FYJC aspirants from outside PMC, PCMC

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first_imgA notification has been released by the Deputy Directorate of Education, stating that all First Year Junior College (FYJC) aspirants living outside Pune Municipal Corporation (PCM) and Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) areas are being advised to physically produce all documents at the nearest guidance centre.Verification Process:After checking the papers, the centre head would verify online forms through log-in ids. Moreover, centre heads will cross check the Class10th marks of the aspirant through the result available online, as the original mark sheet hasn’t arrived yet.Reserved Category Candidates: Students seeking reservation under these categories sports, handicapped, ex-servicemen among others are required to produce the certificates at the concerned help centers. Their applications will only be approved after verification of all certificates. The Assistant Director of Education for Pune Meenakshi Raut has said a number of things to The Indian Express:”For reserved category candidates, if leaving certificate is not acquired from the schools yet by students then a bona-fide certificate from the school principal stating their religion, caste, mother tongue and date of birth should suffice. However, if the student produces caste certificate then it is not mandatory for them to produce bona-fide certificates from students, ” she said.She also added that students from the CBSE or ICSE boards, will have to get their marks converted either at centers appointed by their boards or from their respective schools.Important information for the students:For further information, students from outside the state can refer to the information booklet released by the directorate Page 27 and 28 contain details of zone-wise guidance centers Students can produce the required documents in-person so as to get their application approvedThe first merit list of Centralised Admission Process (CAP) for First Year Junior College (FYJC, Std XI) is scheduled to be displayed online on June 27 by 10.30 am.Get latest updates on exam notifications and scholarships across India and abroad here.advertisementlast_img read more

True Original

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first_imgTed Sarandos is the content chief at Netflix – the largest and most influential streaming TV platform worldwide. He spoke with India Today’s Suhani Singh about the company’s strategy in India, where its subscriber numbers are lagging far behind Amazon Prime and Hotstar.India is one of the only six countries,Ted Sarandos is the content chief at Netflix – the largest and most influential streaming TV platform worldwide. He spoke with India Today’s Suhani Singh about the company’s strategy in India, where its subscriber numbers are lagging far behind Amazon Prime and Hotstar.India is one of the only six countries where Netflix has set up an office. Does it make it special?I think we should have done it sooner. India is a very dynamic, creative environment and a massive market. So the closer we can be to it, the better it is. It’s about where the opportunity is and what needs local expertise. I must add that six months after we opened office in the countries (US, South Korea, Brazil, Japan and Singapore), we needed more space. So we are better at managing TV shows and movies than actual space planning.The Indian originals roster has increased sizeably in 2018. Are you satisfied with the progress you have made?I am thrilled. We are moving as fast as we possibly can with the chief regulator being quality. It’s the same with our licensed catalogue which has grown two times. We push ourselves to do things that are not necessarily seen and repeated. Sacred Games was radically different than what’s otherwise available and simultaneously it also respected and reflected local taste and culture.Have these shows translated into a rise in subscribers?Definitely yes. The advertising campaign and word-of-mouth has helped. The shows have become great ambassadors for the platform. If you have everybody’s favourite show, you are going to be very successful but to do that you have to do a lot of shows. We have a young adult show Selection Day coming up in December. We are also developing Baahubali, Bard of Blood, Leila and Midnight’s Children.advertisementBut you are still lagging behind Amazon and Hotstar.They have a lot of other reasons to exist. With Amazon they want deliveries and get some stuff too, and with Hotstar they want sports. People who join Netflix want great shows and films and we aim to deliver on that. Our competition is what people do on screens. So it’s as much as social media as Amazon and Hotstar.There has been a rise in OTT platforms which has resulted in a new web series releasing almost every week. Did you anticipate there’d be such a digital entertainment boom in India? We knew it’s a big business. Competition is good. It forces us to innovate and make better shows. Our technology and focus is what makes us different compared to others.You have worked with Oscar-winning directors like Alfonso Cuaron (Roma), Martin Scorsese (The Irishman) and recently announced a film with Guillermo del Toro. Are leading Bollywood filmmakers as open to Netflix?Yes. People want their work to be seen, analysed and talked about and loved. The only way to do that was to put it in theatre but that’s not true anymore. They want to be where the audience is.Your targets for next year.We are expanding our catalogue for India and producing a lot of original programming. There is no number because then people jump to try to get to it. We don’t want to jam the production to meet a deadline.Last year Netflix won its first documentary Oscar for Icarus. Will 2019 be the year you win an Oscar for feature? Roma is seen as a favourite.Knocking on wood. For Alfonso Cuaron I hope. It’s a beautiful accomplishment but also such a personal film. It would mean the world for Alfonso [Cuaron]. The filmmakers care about awards BAFTA, Golden Globe so I don’t want them to be disadvantaged if they are on Netflix. For me it is a thrilling notion that if you do your best work you should be rewarded. The Oscars should be a reflection of best film not where you see it. Most of the Academy voters see the films on screeners at home. Our films qualify by the rules of Oscar so I don’t know why they should think about our films different from any other film.last_img read more

Sports chiefs from around the world meet in London to tackle corruption

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first_imgLondon, Dec 6 (IANS) More than 100 government ministers from around the world gathered here on Thursday for a major summit as part of the global fight against corruption in sports.They were joined by delegates from international sports organisations and experts from around the world to reaffirm the global commitment to tackling corruption in sport, reports Xinhua news agency.Attendees at the three-day summit include representatives from the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, the British Olympic Association and British Paralympic Association, Interpol and the Commonwealth Games Federation.Delegates at the International Partnership Against Corruption in Sport (IPACS) met to discuss how to manage conflicts of interest in awarding major sporting events to ensure the process is fair and transparent.They will also develop tools to prevent corruption around procurement at sports events and the way infrastructure contracts are awarded.Britain’s Culture and Sport Secretary, Jeremy Wright, said: “Today’s event is another important step in the ongoing fight to eliminate corruption from sport. Every fan and athlete should have faith that contracts are fairly awarded, events are given to the strongest bid and the highest standards of governance are being upheld.”The event has been co-ordinated by a Core Group of partners including the Council of Europe, the IOC, the Organisation for Economic Development and Cooperation (OECD), the UK Government, and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), IPACS consists of a Steering Committee composed of governments, sports organisations and inter-governmental organisations.Thomas Bach, President of the IOC, said: “The IOC remains committed to fight corruption in sport at all levels. Integrity entails credibility, and corruption threatens the very credibility of sports organisations as well as competitions. We know we cannot win this fight alone, but need the support of governments when it comes to anti-corruption legislation and law enforcement.”Gabriella Battaini Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, said: “Match-fixing, illegal betting, bad governance, insider information, conflicts of interest, and the use of clubs as shell companies, the Council of Europe covers all these aspects through the Macolin Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions, signed today by the UK Minister of Sport, as well as through the Council of Europe anti-corruption body, GRECO.”We are ready to develop further an inclusive co-operation framework with states and other international stakeholders to be put at the service of our IPACS partners. When it comes to corruption in sport, there must be a change of gear. We must enable national governments, international organisations and sporting bodies to demonstrate their capacity to take on this problem in a spirit of unity, determination and effectiveness.”–IANSgau/sedadvertisementlast_img read more

IISER IAT 2019 entrance exam to be conducted in June: Here is all you need to know

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first_imgThe Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER IAT 2019) has announced to conduct the entrance exam 2019 in the month of June for admission to seven Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs) at Berhampur, Bhopal, Kolkata, Mohali, Pune, Thiruvananthapuram and Tirupati. The exam will be conducted in June while the admission process will begin in April. The institute has decided to conduct the entrance examination in online mode from this year.The interested candidates can apply directly through the official website, iiseradmission.in.Take a look at the degree programmes: BS-MS (Dual Degree)1. A five-year degree program for bright and motivated science students who have passed class 10+2 or equivalent which consists of core courses in basic sciences and specialization in chosen subjects along with an MS research project.2. The candidates are also given the opportunity of training during the program which enables students to pursue careers in academia, R&D institutes, and industries.Apart from this, IISER Bhopal offers four year BS programmes in Economics and Engineering Sciences.Important months to remember: Cut-off criteria of 10+2 board marks: MarchIAT 2019 practice/ mock test: AprilCommencement of admission process: AprilIAT entrance test: JuneThe announcement of results: June to JulyThe beginning of academic session: August 2019Key features:Highly competent and motivated faculty in various disciplines with a passion for scienceIntegrated undergraduate teaching with cutting-edge research across disciplinesUpcoming eco-friendly green campuses with appropriate infrastructureLibrary with online resources, books, and research journalsState of the art teaching and research facilitiesadvertisementSports and recreational facilitiesHostel facility for all studentsRead: Karnataka CET 2019 schedule released @kea.kar.nic.in: Registration to begin in FebruaryAlso read: Gujarat University declares UG, PG semester exam results 2018: Here is how to checklast_img read more

What a shame: Cricket West Indies president slams Jason Holder ban

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first_imgThe International Cricket Council (ICC) should modify its policy for slow over rates, Cricket West Indies president Dave Cameron said on Tuesday.Speaking in the wake of the suspension of captain Jason Holder from the third Test against England starting in St. Lucia on Saturday, Cameron questioned whether the player’s absence was good for cricket.Holder is the number one ranked all-rounder in the world.West Indies won the second Test by 10 wickets in less than three days, for an unassailable 2-0 series lead, but Holder’s subsequent suspension dampened the celebratory mood.”We will, of course, abide by the ICC ruling, but we have to wonder if such punitive action at a pivotal stage of the series is good for cricket,” Cameron said in a statement.”What a shame if the series is remembered not for the sparkling play of the reinvigorated West Indies players but for a crippling decision made by a rule that ought to be modified.”Cameron did not specify exactly what modification he favoured, and he is not arguing the letter of the law.Holder was suspended because he was deemed responsible for West Indies’ slow over rate. The team was two overs short of its required minimum target for the match.It is the second time Holder has been suspended.Critics argue that forcing the team’s captain to sit out is exactly what Test cricket does not need in its struggle to stay relevant in the Caribbean.The first two Tests in Barbados and Antigua were both well attended, but the majority of the crowd were supporting England, not the home team.advertisement”The game really doesn’t help itself,” tweeted former England batsman Michael Vaughan.Retired Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne also weighed in.”The Test didn’t go three days. What a ridiculous decision. Where’s the common sense here?” he tweeted.The minimum required over rate in Tests is 15 per hour, though the number can be modified by the match referee to account for extenuating circumstances.Opening batsman Kraigg Brathwaite will captain West Indies in Holder’s absence.last_img read more