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first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees are buying back the YES Network, partnering with Amazon in a deal that will give the company the right to stream games in the team’s broadcast territory.The deal for the team’s parent company to purchase 80 percent of the network from The Walt Disney Co. values YES at $3.47 billion, nearly $500 million less than when 21st Century Fox acquired a majority stake in 2014.Yankee Global Enterprises is the lead investor and partnered with Amazon.com Inc. and Sinclair Broadcast Group as its strategic investors, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Friday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the purchase was not announced and has up to 120 days to close.Mubadala Development Co., a United Arab Emirates’ sovereign wealth fund, is a minority investor along with The Blackstone Group, RedBird Capital, the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and MSD Capital, which manages assets of Michael Dell and his family.YES was owned by Yankee Global Enterprises, Goldman Sachs, Providence Equity and NJ Holdings (a company then controlled by former New Jersey Nets owners Louis Katz and Ray Chambers) when YES sold a 49 percent stake to Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. in late 2012. News Corp. split into two companies the following year, with broadcast properties spun off to 21st Century Fox.21st Century Fox raised its stake to 80 percent in early 2014 and Yankee Global Enterprises reduced its stake from 26 percent to 20 percent in a deal that valued the network at $3.9 billion.Disney announced in December 2017 a deal to acquire Fox, a change in control that triggered Yankee Global Enterprises right-of-first refusal to buy back the YES Network shares. Disney already owns ESPN, and to gain antitrust approval it reached an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department last June to sell the 22 regional sports networks it was acquiring.RSNs have dropped in value with the rise in cord-cutters among consumers. The deal to invest in YES will give Amazon rights to stream the games of teams on the network within their local territories. YES broadcasts the Yankees, the NBA’s New Jersey Nets and Major League Soccer’s New York City FC team.Yankee Global Enterprises, controlled by the Steinbrenner family, owns 20 percent of NYCFC. The rest of NYCFC is owned by City Football Group, the parent company of Manchester City, City Football Group is controlled The Abu Dhabi United Group for Development and Investment. Khaldoon Al Mubarak is chairman of City Football Group and chief executive officer of Mubadala.YES has been the most-watched regional sports network in the U.S. in 14 of the last 16 years. Yankees games on YES averaged 326,000 viewers for live telecasts last season.By: Ronald Blum, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_img PaulChau says: October 2, 2018 at 4:53 am Log in to Reply Continue Reading Previous New version of MIPI CSI-2 looks (literally) beyond mobile phonesNext A history of microprocessor debug, 1980–2016 September 19, 2018 at 5:59 am 2 thoughts on “Is the surveillance industry ripe for a storage change?” “I’m actually flabbergasted to think that this would happen, but it’s a sad, sad truth. At my self storage facility we only keep as much data as we can in storage for about the last couple of weeks simply because the files are too big! Obviously I hope tha PaulChau says: Log in to Reply 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. “I’m actually flabbergasted to think that this would happen, but it’s a sad, sad truth. At my self storage facility we only keep as much data as we can in storage for about the last couple of weeks simply because the files are too big! Obviously I hope tha Picture this scenario: During the nighttime, there has been a break-in at a company location and the perpetrator has been caught on tape. The recording is stored and reviewed at a later time, only to find that — due to compression — the images of the perpetrator is obscured; also, frames have been dropped because of unstable data recording. This makes identification much harder and the recording might even be inadmissible in court.Now let us tweak this scenario a bit: During the nighttime, a person is picked up by the surveillance cameras. With fast-working data analytics, the system notices that there is someone in the restricted area and simultaneously notifies the appropriate personnel. The infiltrator is quickly apprehended on the premises, and the high quality of the recording helps correctly identify the person. So, what can this example tell us?The thing is that most surveillance systems today use hard disk drives (HDDs) for storage purposes. While this works perfectly well for basic setups, it can be a hindrance for implementing modern surveillance features. The use of solid state drives (SSDs) for data recording is a solid step forward (pun intended) towards fixing this, as it gives the user access to data analytics that enables advanced features such as facial recognition and automated traffic control systems.This raises the question: “What is the reason HDDs are still so commonplace?” In fact, this is partially due to some misconceptions that still linger, such as, “HDDs are more cost efficient and have higher capacities, while SSDs have relatively low capacities and are more prone to failure due to P/E (program-erase) cycle limitations.” As technology advances, however, these “truths” are not nearly as clear-cut anymore. Furthermore, as the relative price gap between HDDS and SSD is closing, SSDs can now provide a cost-efficient alternative to many traditional surveillance setups.Puncturing the low endurance myth Let’s start off with limited P/E cycles. This has been seen as the bane of any SSD in a recording-heavy environment, and — 10 years ago — this by itself would be more than a good enough reason to look elsewhere for a storage solution. But things change, as the slightly informal — yet very extensive — SSD test from The Tech Report clearly shows.The SSDs involved all went through an absurd amount of around-the-clock write and erase cycles, yet — even with some hiccups — they all performed well past their stated limits. By also taking into account advances in technology since the test was started (2013), coupled with the fact that these were all consumer-grade devices, we can safely put the final nail in the myth of limited SSD endurance. With the correct setup, there’s simply no need to worry that an endurance failure will ever happen.Now to be fair, running out of P/E cycles is only one way that an SSD can fail; it can still struggle with faulty ICs, bad batches and so on. So, some SSDs will still fail, never having gotten close to their limits. If we look at the data for SSD and HDD reliability, while SSDs will experience smaller failures, the rate of complete failure is much higher for HDDs. Although this could be seen as comparing apples to oranges, there is certainly little ground to claim that the HDD has any advantage over SSD when it comes to endurance.Quality and analytics Another even more clear advantage for the SSD is speed, which has also been the main selling point ever since this form of storage entered the market. Modern surveillance setups don’t just record and store data, but they are also seeing increasing requirements for data analytics. This means handling on-the-spot operations like facial recognition and then taking immediate action once a hit is made. Thus, the system has to be able to handle demanding simultaneous read/write operations, which HDD technology is — in many cases — poorly equipped to handle.Real-time analytics of this sort is also reliant on high quality recording, and is susceptible to frame loss if the system is unable to sustain stable recording rates. SSDs can, through firmware optimization, more easily fill this role than any HDD, as they are much more adapt at both random and simultaneous read/write operations. The graphs below show just how large an effect optimization can have on video recording stability.Write performance for standard SSD without firmware optimization (Source: Innodisk) Write performance for Innodisk SSD with firmware optimization implemented (Source: Innodisk) Capacity and price But even with the two elements discussed above working in favor of the SSD, there remain two bastions where the HDD still stands strong: namely price and capacity. For those just looking for a simple and affordable system, an HDD-based solution can be a perfectly good fit.This holds true for low-performance HDDs, but once you reach the 10K-15K RPM drives, it’s a different story. These drives have platters that spin up to twice as fast as normal drives and have significantly increased performance. However, prices increase and capacities drop dramatically, even being surpassed by higher-end SSDs.So, if your application needs to perform above that of a basic surveillance setup, instead of moving up the HDD ladder, the easier solution is to just skip this rung altogether and instead opt for an SSD. By also calculating in a higher overall reliability, the total cost of ownership will — in many cases — tip the scales in favor of the SSD solution.Innodisk’s 2.5″ SATA SSD 3MV2-P offers up to 2TB capacity coupled with high speed and stable performance (Source: Innodisk) A technological impasse Another aspect to consider is the underlying technology. Although referred to as drives, SSDs don’t actually have any moving parts. This means that they are naturally more adept at taking a beating both in terms of shock and temperature; it also means less heat created during operation. By comparison, an HDD has a head that flies on a thin layer of air above the platter. Any strong enough vibration or shock will lead to a head crash and data being lost. Thus, for any recording performed onboard vehicles or in hostile environments, an SSD should be the primary choice for storage.HDD components are also more limited by physics itself; you can only go so small before losing mechanical integrity. SSDs, by comparison, are already operating on microscopic levels, fitting staggering quantities of transistors in nanometer spaces. This is clearly evident by the ever-decreasing size of the modules. Thus, if available space is limited, SSDs can save the system integrator a lot of headache.Conclusion Having read this far, one might think one’s choice of storage media is an either-or choice, but this is not necessarily the case. In fact, a combination of the two storage systems may offer the best solution, where HDDs handle data archiving while SSDs take care of any operations requiring high-speed or high-quality recordings for data-analytics. A solid state device might also be worth considering as an addition to already existing setups as it can drastically increase system performance.While a price gap still exists between the two solutions, SSDs are already more than qualified to enter the market. SSD technology has already shed many of its earlier issues, it can now fulfil the stricter requirements of modern surveillance, and it will expand on what is possible with a well implemented surveillance system.A graduate in the sciences from Taiwan, Mr. C. C. Wu continued his 14-year career with Flash technology and SSD firmware algorithms for embedded applications. Mr. Wu is responsible for the creation and development of Innodisk’s innovative firmware division, and he continues to expand their footprint for Flash solutions. Wearing multiple hats, Mr. Wu worked extensively with the R&D department and sits as the VP of Flash BU and EVP of Innodisk’s Branch Office in the US. 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first_imgToshiba launch the TC78B025FTG, a three-phase brushless motor driver IC with a rotation speed control (closed loop control) function. The new device is intended for small fan applications in servers, home appliances and industrial equipment.The cooling fans used in servers and other must be small and rotate at high speeds with uniform accuracy. Uniformity is best achieved by using a speed-feedback method to suppress fluctuations in rotation speed caused by changes in the power supply voltage and load. Until now, this has required the use of microcomputers, but Toshiba’s new solution achieves flexible rotation speed control without external microcomputers by incorporating a non-volatile memory (NVM). This allows easy system configuration and supports motor speeds from hundreds to tens of thousands of rotations per minute (RPM) especially as Toshiba’s intelligent phase control (InPAC) motor drive technology realizes efficient driving across a wide rotation range without requiring adjustment.The device operates from a power supply in the range 4.5 to 16V and provides a sine-wave drive with 150-degree commutation. Industry-leading low ON resistance of 0.2Ω (typ.) (total of high and low sides) reduces the IC’s self-heating during operation, thereby extending support to large current drives. Speed is controlled by a simple PWM signal or an analog voltage input. In built protections include thermal shutdown, over current protection and motor lock detection. The device is housed in a VQFN24 package measuring just 4 x 4 x 0.9mm.In addition, the TC78B025FTG implements a 1-Hall drive system and current sense resistor-elimination system (Advanced Current Detection System – ACDS) to reduce the number of external components and contribute to space saving on PCBs.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Arrow Electronics offers Scalys System-on-ModulesNext Cadence and NI collaborate to simplify next-generation semiconductor and RF developmentlast_img read more

first_img Continue Reading Previous Bridgetek helps bring 3.5” HMI display shield venture to lifeNext ADI: sigma-delta A/D converter for AC and DC signals VITA, the trade association for standard computing architectures serving critical and intelligent embedded computing systems markets, announces the ratification by ANSI and VITA of ANSI/VITA 48.4-2018 “Liquid Flow Through VPX Plug-In Module Standard”. This standard has completed the VITA and ANSI processes reaching full recognition under guidance of VITA. This is the first VITA standard to define a liquid cooling method for plug-in backplane modules.The ANSI/ VITA 48.4-2018 standard establishes the mechanical design, interface control, outline and mounting requirements to ensure the mechanical intermateability of 6U VPX liquid-flow-through cooled plug-in modules within associated sub-racks.  The modules use liquid flowing through an integral heatsink of the module for cooling the electronic components and circuit boards.  Quick disconnect coupling assemblies allow fluidic coupling to the chassis coolant manifold.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

first_img Continue Reading Previous Why a smarter edge will spark new applications of computer vision in 2019Next Clientron: Embedded DIN-rail box PC supports triple displays MEMXPRO announces the launch of mSMART 4.0, its new generation smart storage device monitoring software tool, available free for download. MEMXPRO mSMART 4.0 is able to check read/write performance, system information, lifespan, and disk health status of all storage devices, including MEMXPRO and other brands. Enabling the predictive power of big data analytics in the AIoT era, mSMART detects problems and provides alerts to reduce routine inspection tasks and operational costs. Integrated with an enterprise database, the system will record SSD status and store data logs to benefit big data analytics that help decision making processes.Featuring powerful functions, easy to use MEMXPRO mSMART software tool discloses detailed information about almost all of their industrial SSD brands, exceeding even the functions of current SSD testing tools like crystaldiskinfo. Many industrial customers want to know more about the SSD controller model numbers, but many module manufacturers hide this information by removing the IC markings and as a result, customers cannot fully understand their hardware. To avoid confusion, mSMART can fully display original host controller model numbers and detailed up-to-date information, as well using advanced algorithms for accurate lifespan calculations.The AIoT era brings Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) together making the world smarter and boosting AI systems on the edge to fulfill rapid microsecond responses for time-critical applications with minimal network latency. According to Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) of Taiwan R.O.C, data processed and stored at the edge outside of a traditional data centers will increase to 75% by 2022.It is well known that these days autonomous cars are equipped with terminals, sensors, actuators, and controllers. Along with gateways, edge servers, and roadside equipment at local sites, these end devices are driven by algorithms, with continuous scanning of surrounding traffic flows and prediction of possible changes to those surroundings in order to quickly react to real-time traffic conditions for enhanced driver safety. Edge clusters handle large-area, high-definition maps, and high-volume database analytics with deep learning on cloud-based systems. To locally process data for flexible deployment, MEMXPRO mSMART 4.0 conducts storage device monitoring and data acquisition at the edge, transferring crucial data to central management.Smart factories rely on edge computing, AI, and data analytics and systems help provide real-time information when abnormal conditions occur. MEMXPRO mSMART 4.0 is able to check total disk activity, as well as helping to trace and manage disk utilization and health status. When it detects high risk conditions, warning notices are given out to remind users to take preventative action. mSMART 4.0 also combines with system maintenance scheduling to intelligently send out commands for preventive measures, reducing maintenance burden and enhancing operational efficiency.MEMXPRO new mSMART tool supports Windows, Linux, and Andriod OS and can monitor DRAM modules and storage devices with PCIe and SATA interfaces, showing device part numbers, firmware versions and controller information. Its clean and simplified GUI makes mSMART 4.0 intuitive and easy to understand and use. For advanced SSD users, a more powerful version provides information regarding sequential and random read/write speeds and performance, spare block space, disk temperatures, health status, and lifespan info. In addition, users can read S.M.A.R.T. system information, log files, and alert/email setups. MEMXPRO advances industrial storage product competitiveness with software, firmware, and hardware products that provide intelligent tools for analysis and prediction, cost evaluation, safety, and efficiency.MEMXPRO 100 percent focuses on providing industrial and server memory modules and flash storage solutions, with in-house software, firmware, and customization services. The main product lines include high-capacity MLC E231 series with 4TB 2.5” SSD, 1TB mSATA and Half Slim SATA, high-speed NVMe PCIe Gen3 x4 SSD, extended endurance StrongMLC SSD, Power Plus SSD for power loss protection, and industrial wide temperature DIMM modules and flash storage devices. MEMXPRO also develops value-added software tools, including an mSMART device monitoring agent, OS pre-loaded service, SDK, and SaveOS system recovery service. The integration of hardware and software helps customers save development time and reduces cost.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

first_img Continue Reading Previous Silicon Labs to showcase smart home and building automation connectivity solutionsNext Kontron: railway 19-inch platform for train control The STM8-SO8-DISCO 8-bit microcontroller Discovery Kit from STMicroelectronics lets users evaluate all three STM8 variants currently available in the popular 8-pin SO8 package. As well as outstanding three-in-one value, the kit offers no-frills simplicity and features to jump-start the next stage of development. There is a single button and indicator LED for interacting with the board, while the embedded STLINK/V2 and USB port simplify in-circuit debugging and programming from a connected PC. The MCUs are soldered onto individual break-offs that can be separated from the compact main board as pluggable DIL-8 modules ready to start prototyping.The supported MCUs are the STM8S001J3M3, STM8L001J3M3, and STM8L050J3M3. The STM8S001J3M3 delivers affordable performance with features including advanced 16-bit timers with three comparator outputs, three capture-compare channels, a 10-bit ADC, and an 8-bit timer. The ultra-low-power STM8L001J3M3 consumes just 0.3µA in Halt mode and integrates 8- and 16-bit timers and two comparators. Also leveraging ultra-low-power technology, the STM8L050J3M3 adds a 12-bit ADC and 4-channel DMA controller.The MCUs all feature the state-of-the-art STM8 core running at 16MHz, and 8Kbyte on-chip Flash. System-control features include watchdog and clock control, and popular communication interfaces including UART, SPI, and Fast I2C. With up to six user I/Os, they are ideal for use in industrial sensors, home-automation devices, smart lighting, access cards, battery chargers, or smart printer cartridges.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components, Tools & Software last_img read more

first_imgThe powerful solderable emSTAMP-Argon module with the heterogeneous architecture of the STM32MP1 from STMicroelectronics enables real-time functions in power-saving operation. The integrated ARM Dual Cortex-A7 is suitable for demanding tasks, such as use in industrial IoT systems or motor control. The additional Cortex-M4 makes the emSTAMP Argon module ideal for industrial communication systems.The heterogeneous architecture of the STM32MP1 with the dual core Cortex-A7 is suitable for demanding tasks, such as use in industrial IoT systems or motor control. The additional Cortex-M4 makes it ideal for industrial communication systems. It supports the protocols of PROFINET, EtherCAT and EtherNet /IP and more. The Cortex-M4 core uses the ecosystem of the STM32 MCU. This has the advantage that codes for STM32 Cortex-M4 systems are easily reusable.The solder able emSTAMP Argon is optionally available with the operating system Android or Linux. As a service provider for embedded software and hardware, emtrion offers its own Board Support Packages (BSP) as well as supplementary services such as virtualization (Jailhouse) or the appropriate security solution.emtrion guarantees a long-term availability of up to 15 years. The emSTAMP Argon core module is also available as a single board computer (emSBC Argon).Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Kithara at the All About Automation in LeipzigNext Bumps in the road to AV safetylast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 18 (PTI) The Indian Olympic Association (IOA), seeking a dialogue with the Sports Ministry on the issue of good governance, has received the backing of IOC which has asked it to follow the principle of responsible autonomy in all deliberations with the government. IOA President Narinder Batra had recently sought time from the Sports Ministry to discuss “good governance and implementation of revised Sports Code” after the IOC warned against government interference in the functioning of the National Olympic Committee. In an email to Sports Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar, Batra said it’s time that all stakeholders come under one roof on the issue to avoid a situation where Indian athletes risk the chance of participating in 2020 Tokyo Olympics under the Olympic flag. Batra also attached IOC reply to his e-mail. “We fully support your efforts to work in close coordination with the competent authorities in India and establish a constructive dialogue in order to (i) avoid any undue interference and, at the same time, (ii) make sure that the basic principles of good governance are fully implemented within the Olympic Movement in India,” an IOC letter to Batra said. IOC shared a document on basic principles and approach that should prevail in the relationship between government authorities and asked it to make it basis of IOA’s discussions with the government to avoid “unnecessary disputes”. Batra wrote to Bhatnagar that “proper process not being followed by GOI MYAS in relation to proposed changes in draft Sports Code.” “We request for time from you and Hon’ble Minister to discuss on these issues and want to resolve everything in an amicable and constructive manner. We once again request for meeting and do not want a situation where the future Indian team’s may have to go under Olympic Flag in Tokyo 2020 Olympics and other events,” Batra added.advertisement Besides, the IOA President has asked the Sports Ministry to discuss and take actions against illegal and unauthorised sporting bodies existing in the country after the matter was brought to light by the International Kabaddi Federation (IKF) earlier this year. “My request is that GOI MYAS should be pro active in curbing the growth of bogus federations in India. We are willing to come and discuss on these issues and together take actions against these bogus federations and take them to their logical end all across India,” Batra wrote in a separate mail. The matter was brought to IOA’s notice by the IKF after its President JS Gehlot has written to the Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, drawing his attention on the issue. “I wish to draw your kind attention towards the mushrooming of illegal and self proclaimed sports organisations which are confusing the youth of the country by conducting illegal and unauthorised events including National Championships as well as National Game etc,” Gehlot wrote in his letter to the Minister on April 3. In the letter, he also mentioned 10 such illegal federations, which are conducting unauthorised kabaddi events and issuing certificates to the participants. “These types of illegal and unauthorised National Championships / National Games etc. cause undue harassment to the ignorant players who participate in the same. The certificates issued by such organisations are not valid for various benefits to the players,” Gehlot’s letter read. “Players realise this fact only when their claim for job or other benefits is being rejected on account of invalid certificate. Needless to mention that these socalled self proclaimed organisation charge money from players on various accounts. “May I request your good office to take stern action against these errant organisations which use the words like National Championship, National Games etc and do suffix word India in their name,” the letter added. PTI SSC ATATlast_img read more

first_imgVirat Kohli hinted that India may have two spinners in their playing XI when they take on England in the second Test of the five-match series at Lords, starting on Thursday.India are currently trailing 1-0 in the series after England won the first Test at Edgbaston by 31 runs. While the Indian bowlers successfully scalped all 20 wickets across the two innings, Indian batsmen, barring Kohli, failed to rise to the occasion.Captain Kohli led from the front and crafted a brilliant 149 in the first innings. He also scored 51 in the second innings when India were chasing a mere total of 198 runs.However, the rest of the batsmen failed to stick to their crease and make their presence felt. Instead, they struggled and gave away their wickets without much fight.Also read – India vs England: Virat Kohli wants composure from his batsmen at Lord’sA couple of days before the second Test, there was a healthy amount of grass on the pitch at Lord’s. It is expected that the groundsmen will shave a few bits before the start of the match but even if they don’t, the pitch is likely to turn out quite dry.The conditions have prompted the Indian camp to rethink their bowling strategy and find a combination to go with and the team management are mulling fielding two spinners.”Fielding two spinners is a tempting thought. It’s definitely in contention,” Kohli said at the press conference on the eve of the Lords Test.”The wicket is quite hard and dry. It’s been quite hot in London for the past couple of months. There is some grass but that’s just to keep the wicket together. Otherwise, it would have been hard to hold itself even on the first two days, that’s how dry it’s been here.”advertisementAlso read – Batting dilemma, strategical changes in line for India ahead of Lord’s Test”Pitch is going to be an all-round wicket, Batsmen bat well they will get runs. Seamers are going to be in play with the Dukes ball and overcast conditions as and when. When the wicket wears off spinners can come into play. Tempting thought to field two spinners, but it’s a decision that the team management will make taking into consideration the balance of the side,” Kohli added.Despite the loss at Edgbaston, Kohli was confident that his team can turn the tides and showed faith in the fact that they have shown resistance on foreign shores.”I feel as a team we are just about there. It’s not like we are getting rolled over or getting dominated. Every match we play is competitive. We are in the zone where we are very positive,” he added.Also read -India vs England: Ishant Sharma’s sole motive is to win matches for IndiaAddressing the frailties of India’s top order, Kohli said that there are just about a few adjustments batsmen need to make, particularly in how they react to situation after wickets fall down.”I don’t think anything [top order failure] should be judged so soon. We as a team definitely have more patience than other people and so, we don’t take something as a pattern soon.Also read – Edgbaston Test win has filled England team with confidence, says Joe Root”But when it comes to the wickets falling quickly, it more of a mental aspect than technical — like how you think about a situation after wicket falls. I think that matters a lot, you should have a clear plan of what you want to do in the next 30 deliveries and that plan more often than not, is not aggression. We need a little bit more composure there and that, as a batting unit, we have discussed,” Kohli said.last_img read more

first_imgA days after knocking out Novak Djokovic, Greek teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas stunned defending champion Alexander Zverev in the quarter-finals of the Rogers Cup on Friday.The Greek tyro toppled Zverev 3-6 7-6(11) 6-4 to reach the semi-finals in Toronto.The win over world number three Zverev looked unlikely when the 19-year-old dropped the first set and fell behind 2-5 in the second.But Tsitsipas managed to save two match points and shifted the momentum after edging Zverev in a marathon second-set tiebreak.Extending the match paid off for Tsitsipas as Zverev made a number of uncharacteristic errors in a tight third set and he handed the world number 27 victory with a double fault on match point.The win was the Greek’s third straight over a top 10 opponent after he dispatched Dominic Thiem and Novak Djokovic in the previous two rounds.Next up for Tsitsipas is a showdown with big-serving South African Kevin Anderson, who thrashed Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-2 6-2 earlier on Friday.Fourth seed Anderson, runner-up at Wimbledon last month, was never broken and won 81 percent of his first serves.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: August 23, 2018 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos withCaptions released today. To view thumbnails of thesePhotographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.comNATINONALNew Delhi: File..Kuldip Nayar passes away(B)New Delhi: Arun Jaitley resumes duty as Finance Minister (B)Lucknow: Monsoon session of UP Assembly(B+A)Patna: Lal Ji Tandon takes oath as Bihar Governor (B)Patna/Bhopal/Guwahati/Chennai/Kolkata: Vajpayee’s’Asthi Kalash Yatra’ (B)New Delhi: Chinese Defence minister in Delhi(A+B)New Delhi: President at 6th International BuddhistConclave(B)Bhopal: Congress activists protest(A)New Delhi: Monsoon rains(A)Surat: PM Modi in Surat(B)Shimla: HP Assembly session(B)Chennai: Launch of new TVS Bike “110cc bike Radeon”(a+b)Tura: Conrad Sagma at South Tura Constituency polling (B)INTERNATIONALDorset: People walk past the sculpture entitled “The Haunting” made out of scrap metal(a)Buenos Aires: Senator and Former President Cristina Fernandez enters Congress(a)Kutupalong: Eid al Adha celebrations(B)Vanderhoof : Thick smoke from wildfires(B)Ladoga: File.. Firefighters monitor a backfire whilebattling the Ranch Fire(B)NASA: Hurricane Lane as seen from the InternationalSpace Station(B)SPORTSJakarta/Palembang: Asian Games 2018(B+A)Tosu:J-League soccer match(B)Bern: Champions League soccer match(B)Mexico City: National league soccer match(B)Paramus: Northern Trust golf tournament in Paramus (B)Bengaluru: India A vs Aus A at Quadrangular Series(B)PTI PHOTO VNA OSOSlast_img read more

first_imgParis, Oct 16 (IANS) French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday named Christophe Castaner, one of his main backers, as the new Interior Minister, replacing Gerard Collomb in his latest Cabinet reshuffle.In a statement, the President’s office said that “following the proposal of Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, the President of the Republic … named Christophe Castaner as Interior Minister”.Castaner had been Macron’s spokesperson during his campaign for the presidential election in 2017, before being appointed Secretary of State for parliamentary relations, Xinhua news agency reported.In Macron’s first Cabinet after the election, 52-year-old lawyer Castaner was named leader of the ruling camp “Republique En Marche” party. He also served a few months as the government’s spokesman.The nomination of Castaner came after Collomb announced in September that he would quit the government in mid 2019 to run for the Lyon municipal elections in 2020. He served as Lyon’s Mayor from 2001 to 2017.On October 3, Macron accepted Collomb’s resignation after initially refusing it and asked the Prime Minister to handle the interior portfolio until a successor was announced.In the latest Cabinet reshuffle, the fourth since he took power in May 2017, Macron had brought in new names with different political views with which he hoped to regain his footing and inject fresh impetus into his ruling camp.Among the newcomers, socialist Didier Guillaume was named Agriculture Minister, replacing Stephane Travert. Marc Fesneau, President of the centrist MoDem group at the National Assembly, will take charge of parliamentary relations.Meanwhile, Macron kept the main figures of the ministerial team in place for 16 months with Jean-Yves Le Drian still overseeing the Foreign Affairs Ministry and Bruno Le Maire remaining in charge of the Economy Ministry.Dogged by opponents for having a vertical, monarchical way of governing and a reputation for arrogance, Macron suffered a further setback after a series of resignations that put his political craftiness into question.Collomb was the third minister to step down in five weeks after the resignations of Ecology Minister Nicolas Hulot and Sports Minister Laura Flessel.A BVA poll released in September showed 32 per cent holding a favourable view of Macron, down by two percentage points for the third consecutive month.The new Cabinet will hold its first meeting on Wednesday.–IANSsoni/sedadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgLenovo Z5 Pro which according to a previous post on Weibo by company’s VP Chang Cheng was slated to launch on October 1 is now launching on November 1 in China. The new launch date again comes from another latest Weibo post by VP Chang Cheng.Cheng has posted a teaser poster on the Chinese social media website that hints at a Mi Mix 3-like manual slider design which we already know from the past reports. The teaser poster only confirms the design. The slider reveals the camera. According to a GizmoChina report, the poster also reveals that the slider will use a double helix with six guidance sensors. The report also states that the slide mechanism can last more than 300,000 times.The second poster of the Lenovo Z5 Pro reveals that it will pack in a chipset for hardware level security encryption. This will make the phone suitable for those who want high-level security.Other details given in the teaser poster include dual rear cameras and dual front facing cameras. No physical fingerprint button can be seen in the poster which means it is installed beneath the display.The other rumours related to Lenovo Z5 Pro that are in news are that it will have an almost 100 per cent screen-to-body ratio. The Lenovo Z5 was also touted to be company’s first truly bezel-less smartphone before its launch. But it wasn’t truly bezel-less when it launched. It bears a notch at the top and a sizeable amount of bezels on sides.The Lenovo Z5 Pro will succeed the Z5 smartphone which was launched this year in China. The Pro version is expected to have everything that Z5 could not deliver to its fans. For example, the Z5 was rumoured to come with an in-display fingerprint scanner ahead of its launch but the rumour stood false after the phone launched.advertisementLenovo Z5 specsThe Lenovo Z5 sports a 6.2-inch full HD+ display with a resolution of 2246×1080 pixels. There is a notch at the top of display. The phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor coupled with Adreno 509 GPU and 6GB RAM. The phone comes in two storage variants- 64GB and 128GB which can be expanded via a microSD card.ALSO READ: Lenovo Z5 Pro to launch on October 1 with bezel-less display, slider mechanism There is a dual camera set up on the back comprising of two 16MP camera sensors. On the front there is an 8MP sensor. The phone is supported by a 3,300mAh battery.last_img read more

first_imgGood news! Tata Motors today officially announced the rollout of the 1st Harrier from its all-new manufacturing line. With this, Tata Motors is now gearing up for the launch of its much-awaited SUV in early 2019. The Tata Harrier SUV first made its domestic debut in its concept form back in February at the 2018 Auto Expo.Because the Harrier is designed on the base of Tata’s latest Impact Design 2.0 philosophy, the Harrier needed a completely new approach to product development and manufacturing processes. The completely new assembly line has been built in a time of six months with a majority of the manufacturing practices adopted from Jaguar Land Rover. It boasts of 90 per cent automation levels with over 100+ KUKA and ABB robots.The Tata Harrier will offer an all-new exterior design, ergonomically and premium designed interiors, future-ready connectivity, and Tata-claimed best-in-class infotainment. The 5 seater monocoque SUV is engineered on the new generation Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced’ Architecture, which is derived from the legendary Land Rover D8 architecture and developed in collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover. The Harrier will be built on the Omega platform which is a derivative of the L550 platform from the stables of Jaguar Land Rover for the Discovery Sport. This means the Harrier is slated to use the parts bin of the Discovery Sport which includes floor panels, all-independent suspension, and steering gear. However, steel will aluminum to optimize cost.Of course, Tata has not yet confirmed the details of their upcoming SUV. Till then we would suggest taking the information with a grain of salt until confirmation.advertisementThe Harrier is also slated to share the wheelbase from the Discovery Sport which is 2,741mm and will be 4×4 capable like the Discovery Sport and will come with a proper 4×4 drivetrain.The best part yet, the production-spec Harrier looks very similar to the H5X concept with the high-set headlamps with LED DRLs. Other styling similarities include wheel arches, front and rear armrests, slim headlamps which are in accordance with their Impact Design 2.0 language. The Harrier is slated to be powered by a Kryotec, 140bhp, 2.0-litre 4-cylinder, turbo-diesel engine with a 4-wheel drive system which will be developed by Tata. The powertrain will be mated to a 6-speed manual or a Hyundai sourced 6-speed automatic. The engine will get multiple drive modes which are already available on Tata’s Revotron and Revotorq line of engines.Interior wise, the Harrier will feature front and rear AC vents, sunroof, touchscreen infotainment system, steering mounted controls, electric seats with memory function, parking sensors, and reverse camera.Watch the rolling out of the first Harrier from its all-new assembly line here:last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 20 (PTI) Indian men’s hockey team captain Manpreet Singh on Tuesday signed up with global sports giant, Adidas ahead of the season-ending World Cup to be played in Bhubaneswar from November 28 to December 16. Manpreet, thus, joined an already strong portfolio of athletes signed up by Adidas, which includes Hima Das, Swapna Burman, Rohit Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Dipika Pallikal, Zeel Desai, Nikhat Zareen, Siddhanth Banthia and Manjot Kalra to name a few. Manpreet, who was conferred the Arjuna Award earlier this year, led the Indian team to a bronze medal at the World League Final last year and contributed to the side’s success at the Asia Cup. Manpreet was a part of the India team that participated at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games, the FIH Champions Trophy in London last year, as well as the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. “Association with Adidas is an opportunity that every sportsperson looks forward to and I am really excited to have been given this chance of joining their family. Adidas believes in nurturing talent and further carving the strengths of a sportsperson by offering the world class products,” Manpreet said. PTI SSC SSCSSClast_img read more

first_imgRanji trophy 2018-19, which is the 85th season started on November 1, 2018. A total of 37 teams participated this year. Ranji trophy is hereArunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Puducherry, Sikkim and Uttarakhand are the new entries this year.In the opening round of the tournament, a total of 94 players made their first-class cricket debut.Here are 12 things about Ranji Trophy you must know:1Ranji Trophy was previously named The Cricket Championship of India. It started in 1934.2The first-ever Ranji match was played between the then Madras and Mysore at Chepauk on November 4.3Mumbai has won the Ranji Trophy for the highest number of times – 42. The closest second is Karnataka with eight titles.4Bengal has been the runner-up for the most number of times – 11, followed by Tamil Nadu (10).5Mumbai has set another record of the longest streak of winning the title. The 42-times winners had bagged the Ranji Trophy for 15 consecutive years from 1958-59 to 1972-73.6Apart from regional cricket associations, services such as railways and army also have their Ranji teams. Railways have won it twice.7The first ball of Ranji Trophy was bowled by M. J. Gopalan of Madras to N. Curtis of Mysore.8The tournament is played in a round-robin format. There are four groups divided into two tiers. 9Group A and Group B have nine teams and Group C has 10 teams. 10The newly added groups are added in plate group. 11Five teams of group A and B will qualify to the quarter-final, while only the top two teams of group C and plate group will join them. 12Vidarbha’s Wasim Jaffer becomes the first batsman in the history of Ranji trophy to score 11,000 runs in the third round between Vidarbha and Baroda. Follow the LIVE scores of the Ranji Trophy matches on bcci.tv. Here’s the link of the Haryana vs Mumbai scorecard http://t.co/NIlNl5dBf5BCCI (@BCCI) October 27, 2013Also read: This Indian is the first to become VP of the International Shooting Sports FederationInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

first_imgBilliards and Snooker Federation of India president PVK Mohan has said that the Asian 10 Reds Snooker tournament is going ahead as scheduled, contrary to media reports claiming that the meet had been cancelled over visa denial to Pakistani players. The Asian snooker meet is to be held in Bengaluru in the last week of March and just like the Shooting World Cup in New Delhi has faced issues regarding the issuing of visas to Pakistani players.A report in Indian Express had claimed that there were 24 players set to be participating in the tournament and six of them were Pakistani or Pakistan-origin players and with the visa issues for them, the organisers did not see a point in holding the event.Mohan, however, has been quoted by ANI as saying that there was only one Pakistani player set to participate and he has not been issued the visa.”Out of the 64 participants for the upcoming tournament only 1 player was a Pakistani and he also is not coming due to visa issues. Tournament has not been scrapped, neither is next month’s Asian meet in Chandigarh,” Mohan said.Ever since the Pulwama terror attack on February 14 for which Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed took responsibility, the relations between India and Pakistan have worsened.The media reports claimed that after the organisers of the snooker meet failed to guarantee that visas will be issued to the Pakistani players, the Asian Confederation of Billiard Sport decided to scrap the event. The report also stated that a senior Billiards and Snooker Federation of India (BSFI) official said that a Pakistan-born Qatari player, Ahmed Saif, was among those not granted a visa.advertisementEarlier this week, the Shooting World Cup in New Delhi was also hit when India did not issue visas to the Pakistani players and that eventually backfired on India itself.While ISSF initially decided to scrap all 16 Olympic quotas from the World Cup, International Olympic Committee (IOC) stepped in and scraped just the two where Pakistani shooters were set to take part.However, IOC barred India from hosting any Olympic-related events till there is an absolute written assurance from the government that all players will be issued visas. The body also urged all international sports federations not to hold events in India, or grant hosting rights to the country for future competitions, until access for all athletes is ensured.According to the report in the Indian Express, BSFI secretary S Balasubramiam said, “The Asian Tour supposed to be held in Bangalore in late March has been called off. It was a decision taken by the Asian Confederation of Billiard Sport’s board. Six players out of the 24 were either Pakistani nationals or of Pakistani origin. There were problems with their visas.”In the absence of these players, there was no point in having a tournament so they did not want to have it. The decision came much before the IOC issued a statement on Friday.”Also Read | NRAI thanks IOC for sparing 14 out of 16 Olympic quotas at Shooting World Cuplast_img read more

first_imgEngland defeated defending champions Australia to storm into the final of the 2019 Cricket World Cup. England will face New Zealand at Lord’s on July 14 in a face-off not many expected before the start of the tournament.England are now in their 4th World Cup final while New Zealand reached their second successive final in a World Cup. In 2015, New Zealand had lost to Australia in a one-sided title clash.England had entered World Cup finals in 1975, 1987 and 1992 before 2019.5-time world champions Australia were bowled out for 223 after Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid took 3 wickets each for England. Jofra Archer, playing his maiden World Cup and the star of England’s bowling attack, picked 3 wickets.Chasing a modest total at Edgbaston, England never looked like going wrong. Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow added 124 for the first wicket before Joe Root and Eoin Morgan steered the hosts home.Mitchell Starc, meanwhile broke an all-time record when he went past Glenn McGrath for the most wickets in a single edition of the World Cup.Jason Roy led the charge for England with a 65-ball 85 while Bairstow, Root and Morgan ensured Australia never had a foot in the door.When Australia beat England at Lord’s on 25 June, one more defeat could have seen the hosts crash out of the World Cup in the opening round.Three weeks and three wins later, they’re in the #CWC19 final!What a turnaround!#AUSvENG pic.twitter.com/MWDcj9wzOT Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 11, 2019Earlier in the day, Australia captain Aaron Finch won the toss and decided to bat. But Jofra Archer drew first blood for Englandf in the 2nd over when he removed Finch for a duck.advertisementDavid Warner finished with 647 runs in the World Cup, 1 short of the tournament’s highest run-scorer so far – Rohit Sharma. But in the semi-final, Warner scored only 9 before he fell to Chris Woakes in the 3rd over.Woakes inflicted more damage on Australia when he dismissed Peter Handscomb who had come in as repalcement for the injured Usman Khawaja. However, Australia showed some fight with Steve Smith leading the charge. He joined forces with Alex Carey who braved a hit on the jaw to add 103 for the 4th wicket.Leg-spinner Adil Rashid dismissed Carey and Marcus Stoinis in the 28th over and that signalled the end of Australia’s challenge with the bat. Mitchell Starc scored an impressive 29 and was involved in a crucial stand with Smith but both men fell off successive deliveries.Steve Smith was run out for 85 while Starc fell to Woakes in the 48th over.20 years ago, Australia had pulled off a stunning tie against South Africa in the semi-final. This time, there would be no such miracle as England raced away to a sensational victory.Also Read | Mitchell Starc breaks Glenn McGrath’s 12-year World Cup record with 27th wicketAlso Read | Steve Smith equals Sachin Tendulkar’s record in World Cup knockoutsAlso Seelast_img read more