Indias top racers set for JK Tyre Vroom

first_imgBangalore, Apr 28 (PTI) As many as 600 participants from across the country will race against each other for glory in the countrys premier Quarter Mile championship, JK Tyre Vroom, here this weekend. The participants will come all the way from Assam to Indore, Kolkata to Pune, Mumbai to Kochi, Chennai to Hyderabad and of course Bengaluru and Mysore to showcase their skills in what promises to be a show like never before. Held under the aegis of FMSCI, JK Tyre Vroom will see super bikes ranging from Suzuki GSX 1000 to BMW 1000RR and Yamaha R6 to Ducati 1299 Panigale. Car lovers can hope to watch Lamborghinis and Bentleys, Audis and Porsches fly over the quarter mile stretch at the majestic Jakkur Aerodrome on the outskirts of the city. Most of the top quarter mile racers, including Partab Jayaram and Joel Joseph in four-wheelers and Zubair Ali Jung and Rizwan Khan in two-wheelers, will try to assert their supremacy over the weekend. “This is the biggest quarter mile event in the country,” Sanjay Sharma, president of JK Motorsports explained. “Fans can see some of the fastest racers go full throttle on a number of amazing bikes and cars,” he added. Quarter-mile racing, known as drag racing, is an extremely popular sport in the world, with two drivers competing against each other on a straight stretch over a quarter of a mile (approximately 402 metres). JK Tyre Vroom, organised by Geneva Services, is into its third edition and draws thousands of spectators every year. This year, there are as many as 13 categories for motorbikes up to 1050cc bikes. There is a separate class for ladies and a Jawa/Yezdi class for the romantics as well. On Sunday, there will be duels between the super bikes. Later in the day, its going to be non-stop fun with categories like Foreign Cars, Indian Cars (F.I/Nitrous), Indian Touring Cars, Indian Open, Indian Hatchback Open, Pro Stock Diesel and Unrestricted Class entering the fray. PTI ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

Sunderland down as Hull City hold on for point at Southampton

first_imgSunderland’s 10-year stay in the Premier League ended on Saturday when they lost 1-0 at home to Bournemouth, leaving them 13 points adrift with four games remaining after Hull City held on for a goalless draw at Southampton.Sunderland’s fate looked set when Bournemouth’s Josh King side-footed in the winner at the Stadium of Light in the 88th minute after a swift counter-attack.A Hull defeat would have given Sunderland a stay of execution and when Southampton were awarded a penalty at St. Mary’s in the final minute there was a glimmer of hope for David Moyes’s team.But Hull keeper Eldin Jakupovic dived low to save Dusan Tadic’s penalty in the final minute and earn the 17th-placed Tigers a vital point in their own battle against the drop.Sunderland had some chances but top scorer Jermain Defoe was not at his sharpest and, not for the first time this season, the home supporters flooded out of the ground before the final whistle.”My feeling at the start of the season was it was going to be a hard graft,” Moyes told BBC Radio.”But ultimately today I feel for the supporters. They pay their hard-earned cash to come to the stadium and we have not given them enough this season,” he said.Moyes said he was not ready to discuss his future, saying two or three weeks of reflection were needed for the club before a plan was developed for a return to the Premier League.The club’s American owner Ellis Short issued a statement saying such a plan would be developed once the season was over and admitting the club had made mistakes.advertisement”I acknowledge that during my ownership mistakes have been made, particularly in the area of player recruitment, and as a result we have found ourselves struggling to survive in recent seasons.”We had massive disruption during the summer transfer window and an unprecedented number of injuries throughout the season. These are difficulties which we have been unable to overcome and we are paying the price for that now,” said Short.”We need to improve, both on and off the field, and despite the bitter disappointment of today there is a strong determination to do so throughout the club. There is significant work to be done over the summer and when the season is concluded, we intend to share our plans to move forward with our supporters,” he added.Middlesbrough, who play on Sunday at home to Manchester City, are in 19th place on 27 points while Swansea, who are at Manchester United on Sunday, are on 31 points and Hull are on 34.The only other goal on a low-key Saturday, with none of the top seven teams playing, came at the Hawthorns where Jamie Vardy struck the winner for Leicester against West Brom in the 43rd minute.Vardy finished with confidence after Shinji Okazaki latched on to a poor back pass from Salomon Rondon.Stoke City were held to a goalless draw at home to West Ham while Crystal Palace were hosting Burnley later on Saturday.On Sunday, leaders Chelsea are away to Everton while second-placed Tottenham are at home to North London rivals Arsenal.last_img read more

Manipur Guv congratulates state?s football team

first_imgImphal, Jun 6 (PTI) Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla has congratulated the states senior women?s team for winning the 22nd National Football Championship for a record 18th time defeating Railways in the final. The women?s team defeated the Railways by 3-1 at the final of the prestigious football championship held at Jallandar in Punjab yesterday. The governor said “the state has huge potentiality in sports, particularly in the field of football, boxing and archery amongst others.” PTI COR PR PRlast_img read more

Forget Samsung Galaxy S8. At Rs 38,990 LG G6 is the phone to buy this season

first_imgConsumer Reports data may suggest that the Samsung Galaxy S8+ (and Galaxy S8) is the top smartphone of the year, but, come to think of it, it’s the LG G6 that you should totally buy this season. Provided you’re in India. This is because LG is now offering its flagship phone, the G6, at a price as low as Rs 38,990 via Amazon India, provided you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber. The LG G6, to recall, was launched here at a price of Rs 51,990 in April. With the offer in place, prospective buyers can get their hands on the G6 at Rs 13,000 discount, which is fairly substantial to say the least.The G6 is LG’s best phone ever. In fact, it’s safe to say, that it’s among the best flagship Android phones in the market right now. It may not look as good as Samsung’s Galaxy S8, but, that’s not really what LG’s phone is going after. For the first time in a very long time, LG is chasing practicality. With the G6 it has achieved most of it. Without compromising on gimmicks.At Rs 38,990, there’s even more to like about the G6, now more than ever. Take a look at what it brings to the table. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, meanwhile, cost Rs 57,900 and Rs 64,900 respectively.Design and build qualityThe LG G6 is carved out of glass and metal. And it feels solid. While the rear of the G6 is carved out of Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5, the display on the front has a healthy dose of Gorilla Glass 3. What’s important, at the end of the day, is that the LG G6 is built like a tank. The G6 is built to last long with bending resistant materials and shock-dispersing design, according to LG. It has passed Military-grade MIL-STD 810G tests which include 26 different angle drop tests from chest height, it claims. It’s quite reassuring, the G6.advertisementWhile its closest rival, the Samsung Galaxy S8 takes great pride in its gorgeous curves, the G6 takes a flat minimalist approach. LG’s phone is as flat as they come, and also it has sharp corners that are a little raised out so the phone could bear accidental drops and come out unscathed. Samsung’s Galaxy S8 doesn’t look like it could take a beating. LG’s phone is a lot more practical in comparison.Next to Samsung’s phone the G6 feels rather chunky, but, only marginally. It is as slim as Samsung’s phone though. The flat surface and sharp edges ensure it sticks to your hand and stays put, but then, the Galaxy S8 is an ergonomic marvel as well in spite of all those extra curves. It is super-glossy and a fingerprint magnet. But, so is the Galaxy S8. Only it takes me a lot longer to wipe LG’s phone. I really don’t like that, but, that’s a small price you pay for an all-glass and metal design. What really concerns me, however, is that the rear of the G6 is extremely prone to scratches. It may survive a fall or two, but, it will most definitely leave a mark.The LG G6, in addition, is also IP68-certified for water and dust resistance.Performance and user experienceThe LG G6 is powered by a 2.35GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor clubbed with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal memory which is further expandable by up to 256GB via a hybrid micro-SD card slot. While not exactly next-gen, the Snapdragon 821 inside the G6 when combined with LG’s Android 7.0 Nougat-based UX 6.0 doesn’t leave a lot to be desired unless of course you’re someone who’s hard pressed about paper specs and say, “a Snapdragon 835 would have been nicer.” You’re better off buying the Samsung Galaxy S8 in that case. The LG G6 isn’t the one for you.But, if you’re willing to give the G6 a chance, well, there’s not a lot really to complain about LG’s new phone as far as all-round performance is concerned. The G6 has absolutely no trouble whatsoever in dealing with tasks, both basic and hard-grinding. Graphical games are handled well, with no lag at all, even at maxed out settings.LG’s UX software may not be the best looking in the business — in fact it’s ugly and cluttered — but at least it’s well optimised with the available hardware.LG’s new phone gives you a spring board of apps and widgets spanning multiple home screens much like it is in the iPhone to begin with. There’s a way around LG’s approach to bring back the app drawer for those who like a more stock Android look and feel. That it can be done without deploying any third-party themes is a plus. You can either use the pre-installed EasyHome theme or download and install the Home 4.0 launcher from its app store.advertisementLG’s UX may take some time getting used to initially but once you’re through that phase it’s pretty much a smooth ride. The software also offers a lot of customisation options, which should impress those who like to tailor-make the way their phone looks.The mono speaker setup on the G6 gets very loud, louder than most rival phones with little or no distortion at peak volume. The LG G6 India model also comes with a Hi-Fi quad DAC for enhanced audio via any wired headphones.The 3,300mAh battery inside the G6 lasts longer than the Samsung Galaxy S8 which frankly speaking has pretty disappointing battery life. Most users with a more generalised usage should get at least one full day of usage on single charge. The G6, needless to say, also supports fast charging. The India model doesn’t support wireless charging though.CameraThe LG G6 comes with a dual camera system on the rear, consisting of two 13-megapixel sensors — offering a 125-degree wide angle — with one working ‘specifically’ to offer the wider field of view. The rear camera system is further assisted with f/1.8 aperture, 3-axis Optical Image Stabilisation, phase detection auto-focus and dual-LED flash. On the front, the G6 sports a 5-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture.In the LG G6, while one of the rear cameras has what you can call a regular lens, the other one has a wider lens. A wider lens means the phone’s rear snapper can cover a larger area with a distinct fish-eye effect on the edges. It kind of gives you a 3D-like panorama sweep of what you’re clicking without having you to move your phone in a certain manner.Switching between the two lenses happens seamlessly with just a tap on a toggle that rests comfortably on the screen all the while that you have the camera app up and running. It’s actually quite fast to switch and is as fast to focus and shoot.As for image quality, it’s fantastic especially in good light. Both the rear cameras boast of excellent dynamic range. Images clicked with them have no visible metering issues so that level of detail stays put on almost all occasions. The image quality of the wider lens toting camera is more or less in the same league as the regular, but it more than compensates for its hit-or-miss performance courtesy its wider scope.The G6 can stand toe to toe with the best in the business, when it comes to low-light photography. The G6 clicks pretty detailed — if a little over-sharpened — photos in tricky and low light situations making it one of the best flagship camera phones in the market right now.Full Vision displayThe USP of the G6 is its ‘big screen that fits.’ The phone comes with ridiculously slim bezels allowing the display to take up over 80 per cent of its front side: a concept also seen in Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are however a lot more curvier in comparison, and also they offer more screen-to-body ratio — an 83 per cent — than LG’s phone.advertisementThe 5.7-inch QHD+ 18:9 Full Vision display of the G6 boasts of a 2,880×1,400 pixel resolution. Although there’s lots of screen it’s no match for the Galaxy S8’s super-punchy Super AMOLED display panel. Colours on-board the G6 appear muted in comparison. But, viewing angels are quite good, so is peak brightness.The G6, however, has one ace up its sleeve in the display department. It is the world’s first smartphone to support Dolby Vision (and HDR 10) for enhanced videos, a feature which was until now limited to high-end TVs.Dolby Vision content is less for now, although, Netflix and Amazon Prime do offer a good catalog. But, because the LG G6 has an 18:9 aspect ratio — instead of the regular 16: 9 — a lot of that content (in fact all of it) is going to broadcast in letter-box format which means black bars on either side. Force to fit might result in frame rate issues and content chopping here and there.Content suitable for the G6’s unusual aspect ratio is even lesser than content that supports Dolby Vision. The same is true for games as well. Web pages should work fine though. LG has a nifty way around the whole thing though. The G6 comes with something called as App Scaling that lets you manually adjust the screen size of downloaded apps. You can chose to run them in standard or full screen format. Then again, every app will respond differently since not all apps support 18:9 yet.Also Read: LG G6 review: The dark horselast_img read more

Andy Murray dismisses John McEnroe’s ‘a distant fourth’ claim

first_imgAndy Murray has lashed out at legendary American tennis player John McEnroe over his claims that the world number one should be still seen as “a distant fourth” in comparison with the three other members of the Big Four.Murray will begin his Wimbledon preparations this week when he defends his title at the Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club.When asked about McEnroe’s comments on the eve of the grass-court tournament, Murray though admitted that Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic had achieved more over the course of their careers.”For me, it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks. I’m very proud of the Olympic medals, they mean a lot to me. Within tennis, a lot of people just go ‘oh that guy was a better player because he won more Grand Slams than that one or that woman was better because she won more Grand Slams’,” Sport24 quoted Murray as saying.Murray further said that he has been better than the three of them in the last one year which is why he is currently ranked the world number one.”If you look at the titles and everything those guys have won, I can’t compare myself to them. There’s maybe one or two things that I have done that they won’t have but for the most part I would have been fourth. But it’s not true of the last year because I’m ranked number one in the world. I’ve been better than them for the last 12 months, that’s how the ranking systems work,” he added.advertisementThe 30-year-old, who is seeking his sixth Queen’s Club triumph, has struggled this year, while Nadal and Federer have enjoyed unexpected revivals.Murray has three grand slam titles in his account in contrast to Federer’s 18, Nadal’s 15 and Djokovic’s 12.The top-ranked will begin his Aegon Championship campaign against fellow countryman Aljaz Bedene.last_img read more

New Delhi, Jun 25 (PTI) Following are the PTIs top stories at

first_img2200 hours today:DEL60 JK-CABLE-CAR-2NDLDALL SNAPSrinagar: Four members of a Delhi family and three tourist guides have been killed when a cable car came crashing down after a ropeway snaps midair in the ski-resort of Gulmarg, prompting the J-K government to order a high-level inquiry.DEL58 PREZ-EIDNew Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee greets the country on the eve of Eid as he expressed hope that the festival will strengthen the peoples “unflinching” faith in unity and common destiny.DEL57 BIZ-JAITLEY-EMERGENCYNew Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley hits out at detractors for casually using undeclared emergency to describe the present BJP government, saying they should introspect where they were during the Emergency under Indira Gandhi.DEL55 UP-PREZ-KOVIND-2NDLD-NDALucknow, Jun 25 (PTI) NDAs presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind seeks the “blessings” of the lawmakers of the BJP and its allies in Uttar Pradesh as he embarked on a nationwide tour from his home state to garner the backing of various political parties.DEL53 WB-GJM-LDALL SITUATIONDarjeeling (WB): Darjeeling remained tense but incident- free on Day Eleven of the indefinite shutdown, while, in a change of stand, agitation-spearhead the GJM decides to give a 12-hour bandh relaxation only for Muslims to celebrate Eid tomorrow. By Pradipta TapadarDEL38 JK-3RDLD ENCOUNTERSrinagar: Security forces gun down two militants holed up inside a school on the outskirts of Srinagar, ending an encounter of over 14 hours in which two Army men were also injured.BOM10 CG-NAXAL-LD IEDRaipur: A Naxalite has been killed and four security personnel, including three CoBRA commandos, were injured in separate incidents in Chhattisgarhs Bijapur district, police said.advertisementDEL50 LD RATHYATRAPuri(Odisha): With overnight rains stopping, an estimated nine lakh devotees witness the world famous Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath here today with religious fervour, enthusiasm and a spirit of camaraderie amid tight security.FGN36 PAK-TANKER-LDALL FIRELahore: An oil tanker overturns and burst into flames as crowds rushed to collect fuel that spilled over on a highway in Pakistans Punjab Province, killing over 150 people and injuring more than 140 others, in one of the deadliest accidents in the country. By M ZulqernainFGN30 ISRAEL-NETANYAHU-MODIJerusalem: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hails his Indian counterpart Narendra Modis upcoming visit to Israel, the first by an Indian premier, as a “very significant step” in strengthening bilateral relations that are on a “constant upswing”. By Harinder MishraFGN26 UK-CAR-LD CRASHLondon: Six people, including three children, have been injured when a car mounted a kerb and ploughed into a crowd of people participating in an event to celebrate Eid outside a sports centre in northeast England. By Aditi KhannaFGN23 CHINA-2NDLD PAKIslamabad: China has asked Pakistan and Afghanistan to improve their bilateral ties and “meet each other halfway”, as it agrees to set up a trilateral mechanism to help reconstruct ties between Islamabad and Kabul. By Sajjad Hussain. PTI AQSlast_img read more

How N Srinivasan remained defiant yet again at a BCCI meet

first_imgMaking a rare appearance at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) headquarters after being forced to step aside as President four years back, former chief N Srinivasan made his presence felt in two successive meets.At the Special General Meeting (SGM) on Monday which lasted more than two and half hours, attending as Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) representative, India Today learns Srinivasan took the lead in resistance to Lodha reforms citing ‘the 19 affidavits state units had filed with various courts over difficulties in implementing the July 18th 2016 Supreme Court order.'”We can’t go back on them,” he told the members.This was picking up from his terse communication to Committee of Administrators (CoA) head Vinod Rai a day earlier that there wasn’t much to talk on the reforms as the matter was subjudice. The meeting closed in 15 minutes.At the SGM, to justify his argument of not being able to implement the order in current form, Srinivasan even batted for former office bearers Ajay Shirke and Anurag Thakur who he was once at logger heads with.He told the members they had lost their place in legal battles to preserve the BCCI autonomy and it would not be fair to modify position in their absence.The eventual decision by the BCCI to formulate a committee to present any reservations on the court order to the CoA came straight from the old BCCI book of buying time to sit over the issue.Not losing out on an opportunity to register his displeasure over lost money at ICC, Srinivasan reminded the house about the ‘Big Three’ formula he had deviced as ICC Chairman and suggested the BCCI secretary should use future opportunities to win back the lost USD 200 million from ICC that they deserve.advertisementDemonstrating how being brash rather than composed when instigated was his style, when asked by a reporter if he thought he had the right to attend the meet, Srinivasan replied, “More right than you have to attend any meet.”last_img read more

Novak Djokovic confident for Wimbledon after first title win since January

first_imgNovak Djokovic said rediscovering the winning feeling on Saturday when he scored his first tournament success since January had provided the perfect preparation for the Wimbledon Championships.The Serbian broke his normal pre-Wimbledon practice regime to accept a wild card at the Aegon International event in Eastbourne, where he claimed his 68th tour title by beating Gael Monfils 6-3 6-4.It was his first tournament win since January and has left the world number four confident of mounting a challenge at Wimbledon, where he has been drawn against Slovakia’s Martin Klizan in the first round.”A lot of time spent on the practice courts, four quality matches. Just overall very happy with the way it went, and where my form is,” said Djokovic who did not drop a set in winning at Eastbourne.”Obviously I was not playing too many of the events in the week prior to the beginning of the Grand Slam in my career, but I decided to do so this time because I felt like I needed more matches in general, but especially on the grass,” he told a news conference on Sunday.”That is very unique surface that requires time for adaptation and adjustment, especially for the movement.”The three-times Wimbledon champion has faced an unexpectedly rocky few months, losing his number one ranking to Andy Murray and failing to make a mark at either the Australian or French Open.That poor form led him to bring in eight-times grand slam champion Andre Agassi as coach ahead of the French Open, where he lost to Austria’s Dominic Thiem in the quarter-finals, a defeat that meant he dropped out of the world’s top two for the first time since 2011.advertisementDjokovic, who last won Wimbledon in 2015, has made another personnel change for the grasscourt event which starts on Monday, adding his friend and former player Mario Ancic to his coaching team alongside Agassi.”He (Ancic) said he was anyway coming to London. He would be happy to spend some time with Andre and myself during Wimbledon,” said Djokovic, who added that he did not know how permanent the arrangement would be.The 12-times Grand Slam winner has not won one of tennis’s glittering prizes since the 2016 French Open, leading to speculation that he has lost the desire to compete at the highest level.Djokovic said it was more a case of gaining a new perspective. “I used to base all my happiness on winning a tennis match. I think many athletes today are doing that. So I try not to do that any more,” he said.”Of course, I would love to win every single tennis match I play in but I don’t try to take that as a very essential, you know, moment in my life which determines my happiness.”last_img read more

MB, EB ask fans to turn out in large numbers to show strength

first_imgKolkata, Jul 3 (PTI) Showing solidarity, Mohun Bagan and East Bengal today pledged to send a message to the rival Indian Super League by showing their supporters strength on the field in the upcoming I-League. There will be two official leagues in the upcoming season with the All India Football Federation striking out a compromise formula to deal with the ISL and I-League stalemate. Indias two premier football clubs, Mohun Bagan and East Bengal, decided to opt out of the IMG-Reliance-run ISL as the Big Two were against giving franchisee fees among other things. Running parallel with the lucrative ISL, I-League may lose its sheen but Mohun Bagan and East Bengal today said they would stand the test of time and they found support from AIFF vice-president Subrata Dutta. “We have agreed in totality that if we have to show our strength, we will do it on the field,” Mohun Bagan finance secretary Debasish Dutta said, sitting alongside East Bengal assistant secretary Shanti Ranjan Dasgupta in a panel discussion at the Calcutta Sports Journalists Club. “We request all our fans to fill in the ground in such a way the stands are packed and theres 5000 more outside. And no tickets will be free. We want to show our strength,” said the Mohun Bagan official. “At the same time we wont ask them (fans) to not go to ISL. They are free to support ISL but our request is to show our strength for each of our matches in the I-League.” He went on to draw a parallel with their epic 1911 IFA Shield triumph over British team of East Yorkshire Regiment that played a role in countrys Independence movement. “History says we have won bigger battles that too in barefoot. Mohun Bagan and East Bengal are the clubs because of their fans, their performances on field. “We have always been in top five of countrys league. We have seen many clubs — Dempo, Pune FC, Mahindra United to name a few — come and go but we are permanent. These eight (ISL) clubs are jut three-year-olds,” Debasish said. He also praised IMG-Reliance for choosing to develop the financially-stricken Indian football. “We must thank them. They have chosen football over cricket. We must not forget that we could not participate in the World Cup due to lack of funds!” Blaming the AIFF, he said: “They should have shown them the right path, of reviving the I-League instead of creating a new league (ISL).” AIFF vice-president Subrata Dutta came out in support of Mohun Bagan and East Bengal and said its about the interest of Indian football. “They are not opposing ISL but its a battle between ISL versus I-League. We must not forget we are talking about one club (Mohun Bagan) which is 128-years-old and another (East Bengal) of 97,” he said. “ISL would not have been born without I-League. By not including Mohun Bagan and East Bengal, its not being fair to them. “Their annual budget is worth around Rs 15-17 crores and to expect them to pay a franchisee fee of Rs 15 crore is not fair. Even the companies do not double their turnover in one year. They (AIFF and IMG-Reliance) should have been more flexible,” Dutta, who is also the president of state football body Indian Football Association, said. “Football is club-based. The more we develop players and infrastructure, the better it would be for the country.” Questioning the fan-base of the ISL clubs, he said: “I doubt whether the clubs even have a signboard. They are mostly run by corporates with only interest to make business and not players development.” “The century-old clubs have done sacrifice for clubs who are three years old. The future is tense for Indian football,” he concluded. PTI TAP PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

NPPA, NADA app to help athletes identify prohibited medicines

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 29 (PTI) Drug pricing regulator NPPA today joined hands with National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) to help athletes understand medicines that could contain prohibited substances in sports through its app Pharma Jan Samadhan.The two regulators signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the purpose today.Speaking on the occasion, Sports Secretary Injeti Srinivas said: “This MoU is of huge importance as our athletes, like general public do not really understand which medicines they can take or cannot take and which medicines contain prohibited substances”.Through NPPAs app every consumer can know ingredients in a medicine. This will now have an additional feature, which will make it easy for athletes to keep away from medicines that have prohibited substances, he added.This app will bridge the information asymmetry for athletes and help them to keep away from the prohibited substances, Srinivas said.Acknowledging the role of NPPA, he said that drug price regulator has played an immense role in making essential medicines available to common man at affordable rates.NPPA has also taken extraordinary steps in protecting public interest and ensuring that price control is not limited only to medicines but also extends to medical devices, he added.Today is the foundation day of the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority. PTI AKT RKL BALlast_img read more

Stanley Kroenke backs ‘focused’ Arsene Wenger, will keep Arsenal control

first_imgArsenal owner Stanley Kroenke believes Arsene Wenger is the best manager to lead the Premier League side and has ruled out selling his majority share of the club.Wenger has led Arsenal to 17 trophies since taking charge in 1996 but his position was questioned after the north London side finished outside the league’s top four for the first time under the Frenchman last season.The 68-year-old signed a new two-year deal in May, leading to questions from fans and pundits as Arsenal have not won the league since 2004 and have never won the Champions League.”When you make decisions like that you are weighing lots of different factors but you hope that you weigh them correctly and come out with the right decision – I think we did,” Kroenke told the Telegraph when asked about Wenger’s contract extension.”We have dealt with this a lot and we believe Arsene is doing a great job and is the right guy. It’s easy to change coaches and people do it all the time… It’s harder not to do something.”We have a lot of respect for Arsene… I think he is more focused than ever. Focused on winning. I really think I do see that.”Kroenke praised Arsenal’s consistent record under Wenger and the club’s FA Cup win in May.”Look, we want to be champions of everything,” Kroenke added. “Premier League, Champions League. We have to do better but don’t sell short the FA Cup and Arsene’s record setting and consistency through 20 years.advertisement”For 20 years we were in the top four, no other English club has done that and the year we fell out we had four more points than the previous year when we were second.”American Kroenke also said that he wouldn’t sell his 67 per cent share of the club.Arsenal are fifth in the league and host 15th-placed Swansea City on Saturday.last_img read more

Manchester City are showing why they are the best in the Premier League: Mauricio Pochettino

first_imgTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino praised Manchester City after the league leaders thrashed Spurs 4-1 at the Etihad.Goals from Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne and a Raheem Sterling esnured that City extend their lead at the top of the table to 14 after 18 games.Talking about the game, Pochettino said that City are showing that they are the best in the league and his side needs to improve after this performance.”They are in a very good form and momentum. They are showing why they are the best in the Premier League,” he said.”Of course you cannot say anything positive, because that is the mentality of football. But for me, you can take some positives from the unbelievable experience for the team to realise that to play for the Premier League we need to improve, we need to learn, to work harder than before and of course we play again today a team that has a lot of quality,” he added.Relentless City picked up their 16th straight win and moved 14 points clear of second-placed Manchester United after brushing aside a team who this season have beaten Real Madrid in the Champions League and who were tipped by many to be Premier League contenders.The Argentine noted some key moments that influenced the outcome, particularly the soft opener they gave City in the 14th minute when Ilkay Gundogan was left unmarked to head in a corner.”I think first of all, the better team won. When you watch the game and you assess the game, the way we conceded the first goal was a massive gift for Manchester City. It changed completely all that you compare and wanted to develop on the pitch.advertisement”We cannot concede in the way that we conceded, a lack of concentration and focus, and this situation changed the game,” he said.Spurs enjoyed a good spell of pressure after half-time and from the outset they attempted to attack City but Pochettino said that City were just too good.”Throughout the game we respected our ideas but they were better. We tried but in the end there is not too much to assess, not too much to say, we just have to try to lift the players and be ready to compete again next week.Keeper Hugo Lloris, whose saves ensured that the result was not even more emphatic, went further in his praise of City.”Tactically and technically they are a great team — probably the best team in Europe,” he said.”But we stuck with our principles, played our football with our philosophy and probably had a lack of aggression offensively because we tried to create from the back. We took a lot of risks and it’s frustrating but at the same time it will help us to keep working and improve.”(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

India Today Conclave East: Live updates from Day 1

first_imgHighlight270: We will be back tomorrow morning with Day 2 of the maiden Conclave East.#Highlight269: And with that captivating act, we reach the end of Day 1 of India Today Conclave East 2017.#Highlight268: And now, the choir’s ode to the great Indian train journey.# Highlight267: Next up: An east-meets-west composition called Something New.#Highlight266: Now, the choir adds a jazz touch to the peppy Hindi classic: Baar Baar Dekho from Shammi Kapoor’s China Town.#Highlight265: Now, the choir performs a song that was one of Mahatma Gandhi’s favourites, and written by Rabindranath Tagore – Ekla Cholo Re.#Highlight265: Next up: Yeh Dosti Hum Nahin Todenge, a song the choir performed for ex-US President Barack Obama.#Highlight264: The choir performs ‘We come together to celebrate’, a Khasi song.#Highlight263: Will they perform Mozart? We’re not sure yet!# Highlight262: And the Shillong Chamber Choir is here to enthrall you and the audience#Highlight261: We played Mozart to the crowd, largely filled with rickshawallahs, and they were simply stunned: Neil# Highlight260: One of our most memorable performances was in Patna: Neil#Highlight259: For my choir, the main priority was character, and most importantly, humility: Neil#Highlight258: When I came back home from Europe, it looked like career-suicide for a while: Neil#Highlight257: Apparently, no PM or President has ever had the reception we got when we went back to Meghalaya after winning the reality show (laughs): Neil#Highlight256: I come from a region that doesn’t watch Bollywood movies; I grew up knowing only three Hindi film songs: Neil#advertisementHighlight255: Neil Nongkynrih is a Padma Shri winner who founded the reality show-winning Shillong Chamber Choir.#Highlight254: To bring an eventful Day 1 to an end, Siddharth Basu will moderate a session with Neil Nongkynrih, the founder and director of Shillong Chamber Choir.#Highlight253: The next session is – The Power of Music: Language Beyond Boundaries.#Highlight252: I can guarantee that Narendra Modi will become PM for the second time: Sushil Modi.# Highlight251: Even if petroleum products come under GST, their prices will not be affected: Sushil Modi.#Highlight250: The revenue generation after implementation of GST is on the rise, says Sushil Modi.#Highlight249: GST is gradually balancing and the problems related to it are being solved: Sushil Modi.#  Highlight248: Why did some of the Congress ministers support GST if it was Gabbar Singh Tax: Sushil Modi.#Highlight247: Eastern states should come together for their betterment: Sushil Modi.#Highlight246: There are very few politicians who have not worked with the BJP: Sushil Modi.#Highlight245: No thinking man can work with Lalu Prasad as he is unorganised and chaotic: Sushil Modi.#Highlight244: After liquor prohibition law, incidents of domestic violence and eve-teasing have decreased: Sushil Modi.#Highlight243: We are focused more on small agro-based industries: Sushil Modi.#Highlight242: Our strength is not industries so we have to depend on small scale establishments: Sushil Modi.#Highlight241: Land in Bihar is the biggest problem: Sushil Modi on lack on investments in the state.#Highlight240: Lalu Yadav and Congress have ruined Bihar. The NDA has to start from scratch: Sushil Modi.#Highlight239: We have to face natural calamities every year. This year we spent Rs 4,000 crore on flood relief: Sushil Modi.#Highlight238: When we were in power, Bihar was the fastest progressing state: Sushil Modi.#Highlight237: The real change happened in Bihar in 2005 after the NDA came to power: Sushil Modi#Highlight236: The next session is Bihar: A New Growth Story with Sushil Kumar Modi#Highlight235: India will be recognised for its science and research soon: DP Duari.#Highlight234: We are not being able to fix end users, this dialogue has to start soon: Sukalyan Chattopadhyay on research.# Highlight233: We have to normalise pay across the country for teachers. They are very important as they shape future generation: Anuradha Lohia.# Highlight232: Scientific temperament should begin from grassroots level: DP Duari#Highlight231: Building up a scientific temper is as important as nurturing innovative ideas: DP Duari#Highlight230: Birth of Indian science was associated with Bengal renaissance: Sukalyan Chattopadhyay.# Highlight229: I am proud that scientific research in India has been left to scientific bureaucrats: Anuradha Lohia.#Highlight228: The term scientific temper was coined by Jawaharlal Nehru: Anuradha Lohia .#Highlight227: The next session is – Scientific Spirit: Lessons from the East.#Highlight226: The security situation in the northeast is the best in recent years: Naveen Verma# Highlight225: The strategic importance of the northeastern region being understood more now: Subimal Bhattacharjee# Highlight224: To understand northeastern states, you have to understand two factors: Psychological disconnect and physical alienation, says Jarpum Gamlin.#advertisementHighlight223: The session features Shyamkanu Mahanta, an entrepreneur; Naveen Verma, the secretary of DoNER; Jarpum Gamlin; general secretary of Arunachal Pradesh BJP; and Subimal Bhattacharjee, a defence and cyber security analyst.#Highlight222: New session: Connecting Northeast: From nowhere land to centre of south east#Highlight221: Don’t confuse illegal migrants with refugees: Sambit Patra#Highlight120: The government which doesn’t think about the security of its own citizen is the most inhumane government: Sambit Patra# Highlight119: Supreme Court will strike Citizenship Bill down if it does become an Act: Sushmita Dev#Highlight118: On Roghingya, Sambit Patra says there are four important aspects: Legal, security, strategic and humanitarian.#Highlight117: New session: Sushmita Dev and Sambit Patra talk about refugees and India’s responsibility to be a good neighbour.#Highlight116: Pay structure in Kolkata for actors is not conducive, I hope things change in future: Paoli Dam#Highlight115: Choice of content is very important for films to attract people: Paoli Dam#Highlight114: Language is no longer a barrier for cinema: Paoli Dam#Highlight113: I was treated like a princess in Mumbai, have made many friends: Paoli Dam on her transition from Kolkata#Highlight112: Questions on intimate scenes are the worst thing for an actor: Paoli Dam#Highlight111: I feel blessed to be a part of cinema: Paoli Dam#Highlight110: The next session – Working in Two Worlds:  Local Stories, Global Screens with Paoli Dam begins#Highlight109: There is nothing like the northeast in India, was mesmerized by Arunachal Pradesh: Adil Hussain#Highlight108: India is the greatest example of diversity. But among Indians we are not crossing our own boundaries: Adil Hussain#Highlight107: Interestingly the ‘out’ is no longer Delhi, youths now want to establish themselves abroad: Mitra Phukan#Highlight106: During agitation days, young people moved out for better opportunities: Mitra Phukan#Highlight105: Cuisine from different north-eastern states is gradually breaking the barrier: Mitra Phukan on racism#Highlight104: Visibility on television and films give confidence to people from community: Chang on role models from northeast# Highlight103: We need to find way to evolve from this narrative of reverse racism: Adil Hussain#Highlight102: A dark actor will always get to play negative characters: Adil Hussain#Highlight101: Many parts of northeast have been isolated from each other for years: Mitra Phukan on ghettoisation#Highlight100: Other communities in India are exposed to different circumstances and have much more acceptance: Chang#Highlight99: We need good infrastructure and governance in northeast: Mitra Phukan#Highlight98: India needs to open up to the northeast through various channels: Adil Hussain.# Highlight97: Indian audience have accepted diversity: Adil Hussain on stereotyping.#Highlight96: There is a lot of angst in northeast due to the alienation from other states: Mitra Phukan.#Highlight95: People from different cities speak to me in their own language because of my pan-Indian face: Adil Hussain.#Highlight94: The best way to deal with racism is to respond with a smile: Chang.#Highlight93: Next session: What Me, Chinki? Battling Racism with a Smile – actor Adil Hussain, writer Mitra Phukan and singer Meiyang Chang will share their thoughts.#advertisementHighlight92: West Bengal’s quest for investments is beginning to yeild results: Sanjiv Goenka.#Highlight91: Make in India is an imperative for India: Sanjiv Puri.#Highlight90: The current environment is enabling and supportive: Sanjiv Puri.#Highlight89: Now on stage are Sanjiv Goenka and Sanjiv Puri to talk about business and making in India.#Highlight88: Conclave East will now break for lunch. Live coverage of the event will be back soon# Highlight87: Read the headlines… you will know then whether the Indian citizen feels safe right now or not: Tarun Gogoi#Highlight86: We are committed to our democratic, constitutional values and to inclusive growth: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi#Highlight85: Even the world recognises that reforms such as demonetisation and GST will help the Indian economy: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi#Highlight84: We will always work in the interest of the nation: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi#Highlight83: More focus needed on development of SCs/STs: Raghav Chandra#Highlight82: More than appeasement, we should talk about empowerment: Gaurav Gogoi#Highlight81: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Raghav Chandra and Gaurav Gogoi speak on The Minorities Report session#   Highlight80: The next session – The Minorities Report:  No Longer Marginal? – to begin shortly.#   Highlight79: Bengali women have a beautiful soul and that makes them beautiful: Rani on Bengali beauty.#  Highlight78: Rosogulla is the best thing about Kolkata: Rani.# Highlight77: I will be Rani Mukerji for the rest of my life: Rani on her name after marriage.# Highlight76: I want to work as long as I can: Rani on her Bollywood career.# Highlight75: We don’t talk about work at home, conversations are only about love and our daughter: Rani.# Highlight74: Actors are like beggars, we have to pick and choose from whatever is offered to us: Rani.# Highlight73: When I approach a role, it is not simply playing it but to make it believable: Rani.# Highlight72: Enjoyed working with Big B more in Bunty aur Babli: Rani.# Highlight71: As a society, we need to move towards love and disassociate with hate: Rani on Padmavati# Highlight70: The deaf, blind people on the sets of Black taught me a lot: Rani# Highlight69: Black is the film that changed me as a person and a performer: Rani#Highlight68: You can be a son or a daughter of anyone, what is important is the verdict of the audience: Rani#Highlight67: In our industry, we have to work under all conditions and wait for acceptance: Rani#Highlight66: Only merit and talent take you places: Rani on nepotism.#Highlight65: I had no interest in films and even told my family that I would make a fool out of myself if I took the plunge: Rani.#Highlight64: Being an actor does not require one to come from anywhere specific: Rani on influence of regional cinema in her career.#Highlight63: My name shows how much I love being a Bengali and the state: Rani.#Highlight62: The love I get from Kolkata is because of my mother: Rani.#Highlight61: The next session is – From Babli to Hichki : A Career in Cinema – with actor Rani Mukerji.#Highlight60: West Bengal will lead India, says Mamata as the session draws to an end.#Highlight59: Let me continue as commoner, I do not want to be VIP… I want to be LIP (Less Important Person): Mamata on PM aspirations.#Highlight58: United India is always strong: Mamata.#Highlight57: Will welcome Sanjay Leela Bhansali: Mamata Banerjee.#Highlight56: I love and respect Gujarat: Mamata.#Highlight55: West Bengal will never accept divide and rule politics: Mamata.#Highlight54: Without regional politics you cannot strengthen national politics: Mamata.#Highlight53: Do not need a secularism certificate from anybody: Mamata.#Highlight52: Have no personal agenda against PM Narendra Modi: Mamata Banerjee.#Highlight51: There is a super emergency on in the country right now: Mamata.#Highlight50: West Bengal is the cultural capital… of the world: Mamata.#Highlight49: The government of India has always given more importance to western states, not the eastern ones: Mamata.#Highlight48: The idea that Gujarat is progressing a lot and other states aren’t is wrong: Mamata.#Highlight47: West Bengal has progressed a lot in the last 5-6 years: Mamata Banerjee.#Highlight46: The session with Mamata Banerjee will be moderated by consulting editor Rajdeep Sardesai.#Highlight45: Chairman and Editor-in-Chief Aroon Purie welcomes Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.#Highlight44: The next session is –  Rising from the East:  An Alliance for India –  with CM Mamata Banerjee.#Highlight43: Actors should not be dragged into such controversies, I am really hurt: Prosenjit  on Padmavati.# Highlight42: I feel I should reach to a new audience everyday: Prosenjit # Highlight41: In India, we have a huge number of talented people but they are mostly overshadowed: Prosenjit # Highlight40: Music is very important for mainstream films and we have numerous musicians here: Prosenjit # Highlight39: Actor Prosenjit grooves to a popular song from his film at the India Today Conclave East 2017# Highlight38: Although content has changed, going to cinemas remains unaffected and it will continue to thrive: Prosenjit.# Highlight37: Professional theater has faded and cinema was a challenge for me: Prosenjit.#Highlight36: I write my characters in Bangla, but we use English mostly: Prosenjit.# Highlight35: I am trying to learn, understand and manage it in my own way: Prosenjit on social media.# Highlight34: When we do a character, we try to create magic: Prosenjit.# Highlight33: For us actors it is important to upgrade ourselves, says Prosenjit on social media.# Highlight32: The next session is with acclaimed actor Prosenjit Chatterjee – Actor at Work: New Medium, New Expressions.# Highlight31: I believe that one should do what they can do regardless of the outcome: Sourav Ganguly on politics.#Highlight30: Not right to compare, says Sourav on the Virat Kohli vs Sachin Tendulkar debate.# Highlight29: My first Ranji Trophy game got me Rs 400 in earnings: Sourav.#Highlight28: Would never do it again: Sourav on his famous shirt-less Lord’s pose.#Highlight27: In sports, it is never over until it is over: Sourav.#Highlight26: Dance for me is a hobby: Sourav’s wife Dona.#Highlight25: Not many captains in the world would go from not being captain to not even being in the side, says Sourav, recalling the Greg Chappell phase.# Highlight24: The Greg Chappell phase was a difficult one, but we knew he would make a comeback, says Sourav’s wife Dona.#Highlight23: What you see on the field, and what you see off the field are two different personas: Sourav#Highlight22: I am a laid-back person, but when I became captain of the Indian cricket team, I realised this team has to do different.# Highlight21: Sourav “controls” the home, but in a very nice way: Dona.# Highlight20: Sourav recalls the first time he saw Dona.# Highlight19: The next session is on ‘All in the family: Keeping it together’ with former cricketer Sourav Ganguly and wife Dona Ganguly.#Highlight18: Session – Music Divine: Dancing to a New Tune – ends with a spellbinding performance by all three guest speakers.#Highlight17: Sunita Bhuyan, Sanchita Bhattacharya and Bickram Ghosh captivate audience with their performance and insight on music and dance.#Highlight16: At India Today Conclave East 2017, violinist Sunita Bhuyan collaborates with musician Bickram Ghosh for the first time.#Highlight15: Communication for an artist or performer is vital for demystifying the myths surrounding music: Sunita Bhuyan.#Highlight14: There is a language to rhythm in our culture; it is onomatopoeic with a sound for every word: Bickram Ghosh.# Highlight13: Rhythm in everyday life is accent and modulation: Bickram Ghosh.# Highlight12: Value of classical dance is when people relate to it as something universal: Sanchita Bhattacharya.# Highlight11: Indian or western music, rock or jazz all start with seven notes: Sunita Bhuyan.# Highlight10: Dancing is communion with the higher soul: Sanchita Bhattacharya.#Highlight9: Musician Bickram Ghosh enthralls all with body drumming.# Highlight8: The first session – Music Divine: Dancing to a New Tune – with Bickram Ghosh, Sunita Bhuyan and Sanchita Bhattacharya begins.# Highlight7: We seek illumination, inspiration and intellectual stimulation in the two-day conclave here: Aroon Purie.# Highlight6: West Bengal’s relation with Bangladesh is setting new benchmark for bilateral ties: Aroon Purie.# Highlight5: Editor-in-chief Aroon Purie welcomes all to the first edition of India Today Conclave East.# Highlight4: India Today Conclave East will begin shortly.#Highlight3: The power-packed event will see chief ministers and top ministers, legends of cinema and icons from sports, all on one platform.#Highlight2: The event will be attended by leaders and stalwarts, including Mamata Banerjee, Sarbananda Sonowal, Sourav Ganguly, Rani Mukerji, Prosenjit Chatterjee and many more.#Highlight1: Welcome to India Today Conclave East. Live coverage of the event that will feature some of the biggest names in sports, cinema and politics on one stage will begin soon.#last_img read more

Yankees Retire Posada’s No. 20

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — The Yankees most recent championship teams were built around a group of players that came to be known as the “Core Four.” There was the suave leader Derek Jeter, the homespun starter Andy Pettitte and the classy closer Mariano Rivera.Jorge Posada was the fiery one.He spoke his mind in a clubhouse of singularly focused players. The catcher called out teammates and pushed the younger Yankees to perform up to their standards.For that passion and effort, the Yankees on Aug. 22 before playing the Cleveland Indians retired Posada’s No. 20 and unveiled a plaque in Monument Park honoring his 17-year career — all in navy pinstripes — in which he was a key part of four World Series championships.“Ever since I could remember all I wanted to do was play baseball. Ever since growing up in beautiful Puerto Rico, everything I did was work toward my goal. I don’t think I had a plan B,” Posada said. “Baseball was my passion and luckily I had the privilege and honor to play for the greatest franchise in all of sports.”Fans chanted the familiar “Hip, hip, Jorge!” several times during a ceremony, that included a nearly eight-minute speech by Posada made in front of family and many of his former teammates.On Aug. 24, there was another ceremony to celebrate Yankees hegemony of the late 1990s and 2000s, when Pettitte’s No. 46 was taken out of circulation.Manager Joe Torre’s No. 6 was retired last year, center fielder Bernie Williams’ No. 51 was hung up in May. Rivera’s number was retired in 2013, and Tino Martinez and Paul O’Neill have also been given plaques.All that’s left is a big bash for Jeter, his No. 2 the final available single digit.Pettitte and Posada teamed up to combine for a 100-51 record as the starting battery for New York, according to a tweet by the Elias Sports Bureau. The two became a tandem in the lowest levels of the minor leagues.“The years you put in and the friendship you build up, just the trust you build with one another,” Pettitte said. “He knew how to push my buttons and get me going. We all know how fiery Georgie could be. I love that.”Taken as a second baseman in the 24th round of the 1990 draft, Posada holds the record for most postseason games as a catcher (119) and won five silver slugger awards as the best hitter at that position.“Catching for the New York Yankees was such a thrill every day,” Posada said. “I got to play the same position as my idols Yogi Berra, Bill Dickey, Elston Howard and No. 15, Thurman Munson.”Berra, now 90, wrote Posada a letter that was posted on the videoboard in center field.“I’m proud of you, kid,” Berra wrote.A five-time All-Star, Posada hit .273 with 275 homers and 1,065. He played a remarkable 1,574 games of his 1,829 big league games behind the plate.He made his debut in 1995 and eventually took over as starting catcher from Joe Girardi a few years later. Posada then played under Girardi his final four seasons, bristling when Girardi took away his catching duties then pulling himself out of the lineup one day when he saw his name listed as the No. 9 hitter.But Girardi said this week he had no issues with Posada. In fact, he admired him. “He was obviously a very skilled player, but he brought an attitude,” Girardi said. “It was great to see every day.”Posada’s son Jorge Jr. may be as fiery as his dad. After Posada sailed a high ceremonial first pitch that tipped off the glove Jorge Jr., wearing a tailored suit, the son could be seen holding his arms out in a questioning pose, then waving his arms and holding his glove high over his head while Jorge Sr. put his arm around Jr.Posada Jr. was born in 1999 with a life-threatening skull deformation, craniosynostosis, that required eight operations, but Rivera recalled Posada never wavering in his commitment to the Yankees while going through tough personal times.“I remember the passion and the determination he had to win, the dedication, going through tough times, adversities, family issues, but he was there,” Rivera said. “He was there for us.”Posada took a moment during his speech to acknowledge Indians utility player Mike Aviles, whose 4-year-old daughter has leukemia. Aviles, watching the ceremony along with several of his teammates, pointed at Posada and tipped his cap.“Everybody knows Posada is a class act, there’s not a person in here that doesn’t know, if they didn’t know, they do know today,” Aviles said after the game. “It definitely put a pit in my throat.”(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Baseball Writer)last_img read more

Michael Phelps gets another gold, but says it is the last

first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Standing atop the medal podium for the 23rd time, Michael Phelps teared up, bit his lip and gave a little nod.This was how he really wanted to go out.On top of his game in the water.Totally content away from the pool.“It turned out pretty cool,” Phelps said, another gold medal around his neck. “It’s just a perfect way to finish.”Phelps put the United States ahead to stay on the butterfly leg of the 4×100-meter medley relay, giving the most decorated athlete in Olympic history his 23rd career gold medal Saturday night.If that was the end, and Phelps insists it is, the numbers are simply astonishing.No other Olympian has more than nine gold medals.With 28 medals in all, he’s 10 clear of anyone else.“It’s not even once in a generation,” said his coach, Bob Bowman. “It might be once in 10 generations that someone like Michael Phelps comes along. ”As Nathan Adrian touched the wall to finish off the victory, Phelps gathered the other relay swimmers, Ryan Murphy and Cody Miller, in his arms. One night after his only setback of the games, an upset loss to Joseph Schooling in the 100 fly, Phelps was back on top.At age 31, he leaves Rio with five golds and a silver.“I wouldn’t change anything,” he said. “This is the best place I’ve ever been in my life.”In the stands, his fiancee, Nicole Johnson, bounced along to the music with their son, 3-month-old Boomer, cradled in her arms.Phelps is eager to spend a lot more time with them. He plans to marry Johnson after the Olympics and said he wants to watch his son grow, maybe even dole out a swimming lesson or two.And what if Boomer wants to take all those medals to show-and-tell someday?“I might let him take one,” Phelps said with a grin.“Maybe a bronze,” Bowman chimed in.Most of the U.S. swim team was in the stands to watch Phelps’ finale, including the biggest female star at the pool, Katie Ledecky.The 19-year-old Ledecky joked that she was proud to be part of Phelps’ final Olympics — twice. He initially retired after the 2012 London Olympics, only to decide about a year later to return.The comeback endured a huge setback with his second drunken-driving arrest in 2014, which led to Phelps being banned from the world championships last year. But it also sparked a turnaround in his personal life. He entered six weeks of inpatient therapy, where he got in touch with some of the issues that seemed to lead him astray.He quit drinking, reconnected with his estranged father, got engaged, moved to Arizona along with Bowman, and became a father for the first time.Phelps sounds much more adamant when he says his swimming career really is over.“These games really showed his growth,” teammate Anthony Ervin said. “That human spirit, that capacity to heal. I think it showed in his swimming, it showed in his demeanor, and it certainly showed in his leadership on the team.”Phelps was elected a team captain for the first time in his fifth Olympics and truly seemed to enjoy being around his fellow swimmers. He was still the same ruthless competitor, but he was also willing to join in when some of his younger teammates made a carpool karaoke video at their final training camp in Atlanta.Took a starring role, in fact.“Being Michael requires such isolation,” Ervin said. “Other people respect that. They give him that space because he is the greatest. But this time around he started reaching out, reaching out to other people, bringing them closer, letting that gap be bridged. That was special.”On a victory stroll around the pool, Phelps and his teammates grabbed a sign that said, “Thank You Rio.”“No matter what country you swim for, you’re indebted to Michael Phelps for bringing a lot of exposure to the sport and making it a little more mainstream,” Murphy said. “If this is the end that was a great way to cap off an incredible career.”Murphy, who won two backstroke golds in Rio, put the Americans out front with a world-record split — it counts since he was leading off — before Britain surged ahead on the breaststroke with its own world-record holder, Adam Peaty.Phelps dove into the pool in second place.He wouldn’t be for long.On the return lap, Phelps powered through the water with his windmill of a stroke, surging ahead of James Guy to pass off a lead to the anchor Adrian.It wasn’t in doubt after that. Adrian pulled away on the freestyle to win in an Olympic-record time of 3 minutes, 27.95 seconds. Britain held on for silver, with Australia nabbing bronze.The victory came just minutes after the women’s medley relay gave the United States its 1,000th Olympic gold medal at the Summer Games.“A thousandth gold for team USA,” said Simone Manuel, who swam the anchor leg for her second gold of the games and second medal of the night. “It’s a nice number.”Kathleen Baker, Lilly King and Dana Vollmer joined Manuel in the historic victory, which came with a time of 3:53.13. Australia earned silver, while Denmark took bronze.Earlier in the night, Manuel took silver in the 50 free. She already became the first African-American woman to win an Olympic swimming title with her win in the 100 free.Connor Jaeger gave the U.S. another silver in the 1,500 free, leaving the American with 33 swimming medals in Rio — matching the highest total since they captured 34 against a depleted field at the boycotted Los Angeles Games of 1984.The U.S. also won 33 medals at Sydney in 2000.The final two individual golds of the games went to Pernille Blume of Denmark in the 50 free, her country’s first swimming victory since 1948, and Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri in the grueling 1,500 free.The night, though, belonged to Phelps, who walked out of the arena for the final time carrying an American flag handed to him by his mother from her front-row seat, right next to Johnson and little Boomer.With a gold medal around his neck.The only way imaginable.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Logic Technology: FlashFX Tera 4.2 extends MLC NAND flash support for automotive and IIOT

first_img Continue Reading Previous AAEON: the power of a Mini-ITX SBC on a 4” boardNext Bringing machine learning to the edge: A Q&A with Neurala’s Anatoli Gorshechnikov Datalight has released the latest version of its FlashFX Tera product with enhancements for NOR device long-term reliability features as well as refinements to validation tests for multi-level cell NAND flash and enhanced support for i.MX family of processors from NXP.Ensuring long-term reliability for flash media requires careful attention to the physical degradation that occurs over time which leads to bit errors and device failure. While FlashFX Tera has managed data retention and error handling challenges for NAND flash media since its inception, but NOR flash has heretofore not required such sophistication. Now customers are beginning to suspect similar longevity concerns for NOR flash media and Datalight has responded with enhancements to error detection and correction focused on NOR flash. This software solution allows the data from blocks with correctible errors to be rewritten elsewhere while the original block is fully erased for future reuse. In addition to correcting single bit errors, two-bit errors are detected for proper handling by the design.Customers who place a premium on device cost often choose MLC NAND flash as their storage media. FlashFX Tera is acknowledged as the market leader in support for MLC NAND flash media and is the only flash manager with robust MLC support on Linux, as such support has been deprecated from open source solutions. This release offers refinements to the Flash Memory Services Layer (FMSL) test for this media type. This Flash Media test is crucial to exercise all aspects of implementation and customization of both the drivers and the hardware. Like all Datalight tests which are included with its products, the full source code is provided for ease of customization and finding hardware errors from within a debugger.FlashFX Tera continues to support the NXP series of application processors with an updated version of our i.MX family NAND Technology Module, which is designed to support i.MX8, i.MX7 and i.MX6 processors.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

Xiaomi Redmi 6A vs Redmi 6 vs Redmi 6 Pro: What are the differences, which one you should buy

first_imgXiaomi on Wednesday announced a trio of phones that are part of the new Redmi 6-series in India. The Redmi 6A, Redmi 6, Redmi 6 Pro now take their place alongside the Redmi 5, Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro that were launched earlier this year. That’s quite a handful of Redmi phones for the consumers and it further cements Xiaomi’s position in the budget to mid-range segments.The three new phones announced start from Rs 5,999 and go up to Rs 12,999. Understandably, each phone has a specific target base in mind. The Redmi 6A is for “everyone” as it is the most affordable of the lot and aims to offer an all-round performance for entry-level consumers. The Redmi 6 is for consumers who want good cameras at an affordable price point as it brings a dual camera setup. Lastly, the Redmi 6 Pro is for consumers who are looking for performance above all things. We take a look at all the difference between the three new Redmi phones so that you can decide which is the best one for you.Redmi 6A, Redmi 6, Redmi 6 Pro design and displayThe Redmi 6A and 6 largely offer a similar design. Both the phones offer 18:9 display with evenly narrow bezels on the top and bottom. They both offer 5.45-inch displays with HD+ resolution. The back is plastic with a metallic-like texture to it, but there are some differences to be found here. The Redmi 6A sports a single camera and lacks a fingerprint sensor, while the Redmi 6 gets a dual camera as well as a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. Both the phones come with curved corners with an arc design for better in-hand grip.advertisementThe Redmi 6 Pro looks quite different from the other two. Notably, this is the first Xiaomi phone in India with a notched display. This means the phone offers smaller bezels and more screen real-estate in a footprint similar to the Redmi 6. This allows the Redmi 6 Pro to offer a bigger 5.84-inch display compared to the other two phones. The Pro model also bumps up the resolution to FHD+ with a wider aspect ratio of 19:9. The back of the Redmi 6 Pro is similar to the Redmi Note 5 Pro in that it’s all metal with a vertical dual camera setup and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.Redmi 6A, Redmi 6, Redmi 6 Pro specificationsThe Redmi 6A and Redmi 6 are Xiaomi’s first phones in India to come with MediaTek chipsets. The former gets a quad-core Helio A22 processor while the latter gets an octa-core Helio P22 chipset, both of which are based on a 12nm process. Meanwhile, the Redmi 6 Pro gets a more powerful octa-core Snapdragon 625 chipset.All three phones come in two variants each. The main difference is that the Redmi 6A offers a maximum of 2GB of RAM while the Redmi 6 offers 3GB of RAM and the Redmi 6 Pro offers 3GB and 4GB of memory options. You will have to decide on how much RAM is sufficient for you depending on how frequently you multitask, play games or use a lot of memory-heavy apps. Cameras vary significantly between the three new phones. The Redmi 6A will offer basic entry-level cameras. It has a single 13-megapixel camera on the back paired with EIS and a 5-megapixel selfie shooter with AI portrait and beautify mode. The Redmi 6 is being targeted for consumers who are looking for good cameras on a budget. The phone comes with a dual camera setup on the back that includes a 12-megapixel primary sensor and 5-megapixel secondary sensor with 1.25-micron pixel size for depth shots. Up front, the Redmi 6 brings a 5-megapixel sensor with AI portrait mode.The Redmi 6 Pro, on the other hand, gets a similar camera configuration as the Redmi Note 5 Pro. This means a 12-megapixel Sony IMX 486 primary sensor with 1.25-micron pixels and a secondary 5-megapixel Samsung sensor. Given how impressive the cameras on the Note 5 Pro are, we expect the Redmi 6 Pro to deliver some good photographs at an even more affordable price point.As far as battery life is concerned, both the Redmi 6A and Redmi 6 should offer a similar day-long battery at 3,000mAh capacity each, but the Pro model promises a two-day battery life thanks to a larger 4,000mAh battery capacity. On a software level, all three devices offer Android 8.1 Oreo with MIUI 9.6 out-of-the-box.Which one should you buyFor budget consumers looking for a Redmi phone under Rs 10,000, the real decision will be between the Redmi 6A and Redmi 6. The former is an entry-level phone for consumers who want good all-round performance for basic day-to-day activities but are not looking for anything more than that. The Redmi 6 is more about offering dual cameras at an affordable price point. If you’re one to take a lot of photos for posting on social media or simply as a passion, then the Redmi 6 should be enough for that.advertisementThe Redmi 6 Pro is at a different level compared to the other two. It is for consumers who know they want a more superior performance and yet don’t want to pay as high as the Redmi Note 5 Pro. At Rs 10,999, you’re getting a good performer with a capable chipset along with Redmi Note 5 Pro-level cameras. The phone also comes with a more premium metallic build and I feel that if you’re thinking of buying the top-end Redmi 6 model at Rs 9,499, it’s worth shelling out a little extra and buying the Redmi 6 Pro at Rs 10,999 for what looks like the best all-round phone that includes a notched 1080p display.last_img read more

China Open: Ashwini-Satwik stun CWG silver medallists

first_imgIndia’s mixed doubles pairing of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa on Wednesday advanced to the he pre-quarterfinals of the USD 1 million China Open after stunning the Commonwealth Games silver medallists England’s Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith to enter the pre-quarterfinals of the USD 1 million China Open.World No 25 Satwiksairaj and Ashwini, who had lost twice to the English combination in the past, executed their plan well to notch up a 21-13, 20-22, 21-17 win in a match that lasted an hour and three minutes.”It was a good match. We were pretty confident today at crucial moments. We struck to our plans so it became a little easy in the end,” Satwik told PTI.The Indian pair will face top seed Chinese combination of Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong.Seventh seed Srikanth, who had reached the quarterfinals last week at Japan Open, too was through to the pre-quarterfinals after beating Denmark’s Rasmus Gemke 21-9, 21-19 to set up a meeting with Thailand’s Suppanyu Avihingsanon.However, men’s doubles pair of Satwik and Chirag Shetty, who had won a silver at the Commonwealth Games, lost 19-21, 20-22 to Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong of Malaysia.CWG bronze medallists Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy also went down 10-21, 18-21 to Korean combination of Kim So Yeong and Kong Hee Yong in women’s doubles.The mixed doubles match turned out to be a hard-fought battle right from the start as the Indian and English pair moved together till 4-4. Satwik and Ashwini then reeled off four points to open up a 8-4 lead. From there on, the duo kept its distance to grab the opening game without much ado.advertisementIn the second game, Marcus and Lauren jumped to a 6-1 lead before grabbing a 6 advantage at the break. The Indian pair however slowly fought its way to level at 20-20 but the English combination produced the required two points to stay in the contest.In the decider, Satwik and Ashwin stepped up and surged to a 7-1 advantage. The duo led 11-5 at the breather. After the break, Marcus and Lauren managed to narrow the gap to 13-15 but the Indian duo marched ahead to 18-13 and eventually sealed the match.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Vijender boosts morale of Rabindra World School students

first_imgGurgaon, Dec 9 (PTI) Indian boxing champion Vijender Singh graced the closing ceremony of the Annual Sports Day of Rabindranath World School at Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex here Sunday. Also present on the occasion was the vice-charmain of the school, Gaurav Tomar, along with Air Commodore Ripun Gupta and Air Commodore Grover. Vijender who was the guest of honour at the event was impressed with the active participation of so many children in different disciplines at the annual sports day. “I have never participated in any activity in my school days and it’s amazing to see so many students actively taking part in the event,” Vijender said. Vijender also handed out medals and trophies to the students of the school for their outstanding sporting achievements. Encouraging the young sports stars, Vijender said, “You shouldn’t face any sort of pressure while competing in a game. The most important thing is to compete and give your 100 percent each time. “Being a sports person there will be days where things necessarily don’t go your way but the best you can do is to give your 100 percent and hope for the best result.” Vijender also addressed the parents and spoke about the importance of physical activities and diets for young children. PTI AHAHlast_img read more

Ranjit Singh emerges as top pick in inaugural Pro Volleyball League player auction

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 14 (PTI) Indian attacker Ranjit Singh emerged as the top pick in the first Pro Volleyball League auction which also saw six foreign and 117 Indian players going under the hammer here Friday.Singh was the costliest Indian player with Ahmedabad Defenders shelling out Rs 13 lakhs for him.”I am excited to see what’s building up here. For all of us, this is a new chapter and hope we can live up to the expectations and faith shown in us by the team owners, federation and organizers here,” Singh said.In the foreign player draft, the Black Hawks Hyderabad got Round 1 first pick and they chose Carson Clark. Paul Lotman was the second pick joining Calicut Heroes. The third pick of the foreign draft was Rudy Verhoeff joining Chennai Spartans.Tomislav Coskovic, David Lee and Novica Bjelica were picked 4th, 5th & 6th by U Mumba Volley, Kochi Blue Spikers and Ahmedabad Defenders respectively.Olympic Gold medallist Lee, who was drafted by Kochi Blue Spikers, said: “I am thrilled to join the Kochi Blue Spikers. The league will do a world of good not only to the players but also the sport and its fans. Can’t wait to get to India and get in the thick of action.”The Pro Volleyball League (PVL) scheduled to begin from February 2 in Chennai and Kochi will have six franchisees that includes Ahmedabad Defenders, Chennai Spartans, U Mumba Volley , Black Hawks Hyderabad and the Kochi Blue Spikers.Each of the six teams will have 12 players including two foreign players, one Indian icon player and two Indian U-21 players.advertisement The league will be played over a total of 18 matches with each team playing each other once in a round-robin format and the top four teams qualifying for the semi-finals.Volleyball Federation of India, Secretary General, Ramavtar Singh Jhakar also a former player said: “It is a known fact that well-organized leagues can give a sport much-needed shot in the arm. We expect Pro Volleyball League to do that to Volleyball. The player draft and auction is the beginning of the fillip that the sport needs.” PTI APA ATKATKlast_img read more