Mourinho ‘relaxed’ over Chelsea Alexis links

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Furious Pep lays into refs after Sane horror tackle

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Technology Entrepreneurs to Benefit from ‘Start Up Jamaica’

Story Highlights Considerable progress has been made in getting the initiative off the ground. Technology entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to build on their innovations as the Government moves to

Maxim: 5kVRMS reinforced digital isolator enables safe, high-throughput automation systems

first_imgTo better protect industrial systems from the dangers of high-voltage signals, equipment designers can now turn to the new robust and reliable MAX22445 5kVRMS four-channel reinforced digital isolator from Maxim Integrated Products. Delivering up to 2x greater throughput at 4x lower power consumption versus competing solutions, the MAX22445 provides reliable communication across the isolation barrier to ensure safe operation of compact industrial, medical and other equipment.In high-voltage equipment, digital isolators provide signal isolation and level-shifting for proper operation of many circuits, while also protecting users from dangers such as electric shock. Yet, not all of these isolators are alike as many consume a large amount of power, generate significant heat and introduce large propagation delays, limiting system reliability and throughput.Overcoming the shortcomings of other digital isolators, the MAX22445 delivers reinforced, dual insulation barrier isolation for fast digital signals. The IC, which mitigates the dangers of high-voltage power, transfers signals of up to 200Mbps with significantly less power than competitive solutions. It is available in a 16-pin wide-body SOIC package with 8mm of creepage and clearance.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Parasoft releases comprehensive CERT C solution to the marketNext GrammaTech releases CodeSonar 5 with usability focuslast_img read more

congatec: 8th gen Intel Core mobile processors on embedded form factors

first_img Continue Reading Previous TQ presents latest COM Express Compact moduleNext Kontron: SOM based on STM32MP157 with three processor cores congatec presents the world’s first embedded form factors with the brand new 8th Generation Intel Core Mobile processors at embedded world 2019. This launch of COM Express Type 6 Compact modules, 3.5 inch SBCs, and Thin Mini-ITX motherboards – all equipped with commercial-grade Intel Core i7-8565U Mobile processors – allows congatec to play a pioneering role in the rollout of this new processor generation for harsh and space-constrained environments.The new hybrid embedded conga-JC370 3.5 inch SBCs, conga-IC370 Thin Mini-ITX motherboards and conga-TC370 COM Express Type 6 modules all come with the 1.8 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7-8565U Mobile processor that impresses with a performance increase of up to 40% compared to previous U-Series processors enabled by a leap from 2 to 4 cores along with the improved microarchitecture. The memory is designed to match this performance boost: Two DDR4 SODIMM sockets with up to 2400 MT/s are available for a total of up to 64GB. For the first time, USB 3.1 Gen2 is now supported natively. This USB SuperSpeed+ interface is capable of transferring up to 10 Gbps, which makes it possible to transfer even uncompressed UHD video from a camera to a monitor. The new 3.5 inch SBC provides this performance via a USB-C connector that also supports 1x DisplayPort++ and power supply for peripheral devices, thereby enabling monitor connection with a single cable for video, touch and power. The COM Express modules support the same feature set on carrier boards. Further interfaces depend on the form factor but all support a total of 3 independent 60Hz UHD displays with up to 4096×2304 pixels as well as up to 2x Gigabit Ethernet (1x with TSN support). The new boards and modules offers all this and many more interfaces with an economical 15W TDP, which is scalable from 10W (800 MHz) to 25W (up to 4.6 GHz in Turbo Boost mode).Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

Toposens launches TS3 ultrasonic sensor for cars, ADAS, robots

first_img Continue Reading Previous Future Electronics has latest RSL10 Sensor Development Kit for IoT from ON SemiNext ST strengthens STM32 microcontroller ecosystem with MadeForSTM32 quality label The new Toposens TS3 sensor is an embedded sensor system that sends out ultrasound waves in a frequency range inaudible by humans. An array of microphones subsequently records the echoes from all objects in the sensor’s vicinity and computes their location in a 3-dimensional space. It therefore creates an entirely new way of ultrasonic sensing for autonomous systems.In addition to cars (backing up & parking), use cases include home cleaning robots and delivery/service robots. The TS3 sensor enables them to reliably map an environment with minimal processing power and to localize themselves in predefined maps to execute complex path planning algorithms. TS3 sensors perform independently of ambient light conditions and are even capable of detecting mirroring and transparent surfaces; adding an additional layer of safety where optical sensors tend to fail.In comparison to common ultrasonic sensors, which usually measure the distance only to the closest reflecting surface, Toposens’ new 3D sensors achieve a wide field of view of up to 160° and provide simultaneous 3D measurements for multiple objects within the scanning area. The operation thus mimics the echolocation techniques used by bats and dolphins for navigation and orientation in the wild.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

Silicon Labs enhances Si479xx automotive tuner family with SDR technology

first_imgSilicon Labs has introduced new hybrid software-defined radio (SDR) tuners, expanding its portfolio to meet the growing need of automotive radio manufacturers to support all global digital radio standards with a common platform. The new Si479x7 devices are Silicon Labs’ first automotive radio tuners supporting the Digital Radio Mondiale standard. The Si479x7 tuners are an extension of Silicon Labs’ popular family of Global Eagle and Dual Eagle AM/FM receivers and digital radio tuners, providing the same outstanding field performance, pin and package compatibility between single and dual tuners, and bill of materials cost advantages.In addition to introducing new DRM-capable tuners, Silicon Labs is enhancing its Si4790x/1x/2x/5x/6x automotive tuners with unique “SDR-friendly” technology, effectively transforming these devices into hybrid SDR tuners. Silicon Labs’ hybrid SDR technology includes advanced DSP-based automotive features such as Maximal Ratio Combining (MRC), Digital Automatic Gain Control (AGC), Digital Radio Fast Detect and Dynamic Zero-IF (ZIF) I/Q. These features enable automotive radio manufacturers to support global digital radio standards with a common radio hardware and software design. This added flexibility helps OEM and Tier 1 customers reduce design, qualification, sourcing and inventory costs while avoiding the complexity and inefficiency of supporting multiple automotive radio platforms.Silicon Labs’ automotive tuner portfolio includes highly integrated single and dual device options with best-in-class AM/FM receiver performance. The portfolio supports all broadcast radio bands including AM, FM, Long Wave, Short Wave, Weather Band, HD Radio, DAB (Band III) and DRM. The tuners are built on Silicon Labs’ industry-leading RF CMOS technology, delivering outstanding automotive receiver performance. The tuners’ proven mixed-signal, low-IF RF CMOS design provides excellent sensitivity in weak signal environments and superb selectivity and intermodulation immunity in strong signal environments.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Elatec: enable user authentication and access control for devices lacking a USB portNext Bürklin: pocket-sized thermal camera withstanding dirt and moisturelast_img read more

Abaco Systems: rugged XMC graphics and video board

first_img Continue Reading Previous DATA MODUL: new generation of PCAP touch analysis tools easyANALYZER 4.0Next Consortium looks to revive ultra-wideband for fine-ranging applications Abaco Systems announced the new NVP2000, a powerful new rugged XMC graphics and video board. The NVP2000 leverages the high performance of the NVIDIA Pascal P2000 GPU with its 768 cores and 4 GBytes of GDDR5 memory to deliver 2.3 TeraFLOPS of peak performance with CUDA and OpenCL support. It is designed to deliver significant gains in SIGINT, situational awareness, radar and video or graphics processing applications, while its high degree of parallelism also makes it an optimum fit for GPGPU applications including machine learning and autonomy.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

Salsa essence takes over Russia as Colombia begin World Cup campaign

first_imgWith their straw hats, yellow shirts and appetite for a fiesta, Colombian soccer supporters brought a wave of tropical exuberance to the stolid citizens of Saransk ahead of their team’s World Cup opener against Japan on Tuesday.At the Fan Fest site in central Saransk, they swilled beer and swayed their hips as best they could to the music of a Russian rock band.One group waved a big Colombian flag and jumped up and down chanting “Vamos, vamos Colombia” (“Let’s go”).Local people in the crowd looked on with some bemusement.The smallest of the World Cup hosts, Saransk is a remote city on the Russian Steppes and the invasion by Colombians, Peruvians, Japanese and others has been something of a shock to the system.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGESome bold teenage girls plucked up the courage to ask to pose for photos with Colombians. Colombia fans at the Fan Fest site in central Saransk (Reuters Photo)”It’s a beautiful place, mate. Very kind people. I want marry a Saransk girl,” said Luis Castellanos, obliging them.The 27-year-old studies English in Australia and had travelled through Europe before meeting up with his father and friends for the soccer.FIFA WORLD CUP FIXTURES | POINTS TABLELike many, he was confident of a win over Japan in their opening match and he believes the Cafeteros (Coffee-makers) could go all the way to the final. Fans said they were sorry but not worried that the team’s star player, James Rodriguez, who has spearheaded a revival of Colombia’s fortunes on the world soccer stage, might not be fit to play. But they said there was depth in the squad and the name of Juan Quinteros was on many lips.advertisementCastellanos’ father Carlos, an environmental official from the town of Cucuta on the Colombia-Venezuela border, also offered his support to fellow Latin Americans Argentina.”I hope Colombia wins but I am a big Messi fan. I hope Argentina recovers, but they are in a hard group,” he said.The former world champions could only manage a 1-1 draw in their match against Iceland on Saturday and Lionel Messi missed a penalty.There was solidarity rather than rivalry among the supporters of all the Latin American teams, said Erika Chacon, a business administrator from Bogota.”We have pride in all our brothers,” she said. Chacon had reached Saransk via Barcelona and Moscow. She said she had no tickets for Colombia’s other games, against Poland in Kazan and Senegal in Samara, but would travel there anyway. “I am here for the fiesta,” she said.It was also a welcome break from politics, she said, when asked about this weekend’s presidential election in Colombia.One Russian man with a wry sense of humour in the crowd was wearing a T-shirt bearing the image of the late Colombian drug baron Pablo Escobar. Chacon wrinkled her nose in distaste.”Those are the old days,” she said. “This team has given Colombia a new mark in the world.”last_img read more

World Cup 2018: Iceland face must-win game as knockout berth beckons

first_imgDebutants Iceland face Group D toppers Croatia in a must-win battle on Tuesday as they hope to emulate their Euro 2016 success by making it to the knockout stage of World Cup.The Croatians, who outclassed Argentina with a 3-0 win, are through already and will finish as table toppers with a win or a draw against Iceland at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-On-Don.Having drawn with Argentina in their opener, Iceland then lost 2-0 to Nigeria, meaning they need to beat the Croatians, hope Nigeria fail to beat Argentina, and also earn themselves a better goal difference than Nigeria or Argentina. A Nigeria win would send the Icelanders and Argentinians both home.Iceland and Croatia know each other well, with coach Heimir Hallgrimsson likening the pair to old flames due to the number of times they have met in recent years.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE”We’ve played Croatia four times in four years, we’ve often said we’re like a married couple – we’re trying to get divorced, but we always meet up again,” the Iceland coach said at a recent media conference.Hallgrimsson is expecting a tough game, but the challenge will be to get more out of a goal-shy attack in a team that has drawn two and lost four of its last six games, while creative spark Gylfi Sigurdsson struggled with a knee injury.The Everton midfielder missed a penalty against Nigeria, and his team will need to do more to share the attacking burden, in particular by being more effective at set pieces.advertisementCroatia have no such issues, coasting to a 2-0 victory over Nigeria before stunning 2014 World Cup runners-up Argentina, and their fluid, attacking football has made them one of the most attractive sides in the competition.Playmaker Luka Modric has already netted twice and showed some of his best form as the Croatians, who came third at the 1998 World Cup in France, cruised into the knockout stages.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEIceland’s older hands such as centre back Kari Arnasson will be keen to avenge the playoff defeat that saw the islanders miss out on the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and they will have to call on their famous never-say-die spirit if they hope to advance.”We were ahead of them in our (qualifying) group and we’ve already beaten them once in Iceland, so we at least have that confidence with us when we play them,” Hallgrimsson said.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Watch how Croatia players celebrated on board their flight back home

first_imgCroatia achieved their best ever finish in a World Cup and they were thrown a grand party on their arrival in Zagreb on Monday.But, that was not all. The players had a party of their own and enjoyed on their way back home as well. Vedran Corluka uploaded a short video on Instagram, where he, Mateo Kovacic and Marcelo Brozovic can be seen singing a song and enjoying a few drinks inside the aircraft.The trio didn’t start each and every game for the Croates but they played an important role in Croatia’s run to the final. Kovacic and Brozovic especially were vital cogs in Croatia’s midfield that was ably carried by Luka Modric, who also won the Golden Ball award in this year’s tournament.Speaking about their campaign in Russia, Modric said: “Our dream came true.”2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEFans gathered in the streets to welcome their heroes, who bettered Croatia’s ‘golden generation’, who lost to France in the semi-final in 1998 in France. Till date, that was the best Croatian team according to the people of Croatia but Luka Modric’s men have done one better and as they returned home, they were treated like superstars in the streets of Zagreb.A heroes’ welcome. #BeProud #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/HFW50of2JyHNS | CFF (@HNS_CFF) July 16, 2018A nation united. A day to remember. #BeProud #WorldCup #Vatreni pic.twitter.com/nqV53nxTJ8advertisementHNS | CFF (@HNS_CFF) July 17, 2018Amazing. #BeProud #WorldCup #Vatreni pic.twitter.com/YjaRzHLvMgHNS | CFF (@HNS_CFF) July 16, 2018Croatian hearts were broken on Sunday when Croatia went down fighting 4-2 to France in the summit clash in Moscow but a day later, their spirits were not dampened and people turned out in huge numbers to congratulate and celebrate Zlatko Dalic’s history makers.Speaking about the supporters, an elated Rakitic said: “There are no words to describe this. We are proud to defend Croatia colours.”stizemo..!!! Ekipa pic.twitter.com/TbGPoMZ5HNIvan Rakitic (@ivanrakitic) July 16, 2018Also read – Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and Emmanuel Macron bond at World Cup 2018 FinalWhile one would say, that Croatia had were outplayed by world champions France at the Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday, the fight and determination they showed throughout the tournament has been nothing short of spectacular.It has been great achievement for a nation with a population of little over four million. Modric’s side won all three group matches as they defeated Nigeria, Argentina and Iceland to finish at the top of their group.In the knockouts, the Croatians registered three consecutive come-from-behind victories as they reached their first World Cup final.Modric was the standout of the team and can still earn the title of world player of the year, breaking the stranglehold of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.Croatia almost failed to qualify for the tournament in Russia, needing a 2-0 victory at Ukraine in their last group match to earn second spot that sent them into a playoff against Greece. Croatia reached their first ever World Cup final in this year’s tournament in Russia (@HNS_CFF Photo)It was the start of Zlatko Dalic’s term at the helm and the coach managed to guide them to Russia where they displayed some of the finest soccer on show.And after the brilliant show in Russia, expectations will be high and fans would hope that this team can do wonders and finally win a major tournament in the coming years and make their nation prouder.last_img read more

Lexus ES 300 Hybrid drives into Indian market at Rs 59.13 lakh

first_imgLexus has launched the seventh-generation Lexus ES in India. The Lexus ES 300h is powered by a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder petrol engine combined with the new, fourth-generation Lexus Hybrid Drive System, the hybrid electric ES 300h.The new ES 300h is the all-new Global Architecture – K (GA-K) platform. The sedan now gets a lower stance and proportions with slim LED headlamps with distinctive L shaped marker lights. Lexus says that in keeping with the Lexus spirit of hospitality, or omotenashi, passenger comfort, a hallmark of the classic ES range remains the highlight in the seventh-generation as well.To increase passenger comfort the driver’s control panel and the display has been moved closer to the driver, to provide extra space for the front passenger. Rear passengers are assured of a comfortable ride with an extended legroom of 998.6 mm, made possible by the longer wheelbase. Guided by human-centered design principles, console mounted climate and audio controls along with adjustable and heated semi-aniline seats, and the 17 speaker Mark Levinson Pure Play system, Lexus states it creates the perfect ambiance.The ES 300h features a new fourth generation Hybrid Drive system. The Euro 6 compliant, new hybrid electric system coupled with the four-cylinder petrol engine, delivers improved linear acceleration according to Lexus with a combined 160 kW of total power, and a mileage of 22.37 km/l.The safety list of the ES 300h is impressive which includes 10 airbags, Hill Start Assist, Vehicle Stability Control, and Anti-theft system, with break-in and tilt sensors. Also, the cockpit features a 7-inch LCD instrument panel with a large analog tachometer, digital speedometer and an easy-to-read multi-information display, in addition to a fully adjustable color heads-up display that projects relevant vehicle information onto the windshield.advertisementThe navigation system on the 12.3-inch Electro Multi-Vision (EMV) full-size display, and the wireless charger built into the new ES, further aid in reducing distractions while on the road. Precise steering inputs are delivered by a new rack-assist type Electric Power Steering (EPS) system, and the ES offers a Drive Mode Select system that allows the driver to tailor the car’s settings to varying road conditions with Eco, Normal and Sport modes. MacPherson struts in front, a trailing arm and a multilink setup in the back with stabilizer bars at each end, coupled with 18-inch, multi-spoke alloy wheels. Additionally, due to the reconfigured rear suspension, cargo room has been increased, and the new ES 300h features 454 L of cargo space with an auto-open trunk, that also fits in a full sized spare wheel.For the interiors, the sedan features four color schemes, and three types of trim, in addition to the array of nine paint colors available on the exterior. Along with Black, Chateau and Topaz Brown, the ES also introduces a light new Rich Cream interior that offers a contrast to the deep brown dash and roof trim. The ES offers two shades of Shimamoku wood trim (black, brown), as well as light-colored Bamboo. The mark of Takumi craftsmanship is evident in the new ES, in the soft padding of the instrument panel, where each stitch is embedded into materials for a 3-D effect.The Lexus ES 300h will be available for booking from 19th July 2018 at Rs 59,13,000 (Pan-India)(ex-showroom).last_img read more

Photo Advisory First, Photos released upto 4 p.m.

first_imgNew Delhi: July 20, 2018 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos withCaptions released today. To view thumbnails of thesePhotographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.comNATINONALNew Delhi: TV Grab- Parliament’s Monsoon Session (B+A)New Delhi: Special screening of film ‘Soorma’ (A+B)Patna: Monsoon session of Bihar legislature (B)Greater Noida: Rescue works at the site of the collapsed building (B)New Delhi: Parliament’s Monsoon Session (A+B)Kolkata/Navi Mumbai: Truckers begin nationwide strike (B)Kolkata: 85th AGM of Bata (A+B)Mumbai: Janhvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khattar during thepromotion of film Dhadak(A)New Delhi: Farmers protest in New Delhi(B+A)Kharagpur: 64th Annual Convocation of IIT Kharagpur(A+B)INTERNATIONALManagua: 39th anniversary of the Sandinista revolution(B)Minneapolis: Twiggy, the water-skiing squirrel performs (B)Marshalltown: Several buildings were damaged by a tornado (B)Lahore: Bilawal Bhutto Zardari during an election rally(B)Manila: Flooding in a street in Manila(B)Abu Dhabi: Chinese President Xi Jinping in Abu Dhabi(B)San Diego: 2018 Comic-Con International(B)Mae Sai: Rescued soccer team attend a Buddhist ceremony (B)Hong Kong: Donald Tsang and his wife arrive at the High Court(B)Tokyo: A deadly heat wave in Japan(B)SPORTSCarnoustie: British Open Golf Championship(A)Alpe d’Huez: Tour de France cycling race(B)Montevideo: Copa Sudamericana soccer game(B)Colombo: South Africa vs Sri Lanka test match(B)PTI PHOTO HS DLDLlast_img read more

Pakistan hockey team’s Asiad participation in jeopardy

first_imgBy Mona Parthsarathi New Delhi, July 31 (PTI) Uncertainty hung over the Pakistan hockey team’s participation in the upcoming Asian Games after the players threatened a pullout owing to non-payment of daily allowances for past six months. The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) said it was pinning its hopes on sponsors and a new government, expected to be led by one of the country’s biggest sporting icons, Imran Khan. PHF has not paid the national team daily allowances for past six months, the total now amounting to more than Rs 8 lakh per player. They have played domestic as well as international tournaments like the Champions trophy during this period. “We have decided that we will not travel to Indonesia if our dues are not paid. Our team has to depart on August 12 and we will wait till 10th. Then only we will decide about our participation,” captain Mohammad Rizwan senior told PTI Bhasha from Karachi. When asked if the players will boycott training, he replied in the negative. “We are training at the national camp in Karachi and will continue. Our preparation is good and we have a good bunch of experienced and young players. You can expect exciting hockey from us,” he said. The Asian Games are slated to be held in Jakarta and Palembang from August 18 to September 2. The Pakistan hockey team is in Pool B, which include Bangladesh, Thailand, Malaysia, Oman and host Indonesia. Sitting over the issue for months, the PHF still managed to sound optimistic. “We have talked to our sponsors and are confident that the issue will be resolved in the coming week. Our players are determined to play and they are not greedy,” said Shahbaz Ahmed, secretary general of PHF and a former captain.advertisement “Sports were not in the priority list of previous government and they have held our grants which is not released yet. We hope that the new government led by former cricket captain Imran Khan will take care of our needs,” he said. “Imran Khan is a dynamic person and I will personally meet him after his swearing-in as next PM. We will also request for special allocation for hockey in government’s annual budget. Till now, we have been getting supplementary grant, which is like peanut,” he added. PTI MJ AHAHlast_img read more

Now Indian women suffer shock defeat to Iran in kabaddi final

first_imgBy Amanpreet Singh(Eds: Updating after correction in para 2) Jakarta, Aug 24 (PTI) Iran hurt India’s pride in kabaddi yet again as it delivered a second straight knockout punch to the sport’s most successful nation in the women’s gold medal match of the 18th Asian Games here today. The two-time defending champions were shocked 24-27 in a thrilling final as the firm favourites settled for silver. India’s raiders disappointed in the title clash as Iran came from behind to jolt them in the second half. The Iranian women emulated thus their male counterparts, who had shocked seven-time champions India in the semifinals yesterday. Payel and Sonali were effective with their raids while the defenders also handled the tackles well as the Indians raced to a 7-3 lead. The most dangerous looking Iranian was Azadeh Saidisiahbidi but she was forced out after a successful tackle. Randeep Kaur went for a raid after Iran’s two-point raid but she was unsuccessful as Iran gradually reduced the deficit to 6-7. Randeep though made amends in the next attempt with a two-point raid, pushing India ahead 13-8. Azadeh touched out Ritu and Manpreet and captain Payel was caught by the Iranian defenders as India led 13-11 at the of first half. Iran scored six points in a row to race to a 17-13 lead with an all out. With just two minutes to go, Sakshi Kumari earned two points with a successful raid to make it 24-25 but Iranians held their nerves to prevail. PTI AT SSC AHadvertisementlast_img read more

We didn’t do enough to win the SAFF Cup final: India coach Stephen Constantine

first_imgIndia head coach Stephen Constantine feels lack of experience and consistency costed his team the SAFF Cup final as they lost to Maldives 2-1 in the summit clash.India comprising under-23 players except for one, had been the only unbeaten side in the tournament. They had got the better of Sri Lanka, Maldives and Pakistan enroute the final.”We didn’t play the game according to our potential and that’s where the lack of experience matters. We weren’t able to replicate our performance from the semifinal (against Pakistan) and that’s what seems to happen when you play with younger boys,” Constantine said at the post-match press conference in Dhaka on Saturday.”They don’t have the consistency and the experience to play at the same level every game but they’ll learn from this. I think we didn’t disappoint anyone else but ourselves. We didn’t do enough to win the game but we move on from here,” he added.SAFF Cup final: Maldives shock India 2-1 to lift titleHowever, the coach said he was proud of his team performance in the last two weeks.”The way they performed and delivered in the last 10-12 days, I’m extremely proud of them. They are the future of India football for the next six-eight years. I’m extremely proud of the boys and it’s going to be a good learning experience for them.”Asked whether there was a tinge of complacency amongst the boys having won over the same opponents in the group stage, coach brushed it aside.advertisement”I don’t think there was a question of underestimating Maldives at any point of time. Maldives had our full respect but we couldn’t do what we were capable of doing. Maldives deserve the credit for sitting back and keeping on frustrating us in the way we play.””We were impatient a few times and lost the balls quite a few times to lose the control of the game. Moreover, two silly mistakes cost us heavily as they fired two decisive goals. That’s football and we learn from this”, he added further.Moreover, the coach said the boys’ movements were ‘fantastic’ against Pakistan in the semifinal but it was unfortunate that they were not able to replicate the same in the summit clash.”Our movement against Pakistan was fantastic but not against Maldives (in the final). Although some of the players were good, others were not. Had our movement been good enough, we could have won the game”, the Englishman said.Lallianzuala Chhangte, who appeared to have added more flair in the attacking third in the group stage, as well as semifinals, was suspended in the final owing to the marching orders that he received against Pakistan.Coach referred to the incident, saying: “After beating Pakistan, we were not going to change the team and he would have only started at the bench. But, would he be able to add something more? Absolutely. We did miss him but I would say again, he was not going to start the game.”Along with congratulating Maldives for their achievement, Constantine said had India scored 15 minutes sooner, the complexion of the game might have been different.”We scored 8 goals in 4 games which I don’t feel is bad. Yes, we couldn’t score enough tonight. Had we scored 15 minutes sooner, maybe, that could have been a different game. Maldives defended well till the end and went on to win the trophy. I would like to congratulate them on achieving this.”I would like to take this opportunity to thank the BFF and SAFF for being such a nice host to us,” he said.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Need to improve against spinners: Rahane

first_imgBy Philem Dipak SinghBhubaneswar, Nov 3 (PTI) India Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, who has been experiencing a dip in form over the last two years, has admitted that he needs to improve against the spinners. Rahane has scored just three hundreds and eight fifties from 48 innings since 2016 but he remains confident that he will be able to convert the starts into big scores.”There is no problem in my technique and so I am worried. I have to remain patient and convert the 30s and 40s to half centuries and then to centuries. At times you feel you are doing well but the results are not coming your way,” Rahane said here on Saturday.”All the players experience this and what is important is how you tackle this and remain strong to get out of this,” he said at the Ekamra Sports Literary Festival during a discussion on the topic ‘Guardians of Faith – Saving Test Cricket’ here on Saturday.Rahane said that he would like to do better against spin bowling.”I have to work on how to play better against spin bowling. I have to improve on that. That’s why I was playing in domestic tournaments, in Vizay Hazare,” said the 30-year-old Rahane, who has played 52 Tests scoring 3271 runs.Rahane said he was hurt at not playing in the first two Tests in South Africa early this year.”It hurts but you can’t do anything. It was not in my control. It was the decision of the team management and I have to respect it. I took it in my stride and looked forward to doing well when my chance comes.”advertisementHe has not played in a one-dayer since February but Rahane remained confident that he will be included in the Indian team for next year’s World Cup.”I am confident of coming back into the ODI team and be a part of the Indian team for the World Cup. As I said, it is important to play in domestic tournaments for this to happen.”Asked how difficult it was for players to change to formats frequently, he said, “If you have the basics and the shots, then there should not be any problem. You can change and improvise. If you are playing only one format, then it is easier as you have to concentrate on that format only.”You need to back yourself and not think about what others say. It is all in the mind,” said Rahane, who is seen as a player more suited to Tests than the shorter formats.Rahane also felt that the improvement in fitness level of the players has helped the team in winning matches and has no problem in ‘Yo-Yo’ test being a benchmark for selection.”We can know from the test how different we are in fitness. Those who are low in this test will have work to more on fitness. There is no issue on having benchmark not only in batting and bowling but also in fitness,” said Rahane.Asked about the upcoming Australia tour, Rahane said, “We are reaching there more than 10 days before the first match and we have a practice game in Sydney. In South Africa, we had no time to play practice match.”Any team playing at home is difficult to beat. Australia have a very good bowling unit. We also have a very bowling attack and so it should be a very good Test series.”On pink-ball cricket, he said, “I have no issues but in India it will depend on weather and conditions like dew in late evening etc.”He picked Jasprit Bumrah as the most difficult bowler to face while Umesh Yadav was his pick for the world’s fastest bowler.When asked to give a one word answer to coach Ravi Shashtri’s recent ‘best travelling team’ remark about the current Test side, Rahane just said “it’s very hard to compare teams”. PTI BSBSlast_img read more

Artistic Gymnastics World Cup: Dipa Karmakar qualifies for Vault final, Aruna Reddy suffers knee injury

first_imgIndian gymnasts had a mixed opening day at Artistic Gymnastics World Cup in Cottbus, Germany as Dipa Karmakar qualified for the Vault Finals while Aruna Budda Reddy ended her campaign due to a knee injury.After an injury-marred campaign at the Asian Games in August, Dipa came up with a commendable performance, finishing sixth out of 16 gymnasts in the qualification round with a score of 14.100.However, Aruna, who had won a bronze medal in the women’s individual vault event at the Melbourne World Cup, hurt her knee during the first vault and was ruled out of the competition.”Aruna was going to perform a higher difficulty vault. In warm up, she was confident but unfortunately during the competition, her landing was little early and it hurt her knee. So she did not perform the second vault. She is going for MRI today,” said Riyaz Ahmed Bhati, Vice-President of Gymnastic Federation of India (GFI).Among Indian men gymnasts, Rakesh Patra scored 14.000 points on the Rings and finished at the 14th place out of 29 gymnasts, while Ashish couldn’t produce his best, signing off at the 24th spot out of 37 gymnasts with a score of 13.200.The second day of the competition will see Dipa on Beam, Rakesh on Parallel Bars and Ashish on Vault.The Cottbus event is part of an eight-event qualifying system for the 2020 Olympics under which the gymnasts will make the cut based on their top three scores.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Nokia 9 PureView price leaks out, could be more expensive than Nokia 8 Sirocco

first_imgThe Nokia 9 PureView is widely expected to go official later this month. Multiple reports have claimed the launch could happen in the third or last week of January. The Nokia 9 PureView is getting clearer by the day. Last week, a leaked promo video gave us a pretty definitive look of the penta-camera smartphone. This week, a new Twitter account called Nokia_Leaks revealed the European pricing of the Nokia 9 PureView.The Nokia 9 PureView is said to launch in Europe first before it heads to other markets. As per the latest leak, the Nokia 9 PureView price will be set at around EUR 749 or EUR 799 depending on the market. A direct conversion puts the price in India between Rs 60,000 to Rs 63,000. This means the Nokia 9 PureView will either be as expensive or costlier than last year’s Nokia 8 Sirocco.To recall, the Nokia Sirocco was launched early last year at EUR 749. But HMD launched the phone in India a little more competitively at Rs 49,999 (approx EUR 628). Considering the company typically prices its phones competitively in India, the Nokia 9 PureView may also launch in the country for around Rs 50,000.Again, it is worth mentioning that the leak comes from a newly minted account and we cannot verify the authenticity of this as of now so you should take the pricing with a pinch of salt. That being said, it does not come as a surprise considering this is a Nokia flagship phone that will come with top-end hardware as well as a penta-camera system that will definitely add to the bill of materials.advertisementBased on the leaked promo video last week, the Nokia 9 PureView will sport a 5.99-inch 2K display with HMD’s PureDisplay screen technology. The promo video also seems to confirm an in-screen fingerprint sensor and Qi wireless charging support. Additionally, the Nokia 9 PureView will be powered by a Snapdragon 845 chipset paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The phone will also ship with Android 9 Pie and will be part of the Android One program.ALSO READ | Nokia 9 PureView promo video leaks out, 5 cameras, Snapdragon 845 and wireless charging revealedALSO READ | Nokia 9 PureView with five rear cameras launch timeline revealedALSO READ | Nokia 9 PureView with five rear cameras shown off in live hands-on imagelast_img read more

IPL 2019: Ravindra Jadeja reveals what it is like to bat with MS Dhoni

first_imgChennai Super Kings (CSK) ambushed the visiting Delhi Capitals (DC) in a top-of-the-table clash on May 1, winning the match by a huge margin of 80 runs. While CSK’s batsmen including the skipper MS Dhoni played an instrumental role in helping the side to get to a fighting 179/4, Chennai’s spinners returned to bamboozle DC’s famed batting to share 8 wickets amongst them.Ravindra Jadeja, who bagged 3 wickets for himself after playing a late cameo of 25(10) which included 2 humongous sixes, talked to his teammate Mohit Sharma after the match. Jadeja told Sharma that when he bats with Dhoni, the captain keeps guiding him on areas which the left-hander can capitalise on.”He keeps telling me how the bowler is going to bowl, predicting it according to the field placements. Also, which boundaries are big/small and therefore which side of the field to target,” said Jadeja.When asked what was the secret behind his ability to hit the big sixes with a lean body, Jadeja said that along with ‘power’ what also helps him is ‘practising according to match situations’.”Of course you need a lot of power to hit far but also practising according to the match situations you are expected to face helps so much so that I’m able to click at the crucial time when needed,” explained Jadeja.While Jadeja picked 3 wickets, senior spinners Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahir chipped in with 1 and 4 wickets apiece. Jadeja admitted that the turn on offer at the Chepauk wicket encouraged them to bowl at the stumps.advertisement”When I came on to bowl my 1st over, the ball was turning a lot. So my focus was to keep the ball onto the stumps because it is difficult to negotiate as a batsman. The reason why their middle-order collapsed was because we bowled in the right areas,” Jadeja signed off by saying.Also Read | It shows how compact he is: Suresh Raina hails MS Dhoni’s quick gloveworkAlso Read | MS Dhoni pays tribute to CSK fans: Thala is a big nickname they have given meAlso Read | MS Dhoni jokes about Imran Tahir’s wild celebrations: It’s great fun to watchlast_img read more

How Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey are key to solving India’s middle-order puzzle

first_imgIndia’s selection committee chairman MSK Prasad addressed one of the most anticipated press conferences in the recent history of Indian cricket. The dust around India’s World Cup 2019 has settled and as Prasad insisted, the roadmap for the future has become the new buzz phrase.MS Dhoni, Prasad confirmed, has made himself unavailable for the upcoming limited-overs series in the West Indies. Dinesh Karthik who was part of the World Cup squad as reserve wicketkeeper-batsman has been dropped.All eyes are now on how India are going to address the middle-order issues that dominated the narrative during their World Cup 2019 campaign that ended in the semi-final.Who will be India’s new No. 4 batsman? The uncertainty over the No.4 spot in the ODI squad did create a lot of confusion in the lead up to the World Cup. More than 10 players were tried at the crucial spot in the middle order since the 2015 World Cup but India struggled to fix a player at the World Cup.Ambati Rayudu, who was looked at as a viable option, retired during the World Cup after being ignored for the squad. All-rounder Vijay Shankar, who made his ODI debut in 2019, was earmarked for the role at the World Cup but KL Rahul started at the coveted spot. After Rahul moved to open the batting, wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant was handed the responsibility to bat at No.4.None of the moves worked.Manish Pandey and Shreyas Iyer: Overlooked in the past, now called up to solve middle-order woesadvertisementHowever, with India looking ahead, there is a good opportunity to solve the middle-order puzzle that has haunted Virat Kohli’s men in the past.A glimpse at India’s ODI squad for their tour to the West Indies, starting August 3, will give a hint on what the selectors and the team management are thinking.Two names — Manish Pandey and Shreyas Iyer — who have been overlooked in the past are now being looked at as options to solve the middle-order conundrum.Both Manish and Shreyas have been part of India’s ODI squads in the past. Manish made his ODI debut as early as 2015 and has played 23 ODIs and Shreyas broke into the senior national team in 2017 and has played 6 ODIs.Manish Pandey stole the limelight when he hit a hundred on his maiden tour of Australia in 2016. The Karnataka batsman, is no doubt, among the most talented players in the circuit but consistency has been an issue for him.Pandey averages 36.66 in ODIs and a longer run will certainly give him the space to work on his shortcomings. The India batsman has been in good touch in the ongoing India A tour of West Indies, scoring 155 runs in 4 unofficial ODIs. Pandey hit a match-winning hundred in Antigua as recently as July 16.Pandey’s Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 numbers should have also played a part in his selection for the West Indies tour. He had hit 344 runs at an impressive strike rate of 130.79 and finished as only the third highest run-scorer for Sunrisers Hyderabad behind David Warner and Jonny Bairstow.Iyer’s wait pays off, can he seal a spot now? Shreyas Iyer (AP Photo)On the other hand, Shreyas Iyer has got very little opportunities at the senior level — 6 ODIs since his debut that came 3 years ago. At point in time, Iyer even made a public statement that he has stopped thinking about selection and just wants to enjoy the game.It seems he did that and now he has an opportunity to not just help himself but also the team. The Mumbai batsman has amassed truckloads of runs in the domestic circuit and has been knocking at the selectors door for quite sometime now.Iyer’s approach to IPL 2019 was refreshing. As the skipper of Delhi Capitals, he led the team from the front, scoring 463 runs in 16 matches.Manish Pandey can also be used as a floater if Iyer takes the No. 4 spot to start the series in the West Indies. Pandey’s numbers at No. 6 are impressive as he has scored 137 runs at an average of 45.66 at the spot in ODIs for India. Pandey’s ability will become crucial, especially when Kedar Jadhav isn’t looking at his best. When Hardik Pandya, who has been rested, comes back into the scheme of things, Pandey can still find a place in the side, provided he performs and makes himself inevitable.Both Iyer and Pandey are busy players as the two young batsmen have the proven ability of keeping the scoreboard moving even under pressure situations.advertisementAll eyes will be on the team management as it will be interesting to see how they use the duo in the ODIs against the West Indies.Rishabh Pant, who batted at No. 4 in the World Cup, might move down a spot in the absence of MS Dhoni.On the other hand, KL Rahul, who started out at No. 4 seems to be more comfortable at the opener’s spot. However, the Karnataka star might have to give up a spot in the playing XI, considering Shikhar Dhawan is fit again and has been included in the limited-overs squads.What about Shubman Gill then? The 19-year-old batsman has been opening the batting for India A in the West Indies and has scored 2 fifties in 4 outings. While he looks at ease at the opener’s spot, Gill has shown the potential to succeed at whatever position he is asked to bat at.India will be well served if the musical chair for the middle-order roles stop. The likes of Iyer and Pandey would love a longer rope that wasn’t given to them in the past.Also Read | Ambati Rayudu was emotional but the selectors are emotional too: MSK PrasadAlso Read | Legendary player like MS Dhoni knows when to retire: MSK PrasadAlso Read | MSK Prasad reveals why Mayank Agarwal was ignored for WI tourAlso See:last_img read more