GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Isiah Thomas knew there would be questions when it was announced two weeks ago that he would be the new president of the New York Liberty. Thomas hopes that people will just keep an open mind.“We were concerned, and we talked about it,” he said in a news conference Thursday at the WNBA team’s training camp. “At the end of the day you can only live your truth.”Thomas had an unsuccessful stint as coach and president of the New York Knicks from December 2003 to April 2008. After being fired as coach, he remained with the team in an unspecified role, even after a lawsuit brought by former team employee Anucha Browne Sanders cost Madison Square Garden $11.5 million in a settlement. Sanders alleged she was sexually harassed by Thomas, who was not found personally liable.“I’ve always maintained my innocence, moved on from that. Our organization has moved on from that,” Thomas said. “I’m proud of the way I lived my life.”Madison Square Garden Chairman James Dolan gave Thomas another chance now as the president and potential part-owner of the Liberty. Thomas and Dolan had a meeting with the players before training camp opened Sunday.“It was necessary to do that because we live in a society where the information that’s out there, some’s accurate, some’s not accurate,” Thomas said. “We felt it was necessary to meet, discuss and have an open forum. The players we have and the people in this room, they’re grown women and they can make up their own minds and come to their own conclusions.”Coach Bill Laimbeer, who played with Thomas for years in Detroit, and the Liberty players sat on couches off to the side during the 25-minute news conference. At the end, the players applauded their new president.“It was great having that sit-down the other day to clear the air. We are all professionals and are focused on what happens on the court,” said Liberty guard Essence Carson. “All the interaction I’ve had with him so far has been good.”A Hall of Fame, championship-winning point guard with the Pistons, Thomas has failed to match that success in his post-playing career. He tried college coaching after leaving the Knicks but was fired by Florida International in 2012 after going 26-65 in three seasons.Thomas spoke Thursday at a podium in a makeshift area normally used as a players lounge. Laimbeer joked earlier that more media were in attendance then in his first few years combined with the team. He and Thomas hoped that all the attention on the team would carry over to when the Liberty season starts at home on June 5.However, some fans won’t be attending games at Madison Square Garden. Yolanda Jackson, a Liberty season-ticket holder since 1999, said she canceled her subscription.“I’m not planning to attend any Liberty games,” said Jackson, who works in marketing with female athletes. “And since I’m so disappointed in the way the WNBA has handled this situation, I doubt if I’ll be attending any games this season. The WNBA should deny his application for ownership.”Thomas filed the paperwork to be a part-owner of the team last week. He needs approval from the league’s board of governors for his ownership application to go through. WNBA President Laurel J. Richie told The Associated Press last week that she hopes to have that resolved before the season starts June 5.Thomas wouldn’t talk about his ownership petition.“That’s a confidential discussion,” he said.DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer___AP Sports Writer Melissa Murphy in New York contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shares
The president of the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO), Giorgos Girtzikis, and 21 other people who served as executive board members from 2005 to 2012, will stand trial for financial felonies, according to local media reports this week.Six of the accused are serving on the current board, while three are former EPO presidents.A prosecutor recommended on Tuesday that the EPO strongman and other suspects should be held accountable for financial losses incurred by the federation, amounting to around 29 million euros, which it paid out to a company as part of a deal to issue compulsory health cards to professional soccer players which was never fully implemented according to plan. Source: KathimeriniTweetPinShare0 Shares
Greek tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas was named Most Improved Player of 2018 at the ATP awards announced on Friday.It was the crowning achievement of 2018 for 20-year-old Tsitsipas, who has had an excellent year since he entered the ATP’s ranking in the top 100 in January and then climbed to number 15.During the year, Tsitsipas was a finalist in Barcelona and reached a masters final at the Rogers Cup in Toronto (in both he was defeated by Rafael Nadal). During the year he played and won Novak Djokovic and reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam (in Wimbledon). He won his first ATP final in Stockholm and became the first Greek tennis player to win a title in the ATP tour. Currently, Tsitsipas is in the semifinals of NextGen ATP Finals in Milan.It is worth mentioning that the winners of the ATP awards are selected by the players.TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks are worth $4 billion, making them the most valuable NBA team for the fourth straight year, according to Forbes . That’s despite having the worst record among the league’s 30 teams.In its annual rankings, Forbes said the Knicks’ value increased 11 percent from last year because of a $1 billion renovation of Madison Square Garden, completed in 2013, that has produced a series of new revenue streams.The Knicks, who feature a starting lineup with three new players acquired in the Kristaps Porzingis trade, lost at home Tuesday night for a franchise-record 15th straight game. They began Wednesday with a 10-43 record.Forbes says the Los Angeles Lakers remain in second place with a value of $3.7 billion, up 12 percent.Rounding out the top five are the Golden State Warriors ($3.5 billion), Chicago Bulls ($2.9 billion) and Boston Celtics ($2.8 billion).The average NBA team is worth $1.9 billion, up 13 percent from last year.TweetPinShare0 Shares
September 8, 2017 at 7:15 pm “this reminds me of going “the other way.” When I was in the army we would have to go out to ranges to guard the ammunition days before we used the range. There were phone lines, but we were only given a TA-312 field phone, without any dialing mechanis Continue Reading Previous Smart connectivity solutions enable seamless and immersive AR/VR experiencesNext Designing for safety and security in a connected system “Cleaver idea but can I find a rotatory phone dial for cheap (free)…” Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Industry Log in to Reply September 7, 2017 at 8:22 pm Max The Magnificent says: September 5, 2017 at 4:55 pm Max The Magnificent says: “@Elizabeth: “…can I find a rotatory phone dial for cheap…”nnHow about a very tasty “9C dial 500 set dial” — New Old Stock — for only $15.99 (plus $6.25 shipping) http://www.oldphoneshop.com/products/9c-dial-500-set-dial.html“ Log in to Reply In my previous column, I described how I’d come to run across a capriciously cunning display device called a Lixie. Created by Connor Nishijima, this is a LED-based interpretation of a Nixie tube. I closed that column by saying:The reason I’m waffling about all of this here is that I will be attending the forthcoming Embedded Systems Conference (ESC), November 8-9, in Minneapolis, and I plan on bringing a Lixie to show to my chums (and anyone else who doesn’t get out of the way fast enough).I’ve now taken delivery of 12 Lixies, which will serve as the primary display mechanism for a project I’m calling a Countdown Clock. These will be grouped in pairs that will display the years, months, days, hours, minutes, and seconds remaining until the start of the event in question. I’m still debating with myself how to present the Lixies — either as a single row containing six pairs, or as two rows each containing three pairs.Now, suppose we wish to use the Countdown Clock to mark my 100th birthday, for example. This momentous occasion will occur on May 29, 2057 (it might be best to mark your calendar now). I certainly don’t want to be getting up early on my birthday, so let’s set the kickoff time to be exactly 10:00 a.m. This means that we will need some way to enter 57 05 29 10 00 00 to represent the year, month, day, hour, minute, and second, respectively. Once this date has been locked in, the clock will use the current day/time to determine how long there is to go, and it will then start to display the number of years, months, days, hours, minutes, and seconds remaining.So, the next question is how we are going to enter the date of the target event. In fact, I’m planning on using multiple mechanisms. For ease of use, I’ll use my smartphone to control the Countdown Clock via Bluetooth. I’m thinking of a simple app that allows me to add, delete, and modify multiple events.But I also want to provide an entry mechanism that provides a little more panache and joie de vivre , as it were, and few things provide more style and chic than a retro rotary telephone controller.(Source: Max Maxfield) The controller shown above is a restored Western Electric #7 Dial for 500 series telephones (the model 500 telephone series was the standard domestic desk telephone set issued by the Bell System in North America from 1950 through the 1984 Bell System divestiture.) I acquired this little beauty from the Old Phone Shop website.If we look at the back, we see two switches. The one in the center closes when you start to dial an individual number and opens again once you’ve finished. The one on the right opens and closes to generate a series of pulses corresponding to the number being dialed.(Source: Max Maxfield) In the case of North American phones, one pulse corresponds to the number ‘1’, two pulses to the number ‘2’, and so on up to 10 pulses for ‘0’, but different countries used different schemes, so make sure to check things out if you plan on doing something like this yourself.I connected the terminals from the right switch up to a 5V supply via a 10KΩ resistor, hooked it up to an oscilloscope, and dialed the number ‘7’. The result was seven pert positive-going pulses as shown below.(Source: Max Maxfield) Each pulse has a duration of close to 100ms (60ms at 5V and 37ms at 0V). One thing that surprised me is just how regular these pulses are. Also, even though I zoomed in, I was surprised to see that there is no discernible switch bounce (I wonder how they managed that).Will you be attending ESC Minneapolis yourself? If so, I’m planning on bringing my telephone dial for “show and tell.” You’ll be amazed how good it feels in use — possibly more so if you actually used one when you were younger without thinking much about the underlying technology.I’ll also be presenting two sessions: Advanced Technologies for 21st Century Embedded Systems and Building an Artificial Brain. Happily, both of these talks will be in the ESC Engineering Theater, which means anyone can attend so long as they are flaunting a Free Expo Pass, but you do have to register. Hopefully I’ll see you there. I’ll be the one in the Hawaiian shirt. As always, all you have to do is shout “Max, Beer!” or “Max, Bacon!” to be assured of my undivided attention. “@Wrcooke: “…I do miss the rotary dial…”nnMe too. Thanks for sharing your story from the army — I bet this stirs memories with some of our other members.” Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Log in to Reply September 8, 2017 at 7:18 pm elizabethsimon says: 4 thoughts on “Dialing in to ESC Minneapolis 2017” wrcooke says: Log in to Reply
Setting up STM32 microcontroller projects is more intuitive and efficient using STMicroelectronics’ latest release of the STM32CubeMX configuration tool. With its modern multi-panel GUI that lets users visualize and do more without changing screen view, STM32CubeMX v.5.0 makes optimizing MCU-configuration parameters easier and more comfortable.STM32CubeMX kick-starts embedded projects by helping users to select the right STM32 device from the family of over 800 variants and configure the basic hardware features appropriately, before automatically generating the MCU-initialization code.Users can take advantage of powerful device-configuration utilities, including a pinout selector with conflict solver, help with clock-tree settings, and a power-consumption calculator for accurate early-stage assessment of energy requirements and power-saving opportunities. There are also tools for configuring peripherals and middleware stacks, such as TCP/IP or USB stacks, and support for dynamic validation of parameter constraints.When configuration is complete, STM32CubeMX generates initialization code that is recognized by numerous popular development environments including IAR-EWARM, Keil MDK-ARM, AC6-SystemWorkbench for STM32, or independent GCC (GNU Compiler Collection) toolchain projects.STM32CubeMX comes as standalone software ready to run on major desktop operating systems or through the Eclipse plugin. It can be downloaded for free, together with other STM32Cube software including dedicated Hardware Abstraction Layer middleware and code samples.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Exploring the interplay between smart manufacturing and big dataNext IntervalZero and TSEP partner on real-time IEEE1588 master stack for Windows and RTX64
Continue Reading Previous Advantech, AMD, and Mentor: accelerating AI in EmbeddedNext Candera premiers at embedded world 2019 SECO has showcased the latest additions to its product range at embedded world. Among the main innovations, there is a strong focus on NXP-based solutions. SECO is investing much effort in the partnership with NXP with both Layerscape LX2160A Multicore Communications Processor and the i.MX 8 Family.Known for its asymmetric multi-core processing, industrial machine vision, 4K video processing and dedicated real-time cores – the I.MX 8 Family offers a broad range of standard form factors and SBCs.First and foremost, the Qseven standard is well covered by the Q7-C25 and Q7-C26 Qseven Rel. 2.1 compliant modules. For the former, Q7-C26 exploits the broad scalability granted by the combination of the Qseven form factor with the i.MX 8 Applications Processors. This solution comes in three versions: i.MX 8QuadMax, i.MX 8QuadPlus and i.MX 8Quad. It features an integrated GPU that supports 2 independent displays and is equipped with 1x USB 3.0, CSI camera connector, boot select signal and PCI-e x1 Gen3. The memory consists of a soldered-down LPDDR4-3200. The Q7-C26 is a great solution for biomedical and medical devices as well as for digital signage & infotainment, industrial automation and control, vending, and smart vision.The Q7-C25, instead, is a Qseven Rel. 2.1 compliant module based on NXP i.MX 8M Applications Processors designed for next-generation embedded systems. This COM mounts an integrated GPU, with support for 2 independent displays. It is well-equipped, with 2x USB 3.0, CSI camera connector, 8x GPIOs, 1x CAN BUS and, the cherry on the top, 2x I2C bus. Finally, the memory consists of a soldered-down DDR4-2400, with 32-bit interface, up to a maximum of 8GB. The fields of application are several, including digital signage & infotainment, home automation, multimedia devices, transportation, and vending.SECO has also developed a standard solution for next-generation multimedia applications in the SMARC versatile and small form factor, based on NXP i.MX 8M Applications Processors: the SM-C12. Featuring an integrated GPU, with support for 2 independent displays, it comes with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE, CSI camera, QuadSPI interface, and 12x GPIOs. What’s more, it also features an I2C bus, an SM bus, boot select and power management signals. When it comes to memory, the product mounts a soldered-down LPDDR4-3200, with 32-bit interface, up to 4GB. All things considered, the SM-C12 is suited for scenarios such as digital signage & infotainment, home automation, vending, multimedia devices, and transportation.The SBC-C43 is an SBC with NXP i.MX 8 Applications Processors in 3.5” form factor, designed to be an industrial Arm solution for IoT edge computing applications. The board features 2x graphics accelerators Vivante GC7000 / XVSX or GC7000Lite / XVSX (QuadPlus and Quad), and in terms of connectivity, not only 2x Gigabit Ethernet interfaces, but also multiple USB ports. When it comes to memory, it mounts a soldered-down LPDDR4. All in all, the SBC-C43 is ideal for biomedical and medical devices, digital signage & infotainment, edge computing, industrial automation, IoT, smart vision, and vending.Speaking of the 3.5” form factor, SECO also offers the SBC-C20, an SBC with NXP i.MX 8M Applications Processors. It is a new-generation device designed for cost-effective solutions in the multimedia field as well as for IIoT applications. The board mounts a Vivante GC7000Lite GPU and, in terms of connectivity, comes equipped with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE 4.2. It also features an M.2 WWAN slot and a microSIM slot for M.2 modem. The memory consists of a soldered-down DDR3L, up to 2GB. The SBC-C20 is appropriate for a vast array of applications, such as edge computing, e-health telecare, digital signage & infotainment, HMI, industrial automation and control, info kiosks, IIoT and portable devices.But SECO’s jewel in the crown is the SBC-C61, which is based on NXP i.MX 8M Mini Applications Processors. Most notably, SECO has early access to the very same processor – a processor that, by the way, NXP is launching this year at embedded world 2019. It is based on a Heterogeneous Multi-core Processing Architecture for edge node computing and multimedia. GPU-wise, the product mounts a GC320 2D accelerator and a GCNanoUltra 3D accelerator. Another relevant aspect is connectivity. In this regard, the board features opt fast eth, opt Wi-Fi, up to 2x RS-232 or RS-485 or CAN, and opt modems with SIM slot or eSIM. The memory is a soldered on-board LPDDR4-3000 (up to 4GB). Ultimately, the SBC-C61 is ideal for edge computing, Internet of Things applications, multimedia devices and visual computing.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules
BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry has questioned the Yo-Yo test which has become a pre-requisite for selection in Team India.Recently, Mohammaed Shami was dropped for the one-off Test against Afghanistan while Ambati Rayudu, who had a dream IPL season with Chennai Super Kings, lost his place after failing the Yo-Yo test.Sanju Samson was also left out of the India A squad for the tour of England after failing the test.Chaudhry has written a letter to the Committee of Administrators (COA) asking for a proper explanation.The Print, which has a copy of the letter and it states: “At which forum was the decision taken to have a minimum score on the Yo-Yo test as a prerequisite for selection in a BCCI-selected team? Who all were present in the meeting that decided this?”Most importantly, once this decision was taken, to whom was the same communicated? Was it communicated to all first-class players in India? Was it communicated to all List A players in India? Was it communicated to all state cricket associations to communicate to their players?”WHAT IS THE YO-YO TEST?The test involves players running between two cones set 20 metres apart on the field.One shuttle includes a process where the player starts on a beep and needs to reach the cone at the other end before the second beep goes off. He is then required to turn back and return to the first cone before the third beep.There are different speed levels for these shuttles. Players start at speed level 5 (one shuttle) before moving to speed level 9 (also one shuttle). Speed level 11 (two shuttles), speed level 12 (three shuttles) and speed level 14 (four shuttles) follow. From speed level 14, there are eight shuttles per level.advertisementBIZARRE POLICY?Former India player Sandeep Patil recently slammed the team’s policies towards the Yo-Yo tests.”Look, I am not against fitness being a criteria,” Patil told Mid-day. “…But I find it very absurd that a player is dropped for failing the Yo Yo test after he has been picked in the squad. In this way, you are disturbing the balance of the team; you are playing with the career of a cricketer.”Patil, a former selector, found it bizarre that the eventual selection now lies in the hands of the trainer.BCCI NOT HAPPYLast week, Amitabh Chaudhry, the BCCI Acting Secretary said the Indian team management needed to follow proper procedure for the Yo-Yo tests if they were deemed so critical.”I would only like to go as far as saying that if the Yo-Yo tests were such an integral part then they should have been done through a proper procedure. I think reservations are based on the fact that procedures have not been followed,” he said.TEAM INDIA ADAMANTHowever, India coach Ravi Shastri said the Yo-Yo test was here to stay and players had to pass the test to stay in contention.”I think it’s a combination of both ability and fitness. If you are fit, you can enhance that ability. That is one thing that has been emphasized on while designing the Yo-Yo fitness test. And it is here to stay. Whoever thinks it’s a one off thing, he is sadly mistaken and that person can take a walk,” Shastri said.”The philosophy is simple. You pass the test, you play. You don’t, you sit. So this is not going to go anywhere. The captain leads from the front, the selectors the management are on the same page. And the boys have responded extremely well.”
New Delhi, Jul 6 (PTI) The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) today came up with a strong riposte to the Committee of Administrators’ (CoA) threat of de-recognising the Tamil Nadu Premier League and slammed the Vinod Rai-led panel for “showing utter disregard for livelihood of players”. The CoA yesterday issued an advisory in which it warned TNCA from allowing players from other states to take part in the TNPL starting July 11, stating that it violates article 28 (b) of the existing constitution. The TNCA, after its meeting today, sent a strongly-worded letter written by their joint secretary RI Palani. “We had informed the acting president and the acting secretary of the BCCI about TNPL. Why is the CoA unnecessarily interfering, only they know. TNPL is being organised for three years now,” a TNCA official told PTI on conditions of anonymity. The rules for the Inter-State T20 leagues were passed on July 3 and TNCA’s draft for outstation players was scheduled on July 4. Many believe that if the CoA had right intentions, it would have actually given enough time to TNCA to withdraw the draft process. Instead, the committee chose to wait till the TNCA completed its draft process and then fired a salvo, threatening to disband the tournament. However, it is not known whether the CoA had kept Star Sports, who are the official broadcasters for the event in the loop. Star also holds the rights for India’s international games at home. The letter sent by Palani makes it clear that the TNCA is in no mood to bow down to the CoA’s diktat.advertisement Palani, in fact, made a valid point about how the likes of Unmukt Chand, Sheldon Jackson would be able to earn a livelihood. These are not sought-after players in the Indian Premier League. “The advisory exhibit a complete and utter disregard of the interests of players who would be deprived of an opportunity to earn a living and would perhaps lose a valuable opportunity to showcase their talents to the world, Palani wrote in his letter. The TNCA joint secretary also said that never has there been a precedence of seeking permission for a state level tournament. Having an outstation player to take part in various club leagues with the go-ahead from his home state, too, has never been an issue. “The regulations of the BCCI provide that members of BCCI are not required to seek approval for conducting tournaments within its territorial jurisdiction unless the tournament involves players from outside such jurisdiction.” “We have indicated several instances, in our earlier letters, of players representing one member for BCCI Tournaments and the same players participating in tournaments organized by other members provided that the members inter se had no objection. BCCI’s approval was never required or sought in any of those instances.” Desperate to not get caught in the crossfire between the CoA and TNCA, it will be interesting to see what the respective players and their state associations do in the coming days. PTI KHS KHS AHAH
Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar on Thursday clarified that the ‘Institution of Eminence’ tag has not been bestowed on the Jio Institute.Only a letter of intent has been given subject to conditions, said Prakash Javadekar.The HRD minister made the announcement during the Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha; several members sought clarity on the criteria on the basis of which the prestigious title was conferred on select institutions.Congratulations to @ManipalUni, @bitspilaniindia & Jio Inst for getting status of #InstituteofEminence. #TransformingEducation #48MonthsOfTransformingIndia@PIB_India @MIB_India pic.twitter.com/XpRsm8nxIQPrakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) July 9, 2018Committee of expertsFurther, Javadekar also said a committee of experts had made the selections after a thorough scrutiny. Other institutes that were given ‘Institution of Eminence’ tag:Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore, KarnatakaIndian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, MaharashtraIndian Institute of Technology (IIT), DelhiJio Institute (Reliance Foundation), PuneBirla Institute of Technology & Sciences (BITS) Pilani, RajasthanManipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, KarnatakaThe Birla Institute of Technological Sciences, Pilani, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, and Jio Institute were recommended for issuance of letter of intent, as reported by PTI.Controversy around Jio InstituteEarlier this month, even Google had zero idea about the existence of the word Jio Institute.Interestingly, out of nowhere, the non-existing institute by Reliance Foundation found a place in the list of ‘Institute of Eminence’ along with many other renowned institutes of India.Moreover, the institute came up with its business plan to take students’ fee and earn from their tuition and hostel fee.advertisementRead: Jio Institute was counted among Institutes of Eminence: Here’s why it’s amusingThe fee will be paid by roughly 1,000 students in the first year of operation of the institute. It has projected to earn Rs 100 crore according to this plan, as reported.Also, the Reliance Foundation is also planning to waive off Rs 38 crore as scholarships for meritorious students in the first year.This will increase to Rs 76 crore in the second year, as per their application to the government — reported by Indian Express.Reliance Foundation’s proposalIn its first year, Jio Institute, as per its proposal, will be offering the following seats for these courses — offering the largest number of seats in the discipline of natural sciences.Natural Sciences: 300Engineering and Computer Science: 250Humanities: 200Management and Entrepreneurship:125Law: 90Media and Journalism: 60Performing Arts: 50Sports Sciences: 80Urban Planning and Architecture: 50Estimated expenditure:Operating expenditure for the first year: Rs 154 croreSalaries and benefits meant for faculty and staff: Rs 93 croreAccording to the Reliance Foundation’s claim, it will hire teachers from the top 500 global universities.Here’s how Twitterati reacted:Soon after, Prakash Javadekar, MHRD Union Minister made the announcement of Jio Institute, Twitterati started questioning over how a proposed university can be qualified for the Institute of Eminence tag.Students of Jio Institute working on a Prototype bike which runs on a single wheel and without fuel. pic.twitter.com/GgCvg1V3trJio lnstitute (@Jiolnstitute) July 10, 2018A Campus beyond boundaries and a toilet to keep campus Free from open defecation. pic.twitter.com/tsHSHY1HHsJio lnstitute (@Jiolnstitute) July 10, 2018jio:-…ALl is well…. #JioInstitute#saveindia pic.twitter.com/oV1JWzMxwb(@Badlegaind) July 9, 2018CPI leader D Raja speaks on top performing institutionsFurthermore, when CPI leader D Raja sought to know why top performing institutions like the IIT Chennai or JNU were not included, Javadekar said a panel had carried out the scrutiny and the government had maintained an arm’s length.Another supplementary question was raised by Raja, but before Javadekar could reply, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said the questions should be directed through the chair.Here’s what Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said:”The mantri (minister) need not respond just because the Raja (King) has asked,” Naidu commented.Condition of educational infrastructure:While replying to another question, Javadekar listed the steps taken to improve the condition of educational infrastructure NSE 1.12 per cent in the country.An allocation of Rs 75,000 crore over the period from April 1 this year to March 31, 2020 has been approved under the Samagra Shiksha scheme, which was 20 per cent more than the current allocationsThe annual grant of Rs 5,000 to Rs 20,000 per school was approved for strengthening of libraries while the composite school grant has been raised from Rs 25,000 to one lakh from Rs 14,500 to 50,000, Javadekar saidAnnual grant for sports equipment was Rs 5,000 for primary schools, Rs 10,000 for upper primary and upto Rs 25,000 for secondary and senior secondary schools, he saidAllocation for children with special needs was also increased, including a stipend of Rs 200 per month for girls to be provided from class 1 to 12, he said, adding that the allotment for uniforms was enhanced from Rs 400 to Rs 600 per child per year.Read: Ishrita Gupta becomes new CBSE Class 12 topper in Nagpur after re-evaluation of marksadvertisement
Aleksandr Golovin, one of the heroes of Russia successful World Cup 2018 campaign, joined Monaco from CSKA Moscow on Friday, the club announced.French media reported Monaco paid around 30 million euros ($35 million) for the 22-year-old, who played an influential role as Russia reached the World Cup quarter-finals on home soil.The versatile midfielder contributed a goal and two assists as the home team beat Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Spain before losing to Croatia on penalties in the last eight.”He is a talented young player, very prominent during the World Cup, but we have been following him for a long time,” Monaco vice president and chief executive Vadim Vasilyev said in a statement.AS Monaco are delighted to announce the arrival of Aleksandr Golovin from @pfc_cska on a 5-year deal until June 2023!#WelcomeToMonaco pic.twitter.com/Aoq1oAXbr0AS Monaco EN (@AS_Monaco_EN) July 27, 2018″He already has solid experience in the Russian first division and internationally.”Despite the competition of very large European clubs, Aleksandr has chosen the sporting project of AS Monaco, which will offer him the best conditions to continue his progress.”In his three seasons with CSKA, Golovin played 113 matches, including 23 appearances in the Champions League and Europa League. He won the Russian league title once in 2016.Golovin was linked by British media with both Chelsea and Arsenal in the close season window but the player chose the French club to begin a new chapter in a promising career.”This is a new adventure for me that I approach with a lot of ambitions,” Golovin said. “I am now very much looking forward to meeting the staff and my new team mates and to get going.”advertisementGolovin will boost Monaco’s midfield options after they sold Joao Moutinho and Thomas Lemar to Wolverhampton Wanderers and Atletico Madrid, respectively.(With Reuters inputs)
Japanese vehicle manufacturer Suzuki has geared up to showcase its range of concept cars at the ongoing Gaikindo Indonesian International Auto Show held at Jakarta, Indonesia. However, before the actual showcase, a set of images of what seems to be the upcoming Ertiga Sport has surfaced on the internet.The concept Ertiga Sport in the image gets a brown shade of paint, large wheels with low-profile tires, and a body kit with added skirts on the side, and front and rear bumpers. The radiator grille is custom mesh from Suzuki with smoked headlamps. The vehicle looks sporty and gets a lower ground clearance than the stock model, which means there could be tweaks in the suspension as well.The tweaked Ertiga is slated to be revealed at the Auto show. However, this news should be taken with a pinch of salt because Suzuki has not mentioned anything about the mass production yet. We assume the vehicle may be there only for display purposes and may not make it to mass production at all.The new-gen Ertiga has already been launched in Indonesia. The Ertiga comes powered with a 1.5-litre petrol which is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox or a four-speed automatic. Maruti Suzuki will be bringing the updated Ertiga to the Indian shores this year.
By Philem Dipak Singh New Delhi, Aug 13 (PTI) Incheon Asian Games’ 800m silver medallist Tintu Luka will not feature in this edition of the continental multi-sporting event as she has pulled out of the confirmatory trials called by the Athletics Federation of India on August 15. Luka was scheduled to appear for a confirmatory trial, along with three other athletes, in Thiruvananthapuram on August 15 if she was to be considered for the Asian Games, but now she has pulled out of it. Her mentor and sprint legend P T Usha has written to the AFI, saying that her ward will not be able to take part in the confirmatory trial as she has not recovered from her heel injury. National record holder Luka, who won a bronze in the 2014 Asian Games, has been suffering from a heel injury and she did not take part in the June 26-29 National Inter-State Senior Athletics Championships in Guwahati, which served as the qualifying event for the Jakarta Games. She also did not take part in the recent Gold Coast Commonwealth Games also due to injury. “Luka has pulled out of the confirmatory trials and hence she will not take part in the Jakarta Asian Games. We have written to the AFI that she will not be able to take part because she has not recovered fully from the heel injury,” a source close to Usha told PTI from Kerala. “Luka can run with a normal running shoe but she is not being able to run wearing spikes. So, she has decided not to take part in the confirmatory trials,” the source added.advertisement Luka’s name was also not included in the list of Indian contingent submitted by the Indian Olympic Association and cleared by the Sports Ministry. The AFI said that the confirmatory trials will be held as scheduled on August 15. Athletics has the biggest number of participants with 50 out of 572 Indian athletes taking part in the Asian Games. PTI PDS PDS KHSKHS
New Delhi, Sep 11 (PTI) Twitter on Tuesday said it is expanding premium video content in Asia Pacific with over 50 live stream and video highlights collaborations.”Twitter today unveils over 50 premium video content collaborations, bringing hundreds of hours of live stream and video highlights programming, across sports, entertainment and news, to the platform,” Twitter said in a statement.The statement also said that a dozen Indian content collaborations with partners like Red Chillies Entertainment, Vh1 Supersonic, Comic Con India, Network 18, Scoopwhoop, NDTV, Filmfare and CricBuzz and others will feature new live stream and video highlights programming on Twitter, available to advertisers.”Content is happening now at Twitter, and we have proven through the efficacy of the partnerships we have crafted, that content programming and distribution on Twitter is an essential part of any media company’s audience engagement and content monetisation strategies,” Kay Madati, Global VP of Content Partnerships, Twitter said in a statement.Stating that Asia Pacific is “accelerating growth” for Twitter, Madati said that the platform seeks to move forward with more live stream and premium video content partnerships in the region. PTI MBI MBI BALBAL
Cristiano Ronaldo’s Champions League debut for Juventus didn’t go as he would have planned as the the Portuguese forward only lasted 29 minutes at the Mestalla against Valencia.Ronaldo, who is the highest-ever scorer in the Champions League with 120 goals to his name, saw his first-ever red card in the competition in his 154th match.Following that, a teary-eyed Ronaldo was seen walking off the pitch and that led to an immediate debate over weather it was justified or not.Ronaldo’s red card as many would say, was extremely unfair but a one-game suspension has to be served by him.UEFA will have a look into it and can take further actions and add more games to it if deemed necessary. However, if added, Juventus will have the authority to challenge the ban handed for the extra number of games.But, what was even more painful for him and his fans especially than the red card, was the way he reacted after being sent off.Also read – Champions League: Cristiano Ronaldo red-carded but Juventus beat ValenciaRonaldo was involved in a tangle in the penalty area with Valencia defender Jeison Murillo as he awaited a cross from the left.Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off for Juventus in the Champions League tonight for this…What a joke! pic.twitter.com/7qFD8zwi10433 Formation (@433Formation) September 19, 2018It did not appear too sinister but German referee Felix Brych, after consulting with his assistant behind the goal, pulled out his red card to the dismay of Ronaldo.advertisementRonaldo, who signed from Real Madrid for 100 million Euros in July, had never been sent off in his previous 153 appearances for Real Madrid and Manchester United in Europe’s elite tournament.After leaving the pitch, the five-time Champions League winner, waited by the tunnel entrance before leaving the pitch. Cristiano Ronaldo has the option to appeal against the red-card he received (Reuters Photo)Even Valencia coach Marcelino appeared to be sympathetic towards Ronaldo as the Portuguese great walked off in a state of shock.Juventus responded to the shock in positive fashion and were ahead before halftime and then went onto extend the lead in the 51st minute.They held onto their lead and emerged victorious and are currently second in Group H behind Manchester United, who are ahead on goal difference after their 3-0 win over Young Boys.Juventus will next play Frosinone in Serie A on Monday. Their next Champions League fixture is versus Young Boys at Turin on October 2.
Earlier this month Xiaomi was out with a report to announce that it managed to ship more than one million (10 lakh) Mi LED TVs in a period of over nine months. The Chinese OEM entered India with its Mi TVs only last year and according to some analysts, it is already among the top TV brands in the country. The company launched three new Mi TVs in India in the month of September including the Mi TV 4 Pro 55-inch, the Mi LED TV 4A Pro 49-inch and the Mi TV 4C Pro 32-inch. On Wednesday, Xiaomi announced a new 65-inch 4K HDR LED Mi TV 4 in China for a price tag of CNY 5,999, which when roughly translated comes to INR comes to Rs 63,300.Just like the Mi TV 4 Pro 55-inch, the Mi LED TV 4A Pro 49-inch and the Mi TV 4C Pro 32-inch, the all-new Mi TV 4 65-inch 4K HDR LED also runs on Android-based PatchWall UI and packs an ultra-thin metal body which is pretty thin compared to same price segment TVs from other brands. To be specific, the Mi TV 4 65-inch comes right after Xiaomi launched the 75-inch option for the Mi TV 4 in China.The Mi TV 4 65-inch comes with Dolby+DTS audio integration which Xiaomi claims is aimed at enhancing the overall sound experience for the users. The Mi TV 4 packs a 65-inch fullscreen panel that supports 4K HDR video playback and also comes with artificial intelligence (AI) backed voice control system. The AI-powered voice system can be controlled with the remote control which comes bundled with the Mi TV 4. As far as the design of the Mi TV is concerned, similar to the other Mi TV 4 models, the 65-inch model also sports minimal bezels and is surrounded with a metal body. It is powered by a quad-core Cortex-A53 SoC coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB storage.advertisementALSO READ: Redmi Note 6 Pro with 4 cameras and price under Rs 20,000 could be next blockbuster hit from XiaomiThe all-new Mi TV 4 65-inch 4K HDR LED model is already available in China. As of now, there’s no word if Xiaomi will launch the TV in the Indian market or not. Most likely it will not, considering it just launched three new Mi TVs in September. Xiaomi launched the Mi TV 4 Pro 55-inch, the Mi LED TV 4A Pro 49-inch and the Mi TV 4C Pro 32-inch in India. The most expensive of the lot is the Mi TV 4 Pro 55-inch that is priced Rs 49,999, while the Mi LED TV 4A Pro 49-inch and Mi TV 4C Pro 32-inch come with a price tag of Rs 29,999 and Rs 14,999 respectively. Xiaomi has revealed that these are introductory prices and are subject to change post the festive season, which is post-Diwali.
Six members of an internationally renowned parkour group were deported out of India by Mumbai Police on Wednesday (November 28). The group was questioned at Dadar police station on Tuesday after a complaint from a residential society in Prabhadevi, Mumbai was filed.According to the complaint, the free-runners performed stunts on the society residents’ terraces without a prior permission. The case with the police left the parkour practitioners confused. Cyrus Khan, who is a parkour trainer, was with the group at the police station. According to Khan the group thought they were doing something which according to them was normal and was also normal to do in other cities.”Parkour is a discipline and the group was creating physical fitness awareness,” Khan said.The group held by the police is called Storrer. They were in Mumbai, Maharashtra as they were speakers at TEDx Gateway 2018 taking place on December 2 at National Sports Club of India (NSCI), Worli, Mumbai. TEDx is an event where people speak to an audience and share ideas, inspire and inform.The listings of this group were removed from the TEDx event page after the incident. A mail sent to TEDx Gateway on their press query mail ID remained unanswered.Jayant Nate, president, Babasaheb Ambedkar Housing society said, “We were scared that our children might also perform these dangerous stunts. A resident of the building was looking out of his window for mobile network spotted these people on the terrace. As they were foreigners he asked them what they were doing. They didn’t reply and kept performing the stunts. The resident then recorded their videos.”advertisement”Once the matter was brought to our notice in a society meeting, it was reported to the police. When we met this group at the police station on Tuesday night, they told us that they found out about our building through Google Maps. They had not taken permission to enter the building. The terrace doors are closed but they used the duct, on top floor, which leads to the terrace for entry and exit. It was 10th anniversary of 26/11 Mumbai attacks and these guys were foreigners so we panicked,” Nate added.Also Read | Young foreigners jump from one high rise to another in Mumbai, cops start probe after video goes viralAlso Watch | Young foreigners jump from one high rise to another in Mumbai
Since Microsoft rolled out the stable build of Windows 10 back in 2015, it started laying emphasis on its new default web browser – Microsoft Edge. With Edge, Microsoft promised a new browsing experience that gels well with the ethos of Windows 10. However, due to a plethora of bugs and instability, Windows 10 users never lapped it up in the same manner as Google’s Chrome. Microsoft kept on adding several features over the years but Edge couldn’t extend a lead over Google’s Chrome. Hence, Microsoft has decided to axe the Edge browser on Windows 10.According to one of the latest reports from Windows Central, Microsoft has finally given up on the Edge browser internally and is now looking to develop an alternative browser that will be acting as the default one on future versions of Windows 10. The Redmond giant is no more in the mood to work further on the EdgeHTML rendering engine and hence axe development on Edge.The rumours state that the new browser will be using Chromium – Google’s rendering engine that powers the Chrome browser, for the foundation of the new browser. The project is presently named as Anaheim and will host web pages in a fashion pretty similar to how Google’s Chrome handles it.It’s still unknown whether this new web browser will carry forward the Edge branding or adopt a completely new identity. Also, it’s still unknown whether Anaheim will sport a similar user interface to Edge or wear completely new clothes. There could also be a chance that Microsoft will retain the Edge browser alongside the new browser, similar to how Internet Explorer’s existence after the incoming of Edge.advertisementAlthough this just a rumour, for now, evidence of Microsoft considering new web browser has already surfaced on the Internet. Microsoft engineers were spotted committing codes to the Chromium project, thereby suggesting that they will be actively working with Google for an enhanced web browsing experience on Windows 10.Lately, Microsoft has been actively modifying its ecosystems for adapting to popular third-party apps and services. We had previously seen Microsoft trying its best to replicate a Continuum-like feature between Windows 10 and Android. They have also re-engineered the MS Office suite to work well with both Android and iOS devices. By adopting the foundations of the Chrome browser, it now becomes clear that Microsoft wants to give those services to users that they like, even if they are not from Microsoft.ALSO READ | December Security Patch improves RAM management, camera performance for Google Pixel 3
India’s fourth Test against Australia at Sydney, starting January 3, 2019, will be the team’s last assignment for six months and the BCCI is likely to prepare a road map for the longest format specialists.There is a possibility that some of the senior India players may play against England Lions (A team) when they tour India for a full-fledged series in end January-February.Once India finish their Test engagements against Australia, they will next play the five-day format in July, 2019 against the West Indies in a two-Test series as part of the World Test Championship.However, a few like Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane might have precious little to do once the Ranji Trophy ends in the last week of January.”The fast bowlers workload management is a different issue but in case of some of the Test specialists, we might play them against England Lions. England Lions are coming for a full series where they will play four day Tests as well as List A and T20 matches,” a BCCI source privy to the development told PTI Saturday.It is learnt that the selectors might look at Pujara, Rahane and Prithvi Shaw (expected to be fully fit by then) to play the longer format matches.As of now, Pujara is expected to feature in the Ranji Trophy quarter-finals, starting January 15, as Saurashtra are currently on top of their group with 25 points.In case of Mumbai, the chances of qualification are bleak as they have only eight points from five games. Rahane, who is not a part of India’s limited overs scheme of things will next play the Mushtaq Ali Trophy followed by IPL for Rajasthan Royals.advertisementOnce Saurashtra’s Ranji engagements finish, Pujara will have nothing to do as he has not been picked by any IPL franchise. There is the Mushtaq Ali Trophy but with the IPL auctions over, it will not hold the same kind of importance like last edition.It’s not that Pujara will need to prove anything to anyone but there is a school of thought that serious match time won’t do any harm to him or for that matter Rahane.Also Read | Virat Kohli is the energy of this Indian team and the clear leader: Brad HoggAlso Read | India vs Australia: Australian journalist uses random video to ridicule Virat KohliAlso Read | Sanju Samson and Charulatha’s breathtaking Kovalam wedding: See photos
Veteran pacer Lasith Malinga was sacked as ODI skipper with Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Wednesday naming Test captain Dimuth Karunaratne to lead the country at the 50 over World cup in England beginning May 30.The World cup squad will be announced Thursday, SLC said.”Karunaratne’s appointment was ratified by the Minister of Telecommunications, Foreign Employment and Sports Honorable Harin Fernando,” Sri Lanka Cricket said in a release.The 31-year-old Karunaratne, who didn’t play a single ODI since the 2015 World Cup, has only featured in 17 ODIs and averages 15.83 with a high score of 60.He will replace Malinga, who had captained the team during the 0-5 loss to South Africa in the ODI series.Malinga, who led Sri Lanka to a World T20 trophy in 2014, had personal disagreements with the team management and certain senior players, which also soured his stint as captain.Karunaratne, a Test opener, forced himself into the ODI captaincy following his success in the Test arena. He led Sri Lanka to a historic 2-0 Test triumph in South Africa and made Sri Lanka the only Asian side to win a Test series in South Africa.The other option was Angelo Mathews, who has been Sri Lanka’s ODI captain in two separate stints before. But Mathews is said to have declined the offer to captain citing his disagreements with coach Chandika Hathurusinghe.The news will come as a blow for Malinga, who had played a domestic match in Kandy, only 14 hours after playing an IPL match for his franchise Mumbai Indians in Mumbai, earlier this month.advertisementApart from Malinga and Mathews, Sri Lanka had also tried Dinesh Chandimal and Thisara Perera to lead the side at various stages over the past two years since the retirement of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene in 2014.The team’s fortune dwindled as it slipped in ICC rankings in all formats since then.Also Read | Scared to bowl against Hardik Pandya at the World Cup: Lasith MalingaAlso Read | ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Pakistan squad to be announced on Thursday with two reservesAlso Read | England leave Jofra Archer out of preliminary 2019 ICC World Cup squad