Army back in Darjeeling after 2 deaths

first_imgViolence erupted again in the Darjeeling hills on Saturday after two persons were killed, allegedly in firing by police and security forces. The Army was redeployed to control the situation, which turned volatile as pro-Gorkhaland supporters clashed with the police in Darjeeling town and adjoining areas. Tension gripped the hills after the death of Tashi Bhutia, a Gorkha National Liberation Front supporter, at Sonada. GNLF spokespers- on Neeraj Zimba said Bhutia was shot dead by security forces on Friday night. The police, however, said they did not have any report of firing. “We don’t have any report of police firing as of now. We are looking into the incident. We can give you details later,” a police officer said. Clashes erupted as the procession carrying Bhutia’s body turned violent and protesters attacked a police outpost at Sonada. A pitched battle ensued between the protesters and police. The protesters also set ablaze the Sonada station of the heritage Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. The violence soon spread to Darjeeling town with clashes at Chowk Bazar. Police resorted to tear gas shelling to disperse the mob, which allegedly tried to attack the office of Deputy Superintendent of Police. A second youth later succumbed to bullet injuries sustained during the violence. He is yet to be identified but is thought to be a resident of Singhamari. Clashes were also reported from Kalimpong where protesters set on fire property of the State Forest Department.Two columns of the Army, one at Sonada and the other in Darjeeling town, were deployed to control the situation. “One accident has happened at Sonada. This is because they attacked the police.. We will have to look into who is responsible,” Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said at the State Secretariat. Urging pro-Gorkhaland supporters to shun violence, Ms. Banerjee said she was ready to hold meetings with political parties in the hills in the next 10-15 days. “I am asking the administration and the people to exercise restraint,” she said.She asked protesters to allow the government to send food and other supplies to the hills.last_img read more

Three get death for killing 4-year-old boy

first_imgA Himachal Pradesh court on Wednesday sentenced three persons to death for murdering a four-year-old boy whose skeletal remains were found in a municipal water tank two years later.Shimla Sessions Judge Virender Singh convicted Chander Sharma, Tajender Singh and Vikrant Bakshi on August 6 for the child’s murder, but deferred the hearing on the quantum of sentence.Yug’s father Vinod Kumar Gupta, mother Pinki Gupta and grandmother Chandralekha Gupta were present in the packed court as the sentence was pronounced.“My son cannot come back but I am satisfied with the verdict of death penalty for the guilty,” Mr. Gupta said.Yug was abducted from the busy Ram Bazar area in Shimla on June 14, 2014, and killed after seven days, even before a ransom call was made.His remains were recovered from a Shimla Municipal Corporation water tank in Kelston area on August 21, 2016, after the probe was handed over to the CID.‘Tortured, starved’ The prosecution said Yug was tortured, starved and forcibly served liquor before being thrown alive into the water tank. A rock was tied to him to drown him in the tank, it said.The boy’s killing had sent shock waves across the city and residents took out processions and candlelight marches to express their rage.Mr. Gupta had filed a missing person’s complaint at Sadar police station the day his son was abducted. A criminal case was registered on June 16, while a letter seeking a ransom of ₹3.6 crore was received on June 27.Ransom lettersThree more ransom letters were received subsequently.On January 29, 2016, some municipal corporation employees found his skeleton while cleaning the tank after a jaundice outbreak in the city.Public prosecutor Randip Singh Parmar said that statements of 105 witnesses were recorded in the case. The death sentence would have to be confirmed by the high court. The convicts may file appeal against the sentence at the high court within 30 days, he added.last_img read more

Swag back: Thunder snap out of funk, overcome Raptors

first_imgDennis Schroder came off the bench to score 12 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter and Jerami Grant scored 19 as the Thunder avenged Wednesday’s 123-114 home defeat to Toronto.“We just played defense at a higher level tonight,” Westbrook said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBesides defense, the Thunder also improved their outside shooting, making 20 of 43 shots from 3-point range. Oklahoma City shot 13 for 43 from 3 in Wednesday’s loss.“They made ’em tonight,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. Manny Pacquiao presence in ‘Rising Stars’ card inspires young boxers Google Philippines names new country director Lowry missed his second straight game because of a sprained right ankle. Nurse said there’s no structural damage to Lowry’s ankle, but soreness remains following a collision with New York’s Mitchell Robinson on Monday. Nurse said Lowry is expected to return next week.Danny Green scored 19 points and Serge Ibaka had 11, but Toronto couldn’t hold a double-digit lead in the third quarter for the second straight game. The Raptors gave away a 20-point lead before recovering to win in overtime Wednesday, but weren’t able to match that on their home court.“We were right there, really close there at the end and didn’t get many breaks,” Nurse said.Oklahoma City trailed by 10 points to start the second half, and was down 13 with 5:23 to go in the third before rallying. Westbrook gave the visitors the lead for the first time since early in the first quarter on a layup with 1:18 left in the period, putting them up 80-79. The Thunder closed the third with a 20-4 run to take an 83-80 lead into the fourth.Leonard cut the gap to 93-91 on a free throw with 7:33 to play but George hit 3-pointers on either side of a fast-break layup by Grant, giving Oklahoma City a 101-91 edge with 6:21 left.The Thunder missed eight of their first 10 shots of the game. Toronto was 5 of 6 from 3-point range in the first, with Green making all three of his attempts, and the Raptors led 29-22 after one.The Raptors led 58-48 at halftime.TIP-INSThunder: Oklahoma City has won four straight in Toronto. … Westbrook shot 6 for 20, going 3 for 10 in each half. … Terrance Ferguson scored 11 points. … Oklahoma City made a season-high 22 3-pointers against the Lakers on Jan. 17.Raptors: Norman Powell had a career-high 11 rebounds. … Starting C Marc Gasol didn’t attempt a shot until scoring on a dunk with 1:40 remaining in the fourth. … Former Raptors star Jorge Garbajosa attended the game. 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(Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — Stuck in a four-game losing streak, Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder came to Toronto and got their swagger back.Paul George scored 28 points, Westbrook had 18 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds, and the Thunder beat the Raptors 116-109 on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentscenter_img Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event MOST READ STREAK STOPPEDToronto lost for the first time in 20 games when leading at the half, ending a franchise-record streak.ROTTEN RECIPEThe Raptors made 22 turnovers, one shy of their season worst.“If someone told you before the game you’d have 20 turnovers and they’d hit 20 3s, you’d say we’d lose by 20,” Raptors Fred VanVleet said. “It’s not a recipe for success.”UP NEXTThunder: At Memphis on Monday night.Raptors: Host Charlotte on Sunday night. Schroder connected on 10 of 16 shots, going 4 of 7 from long range.“He gave us a really good boost at both ends of the floor,” coach Billy Donovan said.Schroder called it an important win for the Thunder.“We got back to our swag, how we play,” Schroder said. “To come up big like that in Toronto means a lot for everyone.”Kawhi Leonard scored 37 points and Pascal Siakam had 25 for the Raptors, who played without All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

The Queen’s latest outfit is perfect for a wicked night of dandiya

first_imgWhen it comes to fashion, Britain’s 90-year-old monarch, Queen Elizabeth, is not the one to hold back.Also read:On her 90th birthday, we give you 15 secrets from the Queen’s style filesFrom sporting prints, exquisite beading and the biggest of diamond-studded jewellery and headgear in her heydays, it’s fair to say that over the years, the Queen’s style has mellowed down. Though she’s still unable to resist a bold print, today she’s mostly found dressed in smart skirt-suits or dresses in bright colours, paired with subtle headgear, swapping the heavy duty bling for pearls and brooches. June 30, however, saw the Queen’s style take a very different turn. Attending a service on the eve of The Battle of the Somme at Westminster Abbey, not only did she choose to wear grey, the Queen’s dress also featured shiny tidbits that looked like mirrors from afar, with the ‘mirrored’ embellishments running down the front of her dress and on her sleeves, besides being sprinkled all over.The Queen’s shiny number. Photos: Reuters Also read:These shoes honour the Queen’s 90th birthday and come with 3000 crystalsSeriously, we think if the Queen ever plans to attend a dandiya night, she’s found her go-to costume. How cool would she look gyrating to Falguni Pathak’s numbers from the 90s?This is it, Your Majesty!last_img read more

Bhutia to join Premier Futsal despite AIFF association

first_imgMumbai, Jul 13 (PTI) Indian football great Bhaichung Bhutia will join the Premier Futsal as its talent director despite being involved with the AIFF, which does not recognise the venture. The former captain will be heading its Indian amateur talent hunt programme. “Premier Futsal League has emerged as a category-defining offering in the Indian sporting landscape. It is a great honour for me to be a part of such a tournament,” Bhutia said in a statement here. Dinesh Raj, managing director, Premier Futsal League said, “It is a matter of great pride and honour for us to have a personality of Bhaichungs stature to be a part of Premier Futsal.” Interestingly, the 40-year-old Bhutia is also involved with Indian football and All Indian Football Federation in multiple roles. Meanwhile, Brazilian football superstar and former FIFA Ballon dOr winner Ronaldinho will be visiting Mumbai tomorrow and explore his future with Premier Futsal, a variation of football played indoors. PTI NRB AH AHlast_img read more

Schumacher Critical After Ski Accident

first_imgGRENOBLE, France – Doctors offered a grim assessment of Michael Schumacher’s head injuries Dec. 30, providing no prognosis for the Formula One driving great after his skiing accident in the French Alps.Schumacher has been placed in a medically induced coma to relieve pressure on his brain, which suffered bruising and bleeding when the retired seven-time world champion fell and struck a rock Sunday while skiing during a family vacation.“We cannot predict the future for Michael Schumacher,” Dr. Jean-Francois Payen, the doctor in charge of Grenoble University Hospital’s intensive care unit, said at a news conference.“He is in a critical state in terms of cerebral resuscitation,” said Payen, the chief anesthesiologist treating the 44-year-old German driver. “We are working hour by hour.”Schumacher’s wife, Corinna, daughter Gina Maria and son Mick were at his bedside.“The family is not doing very well, obviously. They are shocked,” his manager, Sabine Kehm, told reporters.Schumacher earned universal admiration for his uncommon driving talent, which led to a record 91 race wins. His single-minded dedication to victory sometimes meant he was denied the same affection during his career that he received Monday.Schumacher “gave the image of someone indestructible, powerful,” France’s four-time F1 champion Alain Prost said on iTele TV channel. “It’s a banal accident compared to what he’s done in the past . It’s just a dumb thing that ended badly.”Schumacher and his 14-year-old son were skiing Sunday morning in the French Alpine resort of Meribel, where the family has a chalet. He fell and hit the right side of his head on a rock.By wearing a helmet, Schumacher had given himself a chance of survival, Payen said, though the protection was not enough to prevent serious injury.Gerard Saillant, a trauma surgeon who operated on Schumacher when he broke his leg in a 1999 race crash, was at the hospital as a visitor. He told reporters that Schumacher’s age and fitness should work in his favor.Schumacher, who turns 45 on Jan. 3, retired from the track for the second time only last year, after a three-season comeback.Still, the hospital’s neurology team, which is recognized as among the best in France, was cautious about Schumacher’s prospects.Doctors lowered his body temperature to between 34 and 35 degrees Celsius (93.2 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit) as part of the coma, which essentially rests the brain, slowing its metabolism to help reduce inflammation after an injury.The hospital, in a city that is the gateway to the French Alps, sees a large number of skiing accidents every year.Schumacher has been seriously hurt before. In addition to the broken leg in a crash at the 1999 British Grand Prix, he also suffered neck and spine injuries after a motorcycle accident in 2009 in Spain.An expert skier, Schumacher fell in a section of trails that slice down through a vast and, in parts, very steep snowfield. Although challenging, the snowfield is not extreme skiing. The runs are broad and neatly tended, and the ungroomed area in between — where the resort said Schumacher was found — is free of trees.“He was in the deep snow. But it was not an off-piste track,” Kehm said, suggesting Schumacher had not taken undue risks. “They were skiing on pistes, but in the moment that it (the accident) happened, it was not on the piste.”Meribel resort officials said Schumacher was conscious when first responders arrived, although agitated and in shock.After the fall, Payen said, Schumacher was not in a “normal state of consciousness.” He did not respond to questions, and his limbs appeared to move involuntarily, the doctor said.He was airlifted to a local hospital and then later brought to Grenoble. Doctors said that stopover was typical and did not affect his condition.The French prosecutor in Albertville has opened an investigation into the accident, according to the Mountain Gendarmerie in Bourg-Saint-Maurice. The goal is to determine the circumstances and cause of the accident.Formula One drivers and fans rushed to wish Schumacher a quick recovery.“Like millions of Germans, the chancellor and members of the government were extremely dismayed when they heard about Michael Schumacher’s serious skiing accident,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said in Berlin.Sebastian Vettel, the Formula One racer for whom Schumacher was a boyhood idol, told German news agency dpa: “I am shocked and hope that he will get better as soon as possible.”Ferrari, which Schumacher raced for, also expressed its concern. Company President Luca di Montezemolo and race team leader Stefano Domenicali were in contact with the family, the company said in a statement.Former Ferrari teammate Felipe Massa, who himself recovered from life-threatening head injuries at the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2009, wrote on Instagram: “I am praying for you my brother!! I hope you have a quick recovery!! God bless you, Michael.”British former F1 champion Jenson Button posted that “Michael more than anyone has the strength to pull through this.”Some fans gathered outside the hospital.Nuravil Raimbekov, a student from Kyrgyzstan who is studying in Grenoble, said Schumacher has been an inspiration to him.“I’m worried, of course … But I still hope, and I will pray for him,” he said.During his career, Schumacher set an array of Formula One records. After initial success with the Benetton team, winning his first two championships in 1994 and 1995, Schumacher moved to Ferrari.There, he helped turn the storied Italian team into the sport’s dominant force. After initially retiring in 2006, he made a comeback in 2010 and raced for three years with Mercedes.(Graham Dunbar and Sarah DiLorenzo)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Duda HR Lifts Met Over Phils

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — Yet another extra-inning game was fine by the New York Mets, provided they won.Lucas Duda hit a two-run homer with two outs in the 11th, lifting the Mets over the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 on June 1 in the third straight meeting between the teams to run long.The Mets and Phillies split a pair of 14-inning games the previous two days, combining to play nearly 11 hours.Duda came off the bench in the bottom of the 10th at first base, then connected in the 11th to help the Mets win for the fifth time in six games.“We are getting tired, (but) they are great to win,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said. “They lift the spirits up and it does get the energy up, even though you’re tired physically. You know you can win these kinds of games.”Ryan Howard hit an early two-run homer for the Phillies. Marlon Byrd hit a solo shot in the 11th.“In close games, extra-inning games, not to be able to just get the job done is very frustrating,” Philadelphia Manager Ryne Sandberg said.Josh Edgin (1-0) struck out the side in the 10th. Jenrry Mejia held on for his sixth save in as many chances.Phillippe Aumont (0-1), called up prior to the game to provide some help to the tired Philadelphia bullpen, got the first two outs of the 11th. After a walk to Travis d’Arnaud, Duda hit his eighth home run deep into the seats in left-center field.“I was lucky enough to square a ball up,” Duda said. “I was just trying to hit it hard.”Duda did get a respite from not starting, but said all of the innings can take a toll. “It’s both physically and mentally draining,” he said. “Just continue to go. They have to play, too.”The teams conclude their rare five-game series on June 2. Adding June 1st’s time of 3 hours, 29 minutes, the first four games have taken 17 hours, 29 minutes over 48 innings, and the teams have employed 46 pitchers.Aumont was one of three relievers promoted by the teams from the minors. The Phillies also added left-hander Cesar Jimenez while the Mets brought up left-hander Dana Eveland Triple-A.Although neither figured into the decision, each team’s starter gave the bullpen some rest. Cole Hamels went seven strong innings for the Phillies, allowing one earned run and six hits. He struck out eight and walked four, though three were intentional.Jonathon Niese tossed eight innings and gave up two runs. His lone mistake came against Howard, who had been 3-for-22 with 10 strikeouts before homering in the fourth for a 2-1 lead.Knowing the Mets’ bullpen was thin, Niese’s game plan was to attack the strike zone early and often.“I was going to pound the zone and they were going to hit me hard early or they were going to get outs early,” Niese said. “I wasn’t trying to trick guys out there. I wouldn’t say it was a burden, but I knew it was important (to go deep in the game) because I knew our bullpen was getting beat up lately.”Niese departed after throwing 91 pitches and said he could have gone two more innings if needed.Collins appreciated the outing by his starter. “Tremendous effort by a lot of people starting with Niese,” he said. “We needed somebody to go that deep in the game.”New York came back with a run in the sixth on Curtis Granderson’s sacrifice fly to tie it at 2.The Mets had taken a 1-0 lead in the fourth on Chris Young’s sacrifice fly that scored David Wright. Third baseman Reid Brignac made an over-the-shoulder catch in foul territory, but his strong throw wasn’t in time.(AARON BRACY)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

How smarter storage enhances reliability of autonomous vehicles

first_img May 24, 2019 at 11:25 am Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Automotive nainasemiconductor says: 1 thought on “How smarter storage enhances reliability of autonomous vehicles” The reality of autonomous vehicles will dramatically change our travel habits and a cause a rapid shift in the transportation industry. Digital transformation of the automotive industry will deliver many social benefits such as reducing the number of accidents, lowering carbon emissions, improving traffic flow, reducing the cost of car ownership, lower insurance policy premiums, increasing fuel efficiency and improving mobility.However, the complexity of an autonomous vehicle is increasingly rapidly as the capabilities they must support continues to expand with real-life trials on today’s roads. These autonomous systems will require increasing performance, power, safety, security and reliability. For automotive OEMs, the task of ensuring safety compliance for autonomous vehicles will require both hardware and software designed to ISO2626 functional safety standards. If developers are not prepared, the added investment and time required to prove out safety standards could significantly delay time to market, reduce profitability, and erode market share.At the core of safety and reliability for autonomous vehicles is the goal of preventing injury to people and property. There are also legal issues to consider when an incident occurs and who will assume liability. With the legal issues surrounding autonomous driving in such a state of flux, it is still unclear where liability will fall in the case of accidents. Thus, failure is not an option, making it even more critical for automotive OEMs and suppliers to the automotive market to focus on reliability. As a result, every component in a smart car must be proven to be safe, secure and reliable.Smarter, More Reliable Storage Vehicles with automated driving technology are equipped with a high-level of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) capability. These vehicles have multiple sensors (camera, LIDAR, etc.) and control devices that can perform automated driving with zero collisions, which are mission-critical and cannot fail. Figure-1 shows the block diagram for a fully autonomous driving system capable of levels 3, 4, and 5 autonomy necessary for non-monitored driving.  click for larger image Figure-1: Autonomous Driving System: Level 3 / Level 4 / Level 5 System Block Diagram. (Source: Cypress) Non-volatile memory devices play a key role in ADAS systems to provide boot code storage and data logging of key mission critical events. As these systems become smarter, they need to process more data faster with a higher level of reliability. In addition, unprotected memory – in terms of verifying that memory bits have not changed at boot time or during device operation – can easily become a weak link in an otherwise robust ADAS design.NOR Flash is an ideal memory technology for mission-critical applications as it provides non-volatile storage backed by high reliability and integrated diagnostics that can ensure data integrity, detect possible failures, and even correct errors. Additionally, the benefits of instant-on functionality and fast system boot time with high performance enables immediate access to code, configuration data, and graphic images when the car is powering up.Today, memory device families are architected from the ground up to meet automotive functional safety standards such as ISO26262. These next-generation memories not only provide greater reliability, they increase performance, substantially reduce power consumption, and lower total cost of ownership.Integration One of the most effective ways to reduce system complexity is through integration. When a system comprises many components, each component – as well as each interconnect it has to other components – represents a potential point of failure. When MCUs integrated memory, for example, this resulted in faster access to data and code, more efficient processing, greater reliability, and lower cost. It also simplified development since components that developers previously had to integrate into the greater system are now managed internally by the MCU itself.These same benefits of integration are now being brought to NOR Flash as memory manufacturers begin to integrate memory with a processor like the Arm Cortex-M0 to handle many of the complexities required to maintain reliability with dense, high-speed memories (see Figure 2). The availability of an onboard processor enables smarter memory and completely changes how engineers design with Flash. For example, in the past, significant development was required to implement wear-leveling software to extend the endurance of Flash. Wear-leveling is now handled internally by the integrated for larger image Figure-2: Integrated Arm Cortex M0 inside a Smart Flash Storage (Source: Cypress) Next-generation complex SoCs fabricated with 16nm FinFET technology don’t yet have the option of embedding Flash memory inside the die. Thus, they have to rely on external NOR Flash technology that are smarter and more reliable.  The onboard processor can be used to manage all the safety-critical aspects of memory storage. It can also be used to manage the security aspects of memory storage to provide protection against malicious attacks. With an integrated processor inside the flash memory, these units are managed by the memory device itself and can be quickly configured to meet the specific requirements of the application.Evolving Requirements The automotive industry is currently advancing from driver assistance to full automation, and these systems will require intelligence implemented at all levels to reduce latency and improve efficiency. At the same time, the internal architecture of the car is moving away from discrete systems that act primarily independently to connected systems that stream real-time data to each other, utilizing artificial intelligence and machine learning. The data collected inside a vehicle will also be used to implement predictive maintenance so that cars can alert drivers to service vehicles before they break down. Data will also need to be sent to the cloud for more complex analytics and new software upgrades from the cloud to vehicle.Smart Flash storage will be at the heart of these systems because the critical code and data stored in these non-volatile memories needs to be reliable in extreme environments and last for over 20 years without failing. With the addition of an onboard processor, these memories can now provide an even higher level of functionality and reliability while offloading memory management tasks like wear-leveling, enhancing system security with cryptographic protection, and performing safety-critical diagnostics.Autonomous driving is a fast-changing industry, and new safety, security features will be developed – and mandated – just as quickly. OEMs need a flexible architecture that enables them to adapt to these standards in a timely fashion as well as adopt advanced functionality that improves long-term reliability. For example, when the memory can predict a particular type of failure, it can begin to preempt it.To aid automotive OEMs in building compliant systems, memory manufacturers need to provide safety documentation that are compliant to ISO 26262 specification, including detailed safety analysis reports such as Safety Manual, Failure Mode Effects and Diagnostic Analysis (FMEDA), Dependent Failure Analysis (DFA) and Safety Element out of Context (SEooC). Memory manufacturers also need to play an active role in defining and maintaining these standards to ensure their components continue to be compliant.Memory devices like Cypress’s Semper NOR Flash are purpose-built to address the challenges for next-generation automotive and industrial system that meet the quality, reliability and safety standards.Sandeep Krishnegowda is marketing and applications director of the Flash Business Unit at Cypress Semiconductor Corp. He has worked in Cypress’ memory products division for more than ten years in a variety of engineering, management and marketing roles. He earned an MS in Electronics and Communication from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a BE in Electronics and Communication from Visvesvaraya Technological University Continue Reading Previous PROVERTHA: robust and vibration-resistant M8 stainless steel crimp flange connectorsNext Infineon named Advanced Technology Partner to Amazon Web Services Log in to Reply “Fitbits and other fashionable smart devices to make our everyday life easier and happier While companies Naina Semiconductor Limited across the globe are embracing it to boost our products their productivity Visit-” 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.last_img read more

Shaun Pollock wants Hardik Pandya to focus on one aspect of his game

first_imgHardik Pandya’s all-round abilities have helped him establish himself as a regular in all formats for India. The all-rounder has been at times compared to the legendary Kapil Dev for his match-winning ability. But the former South Africa great Shaun Pollock wants Pandya to concentrate on any one aspect of his game to become a long-term prospect.Pollock said that the advent of T20 cricket has given rise to a number of all-rounders in world cricket, even as he picked Englishman Ben Stokes as one of the best among the current crop.Coming to Indian cricket, the former Proteas all-rounder has advised the 24-year-old Hardik to settle down with one dimension of his game (be it batting or bowling), while contributing with the other.”T20 cricket has made a lot of people realise that they can have the ability to contribute with both bat and ball. As far as all-rounders around the world are concerned, it’s difficult to pick one but I can think of Ben Stokes. He is one of the best,” the former South Africa skipper told IANS.”Coming to Indian cricket, Pandya is probably a long term all-round option. I think Virat Kohli really likes his style and attitude towards the game. Looks like he can get both wickets and runs; of course time will tell everything.”Hardik needs to settle down and choose one of the disciplines (batting or bowling), something that keeps him in the side, and look to contribute on the other as it can be very difficult to contribute with both.”advertisement”If he settles down and gets a good run, there is no reason why he can’t become a wonderful all-rounder for India,” he added.Pollock, who scored 3,519 runs and took 393 wickets in 303 One-day Internationals, also agreed with India’s batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar, who hit out at the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) decision of introducing two new balls in the 50-over format.”It does take away the art of reverse swing. It also depends on what surfaces you play. In the subcontinent, the ball gets soft and it gets difficult to hit at the back end of the innings, which suits the bowling side,” he said.”Spectators might enjoy the fact that the balls stay hard so that the batsmen can whack it out of the ground. During our playing days, we had to change the ball after the 34th over because it used to lose it’s colour, particularly on the abrasive subcontinent wickets,” he added.Pollock urged the global governing body to stick to one ball, a move which could reduce the domination of batsmen in white-ball cricket.”If they could come up with a white ball that stayed white, that would be ideal. Stick with one and we could see reverse swing and the ball getting softer, giving the bowlers more of an option. But unfortunately we can’t, given the nature of the leather that goes brown,” he said.”So ideally, I agree, I would like them to have just one ball, but I’m not sure whether it does or doesn’t work,” he added.On being asked about another Proteas great Dale Steyn’s recent decision to quit limited overs cricket after the 2019 World Cup in England, but to continue playing Tests, Pollock hoped that the right-armer’s injury woes are behind him now.”Hope Dale goes from strength to strength. He has had injury problems and, in the later part of your career, you tend to pick more niggles than in your 20s,” he said.”But the key that comes from his comment is mentally he is in a space where he wants to continue and just like AB de Villiers decided to stop mentally probably because he wanted to stop. Hopefully his injury problems are behind him,” hoped Pollock.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more

Data and Deaths: Both Challenges for Maternal Health

first_imgPosted on September 27, 2010June 20, 2017By: Saumya Ramarao, Senior Associate, Population CouncilClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The MHTF is soliciting reactions from the maternal health community to the newly released UN MMR data. Our hope is that, together, these comments will serve as a springboard for discussion and provide momentum towards MDG5.The welcome news is that globally maternal mortality is declining even though it may not be as fast as desired nor equally across all economic groups. Two recent estimates bring us this good news providing further fresh impetus to ongoing initiatives: second good news is that these estimates have focused attention on what has been known for a long time—the dearth of good quality data. Timely and quality data are essential to monitor programs, facilitate decision-making, and improve accountability of programs and governments to their citizens. “What gets measured gets done” is true in the field of maternal health as any other development field.The emphasis in discussions of maternal mortality so far has been on estimating the number of deaths. Estimating deaths is important for advocacy and for rallying support to this important cause. But, it is time now to move the dialogue beyond death counts to measuring morbidities, monitoring the quality of services, ensuring data are recorded consistently and accurately in health facilities and are collected and reported in a timely fashion.As countries implement medical interventions to save women’s life, strengthen their health systems, they can also innovate with data collection approaches. In a digital world, timely and good quality data collection should be easier, faster, and one can argue cheaper. There are proven examples of how primary health care facilities in remote areas are able to connect via cell phones to their districts and provincial headquarters to report current health situations and be provided immediate feedback. PDAs can be useful to frontline workers to organize their schedules for conducting outreach work and home visits. Client data can be entered in real time and transmitted to central databases making reporting easier and reducing time spent on manual recording across multiple registers.With the myriad possibilities of digital data collection available, it is only the paucity of imagination that holds us back.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Video: Urban Meyer Tells David Letterman About The Tattoo He’s Getting

first_imgurban meyer is now a spokesman for bob evansA ring isn’t the only thing Urban Meyer will be getting as a result of Ohio State’s national championship. The Buckeyes’ coach will also be getting a tattoo. Prior to his team’s game against Oregon in the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship Game, Meyer promised his players he would get inked up if they beat the Ducks. They did, 42-20, so the 50-year-old will be visiting a tattoo parlor at some point in the near future. Friday evening, Meyer made an appearance on the Late Show With David Letterman. He talked about the tattoo he’ll be getting at about the 1:05 mark. While a Block O on top of his head seems like an interesting idea, odds are Meyer will probably opt to get something on his chest or back like Rick Pitino.last_img read more

ECA and sports trials to be more student friendly at DU

first_imgNew Delhi: Starting this year, student who wish to apply at Delhi University under the Extra Curricula Activities (ECA) category and sport trials would witness a change in the admission process in the academic session 2019-20. In fact, the administration is preparing to make the quota admissions more student-friendly, that even before the start of the session, said an official. Moreover, the announcement has already been made by the admission committee that this time the trial of these quota will begin from May 20. “And the aspirant of this quota will not have to wait for cut-off,” he added.Earlier, only after the cut-off was released in the DU for past year, student can apply for ECA and sports but this time aspirant will undergo through the trial from the third week of May. However, in the last year of the DU, 60 per cent of the sports quota admission and the weightage of 40 percent of certificate was considered. And this time there may be a change in this also,” he added. Moreover, the discussions on how to keep the weight of the trial and certificates are still going on, he said. By 2017, students had to upload only one certificate for sports, but arrangement had been made to upload three certificates last year but this time committee is discussing that if administration would continue the previous year arrangement or implement the 2017 system to upload the certificate. “In short, the administration is all set to prepare to make ECA and sports trials more students friendly than earlier, so that the process will be simple and hassle free for both students and the DU administration,” official added. Mpostlast_img read more

Morocco Hails Saudi Arabias Measures for 2016 Annual Pilgrimage

Rabat – The Kingdom of Morocco hails all organizational measures taken by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the 1437 (2016) annual hajj pilgrimage, Morocco’s Foreign Ministry said Monday in a press release.The Kingdom of Morocco reiterates its high esteem for Saudi Arabia’s continuous efforts under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salmane Ibn Abdelaziz, at the service of pilgrims without exception to ensure their safety and well-being in order to perform the rite of Hajj in the best conditions, according to the same source.Morocco stresses the need for total commitment to measures taken by Saudi authorities in this regard and their absolute respect, as they are a sovereign matter guaranteeing the pilgrims’ safety, security and well-being, the press release said. With MAP read more

UN blue helmets respond to second school collapse in Haiti in five

MINUSTAH immediately deployed a specialist crowd control unit to enable rescue workers to dig through and clear the rubble, as several hundred anxious parents flocked to the Grace Divine school. A spokesperson for MINUSTAH confirmed that seven students and a teacher sustained minor injuries after the two-storey building partially collapsed around 11 a.m. this morning during a break in classes. “As far as we know there are no people trapped in the building,” MINUSTAH Spokesperson Sophie Boutaud-de-la-Combe told the UN News Centre. The religious school in the Canape Vert section of the capital is attended by some 135 children and looks similar in construction to the school that collapsed in the Pétionville suburb of Port-au-Prince last Friday, killing 89 people and hospitalizing 150. Ms. Boutaud-de-la-Combe said a senior Haitian Government official told a local broadcaster that “this is not the time to say who is responsible – it’s the time to take decisions and act.” Later this afternoon, two children suffered minor injuries when students panicked and raced out of Le Paradigme School, in the Christ-Roi neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. Ms. Boutaud-de-la-Combe said the cause of the panic is not yet known. 12 November 2008The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) today rushed an emergency response team to the site of a collapsed school in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, where eight people were injured and sent to hospital this morning. read more

UN aid efforts under way in quakehit northern Afghanistan

The quake hit the mountainous Samangan province, northwest of the capital, Kabul, on Monday.Aid workers are on the scene trying to assess the extent of the casualties and the destruction in the districts of Dara-i-Sufi Bala, Dara-i-Sufi Payin and Ruyi du Ab, but some access had been blocked due to the damage.An estimated 2,000 houses are damaged or destroyed, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Livestock and goods were also lost. In addition to emergency shelter, water and sanitation and food, aid workers are assembling non-food items, including quilts, tarpaulins, jerry cans, household kits and clothes.Veterinary support for injured animals is another concern, as are transport and warehousing capacities and communications support.More details are expected once the assessment teams have completed the preliminary visits. 20 April 2010The United Nations humanitarian wing is coordinating emergency aid and assessing the damage in northern Afghanistan following a 5.3-magnitude earthquake that reportedly killed at least seven people and injured dozens of others. read more

Investments in children are key to reaching global goals UN officials say

Devoting resources to helping children will pay off in terms of reaching global development goals, senior United Nations officials said today as the General Assembly opened its three-day special session on children. “Children are not an expense, they are an investment,” Carol Bellamy, Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), told a press conference at UN Headquarters. She pointed out that success in meeting international targets, such as those set at the recent International Conference on Financing for Development held in Monterrey, Mexico, would depend on how children were being treated. Concrete commitments made during the special session were crucial to achieving real progress across the world, she said. The special session offered young people the opportunity not only to be seen, but also to be heard, probably for the first time in the UN’s history, she said, noting that 132 countries had included children in their official delegations. At the same time, she stressed that the session afforded governments the opportunity to agree on new goals for children, and world leaders the chance to re-energize their commitment to achieving those goals. “It is not enough to just make promises to children; you have to keep your promises.” During a separate press briefing, the Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Thoraya Obaid, emphasized the need for governments to reaffirm their commitment to ensure that young people have access to reproductive information, health and education services. Ms. Obaid pointed out that each year, 15 to 17 million adolescent girls got pregnant, and 4.4 million resorted to abortion, with fully 40 per cent of those procedures performed under unsafe conditions. In addition, thousands of adolescents – most of them female – became newly infected daily with HIV/AIDS. “In today’s world, access to information, education and services will protect [girls] against unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases, and it’s really a matter of life and death for them,” she said, acknowledging that the sexual and reproductive health of adolescents is a delicate matter. “Fortunately, world leaders in the past have met and have agreed on many of the components of this very sensitive issue,” she said, emphasizing that by reaffirming principles adopted at previous UN conferences, the special session would pave the way to meet international development goals. read more

OECD warns risk of severe recession in 17country eurozone is rising as

OECD warns risk of severe recession in 17-country eurozone is rising as it cuts forecasts PARIS – The 17-country eurozone risks falling into a “severe recession,” the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development warned on Tuesday, as it called on governments and Europe’s central bank to act quickly to keep the slowdown from dragging down the global economy.OECD Chief Economist Pier Carlo Padoan warned the eurozone economy could contract by as much as 2 per cent this year, a figure that the Paris-based think-tank had laid out as its worst-case scenario in November.In its twice-yearly global economic outlook, the OECD — which comprises the world’s most developed economies — said its average forecast was for the eurozone economy to shrink 0.1 per cent this year and grow a mere 0.9 per cent in 2013.“Today we see the situation in the euro area close to the possible downside scenario” in the OECD’s November report, “which if materializing could lead to a severe recession in the euro area and with spillovers in the rest of the world,” Padoan told reporters before the report’s release.The report forecasts Europe falling further behind other countries, particularly the United States, whose economy is expected to grow 2.4 per cent this year and 2.6 per cent next.Canada’s economy is projected to grow almost as fast as its neighbour, with GDP expanding 2.25 in 2012 and 2.5 per cent in 2013, the report says.“There is now a diverging trend between the euro area and the U.S., where the U.S. is picking up more strongly while the euro area is lagging behind,” Padoan said.Europe itself is increasingly split between a wealthier north continuing to grow and a southern rim that is sliding deeper into recession, the OECD figures show.Germany, Europe’s largest economy, will accelerate to 2 per cent growth next year after 1.2 per cent growth in 2012, while France, the eurozone’s second-largest economy, will expand 1.2 per cent next year after 0.6 per cent growth this year, the OECD said.Italy’s economy, by contrast, will shrink 1.7 per cent this year and 0.4 per cent in 2013, the OECD forecast. Spain is also set to remain mired in recession, with contraction of 1.6 per cent this year and 0.8 per cent next.Padoan called on eurozone leaders to adopt a “growth compact” to promote growth even while reducing deficits. French President Francois Hollande has made securing such a pact the focus of his European diplomacy in the first weeks of his administration.So-called eurobonds — debt issued jointly by countries in the currency bloc — could be used to recapitalize banks, Padoan said. He also reiterated his call of six months ago for the ECB to do more to stem Europe’s crisis.The ECB has an “essential” role to play in solving Europe’s crisis, Padoan said, both by using its balance sheet firepower to shore up banks and by lowering interest rates. The ECB should also consider renewing the “unconventional measures” it used last year such as buying up government bonds, “if there is need to cope with contagion problems,” Padoan said.Asian economies will also do better than Europe, the OECD predicted. Japan is forecast to grow 2 per cent this year and slow down to 1.5 per cent in 2013, while China is expected to accelerate from 8.2 per cent to 9.3 per cent.Despite their growth downgrades for Europe, the OECD’s figures are more optimistic than those of the International Monetary Fund. Last month the IMF predicted Europe’s economy would shrink 0.3 per cent this year, with the U.S. expanding 2.1 per cent. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted May 22, 2012 8:35 am MDT read more

April deadliest month in Iraq in five years – UN

More people were killed and wounded in violent attacks across Iraq in April than in any month since June 2008, the United Nations mission in the country said today.According to figures released by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), a total of 712 people were killed and 1,633 were wounded in acts of terrorism and violence. The majority of victims were civilians, with 595 people killed and 1,438 injured. A further 117 members of the Iraqi Security Forces were killed and 195 were injured. Baghdad was the worst affected governorate, with a total of 697 civilian casualties, followed by Diyala, Salahuddin, Kirkuk, Ninewa and Anbar. Hundreds of people have been killed or wounded in recent clashes across the country, including in Hawija, north of Baghdad, where government helicopters shot at militants hiding in the village, resulting in dozens of people killed or injured.The Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Iraq, Martin Kobler, has repeatedly called on Iraqi authorities to take decisive measures to stop the escalating violence, and on Tuesday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged all Iraqis to come together and engage in inclusive dialogue to overcome the “deep political crisis” facing the country.“It is only through dialogue and full participation in the government institutions that bold initiatives can be taken to overcome the critical phase the country is going through,” Mr. Kobler said.Earlier today, Mr. Kobler welcomed the return of Kurdistan region ministers to the Cabinet and Kurdistan region members of parliament to the Council of Representatives, following a meeting on Monday between Prime Minister, Nuri al-Maliki, and the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Nichervan Barzani. read more

Auburn Cancels Alabamas Perfect Season with Miraculous Last Second

The 2013 Iron Bowl between Auburn and Alabama lived up to the anticipated hype in what was arguably one of the greatest college football games in history.Auburn beat Alabama 34-28 on the final play of the game. After being tied with .1 second left in the game, the Alabama Crimson Tide missed a long last-second field goal, where the Tigers’ Chris Davis caught the ball in the back of the end zone and ran it back for a 109-yard touchdown.“What it was like?” Davis said. “Like I keep saying, God is good, God is good.”Auburn’s coach Gus Malzahn attributed the win partially to the fans.“We talked about that we wanted to keep it close, and if we could get it to the fourth quarter playing at home, with our crowd, we would find a way to win,” Malzahn said. “You know, the way we won the last two weeks is really unbelievable.” read more

The Predators Comeback Is No Fluke

Home-ice advantage in the NHL playoffs might be a myth, but don’t tell that to the Nashville Predators. During these playoffs, the Preds are 9-1 when skating on their home sheet at Bridgestone Arena, and home wins in Games 3 and 4 of the Stanley Cup Final have drawn them level with the Pittsburgh Penguins in the series, which moves back to Pittsburgh for Game 5 on Thursday.But it might have been bad luck in the first place that the Predators had to come home and dig out of a 2-0 hole. That’s because the Preds actually played pretty well during Games 1 and 2 in Pittsburgh, dominating possession and outshooting the Pens 64-39. If not for some uncharacteristically awful play from goalie Pekka Rinne, who stopped just 78 percent of the shots he faced in Games 1 and 2 before being pulled in the third period in Game 2, the Preds might already be planning their parade route through Nashville. (It’s not all on Rinne; some questionable officiating in Game 1 didn’t help the Preds much, either.)It was fitting, then, that Rinne’s return to form these past two games has Nashville back in the hunt for its first Stanley Cup in franchise history. Rinne was spectacular in Games 3 and 4 — he stopped 50 of the 52 shots he faced, including insane saves like this one. Rinne leads the playoffs in wins and ranks fourth in save percentage among qualified goalies. (And he’s shouldered a much larger workload than the three goalies ahead of him on that list.)Perhaps the best proof of Rinne’s revival is his dominance on high-quality scoring opportunities. The Penguins took more than twice as many shots from the slot — the dangerous area directly in front of the net1The definition of “the slot” varies depending on who you talk to, but in this case, we used its boundaries as defined by — in Games 3 and 4 as they did in the series’ first two games (20 vs. 7) but scored seven fewer goals. If the Predators hope to finish off their comeback, they’ll need their netminder — who remains the favorite to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as postseason MVP — to keep shaking off Games 1 and 2 and continue his excellent play.Rinne isn’t the only reason that Nashville has been able to claw its way back into the series. Nashville’s shooters have remembered how to finish: In Games 1 and 2, the Preds scored on just 6.3 percent of the shots they took. In Games 3 and 4, that number jumped to 15.3. And the Predators’ defense has limited the effectiveness of some of Pittsburgh’s top forwards. In Games 3 and 4, Phil Kessel, Chris Kunitz and Evgeni Malkin combined for a grand total of zero points on just nine shots and combined for a -10 plus/minus. For the Pens to avoid blowing a 2-0 series lead, they’ll need their stars — in particular Malkin, who leads the league in scoring this postseason — to start playing as such.Only five NHL teams have ever come back from a 2-0 series deficit in the finals and won; the Preds are in a position to become the sixth. To do it, they’ll need to keep dominating at home and win at least one game in Pittsburgh — much easier said than done. But based on the way Nashville has played this series, even in the losses, it has the goods to earn the state of Tennessee its long-awaited first pro championship.CORRECTION (June 7, 4:15 p.m.): An earlier version of this story incorrectly said that only four NHL teams have come back from a 2-0 series deficit to win the Stanley Cup Final. There have been five. The Nashville Predators are trying to become the sixth. read more