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Naveen asks bureaucrats to take bold decisions

first_imgBhubaneswar, Aug 22 (PTI) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today asked the state bureaucracy to take bold decisions keeping people as the focus and assured them of all out support.”Take bold decisions keeping people as the focus. I will stand behind you. All your good work will be recognised and rewarded,” Patnaik told the Team Odisha.Stating that he wants Team Odisha to take the state to the next level of governance, Patnaik said it should be a modern, empowered, progressive New Odisha.While launching the Vision Odisha here, Patnaik said through sheer team work, commitment and pro-people policies, his government has come a long way in the last 17 years to look into the eye of the storm.He claimed the state government has been able to set global benchmarks in disaster management and the country has acknowledged what it has achieved in certain sectors like poverty reduction, reduction of IMR & MMR, ease of doing business, providing rural housing and road connectivity to increasing farmers? incomes and agricultural production and womens empowerment.Patnaik said: “I fully understand that we need to do much more and put Odisha in a place where other states will look up to us.” He said the recognition of Best Administrator in the country is a reflection of the relentless hard work and dedication of Team Odisha.”Its not a mean achievement for a state which suffers from several natural disasters year after year with not much support from successive Central Governments. In spite of this thanks to the resilience of the people of Odisha, we have overcome many odds and reached here,” the Chief Minister added.advertisementRecalling his earlier days in the office, Patnaik said when he took charge in 2000, Odisha was in a state of despair – a state in hopelessly tough situation with endemic poverty, finances in shambles and infrastructure in a pathetic condition, almost at the bottom in most of the socioeconomic indicators.”All of you have worked for the betterment of the state. Without your hard work and commitment we couldnt have walked thus far,” Patnaik said to the members of the bureaucracy in the state.Noting that huge challenges remain before the government, the chief minister said his government stands for people centric governance where the outcome is always measured in terms of empowerment of the citizens.”Our focus on the 3Ts- team work, transparency and technology is well tested to bring about transformation. All of you must provide adequate leadership to your team where each member will work without fear, deliver the schemes and programmes without favour,” he said referring to officers.”Let Team Odisha show to the world the way to transform governance for public good. Let Team Odisha resolve to make the state the best state to live in,” he said.Let Team Odisha create a new brand of development ensuring zero casualty in the face of a super cyclone, build one million houses in two years, better the national average in IMR, move a record 8 million people out of poverty, be the only state to double agricultural income and play a vital role in National Food Security, Patnaik said.Settle the maximum land rights to tribals under the Forest Rights Act, lead the country by having the number one smart city, have half a million tribal students in residential schools, take up the challenge of hosting a global sporting event in 90 days and set benchmarks in that too, he exhorted.The Chief Minister was optimistic that the Team Odisha can deliver. PTI AAM RG PSlast_img read more

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FIFA U-17 World Cup: It will be a dream come true to play alongside Neymar, says USA star Timothy Weah

first_imgThere are a lot of expectations from the young and exciting Timothy Weah, the son of the great George Weah, in the FIFA  U-17 World Cup.But the young Paris-Saint Germain forward seems to be unfazed about it and says that he just looks to play his natural game and help the team.”I just look to play well and to play like myself. Not try and do too much. I’m a simple player, I like to work for the team because that’s the player I am. Sometimes I might be having an off day in the attacking point but that’s because I do a lot defensively. I run a lot,” said Timothy.”So…basically it’s about playing for the team and getting the win. That’s important,” he added.But he couldn’t stay unfazed for long. The moment he was asked about PSG, the excitement and the fanboy in him was clearly out in the open for everyone to see.The forward was all praise about his club side and said that it will be a dream come true to play alongside Neymar, who signed for them in a world-record summer transfer from Barcelona.Reuters Photo “I haven’t met him yet but I hope to meet him because he is my idol. So it will be dream come true to meet him and play with him,” he said.However, his feet are grounded and he accepts that it’s going to take him some time to reach the level of players like Kylian Mbappe and the Edinson Cavani.advertisement”I’ve just played once with them. It’s a completely different world. We commit more mistakes, childish stuff, They are more mature, they play with a sense of urgency. Everything is fast and it’s of the highest level,” said the 17-year-old.When questioned about breaking into the first-team, he said it’s difficult now but he is trying his best to do so in the near future.”It’s tough because we have M’Bappe, Cavani and Neymar and I don’t think I’m at that level yet but I feel playing alongside them in training will help me mature as a player and help me get where I want to be. And maybe in the future I can get my debut and get few starts with them. We will just have to wait and see,” said Weah Jr.PSG are side who have lofty ambitions and you don’t see too many youth players coming out of the system with Adrien Rabiot being an exception maybe. But, the 17-year-old sounded optimistic about his chances at the French capital and said that the club’s handling of him, made him choose them over others.U.S. Soccer YNT Twitter Photo “I thought from my side that PSG is the best side for young players, I really felt they care about me and they gave me the chance to play. You know…coming from America, they don’t expect a player to step up to their play but I felt that they see me as their son. The coach has confidence in me and I respect that. So I feel love for them,” he said.The French side are on top of League 1 and have begun the Champions League on a high, beating Bayern Munich 3-0, which also led to the German champions sacking coach Carlo Ancelotti. Talking about the club’s chances in Europe’s most elite club competition, the forward said that they are a young but good side and beating Bayern Munich was a strong statement.”Right now from Celtic to Bayern…Bayern is a really tough team and to beat them 3-0 really makes a statement, you know. We are young but we have a force and Neymar is one of the best players in the world, MBappe is probably the best 19-year-old in the world and Cavani is probably the top striker. So with those three and Marco Veratti behind is magical,” said an optimistic Weah.last_img read more

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Mohammed Shami backs Virat Kohli’s rotation policy

first_imgIndia pacer Mohammed Shami on Friday backed skipper Virat Kohli’s rotation policy for the home stretch, saying it helps cricketers like him get ample rest for the long grind.”I fully support Kohli’s rotation policy. It gives rest to players like me to get ready not only for Tests but across formats,” Shami told reporters here.In the 16-member India squad named for the Sri Lanka Test series starting next month, the likes of R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja were drafted in after not featuring in the ongoing ODI series against New Zealand and prior to that Australia.Shami was part of the Australia series but played only one match in Bengaluru. He did not get a wicket in 10 overs.Both Shami and Umesh are played more in the five-day format with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah the first-choice fast bowlers in the ODI set-up.last_img read more

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French Open Super Series: PV Sindhu loses to Akane Yamaguchi to crash out in semis

first_imgPV Sindhu crashed out of the $325,000 French Open Super Series after going down in straight games to Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi 14-21, 9-21 in the women’s singles semi-final in Paris on Saturday.Coming into the contest with a 3-1 head-to-head record, the second seeded Indian failed to find the momentum going her way in the match that lasted for only 37 minutes.The first game saw a close contest between both the shuttlers with the Japanese sticking her neck out with a slender 11-10 lead at the breather.Coming back, world No. 5 Yamaguchi gave little away to the Rio Olympics silver medallist, as she went on to win seven straight points to take the opening game with ease.The second game witnessed complete domination from the Japanese shuttler, who opened up a 6-0 lead before heading to the break at 11-2.After the break, Yamaguchi continued to hold the upper hand and took full advantage of Sindhu’s numerous unforced errors to easily pocket the game and the match.Yamaguchi will now face Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying, who earlier beat defending champion He Bingjiao 21-14, 17-21, 21-8, in the final on Sunday.last_img read more

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Maha CM launches logo for Tata Open Maharashtra tourney

first_imgMumbai, Dec 6 (PTI) Maharashtra Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis, today launched the logo for the Tata Open Maharashtra which will be held in Pune from January 1 to 6, 2018.World number six Marin Cilic, 2017 US Open finalist Kevin Anderson and big-serving Ivo Karlovic are the top players who would feature in the tournament, Indias lone ATP World Tour event, to be held in Punes Balewadi Sports Complex for the first time.The qualifiers for the tournament, which has moved to Pune after being held in Chennai for 21 years, will be held on December 30 and 31.”We have a lot of tennis lovers in our country and our state who keenly watch tournaments, be it the Wimbledon, French Open, US Open, Davis Cup. All these tournaments are watched on television. But, to watch a high-ranking tournament at the stadium is a visual treat for tennis lovers and also a good learning process for tennis players,” Fadnavis said.The tournament – introduced in 1996 – has seen the likes of Spanish great Rafael Nadal, Stanislas Wawrinka, Carlos Moya, Milos Raonic and Marin Clinic, gracing the event.”It will start a new era in the lawn tennis space of Maharashtra,” he remarked.Tournament Director Prashant Sutar said the tennis stadium within the complex was being renovated at a cost of Rs 60-70 lakh.Asias Tennis Best Academy, to be supported by Adar Poonawala for the next five years, would be announced during the ATP (tournament), Sutar said.”There will be main five centres – Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Aurabgabad and Solapur – to provide tennis coaching to students and 25 per cent of the seats will be reserved for students from rural areas,” he said.advertisementThe CM also said a plan is being prepared on how best to revamp the Balewadi complex in order to put it to maximum use.”We are speaking to some consultants. After our Sports Director returns from election duty in Gujarat, we will make the plan public,” he added.According to Fadnavis, the focus of his government will be to see how sports activities can be enhanced at the Balweadi complex and the Mankapur Sports Complex in Nagpur. PTI NRB SSR NRBlast_img read more

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PTI Sports Highlights at 5:30 PM

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 24 (PTI) The following are PTIs top/expected sports stories at 5:30 pm:STORIES IN THE PIPELINE:MUMBAI – Report of the 3rd T20 match between India and Sri Lanka.GUWAHATI – Premier Badminton League match between Hyderabad Hunters and North Eastern WarriorsTHIRUVANANTHPURAM – National shooting Championship for rifle and pistol.STORIES ON THE WIRE:SPO-VIJENDERI am ready to fight for Commonwealth, World title: VijenderJaipur, Dec 24 (PTI) Indian boxings poster boy Vijender Singh now has his eyes trained on the Commonwealth and World Championship title, the hunger for success not quite satiated by his 10th straight win on the pro circuit.SPO-YEAR-WRESTSushils Phoenix-like rise exposes wrestlings sorry taleBy Chandraboli MitraNew Delhi, Dec 24 (PTI) Indian wrestling would have remained a tale of highs and lows had it not been for two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumars Phoenix-like rise, which gave a reality check to a sport that hasnt moved much since his sudden exit from the scene three years ago.SPO-WAQAR-KOHLIWaqar tips Kohli to break all batting recordsKarachi, Dec 24 (PTI) Pakistans former captain Waqar Younis has tipped Indian skipper Virat Kohli to break all batting records in the years to come.SPO-FOOT-WOMENIndia finish runners-up in SAFF U15 Womens ChampionshipNew Delhi, Dec 24 (PTI) India finished runners-up after going down 1-0 to Bangladesh in the final of the SAFF U15 Womens Championship in Dhaka.SPO-BOXIndian boxers strike gold at Kazakh tourney New Delhi, Dec 24 (PTI) Indian boxers dominated the ring at the Galym Zharylgapov Boxing Tournament in Karaganda, Kazakhstan, claiming three gold, a silver, and a bronze medal at the event which concluded today. PTI APA APAadvertisementlast_img read more

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Sushil in action as Pro Wrestling League begins tomorrow

first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 8 (PTI) Double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar will be in action when the Pro Wrestling League (PWL) season 3 begins with a clash between Delhi Sultans and Mumbai Maharathi at the Siri Fort Sports Complex here tomorrow.The 34-year-old Indian, who clinched the silver medal at the 2012 London Olympics and a bronze at the Beijing Games, will look to make a positive start to their campaign after ending the last season at the fifth spot.Sushil made a successful return to international wrestling after a hiatus, winning the gold medal in 74kg at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championship last month and he would look to continue his good run.Sushil will have good support in 26-year-old Alvaro Aslan, who won four medals, including a three golds, in the six international events that he participated last year.Rio Olympic bronze medallist Haji Aliyev of Azerbaijan will be another important cog in Delhis wheel after his gold medal winning feat at the Paris World championship last year in 61kg.Sangeeta Phogat, the youngest among the Phogat sister, too looks in good touch after her silver medal at the National championship last year.The Mumbai side, which finished in the third spot in the second season, also boosts of some powerful wrestlers in Rio Olympic gold medallist Soslan Ramonov of Russia and Ukraines Andrei Yatsenco, who won a bronze in 57kg at the Paris World Championship.Indias very own Sakshi Malik, who had clinched a bronze at the Rio Olympics in 2016, will also be in action for the Mumbai side.advertisementTeams:Delhi Sultans: Sandeep Tomar (57 kg), Haji Aliyev (65kg), Sushil Kumar (74 kg), Alvaro Aslan (92 kg), Hitendra (125kg), Maroi Mizen (50kg) Sangeeta Phogat (57kg), Monia (62kg), Samar amer Humza (76kg).Mumbai Maharathi: Andrei Yatsenco (57 kg), Soslan Ramonov (65kg), Virdev Gulia, (74 kg) Satyavrat Kadian (92 kg), Satyendra (125 kg), Simi (59 kg), Sakshi Malik (62 kg), Vascon Cynthia (76kg). PTI ATK ATKlast_img read more

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Apple may announce an iPhone with LCD display, metal case in 2018

first_imgApple unveiled this year’s iPhones, aka iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X which with no doubt gained wide popularity. It seems, the Cupertino major doesn’t wish to waste any time and has already started working on the next year’s iPhones. Reports about the upcoming iPhones have already started surfacing the web suggesting that Apple may — yet again– enveil three iPhones next year — one of which will reportedly be the successor of the iPhone X — and may be called iPhone X Plus. Now a new report reveals that out of the three iPhones next year — one will come with an LCD display onboard.Apple hasn’t confirmed any details about these next-gen iPhones. However, reports, rumours, and renders have already started going viral on the internet. A new report coming from industry insiders in Japan reveal that one iPhone — to be announced next year — will come with an LCD display, while the other two iPhone may boast iPhone X-like OLED displays.All iPhones launched earlier – including this year’s iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus come with LCD displays — but considering iPhone X is a special phone — Apple partnered with Samsung to use an OLED display for the phone. The scenario could be the exact same next year as well — as a new report suggests that out of three — one iPhone may come with an LCD display while the other two may feature OLED displays.Also Read: Apple working on in-house power management chipsets for future iPhones: ReportadvertisementIf that’s really the case, and the report is accurate — this comes in as a good news for Sharp and Japan Display, two of the main LCD manufacturers in the market. Both Sharp and Japan Display’s shares reportedly dropped massively after the iPhone X came out with an OLED screen, supplied by Samsung.This report comes in from Nikkei Asian Review. Alongside the display details, the report further confirm that the LCD iPhone will come with 6.1-inch screen, while the other two OLED iPhones will come with 6.3-inch and 5.8-inch display respectively. “The 6.1-inch LCD model will probably sport a metal back [like older iPhones] available in several colors,” the report notes.Meanwhile, Apple is reportedly developing a new power management chip that it will use in the future iPhone models to give users more and better battery life. This new chip, designed in-house, will be ready for the use in the iPhone in the next two years. This in-house chips will supposedly be “the most advanced in the industry,” paving way for future iPhone models to have a better performance and battery life balance.last_img read more

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Blues Blow Out Islanders, 6-3

first_imgST. LOUIS — Alexander Steen returned to the ice and looked as though he hadn’t missed a beat.After sitting out two games with a lower-body injury, Steen scored two goals, and Jake Allen made 25 saves in the St. Louis Blues’ 6-3 win over the suddenly slumping New York Islanders on Dec. 11. Steen has 18 points in 17 career games against the Islanders.“He’s such a skilled player,” Allen said of Steen. “He’s such a workhorse leader for us. He can do it all. It just goes to show how good of a player he actually is. He’s an underrated player in the league, but we know how valuable he is to our team.”Steen’s goal at 4:34 of the third period broke a 2-2 tie. T.J. Oshie started the play by ripping a shot down the right side. The rebound off goalie Jaroslav Halak’s pad went to Steen, who scored his seventh of the season.“I was shooting for a rebound there,” Oshie said. “I tried high blocker once and I don’t know if I’d tried five-hole already, but I figured I’d shoot for a rebound. I saw the guys coming from the weak side, and luckily Steener was there.”Oshie and Paul Stastny added insurance goals at 15:47 and 17:48.Kyle Okposo scored his sixth goal for New York at 18:16, before Jaden Schwartz ended any hopes of an Islanders comeback with an empty-net goal at 18:56.After surrendering just four goals during a three game winning streak, the Islanders have given up 17 during their skid — including six twice to the Blues.“We’ll give up five a night if we keep mismanaging the puck,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. “They’ll figure it out sooner or later, and if not they won’t be in the lineup.”Allen, in his first action since being replaced by Martin Brodeur in the Blues’ first meeting with the Islanders last Saturday, turned away five of six shots in the third period after coughing up a two-goal lead late in the second.It was a far cry from Allen’s first outing against the Islanders when the rookie was pulled after giving up three goals on just 12 shots in the opening period. “I wanted to just get back on track,” Allen said. “Just to feel good about myself again. I felt very in control tonight and kept the game simple.”Steen scored his sixth of the season on the power play at 5:58 in the first period to give the Blues a 1-0 lead.Barret Jackman doubled the lead at 14:18. Jackman’s slap shot from the top of the circle was his first goal since Jan. 20 against Detroit.The Islanders tied it with a pair of goals late in the second period. John Tavares scored his 12th goal of the season at 16:03 to put the Islanders on the board. Mikhail Grabovski’s unassisted goal at 19:55 tied it.It was the second time in two games that the Blues struggled in the second period. St. Louis gave up 14 shots to the Islanders after surrendering 18 to Florida on Dec. 8.“Tonight’s game is a microcosm of our season,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. “We’ve got great spirit, which is stuff you love, but understanding and managing the game the right way, I think it’s important for us to figure out.”Halak, questionable before the game due to an upper-body injury, was shaken up midway through the first period after taking David Backes’ shot in the mask. Halak stayed in the game and finished with 27 saves.Halak, playing for the first time in St. Louis since being traded last season, refused to talk to reporters after the game.“Jaro probably wanted this game and we wanted to get it for him,” Islanders center Brock Nelson said. “We weren’t able to do the job and it’s tough when that happens.”(JOE HARRIS)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Former NFLer’s Scary Ocean Escape

first_imgPLANTATION, Fla. — The former NFL fullback entered the room with a wobble in his walk, and needed assistance climbing a podium so he could face a media throng and discuss his death-defying 16-hour swim to shore.Rob Konrad sipped from a bottle of water, his efforts to rehydrate ongoing four days after the episode. His wife sat at his side rubbing his leg in support, and tears welled in their eyes as he spoke.“Happy to be here,” he began with a wry smile. “I shouldn’t be here,” he said later, his voice cracking.The 38-year-old Konrad’s escape was a testament to willpower and world-class athleticism. The first reports of his adventure last week received worldwide attention.Even endurance swimmer Diana Nyad was impressed. “It’s an incredible story,” Nyad said. “Taking his life in his hands and deciding he was going to save himself, I admire him.”Konrad, who played for the Miami Dolphins from 1999 to 2004, had been around boats since his childhood on Boston’s North Shore. So he knew what it meant when he fell off his 31-foot Grady-White while fishing alone nine miles from land.“A boater’s nightmare,” he said.He swam to Palm Beach, covering a distance of 27 miles before ringing the doorbell of an oceanfront home for help at 4:30 a.m. Jan. 8.The U.S. Coast Guard last week provided a brief summary of the events. Konrad, still weak after several days in the hospital for treatment of hypothermia and dehydration, held a news conference to fill in the details.They were hard to believe, he and his wife agreed. “It was a miracle he made it home,” Tammy Konrad said.Her husband said he was taking his boat for servicing last Jan. 7 and decided to do a little fishing along the way. He had caught a large fish and was tending to the rod when a large wave hit, flipping Konrad into the ocean.His boat was on autopilot and headed east. There were no other boats in sight. Konrad wasn’t wearing a life preserver. It was 12:30 p.m. “I realized I was in some real trouble,” he said.Konrad quickly decided to swim toward shore, although he figured the trip would take more than 10 hours, and feared succumbing to hypothermia or cramps after two or three hours. The ocean temperature was in the low 70s — far from frigid, but a lot colder than his body temperature.So Konrad decided he’d better keep moving. He took off his shirt and began alternating between a breaststroke and backstroke.He said he’s not much of a swimmer, but Nyad figures his football experience made a big difference.“We’re not really talking about a swimming story. We’re talking about a survival story,” Nyad said. “I’m sure his background as an athlete — toughness, having resolve, knowing things are going to be painful — were the saving grace for him.”Konrad said he got bit “by a whole bunch of stuff.” A shark circled before moved along. “There was a lot of stuff glowing at night, probably some jellyfish,” he said.He could also see lights along the coast and pick out landmarks. As he tired, he gained emotional strength. “Five or six hours in I realized, ‘Maybe I can do this,’” he said.Twice he was nearly rescued. A recreational fishing boat approached to within 50 yards, but Konrad couldn’t flag it down. Then a Coast Guard helicopter searching for him flew overhead.“They had their lights on me and kept going. They didn’t see me. That was a difficult time.”But the ex-Dolphin kept swimming, thinking of his daughters, ages 8 and 10. “He had two angels on his back,” his wife said.“I was probably pretty delirious at the time, but I could see the lights getting closer and closer,” he said.Then the sound of the ocean changed. He could hear waves hitting the shore, and finally he reached land as well.“The problem was I couldn’t walk. My body was shaking uncontrollably. I crawled up on the beach and warmed myself up enough to be able to walk.”Paramedics were summoned, and soon he was en route to the hospital. His boat was found near Grand Bahama Island on Deadman’s Reef, the irony of the name not lost on Konrad. He had gone the other way.(STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Flyers Fly Past Islanders, 4-1

first_imgNEW YORK — To a man, the Philadelphia Flyers were feeling good about themselves and the brand of hockey they’ve been playing nearly every night.Down the hallway, the New York Islanders were searching for a solution to halt their late-season tailspin.Brandon Manning’s first NHL goal midway through the second period snapped a tie and powered the Flyers to a 4-1 win over the Islanders on March 21.Nick Cousins, Sam Gagner and Claude Giroux also scored for Philadelphia, which won for the 10th time in 13 games. The surging Flyers closed within one point of Detroit for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.“Our team has played well the last 30 games,” coach Dave Hakstol said.Philadelphia trails the Islanders by three points for the first wild card. The Flyers are 2-1-0 against New York this season, with one game remaining.“(We) control our own fate,” said Steve Mason, who made 23 saves.The Islanders have lost five of six at a most inopportune time. They fell to 21-9-4 in their first season at Barclays Center, after spending the franchise’s first 43 years at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island.New York finishes the regular season by playing seven of its final 11 games in Brooklyn.“Obviously, it hasn’t gone well the last couple of games,” captain John Tavares said. “It’s obviously been a tough stretch. It starts with myself. I have to elevate my game where we need it.”Kyle Okposo scored for New York, and Thomas Greiss stopped 21 shots.Cousins opened the scoring at 2:24 of the second period with his sixth of the season. He outdueled Thomas Hickey in front before tapping the rebound of Jake Voracek’s shot into a half-empty net.Okposo tied it 90 seconds later with his 20th of the season. The pending unrestricted free agent jammed a loose puck under Mason to reach 20 goals for the third time in his NHL career.But that was all the offense the Islanders could muster.“(Tavares) is trying to lead our game. He’s doing the best he can, but the supporting staff and a few other guys, it’s non-existent right now,” coach Jack Capuano said. “You’re going to need the secondary guys to pick up some of our leaders.“You’re hoping eventually some of the guys can get out of the funk they are in, but there’s limited time to do that.”Philadelphia regained the lead when Manning beat Greiss high to the glove side, moments after the Flyers had successfully killed his 2-minute minor for cross-checking Johnny Boychuk.Manning’s first goal came in his 66th NHL game.“Been a long time coming,” he said. “Got a lucky bounce.”Mason’s stop on Nikolay Kulemin at the doorstep with 2:31 left in the period kept Philadelphia ahead.“Three or four times he kept us in the game or in the lead,” Manning said.Gagner scored his eighth goal at 4:22 of the third to make it 3-1.Mason had to make two stops on Josh Bailey before Ryan Strome’s attempt hit the post with less than 10 minutes left. Giroux added an empty-net goal with 26.9 seconds remaining.“We stayed with our game,” Cousins said. “We stayed composed (and) played our game for a full 60 minutes. … This was a big test for us, a big challenge.”(DENIS P. GORMAN) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Liverpool Beat Watford 1-0 in EPL with Can Highlight Goal

first_imgWATFORD, England (AP) — Liverpool improved its bid to secure a Champions League spot by beating Watford 1-0 in a largely forgettable English Premier League match on Monday.Only Emre Can made this one memorable, by meeting a Lucas Leiva cross with a bicycle-kick score in first-half stoppage time.“I have never scored a goal like that, maybe when I was younger. That is the best goal I’ve ever scored,” Can said.“I saw the space and I ran behind and my first thought was that I wanted to head it, then I didn’t think too much.”Click image to see Can’s goal and highlights of the game. Photo: LiverpoolFC Twitter accountLeague rivals Manchester City, Manchester United, and Arsenal dropped points in the race for a top four position, so a win was vital for Liverpool, which has struggled against teams in the bottom half.The Reds moved four points clear of fifth-placed United, though they have played an extra game.“Everything is in our hands,” Can said. “If we win the three (remaining) games we are in the Champions League. We are confident.”The victory came at a cost, as forward Philippe Coutinho lasted less than 10 minutes.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Why Isn’t Alex Karras in the NFL Hall of Fame?

first_imgOne of the most feared and ferocious players in National Football League history, the late Detriot Lions defensive lineman Alex Karras isn’t in the Hall of Fame – likely kept out because of a suspension for gambling, but as other players with more checkered and violent histories are in.They, however, didn’t stand up to an NFL Commissioner like Karras, the ex-Iowa great who was featured in George Plimpton’s book about the game, Paper Lion, did when he wouldn’t back to down to Pete Rozelle, refusing to be repentant for gambling on games, his disdain for authority showing throughout his career.When he died in 2012 after suffering multiple illnesses and dementia, the New York Times put it this way: “Karras was an especially versatile pass rusher, known around the league for his combination of strength, speed and caginess. His furious approach — Plimpton described it as a “savage, bustling style of attack,” earned him the moniker The Mad Duck.Undersized even in the 1950’s and 1960’s at 6-2 and 250 lbs for a defensive lineman, Karras made up for it with an unbridled menacing style of all-out play, stalking quarterbacks he derided as “milk drinkers,” and making even the toughest running backs look for an exit.Seeing lesser players who couldn’t wear Karras’ undergarments enshrined among the game’s greatest, Detroit Free Press sportswriter Carlos Monarrez made the case for him to finally be admitted, writing: “Enough is enough. It’s time for the Pro Football Hall of Fame to make things right and induct one of the NFL’s all-time best defensive tackles: the late, great Alex Karras, who played for the Detroit Lions from 1958-70.”It came to mind, he said, as he watched Ray Lewis and Randy Moss, of dubious character, getting in, with Karras’ one-year suspension in 1963 – along with Green Bay Packers running great Paul Hornung – one opponent he couldn’t knock down.In today’s game, where every move is a statistic, the modern players are touting math as a symbol of their greatness: how many sacks, how many yards, how many passes caught. With few defensive statistics when he played, there was no way to really calculate Karras’ greatness. Ask anyone across the line from him, gulping in fear at what was going to be coming at him.Karras was named to the Hall of Fame’s All-Decade Team of the 1960s — by the entire Hall of Fame Selection Committee. “Seriously. This charade has gone on long enough,” Monarrez wrote.He said he spoke with many of Karras’ contemporaries and that, “Whenever his name comes up, they all agree there’s no question he was one of the most dominant players of his time who absolutely deserves to be enshrined.”Chicago Bears tight end Mike Ditka, a fellow wrecking machine with an equally menacing scowl and ferocity said of Karras, who he had lined up against many times, that, “He was thought of, at the time, as the best defensive lineman in football. I know there was (Gene) Big Daddy Lipscomb. There were a lot of guys. But he was the best.” It’s unclear exactly what has kept Karras out of the Hall of Fame. The selection committee is only supposed to judge players by what they do on the field, and nothing more, Monarrez wrote, but there’s no accounting for what they’re thinking and if Karras’ don’t-give-a-damn attitude is registering in why they don’t vote for him.It may be because the extent of his gambling remains unsure and that for a time he was part owner of Detroit’s iconic Lindell AC bar, until Rozelle ordered him to sell his share, long before, as is on the horizon now, that gambling on games is legal in some states and the Oakland Raiders planning to move to Las Vegas, the American gambling mecca.Monarrez noted that Hornung is in the Hall of Fame but Karras isn’t and it’s probably because Karras wouldn’t apologize and openly said he didn’t like the Commissioner. “But the fact the gambling happened away from the field, that Karras was never proved to have bet on Lions games, and that he was reinstated should make him eligible for the Hall of Fame,” he wrote. The only way for Karras to be elected to the Hall of Fame is through a complicated process that involves the Hall’s Seniors Committee. That’s a group of nine veteran members who are also part of the 48 journalists on the regular Selection Committee.Ditka said it’s time for people holding back on Karras to get over it. “That was a long time ago, and it had no reflection on how he played the game. He’s a Hall of Fame football player, believe me.”When he was reinstated in 1964, Karras once refused when an official asked him to call the pregame coin toss. “I’m sorry, sir,” Karras replied. “I’m not permitted to gamble.” That’s why.TweetPinShare77 Shareslast_img read more

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Former FIFA Official Sentenced in Bribery Scandal

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — A former FIFA official from Guatemala who was cooperating in the U.S. investigation of corruption in international soccer’s governing body was sentenced on Thursday to time served.Ex-Guatemalan soccer chief Rafael Salguero had been under house arrest since 2016 while providing information to prosecutors in a sprawling case accusing several soccer officials of accepting more than $200 million dollars in bribes.Salguero, who had pleaded guilty to corruption charges in a sealed proceeding, told a federal judge in Brooklyn on Thursday that he was “deeply regretful” about his involvement.According to a transcript of his plea that was unsealed earlier this week, the 73-year-old Salguero claimed that while on FIFA’s executive committee in 2010, he was approached by someone seeking to buy his vote deciding which country would get hosting rights for the 2018 World Cup.He said he was told a wealthy person in Italy wanted to pay him “hundreds of thousands of dollars” to vote for a certain country, the name of which was blacked out of the transcript. He said even though he wanted the money, he was afraid of drawing attention to himself by going to Italy.After the vote awarding the tournament to Russia, he said he still tried to get the payment, but no one would return phone messages.FIFA is seeking the return of 20 percent of the more than $4.1 million it says it paid Salguero in salary and benefits between 2009 and 2015. A restitution hearing was set for Feb. 6.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Pole Vaulter, 84, Sets Her Sights on More Records (Vid)

first_imgBy: Lisa Rathke, Associated PressTweetPinShare11 Shares BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — An 84-year-old pole vaulter isn’t putting her pole down anytime soon.Flo Filion Meiler left Thursday for the World Masters Athletics Championship Indoor in Poland, where she’ll compete in events including the long jump, 60-meter hurdles, 800-meter run, pentathlon and pole vault, for which she’s the shoo-in.The petite, energetic woman from Shelburne, Vermont, said she feels more like 70 than nearly 85.“But you know, I do train five days a week. And when I found out I was going to compete at the worlds, I’ve been training six days a week because I knew I would really get my body in shape,” she said last week, after track and field training at the University of Vermont.But she literally won’t have any competition in the pole vault in the championships, which runs March 24-31 in Torun, Poland. She is the only one registered in her age group, 80-84, for the sport, for which she set a world record at age 80. In the men’s pole vault, nine men are listed as competing in that age group.Meiler said she the events she likes the best are the hurdles and the pole vault — one of the more daring track and field events, in which competitors run while carrying a fiberglass or composite pole, brace it against the ground to launch themselves over a high bar, and land on a mat.“You really have to work at that,” she said. “You have to have the upper core and you have to have timing, and I just love it because it’s challenging.”Meiler is used to hard work. She grew up on a dairy farm, where she helped her father with the chores, feeding the cattle and raking hay. In school, she did well at basketball, took tap and ballroom dancing, and, living near Lake Champlain, she water skied.Meiler, who worked for 30 years as a sales representative for Herbalife nutritional supplements, and her husband, Eugene, who was a military pilot and then became a financial analyst, together competed in water skiing.“Many times when I did water ski competition I was the only gal in my age group,” she said.She’s a relative newcomer to pole vaulting and track and field, overall. At age 60, she was competing in doubles tennis with her husband in a qualifying year at the Vermont Senior Games when a friend encouraged her to try the long jump because competitors were needed.“That was the beginning of my track career,” she said, standing in a room of her home, surrounded by hundreds of hanging medals. She took up pole vaulting at 65.Athletics has helped her though some hard times, she said. She and her husband adopted three children after losing two premature biological babies and a 3-year-old. Two years ago, their son died at age 51.And she desperately misses her training partner, a woman who started having health problems about five years ago and can no longer train. It’s tough to train alone, she said, and she hopes to find a new partner.“She’s incredibly serious about what she does,” said Meiler’s coach, Emmaline Berg. “She comes in early to make sure she’s warmed up enough. She goes home and stretches a lot. So she pretty much structures her entire life around being a fantastic athlete, which is remarkable at any age, let alone hers.”And it has paid off, said Berg, an assistant track coach at Vermont.Berg herself first started following Meiler 10 years ago while she was a student at New Hampshire’s Dartmouth College, watching her at the annual Dartmouth Relays.“She was like a local celebrity,” she said.Setting a record at age 80 with a 6-foot (1.8-meter) pole vault at the USA Track and Field Adirondack Championships in Albany, New York, while her husband watched, Meiler said, was one of her happiest days.“I was screaming, I was so happy,” she said.The overall world record for women’s pole vaulting is 16.6 feet (5.6 meters), according to the International Association of Athletics Federations.Meiler turns 85 in June, when she’ll head to the National Senior Games in New Mexico.That will put her in a new age group, in which she hopes to set even more records.Meiler’s athletic achievements are remarkable and something to be celebrated, said Dr. Michael LaMantia, director of the University of Vermont Center on Aging.Pole vaulting clearly isn’t for everyone of her age, but in general, activity should be, LaMantia said.“She can serve as a role model for other seniors,” he said.last_img read more

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Trump Hosts Stanley Cup Champion Capitals & Greek-American Owner Leonsis at WH

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump welcomed Alex Ovechkin and the reigning NHL champion Washington Capitals along with team owner, Greek-American Ted Leonsis, to the Oval Office on March 25 to congratulate them for winning the Stanley Cup in June.Trump said it was an honor to host the team because he is a hockey fan and a Capitals fan. The president called the Capitals “winners” and said there is “an awfully good chance” they will repeat this season.“You brought the Stanley Cup home,” Trump said. “Thousands of adoring fans greeted you. They were all over the place. And I have a feeling you’re going to be doing it again. You’re champions. You have a champion’s heart.”Players, coaches and staff members took a private 45-minute tour of the White House and met with Trump in what was a last chance to be around hockey’s sacred trophy as defending champions.“It’s a good reminder of the special things that our group did,” coach Todd Reirden said after practice earlier Monday. “That will kind of put a wrap on it and the final chapter of that moving forward into finishing up the regular season here and moving some of that success into playoffs this year.”Two players on the current roster, Canadians Braden Holtby and Brett Connolly, and Devante Smith-Pelly, who is in the minors, did not visit the White House. Smith-Pelly in June cited Trump’s rhetoric, and Holtby last week said he had to stay true to his values and respectfully decline.In the days since the team scheduled its visit, Holtby and his teammates explained their stances on going or declining while also shifting the focus back to the ice where the Capitals are trying to repeat as champions like the rival Pittsburgh Penguins did.President Donald Trump, seated center, listens as Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin, fourth from left, speaks during the teams visit to the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, March 25, 2019, to honor the 2018 Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals hockey team. Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, right, and NHL Commissioner Gery Bettman, left, and other members of the team listen. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)“The more important thing is we’re just gearing up for a playoff run, and (different decisions on going or not going are) not going to hurt team unity,” Holtby said Friday. “I hope they have a good experience there and then we can get back to hockey.”The rest of the team was in attendance, along with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani and counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway, who wore a Capitals Stanley Cup champions hat. Trump called daughter Ivanka a friend and fan of Ovechkin’s, compared him to Babe Ruth and also singled out owner Ted Leonsis and American defenseman John Carlson during his remarks.Trump called Ovechkin a “very special athlete, a great player.”“It’s huge honor for us to be here and meet you personally,” said Ovechkin, the Capitals’ Russian-born captain and playoff MVP. “We’re going to try to (win) again. We have same team, experienced team, very good group of guys and we’re going to try to do it again.”The visit comes a day after Attorney General William Barr released a summary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report that found no evidence Trump’s campaign “conspired or coordinated” with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election but reached no conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice. Trump did not take questions from reporters.Several Capitals players said going to the White House wasn’t about politics. American Brooks Orpik, who went in 2009 with the Penguins to visit then-President Barack Obama, said the decision to go is “not an endorsement of whoever’s in the office.”President Donald Trump, center, hosts the 2018 Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals hockey team in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, March 25, 2019. Some of the team attending are Alex Ovechkin, third from left, John Carlson, fourth from left, T.J. Oshie, sixth from left, and team owner Ted Leonsis, third from right. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)The Capitals presented Trump with a red No. 45 jersey and a gold, engraved stick. Trump took individual pictures with players and staff and gave them pens and M&Ms before they left.Leonsis called visiting the Oval Office a “true thrill for all of the players and the organization.”Carlson said, “It’s an honor to be here. I think all of us looked very much forward to it.”The Capitals’ White House visit came nine-plus months after their first title in franchise history and with six games left in the regular season before the playoffs begin. Washington is in first place and again is a top contender.“I think you’re going to be successful,” Trump said. “Very proud of you guys. Good luck. We’re going to be watching.”By Stephen Whyno, AP Hockey Writer. Associated Press writer Jill Colvin in Washington contributed to this report.TweetPinShare2121 Shareslast_img read more

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Lanner: rugged vehicle surveillance NVR

first_imgLanner Electronics launched the V6S, a next-generation rugged, fanless vehicle surveillance NVR, designed for public transit video surveillance, recording and analytics. V6S, being the robust vehicle surveillance NVR, can operate under wide temperature range, indicating its excellent reliability in harsh environment. V6S is powered by the 7th Generation 14 nm Intel Core i7-7600U SoC, offering power-efficient performance and accelerated graphics performance for vehicle computing needs.Designed for mobile surveillance, the new V6S series offers 1 x GbE RJ45 ports plus 10 x RJ-45 PoE ports for IP camera connection, and two removable 2.5” HDD/SSD drive bays for the storage of recorded footages. For wireless connectivity, V6S is internally built with 1 x full-sized Mini-PCIe with dual SIM card reader, 1 x half-sized Mini-PCIe, and 1 x external Mini-PCIe 3.0 with dual SIM card readers, which allows 4G/LTE module to be removable externally.V6S comes with an external power adapter with Li-ion battery for 15 min. backup (SKU A1). The external power adapter (modeled LVP-POE936BA01) supports +9~36VDC vehicle power input, ignition on/off, delayed Power-on/off, 19V/60W system output, & 56V/180W PoE output and 18.5VDC. The capacity of the Li-ion internal battery is 2600mAh, which supplies 15 minutes system power backup.Since vehicles are constantly in motion, non-flat road surfaces may be frequently encountered. By taking this into considerations, V6S is compliant with E13 standard and has passed MIL-STD-810G shock and vibration resistance certifications to ensure proper operations when traveling on non-flat surfaces. Temperature is another concern when installed within a vehicle interior. Therefore, V6S is built to support wide temperature range, from -20 to 60°C.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Maxim: PMICs drive optimized power for automotive ADAS functionsNext Mouser: STM32H7 MCUs with Arm PSA protection for connected deviceslast_img read more

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ams to light up Sensors Expo 2019 with innovative demonstrations

first_img Continue Reading Previous ADI: multi-channel, mixed-signal RF converter platform expands call capacityNext Portwell: Posiflex to feature integrated IoT Remote Management System ams will showcase innovative optical sensing technologies which are transforming personal health monitoring, the mobile phone, automotive evolution, and smart agri-culture at the Sensors Expo 2019. The company will also lead two Sensors Expo conference sessions.Breakthroughs from ams, such as the development of nanoscale optical filters and new miniature power laser emitters, are creating new markets and opening up fresh opportunities to deploy optical sensors across the automotive, medical, consumer and industrial sectors.The exciting optical sensor demonstrations on hand at Sensors Expo include highly advanced 3D sensor technology for smartphones, computing, automotive and robotics; medical-grade wearable devices that monitor blood pressure; and spectral sensors for maximizing yields in smart horticulture. Sensors Expo visitors can also discover how ams is advancing spectral sensing technology for tomorrow’s industrial and consumer applications: from water monitoring, to control washing machine cycles, to advanced analysis of materials using infrared light. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

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Wind River achieves OpenChain 2.0 conformance

first_img Continue Reading Previous Cadence announces DisplayPort 2.0 verification IPNext ADLINK’s MCM solution empowers remote monitoring and management Wind River announced that it is certified on OpenChain version 2.0. It was also the first company to become OpenChain conformant.Hosted by the Linux Foundation, the OpenChain Project aims to build trust in open source by making open source license compliance simpler and more consistent. By working through the OpenChain Specification conformance process and curriculum, open source license compliance becomes more predictable, understandable and efficient for all participants in the software supply chain.Companies with OpenChain conformance are demonstrating that their delivered open source artifacts were prepared by using a comprehensive and disciplined program. It helps a company further build their reputation and trust by reinforcing that the provided artifacts are of high quality.Wind River Linux is freely downloadable. Additionally, Wind River offers a Wind River Linux subscription that provides access to long-term support and maintenance, including security updates, for the fully upstream Wind River Linux content. Customers can select from a variety of support options, with services that include support engineers, hosted environments, person-to-person help, and online interactive self-help. With premium support, a designated support team works directly with the client’s unique environment, application, and hardware.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

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Happy Birthday Dada: Sourav Ganguly, leader par excellence, turns 46

first_imgFormer India captain and one of the most successful ones Indian cricket has had, Sourav Ganguly is celebrating his 46th birthday today. Since making his debut for India as a 20-year-old, Ganguly has given India many memorable and glorious moments. Eventually becoming the leader of the Indian cricket team, the man from Kolkata taught Indian players to match toe-to-toe with the might of world cricket.Ganguly was the man who brought about a change in the way Indian cricketers played and the way selection processes happened. Not only did Ganguly expanded the scope of selections, his faith on players like Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh and of course, MS Dhoni paved way for the Indian cricket team of today.Ganguly is known for his openness and as one to never shy away from any challenge and that is exactly what he inculcated in the Indian dressing room.Ganguly made Indians believe that they could match the prowess of the Australians and the English. The aggressiveness and approach he brought in the Indian team since becoming the captain in 2000 is bringing results even today.He is not regarded as one of the most successful Indian captains for nothing. He lead India to 11 wins from 28 away Tests, one of the highest ever tallies for an Indian captain.Ganguly, who finished his career with 18,576 runs in 424 internationals, is also regarded as one of the best-ever batsman to have played for India. Sourav Ganguly played for India from 1992-2008. (Reuters Photo)The man from Kolkata made his Test debut for India back in 1996 and at the biggest stage of them all, the Lord’s. Against an English attack that had the likes of Chris Lewis and Alan Mullally, Ganguly scored 131 runs to announce himself to the world.advertisementOf course, that is hardly the most memorable moment Ganguly has had at that cricket ground.A little, jubilant man swerving his jersey over his head celebrating a massive win is perhaps the most played video in India. Sourav Ganguly’s celebration is not only iconic but one that spoke of his passion in ways more than one.Now that Ganguly has retired, he is a member of Committee of Administrators, a team responsible for selection of Indian coach.But that is not the most influential thing he has done for Indian cricket after his retirement.As the president of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), Ganguly has given a lesson to people about how to handle cricket administration.Eden Gardens, India’s most iconic cricket ground, has been turned into arguably the best pitch in the country under his watch.Eden is perhaps one of the most balanced pitches in the country at the moment, assisting all of batsmen, quicks and spinners.Ganguly’s contribution to Indian cricket is invaluable and arguably one that has paved way for everything good about it.last_img read more

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