first_imgDelhi HC sets aside election of Praful Patel as presidentDelhi HC sets aside election of Praful Patel as president of All India Football Federation, saying National Sports Code was not followed. PTI SKV HMP AG ZMNlast_img

Meghan Markle to spend Christmas with Queen

first_imgBy Aditi KhannaLondon, Dec 3 (PTI) Meghan Markle, who is engaged to Britains prince Harry, is to become the first royal fiance to spend Christmas with Queen Elizabeth II later this month.The American actress, who is to get married to Prince Harry in May 2018, will join other members of the royal family at the traditional festivities, including the opening of presents on Christmas eve, The Sunday Times reports.The holiday festivities, which will include a black-tie dinner, a full English breakfast and a pheasant shoot, will include the 36-year-old bride-to-be after Harry reportedly requested the Queen to make an exception for Markle over Christmas.The 33-year-old fifth in line to the throne had announced his marriage plans earlier this week.The couple are to be wed at St George?s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in May next year although they have not decided on the exact date.His fiance had relocated to London last month from Toronto, her home in Canada for the past seven years shooting for her long-running television legal drama Suits.According to the newspaper, her pre-wedding Christmas invitation signals how fully the actress has been welcomed into the royal family after her 16-month romance with the prince.Kate Middleton was not invited to spend Christmas at the Queens Sandringham estate in Norfolk, East Anglia, after her engagement to Prince William in November 2010 and instead had joined her parents at their home in Berkshire.Harry and Meghan are expected to join the Queen from Christmas Eve until Boxing Day, the day after Christmas, before holidaying abroad for the New Year.advertisementThey are also understood to be planning to join Meghan?s mother, Doria Ragland, in California for part of the time.A friend of Harry?s told the newspaper: “Now they are engaged it was unthinkable that they would be apart for Christmas. The royal family have fully welcomed Meghan into the fold.”It is thought the couple may stay with Prince William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte at their family home of Anmer Hall on the Sandringham estate.The royal family traditionally gathers on Christmas Eve for tea with the Queen, before the younger members are encouraged to put the finishing touches to the Christmas tree in the white drawing room.Later the Queen?s guests exchange gifts before a formal black-tie dinner.On Christmas morning, after a full English breakfast, the royal family attend St Mary Magdalene Church on the estate, before returning to Sandringham House for Christmas lunch.Guests then gather to watch the Queen?s Christmas broadcast to the rest of the country at 3pm, which this year is expected to see her offer congratulations to Harry and his future bride.On Boxing Day, guests traditionally take part in a pheasant shoot on the 20,000-acre estate, although Markle, who is thought to be opposed to blood sports, is unlikely to join in. PTI AK NSAlast_img read more

Saina misses PBL meeting with Sindhu due to ankle niggle

first_imgGuwahati, Dec 23 (PTI) Awadhe Warriors star attraction Sania Nehwal was ruled out of the third Premier Badminton League opener against Chennai Smashers here today as she had not fully recovered from an ankle niggle on the right leg.Awadhe coach Anup Sridhar, however, was hopeful Saina will turn out at the Siri Fort Sports Complex in New Delhi for their second match against North East Warriors on December 30.Sridhar, who along with Siyadath Ullah are part of the Awadhe coaching setup, said in a statement: “Saina is recovering from a small ankle issue which she had developed few weeks back. She is recovering well and we are expecting her to be fully fit for the next match.”Sainas absence on the inaugural days match of the PBL meant her high-voltage clash with arch-rival and Chennai Smashers P V Sindhu could not take place. But their meeting cannot be ruled out completely as both teams can still face off in the semi-final or final.Sindhu will be facing Sai Uttejitha Rao of Awadhe Warriors in the last match of the tie which also happens to be a trump match for the Chennai Smashers team. PTI AH AHlast_img read more

The world now has a Museum of Selfies, and we’ve got mixed feelings

first_imgTake a look around yourself, and you’ll find out just how big a phenomenon selfies are. Everybody is taking them, and we’re sure you are as well. From sporting a duckface to striking poses, we’ve all done a lot for that perfect selfie. And now, this everyday phenomenon is being transformed into art by the Museum of Selfies.Yes, such a place has been conceptualised and will open to the public in Los Angeles, in January 2018!Before you jump the gun and assume that any old selfie will find a place in this museum, hold up. The museum will actually hold art inspired by selfies, photo ops, and spaces created for people to take the perfect selfies for Instagram.Also Read: Selfie-obsessed: 5 sure-shot ways of telling if you’re a narcissistThe co-founders of the museum wanted a space that can be used to think about the role selfies play in our lives. “We definitely want people to laugh or be surprised by the entire exhibit,” co-founder Tommy Honton was quoted as saying by Mashable. “So we have the visual humor where people walk up, and they engage with the space. And we’re hoping they laugh, or they’re surprised, or are amused, and that they can’t help but want to take a picture with it.”advertisement”The relationship between people and art has changed,” co-founder Tair Mamedov was quoted as saying. “Now people don’t want to just be a silent consumer, they want to be a part of the art. There are many more selfies with the Mona Lisa than actual Mona Lisas.”Also Read: Just taking a selfie with your domestic help won’t empower her; these 5 things willSelfies are definitely more engaging, even if they can turn into an addiction sooner or later–especially if you’re more concerned about taking a selfie with a sick or dying patient than caring about them, as has happened on occasion. Despite the many pitfalls of selfies, however, they continue to be a growing obsession with people across the globe.Now that there’s actually a space in the world where selfies will be engaged with on the level of art, we wonder how things will turn out. Going by the tone of the Museum of Selfies’ Instagram account, the future looks quite funny and light hearted.last_img read more

LS passes bill for GST cess hike on luxury cars to 25%

first_imgThe Lok Sabha today approved a bill to hike cess on luxury vehicles from 15 per cent to 25 per cent with a view to enhance funds to compensate states for revenue loss following the rollout of GST.The GST (Compensation to States) Amendment Bill, 2017, was passed by the Lower House amid uproar by the opposition over controversial comments made by Union Minister Anant Kumar Hegde on secularism and the Constitution.The Bill seeks to replace the Ordinance which was issued in September to give effect to the decision of the GST Council. The Ordinance provided for a hike in the GST cess on a range of cars from mid-size to hybrid variants and the luxury ones to 25 per cent.In reply to a short debate, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the funds collected following hike in cess on luxury vehicles will be used to compensate states for revenue loss on account of implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST).He said the GST Council, which comprises state finance ministers, meets every month and takes decision on rationalisation of taxes in the backdrop of revenue collection.Participating in the discussion, members demanded that the GST rate should be reduced on a variety of items including sanitary napkins, agriculture equipments, handicrafts, handloom items and sports goods. Some members even suggested that there should be single tax slab instead of four.The debate over the GST compensation bill continued amid slogan-shouting by Congress and TMC members who demanded resignation of Hegde for his controversial comments.advertisementAt a function in Karnataka on Sunday, Hegde had reportedly said people should identify themselves by their religions and “those who, without knowing about their parental blood, call themselves secular, they dont have their own identity…They dont know about their parentage.”He had also said “we are here to change the Constitution and well change it.”As the opposition forced four adjournments during the day, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anant Kumar sought to wriggle out of the situation by asserting that Hegdes remarks were being distorted. Dissatisfied by Kumars intervention, the Opposition continued to storm the Well shouting slogans. Meanwhile during the discussion, Bhartruhari Mahtab (BJD) said that the impact of GST roll out on exchequer will be known after January once the implementation of the new indirect tax regime is streamlined.In last three months the centre has provided over Rs 1,000 crore as compensation to Odisha and Rs 2,000 crore to West Bengal.T G Venkatesh Babu (AIADMK), Kaushalendra Kumar (JDU), Prem Singh Chandumajhra (SAD) demanded special packages for their states of Tamil Nadu, Bihar and Punjab.Among others who participated in the discussion include Supriya Sule (NCP), C M Jayadevan (CPI), Bhagwant Mann (AAP), Dushyant Chautala (INLD).last_img read more

N.Y. Giants On A Roll

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The best thing about the early part of the NFL season is how quickly teams can change.Take the New York Giants as an example. Just a week ago, Tom Coughlin’s team was winless in its opening two games. Eli Manning was looking over the hill and uncomfortable in the new West Coast offense.The much-hyped defense had not recorded a turnover and there were visions of another 0-6 start and a third straight year out of the playoffs.Guess what? The Giants (2-2) have not only turned things around in the past five days with wins over Houston and Washington — a 45-14 decision on Sept. 25th — they are rolling.Manning is looking like a Super Bowl MVP again. Second-year tight end Larry Donnell has emerged as one of the biggest surprises in the league. The defense has had nine takeaways in the two wins as the defensive line has made life miserable for opposing quarterbacks.The turnaround has many jumping on the Giants’ bandwagon and Coughlin telling his players to relax.His message is simple. They are not as bad as they looked in losses to Detroit and Arizona and they are not as good as they looked lately. They are a .500 team.“We have to continue that attitude about having that chip on our shoulder and having a lot to prove,” Coughlin said as his players prepared for a long weekend off. ” … I do know this, that if we want to accomplish what we would like to, the improvement meter has to go up weekly.”After being limited to 28 points in the first two games, Manning and company have gotten new coordinator Ben McAdoo’s offense in high gear, averaging 434 yards and 37.5 points the past two games.Manning has completed 49 of 67 passes for 535 yards, six touchdowns and an interception that wasn’t his fault. The running game has produced 347 yards and Donnell has emerged a playmaker, leading the team with 25 catches for 236 yards and four touchdowns, three in the first half.“No one likes to start 0-2, but two wins in a couple of days, four days, feels good,” said Manning, who is hitting almost 67 percent of his passes this season.Donnell has come out of nowhere to be his favorite target. The former Grambling State product has used his athleticism to become a hard matchup for opponents.“He works his butt off,” said safety Quintin Demps, who replaced Stevie Brown in the starting lineup and had an interception.“He deserves it. Eli did a good job putting the balls where they had to be. He deserves it. He’s a good player and he’s only going to get better.”The defense has been outstanding, taking the ball away nine times, with seven setting up drives that started in the opposition territory.In the past two games, New York has started 10 drives inside its opponents’ territory, while neither the Texans nor Redskins started a drive in Giants’ territory in those games.“We have always known the potential that has been on this team and with the leaders we have,” cornerback Prince Amukamara said. “I am just glad that no one kept their head down and everyone just kept with it when we were 0-2.“I know it is easy to get down on yourself when you lose games, but we knew the games we lost, the other team made plays, but we definitely were our own worst enemy with the penalties and assignment busts. We knew that if we eliminated all those things we’d have a great chance to win ball games.”The Giants won’t play again until they face the Atlanta Falcons on Oct. 5 at MetLife Stadium. The schedule through Thanksgiving is tough with Philadelphia, Dallas, Indianapolis, Seattle and San Francisco on tap.“I think that we all knew this thing was going to click at some point and we were taking steps as the early part of the season went on, the first two games went on,” said receiver Victor Cruz, who has had 100-yard receiving games the past two games.“You could see the progression in our offense and it was just a matter of when it was going to happen. We kicked up right at the right time in order for us to keep our goals in task and continue to head in the right direction.”(TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Olympiakos Beats Juventus, 1-0

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares PIRAEUS — Olympiakos pulled off another Champions League upset by beating Juventus 1-0 on Oct. 22 to go level on points with Group A leader Atletico Madrid.Swiss midfielder Pajtim Kasami fired the winner past Gianluigi Buffon in the 36th minute. The goal arrived after Alejandro Dominguez found striker Kostas Mitroglou, whose cutback was steered into the back of the Juventus net by Kasami.“Mitroglou got me the ball with his first touch. You don’t have a lot of time to react in the Champions League … so I’m very happy,” Kasami said.Atletico, which routed Malmo 5-0 on Oct. 16, tops the group on goal difference ahead of Olympiakos. Both teams have six points, while Juventus and Malmo have three points each.Dominguez sliced open the Italian defense all evening at Karaiskaki stadium, missing two scoring chances himself and setting up Kasami in the 60th for a shot that rolled just past the post.Goalkeeper Roberto maintained Olympiakos’ lead as Juventus piled on pressure in the last 25 minutes, twice stopping goal-bound shots from Alvaro Morata and also denying Carlos Tevez.Morata, who saw his second shot hit the crossbar after Roberto’s save, said he regarded the Spaniard as being “one the best goalkeepers in the world.”Olympiakos, which had already caused an upset in Group A by beating last year’s finalist Atletico 3-2, showed no signs of any nerves after a summer overhaul of its squad had led to lapses in defense in recent weeks.“It’s a magic night — we had a fantastic crowd and fantastic players. It’s a real team, that’s what we want,” Olympiakos coach Michel Gonzalez said. “I won’t say if I think we are close to qualifying, but I will tell you that we’ll be celebrating tonight’s win.”The Greek champions earned their victory after overcoming an early scare, with Omar Elabdellaoui heading a loose ball off the line in the 12th minute, while a Tevez header that found the net eight minutes later was ruled offside by Serbian referee Milorad Mazic.Buffon congratulated Roberto after the match, and veteran Italy star Andrea Pirlo was clapped by the home crowd when substituted in the second half despite his lackluster performance.Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said he had no regrets starting the 35-year-old free kick specialist. “I don’t think the squad was the problem, but the mistakes they made,” he said. “We can still qualify. I believe that.”last_img read more

Olympiakos Over Levadiakos 2-1

first_imgATHENS — Ibrahim Affelay scored a second-half goal and set up the injury-time winner to allow defending champion Olympiakos to overcome an early deficit and beat host Levadiakos 2-1 in the Greek league on Dec. 13.The win brought Olympiakos within a point of league-leading PAOK, which hosts Kerkyra on Dec. 14.Javier Tomas scored for Levadiakos in the second minute when he headed in from a corner kick.Affelay equalized in the 73rd, despite slipping as he shot a weak, bouncing drive from the edge of the area. But there was nothing lucky about the pinpoint cross with which the Dutchman, on loan from Barcelona, found Costas Mitroglou for him to slot home.Also, Platanias beat Niki Volos 3-1, and Panetolikos drew 0-0 at Kalloni.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Rangers Devour Coyotes, 5-1

first_imgGLENDALE, Ariz. — Moments after securing his 500th NHL win, New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault deflected the attention to the “very good players” he’s had over the years.Two shined on Feb. 14. Rick Nash was no surprise. The other, Cam Talbot, has allowed the Rangers to stay hot despite a key injury.Nash scored his NHL-best 35th goal early in a four-goal third period, and Talbot stopped a penalty shot in a 34-save performance in the Rangers’ 5-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Vigneault’s milestone night.“I feel very privileged and fortunate to have all those good players through the years,” said Vigneault, who became the 21st coach in league history to reach 500 wins.Nash ripped a shot from the right circle off the crossbar and in 1:19 into the final period to make it 2-1. It was Nash’s seventh goal in eight games as he moved closer to matching his career high of 40 goals with Columbus in 2008-09.But Talbot, who made his sixth straight start for the injured Henrik Lundqvist, was tested just a few minutes later.Dominic Moore hauled down Tobias Rieder, setting up Arizona’s second penalty shot in a week. Both failed. Talbot gobbled up Rieder’s backhand attempt.“Cam’s been the backbone of our team,” Nash said. Added Vigneault: “He’s been waiting for an opportunity to prove he can play on a consistent level.”And once Talbot stopped the penalty shot, the Rangers’ potent offense took over in their third straight win.Chris Kreider, Marc Staal and Lee Stempniak also scored for the Rangers and Kevin Hayes added a short-handed goal.The Rangers have scored 16 goals in three games and 33 in their last nine.Offense has been a constant in Vigneault’s career. The 53-year-old, who also had stints coaching Montreal and Vancouver, improved to 500-355-35-72 in the NHL. Vigneault moved into a tie with Toe Blake for the 20th most wins in the league. Pat Burns (501) is next on the list.It was another frustrating night for Arizona in its seventh straight home loss.Antoine Vermette scored for the Coyotes, while Mike Smith made 28 saves.The Coyotes have not managed more than two goals in any game during their home drought. They lost a team-worst eight straight home games earlier in what’s been a lost season.“We’ve got a lot of try in us right now, but were having a hard time capitalizing on anything,” coach Dave Tippett said.The Rangers were without defenseman Dan Boyle (illness), who had scored the first goal in each of New York’s last two games, and got off to a sluggish start.After a sloppy first period, the Rangers took a 1-0 lead 54 seconds into the second period when the speedy Kreider raced past Arizona’s Michael Stone and wrapped a backhand inside the far post.But the Coyotes, who got center Joe Vitale back after a nine-game injury absence, looked sharp early in its second game in as many nights.Moments after Lucas Lessio fanned with an open net, Arizona tied it when Vermette knocked in Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s rebound at 6:33 of the second.But it was Ekman-Larsson’s poor luck later that has defined the Coyotes.On the power play and trailing 2-1, Ekman-Larson broke his stick on a shot. It led to Hayes’ goal as he moved past a diving and stickless Ekman-Larsson on a breakaway.“All I can say,” Ekman-Larsson said, “is it’s just a bad break.”(MIKE CRANSTON)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Putin Jumps Into Doping Scandal

first_imgMOSCOW — Stung by a report accusing Russia of a vast state-sponsored doping program, Vladimir Putin will meet with the head coach of the country’s track federation on Nov. 11.A report Nov. 9 by a commission of the accused Russia of widespread doping and cover-ups affecting track and field athletes, including Olympic medalists.It said that agents from the FSB intelligence service interfered with the work of a doping lab during last year’s Winter Olympics in the Russian resort of Sochi.Russian officials fought back against the report, saying it failed to prove its main points and suggesting the existence of a conspiracy to vilify Russia.“As long as there is no evidence, it is difficult to consider the accusations, which appear rather unfounded,” Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said of the report.Because of the report, Russia has been threatened with suspension from track and field competitions, including next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.The Russian track federation said head coach Yuri Borzakovsky, a former Olympic 800-meter champion, will meet Putin at a sports center in Sochi on Nov. 11.While the meeting between Putin and Russian sports leaders was planned as a discussion of preparations for next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Acting Federation President Vadim Zelichenok told The Associated Press the doping allegations could be discussed.“There may be a conversation, but not necessarily within the framework of the main meeting,” Zelichenok told the AP by telephone.In the first move to implement a recommendation made in the report, WADA revoked the accreditation of the country’s anti-doping lab in Moscow. That blocks all testing of samples, which will now be transported to another WADA-accredited lab outside Russia.The WADA commission says tests were routinely falsified at the lab to protect top Russian athletes. The facility is headed by Grigory Rodchenkov, who stands accused of concealing doping, extorting money from athletes and destroying 1,417 samples to stop WADA investigators from gaining access to them. The report recommended a lifetime ban for Rodchenkov.Nikita Kamaev, Executive Director of the Russian anti-doping agency known as RUSADA, said that Rodchenkov’s lab had “ceased functioning” but said RUSADA is still operational.“The Russian agency completely complies with the requirements of WADA at the current time,” Kamaev said, adding that the agency is preparing a detailed response to all issues raised against it in the WADA report.The Russian agency faces possible suspension by WADA after the report, which accused it of numerous failures in its testing program, including notifying athletes ahead of time for supposedly surprise tests, colluding with coaches and allowing some banned athletes to continue competing.Kamaev is one of a number of Russian officials to say the report is biased against Russia. “Some of the issues have a particular acuteness and are, if you like, politicized,” he said, refusing to go into further detail.Allegations that FSB agents infiltrated the testing process are the product of an “inflamed imagination” and more suited to a spy film, Kamaev added.Earlier in the day, Zelichenok said in comments quoted by Russian media that the report contains “an element of material made to order,” without specifying who might have manipulated the report.Zelichenok also appealed to the sport’s governing body to show “prudence” and allow Russian track and field athletes to compete at next year’s Olympics.(JAMES ELLINGWORTH, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Sixers Shock The Nets, 95-89

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — For the first time in more than a month, the Philadelphia 76ers won a game.But instead of celebrating too much, many of their thoughts were instead with a teammate in the hospital.Carl Landry scored 16 points, Nerlens Noel had 13 points and 11 rebounds and the 76ers snapped a 13-game losing streak with a 95-89 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on March 11.Ish Smith added 10 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Sixers (9-56), who won their first game since Feb. 6 – also against Brooklyn – despite dealing with several injuries, including a potentially serious one to Robert Covington.Covington finished with 12 points on 4-for-6 shooting from 3-point range before exiting with 9:40 left in the third quarter. He was kicked in the face by teammate Jerami Grant in a collision under the basket.He remained on the court for several minutes before being taken off on a stretcher and transported to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where he was being evaluated for a possible neck injury.“It was a significant collision,” 7ers coach Brett Brown said. “In one fell swoop, you lose your 3 and your 4 men. … When you see a player, a teammate, a friend being taken off the court on a stretcher, it’s different than someone walking off the court with a sprained ankle.”Grant also did not return following the collision and was evaluated for a concussion, and Richaun Holmes later left with a strained right Achilles.Leading scorer Jahlil Okafor also missed his sixth straight game for the depleted Sixers. It was announced before the game that Okafor will have season-ending surgery on his right knee.Brook Lopez scored 24 points for the Nets (18-47), who have lost three straight and finished the longest road trip of the NBA season with a 3-6 mark. Brooklyn’s nine-game, 18-day trek began on Feb. 23 at Portland.Thaddeus Young, who spent first seven seasons with Philadelphia, had 21 points and nine rebounds for the Nets in a matchup between the two worst teams in the Eastern Conference.“Before anything else, my thoughts and prayers go out to Robert Covington,” Nets coach Tony Brown said. “He and Grant took a horrible fall and I just hope and pray he’s OK. As far as the game is concerned, they put pressure on you. They make it tough to run your offense. Credit to them — they deserved to win.”Trailing by 15 early in the second half, the Nets pulled within five at 76-71 heading into the fourth quarter and again got within five on Wayne Ellington’s 3-pointer with 4:10 left.But Landry, called into extra duty because of his team’s injury troubles, responded with buckets each time to help Philly preserve its lead. Landry’s dunk with 2:15 left, which followed a tough rebound on the other end, gave the Sixers a 92-84 lead and helped seal the win.Landry, who averages only 12 minutes per game, scored all but two of his points in the second half, adding eight rebounds and shooting 7 for 9 from the field in 25 minutes.“Carl Landry, oh my God,” Noel said. “He was able to get us some easy buckets that we definitely needed. Guys just did what they had to do.”(DAVE ZEITLIN)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Bogdanovic’s Career Night Lifts Fenerbahce against Panathinaikos

first_imgFenerbahce Istanbul sent a message that echoed all around the competition by rallying from a 16-point second-half deficit to down Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens 58-71 in in front of a sellout crowd of 18,310 at the Olympic Sports Center Athens on Tuesday, reports. Fenerbahce has a 0-1 lead in the series, as Panathinaikos hosts Game 2 on Thursday. Bogdan Bogdanovic led the winners with 23 points on 5-of-6 three-point shots, five rebounds, four assists and a career-high three blocks. Nikola Kalinic added 16 points while Bobby Dixon had 13 for Fenerbahce. Bogdanovic had a PIR of 35, also a new career-high. K.C. Rivers had 16 points to lead Panathinaikos while Mike James added 14. Fenerbahce had a great start and got a double-digit lead, 6-16, but James and Rivers fueled a 12-0 run that put Panathinaikos in charge. Both players kept pacing the Greens, which boosted their margin to 42-28 at halftime.Panathinaikos outrebounded Fenerbahce by 14-9 in the first half, dishing 10 assists and forcing the guests to pick up 10 turnovers. Everything changed after the break, however, as a mammoth 8-40 run allowed Fenerbahce to return to the game and even seal the outcome long before the final buzzer. Fenerbahce limited its opponents to 16 second-half points – a new all-time low for Panathinaikos in a half. Fenerbahce ended up hitting 13-of-22 three-point shots (59.1%), in another big key for this critical win.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Silicon Labs and Philips Hue further advance smart lighting

first_imgSilicon Labs and Signify are collaborating on an extension of the Friends of Hue program enabling ecosystem partners to develop smart light switches for Philips Hue systems. Silicon Labs is providing the Zigbee cluster libraries, software tools, reference application and technical expertise to help participating companies certified by the Friends of Hue program quickly design and produce light switch products guaranteed to work flawlessly with the Philips Hue smart lighting system.The Friends of Hue ecosystem enables third-party vendors and brands to build certified, interoperable smart lighting products that integrate seamlessly with Philips Hue, the leading Zigbee-based smart lighting solution. Silicon Labs, a key Friends of Hue partner, has worked closely with Signify to define the Zigbee cluster and provide compliant software to enable advanced light switch functionality, such as user-friendly setup in the Philips Hue app and deploying firmware updates through the Hue cloud. Silicon Labs’ Zigbee software development kit implements the Friends of Hue specification, allowing third-party vendors to build certified devices that are guaranteed to integrate with Philips Hue.When end users turn off smart lights using legacy wall switches, the lights are powered off and cannot be controlled using apps, voice commands, schedules or sensors. Friends of Hue switches enable reliable Hue smart lighting control directly from wall switches, keeping the Hue lights “always-ready” while providing a familiar interface everyone knows how to use. The Silicon Labs Friends of Hue software development kit enables a variety of smart light switch designs and increases the choice of compatible switches for Philips Hue users.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Premier Farnell adds Osram Opto Semiconductors’ products to global offeringNext Orsec boosts next-gen intelligence solution with DPI software by Rohde & Schwarzlast_img read more

Earthquake at home, false alarm at hotel disturb Japan’s World Cup team

first_imgJapan players received a disturbing news ahead of their 2018 FIFA World Cup opener against Colombia in Saransk.They got to know that Osaka, which is Japan’s second-largest city, was hit by a 6.1 magnitude earthquake, killing three people and injuring over 300. The three deceased included a 9-year-old girl as well.Not only that, Japan’s team hotel was also rocked by an early morning false alarming, causing some panic among the players and people staying there.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERGAEHowever, it is the earthquake that has brought some serious sense of concern and distraction in the Japan camp ahead of their Group H opener on Tuesday.Coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday’s quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team’s Group H opener.”The psychological impact is something I’m slightly worried about at this point,” Nishino said through an interpreter before Monday afternoon’s training session. “As staff members, we are consulting with them and I’d like them to be settled down as soon as possible.”SAMURAI BLUE (Japan National Team) entered the match site, Saransk after training behind closed doors at Kaza #football (@jfa_en) June 18, 2018Midfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto, speaking before his team’s Monday afternoon practice in Saransk, said that on behalf of the team, he “would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who’ve been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible.”advertisementMakoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area “might have been negatively impacted” emotionally.”The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that,” he said.Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck.”The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning,” Nishino said. “So I assume there was some negative impact.”OTHER OFF-BEAT NEWS FROM THE WORLD CUP:Englishman sails, Indian cycles to Russia to see their heroesVery few England fans have arrived in Russia to watch their team’s first match in the 2018 FIFA World Cup but one of them made a special effort to reach Volgograd to watch the Three Lions take on Tunisia.Gabriel Jesus painted Brazil streets in 2014. In 2018, he’s a World Cupper Gabriel Jesus played for Brazil in their opener against Switzerland on Sunday (AP Photo)The rise of Gabriel Jesus is nothing short of a dream! He is only a 21-year-old boy from Sao Paulo but at the moment, he is at football world’s biggest stage in Russia.World Cup 2018: Virat Kohli has a special message for Harry Kane’s EnglandVirat Kohli wished England captain Harry Kane good luck ahead of England’s 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign opener against Tunisia on Monday in Volgograd at the Volgograd Arena.World Cup 2018: German fans left speechless, Mexicans celebrate wildly Mexico beat Germany 1-0 on Sunday (AP Photo)Defending champions Germany suffered a shock 1-0 defeat against Mexico at the FIFA World Cup 2018 on Sunday. Germany were handed their first defeat in a World Cup opening match in 36 years.The result left the German fans in absolute shock but the Mexicans danced in the streets and celebrated their team’s stunning victory at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.World Cup 2018: How South Korea tricked a Swedish ‘spy’ in AustriaIt’s very difficult for westerners to distinguish between Asians,” said South Korea coach Shin Tae-yong as he shrugged off spying by Sweden ahead of their FIFA World Cup 2018 Group F opener.Sweden and South Korea begin their World Cup campaigns on Monday and have been creative in trying to study each other’s tactics in the build-up to the Group F match at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.World Cup 2018: When Brazilian goalkeeper burst a Swiss balloon on live TV Alisson threw pieces away after bursting the balloon (AP Photo)In the 84th minute, a red balloon appeared at the ground in the Brazilian penalty area. Alisson jogged towards the balloon looking at the stands and smashed it with his feet.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

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2nd Unofficial Test: Pant, Siraj star as India A clinch series vs West Indies A

first_imgIndia A rode on superb batting performances from Rishabh Pant and Hanuma Vihari to beat West Indies A by 5 wickets in the 2nd unofficial Test and clinch the two-match series 1-0 on Friday.Chasing a mammoth target of 321 for victory, Pant remained unbeaten on 67 while Vihari scored 68 runs to reach the target in 67.1 overs on the final day of the match at Taunton. Captain Karun Nair also made a useful contribution of 55 runs.India A were 214 for 3 at the end of day three and were on course for a comfortable win but West Indies bowlers fought back on day 4 with two quick wickets to dent India’s charge.Sherman Lewis picked up the wicket of Ankit Bawne after Vihari’s run out which slowed India’s progress. But Pant batted with maturity and along with all-rounder Jayant Yadav, stitched a 99-run unbroken partnership for the sixth wicket to take India past the finish line.Be it India or India A, the boys are on a roll. India A first won the tri-series and have now beaten West Indies A in the longer format to clinch the series 1-0 in Taunton. (@BCCI) July 13, 2018Earlier, Mohammed Siraj starred with the ball once again in the second innings, picking up 4 wickets for 64 runs while Rajneesh Gurbani impressed with figures of 3 for 64 as West Indies A got bowled out for 210 on the third day.John Campbell and Jermaine Blackwood were the only two batsmen who made a significant contribution for the Windies as the rest of the batsmen failed to get going after a good performance in the first innings.advertisementSiraj ended the match with 8 wickets after picking up 4 wickets in the first innings as well while Shahbaz Nadeem was the next best bowler on show for India A with 4 wickets in the match.India had conceded a 110-run lead in the first innings after they got bowled out for 192 in reply to West Indies’s 302 all out.India A finished their tour of England unbeaten after winning the one-day tri-series and now the unofficial Test series. The first Test had ended in a draw last week.last_img read more

Humiliation at Lord’s: Gut-wrenching defeat should come as no surprise

first_imgLord’s 2018 will haunt Indian cricket for years to come.India had climbed the ladder to become the world’s number one Test team after a string of victories at home. South Africa, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh, Australia, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan. No one was spared. Virat Kohli, the new captain wanted his men to play ruthless cricket and ruthless cricket it was.The spinners were unrelenting, the pacers were fast and accurate and the batsmen piled on the runs. Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli were on a record-breaking spree and all seemed well with the world.India had never looked so menacing, so invincible. Under their new leader, this Indian team was going places. They were even going to South Africa, England and Australia to show them their places.The South African challenge was over in a hurry. India lost the Cape Town Test by 72 runs. They then lost the Centurion Test by 135 runs before pulling off a consolation win on a dodgy pitch in Johannesburg.Also read: The curious case of Pujara and Dhawan: Constant Test struggles overseasEngland was going to be different, the Indian team promised. And some wise man decided to send the team out early to play the limited-overs phase to prepare for the Test series. Great idea. But what about the logic of preparing for the Duke with the white ball on flat surfaces. India failed to chase down 194 in the second innings of the Edgbaston Test (AP Photo)Come Edgbaston, India’s batsmen barring Kohli, were found out again. This time, chasing 194, India fell short again.Also read – Time running out: How long can Indian batsmen keep failing overseas?advertisementThe Indian team management did not seem to mind. They had come close. In Cape Town, India needed only 208; in Centurion, India needed only 287 and in Birmingham, India needed only 194. But India failed on each occasion. Kohli was happy his team had tried and fought hard. The team management consoled itself and reckoned if they could come so close, victory would be theirs at some point.Nobody wanted to see the danger signs. Why was it so hard to see that in each of those instances, there were two common factors: the bowlers and just one other batsman. In Cape Town, India were blown away, never mind the margin of defeat. The bowlers were exceptional and Hardik Pandya’s whirlwind 93 helped India walk away with some kind of dignity. Centurion was another poor show and had it not been for Kohli’s 153 in the first innings, who knows how much worse it would have got for the Indians!Also read – Virat Kohli finally admits he got team combination wrong after Lord’s humiliationAnd then at Edgbaston, India went down by 31 runs after failing to chase down 194. Virat Kohli had stood out again: 200 runs in the match. The other four in the top five managed only 99 together. R Ashwin, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami were heroic but the warning signals were ignored again: the other batsmen were not up to the task. India are 2-0 down in the five-match Test series (Getty Images)Lord’s was no surprise. How could you expect Kohli to stand up with the bat every time? He was bogged down by a back problem and like everyone else, he too was troubled by the swing under overcast skies. James Anderson and Stuart Broad, the old masters, loved what they saw in London: rain, cloud and scared Indian batsmen.Also read – Virat Kohli after innings defeat at Lord’s: We were outplayed and deserved to loseFor a change, the bowlers failed to fire. And therein lay in tatters the dignity of the world’s best Test side. They were humiliated. India managed to bat a combined 82.2 overs across the two innings. The entire first day was washed out and rain hampered play on Friday and Sunday. Yet, England wrapped up victory with over a day to spare.It wss humiliation. No matter what the conditions are, the world’s number one Test team is not expected to surrender like that! Virender Sehwag and VVS Laxman, men who had starred in some of India’s most iconic Test triumphs were gutted. They were not happy with the lack of fight, with the lack of spirit India showed.The promise of ruthless cricket has not been delivered. The onus now is on the captain’s men to ensure their leader’s words do not sound hollow.last_img read more

‘Gold’ first Bollywood film to release in Saudi Arabia

first_imgMumbai, Aug 30 (PTI) Akshay Kumar-fronted “Gold” has become the first Bollywood film ever to release in Saudi Arabia.The Reema Kagti-directed sports film is only the second movie after Rajinikanth’s hit social drama, “Kaala” to hit the theatres in the Gulf country.Akshay today took to Twitter to share the news.”The story of India’s first Gold medal victory for the first time in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Happy to share, #Gold is the first ever Bollywood movie to release in the Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia, in cinemas from today! @excelmovies @ZeeStudiosInt,” he wrote.”Gold” is the fictional re-telling of the India’s iconic win at the 1948 London Olympics.Also featuring Mouni Roy, Amit Sadh, Kunal Kapoor and Vineet Kumar Singh, the film released on August 15.In May, Saudi Arabia held a private screening of international cultural phenomenon, “Black Panther” to herald the launch of movie theatres, open to the public, in the kingdom. PTI RDSRDSlast_img read more

Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL fresh renders once again reveal dual front-facing cameras

first_imgGoogle will be announcing its new Pixel phone on October 9, but it seems there is little that will come as a surprise for consumers now. Fro months now we have seen renders and live images of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL that has given us a pretty good picture of what to expect from these flagships. We know that the Pixel 3 will sport a 18:9 display while the 3 XL will get a notch that’s pretty deep, whether we like it or not. And if you weren’t convinced, we now have a fresh render of the two phones from noted tipster Evan Blass, which all but confirms the design including the dual front cameras.Blass tweeted renders of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL on popular demand. Unsurprisingly, the renders show a design we have all become pretty familiar with. Both the phone will come full screen displays, but with enough bezels house dual front-firing speakers. The Pixel 3 will have even bezels on the top and bottom while the Pixel 3 XL will sport a notch, and a pretty noticeable one at that. The renders also seem to confirm that both the phones will come with dual front cameras, a major upgrade from past Pixel phones.Google has so far avoided the trend of dual cameras while the rest of the industry has accepted it as a staple. Notably, all Pixel phones so far have managed to deliver exceptional photos with single sensors, so much so that they have been regarded as some of the best camera phones in the business. It will be interesting to see how Google will take things up a notch with dual front-facing cameras. As per recent reports, the camera setup on the front will include a pair of 8MP sensors, one with f/1.8 AF lens and the other with f/2.2 fixed focus lens. On the back, Google will continue with a single camera, most like with a 12MP sensor on both the phones.advertisementAs for everything else, it is widely expected that the Pixel 3 duo will be powered by a Snapdragon 845 chipset. The base variant should come with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The other major upgrade could be Qi wireless charging support as both the phones are expected to bring a full glass panels on the back. The phones will also ship with Android 9 Pie. We’ll know if Google has anything new to announce about the Pixel phones on October 9. At the event, we also expect new Pixel Buds, Pixelbook 2 and new Google Home speakers, among other things.ALSO READ: Google Pixel 3 price leaked ahead of launch, in India likely to cost above Rs 60,000last_img read more

Asia Cup 2018: India may look to test bench strength in dead-rubber vs Afghanistan

first_imgHaving already sealed their place in the final of the Asia Cup 2018 with successive wins over Bangladesh and Pakistan, defending champions India will now face a resurgent Afghanistan in the final match of the Super Four stage at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium here on Tuesday.On Sunday, India made a mockery of Pakistan’s below-par target of 237 with the opening duo of skipper Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan stitching together a 210-run stand to guide the Men-in-Blue to a 9-wicket win en-route the September 28 final.India had earlier defeated Bangladesh in their first Super 4 match, to remain as the only unbeaten team in the tournament so far.Asia Cup 2018: Rohit Sharma has done a great job as India captain, says Wasim AkramGoing in to Tuesday’s tie, India will aiming to continue their dominance over the Asian newbies, who have managed to give a tough fight in their narrow defeats to the likes of Pakistan and Bangladesh in their Super Four clashes.While Pakistan managed to win a last-over thriller over the Afghans by 3 wickets, Bangladesh on Sunday pipped Afghanistan by 3 runs to set up a virtual semi-final with Pakistan on Wednesday.Also Read – How Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan plotted record-breaking partnership vs PakistanRavi Shastri presents the Hitman & Gabbar Show.What happens when coach @RaviShastriOfc turns presenter and does a rendezvous with captain @ImRo45 & @SDhawan25 ? You wouldn’t want to miss this – by @28anand (@BCCI) September 24, 2018Aware of the threat the Afghans could pose, despite being an inconsequential tie for the Men-in-Blue, Rohit Sharma and the team management could opt to rest some of the main players ahead of the final and test the bench.advertisementAlso read – Rohit Sharma celebrates 7000 ODI runs with 19th hundredIn such a scenario, Lokesh Rahul and Manish Pandey could get a look-in in the middle order while medium pacers Siddharth Kaul and Deepak Chahar could come in to give Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah much-needed rest before the final.India is unlikely to tickle with their opening combination, which has been a thorn in the opposition’s ranks throughout the tournament while the middle order, comprising Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav and Mahendra Singh Dhoni seems to be in decent form.Also Read – Have learnt my lesson the hard way, don’t want to throw my wicket away anymore: DhawanAll-rounder Ravindra Jadeja will lead the spin department that includes the wrist spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. Indian team management could opt to rest some of the main players ahead of the final and test the bench vs Afghanistan (AP Photo)On the other hand, having lost both their Super Four matches so far, Afghanistan are already out of contention for the final but their performances have surely won a million hearts.Also Read – Indian team celebrates Ambati Rayudu’s 33rd birthday after crushing PakistanAfghanistan will be once again banking on their strong batting to put a big total on the board before unleashing their spin trio of Mohammmed Nabi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Rashid Khan to have a go at the mighty Indian line-up.Also Read – MS Dhoni overtakes Rahul Dravid to become the second most capped IndianAfghanistan’s one major concern will be their lack of experience to handle high pressure situations, that led them to two narrow losses in the Super Four stage.With nothing to lose, the Afghans will be aiming to end the tournament on a high but it will surely be a hard nut to crack, considering India’s current red-hot form.Teams:India: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Deepak Chahar, Siddarth Kaul, K. Khaleel Ahmed.Afghanistan: Asghar Afghan (Captain), Mohammad Shahzad, Ihsanullah Janat, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Najibullah Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Aftab Alam, Samiullah Shenwari, Munir Ahmad, Sayed Shirzad, Sharafuddin Ashraf.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more