NBA: Curry to pick Dubs teammates if picked as All Star game captain

first_imgView comments Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Kyrie Irving on opening night showdown vs. Cavs: ‘There’s no pressure at all’ LATEST STORIES NCAA: San Beda sends Letran to 3-way tie for 4th seed Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry  (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)The 2018 NBA All Star game will feature some drastic changes this year, particularly with  the abolition of the Eastern versus Western Conference format, in favor of two captains picking teams.READ: NBA changes All-Star Game format; captains will pick teamsADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday00:50Trending Articles02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight With the top two vote-getters getting the power to choose its pool of players, fan-favorite Stephen Curry shared who he will pick, if the honor goes to him.“Probably one of my teammates,” the two-time league MVP told ESPN’s Chris Haynes. “Until you run out of those options, then you gotta figure it out.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWith the Golden State Warriors’ roster filled to the brim with talented players, Curry will have plenty to choose from, with the likes of Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green all expected to be a part of the festivities.“If I’m the one picking, no. It’s fun. It’s a different type of setup and a different look, especially on the court,” he explained. “And you mix up the conferences and the different lineups you can get out there.” But if the “baby-faced assassin” won’t be able to pick some of his guys, he certainly knows the wide array of talent available—especially with the exciting new format.“There’s been All-Stars for years, and the past six years probably certain lineups and notable guys that have been playing together in the Western Conference and the Eastern Conference, and now you can switch it up a little bit,” he said.“From a fan standpoint, I know that should be a huge storyline just to see who’s playing with who and even like what they name the teams, the jerseys, the whole setup is going to be a different look, so it’s going to be fun.”The 2018 NBA All Star weekend will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on Feb. 18.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

Punjab refuses reward to CWG medallist

first_imgThe Punjab government’s decision not to reward Commonwealth Games (CWG) gold medallist Gurpreet Singh, saying he belongs to the defence services, has drawn flak.The state government had announced cash rewards of Rs 7 lakh to gold medallists, Rs 5 lakh to silver medallists and Rs 3 lakh to bronze winners.But Havildar Gurpreet Singh, who won two shooting gold medals and a bronze at the CWG, has been left out. Singh belongs to Naushera Pannua village of the state’s Gurdaspur district.After facing flak, the state government is now desperate to come out of the embarrassing situation. H.S. Bains, media advisor to the Punjab government, said the government was taking a re-look at its policy.The discrimination against defence sportspersons in Punjab is in sharp contrast to neighbouring Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, which have taken the lead in honouring their CWG medallists.Haryana has even announced a cash prize of Rs 2 lakh for athletes who have failed to win medals at the CWG. The Himachal Pradesh government has given a cash prize of Rs 35 lakh to its medal winner Subedar Vijay Kumar.last_img read more

Pakistan aware of ‘nefarious designs’ of enemies: General Raheel Sharif

first_imgPakistan’s army chief Gen Raheel Sharif today said his country was aware of the “nefarious designs” of the enemies and will take every step to ensure security.General Raheel made the remarks during an address at a seminar in Gilgit-Baltistan, which has been illegally occupied by Pakistan, to highlight the progress of the USD 46 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.General Raheel said Pakistan was aware of the “nefarious designs” of the enemies and will take every step to ensure security.Also read: Pak can write as many letters to UN, Kashmir remains integral part of India: Foreign MinistryMaking a special mention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and India’s intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), Raheel assured the nation that the country’s frontiers are totally secure, Dawn News reported.However, no statement was issued by army in this regard.General Raheel said that CPEC would be completed and it will greatly benefit the people of Gilgit-Baltistan.”I am confident that Gilgit-Baltistan will also develop like the Chinese area across the border,” he said.Also read: PoK a thorn in our flesh, would have been India’s if we had opted for military solution: Air ChiefGeneral Raheel said the army will provide foolproof security to CPEC which was a project of national importance.Asserting that Pakistan was determined to eliminate militancy, General Raheel said, “We don’t care what the world says, but we are fighting for our survival and the way the army has worked for eradication of terrorism, no other army can do that.”advertisementlast_img read more

Champions Trophy final at the Oval had many heartwarming moments of fraternity between Indians, Pakistanis

first_imgUnbeknownst to themselves, most cricket fans from the subcontinent lurch between two literary cliches: they either behave boorishly in line with George Orwell’s dictum about sports being war minus the shooting, or they comport themselves with an equanimity recommended by Rudyard Kipling in his If, which enjoins us to treat,Unbeknownst to themselves, most cricket fans from the subcontinent lurch between two literary cliches: they either behave boorishly in line with George Orwell’s dictum about sports being war minus the shooting, or they comport themselves with an equanimity recommended by Rudyard Kipling in his If, which enjoins us to treat those two imposters, triumph and disaster, with serene detachment. Being canny people, we hew closer to Orwell when we win and to Kipling when we lose.The Champions Trophy final at the Oval delivered many heartwarming moments of fraternity between Indians and Pakistanis. Cameras panned crowds for shots of fans from both countries in joyous, joint celebrations, and reports spoke of friendly banter in the long lines to enter the Oval and at tube stations before and after the match. The players laughed and joked with each other after the game. A victorious Shoaib Malik (our very own damaad) duly thanked Indian fans for their support for Pakistan when they played England in the semi-finals – thereby adding another layer of complexity to baffle the likes of Norman Tebbit and his silly tests. (“Wait, you won’t support England though you were born and live here, and you won’t even support us against a country you’ve been fighting for seven decades?!”) Naans and paranthas were exchanged for pav bhaji in the stands, and even glum-faced bhakts in colourful turbans brightened up a bit as they realised a victor from the subcontinent was preferable to one from outside it.The match itself showed yet again that one top-class bowler is worth a boatload of good batsmen when it really matters, and that, at least in sporting encounters, all the meticulous planning and research materialised into solid and stable habits can be undone by fearless youth and impetuous genius. Fakhar Zaman played with an innocent freedom that he will probably never again have now that his anonymity has exploded into stardom. And what can one say about that prodigal son and dead-ringer for Freddie Mercury right down to the gap front-tooth, Mohammed Amir? “Welcome back, we’ve missed you,” might be a good start. To get the best batsman in the world out not once but twice in succession tells you all you need to know about Amir. Virat Kohli and his men did everything right until the final and victory would have been well deserved. Yet, had they won we would probably forget this Champions Trophy in a few months. Eighth-seeded Pakistan’s improbable win ensures we’ll remember it for a bit longer.advertisementAnd finally, that namaaz by the entire Pak team at the end of the match. Watching with a group of desis most of whom had probably first picked up a cricket bat around the time ‘Chacha’ Nehru lay dying in New Delhi, I sensed the discomfort in the room. As an unapologetic secularist myself, I wished the players had done their namaaz off-screen. And yet, the more I thought about it, the more sympathetic I became. It was obvious during the post-match interviews that much of this Pakistani team is not from an urbane, middle – or upper – class milieu, one that is comfortable in English and knows why there are two forks beside each plate at the Oval’s lunch table. Religion is probably an important part of their lives, and the namaaz was a genuine expression of faith and gratitude for any divine help that propelled them from abysmal defeat in the first league match against India to the crowning glory of the finals.In an England roiled by Brexit, attacks against minorities, rising Islamophobia, and with even Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour pandering to fears about immigration, the namaaz was a timely reminder that one of the wages of empire is that you become a postcolonial, polyglot space – and that you, and the world, are all the better and richer for it.The author teaches politics at the University of Hawaii. He also writes frequently on cricket for espncricinfo.comlast_img read more

Rangers School The Blues, 2-1

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares ST. LOUIS — New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist celebrated a milestone night in style.Chris Kreider and Tanner Glass scored and Lundqvist made 35 saves as the New York Rangers beat the St. Louis Blues 2-1 on Feb. 25.Lundqvist got his 30th victory of the season, joining Martin Brodeur and Patrick Roy as the only goalies in NHL history to have at least 30 wins in 10 different seasons.“Growing up, those guys were guys I was watching and now I’m up there with wins,” Lundqvist said. “To me, it’s just a sign of I’ve been given a chance for a lot of years. I’ve been lucky to play with a lot of good players and been able to have a competitive team every year.”Lundqvist also passed Mike Richter as the team’s all-time regular season saves leader with stop on Vladimir Tarasenko’s wrist shot late in the first period.“Every game you know that you’re going to get his best effort and you’re going to get great preparation and he’s going to give you a chance to win and that’s what you want from your goaltender,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said.Fittingly, Lundqvist’s save on Scottie Upshall’s breakaway led to the game-winning goal. Seconds after the pad save, Oscar Lindberg found Kreider in the slot to make it 2-1 at 4:18 of the third period.“That’s a big moment and gives us a lot of confidence,” Lundqvist said. “I think they’re a heavy team, they’re a good team and I thought we did a really good job of defending.”Upshall thought Lundqvist was going into a butterfly on the breakaway so he tried to beat him high.“Those are plays in the game that are momentum changers,” Upshall said. “That play ends up being the play of the game and when you are on the other side of that it’s tough.”Kreider gave Lindberg the credit for the game-winner.“It was an effort play,” Kreider said. “He had a guy on his back basically the entire way up the ice, got dragged down and is still able to make the play.”Glass put the Rangers up 1-0 with 6:46 to go in the first after tipping a shot by Dan Girardi from the point over Jake Allen’s right shoulder. It was Glass’ second goal of the season and first in 29 games.Blues forward Jori Lehtera was hit in the face with the puck with just over a minute left in the first and didn’t return.Brouwer’s power-play goal for the Blues with a little more than 5 1/2 minutes remaining in the second tied the game at 1-1. It came 55 seconds after Girardi received a double-minor for high-sticking Tarasenko.Brouwer’s goal extended the Blues’ power-play scoring streak at home to six games, the longest streak for St. Louis since a six-game span from Dec. 31, 2005, to Jan. 26, 2006.Lundqvist kept the game tied with several tough saves, including gloving Colton Parayko’s wrist shot in the second period and stopping Dmitrij Jaskin on a point-blank chance early in the third.“We had an empty net three times in the second period and didn’t bear down,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. “You only get so many cracks at it. We’ve got to see change here.”Allen made 22 saves in his first start since suffering a lower-body injury on Jan. 8.The Rangers now have a four-game points streak against the Blues (3-0-1) and 14 of the last 17 meetings between the teams have been decided by two goals or fewer.“I thought the third period was our best tonight,” Vigneault said. “We made a couple of mistakes early there, a couple of turnovers that led to grade ‘A’ chances, but we were able to make a couple of grade ‘A’ saves and we were able to counter.(JOE HARRIS)last_img read more

How long will the transition to autonomous vehicles take?

first_imgI recently attended the first AutoSens Conference held in the United States. AutoSens not only delivered a quality conference, but also a compelling experience. Detroit was selected to host this event as the historic pioneer of the last revolution in mobility — mass production of the automobile via the assembly line. Also, Detroit is now leading the way in the next renaissance — that of a mass-produced autonomous vehicle.One of the highlights of the conference was the venue in the form of the M1 Concourse race track, which is essentially a country club for auto aficionados, complete with private garages and a state-of-the-art 1.5-mile performance track. The conference also included autonomous test drives provided by Dataspeed, a company who specializes in driverless vehicles.To further build upon the experience, a dinner event was held in the Henry Ford Greenfield Village, a historical tribute to great inventors including Ford, Edison, and the Wright brothers, to name a few. On display and sharing the road with the Dataspeed self-driving car was an authentic, functional Ford Model T, the first assembly line automotive vehicle, which revolutionized cars and made them the primary form of personal transportation today. Seeing this exquisite car side by side with autonomous vehicles got me pondering the similarities and challenges that must have occurred with the transition from horse-driven carriages to cars, and the transition from human-driven cars to autonomous vehicles.The juxtaposition of a Ford Model T (circa 1917) with pair of 2017 self-driving cars powered by Dataspeed (Source:, courtesy of Dataspeed) The earth-shattering revolution of the automobile A century ago, when normal carriages were pulled by horses, the concept of a car without a horse to pull it was perceived as a radical novelty. Like most revolutionary inventions, the automobile was not accepted with open arms. It was considered dangerous, imposing, and a nuisance to the horses, which were the main mode of transportation. The path to cars taking over the roads, replacing horses, buggies, carriages, and wagons was neither swift nor simple. This hilarious video depicts a law that required motor-vehicle drivers to dismount at every intersection to announce their presence by making loud noises.The law dictated how this should be executed, including discharging a firearm or other form of explosive, among other interesting methods. This would pose serious problems in rush-hour traffic today!Prudent investors were also averse to the automobile venture. According to this article from, in 1903, the president of the Michigan Savings Bank advised against investing in the Ford Motor Co., based on the view that “The horse is here to stay but the automobile is only a novelty — a fad.” I think we’d all hope for better insight from our financial advisors.“The horse is here to stay but the automobile is only a novelty — a fad.” — The president of the Michigan Savings Bank, 1903 (Source: From today’s perspective, a century in the future, it’s easy to scoff at this skepticism. However, the reluctance to embrace motor vehicles then is not very different from the hesitance towards autonomous vehicles today. In the future, the current guarded and sluggish advances towards regulating autonomous vehicles may be viewed as excessive over-cautiousness.Eventually, as you’ve probably noticed, the car did dominate, as evidenced by the absence of horses on the roads, and I expect autonomous vehicles to follow a similar path. Using the timeline of the motor vehicle versus the horse as a guideline, a gradual increase of self-driving cars will soon lead to them becoming the primary form of personal transportation, especially in cities and highly populated areas. Further, we should expect to see manually driven cars eradicated within about thirty years, except for hobby and leisure, as was the case with horses. As my colleague, Gunn, amusingly describes, even car racing may be taken over by autonomous vehicles.Self-driving cars are the next big change; mass production is key Automobiles had been around for quite a while before the Model T, but were only obtainable by the upper class. Though many rich individuals owned cars, they couldn’t do much with them due to lack of infrastructure and confining laws. Once the assembly line was perfected, and the number of cars grew significantly, there was no choice but to pave roads and regulate traffic accordingly.To instigate the next revolution, there is still a major step ahead. Self-driving cars are making a lot of headlines, but they are not yet threatening to replace all the vehicles on the road. For that to happen, the autonomous vehicles will benefit from mass-production and competitive pricing. As cost improves for self-driving cars, so does the availability to utilize self-driving transportation for more people.Can you trust artificial intelligence to drive you around? If I continue with my analogy, skepticism towards the automobile a century ago is today complemented by the fact that autonomous vehicles will be powered by another technology of which people are also skeptical — artificial intelligence (AI). In addition to the preconceived idea that robots will one day take over the world, car manufacturers must also overcome the natural human instinct not to trust autonomous technology. What if it’s faulty? What if it breaks down? What if it doesn’t react in time? These are all legitimate concerns, both regarding trusted steeds versus the first automobiles, and trusted cars versus autonomous prototypes. Today, it is clear to anyone that a motor vehicle is safer and more effective than a horse. It took a while to get there and required roads, traffic lights, and signs, but now people are so comfortable in their cars that the problem becomes staying focused on the task of driving.So, what about AI? Deep learning and other forms of machine intelligence are becoming ubiquitous in mobile and embedded devices, as well as voice interfaces, and many other aspects of our lives. These technologies are constantly improving and are surpassing human achievements in an increasing number of fields — from the game of Go to image recognition — and they will certainly lead to safe autonomous vehicles.The assembly line made car manufacturing efficient; DSPs are making AI efficient One of the main challenges of the autonomous vehicle revolution will be to efficiently pack these super-human brains in embedded systems, as opposed to them requiring rooms full of servers with overheated CPUs and GPUs. Size, cost, and power consumption must all be scrutinized to create an efficient and effective solution to make production costs feasible for mass-consumption.An efficient embedded system based on a vision and imaging processor, such as the CEVA-XM6, for example, can achieve both ultra-low-power and precise computer vision. It’s also possible to streamline development using the CDNN deep learning toolkit. You can find out more about how to unleash the potential of these platforms by viewing our on-demand webinar: Challenges of Vision Based Autonomous Driving & Facilitation of An Embedded Neural Network Platform . Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Automotive, Communications, EDA, Industry “Idotic article. Of course a car is safer than a horse, but that is because a human guide the car and is much smarter than a horse. But computers have the intelligence of a cockroach, and are much less safe. Computers don’t really know anything and can September 4, 2017 at 2:56 am Continue Reading Previous What’s needed to securely fit IoT devices into the enterprise frameworkNext The Write Stuff: Using Bookends 1 thought on “How long will the transition to autonomous vehicles take?” Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. 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Sindhu, Srikanth battle fatigue with China Open title in sight

first_imgChangzhou, Sept 17 (PTI) Top Indian shuttler PV Sindhu will have to find a way to battle fatigue if she has to continue her consistent run in international circuit and regain the China Open, beginning here Tuesday. Sindhu showed signs of fatigue during her second-round exit at last week’s Japan Open, her first early loss since the first-round ouster from the Denmark Open last October. The 23-year-old Indian has been the most consistent this season with silver medals in all the major events this year — the Commonwealth Games, the World Championship and the Asian Games. She also reached the finals at the India Open and Thailand Open. However, a hectic schedule left her with very little time to recover or savour the moment. The Olympic and world championship silver medallist had won the USD 700,000 China Open in 2016 and will be one of the favourites to secure the women’s singles title at the BWF World Tour Super 1000 tournament. The third seeded Indian will start her campaign against Hong Kong’s Cheung Ngan Yi at the Olympic Sports Center Xincheng Gymnasium. Two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist Saina Nehwal, who had clinched a bronze at Asian Games at Jakarta, will be rejuvenated after skipping the Japan Open. The Indian faces a tough first round against Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun. Saina, who also had won the China Open title in 2014, has a 8-2 head-to-head record against Sung Ji and if she can surpass the Korean, fifth seed Chinese Chen Yufei will stand in her way.advertisement In fact, Saina and Sindhu are on a collison course and might clash in the quarterfinals if they can clear the earlier rounds. Among others, Kidambi Srikanth has looked a shadow of the man who clinched four titles last season. Though the seventh seeded Indian won the men’s singles silver at the Commonwealth Games, he has been inconsistent in the season so far. Srikanth, who held the world no 1 ranking for a brief period this year, will look to build on his quarterfinal finish at Japan Open when he begins his campaign against Denmark’s Rasmus Gemke. However, world champion Kento Momota, who had ended his campaign at Malaysia and Indonesia, will once again stand in his way in the quarterfinal. HS Prannoy too will look to go deep in the tournament after starting against Hong Kong’s Ng Ka Long Angus, seeded eighth. Among others in fray, women’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy will face Korean pair of Kim So Yeong and Kong Hee Yong. In men’s doubles, Commonwealth Games silver medallist pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty will square off against Malaysia’s Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong, while Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy will fight it out against Taiwanese combination of Liao Min Chun and Su Ching Heng. In mixed doubles, Satwik and Ashwini will meet English combination of Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith, while Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Sikki will take on Germany’s Marvin Emil Seidel and Linda Efler in another match. PTI ATK ATK KHSKHSlast_img read more

Report: Roma 3 Chelsea 0

first_imgRoma 3 Chelsea 0: El Shaarawy at the double as Conte’s men crumble Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 05:38 11/1/17 StephanElShaarawy - cropped Getty Images Chelsea fell to second in Champions League Group C behind Roma as Stephan El Shaarawy inspired a memorable triumph in the Italian capital. Stephan El Shaarawy’s first-half brace set Roma on the way to a resounding 3-0 win over Chelsea that displaced their visitors at the top of Champions League Group C.Antonio Conte’s reigning Premier League champions would have secured a last-16 spot with a win but that appeared a tall order from the moment El Shaarawy opened the scoring after 39 seconds.The former AC Milan forward scored spectacularly to sink Bologna 1-0 in Serie A last time out and his rasping opener was another goal to remember. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player For his second, El Shaarawy owed much to the charity of Antonio Rudiger, the Chelsea defender who endured a forgettable return to his former club, before Diego Perotti brought the house down with another stunning long ranger after the hour.Roma were the side to come back from a hefty deficit when the sides drew 3-3 at Stamford Bridge two weeks ago but Chelsea were not such willing dance partners and must now dust themselves down for a crunch clash with Manchester United this weekend.Eusebio Di Francesco’s hosts coughed up a chance from kick-off but found themselves a goal to the good inside a pulsating first minute.Chelsea forward Pedro latched on to Tiemoue Bakayoko’s pass to shoot tamely at Alisson before Aleksandar Kolarov carried the ball forward in response and launched a searching pass from the left towards Edin Dzeko.The striker misjudged the flight of the ball but it struck the back of his head and fell invitingly for El Shaarawy to lash home an unstoppable shot from 25 yards, with Thibaut Courtois rooted to the spot. | What a start!#ASRoma #RomaChelsea #UCL— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) October 31, 2017Chelsea responded well to the setback, with Eden Hazard to the fore.The Belgium playmaker, so impressive in their win at Atletico Madrid last month, was forced a fraction wide before calling Alisson into action and the Brazil goalkeeper thwarted him once more in the 20th minute after some sparkling footwork left Alessandro Florenzi and Federico Fazio perplexed.An ill-judged backpass across goal by Kolarov presented Alvaro Morata with a chance to level – the Spain striker blazing over – before Roma sprung forward to double their advantage nine minutes before the break.Radja Nainggolan’s chipped pass forward was horribly misjudged by Rudiger, who let the ball run past him and El Shaarawy stole in to finish tidily.Marcos Alonso cut in from the left and forced Alisson to push a rasping shot behind, while Bakayoko compounded Chelsea’s woes by powering a header wastefully wide from the resulting corner.Roma resumed with a determination to put the result beyond doubt, as Kolarov burst into the area to have a shot deflected behind.Dzeko, Chelsea’s chief tormentor at Stamford Bridge, was unable to turn home Perotti’s subsequent set-piece and the former Manchester City striker collected El Shaarawy’s pass to let fly only to narrowly beat the crossbar in the 53rd minute.At the other end, Morata was a forward grasping more unconvincingly for form as he dragged tamely wide en route to concluding a sixth scoreless outing.Di Francesco’s side sealed the points with another majestic strike, albeit one assisted by Cesc Fabregas carelessly coughing up 63rd-minute possession to Kolarov. | Take a bow, Diego!#ASRoma #RomaChelsea #UCL— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) October 31, 2017The experienced left-back fed Perotti, who cut inside an apologetic challenge from Pedro and arrowed a superb low drive past Courtois at his near post.Perotti passed up a more straightforward opportunity, blazing over from 12 yards after Dzeko led Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta and David Luiz a merry dance, and Courtois’ point-blank save from substitute Kostas Manolas spared further damage.Atletico’s surprise 1-1 draw at home to Qarabag means Chelsea’s qualification hopes are not too badly compromised but, given Conte’s recent agitation regarding questions over his future in west London, this was an ill-timed and punishing reverse. Key Opta stats:- This was Roma’s biggest win against an English side in the CL, the joint-biggest in all European competitions along with a 3-0 win vs Ipswich Town in 1982.- Roma have picked up eight points so far (W2 D2): this is their best point tally after the first four games in the Champions League group stage.- Stephan El Shaarawy’s goal, scored after 39 seconds, was the fastest for Roma in their Champions League history, and the fastest conceded by Chelsea in the competition.- Cesc Fabregas became the fifth youngest player to make 100 Champions League appearances (30y 180d old). read morelast_img read more

Amy Jones: ‘I can push Sarah Taylor to improve. It’s healthy competition’

first_img Amy Jones of England reacts as she runs out Jemimah Rodrigues of India in the Women’s World T20 semi-final. Photograph: Harry Trump-IDI/IDI via Getty Images Twitter Facebook “In my head it’s not an obvious choice [for Taylor to keep] and I think that’s the way it has to be,” she says. “We’re both competing for the same spot and she’s obviously an unbelievable keeper, and I think her being so good is what’s progressed my keeping. It’s just healthy competition and it’s been like that for my whole career.“It’s not something I’ve shied away from. I’ve always known that if I’m going to be the first-choice keeper I’ve got to be good. Now that I’ve been at a good standard for a few years I can push her to improve and we can see how good we can get.”Jones has not just been running drinks and pining for the gloves over the past couple of weeks. She is established at the top of the order, opening (despite enduring a sticky tour so far) against India but some keeper-batters see taking the gloves as a badge of honour, that their status is somehow diminished if they do not do both jobs. Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter “In an ideal world everyone would play at their best without knowing whether they were playing in the next game or not but psychologically going into a tournament knowing you’re the first-choice keeper and batting at the top of the order – it eases the pressure. Knowing you have the backing of the coach and the people around you, it does just allow you to play with freedom.”There are some big challenges ahead: these games against a strong India, the Ashes in the summer, then another T20 World Cup next year. And for the next month or so, Jones has the chance to prove she is not just a stand-in. Share via Email Topics Share on WhatsApp England women’s cricket team Cricket That is not the case for Jones, although the 25-year-old “can see how you could think like that”, and these days she does not think keeping has a particularly significant impact on her batting.“When I was younger I used to really think if I wasn’t keeping there would be more pressure on the batting,” she says, emphasising that even if she is not behind the stumps, she can still contribute significantly. “I think now how the game has evolved with fielding, you can really impact on the game that way. I still have two strings to my bow, even if I’m not keeping.”These games will be the first T20 internationals England have played since the desperately disappointing end to the T20 World Cup in the West Indies, where they reached the final but were easily swept aside by Australia. Jones’s 92-run partnership with Nat Sciver won the semi-final against India but in the big one only Danni Wyatt and Heather Knight reached double figures. Australia cantered home with 29 balls to spare.“We watched it and reviewed our batting the other week, which was horrible,” Jones says. “There’s lots of learning there and it will only make us stronger.”On a personal level the tournament was another example of Jones having a clear run batting at the top of the order and keeping wicket. “I’ve been to a lot of World Cups running drinks and playing the odd game, so it was brilliant to know I had a run and had a regular role. I loved it. England squeeze home against India after Katherine Brunt’s five-wicket haul features Women’s cricket I’ve been to a lot of World Cups running drinks … it was brilliant to know I had a run and a regular role. I loved it Since you’re here… Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Being back-up to the best wicketkeeper in the world must be a tricky business. When you do get a chance to take the gloves, you know that it will be only for a short while, that the No 1 will be back soon.Amy Jones is in exactly that situation. With the three one-day internationals against India completed, Sarah Taylor will fly home as she continues to manage her anxiety problems, which means Jones will keep in the Twenty20 matches, then for another six fixtures when the team move on to Sri Lanka later this month. 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Martino getting Mexico details right with Liga MX tour

first_imgIf you haven’t seen Tata Martino lately, you haven’t been looking.It’s been easier to find Martino than to spot Waldo in the last few weeks. Each weekend, the new Mexico manager has taken in at least one Liga MX game in person. Often, like he did this past weekend, he’s been to multiple contests.The new El Tri boss is on a tour of Liga MX stadiums, meeting with team owners, sporting directors and coaches as he embarks upon what Mexico fans are hoping is a long, successful journey. The journey can’t start until Martino has established relationships with the many figures who make up the Mexican sportocracy.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? So he’s traveled to Guadalajara to visit Chivas and Atlas. He went to Torreon and toured Santos Laguna’s facilities. He’s been to Toluca and already knows his way around the Estadio Azteca after taking in a pair of games there. Sunday he was at Pumas, watching as they drew with Monterrey.His predecessor, Juan Carlos Osorio, did the same and often was spotted at league matches. While fans never took to Osorio, that the Colombian coach kept his job after an embarrassing 7-0 drubbing by Chile in the 2016 Copa America Centenario showed how he had earned the trust of Mexico’s directors and even club team owners. It’s a nice plus to win over the outsiders. It’s an absolute must to earn trust from the insiders.Martino has made that his priority. The visits to players playing in Europe will come later. So too will a glimpse at the enormous fan base in the United States, when he speaks at a news conference and mingles with fans in Los Angeles on Thursday. But those things are given. Fans will show up in the U.S. And, on the field, Martino is going to call up the red-hot Raul Jimenez. He’s going to call up Hirving Lozano, the best Mexican player at the moment, and Erick Gutierrez and Diego Lainez and all the others. What’s less certain is how he’ll take to the wild world of Mexican soccer, where club owners and directors have an outsized influence on what happens at the national team level. So far, he’s chatted with Chivas director Jose Luis Higuera, spoken to Santos owner Alejandro Irarragorri and met with other power brokers in his various stops. Tuesday he was back in the federation headquarters taking care of more business.Tata Martino MexicoThose relationships could be key when Martino starts really getting to work. In a few weeks, he’ll name his first Mexico roster, the only time before Gold Cup warm-ups he’ll be able to call in a squad. Again, the Europe-based players are pretty much locks. That only accounts for a little over half the roster, though. The other half will need to be filled by domestic-based players. Martino has some familiarity with Liga MX, but he’s getting a close look at many of these players for the first time. Going to watch these games isn’t simply about glad-handing and making connections. While that’s an important part, he also is accumulating valuable information about the players who may make up part of his Gold Cup team. He has decisions to make about which veteran players to take or which young Liga MX players to take a chance on. This is a coach who is concerned about the details. So far, with his tour of Liga MX, he’s getting the details right. It would’ve been easy to overlook the small things, but Martino is showing he understands what he’s getting himself into.The on-field results will determine how Martino goes down in Mexico national team history, but the off-field moments are ones that can cause coaches to pull their hair out. He’s off to a good start with the logistics, now it’s time to do what he loves most and actually coach.last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Cape Breton Regional Municipality

first_img -30- Local Area Office: 902-563-3377 Fax: 902-563-3379 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 223 Route 223 has a partial lane closure for road repairs from Highway 125 westerly for 6.5 kilometres. The work continues until Monday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons and a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.last_img

Terry Wogan To Be Honored At Evening With The Stars

first_imgJoin guest of honour Sir Terry Wogan and MC Jon Culshaw for a spectacular evening with the stars in aid of BBC Children in Need at Grosvenor House Hotel, London, in October.This superb evening is a real ‘A list’ event and your chance to rub shoulders with the many stars who attend, as well as enjoying some first class entertainment. As a feature this year, stars from the world of sport will be taking on the challenge of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.The event takes place on October 28. For more information, click here.last_img

UN emergency aid reaches Pakistanis uprooted by conflict

9 February 2009Several United Nations agencies have begun delivering urgent humanitarian relief to thousands of people forced from their homes as a result of a military offensive against insurgents in Pakistan’s north-western Swat Valley region. Twelve truck loads of aid have been shipped to some 2,000 families displaced by the ongoing troop surge in the area bordering Afghanistan, UN spokesperson Michele Montas told the press today. The convoy of food and non-food assistance reached the outskirts of the Swat Valley safely at the weekend amid intensified fighting, which has severely affected an estimated 1.8 million people.“We have to provide life-saving support to the population dispersed within the conflict zone as well as those who manage to move beyond,” said UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Fikret Akcura.Mr. Akcura noted that since the internally displaced persons (IDPs) are expected to remain in makeshift camps for an extended period of time, the international community must look beyond immediate emergency relief. “We have to cover such needs as education to children, literacy classes and skills development to [the] adult population so that they return as empowered citizens to their homes, once the conflict ends,” he stressed. The relief supplies, including food, shelter materials, clothing, kitchen utensils as well as water and sanitation facilities, were provided to the displaced by the World Food Programme (WFP), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the World Health Organization (WHO). read more

Gold bars smuggled from Sri Lanka seized in TN

Gold bars weighing about 16 kg smuggled from Sri Lanka and valued at around Indian Rs 5 crore, were seized from two persons near Pamban in Tamil Nadu yesterday, the Press Trust of India reported.Acting on a tip-off, DRI sleuths intercepted two persons on a bike near Pamban and confiscated 16 kgs of gold smuggled from Sri Lanka, from them, the Police said. The duo hailing from this district have been detained for interrogation.

Mahinda holds talks with former Japanese Prime Minister

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had talks with former Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama in Tokyo.Rajapaksa’s office said that the talks were based on the current developments in Sri Lanka as well relations between both countries. Both sides also discussed regional and international issues.Rajapaksa is currently in Japan with a delegation from the joint opposition. (Colombo Gazette)

Urgent aid needed for Ethiopia as Sudans polio outbreak crosses borders UN

A polio outbreak in Sudan had paralyzed 132 Sudanese children since last May and late last month the World Health Organization (WHO) found the same genetic variant in two cases in Ethiopia, WHO and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said.The two agencies said they planned to inoculate 14.7 million Ethiopian children younger than 5 during the campaign, as part of their 18-year effort to eradicate the disease globally by the end of the year. Ethiopia had been polio-free since 2001, they added.The response to the Sudanese outbreak was to immunize children in Ethiopia’s Tigray area and the districts at highest risk in the first week of March and to deploy 100,000 health workers and trained volunteers door to door to administer the oral vaccine on National Immunization Days (NIDs) in the second week of April and the first week in May, they said. read more

Soaring temperatures and dry winds hamper Australia firefighting effort

first_imgFIREFIGHTERS IN AUSTRALIA have been battling hot, dry winds and soaring temperatures, as they fight new blazes amid a week-long bushfire disaster that shows no signs of easing.As the crisis entered its seventh day, at least 65 fires were raging across the state of New South Wales with 18 of them uncontained and warnings again issued for people to leave their homes or be extra vigilant.“On days like today, minutes really matter,” NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said, with the focus again on the Blue Mountains region west of Sydney, a popular tourist area home to 75,000 people where three huge infernos have been burning for days.One of them, in Springwood where more than 100 homes were lost last week, was upgraded to the highest “emergency” level.But fires were also breaking out elsewhere around the vast state with a blaze at Minmi near Newcastle, north of Sydney, which was deemed an “emergency” as it closed the main freeway that links the two cities and sparked traffic chaos.“If you are Minmi, follow your survival plan. If your plan is to leave, leave now,” the RFS said.Another blaze at Colo, to the northwest of Sydney, was burning aggressively with water-bombing aircraft attempting to bring it under control, although the high winds were hampering the effort.“It’s a very fluid situation. It’s a very dynamic situation,” said the fire chief.Jennifer Schweinsberg and her son David walk around the back yard of their destroyed family home in Sunny Ridge Drive [AP Photo/Rob Griffith]So far more than 120,000 hectares of land has been burnt across the state and more than 200 homes destroyed. But only one person has died as residents heed advice to either flee or head to evacuation centres.Temperatures were at the mid-30 degrees Celsius range today, and coupled with low humidity and forecast wind gusts of up to 100 kilometres per hour, the fire chief called the conditions “as bad as it gets”.Drizzle overnight “settled down firegrounds” but it also hampered the mostly volunteer crews fighting the blazes.“Whilst that is some welcome relief in terms of moderating the current fire behaviour, it has compromised considerably the ability to continue with the backburning operations that were planned throughout the evening,” Fitzsimmons said.A firetruck drives past a roadside sign outside Bilpin [Rob Griffith/AP/Press Association Images]Backburning is a tactic aimed at creating firebreaks to control the path of blazes.This had been a key focus of operations ahead of today, but the light rain meant many firefighters had to be withdrawn from forest trails due to fears that their trucks could get bogged down.Much of the dampness has dried out and Fitzsimmons said: “We’re seeing the winds strengthen and that’s resulting in fire activity starting to be generated. As we speak we’re identifying a number of new fires.”He added: “What can’t be denied is there is something like 1,600 kilometres (992 miles) of fire perimeter that we’re dealing with. Now, that’s all active to one degree or another.“No one knows where that fire activity will stir up under today’s weather.”NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell drove home the message, saying regardless of what happens today “we’re not out of the woods yet”.He also said reports were filtering in of people trying to cash in other people’s misery, with one landlord hiking up the rent for his property in the Blue Mountains because of demand with so many homes already lost.“It is just as gut-wrenching to hear this story as it is to hear of reports that 11-year-old children have lit fires or that there has been alleged reports of looting,” he told Fairfax Media.“The last week has been characterised by communities and volunteers coming together to fight fires and support people and then you are pulled up by these acts of what I describe as ‘bastardry’.”© AFPRead: Reports of looting as Australian wildfires rageRead: Hollande tells Obama of “deep disapproval” over US spyinglast_img read more

A sick bureaucratic monster Department slammed after disability payments axed

first_imgTHE DECISION BY the Department of Health to axe two allowances for people with disabilities has been described as “appalling” by The Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI)In a statement last night the Department confirmed that the 4,700 people who receive a Mobility Allowance and 300 people who receive a Motorised Transport Grant will no longer receive these payments and will instead receive an alternative that is yet to be devised.“It is important to note that the decision is in no way intended to save costs and the funding involved in the two schemes (€10.6 million) remains committed to meeting the transport needs of relevant people,” the Department said.Both schemes have been closed to new entrants after the Department accepted that the two schemes – which barred entrants who are over 65 – were in breach of equality law – following a finding by the Ombusdsman Emily O’Reilly – but it said it would be too costly to widen both schemes.DFI chief executive John Dolan told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that the news last night had come “out of the blue” and said the discontinuation of both schemes “strikes at the heart of people who are already struggling to make ends meet”.Dolan said there had been “no consultation, no engagement” on the matter with disability groups.He said that the Department of Health had been in contact with the Ombudsman about the breach of the Equal Status Act that the two payments created for the last four years but that no action to correct this anomaly had been taken.He said that the Department of Health is a “sick bureaucratic monster” which is taking a “Bart Simpson approach”.Dolan said the Department’s attitude was: “It’s always someone else’s fault that we have to screw people with disabilities to the floor.”Read: Government to axe Mobility Allowance and Motorised Transport GrantPreviously: Department of Health ‘illegally’ put age limit on disability allowancelast_img read more

Wine may soon have your Android device running Windows apps

first_imgIn the very near future, you may be able to run a whole bevy of Windows applications on your favorite Android device — thanks to the work of the Wine development team. Project lead Alexandre Julliard showed off his crew’s progress recently at the annual FOSDEM conference in Brussels.During his demonstration, Julliard’s used a Macbook running OS X to run Android in a virtual machine which was then used to run a Windows app using Wine. It’s not that firing up an Android-based HDMI stick PC on a projector would have been too direct a route to take. Wine doesn’t yet run on ARM-based processors, but that’s currently being addressed, too.Getting Wine to run on Android is only one part of the process. There aren’t a lot of Android devices on the market that run x86 processors, after all. Intel’s Medfield-based phones are some of the select few. Just about everything else out there runs an ARM chip, so it’s imperative that Wine be just as happy running on processors like Tegra, Snapdragon, and Exynos if the jump to Android is to have any significant impact.Julliard and his team have a long way to go before Wine on Android is ready for prime time. It’s still early days, and aspects like application support and general performance will still require loads of attention from the developers.Once Wine is ready, however, it will make a great addition to devices like the Android HDMI stick PCs that have exploded in popularity in recent months. It will also be important to temper your expectations. Wine is great at getting certain apps to run on Linux, and not so great with others. And if you’re planning on using Wine to fire up something like Photoshop or Microsoft Office on your Nexus 7 you’ll need to be prepared to deal with sluggishness and a UX that was never designed with touch interaction in mind.More at Phoronixlast_img read more