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November 18, 2019
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Throat Injury Sidelines Lundqvist

first_imgNEW YORK — Star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers will miss at least three weeks after being hit in the throat by a shot last weekend.The Rangers said that Lundqvist sustained a vascular injury on Jan. 31. The team said it is talking to medical experts about his recovery.Lundqvist was hurt when he was struck by a shot from Carolina’s Brad Malone in the second period at Madison Square Garden.The three-time All-Star goalie was knocked backward onto the ice and kicked his legs, and the training staff checked him. Lundqvist stayed in the game and finished with 31 saves as the Rangers won.The 32-year-old Lundqvist made 33 saves Feb. 2 in a win over Florida. He sat out Feb. 4 and backup Cam Talbot played the whole way in a victory over Boston.The Rangers also have brought up 20-year-old goaltender Mackenzie Skapski from Hartford of the AHL, just in case.Lundqvist is 25-11-3 with a 2.25 goals-against average this season. The Rangers are tied with Washington for third place in the Metropolitan Division.Lundqvist has played in three Olympics for Sweden. He is in the midst of a $59.5 million, seven-year contract that runs through the 2020-21 season.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

November 18, 2019
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Let The March Madness Begin!

first_imgThursday marks something of a national holiday for American sports fans, when office productivity plummets. The NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship, better known as March Madness or the Big Dance, begins in earnest.A few play-in games have already happened, but Thursday and Friday feature the real opening extravaganza: 16 games each day, from noon to midnight.The single-elimination tournament means every game is a must-win for all 68 schools, producing tense, dramatic finishes. Upsets are eagerly anticipated as elites like Kentucky fend off unknowns trying to spark an improbable run and become the next tournament darling, like last year’s Dayton.Fanatics, novices and even President Barack Obama are trying to predict the winners of every game of every round by completing an estimated 70 million tournament brackets, according to the American Gaming Association — that’s more brackets completed than votes cast in the last presidential election. Here’s a brief explanation of how a basketball tournament transcended sports to become a national craze:MADNESS FROM THE STARTCollege basketball has long filled the gap in the American sports calendar when baseball and football are dormant. In 1939, Oregon beat Ohio State in the inaugural eight-team tournament.It seems modest now, but it was a risky venture: a year earlier the rival National Invitational Tournament had begun at New York’s old Madison Square Garden, already the most famous venue in basketball.The two tournaments competed for years, before the NCAA, as college sports’ governing body, managed to force member schools to participate in its tournament if they were invited (the NIT still exists as a consolation tournament).The NCAA field kept growing as TV coverage spurred interest, so more spots were given to smaller schools. The potential for a David to slay a Goliath set the stage for what remains the most-watched basketball game ever: the 1979 final pitting little-known Indiana State, led by Larry Bird, against powerhouse Michigan State, led by Magic Johnson.A quarter of U.S. homes tuned in for the classic game that transformed Bird and Johnson into rival superstars and catapulted college basketball into the American consciousness.THE BIG DANCE GETS BIGGERThe fledgling ESPN cable network began broadcasting the tournament’s oft-ignored early rounds in 1980, giving national exposure to lesser-known schools. CBS popularized the term “March Madness” through the 1980s as unlikely champions like North Carolina State and Villanova captivated Americans.TV ratings skyrocketed, and so did revenue for the NCAA. In 2013, according to the latest figures available from Kantar Media, TV advertising revenue was a staggering $1.15 billion, more than even the NFL playoffs and Super Bowl (though pro football, by far the most popular American sport, has far fewer postseason games).This year, 68 schools play in 14 venues across the U.S. Every game will be on TV and streaming online. The champion must win six games as the field winnows, from the Sweet 16 to the Elite Eight to the Final Four. The semifinals and championship will be played April 4-6 in a football stadium in Indianapolis.AN AMERICAN OBSESSION: BRACKETS! UPSETS!Fans competing in online bracket pools — often for money, though that’s technically illegal — have up until the moment the first game tips shortly after noon Eastern (0400 GMT) Thursday.Brackets will be busted by unpredictable upsets, like tiny Mercer’s dethroning of Duke last year. One of the most famous upsets was achieved in 2001 by Hampton.Who does Kentucky, this tournament’s overwhelming favorite, play in its first game? Hampton. That game just happens to be scheduled for prime-time on March 20. Kentucky is favored to win by 32 points, according to oddsmakers. But in March, anything is possible.(RICK FREEMAN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

November 18, 2019
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US Women Win Water Polo Title

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares KAZAN, Russia — The United States women’s water polo team won the world championship title Aug. 7 for the first time since 2009, beating the Netherlands 5-4 in the gold medal game.With two goals from tournament MVP Rachel Fattal and a dominant goalkeeping performance from Ashleigh Johnson, who stopped 12-of-16 shots with lightning reactions, the win puts the U.S. in a strong position as it prepares to try to retain its Olympic title next year.“Our defense was nailed and it led to our offense,” Fattal said. “We have an amazing goalie behind us, you can trust her completely. … It’s so much fun to play like that.”The U.S. has retained only four players from the 2012 Olympic triumph as it brings through young talent for next year’s games in Rio de Janeiro.“This is a new team and it was my dream to step up,” Johnson said. She made a mistake when allowing Miloushka Smit’s opening goal for the Netherlands in the first quarter, and said the desire “to fix what I did wrong” fired her up for big saves later, including on a penalty shot.Smit’s goal gave the Dutch a 1-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, before Fattal and 17-year-old Maddie Musselman responded with goals for the U.S. and Lieke Klaassen of the Netherlands tied up the game for halftime.Another Fattal goal in the third was canceled out by Maud Megens for the Dutch before Kiley Neushul and Courtney Mathewson made it 5-3 to the U.S.The Americans kept it tight in the final quarter under heavy Dutch pressure and, although Megens made it 5-4 with a bouncing shot, Johnson and the U.S. defense preserved the lead.After the U.S. win quieted a Russian crowd that strongly supported the Netherlands, head coach Adam Krikorian joined his players in the pool to celebrate.The U.S. had started the tournament slowly, losing 10-9 to Italy in the group stage, something which Krikorian said had provided extra motivation.“It gave us a big wake-up call, and ever since then, we’ve been really, really tough defensively and that was the difference in the game today,” he said. “We were excited, focused and our intensity on the defensive side of the ball was incredible.”For the Dutch, silver is a good result in the country’s first world championship final since 1998, said goalkeeper Laura Aarts.“When the game ends, you’re really sad because you lost the game, but if I look back now I’m really proud,” she said. “We are a really young team and we did a great job.”Earlier, Italy won the bronze 5-4 on penalties after tying 7-7 with Australia.Arianna Garibotti scored the winning penalty after goalkeeper Giulia Gorlero had saved a shot from Australia’s Hannah Buckling. In regulation time, Tania di Mario led the Italians with three goals.last_img read more

November 18, 2019
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Olympiacos Past Milan in Italy’s Thriller Game

first_imgMILAN – In a thriller that went down to the last shot, Olympiacos Piraeus escaped with an 85-86 victory over AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan as a former player for the hosts came up with the last of many big plays.Olympiacos improved to 7-2 to retain a share of first place, while Milan fell to 3-6 when Curtis Jerrells failed to connect with the game’s final shot. Jamel McLean led Olympiacos with 22 points and 7 rebounds against his old team, including a three-point play with 46 seconds left that provided the game’s final points, Euroleague reports.Brian Roberts followed him with 18 points, while Janis Strelnieks scored 14 and Kostas Papanikolaou 11 for the winners. Milan got 20 points from Jordan Theodore and a double-double of 19 and 10 rebounds from Arturas Gudaitis.Vladimir Micov added 15 points while Cory Jefferson had 10 and Kaleb Tarczewski had as many rebounds. A game full of ties and lead-changes saw Olympiacos lead by 53-63 in the third quarter, only for Milan to go ahead twice in the last 1:46 on driving layups by Theodore.McLean answered both and added a free throw on the second of those baskets to take the win from the team he played for the last two seasons.Read Euroleague’s full report and see the highlights here.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

November 18, 2019
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Greece’s Tsitsipas Climbs to No5 in ATP’s World Rankings

first_imgGreek tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas climbed one place in the ATP world rankings reaching No5 (4,045 pts) leaving behind him Japanese Kei Nishikori and German Alexander Zverev.Novak Djokovic is at the top of the list followed by Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the second and third place respectively.On her part, Maria Sakkari is 32nd in the WTA world rankings with 1,670 ptsTweetPinShare8484 Shareslast_img

November 18, 2019
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In Venezuela, Young Baseball Players Still Have Big Dreams

first_imgCARACAS, Venezuela — More than 100 boys train daily on a baseball field next to the biggest slum in Caracas, using old bats, balls and gloves in hopes of achieving the ultimate goal: a professional baseball career in the United States and an escape from Venezuela’s hardship.Chances are small, and getting remoter. Major League Baseball’s teams have shut down their academies in Venezuela and no longer send scouts. Sometimes, local trainers say, a player faints on the field because he hasn’t had enough to eat, a sign of how nationwide shortages of food, medicine and other necessities inflict a heavy toll.A junior team from Maracaibo is participating this week in the Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Two Venezuelan pro players, Rougned Odor of the Texas Rangers and Ender Inciarte of the Atlanta Braves, donated funds for the trip.Still, there is a precedent for youthful ambitions. Venezuela was an incubator of major league stars like Miguel Cabrera and Felix Hernández, and the flair is still there. Another young Venezuelan team arrived two hours before their first game at a tournament in Mexico and ended up winning the whole contest.“My dream came true,” said Diego Gutiérrez, a 10-year-old on the Cacique Mara team that won the junior Latin America title this month. He spoke to The Associated Press by telephone from Maracaibo, a Venezuelan city hit hard by power cuts, gasoline scarcity and other problems.The team’s victory was a bright spot for a country more accustomed to news about political conflict and economic turmoil.The 14 players barely made it to the tournament because they didn’t have money to buy plane tickets. Daniel Gutiérrez, Diego’s father and head of the junior team, took the boys and some family members anyway on a 10-hour bus journey to Caracas in late July in hopes of securing financial supportRed Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodríguez got involved with little time to spare, buying tickets after learning about the team’s plight.“I saw it on Instagram and sent them a text and asked: ‘How can I help you guys to make the dream come true for the kids?’ They said they needed money for the flight,” Rodríguez told AP.“I know how it is,” he said. “When I was a kid, I had a lot of invitations to play in some competitions, but I didn’t have the money to go there so I know how it feels, so that’s why I did it.”Another Venezuelan major leaguer, Jhoulys Chacín of the Milwaukee Brewers, also donated money for the trip. Venezuela’s sports ministry and the Panamanian airline Copa then gave support.Boys run hard, lift weights, bat and pitch in the heat on the baseball field at the Petare slum in Caracas. But strains are evident.“It’s sad to see that the number of boys attending has dropped a lot,” said trainer Nelson Castro, who has coached for decades and shaped future stars, including Armando Galarraga.Another coach, Pedro Quero, said players used to eat well, providing a strong base for them to hone their talents. It’s different now.“We’re seeing a lot of food that doesn’t help with the boys’ nutrition,” Quero said. “The kids aren’t growing well.”Poor nutrition has forced Venezuelan baseball academies with limited resources to try to provide better food, including protein, to make up for diet deficiencies, he said.Juan José Escobar, a Caracas resident, watched as his 3-year-old son ran around cones during a speed and stamina exercise at the baseball field. Escobar said another son, 18-year-old Anthony, signed with the Minnesota Twins two years ago, just before Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis got much worse.The older son’s good fortune “was a blessing because, the way things are in the country, you can’t even give your child a good education,” Escobar said.Diego Gutiérrez, the young player who was on the winning team in Mexico, started playing baseball when he was 3, helped by his father. His new dream is to play for a major league team in the United States.Right now, the 10-year-old is bursting with gratitude toward Rodríguez of the Red Sox for helping his team.“Now he knows us,” the boy said.___By FABIOLA SANCHEZ Associated PressAssociated Press journalist Ken Powtak in Boston contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

November 18, 2019
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Silicon Labs: PoE ICs target IP cameras, wireless access points, IP phones and smart lighting

first_imgSilicon Labs has released two new Power over Ethernet (PoE) Powered Device families delivering best-in-class integration and efficiency for a wide range of Internet of Things applications. Silicon Labs’ Si3406x and Si3404 families include all necessary high-voltage discrete components on a single PD chip. The new PD ICs support IEEE 802.3 at PoE+ power capabilities, flexible power conversion options exceeding 90 percent efficiency, robust sleep/wake/LED support modes and superior EMI immunity. These capabilities help developers reduce system cost and time to market for high-power, high-efficiency PoE PD applications.The Si3406x ICs integrate all power management and control functions required for a PoE+ PD application, converting the high voltage supplied over a 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet connection to a regulated, low-voltage output supply. The optimized architecture minimizes PCB footprint and external BOM cost by enabling the use of economical external components while maintaining high performance.Complementing the Si3406x family, the Si3404 IC offers cost-effective, 802.3 Type 1 compliant support for lower power 15 W PoE PD applications. The Si3404 includes all interface and control functions required for low-power PD applications in a very small footprint.The Si3406x ICs integrate diode bridges and a transient surge suppressor, enabling direct connection to an Ethernet RJ-45 connector. The regulator’s switching frequency is tunable with a simple external resistor value to avoid unwanted harmonics. An integrated synchronous driver can control a secondary side field effect transistor to improve power conversion efficiency. Connection to a PSE switch is maintained during sleep mode by an automated maintain-power-signature feature.The Si3406x family’s current-mode-controlled switching regulator supports multiple isolated and non-isolated power supply topologies. The regulator is complemented by an integrated power switching FET. This flexibility, along with Silicon Labs’ comprehensive PoE PD reference designs, makes it easier for developers to deploy critical power supply subsystems.Samples and production quantities of the Si3406x ICs are available now in low-profile, 5 x 5 mm QFN packages, and the Si3404 device is available now in a low-profile, 4 x 4 mm QFN package. To help developers reduce development time and cost, Silicon Labs offers a range of isolated and non-isolated Class 2-4 evaluation kits.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous SINTRONES: ABOX-5100 series delivers GPU acceleration with a small footprintNext Wibu-Systems: CodeMeter provides secure storage for SGX native enclaveslast_img read more

November 18, 2019
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EKF: PCIe x8 carrier for XMC-style mezzanine module

first_imgEKF presents the EK4-WALTZ, a CompactPCI Express (aka PXI Express) carrier card for an XMC-style mezzanine module. While maintaining the form factor of PMC cards, XMC modules are provided with a PCI Express interface. The EK4-WALTZ can be combined together with XMC mezzanine cards up to 74x149mm2 (full length).The EK4-WALTZ is equipped with PCI Express Gen3 redrivers for optimum high-speed signal integrity, and must be installed into a suitable peripheral slot of a CompactPCI Express backplane. The board enables system integration of special functions which are not available as CompactPCI Express card, e.g. FPGA IP based solutions.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Lanner: scalable 10G NIC modules for performance boost and connectivity enhancementNext A fresh look at embedding a web serverlast_img read more

November 18, 2019
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Industrial Internet Consortium and OpenFog Consortium join forces

first_imgThe Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and the OpenFog Consortium (OpenFog) announced that they have agreed in principle to combine the two largest and most influential international consortia in Industrial IoT, fog and edge computing. The move will bring OpenFog members into the IIC organization at a time when their complementary areas of technology are emerging in the mainstream.  The combined memberships will continue to drive the momentum of the Industrial Internet including the development and promotion of industry guidance and best practices for fog and edge computing. The organizations expect the details to be finalized in early 2019. The Industrial Internet Consortium is the world’s leading membership program transforming business and society by accelerating the Industrial Internet of Things. The OpenFog Consortium was founded to advance fog computing and address bandwidth, latency and communications challenges associated with IoT, 5G and AI applications.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules, Chips & Components, Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Three techniques for measuring application performance improvementNext ams shows why ‘Sensing is life’ at CESlast_img read more

November 18, 2019
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Lanner to upgrade network appliances with 2nd gen Intel Xeon

first_imgTo meet the demanding workloads of network computing and data processing at the edge of the network and cloud datacenter, Lanner will adopt the server-based, 2nd generation Intel Xeon Scalable Family Processors on Lanner’s flagship network appliances, including NCA-6210, NCA-5710, NCA-5520 and FX-3230. Featuring improved turbo performance, integrated security and unprecedented memory bandwidth, the upgrades will empower Lanner network appliances to perform today’s advanced network computing applications, including enterprise network security, intelligent video analytics, low latency communications and visual content delivery.Lanner offers a complete portfolio of network platforms powered by the 2nd-Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors, delivering high-end network computing performance and ultra throughputs. Our network appliances powered by Intel Xeon Scalable processors come with a wide selection, including 1U and 2U form factors, single or dual sockets CPU, 4 or 8 NIC modules and HDD expansion capability.The all-new 2nd generation Intel Xeon Scalable Family processors feature up to 28 cores per processor, Intel AVX-512 instructions and integrated hardware-based security packs like Intel QuickAssist Technology (Intel QAT). Intel Xeon Scalable Processors with Intel C620 Series Chipsets are optimized for data centric workloads such as visual content delivery and data compression and cryptography across servers, and the latest Intel Xeon Scalable processors now features higher frequencies with up to 4.4GHZ turbo boost, delivering up to 35% total performance improvement over previous generation.Memory wise, the adoption of the 2nd generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors will not only provide full support of DDR4 up to 2,933MHz, but also support Intel Optane DC persistent memory, an innovative memory technology that integrates large capacity, low-latency persistence and high reliability with enhanced performance for data-intensive applications.To accelerate the deployment of next-gen visual content delivery, Lanner and Intel are collaborating to verify NCA-6210 as an Intel Select Solution for Visual Cloud Content Delivery. This solution optimizes critical cloud workloads by enabling robust, high-performance video transcoding and analytics while reducing the latency for immersive media enhancement, targeting at AR/VR applications and is pin-to-pin compatible with its first-generation predecessor.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Employing energy harvesting in wearable medical device designsNext Enhancing quality in software development for critical systemslast_img read more

November 18, 2019
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Why DSPs are suddenly everywhere

first_imgWhen ARM CPU cores were first validated though adoption by some of the premier names in computing including Apple, usage exploded especially for mobile applications. In retrospect the advantage was obvious – any device could be made much more flexible and feature-rich with an embedded processor. At the same time, that capability could be upgraded in software: A single hardware platform could drive multiple product releases through software-only upgrades.(Source: CEVA)These compute engines are very flexible and are perfect for many of the management and general-purpose compute tasks in our smartphones and other mobile products, but that generality comes with a drawback. There are certain operations which on a general-purpose computer would run far too slowly and consume far too much power to be practical. The modem in the wireless communication part of your smartphone was an early example. This has to process radio signals in real-time, dealing in each case not with the familiar digital words and bits used inside the computing part of the phone, but rather with a digitized version of the continuously varying analog signals used in radio transmission and reception.Digital signal processors (DSPs) are designed for this kind of analysis. They have the built-in floating-point representation needed for digitized signals and they have strong support for the math functions needed in signal processing, such as multiple-accumulate (MAC) functions. They’re also optimized to process streaming data, rather than the more batch-oriented processing common in conventional compute, an essential feature in this case for handling continuous radio transmission and reception.Audio processing needs share many of the same features seen in wireless signal processing. This application of DSPs became common in high-end audio applications such as equalization and range compression (for example Dolby compression), then increasingly in functions like the noise cancelling headphones which allow you to sleep undisturbed during your flight.Then AI took off, initially only in datacenters but now more and more in mobile and other edge applications. Our cars can now detect pedestrians and potential collisions, and they can detect lane markings to guide steering in a basic form of self-driving. We can control our TVs or our smart speakers through voice commands, to find a song or a movie or lower or raise volume. We can even control the GoPro on our bike safety helmet through voice commands to start or stop taking pictures.All of these capabilities depend on processing streaming data (voice) or images (camera still images) or possibly both (video), each in real-time or very close to real-time. Look first at audio processing. First you need to capture a high-quality streaming audio signal – through audio beamforming from multiple microphones, echo cancellation and noise suppression – all areas where there are already years of experience in DSP implementations.Then you must recognize commands using a trained neural network, the basis of almost all of these AI techniques. These algorithms look very different from those you would run on a CPU; and while they can run on a CPU, they would be slow and run down the battery quickly. A better approach is to program the neural net on an architecture which offers a high level of parallelism, allowing many computations to run at the same time rather than serially as on a CPU. This is another core strength of a DSP – parallelism in computation.You might wonder if, despite all these advantages, DSPs may be simply too complex to use to be adopted by anyone other than the specialists who have no choice but to use them. Certainly they’re not quite as simple to use as CPUs but the differences are not so big. You write C-code for both, though you need to be a little more thoughtful in the code you write for a DSP to get full advantage of performance.(Source: CEVA)As for widespread adoption, every radio on your phone – Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and cellular – uses one or more DSPs. Bluetooth earbuds use DSPs, for the Bluetooth and also the audio. Many smart speakers use a DSPs. Voice controlled remotes use DSPs. Home security systems use DSPs to detect anomalous movement on cameras and unusual sounds such as a dog barking or breaking glass. Smart sensors in your car use DSPs to detect forward and backup hazards and to detect lane markings.Why not use GPUs for all these functions? GPUs are indeed very well-known especially for AI and have been widely used in data centers for neural net training. But they’re too big, too power hungry and too expensive for many edge applications. There’s a big push to move more AI functions to these devices for reasons of power, security and privacy. But these have to be very cost-effective solutions. In most cases there’s little appetite to add significantly to the cost of the total solution (car, TV, home security).Which is why embedded DSPs are getting everywhere. You can add voice control, object detection, audio quality control and much more to your product at a low cost and at low power and still with the flexibility of software programmability. They won’t replace CPUs for management and general processing, but it looks like they’re taking over everything to do with smart audio and video/imaging.This blog is the first in a series and continues with the next post: “When a DSP beats a hardware accelerator”.Guy Givoni works with CEVA Inc. Customer Solution Group as Architecture and VLSI Expert. Guy brings with him 10 years of multi-disciplinary experience, in Software development, Hardware design, micro and macro Architecture developing, and System Architecture and integration. In his current position Guy is dedicated to guide and elevate CEVA’s customer to achieve peak competitive performance, improving their System Design and Integration, Hardware implementation, and Software over Hardware design. Guy holds a B.Sc. in Computer Engineering from Bar-Ilan University and an MBA from Tel-Aviv University. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Industrial IoT security builds on hardwareNext Tiny neural network model fits in edge devices for re-identification video applicationslast_img read more

November 17, 2019
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Enforced silence marks China’s anniversary of Liu Xiaobo’s death

first_img\R Beijing, Jul 13 (AFP) People around the world marked the one year anniversary of Chinese Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo’s death today with black ribbons, statements and performance art.But in China, authorities moved to quash any public commemoration of the democracy activist’s demise, muzzling his friends and family with warnings, enforced travel orders and surveillance.The crackdown comes as his widow Liu Xia, 57, tasted her first few days of freedom after eight years under de facto house arrest.She left Beijing for Berlin Tuesday, escaping the fifth-floor apartment where, despite having never been charged with a crime, plainclothes men had monitored her every move since her husband was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010, outraging China’s ruling Communist party.A veteran of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, he died from liver cancer last summer while serving an 11-year sentence for “subversion” — making him the first Nobel winner to die in custody since Nazi Germany.He was cremated and his ashes scattered at sea — a decision supporters said at the time had been forced upon his family as a way to avoid creating a pilgrimage site where he could be remembered.Yet even if there had been a tomb to visit, his family would not have been able to go, according to Lu Siqing, who runs the Hong Kong-based website Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy.This morning, “public security warned [Liu’s] family members not to go to public places to pay their respects,” he wrote in a statement sent to AFP, citing a conversation with Liu’s sister-in-law Lin Wei.advertisementLiu’s friends in China had no more luck.”As far as I know, this year the majority of us [supporters] have been put under house arrest and under guard. At the moment we are all powerless to take action,” said his close friend Ye Du.”The police are downstairs watching right now,” he told AFP.Last year after Liu’s passing, activist Wei Xiaobing took part in a small, candle-lit memorial by the sea — and was subsequently detained for a month.Yesterday, he wrote on Facebook that ahead of the first anniversary, authorities had forcibly sent him from his residence in the southern city of Guangzhou back to his hometown of Chengdu.”Because I partook in a ceremony for a Nobel laureate… I’ve been tossed back and forth like this 10 or so times already” in the past year, he said, adding that his father had also been implicated and was now in “deathly despair”.It is a situation often faced by those close to people who have died under what the Communist regime considers politically sensitive circumstances.The Tiananmen Mothers, an association of parents who lost children when authorities sent tanks to crush peaceful demonstrations in Beijing on June 4, 1989, are also monitored, trailed or forced to travel when that controversial anniversary rolls around.Elsewhere, mourners have been free to mark the anniversary.In Hong Kong today, activists attached a picture of Liu to the wall outside the Chinese government’s office in the city. They also tied black ribbons to metal barriers, burned incense and threw paper money traditionally offered to the dead.At the Louvre Museum in Paris, Chinese cartoonist Badiucao organised a performance in which volunteers held up large cloth prints of the Mona Lisa sporting Liu Xia’s glasses and shaved haircut in front of the original painting itself.In Berlin, a large public memorial is planned, to be attended by Liu Xia’s close friend Liao Yiwu — who posted photos of the newly liberated poet grinning incandescently in a grassy backyard garden.”We cannot allow the Chinese government to erase Liu Xiaobo’s life and legacy,” US congressman Chris Smith, the co-chair of the American Congressional-Executive Commission on China, said yesterday.”In Liu Xiaobo’s honour we must unite to condemn Beijing’s efforts to silence all those who carry the torch of freedom in China.” (AFP) KISKISlast_img read more

November 17, 2019
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PV Sindhu focused on World Championships, Asian Games despite final losses

first_imgThis has been a year of near misses for PV Sindhu so far. Three finals in 2018 and three runners-up finishes, it has been heartbreaking for the 23-year-old.Despite the close final losses that was brought a lot of criticism her way, Sindhu is focused on going for gold again at the upcoming World Championships in China and Asian Games in Indonesia.Most recently, Sindhu reached the final of Thailand Open, where she lost in straight sets to Nozomi Okuhara of Japan. After falling short in the final of India Open and Commonwealth Games, this was Sindhu’s third loss in three finals this year.Sindhu, however, wanted to look at the learnings from those defeats instead of fretting over the fact that she could have won a title.”I know sometimes I have been losing in the finals. See there are always negatives and positives. When you lose in the quarterfinals or semifinals, you actually learn a lot from those mistakes. You play well but sometimes you can’t get through it,” Sindhu told PTI in an interview.Also read – Thailand Open: PV Sindhu loses to Nozomi Okuhara in final”It doesn’t bother me, because coming to the finals is the next best thing to winning, I mean losing in the first and second round is much worse, reaching the finals means anything can happen,” Sindhu said.Sindhu, along with the entire Indian team, will be leaving on Saturday for the World Championships in Nanjing, China beginning on July 30.”I really want to do well in the World Championships. I have been preparing well. Also there is the Asian games, which I want to do well in. It is going to be a tough draw in the World Championships, so I can’t take it easy,” she said.advertisementAlso read – Sindhu, Srikanth handed tough draws in BWF World Badminton Championships”It is not like that I can relax till the pre-quarterfinals. It is a draw of 64. I will play Fitriani in my first game. I have played her before. She is playing well and anything can happen.”Her epic final against Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara at Glasgow last year went down as one of the greatest matches of all time clocking 110 minutes and Sindhu may meet the defending champion in the quarterfinals.”I know everyone is talking about Nozomi and my match but I can’t afford to think so far ahead. Before that there is Sung Ji Hyun, who is not an easy player. Recently I have lost to her in Asia Badminton Championship, she has got good strokes and I can’t take her easy. So that round would be equally important,” she said.Remind her of the Glasgow final and Sindhu says: “I take that (match) in a positive way because it was a good game. She also played well. But it is over now and it is a new start and another new year of World Championships.”Also read – Srikanth, Sindhu and Saina retain places in latest BWF rankingsSindhu had played Okuhara in the finals of Thailand Open last week and she said it will help in her preparation if she needs to face her again in the World Championship.”Yes (it helps), everytime we have played, it has been very competitive in all the tournaments. She won at the Worlds, I won at Korea, then she beat me at Japan and I defeated her at the All England. So basically our game is equal and it is a matter of those crucial 2-3 points that has made a difference,” Sindhu said.Talking about Asian Games, Sindhu said: “Asian Games is going to be a tough one but I think the standard and quality will be like any other Super Series events. I mean apart from Carolina Marin, all the rest of the Asian players would be there, so it will be difficult.”Asked to rate her performance this year, Sindhu said: “I am happy with my progress. It’s been good so far. I am very happy that I could reach the finals in CWG and if I could have played well in the second game, it could have been three games.”I was a little bit tired as I had an ankle sprain but I came back and I took the silver in a positive way because I had won a bronze the last time, so I was happy to win the silver. Hopefully it will be a gold next time.”(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

November 17, 2019
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Pub govt releases Rs 5 lakh for Hakam Singh’s treatment

first_imgChandigarh, Aug 9 (PTI) Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh today ordered the release of Rs 5 lakh for the treatment of ailing Asiad Gold medal winner athlete Hakam Singh. The chief minister, who had earlier tweeted his concern, has directed the Barnala district administration to ensure all necessary assistance is available to the Dhyan Chand Award winner. Earlier, the CM had asked the deputy commissioner to visit the athlete. Hakam Singh is undergoing treatment for liver and kidney ailments, said an official spokesman. The former athlete, who had also served as havaldar in the 6 Sikh Regiment, was conferred the Dhyan Chand Award in 2008. A near fatal accident in 1981 had forced him to hang up his boots, marking an abrupt end to an illustrious sports career. On the day, the chief minister reiterated his government’s commitment to welfare of former sportspersons in the state. PTI CHS PTI INDINDlast_img read more

November 17, 2019
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Weightlifting: Chanu, Sathish, Ragul to miss World Championship

first_imgBy Aparajita Upadhyay New Delhi, Sep 18 (PTI) Senior weightlifters including defending champion Mirabai Chanu, Sathish Sivalingam and Venkat Rahul Ragala will miss this year’s World Championship opting to continue their rehabilitation program instead.The World Championship is one of the ten qualifying events for the 2020 Japan Olympics. India will be fielding its B team, consisting junior lifters, in the event scheduled to be held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan from November 1.”Senior players have not had the time to rest since the Commonwealth Games in April. After the CWG, they were supposed to attend a rehabilitation camp but things didn’t go as per plan,” National coach Vijay Sharma told PTI.”Some lifters went home, some went elsewhere. The players completely wasted about a month in this. The result was that they were unable to get the rest their body required. As a result, we had a dismal Asian Games outing. It was a major setback for us,” he said.India failed to win a single medal at the Asian Games this year. Ajay Singh and Sathish finished fifth and 10th respectively in the men’s 77kg category with the latter injuring himself in one of his attempts. Rakhi Halder (63kg), who was the only woman lifter representing India, was unable to register a lift, while Vikas Thakur finished eighth in the men’s 94kg category.”We need to focus on qualifying for the Olympics. It is important to set the team well. The lifters need to go through proper rehab before participating in any event. Most of the players have already started the program,” Sharma said.advertisementThe senior players will be seen in action at the Asian Championship to be held in China in April next year.”We are required to participate in any six of the 10 qualifying events. World championship is just one of them. After the World Championship, the next event will be the Asian Championship in China next year. We are targeting that event now.”Defending world champion Mirabai, who is in Mumbai undergoing treatment for her lower-back injury, will also join her fellow lifters in the rehabilitation camp.”The pain has reduced a little. The doctor said the injury happened due to excessive load. I have started light weight training,” Mirabai said.”Luckily, since past two weeks, Mira’s treatment has shown positive results. Her treatment is in sync with the training in Mumbai. She will resume proper training in October,” Sharma said.Mirabai was recommended for the country’s highest sporting honour — the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award while coach Sharma’s name was put forward by the selection committee for the Dronacharya award.”I am very happy that I’m receiving the Khel Ratna. I had an inkling that I will get it but with the Asian Games miss, I was not sure. My mother was very nervous for me, she kept on calling every hour to ask if I had heard something,” Mirabai said. Sharma was also elated.”I’m elated that I’m getting this award, that too in my first go. This was the first time I filed my nomination. Although the Asian Games performance was not good but I am glad that they decided to give it to me and I am happy for Mira as well,” Sharma said. PTI APA KHSKHSlast_img read more

November 17, 2019
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India vs Bangladesh Final, Asia Cup 2018: Bangladesh stand in the way of India’s 7th title

first_imgDefending champions India are the favourites to lift the Asia Cup trophy for the record seventh time when they face a confident Bangladesh in the final at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium here on Friday.For India, the last-ball draw against Afghanistan in their final Super Four encounter on Tuesday will serve as an eye opener despite all the top guns, including skipper Rohit Sharma and his in-form opening partner Shikhar Dhawan were rested for the inconsequential tie.Chasing a competitive 253, India under Mahendra Singh Dhoni got off to a flier from the new opening pair of Lokesh Rahul (60) and Ambati Rayudu (57) before a mini collapse, coupled with a few run-outs and umpiring errors, eventually resulted in a tie.India in Asia Cup finals: A short historyWith both Rohit and Shikhar set to return to the playing XI, and Rahul and Rayudu in equally top form, it will be interesting to see if the Indian team management decides to play Rahul in the middle order.After 12 matches, it all comes down to this in #AsiaCup2018!Will India defend their title or can Bangladesh seal their maiden Asia Cup trophy on Friday? #INDvBAN pic.twitter.com/eif0ooxliyAsianCricketCouncil (@ACCMedia1) September 27, 2018India clear favourites against charged-up Bangladesh in Asia Cup finalIn such a scenario, the axe could be either on Dinesh Karthik or Kedar Jadhav, but the latter’s part-time off-spinning ability gives him an upper hand.Going into the final, India, who made as many as five changes in their tie against Afghanistan, will be boosted by the return of the regulars, especially the new ball pair of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, who were dearly missed in the death overs.advertisementThe moment Tamim came out to bat with broken finger, my Asia Cup was won: MortazaIndia will also hold a psychological advantage over the Mashrafe Mortaza-led team after their seven-wicket win in their first Super Four tie of the ongoing Asia Cup.Re-live the thrilling moments of the historic tied match between India and Afghanistan from last night #INDvAFG #AsiaCup2018 pic.twitter.com/eC0CUrlVUcAsianCricketCouncil (@ACCMedia1) September 26, 2018India could be in for a surprise if they take Bangladesh lightly: Sunil GavaskarBangladesh, who defeated Pakistan in their do-or-die Super Four clash on Wednesday, will battle against all odds, including injuries to a few key players in their attempt to lift the trophy for the first time. Bangladesh finished runners-up twice — to Pakistan in 2012 and to India in 2016.There will always be rivalry between India and Bangladesh on field: Shikhar DhawanBangladesh also had been handicapped by injuries to some of their key players. On the opening day, opener Tamim Iqbal was ruled out with a wrist fracture, then the finger injury of experienced al-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has resurfaced again.”The moment Tamim entered the field against Sri Lanka as the last man to help Mushfiqur score those runs, my #AsiaCup was won.”Mashrafe Mortaza is proud of the way Bangladesh have made it to the final.https://t.co/l1D0hmyW19 pic.twitter.com/CZTNG2ziVzICC (@ICC) September 28, 2018Match prediction India vs Bangladesh Asia Cup Final: Predicted playing XI of India and BangladeshBut on the positive side, former skipper Mushfiqur Rahim, who is the second highest run-scorer in the tournament so far, belted a brilliant 99 against Pakistan to strengthen Bangladesh’s shaky middle order.India vs Bangladesh live streaming, 2018 Asia Cup final live telecast: Where to watch Ind vs Bang live streaming onlineThe bowling department will be once again spearheaded by the skipper Mortaza and left-armer Mustafizur Rahman. Mustafizur, who has been off-colour for most part of the tournament, came back to form against Pakistan when he scalped four wickets for 43 runs.India have been a stick above the rest in Asia Cup: Stephen FlemingIn the absence of the spin spearhead in Shakib, off-spinners Mehidy Hasan and Mahmudullah will be Mortaza’s go-to bowlers in the middle overs.Squads:India: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Manish Pandey, Siddarth Kaul, Lokesh Rahul and Deepak Chahar.Bangladesh: Masrafe Bin Mortaza (captain), Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Mithun, Litton Kumar Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Ariful Haque, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nazmul Islam Apu, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman and Abu Haider Rony.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more

November 17, 2019
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Hyderabad Test: How Umesh Yadav battled on despite Shardul setback

first_imgUmesh Yadav produced some exceptional bowling to snare three wickets on flat pitch at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Friday.Umesh returned with figures of 3/83 from 23 overs and that too without a pace partner. Shardul Thakur was forced to leave the field due to a groin strain after bowling just 10 deliveries and that too on debut.After bowling the fourth delivery of the fourth over, which the West Indian opener Kieran Powell guided it past backward point, Thakur was seen to be having considerable pain as he started hobbling.Hyderabad Test: Day 1 Highlights | Scorecard | Report | PhotosAt the post match press conference he said that he was prepared for a long haul after Thakur’s groin injury but confessed that it would have been easier if he was there.”Had Shardul been there, it would have been more help for the spinners. Like I got three wickets and if he could have chipped in with a couple, it would have only helped our team. But you can’t really do anything in these situations as this is part and parcel of the game,” Umesh said.READ – Shardul Thakur becomes India’s 294th Test cricketer and then walks off with groin injury”If he (Shardul) is not there, I will have to bowl his quota of overs too and I knew he was not going to come back. I didn’t want negativity to creep inside me that we are now one bowler short,” the Vidarbha pacer said.Umesh on Friday also joined the growing list of Indian players who have crititcised the ‘SG Test’ ball. Umesh said that bowlers are increasingly finding it difficult to bowl out oppositions with the old bowl despite making inroads with early wickets.advertisementRead – Another pitch invasion as fan breaches security to click selfie with Virat KohliIndia skipper Virat Kohli hasd advocated the use of hand-made Dukes from England before the start of the second Test.”If you are saying that lower order has scored runs, then you must realise that in India, with SG Test balls on these kind of flat tracks, you neither get pace nor bounce. So the option to use variations ends,” Umesh said.”So (with SG) all you can do is to bowl one spot but then you will realise that nothing is happening even off the pitch nor is it swinging. So when middle and lower order comes in they know that ball has become soft and it doesn’t come at a pace and batting becomes easier,” said Umesh.”Tail-enders know that it will neither swing nor reverse. You just have to wait for something to happen and keep trying. But you can’t really do it on such a big ground, the ones and twos keep coming. And West Indies’ game is like that only,” Umesh said.Umesh said his strategy was to go for wickets rather than trying to contain which was not the best option on a big ground.”I decided that I had to take a chance. If I also try to contain runs, it will be difficult as the partnership (Roston Chase-Jason Holder) will only get bigger. So my aim was to get as many wickets as possible and I just tried. So it was something different that I tried,” he said.Celebrating a wicket like #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/H6aFpeyj6JBCCI (@BCCI) October 12, 2018″The conditions (for batting) were good and we neither had conventional swing nor reverse. The wicket was flat and it was such a pitch where you couldn’t have contained runs. As much as you try, the scoreboard kept ticking as they got the singles and doubles,” he said.He has always got a raw deal in pacer-friendly conditions while toiling away manfully on dead sub-continental pitches but the Vidarbha pacer has no complaints about playing only his third Test of 2018.Couple of days back, bowling coach Bharath Arun termed him unfortunate while chief selector MSK Prasad’s answer has been workload management and rotation policy.Asked if it affects him that he has only been part of three out of the 10 Tests that India have played so far, Umesh gave a matter-of-fact reply.”If I keep thinking about the past, then I won’t be able to focus on the future. It’s past and I am looking ahead. I don’t want to dwell on the matches that have gone by. My thinking is that I should try and perform well in the future matches and help my team,” he said.advertisement(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

November 17, 2019
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Minor footballer drowns in Australia; family seeks Rs 35 cr compensation

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 31 (PTI) The family of a 15-year-old football player, who drowned in Australia while being on a tour last year, has moved the Delhi High Court seeking compensation of Rs 35 crore from the authorities and demanding an inquiry against them.Justice Vibhu Bakhru sought a response of the Centre, the Delhi government, School Games Federation of India and Rajkiya Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya, where the minor girl was studying.Nitisha Negi, who had gone to Australia to participate in an international sports tournament, was swept away by a storm at the beach in December last.The Class XI student of a government school in east Delhi drowned at Holdfast Marina beach in Adelaide, where she had gone with four of her friends after the match, which was part of the Pacific International School Games, 2017.The court issued notice to the authorities on the petition filed by advocate Wills Mathews and listed the matter for further hearing on May 8 next year.The petition, filed by the girl’s parents, grand parents and two siblings, alleged “utter negligence and lapses” on part of officials who had taken the participants to the beach, resulting in the death of the minor on December 10 last year.The plea said Negi had represented India in two international events in 2015 and 2016 with various achievements to her credit.She had gone there to participate in the selection process for Football U-18 Girls in the Pacific International School Games, 2017, conducted by the School Games Federation of India and the Delhi government. Negi was selected along with 14 other students, it said.advertisement”The beach where Negi died is a notorious place for drowning and despite this, the officials of the respondents did not take any serious preventive steps to avoid tragedy and there were serious lapses from their side,” the plea said.It said the family has sent a legal notice to the authorities seeking compensation, but no response has been received yet.It sought direction to the Centre and Delhi government to conduct an inquiry into the lapses on the part of officials leading to the girl’s drowning in the foreign land and totake appropriate action against those found guilty.The family also sought a compensation of Rs 35 crore or any other reasonable amount from the authorities. PTI SKV HMP URD SRYlast_img read more

November 17, 2019
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ICC submits bid to include women’s T20 cricket in 2022 Commonwealth Games

first_imgThe International Cricket Council (ICC) has submitted a bid for the inclusion of women’s Twenty20 in the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, the cricket governing body said in release on Monday.The bid, which has been made in partnership with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), will see the women’s team sport apply to become part of the Commonwealth Games family.Cricket has made just one appearance at the Games previously, with men playing in 1998 in Kuala Lumpur where South Africa stood on top of the podium.”The application for inclusion of women’s cricket for Birmingham 2022 is part of the global strategy for cricket to inspire and empower women and girls around the world and to drive greater levels of inclusivity and opportunity throughout the sport,” said the ICC in a statement.Also read – Australia win 4th title with 8-wicket win over England”The ICC has the unanimous backing of its Members and Board of Directors to pursue the inclusion of women’s cricket in the 2022 Commonwealth Games. An ICC and ECB delegation will present its bid for the inclusion of women’s cricket in the Birmingham 2022 sporting programme to an assessment panel early next month,” it added.Women’s cricket at @birminghamcg22?The stars of the @WorldT20 think it’s a great idea ‘We always win cups whenever we play any series we never win medals!’What do you think? #Birmingham2022 pic.twitter.com/BDgr8d1sUK ICC (@ICC) November 26, 2018The bid to the Commonwealth Games Federation proposes an eight team T20 event played in two pools of four teams and totalling 16 matches in eight days held at two venues.advertisementICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: “Birmingham is the perfect place to launch this partnership as the city shares cricket’s rich and diverse culture and heritage.Also read – Alyssa Healy-Mitchell Starc become first couple to win best player at World Cups”23 per cent of the city’s residents have links to cricket playing nations outside the UK, the deep connection between cricket and Birmingham will bring people together and inspire future generations of players and fans of women’s cricket.”ECB Chairman Colin Graves said women’s cricket in the Commonwealth Games will be a big boost to the sport.”The women’s game is going from strength to strength, attracting strong crowds and drawing girls and boys to cricket it’s an important strategic focus and a huge opportunity.Also read – Harmanpreet Kaur named captain as 3 Indians make it to Women’s World T20 XI”To have cricket play a part in the Commonwealth Games, seen by a wide and diverse audience in the UK and played out across the world, would be a real boost for cricket and the women’s game,” he said.’It’ll be another step for the game, showing how far it has come’More from the @WorldT20 stars on the possibility of women’s cricket being held at @birminghamcg22! #Birmingham2022 pic.twitter.com/hMOZWApOe1 ICC (@ICC) November 26, 2018India women’s captain Harmanpreet Kaur too welcomed the ICC bid.”It’s a great idea, and we’ll get more fan following when we introduce cricket to Commonwealth Games. We can get more fans, we can get more games to improve our cricket. I’m really happy we’re going to get more games to play,” said Kaur.(With inputs from PTI)Also watch –last_img read more