November 20

Over 1,000 Russian athletes benefited from ‘institutional’ doping: McLaren report

first_imgMore than 1,000 Russian athletes competing in summer, winter and paralympic sport were involved in or benefited from an institutional conspiracy to conceal positive doping tests, a WADA report said on Friday.The second part of a report by Canadian sports lawyer Richard McLaren provided more details of an elaborate state-sponsored doping scheme operated by Russia.It said there was a systematic cover-up, which was refined at the 2012 Olympics, 2013 world athletics championships and 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, and that more than 30 sports, including soccer, were involved in concealing positive doping samples.”We are now able to confirm a cover up that dates back until at least 2011 and continued after the Sochi Olympic Games. It was a cover up that evolved from uncontrolled chaos to an institutionalised and disciplined medal-winning conspiracy,” McLaren told a news conference on Friday.”It was a cover up an unprecedented scale and the second part of this report shows the evidence that increases the number of athletes involved as well as the scope of the conspiracy and cover up.”We have evidence revealing that more than 500 positive results were reported as negative, including well-known and elite-level athletes, who had their positive results automatically falsified.”McLaren said Russia won 24 gold, 26 silver and 32 bronze medals at London 2012 and no Russian athlete tested positive.”Yet the Russian team corrupted the London Games on an unprecedented scale, the extent of which will probably never be fully established,” he said.”The desire to win medals superseded their collective moral and ethical compass and Olympic values of fair play.advertisement”For years international sports competitions have unknowingly been hijacked by the Russians. Coaches and athletes have been playing on an uneven field. Sports fans and spectators have been deceived and it is time that this stops.”The report said a urine sample swapping technique used at Sochi became regular practice at the Moscow laboratory that dealt with elite athletesIt added that four Sochi gold medallists had samples with physiologically impossible salt readings, while 12 Russian Sochi medallists had evidence of tampering with the bottles containing their urine samples.The original McLaren report, released in July, was one of two commissioned by WADA which revealed widespread state-sponsored doping in Russian sport.The July report found Moscow had concealed hundreds of positive doping tests in many sports ahead of the Sochi Games and led to a partial ban of Russian athletes competing in Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August.Although Russian track and field athletes and weightlifters were banned from competing at Rio, the International Olympic Committee rejected a blanket ban and let international sports federations decide which athletes should be eligible to compete.last_img read more

November 19

Haryana to start course for panchayati raj institutions

first_imgKarnal, Apr 25 (PTI) The Haryana government and the state universities will soon sign an MoU to start a course with the aim to make the representatives of the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) more efficient in rural development.Haryana, which was recognised for its brave soldiers and sports persons, now also has educated and internet-friendly village panchayats, Minister Om Parkash Dhankar today, said at the concluding day of the two-day meeting of the state executive committee here.It was for the first time that the state government had taken an initiative of allocating a separate budget for the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) so as to make them more capable, he said.A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will soon be signed with the state universities to start a certificate course to make the representatives of the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) more efficient in rural development, Dhankar said.At present, he said, more than 29 services were being provided to the people directly through the panches and sarpanches (village heads).Apart from this, a website of every gram panchayat is being prepared, through which anyone could get information about the village with a click of a mouse, he said.A new scheme has also been implemented to install Gaurav Patt (pride board) in the villages to apprise the young generation about the glorious history of the villages of the state, he said.He said it has been the endeavour of the state government to ensure that the candidates of clean image only come forward to contest the elections to the panchayats and the local bodies.advertisementMeanwhile, the Development and Panchayats Minister announced that compensation at the rate of Rs 12,000 per acre will be given to those farmers whose wheat crops have been completely burnt due to high voltage electricity wires.He also urged the farmers not to burn the wheat stubble in the fields and to sow cotton with the zero tillage machines. PTI VJ DIPlast_img read more

November 19

MP govt may include sports as subject in primary schools

first_imgBhopal, May 10 (PTI) To promote sports right from the beginning, the Madhya Pradesh government is mulling to include it as subject in primary schools of the state.”There is a need to change mindset towards sports. Hence, sports in the form of subject should be included in schools at the primary level,” MP Minister for Sports Yashodhara Raje Scinida said yesterday.She was addressing a National Dialogue on Olympic Task Force here.Scindia also praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for constituting this task force.”Olympic Task Force constituted by the PM, in order to give right direction to Indian sports at international level, is a praiseworthy initiative. The task force will prepare an action plan and provide ideas, suggestions for effective representation of Indian players in three Olympic games to be held in 2020, 2024 and 2028,” said the Minister.International hockey coach Baldev Singh said hard labour with honesty and passion is required for success in any field.MPs secretary sports and youth welfare Sachin Sinha highlighted the need to identify and nurture players at every level with cooperation of the school education department.States director sports and youth welfare Upendra Jain stressed on giving encouragement to sports science and long term planning for delivering better results. PTI MAS NRBlast_img read more

November 19

RRB NTPC Stage 2 Results 2017 to be released soon at rrb.gov.in

first_imgThe Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) NTPC Stage 2 examination results are expected to out any time soon on the official website of the Railway board.Earlier, HT reported that the results will be declared by March 15.According to reports, over 3 lakh candidates were qualified for the second stage examination.Steps to check the results:Go to the official websiteClick on the relevant linkEnter your registration number and password in the space providedClick to submitResults will be displayedDownload and take a print out of the same for future referenceThe railway examination was held to fill 8,252 vacancies in various technical and non-technical posts of RRB.The selection of the candidates will be done against the posts of Commercial Apprentice (CA), Traffic Apprentice (TA), Enquiry-cum-Reservation Clerk (ECRC), Goods Guard, Senior Clerk-cum-Typist, Junior Accounts Assistant-cum-Typist (JAA), Assistant Station Master (ASM), Traffic Assistant and Senior Time Keeper.Meanwhile, the RRB released the answer keys on January 24 and asked candidates to raise their objections till January 30.About Railway Recruitment Board:Railway Recruitment Control Board is a government organisation in India. It was set up in 1998 in the Ministry of Railways (Railway Board), New Delhi. The major aims of Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) is to appoint employees to work in Indian railways. Railway Recruitment Boards are organisations under the Government of India that manage the appointment of new employees to work in Indian railways. There are 21 boards situated in different parts of India.Read: DU Admissions 2017: Sports quota weightage increased to 60 per centFor more updates, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.com     advertisementlast_img read more

November 19

Tottenham Hotspur F.C. denied permission to reduce Wembley pitch- report

first_imgTottenham Hotspur F.C. suffered a setback ahead of their one-season tenure at Wembley after the Premier League said they cannot alter the dimensions of the playing surface, the Times reported on Tuesday.Spurs will play home matches at the 90,000-capacity national stadium before moving to a new 61,500-seat home stadium, which will be ready for the 2018-19 campaign.The Times reported last month that Tottenham were hoping to reduce the pitch size at Wembley to suit their high-pressing game but were told in a meeting of 20 Premier League chairmen that such a change would not be permitted.Mauricio Pochettino’s side will need to adapt to a 105 metres by 69 metres playing area at Wembley, the largest in the English top-flight football next season.They won only one of five games at the venue, which they used for home European matches, last season.last_img read more

November 19

500 new seats added by Delhi University for non-collegiate courses

first_imgA new teaching centre has been set up by the Non-Collegiate Women’s Education Board (NCWEB) of Delhi University, increasing the seats by 500 from this academic year. The new centre has been opened at the Deen Dayal Upadhyay College after which the number of teaching centres stands at 26 and the total number of seats are 12,200.About NCWEBAs per HT report, the NCWEB is one of the non-formal education centres of DU, where female students hailing from Delhi-NCR region can get admission to either BA or BCom programmes, or postgraduate courses. They attend classes only once a week at the centres, assigned as per the cut-offs.NCWEB offers BA and BCom courses, MSc (Mathematics) and MA in 13 subjects. In order to get enrolled in these classes, students will have to clear cut-offs assigned as per the teaching centres. The first cut-off list for the NCWEB programmes will be released on July 1.(Read: DU Admission 2017: Schedule and venue for sports trial)Why non-collegiate programme?The non-collegiate programme of teaching is low cost and utilises the existing infrastructure of educational institutions during Saturdays, Sundays and academic breaks.Dr Anju Gupta, NCWEB director said, “Advantage to students opting for NCWEB is that they can apply for other part-time courses and jobs, provided they meet the minimum attendance criteria. However, non-collegiate students are not allowed to pursue any other full-time course.”However, the programme can be taken if a female student want to pursue other part-time courses. The NCWEB cut-off is always a bit lower than the other regular DUcolleges. Therefore, students who may not have secured high grades takeup these programmes.advertisement”I’m pursuing a non-collegiate BCom programme along with CA. As both the courses are related, I find it really easy to manage,” said Archita, a student.Last year’s NCWEB cut-off:BA (Prog): 88 per cent at Miranda House centreBCom: 92 per cent at Miranda House centreBA (Prog): 87 per cent at the Hans Raj College centreBCom: 91 per cent at the Hans Raj College centreRead: DU PG Admit Cards 2017: Released at du.ac.in Read: DU Entrance Exam 2017: Dates for elementary education course out at du.ac.inlast_img read more

November 18

Paytm acquires majority stake in Insider.in

first_imgMumbai, Jul 13 (PTI) Paytm has acquired a majority stake in ticketing platform Insider.in, for events and properties, including NH7 Weekender, EDC and The Grub Fest, for an undisclosed amount.This will enable all Paytm customers discover a wide selection of events and book instantly, a company statement said.The countrys organised events industry is currently at Rs 4,000 crore, with organised sporting leagues and events accounting for the largest portion of ticket sales, according to industry estimates.Online ticketing accounts for only 10 per cent of the overall volume, due to limited event discovery.After establishing its online movie ticketing service spanning 3,500 screens across 550 cities, Paytm has been expanding into the events ticketing and discovery, helping customers discover events on its platform, it said in a statement.”Events discovery and ticket booking is a challenge for customers and organisers alike….We believe that digital discovery and events marketing expertise will increase supply of quality events in India. This is a natural extension for us as we continue to build India?s go-to destination for online movies and events,” Madhur Deora, Chief Financial Officer and SVP, Paytm said in a statement.Insider curates events and experiences so users can seamlessly discover the best way to spend their leisure time. The platform also provides tools, data and analytics to organisers that enables them to conceptualise, market and execute their events more efficiently.This partnership with Paytm would enable Insider.in to reach more organisers and exponentially grow this ecosystem in India, it said. PTI DSK NRBadvertisementlast_img read more

November 18

Faf du Plessis to lead World XI in T20 International series in Pakistan

first_imgFaf du Plessis has been named captain of the World XI squad which will play three T20 Internationals in Pakistan next month.Du Plessis was one of five South Africans in the World XI side for three T20Is against Pakistan to be played in Lahore on September 12, 13 and 15.George Bailey and Tim Paine are the two Australian names in the squad while West Indies will be represented by Darren Sammy and Samuel Badree. Former England captain Paul Collingwood also made the cut along with Ben Cutting. Tamim Iqbal is the lone Bangladeshi player to be included in the side. Sri Lankan all-rounder Thisara Perera was the other big name.Proud to have been selected for the World XI squad for the Independence Cup in Pakistan. To play? https://t.co/7Bd4XXEbO8- Paul Collingwood (@Colly622) August 24, 2017The World XI players are expected to make 75,000 pounds from the series. Pakistan have promised top-notch security to the players and they will hope other international teams also start touring soon.Pakistan have not played high-profile international cricket at home since the terror attack on the Sri Lankan team bus on March 3, 2009. Twelve gunmen had fired at the bus which was on its way to the Gadaffi Stadium in Lahore.Afghanistan and Zimbabwe remain the only two teams who had toured Pakistan for a limited-over series.”I am honoured to have been appointed as captain of such a diverse, attractive and well-balanced side. Like most of the players, I look forward to my maiden tour to Lahore and play my part in the safe and gradual resumption of international cricket in Pakistan,” du Plessis said. “All the members of the squad have complete faith and trust in the assessment and judgement of the security experts, who have assured us that there will be no comprise on the safety and security of all those involved in the series. As professionals, we are getting paid to play in the series, but the bottom-line is that if we didn’t feel safe, no amount of money would get us there. In this background, we will land in Lahore with nothing except cricket in our minds.”advertisementFormer Zimbabwe captain Andy Flower has been named coach of the World XI side which will arrive in Pakistan on September 11 after a two-day camp in Dubai.WORLD XI SERIES SQUAD: Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir (SA), Samuel Badree, Darren Sammy (WI)., George Bailey, Tim Paine (Australia), Grant Eliott (NZ), Thisara Perera (SL), Paul Collingwood, Ben Cutting (ENG), Tamim Iqbal (BAN)last_img read more

November 18

Delhi Test: Milestone beckons dominant India against Sri Lanka

first_imgSri Lanka appear to have neither the gameplan nor the resources to halt India’s seemingly inexorable march towards a record-equalling ninth consecutive series victory when the neighbours clash in the third and final Test on Saturday.Sri Lanka’s long-suffering fans saw a sliver of hope when Dinesh Chandimal and his men blanked Pakistan 2-0 in the United Arab Emirates in October before embarking on their bid to win a maiden Test on Indian soil.They managed to bowl out Virat Kohli’s men for 172 in the first Test in Kolkata but after letting a dominant position slip on the final day, needed poor light to intervene to escape with a draw in that weather-hit conTest at the Eden Gardens.At a dry Nagpur, a marauding India cruelly exposed Sri Lanka’s limitations and went on to register their joint biggest victory with more than a day to spare.India’s ruthless batsmen — four of them helped themselves to centuries — made hay while the sun shone as they toyed with a toothless Sri Lankan attack in a complete mismatch.With a 1-0 series lead #TeamIndia is here in Delhi for the third and final Test against Sri Lanka #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/mmK5PtaIPD- BCCI (@BCCI) December 1, 2017The hosts declared their first innings ‘batathon’ at 610 for six and did not need a second go in the middle after the home bowlers duly ran through Sri Lanka twice in the innings and 239 runs triumph.”Before we came here, we had a gameplan,” Chandimal said after Sri Lanka’s worst defeat in Test cricket in which they scored less than 19 runs per wicket.advertisement”We said to the guys, ‘if you get a start, you have to bat long’. But they scored only 50-60 runs and got out. It’s unfortunate but I’m sure they will learn.”India, who subjected Sri Lanka to a 9-0 home whitewash across all formats earlier this year, are unlikely to take their foot off the accelerator in the final home Test before they leave for South Africa.As was the case in Kolkata and Nagpur, the track at Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla is likely to sport a green tinge as captain Kohli wants the series to double up as preparations for a tougher assignment away to the Proteas.”We want to prepare for South Africa. That’s why we asked for pitches with help for the fast bowlers,” Kohli said after the Nagpur romp.”There’s not enough time in between to prepare, so we have to use the time we have now for a big tour coming up.”last_img read more

November 18

I-League: Mohun Bagan held to 1-1 draw Shillong Lajong

first_imgMohun Bagan were held to a 1-1 draw by Shillong Lajong at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata in the I-League on Thursday.Mohun Bagan, who were down to ten men, are currently troubled by a host injuries in their side. The match saw both the goals coming from penalties as the teams failed to launch many devastating attacking moves.Dipanda Dicka (12th minute) gave Mohun Bagan the lead early on in the first half only to see his strike cancelled out by Samuel Lalmuanpuia (72nd) in the second period.The home team were down to ten men minutes later when Kolkata Derby’s scorer Kingsley Eze was sent off for a second yellow card.The result saw Mohun Bagan hold on to the second spot with eight points from four matches. They are two points behind league leaders Minerva Punjab FC who have also played four matches.Lajong meanwhile, are at the third position with seven points from four games.A host of injuries picked up in their last game against Churchill Brothers meant the likes of Sony Norde, Yuta Kinowaki, Ansumana Kromah and Arijit Bagui could not start for Mohun Bagan with Naro Hari Srestha and Dipendu Dowary pairing up front.The hosts’ hopes rested on Dicka and the former Lajong striker delivered from the spot after Sheikh Faiaz was brought down inside the box by Rakesh Pradhan.Dicka chose not to celebrate and dedicated the goal to his indisposed Japanese teammate Kinowaki by showing his jersey to the fans.advertisementMohun Bagan goalkeeper Shilton Paul, in good form lately, pulled off a good save to deny Samuel Lalmuanpuia minutes after the goal.Mohun Bagan bossed the game despite the spate of injuries as the visitors lacked the cutting edge up front to trouble their rival defenders.Dowary came close to doubling the margin at the half-hour mark with a left-footed volley that fizzed just wide. At halftime, Mohun Bagan led by a solitary goal.Post the breather, Aiman Saleh Abdullah Al-Hagri, who had played well throughout, was tripped inside the box by seasoned Mohun Bagan defender Kingshuk Debnath and Samuel made no mistake from the spot.Things turned worse for the green and maroons when Eze committed a rather unnecessary foul on Lalmuanpuia and was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence.Down to ten men and without the services of the influential Norde and in form-Kromah, Mohun Bagan struggled.Mohun Bagan went all out in the final minutes, but to no avail.(Courtesy: IANS)last_img read more

November 18

Nets Ship Garnett Back To Wolves

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS — Kevin Garnett is coming back to the place it all began.The Minnesota Timberwolves are sending forward Thaddeus Young to the Brooklyn Nets for Garnett, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been officially announced.Garnett spent his first 12 seasons in Minnesota. He guided the Timberwolves to the only eight playoff appearances in franchise history and won the MVP while leading them to the Western Conference finals in 2004.After winning a title in Boston, Garnett is nearing the end of a brilliant career and now could finish it in front of a crowd that continues to adore him.“Whatever he says, we’re going to listen and do it,” Wolves guard Ricky Rubio said. “He’s going to have the voice in the locker room and we’re going to learn a lot from him. I think it’s great.”Garnett had to waive a no-trade clause to allow the deal to go through.The Wolves traded Garnett to Boston in 2007 and the Celtics won a championship in his first season there. Garnett remained with Boston until he was dealt along with Celtics mainstay Paul Pierce to Brooklyn on the night of the 2013 draft.Pierce spent just a year in Brooklyn and now Garnett is gone too, with the Nets getting a solid replacement in Young, who has played much better as the season went on.Garnett is no longer a force on offense, and at 38 years old has often sat out the second night of back-to-back games. But he remains a solid rebound and defender, plus a highly regarded locker room leader who should make an impact on a young Timberwolves team.(JON KRAWCZYNSKI, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

November 18

Yankees Rough Up Royals, 14-1

first_imgNEW YORK — Brett Gardner got a little silly after hitting the Yankees’ third homer of the first inning, enthusiastically high-fiving his teammates as if he were trying to slap away the memory of a lost weekend of baseball.A few big hits did the job just fine.Gardner and Brian McCann each hit a three-run homer and Chase Headley also connected during an eight-run first, and New York romped past the AL Central-leading Kansas City Royals 14-1 May 25 to end a six-game skid.Stephen Drew added another three-run shot off Jeremy Guthrie (4-3) before New York made an out in the second.“Overall, definitely a much-needed good feeling,” Gardner said.Slade Heathcott hit his first major league homer in the seventh as the Yankees bounced back from a sweep by Texas. They won for just the second time in 12 games, beating the team that began the day with the best record in the majors.“Is this real?” Heathcott said of what he was thinking as his ball headed toward the bleachers in right-center.Guthrie entered 5-10 with a 4.92 ERA against the Yankees, mostly with Baltimore. And this time he was awful. He faced 16 batters and 13 reached, with 11 scoring.Guthrie, who started Game 7 of the World Series last year, became only the eighth pitcher to give up four homers before getting four outs, according to research going back to 1914 by STATS.The right-hander also became the third starter to give up at least 11 runs while recording three outs or less, STATS said. “He didn’t have it,” Manager Ned Yost said. “They were just on everything he threw.”Nathan Eovaldi (4-1) pitched with runners on in all but two of his seven-plus innings. Working on five days’ rest, he allowed eight hits and a run.The Yankees were outscored 30-15 in a demoralizing three-game series against Texas. Their loss May 24th dropped them to .500 for the first time since they were 7-7. They started afresh in a flash.Gardner led off with a double on Guthrie’s second pitch. Headley sent the next offering deep into the right-field bleachers.Alex Rodriguez singled and Mark Teixeira walked before McCann hit a liner to right that Paulo Orlando nearly caught with an impressive leap at the wall.After two outs, Didi Gregorius was hit by a pitch and Heathcott singled. Gardner then connected for an 8-0 lead.“It was nice because we’ve been through some tough losses, we’ve been through some ugly losses, and to be able to get that type of lead was really nice,” Manager Joe Girardi said.Drew hit his fifth homer in the second. Guthrie just held the new ball out as Yost walked to the mound to lift him.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

November 18

Jets’ Allen Out, Milliner Hurt

first_imgFLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The New York Jets’ secondary took a few big hits Aug. 7.The team announced that safety Antonio Allen is out for the season with a torn Achilles tendon, and cornerback Dee Milliner will be sidelined up to two months with a wrist injury that requires surgery.Both players were hurt during training camp practice Aug. 6.Allen was placed on the waived/injured list, but could be added to the Jets’ injured reserve list if he clears waivers. He was expected to back up projected starters Marcus Gilchrist and Calvin Pryor.Allen, a seventh-round draft pick out of South Carolina in 2012, played both safety and cornerback last season as a versatile and athletic part of then-coach Rex Ryan’s defense.He was hurt on a non-contact play in team drills when he simply came out of his stance and then fell to the ground.His injury could create an opportunity for Rontez Miles, who spent most of last season on the practice squad, or undrafted free agent Durrell Eskridge to make the Week 1 roster at safety.Milliner was scheduled to have surgery Aug. 7 on the injured tendon in his right wrist, the latest in a series of setbacks for the team’s first-round pick in 2013.He had just recently been cleared for team activities after tearing his Achilles tendon last October, and was looking forward to backing up starters Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie at cornerback.“I feel rejuvenated, man,” Milliner told The Associated Press a day before the latest injury. “It’s been a long time since I’d been able to be out there on that field. It’s overwhelming.”Milliner was expected to start last season, but played in only three games after the injury. He also missed a large chunk of training camp after suffering a high ankle sprain last summer during practice. An ankle injury also sidelined him for three games during his rookie season.He was having a good camp this year, but will again be relegated to the sideline for the next six to eight weeks — something that Milliner had a difficult time dealing with last year.“That was the toughest part, not being able to do anything,” he said. “I couldn’t run, do any drills. Nothing. All I could do was sit on the couch and look at film. Man, that was the roughest part. I wanted to be out there. Your job is to play football.”Keon Lyn, who was practicing with the Jets on Aug. 7, had three interceptions and 20 passes defensed in 38 games at Syracuse. He was signed by Indianapolis as an undrafted free agent last year, and was most recently with the Jacksonville Sharks of the Arena League.(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

November 18

Kipchoge Wins Berlin Marathon

first_imgBERLIN — Wayward insoles cost Eliud Kipchoge a chance to break a world record.Despite problems with his shoes from the first kilometer, Kipchoge won the Berlin Marathon on Sept. 27 in a personal best time of 2 hours, 4 minutes.The Kenyan’s insoles were noticeably slipping out of his runners around the 20K mark, flapping behind him as he maintained a leading pace with training partner Emmanuel Mutai and 2012 race winner Geoffrey Mutai.Geoffrey Mutai, no relation to Emmanuel, fell behind around the 30K mark and Kipchoge made his move two kilometers further on.“I didn’t have time to pull the soles out,” said Kipchoge, who had been targeting compatriot Dennis Kimetto’s world record of 2:02:57 from Berlin last year. “The world record was my target. I didn’t manage it but I’ll be back next year.”Running his sixth Berlin marathon, Kipchoge finished comfortably ahead of compatriot Eliud Kiptanui in second on 2:05:22 and Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia third in 2:06:57. All times were official.“From the first kilometer I had problems with my shoes,” Kipchoge said. “Nevertheless, I am very happy about my victory. I love the Berlin course and the people. I’m glad I won and in a personal best. I would very much love to come back and run an even faster time.”Emmanuel Mutai was fourth and Geoffrey Mutai fifth, ahead of Canada’s Reid Coolseat, who ran 2:10:28.Kipchoge shaved five seconds off his previous personal best time and 42 seconds off the previous fastest mark of the year that he set at the London Marathon on April 26.Despite acknowledging that he “could have run faster,” Kipchoge laid no fault with his sponsor for his footwear issues.“I tested the shoe, I tested many pairs of Nike. I think this shoe is the best shoe ever. The shoe is good,” the 30-year-old said. “The sole was not glued. I used the same pair in Kenya and it was good.”Kiptanui was happy with his second-place finish.“I think I had no chance to beat Eliud,” said Kiptanui, who knocked 17 seconds off his personal best set in Prague in 2010.Kipchoge clocked 2:04:05 in 2013 only to be beaten by compatriot Wilson Kipsang, who set a then-record of 2:03:23.Gladys Cherono of Kenya beat the 2:20 mark to win the women’s race in 2:19.25 ahead of Ethiopian trio Aberu Kebede, Meseret Hailu and Tadelech Bekele.It was Cherono’s first win in only her second marathon. The 32-year-old half marathon world champion ran 2:20:03 for second place in her debut in Dubai last January.Conditions were ideal on a cool, crisp autumn morning in Berlin. More than 41,000 runners from 131 countries were registered to run.(CIARAN FAHEY)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

November 18

For the 1st time, US has defending Olympic judo champion

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — For the first time, the U.S. will have a defending Olympic judo champion when the Rio games begin — and she will be backed up by arguably the strongest team ever produced by the U.S. to compete in the Japanese martial art, with a serious chance of taking three medals.Kayla Harrison made history when she became the first American to win a judo gold at the London Games in 2012 and even though she had intended to quit — and become a firefighter instead — the lure of defending her title was too great. She will be joined in Rio by two other leading medal contenders: Marti Malloy, who won a bronze in London and Travis Taylor, who finished fifth.“U.S. judo has had an unprecedented run with these three athletes,” said the team’s head coach Jimmy Pedro, noting their numerous recent medals at major global competitions.“Realistically, three medals would be the ultimate,” he said, when asked to predict the team’s hardware count. “I would absolutely love to see two golds, but we will have to see what happens in Rio. All three of them have proven that they can beat anyone on the right day.”The top-ranked Harrison is expected to meet her biggest rival, second-seeded Mayra Aguiar when the 78-kilogram women’s division is fought on August 11, either in the final, or should things not go according to plan, a bronze-medal match. Even though Brazilian native Aguiar will undoubtedly have the home-crowd advantage, Pedro doesn’t expect Harrison to be bothered by thousands of fans cheering on her opponent.“Kayla is very poised and will thrive on the energy of the crowd,” he said. “On all the big stages — the World Championships, the Pan-Am Games — Kayla always comes out on top.” Still, Aguiar might yet pull off a victory; she caught Harrison off-guard at a competition in Paris earlier this year and won with a match-ending throw.Malloy will likely be the team’s first shot at a medal, when the Washington state native competes in the 57-kilogram category.“There’s nobody in Marti’s division that she cannot beat,” Pedro said, adding he is confident that her acquired experience since the London games will help her remain focused.And while Taylor didn’t pick up a medal in London, he did recently win gold at the World Master’s tournament in May, which includes only the world’s top-ranked judoka. The two-time Olympian also picked up a gold at Toronto’s Pan-American Games last summer and has a mental toughness that makes him “a force to be reckoned with” on the judo mat, according to Pedro.Rounding out the U.S. squad are first-time Olympians Angelica Delgado and Colton Brown, and Nicholas Delpopolo, who was disqualified at the London games for marijuana use.“These guys are getting stronger every day and they can compete at the highest level,” Pedro said.“I would love to see some of these young kids get to the medal rounds,” he said. “I have no doubt that this team can take home three medals, and any of our athletes can do that. Anything can happen at the Olympics.”last_img read more

November 18

Belgium Eliminates Brazil, Advances to World Cup Semifinals

first_imgKAZAN, Russia (AP) — Neymar used Brazil’s famed yellow jersey to shield his anguish. The Belgians, clad in red and dancing in a celebratory circle nearby, couldn’t hide their relief.Belgium reached the World Cup semifinals for the first time in 32 years, holding off five-time champion Brazil 2-1 Friday in one of the country’s greatest soccer feats.“We’ve achieved something that is really beautiful,” said Kevin De Bruyne, who scored Belgium’s second goal, “and it’s not easy.”Belgium eliminated Brazil by successfully fusing the attacking potency of De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku with the creativity of Eden Hazard and the goalkeeping exploits of Thibaut Courtois. Plus an own-goal from Brazil.It all adds up to a semifinal match against France on Tuesday in St. Petersburg.“Just treasure it and pass it down in the generations,” Belgium coach Roberto Martinez said, still seemingly in awe of what his team achieved at the Kazan Arena.Belgium took the lead after a slice of good fortune involving a pair of Manchester City teammates who were on opposing sides. Brazil midfielder Fernandinho’s trailing right arm inadvertently helped Belgium captain Vincent Kompany’s header land in his own net in the 13th minute.De Bruyne then completed a counterattack launched by Lukaku to double the lead in the 31st minute.As Belgium lost cohesiveness in the second half and Brazil’s changes stirred the team, substitute Renato Augusto reduced the deficit in the 76th with a header. But it was too late for Brazil to muster an equalizer as Courtois thwarted several efforts to force the game into extra time.While Belgium’s golden generation is finally flourishing, Neymar is leading Brazil home after failing to live up to the expectations that come with being soccer’s most expensive player. Crouching on the field, he pulled his shirt over his face while Belgium exalted in victory.Humiliated 7-1 by Germany in the semifinals fours year ago on home soil with Neymar out injured, Brazil didn’t even get that far this time. Just like defending champion Germany and Argentina before them, the Kazan Arena is where Brazil’s World Cup challenge ended.“Randomness happened and it was cruel to us,” Brazil coach Tite said. “It was hard to swallow.”Especially after Brazil conceded only one goal in the previous four games in Russia. But the defense was breached after 13 minutes in Tatarstan. Fernandinho’s own-goal ensured for the first time since March 2017 that Brazil was trailing in a competitive match. Unlike then — an eventual 4-1 victory over Uruguay — there was no comeback.Not when Courtois was proving to be an impenetrable barrier in the Belgium goal, denying Marcelo’s strike before the lead was extended by De Bruyne.“They were more effective,” Tite said, struggling to hold back tears. “Not a superiority in terms of performance, but in terms of effectiveness on the pitch.”Belgium held on even after Philippe Coutinho’s cross was headed in by Augusto, who managed to evade Kompany and Jan Vertonghen three minutes after replacing Paulinho.“Sometimes you have to accept that Brazil has got this finesse, that quality, and that they’re going to break you down, and (Belgium) just refused to accept that,” Martinez said. “This is something special.”Belgium, which finished fourth at the 1986 tournament and has never won the European Championship, is now on a 24-match unbeaten streak.NEYMARCriticized for his playacting, Neymar went down lightly under minimal contact from Marouane Fellaini at the start of the second half when Brazil trailed 2-0. But as the referee started to seek a video review, Neymar appeared to urge against it. A booking — if he got one for diving — would have ruled him out the semifinals.SUSPENDEDBelgium will be without defender Thomas Meunier for the semifinals after tripping Neymar and earning a second yellow card of the tournament.“I don’t regret the yellow card, it was for the sake of the team,” Meunier said, “and we have a good bench.”EUROPE’S RULEThere is guaranteed to be a fourth straight European team winning the World Cup on July 15 in Moscow.Just like in 1966, 1982 and 2006, the semifinals will feature only teams from Europe.Either England or Sweden will face either Russia or Croatia in the other semifinal match on Wednesday in Moscow — a day after Belgium plays France in St. Petersburg.“We’re on equal footing with France,” De Bruyne said. “The difference between the teams is minimal.”By ROB HARRIS , AP Global Soccer WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

November 18

Applying IoT technology to safety: Avalanche warnings

first_img Continue Reading Previous A new computing architecture for Big Data and AI applicationsNext Keeping tabs on atmospheric electrical phenomenon The automatization of the seismic sensors is thus a key point for the success of this type of solution; an interesting example of such a kind of neural network of smart sensors realized by means of the electronics technology, is represented by a work entitled “Wireless Sensor Networking in the Internet of Things and Cloud Computing Era”, which has been presented at the EUROSENSORS 2014. It was created by two technical authors belonging to the Department of Information engineering, University of Brescia, Italy:“WSNs are now widely diffused in many civilian application scenarios, including home and building automation, health monitoring, environment and habitat monitoring, traffic control, and many others.   Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Every year many natural events like snow avalanches put all people who are living in mountain localities at risk. This includes tourists and winter sports enthusiasts: What would happen if an automatic test mountain station could detect the presence of avalanches and advise and warn the people present in the area under test in real time? Such a system may save many lives by sending the alarm signal automatically by means of a WSN (wireless sensors network) realized by means of the IoT (Internet of Things), in this emerging field of electronics technology.A first step in this direction has been taken by the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF, (see Figure 1):“Snow avalanches are a major natural hazard in mountainous areas in winter. Since most recreationists and many public authorities rely on avalanche bulletins for their decision making, the ability to appropriately predict the avalanche danger accurately is of paramount importance. Avalanche forecasters greatly rely on avalanche activity data to determine the avalanche hazard since recent avalanche occurrences provide unambiguous information on snow cover instability. Avalanche activity is usually estimated based on visual observations, which are incomplete and impossible at night or when visibility is limited. This often leads to uncertainties in the number and exact timing of avalanches….With the automatic avalanche detection method we can determine exactly when an avalanche released. However, information of the location of the avalanche is also of interest since avalanche danger depends on aspect and elevation. Such information would therefore be very important for avalanche forecasters. To determine the location of the avalanche, we use an array of 7 seismic sensors deployed in a circle. We can then use existing signal processing techniques, which are widely used by seismologist, to estimate the location of the avalanche. However, since signals produced by avalanches are very different compared to earthquakes, standard methods have to be improved to properly localize avalanches.” (Source: slf.ch)Figure 1 The Recording station to predict and reveal snow avalanche at the Dischma Valley in Switzerland (Source: slf.ch)The Recording station to predict and reveal snow avalanche at the Dischma Valley in Switzerland (Source: slf.ch) last_img read more

November 18

Clientron: endpoint S-Cube thin client running on Raspberry Pi 3 B+

first_img Continue Reading Previous DATA MODUL to showcase everything about embeddedNext Infineon: reverse conducting IGBT with protecting features Clientron unveils its brand new economic thin client S-Cube Pi 3 B+, running on the latest Raspberry Pi 3 B+ platform, specifically designed for high performance and economic desktop virtualization solution for the education, SMB, finance, healthcare and enterprise markets.The S-Cube Pi3 B+ is designed to run virtual sessions from various workspace environments. It supports virtualization software brokers including Citrix XenDesktop, Microsoft RDS, and VMware Horizon with secure Linux operating system.Powered by the Cortex-A53 (ARMv8) Quad-Core 1.4GHz processor, it provides an economic solution for most demanding functions including WiFi & Bluetooth 4.2 wireless connection, one Gigabit LAN, one HDMI display output and one internal micro SD card expansion.With power-efficient and cost-effective benefits, it features ultra-compact credit card size form factor, and offers t cost effective endpoints of desktop virtualization solution for customers. Featuring PC-like working experience, it can be used in different market segments to optimize your working environments. The S-Cube Pi 3 B+ is not only for thin client solutions, but also could be used for digital signage and smart retail applications.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

November 18

Axiomtek: IP65-rated 7-inch fanless touch panel computer for intelligent HMI

first_imgAxiomtek is introducing the GOT107W-319, an ultra-compact 7-inch fanless touch panel computer which allows users for easy installation in space-constrained areas as well as offers programmable OSD function keys for a variety of application access. The IP65-rated panel PC adopts a 7-inch WSVGA TFT LCD display with a projected capacitive touchscreen, 320 nits of brightness and LED backlight. It is powered by the Intel Celeron processor N3350 or Intel Pentium processor N4200 (codename: Apollo Lake). With a super slim design, the noise-free IP65-rated 7” widescreen touch panel PC, GOT107W-319, is well-suited for digital signage display, self-service kiosk, industrial control, IoT-related applications and more.The high value GOT107W-319 supports rich I/O connectivity, including one RS-232/422/485 port, one RS-232 port, two gigabit LAN ports with Intel Ethernet Controller I211-AT and two USB 3.0 ports. For wireless network connectivity, the touch panel computer features one PCI Express Mini Card slot and one M.2 Key E slot. It features one internal mSATA socket and one easily accessible MicroSD card slot to expand storage functionality. In addition, the 7-inch WSVGA panel PC features one 204-pin DDR3L-1600 SO-DIMM with up to 8GB of memory capacity. There is also an easily accessible external switch for AT/ATX mode selection. Multiple mount options including panel mount, wall mount, VESA arm and desktop stand are available for diverse installation requirements. It also supports Windows 10.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Arrow Electronics introduces reference kit for Intel Cyclone 10 LPNext Würth: Electronic Components 2019 catalog releasedlast_img read more