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18Nov/19

US Women Beat England, 1-0

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares TAMPA, Fla. — Second-half substitution Crystal Dunn scored in the 72nd minute, Hope Solo got her 96th career shutout and the United States beat England 1-0 in the SheBelieves Cup on March 3.Dunn entered in the 67th minute and made it 1-0 with a shot into the upper corner of the net five minutes later.“A lot of people were like, did you mean to put it there?” Dunn said. “And of course, initially you say yes. But no. In my head, I was like I saw the goal, aimed for it, and it just happened to go in.”U.S. coach Jill Ellis called it a “world class” goal. “She’s done well, she deserves to be in here,” Ellis said. “This is what she can pull out, these exceptional efforts.”The U.S is 7-0-0 in 2016, outscoring opponents 29-0.Alex Rodriguez and CC Sabathia were among a group of New York Yankees at the match, which drew an announced crowd of 13,027. The Yankees are holding spring training in Tampa for the 21st consecutive year.Solo made a diving save on Toni Duggan in the second half en route to her 145th international victory.“We’re disappointed with the result,” England coach Mark Sampson said. “We’ll get there. We wanted to come here and win. It was a tight game. Credit to America.”The U.S. had the only shot on goal during a scoreless first half. Alex Morgan sent a shot wide early off a cross from Mallory Pugh.Germany beat France 1-0 in the first game.The U.S will go against France March 6 in Nashville. England and Germany will also take part in a doubleheader.The cup wraps up March 9 in Boca Raton, Florida, when the U.S. meets Germany and England plays France.(MARK DIDTLER)last_img read more

18Nov/19

Panithinaikos Wins, Olympiacos Delayed

first_imgATHENS — Third-place Panathinaikos beat Atromitos 2-0 March 6 with debut goals by new additions Lucas Evangelista and Lucas Villafanez.The 25th round was overshadowed by the postponement of the Iraklis vs. Olympiacos game for fear of violence. The move came four days after Olympiacos’ Greek Cup semifinal at PAOK — a Thessaloniki team, like Iraklis — was abandoned toward the end when PAOK fans stormed the pitch.Sports minister Stavros Kontonis decided March 4 on a postponement of “at least 30 days,” adding that police were already dealing with the ongoing refugee crisis in Greece.Olympiacos has already clinched its 43rd league championship.Also, Panthrakikos beat PAOK 2-1, while Xanthi vs. Kalloni and Veria vs. Levadiakos both ended 0-0.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

18Nov/19

Amateur Soccer in New York Built on Greek Immigrants’ Pride, The New York Times Say

first_imgNEW YORK – The New York Times’ Graham Parker writes about the New York Cosmopolitan League and the contribution of the Greek-Cypriots and Greeks in the history of the amateur soccer in the USA.“As the New York Pancyprian Freedoms play their Greek American counterparts on the soccer field below him, Pancyprian founder Philip Christopher is telling a story.“In 1984, the Pancyprian Freedoms had won the right to represent the United States in the Concacaf Champions Cup, a regional club tournament. It was quite an honor for a small New York team, and after they were drawn to face the Honduran club C.D.S. Vida, the traveling party boarded a plane for Tegucigalpa.‘The American ambassador to Honduras came to the airport to receive the American team, and all my boys were speaking Greek,” Christopher said. “He was saying, ‘What are all these kids speaking?’ I had to explain to him that we were the American team, but we weren’t exactly All-American boys.’The Cosmopolitan Soccer League is a regional soccer league consisting of clubs based in and around New York City. Established in 1923, it is one of the oldest soccer leagues in the United States and has contributed greatly to the nation’s soccer history.Currently, the league has four open divisions.The first two divisions require all clubs to also field reserve teams, a requirement that some leagues have abolished, but which the Cosmopolitan Soccer League believes makes its competition some of the strongest in United States soccer. The league also has an over-30 and an over-36 division. The league is USASA-affiliated.FILE – Pancyprians celebrate their advance to the Comopolitan League final 2017. Photo: D. Avlonitis“The Pancyprian Freedoms, too, emerged out of political trauma. Christopher pinpointed the founding of the team to the Turkish invasion of Cyprus on July 20, 1974. He was an expat playing recreational soccer in New York when the invasion occurred, and with a group of friends decided to form a team that they said would not only compete locally, but also would “project the image of Cyprus.” The organization quickly transcended soccer, NYT reports.‘We built the Pancyprian Community Center in Astoria, and from there the club expanded into many more areas than just football,’ Christopher said to NYT.“The Freedoms quickly established a friendly but heated rivalry with the more established Greek American Athletic Association, and another against the Brooklyn Italians.“Our rivalry was crazy,” Christopher said to NYT of games against the Greeks and Italians. “I mean you feared for your life to go to Brooklyn. We had to separate the fans. The Greeks on one side, the Italians on the other. I mean, it was an ethnic sport ——’”Greek American Atlas Astoria, commonly known as New York Greek American, is an American soccer team from New York City that currently plays in the Cosmopolitan Soccer League. The club was formed in 1941 by Thomas Laris and is one of the most successful clubs in America’s annual national soccer tournament, the U.S. Open Cup, winning four times, in 1967, 1968, 1969 and 1974. The team is one of the oldest American soccer clubs in existence and plays its games at the Metropolitan Oval in Maspeth, Queens.Reat New York Times’ full story here.TweetPinShare22 Shareslast_img read more

18Nov/19

Bizarre Episodes Surround FIFA Trial in Brooklyn

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — A juror dismissed for sleeping during hearings. A defendant allegedly doing a throat-slitting gesture to intimidate a witness. A judge admonishing a defendant for taking a paper clip and a pen from her clerk’s desk.The trial of South American soccer officials charged in the FIFA bribery scandal is not only about corruption. It also has drawn some attention because of a series of bizarre episodes that have happened over three weeks of witnesses giving testimony and journalists going in and out of a Brooklyn courtroom to report on an investigation that has shaken the soccer world.On Thursday, for example, judge Pamela Chen admonished defendant Manuel Burga, former president of the Peruvian soccer federation, for allegedly taking a paper clip and a pen from her clerk’s desk.“No one, no party, nobody should be touching anything in this bench area”, Chen told him.The federal judge actually tightened Burga’s bail conditions a couple of weeks ago when he allegedly sought to intimidate a witness by staring at him in the courtroom and making a slashing gesture across his throat. The defense said Burga was merely scratching a rash his neck. The witness, Alejandro Burzaco, an Argentinian former marketing executive who testified about paying millions in bribes, was shaken from the gesture and the trial was postponed at least an hour.Burzaco and others have testified how they brokered the bribes paid to soccer officials in exchange for their influence in awarding lucrative broadcasting and hosting rights for the World Cup and other major soccer tournaments. More than 40 defendants have been charged in the corruption case, with many, including Burzaco, pleading guilty in hopes of getting reduced sentences.Besides Burga, the trial has other two defendants: Jose Maria Marin, former president of the Brazilian soccer federation and Juan Angel Napout, former president of the Paraguayan soccer federation and former president of CONMEBOL (South America’s soccer governing body).In another bizarre event, Chen dismissed this week a member of the jury who slept during hearings. A couple of hours before lawyers and Chen had discussed how to dismiss him without embarrassing him. It was decided to do it in the courtroom without any other jurors present.“We need the full attention of any juror. So I apologize but we’re going to have to let you go,” Chen told him. He was then escorted after his belongings were brought to him by U.S. Marshalls.Besides journalists, Chen’s courtroom has been everyday filled with relatives of the defendants and lawyers from companies who have an interest in the case and who take notes continuously. Defendants eat sometimes sandwiches and a salad in the court’s cafeteria, like the lawyers, journalists and court’s staff who does the same.Statements from witnesses have generated headlines around the world. A former Argentine government official, Jorge Delhon, killed himself hours after the court was told he took millions in bribes in exchange for handing out television rights. On Thursday his name came up again when a witness gave more details about how he paid the money.Eladio Rodriguez, an Argentinian who worked for Burzaco, said that in 2013 he registered a $2.6 million payment to an entity he named “the government”.“Everything that says government was Delhon”, he said.Delhon dealt with the now-defunct government program Futbol para Todos (Football for All), which broadcast local soccer matches on public TV.—CLAUDIA TORRENS, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

18Nov/19

Greece Beats Finland, Spain Loses to Croatia in UEFA Nations League

first_imgFinland won Group 2 of League C with one match remaining despite losing 1-0 against Greece. Estonia was relegated from the same group after losing 2-0 at Hungary.Croatia crushed England’s World Cup hopes in July. By beating Spain in a thriller on Thursday, the Croats have given Gareth Southgate’s squad a chance to advance to the final phase of the inaugural UEFA Nations League.Tin Jedvaj scored his second goal three minutes into stoppage time to earn Croatia a 3-2 victory and a first win in a competitive match since beating England in the World Cup semifinals.Spain remained atop League A, Group 4 with six points. England and Croatia have four points each ahead of their head-to-head meeting at Wembley Stadium on Sunday in the last match.A win for either England or Croatia will assure qualifying for the Final Four in June along with the other three group winners. Spain would go through if England and Croatia draw. The bottom team will be relegated to League B.“We wanted to win this and to have the last match at Wembley to decide the group winner,” Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic said. “Let’s go and enjoy our football now. We are very motivated for that one.”While Croatia beat former world champion Spain, England eased to a 3-0 win over the United States in a friendly marking the farewell appearance of Wayne Rooney.Elsewhere in the Nations League, Belgium beat Iceland 2-0 to stay on course to reach the finals. In the lower leagues, Bosnia and Herzegovina earned promotion to League A, and Finland earned promotion to League B.In other friendlies, Germany routed Russia 3-0, the Czech Republic edged Poland 1-0, Ireland and Northern Ireland played to a 0-0 draw, and Israel thrashed Guatemala 7-0.Croatia’s win avenged a 6-0 loss, its worst ever, to Spain in September.Greece’s coach Angelos Anastasiadis applauds during the UEFA Nations League soccer match between Greece and Finland at Olympic stadium in Athens, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)The World Cup finalists pressed Spain in its area late and Jedvaj pounced after goalkeeper David de Gea pushed the ball into his path. The Bayer Leverkusen defender had earlier made it 2-1 to the hosts when he was left unmarked to head in a cross by Luka Modric for his first international goal.Spain twice rallied to equalize, first through Dani Ceballos canceling out Andrej Kramaric’s opener and then via a penalty by Sergio Ramos.Luis Enrique’s lineup was pressing for a late goal when Croatia produced one last push that paid off with Jedvaj’s second score.“Croatia got that little bit of fortune when both teams were desperately trying to win this match right at the end,” Luis Enrique said.ROONEY BIDS FAREWELLMaking his 120th and last appearance for England, the 33-year-old Rooney was denied a perfect farewell by Brad Guzan when the U.S. goalkeeper dived to stop his shot in stoppage time.Recalled after two years out of the England squad, the D.C. United forward sparked the biggest cheers of the night when he went on as a 58th-minute substitute against the country he now calls home.England’s goals came from Jesse Lingard, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Callum Wilson.BELGIANS ON COURSEMichy Batshuayi, replacing the injured Romelu Lukaku in attack, scored twice as Belgium beat Iceland for a third victory in the Nations League.A draw against Switzerland on Sunday would be enough for Belgium to reach the finals. It has nine points from three games in Group 2 of League A, three ahead of Switzerland. Iceland had already been relegated to League B before the match.France and Portugal are also favored to reach the finals from their groups in League A.OTHER GAMESBosnia and Herzegovina will join the top 12 teams on the continent for the next Nations League after it won Group 3 of League B. The Balkan nation got the point it needed by drawing 0-0 at Austria and remaining undefeated. The result also relegated Northern Ireland.In League D, already-promoted Georgia drew 1-1 at Andorra, Latvia drew 1-1 at Kazakhstan, Belarus won 2-0 at Luxembourg and Moldova won 1-0 at San Marino.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

18Nov/19

b-plus: server performance for development of algorithms and artificial intelligence

first_img Continue Reading Previous Interface Concept: XeonD-15xx processor-based 6U VPX DSP boardNext Parasoft: new ways take the manual effort out of certification For computing-intensive applications such as the development of algorithms or artificial intelligence in vehicles, b-plus offers the robust 19″ Dual-CPU Server platform “DATALynx ATX3”. An integrated short-time UPS specifically for this performance class in combination with a CPU liquid cooling system for high operating temperatures now allows high-end CPU and graphics performance up to +60°C in the automotive environment.Compared to its competitors, the new ATX3 is characterized by its special power supply and UPS, which was developed according to the requirements of the LV124 specification. Because the usual automotive power supply is not constant, the DATALynx ATX3 can also be operated without external protections in the event of voltage interruptions, under voltage and overvoltage. The connection to an additional UPS and the use of additional backup batteries or external voltage transformers is therefore no longer necessary.For the microcontroller based UPS, the developer receives an additional configuration software, which allows temperature monitoring, fan control and status information on the system and integrated battery, and in addition also allows the adjustment of the UPS behavior. For example, you can configure whether controlled shutdown is more important for data security in the event of a power failure or whether logging as long as possible is more important for a higher data volume.In contrast to the predecessor version DATALynx ATX2, the ATX3 can now take two CPUs and two graphics cards up to 850W instead of one CPU and one graphics card. With b-plus liquid cooling for processors and the use of industrial components, the smooth operation of the system up to an operating temperature of +60°C is guaranteed without any loss of performance. Thanks to the compact design of the liquid cooling connection, the mechanical load that is usually placed on the CPU and mainboard by large heat sinks is much lower, thus enabling extremely efficient cooling even with increased vibration requirements.The robust basic system of the DATALynx ATX3 with up to 10 internal drives has been specially designed for use in the automotive environment. For the development of tomorrow, the platform with the new Storage Add-On now offers an extension of up to 12 additional removable drives. The 7 PCIe expansion slots also underline the great flexibility offered by the system.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

17Nov/19

World Cup 2018: Missed opportunities will haunt me, says German star Hummels

first_imgGermany defender Mats Hummels rued his late miss against South Korea and said that the chance of not taking the opportunities he had will haunt him for a while.The defending champions were handed a shock loss by the Asians, which resulted in them crashing out the World Cup from the group stages for the first time in 80 years.The central defender had the chance to break the deadlock in the 87th minute of Germany’s final Group F match against South Korea when Mesut Ozil swung a cross into the penalty area.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThe Bayern defender had the chance to break the deadlock and put pressure on the Koreans in the 87th minute of their Group F match when Mesut Ozil crossed the ball into the penalty area. But, he put himself in an awkward position and instead of powering the ball into the back of the net, he headed it straight into his shoulder and the ball went behind for a goal kick. The Asians then struck two quick goals in stoppage time to hurt the Germans further and send them packing from Russia.Biggest moment of the #WorldCup so far? #KORGER pic.twitter.com/ipuGsOIEHjFIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 27, 2018Hummels also had a few more chances to have a say in the game but he failed to put away either of them.”I had a big chance, I had to score this one,” Hummels told reporters.Defending champions Germany crash out of World Cup after losing to South Koreaadvertisement”This chance will haunt me for a few weeks I guess. I hit my own shoulder with the header, so maybe I wasnt in the right position and maybe I wanted to put too much pressure on the ball.”Hummels, who played in his country’s 1-0 opening loss to Mexico but missed the last-gasp victory over Sweden with a neck injury, was not prepared to accept all the blame for Germany’s failure to beat the Koreans, though.German coach Joachim Low shocked after Word Cup 2018 elimination”We had enough chances to score,” he added. “There were three or four big chances we had in the game. We didn’t score in this game and in the Mexico game and this is not good enough.”The 29-year-old, who was an integral part of the team who won the last World Cup in Brazil, said he was at a loss to explain what had gone wrong with Germany’s campaign.”Of course we are extremely disappointed in ourselves and the result and the World Cup we played. We had high expectations for ourselves but I don’t think we could fulfil them in any of the three games,” he said.”There was no game where we could you say we played the style we used to play and we expect to play. We have to be disappointed in ourselves after such a tournament.”I can’t really explain what we did wrong. I don’t know exactly why we didn’t manage to play the way we want to play.”last_img read more

17Nov/19

James Vince included in England ODI squad for series decider vs India

first_imgEngland have included James Vince in their squad for the third and final one day international against India.The three-match ODI series is currently tied at 1-1 and the winners-take-all contest will be played at Leeds on Tuesday. While India wn the first ODI, England bounced back to level the series at Lord’s on Saturday.Batsman Dawid Malan and all-rounder Sam Curran were released from the squad to allow them to join the England Lions side to face India A in a four-day match.England are already missing the services of Alex Hales, who has been out of action since the T20I series. Hales, who was not part the first two one-dayers, has been ruled out of the final game as well.However, his absence didn’t hurt England much in the second ODI as Joe Root found his rhythm back to score a classical century. Eland won the match by 86 runs to stay alive in the series.England have not lost a bilateral ODI series at home since 2015 while India have won their nine previous bilateral series.After the ODI series, both Enland and India play a five-Test series starting at Birmingham from August 1. Virat Kohli’s team had won the Twenty20 International series 2-1.last_img read more

17Nov/19

Galaxy J2 Core could be Android Go phone from Samsung

first_imgSamsung is working on an Android Go edition phone to launch in India (and other markets) very soon. Until now, rumours were that the Samsung Android Go device will be the Galaxy J2. But now, the Bluetooth certification site reveals that the phone will actually be called Galaxy J2 Core and not Galaxy J2. With the Galaxy J2 Core, Samsung will most likely aim to compete with other existing Android Go phones in the Indian market, like the Nokia 1.As also rumoured earlier, Samsung’s Android Go edition phone will come in as many as seven variants. The Bluetooth certification site also reveals the same. According to the Bluetooth certification listing, the Samsung Android Go phone or Galaxy J2 Core will come with SM-J260F, SM-J260M, SM-J260Y, SM-J260F_DS, SM-J260G_DS, SM-J260M_DS, and SM-J260Y_DS model numbers. The specs and prices of all the seven variants will vary from each other. The certification site didn’t reveal any specification details about the Android Go phone from Samsung.The launch timeline of the Samsung’s Android Go edition phone aka Galaxy J2 Core is yet to be officially revealed by the company. Some reports suggest that Samsung may announce its Android Go edition phone later this year, while some say it may get postponed to next year.Samsung is expected to launch the Galaxy J2 Core in other markets apart from its home. The key markets for the Galaxy J2 Core are likely to be India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. Alongside these markets, the Android Go smartphone is likely to debut in the UK, Uzbekistan, Germany, Italy, Russia, and France among others markets.advertisementThe Android Go phone was spotted on the Geekbench benchmarking site a couple of weeks ago. The benchmark listing revealed almost the complete specs of the phone. The listing reveals that the Galaxy J2 Core will come with a 5-inch Super AMOLED display. The phone will be powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos 7570 SoC paired with 1GB RAM and 16GB storage. On the camera front, the Galaxy J2 Core will come with a single camera setup on both back and front panel.ALSO READ: This is Samsung Android Go phone, will not run stock AndroidOn the rear panel, the phone will consist of an 8-megapixel sensor, while on the front the Galaxy J2 Core will sport a 5-megapixel sensor for selfies. The phone will be backed by a 2600mAh battery. On the software front, the Galaxy J2 Core will run Android 8.1 Oreo (Go edition) with Samsung Experience UX on top, meaning, no stock Android for the Samsung Android Go phone. Running on Android Go software means the phone will come preloaded with slimmed down apps like Google Go, Maps Go, and YouTube Go.last_img read more

17Nov/19

Sonam Kapoor to Jacqueline Fernandez: These actresses are fashion entrepreneurs too

first_imgCelebs and their love for fashion always go hand-in-hand. From sporting the most awe-worthy outfit to opening their own fashion labels, celebs have done it all. And the newest person to join this celebs-turned-entrepreneurs list is Jacqueline Fernandez.Jacqueline recently started her own brand of activewear fashion and created a stir with it.Here’s looking at some other B-Town actresses who launched their own fashion labels and became fashion entrepreneurs.JACQUELINE FERNANDEZ, Just F Photo: instagram/justf143Jacqueline’s new activewear brand was the talk of the town as soon as it was launched. From Sonakshi Sinha to Daisy Shah, everyone was seen sporting the brand’s clothes.SONAM KAPOOR AND RHEA KAPOOR, Rheson Photo: instagram/wearerhesonRheson is a vegan and sustainable brand which was created by the fashion-savvy sister duo, Sonam Kapoor and Rhea Kapoor. The brand is also PETA approved and has received a Compassionate Business Award from the organisation.ANUSHKA SHARMA, Nush Photo: instagram/nushbrandAnushka Sharma’s brainchild, Nush, is a clothing label that caters to modern women’s style, which is carefree and casual yet stylish.DEEPIKA PADUKONE, All About You Photo: instagram/AllAboutYouFromDeepikaPadukoneDeepika started her clothing brand All About You that also showcased her signature style of elegant dressing and mild colours.SHRADDHA KAPOOR, Imara Photo: instagram/imarafashionThe ethnic brand was started by Shraddha to reflect the persona of the stylish Indian women through their ethnic attires. The actor started the brand to complete her lifelong dream of starting a fashion label.SUSSANNE KHAN, MALAIKA ARORA AND BIPASHA BASU, The Label Lifeadvertisement Photo:instagram/thelabellifeThe three divas are the style editors at this fashion label which creates silhouettes inspired by international fashion for the Indian woman. Their colour palettes are keeping in mind the modern Indian woman’s lifestyle.ALIA BHATT, Alia Bhatt for Jabong Photo: instagram/rahul003Alia runs her own designer clothing range in collaboration with Jabong. The brand is inspired by Alia’s own personal style which is quirky, fun, and inspired by new and trending fashion.ALSO READ: Jacqueline Fernandez reveals why she will never date an actorALSO WATCH: Jacqueline Fernandez’s Ek Do Teen is an assault on the senseslast_img read more

17Nov/19

Xiaomi Independence Day sale is live: Everything to know

first_imgXiaomi India is holding a four-day’s Independence Day sale on its website starting today. The sale that is already live on Mi.com will run till August 12. Some of the top deals during the sale are on Mi Mix 2, Mi Max 2, Mi Band 2 and more.There is a discount of Rs 5000 on the Mi Mix 2. The phone sells at Rs 24,999 and the company is giving a price cut of Rs 5000 which means the effective price becomes Rs 19,999. There is a discount of Rs 1000 on Mi Max 2 and Rs 200 off on Mi Band 2.Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 was launched in 2017. The phone sports a 5.99-inch display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 2160 . It is powered by an octa-core processor and comes with 6GB of RAM. The smartphone packs non-exapandable 128GB of internal storage and is backed by a a 3400mAh non removable battery. The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 packs a 12-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel front shooter for selfies.Mi Max 2 is also a decent deal during the sale. Launched in 2017, Xiaomi Mi Max 2 features a 6.44-inch display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels and its India price starts at Rs 13,999. It is powered by 2GHz octa-core processor and comes with 4GB RAM. The smartphone has 64GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 128GB using a microSD card. The Xiaomi Mi Max 2 packs a 12MP primary camera on the rear and a 5mp front camera.Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro and Mi LED TVs are also available in an open sale during the Xiaomi Independence Day sale. Open sale means that the devices will be available in stock for the entire day. Xiaomi devices are sold via flash sale model and quickly out of stock. Xiaomi Independence Day sale is a favourable time for those who are planning to buy the Redmi Note 5 Pro or Xiaomi televisions.advertisementXiaomi Mi A2 that launched in India on August 8 is also available for pre-orders on Amazon India and Mi.com from today. The sale will happen on August 16 on both the websites. The smartphone is priced at Rs 16,999 for the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage model.last_img read more

17Nov/19

Rain fury severely affects Kerala’s tourism, plantation sectors

first_imgThiruvananthapuram, Aug 13 (PTI) Floods due to the unprecedented monsoon fury in Kerala has wrecked the tourism industry and seriously impacted the plantation sector, which are among the major revenue sources for the state.Just as the tourism industry was recovering from thecancellation of bookings at hotels and resorts following theNipah outbreak, heavy rains and floods came as a huge blow,say industry sources.The plantation sector is estimated to have suffered huge losses due to the landslides and flooding that have claimed 39 lives and rendered over one lakh homeless in the latest phase of monsoon rains since early this month.The picturesque high-range districts of Idukki and Waynad, the most sought after destinations by tourists, are among the worst hit.Landslips are continuing in various places and many pockets of the two districts are still flooded and road network also affected.According to Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) Senior Vice-President E M Najeeb, already 70 to 80 per cent cancellations had taken place in Idukki, Munnar, Kumarakkom, which are among the most preferred destinations by domestic and international tourists.The loss was being assessed, he said.According to a 2017 report of the State Planning Board, the share of tourism in Kerala’s Gross State Domestic Product is about 10 per cent.The downpour has played spoilsport for the tourism department’s plans to organise the famed snake boat races, which have mesmerised visitors for ages, under a new league.Snake boats or ‘Chundan Vallams’, in local parlance, are canoe style boats which are 100 to 120 feet long and hold up to 100 rowers.advertisementThe Champion’s Boat League on the lines of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and other sport leagues was supposed to have kick started from August 11 this year.The annual Nehru Trophy boat race, expected to mark the beginning of the league in Alapuzha, had been postponed in view of the natural calamity.”We will find a new date. The government is presently busy with relief and rescue operations due to the floods and landslides in various parts of the state,” Kerala Tourism Director P Bala Kiran told PTI.The rains would also dampen the proposal to organise feasts at homes of people in villages for tourists under the Responsible Tourism Mission of the Tourism department during the annual Onam festival next week.Another casualty of the incessant rains is the blooming of ‘Neelakurinji’ flower in the hills of Munnar, a once in 12 year occurrence which attracts large number of tourists.The floods and landslides have wrecked havoc to the plantation sector in the hilly regions of the state which produces spices, rubber and tea.Idukki, once known as the spice capital of the world, produces over 12 varieties of spices, including pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, and turmeric, which are largely exported.The loss suffered by tea, coffee, cardamom and rubber planters due to the rains since the onset of the South West Monsoon on May 29 has been pegged at Rs 600 crore, secretary of Association of Planters of Kerala Ajit B K said.The estimated loss of tea plantations alone was between Rs 150 crore to Rs 200 crore, he told PTI, adding around 100 acre had been lost in landslides and flooding of tea fields in Waynad.In case of cardamom, around 40 per cent of the crop loss was estimated in Idukki and Waynad districts. Due to heavy winds at the start of the monsoon, standing crops were damaged and 25 per cent of the area needs re-planting, Ajit B K said.According to Spices Board sources, there is a roughly 35 to 40 per cent loss of cardamom and pepper in Idukki according to feedback from farmers.Onam, the harvest festival of Kerala, is the time when consumer durable companies flock the state for sale of their new products, but retail sales were likely to be affected this year due to the rains.The state government has put the overall loss suffered by the state so far due to the floods at Rs 8,316 crore. PTI UD VS NSDNSDlast_img read more

17Nov/19

Angelo Mathews on losing Sri Lanka captaincy: I have been made the scapegoat

first_imgSenior Sri Lanka cricketer Angelo Mathews on Monday lashed out at the national selectors after he was removed from the captain’s post with immediate effect.Mathews was asked to vacate the post after Sri Lanka’s disastrous campaign at the ongoing Asia Cup 2018. The islanders suffered heavy defeats against Bangladesh and Afghanistan to crash out of the tournament in the group stage.Test captain Dinesh Chandimal has now been installed as captain across all three formats.Sri Lanka axe Mathews as ODI, T20I captain after Asia Cup disaster, Chandimal takes over”I was initially surprised, it was immediately felt that I have been made the scapegoat in this entire saga of Sri Lanka’s dismal performances against Bangladesh and Afghanistan in the Asia Cup.”I’m willing to take part of the blame but at the same time, feel betrayed and let down if the blame is solely put on me,” Mathews wrote in his letter to Sri Lanka Cricket CEO Ashley de Silva.Mathews was appointed as the ODI captain in 2013 and after serving the team till mid-2017, he resigned from the position following their poor performances in a home series against Zimbabwe.Less than six months after he stepped down, Mathews was once again handed over the leadership role in January 2018 after Chandika Hathurusingha took over as the new coach of the team.”I wish to put it on record that though Sri Lanka suffered these heavy defeats in the Asia Cup, which is shocking to say the least, especially in the backdrop where we had a reasonable series against South Africa, I had no intention to quitting and running way from the issues at hand especially owing to the World Cup being only a dozen games away,” Mathews wrote.advertisementAfter resuming leadership, Mathews had managed to guide Sri Lanka to just two ODIs wins out of a total of eight one-day internationals the team has played so far.The all-rounder further went on to add that he would contemplate retiring from the limited-overs cricket if the selectors and coach deem him unfit.”I also believe that if the selectors and coach are of the view that I am unfit to play ODI and T20 cricket and thus not entitled for my place in the team, I would also consider retiring from the ODI and T20 formats as I never want to be a burden to the team,” Mathews wrote.Sri Lanka’s next one-day assignment is against England as they are slated to play a five-match ODI series against the visiting side from October 10 to October 23.(With ANI inputs)last_img read more

17Nov/19

Report: Male sports fans have big interest in women’s sports

first_imgLondon, Oct 4 (AP) Male sports fans make up more than half of the group of people with an interest in women’s sports, according to a report published Thursday by analysts Nielsen Sports.The report found that 84 percent of general sports fans in eight key markets around the world, including the United States and Britain, have an interest in women’s sports, and that 51 percent of those are male.”This research not only illustrates the vast amount of people actively interested in women’s sports today, but also shines a spotlight on the significant commercial opportunities on the horizon,” said Lynsey Douglas, who led the team behind the 32-page report “The Rise of Women’s Sports.” “From equal pay to record audiences and new media deals, women’s sport is one of the fastest changing areas in the sports industry, and is more important now than ever before.” The landscape for women’s team sports has changed dramatically over the past few years, creating the potential to increase the cost of broadcasting rights and the pay of the athletes themselves. While tennis and golf have led the way for decades in the professionalization and commercialization of women’s sports, their counterparts in team sports have lagged far behind despite some exceptions, such as with soccer in the United States.That’s all changing though, particularly in soccer, with leagues around the world being established. The Women’s European Championship in 2017, for example, attracted a television audience of 150 million, according to Nielsen.”Building on this momentum, next year’s Women’s World Cup is set to engage on a large scale and represents a great platform for brands to stand out,” Douglas said.advertisementNielsen found that of those people aware of next year’s eighth Women’s World Cup in France, 34 percent have already shown an interest. That’s not far off the 45 percent equivalent for this year’s men’s version in Russia, which was eventually won by France.With promotional campaigns still to come, Douglas said there is a “clear chance” to engage potential fans ahead of the tournament, which will be broadcast around the world. Major broadcasters, such as the BBC in Britain, TFI in France and Fox in the United States, will show extensive coverage of the competition.Nielsen’s research in the eight countries Australia, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Spain and the United States involved 1,000 interviews per market, split between men and women between the ages of 16 and 69.(AP) AMSAMSAMSlast_img read more

17Nov/19

Federer advises Kyrgios to improve worth ethic after another Shanghai meltdown

first_imgAustralian tennis player Nick Kyrgios made another controversial exit at the Shanghai Masters when he went down to an American qualifier on Monday.The 23-year-old Kyrgios was involved in a row with French official Damien Dumusois during his shock first round loss to world No. 104 Bradley Klahn, who won 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.Dumusois told Kyrgios a point early in the second set “was really borderline”, which prompted a fiery response from the Australian who reacted by saying “I don’t care”.Kyrgios has previously courted controversy at the same event.Last year he was fined $10,000 and forfeited his first-round loser’s cheque following a decision to walk off after losing the first set against Steve Johnson.In 2016, he was banned for eight tournament weeks and fined a total of $41,500 after he was beaten 6-3 6-1 by Mischa Zverev in a second-round match in which Kyrgios put in a series of half-hearted serves and appeared to be walking off court before the unseeded German had returned the ball to him.Monday’s controversy was also the second time within the last six weeks that Kyrgios’ effort has been questioned by an official.Swedish umpire Mohamed Lahyani was reprimanded by U.S. Open organisers for going “beyond protocol” when he climbed down from his chair to give Nick Kyrgios a mid-match pep talk during his second round match against Pierre-Hugues Herbert.Roger Federer, the top seed and the defending champion in Shanghai, advised Kyrgios to work towards realising his own potential.”I think it’s really up to him where he wants to go and what his potential really holds. We don’t really know and I don’t think he really knows exactly what his potential is.advertisement”And only through understanding work ethic and scheduling and whatever it might be, creating the right team around himself, only then can you unlock the potential really,” Federer said.The 20-time Grand Slam winner further added that Kyrgios must follow the right process in order to taste success in future.”But there is still a process in place that he needs to do like any other player needs to go through in order to be successful,” he added.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

16Nov/19

Flying High | The Sports Stars

first_imgFor far too long, India has looked to its cricketers alone for sporting glory. But the past few years have seen a fresh stream of sports stars from diverse disciplines, thanks to the establishment of domestic leagues such as Pro Wrestling and Pro Kabaddi, and live coverage of international events,For far too long, India has looked to its cricketers alone for sporting glory. But the past few years have seen a fresh stream of sports stars from diverse disciplines, thanks to the establishment of domestic leagues such as Pro Wrestling and Pro Kabaddi, and live coverage of international events like the Asian Games and the badminton Super Series, to name a few.The men and women, and in one case a boy-16-year-old shooting sensation Saurabh Chaudhary-profiled here all possess a spirit that has seen them overcome tremendous odds to succeed in their chosen sport. The uplifting stories are not restricted to just athletes who shone on the big stage. Behind every champion are also devoted coaches, or people passionate about their product, like Kashmir willow batmaker Rifat Masoodi. These people are proof that India’s villages and small towns are a powerhouse of talent, the engine that ensures that the country punches above its weight as a sporting power.last_img read more

16Nov/19

Samsung Galaxy S10+ with Snapdragon 855, 6GB RAM gets benchmarked with impressive results

first_imgThe Galaxy S10+ has been spotted on Geekbench just a week after the Galaxy S10 Lite/ S10 E was listed on the benchmark site. The Galaxy S10+ is expected to be the biggest of the three rumoured Galaxy S10 phones, sporting a bigger display and more cameras. However, all three phones are tipped to come with the same Snapdragon 855 SoC in the US. Most other countries will get the Galaxy S10 with an Exynos 9820 chips.The Geekbench listing, shared by SlashLeaks, shows a Samsung phone with model number SM-G975U which refers to the Galaxy S10+. The phone has been listed with a Snapdragon 855 chipset coupled with 6GB of RAM, which keeps in line with previous rumours. Unsurprisingly, the listing also mentions Android Pie, which means the Galaxy S10 phones will ship with One UI out-of-the-box. Apart from this, the listing does not offer much else about the Galaxy S10+.The Galaxy S10+ has a single-core score of 3413 and multi-core score of 10256 which is much more realistic compared to the scores that the Galaxy S10 Lite managed last week. It also means you can expect a terrific performance from the Galaxy S10+ and there are also rumours of an 8GB RAM variant as well. Of course, benchmark scores are not indicative of real world performance and we expect to see the same level of performance across all three Galaxy S10 phones.As mentioned, the Galaxy S10+ will be a big phone as it is tipped to sport a 6.4-inch Infinity-O display. The display is rumoured to come with a wider cutout as it will house dual front-facing cameras. The Galaxy S10+ is also tipped to come with quad cameras on the back and a large 4,000mAh battery. Other than that, the Galaxy S10+ will offer most of the same hardware as the Galaxy S10 E and S10 including an in-display fingerprint sensor and a headphone jack.advertisementALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite, S10+ benchmarks spotted, reveal display resolutionsALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite with Snapdragon 855 chip, Android Pie spotted on Geekbenchlast_img read more

16Nov/19

Virat Kohli named captain of ICC Test and ODI Teams of the Year

first_imgVirat Kohli has been named as the captain of both the ICC Test Team of the Year and ODI Team of the Year 2017-18.The International Cricket Council on Tuesday announced the final XI of both teams which features three Indian players in the Test side while four have made the cut for the ODI team.Virat Kohli, who was the leading scorer in both formats in 2018, was named leader of both the sides with Rishabh Pant and Jasprit Bumrah getting named in the Test side while India vice-captain Rohit Sharma, Kohli, Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav made it to the ODI side.Kohli and Bumrah are the only two players who feature in both the Test and ODI teams.Rishabh Pant was also awarded with the Emerging Male Cricketer of the Year award.Apart from India, three players have made it to the Test side from New Zealand while Dimuth Karunaratne and Mohammad Abbas remain the only ones from Sri Lanka and Pakistan.West Indies, South Africa and Australia have been represented by Jason Holder, Kagiso Rabada and Nathan Lyon, respectively. The Aussie offie is the lone spinner in the squad.ICC Test Team of the Year 2017-18: Tom Latham (NZ), Dimuth Karunaratne (SL), Kane Williamson (NZ), Virat Kohli (captain) (IND), Henry Nicholls (NZ), Rishabh Pant (IND), Jason Holder (WI), Kagiso Rabada (SA), Nathan Lyon (Aus), Jasprit Bumrah (IND), Mohammad Abbas (PAK).Congratulations to the ICC Test Team of the Year 2018!@Tomlatham2@IamDimuthKane Williamson@imVkohli (c)@HenryNicholls27@RishabPant777@Jaseholder98@KagisoRabada25@NathLyon421@Jaspritbumrah93@Mohmmadabbas111https://t.co/ju3tzAxwc8 pic.twitter.com/0H28spZUmmadvertisementICC (@ICC) January 22, 2019Besides the four Indians, England is being represented by the same number of players in the one-day side.ICC ODI Team of the Year 2017-18: Rohit Sharma (IND), Jonny Bairstow (ENG), Virat Kohli (captain) (IND), Joe Root (ENG), Ross Taylor (NZ), Jos Buttler (wicketkeeper) (ENG), Ben Stokes (ENG), Mustafizur Rahman (BAN), Rashid Khan (AFG), Kuldeep Yadav (IND), Jasprit Bumrah (IND).Presenting the ICC Men’s ODI Team of the Year 2018!@ImRo45@jbairstow21@imVkohli (c)@root66@RossLTaylor@josbuttler (wk)@benstokes38@Mustafiz90@rashidkhan_19@imkuldeep18@Jaspritbumrah93https://t.co/EaCjC7szqs#ICCAwards pic.twitter.com/dg64VGuXiZICC (@ICC) January 22, 2019Also Read | Virat Kohli, India stay No.1 in Test rankings, Rishabh Pant breaks into top-20Also Read | I will be fit before the Indian Premier League, says Prithvi Shawlast_img read more

16Nov/19

Plane cushions found in search for missing football player Emiliano Sala

first_imgInvestigators searching for a lost plane carrying Premier League football player Emiliano Sala said on Wednesday an underwater search would begin after they found two seat cushions on the French coast that likely belonged to the aircraft.The 28-year-old Argentina-born forward had been en route from Nantes in western France with pilot David Ibbotson to make his debut for Welsh team Cardiff City when the plane disappeared over the English Channel.Britain’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said part of a seat cushion had been found on a beach near Surtainville on the northern French coast. A second cushion was found in the same area later that same day.”From a preliminary examination, we have concluded that it is likely that the cushions are from the missing aircraft,” the AAIB said in a statement. Investigators said they now planned to launch an underwater seabed search for aircraft wreckage. Due to weather conditions, the search would start at the end of this weekend and take up to three days.”Based on a detailed assessment of the flight path and last known radar position, we have now identified a priority search area of approximately four square nautical miles,” they said.ALSO READ | Who is Emiliano Sala, the missing Argentinean footballer?Also Read | Cardiff City players scared to fly after Emiliano Sala disappearance: Defender Sol BambaAlso Read | Cardiff City, Arsenal pay tribute to Emiliano Sala in 1st match since his disappearancelast_img read more

16Nov/19

Chelsea, Arsenal sail into Europa League last 16, Inter Milan and Napoli also through

first_imgArsenal and Chelsea put patchy domestic form behind them to reach the Europa League last 16 and they were joined by fellow big guns from Italy on a night of rip-roaring action in the continent’s second-tier competition on Thursday.Arsenal beat BATE Borisov 3-0 after a 1-0 first-leg defeat by the Belarus champions while Chelsea took some of the pressure off coach Maurizio Sarri with a 3-0 home defeat of Malmo which gave them a 5-1 aggregate win over the Swedish side.Eintracht Frankfurt beat Shakhtar Donetsk 4-1 to earn a 6-3 overall victory and Napoli, winners of the UEFA Cup in 1989, had no problems beating FC Zurich 2-0 at home to advance 5-1 on aggregate.Inter Milan, the winners of three European Cup and UEFA Cup titles apiece, also strolled through with a 4-0 home win over Rapid Vienna which completed a 5-0 dismissal.Salzburg were the other big winners as their 4-0 home rout of Club Bruges gave the Austrian side a 5-2 aggregate win while two goals from Iran forward Sardar Azmoun handed Zenit St Petersburg a 3-2 overall success against Fenerbahce.Rattled by embarrassing domestic defeats, Chelsea looked jittery before Olivier Giroud settled their nerves with a close range tap-in shortly after halftime at Stamford Bridge following good work by N’Golo Kante and Willian in the build-up.Malmo had central defender Magnus Bengtsson sent off in the 73rd minute for a second bookable offence, moments before Ross Barkley curled in a delightful freekick from 20 metres.Callum Hudson-Odoi put the icing on the cake in the closing stages with a fierce low shot from inside the penalty area, boosting Chelsea’s confidence ahead of Sunday’s clash with Manchester City in the League Cup final at Wembley.advertisementAn early Zakhar Volkov own goal put Arsenal on level terms at the Emirates stadium as the defender turned a low cross by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang into his own net in a frantic opening.Shkodran Mustafi made it 2-0 with a thumping header from a Granit Xhaka corner and the Switzerland midfielder delivered another impressive set-piece for Sokratis Papastathopoulos to head home on the hour.Goals by Simone Verdi and Adam Ounas sent Napoli on their way and Inter followed in their footsteps as Matias Vecino, Andrea Ranocchia, Ivan Perisic and Matteo Politano made light work of their return leg against Rapid.ACTION PACKEDFollowing a 2-2 draw in Ukraine, Eintracht thumped Shakhtar 4-1 in an action-packed encounter with Sebastian Haller and Luka Jovic putting the German side in the driving seat before Junior Moraes pulled one back for the visitors.Marlos came close to an equaliser when he hit the woodwork before Haller netted his second and substitute Ante Rebic sealed the tie with a crisp low shot from 20 metres.Salzburg wiped out a 2-1 first-leg deficit thanks to a clinical first-half brace by Zambian forward Patson Daka after Xaver Schlager opened the scoring in the 11th minute. Munas Dabbur made it 4-0 late on.Goals from Magomed Odzoev and Azmoun gave Zenit a 2-0 lead against Fenerbahce to put them on course for a last-16 berth after a 1-0 first-leg defeat in Istanbul.Their progress looked in peril after Mehmet Topal hauled the Turkish side back into the tie shortly before halftime but Azmoun sealed the win in the 76th minute.Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb thrashed Viktora Plzen 3-0 for a 4-2 aggregate win over the Czechs while a Kevin Gameiro goal gave Valencia a 1-0 win over 10-man Celtic who had Jeremy Toljan sent off in the first half.The result completed Valencia’s 3-0 overall defeat of the 1967 European Cup winners.Bayer Leverkusen were the surprise casualties after a 1-1 home draw with Krasnodar sent the Russian side through on away goals and Real Betis were beaten by Rennes 6-4 on aggregate following a 3-1 home defeat by the French side.Slavia Prague stunned Belgians Genk 4-1 away after a goalless first leg and Dynamo Kiev edged Olympiacos 3-2 on aggregate thanks to a 1-0 home win in the return fixture.A 0-0 home draw with Galatasaray was enough to see former European Cup winners Benfica through after their 2-1 away win a fortnight ago.last_img read more