first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Solutions 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. My eyes water in the hot afternoons while sitting in city traffic. This often proves to be a problem when the traffic is moving along at 70 mph and then suddenly stops. I live an hour out of the city these days, but I still take an occasional trip into town to consult with customers or to reach the airport, and I decided I needed something to help in these situations.An article on EETimes.com about the Tesla Autopilot’s flaws got me thinking — even that flawed system would be better than my tear-laden eyes. Looking around the web, I discovered that Tesla’s supplier, MobilEye, had a dealer in Plano TX, but they didn’t return my phone calls. I also found the Brandmotion ADAS-1000 on Amazon for less than $500 (it was about $680 on Brandmotion’s website).This ended up being either a self-install or a “find a shop that will do it” proposition. I looked over the PDF manual and the Brandmotion website, and decided that this did not look to bad for an EE who had worked briefly on an early predecessor to the Javelin optically guided/seeking missile back in the Reagan years. A local stereo shop banged out he tasks of hiding the wires and connecting the power, ground, turn signals, and the two camera units for about $100, but the analog speed sensor required that I build a CAN-to-analog speed converter to allow this to supplement the unit’s internal GPS.ADAS-1000 main camera display & touch screen (Source: Will Murray) The Brandmotion ADAS-1000 features a forward-looking HiDef video camera whose angle is adjustable for the slope of the windshield to which that the unit is mounted. This camera feeds an Nivida VPU (vision processing unit), which performs the image analysis and video recording. The image is analyzed for vehicle-in-front closure rate with a programmable alarm threshold. The system also analyzes for lane departure and provides a warning if you start to move out of a lane without signaling. Finally, if sitting in traffic or at a traffic light, when the vehicle in front starts to move, the video is analyzed and the unit will chime and make an announcement. The unit also features a VGA rear backup/impact camera. Accelerometers in the unit will trigger the unit to write 15 seconds of video pre- and post-impact (30 seconds in all) from both the front and rear cameras to an SD card.The unit originates in Korea, apparently, and — while reasonably well done for the price — it does have some limitations as follows:The unit only works to -20°C, so if you are in Minneapolis and park outside in the winter, you may expect a warm-up delay.The video analysis is befuddled by windshield wipers in heavy rain or by raindrops (I’m not sure how to solve this one).The back-up camera has to be manually switched over to view.The touch screen is small and hard to read.A link to a HUD (heads-up display) would be nice — there may be a way to implement this with a vehicle-mounted embedded PC.Even taking the above limitations into account, I would award this solution an overall “4 out of 5 stars,” not the least that it has already saved my bacon on one occasion. I think it’s amazing how far video processing has progressed in recent years — what do you think?center_img Continue Reading Previous The need for wafer level chip scale packaging in SRAMsNext The Write Stuff: Using text-to-speech for proofreadinglast_img read more

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first_img Continue Reading Previous IAR Systems and Secure Thingz launch Embedded Trust and C-TrustNext Rohde & Schwarz presents innovative T&M equipment for embedded systems Kontron announces the new Qseven-Q7AMX8X module, which is characterized by its low power consumption and, thanks to the powerful NXP i.MX8X processor in dual-core and quad-core configuration respectively, it is ideally suited as a basis for networked terminals in industrial applications. The new Qseven module is designed for use in the extended temperature range from -40 to +85°C and is therefore also suitable for use in machines and devices that have to withstand harsh industrial environments. The new Qseven-Q7AMX8X will be available in three standard versions: with the QuadX+, the DualX+ and the DualX processor, up to four Cortex A35 cores, clocked up to 1.2 GHz. An additional Cortex-M4 core can be used for smaller management tasks in the system that previously required a separate controller. The new Qseven module will be on display at embedded world 2019 at Kontron’s booth.The new module in the Qseven form factor with the dimensions 70x70mm offers the possibility to operate two displays. An HDMI and a dual-channel LVDS interface are available for this purpose. The equipment also includes up to three GB LPDDR4 memory, one Gigabit Ethernet port, up to three PCI Express and five USB 2.0 ports as well as one USB 3.0 port. Between 2 and 64GB eMMC 5.0 flash memory serve as mass storage. In addition, the Qseven-Q7AMX8X module has a SDIO card slot and a serial interface. With numerous additional interfaces, the module can be used according to individual requirements, including one I2S, one I2C, one SPI, two MIPI CSI, eight GPIO and one CAN interface. Uboot serves as boot loader, a board support package for Yocto Linux is available.The Qseven-Q7AMX8X module optionally supports the Kontron APPROTECT security solution powered by Wibu-Systems. A security chip from Wibu-Systems, embedded as a fixed part of the system, in combination with a software framework specially developed for this chip, prevents reverse engineering and copying attempts from the user’s own IP address as well as from a third-party software. Kontron APPROTECT Licensing also allows individual application functions, e.g. for demo purposes, to be available only for a time based trial version or based on time base, by counting executions.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

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first_img Continue Reading Previous Mouser: DeepCover secure coprocessor from MaximNext American Control Electronics: low voltage DC drive with snap-on programmable board option Axiomtek is introducing the NA861, a high-performance, customizable 1U rackmount network appliance platform. This scalable network appliance platform offers high processing performance through the LGA3647 socket 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processor (codename: Cascade Lake) and supports the Intel C621 chipset. The robust and highly reliable network appliance platform comes with two Gigabit Ethernet ports and four expandable LAN modules supporting 1GbE/10GbE/Fiber/Copper/Bypass with a maximum of thirty-four LAN ports. The NA861 is the perfect network hardware solution for enhancing digital security & surveillance, network traffic management and virtualized network security.The NA861 is equipped with six DDR4-2400 R-DIMM slots supporting up to 192GB of non-buffer non-ECC/ECC memory. The Intel Xeon-based network computing appliance also has two internal 2.5” SATA hard drives and one mSATA for event logs storage. The 1U rackmount network appliance platform has multiple I/O interfaces including one RS-232 port (RJ-type), two USB 2.0 ports, one VGA port, two RJ-45 GbE LAN ports with Intel® Ethernet Controller i210-AT and one VGA port. Additionally, the network appliance platform supports 1U 400W redundant power supply and Linux Kernel operating system.“With the latest Intel® Cascade Lake-based processor, Axiomtek’s NA861 boosts performance and offers high bandwidth and crypto throughput for diverse applications from edge to cloud, converging both IT and OT domains,” said Joyce Wu, the product manager of CCNI Product PM Division at Axiomtek. “Additionally, the NA861 features Intelligent Platform Management Interface 2.0 (IPMI 2.0) to allow users to remotely manage and monitor servers. It also supports Trusted Platform Module 1.2 to provide efficient data encryption for secure hardware-based data protection.”Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

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first_imgSouth African women’s cricket team captain Dane van Niekerk married her teammate Marizanne Kapp on Saturday.The announcement was made by the bowling all-rounder Kapp on Instagram. According to the reports, the wedding was attended by most of their South African teammates.Both the players made their international debut within two days of each other during the 2009 World Cup. Van Niekerk made her debut against West Indies on March 8, while Kapp was handed her first cap for South Africa on March 10.Van Niekerk, who has played 95 ODIs, is the Proteas’ highest wicket-taker in ODIs. She has 125 wickets to her name from 95 matches at an average of 18.86 and an economy rate of 3.51. She was recently declared the South Africa women’s cricket of the year for 2017-18 season.She has also amassed 1770 runs and is fourth on the list of highest run-getters in ODIs for South Africa.In 68 T20Is, the 25-year-old has scored 1469 runs at a strike rate of 94.40. The leg-spinner has also taken 49 wickets at an average of 22.40 and an economy rate of 5.60.Kapp has played 93 ODIs and 62 T20Is for South Africa. The right-hand batswoman has scored 1618 runs in ODIs. She is sixth on the list of highest run-getters for Proteas.advertisementThe medium fast bowler has taken 99 ODI wickets at an average of 24.84 and an economy rate of 3.66.In T20Is, she has scored 600 runs at a strike rate of 93.16 and taken 48 wickets at an average of 19.20 and an economy rate of 5.52.Both players have played only one Test, which was against India in 2014.The duo is the second set of current international teammates to get married After New Zealand’s Amy Satterthwaite and Lea Tahuhu. Satterthwaite and Tahuhu got married last year.last_img read more

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first_imgA Moscow court has sentenced a 15-day jail term to all the four of the pitch invaders who interrupted World Cup final between France and Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday.Four individuals had come running on the pitch in fake police uniforms during the World Cup final, that irked Croatian players in particular, who were trailing at that time.It was a brazen act in front of Russian President Vladimir Putin and other high-ranked officials and a Russian punk band ‘Pussy Riot’ claimed responsibility of the act moments later.The judge also banned the four from attending sports events for three years.The four were Veronika Nikulshina, Olga Pakhtusova, Olga Kurachyova and Pyotr Verzilov, the only male.Kurachyova said their stunt, which held up the game only briefly, was meant to promote freedom of speech and condemn policies of FIFA, soccer’s global governing body.”It is a pity that we disrupted the sportsmen,” Kurachyova told reporters on Monday.”FIFA is involved in unfair games unfortunately. FIFA is a friend of heads of states who carry out repression, who violate human rights.”Verzilov said the performance was also meant to show how “the state, in the form of the police, intrudes into people’s lives”.Three of Pussy Riot’s original members were jailed in 2012 for staging a protest against Putin in a church and the group has since become a symbol of anti-Kremlin direct action.During the 53rd minute of the final, four streakers invaded the pitch at the Luzniki Stadium.advertisementSecurity personnel reacted slowly initially as the quartet, all identically dressed in white shirts, black trousers and black hats, ran on to the field from behind the French goal, trying to high-five players.Croatia defender Dejan Lovren shoved one person to the ground before security personnel carried them off.On the other hand, Kylian Mbappe shared a high-five with one of the intruders as she ran towards him for a high-five.World Cup 2018 final: Russian punk band invades pitch. Watch videoEight years ago, a man wearing an anti-racism T-shirt ran on to the pitch minutes before the start of the 2010 World Cup final in Johannesburg and came very close to grabbing the trophy which was on display.Pussy Riot member Olga Kurachyova told Reuters she was one of the pitch invaders and was being held at Luzhniki police station. She said she could not speak further because police were trying to take her mobile phone away from her. 2018 FIFA World Cup: Kylian Mbappe had a high-five moment with a pitch invader during the final at Luzhniki Stadium. (Reuters Photo)Kylian Mbappe’s high-five with Russian pitch invader goes viralCroatian defender Dejan Lovren, who pushed the male intruder aside on the pitch, told reporters the incident had interrupted the game at an important moment for his team.”We’d been playing good football and then some interruption came,” he said. “I just lost my head and I grabbed the guy and I wished I could throw him away from the stadium.”The match, which France won 4-2, was watched from the stands by Putin and the French and Croatian presidents.LIST OF DEMANDSIn its Facebook post, Pussy Riot complained of rights abuses in Russia. It alluded to Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian filmmaker jailed for 20 years in 2015 for setting fire to two offices in Crimea, including one belonging to Russia’s ruling party, after Moscow annexed the region from Ukraine.Pussy Riot said its demands included freeing political prisoners in Russia, freedom of speech on the internet, freedom to protest, and allowing political competition.The group shared a video on social media recorded before the incident featuring three female activists, at least two of whom were among those detained. They wore police uniforms and one of them wore a pink balaclava.”The World Cup has shown wonderfully what the police can be like in Russia, but what will happen afterwards?” one of the activists asked in the video, an apparent allusion to lenient policing noted by Russians during the tournament.A separate video posted on social media appeared to show the moments after the pitch invaders had been detained.Two of them, a man and a woman, could be seen standing in a room, dressed in dishevelled police uniforms, while a voice off camera demanded handcuffs be brought.”Do you know that Russia will pay for this to FIFA through sanctions?” the off-camera voice said, in an angry tone. “You wanted to shit on Russia, didn’t you?””We are for Russia,” the male detainee replied.advertisement”Sometimes I regret that it’s not 1937,” the person off- camera in the video said. That year was the height of political repressions carried out by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 28 (PTI) India’s new athletic sensation Hima Das’ coach Nipon Das has been accused of sexual assault by another athlete who trained under him in Guwahati, even as the coach termed the charges “false and fabricated”. Nipon trained the athlete at the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium in the Assam capital. The woman athlete had said in her police complaint that she has been sexually assaulted by Nipon in the middle of May. The local police had filed an FIR on the complaint of the woman who is around 20-year-old and interrogated Nipon. The complaint was filed on June 22. Nipon, who spotted and mentored Hima to a world junior championship title recently, claimed innocence. He said the woman made “false” charges as he could not get a place for her in the Assam team for the National Inter-State Athletics Championships (June 26-29) held in Guwahati. “This woman athlete who runs 100m and 200m trains under me and she was always after me to get her into the Assam team. I could not do that because there are other girls who are better than her. She was not included in the state team in National Inter-State Championships and that is why she filed the complaint on false and fabricated grounds,” Nipon told PTI from Guwahati. “She could not produce any proof of her allegations. In the complaint she said the incident happened on May 18 but she filed the complaint only on June 22. My assistant coach and some other athletes were also interrogated but all of them said they have not seen any such incident. It is all fabricated and false,” he added.advertisement He said police investigation was going on and that he is confident of coming out clean. “I have not been arrested by police so far. I had been taken to the police station once and I was interrogated, that is all. If I am guilty and have committed some offence I should be punished and I am ready for that but here I have not done anything wrong,” he said. It was Nipon, who works with the state Directorate of Sports and Youth Welfare, who spotted Hima during an inter-district meet late in 2016. He asked her to shift to Guwahati, 150 km from her village near Dhing in Nagoan district and convinced the youngster that she had a future in athletics. Nipon also had his share of spotlight in Assam after Hima won a gold medal in the 400m race at the World Junior Championships in Finland earlier this month. PTI PDS AHAHlast_img read more

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first_imgFor most of the high-end phones, 5G connectivity will come in 2019. For the Moto Z3, a phone launched last night by Motorola in the US, it is already here. The Moto Z3 is world’s first phone with support for 5G network, even though such a network is not yet available publicly. Sort of.Motorola’s new flagship device is an amped up version of its Moto Z3 Play and it will hit the stores in the US on August 16. But before we tell you how this phone transforms into a machine running on super speeds, let’s talk about what’s new in the new Moto Z3. The Moto Z3 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor, which is unlike most smartphone releases this year that feature Snapdragon 845 chipset. It comes with a dual rear camera setup with a 12MP primary and secondary sensors, and an 8MP selfie camera.The phone comes with a 6-inch sAMOLED display and it runs on Android 8.1 Oreo. It sports 4GB RAM with 64GB internal memory which is expandable up to 2TB with a microSD card. The phone uses a 3,000 mAh non-removable battery, which comes with support for Turbopower, or in other less fancy words fast charging. The phone is priced at $480 in the US.Now about that 5G support. The Moto Z3 has been launched along with Motorola’s 5G Moto Mod. 5G Moto Mod works on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X50 modem which supports 5G connectivity and comes with an extra 2,000mAh battery. While the pricing of 5G Moto Mod hasn’t been unveiled yet, Motorola is offering the device for just $50 for a limited time.advertisementALSO READ: Moto Z3 launched with Snapdragon 835 chipset, dual 12-megapixel rear camerasOnce connected with the Moto Mod, Moto Z3 will work on 5G speeds in four cities in the US, when those cities get 5G network. Verizon will be rolling out its 5G network in four cities in the US which includes Houstan, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and the fourth city which will be announced later. However, users will have to wait till 2019 to use Moto Z3 to use its 5G connectivity in the country.last_img read more

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first_imgFormer India skipper Sourav Ganguly on Monday claimed that the Instagram post on which he was seen slamming the Indian batting unit was actually done from a fake account which has since been removed from the social media network.Ganguly tweeted to clarify that the account is fake and that the quotes in the post are not his. He also urged media houses “not to pick up any news or quotes” from that particular post.However, several media houses have already used the quotes and running several stories based on the quotes after the post went viral from the handle of sganguly99.Sourav Ganguly wants Vijay, Rahane to step up in remaining Tests vs EnglandTurns out, the account is not verified and doesn’t have the blue tick on it. It has since garnered over 10k likes and more than a hundred people have also commented on it.My Instagram page is a fake one ..please dont pick up any news or quotes from it ..Will report to Instagram immediately @samiprajguru @imVkohliSourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) August 6, 2018In the post, the user claimed Ganguly to be saying, “If you’ve to win a Test then everyone has to score runs. The other batsmen have to score 100’s as well. #ViratKohli played very well otherwise India would have been out of the match on the 2nd day itself.”This was the first Test in a 5 match series & I think this team has the capability to come back & play well. #AjinkyaRahane & #MuraliVijay will have to show some determination since they have scored runs in these conditions before.”advertisementThe post even went on to blame Virat Kohli for the loss and claimed that the captain is also responsible for the loss.”I don’t think the captain is responsible for the loss. If you’re the captain then you’ll be criticised for a loss the same way as you’re congratulated for a win.”One criticism for Virat Kohli is that he should give a consistent run to his batters & more time before dropping them. The failure against swing in English conditions can’t be used as an excuse any more as everyone knows that it’s what you get when you come to England,” the post went on to add.India failed to chase down a modest 194 in the opening Test of the five-match series against England at Edgbaston last Saturday and lost the match by 31 runs to concede a 1-0 lead to the hosts.Captain Kohli’s 149 in India’s first innings had kept the visitors in the game. He then scored a composed 51 to keep India in the hunt during their chase but he failed to find any kind of support from the other end.There was absolutely no support from the top-order, especially in the second innings, which included Murali Vijay (6), Shikhar Dhawan (13), KL Rahul (13) and Ajinkya Rahane (2). While Kohli made 200 runs in the match, the other four in the top-five aggregated only 99.The second Test will be played at the Lord’s cricket ground from August 9.last_img read more

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first_imgChandigarh, Aug 13 (PTI) Punjab Sports Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi has sought from the Centre the redressal of grievances of people living in the border area.He submitted a memorandum in this regard to Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman yesterday who dedicated 280 feet-long historic bridge at Hussainiwala to the nation in Ferozepur.Sodhi said he had demanded that the compensation amount to the farmers, having land outside the barbed wire fence in the border area, should be increased to Rs 20,000.Besides, the Army should issue no objection certificate to farmers for electricity connections to operate the tube-wells for better maintenance of their crops.The ownership rights should be given to the poor farmers who cultivate the land outside the barbed wire fence, he sought.Sodhi said that he also apprised the Union minister regarding the problems being faced by the people of the cantonment area.The permission should be granted to repair the buildings in the cantonment area which are in a dilapidated condition. The Cantonment Act, 2006 must be suitably amended to ensure that there is no interference of the Army in the civil area, he said in a release here.The lease of the properties which have expired must be renewed and the policy for making these freehold should be made. The public representatives must be involved while making the land policy. PTI CHS KJKJlast_img read more

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first_imgPune, Aug 17 (PTI) Indian Super League (ISL) club FC Pune City today announced the signing of the Uruguayan centre back Martin Diaz to strengthen their defence line for the 2018-19 season. After acquiring Martin’s signature, FC Pune City CEO Gaurav Modwel said, “Martin will strengthen our defence with his vast experience in South America, Europe and of course an entire season in ISL. He is versatile and can play either as centre-back or a defensive midfielder. He is technical and is good with playing the ball from the back, which suits our style of play.” Martin began his senior career with Defensor Sporting in 2008 and later played for Dinamo Bucuresti, CD Badajoz, Montevideo Wanderers, Atletico Rafaela and Liverpool FC in Primera Division. NorthEast United FC signed him last season where he played 16 games. Martin also captained his national team in 2005 FIFA U17 World Championship. Head coach Miguel Angel Portugal said, “I have seen Martin last season and what impressed me is his work ethic and adaptability. He is never short of energy and brings in a lot of experience, which will help the young players of our team. I welcome him to our club and hope he makes a positive impact on the club as well as its fans.” Excited after joining the club Martin said, “After witnessing what FC Pune City achieved last season, I felt the club was really moving along well. After meeting them, I realised their professional approach to everything in and around the club helped them achieve what they did.advertisement “I am excited to join my new team and equally thrilled about accepting this new challenge.” PTI AHAHlast_img read more

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first_imgApurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar clinched the first medal for India at the Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta on Sunday.Chandela and Kumar, who were participating in the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team event, got eliminated in the penultimate stage which meant a bronze medal for India.The duo had a total score of 429.9. Chinese Taipei’s Ying-Shin Lin and Lu Shaochuan clinched the gold medal with a total score of 494.1 which is also a Games record, while China settled for silver with Zhao Rouzhu and Yang Haoran scoring 492.5.Asian Games 2018 Day 1 Live UpdatesChandela and Kumar had entered the final as the second-best team with 835.3.However, Manu Bhaker and Abhishek Verma failed to qualify for the final of 10m mixed air pistol event.Medal Alert: 1st Medal (Bronze) for India via Apurvi Chandela/ Ravi Kumar in 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team (Shooting) event #AsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/X1PBt9qY3AIndia@AsianGames2018 (@India_AllSports) August 19, 2018Chandela has been in decent form heading into the Asian Games in Jakarta after finishing fourth in the ISSF World Cup Rifle/Pistol stage in Munich.In the eight-woman final, Apurvi was leading her nearest rival by 1.1 points at the end of the 18th shot in the 24-shot final but managed only a 5.9 in the 19th to slip to fourth position.She closed with a 10.5 on her 20th and her tally of 205.4 was still 2.9 short of the medals. Chinese Taipei’s Ying-Shin Lin had won gold in that event as well.last_img read more

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first_imgAsian Games gold medallist Swapna Barman’s story of enduring a severe toothache to script history in Jakarta is well documented by now but it is her troubled knee and back that is more of a trouble.While her toothache troubled her on the morning of the start of women’s heptathlon, her back problem and knee issue is a recurring injury.Swapna, who was suffering from toothache and had her jaw strapped with a tape to nullify it, scored 1003 points in high jump, 872 points in javelin throw and finished second-best in shot put and long jump with 707 and 865 points respectively to bag India’s first ever gold medal in heptathlon at the Games.She has now decided to travel to Mumbai to find proper cure for her knee and back issues and then bounce back into the field with full fitness.Also read – Didn’t have time to think about pain, says Asian Games gold medallist Swapna BarmanShe has a lower back problem and a grade three meniscus tear in the knee.”I will go to Mumbai around September 24 (after the Ganpati festival is over). There will be a series of tests to see whether I will have to go for a surgery or rehabilitation,” Barman said at a felicitation function.”I want to be fully fit before taking the field again. I have suffered a lot as Asian Games gold was my target but now since I have time I have to heal my recurring injury. Otherwise, it can get worse,” Barman said.advertisementThe 2020 Tokyo Olympics is just two years to go and her coach Subhas Sarkar feels it’s not a realistic target for the 21-year-old and it would be wise to train eyes on defending her Asian Games gold.Also read – Swapna Barman had been advised to surgically remove extra toes. She refused and won Asiad goldSarkar has not kept any major assignments for her in next year and stressed that she needs to recover first and then resume practice.”Our aim is to win successive Asian Games gold which has not happened before. As far as Olympics is concerned, the qualification mark is 6200 points. She needs to achieve that first,” Sarkar said.For decades, the narrow stretch leading to the Barman residence on the outskirts of Jalpaiguri town has been a dirt road. The gravel laden narrow lane between the paddy fields that led to the Ghoshpara village was the first track Swapna ever ran on in her life.But now with Swapna become the apple of everyone’s eye, the stretch is now concrete.Swapna, despite having six toes each in her feet, has not yet thought about getting that operated. The extra width of her feet means every landing is painful and the shoes do not last long either, but she has so far resisted the suggestion to have her extra digits surgically removed.”It’s a problem and I think I may have to live with it for the rest of my life,” Swapna told Reuters.”Some people did suggest surgery to get rid of the extra toes but Im not sure about it. Anyway, Im now focusing on the Asian Games and will think about all it later.”(With inputs from agencies)last_img read more

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first_imgFormer Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik’s heroic knock took his team over the line in a thrilling Super 4 clash against Afghanistan in the Asia Cup 2018 on Friday night.Pakistan required 10 runs from the last over and Malik dispatched pacer Aftab Alam for a six and four after playing a dot ball to take the Men in Green over the line with 3 wickets and 3 balls to spare at the Sheikh Zyed stadium in Abi Dhabi.But it was his gesture after the match got over which won hearts as Malik was seen consoling a distraught Aftab Alam while the Afghanistan and Pakistan players shook hands.Asia Cup 2018: Pakistan hold nerve to win thriller vs gutsy AfghanistanAftab was down on his knees and covered his face with his hands after the defeat. Malik bent down and consoled his opponent while his batting partner Hasan Ali also joined in.Shoaib Malik … you have won my heart A man with an epic classStay Blessed !!!@realshoaibmalik#PAKvAFG pic.twitter.com/QdfsDtW3YeAmmara Awan (@Ammaraa1782) September 21, 2018The incident reminded fans of the moment between all-rounder Andrew Flintoff and fast bowler Brett Lee’s hand shake after England’s victory over Australia in the 2005 Edgbaston Test.Pakistan vs Afghanistan – HighlightsFlintoff had denied the visitors a famous victory during the second Ashes Test as he picked 4 for 79 to lead England to victory. But it was the moment after the match which took everybody by surprise as Flintoff who made a beeline for Lee who was crouched on his haunches in despair. Flintoff has been lauded for his sportsmanship ever since and the iconic handshake and subsequent embrace has been written about at length.advertisementMeanwhile on Friday, Pakistan were in control with a 154-run second wicket stand between Imam-ul-Haq (80) and Babar Azam (66) while chasing 258 before losing their way with the fall of regular wickets, only to be rescued by former skipper Shoaib Malik’s belligerent 43-ball unbeaten 51.Wickets kept falling for Pakistan with star Afghan spinner Rashid Khan yet again proving his utility with a three wicket haul but Malik held his nerves to keep one end tight.Pakistan though got off to the worst possible start when Fakhar Zaman was sent back in the first over of the innings by Mujeeb Ur Rahman.The pair of Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam then came together for a mammoth 154-run partnership to steer Pakistan’s boat to safety.Imam-ul-Haq was run out in the 34th over but had managed to score 80 from 104 balls (his second ODI fifty) as Babar Azam too followed him within two overs. Babar also reached his 8th ODI fifty (a 94-ball 66).In walked Malik and along with the likes of Sarfraz Ahmed, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz and finally Hasan Ali saw Pakistan across the line.Pakistan will next face India in Dubai on Sunday while Bangladesh and Afghanistan will lock horns in Abu Dhabi on the same day.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more

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first_imgHOW MANY WORLD CUPS HAS ADIDAS TEAM ARGENTINA WON?Click here to answerWATCH CARNIBALL 2018, ONE QUESTION ON EACH MATCH DAYVIEWERS TO SEND IN THEIR ANSWERS AT Indiatoday.In/Sports/Fifa-World-Cup-2018SEND US YOUR ANSWERS ALONG WITH YOUR FULL NAME, ADDRESS & CONTACT NUMBERCONTEST FROM JUNE 14TH – 15TH JULY 2018, EACH DAY ONE WINNERWINNER WILL GET ADIDAS TELSTAR 18 FOOTBALLlast_img

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first_imgLewis Hamilton stormed to victory at the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday, claiming his fourth straight Formula One win and moving a step closer to a fifth world championship.Starting from pole, the Mercedes driver was never seriously challenged and crossed the finish line 12.919 seconds ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was third, 14.295 seconds back.Hamilton has won six of the last seven races and now leads Sebastian Vettel by 67 points with four races left.Vettel started eighth and quickly moved up to fourth place, overtaking both Toro Rosso cars that started ahead of him.But the Ferrari driver attempted to pass Max Verstappen on the ninth lap and the two cars collided with the Ferrari spinning off into the runoff. The move dropped Vettel back to 18th place.He worked his way back up to sixth but couldn’t move higher than that.If Hamilton wins the next race in the United States he will be crowned world champion for the fifth time, with three races to spare in case Vettel finishes lower than second.(With AP inputs)last_img read more

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first_imgFormer Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson is willing to help out left-arm speedster Mitchell Starc before the second Test against India starts on December 14.Starc picked up 5 wickets in the Adelaide Test but struggled with his line and length, particularly during India’s second innings when Australia were looking to restrict the visitors’ lead.They eventually lost the match by 31 runs in a thrilling contest on Day 5 as they failed to chase down the target of 323 set by India.Starc bowled 21.5 overs in that innings and picked up 3 wickets for 40 runs at an economy rate of over 1.80.But Johnson, who was commentating during the Test match, was not impressed with Starc’s body language while he was bowling on the fourth day and wanted the Aussie quick to show some aggression.”I just don’t like his body language. He hasn’t given a bit of a glare or puffed his chest out with a good follow-through, let the batsman know he’s in the contest, that he’s going to rip the pegs out,” Johnson said on air on ABC Grandstand.His comments were not appreciated by Starc’s wife and Australia women’s team wicket-keeper Alyssa Healy, who hit back at Johnson on Twitter.”Will your preparation be getting grumpy?,” Healy replied on Johnson’s tweet which read, “Congratulations to India. Loved Australia’s fight to the end, need to move on quickly from this loss & prepare for Perth which is a quick turn around.”@mstarc56 will your preparation be getting grumpy?Alyssa Healy (@ahealy77) December 10, 2018Johnson has now reached out to Starc and wants to help the 28-year-old regain his form and aggression ahead of the Perth Test.advertisement”Everyone operates in a different way and I’ve already sent him a couple of text messages to see if he wants to catch up and have a chat about things because I have worked with him in the past and you get to know people really well.”It just looked like there was something on his mind, something’s not quite clicking (in the first Test). We’ll sit down hopefully before the Perth Test match starts,” Johnson said on BBC’s Stumps podcast.Starc meanwhile, was the only fast bowler from the playing XI to take part in Australia’s optional training session at the WACA on Wednesday.Opener Marcus Harris, who faced Starc in the nets, defended his teammate and can’t wait to have a crack at India in the second match starting Friday.Mitchell Starc has been backed by his captain to rediscover his fiery best on a fast track in Perth: https://t.co/stojdyCDia pic.twitter.com/UmJSriwvg7cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 10, 2018″Quick,” Harris told reporters when asked how Starc was bowling.”He bowled pretty well. There was obviously a bit of talk about him after the game, but I thought he bowled pretty well during the game. He felt like he was in good rhythm out there before so I’m sure he’s ready and raring to go before Friday,” he added.Also Read | Langer calls for patience and partnerships from Australia batsmen ahead of Perth TestAlso Read | India vs Australia: What awaits India in Perth after highs of AdelaideAlso Read | Tim Paine warns India ahead of 2nd Test: Heard Perth pitch will be really fastAlso Read | Tim Paine is the toughest pretty boy I have ever met: Justin Langerlast_img read more

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first_imgA year in which England will host the World Cup and the Ashes started in the worst possible way with an emphatic 381-run defeat by West Indies in Barbados and they face major selection choices for the second Test in Antigua starting on Thursday.For West Indies, led by one of the game’s most exciting talents in all-rounder Jason Holder, the contest at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, offers a chance to prove they are a team on the rise — capable of more than just occasional triumphs.For all the focus on England’s decision to play two spinners and leave out experienced seamer Stuart Broad, the fact remains that England’s loss was caused by a shocking first-innings batting effort as they were skittled out for a paltry 77.Concerns over England’s batting increased when part-time spinner Roston Chase took eight wickets in the second innings.Questions are being asked of England’s left-handed opener Keaton Jennings who is struggling again after showing his capabilities with a century in Sri Lanka in November.It would be a surprise, however, if England’s selectors decided to immediately jettison him for 32-year-old back-up Joe Denly but Jennings will again be under pressure to show he merits that faith.Jennings will need to show real toughness to rise to the challenge but that is a quality former skipper Michael Vaughan feels the team is lacking.”They do not have the mental strength to fight through tough sessions by working hard and forcing bowlers into their third or fourth spells. They are fine when they bowl a team out or make a big score batting first themselves but poor when they are under a little bit of pressure,” Vaughan wrote in his Daily Telegraph column.advertisementVaughan pointed the finger firmly at Jennings and is worried he won’t be able to handle Holder’s pace attack.”Keaton Jennings is a good player against spin but every time he faces pace I shut my eyes. He does not know where his off stump is and, as an opening batsman, that is your number one task,” he said.Broad is likely to return to the attack but it is far from clear who will drop out and with Antigua possibly friendly to spin, Joe Root may still need to keep two slow bowlers.The mood in the home camp is buoyant, after all there have only been two other occasions when the West Indies won a Test by bigger margins by runs.They defeated England by 425 runs in Manchester in 1976 and crushed Australia by 408 runs in Adelaide in 1980.While the results of the Caribbean side remain well below the standards they once set, there are signs they may be turning the corner — the victory in Barbados was their eighth win in their last 21 Tests.Those victories include two against England and Pakistan and one against Sri Lanka but Holder, now ranked as the world’s top Test all-rounder, knows there have been plenty of false dawns for his team.”We’ve still got a long way to go. One Test match doesn’t make a summer,” he said. “We’ve been in this position before, so lots of hard work to be done.”Also Read | Alastair Cook blasts England’s preparations after West Indies Test defeatAlso Read | Jason Holder No.1 Test all-rounder after exploits against Englandlast_img read more

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first_imgPlaying on grass may have been a gamble for India against the visiting Italian team in the Davis Cup, but the final scoreline of 1-3 was an indicator of the difference in calibre.Gone are the days when India would opt for playing home ties on grass and have a natural advantage. From the Krishnan to Amritraj era and then ties when Leander Paes and Ramesh Krishnan scripted incredible wins in Davis Cup ties at home, grass was a great surface.When Leander authored against-all-odds wins and Ramesh would outfox rival players with his natural skills, grass was deadly for the visitors.Be it the South Club in Kolkata, Chandigarh’s Sector 10 stadium or grass courts at the DLTA or even the NSCI, India produced huge upsets on grass. When Somdev Devvarman did Davis Cup duty, he was forced to play on grass, even though he was not a player blessed with natural serve-and-volley skills.Off late, India’s wins in ties at home and abroad have not been on grass but hard courts or clay. It was outgoing Davis Cup non-playing captain Mahesh Bhupathi who had asked for grass and Kolkata as the venue where Prajnesh Gunneswaran and Ramkumar Ramanathan came short against the Italians.Playing on grass requires a special skill set. This current lot, barring Rohan Bopanna, has no experience of the natural turf. At his peak, when Bopanna played singles predominantly in Davis Cup, he had a big serve, decent shots off the ground and scripted good wins.advertisementAs it is, with the All India Tennis Association almost “killing” the grass court nationals, there is hardly any tennis on the natural surface. Then again, it’s not as if many Indians play in the grass-court season in the lead-up to Wimbledon, barring the doubles specialists.The AITA would do well to include in its calendar some grass court events and restore past glory. It’s not as if playing Italy on hard courts would have made a difference as the visitors are ranked so high.With the Davis Cup format undergoing a huge change and the tie getting over in two days in matches played on best of three sets, a lot of charm has been taken away. Maybe, for India, the agony was less as in best of five ties against Italy they would have got exposed further.There is talk this was Bhupathi’s last tie. When Bhupathi took over from Anand Amritraj two years ago, the rumour mills said Amritraj was being removed as he had failed to instill discipline in the team! It would be ironical if the man who was junked is brought back as captain in 2020.Anything is possible in Indian tennis and musical chairs is a favourite theme!For the record, it was good that the new doubles specialist combo of Bopanna and Divij Sharan, who won gold at the Asian Games last August, won their rubber against Italy.last_img read more

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first_imgEngland’s disappointing performances on their West Indies tour could open the door for new players looking to break into the Test team, batsman Jos Buttler has said.England are down 2-0 in the three-match series after last week’s 10-wicket defeat in the second Test at Antigua, where their batsmen managed scores of 187 and 132 in two innings.Their flaws were exposed in the opening Test too where the tourists suffered a humiliating 381-run defeat and Buttler said England’s fringe and uncapped players would be keen to stake their claim.”It’s fair to say for a little while now there’s been positions up for grabs,” Buttler told the BBC.”That’s an exciting place for guys outside and inside the team — to know there are opportunities to make a real stand and say this is the position you’re personally going to nail down.”After the third Test, which begins in St Lucia on Saturday, Joe Root’s side face Ireland at Lord’s before the Ashes series against Australia gets underway in August, leaving them with limited opportunities to have a settled team.Buttler said a more immediate task was to get their batsmen to handle testing conditions, pointing to Darren Bravo as an example after the West Indies player occupied the crease for over five hours in Antigua for his 50.”International cricket demands you adapt to conditions and West Indies have done that really well and we’ve been found wanting,” he added.”Bravo committed to setting his stall out and putting a high price on his wicket. That commitment to your style and staying true to how you want to play is so important.”advertisementAll-rounder Ben Stokes could be a doubt for the third Test after missing training due to bruised right heel, British media reported, adding Ben Foakes (hand) and Chris Woakes (knee) are also nursing injuries.Also Read | Jack Leach tells England to improve, not complain about pitchesAlso Read | Duckett stars as England Lions reach 303 for 5 vs India A on Day 1 of 1st unofficial TestAlso Read | Joe Denly keen to prove his worth in third Test against West Indieslast_img read more

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first_imgThe India pair of Jemimah Rodrigues and Smriti Mandhana have made impressive gains among batters in the ICC Women’s T20I Player Rankings despite their side’s 3-0 series loss to New Zealand, while Windies all-rounder Deandra Dottin has grabbed the top spot among all-rounders in the latest update carried out on Tuesday.Rodrigues’s 132 runs in the three-match series against New Zealand have lifted her four places to the second position while Smriti Mandhana, who grabbed the top spot in ODIs last week, has gained four spots to reach the sixth position after finishing as the leading run-getter in the series with an aggregate of 180. The stylish left-hander smashed two half-centuries including a fluent 86 in the last match in Hamilton that India lost by two runs.Spinners Radha Yadav and Deepti Sharma make progressSpinners Radha Yadav, up 18 places to 10th after taking four wickets in the series, and Deepti Sharma, up five places to 14th, are the India players to move up among bowlers.For New Zealand, Sophie Devine has moved from 11th to the eighth position among batters after scoring 153 runs in the series including a match-winning 72 in the last match, while captain Amy Satterthwaite’s 87 runs have lifted her from 23rd to 17th position. Among bowlers, Lea Tahuhu has moved up five slots to 11th position.For the Windies, Dottin has been the standout performer in a 2-1 series win in Pakistan. Dottin has moved up two places to third among batters after scoring 158 runs in the series while her three wickets have lifted her two slots to 29th among bowlers. The net result has been a promotion to No.1 in the list of all-rounders.’advertisementPakistan captain Bismah Maroof has gained three slots to tie with compatriot Javeria Khan in 15th position among batters while Sana Mir, who is top ranked in the ODI format, has moved up six places to take 28th position among T20I bowlers after taking three wickets in the series.South Africa completed a 3-0 win over Sri Lanka in a home series ahead of their ICC Women’s Championship series. The gains for them include captain Dane van Niekerk moving up three slots to reach a career-best 12th among batters, up six places to 20th among bowlers and up two berths among all-rounders to third. The pace pair of Shabnim Ismail (up four places to seventh) and Marizanne Kappe (up seven places to 22nd) are other notable gainers. For Sri Lanka, Shashikala Siriwardene has benefited by four places to reach 30th position.Other players to advance include Esha Oza of the United Arab Emirates (up 44 places to 46th) among batters and the Thailand pair of Chanida Sutthiruang (up 15 places to 38th) and Nattaya Boochatham (40th) among bowlers.India retain 5th spot despite 3-0 defeat to New ZealandIn the Women’s T20I Team Rankings, New Zealand have overtaken England to take second place. ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2018 champions Australia continue to lead the table while the Windies and India, semifinalists at the T20 World Cup in the Caribbean, are fourth and fifth, respectively.Also Read | Rohit Sharma likely to be rested for part of ODI series vs AustraliaAlso Read | Nothing wrong with being gay: Joe Root tells Shannon Gabriel during on-field exchangeAlso Read | India can dominate world cricket for a long time, says Shane WarneAlso See:last_img read more

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