Bajaj Pulsar 200NS takes on KTM Duke 200 and Honda CBR 150R

first_imgBajaj’s latest release, Pulsar 200NS goes up against the KTM’s Duke 200 and Honda’s CBR 150R to determine which motorcycle trumps the other two. Even though the three of them are worlds apart, they go head-to-head against each other as premium offerings on the Indian market, say reports.LooksThe Bajaj Pulsar 200NS has been given a bit of a different look than the earlier Bajaj Pulsar bikes. The bike features predator-like headlamps, broad fuel tank and high tail light. The bike has been given a sportier touch with the ‘triple-spark’ sticker on the engine.On the other hand, the Honda CBR 150R is way too slimmer and lighter than CBR 250R.The bike features telescopic forks in the front and a tube type monoshock at the rear. The bike features a Y-shaped headlight, layered fairing and contrasting tail section panel accompanied by a deep set tail lamp. It has a smaller exhaust and matte black alloy wheels.The handlebars of KTM Duke 200 have been tapered the same way as it has been done in Pulsars. Apart from the handlebars, the bike includes many Pulsar-inspired features, including cast alloy swing arms and blackened trellis frame too.The bike features upside down forks, unlike telescopic forks that are found in abundance in almost all bikes. Moreover, radiant and bright graphics make the look sportier.Performance and HandlingThe Bajaj Pulsar 200NS has a 199cc engine featuring SOHC liquid cooled cylinder and triple-spark technology for better combustion. The engine churns out maximum power of 23.1bhp and a peak torque of 18.3Nm.advertisementPulsar 200NS does a 0-60kmph sprint in 3.8 seconds.The 138kg Honda CBR 150R has an engine with an approximate displacement of 150cc. The bike features fuel-injected and liquid cooled engine.Honda CBR 250R makes peak power of 17.5bhp and the peak torque of 1.29kgm.The bike features upside down forks, unlike the usual telescopic forks. The bike has a tube type mono shock in the rear.KTM Duke 200 is powered by a 199.50cc DOHC 4 valve per cylinder engine. The motor of the bike develops peak power of 25bhp and maximum torque of 19Nm. It has a top speed of 136 kmph.VerdictThe Honda CBR 150R is certainly ideal for beginners and sports touring, but the pricing of the bike (Rs 1.17 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi) can certainly discourage many of the enthusiasts.Pulsar 200NS edges out the others in terms of styling and looks.The Bajaj KTM Duke 200 is certainly more powerful than both the two bikes. The Honda CBR 150R already lags in terms of its price tag.The Pulsar 200NS has a sub one lakh rupees price tag, while the Bajaj KTM Duke 200 has an ex-showroom price of Rs 1.18 lakh.KTM Duke 200 has an edge over the two as it justifies its price with its performance. Hence, it is the winner among the three.last_img read more

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Olympic champion among 12 Russian athletes guilty of doping

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Russian envoy invites PH firms to explore for oil, gas in Russia PLAY LIST 02:03Russian envoy invites PH firms to explore for oil, gas in Russia01:37Russian envoy: Putin accepts Duterte’s invitation to visit PH00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Qatar beats Japan in Asian Cup final for first major title LATEST STORIES Two Americans are now in line to become gold medalists years after their events.With Ukhov disqualified, the International Olympic Committee can upgrade silver medalist Erik Kynard of the United States to become the 2012 champion.With Shkolina’s disqualification from the 2013 worlds, another American, Brigetta Barrett, is in line to get the gold medal from the IAAF. It would be Barrett’s first world title.Two-time Olympic champion Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland could be upgraded to the 2013 world title if Lysenko is stripped of her title.The Russian athletes, including 2014 world indoor triple jump champion Lyukman Adams, can file appeals to a separate division of CAS, which acted as the initial disciplinary hearing in these cases.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war CAS prosecuted the athletes on behalf of the Russian Athletics Federation, which has been suspended by the IAAF since 2015. A WADA investigation report involving McLaren detailed extensive doping and cover-ups in Russian athletics back then.Previously a target of McLaren, Rodchenkov then worked with the WADA investigator and detailed athletes’ steroid programs and cover-ups. This, including “washout testing” ahead of major championships he said he ran as director of the WADA-accredited laboratory in Moscow and then in Sochi.“Russia’s pernicious, persistent, and state-led schemes to undermine Dr. Rodchenkov’s credibility are failing miserably,” his lawyers, Jim Walden and Avni Patel, said in a statement.Friday’s verdicts came exactly one year after testimony from McLaren and Rodchenkov was partly rejected by previous CAS panels, when some Russian athletes overturned their disqualifications from the Sochi Olympics on appeal.“Today’s CAS rulings confirm that the evidence underlying the McLaren Reports is reliable and is capable of establishing Anti-Doping Rule Violations,” said Brett Clothier, head of the IAAF’s Athletics Integrity Unit, which helped prepare the case. “It is very encouraging for us and gives us the possibility to pursue more cases.”Russian Athletics Federation head Dmitry Shlyakhtin said other cases could follow.“We knew about this list and I don’t think it will be the last one,” Shlyakhtin said in comments published by Russian state news agency R-Sport. “There will be more names and more verdicts, and we’ve still got the retests of Moscow laboratory samples ahead of us.”WADA director general Olivier Niggli said the track and field verdicts confirmed the importance of retrieving analytical data from the former Moscow lab last month — a process initially stalled by Russian authorities .“It is vitally important now that the hard work continues for the good of all athletes across a range of sports,” Niggli said in a statement. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Ukhov was disqualified from the 2012 London Games, while hammer thrower Tatyana Lysenko and high jumper Svetlana Shkolina also have been disqualified after winning gold at the 2013 world championships in Moscow.“The procedures stem from the investigation conducted by Professor Richard McLaren, mandated by the World Anti-Doping Agency, in relation to allegations of systemic doping practices in Russian sport,” the court said in a statement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesCAS judges ruled the athletes “participated in and/or benefited from anabolic steroid doping” in the period before the London Olympics and through the 2013 worlds. The rulings vindicated longstanding claims by Russian whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov who said he oversaw a state-protected program that later tainted the 2014 Sochi Olympics.Ukhov and Shkolina were given four-year bans that started on Friday. An eight-year ban was imposed on Lysenko for her second offense, backdated to run until July 2024. FILE – In this file photo dated Thursday, July 21, 2016, Russian high jumper Ivan Ukhov during the Russian Athletics Cup, at Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, Russia. Olympic high jump champion Ivan Ukhov is among 12 Russian track and field athletes found guilty of taking part in state-backed doping, according to an announcement Friday Feb. 1, 2019, by The Court of Arbitration for Sport. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, FILE)GENEVA — Evidence that Russia ran a state-backed doping scheme for several years has been used to prove new cases of cheating by track and field Olympic and world champions.Ivan Ukhov, the 2012 Olympic high jump champion was among 12 Russian track and field athletes found guilty Friday of taking part in “systemic doping,” the Court of Arbitration for Sport said.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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Ravichandran Ashwin emulates Waqar Younis, Malcolm Marshall with 22nd Test five-wicket haul

first_imgRavichandran Ashwin left the Rajkot Test failure behind him to bounce back in style and grab another five-wicket haul in Test cricket on Saturday.Ashwin was on fire as he picked up five for 67 — his sixth fiver-wicket haul in 2016 — in the ongoing Vizag Test that helped India bundle England out for 255 in their first innings. This after India had scored 455 in their first innings.Interestingly, Ashwin will be on a hat-trick when England come out to bat again in their second innings. Despite having a 200-run advantage, India decided not to enforce a follow-on. (Scorecard)Ashwin bagged his 22 five-wicket haul to equal all-time greats Waqar Younis (Pakistan), and West Indians Malcolm Marshall, Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh.Only three Indians Anil Kumble (35), Harbhajan Singh (25) and Kapil Dev (23) have more five-wicket hauls than Ashwin.Former India captain and commentator with official broadcasters Sunil Gavaskar was all praise for Ashwin.”Must give credit to Ashwin with the way he bowled. Fully deserving of those five wickets on a pitch that did not assist spinners much,” Gavaskar said on-air.50 WICKETS IN 2016Milestone-man Ashwin also became the second bowler after Sri Lankan left-arm spinner Rangana Herath to breach the 50-wicket barrier in 2016. Last year, the Tamil Nadu off-spinner finished with 62 wickets.Only one other Indian bowler has taken 50 wickets in two consecutive years — Harbhajan did so in 2001 and 2002.50 wickets in a calendar year on most occasions (Indians) Instances Bowler Year 3 Anil Kumble 1999, 2004 & 2006 3 Harbhajan Singh 2001, 2002 & 2008 2 Kapil Dev 1979 & 1983 2 R Ashwin 2015 & 2016 1 Vinoo Mankad 1952 1 Bhagwat Chandrasekhar 1976 1 Zaheer Khan 2002(Stats courtesy Rajneesh Gupta)advertisementlast_img read more

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Lalit Modi camp hits out in the ongoing Rajasthan Cricket Association tussle

first_imgThe tussle between different camps in the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) got further entangled after the Lalit Modi camp hit out at the other side in Jaipur today. The Modi camp claimed some people had outside political support and were trying to subvert the Constitution of the body by targeting its duly elected members. Lalit Modi’s son Ruchir Modi was planning to contest the RCA elections before they were called off.Today, Mehmood Abdi, who claims to be the Deputy President of RCA (despite his suspension by the other side) claimed, they wanted the elections to be conducted in the cricket association by following the guidelines laid down by the Lodha Committee.Abdi mentioned, “It is very necessary to adopt the Lodha Committee recommendations because under the present orders of the honourable Supreme Court, any association, including BCCI and its Constituent bodies, like what you said, the state association, they are mandated, they are bound to fall in line with the Lodha Committee recommendations. Whosoever is not in line with the Lodha Committee recommendations, he is not going to get any recognition from BCCI, no funding, nothing and cricket will suffer in any state where Lodha Committee recommendations are not implemented. So, that is why, in our wisdom we decided to go ahead with implementing the Lodha Committee recommendations so as to become acceptable to BCCI for funding and for development of the game of cricket in the state.”  Earlier, a statement issued by Abdi mentioned, “Media Reports about the so called meeting convened by a joint secretary of the R.C.A. for taking decisions beyond his authority are totally unauthorized and illegal. The reports of so called suspension of the duly elected president, secretary, Deputy president and the treasurer of the Rajasthan Cricket Association by an authorized assembly of persons many of whom are unconnected with cricket association is not only laughable but also expression of utter frustration on the part of the disgruntled elements who are somehow hell bent upon capturing power in R.C.A.”advertisementlast_img read more

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Tektronix announces new 3 MDO and 4 MSO series oscilloscopes

first_img Continue Reading Previous Wind River and Airbiquity team on vehicle-to-cloud OTA solutions for connected carsNext ST: STM32H7 MCUs combine dual-core performance with rich feature integration Tektronix added two new oscilloscopes to its product line up with the launch of the 3 Series MDO and the 4 Series MSO. Engineered for a wide range of demanding applications at an affordable price, Tektronix’ new mind-range oscilloscopes have been reimagined with the award-winning user experience and industrial design first introduced in the 5 and 6 Series MSOs. Built from the engineer up, the 3 Series MDO and the 4 Series MSO round out Tektronix’ portfolio of oscilloscopes.To meet a wide variety of development challenges, engineers need test instruments that are capable, versatile and, most of all, easy to use. The new 3 Series MDO and 4 Series MSO feature the largest display sizes in their class, highly intuitive touchscreen user interfaces, class-leading performance and advanced analysis capabilities.Together, the 3 Series MDO, 4 Series MSO and the 5 and 6 Series MSO oscilloscopes represent a state-of-the-art portfolio that look and drive the same and provide a complete range of performance, functions, specifications and price points that make them market leaders in their respective segments.The 3 and 4 Series share a user interface design with touchscreens and front panels that keep key controls close at hand. Rather than digging through multiple menus to find settings, simply double-tap the appropriate readout or measurement on the display.Large oscilloscope displays enhance user experience and speed up debugging and analysis tasks. The new 4 Series MSO features a 13.3-in. display with 1920 x 1080 HD resolution, the largest and highest resolution in its class. It offers bandwidths up to 1.5 GHz and uses 12-bit ADCs for the highest vertical resolution in its class as well. It is the first scope in this class to offer six input channels and with innovative FlexChannel technology, any input channel can be converted from an analog to eight digital channels simply by connecting a logic probe.To meet a diverse range of application requirements, the 4 Series MSO is available with bandwidths starting at 200 MHz and is well supported with options including serial decode and analysis, an arbitrary/function generator and a DVM/frequency counter. The new Spectrum View feature offers time correlated frequency domain analysis with independent spectrum controls. A power analysis package is available to automate AC line, switching device, ripple and sequencing measurements.Bandwidth and options are all field upgradeable. All models deliver a 6.25 GS/s sample rate on all analog and digital channels. Standard record length is 31.25 Mpoints with option for 62.5 Mpoints.The 3 Series MDO is intended to be the compact, versatile test instrument that sits on the desk of every engineer. It features a sleek industrial design and the largest display in its class at 11.6-in. with full high-definition resolution. It uses the same intuitive user interface as the rest of the portfolio with a similar set of knobs and buttons but takes up less than 6 inches of depth on a bench.The 3 Series MDO is more than an oscilloscope and can cover a wide range of debugging and validation tasks. It offers an optional spectrum analyzer up to 3 GHz, with a separate RF input and specifications comparable to a standalone analyzer. This enables engineers to quickly debug wireless components in their designs or quickly track down sources of unwanted EMI emissions without having to use another instrument. Sixteen digital input channels are available for mixed signal analysis. Comprehensive serial protocol debugging and triggering options, optional power measurement and an optional AFG set the standard for versatility. A DVM/frequency counter is included for free with product registration.The new 3 Series MDO is available in bandwidths starting at 100 MHz and extending to 1 GHz. Models are available with 2.5 GS/s or 5 GS/s sample rates on all analog and digital channels. Standard record length is 10 Mpoints. For investment protection, bandwidths and options are fully field upgradeable.The distance between the front of the oscilloscope to the device under test are critical to gaining insight into troublesome circuits. Both the 3 Series MDO and 4 Series MSO use the TekVPI probe interface, giving access to the full range of Tektronix differential voltage probes, active voltage probes, and current probes, plus the recently-introduced power rail probes and optically-isolated differential probes.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

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India giving tough competition in international sporting events: Steel Minister

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 16 (PTI) India is not behind any country when it comes to sports, Union Steel Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh Sunday. “We are giving tough competition to other countries at various international sports championships. In the recently held Asian Games, our stars bagged a number of gold and silver medals,” Singh said at the ninth Champions Run 2018 event here. India is not behind any other nation when it comes to sports, he added. India bagged 15 gold, 24 silver and 30 bronze medals in the Asian Games 2018 held in Indonesia. Further, the minister said one must understand the importance of sports in life and join some games to remain fit. A healthy body and mind is key to a healthy nation, he said, urging the youngsters to devote some time to exercise each day. PTI ABI AHlast_img read more

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Victor Moses: Chelsea don’t fear City

first_imgChelsea Chelsea squad are like ‘brothers’ and have no fear of Manchester City, says Victor Moses Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 17:23 11/16/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Victor Moses Getty Chelsea Manchester City Premier League Antonio Conte The Blues wing-back says his side are ready to close the gap on the league leaders as they look to retain their title this season Victor Moses says Chelsea have no fear of Manchester City and has issued a winter rallying cry for the Premier League champions as they go into a busy fixture period. The 26-year-old is closing in on a return from a grade three hamstring strain and was forced to watch on as Man City gained a nine point lead in the table. Chelsea 13/10 to beat Baggies to nil Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Chelsea have struggled to keep up with Moses and others out, with City on a nine-game winning run in the league. Meanwhile, there have been rumours that Stamford Bridge has been a unhappy place to be with Antonio Conte’s future being constantly discussed and David Luiz being recently dropped from the side for the club’s win over Manchester United. Moses insists that the squad are still like “brothers” and are ready close the gap ahead of a busy run of fixtures.”I think we have done well. We as a team, whatever happens, we stick together as a team and do the best we can,” Moses told Goal after being shortlisted for both the BBC’s African Footballer of the Year and the Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) Player of the Year awards. “I think people have been a bit too harsh but we as players don’t need to think about that or concentrate on what people have been saying.”These criticisms are the kinds of things that makes a player stronger. We know that we just need to believe in ourselves and prove them wrong then win as many games as I can. We are 100 per cent together. We are like brothers here and we are all sticking together and working hard together.Moses quote“Even after losing against Roma, we believe in ourselves collectively and individually. We have great players. We just take each game as it comes. We beat Manchester United, now everyone is saying that we’re the best. Football is like this. We believe in ourselves and work hard together as a team.”Why can’t we compete with City, United or any other club? Our players are good enough to compete with anyone. We have a lot of games to go so you can’t tell who’s going to win the league. We are nine points from Man City but we believe in ourselves and we believe that something can happen further down the line and that we will find ourselves back at the top.”We still believe in ourselves and in the manager we have got so we will keep working hard and see where it takes us. Yes, this season is going to be harder than last season now we’re in the Champions League as well. We are playing Tuesday, Saturday or Sunday on most weeks, but as players we are not looking at that.”We are just trying to play as many games as possible and trying to win football matches. If we can win all the trophies then that would be a great bonus for us. We don’t need to compete with City alone.”We beat them home and away last season and we are the champions of England so we can believe in ourselves and we all want to win every trophy this season. We are still in the Champions League, Premier League and Carabao Cup, then there’s the FA Cup as well.Premier League Table PS“We want to try to win all trophies. We try to do that and then going into the World Cup, that would give you more confidence going into the World Cup to help your nation.”Moses had his breakthrough season at Chelsea last year after impressing Conte in pre-season. The newly arrived manager decided against sending him on loan again after spells with Liverpool, Stoke City and West Ham, and instead turned him into a right wing-back. The Nigeria international went on to win his first ever Premier League title and he earned a new deal at Chelsea in the process. Moses said the new contract has helped him feel like an integral part of the squad and given him the confidence to achieve even more at the highest level. “Definitely, it gave me even more of a boost to go out there and enjoy my football,” Moses added when asked about his contract. “The new deal gave me a lot more confidence to say this is where I belong, this is where I want to play, this is where I want to help my team and to win trophies.”Chelsea is one of the biggest football clubs in the world. I am happy here and enjoying it. I have always believed in myself. As a footballer it is essential to have that belief. I had been on loan three times. I always said to myself that I wanted to break into this team, to do the best I can for this football club.Moses quote“The right manager came in and recognised how hard I had worked. It isn’t just myself. The other lads who have been on loan have had their chances, all played games. I am pleased to see a manager that gives everyone an opportunity to express themselves and play football.”Yes, it isn’t just me. Andreas Christensen has worked hard for himself and the manager has seen that as well. He is getting the opportunity to play and is doing well at the moment. It is good for a manager to believe in the ability that you’ve got and give you the confidence to go out and enjoy your football.”He did it last season with me and is doing it this season. We had a manager that came here and gave everyone an opportunity to express themselves. In pre-season, I worked hard. He realised that straight away and he gave me the opportunity to express myself last season.”I took the opportunity with both hands and then I didn’t look back. As a footballer, if you work hard, then everything else falls into place.”Last week Chelsea saw the departure of Michael Emenalo as technical director after 10 years at the club. Emenalo had an influential role in the recruitment and development of players at the club but left in order to spend more time with his family. Good news! @VictorMoses has today signed a new contract with the Blues! https://t.co/o05eJloAyl — Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) March 1, 2017 Moses and Emenalo are both from Nigeria and the pacey wide man was photographed with his compatriot after signing his new deal. After the departure, Moses was full of praise for the influence his outgoing countryman had over his career. “He is someone that has always believed in the ability that I have got,” Moses said. “He has always stuck by me and he’s always believed that I am going to achieve something at this club. As you can see last season, I did the best I can to help my team-mates and to make sure that we win the league.”He is someone who has always encouraged me to make sure I get to the next level. Even when I was on loan, he was always encouraging me, speaking to me. To make sure I am doing the right thing, making sure I am enjoying my football and making sure I reach my best level in the future.”He believed that I had a future here at Chelsea. He helped me from the very first day that I got here so I want to wish him all the best in his career. I want to wish him and all his family the best as well.”Moses will find out whether he is the winner of the BBC African Player of the Year award on Monday, December 11, while the Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) Player of the Year award will be announced on January 4, 2018.last_img read more

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New Injury Update For Nebraska QB Adrian Martinez

first_imginjury update for nebraska starting qb adrian martinezNebraska was without freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez against Troy on Saturday and it showed. The Huskers lost their second game of the season, dropping to 0-2 on the year. Nebraska started walk-on Andrew Bunch in his place.Martinez, who suffered a knee injury in the season opener against Colorado, appears to be on track to play this weekend.The Huskers had the freshman quarterback at practice today.Adrian Martinez practiced on Monday per Tanner Farmer. Good start to the week for the #Huskers.— Sean Callahan (@Sean_Callahan) September 17, 2018Martinez played extremely well in the Week 1 game against Colorado, throwing for nearly 200 yards and rushing for more than 100 yards, before he got hurt.Nebraska has a big game this weekend, traveling to Ann Arbor to face Michigan.Stay tuned for more updates on Martinez and his health status.last_img read more

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Florida Weather Forecast, India vs West Indies: Will rain play a spoilsport in 1st T20I?

first_img India Today Web Desk LauderhillAugust 3, 2019UPDATED: August 3, 2019 12:34 IST Florida, Lauderhill Weather Forecast, India vs West Indies. (@BCCI)Back on the road following their unfulfilled World Cup campaign, India will begin their preparations for the T20 showpiece event next year with a three-match series against the West Indies beginning here on Saturday.As captain Virat Kohli pointed out before leaving for the Caribbean tour, the main objective of the T20s and the subsequent ODI series against the West Indies is to try out the fringe players who are on selectors’ mind.Kohli was expected to be rested for the limited-overs leg of the tour but a full-strength squad has been picked barring the absence of star pacer Jasprit Bumrah who will join the side ahead of the Test series beginning August 22. All-rounder Hardik Pandya has been rested for the entire tour.It will be a crucial couple of weeks for Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey, who are back in the mix after being sidelined from India’s 50-over World Cup plans.Pandey last played for India in November 2019 and Iyer in February 2018.With India looking to solidify their brittle middle-order in ODIs, both batsmen have a good opportunity to make their case in the coming six games.Both Pandey and Iyer, who were part of the recently-concluded A series in the Caribbean, come into the senior team with runs under their belt.How will the weather behave during the 1st T20I between India and West Indies in USA?According to Accuweather, Florida T20I can witness frequent interruption due to rain and thunderstorm on August 3.There is a possibility of thunderstorms in the morning before the start of play and the game will get started under cloudy skies. The MET department also predicts thunderstorms in the afternoon.advertisement Screengrab from AccuweatherAlso Read | Virat Kohli on India’s World Cup exit: Every time we woke up it was the worst feeling in the morningAlso Read | West Indies vs India, 1st T20I: Distractions aside, Virat Kohli’s men look to build a team for the futureAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow India VS West IndiesFollow Florida T20I Florida Weather Forecast, India vs West Indies: Will rain play a spoilsport in 1st T20I?Florida Weather Forecast, India vs West Indies: India will look to beat West Indies in 1st T20I and go 1-0 up in the series provided rain doesn’t play a spoilsport.advertisementlast_img read more

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Bombay HC quashes orders attaching NSEL assets

first_imgMumbai: In a major victory for fintech firm 63 moons, the Bombay High Court on Thursday ruled that the National Spot Exchange Ltd (NSEL) is not a financial institution and hence notifications for attachment of the company’s assets, including bank accounts and properties, under the MPID Act stand quashed. The court also declined to stay its order as was requested by the Economic Offences Wing (EoW) of Mumbai Police. “We have considered the arguments of the learned senior counsel appearing on both sides and we are of the express view that on exhaustive discussion, we have already concluded that NSEL is not an ‘financial establishment’ within the purview of the Maharashtra Protection of Interests of Depositors (MPID) in Financial Establishments Act, 1999, and in such circumstances, we decline the prayer made by the learned senior counsel (Rafique) Dada,” the order said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIn a statement, the company said: “The Bombay High Court has quashed all the notifications issued by the State Government in the year 2016 and 2018 attaching movable and immovable properties of 63 moons under the MPID Act 1999, by observing that NSEL is not a financial establishment since it did not accept any deposits as defined under the MPID Act and resultantly, the petitioner who is a promoter of the said establishment cannot be proceeded under the provisions of MPID Act.” Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAccording to the company, the court noted that despite the forensic audit commissioned by the EOW tracing the entire money trail to the defaulters, the State attached properties of 63 moons which was not legally sustainable. The two-judge bench of Bharati H. Dangre and Ranjit More on Thursday ruled that the Act is not applicable in terms of NSEL as it is not a financial institution. As a result of the order, the assets attached under MPID Act would be released. The company said that it is in the business of developing and selling technology products for facilitating trading on exchanges such as stock and commodity exchanges and claims to have more than 63,000 shareholders and over 800 employees.last_img read more

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Details about sale and use of pot in BC

first_imgVANCOUVER – British Columbia has announced details of how marijuana will be sold and regulated in the province once the federal government makes it legal later this year. Here’s a list of proposed regulations:— Pot will be sold in public and private stores, not where liquor or tobacco are sold.— Personal possession of non-medicinal marijuana for people who are at least 19 will be limited to 30 grams.— Marijuana smoking will be allowed in public places where tobacco smoking or vaping is permitted, but not in parks or beaches where children would go.— Adults will be permitted to grow up to four plants per household, but landlords are allowed to prohibit cultivation.— A 90-day driving ban will apply to anyone caught driving while drug-impaired, and the province will increase training for law enforcement officers to recognize impairment.— A registration process will be launched for people applying for a cannabis retail licence, but licences will not be issued without the support of local governments.— The changes are expected to be introduced in the spring legislative session.last_img read more

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Starkey Hearing Foundation to Help New Orleans Hear the Big Game

first_imgStarkey Hearing Foundation will conduct a service mission in New Orleans Saturday, Feb. 2, the day before the professional football championship game.Starkey Hearing Foundation is dedicated to bringing understanding among individuals and communities by providing the gift of hearing. On this mission, the foundation will continue fulfilling its commitment to provide 100,000 hearing aids to people in need annually, and 1 million by 2020, as a member of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI).The Foundation’s team of audiologists and staff will fit each of the more than 100 pre-selected recipients—including 12 local musicians—with their own customized, digital hearing device. Hearing is so important to the playing and enjoyment of music, and music is the pulse that drives New Orleans culture, which is why this mission will take place at the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music in the Musician’s Village.Musicians’ Village is one of the most recognized post-Katrina rebuilding efforts of the New Orleans Area Habitat For Humanity (NOAHH). This project, spearheaded by New Orleans natives Harry Connick Jr. and Branford Marsalis, was created as a way to preserve the local music and culture.Celebrity and professional athlete volunteers commonly assist at the Foundation’s missions where they witness the life-changing impact of this cause and support recipients as they are fitted with their new hearing aids. As part of the mission, recipients also receive audio testing, counseling and instruction on how to care for their new devices, all courtesy of Starkey Hearing Foundation.“Music plays a significant role in New Orleans’ heritage and culture and I’m delighted to return to this area to give the gift of hearing once again,” said Bill Austin, founder of Starkey Hearing Foundation. “Watching somebody light up as they hear music clearly again is an incredible experience and sharing that moment is something you never forget.”Starkey Hearing Foundation’s New Orleans Mission is one of dozens conducted each year by the Foundation, both domestically and internationally. Hearing missions are the primary way Starkey Hearing Foundation realizes its goal: So the World May Hear. As a CGI member, the Foundation has pledged to fit 1 million hearing aids to individuals in need by the end of this decade.According to Starkey Hearing Foundation, hearing loss is pervasive, affecting 34 million Americans – or one in 10. Yet, with the help of a hearing device, hearing loss can often be corrected in a majority of cases, giving an individual the opportunity to better connect with their family, the community and the world around them.More information about the foundation’s work can be found at Starkey Hearing Foundation’s website, as well as via Starkey Hearing Foundation’s Facebook and Twitter pages.last_img read more

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Province phasing out BC HOME Partnership program

first_imgWhen the program was introduced, the Housing Ministry anticipated that it would provide 42,000 loans over a three-year period. However, as of January 31st, fewer than 3,000 loans had been approved.The Province says that with the cancellation of the program, it will create a new HousingHub within BC Housing, funded in part by winding down the BC HOME program. VICTORIA – The provinceal government has announced that the BC Home Owner Mortgage and Equity Partnership program will come to an end on March 31st because of low participation.The HOME partnership program was introduced by the previous BC Liberal government and allowed first-time home buyers the ability to borrow up to five percent of the purchase price of their new home that would go towards a downpayment. The program issued loans for a term of 25 years, with a five-year interest and payment grace period.The government says that any applications received by March 31st will be considered for approval, and current program recipients will not be affected.last_img read more

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Fort St John wakes up to smoky haze after thunderstorm Wednesday night

first_imgUPDATE: Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds with the Prince George Fire Centre said that a shift in the wind during the overnight hours has caused the smoke from fires burning north of Fort St. John to drift over the city. She said that so far this morning, crews conducting aerial patrols have not noticed any new fires caused by last night’s lightning storm.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The hot and dry weather in the Peace Region on Wednesday resulted in a massive thunderstorm rolling into Fort St. John last night, and has been replaced with a smoky-smelling haze.Shortly before 11:00 p.m., a thunderstorm moved over Fort St. John from the South Peace, which brought brief heavy downpours and a large number of lightning strikes. The North Peace Airport weather station recorded a trace of precipitation before midnight last night.  On Thursday morning, a large smoky-smelling haze was observed over Fort St. John, with other reports via social media of smoky skies near Mile 57 and in the Tower Lake area south of the Peace River. The BC Wildfire Service has not reported any new fires in the Peace Region on its map of fire locations.The high pressure ridge saw the all-time May 23rd temperature record broken in Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, and Chetwynd yesterday.last_img read more

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Morocco Advocates Political Solution to Syrian Crisis- FM

Kuwait   –  Morocco advocates an adequate political solution to the Syrian Crisis and spares no effort in bringing humanitarian assistance to Syrian citizens affected by the conflict, Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar said on Tuesday in Kuwait city.Speaking at the third international donors conference for Syria, Mezoaur stressed the need for more humanitarian assistance and called the international community to take into consideration the political and security implications of the conflict.Resolving the crisis requires finding the means and mechanisms to implement the Geneva I document with a view of enabling the Syrian people to lead political transition and preserve their country’s territorial integrity and institutions. On this occasion, Mezouar called for increasing international humanitarian assistance to the growing numbers of Syrians refugees in neighbouring countries.Morocco donated 4 million dollars to relevant UN bodies in support of Syrian refugees in Jordan said Mezouar, noting that a makeshift military hospital has been set up since 2012 in the Zaatari camp in Jordan upon instruction by HM King Mohammed VI. read more

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King Mohammed VI Congratulates Ilyas El Omari on Election as New…

Rabat  –  King Mohammed VI has sent a message of congratulation to Ilyas El Omari on his election as the new secretary general of the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM).In this message, the sovereign extended His sincere congratulations to Mr. El Omari for his election as secretary general of PAM and for the trust placed in him by the party’s national congress.The election of Mr. El Omari to lead the general secretariat of the party “testifies the reputation he enjoys among PAM members, thanks to his political career and his firm commitment for the defense of the principles and values of the party,” the royal message underlines.  “It’s certain, with regard to your human qualities, your competences, your sense of duty and your unswerving commitment to the sacred and constant values of the nation, you will spare no effort to consolidate the party’s position in the national political scene and promote the efficiency of its constitutional duties in supervising citizens”, the royal message added.Ilyas El Omari was unanimously elected, Sunday, Secretary General of the largest opposition party PAM, during the third national congress of the party, held in Bouznika on January 22-24.With MAP read more

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87 Percent of Moroccans Oppose Gender Equality in Inheritance

Rabat – Eight-seven percent of Moroccans oppose gender equality in the division of inheritance, according to the results of a national survey on the United Nations sustainable development goals for the year 2030.The High Commission for Planning’s (HCP) report showed that 70 percent of Moroccan families attribute the inequity between men and women in society to traditional values and patriarchal behaviors, with forty-one percent of citizens saying equality between men and women is a reality in Morocco.The study, carried out between July 1st and August 19th of this year, included the opinions of 14,000 citizens over the age of 18, across 12 regions in order to help the government “understand citizens’ evaluation of dimensions of human development in their daily lives,” the HCP said. The U.N. started a new push to implement its 17 development goals for the next 14 years at the top of 2016. The goals include ensuring every human being has access to a good education, a healthy natural environment and a peaceful and just society.The survey’s results show that 80 percent of Moroccans believe the kingdom can achieve all of the U.N.’s goals by 2030, while 50 percent of respondents said they had taken steps to improve their interactions with the environment in the past five years.Morocco has led the charge in global anti-climate change efforts, as demonstrated in 22nd Convention of the Parties (COP) held in Marrakesh last month. The kingdom is on track to source 52 percent of its energy needs from renewable energy sources by 2030. read more

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UN suggests anticorruption measures for Cambodian genocide court

Assistant-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Peter Taksoe-Jensen has submitted a provisional ethics monitoring mechanism to Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Sok An for his consideration, UN spokesperson Michele Montas told the press in New York.Mr. Taksoe-Jensen has met with Mr. Sok An, who is also chair of the Royal Government Task Force on the Khmer Rouge Trials, several times this week regarding the UN-backed Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC).In a statement to the press, Mr. Taksoe-Jensen stressed that for an ethics monitoring system at the ECCC to be credible, the staff should have the freedom to approach the Ethics Monitor of their own choice and put forward complaints without fear of retaliation.“The United Nations will further strengthen its own anti-corruption mechanism within the Court,” added Mr. Taksoe-Jensen.The trial of Kaing Guek Eav, also known as “Duch,” got underway last month, when he was charged by the ECCC in Phnom Penh with crimes including torture and premeditated murder while he was in charge of the renowned S-21 detention camp. The ECCC, established in 2003 under an agreement between the UN and Cambodia, is tasked with trying senior leaders and those most responsible for serious violations of Cambodian and international law committed during the Khmer Rouge rule. It is staffed by a mixture of Cambodian and international employees and judges.Estimates vary, but as many as two million people are thought to have died during the rule of the Khmer Rouge between 1975 and 1979, which was then followed by a protracted period of civil war in the impoverished South-East Asian country. 8 April 2009A senior United Nations legal official today underscored the need to address allegations of corruption surrounding the genocide tribunal in Cambodia, which has begun the first trial of a suspect accused of crimes committed during the notorious Khmer Rouge “killing fields” regime of the late 1970s. read more

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Automotive sector accelerates towards SMMTs 101st Annual Dinner

SMMT President Tony Walker to set out future challenges and opportunities for sector at 101st Annual Dinner.Comedian and actor Bill Bailey joins the event as celebrity guest speaker.Record attendance expected at key event in the automotive calendar.One of the most highly anticipated events in the UK automotive industry calendar, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders’ (SMMT) Annual Dinner, will celebrate its 101st anniversary on 28 November 2017.More than 1,000 guests from across the sector, government and media will attend the exclusive event at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. SMMT President, Tony Walker, Deputy Managing Director of Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK and Managing Director of Toyota Motor Europe London Office, will make a keynote address at the dinner and is expected to celebrate the industry’s recent successes as well as outline the key issues the sector faces; from Brexit to emissions.The SMMT is one of the largest and most influential trade associations in the UK and represents some 800 companies across the entire automotive sector. In 1902, Frederick Simms, a British engineer, believed the motor industry needed a representative body to provide leadership, protection and direction, and on 22 July 1902, SMMT was created. An annual SMMT lunch became a fixture in the calendar, later changing to a dinner and was postponed only when the country was at war.This year’s Annual Dinner will see award-winning comedian and actor Bill Bailey entertain dinner guests as celebrity guest speaker. Bill has received a British Comedy Award for Best Live Stand-up and has also starred in the sitcoms Black Books and Spaced, and in the films Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang; Burke and Hare; and Hot Fuzz. Well known for his former role as a team captain on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Bill’s other TV credits include Monster Night and Is It Bill Bailey? as well as numerous spots on Have I Got News For You. He is a frequent guest contributor on QI and various radio panel shows, and presented the nature programme Wild Thing I Love You.Detroit-based MSX International (MSXI) returns as the Annual Dinner’s headline sponsor. Working across 80 countries, including the UK, with more than 6,000 employees, MSXI is a business process outsourcing company providing technology-based services. Together with the Sewells Group, its wholly-owned subsidiary, MSXI is the world’s largest provider of retail solutions to automotive OEMs and their dealers.Other sponsors supporting the event include: Arlington Automotive; Automechanika Birmingham; Auto Trader; Direct Line; GKN; Halfords; Pektron; Snap-on and Toyota.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,The SMMT Annual Dinner is a celebration of the automotive industry, receiving immense support from across the sector and beyond, every year. It’s great to be able to bring the industry together to commend all that has been achieved in the past year and to look to the future of one of the UK’s most successful sectors.At the event, the winner of the Autocar-Courland Next Generation Award will also be announced. Launched in 2009, the award challenges young people aged between 17-25 to create a problem-solving idea or innovation to improve the UK automotive sector. The award offers young innovators the chance to kick-start a career in automotive, with many finalists now working in the industry.To book one of the last remaining places at the 101st SMMT Annual Dinner visit www.smmt.co.uk/events/annualdinner.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Intentionally Fouling DeAndre Jordan Is Futile

In the 17 years since Don Nelson first urged the intentional fouling of Dennis Rodman in an attempt to stop the Chicago Bulls from scoring so many points, fans of NBA teams with big men who struggle at the free-throw line have come to rue the “Hack-A-Shaq” strategy. Proponents of uninterrupted basketball have decried it for ruining the flow of games, yet for teams facing Shaquile O’Neal (52.7 percent career FT shooter), Dwight Howard (57.4 percent), Andre Drummond (40.2 percent) and DeAndre Jordan (42.5 percent), it has remained an oft-used, and seemingly viable, strategy.Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson is one of its most ardent disciples. In 2012, Jackson famously helped Howard set the NBA record for free throw attempts in a game by telling his players to foul Howard repeatedly. Throughout his three years as a head coach, Jackson has done the same against Jordan and Drummond, and he’s carried the hacking strategy into this year’s playoffs. With three minutes left in Game 1 against the Los Angeles Clippers, the Warriors were up 100-97 and hacked Jordan, a 43 percent free-throw shooter this year. Even though Jordan made both free throws, the strategy earned the praise of preeminent basketball minds like Haralabos Voulgaris, a stats-driven basketball forecaster.The basic math of the “Hack-A-DJ” strategy goes like this: If DeAndre Jordan shoots 43 percent from the free-throw line, fouling him yields two shots and 0.86 expected points. Compare that to the Clippers’ average points per possession this season — 1.12 — and it becomes clear that an intentional foul strategy is, on its face, a savvy one.Except it’s not, once you factor in all the things that happen before and after a free throw.1The basketball blog A Screaming Comes Across the Court did a great job of quantifying the offensive rebound value in a post in February. With a big data assist from ESPN’s Stats & Info group on the Clippers’ and Jordan’s performance over the past two seasons, my calculations make clear that Hack-A-DJ is not a clear-cut winning strategy.To stress-test the intentional foul conventional wisdom, I first broke down how many points the Clippers were expected to score on each possession. That number is 1.12 overall, but intentional fouls are usually given on half-court possessions. If a team fouls a player like Jordan who doesn’t have the ball while another player is on a fast break, it’s possible that the second player will still make a layup that counts for two points, and the free throws will then follow. This exact situation played out in a Kings-Clippers game last season, when Chris Paul made a layup as the Kings intentionally fouled Jordan. Once I limited the expected points per possession to half-court possessions only, the number dropped to 1.04.2Of course, every team is less efficient when you strip out fast breaks, the easiest points in basketball. What was a 0.26 point spread between an intentional foul on Jordan and a regular possession is now 0.18. The advantage is still there, but it’s narrower.Intentionally fouling Jordan also helps the Clippers set their defense on the ensuing possession, which lowers the chances their opponent will score. To figure out how much that’s worth to the Clippers, I measured the difference between the points they allow on possessions after they shoot free throws versus the points they allow after non-free-throw offensive possessions. That difference was 0.04 points, in part because an intentional foul against Jordan ensures the Clippers won’t turn the ball over or allow an opponent to make a fast break after a missed field goal attempt. What was a 0.18 spread between intentionally fouling Jordan and letting the Clippers play on is now 0.14.Finally, and most important, Hack-A-DJ is rendered inefficient because the Clippers are so good at rebounding Jordan’s missed free throws. Over the last two seasons, Jordan has missed 165 free throws with possible rebounds, and the Clippers have grabbed 34 of those rebounds, or 21 percent. That is nearly double the NBA rate of roughly 12 percent and four times the Clippers’ 4.8 percent offensive rebound rate on misses by players other than Jordan. While it’s impossible to know why LA shows such a remarkable ability to grab Jordan’s free-throw misses, it may have something to do with the team expecting a miss, and that the way Jordan misses somehow helping the offensive rebounders. Having Blake Griffin on the blocks can’t hurt, either.These rebounds are important because the Clippers are brutally efficient after corralling missed free throws. In 70 such attempts over the past two seasons, LA has scored 1.36 points per possession. It makes sense that teams would be efficient after missed free throws: The ball is already close to the rim, and the defense is likely in scramble mode, leaving perimeter shooters open.When we include the value of the Clippers’ offensive rebounding, the expected value of a Jordan missed free throw is 0.16 points. With his expected 0.86 points per two free throws, sending Jordan to the line actually yields 1.02 expected points for the Clippers. The gap still exists, but it’s inverted: It’s 0.03 more points more effective to let the Clippers play on than to foul Jordan.You can see how we got here in the chart below.While the Clippers’ free-throw rebounding prowess may decline in the postseason, and their incredible post-free-throw rebound efficiency may be a product of a relatively small sample size of possessions, it’s clear that the intentional-foul strategy is not a sure thing.Of course, every team and every poor foul-shooter is going to have their own break-even points. Dwight Howard, for instance, is a 54.7 percent free-throw shooter this year, so the Rockets expect 1.09 points every time he gets two free throw attempts. But that’s without accounting for the other factors in play — and we do know that those factors matter for all teams. The Rockets might rebound Howard’s misses at a different rate from the Clippers, or play worse defense after missed free throws. It’s just a matter of calculating them.For opponents of Jordan and the Clippers, though, the lesson seems clear: Neither strategy is superior to the other. Over the small sample size of two, four, or six free throws shot by Jordan in a given playoff game, the Hack-A-DJ strategy could look brilliant or foolish. But if the intentional-foul strategy isn’t working against the second-worst free throw shooter in the league, then it may not work against anyone. For fans of an uninterrupted game, that would be a welcome shift. read more

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