Kevin Pietersen turns 37: How controversy’s favourite child lost his way in English cricket

first_imgOn June 27, 1980, one of the most flamboyant cricketers of the generation was born — Kevin Pietersen. The South Africa-born former England captain turns 37 today.The England run-machine turned up for the Three-Lions after failing to break into his country’s national teams due to political reasons. Coming to England after signing a Kolpak, Pietersen took the cricket world by storm since his debut for England back in November 28, 2004 against Zimbabwe at Harare.With 8,181 runs from 104 Test matches at an average of 47.28, he is fifth in the list of all-time run-getters in Tests for England. He is also fifth in the list of most run-getters in ODI — slamming 4,422 runs from 134 ODIs. Pietersen is third highest run-scorer in T20Is for England behind Eoin Morgan and Alex Hales, with 1176 runs from 37 T20Is.In 2013, he became England’s all-time highest run-scorer across all formats and was all set to reach greater heights but his off-field antics somehow overshadowed his on-field abilities. His splendor and influence on the pitch was more often than not overshadowed by his colourful nature off it. And after nine years of sheer entertainment, including a sensational comeback after being dropped in 2012, his England career came to a premature in 2014. He last represented England in the Ashes of 2014 in Sydney.Since then he has committed himself to T20 cricket and has been playing franchise based leagues around the world.So, what led to the sad ending to one of England’s finest batsman?OUTSPOKEN NATUREPietersen has always been attention seeking and vocal. He has never been friends with the English media and the right-hander never held back from taking jibes or speaking his mind. Back in 2008, he was appointed as the captain of the national team but that lasted only five months. His relationship with a the coach — Peter Moores was not good and after the reports of the rift becoming public during the India tour back in 2008, he was trading on troubled waters. He was forced to resign after the turn of the year and Moores soon followed suit.advertisementHis relationship with the ECB didn’t get better after that.But his abilities couldn’t be questioned. He was still the best player in the team and he played a pivotal role in England’s Ashes victory in Australia after 24 years in 2010-11. Following that, he scored 533 runs from four matches as England whitewashed India in the four-match series back home.Reuters PhotoHe suffered from injuries in the middle and also couldn’t play the World Cup in 2011 due to hernia. He was becoming more of a superstar in the team than a reliable player.PROBLEM WITH STRAUSSBut, another dispute came up in May 2012. He wanted to play in the Indian Premier League for a while longer but he was denied that chance by the ECB. He announced his retirement from the shorter formats of the game.In the summer, he played a key role in the Test series against South Africa. He hit a century in the first Test against the Proteas but said that the third Test in the series might be his last for England. He also talked openly about issues in the dressing room.In the coming days, allegations were made against him that he sent defamatory text messages to members of the South African dressing room. Names of Strauss and Flower were also mentioned in the messages. He had talks with the ECB and he committed his future to all formats of the game but was dropped for the third Test.Later in the year, he starred with the bat for the visitors against India, scoring 338 runs from four matches as they beat India 2-1.He was now well on the way to achieving greatness.RETURN TO TEST CRICKETHe had a decent outing in the Test series against New Zealand next but an injury forced him to miss the return leg of the series.He made a comeback in 2013 against New Zealand. However, a knee injury forced him to miss the return series in May. After that Pietersen had a good outing in the Ashes against Australia at home but in the return leg in Australia he put up a bad show and England were whitewashed. He finished with 294 runs but he again fell out with the coach and team management and was dropped again.Reuters PhotoSince then KP has not represented England in any of the formats.EXPLSOIVE AUTOBIOGRAPHYHe took jibes at everyone in the line of his sight there and it was most probably the end of his international career. He went to say that Andy Flower was ‘sour’ and ‘horrendous’ to work with. He also expressed his disappointment with Alastair Cook in the way he handled Pietersen’s exit. KP also called England wicket-keeper a ‘bad influence’ and exposed England’s bad dressing room culture.advertisementWhile all this finished the chances of him representing England again, he kept saying that he wants to play for them again. Most recently when Cook announced his decision to step down as the captain after England’s horrendous India tour, he tweeted jokingly — one would say — ‘#BringBackKP’. This shows his love for the game and his desire he has to represent the Three Lions again.#BringBackKP- KP (@KP24) February 6, 2017His attitude and larger than life attitude might have had a negative influence in the English cricket but one has to believe that he was one of the most stylish and influencing cricketers of his times.last_img read more

Panathinaikos-Olympiakos Hoop Finals

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares ATHENS – Ho-hum. For the ninth consecutive year, the “Eternal Rivals,” Panathinaikos and Olympiakos will face each other in the Greek basketball league final tourney after doing away with semi-final contenders.Both last month were knocked out of the Euroleague basketball tournament semi-finals after having won that title three years in a row between them.In the Greek semis, Olympiakos had a tougher time, coming from a 60-46 deficit to force an overtime to beat upstart Panionios, 73-70 on a three-point bomb by captain and sharpshooting guard Vassilis Spanoulis at the buzzer.He scored 22 points to show a resurgence in his game in leading Olympiakos to a 3-0 sweep of its best-of-five series that was a cakewalk for the Reds.Panathinaikos put on a three-point long-bomb show to beat back PAOK by 72-65, hitting 14 long-range shots to also complete a 3-0 sweep in their series.Greek basketball essentially has a season just to eliminate other teams who have virtually no chance of making the finals against the two dominant powers who have more money to bring in stars.Panathinaikos has the home court advantage in the best-of-five final that will open on May 22. Panionios and PAOK will play for third place.last_img read more

Mavs Choke Nets, 119-118

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — Dirk Nowitzki talked about how much it meant to him, after working so hard, so long to get it.The victory, not the milestone.Nowitzki moved past Shaquille O’Neal into sixth place on the NBA’s career scoring list, then made the go-ahead basket with 19.2 seconds left in overtime in the Dallas Mavericks’ 119-118 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Dec. 23.Nowitzki will have plenty of time to think about what it means to pass O’Neal, a longtime rival who beat him in the 2006 NBA Finals. But the most important thing was getting a win a night after a loss in Toronto, and ahead of a long flight back to Dallas.“That’s what I play for, is to compete at the highest level for this franchise, for this team,” Nowitzki said. “Obviously No. 6 in the bigger picture is a lot bigger than this win in Brooklyn in December, but when you’re out there you don’t think about that. You want to get this win bad and fight out there against a talented team.”J.J. Barea had a career-high 32 points and added a season-best 11 assists for the Mavericks. Nowitzki scored 22 points, giving him 28,609 in his career, and Wesley Matthews finished with 17.Thaddeus Young had a season-best 29 points for the Nets.“He definitely was at another level,” Nets center Brook Lopez said. “It was clicking for him. He was making all the right plays.”The Mavericks led by 16 in the first half, trailed by 11 in the fourth quarter, and the game went to OT when Young followed Barea’s three-point play with a 3-pointer to tie it at 108, then blocked Barea’s shot on the final possession.Matthews then hit two 3-pointers and Barea added one in the OT, but the ball went inside the arc to the big German with Dallas down by one. After his layup, Jarrett Jack missed a jumper on Brooklyn’s final possession.Nowitzki came in needing 10 points to pass the 28,596 O’Neal scored in a career that could be capped with him being inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame next year.Nowitzki is sure to get there someday, too, whenever he ends a career that saw him redefine the power forward position, and perhaps create the notion of a stretch-4 that teams now crave.“You’re talking about a guy who’s a generational great player. (He) totally redefined the game, redefined a position,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said.Nowitzki moved ahead of O’Neal with one of his high-arching jumpers from the corner with 9:51 left in the second quarter, when just about everything the Mavs threw up went in. Dallas started 20 for 25, and Barea made his first eight shots and didn’t miss until shooting an airball with the shot clock running out late in the period.The Nets then made 12 of their first 14 shots of the third to surge into the lead and had a 92-81 advantage in the fourth that it couldn’t hold in its fifth straight home loss.Point guard Deron Williams was sidelined with a strained hamstring, sitting out what would have been his first game back in Brooklyn after the Nets bought out the final two seasons of his $98.5 contract during the summer.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)last_img read more

How flash-based FPGAs simplify functional safety requirements

first_img July 2, 2018 at 8:52 am nathandavidson says: “Are Train Breaks an example of safety systems? Or did you really mean Train Brakes?” Steam Kid says: “At the end of the day, we want to make sure that all our appliances and electrical systems are all properly fitted for the proper components to help to regulate the systems properly. Honestly speaking, I would imagine that there would regularly be a lot o 2 thoughts on “How flash-based FPGAs simplify functional safety requirements” High Integrity, Self-Test and Fail-Safe States For a system to be safe, however, software alone cannot provide safety assurance, as its correct execution is dependent upon the system hardware. Similarly, hardware alone cannot satisfy the safety requirements. Functional safety designs are not simply created by a great design—there are many factors which influence the correct operation of a system including failure rates, usage, production and programming. The functional safety requirements of a system cover all aspects of components, including both software and hardware, which have high integrity, self-test mechanisms and a fail-safe state. In the end, the designers will reach an average certainty level of failure probability for a design, which is categorized by its SIL. Most common for industrial design is SIL3, which specifies one failure in a minimum of 11,000 years. System architects as well as hardware and software engineers will prove the integrity of a system, implement the system’s self-test and define the fail-safe states to comply with this SIL level.To assess the integrity of a system, designers must consider several factors such as FIT (failures in time) rates, particularly failed elements which could cause failures and common cause factors such as a power supply failure and take down an entire system. To assist designers in calculating these rates, FPGA manufacturers have safety data packages which often provide “proven-in-use” calculations. These calculations are based on actual operating hours of their FPGAs in use.  In addition, several software components are also provided proven-in-use calculations.One area in which flash-based FPGAs have a major advantage over SRAM FPGAs is their configuration memory is immune to SEUs. Only FPGAs offering flash configuration of the logic elements (LEs) will be immune. FPGAs which have flash on the side and load an SRAM at power up will still have SEU effects. Table 1 compares the failure rates of SRAM-based FPGAs to flash-based alternatives, which enable system designers to reduce the failure rates because the SEU for these devices is zero.click for larger image Table 1. Functional Failure Rates Based on Studies by Microsemi Corp. and Third Parties (Source: Microsemi) Self-tests must be implemented into a system to detect systematic or stochastic failures such as a bit flip. Typically, every component is analyzed to see how far an element failure influences its behavior. These self-tests deliver a probability wherein a failure will be detected. Memory tests are checked for potential failure points such as stuck memory cells (static failures) and bit flips (stochastic failures). The system must implement the correct test strategy, as well as the respective reactive measures in this safety concept.All FPGAs can have register flips, but additional efforts are required for SRAM-based devices. Their SEU-prone fabric can cause routing failures or logic failures, which requires designers to implement triple modular redundancy (TMR)-based designs. Safety-sensitive logic requires triplication with majority-voter logic at outputs. When flash-based FPGAs are used, this TMR logic is often not required because of the SEU immune fabric. Implementing TMR in an SRAM FPGA increases the logic used for a design as well as the power consumption, as additional logic is required to run in the design.Example of a TMR Implementation click for larger image Figure 3. Example of a TMR circuit (Source: Microsemi) In case of failure or if safety-related data is corrupted, the system must change to a safe state. It is simplest to define the safe state as power off, but for many systems down time is not tolerated. If a power supply has a brownout condition, it is likely an SRAM FPGA would be affected by this. Often this requires an entire restart of the system. Here again a flash-based FPGA has the benefit of its non-volatile configuration and it is instant on. This capability can enable a system to respond more quickly to a failure and could potentially allow the system to support a slower safe state instead of a full power off. The instant on of the flash-based FPGA may also enable lower power modes to be supported. A system could run in a lower power idle mode, and when needed the FPGA could quickly power up and initialize the system for full operation. Designing functional safety systems mandates particular attention to detail and step-by-step design flows. With flash-based FPGAs now certified to IEC61508, engineers can rely on this technology and supporting software and safety data packages to streamline safety assessments. By delivering a unique combination of SEU immunity and instant-on capability while eliminating the need for TMR logic, flash-based FPGAs are a compelling choice for developing greatly simplified functional safety designs.Ted Marena is the director of FPGA/SOC marketing at Microsemi. He has over 20 years’ experience in FPGAs. Previously Marena has held roles in business development, product & strategic marketing. He was awarded Innovator of the Year in February 2014 when he worked for Lattice Semiconductor. Prior to joining Lattice Semiconductor, Marena spent nearly four years as a hardware design engineer at Wang Computers, designing boards for Ethernet, ISDN, RS232 and T1/E1, where he honed skills necessary to effectively drive SOC & FPGAs. Marena holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering Magna Cum Laude from the University of Connecticut and a MBA from Bentley College’s Elkin B. McCallum Graduate School of Business. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Continue Reading Previous AAEON: Intel Core-powered PICO-KBU4 helps your applications take flightNext ADI: rugged transceiver delivers in extreme temperature and high noise environments As the quantity of industrial equipment controlled by electronics grows, so do concerns over the equipment failing and causing personal harm and property damage. Safety functions are built into equipment to prevent functional failure and ensure that if a system does fail, it fails in a nonharmful way. Examples of safety systems in industrial equipment include train brakes, sensors monitoring hazards to air quality or the physical environment, assembly line assistance robots, and distributed control in process automation equipment, just to name a few. These systems often include field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) that, when supported by safety data packages for calculating failure rates, can play a pivotal role in streamlining safety assessments.  When these devices are also flash-based and therefore immune to single event upsets (SEUs), FPGAs enable safety system developers to dramatically simplify their designs.Standards and Regulations Concerns over functional safety spawned the growth of functional safety standards and regulations. In 1998, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) published “IEC 61508 Functional Safety of Electrical/Electronic/Programmable Electronic (E/E/PE) Systems,” establishing the global functional safety standard for industrial equipment. While it is impossible to produce electronic equipment that never fails, it is possible to take steps to reduce the risk of a harmful failure. The idea behind the safety standard is to lower the probability of a harmful failure in the system to an acceptable level. To do this, functional safety standards place requirements on the design, processes and techniques, and measures of developing the equipment under control (EUC) and their control systems. To be compliant with IEC 61508, functional safety systems must not exceed the failure rates set by the standard for the safety integrity level (SIL) of the system.While it is possible for a company to proclaim its product meets IEC 61508 requirements, many customers require certification by a neutral, third party such as Germany’s TÜV Rheinland Group, a leading provider of technical services worldwide. Founded in 1872 and headquartered in Cologne, Germany, the group’s mission and guiding principle is to achieve sustained development of safety and quality in order to meet the challenges arising from the interaction between humans, technology and the environment. Today TÜV enjoys the highest reputation in certifying IEC 61508 devices and software design tools. This certification group ensures the highest acceptance of devices by machine builder and plant owners worldwide.Functional Safety System Life Cycle and V-Model To meet the requirements in IEC 61508, the safety lifecycle illustrated in Figure 1 must be rigorously followed. EUC and the EUC control system are typically composed of multiple subsystems with many standard and customized parts. The system, including safety requirements, are defined during early development and then flowed down to the various subsystems.click for larger image Figure 1. Safety Lifecycle (Source: Microsemi) As the requirements and architecture are decomposed into smaller and smaller and smaller units, verification and validation plans are created for use in the corresponding stage in the buildup of the system. This is a V-model of development and it is required by IEC 61508. Figure 2 shows a generic V-model.click for larger image Figure 2. Generic V-model (Source: Microsemi) One or more of these parts in the functional safety system may be an FPGA. An FPGA that is to be part of an IEC 61508 qualified system is also required to have followed a V-model of development. One example is the Microsemi FPGA V-model, which is qualified by TÜV Rheinland as meeting the development life cycle requirements of IEC 61508. Log in to Reply Log in to Reply June 21, 2018 at 11:48 am 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.last_img read more

6 runs were enough for me to defend: Kuldeep Yadav after thriller vs Delhi Capitals

first_imgWhen Kuldeep Yadav came in to bowl the 18th over against Delhi Capitals at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium on Saturday night, the hosts were ready to seal a thumping victory, needing 18 runs in as many balls and eight wickets still in hand.The match situation, his previous two overs where he was hammered all over the park for 33 runs and not even a single wicket in this edition of the tournament so far – it couldn’t have got more challenging for Yadav.What followed next was a game-changing spell. Three runs and a wicket – of Rishabh Pant – came off next six balls. In the final over, Delhi required six off six and Yadav defended that too, taking the game to Super Over, the first of this edition.”When I came in to bowl the last over, I was sure that I won’t let Delhi Capitals get those six runs needed for a win. Wo mere liye bahut the (it was more than enough for me to defend) as I knew I won’t give a boundary and maybe allow them only a one or two,” Kuldeep told Aaj Tak in an interview.”I wanted to spin it as much as possible and bowl two-three dot balls to put the pressure on the batsmen. We would have won the match easily had the target for them been 8 or 9 runs,” he added.It wasn’t easy, especially after a forgettable start.”I could not perform well in the first two overs that I bowled. Things didn’t go as per my plan. I was trying too hard to take a wicket and instead went for 33 runs as the execution of my plan failed,” said Yadav.advertisement”It was difficult to make a comeback after that but in my second spell, I was more confident about the line I wanted to bowl. I just did that because of which match went to the super over. I had faith in my ability and knew I could defend it,” he Yadav.However, Kolkata Knight Riders lost the match in the Super Over, their first defeat of the season.”It was unfortunate to lose the match against Delhi but we really fought well, right till the end. There is some great atmosphere in the team right now and we are playing good cricket. The combinations are working and we have won two good games against Hyderabad and Punjab. I think we will keep doing well if we continue to play in this manner.”Going for wickets, even if it means proving to be expensive at times, has been the 24-year-old’s mantra for long now.”I always try to take wickets but in the IPL many times you go for runs too. As a bowler one wonders what wrong has been committed. Options of bowling dot balls or going into a defensive mode come to your mind. Last night too, Delhi were in such a comfortable situation. They would have won easily had wickets not fallen,” said Yadav.”After losing two wickets, they were on the backfoot immediately. You need to keep on planning in this format, on such a big stage like IPL because game changes quickly. Batsmen play spin really well and even the grounds are small,” Yadav said.”It is very difficult for the bowlers but you have to overcome everything and perform well. That is the reason why I came around the wicket in the last over as I was getting a good angle to spin the ball. It’s all about planning, especially after being hit for so many runs in the first two overs. Making a comeback wasn’t that easy,” he added.Also Read | Yeh to waise bhi chauka hai: Rishabh Pant predicts the outcome before the resultAlso Read | IPL 2019: Prithvi Shaw 99 the highlight as Delhi Capitals beat KKR in Super OverAlso Watch | Kuldeep Yadav is going to be a mainstay within the Indian team: Robin Uthappalast_img read more

England seek balance between blooding youth and qualification

first_img Louise Taylor Euro 2020 Listen Gareth Southgate Share on Pinterest Football appears too self-important to bother itself about climate emergency Read more Harry Kane moves up the charts, Bendtner-mania and more – Football Weekly Share via Email Share on LinkedIn “We’ve got players we need to find out more about, give experience to, but in games where there’s plenty riding on it. Not that we’ve already qualified,” the England manager said. “We need to see people perform under pressure and how they’re going to cope with that. I think that will be the case tomorrow because it will be a proper test for us.”Southgate believes England have continued to improve since finishing fourth at the World Cup and third in the Nations League but measuring progress cannot be an exact science given the modest opposition his team have swatted aside in this qualifying group. He continues to strive for a balance between blooding young players and securing a place in the finals, however, and the open spaces he envisages against Kosovo will be well suited to a player of Sancho’s ability.“We’re only seven games away from naming a squad [for the finals],” the England manager added. “We’ve always used every opportunity to try and get the balance right and we know, at the back of our minds, the style of play to qualify is going to be different than playing for a tournament. I always remember Glenn Hoddle talking to us about that when he was coaching. I probably didn’t fully understand exactly what he meant but I’m more aware of that now, because we’re having to open up packed defences more often. I think it will be different tomorrow but, generally, more packed defences and in a tournament, we are going to face high-quality teams. Your defending has got to be better, your defending of counterattacks has got to be much better and you’re playing against better quality defenders so the one-against-one duels are more difficult. The movements need to be sharper, the finishing has got to be better.” Kosovo Euro 2020 qualifying Following Saturday’s routine defeat of Bulgaria the England manager admitted the Nations League had provided sterner tests than qualifying for Euro 2020. Kosovo, he claimed and must hope, will improve the level of competition for a team that will be more expansive with Alexander-Arnold and Sancho included.The lowly world ranking of Bernard Challandes’ team is considered an anomaly by Southgate on the grounds that Kosovo are a newly formed country. More pertinent is their unbeaten run of 15 internationals. That sequence started in November 2017 and was undoubtedly aided by facing the Faroe Islands, Malta and Azerbaijan twice in their Nations League group. Saturday’s win over Czech Republic, however, allied to victory in Bulgaria in June and a draw with Denmark earlier in the year, underlines Kosovo’s growing confidence and substance. They prevailed against the Czechs without the wingers Arber Zeneli and Milot Rashica, their two leading lights, plus several other regular starters through injury.On that basis Southgate refuses to bracket Tuesday’s opponents among the weakening band of European teams but he is concerned that the expansion of next summer’s tournament has had an adverse effect on qualification as a spectacle. He explained: “If I look across Europe in general, you’d have to say there isn’t enough jeopardy in the qualification process to make all of the groups as exciting as they could be. We saw the difference that the Nations League presented in terms of excitement for fans and the thrill of that. So, I’m taking tomorrow’s game out of the equation, because I think it will be an enjoyable game, the way they play, the way they press, the passion and enthusiasm they’ve got. But in general I think we have to be careful that we don’t devalue [the competition]. It’s hard because there are so many new countries now and so many countries to involve in the process, but we’ve got to do the right thing for the supporters as well.“I think you have to maintain the highest possible quality. And I think you have to always think of the fans, who are paying, and of the quality of the product. It’s a difficult one because there have been some smaller teams who’ve grown through that process and, they would say, have added – and their fans have added – to a lot of the experiences as well. But I think there’s always been smaller teams in World Cups. When I grew up, New Zealand playing against Brazil was a tough process for them. But there still seems to be a lot of smaller teams who have got through. It’s just whether the balance is right.” A key difference between the qualifying campaigns for the 2018 World Cup and 2020 European Championship, other than England currently steamrollering opponents, is Gareth Southgate no longer uses international duty as a parade ground. “We’re not having to trial players now,” he explained. “We’re able to select players who really fit into what we do and we think can take us on to another level.” Tuesday at St Mary’s Stadium could prove a significant moment for that polishing act.The England manager has been averse to experimentation and issuing caps cheaply, as his starting lineup against Bulgaria on Saturday underlined, but Kosovo represents an ideal opportunity to expose Jadon Sancho and other young talent to the limited challenges Group A has to offer. When a team ranked 120 in the world is considered the toughest obstacle in the way of England’s procession towards Euro 2020 qualification, Southgate can afford to rotate with reduced risk. Sancho and Trent Alexander-Arnold are the most likely beneficiaries at Southampton, where Ben Chilwell, Mason Mount and James Maddison also hope to increase their international experience. features Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Topics Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Reuse this content Englandlast_img read more

Ranveer Singh buys signed bats of Akram, Richards and Tendulkar for £ 2,000

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State govt to provide freehold land rights to Wipro on New Town

first_imgKolkata: The state government has decided to provide freehold land rights to IT major Wipro on its 50-acre plot in New Town. The plot has been leased out to Wipro for 99 years.It has also been learnt that the state government will allow Wipro to use 49 percent of the land for non-IT purposes. The concessions will be given to Wipro for setting up the company’s second campus in the city. The state government has also decided to offer a host of benefits to the company, to compensate for the tax concessions that one gets under Special Economic Zone (SEZ) grounds. The state government has also offered free holding right to the company so that it can develop facilities of its choice. The company’s initial proposal says that the second campus of Wipro is likely to create around 18,000 additional jobs. At present there are around 7,500 people working at the first campus that came up on 25 acres in Salt Lake’s Sector V as an SEZ in 2005, during the Left Front regime. It may be mentioned here that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, while addressing the ‘Save Green Stay Clean’ event in Nazrul Mancha on August 1, had announced that the company has agreed to operate its second campus on a 50-acre plot in the Silicon Valley IT Hub in New Town, with an investment of Rs 500 crore.last_img read more

Persistent tensions threaten to undermine progress in TimorLeste warns Ban

12 October 2009The root causes of the community tensions behind the violence that shook Timor-Leste in 2006 remain, threatening the nascent country’s fragile security, despite its recent peaceful celebration of 10 years since a vote for independence, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today. In April 2006, fighting – attributed to differences between eastern and western regions of the country – erupted when 600 striking soldiers were fired, and the ensuing violence claimed dozens of lives and drove 155,000 people, or 15 per cent of the total population, from their homes.Mr. Ban stressed that the causes underlying the 2006 crisis, including the rising level of poverty, persistent unemployment, the lack of an effective land and property regime, and under-strength justice and security sectors, could still destabilize the country. “While the process of the return and resettlement of internally displaced persons (IDPs), a visible residual challenge from the 2006 crisis, has been by all measures successful, tensions in some communities remain and could lead to future local-level conflicts,” Mr. Ban said in his latest report on the UN mission in the Timor-Leste (UNMIT).Contributing to the brittle state of the country, Mr. Ban noted that much remains to be done to fully develop and strengthen the security institutions in Timor-Leste, although he was encouraged that the national police force has begun to assume primary law enforcement responsibilities. “More time is required to ensure that the various efforts aimed at tackling the many political, institutional and socio-economic challenges facing the young nation of Timor-Leste are allowed to take root in democratic institutions and processes,” Mr. Ban wrote.Weaknesses in the judiciary continue to affect public confidence in the entire legal system, including in the national police, Mr. Ban said in his report to the Security Council. “Despite some progress, the prosecution service is still facing serious challenges owing in part to limitedspecialized prosecutorial capacity and the lack of an overall functioning administrative system.”Praising President Ramos-Horta for promoting dialogue across the country’s political spectrum to address priority issues facing the country, Mr. Ban warned against allowing the exchange of differing opinions to be exploited in heightening tensions in society.In addition, he viewed renewed political dialogue on issues such as the provision of reparations to victims of criminal acts committed from 1974 to 1999, the period under Indonesian rule, as promising.However, the “prolonged delay in delivering justice and providing reparations may further adversely affect public confidence in the rule of law,” said Mr. Ban, encouraging the Government to make every effort to ensure broad-based discussion and follow-up on the recommendations of the reports of the Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation and the Commission of Truth and Friendship, as promising. On 30 August 1999, the United Nations-conducted a popular consultation, when Timorese turned out in huge numbers to vote on their future and overwhelmingly chose independence over autonomy within Indonesia. The eventual result was the birth of a State, but 1,500 to 2,000 people were killed in the immediate aftermath of the declaration. read more

Logo redesigns gone wrong

first_imgThe new Leeds United badge is not going down well, the redesign received widespread criticism despite six months of research and the opinions of over 10,000 fans. But it wouldn’t be the first time a logo change has backfired. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img

Uros Zorman injured

Uros ZormanVive Targi Kielce The Slovenian national team player, the best middleback of the EHF EURO 2012, Uros Zorman, injured his leg at the match against MKB Veszprem, and will have to stay off the court for at least one week, which means he will miss some games in the domestic championship, but more importantly, a game in the Champions League against the Danish Bjerringbro-Silkeborg, in which Vive Kielce needs anything but a victory if they are to play in the TOP 16 of the Champions League.The same injured caused the Slovenian to miss three weeks of preparations in August.photo: vivetargi.pl  ← Previous Story Pick Szeged has lost the leading position in Csurgo! Next Story → Ristovski and Dimitrijevic VfL Gummersbach’s rescuers

Hadopi une magistrate dévoile des lettres dinternautes en faute

first_imgHadopi : une magistrate dévoile des lettres d’internautes en fauteLe Figaro a publié aujourd’hui sur son site Internet des extraits de lettres envoyées par des internautes repérés par l’Hadopi. Ces documents ont été dévoilés par la magistrate Mireille Imbert-Quaretta, visiblement amusée par les confessions des “pirates”.Dans son dernier article consacré à la riposte graduée censée empêcher le téléchargement illégal, Le Figaro écrit : “Dans les coulisses de l’Hadopi, quelqu’un rit. C’est une magistrate, qui parcourt, une par une, les missives envoyées par les internautes pincés pour avoir ’emprunté’ un titre de musique ou un film d’un clic de souris”. Cette magistrate, c’est Mireille Imbert-Quaretta, qui n’a pas hésité à enfreindre son devoir de réserve, allant à l’encontre de la déontologie des magistrats. La femme a dévoilé plusieurs passages des nombreuses lettres qu’elle a reçues de la part de ces personnes que la riposte graduée n’a pas épargné, et les commente dans la presse. Ainsi, les internautes sont scandalisés par ce que rapporte Le Figaro : “‘C’est vrai, j’ai téléchargé l’épisode de cette série’, commence un monsieur, dans une longue lettre. On l’imagine mortifié. ‘J’ai dû le faire. J’avais suivi toute la saison. J’étais mordu. Mais je n’ai pas pu voir cet épisode. Impossible de le récupérer sur le site de la chaîne’ , poursuit la magistrate, lisant la lettre du repenti. ‘Je sais que je n’aurais pas dû. Je m’engage à ne plus recommencer. Mais, s’il vous plaît, laissez-moi télécharger encore le dernier épisode de la série’ . ‘Beau, non ?’ , tente la magistrate Mireille Imbert-Quaretta, avant de reprendre : ‘Le pire, c’est qu’il ne le savait pas mais on l’avait repéré pour le téléchargement illégal… d’un morceau de musique !'”. Le journal décrit la magistrate comme amusée, citant plusieurs exemples pour s’en moquer. Ainsi Le Figaro poursuit : “‘Il est impossible que j’aie téléchargé un morceau dudit Noah. Mon mari sait combien je ne l’apprécie pas’, proteste une accusée. ‘Plus sobre, mais visiblement naïf, un jeune homme, jure qu’il pensait qu’à 6 heures du matin… les agents de l’Hadopi dormaient ! C’est pourquoi il avait mis son réveil, pour télécharger à l’aube, UN morceau ce jour-là, lorsque le mail de l’Hadopi s’était abattu dans sa messagerie, comme un coup de baguette sur les doigts'”.À lire aussiProduits ménagers, Afrique et obésité, les 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 15 avrilLa divulgation des courriers est un véritable “foutage de gueule” pour le site Numerama, qui a diffusé une diatribe après publication de l’article. Pour le journaliste “de tels propos passeraient mieux, peut-être, s’ils ne venaient pas s’ajouter à l’insoutenable riposte graduée qui est elle-même un foutage de gueule permanent, fondé sur un processus automatisé et incontrôlé”.A ce jour, la Haute autorité pour la diffusion des œuvres et la protection des droits sur Internet a envoyé au total 100.000 courriels aux internautes qui ont déjà téléchargé illégalement, selon Le Figaro. Depuis le premier mail envoyé en octobre, l’Hadopi en envoie environ 2.000 par jour. Pour le moment les magistrats avouent tester le dispositif pour évaluer les réactions. Environ 15% des internautes ayant reçu un courriel d’avertissement ont répondu par La Poste. Comme les extraits précédents le montrent, la plupart d’entre eux envoient ces courriers pour confesser le téléchargement illégal ou pour jurer qu’ils ne le feraient plus.Le 28 décembre 2010 à 14:53 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Official details on Rey Mysterio in WWE 2K19 Danielle Fishel backstage at

first_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Google+ Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Rey Mysterio Shares Unmasked Photo Ahead Of WWE Crown Jewel WWE Announces Rey Mysterio For Major Shows In 2018 Rumored Plans For Rey Mysterio Upon WWE Return Rey Mysterio Twitter Rey Mysterio Wears Wolverine Costume for All In WhatsApp WWE 205 Live Results – 9/3/19 (Drew Gulak aligns with Tony Nese, Lince Dorado competes) Pinterest WWE Announces Rey Mysterio Match For SmackDown 1000 Videos Articles Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipRey Mysterio Shares Unmasked Photo Ahead Of WWE Crown JewelVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:31/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 100.00%0:01Remaining Time -0:30 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Facebook Now Playing Up Next WWE 205 Live Results – 8/27/19 (Lorcan vs. Carrillo fight in a #1 Contender’s Match) Now Playing Up Next WWE and 2K Games issued the following on Tuesday about Rey Mysterio being part of the pre-order DLC for the upcoming WWE 2K19 video game.From the 619: Former WWE Champion Rey Mysterio to Make Virtual Return as WWE® 2K19 Pre-Order Bonus CharacterRevolutionary high-flyer and globally beloved legend announced as the first of two playable pre-order characters in upcoming edition of flagship WWE video game franchiseNEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–2K today announced that former WWE Champion, Rey Mysterio, will return to virtual WWE action – for the first time in four years – through WWE® 2K19, the forthcoming release in the flagship WWE video game franchise. The revolutionary luchador and “Master of the 619” – who routinely overcame insurmountable odds and established himself as one of the most popular Superstars in WWE history – will appear in WWE 2K19 as a playable character wearing ring gear reflective of his surprise appearance in the 2018 Royal Rumble. Mysterio, alongside a second playable character to be announced by 2K in the coming weeks, will be available as bonus content for those who pre-order the game at participating retailers for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X and Windows PC. WWE 2K19 is currently scheduled for worldwide release on October 9, 2018, with Early Axxess players receiving their copies and in-game bonuses beginning four days early on October 5, 2018.“Since my WWE debut in 2002, ‘Never Say Never’ – the WWE 2K19 campaign theme – has been a big part of my career,” said Mysterio. “It is an honor to join the likes of Kurt Angle, Goldberg, Sting, Ultimate Warrior and Arnold Schwarzenegger as one of two WWE 2K19 pre-order playable characters.”“As one of the most popular WWE Superstars of all time, as well as one of the most frequently requested in the WWE 2K franchise, we’re thrilled to celebrate Rey Mysterio’s career by bringing him back as part of the WWE 2K19 pre-order offer,” said Chris Snyder, Vice President of Marketing at 2K. “His embodiment of ‘Never Say Never’ throughout his career also makes him an incredible fit to share his story as part of our global marketing campaign.”Danielle Fishel backstage at 205 Live last night“Boy Meets World” and “Girl Meets World” star Danielle Fishel appeared in a WWE video seen below with debuting 205 Live star Lio Rush backstage at tonight’s 205 Live Tapings in Ontario,who Fishel is a big fan off. Now Playing Up Next WWE 205 Live Results – 9/10/19 (Kushida debuts, 6-man tag team main event match) last_img read more

Ayite is working for firstteam football

first_imgThe French forward was a regular player at Fulham FC but then his time at the first-team was cut after being promoted to the Premier LeagueFrench attacker Floyd Ayite joined Fulham FC in 2016 after two years with SC Bastia.He was a regular on the first team and got promoted this year from the English Championship to the Premier League.But now, he has been on the sidelines for too long.“I can’t blame the fact I’m playing less on a player arriving. It’s not appropriate,” he told Sport Witness.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“It’s a different level, a different league, players arrive, others leave, the manager makes his choices. I’m a part of the squad, I work while waiting for my chance.”“If I want to be on the pitch, I need to be better than the ones already on it, knowing the manager makes his choices based on how he wants to play against the next team and that we some fit his philosophy more than others,” he added.“We’re not playing badly, but we’re lacking that little bit of luck that we need to go find and to do that, we can’t give up, we need to fight.”“We’re on the right path, it’ll change,” he concluded.last_img read more

Enrique Razon Jr tipping mass market growth of 20 to 30 at

first_imgBloomberry Resorts Corp Chairman and CEO Enrique Razon Jr is anticipating mass market growth at the company’s flagship Philippines integrated resort, Solaire Resort & Casino, of between 20% and 30% in 2019.Speaking with Bloomberg Television while attending the Milken Institute global conference in California, Razon expressed confidence in Solaire’s ongoing northward trajectory through the year, driven by both the local Philippines and the Chinese mass gaming markets. Load More “I’d say there will be more mass growth from China than VIP,” he said. “I’d say mass will be a healthy growth rate of between 20% to 30%. With VIP, three things drive it – visitation, volume and hold – so it’s hard to quantify really as far as looking forward.“But the Philippines consumer is doing quite well and based on the mass gaming market, I think that will drive the business going forward.”Razon said combined segment revenue for 2019 was on a trajectory to achieve year-long growth of “low double digits” in both visitation and volume.Bloomberry is coming off a record-breaking year in 2018 in which gross gaming revenue climbed 14% to Php50.97 billion (US$985 million), driven by 22% growth in mass table drop to Php44.89 billion and 15% growth in EGM coin-in to Php211.89 billion. Visitation also grew 14% to 6.65 million people.Razon added he was just as confident in the performance of Bloomberry’s second Manila IR, Solaire North, which will break ground in Quezon City in 3Q19.“We’re very confident in it, given it will target the mass sector,” he said. Leisure & Resorts World Corp suffers major swing to loss in 2Q19 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation status RelatedPosts Philippines rejects China’s call to ban online gamblinglast_img read more

16 Dominican migrants intercepted off Puerto Rico

first_imgAÑASCO, Puerto Rico (WSVN) — The U.S. Coast Guard repatriated a group of migrants from the Dominican Republic after they were located off the coast of Puerto Rico.According to officials, a Puerto Rico Police Marine unit spotted the 16 migrants off the coast of Añasco, Thursday.Fourteen of them were transferred to Coast Guard Cutter Richard Dixon on Friday and were later taken to a Dominican Navy vessel.The other two, however, are being held in federal custody on illegal reentry charges.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Apple facing protests says itll pay ShotOniPhone photo contest winners

first_img Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Apple 16 Photos reading • Apple, facing protests, says it’ll pay #ShotOniPhone photo contest winners See It See it Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? $999 Paddle through 16 breathtaking and prize-winning underwater photos See It Netpicks: What’s on your favorite video streaming sites around the web.Movie Magic: The secrets behind the scenes of your favorite films and filmmakers. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Tags Apple iPhone XS Share your voice $999 Best Buy Dear @Apple, this was #ShotOnIphone, but I’d rather not be #ExploitedByApple. You are a super-rich company. You should #paythephotographers. pic.twitter.com/IUObboK3GJ— David Hobby (@strobist) January 23, 2019 Sprintcenter_img Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors $999 6 Apple Comments Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Apple for years has publicized the creative possibilities of its smartphones with the #ShotOniPhone hashtag, here used on the company’s Instagram page. Screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET Facing complaints from photographers, Apple has changed its #ShotOniPhone photo contest to pay the 10 winners. Apple announced the iPhone photo contest this week, offering winners a chance to see their photos on billboards, in Apple stores and in other marketing efforts as Apple publicized the phones and the photos. Plenty of people have submitted entries on Twitter and Instagram, but others objected to the fact that Apple didn’t promise any sort of prize money. “Dear @Apple, this was #ShotOnIphone, but I’d rather not be #ExploitedByApple,” tweeted photographer David Hobby, showing a dramatic photo of a gull with wings outstretched. “You are a super-rich company. You should #paythephotographers.” Evidently Apple was persuaded by the viewpoint. “Apple believes strongly that artists should be compensated for their work,” the Apple contest announcement now reads. “Photographers who shoot the final 10 winning photos will receive a licensing fee for use of such photos on billboards and other Apple marketing channels.” See All Boost Mobile $999 Apple tries hard to promote its phones, tablets and PCs as superior tools for creative types, and it’s earned an impressively large and loyal customer base. But the prize-money fracas showed some of the limits to that enthusiasm. With a global stock-photo market and plenty of people willing to give their photos away for free, professional photographers face plenty of challenges making a living in the digital age. Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. • Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X See It Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Mobile Photography Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean itlast_img read more

State Highway 288 Toll Project About To Move Into The Next Phase

first_img X – / 8There a lot of activity where 288 meets the 610 Loop. Commuters have probably noticed that the ground has been flattened out so crews can start building the toll lanes.  The project also includes connector ramps at 610, Beltway 8, and the Texas Medical Center.  Along with that, project spokeswoman Raynese Edwards hopes they can do something about the flooding that often causes problems on 288.“What you’ll see specifically at the Beltway and you’ll also see it at 610 is that we are putting in new ponds, retention ponds that will be able to hold the water, slow the flow,” explains Edwards.   The 288 toll lanes will run a little over ten miles, from the Med Center to Brazoria County. And the free general-purpose lanes will stay open. Edwards says that should lead to an easier commute for everyone.“The benefit of it really is we’re not adding additional traffic,” adds Edwards.  “We’re really diverting traffic that’s going from the south end to the north end.”  The 288 toll lanes are expected to open in the middle of 2019. The cost is $815 million. 00:00 /01:03 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Sharelast_img read more

Console camera overload This is what your TV will look like in

first_imgThe next generation of gaming consoles aren’t just fighting for your time, they are also fighting for the space around, under, and on top of your television.There have been a lot of questions regarding the next generation of gaming consoles. Nintendo’s Wii U has come and gone, but Sony and Microsoft are going to be battling back-and-forth for your attention until these consoles are finally available on shelves. The big questions right now deal with the rumored always-on requirements. An always-on internet connection isn’t possible for everyone, which has caused a lot of friction recently. On top of this, rumors have surface claiming that both Sony and Microsoft will require cameras be connected at all times. If that’s true, which gaming accessory will claim the precious real estate at the top of the television?If you take a look at the three pieces of technology that are battling for the top spot, you see pretty clearly that they can’t all go on top. Nintendo’s sensor bar requires a fixed location, so it can be calibrated with the WiiMotes. This can be either on top of bottom of the television, but it has to be in the center. Microsoft’s Kinect claims that it works well on the top or bottom of the television set, but good luck finding someone who enjoys video chatting with you while your camera is looking up from under your television. Additionally, Microsoft’s cam moves to better locate the users in the active play space, so you can’t set anything on top of it unless that piece is somehow adhered to the top.If all you had to worry about were these two, you could just put one up top and one on the bottom. Sony’s upcoming PlayStation 4 Eye demands attention however, and it looks like you won’t have a choice but to give it some.Sony’s blocky new PS4 camera looks as though it too can either be on top or underneath the television, with the last block in the line acting as the pivot point for the camera to look up or down. Sony’s plans for the Eye include recording you as you share content on the new PSN, as well as a better system for augmented reality and in game motion detection.Even if this camera isn’t a requirement, it’s unlikely that most people will look for a way to remove it from the television when it is not in use. In other words, if you plan on owning all three consoles at some point, it’s time to start thinking about which accessory is going to get that precious top spot (or to start shopping for a second television).last_img read more