Can we trust the cloud for video analytics?

first_img “We are going to be installing driver monitoring systems in all of our Las Vegas limos. Great article!nn- Petenhttp://www.limosonthestrip.com” Log in to Reply 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. 3 thoughts on “Can we trust the cloud for video analytics?” NBM Systems says: Video analytics are used to examine objects, people, situations, and more, and to then generate conclusions using deep learning and computer vision algorithms. Many implementations send footage over the cloud for processing, but is that such a good idea? The cloud is a useful and powerful resource for storing and processing data, but — as video cameras become more ubiquitous and more intelligent — the question of whether video analytics should be performed locally or remotely must be addressed. Issues of privacy, safety, security, and cost are strong grounds for the use of edge processing, meaning performing the video analysis onsite (i.e., edge analytics). With CES 2017 starting in just a couple of days at the time of this writing, a variety of cutting-edge prototypes will be showcased — what trend will take the crown?Every fraction of a second counts in ADAS One of the most pervasive uses of video analytics is in the automotive industry for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) in highly-automated vehicles (HAVs). The vision systems on HAVs use multiple cameras to identify traffic signals, vehicles, pedestrians, and other indicators, and then respond accordingly. This requires split-second response times and any delay is intolerable. So, relying on a remote server to process the data is not an option. Even if the communication speed is theoretically adequate, the data from each camera covering every angle of the vehicle, together with the growing number of camera-equipped vehicles, could stress available bandwidth, thereby causing an unacceptable delay. Driver monitoring systems make sure the driver is alert when receiving the control from automated features (Source: Unsplash) Since most HAVs aren’t fully autonomous and rely on a human driver, many systems include inward-directed cameras to assist with the handoff between the ADAS features and the human. One such driver monitoring system (DMS) is CoDriver by Jungo Connectivity, which has been named a CES 2017 Innovation Awards Honoree. This solution uses deep learning, machine learning, and computer vision algorithms to monitor the people inside the car and thus reduce crashes caused by drowsy or distracted drivers. According to ABI Research, camera-based DMSs like this one will reach 17.5 million annual shipments within a decade.Virtual assistants will be able to see everything Always-listening virtual assistants are already present in millions of homes. The next progression that will make virtual assistants even smarter and more helpful is the ability to see. An example of this is the always-seeing Koova camera robot, another 2017 CES Innovation Award Honoree. This small portable camera is capable of tracking movement, detecting and recognizing faces, and sending alerts or notifications according to customized settings. It allows the user to define specific activity zones for greater protection, as well as “blockout zones,” which are not to be monitored (presumably to address privacy concerns), but is that enough? With each advance in technology, privacy concerns arise. Koova 2 portable camera robot (Source: Amaryllo International) Always-listening assistants like Amazon’s Alexa were criticized for sending everything uttered in the privacy of the home to the cloud for analysis. Still, the Amazon Echo was purchased by millions of consumers, regardless of those concerns. Will visual recordings also receive the same acceptance? One example for the value of edge analytics is the Arlo camera from NEATGEAR, a 2015 CES award holder. In addition to features like HD video, night vision, and motion detection, the camera also comes with free access to seven days of audio and motion-triggered recordings in the cloud. By performing the activity detection onsite, the company can upload only the desired footage to their servers. Thus, instead of recording 24 hours of video, they actually record an average of only a few minutes or less per day. Think of the server space cost reduction for them!Recent events indicate that the Arlo camera is now on the brink of becoming a whole lot smarter. This anticipation stems from NETGEAR’s acquisition of Placemeter, a tech company specializing in computer vision analytics. Placemeter’s technology will enable the security camera to distinguish between motion and background scenery, and to classify any moving objects as people, bikes, motorcycles, cars, or larger vehicles. These features, like the ones of the Koova described above, are part of a strong trend towards intelligent home security cameras. Arlo wire-free and weatherproof security camera (Source: Arlo) Eye-tracking for hands-free communication In the category of tech for a better world, Tobii Dynavox PCEye Mini was named CES 2017 Best of Innovation Awards Honoree. This eye-tracker is designed for individuals who do not have use of their hands due to physical and cognitive disabilities. By using cameras, an illuminator, and image processing algorithms, it enables users to control a computer, laptop, or tablet using only their eyes. This type of technology has the potential to significantly enrich lives. Here, though, both issues of time delay and privacy are critical. No one would want their ability to communicate dependent on the availability of an Internet connection. Also, for users who truly have no other way to communicate, cloud processing means that everything they ever say is relayed to a remote server. That is a far cry from an always-listening virtual assistant that can easily be turned off whenever the user wants some real privacy.The power of edge processing It seems there is a very strong case in support of edge processing for many different use cases of video analytics. Delayed response time, vulnerability of sensitive data, and increased data traffic are some of the impediments caused by remote cloud processing that place an edge-based solution in favor. However, while edge processing does reduce data transmission, it also increases the workload on the edge device. This means that small, portable, battery-operated devices will end up running some heavy-duty algorithms. For this to be effective, the vision processor must be highly efficient. It should be able to perform the intense processing required by deep learning and vision algorithms while using extremely low power. If these criteria are met, the edge solution becomes more beneficial than the remote solution.Yair Siegel is Director of Segment Marketing, CEVA. His focus is on computer vision, deep learning, audio, voice, and always-on technologies for use in mobile phones, virtual reality, augmented reality, and other consumer devices. An example for these use-cases was set in a recent collaboration between Himax Imaging, emza Visual Sense and CEVA. The companies have developed an always-on, low-power visual sensor able to detect, track, and classify objects at the edge device, hence enabling real-time alerts while minimizing the amount of data transmitted to the cloud. The companies will showcase this WiseEye IoT sensor at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017, January 5-8, 2017 in Las Vegas. Continue Reading Previous IoT design needs system focusNext Requirements for OTA software updates for connected embedded devices “https://www.embedded.com” Peter_10023 says: Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Analog, Coprocessors, Digital, Industry October 22, 2017 at 5:03 pm Log in to Reply Log in to Reply “This is fantastic! 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What’s the right channel count for mixed signal oscilloscopes?

first_img Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Test & Measurement (Source: Tektronix) The mixed signal oscilloscope was first introduced in 1993 and featured two analog channels paired with 8 or 16 digital channels.  In the ensuing years, the channel counts for mainstream MSOs – the go-to debug tool for embedded systems designers – became essentially locked in at 2 or 4 analog channels and 16 digital channels. The MSO was embraced by embedded designers, because it extended their visibility from two or four signals to as many as 20 signals, without having to reach for their tool of last resort – the logic analyzer.Despite this channel count’s long run and broad market acceptance, is it still right for today’s embedded systems? For oscilloscope manufacturers and embedded systems designers alike, it’s a question worth asking. Manufacturers need to know if they are delivering test capabilities customers actually want and are willing to pay for. Designers need the right tool for the job. This thinking led to multiple research projects involving embedded systems engineers from around the world to look a little deeper into the topic of scope channel counts. What we learned informed much of the thinking in the new 5 Series MSO that increases the number of available analog channels to 6 or 8, and offers from 8 to 64 digital channels. The digital channels can also be re-configured on the fly.Given the success of 4-channel MSOs over the years, it’s safe to say that the traditional number of analog and digital channels has served most embedded designers well enough, or perhaps more to the point, they have been able to make it work. But a significant number – 35 percent in our research – said they ideally wanted 8 analog channels.In the past when these engineers needed more than 4 analog inputs, they would try to use two scopes together. This practice of “cascading” multiple scopes creates several challenges. To synchronize the acquisitions, the scopes must be triggered at the same instant, requiring cabling (or double-probing) and creative trigger setups. Comparing data on two displays is difficult, so many engineers take the raw data from the two scopes and use a PC to merge the waveforms for evaluation. This synchronization is time-consuming with two identical scope models, but it becomes even more problematic when using different scope models.On the digital side, it turns out that less can be just as important as more. In some cases, engineers were frustrated when they were forced to buy 16 digital channels when they really only wanted eight. In our research, approximately 75% percent of respondents said they wanted something other than 16 digital channels. Some wanted more, some wanted fewer.For embedded systems designers, the scope characteristic that stands out even more than channel count is flexibility. Our research found that 79 percent of embedded engineers want oscilloscopes that are “future proofed” and multi-purposed to serve the varied needs of overstretched design teams.When we talked to embedded designers about the design phase at which they encountered the need for more channels and flexibility, the most common answer was during system-level troubleshooting.  When multiple subsystems start coming together, with multiple processors, multiple power rails, multiple serial buses, and multiple I/O devices, that’s when system-level visibility can become critical. The traditional approach to troubleshooting with a scope is to take multiple two- or four-channel captures, making one’s way backward against the signal path to get to the root cause of a failure. In today’s systems that process input from multiple sensors to drive multiple actuators while communicating over multiple buses, this approach can be painful. These embedded computing systems, incorporating sensors, actuators, processing power and communications will form the distributed smarts in the growing Internet of Things (IoT).Another pain point embedded engineers shared during our research stems from the proliferation of power rails in today’s systems. To optimize for both power consumption, performance and speed, even a relatively simple system might have a 12 V bulk supply, a couple of 5 V supplies, a 3.3-volt supply and a 1.8 V supply. Verifying and troubleshooting the turn-on and turn-off sequence of these supplies, especially in relation to other control or status signals on their boards requires more channels or more tests.Some creative engineers reported that they use the variable thresholds on digital MSO channels to check power sequencing. In this case, they set the thresholds of the digital channels slightly below the nominal voltage level of the supply and used this setup to generate a “timing diagram” of power supplies, reset lines, interrupts, status lines and so on.  The obvious shortcoming in this approach is the power supplies are represented as binary waveforms, ignoring the analog characteristics of the signals. Most engineers prefer to perform this testing and troubleshooting using analog channels.For many applications, the traditional 4 analog/16 digital configuration may be all that’s needed. But if something new comes along – and our bet is that it will – it could be comforting to know that some other options are finally available.Wilson Lee is Senior Manager, Marketing at Tektronix.  Previously to joining Tektronix, Wilson has had over 25 years of technical marketing, technical sales leadership roles – with manufacturers such as CTS Electronic Components, as well technical/value add distributors such as Richardson RFPD, and Premier Farnell. Wilson has heavily focused on design within the RF/Wireless, Industrial Power, and Industrial Automation market segments. Wilson earned his Bachelor’s of Science Degree at Cornell University. While living in NY, Chicago and Asia through his career, he currently resides in Greater Portland, Oregon. center_img Continue Reading Previous The app-ortunities in connected lightingNext 2017 Embedded Market Surveylast_img read more

LDRA opens office in Germany

first_imgLDRA has opened an office in Munich to meet customer demand for a more tightly integrated approach to software quality. The office will support new and existing customers in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland who are building safety- and security-critical applications for aerospace and defence, automotive, industrial controls, medical, and rail transportation.Companies in these industries are facing increased pressure and scrutiny to develop high-assurance software that guarantees safe and secure operation in all environments and under all conditions. Many companies find that loosely integrated point solutions no longer sufficiently address the functional safety and security standards adopted by OEMs and required of their software development organizations. Standards such as AUTOSAR, SAE J3061, ISO 26262, and MISRA for automotive; D0-178C for aerospace; IEC 61508 for industrial; IEC 62304 for medical devices; and EN 50128 for rail transportation demand rigorous compliance and affect all aspects of software development and verification. Complying with these process and development standards using traditional manual methods is time-consuming, costly, and error-prone.A tightly integrated approach such as that provided by the LDRA tool suite enables customers to more easily and cost-effectively address all compliance requirements of high-assurance software. The LDRA tool suite automates a completely bidirectional, traceable solution that connects the entire workflow from objectives of the process standards, to functional, safety, and security requirements, to static and dynamic software testing. The tool suite as a whole simplifies and reduces the cost of compliance, automates testing and artifact generation, and improves software quality. With the LDRA tool suite customers can incorporate industry- and company-specific coding standards. They also can leverage integrations with modeling tools such as IBM Rhapsody, ANSYS SCADE, Mathworks Simulink, and Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) and requirements tools such as DOORS, DOORS NextGen, and Polarion.In addition, LDRA provides scalable solutions that enable customers to start with a single capability such as static analysis, coding standards compliance, unit testing, or coverage analysis, and then build into the full tool suite to address certification requirements at the highest levels of assurance.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Silicon Labs: Wireless Xpress modules deliver Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity with zero programmingNext Garz & Fricke becomes official Qt Distributorlast_img read more

CommAgility to accelerate development of mobile devices and base stations for 4G, 5G and private networks

first_imgCommAgility has announced a new reference platform for LTE UEs (mobile devices), enhanced its existing LTE eNodeB (base station) reference platform and released a new graphical LTE Management Tool. The reference platforms provide an integrated, fully tested solution, combining CommAgility processing hardware and 3GPP Rel 10 LTE software to deliver a low-cost starting point that accelerates system development and deployment for 4G/5G researchers, product developers and LTE network engineers. The LTE Management Tool provides an easy-to-use graphical user interface which enables straightforward system evaluation, configuration, and monitoring. With the CommAgility roadmap to 5G solutions, systems built with these reference platforms have the ability to progress beyond today’s LTE.Based on the Texas Instruments TCI6638K2K SoC and a Kintex-7 FPGA, the CA-D8A4-RF4 UE reference platform provides a high-performance LTE UE with up to 300Mbps download and the four integrated wideband RF transceiver channels support any frequency between 410MHz and 6GHz. Highlighting its flexibility is the ability to alternatively function as an LTE eNodeB with different software and FPGA firmware loads.The eNodeB platform is based on CommAgility’s CA-K2L-RF2, a high-performance ARM/DSP-based processing/RF card which includes two integrated wideband RF transceiver channels. The CA-K2L-RF2 uses the Texas Instruments TCI6630K2L SoC and AFE7503 integrated RF transceiver. Variants with integrated TX power amplifiers are available for almost all LTE bands. Along with the LTE Management Tool, both reference platforms include CommAgility’s industry-leading LTE PHY and Stack software provided in binary format.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Orsec boosts next-gen intelligence solution with DPI software by Rohde & SchwarzNext Port: protocol library PROFINET RT1-CCB und EtherNet/IP as one packagelast_img read more

MH-PLASTIC-EXIHIBITION

first_imgExhibition showcases eco-friendly alternatives to plasticMumbai, Jun 23 (PTI) With the plastic ban coming intoforce from today, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)has organised a three-day exhibition at National Sports Clubof India (NSCI) at Worli here to showcase eco-friendlyalternatives to plastic items.At the exhibition, which started yesterday, 61 stallshave been set up which showcase alternatives to plastic, likecloth and paper bags, straw, brush, packaging items made up ofbiodegradable material.State Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam, BMCCommissioner Ajoy Mehta, Mumbai Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar,star couple Ajay Devgn and Kajol, Yuva Sena chief AadityaThackeray were present at the inauguration ceremony.”We are happy to note that we have become the 18thstate in the country to ban plastic, and we have done thisdespite facing pressures from the manufacturers,” Kadam saidon the occasion.Devgn and Kajol supported the move and said they wouldappeal to the people to avoid the use of plastic.”The decision to ban plastic is better late thannever. Let us give our children a better future, one which isfree from plastic,” Devgn said. PTI APMNP NP NPlast_img read more

Sports Highlights

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 12 (PTI) The following are the top/expected stories at 1730 hours EXPECTED STORIES: *Mtach report of first ODI between India and England in Nottingham. *Report of IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships in Finland. *Report of World Tour Super500 Badminton event in Bangkok. *Wimbledon reports.STORIES ON THE WIRE:SPO-SHEHZAD-PCBPCB provisionally suspends batsman Shehzad for failing dope testKarachi, Jul 12 (PTI) Pakistan batsman Ahmed Shehzad was today provisionally suspended by the country’s Cricket Board (PCB) after issuing him a notice for failing a dope test in a domestic tournament in April-May.SPO-FCGOADefender Nirmal Chhetri joins FC GoaMargao, Jul 12 (PTI) FC Goa has signed Sikkimese defender Nirmal Chhetri from NorthEast United FC ahead of the upcoming edition of Indian Super League.SPO-GOLF-PGTIRajesh Kumar registers five-shot win at The PalmsLucknow, Jul 12 (PTI) Rajesh Kumar Rawat delivered a sublime final round of six-under-64 to register an impressive win by five shots at the PGTI Feeder Tour event staged at The Palms Golf Club & Resort here today.SPO-WC-ENG-KANEKane says World Cup semi-final run just the start for young EnglandMoscow, Jul 12 (AFP) Harry Kane says England restored pride during their run to the World Cup semi-finals and can use the tournament as a springboard for sustained success for a talented young generation.SPO-SL-CHANDIMALSri Lanka skipper, officials out of South Africa TestsColombo, Jul 12 (AFP) Captain Dinesh Chandimal and two top Sri Lankan cricket officials have agreed to sit out the Test series against South Africa pending sanctions, the International Cricket Council said today.advertisementSPO-SA-TEASri Lanka 161-6 at tea in first South Africa TestGalle, Jul 12 (AFP) South Africa paceman Kagiso Rabada led an inspired bowling attack to put Sri Lanka in trouble at 161 for six on day one of the opening Test in Galle on Thursday. PTI APA APAAPAlast_img read more

BCCI hands over Asia Cup hosting rights to Emirates Cricket Board

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has handed over the hosting rights of next month’s Asia Cup to the Emirates Cricket Board. Asia Cup will be held from September 15 to 28 in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.”The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Emirates Cricket Board signed an agreement today for the United Arab Emirates to host the 2018 edition of the Asia Cup,” the BCCI stated in a release.The event was originally scheduled in India with BCCI playing the hosts but Pakistan’s participation was an issue considering the prevailing political situation between the neighbouring countries.The BCCI couldn’t procure relevant clearance from the Indian government to host Pakistan. So, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) shifted the tournament to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) but handed India the hosting rights.Also Read – Playing in UAE gives Pakistan edge over India in Asia Cup: Sarfraz AhmedIndia have been pooled alongside Pakistan and the yet-to-be-decided qualifier in Group A. The Group B comprises Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. The top two teams from each group will qualify for the Super 4 and two teams will then play the final on September 28 in Dubai.BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary and CEO Rahul Johri represented the Indian cricket board while His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, the chairman of the Emirates Cricket Board, singned the agreement on hosts’ behalf.”We are thankful to the Emirates Cricket Board for hosting the 2018 Asia Cup on behalf of the BCCI. We will see some of the sport’s powerhouse nations go head-to-head for ultimate glory and I am confident that cricket fans around the world will enjoy every moment of this prestigious event,” Chaudhary said.advertisementDon’t play Asia Cup: Virender Sehwag slams India’s shocking scheduleHowever, the COA faction was not on the same page with BCCI office bearers regarding handing over the hosting rights to the UAE.Since organisation would involve financial transactions in foreign currency, a senior BCCI office bearer had pointed out that FEMA (Foreign Exchanges Management Act) rules need to be thoroughly checked after the IPL II fiasco when Cricket South Africa hosted the cash-rich league in 2009.ASIA CUP: FULL SCHEDULEThe Asian Cricket Council (ACC) sanctions USD 2.5 million to the hosts for organisational purposes but it was pointed out that operational costs shoots up in the UAE.The BCCI release does not state what will be the profit sharing mode from the ticket sales. The TV broadcast money goes to ACC.The major attraction of this tournament is two assured India-Pakistan clashes.”It is a matter of great pride for the UAE to host a prestigious event like the Asia Cup. Our country is home to a large section of people from the participating nations and we feel privileged and excited by the opportunity to bring their favourite sport right here to their doorstep.”This is the biggest cricketing event to be held in the UAE and we will ensure every support to make the 2018 Asia Cup a huge success,” His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan said.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

10.or D2 with Snapdragon 425, Android 8.1 Oreo launched in India, price starts from Rs 6,999

first_img10.or (pronounced as Tenor) has launched a new smartphone in India today, called the 10.or D2. The new handset is the successor to the 10.or D which was announced in December last year. The 10.or D2 comes in two variants – the base model packs 2GB RAM/16GB of internal storage while the top-end model comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. The smartphone will be available for buying starting August 28, exclusively on Amazon.in for a starting price of Rs 6,999.The 10.or D2 is a slight upgraded version of the 10.or D. It comes with bigger display and upgraded software, the design however is almost the same as the 10.or D. The 10.or D2 sports a 5.45-inch HD+ display with 1440×720 pixels resolution and aspect ratio of 18:9. The smartphone is made of plastic and has metallic painting on top of it. On the camera front, 10.or D2 comes packed with single sensor on both front and back panel.On the rear side, the 10.or D2 boasts off a 13-megapixel Sony IMX258 sensor paired with PDAF, f/2.0 aperture, and single tone LED flash. The back camera also comes with some features like – HDR, low light enhancement, beauty and panorama. While, on the front, the 10.or D2 packs a 5-megapixel camera with f/2.0 large aperture and single tone flash. The selfie camera of the 10.or D2 also comes with features like beauty, selfie countdown, and face detection.The smartphone is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 425 processor clubbed with AdrenoTM 308. On the software front, the 10.or D2 runs Android 8.1 Oreo operating system – which according to Tenor (10.or) is close stock Android. As of now, there’s no word if the smartphone will get the latest Android 9 Pie software or not.advertisementThe 10.or D2 is backed by a 3200mAh battery with 5V/1A charging capability. The company claims that the smartphone is capable of delivering 20 days of standby time, up to 70 hours of MP3 playback time, up to 12 hours of video playback time and up to 19 hours of talk time battery backup. The smartphone also comes with features like – IPX2, single speaker with Awinic sound algorithm, 2 microphones with noise cancellation, and dual nano SIM support.On the connectivity front, the 10.or D2 comes with VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, aGPS, and GLONASS. The 10.or D2 also comes with sensors like proximity, ambient light, accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, LED charge indicator, and notification indicator.The 10.or D2 will be available in two colours – beyond black and glow gold. The 2GB RAM/16GB storage model of the phone will be selling for Rs 6,999, while the 3GB RAM/32GB storage (that can be expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card) variant will be available for 7,999. Interested consumers will be able to buy the phone starting August 28 exclusively on Amazon.in. However, Prime users will be able to get their hands on the phone starting August 27 during the Prime early access sale.last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo notches up three assists as Juventus trump Napoli 3-1

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo shone through on Saturday as he played a crucial role in all three of Juventus’s goals to help his team outplay the 10-man Napoli 3-1 to stay on top of the Serie A table.Napoli were left six points adrift of Juventus in the second spot after the loss on Saturday. Sassuolo and Inter Milan with 13 points and Lazio with 12 points completed the top five of the league.It was a comeback win from Juventus who had given up an early lead to Napoli when Dries Mertens found the back of the net with just 10 minutes on the clock. However, 16 minutes later, Ronaldo provided Mario Mandzukic with a pinpoint cross and the Croatian was up to the task to head in the equaliser.Just three minutes after the break, Ronaldo had the opportunity at the goal but his powerful strike struck off the bar to set up a kind rebound for Mandzukic.Playing a part in all 3 goals tonight #CR7JUVE #ForzaJuve #JuveNapoli pic.twitter.com/gzMgTmZxIpJuventusFC (@juventusfcen) September 29, 2018Napoli’s left back Mario Rui received a second yellow in the 58th minute for a petulant kick at Paulo Dybala leaving Napoli with just 10 men on the field. Juventus’s third goal also came from a rebound after Leonardo Bonucci scored when Ronaldo’s goalbound header was saved Napoli keeper David Ospina.”Ronaldo is enjoying himself,” said Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri. “He has integrated very well. His precision in the passing moves is exceptional. I think this was his best match of the season.”advertisementFT – THREE GOALS! THREE POINTS!!! WELL DONE, BOYS!!!#JUVENAPOLI #FINOALLAFINE #FORZAJUVE pic.twitter.com/fFk24rbuxFJuventusFC (@juventusfcen) September 29, 2018Piotr Zielinski fired against the post after six minutes as Napoli made a bright start and they were rewarded four minutes later.Bonucci’s risky diagonal ball out of defence was intercepted by Allan who quickly found Jose Callejon and the Spaniard laid the ball off for Mertens to tap in.Juventus needed a piece of Ronaldo brilliance to get back into the game in the 26th minute. The Portuguese twisted and turned past Elseid Hysaj and then dropped a perfect cross onto the head of Mandzukic who powered a downward effort past David Ospina.Ospina then got down well to stop a Ronaldo free kick and did even better to block the rebound to prevent Juve from getting a quick second.In the 49th minute, Ronaldo collected the ball on the edge of the area, fired a shot against the post and Mandzukic followed up to turn the rebound into the net.Mario Rui was sent off for a second bookable offence after aiming a kick at Dybala and, although it seemed a fair decision, the Napoli players were enraged by the Argentine’s theatrical reaction.Napoli threatened an equaliser when Callejon got through but his shot was blocked by Wojciech Szczesny and Bonucci wrapped up the game by tapping in Ronaldo’s header at the far post following a corner in the 75th minute.Ronaldo could have had a goal himself but fired a shot into the side-netting after getting clear of the defence.”We played well for the first 20 minutes, then our opponents took control of the game,” said Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti. “We need to continue improving. We will be competitive right until the end.”@MrAncelotti on Sky: Overall we played well but we lost the ball a few too many times and that gave them confidence”#JuventusNapoli#ForzaNapoliSempreOfficial SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) September 29, 2018In other matches, AS Roma upset the form book with a 3-1 derby win over neighbours Lazio, who had won their last five games in all competitions, while Inter Milan beat Cagliari 2-0 to notch their third league win in a row.Rome overcame their poor start to the season by beating Lazio for the seventh time in their last nine meetings.Lorenzo Pellegrini back-heeled Roma ahead on the stroke of halftime, shortly after replacing the injured Javier Pastore.But an awful mistake by Roma defender Federico Fazio allowed Lazio back into the match. The Argentine was dispossessed as he tried to dribble around Ciro Immobile, who ran on to fire the ball wide of Patrick Olsen for his first goal in a Rome derby.But Roma were back in front within four minutes when Aleksandar Kolarov fired the free kick through a huge hole in the Lazio wall.BODIES.#ASRoma #RomaLazio pic.twitter.com/QM42FuJNJpAS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) September 29, 2018Defender Fazio completed the win, and atoned for his earlier mistake, by meeting a free kick with a towering header to score four minutes from time.advertisementArgentine forward Lautaro Gonzalez headed Inter in front after 12 minutes at San Siro, his first goal for the club since his move from Racing Club, and Matteo Politano volleyed the second in the 89th minute.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

ATP Finals: Novak Djokovic dominates John Isner in opening match

first_imgNovak Djokovic was at his best on Monday when he took on USA’s John Isner in his opening match of the ATP Finals and absolutely trampled the American giant 6-4, 6-3.The last time Djokovic played at the O2 Arena in London, he was downed by the home hero Andy Murray that brought an end to his unflinching dominance on the men’s game.Last year, he missed the tournament with an elbow injury but his return to the stage has been spectacular.Djokovic is bidding to equal Roger Federer’s record of six titles at the ATP Finals and going by what he produced against Isner, he might as well be on his way to the record.Eyes on the prize @DjokerNole begins his pursuit of his 6th #NittoATPFinals with a victoryWatch the Nitto ATP Finals live on @TennisTV pic.twitter.com/TN4trghFJKATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) November 13, 2018Already guaranteed to end the year as world number one after winning Wimbledon and the US Open, Djokovic is a massive favourite to complete an incredible resurgence from world number 22 in June with another title in London’s docklands.He will now set his sights on Germany’s Alexander Zverev in his second round-robin match after the exciting 21-year-old beat Croatia’s Marin Cilic 7-6(5), 7-6(1) to open his account in the Gustavo Kuerten group earlier in the day.Isner, at 33 the oldest first timer at the eight-man season-ender since Andres Gimeno made his debut aged 35 in 1972, was not overawed but never managed to lay a glove on Djokovic in the 73-minute contest.advertisementAlso read – ATP Finals: Federer stunned by Nishikori in opener, Anderson beats ThiemDjokovic lost only four points on his own serve in the first set but what was most worrying for Isner was the way his opponent managed to read his towering delivery, pinging back returns to the baseline with monotonous regularity.”He’s the best returner I’ve ever faced for sure,” Isner said. “Sometimes you got to hope he’s a bit off. Unfortunatley, I don’t think that was the case tonight. I got my ass kicked.”Having failed to convert break points in Isner’s opening two service games, Djokovic made no mistake when another chance came along, belting a forehand return for a winner and a 4-2 lead.See Photos: Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic take London Underground ride ahead of ATP FinalsIsner saved a set point when serving at 3-5 and banged down three consecutive aces to stay in the set but Djokovic calmly held to seize the opener.The writing was on the wall for Isner when Djokovic broke serve at 3-3 in the second set — the Serb roaring his approval. Two games later Djokovic sealed victory with a crosscourt backhand winner.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Qatari leader in Rome visit next week

first_imgRome, Nov 17 (IANS/AKI) Qatar’s Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and a delegation of his ministers will arrive in the Italian capital on Monday for a two-day visit to clinch a series of bilateral deals in the areas of health, food and agriculture, sport and research.During his visit, 38-year-old al-Thani will meet Italy’s president Sergio Mattarella and prime minister Giuseppe Conte, as well as the speakers of the lower and upper houses of parliament, Roberto Fico and Elisabetta Casellati.It is understood the visit will prepare the ground for a series of trips to Italy next year by Qatari investors organised by business associations in the two countries.”Relations between Italy and Qatar are excellent. In the past two years, trade between the countries has increased by some 11 per cent,” Italy’s ambassador to Qatar, Pasquale Salzano, told Adnkronos.”Italy is much in demand in Qatar, with big groups including Salini Impregilo, Saipem, Eni, Fincantieri, Rizzani de Eccher and Leonardo part of a massive presence here,” Salzano said.”An undoubted novelty is the scale of demand for small-to-medium-sized firms, craftsmen, high-end luxury, food and agricultural goods,” he added.Qatar’s economy is currently the fastest growing in the region at an annual rate of around 2.8 per cent despite a blockade against the emirate by neighbouring Arab states due to its alleged support for Islamic extremism.–IANS/AKIvclast_img read more

India vs Australia: Cheteshwar Pujara sees no need to silence detractors

first_imgCheteshwar Pujara has been a completely different player to the one that toured Australia back in 2014, in terms of runs scored if not in any other aspect. After scoring his second hundred in this series, Pujara asserted that there has been no conscious effort to silence those who criticised him for his performances four years ago.”When I play international cricket, I don’t need to silence anyone. I just need to keep scoring runs and that is what I love to do. I don’t want to get into all such things. My job is to score runs and I will keep scoring runs, whether it is home or away,” Pujara said after scoring his 17th Test hundred.”Sometimes you do get criticised and you just have to accept it. But if you keep scoring runs and if India keeps winning, ultimately everybody is happy,” Pujara added.Pujara said that he learned from the mistakes he made in the previous tour in 2014, when he scored just one half-century.”When you play international cricket, experience makes a lot of difference. 2014 was my first tour to Australia. I had started off well. It was at Brisbane where I got a half-century. Overall I was batting well. I was getting out in 30s and 40s. It wasn’t as if I was unable to play here.”But it wasn’t a tour where I scored many runs. I learnt from my mistakes. After playing those matches, I knew what to expect here. That tour has helped me score hundreds this time,” he said.advertisementPujara, who has scored with 328 runs from five innings including two hundreds and a half century, is the highest run-scorer so far in the series.”It has been a good tour personally but the biggest thing is that this Test match is very important for us the way this series is pegged at 1-1. Everyone knows that the result of this Test is very important but at the same time we will focus on our game plan. My batting (form) has been good but it is also important to get 20 wickets,” he added.Pujara, who had called his hundred at Adelaide as a “special knock” – since it came in a winning cause, termed the Melbourne hundred as an “important knock”.”It is always good to score runs away from home. With the way this series is placed, I think this is an important knock. At the start of the series, the first hundred was really special because it helped us win the match. I hope the amount of runs we have we will be able to win this one as well. When you score a hundred in a winning cause, it makes the hundred really special,” he added.Also Read | 106 off 319 balls: Ricky Ponting questions Pujara’s slow approach at MCGAlso Read | India have enough runs, not an easy pitch to bat on: Pujara warns AustraliaAlso Read | Cheteshwar Pujara hits slowest of his 17th Test hundredlast_img read more

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed apologises after racially abusing South African cricketer

first_imgPakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has apologised after his racial abuse directed at South African all-rounder Phehlukwayo. Sarfraz’s comments were heard on the stump microphone during Pakistan’s defeat in the second ODI in Durban in Tuesday.His comments were widely condemned on social media and former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar asked Sarfraz to apologise.In line to be sanctioned by ICC, Sarfraz tweeted out a long apology but it remains to be seen whether that is enough. The world governing body is already investigating the incident.1/2 – I wish to extend my sincere apologies to any person who may have taken offence from my expression of frustration which was unfortunately caught by the stump mic during yesterday’s game against SA. My words were not directed towards anyone in particular and…Sarfaraz Ahmed (@SarfarazA_54) January 23, 20192/3 – I certainly had no intention of upsetting anyone. I did not even mean for my words to be heard, understood or communicated to the opposing team or the cricket fans. I have in the past and will continue in future to appreciate the camaraderie of my fellow cricketers from…Sarfaraz Ahmed (@SarfarazA_54) January 23, 20193/3 – …across the globe and will always respect and honour them on and off the field.Sarfaraz Ahmed (@SarfarazA_54) January 23, 2019Sarfraz Ahmed was getting frustrated as Phehlukwayo and opener van der Dussen were stitching a match-winning stand for the sixth wicket after Pakistan had South Africa reeling at 80 for 5 in chase of a modest 204-run target.In the 37th over the chase, Sarfraz was caught on the stump mic saying: “Abey kaale, teri ammi aaj kahaan baitheen hain? Kya parwa ke aaye hai aaj?” [Hey black guy, where’s your mother sitting today? What (prayer) have you got her to say for you today?]advertisementSarfraz made the comment even as Phehlukwayo inside edged a Shaheen Afridi delivery to deep fine leg and was running towards the non-striker’s end.Pakistan Cricket Board also released a statement expressing regret over Sarfraz’s comments and asserted that PCB does not support such remarks. PCB was confident that the incident will not affect the spirit with which Pakistan and South Africa have competed so far.”The PCB expresses regret over the remark made by their captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and picked up by the stump mic during the second ODI against South Africa in Durban. The PCB neither endorses nor supports any comments that have the potential to cause offence, and firmly reiterates their zero-tolerance approach towards racist comments made; in whatever context.”This incident has also highlighted the importance and significance of player education and training at all levels. The PCB endeavors to improve their player education programmes to ensure these types of incidents do not happen again.”Sarfaraz is one of the most respected cricketers in the world. However, captaining Pakistan is a massive honour and any hurtful remarks by any cricketer, let alone the captain, are not acceptable to the PCB.”The PCB is confident that this incident will not affect the series, which has been played in great spirit with some excellent performances from both side. The PCB is also hopeful that the crowds will continue to turn up in big numbers for the remaining matches to support cricket,” PCB said in a statement.Notably, the South Africa all-rounder enjoyed a lot of luck as Pakistan had handed him a reprieve only in the previous over via a dropped catch. Phehlukwayo also got an LBW decision against him successfully overturned after using the Decision Review System. Phehlukwayo remained unbeaten on 69 as South Africa gunned down the total with five wickets to spare and levelled the five-match series at 1-1.Also Read | Rassie van der Dussen guides South Africa to series-levelling victory vs PakistanAlso Read | 2nd ODI South Africa vs Pakistan in Durban: Highlightslast_img read more

India are not underdogs, says Italy captain Corrado Barazzutti ahead of Davis Cup tie

first_imgItaly’s non-playing captain Corrado Barazzutti on Monday predicted a tough match against India, insisting that the hosts were not underdogs despite having lower-ranked players compared to his team. India and Italy face-off in the Davis Cup World Group Qualifiers from February 1.World No.18 Marco Cecchinato will lead Italy’s challenge, while they have two others inside top-60. India’s top-ranked Prajnesh Gunneswaran on the other hand is world number 102.”In Davis Cup, the ranking is only important for the draws on who plays first and who plays second. But everything changes once you step on the court. No one are underdogs I think. It will be a tough match,” Barazzutti told reporters after their first practice session on grass courts of the Calcutta South Club.On head-to-head count, Italy lead India 4-1. India won the last time they played in Kolkata, in 1985.India opted to host formidable Italy on grass on February 1 and 2 on grass courts, considering that the visitors have tough hard and clay court players.The winner of the tie will qualify for the inaugural World Group Finals in Madrid in November this year.”They are playing at home and on grass. We have to be focused and play with utmost respect. It’s always very difficult to play when you play for your country. It’s important for us for sure.”They are a good side. They are good players. We have to show bigger respect to this team, these players because they are very good,” Barazzutti who was part of the Davis Cup winning Italian team in 1976, said.advertisementCecchinato who defeated Novak Djokovic en route the French Open semifinals last year, has only played one Davis Cup rubber and it was on clay as no one in the Italy squad has played the Davis Cup on grass.”It’s grass. What I can say. That is the court. And we have to play on this court, we have nothing to complain. We were just practising to play as better as possible.””You know the schedule. Only some players played on grass before the Wimbledon last year. There’s maybe one tournament after the Wimbledon. Nobody plays a lot on the grass. Even the Indians don’t play I think. Not only us,” he said.The five-member team got used to the lush green South Club courts sweating it out for close to two hours.Also Watch:last_img read more

Jhulan Goswami back on top in ICC ODI rankings, Smriti Mandhana attains career-best points

first_imgIndia’s veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami Monday rose to the summit of the ICC women’s rankings for ODI bowlers following her influential role in the team’s series win over England recently.The 36-year-old Goswami, who last held the top spot in February 2017, finished with eight wickets in the series while helping her team reach second position in the eight-team championship that provides direct qualification berths to hosts New Zealand and four other top teams in the 2021 Women’s World Cup.The latest rankings update also takes into account performances of another ICC Women’s Championship series in which defending champions Australia scored a facile 3-0 win over New Zealand to move closer to a direct berth as they are now at the top with 22 points from 12 matches.India are second with 16 points from 15 matches while New Zealand are on 14 from 15. Reigning World champions England are behind South Africa in fifth position, with 12 points from as many matches.Goswami, the most successful bowler in ODIs with 218 wickets, has inched closer to the record for the most number of days at the top. She has now been number one for 1873 days, with only retired Australia fast bowler Cathryn Fitzpatrick having spent more time at the top, for 2113 days.Goswami’s new-ball partner Shikha Pandey has gained 12 spots to reach fifth position after also finishing with eight wickets against England. It is for the first time in nine years that two India bowlers are in the top five after Goswami and Rumeli Dhar were in that bracket in 2010.advertisementStylish left-handed opener Smriti Mandhana, who is the leading run-scorer in the current edition of the ICC Women’s Championship with 837 runs, has consolidated her position at the top with a career-best 797 points. The last time Indians topped both the batting and bowling lists was in March 2012, when Mithali Raj and Goswami led the tables.In another important movement, Natalie Sciver has advanced 10 slots to reach a career-best fifth place after scoring 130 runs in the series, second only to Mandhana’s 153.Sciver’s previous best was seventh position, in July 2017. Her compatriot Danielle Wyatt has gained seven slots to reach a career-best 34th position.Other players to move up in the rankings update include Australia’s Alyssa Healy (up one place to 15th) and Rachael Haynes (up seven places to 21st) and New Zealand’s Sophie Devine (up two places to 10th) and Katie Perkins (up six places to 31st) among batters.Among bowlers, Jess Jonnasen of Australia (up two places to second) and Sophie Ecclestone of England (up four places to 20th) are the notable movers while the all-rounders’ list sees Sciver gain two places to fifth and Devine move up three places to seventh.In an upcoming series starting March 16, England would be looking to overtake India with a 3-0 win over Sri Lanka, who are at the bottom of the table with only one win from 12 matches.For Sri Lanka, captain and aggressive left-handed batter Chamari Athapaththu will be looking to get back into the top 10 from her present 11th position while former captain Inoka Ranaweera would be similarly hoping to improve her position from the 20th place which she currently occupies.Also Read | Not worried about stats vs England, hoping for a better show in 2nd T20I: MandhanaAlso Read | India thrashed by England on Smriti Mandhana’s T20I captaincy debutAlso Read | Kane Williamson likely to dethrone Virat Kohli as No. 1 Test batsmanlast_img read more

IPL 2019: Virat Kohli is still learning as a captain, says Simon Katich

first_imgVirat Kohli is still learning as a captain, feels former Australia batsman Simon Katich ahead of his team Kolkata Knight Riders’ clash with the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Eden Gardens here on Friday.RCB and India skipper Kohli has cut a forlorn figure more often than not in the Indian Premier League (IPL) this season as his team slumped to one defeat after the other, currently finding themselves rooted to the bottom of the table with seven losses from eight outings. On Monday night, they lost to Mumbai Indians by five wickets.Arguably one of the best batsman to have ever played the game, Kohli has failed to inspire his bunch and Katich, who is the assistant coach of KKR, feels the 30-year old still needs to develop as a leader.”I don’t know how he operates within the group. He is probably still learning as a captain as well,” Katich told IANS in an interview.”You can be a great player as he is, leadership is something that can be developed over a long period of time. So he is still in a phase where he is learning a lot about himself as a leader,” said the 43-year old former Test opener.Kohli will lead the Indian team to the World Cup in a little more than a month’s time in England and Wales.Katich said while Kohli the batsman cannot be faulted, MS Dhoni’s guidance will be the key at the mega event starting May 30.”He has got everything covered as a player, he is going to go down as one of the all time greats. There is no doubt about that. As a leader, he has got attributes like passion and energy he brings to the team, India and RCB. He wants to win and has got a strong desire to succeed which is what you need as a captain.advertisement”But there is also more to it than that. Getting the best out of players, being able to allow players to feel comfortable playing the way they play to help them be as successful as possible. He is learning from one of the greats (Dhoni). As a player you like the captain backing you and that’s something that Virat is still learning as a captain.”KKR will take on RCB looking for a win badly to snap their three-game losing streak.Asked about RCB’s travails, Katich opined the team may have not been able to gel together as a unit and don’t seem clear in the way they want to play despite having star players in their arsenal.”You look at some of the players they have had, I guess you got to ask the question, are they clear in the way they want to play? Because in terms of what they have at their disposal, they haven’t been able to gel as a unit.”That’s something only the coaches and captain can answer. We can only answer from our position and from an opposition point of view, we try to exploit their weaknesses. And if there is over reliance on any players, you try to exploit that by putting pressure on them.”Katich also backed KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik to bat at No.4 for India in the World Cup after the stumper-batsman trumped Dhoni’s heir-apparent Rishabh Pant to the 15-member squad announced on Monday.”There is lot of talk around that No.4 spot, and he is a guy who likes to spend time in the middle. Once he is set, he is very hard to bowl to at the back end. He has got all the tricks and he does have the timing and power to clear the rope,” Katich said.Karthik hasn’t been among runs so far in the IPL, batting at No.5 or No.6. Katich believes it is down to the lack of opportunities that the 33-year old has got.”He can potentially bat higher. He has done very well as a finisher. There is no doubt he is in good form, he just needs opportunities. There is no doubt that when he has got opportunities, he has done well for India and KKR,” he concluded.Also Read | 7 first-timers, 2 World Cup-winners in India’s World Cup 2019 squadAlso Watch | India name 15-man squad for 2019 Cricket World Cuplast_img read more

IPL 2019: Shubman Gill helps KKR smash KXIP and keep playoff hopes alive

first_imgShubman Gill hit his 2nd successive fifty in the 2019 Indian Premier League as Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Kings XI Punjab by 7 wickets in Mohali on Friday. Chasing 184, Gill led the charge for KKR but Chris Lynn (46) and Andre Russell (24) also made crucial contributions.Kolkata Knight Riders now have 12 points from 13 matches and have a very real chance of making it to the playoffs if they beat Mumbai Indians in the last league match of the 2019 Indian Premier League. KKR had won 4 out of their first 5 matches this season before losing 6 in a row.That’s that from Mohali. The @KKRiders win by 7 wickets with 2 overs to spare #KXIPvKKR pic.twitter.com/2UMbc9tau6 IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 3, 2019KKR snapped their losing streak with a 34-run victory over Mumbai Indians and then beat KXIP in Mohali to register back-to-back wins.Chris Lynn, who had set the tone for KKR’s 232 with a 29-ball 54 against MI, once again led the charge for his team with a 22-ball 46 against Kings XI Punjab Friday night. His knock was studded with 5 fours and 3 sixes and KKR had raced away to 62 for no loss in 5.5 overs before Andrew Tye removed Lynn off the last ball of the powerplay.WATCH: Lynn goes berserk with 46(21) at MohaliFull video here https://t.co/YWj2yV5eEg #KXIPvKKR pic.twitter.com/ZDYyd8cjjH IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 3, 2019KKR did not look like a happy unit on the field but their batsmen were in a fiery mood. After Chris Lynn’s exit, while Shubman Gill took his time, Robin Uthappa walked out and smashed a 14-ball 22. Andre Russell, the most aggressive batsman in the 2019 Indian Premier League, hit 2 sixes and 2 fours in a 14-ball 24.advertisementRussell’s blitz was ended by Mohammed Shami but by the time Dinesh Karthik joined Shubman Gill in the middle, KKR were on the cusp of victory.Shubman Gill, many felt, was batting too low down the order. But he has impressed more often than not whenever he got the chance to open alongside Chris Lynn. After his classy 76 against a Mumbai Indians attack which included Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah, Gill turned his attention to KXIP’s star-studded bowling line-up.Shubman Gill smashed 2 sixes and a 4 off KXIP captain and star India spinner R Ashwin to show his quality. Even as Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa and Andre Russell departed, Gill kept his calm and took Kolkata Knight Riders to a memorable home.FIFTY!Back to back half-centuries for @RealShubmanGill. #KKR 128/2 after 13 https://t.co/IsIIYHHEVq pic.twitter.com/g8teqUTair IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 3, 2019Earlier in the evening, Kolkata Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik won the toss and asked Kings XI Punjab to bat in Mohali. Sandeep Warrier struck in successive overs to remove the dangerous KL Rahul (2) and Chris Gayle (14). With the KXIP openers back in the dug-out before the powerplay, KKR hoped to put further pressure on the hosts.However, Nicholas Pooran led the fightback for Kings XI Punjab and KKR’s bowlers were suddenly looking listless. Experienced leg-spinner Piyush Chawla went for 14 in his first over and Dinesh Karthik had clearly had enough. He gathered his players around in the first timeout and reprimanded them in full public view as coach Jacques Kallis looked on.Dinesh Karthik’s dressing-down seemed to have made the players a little gloomy. Andre Russell, Sunil Narine and Robin Uthappa looked far from happy as did the rest of the KKR camp as Pooran kept attacking their bowlers. He eventually fell to the part-time off spin of Nitish Rana while the dangerous looking Mayank Agarwal was run out thanks to a strong throw from Rinku Singh in the deep.Just when it looked like KKR could restrict KXIP to a smaller total, Sam Curran walked out and smashed his maiden Indian Premier League fifty.Sam Curran had picked a hat-trick against Delhi Capitals to win KXIP a thriller and against KKR in their penultimate match of the season, he showed why he is such a dangerous all-rounder.Sam Curran hit 7 fours and 2 sixes to finish unbeaten on 55 off 24 balls as Kings XI Punjab reached 183 for 6 off 20 overs.Also Read | IPL 2019: Dinesh Karthik gives KKR players public dressing-down in MohaliAlso Read | Shubman Gill is a prodigy and the next big thing in Indian cricket: Robin Uthappalast_img read more

Nokia 3.2 launched: Key specs, features, price in India and everything you need to know

first_imgThe Nokia 3.2 (Review) is finally official in India and it comes just a few weeks after HMD launched the Nokia 4.2 in the country. Both the phones were first announced at MWC 2019 in February, so the company has taken a fair bit of time to bring them to India. The Nokia 3.2 is an affordable Android One handset that falls below the Nokia 4.2 in the current hierarchy.The latest Nokia phone boasts of a tall waterdrop display and a two-day battery life. In addition to this, the phone also runs on the latest Android Pie software and brings a dedicated Google Assistant button as well as a notification light power button, among other things. Here’s a quick look at what the Nokia 3.2 is all about.Nokia 3.2 specificationsDisplay: The Nokia 3.2 sports a 6.26-inch HD+ (1520×720) TFT LCD display with 269ppi, 19:9 aspect ratio and 2.5D glass protection.Performance: It is powered by a octa-core Snapdragon 429 SoC.RAM: It is offered with 2GB and 3GB of RAM.Internal storage: The 2GB RAM option comes with 16GB of internal storage, while the 3GB variant is paired with 32GB of inbuilt storage. The phone supports storage expandability up o 400GB via microSD card.Rear camera: The Nokia 3.2 gets a single 13-megapixel f/2.2 camera with LED flash support.Front camera: It also gets a 5-megapixel selfie camera.Battery: The handset houses a beefy 4,000mAh battery.Software: The Android One device ships with stock Android 9 Pie.Nokia 3.2 features– Like the Nokia 4.2, the Nokia 3.2 also highlights a dedicated Google Assistant button. The button will allow the user to quickly access the Google AI with a simple tap. A single press of the button will wake up Assistant, a double press will bring up a display with information relevant to you and a long press will let you make longer requests. With the button, you can also open Assistant without having to unlock the device.advertisement– Additionally, the phone also gets a notification LED light that is embedded in the home button on the side. Much like the Nokia 4.2, the power button-cum-notification light makes it easier to know when you receive a message whether you place the device on its front or back.– A key feature about the Nokia 3.2 is its large 4,000mAh battery that the company promises will take you through two days on a single charge. This is with the help of a combination of factors that includes a low power consuming chipset along with the Adaptive Battery feature of Android Pie.– The Nokia 3.2 is the second phone after Nokia 4.2 to launch with a waterdrop display. The 6.26-inch HD+ display comes with a small droplet-shaped notch to offer a distraction-free viewing experience.– The Nokia 3.2 is an Android One device, which means it runs on a stock and clean Android 9 Pie software that comes bloatware-free. As an Android One device, the Nokia 3.2 will get at least two major software updates in the future along with monthly security patches.Nokia 3.2 price in India and availabilityThe Nokia 3.2 starts at Rs 8,990 in India. This is for the base model with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. It also comes in a 3GB + 32GB option that comes at a recommended best buy price of Rs 10,790. The Nokia 3.2 will be available in Black and Steel colour options across top mobile retail stores in India and via Nokia.com/phones starting Thursday, May 23.last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo escapes criminal charges in 2009 rape case in Las Vegas

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo won’t face criminal charges after a woman accused the soccer star of raping her in his suite at a Las Vegas resort more than 10 years ago, a top prosecutor said Monday.A new investigation by Las Vegas police failed to show that Kathryn Mayorga’s claim could be proven at trial beyond a reasonable doubt, Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said.”Therefore, no charges will be forthcoming,” Wolfson said in a statement.The decision represented a victory on one of two legal tracks tied to the 2009 allegation against one of the most recognizable and highly paid players in sports.In a lawsuit still pending in federal court, Mayorga alleges that she was pressured to sign an agreement to keep quiet in exchange for $375,000. Her lawyers want to void the deal and collect at least $200,000 more from Ronaldo.Ronaldo’s attorneys have acknowledged that the soccer star and Mayorga had consensual sex in June 2009, but they denied it was rape. Attorney Peter Christiansen was traveling Monday and wasn’t immediately available to comment.Attorneys for Mayorga, a former model and school teacher, did not immediately respond to telephone, text and email messages.The Associated Press generally does not name people who say they are victims of sexual assault, but Mayorga gave consent through her lawyers to make her name public.Her lawsuit says she met Ronaldo at a nightclub and went with him and other people to his suite at the Palms Hotel and Casino, where he assaulted her in a bedroom. Afterward, she signed a non-disclosure agreement under pressure from “fixers” trying to protect Ronaldo’s reputation, her lawyer, Leslie Mark Stovall, has said.advertisementThe lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas accuses Ronaldo or those working for him of conspiracy, defamation, breach of contract, coercion and fraud for allegedly allowing terms of the settlement to become public in European publications.Her attorneys say Mayorga never wanted her name released but became worried that she would be identified after a 2017 media report apparently referred to the encounter.Her lawyers have said in federal court documents that they were having trouble personally serving Ronaldo with legal filings. A judge has given them an Oct. 28 deadline.Ronaldo plays in Italy for the Turin-based soccer club Juventus. He played previously for Manchester United in England and Real Madrid in Spain, where he earned a then-record sum of 94 million euros, or about $130 million.Mayorga underwent a medical exam to collect DNA evidence shortly after she alleges Ronaldo assaulted her. Police closed their investigation in 2009 because Mayorga neither identified her attacker by name nor said where the alleged rape took place, said Wolfson, the elected prosecutor in Las Vegas.Police have said she identified her attacker only as a European soccer player.”As a result, the police were unable to … conduct any meaningful investigation,” Wolfson said Monday. “Detectives were unable to search for and impound vital forensic evidence. In addition, video evidence, showing interactions between the victim and perpetrator before and after the alleged crime, was lost.”The investigation was reopened in last year at the request of Mayorga’s attorneys, shortly before they sued Ronaldo. She spoke again with police, and authorities this year obtained a sample of Ronaldo’s DNA through Italian authorities.Police did not immediately respond Monday to messages about the case.Read more | Mohun Bagan, East Bengal and 4 other I-League clubs write to FIFA asking for helpAlso see:last_img read more