Kasganj police chief transferred

first_imgThree days after communal violence broke out on Republic Day at Kasganj in western Uttar Pradesh, the Yogi Adityanath government on Monday sacked the district police chief for negligence.Superintendent of Police Sunil Kumar Singh has been transferred to the police training school in Meerut and Piyush Srivastava, SP of the training school, to Kasganj.The police have so far lodged a total of five FIRs in the incident, which broke out during an unauthorised bike rally by a group of youths.Chandan Gupta, 20, was shot dead while several others were injured in the violence.According to data of the district police, a total of 112 persons have been arrested so far. Of these 31 were named in the FIRs.”Don’t spit at the sky”Government spokesperson and Minister Sidharth Nath Singh hit out at the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) for blaming the ruling BJP for the incident. “When the SP and the BSP target us, if you point one finger, two point right back at you. One should not spit at the sky, Akhilesh ji should keep in mind that the spit will fall on him,” Mr. Singh said in Varanasi.He said the Opposition, especially the SP, prompted only one ideology when it was it power. “The introduction of appeasement they gave, we all know about it. Jobs and posts were created for one specific caste and no FIRs could be lodged against a specific religious community,” he said.SP chief Akhilesh Yadav had criticised the BJP government for ”failing” to see through the January 26 function peacefully. “If there is anyone responsible for the incident, it is the government. I feel the government wants to create fear and reap benefit out of it,” Mr. Yadav said.last_img read more

DU professor Saibaba’s bail plea hearing adjourned

first_imgThe Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court on June 29 adjourned the hearing on the bail application of former Delhi University professor G.N. Saibaba till July 19. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for Naxal links in 2017. His lawyers had moved the bail application citing his deteriorating health condition inside the jail. However, government pleader Prashant Sathiyanathan requested for more time to file an additional affidavit, which the court agreed to.last_img

Efforts on to resolve call drop problem: Videocon

first_imgChandigarh, May 11 (PTI) Mobile operator Videocon Telecom today welcomed Supreme Courts decision to strike down the TRAI regulation making it mandatory for telecom companies to compensate subscribers for call drops, but added that efforts of operators to resolve the problem will continue.”From operators point of view, it (SC verdict) is a good judgement and operators will be very happy with it,” Videocon Telecoms Director and CEO Arvind Bali said here.However, he added that telecom operators will continue with their efforts to improve their services to resolve the problem of call drops.”Inspite of the fact that this judgement has come, operators efforts to improve services to ensure that calls do not drop will continue because private operators want that customers should be provided with quality services,” Bali said, adding that telecom operators were willing to spend on improving infrastructure.The Supreme Court today struck down the TRAI regulation making it mandatory for telecom companies to compensate subscribers for call drops, holding it as “arbitrary, unreasonable and non-transparent”.Bali further said that Connect Broadband, part of the Videocon Group, has invested Rs 118 crore on upgradation of optical fibre network for providing internet services at higher speed.”The company has invested in latest transmission equipment and ring upgradation to enable users to access applications simultaneously on small and large screen devices seamlessly without buffering,” he said.”The rise in number of internet based applications has increased the need for speed and data. The monthly data consumption of an average user has increased by 100 per cent in last two years to 27 GB and it is expected to double in next one year. Keeping this in mind, Connect Broadband has invested heavily in network,” he said.advertisementConnect Broadband, which operates in Punjab, Chandigarh and Panchkula (Haryana), provides telecom services like voice telephony, wireline and wireless internet services.He further said Videocon Group company Infodart, which is a business-oriented IT services provider to various industry segments, will set up a centre in Mohali.”It will perform back-end job of IT services,” he said, adding that three offices of Infordart will be opened in Dubai, Iran and China or Hong Kong. PTI CHS ABMlast_img read more

Infinix Zero 5 review: A solid mid-range contender

first_imgInfinix has been in India for a little over three months now and has since launched a couple of budget smartphones like the Note 4 and Hot 4 Pro. With the newly launched Zero 5, the company is now entering the mid-range segment that is populated with brands like Motorola, Samsung, Oppo, Vivo and Huawei sub brand Honor, to name a few. The latest smartphone from the Transsion Holdings-owned company can be seen as an attempt to produce a decent mid-range device.The Zero 5 has a lot of things to offer like a large FHD display, octa-core processor, dual rear cameras, and a large battery to name a few. The phone looks and feels ambitious from the company, which wants to find its footing in the highly competitive Indian market. It does impress in some aspects and seems to fall short in others. For a mid-range phone, the Zero 5 shows potential to take on the best. But at Rs 17,999, the Zero 5 faces a stiff competition and will need to bring an all-round performer to take on the likes of Oppo F5 and Honor 9i, among others. We take a look at everything the Zero 5 has to offer. Design and build qualityThe Infinix Zero 5 is a massive phone both inside and out. It sports a metal unibody design that feels smooth at the touch, albeit slippery at times as well. You’ll also notice chamfered edges around the frame and the frame doesn’t naturally curve onto the display which makes it feel more blocky. The handset is offered in a choice of Champagne Gold, Sandstone Black and Bordeaux Red. I got the review unit in Red, which I’m not a big fan of, but the Red is sober and it might just fancy those looking for a little more funky option. The phone looks nice in Black, which will likely be a favorite for most.advertisementThe rear also has a Huawei P9 thing going on with a black band across the top which is where the dual cameras and LED flash can be seen. You can find the fingerprint sensor just below the strip. Setting up your fingerprint can take a bit longer than usual, and the sensor isn’t as snappy as we hoped, but it is usually always on spot. The handset has a solid build, but is quite large and will be unwieldy for most. It may not provide the most comfortable one-handed experience for a lot of people out there. The design is also a lot less appealing and unattractive today as we’ve grown accustom to seeing larger display on a smaller form factor.The colours pop on screen and I enjoyed using it for my multimedia consumptionIf you take a look around the frame, you’ll see a USB Type-C port on the bottom, a single speaker grille on its left and a 3.5mm headphone jack on its right. The right side of the frame has the power button and volume controls as well as a dual-SIM (Micro + Micro) slot. The left side, meanwhile, has a dedicated slot for a microSD card, which will take up to 128GB of expandability. The Zero 5 weighs around 197 grams and feels light for a phone this size. It is, however, a large device to carry around in the hand or in your pocket.DisplayOne of the high points of the Zero 5 is its large 5.98-inch Full HD (1080×1920) display with a 2.5D glass on top. In my time with the Zero 5, I found the screen popped with vivid and bright colours that were honestly a delight to look at. This display is gorgeous and best enjoyed when watching 1080p videos on YouTube or streaming platforms like Netflix. The colours pop on screen and are quite detailed, and I enjoyed using it for my multimedia consumption. The reds and blues are vivid and crisp although they can seem a bit oversaturated, which I think is fine when watching videos, but users may not find it natural for photography. The screen is also pretty visible under bright sunlight. Viewing angles are good, although you will notice a slight red tint when viewing the display at extreme angles.Games look equally sharp and vivid, and I didn’t mind the bezels as they help get a better hold of the phone in landscape mode, which is how you’ll want to play games and watch your videos.Performance and battery lifeThe Infinix Zero 5 is powered by a 2.6GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P25 MT6757 processor coupled with 6GB of RAM. The device is offered with 64GB of storage on board although you will get around 53GB of storage to play with. Infinix also has a souped up version called the Zero 5 Pro which is essentially the same as the Zero 5 only with 8GB of RAM and 128GB storage at Rs 19,999. There is microSD card support for additional storage expandability up to 128GB.advertisementOn paper, the Zero 5 looks pretty solid on hardware. For the most part, the phone performs well under intensive use. Playing graphic-intensive games and browsing heavy websites is pretty smooth, although I did occasionally find some drop in framerate when playing a game like Asphalt 8. The P25 chipset has been known to underperform in gaming, but it isn’t so bad as to alarm you.The 6GB of RAM handles multitasking with ease and is more than sufficient for a lot of people. The single speaker on the bottom can get loud at maximum volume, but it doesn’t produce the clearest sound. I’m also not a fan of its placement as well since my palm would often block the speaker when watching videos or playing games in landscape mode.Apart from the display, the other aspect that quite impressed me about the Zero 5 is its battery life. You get a fairly large 4350mAh battery, which is needed for a phone of this size. In my time with the device, I found the battery took me through the whole day and then some with above average use and on 4G. But what I was most impressed with was the standby time, which gave me a good 4-5 days when mostly idling away. Overall, you should get through an entire day of usage including messaging, calling, a couple of hours of gaming or multimedia, among other things.Overall, you should get through an entire day of usage including messaging, calling, a couple of hours of gaming or multimedia, among other thingsThe battery gets support for XCharge, which is a form of fast charging. Only the device takes a little over 2 hours to charge, so it isn’t the fastest to power up from zero to 100 per cent. But considering how much juice I got through the day, you should find yourself needing to charge before you sleep at night.SoftwareNow, if you’re in the market for a stock Android or near clean Android experience then this is not the phone for you. The Zero 5 runs on the company’s latest XOS 3.0 Hummingbird based on Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box. It comes with some preloaded apps like Facebook and WhatsApp. The XOS also packs some privacy features that let you password protect apps and remotely delete your phone’s data, as well as apps like Freezer that essentially offloads apps you don’t want to use without having to delete them. Notably, some app icons like the Camera app have some pretty neat animations that make it look novel to say the least.The UI is fast enough, but it isn’t all that fluid. You’ll notice some stuttering when scrolling within apps and websites and touch responsiveness is not all that snappy. XOS has a good amount of bloatware that will feel heavy after a few months. Infinix has a bunch of in-house applications like XTreme for themes and wallpapers, XHide that will let you hide apps, videos, pictures, and XClub, which is a sort of Reddit-like social platform for XOS users. These add-ons cannot be deleted, which may put you off if you’re not a fan. advertisementCameraThe Infinix Zero 5 is also big on cameras, at least on paper. It sports a dual camera setup on the back with a 12-megapixel wide angle sensor and a 13-megapixel telephoto lens with features like Portrait mode and Professional mode. Photos captured via the rear cameras under ideal outdoor conditions look bright, colourful if a tad too oversaturated. The photos aren’t too detailed, so what you get are a little above average images. The detail and sharpness is lost further with indoor shots and starts to get noisy under artificial lighting. Portrait Mode for bokeh shots has become a stable feature nowadays with phones with a dual cameras. The Zero 5’s bokehs, however, don’t give enough reasons to brag about. You’ll manage to capture a few decent ones with a bit of effort. But in general, the Bokeh shots captured show some blurring around the edges and one should try their hand only under ideal outdoor light. XPreviousNextThere’s also a Pro mode that lets you customise ISO, white balance, EV and more for your captures. The rear camera also features 2x optical zoom, which does decent enough to focus on the subject, but colours tend to double up on saturation as well. Speaking of which, the rear camera is pretty quick on focussing on subjects, which is always a plus point.The photos aren’t too detailed, so what you get are a little above average imagesThe 16-megapixel front-facing sensor also captures colours but tends to let in a little too much light. Infinix has included a bokeh mode for the front camera as well, however, a couple of outdoor bokeh photos we took were below average. The subject felt artificially overlaid on the blurred background and the image in general looked overexposed. Normal selfies will look bright and the colours will pop when viewed on the phone’s 1080p display, but won’t translate well when you see them on your desktop or a larger screen.Should you buy it?Based on my time with the Zero 5, the phone does manage to hold its own in a few areas. Its big, vivid display, solid build and battery life are among its biggest selling points. The skin that, while doesn’t offer a pure Android experience, still offers some notable privacy features may find some takers as well. The cameras are decent, but just not the best-in-class. At Rs 17,999, the Zero 5 may find it difficult to compete against the likes of Moto X4, Oppo F5 and Honor 9i among others as the company is still trying to create its presence in the Indian market. Despite its ‘newness’, Infinix has provided a solid mid-ranger that should be considered if you’re in the market.Now, most of the phones the Zero 5 will be taking on also get an added boost of being bezel-less as well. Since that has been the general trend in 2017, the Zero 5 will have a hard time attracting users who are slowly moving toward all-screen smartphones. The Zero 5, for all its positives, may get buried due to lack of brand awareness as of now.Nevertheless, the Zero 5 is a bold move from the company that is just a few months old in India. Does it have enough to win consumers in the mid-range market? There are a few things to love about this phone. But the negatives such as its uninspiring design, laggy and bloated software and average front camera can put off users who want an all-round performance if they’re going to spend an upwards of Rs 17,000.Infinix Zero 5 review7/10Good stuffBright and vivid displayImpressive battery lifeSolid build qualityBad stuffUninspiring and bulky designBloated and laggy softwareAverage cameraslast_img read more

Honor 9 Youth Edition with four cameras set to launch on December 21

first_imgHuawei’s subsidiary brand Honor is set to unveil a new smartphone dubbed Honor 9 Youth Edition on December 21. The Chinese company has confirmed the date on its official Weibo page. According to the past rumours, the company could also launch the Honor V10 alongside the Honor 9 Youth Edition.Codenamed as Leland, Honor 9 Youth Editon recently received the TENAA certification. The listing also gives a sneak peek into the innards of the phone like it will sport a 5.2-inch full HD display with 16:9 aspect ratio and 1920 by 1080 pixels of resolution. The could be powered by a Kirin 659 processor clocked at the speed of 2.36GHz.As per the TENAA listing, Honor 9 Youth Edition will have 3 models bearing the following model numbers- LLD-TL10,  LLD-AL00, and LLD-AL10.The phone will weigh 149 grams and have 3GB and 4GB variants. The model number LLD-AL00 will have both 3GB and 4GB variants whereas the LLD-AL10  and LLD-TL10 will have just 4GB RAM variant.The dual SIM-support Honor 9 Youth Edition will be available in Black, Blue and Gray colour options. On the camera front, the device will sport dual camera set of 13MP + 2MP on the rear as well as on the front. The phone is expected to run on Android 8.0 Oreo which means it will be a part of Project Treble and will receive timely software updates from Google.Also Read: Huawei Enjoy 7S with dual rear cameras, Android Oreo spotted online, to launch on Dec 18The phone’s design looks pretty much similar to the Huawei’s Enjoy 7S which is also set to launch on December 18.  The phone is expected to have a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and could be backed by a 2900mAh battery. The phone is rumoured to support 5V/2A fast charging.advertisementHonor 9 Youth Edition is expected to be a mid-segment device just like the Enjoy 7S. As per the rumours, the phone could be priced around 1299 Yuan(Rs 19,000 approx).  Huawei is also going to launch the Honor 9 Youth Edition on December 18. The phone has also received TENAA certification and could come with a Kirin 659 chipset.last_img read more

Russia Track Fed Suspended

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares LONDON— Russia’s track and field federation was provisionally suspended Friday by the sport’s governing body, keeping the country out of international competition for an indefinite period — possibly including next year’s Olympics in Brazil.The suspension was approved by a 22-1 vote during a teleconference of the 27-member council of the IAAF.IAAF President Sebastian Coe convened the meeting after Russia was accused of widespread, systematic doping in a report released Monday by a World Anti-Doping Agency commission.Coe was under heavy pressure to take tough action, despite efforts by Russian officials to avoid a blanket ban by agreeing to cooperate and make reforms in their anti-doping system.The suspension will take effect immediately, barring Russian athletes from all international track and field events until the country can prove it has put its house in order. It’s the first time the International Association of Athletics Federations has ever banned a country over its doping record.The Russian federation is likely to be given a month or so before appearing at a disciplinary hearing, where the IAAF could then elevate the sanction to a full suspension.The IAAF and WADA will need to set out the terms for what the Russians need to do to get a suspension lifted, including complying fully with the global anti-doping code.With the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro nine months away, the big question is whether Russia’s track team will be allowed to compete in the games. Some Olympic officials have said Russia should have enough time to take the necessary steps to make it to the Olympics, which run from Aug. 5-21.Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said Friday he is “completely sure” that Russia will be able to compete at the Olympics. Speaking before the IAAF meeting, he said he thought any suspension would be short.“We may miss one or two competitions, but for athletes with clean consciences to miss the Olympics or a world championships would be real stupidity,” he said in Moscow.In the short term, the suspension will keep Russian out of a dozen or so international events the rest of this year, including the European cross-country championships in France on Dec. 13. The athletes could then miss the indoor season, including the world indoor championships in Portland, Oregon, from March 17-20.Other big events that Russian runners could be ineligible for include the Boston and London Marathons in April.Russia also faces being stripped of the hosting rights of three IAAF events — the Moscow indoor meet on Feb. 14, the world race walking championships in Cheboksary from May 7-15, and the world junior championships in Kazan from July 19-24. Russia has been the dominant force in world race walking.Russian athletes would be eligible to compete in their own national events during a ban, which only covers international competition.Some officials, including IAAF vice president Sergei Bubka, the pole vault great from Ukraine, had argued against a blanket ban, saying it would penalize “innocent” athletes who haven’t been found guilty or implicated in doping.However, the report by the WADA panel outlined a deep-rooted, systematic doping system that cast doubt on the entire Russian athletics program, making it difficult to judge which athletes are clean or not.The IAAF council met by teleconference, chaired by Coe in London.Russia’s IAAF council member, Mikhail Butov, presented his federation’s position at the start of the meeting, but then recused himself from the debate and the vote.Russia’s initial reaction to Monday’s doping report was one of indignation and that the allegations were politically-motivated. However, in recent days, the tone shifted as President Vladimir Putin acknowledged the gravity of the problem and ordered an investigation by Russian sports leaders.STEPHEN WILSON, AP Sports Writer ___AP Sports Writer James Ellingworth in Moscow contributed to this report.last_img read more

The test of time

first_imgHow are legends born? To the manor destined, or made of sweat, grit and never ending determination? Sir Jackie Stewart, three-time FIA Formula 1 World Championship winner, would probably lean toward the latter. Rolex celebrated five decades of Stewart’s relentless commitment to the sport, and to a fantastic journey in,How are legends born? To the manor destined, or made of sweat, grit and never ending determination? Sir Jackie Stewart, three-time FIA Formula 1 World Championship winner, would probably lean toward the latter. Rolex celebrated five decades of Stewart’s relentless commitment to the sport, and to a fantastic journey in Monaco. A natural on the track, Sir Jackie Stewart was at the forefront of global motor sports through the 1960s and 1970s. Growing up in Scotland, Sir Jackie struggled to read and write at an early age due to undiagnosed dyslexia. He soon discovered a talent for shooting and went on to the European stage. He remains the only person to have won the British Grand Prix at shooting and Formula 1. Sir Jackie claimed his first win in 1962 at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Italy. In the spring of 1968, Sir Jackie Stewart joined the Rolex family of Testimonees.”I purchased my first Rolex when I qualified at the Indianapolis 500. It was a Rolex Day-Date 18-carat gold with a President bracelet and it instantly established my love and respect for the brand. The watch I particularly treasure is the Daytona, presented to me in 2016 by Rolex at the Grand Prix de Monaco to celebrate the 50th anniversary of my first win. There is a special engraving on the back of the watch, which of course makes it all the more important to me,” he says. Sir Jackie went on to further cement his commitment to motor sports by revolutionising safety standards after witnessing fatal accidents of close friends and colleagues like Jim Clark and Bruce McLaren. He remains one of the pioneers of the safety regulations that dictate the sport today.advertisementlast_img read more

ICC likely to introduce concussion substitutes in Ashes

first_imgCricket authorities are mulling over the idea of introducing concussion substitutes in Test cricket and they may be in place in the upcoming Ashes series starting August 1.According to an ESPNcricinfo report, the issue is on the agenda at the International Cricket Council (ICC) annual conference taking place in London this week and the changes to playing conditions will almost certainly be approved and implemented quickly, so that all matches played in the World Test Championship, beginning Ashes series, will have the same safety protocols in place.The debate of using concussion substitutes had started following the death of Phillip Hughes after he was struck by a bouncer in a List-A match in 2014. Following which Cricket Australia introduced the concept of concussion substitutes in their men’s and women’s domestic tournaments and the BBC for the 2016-17 season.However, it was not brought into the Sheffield Shield until the following summer after the ICC amended rules so that games would not lose their first-class status. In October 2017, the ICC had started a two-year trial of concussion substitutes in domestic cricket.In the recent times, many voices have come in support for more stringent protocols regarding concussion. After CA’s measures, players must leave the field if directed to by a doctor for further testing or in the case of a concussion diagnosis.During the just concluded World Cup, there was a concerted effort to increase education about recognising the symptoms of concussion. Every team had a nominated Team Medical Representative and there was an independent match-day doctor at every game to provide support.advertisementRead more | India ‘A’ beat WI ‘A’ by 148 runs, take unassailable 3-0 leadAlso see:last_img read more

Schalke keen on Chelsea outcast Baba Rahman

first_imgTransfers Schalke keen on signing Chelsea outcast Baba Rahman Stephen Darwin 20:01 1/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Baba Rahman Chelsea Getty Images Transfers Schalke 04 Chelsea Premier League Bundesliga The Blues defender hasn’t played for the club since 2016 and could be heading back to Gelsenkirchen, where he spent the 2017-18 season on loan Schalke are keen on securing a deal for Chelsea defender Baba Rahman in the January transfer window.The Ghana international spent the 2016-17 campaign on loan with the Bundesliga side, making 21 appearances in all competitions.He remains on the periphery at Stamford Bridge, with the likes of Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta ahead of him in the pecking order, whilst the Blues have also been interested in securing further cover at left-back in the form of Alex Sandro. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And Schalke head coach Domenico Tedesco has now revealed the Bundesliga club are looking at bringing Baba back to Germany and that they are assessing the potential for a long-term loan deal.He told Kicker: “One more player would be good for us, I’m thinking about Abdul Rahman Baba for the left wing above all.”He still has a flat here in Gelsenkirchen, he knows Schalke and Schalke knows him. If we could get him on loan from Chelsea for a longer spell we wouldn’t be averse.”We are clarifying now how good his fitness is at the moment.”Schalke have already signed Juventus midfielder Marko Pjaca on loan from Juventus, while Cedric Teuchert has also arrived from FC Nurnberg in the winter window.Tedesco’s side currently find themselves in second place in the Bundesliga table, 11 points behind current leaders Bayern Munich.last_img read more

Poll Results: Most OSU Fans Fine With Rudolph (Hypothetically) Leaving After Bedlam Win

first_imgI thought this was a brilliant question which I’m allowed to say because I didn’t actually come up with it. Robert Whetsell did. Send your ire and angst his way.The hypothetical I presented (which I think the hypothetical part of that actually confused some people): Which would you rather happen out of these two scenarios? OSU wins on Saturday and Rudolph jets or OSU loses on Saturday and Rudolph stays? Nearly two-thirds of you voted that you could swallow Rudolph leaving in exchange for a Big 12 title.Poll question today: Which scenario would you prefer for this weekend?— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 29, 2016I’m in the minority here. I’d take the L on Saturday for Rudolph to return. This is the slow play. Not immediately satisfying but could result in OSU’s first College Football Playoff appearance PLUS a Big 12 title next year. If Rudolph leaves, you get the Big 12 title, but you don’t get anything else (Keondre Wudtee is not winning the conference next season … I don’t think).I totally understand why the majority voted for a win this Saturday — I actually came close to this for the reasons Nate mentioned in the comments below. This sums up the reasoning behind what the majority picked (and it is not poor reasoning):”a conference championship in the hand is worth a CFP in the bush,” or something.— Zach McCoy (@ZachMcCoy371) November 29, 2016 Tough one, but conference championships don’t come around very often. Gotta get ‘em while you can.— RyanHartwig (@jryanhartwig) November 29, 2016But that offense next year with all those receivers, an established RB1 and an offensive line that has seemingly figured out its problems? Whoooooo boy. OSU would probably be the Big 12 favorite and frontrunner in the conference to get in the playoff (even if it has to go 12-0 and win every game by 65 to do so).On to the comments …Big O: Rudolph is great, but this doesn’t seem like a very compelling question. How could someone choose other than to win a conference championship and play in the Sugarbowl? It would pay long-lasting dividends in terms of recruiting. We’ve also got a very intriguing QB in Woods coming up behind Rudolph.Nate: As much as I love Mason and want him back, wins over OU, especially in Norman, are sacred. Give me the W this weekend.JG: Who in their right mind would want to lose to OU this year to keep Rudolph? Nothing is guaranteed next year, give me the win this year and the sugar bowl.This one might have made me laugh the hardest.What is the point of having a good player if we lose?— joe turk (@joeturk182) November 29, 2016 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

‘Pogba isn’t the next Patrick Vieira’

first_imgManchester United ‘Pogba isn’t the next Patrick Vieira’ – Man Utd star’s role misunderstood, says McClair Chris Burton 23:21 1/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Paul Pogba Manchester United Getty Manchester United Paul Pogba Premier League The Red Devils legend believes an £89 million asset is not being played to his strengths, with his game more about creativity than tough tackling Paul Pogba is misunderstood at Manchester United, says Brian McClair, with the £89 million midfielder not another Patrick Vieira.As one of the most expensive footballers of all-time, much is expected of the 24-year-old every time he takes to the field.He has struggled to convince of late, with Jose Mourinho unceremoniously benching a global superstar amid a long-running debate regarding his best position and contribution to the cause. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp McClair believes those arguments, along with the perception of what a performer boasting Pogba’s physical qualities should be, mean the France international is not being played to his strengths.A former player and youth team coach at Old Trafford told The Telegraph on a player he helped to nurture through United’s academy system: “We viewed him as a creative player.“I think people may get the idea because of his size he is a Patrick Vieira but that’s not what his attributes are about. His is about creating and scoring goals. He’s an old inside left.”While Pogba has struggled to live up to expectations upon his return to Old Trafford, fellow academy graduates have been embraced by Jose Mourinho.Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford are established members of the Red Devils’ ranks, while Scott McTominay has forced his way into the fold over recent weeks after proving his worth.McClair added: “No one would have taken Jesse Lingard when he was 16 because he had the skeletal age of a 13-year-old. We allowed him to take that opportunity.Paul Pogba no Patrick Vieira Brian McClair“Scott McTominay had all sorts of problems with his growth. He was growing too fast and his body had to catch up and he missed time through injury. You support them in a different way. At one point we decided to tell him he has got an extra year because he’s fretting about it all the time.“Jesse was one of the best players all the way through in each age group. He was brave. You just have to wait for them.“They are always going to grow, you just don’t know when. They have all the other attributes. The biggest thing is to be patient with them. You have to be. They are going through all sorts of stuff.“A few have a stellar rise later but you can ask who were the best players in the youngest age groups and the coaches will say Marcus, McTominay, Jesse – even at seven or eight. We had to believe that would continue.“The biggest challenge for any young boy is getting through puberty: looking at themselves in the mirror, styling their hair, putting smelly stuff on and noticing girls. If they get through that and still love football they have a chance.”last_img read more

‘Ronaldo can play at the top as long as he wants’

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo Ronaldo can play at elite level for as long as he wants – Fernandes Sacha Pisani 19:05 3/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) CristianoRonaldo-cropped Getty Images Cristiano Ronaldo Lokomotiv Moskva v Spartak Moskva Real Madrid v Getafe Real Madrid Portugal Primera División World Cup Lokomotiv Moskva Premier League The attacker may have turned 33 last month, but he shows few signs of slowing down, something his countryman puts down to his mentality Real Madrid and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo can continue playing at the highest level for as long as he wants, insists countryman Manuel Fernandes.Ronaldo celebrated his 33rd birthday in February but the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is still going strong for club and country.He has scored 14 La Liga goals and 28 across all competitions for Madrid in a relatively modest season by his own exceptional standards but netted twice in Madrid’s 3-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie last month. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Indeed, he has started 2018 better than any other calendar year with Los Blancos and now the former Manchester United forward will look to help Madrid complete the job at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday as Madrid seek to win the competition for the third season in a row.And Lokomotiv Moscow star Fernandes told Omnisport: “Cristiano is special because of his strong winning mentality.”He is very aware of what needs to be done in order to achieve his goals.”Obviously, he takes care of himself and that’s another main reason for his success. A true model of professionalism and constant superiority.”Keeping up his physical condition and wanting to achieve more, he can play at the highest level until he wants to.” Aside from a potential Champions League three-peat, Portugal’s captain, all-time leading scorer and most capped player will also be targeting World Cup glory.Ronaldo helped Portugal triumph at Euro 2016, and Fernando Santos’ men now head to Russia in June with heightened expectations.The European champions will come up against neighbours Spain, Morocco and Iran in Group B and Portugal’s hopes are set to rest heavily on Ronaldo.”Spain are one of the strongest candidates to win the cup,” World Cup hopeful Fernandes – who has 11 caps for Portugal – said.”It is true that the initial clash with them will be extremely difficult, but I’m sure they think the same when they consider their first match in the World Cup is against the European Champions.”We will be focused on that initial match, but also must consider how difficult the games against Morocco and Iran will be. Morocco has players featuring in the best European leagues and Iran has had an impressive qualification phase and has been preparing exclusively for this competition for over a year now. It’s a World Cup level group, one of the strongest.””Cristiano as always will be in his best form but if you ask him, I’m sure he will say the team’s form and belief will be the decisive factors.”last_img read more

Klinsmann naive and too American, says Hertha boss

first_imgJonathan Klinsmann Naive and still too American – Klinsmann struggles explained by Hertha coach Goal 20:28 7/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jonathan Klinsmann, Hertha Berlin Tobias Schwarz Hertha BSC Bundesliga The 20-year-old has been forced to settle for a place on the bench at the German side but his goalkeeping coach feels it will be tough for him It has been three months since he made his debut for Hertha Berlin, but Jonathan Klinsmann will have to wait a long time for his second appearance for the German club, going by his coach’s latest comments.The goalkeeper and son of Germany legend and former United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann has not had an easy first season since making the move from UC Berkeley last summer.The 20-year-old was ruled out at the start of the season through injury before and was forced to settle on a bench before making his maiden first team appearance in a 1-1 draw with Ostersund in the Europa League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Since then, however, he has enjoyed a place on the bench on occasion while the capital club languish in the middle of the German top flight.And the team’s goalkeeping coach Zsolt Petry has revealed that the shot stopper is struggling to prove himself, with even his attitude being called into question as “too American”.”When it comes to the basics, he’s definitely got it and athletically he has developed well, too,” Petry told Kicker. “He has the skills, but he is not able to execute them on the pitch on a day-to-day basis.”The reliable, serious and focused German way of working has not completely reached him. He still is way too American. The development of his personality has stopped.”If he manages to improve, he could become an option. If not, it is going to be difficult.”While Klinsmann continues to struggle with his club, he has already featured 21 times for the United States Under 21s, where he enjoys a regular starting spot.last_img read more

Kashmir on agenda of UNSC as disputed territory Pak

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan on Thursday said that Kashmir has been on the agenda of the UN Security Council as a “disputed territory” as it rejected India’s contention that Jammu and Kashmir is its internal matter. “Pakistan rejects the unilateral action by India to change the status of Jammu and Kashmir,” Foreign Office Spokesperson Muhammad Faisal said while addressing the weekly media briefing here. India on Monday revoked Article 370 of the Constitution to withdraw the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the state into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US India has said Jammu and Kashmir was an integral part of India and the issue was strictly internal to the country. Faisal said Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed to utilise all options after revocation of Article 370 by India. “No unilateral step by the Indian government can change this internationally accepted disputed area as enshrined in the United Nations Security Council resolution nor will this ever be acceptable to the people of Jammu and Kashmir and of Pakistan,” Faisal said. Responding to a question, Faisal said Pakistan had always been ready for negotiations and dialogue for peaceful resolution of all issues. “It is India that has always shied away from negotiations and talk,” he added. India maintains that terror and talks cannot go together with Pakistan.last_img read more

Six arrested with Phensedyl syrup bottles worth Rs 56 lakh

first_imgKolkata: State Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has nabbed six persons and seized Phensedyl syrup bottles worth Rs 56 lakh from New Town on Wednesday evening.All the accused persons have been produced before the sixth Additional District Judge, Barasat, and were remanded to CID custody for 14 days. According to CID officials, on Thursday afternoon, CID officials came to know from their sources that two trucks carrying some sort of banned drug would be smuggled out to Bangladesh. Based on the source information, CID officials along with police force were deployed to spot the trucks at Narkelbagan crossing in New Town. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAround 7 pm, the police saw two trucks, bearing registration numbers of Haryana, moving towards the airport. The trucks were stopped at Narkelbagan. During the search, CID officials found huge quantity of Phensedyl bottles inside the truck. After getting confirmed about the banned drugs, six persons, including two drivers along with the trucks, were taken to New Town police station. The bottles were counted and it was found total 36,000 bottles of phensedyl were being carried in the trucks. Later, a case was initiated under relevant sections of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act and six of them arrested. The drug was procured from Uttar Pradesh and was being sent to Bongaon to be smuggled to Bangladesh.last_img read more

The Player Kylian Mbappe Really Plays Like

Xherdan Shaqiri, Switzerland, 26No player epitomizes the World Cup’s ability to rejuvenate a player’s brand as much as Switzerland’s pocket-sized tank, Xherdan Shaqiri. After Shaqiri’s lackadaisical season for Stoke City, which was relegated from the Premier League, it looked as though his career trajectory — from Bayern Munich and Inter Milan to the second rung of English soccer — would continue to be downward. But that course may have been reversed in Russia as Shaqiri led Switzerland to the knockout round — notching a goal, an assist and a team-high 10 chances.It may well be the case that Liverpool intended to purchase Shaqiri regardless of his showing in Russia, but the team’s acquisition of the Swiss winger will definitely go down better with supporters after a series of performances in Russia that FiveThirtyEight’s model found were similar to those of Argentina’s Pablo Aimar in 2002 and the iconic Zinedine Zidane of France in 1998. Breakout performances seemed to be everywhere at the 2018 World Cup — young talents were launched to international fame, and established players had their names crystallized on the world stage. The world’s biggest soccer tournament gives players a chance to shine outside the club-level paradigm of consistency and — apart from the English Premier League — a largely domestic audience. On the back of a few impressive performances, players like CSKA Moscow’s Aleksandr Golovin, one of the key players in Russia’s run to the quarterfinals, can earn themselves the chance to move to one of Europe’s top clubs, even if this recruitment trend is less common than it once was.Using FiveThirtyEight’s World Cup Doppelganger tool, which analyzes the statistical footprint of every player to feature in the world’s biggest tournament since 1966, we can compare the breakout talents of 2018 to their historical counterparts:Kylian Mbappé, France, 19 years oldKylian Mbappé’s talent has been known by soccer’s inner sanctum for the best part of a decade: Europe’s biggest clubs have been circling like sharks since he was just 10 years old. While his performance in this tournament, culminating in being crowned the tournament’s best young player, may come as no surprise to those who knew of him, this summer’s World Cup has turned the French speedster into a global phenomenon.Mbappé’s electric ability to create space and dribble progressively defines his output from the tournament, making his closest historical analogue the 1998 World Cup performance by Denmark’s Brian Laudrup, who was a similarly dazzling dribbler. In Russia, Mbappe thrived on the counterattack for France while playing at right wing, but he may yet transition to a role in the center of the field. If that happens, the predictions of many that he is heir apparent to Thierry Henry may well bear fruit. Kieran Trippier, England, 27England finally met pre-tournament dark horse expectations by making it to the semifinal this year. And even though Harry Kane took home the golden boot, the Englishman who really made a name for himself was a right back: Kieran Trippier.Trippier’s willingness to cross the ball is a throwback to a quintessentially English style, and that combined with his devastating set-piece delivery added up to a performance that was very similar to David Beckham’s in the 2006 World Cup. And that’s about as complimentary a comparison as Trippier could hope for. Hirving Lozano, Mexico, 22There are few better ways to announce yourself at the World Cup than how Hirving “Chucky” Lozano went about it. In Mexico’s first match of the tournament, Lozano scored the winner against the defending World Cup champions, Germany. Playing on the left with an ability to roam, the diminutive attacker was El Tri’s main ball progressor on the counterattack.The 2014 performance by Juan Cuadrado, who fulfilled a similar role for Colombia, providing a fast outlet for Los Cafeteros on the break, is the second-most-similar performance to Lozano’s in 2018. The 2006 showing of Arjen Robben, the Netherlands’ left-footed dribbler, is the third-most-similar. Romelu Lukaku, Belgium, 25While it may seem odd to class a striker whom Manchester United purchased for nearly $100 million as a “breakout star,” Romelu Lukaku has had his fair share of doubters. No doubt, his performance in Russia has silenced the majority of them: The towering striker’s intelligent movement and incisive hold-up play complemented a 4-goal haul.The 2010 performance of Miroslav Klose, who is the top World Cup goal-scorer of all time, is the most similar historically to Lukaku’s 2018 outing, while the 2006 showing by the explosive Brazilian Adriano is third-closest. read more

Rockwell Automation acquires Hiprom a leading process control and automation systems integrator

first_imgAcquisition will accelerate growth in the Sub-Saharan region and the global mining and mineral processing industry – Rockwell Automation has agreed to purchase Hiprom, a leading process control and automation systems integrator headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa. Hiprom customers include the top global mining firms with precious metal and coal operations in the Sub-Saharan region.Hiprom’s management team and all its 100 employees will join the Rockwell Automation Systems & Solutions business unit.“This acquisition accelerates the growth of Rockwell Automation’s business in the Sub-Saharan region and further expands our customer presence in the global mining and mineral processing market,” said Hedwig Maes, President of Rockwell Automation’s Europe, Middle East and Africa region.“Hiprom customers will continue to receive the high level of service they currently enjoy, and gain more direct access to the complete portfolio of Rockwell Automation products, services and solutions,” said Hein Hiestermann, Hiprom Managing Director and CEO. “Rockwell Automation customers will benefit from the expanded portfolio of application solutions, expertise and delivery capacity, specifically within the global mining and mineral processing market.” “Strategically, this acquisition further strengthens our global project management and delivery capabilities and adds critical mass for our delivery of customer solutions in the rapidly growing Sub-Saharan market as well as globally in the mining, metals and minerals industries,” said Terry Gebert, Vice President and General Manager, Rockwell Automation Systems & Solutions business. “We look forward to a successful integration of the Hiprom domain expertise, project management and engineering talent into our global systems and solutions team.”“Due to the improving global economy and increasing worldwide consumer demand, energy and commodity metal prices should continue to rise in the long-term, which will result in additional capital and operational expenditures for new and retrofit automation projects,” according to Craig Resnick, Research Director, ARC Advisory Group. “The acquisition of Hiprom should help Rockwell Automation to best leverage these market trends, as well as add some complementary geographic and vertical industry capabilities that will benefit its entire solutions portfolio.”last_img read more

Poll Do you have confidence in the Credit Union movement

first_imgALL WEEK, THE news has been dominated by the state of credit unions in Ireland.Questions about the movement’s strength abound after Newbridge Credit Union, which was one of the biggest community credit unions in the state, was taken over by Permanent TSB on the back of a High Court order sought by the Central Bank.In today’s poll we ask:  Do you have confidence in the Credit Union? No (1531) Poll Results: Yes (1168)center_img YesNoI don’t knowVoteExplainer: What is going on with the Credit Union? I don’t know (558)last_img

Study Mag Industry Hops On Action Code Trend Engages Consumers

first_imgAll in all, the number of magazines opting to have at least one action code grew from 63 percent in the first month of 2011 to 96 percent by September, with the most growth beginning in March when about 80 percent of the top 100 largest consumer magazines had at least one action code.The third quarter of 2011 had the largest number of codes in an issue: Glamour magazine had 54 codes in its September issue and reigned in over 500,000 impressions.Though there are many different types of action codes, the most popular, according to the study, seems to be QR codes: in Q1 of 2011, QR codes accounted for 61 percent of all action codes used, with Microsoft Tags accounting for 39 percent. While QR codes do appear to be the most popular,other action codes are gaining steam: in Q3 2011 QR codes accounted for 62 percent of those used; Microsoft Tags 30 percent; SpyderLynk Social Snap Tags were used at a rate of 4 percent, JagTag 3 percent and all others 1 percent. With the proliferation of smart phone technology, magazines have had a variety of options to create unique content, engage readers and please advertisers with the usage of action codes like a Microsoft Tag, QR Code or Digimarc watermark. According to a new study released this week by mobile technology company and app developer Nellymoser, Inc., the magazine industry is aggressively pursuing this trend. “No single category or reader demographic dominates the list of top magazines containing action codes,” the study says. “This indicates that editors and advertisers are using action codes to reach a wide audience. Women’s magazine titles, which focus on fashion, family and homemaking, continue to outnumber other titles as they did in Q2.” In total, tags in the beauty, home and fashion categories represent about 38 percent of all codes use in advertising. While these action codes are used in multiple capacities, data from the study shows that advertising accounts for most action code growth—in January there were seven advertising codes for each editorial code and by September the ratio grew to nearly 20:1. Additionally, in the month of September there were 35 editorial driven action codes in the magazines surveyed and about 482 advertising action codes. “The use of action codes continued to rise in Q3,” the study says. “From January to September 2011, the number of magazine action codes grew a dramatic 476 percent from just 88 in January to 507 in September. In total, 1,155 action codes were printed during Q3 (2.9 percent of all pages), up from 352 in Q1 (a 228 percent increase).” The study collected data from the 100 largest circulation U.S. magazines to determine action code usage across several verticals. The group found that the action codes were used in a variety of ways that included access to video, a contest promotion or sweepstakes, a coupon offer or an interactive shopping experience. While the push for advertising engagement is high for action codes, at least one publication, according to the survey, is leveraging them to heighten editorial content.“In a series of 2011 fall issues, Sports Illustrated magazine used video extensively in its ‘Just Askin’’ campaign to entertain, educate and engage readers. Every week, an action code appeared in the magazine that led to a video featuring a Q&A with a selected athlete, behind the scenes footage and more,” says the study. “Readers could also interact by submitting a question for a future interview directly from their phones. The repetition of the codes across weekly issues was designed to increase reader engagement while short video previews encouraged ongoing reader interaction.”last_img read more

Officials told to solve peoples problems

first_imgBagh Amberpet: MLA Kaleru Venkatesh took out padayatra in various colonies under Amberpet division on Sunday. On learning that residents are facing drainage, drinking water and damaged roads issues, he directed officials concerned to ensure the problems are addressed as early as possible.He assured locals that he would take steps to complete all the development works in the division in phased manner. He called upon TRS activists to be with residents to learn about their problems. TRS leaders Sri Ramulu Mudhiraj, Bharath Nagar president Satyanarayana, ES Danunjay, Miriyala Ravinder, Krishna, Bala Krishna, Shekar, Shiva, Prasad, Pandu, Gnaneshwar and others were present.last_img