first_imgGandhinagar, Aug 26 (PTI) Fees charged by the schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education should be as per the norms fixed by the state government, CBSE chairman R K Chaturvedi said today.”Our affiliation by-laws say the fee should be commensurate with infrastructure and facilities offered by the school. The quantum of fee should be on par with the (respective) state governments norms,” Chaturvedi said, speaking to reporters at the Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India here.Chaturvedis statement comes even as CBSE schools have moved the Gujarat High Court against the state governments decision to regulate fees of all private schools, including the CBSE-affiliated ones, through the Gujarat Self-Financed Schools (Regulation of Fees) Act, 2017.”(Information about) Fee should be put in the public domain….logical explanation should be given as to on what basis the fee is charged,” he said.The CBSE is thinking of giving “accreditation” to its affiliated schools, he said.”We are discussing norms for accreditation. It will decide where the school stands in terms of quality, through a third-party evaluation. It will be then easy for parents to decide how one school is better than the other,” he said.”Results, quality of education, parents and teachers satisfaction, retention of teachers, index of happiness, infrastructure, fee, sports, all these parameters will form the basis to evaluate schools. We will begin the process from this academic year and implement it by next year,” he said.Chaturvedi was here to meet representatives of CBSE schools from Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra and discuss with them the Boards decision to do away with school-based examination in Class X, and addition of applied entrepreneurship as a vocational subject for Classes XI-XII.advertisement”We want to associate ourselves with EDII in this regard (additional course)…The concept has been accepted, and details are being worked out,” he said. PTI KA PD KRK SRElast_img read more

first_imgBarcelona’s 100 percent start to the Liga season will be severely tested at Atletico Madrid on Saturday in an atmosphere certain to be intensified by political fervour.It will be the first time Barcelona have visited the capital since a disputed referendum on independence in Catalonia which has stoked tensions with the Spanish government.As the Catalan region’s most famous export, Ernesto Valverde’s Barcelona side can expect an even more intimidating welcome from the Atletico fans than usual.Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta said he had been affected by the uneasy atmosphere in the country and has called for a political solution.”No-one likes that we’ve reached a situation whereby people are at each other’s throats because they carry different flags,” he said in an interview with Catalunya Radio.”It’s a difficult situation and those in charge need to resolve it… No-one can be comfortable with this situation, you can’t ignore what’s been going on.”The political tension has capped a difficult start to the campaign for Barcelona off the pitch.Messi had the final word in the most recent #AtletiBara ????? pic.twitter.com/VOwYCW1B1R- LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) October 11, 2017Barcelona’s board, heavily criticised for their lack of transfer activity in the close-season after selling Brazil striker Neymar, faced a campaign to force a motion of no confidence in them, which ultimately failed.They have also suffered with injuries and lost record signing Ousmane Dembele to injury for four months and had to make do without striker Luis Suarez at the start of the campaign.advertisementOn the pitch, however, things could not have gone better as the Liga leaders sit five points ahead of nearest challengers Sevilla following seven consecutive wins.They will face their toughest opponents since the season began in Atletico, who are fourth in the standings, six points off Barcelona but also unbeaten.Barcelona forwards Suarez and Lionel Messi could be feeling the strain of long journeys back from South America after firing Uruguay and Argentina respectively to the 2018 World Cup.Iniesta, meanwhile, is fighting to return from injury in time.”This is a different game for many reasons, our players have just come back from international duty, we’re facing a team that demand 200 percent of you but this is a huge game and we need to enjoy it,” Iniesta said.Champions Real Madrid, who will make the short trip to neighbours Getafe on Saturday, have made a slow start to the season and are fifth, seven points behind their fierce rivals Barcelona.Coach Zinedine Zidane suffered another injury setback during the international break, with goalkeeper Keylor Navas joining an absentee list that also includes Gareth Bale and Dani Carvajal.Second-placed Sevilla visit Athletic Bilbao while third-placed Valencia play away against Real Betis.last_img read more

first_imgLiverpool defender Dejan Lovren has accused Romelu Lukaku of deliberately kicking him in the face in the goalless Premier League draw with Manchester United on Saturday.Lukaku’s heel struck Lovren below his left eye after the Croatian’s challenge on him before half-time and the Football Association backed referee Martin Atkinson’s decision by taking no further action against Lukaku.”I made a tackle and felt he was over me and he could just have moved away,” Lovren told a news conference ahead of Liverpool’s Champions league game against Maribor in Slovenia.”My honest view is that he did it on purpose. It was on the face.”If he did it normally, you would apologise after that. I saw that he was nervous during the game so maybe that was the reason.”That is what happens on a pitch. It is over. I cannot change it. It is what it is now. That’s football.”Liverpool are third in Group E behind Sevilla and Spartak Moscow after two draws from their two games.last_img read more

first_imgHouston, Oct 20 (PTI) The FBI has seized multiple items including hair-like fibres, cellphones, laptops, a washer and a dryer from the home of a 3-year-old Indian girl who mysteriously disappeared nearly two weeks ago in Richardson city in the US state of Texas, media reports said today.Sherin Mathews vanished on October 7 after her adoptive father Wesley Mathews told police he left her outside their home at 3 am as punishment for not drinking her milk.While a breakthrough is yet to be made, seized inventory lists show that FBI detectives took DNA swabs, grass, debris and receipts from three vehicles that belong to the Indian- origin parents of the missing girl.They also took a flash drive, seat belt and radio equipment from the familys Sports Utility Vehicle, Fox News reported.Items taken from the Mathews home between October 8 and October 13 include a vacuum and trash bags, hair fibers, blankets and sheets, shoes, multiple cellphones and laptops, financial and identification records, several wooden spoons and the familys washer and dryer.A radio module, display monitor and a seat belt were obtained from the Acura SUV that was missing the morning Sherin went missing.The maroon SUV, which belongs to Sherin adoptive parents, was not at their home October 7 between 4 and 5 the morning her father said she disappeared after he put her outside as punishment, police said.Court records show a navigation unit likely from the Acura was sent to the FBI lab in Quantico, Virginia.”Even if you didnt plug in an address and say make a right or a left, its still recording where you were going,” Attorney Bree West, a former Dallas County assistant district attorney who is not involved in the case, said.advertisement”And its also going to pinpoint where you stopped.” She says most of the items collected at the Richardson home were pretty standard. But some items that stood out to her were: a blue string, dark hair-like fibers, vacuum contents, two yellow gloves, dish scrubber inside two grocery bags and the washer and dryer.Investigators are still looking for possible surveillance footage of the Acura SUV leaving the home of Sherin, as they try to determine who was driving it.Wesley has since been arrested, and bonded out, on a charge of child endangerment and ordered to wear an ankle monitor as the investigation continues.Detectives have not said whether Wesley is a suspect, but they have cleared his wife Sini Mathews. Police previously said she was asleep and unaware her husband had made their daughter stand outside as punishment.So far, tips from the public have not led to any definitive clues that could lead police to Sherin. PTI AKJ AKJ MVVlast_img read more

first_img(Eds: Adding PM Modis tweet, Manushis statement)By K J M VarmaBeijing, Nov 18 (PTI) Indias Manushi Chhillar today won the coveted Miss World 2017 crown at a grand event in China, bringing to an end the countrys dry spell of 17 years at the top pageant contest.The 20-year-old from Haryana, who is a medical student, edged out top five contestants from England, France, Kenya and Mexico at the event, which saw participation from 118 countries.Chhillar was presented the crown by Stephanie Del Valle, the last years Miss World winner from Puerto Rico at an event held at a resort in the coastal city of Sanya.”Thank you, everyone, for your constant love, support, and prayers. This ones for India,” Chhillar wrote on her official Twitter handle.The first and the second runners-up were Miss England Stephanie Hill and Miss Mexico Andrea Meza at the event, which was televised live globally.In the top five round, Chhillar was asked which profession according to her deserved the highest salary.”I think a mother deserves the highest respect and when you talk about salary its not always about cash but I feel its the love and respect that you give to someone. My mother has always been the biggest inspiration in my life.”All mothers sacrifice so much for their kids. So, I think it is the job of a mother that deserves the highest salary,” Chhillar said to a wide-applause.Chhillar is the sixth Indian to win the coveted crown, which was first won by Reita Faria back in 1966.advertisementAishwarya Rai had bagged the title in 1994, followed by Diana Haydon in 1997, Yukta Mookhey in 1999 and Priyanka Chopra in 2000, the last for India.Chhillars win brings India at level with Venezuela as the countries with most victories in the history of the pageant.Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated her for the Miss World 2017 crown.”Congratulations @ManushiChhillar! India is proud of your accomplishment,” he said in a tweet.Taking to the Twitter, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar praised Chhillar and said, “I congratulate Haryanas daughter Manushi Chhillar on winning the Miss World crown.”In a statement, Chhillar said: “The feeling is still sinking in and very excited to make India proud too. Im also looking forward to the year ahead.”My parents have always been my pillar of support and having them here tonight by my side has only brought me more strength and joy. My final answer also came to me by having them here with me in front of me”.According to Chhillars profile on the Miss World website, her father, Dr. Mitra Basu Chhillar, is a scientist at the Defence Research and Development Organisation, while her mother, Dr. Neelam Chhillar, is an associate professor and department head of neurochemistry at the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences.Chillar studied at St. Thomas School in New Delhi, and is pursuing a medicine degree at the Bhagat Phool Singh Government Medical College for Women in Sonipat.She aims to be a cardiac surgeon and wants to open a chain of non-profitable hospitals based in rural areas.A trained Indian classical dancer, Chhillar has a passion for outdoor sports and actively participates in paragliding, bungee jumping, snorkelling and scuba diving besides sketching and painting.Her personal motto, as described on the website, reads: “When you cease to dream you cease to live” and “Courage to give flight to your dreams and the ability to believe in yourself makes life worth living”. PTI RB KIS SC RB SHD CPSlast_img read more

first_imgSteve Smith has been the pillar for the Australian side lately and has been led the side with flair and panache.The Australian captain remained unbeaten on 65 at close of day one’s play in the Boxing Day Test. He has been on a scintillating run in whites this year and has hammered 426 runs from four innings prior to the Boxing Day Test.  He started 2017 with a bang, slamming a gritty hundred against India in Pune and guided his team to a 333-run victory in the first Test of the four-match Test series against India. Smith was slammed in the following Test for a DRS spat with Virat Kohli, where he was accused of looking towards the dressing room while reviewing. Australia lost the match but in the following Test at Ranchi, he had the perfect answer to all the criticism. He slammed 178 in the third Test at Ranchi and a 111 in Dharamsala. Australia lost the series but Smith finished with 499 runs from four Tests and ended as the leading run-getter in the series.He was average in the two-match Test series against Bangladesh but cometh the hour, cometh the man. Smith slammed a brilliant unbeaten 141 in the Ashes opener at the Gabba and followed it up with a career-best 239 at the WACA in the third Test as Australia regained the prestigious urn with two matches to spare.Smith has been unbeaten in three consecutive Boxing Day Tests, having scored a total of 434 runs in matches against West Indies, Pakistan and now England. And the Three Lions veteran James Anderson hopes that the Australian captain makes some mistake or gets to face a really good ball and gets out as the Australian has been in the form of his life.advertisementJust another day at the office for the Aussie skipper #ohwhatafeeling @Toyota_Aus pic.twitter.com/hBwOSz9EIZ- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) December 26, 2017″I would like to get him out but every now and then you come up against a player who’s in the form of his life. I think he is the leading run-scorer this year in Test cricket and obviously he is in a really hot streak. And as a bowler it can be tough coming up against someone like that.But it’s our job to try and a figure out a way to get him out. With the new ball, I beat the bat and I thought ‘here we go’. The next 11 balls I bowled he played fairly easily,” said Anderson.”It’s just one of those things, when someone’s in that kind of form you just got to hope that he makes a mistake or just hope you bowl a ball that’s good enough to get rid of him,” he added.Smith now has 1192 runs from 11 Test matches in 2017.What’s it like to bowl to Steve Smith at the moment? Jimmy Anderson has his say… #Ashes pic.twitter.com/7XgzYN4Q8e- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) December 26, 2017Prior to Smith’s arrival, another Australian finally got some runs to woo the Boxing Day crowd at the MCG. Vice captain David Warner struck a 151-ball 103 to regain some lost form in Melbourne. But it was not that simple for ‘The Bull’. The southpaw fell to debutant Tom Curran on 99 to hand the debutant a dream start. As he walked towards the pavilion, the disappointment showed on the Aussie’s face while the young Englishman was seen celebrating a dream start. But, destiny had other ideas and Curran went sour in the space of few minutes. As Warner walked towards the pavilion, a TV replay showed that the Surrey pacer had bowled a no-ball of which Warner played a clumsy pull-shot that was caught at mid-on.Warner promptly returned to the crease as the terraces roared in delight and pushed a single on the next ball to raise his 21st Test century, leaving Curran pondering the agony of what could have been.Anderson limited the damage by having Warner caught behind for 103, but Curran finished his first day wicketless for 44 runs and Australia marched to 244 for three and a position of strength at stumps.”I was gutted for him,” pace veteran Anderson told reporters.”It was hard to watch really seeing the elation in his face, then watch it drained from his face seconds later when the big screen showed his foot came over the line.”It’s one of those things, you’ve got to learn the hard way and unfortunately for him it’s on debut at the Boxing Day Test match so I’m sure he’ll be behind the line from now on.”advertisementDavid Warner describes the hectic sequence of events on 99 today at the ‘G… #Ashes pic.twitter.com/RCKuTMsjpT- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) December 26, 2017Warner’s wicket put Anderson on 519 Test scalps, equal fifth on the all-time list with West Indies pace great Courtney Walsh.But it was a mostly frustrating day for he and his fellow quicks on a flat and slow MCG wicket.The drop-in pitch usually offers something for the bowlers in the first morning but proved to be a feather-bed for Australia, whose openers marched to 102 without loss at lunch after captain Steve Smith won the toss and opted to bat.England rallied well to take two wickets and restrict Australia to 43 runs in the second session but Anderson felt the 88,172 spectators had been short-changed by the pitch.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

first_imgEuropean basketball champion Olympiakos ran way from Unicaja Malaga for the fourth time this season, beating the Spanish team 80-63 to improve its chances of getting into the quarterfinals of this year’s championship.Playing in Spain, Olympiakos won easily despite the absence of key player Giorgos Printezis and Stratos Perperoglou and improved its standing to 6- 6 in the Euroleague, far off its dominating run to win last year’s title.The Reds led from start to finish, opening up with a 20-5 lead and kept the Spanish team at arm’s length the rest of the way, holding a 58-43 lead after three before running away with the win in the last quarter, led by sharpshooter Vassilis Spanoulis, who scored 20 points.The Greek team shot a blistering 72 percent from the field on two-pointers and 37 percent from three-point land and played team ball, garnering 22 assists as players continually found the open man for easy shots.Besides Spanoulis, Matt Lojeski had a good game with 18 points, while young Ioannis Papapetrou had eight. The next game for Olympiakos is in Istanbul next week to face last place Anadolu Efes, before the clash with arch-rival Panathinaikos in Piraeus in the last round of games for the second group stage of the competition.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgNEWARK, N.J. — Before heading to a shootout, New Jersey Devils coach Pete DeBoer took some advice from veteran forward Patrik Elias and inserted little used reserve Jacob Josefson into the lineup.It paid off and ended a whole lot of frustration.Josefson scored the lone goal in the shootout and Cory Schneider made it stand up as the Devils earned a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Oct. 30.The Devils had dropped an NHL-record 18 straight shootouts, including all 13 last season and one more this season.“He’s been really good in the shootout in practice,” DeBoer said of Josefson. “Patrik keeps bringing up his name and said that he has a knack of scoring in practice. He threw Jo’s name up there, saying Jo’s been good.”So DeBoer went with it and was rewarded.Michael Ryder forced overtime for New Jersey, scoring the tying goal with 3:27 left in regulation.The Devils hadn’t won in a shootout since March 2013, also against Winnipeg.“It was our first shootout win in what seems like 10 years,” DeBoer said. “It was big for us. To say that it lifted a huge weight off my shoulders would be an understatement.“We felt that if we could tie it, we had a chance. I’m always confident in our players. I knew we were going to win shootouts this year. I’m always trying to instill confidence in this group.”Josefson, the Devils’ second shootout shooter, lifted a shot over sprawling goalie Ondrej Pavelec.“He was under a lot of pressure, and he made a great shot,” DeBoer said of Josefson.New Jersey earned its first home victory in four games this season and snapped the Jets’ two-game winning streak.Blake Wheeler, who led the Jets with 28 goals last season, netted his fourth of the season in the first period. Wheeler took a great pass from Toby Enstrom as Pavelec headed to the bench during a delayed penalty.“We honestly deserved better,” Wheeler said. “We couldn’t capitalize on our opportunities and let them hang around. They found a way to tie it up and then won. It’s too bad.”The Devils tied it when Ryder stole the puck and fired a shot past Pavelec during another delayed penalty. It was Ryder’s second goal of the season.“I managed to get the turnover there, and got it to my stick,” Ryder said. “I was going to try to go around him (Pavelec), but I was able to get it up high.”That set up the shootout dramatics. “It was a big play,” DeBoer said. “We really needed that. It was a big play at the right time. We need our forwards to step up and finish some chances.”Pavelec was outstanding in making 27 saves. “We should have been able to close this out,” Pavelec said. “We should find a way to win this.”Jets coach Paul Maurice wasn’t too upset with the result.“It was a pretty good, grind it out type game,” Maurice said. “It was a pretty solid road game. We didn’t give up much. Mistakes happen, and we have to learn from them.”Schneider stopped 24 shots through overtime and then three more in the shootout.“He was outstanding,” DeBoer said. “If he doesn’t play as well as he did, we wouldn’t have anything. After they got the first goal, he was the difference. He gave us a chance to come back and turn it around.”In the third period, Winnipeg’s Mark Scheifele had a breakaway that was stopped by Schneider. Soon after, Wheeler skated in on Schneider and had him beat, but his backhand attempt went wide.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgPITTSBURGH — Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco tossed two second-half touchdowns and the Ravens maintained their dominance on the road in the postseason, defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers 30-17 on Saturday night in the AFC wild-card game.In the NFC wild-card game, Cam Newton threw for 198 yards and two touchdowns and Carolina’s defense set an NFL record for fewest yards allowed in a postseason game as the Panthers defeated the Arizona Cardinals 27-16.Baltimore (11-6) sacked Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger five times and kept the NFL’s second-ranked offense off-balance the entire night. Roethlisberger passed for 334 yards, but the Steelers (11-6) settled for field goals while the Ravens kept scoring touchdowns against their rivals in the AFC North division.Flacco hit Torrey Smith for an 11-yard score in the third quarter and found Crockett Gillmore with a 21-yard pass in the fourth one play after Terrell Suggs picked off Roethlisberger. The Ravens won in Pittsburgh for the first time in the postseason.Baltimore heads to top-seeded New England next Saturday.Two years after leading the Ravens to the franchise’s second Super Bowl title — with wins at Denver and New England along the way — Flacco did what he always seems to do when the calendar flips to January.Flacco’s seven road playoff wins are the most by a quarterback since 1970. He completed 18 of 29 passes for 259 yards and the two scores. The Ravens gained a measure of revenge after the Steelers knocked them out of the postseason in 2008 and 2010 at Heinz Field.Pittsburgh played without All-Pro running back Le’Veon Bell, out with a hyperextended right knee. Fill-ins Ben Tate, Josh Harris and Dri Archer managed just 43 yards on 15 carries as the Steelers’ four-game winning streak came to an abrupt and decisive end.In the day’s other playoff game, Carolina got its first win in the postseason in nine years and Newton’s first playoff victory since entering the league as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 draft.Jonathan Stewart ran for 123 yards and a touchdown for the Panthers (8-8-1), who will play at top-seeded Seattle next weekend if Dallas beats Detroit on Sunday. If the Lions win, the Panthers play at Green Bay.The Panthers held Arizona (11-6) to 78 yards, intercepted Ryan Lindley twice and sacked him four times. The Cardinals managed 12 yards in the second half and had eight first downs for the game.After a 9-1 start, Arizona’s once promising season was undone by a rash of injuries, including to quarterbacks Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton. The Cardinals lost five of their last seven games. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgFOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The NFL said Jan. 23 it has interviewed dozens of people and collected physical evidence but has no conclusions yet on how the New England Patriots used underinflated balls in their last game, offering no timetable for resolving the cheating accusations with the Super Bowl nine days away.The league said evidence shows the Patriots used underinflated footballs during the first half of the AFC championship game Jan. 18 against the Indianapolis Colts.It issued a statement that the Patriots have pledged full cooperation and have given the league information it requested and made personnel available upon request. Quarterback Tom Brady said Jan. 22 he had not been contacted at that point.The NFL said it began its investigation Jan. 18 and expects cooperation from other clubs. It hired an investigatory company to help review electronic and video information.Patriots owner Robert Kraft said investigators were in Foxborough for three days this week after he received a letter from the league Jan. 23 informing him of the probe.“We provided access to every full- and part-time employee the league’s representatives requested to speak with and produced every communication device that they requested to search,” he said. “I very much support the league’s desire to conduct a complete investigation.”The Patriots are preparing to meet the defending champion Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl on Feb. 1 in Glendale, Arizona.The league said its conclusions will be quickly shared when reached. “Over the past several days, nearly 40 interviews have been conducted, including of Patriots personnel, game officials, and third parties with relevant information and expertise,” the statement said.NFL Executive Vice President Jeff Pash and Ted Wells of the law firm of Paul Weiss are leading the probe.Wells was the investigator in the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal. His report last February detailed widespread harassment in the team’s locker room that extended beyond the two players at the center of the probe.It said guard John Jerry and center Mike Pouncey followed Richie Incognito’s lead in harassing offensive lineman Jonathan Martin.The NFL requires game balls to be inflated to between 12 1/2 and 13 1/2 pounds per square inch. It wants to find out why footballs were underinflated during the first half and whether “deliberate action” caused it.“We have not made any judgments on these points and will not do so until we have concluded our investigation and considered all of the relevant evidence,” the league said.The balls were properly inflated for the second half and remained properly inflated after the game, the statement said.Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson declined to comment. “Everything, I’m sure is going to come out in the investigation,” he said when asked if the Colts alerted the NFL to the underinflated balls. “It’s in the league’s hands.”A former NFL ball boy said it’s easy to remove air from a ball discreetly with a small pin that fits in the palm of a hand.“This isn’t a big deal. Everyone does it because each quarterback likes a different grip,” Nader Kawash, a Philadelphia Eagles ball boy from 1996-2000, told The AP.“I’m not saying a ball boy or equipment guy did anything on purpose to cheat. Sometimes the balls are overinflated so it’s easy to take some air out on the sideline without the referees noticing. You can use a helmet pin. Players can stand around in a circle. Anybody can do it.”Brady and coach Bill Belichick said they had no explanations for how the footballs were underinflated.“I didn’t alter the ball in any way,” said Brady, who said he likes footballs pumped to exactly 12 1/2 pounds per square inch, the lower limit. “I have no knowledge of anything, any wrongdoing.”Belichick said that before this week, he didn’t give air pressure in footballs much thought.Softer balls are generally considered easier to throw and catch, and quarterbacks, specialists and equipment managers are known to have very individualized preferences in how footballs are readied for games.Under league rules, each team provides balls for use on offense. Referees approve the balls more than 2 hours before game time, then keep the balls until they’re turned over to ball handlers provided by home teams just before kickoff.“The playing rules are intended to protect the fairness and integrity of our games,” the NFL said. “We take seriously claims that those rules have been violated and will fully investigate this matter without compromise or delay.”Patriots players said they believed Brady and wouldn’t let the investigation disrupt their preparations for the Super Bowl.“Tom is a big boy,” defensive tackle Vince Wilfork said. “He knows how to handle all situations, so he’ll handle this with class, like he always does.”Safety Devin McCourty said the team trusts Brady. “We’ve learned this year that it can be a lot going on outside of this building, but if everything’s right inside of this building we give ourselves a chance to win,” McCourty said.___By Howard Ulman, AP Sports Writer. 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first_imgINDIANAPOLIS — Florida State’s Jameis Winston showed there’s nothing wrong with his throwing shoulder.On Feb. 21 in Indianapolis, he threw with zip and accuracy — posting the most impressive performance in a six-quarterback group that included Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota. Winston, the 2013 Heisman winner, and Mariota are presumed to be vying to go No. 1 in the April draft.“I think he throws an extremely catchable ball. Has all the arm strength you want, but he makes it easy for the receiver based on the route,” NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said. “He understands that, he gets it.”The workouts came one day after ESPN reported doctors were rechecking Winston’s throwing shoulder for weakness, and the best news of all may have been that Winston said his right arm felt great.He didn’t even ice the arm following the workout.“I actually feel good,” Winston told NFL Network following the workout. “The thing is they actually (put a) shot in my shoulder and made it sore a little bit. I was like ‘You all tried to do that. I’ve done had this shoulder my whole life and you’re going to make it sore.’”Most of the quarterbacks, running backs and receivers spoke to the media Feb. 19. Winston came in because of the longer-than-expected medical exam. Players are not usually available to most media members following drills.Mariota threw well, too, but wasn’t quite as accurate as Winston.The Oregon quarterback had the fastest 40-yard dash time among all 15 quarterbacks, 4.52 seconds, and finished ahead of Winston in the vertical jump (36 inches to 28.5) and the broad jump (10-1 to 8-7).But he didn’t get quite the same endorsement from Mayock.“You can see how athletic he is and you can see that translate to his drop backs now, a sense of urgency with his feet,” Mayock said.“I know he will be able to adapt to being able to get under center. It’s the pocket awareness part you can’t see out here. Physically, he’s able to do all the things they ask him.”Mariota said he did chat informally with former Oregon coach Chip Kelly, who is now with the Eagles.By mid-afternoon Feb. 21, Mariota said he had not had any formal meetings with Philadelphia, who are believed to have interest in Mariota and may be willing to trade up in the draft to get him.Winston didn’t just look healthy, he appeared to be at ease on the Lucas Oil Stadium turf.After completing the workout, Winston traded high-fives with other competitors and the six quarterbacks in the group photo got together for a photo on the field.Winston did struggle in the 40, clocking a surprisingly slow 4.97 and 4.99 on his two tries. That was barely ahead of the fastest offensive lineman, 307-pound Ali Marpet, who ran 4.98.“The interviews for me were enjoyable because I was able to show some of the knowledge that I learned at Oregon,” Mariota said, adding that Kelly made no promise of making a move to get him.Alabama-Birmingham receiver J.J. Nelson had the fastest overall 40, a 4.28, falling just short of Chris Johnson’s combine record of 4.24.Miami’s Phillip Dorsett was next at 4.33. West Virginia receiver Kevin White certainly helped his case by running a 4.35, while Alabama’s Amari Cooper was clocked at 4.42.Heisman Trophy finalist Melvin Gordon had the fifth-fastest time among running backs at 4.52. Michigan State’s Jeremy Langford was No. 1 at 4.42.(MICHAEL MAROT, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK — After a sensational start, the New York Mets made four errors April 26 and reverted back to the shoddy brand of baseball that’s led to six straight losing seasons.That it came in prime time on national television under the bright lights of Yankee Stadium only made it more embarrassing.Alex Rodriguez hit his 659th home run to move within one of Willie Mays for fourth place on baseball’s career list, and the New York Yankees took advantage of several blunders by the suddenly sloppy Mets in a 6-4 victory.“Today wasn’t pretty. It was, obviously, the worst game by far that we’ve played,” outfielder Michael Cuddyer said. “When you make as many mistakes as we did today, you’re not going to beat good teams.”Curtis Granderson hit a leadoff homer for the Mets, and slumping Daniel Murphy had a pair of RBI doubles off starter Nathan Eovaldi.But an error by Murphy at second base set up the Yankees’ sixth run, and Rodriguez was handed an RBI on the next play when shortstop Wilmer Flores fired high into the photographer’s well behind first base, squandering what should have been a simple double play.In the next inning, Eric Campbell forgot how many outs there were and was easily doubled off first base on a routine fly to right.“Bonehead play,” he said. “It’s not on any coach. You’ve always got to know the number of outs. I just made a mistake.”Campbell also committed an error at third base, and Cuddyer made one in left field that cost the Mets a run. It was an uncharacteristic performance this season by a surprising team that owns the best record in the majors at 14-5.“In a game like this, you can’t make those mistakes,” Manager Terry Collins said. “Just a bad night for us.”After falling behind early, the Yankees scored four times in the second and took two of three in the first Subway Series of the season. The crosstown rivals meet again at Citi Field in September.“We’re going to bounce back from this,” Mets starter Jonathon Niese said. “You can’t look into it too deeply.”Rodriguez connected in the first inning. He drove a 2-2 curve from Niese (2-1) to right-center, with the ball bouncing off the top of the fence and over for an opposite-field solo shot.It was the fifth homer of the season for A-Rod, who sat out last year while serving a drug suspension.“Willie was my father’s favorite player. I remember hearing about Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle all the time. He’s one of my heroes,” Rodriguez said.A-Rod’s first chance to match Mays came in the second inning, when the three-time MVP doubled. He also grounded into a forceout and lined out to left field.“The buzz was incredible,” Rodriguez said. “I just felt a lot of energy in the building, and it was fun.”The Yankees have won eight of 10 after a 3-6 start.Five relievers combined to throw 4 2-3 hitless innings for the Yankees. Chasen Shreve (1-0) earned his first major league win by getting Cuddyer to ground into an inning-ending double play with two on in the fifth.Dellin Betances struck out three in the eighth, and Andrew Miller closed for his seventh save.Niese allowed six runs — four earned — and eight hits in five innings. He had yielded no more than two earned runs in seven consecutive starts dating to last season.“He didn’t locate anything in that second inning, and they made him pay,” Collins said.(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO  — Rio de Janeiro Governor Luiz Fernando Pezao has signed a deal with several Brazilian universities and research institutes to develop a plan for cleaning up the polluted waters of the city’s sewage-strewn Guanabara Bay, where Olympic sailing events will be held.Pezao on Monday hailed the deal as a “very important step” toward the long-promised cleanup, which has dragged on for more than 20 years with little progress.As part of Brazil’s Olympic project, authorities pledged to drastically cut the amount of raw human sewage in the bay before the 2016 games.But an Associated Press investigation published last week revealed high counts of disease-causing viruses directly linked to human sewage in Olympic waters.Seven universities, as well as several research institutes will develop the new cleanup plan.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgOAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry never showed his disappointment through three quarters and Andre Iguodala never hesitated in taking the big shot and that’s why Golden State remains unbeaten.Curry scored 21 of his 34 points after halftime, Iguodala hit a clutch 3-pointer and the Warriors survived in overtime, beating the Brooklyn Nets 107-99 on Nov. 14.“We were fortunate to have a shot down the stretch the way we played for 36 minutes,” Curry said. “We really didn’ have much going for us and they played well. And then Andre came up huge. He stepped up with a big-time shot.”Iguodala added 18 points for the Warriors, who won their 11th straight to start the season. Andrew Bogut had 10 points and 18 rebounds.“He plays his best when you need him to,” Warriors interim coach Luke Walton said of Iguodala. “When he hit the 3, he ran by and said ‘I got you coach.’ He’s just really good.”Draymond Green recorded a triple-double, the second of his career, with 16 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. Harrison Barnes added 13 points.Jarrett Jack scored a season-high 28 and Thaddeus Young added 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Nets. Brook Lopez had 18 points and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson grabbed a season-best 13 rebounds.“None of us want to fight this hard and play this hard or put in the type of work we put in to almost come out with a victory,” Jack said. “We’re a little frustrated with not being able to come up with the ‘W.’”Jack and Young each sank a pair of free throws in the final 30 seconds of regulation to give Brooklyn a 3-point edge.Iguodala tied it with a 3-pointer with 5.9 seconds left and Lopez missed a short jumper at the buzzer.The Warriors scored the first 10 points of overtime to pull away.“I don’t know what to say about that. (Joe Johnson) put it on a platter and I just, I blew it,” Lopez said. “It’s a long flight home so it’s not going to be fun.”Young scored 14 points in the first quarter as the Nets opened a 15-point advantage at 36-21. It’s the most points scored in the opening period against the Warriors this season.The Warriors led at 5-4 before Brooklyn began pulling away, leading by as many as 17 in the first half.Golden State fired back in the second quarter and tied the game on Curry’s 3-pointer with 13 seconds left. Young responded with a jumper to give the Nets a 54-52 halftime lead.(RICK EYMER)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgPanathinaikos Superfoods Athens topped visiting Zalgiris Kaunas 84-76 on Friday at Olympic Sports Center Athens in both team’s Turkish Airlines EuroLeague opener. Nikos Pappas led the way with 19 points and Chris Singleton added 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. The visitors held a slim margin going into the last 10 minutes, however Pappas hit a pair of three-pointers during a 10-3 run that put Panathinaikos in front for good. Pappas’s steal and a Calathes triple with 2:17 left opened up a 77-68 lead, the biggest of the night, and helped the Greens avoid drama in the final moments. Calathes finished with 13 points and Ioannis Bourousis had 11 points and 6 rebounds for the victors. Brock Motum scored a career-high 19 points for Zalgiris. Paulius Jankunas added 13 points and 8 rebounds, Lukas Lekavicius netted 12 and Arturas Milaknis 11 in defeat.Pappas and Bourousis helped the hosts go up 20-15 at the end of first quarter, and Bourousis extended the margin to 7 points at the start of the second. But a three-point play by Motum and a triple by Arturas Milaknis ignited a 0-12 Zalgiris run, which put the visitors in front 22-27 midway through the second. However, Panathinaikos quickly regained the lead with a pair of triples each from Antonis Fotsis and James Feldeine, including Feldeine’s shot that beat the halftime buzzer and gave Panathinaikos a 37-30 halftime advantage. Led by Lukas Lekavicius, the visitors opened the second half with a 2-11 run and took a 39-41 lead. Zalgiris held its slim led and entered the final quarter up 51-52, but the hosts assumed control again with back-to-back threes from Pappas, before a put-back from Singleton opened a 69-62 cushion with just over five minutes to go. Zalgiris refused to go away; Milaknis hit a triple to cut the deficit to 2, but Pappas’s steal and a fastbreak dunk followed by a Calathes triple gave the hosts breathing room. Motum got Zalgiris within 78-74 entering the final minute, but the visitors could not get closer than that.Source: EuroleagueTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo is the cover athlete for the NBA 2K19 standard edition video game.The two-time NBA All-Star known as the “Greek Freek” is the first international player to be featured on the cover.Antetokounmpo says he has “worked hard to earn recognition in the NBA and being on the cover of NBA 2K10 is a dream come true.”NBA 2K19 will be available Sept. 11.LeBron James was previously announced as the cover star for the NBA 2K19 20th anniversary edition available on Sept. 7.FILE – In this March 29, 2018, file photo, Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo dunks against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of an NBA basketball game, in Oakland, Calif. Antetokounmpo is the cover athlete for the NBA 2K19 standard edition video game. The two-time NBA All-Star known as the “Greek Freek” is the first international player to be featured on the cover. Antetokounmpo says he has “worked hard to earn recognition in the NBA and being on the cover of NBA 2K10 is a dream come true.”(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)FILE – In this Sept. 25, 2017, file photo, Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo poses for photos during the NBA basketball team’s media day in Milwaukee. Antetokounmpo is the cover athlete for the NBA 2K19 standard edition video game. The two-time NBA All-Star known as the “Greek Freek” is the first international player to be featured on the cover. Antetokounmpo says he has “worked hard to earn recognition in the NBA and being on the cover of NBA 2K10 is a dream come true.”(AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)TweetPinShare88 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgTPG Capital has completed its acquisition of Wind River, a leader in delivering software for the Internet of Things. TPG’s acquisition of Wind River from Intel was announced on April 3, 2018.For nearly 40 years, Wind River has helped the world’s technology leaders power generation after generation of the safest, most secure devices in the world. The company’s software runs the computing systems of the most important modern infrastructure and is accelerating the evolution from automated to autonomous systems across a diverse range of use cases — from collaborative robots to commercial and military drones, connected cars to the connected factory floor — as well as the intelligent communication networks that support these applications.The newly independent company will be led by Wind River President and now Chief Executive Officer Jim Douglas. Nehal Raj, Partner and Head of Technology investing at TPG, will serve as chairman of the company’s board of directors.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Cadence: library characterization tool employs machine learning and cloud optimizationsNext dSPACE: high-voltage electric motor and battery emulationlast_img read more

first_imgAxiomtek announce the CAPA313, a fanless 3.5-inch embedded motherboard powered by the Intel Pentium processor N4200 or Intel Celeron processor N3350. This 3.5″ embedded board was designed for operational stability in harsh environments with a wide operating temperature range from -20°C to +70°C. It offers a wide range DC input of 12V to 24 for various industrial environments. It also comes with rich I/O connectors, stunning graphical performance and an emphasis on expandability. The CAPA313 is a performance-driven solution for Industrial IoT and M2M related applications, such as industrial automation, self-service terminals, digital signage, POS/kiosk displays, medical, and more.In addition to one 204-pin DDR3L-1867 SO-DIMM socket supporting system memory up to 8GB, the CAPA313 has one PCI Expess Mini Card slot for 3G/4G, GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connection. The compact-size embedded board comes with one RS-232/422/485, one RS-232, two USB 2.0, four USB 3.0, eight-channel digital I/O, audio, and dual Gigabit LANs with Intel i211AT Ethernet controller. It also features one SATA-600 socket and one mSATA interface for storage devices. To ensure reliable operation, the 3.5” embedded SBC supports watchdog timer and hardware monitoring features.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Concurrent expands product capabilities with LynxSecure Separation Kernel HypervisorNext Bulgin: new range of rugged capacitive touch switcheslast_img read more

first_img Continue Reading Previous ON Semi demonstrates new cloud-connected Strata Developer StudioNext Infineon launches TLE985x embedded power series for automotive applications Express Logic announced that its deeply embedded GUIX graphical user interface run-time solution has achieved the highest level of safety certification for the rigorous International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 61508 SIL 4, IEC 62304 Class C, ISO 26262 ASIL D, and EN 50128 SW-SIL 4 safety standards. This new certification performed by SGS-T��V Saar is unique to the embedded industry, making GUIX the only choice for safety-oriented applications that have a user interface and require certification.SGS-TÜV Saar, formed through a joint venture of Germany’s SGS Group and TÜV Saarland, is the leading accredited, independent company for testing, auditing, verifying, and certifying embedded software for safety-related systems worldwide. The industrial safety standard IEC 61508 and all standards that are derived from it, including IEC 62304, ISO 26262, and EN 50128, are used to ensure the functional safety of electrical, electronic, and programmable electronic safety-related medical devices, process control systems, industrial machinery, and railway control systems.SGS-TÜV Saar has evaluated the relevant parts of Express Logic’s modified waterfall development process for GUIX, with phase overlap and phase blending, to ensure that best development practices have been followed at these phases: Requirements management, Design, Implementation, Verification, Maintenance.To make this assessment, SGS-TUV Saar based its evaluation on a rigorous test suite for GUIX. The GUIX test suite is composed of a large number of application simulations and effectively performs functional “black box” testing over the entire GUIX software product. The testing exercises 100 percent of the generic GUIX C code — including 100 percent branch decision coverage. Express Logic’s GUIX Safety Manual documents these quality assurance measures, which enable developers to use GUIX in safety-critical software development that is required to meet even the most exacting Safety Integrity Level (SIL 4) and Automotive Safety Integrity Level (ASIL D), according to IEC 61508, IEC 62304, ISO 26262, and EN 50128, without further qualification.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

first_imgDU second cut-off list has been released as part of its undergraduates (UG) admission process and will be conducted from June 25 to June 27. The first cut-off was released on June 18 and the admission process based on the first list was held from June 19 to June 21.Top Delhi University colleges with vacant seatsTop colleges like the Hansraj College, Ramjas College and Indraprastha College for Women still have seats vacant in most of their courses.In terms of courses, History and Political Science among the arts, and Maths and Physics among the sciences seem to have the most number of takers.As per the DU admission schedule released by the admission committee, DU has announced the dates for five cut-off lists in total.The cut-off schedule will be announced further depending on the vacant seats available in the colleges affiliated with the varsity.Admissions after DU first cut-off listOver 15,000 admissions took place in the three days after the first cut-offs were announced on June 18. On Sunday i.e. June 25, the second cut-offs were announced but many colleges did not need to do it for several courses.Delhi University colleges after second cut-off listSRCC has closed admissions for Scheduled Castes candidates for its BA (Honours) Economics.Gargi College and Hindu College have also closed admissions for general category candidates in BA (Hons) History, BA (Hons) Political Science and BA programme.Miranda House has closed admissions for general category candidates in BA (Hons) Geography, BA (Hons) Political Science and BA (Hons) Philosophy.Ramjas College closed admissions for general candidates in BA (Honours) Hindi, BA programme and BCom.Lady Shri Ram College has closed admissions for BA (Hons) Economics, BA (Hons) Political Science, BA (Hons) History, BA (Hons) Psychology, BA (Hons) Sociology and BCom (Hons).Read:DU releases second cut-off, SRCC demands 98.25 per cent for BA (Economics)advertisementRead: Get ready for Delhi University Sports quota trials, will last till June 29last_img read more