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18 Nov
2019

CEVA: second-generation AI processor for deep neural network workloads

first_imgCEVA announced NeuPro-S, its second-generation AI processor architecture for deep neural network inferencing at the edge. In conjunction with NeuPro-S, CEVA also introduced the CDNN-Invite API, an industry-first deep neural network compiler technology that supports heterogeneous co-processing of NeuPro-S cores together with custom neural network engines, in a unified neural network optimizing run-time firmware. NeuPro-S, along with CDNN-Invite API, is ideal for any vision-based device with the need for edge AI processing, including autonomous cars, smartphones, surveillance cameras, consumer cameras and the emerging use cases in AR/VR headsets, robots and industrial applications.Designed to optimally process neural networks for segmentation, detection and classification of objects within videos and images in edge devices, NeuPro-S includes system-aware enhancements that deliver significant performance improvements. These include support for multi-level memory systems to reduce costly transfers with external SDRAM, multiple weight compression options, and heterogeneous scalability that enables various combinations of CEVA-XM6 vision DSPs, NeuPro-S cores and custom AI engines in a single, unified architecture. This enables NeuPro-S to achieve on average, 50% higher performance, 40% lower memory bandwidth and 30% lower power consumption than CEVA’s first-generation AI processor.The NeuPro-S family includes NPS1000, NPS2000 and NPS4000, pre-configured processors with 1000, 2000 and 4000 8-bit MACs respectively per cycle. The NPS4000 offers the highest CNN performance per core with up to 12.5 Tera Operations Per Second (TOPS) @ 1.5GHz and is fully scalable to reach up to 100 TOPS.The NeuPro-S further builds upon CEVA’s success in automotive use cases by providing solutions that meet safety requirements including quality assurance standards IATF 16949 and automotive standards including ISO 26262 and A-Spice.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Rohde & Schwarz: RTP oscilloscope doubles maximum bandwidth to 16 GHzNext Contrinex: cloud-ready smart sensors and safety light curtains with Bluetooth interfacelast_img read more

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17 Nov
2019

5th ODI: Jos Buttler century helps England whitewash Australia

first_imgJos Buttler hit an unbeaten 110 as England completed its first-ever 5-0 cricket sweep of Australia in any format with a one-wicket win in the fifth ODI on Sunday.England reached 208/9 in 48.3 overs at Old Trafford in reply to Australia’s 205 all out.At 114-8, England looked finished before Buttler and Adil Rashid shared a ninth-wicket partnership of 81.(SCORECARD)Rashid was then out for 20, leaving Australia needing just one wicket and England 11 runs to win. Jake Ball came in as No. 11 and defended successfully as Buttler hit the winning runs in the series finale.England had bowled Australia out in just 34.4 overs, but collapsed to 50-5 against the pace and bounce of Billy Stanlake (3-35) before the scheduled lunch break. After his partnership with Adil Rashid, Buttler scrambled the last runs alongside Ball to carry England to victory with nine balls to spare.Australia’s innings was flawed after it won the toss in glorious conditions on a quick pitch.Moeen Ali (4-46) and then Sam Curran (2-44) – both with two wickets in three balls – took turns to stop the tourists in their tracks.Travis Head (56) hit his third successive half-century, but got out soon afterward for the third time too, and D’Arcy Short was left unbeaten three runs short of his maiden ODI 50.Australia faltered from 60-0 in little more than six overs to 100-5 – and the tourists crumbled a second time after Short shared a stand of 59 with Alex Carey.last_img read more

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17 Nov
2019

AFI apologises as tweet over Hima Das’s English skills sparks controversy

first_imgAthletics Federation of India (AFI) has issued an apology after commenting on Hima Das’s English-speaking skills on Twitter.AFI had posted a video on their Twitter account after Hima’s semi-final at the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Finland two days back.”#HimaDas speking to media after her SF win at #iaaftampere2018 @iaaforg. Not so fluent in English but she gave her best there too. So proud of u #HimaDas Keep rocking & yeah,try ur best in final!,” AFI had captioned the video.How Hima Das compares with PT Usha and India’s other sprint queens#HimaDas speking to media after her SF win at #iaaftampere2018 @iaaforg Not so fluent in English but she gave her best there too. So proud of u #HimaDas Keep rocking & yeah,try ur best in final! @ioaindia @IndianOlympians @TejaswinShankar @PTI_News @StarSportsIndia @hotstartweets pic.twitter.com/N3PdEamJenAthletics Federation of India (@afiindia) July 12, 2018The Federation later posted an apology but also clarified that they didn’t mean to mock Hima’s English but were only trying to say that the sprinter is not scared of anything and takes on all kinds of challenges, be it on the track or off it.Hima Das’ parents offer prayers of gratitude as daughter creates historyTWEET ! , ! , ! , !Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) July 13, 2018, , DELETE ! ! , ! !Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) July 13, 2018Hima captured the imagination of the world after creating history by becoming the first Indian to win gold at a track event in ongoing World Championships on Thursday.Watch Hima Das run for glory and gold at Under-20 World AthleticsadvertisementCongratulating Das, AFI President Adille Sumariwalla said, “Very proud of Hima for creating history. It is one of the proudest moments of my life and for Indian athletics. Congratulations to Hima and her coaches, the government and SAI for their support to AFI.”Hima Das reacts after historic 400m gold: Thank you for the support, IndiaThe 18-year-old recorded a time of 51.46 seconds in the 400m race and joined the illustrious company of star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, who won a gold in Poland in the last edition in 2016 in a world record effort. In fact, Das is the first Indian track athlete to have won a medal in the history of this competition.Sachin Tendulkar salutes golden girl Hima Das: Start of a new eraThe previous medal winners at the World Junior Championships were Seema Punia (bronze in discus in 2002) and Navjeet Kaur Dhillon (bronze in discus in 2014).pic.twitter.com/oLmmhuyD9eHima Das (@HimaDas8) July 13, 2018Hima Das dominates Twitter trends in India after historic gold medalDas is the first Indian track athlete to have won a medal in the history of this competition.Das was the favourite to win gold as she is the U-20 season leader in this quarter-mile event. Her rise has been nothing less than meteoric as she took up serious running only last year.Das had earlier clocked an Indian U-20 record of 51.32 seconds to finish sixth in the Commonwealth Games 400m final in Gold Coast in April.Since then, she has gone on to improve her timings. She lowered the Indian U-20 record in 400m to 51.13 seconds while winning gold in the recent National Inter State Championships in Guwahati.last_img read more

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17 Nov
2019

As World Cup ends, Russia faces uncertain football legacy

first_img\R Yekaterinburg (Russia), Jul 14 (AP) The massive scaffolding seating structures soaring out of each end of Yekaterinburg Arena were built to show Russia was serious about saving money. At the end of the World Cup, the temporary stands symbolize the problems with the tournament’s legacy.The stands were mocked on social media as fans sitting in those sections were exposed to the elements and looked as if they were watching from a different stadium entirely. No matter. It was fiscally responsible: The seating could be dismantled after the World Cup to save on stadium maintenance, its components donated to smaller local venues.But now regional officials say they don’t yet have a plan to remove the stands, or the funds to do it, and are asking Moscow to help.The stadium used to host soccer and other sports like track and field, but after World Cup renovations it’s only suitable for soccer. It costs up to 367 million rubles ($5.9 million) a year to maintain.”Just by football you cannot make money at this stadium. It will never pay off by football matches only,” Deputy Governor Sergei Shvindt told The Associated Press. He hopes concerts and shows will eventually cover, or at least reduce, the shortfall.After reaching the quarterfinals, Russia may have newfound confidence on the soccer field. Its cities, though, could end up burdened with costly arenas.The Yekaterinburg Arena cost 12.7 billion rubles ($203 million) to renovate for the World Cup, and the head of the Ural Yekaterinburg football club, which is due to play there after the World Cup, has told local media it will cost 1 billion rubles ($16 million) to remove the extra stands.advertisementMaintenance costs for other stadiums have soared, too, and local officials are pleading for help from the federal government.The stadium in Samara appears the most expensive at around $8 million a year, according to an estimate acting governor Alexander Fetisov gave the state news agency Tass.The Russian government remains tight-lipped on how stadiums will be maintained, but World Cup organizing committee chairman Arkady Dvorkovich said Wednesday that Russia must keep spending to avoid a repeat of 2014 host Brazil’s under-used, poorly maintained and loss-making stadiums.”You can’t throw the stadiums away. You have to work on them every day and be responsible with them,” he said, “and sadly in Brazil they didn’t have the resources to do that at several stadiums.” Volgograd’s stadium cost around $276 million – or $69 million per World Cup game it hosted. The capacity of 45,000 is nearly 12 times greater than the average crowd for club team Rotor Volgograd’s games last season.Nizhny Novgorod, Sochi and Kaliningrad face similar problems in a country which has Europe’s biggest population but crowds at its top-level soccer games barely average more than the main Belgium league. Of the 12 World Cup stadiums, just six will host Premier League games next season.Russia hopes its new arenas will attract people who don’t usually go to soccer games, but have been inspired by the World Cup. However, they’ll arrive with high expectations.”The World Cup’s role is to set a new standard,” economist Konstantin Sonin said.”People who’ve come to the stadium during the World Cup will expect much more in the future at the stadium than it was before. It’s the most important thing for Russian football because the top European leagues which make huge money on TV rights and fans at games have all come through this gentrification stage.” Dvorkovich argues that “people will come to the stadium if the team’s at least struggling to play beautiful football. To improve the quality of the soccer, though, the government will have to pay for that beautiful football.Most Russian clubs are funded by regional governments or state-owned companies. Spending big on transfer fees might draw fans to the stadium but risks a backlash from taxpayers if players make millions from public money.Few Russian clubs publish even basic financial data, but privately run Spartak Moscow shows the scale of the problem.Spartak is Russia’s biggest and best supported club but in the 2016-17 season it made just 579.4 million ($9.25 million) from ticket sales, barely a dent in players’ wages. TV rights for Russian competitions are among the least valuable of any large European country.The Russian government is hoping for a broad economic boost from the World Cup thanks to extra tourism and the spending on new infrastructure. The size of that boost is disputed.Dvorkovich’s organizing committee presented a report predicting the economic impact could exceed $30 billion on spending of at least 683 billion rubles ($10.9 billion), but economists say it will be hard to separate the World Cup’s impact from other factors.advertisementFor the government, prestige and a chance to rebrand Russia could be most valuable of all.Negative stereotypes “simply collapsed” during the tournament, President Vladimir Putin said last week. “People have seen that Russia is a hospitable country that is welcoming to those who come here.” (AP) APAAPAlast_img read more

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17 Nov
2019

India thrash New Zealand 4-2 in hockey Test series opener

first_imgThe Indian men’s hockey team pulled off a sensational 4-2 win over New Zealand in the first Test of the three-match series at the Sports Authority of India’s Bengaluru Campus today.Rupinder Pal Singh (2′, 34′), Mandeep Singh (15′) and Harmanpreet Singh (38′) scored for India while Stephen Jenness (26′, 55′) scored a brace for the visitors.The forwards won India their first Penalty Corner of the match in the opening minute. Rupinder Pal, making a comeback into the squad after the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, was splendid as he fired the ball low to beat New Zealand Goalkeeper Richard Joyce in the second minute.Though the visitors had an opportunity to equalise in the seventh minute, Indian goalkeeper Krishan Pathak was attentive at the goalpost.In the 15th minute, India doubled their lead when Manpreet Singh’s cross was brilliantly picked up by forward Mandeep Singh, who swiftly deflected it into goal.The second quarter saw New Zealand shake off the starting jitters and showed a tighter defence. Though India won the second PC of the match in the 22nd minute, a poor execution dented the home team’s chance of taking the score to 3-0.In the 26th minute, New Zealand finally made a breakthrough with Stephen Jenness scoring a perfect field goal that narrowed the lead to 1-2.After the half time break, India came back with a stronger attack. Forward SV Sunil, created India’s third PC and drag-flicker Rupinder Pal Singh was brilliant yet again as he flicked towards top right of the net taking India’s lead to a comfortable 3-1 in the 34th minute.advertisementIn the 38th minute, SV Sunil created yet another opportunity for India to score as he won another PC. Harmanpreet Singh was spot-on as he improvised the injection to powerfully convert India’s fourth goal.The final quarter saw New Zealand test Indian defenders as they made strong forays into the striking circle. Their efforts paid off with Stephen Jenness converting his second goal of the match as his shot bounced off Indian goalkeeper Suraj Karkera’s pad into the back of the net.With score-line reading 4-2, New Zealand won a crucial PC with four minutes remaining on the clock. But Nic Woods’ drag-flick was way off the target. The visitors earned yet another PC with a little over a minute remaining for the final hooter. And this time, Woods’ powerful flick was well defended by Karkera. New Zealand won two more back-to-back PCs with 50 seconds on the clock but Karkera kept the visitors at bay.The second Test will be played on Saturday.last_img read more

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17 Nov
2019

Xiaomi Mi A2, Mi A2 Lite prices leaked ahead of July 24 launch

first_imgTwo independent online sellers in Romania have listed the Xiaomi Mi A2 and the Mi A2 Lite on their respective platforms, revealing purported price specifics of the upcoming Android One phones. Xiaomi is all set to launch the Mi A2 and the Mi A2 Lite Android One phones at its global launch event in Madrid, Spain on July 24. The pricing of the Mi A2 Lite was also previously leaked via an AliExpress listing in China, also giving away design and hardware specifics of the phone in question.According to QuickMobile, the Xiaomi Mi A2 will cost RON 1,288 (roughly Rs 22,200) for the 4GB RAM and 32GB storage version while the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage version will be available for RON 1,424 (roughly Rs 24,600). The Mi A2 Lite on the other hand will cost RON 943 roughly Rs 16,200) for the 3GB RAM and 32GB storage version while the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage version of the phone will cost RON 1,143 (roughly Rs 19,700).According to PCGarage, the Xiaomi Mi A2 will cost RON 1,400 (roughly Rs 24,200) for the 4GB RAM and 32GB storage version while the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage version will be available for RON 1,600 (roughly Rs 27,600). The Mi A2 Lite on the other hand will cost RON 1,000 (roughly Rs 17,200) for the 3GB RAM and 32GB storage version while the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage version of the phone will cost RON 1,200 (roughly Rs 20,700).Note that this may not be the final pricing, and may be just placeholder text which also is indicated by the discrepancy in pricing on the two stores.advertisementPreviously, an AliExpress listing had claimed that the Mi A2 Lite will have two versions: 3GB RAM and 32GB storage for around $190 and 4GB RAM and 64GB storage for $210.The same listing came with renders of the Mi A2 Lite A2 Lite hinting that the phone could be a rebranded Redmi 6 Pro. The Mi A2 Lite, as per the listing, had the same design and the same hardware specs as the Redmi 6 Pro which was launched recently in China. Only, in the Mi A2 Lite, Xiaomi will (obviously) be using stock Android 8.1 Oreo (Android One) software.The phone will reportedly come with a 5.84-inch screen and dual rear cameras. It will reportedly have a notch up-top resulting in an aspect ratio of 19:9. The phone will reportedly be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and backed by a 4,000mAh battery.On the optics front, the Mi A2 Lite is said to sport a 12+5 MP setup on the rear and a 5MP camera on the front.The Mi A2 will quite possibly be a rebranded Mi 6X with more powerful hardware and similar stock Android software.ALSO READ: Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite could be a rebranded Redmi 6 Pro, launch likely on July 24last_img read more

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17 Nov
2019

Cristiano Ronaldo-less Juventus beat MLS All-Stars minus Zlatan Ibrahimovic

first_imgJuventus beat Major League Soccer (MLS) All-Stars 5-3 via penalties after the game ended in a 1-1 draw after regulation time on Wednesday.With both the sides without their star names in Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the draw was a bit of a letdown for a 72,317-strong crowd at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.The Italian powerhouse prevailed on penalty kicks in the MLS All-Star game after the match ended in a 1-1 draw Wednesday night, a bit of a letdown for a crowd of 72,317.Juventus converted all the five penalties from the spot and won when Mattia De Sciglio drilled one into the top left corner past Columbus goalkeeper Zack Steffen. The All-Stars converted their first three penalties before Bradley Wright-Phillips of New York Red Bulls missed the fourth one.This was the second straight time that the Al-Star game ended in a 1-1 draw and was decided via penalties. Last year, Real Madrid won against the MLS side 4-2 at Chicago’s Soldier Field.Bravo @mattia_desci #MLSAllStar #CONTAJUS pic.twitter.com/3bHOksWrbKJuventusFC (@juventusfcen) August 2, 2018″It was really a wonderful game. “It was good preparation,” Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri said.Indeed, this was nothing more than a warmup for the Italian powerhouse, which begins its pursuit of an eighth straight Serie A title in less than three weeks.In the midst of a four-game American tour, Juventus brought along a number of younger players who have yet to claim a spot with the senior team — including 17-year-old Nicolo Fagioli, who scored on the first penalty kick.advertisementNotably left behind was Juventus’ prized acquisition of the offseason — five-time FIFA Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo. The 33-year-old remained in Europe to rest and train after Portugal’s elimination from the World Cup and his pricey transfer from Real Madrid.The MLS team faced its own challenges. There were only a couple of days to blend together an all-star squad from the 23-team league — a group that didn’t include LA Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The 36-year-old Swede, who played with Juventus from 2004-06 and ranks second in MLS with 15 goals. skipped the exhibition match, saying he needed the rest after playing three league matches in a nine-day span that included his first MLS hat trick.”Taking into account that we only had two days together, I think everyone did an excellent job,” said Atlanta United coach Tata Martino, who guided the MLS team.This game was a showcase for Atlanta United and $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium , where record crowds have flocked since the club joined MLS in 2017. The team is averaging nearly 52,000 per game this season and already has drawn five largest single-game league crowds in MLS history — each more than 70,000.Over 72,000 tonight for the @MLS All-Star game! Thank you, Atlanta! We are proud to be a part of this amazing night! #MLSAllStar #CONTAJUS pic.twitter.com/baf19HIWJdJuventusFC (@juventusfcen) August 2, 2018Add another attendance mark to the ever-growing list. It was the largest turnout in the history of the MLS All-Star Game, surpassing the crowd of 70,728 for the 2010 match in Houston.Juventus jumped ahead in the 21st minute. Giving the Italians far too much room to develop the play, the MLS back line allowed Matheus Pereira to go unchallenged as he curled a left-footed pass in front of the goal. Andrea Favilli flicked it past Atlanta keeper Brad Guzan with a nifty header.The lead didn’t last long. Five minutes later, Martinez sent the Atlanta fans into a frenzy with a goal of pure persistence.Minnesota’s Francisco Calvo got off a blistering shot in front of the net, which was brilliantly swatted away by keeper Wojciech Szczesny with a leaping save. The rebound ricocheted to the side of the net, where Montreal’s Ignacio Piatti attempted to head it in from a tough angle. The ball bounced along the line, all the way to the other side of the net, where Martinez got a head on it — just enough to slide it into the net while Juventus defender Alex Sandro flailed at it helplessly with his feet while sprawled on his back.With 24 goals in just 23 league games, Martinez is on pace to easily eclipse the MLS scoring record of 27 goals and has essentially been conceded the Golden Boot with a third of the season remaining.”I don’t ever think about it. That just adds pressure,” Martinez said of his chance to become the league’s most prolific scorer. “I leave that in God’s hands.It was a thrill to score against Juventus, even though it was just an exhibition.advertisementBefore coming to Atlanta, the Venezuelan played in Serie A with Torino, Juventus’ city rival.”I scored against them with Torino,” Martinez said with a smile, “but I was offside.”(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

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17 Nov
2019

Vivo V9 Pro review: Good looks, great performer but a bit steep price

first_imgIt has been a great year for Vivo. The company launched the V11 Pro recently and there’s no doubt that it’s one of the best phones at a price of around Rs 25,000. The V11 Pro (review) is a looker, offers smooth performance and long-lasting battery life, clicks good pictures and comes with in-display fingerprint sensor, something that until now was seen only in pricey phones. Now, Vivo is hoping to repeat the success with the V9 Pro, a phone that is even more affordable with a price tag of Rs 17,990.The V11 Pro is available in India at a price of Rs 25,990. Soon after V11 Pro, Vivo launched two other smartphones in India, the V11 and the V9 Pro. The V11 is the toned down version of the Pro and is priced slightly cheaper at Rs 22,990. The V9 Pro, on the other hand, is the spiritual successor of the V9 (review), which was launched early this year. The V9 Pro comes in only one variant with 6GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage, which can be expanded by up to 256GB microSD card. The V9 Pro is now available in India during the Amazon Great Indian sale at an introductory price of Rs 17,990.After using the V9 Pro for around a week, I believe it’s a phone that most people will like. The first thing that might attract most users is its design. The V9 Pro looks stunning and is incredibly light even with a 3260mAh big battery inside it. Although the lightweight of the phone is probably because of the plastic used for the back cover.advertisementOverall, if you want a phone that you can call sexy, and the one that offers great performance and clicks decent pictures, V9 Pro is perfect is almost every manner possible. But despite all the goodness inside it, I wish the V9 Pro was priced slightly lower, around Rs 15,000. Then it would have given a tougher fight to its competitors like the Xiaomi Mi A2 (review) and the Realme 2 Pro (review) that are available at a starting price of Rs 16,999 and Rs 13,990 in India.Looks great, bright displayVivo is making some good looking smartphones of late. Like the V11 Pro for instance, which I believe is one of the best looking phones for its price. The V9 Pro is no exception and looks equally stunning. There are a lot of good-looking phones available under Rs 20,000 in the market right now, like the Nokia 6.1 Plus (review), the Realme 2 Pro, and the Xiaomi Mi A2. Vivo joins the bandwagon with the V9 Pro. The good looks of the phone are largely because of its near bezel-less design and the screen with an iPhone X style notch on top which also houses the selfie camera, earpiece, and sensors. The V9 Pro comes with a 6.3-inch FHD+ display with 19:9 aspect ratio and 90 per cent screen to body ratio. The big screen of the V9 Pro offers great multimedia experience to users. For instance, if you’re a movie buff or a gamer V9 Pro will please you. The notch on the top adds up to the design of the phone as it reduces the bezels on the sides, giving it a premium touch. Sadly, if you don’t like the notch there’s no way that you can get rid of it. Overall, the V9 Pro is a compact phone, has good build quality, and also fits well in hand.From the front, the V9 Pro looks great. But the back panel is something where I feel Vivo could have worked a little more. I had the same complaints from the V11 Pro. From distance, the back cover of the V9 Pro seems glassy because of its liquid metal or molten glass finish, but it’s actually made of plastic which feels cheap. The golden accent around the dual camera module and the rear mounted fingerprint sensor goes well with the black colour of the phone and adds to the overall design of the phone. The only turn off is that the shiny finish registers smudges and oily fingerprints on the back cover within minutes. It is recommended to use the V9 Pro with the bundled rubber cover.Photos6 Photos +SEE MORE A good display is a key requirement for many. The V9 Pro comes with a great display that shows real and vibrant colours. Vivo says it is using the FullView Display 2.0 technology in the phone, but jargons and marketing talk aside there is no denying that the V9 sports a very nice screen, The display of the V9 Pro is bright enough to be used under the direct sunlight or inside a room with the brightness level around 40 to 50 per cent. The V9 Pro also comes with auto brightness which automatically adjusts the brightness level depending on the ambient light.advertisementGood performanceIf you’re looking for a phone under Rs 20,000, that looks good and is also fast, V9 Pro fits the bill. In this price range, there is the Poco F1 of course, which comes with Snapdragon 845 and is the fastest phone you can get for around Rs 20,000 in the market right now, but that phone is an outlier. If you don’t need the Snapdragon 845, the Vivo V9 Pro would do well enough for you.While using the phone I found that most of the time the V9 Pro is buttery smooth. Switching between apps, scrolling through Facebook or Twitter news feed, or playing graphics-heavy games like Asphalt 8, Vivo V9 Pro don’t show any visible lag or stutter in any of the scenarios. Run Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and several other apps together and the V9 Pro still runs smoothly. In my seven days of using the phone the V9 Pro didn’t slow down or lag at any point in time.Overall, the V9 Pro is a compact phone, has good build quality, and also fits well in handThe V9 Pro comes with the same hardware setup that is inside the V11 Pro. The phone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 AIE processor with Adreno 512 GPU and AI Engine, paired with 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. If you need more storage space, there’s also support for the microSD card of up to 256GB. Another good bit is even during extended gaming sessions or benchmarking the phone doesn’t heat up much.As far as benchmarks are concerned, interestingly the V9 Pro scores higher than the V11 Pro. In the Geekbench 4 benchmark test, the V9 Pro scores 1437 points in single core and 5368 in multi core. The V11 Pro scored 1437 points in single core and 5270 in multi core in Geekbench 4. Just like in the V11 Pro, the software running the V9 Pro has elements directly copied from iPhone, such as no app drawer and bottom placed notification shade. The camera app is also a copy of the iPhone camera app. The V9 Pro runs Vivo’s FunTouch OS 4.0 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo and for now, there’s no word if the phone will get Android 9 Pie update or not. Vivo’s FunTouch OS comes with virtual assistant called Jovi Smart Scene, which reminds users about all the important day-to-day updates like weather forecast, asks them to turn on the alarm for workday, and more. There’s also a game mode which helps users have an uninterrupted gaming experience.The V9 Pro also comes pre-loaded with several Google apps like the Google Lens, Google Duo, and other third party apps like NewsPoint, UC Browser, Amazon Shopping app, PhonePe, iMusic, among others. So, if you want a phone that runs a clean version of Android, Vivo V9 Pro may not fulfil your requirement. For a phone with stock Android interface under Rs 20,000 you can go for Nokia Android One phones like the Nokia 6.1 Plus and the Xiaomi Mi A2.advertisementClicks good, detailed picturesThe V9 Pro comes with a dual-camera setup on the back panel and single on the front. On the rear panel, the V9 Pro includes a 13MP primary camera and 2MP secondary sensor paired for the AI Bokeh and AI HDR mode. Right below the camera set up, there’s the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor which is pretty fast and unlock the phone in blink of an eye. There’s also face unlock support, and the feature is extremely quick at opening the phone. The face unlock works well in low-light as well as in good light when you are outdoors.IMAGE SAMPLESThe Vivo V9 Pro can click extremely good pictures in good lightning with great amount of details. Colours also look spot on albeit a little oversaturated especially the reds and greens. Overall, the primary camera of the V9 Pro is one of the best you can get at this price segment. It clicks great pictures in daylight, and fairly decent ones in low light. Not that one would expect a Pixel like camera for Rs 20,000 anyway. Compared to the other similar price segment phones, the V9 Pro is a notch above as far as the camera is concerned.Like the typical Vivo camera app, the camera of the V9 Pro too process some images to make the textures smooth and remove details. This may look some shots, particular photos of people, artificial. I also feel the bokehs clicked with the phone could have been better. Almost all the bokeh shots capture good amount of details and colours, but the edges aren’t too distinct or well defined. Just like any other Vivo phone, the V9 Pro also adds extra layers of filters to beautify selfies and remove blemishes. If you’re someone who uses apps like BeautyPlus to add filters to selfies, you’ll love the V9 Pro. The smartphone comes with a 16MP selfie shooter paired with several modes likes group selfie, professional, AI stickers, selfie lighting, among others.Battery lasts a dayThe battery life is good thanks to a pretty efficient processor and some battery optimisation features through FuntouchOS. The V9 Pro can last one full day easily on a single charge. The smartphone comes with a 3260mAh battery, but sadly it doesn’t support fast charging like the V11 or the V11 Pro do. It takes nearly two hours to charge the device from zero to 100 per cent.Overall, the primary camera of the V9 Pro is one of the best you can get at this price segment. It clicks great pictures in daylight, and fairly decent ones in low light.Overall, the Vivo V9 Pro offers a good day-long battery on heavy usage, which involves media streaming, some gaming, and basic day-to-day tasks. Lighter usage will get you through a day and a half with ease.Should you buy the V9 Pro?The competition is tough in this segment. There are phones like the Xiaomi Mi A2, the Nokia 6.1 Plus, the Realme 2 Pro, and then there’s the Poco F1 which is the only phone under Rs 20,000 to come with Snapdragon 845.It’s a crowded market, but I feel there is space for the V9 Pro in it. It is fast, has a good display and camera that are above average. And it looks good, despite its plastic body. That said, I wish the price of the V9 Pro was slightly on the lower side, say around Rs 15,000. That would have made it a better deal, particularly considering that phones like the Nokia 6.1 Plus and the Mi A2 rock Android One software that is better than the custom software in this phone. The V9 Pro is available in India in two colours – black and blue for Rs 17,990.Vivo V9 Pro review8/10ProsBright displayGreat performanceClicks good pictures in daylightConsNo fast chargingCluttered softwarePlastic glossy backlast_img read more

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17 Nov
2019

Manu Bhaker braces up for the grind ahead: Ready for Tokyo 2020 Olympics

first_imgManu Bhaker is savouring success after a long time. Not having done well at the Asian Games, the 16-year-old bounced back to win gold in the Youth Olympics air pistol event in Buenos Aires on Tuesday.A day after winning the gold, Manu was the same smiling self, happy to be in the company of coach Jaspal Rana and other shooters like Sourabh Choudhary.”It’s very nice to win an Olympic medal, even if it be the Youth Olympics. This has been a very hectic year and tiring one for me. If I were to look back, I can say I am satisfied,” Manu told Mail Today on Wednesday.Manu Bhaker becomes first Indian shooter to win gold at Youth OlympicsBeing away from home for long periods, where the shooting group is her family and coach Jaspal the guru and guide, Manu has been the paragon of hard work.Undoubtedly, she was under tremendous pressure at the Asian Games in Palembang and could not do well. Critics lashed out at her but Jaspal was not bothered. He had always maintained for any shooter, a bad day in office or a few bad results would help bounce back.Manu says she is excited and the atmosphere in Buenos Aires is different. “The Commonwealth Games was a different experience, Asian Games different and the World Cup new. In the Youth Olympics, the atmosphere is nice with so many people from different countries here. From here till the main Olympics (Tokyo 2020) it will be a different journey. To qualify for the Tokyo Olympics requires a lot of hard work and I am ready for it,” said Manu.advertisementThe Youth Olympics Games are not yet over for Manu. With the mixed competition now becoming almost a must in major multi-discipline Games, there is a different event in Buenos Aires. Once the boys’ air pistol event is over, there will be a mixed event.In this, the top girls’ air pistol shooter will be pairing with the last shooter in boys’ event. Likewise, the top shooter in boys’ event will be paired with the girl who finished last in air pistol. “This is going to be a very different competition for me. It will be a level playing field and the match will be spread over two days,” said Manu, who has before this taken part in mixed events.Usually in mixed event, pairs are from the same country. The Youth Olympic Games, being held under the International Olympic Committee banner, has come up with a new idea.Manu had begun the year with a gold in the World Cup in Mexico. It was her first major competition in the seniors’ category. After that, she has faced competition and also given a tough fight to the more seasoned Heena Sidhu. Manu knows she is no longer a “junior” in the strict sense and will be competing with seniors.This is where coach Jaspal feels is the big difference. “It’s easy to get carried away by success and I am repeating this. For most junior shooters, there are plenty of distractions. The path ahead for Manu is not easy. She has to stay focused and work much harder. The Youth Olympic Games gold is big for her but she has the talent to do a lot more,” Jaspal told Mail Today.last_img read more

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17 Nov
2019

This day, that year: 25 years ago, Glenn McGrath makes Test debut for Australia

first_imgGlenn McGrath, considered as one of the greatest bowlers in cricketing history, made his Test debut exactly 25 years ago on November 12 in 1993.Then a 23-year-old, McGrath was handed his maiden Test cap against New Zealand at the WACA in Perth.McGrath had to wait until the second day to hold the red cherry in his hands as New Zealand had won the toss and asked Australia to bat first.Australia rode on Ian Healy’s century and fifties from Mark Taylor and Paul Reiffel to score 398.In reply, New Zealand were rocked early as McGrath made Mark Greatbatch his maiden international victim when the right-arm paceman found the edge of the Kiwi opener’s bat.However, he was made to work hard for his second wicket until Day 4 when he trapped Danny Morrison before New Zealand declared their first innings at 419/9.In their second innings, Australia declared at 323/1 to set New Zealand a victory target of 303.McGrath bowled well for his 1/50 as the match ended in a draw.#OnThisDay in 1993 Glenn McGrath made his Test debut, against New Zealand at Perth. Unsurprisingly, his first innings figures were a parsimonious 39-12-92-2, and also unsurprisingly, he made a golden duck! pic.twitter.com/nJoFVAedgAICC (@ICC) November 12, 2018There was no looking back McGrath after that. He kept picking wickets after wickets and has been key to Australia’s success be it Tests or ODIs.He finished with 563 Test wickets and 381 ODI wickets and in this period Australia won three World Cups and six Ashes series.advertisementMcGrath held the world record for the highest number of Test wickets by a fast bowler until September when England paceman James Anderson surpassed the Australian legend’s tally of Test wicket.He also holds the fourth position in the list of top wicket-takers in international cricket with 949 wickets to his credit. The first three slots have been occupied by Muttiah Muralitharan (1347), Shane Warne (1001) and Anil Kumble (956) — all being spin bowlers.McGrath announced his retirement from Test cricket on December 23 in 2006.Awards and honours:The 2007 World Cup marked the end of his ODI career. He was honoured with the Player of the Tournament award for his outstanding bowling which was instrumental in Australia winning the title for the 4th time.He is also the leading wicket-taker in World Cups with 71 wickets under his belt.He was named a Member of the Order of Australia on January 26 (Australia Day) in 2008 for ‘service to cricket as a player’In the year 2008, McGrath was named Australian of the Year.McGrath was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame in January 2013.last_img read more

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17 Nov
2019

OnePlus 3, 3T get support for Type-C Bullets earphones via OTA update

first_imgOnePlus has been lately riding high on the success of the OnePlus 6T. The handset adds a lot of the latest technology trends to the solid foundations of the OnePlus 6, which includes the in-display fingerprint sensor and a bigger battery. However, keeping up with the times, OnePlus also bid farewell to the 3.5mm headphone jack and rolled out a pair of USB-C earphones for users who prefer wired ones over the wireless ones. Until now, the USB-C equipped Bullets were supported for the OnePlus 5 and newer models. Now, the support list grows with new additions.OnePlus has announced a new update for the 3 and 3T models, promising several bug fixes and improvements. The update also brings in the Android November Security Patch from Google, thereby bringing the 2-years-old handset up-to-date with the latest enforcements from Google.However, the primary addition that this update brings is the support for the Type-C Bullets earphones. Up until now, the OnePlus 3 and 3T were only able to route audio via the 3.5mm headphone jack or via Bluetooth. However, users will now be able to plug in the Type-C Bullets for streaming audio. Users will still be able to stream music via old 3.5mm earphones.Do note that OnePlus 3 and 3T users will have to enable OTG mode by digging into Settings > System > OTG Storage. Presently, users will only be able to stream music with the new Bullets and OnePlus will add support for streaming calls with a future OTA update.To recall, OnePlus announced the Type-C Bullets earphones a few months ago for the price of Rs 1,490. The new Bullets impressed us with commendable audio performance and a great build quality for the price it sells.advertisementALSO READ | OxygenOS 9.0.6 update for OnePlus 6T now rolling out, improves screen unlock and moreThe OnePlus 3 and 3T were the flagship offerings from the Chinese manufacturer in 2016. The OnePlus 3 debuted with a Snapdragon 820 SoC paired with 6GB of RAM and at least 64GB of storage. It sported a 5.5-inch full HD Optic AMOLED display. The rear optical duties were handled by a 16MP OIS-assisted camera while an 8MP unit looked after the front. The OnePlus 3 was powered by a 3000mAh battery assisted by OnePlus’ proprietary Dash Charging technology. The OnePlus 3T was a mid-cycle upgrade to the OP3, offering the slightly more capable Snapdragon 821 chipset, a higher 128GB storage variant, an upgraded 16MP front camera and a bigger 3400mAh battery.last_img read more

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16 Nov
2019

Flipkart TV Days sale: Big discounts up to 50 per cent on Mi TV, LG, Samsung, MarQ and more

first_imgIf you have been hunting for a TV lately, the Flipkart TV Days might be the perfect and a very cheaper way to get a new TV. The Flipkart TV Days sale has commenced from February 14 and will go on until February 17, 2019. The sale promises mega discounts on TV sets from popular brands. Consumers can enjoy up to 50 per cent discount on TVs. And it’s not only simple LED TVs, but even Smart Android TVs are also going up for a lot cheaper on Flipkart.Android Certified TVs from brands such as Xiaomi and MarQ by Flipkart is selling with lots of discounts. Additionally, Axis Bank credit and debit card users can also avail up to 10 per cent additional discount over the discounted prices. Axis Bank customers can also avail EMI’s with lower interests on all the TV put on sale.If you have been looking to get your new TV from the Flipkart TV Days sale, here are some of the few options offering great value with their discounted prices.Micromax 32-inch HD Ready LED TV (Rs 9,999)The Micromax 32-inch HD Ready LED TV is getting a massive discount of 49 per cent on its original price and is available for sale at a price of Rs 9,999. This isn’t a smart TV, but it offers Hindi as an OSD language. For connectivity, it offers two HDMI ports and two USB ports.Mi LED Smart TV 4A 32-inch (Rs 12,499)The Mi LED TV 4A 32-inch TV is getting a discount of 13 per cent on its original price and is currently selling for Rs 12,499. The TV runs on Xiaomi’s smart PatchWall OS based on Android and offers up to 700 hours of content. The TV offers three HDMI ports and two USB ports.advertisementVu 40-inch Full HD LED TV (Rs 15,499)If you have been looking to buy a big 40-inch TV, then the Vu 40-inch TV is a great option. It is getting a discount of 35 per cent on its original price and is now available for sale at Rs 15,499. The TV features a 40-inch full HD screen. It offers two HDMI ports and one USB port.LG Smart 32-inch HD Ready LED Smart TV (Rs 19,999)The LG Smart 32-inch HD Ready TV is getting a discount of 25 per cent on its original price and is now selling for Rs 19,999. The LG TV offers a 32-inch screen with HD resolution. The TV gets a smart TV interface and can stream Netflix in 4K HDR. It offers two HDMI and one USB port.MarQ by Flipkart Certified Android 49-inch 4K Smart LED TV (Rs 32,999)If buying an Android TV is your prime preference, the MarQ 49-inch TV is an immensely great value. The TV is getting a discount of 31 per cent of its original price and is getting a price of Rs 32,999. The TV runs on Google’s Android TV interface and comes with PlayStore for Android TV. And, it sports a 4K panel, which is one of the cheapest 4K smart TVs you can buy right now.Samsung On Smart 43-inch Full HD LED Smart TV 2018 Edition (Rs 36,999)The Samsung On Smart 43-inch full HD LED TV is selling for Rs 36,999 after getting a discount of 37 per cent off its original price. It sports a 40W speaker output and comes with two HDMI as well as one USB port.ALSO READ | Xiaomi Mi TV 4X Pro 55-inch review: Premium offerings at affordable pricingALSO READ | Samy 32-inch smart Android TV for Rs 4,999: 10 points to know before you buy cheapest smart TV of IndiaALSO READ | TRAI’s new Best Fit Plan: What is it, how to get it and everything you need to knowlast_img read more

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16 Nov
2019

India vs Australia Live Streaming: When, where and how to watch IND v AUS 1st ODI

first_imgIndia capped their memorable tour of Australia, where they registered their first ever Test series victory Down Under, by claiming the three-match ODI series 2-1 in January.Chief selector MSK Prasad told reporters last month that most of the players in the current India side pick themselves and it was a matter of finalising a couple of slots before the World Cup in England and Wales.The five-match series against Australia is naturally important for a handful of Indian players who want to nail down their places with solid performances against the tourists who have slipped to sixth in world rankings.What time does the 1st ODI between India vs Australia start?The 1st ODI between India and Australia starts at 01.30 PM IST on March 2, Saturday at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.What TV channel and live stream is the 1st ODI between India and Australia Live Streaming on?Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD in English commentary and Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel TV will live stream India vs Australia match.Where will the 1st ODI between India and Australia be played?The 1st ODI between India and Australia will be played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad from 01.30 PM IST.Where can I watch India vs Australia 1st ODI live?The match will be shown in Star Sports network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the India vs Australia 1st ODI?advertisementYou can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs Australia from our live blog on indiatoday.in/sports.What are the squads for the 1st ODI between India and Australia?India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Rishabh Pant, Siddarth Kaul, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja.Australia: Aaron Finch (captain), D’Arcy Short, Shaun Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Usman Khawaja, Alex Carey, Peter Handscomb, Ashton Turner, Adam Zampa, Jason Behrendorff, Jhye Richardson, Pat Cummins, Andrew Tye, Nathan Coulter-NileAlso Watch:last_img read more

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16 Nov
2019

RCB vs KKR, IPL 2019 broadcast channels list: How and where to watch RCB vs KKR Live Streaming

first_imgDown in the dumps after failing to win a single game from four attempts, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will have to put it across Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to not drift further away, when the two sides lock horns in an Indian Premier League (IPL) clash here on Friday.RCB, who are yet to win the IPL despite having two of the best batsmen in world cricket in their ranks, have got off to a worst possible start this time.After four games, they are yet to win any and have also been poor in every department under India captain Virat Kohli.In KKR, it won’t be easy for the hapless hosts to register their first win of the campaign. Although the visitors are coming off the back of a narrow defeat in the Super Over to Delhi Capitals, KKR have shown enough firepower in their armoury to unsettle any opposition on their day.The threat of Andre Russell who has been swatting the cricket ball like a fly is always there besides the likes of Nitish Rana, Robin Uthappa and skipper Dinesh Karthik also being among runs.In the head to head count too, KKR are ahead with 14 wins to RCB’s nine from 23 matches till date. Last year, the men in purple did the double over Kohli and Co.Where will the IPL 2019 match between RCB vs KKR be played?The IPL 2019 match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders will be played at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru from 8 PM IST.advertisementWhere can I watch the IPL 2019 match between RCB vs KKR live?The match will be shown on the Star Sports TV network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the IPL 2019 match between RCB vs KKR?You can follow our coverage here – www.indiatoday.in/sports/ipl-2019 & www.indiatoday.in/sports.What are the squads for the IPL 2019 match between RCB vs KKR?Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (captain), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Joe Denly, Lockie Ferguson, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Harry Gurnley, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Nitish Rana, Sandeep Warrier, KC Cariappa, Shubman Gill, Rinku Singh, Shrikant Mundhe, Nikhil Naik, Anrich Nortje, Prithvi Raj, Prasidh Krishna.Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel (WK), Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Shivam Dube, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Washington Sundar, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Heinrich Klaasen (WK), Moeen Ali, Colin de Grandhomme, Pawan Negi, Tim Southee, Akshdeep Nath, Milind Kumar, Devdutt Padikkal, Gurkeerat Singh, Prayas Ray Barman, Kulwant Kejroliya, Navdeep Saini, Himmat Singh.Also Read | Virat Kohli has to stay positive and he will be back: Kapil DevAlso Read | Kohli as captain of India and RCB: 7 successive losses since March 8Also Read | RCB running out of time, need to win close games: Bowling coach Ashish Nehralast_img read more

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16 Nov
2019

Apple’s successor to iPhone XR may include a telephoto lens

first_imgApple is scheduled to launch three new variants of its iPhone – the iPhone 11 or the iPhone XI — this year. Rumours circulating so far have indicated that the top variants of the company’s 2019 iPhone would sport a triple rear camera setup that would be housed inside a square camera bump. And now we have some update about the third iPhone in Apple’s 2019 lineup. Reports have already indicated that Apple’s successor to the iPhone XR – possibly the iPhone XR 2 – would sport a dual rear camera setup. And now a new report suggests that one of the two lenses at the back of the iPhone XR 2 would be a telephoto lens.The iPhone XR, that was launched last year, sports a 12MP camera with a wide-angle lens. And this year the Cupertino, California based company plans to add another lens – a telephoto lens – in addition to a wide-angle lens, Japanese site Macotakara reported quoting Chinese suppliers.Interestingly, the higher variants of the 2019 iPhones that will succeed the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max would include a triple camera setup at the back with the two iPhones borrowing two of their three rear cameras from their low-cost sibling.Besides sharing details about the camera, the blog said that it is possible that the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max successors use a 3D molding glass for storing the rear camera. It is also possible that the tech giant uses the same 3D molding glass in securing the dual rear camera setup of its iPhone XR successor.advertisementInterestingly, the report notes that Apple is likely to keep the display size of its 2019 iPhone lineup same as that of its 2018 iPhones. This means that the successors to iPhone XR, the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max are likely to be available in 6.1 LCD, 5.8 inches OLED and 6.5 inches OLED screen sizes.In addition to this, Apple’s 2019 iPhones are likely to come with a USB to Lightning cable and a USB Type-C 18W adpater. That said it is important to note that all of these are rumours so far and we won’t know anything for sure till Apple officially unveils its iPhone 11 lineup later this year.ALSO READ: | iPhone 11, iPhone XR 2 in 2019 may come with better selfie camera, a new 3-camera systemALSO READ: | New iPhone XI renders show new design: Massive camera bump with three large camerasALSO READ: | Apple’s 2019 iPhone lineup may include two OLED models with a triple rear camera setuplast_img read more

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16 Nov
2019

Ace sprinter Dutee Chand reveals she is in same-sex relationship with ‘soulmate’

first_imgChampion sprinter Dutee Chand on Sunday became the first Indian athlete to come out and declare that she is in a same-sex relationship with someone. Dutee Chand revealed that she is in a relationship with a girl from her hometown Chaka Gopalpur in Orissa.Dutee though, refused to disclose the identity of the person as she did not want to make her “the centre of undue attention”.”I have found someone who is my soulmate. I believe everyone should have the freedom to be with whoever they decide they want to be with. I have always supported the rights of those who want to be in a same-sex relationship. It is an individual person’s choice. Currently, my focus is on the World Championships and the Olympic Games but in the future I would like to settle down with her,” Dutee told The Sunday Express.Dutee won two silver medals at the Asian Games 2018 with second place finishes in the women’s 100m and 200m finals. The 100m medal was India’s first in the event in 20 years while the 200m silver was the first after 16 years in the event.”I have always believed that everyone should have the freedom to love. There is no greater emotion than love and it should not be denied. The Supreme Court of India has also struck down the old law. I believe nobody has the right to judge me as an athlete because of my decision to be with who I want. It is a personal decision, which should be respected. I will continue to strive to win medals for India at international meets,” Dutee said.advertisementDutee is currently preparing to compete in the World Championships after which she will start her training for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.”I wanted to be with someone who will encourage me to continue being a sportsperson. I have been a sprinter for the past 10 years and I will perhaps continue to run for the next five to seven years. I travel around the world to compete. It is not easy. Mujhe kisi ka sahara bhi chahiye (I need someone who will support me on the personal front),” she said.last_img read more

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16 Nov
2019

Women’s Football World Cup ticket buyers blame FIFA for allocating non-adjacent seats

first_imgFans planning to attend the Women’s World Cup in France are finding out that the seats they bought might not be together.Tickets were made available to print Monday and ticket holders learned that their seats were sometimes split up in separate rows and even sections even families with young children were separated.Seamus Campbell, who lives in Portland, Oregon, bought five tickets for the semifinals and finals in Lyon. Three seats are in a single row, but with a random individual seat breaking up the group, while another seat is two rows back and the last is in a row behind that.Campbell also purchased three tickets for matches in Paris two are together and the other is separate.”It’s just astonishing that they didn’t find a way to put blocks of tickets together. And I appreciate that there are a lot of tickets, and they’re selling them all at once, but I just can’t fathom how you would end up and I’m a software developer I don’t know how you would build a system that said, ‘We have three seats that are almost together but we’re gonna put one single seat in between those three.'”The tournament starts June 7 and runs through July 7.FIFA, soccer’s international governing body, responded on the verified Women’s World Cup Twitter account, posting: “Dear fans. We have noted some of your comments, re: your tickets. When you placed your order, a message indicating not all seats would be located next to each other did appear, before confirmation of your purchase. Unfortunately, we will not be able to modify your order.”advertisementAn additional post said: “However, an exception could be made for parents whose seats are not next to the seats of their underage children (18 years old and younger).” The post included the email address for the event’s local organizing committee and a phone number for customer service.FIFA did not immediately respond to a request from The Associated Press for comment. FIFA’s website includes the disclaimer: “The Local Organizing Committee of France under the legal entity of Comité local d’organisation des coupes du monde féminines FIFA 2018 et 2019 who has assigned AP2S as the online ticket seller is solely responsible for all transactional and data collection aspects of your purchase for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019.”AP2S did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.Late Monday, FIFA updated its social media account with two additional posts.”The previous tweets regarding FIFA Women’s World Cup tickets allocation were published without a full understanding of the situation and we apologise for that. The issues were faced by less than 1% of fans requesting tickets for the semifinals and the final,” the post read. “FIFA and the Local Organising Committee are confident the problems will be solved and the fans will be able to enjoy the matches as they envisaged.”However, The Associated Press interviewed fans who had tickets for matches in the group and knockout stages and had similar seat issues. One group of four was given four separated seats for a match in Paris, while a group of three was given just two seats together for an early match.It’s customary for most sporting events to allow fans to either automatically receive or choose seats that are together. There was a limit on the number of World Cup tickets that could be purchased by a single buyer.The situation could cause problems in the stadiums before games, when fans may try to swap seats to sit next to friends or family members. Separated families might also become an issue if a security concern should arise.Jessica Russell, who is from Utah, said she bought two tickets as a package for the semifinals and final in Lyon. She said she was disappointed to see the seats are separated.”It would be nice to sit with who you bought the tickets with,” she said. “We’ll try to see if people will switch with people around us. But if not, we’ll just deal with it.”Also Read | Vincent Kompany knew his time at Manchester City was up after Leicester goalAlso Read | Angry at being dubbed a hustler, Diego Maradona dismisses new filmAlso Seelast_img read more

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16 Nov
2019

Mumbai girl, 23, becomes first woman to fly solo across Atlantic: Men do it. Why can’t women?

first_imgAn Indian woman just set a world record by becoming the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean flying solo in an ultra-light aircraft.Aarohi Pandit recently flew across the Atlantic Ocean and arrived at Iqaluit Airport in Nunavut, Northern Canada, becoming the first woman to do so.The 23-year-old, who hails from Mumbai, flew solo around the world in a solo year-long expedition and her mission is to empower women and to encourage them to set records just like her.According to her, flying in her aircraft was just like “riding on a white bird with long wings.”Aarohi, who has been flying since the age of 17, started her journey across Atlantic in Scotland, and took off from Nuuk, Greenland last week on Monday.She told an international website, “I just want girls, not just in India but around the world, to know that if you can dream it, you can do it. I have seen men doing it. I got the thought that if men can do it, why can’t a woman?”Reportedly, after flying more than 3,000 kilometres across the ocean in extreme weather conditions and harsh winds, Aarohi was glad to make it back it on land.According to her even though there were many limitation to her journey, as her aircraft is very small and light, it was a fun ride.She said, “It was beautiful. Blue water everywhere, open skies. It was one of the most beautiful experiences I’ll never forget.”Aarohi managed to make her journey possible in an aircraft named Mahi, which is a Sinus 912, light-sport aircraft, with a single engine, which weighs just over 400 kilograms, reports said.advertisementAarohi started her journey in India, then stopped in Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, across Europe to Scotland, Iceland, Greenland and finally landed in Canada.Now, she plans to fly to Alaska, then Russia, and eventually back home.ALSO SEE | Amul celebrates Deepika Padukone and Aishwarya Rai at Cannes 2019. Leaves out Desi Girl PriyankaALSO SEE | TikTok star Mohit Mor shot dead in Delhi. His viral videos will always make his fans smileALSO WATCH | TikTok star Mohit Mor shot dead in Delhi. His best viral videoslast_img read more

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16 Nov
2019

Which country has the heaviest representation in World Cup 2019? Not India

first_imgThe ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is underway in England and Wales with 10 of the best teams in the cricketing globe fighting each other for the sport’s greatest prize. With 15 players in each squad, there is a lot of talent at display at the tournament. But did you know that not all the players were born in the same nation which they currently play for at the World Cup?Of the 150 players who have turned up in England, there are many who were born in one country but shifted to another for some reason or the other. For example, the current England squad has 5 players who were born outside the country. Similarly, countries like New Zealand and Australia currently have multiple players born outside Oceania.India, Afghanistan, South Africa, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are the only teams at the World Cup wherein the full 15-man squad was born in the same country.Looking at other teams, South Africa leads with a total of 17 players born in Protea country while India and Pakistan were the birthplaces of 16 players each at the World Cup.2 current England players – Jason Roy and Tom Curran – were born in South Africa, along with the New Zealand hard-hitter Colin Munro. Ben Stokes, England’s hero from their opening match against South Africa, traces his roots to Christchurch where he was born in 1991. England’s captain Eoin Morgan himself was born in and played for Ireland for a while before shifting allegiances elsewhere.Ish Sodhi – the New Zealand spinner – is the only player outside India’s squad to have been born in the country. While Pakistani all-rounder Imad Wasim was born in Wales in 1988, Aussie batsman Usman Khawaja and South African tweaker Imran Tahir were actually born in Pakistan.advertisementIncidentally, Zimbabwe, a side which missed out on a World Cup berth last year, can take solace from the fact that Colin de Grandhomme who was born in Harare will be turning up in New Zealand colours during the event.150 players in World Cup 2019 by country of birth:17 South Africa16 India16 Pakistan15 Afghanistan15 Bangladesh15 Sri Lanka14 Australia13 New Zealand10 England6 Barbados5 Jamaica4 Trinidad & Tobago1 Guyana1 Ireland1 Wales1 Zimbabwe #Trivia #CWC19Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) May 30, 2019Players in World Cup 2019 who were born in another country (numbers in bold depict the total number of players):17 South Africa – Jason Roy, Tom Curran, Colin Munro16 India – Ish Sodhi16 Pakistan – Usman Khawaja, Imran Tahir15 Afghanistan15 Bangladesh15 Sri Lanka14 Australia13 New Zealand – Ben Stokes10 England6 Barbados – Jofra Archer5 Jamaica – Chris Gayle4 Trinidad & Tobago – Nicholas Pooran1 Guyana – Shimron Hetmyer1 Ireland – Eoin Morgan1 Wales – Imad Wasim1 Zimbabwe – Colin de GrandhommeAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Ashes catch was better as it came against Australia, feels Ben StokesAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Ben Stokes joins Aravinda de Silva in sharing unique recordlast_img read more

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16 Nov
2019

Thailand Open 2019: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty reach men’s doubles final

first_imgIndia’s top-ranked men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty defeated former world champions Ko Sung Hyun and Shin Baek Cheol of South Korea in three games in the Thailand Open 2019 semi-final to reach their maiden final at a World Tour Super 500 tournament on Saturday.Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, ranked 16 on the men’s doubles charts, defeated the lower-ranked South Korean pair 22-20, 22-24, 21-9 after a dominant performance in the deciding game of the men’s doubles semi-final.Satwiksairaj and Chirag worked wonderfully well together throughout the match and never let the pressure ease off on the experienced South Korean pair. The young Indian duo held their nerves to clinch the first game before showcasing a never-say-die attitude in the second.Satwik and Chirag let the South Koreans slip away with a big lead after the mid-game interval of the second game but they did well to save four game points and give themselves a couple of match points.However, Ko Sung and Shin Baek saved the match points and forced a decider by converting their 5th game point.The decider though was an anti-climax to what was shaping up to be a thriller as Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty took a 9-point lead a the mid-game break. They never looked back and won the game 21-9. Satwik was brilliant at the back court and his powerful smashes got the Bangkok crowd going on Saturday.Notably, this is Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty maiden final in a Super 500 tournament or above.advertisementThe Indian duo had earlier won Hyderabad Open Super 100 tournament in 2018 and reached the final of Syed Modi International Super 300 tournament in the same year. The duo has been in fine form ever since the recent Asian leg of the World Tour began in Indonesia Open.Satwiksairaj and Chirag, who are training hard under Indonesia’s Flandy Limpele, will take on world number two pair of Li Jun Hui and Liu Yuchen of China in the big final on Sunday.Notably, Satwiksairaj and Chirag Shetty are finding form at the right time as consistent appearances in the final stages of major touraments will come in handy in the Olympic qualification period.Satwik had not played for more than 5 months on the tour after suffering a major shoulder injury in December and subsequently aggrevating in the Premier Badminton League. However, the fit-again teenage shuttler is making the right moves in the lead up to Tokyo Olympics.”We aren’t worried about playing long matches. It isn’t exhausting to play deeper in a tournament. We played for an hour in our quarterfinal match (on Friday) but it didn’t feel difficult,” Chirag had told ESPN after Friday’s quarter-final.Indeed, the Indian duo didn’t get bogged down despite the semi-final stretching to more than an hour on Saturday.last_img read more

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