Congress team to assess Naga pact situation leaves Imphal

first_imgA six-member Congress team that arrived on Sunday afternoon left Imphal on Monday morning. The team is visiting a few northeastern States to study the situation arising out of the Naga agreement and other related issues. The members will visit Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh where the people have the same apprehension. The team was formed under the instruction of AICC president Sonia Gandhi.Jairam Ramesh, MP and former Minister, who led the team, said that while welcoming peace talks, the Congress would not remain silent if the agreements hurt the interests of the northeastern States. “The solution should not be at the cost of other sections of the people”, Mr. Ramesh said.Also read: Why have the Naga peace talks stumbled?Former Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi said, “If the appeasement policy is for one particular community only, the Congress party shall not remain silent”.  Meanwhile, the 11 leaders of COCOMI, an apex body of five social organisations, had a protracted meeting with Chief Minister N. Biren on Sunday night. Taking to reporters, Sunil Karam, a leader of the COCOMI, said: “We had demanded a special Assembly session to discuss the agreement between the Centre and the NSCN(IM)”.The activists said that it was yet to be seen whether the Biren government translated the assurance into action.Meanwhile, huge numbers of people took out torchlight processions on Sunday night demanding that the Naga agreement should not affect the integrity and unity in Manipur. A large number of security personnel have been brought to Manipur from Tripura and other States to cope with possible mass protests in the State. A background to the Naga accordVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0002:1702:17  center_img A background to the Naga accordlast_img read more

BCCI to usher in changes for all-new season

first_imgChange is going to be the flavour of the 2012-13 Indian domestic cricket season. The new season, which begins in September, will bring along many alterations that will hopefully combine to raise the standard of the game in India.In the real sense, the prelude to the ‘season of change’ has well and truly begun, with many alterations being suggested/implemented to several aspects of domestic cricket. Be it the change in the Ranji Trophy format/points system or a fresh resolve to prepare sporting pitches, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is getting its act together.Also in the new season, the three regional academies are expected to start functioning even as the National Cricket Academy’s budget breaks the Rs 20-crore barrier. The BCCI has also decided to respect government rules on taxes and other legislation, and will not immediately challenge them, as it has been doing over the years.For the first time in many years, both the intent and purpose of the BCCI looks genuine. From a purely cricketing point of view, the changes in the Ranji Trophy format and the revised points system augur well. There have been demands to give the 12 teams in the lower division more opportunities to compete with stronger ones.Any change in the points system and teams’ groupings without providing sporting pitches will yield nothing. So, the BCCI has decided to take care of this important aspect too. And, as a first step, a three-week certification course for curators is currently being held in Mohali to assist them in embracing scientific methods and modern technology in preparing pitches, besides taking other required steps. “We will implement the new methods learnt here in our grounds for the upcoming seasons. The top layer of pitches are going to be changed,” Samandar Singh Chouhan, curator of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association, told Mail Today from Mohali.advertisementAlso, the spadework for the smooth launch of the three regional academies is under way. Once the Rs 20-crore budget is passed by the working committee on Monday, the path will be paved for another big leap in honing the talent of youngsters as well as treating injured players at these centres, as NCA chairman MP Pandove, a former first-class player, envisages.Another laudable step is the move to check age fraud in junior cricket. On a proposal from veteran doctor Vece Paes, the BCCI has embraced the virtually fool-proof TW3 bone age maturation tests for boys under 16.This method has been accepted globally and it promises to end the debate over which method to embrace to ascertain that genuine boys are selected. All in all, the new domestic season is set to herald many changes that will, hopefully, raise the standard of domestic cricket, bring more transparency in selection, and provide more options to the national selectors while picking the various teams.===Scindia setting it straightJyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia, president of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association.Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia, president of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association, is unlike the typical Indian sports administrator. As chairman of the BCCI’s finance committee he has brought a fresh, professional way of working to the Board.According to BCCI sources, Scindia means business whenever he conducts meetings of the finance committee. “He wants everything in order,” a source told MAIL TODAY. “More importantly, he doesn’t live off cricket. He doesn’t even accept Board’s allowances for attending meetings, like former president Shashank Manohar, who also used to spend from his pocket while travelling for Board’s meetings.”That Scindia, 41 and a member of Lok Sabha, has an MBA obviously adds to his strength. After graduating from Doon School, he attended Harvard University in the US and Stanford University, a graduate school of business, in California.Scindia at times asks hard questions even to his seniors in BCCI. One such occasion was the working committee meeting in December 2010, when he seemed to have ruffled some feathers.”Some of his questions are pinching. He asked questions pertaining to finances and they seemed to have annoyed some senior officials,” said someone who attended the meeting in Mumbai.”And now he wants to bring order to the working of the finance committee. For instance, he wants the associations to take advance subsidy and return it on time; basically, he wants a system in place,” he said. “He is very strict with accounts.”===With the Indian athletes set to compete at the Olympics, it is worth knowing how much money the government has spent on their preparation. According to the sports ministry, a total of Rs 135.29 crore have been spent so far on the contingent. Of this amount, Rs 65.05 crore have been used for the various coaching camps and Rs 70.24 crore on foreign exposure of the London-bound athletes. The shooters, widely considered among the best medal prospects, have received the lion’s share of the 16 sports disciplines in which India will be competing. Rs 22.72 crore have been spent on them while Rs 18.90 crore has been used to prepare the men’s hockey team, which has qualified after eight years.advertisementSolo SAI man for LondonDesh Deepak Verma.The upcoming Olympic Games in London must be the first occasion in a long time when a lone Sports Authority of India (SAI) official would be attending the greatest sports show on earth. Actually, SAI had forwarded a list containing a few more names but the government turned all of them down, barring that of director general Desh Deepak Verma, who joined the body in May last year. However, in less than a year Verma, a 1978 batch IAS officer from the Uttar Pradesh cadre, was transferred out of the SAI, on July 3. Verma has been promoted to the post of a secretary of the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs. Now, instead of him, SAI secretary Gopal Krishna, who is standing in for Verma, is likely to go to London for the 30th Olympics, said a SAI official. “I would have liked to go to watch the Olympics. But I won’t be going now,” said Verma.last_img read more

Stephen Curry thanks contact lenses for reversing shooting slump

first_imgMOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Celtics hold on to no. 4, drop Heat to 9th in East playoff race LATEST STORIES “I started wearing contacts,” Curry said. “It’s like the whole world has opened up.”Keratoconus is a disease which causes the cornea to gradually deteriorate over time, changing it to a cone shape rather than a circular shape. The condition can also lead to blurred vision.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsCurry, 31, has suffered from the condition for his whole life and told The Athletic he had long had problems with his eyes.“I had gotten so used to squinting for so long,” Curry said. “It was just normal.” Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Before Curry began wearing contact lenses, his three-point shooting numbers had started to slump.He made only 51 of 135 three-point efforts in February, or 0.378%, compared to 0.411% a year earlier.However Curry’s percentage spiked in March, rising to 0.433%. His improved form included a nine-game streak where he successfully drained at least five three-pointers in each game.ADVERTISEMENT Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) gestures after making a 3-point basket against the Denver Nuggets during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry said Wednesday that a decision to start wearing contact lenses has helped him reverse a dip in his shooting numbers.Curry told The Athletic in an interview he had started wearing contact lenses to offset problems caused by a condition of the cornea called Keratoconus.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

ST and Jorjin introduce ultra-low-power Sigfox IoT modules with dual RF connectivity

first_img Continue Reading Previous Arrow: kick-start development with SmartEverything Tiger boardNext RTI: AUTOSAR releases latest adaptive platform adopting the DDS standard STMicroelectronics and Jorjin Technologies announced the certification of the dual-radio modules that combine Sigfox wireless-network technology with Bluetooth low energy (BLE). Jorjin’s WS211x Sigfox/BLE modules benefit from the market-leading performance and energy efficiency of ST’s BlueNRG-1 BLE SoC and the S2-LP sub-1GHz RF transceiver. These advantages have enabled Jorjin’s modules to deliver cutting-edge connectivity and great battery lifetime, targeting coin-cell -operated or energy-harvesting IoT applications.Fully programmable devices, Jorjin’s new Sigfox modules exploit the ultra-low power Arm Cortex-M0 technology embedded in ST’s BLE SoC to act as independent IoT connectivity nodes. The combination of BLE with Sigfox’ low-power wide-area network provides key benefits to IoT systems, such as firmware update over-the-air, which is not possible with conventional ‘Sigfox-only’ modules. Other benefits of having an IoT device connected both remotely through the Sigfox network and locally through BLE include the possibility to modify device settings during installation or maintenance, or to trace assets, which often change their position inside an area covered with BLE beacon stations. The evaluation board for the WS211x modules uses the Arduino interface to ease customer development and is compatible with ST’s Arduino shield boards featuring MEMS motion sensors, environmental sensors, or Time-of-Flight ranging sensors. An SDK is available from Jorjin enabling customers to develop applications using WS211x modules with ST’s sensor shield boards, as well as an AT command list facilitating customers test of the modules’ BLE and Sigfox functions.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

World Cup 2018: Griezmann elegant in victory as France reach semi-finals

first_imgAntoine Griezmann paid a touching tribute to Uruguay after France overcame the tough South American side to reach the semi-finals of FIFA World Cup 2018. This is the first time France went past the quarter-finals stage since 2006.Raphael Varane’s glancing header and a goalkeeping blunder that gifted Antoine Griezmann a soft goal gave France a 2-0 victory over Uruguay in the first World Cup quarter-final on Friday and set them up for a last-four tie with either Brazil or Belgium.Griezmann was named man-of-the-match for a special effort. There were some heated moments in the game but overall, both sides displayed class and composure after the final whistle.Uruguay vs France – REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS”Uruguay are a tough team, who remind me of my club side Atletico, where everybody works hard in attack and defence and I think it’s a pleasure to watch because it’s something that I see it day in day out. I love Uruguayan culture and Uruguayans so I have a lot of respect for them.”I don’t think that [France] have a style that is set. We observe what happens during the match and we have people who know how to manage the game, they know when to stop and when to move in attack. When I have the ball I try to take the game to where we want it to be.”READ – Uruguay captain consoles goalkeeper for fatal mistakeMeanwhile, France might be a little worried with Olivier Giroud’s form but coach Didier Deschamps was not unduly concerned. “It’s true Giroud has not scored yet – I repeat yet – he is important in our team and for our style of play. In the last match he made an assist for Mbappe and we need this sort of supporting play.advertisementFIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGE | FIXTURES”Giroud is always generous and doesn’t complain when it comes to working hard. He may not have the flamboyant style of other players, but the team needs him in each and every match. He does many things for the team to be balanced. The players around him benefit,” he said.GODIN LAUDS BRAVE TEAMUruguay went into the game without key striker Edinson Cavani, who was ruled out with a calf injury, with Cristhian Stuani drafted into the starting line-up.The impact on their attack was noticeable. Without Cavani, who scored twice in the round of 16 win against Portugal, Uruguay’s moves forward lacked a focal point, and Luis Suarez found less space and openings against a well-drilled French defence.LATEST PICTURES FROM WORLD CUPThe South Americans battled but their talented generation of players, including the defensive rock Diego Godin, look like ending their international careers without the World Cup success they have threatened to deliver.”I’m proud of my team mates – they were lions,” said skipper Godin.”We are a team where everyone gives everything in the matches and in preparation..I just have words of gratitude for my team mates,” he said.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Don’t worry U.S. fans, World Cup can still be exciting

first_imgWorld Cup As painful as it was to watch, World Cup draw gives Americans plenty to be excited about Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives 02:39 12/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) USA fans Noah K. Murray World Cup United States The U.S. isn’t part of a World Cup for the first time in 32 years, but Friday’s draw still gave American soccer fans plenty to look forward to If you are an American soccer fan who found yourself getting a little sad and angry as Friday’s World Cup draw began, you almost certainly weren’t alone.It was the first time in 32 years the U.S. national team wasn’t part of a draw, longer than many U.S. fans have been alive, so there were probably more than a few Americans who caught themselves instinctively scanning for American faces at the draw, only to find that there were none.That painful reality, which probably only grew more painful with the sight of stone-faced Vladimir Putin welcoming guests to the 2018 World Cup draw, ripped open the wounds suffered almost two months ago in Trinidad & Tobago, where the USMNT saw its World Cup qualifying hopes evaporate. But as Friday’s draw went on and the groups started to take shape, it became a little easier to stop thinking like a heartbroken American, and start thinking like a fan of the world’s game. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player First you had Spain being drawn into the same group as Portugal, a tasty treat that was easily the group stage’s most enticing pairing. Then you had Mexico being placed in a tricky group, with an even tricker knockout-round path. That was worth cracking an American smile. Then, before you knew it, the 32-team field was set, and it was filled with plenty of intriguing and potentially entertaining matchups.Maybe that’s when it sank in for many American fans, the reality that next summer could actually be fun to watch (and no, not because there might be a consolation tournament featuring the top teams that missed the World Cup). A few of you may still need some convincing, so here is a closer look at the World Cup draw, and why American soccer fans should still have plenty to root for next summer:THE CAN’T-MISS MATCHUPSCristiano Ronaldo Andre Silva PortugalThe absence of several traditional world powers, like Italy, Chile and the Netherlands, meant fewer “Group of Death” options, but there are still several juicy pairings that both diehards and casual fans will be interested in. Leading the menu are:Spain vs. Portugal. The Iberian neighbors have combined to win the past three European championships, and seeing Cristiano Ronaldo face many of his Real Madrid teammates will make this June 15 clash a must-see.Germany vs. Mexico. El Tri will be the underdogs in this Confederations Cup rematch, and what American won’t want to tune in to see the Germans knock off the U.S. national team’s archrivals?Belgium vs. England. Americans love the English Premier League, and this battle of European heavyweights will have plenty of star power, including Eden Hazard, Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku, to name a few.MEXICO’S CHALLENGING ROADJoachim Low Juan Carlos Osorio Germany MexicoIf you can’t root for your favorite team, then why not root against your biggest rival? American fans have been mocked unmercifully by El Tri fans on social media since the USMNT crashed out of World Cup qualifying, and next summer will offer U.S. fans a chance for some sweet satisfaction if Mexico fails in its quest to advance past the Round of 16 for the first time.Mexico’s group draw is far from easy, with Germany looming as the Group F favorites and Sweden a tough opponent (and potentially tougher if Zlatan Ibrahimovic comes out of international retirement). South Korea is no pushover either, so that’s three opportunities to see El Tri stumble on the world stage.Of course, it should be noted that Mexico has a history of doing well in the group stages, with the Round of 16 being the perennially oversized hurdle for the Mexicans to clear. It won’t be any easier this time around, with Brazil a very likely Round of 16 opponent if El Tri finish second in their Group.SCOUTING OUT USMNT COACHING CANDIDATESRoberto Martinez Belgium 10302017Though we don’t even know who will be U.S. Soccer president yet (the election is in February), all signs point to U.S. Soccer waiting until the summer to hire a full-time USMNT coach. That would give whoever is running U.S. Soccer a chance to scout out and approach coaching candidates who become available after the World Cup.Who might be worth watching?Belgium manager Roberto Martinez is someone who should be on the list, and if he enjoys success leading a talented Belgian squad deep in the World Cup, he could become a very enticing candidate. Mexico’s Juan Carlos Osorio is also on the radar. If Mexico has a good World Cup, Osorio won’t be short on options, and it’s a safe bet he won’t coach Mexico after the World Cup, regardless of how El Tri fare. The former MLS coach has plenty of ties to the United States, and would be a very enticing option if he helps Mexico show well in Russia.UNDERDOGS PRIMED FOR SUCCESSIceland 10062017The group draw set up some very wide-open groups, and should give American fans plenty of options as they search for teams to adopt as their own during the tournament. Here are some of the underdogs with enticing group draws:PERU. The South Americans were one of the true Cinderella stories in World Cup qualifying, having reached their first World Cup in 35 years. Peru is in a group with France, Denmark and Australia, and showed in qualifying that they can trouble the toughest of opponents.ICELAND. The underdog story of the most recent Euros, Iceland finds itself in a stacked group with Argentina, Croatia and Nigeria. As much as that could lead to three losses, Iceland has already shown itself to be capable of upsets.SOUTH KOREA. Older U.S. fans will remember the 2002 World Cup fondly, especially when South Korea helped the U.S. advance out of the group stage by beating Portugal. The Asian squad could make American fans happy once again if they can knock off Mexico. COSTA RICA. Sure, it may be asking a lot of American fans to root for the same team that beat the USMNT twice in qualifying, but if anything, a successful tournament by the Ticos would help paint the U.S. team’s elimination in a better light. And yes, you could say the same for El Tri, but you have to draw the line somewhere.THE POTENTIAL KNOCKOUT ROUND GEMSLionel Messi ArgentinaFor those who have looked at the groups and felt like the group stage is lacking a little pizzazz, don’t fret. The knockout rounds are shaping up to offer some delicious pairings. Here are some that could make for must-see TV:BRAZIL vs. MEXICO. This potential Round of 16 showdown could break some ratings records in the U.S., not just with the many El Tri fans in America, but also with bitter American fans hoping for a Brazil blowout.ENGLAND vs. COLOMBIA. Both teams teams are capable of winning their group, but if one manages a second-place finish, this could make for a very entertaining Round of 16 match featuring midfield wizards like James Rodriguez and Dele Alli.SPAIN vs. ARGENTINA. A dream quarterfinal for the impartial observer, it would pit Lionel Messi against many of his FC Barcelona teammates on his quest to finally win a World Cup.GERMANY vs. ENGLAND. Another reason why England’s group draw isn’t as cushy as some might thinking is this potential quarterfinal, which should give the Three Lions plenty of motivation to want to avoid finishing second in its group.FRANCE vs. PORTUGAL. What better opponent for Les Bleus in the quarterfinals than the same Portugal side that eliminated them in the Euros.GERMANY vs. ARGENTINA. We would have to wait until the semifinals for this rematch of the 2014 World Cup final, but it would be fitting if Messi had his chance at revenge.last_img read more