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Why Samsung Is Cloning Google Play On Its Smartphones

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Android#entertainment#Google#Samsung dan rowinski Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … But what content does do is sell devices. The best thing that Apple ever did with the iPhone was create the App Store and open up iTunes so music and movies could be downloaded to people’s smartphones. You could argue that the App Store/iTunes has been responsible for selling more Apple devices than any other force combined. This fact is not lost on Samsung.Yet, Samsung is a little bit different from Apple. Its product portfolio is broader, especially when you factor in that it makes televisions (which are some of the best available). Samsung is not just looking to sell smartphones, it wants users to go down the full profile and own a Samsung tablet, computer and TV.That, Samsung’s director of product marketing Ryan Biden tells me, is the biggest push for Samsung Hub.“Hub is really intended for people that own multiple Samsung devices,” Biden said. “It now allows us to deliver content to other devices from Samsung.”That is why Samsung has baked in “screen-mirroring” into its recent Galaxy devices. Through Wi-Fi Direct, you can broadcast what is on your phone to your Samsung TV or vice versa. Apple can do this in a limited fashion with its Apple TV box and AirPlay but that then creates three devices – TV, smartphone, box – Samsung can do it with two. The kicker? It has to be two Samsung devices. Biden downplays the fact that, just by its very existence, Samsung Hub battles Google Play. In Samsung’s mind, they are for two very different use cases for a media store. That may not exactly be the case though. Google’s Android runs on smartphones and tablets and it has Google TV, where Android has been fitted for the big screen. Samsung has even made some of its Smart TVs with Google TV integration. So, the differences that Biden cites may not be as far apart as Samsung likes to think. By putting its own media content store next to Google Play on its new Galaxy S4 smartphones, Samsung is essentially turning all of its users into beta testers that could determine the future of the Android operating system.Think about it. Apple has iTunes. Android has Google Play. Amazon has its own Video On Demand with music and books. BlackBerry as its App World and Microsoft has its Windows Phone Marketplace. What do all of these companies have in common? To a certain extent, they all make their own operating systems, have application stores and sell content such as books, movies, music and television shows through their own proprietary channels. Where, exactly, does Samsung fit into this equation? With the release of the new Galaxy S4 flagship, Samsung has taken all of its media “hubs” and consolidated it all into one Samsung Hub that sells books, movies, television shows, games, apps and music. Samsung Hub comes preloaded on all new Galaxy devices and is pushed front and center with a widget on a home screen panel on its devices. Samsung is a little bit of a misnomer in this equation. It is not like Apple, which makes its own operating system. It uses Google’s Android. By juxtaposing its Media Hub next to Google Play, Samsung is basically asking users to make a choice. Where will you get your content? From us or from Google?What is Samsung’s goal here? Is it preparing to fork Google’s Android operating system and go it alone? With Media Hub, Samsung may be turning users into millions of “beta testers.” If people end up using Media Hub for their content and apps instead of Google Play, Samsung may see reason to fork Android and go it alone. If not, Samsung can try to create its own hub of content that runs across all of its devices, just as Sony tried (and failed at) a couple years ago.This… is a little awkward.Samsung Hub Tense Relations Between Samsung & Google?Much was made earlier this year about how Samsung has grown so dominant in the Android ecosystem that it has become a threat to Google. In certain ways this is true, in many ways it is not. The hinge of the argument is that Samsung could fairly easily strip out all of Google’s services from Galaxy devices and serve similar services up itself. So, no more Gmail, Chrome, Google Play and so forth. Google executives have reportedly acknowledged that Samsung, while being its biggest Android ally, is also a cause of anxiety. It would not take much for Samsung to fork the open source kernel of Android and go it alone. Google would then lose out of the all-important user data and profiles that are the core of its advertising business strategy through mobile.Samsung already makes many of its own alternatives to Google’s offerings through its TouchWiz interface. Samsung has its own email app and browser. Galaxy smartphones come loaded with dual apps for almost every core function – one from Samsung and one from Google. Usually, the Samsung ones are inferior.And now there is Hub.Hub Next To Google PlayWhy do these mobile operating system makers put content in their app stores? Really, the profit margins are not great as companies like Apple, Google and Amazon have to license the content from the creators (movie studios, record labels etc.) and barely eke any money out of it for themselves.  The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Translating Price Objections

first_imgSometimes what you hear isn’t what is said. Fortunately, I am fluent in “client,” and I can translate. You thought you heard a price objection.Your price is higher than your competitors.Translation: I don’t perceive the value and you haven’t differentiated that value.If you are creating more value than your competitors, you need to be able to help your dream client perceive that value. If they don’t perceive the value, it’s likely you have not differentiated your offering from your competitor’s.I need you to sharpen your pencil.Translation: I can’t justify your higher price.Your dream client doesn’t know how to justify your higher price to his bosses. He doesn’t know how to explain why he is paying more for something instead of taking the lower bid. You have to provide them a defensible justification.I need your best and final offer on a three year deal.Translation: I am looking for a final concession on price so I can be very sure I squeezed you hard enough.Purchasing tactics. No matter how well you negotiate in good faith, professional buyers are going to try to take a final bite of the apple. . . just to make certain. If you are here, you are very likely already chosen, and the person you are sitting across from is simply doing their job by checking you.I can’t take this price to my boss.Translation: I really had no idea that the outcome I need is going to cost this much. I’m really embarrassed. .Sometimes your dream client has been lied to for so long that they have come to believe that that they can have better, faster, and cheaper all in one package–if only they choose the right vendor. It takes a serious investment of time to educate them and help them educate their team.Sometimes the person you are dealing with believes they are going for a win-win negotiation. They win, and their company wins. The right answer? “I can help with that. I’ll be happy to take it to your boss for you.” Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Nowlast_img read more

TISS report points to sexual, physical abuse of inmates at 14 other shelter homes in Bihar

first_imgBihar, where state-run girl shelters are under the scanner The seven-member team of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), which had exposed sexual and physical exploitation of minor girls at Muzaffarpur shelter home in its social audit report submitted to the State Social Welfare Department on March 15 this year, has also pointed out similar horror stories at other 14 shelter and short-stay homes in the State. TISS team had made social audit of 110 shelter and short-stay homes from nine divisions and 35 districts of Bihar.Also Read  The 100-page social audit report under the caption “grave concerns — institutions requiring immediate attention” has made explicit details of how girls, boys and adults have been subjected to “dreadful details of physical violence, sexual abuse and mental harassment” at 14 other shelter and short stay homes. “We found plastic bottles with urine in it and upon enquiry, learnt that boys were forced to urinate in bottles once the ward was locked for the night…this pattern was observed across Homes”, said the report at one place. The Hindu is in possesssion of the TISS report.Severe physical violence, sexual abuse rifeAt Boys Children Home in Motihari run by NGO “Nirdesh”, one of the staff members was reported to be involved in severe physical violence wherein he hit the children with a “thick pipe”. Similarly, at Boy’s children home in Munger run by NGO “Panaah” the children were found living in a “barrack like infrastructure”. “The boys reported being forced to work for the superintendent whose residential quarter was in the same premises…they were made to cook and clean for him and one of the older boys, suffering from hearing and speech impairment who was supposedly a good cook, showed us a three inch long scar across his chest as he was hit by the superintendent when he refused to cook for him”, said the report. At Boy’s children home in Gaya run by the NGO “DORD”, the boys apprised the TISS team how some of the female staff members were forcing them to write “lewd messages on paper and passing them to another female staff member who had joined recently”.At the Government run Observation Home in Araria district, a boy showed the TISS members “a mark that went across his entire chest and looked like a compression of muscle tissues in the area and swelling around it”. He blamed a Bihar police security guard for hitting him with a metal rod. “Is jagah ka naam sudhar grih se badal kar bigaad grih kar dena chahiye (this place should be called destruction home instead of correction home), said the boys to the social audit team of TISS. The report further said that a short-stay home in Patna run by “IKARD” was being managed in a “severely custodial and violent manner that unable to cope with the violent atmosphere one girl had committed suicide about a year ago while another had lost her mental balance from the trauma she suffered there”. The girls reported that they got no clothes, medicines, toiletries etc.In the short-stay home in Motihari run by the NGO “Sakhi”, the girls were found suffering from “mental illness”. The Home looked more like a Hindu temple rather than a short-stay home with images of God and Goddesses everywhere, said the report. “A Muslim girl informed us that the counselor had beaten her up for practice her faith and had torn her Quran into pieces. She was frequently beaten and ridiculed for praying according to her faith”, said the social audit report. No sanitary pads were provided to them, it said further. At the short-stay home in Kaimur district run by “Gram Swaraj Sewa Sansthan”, the guard was reported to be “sexually abusive”. “The women / girls reported that he often passed lewd comments and attempted to touch their private parts,” said the report.‘Forced to drink from the toilets’Similar disturbing instances and patterns of physical violence and sexual abuse were also revealed by the residents of Sewa Kutir at Muzaffarpur run by the NGO “Om Sai Foundation”. “People had bruises and broken bones..they reported being sexually assaulted by the caretakers and receiving severe beatings if they protested”, said the report. “There were no ceiling fans or lights in the rooms…and the residents had no access to drinking water…they were forced to drink from the toilets”, the report said further. Similarly, the residents of Sewa Kutir at Gaya district run by “Metta Budddha Trust”, the residents said they were “routinely beaten up with rods and sticks”. “The home was found running in a highly abusive and controlling manner…there were a large number of people with mental illness”, said the TISS report. At the Kaushal Kutir in Patna run by “Don Bosco Tech Society”, physical violence and verbal abuse against both men and women were reported…the superintendent was reported to make lewd remarks against residents”, the report said.Speaking to The Hindu over phone the TISS team leader Mohd Tarique said that “the findings have clearly brought out administrative and procedural gaps affecting the functioning of the institutions…the overall functioning of these institutions found to be far from satisfactory”. However, Raj Kumar, director of the social welfare department told The Hindu, “we’re taking strong measures to fill these gaps at all homes…for the department every shelter home is important”.last_img read more

Will go it alone in Delhi if AAP goes back on stand: Congress

first_imgThe Congress on Friday officially announced that it will be compelled to go it alone in Delhi if the Aam Aadmi Party wants Lok Sabha seats in States such as Punjab and Haryana.P.C. Chacko, the All India Congress Committee in-charge for Delhi, however, kept a window open by indicating that the party wants to have an alliance to defeat the BJP.“We are compelled to go on our own as AAP is going back on its stand,” said Mr. Chacko at a press conference.Three-four formula Sharing details of the back-room talks that he and AAP leader Sanjay Singh were having, Mr. Chacko said the Congress had agreed to contest three of the seven Lok Sabha seats in the Capital, leaving four for AAP.But the ruling party in Delhi then changed its stand and sought seats in Punjab and Haryana, said the Congress leader, describing it as an “impractical stand”.“We are still ready (for an alliance) if AAP is willing to have an alliance in Delhi alone. We want to fight the BJP together,” Mr. Chacko said.Names finalised Late on Thursday night, the Congress had finalised four names, including former Union Ministers Kapil Sibal for the Chandni Chowk seat and Ajay Maken for New Delhi. Former Delhi Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan was picked for North-West Delhi constituency and former Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee chief Jai Prakash Aggarwal for North-East Delhi constituency.The names, sources said, had been finalised after a meeting of the Congress Election Committee on Thursday. On the remaining seats in the Capital, names of former Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit from East Delhi and Olympian Sushil Kumar from South Delhi were being considered. While the former CM and current head of the party’s Delhi unit sought time for consultations, the wrestler’s consent hadn’t been obtained yet. The party had also zeroed in on former MP and Purvanchali leader Mahabal Mishra as its candidate from West Delhi.last_img read more

EC bans PDS bags sporting Vajpayee’s picture in HP

first_imgThe Election Commission on Sunday stopped the distribution of empty ration bags (carry bags) carrying a photo of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The bags were being distributed free to PDS consumers via state government controlled fair price shops.”Henceforth, no bags will be issued to the consumers of PDS with a picture of any political leader, of whatever stature he or she is,” Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath told reporters in Shimla on Sunday.He said that the action has been taken on the basis of a complaint that free bags sporting a picture of the former Prime Minister were being distributed in the state. The free cotton shopping bag scheme was launched on August 15 this year for 16 lakh ration card holders of the state.V.S. Sampath said that the EC had received a number of election related complaints from political parties. He also hinted at removal of retired officers, close to Prem Kumar Dhumal, who were given extensions in recent years.”Those who are sitting on certain sensitive posts and may try to influence the election process, appropriate action will be taken against them. The commission will also look into other complaints against officers with doubtful integrity posted in the districts,” V.S. Sampath said.Sampath, who was in Shimla to review election preparedness, said that a three-tier system has been put into place to check paid news. He said that the EC has also received complaints against the Shimla unit of Doordarshan that it is not working in an impartial manner.”We will take up the matter with the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting,”  he said.advertisementlast_img read more

Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Live Streaming: When and Where to Watch Dabang Delhi vs U Mumba Telecast

first_imgThe Pro Kabaddi League 2019 season 7 match 131 will see Dabang Delhi take on U Mumba on October 11, Friday. The PKL 2019 season 7 Dabang Delhi vs U Mumba fixture will be played at the Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex in Greater Noida. U Mumba, led by Fazel Atrachali, are riding high on confidence after defeating Haryana Steelers and will look to grab their fourth successive win on the turf. Meanwhile, Dabang Delhi will try to get back their top spot on PKL 2019 points table. The PKL 2019 season 7 Dabang Delhi vs U Mumba will commence at 7:30PM.The PKL 2019 season 7’s Noida leg will end on Friday with the last two fixtures of the league stage. EKA Arena by Transstadia, Ahmedabad will host the playoffs and PKL 2019 final. On Monday, the first eliminator will be played between the 3rd and 6th ranked teams and the second eliminator will see the 4th and 5th spot teams square off. Winners of these eliminators will meet Rank 1 and Rank 2 teams on Wednesday. The PKL 2019 season 7 playoffs will be held in Ahmedabad from October 14 to 19. This season 12 teams have participated in PKL 2019. The teams are Bengal Warriors, Bengaluru Bulls, Dabang Delhi KC, Gujarat Fortunegiants, Haryana Steelers, Jaipur Pink Panthers, Patna Pirates, Puneri Paltan, Tamil Thalaivas, Telugu Titans, U Mumba and UP Yoddha. What time will Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Dabang Delhi vs U Mumba match start?The 131th match of PKL 2019 season 7 is scheduled to start at 7:30PM. The match between the Dabang Delhi and U Mumba will be played at the Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex in Greater Noida.Where to watch Pro Kabaddi League Dabang Delhi vs U Mumba clash on TV?The PKL 2019 Dabang Delhi vs U Mumba clash can be viewed on the television sets on sports channel Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD.Where to watch Pro Kabaddi League 2019 Dabang Delhi vs U Mumba match on live streaming?The live streaming of Dabang Delhi vs U Mumba, Pro Kabaddi League 2019 will be available on Hotstar. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. dabang delhi kcpklPKL 7pro kabaddi 2019 First Published: October 11, 2019, 2:47 PM ISTlast_img read more

Cincinnati Open: Roger Federer downs Stan Wawrinka to reach semi-finals

first_imgRoger Federer produced sheer masterclass against his Swiss compatriot Stan Wawrinka on Saturday in what was a tightly-contested quarter-final at the Cincinnati Masters to reach the semi-final.Federer, who has won a record seven titles at Cincinnati, improved his head-to-head record over Wawrinka to 21-3 after wearing him down 6-7(2) 7-6(6) 6-2 with his brilliant shot-making skills.The match started with a low-key atmosphere after Wawrinka took the first set with a dominating performance in the tiebreak. However, the crowd was in for a treat and the atmosphere turned into a cracking one when Federer took the second set after fighting it out in the tiebreak.Such was a tenacity of both men that the first service break of the match came in the third and deciding set. Play was halted two points into the third set due to thunderstorm but the rain spared Cincinnati for once and play resumed shortly after.Even though Federer looked unhappy with the halt having finally found rhythm, as the play resumed, Federer turned up with a completely different class and stamped his authority over Wawrinka.One step closer to #8Seven-time champ @rogerfederer battles his way back to win all-Swiss battle with Stan Wawrinka 6-7(2) 7-6(6) 6-2 and reach his *EIGHTH* semifinal in Cincinnati. #CincyTennis pic.twitter.com/BIealPfftrWestern & Southern Open (@CincyTennis) August 18, 2018While Federer narrowly avoided an early exit, another high seed was sent packing earlier in the day as number four Juan Martin del Potro fell to diminutive Belgian David Goffin 7-6(5), 7-6(4).advertisementGoffin closed out a tight match with a backhand winner down the baseline.His reward is a Saturday evening semi-final against Federer, while the other last four clash will match former world number one Novak Djokovic of Serbia against Croatia’s Marin Cilic.Also read – Cincinnati Open: Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova in semi-finalIt was a busy day for 10th seeded Djokovic, who came from behind to oust defending champion Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the conclusion of a third round match carried over from Thursday.Only a couple of hours later, Djokovic stopped Milos Raonic 7-5, 4-6, 6-3, improving his career record to a perfect 9-0 against the Canadian.ROARing into the semifinals…@DjokerNole is back in the #CincyTennis SFs for the *SIXTH* time with 7-5 4-6 6-3 win over Raonic.Former champ Cilic stands in the way of his return to the title match. pic.twitter.com/nxHImd65PEWestern & Southern Open (@CincyTennis) August 17, 2018″I’m very pleased with my fighting spirit and staying mentally tough to overcome deficits in both matches,” Djokovic said.”Obviously the match against Dimitrov yesterday didn’t start so well for me. He started tremendously well. We were not the only ones (dealing with interruptions), but it just makes it harder, because you’re warming up, you’re cooling down.”We went home around 10.30, came back this morning again to play him, and then (had a) couple hours of rest.Also read – Serena Williams worst loss came right after her half sister’s killer was freed”And to go back on the court again against Raonic, who was serving 140-plus miles (per hour) from the first game, that got me going, for sure, from the beginning.”Former champion Cilic made his way to the semi-finals with a 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-4 third-round win over Russia’s Karen Khachanov before toppling Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 7-6(7), 6-4.See you in the semifinals, @cilic_marin!The 2016 champion returns to the final four with 7-6(7) 6-4 win over Pablo Carreno Busta. He awaits the winner of Milos Raonic-Novak Djokovic.: @TennisTV pic.twitter.com/03YYlwiTmDWestern & Southern Open (@CincyTennis) August 17, 2018Earlier Friday, world number two Federer, bidding for his eighth Cincinnati title, outlasted Leonardo Mayer of Argentina 6-1, 7-6(6) in the third round.Playing in his first tournament since Wimbledon, Federer lost just four first-serve points and did not face a break point in the match.Mayer had a chance to force a third set, but Federer held on to win his third consecutive meeting with the Argentine as players double up in matches in the rain-delayed tournament.Wawrinka beat Marton Fucsovics of Hungary 6-4 6-3 in their third-round match.Del Potro had overcome Australian Nick Kyrgios 7-6(4), 6-7(6), 6-2 in the third round.Goffin had not faced a break point in defeating sixth seed Kevin Anderson of South Africa 6-2, 6-4 in 76 minutes.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

A skinful of Ian Botham fills Derek Pringle’s excellent grog-filled memoir

first_imgShare on Pinterest The Spin this week is a book review of sorts but one that coincides with an anniversary too, being as it is a year to the day since England’s male cricketers were given a midnight curfew that has been in place ever since.It was 27 November 2017, the last rites of an opening defeat in the Ashes at the Gabba, when Andrew Strauss, then director of England cricket, felt moved to act in response to overnight reports of Jonny Bairstow having “head-butted” Australia’s Cameron Bancroft at a Perth nightspot four weeks earlier. Support The Guardian Share on Twitter The Spin: sign up and get our weekly cricket email. England and Essex’s Derek Pringle with his hand-made size 12 boots which had holes cut in them to prevent damage to his toes. Photograph: PA Pinterest Topics That this turned out to be a laddish (but admittedly unusual) greeting mattered little to the Australians, who were seemingly keen their opponents suffered an off-field short ball to the ribs too; the story’s timing felt conveniently optimal for the hosts but the context was kept minimal, touching the rawest of English nerves at the time given Ben Stokes was parked up at home following September’s incident in Bristol.After a slightly excruciating laugh-a-minute post-match press conference from Bancroft and his captain, Steve Smith (the sequel of which in Cape Town had greater ramifications), England’s doomed Ashes defence then became in part a battle against a perception of their being a boozy bunch. Things were scarcely helped when the curfew was relaxed for one night later in the tour, only for Ben Duckett of the Lions to tip a drink over Jimmy Anderson at the very same Perth bar, prompting a frenzied evacuation of players by the team’s security. Pinterest England 3-0 Sri Lanka: player ratings for the victorious visitors Pinterest Facebook Reuse this content Read more Summer cricket here at lastThe county fixtures for 2019 are out (and will be here eventually) and while this particular author of The Spin is still feeling sheepish about last summer’s predictions (Lancashire, tipped as title winners, begin life in Division Two) this news remains a source of winter excitement on a cold November day.Subject to sign-off by the ECB, next season will see only one team relegated from Division One and three sides coming up, creating a top flight of 10 for 2020 (albeit an asymmetrical one, given not every team will play each other twice). Surrey will begin their title defence at home to Essex in the second round of matches.Another change sees the Royal London Cup moved to the front end of the season following a couple of rounds of the championship in April. It will be all be wrapped up by 25 May when the final is held at Lord’s for the last time, before its switch to Trent Bridge from 2020 onwards.If that competition seems a bit rushed – and bear in mind the World Cup, starting 30 May, is a factor – then the upshot is that seven rounds of championship cricket will take place in June and July. Not every match will require scarves and bobble hats. Hooray! Twitter The Spin That string of events – one which jumped the shark when a myopic local reporter asked Moeen Ali, of all people, whether it was time he and his mates ditched the pub – came to mind while The Spin was reading Derek Pringle’s recently published Pushing the Boundaries: Cricket in the Eighties. It is a memoir as rich as the prized Chateau Latour 61 its author shares with Ian Botham over an early-hours plate of eggs, sausage and bacon (following a day of county cricket, a skinful of ale “and a few spliffs”, naturally) although its alcohol content by way of percentage feels greater.Over the course of 400-odd pages, Pringle gives an eye-popping and often hilarious account of an era that runs from his university days through to the oh-so-close 1992 World Cup and is as doused as a strong sherry trifle. Needless to say Botham, who commandeers the author for some nerve-settling ales on the eve of his surprise Test debut in 1982, only for this tactic to backfire, is central.The magnetism of England’s legendary all-rounder brings famous faces like Eric Clapton and Elton John into the fray but Botham still steals every scene he enters bar one: a sport-and-celebrity jaunt to La Manga for his benefit year in 1984, where his friend, the comedian Peter Cook, goes full Withnail during five days on the grog.Botham, placed above his all-round peers of the time by Pringle given “he was not just up against his opponents but his own rebel self”, is not alone when it comes to unorthodox match preparation and an aversion to sleep: taking the field after a night on the turps appears to be par for the course for a number of players. Share on Messenger Derek Pringle raises a cup, alongside Nasser Hussain, as Essex celebrate winning the County Championship in 1991. Photograph: Offside/Getty Images Twitter Though the link is not made, Pringle’s descriptions of facing a West Indies’ attack who routinely pummelled England, and the many overseas quicks who were then a weekly feature of batting in the County Championship, left The Spin wondering if the drink-heavy off-field activities were not just a result of relative freedoms in the pre-coaching staff era but in part to gird loins for the impending on-field menace.While not threatening the “new Botham” tag he was saddled with early on, Pringle’s career brought him more than 1,000 professional wickets, saw him dip in and out of the England team over 11 years (the chaos of which is summed up by a summer of four captains in 1988) and brought him five titles at Essex. As someone who is self-deprecating, curious beyond the confines of cricket and an experienced journalist in his second career, he makes an excellent witness.And though Allan Lamb’s approach to air travel and various “rest days” produce comedy gold, not every tale in his trove prompts the liver to twitch. There is admiration for Essex greats such as JK Lever, Graham Gooch and Keith Fletcher (as well as chapters on their domestic dominance), insightful analysis of the cricket played, plus the odd touching moment, such as when Derek Randall opts for a new-fangled video camera as his freebie from the tour sponsor JVC so his wife can film the offspring whose childhoods he will miss.But drink is never far from lips during this final decade before the on-tour backroom staff swelled beyond simply a scorer, a masseur and a team manager. Over the course of the book only one attempt is made by the latter to curb the excess: a midnight curfew and the threat of a £1,000 fine for the England players who, with Botham as their ice-cream-and-whisky-guzzling ringmaster, had been living it up during a wild 1982-83 Ashes tour.While the current generation have kept to their equivalent over the past 12 months (albeit reports from the end of their tour to Sri Lanka are yet to filter back to The Spin), needless to say their predecessors saw fit to ignore the diktat and the subject dies a death. Instead, just a couple of days later, Pringle and co walk out into the cauldron of the MCG on Boxing Day sitting 2-0 down, their hangovers from a lively Christmas “still pulsing”. Share via Email features Share on LinkedIn Ian Botham Cricket Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook • This is an extract taken from the Spin, the Guardian’s weekly cricket email. To subscribe to the Spin, just visit this page and follow the instructions. Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp Surrey’s season will begin at home to Essex. Photograph: Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images Twitter last_img read more

Graham Potter’s appointment is not a gamble, says Brighton’s owner

first_imgShare via Email While the candidacies of Steve Clarke, appointed on Monday to manage Scotland, and Rui Faria were also scrutinised Ashworth, in his time at the Football Association, where he had gained his Uefa Pro Licence, had tracked Potter’s progress and was encouraged by the impact he made in the second tier. “He’s someone who thinks deeply about the game, has great empathy with the players, and gets the best from them,” said the technical director, who only joined from the FA earlier this year. Swansea City Share on Pinterest The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Antonio Conte set to replace Luciano Spalletti as Inter manager Brighton & Hove Albion Graham Potter to leave Swansea for Brighton manager’s job Read more Share on Facebook He inherits a squad which still relied heavily on the goals of Glenn Murray, aged 35, last season and whose major signings over the previous 18 months – the likes of Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Jürgen Locadia – had struggled to make an impact under Hughton. The hope is they thrive more consistently in a team that has embraced a more progressive style.“What has gone on before is a lot of really good work but my job is to try and improve on it,” added Potter. “We try and play football in a positive way. Any team has to be defensively organised, but you have to look at the attributes of the players and play to their strengths. I’m not expecting a massive amount [in the summer transfer window]. There are some good players here, and a lot of good work has already been done. My focus has always been on trying to help the players who are already here to improve.”.Ashworth confirmed that any additions to the squad would be signed off by Potter, with the new man to be joined at the club by his assistant Billy Reid, the first-team coach Bjorn Hamberg, and Kyle Macauley. The latter joins as assistant head of recruitment, reporting to the current incumbent, Paul Winstanley. Share on WhatsApp Topicscenter_img Steve Clarke tells disillusioned Scotland players to ‘un-retire themselves’ The Brighton & Hove Albion owner, Tony Bloom, has insisted Graham Potter’s appointment as manager does not constitute a risk as the club seeks to establish itself more securely in the Premier League after this season’s relegation scare. Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Read more Potter, who forged his reputation hoisting Östersund from the Swedish fourth division to the top flight and Europa League, has signed a four-year contract at the Amex Stadium after spending only 12 months in the Championship with Swansea City. He succeeds Chris Hughton, whose team won only two of their last 18 league matches this season. Hughton was dismissed after five years as manager in the immediate aftermath of the final fixture, against Manchester City.That had left Brighton two points clear of relegated Cardiff with sections of the fanbase frustrated at the cautious nature of the football. The sentiments were shared by some in the hierarchy, who duly met the release figure for Potter, believed to be over £2m, in his contract at the Liberty Stadium. “I certainly don’t think it’s a gamble,” said Bloom, a successful high-stakes poker player who made his fortune in online betting and had tracked Potter’s progress over the last four years. “We’d done a lot of work on potential head coaches so as to be ready if and when a vacancy occurred.“Once we’d made a decision to get a new manager in, quite quickly Graham became the outstanding candidate. He’s an excellent coach who did a superb job at Swansea in difficult circumstances. Sometimes not making a decision or going for a more obvious choice is a bigger gamble. I have no doubt that Graham is the right choice for this club at this particular time.” “I improved enormously, on and off the pitch, over that year at Swansea,” said Potter, who was presented on his 44th birthday, flanked by Bloom, the technical director Dan Ashworth and the chief executive Paul Barber. “We faced great challenges in turbulent times, especially around the transfer windows. I had the responsibility at a football club which had lost its way, had lost a bit of belief and identity that it wanted to get back. With that comes challenges, putting together a team that the supporters are proud of … that process was demanding.“Now I’m just fortunate to have this opportunity. You always need a bit of fortune in life. I’ve worked very hard to get to this point. My ‘un-glittering’ football career came to an end at the age of 30 and I had to embark on a coaching career and try to learn how to be better every day. The unconventional path I took to get to this point is 14 years of hard work and sacrifice, learning and mistakes. But I’m very proud to be here now.” Read more Potter, a journeyman player with 11 clubs before moving into coaching, had guided Swansea to a 10th place finish in the Championship despite working under financial constraints. The Welsh club had lost 16 first-team players and signed only five in the wake of relegation from the Premier League, yet the manager was still credited with playing an attractive brand of football in achieving a mid-table finish. Indeed, his side were 2-0 up against Manchester City in the quarter-final of the FA Cup before succumbing in the last 21 minutes. news Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Will the Carbon Tax actually help the environment

first_imgDepends on who you ask. Either way, the fight around the federal Liberals’ climate change policy is shaping up to be the key battle of the 2019 election. Here’s the thing, though: Chances are you don’t actually know how you’ll be hit with it when it lands on Jan. 1. And on Tuesday, despite also not really knowing how much their plan will impact you, the Liberals announced rebates for Canadian families in certain provinces.It’s the most convoluted federal-provincial policy we’ve encountered since…marijuana legalization, just last week. And that doesn’t even take into account the branding war over what we’ll actually call this thing. Is it a tax on everything or a price on pollution? Whichever side you land on, be prepared to hear both those phrases a lot. We’ll take you inside the climate change debate, and try to figure out how and if you’ll end up paying for it.Parliament Hill Reporter Cormac Mac Sweeney joins Jordan Heath-Rawlings to break it down.Audio Playerhttp://media.blubrry.com/thebigstory/s/radio.pmd.rogersdigitalmedia.com/podcasts/thebigstory/tbs_1024.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

Le Monde A Paralyzed Anachronistic Regime Confiscates Algerias Future

Rabat – Since Algeria’s ruling party announced recently that President Bouteflika is their “ideal candidate” for the upcoming April 18 presidential elections, critics have been quick to lambast the president for clinging to power despite his concerning health status.Domestic and foreign Algeria watchers, including journalists, analysts, and academics, have hit at what they call a “dysfunctional” and “paralyzed” regime led by “an old, ailing” and “medically unfit” president who appears to have no interest in handing over state power to a new political generation.France’s Le Monde newspaper is the latest agency to join the chorus of voices decrying the ailments of the Bouteflika regime, pointing out the president’s “wrong” decision to run for a fifth term. “In Algeria, There is a Power Fossilization,” the French newspaper headlined a recent scathing editorial on the ills and unfulfilled promises of the Algerian regime.“At 81, Abdelaziz Bouteflika is set to secure a fifth term, bad news for the Algerian population suffocated by a paralyzed regime,” Le Monde wrote.Bouteflika came to power in 1999 and won the hearts and minds of Algerians.The country was coming out of a harsh civil war and extremism was rampant in the late 90s when Bouteflika rose to political prominence. In his first years in power, he stabilized the economy and brought social peace.Unsustainable social contractBut, le Monde explained, the last five years have been trying times for Algerians, whose frustration hit its highest level as it faced a regime more concerned with securing its own survival its grip on the country’s resources rather than take the “courageous” and “much-needed” decision to leave the room for a new generation of leaders.“This is bad news for Algeria,” the newspaper said referring to the ruling party’s determination to have its “ideal candidate” elected on April 18. “The fossilization of power seals the rupture between society and the highest echelons of the state, with the two living two different stories.”At the summit sits a power-hungry elite still living in the “victorious” years of the independence war and the tough 1990s, while at the bottom waits a frustrated and “young society hungry to live in the 21st century but suffocated by the straitjacket imposed from above,” according to Le Monde.After emerging as president at the end of the 1990s and until the heat of the Arab Spring in 2011, Bouteflika succeeded to maintain his grip on power by “buying” the support of Algerians through lavish government spending that guaranteed socio-economic security.But that once successful social contract is no longer sustainable. Young Algerians aspire to change but are faced with an “anachronistic regime whose only option is immobilism,” the newspaper argued.Criticism, sometimes even far harsher than Le Monde’s, has also come from domestic observers.In a recent Facebook post, Algerian journalist Hafid Derradji berated President Bouteflika over his decision to ignore his failing health to run again for president.“We are ashamed to belong to this miserable generation that accepts humiliation, and is pleased to have its honor and homeland raped by a vicious gang and a renegade,” read Derradji’s post. read more

The Latest RenaultNissanMitsubishi eyes postGhosn plan

TOKYO — The Latest on the arrest of former auto industry leader Carlos Ghosn (all times local):5:10 p.m.The new board of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance is holding its first meeting to plot out the group’s future without jailed former boss Carlos Ghosn.The board is meant to replace a Ghosn-driven, Netherlands-based leadership structure that has come under scrutiny since Ghosn’s first arrest in November. He has been repeatedly arrested on allegations of financial misconduct that he vigorously denies.Renault Chairman Jean-Dominique Senard leads the new board, which includes the CEOs of all three carmakers and met Friday in Paris. It will oversee shared projects such as developing batteries and more autonomous driving functions in their cars.Without the hard-driving, attention-getting Ghosn at the helm, some have expressed concern about the viability of the alliance. Meanwhile, the scandal around the alleged financial wrongdoing remains a major distraction for all three carmakers.___4:00 p.m.The detention of Nissan’s former Chairman Carlos Ghosn on suspicion of financial misconduct has been approved through April 22.Ghosn was arrested in November, released on bail last month but re-arrested last week on fresh allegations. The Tokyo District Court on Friday approved prosecutors’ request to continue to hold Ghosn at Tokyo Detention Center.He has been charged with falsifying financial documents in under-reporting his compensation and with breach of trust in using Nissan Motor Co. money for dubious payments.Ghosn led the Japanese automaker for two decades and says he is innocent of the accusations that led to his downfall.The Associated Press read more

Markets update

On the markets at 9:50 a.m. (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was up 57.22 points to 15,864.39.The Dow Jones industrial average was up 65.03 points to 22,936.75.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was up 5.62 points to 2,558.79.The Nasdaq composite index was up 22.17 points to 6,627.97.The Canadian dollar was trading at 79.81 cents US, unchanged from Friday’s average price of 80.08 cents US.

UN urges protection of indigenous peoples rights during migration

In his message on the Day, he noted that “some are subject to displacement or relocation without their free, prior and informed consent”, adding that “others are escaping violence and conflict or the ravages of climate change and environmental degradation” and that many migrate in search of better prospects and employment for themselves and their families.Mr. Guterres stated that while migration is an opportunity, “it also carries inherent risks”, citing the unsafe and unsanitary conditions many end up living in, especially in urban areas. For example, in Latin America, around 40 per cent of all indigenous peoples live in urban areas, with the numbers reaching as high as 80 per cent in some countries in the region. Many lack access to public services and often face discrimination.,“Indigenous women and girls experience disproportionately high rates of trafficking and other forms of violence,” he explained, adding that “indigenous youth are faced with complex questions regarding their identity and values”.For indigenous peoples whose territories are divided by international borders, the Secretary-General called for cooperation across these borders so that their identity, occupations and traditional practices can be safeguarded.Referring to the Global Compact for migration, which UN Member States have committed to adopt later this year, Mr. Guterres said “this will establish an international framework for regional and global cooperation” and “provide a platform to maximize the benefits of migration and support vulnerable migrant groups, including indigenous peoples”.,United Nations,He called for the full realization of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, “including the rights to self-determination and to traditional lands, territories and resources”.“It is essential that the rights and identities of indigenous peoples are protected,” Mr. Guterres stressed. “And, wherever they live,” he added, “let us ensure that indigenous peoples enjoy recognition for their contributions and the opportunity to thrive and prosper in peace on a healthy planet”.There are an estimated 370 million indigenous people in the world, living across 90 countries. Although they make up less than 5 per cent of the world’s population, they account for 15 per cent of the world’s poorest. Audrey Azoulay, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), also focused on migration and movement in her message, explaining that migration influences the way of life of many indigenous peoples, whether these be nomadic pastoral societies, or hunter-gatherer peoples who travel several hundred square kilometres, in order to benefit from the unique resources of their ecosystem and to preserve a delicate balance.“However, indigenous peoples are now increasingly exposed to forced migrations, which are often the result of environmental disasters or social and political conflicts,” she said, warning that as they are driven from their territories, indigenous peoples see their lifestyles and cultures disintegrate and vanish, often without any prospect of returning.As such, UNESCO is working with indigenous peoples to help them to meet the challenges ahead, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in a number of ways, including in collaboration with the local authorities and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, to pilot a study programme for pastoral societies, paving the way for the establishment of educational systems adapted to transhumant peoples. read more

August 2017 new car preregistration figures

Today, SMMT released figures for August pre-registrations in the UK new car market. The data shows the number of cars disposed of by vehicle manufacturers in August 2017 that were defined as pre-registrations.CLICK HERE: Download the August 2017 release.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

NFL Parity Is Creating Excitement — And Um Ties

BAL51.516.1TEN56.914.030.11539 CIN68.415.3PIT42.516.431.61554 IND5.53.4NYJ13.15.48.81419 NO73NO71NO 43, WSH 19-3.1– BUF22.99.5HOU11.96.716.21439 KC97.2%+/-1.9NE70.0%+/-11.713.61637 ARI3.62.9MIN51.010.313.21495 Team ACurrentAvg. Chg*Team BCurrentAvg. Chg*Total ChangeGame Quality DAL30.710.5JAX59.811.822.31530 Playoff %Playoff % KC68KC61KC 30, JAX 14-7.7– ATL22.79.8TB29.012.522.31509 DEN7.24.5LAR93.43.88.31513 The best matchups of Week 6Week 6 games with the highest average Elo rating using the harmonic mean plus the total potential swing for the two teams’ playoff chances, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL predictions OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION CIN63CIN64CIN 27, MIA 17-1.2– GB22.08.3SF6.54.512.81445 CAR59.713.2WSH29.812.125.31521 LAC73LAC69LAC 26, OAK 10-3.9– Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 5Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 5 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game Unlike college football, which is currently as imbalanced as ever, the pros have generally tended toward more competitive balance since the 1970s. That trend, though, largely leveled off once free agency and the introduction of a salary cap equalized each team’s spending, creating a parity machine that apparently only the New England Patriots — and conversely, until this year at least, the Browns — could resist. But even against that backdrop, this year’s Super Bowl race looks particularly wide open, with K.C. sitting nervously as tentative favorites.In that department, we might gain some additional insight after Sunday night’s Patriots-Chiefs matchup, which rates as the best of the week in terms of matchup quality (as determined by the harmonic mean of the two teams’ Elo ratings in each game): CLE3.22.7LAC51.712.315.01438 When Dak Prescott’s improbable pocket escape and 44-yard heave set up a field goal to tie Sunday night’s Cowboys-Texans game late in regulation, viewers were left with a familiar feeling: This game, like so many others this season, seemed destined for overtime. (Indeed, it did require OT — the Texans kicked a field goal in the extra frame to win 19-16.) It was the eighth overtime game of the 2018 season already — the most in the first five weeks of any NFL season since 2002, which also saw eight OT games. Along the way we’ve also gotten two ties, ensuring only the league’s fourth multi-tie campaign since it first introduced regular-season OT in 1974, and we narrowly missed three others thanks to game-ending scores in the waning seconds of the extra period.1Had the Titans not scored a walk-off TD against the Eagles in Week 4, they likely would have made a 27-yard field goal to seal up the tie. (Although we can’t say for sure.) While the NFL still faces plenty of big-picture problems — and some fans are even lamenting the renewed prevalence of those dreaded ties — this wave of close finishes has mainly made last year’s complaints about boring football seem like a distant memory.The spike in overtime contests is just one element of this year’s extra drama. According to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, 52 of the league’s 78 games this season have seen the trailing team sit within one score of the leader with five minutes left in the game — the second-most in any season through five weeks since 2001.2In 2011, 53 games met that criteria through five weeks. Furthermore, 47 games this season have been within a score with two minutes left to play in regulation. It’s a perfect recipe for wild endings like Sunday’s Panthers-Giants duel — which saw two lead changes in the final 68 seconds of play — or last week’s Raiders-Browns thriller, with its four separate game-tying or go-ahead scores in the fourth quarter and OT alone.Speaking of overtime: It took a season to produce an effect, but in combination with so many close games, the league’s recent tweaks to the OT format have finally started to generate more of those aforementioned ties. Back in May 2017, my colleague Ty Schalter predicted that the NFL’s switch from 15- to 10-minute overtime periods (on top of its earlier decision to modify the sudden-death rule, giving the coin-flip loser a chance to answer if the winner kicked a FG on its opening drive) would dramatically hike the rate of tied games once OT was reached. Although we went an entire season without a tie in 2017 — only 14 games went into overtime at all, below the seasonal average of 16 since 20013Excluding 2018. — this year has made up for lost time, with a quarter of OT games ending in a stalemate. And you thought draws were too common in the “other” version of football…Anyway, all of this mainly speaks to the rise in parity across the league as a whole this year. Through five weeks, the Kansas City Chiefs rank No. 1 in FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings (our pet way of gauging how well a team is playing at any given moment in time), though their 1657 Elo isn’t especially high for an NFL leader at this stage of the season.4It’s the eighth-lowest rating for a No. 1 team through Week 5 since the 1970 AFL merger. At the other end of the rankings, the No. 32 Cleveland Browns (1344 Elo) are a lot better than the typical last-place team. You might say the Browns deserve better than 32nd place (I happen to agree), but choose an alternative — the Bills? Cardinals? Giants?? — and each has at least shown some signs of basic competency at various times this season. All of which is to say: The gap between the best and worst teams is not as wide as we’ve gotten used to it being.And that shows up in the overall distribution of team performances this season. Since 1970, the standard deviation of teams’ Elo ratings through a season’s first five weeks has never been lower than it is right now: SEA50%LAR70%LAR 33, SEA 31+13.5– PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.ResultREADERS’ NET PTS Game quality is the harmonic mean of the Elo ratings for the two teams in a given matchup.*Average change is weighted by the likelihood of a win or loss. (Ties are excluded.)Source: ESPN.com PHI70PHI58MIN 23, PHI 21+12.8– BAL76BAL66CLE 12, BAL 9+11.3– DAL61HOU50HOU 19, DAL 16+9.6– SF66SF59ARI 28, SF 18+7.2– Home teams are in bold.The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. CAR80CAR76CAR 33, NYG 31-3.4– NE83NE83NE 38, IND 24-2.0– Of course, the Chiefs have tempted us to overreact after beating the Patriots before, so maybe we won’t actually learn as much as we might hope on Sunday. But Week 6 also offers a number of matchups that could move the playoff-odds needle by at least 20 combined percentage points — including Cincinnati vs. Pittsburgh, Baltimore vs. Tennessee and Carolina vs. Washington.Out of all these tightly contested games, surely some will flirt with overtime (or maybe even a tie!) again. But more than just giving us yet another chance to jokingly compare stalemates on the gridiron with those on the soccer pitch, it’s a real sign of how evenly balanced the league has become so far this season.FiveThirtyEight vs. the readersWant another way to keep up with the league? Be sure to check out our constantly updating NFL prediction interactive, which uses Elo ratings to forecast the rest of the season. And if you think you’re smarter than Elo, now you can prove it: In our prediction game, you can pick against our model (and your fellow readers) for bragging rights and a place on our giant leaderboard.Using your picks from last week, here’s our regular look at where Elo made its best — and worst — predictions against the field: OAK2.31.7SEA33.49.511.21468 CHI54.912.2MIA35.911.824.01490 NYJ56DEN56NYJ 34, DEN 16-14.3– PIT57PIT51PIT 41, ATL 17-7.9– BUF52TEN62BUF 13, TEN 12-17.8– DET60GB56DET 31, GB 23-17.4– NYG4.64.1PHI61.411.415.51488 Elo eked out another victorious week over the readers, winning by 24.3 net points on average. It’s been an unusually impressive start to the season for Elo, whose built-in lack of knowledge over the NFL’s offseason comings and goings hasn’t seemed to hamper it one bit. (Maybe this is a nice reminder that preseason NFL predictions are mostly useless.) In Week 5, Elo was too high on the Seahawks, Eagles and Ravens, all of whom fell short. But it made up for those bad picks by calling Buffalo’s win over Tennessee and Detroit’s victory over Green Bay, among other games.But Elo didn’t make all of our readers look silly. Congrats to reader Paul Diaz, who led all users in points for Week 5, and to Jevon Mallett, who leads all users on the season in total. Thanks to everyone who played last week — and if you didn’t play, get in on the game already! You can make picks now and still try your luck against Elo, even if you missed the first quarter of the season.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

IHF TROPHY 2017 Dr Congo and Benin are African winners

All five IHF continents – Africa, Asia, Europe, Pan-America and Oceania – now know their representatives for the final of the 2016/17 IHF Trophy Intercontinental Phase.The winners of each of the five continental competitions for men born in 1996 or younger and women born in 1997 or younger were known earlier this month when both African and Oceania held their final continental competitions.  MEN’S COMPETITIONThe men’s final (Saturday 5 August) saw DR Congo beat Benin 33:28 (18:13) to claim their spot in the continental finals, while in the 3/4 Placement Match host side Senegal gave their home fans some nervy moments, but came from behind at half-time to be Mozambique 29:26 (11:12).Leading up to the final, Senegal had beaten Rwanda (37:33) to confirm second place in their preliminary group and a semi-final spot. DR Congo beat Madagascar 30:21 to confirm top-spot in Group A.DR Congo then went on to beat Mozambique 32:16 in the semi-finals to set-up a final appearance against Benin, who beat the hosts Senegal 28:26 in the other semi-final. Rwanda beat Ethiopia 40:34 in the 5/6 Placement Match.FINAL RANKING DR Congo Benin Senegal Mozambique Rwanda Ethiopia MadagascarWOMEN’S COMPETITIONBenin restricted Guinea to just six first-half goals as they easily won the final 23:14 (12:6). In another clear match, Cameroon beat Madagascar 36:21 (18:10) to claim bronze in the 3/4 Placement Match.Earlier in the week, Cameroon confirmed their qualification through to the semi-finals with a 19-goal win over Mozambique (38:19) while it was a top-of-the-table clash between Benin and Madagascar in Group A with Benin running out easy winners, 30:12, to take first place, the results saw both teams go through to the semi-finals.In the semi-finals Benin beat Cameroon (23:21), and Guinea overcame Madagascar 39:20 with Uganda claiming fifth spot after winning their 5/6 Placement Match against Mozambique.FINAL RANKING Benin Guinea Cameroon Madagascar UgandaMozambique Ethiopia2016-17 IHF TROPHY CONTINENTAL WINNERSEurope (EHF): Moldova (men) and Faroe Islands (women)Pan America (PHF): USA (men) and Martinique (women)Asia (AHF): India (men) and DPR Korea (women)Africa (CAHB): DR Congo (men) and Benin (women)Oceania (OCHF): Tahiti (men)Source: IHFPH: Stephane Pillaud/IHF ← Previous Story PSG Handball sign Jovo Damjanovic Next Story → IHF Super Globe 2017 starts on Friday read more

Students create watch that measures your perception time

first_imgTwo students from Cornell University decided that they wanted to see if they could create a device that could actually measure the perception of time, rather than time itself. Inspired by the cliche “time flies when you’re having fun,” the two researchers, Brian Schiffer and Sima Mitra, created a chronograph that would give data to study human perception. The resulting timepiece was the TicTocTrac. While it looks like a simple wristwatch, giving you the current time is just a secondary function of the device.Schiffer and Mitra started the design of their project with the idea that it had to be both cheap and simple. By using a case that was made on a 3D printer — a Makerbot — and readily available off-the-shelf electronics the duo was able to build the device for a scant $55.26. Consisting of a small vibration motor, Piezo sensor (a fancy name for a motion and pressure sensor) and a microSD card, the TicTocTrac is a pretty simple electronic device to build.As far as tracking a person’s time perception, the TicTocTrac makes use of interval tasks. To start a perception measurement, you would simply tap the face of the watch to invoke the software stored on the microSD card to display a random amount of time to be estimated by the user. This is represented by the ring of small LED lights on the face. After tapping the watch once, a random interval ranging between 5 and 55 minutes will appear on the watch then disappear. The user wearing the device then taps the face again once they think the suggested amount of time has passed. The results are recorded to the microSD card and then transferred to a PC for analysis. A different researcher using the interval method for a year found that he perceived 12 additional hours had passed over the course of a year, which is a significant amount of time if you think about it.The first guinea pig for the TicTocTrac was Schiffer himself, you can check out a chart of the results by going to his data page. A quick glance will show that indeed when he’s doing something he enjoys time does fly for him. When he’s pulling an all-nighter working however, his perception of the amount of time that has passed changes radically.This would be an interesting science project for you to undertake with some other geeks or family members, it’s cheap enough to build and Schiffer and Mitra have provided all the plans and software in an open-source manner for you to work from. Let us know in the comments if you decide to create one yourself.Read more at the TicTocTrac page, via Hackaday. You can check out the gallery of images below.Inside the TicTocTracInside the TicTocTracSDTicTocTracquarterbackInCaselast_img read more

Harry Kane reveals how fiancee broke MBE news to him

first_imgEngland Captain Harry Kane has revealed he was making final preparations for his club’s fixture against Southampton when he learned of the award.The Tottenham striker who had an incredible year for both club and country said he received messages from his fiancee Kate urging him to get in touch just prior to Tottenham’s Premier League game against Southampton on December 5.Harry Kane was in good form at the world cup and won the World Cup Golden Boot with six goals in the team’s run to the semi-finals.,Kane who has now scored a total of 156 goals in all competitions for Tottenham told Spurs TV via Belfasttelegraph:Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“We got a letter to the house, Kate opened the letter…it was before the Southampton game.“Normally we’d talk a little but she would never call me just before the match. I had a missed call and she texted me ‘could you answer?’.“I thought something was wrong! But Kate was excited and told me that we’d had a letter from the Queen saying we’d get an MBE.“I’m proud for her as well and the whole family. It’s not just for me. We’re part of a journey together. It shows that the hard work has paid off.”last_img read more