Union College Enjoys NCAA Hockey Title

first_imgSCHENECTADY, N.Y. — After tiny Union College toppled the heavyweights of hockey for the national title, its President, Stephen Ainlay, couldn’t resist a little cheerleading.“How about them Dutchmen!?” Ainlay shouted to a room full of accepted students, who promptly broke out in a thunderous roar.There have been a lot of hoarse voices on campus since Union (enrollment 2,200) thumped Minnesota (enrollment 48,000) 7-4 on April 12 for its first NCAA title. Garnet-and-black-clad students and fans who watched the game spilled into the streets to celebrate, thousands joyously mobbed the team when it came home and the mayor of Schenectady is planning a parade on April 17.At a school that has always emphasized academics (it doesn’t offer athletic scholarships), there’s a feeling that the rafter-rattling victories over Boston College and Minnesota in the semi-final and final championships known as the Frozen Four will give it a greater profile nationally and draw more interest from prospective students.“When we played in the Frozen Four they had to put ‘New York’ next to it,” said Adam Appelbaum, a freshman from Boston. “We’re getting time with these big-time schools that have 50,000 kids — playing them and beating them!”Union, a cloistered campus of manicured lawns and stately buildings about 145 miles north of New York City, was founded in 1795 and has always been known more for its history (former President Chester Arthur was an 1848 graduate) than its hockey.The Dutchmen made the jump to Division I from Division III for hockey during the 1991-92 season, and they initially served as a whipping boy for the major college powers, going 3-21-1 in that first year.The team still plays in a cozy arena that seats 2,200, but it improved enough to make it to the Frozen Four two years ago. Winning it all this past weekend in a Philadelphia arena packed with more than 18,000 fans took it to a new level.“That feeling in that arena — it was literally shaking with chants around Union,” Ainlay said. “That’s the feeling a lot of people have. So it will translate undoubtedly into admissions behavior. It will translate into giving behavior. It’s a very important thing for this school.”Ainlay said he was particularly proud the players won while maintaining the school’s high academic standards. In an era where the term “student athlete” is regularly derided as meaningless or deceptive, he said, “I hope this team redeems that phrase.”Robert A. Baade, a Lake Forest College economics professor who has extensively studied college sports, said Union’s big win may result in more giving but he was less convinced it would create a big bump in applications.“Students aren’t going to make a decision on attending a small school based on how accomplished their hockey team is,” Baade said.Still, for Lexington, Mass., high school student Jordan Herbert, who was among the accepted students Ainlay addressed, the hockey win is an added bonus.“If someone asks you where you’re going to college and you say, ‘Union,’ and they know that name, it’s a small thing,” he said, “but it’s definitely a little bit better.”(MICHAEL HILL, Associated Press)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Oilers Sink The Islanders, 3-1

first_imgEDMONTON, Alberta — The Edmonton Oilers were humiliated the last time they played the New York Islanders. On Feb. 28, they flipped things around.Leon Draisaitl, Anton Lander and Brandon Davidson all scored in the third period for Edmonton, helping the Oilers snap a seven-game losing streak by rallying for a 3-1 victory — three weeks after the Islanders cruised to an 8-1 rout at home.“It feels pretty good to get this win, especially against a team that embarrassed us the last time we played them,” said Oilers goalie Cam Talbot, who made 36 saves in his seventh consecutive start. “We had some redemption to take care of and we went out there and accomplished that tonight.”Casey Cizikas scored for the Islanders, who led 1-0 through two periods and had won the previous three games of a season-high seven-game road trip.“It’s really nice to come back in a game, score a few goals late, and see some other guys scoring other than the top two lines,” Draisaitl said. “It was a solid effort all around.”The Islanders had a great chance to score midway through the second after a scoreless first period, but Talbot came up with a big toe save on Josh Bailey.“When you only have a one-goal lead anything can happen and we had our chances, they just capitalized on theirs,” Islanders captain John Tavares said. “They had a few more chances than we did, we just didn’t score.”New York broke the deadlock with 2:17 left in the middle frame, as a puck hit defenseman Adam Clendening up high and fell in front to Cizikas, who scored his seventh of the season.Edmonton tied it midway through the third when Lander was able to score his first goal of the season, sending a shot off Jaroslav Halak and in. Lander had not scored since March 16, 2015.“I wish people could be in my head and see all the things I have been trying,” he said. “It’s been really tough. I don’t want anyone to go through that. Your family and your friends are asking you what is wrong with you because you aren’t the same guy. It was especially hard because the team has been losing.”Just 55 seconds later, Edmonton made it 2-1 as Draisaitl was able to get to a loose puck lying in the crease and score his 16th of the season.The Oilers got an insurance goal with three minutes left when Davidson blasted a shot from the top of the circle for his fourth of the year. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

French Authorities On High Alert Ahead of Euro 2016 Soccer Championships

first_imgPARIS  — With Europe on high alert, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said on Tuesday that the deadly explosions in Brussels are a reminder that a “very high security level” will be required during this year’s European Championship in France.Speaking hours after three explosions killed dozens in the Belgian capital, Cazeneuve said that everything will be put in place to guarantee “collective security” at the June 10-July 10 tournament, with the mobilization of specially trained emergency staff, police forces and firefighters.In the wake of the Paris attacks that left 130 people dead in November, France remains in a state of emergency which was recently extended to May 26, two weeks before the opening game. Tournament organizers had strengthened security measures and made changes to the particularly vulnerable fan zones well before the events in Brussels.Fan zones are typically set up in squares or parks near the center of the city, allowing supporters to watch a game on a big screen. Security can be lighter than at stadiums.About seven million supporters visited the fan zones in the host cities during Euro 2012 in Ukraine and Poland, and there are concerns the designated Euro 2016 areas for the public could be targets for attackers. Each fan zone can hold 10,000 to 100,000 people and French authorities want to maintain a festive atmosphere within those areas while protecting crowds.Cazeneuve said Euro 2016 should bring “sportsmanship, festivities and security for teams, accompanying staff and spectators.”French authorities last week used an open-air screening of a match to simulate a chemical attack that would be more devastating than the explosions near the Stade de France on Nov. 13, when suicide bombers blew themselves up outside the stadium while France was playing a friendly match against Germany.After the simulation exercise, Cazeneuve said more training has been planned ahead of Euro 2016.Although France’s rugby team has played three matches there in the Six Nations Championship since then, the football team returns for the first time next Tuesday night, when it hosts Russia.France players Laurent Koscielny and Antoine Griezmann both said the match should go ahead.“No, I am not worried about our safety, the federation has put security measures in place. We are serene,” Koscielny said Tuesday at France’s training camp. “Whether it’s the French state or in Europe, everyone’s taken exceptional security measures for the games in March and at the Euro.”Koscielny hopes Friday’s match away to Netherlands and the game against Russia can help lift spirits.“We have a game to play on Friday and we have to. Life continues, even though it’s difficult given what happened in Belgium and France,” he said. “We must try to give pleasure to the fans and to those watching on television. That’s the only thing we can do.”Griezmann, whose sister escaped uninjured from the attack on the Bataclan nightclub in Paris on Nov. 13, was shaken by the attacks in Belgium.“When I found out this morning it made me think a bit about things that I’m trying to forget. All our wishes and support are with the victims and their families,” Griezmann said. “But in terms of the match, we have total faith in the security.”According to senior officials handling Euro security, explosives sweeps of all fan zones will be done when they open each day, with systematic pat downs and the possibility of metal detectors being installed at entrances. Fans carrying large bags won’t be allowed inside and the areas will be placed under video surveillance. Cazeneuve said the state will contribute up to 2 million euros ($1.1 million) for video surveillance in the fan zones.Organizers announced last month that about 10,000 people had been privately hired for security, among them 900 agents mobilized for each of the 51 matches. Tournament organizers are in charge of security within stadiums, with French authorities dealing with it outside, meaning the privately-hired security officers handling entrances and interior of fan zones will not be armed.Organizers are looking to hire more people for security but are confident they will have enough trained by June. France’s agency for job seekers has identified 10,500 people currently on unemployment lists who have the proper background and experience to work as fan zone guards.In addition to the risk of extremist-led attacks, organizers also need to deal with the high possibility of hooliganism. French authorities have been working with spotters from the qualified nations in order to identify potential hooligans. Five matches from the qualifying round are treated as high risk: England vs. Russia, Turkey vs. Croatia, England vs. Wales, Germany vs. Poland and Ukraine vs. Poland.England’s game against Russia — which has been dealing with serious hooliganism problems in recent years — will be played in Marseille, where English and Tunisian fans clashed during the 1998 World Cup.SAMUEL PETREQUIN, AP Sports Writer___Associated Press writers Angela Charlton and Jerome Pugmire contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Sterling Rescues Man City; Subs Extend Perfect United Start

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP) — Raheem Sterling came to Manchester City’s rescue with a stoppage-time winner in a frenzied finale at Bournemouth, and Manchester United overcame Leicester’s resistance to maintain its perfect English Premier League start.Marcus Rashford and Marouane Fellaini struck in the final 20 minutes to seal a 2-0 victory over Leicester on Saturday. In reeling off three successive victories, United has scored 10 goals without reply to deliver an emphatic statement of its determination to win a first title since 2013.“I’m not getting carried away,” said manager Jose Mourinho, recalling last season’s three-match opening winning streak before United tumbled to finish sixth.City has experienced a trickier start to the season. But it avoided a second draw thanks to Sterling’s intervention in the seventh minute of stoppage time to beat Bournemouth 2-1. The relief was clear in the wild celebrations deemed excessive by the referee. Having already been booked, Sterling saw red after receiving a second yellow card.There could be further recriminations. After police announced an investigation into the melee during the celebrations, City striker Sergio Aguero responded to video circulating on Twitter by posting: “About their steward, I did not hit anyone, this allegation is false, and the tv pictures prove it.”While City has collected seven points out of a possible nine, Bournemouth slumped to a third consecutive loss.Crystal Palace and West Ham are also winless. Palace was beaten by Swansea 2-0, while West Ham lost at Newcastle 3-0.Newcastle picked up its first points along with fellow newcomer Brighton, which drew with 10-man Watford 0-0. Huddersfield extended the unbeaten start to its first Premier League campaign by holding Southampton 0-0.CITY FIGHTBACKCity recovered after falling behind when Charlie Daniels spectacularly struck into the roof of the net from a tight angle. Gabriel Jesus leveled in the 21st minute but it took until Sterling’s late deflected strike for City to prevail, triggering the outpouring of exuberance.Sterling had already been booked and was shown a second yellow card.“If you cannot celebrate with the fans the best solution is not to invite the fans,” City manager Pep Guardiola said. “You can imagine how happy he is, how happy the fans are.”Some spilled onto the pitch, with two arrested. Police officers also held back Benjamin Mendy and exchanged words with Aguero.“Officers are reviewing CCTV of the pitch encroachment as part of an ongoing investigation to establish whether any other offences may have been committed,” Dorset Police said in a statement. “This investigation is in the very early stages.”SUBSTITUTES DELIVERAt Old Trafford, Leicester was proving hard for United to break down. Even when the hosts won a penalty, Romelu Lukaku’s spot kick was saved.Then the substitutes started to arrive and quickly delivered. After less than three minutes on the pitch, Rashford netted in the 70th from Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s corner.Mkhitaryan then made way for Fellaini, who was on target in the 82nd with a goal all the substitutes played a part in. Rashford sent the ball down the left flank to Jesse Lingard, who had replaced Anthony Martial, and his shot was turned in by Fellaini from close range.BENITEZ BOOSTNewcastle lost its opening matches to Tottenham and Huddersfield without scoring but managed to hit three against West Ham for its first win. Joselu, Ciaran Clark and Aleksandar Mitrovic scored to lift the gloom surrounding Rafa Benitez’s side.DE BOER DESPAIRPalace isn’t only winless at the start of Frank de Boer’s reign as manager. The south London club also hasn’t scored. Tammy Abraham and Jordan Ayew did net for Swansea at Selhurst Park as the south Wales club claimed its first win.UNBEATEN WATFORDWatford was a man short from the 24th minute against Brighton, after Miguel Britos was sent off for a studs-up tackle on Anthony Knockaert, but still prolonged its unbeaten start. It was a third red card in 20 league games for Britos.Brighton hit the woodwork twice, but a draw did enable the south-coast club to collect its first point in the topflight since 1983.___ROB HARRIS, AP Sports WriterMore AP Premier League coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/PremierLeagueTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Giannis on Greek Traditions in ESPN SportsCenter Ad (Video)

first_imgThe latest tongue-in-cheek ad for ESPN’s SportsCenter stars Giannis Antetokounmpo, flexing his comedy muscles and setting the record straight about the Greek tradition of smashing plates.SportsCenter’s Stan Verrett, Neil Everett, and Stephen A. Smith try to make Giannis feel at home with an “Opa!” and a smashed plate. With a straight face, Giannis explains “nobody actually does that in Greece.”<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>TweetPinShare102102 Shareslast_img

Philosophy and documentation

first_img Log in to Reply “We have a database that includes ALL parts (including revision info) that are in the products we build. This database is somehow linked into Mentor Graphics so when we create a schematic we use parts from the database. The resulting schematic / PCB / as “We use SVN for our software source code version control and also for some engineering documents and reports. Our manufacturing drawings and versioning is done with another document/ workflow management system from Aras called Innovator. You’re asking a antedeluvian says: October 26, 2016 at 3:10 pm antedeluvian says: “We have the same issue where I work. The way we handled it is by introducing the concept of “schematic” or “board” variants. We’re using Mentor Graphics tools that support this philosophy so I’m not sure how to implement it with other tools.nnThe id Log in to Reply When I worked for Control Data (actually a subsidiary) every schematic was given a simple identifying number that was arranged in ascending order. The same was true for mechanical drawings and printed circuit boards. Although I was employed in the documentation department, I must admit that I don’t remember how they all came together to create the minicomputer we were working on. Back in those days everything was generated by hand – the schematic was sketched and given to the drafting department and they would transpose it onto vellum (also tracing paper, although for younger readers both concepts may be as foreign as carbon paper) using standard symbols often achieving uniformity using stencils. A specialist draftsman would lay out the PCB using dot and tape and a mechanical engineer would create the packaging at a drafting table. Intra-office communication was via memos, reports, meetings, and of course individual interaction. I did a blog of my memories of how things were “How It Was: PCB Layout from Rubylith to Dot and Tape to CAD”.As computer-aided design improved, so the drawings became electronic with a paper trail but it was merely a more convenient way of implementing the status quo in documentation. As far as the PCB was concerned, the schematic was only a way of getting the netlist. The mechanical drawing needed one or two steps to convert the PCB output to a .dxf file to import into Autocad. It was easy to separate and categorise the different document outputs.The products I work on are built in stages, so there are subassemblies. We have always been troubled by this. Let’s assume we have various builds using different components. In the documentation hierarchy there is a point where there is a partial build that is a common antecedent. At what level does the schematic belong? Does it reside at the earliest level, where there are no component values assigned or is there a unique schematic at each of the top levels with showing the selected component value. To some degree the choice may be determined what the schematic is being used for: is it being used to debug the system, is it providing an overview for production, or is it being used for service.Over the years my employer’s documentation system has evolved inconsistently and haphazardly. Given that we have had several people influencing it and since they have brought their experience from other organizations, I presume elements of it will appear familiar to all of you. One overriding principle I have tried to implement is taken from the aerospace industry. There is only one given document and it cannot exist in two places since maintaining more than one is cumbersome and error prone.Figure 1. One of the slightly more complex products we make. The complete product bill of materials for A includes drawings that cover the side labels (B), the housing (C), the drawings for the front panel (D), the plug in connectors and drawings for the labelling on the connector (E & F), the subassembly (G) and not shown, the documents for the firmware to be programmed onto the micro on G. The packaging is also added. The subassembly consists of a PCB and all the components mounted on it. Where in the hierarchy do we place the schematic? (Source: Author) Every product we make has a identifying number (mostly allocated sequentially) that we call a “catalog number”. All the documents at its level (top) level in the hierarchy are made up of a letter prefix, the catalog number and a suffix of the revision. For instance the schematic (rev C) of catalog number of 330924 would be W330924C, the mechanical drawing (ref F) would be M330924F and the BOM (rev G) would be P330924G. If there is a subassembly it would be allocated its own sequential number (e.g. SB00123) and the documents that are needed for that level would be numbered according to using the same idea of a prefix-SB00123-suffix. Documents are only present where needed, and the schematic for instance would sink to the level of the common antecedent. Component values that may change across builds are marked with a symbol that denotes that the value is defined on the bill of materials. Mechanical assemblies and firmware follow the same idea. Similarly the PCB gets a sequential number and revision – no prefixes.But the CAD world has changed, and the conundrum has become more enigmatic. Packages like Altium integrate many aspects of the design. The schematic, PCB, assembly drawing, mechanical and possibly even firmware are all part of the same design environment. So much so that our draftsman insists that the PCB is the physical manifestation of the schematic and so both should always be in lockstep using the same revision. So if a component value changes, the PCB revision must change! What do you do? And on top of that, what is the number allocated to the schematic, assembly and mechanical drawings that is modified any time the PCB is changed (including possibly trivial stuff like silk-screen updates)? Where in the hierarchy do they lie – are they associated with the catalog number or the PCB number? And where do you file them so that when an engineer updates a drawing, the draftsman works from the changed drawing and not the one automatically stored as part of the PCB package? HELP!Does anyone know of a system that is modern, consistent and if possible described somewhere so that I can try to update our system? Does anyone know of a PhD philosophy student looking for thesis material? Please add your thoughts and descriptions of your experience below. Log in to Reply October 27, 2016 at 5:24 pm “@WorknhardnnThanks for the link. Although syntactically correct (as far as I can tell) it doesn’t link to the document you mention. I searched for “Configuration Management” in the “Not Found” page and it shows up as the first in the list.nnIt has Log in to Reply zdun8 says: “Elizabethnn” You really need to have support for something like this in your tools though. And it really helps to have people who really know how to use the tools…. “nnSometimes it’s nice to work for a small organization and sometimes a few more r October 26, 2016 at 12:53 am Continue Reading Previous RTOS trends and challengesNext Machine learning platform speeds optimization of vision systems antedeluvian says: “I think it’s nowadays crucial to use a version control system for PCBs. Altium has built in SVN which works quite okay (quite). And you see every change done to a particular schematic and this can be shared among the whole company/team. “ Log in to Reply worknhard9062 says: October 27, 2016 at 1:01 pm 10 thoughts on “Philosophy and documentation” “MarknnIt’s good to know that others have managed to approach and quantify this issue. It would be nice to find one of these kinds of documents in the public domain.” “There’s no question that you need a version control system. SVN and its ilk have the advantage that they only updates under controlled circumstances. However it appears to me that they require some form of network administration and in a small organizatio elizabethsimon says: Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Design Methods, Manufacturing Log in to Reply October 27, 2016 at 5:25 pm worknhard9062 says: Log in to Reply Mark.Kisasonak_#1 says: antedeluvian says: Log in to Reply October 26, 2016 at 8:59 pm October 31, 2016 at 8:08 pm Log in to Reply October 27, 2016 at 5:59 pm “On the philosophy side, I struggled with revising my company’s ECO system for some time. I went though many books. The most useful was Engineering Documentation Control Handbook: Configuration Management and Lifecycle Management. It does not give you f Log in to Reply elizabethsimon says: November 1, 2016 at 4:25 am October 26, 2016 at 1:13 pm “Schematic and PCB can and sometimes must be kept in lockstep. But for us, it became tricky. We encoded the PCB revision in the copper traces of the PCB layout. In this way one could look at a PCB assembly and know what layout revision was in play. How Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

ICC CEO Richardson to deliver 2018 MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey lecture

first_imgLondon, Jun 22 (PTI) International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executive David Richardson will deliver the 2018 Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey lecture at Lords on August 6. Former South African international Richardson, who has been the Chief Executive of the ICC since 2012, will become the second former Proteas player to give the lecture, after Barry Richards imparted the address in 2002. The MCC Spirit of Cricket Lecture, in memory of Lord Cowdrey of Tonbridge, has become a notable feature in the cricketing calendar, provoking debate and discussion on the major issues facing the game today. This years lecture will take place in the week of the Test match between India and England at Lords. The inaugural address was delivered in 2001 by Richie Benaud and since then, a number of eminent figures from the world of cricket, including Clive Lloyd, Kumar Sangakkara, Sir Ian Botham and last years lecturer Brian Lara, gave the speech. Following the speech, a question and answer session with Richardson and a selected panel, hosted by Mark Nicholas, will discuss topics arising from the lecture along with other noteworthy cricketing issues. An Honorary Life Member of MCC, Richardson played 42 Test matches for South Africa following their return from international exile, scoring 1,359 runs and effecting over 150 dismissals. He made nine fifties and one century against New Zealand in Cape Town. He also played 122 One-Day Internationals for his country, accounting for another 165 batsmen from behind the stumps. After retiring from the game in 1998, he remained involved in cricket as a business agent to several players and a commentator with SuperSport in South Africa, before being appointed as ICCs first General Manager – Cricket in 2002.advertisement A decade later, he became the world governing bodys fourth Chief Executive, succeeding Haroon Lorgat. MCC President Lord MacLaurin said: I am delighted that David has accepted the invitation to deliver this years MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey lecture. Since its inception in 2001, the event has become one of the key dates in the calendar at Lords and to have David, who holds such a central role in the game, making the address this year is entirely appropriate as we consider recent cricket events and look ahead to next years World Cup. We are fortunate to have had some of the games central figures delivering the lecture over the past 17 years and are thrilled that David will be joining the list. We look forward to hearing what I am sure will be a thought-provoking and erudite address. Richardson added: It is an honour to be asked to deliver the Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture and I would like to thank MCC for the opportunity. To follow in the footsteps of my fellow South Africans Barry Richards and Archbishop Desmond Tutu as well as other greats of the game like Sunil Gavaskar and Imran Khan is both a privilege and a responsibility. The invitation is a timely one given the current debate about the spirit of the game and, I hope I can do the memory of Colin Cowdrey proud in provoking the conversation around how we protect that spirit that is so unique to our sport long into the future. PTI SSC SSC ATKATKlast_img read more

Madan Lal on #OperationKabootarbazCricketers: It’s been happening for a long time

first_imgFormer India cricketer Madan Lal has reacted to India Today’s #OperationKabootarbazCricketers that has uncovered a scam where several state-level cricketers passed off hopeful immigrants as team members.In an unprecedented detection of an immigration fraud in first-class cricket, an India Today investigation has found several state-level players passing off hopeful migrants as team members.The probe uncovered former Ranji cricketers pulling off the scam for a high fee from dollar-dream chasers.India Today’s special investigation team found the suspected lynchpins of this ring in Jaipur.”These things have been happening since our playing days. There are a couple of guys who are blacklisted. They used to get the guys from Punjab, who wanted a visa. Nobody reported it because it was a cricket group. But everyone knows what is going on,” Madan Lal told India Today.”We have heard of several such tours where players have played in a few matches but then stayed back there. But there was no concrete proof.”This practice has been going on for a long time. A couple of these players stayed back,” he added.#OperationKabootarbazCricketers: Immigration Fraud Stumps CricketA first-class cricketer for 19 years, who captained Rajasthan in the Ranji Trophy, Mohd Aslam and his accomplice Harsh Kaushik were caught on camera, confessing to their involvement in a human smuggling racket.Aslam runs the Star Cricket Academy in Jaipur and is also the president of the district’s cricket association.India Today’s undercover reporters met him and Kaushik, a former under-19 player, at a Jaipur hotel.advertisement”You have hit fours and sixes,” Aslam told reporters inquiring about the possibility of sending small-time businessmen overseas disguised as cricketers.He readily agreed, saying cash calls the shots in this business.”It’s all about money, brother. Just keep in mind that our understanding should be such that we feel like doing our own work,” he said.Aslam delegated the fraud to Kaushik, who disclosed how he weaves fictions to execute illegal migration in the garb of cricket.”Harsh (Kaushik) looks after these tours. He takes the groups himself. I used to go myself long ago to England. I stopped going four or five years ago because of some disputes. I also got involved in cricket politics (of the Rajasthan Cricket Association),” said Aslam.”That means whether we speak to you or to him is one and the same,” the undercover reporter probed.”One and the same. You speak with brother Harsh. That will be alright,” replied the former Ranji player.When India Today’s SIT met Kaushik separately, he offered to impersonate migration clients as cricketers in an upcoming tour of South Africa.”There are two ways. One is real in which professional cricketers are taken to foreign countries to play there and come. The other is called a ‘slip’. That’s also done as part of our tours,” he explained.”You must be touring frequently for cricket. Why don’t you send our men to South Africa as part of a cricket squad?” the reporter investigated.”I have a tour next month. Many more tours are also in the pipeline. I’ll send them along,” Kaushik promised.He offered to take fake cricketers to South Africa in the first week of July.”It’s a team of 15 people but I can apply for 25. Twenty-five people can apply (for visa) as part of a cricket team,” he said.”Send four of my men to South Africa. But they don’t know how to play cricket” the reporter told Kaushik.”Everything will be done,” he answered.And they were not hollow claims.Kaushik showed India Today’s investigative team images of impostors he had sent to South Africa in a cricket team in May.”I can show you the team right away I sent to South Africa last month. They too didn’t know how to play cricket. See this,” he said, pointing toward the cell-phone photo.”How many of them are fake?” the reporter asked.”Five to six,” Kaushik replied, confessing that they went to South Africa to disappear.As a skilled forger, he gave firm guarantees for illegal migration.”We won’t charge you for the visas. You’ll come to us when your people depart because we know you. You’ll bring the money in cash in exchange for copies of visas and air tickets. You are free to verify them online or wherever,” he said.Kaushik’s charges were high — around Rs 30 lakh for each potential migrant.”It will come down to around Rs28-30 (lakh),” he said.By his own admission, Kaushik’s deception has remained undetected in multiple nations including Australia and the UK.advertisement”It’s a fact that I already have 15 people from Punjab (for the UK tour). They are all fakes,” he said.India Today’s investigative reporters also met Vinod Chanwirya, a 32-year-old former first-class player from Rajasthan and member of a Canadian league team, the Vancouver Island Shell.The meeting in New Delhi followed a tip that he was taking potential migrants abroad as cricketers.Canada might be a rank outsider in mainstream international cricket but it does have a national organization governing the sport since 1892.Canadians also participated in the ICC World Cup hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in 2011.Chanwirya revealed how he’d have bogus cricketers authenticated by a Pakistani promoter of a Canadian league before they apply for visas as part of a team.”I quoted Rs 5-6 lakh. I said even if it’s Rs 25 lakh (they want to spend) but with Punjab mentioned on the passport visas are not issued,” he said.That was his way of negotiating a fee to take a group of Punjabi businessmen to Canada impersonating as players.”I have been going there for four to five years now to play,” Chanwirya said, identifying his Canada-based Pakistani promoter as Javed Bhai.”I’ll send the (copies of ) passports to them (Javed Bhai). Only then would letters (of invitation) be issued,” he continued. “That will be a secured file. No one else would have access to it.””How will you take them? As part of that cricket league, right?” the reporter asked.”Yes, we will fit them in somehow,” Chanwirya said, confirming fake players would be moved to Canada as participants in a cricket league.Chanwirya now gave his fee structure.”I said Rs 25-30 lakh (per person). People are paying that much,” he said.”And what about people going there for six months to work illegally and then come back within the visa period?” the reporter asked.”Rs 5 lakh,” Chanwirya replied. “We’ll show you as a team manager or whatever (on paper), forget the real purpose.”last_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar salutes golden girl Hima Das: Start of a new era

first_imgSachin Tendulkar on Friday paid tribute to Hima Das after she clinched India’s first ever gold medal in track event in the history of the IAAF’s Under-20 athletics event.The 18-year-old won the historic gold on Thursday in the women’s 400 metre event after she clocked 51.46 seconds to finish ahead of Andrea Miklos of Romania and Taylor Manson of the United States to win the race.Tendulkar took to twitter to congratulate Hima on her success. The cricket legend wrote: “Your 51.46 sec dash and years of hard work has paid off, #HimaDas. Many congratulations on winning Gold at the World U20 athletics championship. This is just the beginning of a new era. Many more to come. Keep up the hard work! #GoldenGirl #DreamsComeTrue”Your 51.46 sec dash and years of hard work has paid off, #HimaDas. Many congratulations on winning Gold at the World U20 athletics championship. This is just the beginning of a new era. Many more to come. Keep up the hard work! #GoldenGirl #DreamsComeTrue pic.twitter.com/tL6tqq2hKISachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 13, 2018Meanwhile, India football captain Sunil Chhetri described Hima’s win as a massive boost for the nation.The biggest positive to come out of what Hima Das has achieved isn’t the medal, it’s the hope that India can. Take a bow, champion!Sunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) July 13, 2018The historic medal also helped Hima to top the Twitter trends in India. #HimaDas garnered nearly 36000 tweets recorded by 01.15 PM IST on Friday.Tributes also poured in from all quarters praising Hima’s success.advertisementCongratulations #HimaDas for bringing the first world event gold in track event at the World U-20 Championships! pic.twitter.com/MmmxOrIFRNManika Batra (@manikabatra_TT) July 13, 2018Once again Indias daughter #HimaDas creates history by winning Gold in 400m of World U20 Championship. Many congratulations to her on this great win, you have made the entire nation proud. pic.twitter.com/p3E9OP8E86Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) July 13, 2018Congratulations #HimaDas on winning the first ever track gold in a World Championship!What a feat. #India is proud of you! #WomenRising pic.twitter.com/UfR1Nmq4I7Vasundhara Raje (@VasundharaBJP) July 13, 2018Congratulations, dear Hima. Youve made India proud. You are a shining inspiration for our champions in the making. #HimaDas pic.twitter.com/yKK5DMGfUNKirron Kher (@KirronKherBJP) July 13, 2018Heartiest congratulations to #Himadas for such an incredible performance at the World Championships. #indiaproudP.T. Usha (@PTUshaOfficial) July 13, 2018With the historic medal, she joined the illustrious company of star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra. The javelin thrower won a gold in Poland in the last edition in 2016 in a world record effort.Hima Das reacts after historic 400m gold: Thank you for the support, IndiaThe 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).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.Hima Das: Love for speed helps Assam teenager defy the odds on the tracksSince 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

Muskan, Shivam lift U-15 trophies at PNB METLIFE badminton event

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 21 (PTI) Shivam Mehta and Muskan Sangwan clinched the under-15 boy’s and girls singles titles respectively as the Delhi leg of Season 4 of PNB MetLife junior badminton championship concluded at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex here today. In the boys singles U-15 category, Shivam defeated Dev Maheshwari 22-20 13-21 21-19, while Muskan beat Mansa Rawat 21-17, 21-19 in girls singles U-15 category. The winners were felicitated by the Chief Guest, Shrikant Bakshi, former international badminton player and Thomas Cup player. The Grand Finale of this years championship is scheduled from August 9 in New Delhi. PTI ATKATKlast_img

Chelsea, Tottenham look to begin Premier League 2018-19 campaign on a high

first_imgChelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have had distinct transfer windows in the build-up to the new season, but all that will count for nothing when they take the field in their respective Premier League openers.Chelsea travel to Huddersfield whereas Spurs play Newcastle United away as both teams look to get their campaign started on the right track.The departures of key starters for Chelsea has rocked new boss Maurizio Sarri’s reign at Stamford Bridge. Thibaut Courtois gleefully traded the ‘blues’ of London for the stage lights at the Santiago Bernabeu, whereas the world-record replacement in Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao poses more questions than answers.Jorginho’s arrival from Napoli helps the Chelsea mid-field, but the loan deal of Real Madrid’s Mateo Kovacic is sure to be the one to watch out for, even though only for a season.It’s a day to dress to impress #PL #Matchday pic.twitter.com/YbHDyZgwznPremier League (@premierleague) August 11, 2018Sarri, on the back of defining season as manager with Napoli in Italy, is confident of good start in a “difficult game against Huddersfield.””We are looking forward to the season starting now, with a difficult game against Huddersfield,” Sarri said.”For sure, in this moment, we are not at the top of our potential. We had an unusual pre-season, because I came in a little later in the pre-season. So we are not there yet but I hope we will be at the top of our potential in one month or so, but I don’t know.advertisement”I hope the second part of the season for us will be very good with a lot of points. I expect in the first part of the season, we may have to take a bit of time getting up to our full potential,” Sarri said. There are no such worries for Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino though. Limited transfer activity (one in and zero outs) means the Spurs squad is well accustomed to the Premier League as well as each other.The Argentine appeared at the end of last season to call on the club’s owners to make some signings after Spurs finished in the Premier League top three for the third consecutive season.”It’s difficult to understand for people that Tottenham didn’t sign or sell a player, but sometimes in football you need to behave differently and we’re happy with our squad,” Pochettino said.”If we cannot improve our squad it’s better to keep it together. When it’s not possible it’s not possible and you have to move on and believe in the way we work and be competitive.”It’s not about adding because it’s fashionable. I have no doubt we are going to be competitive, with or without signings.”Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez on the other hand has recruited seven new players – including five on a permanent basis – over the summer, and with the bulk of last year’s squad still in place.But Benitez that the Magpies are capable of establishing themselves as a competitive Premier League outfit once more.”We have to do exactly what we did last year – the fans, the commitment of these players, the togetherness, the work-rate – everything that we did right, we have to do now,” Benitez said. Everton face Wolves challenge Everton, who have lost just one of their eight Premier League encounters with Wolves, travel to the newly promoted side. Incidentally Everton also have not lost their first game of the season since August 2011.The clubs have not met since 2012 and the ‘Midlanders’ have undergone major surgery since boss Nuno Espirito Santos was appointed last summer, and Everton defender Seamus Coleman insisted that his side must be “quick out of the blocks” to get the better of their hosts.Wolves will be making their return to the big leagues on the back of winning the Championship thanks to Chinese riches and Portuguese help.They have been busy in the transfer window as well, with Belgium midfielder Leander Dendoncker becoming the sixth following Adama Traore, Rui Patricio, Jonny Castro Otto, Joao Moutinho and Raul Jimenez to walk through the doors at Molineux.| IT’S MATCHDAY!Are you ready, #watfordfc fans pic.twitter.com/XlRSyJweCaWatford Football Club (@WatfordFC) August 11, 2018″We know what Molineux can give us and we have to give back,” said Nuno. “From minute one to minute 95, the support must be there because it helps the boys.”Starting the competition tomorrow, they’re going to be very important for us because of the home factor,” Nuno said on the eve of the match.advertisementBournemouth face Cardiff City in the Premier League for the first time in their histories, whereas another newly promoted side Fulham host Crystal Palace. Watford host Brighton & Hove Albion in the other match of the day.last_img read more

Ultimate leisure guide

first_imgFrom France, with LoveOlivier Claire at The RoseateCelebrated French vegan beauty brand, Olivier Claire is finally in India and we can’t stop gushing about the fact that it’s exclusively available in Delhi at Aheli Spa, The Roseate. Known for its high-performance luxury products made using 100 per cent pure and,From France, with Love Olivier Claire at The RoseateCelebrated French vegan beauty brand, Olivier Claire is finally in India and we can’t stop gushing about the fact that it’s exclusively available in Delhi at Aheli Spa, The Roseate. Known for its high-performance luxury products made using 100 per cent pure and natural in gredients, this one is for all lovers of premium anti-ageing vegan beauty solutions. Brought to the country by co-directors Olivier Claire India, Dr Mh Abbo, formal worldwide director at Pierre Fabre Laboratory, and Chandani Kathu ria, gold medalist ESC, Grande Ecole, France, the luxury cosmetic brand offers skin care based on the concept of native cells. The high concentration of active ingredients result in exceptional skin rejuvena tion. We suggest you book a session of the Majeur de Beauté treatment by Olivier Claire to reap maximum benefits. The session begins with skin consultation with the resident expert, followed by a 90-minute indulgent beauty treatment based on your skin’s need. This rejuvenating therapy aims to deeply oxygenate, regenerate and re-plump dehydrated and dull skin. It’s no wonder then that one can see a spectacular difference in one’s skin texture the minute it’s over, and the effect lasts for days to come. “We firmly believ that beauty treatments need not be result-oriented only but also shoul be an experience, which is what we have curated at the Aheli Spa in th Roseate Hotels and resorts,” says Kathuria.My Go-to Product “The Olivier Claire’s High Concentration Complete Serum is an intensive serum which prepares your skin to achieve the maximum effect of your day and night cream. It’s made with native cells and plant extracts, and is super-absorbing. Its remarkable smoothing properties make it one of my favourite Olivier Claire product,” says Kathuria.advertisementAt Aheli Spa, The Roseate, National Highway 8, D Block, SamalkaTel 4151 0707Price Rs 10,000 plus taxes(By Mohini Mehrotra and Rewati Rau) Monika and Gatik Bhandari. Photo: Yasir IqbalRise of Sustainability The Burnt SoulMonika and Gatik Bhandari. Photo: Yasir IqbalAbout three years ago, like a phoenix rising from the ashes of its past life, Monisha Bhandari, 25, and Gatik Bhandari, 29, created The Burnt Soul from the remnants of a workshop fire. Since then, the business has grown and has taken sustainable and ethically produced fashion to a different level. The Burnt Soul’s upbeat bags and animated dresses are a far cry away from the muted and dull products generally associated with the words environmental-friendly. Using sustainable materials such as cotton and linen, each product, down to its buttons and tassels, is handcrafted and hand printed in their workshop.From Memories Come Stories Within each collection is an expertly woven story. Every product, whether it is a bag, kurta or tablemat, expresses a certain image or an idea, a memory handpicked by the designer. The Burnt Soul’s Voyage collection is perhaps the best example of this. Each bag, with its vivid blue shading and ikat print, conveys a vibrant image of the blue city, Jodhpur. Similarly, the Aunt Janett collection, with its warm colours and loose, flowing designs, tells a tale of tea parties, grassy picnics and sunny days.Going Forward At the moment, The Burnt Soul is operating entirely as an e-commerce brand. However, the duo are planning on bringing their soulful creations to their first store in Delhi, in order to give their customers a more tangible shopping experience. They also plan on expanding their product range to include home furnishings and furniture.Price range Rs 300 to Rs 8,000Website theburntsoul.com(By Tamanna Bhasin) Smriti Sain, owner, Chiaroscuro. Photo: Chandradeep KumarArtisan Bags ChiaroscuroChiaroscuro is an Italian term referring to the balance of light and shadow in an artwork, and Smriti Sain, 33, adds her unique touch to this term through her leather bag brand. However, instead of light and shadow, Sain seeks to find harmony between the contrasting spirits of Indian tradition and modern fashion. By marrying traditional Indian leather-craft with functionality and simplistic design, Sain creates bags that have the potential to become lifelong companions, ageing beautifully day by day.A Collaborative Experience In this age of mass production and impersonal shopping, Chiaroscuro, with its made-to-order bags and deviation from assembly line production, is a refreshing change. When a Chiaroscuro bag is bought, the customer immediately becomes part of a community, a warm environment within which one can directly engage with the process of creation. From allowing customisation through personalised monograms and small alterations to introducing the customer to the bag’s artisan and providing after-sales servicing, Chiaroscuro aims to be more accessible to its buyers.advertisementSustainable Fashion Each Chiaroscuro bag is made using leather sourced from stock and sample lots, where previously tanned leather lies rejected and unused. Every hide used by the brand had previously been discarded due to imperfections, such as uneven skin colour, small scarring and shade variations. But unlike other leather brands, Chiaroscuro chooses to embrace these flaws, with the belief that the natural qualities of leather make the bags more appealing. Furthermore, most of the leather qualities they choose are tanned using vegetable tannins and dyes. The thoughtful process also allows the production to be more environmentally responsible.Price range Rs 450 to Rs 12,850Website chiaroscuro.in(By Tamanna Bhasin) Vishwani Marwah (left) and Tanya Bhardwaj, brand culture managers, Olive, with managing director AD Singh. Photo: Rajwant RawatFood for the Soul The Grammar RoomWith everyone trying really hard to differentiate one from another in a crowd of restaurants, cafes and eateries, The Grammar Room manages to stand out effortlessly. There is nothing about the cozy 30-seater restaurant in the chic Mehrauli area which screams ‘predictable’. The food is the hero here though a spectacular view that transports you away from the smog-laden capital is a significant draw as well. The intimate space has plenty of whites and blues, and patterned tiles, all of which come together to make it intensely Instagrammable. The menu looks carefully curated and is fashionably brief, yet each dish is meant to amaze your tastebuds in a melange of new flavours. The food looks as good as it tastes, with the colours popping boldly against the slate grey serving platters. The vegetarian options are not an after-thought and incorporate much more exciting ingredients than the ever-present cottage cheese. “Most of the produce is sourced locally and prepared fresh,” says chef Sahil.We Recommend Infused G&Ts, elderflower, just a millet, shroom melt, TGR egg fried rice, tuna and mango tiradito, curry up bowl, GR pancake, cookie and milk.At One Style Mile, MehrauliMeal for two Rs 1,600 (without alcohol)(By Jahnavi Chakravarty) Nukkad Cafe.Bright Flavours Nukkad CafeThere are restaurants and then there are all-weather-all-mood restaurants and Nukkad Cafe and Bar is one of them. The brainchild of Kanishk Tuteja of Bunta Bar fame, this cafe has become one of the most loved spaces in SDA Market. There’s just something so warm about entering this space where street food meets modern comforts. Even when the weather conditions make it impossible to enjoy the alfresco seating, the distinct village feel with lanterns, exposed brick walls and long wooden tables might just temp you to coome by for a bit, with mist-fans of course. To keep you company are the lovely cocktails including the nukkad watermelon or the madira banta along with masala peanuts and papad. And when the airconditioned comfort beckons, the indoor space too is vibrant enough to keep you hooked.Don’t miss the funky wall art while you wait for your order. Speaking of which, this place pretty much leaves you spoilt for choice with the selection of momos, cutlets, home-style sandwiches, mezze platter and more. You can also get your street food feels with bread pakora, tawa aloo and soya chaap. And to make sure you don’t miss home food, there are four varieties of Maggi on the menu-butter, tadka veg, peri peri chicken and butter chicken. Not to Miss A live singing performance in the alfresco area with dim yellow lights make it a romatic place.advertisementMeal for two Rs 1,200 for twoAt C-23-24, SDA Market The inviting interiors at The Drunken Botanist.Earthy Twist The Drunken BotanistDining out should be a complete sensory experience. Giving new life to this thought is The Drunken Botanist at DLF Cyber Hub. For it’s not every day that you enter a restaurant in the city and find yourself engulfed in a green heaven that makes you feel like you’re on a picnic in the midst of a lush forest. Inspired by Amy Stewart’s book The Drunken Botanist, this new restaurant by Manish Sharma of Molecule fame ticks all the right boxes when it comes to a sensational modern-day dining experience. The interiors are stunning-with overhead hanging plants, creepers and walls painted with flowers, and a recurrent brown and green theme that gives it an earthy greenhouse effect. However, the interiors are not the only wow factor. While the extensive food menu may seem confusing and overwhelming at first, what with a host of street foods from across the world-from Asian and North Indian to Continental and Italian-we promise you will go back a super happy foodie. The bar menu boasts some innovative concoctions besides regular favourites. Daring drinkers can take their pick from the special cocktails that come with a ‘botanist twist’, such as the Mysore colada and curry lovers club.Highlights The Japanese salmon pizza from the Chef Special section-a cold thin-crust pizza that comes studded with salmon roe, fresh salmon, truffle mayo and micro greens-is a thing of beauty and a joy for the palate, and deserves special mention for its ingenuity and originality of flavours. The prawn curry dumplings is another scrumptious must-try here.At Unit 1B & 1C, Upper Ground Floor-C, Building 10C, Cyber Hub, DLF Cyber CityMeal for two Rs 1,500 for two (approx) India on your Plate Bombay BrasserieThere are anoverwhelming number of restaurants dishing out what passes as ‘modern Indian’ cuisine today, so there is a growing sense of fatigue as you hear of another launch that focuses on Indian food from across the country. How does a new space differentiate itself from the flock? Some, like Bombay Brasserie go local and use the Indian-origin ingredients card to great effect to separate themselves from the back.As the restaurant makes its way to Delhi (this is its 8th outlet in the country), the DNA of the brand remains uncompromised and most dishes use ingredients that are specific to certain parts of India and not so frequently used. For example, the thecha prawn is a Maharashtrian speciality and the prawns are coated in a thick peanut, chillies and coconut paste that helps temper the fiery appetiser. Similarly, the aam papad paneer is rooted in Amritsar as you get the best aam papad there. The dish is sour and tart and the leather texture of the aam papad contrasts well with the creaminess of the paneer. Other small plates worth nibbling on include the tilkut masala flat rotis which are essentially tempered in tomato peanut chutney and served with spiced eggplant on a flat bread with a ‘Tilkut’ masala sprinkle popular in Sangli, Maharashtra. The source of the key ingredient in every dish is mentioned alongside the dish name on the menu.Small is Wise Dive into the mains only if you are really hungry as the small plates are actually good enough for two and much more inventive than the rest of the menu. You can also buy stuff from their ingredient bar which is currently made up of four unique items that have been sourced and selected for you. Choose from cassava flour, coconut sugar, beetroot powder and Himalayan pink salt. These products are 100 per cent natural and handpicked straight from the source. End your meal with the Amritsari kulfa and chase your entire meal with one of the India-inspired cocktails or fun pawhas or quarter drinks. With interiors that are easy on the eye (the space is done up in citrus and blue shades) and service to boot, Bombay Brasserie gives forgotten Indian ingredients a new, contemporary lease of life.At H 66- 68, Outer Circle, First Floor, Connaught PlaceTel: 011-40030500Meal for two Rs 1900 plus taxes A Spicy Salud Rodeo Cantina and KitchenRodea, the pioneer ofTex-Mex cuisine in Delhi, has recently opened doors of its reinvented version, Rodeo Cantina and Kitchen. With fairy lights strung across the ceiling and minimalist whitewashed walls, the new space has a more contemporary vibe in keeping with the much favoured casual dining culture. The drinks revolve around the staple Mexican flavours like bell peppers and Tabasco and are typically a mix of spicy-sweet. The signature cocktails, mostly tequila based, are fun and experimental. The acapulco spice is a must-try for its delicious kick. The spiced pumpkin seeds that accompany the drinks make for a nice change as a bar snack. The guacamole, an essential part of authentic Mexican cuisine, is flavourful and reasonably fresh, although one should try it with the chicharron de queso (a Mexican street snack) rather than the traditional nachos. The menu comprises the usual tacos, fajitas and burritos with a variety of fillings to choose from.Top of the List The citrus-packed caipirinha, acapulco spice, kaffir lime and watermelon margarita, chicharron de queso, chicken tinga tostada, baja fish torta, vanilla tres leches cake and churros with chocolate.At A-12, Inner Circle, Connaught Place, New DelhiPrice for two Rs 1,800 for two(By Jahnavi Chakravarty) High on Design AloftThe most recent spurton the strip of hotels in Aerocity is Aloft-Marriott International’s sixth branded hotel in the country and Delhi’s first-that bares its credentials as ‘different by design’. The moment you step inside, you can tell why Mariott’s attempt to mould the brand in the likeness of a boutique version of a ‘W’ is a valiant one. The look, feel and vibe is fresh, starting with the lobby that is a welcome relief from the pretentious grandeur of most city hotels. The nostalgic and the neophyte will find plenty to be pleased about whether it’s the food, decor or hospitality. Brightly upholstered furniture and reception desk gloriously look out into an open courtyard with sun umbrellas and tangled green-the perfect venue for hot coffee and death by chocolate in the winter sun or masala chai and keema matar samosas in the monsoon. The far end of the lobby spares space for a quaint, ready-to-drive Morris eight, a 1939 model car; the other artworks are bright, colourful and use fresh insights of local artists and styles rather than the masters. Nook, their all-day dining restaurant follows the dictat of Mariott International’s buffet regulars but it’s with their a la carte that they score big. Try their super crisp dal and aloo kachoris for breakfast if you aren’t a calorie counter or the pesarattu and vegetable stew that is creamy, splendidly spiced and perfect for rainy mornings. For mains, the sous vide lobster with garlic mash and burnt onion petals simply hums on the tongue. End on a sweet note with a mango yogurt popsicle with a mousse centre, yogurt jelly and mango caviar. All in all, it’s the perfect weekend getaway for the young-especially couples short on time with children who have shorter attention spans.Price Rs 8,499 plus taxes per room, per nightAt Street Number 5B, Aerocity, Mahipalpur Village(By Chumki Bharadwaj) Soap Football at DLF Place Saket. Photo: Yasir IqbalKick and Slip Soap FootballWho says only children can have fun? Those in their 20s and 30s too deserve a break to unwind after a week of hard work, and a ‘drinks-and-meal’ outing in the mall may not always be the answer. That is why you need to head to DLF Place Saket, which now boasts of the city’s first Soap Football arena. Founded by Chennai-based twins Arshad and Ahmad Noor, this concept was inspired by its counterpart in Dubai. “We loved the idea of soap football and thought that we needed one back home,” says Arshad, who set up the first soap football arena in Chennai two years ago and eventually opened one in Delhi in March this year.Adrenaline Rush Football on a massive, heavily cushioned floor with diluted soap water is what this game is about. There are goal posts at each end which are protected with inflated tube walls. While it is slippery, one is provided with a helmet, knee pads and wrist band to ensure one enjoys the game safely.No Rules The best part is it doesn’t matter if you’re not a sports enthusiast or have no love for football, for this game has no rules, no fouls and is all about just having fun.Price Rs 2,600 for one hour during weekdays for 10 playersAt DLF Place, 2nd Floor, District Centre, Sector 6, Saketlast_img read more

Asian Games 2018: Anish Bhanwala fails to recreate CWG 2018 magic

first_imgAnish Bhanwala, the 15-year-old Commonwealth Games 2018 gold medallist, was found wanting in Palembang at the Asian Games 2018 when he bowed out of the event without a medal to his name on Saturday.Bhanwala put up a below-par performance as he failed to make it to the finals of the event, failing to live up to the expectations he went to Indonesia with.CWG 2018 had given India two star shooters in Bhanwala and Manu Bhaker and both struggled to get going at the Asian Games. While Bhaker failed in all her three events, losing in finals in two and failing to qualify for the finals in one, Bhanwala had just one event and he could not get into the finals there.Bhanwala had produced a fine performance in the qualification on Friday but on the second day, he could not reproduce that performance and finished ninth overall with a score of 576. Another Indian in the fray, Shivam Shukla, suffered a washout and ended 11th with 569.ASIAN GAMES 2018 DAY 7 LIVE UPDATESThe top six qualified for the finals where China’s Zhaonan Yao won the gold with a Games Record score of 34. Silver also went to China with Junmin Lin shooting 33 and bronze went to South Korea’s Kim Junhong, who shot 29.Bhanwala, who is from Karnal, was in third spot after the qualification yesterday.The competition has been a mixed bag for India’s promising teenagers. Saurabh Chaudhary, 16, and Shardul Vihan, 15, brought laurels to the country with their sensational performances, winning gold and silver respectively. And then there was Bhaker and Bhanwala.advertisement”I was under pressure yesterday but not today. I just shot badly. It can happen sometimes. I am disappointed but need to move on,” Bhanwala told PTI looking ahead with the World Championships beginning in Changwon on August 31.”There were expectations but like I said, in shooting it is all about how you perform on the day. I could not do it today and I will try to do better at the Worlds,” added the teenager, who took the failure sportingly.India has so far won nine shooting medals at the Games, including two pistol gold medals from Chaudhary and Rahi Sarnobat.The men’s and women’s skeet qualification were also held today. Ganemot Sekhon and Rashmi Rathore were in ninth and 10th place respectively.In men’s skeet, Sheeraz Sheikh and Angad Vir Singh Bajwa were placed 10th and 13th after day one.Another qualification session and the finals will be held tomorrow, the final day of the competition.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Mi TV 4C Pro at Rs 14,999, Mi Band 3 at Rs 1,999 and everything else that Xiaomi launched today

first_imgXiaomi has launched the successor to the Mi Band 2 aka the Mi Band 3 on Thursday at the company’s Smart Living event held in Bengaluru, India. At the event, Xiaomi has launched a total of 7 products to build a smarter home. The product lineup includes — three new Mi TVs — Mi TV 4 Pro 55-inch, Mi LED TV 4A Pro 49-inch and Mi TV 4C Pro 32-inch — Mi Band 3, Mi Air purifier 2S, Mi Luggage, and lastly, the Mi Home security camera 360-degree.The new generation of Mi TVs are smarter than before and on popular demand now comes with Amazon Prime Video support. All the Mi TVs also come with YouTube and Google Play Store support. Let’s take a closer look at all the smart home products that Xiaomi has launched in India today.Mi TV 4 Pro 55-inch, Mi LED TV 4A Pro 49-inch and Mi TV 4C Pro 32-inchThe Mi TV 4 Pro 55-inch is the most expensive of the three new Mi TVs launched today, followed by Mi LED TV 4A Pro 49-inch and Mi TV 4C Pro 32-inch. The Mi TV 4 Pro 55-inch has been launched in India for Rs 49,999 and will go on sale on October 10 via Mi.com and Flipkart. The Mi LED TV 4A Pro 49-inch and Mi TV 4C Pro 32-inch come with a price tag of Rs 29,999 and Rs 14,999 and will go on sale in India on October 9 at 9PM on Mi.com and Amazon India store. Xiaomi has revealed that these are introductory prices and are subject to change post the festive season, which is after Diwali.advertisementComing to the offerings of the new generation Mi TVs, all of them come with an improved and enhanced version of Mi TV PatchWall. The new PatchWall makes the Mi TVs much smarter compared to the previous generation Mi TVs. The software inside the new Mi TVs is based on Android 8 with built-in Chromecast which makes it easy for users to connect their phones to the Mi TVs. The newly updated PatchWall is built on top Android TV which brings YouTube and Google Play Store support to the TVs. All the three Mi TVs come integrated with Google Voice search on Mi TV PatchWall. As for the hardware inside, all the three Mi TVs come with 7th Gen flagship Amlogic 64 bit Quad core processor paired with ARM Mali 450 GPU, up to 750MHz. The new Mi TV 4 Pro, Mi TV 4A Pro and Mi TV 4C Pro come bundled with 3 HDMI ports, 2 USB ports, and a headphone jack too.All the three Mi TVs come packed with Mi TV remote that has also been improved and unlike before, it now features 12 buttons with a dedicated 360-degree Google Voice button. To watch YouTube videos to download an app from Google Play store the Mi TV user will just need to give a voice command and the work will be done.For the new Mi TVs, Xiaomi has partnered with up to 15 top streaming services to provide more and better content than before. All the three Mi TVs come with Amazon Prime Video support which the previous generation Mi TVs didn’t have.Mi Band 3Xiaomi has launched the follow up of the Mi Band 2 aka the Mi Band 3 for a price of Rs 1,999. The Mi Band 3 will go on sale in India at 12 noon on September 28 via Mi.com and Amazon India store. The Mi Band 3 will also be available across Mi Home and other offline partners very soon, Xiaomi has confirmed. The Mi Band 3 is much smarter than the Mi Band 2.It comes with a bigger screen and better features. The Mi Band 3 sports a 0.78 OLED touchscreen display and has a 2.5D curved design. The new Mi Band comes with the ability to receive and read notifications, which wasn’t there in the Mi Band 2 – it could only receive notifications. The Mi Band, just like Mi Band 2 comes with a hypoallergenic durable silicone strap and weighs 20 grams which makes it light enough for the users to wear it for the entire day. The Mi Band 3 comes in three colours — orange, blue and black. Xiaomi says that the Mi Band 3 comes with 3-day long weather forecast feature, and comes with a unique 2.5D curved design. It also packs a touch button that allows users to decline calls when they’re busy. The USP of the Mi Band 3 is that it comes with water-resistant up to 50m.Xiaomi claims that the users can wear the Mi Band 3 and go swimming. The Mi Band 3 comes with a lot of new offerings like stopwatch feature, find your phone feature, alarm, periodic heart rate timer, among others things. The Mi Band 3 comes with a 110mAh battery which Xiaomi says is 60 per cent larger than the Mi Band 2 battery. The smart Band offers up to 20 days battery life, which Xiaomi says is also one of the USPs of the fitness band. The Mi Band 3 also allows users to measure heart rate, speed tracking, track sleep patterns and all of it can be done via Mi fit app.advertisementMi Air Purifier 2SXiaomi has launched an Air Purifier called the Mi Air Purifier 2S for Rs 8,999. The Air purifier will be available in India starting tomorrow, September 28 at 12 noon on Mi.com, Flipkart and Amazon.in. The USP of the Mi Air Purifier 2S comes integrated with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, meaning users can control the Purifier with voice commands. The Air Purifier 2S comes with an ultra-clear OLED digital display which will offer real-time air quality, temperature, humidity, and Wi-Fi connection to the users. Xiaomi claims that the OLED display of the Mi Air Purifier 2S understands the surroundings better and automatically adjusts brightness depending on the surrounding light. The Mi Air Purifier 2S comes with the high precision laser sensor and 360-degree triple-layer filter which removes fine PM2.5 and other micron sized particles like harmful bacteria and formaldehyde effectively from the surroundings. The Air purifier can be controlled from anywhere using the Mi Home app.Mi LuggageXiaomi has launched Mi Luggage in two sizes – the cheaper one in 20-inch and expensive one in 24-inch for Rs 2,999 and Rs 4,299 respectively. The Mi Luggage will be available in India starting October 10 at 12noon on Mi.com, Amazon India, and Flipkart. The Mi Luggage is built of scratch-resistant Bayer Makrolon polycarbonate and also comes with 360-degree rotation wheels which are easy and smooth to carry everywhere. The Mi Luggage 20 inch is available in three colours including — Red, Grey, and Blue, while the 24-inch luggage comes in two colours — Grey and Blue.ALSO READ: Xiaomi launches 3 smart Mi TVs with Android and YouTube inside, price starts at Rs 14,999Mi Home security camera 360-degreeLastly, Xiaomi has launched Mi Home security camera 360-degree in India for Rs 2,699. The security camera will go on sale in India on Oct 10 via Mi.com, Amazon India, and Flipkart. It will soon be available across Mi Home and other offline partner stores, Xiaomi has confirmed. The new Mi Home security camera 360-degree comes with AI motion detection which helps the camera move in all directions and records up to 10-sec videos automatically when movements are detected. The security camera will help users keep a track of what happens in their homes in their absence. Not just in daylight, the Mi Home security camera also comes with night time recording, meaning it can record videos in pitch dark room, thanks to the 10 infrared illuminators packed inside it. The camera can be controlled via Mi Home app.advertisementlast_img read more

Great to see films on women sports stars: Richa Chadha

first_imgMumbai, Oct 16 (IANS) Actress Richa Chadha, who will essay a kabaddi player with Kangana Ranaut in Ashwini Iyer Tiwari’s “Panga”, finds it great that a number of movies are being written about women sports stars.Richa has begun prepping for the movie, which will be one of the most physically challenging roles she has played in her Bollywood career. The film, also starring Pankaj Tripathi, will be about women kabaddi players and the trials they face. “It’s great to see such a great number of films like ‘Panga’ being written on female sport athletes. Its important to have representation and such diversity being shown on-screen. To show such stories helps create awareness both for the amazing women we have in the sports arena who are doing so well internationally and it also helps increase the popularity for the sport,” Richa said in a statement.”It’s great to see filmmakers like Ashwini Iyer Tiwari who are etching such roles for women that shows them as a figure of strength and vigour,” she added.Omung Kumar’s “Mary Kom” on boxer M.C. Mary Kom brought the spotlight on women sportspersons, and now films are being made on icons like Saina Nehwal and Sania Mirza. –IANSrb/bglast_img read more

Denmark Open: Kidambi Srikanth beats Lin Dan to reach quarter-finals

first_imgWorld No.8 Kidambi Srikanth came from behind to beat Lin Dan to reach the quarter-finals of the Denmark Open on Thursday.Srikanth took 1 hour and 3 minutes to register a thrilling win over world No.12 Lin Dan 18-21, 21-17, 21-16.This was their first meeting since the 2016 Rio Olympics quarter-final clash, where the Indian suffered a close defeat.Srikanth looked much calmer and wiser in his sensational victory over the Chinese superstar.King Kidambi tames Super Dan!One game down & then a brilliant come back by @srikidambi ensured #LinDan crashes out of #DenmarkOpenSuper750 Defending champion,Srikanth won the match 18-21;21-17; 21-16 to secure a QF berth & 2nd career win against the mighty Dan. #IndiaontheRise pic.twitter.com/hASePHe89hBAI Media (@BAI_Media) October 18, 2018Earlier, Sameer Verma pulled off a massive victory against Asian Games gold medallist Jonatan Christie of Indonesia to reach the quarter-finals in Odense.World No.23 Sameer took an hour and 10 minutes to upstage world No.13 Christie 23-21, 6-21, 22-20 in the last 16.This was Sameer’s second victory over Christie in as many meetings. The two last met in Vietnam Open 2015.Yet another powerpacked performance from Sameer Verma!India’s @sameerv2210 continues to dazzle at the #DenmarkOpenBadminton;defeats World No 13 @jonatan979 23-21; 6-21; 22-20 to reach the quarter finals. More power to you youngman! pic.twitter.com/rABs3NIlYfBAI Media (@BAI_Media) October 18, 2018Sameer and Christie remained neck-and-neck in the first game judging each other and playing each other all over the court.Sameer saved a game point and needed two himself to take the first game 23-21.advertisementHowever, Christie completely outplayed Sameer in the second game — a game where Sameer could win just two consecutive points.Christie forced the match into the decider with utmost ease but Sameer turned up once more in the final game.Sameer put up a much better show in the final game and even though Christie saved three match points, Sameer managed to take the match in his fourth opportunity and entered the quarter-finals.SAINA AND ASHWINI-SIKKI ALSO ADVANCESaina Nehwal advanced to the quarter-finals with a brilliant 21-15, 21-17 victory over world No.2 Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in just 36 minutes.Great to b on the winning side against the world number 2 from japan #AkaneYamaguchi 21-15 and 21-17 ….#DenmarkOpen2018 pic.twitter.com/8Pwp5KFhQiSaina Nehwal (@NSaina) October 18, 2018This was only the second victory for Saina over Yamaguchi in eight meetings. Saina had lost to the Japanese the last six times these two faced each other, the last one being a straight games loss in Malaysia Open this year.In the women’s doubles, Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy inflicted a massive upset in the tournament as they beat seventh seed Lee So Hee and Shin Seung Chan of South Korea 18-21, 22-20, 21-18 to advance to the quarter-finals.. @P9Ashwini / @sikkireddy in QF of #DenmarkOpenBadmintonGutsy fight back by the Indian doubles duo of Aishwini and Sikki; defeated 7th seed Korean doubles pair, Lee So Hee/Shin Seung Chan 18-21; 22-10; 21-18 to reach the quarters. Way to go girls! #IndiaontheRise #badminton pic.twitter.com/RUJHIZvbncBAI Media (@BAI_Media) October 18, 2018Ashwini and Sikki put all their might in the second and third games to notch up a come-from-behind victory against the South Koreans.last_img read more

ISL: Nikola Krcmarevic goal earns Kerala Blasters a point vs FC Pune City

first_imgKerala Blasters drew their fourth consecutive match after Nikola Krcmarevic canceled out Marko Stankovic’s 13th minute strike for FC Pune City on Friday.The 1-1 draw at the Shiv Chhatrapati Shivaji stadium in Pune leaves the home side without a win so far in the competion.Stankovic came up with a class strike in the 13th minute and that allowed the home side to go into the break with a slender lead but Krcmarevic pulled Kerala back into the game with a goal in the 62nd minute to rescue a point from the match.The result meant that Pune City are now ninth in the table with two points from five games while Kerala Blasters have moved up to the fifth spot with seven points from five games.An action-packed clash which also had its fair share of drama saw two goals being scored on either end of the park, as @FCPuneCity and @KeralaBlasters shared a point each.More videos: https://t.co/8jtqJIjojH#ISLRecap #LetsFootball #HeroISL #FanBannaPadega #PUNKER pic.twitter.com/PObaHM55WxIndian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) November 2, 2018It were the visitors who got off to an energetic start with CK Vineeth testing the Pune City custodian Kamaljit Singh in the third minute. Kerala Blasters continued to pepper Kamaljit’s goal with shots but the goalkeeper denied Vineeth and Slavisla Stojanovic in the space of minutes.Against the run of play, Pune City drew first blood in the 13th minute through a stunning strike from Stankovic. The Austrian gained possession in midfield before finding the top corner from about 30 yards out with a terrific left-footer.advertisementThe goal infused some confidence into Pune who should have doubled their lead when Emiliano Alfaro missed a free-header from Stankovic’s free-kick.Pradyum Reddy’s side began to sit back, however, and play on the counter. Alfaro and Marcelinho did pose a threat on the break but Kerala were not without opportunities themselves. Sahal Abdul Samad imposed himself in midfield while Nikola Krcmarevic almost bundled the ball home following a scramble.Kerala continued to attack Pune City in the second-half but it were Pune City who were handed a glorious chance to double their lead. Krcmarevic was adjudged to have pushed Alfaro in the box and the referee awarded a spot-kick. The Uruguayan, however, sent his effort crashing against the bar, much to Kerala’s relief. Crucially, Alfaro had missed a penalty against FC Goa in the previous game as well.Six minutes later, Pune were made to pay for that miss when Krcmarevic lashed a loose ball from a half-cleared corner home from inside the box.Adil Khan put in a solid shift for @FCPuneCity in their draw against @KeralaBlasters. He is the Hero of the Match.#HeroISL #LetsFootball #PUNKER #FanBannaPadega pic.twitter.com/gNYoIk5izBIndian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) November 2, 2018Pune showed a bit more urgency in their bid to find a winner while Kerala also endeavoured to find one. But it was not to be as both teams shared the spoils.last_img read more

BCCI to look into CAB’s plea to appoint higher-ranked umpires in Ranji Trophy

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is set to consider the Cricket Association of Bengal’s plea to appoint higher-ranked umpires for Ranji Trophy games and has decided to “relook” at the matter, sources close to the board said.The CAB had said, in a letter, that the BCCI has deputed lower-ranked umpires for the Ranji Trophy and other domestic tournaments in December with higher-ranked umpires not being given a chance.In its reply, the BCCI has assured CAB joint secretary Avishek Dalmiya, who wrote the letter initially, that “the points raised in your mail are well received”, and the issue will be looked into.Also Read – Rahul Johri presents his case in sexual harassment allegations before probe panel”I am sure you would appreciate the fact that we have 115 umpires from which we have to manage the domestic matches appointments keeping in mind the travelling of umpires from one venue to the other.”However, we will definitely relook at the match allocations to ensure that top eight ranked umpires from Group C, no matter which association they belong to, are posted for Ranji matches,” the mail, a copy of which is with IANS, read.Asked about BCCI’s reply, Dalmiya said, “It’s a routine matter and we don’t want to make an issue out of it. We wrote the letter in good faith and the BCCI has assured us that the matter would be looked into.”In the letter, Dalmiya wrote: “I am constrained to write this mail to you regarding the posting of the BCCI umpires allocated by the Board for the upcoming matches to be played in December 2018.advertisement”In this regard, you are aware that ranking of umpires for the season has been done by the BCCI and as part that, the highest ranking umpires are given the priority when allotments are done.”However, we’ve been given to understand that despite the above policy in place, yesterday when the allotment were made, it was observed that while one to four ranked umpires were given postings in Ranji Trophy games, 5 to 32 ranked umpires were not considered for posting in Ranji Trophy matches to be played in December.”The most surprising factor here is that again, the umpires who are ranked 33-35 in Group C were considered for Ranji Trophy matches,” the letter said.(With IANS inputs)Also Watch –last_img read more

Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton says he felt conflicted racing in India

first_imgFive-time world champion Lewis Hamilton wants Formula One to target countries which have “real racing history” rather than adding more races in its calendar in places where the sport is not as popular.Hamilton, who recently bagged his fifth driver’s title in Mexico, has questioned the need for F1 to go to newer countries when the fan following in places like England, Germany and Italy is considerably more.Vietnam is the latest country which has been added in the F1 calendar with its capital city, Hanoi, bagging hosting rights of a street race from 2020 onwards.Also Read – Formula One back in India? New boss Chase Carey says it’s a possibility”On the racing side, I don’t know how important it is to go to new countries as such. If you had the Silverstone Grand Prix and a London Grand Prix, it would be pretty cool,” Hamilton told BBC Sport.Also read – Lewis Hamilton wins Brazilian Grand Prix as Mercedes take constructors’ titleThe British driver even went on to say that he felt conflicted when he came to race in a poor country like India.”I’ve been to Vietnam before and it is beautiful. I’ve been to India before to a race which was strange because India was such a poor place yet we had this massive, beautiful grand prix track made in the middle of nowhere. I felt very conflicted when I went to that grand prix.Also Read – Lewis Hamilton wins fifth F1 title with 4th-place finish in Mexican GPadvertisement”We had a grand prix in Turkey and hardly anyone came. Cool track, cool weekend but poor audience,” Hamilton said.The Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida hosted the F1 race for three seasons from 2011-2013 before being taken off the calendar due to tax-related issues with the state government.Also Read – I feel very humbled by the whole experience: Lewis Hamilton after 5th F1 titleTurkey meanwhile, hosted 7 races from 2005-2011 but was struck off the calendar due to a lack of agreement on the annual cost.It is because of these reasons that Hamilton feels that countries where people have more knowledge about F1 should be looking to host more than one race in a year.”We’ve got a lot of real racing history in England, Germany, Italy and now in the States it is starting to grow. But you only have one event per year in those places. If it was my business, I’d be trying to do more events in those countries.”If you have the German Grand Prix and you’ve got a Grand Prix in Berlin, I think connecting to cities where a lot of people are is probably a good thing, not necessarily going to countries where they don’t know so much about Formula 1,” Hamilton said.Also Watch –last_img read more