Bomb Targets Cypriot Soccer Ref

first_imgNICOSIA — Cypriot police say a pipe bomb caused extensive damage to a car belonging to the wife of a soccer referee.Police say a low-yield bomb went off Feb. 27 in the pre-dawn hours outside the 38-year-old referee’s home in the Larnaca suburb of Aradippou.Police say the motive for the attack appears to be related to the referee’s job.It is the fifth such attack against a referee’s property in the last year. Last month, referees boycotted all soccer matches for a week in retaliation to a midnight bomb attack at the home of a colleague’s mother.Cyprus Referees’ Association Chairman Michalis Argyrou tells The Associated Press that his group will meet later Feb. 27 to decide on a response to the latest attack.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Panthers Shoot Out Isles, 3-2

first_imgSUNRISE, Fla. — The Florida Panthers and New York Islanders had matched each other goal for goal in the first four rounds of a shootout and it was Aleksander Barkov’s turn.He went for his signature move — a one-handed backhand shot away from his body — to slip the decisive goal past Jaroslav Halak in the fifth round and give the Panthers a 3-2 win on Nov. 27.“It has worked a couple of times before and I thought it should work this time, too,” said Barkov, who scored a power-play goal in Florida’s 3-1 loss to Los Angeles Nov. 23. “There was no pressure at all. I just knew what I was going to do and it worked.”Roberto Luongo stopped Brock Nelson’s shot to end the game for his 408th win, moving him past Glenn Hall on the NHL victories list.Brandon Pirri, Vincent Trocheck, Nick Bjugstad and Jonathan Huberdeau also scored in the shootout for the Panthers, who won for the third straight time against the Islanders.Barkov was surprised to see nine goals in the shootout. “That’s the first time I’ve seen that,” he said. “I think the fans were happy.”Islanders’ scorers in the shootout were Frans Nielsen, Kyle Okposo, John Tavares and Josh Bailey.“I know it was very entertaining for the fans,” said Florida coach Gerard Gallant. “We needed those two points and we got them. It’s been a tough stretch.”With Florida ahead 2-0 after two periods, the Islanders stormed back with a pair of goals just over three minutes apart in the third.Ryan Strome beat Luongo high to the glove side for his second goal of the season to cut the deficit to 2-1 with 5:36 gone, and Bailey converted on a one-timer in traffic for his fourth to tie it up at 8:39.Pirri, who has points in all four of his games against the Islanders, gave Florida a 1-0 lead 8:38 into the first period. It was his fourth goal this season and third against New York in his career.Pirri beat Halak on a wrist shot from the top of the right circle. Jaromir Jagr picked up his 10th assist, with Erik Gudbranson adding his third.“We won, so we’re good,” said Pirri, who was moved to the first line by Gallant. “It was real easy to play with those guys. They communicate so well and their hockey IQ is so good, it’d be hard to screw that up.”The Panthers went up 2-0 at 4:42 of the second period when Jussi Jokinen tipped in a perfect feed from Vincent Trocheck behind the net for his 10th goal.Islanders coach Jack Capuano was as surprised by the nine-goal shootout as anyone.“It just seemed like goals kept coming,” Capuano said. “Fortunately for them they got the one they needed.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Middleton, Antetokounmpo Lead Bucks Past Pistons 99-95

first_imgMILWAUKEE (AP) — For only the second time this season, NBA leading scorer Giannis Antetokounmpo did not have the most points in a game for the Milwaukee Bucks.Khris Middleton knew why after he finished with a team-high 27 points and eight assists in a 99-95 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.“I’m just playing hard,” Middleton said. “That’s what I’ve noticed over the first couple of games. I don’t think I was playing hard enough. I’ve talked to some coaches, teammates, KG (Kevin Garnett) also came in, and the common thing that most of the guys were saying was I just need to play harder. And I think it was true. But now I feel like I’m just playing hard and not worrying about everything else and it’s working out.”Antetokounmpo added 21 points in Milwaukee’s fourth straight victory, and the Bucks blocked 16 shots — two shy of the team record set in 1980 at Detroit.“That’s the game right there, absolutely,” Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. “That’s 16 opportunities you don’t even get the ball up on the rim. When you look at the stat sheet, it’s really hard to figure out how the game was close. … It was a frustrating night. We really didn’t do anything well. I couldn’t find any offense to run to help us.”Recently acquired Eric Bledsoe had 12 points, all in the second half, to help the Bucks halt Detroit’s five-game winning streak.The Pistons were led by Avery Bradley’s season-high 28 points. Detroit, which shot just 35.3 percent, also got 13 points and 17 rebounds from Andre Drummond.Bledsoe, who missed his first six shots, drilled one from the right wing for a 95-93 lead with 42 seconds to go.“He had a turnover earlier on a bounce pass to Giannis,” Milwaukee coach Jason Kidd said. “He felt that everybody was going to run to Giannis on the same play and that he could get that shot. It just shows his maturity and his IQ. Playing for the moment, that was a big shot that helped us win.”Bradley turned the ball over in the right corner after he was double-teamed, and Milwaukee made it 97-93 thanks to two free throws from Bledsoe with 16 seconds remaining.Bradley’s basket pulled Detroit to 97-95, but the Bucks regained their four-point advantage on two free throws by Tony Snell with 10 seconds left.Detroit called timeout, only to see Anthony Tolliver commit another turnover on the inbounds play in front of Milwaukee’s bench.TIP-INSPistons: F Stanley Johnson returned after missing the previous three games with a right hip flexor strain but had just two points on two shots in 18 minutes. … Detroit allowed only four points in the first 7:16 of the second quarter.Bucks: Point guard Matthew Dellavedova missed his first game of the season because of left knee tendinitis, and forward Mirza Teletovic has not played in the last four games due to a sore left knee.REJECTEDIn the second quarter, Thon Maker swatted away Eric Moreland’s shot. Eight seconds later, Antetokounmpo sent Ish Smith’s shot into the first row of sideline seats. Smith thought it was goaltending and received a technical foul for complaining.START ME UPBefore the game, Van Gundy was asked why his team seems to get off to slow starts. Detroit scored the first eight points against Milwaukee, but the Bucks responded with a 20-6 run.“Right now, it hasn’t developed into a major problem and one that we can’t overcome,” Van Gundy said. “I’m not giving it undue attention, but it’s certainly been true. We haven’t jumped on anybody.”UP NEXTPistons: Visit the Indiana Pacers on Friday after beating them 114-97 last Wednesday.Bucks: At the Dallas Mavericks on Friday. Milwaukee has lost eight of its last nine games against the Mavericks.—DAVE BOEHLER, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Greek-Australian Kokkinakis Shocks Federer; The Swiss Loses No. 1 Crown

first_imgKEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Roger Federer lost his second consecutive match and the No. 1 ranking Saturday.Greek-Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis, a qualifier ranked 175th, rallied to upset Federer 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4) at the Miami Open. The 36-year-old Federer had been the oldest No. 1 man ever, but he’ll lose that spot to Rafael Nadal when the new rankings come out April 2.“I deserve it after this match,” Federer said. “That’s how I feel.”Kokkinakis became the lowest-ranked man to beat a No. 1 player since No. 178 Francisco Clavet upset Lleyton Hewitt in 2003. That upset was also at Key Biscayne.“Pretty crazy,” said Kokkinakis, 21. “I’m pretty happy about it.”Kokkinakis was born in Adelaide to Greek immigrant parents, Trevor (Tryfon) from Kalamata, Greece and Voula (Paraskevi) from Tripoli, Greece. Kokkinakis also has Greek citizenship. He is a citizen of Perivolakia Pylos. Federer now has lost back-to-back matches for the first time since 2014, a dip that comes after a career-best 17-0 start to the year. He lost to Juan Martin del Potro in the Indian Wells final Sunday, a defeat that also came down to a winner-take-all tiebreaker.Did the losses have anything in common?“Yes, 7-6 in the third,” Federer said. “Other than that, not much.”The 6-foot-5 Kokkinakis has long been regarded as a promising talent thanks to a thunderous serve and forehand, but has been plagued by injuries. The match was his first against Federer, although they’ve practiced together.Roger Federer, of Switzerland, returns to Thanasi Kokkinakis, of Australia, during the Miami Open tennis tournament, Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Key Biscayne, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)“I’ve always liked his game,” Federer said. “I’m happy for him that on the big stage he was able to show it. It’s a big result for him in his career, and I hope it’s going to launch him.”Federer’s defeat left both No. 1 players out of the tournament. Simona Halep lost hours earlier to Agnieszka Radwanska 3-6, 6-2, 6-3. Eight-time women’s champion Serena Williams and six-time winner Novak Djokovic were also eliminated in their opening matches.Federer won’t be playing to reclaim the No. 1 spot anytime soon. He said he’ll skip the upcoming clay season for the second year in a row, including the French Open.During a stadium ceremony before the night session, tour professionals joined members of the boys’ and girls’ tennis teams at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to promote a fundraising campaign for victims of last month’s mass shooting there.Federer’s match turned when he played a poor service game and was broken at love to fall behind 3-1 in the second set.“That game I knuckled down and put pressure on him,” Kokkinakis said. “I started to dictate from there.”Kokkinakis never broke again but held the rest of the way, consistently topping 125 mph with his serve.“Every time I had chances, something bad happened,” Federer said. “Wrong decision-making by me, good decision-making by him. It’s disappointing. I don’t know why I couldn’t get to any level I was happy with today.”Federer kept one exchange going by hitting a volley behind his back, but couldn’t win even that point. He laughed then — it was early in the match — but looked grim two hours later as the end neared.On match point, Federer buried a backhand return in the bottom of the net. Kokkinakis screamed in celebration, waved his index finger and gestured for more noise from the appreciative capacity crowd.Kokkinakis said he didn’t mind that fans were firmly in Federer’s corner during the match — and even before it.“When I came on court there wasn’t much cheering,” Kokkinakis said with a laugh. “He came on court with a little delay and that sort of strut he does, and I was like, ‘This is pretty nuts.’ The crowd goes nuts when he does his walk onto court.”The walk to the exit was the last at Key Biscayne for Federer, a three-time champion. The event is moving next year to the Miami Dolphins’ stadium.Nadal will become the new No. 1 even though he missed Key Biscayne because of a hip injury that also forced him to skip Indian Wells.Kokkinakis is healthy for a change. The tournament is just his fifth in the past seven months, but he said he thought he could beat Federer.“When I’m playing on my terms, I don’t feel there are too many people that can go with me,” Kokkinakis said. “I just needed to play my game and aggressive tennis.”—By STEVEN WINE , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare55 Shareslast_img read more

Kane, Lloris Seal Tottenham’s Progress in Champions League (Pics)

first_imgDORTMUND, Germany (AP) — Borussia Dortmund’s hopes of an unlikely comeback were denied by Hugo Lloris and Harry Kane as Tottenham reached the Champions League quarterfinals with a 1-0 win on Tuesday.Kane’s 49th-minute strike after Lloris had made a series of outstanding saves ensured the visitors completed a 4-0 win on aggregate after securing a comfortable lead in the first leg of their last-16 meeting.Moussa Sissoko played the ball into Kane’s path and the England striker, who missed the first leg with an ankle injury, picked his spot before dispatching an unstoppable effort past Roman Buerki in the Dortmund goal.Dortmund players leave the field at the end of the Champions League round of 16, 2nd leg, soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham Hotspur at the BVB stadium in Dortmund, Germany, Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Tottenham won 1-0. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)Dortmund needed to overturn a three-goal deficit and duly dominated the game in terms of possession and chances, offering the visitors no respite.Jan Vertonghen made a crucial interception to deny Marco Reus and Paco Alcacer went close before Lloris made a brilliant reflex save to thwart Reus’ deflected shot.Son Heung-min, who sparked Tottenham’s win in the first leg, had the visitors’ first big chance after half an hour played, but spurned the opportunity with Marius Wolf tracking back to put him off.Dortmund responded with even more pressure. Julian Weigl, Reus, and Goetze all went agonizingly close — the latter denied by a fingertip save from the outstanding Lloris.Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus gestures during the Champions League round of 16, 2nd leg, soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham Hotspur at the BVB stadium in Dortmund, Germany, Tuesday, March 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)It was the home side’s ninth attempt on goal. By the time the first half ended, Dortmund was up to 11 — and still scoreless.Reus flashed an effort across the face of goal as Dortmund started the second half in the same vein, but then Kane ended any remaining suspense.It was the first goal Dortmund conceded at home in the competition this season.In Tuesday’s other game, Ajax knocked three-time defending champion Real Madrid out with a 4-1 away victory, progressing 5-3 on aggregate.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Antonio Conte Named Inter Milan Coach (Videos)

first_imgMILAN — Antonio Conte was named Inter Milan coach on Friday, returning to Italian club soccer for the first time since leaving Juventus in 2014.While details were not disclosed, Conte reportedly signed a three-year contract with Inter. The former Italy coach has been out of a job since June 2018 after being fired by Premier League club Chelsea.“Finally. It’s time to get back to it,” the 49-year-old Conte said in a video the club published on its social media channels. “I have many reasons to do so, perhaps even too many. And just as many challenges are ahead of me. But I can’t wait.“A club that is not for everyone, with its fans who will be wondering why me exactly? Because we share the same ambitions, fearlessness, hunger and determination. Now it’s my turn. I’m here Inter.” The announcement comes a day after Inter said Luciano Spalletti had left the club.Spalletti led the team to two straight fourth-place finishes and qualification to the Champions League. But he failed to win any silverware with the club.Conte won a trophy every season he was in charge of Juventus, where he won the Serie A title for three straight years, and Chelsea, where he won the Premier League in his first season and the FA Cup in his next.?️| INTERVIEWSteven Zhang: “The aim is to make this Club one of the best in the world.”Antonio Conte on why he chose Inter: “The project, the professionalism, the ambition of the Club. Its history too.”Full comments here ?https://t.co/uDRhs2xrWM— Inter (@Inter_en) May 31, 2019In between those jobs, Conte led an unfancied Italy team to the quarterfinals of the 2016 European Championship, where it lost to Germany on penalties.“I’m sure that Antonio Conte is one of the best coaches out there,” Inter president Steven Zhang said. “I’m certain that he’ll help us achieve our objective and fulfil our mission, one which has always remained the same, to make this club one of the best in the world again.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

LA Dodgers’ All-Star Receives Prestigious Hellenic Athlete Award for Excellence

first_imgNEW YORK – Los Angeles Dodgers two-time National League All-Star outfielder Cody Bellinger received the 2019 AHEPA Harry Agganis Hellenic Athlete Award at a presentation made prior to the Dodgers game with the New York Mets at Citi Field on September 15, announced AHEPA President George G. Horiates. President Horiates, Chairman of the Board Nicholas Karacostas, and Awards Selection Committee Chairman Gregory Stamos presented the award to Bellinger, a Greek-American, who is considered a candidate for this year’s National League Most Valuable Player.“We are honored to present Cody Bellinger with the prestigious Harry Agganis Award,” Horiates said. “Throughout his life, Bellinger has demonstrated excellence as a baseball player. He has flourished as a Major Leaguer and has earned coveted accolades that have eluded many players who reach the Majors. As a community, we are proud of his many accomplishments, and we wish Cody continued success.”“I would like to thank AHEPA for this recognition,” Bellinger said. “The Award has special meaning to the Greek-American community, and I am honored to receive it.”During the 2019 season, Bellinger, 24 years old, is slashing an impressive .306/.410/.639 with 44 home runs, 106 RBI, and an OPS of 1.049, earning his second All-Star appearance. In his first Major League season, Bellinger was selected as an All-Star and unanimously was named the 2017 National League Rookie of the Year, becoming the Dodgers’ 18th Rookie of the Year and the 22nd player overall to win the award by unanimous vote. In 2018, Bellinger displayed postseason brilliance, appearing in all 12 of the Dodgers’ postseason games and was awarded the 2018 NLCS MVP after driving in the game-winning runs in Games 4 and 7.Cody is the son of Clay Bellinger, a two-time World Series champion for the New York Yankees who also played for Greece’s 2004 Olympic baseball team.The AHEPA Harry Agganis award is named after the legendary multi-sport athlete of Greek heritage who died prematurely at 26 from a pulmonary embolism. Agganis, known as “The Golden Greek,” played professional baseball for the Boston Red Sox and was a college football All-American at Boston University.Previous recipients of the Agganis Award include: NBA MVP and All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo, Professional Baseball All-Star and World Series Champion Mike Moustakas, Professional Baseball All-Star Player Nick Markakis, former Professional Football placekicker and Super Bowl Champion Matt Stover, Olympic Diving Champion Greg Louganis, Ultra-Marathoner Dean Karnazes, World Champion Decathlete Tom Pappas, and Professional Football Player Fred Smerlas.The AHEPA National Athletic Department offers a wide range of regional and national sporting events and competitions. In 1975, the AHEPA Hellenic Hall of Fame was established, and since its inception, more than 150 individuals have been inducted.  Also included in the program are National Athletic and Scholarships Awards for amateur and professional athletes who are spotlighted and honored annual at the AHEPA Supreme Convention.TweetPinShare1111 Shareslast_img read more

Red Pitaya: STEMlab selected for new dense network of dual-mission HF radars

first_imgRed Pitaya announce that its STEMlab test and measurement solution has been selected for high resolution radar/broadband data processing in a new dense network of dual-mission HF radars proposed by the Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor, geospace scientist, and expert in remote sensing hardware/software, Michael Hirsch, Ph.D., from Boston, MA, USA.The proposed PiRadar solution costs 95% less than contemporary radar nodes using the latest COTS SDR technology and simultaneously offers polarization-sensitive ionosphere probing with 1-25 km range resolution and relaying of data over the horizon at 1-20+ kpbs rates. This enables the deployment of networks dense and distributed enough to make real-time 3-D images of the ionosphere at a much lower cost than traditional single-site radars. This makes the solution ideal even for hobby scientists and schools. PiRadar nodes work together as an infrastructure-less self-organizing network, transmitting pseudo-noise CDMA waveforms hundreds of kilometers in the shortwave radio bands. PiRadar waveforms simultaneously measure ionospheric characteristics and contain data relayed through the mesh to other nodes or to internet destinations.STEMlab from Red Pitaya is a test and measurement environment that includes a board, an application marketplace and a source code library. It is designed as a low-cost alternative to many expensive measurement and control instruments. STEMlab can function as an Oscilloscope, Logic Analyser, Signal Generator, Spectrum Analyser and more, also performing other tasks like vector network analysis. It is based on high end FPGA technology, enabling software and hardware programming, coupled with very accurate high-end ADCs. Customizable at the FPGA and CPU levels, STEMlab can process real-world signals.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Amplicon: performance, fast graphics and media processing in a small compact designNext Express Logic: X-Ware IoT platform supports Microsoft Azure IoT SDKlast_img read more

How serial Flash technology is evolving to meet the new requirements of Industry 4.0 designs

first_img Continue Reading Previous Manhattan Skyline releases AMOLED displaysNext Renesas: RZ/A2M microprocessor for high-speed processing of e-AI imaging By Alex Wei, Winbond Electronics The famous fourth industrial revolution, tagged ‘Industry 4.0’, is based on the move to digitize industrial equipment and processes on a massive scale. This Industry 4.0 trend is now stretching the capabilities of almost every important category of electronic component used in industrial machines and systems.Non-volatile memory is no exception. Non-volatile memory is being challenged to meet new requirements in Industry 4.0 designs in five main ways:CostSizeSpeedPower consumptionSecurityWhile various alternative non-volatile memory technologies continue to put up a challenge, it is proven, familiar Flash technology which is evolving fastest and most effectively to meet these new challenges. This article describes recent innovations in Flash memory products which will help system designers implement new equipment designs for Industry 4.0 applications.The demands of Industry 4.0 Industry 4.0 is defined by business consultancy McKinsey as: ‘The next phase in the digitization of the manufacturing sector, driven by four disruptions: the astonishing rise in data volumes, computational power and connectivity, especially new low-power wide-area networks (LPWANs); the emergence of analytics and business intelligence capabilities; new forms of human-machine interaction such as touch interfaces and augmented reality (AR) systems; and improvements in transferring digital instructions to the physical world, such as advanced robotics and 3D printing.’Industry 4.0 equipment is notable for its extensive generation and use of ‘big data’, facilitated by always-on, pervasive connectivity to the internet. As LPWANs proliferate in factories, warehouses and industrial campuses, the supply chain will increasingly be able to share real-time monitoring data about products, inventory and assets with sophisticated analytics software in the cloud.Underpinning this explosion of digitization will be the massively increased deployment of sensing devices, such as RFID smart tags which can be read wirelessly. These devices, operating from a battery power supply or even from harvested energy, will often require an ultra-low power memory component for storing logged data.A completely different challenge will be posed by new control technologies for industrial equipment. For all the hype around today’s testing of autonomous vehicles on public roads, it is in factories and warehouses, which stand to gain huge efficiency and safety benefits from the elimination of human drivers, that autonomous vehicles such as fork-lift trucks and motorized trolleys are being first deployed (see Figure 1). Fig. 1: the autonomous Linde R-MATIC reach truck transports palletized goods of up to 1.6 tons fully automatically to high-bay racks. (Image credit: Linde) Similarly, AR and virtual reality (VR) are best known as consumer technologies, but again offer huge potential value in the factory, for instance to assist in manual assembly, maintenance or repair operations.New implementations of these sophisticated applications will run on vast application code bases, far greater than is typical for today’s industrial appliances. This will bring pressure on industrial system designers to find code storage solutions which meet the hugely increased capacity requirement without a similarly huge increase in bill-of-materials cost and board footprint.Lastly, a common theme in all types of Industry 4.0 equipment is connectivity – and connectivity brings an inherent risk of compromised security. By guaranteeing the authenticity of the devices that store code and data in Industry 4.0 equipment, secure non-volatile memory chips can provide a hardware barrier to intrusion into sensitive industrial networks.Evolution of Flash technology for the Industry 4.0 age Over the years, various non-volatile memory technologies have made claim to superiority over Flash in one characteristic or another. But as the incumbent, pre-eminent technology for non-volatile storage, Flash has the advantages of being:FamiliarProven in tens of thousands of applicationsAvailable in large volumes in a very wide choice of product configurations, to give a flexible set of product options for the system designer to choose fromBacked by the resources of the world’s leading memory IC manufacturers, including Winbond. These manufacturers continually invest in improvements to fundamental Flash fabrication technology, packaging, and device performance and features.Now, Flash product manufacturers are responding quickly and effectively to meet the new memory requirements of manufacturers of Industry 4.0 equipment and systems, introducing new solutions optimized for cost, size, performance, power or security.Packaging innovations The semiconductor industry’s favored method for achieving size and cost reduction is the process shrink. For the high-end microcontrollers used in Industry 4.0 equipment, this is true of the CPU circuitry. Many manufacturers of leading-edge MCUs today are looking to migrate designs from 4xnm nodes to 3xnm nodes to benefit from performance and cost improvements. At 3xnm nodes, however, the NOR Flash circuitry embedded in the MCU die actually becomes more expensive – shrinking NOR Flash beyond 4xnm nodes is proving to be problematic. But Winbond is innovating in partnership with MCU manufacturers to provide stacked die solutions, combining an MCU die fabricated in a 3xnm process with a 4xnm NOR Flash die in a single package, and providing the optimal combination of footprint, performance and code storage capacity for high-end industrial designs.Power innovation Wireless smart tags or labels are increasingly being used in industrial applications to provide real-time monitoring data, for instance to continually record the temperature and humidity conditions in which perishable goods or pharmaceuticals are kept when in transit. They require the capability to store potentially large amounts of logged data, but operate from extremely constrained battery power supplies, or even from harvested energy.To support the use of very low-voltage battery or harvested power supplies, discrete Flash ICs are being developed which operate at a voltage below the standard 1.8V low-power level for external Flash ICs. For instance, Winbond supplies the W25QxxNE 1.2V and W25QxxND extended 1.5V SpiFlash NOR Flash parts in 8-pin packages (see Figure 2). The devices offer a maximum 52MB/s data transfer rate and support a standard, dual and quad Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) and Quad Peripheral Interface (QPI).  Fig. 2: the Winbond 8Mbit 25Q80NEXIG 1.2V Flash IC in a 2mm x 3mm USON8 package. (Image credit: Winbond) Performance innovation SPI NOR and serial NAND Flash are core technologies in the industrial sector, providing compact, low pin-count solutions for code and data storage. But the conventional serial architecture of these devices can act as a limiting factor on the speed with which data can be read and written, producing a slower data transfer rate than equivalent parallel Flash parts.  Now Winbond is innovating with new high-performance serial NAND Flash technology. Single-level cell (SLC) NAND Flash provides a high-reliability data storage medium in industrial applications. But in applications which require a high data transfer rate, designers have traditionally used NOR Flash, which offers lower density and hence a higher cost-per-bit than NAND Flash, but higher speed.Now Winbond has introduced the W25N01JW, a 1Gbit serial NAND Flash part which offers a maximum data transfer rate of 83MB/s – comparable with that of SPI NOR Flash devices. Even more impressively, the Winbond architecture supports an octo configuration – a two-chip dual quad serial interface which doubles the data transfer rate to a maximum of 166MB/s (see Figure 3).This is sufficient to support demanding, data-rich graphics applications, providing a high-capacity, low-cost alternative to NOR Flash in densities of more than 512Mbits. Automotive-qualified, the W25N01JW is in development in vehicle instrument cluster systems, and is equally suitable for industrial autonomous vehicles and AR/VR applications.  Fig. 3: the dual quad architecture of the W25N01JW serial NAND Flash device. (Image credit: Winbond) Security innovations The pervasive connectivity of the Industry 4.0 world exposes equipment to risks from malicious actors intruding into networks, compromising users’ privacy or stealing data. There are many measures available to designers to combat security risks. One important measure is hardware authentication, to guarantee that only authorized devices share data over a network.To provide hardware authentication for critical software such as boot code, Winbond has introduced the W74M family of Authentication Flash Memory solutions. Each W74M part incorporates an SPI Flash memory with a security IC in a multi-chip module. The device is secured with a standard HMAC-SHA-256 crypto accelerator and four monotonic Flash counters which are HMAC-signed by individual secret keys. The W74M enables system designers to implement multi-layered authentication for code and data storage for devices on the network edge or outside the cloud.Access to the code or data stored in the Authentication Flash memory is protected by a secure key, which is unique to each manufactured unit. In the event of tampering or intrusion into the network, the boot code or data stored on an Authentication Flash will remain secure from attempts to steal, modify or impair it.Flash technology evolves to meet Industry 4.0 requirements Non-volatile storage of code and data is one of many functional elements in industrial equipment, and as the Industry 4.0 trend towards ever greater digitization and data analytics gathers speed, the demand for higher non-volatile memory capacity, higher speed, lower power and lower cost will also intensify.As this article has demonstrated, new product developments in the SPI NOR and serial Flash categories are helping to ensure that Flash technology retains its place as the favored non-volatile memory choice for designers of industrial equipment as they adapt to the Industry 4.0 era.Please kindly contact us if you have any question Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

Kontron: pITX-iMX8M in smallest SBC form factor with Android BSP for fast start-up

first_imgKontron has unveiled its new pITX-iMX8M with the smallest single board computer form factor Pico-ITX. The pITX-iMX8M motherboard features NXP’s dual or quad core CPUs based on the Arm Cortex-A53 architecture with up to 1.5 GHz. The Cortex M4 coprocessor and full 4K UltraHD resolution make the board the perfect foundation for sophisticated applications. It offers enhanced connectivity through two Gigabit Ethernet interfaces as well as superior graphics performance. Thanks to its small form factor and M.2 half-size connector, offering PCIe, USB 3.0 and a Micro SIM interface, Kontron’s pITX-iMX8M is a cost-optimized Arm SBC solution, specifically for embedded applications in the manufacturing industry, and a cross-market IoT gateway for small server solutions.The pITX-iMX8M enables processor configurations on 8M QuadLite or 8M Dual in either industry or consumer versions. It has 32 KB L1 instruction cache and L1 data cache per core. The Cortex M4 coprocessor supports 16 KB L1 instruction cache and L1 data cache per core with 256 KB Tightly Coupled Memory. The SBC pITX-iMX8M features 4 GB LPDDR4 3200 MTps memory down storage and 64 GB eMMC Memory v5.1 NAND Flash. The soldered RAM and flash memory make the pITX-iMX8M perfectly suited even for extremely rugged applications. There are extensive display connection options like a LVDS dual channel, a mini display port and a HDMI port. Further interfaces are two USB 3.0 ports at the back, two USB 2.0 ports via the internal header, 8 GPIOs and one S/PDIF internal header, audio line-in, line-out and microphone input. Kontron offers both a Yocto Linux BSP and an Android BSP (Board Support Package) for getting the pITX-iMX8M started fast.The pITX-iMX8M supports Kontron’s security solution APPROTECT powered by Wibu-Systems. Based on an integrated Wibu-Systems security chip (CodeMeter) combined with a specifically developed software framework, it provides IP and copy/reverse engineering protection. Kontron APPROTECT Licensing also enables new business models such as “pay per use”, demo versions for limited time periods, or activation/deactivation functions via a predetermined set of variables.As for all embedded products, Kontron offers long-term availability of all components for the new pITX-iMX8M.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Infineon: SECORA Pay W turns fashion wearables into payment devicesNext ARBOR: Super Cap UPS with LoRa sensor nodeslast_img read more

Winbond: NOR+NAND dual-die memory chip now supports NXP Layerscape LS1012A

first_img Continue Reading Previous Cervoz: rugged military grade SSD for mission critical applicationsNext Bulgin launches rugged, 10 Gb/s USB Type-C connector Winbond Electronics announced that its SpiStack dual-die NOR+NAND code storage product has been included on NXP Semiconductors FRWY-LS1012A board for use with its Layerscape LS1012A communications processor. NXP chose Winbond’s W25M161AW SpiStack product for its new FRWY-LS1012A development board for the LS1012A processor. The W25M161AW provides 16Mbits of serial NOR Flash memory for the board’s boot code, and 1Gbit of serial NAND for its Linux operating system.The stacked-die construction of the SpiStack products and the software Chip Select capability developed by Winbond enable a serial NOR Flash die for fast boot and a serial NAND die for high memory density to be accommodated in an 8-terminal WSON package with a standard 8mm x 6mm footprint and pin-out.Visitors to Winbond’s booth at the Flash Memory Summit can also view demonstration systems exhibiting the industry-best Read performance of its W25N01JW High Performance Serial NAND product. The W25N01JW offers a new high data-transfer rate of 83MB/s via a Quad Serial Peripheral Interface (QSPI). Winbond’s new High-Performance Serial NAND technology also supports a two-chip dual-quad interface which gives a maximum data transfer rate of 166MB/s.This high-speed Read operation, some four times faster than existing serial NAND memory devices offer, means that the new W25N01JW chip can replace SPI NOR Flash memory in automotive applications such as data storage for instrument clusters or the Center Information Display (CID).This is important for automotive OEMs because the adoption of more sophisticated graphics displays in the instrument cluster, and larger display sizes of 7” and above in the CID, is increasing system memory requirements to capacities of 1Gbit and higher. At these capacities, serial NAND Flash has a markedly lower unit cost than SPI NOR Flash, and occupies a smaller board area per Mbit of storage capacity.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

Wimbledon: Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki off to winning starts

first_imgSerena Williams swapped the skin-tight catsuit that caused a stir at the French Open for a more conservative look as she marked her return to Wimbledon for the first time since becoming a mother with a 7-5 6-3 first-round win over Arantxa Rus.The seven-times champion, who missed last year’s tournament while pregnant with her daughter Alexis Olympia, is considered by many as the woman to beat at these championships despite her lowly ranking of 181.On Monday she proved that she was not back to simply make up the numbers in the women’s field.Neither a tumble on Court One’s manicured lawn nor falling a break behind in the second set caused much alarm.As she has done time and time again, Williams got over those blips with the minimum of fuss.She did need six match points to finish off the Dutchwoman but a netted backhand finally sealed the American’s passage into round two.”She played unbelievable today, I’ve never seen her play like that before…I didn’t play my best but I’ll get there,” Williams said soon after walking off court. WOZNIACKI STARTS STRONGCaroline Wozniacki crushed a nervous Varvara Lepchenko 6-0 6-3 on Centre Court when she opened her bid to add Wimbledon to her Australian Open crown.The Danish second seed strolled though the first set before meeting some resistance from her American opponent at the beginning of the second, finding herself a break of service down before recovering to wrap up the win in 59 minutes.advertisement”It was great just to get in and out. I didn’t have much of a turnaround from Eastbourne,” she said referring to the preparation tournament she won on Saturday.”It was nice to get on court today, win, then I have a day off tomorrow. I can enjoy a little bit of downtime,” added the 27-year-old.Wozniacki, who took her tournament tally to 29 titles at Eastbourne, said she was comfortable on grass as she looks to progress beyond the fourth round at Wimbledon for the first time.”I love playing on the grass. It’s great. I love this surface,” said the former world number one, who added that her victory at Eastbourne was a more immediate boost than having won the Australian Open in January.”Right now I think Eastbourne. I just won that a couple of days ago. I feel like I’m hitting the ball well, I’m doing great,” she said.”Obviously, the Australian Open is a great booster, as well, knowing that I can do it and I’ve gone all the way in a Grand Slam. It feels great.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Atal Bihari Vajpayee: The personal side of the poet-politician

first_imgIn tandem: Atal Bihari Vajpayee with L.K. AdvaniPolitics seems to be an accidental vocation for India’s most popular politician. At times it seems as if he is the most suppressed poet in the world, yearning for the moment when verses will redeem him. There was such a moment on Christmas,,In tandem: Atal Bihari Vajpayee with L.K. AdvaniPolitics seems to be an accidental vocation for India’s most popular politician. At times it seems as if he is the most suppressed poet in the world, yearning for the moment when verses will redeem him. There was such a moment on Christmas, which also happened to be his 79th birthday.Vijay Goel, the minister of state for sports and a known Vajpayee-ite, organised a poets’ meet in Delhi and Atal Bihari Vajpayee was not supposed to be there. The night fog in the capital ensured that the prime minister cancelled his Jaipur holiday and got a place for himself on the poets’ dais.The poet was not in a mood to read; he was as hazy as the evening, that too despite a maudlin recital by former prime minister and current painter and poet Vishwanath Pratap Singh. But conspicuous was the little book with flagged pages that Vajpayee carried.And the poet couldn’t resist when the pressure from the stage was too much. The rest was verse and better and Vajpayee concluded on an upbeat note: “Geet naya gata hoon (I sing a new song).” That could very well have been the theme song of India in the year 2003.Gentle rivals: A.B. Vajpayee with Sonia GandhiArbiter of National MoralityVajpayee certainly was the most sung leader of the year, a permanent headline. In politics he was the Teflon premier: scandal was always the other. As arbiter of national morality, he was for the fair distribution of justice, and it was politically rewarding too, as in the shame of Dilip Singh Judev and in the fall of Ajit Jogi.advertisementIn economics, the Hindu nationalist party in power didn’t mean the Hindu rate of growth: in five years foreign exchange reserves have grown from $31 billion to $100 billion, and the average growth has been more than 5 per cent. The Sensex is touching 6000. In foreign affairs, India further caught up with the world.As prime minister, Vajpayee has made 30 foreign visits so far (as against 40 domestic trips in 2003 itself and 250 since 1998), and received 102 dignitaries from abroad. The baggage of anti-Americanism had already been discarded, and in 2003, India reached out to China and Russia with a renewed sense of engagement. Be it Moscow or Beijing, Vajpayee had an easy rapport with his counterparts.The leader from what Bill Clinton once termed one of the most dangerous places on earth was a sobering presence of wisdom. He made news and he shaped news. And no politician in India today can sing of hope with such conviction – and sound so convincing.At a time when popular faith in a politician is touching a new low, he is liked and loved, that too from a party that has not fully recovered from an image crisis. In a country where leaders are either admired or feared, Vajpayee has that rare distinction of being feted in mass affection. And it is not because of his poetry but his politics.Six years in power and as young as 79 he still looks the only leader India has at this moment, within and without BJP, who can sing a new song for a country where half the population is in their 20s.He exudes stability and ensures confidence. He is Mr Moderation in a parivar of religious extremists and ideological adventurers. Vajpayee prevails by virtue of being a family member with a mind of his own, a mind that plays havoc with those who are at the receiving end.This prime minister has made duality a political philosophy. He says one thing and it means two things. Or more. It confuses as well as enlightens. It confounds as well as clarifies. Take this. The prime minister was addressing BJP members of Parliament sometime in November.Then he dropped this unexpected aside: “Agar koi karvan ko beech mein chhor kar chala jaye to karvan rukna nahin chahiye (Even if someone leaves the caravan midway, the caravan must move on).” The effect was as astounding as the line itself.Was he referring to himself, that the time had come for him to call it a day? That it was time for others to carry forward the good work even if he was not there? Or, was it something more sinister? Something like: We are not going to be dictated to by the allies; we won’t let ourselves be blackmailed by you; please go if you can’t tolerate us. Allies in Chennai and elsewhere could not have missed the message, even if it was in Hindi.Leader as Unifier, Coalition as DharmaadvertisementFair play: A.B. Vajpayee kicks off the National Football LeagueStill the singular achievement of this duality is peace in Hindutva’s battlefield. He is the political Hindu for whom religion doesn’t mean the cultural balkanisation of India. He is the Ram bhakt for whom mythology is not the last refuge of the political warrior. True, the idea of Ayodhya is dear to him.As he wrote in his famous musings from Kumarakom in 2001, “… there was no dispute over a Ram temple at Ayodhya being a statement of the national sentiment”. In Vajpayee’s text, it is a national sentiment, not a political sentiment. But the undisputed helmsman of Hindutva has ensured that the national sentiment of India’s first ruling “nationalist” party doesn’t turn out to be a source of national division, that battering Ram is not the ideal God or man.In India 2003, new pillars of hate didn’t soar in Ayodhya. The trident didn’t become the abiding symbol of Hindu nationalism. And Vajpayee didn’t cease to be a Hindu either.In post-Gujarat 2003, the communal faultlines of India were hardly visible in the overwhelming shadow of the Leader. He didn’t let his country fall apart. His leadership is the axis on which India remains intact.No mean achievement in a party where quite a few hawks seek glory in a distant yesterday and nurse scars of history as the birthmarks of a political Hindu. Vajpayee has never been a favourite of Nagpur, the headquarters of the RSS.He is not Hindu enough for the swayamsevaks. The prime minister knows that confrontation is not the way out, but containment is. The grand old man of the saffron parivar is smarter. Madan Das Devi, RSS joint general secretary, at 59, and M. Venkaiah Naidu, the BJP president, at 55, are former ABVP colleagues and get along smoothly.Art of the matterUnlike the prime minister, long-time confidant and Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani has revelled in being an organisation man. It has left Vajpayee free to look at the big picture without getting his hands dirty in petty matters. It works well. If Advani is the organisation’s head, Vajpayee is its heart. In retrospect, the simulated conflict between the vikas purush and the lok purush was a nonissue. In the BJP today there is room for only one param purush, and he also happens to be the vikas purush, literally.In the early 1970s, Devi was the ABVP organisation secretary and Naidu the general secretary. The Class of 70 is in power in the states as well as the Centre. The rise of Devi and Naidu has provided Vajpayee with a politically useful link between Reshmi Bagh in Nagpur and Race Course Road in Delhi. The patriarch uses the generational shift in the family as a personal source of consolidation – and peace.In 2003, the beneficiary was not he alone. India was spared the tyranny of Nagpur that could have spelt division. For a change, the tactics of a politician have become a national blessing. And this unifier has brought in a new coalition dharma in India that has come a long way from the single party domination of the Congress era – or the farce of the centre-leftists.The National Democratic Alliance is unarguably the first functional experiment in unity in ideological diversity. It is a powerhouse of warring egos and exaggerated regional ambitions. It is not the uses of power alone that keep them together.It is the presence of Vajpayee, the benign inclusivist, the human face of Hindu nationalism, the leader whose image is brighter than his party, though he may insist “there is no question of liking me and not my party”. That is not the reality. In the age of political co-habitation, he is the acceptable leader on the right with whom partners are most comfortable.His surprise presence at Murasoli Maran’s funeral was a quintessential Vajpayee gesture, that too at a time when the BJP’s relationship with the DMK was palpably tense. When the BJP had its first tryst with power, the party didn’t have any cultural experience in living with outsiders. No longer.Give the credit to the most acceptable unifier. Unifier as the paramount leader. Vajpayee’s supremacy within the BJP is no longer an accident born out of the conspiracy of situations. It is an inevitability. In retrospect, the simulated conflict between the vikas purush and the lok purush was a non-issue.In the BJP today there is room for only one param purush, and he also happens to be the vikas purush, literally. The deputy prime minister can’t disagree. If there is another power centre in the BJP represented by L.K. Advani, Vajpayee is its official creator. He alone can afford to do that.It is a freedom born out of confidence and an awareness about his own indispensability. This confidence marks his style as prime minister as well. He delegates. He trusts. His colleagues enjoy functional freedom. He forgives, but doesn’t forget. He doesn’t overshadow.He lets in sunlight, and this only accelerates the team spirit. In 2003, the good work of Vajpayee’s team was India’s delight. Still, he could have done more. He had the mandate; his supremacy, within and without the party, was unchallenged. He had grown larger than his party. He could have grown larger than popular expectation. The renaissance man from the right was too gentle to push harder.As he breezes into the year of the big battle, the alternative to Vajpayee is Vajpayee, in the party or outside. The Opposition, read the Congress, doesn’t have a leader or ideas to match him.India’s Grand Old Party has forgotten to counter ideas with ideas, and for the BJP, the biggest idea is the grand old man himself. In one of his poems he writes, “I can see far ahead, I can read the writing on the wall even if I can’t read a palm.” India may not have fully read the writing on the political mind of Vajpayee, but he seems to have read the theme of 2004 and beyond. Politically it could be an extension of Vajpayee 2003.Good Economics as Family ValuesadvertisementIn good company: A.B. Vajpayee has earned the respect of Vladimir Putin and George W. Bush (right)The growth of Vajpayee was not entirely political. For someone who has been caricatured as an economic neophyte, 2003 was truly his annus mirabilis. “There is no conflict between swadeshi and liberalisation.As someone who subscribes to the basic philosophy of swadeshi, I believe in liberalisation,” he once said in an interview. In the past year, Vajpayee as the prime minister of reform was on full display. For Vajpayee though, India’s big six problems of thirst, shelter, education, jobs, electricity and roads are but stanzas of a dismal national saga.Through five years he set up committees and task forces to look for immediate and long-term solutions, for micro and macro strategies. These committees studied interlinking of rivers, creation of low-wage jobs in rural areas, bringing electricity and telecommunication to villages and linking rural India with the rest of the country. His “Connectivity Revolution” has caught the imagination of voters and pundits.The most visible faces of this revolution have clearly been telecom, the comfort of better highways and what villagers have come to dub as NABARD roads (roads funded by the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development).In many ways Vajpayee’s economic management is led by a familial statesmanship. He intrinsically believes that people must be able to afford the basics and some happiness in life. This he believes will come through productivity, job growth and competition. But he is not a prisoner of dogma.Despite a growing fiscal deficit he backed Jaswant Singh’s effort to enrich taxpayers and make products cheaper. When industry complained about cost of money, Vajpayee pushed his view. Lower interest rates have boosted consumption, provided cheaper finance for farmers and reduced states’ debt.Through his foreign trips, Vajpayee has chanted the growth mantra and walked that extra mile. When a member country blocked India’s entry to the ASEAN, Vajpayee flew in a senior minister to sort out the issue. If India emerged as the voice of the developing nations at Cancun it was thanks to his networking with Thabo Mbeki, President of South Africa, Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Chinese Premier Hu Jintao.Of course it can’t be denied that the performance of the economy has not been the best in the past five years. Indeed some would argue that at below 5 per cent across the Ninth Plan it was the worst in two decades. But that is a factor of choice and circumstance. When Vajpayee took over he was denied his first choice for finance minister, Jaswant.But it isn’t just choice, Yashwant Sinha vs Jaswant. What is rarely acknowledged is that the Vajpayee regime has been through the most tumultuous times. Even as the government was being sworn in in February 1998, Asian economies were wrenched by the financial contagion.Then there were the post-Pokhran sanctions, followed by the Kargil war in 1999, the series of natural calamities in Gujarat and Orissa in 2000, the 9/11 effect in 2001 and worst the eight month standoff at the border followed by the worst drought in two decades in 2002. In many ways 2003 is the first year the Vajpayee economy has had to actually perform.At Home in Global ArenaPeace moves: A.B. Vajpayee with Pervez Musharraf at AgraVajpayee’s performance was captivating on the foreign front. Once Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s celebrated spin doctor, seated at a banquet with Vajpayee, leaned across and said to him: “Sir, I would love to work for you.” For a man who made his living by putting words into others’ mouths, Vajpayee’s legendary silences must have opened up entire vistas of “spin” for him.It is clear that Vajpayee does not win friends and influence people through his loquaciousness. Yet most world leaders count him as a friend – Vladimir Putin invited Vajpayee among a select group of world leaders (George W. Bush was the other) for a private dinner in St Petersburg in the summer, while Bush had Vajpayee over for lunch in New York in September, the only head of government to get such an invite.According to officials, at one point Bush turned to Vajpayee and said, almost deferentially, “You are a good man.” After his refusal to send troops to Iraq it was more than good manners that prompted that involuntary admission. For a man who presided over India’s first Hindu nationalist government and was responsible for the 1998 nuclear blasts, it is amazing that Vajpayee retains the impression of being a man of peace.Amazing because his image-building machine is remarkably inept – his media managers keep him away from press interviews so his responses are all written. Rajiv Gandhi and Indira Gandhi were more individualistic in their interactions with world leaders, representing more the family of Nehru rather than a nation.But Vajpayee is the political face of a nation that is stepping into the 21st century with a degree of eclat that wasn’t there before. He heads a nation that is young and, for the first time, on the right side of the technological divide, and a lot of that confidence rubs off.VAJPAYEEISMS “Politics has become a game of capturing power and power is a means of accumulating wealth … no one can point fingers at us on corruption issues. It is our pledge that our life is pure.” on the NDA government, March 29″When we said we will provide one crore jobs in our manifesto, we did not mean that the Government would call one crore people from across the country every year and give them jobs.” reply to Sonia Gandhi, March 4″The Government did not move the Supreme Court on the dispute over a piece of land because of political consideration… Ayodhya issue should be resolved through a court verdict or through talks.” on Ayodhya issue, March 5″Chunav ghoshana patra tatha bhashan apni jagah thik hain lekin sarkar se logon ka anubhav ant mein nirnayak sidh hota hai (In the end governance counts, not election manifestos).” at the BJP national executive meet, April 5″I wonder why I am referred to as the Indian prime minister, not as prime minister. I do not see any other prime minister here. Unless of course you already have a replacement in mind … ” in Malaysia, February”Main sapno ka saudagar nahin hun. Mere paon zameen par theek tarah se jamay huay hain (I do not sell dreams, I keep my feet firmly on the ground).” at a meet in Srinagar, April 20It has affected the way he conducts himself with world leaders. It has also affected the way he has hot-wired Indian foreign policy. “He has few words but they are well-chosen,” say aides. “He absorbs a crisis as much as possible and takes the path of peace and conciliation rather than confrontation.” It is in Pakistan that Vajpayee’s “street cred” is at its highest.The high point was undoubtedly that dappled February afternoon in 1999 when he addressed the Pakistani elite at Governor’s House in Lahore in chaste Hindi and touched the hearts of many Pakistanis.Which is why the current peace initiative with Pakistan rides on his shoulders, just as in July 2001 he preferred to trash the Agra Summit rather than submit to Musharraf’s strange variety of arm-twisting diplomacy. There is that streak of firmness underneath all that conciliation and it is accompanied by a vision of India in the world that is not tied to the coattails of any superpower.In many ways, he is the father of India’s “non-ideological” foreign policy, which, in recent years has reshaped India’s equations with the world with national interest as its central goal.If the nuclear tests were a statement of advancing technology and security concerns, Vajpayee moved swiftly to mend relations with the US – promoting an unprecedented dialogue between trusted friend Jaswant and Strobe Talbott that rewrote the dynamics between the two nations, prompted a Clinton visit in 2000 and even opened up the unmentionables of hi-tech to India for the first time.But if Vajpayee was unstinting in India’s support to Bush’s NMD (National Missile Defense) and the global war on terror, it was with equal conviction that he refused to send Indian troops to Iraq or spare the US on its blind partiality to Pakistan. He moved to embrace Iran after the US had included it in the “axis of evil” and has done business with Myanmar as well, all to further Indian interests.In the face of American criticism, he spearheaded India’s increased presence in Afghanistan and even set up India’s first military base in Tajikistan, especially as the US looks comfortable in its Central Asian abode.He redrafted India’s traditional ties with Russia that were in danger of becoming irrelevant and embraced south-east Asia with a robust initiative. By welcoming Ariel Sharon of Israel in Delhi, he told the Arabs that India’s relations with Israel could not be held hostage to old equations.He was equally at home strutting through the streets of Istanbul and Damascus. But it is with China that Vajpayee showed political finesse. Defying the SARS fear, he landed in Beijing and got Hu to restart the boundary talks, this time through a high level political representative – his trusted friend Brajesh Mishra.In doing so, he formalised India’s unspoken position on Tibet and received the formal nod on Sikkim from Beijing. Vajpayee plays with a tentative style but a sure hand. And through the maze of his diplomatic parleys one pattern is becoming clear – he wants to secure India’s borders.It was an obsession with Jaswant and Vajpayee is not immune to its persuasive logic, which says that to prosper India’s borders needed to be secured. It not only explains his initiatives with China and Pakistan but as the recent crackdown by the Bhutanese Army showed, even on the eastern frontiers.If technology, economics and trade are the ballasts of the new India, Vajpayee wants to give it strategic direction – peace with Pakistan and a UN Security Council seat. That is when India would gain its rightful place in the world.Hopefully he would be able to take India there. In his poetic optimism, “The winds and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators”. If 2003 is any indication, the future holds little worry for the artful navigator.With Shankkar Aiyar, Indrani Bagchi, Rajeev Deshpande and Priya Sahgallast_img read more

Virat Kohli fields unchanged playing XI for the first time in 39 Tests

first_imgFor the first time in 39 Tests as captain, Virat Kohli has fielded an unchanged playing XI. On Thursay, India decided to field the same XI at Southampton for the fourth Test against England which played in the third Test at Trent Bridge.Kohli took over as Test captain from MS Dhoni in 2014 and before today, had captained India in 38 Tests. Remarkably, Kohli had made at least one change in each of those 38 matches.Kohli has of course the results to show. Under him, India have won 22 out of 38 Tests so far. However, it was beginning to get a little tense after the team lost the Test series in South Africa and then lost the first two Tests of the five-match series in England.After the Lord’s defeat, India recalled Shikhar Dhawan in place of Murali Vijay and brought back Jasprit Bumrah who was out injured.INDIA VS ENGLAND 4TH TEST UPDATES | SCORECARDThanks to Kohli’s heroics and some superb bowling by the pacers, India won only their seventh Test match in England. And with all the key players fit and raring to go, Kohli saw no point in making any changes.At Trent Bridge, all the batsmen scored runs. Dhawan, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane found form and added much needed stability to the batting line-up.Also read – Farokh Engineer impressed with Rishabh Pant’s confidence on Test debutKohli, on Wednesday, had hinted he could field an unchanged playing XI.Meanwhile, Kohli has lost 21 tosses out of 39 Tests as skipper. On Thursday, Joe Root won and decided England would bat.advertisementlast_img read more

Johar holds impromptu ‘Koffee with Karan’ session with Rathore, Akshay at IFFI opening

first_imgPanaji, Nov 20 (PTI) Filmmaker Karan Johar brought his sassy chat show host avatar to the opening ceremony of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) as he sat down for a conversation with Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Bollywood star Akshay Kumar.In an over 18-minutes-long session Johar praised both Rathore and Kumar for their achievements in their respective fields and also played the famous “Koffee Quiz” with both the guests.The filmmaker, who is usually known for his cheeky sense of humour, stayed formal throughout the conversation which started with Kumar sharing his experience of working on “Gold”.The film, directed by Reema Kagti, is scheduled to be screened during the 49th edition of IFFI.”I enjoyed myself when I did ‘Gold’. It was interesting to know about what happened in 1948. We won our first gold medal and that to, we went to England and won it. It was an amazing story. I am thankful to Reema (Kagti, director), Ritesh and Farhan for giving me this film,” Kumar said. The 51-year-old actor, who Johar called the “poster boy” of socially-relevant films, said given a chance, he would always support a film promoting a social issue. “I love (these stories) and enjoy them. Whatever films I make, I mean it. I am not just doing it for the sake of. I really mean it and that’s why I go ahead and do it,” Akshay added.While asking the minister about the initiative closest to his heart amongst the dual portfolios under his charge, Johar fumbled twice, as he said “initiative”.advertisementRathore comforted him by saying, “It’s all right. It’s perfect. Take two!”Johar joked his English schooling “failed him today”.In his reply to the question, the minister said, “I have learnt a lot from both of my assignments. One, of course, is the Information and Be, where I get to meet a lot of very creative people…I meet fantastic journalists who go to lengths to write stories to inform people. So, it is very, very educative.”The other one is of course Sports (ministry), where there is full on energy and you get to interact with young people so both of them are close to me.” The bonhomie between the three on stage was evident as they played the “Koffee Quiz”.Johar asked Rathore, which portfolio would be the best suitable for Kumar and he said the actor would be apt to handle the Information & Broadcasting, Sports and Defence ministries.”There is one dialogue which Akshay said in a movie and our Chief Minister Mr Manohar Parikar also says that ‘Don’t Angry me’. He gets the defence ministry,” Rathore added.The filmmaker agreed to Rathore and praised Kumar for his dedication towards the field of sports.”My love for sports is huge. I have called him up and told him whenever I am needed or I can do something for my country for sports. I am always there,” Akshay said.The opening ceremony of IFFI 2018 was attended by Goa governor Mridula Sinha, Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chief Prasoon Joshi and producer Siddharth Roy Kapur among others. PTI RDS/ASK SHD BK SHDSHDlast_img read more

Ranveer Singh flaunts Manish Arora design for celebratory dinner

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 24 (IANS) He opted for outfits made by designers like Sabyasachi Mukherjee and Rohit Bal for his wedding with actress Deepika Padukone and Bengaluru reception respectively. And for a grand dinner hosted by his sister to celebrate the nuptials, actor Ranveer Singh chose an outfit designed by ace designer Manish Arora.Ranveer complemented the outfit with jewellery from Amrapali Jaipur for the dinner, said a statement.Arora says Ranveer’s energy and vibrant personality adds a charm to any outfit.”It’s overwhelming to see his love for my designs; the garment is a special one which is reimagined from one of my outfits at Burning Man. The outfit has intricate embellishments and our signature pink fluoro and heart motifs. I can’t wait to see him torching the dance floor in my outfit,” Arora told IANS.The actor sported an anti-fit, long silk jacket with intricate handcrafted embellishments added with the designer’s signature heart motifs and ostentatious pink.The outfit was paired with pink tinge sunglasses and heavy fine jewellery from Amrapali Jaipur. He sported a multi-layered pearl and diamond necklace in one and a multi layered pearl and polki necklace with an emerald in the centre, attached with the brand’s signature cut rubies.An assortment of Victorian rings with emeralds, rubies, diamonds and polkis completed his look.From being spotted at Arora’s show last year to occasionally wearing his designs, Ranveer has been the designer’s fan since long.Known for his eclectic and outrageous designs, the actor is the only male for whom Arora has designed menswear in Bollywood.Deepika and Ranveer had a two-day wedding affair, starting November 14 at picturesque Lake Como in Italy.–IANSnv/sim/rb/prsadvertisementlast_img read more

Things become pretty easy when Rohit, Dhawan do the job for us: Virat Kohli

first_imgRohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan’s opening partnership lay the foundation for India’s run chase in the third T20I against Australia on Sunday which was then followed by a trademark knock from captain Virat Kohli as the visitors defeated the hosts to draw the three-match series in Sydney.India rode on a 67-run partnership from Rohit (23) and Dhawan (41) at the top to chase down 165 with Kohli adding the finishing touches with an unbeaten 61 off 41 balls.The openers scored the runs in just 33 balls which brought down the run-rate and made it easier for the others to follow.Kohli, who hit the winning runs, came in the sixth over when India were 67/1 and made sure his team crossed the line well in time to deny the hosts a series win. India are now unbeaten in their last 10 T20I series which started with the one-off T20I against Sri Lanka in 2017.India are now unbeaten in their last 10 T20I series which started with the one-off T20I against Sri Lanka in 2017.Sydney T20I: Kohli, Dhawan help India gun down 165 to draw series vs AustraliaKohli, who came back to his usual batting position at No.3 after he had dropped to No.4 in the first game, praised Dhawan and Rohit’s performance at the Sydney Cricket Ground after the match.”Things become pretty easy when those two (Shikhar and Rohit) guys do the job for us. Overall, skill wise, we were better on the day than Australia. When our openers get into the zone they’re difficult to stop. I come in at three and attempt to take us home,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation.advertisementIndia vs Australia Highlights, 3rd T20I: Kohli’s unbeaten 61 helps India level seriesKohli’s knock was laced with four boundaries and a couple of sixes. He was involved in a crucial 60-run partnership with Dinesh Karthik, who provided valuable support with his unbeaten 18-ball 22 runs.”We thought the wicket slowed down with the old ball. That’s how T20 cricket goes. You lose momentum, you gain it. I think DK (Dinesh Karthik) showed great composure at the death along with me stringing a partnership to get us home,” Kohli added.Sydney T20I: Krunal Pandya records best T20I bowling figures by a spinner in AustraliaBefore the batsmen came to the party, it was India’s spinners who strangled Australia and restricted them to 164 for 6 after Aaron Finch won the toss and opted to bat.Kohli reserved special praise for the bowlers, especially Krunal Pandya, who took career-best figures of 4 for 36 while Kuldeep Yadav returned 1 for 19 in 4 overs.India vs Australia 2nd T20I at Sydney: As it happened”I thought with the ball we were more professional today. I thought it was 180 type of wicket. Those 15 runs less were crucial. A level series is a great show of how the teams have played,” Kohli said.Player of the series goes to @SDhawan25 #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/jMJMjSy0eDBCCI (@BCCI) November 25, 2018Krunal’s performance earned him the man-of-the-match award while Dhawan was adjudged Player of the Series for top-scoring with 117 runs in two matches. Krunal’s bowling figures were the best by a spinner in Australia and also the best by an Indian bowler in T20 internationals down under.India had lost the first T20I in Brisbane while the second match in Melbourne was washed out after just 19 overs in the first innings. The focus now shifts to the four-match Test series which the two sides will start playing from December 6.last_img read more

High court stays election process of Rajasthan cricket Academy till Dec 13

first_imgJaipur:- A single judge bench of Rajasthan high court Monday stayed the election process of Rajasthan Cricket Academy (RCA) till December 13. The registrar cooperative society had dissolved the executive body of RCA  headed by Congress leader and former Union minister C P Joshi on September 18 this year and directed fresh elections by an ad-hoc committee.This was owing to the ongoing dispute between the group led by C P Joshi and the one led by RCA secretary R S Nandu. The order for dissolution was challenged in the High Court through a petition filed by RCA through its president  C P Joshi. The petition was opposed by 6 district associations and the state government on the ground that the order of registrar was appealable before secretary, Sports Council. The bench found the petition not maintainable on the ground of seeking alternative relief and directed the aggrieved parties approach the Secretary Sports Council on December 13, and that the body decide on the appeal the same day. The bench also halted the election process till that period. PTI COR TVSTVSlast_img read more

India’s changes don’t bother us, we have done our homework on all players: Tim Paine

first_imgBuoyed by team’s comprehensive victory in the second Test, a cautious Australian skipper Tim Paine believes that his inexperienced side have the potential to get ahead of India but are still a work in progress.The third Test begins in Melbourne on Wednesday with the four-match series levelled at 1-1.”I don’t feel like we are on top of them. We feel like we are getting better with every Test,” Paine said on the eve of the Boxing Day Test.”We are improving with every game but we need to keep stacking up good days and play good Test cricket. If we can do that for the next 4-5 days I think we will be in the thick of it again,” Paine said.”Certainly when you have an inexperienced team and you get a big win like in Perth against the number one team in the world, guys are going to grow in confidence a little bit and come to Melbourne feeling better than when we did to Perth,” the skipper said.India have made three changes for the Boxing Day Test with Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja replacing openers Murali Vijay, KL Rahul and pacer Umesh Yadav but Paine is not bothered about changes in opposition rank.”India’s changes don’t really bother us because we have done our homework on all of their players for a number of weeks now. We have been prepared for all of them to play. What they do is their business, and we will keep focussing on what we are doing,” Paine said.advertisementThe skipper added that the journey since leading the side has been a learning curve for him, even as Australian cricket is just starting to come out of a period of strife.”I haven’t changed a lot. I came into the team and into the job at a time when I have already been through so much as a cricketer and a person. I am bit older than most guys to come back into the scene so I have had a bit more life experience and happy being myself. That’s how I have kept it and so far it is working out okay. No need to change,” he said.As is the norm, Australia named their playing eleven with Mitchell Marsh coming in the side replacing Peter Handscomb.Paine said that the change is to do with bowling and it would help out their four-bowler attack, before adding that Handscomb could be back for the Sydney Test.”We did it last year during the Ashes as well and majority of this decision is based on the fact that it will be hot and the bowlers have had a big role play. We think Mitch can come in and do a good job with the bat and will be a great support for our bowlers as well.”Peter knows that there are things we would like him to improve. Going into Sydney, where it normally spins, I think he will come back into it quickly because he is our best player of spin. He would like to get better because we all like to do that and he will be doing everything he can to come back into the side,” explained Paine.The MCG pitch came under sharp scrutiny after being rated poor in the Australia-England Ashes Test last year. There is some grass on the pitch this time around, but again Paine echoed the thoughts of his coach Justin Langer who exercised caution against reading too much into it.”I think the pitch will be really good. It will be really hot as well for most of the game. Most of the Shield games have been played here, but there has been only one result. So I don’t think it will play drastically different from how it has played all these years, although it does look a bit different. But we saw in Perth looks can be deceiving at times.Considering the conditions at the MCG, Paine said he would opt to bat first if given the opportunity.”I am not sure to be honest (if it is a bowl-first pitch). The grass here can be deceiving and I haven’t played here this year but I have a few Victorians in our camp. They said it has looked worse than it has played at times and again with the hot weather around, it would be a hard one to win the toss and bowl I would imagine,” said Paine.advertisementIrrespective of the pitch though, Paine expected spinner Nathan Lyon to have a major impact on the game.”I said after Perth that we think Lyon is the best spinner in the world and we are really lucky to have him. Whether it spins here or not, at the moment, how Lyon has been bowling, it is irrelevant. He gets the job done in any conditions and we are lucky to have him in our side,” he signed off.Also Read | Tim Paine and I don’t want to do something unnecessary, says Virat KohliAlso Read | Bowlers won’t be able to do anything with the scores we have been getting: Virat KohliAlso Read | Who will open for India with Mayank Agarwal? Hanuma Vihari or Rohit Sharma?Also Read | Merry Christmas: Indian cricket stars spread Christmas cheer in Australialast_img read more