o Over 1 million transactions per minute (8 socket TPC-C* result) o Over 600,000 transactions per minute (4 socket TPC-C* result) o Over 500,000 business operation per second (4 socket Java SPECjbb*2005 result) o Learn more about performance results of the Xeon 7400 products here Energy Efficient: The performance of 45nm processors (including the 6core) is being delivered in the same power/thermal envelopes as previous quad-core processors making the performance per watt ratio particularly appealing and beneficial to managing data center space and minimizing cooling challenges while growing performance capability. Many customers are refreshing older servers and seeing dramatic reductions in total cost of operations and space requirements. Evaluate your potential benefits with the Xeon estimator Investment Protection – All 45nm intel xeon processors (xeon 7400 and xeon 5400) are platform compatible with their 65nm quad-core predecessors (xeon 7300 and xeon 5300 respectively) so adoption, certification and integration into existing IT environments requires less effort. Flexible Virtualization: All 45nm Intel Xeon processors contain a technology called Intel VT FlexMigration that allows newer 45nm processors to be live migration compatible with previous 65nm intel xeon processors. So with current virtualization software support, IT customers can migrate virtual machines across multiple generations of intel processors, all in one big pool of computing. Better Business and Science: Many of the world’s top companies are using Intel’s 45nm products coupled with their software solutions to enhance their IT infrastructure. Last week Cern opened the Large Hadron Collider focused on recreating the big bang . Read more about how 45nm intel technology is playing an integral role in gaining insights into the formation of the universe or check out how your peers are benefiting from new technology at www.intel.com/references Eco-Friendly: If your company or boss has a green thumb, you may be interested in knowing that the new Xeon 5400 products are now built with materials which are both lead and halogen free (halogen is a material known to contribute to global warming)Finally, I came across this video where Nathan Brookwood (analyst from Insight 64) discusses the new Xeon 7400 product (Dunnington) and his outlook on technology roadmaps moving forward. In the next few weeks, I will be compiling and answering the top 6 questions around 45nm … so ask away.Chris About 3 months ago I delivered a 2-part viedo series on the benefits of 45nm process technology (part 1, part 2). As time has progressed, the intel roadmap has continued to evolve and deliver increased benefits. On Sept 8th 2008, we introduced four new 2-socket processors in our Xeon 5400 product line and this past Monday (Sept 15th), we introduced a whole new series of products for our 4-socket product line, the Xeon 7400 series (codename: Dunnington). All of these new products feature 45nm process technology and the enhanced Intel Core Microarchitecture. Here are some highlights of the benefits available for IT solutions Better Performance: Xeon 7400 features up to 6-cores and 16MB cache per processor. It is staggering to think about what an individual server is now capable of doing.
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Images of killings, protests, riots, and funerals have filled the screens over past several months in the United States. Its momentary apotheosis came in the two killings of police officers in New York earlier this month. The death of the policemen was an abrupt aberration in a series of events that found African-American men dead on the streets. Among countless others who suffered similar fates, Trayvon Martin (Florida), Tamir Rice (Ohio), Michael Brown (Missouri) and Eric Garner (New York) have remained in the public eye, precipitating an endemic crisis in this culture. Several debates about these killings have ensued, all based on the issues of race, racism, and power.The murder of the police officers in New York brings a festering issue to the fore, the treatment of victims of murder. In all cases, human lives were lost. But in all cases, except those of the two policemen, the victims of the shooting were black. Let it be settled now that the killings of policemen is reprehensible, because it is an attack against the democratic principles of our State. The policeman are not the henchmen of a dictator; they are public servants, accountable to our own collective responsibilities toward security. Killing them defeats our own principles (as does insulting and humiliating a democratically elected President, or, turning your back when the mayor of the city comes to pay respects to the slain officers.The killings of the police officers, as anyone can see even with one eye closed, were treated radically different from those of the Black men over the past several months and years. As Ta-Nehisi Coats argues in The Atlantic, the killings of the policemen brought out national comment and expressions of sympathy. When black men were killed, as they are every day, even in front of the cameras in broad daylight, it was a matter of rote recounting of crimes. And, in all cases, with deep insinuation that each of them somehow deserved it. Had it not been for remarkably sustained and overdue protests, the deaths of black men would have received no attention at all.Any viewer of the local evening news is familiar with the iconography of respect and power brought about by the deaths of uniformed officers. Slick and upright uniformed bodies march in strict order, choreographed around the national flag while local and state dignitaries fill up their schedules by attending the funeral marches. This is vastly different than that accorded the local victim of a police shooting in the neighborhood. There, the blocks are cordoned off for a few hours, the family is notified, before the entire event vanishes from the glare of the cameras.Watch any funeral of police officers on You Tube or on your local channel. It is always a matter of “paying respects” in a “sea of blue.” For the funeral of the police officers in New York, the taxpayers’ purse is loosened to pay for the glorious imagery, including the blue roses that fill the screens. It is a repeat-act of what we see on local news channel. The death of a man in uniform is somehow worthy of the salutations and the patronage of the State.Contrast that with the body of Michael Brown, which was left in the street for four hours in the August sun. No wonder the killings of Black men have revived the brutal memories of lynching that left “Black bodies swingin’ in the Southern breeze.” When we watch the ornamentally rich visuals of the police funerals, throwing a curtain on the loss of lives of black men, we are witnessing further proof of the devaluing of black life in this country. The State values its soldiers, but not its citizens, the perpetrators of violence, but not all its victims.Yes, there is a transparent obviousness to this observation. Though death is the great equalizer, all cultures invest much to distinguish the rich from the poor, the powerful from the powerless. Each culture observes the perpetuation of class divisions in the after death rituals. Hindus practice caste distinctions when Brahmins get the part of the Ghat closer to the temple while the underclass gets smoked to a distance. Christians and Muslims, for all their claims to piety, mark the graves of the well-deserved from the less deserved. Death and burial have become major industries. Don’t we know of the families that rush to reserve the real estate for each of their breathing units! This story is too familiar.This is not the time to open our textbooks to see where these rituals emerged and how they got codified. The problem is much closer to our time; it is in the intervening period between the moment of death and the rituals of mourning, before the bodies finally leave the world of living. It is in the new industry of mourning that forces everyone to embrace and participate in the lush imagery of those who claim a higher perch before they vanish.Think of the tragedy of September 11, 2001 in New York City. It was, by all accounts, a horror brought upon on innocent people whose day had begun with plenty of sunshine and hope. Loss of human life there, in the center of highest visibility on the planet, was as tragic as it was a testament to the cruel and cunning planning of the terrorists to achieve maximum impact. It was not the first act of its kind and certainly not the last on a planet which has been besieged by human cruelty on that and even higher level during the past century, let alone ages.But the events of 9-11 were quickly absorbed by the raging tide of commodification. The “hollowed grounds of ground zero” became a tourist attraction. Unseemly and horrifying as these sights were, they were in keeping with the culture that swallows everything in its reach and transforms them into uncanny objects with price tags. The actual human tragedy of the families of 3,000 lives was overshadowed by the abject display of a culture that has lost its judiciousness in the giddy feelings of greed and prosperity. Worse, the images of the candlelights, photographs, the T-shirts and memorabilia, were so littered on screens around the world that populations far and distant were forced to mourn just by encountering the glut. The mourning of the victims of 9-11 became everyone’s mourning on the planet. It was there on the screens of the favelas, the slums of Mexico City, the shanti-towns of Africa and in the squalor of Mumbai’s slums. It was there on the screens in Palestine and on the radio and newsreels in Congo. No one was spared an opportunity to mourn the deaths of 3,000 in the Twin Towers.So powerful is the onslaught of the iconography of mourning that it has become a universal standard for displaying the public affection of those who suffer. Since unspeakable horror and the loss of life are not the exclusive province of the victims in New York, similar tragedies are repeated in different corners of the world, from Australia to Canada and from Mumbai to Fiji. It is now an imperative felt by the souls left behind to live up to the glittering display of images and flowers and shiny monuments in the spaces of tragedies.There is little, if any, cultural specificity anywhere. The globalizing monsters of commodification have finally scored a victory by standardizing expressions of mourning into the mythical landmarks set by 9-11. Added to this process was the “bloviated exaggeration of the traumatic effects of 9/11,” which transformed the event from “one more chapter in history of human evil to ‘the day that changed everything.’” So loud and bombastic was this charge, supported by the most powerful media machine anywhere, that it was almost a mandate to recognize one’s cultural connection to this event. There are plenty of examples of this, but think of the events in Mumbai on Nov. 26, 2008, which was quickly recast as India’s own 26/11.This global propagation of the “day that changed everything” has drowned out the deaths by scores, hundreds and then thousands in many countries, including Darfur, Palestine, Nigeria, Chad, Kenya, and Mali. There are no memorials, no flowers, and no luck with any images that could be put on coffee mugs or T-shirts. There are no TV cameras to remind viewers on evening news how the departed have been remembered by those they left behind. There is, in fact, no trace that some of these people ever lived, let alone were killed by the thousands. If ever, there are grim images of mass graves presented in dismissive aesthetics of the suffering of others. And yet, for people who are closer to the screens, there are opulent rituals of mourning to watch as if to drown out their own loss. For them, to watch is to make images their own. Screens are imparting lessons of privilege, and evidence of how power cuts and when it does, it cuts through everything.No victim is special and no one is more important than another. Loss of human life, to use a truism without apologies, is tragic. When life is brought to an end by other human beings, whether it is the life of a black man who is walking home from a store or a policeman on duty, it is an unjust and cruel act. 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Indian students with international exposure are preferred for jobs over students who have studied in the country, reveals a recent survey. Conducted in support with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), the survey was conducted across India and other strategic locations of the world.“As the survey insights state, Indian students have not been able to gain preference in comparison to the overseas students due to lack of exposure and right counselling at the right age,” Ganesh Kohli, president of recruitment consulting firm KIC UnivAssist told the media. “We really need to step up the counselling practices in India to help them gain the desired position in the international markets.”Despite the shifts in the political scenario in different countries, 31 per cent of universities have seen a marginal increase (nearly 3-9%) in their international student enrolment this year while 45 per cent of them said it is the same as last year. As many as 45 per cent students prefer the United States as their study-abroad destination, followed by 14 per cent for Canada, 13 per cent for the eUK, 10 per cent for Australia, 8 per cent for South East Asia and 7 per cent for Europe.According to the survey, which included the opinions of industry leaders, counsellors and students of high schools, universities and other academic institutions, 56 per cent of universities feel that high schools need to play a bigger role in the smooth transition of students to universities. More information and counselling at the school level would better prepare students for university/college, 98 per cent of the colleges felt.The prime focus area of about 58 per cent of universities while interacting with high schools is “relationship-building/engagement” while 41 per cent of universities said their focus area is mainly “student recruitment”.The survey also showed subject preferences for Indian students, with 40 per cent of them opting for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, followed by 22 per cent students choosing arts, entertainment and sports. Only about 1 per cent choose business and finance, while 17 per cent prefer health and medicine. With traditional courses seeing a major chunk of the preference, it appears that career and college counselling practices in India are still not at par with international standards.The survey also captured the growing presence of technology in career counselling as 38 per cent of students said that their counsellor uses some form of technology to guide them. “In today’s digital world transition of a student from college to career must be developed on the basis of individual interest,” Shobha Mishra Ghosh, assistant secretary general-FICCI, said to the media. “Industry today is looking at engaging with students through structured seminars and forums to equip them with a complete know-how of different career options.” Related ItemsFICCI jobs surveyIndians studying abroadinternational jobs Indian studentsinternational studentsLittle IndiaNRI students
Prominent Indian-American lawmakers have criticised US President Donald Trump after he signed a memo instructing the Defence Department to stop accepting transgender people into the armed forces.The presidential memorandum signed on Friday officially requested the Pentagon to develop an implementation plan for the ban by February 21, 2018, to be put in place on March 23, 2018.Slamming the move, Democratic US Representative Ami Bera said: “If you wear an American military uniform, you deserve the respect and support of the Commander-in-Chief… Unfortunately, Donald Trump is more comfortable peddling in discrimination and bigotry, and he’s shown that he is unable to support our troops.”“Removing these men and women from service or refusing recruits because of who they are goes against every American value they swear to defend,” said Bera, who is the longest-serving Indian American currently in the Congress,” Bera said in a press release.The directive, signed on Friday, bars transgender people from enlisting, but instructs Secretary of Defence James Mattis and the Homeland Security “to determine how to address transgender individuals currently serving based on military effectiveness and lethality, unitary cohesion, budgetary constraints, applicable law, and all factors that may be relevant”, according to a White House official.It ordered the Pentagon to stop paying for gender reassignment surgeries, except in cases that were already in progress to “protect the health of an individual”.California Democrat Ro Khanna tweeted: “Our transgender service members deserve honour and respect. This military ban is anti-trans discrimination and must not be tolerated.”In a tweet, Illinois Democrat Raja Krishnamoorthi said that he hoped that Trump would reconsider the ban.“I hope the President immediately reconsiders this ban. There is no place for discrimination in our armed forces.”In another tweet, Krishnamoorthi said: “We must never abandon those who have sacrificed so much for their nation. #ProtectTransTroops”Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, a Democrat from Washington, termed the ban “downright shameful”.“I stand shoulder to shoulder with the transgender community. This is downright shameful. #TransRightsAreHumanRights,” she tweeted. Related ItemsAmi Bera transgender military banIndians US transgender military banLittle IndiaPramila Jayapal transgender military banRaja Krishnamoorthi transgender military banRo Khanna transgender military ban
United States President Donald Trump felicitated two Indian American businessmen and seven others on Oct. 24 to recognize the contribution of minority-owned businesses during the National Minority Enterprise Development Week, being observed during Oct. 22-28.Trump felicitated Sharad Thakkar, the president of Polymer Technologies and Services Inc, and Karan Arora, the director of Natural Vitamin Labs, PTI reported. Their organizations received awards for Minority Energy Firm of the year and Minority Export Firm of the year, respectively.Karan Arora, owner of Natural Vitamins Lab (LinkedIn)“The awards program celebrates and recognizes the outstanding achievements of minority entrepreneurs, as well as individuals and organizations that have demonstrated leaders in advancing global minority business enterprise,” according to the White House statement.Polymer Technologies and Services is based in Ohio and is involved in plastic fabrication — recycling plastics to create valuable raw material. The company works with plastic industry individuals to transform their throwaway scrap plastic into valuable raw material. They help organizations do cost analysis to “minimize the cost of handling scrap and/or by-products”, among other services.Arora’s company is family-owned and based in Florida, where they have a 95,000 sq. Ft. office. They have been supplying natural health products to clients worldwide for the last 25 years.Both men came to the United States as students and are citizens today.“There is a big demand (globally) for US-made products, which have more value anywhere in the world,” Arora told PTI. He also commended the tax reforms undertaken by the Trump administration, adding that the simplification of the tax code is a boon for small enterprises.Sharad_Thakkar, President of Polymer Technologies (LinkedIn)“Minority-owned businesses are a bedrock of the American economy and will be a critical component in the countries new period of economic revival,” the White House statement said. Trump has advocated a plan so that all minority communities could flourish, it added. However, during Trump’s election campaign he had taken a stance that appeared to be opposed to minorities, calling many such groups illegal immigrants.Thakkar, who hails from Baroda, has been living in the United States for 30 years, and said that Indian-Americans are making great contributions to the country’s economy.“I am very proud that this country gave me this opportunity,” he said. “The opportunities that we had have been fantastic, tremendous.”The U.S. president, who felicitated nine minority business-owners, including the two Indian-Americans, said his administration is deeply committed to empowering minority business owners.“We’re working to lift government barriers so that you can thrive, prosper, and grow,” he said. Related ItemsDonald TrumpIndian American businessmenKaran Arora Natural Vitamin Labsminority enterprises weekSharad Thakkar Polymer Technologiestax reform USA
A 14-year-old Indian-origin girl had killed herself last year because she was snubbed by her friends at the Henrietta Barnett School in North West London, an inquest heard on March 28.Elena Mondal may have hoped that she would be discovered before she died but her “dramatic statement” went wrong, consultant psychiatrist Dr. Cathy Wainhouse said, according to the Daily Mail. Mondal had hanged herself from a tree on the school grounds and later died at the hospital. She was found unresponsive in the woods on school grounds at The Henrietta Barnett School in Hampstead Garden Suburb.Mondal was at the top in her class and wanted to be a doctor. She was also studying in one of the top grammar schools in the country. Her parents Shyamal and Moushumi believe that she was bullied at school, the inquest at Barnet Coroner’s Court heard. Their barrister Susan Jones also questioned a police officer, Detective Constable Simon North, over the girl’s phone. According to the GPS location of the phone, which was faulty, the police had concentrated the search for her in the wrong location.North said that there was “minimal” use of the phone on the day of her death last June and added that “everything had been deleted” from the device, according to the Daily Mail.A teacher had found Mondal hanging from a tree in the woods. The teenager had a history of eating disorders and self-harm. What triggered her this time could have been her friends removing her from a WhatsApp group, said Dr. Emily Hallgarten.At the court, school officials said that she once fled a classroom in tears with a pair of scissors, before collapsing in a corridor and cutting her arms in a toilet. Mondal had been referred to the school counselor for missing meals and complaining of depression but missed many appointments, said Henrietta Barnett well-being manager Kelly Barry.Asked if the school’s academic “hothouse culture” could have affected Mondal and put students at risk of mental health, Barry replied, “It is not unusual for teenage girls at different points to engage in experiments with food or self-harm,” according to the Sun. The school was the top performing state school in the country in the Sunday Times league table in 2016 and 2017.Barry told the court that 10 per cent students might suffer from eating issues or self-harm, a typical proportion.Mondal had been assessed at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead but the general consensus was that she was not at risk of suicide. Related ItemsBritish IndianElena MondalUnited Kingdom
A stunned Pakistan cricket fraternity on Sunday reacted with shock and anger to the latest ‘spot-fixing’ scandal that rocked the national team in the fourth Test against England at Lord’s.Although London Metropolitan police had only arrested one Mazhar Majeed for allegedly paying bribes to some players to spot-fix the ongoing Test and no cricketer has not been charged but the cricket community in Karachi felt damage has already been done to the reputation of the game in the country.They said the accused players and the team management should be called back home immediately and prompt steps be taken to deal with the scandal.”So far these are only allegations but they have also already caused our image and credibility great harm because of management by the Pakistan Board and the officials in England,” former Test captain Aamir Sohail said.Sohail demanded the immediate calling back of the accused players and Pakistan team management in the wake of the ‘spot-fixing’ allegations.”I think it is time for the Chief Patron of the Board, President Asif Zardari to act now and call back the accused players and the entire management from England,” he said.”Damage control steps need to be taken immediately and I don’t think these players who have been accused should remain with the team neither the officials under whose nose all this took place,” he added.Former Test player Iqbal Qasim said he was shocked to hear about the ‘spot-fixing’ allegations.”I woke up early morning for Sehri to keep fast and believe me what I saw on television left me numb. I just pray all this turns out to be untrue because it is hard to believe that a 18-year old player (Muhammad Aamir) could be involved in spot-fixing,” Qasim said.advertisementFormer Pakistan pacer Sarfraz Nawaz said he had been saying all along there was something fishy going on in the team.”There is so much indiscipline in this team because of the lenient attitude of the board. This was bound to happen. I say try the players found guilty of corruption and also those officials who failed to deliver for the country,” he stated.Senators Haroon Akhtar and Tariq Azeem, who are members of the Senate Standing Committee on Sports, blamed the PCB and its chairman for the current scandal.”Ijaz Butt had promised us way back in March the Board would take action against players suspected of having links with bookmakers. He later backed out on his word and said we had misinterpreted the briefing,” Akhtar said.”In the briefing it was clear even after the Australian tour they were suspicions raised about some players who were allowed to play on in the team,” he added.Tariq Azeem said President Zardari needed to sack the current set-up in the PCB immediately and call back the players accused of fixing.”Enough is enough Pakistan cricket has already been damaged a lot. This is the final straw the President must act now,” Azeem said.Noted jurist, Farkhruddin G Ibrahim, who represented former captain Saleem Malik and other players in the famous inquiry into match fixing allegations held by Justice (retd) Malik Qayyum in 1998 and 1999, had words of caution, saying that so far there were only allegations against the players.”Nothing has been proved as yet but the onus is now on the ICC and PCB to show the world the truth. If this situation continues this way people will never trust cricketers or administrators,” he said.The cricket fans on the street reacted with anger, saying that the accused players should be immediately called back for bringing shame to Pakistan cricket.”Yes they should call back these players and put them on trial. Find out the truth but don’t allow them to remain there now. They have brought shame for us in this holy month of Ramazan,” said Saleem Ahmed, a hawker in one of Karachi’s busiest shopping areas, Saddar.”How can we now believe that these players are honest with their country and themselves. It is shameful,” Khurrum, a shopkeeper selling bangles for the festival of Eid, said.
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Atletico de Kolkata (ATK) head coach Jose Molina on Monday made a tongue-in-cheek remark about Mumbai City FC’s underperforming marquee footballer Diego Forlan, saying the Uruguayan must be good as he has been roped in at a high price for the third edition of the Indian Super League (ISL).”Forlan is dangerous. Maybe he had better times before. If Mumbai are paying a lot of money for him maybe is dangerous,” Molina told reporters on the eve of ATK’s return tie against Mumbai. They played out a 1-1 draw in their first meeting earlier in the tournament.Forlan is the highest paid marquee in this season’s ISL. According to reports, ATK were also interested in the 2010 World Cup Golden Ball winner, awarded to the best player in a World Cup. (Diego Forlan hopes to roll back the years in this ISL)Asked if the home side have any special plans for Forlan who is returning after a three-game injury gap, Molina said, “They have a very good team. They have good attacking players with some having good individual skills.””Yes we do plan against Forlan which I cannot say here. It’s not the same as (Mattias) Defederico and (Sony) Norde. They are different players,” Molina said. (ISL: Diego Forlan shines in Mumbai City’s win over NorthEast United)Injured ATK marquee Helder Postiga might be on the bench on Tuesday, Molina informed. The Portuguese has been nursing a rib injury for some time. (Mumbai City FC edge past FC Pune City 1-0 in first derby of ISL 2016)advertisement”I don’t know whether he will play or not. He could be on the bench. He went 15 days without training and is still not at his best.”
Their senior team administered a thorough drubbing, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is making sure that country’s future crop of players get plenty of experience when it comes to playing in Indian conditions. (Latest Cricket stories)”Touring India at any level is challenging, as the senior England team would confirm. But that is why it is so valuable to be able to expose our best young players to these challenges at Under-19 level,” David Graveney, Under-19s chairman of selectors, said while announcing England’s team for the tour of India beginning next month.Yorkshire fast bowler Matthew Fisher has been appointed captain of the England Under-19 team which will tour India for a five-match one-day series in Mumbai.Fisher made his debut for the Under-19s as a 15-year-old in 2013 shortly after becoming the youngest ever county cricketer for Yorkshire.Middlesex opener Max Holden will lead the team in two four-day matches at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.”We expect the India team to be very strong, as they showed in the ICC Under-19 World Cup earlier this year and again in the Asia Cup, under the supervision of Rahul Dravid. So this is a huge opportunity for the 15 players who have been selected, especially with a return series against India at home next summer,” said Graveney.”It is a major boost to have the ability and experience of Matthew Fisher back in the squad. He was a key figure in Englands success in the 2014 ICC Under-19 World Cup in Dubai, and after he was affected by injuries in the 2016 summer this is a good opportunity for him to test himself against his contemporaries in different conditions in India,” he added.advertisementEngland Under-19s to tour India: January 23 — Feb 25 Fixtures: One-day series v India Under-19s (Mumbai) — Jan 30 (Wankhede Stadium), Feb 1 (CCI), 3 (CCI), 6 (Wankhede Stadium), 8 (Wankhede Stadium); Four-day matches v India Under-19s (Chennai) — Feb 13-16, 21-24 (both MA Chidambaram Stadium).
If you want to break through the marketing clutter, stop being a part of it.Cartoon by Tom Fishburne, who inspired this post.What do I mean?Just because you’re in nonprofit marketing, you don’t need to sound like a marketing claim on a store shelf.Stop saying what people expect: that you need money, that we should give, that your cause is the best. If that’s all you have to say, you might as well be selling soap.Start saying what really matters: that you have a story that touches us, that we can become a part of it, and that together we can change the world. Don’t write like you’re making a brochure. Write like you’re making a difference.
India have secured their participation in the 2021 after beating South Africa in the ongoing three-match women’s ODI series. The Mithali Raj-led team took an unassailable 2-0 lead after their 178-run win in the second ODI as the series was also serving as the first-round fixture of the ICC Women’s Championship and which ever team would win, would get a direct entry in the net edition of the women’s World Cup in 2021.India was playing is their first international match since going down to England in the final of the last year’s Women’s World Cup.WATCHIn the second ODI, Smriti Mandhana struck 135 runs to help the Indian women’s cricket team hammer South Africa by 178 runs.Smriti belted a 129-ball 135, laced with 14 fours and a six, while vice captain Harmanpreet Kaur (55 not out off 69 balls; 4X2, 6X1) and Veda Krishnamurthy (51 not out off 33; 4X6, 6X1) pressed the accelerator to guide the visitors to a mammoth 302/3 in the second game.India then rode on impressive spin bowling from leg-spinner Poonam Yadav (4/24), left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad (2/14), off-spinner Deepti Sharma 2/34) to bowl out the hosts for 124 in 30.5 overs as India gained valuable points for the World Cup 2021 qualification.Right-handed opening batswoman Lizelle Lee waged a lonely battle for the hosts, scoring 73 off 75 deliveries. Apart from Lizelle, who notched her 13th fifty, Marizanne Kapp (17) was the only other South African who managed to reach double-digit score.Earlier, put in to bat, the visitors got off to a flier with Smriti and Poonam Raut (20 off 37; 4X3) putting on 56 runs, before Poonam departed caught behind by Trisha Chetty off pacer Marizanne.advertisementHer dismissal brought in veteran skipper Mithali Raj (20 off 34; 4X1), who added 51 runs in the company of Smriti, who by then had crossed her half century off 64 deliveries.With India in a spot of bother losing two wickets for 107, Harmanpreet joined forces with Smriti and the duo frustrated the South Africans with quality strokeplay.Smriti, who struck a 98-ball 84 in the opening match, took her time and smartly got to the three-figure mark off 116 balls, before taking the attack to the opposition, resulting in a 134-run third wicket stand with Harmanpreet.Just when it appeared that the duo will bat the hosts out of the game, off-spinner Raisibe Ntozakhe struck with the crucial wicket of Smriti, who registered her third ODI century.But the joy was short-lived for the Protea women with Veda going all guns blazing for her 33-ball half century, which resulted in a 61-run undefeated stand with Harmanpreet.(With inputs from IANS)
Kept out of Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS), Ankita Raina has made a huge statement by pulling off consecutive wins over higher-ranked players in the ongoing Fed Cup, and the young Indian tennis player is hoping for just reward after letting her racquet do all the talking.In a surprise decision, the Sports Ministry had left out 25-year-old Ankita, the country’s top singles player from TOPS and added second-highest ranked Karman Kaur Thandi, doubles player Prarthna Thombare along with the seasoned Sania Mirza.In the TOPS scheme, selected athletes are provided financial assistance for their customized training at institutes having world class facilities and other necessary support for their growth and future success.WATCHAITA had said that national observer Somdev Devvarman had made the recommendations for players’ inclusion in TOPS and he felt Ankita has not shown any progress.In the ongoing Fed Cup, it is only Ankita who has won singles matches for India so far, while Karman and Thombare have not managed a single win.And Ankita’s victories have come against players such as Yuliya Putintseva, who was ranked as high as 27 last year and played French Open’s third round in 2017, apart from beating top-10 players at St Petersburg WTA event.Ankita, ranked 252, also beat China’s world number 120 Lin Zhu on Wednesday to keep India in the hunt.After initial reluctance, AITA recommended Ankita’s name for inclusion in TOPS but she is yet to be added in the list for financial assistance.”I am the country’s top player. I believe in working hard and my racquet is doing the talking. After becoming top player in India and doing well in WTA matches also, there was no reason for my exclusion.advertisement”I believe in working hard. I believe in God, he sees everything and I am sure justice will be done,” Ankita told PTI after her sensational win over Putintseva.AITA had also reasoned that Ankita has never won a National title and medals for the country. But she had won the National grass court championship in 2009 in Kolkata and last year won a silver in doubles with Thombare at the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.Talking about her win on Thursday, the 25-year-old said, “It was an unbelievable match for me.”I was waiting for such a win and I am glad it came in India in Fed Cup. I was consistent and going for lines. I was doing it in practice but putting it in match is different.”Ankita said she has worked on her fitness and technique with her coach Hemant Bendre and trainer Gaurav Nijhon. “I was amazed with long points I have played in these matches. I have the belief that I can do it now consistently. I was practising it a lot but doing it in matches is special,” she said.Asked about the moment when she broke into tears along with her mother Lalita after the win, Ankita said,”It had to come out.”I belong to a middleclass family. Only my family, especially my mom, knows the struggles I have faced. It was justified. It was like flash back moment. It (tears) had to come out.”Meanwhile, India captain Ankita Bhambri said a few calls were “ridiculous” during the Ankita-Yulia match. “She would have finished the match in straight sets if that ridiculous call was not made when she was up a break. Hats off to her that despite being down 1-3, she pulled it off. It’s commendable,” said Bhambri.The Indian captain also believed that India’s doubles combination, especially Thombare, needs to “step up”. Twice India has come back in the ties but both times the team lost the decisive doubles matches.Bhambri also acknowledged that the doubles teams from China and Kazakhstan were far superior. “They were solid at the net. But we need to combine well. These girls do not play together on circuit but they need to step up.”(With inputs from PTI)ALSO WATCH:
Patrick Roberts Celtic star Roberts modelled his game on Robben Ryan Conway Last updated 2 years ago 21:05 10/17/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Bayern München v Celtic Bayern München Celtic UEFA Champions League The Manchester City loanee will line up against the Dutch star in Tuesday’s game and hopes to reach a similar level in his blossoming career Patrick Roberts could come face to face with one of his heroes when Celtic travel to the Allianz Arena to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League, the Manchester City loanee having modelled his game on Arjen Robben.Celtic go to Germany with the knowledge that a victory over the Bundesliga champions would see them leapfrog Robben’s team and move into second place in Group B.Celtic 20/1 to beat Bayern Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Roberts has been in fine form once again for Brendan Rodgers’ side and was on the scoresheet in their previous European outing, a 3-0 victory away to Anderlecht. The 20-year-old forward has set his sights high and hopes to emulate the former PSV, Chelsea and Real Madrid winger.”Players like that put the hard work in in training throughout the years and that is why they are on the biggest stage in world football,” he said.”Hopefully one day that can be me but I need to keep practising my technique.”Robben retired from international football after Netherlands’ 2-0 victory over Sweden, a game in which he scored both goals, but which was not enough to earn a World Cup qualifying play-off spot. The decorated winger ended his international career with 96 caps and 37 goals – his final strike a trademark left-footed rocket into the far corner of the net, a technique that has earned the long-term admiration of Roberts. “I have always enjoyed the way he comes inside and shoots,” Roberts said.”I’ve tried to emulate that, come in and shoot like that, since he was at Chelsea and I was only a young boy.”Since the last round of Champions League fixtures, Bayern have undergone a change at the helm, with Carlo Ancelotti axed and replaced by treble-winning former coach Jupp Heynckes.
The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share on Pinterest Twitter Read more As a summary of what Berbatov refers to as “a stupid situation”, that is as neat and precise as one of his cushioned first touches from days gone by. There is room for debate on whether the two main protagonists are fully grown-up in any meaningful sense, though Berbatov is right about the spectacle being unedifying. That last thing anyone wants to see at the toybox end of the newspaper is toys out of the pram.The Bulgarian is probably struggling to understand why a club such as Manchester United does not come down like a ton of bricks on the superstar squabblers as it would have done in his day. Not that something resembling the present stand-off would ever have happened when Berbatov was at Old Trafford because Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge then, and his preferred method of dealing with gobby challenges to his authority was to move the player out, however important or expensive, rather than conduct a feud via the media.Ferguson knew perfectly well how to use the media – and opponents, referees and officialdom in general were all accustomed to feeling the heat of his belligerent personality – but he drew the line at public attacks on his own players. He demanded loyalty from those in his charge but the quid pro quo was that he in turn would never be disloyal. One of the reasons he stopped attending post-match press conferences, in fact, was to swerve questions about a player he knew he would not be able to keep defending indefinitely.So Mourinho is not Ferguson. This much we know already. But the answer to Berbatov’s implied question, the reason why no one within the club is pointing to the brand and telling the fractious egos to give it a rest, can also be traced back to Ferguson and his previous influence.If there is a power vacuum at the top of Manchester United at the moment, with absentee owners only interested in profit margins and a weak executive vice-chairman – Ed Woodward – more concerned with adding to an absurdly long list of commercial partners than concentrating on the core activity, it is because no one is actually answerable to anyone else any more. Share on WhatsApp Sportblog Share on LinkedIn Sir Alex Ferguson received a thunderous reception from Manchester United fans on his return to Old Trafford after a period of ill health. Photograph: Ryan Browne/BPI/Rex/Shutterstock Facebook Manchester United Woodward is said to be backing Mourinho, although there is no guarantee the Portuguese will stick around any longer than Pogba, in fact it is hard at the moment to predict which of the pair will be first out of Manchester. All that can be safely said is that when figures of authority are taking sides in an internal argument it is a departure from the leadership principles that served United so well in the club’s storied past. This is a club built on unity. The clue may even be in the name. Share on Messenger In the old days everyone was answerable to Fergie – everyone on this side of the Atlantic at least – because he made it his business to poke his nose into every aspect of the club. That was his notion of how to run such a large and complicated business. The first rule of his leadership course would be that you can have only one leader. That does not mean he was unable or unwilling to delegate – later-stage Ferguson was quite adept at sharing out the workload – but everyone knew where the buck stopped when any major decision arose.Clearly that is an old-fashioned way to run a football club, as United belatedly discovered when Ferguson stepped down. Because he had been at the club so long, and seen his own role expand imperceptibly as United’s empire and influence widened, it was not immediately appreciated that a new manager would find it difficult to understand the scope and scale of the task.It was also enormously unhelpful that David Gill departed as chief executive at the same time as Ferguson, robbing the club not only of a partnership that worked but also of an extra layer of experience. That mistake, more than any particular managerial appointment, is perhaps key to what is now seen as a bungled succession. With Gill at his side, David Moyes might have stood a chance of lasting longer than one season, if not the six years originally planned.United did not fancy Mourinho in 2013, but that was before they realised how far things had moved on since 1986, the year Ferguson came down from Scotland. As soon as that adjustment was made, and United worked out they were now in the era and the market for a rentable super-coach, Mourinho swam into their sights once Louis van Gaal had tried and failed to impress.After the unpalatable stasis of a second managerial disappointment, even the Mourinho doubters were ready to accept a well-qualified candidate who at least was a proven winner and at worst a less unpleasant taste of medicine than his predecessor, though the man apparently keen to follow Ferguson in 2013 was so lukewarm three years later that he declined to move his family to northern England and chose to operate out of a hotel.Ferguson would never have approved of that and perhaps Woodward ought not to have either. United seem to have turned into a transit camp rather than a destination of choice, so perhaps it is no surprise they have ended up with a dissatisfied manager and a disenchanted record signing. No love left as José Mourinho’s scowl sums up Manchester United mood Paul Pogba Reuse this content Share on Facebook Daniel Taylor Alex Ferguson Share on Twitter A new dimension to the José Mourinho-Paul Pogba saga has been provided by Dimitar Berbatov, rapidly making a name for himself in a Sybil Fawlty specialist-subject-the bleedin’-obvious kind of way as a spokesman for a gambling company. “Football should be about what happens on the pitch, not who has the biggest dick,” the former Manchester United striker said. “I’m fed up of seeing these headlines, you are all grown-ups and this sort of thing really needs to be kept in-house.” comment Share via Email Pinterest Topics José Mourinho
Where is Mesut Ozil? That’s the question a lot of Arsenal fans have found themselves asking in the stands, on Twitter and in their own heads when Unai Emery’s starting XI has been revealed in recent weeks.And it’s a legitimate question.The dictionary definition of ‘false dawn’ provides a decent summary of Ozil’s situation. “Something that seems to show that a successful period is beginning or that a situation is improving when it is not.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? On the subject of false dawns, Arsenal are pretty familiar with them. Particularly when it comes to Leicester City.Their 2-1 home win against the Foxes in 2016 was supposed to be the springboard for Arsene Wenger’s fourth league title, but the Foxes recovered and ultimately went on to claim that scarcely believable title win. Less dramatically, there’s the Gunners’ 3-1 victory against Leicester in October this season and what seemed to be Ozil’s breakthrough moment under Emery. The German playmaker captained the side, scored Arsenal’s equaliser, pre-assisted the second goal and assisted the third, the latter destined to be the best team goal of the season.And yet here we are, three months on and Ozil seems further away from featuring in the starting XI than ever before.Indeed, Ozil, the fastest player in Premier League history to 50 assists, has barely featured since Emery replaced Wenger. Since that impressive showing against Leicester, he has created just one more goal, in the twilight zone that is a home match against Qarabag.But, his record and reputation aside, why should Ozil be playing? Well, just look at Paul Pogba’s rebirth at Manchester United.Since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment, no player has been involved in more Premier League goals than Pogba. There was a time last year when the World Cup winner couldn’t string two passes together. He was ineffective and lacking in confidence. Nowhere near an £80 million ($105m) footballer. But now look at him. His revival is as good a demonstration as any that a player’s ‘form’ is hugely dependent on the system and the demands of the manager within that.Ever since Mourinho left and Solskjaer came in, Pogba’s been given the freedom to get forward and play his own game. His touches in the opposition box per 90 minutes have risen significantly from 3.1 under Mourinho, to 4.4 now. Conversely, Ozil’s figures under Emery (2.8) have declined by about the same amount, when compared to the role he had under Wenger in 2017-18 (4.0). No one is suggesting the Spaniard is curtailing an entire team, but his chosen approach is almost certainly hampering the highest paid player in the club’s history.The signing of that hefty new contract, back in February 2018, was an extremely unusual move for a club who used to recoil at the thought of even offering players approaching 30 a new deal. Their German playmaker turns 31 in October this year. The departure of Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United a week earlier was probably one of the factors behind Ozil’s bumper deal and is certainly one of the reasons why Aaron Ramsey will be leaving the club in 2019.Incidentally, all three feature in the top six of the most creative Premier League players this season who have played less than 1000 minutes, with Ramsey, Ozil and Alexis in first, second and sixth respectively for chances created in open play. Player Open play chances created Mins played (2018-19) Ramsey 19 885 Ozil 18 980 Vietto 18 766 Armstrong 17 966 Success 17 858 Alexis 17 505 Arsenal fans can argue about which of the three would have been the best to retain at the club but the reality is that only Ozil is signed up, and his relationship with Emery seems challenging to say the least. Ozil’s stuck with Emery and Emery’s stuck with Ozil, at least until the summer. They may as well make it worth their while.The truth is, Ozil’s ability to play well and not get credit is almost unparalleled. Unfairly attacked by Bayern president Uli Hoeness after the World Cup for not winning tackles – Ozil’s rate of 5.5 chances created per 90 minutes in Russia was better than any other player in the entire tournament.The sad fate of the creative midfielder who plays with team-mates who squander the opportunities he creates is that he’ll be criticised for ‘not doing enough’. The assists aren’t there so he’s not either. No one epitomises this more than Arsenal’s No.10.As well as Ramsey played in the win over Chelsea, he’s not going to be in north London come the summer. Carry on like this and Ozil probably won’t either.It’s time Emery gave his most creative talent more of a chance, and in the role where he thrives most – behind the central striker. It worked for Pogba, it might just work here too.