Flag removal by BHU official: varsity to request RSS to withdraw FIR

first_imgThe deputy chief proctor of the South Campus of the Banaras Hindu University was allegedly made to resign and faces serious criminal charges after she removed an RSS flag from the varsity playground.The varsity on Thursday said it would request the RSS, whose local office-bearer filed a police complaint, to withdraw the FIR, and would also approach the district administration to settle the matter.“We will deal with it because our employee is at stake. We will protect her 100%,” Ramadevi Nimmanapalli, professor in-charge of the BHU South Campus, told The Hindu. She, however, noted that it was an internal matter of the varsity.The controversy took place on Tuesday morning when Kiran Damle, the deputy chief proctor of the Rajiv Gandhi South Campus, located in Mirzapur, uprooted the RSS flag from the grounds while a ‘shakha’ was on.Following protests by some students and local RSS leaders, who claimed she insulted the flag, Ms. Damle resigned from her post, which was accepted.However, the matter did not end there. On a complaint from the Mirzapur district in-charge of the RSS, Chandra Mohan, the FIR was registered against Ms. Damle at the Kotwali Dehat police station.She was charged under four clauses of the Indian Penal Code, including promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc and deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs.DenialMs. Damle said she resigned as the “students wanted” her to do so. She claimed she was not aware that the saffron flag she uprooted was linked to the RSS. “If I knew, why would I do that [remove the flag],” she said.Early on Tuesday, she came across the flag in one corner of the playground, following which she inquired about it from the students, who were engaged in their drill and exercise. However, despite asking them and waving at them, no claimant came forward. She then removed it from the site and put it in her office “just to be on the safe side” as a precautionary measure given the sensitive climate over the Ayodhya verdict, she said.Ms. Damle claimed that she had directed her attendant to hand over the flag if anyone came and asked for it.Superintendent of Police Mirzapur Dharm Veer Singh said that during investigation, Ms. Damle admitted that she committed the act due to a “misconception.”Mr. Singh said the “sanghathan” (RSS) has been holding “shakhas” programme on the grounds every morning since the last seven years. The matter was being probed.Ms. Nimmanapalli said Ms. Damle was willing to issue a written apology to the RSS as she “did not do it intentionally.” “She did not know what importance the flag held for these persons. But she accepts that she made a mistake”.Ms. Nimmanapalli clarified that the varsity did not lodge a complaint against Ms. Damle but it was done externally. “It is not in my hand,” she said.Congress leader’s memorandumThe matter has taken a political turn with Congress’s UP vice-president and former MLA Lalitesh Pati Tripathi on Wednesday submitting a memorandum to the varsity condemning the criminal action taken against Ms. Damle.Taking to Twitter, Mr. Tripathi said Ms. Damle had expressed objection to the RSS’s attempts at “saffronising” the campus by holding “shakhas” on it.Ms. Nimmanapalli, however, said she had no objection to students participating in “shakhas” as long as peace on campus was not disturbed. The “shakhas” were making the students “disciplined,” no matter what their beliefs may be, she claimed.Chandra Mohan, zila karyavah, Mirzapur RSS, refused to believe Ms. Damle’s claim that she did not know the flag belonged to the RSS. “Even so, if a person comes across a saffron flag, he or she will bow before it, if they belong to the Hindu society, won’t they?”, he said. “Shakhas” were being held at the grounds for the past seven years and “not just the students, even professors participate in them and promote our work,” he said. Asked if the RSS would withdraw the police complaint, Mr. Mohan said he would follow instructions from his higher-ups. “When the matter comes up, we shall see it. It is not my personal matter. It is about our organisation. She has insulted the ‘bhagwa dwaj’ [saffron flag] of our organisation,” he added.last_img read more


first_imgHowever, both still have few weaknesses and work on them However, both still have few weaknesses and work on them to improve their game, Sania said. She said both Hingis and herself spend too much time together and it is very difficult not to get along well. “We spend so much time together. We have shared so many emotions together. Its inevitable and very difficult to not get along well. “Today she is probably one of the closest persons to me; not just geographically where she is all the time, but also the way she understands me, she knows how I react to situations and vice-versa as well. So, I m glad that I got to know her like that,” she said. Sania said even if they fail to keep the winning streak alive, it will not affect their quest to win matches. “Hopefully, we can keep the streak alive but if it doesnt, then it has already been an unbelievable streak for us so its not going to change anything, but the goal is to try and win every time we step on the court,” she stated. Sania also said the streak was never on her and Hingis mind. “When we started winning and it was not something that we were consciously chasing for, we were just trying to win every tournament that we played and thats the goal still,” she said. “We are aware that the next number is 44, and we are aware that we can achieve that in Doha, but having said that its a tough tournament and there are no guarantees in sport. We will try our best and not put any pressure on ourselves because we have enough of that already,” she said. PTI BDN AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

South Africa vs India 1st Test Highlights: How Vernon Philander destroyed Indian batting line-up

first_imgIndia suffered a 72-run defeat against South Africa in the first Test at Newlands, Cape Town on Monday. India vs South Africa, 1st Test, Cape Town: Live Cricket Streaming available on SonyLIV from 2 PM todayIndia 2nd Innings:20:26 IST: The first 4-day Test of 2018. In spite of losing a whole day to rain, this game does not even go the distance on Day 4. 40 wickets have fallen in around 231 overs. Runs scored – 760. Average runs per wicket – 19.20:20 IST: SOUTH AFRICA WIN BY 72 RUNS! WICKET! 42.4: V Philander to J Bumrah, OUT c Faf du Plessis b Vernon Philander. India have been bowled out.20:19 IST: Jasprit Bumrah is the last man in.20:18 IST: WICKET! 42.3: V Philander to Shami, OUT! Gone next ball.20:17 IST: 42.2: V Philander to Shami, FOUR! Confident shot! On middle and off, Shami comes forward and chips it over mid on and gets a boundary! Some confidence that!20:15 IST: WICKET! 42.1: V Philander to Ashwin, OUT! That is a terrific catch and the big Vern gets the breakthrough! What a brilliant field change and it has done the trick. Quinton de Kock was asked to come up a few steps for this ball and he obeyed his captain. Philander bowled this outside off and Ashwin looked to punch it to the off side. He got a thick outside edge but a sharp one. But Quinton de Kock takes it brilliantly and straightaway throws the ball up in the air in jubilation. Philander does not even bother to appeal and the umpire is smart. Does not give it out. Ashwin is smarter. Does not walk. Now QdK appeals and up goes the finger! The 49-run stand is broken.advertisement20:03 IST: 39.1: K Maharaj to Kumar, FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries! This stand is now worth 41 from 61 balls without any fuss, chipping away at the target. Full and wide outside off, Kumar leans and drives it through point. Morne Morkel starts to chase but then gives it up.20:02 IST: 38.6: V Philander to Ashwin, FOUR! Fine shot! A short ball outside off, Ashwin punches this through point and gets a boundary! 89 more to win now!19:55 IST: 37.1: Maharaj to Ashwin, NOT OUT. Missing leg. South Africa loses a review but that was worth reviewing. Maharaj gave this a bit of loop around leg and Ashwin who was playing around the ball, missed it, getting hit on the pads. Keshav appealed vociferously but the umpire was as calm as a cucumber. The bowler convinced his skipper to go for the review but Hawk Eye showed the ball to be going down the leg side.19:55 IST: HOWZZATTTTTTTTT? Maharaj has screamed his lungs out. But the umpire is unmoved. Faf has given his consent for the review. Is Ashwin gone? Pitched outside leg?19:51 IST: 36.3: V Philander to Ashwin, EDGED, SHORT, FOUR! Important runs for India. Does not matter how they come, does it? On a length outside off, Ashwin pokes at it and gets an outside edge. The ball goes towards Faf du Plessis at second slip who dives to his right but does not carry. He is not able to stop it and the ball speeds through to the third man fence. The target is less than 100 now. Faf du Plessis is still on the ground, clutching his right shoulder. Is he injured as well?19:50 IST: 36.1: V Philander to Ashwin, FOUR! Outstanding timing. A full ball but a bit too straight, Ashwin flicks it through mid-wicket. The ball nearly reaches the ropes but Keshav Maharaj gets to the ball from short mid-wicket, reaches the ball and pulls the ball back in. Three runs are taken and the umpire wants to check the legality of the fielding and replays show that while pulling the ball back, the foot touched the ropes.19:48 IST: 35.6: K Maharaj to Kumar, LBW? No, says the umpire and don’t review, says AB de Villiers. The arm ball, but PITCHED OUTSIDE LEG, BK misses his flick and the ball goes off his pads to the off side. Maharaj appeals but the umpire stays put. Faf du Plessis has a chat with his bowler and the team but AB de Villiers says do not review. Replays justify.1st Test. 34.6: K Rabada to R Ashwin (16), 4 runs, 103/7 https://t.co/XYC5wpFbLx #SAvInd #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) January 8, 201819.20 IST: We are back for the evening session which can be the final one of this game. Bhunvneshwar Kumar joins Ravichandran Ashwin at the crease. Morne Morkel with the ball.19.00 IST: TEA TAKEN.  It’s Tea time at Newlands. What a session of Test match cricket. India are 82/7 needing 126 runs to win. The Proteas need 3 wickets to take a 1-0 lead. See you in 20 minutes #SAvINDadvertisement- Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 8, 201818.56 IST: WICKET! 28.6: V. Philanderto W. Saha, OUT. Rabada goes wide of the crease and angles in a full length ball that is swinging in prodigiously. Saha in a bid to keep it out falls over a bit and is hit flush on the pads. Rabada roars in an appeal and the umpire rules it out. Saha walks across to his partner and finally challenges the decision. Time for the replays. The Hawk Eye shows it is clipping the leg stump and that is enough.WICKET | Rabada gets his second wicket as he traps Saha (8) leg before wicket. India 82/7 #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/WVNsPVKhEL- Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 8, 201818:37 IST: Ravichandran Ashwin comes out to bat. Meanwhile, de Villiers gets his finger taped after taking the catch.18:35 IST: WICKET! 24.1: K Rabada to H Pandya, OUT. India have lost their sixth wicket. Fuller in length outside off, swinging away appreciably. Pandya leans forward and has a tentative push at it but gets a thick outside edge which flies towards de Villiers in the gully region. The best Protea fielder dives to his right and takes a fine catch. The hosts need 4 more wickets to win. It is looking all gloomy for the visitors at the moment.18:31 IST: Hardik Pandya comes out to bat. These kind of circumstances provide an opportunity to emerge as an hero. Does Pandya have it in him?18:29 IST: WICKET! 23.2: V Philander to Sharma, OUT. India have lost their fifth wicket. The drop catch of Maharaj doesn’t cost the Proteas even a run! Maharaj who dropped him in the previous over is charging in and has a big smile on his face. Uncertainty consumes Rohit Sharma. Good length ball outside off, moving away after landing. Sharma initially tries to run it down to third man but goes at it meekly. makes a huge mistake to push at it tamely and gets a thick inside edge that goes onto hit the stumps. India have lost half their side now and are staring down the barrel.18:26 IST: DROPPED! 22.3: K Rabada to Sharma, Dropped! What have you done Maharaj? You can’t get an easier catch than that. Short ball, shoots off the deck and catches Sharma by surprise. He takes his eyes off the ball and pulls it unconvincingly but gets a top edge that swirls in the air towards deep backward square leg. Maharaj lines it up but makes a mess of it. Doesn’t even get his hands to it and the ball hits his knee. Ends up spilling a dolly.18:21 IST: WICKET! 21.4: V Philander to Kohli, OUT! The decision stands and this is a body blow for the Indians! The decision stands and this is a body blow for the Indians! The backbone of the visitors has been broken. Kohli is the man whom you bank upon in a chase. South Africa are over the moon for dismantling the Indian skipper. Fuller length ball on off, swinging in appreciably. Kohli shuffles a bit, is late to bring his bat down on the flick and gets pinged on the pads. Philander doesn’t stop in his followthrough and is already celebrating while the keeper appeals. Up goes the umpire’s finger. Kohli walks across gingerly to Sharma and consults about the DRS. Decides to review it eventually as this is a big moment in the game. There is nothing on the Snicko. Hawk Eye rolls in, spots three reds and signals the exit for Kohli. The captain was looking good but fails to carry on. Big moment in the game.advertisement18:19 IST: A huge moment in the game! Barring an inside edge, Kohli seems to be a dead duck. Philander was celebrating before the decision was given.18:17 IST: 20.6: K Rabada to Sharma, Ooh.. almost carried to du Plessis! In the corridor of uncertainty, Sharma is in two minds whether to leave it or play at it. Is late to bring his bat up and gets a bottom edge which just falls of the diving Protea skipper at second slip.18:14 IST: 20.2: K Rabada to Kohli, FOUR. Rabada errs in line and pays the price for it! He goes wide of the crease and angles down a full ball sharply. All Kohli has to do is to get a tickle on it and he does so to beat the keeper and find the fine leg fence.18:14 IST: 20.1: K Rabada to Kohli, No run. Good fielding from de Villiers! Overpitched around off, Kohli drives it crisply towards extra cover where AB dives to his right and saves at least a couple for his side.18:09 IST: 19.1: V Philander to Kohli, Kohli needs to be careful! Can’t afford to gift his wicket away. Back of a length outside off, tapped with an open bat face towards gully. Wants a run and is rightly sent back. The fielder has a shy at the striker’s end but misses.18:07 IST: 18.4: M Morkel to Sharma, Short ball, doesn’t bounce much. Sharma pulls it through backward square leg and comes back for the second run. Kohli wants the third but Sharma is not that aware.1st Test. 16.4: M Morkel to V Kohli (19), 4 runs, 58/3 https://t.co/XYC5wpFbLx #SAvInd #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) January 8, 201817:47 IST: 14.5: M Morkel to Sharma, Short and a bit of room on offer, Sharma places it to deep for a single. That brings up the 50 for India.17:42 IST: 13.4: K Rabada to Sharma, Good timing! Overpitched outside off, Sharma doesn’t overhit it and times his drive beautifully through wide mid off. The fielder from the cover region runs after it and saves a run for his side.17:40 IST: 13.1: K Rabada to Kohli, FOUR! Easy pickings! Rabada can not afford to ease the pressure that has been built up. Fullish and angling down leg, Kohli tickles it past the keeper to the fine leg fence.17:35 IST: WICKET! 12.2: M Morkel to Pujara! South Africa have come storming back into this contest. It is turning out to be an edge-of-the-seat game. Can’t blame Pujara as it was an unplayable delivery. Good length ball on off, takes off with extra bounce and moves away slightly. Pujara hops and has to try to keep it out but the ball catches the shoulder of the bat and flies behind. De Kock takes a regulation catch to his right. Morkel has taken off and pumps his fists. He is absolutely pumped up. The visitors still need 169 runs to win while South Africa need 7 wickets. India 209, 39/3 (12.2 overs), chasing 208, vs South Africa 286, 13017.31 IST: Rabada to Kohli, FOUR! Not convincing! Shortish ball outside off, leaving the right-hander. He pokes at it and gets it off the outer half past the backward point region to find the fence.17.19 IST: Philander to Vijay,OUT! The bowler finally gets his man. No doubts now, Vijay has to take the long walk back. On a good length in the avenue of apprehension, swinging away. Vijay comes forward and looks to defend it but gets a fat outside edge which flies towards the slip cordon. AB de Villiers dives to his left and grabs a really good catch. INDIA 30/2WICKET | Vijay out for 13 caught at second slip by de Villiers off Philander. India 30/2 #SAvIND #ProteaFire pic.twitter.com/d33ddPFFf4- Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 8, 201817.14 IST:  Cheteshwar Pujara walks out to bat. 17.13 IST: Morkel to Dhawan, OUT! INDIA 30/1WICKET | Morkel gets the breakthrough as Dhawan (16) knicks one to Morris for an easy catch at gully. The bounce from Morne does the trick again. India 30/1 #SAvIND #ProteaFire pic.twitter.com/8txaCEe5Pe- Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 8, 201817.07 IST: Philander to Vijay, AGAIN HE ESCAPES! Another judicious review from India! On a good length around off, Vijay uses his feet and fishes at it tentatively and seems to have got a faint nick behind to the keeper. The hosts appeal and up goes the umpire’ finger. Vijay goes for the review immediately. Has he again survived? Well, the replays show that there is clear daylight between bat and ball.17.04 IST: Philander to Vijay, FOUR! Vijay gets away with this one! On a length outside off, Vijay pushes at it but gets an outside edge that flies past the gully region. No third man in place now and the ball races to the fence.India looking steady on 24 without loss.Dhawan 15*Vijay 8*#SAvIND #FreedomSeries pic.twitter.com/OePgLrG8nw- Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 8, 201817.03 IST: Morkel to Dhawan, FOUR!  A full length ball on the leg, which is brilliantly glanced on fine leg, delicate show of wrists by Dhawan, the ball goes for the ropes16.57 IST:  Philander to Dhawan, FOUR! Fuller in length, leaving Dhawan. He drives at it with hard hands but gets a thick outside edge past the slip cordon for a boundary.1st Test. 4.3: V Philander to S Dhawan (5), 4 runs, 13/0 https://t.co/XYC5wpFbLx #SAvInd #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) January 8, 201816.53 IST: Morkel to Vijay, FOUR! Full length ball outside off, Vijay leans into it and caresses it through covers to find the fence.1st Test. 3.4: M Morkel to M Vijay (7), 4 runs, 9/0 https://t.co/XYC5wpFbLx #SAvInd #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) January 8, 201816.46 IST: Philander to Vijay, CLOSE SHAVE! Vijay has been adjudged LBW but he has a chat with his partner and finally goes for the review. Seems really close to the naked eye.Successful review for the Indian opener as the ball was going over the stumps. Decision overturned #SAvIND- Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 8, 201816.40 IST: Dale Steyn will not be bowling , Morne Morkel will share the new ball with Vernon Philander.16.35 IST: India are off the mark. 1/0 after 1 over.South Africa 2nd Innings:15.57 IST: The Proteas lost 8 wickets and scored just 65 runs in that session. South Africa 286 & 130 all out on Day 4. Shami (3/28), Bumrah (3/39), Bhuvneshwar (2/33). It is surprisingly LUNCH as well on Day 4. There were close to 17 minutes remaining when AB was out, so one would have thought the Indian batsmen would need to bat for at least 1-2 overs before the break. Perhaps, the second session might be a 150-minute one.Innings Break! South Africa 286 & 130. #TeamIndia need 208 runs to win the 1st Test #FreedomSeries #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/SJDDiAHU8G- BCCI (@BCCI) January 8, 201815.57 IST: WICKET! AB de Villiers c Bhuvi c Bumrah 35 (50 balls). SA 286 & 130 all out. India need 208 runs to win The catch is legal and South Africa have been bowled out with still some time left in the first session! What an inspiring bowling performance by the Indians. A short ball outside off, de Villiers rocks back and pulls it towards deep mid-wicket. For a second, it seems like he has cleared the ropes but Bhuvneshwar Kumar is placed by Kohli to perfection. De Villiers hits that like an archer shoots his arrow towards a target placed in front of him, and finds Bhuvi to perfection. The umpires check for the legality of the catch and replays show that the fielder is fine. INDIA NEED 208 TO WIN!Proteas are all for 130 and the target for India is 208 #SAvIND #FreedomSeries #ProteaFire pic.twitter.com/HMxytT9ekO- Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 8, 201815.52 IST: Dale Steyn walks out to bat. Irrespective of how much he scores or how many balls he faces, have to applaud. Team comes first and he is willing to bear the pain in the hope for some gain for his team.15.51 IST: WICKET! Morne Morkel c Saha b Bhuvneshwar 2 (4 balls). SA 286 & 130/9, lead by 207 runsBounced out! Let me type that again. MORKEL HAS BEEN BOUNCED OUT. How many times do you see a Saffa player bounced out by an Indian bowler? A short ball, on middle, Morne has nowhere to move as he ducks blindly. He ends up fending at the ball as it comes at his face, takes the gloves and lobs in the air. The entire slip cordon comes charging in but has the sanity to allow Saha to take the catch.WICKET | Morkel out for 2 caught behind by Saha off B Kumar. SA 130/9 #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/PgAp5zyjD5- Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 8, 201815.48 IST: Bumrah to de Villiers, SIX! What a hit! He is a champion in surveying the field and picking his spots. Fullish delivery around off, de Villiers extends his arms and lifts it over long off to send it sailing over the fence. South Africa need a lot more of those.15.42 IST: WICKET! Keshav Maharaj c Saha b Bhuvneshwar 15 (21 balls)Caught behind! That is the 8th one down! On a length outside off, Maharaj pushes inside the line and gets a thick outside edge behind. Simple catch, India inching closer to batting. That is Wriddhiman Saha’s 9th catch in this Test, the most by an Indian wicket-keeper in an away Test.WICKET | After a few lusty blows – Keshav Maharaj edges one behind to Saha for 15. SA: 122/8, with the lead nearing 200 runs. #SAvIND #FreedomSeries #ProteaFire pic.twitter.com/ap8gXznqUe- Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 8, 20181st Test. 38.1: B Kumar to K Maharaj (13), 4 runs, 119/7 https://t.co/XYC5wpFbLx #SAvInd #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) January 8, 201815:35 IST: 37.4: H Pandya to Maharaj, Ooh… that’s nasty! Maharaj is a lucky man as the ball just goes over the stumps. Back of a length around off, Maharaj tries to duck under it but there is an error in judgement. Is hit on the arm and the ball just misses the stumps.15:34 IST: 37.3: H Pandya to K Maharaj, FOUR! Hit with authority! Shortish ball around off, Maharaj stands tall and pulls it with aplomb over wide mid on for a boundary. That came right off the screws.15.30 IST: UPDATE! Dale Steyn has been ruled out of the entire series due to heel injury.15:31 IST: 36.5: J Bumrah to Villiers, 2 runs. Shuffles across a long way to the length ball and clips it through backward square leg for a couple.15:30 IST: 36.4: J Bumrah to Villiers, 2 runs. Well played! Length ball on off, de Villiers clips it nicely through mid-wicket. Ashwin chases it but there is a man in the deep as well who gets across to it and cuts it off. A couple taken.15:29 IST: 36.3: J Bumrah to Villiers, FOUR. Pristine! De Villiers need to wait for the loose deliveries and pounce on them as he has done on this occasion. Fullish delivery outside off, de Villiers opens his bat face and creams it through cover-point to find the fence.Single from Maharaj brings up the 100 for the Proteas. SA 100/7 with the lead sitting on 177 #SAvIND #FreedomSeries #ProteaFire pic.twitter.com/glkjv9OaKz- Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 8, 201815:18 IST: NOT OUT! 33.6: M Shami to Maharaj! Going down leg! India exhaust a review. Fullish delivery, swinging in sharply. Maharaj tries to play it across the line but misses to get pinged on the pads. A convincing appeal follows but paid no heed to. India go for the review though. The replays roll in. Hawk Eye shows that the impact is umpire’s call and the ball would have missed the leg stump. South Africa 286, 95/7 (34 overs), lead India by 172 runs15:17 IST: Another close call! India feel that they have trapped Maharaj in front of the stumps. Sliding down leg might be the factor which saves him.15:14 IST: WICKET! 33.4: Shami to Philander, OUT lbw b Mohammed Shami. South Africa have lost their seventh wicket. Lethal Shami gives another blow to the Proteas! There are many occasions when you tend to falter when the conditions are really conducive for swing bowling but credit to India for behind really disciplined. Fullish delivery around off, swinging in substantially. Philander comes half-forward in an attempt to deal with it but misses it to get hit flush on the pads. The Indians roar in an appeal and the umpire has no hesitation in ruling it out. Looked plumb too. However, Vernon walks across gingerly to de Villiers and talks with him. Challenges the decision eventually. Snicko shows no inside edge while Hawk Eye shows three reds. India only behind by 172 runs behind and need only three wickets to bowl the Proteas out.15.00 IST: Time for Drinks. Meanwhile, Vernon Philander comes out to bat. South Africa reeling at 286 & 92/6, lead by 169 runs14.56 IST: WICKET! Quinton de Kock c Saha b Bumrah 8 (8 balls). This is all going downhill for South Africa! Judicious use of the review from India. Bumrah has been right on the money and brings in another reward for his side. Angles in a good length ball from outside off and extracts good bounce as well with the incoming angle. De Kock hops to keep it out but seems to have got an inside edge as Saha beind the stumps takes it. The Indians appeal in unison but the umpire stays put. Saha is very confident and Kohli opts for the DRS. Time for the replays. The Snicko does confirm a nick. OUT flashes the giant screen and look at Kohli. He is absolutely pumped. South Africa are ahead by 169 runs with only four wickets in hand. SA 286 & 92/6, lead by 169 runs14.58 IST: Bumrah to de Kock, huge appeal for caught behind but the umpire says NOT OUT! India go for the review straightaway. Huge moment in the game! India are really confident that they have got de Kock. Is there a nick? 14.54 IST: Bumrah to de Kock, FOUR! De Kock is not at all looking comfortable. Plays at a good length ball outside off and gets it off the outer half past the gully region for a boundary.14.52 IST: Pandya to de Kock, FOUR!#TeamIndia bowlers have offered nothing this morning and have had good control. South Africa find themselves in a sticky situation with the loss of three wickets already. #FreedomSeries #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/Asugba1fKE- BCCI (@BCCI) January 8, 201814.44 IST: WICKET! Faf du Plessis c Saha b Bumrah 0 (5 balls). SA 286 & 82/6, lead by 159 runsThe skipper departs for a duck! South Africa have been caught in shallow waters and are looking very jittery at the moment. Remember, this was the partnership that had steadied the ship for South Africa. India will be relieved. Bumrah runs in from a bit wide of the crease and lands it on a length in the avenue of apprehension. Extracts appreciable bounce after landing and catches de Villiers in a tangle who comes forward tentatively to block it. Is completely taken aback as an outside edge is induced and Saha behind the stumps accepts it gleefully. The tourists are all over the home side at the moment.WICKET | dU Plessis is out without scoring, caught behind by Saha off Bumrah. SA 82/5. Next man in is de Kock #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/KCpahUkJCD- Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 8, 2018The skipper departs for a duck! South Africa have been caught in shallow waters and are looking very jittery at the moment.14.38 IST: Shami opposed to earlier in the Test has been right on the radar. He has run in with intent, has bent his back and has made the ball talk. He should strive to maintain the same intensity throughout.14.38 IST: Shami to de Villiers, SIX! Brilliant improvisation! Mr. 360 for a reason, has a wide array of strokes and executes them without breaking a sweat. Back of a length outside off, allows de Villiers to free his arms. He steers it over the slip cordon and the ball just flies over the third man fence.14.36 IST: Jasprit Bumrah bowls the first over of the day and gives away just 1 run. He almost got De Villiers’ edge with his third delivery. SA 286 & 74/4, lead by 151 runs14.32 IST: Wicket-maiden from Mohammed Shami, top stuff from the fast bowler. This was just the start India wanted. SA 286 & 73/4, lead by 150 runsSA find themselves in a sticky situation with the loss of two wicket already this morning. India’s bowlers have offered nothing and have had good control. Change of bowling with Bumrah replacing B Kumar at the Wynberg End. SA 73/4 Lead 150 #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/ZCHpikauI7- Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 8, 201814.29 IST: WICKET! Kagiso Rabada c Virat Kohli b Mohammed Shami 5 (33 balls). SA 286 & 73/4, lead by 150 runs Double-strike for Shami this morning. He has been bowling nagging lines and lengths around that off stump corridor and reaps the dividends again. Bends his back this time and bowls a back of a length ball on off. Rabada’s bat face is a little closed as he attempts to play it defensively with the angle towards the leg side. However, he ends up getting a thick outside edge towards the slip cordon. Kohli is onto it in a flash like a hawk to his right and takes a sharp catch. Runs around in the celebratory mode and his teammates are ecstatic as well. The visitors are making the first hour of the day count.WICKET | Shami strikes again and this time its the wicket of Rabada (5) who is caught by Kohli at second slip. SA 73/4 #SAVIND pic.twitter.com/JIUQfqNJCq- Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 8, 201814.25 IST: Bhuvi to AB, FOUR! De Villiers smacks the first boundary of the day, flicking Bhuvneshwar through the on side. SA 286 & 73/3, lead by 150 runs 14.21 IST: Terrific over from Shami, he beat Rabada’s bat on multiple occasions in that maiden over. SA 286 & 67/3, lead by 144 runs Four overs bowled this morning and India have started well with the wicket of Amla. SA 67/3 with Rabada 4* and de Villiers 0 at the crease with the lead of 144. #SAvIND #FreedomSeries #ProteaFire pic.twitter.com/mWbl4NYisS- Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 8, 2018Come on #TeamIndia! The match is wide open. #SAvIND- sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 8, 201814.13 IST: Successful over from Shami comes to an end, just one run and the big wicket of Hashim Amla came off it. SA 286 & 66/3, lead by 143 runs 14.09 IST: WICKET! Hashim Amla c Rohit Sharma b Mohammed Shami 4 (15 balls). SA 286 & 66/3, lead by 143 runs The decision stays! A big, big breakthrough for India. Good length delivery outside off, leaving the right-hander with extra bounce. Amla aims to force it through covers with hard hands but gets a thick outside edge. Sharma lines it up, gets low ahead and seems to have taken it inches above the ground. That’s a great grab. Hang on! The body language of the visitors is confident but the umpires tell them to wait. They have a conversation with each other and decide to take it upstairs. Time for the replays. From the front view angle, it seems that Sharma has his hands underneath the ball.Call for a wicket. Umpires sending it upstairs for a review. #proteafire #savind pic.twitter.com/RiW04CAO5V- Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 8, 201814.07 IST: Shami to Amla, CATCH! Just what India needed at the start of the day. Amla has been caught by Sharma at gully and he is confident. The umpires walk across to each other and have a chat. They decide to refer it upstairs to check the clarity of the catch.14.03 IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar starts off the proceedings on Day 4 with a maiden over. SA 286 & 65/2, lead IND (209) by 142 runs 14.00 IST: The players and the umpires make their way out to the middle. Hashim Amla and Kagiso Rabada to resume their innings. It will be Bhuvneshwar Kumar to start off the proceedings with the ball today. 98 overs are allotted for the day.Just a reminder of where things stand ahead of Day 4 of the Sunfoil Test. Hashim Amla 4* and Kagiso Rabada 2* will resume on 65/2 with a lead of 142 #SAvIND #FreedomSeries #ProteaFire pic.twitter.com/9HwAJhybKX- Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 8, 2018Pre-match updates:13.40 IST: It is a much brighter day and it is good to know that the forecast is clear for the rest of the game. With still 196 overs to be bowled assuming the pacers will improve their over rate, a cracker of a contest awaits us. South Africa hold the upper hand at the moment but with a complete day being washed out, they will be a bit disappointed. Momentum matters a lot in cricket. Also, the pitch being covered for a long time, there will be a lot of moisture underneath. As a result, the Protea batsmen need to be on their toes throughout and capitalize on the poor deliveries. In contrast, the Indians will be banking on their pacers to make use of the conducive conditions and trigger a collapse. The clouds are still flying around and there will be sideways movement on offer. In contrast, the Indians will be banking on their pacers to make use of the conducive conditions and trigger a collapse. The clouds are still flying around and there will be sideways movement on offer.13.24 IST: The match won’t be starting early today but the playing hours have been revisedRevised hours for today�??s play here at Newlands for the Sunfoil Test: 10h30 -12h30 / 13h10 – 15h25 / 15h45 – 18h00 or 18h30. 98 overs #SAvIND #ProteaFire #FreedomSeries pic.twitter.com/kkyLMoi23E- Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 8, 201813.15 IST: But due to some strange reason the play won’t be starting early on the final two days even though we lost the whole day yesterday due to the rain. Play begins at normal time – 1400 IST but 98 overs are scheduled for today and tomorrow.Cricket fans we�??re pleased to alert you that we�??ll have some action out on the field today #SAvsIND #ProteaFire #FreedomSeries pic.twitter.com/nsnkxrB7mZ- Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 8, 201813.15 IST: Good news, the sun is out in Newlands and it looks like a perfect day to play cricket.Much betterMuch brighterMuch clear Much sunshine �??️ #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/xyqHgqm6h0- BCCI (@BCCI) January 8, 2018Match summary:Rain played spoilsport for the entire day and no play was possible on the third day of the series opener between South Africa and India at Newlands, Cape Town on Sunday.The decision was made soon after the second session was washed out as the weather forecast did not look promising for the rest of the evening.However, the good news is that the forecast is pretty clear for the remaining two days.There will be moisture developing under the surface as it has been covered for so long. South Africa would have probably thought of batting long and then give a big target to India. Now, with two days left and the pitch becoming a little soft, that plan would have got a setback.Strangely, there will be no early start over the remaining two days. Play will begin at 14.00 IST but 98 overs are scheduled to be bowled on both days with a 15 minute extension in each session.South Africa were set to resume their second innings on 65 for two, a lead of 142 on what is a lively wicket offering plenty of assistance to the seamers.Hashim Amla (four) and nightwatchman Kagiso Rabada (two) are the not out batsmen who will now wait until Monday to resume their innings, with no rain forecast for the remainder of the game.South Africa were bowled out for 286 in their first innings, before restricting India to 209 in reply.The home side have confirmed that fast bowler Dale Steyn will miss the remainder of the Test, and possibly the series, with a heel injury, leaving them with three seamers with which to bowl India out in the second innings if they are to win the match.The top two ranked teams are meeting in a three-Test series this month with matches in Pretoria and Johannesburg to come.last_img read more

Mets Come Home, Blank Phils, 2-0

first_imgNEW YORK — Even without his sharpest stuff, Jacob deGrom got the Mets off to a successful start at home.He also gave Matt Harvey a nice round number to match: zero.The reigning NL Rookie of the Year, deGrom pitched into the seventh inning as New York beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-0 on April 13 to win its home opener.“It was a lot of fun. I was looking forward to it ever since they announced it,” deGrom said. “My offspeed wasn’t really that good and I was having a hard time locating my fastball, so I really had to bear down mentally.”Juan Lagares drove in a run with an infield single, Travis d’Arnaud added a sacrifice fly and the Mets improved to 34-20 in home openers, including 4-3 at Citi Field. They’ve won 18 of their last 24 games against NL East rival Philadelphia.New York scratched out just enough offense against Aaron Harang and the Phillies’ bullpen to make a winner of deGrom (1-1), one day before Harvey gets the ball for his first home start since August 2013.“I’ve seen him enough to know that there’s a lot more in there,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said of deGrom. “So it’s good to get this one out of the way. Now we get to see the big boy tomorrow. That’ll be fun.”The shaggy-haired deGrom gave up seven hits in 6 1-3 innings before a sellout crowd of 43,947 that included Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David and Matthew Broderick. The only time more fans packed the park was the 2013 All-Star Game started by Harvey.“Well, we’ve been doing a lot of yapping about how this team can compete. And our fan base said, ‘OK, we’re going to come and see it.’ So today was a big step forward for us,” Collins said. “Hope the guys enjoyed it, because we hope to fill this place again this summer, for sure.”Second baseman Daniel Murphy made a nice defensive play to help Carlos Torres pitch out of a seventh-inning jam. And with the Mets on their third closer since opening day last year, Jeurys Familia got a double-play ball in the ninth and earned his second save.Murphy doubled to right with one out in the fourth — a male fan sprayed his drink over Grady Sizemore as he neared the screened fence — and advanced when d’Arnaud flied out to right.Lagares then hit a comebacker that was knocked down by a twisting Harang (1-1). But the 36-year-old righty stumbled awkwardly for a moment on the mound and was slow to retrieve the ball. By the time he threw to first, Lagares beat the play for an RBI single.“Spikes got caught,” Harang said. “I just caught it right off the end of my glove. Another 1/8 of an inch and it’s in my web and I’m able to just set and turn and throw.”New York added a run in the eighth after Murphy’s hard one-hopper, which could have been turned into an inning-ending double play, went through the legs of second baseman Chase Utley for an error.Michael Cuddyer scored and had two hits in his first home game for the Mets, including a fly-ball triple that Sizemore lost in the sun.(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Deschamps plans to contact Evra

first_imgPatrice Evra Deschamps plans to contact Evra after Marseille sacking Tom Webber Last updated 2 years ago 17:45 11/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) PatriceEvra - cropped AFP Vitória Guimarães v Olympique Marseille Olympique Marseille UEFA Europa League Ligue 1 After the 36-year-old was sacked by Marseille for attacking a fan, the national team coach plans to reach out to him over the “complicated” situation France coach Didier Deschamps plans to contact Patrice Evra in the wake of his sacking by Marseille on Friday.Experienced full-back Evra had his contract with the Ligue 1 side terminated after being suspended from UEFA competition until the end of this season for kicking a supporter.Northern Ireland 8/1 to beat Switzerland Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The 36-year-old was red carded before the start of Marseille’s 1-0 Europa League defeat at Vitoria Guimaraes this month after an altercation with a group of travelling fans boiled over.A section of OM supporters held up a banner with the words “Evra get out” during their 5-0 win against Caen last weekend.Evra started every match as France finished as runners-up at Euro 2016, and Deschamps said he would send the defender a private message rather than issue a public statement.”The decisions that have been made, I’m not here to judge them,” said Deschamps, who also coached Evra at Monaco between 2002 and 2005, after France defeated Wales 2-0 in a friendly on Friday.”I will not go through you [the media] to give him a message. To give him a message I will do it directly, as I have always done.”His situation is very complicated and I wouldn’t wish anyone to be in this situation.”But these actions have happened. They are there, they are heavy.”last_img read more

Galaxy boss Schelotto calls for VAR to help Ibrahimovic

first_imgLA Galaxy coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto says that Zlatan Ibrahimovic needs more protection from the video assistant referee (VAR) following a series of incidents.The Swedish star saw two penalty claims denied in the Galaxy’s last match, a 2-1 defeat to D.C. United.Despite featuring in 19 MLS matches this season, Ibrahimovic has been fouled just 17 times, good for third-most on his own team. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Meanwhile, MLS leading goalscorer Carlos Vela has been fouled 71 times this season, second-most in the league behind the 81 suffered by Nicholas Lodeiro. Overall, 111 players have been fouled more often than Ibrahimovic, who has scored 16 goals while providing three assists this season.In May, Ibrahimovic was fined for simulation/embellishment by the MLS Disciplinary Committee but the former Paris Saint-Germain, Milan and Barcelona star also escaped punishment for an elbow on Mohamed El-Munir that required surgery for the Los Angeles FC defender.Schelotto says that referees need assistance when it comes to officiating the hulking striker, who he believes is treated differently than some of the league’s other top stars.”To be honest I think sometimes, in some plays, I don’t know why some referees do not use the VAR with Ibra because I could see the penalty for Columbus and I could see twice in the D.C. United game,” Schelotto told media on Tuesday.”Everything that happens around Ibra is a matter for discussion. Maybe it happens with other teams but those teams or those players don’t attract the same attention. Because he is Ibra, situations are exaggerated a lot and also [for the referee] to claim [a foul] they have to be very clear.”For Ibra it was a penalty. But if we have VAR, we need to use it because Ibra went to the floor and felt something and I don’t know why he [the referee] didn’t check it.”Ibrahimovic joined the Galaxy for the 2018 MLS season as he scored 22 goals and provided 10 assists in 27 appearances during his debut campaign.However, it wasn’t enough to lead the Galaxy to the playoffs, a system which Ibrahimovic recently criticized while calling the way MLS crowns its champion “s***”.The Galaxy currently sit fifth in the Western Conference, three points above the red line but also just two points away from second place.Next up for Ibrahimovic and co. is a match against FC Dallas on Wednesday night.last_img read more

More balanced approach needed to ensure global postal security – UN official

18 April 2011It is important to ensure that security measures do not hamper the movement of mail or undermine the growth of the postal sector, says the head of the United Nations Universal Postal Union (UPU) after a group of experts met to discuss safety standards in the industry. The meeting of the UPU committee comprising postal operators and international organizations was prompted by the introduction last November of new security measures by the United States Transportation Security Agency (TSA) for US-bound international mail after two bomb packages from Yemen were intercepted in October.The measures forced the national postal services of UPU member countries to change their operational procedures overnight, according to a news release issued by the agency after last week’s meeting.Some postal services stopped accepting or delayed US-bound mail items and faced higher transportation costs and the shutdown of major mail transit hubs, causing mail backlogs around the world.Edouard Dayan, the Director General of the UPU, said he fully understands the need for heightened security, but noted that permanent security measures could cause problems if they compromise the principles of freedom of transit and a universal postal service.“Security concerns should not restrict Posts’ ability to move the mail and the sector’s future growth,” stated Mr. Dayan, who recently met with the head of the TSA to discuss the issue. “A better understanding of the postal business and a balanced approach to security are required.”The UPU has worked with the TSA to relax the measures for low-risk mail. While some countries resumed full service at the end of March and early April, others are still experiencing mail blockages or delays.Fuelled by e-commerce and trade expansion, postal services saw their express and parcel volumes rise by more than 15 per cent in 2010 compared to 2009, according to research carried out by UPU. In addition, postal services worldwide send more than 418 million letters, packages and express mail pieces to the US every year.“It is essential to work together at the international level to define global standards in this area that apply to all actors rather than having individual countries or supranational bodies setting standards for everyone,” said Mr. Dayan. The recommendations from last week’s meeting of the UPU inter-committee security group, which took place at the agency’s headquarters in Berne, Switzerland, are expected by the end of the year. read more

UN task force to review Sri Lankas fight against NCDs

There is growing recognition of the health and societal challenges posed by NCDs, as well as the opportunities that exist for flicking the switch on these epidemics and other related conditions.To achieve success in the efforts and generate global support and resources for NCD control and prevention, in 2013 the United Nations Secretary-General established the UN Interagency Task Force on NCDs (UNIATF), led by the World Health Organization (WHO).The Task Force first visited Sri Lanka on a joint programming mission in October 2015. Since then, there has been major progress in Sri Lanka`s fight against NCDs. With support from the UNIATF in working across all sectors, the country has shown powerful commitment in strengthening its fight against NCDs by implementing the National Multi-Sectoral Action Plan on the Prevention and Control of NCDs. Sri Lanka is among one of the leaders in a global movement striving to beat one of the largest health threats impacting our world today: non-communicable diseases. Typically regarded as conditions of the west, `the big 4’: cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes are now a major global health threat that cause over 14 million premature deaths per year. This action plan has seen the introduction of plain packaging for cigarettes, restrictions placed on alcohol availability and taxes placed on both, but there is still more work to be done. The UN Interagency Task Force (UNIATF) on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) is to visit Sri Lanka to critically assess the country`s action plan, review progress and provide further guidance on how to continue their fight against NCDs.The UN office in Colombo said that the Task Force mission is scheduled for 23-27 April 2018. In Sri Lanka, the UNIATF will continue to undertake the joint programming mission, teaming with the UN Country Team to support the Sri Lankan government in its efforts to implement robust, national responses to help the country meet its NCD-related targets in the SDGs.The health and economic impacts of NCDs are well known. So too are the measures that can be taken to reduce the burden. These include implementing comprehensive programmes on tobacco control, reducing salt consumption, taxing sugary drinks and promoting healthy diets and physical activity, to enhance treatment of and palliative care for people living with a NCD. (Colombo Gazette) In Sri Lanka, NCDs account for three in four (75%) deaths, with most deaths being attributed to cardiovascular disease (40%)2. More astoundingly, almost one in five (18%) die before their 70th birthday due to NCDs. With an increasing number of Sri Lankans taking on the habit of using tobacco, together with the high consumption of alcohol and a lack of physical activity the population are faced with a steady rise in obesity prevalence and other related chronic diseases. One quarter of the total population is overweight or obese. Excessive salt intake, as much as two to three times the recommended limits, makes hypertension a public health probelm.These numbers are unacceptably high and with communicable diseases and vaccine preventable diseases entirely under control, NCDs are now Sri Lanka`s biggest public health threat. Modifiable risk factors account largely for the health burden that NCDs are causing Sri Lanka including tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and alcohol use which if notreversed, will reduce the productivity of the workforce, curtail economic growth and trap populations in poverty.

Looked like a bomb had gone off Three confirmed dead in fiery

CEREAL, Alta. — A Saskatchewan man says a well-timed pit stop may have helped him avoid getting caught in a fiery 10-vehicle crash in southeastern Alberta that killed three people.Dore Germo and his wife left Kelowna, B.C., on Monday after a holiday visiting friends and, after a night in Calgary, were on their way home to Warman, Sask., on Tuesday.They stopped for gas and a break in Hanna, Alta., about 80 kilometres from where seven passenger vehicles and three semi trucks collided on Highway 9.The couple could see smoke as they continued east, but they thought it was just a grass fire.Then they saw flashing lights and heard sirens and a police officer was running down the middle of the road yelling, “Get out!”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Germo says they were directed to a rural side road to get around the crash, and from there they could make out a tanker truck and burned vehicles amid the smoke.“It was quite a sickening kind of empty feeling once you realized that — yes — those are people just going about their day and travelling somewhere,” Germo said in an interview Wednesday.“It kind of looked like a bomb had gone off because there were these burnt out vehicles and it was very eerie.”He said he’s praying for those involved.“The first thing you think of is those poor families.”RCMP confirmed Wednesday that three people were found dead at the scene of the crash between the small communities of Chinook and Cereal, about 300 kilometres east of Calgary. Ten people were injured, two critically.One of the semi trucks that was carrying fuel ignited, causing several vehicles to catch fire, and another truck was carrying butane.A stretch of Highway 9 was expected to remain closed until about mid-day, while crews clear the collision area and recover dangerous goods in one of the trucks.The RCMP’s victim services unit is providing support to people involved in the crash.“The investigation into this collision remains a lengthy process given the nature of the crash scene,” RCMP said in Wednesday’s release. “It is anticipated that it will take several weeks for the collision analyst to complete the investigation.” read more

Football Ohio State needs Hooker and Samuel more than ever in playoff

OSU redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker (24) returns an interception during the second half of the Buckeyes game against Nebraska on Nov. 5. The Buckeyes won 62-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThe 2016 Ohio State Buckeyes are entering the third and final act of the season. Neither one of the first two acts can be distinctly separated from one another. At times, the curtain closed with a showering applause from the audience, and, on other occasions, the playbill was crumpled up and left in the aisle as people left with much to be desired.It doesn’t matter anymore. Scratch the first and the second act. The stars of the first two acts were junior H-back Curtis Samuel and redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker. The third act — the college football playoff — is what matters.Samuel and Hooker were each named Associated Press first-team All-Americans. The star playmakers on offense and defense have been the straw that stirs the drink for both sides of the ball. Against No. 2 Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl, the two are possibly the most important cogs to a national championship berth as any other player on either sideline.Hooker has been the surprise contributor to the Buckeye defense this year. From the first game of the year against Bowling Green when he tipped the ball with one hand to himself in mid-air, Hooker has continuously made head-turning plays that have kept OSU in games. He also served as a dagger to momentum in other games. The former high-school basketball standout from New Castle, Pennsylvania, stood the test against a high-praised Michigan wide receiving corps, but no unit in the country quite compares to the star-studded lineup Clemson puts at receiver.“From everything I’m hearing, these are the three or four best receivers we’ll ever face,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said. “Obviously a great quarterback, a nice balanced offense. That side of the ball is going to be a great matchup with their skill against ours.”Redshirt junior wide receiver Mike Williams, senior tight end Jordan Leggett and junior wide receiver Artavis Scott are three of the four Clemson Tigers with over 500 receiving yards on the year. On top of that, they are all on NFL draft boards. Clemson is one of four teams with two of the top 30 reception leaders in the country with Williams and Scott. Of course it helps when Heisman Trophy runner-up Deshaun Watson is the quarterback with almost 4,000 yards passing.Hooker, the pick-six extraordinaire, has championed co-defensive coordinator Greg Schiano’s sideline return play on interceptions. Hooker is tied for fifth nationally with six interceptions this season, and broke the school record against Michigan with his third interception for a touchdown in a single season. Without that touchdown, OSU likely isn’t in the position it is in right now, just one game away from a shot at the national championship. For Hooker to be absent or largely ineffective from the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl against the Tigers on Dec. 31 in Glendale, Arizona, wouldn’t only be shocking, it could be devastating to the No. 3 Buckeyes given Watson’s 15 interceptions thrown already.“It makes us even want to be more hungry,” Hooker said. “We’re going out there playing with a Heisman candidate and a great player, so it feels like it’s sort of a thing for the back end. I feel like if we stop the pass, we have a great chance of winning this game.”Meyer called Samuel the team’s No. 1 playmaker before the season even started. If his 1,526 offensive yards weren’t impressive, then maybe his third-down, crossfield dash that gave OSU a shot on fourth-and-1, or his game-winning touchdown in double overtime against Michigan were the final touch to a decorative three-layer cake built for a king.All season, Samuel has been the catalyst of the offense. If redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett couldn’t get things going on offense, Samuel was the guy. If Barrett was clicking in the passing game, Samuel was the reason. The Michigan game was Samuel’s coronation. A win in Arizona will require the Brooklyn native to capitalize on any ball thrown his way.“Whether there’s somebody in J.T.’s face or whatever it is as a receiver, we just feel like we have to make plays on those types of balls,” Meyer said. “We recruited well enough to make those type of plays and I just feel like we have to make those.”Clemson’s defense ranks fourth in the country in sacks per game and registers a sack on 9.45 percent of plays, which is eighth in the country.OSU’s offense has had its moments of inability to move the football, and sometimes that has been predicated on the lack of balance in the touches for Samuel. For three quarters of play, Michigan stopped Samuel from getting to the perimeter and beating defenses on the outside. Its pass rush, which had eight sacks against the OSU offensive line, prevented Barrett from looking downfield and finding his speedster, tooNo one can accurately determine how OSU’s offense will perform on New Year’s Eve at University of Phoenix Stadium, but one can predict that Samuel will be a featured element. read more

Dont Give Up On Ben Roethlisberger Just Yet

Struggling 35-year-olds mostly rebounded nicelyQuarterbacks who posted subpar numbers in their first five games during their age-35 season and how they fared in rest of that year, 1978-2017 Brett Favre2004GNB86. Ken Anderson1984CIN82.07.368.07.796.17.6 Matt Hasselbeck2010SEA83.36.974.86.472.37.0 Jim Hart1979STL70.66.949.05.759.06.0 Dan Fouts1986SD81.87.855.46.384.07.7 The Steelers may be 3-2, but the mood in Pittsburgh is dour. Ben Roethlisberger is coming off a five-interception fiasco against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the latest and worst in a run of lukewarm performances this season. Plenty in Steeler nation are beginning to question whether the 35-year-old Roethlisberger has hit the wall. One of those people is the actual Ben Roethlisberger.The numbers are definitely not pretty, especially when compared to his career averages. That interception festival he hosted in Week 5 torched his passer rating, which has sunk to 75.8 and is way below his 94.1 career rating entering the season. More alarming than the spate of picks is that Roethlisberger’s yards per attempt, which for his career prior to this year stood at a near all-time-best 7.9, is a career-low 6.5 so far this season.But a closer look at the numbers shows there’s good reason to believe that this bad stretch is just that: a bad stretch. Here are the key reasons Steelers fans should still have hope — regardless of what Roethlisberger himself is saying or thinking.History is on his sideWe identified several quarterbacks who struggled in the first five games of their age-35 seasons when compared to what they did through age 34.1We looked at quarterbacks going back to 1978 to make sure all of them had played in the merged NFL for a decent amount of time. To qualify for the list, each quarterback needed to have a minimum of 125 pass attempts through five games. In almost every case, these QBs bounced back to something much closer to their established levels. To be sure, there’s some selection bias at play here — most of these quarterbacks are generally excellent, because erratic and unreliable passers do not usually last in the NFL until they are 35. CAREERGAMES 1-5GAMES 6-16 Jim Kelly1995BUF85.87.567.86.387.07.1 Trent Green2005KAN87.97.780.56.994.38.3 Drew Brees2014NOR95.37.591. PLAYERYEARTMRATING*YPA*RATINGYPARATINGYPA Ben Roethlisberger2017PIT94.17.975.86.5 *Through age-34 season.Minimum 125 passes in first five games, with a QB rating worse than career numbers prior to that season.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com Among the passers on this list, the average QB rating improved from 71.2 in the first five games to 86.0 for the remainder of the season. Their yards per attempt also rebounded, from a pedestrian 6.7 to a solid 7.4, on average. If Roethlisberger improves at the same rate, his passer rating for the rest of the year would be 88.4 and his yards per attempt would bounce up to 7.2. But Hall of Famers Dan Fouts and Jim Kelly beat those averages, so it’s certainly possible that Roethlisberger could outperform them as well.Roethlisberger is still doing Roethlisberger thingsWhile the box scores have been ugly, many of Roethlisberger’s underlying numbers have been typical for his career. His accuracy hasn’t declined significantly: Only 17.5 percent of his throws have been off target, which is only a shade worse than the 16.9 percent rate he posted in the regular season from 2014 to 2016. And on deep passes,2More than 10 yards. Roethlisberger has actually been a hair more accurate, 28.2 percent of his throws have been off target this year compared to 28.3 percent in the past three years.You would think that as Roethlisberger ages, he would start to lose his trademark ability to move outside the pocket on broken plays and find something down the field. But in a limited sample so far this year, he has still been effective when chased from the pocket — he has posted a 101.2 passer rating on just nine dropbacks in these situations this year compared with 124.2 on 93 dropbacks in the prior three seasons.One logical explanation for Roethlisberger’s poor start would be that something was amiss with his offensive line. Perhaps he’s under more pressure than usual? But in fact, the Steelers QB is tied with Oakland’s Derek Carr for the least pressured quarterback in the league this year — both have been under threat on just 15.1 percent of dropbacks. And that’s the way it has been for a while in Pittsburgh; Roethlisberger had the second-lowest pressure rate in the league (behind Peyton Manning) from 2014-16.So if Roethlisberger hasn’t suddenly become inaccurate and he’s not suddenly facing more pressure, the Steelers’ offensive problems may extend beyond the QB and O-line.Bell and Brown are not helping mattersThe real explanation for Roethlisberger’s poor start may be the decline in efficiency of his two top targets, wideout Antonio Brown and running back Le’Veon Bell.On Roethlisberger’s 62 targets to Brown this year, his passer rating has dropped to just 71, down from 112.2 on 480 targets in the past three years. And while it’s hard to tell from a passer rating whether the quarterback or receiver is more to blame, other stats provide some evidence that the 29-year-old Brown is not quite himself this year. According to the NFL, defenses are playing Brown much more tightly at the snap — his average cushion has declined from 5.2 to 4.5 yards, one of the lowest among all receivers. But he’s not making defensive backs pay by running by them, as his average separation is unchanged (2.9 yards).Bell’s receiving ability, meanwhile, is downright ordinary this year. The prior three years, Roethlisberger had 105 passer rating when throwing to Bell. This year, it’s 85.4. Bell is averaging 3.85 yards before contact and just 1.48 after. The prior three years, those figures were 6.64 and 2.20. It’s hard to blame Roethlisberger for Bell being unable to get open and make defenders miss.Bell’s ineffective performance so far has also meant that Roethlisberger can’t use him as a safety valve, which has crushed the QB’s stats against the blitz. In the past three seasons, Roethlisberger had a 96 rating on 381 dropbacks against blitzing defenses — mostly because the underneath pass to Bell was so effective. This year, his rating on those plays is down to 54.6, the lowest in the league.Sunday, Roethlisberger travels to Kansas City to face the unbeaten Chiefs, who have been winning more with offense than defense, which may mean his receivers will be able to find a little more space. And Roethlisberger’s attitude about his ability to perform has undergone a 180-degree turn. “They can question me. I don’t question myself,” he said, three days after his “Maybe I don’t have it anymore” interview. “I think you guys are much more panicked than we are.”And unless Roethlisberger is a huge outlier and suddenly craters at age 35, or Bell and Brown have completely lost their ability to be dominant receiving threats, it seems there actually is little reason for Steelers fans to panic. read more

Evan Ravenels role redefined for No 3 Ohio State

Sophomore forward Jared Sullinger gets most of the publicity for the Ohio State basketball team, but even the preseason All-American and player of the year candidate needs a break. That’s when junior forward Evan Ravenel comes off the bench. Replacing a player like Sullinger is undoubtedly difficult, but Ravenel has made the most of his opportunities, especially during OSU’s first test of the season against No. 7 Florida. Ravenel logged 14 minutes during the Buckeyes’ 81-74 victory over the Gators and played a key role coming off the bench. He showed a range of offensive skills, connecting on a long two-point field goal and showing the athleticism to finish an alley-oop from sophomore guard Aaron Craft. In all, Ravenel made all three of his shot attempts and finished with seven points and one rebound. Sullinger said Ravenel’s performance was nothing surprising. “The usual,” Sullinger said. “That’s what he does in practice. That’s the way he plays. He played really well today. Going three-for-three, took a big-time charge and a big-time rebound. That’s what he does.” It hasn’t been an easy journey for Ravenel. The forward from Tampa, Fla., started his career at Boston College but transferred to OSU after his freshman season. Because of NCAA rules, Ravenel was forced to give up a year of eligibility and sit out last year’s season. Ravenel said he was excited to finally get back on the court. “I’ve been patiently waiting to get back out there,” Ravenel said. “I feel like I’ve improved a lot over the last year by working with guys like Jared, (former OSU forward Dallas Lauderdale) and (former OSU forward David Lighty). I’ve been real anxious to get in the game.” Ravenel is not a go-to player for the Buckeyes, but OSU coach Thad Matta said he still has an important part to play on the team. “I thought Ravenel came in and really gave us great minutes,” Matta said. “Evan understands he has a role to fulfill on this team. As long as he continues to embrace that role and gets easy buckets , gets the rebounds … that’s big for us.” Ravenel is currently in Matta’s rotation as the first or second player to enter the game off the bench along with sophomore guard Jordan Sibert. He said he doesn’t mind his current role and feels he has a meaningful impact on the game. “I feel I bring intensity off the bench,” Ravenel said. “I come in and play hard and work on our defensible principles and do everything I need to do … to back up Jared and (sophomore forward Deshaun Thomas).” The Buckeyes next face Jackson State on Friday at the Schottenstein center at 9 p.m. read more

Rachael Bland reveals online trolls berated her for not trying hard enough

In an article for The Sunday Telegraph last month, Bland wrote: “I’m not scared of dying.  I only fear for those I leave behind. For my darling Freddie, who’ll be three next month, for Steve and our families.” A dying BBC presenter has hit out at online trolls who “berated” her for not “trying hard enough” to save herself during her cancer battle.BBC Radio 5 Live journalist Rachael Bland revealed she had receive some negative responses in describing her experience with the illness.On Monday, Bland, 40, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2016, announced via Twitter that she only had “days to live”, which triggered an outpouring of support including goodwill messages from journalists and colleagues.But in an article for the Huffington Post, which was published on Tuesday but written before her most recent diagnosis, the journalist recalled some messages she received were mixed.“I was sent so many beautiful messages,” she said.  “Along with many telling me to go to foreign climes to try miracle cancer treatment – FYI these all get deleted immediately,” she continued.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. But Bland went on to reveal she received criticism for “not trying hard enough” to save herself. The 40-year-old did not elaborate on how many disparaging messages she received. In the article, the journalist emphasised her support for “modern medicine”, and stated that she had enrolled in clinical trials. Bland, who is married with a three year-old-son, Freddie, wrote she had hope for new treatment options early on in her diagnosis, but also ensured she completed a “memoirs” book for her son to remember her by.   Bland said she feared leaving her son Freddie behindCredit:Paul Cooper The journalist had worked at the BBC for 15 years, and also co-presented a popular podcast on dealing with cancer, You, Me and the Big C. The popular podcast has since risen to the top of the charts following public support on Twitter.  Bland said she feared leaving her son Freddie behind read more

First stope mined at Resolute Syama sublevel caving set for December

first_imgResolute Mining Ltd has released its Quarterly Activities Report for the period ended 30 September 2018. Managing Director and CEO, John Welborn, commended the Syama development team on delivering a major milestone during the September quarter with first stope ore production delivered from the new Syama Underground Mine as the company prepares for the commencement of sub-level caving in December 2018.“Resolute is now poised to enter a new era which will be defined by the success of the Syama Underground Mine, the world’s first customised fully automated underground mine. The highlight of the September quarter was the delivery of first stoping ore from the Syama Underground Mine, a crucial milestone in the path towards full production. In addition, significant progress was made towards installing critical ventilation and pumping infrastructure which will support production until at least 2032. We will commence sub-level cave production in December 2018, and then implement full automation as we ramp-up to steady state production by June 2019. I commend the Syama development and operating teams, and our entire company, on the ongoing success in advancing the SyamaUnderground Mine on time and on budget.”“Production and cost performance during the September quarter was, as expected, reduced due to the scheduled biennial roaster shutdown at Syama. Roaster maintenance was successfully completed over a 7-week period during the quarter which resulted in significantly lower production from the Syama sulphide circuit than we would typically achieve. In addition, similar to our regional peers, Syama experienced significantly higher than average rainfall during the quarter, ~500 mm above average year-to-date, which presented challenges from a materials handling perspective. Excess rainfall at Syama limited our ability to process transitional ore through the sulphide circuit to supplement production during the roaster shutdown.” “Ravenswood is also achieving important milestones in its transformational journey with the completion during theSeptember quarter of the essential tie-in of our new beneficiation plant. The work resulted in reduced milling time,lower production and higher than normal costs on a quarterly basis. The beneficiation plant is now operational andinitial results indicate is operating to expectations. Beneficiation is one of a number of innovations applied as part ofthe Ravenswood Expansion Project which will see Ravenswood deliver average production of ~115,000 oz/y at AISC of A$1,097 per ounce over a 14 year mine life which is expected to extend operations to at least 2032.”“The September quarter is broadly consistent with our overall operating plan from a production and cost perspectiveas we progress a 3- year transformation journey at Syama and Ravenswood. We are building new long life low costmines at both operations and remain on track. At Syama, access to the higher- grade sulphide ore will accelerate in the second half of FY19 and provide an immediate and material improvement in production. Full year guidance ismaintained at 300,000 ounces of gold at an All- In Sustaining Cost of A$1,280 per ounce (US$960 per ounce).”He added: “Excitement is building within Resolute as we enter the final stages of development and commissioning at Syama of the world’s first customised fully automated underground gold mine. First stope ore and production drilling in the first level of the sub-level cave are important steps on our journey. The new Syama Underground Mine has a mine life to at least 2032 with life-of-mine AISC of US$746 per ounce. Once in production, Syama will be capable of delivering in excess of 300,000 ounces gold per annum and underpin Resolute’s growth pathway to a low cost 500,000 ounces producer.”last_img read more

Microsoft to release new WP7 dev platform in May featuring multitasking support

first_imgAs someone who really wants Windows Phone 7 to become a viable competitor to the likes of iOS and Android, it’s absolutely painful watching how slowly that platform is evolving. Although better late than never, it took Microsoft almost six months to bring copy-and-paste support to existing WP7 handset owners… and many carriers still haven’t pushed that patch OTA.As for other promised functionality like multitasking and deeper OS integration for developers? Microsoft’s just starting to tease devs with the details, spilling these enhancements to the core Windows Phone 7 experience to attendants at this week’s MIX exposition. According to Microsoft, the new features will enable:• Application multitasking for background processing, audio and file transfer, and fast application switching.• Deeper phone integration so apps can, for example, take better advantage of the versatility of Live Tiles.• Access to the camera and Motion Sensor library so developers can build apps that incorporate device hardware and build augmented reality experiences.It’s all part of a new development platform for Windows Phone 7 that should be available starting in May for free. By releasing the new platform, Microsoft hopes that developers will be able to integrate their apps better with the operating system and take advantage of some of Windows Phone 7’s unique features like live tiles.Along with everything else, Microsoft previewed some of their next generation apps, which included titles like Plants vs. Zombies, Skype, and Amazon Shopping.That’s the problem in a nutshell, isn’t it? Good as Windows Phone 7 is, it feels more like a viable alternative to the original versions of the Android and iOS operating systems. Three years behind the times, in other words… with three year old “new” apps to prove it.Read more at Microsoftlast_img read more

La SNCF dévoile ses Petits voyages entre amis sur Facebook

first_imgLa SNCF dévoile ses “Petits voyages entre amis” sur FacebookLa SNCF a mis au point l’application Facebook “Petits voyages entre amis” qui permet la réservation de trajets ferroviaires. Les participants au voyage peuvent se concerter avant la réservation.Le site Internet de la SNCF, Voyages-sncf.com a ouvert lundi “Petits voyages entre amis”, une application Facebook qui doit faciliter la réservation de trajets ferroviaires. Les participants au voyage peuvent s’entretenir sur le réseau social Facebook avant de se rendre sur le site voyages-sncf.com et terminer la réservation.À lire aussiFacebook “manipule” les émotions de milliers d’utilisateurs pour une expérience psychologiqueGrâce à cette application la destination, les dates et le motif du voyage peuvent être communiqués et échangés. Ensuite cette recherche est transférée au site Voyages-sncf.com pour que les tarifs soient communiqués et le règlement de la commande s’effectue aussi sur le site de la SNCF. Selon Clubic, l’application présente la particularité d’utiliser l’Open Graph, caractéristique de Facebook, afin de simplifier la planification du voyage entre plusieurs personnes. “Voyages-sncf.com illustre sa capacité technique à porter la réservation de train sur la plateforme Facebook en combinant à la fois des outils sociaux et des outils de réservation. Elle exploite également l’Open Graph Facebook afin de faciliter la co-construction du voyage et améliorer l’expérience utilisateur en utilisant les informations du profil” d’après un communiqué de la SNCF.Le 24 octobre 2011 à 17:59 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Land sharks warned of stringent action

first_imgVikarabad: MLA Dr M Anand warned that action would be taken against those who resort to encroachment of government lands and parks. He inspected the government land near Venkateshwara temple in 25th ward here on Tuesday. Colony residents, municipal commissioner, engineer and town planning officials accompanied him. The land was in dispute for the past 25 years. The MLA intervened and suggested amicable solution to all the sections. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us Speaking on the occasion, the MLA said steps were being taken up to setup infrastructure in all wards and colonies and called upon people to join hands for the development of the municipality. Construction work for a road and park will commence here soon, he assured. TSEWIDC Chairman Nagender Goud, municipal commissioner Bhogeshwarlu, DEE Venkateshwarlu, leaders Ch Ramesh, Vijaykumar, Prabhakar Reddy, Ananth Reddy, Balu, Naik, Venkatesh, Vijayender Goud were present.last_img read more

Argentine navy hunts for missing submarine

first_imgARA San Juan submarine in Buenos Aires. The Argentine submarine is still missing in Argentine waters after it lost communication more than 48 hours ago. AFP file photoArgentina’s navy was hunting Friday for one of its submarines, which has been reported missing in the South Atlantic with a crew of 44 on board.The navy said it had not had any contact with the submarine, the San Juan, for 48 hours.“We have not been able to find, or have visual or radar communication with the submarine,” navy spokesman Enrique Balbi told a news conference.The United States, Britain and Chile had offered “logistical support and information exchange in this humanitarian search,” the foreign ministry in Buenos Aires said.The TR-1700 class diesel electric submarine had been returning from a routine mission to Ushuaia near the southernmost tip of South America, to its base at Mar del Plata, around 400 kilometers (240 miles) south of Buenos Aires.The San Juan’s last contact with the navy command was on Wednesday morning, Balbi said.Argentina said it had launched an air and sea search on Thursday, involving a destroyer and two corvettes.An initial search in an area around the sub’s last known position, some 430 kilometers off the southeastern Valdez peninsula, provided no clues.Balbi said an initial search was hampered “because it was carried out at night and in bad meteorological conditions prevailing in the area of operations.”The three navy ships and two aircraft flying rotations had “already swept 15 percent of the search area,” Balbi told reporters.The vessel had not activated its emergency beacon, he said.The navy denied a press report that there may have been a fire onboard.Balbi appealed for caution.“I don’t want to dramatize the issue. We’re lacking communication and don’t know what happened,” he said.“There may be a battery issue, a problem of power supply,” the spokesman said, adding that navy protocol was that the submarine would surface if any power problems were detected.The San Juan sailed 10 days ago from Mar del Plata to Ushuaia. It spent three days there before heading back to base, Balbi said.Among those on board is Argentina’s first female submarine officer, 35-year-old weapons officer Eliana Krawczyk.“Let us pray that nothing has happened to any crew member. At sea they are all brothers, and a submarine carries more risk than a ship,” her father Eduardo told Todo Noticias TV.The San Juan is one of three submarines in the Argentine fleet.Sixty-five meters (213 feet) long and seven meters wide, it was built by Germany’s Thyssen Nordseewerke and launched in 1983.It underwent a re-fit between 2007 and 2014 to extend its usefulness by some 30 years.last_img read more

Tokyo Introduces Support Robots for 2020 Olympics

first_img Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesHelp NASA Develop Autonomous Rovers Stay on target Human athletes won’t be the only spectacles at next summer’s Olympic Games.As part of the aptly named Tokyo 2020 Robot Project, the organizing committee introduced a team of androids designed to assist disabled fans at the sporting extravaganza.Olympic sponsor Toyota is contributing the Human Support Robot (HSR) and Delivery Support Robot (DSR), which will roam the National Stadium, carrying food and other goods, guiding people to their seats, and providing event information.Human Support Robot (HSR), developed by Toyota Motor Corporation (via Tokyo 2020)“We believe that the robots will help spectators in wheelchairs to enjoy watching the events without any restrictions, to soak up the atmosphere inside stadiums, and to feel the excitement of sport,” Nobuhiko Koga, chief officer of Toyota’s Frontier Research Center, said in a statement.Officials plan to deploy up to 16 HSRs and five DSRs, as reported by the Associated Press.Delivery Support Robot (DSR), developed by Toyota Motor Corporation (via Tokyo 2020)Panasonic, also a major sponsor, will provide 20 of its Power Assist Suits, used to support the wearer’s back and hips while carrying or lifting heavy objects—like, say, guest luggage.“We strongly believe that our robot technology … will be of use to all people regardless of impairments, and to society in general, becoming a legacy for future generations,” according to Panasonic Executive Officer Masahiro Ido.Panasonic’s Power Assist Suits come in handy when handling heavy luggage (via Tokyo 2020)While these bots will be deployed in specific roles during the Games, the Tokyo 2020 Robot Project team hopes this international stage will help showcase their potential for wider applications in everyday life.“The Tokyo 2020 Games are a unique opportunity for us to display Japanese robot technology,” Hirohisa Hirukawa, leader of the Tokyo 2020 Robot Project, said in a statement.“This project will not simply be about exhibiting robots, but showcasing their practical real-life deployment helping people,” he continued. “So there will be not only sports at the Tokyo 2020 Games, but some cool robots at work to look forward to, as well.”More on Geek.com:Japan Beefs Up Cybersecurity Ahead of 2020 Tokyo OlympicsMIT’s ‘Origami’ Robot Gripper Can Grab Delicate, Heavy ObjectsWatch: Here’s the First Four-Legged Robot to Do a Backfliplast_img read more

DeepMind Artificial Intelligence can spot over 50 sightthreatening eye diseases with expert

first_imgDeepMind Health division has achieved a major milestone by developing an artificial intelligence system that can detect over 50 sight-threatening eye diseases with the accuracy of an expert doctor. This system can quickly interpret eye scans and correctly recommend how patients should be referred for treatment. It is the result of a collaboration with Moorfields Eye Hospital; the partnership was announced in 2016 to jointly address some of the current eye conditions. How Artificial Intelligence beats current OCT scanners Currently, eyecare doctors use optical coherence tomography (OCT) scans to help diagnose eye conditions. OCT scans are often hard to read and require time to be interpreted by experts. The time required can cause long delays between scan and treatment, which can be troublesome if someone needs urgent care. Deepmind’s AI system can automatically detect the features of eye diseases within seconds. It can also prioritize patients by recommending whether they should be referred for treatment urgently. System architecture The system uses an easily interpretable representation sandwiched between two different neural networks. The first neural network, known as the segmentation network, analyses the OCT scan and provides a map of the different types of eye tissue and the features of the disease it observes. The second network, known as the classification network, analyses the map to present eyecare professionals with diagnoses and a referral recommendation. The system expresses the referral recommendation as a percentage, allowing clinicians to assess the system’s confidence. AI-powered dataset DeepMind has also developed one of the best AI-ready databases for eye research in the world. The original dataset held by Moorfields was suitable for clinical use, but not for machine learning research. The improved database is a non-commercial public asset owned by Moorfield. It is currently being used by hospital researchers for nine separate studies into a wide range of conditions. DeepMind’s initial research is yet to turn into a usable product and then undergo rigorous clinical trials and regulatory approval before being used in practice. Once validated for general use, the system would be used for free across all 30 of Moorfields’ UK hospitals and community clinics, for an initial period of five years. You can read more about the announcement on the DeepMind Health blog. You can also read the paper on Nature Medicine. Read Next Reinforcement learning optimizes brain cancer treatment to improve patient quality of life. AI beats Chinese doctors in a tumor diagnosis competition. 23andMe shares 5mn client genetic data with GSK for drug target discoverylast_img read more