MS Dhoni will make the most of large grounds in Australia: Sunil Gavaskar

first_imgMS Dhoni no longer milks bowlers like he used to in the middle overs and he does not hit as many sixes as he did when he was in his prime. Without doubt, then, Dhoni will be under intense scrutiny at a time when young Rishabh Pant is making waves with the bat. In the 4-Test series against Australia, Pant smashed 350 runs including a career-best 159 not out to tell the world he has arrived.This is possibly MS Dhoni’s final tour of Australia and he will he in focus when India take on Australia in the first of three ODIs at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday. Last year, Dhoni scored only 275 runs from 20 ODIs without hitting a single half-century. His form will be crucial for India as they gear up for the 2019 World Cup and he will have a chance to get back among the runs over the next 13 one-day internationals.Former captain Sunil Gavaskar is convinced Dhoni will play a key role for India given his tactical acumen and experience. Gavaskar said Dhoni will not bat in top gear and reassess his game taking into account the Australian ground conditions.”We may not see the MS Dhoni who hits the big sixes on Indian grounds or English grounds because the Australian grounds are big. But he is so good with his fitness that he will be able to convert the ones into twos and twos into threes on large-sized Australian grounds,” Gavaskar told India Today.”I believe Dhoni will be able to make the most of these Australian conditions where the pitches flatten out after the new ball,” he added.advertisementDhoni may have to take additional responsibility as a finisher in the absence of Hardik Pandya. Gavaskar hopes Ravindra Jadeja will be able to fill in for Pandya’s all round skills. “It’s quite possible that Jadeja may get a chance if Pandya does not play. And on big grounds in Australia, it helps to have a spinner. We found out that when Indian batsmen tried to hit Nathon Lyon out of the park, they were getting holed out. So Jadeja may play and it can be useful for the team because he may concede less runs in the middle overs.”Gavaskar expects Virat Kohli’s team to pull off a whitewash over Australia even in the one day series. “The thinking behind playing with retro clothes may be hope that they would be able to play like old,” he quipped.”But the way India won the test series and the form they have shown in one day cricket, it looks very difficult that Australia will be able to win. I know odi cricket gives you more chances. But India will come all guns blazing and I am confident that they will be able to win it 3-0,” he said.Also Read | MS Dhoni guiding light for India, says Rohit SharmaAlso Read | Kohli better batsman than Tendulkar but Dhoni better captain: Rahul, PandyaAlso Read | MS Dhoni in Sydney: Fans cannot get enough of Indian superstar ahead of SCG ODIAlso Read | Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul suspended for Koffee With Karan, to return homeAlso Read | Won’t travel in same bus as Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul: Harbhajan Singhlast_img read more

10 months agoChelsea boss Sarri: Leicester rattled us into mental confusion

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Sarri: Leicester rattled us into mental confusionby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri was furious with his players after their shock defeat at home to Leicester City.Jamie Vardy’s 51st-minute goal at Stamford Bridge was enough to secure a morale-boosting victory for under-fire Leicester manager Claude Puel.”I think we played very well for 55 minutes, we played very good football,” Sarri told reporters after the 1-0 loss.”After the goal the reaction was, for me, a strange reaction, not in the right direction, not as a team but as 11 different players and so it was very strange.”I think we could have done better in the reaction. We only had to continue to play as in the first part of the match, there was time to score without a reaction as a team shocked, as a team in mental confusion.” last_img read more

The use of such motorised vehicles as a leisure a

first_img“The use of such motorised vehicles as a leisure activity can be both exciting and fun however, if used inappropriately, this can be against the law in certain circumstances. “Quads, and some scramblers, do not comply with Construction and Use Regulations and Vehicle Safety Standards and therefore are restricted to “off-road” use only. “This does not mean that they can be driven anywhere off-road. “These vehicles should only be driven on private land where the landowner has given permission and should not be driven on pavements, roads, public property or parks. “Insurance and safety equipment must be complied with as well in order to drive these vehicles legally. “We have the power to seize these vehicles and will do so in an effort to ensure public safety. If you have any concerns please call the non-emergency number 101.”POLICE INVESTIGATING REPORTS OF SCRAMBLER BIKES CAUSING NUISANCE IN CO DERRY was last modified: November 18th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: “We’ve had a number of reports of scramblers causing a nuisance in the Iniscarn Forest, area of Desertmartin.“These vehicles are dangerous, they are not toys.“Any people involved in using scramblers are asked to be very mindful of their safety and parents of children that are using these vehicles are asked to ensure that they are suitably equipped for them.“No-one wants to be dealing with serious injuries, or worse, in their family. ShareTweet THE PSNI say they are are investigating reports of scrambler bikes causing nuisance in the Desertmartin area of Co Derry.The police are advising about the dangers of such vehicles on the roads.A spokesman Magherafelt PSNI said: “It’s important to bear in mind the dangers associated with the use of off-road scramblers and quad bikes. DESERTMARTINPOLICE INVESTIGATING REPORTS OF SCRAMBLER BIKES CAUSING NUISANCE IN CO DERRYPSNI MAGHERAFELTlast_img read more

New highdefinition miniature camera allows digital view inside veins and arteries

first_imgWe have combined our intravascular device experience with our knowledge of micro‑optics, systems engineering and AI, in conjunction with external manufacturing partners. The result is an economically viable, disposable camera system that is small enough to fit into the working channel of a typical vascular catheter.”Simon Karger, Cambridge Consultants. Oct 9 2018Breakthrough innovation specialist Cambridge Consultants today announced a watershed moment for intravascular surgery, with the demonstration of a single-use, high-definition miniature camera. Called ‘Leap’, the technology allows a digital view inside veins and arteries for the first time.Leap builds on the latest generation of sub-millimeter cameras, enabling surgeons to visualize parts of the anatomy that are currently inaccessible with today’s imaging techniques.With potential for even smaller cameras on the horizon, this highly miniaturized ‘chip-on-tip’ architecture features a 400 x 400 pixel image (0.16 megapixels) as a standard capability, an order of magnitude improvement over standard fiber-optic angioscopes.Chip-on-tip refers to the location of the imaging sensor at the distal end of the endoscope, in contrast to traditional fiber bundles which transmit light to large, external processing towers.In the future, Leap technology could be combined with Cambridge Consultants’ ‘super-resolution’ image processing to increase the resolution further to 1600 x 1600 pixels (2.6 megapixels).This state-of-the-art, proprietary technique harnesses deep learning to enhance low-resolution images without the blurring associated with traditional upscaling and will ultimately provide visualization for the most challenging cardiovascular surgery.Despite the ability to provide unique predictive information, current surgical endoscopes are not widely used in angioscopy due to poor flexibility, a limited field of view and low resolution.At 1.35 mm in diameter, the Leap early prototype is small and flexible enough for use in a procedure such as intracoronary angioscopy.Leap increases the information available to surgeons with new functionality, such as enabling tissue classification or direct imaging of non-standard vascular occlusions.Related StoriesNew system for precise navigation through the vascular systemTen-fold rise in tongue-tie surgery for newborns ‘without any real strong data’UT Dallas adds MILabs Hybrid OI/CT system to its innovative medical imaging solutionsMoving beyond the traditional endoscope, inspection with a Leap device could be paired with today’s leading technologies, such as IVUS (Intravascular Ultrasound) and OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography), enabling enhanced diagnostic techniques during surgery.Existing endoscopes also carry an elevated risk of infection and device damage due to inadequate sterilization between procedures.Leap overcomes a number of these barriers, being an inexpensive, single-use endoscope and can be operated from a standard computer, not relying on the availability of large and expensive operating room infrastructure.Due to the falling costs of chip-on-tip technology, the expense associated with traditional endoscope systems are set to significantly reduce. This is achieved with the introduction of an economical, reposable device, removing the need for sterilization and maintenance. “For the first time, Leap offers practical, direct visualization in the procedure room and a platform for integration of new configurations, sensor types and imaging modalities (such as spectroscopy). This can enable a new level of advanced imaging in intravascular procedures and an unparalleled surgical experience,” Simon added.Leap will be showcased at Asia Pacific MedTech Forum 2018 in Singapore, October 9th to 10th, Stand 25. News-Medical will also be releasing a follow-up interview as part of our Insights from Industry series in a few weeks time. center_img Source: read more

When Concorde first took to the sky 50 years ago

first_imgJust the beginning”This first flight is not a conclusion,” Turcat told the hundreds of journalists after that first flight. “It is the beginning of our work.”It would take another seven years and 5,500 hours of test flying before Concorde was authorised to enter into commercial service in 1976 with flights operated by Air France and British Airways. And in the end commercial passenger services only lasted 27 years. The gas-guzzling “great white bird” was retired on both sides of the Channel in 2003, brought down by its high costs and a dwindling market, with a 2000 crash outside Paris—in which 113 people were killed—heralding its final demise. When the misty skies cleared over southern France on the afternoon of Sunday March 2, 1969, the green light was signalled for the highly anticipated first ever flight of the Concorde. French pilot Andre Turcat, who was at the controls for the first test flight of the Concorde, pictured here a few months later in June 1969, in the cockpit of the supersonic jet The supersonic jet the Concorde pictured in the sky above Toulouse in France during its inaugural test flight on March 2, 1969 Concorde: technical feat, financial fiasco The roar of the four powerful engines and the silhouette of the aircraft, like a bird of prey in the sky, halted traffic on a nearby highway as people across the region stopped to watch, an AFP report said. Sweating in the cockpitInside the cockpit it was tense. Three of the four air-conditioning systems had broken and the temperature rose quickly. “Under our helmets, we were soon sweating profusely,” Turcat recalled in his book “Concorde” (1977).When the wheels hit the tarmac for the landing, thick smoke rose from the tyres and a security parachute opened at the rear to brake the 112-tonne machine.The crowds along the runway broke into applause. The flight had lasted 27 minutes.The British test flight came weeks later, on April 9, with Brian Trubshaw taking off aboard the 002 prototype built in Britain.On October 1 Turcat would also take the jet through the sound barrier for the first time. Journalists had been alerted two days earlier that the test flight was imminent; the world had been waiting since the futuristic aircraft, with its pointed nose and triangular wings, was publicly presented in December 1967.Here is an account, drawn from AFP reports, of the momentous day in aviation history when the supersonic turbojet first took to the skies 50 years ago.’She flies!’Several hundred journalists and spectators were crowded near the runway of the airport at Toulouse, where prototype 001 of the Franco-British aircraft was constructed.With French test pilot Andre Turcat at the controls and the event aired live on television, the sleek white plane started off down the runway just after 3:30 pm.She picked up speed, eased off the runway and then powered into the sky, straight as an arrow.”She flies! Concorde flies at last!” exclaimed BBC commentator Raymond Baxter. AFP sent out a flash alert: “Concorde has taken off.”Concord or Concorde?It was a source of pride on both sides of the Channel: Britain and France had joined forces in 1962 to build an airliner capable of flying faster than the speed of sound. © 2019 AFP In fact Concorde’s maximum velocity was more than twice the speed of sound.The coalition of two governments and two aircraft makers—British Aircraft Corporation (now BAE Systems) and Sud-Aviation, a precursor to Airbus—had encountered a series of hurdles and differences.Even the aircraft’s name, which means “agreement” in both languages, was a sticking point: English-style “Concord” or “Concorde” in French?Britain’s technology minister Tony Benn settled the dispute in 1967, keeping the “e” for “excellence”, “England”, “Europe” and “Entente cordiale”, as he said.Proving the plane can flyFor Concorde’s maiden flight, Turcat manoeuvred just a simple loop above the Garonne river at reduced speed and with the plane’s landing gear out.The aim was not to break speed records but rather to “show the plane can fly” and “return to the ground”, he would later explain. Explore further Citation: When Concorde first took to the sky 50 years ago (2019, March 1) retrieved 17 July 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The Concorde, pictured here in 1971, had a number of distinctive visual features, including its triangular-shaped wings Pilot Andre Turcat pictured in France in 1969 at the controls of the Concorde, which he flew for its first test flight on March 2 that same yearlast_img read more

Five things to know about Bayer and Monsanto

first_imgBayer just completed its $63-billion (55-billion-euro) merger with Monsanto earlier this year, but could face an onslaught of lawsuits over the pesticide Roundup The second cancer victim in a year to win a surprise victory against US pesticide maker Monsanto raises the prospect of a flood of similar lawsuits, potentially leaving the firm’s new German owner Bayer with a major case of buyer’s remorse. Roundup has been Monsanto’s signature product and it developed genetically-modified versions of oybean, corn, cotton and other crops engineered to be tolerant of the pesticide Five things to know about Bayer and Monsanto Explore further Campaigners also abhor Monsanto’s production of glyphosate-based Roundup, which some scientists have linked to cancer although other studies dispute this. Hoping to ditch Monsanto’s reputation, Bayer has said it plans to drop the name from its products.Hello, lawsuits?Bayer’s share price plunged Wednesday by more than 13 percent, after a jury in California federal court found Roundup was a “substantial factor” in amateur gardener Edwin Hardeman’s cancer.Investors were spooked even though the court has not established whether Bayer and Monsanto were liable for the disease.The ruling followed an August state court trial in which jurors awarded school groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson $289 million in damages over his terminal non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.That figure was later reduced to $78.5 million, and Bayer plans to appeal the case.The firm stands by its position that “regulatory authorities around the world consider glyphosate-based herbicides as safe when used as directed”.But that may not be enough to reassure shareholders.”If you are expecting stock markets as a whole to do better then you don’t want to be stuck with the one company that is facing huge legal claims,” IG analyst Chris Beauchamp pointed out.High priceIn an industry preparing for a global population surge, Bayer had been keen to secure Monsanto’s market-leading line in GM crop seeds designed to resist strong pesticides like Roundup.It was also lured by Monsanto’s data analytics business Climate Corp, believing farmers will in future rely on digital monitoring of their crops.But the takeover comes at a high cost.Beyond the eye-watering price tag, Bayer had to give up much of its seeds and agrichemical business to satisfy competition concerns.Those divestitures have gone to Bayer’s homegrown rival BASF.Following the California court verdicts, Bayer may now have to set aside huge sums to settle future Roundup claims.Analyst Michael Leacock of MainFirst bank assessed that “the total cost, in our view, could easily reach $10 billion” if Bayer were to settle with a still larger number of plaintiffs. Citation: Five things to know about Bayer and Monsanto (2019, March 20) retrieved 17 July 2019 from From the toxic legacy of Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller to fears about its use of genetically modified seeds, here’s what you need to know about the $63-billion (55.5-billion-euro) merger between Bayer and Monsanto.HeroinFounded in Germany in 1863, Bayer is still best known for making aspirin. But more infamously, it briefly sold heroin in the early 20th century, which it marketed as a cough cure and morphine substitute.During World War II, Bayer was part of a consortium called IG Farben that made the Zyklon B pesticide used in Adolf Hitler’s gas chambers.Through a series of acquisitions over the years, Bayer has grown into a drugs and chemicals behemoth and now employs some 100,000 people worldwide.Much of its success in recent years was built on blockbuster drugs like Eylea—used to treat damage to the retina—or prostate cancer treatment Xofigo.Agent OrangeMonsanto was established in St. Louis, Missouri in 1901, setting out to make saccharine. By the 1940s, it was producing farm-oriented chemicals, including herbicide 2,4-D which, combined with another chemical was used to make the notorious Vietnam War-era defoliant Agent Orange.In 1976, the company launched probably its best-known product, the weed killer Roundup.In the 1980s, its scientists were the first to genetically modify a plant cell. Monsanto then started buying other seed companies and began field trials of GM seeds.It eventually developed soybean, corn, cotton and other crops engineered to be tolerant of Roundup.Company bosses say that alongside applying big data to farmer’s interventions on their crops, such resistant plant and pesticide combos will contribute to fatter harvests—needed to feed a world population expected to hit 10 billion by 2050.Goodbye ‘Monsatan’Dubbed “Monsatan” and “Mutanto” by critics, the US firm has for decades been in the crosshairs of environmentalists, especially in Europe, who believe that GM food could be unsafe to eat. © 2019 AFP This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Germanys Bosch powers up hydrogen cells for cars

first_imgHydrogen fuel stations are still are rare sight across Germany Stuttgart-based Bosch and Powercell Sweden AB—formerly a subsidiary of carmaker Volvo—aim to bring the fuel cells to market “in 2022 at the latest”.Hydrogen-powered electric vehicles could prove winners compared with their battery-driven cousins for some applications.They offer a longer range and can be refuelled about as quickly as a petrol- or diesel-powered vehicle.At the same time, hydrogen cars boast some of the advantages of battery-electric, including powerful acceleration, silent operation and no emissions at the point of use except water vapour.But a number of technological hurdles remain to be cleared before mass deployment.Large amounts of electricity are required to produce hydrogen, and there is a very limited network of fuelling stations.Just sixty refuelling points are available across Germany.Bosch did not reveal the financial terms of its deal with Powercell Sweden, but the two firms will work together to develop the so-called “stack”—components at the heart of the cell where the chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen takes place to produce electricity.The group last year decided not to compete with existing Asian industry leaders in producing electric batteries for cars, seeing the rivals’ technological advantage as too great to catch up.By doing so, it turned away from supplying German carmakers like mammoth Volkswagen as they gear up to offer dozens of electric vehicles over the coming decade.Manufacturers have taken the plunge on electric power faced with looming tougher emissions rules in the European Union, loaded with hefty financial penalties if they are breached.European carbon dioxide (CO2) reduction targets “can only be reached by electrifying more and more of the powertrain. The fuel cell can play a decisive role here,” Bosch said.At first, “the best opportunities for broad adoption of fuel-cell technology are in the commercial-vehicle market,” the firm added, although it expects broader use in passenger cars should follow.By 2030, Bosch estimates that 20 percent of all electric vehicles worldwide will be powered by fuel cells. In a first, electric cars outsell traditional ones in Norway Citation: Germany’s Bosch powers up hydrogen cells for cars (2019, April 29) retrieved 17 July 2019 from Explore furthercenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2019 AFP The world’s biggest auto parts maker Bosch said Monday it would work with a Swedish firm to develop key components for hydrogen fuel cells designed to power cars, after backing off building electric batteries.last_img read more

US shuts down illegal web marketplace 2 Israelis charged

first_img Explore further German police shut down major ‘darknet’ illegal trading site The FBI announced the actions Wednesday in Pittsburgh. A grand jury returned indictments against the Israelis on charges of money laundering conspiracy. One of them lives in Brazil.The website seized under court order was identified as DeepDotWeb, accessible on the darknet under a slightly different name. The darknet is part of the internet but is hosted within an encrypted network and accessible only with anonymity-providing tools.The FBI said DeepDotWeb provided users with access to illegal marketplaces selling illegal drugs, assault rifles, hacking tools, stolen financial information and other contraband. The FBI has shut down a website it says was a gateway to illegal marketplaces on the darknet and announced the arrest of its two alleged Israeli operators. They are accused of making millions of dollars in kickbacks for their services. © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Citation: US shuts down illegal web marketplace; 2 Israelis charged (2019, May 8) retrieved 17 July 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more