first_imgIn all of these attributes, the six seconds of Vine are meant to provide a window for other viewers to inhabit a fleeting instant behind another person’s pair of eyes, a very Being John Malkovich moment indeed. Six seconds is just enough time to create a compelling story, to pack enough information about an occurrence, to show viewers what had just happened. I’ve made the mistake of joking once about a one-second video app. To me, one-second videos just seemed so out of touch with reality, and yet so in the trend of ultra-short mobile video platforms that a one-second app would statistically, and satirically, be the next best thing to do.Only a week later, I would flip through a magazine to see that Drew Barrymore just loves using her one-second video app. What? It was like the bad moment in a horror movie when the punk kid who sneers at Freddy Krueger only ends up getting swiftly annihilated in a vengeance killing.I realized— oh. It’s here. It’s already here.1 Second Everyday is an app that lets users record one second of every day of their lives, effectively creating a lifetime supercut for the purpose of capturing and evoking memories. One second, the app stresses, is all it takes to bring back a whole day’s events. And it’s taking off. Creator Cesar Kuriyama states that his app’s downloads are in the hundreds of thousands.The reality of a one-second app shouldn’t have come as such a surprise. Every new video application attaches another seemingly arbitrary number of seconds to cap off the clip. Instagram Video’s is 15, and Vine’s is six. The new video record-and-edit app MixBit’s is 16.But what do these numbers actually mean, if anything? What do the seconds in a clip say about what and how much one can convey, about the process of creation, about the user themselves?Vine’s video technology itself is not new, but the format is revolutionized when the users are given limitations to what they can do. Like Instagram and Twitter before it, a confine to what can be created only fosters creativity. Uniform photos, 140 characters, six seconds—through constructing boundaries to work within, they’re giving users a challenge.Vine users have stepped up to the plate. The app is notorious for the culture that has thrived since its inception, a grassroots movement spurred by competition, creativity and early-adopting youth.But highly produced, artistic videos are not Vine’s mainstay. The essence of “The Now,” and the instant gratification of immediate share-ability is what users tend to explore in their videos, capturing raw, unedited, in-the-moment slices of life. The app has been used to record and share certain cultural moments as well, making Vine videos a tool for real-time and citizen journalism. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement One second, it turns out, is just for you. 1 Second Everyday also provides a window, but only for the user to look back into the past. The app lets users take a one second video of every day of their lives, which the app then sutures together to create a supercut of the user’s month, year, generation.Of course, other people can view the compilation, but one second is just not long enough to convey an accurate story about that day for an outsider’s eyes. The app’s main purpose is to reveal a window for the user themselves to look in and shed light on the past, a tool to trigger memory.Kuriyama states, “I have seconds that look incredibly boring, but represent ridiculously meaningful events in my life, and I have seconds that look gorgeous, but may have been relatively insignificant days of my life. Each second is a secret code to myself that only I know the hidden meaning of.”According to Kuriyama, viewing one second of an event is just enough time to evoke a whole memory of an event, or an entire day. Recording just one second of an occasion also lets users spend their extra time not recording or not taking photos to be present and experience the moment as is.A five-second difference in video length between Vine and 1 Second Everyday might not seem to amount to a lot, and in the physical sense, it does not.But the truth is, it’s harder to film short. It’s more difficult to convey a story in six seconds or in one second. The basics have to stay in, and clarity is a must. The questions then become how and who? How does one creatively and intelligently fit enough information into a few-seconds clip? And who is watching?If you are seeking to share an experience, a few more seconds to unpack the moment will be necessary. If the viewer is just you, you might only need one second to convey all the message you need.Images and video courtesy of Geeks Hut, 1 Second Everyday, The Cupcake Dude What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts stephanie ellen chan Tags:#1 Second Everyday#video apps#Vine last_img read more

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first_imgFor the past decade, wearable devices have been marketed in the health and fitness niche as providing numerous advantages to the wearer. But how effective are these devices? Are they just for show, or do they yield tangible benefits?The Origins of Wearable DevicesWearable devices – i.e. those with digital displays and internet connectivity – may be recent additions to the marketplace, but health and wellness wearables have been around for decades – even centuries.Dating all the way back to early centuries, people have relied on birthstones in jewelry to provide a diverse array of benefits. As Estate Diamond Jewelry explains, “Birthstones have long been believed to bring a combination of good luck, good health, prosperity, love and many more benefits to the wearer. Each stone is associated with a particular month is a tradition going back as far as the 15th century.”Then you have copper bracelets, which were first worn in ancient Egypt and most recently enjoyed a stretch of popularity in the late 20th century.“For those who advocate the use of copper bracelets, proposed benefits focus on reducing joint inflammation and easing pain,” Glenda Taylor writes for Livestrong.com.Even more recently, between 2007 and 2011, companies like Power Balance marketed silicon bracelets that were supposed to improve balance in athletes. While the product ultimately turned out to be a sham, millions of units were sold along the way.The Practical Health Benefits of Wearable TechWhile wearables from past decades and centuries often come with controversy, there’s reason to believe that today’s wearable devices are actually beneficial. At the very least, they have the potential to become beneficial in the near future.The jury is still out on many of the claims wearable device manufacturers make, but here are some trends and developments worth keeping an eye on.1. Clinical Trial Data CollectionOne of the more intriguing aspects of this conversation is the usefulness of wearable devices in clinical trials. Not only do they allow clinical data to be collected and analyzed in real-time, but they also make it easier for researchers to find willing participants.Apple has released an app called ResearchKit, which works in conjunction with iPhones and Apple Watches and allows researchers to collect invaluable information from users.“Within a day of ResearchKit’s launch, 11,000 volunteers signed up for a Stanford University cardiovascular trial. Prior to this innovation, Stanford said it would take a year to reach that level of participation,” George Clinical explains. “Another ResearchKit app, mPower was launched last year. Within six hours, 7,406 people had enrolled in the Parkinson’s study through the application. Prior to that, the largest study group was 1,700.”The hope is that this technology will only continue to improve, which will further increase the rate of participation and enhance the data sets researchers can access.2. Chronic Disease ManagementWearables offer a lot of promise in terms of monitoring and addressing chronic diseases, such as diabetes. Several technologies are in the works right now and a few have already been tested with positive results.For example, Verify (formerly known as Google’s Life Science) has teamed up with a company called Dexcom to develop a wearable tracker that diabetics can use to monitor their glucose levels around the clock. It consists of a disposable needle that goes just under the skin and a patch that sits on top and houses the electronics used to measure and transmit data to Bluetooth devices.The hope is that technology like this could help diabetics live a more normal life – one where they have continuous access to potentially life-saving information.3. Health AwarenesFinally, there’s a lot of value in simply being aware of your health at all times. Something as simple as wearing a Fitbit or Apple Watch allows individuals to stay on top of heart rate, physical activity, calories burned, steps taken, etc. When these metrics are on the top of someone’s mind, it makes them more likely to practice smart, healthy habits.Poised for BreakthroughThere are certainly some signs that indicate a positive correlation between wearables and health and wellness, but the expectations are for more benefits to emerge in the near future. Staying aware of what’s happening in this niche will prove to be highly useful as the marketplace evolves. Frank Landman Frank is a freelance journalist who has worked in various editorial capacities for over 10 years. He covers trends in technology as they relate to business. Follow the Puck Related Posts center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

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first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C.—Reciting the days of the week is a trivial task for most of us, but then, most of us don’t have cooling probes in our brains. Scientists have discovered that by applying a small electrical cooling device to the brain during surgery they could slow down and distort speech patterns in patients. When the probe was activated in some regions of the brain associated with language and talking—like the premotor cortex—the patients’ speech became garbled and distorted, the team reported here yesterday at the Society for Neuroscience’s annual meeting. As scientists moved the probe to other speech regions, such as the pars opercularis, the distortion lessened, but speech patterns slowed. (These zones and their effects are displayed graphically above.) “What emerged was this orderly map,” says team leader Michael Long, a neuroscientist at the New York University School of Medicine in New York City. The results suggest that one region of the brain organizes the rhythm and flow of language while another is responsible for the actual articulation of the words. The team was even able to map which word sounds were most likely to be elongated when the cooling probe was applied. “People preferentially stretched out their vowels,” Long says. “Instead of Tttuesssday, you get Tuuuesdaaay.” The technique is similar to the electrical probe stimulation that researchers have been using to identify the function of various brain regions, but the shocks often trigger epileptic seizures in sensitive patients. Long contends that the cooling probe is completely safe, and that in the future it may help neurosurgeons decide where to cut and where not to cut during surgery.last_img read more

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first_imgA man who killed Indian origin doctor Jasjot Singhota in a road traffic collision in January 2017 after failing to clear frost from his car windscreen has been jailed after he pleaded guilty to careless driving and driving uninsured.Read it at Hindustan Times Related Itemslast_img

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first_imgPH Archery team. Photo by Marc ReyesKUALA LUMPUR—For Youth Olympic Games champion archer Luis Gabriel Moreno, studies will take the back seat for the time being.The 2014 YOG champ—in tandem with Chinese Li JiaMan—said he took a sabbatical from his marketing course at La Salle to prepare for the Southeast Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Also comprising the team are four-time champion Amaya Paz-Cojuangco, who delivered the lone silver two years ago, and two-time Olympian Mark Javier.Completing the lineup are Rogelio Miguel Tremedal, Joseph Benjamin Vicencio, Niron Brylle dela Cruz, Florante Matan and Earl Benjamin Yap in the men’s team.The women’s squad is also composed of Pia Elizabeth Angela Bidaure, Nicole Marie Tagle, Jennifer Chan, Kim Concepcion, Kareel Meer Hongitan, Mbigail Tindugan and Mary Queen Ybanez.Two gold medals will be at stake in compound events Wednesday at Synthetic Turf Field, KL Sports City. ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago “It will be just for one term,” said Moreno, who, along with 15 other members of the Philippine archery team, sees action starting Wednesday.He admitted feeling the pressure to perform after the country went home without a gold in Singapore two years ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“For me personally I will just try to remember what I practice and hope for the best,” he said.The team had five international trips, including a week-long training camp in San Diego before competing in the World Cup in Salt Lake City in the United States. Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Read Next MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES Sepak takraw targeting 2 golds UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgThe sole Commonwealth Games (CWG) training venue for women wrestlers at Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) won’t be ready on time.The SRCC stadium has Delhi University (DU) officials and members of the CWG Organising Committee (OC) worried as it is expected to be ready only by September end.Participants, ironically, are scheduled to arrive on September 23. “About 20 per cent of the work is incomplete. It should be over by September 30,” said an OC member on the condition of anonymity. The SRCC stadium, however, has not been scrapped as a training venue.”The two other training facilities at the Games Villages and the Ludlo Castle, respectively, are ready and the wrestlers can practise there till the SRCC work is complete. Wrestlers with events scheduled after October 6 will be able to use this stadium,” the OC member added.The stadium, which is one out of the total three training venues designated for wrestling, is a project that missed several deadlines and has cost the exchequer close to Rs 18 crore.Built on the area where SRCC’s badminton, basketball and tennis court used to be, the stadium has a seating capacity of 1,200 and spans an area of 3,500 square metres.Though its tender was awarded to Engineers India Limited in early 2008, the work began only in April last year. The project has missed several deadlines since. Its last extended deadline was July 15.The delay has been blamed on incessant rainfall this year. “I am under the impression that the agency will be able to complete the work perfectly well if there is a dry spell of three to four days. Let’s be optimistic as it’s a matter of national pride and I am sure everything will fall in place in time,” Dinesh Singh, pro vice-chancellor, Delhi University, said.advertisementAuthorities said over 500 labourers had been working day and night for the past one week to ensure completion of the work before the participants arrive.While the inside of the stadium looked almost complete when MAIL TODAY visited the venue on Thursday (the maple wood flooring was incomplete and seats were not in place yet), the exterior and the surrounding areas were nothing close to being ready. The contractors on the site, however, claimed that just five per cent of the work was left and that the venue would be handed over to the OC by September 20.The college staff, however, are not too happy with the quality and progress of the work. “The agency has deputed hundreds of labourers on the site, but has made no toilet facility for them.The labourers defecate and relieve themselves in the drain that runs along the road leading up to the SRCC faculty and staff quarters. That apart, the constant digging has destroyed the road completely,” S. K. Chaudhury, an SRCC faculty member said.last_img read more

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first_imgParis St Germain forward Ezequiel Lavezzi has signed for Hebei China Fortune from the French champions, the Chinese Super League club said on Wednesday.Lavezzi has scored 22 goals in 107 Ligue 1 games since joining PSG in 2012, but has mainly been used as a substitute this season, with three goals in 24 matches in all competitions.The 30-year-old Argentina international, whose PSG contract ran to the end of the season, is the latest high-profile player to make the switch from Europe to China.Lavezzi, who moved to PSG from Napoli for 30 million euros ($33.38 million), will join up with former AS Roma forward Gervinho, who signed for the Chinese team last month.Chinese clubs have been on a spending spree in the transfer window, which runs until February 26, making a host of big-name signings including Brazilian midfielders Alex Teixeira and Ramires and Atletico Madrid’s Colombia striker Jackson Martinez.Hebei did not disclose any financial details of the Lavezzi deal which was announced on their Weibo account.last_img read more

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first_imgNew York, Jul 7 (PTI) The U.S. Open will experiment during its qualifying rounds this year with scoreboard clocks to limit how much time elapses between points and how long pre-match warmups or mid-match clothing changes can last. Also set to be tried out at Flushing Meadows in Augusts qualifying matches: letting coaches communicate with their players from the stands between points. Depending on how the test runs go, those changes could wind up being used during the U.S. Opens main draw in 2018, according to Stacey Allaster, the U.S. Tennis Associations chief executive for professional tennis. “Were all interested in being relevant to … fans,” Allaster said in a telephone interview Thursday. “Sports have to change.” During a meeting at the French Open, she said, the Grand Slam Board “supported trying out these initiatives” during qualifying, junior and college invitational matches in New York this year. The International Tennis Federation rules committee granted a waiver for the trials. “Well gather all of the results and the data and then make a determination with how we go forward for 2018,” Allaster said. “The goal is to deliver our product to the fans when they tune in and to improve the flow of the competition while the fans are watching.” The USTAs plans to try time clocks and in-match coaching were first reported Thursday on the website of the British newspaper The Telegraph. The serve clock — similar to a shot clock in basketball — would allow for 25 seconds between points, Allaster said. Thats how much time players are now given on the ATP Tour, with 20 seconds the limit at Grand Slam tournaments, but those restrictions are based on each chair umpires determination, because there arent actually clocks visible to players or spectators on court. The USTA took a step in this direction last year by using a 20-second serve clock on scoreboards for the U.S. Opens junior and college invitational tournaments. Before the start of play, the clocks in New York in 2017 will dole out an 8-minute limit split up this way: 2 minutes from when players step on court until the coin toss; 5 minutes for the warmup; 1 minute until the opening point. There isnt anything that strict governing that period now, so fans watching on TV or a mobile device can be left wondering when, exactly, a match will begin. “We know when we turn on the television at 4 oclock on a Sunday afternoon that there will be a kickoff for an NFL game,” she said. “ESPN has asked us to have consistency with when first ball is going to be” for tennis. For breaks to return to the locker room for a change of clothing during a match, the present rule simply allows “reasonable time,” so Allaster said the intention is to pick a specific number. For U.S. Open qualifying, she said, “its probably going to be 5 to 7 or 8 minutes,” with some flexibility based on how far a particular court is from a locker room. Coaching has long been barred during matches at Grand Slam tournaments (the WTA does let coaches go to the sideline to speak to players during breaks in the action at tour events), but Allaster noted that its often clear that communication goes on, anyway. The idea is to bring it out into the open. From their seats in the stands, coaches will be allowed to speak or motion to their players when theyre on the same end of the court — so long as they dont “interrupt the pace of play,” she said. “We know it already happens today, through signals and so forth,” she said. “We know its part of the game and we wanted to test it.” AP AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgSTMicroelectronics’ STPW12 programmable electronic power breaker provides a convenient, integrated solution for quickly and safely disconnecting a faulty load from a 12V bus. Inserted between the power rail and the load, the STPW12 contains a low-resistance (50mΩ) power switch and precision circuitry for sensing the load power. If the user-programmed limit is exceeded, the switch turns off and a signal on the dedicated monitor/fault pin informs the host system. In normal operation, this output presents an analog voltage proportional to the load power to permit continuous monitoring.Also featuring built-in auto-restart after a user-adjustable delay, and programmable PWM masking time to prevent protection triggering by inrush current, the STPW12 simplifies design for safety and eases certification to standards such as the UL 60730 specifications for abnormal operation. This integrated solution effectively replaces discrete circuitry or a combination of ICs such as a current-sense amplifier or a hot-swap controller plus MOSFET switches, by offering improved accuracy and saving board space and bill of materials for each load protected.The power threshold and masking time are each easily programmed using a resistor. An external capacitor sets the auto-retry delay. With the addition of input and output capacitors, these are the only external components needed to complete the circuit. A direct PWM mode with programmable masking time to modulate the load energy allows flexibility to control the internal power switch with an external signal. A comprehensive set of protection features is provided, including Under-Voltage Lockout (UVLO), thermal shutdown, and short-circuit current limit. The STPW12 is in production now, packaged as a Power SO-8 device.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Intel: FPGA programmable acceleration cards to speed up data center computingNext Swissbit: SD memory card in “Deep Well Imaging” projectlast_img read more

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first_imgJamshedpur FC’s hopes of reaching the Indian Super League play-offs went up in smoke after a goalless draw against bottom-placed Chennaiyin FC in Chennai on Saturday.The visitors looked toothless in attack and could not get a win that would have kept them in the running for a spot in the top four.The closest they came to getting it was late in the game when second-half substitute Michael Soosairaj turned in a cross from an offside position.The result sees NorthEast United FC clinch a spot in the top four for the first time in ISL history while Jamshedpur remain fifth and four points behind them.The Men of Steel looked edgy right from the start as they looked to force the issue against the hosts who surprisingly saw more of the ball in the initial exchanges.Though the visitors slowly grew into the game, there were no clear chances in the initial 20 minutes as the teams looked short of ideas in the final third.It were Chennaiyin who had the first shot on goal when Jeje Lalpekhlua managed to set CK Vineeth free down the right wing. The winger managed to cut back on to his left foot and get a shot away, but it was straight at Jamshedpur goalkeeper Subrata Paul.A stalemate in Chennai marks the end of @JamshedpurFC’s semi-final hopes for #HeroISL 2018-19. #FanBannaPadega #LetsFootball #CHEJAM pic.twitter.com/kvaqVkU5XiIndian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) February 23, 2019After a sedate period, the first real chance of the match went to Jamshedpur when Sergio Cidoncha picked out Mario Arques with a brilliant cross into the box. The Spaniard’s glancing header was brilliantly kept out by an alert Karanjit Singh in goal.advertisementThe Chennaiyin custodian was called into action again a few minutes later to stop Cidoncha’s long-range effort. Apart from a header from Christopher Herd towards the end of the half which went well over, there was not many chances of note in the first half.The second half also got off to a slow start before coming into life around the hour mark. Anirudh Thapa did well to send Jeje in space in the penalty box but the striker’s shot was straight at Subrata who punched it away.Jamshedpur did show a bit of urgency as the half wore on and Cidoncha had a header from a corner almost sneak in at the far post.Jamshedpur coach Cesar Ferrando cut a frustrated figure as his team failed to cut open the Chennaiyin defence while the home team did have several threatening breaks.What a moment this could have been for @soosairajmichal and @JamshedpurFC!#HeroISL #ISLMoments #LetsFootball #CHEJAM #FanBannaPadega pic.twitter.com/GoDMZ5VAkNIndian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) February 23, 2019Issac Vanmalsawma picked out Germanpreet Singh around the 79th minute on one such counter but the midfielder sent his header wide despite having time and space to control the pass.Jamshedpur thought they had the winner when Soosairaj turned in a flicked cross from Carlos Calvo but the assistant referee had raised his flag for offside, much to Ferrando’s disbelief.Ultimately, a poor show in the final third and a lack of bite in attack condemned Jamshedpur to a ninth draw of the season while Chennaiyin ended their home season with a draw.Also Read | Premier League: Harry Kane scores on return but Tottenham Hotspur lose to BurnleyAlso Read | I-League: Juan Quero Barraso helps Minerva Punjab FC beat Neroca FClast_img read more

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first_imgAfter clinching a morale-boosting win against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will look to continue with the momentum and keep their slim chances of making it to the play-offs alive when they take on Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Sunday.RCB had to face an embarrassing seven-wicket defeat against CSK in the first game of the IPL 2019. Their batting had failed miserably as they were bundled-out for mere 70 runs on a slow, turning wicket of the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.Virat Kohli scored his first century of this IPL during RCB’s narrow 10-run victory against KKR in their last game and RCB fans would be hoping that the skipper continues with his ruthless batting form against CSK.RCB, languishing at the bottom of the table with just four points from nine games, would be aware of the fact that it won’t be easy for them to over the MS Dhoni-led side, even while playing at their home ground and having their star batsman in form.On the other hand, Chennai, who were comfortably beaten by the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the last encounter, would be desperate to make amends in their game.What TV channel and live stream is the IPL 2019 match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings on?All IPL 2019 matches can be viewed on – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 3, Star Sports 1 in Hindi, Star Sports HD. Hotstar.com and Hotstar app will live stream all the games.advertisementWhere will the IPL 2019 match between RCB vs CSK be played?The IPL 2019 match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings will be played at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru from 8 PM IST.Where can I watch the IPL 2019 match between RCB vs CSK live?The match will be shown on the Star Sports TV network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the IPL 2019 match between RCB vs CSK?You can follow our coverage here – www.indiatoday.in/sports/ipl-2019 & www.indiatoday.in/sports.What are the squads for the IPL 2019 match between RCB vs CSK?Royal Challengers Bangalore: Parthiv Patel, AB de Villiers, Dale Steyn, Tim Southee, Virat Kohli (c), Umesh Yadav, Moeen Ali, Yuzvendra Chahal, Colin de Grandhomme, Pawan Negi, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Akshdeep Nath, Milind Kumar, Marcus Stoinis, Navdeep Saini, Shimron Hetmyer, Heinrich Klaasen, Himmat Singh, Mohammed Siraj, Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube, Kulwant Khejroliya, Devdutt Padikkal, Prayas BarmanChennai Super Kings: Harbhajan Singh, Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo, MS Dhoni (c), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Murali Vijay, Karn Sharma, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Imran Tahir, Faf du Plessis, Deepak Chahar, Sam Billings, Mohit Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Dhruv Shorey, Scott Kuggeleijn, Monu Kumar, Mitchell Santner, Chaitanya Bishnoi, N Jagadeesan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, KM AsifAlso Read | MS Dhoni’s absence had an impact on team and captaincy: CSK coach Stephen FlemingAlso Read | Bowling last over vs KKR reminded me of Ben Stokes in 2016 World T20 final: Moeen AliAlso Read | Virat Kohli has 5 IPL hundreds as captain. All others combined have 4last_img read more

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first_imgSkipper Virat Kohli’s availability and veteran Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s future will be in focus when the MSK Prasad-led national selection panel meets here on Friday to pick the Indian cricket squads for next month’s tour of the West Indies.The 38-year old Dhoni, whose finishing abilities with the bat has been on the wane, would be the centre of discussion amid speculation that the Jharkhand player is contemplating retirement even though he hasn’t spoken about it till now.Dhoni’s selection or omission would be an indicator of things to come in the future. India are set to play T20s, as many ODIs and two Tests in a full-fledged tour to the Caribbean islands, starting August 3.Considering next year’s T20 World Cup to be held in Australia, the selectors might opt for the young Rishabh Pant, who is seen as heir apparent to Dhoni.Dhoni was dropped from the T20 series against West Indies and Australia last October and there is a strong chance that he won’t be included this time around too.Pant was recently called up as replacement for an injured opener Shikhar Dhawan in the World Cup, from where India were ousted in the semifinal stage.Another issue that would surely be debated is the availability of Kohli, who has been on the road for a while.There is a school of thought that the skipper could be rested considering the long domestic season ahead, which begins in September, and in this scenario Rohit Sharma could be handed captaincy for the shorter formats.advertisementHowever, with the two Tests being part of the ICC Test Championship, Kohli could be included in the Test squad. A similar approach could be taken for pacer Jasprit Bumrah.The panel would also work on restructuring the middle-order as it was one of the primary reasons for India’s exit from the World Cup semi-final. Stabilising the number four spot is the need of the hour going ahead.It is expected that picking the middle-order could lead to the biggest debate as the panel has a few choices among Karnataka’s Mayank Agarwal and Manish Pandey and Mumbai’s Shreyas Iyer, who has been knocking the doors after scoring heavily in domestic cricket.Pandey scored a match-winning 100 for India A against the West Indies A in an unofficial third ODI and after Ambati Rayudu’s sudden retirement and Vijay Shankar’s failure to nail the number four spot, the focus will be on the trio.Also, the selectors may consider the talented young Punjab batsman Shubhman Gill and Mumbai’s Prithvi Shaw. But Shaw’s hip injury could come in the way of him being considered.A determined Gill has been among the runs in the West Indies tour for India A. Gill and Shreyas could make the cut.It could also be end of the road for the experienced Dinesh Karthik and Maharashtra all-rounder Kedar Jadhav, who failed to perform in the World Cup.If Dhawan, who was ruled out of the World Cup owing to a thumb fracture, is deemed fit, he would, in all probability, open with Rohit.Other regulars, including K L Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, could retain their places in the limited-overs squads.Teenage leg-spinner Rahul Chahar could be among the rookies who are at least discussed given the good run he is having with the A team in the West Indies right now. The 19-year-old is a cousin of Deepak Chahar, a fairly established first-class name who has played an ODI and a T20 for India.Among the new faces, Delhi speedster Navdeep Saini could make the team as he has impressed in the ongoing India A tour of West Indies and even picked a fifer.The selectors could also look at the likes of Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, and Avesh Khan apart from regular pacers Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who could be retained.Khaleel being a left-arm pacer adds variety to the attack.The choice of wicket-keepers for the Tests would be watched with interest as Pant did the job in the last series India played in Australia.With a fit-again Wriddiman Saha, who is considered the best in the country, it remains to be seen if the selectors bring him back or look to the future in Pant.The T20 Internationals are scheduled from August 3 to 6, while the ODIs will take place from August 8 to 14. The two-Test series will be played from August 22 to September 3.Also Read | Virat Kohli set to travel to West Indies for T20Is, ODIs and TestsAlso Read | Ravi Shastri would never have made it under current BCCI coaching eligibility normsAlso See:advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgCharlie Strong surrounded by USF football players.TAMPA, FL – SEPTEMBER 2: Head Coach Charlie Strong of the South Florida Bulls talks with his players during a timeout in the second quarter of their game against the Stony Brook Sea Wolves at Raymond James Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Joseph Garnett Jr. /Getty Images)Bowl season rolls along tonight with one of the best named postseason games: the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl.Marshall and USF square off in this game, which is essentially a home game for the Bulls. The game will be played at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium, where USF hosts games during the season.A win for Marshall makes them 9-4 on the season, while USF can finish 8-5 with a victory.If ESPN’s FPI is correct, this is going to be a tight matchup. The prediction indicates that.USF is favored, but only slightly. The computer gives them a 51.2 percent chance of winning.ESPN prediction for USF-Marshall.USF and Marshall will kick off at 8 p.m. ET tonight.ESPN will broadcast the game.last_img read more

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first_imgSam Darnold calls out instructions.EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY – OCTOBER 07: Sam Darnold #14 of the New York Jets calls a play against the Denver Broncos during the first half in the game at MetLife Stadium on October 07, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images)A major college football head coach has reportedly declined an interview request from an NFL franchise.The New York Jets fired head coach Todd Bowles following their season finale on Sunday evening.The Jets have reached out to several coaching candidates so far today, including Iowa State’s Matt Campbell.Campbell, though, has reportedly turned down the request.NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reported the news.“Iowa State coach Matt Campbell did receive a request from the #Jets, source said. But at this point, he’s declining this one,” he reports.Iowa State coach Matt Campbell did receive a request from the #Jets, source said. But at this point, he’s declining this one.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 31, 2018Campbell has been mentioned for several other jobs since getting to Iowa State, but at this point, he appears to be interested in staying put.The 39-year-old head coach has led the Cyclones to back-to-back 8-win seasons.Iowa State finished the season with an Alamo Bowl loss to Washington State.last_img read more

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first_imgREGINA — A funding dispute has emerged between a remote First Nation and the Saskatchewan government over money to upgrade its runway.Fond du Lac Denesuline First Nation Chief Louie Mercredi is accusing the province of abandoning its commitment to improve the runway of the airport near his northern community.He began lobbying for improvements to the airport after one person died after a plane crash there in December 2017.The federal government announced in February it was giving $12 million for safety upgrades at the airport.Mercredi says the province also promised funding for the runway.Saskatchewan Minister of Government Relations Lori Carr says the province never received a completed application for the project.She says officials requested in June that the First Nation hand in a full application, but it was not done.Carr says Fond du Lac’s existing runway is safe to use and the Transportation Safety Board didn’t find the airstrip contributed to the crash.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_imgAs part of his recent Australian Tour, Sir Elton John met with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to thank him for supporting The Global Fund to Fight AIDS Tuberculosis and Malaria, and urged him to do more.Sir Elton took to Instagram to say: “Thank-you Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull for welcoming me so warmly into your office. Thank-you for supporting the Global Fund in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Together we can all make AIDS history.”The Austrailian PM replied in kind, saying: “Elton John wrote in recent years: ‘It is all too easy for political leaders to think about AIDS only in the abstract. It is all too easy for them to forget that there are real people counting on them for help, people who deserve the same chance to live a long life as anyone else.’“He has spent much of his life reminding people of the human toll of AIDS – as well as reducing the stigma around AIDS and lobbying Governments to help eradicate it.“Australia has a proud record in fighting the spread of HIV infection, both at home and in our region. The number of newly diagnosed cases of HIV in Australia has remained stable over the past three years, and is low by global standards. We have also pledged $200 million to The Global Fund for 2014-16 to help global efforts in eliminating AIDS, as well as tuberculosis and malaria.”Since the year 2000, infection rates have fallen by 36 per cent in countries in which the fund is active, proving that with focus and support, AIDS can be beaten. There is still more work to be done, but with the support of politicians like Malcolm Turnbull and countries like Australia, initiatives such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS Tuberculosis and Malaria will prove successful.Source:Elton John AIDS Foundationlast_img read more

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first_img(New Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick was involved in government efforts to battle Cindy Blackstock and her human rights complaint. APTN/file)APTN National News OTTAWA—Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett defended the appointment of former long-time Indigenous Affairs deputy minister Michael Wernick as the top bureaucrat in the federal government.Bennett said Wernick, who is now Clerk of the Privy Council, was doing the bidding of the previous Stephen Harper government when he was involved in a long battle against a human rights complaint launched by Cindy Blackstock, the executive director of the First Nation Child and Family Caring Society.“The public service in this country’s primary goal is loyal implementation,” said Bennett, during question period Wednesday. “There is a new government here and the Clerk of the Privy Council is empowered to deliver the work we have promised in the past election and he will do it.”Bennett was responding to a question from NDP MP Charlie Angus who challenged the Liberals over Wernick’s appointment.“For reconciliation to be real, action should be louder than words,” said Angus. “So what kind of message is the prime minister sending to Indigenous families by appointing Mr. Wernick to oversee the entire civil service?”The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal sided with Blackstock and the Assembly of First Nations Tuesday in a ruling that blasted the federal government for discriminating against First Nation children by underfunding child welfare agencies on-reserve.Blackstock launched the human rights complaint in 2007 because Ottawa refused to implement any of the changes recommended to it by a number of joint reports that involved federal officials.Wernick become deputy minister for then-named Indian Affairs in 2006 and held the position until 2014.Blackstock faced documented retaliation from the then-named Aboriginal affairs minister’s office and was spied on by federal bureaucrats. Wernick was involved with an internal investigation that absolved the department of spying on Blackstock, but the claims were later substantiated by the federal Privacy Commissioner.Indigenous Affairs also fought to have Blackstock’s human rights complaint thrown out and took the issue to the Federal Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal, losing at both levels.The federal department was also caught sitting on 100,000 documents it had failed to disclose as part of the case.Wernick was deputy minister of the department throughout the majority of these events.news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: Google celebrated 30 years of the World Wide Web with a colourful doodle on Tuesday. On this day in 1989, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, then a 33-year-old software engineer, submitted “Information Management: A Proposal” to his boss, which then came to be known as the World Wide Web as we know it today. “Initially, Berners-Lee envisioned it as ‘a large hypertext database with typed links’, named ‘Mesh’, to help his colleagues at CERN (a large nuclear physics laboratory in Switzerland) share information amongst multiple computers,” the search engine giant said in a blogpost. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app Initially terming the proposal as “vague but exciting”, his boss encouraged Berner-Lee to “develop the humble flowchart into a working model, writing the HTML language, the HTTP application, and WorldWideWeb.app – the first Web browser and page editor”. By 1991, the external Web servers were up and running. Not to be confused with the internet, which is a huge network of computers connected together, the World Wide Web is an online application built upon innovations like HTML language, URL addresses, and hypertext transfer protocol, or HTTP. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails The web made technology into something that linked information together and made it accessible to everyone. “Your browser uses the internet to access the world wide web,” the blogpost explained. Starting from a proposal, the Web over the last 30 years has become a decentralized community, with nearly 2 billion websites online, founded on principles of universality, consensus, and bottom-up design.last_img read more

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first_imgRabat – Head of Government, Abdelilah Benkirane held talks on Friday with Qatari Attorney General Ali ben Fetais al- Marri on the restitution of stolen assets in the countries of the “Arab Spring”. The two officials discussed the issue on the eve of the Conference on “recovering Arab Spring countries’ assets” which opens Saturday in Marrakech, Fetais al- Marri said in a statement to MAP after this meeting.Stressing that Morocco has been among the first countries to support the UN efforts in this area, the Qatari official recalled that the Forum of Marrakech comes after the first conference on this issue held last year in Qatar. The forum, which will be attended by ministers of (G8) countries, and justice ministers of Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and other countries, will focus on the challenges of recovering these assets and their importance in reviving the ailing economies of these countries.last_img read more

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TORONTO — North American markets were mixed Wednesday after U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke said the central bank has considered ending its extraordinary stimulus program, but added that it is too soon to do it now.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,752.50 +10.07 0.08%S&P 500 — 1,655.35 -13.81 -0.83%Dow — 15,307.17 -80.41 -0.52%Nasdaq — 3,463.30 -38.82 -1.11%Indexes in Toronto and the U.S. initially surged on news that the Fed had no immediate plans to turn the tap off on its $85-billion-a-month bond buyback program.But by the end of the day, the S&P/TSX composite index was ahead just 10.07 points at 12,752.50. The Canadian dollar fell 0.98 of a cent to 96.41 cents US.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrials index was down 80.41 points at 15,307.17. The S&P 500 dropped 13.81 points to 1,655.35 and the Nasdaq fell 38.82 points to 3,463.30.The indexes had hit records as day earlier after two Fed presidents hinted that the U.S. central bank should be cautious with pulling back on quantitative easing.On Wednesday, in testimony before the Congress, Bernanke said scaling back, or even stopping the $85-billion-a-month bond buyback program would be a bad idea because the U.S. job market remains too weak.Yet when pressed, he said that it could happen as early as U.S. Labor Day.“I don’t think (Bernanke’s) quite comfortable that ending QE (quantitative easing) is going to go on without a hitch, meaning that the economy will continue to move up and the markets will handle it well,” said Ian Nakamoto, a portfolio manager at MacDougall, MacDougall and MacTier.“I don’t think he wants any abrupt change in the direction of unemployment… and I don’t think he wants to put any impediment on the economy from moving up.”Meanwhile, minutes of the Fed’s last monetary meeting from April 30-May 1 released following Bernanke’s speech showed that some officials had considered slowing down the asset purchases as early as June.But a number of other members voiced concerns that the program might need to be expanded if inflation continued to weaken.Investors had been worried that the Fed would begin pulling back its monetary stimulus since recent data showed that outlooks for housing and jobs in the U.S. were rosier than expected. Quantitative easing has boosted liquidity in financial markets over the past few years.The move has been replicated in some other countries, although not in Canada, and has resulted in stock indexes flying upwards despite a patchy recovery from recession in many parts of the world.Over the past few weeks, a number of the world’s main markets, such as the Dow Jones and Germany’s DAX have recorded a string of all-time highs, while others such as Japan’s Nikkei and Britain’s FTSE 100 have hit multi-year highs.Nakamoto called Bernanke a “student of history” who knows not to pull stimulus out too soon or run the risk of slowing the economic recovery altogether, like Japan in the 1990s.In the meantime, he predicted the markets will continue to enjoy the long runs it’s seen, particularly in the past few weeks.“The path of least resistance is up,” said Nakamoto. “It’s got to hit something where the market is not expecting before we got a shock to the market and tumble back. Having said that, it might pause for a while.”Meanwhile, the U.S. National Association of Realtors said sales of previously occupied homes rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.97 million in April, up from 4.94 million in March and the highest level in 3 1/2 years. Home sales have risen 9.7% in the past 12 months.Statistics Canada reported that retail sales were flat in March, holding at $39.5 billion. After removing the effects of price changes, particularly lower gasoline prices, retail sales in volume terms rose 0.7%.The largest increase in sales was a 3.1% rise at clothing and clothing accessories stores, while sales at motor vehicle and parts dealers rose 0.7% for a third consecutive monthly gain.On the commodities front, June bullion fell $10.20 to US$1,367.40 an ounce as the gold sector on the Toronto Stock Exchange climbed more than two%. Shares in Aurizon Mines (TSX:ARZ) were up 4.17%, or 18 cents, to C$4.50, while shares in Iamgold Corp. (TSX:IMG) surged 3.56%, or 18 cents, to $5.23.The July crude contract lost $1.90 to US$94.28 a barrel as the energy sector was fell 0.13%. Oil giant Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) saw its shares dip by one%, or 33 cents, to C$32.50.July copper climbed four cents to US$3.38 a pound, while the metals and mining sector was up by 1.99%. Rio Alto Mining shares were up 2.33%, or seven cents, to C$3.08, while HudBay Minerals (TSX:HBM) saw its shares jump 2.64%, or 21 cents, to $8.21.Sears Canada Inc. (TSX:SCC) shares ended the day up 0.64%, or six cents, at $9.41 even as the national retailer reported a $31.2-million loss as well as lower revenue in its latest quarter.The loss amounted to 31 cents per share and contrasted with a year-earlier profit of $93.1 million or 91 cents per share, when its bottom line was boosted by an unusual gain. Excluding unusual items, however, Sears would have had a loss of $44.9 million in last year’s first quarter.Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPO), the world’s largest personal computer maker, reported after markets closed that it earned US$1.1 billion, or 55 cents per share, in its fiscal second quarter. That was down 32% from US$1.6 billion, or 80 cents per share, last year as year-over-year revenue fell for the seventh consecutive quarter. But in initial aftermarket trading, the stock was up almost 14%, or $2.95, at US$$24.18What investors were watching today:Home building to plunge 30% by 2015, costing 150,000 jobs, mortgage industry warnsCanadians’ spending spree is ‘playing havoc’ with their savingsBernanke says recovery must show more traction before Fed takes its foot off gasLoonie tanks after stalled retail sales signal rate hike unlikelyON DECK THURSDAY ECONOMIC NEWSUNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Weekly jobless claims: Economists expect 345,000 claims, down from last week 8:58 a.m.Markit Flash Manufacturing PMI (May): Economists expect a reading of 51.4, down from last month 9 a.m.FHFA House price index (March): Economists expect a 0.8% rise 10 a.m.New Home Sales (April): Economists expect a 1.9% rise CORPORATE NEWSCANADAToronto Dominion Bank Q2 earnings: Analysts expect $1.90 a share UNITED STATESDollar Tree Inc Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 57¢ a share Hormel Foods Corp Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 49¢ a share Ralph Lauren Corp Q4 earnings: Analysts expect $1.30 a share Salesforce.com Inc Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 10¢ a share read more

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