Hockey India sacks chief coach Oltmans

first_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT Roelant Oltmans Published on COMMENTS Roelant Oltmanscenter_img × SHARE Hockey India today sacked national coach Roelant Oltmans after a string of unimpressive outings at the international level.High Performance Director David John will be in charge till a suitable replacement is found for a smooth transition of the the men’s team.The decision was taken during the three-day meeting of the Hockey India High Performance and Development Committee, which concluded today.Though the federation did not say it in as many words, it is apparent that the HI bosses are not impressed with the Dutchman. “Key decisions taken included Chief Coach Roelant Oltmans to step down,” Hockey India said in a release.“While Roelant Oltmans role as Chief Coach in improving the teams’ overall fitness and cohesiveness has been appreciated, the results are what matter and the performance of the team has not been consistent or up to the desired levels,” it read.The power-packed meeting to assess the way forward for Indian hockey was attended by over 24 members over the last three days.Harbinder Singh, chairman of the Hockey India Selection Committee, said, “The Committee was convened since we are collectively not satisfied with the Indian Men’s Hockey team’s performance in 2016 and 2017 and feels that wins in Asia can’t be a benchmark for success any more.”“We need to show results beyond intent in key international tournaments where the sporadic success over the last two years is more incidental than deliberate. To make results a reality, we need to make hard decisions for the greater good of the future of Hockey in India,” he said.This move comes before critical tournaments including the Asian Games & World Cup in 2018 and 2020 Olympic Games. September 02, 2017last_img read more

Cricket: Gautam Gambhir bats for India against the Pakistani media

first_imgWith Gambhir certainly winning the round against the Pakistani media, India would look to assert their dominance over the noisy neighbours.Read Also:Asia Cup 2018- India vs Pakistan Preview: Arch-rivals clash for group supremacy Advertisement AdvertisementImage Courtesy: India TodayGautam Gambhir was a crucial cog in the early decades for the Indian team, and while declining form has forced him to take a step back from the national setup, the opener is still a dominant presence in Indian cricket with his strong opinions.The former Delhi Daredevils skipper defended India in his usual demeanour during his time on ABP News, where he came across the Pakistan media who questioned the Men In Blue’s chances at the Asia Cup after a 4-1 drubbing at the hands of England.Gambhir meanwhile went on to state to the counterparts that winning against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh cannot be termed as an achievement with even India A capable of doing the same.The next statement that popped up for Gambhir was Pakistan’s triumph over India to win the Champions Trophy in 2017, the left-handed batsman went on to remind that the Champions Trophy is Pakistan’s only notable achievement in the recent past, while India have been consistent in the ICC tournaments as of late.Watch the highly entertaining video belowlast_img read more

Life goes on for Virat Kohli after Anil Kumble’s controversial exit

first_imgNormal business has resumed for Indian cricket after a tumultuous period. Shortly before the Champions Trophy got underway in England, murmurs of a rift between Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble first appeared in the media. In the subsequent days and weeks, what unfolded was a messy sequence of events.There had been a total breakdown of communication between Kohli and Kumble. The players were far from happy with the coach’s headmasterly behaviour and there was absolutely no way the Cricket Advisory Committee, Committee of Administrators or the BCCI could have salvaged the situation. After what seemed like an eternity, Kumble stepped down as coach following a Champions Trophy final defeat to Pakistan. (Team India living it up in Sri Lanka: Pool splashes and fun dinners)About three weeks later, after much conjecture, Ravi Shastri, the former team director and the man who was overlooked at Kumble’s expense, was brought back to the fold. And life was all smiles and roses again.India returned from the West Indies and set sail for Sri Lanka, Shastri’s first appointment as the new coach. And in scenic Galle, the venue of India’s first Test against the hosts, Shastri made an immediate impact.AP PhotoAccording to reports, the coach wanted his wards to remember why they started playing cricket for the first time, forget everything else and just enjoy the game. The batsmen were encouraged to reach the ground well before game-time to warm themselves up.Shikhar Dhawan reaped the rewards, making 190 while Abhinav Mukund made his best in Tests in the second dig as India destroyed Sri Lanka by 304 runs. Besides, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli helped themselves to centuries too and Hardik Pandya smashed an aggressive fifty on debut. advertisementKumble’s exit had left the cricket community in India shocked. He had done remarkably well as coach and an extension till the 2019 World Cup was taken for granted. Yet, despite the success, he could not hit the strike the notes with his captain and the rest of the team. Shastri has a different method. He believes in motivating the players, superstars in this country.Hardik Pandya Twitter PhotoIncidentally, Kohli’s record-breaking run in Test cricket (double hundreds in four successive series) came with Kumble in the dressing-room. But an ordinary series against Australia ensued, when it is understood the differences between the two were at their peak. However, Kohli came back strongly in the Champions Trophy, made a fine hundred against West Indies and tuned up for the Sri Lanka tour with a glorious, unbeaten 103 in the Galle Test. Two years ago, that was where Kohli and his men started their ascent to the top of the Test rankings.Indian cricket touched new peaks under the Kohli-Kumble combination and the show will go on with Shastri at the helm. It was a typical Indian victory that unfolded at Galle – methodical, clinical and ruthless.However, the onus would be on the team to push hard for the 2019 World Cup and that is when Shasri and Kohli would be truly judged. However, for now, both men have their hands full and it will be a tough road ahead with key overseas tours coming up. Will they be up for the challenge?last_img read more

A survey of non-volatile memories: Ideal workloads for NAND, NOR, and F-RAM

first_imgIt is worth noting that engineers are migrating from parallel to serial interfaces for new system designs. Serial interfaces reduce pin count for both the memory and the SoC, shrinking the PCB for reduced cost and smaller form factors. Octal SPI, Quad SPI, SPI, and HyperBus now offer performance that rivals parallel interfaces, including up to 400 MBytes/sec for Octal SPI and HyperBus.Choosing the right memory ultimately helps ensure the success of your product. NAND Flash is ideal for mass storage workloads typically found in cloud computing and personal electronics. In contrast, NOR Flash and F-RAM are suitable for embedded systems and edge devices, which are often located in extreme and remote environments. In tandem with edge computing growth, advances in artificial intelligence are driving new capabilities which raise the bar on fail-safe operation, pushing manufacturers to deliver NOR Flash and F-RAM with safety and security features.Manish Garg is Senior Product Marketing Manager in the Memory Products Division at Cypress Semiconductor. Previously he has worked in different roles in Product Planning and Marketing at Altera (now Intel PSG) and Lattice Semiconductor. He holds a MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from Santa Clara University. Performance Characteristics IdealWorkload High-frequency data logging Target Applications ✓ Medium density✓ Virtually infinite endurance✓ Very high data retention (~100 yrs)✓ Very low energy F-RAM ✓ SSDs for data centers and consumer devices ✓ Medium density✓ High endurance✓ High data retention (~20 yrs) ✓ Industrial sensing✓ Portable medical NOR Flash center_img In the past, memory advancements were primarily measured by improvements in density, or cost-per-bit. But, as performance requirements for nonvolatile memories evolved, the criteria used to select them also changed. Applications such as factory automation, autonomous vehicles, portable medical devices, edge computing, and IoT sensors are demanding memories purpose-built for their unique requirements. Mass storage in data centers, computers, and consumer devices require the highest densities and lowest cost-per-bit, typically supported with NAND Flash. Embedded computers store boot code and transaction data, usually in NOR Flash. Data recorders, sensors and edge computers capturing rapidly changing data over long periods of time use specialized technologies, such as ferroelectric RAM (F-RAM). Matching memory to workload delivers optimum performance and reliability, and each of these solutions trades off certain characteristics to best fit the target application.For decades, NAND Flash has served consumer markets with ever-improving cost/gigabyte and adequate read/write performance. NAND-based solid state drives (SSDs) are also widely deployed in data centers and cloud servers. Higher densities have been achieved through process improvements and geometry shrinks, but this comes with trade-offs. In the very small NAND Flash memory cells, each program/erase (P/E) cycle stresses the cell, which translates to lower endurance, even with overprovisioning and wear-leveling. Data retention is also relatively low—approximately 10 years—owing to the smaller geometries.In contrast to NAND, NOR Flash has been optimized for reliability and ease-of-use. NOR Flash uses a relatively large memory cell which provides high endurance and long data retention. Combined with a byte-addressable architecture, NOR Flash is ideal for boot code—including execute-in-place systems—and transaction data. In response to the increased focus on fail-safe operation, the latest products offer functional safety and secure boot mechanisms as well. NOR Flash also supports very fast read performance which enables instant-on displays for automotive instrument clusters and other applications. However, this high reliability and improved performance comes with a trade-off, as NOR Flash densities are lower than NAND Flash (see NOR Flash for Automotive and Functional Safety).F-RAM is ideal for devices that continuously capture data over long periods of time (see Ultra Low Energy F-RAM). Unlike NAND and NOR memories which rely on stored charge to represent binary data, the F-RAM memory cell switches polarity within a crystal lattice made of a thin ferroelectric film of lead zirconate titanate, commonly referred to as PZT. The switching requires extremely low energy, enabling very long battery life, and it doesn’t wear out, delivering virtually infinite endurance (see Designing with Low Power F-RAM). There is also no charge leakage, so data retention is very high—approximately 100 years. A common misconception is that F-RAM can be disturbed by magnetic field. This is not true. While excellent for data logging, the F-RAM densities generally do not meet the needs of code and mass storage.Table 1: Performance characteristics, ideal workloads, and target applications (Source: Cypress) ✓ Automotive systems✓ Industry 4.0✓ Industrial IoT Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Generic mass storage NAND Flash Boot code and transaction data Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Analog Continue Reading Previous Survey offers grim view of IoT security deploymentNext Solid Sands @ Renault Co-Innovation Days  High density / low cost✓ Low endurance✓ Medium data retention (~10 yrs)last_img read more

India vs West Indies, World Cup 2019 Broadcast: When and where to watch

first_imgIndia vs West Indies, World Cup 2019 Broadcast: When and where to watchICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Here you can find all the details regarding when, where and how to watch Match 34 of the World Cup between India and West Indies at the Old Trafford cricket ground in Manchester.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk ManchesterJune 27, 2019UPDATED: June 27, 2019 17:13 IST India vs West Indies, World Cup 2019 Broadcast: When and where to watch Live Streaming (Reuters Photo)Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s batting approach and position in the middle order will be the team management’s primary concern when India take on an ousted-yet-dangerous West Indies in the sixth league phase encounter of the World Cup on Thursday.As the league phase hits the home stretch, India will look to ensure a smooth passage into the semi-finals with yet another victory.India vs West Indies Live Cricket Match Streaming: Watch WI vs IND Live Match on Star Sports and DD SportsBut it could be easier said than done against a West Indies side, which might play party poopers with nothing to lose in their remaining few games.In fact, West Indies’ unpredictability and the former India captain’s repeated failure during the important second Powerplay overs leaves skipper Virat Kohli with a few points to ponder.Dhoni’s painfully slow approach against West Indies yielded 28 off 52 balls and he was roundly criticised. Even the normally restrained Sachin Tendulkar questioned the approach.The Indian team management knows that only too well but with four group matches left, the only option they have right now is to alter Dhoni’s batting position, possibly giving a few more deliveries to Jadhav, who can be innovative in his shot selection.Hardik Pandya is being used as a floater but the West Indies match showed that if he doesn’t get support from the other end, there is too much pressure on him to hit every delivery for a six.Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri till now have not been too keen to use Rishabh Pant’s firepower. Pant can come in only if the team management considers the idea of Vijay Shankar being disposable.advertisementWith nine points from five games, India are comfortably positioned in the top four and require two wins out of the remaining four games to book their place in the semi-finals.What TV channel and live stream is the World Cup 2019 match India vs West Indies on?All World Cup 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.Where will the World Cup 2019 match between India vs West Indies be played?The World Cup 2019 match India vs West Indies will be played at The Old Trafford cricket ground in Manchester from 3 PM IST on Thursday, June 27.Where can I watch the World Cup 2019 match India vs West Indies 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 World Cup 2019 match India vs West Indies?You can follow our coverage here – www.indiatoday.in/sports/cricket-world-cup-2019What are the squads for the World Cup 2019 match India vs West Indies?India: Virat Kohli (c), Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, MS Dhoni (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul, Mohammed Shami, Vijay Shankar, Rohit Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav.West Indies: Jason Holder (c), Chris Gayle, Kemar Roach, Darren Bravo, Sunil Ambris, Shai Hope, Sheldon Cottrell, Evin Lewis, Shannon Gabriel, Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Shimron Hetmyer, Fabian Allen, Oshane Thomas, Nicholas Pooran.Also Read | World Cup 2019: India bowling coach defends MS Dhoni’s knock vs AfghanistanAlso Read | Everyone knows India’s style of cricket, hopefully we can conquer that: Chris GayleAlso Read | India vs West Indies, World Cup 2019: Weather Updates from Manchester on ThursdayFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow India vs West Indies LIVEFollow world cup 2019 broadcast tv channelsFollow ind vs wi live streamFollow India vs West Indies hotstar freelast_img read more

Gov’t Receives Major Boost to Assist in Recovery Efforts

first_imgPrime Minister Andrew Holness today (May 23) received 3000 bags of cement from Caribbean Cement Company Limited, to assist in recovery efforts following the heavy rains last week.Prime Minister Holness thanked Carib Cement for the kind contribution to help those affected.“I am heartened by the response of Carib Cement to assist Jamaicans who have been adversely affected by the rains. Jamaica is privileged to have a private sector that continues to make significant contributions to the development of the country. The Government is committed to strengthening the partnership, with the private sector, in building Jamaica,” says the prime minister.In expressing his thanks to the company the prime minister encouraged other members of the private sector to assist in the recovery efforts.“On behalf of the people of Jamaica, I want to thank the management of Carib Cement, for their benevolence. This contribution will allow the government to assist more individuals. I am encouraging other members of the private sector to assist in the recovery efforts”, continued Prime Minister Holness.The Government, through the various agencies, has already started recovery works across the affected parishes as well as the distribution of relief supplies.Officials from the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management, ODPEM were also on hand to receive the donation.last_img read more

Minister Shaw Pleased with Private-Sector Interest in Former Sugar-Cane Lands

first_imgMinister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says he is pleased with the interest from the private sector in the use of former sugar-cane lands for agricultural ventures.He said that the Ministry completed an audit of Government-owned lands managed by the SCJ Holdings Limited and “invited private-sector investors to partner with us by leasing the lands no longer needed for sugar-cane production to cultivate appropriate crops”.“I am pleased to inform you that the response, to date, has been very favourable, and we look forward to getting these lands into production in the shortest possible time,” he noted.“Our vision is to see our irrigable lands in full agricultural production, where we can provide high-quality, primary and value-added products for both the local and international markets, including CARICOM and the tourism industry,” he added.He was speaking at the opening of the Caribbean Urban Forum 2018 at the University of Technology on Wednesday (June 27).Minister Shaw said that events such as the Caribbean Urban Forum can help with spreading the message of the need to have more private investments in agriculture, not only in Jamaica, but the entire region.The Caribbean Urban Forum, being held from June 27 to 29, is designed to address specific policy issues within the Caribbean urban sector and further advance land-use planning and urban management within the region.More than 200 participants from countries across the region are in attendance, including land-use practitioners, policymakers, academics and allied professionals interested in urban and management issues within the Caribbean.last_img read more

VIDEO: Quantum of the Seas Haven for High-Tech Aficionados

first_imgzoom Tech-savvy modern travelers will be wowed by Royal Caribbean International’s newest ship, Quantum of the Seas, which incorporates unprecedented levels of technology to amp up the vacation experience.“Boatloads of bandwidth keep guests connected; easy-to-use systems expand guest choices and simplify schedules; and RFID technology speeds the boarding process and allows guests to keep track of their luggage every step of the way,”Royal Caribbean said.Altogether, customer-centered technology makes Quantum of the Seas six kinds of SMART:SMART Check-In: From sidewalk to ship in record timeA Quantum vacation begins at home, where guests can generate boarding documents online, upload their own ID photo, and receive digital boarding confirmation. By the time they arrive at the cruise terminal for departure, Royal Caribbean guests can go from “sidewalk to ship” in 10 minutes with no check-in counter, no forms to fill out and no lines to stand in.Guests will be able to track luggage in real time on their smartphones. Luggage will be tagged curbside with RFID technology at drop-off, and guests can monitor their bags’ progress through key points en route to the stateroom. On departure, the process is reversed.SMART Concierge: Flexibility at your fingertipsQuantum of the Seas will offer new RFID WOWband wristbands, which require only a simple tap to quickly navigate the ship, make onboard purchases, serve as the room key and more.SMART Connect: Downloads at the speed of modern lifeQuantum of the Seas will operate with unprecedented bandwidth using satellites launched by tech partner O3b Networks. With speeds that match fast broadband connections onshore, guests can be online 24/7, no matter what personal device they bring onboard. Guests can watch streaming video, check email, share images on social media and enjoy face-to-face video conversations – even in the middle of the ocean.In addition, Quantum’s connectivity makes it possible for one of the SeaPods in SeaPlex to become a live global video gaming suite where guests can enjoy Xbox Live and compete with other gamers worldwide.SMART Experiences: Shaking martinis and spinning screensA brand new venue, Bionic Bar, is set to make waves with robots at center stage. Guests place orders via tablets and then have fun watching robotic bartenders hard at work mixing cocktails.Quantum of the Seas will take advantage of technology in functional forms as well. Guest staterooms are equipped with device-charging USB outlets, as well as energy efficient and environmentally friendly lighting systems. Interior accommodations are outfitted with Virtual Balconies that display real-time sights and sounds of the sea through 80-inch LED screens, ensuring every stateroom has a view.SMART Service: Crew can connect better with guests – and with homeCustom apps will allow crew members to keep better track of guests’ tastes and preferences, allowing staff to tailor their personalized service. Whether a guest prefers gluten-free dining, early show seating, or shiatsu massage, the features of the smart ship allow crew members to anticipate every need.SMART Sustainability: Cleaner and greenerTechnology has even played a part in making the ship more environmentally friendly. Sophisticated computer modeling was used to reduce the vessel’s energy consumption with efficient hull configuration, engine design and energy saving devices. The ship has eliminated the use of incandescent bulbs; all lighting will be provided by low-energy LED or fluorescents. Motion sensors even dim hallway lighting when no one is present.The Quantum Class spans 18 decks, encompasses 167,800 gross registered tons, carries 4,180 guests at double occupancy and features 2,090 staterooms. Quantum of the Seas will sail out of New York Harbor from her homeport of Cape Liberty for her inaugural season before departing to her new homeport of Shanghai (Baoshan), China. Press Release; August 26, 2014last_img read more

Ambedkar varsity to implement 10 reservation for EWS category

first_imgNew Delhi: Ambedkar University is all set to implement 10 percent reservation for Economically Weaker Section(EWS) students and also the varsity will be opening its registration portal for those belonging to the category on Wednesday, the varsity said. The university, which was established by the Delhi government, is re-opening its registration portal solely for students belonging to the EWS category in order to implement the 10 percent quota. The portal will be reopened from June 26-30 for economically weaker students for admission into undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. “The university is implementing the reservation in a phased manner. In academic session 2019-20, 10 per cent reservation will be implemented and 15 per cent will be implemented in the next academic session,” the university said in a statement.last_img read more

Appeal dismissed in challenge to Alberta gaystraight alliance law

first_imgThe Canadian Press CALGARY — Opponents of Alberta’s law allowing gay-straight alliances in schools have been dealt another legal setback.Religious schools, public interest groups and parents filed a lawsuit last year seeking to have the legislation put on hold until there’s a ruling on its constitutionality.The coalition led by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms was denied its request, but it appealed.Two of three Alberta Court of Appeal justices have dismissed the appeal, while the third said part of it should be allowed.Justices Frederica Schutz and Dawn Pentelechuk wrote in their decision that the public good of protecting the safety and privacy of children, as well as promoting an inclusive school environment, is extremely high.Dissenting Justice Bruce McDonald wrote that schools should not have their funding withheld or lose their accreditation for the next academic year when the constitutional challenge has yet to be heard.Gay-straight alliances are clubs meant to make LGBTQ students feel welcome and to prevent bullying.Amendments to Alberta’s School Act brought in by the outgoing NDP government prohibit schools from informing parents if their children join the groups.Incoming United Conservative premier Jason Kenney has said his government will revert to old legislation that allows gay-straight alliances, but without blanket privacy protection for students.Teachers who felt a student’s health or safety is at risk would have the option to tell parents their child had joined a GSA.last_img read more

Czech PM invited to meet US president Donald Trump

PRAGUE, Czech Republic — The United States ambassador to Prague says U.S. President Donald Trump has invited Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis to meet him next month in Washington.Ambassador Stephen King wrote about the official invitation on Wednesday on Twitter. King says the meeting, scheduled for March 7, is “a symbol of our strong bilateral relationship.”Also Wednesday, Czech Foreign Minister Tomas Petricek was heading for Washington to meet his U.S. counterpart, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the first such visit in seven years.Ahead of his trip, Petricek said that warnings against use of Chinese technology will be, among other issues, on the agenda of his talks in Washington.The Associated Press read more

Securities regulators increasingly employing tech tools to speed probes

TORONTO — Securities regulators say they are increasingly employing data analytics and other sophisticated tools to track down financial miscreants faster, but these technologies won’t be able to fully replace human judgment.The director of enforcement at the Ontario Securities Commission said Thursday that they need these tools to crunch the “mind-numbing volume of data” the regulator takes in for investigations, and do it in weeks, not years.Jeff Kehoe said during a panel discussion in Toronto that regulators can no longer use traditional tools and investigation techniques in the “new world for us,” with advances such as cryptocurrencies and high-frequency trading.“It’s like finding a needle in 50 haystacks, or 100 haystacks,” he said. “And so we need tools that not only reduce the size of the haystacks but make the needles bigger.”Regulators in recent years have put out guidance on the securities implications of blockchain, cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings as the usage of these technological innovations proliferate. Meanwhile, regulators say they too are applying technological tools to their enforcement tasks, as the volume of data at their disposal grows exponentially.The monetary authority of Singapore’s executive director of enforcement Gillian Tan said during the OSC event on Thursday it has developed a tool with data scientists to analyze data to detect circular trading patterns.When testing with known cases, it was able to detect roughly 94 to 96 per cent of what had been detected manually, she added.“What used to take us months to do, can now be done in a matter of hours,” she said. “That’s really exciting for us.”The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s co-director of enforcement Stephanie Avakian said it too has used these tools to speed up their probes, but it doesn’t replace the need for experienced investigators to go through the findings and use judgment.“The data analytics are great for identifying problems and putting together a case, but I don’t think they obviate the need for human investigators… You still need humans to go through this stuff and find the false positives,” she said.As well, Avakian said when financial misdeeds later go before a jury, human witnesses are still needed to help present their case.Kehoe added that the “promises of technology are great” but the findings they produce must be reliable and verifiable in order to be fair. read more

UNICEF working to help quakeaffected school children in Tajikistan

With thousands of children returning to school in Tajikistan in the first week of September as usual, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is working to ensure that those living in areas hit by a recent earthquake will be able to learn despite the devastation wrought by the disaster. The earthquake that rocked Qumsangir on 29 July left 5,000 children without classrooms, causing severe damage to over a dozen of the area’s 44 schools. “UNICEF stands ready to provide school-in-a-box kits, school desks and chairs for a number of affected schools before school resumes in early September,” said the agency’s Representative, Yukie Mokuo, who visited the affected sites earlier this month along with officials from the Government. The team found that many classrooms are unsafe and will not be ready for the beginning of the school year. In a news release on Wednesday, the agency warned of the threat of a possible outbreak of water-borne diseases in the area, which relies solely on a damaged irrigation canal as its source of water supply for cooking and drinking. Sanitation conditions are also poor. Immediately after the earthquake, UNICEF sent initial emergency supplies worth $10,000 containing hygiene kits, water purification tablets, towels, jerry cans and high protein biscuits to the affected areas. Another batch of supplies, mostly hygiene items, will be distributed next week in partnership with international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working on health care and hygiene promotion. UNICEF and its partners have also assessed water and sanitation and are working to ensure their long-term rehabilitation. The Government of Tajikistan is working to rebuild the damaged schools with support from the Education for All Fast Track Initiative, a global partnership between donor and developing countries to ensure universal primary education by 2015, UNICEF said. read more

One big leaguer tested positive for banned stimulant

NEW YORK — One unidentified major league player tested positive for a banned stimulant in the year ending with the World Series.Under the joint drug agreement between Major League Baseball and the players’ association, an initial positive test for a banned stimulant results in six additional urine tests over the next year rather than a suspension, and the identity is not announced. The positive test for an amphetamine was listed in the annual report issued Friday by the drug program’s Independent Public Administrator.In the year ending with the 2017 World Series, there were two positive tests for banned stimulants that did not result in a suspension, one each for Adderall and D-Amphetamine.Players not on 40-man rosters are not covered by the union and are subject to the minor league drug program, which mandates is most cases a 50-game suspension for an initial stimulant violation.Major League Baseball conducted a record 11,526 drug tests, a 39 per cent increase from two years ago, that resulted in 11 positive samples in the year ending with the World Series. There were 9,282 urine samples for performance-enhancing substances, stimulants and the drug DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone), plus 2,244 blood samples for human growth hormone.Two players tested positive for the diuretic Furosemide: Seattle second baseman Robinson Cano and Chicago Cubs pitching prospect Oscar De La Cruz.There were eight positive tests for performing-enhancing substances: Washington catcher Raudy Read and Kansas City outfielder Jorge Bonifacio tested positive for Boldenone; Houston pitcher Dean Deetz and Toronto pitcher Thomas Pannone for Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (DHCMT); Chicago White Sox catcher Welington Castillo for Erythropoietin (EPO); Pittsburgh pitcher Nik Turley for Ipamorelin; Minnesota shortstop Jorge Polanco for Stanozolol and Marcos Molina for Clostebol and former New York Mets pitcher Marcos Molina for Clostebol.All received 80-game suspensions except for Molina, a free agent by the time he was banned for the rest of the season on Aug. 2.There were 102 Therapeutic Use Exemptions for otherwise banned drugs: 101 for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and one for hypertension. That was down from 106 in the previous year.The report was issued by Dr. Thomas M. Martin, a retired U.S. Army colonel who is a former director of the Defence Department’s drug testing and program policy office.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsRonald Blum, The Associated Press read more

Charge against Bradley Roby downgraded to disorderly conduct

Lantern File PhotoOSU redshirt junior cornerback Bradley Roby pumps up the crowd before a game against Miami (OH) on Sept. 1 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 56-10.The charge against Ohio State redshirt junior cornerback Bradley Roby has been downgraded to disorderly conduct from battery, according to the Monroe County Prosecutor’s Office.Roby was involved in an altercation at a bar in Bloomington, Ind. on July 21 where he was initially charged with misdemeanor battery. The date of the pretrial hearing remains Aug. 26, according to the Prosecutor’s Office.OSU coach Urban Meyer has not suspended Roby for the incident, but he has been practicing with the team during fall camp in preparation for the season.The maximum punishment for a disorderly conduct charge is 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine in Indiana.It remains to be seen if Roby will take part in the teams Aug. 31 season opener at home against Buffalo.OSU and Roby did not respond to The Lantern’s request for comment. read more