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Coleman wins 60m in world indoors record time

first_imgOther world indoors records tumbled on Saturday: American Kendra Harrison set a new mark in the 60-meter hurdles as did compatriot Sandi Morris in the pole vault, and New Zealand’s Tomas Walsh in the shot put.The oldest record in the world indoors book fell when Walsh’s last hurl of 22.31 meters eclipsed the record of 22.24 set by Ulf Timmermann in 1987, five years before the New Zealander was born.It was a third world indoor silver medal for David Storl of Germany. He and Tomas Stanek of the Czech Republic threw 21.44 but Storl had a superior second best throw.America was favored to sweep the podium in the 60 hurdles and although Harrison and Christina Manning finished one-two respectively, Nadine Visser of the Netherlands edged Sharika Nelvis for bronze.There was another American one-two in the women’s 400. Courtney Okolo controlled from the start and won in 50.55 seconds. Teammate Shakima Wimbley moved ahead of Britain’s Eilidh Doyle on the final straight to finish second.ADVERTISEMENT Coleman smashed Greene’s 20-year-old world record last month by clocking 6.34 seconds and the American came within 0.03 seconds of that at Arena Birmingham.Greene called as Coleman was talking to reporters, and Coleman put the phone on speaker so everyone could hear Greene’s congratulations.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Just to have my name up there with those kind of guys is a huge honor,” Coleman said after hanging up. “Maurice is someone I can call a friend now and that’s great for me.”Coleman, who turns 22 on Tuesday, never looked in danger as he beat Su Bingtian of China by 0.05 and U.S. teammate Ronnie Baker by 0.07. He said the gold medal meant more to him than the world record. LATEST STORIES Read Next MOST READ Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Oscar Husillos thought he broke a championship record in the 400 but he and Luguelin Santos, who originally crossed the line in second, were disqualified for lane infringements, handing a third successive world indoors title to Pavel Maslak.“The guys were stronger than me and I do not know what went wrong for them,” Maslak said. “They would have beaten me anyway so even if it is gold, it will have a bronze flavor for me.”Morris attempted to break the world indoor pole vault record but failed in three attempts at 5.04 meters.She was runner-up at the 2017 world championships and 2016 Olympics, plus at the previous world indoors.Morris finally got her hands on a gold medal when she broke the championship record with her third attempt at 4.95, although she faced an anxious moment with one more woman left in the competition.“I just brought everything I had down that runway and imagined I was running into battle,” Morris said, laughing. “And, oh my gosh, the feeling once I got on the other side of the bar and then when I knew I was a gold medalist, I can’t even describe it.”Anzhelika Sidorova matched Morris’ previous leaps but failed at her third attempt at 4.95 and finished second, ahead of Olympic and world champion Katerina Stefanidi.“You never want to wish a miss on somebody, that’s just bad luck,” Morris added. “But at the same time I’m like, ‘Oh I’m tired.’”Genzebe Dibaba clinched her second gold in Birmingham when the Ethiopian added the 1,500 title to the 3,000 she won on Friday.Britain’s Laura Muir put in a fantastic final surge to beat defending champion Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands to silver, a reversal of their positions in the 3,000. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bronze medalist United States’ Ronnie Baker, left, gold medalist United States’ Christian Coleman, center, and silver medalist China’s Su Bingtian, right, cross the finish line in the men’s 60 meters race at the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Britain, Saturday, March 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)BIRMINGHAM, England — When you get a phone call from former sprint king Maurice Greene straight after setting another record, you know you’ve done something special.Christian Coleman added the championship record to his growing list of achievements in winning the 60 meters at the world athletics indoors on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img There was controversy in the only other individual track final. There was no doubt about Adam Kszczot’s dominant victory in the 800 but runner-up Drew Windle was disqualified, promoting Saul Ordonez to silver and Elliot Giles to bronze.However, the American team’s appeal was accepted, reinstating Windle into second place.Kevin Mayer of France won the heptathlon by just five points over Damian Warner, despite the Canadian clocking a personal best to win the final event, the 1,000 meters.Just three centimeters separated the medalists in the men’s triple jump. American Will Claye regained the title he won six years ago by edging Almir dos Santos and Nelson Evora.In the women’s event, defending champion Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela beat Kimberly Williams and Ana Peleteiro. 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Mary Kom, is finally getting her due.

first_imgMC Mary Kom is exhausted. After the Olympic bronze win on August 8, she has been pursued relentlessly by the media. Magazines are writing paeans to her success, even as she does the rounds of TV studios, for interviews with talk show hosts and sports commentators who’re only too happy,MC Mary Kom is exhausted. After the Olympic bronze win on August 8, she has been pursued relentlessly by the media. Magazines are writing paeans to her success, even as she does the rounds of TV studios, for interviews with talk show hosts and sports commentators who’re only too happy to celebrate India’s newest sporting icon.Her media managers have been able to squeeze us in for a shoot on August 15-a day after Mary and her family returned from London. It’s apparent that she hasn’t had a minute of peace. She takes an involuntary nap in the make-up chair between taking questions, oblivious to her managers who’ve worked themselves into a frenzy, negotiating endorsement deals and cover interviews that will decide the fate of Brand Mary. The 29-year-old boxer, who won a bronze at the London Olympics in the 51-kg category, is trying on her star persona like a pair of new shoes. Initially reluctant to step out of her room in a gown and make-up, she’s soon making a game face at the camera. “Want me to pose like a model?” she asks an impromptu audience, who instantly whip out cameras and phones to capture the five-time world champion’s lighter moments. These days Mary has a lot of these-she laughs easily, showers her five-year-old twin boys with affection and looks incredibly like a teenager with errant blonde streaks and little English and Indian flags painted onto her nails.”Life is very different now, but not in a negative way,” says the serene Onler Kom, 38, husband, mentor and solid rock of support to his superstar wife. Her twins Rengpa and Nai Nai constantly run into the shots, demanding their mother’s attention, angry at the world for not letting her be. Not that Mary minds. After 12 long years of struggle and relative anonymity, she’s declared that this is her time to shine. When asked how she deals with the constant intrusions, she only shrugs and says, “I have to do it. Now’s not the time to push the media away.” To really understand Brand Mary one must decode the Indian psyche. While on the one hand, there’s joy in finding icons outside of the staple celeb arenas of movies and cricket, there’s also the palpable fear of losing the adoration just as quickly. It’s not something however, that the indomitable Mary fears. While waiting for yet another felicitation ceremony to begin, she explains in her halting English why this recent surge in popularity is so surreal. “I had no support, no opportunity, no sponsors backing me for most of my career,” she says without the slightest hint of bitterness, “But I knew a medal would change everything.” Well aware of the fleeting nature of fame, she’s making the most of her new-found image.Mary’s previous achievement-winning four consecutive golds at World Championships-is not just about achieving an impressive medal haul. It was this feat that, in part, influenced the selection of women’s boxing as an Olympic sport in the London Games. She’s won a medal in every edition of the Association Internationale de Boxe Amateur (AIBA) women’s world boxing championships since its inception, thus putting India firmly on the boxing map. Why then did it take so long for the rest of India to wake up to her potential?”Mary’s always been an excellent competitor. Now that she’s got the Olympic validation, I hope that the market does not remain blind to her qualities as a sportsperson,” says senior sportswriter Sharda Ugra. Under the constant glare of media attention, the market too has begun to thaw. Mary, who’s made boxing look sexy, now rakes in Rs 40 lakh per endorsement, almost double the amount she was worth earlier. Supermom, wife, fearless fighter-she’s has turned into an exceptionally marketable icon overnight, and it’s her underdogbeats-all-odds approach that makes her most attractive. “This is reflective of how middle class India thinks. Mary is Million Dollar Baby meets Raging Bull,” says Joji George, CEO, Percept Sports and Entertainment. Mary’s potential brand value then lies in her winning despite the system, in her struggle against the apathy of the Indian state towards women’s boxing in particular and non-cricket sport in general. It’s also a remarkable story of overcoming the disadvantages of hailing from a remote, neglected corner of the country like Manipur and altering -society’s perception of what an aggressive, determined woman can achieve.Her journey, from the jhum fields of Kanagthei near Imphal to the boxing ring at the London Olympics is already the stuff of legend. Faster and stronger than all the boys she grew up around, Mary’s raw determination saw her rise from a life of poverty and denial, to reach the doorstep of Ibomcha Singh, a legendary godfather of boxers from Manipur. Initially rejected for being too small and fragile, she famously wept outside Singh’s training centre until he took her in. “I had no one to guide me,” says Mary of her initial years of struggle, “I took up boxing out of sheer interest and to help my parents financially.” She was by turn a javelin thrower and a sprinter, before boxer Dinko Singh’s Asian Games gold in 1998 caught her attention. While a secure government job was also a spur, the gold rush that began with her first few outings as a boxer firmly established her champion credentials. Her parents, uneasy with her chosen discipline, were convinced that a bruised face would bring no marriage proposals. But her hunger for the sport, and a better life soon overrode those concerns and father Tonpa Kom was forced to relent. A combination of natural talent and willpower saw her become a local hero in almost no time. Internationally too, Mary won gold repeatedly in the 46 and then 48 kg weight categories (see timeline). But the nation paid little attention.The Olympic medal however has changed all that. “It was a much needed passport towards her recognition,” says Neerav Tomar, CEO and MD of IOS Sports and Entertainment. As Mary’s commercial manager, Tomar is upbeat about her success as a brand. “She’s a complete package,” he says. Her great selling point is her humble, salt-of-the-earth image that’s being mined to earn her endorsement deals with banks, cement firms and health drink companies. A large number of them belong to the North-east. There’s also a book deal in the offing, adds Tomar, as well as a tie-up with Raj Kundra and Sanjay Dutt’s Super Fight League as an ambassador for the television show.Well into her third shoot of the day, Mary is a trooper smiling through the pain of a recent tooth extraction. Unlike her fellow Olympian Saina Nehwal, also a bronze medallist, Kom has been sidelined for years and not least because of the State’s stinging apathy towards the North-east. “We look like the Chinese, no? But heart is Indian,” she’s said often in interviews about her Manipuri ethnicity. While she maybe considered less glamourous than the Saina-Sania duo, her story is one that resonates across the board.Twelve years, twelve gold medals. Three weight categories and a C-section to boot. Kom’s stats read like an A-grade report card. Charles Atkinson, a star coach sanctioned to her by the Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ) and the Sports Ministry calls her “the best student I’ve ever had.” Punching well above her weight, Kom never let anyone think that she’d bitten off more than she could chew. She matured with Atkinson at the helm, who turned her into a force to reckon with. “Mary was a very dangerous opponent by the end,” he says. To reach her target weight of 51 kg, Mary upped her food intake and trained harder than usual, building strength in her legs and upper body. She was also landing more lethal blows instead of a series of smaller punches. But her fiery metabolism would not allow any weight to stick and what she put on was mostly muscle, something her sculpted arms bear testimony to.”She was about half a kilo lighter than what I would’ve like her to be,” says Atkinson about the disappointing semi-final bout against Britain’s Nicola Adams. He bristles at the suggestion that Mary was outclassed. “I’ve watched that match several times and I can honestly say that Mary was the better fighter. Adams only won because she fought defensively and didn’t pick a physical fight. Mary played the eventual gold medalist and didn’t get a scratch on her. That’s saying a lot.”Mary Kom will continue to fight the fight. If her followers, biographers and managers are to be believed, winning for the country will remain her top priority. “Mary won’t be carried away with the momentum of the fame industry,” says Ugra. Besides her sporting achievements, Mary’s lasting legacy will may well be the next crop of young boxers she hopes to train in her academy. “I’m a very strict teacher,” she laughs. Barely an inch taller than her eager pupils ‘Madame Mary’ is providing a much needed springboard for 37 children from deprived backgrounds to make it big through boxing. Sixteen of them are girls. The epynomous academy based in Langol, lacks in infrastructure, such as an indoor boxing ring and gear, but an award of Rs 75 lakhs and two acres of land by the Sports Ministry announced right after she won the medal has provided an incentive to do much more. “We want to create an academy that matches international standards where these children can train and study free of cost,” Onler says.The recent adulation has also made her re-think her plans for retirement. While sports pundits may not foresee another medal for her in 2016, she says she is preparing for a comeback. There’s also the matter of protecting her image as five-time-world champion; by 2016, there will be a few dozen more like Adams challenging her.”India had a first mover advantage in women’s boxing that we failed to capitalise on beyond Mary. The world stage has grown so much that she will have to compete harder to win,” says mentor and OGQ CEO Viren Rasquinha.Legend is too weighty a word to describe someone who’s only still 29. Yet Mary’s is already a tale worth turning into celluloid gold. “I’m happy that people will know my story,” she says of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s decision to make a film on her life. Quite a character is how coach Charles Atkinson describes her. Tomar on his part is dreaming big and wants to rope in Danny Boyle to make a documentary on her. No matter who narrates the story, Mary’s already a bonafide star. Path to gloryBorn March 1Spent her early years working on Jhum fields.Moved to Imphal’s Dimjati High School, developed an interest in boxing.Trained with a host of coaches.Made her international debut at the Aiba Championship in the US. Won a silver.Won Arjuna Award.Marries Onler Kom at 22.Was awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna.Carried the Queen’s baton at the Commonwealth Games.Qualified for the Olympics.Won Olympic Bronze.advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Golden State G League team in Santa Cruz is key developer

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ “Move, you gotta move!”“Good work, fellas, good work!”Near the end of a session, Miles walks to the scorer’s table and starts a music playlist as individual shooting work begins. He is accustomed to constant change by now.“You just kind of know more of what to expect, and you can expect the unexpected here,” he said. “I have pretty much the same staff so we’re all kind of comfortable in understanding how the G League works, how each other work. … The G League isn’t just for players to grow, it’s an opportunity for coaches and everybody in it to grow. So we understand we aren’t going to do everything perfectly.”Santa Cruz’s fast start drew praise from Warriors coach Steve Kerr.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Ray Parks says timing just right to join PBA, doesn’t consider self as rookiecenter_img Just one example of life in the topsy-turvy, changing-by-the-day G League, when Golden State or another club might come calling at a moment’s notice to swipe a top player for promotion to the NBA.Or, as is the case for Santa Cruz this week, send one of the NBA’s best big men out on rehab assignment.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefMiles will have the chance to work alongside DeMarcus Cousins, assigned to Santa Cruz on Monday as he continues his rehab from left Achilles tendon surgery. Cousins’ younger brother, Jaleel, is on the team, too.One moment, Miles might be setting a screen or bouncing a pass into the post, the next he is pacing to the other end to check out his guards at work in a shooting drill, the practice plan rolled up in his left hand and chomping gum all the while. “He’s been in a similar predicament as us,” Morris notes.There is constant communication between the two Warriors franchises, and Luke Loucks is a two-way coach who aids in keeping Miles and Kerr connected.Miles understands how special this time is working for the NBA’s elite coaches and franchise and so appreciates the chance to talk to Kerr or top assistant Mike Brown, who “always give me some good insight and good advice.”“It’s amazing. I always said, ‘I’m blessed,’” Miles said. “I had the opportunity to play for Roy Williams, play for Bill Self, coach under coach Self with coach (Joe) Dooley, and now have the opportunity to coach under, in a sense, Steve Kerr and be a part of this family and organization. I’m extremely blessed and honored. It’s great. I don’t know a better situation to be in.” TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue In this Dec. 4, 2018 photo, from left, Santa Cruz Warriors coach Aaron Miles, guard Will Cherry, Alen Smailagic and Darius Morris talk after their basketball practice in Santa Cruz, Calif. As the Santa Cruz Warriors huddled together after practice, Darius Morris gave a quick recap of his adventure to the Arizona desert a day earlier to interview with the Suns. Phoenix needed a point guard with Devin Booker’s hamstring injury, and Morris was in the mix. Coach Aaron Miles, who so wishes he were still playing, had to stand in leading the offense given Morris’ absence. Such is life in the topsy-turvy, changing-by-the-day G League, when Golden State or another club might come calling at a moment’s notice to swipe a top player for promotion to the NBA. (AP Photo/Janie McCauley)SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — As the Santa Cruz Warriors huddled after practice, Darius Morris provided a quick recap of his adventure to the Arizona desert a day earlier to interview with the Suns. Phoenix needed a point guard given Devin Booker’s hamstring injury, and Morris was at least in the mix.Santa Cruz coach Aaron Miles, who so wishes he were still playing professionally, had a little fun leading the offense in Morris’ absence.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The two-time defending champions’ feeder team began 8-0 in the second season under Miles, who is thrilled to be part of Golden State’s staff during the run to a third title in four years.“He still has that fire,” forward Kevin Young said. “It’s good for him to be able to show these guys how to go to the basket and what made him successful as a player, what can help the team and what he’s looking for as well.”The Warriors clubs have made a point to build continuity, even running the same plays to ensure a seamless transition for two-way players making the 70-mile trek from the Bay Area to the tourist beach town along the California coast.The father of four boys, Miles strives to keep things family oriented with his players, emphasizing that they should enjoy the journey and each step, not try to rush to the next level.“You want that to result in an NBA spot, however in the meantime you get back, you focus and get lost again in our team goals and our team aspirations,” Morris said. “Even me just going (to Phoenix) and coming back kind of influenced everybody to just buy in even more to what coach is talking about. It proves — he had players last year, Quinn Cook, Damian Jones — it makes it easier to be able to listen to him and just trust the process, trust what he’s talking about.”After one shootaround, Miles had just begun to ponder his minutes breakdown for a game that night when he got word Damion Lee was headed out to join the big Warriors.Jones, who began as Golden State’s starting center before recently tearing his pectoral muscle, developed his game in Santa Cruz last season. Same with Cook, who emerged to fill a huge void during Stephen Curry’s injury absence late last season and again this past month.“You can see the impact that our Santa Cruz affiliate has had on us over the last couple years,” Kerr said. “We feel really, really good about what Aaron Miles and his staff are doing there and the affiliation and the continuity. It helps so much that we run the exact same stuff. We bring Damian up and all of the sudden he’s playing 20 minutes a game and every call he knows because they’re running the same stuff down there. That makes a huge difference, difference between winning and losing a game, really.”The 35-year-old Miles is a former Kansas point guard who played one NBA season for Golden State in 2005-06 and has 19 career games to his name.Sure, he wants to still be in uniform — “100 percent” — and, sure, he might want to reach an NBA bench one day. But Miles applies the same patient approach he uses with his players to his own career path. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Yuvraj Singh launches UNICEF-ICCs adolescent campaign

first_imgColombo, Dec 5 (PTI) Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh will be promoting a UNICEF sports initiative for youngsters in South Asia, which will also have the ICCs backing.Yuvraj launched the “Power of Sports to Shape the Future of Adolescents” campaign in South Asia here.Yuvraj was joined by under-19 players from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka who will compete in the ICC under-19 World Cup in New Zealand in January next year.A panel discussion was followed by a friendly match between the players and the youth who attended the event which was jointly organised by UNICEF South Asia and the ICC.”There are 340 million adolescents in South Asia. When I see the energy, passion and determination of these young people, I feel so much hope. While the challenges in this region are vast, my hope is that their energy can be harnessed to create a better tomorrow for all adolescents in South Asia” Yuvraj said.ICC CEO David Richardson said the ICC under-19 World Cup will give young players the real flavour of international cricket.”Our partnership with UNICEF is an important one and the commitment that place have shown to being part of the panel is a wonderful demonstration of that,” he said. PTI GDK PM PMlast_img read more

Kontron: SMARC module for networked terminal devices

first_imgKontron has introduced the new SMARC-sAMX8X module distinguishing itself by its low power consumption, forming an ideal base for networked terminal devices in industrial environments thanks to its powerful NXP i.MX8X processor in Dual Core or Quad Core configurations. With dimensions of 82×50 mm, it can be deployed flexibly and is designed for operating in an extended temperature range of -40 to +85°C. Kontron presents the new SMARC-sAMX8X alongside other boards and modules based on the latest Intel, AMD Ryzen, i.MX8, and Layerscape processors at electronica 2018.SMARC-sAMX8X will be available in three standard variants. The QuadX+, DualX+ and DualX processors offer up to four Cortex A35 cores clocked at 1.2 GHz. An additional Cortex-M4 core can be used for minor management tasks within the system, which traditionally a seperate controller would have been required for. The new module features three GByte LP-DDR4 memory, a Dual Channel LVDS interface for HDMI or DP displays, up to two GbE, up to three PCI-Express and six USB 2.0 ports, as well as one USB 3.0 port. Between 2 and 64 GB of eMMC 5.0 onboard storage serve as bulk memory. Additionally, the SMARC-sAMX8X offers an SDIO card slot as well as four serial interfaces, one I2S, four I2C, two SPI, one MIPI CSI, twelve GPIO, and two CAN interfaces. The SMARC-sAMX8X utilizes Uboot as bootloader and Yocto Linux as operating system.The SMARC-sAMX8X module supports Kontron’s Security Solution APPROTECT powered by Wibu-Systems. Based on an optionally integrated Wibu-Systems security chip combined with a specifically developed software framework, it provides IP- and copy/reverse engineering protection. Additionally, Kontron’s APPROTECT Licensing also allows pay per use, time-based trial versions, or to enable/disable features.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Increasing code flexibility using callbacksNext TI: multiprotocol gigabit TSN-enabled processors for Industry 4.0last_img read more

The Munich disaster 60 years on: ‘They were the best team by far’

first_img Hide Manchester United How the Munich disaster devastated – and changed – football journalism Topics Facebook He is, though, certain that Best is United’s greatest player, rather than Edwards, who was viewed as the finest to perish in the disaster. Geoffrey’s job allowed a meeting with the Northern Irishman, of whom he produces a photograph.“Stylo Barratts were a big multiple shoe store and they got George Best to put his name on a football boot – it was on a lump of rubbishy plastic and didn’t ever sell,” he says. “Stylo Barratts gave us a free holiday to Paris and because of a promotional appearance regarding the football boot we met and this photograph was taken in a bar in Paris.”Tuesday’s anniversary will, for husband and wife, resonate differently. “I can’t believe it’s 60 years – I remember aspects of it so vividly,” says Ruth. “I can still feel the emotion of it, like Geoffrey could, and he doesn’t cry easily.”Geoffrey says: “It won’t affect me but talking about it before did.” Even now, on the 60th anniversary, recalling the Munich air disaster moves Geoffrey Fink to tears. “At the time, yeah, I cried,” says Fink, 85 years old and a Manchester United season-ticket holder since 1945. “I’ve got tears in my eyes now.”Sitting in their Altrincham home over tea and cakes, he and his wife, Ruth, 80, who is also a United fan, vividly recall the moment they learned of the tragedy on the Munich-Riem runway on 6 February 1958.Geoffrey, the club’s longest-standing season-ticket holder, who misses matches only because of inclement weather, was a shoe salesman. “I can remember it exactly – I used to work near Strangeways, the jail. We had a warehouse there,” he says. “And I’d walked into town at lunchtime for a sandwich and on the way back I went via Victoria station. Share on Facebook “There was somebody selling either the Manchester Evening News or Evening Chronicle and it just said: ‘United plane crash’. That was all. That night on the television reports started to come through that people had died and others were badly injured. Even Manchester City supporters were sorry.”Ruth says: “I was at my sister’s and it went viral. Absolutely it was a national event. I can remember listening to the radio and there were these hourly bulletins about the players’ condition.”Twenty-three people perished as a result of Flight 609’s crash. Eight were United players: full-back Geoff Bent, 25; left-back and captain, Roger Byrne, 28; wing-half Eddie Colman, 21; left-half Duncan Edwards, 21; centre-half Mark Jones, 24; outside-left David Pegg, 22; centre-forward Tommy Taylor, 26; and the 22-year-old inside-forward or wing Liam Whelan.“I was pregnant at the time and the Monday after we went down to Princess Parkway to watch the coffins coming back in hearses,” says Ruth. “There were thousands watching in absolutely hushed silence.” Read more Three United staff, two crew, two passengers and eight newspaper football correspondents lost their lives, including the Manchester Guardian’s Donny Davies. The Daily Express’s Henry Rose was a friend of the Finks, attending their wedding a few months before the tragedy.Ruth produces a large black and white photograph of her, Geoffrey and Rose on that September day. “We were very friendly with Henry, so it was a personal loss,” she says. “It was difficult to accept it had happened. For Henry Rose’s funeral I have a picture in my mind of Great Ancoats Street being absolutely crammed for the procession.”Geoffrey says: “He was very famous with the United crowd in particular because he said if Tommy Taylor scores a hat-trick he’d eat his hat.” As long as there is football there is a good reason to remember Munich “I don’t think we had any doubt that we would be rebuilt – particularly when Busby came back. You just presumed – arrogance if you like – we’d become a better club again.”Geoffrey shows his ticket from the 1958 Cup final, which was lost 2-0 to Bolton. He also still has a 1946 season ticket, his stub for England’s 1966 World Cup victory against West Germany at Wembley and United’s European Cup triumph over Benfica at the same venue two years later.“I don’t remember winning the First Division title the first time following it [1964-65] as anything,” says Geoffrey. “The European Cup was a tremendous atmosphere, United were one up until towards the end, then they equalised and missed a good chance but Eusébio couldn’t beat Alex Stepney.”United won 4-1 after extra time, Bobby Charlton, George Best and Brian Kidd scoring. Charlton and Bill Foulkes were the only survivors of the crash in what was an XI moulded from a second wave of Busby Babes. “That team wasn’t as good as the ’58 team,” says Geoffrey. “They [the ’58 team] were the best team in the country by far and many were young – one wondered how good they were going to get to be.” While Sir Matt Busby fought for his life in hospital, Jimmy Murphy took over as manager for United’s first post-Munich game, a 3-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday. “Other clubs were very kind,” says Geoffrey. “There was Ernie Taylor, an England international, and Blackpool gave him, then United signed Stan Crowther from Aston Villa. It was mostly reserves for the first match, a sell-out, the atmosphere was fantastic, the ground full and with a scratch team they won.“Jimmy Murphy was the right man to lead. He didn’t go on the trip due to looking after Wales [as manager]. United had what you’d call half a team and they got to the FA Cup final somehow; that was amazing. Thank you for your feedback. Pinterest Profile Eight fallen heroes Read morecenter_img Twitter Reuse this content features Share via Email Show Munich air disaster Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Read more Share on Twitter Geoffrey Fink remembers the lost United players:Roger Byrne, 28 Left-back and captain  “He was a superb footballer and England international who was very much in England class, though I’m not sure if he was among the greatest captains that United have had.”Duncan Edwards, 21 Left-half  “I didn’t put him quite as high on a pedestal as perhaps other people did – they all thought he was the greatest of course. He was a big man, he was one of the team but the whole team were so good.”Geoff Bent, 25 Full-back  “A reserve for Roger Byrne but a very good reserve, he was left‑sided and a popular player. We all thought of him as good enough to be in any other team but unfortunately he wasn’t good enough to be in the United team.”Eddie Coleman, 21 Wing-half  “Eddie, the youngest to die, was nicknamed Snake-hips because he was small and due to the way he beat an opponent on the field.”Mark Jones, 24 Centre-half  “Jones and Jackie Blanchflower vied for the centre-half place – I wouldn’t say either was world-class.”David Pegg, 22 Left-wing “He was a favourite of mine. I liked the way he played – the way he beat a man and ran down the wing. It was in the days when we had wingers who didn’t defend at all of course. They just stood on the halfway line and waited for the ball.”Tommy Taylor, 26 Centre-forward “He was a very good centre‑forward but then again not one of the best I’ve seen by any means – I liked Ruud van Nistelrooy – but he was a very good header of the ball and a personality.”Liam Whelan, 22 Inside-forward and wing “He was a wonderful footballer – he wasn’t always in the team as he and Pegg used to vie with Albert Scanlon on the left wing, with Johnny Berry playing on the right.” Share on Pinterest How the Manchester Guardian reported the Munich air disaster in 1958 Was this helpful? Share on Messenger Manchester United season-ticket holder Geoffrey Fink, a regular at Old Trafford since 1945, at home in Altrincham with his wife, Ruth. Photograph: Christopher Thomond/Guardianlast_img read more

Gerrard claims ‘fake news’ as he rejects Newcastle speculation

first_imgRangers coach Steven Gerrard has taken inspiration from United States president Donald Trump in refuting rumours he could be the next Newcastle United manager.The Liverpool legend has been linked with the Premier League coaching job  recently vacated by his former boss Rafael Benitez and also the head role at Derby County following Frank Lampard’s return to Chelsea.But the 39-year-old emphatically denied speculation he was considering a move to Tyneside, using a quote made famous by Trump. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare “Fake news. Not that I’m aware of,” Gerrard said to the Scotland’s Daily Record .Gerrard snared his first senior coaching role at Rangers in May 2018 following a stint in charge of Liverpool’s youth teams.In his first full season at Ibrox, he led the club to second position in the league behind city rivals Celtic – finishing nine points in arrears of the leaders but 11 ahead of third place.The former Reds midfielder is now preparing Rangers for a two-leg Europa League qualifier against Gibratar’s St Joseph, starting with the away contest on Tuesday.If the Gers succeed against in their first playoff, they will need to defeat two more teams over two legs to qualify for the group stage of Europe’s second-biggest club tournament.Gerrard wasn’t taking progression in the competition for granted but said the focus will be on his team performs, not the artificial surface they will compete on in Gibraltar.”How difficult it will be will depend on how well we play and if and how well we progress depends on the luck of the draw as well,” Gerrard said.”The pitch causes us no concerns. My players should be used to artificial surfaces given the amount of times we played on them at places such as Livingston, Kilmarnock and Hamilton last year. We won’t be using this as an excuse, that’s for sure.”We have seen the two games St Joseph’s have played in the competition so far. They will be well drilled. We always lay it on the line it is about us.”The second leg against St Joseph will be played at Ibrox on July 18.last_img read more

Report: Former Star College Football RB Arrested For Incest

first_imgGeneric photo of footballs in an end zone.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)A former college football running back has reportedly been arrested on charges of incest, according to a report by TMZ Sports.Former West Virginia running back Justin Crawford, 23, is reportedly facing multiple charges in the state of Georgia.TMZ Sports has the details:Officials confirm … the 23-year-old is facing charges of incest, sodomy and enticing a child for indecent purpose, all felonies.Details surrounding the allegations are unclear at this point, we’re working on it.What we know … Crawford was taken into custody on Saturday and booked. We’ve obtained his mug shot.Ex-College Football Star Justin Crawford Arrested for Incest, Sodomy https://t.co/5YWxtvBmpQ— TMZ Sports (@TMZ_Sports) October 15, 2018Crawford, a former JUCO player of the year, had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons at West Virginia in 2016 and ’17.He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Atlanta Falcons this summer, but was waived before the season.You can view the full report here.last_img read more

Ombudsman to Review Complaint

first_imgThe Office of the Ombudsman has agreed to help the Nova ScotiaDepartment of Transportation and Public Works review a complaintfrom a Hants County woman who says the department did not reactquickly enough during last weekend’s snowstorm. Transportation and Public Works Minister Ron Russell asked theOmbudsman’s staff to carry out a review of the department’sactions and snow clearing procedures in Hants County on Saturday,Nov. 13. “I want Nova Scotians to have the utmost confidence that theDepartment of Transportation and Public Works is doing its job,and doing it well, especially during emergencies,” said Mr.Russell. The department’s priority is to clear the 100-series highwaysfirst, followed by trunks, routes, local roads and gravel roads,within 24 hours of the end of a snowstorm.last_img read more

NSA reaches out to people in Anantnag interacts with cattle traders locals

first_imgJammu: Continuing his outreach programme, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on Saturday visited Anantnag in south Kashmir and interacted with cattle traders and locals ahead of Eid. Camping here since August 6, a day after the Centre revoked the provisions of Article 370, which gave special autonomous status to Jammu and Kashmir, Doval had on Friday toured the sensitive downtown Srinagar and interacted with locals and security personnel. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details According to officials, the NSA stopped at a cattle market set up in Anantnag– a hotbed of terrorist activities. In a video circulated on social media, Doval can be heard enquiring about the price, weight and diet of the cattle–mostly sheep on sale at the market. A young trader, after informing Doval that he brought his cattle from Drass area of Kargil, asks him: “Do you know where Drass is?”. Before Doval can reply, Deputy Commissioner of Anantnag Khalid Janagir tells the trader that the man he is talking to is the NSA. A smiling Doval pats the man, shakes his hand and leaves. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday On Friday, the NSA, accompanied by his aides and senior police officers, visited the Eidgah locality and stopped at various places to interact with locals. He later talked to police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel and thanked them for their wonderful work in maintaining law and order. Earlier on Wednesday, the NSA was seen eating food with locals on a footpath with shuttered shops in the background. He is reaching out to the local population in the Valley as a confidence building measure.last_img read more

Investors hear 3 words they fear inverted yield curve

first_imgNEW YORK — One of the most reliable warning signals for a recession just got a bit brighter.The signal is called the “yield curve,” and it shows how the bond market is feeling about the U.S. economy’s long-term prospects. On Tuesday the yield curve signalled caution and, along with worries about global trade and interest rates, it helped send the stock market to one of its worst days of the year.WHAT IS IT?The yield curve measures how much more in interest investors get for owning a long-term Treasury bond than a short-term one. When the economy is healthy and investors are forecasting good times ahead, they generally demand higher yields for Treasurys that mature a decade or more into the future than those maturing in a year or two. That’s in part because investors expect the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates in the future as the economy and inflation power higher.But when investors are worried that growth will fall off sharply, perhaps as a result of the Federal Reserve pushing short-term rates higher, they’re willing to accept less in interest for a Treasury maturing far in the future.When yields for short-term Treasurys fall below yields for long-term ones, market watchers call it an “inverted yield curve,” and Wall Street starts getting more nervous.WHAT JUST HAPPENED?The yield on the five-year Treasury dropped below the two-year and three-year Treasury yields on Monday. By Tuesday afternoon, the five-year yield was at 2.78 per cent, 0.01 percentage points lower than a two-year Treasury and 0.02 points lower than a three-year Treasury.It’s the first time any part of the yield curve has inverted since 2007, before the start of the Great Recession.SHOULD I PANIC?No, at least not yet. Most economists are forecasting the U.S. economy will continue to grow in 2019, though at a slower pace than this year. The job market is strong, and consumer confidence is still high.Market watchers also say they won’t get worried until a more important part of the yield curve flips. They pay much more attention to the spread between two-year and 10-year Treasury yields. An inversion of this part of the yield curve has preceded each of the last nine recessions dating back to 1955. It was still positive on Tuesday at 0.12 percentage points.Of course, that’s still “pretty doggone tight,” said Randy Frederick, vice-president of trading and derivatives at Charles Schwab. A year ago, the cushion was at 0.62 percentage points.The Cleveland Fed, meanwhile, has focused on the difference in yields between three-month Treasurys and 10-year Treasurys. An inversion in that part of the curve has preceded each of the last seven recessions. But it also has not inverted, and a 10-year Treasury yields 0.50 percentage points more than a three-month Treasury bill.Even if the more important parts of the yield curve flip to inversion, that doesn’t mean a recession will happen the next day. It has sometimes taken more than a year for a recession to occur after the yield curve inverts.There have also been false positives in the past, where the yield curve has inverted but no recession has followed, such as in 1966.___AP Business Writer Alex Veiga contributed to this report.Stan Choe, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Record November for UK engine manufacturing as yeartodate home market tops 1

UK engine manufacturing rises 20.0% in November, with 250,879 units produced – the highest on record.Domestic demand fuels growth, up 36.1% in the month and surpassing one million in the YTD for the first time.Overall year-to-date output reaches 2.4 million – a 7.7% uplift on the first 11 months in 2015. Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,November’s surge in demand for UK-built engines is good news, and thanks to billions of pounds of recent investment in new plants to serve Britain’s booming vehicle manufacturing sector. However, although domestic supply is growing rapidly – up some 70% since records began in 20091 – overseas demand still accounts for more than half of production. If this important sector’s growth is to continue, the right trading conditions must be maintained to keep the whole industry internationally competitive.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Freshman center Daniel Giddens to exit Ohio State mens basketball program

OSU freshman forward Daniel Giddens (4) during a game against Michigan State on Feb. 23 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorDaniel Giddens, a freshman on the Ohio State men’s basketball team, asked for his release from the program Monday and is expected to transfer, according to a report from ESPN’s Jeff Borzello. An OSU spokesman confirmed to The Lantern that Giddens requested to be released. Giddens, a 6-foot-10 center, started seven games for the Buckeyes during the 2015-16 season, averaging 3.8 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. His defense, though, was his biggest contribution to OSU. The Mableton, Georgia, native supplied the Scarlet and Gray with a shot-altering presence in the paint, making it difficult, at times, for opponents to get easy baskets near the rim. He blocked 50 shots this year for an average of 1.5 per game. Giddens becomes the second member of coach Thad Matta’s 2015 recruiting class bolt from the program, joining Austin Grandstaff, who left the team in December. Grandstaff eventually enrolled at Oklahoma. With Giddens’ impending departure, there’s a chance that next season the Buckeyes could be without their top two post players from this year. Redshirt sophomore Trevor Thompson, OSU’s usual starter, declared for the NBA draft over the weekend, taking advantage of new rules that allow players to test the waters and return as long as they don’t hire an agent. Although Thompson is widely expected to come back to school, the Buckeyes have two post players committed in their 2016 recruiting class. Both players — Derek Funderburk and Micah Potter — are four-star prospects, according to ESPN. David Bell, a 6-foot-10 redshirt freshman center, will be back in the frontcourt for OSU, as well. He appeared in 23 games for the Buckeyes, averaging 1.1 points and 1.5 rebounds per game. The potentially crowded frontcourt could have been a major reason for Giddens’ departure. read more

Board of Trustees Finance Committee approves changes to football basketball ticket pricing

Fans cheer as players run onto the field at Ohio Stadium before a game. Credit: Lantern file photoOhio State’s Department of Athletics cleared its first hurdle in requesting that changes be made to the current ticket-pricing system for football and basketball: The Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees approved the plans Thursday afternoon.Under the proposal, individual, home-game football tickets for the 2017 season would range from $65 to $190; the current price scale has tickets ranging from $70 to $195. Both price ranges use a system of dynamic pricing, where varied prices are set based on the perceived demand of the game.The current 15-percent discount that season ticket holders receive, and 20-percent discount that OSU faculty and staff receive when buying season tickets, would remain in place for next year, said athletic director Gene Smith, who was in attendance during the meeting. Student prices, which are $34 per game when bought in Big Ten and full-season packages, are to remain at the same price through 2020.Army and University of Nevada, Las Vegas are scheduled to be the cheapest tickets, at $65 and $70 each, respectively. A ticket for Michigan State or Oklahoma is set to cost $190.Screen grab of the proposed OSU home football game ticket prices for the 2017 season. Credit: Ohio State Board of TrusteesChanges to the pricing model for Buckeye basketball were also approved at the Finance Committee meeting. Individual, home-game tickets for the 2017-18 season would range in price among a system of four seating sections and classifications of games. The first rank of games, exhibition games, would range from $5 to $10 depending on the seating section, and the most expensive “premier” games would range from $14 to $57. Student-section prices would remain unchanged, ranging from $10 to $13.The proposal also introduces a 12-percent discount for season-ticket holders, and the faculty and staff season ticket discount of 20 percent would remain unchanged.Both plans require final approval from the full board on Friday. read more

Massive surge in domestic mining equipment shipments

first_imgA US Census Bureau report has recorded a massive surge in mining machinery shipments for 2006. According to the report, Mining Machinery and Mineral Processing Equipment: 2006, US mining equipment manufacturers shipped $2.5 billion worth of goods in 2006, marking a 26.3% increase over the $2 billion shipped in 2005, which was nearly 40% better than shipments in 2004.According to the report, shipments of underground mining machinery and equipment in 2006 totalled $684 million, marking a 14.6% increase over the 2005 figure. Shipments of portable drilling rigs jumped 41.6%, totalling $952.2 million in 2006. The growth in portable drilling rig shipments in 2006 follows a 46% increase recorded in 2005, while 2006 shipments of stationary, crushing, pulverising and screening machinery were valued at $478.5 million, an increase of 21.2%.A complete copy of the report is available at: http://www.census.gov/industry/1/ma333f06.pdf.last_img read more

Investigation launched after newborn baby girl found dead in car

first_imgPOLICE IN NORTHERN Ireland have launched an inquiry after the body of a newborn baby girl was found in a car on Tuesday evening.The PSNI has issued a statement to say detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding her death. The infant was found in a car in a street off the Upper Newtownards Road.Officers are assessing the results of a post mortem examinations and making enquiries with the family of the deceased.The PSNI advised no further information will be made available at this time.last_img read more

Kerry end Munster U21 football title wait in style with emphatic 16point

first_img Mar 29th 2017, 9:08 PM Wednesday 29 Mar 2017, 9:08 PM https://the42.ie/3313975 Kerry end Munster U21 football title wait in style with emphatic 16-point win over Cork It’s the Kingdom’s first provincial title win since 2008. 8 Comments By Fintan O’Toole 21,899 Views Short URLcenter_img Kerry 2-16Cork 0-6Fintan O’Toole reports from Páirc Uí RinnIT MAY HAVE been a frustrating grade in recent years but Kerry returned to the winners enclosure in style tonight as they claimed the EirGrid Munster U21 football title.Jack O’Connor’s side produced a hugely impressive performance to see off Cork by 16 points in Páirc Uí Rinn and book an All-Ireland semi-final date with the winners of next Saturday’s Connacht decider between Galway and Sligo.Goals in either half by Matthew O’Sullivan and Conor Geaney helped Kerry on the road to victory while there were sparkling point scoring displays from Sean O’Shea and Killian Spillane in attack as they hit 0-6 and 0-5 respectively.Kerry were in front 1-6 to 0-3 at the break. They reeled off the opening four points of the match inside the opening seven minutes, evidence of their bright play from the start.Cork did rally to hit three on the bounce to be within touching distance at the end of the first quarter and were unlucky to see a powerful strike by Michael Hurley cannon off the upright.But that was as close as the home side and reigning champions got to their opponents. Kerry pulled clear before the break, O’Sullivan billowing the net in the 20th minute when he capped a fine team move. Matthew O’Sullivan fired Kerry’s first-half goal. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHOAnd Kerry produced a blistering start to the second half as well with seven points in the third quarter of the match, while they only conceded one at the other end. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Follow us: the42.ie Dublin cruise past Offaly to claim the first ever Leinster U21 four-in-a-rowNo go: Both Ulster U21 football semi-finals have been called off Geaney came on to produce an impressive cameo off the bench, slamming home Kerry’s second goal in the 54th minute to emphatically seal their success.Cork kept trying to the end with substitute Stephen Sherlock contributing two points while wing-back Jerry O’Riordan was unlucky to see his effort for goal cleared off the line.But there was no questioning Kerry’s superiority on the night with man-of-the-match Andrew Barry a major influence at midfield and a towering defensive display from Brian Ó Beaglaoich as well. They will march on the All-Ireland series in confidence.Scorers for Kerry: Sean O’Shea 0-6 (0-3f, 0-1 ’45), Killian Spillane 0-5 (0-2f), Conor Geaney 1-2 (0-1f), Matthew O’Sullivan 1-1, Tom O’Sullivan, Cathal Bambury 0-1 each.Scorers for Cork: Stephen Sherlock (0-2f), Brian Coakley (0-1f) 0-2 each, Sean O’Donoghue, Gary Murphy 0-1 (0-1f) each.Kerry1. Shane Ryan (Rathmore)3. Jason Foley (Ballydonoghue)2. Tom (Leo) O’Sullivan (Dingle)4. Brian Sugrue (Renard – captain)5. Brian Ó Beaglaoich (An Ghaeltacht)6. Tom O’Sullivan (Dingle)7. Gavin White (Dr Crokes)8. Andrew Barry (Na Gaeil)9. Brian Ó Seanacháin (Ballydonoghue)10. Brandon Barrett (Ardfert)11. Sean O’Shea (Kenmare)12. Matthew Flaherty (Dingle)13. Killian Spillane (Templenoe)14. Matthew O’Sullivan (St Michael’s-Foilmore)15. Cathal Bambury (Dingle)Subs18. Jack Morgan (Austin Stacks) for Sugrue (inj) (17)19. Conor Geaney (Dingle) for Bambury (half-time)23. Micheál Burns (Dr Crokes) for Barrett (46)17. Barry O’Sullivan (Dingle) for Flaherty (46)20. Cormac Coffey (Kerins O’Rahilly’s) for Tom O’Sullivan (black card) (48)22. Jordan Kiely (Dr Crokes) for Matthew O’Sullivan (52)Cork1. Ross Donovan (Nemo Rangers)2. Sean Daly (Dohenys)3. John Mullins (Eire Óg)4. Sean Wilson (Douglas)5. Jerry O’Riordan (Carbery Rangers)6. Aidan Browne (Newmarket)7. Cian Kiely (Ballincollig)9. Eoin Lavers (Dohenys)12. Sean O’Donoghue (Inniscarra – captain)13. Gary Murphy (Castletownbere)11. Sean Powter (Douglas)19. Liam O’Donovan (Clonakilty)10. Brian Coakley (Carrigaline)24. Mick Dineen (Naomh Aban)15. Michael Hurley (Castlehaven)Subs18. Daniel Meaney (St Michael’s) for Dineen (22)14. Stephen Sherlock (St Finbarr’s) for Lavers (half-time)21. Mark Buckley (Dohenys) for Murphy (42)17. Kevin O’Donovan (Nemo Rangers) for Browne (42)22. Sean O’Donovan (Ilen Rovers) for Coakley (47)20. Sean O’Leary (Bantry Blues) for Daly (56)Referee: Alan Kissane (Waterford)The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Share18 Tweet Email1 last_img read more

MIT Builds Chip for More Efficient AI on Smartphones

first_img MIT’s AI Knitting System Designs, Creates Woven GarmentsResearchers Train AI To Feel Emotion, Too Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Let’s face it: Neural networks are not practical for handheld devices.Large and energy intensive, artificial intelligence systems like speech- or facial-recognition programs simply gobble up power.MIT, however, has a solution: Researchers developed a special-purpose chip that increases the speed of neural network computations while reducing battery consumption.Capable of operating three to seven times faster than its predecessors, the chip cuts down on energy expenditure by 95 percent, making it more efficient for running locally on smartphones or household appliances.The general processor model, as described by MIT graduate student Avishek Biswas, features memory in one part of the chip and a processor in another. Data then moves back and forth between the two, devouring energy faster than you can say, “Do you have a phone charger?”“But the computation these algorithms do can be simplified to one specific operation, called the dot product,” lead chip developer Biswas said in a statement. “Our approach was: Can we implement this dot-product functionality inside the memory so that you don’t need to transfer this data back and forth?”As it turns out, yes.Without wading into the complicated science behind the technology, think about how the brain works: signals travel along multiple neurons to meet at a “synapse,” or a gap between bundles of neurons. Neural networks work much the same way—only with data traveling between nodes instead of neurons.This new chip improves efficiency by replicating the brain more faithfully.Biswas presented a paper—co-authored by professor Anantha Chandrakasan, dean of MIT’s School of Engineering—on the topic during this week’s International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco.“The results show impressive specifications for the energy-efficient implementation of convolution operations with memory arrays,” Dario Gil, vice president of artificial intelligence at IBM, added. “It certainly will open the possibility to employ more complex convolutional neural networks for image and video classifications in [the Internet of Things] in the future.”center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

The Weirdest Deals of Amazon Prime Day 2018

first_imgStay on target Clay LuberThis is another one where the name is more funny than anything else, but god how great would it be to be in a situation where someone is like “Man, we’ve really gotta lube up this dry clay” and then you pull this out like “I’ve got you.” Color Matching Egg SetThis holiday’s hottest new kids toy is… fake eggs! Crack them open to reveal pretty colors, not a goopy salmonella mess. They even come in the same carton dozen as eggs for grown-ups. It’s Amazon Prime Day! Still! Yes, everyone’s favorite #brand holiday since May the 4th Be With You is back for 36 hours of online deals on countless items in Amazon’s store. And since Amazon sells just about everything you’re bound to find a deal on something you like. Play your part in lining Jeff Bezos’s thicc labor-busting pockets. With so much to choose from, you’re going to need help finding the deals you want. Fortunately, we’ve got plenty of posts pointing you towards good Amazon Prime Day Deals.However, if you’re looking for “great” Amazon Prime Day Deals, you’re already reading the right article. Because Prime Day has so many savings on so many items, naturally some of the deals are bound to be a little… strange. It’s just what’s going to happen when you go deep enough down the Amazon rabbit hole. Just like last year, Amazon Prime Day has boatloads of deals on bizarre items. Here are just a handful.Poo-Pourri Before-You-Go Toilet SprayIf you’re so deeply ashamed that the natural act of going to the bathroom usually leaves behind an unpleasant smell, free yourself from that part of your humanity with this royal-scented toilet spray. NutPods CreamerThere’s totally nothing wrong for using a vegetarian substitute to dairy milk for your coffee. But man they’re really out here with a product called NutPods Creamer, huh. Prime Day 2019: Best Gaming Deals on AmazonPrime Day 2019: Best Deals on Toys and Entertainment Neon PaintProbably the coolest item here, this self-luminous paints lights up anything you smear it one with a phosphorescent glow in the dark. It comes in a variety of colors and is perfect for splattering on the walls of your “thinking cave.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Dissidia Final Fantasy NTPrime Day of course has a ton of great deals of video games, but the weirdest we’ve seen is for Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, the latest mediocre entry in the truly bizarre series of Final Fantasy pseudo-fighting games. This one doesn’t even have Prompto in it. Women’s Medical ScrubsWe’re no doctors, but is Amazon the place you’d be going to for new medical scrubs if you’re an actual nurse? Or is it the place you go to when you need to look like an actual nurse because of… reasons. DUDE Wipes Flushable Wet WipesHygiene is important for everyone. But sometimes, as a man, you need to clean yourself the way only a man can, bro. That’s you why need Dude Wipes, wipes for dudes. SmartyKat Hot Pursuit Cat Toy Concealed Motion ToyWe’re all for keeping your pet healthy and active with different toys, but just something about amusing your cat with coldly spinning robot prey seems like training it to become some kind of assassin. One Gallon of Popcorn OilListen, in an ideal world all of our popcorn would be made with fresh organic corn, butter, love, and all of the other hippie stuff you can rattle off. But when you need lots of popcorn fast, you’re going to have to go with gallons of flavored Butter Burst oil no questions asked. Socker Bopper Power BagHere’s a real blast from the 1990s past. Remember Socker Boppers and how they were more fun than a pillow fight? Well now you can rediscover that for yourself by pummelling this weird inflatable orange obelisk.last_img read more