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  • Kickoff, Punt Coverage For Oklahoma State Has Been Vital To Success

    first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Kicking and punting is not sexy, but field position will win you Big 12 championships. This should be on a canvas in fancy lettering somewhere in Mike Gundy’s office (maybe it is). Gundy has long been a proselytizer of special teams success, and this year his team is realizing it. Here are a few numbers.Kickoff return yards allowed per kickscreen-shot-2016-11-01-at-8-06-43-amThe difference of three or four yards might not seem like a lot, but in 30-possession Big 12 games, it adds up. Field position matters and OSU is protecting it. This number, by the way, ranks in the top 12 in the nation.Punt return yards allowed per puntscreen-shot-2016-11-01-at-8-06-59-amAnother number that ranks in the top 12 nationally. Zach Sinor has been lights out all year and has given his punt coverage unit sufficient time to cover up returns. Taylor Cornelius has more rushing yards this year than opponents have punt return yards which is wild.It goes deeper than this, too. There is not a great way to find average starting field position for teams unfortunately, but a cursory glance at the last four OSU games shows it is winning that battle.Average starting field positionvs. Texas: own 27vs. Iowa State: own 36vs. Kansas: own 42vs. WVU: own 43Opponent average starting field positionvs. Texas: own 24vs. Iowa State: own 21vs. Kansas: own 19vs. WVU: own 24OSU has won every starting field position battle (many times due to interceptions and fumbles deep in its opponent’s territory). Even with a mildly better offense than your opponent, you’re going to win a ton of games like that. That could change this week, though.“This will be a real challenge this week,” said Mike Gundy on Monday. “Year in and year out, Kansas State will be one of the top special teams units in the country. They do a great job with their schemes and the players understand the coverage and have multiple reps in their schemes.“Hopefully we can keep that going this week. We have been pretty productive in our cover units and in our return game when opportunities are available. We’re better than what we have been in the past in our return game.”Hopefully it remains that way.last_img read more

  • Justice Hill Touches Off Oklahoma State Explosion in San Antonio

    first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. “He made some great catches,” said Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre. “We were in good position. Quarterback made some good back shoulder throws. He’s a good player. He’s done that all year long. He’s an excellent football player.”samechols: Looks like he made up for that drop earlier ESPN Alamo Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. … https://t.co/9FYJKRu01K pic.twitter.com/6DQkA7BN59— FanSportsClips (@FanSportsClips) December 30, 2016“We had 74 total plays,” said Mike Gundy after the game. “I’m going to say probably 15 of 20 until he went out they were in man coverage. But that’s what they do. Even when they’re in a zone coverage, essentially it’s man. That’s what they live in.“Colorado has six guys on defense that are going to get a chance to be in the NFL, whether it’s drafted or in a free agency, whatever. There are six guys being evaluated by the NFL.“I can’t speak for them. I’m just guessing. Two of the deep balls were right there in front of me on our sidelines. James just ran right by that guy. Maybe they underestimated how fast he is. The one he dropped… He just blew right by him. It just worked for us.”It was The President who set everything up, but then it was Justice Hill who delivered the knockout blow and kissed the Buffs a sweet goodnight as his TD run in the fourth quarter made it 38-8.Good night, sweet Buffaloes. pic.twitter.com/SjoYb084rk— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) December 30, 2016“[In] the second half, they started playing so far off, we didn’t have many opportunities there,” said Gundy. “It added to a few different things we could do in the running game.”The freshman running back went over 100 yards for the sixth (!) time on the season (he also had 99 yards against OU) and brought his season total to 1,142 yards which is the most for an OSU running back since Joe Randle had 1,417 in 2012.OSU ran for 4.6 yards per carry which is among the most CU has given up all season.It was a complete and total thrashing of a solid defense by Mike & Mike’s side. It was the full-throttle offense we so often crave and so rarely get. It felt early on as if OSU was going to stall out again after punting twice in its first three possessions. It felt a little bit like a repeat of Bedlam. And then it didn’t.“I think it just sets us up to do greater things,” said Washington after the game. “We have Marcell and all of our weapons back. I’m looking forward to coming out next year and doing the same thing, hopefully ending with a great outcome.” On its first three drives on Thursday night, Oklahoma State kicked a field goal and punted twice. On its next eight, it scored five touchdowns. The elixir was an amalgamation of Mason Rudolph’s brilliance, James Washington’s dominance and the one-two thumping of Chris Carson and Justice Hill.Mike Yurcich mixed the potion superbly in San Antonio, and it resulted in the worst defensive performance of the season for a Colorado team that prides itself on getting stops. No team in Colorado’s 14 games this year topped the seven yards per play mark until OSU did it on Thursday. It was OSU’s fifth time this season to go over the seven yards per play mark.screen-shot-2016-12-30-at-11-23-57-amColorado came in allowing just 1.44 points per drive which ranked No. 11 nationally. It gave up 3.45 on Thursday. There’s more! The CU defense entered the game ranked No. 16 with 31 explosive passing plays (20-plus yards gained) allowed. OSU had seven (!) on Thursday.“It was a good secondary, we knew that going in,” said Mason Rudolph. “We felt like they hadn’t been challenged all year. Coach Gundy wanted us to take some shots, challenge them on the outside. We did that. Made big-time plays, receivers came down with it. Made my job a lot easier.”The Buffs allowed over 300 passing yards just two other times all year and allowed over 200 just four other times. Washington nearly eclipsed the double century mark himself as he finished with 171.James Washington already with 162 yards receiving. CU entered tonight allowing 182.5 to ENTIRE TEAMS.— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) December 30, 2016last_img read more

  • OSU-KU Hoops Turning Into Bedlam Football … But Better

    first_imgOklahoma69% TCU92% Baylor87% Iowa State74% TeamKU Win % Texas Tech91% 201313,61113,611 Kansas State67% 201611,3839,380 Notice the two sellouts for KU above. In the past five installments of Bedlam football in Stillwater, here are the turnouts.2015: 58,2312013: 58,5202011: 58,141 *when OSU won the Big 12 title2010: 51,1642008: 49,031Capacity in Boone Pickens Stadium is (or was) 60,218.Yes, GIA is much easier to fill than BPS. It’s exactly 77.4 percent easier. Also, yes, the weather is obviously much nicer for a Cowboy basketball game rather than a Bedlam football game in early December.And you have to purchase a full season ticket in football to attend Bedlam whereas in hoops you can purchase a single game.But the point remains that the Kansas-OSU basketball rivalry has been underrated from a competition and fan attendance standpoint.I understand that no die-hard OSU fans will ever consider dethroning Bedlam football as their university’s top rivalry — and it is the money-maker here — but OSU-KU in hoops has been immense over the past two decades. And in this sport, OSU has the wins to prove it. 201510,39913,611 As most OSU fans know, the Cowboys have won four out of the past 10 meetings with their friends to the north and five of seven at home. Two of the losses have been in at least one overtime period, and another three were decided by 10 points or fewer.Because of that, attendance in Gallagher-Iba Arena for the KU game has topped Bedlam basketball attendance for four of the past five seasons. Even in all its 12-20 glory last year, 11,383 people watched OSU beat the Jayhawks by 19.Exactly 2,003 fewer people came to see the Final Four Sooners and Buddy Hield. WVU67% Average11,91111,230 Texas77% 201413,61110,070 Oklahoma State66% 201210,5529,478 This series has long gone noticed but not circled on calendars.To understand why Oklahoma State-Kansas hoops should rival, if not overtake, Bedlam football, you have to know some history about the series. KU leads the Cowboys 112-57 in hoops but trails 34-32 in Gallagher-Iba Arena.In Bedlam football, Oklahoma has “Beat the hell outta” the Cowboys since 1904 when the series started. The Sooners lead that series 86-18-7. Even when the game is played in Stillwater, OU leads 39-7-5.Read that again. OSU has not even won 10 home games against the Sooners. That means the Cowboys’ home winning percentage is .137. That’s amazing.Now, we all understand that OU is a college football Goliath. The Sooners have a much stronger brand and pull than OSU. That means better facilities, more fans, better recruits, superior players and, though this might get me killed, better coaches.In Bedlam, the OSU football Cowboys will forever resemble Sisyphus. First, Lynn O. “Pappy” Waldorf went six straight years without losing to OU. Then Jim Lookabaugh spent half a decade trying to beat the Sooners before he won twice only to lose four more times.Jimmy Johnson, Pat Jones, Les Miles and now Mike Gundy have combined to play OU 32 times. They won four.For the Cowboys, Bedlam has embodied the great king in Greek mythology, who was sentenced to roll the boulder up the mountain for the rest of his days only to have to crash down every time.But with KU, there is (almost) expectation.So many years of Bedlam football, Cowboy fans have just hoped. Only wished to beat the Sooners (i.e. 2014). Against the Jayhawks in basketball, particularly recently, there is a belief that an OSU can, and perhaps will, happen.Since the turn of the century, OSU is 10-17 against Kansas. Not great. But not Bedlam football, either. Understand what I’m saying here. There is no vanquishing KU. It’s impossible. You can only beat them every once in a while.The Jayhawks are trailing only eight opponents in series played at least 10 times ever, and no Big 12 team has a winning record all-time vs. KU.Guess who is the closest, though. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. YearKansasOUlast_img read more

  • Neymar countdown starts after successful surgery

    first_imgNeymar Neymar starts World Cup countdown after undergoing successful surgery Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 00:40 4/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Neymar PSG Brazil Ligue 1 World Cup The PSG forward has started his recovery process following an operation on a broken foot, with it initially suggested that he will miss three months Neymar has undergone successful surgery on his broken foot, with the Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil star now starting his recovery process.The 26-year-old suffered a fractured metatarsal during a domestic outing for PSG against Marseille last weekend.After initial confusion as to whether he would be forced under the knife, the decision was taken to send him for an operation. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp That procedure was carried out at the Materdei Hospital in Belo Horizonte on Saturday, with Brazilian news outlet UOL Esporte reporting that Neymar spent a little over two hours in theatre.A statement released by PSG read: “The operation led by Dr. Rodrigo Lasmar went perfectly well. It consisted of the insertion of a screw placed at the level of the lesion of the fifth right metatarsal.“Rehabilitation will begin immediately under the supervision of the physiotherapist of the club. A report will be made in six weeks to specify the possible date of resumption of training.”Neymar is now under observation in a recovery room, with his mother Nadine and three friends alongside him for support.PSG have sent medical consultant Gerard Salliant with their €222 million asset to monitor his recuperation.Neymar’s father, who is also his agent, has remained in Paris to take in the second leg of a heavyweight Champions League last-16 encounter with Real Madrid which PSG currently trail 3-1.Their hopes of turning that tie around have been rocked by an untimely injury to their superstar forward, with Neymar set to miss a number of crucial games over the coming weeks.Neymar injured, PSGIt was initially suggested that he will be sidelined for around three months, with Brazil’s national team doctor, Rodrigo Lasmar, offering an early prognosis.He told Globo TV: “It will be two-and-a-half months to three months of recovery for Neymar.“After surgery we will have more details about this time. He is sad, upset, but understands that he has no alternative but to recover as soon as possible.”Supporters of PSG and Brazil will be anxiously waiting on further news, with both sets of fans eager to see a key man back in action as soon as possible.Neymar could return in time to help his club side wrap up a Ligue 1 title triumph, but it remains to be seen how many competitive minutes he can get under his belt before going in search of global glory at this summer’s World Cup in Russia.last_img read more

  • Man City trio lead PL Team of the Week

    first_imgPremier League Premier League Team of the Week: David Silva & Gundogan in as Man City lead the way Goal Last updated 1 year ago 05:20 5/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Man City celebrate Getty Premier League Manchester City Manchester City v Chelsea Southampton v Stoke City Burnley v Everton Tottenham Hotspur v Huddersfield Town Leicester City v AFC Bournemouth Watford v West Bromwich Albion Liverpool v Newcastle United Swansea City v West Ham United Swansea City Everton Leicester City Stoke City Tottenham Hotspur Watford Liverpool Victory over Chelsea saw Pep Guardiola’s side provide three players, while Spurs supplied twolast_img read more

  • Emery’s disastrous record against Real Madrid

    first_imgUEFA Champions League Emery’s disastrous record against Madrid and Barcelona will worry PSG fans Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 07:00 5/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Unai Emery PSG Paris Saint-Germain Getty Images UEFA Champions League Stats PSG v Real Madrid Real Madrid PSG Barcelona The PSG boss has had a torrid time against Spain’s big two and his previous form against the pair does not augur well ahead of Tuesday’s big match Paris Saint-Germain fans will be looking for reasons to be optimistic ahead of their meeting with Real Madrid on Tuesday. However, Unai Emery’s record against Los Blancos and also versus Barcelona is unlikely to provide much cause for cheer.When the draw for the Champions League last 16 paired the two teams, many believed PSG were favourites to advance to the last eight. After all, Real’s form in La Liga had been indifferent, while the Ligue 1 leaders were scoring for fun.But Los Blancos tend to save their best for the continental competition and the 12-time winners found a way to win the first match at the Santiago Bernabeu – even though PSG took the lead and dominated for much of the night. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp That gave Real the psychological edge and, to make matters worse for Emery, he has since lost Neymar to injury, with the Brazil forward back in his homeland and out for three months, while Kylian Mbappe is also doubtful for Tuesday’s game with an ankle problem.Whoever is available on Tuesday, Emery desperately needs a positive result. Because failure to overturn the first-leg deficit will mean he will almost certainly be out of a job in the summer.The first-leg match was Emery’s 21st as a coach against Real. And the 3-1 loss was his 15th defeat in those games. Of the remaining six, he has won five and drew the other. All of those victories came at home, with 10 losses and a draw at the Bernabeu.His first win against Real was a 2-0 success as Almeria boss in 2007-08. The following season, as Valencia coach, Emery led his new team to a 3-2 win over Real at Mestalla in the Spanish Supercopa, although they lost the second leg 4-2 at the Bernabeu.And, later in the campaign, there was another 3-0 victory over Madrid at Mestalla, this time in La Liga, though that came after Los Blancos’ damaging defeat at home to Barcelona, a 6-2 reverse which was the start of a run of five straight losses.Emery vs RMThe remaining two wins both came with Sevilla at the Sanchez Pizjuan: a 2-1 success against Carlo Ancelotti’s side in 2013-14 and a 3-2 victory versus Rafa Benitez’s Real in 2015-16, prior to Zinedine Zidane’s arrival as coach.In total, Emery’s teams have scored 31 goals in the 21 meetings with Real Madrid and conceded 54. And, against Barcelona, his record is even worse, with just two wins in 25 games, losing 17 and drawing six, with 30 scored and 64 let in.One of those victories was the famous 4-0 result for PSG at home to Barca in the last 16 of the 2016-17 Champions League, which had looked like the French side’s big breakthrough in Europe until they capitulated with a 6-1 loss in the second leg at Camp Nou to crash out of Europe.This time around, without Neymar, Emery needs to mastermind something similar to that first fixture in last year’s competition. But his record suggests his side may struggle at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday.last_img read more

  • Mason Rudolph Throws Perfect TD Pass, Outperforms Dobbs in Preseason Finale

    first_imgIt would be hard to justify putting Mason Rudolph behind Josh Dobbs on the Steelers depth chart.Rudolph shined again Thursday night in Pittsburgh’s 25-19 loss to Carolina. The second-year former Oklahoma State standout finished 7-for-11 with 125 yards and this beauty of a ball to Johnny Holton:.@Rudolph2Mason with his own DIME 🎯He finds @Johnno_uc3 for the @steelers TD! 📺: #PITvsCAR on NFL Network (or check local listings) pic.twitter.com/cCwPQv4zaQ— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) August 30, 2019 CompletionsAttemptsPercentageYardsTouchdownsInterceptions It seems quite clear who should be Ben Roethlisberger’s backup, but Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has made no announcement on the matter.“That’s a coaching decision,” Rudolph said after the game. “I don’t have any say in that. I try to control what I can control with OTAs and offseason workouts and training camp. It’s been a long offseason. I tried to put my best foot forward, and we’ll see what the coaches think. Not my decision.” Josh Dobbs183354.528002 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Rudolph quarterbacked the Steelers for three drives Thursday night: a touchdown, a field goal and a missed field goal. Josh Dobbs, who Rudolph is in competition with to be Pittsburgh’s QB2, had two drives of work, coming up empty on both. Dobbs finished 3-for-5 with 21 yards.With the preseason now concluded, here is how Rudolph’s stats compared to Dobbs’: Mason Rudolph284368.136841last_img read more

  • 20 hours agoChelsea defender Kurt Zouma: Ajax win a big statement

    first_imgChelsea defender Kurt Zouma: Ajax win a big statementby Paul Vegas20 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender Kurt Zouma has warned teammates not to get carried away after victory over Ajax.Michy Batshuayi’s 86th minute winner condemned the hosts to their Champions League first group-stage defeat since November 2014 and sent Frank Lampard’s side second in the table at the halfway stage.Zouma told the London Evening Standard Sport: “That win was a big statement against a great team. We are very confident now, but it is also dangerous when you are too confident, so we need to stay focused on what we can do and what we have to do.“Tactically, we respected the plan from the manager. Everybody was ­listening to the plan, everybody stuck with the plan. Everybody has been working hard — credit to the team.”Zouma hailed the team spirit which helped Batshuayi and fellow substitute Christian Pulisic, the goal provider, make a decisive contribution.“We have a very talented group and everyone in this team can play,” he said. “The manager makes choices and it is good for [Batshuayi] to come and score to give us the win. But also Christian Pulisic, he didn’t score but he came on and had a great game also. Everyone is going the same way. That’s why we are getting wins.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

  • Inside Schalke’s goalkeeper dilemma

    first_imgThree goalkeepers may be vying for the No. 1 jersey at Schalke next season, and Goal has been investigating the possible permutations between Alexander Nubel, Ralf Fahrmann and Markus Schubert.Fahrmann has been first choice in Gelsenkirchen since 2011, but was displaced at the tail-end of last season by Nubel.In addition, Dynamo Dresden shot-stopper Schubert may join the club, but only if one of the incumbents departs. 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 Nubel was named in the UEFA team of the tournament for the recent Euro U-21 Championships, despite an error in the final which saw his team go down 2-1 to Spain.Sources have told Goal and SPOX that he is the subject of interest from Bayern Munich, Roma, and several Premier League clubs.Atletico Madrid were also thought to be in the running, but club president Miguel Angel Gil Marin denied making an approach for Nubel when asked by Goal.Schalke have made a concrete offer to Nubel, in an attempt to extend a contract that expires in 2020, but he was unhappy with his playing time with the club last year.“I played a few games last year, but nothing came of it,” the 22-year-old said in May. “If I was Schalke I would have acted differently, but I do not know the strategy of the club.”Schalke sporting director Jochen Schneider said his club wanted to keep the young star”We will do everything to keep him, but I can’t promise anything,” he said during the club’s recent general meetingA new contract with an opt-out clause would suit the player, as he would play for Schalke, but would be free to leave. Such a deal would not suit Fahrmann however.Fahrmann, who was captain of the team until February, and his ouster as No. 1, would not be happy to be Nubel’s back-up, and there are offers from Premier League clubs.Norwich City are chief amongst them, and he may be convinced to leave, despite a contract that runs until 2022.If his young rival leaves Fahrmann will stay at Schalke, disappointing the Canaries’ German manager Daniel Farke.The third member of the trio, Schubert, is a free-agent after his Dresden contract expired.He was Nubel’s back-up at the Euros and may be so again. He has attracted interest from Fortuna Dusseldorf, Augsburg, Stuttgart and Arsenal yet his preference is Schalke – but only if one of their current crop of ‘keepers leaves.His four-year contract with the club cannot be announced yet, but with one or the other players likely to leave, the club believe it will be soon.last_img read more

  • Cheteshwar Pujara determined to win Ranji Trophy after cheater taunt in Bengaluru

    first_img India Today Web Desk BengaluruJanuary 28, 2019UPDATED: January 28, 2019 11:45 IST Cheteshwar Pujara led from the front with the bat to take Saurashtra into the final (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSCheteshwar Pujara scored an unbeaten 131 as Saurashtra chased down a 279-run target against KarnatakaPujara and Sheldon Jackson stitched a match-winning 214-run stand after Saurashtra were reeling at 23/3Saurashtra will face defending champions Vidarbha in the final of Ranji Trophy 2018-19 in Nagpur from February 3India’s marathon man Cheteshwar Pujara is confident that Saurashtra will be able to put up a good fight in the Ranji Trophy 2018-19 final, starting February 3 in Nagpur against defending champions Vidarbha.Cheteshwar Pujara hit an unbeaten 131 as Saurashtra edged past Karnataka by 5 wickets in the hard-fought semi-final on Monday at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. The in-form India batsman stitched a 214-run stand with fellow centurion, Sheldon Jackson as Saurashtra gunned down a 279-run target.Saurashtra have reached their third Ranji Trophy final in seven years. They were beaten in the 2012-13 and 2015-16 final by the powerhouses of Indian domestic cricket, Mumbai.”All of us are excited. Winning the Ranji Trophy title is something that all of us are looking forward to. We were in the final twice, this time we have a good opportunity to win the final. We have a good team. Hopefully, we will continue the good performance and not worry too much about the final and play our normal games,” Pujara said.Saurashtra were reeling at 23 for 3 on Day 4 of the semi-final but Pujara and Jackson ground down the Karnataka bowling attack who were persistent till the final ball of the chase. Pujara batted 266 balls and spent 10 hours at the middle and remained unbeaten as he helped Saurashtra cross the finish line.There were a couple of umpiring errors that handed reprieves to Pujara but the Saurashtra mainstay was composed and got the job done for his team. Pujara was booed by the Benglauru crowd on Saturday and a section of the crowd even shouted “cheater, cheater”.advertisementCheater is the reception Saurashtra batsmen received after Pujara denied to walk after edging twice in two innings. Sayied Khalid, well done Sir. #KARvSAU pic.twitter.com/cNVa0Nd53BThilak Ram (@Thilak_Rama) January 27, 2019Cheteshwar Pujara and Sheldon Jackson had joined forces in the quarter-final against Uttar Pradesh in Lucknow even as Saurashtra chased down a Ranji Trophy record of 372 runs. The two batsmen had added an unbeaten 136-run stand after opener Harvik Desai scored a century.Ranji Trophy Saurashtra vs Karnataka: HighlightsSpeaking about the marathon stand in Bengaluru, Pujara said: “I think we believed in ourselves. Partnership was crucial. We were under pressure when we were at 23/3. We thought a good partnership is needed. Looking at the first innings… I thought that once the ball gets old, it’s easier to bat.”Talking about Saurashtra’s love for batting last in the ongoing competition: “We’ll have a look at the pitch and then decide. Yeah, we are doing well with the bat in the fourth innings. Our openers are also doing well. Little disappointed with the way we batted in the first innings. Credit goes to our bowlers… the way they bowled in the second innings kept us in the game.”For 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 Tags :Follow Cheteshwar PujaraFollow Ranji TrophyFollow Ranji trophy 2018-19Follow Ranji Trophy finalFollow SaurashtraFollow Saurashtra vs Karnataka Cheteshwar Pujara determined to win Ranji Trophy after cheater taunt in BengaluruRanji Trophy 2018-19: Cheteshwar Puajra’s unbeaten 131 helped Saurashtra reach the final of the premier domestic tournament for the third time in seven years.advertisementlast_img read more

  • Twentyone European Cities Advance in Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge

    first_imgBloomberg Philanthropies has revealed the 21 European cities that have emerged as final contenders in its 2013-2014 Mayors Challenge, a competition to inspire cities to generate innovative ideas that solve major challenges and improve city life, and that ultimately can spread to other cities.Bloomberg Mayors ChallengeOne grand prize winner will receive €5 million for the most creative and transferable idea. Four additional cities will be awarded €1 million, and all will be announced in the fall. The finalists’ proposed solutions address some of Europe’s most critical issue areas: youth unemployment, aging populations, civic engagement, economic development, environment and energy concerns, public health and safety, and making government more efficient.“European cities in this year’s Mayors Challenge stepped up with bold and creative ideas that have the potential to improve lives across the continent and globe,” said Michael Bloomberg, philanthropist and 108th Mayor of New York City. “Cities face many urgent challenges – from climate change to social isolation to youth unemployment. We need city leaders to continually reach for innovative new ways to address urban challenges – and then share what’s working with the world. That’s what the Mayors Challenge is all about.”The 2013-2014 Mayors Challenge is Bloomberg Philanthropies’ first in Europe after the inaugural competition in the United States. Cities with populations of at least 100,000 residents were invited to participate. The finalist cities have populations ranging from fewer than 250,000 residents to more than 1 million, and represent 11 countries across Europe. They were selected from 155 applicants and their proposed solutions (see following list) illustrate both complex challenges and common urban issues across cities and regions.Finalists will next attend Bloomberg Ideas Camp, a two-day conference convening municipal leaders from each city as well as leading innovation, policy, and programming experts who will partner with and push teams to strengthen their ideas. Ideas Camp is planned to occur in Berlin in June.James Anderson, head of government innovation for Bloomberg Philanthropies, said: “While the ideas are very diverse, we identified key themes. The ideas tended toward networked, distributed solutions as opposed to costly centralized ones. There was a lot of interest in citizen engagement as both a means and end. Technology that concretely and positively affects the lives of individual citizens – from the blind person in Warsaw to the unemployed youth in Amsterdam to the homeowner in Schaerbeek — also played a significant role.”Bloomberg Philanthropies staff and an independent selection committee of 12 members from across Europe closely considered each application over multiple rounds of review, culminating in feedback and selection earlier this month, resulting in 21 cities’ ideas moving forward for further development. The submissions will be judged on four criteria: vision, potential for impact, implementation plan, and potential to spread to other cities. The finalists and their ideas are: AMSTERDAM, Netherlands – Youth Unemployment: Tackling widespread youth unemployment by equipping young people with 21st century skills and connecting them with jobs and apprenticeships across Europe through an online game. ATHENS, Greece – Civic Engagement: Empowering citizens with a new online platform to address the large number of small-scale urban challenges accelerated by the Greek economic crisis BARCELONA, Spain – Aging: Improving quality of life and limiting social isolation by establishing a network of public and private support – including family, friends, social workers, and volunteers – for each elderly citizen BOLOGNA, Italy – Youth Unemployment: Building an urban scale model of informal education labs and civic engagement to prevent youth unemployment by teaching children aged 6-16 entrepreneurship and 21st century skills BRISTOL, United Kingdom – Health/Anti-obesity: Tackling obesity and unemployment by creating a new economic system that increases access to locally grown, healthy foods BRNO, Czech Republic – Public Safety/Civic Engagement: Engaging citizens in keeping their own communities safe to build social cohesion and reduce crime CARDIFF, United Kingdom – Economic Development: Increasing productivity little by little in residents’ personal and professional lives, so that a series of small improvements add up to a much more productive city FLORENCE, Italy – Economic Development: Combatting unemployment with a new economic development model that combines technology and social innovation, targeting the city’s historic artisan and maker community GDANSK, Poland – Civic Engagement: Re-instilling faith in local democracy by mandating that city government formally debate local issues put forward by citizens KIRKLEES, United Kingdom – Social Capital: Pooling the city and community’s idle assets – from vehicles to unused spaces to citizens’ untapped time and expertise – to help the area make the most of what it has and do more with less KRAKOW, Poland – Transportation: Implementing smart, personalized transportation incentives and a seamless and unified public transit payment system to convince residents to opt for greener modes of transportation LISBON, Portugal – Energy: Transforming wasted kinetic energy generated by the city’s commuting traffic into electricity, reducing the carbon footprint and increasing environmental sustainability LONDON, United Kingdom – Public Health: Empowering citizens to monitor and improve their own health through a coordinated, multi-stakeholder platform and new technologies that dramatically improve quality of life and reduce health care costs MADRID, Spain – Energy: Diversifying its renewable energy options by finding and funding the best ways to harvest underground power, such as wasted heat generated by the city’s below-ground infrastructure SCHAERBEEK, Belgium – Energy: Using proven flyover and 3D geothermal mapping technology to provide each homeowner and tenant with a personalized energy audit and incentives to invest in energy-saving strategies SOFIA, Bulgaria – Civic Engagement: Transforming public spaces by deploying mobile art units to work side-by-side with local residents, re-envisioning and rejuvenating underused spaces and increasing civic engagement STARA ZAGORA, Bulgaria – Economic Development: Reversing the brain-drain of the city’s best and brightest by helping young entrepreneurs turn promising ideas into local high-tech businesses STOCKHOLM, Sweden – Environment: Combatting climate change by engaging citizens to produce biochar, an organic material that increases tree growth, sequesters carbon, and purifies storm runoff THE HAGUE, Netherlands – Civic Engagement: Enabling citizens to allocate a portion of their own tax money to support the local projects they most believe in WARSAW, Poland – Transportation/Accessibility: Enabling the blind and visually impaired to navigate the city as easily as their sighted peers by providing high-tech auditory alerts which will save them travel time and increase their independence YORK, United Kingdom – Government Systems: Revolutionizing the way citizens, businesses, and others can propose new ideas to solve top city problems, providing a more intelligent way to acquire or develop the best solutions, thus enabling greater civic participation and saving the city both time and moneyFurther detail and related elements for this year’s Mayors Challenge can be found here.More information about the Mayors Challenge competition is available here.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

  • Caesars names veteran of Vegas Strip as new CEO

    NEW YORK — Caesars Entertainment is appointing a veteran of the Las Vegas Strip as its new chief executive.The casino giant named Tony Rodio as CEO Tuesday. He’ll replace Mark Frissora, who guided the company through bankruptcy reorganization after joining Caesars in 2015.The change in leadership comes two months after billionaire investor Carl Icahn disclosed a large stake in the casino and began pushing for fundamental changes.Rodio has over three decades of experience in the industry, including seven years as president and CEO of Tropicana Entertainment, which Icahn sold last year for $1.85 billion.Rodio will leave his job as CEO of Affinity Gaming to join Caesars. Frissora was initially scheduled to end his tenure at Caesars in February, but delayed his departure until this month.The Associated Press read more

  • Trash in worlds oceans threatens wildlife economy and human health UN warns

    25 March 2011With vast amounts of marine litter posing multiple threats, from harming wildlife to damaging tourism to loading the human food chain with potentially cancer-causing toxins, a United Nations conference today issued a call for concerted action against an evil present in all the world’s seas. With vast amounts of marine litter posing multiple threats, from harming wildlife to damaging tourism to loading the human food chain with potentially cancer-causing toxins, a United Nations conference today issued a call for concerted action against an evil present in all the world’s seas. In a commitment statement issued at the end of week-long meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii, experts from governments, research bodies, businesses and trade associations stressed the urgent need to improve global waste management, voicing concern at the growing presence of plastic debris among other rubbish discarded into the oceans, on shore, or brought indirectly to the sea by rivers, sewage, storm water or winds. “Marine debris – trash in our oceans – is a symptom of our throw-away society and our approach to how we use our natural resources,” said UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner, whose agency organized the meeting in cooperation with the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). “It affects every country and every ocean, and shows us in highly visible terms the urgency of shifting towards a low carbon, resource efficient Green Economy,” he added in a message to conference delegates, who included experts from some 35 countries, governments, scientific bodies, corporations such as Coca-Cola Company and trade associations such as Plastics Europe. “One community or one country acting in isolation will not be the answer. We need to address marine debris collectively across national boundaries and with the private sector, which has a critical role to play both in reducing the kinds of wastes that can end up in the world’s oceans, and through research into new materials. It is by bringing all these players together that we can truly make a difference.” The Honolulu Commitment issued at the end of the meeting, the 5th International Marine Debris Conference, calls on “international organizations, governments at national and sub-national levels, industry, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), citizens and other stakeholders” to halt and reverse the occurrence of marine debris by minimizing waste and turning it into a resource in an environmentally sustainable manner. Citing the harmful impact of marine debris, UNEP said some 270 species worldwide are affected by entanglement in or ingestion of the trash marine, including 86 per cent of all sea turtles species, 44 per cent of all seabird species and 43 per cent of all marine mammal species. “There is growing concern over the potential impact on human health of toxic substances released by plastic waste in the ocean,” it added, noting that scientists are studying whether contaminants linked to cancer, reproductive problems and other health risks can enter the food chain when ingested by marine animals. Moreover, accumulated debris on beaches and shorelines can have a serious economic impact on communities that are dependent on tourism, while the debris may house invasive species that can disrupt marine habitats and ecosystems. Heavy items of marine debris can also damage habitats such as coral reefs and affect the foraging and feeding habits of marine animals. Waste management is one of 10 economic sectors highlighted in UNEP’s Green Economy Report launched last month, highlighting enormous opportunities for turning land-based waste, the major contributor to marine debris, into a more economically valuable resource. The value of the waste-to-energy market, for example, was estimated at $20 billion in 2008 and is projected to grow by 30 per cent by 2014. In a major report issued two years ago – Marine Litter: A Global Challenge – UNEP details the human actions, accidental or intentional, that are the sources of marine litter. Ocean-based sources include merchant shipping, cruise liners, fishing vessels and military as well as offshore oil and gas platforms and drilling rigs, and aquaculture. On land, the culprits include beaches, piers, harbours, marinas, docks and riverbanks, and municipal landfills located on the coast, as well as rivers, lakes and ponds that are used as illegal dump sites, discharges of untreated municipal sewage and storm water, industrial facilities, and medical waste. read more

  • Egypt Ban voices alarm after fresh round of deadly clashes in Cairo

    18 December 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on transitional authorities in Egypt to show restraint after several days of clashes between security forces and protesters in the capital, Cairo, have reportedly killed at least 10 people and injured hundreds more. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban said he was very concerned by the resurgence of violence in Cairo. Since Friday demonstrators have again taken to the streets in protests against the military government that assumed power earlier this year after the toppling of the long-standing regime of Hosni Mubarak.”The Secretary-General is highly alarmed by the excessive use of force employed by the security forces against protesters and calls for the transitional authorities to act with restraint and uphold human rights, including the right to peaceful protest,” the statement said.”The Secretary-General underlines the importance of an atmosphere of calm to support Egypt”s electoral process as part of its transition to democracy and the early establishment of civilian rule.”Egypt is in the midst of a multi-step process of parliamentary elections, the first such elections since Mr. Mubarak”s government fell. read more

  • ContiTech presents digital solutions for conveyors

    first_imgContiTech offers smart system solutions – far beyond just conveyor belt production. Innovative digital monitoring system reduces downtimes and maintenance costs and there are versatile conveyor belt systems for steep and vertical conveying.ContiTech is expanding its portfolio of industrial applications for the conveyor belt industry. Alongside conveyor belts, the company is working hard on smart systems and expanding its range of services. This allows the industrial partner to offer its customers holistic solutions that go far beyond the conveyor belt product. “We primarily focus on new digital offers that create clear added value for our customers,” says Dr Michael Hofmann, who heads the ContiTech segment Industrial Belting Solutions within the Continental corporation. At the Schüttgut trade fair from May 10 to 11, 2017 in Dortmund, ContiTech is presenting its many innovations, including belt monitoring.Smooth running of these belts is crucial for the cost efficiency of conveyor belt systems. To allow them to run free of faults for a long time, even when subjected to high loads, the operators are focusing more and more on prevention. Innovative electronic monitoring systems make it possible to identify the exact condition of the conveyor belts at any time. The newly developed monitoring system Conti MultiProtect helps to detect splice faults during operation and damage such as longitudinal slitting in good time. Rip inserts (rip detection inserts) are embedded in the conveyor belt. They produce a characteristic magnetic field that is used for monitoring.In addition, Conti MultiProtect is based on software developed in-house, into which the long-standing expertise of specialists in conveyor belts has been incorporated. “The new system permits even more accurate monitoring of steel cord conveyor belts,” says Application Engineer Patrick Raffler. “It gives us a detailed picture of the status of the conveyor belts at all times without having to interrupt operations.”Extreme gradients are a challenge for bulk haulage operations. Using special-purpose conveyor belt systems, ContiTech has created solutions that even enable vertical transport. The Flexowell® system can transport goods at inclines of up to 90o. It enables low-noise and environmentally friendly operations with capacities of up to 6,000 t/h. With this system, even multiple shifts from horizontal to vertical are possible with just one conveyor belt. System operators save in the long term as a result of the energy savings and long service lives in particular.The Sicon ContiTech conveyor belt system is a real all-round talent: With its closed form, it is particularly suited to transporting sensitive goods. It is capable of negotiating small-radius bends easily, thereby rendering transfer stations superfluous.Chevron profiles are also reliable assistants in steep-incline conveying. ContiTech offers a range of different cover qualities for different uses – including flame resistant, chemical and oil-resistant varieties. All covers are characterized by their wear-resistant quality.last_img read more

  • This Linksys EA6900 Dual Band Router Is Now Just 67

    first_imgLinksys EA6900 Smart WiFi Dual-Band Router – $79See Deal Wireless network giving you grief? It could be your router. Upgrade today and score massive savings on the Linksys EA6900 Smart Wi-Fi Dual-Band Router, discounted to just $67.15 when you use the code SEMIANNUAL at check out.A router, in the simplest of terms, is what connects your home to the internet. Though small and nearly unnoticeable, it’s probably the most important component you own as it determines the strength of your connections. If you find that your internet speed and Wi-Fi coverage are lacking, then it’s very possible that your router is the problem.Time to upgrade? Then consider the Linksys EA6900. It’s dual-band features allow for stronger connections on all your devices so you’ll spend less time waiting and more time doing. It provides awesome Wi-Fi coverage, optimizes connections with beamforming technology, and it’ll even keep your network safe from hackers thanks to its WPA/WPA2 encryption.This isn’t rocket science. If you use an inferior router, your internet connections will be mediocre at best. Upgrade to the Linksys EA6900, discounted from $150 to $79 — And use code SEMIANNUAL to get it for only $67.15. Stay on target Sonic Soak Is the Tiny Washing Machine That Goes AnywhereThis $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 Today Like this deal? Check out Vault, the best way to secure your online data for just $9.99/mo.last_img read more

  • Lyft files for IPO says it represents freedom at your fingertips

    first_img IPO land Lyft Uber 1 Uber, Lyft IPOs to mint next batch of Bay Area millionaires Uber’s reported IPO filing puts it in same lane as Lyft Lyft says drivers will have a chance to pick up shares in its IPO Lyft Lyft is the first US ride-hailing company to be heading to the stock market.Filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission for its initial public offering on March 1, Lyft said it plans to “revolutionize transportation” and be the “defining brand of our generation.” When the company goes public, Lyft said it plans to set its share price between $62 and $68 per share. That means its estimated valuation could be somewhere between $21 and $23 billion, which is significantly higher than its current private valuation of $15 billion. Lyft will be listed on the Nasdaq using the ticker symbol LYFT and the IPO could arrive as soon as the end of March.”We believe that our brand represents freedom at your fingertips: freedom from the stresses of car ownership and freedom to do and see more,” Lyft wrote in the filing. “We believe that cities should be built for people, not cars.”The move puts Lyft ahead of its rival Uber in the race to Wall Street. Uber’s CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, has publicly said the company is focusing on going public in the second half of 2019, but it’s looking like that timeline may be flexible. Uber submitted paperwork to the SEC for an IPO in early December.  While Uber and Lyft offer the same service, hailing a ride with a smartphone app, it’s expected each company will point potential investors to different aspects of its business. Uber will reportedly showcase itself as a global company with diverse features such as food delivery and flying cars. Lyft, much smaller, with services only in the US and Canada, is focusing on being a stable company that hasn’t experienced the same kind of turmoil as Uber.”Unsurprisingly, Lyft advocates that its key success factors include founder leadership, culture and values, and a singular focus on transportation,” said Rohit Kulkarni, senior vice president of research for investment firm Forge. “Arguably, Lyft is taking a jab at Uber’s miseries and general lack of exclusive focus on ride-sharing over the past couple of years.”Lyft’s good guy personality is front and center in its SEC filing. We combed through the 220-page document for all the interesting tidbits. Here’s the breakdown:What is Lyft? First and foremost, Lyft is a ride-hailing service that created an app where passengers can push a button to hail a ride. But, according to Lyft’s filing it’s much more: “We are laser-focused on revolutionizing transportation.” Lyft was incorporated in 2007 under the moniker Bounder Web, and then changed its name to Zimride in 2008. It officially morphed into Lyft as we know it in 2012. Since then it’s launched several initiatives outside of the ride-hailing space, like carpool rides, bikes and scooters for rent, and self-driving cars.The players. Lyft’s co-founders are Logan Green and John Zimmer. In the SEC filing, they included a letter titled “Our life’s work,” which begins with them saying, “For us, this work is personal.” The co-founders detail their younger years of being inspired to fix traffic and improve people’s quality of life. “In those early days, we were told we were crazy to think people would ride in each other’s personal vehicles,” the co-founders wrote. “One billion rides later, we’re able to look back on an industry that has been defined by the products Lyft pioneered.”The “defining brand of our generation”? Lyft said it aims to build the “defining brand of our generation.” To do this it’ll promote a company culture based on core values, like “authenticity, empathy and support for others,” as well as a commitment to social responsibility. “We believe that our brand represents freedom at your fingertips,” Lyft wrote.evolution-of-lyft Lyft Lyft goals. The company said it’s going after the $1.2 trillion that US consumers spend on personal transportation every year. “On a per household basis, the average annual spend on transportation is over $9,500, with the substantial majority spent on car ownership and operation. Yet, the average car is utilized only 5 percent of the time and remains parked and unused the other 95 percent.”LYFT. Lyft will list on the Nasdaq using the ticker symbol LYFT. It’s not clear yet how Lyft’s pricing will work out, but it’s been estimated that the company will be valued somewhere between $20 billion and $25 billion. Its latest valuation came in at $15 billion during its last funding round in 2018. Its IPO could come as soon as early April. The money. As far as financials go, the company said it garnered $2.2 billion in revenue in 2018 on $8.1 billion in bookings, showing year-over-year growth of 103 percent in sales and 76 percent in bookings.Not so fast. What about money loss? Lyft lost $911.3 million in 2018, up from a net loss of $682.8 million in 2016 and $688.3 million in 2017. The company admits to having a “history of net losses and we may not be able to achieve or maintain profitability in the future.”The board. Lyft’s board of directors has 10 members, three of whom are female. Sean Aggarwal has been the chairman since January. He’s the CEO of Soar Capital, where he focuses on investments in early-stage technology companies. The most well-known board member is probably Valerie Jarrett, who was a senior adviser to President Barack Obama.The stockholders. While Lyft’s co-founders and board of directors will see a nice payday when the company goes public, so will a handful of major stockholders. Those include Rauten Europe, General Motors Holdings, entities affiliated with Fidelity, entities affiliated with Andreessen Horowitz and entities affiliated with Alphabet (Google’s parent company).Where you can catch a Lyft. Lyft is only in the US and a few cities in Canada, for now. That said, the company has a far reach across the US with its service reportedly in more than 300 markets, covering 95 percent of the population.Riders. Lyft said it handled more than 1 billion rides in 2018. Broken down, it said it served 30.7 million riders in the US and Canada last year. “Almost half of our riders reported that they use their cars less because of Lyft, and 22 percent reported that owning a car has become less important” to them, the company said. It added that its active riders increased by 47 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to the same period in 2017.lyft-active-riders Lyft revenue-per-active-rider Lyft Wait, ski racks? Passengers can request cars that accommodate wheelchairs and car seats in several cities where Lyft operates, but in a few “select” markets people can also ask for a car with a ski or snowboard rack.Drivers. Lyft’s service hinges on its contract drivers. It said more than 1.9 billion people drove for the company last year. Since it launched in 2012, Lyft said it’s paid drivers a total of $10 billion in earnings.Drivers get a piece of the pie. As a bonus for drivers in good standing, who’ve completed at least 10,000 rides as of the end of this month, Lyft said it’d pay drivers as much as $10,000. That money could be used to buy shares in the company at the IPO price, Lyft said. Lawsuits. Lyft is swimming in lawsuits. It lists 14 suits in its SEC filing and refers to several others. Six of the cases it details are class action suits brought by its drivers over classification. These drivers want to be classified as employees — and get all the benefits that come with that — instead of independent contractors. Lyft warns that if the current classification model is changed, “there may be adverse business, financial, tax, legal and other consequences.”The rivals. Unsurprisingly, Uber is listed as Lyft’s main rival. But also included in the list are Juno and Via, which operate in far fewer cities, and taxi companies. Lyft also cites Uber, Lime and Bird as competitors in the scooter world.Let’s talk self-driving cars. Lyft is building its own autonomous vehicle system at an engineering center it calls Level 5. In the filing, the company said its goal is to ensure “access to affordable and reliable autonomous technology.” Since January 2018, Lyft said it’s given 35,000 rides in autonomous vehicles accompanied by a safety driver.Lyft is dependent on… Amazon? Lyft uses Amazon Web Services, a cloud services provider, to run its app. That means if Amazon ever falls prey to a glitch, bug or hacker, Lyft’s services could also be interrupted or go silent.So much data. Lyft has conducted more than 1 billion rides and it’s collected data from those rides along the way. So what’s it doing with that data? Using it to “inform our machine learning algorithms and data science engines.”Partnerships. To spread its reach into cities, Lyft said it created relationships with more than 10,000 organizations, cities and municipalities to facilitate rides for their employees, customers and constituents. It also created exclusive marketing partnerships with brands like Delta Air Lines.Earthquakes, floods and tornadoes? Lyft is covering all its bases when it comes to risks. It lists natural disasters as a factor that could disrupt its operations. Lyft’s headquarters are particularly vulnerable, the company wrote, because they’re in San Francisco — an area known for seismic activity.Then, there’s death. The word “death” is used 26 times in Lyft’s SEC filing. The company warns that lawsuits may arise from people dying while riding in its cars, or on its bicycles and scooters. Lyft’s word to investors? This “could lead to negative publicity, harm to our reputation and brand, significant legal, regulatory or financial exposure or decreased use of our bikes and scooters.”This story originally published on March 1 and is being updated continually as more information becomes available. center_img Comment Share your voice Mobile Tech Industry Roadshow Tagslast_img read more

  • Robot whisky tongue lashes back at hooch hustlers

    first_img1:05 Tags An artificial tongue can tell the difference between counterfeit alcohol and the real thing. University of Glasgow Leave it to the Scots to crack down on crooked scotch. In a bid to stop the trade of counterfeit alcohol, scientists at the University of Glasgow have created an artificial tongue to taste-test different types of whisky.In a release from the university’s School of Engineering, lead paper author Alasdair Clark noted that though this isn’t the first artificial tongue, his team is the first to incorporate two different types of nanoscale metal tastebuds. “We call this an artificial tongue because it acts similarly to a human tongue — like us, it can’t identify the individual chemicals which make coffee taste different to apple juice, but it can easily tell the difference between these complex chemical mixtures,” Clark said.Using subatomic slices of gold and aluminum to test the tipples, the research team created tastebuds 500 times smaller than a human’s, which were then able to successfully identify differences between drinks with greater than 99% accuracy. The tongue even had enough taste to tell the difference between a Glenfiddich 12-year-old whisky and a bottle of the 18-year-old variety.Clark added that while whisky was the primary tasting subject for the experiment, the technology could also be used for food safety screenings and quality controls. 0 Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment Sci-Tech Culture CES 2019: Meet the beer butler that follows you aroundlast_img read more

  • Jet Airways directed to pay Rs 1 lakh compensation for preponing

    first_imgNEW DELHI: The apex consumer commission has directed Jet Airways to pay a compensation of Rs 1 lakh along with interest to a Chhattisgarh resident for preponing a flight without informing him in June 2012 due to which he could not appear in an examination scheduled for the next day. The commission held that Jet Airways India Limited was deficient in rendering services by not intimating to Dr Akash Lalwani the change in schedule of the flight, which left more than 10 hours before the scheduled departure. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us Lalwani had booked his flight ticket through an online portal, Yahoo Tour and Travels, booking tickets on behalf of Jet Airways. The commission said that it was for Jet Airways to ascertain the details of Lalwani and intimate him of the change in flight schedule. “Though the case of Yahoo Tour and Travels is that it had provided all the details of the complainant to Jet Airways assuming that the details were not provided, it was for Jet Airways to ascertain the details of the passenger from the travel agent and intimate the change of time to him. Also Read – Fresh restrictions imposed in Kashmir Valley Advertise With Us “That admittedly was not done. Therefore, Jet Airways India Ltd. was clearly deficient in rendering services to the complainant it having not intimated the change in the schedule time of the flight to him,” Presiding of the commission V K Jain said. According to Lalwani’s complaint, he had booked a flight to from Raipur to Kolkata on June 9, 2012. Advertise With Us The flight which was to depart at 9.25 pm was combined with another flight which left at 10.40 am, more than 10 hours before the scheduled departure. The early departure led to Lalwani missing the flight due to which he could not appear in an examination scheduled for 9 am on June 10, the next day at Kolkata. He filed a complaint with the district forum, which had directed Jet Airways and Yahoo Tour and Travels to refund Rs 38,432, comprising expenditure incurred on appearing for the examination including air ticket, taxi fare, and cost of books. The district forum also awarded Rs 11 lakh as compensation to Lalwani, which was challenged in the state commission by both Jet Airways and Yahoo Tour and Travels. The state consumer commission modified the compensation amount to Rs 1 lakh while maintaining the direction for payment of Rs 38,432 with interest. The state commission’s order was challenged by both, the airlines and the online travel booking site, in the NCDRC.last_img read more

  • GST rates on gold footwear evoke sharp funny responses on Twitter

    first_imgPeople busy buying jewellery on “Akshaya Tritiya” in Nagpur, on April 28, 2017.IANSWith the Goods and Services (GST) Council finalising tax rates on the remaining items — gpld, biscuits, garments, beedis, diamonds — at its 15th meeting on Saturday, India moved one step closer to implementing the landmark indirect legislation from July 1, 2017.However, the skewed nature of tax rates on various items has evoked many responses from people, even as the Council introduced a new slab for gold, diamond — 3 percent — to the existing five slabs (0, 5, 12, 18 and 28 percent), as was predicted by many industrialists.The All India Gems and Jewellery Trade Federation had pitched for 1.25 percent GST on gold. Currently, the import duty on gold is 10 percent that will remain unchanged, while states charge about 2 percent as value added tax (VAT), with Kerala’s VAT on gold at 5 percent is the highest.The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) expressed disappointment at taxing diamonds at 3 percent.”Taxing diamonds is a retrograde step and not in sync with equivalence policy. Diamonds are the key raw materials for gem and jewellery exports business. Rough diamonds have been kept out of the purview of taxes even in many Asian countries which are globally competitive,” Praveenshankar Pandya, Chairman, GJEPC, said in a statement.The Council also made significant progress on finalising rules and raising the limit on input tax credit from 40 percent, though the final limit is not known yet.Here are the responses on Twitter:You Buy A Shoe at Rs 500 pay 5% #GSTYou Buy A Shoe at Rs 600 pay 18% #GSTYou Buy Gold of Rs 1 lakh or 1Cr Pay only 3% #GST??????????? pic.twitter.com/M5oA5AVNvZ— Third Eye View (@BrainandMoney) June 3, 20173% GST on gold…which effectively means one more tax slab under GST. GST in this form is going to be a disaster! @girishkuber— Aditya Kulkarni (@AdityaKulkarni3) June 3, 2017Gold at 3% GSTDiamonds at 3% GSTRough/raw diamonds at 0.25%Processed Food is at 18%— sher khan (@sher_786) June 3, 2017By taxing Gold & diamonds @3% GST council maintains tradition of implicit subsidy for rich and wealthy #GST— anshuman tiwari (@anshuman1tiwari) June 3, 20173% gst is a good move. With rising gold prices and higher gst rates would have made people reluctant 2 buy gold. Watch #PCJEWELLER on monday pic.twitter.com/iD4qw0myUZ— suresh panigrahi (@PanigrahiSuresh) June 3, 20173% #GST on gold, 18% on biscuits.What does brainy #Jaitley want us to consume more ? Inhuman socio science in disguise of pseudo economics— SD (@ME_CALLING_SELF) June 3, 2017last_img read more