You’re a Technology Company. Now What?

first_imgOne of the greatest things about product releases and the excitement they draw, is the opportunity to sit down and talk with customers. Yes, customers want to talk to us about what’s new, but more importantly, they want to share incredible stories about their journeys. As you listen to these stories, it becomes crystal clear the “technology knife fights” vendors get into pale in comparison to the economics and business realities these businesses face. Let’s unpack what this means.Digital Transformation – it’s not just a buzzword, it’s the new reality. Every organization in every industry is taking big strides to apply technology to their business. The truth is, it’s not even a choice anymore; it’s a key vehicle to gaining competitive advantage, and in many cases, a mode of survival. I remember a few years ago when Walmart, on a financial analyst call stated, “we are a technology company”. Yes, they know retail better than most anyone, but their future success was dependent on transitioning to this digital age. Data is now one of the most critical and valuable assets organizations can own, but only if it is leveraged to drive operations and delivers insights.Digital transformation presents an interesting dilemma for businesses – they have substantial technology investment decisions to make, and concerns about their ability to consume and onboard that investment in technology in a manner that isn’t overly disruptive. Cloud becomes one of the most obvious solutions organizations look to – consume only what you need, scale up to meet growing demands, and put the power in the hands of employees – what an incredible promise. But there are organizational realities that must be accounted for, especially when injecting technology like cloud.Skillsets and Process MismatchesMost organizations have already made substantial technology investments and as a result, resources have been hired with the skillsets tied to those investments. New technology and sweeping changes require new investments in reskilling and can be bad for employee satisfaction, morale, and retention. Additionally, existing processes likely add tremendous value and are often the product of extensive research and applied learnings over the years. Will you miss these processes if they are removed? What should they be replaced with? If these questions are not answered for both your skillsets and processes, then the result is often the injection of a lot of risk into the organization, or costly remediation efforts.Talent Scarcity There is vast competition for technical talent. These resources are being bombarded with tantalizing offers to join the big brand tech organizations and up-and-coming startups. Your business could potentially face an uphill battle securing the best and brightest. It could necessitate the need to pay a premium for some tech roles. This can result in not having the right skillset in house to make use of all these new technologies.Putting Innovation on HoldThe whole point of digitally transforming is to apply technology to the business and leverage data as a competitive advantage. The longer it takes to digest the infusion of technology into the business, and apply it to business activities means the longer it takes to see the fruits of your digital transformation. The larger the scale of the change, the longer it takes if your IT staff get bogged down in a protracted migration or re-platforming effort that can have a material impact on a quarter or fiscal year.Elevating Your Cloud StrategyIt is essential for your organization to land on a pragmatic cloud strategy that applies a filter that looks at your people, process, and objectives while selecting the technologies to onboard and to what degree. It’s not so much what “operational nirvana” looks like. It’s a matter of what can feasibly be accomplished.Take a look at your existing processes and see what can be leveraged and ported to the cloud to lower the friction of adoption and lower the complexity of the shift to a new operating environment.Don’t get sucked into bleeding edge technologies and the promises they might hold if there isn’t a corresponding way to incorporate them into your business. Search for solutions that align with your organizations’ resources or for widely adopted technologies that offer a wide selection of resources.Cloud offers a lot of great things, but you shouldn’t let cloud exuberance get in the way of an orderly transition to this new environment. Applications should be vetted, strategies should be clear, and early wins should be established before attempting massive overhauls.It is important to keep your options open by deploying in hybrid environments that offer portability and reduce the management overhead of maintaining two or more clouds. Many CIOs we’ve talked to indicate that even when they make a substantial investment in the cloud, they have maintained facilities to mitigate the risk should a cloud exodus be required later.By applying a methodology that accounts for business imperatives and sustainability in your technology selections and investments, you can avoid the pitfall of over pivoting in your desire to put a compelling technology in place. At the end of the day, technology needs to serve the business need, even if you’re now a technology company.To learn more about hybrid cloud solutions and how they can help your organization visit: Dell Technologies Cloudlast_img read more

Residents surprised by unidentified cruise ship sailing Raja Ampat waters during travel restriction

first_imgMatius, a local resident of Mansuar Island in Raja Ampat regency, said the ship was seen cruising the waters between Mansuar and Batanta Island at around 11 a.m. local time on Monday.The sighting raised questions among residents as to where the ship was heading and its activity in the area as all of Raja Ampat, famed for its Coral Triangle, had been closed following the start of social restrictions to stem the spread of the COVID-19.“We have contacted the relevant authorities about the matter. We were informed that the ship was not activating its Automatic Identification System [AIS],” he said as quoted by Antara news agency on Monday.Read also: COVID-19: Crew members return to Indonesia as cruise liners halt global operations Anggiat P. Marpaung, the head of the Raja Ampat Port Management Office, confirmed that no cruise ships had contacted his office for permission to sail in Raja Ampat waters that day.Meanwhile, Raja Ampat Investment Agency and One-Stop Integrated Services (PTSP) head M. Said Soltief also said his office had not issued a permit to any cruise ship to enter the waters of Raja Ampat due to the pandemic.“From our discussions with relevant institutions, we can say that the cruise ship was just passing through,” he said. (asp) A mysterious ship cruising in the Raja Ampat waters in West Papua has surprised local residents amid a travel restriction in the popular destination over concerns of COVID-19.Cruise liners have made headlines recently as one of the critical hotspots for the coronavirus’ spread, causing many countries to refuse their request to dock at their ports.Authorities in Raja Ampat said the cruise ship had not been detected by their radar. Authorities have yet to find out the name of the ship, its origin and destination.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Fort St. John RCMP reminds drivers to be conscious of winter driving conditions

first_imgMaintain a safe following distance. It takes longer to stop on a slippery road. Look ahead and keep plenty of distance between you and other cars (at least four seconds). Drop your speed to match road conditions. The posted speed is the maximum speed under ideal conditions. In winter, it is safer to drive below the posted speed. No matter how much experience you have, the way your car will move on snow or ice always has an element of unpredictability. Watch for black ice. Slow down when approaching icy areas such as shaded areas, bridges and overpasses as these sections of road freeze sooner than others in cold weather. Watch for “black ice”, areas of the road with a thin, almost invisible coating of ice, as it can cause your vehicle to suddenly lose traction, braking and cornering control. Accelerate and brake slowly. When starting from a stop on slick roads, start slowly and accelerate gradually to maintain traction and avoid spinning your wheels. When stopping, plan well in advance, apply the brakes gently and slowly add pressure rather than braking suddenly. Avoid sudden moves. Slow down and steer smoothly and gradually to avoid skidding. Accelerate gently, turn slowly, and brake carefully and early. Avoid unexpected quick movements that could put you in a spin. Anticipate turns, stops, and lane changes well before they occur. Know how to handle a skid. A skid happens when your wheels slide out of control on a slippery surface and is a result of driving too fast for road conditions. If you start to skid, ease off the brake or accelerator, look and steer smoothly in the direction you want to go. Be careful not to oversteer. See and be seen. It is critical for drivers to see and be seen in low light conditions, and when blowing snow impairs visibility. Always drive with your headlights on. STAY ALERT: Weather conditions can change quickly, placing extra demands on your vehicle and your driving skills. Keep your focus on the road and on other vehicles. Eliminate all distractions and make sure you are well rested. SLOW DOWN: Always drive according to weather conditions. Keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you to avoid having to brake suddenly on a slippery surface. STAY IN CONTROL: Make sure you know how to handle your vehicle in all weather conditions. – Advertisement -BE ROAD-READY AND WEATHER-WISE: Make sure your vehicle is winter ready. Keep a winter survival kit in your vehicle. Listen to the radio for road and weather updates and check road conditions before leaving. Advertisement Get your vehicle winter-ready with a maintenance check-up. Keep your fuel tank sufficiently full – at least half a tank is recommended. Make sure you have sufficient windshield washer fluid in the reservoir that is rated a minimum of -40 C temperature range. Keep an extra jug in the vehicle. Clear snow and ice from the roof, hood, trunk and all windows, lights and mirrors. After starting your vehicle, wait for the fog to clear from the interior of the windows so you will have good visibility all around. The condition of your vehicle’s tires is important. Worn or damaged tires can hamper your ability to drive safely. Remember to check tire air pressure frequently, as it decreases in cold weather. SNOW AND ICE PUSH OUR DRIVING SKILLS TO THE LIMIT Advertisementcenter_img Plan extra time to get to your destination and consider delaying your trip in bad weather. Notify a friend or family member of your destination and anticipated arrival time. When approaching winter maintenance vehicles from behind, slow down, stay back and be patient. Move over for emergency vehicles. PREPARING YOUR VEHICLE FOR WINTER Advertisementlast_img read more

CHAN surprise side Sudan finish third again

first_img0Shares0000Sudan have had an impressive run at the African Nations Championship in Morocco © AFP/File / STRMARRAKECH, Morocco, Feb 4 – Sudan came third for the second time in the African Nations Championship (CHAN) Saturday by defeating Libya 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1 play-off draw in Marrakech.But while the bronze medals the Sudanese won in 2011 as hosts were expected, those they collected in the central Moroccan city came as a surprise. Few neutrals expected Sudan to go beyond the group stage of the competition restricted to home-based footballers with Morocco and Guinea favoured to advance from Group A.However, the east Africans came second behind the hosts on goal difference, upset Zambia in the quarter-finals and fell by a solitary goal in a tight semi-final duel with Nigeria.The fighting spirit of a squad coached by recently appointed Croatian Zdravko Logarusic was evident again against Libya as Sudan recovered from conceding a late goal to win the shootout.They converted all four penalties while Libyans Elmehdi Elhouni and Salem Ablo were foiled by saves from Sudan goalkeeper Akram Elhadi.Ablo missing condemned Libya to a first CHAN shootout loss after three spot-kick successes won them the 2014 title and they pipped Congo Brazzaville on penalties in a quarter-final last weekend.Walaaeldin Musa nodded Sudan into an eighth-minute lead and an Ablo header on 84 minutes after Elhadi failed to cut off a deep cross brought the teams level.Morocco host Nigeria Sunday in an eagerly anticipated final at the 65,000-capacity Stade Mohammed V in Casablanca with a record $1.25 million first prize at stake.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Chelsea fans ‘pray’ this player will leave Stamford Bridge in January

first_img Radamel Falcao 1 Radamel Falcao’s loan spell at Chelsea has not been the fairytale manager Jose Mourinho may have dreamed.Reports claim that the reigning Premier League champions have lost their patience with the form of the striker, and are prepared to terminate his season-long contract in January.Valencia are rumoured to be willing to offer the 29-year-old the chance to end his misery in England’s top flight.But how do Chelsea supporters feel about the possibility of Falcao leaving so soon?Some believe he should never have been signed given the Blues have such talent in their academy. Have a read of the reaction to the speculation, on Twitter, below.last_img read more

How to Scientifically Justify Horror

first_imgAre you impressed by Big Science’s complaints that we can’t cure HIV or cancer without baby body parts? How did medical science manage for millennia? Never in the history of medicine have doctors considered it ethical to kill one person to help another. There’s a long-standing Hippocratic Oath that says, ‘Do no harm.’ It’s never right to do wrong to get a chance to do right. Abandonment of human exceptionalism (see yesterday’s article) is leading to infanticide and euthanasia, even in Canada (listen to Wesley J. Smith on ID the Future.)It happened before, and it can happen again. No; it is happening again. When pragmatism trumps human dignity, the potential horrors become unimaginable. There are reports of North Korea committing Nazi-like atrocities today in the name of scientific research. Evil was not exhausted by the Nazis and communists. Eternal vigilance is the price of human rights.If you are not horrified by Science Magazine’s rationalization of evil, you should be. Christians are not the only ones saying that human life begins at conception. Genetics and science show that to be true. But look how some scientists dodge the issue of when life begins in this piece on WND.Study the following resources to see what is at stake.Video clips by the Center for Medical Progress show executives at Planned Parenthood acting flippant and cavalier about baby body parts. One of them wanted to sell enough baby parts to get a Lamborghini. They admitted to manipulating the fetus before the abortion to preserve the parts scientists pay more for, like calvaria (baby skulls with brains intact).Videos by former abortionist Anthony Levitino demonstrate how the most common abortion procedures are done. These clips often turn pro-aborts into pro-lifers within minutes.The film Gosnell  portrays the worst serial killer in American history running a filthy lab for 30 years where women died during abortions, and he was protected by the state from inspections. This was going on in Philadelphia just a few years ago. One startling moment shows a sanitary abortion doctor on the witness stand testifying that her lab is sparkling clean. But then she admits that she performs the same skull-crushing operations on fetuses that Gosnell was accused of doing (as shown in the above videos). Big Media and Big Hollywood tried to censor this well-done, popular movie.The testimony of Gianna Jessen, who survived a saline abortion, includes a strong plea that people like her, who were intended for abortion, have a right to life and a future. (Visited 477 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 A leading American science journal whimpers over loss of access to body parts of murdered humans.When the Center for Medical Progress released in 2015 undercover videos of abortionists harvesting and selling body parts of babies, people were horrified. People who didn’t know about it were horrified that such a ghastly activity was going on. People doing it were horrified that they were caught. This included the abortionists and the scientists who benefited from the fetal tissue for ‘research.’ Selling fetal tissue for profit is illegal, and manipulating abortions to preserve the ‘best’ tissues for scientists is also illegal, but legalities aside, the idea of intentionally murdering someone to use their body parts for someone else should horrify anyone at a gut level. How can it be justified?An unborn baby is not its mother; it is not its father. It is its own human being, with its own genetic code, its own sex, and its own body. It has its own hopes, and its rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. In the womb it is practicing for that. A recent study showed that in the womb, the baby is learning about its body as it kicks and moves about (see Live Science article, “Babies Create a Mental Map of Their Body Before They Ever Leave the Womb”). These are little people, with bodies and minds, preparing to live independently. If not intentionally killed by abortion, they would grow to be just like us. What sane person could justify using babies like farm animals or crops for harvesting?Scientists could, that’s who. In a Policy Forum in Science Magazine last week, Meredith Wadman and Jocelyn Kaiser were given the powerful journal’s print space to whimper that “Trump officials move to limit human fetal tissue research.” (Read Medical Xpress for an account of the dispute.) As we list their reasons for objecting to the change in policy (mostly based on pragmatism), let’s think about the horrifying precedent that could spring from their rationalizations. Suppose, for instance, that scientists started harvesting body parts from patients in comas, or prisoners, or the mentally ill, because ‘they are going to die anyway, and we could learn worthwhile things from the material.’* The last time that excuse was tried was by the Nazis, and then, like now, the scientists were complicit in it. Most civilized people condemn the Holocaust, which included Nazi medical experiments on Jews, as the nadir of human evil. *Notice, please, that this is very different from willing one’s organs or bodies to science after natural death. The ‘medical research’ done on Jews in the 1940s was definitely not with their consent! Nor are unborn babies consenting to being killed. We realize that comparisons to Hitler are often overdone. But in this case the comparison is apt: what Nazi scientists did to non-consenting adults is what abortionists do to unborn babies—and they use some of the same excuses.Translating RationalizationsHere are Wadman and Kaiser’s reasons for whimpering about the Trump administration’s change in policy to limit or forbid the use of fetal tissue in research. It’s a case study in how to justify evil. To make it clear how the rationalizations fail, we add comparisons in brackets to Nazi doctors using similar excuses.The actions have prompted fears that NIH-funded university scientists who work with fetal tissue could face a broader clampdown.[Nazi scientist: ‘We might face a shortage of Jews to work on if the government reduces the quota.’]The administration’s actions are already affecting research, scientists say. The NIH order, which was not made public, disrupted one study of the virus that causes AIDS. “We were all poised to go and then the bombshell was dropped,” says HIV researcher Warner Greene, director of the Gladstone Center for HIV Cure Research in San Francisco, California. “The decision completely knocked our collaboration off the rails. We were devastated.”[Nazi lab: ‘They didn’t even tell us they were going to cut our supply of imbeciles. We were going to study how long they could survive in a freezing cold cell. The announcement completely knocked our research off the rails. We feel we’re going to cry.’]Research using human fetal tissue from elective abortions is legal in the United States, but antiabortion groups and some lawmakers in Congress fiercely oppose federal funding for such work.[Nazi lab: ‘Hitler had told us it was OK to experiment on Jews. It’s those pesky anti-Nazis who get in our way.’]“RML [Rocky Mountain Laboratories] researchers use fetal tissue to create humanized mice, which have immune systems that behave like a human’s.”[Nazi lab: ‘We were using the prisoners to see if they could breed with chimpanzees, which have genomes 95% similar to humans.’]According to emails provided by Greene, RML researcher Kim Hasenkrug had prepared humanized mice for testing an antibody that might prevent HIV from quickly establishing reservoirs in the human body.[Nazi lab: ‘We already had Jewish women inseminated by chimpanzees, to see if we could prevent typhoid from infecting them.’]HHS had “directed me to discontinue procuring fetal tissue from ABR, the only source for us. … This effectively stops all of our research to discover a cure for HIV.”[Nazi researcher: ‘This effectively stops all of our research to discover a cure for typhoid.’]Academic scientists with federal grants now worry that they, too, could face restrictions. “Everything I am doing involves humanized mice. It would shut my lab down if we were not able to use fetal tissues,” says Jerome Zack, a virologist who studies HIV at UC Los Angeles and has been using humanized mice for 25 years. The mice, he notes, are also used by cancer scientists developing immunotherapy drugs.[Nazi researcher: ‘Scientists all over Germany are worried now. My whole career has involved medical experiments on Jews. I know other scientists experimenting on them to try to cure tuberculosis.’]One concern is that HHS will cut off supplies from ABR [Advanced Bioscience Resources], the largest commercial source of fetal tissue in the United States, which could hurt a swath of U.S. scientists who rely on the firm. “ABR is the most reliable,” Zack says.[Nazi hospital: ‘Auschwitz is the largest supplier of Jews. Cutting them off could hurt a swath of German scientists who rely on that prison camp for material.’]“Why are we having this discussion?” about alternatives [to fetal tissue], asks biologist Irving Weissman of Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, who is invited to the HHS event. The impetus for seeking alternatives, he says, is “not from scientists working in the field and trying to understand and treat diseases. It’s a political force apparently coming from above the NIH level.”[Nazi scientist: ‘Why are we having this discussion about alternatives to prison inmates? That discussion isn’t coming from us German scientists. It’s coming from parties not loyal to the Fuhrer.’]last_img read more

Special courts ready for World Cup

first_imgThe Randburg Magistrates Court is one ofthe 56 special courts. Minister Jeff Radebe says the special courtsare ready to handle cases. Radebe with his department’s officials andWorld Cup bosses. Fifa secretary-general Jérôme Valcke.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Justice and Constitutional DevelopmentTlali TlaliSpokesperson+27 82 3333 880+27 12-357 8217 or +27 21-467 [email protected] ARTICLES• Top safety plan for World Cup• Bafana final squad announced• Transport on track for World Cup• SA gets tough on traffic crime• African languages in SA courtsBongani NkosiCriminal cases involving 2010 Fifa World Cup visitors will be resolved quickly and efficiently in special courts, which have been primarily set up for the duration of the tournament.Government has dedicated 56 rooms in district and regional courts in the nine host cities to specifically deal with the cases. The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development unveiled the special courts at the Randburg Magistrates’ Court, one of the selected facilities, in Johannesburg on 3 June.The set-up is aimed at speeding up prosecutions of foreign nationals who may be caught on the wrong side of South African law. They are also meant to cater for those who may be required as witnesses in court proceedings.“We have taken out all the stops to ensure that the judiciary … fast-tracks the prosecution of foreign nationals who, wittingly or unwittingly, may be caught up in criminal activities,” said the department’s minister, Jeff Radebe.The dedicated courts began operating on 28 May and will continue until 25 July, two weeks after the 2010 champions have been crowned. They are open from 7:45am to 11pm seven days a week.The rooms are in 37 district and 19 regional magistrates’ courts around the country. They are able to handle various criminal cases as well as civil matters involving sums of money less than R100 000. Regional courts hear more serious criminal matters, while less serious cases are dealt with in district courts.Gauteng, the province that will host the most matches and therefore expecting the most fans, has 21 courts with dedicated magistrates’ rooms – this is far more than in any of the other provinces. The Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal have four and five dedicated courts respectively.Kimberley in the Northern Cape is the only non-host city to have two dedicated courts. The Uruguay squad will be based there.“Justice will be dispensed swiftly and rapidly during the World Cup … without flouting the laws of this country,” said Regional Court President Modibedi Djaje. “We will not cause any unnecessary delay in finalising matters.”Skilled personnelThe courts have been beefed up with “skilled and experienced” personnel, including 93 foreign language interpreters. More than 100 local language interpreters are part of the team, which also includes 260 prosecutors from the National Prosecuting Authority and 110 legal aid attorneys of Legal Aid South Africa.People who respect the laws of South Africa have nothing to worry about, Radebe said. “All law-abiding citizens and visitors alike need not worry about the stringent measures we will apply to ensure safety and security of both citizens and visitors coming here …” he said.Hooliganism not toleratedFifa has already said it will block the entry of well-known stadium hooligans into South Africa, and police will be standby to deal with outbreaks during matches.Government has put thorough strategies in place to deal with drug-trafficking, human-trafficking, theft, violence, abuse of women and children and all forms of contact crime.“The police department is fully prepared to attend to any security challenges posed by this tournament,” Radebe said. “The full might of the law will be applied to anyone, irrespective of country of origin …”But Fifa is hopeful that the World Cup will proceed without much criminal activity. The organisation has already given the thumbs up to South Africa’s security plan. “I hope there will not be too many cases to deal with,” said Fifa secretary-general Jérôme Valcke.South Africa’s security and judicial efforts are sending a “strong signal to those who try to act against the World Cup”, he added.last_img read more

Is it over for Spurs’ Manu Ginobili?

first_imgMan who told immigrant to go back to country asked to write essay Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NBA: Pachulia’s family receives death threats after Leonard incident Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 athletes LATEST STORIES Lillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder Hornets beat Pistons for 8th straight time Read Next View comments SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo “I do feel like I can still play. But that’s not what is going to make me retire or not. It’s about how I feel. If I want to go through all of that again. It felt like they wanted me to retire. Like they were giving me sort of a celebration night.“And of course, I’m getting closer and closer. There is no secret, for sure. It’s getting harder and harder. But I always said that I wanted to let it sink in for three weeks, four weeks, whatever, and then I will sit with my wife and see how it feels.”Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said he would not rush Ginobili into making a decision.“If he decides he’s going to play again that’s up to him,” said Popovich. “Manu is a grown man. He’ll figure out what is best for him and his family.”Ginobili meanwhile said whatever his choice — playing on or retiring — he would be happy.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF READ: Warriors set 12-0 record for 3rd straight trip to NBA FinalsBut the veteran guard, who turns 40 in July, said he planned to let the dust settle on his latest season before deciding on his future in the NBA.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingGinobili said he felt as if the San Antonio crowd were bidding him farewell, but was adamant he could still continue to play at the highest level.“I felt more energetic, more needed, more useful to the team, so I ended up feeling better than the way I started,” Ginobili said. “I have to choose between two truly wonderful options,” Ginobili said.“One is to keep playing in this league at this age, enjoying every day, playing the sport I still love.“The other one is to stay at home, be a dad, travel more, enjoy my whole family. I have a wonderful family and spend time with them.“Whatever it is, it’s two unbelievable options. So there is no way I can be sad, because whatever I decide, it’s going to be great.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Golden State Warriors’ Andre Iguodala, left, Shaun Livingston, rear, and JaVale McGee, right, challenge San Antonio Spurs’ Manu Ginobili, center of Argentina for control of the ball during the first half in Game 4 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals, Monday, May 22, 2017, in San Antonio.LOS ANGELES—San Antonio Spurs legend Manu Ginobili said Monday he would take his time before deciding on his future after an emotion-filled defeat to the Golden State Warriors.The 39-year-old Argentine star, a veteran of four NBA championship-winning Spurs teams, left the court to a resounding ovation as San Antonio’s season ended with a 129-115 loss in Texas.ADVERTISEMENT 250 enrolled at phony school arrested in immigration scamlast_img read more

Hundred special as it came in series clincher: Gambhir

first_imgThe stand-in Indian captain Gautam Gambhir on Saturday described his match-winning unbeaten 126 as a special ton as it has helped India clinch the five-match one-day international (ODI) series against New Zealand in Vadodara.”All hundreds are important. This was probably special because it helped us win the series. Moreover, it is always important to be back amongst runs, especially after having a series of low scores against your name,” said Gambhir, who is leading the side in place of rested regular captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.Gambhir, who hit his second successive century to steer India to a nine-wicket win over New Zealand in the third ODI here, said it was important not to give the Black Caps any chance to bounce back in the series. With his superb centuries, Gambhir is also back to form after a lean patch.”It was important for us not to give any opportunity to New Zealand to come back into the ODI series and wrap it up here itself,” said Gambhir after India take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.Gautam Gambhir celebrates after scoring fifty during the third ODI against New Zealand in Vadodara. Photo by APGambhir scored an unbeaten 126 off 117 balls to help India chase down easily the target of 225 set by New Zealand with 10.3 overs to spare in the one-sided encounter. He had also starred in India’s eight-wicket victory in the second ODI in Jaipur, hitting an unbeaten 138 off 116 balls.Praising the bowlers for their efforts to restrict the Kiwis to a total of 224, Gambhir particularly singled out Zaheer Khan (2/31) and Munaf Patel (1/28).advertisement”Zaheer is a quality bowler. His presence always boosts the side. He set the game for us straightaway today after coming back from an injury, as he sent back Brendon McCullum (0) and Ross Taylor (4) early. Then spinners also did a good job,” said Gambhir.”Munaf has been very economical in all the matches so far. He has been doing well in the Ranji also and he is carrying on that confidence into these matches also, which is a great sign.”Two more inconsequential matches to go with the fourth game to be played in Bangalore, followed by fifth tie in Chennai, Gambhir is not ready to lower his guard.”We always took it as a three match ODI series and are happy to win it 3-0 but now we would like to target it 4-0 and then 5-0 because it is important to have as many wins as possible in your pocket before the tour of South Africa,” said Gambhir.Vettori wants to bounce backNew Zealand captain Daniel Vettori said his side would now have to fire up to register face saving victories in the remaining two games.”We still got to fire. It is very important to bounce back. I think the top-order must stand up and contribute because in the sub-continent it is important for the batsmen to score if you want to win matches here. Hopefully, in the next two games we will be able to do that,” said Vettori.Vettori hailed the Indian team and said that somebody like Gambhir in the top order always makes it easy for any side.”It was really tough after we could put on only 224 runs on board today. Had we managed a score of 240-250 we could have thought to have posed some challenge but India played exceptionally well and Gambhir in the top-order simply ran away with the match,” added Vettori.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Everything is clear for Redskins Robert Griffin III

Washington Redskins fans can breath a slight sigh of relief for quarterback Robert Griffin III because MRI results revealed that he has a sprained knee and not season-ending ACL injury.Griffin took the MRI after Sunday’s 31-28 overtime win against the Baltimore Ravens, but Redskins spokesman Tony Wyllie told ESPN Sunday that “everything is clear” in regards of significant ligament damage to Griffin’s right knee.The Redskins rookie quarterback was injured in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, when Ravens defensive linemen Haloti Ngata hit him at the end of a 13-yard run. Griffin limped off the field, only to return a few plays later and come right back out to fall to the field. He was helped off the field by fellow teammates.“I knew I needed to get out at that point,” Griffin told reporters after the game. “I couldn’t move. At some point you have to do what’s right for the team. And if I’m playing the rest of that game, I probably would have hurt myself even more.”Griffin headed to the locker to take an X-Ray and doctors told him that his ligaments felt fine.“I’m not a doctor, but I know what an ACL feels like,” Griffin said. “And it doesn’t feel like an ACL. … If I felt that, I’d be pretty nervous. But we won the game, everybody’s praying for me, I feel pretty good right now about the whole situation. I’m not too nervous, but I’ll definitely be praying during the MRI.”Griffin proceeded to move the Redskins down the field after Ray Rice scored a 7-yard touchdown run, to put the Ravens up 28-20 with 4:47 remaining. He marched the Redskins down the field in an attempt to tie the game, but knew his leg was in too much pain once Ngata hit him.“I knew as soon as I got hit. I screamed. Like a man, of course,” Griffin said with a smirk. “It hurt really bad.”Redskins backup quarterback Kirk Cousins replaced Griffin and threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon with 29 seconds remaining in the game. He then ran in for the two-point conversion, which led to the winning field goal kick by Kai Forbath in overtime.Griffin was 15 for 26 for 246 and a touchdown pass before leaving the game. He also carried the ball seven times for 34 yards.Wyllie said that Redskins coach Mike Shanahan will update Griffin’s condition on Monday, but his status for Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns still remains uncertain. read more