Coimbatore, Apr 20 (PTI) Ford India, which saw 25 per cent growth in the first quarter of 2017, expects to see it rise to 30 to 35 per cent, riding on sales of recently launched sports models, a top company official said today. Compared to low double digit growth of the industry, the company has witnessed 25 per cent growth, apart from a good demand for petrol variants of its vehicles, Ford India general manager, Sales-South, Narasimhan Balaji said here. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of launch of the sports edition of Figo and Aspire in the region, Balaji said since the launch of these variants, both had set new benchmarks in the segment from the maximum airbags-on-offer to lowest cost of service. South has contributed 30 to 35 per cent of the sales and growth of the company, he said. Asked about the demand for vehicles due to fluctuation of petrol and diesel prices, he said it did not make much difference on the sales front. “But we are seeing an increased demand for petrol variants,” he said. Moreover, the company was successful in breaking the myth that the cost of service was higher for Figo and other vehicles, he said. PTI NVM SS RC
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Former batsman Aravinda de Silva will withdraw from his role as chairman of the cricket committee at Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) at the end of next month due to personal reasons.The 51-year-old will step down from the cricket committee, which was formed in March last year, due to commitments that could make it difficult for him to spend the required amount of time for the committee, SLC said in a statement.”For someone like Aravinda, cricket is a full-time occupation,” board president Thilanga Sumathipala said.”It’s understandable that he needs to prioritise his personal commitments — he has supported the strategic vision of this administration and been vastly instrumental in many of the developments we have made.”We intend to continue to engage Aravinda’s expertise in our key cricketing activities on a consultancy basis.”
Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi will renew old acquaintances when his reigning two-times Copa America champions take on Portugal in what he expects to be a tough Confederations Cup semi-final on Wednesday.Pizzi, who played under Portuguese coach Fernando Santos for FC Porto in 2000, will have a full 23-man squad to choose from for the clash in Kazan.European champions Portugal’s roster, meanwhile, has been depleted by injuries and bookings.”We know it’s going to be a difficult match,” Pizzi told reporters at a press conference on Tuesday in Kazan. “And I’m sure it’s going to be difficult .. for Portugal as well.””It a privilege and reason for satisfaction to have all of (the players)… tomorrow at our disposal. Let’s hope they are able to play at the same level tomorrow as we’ve seen until now.”The Portuguese manager said a game-day decision would be made regarding midfielder Bernardo Silva, who sustained an ankle injury in his squad’s last group stage match, a 4-0 win against New Zealand.Central defender Pepe would be sidelined after picking up his second yellow card of the tournament.”Chile has very good quality players, very dynamic, very strong team spirit,” Santos told reporters on Tuesday. “We are going to try to be better tomorrow.”Portugal topped Group A with seven points from three games while Chile finished second in Group B with five.Germany will face Mexico in the second semi-final on Thursday in Sochi.
Serena Williams’ fiance and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian couldn’t help but gush about his baby mama-to-be.On a recent appearance on CNBC’s Squawk Box show, Ohanian said that the 35-year-old tennis champion is “very good at a lot of times and well on her way to being an awesome mom too.”Ohanian also revealed that he plans to take some time off after the birth of their first child in September.”At Reddit, it’s really important for us to support men and women when they are welcoming a new member to the family and so we have a pretty generous parental leave policy,” he added. “I’ll be taking off for six weeks myself and trying to do the best job possible as a new dad, a first-time dad.”Ohanian continued, “We want to break that stereotype that the men work and the women take care of kids. We want to give that opportunity to everyone.”Earlier, the 34-year-old American internet entrepreneur took to his Instagram page to say, “Always a great time cohosting @cnbc Squawk Box. Talked @reddit parental leave policy (I’m taking it!), phishing, and Better – the app that makes getting an insurance refund as easy as snapping a photo.”In April, the tennis legend nearly broke the Internet when she accidentally announced that she and Ohanian are expecting their first child.Soon after the announcement, the love birds were spotted enjoying a babymoon in Mexico.Also, Williams recently showcased her baby bump while posing nude for the cover of Vanity Fair.
Shikhar Dhawan returned to the Test side in style smashing a career-best 190 in the first innings as India hammered Sri Lanka by 304 runs in the first match at Galle on Saturday to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.Dhawan was not part of the original squad but was brought in after an injured Murali Vijay pulled out of the series last minute.Incidentally, Dhawan had last scored a Test hundred against the same opposition at the same venue two years back. However, what followed was a lean patch of eight Test matches where he managed a highest of 84.Dhawan was then out of the team after suffering an injury during the series against New Zealand and was replaced by Lokesh Rahul, who grabbed the opportunity with both hands and made the opening slot his own.But Rahul’s viral fever leading up to the Galle Test and Vijay’s injury meant India had to open the innings with Dhawan and Abhinav Mukund.The two southpaws played contrasting knocks in the first innings where Mukund failed to deliver and got out on 12, Dhawan cashed in on a flat batting track and slammed 190 off 168 balls with the help of 31 boundaries.What helped the Delhi batsman was the fact that he had been among the runs in the one-day format leading up to this tour. Dhawan was once again the highest run-getter in the ICC Champions Trophy in England for the second time in succession with 338 runs in five matches at an average of 67.60 with one century and two fifties.advertisementHe then amassed 161 runs in five ODIs in the West Indies with two half-centuries and was eventually named as a replacement for Vijay for the Sri Lanka Tests.Speaking about his knock in this game Dhawan said he enjoyed batting here in Galle and that the healthy competition among the three regular openers in the team keeps him on his toes.”I really enjoyed batting over here. I just watched the ball and backed my game. There is a very healthy competition from the opening spot in the side, and it keeps me on my toes,” Dhawan said at the post-match ceremony.India will see the return of Rahul in the next game which means Mukund will have to warm the bench despite scoring a brilliant 81 in the third innings. Having all three openers in form is a good headache to have, reckons Kohli.”One regular opener is not fit right now. I think it is a massive headache (smiles), but a good one to have.”At most, only 3 openers make the squad. It’s good to have guys scoring rather than guys not scoring consistently. I think the guys will understand how the dynamics of the team work,” Kohli said.
Venting his anger at missing out on the Arjuna award yet again, Indian tennis player Rohan Bopanna today lambasted AITA for not nominating him within the deadline but the Federation said there was no point sending his application since he did not meet the requisite criteria.The deadline to send applications expired on April 28 but the All India Tennis Association (AITA) made up its mind to send his name only on June 14 after he won the French Open mixed doubles title with Canadian partner Gabriela Dabrowski.AITA had chosen Saketh Myneni, winner of two medals at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, for nomination and the awards selection committee stuck to the deadline.In the past, Bopanna has been nominated several times but his application has always been rejected.”We professional tennis players put in a lot to bring laurels to our country. And no one could question otherwise.”However, it is when the system (the Tennis Association in this case) functions sloppily that is not only disrespectful but also robs one of the hope of a deserving acknowledgment,” Bopanna said in a scathing statement.When are we going to change. #WakeUp pic.twitter.com/RPGCtKaxgG- Rohan Bopanna (@rohanbopanna) August 5, 2017″I am calling out to the lack of professionalism and efficiency by AITA for not sending my nomination for the Arjuna Award before the deadline. I have witnessed many such excuses for the past decade (while I was eligible and my record didn’t falter) and then too, have never stood for it.”advertisementHowever, the All India Tennis Association (AITA) Secretary General Hironmoy Chatterjee said they had a reason for not sending his application this year.”AITA did not send Rohan Bopanna’s application for Arjuna award this year since his application was getting rejected all these years because he has not won any medals for the country at the Asian Games,” Chatterjee told PTI from Cambodia, where he reached after attending the International Tennis Federation AGM in Vietnam.”We knew why it was being rejected all the time.”Asked why AITA decided to send his entry in June, Chatterjee claimed, “I took a chance since it was a Grand Slam. It’s like winning a world championship. So, we thought let’s send it now.”Points are given for winning medals at the World Championship/World Cup, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, Asian Championships (biennial) and Commonwealth championships (biennial) while evaluating the applications by the committee.Bopanna had skipped the Incheon Asian Games along with Somdev Devvarman and veteran Leander Paes as the Coorgi had points to defend on the professional tour.AITA had allowed all senior players to miss the Games even though Sania Mirza decided to turn up for country after initially expressing her wish to skip the continental event.Myneni had won the mixed doubles gold with Sania.The AITA official said he understands Bopanna’s frustration.”I do understand Rohan is disappointed for not getting the award, but it was because he did not meet the criteria for the award in 2016. He should see the criteria before making any comment,” he said.Chatterjee said winning the Grand Slam title at Roland Garros makes him eligible for next year and they will certainly nominate him.”We do feel he now meets the criteria after winning the mixed doubles of the French Open. AITA will again try for him next year,” he said.The selection committee considered performances between January 2013 and December 2016 and Bopanna has achieved some tremendous results in this period but only on the Pro Circuit, not while representing India in a multi-disciplinary events.He reached a career-high rank of three in the world in July 2013 and bagged nine ATP titles, including two Master series (Madrid, 2015 and Monte Carlo, 2017).He finished fourth at the Rio Olympic Games with Sania Mirza in the mixed doubles and that could have given some weightage to his nomination had AITA sent his application.Compared to Bopanna, Myneni may not have been very successful on the Tour but has logged enough points for his medal-winning performances at Incheon Games.Bopanna also chose to congratulate Myneni.”I want to take this platform to congratulate Saketh Myneni on receiving this award. I couldn’t be more proud as I have seen him grow into the player and the man he is today,” Bopanna mentioned in his statement.
Ferrari’s decision to retain Kimi Raikkonen for 2018 came as no surprise to Mexican Sergio Perez, whose hopes of one day joining the Italian team appear to be fading fast.”I was expecting it,” the Force India driver, still in negotiations with his team about next year, told reporters at the Belgian Grand Prix when asked about Ferrari’s announcement earlier in the week.Perez, a former Ferrari academy driver, has made no secret of his desire to join a top team.A move to the Italian outfit would be a dream scenario for Mexican Grand Prix promoters, whose Formula One circuit is named after the late Ferrari drivers Pedro and Ricardo Rodriguez.The 27-year-old, who had a difficult season with McLaren in 2013, has had seven career podium finishes but remains surprisingly under-rated.Ferrari’s decision to retain 2007 world champion Raikkonen, who will be 38 in October, for one more season gives the team breathing space until other top drivers become available at the end of next year.Four-times world champion Sebastian Vettel also looks sure to stay after his contract expires this year, but that has yet to be confirmed.Perez said he expected his own situation to be resolved soon, with his personal sponsors also involved.”Hopefully once we go into Asia, my future is secured. I’m in no hurry, I know that I am in a good position,” he said.”There are a couple of options that we are analysing and trying to get the best one,” he added when asked whether he was looking long-term or for a one-year deal. The last European race of the season is in Italy on September 3.advertisementReuters PhotoPerez was also critical of the yawning gap between the best and the rest in Formula One.”What is frustrating for me is the way the sport is at the moment, with simply a team or two teams being able to compete for the top and then there is a big margin behind,” said the Mexican.”If you are not in those two teams it is very difficult. Then you are in the same position as everyone else around you.”Force India are currently fourth in the championship after 11 races, more than 200 points behind champions Mercedes and Ferrari.
West Ham United midfielder Michail Antonio wants revenge against local rivals Tottenham Hotspur when the two sides meet in the fourth round of the League Cup at Wembley on Wednesday.West Ham, who are currently 16th in the Premier League, lost 3-2 at home last month to their London rivals.Third-placed Spurs are playing their home matches at Wembley as their new stadium is under construction.”It’s a massive game,” Antonio added. “Even if it wasn’t at Wembley, it would be a massive game…”Especially after they beat us at home, we need to go there and beat them at their home. We’ve got to steady our minds, go there and perform for the fans.”Antonio last played at the national stadium in 2010 when he scored for former club Southampton in their 4-1 victory over Carlisle United in the EFL Trophy final.”It’s Wembley. As much as they are playing home games there all season, it’s Wembley so it’s exciting for any team that goes there,” the 27-year-old told the club’s website.”There are going to be loads of players who have not had the opportunity to play there, who will now get the opportunity to play there. People are going to turn up and want to perform there because it is a historic ground.”Scoring a goal at the historic Wembley Stadium was just unbelievable… I’d love to do it again on Wednesday night!”West Ham will return to league action when they travel to bottom side Crystal Palace on Saturday.advertisement
The show that Tiger Woods put on last week in his latest comeback from injury was enough to convince a pair of major winners that he may still be able to triumph in golf’s blue riband events.Woods swung freely and with no sign of back pain at the Hero World Challenge, finishing tied for ninth in the 18-man exhibition which featured eight of the world’s top 10 golfers.Mark Calcavecchia saw enough to know it would be foolish to write off the former world number one.”His name is Tiger Woods after all. You don’t just forget that he has won 14 majors and 79 (PGA Tour) tournaments,” the former British Open winner told a conference call to promote the Diamond Resorts Invitational.”I watched most of last week and I was very impressed with a lot of things. He’s going at it full speed, he’s certainly not holding back trying to protect what we all thought was still going to be a tender back.”Following spinal fusion surgery and a lengthy layoff, Woods arrived at the Bahamas event ranked 1,199th but after posting a 31 on his opening nine holes, his odds to win the U.S. Masters in April dropped to 15-1, according to one Las Vegas bookmaker.In August, he had opened at 100-1 odds to win the year’s first major.Calcavecchia said Woods, who remains four majors behind Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18, would be well served to play in more events than usual to get into a groove.While Woods drove the ball as well as he had in a decade, he was rusty when it came to chipping, but that was no concern for twice U.S. Open winner Lee Janzen.advertisement”Tiger Woods has a variable that is unmeasurable that you can never count him out,” said Janzen.”He always has in his pocket somewhere the ability to do something dramatic and to pull off the right shot at the right time.”His putting looked really good. But if he regains that touch with chipping I would be surprised if he wasn’t in contention in a major.”Woods will turn 42 on December 30 and the competition he faces from the game’s younger players is deeper than in his prime.But just as Nicklaus came out of nowhere to win the 1986 Masters at the age of 46, Janzen felt the same could be in store for Woods.”That is the biggest question, can he win a major now because he is playing against a bunch of Tiger clones, basically,” he said.”All these young guys are playing like he used to play and it isn’t just one of them.”So he has to beat the younger version of himself now and there’s a handful of them, at least.”But just like Jack Nicklaus, when they tried to write him off he showed everybody that he wasn’t done yet.”
Olympic 2016 champions Argentina rode on a penalty corner strike by Gonzalo Peillat to defeat India 1-0 in the semi-finals of the Hockey World League Final at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Friday.Peillat struck a fiery blow to the right corner of the post in the 17th minute to help Argentina enter the final for the first time in the tournament.The South Americans will meet the winner of Saturday’s semi-final between World Cup holders and defending champions Australia and 2008 and 2012 Olympic champions Germany.The loser of the second semi-final will meet India, coached by Dutchman Sjoerd Marijne, in the bronze-medal playoff on Sunday.FT! A tight contest goes the visitors’ way as India lose to @ArgFieldHockey in the Semi Final of the Odisha Men’s #HWL2017 Final in Bhubaneswar on 8th December.#JunoonJeetKa #INDvARG pic.twitter.com/7nYlx0a6FO- Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 8, 2017The match between India and Argentina didn’t live up to expectations due to a wet pitch after heavy rains at the Kalinga Stadium.Carlos Retegui-coached Argentina played with their usual tactic of holding the ball in their own half and look for speedy counter-attack. India were not proactive and did not press the way they should have to counter Argentina in their own half. They also employed long-range balls due to the heavy pitch.One one such moment, Matias Parades found the foot of an Indian defender, resulting in a penalty corner from which Peillat scored.Final del 2 cuarto y entretiempo en la SEMIFINAL en Bhubaneswar. India ???? 0 – #LosLeones ???? 1 (17′ Peillat) #HWL2017 pic.twitter.com/1HKRXwrjJjadvertisement- ARG Field Hockey (@ArgFieldHockey) December 8, 2017Afterwards, India showed some urgency and Akashdeep Singh earned a penalty corner but Rupinder Pal singh’s strike was not good enough to beat Argentine custodian Juan Manuel Vivaldi.Threat always loomed large as India kept sending many men to attack, with Argentina’s counter-attack always a probability.Meanwhile, Mandeep Singh failed to meet a cross from Akashdeep inside the box with Vivaldi alone.It required some creativity to break down Argentine defensive set-up. But as the match moved towards the later stage, they became more determined. Even though India removed their goalkeeper Suraj Karkera to have an extra field player but Argentina stood tall to seal passage to the final on Sunday.Earlier in the day, the Netherlands beat England 1-0 in the classification match for the 7th/8th position. Mirco Pruijser marked his red-hot form with a field goal in the 42nd minute for his fifth goal of the campaign.
Transsion Holdings-owned Infinix made its debut in India nearly three months ago with a couple of budget smartphones. Now, the company has launched its first mid-range handset in the country with the Zero 5 and Zero 5 Pro. Both are essentially the same and only vary in storage. They highlight a premium metal finish, dual rear cameras and a big front-facing camera, among other things. The Zero 5 is priced at Rs 17,999 while the Zero 5 Pro will retail at Rs 19,999. The smartphones will go on sale on Flipkart starting November 22 at 12pm and will be available in Champagne Gold, Sandstone Black and Bordeaux Red for the former, and in Bronze Gold Black colour for the Pro variant.The Infinix Zero 5 is a pretty big phone that goes big under-the-hood as well. It sports a 5.98-inch FHD 1080p display and has a metal unibody build. It is powered by a MediaTek P25 MT6757 professor coupled with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The Zero 5 Pro has a higher storage of 128GB. In terms of design, the smartphone borrows elements from Huawei’s P9 with a black band on the rear where the cameras and LED light are placed. The fingerprint sensor can be seen just below the band.Also Read: Infinix Zero 5 quick review: Big on screen, big on battery, big on dual camerasOne of the biggest highlights of the Infinix Zero 5 is its cameras. The dual cameras on the back comprise of a 12-megapixel wide angle lens and a 13-megapixel telephoto lens. The rear camera system lets you capture depth-of-field or bokeh shots and they also support pro mode and 2x optical zoom. The front-facing camera rocks a 16-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture and support for beauty mode and portrait mode.advertisementThe dual-SIM Infinix Zero 5 runs on the company’s own XOS 3.0 Hummingbird based on Android 7.0 Nougat. Infinix’s latest in-house OS comes with some improved privacy features and pre-loaded apps like Freezer that lets you offload some apps without having to delete them. There is a dedicated microSD card slot on the left that lets you expand storage for up to 128GB.The Zero 5 is fitted with a 4350mAh battery that comes with a fast charge support and can be charged via the USB Type-C port on the bottom. Connectivity options on board include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, 4G VoLTE, 3.5mm headphone jack, GPS + GLONASS among others. The handset measures 166.38×82.38×7.95mm and weighs around 197 grams.”The Zero series at large, has been our flagship product globally by virtue of its innovative features and validates our R&D prowess. It has witnessed brilliant performance in key global markets such as middle east, Africa, south east Asia and currently contributes approx. 20% value to our product portfolio. India continues to be a significant market for us and now with the launch of our flagship, Zero5 smartphone coupled with our foray into noise cancellation headphones segment would be a vital step in our growth story in India. It will surely help us in becoming a preferred smartphone brand by offering a fuller, better and more integrated experience to our customers, besides ensuring value for money,” Benjamin Jiang, Global Head, Infinix said.
TORONTO — The New York Yankees had never seen this kind of performance from Drew Hutchison before, and it wasn’t much fun for them.Hutchison pitched seven sparkling innings, combining with Aaron Sanchez on a one-hitter, and Jose Bautista homered for the fourth straight game to lead the Toronto Blue Jays over the Yankees 2-0 on Aug. 30.“I felt the best I have all year,” Hutchison said.Mark Teixeira’s fourth-inning double was the only hit allowed by the Blue Jays. Hutchison (9-11) struck out nine and walked two.“It’s tough to get better than he was today,” Toronto Manager John Gibbons said.In four previous starts against New York this season, Hutchison had posted a 7.08 ERA while allowing 24 hits, including three homers, in 20 1-3 innings.“He threw the ball really well,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said. “He’s got some pretty good stuff and today we weren’t able to figure him out.”Yankees catcher Brian McCann said Hutchison’s location was vastly better than in previous meetings. “He put the ball wherever he wanted,” McCann said.Sanchez retired all six batters he faced for his first major league save as the Blue Jays (68-67) improved to 8-17 in August. They avoided falling below .500 for the first time since May 14, when they were 20-21.“It was a big win for us today,” Sanchez said. “Hutch threw one heck of a game and I just happened to be on the end of it.”Bautista hit a two-out, two-run homer off Michael Pineda (3-3) in the first. It’s the second time in his career Bautista has connected in four consecutive games. He also did it from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2, 2009.The homer was Bautista’s 100th at Rogers Centre, making him the fourth Blue Jays player to reach the century mark. Carlos Delgado (175), Vernon Wells (124) and Joe Carter (121) are the others.Hutchison retired his first 11 batters before hitting Carlos Beltran with a pitch in the fourth. Teixeira doubled before McCann was also hit by a pitch to load the bases for Martin Prado, who flied out.“Good swing by Prado,” Girardi said. “He just missed it.”Pineda gave up a season-high seven hits in six innings, losing for the first time since April 23 at Boston. He walked none and struck out three.(IAN HARRISON)TweetPinShare0 Shares
A mediocre Olympiacos (better in the first half) came away with a 0-1 victory against Arouca in Portugal for the first leg of the Europa League Playoff Qualifying Round. The win puts Olympiacos in the driver’s seat to qualify for the Group Stage of the competition before next week’s second leg in Greece. The only goal of the game came from Seba midway through the first half.Olympiacos took control of the match early on as Arouca sat back and “waited” for the Greek Champions. The Erythrolefki kept the possession and pressed in Arouca’s penalty area with Seba and Ideye wasting chances to open the score. The breakthrough came in the 27th minute when a brilliant pass from Cambiasso found Pardo, who played a great ball to Seba and his well-placed tap-in gave Olympiacos 0-1 lead. After a good showing in the first half, Olympiacos took their 0-1 lead into the break.Arouca became more of a threat in the second half as Olympiacos failed to create opportunities to score. Arouca came close to an equalizer with Gonzalez’s solo effort (passed Botia, Figueiras, da Costa) leaving him one-one-one with Kapino, but Olympiacos’ keeper kept the hosts off the board. Olympiacos responded with a chance of their own with Cambiasso missing the target from Seba’s pinpoint cross. Arouca pressed for the equalizer with their final chance coming from a free-kick where Kapino once again denied the hots. The final whistle came with a sigh of relief for the Greek Champions, giving them the clear advantage before next week’s match in Greece.The win will restore some confidence in the team after their disappointing elimination to Hapoel Be’er Sheva in Champions League Qualifying. Additionally, it buys them more time as they continue to “rebuild” their new team for the upcoming SuperLeague and Europa League season. Olympiacos will host Arouca next Thursday to confirm their place in the Europa League Group Stage.Source: AGONAsport.com (Facebook – Instagram)TweetPinShare0 Shares
ATHENS (AP) — Atromitos stayed top of the Greek league with a 2-0 win at Xanthi on Sunday.Amr Warda scored with a free kick after 40 minutes and Nicolas Diguiny made it 2-0 in the 83rd with a lob over the goalkeeper off Dimitris Giannoulis’ corner kick.Atromitos is two points ahead of AEK, which won 1-0 at Panionios. Third-place PAOK, which hosts Asteras on Monday, is four points behind Atromitos.Xanthi is in 10th place.Also, newcomer Lamia beat last-place Platanias 2-0 and Apollon drew 1-1 at Panetolikos.TweetPinShare0 Shares
UDINE, Italy (AP) — Fiorentina captain Davide Astori, a defender who has also been capped by Italy 14 times, has died, the club announced. He was 31.Astori was found in the early hours of Sunday morning in his hotel room in Udine, where the team was staying ahead of an Italian league match.He died in his sleep and was discovered by teammates when he failed to show up for breakfast.“Fiorentina is profoundly shaken that it finds itself forced to announce that its captain Davide Astori has died, hit by a sudden illness,” said a brief statement.“For this terrible and delicate situation, and above all out of respect for his family, we appeal to the sensitivity of everyone.”Fiorentina’s match against Udinese was immediately called off, swiftly followed by Genoa vs. Cagliari, which was scheduled to kick off shortly after the news emerged.The rest of Sunday’s Serie A fixtures were also postponed a short time later.The players in Genoa were warming up on the pitch when they were told of Astori’s death and several walked off in tears. When the match was officially called off a photo of Davide Astori was shown on the giant screen and the fans broke out into a spontaneous standing ovation.Astori’s body has been taken to the Santa Maria della Misericordia Hospital for an autopsy.Astori leaves behind a wife and two-year-old daughter.Tributes from players and clubs have been flooding in on social media.Astori started out in the Milan youth academy but never played a senior match for the Rossoneri, making his Serie A debut with Cagliari in 2008.He spent six years at the Sardinian club before loan spells at Roma and Fiorentina, where he was signed on a permanent basis in 2016.TweetPinShare0 Shares
I subscribed to Make magazine for a year when it first came out but let the subscription lapse as the projects were all over the map. Electronics, mechanical, gardening – there really wasn’t much focus. Perhaps that has changed in the intervening decade.What hasn’t changed is the “maker” movement, which every year seems to gain steam. Some of that is driven by the wide availability of cheap evaluation boards, and even full-blown Linux machines that priced at tens of dollars or less. Back when the first 8 bitters came out the simplest computer costs thousands to build. Today Freescale’s FRDM boards, ST’s Discovery, TI’s MSP430 boards and the like are widely available and cheap to the point of absurdity. Many tools are open source and even pro IDEs that cost thousands are often free for small projects.Want to make something embedded? There’s really no barrier to entry. In fact, you could earn rich rewards by participating in a maker contest.One that looks really cool is the recently-started Make With Ada challenge. Build a cool embedded system using the Ada language and you could win a variety of prizes; the grandest is 5000 Euros. It’s sponsored by AdaCore and runs from now till the end of September.This a deeply-embedded tournament. You have to use a Cortex-M or –R processor.I often hear from readers that, sure, Ada sounds interesting but it doesn’t work on microcontrollers. That simply isn’t true as the runtime has been ported to a number of MCUs and there are ports for various evaluation boards, for example ST’s Discovery series. Get a $20 board and the free GNAT compiler and you’re set to go.But there’s a cooler platform. The $180 Crazyflie nanodrone weighs just 27 g and includes (among other things):STM32F405 main application MCU (Cortex-M4, 168MHz, 192kb SRAM, 1Mb flash)nRF51822 radio and power management MCU (Cortex-M0, 32Mhz, 16kb SRAM, 128kb flash)3 axis gyro3 axis accelerometer3 axis magnetometerhigh precision pressure sensorJust think about this for a minute: two 32-bit computers plus all of those sensors – in a 27 G package. It was about ten minutes ago that a 3-axis gyro needed spinning wheels and weighed a lot. Or a 32-bit computer sucked many amps and couldn’t be lifted by one person.(I asked Seeed for permission to run their picture of the drone but got a baffling response that seemed to imply unpleasant legal action. Check out their web site for details.)The gyro, accelerometer and magnetometer are all provided by a single MPU-9250 chip. These are under a buck in 5000 lots and come in tiny 3 x 3 mm QFN packages.The Crazyflie’s code is written in Ada. Examining it is a great way to build familiarity with the language.The contest’s web site states “The Ada programming language encourages a ‘think first, code later’ discipline that helps produce more readable, reliable and maintainable software.” That’s a noble aspiration. And, we have tons of data that shows that approach leads to more reliable code. And shorter schedules! You can have your cake and eat it too.The contest is for Ada code but that includes anything written in SPARK. SPARK is a subset of Ada. However, it requires the developer to annotate the code, in the comments, with formal notation that describes the engineer’s intent. Free tools parse that with the code to make sure both align.The problem with SPARK is that error rates are so low as to be almost immeasurable. The late Peter Amey said: “In my 10-plus years of using SPARK, I have never needed to use a debuggger. I have become so used to things working the first time that my debugging skills have almost completely atrophied.”Now that’s something to aspire to!(Full disclosure: I’m one of the judges for this competition. And you have no idea how much I’m looking forward to seeing the entries!)Full information is here.Jack G. Ganssle is a lecturer and consultant on embedded development issues. He conducts seminars on embedded systems and helps companies with their embedded challenges, and works as an expert witness on embedded issues. Contact him at . His website is . 2 thoughts on “Make With Ada” Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram ymoy says: June 27, 2016 at 6:38 pm “ADA subset has been available for the AVR for several years:nnhttps://sourceforge.net/projects/avr-ada/” Log in to Reply Continue Reading Previous Want a free copy of ‘A Tour of C++’?Next Secure your data with self-encrypting drives (SEDs) “SPARK annotations are not in comment anymore since 2014. Instead they are in contracts following the Ada syntax, so that they can be both executed during tests, and proved during analysis. That makes them much easier to write and debug!” bpaddock says: Log in to Reply June 30, 2016 at 1:44 pm
Continue Reading Previous Phaedrus Systems: Tracealyzer 4 with new user interface and stunning live viewsNext Mouser: Renesas’ latest versatile, low-power RX130 32-bit MCUs now shipping Microsemi has expanded the third-party intellectual property offerings for its cost-optimized, low power, mid-range PolarFire FPGAs. With new support of artificial intelligence (AI)/machine learning IP and HDMI 2.0b interfaces, the company’s PolarFire device can now be used in industrial artificial intelligence applications which leverage the rich resources in the FPGA, particularly the large quantities of digital signal processor math blocks and embedded RAMs.The newly expanded IP offerings make Microsemi’s PolarFire FPGAs ideal for a wide variety of machine vision applications within the industrial, medical imaging, retail, defense and automotive markets. The HDMI 2.0b IP, available through Microsemi’s collaboration with Bitec, enables displays up to 4K (ultrahigh definition) resolution, which can be used for AI applications such as retail advertising, smart mirror displays as well as traditional display designs like media servers and display walls. Machine learning or AI IP, offered via Microsemi’s collaboration with ASIC Design Services, is a key component for machine vision applications such as sensing objects, enabling applications such as surveillance cameras to detect faces or in retail for targeted advertising, as well as advanced driver assist systems applications allowing automobiles to detect cars, pedestrians or other objects.The low power characteristics of flash-based FPGAs, coupled with Microsemi’s FlashFreeze mode of operation and “instant on” capability, makes PolarFire a compelling platform for AI designs implemented on FPGAs. ASIC Design Services’ solution allows FPGA developers and machine learning experts to bridge the semantic gap between high-level model specification and FPGA design. For customers with limited prior experience, ASIC Design Services provides a full turnkey service including design and deep learning training, accelerating time to market.The new IP cores for PolarFire FPGAs were brought to market by Bitec and ASIC Design Services via Microsemi’s Accelerate Ecosystem.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components
Continue Reading Previous Pickering: updated and lite versions of signal routing, software switch path managerNext EKF: interface for industrial with up to four RS-232 ports EDT Smart Embedded products enable the user to add a modern GUI with high-end graphics and smooth animation to any system without the overhead of a memory and power-hungry operating system. The controller board is integrated with the display as one compact module. It includes all necessary circuits to control the TFT display module, backlight, PCAP and the GUI application.There are 3 modules available: 4.3 inch, 7 inch & 10.1 inch. A custom designed Cover Lens can be added. The Graphic framework is based on TouchGFX and FreeRTOS which gives a high efficiency, low power solution with very little overhead for running the Graphic User Interface. Smart Embedded Display solution is the clear choice due to lower cost of ownership and shorter time to market.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software
Changwon (South Korea), Sep 4 (PTI) Indian shooter Om Prakash Mitharwal picked up his maiden gold medal at the ISSF World Championships, claiming the top honours in the 50m pistol event here Tuesday. The 23-year-old, a bronze-winner in the 10m air pistol and the 50m pistol events of the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast earlier this year, shot a score of 564 to finish on top here. The silver was won by Serbia’s Damir Mikec (562), while the bronze went to local favourite Daemyung Lee (560). The seasoned Jitu Rai, who won a silver medal in the 2014 edition of the tournament, endured disappointment as he finished 17th in the field with a below-par score of 552. The ongoing championship is the first qualifying event for the 2020 Olympics but since 50m pistol is no longer a part of the Games roster, there were no quota places to be sealed. The International Shooting Sport Federation’s (ISSF) premier tournament is offering as many as 60 berths across 15 events. In the team competition of the same category, Mitharwal, Rai and Manjit (532) combined for a fifth-place finish with a total score of 1648. Manjit signed off 56th in the individual field, failing to make the finals along with Rai. The women shooters, who could have sealed Olympic qualification, faltered in the 10m air pistol event. Teen sensation Manu Bhaker, after a medal-less Asian Games campaign, and senior shooter Heena Sidhu were off-colour and both failed to make the finals. Bhaker shot a score of 574 to be 13th, while Sidhu was further down at 29th with a total of 571.advertisement The Indian team finished fourth with Bhaker, Sidhu and Shweta Singh (568) combining for a total of 1713. On Monday, Anjum Moudgil and Apurvi Chandela became the first set of Indian shooters to secure quota places for the Olympics by winning a silver and finishing fourth respectively in the women’s 10m air rifle event. Though the two shooters have secured quotas, as per the stated policy, the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) will take the final call on selection, based on the aggregate scores of shooters (in international tournaments and selection trials) leading up to the Olympic Games. PTI PM PM