Lillard Has 50 and Blazers Oust Thunder in 5 Games

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — After Damian Lillard hit his walk-off 3-pointer to send the Trail Blazers along in the playoffs, he waved goodbye to the Thunder bench.“That was the last word,” he afterward. “That was having the last word.”Lillard finished with a franchise playoff-record 50 points and Portland eliminated Oklahoma City from the postseason in five games with a 118-115 victory on Tuesday night.With the game tied, Lillard dribbled just inside of halfcourt near the Blazers logo and then pulled up and hit the game-winner at the buzzer from 37-feet. After his wave, Lillard was mobbed by his teammates and the crowd chanted “MVP! MVP!”Lillard finished 10 3-pointers, second-most ever in an NBA playoff game.“All of those things that we did to give ourselves a chance to win were huge,” Lillard said. “And my part in it, I think, was probably my most important performance.”Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, center, drives to the basket past Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, right, and center Enes Kanter, left, during the first half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Portland advances to the Western Conference semifinals to face the winner of the series between the Nuggets and San Antonio. Denver won 108-90 earlier in the night to take a 3-2 lead in that series.It was the 12th straight road playoff loss for the Thunder, who have been eliminated in the opening round for three straight seasons.Russell Westbrook had 29 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists for his 10th career playoff triple-double and his second of the series. Paul George added 36 points.“Very, very disappointing. It’s as simple as that,” George said. “We let this one slip away but it is what it is.”Lillard had 34 points in the first half alone — more than Westbrook and George had combined (32) for the Thunder — but the Blazers had just a 61-60 edge going into the second half.The Thunder led 90-88 going into the final quarter. Westbrook hit a 3-pointer to extend the lead while Lillard took a break on the bench.Oklahoma City went up 105-90 with 7:45 left on Dennis Schroder’s pullup jumper as Portland struggled.Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, center, drives to the basket past Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, right, and center Enes Kanter, left, during the first half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Lillard’s 3-pointer pulled the Blazers within 108-103, but Westbrook answered with his own 3. CJ McCollum’s bank shot cut Oklahoma City’s lead to 113-109 with 1:39 left. Maurice Harkless added free throws to get the Blazers within two.McCollum tied it with a jumper with just under a minute left, but George scored on the other end. Lillard’s layup re-tied it then Westbrook missed a layup with 18.3 seconds left to set up Lillard’s epic buzzer beater.“I don’t care what anybody says that’s a bad shot,” George said about Lillard’s 3. “But he made it and that story will be told, but it was a bad shot. You live with it.”McCollum finished with 17 for the Blazers and Enes Kanter had 13 points and 13 rebounds.The Blazers stole one in Oklahoma City, winning 111-98 on Sunday. Westbrook went cold, finishing was 5 of 21 from the field for 14 points. He missed his final 10 shots. Lillard finished with 24, including 15 in the third quarter.Portland was swept in the first round of the playoffs for the past two seasons, last year by New Orleans and the previous year by Golden State.The Blazers last trip to the Western Conference semifinals came in 2016, when they beat the Clippers in the opening round before falling to the Warriors in five games.The Thunder also got knocked out in the opening round for the past two seasons. In 2016, a year after missing the playoffs entirely, they went to the conference finals but lost to Golden State.The Thunder went up 22-12 early, and George made his first six shots from the floor. Oklahoma City held a 37-29 lead at the end of the first quarter, but Lillard led all players with 19 points. McCollum got into foul trouble and headed for the bench.Lillard’s long 30-foot 3-pointer pulled Portland within 43-39. George collected his third foul midway through the quarter after scoring 17 points.Another Lillard 3 closed the gap to 52-50 and the Blazers pulled in front 56-55 with 1:42 to go in the half on Seth Curry’s 3-pointer. The Blazers led 61-60 at the break, led by Lillard with 34 points.Kanter, who became Portland’s starter when Jusuf Nurkic broke his leg late in the season, was clearly having trouble with his left shoulder. He came down hard on it late in the half and cried out in pain but he started the second half.Kanter said afterward the original injury happened in the opening quarter and may be a separation. “We’ll see what happens,” he said, his shoulder wrapped.TIP-INSThunder: OKC coach Billy Donovan knew before the game what the Thunder were up against: “You throw everything you have into this game. It’s a matter of a collectively going out there to play to the best of their ability.” … The Tunder swept the Blazers in four games during the regular season.Trail Blazers: Lillard has had 30-plus points 13 times in the postseason. His effort on Tuesday night surpasses his previous playoff high of 40 set against the Warriors in 2016. … Klay Thompson has the playoff record with 11 3-pointers in a game for the Warriors — also against the Thunder — in 2016. … Portland has won 11 straight at home in the regular season and playoffs. …MORAL SUPPORT: The crowd roared in the final minutes when Nurkic was shown on the video scoreboard, cheering from the Blazers’ bench. It was the first time Nurkic had joined the team in the playoffs.“You guys know it, you felt it in the building when they showed him on the big screen,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “The fact that he showed up — no one knew he was going to show up. I honestly think we fed off that. There was a little good karma when he did show up.”___By ANNE M. PETERSON AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Could lucid dreaming perk-up your productivity?

first_img Continue Reading Previous Early reports from ARM TechConNext Using Simblee Bluetooth to improve one’s sleep Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Solutions Even though we all sleep, we still don’t fully understand what sleep is and what it does. Many believe that sleep enables us to process and store the day’s events. There’s also some evidence that it provides a time for one’s braincells to focus their efforts on general maintenance and the disposal of waste chemicals and molecules.Of course, one aspect of sleep that’s familiar to many of us is that of dreaming. As far as we know, everyone dreams. Some people claim not to dream, but monitoring their brains while they sleep tends to disprove this; it appears that they do indeed dream, but they don’t remember their nocturnal adventures when they wake up.A special sort of dream is a lucid dream in which one is aware that one is dreaming. In addition to being aware, the dreamer may be able to exert some degree of control over their participation within the dream and manipulate their imaginary experiences in the dream environment.Some people have a lot of lucid dreams, while others never experience (or, at least, remember experiencing) any such occurrence. I actually had a lucid dream myself close to 40 years ago as I pen these words. As I discussed in My first Lucid Dream , I spent a night working at an imaginary drawing board trying to capture a cutaway view of a glass factory. The next day, I walked into work and drew the whole thing in a single session, amazing my boss and fellow workers.The reason I mention this here is that I was just on the phone chatting with Craig Weiss, Founder, President, and CEO at Aladdin Dreamer, Inc. Craig was telling me about a Kickstarter project he’s just launched for something called the Aladdin Lucid Dreaming Stimulator.This is a headband that monitors your brainwaves while you are sleeping, knows when you enter the REM (rapid eye movement) sleep level that indicates that you are starting to dream, and then stimulates you with low voltage, low current signals that can guide your brain into a lucid dreaming state.The two key aspects of lucid dreaming are awareness and control. Quite apart from anything else, the International Association for the Study of Dreams estimates that 5 to lO% of adults have nightmares once a month or more frequently. If you are one of this number, what would it be worth to you to be able to recognize that you were in a dreaming state and control events as you wish?(Source: Aladdin Dreamer) Speaking of worth, one Aladdin Lucid Dreaming Stimulator with the associated smartphone app will cost you $299 via this Kickstarter. My knee-jerk reaction when I first saw this was that $299 is quite a lot of money, but as it says on the Kickstarter website: “What would it be worth to you to spend up to two hours a night (that’s five years over the course of an average lifespan) having extraordinary kinds of experiences that are only possible in a dream?” Realizing that some people happily pay more than $300 for a pair of Beats headphones sort of puts this into perspective.Or consider virtual reality (VR). Currently, a PlayStation 4 + PlayStation VR combo will set you back $700. By comparison, a full-on lucid dream puts even the most sophisticated of virtual reality systems to shame.There’s a lot of evidence to suggest that practicing a physical activity in a lucid dream makes you better at that activity in the real world. I used to play the piano when I was younger. I’ve not played for years. I must admit to being tempted to see if a few nights of lucid dreaming would translate into a reawakening (no pun intended) of my skills.Of particular interest to an embedded developer is whether lucid dreaming could improve one’s productivity and perhaps even the safety of the resulting system. As I know from my own lucid dreaming experience, you can get a lot of work done while you are asleep. Suppose you are stuck on some intransigent problem. What if you could set this problem to one side, work on something else, and then return to consider your conundrum and resolve your riddle later that evening while you were asleep?Personally, I would be interested in giving this a whirl. What say you?center_img 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.last_img read more

IAR: Visual State Version 9.1 with updated design and code generation tool

first_imgIAR Systems has launched version 9.1 of the graphical modeling tool IAR Visual State. The new version further speeds up and simplifies development when working in teams.The design and code generation tool IAR Visual State helps developers bring order to their designs and speed up their projects. It is used to graphically design state machines and generate C/C++ source code. With IAR Visual State, developers can speed up time to prototype and shorten time to market. For efficient team work, smart features for organizing and modularizing the design is available. Because the tool is made for embedded systems, it enables developers to use state machines in an easy and intuitive way.Version 9.1 adds a number of functions to improve usability and simplify teamwork. News include functionality for comparing changes between different versions of a design, element files for simplified design modularization, and the possibility to add graphics in notes.IAR Visual State generates very compact code that is compliant with MISRA C/C++ coding standards. The stable code generation engine has gone through 20 years of testing and tweaking, ensuring top-notch code quality. In addition, documentation is generated. The tool is integrated with the complete C/C++ compiler and debugger toolchain IAR Embedded Workbench, enabling you to debug on hardware with graphical animation, set breakpoints at state-machine level and trace and log functionality. An integration with Socionext CGI Studio enables you to create HMI and GUI designs, import graphical artwork and combine sceneries with logic.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Lanner introduces V3 series of fanless, rugged vehicle gateway controllersNext Cypress: Semper NOR Flash meets automotive ISO 26262 functional safetylast_img read more

Vecow debuts 8th gen Intel Coffee Lake fanless embedded system

first_img Continue Reading Previous RIGOL: new vector signal analysis option for RSA5000 series real-time spectrum analyzersNext IoT traffic rises but security remains weak Vecow has released the SPC-5600 Series, a new high-performance fanless embedded system supporting the 8th Gen Intel Core i7/i5/i3 processors, improved performance, power efficiency and cutting edge features yet industrial-grade reliability, bringing ultimate capability for Machine Vision,Vehicle Computing, Smart Manufacturing, In-Vehicle Infotainment, Intelligent Control and any AIoT/Industry 4.0 applications.With the increasing adoption of the Automatic Guided Vehicle (AGV), Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR) in many sectors, a smaller, better performance and rugged embedded computing system is quickly becoming the ideal solution. Vecow SPC-5600 Series is powered by 6-core Intel Core i7/i5/i3 processor running with Intel H310 chipset, which delivers 10% improvement in performance compare to Intel Kaby Lake platform. Furthermore, Vecow SPC-5600 series is designed in a compact size and features 2 SO-DIMM sockets, up to 64GB DDR4 memory, USB 3.1 (5Gbps), PCIe 3.0 (8GT/s), SATA III (6G), GigE LAN (1G), SIM socket for WiFi/4G/3G/LTE/GPRS/UMTS, delivering excellent performance in computing and communications.Featuring DVI and DisplayPort with up to dual independent displays and 4K resolution, Vecow SPC-5600 Series delivers incomparable image recognition and visual computing capability for in-vehicle infotainment and intelligent control. It also provides compact integration with 4 Intel GigE LAN, 4 USB, 4 COM, 2 Mini PCIe and 1 SIM socket.With fanless Aluminum heat-sink design, wide-range operating temperature, EN50155 certified, the SPC-5600 Series not only fulfils the needs for industrial-grade requirements but delivers user friendly manageability like Intel iAMT12.0, TPM2.0, wake on LAN, remote power switch for smart and secure your IoT solutions.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

Football meets philosophy in Kaliningrad, hometown of Kant

first_img\R Kaliningrad, Jun 25 (AP) In Kaliningrad, a Russian outpost sandwiched between Poland, Lithuania and the Baltic Sea, philosophy and football are coming together as fans troop through a small museum dedicated to the World Cup host city and its most famous resident, Immanuel Kant. Players themselves could learn a little from one of history’s great thinkers, Serbia supporter Vojin Lukovic suggested. “To take their time, to analyze things,” he said. “Slow down a bit.” The German philosopher who died in 1804 lived most of his life in Kaliningrad when it was the German city of Koenigsberg. It became part of the Soviet Union after World War II and now serves as an important Russian naval base and is home to a university named for Kant. The philosopher’s simple tomb lies at the rear of an imposing red-brick cathedral that dominates a small island on the walking route between the downtown fan zone and the city’s new stadium that is hosting four World Cup group stage matches. Philosophy and football may sound like strange bedfellows, but Kant’s prominence in Kaliningrad is not the first time the worlds of top sport and deep thought have intersected. French existentialist Albert Camus, himself a talented goalkeeper in his youth, is responsible for perhaps the most famous philosophical comment on football by any intellectual: “All that I know most surely about morality and obligations I owe to football.” Some players, too, have risen to the level of if not quite philosophers then at least deep thinkers.advertisement Books have been written in the Netherlands dedicated to Dutch star Johan Cruyff’s musings on football and life, some of them as hard to follow as one of his mazy runs. “Often, something has to happen before something can happen,” Cruyff once said. Or most Dutch fans’ favorite: “Every disadvantage has its advantage.” Former France and Manchester United midfielder Eric Cantona also was known as a thinker on and off the pitch, once cryptically announcing: “When the seagulls follow the trawler, it’s because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea,” at a press conference in February 1995 after he was handed an eight-month ban for jumping into the stands and kicking a fan. And in a famous sketch on the British comedy show “Monty Python’s Flying Circus,” two teams of philosophers, one German, the other ancient Greek, meet for a match. Kant features as a defender in the German team alongside the likes of Georg Hegel and Arthur Schopenhauer. Greece’s team features thinkers including Plato, Socrates and an “in-form Aristotle” as sweeper. As referee Confucius blows the whistle to start the match all the philosophers ignore the ball and pace around the pitch deep in thought. Greece eventually wins 1-0, thanks to a Socrates header. With time to kill before matches in Kaliningrad, most fans congregate in bars or restaurants or watch earlier matches on the fan zone’s giant screen. Those wishing to soak up a little local history instead of local beer climb the 16th-century spiral stairway behind a heavy wooden door and enter the small museum. A visit doesn’t take long – there are two floors dedicated to a collection of Kant memorabilia including statues, paintings, books, even a carpet bearing his face, a visage also captured in a plaster cast of his death mask illuminated by light pouring through a stained glass window. Many visitors seem to spend more time looking at a scale model of the former Koenigsberg than gazing at copies of Kant’s “Critique of Pure Reason” or other of his books in various languages. The information on most of the exhibits is in only Russian and German. Switzerland fan Christian Rey said he studied a bit of Kant as a student, and although he admitted to having forgotten most of the finer points, he agreed with Lukovic that it could possibly guide football teams. “It can help with thinking and analysis of the game,” Rey said. “If Kant can help Switzerland, it’s OK for me.” (AP) AHAHlast_img read more

‘Not the end of world for Murray,’ says Federer

first_img\R London, Jul 2 (AFP) Roger Federer believes Andy Murray made the right decision to withdraw from Wimbledon, insisting it’s “not the end of the world” for the two-time winner. Murray, 31, pulled out on Sunday, less than 24 hours before the start of the tournament, fearing that his long-standing hip injury would not cope with the rigours of two weeks of five-set tennis. “It must be a tough decision but one he’s taking for his career, and his life as well,” said eight-time Wimbledon champion Federer. “I think it’s probably a wise decision. He would give everything to play here and that’s why it hurts.” Murray, the 2013 and 2016 Wimbledon winner, had only just returned to action after 11 months on the sidelines due to a hip injury that needed surgery in January. He originally suffered the setback in a five-set loss to Sam Querrey in the quarter-finals at the All England Club last July. “It’s with regret I’m withdrawing from Wimbledon,” Murray, who played just three matches in his comeback, said in a statement. “I’ve made significant progress in practice and matches over the last 10 days but, after lengthy discussions with my team and with a heavy heart, we’ve decided that playing best-of-five-set matches might be a bit too soon in the recovery process.” Murray, whose ranking is down to 156, will now turn his attention to the American hard-court season that culminates in the US Open. He is next scheduled to play in Washington beginning on July 30. “We did everything we could to try to be ready in time. I will start practising on the hard courts and continuing with my rehab and recovery and I’m looking forward to the US hard-court season,” Murray added.advertisement – ‘Sad he’s not playing’ – ========================== Federer believes it would be foolish to write off Murray as a major force in the sport. “If you’re just not feeling it in the morning to walk out there and play best-of-five a few times in a row, what’s the point? You’re only going to have a setback and then everybody’s even more unhappy,” said the defending champion who begins his bid for a ninth title at Wimbledon later Monday against Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic. “I’m sad that he’s not playing Wimbledon. It’s a big loss. He’s one of the big guys here. “It’s not the end of the world and we all hope he’s going to come back stronger and win some epic battles on centre court again.” Murray, who was due to face France’s Benoit Paire in the first round, signed off on his statement by saying: “If anyone needs a coach over the next couple weeks give me buzz!” German fourth seed Alexander Zverev, who has yet to get past the last 16 at Wimbledon, was among the first to seek out Murray’s expertise. “If you’ve got nothing better to do the next two weeks and feel like coaching hit me up,” he wrote on Instagram. Nick Kyrgios, who beat Murray in his comeback match at Queen’s last month, added: “Let’s make it happen. I know you like a challenge.” US Open women’s champion Sloane Stephens joined in, writing: “As you know, my coach is always asleep!!!! We need help!!!! Warm up is at 10:30, court 5 — see you there?” Murray’s place in the draw goes to Jason Jung of Taiwan, the world number 154 who has just one win on the main tour in 2018. The American-born 29-year-old has never played a main draw match at the Slams. (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more

America lucky I didn’t come 10 years ago, would have become President: Ibrahimovic

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic has grabbed headlines yet again but not for scoring a spectacular goal, like he usually does, but for his comments, the other thing that he is extremely famous for.The Swedish superstar moved to the Major League Soccer in the United States of America earlier this year and has already taken the league by storm. He currently plays for LA Galaxy – signing a day after Manchester United released him from his contract.Since the move, Ibrahimovic has scored 12 goals in his first 15 games while also providing two assists. The now 36-year-old Ibrahimovic trails the MLS’s leading goal scorer, Atlanta’s Josef Martinez (who has 22) by just 10 goals, having played seven fewer matches.When Ibrahimovic was asked how he has changed America’s football culture, he said, “I don’t know if I have changed, I just keep doing my job. They are lucky I didn’t come 10 years ago because I would have been President today.”While Ibrahimovic’s comment may sound spectacular like he almost always does, it is not possible as only an American citizen or someone born on US soil or an overseas territory of the country can become the President of the United States of America.In an earlier interview with CNN back in 2016, incidentally before Donald Trump became President, Ibrahimovic was asked to finish the sentence: “Donald Trump is…”Ibrahimovic replied with, “I don’t care.”On Monday, Ibrahimovic paid a visit to Manchester United’s pre-season preparations in Los Angeles. He attended the open training session at UCLA and later, while speaking to the reporters, he said he was impressed by what he saw.advertisement”I’ve been watching United train and I see a lot of quality — not quality like me, but it’s okay,” Ibrahimovic posted on Instagram.”Great to see the guys again, and to see them happy. Be ready for this season because something special will happen. The boss has something going on so we’ll keep that a secret.”Good luck and I wish you all the best.”last_img read more

Rogers Cup: Stefanos Tsitsipas stuns Kevin Anderson to reach final

first_imgGreek teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas has continued to enjoy his dream run as he stunned another top-10 player to reach the final of the Rogers Cup in Toronto.Tsitsipas saved a match point to defeat big-serving South African Kevin Anderson 6-7(4) 6-4 7-6(7) in a thrilling semi-final on Saturday.It was the world number 27’s fourth consecutive win over a top-10 opponent at the tournament. Tsitsipas dispatched Dominic Thiem, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev in the previous three rounds before battling back to send the Wimbledon runner-up packing on a sun-soaked day in Toronto.Tsitsipas dropped his racket and screamed in front of a frenzied crowd after world number six Anderson sent a backhand long on match point.That feeling you get when you reach the biggest final of your young career. @StefTsitsipas #RogersCup Cup (@rogerscup) August 11, 2018Tsitsipas will play his first ATP Masters 1000 final on his 20th birthday on Sunday against either Rafael Nadal or Karen Khachanov, who will play their semi-final match later on Saturday.”It never gets easier. You just get better,” Tsitsipas wrote on a camera after the match.Fourth seed Anderson was unable to break Tsitsipas’ serve on any of his four opportunities and saw his lone match point opportunity vanish when Tsitsipas smoked a backhand crosscourt winner in the third set tiebreak.Tsitsipas, who stood well back of the baseline when receiving Anderson’s blistering serves, managed the only service break of the game in the third game of the second set with an overhead smash.advertisementTsitsipas in press: Four wins against Top 10 players. I would never imagine I would pull this out in a single tournament.Says the crowd pulled him through the tough moments, felt like a Davis Cup atmosphere. #RogersCup Cup (@rogerscup) August 11, 2018With the win, Tsitsipas is projected to climb to at least number 15 when the new rankings are released on Monday.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

I like motivating songs: Daler Mehndi

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 17 (PTI) Music is considered a binding factor in movies, especially in biographical dramas, where Daler Mehndi has created a unique space for himself.The veteran singer, who has sung the title tracks of ‘Rang De Basanti’, ‘Dangal’, ‘Mirzya’, ‘Baahubali’ and most recently Akshay Kumar’s ‘Gold’, says directors and actors demand his voice for such projects.Penned by veteran Javed Akhtar, ‘Ghar Layenge Gold’ is composed by Sachin-Jigar and aptly presents the film’s protagonist’s dream to win a gold medal at the Olympic.”I believe that my positive thinking, which I maintain all the time, gets translated into the song as well. Whatever is positive inside comes outside. It gets transformed into the voice, thoughts and this is what the people also feel about my other songs, Mehndi told PTI.This year, the Punjab-born singer had also lent his voice to a track for “Soorma”, another hockey biopic.”There are two films about hockey this year. I feel happy that whenever there is a talk of motivation, then producers, director and actors specially demand that they want Daler Mehndi to sing the title song. So I feel very happy about this,” he said.Mehndi, 50, said he always asks for lyrics before taking up a new song.”I demand the lyrics first so that I can look at the words and tune to make my mind. Also, if there is a positive and motivational message in the song, then I would surely do it.”I am pretty sure that this song will be played at the schools, tournaments and events, everywhere. It is not a sport specific song. For providing motivation, it will be played everywhere,” he said.advertisementHis fans will also get to hear him in “Happy Phir Bhaag Jayegi”, the sequel to 2016 sleeper hit “Happy Bhaag Jayegi”.”I have earlier collaborated with my friends Samir Sen and Dileep Sen for ‘Oye Hoye Ki Kudiyan Shehar Diyan’. Samir’s son Sohail Sen has composed the music for the film and he asked me specially to sing the track. He said, ‘We made the track keeping you in mind’. There is a joy in the song,” he said. PTI RB BKBKlast_img read more

SC notice to govt on plea for inclusion of sports in education curriculum

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 20 (PTI) The Supreme Court today sought responses from the Centre and all states and union territories on a plea seeking to include sports as a part of the educational curriculum from elementary to higher education.The direction came on a plea filed by Kanishka Pandey, a final year law student, saying “children’s talent and sports aptitude should be tested from the elementary school days itself so that the talent can be improved and developed through training and education”.A bench of Justices S A Bobde and L Nageswara Rao issued notices to the Centre, the states and the UTs and sought their responses in four weeks.The plea, filed through advocates Anjani Kumar Mishra and Rajeev Kumar Dubey,said education and sports were inseparable and if academic education coupled with sports and its values was imparted, it will surely develop better human tenets among children.”Children will be able to cope with prevailing challenges and life pressures in modern world and their confidence and patience level will also be strong through sports activities and competition involved in sports,” it said.The petitioner sought directions to the Centre to take steps to include sports among the fundamental rights and form an independent ‘Ministry of Education, Sports and Youth Empowerment’ at both Union and State levels.It said that directions should be issued to the Union and State governments to make suitable amendments in their academic and sports education policies to promote sports at all levels of education.”Most of the foreign countries winning gold medals in Olympics and World championships are from Universities and Colleges of those countries, but in India this average is almost nil because of least efforts made by the educational Institutions of the Country,” the petition said.advertisementThe plea also pointed to the lack of proper sports facilities and play grounds at village and school levels which is one of the principal reasons for the failure to develop good players. It also sought grant of sufficient funding at the Union as well as State level budgets for the sports. PTI MNL URD ARC ARClast_img read more

India-Pakistan friendship blossoms on foreign shores at Asian Games 2018

first_imgSporting events like the ongoing Asian Games provide an unique stage for athletes from India and Pakistan mingle freely and even cheer for each other, especially given the current diplomatic hostilities between the two neighboring countries.Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharma won gold for India in the men’s doubles tennis, but they found the support of the Pakistani tennis contingent during the semifinal round at the Jakabaring Tennis Center.Pakistani players were seen making a beeline for a picture with Bopanna, who reached a Grand Slam final with Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi back in 2010.The Bopanna-Qureshi pair used to called the ‘Peace Express’ for never missing a chance to stress on the need for peace between the two nations.”I have played some of the best tennis of my life in India, made great friends there, especially Delhi. I remain in constant touch with them. Whenever I played in Delhi, it was like home away from home,” Pakistan tennis veteran Aqil Khan, who won a host of ITF Futures titles in India between 2000 and 2010, told PTI.”I have also been to Hyderabad, loved the food there. It is exactly what I eat in Karachi. Delhi is the place I miss the most. After matches at DLTA, we used to go out to eat in places like Green Park and South Ex.”It was as if I was playing in my own city,” said the 38-year-old, whose last of the many memorable visits to India came during the 2010 Commonwealth Games.Khan is in the twilight of his long career but like him, the Pakistani youngsters, including Muhammad Abid and Muzammil Murtaza, would love to play in India “if they get the visa”.advertisement The same warmth between the athletes of two countries was visible at the shooting range, where India has had a productive campaign so far.Pistol shooter Ghulam Mustafa Bashir, who qualified for the Rio Olympics, says it is only natural that they get along well with their Indian counterparts.”There is instant connection with the Indians. We speak the same language so there is not even a language barrier which we might face with shooter of other countries. We are always friendly with each other,” the 31-year-old Bashir told PTI.He often discusses his game with India pistol coach Jaspal Rana, a four-time gold medallist at the Asian Games.”We talk about shooting and we talk about other things also,” added Bashir, who is a marine in Pakistan Navy.But there are times, when one has to be careful, especially in the shooting fraternity.”Most of the shooters in Pakistan come from the defence forces. We get along well but you have to maintain a distance. Otherwise, there are no issues. I remember going to Karachi once. We were treated very nicely,” said Rana.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Realme teases launch of a new smartphone in September, could be Realme 2 Pro

first_imgOppo sub-brand Realme launched the successor to the Realme 1 aka the Realme 2 in India on Tuesday. Realme has always been focused on bringing budget segment phones, and the Realme 2 is no exception. The Realme 2 has been launched in the country for a starting price of Rs 8,990 for the 3GB/32GB storage version. The 4GB/ 64GB storage model has been priced at Rs 10,990. In just a few hours of the launch of the Realme 2, the company teased to launch another phone in September.Although the company hasn’t revealed any details about the upcoming Realme phone, chances are it could be the Realme 2 Pro. The teaser posted by the company on its social media platform notes – “One more thing. 2 surprise you in September”. In the teaser (see below), the company has highlighted words like “2” “Pro” which hints at the Realme 2 Pro. The teaser doesn’t reveal any details about the phone, but considering it’s a Pro version, it could the upgraded version of the Realme 2 and also cost more.If you thought this was it, think again. We have another surprise up our sleeve. #StayTuned (@realmemobiles) August 28, 2018The Realme 2 comes with a 6.2-inch HD+ display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood, the smartphone comes with an octa-core Snapdragon 450 chipset with Adreno 506 GPU paired with 3GB/4GB RAM and 32GB/64GB storage. Both the storage memory will be expandable via microSD card up to 256GB. On the software front, the Realme 2 will run on Android 8.1 Oreo-based ColorOS 5.1.advertisementThe Realme 2 sport a dual camera setup on the back consisting of a primary sensor of 13-megapixel primary sensor and a secondary sensor of 2-megapixel. On the front, the Realme 2 comes with an 8-megapixel sensor just as the Realme 1. The Realme 2 comes packed with a massive 4,230mAh battery – which as the company claims to deliver an all-day battery life.The Realme 2 will go on sale for the first time in India on September 4 exclusively on Flipkart.To know about the Realme 2, read our review.last_img read more

Virat Kohli first cricketer to win all 3 ICC Awards after sensational year in Tests and ODIs

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli has once again bagged all the top honours at the ICC Awards 2017-18.Kohli has completed the hat-trick after being adjudged the ODI Cricketer of the Year, the Test Cricketer of the Year and the 2018 Cricketer of the Year after yet another stellar performance in international cricket.The 30-year-old finished as the highest scorer in Test cricket in 2018 with 1322 runs in 13 matches at an average of 55.08 with five hundreds and as many half-centuries while also finishing on top of the ODI runs tally with 1202 runs in 14 ODIs at 133.55 with six centuries.Kohli, who was the ODI Cricketer of the Year and Cricketer of the Year last year, was named the captain of both the Test Team and ODI Team of the Year for the second year in a row as well.@imvKohli has been named ICC Men’s Test Cricketer of the Year for the first time!He was the top run-scorer in Tests with 1,322 runs at an average of 55.08, with centuries in each of South Africa, England, India and Australia. (@ICC) January 22, 2019This is the second time in succession that he was named ODI Cricketer of the Year and Cricketer of the year while this is the first time he has bagged the Test Cricketer of the Year award.37 matches, 47 innings.2,735 runs at an average of 68.37.11 centuries, 9 fifties.What a year for @imvKohli! He wins the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Year 2018! (@ICC) January 22, 2019Last year Kohli had finished as the highest ODI scorer, collecting 1460 runs from 26 matches including six hundreds. He was also one of the leading scorers in Tests, accumulating 1059 runs from 10 matches including five hundreds.Not only for the amount of runs, but Kohli was also rewarded for the way he captained Team India in both Tests and one-dayers in 2018. Kohli became the only Asian captain to win a Test match in South Africa (Johannesburg), England (Nottingham) and Australia (Adelaide & Melbourne) in the same calendar year (2018).With India’s 2-1 triumph in the Border-Gavaskar series, Kohli also became the first Indian captain to win a Test series in Australia in 71 years. India also bagged the ODI series 2-1 which was another first for the country in an ODI bilateral series Down Under.Kohli, along with Jasprit Bumrah, were the only two cricketers to feature in the Test and ODI teams of the Year. Rishabh Pant was also named in the Test side while India vice-captain Rohit Sharma, Kohli, Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav made it to the ODI side.Wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant was adjudged Men’s Emerging Cricketer of the Year while Aaron Finch’s record-breaking innings of 172 off 76 balls against Zimbabwe in Harare was adjudged as the ICC Men’s T20I Performance of the Year 2018.Congratulations to @RishabPant777, the ICC Men’s Emerging Cricketer of the Year 2018!He became the first Indian wicket-keeper to score a Test century in England, and equalled the record for the most catches taken in a Test, with 11 in Adelaide in December.#ICCAwards (@ICC) January 22, 2019The ICC Spirit of Cricket Award 2018 went to Kane Williamson,”For continuing to be a shining role model of how our game should be played, his behaviour setting an outstanding example on and off the field.”Sri Lanka umpire Kumar Dharmasena bagged the David Shepherd Trophy for the ICC Umpire of the Year 2018 while Scotland’s Calum McLeod was named the ICC Associate Cricketer of the Year 2018.Congratulations to @dharmasena_k who wins the David Shepherd Trophy for the ICC Umpire of the Year 2018!It is the second time he has received the prize, first picking up the award in 2012. (@ICC) January 22, 2019Australian limited-overs captain Aaron Finch’s 76-ball 172 against Zimbabwe is Harare last year was adjudged ICC Men’s T20I Performance of the Year 2018.Apart from India, three players have made it to the Test side from New Zealand while Dimuth Karunaratne and Mohammad Abbas remain the only ones from Sri Lanka and Pakistan.West Indies, South Africa and Australia have been represented by Jason Holder, Kagiso Rabada and Nathan Lyon, respectively. The Aussie offie is the lone spinner in the squad.ICC Test Team of the Year 2017-18: Tom Latham (NZ), Dimuth Karunaratne (SL), Kane Williamson (NZ), Virat Kohli (captain) (IND), Henry Nicholls (NZ), Rishabh Pant (IND), Jason Holder (WI), Kagiso Rabada (SA), Nathan Lyon (Aus), Jasprit Bumrah (IND), Mohammad Abbas (PAK).advertisementCongratulations to the ICC Test Team of the Year 2018!@Tomlatham2@IamDimuthKane Williamson@imVkohli (c)@HenryNicholls27@RishabPant777@Jaseholder98@KagisoRabada25@NathLyon421@Jaspritbumrah93@Mohmmadabbas111 (@ICC) January 22, 2019Besides the four Indians, England is being represented by the same number of players in the one-day side.ICC ODI Team of the Year 2017-18: Rohit Sharma (IND), Jonny Bairstow (ENG), Virat Kohli (captain) (IND), Joe Root (ENG), Ross Taylor (NZ), Jos Buttler (wicketkeeper) (ENG), Ben Stokes (ENG), Mustafizur Rahman (BAN), Rashid Khan (AFG), Kuldeep Yadav (IND), Jasprit Bumrah (IND).Presenting the ICC Men’s ODI Team of the Year 2018!@ImRo45@jbairstow21@imVkohli (c)@root66@RossLTaylor@josbuttler (wk)@benstokes38@Mustafiz90@rashidkhan_19@imkuldeep18@Jaspritbumrah93 (@ICC) January 22, 2019last_img read more

IPL 2019: Clash of the Titans as Mumbai Indians host Chennai Super Kings

first_imgIt’s the second Wednesday of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 and a potential blockbuster is on the cards. Two of the most successful teams in IPL — Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings are meeting at the iconic Wankhede Stadium.CSK and MI are at the opposite ends of IPL 2019 points table as the two teams are gearing up to play their fourth matches. MS Dhoni’s men have headed to Mumbai on the back of three successive wins while Mumbai have lost two in three. After an eight-wicket thrashing against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali, MI are hoping to return to winning ways after a three-day break.The clash between the three-time champions usually creates a lot of buzz and Wednesday’s clash is no different. Chennai Super Kings off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who is gearing up to face his former club, has likened the duel between the two teams to India-Pakistan clashes. On the other hand, Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma has said he could get the feel of an El Clasico when his team faces off against Dhoni’s men.The Tiki-Taka before the El Clasico! #WhistlePodu #Yellove #MIvCSK @DJBravo47 @tommysimsek Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) April 3, 2019Ahead of the Match 15 of IPL 2019, here’s a look at some of the interesting numbers involving CSK and MI.First things first, Chennai Super Kings have a head-to-head record of 13-11 against Mumbai Indians — their worst in IPL. Recent history also doesn’t favour CSK as they have lost four of their last five meetings to MI.advertisementHowever, CSK can take confidence from the thrilling win that got their IPL 2018 season going. Returning from a two-year suspension, Chennai clinched a one-wicket win in the last-ball thriller at the Wankhede Stadium.Mumbai Indians though will keen on getting two points on the board as a win would make them the first team in IPL to win 100 matches (including a Super Over win). CSK are second on the list of most wins by an IPL team with 93 wins.Meanwhile, an array of individual records are also up for grabs in Wednesday’s encounter.Dwayne Bravo, who will also be facing his former club, needs one more wicket to become the first bowler to collect 100 wickets for Chennai Super Kings.On the other hand, Suresh Raina needs only one catch to become the first player in IPL history to take 100 catches. Raina’s CSK teammate Harbhajan Singh is bidding to become the third bowler after Lasith Malinga (Wankhede) and Amit Mishra (Feroz Shah Kotla) to pick up 50 wickets at a venue.Also Read | Virat Kohli as captain of India and RCB: 7 successive losses since March 8Also Read | IPL 2019: Ajinkya Rahane relieved to get points on board after RR beat RCB for first winAlso See:last_img read more

Australia 2019 ICC World Cup squad to draw inspiration at World War One battle site

first_imgAustralia’s World Cup squad will stop at Gallipoli in Turkey on the way to England to draw inspiration at the World War One battle site where thousands of Australian soldiers died in the ill-fated campaign.The stopover comes nearly a year after Australia coach Justin Langer took his squad on a Western Front tour of historic WWI sites in France and Belgium.”We took the boys to the Western Front last year on the way to England and we’ve had a theme ‘From Lille to Lord’s’ ever since, with the World Cup final at Lord’s on July 14,” Langer told local radio station SEN.”It’s very sobering, and it was an incredible life experience for the boys, and also it gelled the team together with different experiences and interpretations of our history.”Where we are right now, on the way to England for a long campaign representing our country, hopefully (Gallipoli) will be a real catalyst for gelling together and success.”Some 8,700 Australians were among the more than 56,000 Allied soldiers killed in the eight-month Gallipoli campaign which was intended to open up access to the Black Sea for Allied navies but ended up a bloody stalemate against Turkish forces.While the battle was an unmitigated failure, the sacrifices of Australian and New Zealand troops became ingrained in the national identity of both countries.It will be the first trip to Gallipoli by the national cricket team since Steve Waugh led his side there in 2001 ahead of winning the Ashes against England.advertisementLanger was part of the 2001 Ashes victory but missed the Gallipoli trip as he was not part of the one-day squad that preceded the test series. He said it was “one of the regrets of (his) career”.Waugh wrote in his 2005 book “Out of My Comfort Zone” that the visit had a “profound effect” on his squad before they went on to dominate the one-day series and Ashes.Aaron Finch’s Australia wrapped up a three-match series of unofficial World Cup warmups against a depleted New Zealand side with a five-wicket win in Brisbane on Friday.Former captain Steve Smith, back in Australian colours after a 12-month ball-tampering ban, scored 91 not out in an encouraging performance before England but also threw a scare through the camp.When running for a single in the 32nd over, his outstretched bat dug into the turf on the edge of the wicket and appeared to jar the right elbow which underwent surgery earlier in the year.Although in discomfort, Smith was given extra strapping by the team doctor and batted on.After Gallipoli, Australia head to England where they have arranged an unofficial practice match with West Indies on May 22, ahead of sanctioned World Cup warmups against England on May 25 and Sri Lanka on May 27.Australia’s World Cup opener is against Afghanistan on July 1 in Bristol.Also Read | Steve Smith hits unbeaten 91 as Australia XI beat New Zealand XIAlso Read | How good is this kid: Justin Langer impressed by Steve Smith’s Australia returnlast_img read more

Andy Bichel feels Indian leg spinners give them edge over Aussies

first_imgWorld Cup carries a lot of importance for any cricketing nation as the entire cycle of a team is built around the quadrennial event. And no one understands that better than former Aussie cricketer Andy Bichel, who lost his spot to Tom Moody in 1999 squad to only to get it back in 2003 to lift the glittering trophy in South Africa.While his team is again among the favourites at the World Cup with the likes of India and England, the 48-year-old pacer gives the edge to the Virat Kohli & side over Australia for having better wrist spinners — in Kuldeep Yadav and Yiuzvendra Chahal in the event, which is starting in the United Kingdom from May 30.We (Australia) barely have one wrist spinner in our squad, which is a disadvantage as they are more dangerous especially against a new batter in the middle overs, the 48-year-old retired pacer told Mail Today.The former World Cup winner pointed out that Indian middle-order batsmen take time to settle in and if Aussies can’t exploit that using their wrist spinner Adam Zampa (while off-spinner Nathan Lyon is the other tweaker in the side) then the side will be in trouble.The biggest challenge for Australia will be to pick wickets in the middle overs and expose the new batter to the wrist spinners, who can move it both ways. A top middle-order batsman like MS Dhoni takes time to on the crease to set and a wrist spinner can unsettle him by turning it both ways. If Australia can’t do that then India will have a little edge over us, he explained.advertisementBichel, who also suggested that Virat Kohli should bat on number four to solve the pertaining middle-order issue, believes India have an an uphill task in their hand at the beginning of the World Cup given they face likes of South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Pakistan respectively from the word go and they can’t relax after that since there are next to no minnows in the 10-team tournamentThere are not so many minnows team to get confidence (through an easy win). For India, the situation is especially tricky as they play some tough games early in the tournament and after that, they might get to relax a bit but those teams can gain momentum by then and make things tougher for them, said the blazing Aussie pacer who took 16 wickets at the 2003 World Cup.Bichel also pointed out that while a lot has been said about the flat pitches at the tournament, teams should be prepared to face unpredictable English weather which changes its mood in no time. Bichel’s argument draws strength from the fact that the last time England hosted a World Cup (in 1999), the tournament saw few matches being delayed due to rain.We are going to see some conditions in England throughout this tournament. Many teams lost in England when they were looking down (pitch) when they should have been looking up (weather). It may very well go down to a situation when you lose a match after losing the toss.Over the two-month period, there are going to be few overcast nights. I think that’s going to be challenging for many teams to get their balance right throughout the tournament in varied conditions, said the cricketer.last_img read more

MS Dhoni gloves row: ICC should apologise to Dhoni and all of India, says Sreesanth

first_imgS Sreesanth wants the International Cricket Council (ICC) to apologize to MS Dhoni and all of India after the world governing body objected to the Army crest on Dhoni’s wicketkeeping gloves.On Wednesday during India’s opening World Cup 2019 match against South Africa, MS Dhoni had sported an army badge on his gloves. The ICC then asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to remove the insignia from the gloves. The ICC statement sparked off a controversy with a Pakistan minister taking a dig at Dhoni. Within hours, Indian fans were outraged over the ICC’s stance.Meanwhile, BCCI asked the ICC to reconsider its decision and threw its weight behind MS Dhoni. India will play their next World Cup game against Australia at The Oval on June 9 and as things stand now, the ICC will not allow Dhoni to wear the gloves with the army crest on them.This is the Para Special Forces insignia. Sources say what is seen on Dhoni’s gloves only resembles it, can’t say it’s the the real one. The special forces insignia is always in moron background and has balidan written in Devanagiri script. The badge always worn on the chest Bhalla (@AbhishekBhalla7) June 7, 2019S Sreesanth is among a host of sporting figures in India to react to the ICC vs Dhoni row. Speaking to India Today, Sreesanth said: “ICC should be apologizing not just to MS Dhoni but the entire country. This is not the way to dictate terms with the country that is literally ruling Indian cricket.advertisement”With Dhoni being an honorary lieutenant colonel with the parachute regiment, we all know how patriotic that man is. He single-handedly wins matches for India.”Dhoni has not just won 1 but 2 World Cups. He represents India in every part of the world. I am sure that the people of the country will back MS Dhoni. I am very confident that ICC should withdraw the letter and apologize to the entire country.”We all are so proud of Dhoni. Can’t express how proud I am feeling after seeing Dhoni play with the gloves.”In fact, he should be wearing the same gloves and winning the World Cup,” Sreesanth said.Manoj Tiwary backs MS DhoniMeanwhile, India cricketer Manoj Tiwary said he did not see what the problem was with Dhoni’s gloves.”I don’t see any problem in it because there have been so many instances where different types of caps were worn. There was no issue at that time,” Tiwary told India Today. “When someone is showing their love and respect towards something, it should be not taken in a different way.”Also Read | World Cup 2019: Fans furious after ICC asks MS Dhoni to remove Army crest from glovesAlso Read | World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni wanted to honour the Army, says former coach on Balidaan badge rowAlso Seelast_img read more

Roger Federer defeats David Goffin to win record 10th Halle Open title

first_imgRoger Federer warmed up for next month’s Wimbledon championships by swatting aside David Goffin 7-6(2) 6-1 to win the Halle Open title for the 10th time on Sunday.The Swiss fired seven aces and broke Goffin’s serve three times to down his Belgian opponent in 83 minutes for his 102nd tour-level title that moved him to within seven of Jimmy Connors’ record.It was also the 19th tour-level title on grass for the 37-year-old, who will be among the top contenders at Wimbledon as he looks to increase his Grand Slam haul of 20 trophies.”It’s unbelievable. I never thought when I first played here that I would win 10 titles,” Federer said.After being dragged to three sets in two of his first three rounds in Germany, Federer looked set for another tough fight when world number 33 Goffin earned three consecutive break points at 2-2 in the opening set.However, Goffin failed to capitalise on those chances as his opponent took the set to a tiebreak where he switched gears to take the early lead in the contest.Federer broke quickly in the second set and did not allow Goffin back into the match, becoming become the oldest tour-level champion since a 43-year-old Ken Rosewall prevailed in Hong Kong in 1977.Wimbledon begins on July 1 with Federer seeking a ninth title at the tournament.last_img read more

Honor Friendship Days sale: Honor View 20 at Rs 25,999, discounts on Honor Play, Honor 10 Lite and more

first_imgHonor Friendship Days sale is now live on Amazon India. The sale, which started on July 25 and will continue until July 29, 2019. During the sale, some popular Honor smartphones will be available with some exciting discounts and offers. The View 20, for example, will be available with a discount of Rs 17,000, making the flagship more attractive than ever before. The Honor 10 Lite and Honor Play are among those Honor phones that will also be on offer.We wrote a dedicated piece on why this is probably the best time to buy the Honor View 20. The flagship phone was launched in India in January starting at Rs 37,999. It is now being sold during the Honor Friendship Days sale starting at Rs 25,999 for the base model with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Meanwhile, the 8GB + 256GB Honor View 20, which was initially priced at Rs 45,999, is also selling at a discounted price of Rs 31,999.The View 20 was the first flagship smartphone from Honor this year following which the company launched the Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro. The View 20 is similar to the Honor 20 in that it also sports a punch-hole display and rocks a flagship Kirin 980 chipset. The View 20 is easily one of the fastest phones launched this year and comes with a terrific battery life paired with 40W fast charging support. It is also the first smartphone to launch with a 48MP dual camera setup.During the Honor Friendship Days sale, the Honor Play will also be on discount. The 4GB + 64GB storage variant that is typically priced at Rs 19,999 is now available for Rs 12,999, which makes it one of the most affordable smartphones running Huawei’s 2018 flagship Kirin 970 chipset. The 6GB + 64GB variant of the Honor Play is also available at Rs 14,999, down from Rs 23,999.advertisementThe Honor 10 Lite, which was launched at Rs 12,999, is currently up for grabs for Rs 9,999 fir the 3GB RAM model. The 4GB RAM Honor 10 Lite, on the other hand, is being sold at Rs 11,999, down from Rs 13,999. The Honor 8X and Honor 8C also see discounts up to Rs 3,000 during the Honor Friendship Days sale on Amazon India.ALSO READ | Honor View 20 at Rs 25,999 on Amazon makes it a flagship worth buyinglast_img read more


first_imgIowa is experiencing its worst West Nile virus outbreak in 15 years, and cases in Nebraska are also on the rise.Iowa Deputy Epidemiologist Ann Garvey says 73 cases of the mosquito-borne virus have either been confirmed or are under investigation.West Nile activity in Iowa peaked in 2003, when six people died and nearly 150 were sickened.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…..central Iowa. :12The three deaths in Iowa this year are the most from West Nile since 2003 and Garvey is calling on Iowans not to let their guard down.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..using that mosquito repellent :14The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services says 79 West Nile cases have been reported in the state and 42 of those were the more serious version of the virus.Last year, there were 68 cases of West Nile in the Cornhusker state.Garvey says confirmed cases of West Nile are likely to increase in the coming weeks and the pests won’t stop biting until the first hard frost.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…… temperatures. :13Most people who test positive will either have no symptoms but some cases can be severe.Radio Iowa contributed to this storylast_img read more