Russia slams 2014 World Cup squad doping probe report

first_imgBut Mutko — who also heads the country’s football authorities — blasted the report as “nonsense” and insisted that there has never been any problem with doping in the Russian game. And FIFA insisted all players including all of the Russian squad underwent pre-competition and post-match tests in Brazil.“All of which resulted negative,” a spokesman for football’s governing body said.The statement added: “FIFA has simply confirmed that, in close collaboration with (World Anti Doping Agency) WADA, it is still investigating the allegations involving football players in the so-called McLaren report.“However, FIFA did not refer to any particular players, since it cannot comment on the status of ongoing investigations.”In Moscow, Mutko told TASS news agency that Russian football was clean.“There have never been and will never be any problems with doping in our football.“Our team are permanently being tested, they undergo doping tests after every match.”He added: “They (The Mail on Sunday) have written some sort of nonsense. Don’t bother reading the English newspapers in the morning.”The Mail on Sunday reported that the 2018 World Cup hosts’ squad from the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and a further 11 players are being looked into after they ended up on a list of over 1,000 “people of interest” compiled by world anti-doping authorities. The article quoted a FIFA spokesman as saying that football’s governing body was “still investigating the allegations”. There is as yet no clear proof that the players were guilty of doping despite the alleged suspicions, the newspaper added. The latest claims threatens to cast a shadow as Russia hosts the Confederations Cup tournament a year ahead of the kick off of the World Cup in the country.Four of the Russian players from the 2014 World Cup squad in Rio have been involved at the Confederations Cup.Russia was earlier accused by WADA of running a state-sponsored operation across sports to aid and protect drug cheats. Most of Russia’s track-and-field team was banned from the Olympic games in Rio over the doping scandal and its entire Paralympics squad was excluded. The allegations that football might have been involved could represent a major new twist in the doping saga and could drag in some of Russia’s highest-profile sports stars.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Vitaly Mutko, Russia Deputy Prime Minister and 2018 LOC Chairman, attends the opening of the FIFA Confederations Cup Park at Moscow’s Muzeon park on April 29, 2017 © AFP/File / Yuri KADOBNOVMoscow, Russian Federation, Jun 25 – Russian deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko on Sunday shrugged off a report that the country’s entire 2014 World Cup squad was under FIFA investigation for doping.British newspaper The Mail on Sunday wrote that the Russian players are being probed by FIFA as part of a broader scandal over allegations of state-backed doping in the country. last_img read more

U.S.-Saudi rift growing over Iraqi prime minister

first_imgOne senior administration official says he has seen evidence that Saudi Arabia is providing financial support to opponents of al-Maliki. He declined to say whether that support was going to Sunni insurgents because, he said, “that would get into disagreements over who is an insurgent and who is not.” Senior Bush administration officials said the American concerns would be raised next week when Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates make a rare joint visit to Jidda, Saudi Arabia. Officials in Washington have long resisted blaming Saudi Arabia, a close American ally, for the chaos and sectarian strife in Iraq, choosing instead to pin blame on Iran and Syria. Even now, military officials rarely talk publicly about the role of Saudi fighters among the insurgents in Iraq. The accounts of American concerns came from interviews with several senior administration officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they believed that openly criticizing Saudi Arabia would further alienate the Saudi royal family at a time when the United States is still trying to enlist Saudi support for al-Maliki and the Iraqi government, and for other American foreign policy goals in the Middle East, including an Arab-Israeli peace plan. In agreeing to interviews in advance of the joint trip to Saudi Arabia, the officials were nevertheless clearly intent on sending a pointed signal to a top American ally. They expressed deep frustration that more private American appeals to the Saudis have failed to produce a change in course. WASHINGTON – During a high-level meeting in Riyadh in January, Saudi officials confronted a top American envoy with documents that seemed to suggest that Iraq’s prime minister could not be trusted. One purported to be an early alert from the prime minister, Nouri Kamal al-Maliki, to the radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr warning him to lie low during the coming American troop increase, which was aimed in part at al-Sadr’s militia. Another document purported to offer proof that al-Maliki was an agent of Iran. The American envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, immediately protested to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, contending that the documents were forged. But, said administration officials who provided an account of the exchange, the Saudis remained skeptical, adding to the deep rift between America’s most powerful Sunni Arab ally, Saudi Arabia, and its Shiite neighbor, Iraq. Now, Bush administration officials are voicing increasing anger at what they say has been Saudi Arabia’s counterproductive role in the Iraq war. They say that beyond regarding al-Maliki as an Iranian agent, the Saudis have offered financial support to Sunni groups inside Iraq. Of an estimated 60 to 80 foreign fighters who enter Iraq each month, American military and intelligence officials say that nearly half are coming from Saudi Arabia, and that the Saudis have not done enough to stem the flow. The American officials said that they had no doubt that the documents shown to Khalilzad in January were forgeries, though the Saudis said they had obtained them from sources in Iraq. “Maliki wouldn’t be stupid enough to put that on a piece of paper,” one senior Bush administration official said. He said al-Maliki later assured American officials that the documents were forgeries. The Bush administration’s frustration with the Saudi government has increased in recent months because it appears that Saudi Arabia has stepped up efforts to undermine the al-Maliki government and to pursue a different course in Iraq from what the administration has charted. Saudi Arabia has also stymied a number of other American foreign policy initiatives, including a hoped-for Saudi embrace of Israel.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Be thankful

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Re “Foley’s messages being examined” (Oct. 2): If Speaker of the House Dennis Hastart knew about Rep. Mark Foley’s e-mails to the House pages and did not report it to the proper authorities for investigation (and I don’t mean the House Ethics Committee), then shouldn’t the speaker be charged with obstructing justice? – Jean Strauber Encino Dirty politics Re “Foley’s messages being examined” (Oct. 2): While Rep. Mark Foley’s actions are obviously reprehensible, to say the least, it is also reprehensible for whoever sat on this information for three years while kids continued to be endangered by this predator. Why take so long to come forward and why does this information show up in the media instead of with the appropriate authorities? Take a look at the timing. Who benefits? The Democrats. This shows two things: They obviously don’t care about kids getting hurt by predators when there is a House of Representatives seat to possibly gain. Since they can’t compete with the Republicans on issues, they have to stoop to dirty politics to hopefully win elections. – Dana Franck Glendale Hotter, colder … Re “The answer? Yes” (Your Opinions, Oct. 3): All scientists agree that Earth goes through hot and cold cycles. It has been hotter than it is presently and it has been colder. Most agree that we are in a warming cycle, but not everyone agrees that man is the primary cause this time. The data can also be interpreted that the temperature rises, then the carbon dioxide content increases. Millions of years ago, before man was around, the carbon dioxide content of the atmosphere was 20 times higher than it is now. There is no fossil evidence of species extinction during that period. If the government can convince people that they can stop this global warming by imposing more taxes or fees, they will impose them, but it will accomplish little more than providing jobs for bureaucrats. – Leonard McGinnis Granada Hills Banning Harry Re “Mom battles Harry Potter” (Oct. 4): Why is everyone so down on Harry Potter? My God, you’d think that J.K. Rowlings rewrote “Mein Kampf” for our generation. It’s a fantasy book, people. Get a grip on reality. Learn to be tolerant, not vindictive. Remember (Ray) Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451”? All these close-minded nutbars think fantasy books are the keys to brainwashing. So call me a zombie with a creative mind that can appreciate literature, unlike the religious zealots who like to force-feed propaganda down our throats, and have burrs on their butts every time a kid picks up a book and reads. I’m a Methodist, and God’s kid, who has a creative mind, and likes using it. – John C. Weaver Palmdale Bush and traffic Re “Fundraiser lures president to L.A.” (Oct. 4): President Bush ties up rush-hour traffic just to go to yet another fundraiser. It just proves that Bush and the Republicans don’t care about anybody except their rich corporate pals. – Mike Kirwan Venice Bratton for governor Wednesday morning, I saw them interview Chief Bratton regarding school safety, who stated that we have too many guns and our government needs to work on the issues here in the USA rather than the rest of the world. I totally agree. We want freedoms, yet we lock our schools; we have homeless people all around, yet we are spending our resources in other countries; we have unemployment, and we outsource our jobs overseas and allow illegals to work here and send their money back to their country and not pay taxes. (They are good workers; what happened to our youths who used to work those jobs? Are the jobs below them?) Our troops are sent overseas for way too long and we need them here. The National Guard is to guard our nation, not another one. – Betty Jenkins Chatsworth Air travel progress? In 1950, I flew on my first transcontinental flight on board a propeller-driven Lockheed Constellation, making one stop for fuel. I have just returned on the same flight out of New York, same distance, nonstop, coach. With the current delays due to security, parking space shortage and horrendous auto traffic at both ends, coupled with the inefficiency of modern-day airlines, i.e., average baggage handling and flight delays, the door-to-door time period for transcontinental travel has changed very little. Back in 1950, we were served box lunches by pretty stewardesses who worshipped us passengers like gods. After a 50-year experience with hot meals, we have progressed back to box lunches, served by sloppy-looking stewards and stewardesses with attitude problems. Worse yet, they now charge us five bucks for the box lunches. – Gus Keolanui Woodland Hills Coming calamities Despite Al Gore’s “Inconvenient Truth,” with dire warnings of a global warming which threatens all mankind, Republican Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma delivered a speech on the Senate floor last week challenging journalists to report accurately on global warming. The skeptical Inhofe explained that some scientific studies have recently shown that the Antarctic is actually getting colder and the ice is growing. Further, a leading member of the Russian Academy of Sciences predicted long-term global cooling may be on the horizon due to a projected decrease in the sun’s output. Apparently scientific studies can be found to support either theory. If you really want to ponder an “inconvenient truth,” consider the coming calamities prophesied in the Bible’s book of Revelation, Chapters 15 and 16. – Gary Curtis Van Nuys Time to remember Valley residents should know that Councilman Tony Cardenas refuses to this very day to involve his office in the support of efforts to reduce Van Nuys Airport noise, curfew violations, air pollution and FAA-designated route violations. He simply will not enter into discussions with residents of his 6th District regarding this matter, and for many months now, e-mails to his office from residents of the community have gone unanswered with phone calls never returned. He has tuned out all complaints regarding the airport operation so as not to offend his airport business interests. No longer can we allow these interests to supersede those of the residents. – William P. Mouzis Lake Balboa Coincidence? Do you see what I see? Of course. An election coming up and gas prices going down. It’s the same old story. And it happens over and over. The Republicans are in a frenzy. They see their control in Congress fading … so what can they do about it? Give the public lower gas prices, and when the election is over – the shaft. Up go the prices. Don’t bet that gas prices will stay low. Chances are you’ll see a $4 price by January 2007. – Earl D. Horwitz North Hills160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Why the front-page headlines about a “City Hall sex scandal”? Every day, taxpayers are getting screwed by our government and there’s never any mention about it. Granted, there is a difference; the services rendered by our government are certainly not as gratifying as those received by former Deputy Mayor Troy Edwards, and it only cost $130. Will Rogers had it right when he reminded us to “Be thankful we’re not getting all the government we’re paying for.” – Robert L. 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Columbus Catholic girls fourth, boys fifth at Cloverbelt Cross Country Meet

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterSPENCER – Marshfield Columbus Catholic’s Melanie Lang took 11th in the girls race and Peyton Nystrom was 15th in the boys race to earn all-conference honors at the 2015 Cloverbelt Conference Cross Country Meet on Saturday at Frey Field.Lang finished 11th in 21:54.91 and Hailey Roehl was 20th in 22:33.27 to lead the Columbus Catholic girls to a fourth-place finish in the team standings.The Columbus Catholic boys finished fifth, led by Nystrom, who finished in 18:13.49. Benny Frericks also had a top-20 finish for the Dons, taking 19th in 18:26.01.Chippewa Falls McDonell won the boys team title by just one point over Altoona.Eau Claire Regis took the girls team title, with Fall Creek second and McDonell third in a tight team race.The Spencer girls took seventh, led by senior Nadia King, who finished eighth in 21:40.91. The Spencer boys only had four runners. Bobby Pilz led the way, taking 55th in 20:46.77.McDonell’s Jarrett Jordan (16:56.33) and Thorp’s Falon Immormino (19:50.53) were individual race champions.Spencer and Columbus Catholic will compete at the WIAA Division 3 sectional on Friday, Oct. 23, at Nine-Mile Forest in Rib Mountain.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of Cloverbelt Conference Cross Country MeetOct. 17, at Frey Field, SpencerBoysTeam scores: 1. Chippewa Falls McDonell 37; 2. Altoona 38; 3. Colby/Abbotsford 91; 4. Neillsville 101; 5. Marshfield Columbus Catholic 123; 6. Osseo-Fairchild 179; 7. Loyal 203; 8. Cadott 246; 9. Eau Claire Regis 248; 10. Thorp 263; 11. Stanley-Boyd 268; Spencer and Fall Creek incomplete.Top 10, Columbus Catholic and Spencer finishers: 1. Jarrett Jordan (CFM) 16:56.33; 2. Ben Theyerl (ALT) 17:02.80; 3. Preston Mertins (CA) 17:08.84; 4. Isaac Bohaty (CFM) 17:33.49; 5. Townes Adams (ALT) 17:37.81; 6. Brady Bauer (CFM) 17:46.60; 7. Isaiah Jackson (ALT) 17:50.72; 8. Joe Zamora (OF) 17:51.58; 9. Sean Craker (CFM) 17:55.04; 10. Garrett Dekan (ALT) 17:57.37; 15. Peyton Nystrom (MCC) 18:13.49; 19. Benny Frericks (MCC) 18:26.01; 23. Leonard Steinert (MCC) 18:42.85; 34. Jeremiah Giles (MCC) 19:07.48; 35. Bryce Fuerlinger (MCC) 19:07.88; 37. Jon Viegut (MCC) 19:14.41; 44. Zach Gotz (MCC) 19:31.60; 55. Bobby Pilz (SP) 20:46.77; 67. Lukas Ellefson (SP) 22:05.97; 76. Colten Post (SP) 23:41.45; 77. Luke Baehr (SP) 23:47.93.Click here for complete boys results from scores: 1. Eau Claire Regis 92; 2. Fall Creek 100; 3. Chippewa Falls McDonell 103; 4. Marshfield Columbus Catholic 118; 5. Neillsville 123; 6. Altoona 144; 7. Spencer 165; 8. Colby/Abbotsford 169; 9. Cadott 178; 10. Osseo-Fairchild 205; 11. Loyal 263; Thorp, Stanley-Boyd and Owen-Withee incomplete.Top 10, Columbus Catholic and Spencer finishers: 1. Falon Immormino (TH) 19:50.53; 2. Juila Verbick (CFM) 20:19.67; 3. Elizabeth Kyes (CAD) 20:47.21; 4. Kendra Jaenke (FC) 20:53.66; 5. Kallie Falteisek (OW) 21:06.39; 6. Mariah Hoepner (ALT) 21:16.10; 7. Danielle Yengo (ECR) 21:18.82; 8. Nadia King (SP) 21:40.91; 9. Isabelle Feiten (CA) 21:43.87; 10. Mackenzie Person (OW) 21:51.86; 11. Melanie Lang (MCC) 21:54.91; 20. Hailey Roehl (MCC) 22:33.27; 29. Hannah Grubofski (MCC) 23:20.06; 34. Marissa Immerfall (MCC) 23:49.63; 38. Kaitlin Kasch (SP) 23:58.32; 39. Morgan Albrecht (MCC) 24:05.70; 42. Leigh Anne Sieracki (SP) 24:46.75; 44. Sydney Johnson (SP) 24:50.53; 47. Sabrina Vircks (SP) 24:59.05; 55. Lauren Faber (SP) 25:20.44; 57. Baylie Neider (MCC) 25:30.53; 75. Tiffany Meinders (SP) 27:32.25.last_img read more

Municipal elections: fact file

first_imgThe Love Your South Africa campaignaims to foster a sense of belonging amongcitizens, thereby encouraging them to make their mark on Election Day.(Image: Government Online) MEDIA CONTACTS • Kate BapelaIndependent Electoral Commission+27 12 622 5579 or +27 82 600 6386 RELATED ARTICLES• SA kicks off 2011 election drive• South Africans will vote for change • SA’s multiparty democracy thriving• SA youngsters queue for change• Millions vote in record SA electionSource: Independent Electoral CommissionSouth Africans are again using their right to vote in the upcoming 2011 local government elections, which take place on 18 May. This is the third such event since the arrival of democracy in 1994.All elections in South Africa are overseen by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), a permanent body created by the Constitution to manage free and fair elections at all levels of government. Although publicly funded and accountable to parliament, the IEC is independent of the government.On 1 September 2010 the IEC received lists of South Africa’s new wards from the Municipal Demarcation Board, an independent body responsible for marking municipal boundaries and establishing new wards and voting districts.The 2011 municipal elections are taking place in eight metropolitan councils, 226 local councils, 44 district councils and 4 277 wards. Accordingly, the IEC has established 20 868 voting districts. Of these, 633 are categorised as voting centres and will cater for large numbers of voters.As with national and provincial elections, municipal elections take place every five years. The five-year term of the present municipal administrations started on 2 March 2006 and has now ended.Municipal by-elections take place within 90 days after a municipal ward council seat becomes vacant because of the death, expulsion or resignation of a ward councillor.The first democratic municipal elections took place in 1995/6, and the first municipal elections run by the IEC took place in 2000.Hybrid system for municipal electionsA mixed or hybrid system, making use of both the ward system and the proportional representation system, is used for municipal elections.There are three types of municipal councils in South Africa:Category A: metropolitan councils;Category B: local councils; andCategory C: district councils (have executive and legislative powers in areas that include local municipalities).For metropolitan municipalities, there are two types of elections in each ward:Metropolitan council ward, andMetropolitan proportional representation.In all local municipalities other than metropolitan municipalities, there are three types of elections in each ward:Local council ward;Local council proportional representation; andDistrict council proportional representation.Information for registered votersRegistered voters can text their ID number to 32810, contact the IEC call centre on 0800 11 8000 toll-free from 8h00 to 17h00, or visit to check on their registration details.Go the IEC’s Am I registered? page to find out at which voting station you’re registered to vote.Find the way to your voting station with the interactive voting station map.Frequently asked questions:For answers to more frequently asked questions, visit the IEC’s FAQ page.What is the difference between national/provincial elections and municipal elections?In national and provincial elections, you vote for a political party (proportional representative electoral system) to get seats in the national or provincial legislatures.In municipal elections, you vote for a political party and a ward councillor (a mixed system of proportional representation and a ward constituency) to get seats at the municipal level.How do I register?To vote in elections, you must register as a voter. You only have to register once, unless you move or your voting district changes. South Africans over the age of 16, in possession of a green bar-coded ID book or temporary ID document, may register.Registration for the 2011 elections is now closed. When do I have to re-register?You only have to re-register when:Your home address changes orThe IEC informs you that your voting district has changedSee Moved since you registered? to find out how to check if your voting district has changed.How do I know if or where I’m registered?You can check your registration status by:sending an SMS with your ID number to 32810 orusing the IEC’s Am I Registered? web page.If you’re registered, you will be informed of your voting station details.Where can I vote?You need to vote at the voting station at which you’re registered.Can I vote online or by post?No, you must vote in person at your voting station.How do I know if my voting station has changed?The IEC does try to communicate any changes, but visit Am I registered? and enter your ID number to confirm that your voting station hasn’t changed.I registered at a temporary registration station. Where do I vote?Voting stations may change from time to time, depending on availability of each voting venue. To find out where your voting station is, see Am I registered? and enter your ID number. You can then use the IEC’s online voting station finder to find a map to your voting station.I am living overseas and voted in the 2009 elections. Can I vote in the municipal elections?The Muncipal Electoral Act does not make provision for overseas voting during municipal elections, because citizens can only vote in the wards where they live.I’m a registered voter, but I no longer live in South Africa. Can I still vote in municipal elections?No, during municipal elections you can only vote in the voting district in which you are registered. However, you can vote during national elections (see special votes).How many ballot papers will I get?If you live in a metropolitan area (e.g. Johannesburg), you’ll receive two ballots: one for a ward councillor and one for a party.If you live in a local council with wards (e.g. Standerton municipality), you’ll receive three ballots: one for a ward councillor for the local council; one for a party for the local council; and one for a party for the district council.For answers to more frequently asked questions, visit the IEC’s FAQ page.last_img read more

Illustra Launches New Micro Camera with Exceptional Video Quality

first_imgTyco Security Products introduces the new Illustra Pro 2 megapixel micro camera series. This small, covert camera provides a low profile, high performance video solution.Ideal for ATMs, banks, hospitals, retail stores and other locations where a small camera is needed, the Illustra micro camera gives users a discreet form factor while also providing high definition video quality. The Illustra Micro camera delivers 1080p video at 30 frames per second for capturing clear details.The Illustra Pro micro camera series comes with a main unit, 20 foot cable and sensor units. This allows users the flexibility to easily install the small sensor unit in a specific, tight location while placing the main unit in another location out of sight. This Illustra camera offers several lens options for multiple fields of view including telephoto and wide angle lenses.- Sponsor – The Illustra Micro camera features exceptional video quality in high contrasting lighting situations with wide dynamic range. Additionally, the camera’s corridor mode function rotates to the most optimal image orientation with a 9×16 field of view aspect ratio.“The new Illustra micro camera provides our customers with even greater flexibility with its covert size,” said Steve Carney, Senior Director, Product Marketing, Video and Integration Platforms, Tyco Security Products. “Unlike any other camera in the Illustra Pro line, the introduction of this micro camera presents a solution that can easily blend into any environment for special applications where space is an issue.”Compatible with American Dynamics VideoEdge and exacqVision video management system (VMS) software and recorders, the Illustra micro camera can be easily configured into a video security system. The camera supports an on-board SD card for convenient video storage and video recording inside the camera with exacqVision Edge VMS software.For more information on the Illustra Pro Series of IP cameras, please visit Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Juvenile Justice Bill was rushed through in Rajya Sabha: CPIM

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 22 (PTI) Stating that the Juvenile Justice bill was “rushed through” in the Rajya Sabha without thinking on ways to fight crime in detail, CPI(M) today rued that Parliament missed an opportunity to consider the “important” bill in a more “dispassionate and scientific” manner.CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury also questioned the Government why recommendations made by Justice JS Verma committee on women safety were allegedly ignored in the bill and expressed disappointment that the bill was not sent to select committee for a detailed study.”Verma Cmtee & Standing Cmtee opposed this lowering of age. Need to think about how we treat our young persons & how crime should be fought. Fighting juvenile crime has had to be thought through. Bill should have been sent to the Select Committe. Pity it was rushed through.”The Justice JS Verma Committee had so much more to offer for womens safety. Why are those recommendations being ignored? Regret that the Parliament has missed an opportunity to consider such an important bill in a more dispassionate and scientific manner,” Yechury said in a series of tweets.Juveniles aged 16 years and above will now be tried under laws for adults for heinous crimes as Parliament today passed a much-expected bill in this regard against the backdrop of a juvenile convict being released in the gangrape-cum-murder case of December 2012.The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill, which provides for lowering the age for trial from 18 years, was passed by Rajya Sabha with a voice vote after a walkout by Left parties which wanted it to be sent to a Select Committee. The bill was passed by Lok Sabha earlier. PTI ENM RGadvertisementlast_img read more

Virat Kohli named Captain of the Year by popular cricket website

first_imgIndia Test skipper Virat Kohli has been named as the ‘Captain of the Year’ at the 10th annual ESPNcricinfo Awards. Kohli led India to nine wins out of 12 Tests in the year gone by. (Virat Kohli grateful to Anil Kumble for helping him evolve as a cricketer)Englishman Ben Stokes won the Test Batting Performance of the Year for his incredible counterattacking innings of 258 runs off 198 balls against South Africa in Cape Town.Stokes team-mate Stuart Broad’s 6 for 17 in the third Test ensured a series victory for England and fetched him the Test Bowling Performance of the Year award for the second year running.Winners were selected by an independent jury including former cricket greats, ESPNcricinfo’s senior editors, writers and global correspondents, comprising Ian Chappell, Mahela Jayawardene, Ramiz Raja, Isa Guha, Sambit Bal, Courtney Walsh, Mark Butcher and Simon Taufel among others. (Virat Kohli creates a positive environment in the dressing-room: Wriddhiman Saha to India Today)Quinton de Kock’s 178 against Australia in Centurion was the second-highest individual score by a South African player, and it was voted the ODI Batting Performance of the Year.Mystery spinner Sunil Narine was awarded the ODI Bowling Performance of the Year award for his 6 for 27 against South Africa in the Tri-Nation series in Guyana.Carlos Brathwaite received the T20 Batting Performance of the Year award for his 34 not out against England in the World T20 final in Kolkata, in which he hit four consecutive sixes off the last over to win West Indies the match. (Tendulkar a legend but hard to look past Virat Kohli: Chris Woakes)advertisementBangladesh left-arm fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman took away the T20 Bowling Performance of the Year award for his 5 for 22 during the World T20 against New Zealand in Kolkata.Mehedi Hasan Miraz, one of the brightest young stars of Bangladesh’s national team, was declared Debutant of the Year for his 19 wickets in the two Test matches against England, one of those being possibly their finest Test win ever.This year ESPNcricinfo introduced awards for women’s cricket across all three international formats.West Indian Hayley Williams received the Batting Performance of the Year award for her match-winning 66 off 45 balls performance in the World T20 final against three-time champions Australia.Leigh Kasperek, the talented New Zealand offspinner, took the Bowling Performance of the Year award for her 3 for 13 spell, defeating Australia in the teams’ World T20 group match.Speaking about the awards, Sambit Bal, Editor-in-chief of ESPNcricinfo and ESPN South Asia said, “The ESPNcricinfo Awards are about meaning and context, so we are chuffed a ten-ball innings sits beside a score of 258 in the list of winners. There is delight and irony in the fact that these two performances belong to Carlos Brathwaite and Ben Stokes, whose names will be forever entwined for those dramatic four balls in the World T20 final.”The tenth year has seen some inspirational talent come to the fore, we are pleased to introduce winners from women and Associates cricket this year.last_img read more

Lenovo’s new Moto G5, G5 Plus make last year’s Moto G4, G4 Plus look dumb

first_imgLet’s face it. Last year’s Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus weren’t as revolutionary as the original Moto G. Even though the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus stuck with the original’s philosophy – of cramming in some noteworthy specs at dirt cheap prices – somewhere down the line, competition was really starting to catch up. The Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus were good. They were just not good enough. Enter the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus.Also Read: Why an all-metal Moto G5, G5 Plus should make Honor and Xiaomi nervous Lenovo’s new Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus are so good they make last year’s Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus look dumb.The first all-metal Moto G took a long time coming. But, eventually it got here. Both the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus are carved out of aluminum and will be available for buying in lunar gray and fine gold options.Lenovo, last year, made a clear distinction between the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus in terms of hardware specs. The Moto G4 Plus was the all premium Moto G while the Moto G4 was a relatively basic affair that was easier to overlook in a sea of significantly better smartphones from the kinds of Xiaomi and Honor. The fingerprint scanner was one major point of distinction. The Moto G4 did not have one.This year, too, the Moto G5 Plus is the heftier Moto G, but, the Moto G5 is also not very far behind. It also gets a fingerprint scanner on the front for one, just like it is in the Moto G5 Plus. In fact, keep the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus together, and it would be really hard to tell the difference. And while we are on fingerprint scanners, here’s the thing, it looks very different now. The capacitive button housing the fingerprint scanner in the Moto G4 Plus was an anomaly. It’s a pill-shaped even structure now – that looks pleasing — that (also) supports a new one button navigation feature.The Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus are both all-metal phones with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and splash-resistance coating. While the Moto G5 is a 5-inch phone, the Moto G5 Plus has a slightly bigger 5.2-inch one. Both the phones rock a 1080p screen.The Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus, both, came with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor inside and when combined with their near vanilla Android software, the two phones clocked good all-round performance. Both the phones, however, had an Achilles heel. They were prone to excessive heating — because of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 inside these phones — when pushed to the edge. The Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus, at least on paper, look like they can take heavy workload without breaking a sweat.While the Moto G5 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor the Moto G5 Plus has a beefier Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 inside. While the Moto G5 comes with 2/3 GB of RAM and 16/32 GB of internal memory which is also expandable, the Moto G5 Plus comes with 2/4 GB of RAM and 16/64 GB of internal memory which is again expandable. Both the phones support dual-SIM and 4G LTE.The Snapdragon 625 is the first 600-series chipset to be built on the power-efficient 14nm finfet process. The technology essentially allows a processor — the Snapdragon 625 in this case — with multiple cores to hit higher clock speeds without overheating and draining the battery quickly. The Snapdragon 625, for your reference, consumes up to 35 per cent lower power than its predecessor (the Snapdragon 617), in typical usage scenarios, according to Qualcomm. As for the Snapdragon 430 which is inside the Moto G5, well, it is no slouch either. Xiaomi’s Redmi 3S Prime is a classic example to prove its mettle.The Moto G5 Plus sports a 12-megapixel camera on the rear with dual pixel autofocus, f/1.7 aperture and dual-LED flash. It’s a significant upgrade over the camera on-board the Moto G4 Plus. In layman’s terms, the Moto G5 Plus is supposed to focus quickly with minimum shutter lag and also it is supposed to excel in low light photography, in comparison to rival phones in and around its price category. Additionally, the Moto G5 Plus’ rear camera is also capable of recording 4K video. The Moto G5 on the other hand comes with a standard 13-megapixel camera. Both the phones come with a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.Both the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus run an almost unmodified version of Android Nougat Moto enhancements like Moto Display and Moto Actions alongside the Google’s AI assistant. The addition of the Google Assistant means that users can send messages, make calls, navigate, and manage their tasks, simply by holding the home button.While the Moto G5 is backed by a 2,800mAh battery, the Moto G5 Plus has a bigger 3,000mAh battery. Both the phones support fast charging. Battery capacity is the only area (along with the screen resolution) where Lenovo has maintained a consistency. Still, the Moto G5, on paper, is a small downgrade as the Moto G4 also came with a 3,000mAh battery.advertisementadvertisementWhile the Moto G5 has been priced at around Rs 14,054, the Moto G5 Plus starts at around Rs 15,275. These are of course with respect to their European and US pricing. Their pricing may be a little different on arrival in India, but, looking at the history of the Moto G phones here, ideally, they should cost at under Rs 20,000.Also Read: Moto G5 Plus has almost same camera that is inside Rs 45,000 Galaxy S7 To refresh, both the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus are all-metal phones with plenty of juice under the hood that should make Honor and Xiaomi (very) nervous. This is because, it seems Lenovo has finally given the Moto G a much needed modern day revamp, the lack of which was keeping the humble Moto G4 (and G4 Plus) from getting a full 10 on 10 from critics and buyers.last_img read more