Dravid backs Tendulkar suggestion on new ODI format

first_imgIt might have been rejected by the ICC but Sachin Tendulkar’s suggestion to revamp the ODIs by splitting the format into four innings of 25 overs each has got the backing of his Test teammate Rahul Dravid.”It is interesting (suggestion). I don’t know why the ICC has rejected it (Tendulkar’s suggestion via a letter to ICC), but it’s a good idea that Sachin has given and is worth experimenting,” said India’s batting mainstay on the England tour on the sidelines of a promotional event for ‘Gillette’ here last night.”It has been tried out in Australia (in domestic cricket) and the plus and minus points should be looked into,” he added.Tendulkar had written a letter to the ICC to change the format of the ODIs from two innings of 50 overs to four of 25 overs like a Test match but the world council’s Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat had rejected it.”There is no need to change the format,” Lorgat told reporters in Colombo on Wednesday.”We did receive a written proposal from Sachin, but that was a long time back. I myself have spoken to him many times about it, the last one as recent as during the World Cup in April.The success of the tournament showed that the 50-over format was sound in health and there was no need for dramatic changes,” Lorgat added.”The executive board meeting after the World Cup decided that the present format was doing well. That has not changed,” Lorgat stressed.Tendulkar had argued that four innings of 25 overs would be a fair way to balance the advantage gained by the team which won the toss in conditions such as bad weather, sub-quality pitches which historically had proven that a match can virtually be decided by the toss of a coin.advertisementDravid also backed the Cricket Board for deciding to put pressure on the ICC for revising the controversial Decision Review System of which he got the rough end of the stick in the Test and ODI rubbers in England.”It’s not set in stone. Anything connected with DRS is a work in progress. There are new challenges and questioned about it. Its up to the member boards (of the ICC) to ask whether things are better with it in place,” said the 39-year-old Dravid.Dravid, who was the lone batsman to show consistently superb form in difficult conditions against a top class England pace attack in the four-match Test rubber that India lost 0-4, was also controversially given out through the ‘Hot Spot’ image system on at least three occasions leading to big debates over DRS.last_img read more

Elon Musk SpaceX Raptor rocket engine ready for Starship

first_imgIn the meantime, Musk has dropped insider looks at heat-shield testing and now the Raptor preparations, showing that development on Starship is moving ahead at a rapid pace.SpaceX will need to keep the rocket pedal to the metal if it wants to make its proposed 2023 date with the moon. 16 Photos On Feb. 4, Musk uploaded a couple of videos of the test firing to his Twitter account, and, it goes without saying but, you wouldn’t want to be standing behind this thing when it’s ready to blow. Raptor risingThe Raptor has been under development for years, but Musk said in December that the latest version is “radically redesigned.” Musk spilled a few geeky details on the test engine’s thrust and how it’s geared toward reaching the moon as fast as possible. FilmMagic/Getty Images We know what SpaceX’s next-generation Starship looks like. Now Elon Musk has shared a series of new looks at the Raptor engine that’ll one day rocket it off our planet — including a sublime display from its first test firings.Musk first posted a pair of images to Twitter on Feb. 1 showing a Starship Raptor engine and saying SpaceX was preparing to fire it at SpaceX’s Texas facility. One of the images included a worker standing near the engine, giving us a good sense of its scale. First firing of Starship Raptor flight engine! So proud of great work by @SpaceX team!! pic.twitter.com/S6aT7Jih4S— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 4, 2019 Share your voice Design requires at least 170 metric tons of force. Engine reached 172 mT & 257 bar chamber pressure with warm propellant, which means 10% to 20% more with deep cryo.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 7, 2019 The moon goal is an important one. SpaceX and Musk announced last year that Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa had bought up all the seats for a planned 2023 Starship mission to travel around the moon.Musk says Starship will eventually have seven of the new engines. SpaceX currently has a “hopper” prototype of the stainless-steel Starship meant for takeoff and landing tests, with hopes of unveiling an orbital version by midyear.Musk has been openly engaging with SpaceX fans on Twitter. One asked if he’s finding rocket engine design easier or harder over time. “Well, my past mistakes do seem extremely dumb, especially the ones where I mistakenly thought I was smart,” Musk replied. pic.twitter.com/yFhNx3fiOD— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 4, 2019 Those images were just a warm-up. Musk posted a blazing-hot view on Thursday of the engine in action, saying, “Raptor just achieved power level needed for Starship and Super Heavy.” Musk envisions a future in which Starship carries humans all the way to Mars and helps establish an outpost on the red planet. SpaceX suffered a setback in January when high winds in Texas toppled the nose cone off the Starship prototype. Musk said at the time it’d take several weeks to repair the damage.  Elon Musk unveils assembled SpaceX Starship and it’s glorious SpaceX blasts Starship heat shield with industrial flamethrowers First published Feb. 1, 8:20 a.m. PT.Updates Feb. 3 at 8:12 p.m.: Adds test-firing images and videos from Elon Musk’s Twitter account; Feb. 7 at 10:22 a.m.: Includes new test-firing image and details from Elon Musk’s Twitter account.  NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens. Tagscenter_img Initially making one 200 metric ton thrust engine common across ship & booster to reach the moon as fast as possible. Next versions will split to vacuum-optimized (380+ sec Isp) & sea-level thrust optimized (~250 ton).— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 1, 2019 Well, my past mistakes do seem extremely dumb, especially the ones where I mistakenly thought I was smart— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 1, 2019 pic.twitter.com/ChEGbjTGKZ— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 4, 2019 Raptor just achieved power level needed for Starship & Super Heavy pic.twitter.com/NcqnAVWc35— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 7, 2019 Sci-Tech 7 Starship shines Musk says the Starship spacecraft and Super Heavy rocket designs require an engine that can put out at least 170 metric tons of force. The most recent SpaceX Raptor test showed the engine reached 172 metric tons of force. Preparing to fire the Starship Raptor engine at @SpaceX Texas pic.twitter.com/8JCOi1BG6z— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 1, 2019 Comments Burn, baby, burnStarship is meant to eventually be paired with a Super Heavy rocket, formerly known as the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR). Super Heavy will use up to 31 Raptor engines, though Musk says initial tests will probably involve fewer engines “in case it blows up.” Elon Musk shows off the shiny SpaceX Starship Elon Musk Space SpaceXlast_img read more

Ratan Tata invests in USbased medical emergency startup

first_imgRatan Tata, the Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons, has invested in a United States-based medical emergency startup, MUrgency. According to an official statement released by MUrgency on Tuesday, Tata wanted the global firm to launch its operations in India before taking its services overseas, the Press Trust of India reported.The financial details of the deal were, however, not disclosed.”He (Tata) clearly wanted us to launch and grow the network in India first before taking it overseas. Mr Tata’s investment in MUrgency will help attract leading talent to the company and major partnerships beyond India,” Shaffi Mather, the founder of MUrgency Inc, said in a statement, according to the PTI.MUrgency is a global mobile app company, which claims to make medical emergency available with one tap on a mobile phone in less than nine minutes in urban areas.The company has presence in Mumbai, Dubai, Singapore, San Fancisco, London and Hong Kong. It has a responder network of 36 hospital emergency rooms, over 40 ambulances and more than 350 medical professionals. The mobile app was launched in the Tricity area in Punjab in February this year and would be launching its services in Amritsar and Jalandhar in the last week of this month.MUrgency was founded in 2014 by Shaffi Mather and incubated at Stanford ChangeLabs. Based in San Francisco, the company plans to go pan-India by 2018 and worldwide by 2020.”While our primary goal is to develop emergency medical response network, we are widening our service to be an inclusive and comprehensive medical service platform on your mobile phone. The app is live on iOS and Android app stores and several features are accessible across the world already,” Sweta Mangal, director, global emergency response, MUrgency, was quoted by PTI as saying.MUrgency is currently available for users on Android and iOS. It has won Startup Grind’s Golden Gavel Award, Startup of the Year 2016 award, as well as the SXSW Accelerator contest in health and wearable technologies, among others. It has also raised funding from Axilor Ventures, an early stage entrepreneur fund, according to techinasia.com.In emergency situations, MUrgency can help with providing ambulances or booking home health services from a nurse or a physician. It also helps patients book appointments and chat with doctors.last_img read more

BNP demo Tuesday protesting at Khaleda verdict

first_imgKhaleda Zia. File PhotoBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) will stage demonstrations across the country on Tuesday, protesting against the conviction of their party’s chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Charitable Trust graft case, reports UNB.BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir announced the programme at a press conference at BNP’s Naya Paltan central office in the city on Monday.He said the programme will be observed in all metropolitan cities and district towns.Fakhrul called upon the leaders and activists of BNP and Jatiya Oikya Front to make their programme a success with their spontaneous participation.The BNP leader said Khaleda Zia has been ‘illegally’ convicted in the Zia Charitable Trust case at the ‘behest of the government’ to keep her away from politics and the next general election.He also said Khaleda was denied justice in the case.Meanwhile, a group of BNP leaders and activists brought out a procession in front of the BNP office, protesting against the verdict that convicted Khaleda in the case.A Dhaka court sentenced BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and three others to seven years’ rigorous imprisonment each in the much-talked-about Zia Charitable Trust corruption case.last_img read more

Eid today

first_imgMuslims throughout the country are all set to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha, their second largest religious festival, on Monday.But the massive outbreak of dengue might dampen this year’s celebrations to some extent.In the morning, devotees will throng Eidgahs (large open spaces) to offer prayers. They will seek divine blessings, and pray for peace and prosperity of the country.Well-off Muslims will then sacrifice animals in commemoration of Prophet Ibrahim’s devotion to Allah as illustrated by his readiness to give up his beloved son Ismail.Sholakia Eidgah in Kishoreganj and Gor-e-Shaheed Baro Maidan in Dinajpur are to hold the country’s biggest Eid congregations.In Dhaka, the biggest congregation will be held at the National Eidgah where president Abdul Hamid is scheduled to offer his prayers along with thousands of people from all walks of life.Congregations will also be held at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque and various places in the capital.Law enforcement agencies, including Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and police, have taken tight security measures.Television channels and radio stations will air special programmes on the occasions. Special diets will be served at hospitals, jails, government orphanages, centres for persons with disabilities, shelter homes and vagrant and destitute welfare centres.President, PM greet nationPresident Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina greeted the country’s people as well as Muslims across the world on the occasion of Eid.In his message, the president urged people to realise the lesson of sacrifice (Qurbani). “Peace and amity will be established when the teachings of sacrifice are reflected in our personal and social lives,” he said.The president said he hoped the people would sacrifice animals at designated spots and work to remove wastes.In her message, the prime minister urged people to be imbued with the teachings of Eid-ul-Azha and participate in public welfare activities to build a peaceful, prosperous, and happy Bangladesh devoid of discriminations.last_img read more

EPA Holds First Public Meeting On Plan For San Jacinto River Waste

first_imgListen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Al OrtizBlenda Barnes was one of the area residents who spoke at the meeting to express her concern about the waste pits in the San Jacinto River.In a packed room with hundreds of residents from Channelview, Lynchburg, Highlands and other towns close to the San Jacinto River, officials from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) explained their proposal to clean up the contaminated materials from the waste pits.The plan would entail removing more than 200,000 cubic yards of toxic waste.Many residents expressed support for the EPA’s proposal.One of them was Jessica Woods, who lives in the impacted area and is the executive director of the Highlands-Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce.“As a resident, as a business owner, as a parent, as a community leader, I also personally support the full removal of this,” Woods said when she took the microphone to provide her comment.However, others voiced their concerns over the proposal and said that containment of the toxic materials by reinforcing the cap that currently covers the pits could be a better option.“I’m concerned about digging it up, the trucking of the waste to another location. I’m wondering if there’s not more risk moving it, wrecks, transporting it,” commented Debra Woods, who lives in Seabrook.Al Ortiz | Houston Public MediaElected officials such as Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan (first from the right) and U.S. Congressman Gene Green (second from the right) also attended the meeting. Both of them support the EPA’s proposed plan to clean up the waste pits.The waste pits contain dioxin, a toxic chemical that can cause reproductive problems, damage the immune system and cause cancer, according to the World Health Organization.D.J. Brewer was one of the residents who said she is worried about where the contaminated materials would eventually be stored.“Where are y’all going to put the waste that y’all are moving? That’s other huge concern I have. Y’all going to put it in those little fifty gallon drums or whatever and go stick it in Maryland or Louisiana?” Brewer asked, as she addressed the EPA representatives.Samuel Coleman, deputy regional administrator for the EPA’s Region 6, which covers the state of Texas, emphasized at the end of the meeting this part of the process has to focus on feedback from the community.“We will be pouring through those comments, both technical comments and other comments, to make sure that we have fully considered every suggestion that we receive,” Coleman noted.The public comment period on the proposal will end on November 28th and Coleman anticipates the EPA will make a final decision in the first half of next year. 00:00 /02:10 X Sharelast_img read more

Former DC Mayor Marion Barry out of Hospital after Weekend Crash

first_imgFormer District of Columbia mayor Marion Barry.WASHINGTON (AP) — Former District of Columbia mayor Marion Barry is out of the hospital after a weekend traffic accident.Barry resumed his public appearances Sunday. The D.C. councilmember was taken to a hospital Saturday night after a minor crash on Pennsylvania Avenue in southeast Washington.Police say the accident involved a car driving the wrong way and colliding with another vehicle. Officer Araz Alali says Barry was cited for driving on the wrong side of the street, driving an unregistered vehicle and failure to have insurance.Police say a person in the other vehicle complained of neck pain and was taken to a hospital.Barry’s spokeswoman LaToya Foster says Barry suffered a hypoglycemic attack with low blood sugar and was disoriented when he collided with another car. The 78-year-old Barry is diabetic.last_img