November 2019

Waqar Younis was a ‘total failure’ as head coach: Kamran Akmal

first_imgPakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal has lashed out at former head coach Waqar Younis for causing a lot of damage to the country’s cricket and failing to guide the national side to success during his two separate stints as the head coach.In an interview to a TV channel, Kamran revealed that Waqar’s enthusiasm to ‘experiment’ with the players and sidelining important players had put the Pakistan team lagging behind by two to three years.”With due respect, Waqar was a failure as coach and he caused lot of damage to Pakistan cricket. In his enthusiasm to experiment and sideline established players, he put the national team back by two to three years,”the Dawn quoted Kamran as saying.It should be noted that this is the first time that a current Pakistan player has openly criticised Waqar for being an abject failure in his two separate tenures as head coach in 2010-2011 and 2014- 2016.The wicketkeeper-batsman, who appeared in 53 Tests and 157 ODIs for Pakistan, said that Waqar certainly had issues with some players and that he also had no plans to take the national side forward.”I don’t know the reasons but Waqar certainly had issues with some players. He had no plans on how to take Pakistan forward. An example was when he went to the 2015 World Cup and asked Younis Khan to open the innings and then sidelined Sarfraz Ahmed until late in the tournament,” Kamran said.Although Kamran admitted that Waqar was a great player, he insisted that the fast bowling great was a ‘total failure’ as a coach.advertisement”I can remember Umar Akmal scored a hundred in an Asia Cup match and in the next game he was batting behind Shahid Afridi and others. Waqar no doubt was a great player for Pakistan but as a coach he was a total failure,” he said.Waqar, who was forced to step down after the national side fared poorly in the last World Twenty20 in India in 2016, had criticized Kamran on various occasions besides also questioning his selection in the team.The 35-year-old was recalled to the team for the tour to West Indies earlier this year and Waqar had questioned what was the need of keeping two wicket-keepers in the side.”I have played under different coaches including Bob Woolmer and I can say they used to plan and they used to create a rapport with the players. Waqar insisted on training hard all the time and not having the players also focus on their skills and cricket development was damaging to the team. The best part is that Waqar as coach himself kept two keepers in the side,” Kamran said.last_img read more

Leander Paes and Alexander Zverev crash out of Cincinnati Open

first_imgIndian tennis ace Leander Paes and his German partner Alexander Zverev were knocked out of the 2017 Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati after going down in the opening round of the men’s doubles event here on Wednesday.The Indo-German pair, who comfortably won the first set, failed to continue their momentum and fell to a 2-6, 7-6 (7-2), 10-6 defeat against Spainiard duo of Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez in a jam-packed outer stadium match.Following the defeat, Zverev reflected on his debut partnership with Paes.The 20-year-old said that although they have lost the match today, it was fun playing with him.”I know him quite well. He’s a good guy. Unfortunately we lost today, but it was fun playing with him,” the ATP website quoted Zverev, as saying.Zverev also admitted that the doubles’ event can improve his singles game.”The serve and return helps. You get used to the conditions a little bit more, the match conditions. That’s very good. Obviously the volleys improve,” the right-hander said.Zverev has already clinched five titles this year, while Paes is a veteran of 54 doubles titles.last_img read more

Rafael Nadal sues ex-French sports minister over doping allegations

first_imgWorld number one Rafael Nadal has sought 100,000 euros in damages from former French sports minister Roselyne Bachelot after she levelled doping allegation against the Spanish tennis maestro.Roselyne Bachelot, who served as Minister for Health and Sport of France between 2007 and 2010, had alleged that Nadal’s seven-month injury break in 2012 was due to the failed drug test.However, neither Nadal nor Bachelot were present at the court hearing, which took place in Paris on Friday.Nadal’s lawyer, Patrick Maisonneuve, informed the court that the doping allegations levelled by Bachelot could have had “major consequences” for his client, concerning his “existing or future sponsors”.The lawyer further told that Nadal had asked him to put the matter to rest by passing on his medical file, which clearly reveals a very serious left knee injury.On the other hand, Bachelot’s lawyer Olivier Chappuis argued that the International Tennis Federation’s anti-doping programme was at fault and that the governing body “has always been astonishingly lax”.”There is a vast gap between the success he enjoys and the weakness of anti-doping controls.What sponsor has abandoned Rafael Nadal because of these comments? None,” he claimed, suggesting the court award symbolic damages to Nadal if his client is found guilty of one euro,” Sport24 quoted Chappuis, as saying.It should be noted that the 16-time Grand Slam champion has never failed a drugs test and had defended his training methods and out-rightly rejected to have used any banned substance in order to speed up his recovery from injury.advertisementA verdict is likely to be declared on November 16.last_img read more

Ranveer Singh met Deepika’s dad, Prakash Padukone. Here’s what happened next

first_imgAnushka Sharma’s grand Tuscan wedding with Virat Kohli might have put some ideas into Ranveer Singh’s head.Just a week after the celebrations, Ranveer Singh met Deepika Padukone’s father and shared a picture in his Instagram story. After this, he wrote, “Meeting the God of badminton.”Click here to EnlargeUsually, Ranveer is known for his flamboyant, bordering on eccentric dressing sense. Well this time, much to our surprise, he was wearing a calm grey suit. All set to impress Daddy-in-law?Ranveer was attending an event at the Padukone-Dravid Centre for Excellence in Bengaluru where he also met Rahul Dravid, Abhinav Bindra, Geet Sethi and Vishwanathan Anand. On his Instagram story, Ranveer added pictures with each of the sports star he met. Deepika Padukone shared a picture on her Instagram. Ranveer is still awaiting the release of his film Padmavati , directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The film has attracted fire from various quarters, and has been accused of “distorting” history.ALSO WATCH| Unforgettables: Aamir Khan and Ranveer Singh discuss their acting journeylast_img read more

Love sand art? World’s first online sand art course to launch in March 2018

first_imgSudarshan Pattnaik, the sand artist’s dream of taking the art form to art enthusiasts with an online course will soon become a reality with the support of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and the HRD ministry.The course is about to launch in the month of March 2018 with the support of IGNOU as it can help in creating wider reach for the audience.About the online sand art course:The course was announced almost a year back, scheduled for launch in March 2018, will be world’s first certificate course in sand artThe course will begin before March 31, 2018. The work has already been started for the project and video lectures have been prepared alreadyIt has to be fine-tuned as per MOOC’S (massive open online courses) normsMany of the artist’s overseas friends were also keen on taking the initiative forward in their respective countriesBoth theory and practical model of the courses will be prepared for the programme:In theory, the students will learn about selection of sand, use of water, measurement of sand and use of props while making the art, carving, how to form pyramid shape and the whole process of making a sculpture on sandVarious videos will be made displaying the making of a sculpture on sand and will be put online through IGNOU’s website for students. The videos will give them ample of knowledge from selecting and gathering of sand to give finishing touch to the sculptureAccording to the artist, several brilliant sand artists lag behind due to the absence of the required academic background.advertisementPattnaik want India to be the first country to offer sand art training:The sand artist wants India to become the first country across the globe to offer sand art training to sand artists and he has noticed the number of such artists are increasing now.”I want to give a platform to upcoming sand artists. I have submitted the course design and syllabus and will now fine tune this. I had been waiting for their response for over a year and now they have given me assurance that the course will begin in March 2018,” the artist told PTI.Read: Washington University to mentor IIT Delhi students, signs agreementRead: National Medical Commission Bill approved by Union Cabinet, MCI to be replacedlast_img read more

MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli too fast even for a 23-year-old

first_imgMS Dhoni and Virat Kohli are supremely fit and they are lightning quick between the wickets. When the two bat together, it is a delight to see them sprint between the wickets to steal tight singles, convert ones into twos and twos into threes.Kohli has been a staunch advocator of fitness and he has inspired not just his teammates but athletes around the country with his professionalism. The India captain was chubby when he had first arrived on the international scene but today, he is among the fittest athletes in the world and is an ace fielder, quick runner and at 29, he continues to raise the bar higher than ever.Then there is Dhoni, who at 36, is as fit as any of his younger colleagues. The former captain is still a champion wicketkeeper and can run faster than most batsmen in world cricket.And these two stars, Kohli and Dhoni, ran a sprint with Axar Patel, who at 23, is a lot younger than the superstars. And guess what! Axar was beaten hands down. By the end of the race. he admitted it was a hard task to beat those two. With all due respect to Axar, why even try!Hard task to beat these two legends in a race. #triedmybest @BCCI pic.twitter.com/FE3PFZXTBS- Akshar patel (@akshar2026) November 6, 2017last_img read more

World Cup Bore: Greece-Ivory Coast

first_imgTickets remain for only seven of the 64 World Cup matches, with the Greece-Ivory Coast game the least popular one so far.Mmore than 2.5 million tickets have been sold for soccer’s premier event. FIFA says the World Cup in Brazil is the most successful tournament in terms of ticket requests.Most matches sold out quickly after tickets became available March 12. Fans have until April 1 to purchase tickets. The next sales phase opens April 15.The Greece-Ivory Coast game is in the northeastern city of Fortaleza. Nigeria-Bosnia and Russia-South Korea, both in the wetlands city of Cuiaba, also have tickets available.Tickets are also available for Uruguay-Costa Rica in Fortaleza, South Korea-Algeria in the southern city of Porto Alegre, Honduras-Switzerland in the jungle city of Manaus and Bosnia-Iran in the northeastern city of Salvador.FIFA doesn’t release specific numbers of tickets for each game, but the matchup between Greece and Ivory Coast on June 24 was the only one with “high availability” in three of the four sales categories.Honduras-Switzerland was the closest to being sold out, with FIFA saying there was “low availability” only in the most expensive category.In this sales stage, tickets were available on a first-come, first-served basis. More than two-thirds of the matches sold out in less than three hours. Tickets for all Brazil matches were gone in about an hour, as were all of the quarterfinals and nearly all second-round matchups in the June 12-July 13 tournament.Tickets were not on sale for the opener between Brazil and Croatia in São Paulo, the final at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, and the semifinals in São Paulo and Belo Horizonte.FIFA said about 295,000 tickets have been sold in this phase. In all, about 3.3 million tickets will be sold for the first World Cup in Brazil since 1950.Nearly 540,000 tickets will be available for pickup beginning in May.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Warriors Curry The Knicks, 125-94

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares OAKLAND, Calif. — Birthday boy Stephen Curry received a postgame locker room visit from Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera, who gifted Golden State’s All-Star point guard from Charlotte with a football jersey sporting his No. 30.What a way to celebrate turning 27. He had a snazzy cake and new sneakers, too.Curry dazzled for 25 points and 11 assists, and the Warriors beat the New York Knicks 125-94 on March 14 for their eighth straight home victory.Curry was serenaded with a “Happy Birthday” song from fans during one timeout. “It was a fun night all the way around,” Curry said. “It’s special that they’re having fun.”Curry ended the first half with a contested 3-pointer from the top of the arc as he leaned in and let it go, legs off balance. He finished 6-of-10 on 3s.Klay Thompson added 27 points with six 3s, and the Splash Brothers combined for 29 points by halftime to highlight a 47-point second quarter that blew open the game.Andrea Bargnani had 18 points for the Knicks and Alexey Shved added 14.After having their five-game winning streak snapped a night earlier at Denver with the regulars resting, Curry and Co. kick-started a welcome six-game homestand with plenty of pizazz for the Western Conference leaders (52-13), who topped their win total of last season.“When those guys get hot it’s really hard to cool them off,” New York’s Lance Thomas said. “Once we took our foot off the gas defensively, that’s when they executed.”Midway through the third, Curry drove the baseline and dished to Thompson for a 3. A couple minutes later, he drove through traffic for a left-handed layup and fell a few rows back into the baseline fans.Curry was greeted in the locker room before the game by a cake in the form of his All-Star 3-point contest trophy and new Under Armour sneakers. “That’s probably the craziest cake (I’ve had),” he said.Averaging 25.6 points in nine previous games against New York, he hit that mark again. Curry knocked down consecutive 3-pointers early in the opening quarter to find his stroke.“He’s just one of the best in the world at what he does,” Thompson said.Coach Steve Kerr’s move to rest Curry, Thompson, Andrew Bogut and Andre Iguodala in Denver certainly looked genius a day later — with his team playing a fifth game in seven days and sixth in nine.“We looked like ourselves again with our pace and taking care of the ball,” Kerr said. “Thirty-four assists to (nine) turnovers, that’s a coach’s dream.”The Warriors lost 114-103 to the Nuggets with a short bench. Bogut sure looked fresh and had two big first-quarter dunks.Draymond Green added 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists as the Warriors beat the Knicks for the ninth time in 12 meetings and 19 in 25.New York snapped its five-game skid March 12 at the Lakers while shooting 9-of-18 on 3-pointers. But a sluggish, sloppy second quarter put the Knicks in an insurmountable 73-52 halftime hole. Longtime fan and director Spike Lee watched the rout from courtside.University of Washington coach and former Warriors guard Lorenzo Romar was shown on the Kiss Cam late in the second quarter but didn’t see it, so they moved on to another couple.(JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer)last_img read more

Hoop Star Spanoulis Cites Threats

first_imgATHENS – A Greek prosecutor is investigating a complaint Panathinaikos basketball club owner Dimitris Giannakopoulos threatened Olympiacos captain Vassilis Spanoulis.Spanoulis had riled the crowd during his team’s 77-66 victory over Panathinaikos, intensifying the rivalry between Greece’s mortal basketball enemies whose fans hate each other.Spanoulis is due to be called to give evidence this week and will be asked whether he wants to file charges against Giannakopoulos, who is alleged to have threatened the Greece international, as well as his family.The game between the two sides had to be temporarily suspended after Panathinaikos fans spilled onto the court when Spanoulis celebrated after scoring, taunting the Greens crowd which went wild.Giannakopoulos issued a statement saying he acted out of character and that he spoke to Spanoulis to explain what he said and meant.The enmity between the teams and fans runs deep and there have been a number of violent incidents and rowdy games invaded by fans pouring onto the court.Olympiacos played without American forward James Gist, who tested positive for marijuana use and Panathinaikos’ defeat led to the firing of coach Dusko Ivanovic after only ten months. Greek coaches are routinely and rapidly fired unless they deliver quick, dramatic results.Panathinaikos will likely also face a home ban ahead of the playoffs because fans charged onto the court, a common occurrence in games between the teams.Panathinaikos was fined 150,000 euros last month after the fiery Giannakopoulos accused officials of showing bias towards Barcelona in a Euroleague game.Panathinaikos has been bounced from European play while Olympiacos is playing on.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Yanks’ Bird Clips Twins, 4-3

first_imgNEW YORK — Greg Bird shrugged his shoulders a few times, gave a bashful smile or two and talked about how he’s just honored to be helping his Yankees teammates. Nothing seemed to faze this 22-year-old rookie.Not even those two soaring homers he hit in his fourth big league start.Bird hit a pair two-out, two-run drives Aug. 19, supporting an overpowering effort by Nathan Eovaldi and leading the New York Yankees to a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins for a three-game sweep.“His composure. You feel like he’s been here already six months,” teammate Chase Headley said. “He’s very calm.”Eovaldi (13-2) did not allow a baserunner until Chris Hermann singled with one out in the sixth. Topping 100 mph on the scoreboard radar a handful of times, Eovaldi was touched for three runs in the inning when he lost command of his secondary pitches.In seven electric innings, Eovaldi gave up four hits and struck out eight. He walked three in improving to 8-0 in his last 11 starts since June 20.Dellin Betances pitched a perfect ninth for his eighth save — first since July 1 — for the AL East leaders, winners of six of seven.Called up from Triple-A on Aug. 13, Bird has been in the lineup since replacing Mark Teixeira on the field Aug. 17 after the switch-hitter fouled a ball off his right shin. He connected twice off Ervin Santana, who fell to 0-8 in his last 11 starts against New York.“This whole week’s been crazy,” Bird said, “but at the end of the day I’m just trying to do my job here, nothing more nothing less.”Bird got a ride to the ballpark from his parents, then he gave them something to remember in the fourth inning, sending an 0-1 pitch into the second deck in right field after Carlos Beltran squirted a hit off the glove of diving second baseman Brian Dozier.He put New York back in front in the sixth, this time after Beltran was walked by Santana (2-4), with a homer into the Yankees bullpen for a 4-3 lead. The 38,086 fans demanded a curtain call and he obliged with a quick wave of the helmet from the top step of the dugout.“The first one at any level,” he said.Bird did not get to face Santana for a shot at three long balls. The right-hander with a red glove was lifted for Trevor May with two outs in the eighth and Bird due up. With fans in the bleachers chanting, “Greg Bird!” he struck out.The lefty swinging first baseman from Colorado got his first career RBI on Aug. 18 and received plenty of praise from Manager Joe Girardi about 12 hours later.“This is a big comparison and I’m not saying this is what my expectation is, but Miguel Cabrera had a slow clock and really had an understanding of what he wanted to do. And I think Greg Bird has an understanding of who he is and what he wants to do,” said Girardi, who managed Cabrera with the Marlins in 2006.Shane Robinson followed Hermann’s one-out hit in the sixth with a single. After an out, Dozier walked — following a 102 mph fastball — on a splitter in the dirt. Joe Mauer laced an 87 mph slider into right-center for two runs. Trevor Plouffe drove in another with a chopper to third for an infield single on a splitter.“That split combination with the velocity was too much for us to handle today,” Twins Manager Paul Molitor said.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Olympiacos Beats Panetolikos, 1-0

first_imgATHENS — Olympiacos beat 10-man Panetolikos 1-0 at home on Dec. 13, extending its record winning streak in the Greek league to 13 matches.Alejandro Dominguez scored the only goal in first half stoppage time, a drive from outside the area that swerved away from substitute goalkeeper Manolis Stefanakos.Stefanakos replaced starting keeper Dimitris Kyriakidis, who was shown a straight red card just before halftime for handling the ball outside his area.Dominguez could have scored a second, but saw his penalty kick blocked by Stefanakos in the 55th.Olympiacos is 11 points ahead of second-place Panathinaikos, a 2-0 winner over Asteras.Panathinaikos moved over AEK Athens, which drew 1-1 at Panionios on Dec. 12. Panetolikos is joint 13th with Atromitos, which beat Kalloni 1-0.Also, Veria drew 1-1 at Xanthi.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Former Jets Lineman Winston Hill Dies

first_imgNEW YORK — Winston Hill, a durable All-Pro offensive tackle who played 15 seasons and helped protect Joe Namath on the way to the New York Jets’ Super Bowl victory in 1969, has died. He was 74.The team announced April 26 that Hill, a member of the Jets’ inaugural Ring of Honor class in 2010, died in his adopted hometown of Denver.Hill made a franchise-record eight All-Star teams, the first five at left tackle and the last three on the right side. He also holds the team mark for offensive linemen with 195 consecutive games played, keeping his streak going despite breaking a leg in the 1965 preseason. Hill also was selected in 1970 for the AFL’s All-Time second team.Jets owner Woody Johnson called Hill “one of the Jets’ all-time greats” in a statement provided by the team.“I was very sad to hear of the passing of Winston Hill,” Johnson said. “He was our most decorated player with a franchise-record eight all-star game appearances. And as accomplished as he was on the field, he was an even better person whose profound impact on his teammates and those who came in contact with him left an impression for a lifetime.“He was the type of man who, if you were his friend, you thought you were his best friend.”Hill, who grew up in Joaquin, Texas, was drafted by Baltimore in the 11th round of the 1962 NFL draft out of Texas Southern, where he played on both the offensive and defensive lines.The Colts released him in August 1963 and he signed with the Jets the next day. He quickly established himself as one of pro football’s top offensive linemen, making three straight AFL All-Star games in 1967-69 and four straight Pro Bowls from 1970-73.In addition to protecting Namath, Hill helped block for Matt Snell, who ran for 121 yards and a touchdown in New York’s 16-7 Super Bowl victory over Baltimore.“Winnie was like my brother,” former center John Schmitt told the team’s website. “He was a terrific football player. His heart was as big as his body. He did not have a bad thing to say about anyone. I am going to miss that turkey.”Hill’s final season came in 1977 with the Los Angeles Rams, who also had Namath that year.After retiring from football, Hill opened a BBQ and ribs restaurant in Centennial, Colorado.Hill joined Namath, wide receiver Don Maynard and coach Weeb Ewbank — all members of that Super Bowl-winning team — along with running back Curtis Martin and defensive lineman Joe Klecko as the Jets’ first Ring of Honor inductees.(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

France Defense Excels in 1-0 Victory over Peru in Group C

first_imgYEKATERINBURG, Russia (AP) — With all its attacking talent, France proved it also has class in defense.Other coaches might envy Didier Deschamps, who has a forward line bursting with skill, speed and goals. But Peru coach Ricardo Gareca looked at the other end Thursday after his team lost 1-0.“I think France did some outstanding work of defense,” said Gareca, whose team was eliminated while the French advanced to the knockout stage.“Credit needs to be given to France, it’s not that Peru fell short,” Gareca said. “Unlike their other games, France had very strong tactical discipline to neutralize Peru. Something that wasn’t visible in their other matches.”After Peru lost its opening game to Denmark 1-0, it needed a least a point against France to stay in contention following a 36-year absence from the tournament. With striker Paolo Guerrero back in the starting lineup, Peru’s players used any and every opportunity to put France under pressure.It didn’t work.France’s Blaise Matuidi celebrates at the end of the group C match between France and Peru at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. France won 1-0. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)Deschamps made two tactical changes for the game, using Olivier Giroud and Blaise Matuidi in the starting line-up. The result upfront was visible. France was more fluid than in the 2-1 victory over Australia and the cooperation between midfielders Paul Pogba and Ngolo Kante with the attackers resulted in a number of scoring opportunities.But when Peru was on a desperate attack, they all were ready to help at the back.It was not just defenders Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti and Lucas Hernandez who were solid for the second straight game.“It doesn’t come only from the French defense,” Deschamps said. “The attacking players did what they had to do. They made an effort for the team to be compact, to work together. It was very important to have very solid defense.”France neutralized Guerrero to a single chance in the first half. But goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who made his 100th international appearance, saved his low shot from close range.In the second half, France kept Peru at a distance, allowing mostly only long range attempts on goal.Even such an offensive ace as Kylian Mbappe, who scored the winning goal in the first half, came to help.“If the team needs it, you need to sacrifice yourself,” Mbappe said. “Today, sometimes we didn’t need to be up the field … this is what I did.”—By KAREL JANICEK , Associated PressFrance’s Paul Pogba, second right comforts Peru’s Anderson Santamaria at the end of the group C match between France and Peru at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)France’s Blaise Matuidi jubilates at the end of the group C match between France and Peru at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)France’s Blaise Matuidi jubilates at the end of the group C match between France and Peru at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Reflections on a career

first_imgI recently read a book about the history of the Patapsco River, an important tributary in Maryland, and was struck by the slow pace of change over human history. A 17th century farmer’s life was likely no different from that of an agrarian several thousand years earlier. For most of human history one’s life was pretty much like that of one’s great-grandparents.Until now.The industrial revolution took place yesterday, considering humankind’s long presence on this planet. Starting in the mid-18th century it moved people from the land into factories and created all sorts of consumer goodies. But people remained largely poor; I read (somewhere) that in 1810 94% of the world’s population lived in extreme poverty compared with 10% today. (Interestingly, in absolute numbers, roughly the same number of people remain in that unenviable lot today and two centuries ago).My late grandmother was born in 1898. She grew up in Manhattan. I once asked if she had had a telephone; her reply was that she did know someone, on the other side of the island, who had one. I well remember in the 50s and 60s how any long-distance call was a matter of Dad’s urgent business or an announcement of a death in the family. In fact, here in the USA it was illegal to own a phone then; Ma Bell leased them to consumers. Yet now pretty much everyone is glued to their personal phones.In my family, in the course of three generations, this technology has gone from unattainable to routine. Except that today’s devices don’t resemble those of 1910, 1950, or even 1980 at all; they are battery-powered computers that just a few years ago would have been impossible to imagine.As a kid the technology we had wasn’t much different from that of 1930. Dad built a vacuum tube Heathkit radio and amplifier which were, for many years, the family’s sole source of music. We did get a TV around 1960. Black and white, it required constant fiddling with the horizontal and vertical sync controls to show a picture. I suspect the first transistorized anything we had was from the mid-1960s when I built a pair of Heathkit walkie-talkies.About a year after Intel introduced the first commercially-successful microprocessor I became an engineer. We were using the 8008, a revolutionary device that in many ways created the entire embedded systems industry. Yet that chip needed an army of support electronics to do anything useful. An entire board full of logic gave it the capability to run software, but one still needed another board of chips for RAM (typically 4KB) and yet another for EPROM to store the program. That was in 1702s, a 256 byte (not a misprint) ROM with a quartz window. Expose the silicon to intense UV light for a quarter hour and the chip was a clean slate ready to be reprogrammed.A 1702 EPROM, from Wikipedia One of our early 8008 products required 4KB of program space (in 16 EPROM chips!), yet it did floating-point linear regressions and took data in real time at tens of microseconds rates.That 8008 was about $650 each (just for the chip) in today’s dollars.Now, 40+ years later, programs are often megabytes in size. Microcontrollers offer complete computers, memory and all, on a single chip for less than a buck. The $5000 five MB hard disk (with a removable 14” platter) we used in the early 70s has been replaced by a $50 terabyte drive.A personal computer, circa 1970, From Wikipedia How things have changed!Yet many professions have not. One of my brothers sells jewelry to stores. He claims that the business is just like it was four decades ago, except that the number of stores has declined due to on-line shopping. Another is a philosopher who uses modern tools to expound on ancient ideas.Electronic engineering is a field where change is the only constant. Some wags claim the field is reinvented every two years, a silly notion considering just how much of our knowledge base remains unchanged. Maxwell’s Laws, Kirchhoff, De Morgan, transistor theory (at least most of it) and so many other subjects foundational to our work are pretty much the same as in our college years. But the technology itself evolves at a dizzyingly pace. The mainframe shown above could now exist on a single fleck of silicon no bigger than a fingernail. Instead of costing millions, today they are so cheap they’re used as giveaways.It’s hard to point to any bit of our tech that is unchanged. The lowly resistor is now an 0302 thin-film device. Supercaps offer farads of capacitance. Where a four-layer PCB was once unimaginable, today it’s not rare to see layers stacked tens deep. Buried vias? Who would have dreamed of such a structure 40 years ago?Embedded software has changed as well. In the 1970s it was all done in assembly language. C and C++ are now (by far) the dominant languages. One could argue that C took over around 1990 and has stagnated since, but the firmware ecosystem is nothing like it was a years ago. Today one can get software components like GUIs, filesystems and much more as robust and reasonably-priced packages. Static analyzers find bugs automatically while other tools will generate unit tests. Where we used to use paper tape for mass storage when developing code, patching binaries rather than reassembling to save time, now fantastic IDEs can graphically show what tasks execute when, or capture trace data from a processor furiously executing 100 million instructions per second.Embedded systems have always suffered from being the neglected kid in town; all the tech glory goes to iPads and PCs. The hundreds of millions of lines of HDL needed to design a tablet’s SoC represent an incredible engineering accomplishment. But to me, much more exciting are the modern 32-bit microcontrollers that cost nothing yet offer fantastic performance.We’re at a singular point in history, at least embedded history. Today cheap yet very powerful 32-bit MCUs that include vast amounts of memory and astonishing arrays of peripherals, coupled with their extremely low power needs and widely available communications I/O and infrastructure, are redefining the nature of our business. And don’t forget the huge number of sensors now available – a gyro used to be big, power-hungry and expensive. Now you can get one for a couple of bucks. There has long been a desire for insanely-cheap devices that run for years on a primary battery and that can push data from pretty much anywhere back to where it’s needed. That technology is here, now. Expect to see some very cool products hit the market.Thinking about the changes I have seen in my years as an engineer makes me believe that this is the greatest career on the planet.Jack G. Ganssle is a lecturer and consultant on embedded development issues. He conducts seminars on embedded systems and helps companies with their embedded challenges, and works as an expert witness on embedded issues. Contact him at . His website is . Log in to Reply “I recall buying a Microsystems International (Canadian second-source to Intel) 8008 for @120 in 1975 or so. Microsystems International was a successful profitable LSI company at the time, but their parent killed them for not being profitable enough.nnIn September 20, 2016 at 11:58 pm Continue Reading Previous Caveman diorama meets Huntsville modeling competitionNext Signing off 1 thought on “Reflections on a career” traneus says: Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram 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

Concurrent enhances security for existing product ranges

first_img Continue Reading Previous SensiEDGE: innovative designs for the IoT on show at Embedded WorldNext Keysight receives certification for eCall test emulator software Concurrent Technologies announces a range of measures to help customers improve the security for their AdvancedMC, CompactPCI, VME, VPX and XMC boards based on Intel processor devices since 2014 and which will also be available on all boards planned for release this year based on next generation technologies.For those customers using Windows 10 or a recent version of Linux, Concurrent Technologies now offers a factory fitted TPM 2.0 as an alternative build option to the original TPM 1.2 device.  This offers an elevated level of flexibility: those customers already in deployment who need consistency can still obtain boards without a TPM or with the more basic TPM 1.2 and those still developing their solutions can use the TPM 2.0.  The new TPM 2.0 provides improved cryptographic algorithms, enhanced authorization and simplified management features.Concurrent Technologies is now marketing specific security capabilities as separate utilities.  Initial examples include UEFI based Secure Boot and Sanitization capabilities that are compliant to the appropriate US Defense Security Service standards.  Having individual utilities allows customers to select the security element that is appropriate to their needs.  For a more holistic solution, Concurrent Technologies continues to enhance their flagship Guardian Security offering that has been available for several years.  Guardian Security includes many hardware, firmware and software features specific to each board with three key goals: preventing unauthorized use of secure equipment; preventing unauthorized access to sensitive data and allowing sensitive data to be purged on-demand.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

Ikalogic launches SP209 logic analyzers

first_img Continue Reading Previous LieberLieber: replacing documents with modelsNext Future Electronics: rapid development platform for thermal imaging and IR sensing Ikalogic launch a new series of test instruments: the SP209 is a 9 channel, 200MHz logic analyzer that fills many gaps with existing products on the market. SP209 series aims at making it easy to analyze CMOS logic signals and industrial buses alike. Indeed, SP209 integrates specialized receivers for most common industrial busses like RS485, RS232 or CAN.SP209 Logic Analyzers provide 200MHz sampling rate, but unlike many competitor’s solutions, SP209 allows the user to use all 9 channels at the maximum sampling rate. No more trade-offs between the number of active channels and the sampling rate. This is possible thanks to an embedded 2Gb memory that buffers the captured signals before sending them to the computer to be displayed.Another important advantage is the Trigger IN and Trigger OUT SMA connectors that allows a user to synchronize SP209 to other lab equipment, eventually building a highly sophisticated test setup. This latest series of logic analyzers offer state mode operation with an external clock up to 50MHz and comes with a state-of-the-art software that provides in-depth analysis and protocol decoding features. The SP209 series comes in two versions, a standard version and an industrial version.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

Cervoz: highly integrated single-chip supporting 2-stream 802.11ac

first_img Continue Reading Previous Arm, Cadence and Xilinx introduce Arm Neoverse System Development PlatformNext How can we ensure durability and data protection in embedded systems? MEC-WIFI-2532B-30 is a highly integrated single-chip that support 2-stream 802.11ac solutions with MIMO (Multiple In, Multiple Out) with Wireless LAN(WLAN) PCI Express network interface and integrated Bluetooth Smart Ready USB interface. MEC-WIFI-2532B-30 is a high performance, cost-effective, low power, compact solution to any PCIe and USB M.2 module applicationShare this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

Uttarakhand HC puts river rafting on hold, job losses feared

first_img(Adding details, quotes) Nainital/Dehradun, Jun 22 (PTI) The Uttarakhand High Court has banned white water rafting and paragliding until the state government frames a policy on adventure sports, a move which those in the business say will hit them hard. Underlining the need to regulate adventure sports, a division bench of justices Rajiv Sharma and Lokpal Singh in a recent order directed the state government to prepare a transparent policy within two weeks. Till such a policy is framed, no paragliding, white water rafting and other water sports shall be permitted in Uttarakhand, the court said. Former Rafting Association of Uttarakhand president Devendra Rawat said river rafting has generated jobs for about 40,000 people, almost ending migration from many areas along the Ganga in Garhwal regions Tehri and Pauri districts. A ban on rafting will lead to more people migrating from the state, he said. There are 281 companies involved in the rafting trade, together owning 600 rafts and transacting business worth over Rs 20 crore every season, which lasts nine months from October to June, he said. Though he denied knowledge of the high court order, Rawat said any ban would affect the 40,000 people associated with the trade. Asked about alleged violation of guidelines by raft operators, he said they follow the Rafting Policy 2014. “If the policy is revised and implemented, which is something only the state government can do, that would again be followed by people associated with the trade,” he said. However, others in the business felt a ban lasting a few weeks from now would not have much affect as the season is nearing its end on June 30.advertisement The court order came on a PIL alleging that illegal leases were being issued in favour of private parties to set up temporary structures on the Ganga riverbed. Private entrepreneurs were conducted river rafting from them without any legal sanction, it argued. PTI CORR ALM ASHASHlast_img read more