Azarenka beats error-prone Williams to win BNP Paribas Open

first_imgINDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP): Victoria Azarenka defeated error-prone Serena Williams 6-4, 6-4 to win the BNP Paribas Open yesterday, returning Azarenka to the world’s top 10 for the first time since August 2014. Clearly the crowd favourite, Williams gave fans little to cheer about on a 918 (328C) day in the California desert, while making 33 unforced errors. After getting broken to trail 3-0 in the second set, Williams returned to her seat and smashed her racket. Trailing 5-1, Williams won three straight games and held two break points on Azarenka’s serve in the last game. But Williams ended the match with three straight errors. It was Azarenka’s first victory over the top-ranked Williams since the Cincinnati final in August 2013. She will move up seven spots to No. 8 in the WTA Tour rankings today. Azarenka, who won here in 2012, hit just 10 winners and had 20 unforced errors in the two-hour match. She connected on 60 per cent of her first serves and broke Williams’ serve three times. Williams converted just one of 12 break chances. Williams was back at Indian Wells after ending her 14-year boycott last year, and the crowd, including Queen Latifah, was eager to support her. One fan held up a sign reading, “Go Serena. We straight outta Compton,” in a nod to the gang-infested Los Angeles suburb where the Williams sisters learnt to play tennis. But there was none of Williams’ trademark fist-pumping and screams of “Come on!” She hit just 22 winners. Azarenka and Williams met for the 21st time in their careers, with Williams now owning a 17-4 edge. The only player she has faced more in her career is older sister Venus, who watched grim-faced from a box after losing early in her return to Indian Wells for the first time since 2001. Williams was warmly welcomed back last year only to withdraw with a knee injury before her semi-final. She got emotional while accepting the runner-up trophy, tears welling in her eyes, after tournament officials thanked her and Venus for ending their boycotts. “Thank you so much for the cheers,” Williams said. “I can’t tell you how much it means to me.” Azarenka was gracious in victory, thanking Williams for her hard work that motivated the Belarussian to raise her game. Williams playfully stuck out her tongue as she walked past Azarenka posing with the winner’s crystal trophy on her way off the court.last_img read more

The Man City vs QPR quiz

first_imgManchester City and Rangers meet at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday in a monumental match for both sides. Test your knowledge of the history between the two clubs by seeing how many of these five questions you can answer correctly. [wp-simple-survey-26]Will QPR get a point at Man City? Click here to voteWhy the omens are so good for City against QPRVideo: QPR fans react to dramatic victory against StokeFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Uncovering South Africa’s latest fossil find

first_img8 November 2013Excavations will soon begin on a new site at the Cradle of Humankind in South Africa’s Gauteng province to investigate a find of “significant” fossils suspected to be those of our very early human ancestors.Professor Lee Berger, a research professor in Human Evolution from the Evolutionary Studies Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand and a National Geographic explorer-in-residence, will direct the expedition at the site, dubbed “Rising Star Cave”.Berger is best known for the discovery of Australopithecus sediba at the Malapa site at the Cradle – one of the most significant palaeoanthropological discoveries in recent times.The Cradle of Humankind is a World Heritage site situated about 40 kilometres north-west of Johannesburg.Berger said at the launch of the new expedition this week that “significant” fossils had been found in a chamber deep underground.“We do not know as yet what species of hominin we have found, and we will not speculate,” Berger said. “Our aim is to get the fossils out carefully, study them, compare them to other fossil material from around the world and then proceed to analyse and describe them.“This is part of the scientific process, and we are hoping to publish our findings – if all goes well – late in 2014.”The key challenge is the size and location of the cave: about 30 metres underground, it has a very small opening through which only slightly built people can fit.Berger used social media platforms to call for “tiny and small, specialised cavers and spelunkers with excellent archaeological, palaeontological and excavation skills”.From a list of 57 qualified applicants, Berger selected six scientists. “These are highly trained scientists with caving experience from the US, Canada and Australia who are currently in South Africa preparing for the excavation,” he said.The excavation and scientific analysis that follows will be featured in a National Geographic/NOVA television special.Members of the Speleological Exploration of South Africa will assist the expedition.Follow National Geographic’s Rising Star blog for updates on excavations.Wits University and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Mobile TV Coming to 20 U.S. Markets by 2011

first_imgTags:#mobile#news#NYT#Video Services#web sarah perez The Mobile Content Venture (MCV), a joint effort by U.S. broadcasters, recently announced its roadmap for its mobile TV network. The roll-out plans to have 20 U.S. markets covered by the end of 2011. And we should see mobile TV-compatible devices by the second half of 2011.Could it be true? A real, broadcaster-led, freemium mobile TV service is launching next year?The consortium includes 12 broadcasters:  Fox, NBC, Belo, Cox Media, E.W. Scripps, Gannett Broadcasting, Hearst Television, ION Television, Media General, Meredith, Post-Newsweek Stations and Raycom Media.The markets MCV has announced are New York,  Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Dallas, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Houston, Detroit, Tampa, Phoenix, Minneapolis, Orlando, Portland, Cincinnati, Greenville, West Palm Beach, Birmingham and Knoxville.About MCVYou may remember hearing something about a new mobile TV initiative earlier this year from a group calling itself Pearl (Pearl Mobile DTV Company, LLC). That’s actually the same group of broadcasters, it has just changed its name.In April, MCV, then called Pearl, announced its plans to re-use broadcast spectrum for mobile digital TV services to provide live and on-demand video, sports and entertainment programming and local and national news. The broadcast partners are providing the spectrum, marketing resources and capital to the venture.As technology blog GigaOm described it at the time, the decision to re-use spectrum was due to a “use it or lose it” push from the FCC, which was attempting to reclaim 120 MHz of spectrum for mobile broadband services. The broadcasters decided instead to keep the spectrum and launch the mobile TV venture, saying that it would lead to additional revenue streams and would help alleviate the strain on carriers’ mobile networks, already clogged by delivering mobile video. The Burden of Mobile VideoMobile video usage has grown substantially over recent months, contributing heavily to the mobile data traffic surge. In February of this year, for example, Cisco pegged mobile data traffic at 40 exabytes for 2010 (one exabyte = 1 billion gigabytes), much of it due to mobile video. In fact, Cisco said that by 2014, 66% of all mobile data traffic would be video.This morning, new data from video site MeFeedia again confirmed this trend, showing an increase in video traffic in 2010 – up 60% this year, it’s saying. iPhone, Android and iPad devices have contributed to this growth, with traffic up 22% since April on iPhone, up 200% on Android and up 325% on iPad.Is MCV Really Happening?Consumers may wonder whether or not this announcement means a whole lot at this point. Burned by previous attempts at mobile TV efforts (see, for example, Qualcomm’s now closing FLO TV service), there’s a bit of “I’ll believe it when I see it” sentiment out there these days regarding mobile TV ventures.For what it’s worth, the analysts at iSuppli are somewhat bullish on the possibilities for MCV, citing three main aspects to the service that provide it with a better chance than prior efforts. First, the technology it uses (ATSC M/H) is cheaper than others (DVB-H or MediaFLO, the latter which was used by Qualcomm) because it leverages existing infrastructure. Second, the venture is broadcaster-led, meaning it will have a good content portfolio and will be better designed to match up with consumers’ viewing habits and exceptions. And third, the technology (ASTC M/H) is backed by handset makers LG and Samsung, which will help bring devices to market.iSuppli also notes that MCV is likely to go for a business model involving both free and paid-for content to help push consumer adoption.That being said, there are also several challenges MCV must overcome. It needs to get operator commitment to integrate with cellular networks, and it needs to be able to offer handset subsidies, mobile billing and produce nationwide marketing campaigns. In fact, mobile operator support for MCV is key, without it, the initiative will probably not survive. So for now, cautious excitement only – but when you hear MCV announcing operator partners, you then have our permission to shout “hooray for mobile TV!” Image credits: DVICE, HotHardware Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

Dhoni’s bat fetches Rs 72 lakh at auction

first_imgIndian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s precious bat, which helped his team win the ICC World Cup, fetched a whopping Rs 72 lakh in a high profile charity auction held in London on Monday night.India skipper MS Dhoni with his bat that he used during the World Cup.The entire Indian team was present to watch Dhoni’s prized bat go under the hammer as the skipper hosted a lavish dinner at Hilton Park Lane hotel, where the auction took place.Besides his team-mates, bigwigs like Brian Lara, Courtney Walsh and David Boon were also present on the occasion.Dhoni, along with wife Sakshi and Poorna Patel, came in a little earlier to make sure everything was in place.Understandably, the bat generated massive interest amongst cricket enthusiasts since he hit the winning runs of the title triumph with a crunching six off the willow.Besides his bat, most of Dhoni’s cricketing gears used in the World Cup finals were also put up for auction. The funds raised through the auction would go to his wife’s charitable organisation, Sakshi Foundation, to be used for under-privileged children.last_img read more

Leonard, Siakam Each Score 30 Points, Raptors Beat Bucks

first_imgMILWAUKEE (AP) — Kawhi Leonard had a simple explanation after the Toronto Raptors’ latest victory.“If you want to win, you got to play defense,” Leonard said. “That is every game in the NBA.”Leonard and Pascal Siakam each scored 30 points, with Siakam setting a career high, and the Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 123-116 on Saturday night in a matchup of the top two teams in the NBA standings.Leonard also matched his season high with five steals.Serge Ibaka added 25 points and nine rebounds, Fred VanVleet had a season-high tying 21 points and Danny Green 12 points and nine rebounds for Toronto which snapped a three-game losing streak to Milwaukee.Toronto improved to 29-12, and Milwaukee dropped to 27-11.Milwaukee led in the first quarter, but saw the margin shrink to one at the half as Toronto started making shots and playing defense.“I thought that we kind of took some air out of them a little bit there,” VanVleet said. “That was a huge way to close the half. We closed it (the second) with a 7-0 run and came out in the third quarter with another run. I thought that we were in control for the rest of the way.”The Bucks clung to a 57-56 lead at the half, but the Raptors had already turned the game in their favor.“We kind of let up the second quarter going into the half,” the Bucks Eric Bledsoe said. “They cut it to one and we kind of let up then. We never could get our rhythm back.”Toronto opened the third with a 26-12 run, capped by Siakam’s turnaround bank hook for a 63-57 lead at the 10:05 mark.“What helped us was the beginning of that third quarter,” Leonard said. “We came out in the first two minutes playing well, getting stops, getting some open looks. We kept moving from there.”Antetokounmpo tried to rally the Bucks in the fourth when he scored eight points on a pair of 3s and a layup during a 14-4 run. His three-pointer gave Milwaukee a 96-95 lead with 8:12 to play, but the Raptors answered with a 15-2 surge capped by Siakam’s wide-open 3 from the corner for a 110-98 lead with 5:14 to play.Giannis Antetokounmpo had 43 points and 18 rebounds, each stat one shy of his career-high. Malcolm Brogdon added 15 points and Middleton and Bledsoe each had 14. The Bucks had won five straight.Milwaukee was coming off a 144-112 victory over Atlanta on Friday night.TIP-INSRaptors: C Jonas Valanciunas (left thumb dislocation) missed his 11th consecutive game. G Kyle Lowry (lower back pain) missed his sixth straight game. … The last time Lowry and Leonard played together was Dec. 9 against Milwaukee.Bucks: F Ersan Ilyasova scored three points in 13:23 minutes in his second game back from broken nose. … G Sterling Brown was back after missing one game with a right ankle injury.STATSLeanard has seven games of 30 or more points on 50.0 percent shooting or better.The Bucks lead the season series 2-1 with one more game remaining in Toronto on Jan. 31.NICE TURNAROUNDToronto had a day to rest following a 125-107 loss to the Spurs on Thursday night in Leonard’s return to San Antonio.“Tonight, executed everything in our game plan defensively and one game (Spurs) we didn’t execute any of it,” Toronto’s head coach Nick Nurse said. “Also, (we) played with some juice and some physicality. That is the way we need to play if you want to be a serious contender.”UP NEXT:Raptors: Host Indiana on Sunday night.Bucks: Host Utah on Monday night.By JOE TOTORAITIS , Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Stanford Finds Link Between Stress Time and Money

first_img regions: San Francisco Last Updated Apr 27, 2017 by Jonathan PfefferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail Stanford Finds Link Between Stress, Time and Money About the AuthorJonathan PfefferJonathan Pfeffer joined the Clear Admit and MetroMBA teams in 2015 after spending several years as an arts/culture writer, editor, and radio producer. In addition to his role as contributing writer at MetroMBA and contributing editor at Clear Admit, he is co-founder and lead producer of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast. He holds a BA in Film/Video, Ethnomusicology, and Media Studies from Oberlin College.View more posts by Jonathan Pfeffer center_img Stanford’s Graduate School of Business recently debuted new research from professor Jeffrey Pfeffer (no relation), Haas-Berkeley professor Dana R. Carney and UCLA Anderson School of Management professor Sanford DeVoe, which demonstrates the often harsh effects of time-money awareness can have on stress levels.Their research illustrates how equating time with money “changes people’s decisions about volunteering time and trading off working more hours for more money.” The trio conducted an experiment in which they paid 104 test subjects to work two hours at a fictitious company. “Both groups were guaranteed the same pay for the same two hours of work, but the first group proceeded with an upfront awareness of how much money they would earn per minute.”At the beginning and end of the two-hour period, Carney and Pfeffer measured each subject’s cortisol level, which measures “a physiological indicator of stress.” The experiment uncovered that “people who think of time as money are generally more psychologically stressed,” with the time-is-money group measuring cortisol levels at a dangerously high 25 percent.Pfeffer believes the results of this experiment are indicative of the way in which the increasingly global gig economy is evolving, in which workers increasingly piece together various income streams rather than a single 9-5 paycheck.Pfeffer suggests employers “move toward annual salaries rather than hourly pay scales.” He adds, “We’re moving in the wrong direction in many ways. People are continually calculating the economic value of their time. And all the research shows that when people are thinking about time and money, they’re not enjoying their lives. They become impatient. They don’t enjoy music or sunsets.” RelatedRutgers Prof Discusses Impact of Anxiety on Consumer BehaviorRutgers Business School recently published an article by Dory Devlin that explores the connection between anxiety and consumer behavior as part of a study associate professor of marketing Kristina Durante and the University of Miami’s Juliano Laran published in the Journal of Marketing Research last month. Durante, whose area of…November 25, 2016In “Featured Region”MIT Sloan Uncovers Innovative PTSD Treatment for Army VeteransMIT Sloan recently published an article detailing innovative new research from the school’s Post Traumatic Stress Innovations team that may transform how post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is treated in the “2 million men and women who served in Iraq and Afghanistan”—30 percent of whom are “expected to develop a…June 3, 2016In “Featured Region”Payment Method Affects Perceived Value of Purchase, Rotman Professor FindsThe University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management this week shared exciting new research published in the Journal of Consumer Research on the correlation between the ease of a consumer’s preferred payment method and the perceived value of the good or service purchased. Rotman Assistant Professor of Marketing Avni Shah, who researches…September 26, 2016In “Featured Region”last_img read more