Rejuvenated after a month’s break, Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu will look to produce the goods and break this season’s title drought when she spearheads the Indian campaign at the USD 1,250,000 Indonesia Open BWF World Tour Super 1000 beginning here Tuesday.A title has eluded Sindhu ever since she stood on the podium with the gold medal at the World Tour Finals last December.Sindhu has not looked her usual self as she failed to reach a single final so far this season and has made it to only two semi-finals in six tournaments.The fifth seeded Indian will have her first final of the season in sight when she opens against Japan’s Aya Ohori Wednesday. However, it will be easier said than done as another Japanese Nozomi Okuhara stands on her way to the quarterfinals.”It has not been really great. I think I have to do much better. I have worked on mental as well as physical fitness. I have been working out on my skills a lot more,” Sindhu had said recently.Saina Nehwal, the only Indian to win a title this season at Malaysia Masters earlier in the year, has been suffering from multiple injuries and will not feature in the prestigious tournament.In men’s singles, world no 9 Kidambi Srikanth, who was sidelined by a knee injury ahead of the Sudirman Cup, will also test his form and fitness when he opens against Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto.Srikanth had reached the finals at India Open this season and he would look to put another good performance at a tournament, which he had won in 2017.advertisementB Sai Praneeth, who has looked in good touch having reached the finals at Swiss Open, will be up against Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki Vincent, while HS Prannoy will face an imposing task of taming second seed China’s Shi Yu Qi Wednesday.Women’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy will meet Malaysian combo of Vivian Hoo and Yap Cheng Wen, while men’s doubles combination of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty will take on Malaysian pair of Goh Sze Fei and Nur Izzuddin.Mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Sikki will face Netherlands’ Robin Tabeling and Selena Piek.Indian shuttlers didn’t set the stage on fire this season with just Saina winning a title and chief coach Pullela Gopichand blamed it on the number of injuries, and hoped they would do well in the second half of the year.”It has been tough this season. The busy schedule and a few injuries to key players have taken a toll. But I am hopeful in the next three weeks, we will get some good results,” Gopichand said.”We had a change in the coaching system with new coaches coming in. The players had a good three weeks training, so we hope for some good results in the coming events, starting with Indonesia,” he added.Read more | Viktor Axelsen says he is taking an indefinite break from badmintonAlso see:
zoom The outlines of the new sea lock at the entrance of the North Sea Canal, a Dutch ship canal from Amsterdam to the North Sea at IJmuiden, are now becoming clearly visible from the air. In the coming months, consortium Open IJ plans to continue the construction of the two lock heads and the lock chamber walls, the Port of Amsterdam said. On the construction site, the lock chamber walls are springing up – about 7.5 meters of them are being built each day. In the ground, the first 120 meters of a total of 1,650 meters of diaphragm wall have been completed.Additionally, the cofferdam of the lock gate chamber of the inner lock head has been drained. The cofferdam of the outer lock head will follow at the end of the month. The port said that the concreting works will start as soon as the cofferdams have been drained.Aimed at improving the accessibility of the port, offering space for the ever growing ships independent of the tidal levels, the new lock will be 500 meters long.Separately, the Port of Amsterdam said it plans, together with Rotterdam-based oil storage company Vopak, to invest in additional vessel handling infrastructure at Vopak Terminal Amsterdam Westpoort.Under the plan, one jetty will be extended with one berth for seagoing vessels, and a new quay wall with two berths for barges will be built.This will bring the total number of berths to four for seagoing vessels and ten for barges by the end of 2018.Pumping capacity at the terminal will also be increased, according to the Port of Amsterdam.“The high throughput volumes at our … terminal can occasionally result in queues for vessels and barges. This investment will increase the vessel handling capabilities at our terminal,” Ramon Ernst, Managing Director Vopak Terminal Amsterdam Westpoort, explained.As disclosed, the new infrastructure will be highly automated and fully connected to the vapor recovery unit.Furthermore, the Port of Amsterdam revealed it intends to buy energy for ships mooring in the port in partnership with EXE and Senfal without the intervention of an energy supplier.“Our aim is to ultimately be able to meet the port’s energy needs through our own green energy generation. This shore power project is a forerunner of this,” Robin Schipper, Port of Amsterdam’s Sustainable Energy Programme Manager, said.
Jeremy Lin returns to New York Monday night, to Madison Square Garden, where he ascended from an unknown fringe player to an international phenomenon.He is a Houston Rocket now; the Knicks did not match a three-year, $25-million offer he received in the summer. He said he has a confluence of emotions about returning to play in New York, where “Linsanity was born.“I’m definitely ready to get it over with just because I think in some way there’ll be some closure,” Lin told USA TODAY. “This will be the first return back to MSG, and there’ll never be another first return. We’re going to go out there, play and have some fun and enjoy it and move on.”Knicks guard Raymond Felton, who was acquired to take over the point guard spot, said Lin deserves a warm reception from Knicks fans.“What Jeremy did was amazing, was great,” Felton said. “I’m happy for him, he got his money. He’s the starting point guard in Houston. I used to watch him every game. But it’s time to move on. We’re 18-5, we’re 10-0 at home, so there’s no need to talk about that no more.”The Knicks are playing as well as any team in the league without Lin, while he and his Rockets are still seeking to find a groove.“Terrible,” Lin said when asked about how he has played this season. “I’m not doing close to what I’m capable of doing. It’s a matter of figuring out how to get myself to play more like myself within the system of everything that’s going on and a change of scenery.”Here’s a look at the numbers: In those magical 25 starts with the Knicks last year, Lin averaged 18.2 points, 7.7 assists, 3.7 rebounds and shot 44.5% from the field. He also had a career-high 38 points against the Los Angeles Lakers on national television, skyrocketing his popularity.In 23 starts with the Rockets, Lin has averaged 10.8 points, 6.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds and has shot 39.5% from the field. Ordinary numbers, and certainly not worthy what a player making his money. He did have 38 points against San Antonio last week, however.“The biggest thing for all us is comfort,” Lin told the newspaper. “When you’re comfortable, everything is easy, everything flows. Right now, we don’t have that exactly. We’ll get there though. We’ve shown glimpses. We’ll have some games where everything is perfect and free-flowing and everyone’s comfortable and we’ll have the ones like today where it’s just not quite there.“It’s a matter of battling through the adversity so we can get everybody more on the same page more consistently.”Rocket teammate James Harden said the hype around playing against a former team is overblown.“I don’t think Jeremy’s really caught up in going back and trying to make an individual performance,” Harden said. “It’s good to see old teammates and coaches and fans, but to be honest, you guys, the media, really hypes it up to be bigger than what it is.”
After losing superstar Kawhi Leonard in free agency last month, it’s highly unlikely that the Raptors will repeat as NBA champions in 2020. But on some level, Leonard’s departure could make Toronto the league’s most interesting club this season.The team was an impressive 17-5 during the regular season1Although it’s worth pointing out that the Kawhi-less Raptors were 13-0 against teams that failed to reach the postseason, while going just 4-5 against clubs that made the playoffs. when Leonard sat out. The Raptors play in the weaker of the two conferences, and might be looking at an Eastern Conference in which three or four rosters, at most, will enter the campaign clearly more fortified than their own. Forward Pascal Siakam showed signs last year of being a burgeoning star and now, without the ball-dominant Leonard, will likely be asked to do far more on the offensive end.There’s an additional aspect of the Raptors worth watching. The team has a number of solid vets on the team who are headed into the final season of their contracts, leaving Toronto in a spot where it could push as far as possible for a playoff run, or, if its ceiling becomes obvious, pivot and trade to bolster their future.If Toronto is to exceed expectations again, Siakam — the league’s Most Improved Player — would almost certainly have to take another step (or spin move) forward by becoming the team’s No. 1 offensive option. And while there are some metrics that inspire confidence on that front — his field-goal percentage last season, for example, was almost as good without Leonard on the court as it was with him2It was just over 55 percent when Siakam shared the floor with him, and 54 percent when Leonard was on the sideline. — there are a handful of things to look for, and perhaps even some reasons to doubt that another seismic leap is on the way. For starters, his usage rate last season, at just under 21 percent, was one of the NBA’s lowest among those who averaged 15 or more points per game. His usage will almost certainly need to increase, which could then dent his efficiency. (As a sidenote: This concept is what made Leonard’s ascent in San Antonio so incredible. His usage spiked, but he was somehow just as efficient despite taking on more offensive responsibility.)Though it seems easy enough to accept the notion that Siakam will need to shoot more, it’s worth considering at least two more things. First, he’ll likely see each team’s best defender now that Leonard is gone; and secondly, without Leonard, he won’t be able to play off the ball as much.The second factor is significant because of where Siakam is most comfortable shooting. He developed into a solid 3-point shooter from the corners — where he could hang out while sharing the floor with Leonard and All-Star Kyle Lowry — last year, at better than 41 percent. But Toronto’s need for him to handle the ball,3Related in all this: The 33-year-old Lowry has set career-lows in free-throw rate each of the last two seasons, perhaps an indication that he’s been less aggressive the past couple years as he’s beginning to age. especially in screen-and-roll scenarios, will likely put Siakam at the top of the key more often, which complicates things since he shot just 27 percent from above the arc, tied for the NBA’s 10th-worst mark.4Of those who took at least 50 such shots.If Siakam isn’t quite ready for the role of a lead scorer night in and night out, it helps that the Raptors are a team that often thrived without relying too heavily on one player throughout most of the 2018-19 regular season. Of course, Leonard was an enormous part of that and picked up all the necessary slack come playoff time. But no other club enjoyed such a variety of players driving to the basket. Backup point guard Fred VanVleet shone in the later stages of the postseason and can play with the starters at times to help ease the ball-handling responsibilities on Siakam and Lowry.One other key in all this: Toronto may not have to score all that much. Yes, Leonard and Danny Green were huge contributors to the Raptors, who ranked in the top five in effective field goal percentage defense. But even without those two, Toronto enjoys a pretty solid defensive core that can still orchestrate switches (they were this postseason’s most efficient switch defense by a mile) and reliably step up in help scenarios, while Lowry is one of the best charge-takers in the game. OG Anunoby, who missed the playoffs after an emergency appendectomy, will be integral in replacing Green on that end. Aside from him, Toronto picked up a pair of free-agent wings in Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Stanley Johnson, who underwhelmed in their initial stops after being taken in the first round of the 2015 draft, but are low-risk gambles for a team that’s looking for more young talent to put around Siakam.In a way, Hollis-Jefferson and Johnson being under the microscope is emblematic of the team as a whole. Team president Masai Ujiri is going to want to take constant stock of just how good this team is to get a sense of how he should handle things come February, when his phone figures to be ringing off the hook ahead of the trade deadline. Lowry, VanVleet, Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka are all set to be free agents next summer,5Potentially leaving Toronto with considerable cap space next July and could appeal to teams seeking to make the sort of magical run Toronto did last season.Barring an injury or something else unforeseen, the Raptors should still have more than enough to make the playoffs this season. FiveThirtyEight’s projection model gives them an 85 percent probability of reaching the postseason, and a 4 percent chance of reaching the NBA Finals. But it will be even more interesting to see exactly where Ujiri’s dividing line falls, between deciding that it’s worth pursuing another deep playoff run versus selling off assets to pivot toward the future.
Kolkata: As the protest at Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) entered the 8th day on Wednesday, the agitating students attempted to force the college council to write an undersign mentioning that they will be allotted rooms in the new hostel.The college council has, however, refused to give any undersign as demanded by the agitating students. The principal of CMCH, Uchhal Bhadra, is still undergoing treatment in SSKM, where he was admitted on Tuesday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBhadra fell ill on Tuesday after being heckled by some MBBS students, who continue to protest for the past eight days, demanding a new hostel accommodation.It was learnt that Bhadra has high blood pressure. He complained of chest pain following the harassment. After primary treatment in CMCH, the Principal was taken to SSKM Hospital, where he was kept in the ITU. It happened after a scuffle broke out at the time of agitation inside the hospital campus on Tuesday. The agitating students threatened to continue the demonstration as the college council denied to give a written document. However, CMCH authorities have agreed to meet the demands. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe agitating students were assured that they would be given new hostel accommodation. Around 276 hostel rooms have also been allotted by CMCH authorities. But the agitating students refused to listen to the authorities and demanded rooms in the new hostel building.The second, third and fourth year MBBS students of CMCH started a protest agitation inside the hospital campus after the first year MBBS students were given a new hostel by the authorities. Dr Raunak Hajari, state working president, Progressive Junior Doctors’ Association said: “Today (Wednesday), the MCDSA activists along with their counterparts gheraoed the entire college council, trying to force them into signing the copy of their demands.Meanwhile, it is to be noted that 12 food packets were brought at their hunger strike venue on Tuesday night, raising a big question on the real nature of their so called “anashan”.
To explore the beauty of the blue bodied god Rama, an exhibition has been organized by the National Museum. ‘Rama Abhirama: The beauty of Rama in Indian art and tradition’ was inaugurated on December 18 by Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Culture, Government of India.This exhibition majorly focuses on Rama – who is a manifestation of compassion – through the lens of emotion and sentiments. It also brings forth the visual representations of episodes from the Ramayana. The exhibition looks at Ramayana as a living tradition and highlights it’s ritualistic aspects. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSpeaking on the occasion, Dr Sharma said, “Lord Ram has always been an inspiration, teaching the values of life to everyone. It’s amazing to see how beautifully some artists have presented his life through their artworks. I am told that there are certain exhibits which have never been witnessed by anyone in the country. They were only kept locked in the museums and archives. We need to bring them out so as to make our new generations aware of it.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveElaborating further on the necessity of museums in a country, he said, “Museums hold great importance as they bridge the gap between our rich history and the millennials. Today, young generations are hardly aware of their history. National Museum, which was established on December 18, 1960, has been successful in achieving everything it was expected of. I congratulate the entire team for organizing such amazing events and exhibitions.”Bringing to life the story of Rama, the exhibition showcases the seven Kandas of Ramayana i.e. the Bala, Ayodhya, Aranya, Kishkindha, Sundara, Yuddha and Uttar, highlighting the beauty of each of them. The exhibition narrates the story and splendour of Ramayana, while exploring his morals, in the folk and vernacular style. The artefacts in the exhibition consist of bronze and terracotta sculptures, wood carvings and miniature paintings belonging to different schools, gold coins, worship icons that reflect the artistic brilliance imbibed with devotion and a lot more.The inauguration was followed by the book launch ceremony of five books namely ‘Archaeology of Ancient Madhyadesa’, ‘Archaeological Myths in Early Evolutionary History of Indian Civilization’, ‘Archaeology History and Numismatics of South India’, ‘Sri Dandayudhapani Swamy Temple Complex at Palani and Origin and Development at Muruka Worship in South India’ and ‘Ramayana, Poetic expression on Temple Hanging.’ The exhibition is open until January 31 at National Museum, New Delhi.
Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Wireless networks can be amazingly convenient-until you have to deal with the sometimes prickly issue of sharing a printer. Fortunately, there are solutions. The $149 (street) Actiontec 54Mbps Wireless Multiport Printer Server is one way to go. With two USB ports and one parallel port, it works for up to three printers. A big advantage: Your printers don’t need to be attached to a dedicated computer, so you can place them wherever it’s convenient.You do need to connect to a computer for setup, though. The quick-start guide does an admirable job of walking you through the initial steps. But like most wireless setups, you need to know some key data, like your encryption settings. It took us about 15 minutes to hook up a single USB color laser. For more complicated setups or for troubleshooting, you may need to check out the CD-based user manual.The convenience of wireless printer sharing is worth the effort. Other companies with similar products include the usual wireless suspects: Belkin, D-Link, Netgear, SMC Networksand 3Com.Dynamic DuoWi-fi and VoIP team up to make calling more flexible.It was only a matter of time before Wi-Fi and VoIP met up and joined forces in your business. They’ve come together in the form of Session Initiation Protocol phones. This very flexible protocol has become a top choice for VoIP applications. Chances are, if you have a VoIP setup, it already includes SIP protocols. Theoretically, you can plug any SIP-enabled VoIP phone into your SIP-based VoIP setup.The newest of those phones is the ZultysWIP2 wireless IP phone, a full-featured phone with voice encryption, paging and three-way conferencing. WIP2 includes everything you’d expect in a high-end VoIP phone, and it lets you prowl around the premises using the Wi-Fi capability. Pricing hadn’t been set as of press time. Like the WIP2, ZyXEL’s$230 (street) Prestige P-2000W is 802.11b-compatible. There are a few small trade-offs, though. Expect your talk time to be limited to about four hours, and remember, you can only talk when you’re within range of a Wi-Fi access point.In other Wi-Fi and VoIP news, Vonagehas tested a Wi-Fi handset that works with its service and should be available by the time you read this. Look for more Wi-Fi VoIP phones to hit the market as demand builds. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 2 min read This story appears in the January 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Register Now » January 1, 2006
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 6 min read As small business owners, we generally wear all the hats. And if we’ve grown to where we aren’t wearing all the hats at the same time, we at least rotate through them a few times a month.One hat that is becoming increasingly important – and scary — to wear is the data scientist hat.Although data scientists come in many forms, with varied skills, a small business data scientist is mostly responsible for parsing through and analyzing data to present key findings about a business. The goal is to use data and the findings to address challenges, find opportunities, and ultimately, help a business save time and money.While most of us don’t have the luxury of hiring a bona fide data scientist to handle these figures, there are a few things you should know and consider as you run your business and aim to become as efficient as possible in your business functions.Here are a few data management challenges and tips for handling each.1. Data Strategy: Do you have one?The overarching and driving structure of managing data is a data strategy. A data strategy is essentially a roadmap that identifies how a company will collect, handle, manage and store content. While a data strategy can vary in its breadth and depth, a simple strategy explaining each component is vital.As an example, I run a small fitness studio. We collect data through a third-party site and all of the collected data is stored within their platform. However, we have the capability to download reports and export content, such as email addresses and member lists. We do not, however, have the ability to access individuals’ financial information, e.g. credit card numbers, from the platform, which provides a level of security for our members and keeps us removed from that sensitive data.We have implemented a barebones data strategy, which outlines who has access to member data, which computers can be used for downloading reports and how we use our mobile devices to access data. We also have restrictions on permissions for anyone who can log into our third-party site from the backend.While this may seem like overkill for a five-person operation, we want to be careful with our data and know exactly who is interacting with it and how.2. Data collection: What and how? For the most part, there are two immediate questions that plague a data strategy and drive the roadmap.What data do you want to collect?How will you collect that data?Since data collection can happen in various formats – print, digital and in-person — the means in which data is shared and collected is a serious concern. When dealing with sensitive and personal identification information, the outlet for collecting this should be secure.Another example – credit card information is incredibly sensitive these days — especially with the recent onslaught of data breaches that has put credit information and identities in jeopardy. The rule of thumb is that if you don’t have to touch this information, don’t. Use online portals or a chip reading device that can be used directly in front of customers. Or use a merchant service that will process and encrypt data to ensure top-level security for these transactions.3. Data storage: Where? Once you have data, you have to store it. While data storage can be relatively cheap these days, you don’t want to use a service that doesn’t have bank-level encryption, has a bad reputation or no reputation at all.Data should be stored through a trusted platform that can be expandable and scalable based on your company’s current and future needs.For instance, data storage spaces, such as Dropbox and Google Drive, will allow you a certain amount of free space, then it will begin charging when you hit a certain threshold. This can be convenient since you may not want to invest in a huge amount of storage if it isn’t necessary, but you also don’t want to have to completely switch platforms when you grow.The key thing to consider here is security. Make sure that wherever and however you store your data, it’s safe.Related: Data-Driven Marketing in 2016: Bigger, Faster, Better4. Data Sharing: Who? After you solved the puzzle of data collection and storage, the kicker in putting data to work is data sharing, which can also be referred to as data integration.Because so many of the best data storing programs are cloud-based – leaving data off your hardware devices, which can be a good thing — these systems are becoming smart enough to talk to each other and foster integration between programs.For instance, with a program such as Neat, which is used to store receipts and expense data, the challenge used to lie in extracting that data and importing it into another platform, such as QuickBooks Online or other accounting platforms.Since technology continues to improve, and these platforms keep getting smarter, data in the form of expense reports can easily be exported from Neat’s premium service to QuickBooks Online within a few clicks. From an operational and accounting standpoint, this could be a game changer, and it’s absolutely a timesaver, as it creates streamlined and automated workflows.Another example is contact imports. If you use Neat or another scanning software to collect contact information, you want to be able to easily export these contacts into a CRM or email service provider (ESP) to manage your database. For our fitness studio, we use a couple-click process to import our opt-ins from the third-party site into Constant Contact for our monthly mailer.Related: You Can Become a Data Scientist. Yes, You.5. Data use: When? The last item in your data strategy is understanding when and how you will use your data. Understand the implications of using your data and ensure you have permissions for that use.No one is particularly excited when they receive an email they never signed up for, or a charge they didn’t agree to. Be very careful about how you use the data you collect, and do not violate any of your data use policies, which should be publicly posted and available for anyone who is willingly offering up data.Related: 10 Questions to Ask When Collecting Customer DataHere’s a few additional considerations.As you get deeper into your data strategy, consider the following:Data policy posting and enforcementData hacks and responsibilitiesData protectionSmarter and more informed data management can go from being the elephant in the room to one of the best business enablers you can unleash for your small business, so long as you do it right. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » September 6, 2016 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.