Relentless schedule taking toll on big-name tennis players

first_imgNovak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka have reputations for being supreme athletes but a gruelling tennis season that offers little time to recover has left them among a number of big-name players who will be missing from the U.S. Open with injuries. (Also read: Roger Federer unconcerned by mounting injury toll ahead of US Open)Despite medical advances and a greater understanding by the players on how their bodies work, there is little down time for anyone who wants to be a regular competitor during the ATP and WTA seasons, which last approximately 11 and 10 months, respectively.”Most of the injuries in tennis are what are classified as overuse,” Todd Ellenbecker, the ATP’s Vice President of Medical Services, said in an email interview.”Not one particular force or trauma but a continued, repeated overload of smaller forces that lead to a breakdown in the player’s body.”Five top 11 men’s players are among those who have said they will miss the year’s final grand slam, which starts on Monday in New York: former world number one Djokovic (elbow), Andy Murray (hip), 2016 champion Wawrinka (knee), Canada’s Milos Raonic (wrist) and Japan’s Kei Nishikori (wrist).The women’s draw has not been robbed of the same level of star power with the most high-profile withdrawal due to injury being 2011 U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur (hand).Reuters Photo With a non-stop stream of tournaments on hard courts, grass and clay, coupled with racket technology that allows players to hit the ball harder than ever before, the physical toll on bodies can mount up.advertisement”Tennis is indeed unique in that it is one of the only high level sports played on multiple surfaces at the elite level,” said Ellenbecker. “We know that different ball speeds, and trajectories/court surface interfaces do affect the player’s body … however definitive injury risk research is scant.”Ellenbecker said after matches, a player’s focus shifts immediately from performance to recovery, which means replacing fluid and vital nutrients and for some, ice baths, compression garments and other recovery methods that work for them.Former world number one Roger Federer, who had been blessed with a body that seemed bullet-proof against the aches, pains and injuries suffered by most top athletes, is in the midst of one of the greatest ever comebacks from injury.After missing the second half of last season with a knee problem, Federer has won five titles this year, including the Australian Open and Wimbledon trophies.The Swiss is also aware that now aged 36, he not only needs to be judicious with his schedule but also has to be cautious about how far he should push his body.Hence opting to skip the claycourt season, including the French Open despite being fully fit, paid off for the Swiss as just weeks later he became the first man to win eight Wimbledon titles.Reuters Photo Bill Norris, the ATP’s former Director of Medical Services who spent 35 years patching up the broken and sore bodies of players from Ken Rosewall to Federer, said players have little choice but to pace themselves by taking regular breaks if they want to stay competitive late in their careers.”Federer has changed a lot of coaches but he’s kept a great team around him,” said Norris.”By (age) 30-35 you know what your body is capable of, what the competition is capable of. If you schedule yourself right and pace yourself you will have some reserve.”The run enjoyed by Federer and 37-year-old American Venus Williams, a finalist at both the Australian Open and Wimbledon this year, has prompted many to ask whether a 40-year could soon walk off with one of the four grand slam titles.”From a truly anatomical standpoint, the work the players are doing now to maintain elite levels of human performance well into their 30s it is indeed possible and perceivable that we might see champions at this level among players in their 40s,” said Ellenbecker.”The amount of off-court work, human recovery efforts, and elite tennis skill development we are seeing now on the ATP World Tour where 43 of the top 100 players are age 30 or more tells us that this indeed could be possible.”last_img read more

More migrants jump from rescue ship off Italian island

first_imgMilan: More migrants jumped off the Spanish humanitarian rescue ship Open Arms Tuesday in a desperate bid to reach shore, tantalizingly near after 19 days blocked on board in deteriorating conditions by Italy’s refusal to open its ports. Open Arms described the situation on board as “out of control” and “desperate.” After one migrant jumped ship earlier in the day and was rescued by the Italian coast guard, nine more launched themselves into the sea wearing orange life vests. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USA reporter with the Spanish public broadcaster TVE reporting from the NGO boat said that the earlier jumper refused to return to the Open Arms ship, and was brought to the Italian island of Lampedusa instead, apparently triggering the reaction of the nine who followed his lead. The reporter said that those jumping were “desperate and going mad” after 19 days trapped on board. Open Arms said that the Italian coast guard managed to rescue all nine of the later group, but it was not immediately clear if they would also be taken to land. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsLive video showed people wearing life vests floating in the sea, some in groups some individually, with a coast guard vessel nearby and rubber dinghies trying to reach them. Open Arms confirmed that the first man who jumped, a Syrian national, was brought to Lampedusa. The group described the situation on board as “desperate,” saying that a man threw himself into the water, trying to reach land that was in plain view, while at the same moment a woman suffered a panic attack.last_img read more

Kansas Lawmakers Press Fight against Plans to Close Guantánamo Prison

first_imgKansas Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R) wrote Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Friday requesting a copy of the Pentagon’s survey of Fort Leavenworth as a potential site to house Guantánamo Bay detainees, as well as its detailed plan to shutter the military prison and relocate detainees to the U.S. mainland.In addition to the disciplinary barracks at Fort Leavenworth, DOD teams have surveyed the Naval Consolidated Brig in Charleston, S.C., and a federal supermax facility in Florence, Colo., as possible candidates to house the detainees.“The folks of Leavenworth County would be most impacted should the detention center at Guantanamo Bay close and the remaining terrorists be transferred to Fort Leavenworth,” Jenkins wrote. “Decisions that could endanger American lives and have a very detrimental impact on the local community and military installation require openness, not secrecy,” she stated.Carter sent a plan for closing the detention facility to President Obama earlier this month. The administration’s effort to close the prison has accelerated with the transfer of 16 detainees in recent weeks. The prison in Cuba now holds only 91 detainees.Separately, Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts (R) has pledged to maintain a hold on Eric Fanning, Obama’s nominee for secretary of the Army, until the president leaves office and is no longer in a position to close the military prison at Guantánamo, reported the Hill.“The hold will stay until we can get past this year,” Roberts told the Topeka Capital-Journal.Fanning’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee was held Thursday.“I want to stress that it’s nothing personal,” Roberts told the paper. “It’s just the way it is.” Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Apple MacBook Air vs Dell XPS 13 Is there a new 13inch

first_img 802.11ac Wi-Fi Bluetooth 4.1 Dell XPS 13 (2019) PC Memory 13833 Display size/resolution 7870 Note: Longer bars indicate better performance Graphics Storage Share your voice Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2018) Cinebench R15 CPU (multicore) 738 Tags Storage 13.3-inch 2,560 x 1,600 display 646 Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2018) 509 10 Sarah Tew/CNET One rhetorical example I’ve used over the years is that a laptop is a lot like a pair of eyeglasses: It’s practical and it’s something most people can’t live without. But at the same time, it’s an immensely personal choice, combining the sometimes contradictory forces of budget, features and style. Like a pair of glasses, a laptop is often a big part of the image you present to the world, either in meetings, at coffee shops, or in class, so it’s not only about who offers the most widgets for the least money, it’s about which laptop is the right fit for you. For a long (really long) time, Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Air was the undisputed champ. I used to call it “the most universally useful laptop you can buy.” By that, I meant the $999 base model was the single laptop most likely to be the most useful to the largest number of people. It had the biggest overlap in its Venn diagram of potential owners and it had such an identifiable design that it became as much a statement piece as a work tool. But, time catches up with everyone and everything. Over the last few years of the Air’s decade-plus lifespan, the basic design stayed the same. The low-resolution screen with its thick borders and generations-old CPU technology came to feel more and more dated. Meanwhile, newer laptops from Dell, HP, Acer and others looked and felt more modern and added new features, from touchscreens to USB-C ports. At long last, in late 2018, Apple released an entirely redesigned version of the MacBook Air, making it thinner, lighter, and yes, more expensive. It felt like a stripped-down version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro, and most importantly, shaved that screen bezel down to a reasonable size, pairing it with a high-res modern display.But what about the Windows side of the fence? What was the best PC alternative to the Air? One of my favorite modern laptops is the Dell XPS 13. Since 2015, it’s made waves by shaving its screen bezel down to mere millimeters, much like a high-end TV. The XPS still had a few flaws, and other laptops passed it by in design over the past four years, but the new 2019 version fixes almost all of that, and as I said in my review, “I had to look long and hard to find anything I didn’t like” about the updated version. Now that I’ve got new version of the MacBook Air and the XPS 13, which one should be my default starting point for 13-inch laptop recommendations? 02-dell-versus-macbookCheck out those sweet, sweet bezels… Sarah Tew/CNET Screentime We may not be living in a bezel-free universe, but we’re certainly getting closer. The Air has been routinely mocked, and rightly so, over the past several years for it’s high border-to-screen ratio. The new Air cuts that by at least 50 percent on the sides and bottom, although the top bezel is a little wider to accommodate a webcam. The XPS 13 is already the slim-bezel champ, and its sides are down to 4mm wide. The top bezel is slightly wider — even more so than last year’s version — but it’s a sacrifice to a good cause. The system’s biggest historical knock has long been its webcam, which had been relegated to a spot below the screen, rather than above it. That led to an unflattering up-the-nose angle that made the XPS 13 less useful for Skype calls, YouTube videos or any other video-recording or streaming needs.There’s now a new XPS webcam that somehow fits into that very slim top border, thanks to a new lens design that’s only 2.5mm high. That adds a bit to the width of the top screen border, but it’s a fair trade-off.  As far as the screen itself, Dell offers resolutions at the high and low end, and Apple falls right in the middle. The 13.3-inch MacBook Air display is 2,560×1,600 pixels. And, like all Macs, it’s non-touch. Dell offers a non-touch 1,920×1,080-pixel version and a more expensive 4K touchscreen. Frankly, the 4K screen adds a lot to the cost, and runs down the battery quicker. My XPS preference would be a 1,920×1,080 touchscreen, but you can’t always get everything you want. Faster, but does it matter?When you say a laptop has an Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor, that doesn’t tell you everything you need to know. Even specifying that it’s a current eighth-gen chip doesn’t cut it. The MacBook Air has Core i5 and i7 processor options, but they’re part of Intel’s “Y” series of CPUs, intended for thin laptops. They generate less heat and use less power, so you get longer battery life. The flip side is they’re not as fast as a standard laptop with a “U” series processor. In this case, we have the XPS 13’s Core i7 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8565U vs the MacBook Air’s 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-8210Y. Even if you traded up the Air’s Core i7 option or knocked the Dell down to a Core i5, the XPS 13 would still be more powerful, because it comes from a more full-power CPU family. That said the new MacBook Air never felt sluggish during my extensive use time. It’s more than speedy enough for most people, allowing for web surfing, video streaming and social media, which is what we spend most of our laptop time doing. Want a mainstream CPU in a MacBook? Trade up to the 13-inch Pro. 13.3-inch 3,820 x 2,160 touch display 1536MB Intel UHD Graphics 617 $1,199 Display size/resolution Operating system CPU 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-8210Y Note: Longer bars indicate better performance 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,133MHz Price as reviewed Dell MacOS Mojave Apple Windows 10 Video playback battery drain test (streaming minutes) 253 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? macOS Mojave 10.14 Graphics Geekbench 4 (multicore) 06-dell-versus-macbook Sarah Tew/CNET The coffee shop factor One of the biggest reasons we like 13-inch laptops so much is portability. No one wants a four-pound laptop pulling on their shoulders all day, or even a three-pound one. Both of these are light, at 2.75 lbs for the Air and 2.73 lbs. for the XPS 13. People (or at least PC companies) always talk about how thin their laptops are, but that’s a fakeout. Once you get down to about 15mm at the thickest part of a laptop, it doesn’t make that much of a difference, except for bragging rights. Lighter trumps thinner every time.The XPS 13 and MacBook Air have both gone USB-C-only, with three and two ports, respectively. But the XPS 13 at least throws in a microSD card slot, too. Bothstill have headphone jacks. For now. We pitted a more-expensive XPS 13 against a less-expensive MacBook Air. The Dell, however starts at as little as $899, which is a great price for the build quality, design and those sweet, sweet thin bezels. That said, I wouldn’t buy the entry level Core i3 model with just 4GB of RAM, it’s just not worth it. Trade up the Core i5/8GB model (currently $1,209) and you’ve got a great MacBook Air alternative.  Operating system $1,709 Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Apple • Dell XPS 13 (2019) Networking 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 2,133MHz Laptops reading • Apple MacBook Air vs. Dell XPS 13: Is there a new 13-inch laptop champ? 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8565U 512GB SSD Apple MacBook Air (2018) Inte UHD Graphics 620 Comments Windows 10 Home (64-bit) 256GB SSD Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2018) 802.11ac Wi-Fi Bluetooth 4.2 Dell XPS 13 (2019) Dell XPS 13 (2019) Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it See All Networking Note: Longer bars indicate better performance CPU PC Memory 03-dell-versus-macbook Sarah Tew/CNET The key to great keyboards Let’s get this out of the way right now. No one likes the super-flat butterfly keyboard on the current MacBook lineup. The aging pre-update Air was the last refuge of the traditional island-style keyboard. No more. In this new Air, you get the latest version of the butterfly keyboard, with a new membrane underneath to help keep dust from gumming up the keys. The truth is, the current Mac keyboards aren’t as bad as their rep, but they’re not great, either. Dell wins this round for a snappy keyboard with a great feel. The glass-covered touchpad is decent, but no match for Apple’s best-in-class pads. Battery: More pixels, more problems MacBooks are no longer the automatic battery champs, and in fact, on our current list of long-life laptops, the highest-ranking MacBook is at No. 8. But against an XPS 13 with a more power-hungry Core i7 processor and a 4K display, the Air easily dominates in our streaming video playback test. That said, if you went with the non-touch HD-screen version of the XPS 13, it might be a different story.  Price as reviewedlast_img read more

The best backtoschool gadgets under 30

first_img $25 at Amazon Anker PowerCore Fusion battery: $26 Sarah Tew/CNET Save $20 Save $5 August is nearly done, which means many college students are already on campus — and the rest will be joining them by Labor Day. But whether you’re buying for college students, middle schoolers or anyone in between, there are plenty of great gadgets you can get without breaking the bank. Oh, and if you’re just buying a gift for yourself, that’s OK, too.  We’ve pulled together some of our favorite products available for $30 or less. All of these have been fully reviewed or anecdotally tested by CNET editors. Note that CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site. Roku and Amazon have a boatload of video streamers available in the under-$50 price range. But if $30 is your cutoff, this entry-level Roku is your go-to choice. It delivers pretty much every video service you can think of, from Netflix to Hulu to countless more obscure apps, as well as the free-with-ads Roku Channel, too. You’ll be hard-pressed to find more entertainment for your TV at this price. Read more: Roku vs. Amazon Fire TV: Which streaming device is best? Share your voice SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive 128GB: $23 Aug 29 • Best college laptops for 2019 Ben Fox Rubin/CNET Amazon Echo Dot: $30 $18 at Amazon Belkin WeMo Mini: $25 Wyze Cam: $26 Our favorite back-to-school picks for 2019 Best back-to-school headphones Best gift cards for back to school 2019 Read Sony SRS-XB01 review Smart Speakers & Displays Gadgets Mobile Accessories Audio Media Streamers $26 at Amazon Comments • Tags Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Splurge pick: Tribit XFree Tune wireless headphones: $40 Read Google Home Mini review Looking for additional gear you can snag for even less? Check out our favorite products available for $25 or less below. $30 at Amazon Read more Read Tribit XFree Tune Bluetooth Headphones review There are plenty of cheap smart plugs out there, but the Belkin WeMo Mini is one of the few at this price that deliver the hat trick: compatibility with Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple’s Siri (HomeKit). In other words, this plug convert any lamp in the dorm — or home — into one that’s voice-controlled. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Buying for someone who prefers Google Assistant to Alexa? Google’s most affordable smart speaker is also half price at Walmart. This handy Anker 5,000-mAh battery pack is about the size of a MacBook power supply, and it can charge two USB-powered devices simultaneously. Best of all, it doubles as a wall charger, and the AC prongs fold up for easy travel. It’s now available in white and lipstick red for $30, too.Read more: See our picks for the best battery packs for iPhone Sarah Tew/CNET Google Home Mini: $29 These days, one or more (or all) of the USB ports on laptops are USB-C. But there are still plenty of old-school rectangular USB-A ports out there. The SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive splits the difference perfectly, sporting both USB-C and USB-A plugs on one thumb drive. And now the 128GB model is priced below $25. (This is a great gift for anyone with a recent USB-C iPad Pro, since the autumn iPadOS upgrade will add support for external storage.) 33 Photos Tyler Lizenby/CNET $30 at Amazon Aug 30 • Hate subscription software? Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements are on sale for $60 each Roku Express: $25 $23 at Amazon Originally published earlier in 2019. Updated to verify pricing, and add back to school angle.  Yes, this product breaks our $30 budget by just a bit. But if you want solid sound quality in a full-size wireless headphone at a budget price, you can’t do better than the Tribit.  Amazon Google Amazon sold a zillion of these during its Prime Day sale, when the price dipped as low as $22. But now the smart speaker’s price is back to its usual price of $30 (down from its list price of $50). Just make sure that you’re not buying it for someone attending a school where these are already in every dorm room.  $40 at Amazon Read Amazon Echo Dot (third-generation) review Anker 5 Back-to-School Tech Gift Guide reading • The best back-to-school gadgets under $30 David Carnoy/CNET Aug 29 • Save up to $500 on Microsoft Surface laptops and tablets Want to catch the roommate in the act of stealing your ice cream from the fridge? This Alexa-compatible Wyze model is a solid choice, and it only costs $26.  Save $20 Best tech under $25 Sarah Tew/CNET If you don’t want a smart speaker listening in on your conversations — or just want a rechargeable speaker that travels with you — the Sony SRS-XB01 is a great choice. It sounds great for its size, and it’s splashproof, too.Read more: See our picks for the best mini Bluetooth speakers $29 at Walmart See All $26 at Amazon Sony SRS-XB01: $23 or less See the Belkin WeMo Mini review Sarah Tew/CNET Read Roku Express (2017) review Aug 29 • Our favorite back-to-school picks for 2019last_img read more

Yes Bank gets another blow former MD and CEO Ajai Kumar quits

first_imgREUTERS/Francis MascarenhasAjai Kumar, the former managing director and CEO of Yes Bank, resigned from the board on Monday citing personal reasons. Kumar had been leading state-run Syndicate Bank before he was elected to be a part of the Yes Bank board.According to a stock exchange file, Kumar tendered his resignation on June 9 with immediate effect stating personal reasons.The bank has been seeing a series of resignations within a year. This includes Ashok Chawla who worked as a non-executive chairman in the bank, and Pralay Mondal, the senior group president and head of retail and business banking.The shares of YES Bank closed 2.89 per cent down at Rs 135.90.last_img read more