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Rio 2016: Pullela Gopichand reveals sleepless nights after PV Sindhu enters final

first_imgSoon after PV Sindhu demolished world number six Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in straight games to enter the final of the badminton final at the Rio Olympics, coach Pullela Gopichand said the last few days were nerve-racking.Gopichand, who had coached Saina Nehwal to a Bronze medal at the London Games in 2012. This time, the former Indian shuttler was in charge of Sindhu, who has assured India of a Silver medal. She will of course play Carolina Marin for Gold on Friday and hopes are high she would be able to do it.It was a tense semi-final on Thursday, but Sindhu, aided by Gopichand at every break, kept her cool. The first game was a test of patience and skills and the Indian world number 10 came up on top. There were several close scarps but Sindhu held her nerves to take the game 21-19.’SLEEPLESS NIGHTS’ Her Olympic journey so far tested the nerves of the bravest of the lot. The normally unflappable Gopichand, who was a calming influence on Sindhu, admitted to spending sleepless nights at Rio.”The last few days reminded me of my career. I wasn’t able to sleep,” Gopichand said, who also added that he did not smile for two months.The Indian badminton coach knows the enormity of the task that lies ahead of his ward tomorrow.Naturally, expectations have soared in the country, which only ended its medal draught in Rio in the early hours of Thursday morning, India time when Sakshi Malik won Bronze in a thrilling encounter.advertisementBut Sindhu’s father, elated as he was, said his daughter’s final opponent should not be underestimated.Meanwhile, Nita Ambani, who became the first Indian woman to be elected to the International Olympic Committee, was in Rio to congratulate Sindhu after she stormed into the Gold medal match.”It’s with great pride that I stand here today. Sindhu and Sakshi have shown what potential India have in sports. More power to girl children,” she said.last_img read more

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Rare species of North Pacific right whale carries a tune across the

first_imgCrance says the songs recorded are in many ways similar to the common gunshot calls. Federal researchers in the Bering Sea have released recordings of songs by some of the rarest whales in the world. While this is exciting news for marine science, it could point to heartache for North Pacific right whales. This isn’t to say North Pacific right whales don’t make sounds. “We know that they are in the southeastern Bering Sea in the summer,” she said, “but where do they go when they leave or if they leave the Bering Sea is still unknown.” First, it’s important to understand that North Pacific right whales are critically endangered. The name “right” whale is a vestige from the commercial whaling era,  when they were considered the “right” species to hunt. Slow moving and buoyant, right whales remained afloat after being killed. That’s the working theory for now and the one put forward this month in an article published in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. They were nearly wiped out in the early 20th century. “It’s difficult for us to know for certain why they’re singing,” Crance said. “But our best guess and our current hypothesis is that it appears to be some kind of a reproductive display.” “This behavior has not been documented yet in any of the other right whale species or populations,” said Jessica Crance, a NOAA marine biologist at the Alaska Fisheries Science Center’s Marine Mammal Laboratory in Seattle. In 2009, researchers in the Bering Sea first noticed these sounds during summer surveys. Long-term data from acoustic recorders over eight years showed evidence of right whale songs — something heretofore unknown for the species. “But they’re producing it in a very regular rhythmically pattern consistent manner. So the same number of gunshots, the same timing in between, and those patterns are repeated over and over for hours,” she said.center_img But Crance told CoastAlaska there’s so much about these whales that’s not understood. Now, with an eastern population of just 30 animals — they could be lonely. All of the confirmed recordings were from males possibly seeking female companionship. NOAA Fisheries marine biologist Jessica Crance deploys a sonobuoy in the northern Gulf of Alaska in 2015 to acoustically monitor for North Pacific right whale calls. (Photo by Brenda Rone/NOAA Fisheries) So what does it all mean? For the first time, researchers have recorded and studied songs from North Pacific right whales. So far it seems limited to the Bering Sea. “Within our population the most common call type is what’s called the gunshot sound,” she said. Even their migration routes and their breeding grounds remain a mystery. An eastern North Pacific right whale, the world’s most endangered great whale, spotted in the southeastern Bering Sea in 2004. (Photo by John Durban/NOAA Fisheries) Hunting right whales in Alaska has been banned since 1949. But contemporary threats persist — mostly vessel strikes and entanglement in fishing gear.last_img read more

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Bungie and AMD working to fix Destiny 2 on Ryzen 3000 CPUs

first_imgPlayers have reported problems with running Destiny 2 on the recently released selection Ryzen 3000 CPUs. But no fear, AMD is working with Bungie on a hotfix.Having launched very recently, many eager players popped the AMD Ryzen 3000 line of processors into their gaming rigs hoping for improved visuals, performance and other bells and whistles. Sadly, if you were logging into Destiny 2 to tackle your daily quests, it might not have launched. This was the case for some according to Reddit and the Bungie forums. “Literally everything else works great on my new 3600 except for Destiny 2 which won’t even try to load” said one user, echoing an issue that many others seem to be having. At the time of writing, this problem seems to be isolated to Destiny 2 when using an processor in the AMD Ryzen 3000 line, which likely means a patch will need to be issued to fix things.Players have said that removing the component and returning to an older setup fixes the problem, otherwise Destiny 2 doesn’t seem to launch at all.  ‘AMD is aware of the recent report between the Destiny 2 game title with the latest 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen desktop processors and we are working closely together with Bungie to address this as soon as possible to enable gamers to fully enjoy their gaming experiences on AMD platforms, the company said in a statement to Trusted Reviews.To be fair, the AMD Ryzen 3000 CPUs have only just left the starting line, so some teething pains are to be expected. However, if you’re an avid Destiny 2 player with an eye for new hardware, this situation is a little unfortunate. Have you been having any issues with Destiny 2 lately? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter @trustedreviews or email the editor below.  We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time. Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.Tell us what you think – email the Editorlast_img read more

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