Tough 2022 World Cup Draw for Angola, Togo

first_imgFormer World Cup qualifiers Angola and Togo were given difficult first hurdles to clear when the African preliminary draw for the 2022 tournament was made in Cairo yesterday.The Palanca Negras of Angola were paired with The Gambia while Togo will face the Comoros between 2nd and 10th September in two of 14 two-leg ties involving the lower ranked countries.Since qualifying for the 2006 World Cup in Germany at the expense of hot favourites Nigeria, Angola have made little impact in qualifying competitions for the global showpiece. A Gambian team coached by Belgian Tom Saintfiet impressed in mid-year friendlies, winning away to 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers Guinea and Morocco.Togo, who also made their only appearance at the World Cup in 2006, thanks in a big way to the goals of Emmanuel Adebayor, have not come close to repeating that feat.African football heavyweights Ghana, Cameroon and Morocco all failed to win in the southern Africa island state of the Comoros in recent years.The preliminary draw included six of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers and two, Burundi and Tanzania, were paired.Aggregate winners join the 26 countries given byes, based on the July world rankings, in the six-round group phase from next March.The 10 section winners advance to playoffs, which will decide the five qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia represented Africa at the 2018 World Cup in Russia and none of them made it past the first round.DRAWEthiopia v LesothoSomalia v ZimbabweEritrea v NamibiaBurundi v TanzaniaDjibouti v eSwatini (formerly Swaziland)Botswana v MalawiGambia v AngolaLiberia v Sierra LeoneMauritius v MozambiqueSao Tome v Guinea-BissauS’Sudan v E’ GuineaComoros v TogoChad v SudanSeychelles v RwandaFIRST, SECOND LEGS: Sept 2-10Byes: Senegal, Tunisia, Nigeria, Algeria, Morocco, Egypt, Ghana, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Mali, Burkina Faso, South Africa, Guinea, Cape Verde, Uganda, Zambia, Benin, Gabon, Congo Brazzaville, Madagascar, Niger, Libya, Mauritania, Kenya, Central African RepublicShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Yankees’ Brett Gardner’s angry helmet toss goes horribly wrong

first_imgBrett Gardner might want to take his own advice.The Yankees outfielder expressed his frustration with going out in the sixth inning by hurling his helmet in frustration during Saturday’s 8-4 loss against the Indians. CC Sabathia’s return to Cleveland stirs memories: ‘It’s a weird thing’ Brett Gardner gets his own rebound.— Jeff Eisenband (@JeffEisenband) June 8, 2019The result was six stitches and a fat, bloody lip.”I won’t throw my helmet again,” Gardner told reporters after the game, via ESPN. “(It was) just frustration building up.”Gardner’s mishap comes one week after he chewed one of his teammates out for throwing his helmet.“I just got done telling DJ (LeMahieu) last week that he shouldn’t throw his helmet in the dugout,” Gardner said. “Obviously, I was frustrated, came in and threw my helmet, and it came back and hit me in the face.”It’s also not the first time Gardner has been injured from throwing a helmet — a few years ago while playing the Twins he ended up with a huge knot on his head when a tossed helmet ricocheted back at him.”It came back and hit me in the head and gave me a big goose egg,” Gardner said. As for the pain from his current injuries, Gardner said being hit in the mouth wasn’t the worst part.“Not as bad as getting the stitches put in,” he said.Gardner, 35, has a .217 batting average with eight home runs and 21 RBIs this season. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani homers off Yusei Kikuchi in first Major League face-off A crack off Gardner’s bat went deep into mid-right field, where it had the potential to be a home run. However, Cleveland right fielder Jordan Luplow leaped up to snag the ball, crashing into the fence.Gardner, who is 0-for-19 in his plate appearances, was so frustrated he hurled his helmet in the dugout, only to have it bounce back in his face. Related News MLB wrap: Mets top Rockies behind strong showing from Steven Matzlast_img read more

Shahid Afridi urges women’s team to take inspiration from Champions Trophy win

first_imgFormer Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi on Thursday advised the country’s women’s cricket team taking part in the ICC Women’s World Cup in England, to emulate their male counterparts — the newly-crowned Champions Trophy winners.”My advice to the team would be similar to the one that I gave to the men’s team — the players must play fearless cricket and shouldn’t be worried about defeat,” Afridi wrote in his column for the International Cricket Council (ICC) website.”Any negative thoughts can hamper their skills too, hence a positive attitude is imperative for success”, the former all-rounder added.The men’s team staged one of the most astonishing sporting turnaround by winning the ICC Champions Trophy.Pakistan was the eighth-ranked side coming into the tournament and had barely managed to qualify. They were hammered in their opening match by arch-rivals India but from thereon Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men played with renewed vigour and energy to defeat pre-tournament favourites South Africa, England and India on their way to winning the title.”The Pakistan women’s side does not need to go far to find inspiration ahead of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017. The men’s team, led by Sarfraz Ahmed, has shown them the way, proving how predictions can go for a toss with a few stimulating performances,” Afridi further said.The Pakistan women’s team will play their tournament opener against South Africa on Sunday.last_img read more

Green Hills: INTEGRITY-178 tuMP RTOS conform to FACE Technical Standard v3.0

first_imgGreen Hills Software has achieved certification of conformance of its INTEGRITY-178 Time-Variant Unified Multi Processing (tuMP) real-time operating system to the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) Technical Standard edition 3.0. The certification covers both the Safety Base profile and the Security profile. The INTEGRITY-178 tuMP RTOS is the first software component of any type to be certified conformant to edition 3.0, which underscores the commitment of Green Hills Software for certification to open standards.Version 3.0 of the FACE Technical Standard represents a major improvement over the prior version 2.1.1 in that it addresses the use of multicore processors in safety-critical applications.  The technical standard now requires any Operating System Segment (OSS) that claims support for multicore partitions to meet ARINC-653 Part 1 Supplement 4, including the requirement for multicore operation as defined in Section 2: “Multiple processes within a partition scheduled to execute concurrently on different processor cores.” In ARINC-653, each application is called a partition and has its own memory space.Asymmetric Multi-Processing (AMP), the simplest software architecture in a multicore-based system, is not sufficient to meet the requirements of Supplement 4. INTEGRITY-178 tuMP is the only certified FACE-compliant operating system to meet the requirements of ARINC-653 Supplement 4, and it does so with the availability of Bound Multi-Processing (BMP) in addition to AMP and Symmetric Multi-Processing (SMP). By definition, BMP is an enhanced and restricted form of SMP that can statically bind an application’s ARINC-653 processes (i.e., tasks) to a specific set of cores, allowing the system architect to more tightly control the concurrent operation of multiple cores. INTEGRITY-178 tuMP allows the system developers to bind ARINC-653 processes within an application to a core using an API or using the system configuration file. In addition, INTEGRITY-178 tuMP meets the ARINC-653 Part 2 Supplement 3 requirements for SMP operation.INTEGRITY-178 tuMP supports all combinations of AMP, SMP, and BMP in a time-partitioned manner (i.e., Time-Variant Unified Multi-Processing) on a multicore processor. Meeting worst-case execution times (WCET) while multiple cores are executing concurrently can be very challenging no matter the choice of AMP, SMP, or BMP. Contention from multiple cores trying to access a given shared resource, such as memory or I/O, can create interference between cores. Certification authorities have emphasized their concerns about such interference by including objectives for interference identification, mitigation, and verification in the CAST-32A position paper. As a true multicore IMA operating system with a proven 8+ year service history, INTEGRITY-178 tuMP includes both a fully capable multicore scheduler and support for bandwidth allocation and management of shared processor resource access. The supported bandwidth management technique emulates a high-rate hardware-based approach to ensure continuous allocation enforcement.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Ethernet is key to the autonomous vehicleNext IAR Systems to showcase offering for IoT security, automotive functional safety and RISC-Vlast_img read more