Telefonica to trial TIP private 5G network system

first_img Diana Goovaerts Tags Luz verde a la fusión entre Telefónica y Liberty Global en el Reino Unido Home Telefonica to trial TIP private 5G network system Telefónica refuerza la seguridad de las cadenas de bloques Telefonica lined up to test a new approach to private 5G networks being developed by a Telecom Infra Project (TIP) working group formed this week, which the research outfit claimed would deliver improved economics and flexibility over traditional approaches.Juan Carlos Garcia, SVP of technology innovation and ecosystem at Telefonica and TIP board director, stated the project would help operators “address the exciting opportunities that 5G is creating in the enterprise segment, both through valuable features for our customers and more efficient network operations”.TIP said the 5G Private Network Solutions Group was established to tackle weaknesses in the economics and operational flexibilty of traditional network architectures in enterprise scenarios.The group will create an open, cloud-native architecture for private 5G networks, incorporating elements of a Continuous Integration Continuous Delivery Deployment (CI/CD) platform previously created by TIP’s OpenRAN project group.Telefonica will conduct laboratory tests of the working group’s system at its TIP Community Lab in Madrid before field tests in Malaga.Key goals for the project include delivery of high-performance 5G connectivity and edge computing infrastructure covering multiple enterprise verticals; improved network economics through the use of commoditised hardware, open source software and automation; and better network security.Private networks have been a hot topic of late: at MWC Shanghai last month, Nokia president and CEO Pekka Lundmark tipped spending to exceed traditional public networks in the next decade, citing “huge appetite” from industry. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore2 04 MAR 2021 Telefonica bolsters blockchain securitycenter_img Author Previous ArticleXiaomi reveals latest Redmi lineNext ArticleT-Mobile chases enterprise with latest Uncarrier push Diana is Mobile World Live’s US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only… Read more Español Related Telecom Infra ProjectTelefonicalast_img read more

Child & Youth Programs

first_imgSchool-age program (SAP)DoD School-Age programs (SAP) are offered for children, kindergarten through 6th grade before and/or after school, during holidays, and summer vacations. Emphasis is placed on SAP programs which meet community needs, reinforce family values, and promote the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development of children. SAP may be provided in DoD Youth Centers, Child Development Centers or other suitable facilities. To expand school-age program spaces, DoD policy encourages use of youth centers; on-and off-base schools, and other suitable facilities such as community centers. Accreditation of DoD SAP programs is a requirement. Accreditation sets the professional standards for after school programs and helps families identify high-quality programs. Waiting listDue to a high demand for care, you may be placed on a wait list. Your position on the wait list depends on many factors that are at the discretion of the installation and may include your spouse’s military status, the date you apply, deployment and your employment. If these factors change while you are on the wait list, your position will be changed accordingly, so it is important that you keep your information up-to-date.Childcare is not an entitlement, and fees are income-based. Fees throughout the child development system of care fall into fee ranges set by DoD.To apply for child care, fill out DD Form 2606, the Department of Defense Child Development Program Request for Care Record and return them to the Child and Youth Services Coordinator at your installation.The Department of Defense has a long history of providing positive youth programs that focus on alternative activities for youth during out-of-school hours. Today, DoD continues to be committed to youth by providing consistent guidance and stable and dynamic programs in more than 350 youth programs worldwide. DoD promotes positive youth development by designing programs to recognize the achievements of youth and by developing partnerships with other youth-serving organizations like the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and 4-H that offer a variety of resources. Programs for teens and pre-teens vary from one base to another, but are governed by a consistent DoD instruction. Programs prepare young people to meet the challenges of adolescence and adulthood through a coordinated, progressive series of activities and experiences that help them become socially, emotionally, physically and cognitively competent. Programs usually include physical fitness and sports, arts and recreation, training in leadership, life skills and career/volunteer opportunities, mentoring, intervention and support services. Child development centers (CDC)These facilities generally offer child care for children ages six weeks to 5 years old. Care is typically available weekdays. CDCs vary in size; the average CDC cares for about 200 children. All programs must be certified by the DoD and accredited by a national accrediting body such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children. General informationThe Department of Defense (DoD) and the Military Services take great pride in the variety and quality of services provided to children and youth on installations worldwide. While the services provided depend on the size of the location, the standards and quality of services are consistent and meet established regulations. The network has hundreds of locations worldwide serving over 1.3 million children. In-home childcareWith in-home childcare, children receive their care in the private home of a certified provider living in government-owned or leased housing or in state-licensed homes in the community. Family child care provides accommodating child care arrangements, including night, weekend, and flexible hourly care for shift work.In-home childcare programs offer comparable care to a CDC. Providers must be certified by the DoD, and some seek additional accreditation from the National Association of Family Child Care (NAFCC). Regulations limit the number of children that may be cared for at one time: no more than six children under age eight, and no more than two children under two years old.last_img read more

YIFFY: celebrating young professionals

first_imgThis year’s award went to Evgeniya Khokhlova, who represents the Russian Association of Forwarding and Logistic Organizations and is a specialist in project logistics at SVH-Freight.Khokhlova beat three other regional finalists selected from entrants around the world. Her prize is two one-week training sessions with insurance and risk management service provider TT Club at one of its regional headquarters in London, New Jersey or Hong Kong.The other three finalists were: Enos Chapara, tracking and documentation agent at Bollore Transport and Logistics Zimbabwe, representing Shipping and Forwarding Agents’ Association of Zimbabwe; Rachel van Harmelen, business unit sales manager at DSV Panalpina in Canada, representing the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association; and Phillip Burgess, South Island manager at Burnard International in New Zealand, representing Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Federation of New Zealand.The TT Club-sponsored 2020 YIFFY Award will be presented at next year’s FIATA Congress in Busan, South Korea on October 19-24.YIFFY candidates must submit a 6,000-word dissertation outlining the pertinent details of an import and export shipment from their native country. The four finalists will then present their dissertations in person to a panel of judges at the Congress, where the overall winner will be selected.www.ttclub.comfiata.comlast_img read more

Maroon Devils Split At Murphy

first_imgThe Lady Maroon Devils struggled  against Murphy on Tuesday.  After playing their best game of the season last week against Smoky Mountain the Ladies have  found scoring scarce in a follow-up game with Smoky Mountain on Monday and and again Tuesday night against Murphy, The final was Murphy 63 and Swain 36.The Maroon Devils boys varsity enjoyed another twenty plus point win this time over Murphy. The final was 84 to 63. The Maroon Devils were led by Brian Younce with 20 points.  Evan and Zeke Bradley each had 14, Clayton Catolster and Seth Parker sank ten, Darren Blankenship and Ice Littlejohn each scored four for the undefeated Maroon Devils.last_img

WCU ranked among best in South by US News & World Report

first_imgWestern Carolina University once again is ranked as a top university in the South in two categories in the 2018 edition of the U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges” guidebook.The recently-released guidebook lists WCU as 13th among “top public regional universities” in the South, the university’s same ranking as the past two years. The publication also places WCU at No. 38 among the “best regional universities” in the South.The “best regional universities” category in which WCU appears includes 149 public and private higher education institutions that offer a wide range of bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and that tend to attract most of their students from surrounding states. The universities are ranked against their peer group in one of four regions – North, South, Midwest and West.The annual rankings are based on a variety of indicators, including assessment by administrators at peer institutions, graduation rates, retention of students, faculty resources, average class size, student/faculty ratio, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.“The U.S. News & World Report recognition helps validate Western Carolina University’s reputation for high academic quality and a community atmosphere that brings out the best in students,” said WCU Chancellor David O. Belcher. “Our faculty and staff have built an environment in which students thrive and where dreams and an individual’s potential are realized.”Other U.S. News & World Report rankings for WCU include a No. 24 for “best colleges for veterans” among regional southern universities, No. 118 for engineering programs across the nation that do not offer a doctorate, and No. 331 for best undergraduate business programs in the U.S.The listings come as WCU ― again ― set enrollment records for overall student body and freshman class. The 2017 fall semester tally represents the fifth year out of the past six that WCU has seen enrollment increases, a track record that bucks a national trend of enrollment declines at colleges and universities across the U.S. since 2010. This academic year’s total enrollment of 11,034 comes just four years after the university topped 10,000 for the first time back in 2013. Ten WCU degree programs have added 100 or more students in the past decade.“The guidebook rankings are a further reflection that WCU is enjoying a period of remarkable momentum,” Belcher said. “Enrollment is soaring, and WCU has become a destination university. Not only are we getting more students, but they are coming to campus better prepared academically to meet the rigors of higher education.”Amenities such as new and renovated dining facilities and residential and retail space, as well as the beginning of construction for a new natural sciences building, indicate a commitment to maintaining a level of quality that will keep WCU high in the collegiate rankings, said Phil Cauley, assistant vice chancellor for undergraduate enrollment. Beginning next fall, WCU undergraduate students from North Carolina will see their out-of-pocket tuition expenses reduced to $500 per semester through the NC Promise program. Cauley added that it is important to note that costs related to housing, meals and fees will not be affected by NC Promise, so the total cost of attendance for in-state students living on campus will be just over $7,300 a semester, a drop from the current $8,800.Rankings and guidebooks can serve as a tool in the college search process, but so can campus visits. Open House events are planned for four upcoming Saturdays ― Oct. 7, Nov. 4, Feb. 24 and March 24 ― with weekday campus tours available year-round by appointment for students and their families. Preregistration for Open House and more information are available by going to openhouse.wcu.edu or by calling the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 828-227-7317 or toll-free 877-928-4968.last_img read more

#Nextchat: HR is Sexy and We Know It!

first_imgIs HR sexy?  Is it an attractive field of study for college students?  Do young professionals view HR as a hot, new profession for the 21st century?   The answer to all of these questions is yes.According to CareerCast, “Employment growth for Human Resources Managers is projected to be a very healthy 21% thru 2020, which is on par with most medical professions, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Young professionals care about what’s going on in our government and in our world. They know that issues such as healthcare and immigration reform, the skills gap and the “fiscal cliff” are front and center, and many want to join a profession that’s at the critical intersection of it all.Additionally, young professionals want meaningful work. They like the idea of contributing to a company’s success story by creating strategies to attract the best talent. They want to manage a global employment brand and develop innovative social media campaigns.  Since many have been unemployed — or underemployed — for long periods, a career that helps others secure employment, skills training and career development is incredibly worthwhile.Please join @weknownext at 3 p.m. ET on Dec. 12 for #Nextchat with special guest Justin Angsuwat (@JustinAngsuwat), a human capital consultant for Price Waterhouse Coopers and a member of the SHRM Young Professionals Advisory Committee.  We’ll chat about “Why HR is Sexy and We Know It!”Q1. What makes the HR profession “sexy” in the 21st century?Q2. Why is human resources one of the top 3 professions to enter in 2012?Q3. How can young professionals get into the HR profession and why would they want to?Q4. How can young professionals make an impact on business through a career in HR?Q5. Why is HR front and center in Washington right now?Q6. How does tax, healthcare and immigration reform impact business?  How is HR influential in shaping that policy?Q7. How will young HR pros change corporate cultures to attract and retain future generations of the workforce?last_img read more

Trust and HR – The Business Impact of Listening to Your Employees

first_imgLike any other profession, there are plenty of HR horror stories out there – from the “Why We Hate HR” to “It’s Time to ‘Blow Up’ HR”. That being said, human resources plays an important role in the organization. It’s often the “go-to” place for employees and, as such, they need to feel comfortable coming to HR. Here’s an example:An employee was recently accused of harassing and bullying by someone with anxiety. The accuser kept a log over 8 months and never said anything to the employee. The employee said when HR met with them, they never listened to their side of the story. Now, the accused employee has anxiety and depression. They’re having a hard time working because they were told that they need to hold themselves to a different standard because the accuser has anxiety.The employee feels targeted and feels they can’t turn to HR because they didn’t listen or care during the first interaction.Obviously, we’re only hearing one side of the story. So it’s hard to resolve the situation, but there are a few things we can discuss about HR, credibility, and investigations. So, I asked employment attorney  Heather Bussing if she would share her expertise and, thankfully, she said yes!Heather BussingPlease remember that Heather’s comments should not be construed as legal advice or as pertaining to any specific factual situations. If you have detailed questions, they should be addressed directly with your friendly neighborhood labor attorney.Heather, one of the first things that struck me about this story is that the employee knew their accuser has anxiety. We don’t know how they learned that piece of information. Is an employee having anxiety something HR should know and/or share with others?[Bussing] If the anxiety rises to the level of being a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or requires leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), it would make sense that HR knows about the condition because the employee would have disclosed it when she asked for leave or accommodation. The employee may also have simply told HR in the course of making the bullying complaint.As for HR sharing with others, it is important not to disclose medical information about employees to anyone who does not need to know it. Confidentiality is sometimes required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), although most employers have very limited, if any, coverage under HIPAA. Mostly, it has to do with privacy, trust, and not promoting gossip or speculation about people, taking leave, or changing jobs. It is simply in everyone’s best interest, particularly HR’s, to keep employee health information confidential as much as possible.When dealing with leave issues or even an investigation of a complaint, it is best to keep any discussion of medical information general. Discuss it as a ‘personal issue’ or ‘health issue’ rather than a specific medical condition. Digital versions of medical reports for ADA, workers’ compensation, or FMLA, should be password protected or encrypted. Lock up any hard copies.How a company should accommodate someone with anxiety gets very tricky because there is simply no way to make someone with anxiety feel safe or comfortable all the time. (If there were, I would sign up immediately.)My sense (guess) in this case, is that the employee with anxiety has identified with her diagnosis and spends some time and energy letting other people know. If so, she probably told both the other employee and HR. When that happens, the information is no longer confidential. But HR should continue not to discuss it except with people who need to know regarding any investigation, leave, or other accommodation.The employee feels that, in the initial meeting with HR, they weren’t being heard. Is there anything an employee can do during (or after) the meeting to get their side of the story told?[Bussing] In this situation, it did not seem like she was disciplined or there were any other admonitions except to try to be nice. So, it would be good for her to take this into account when considering whether or not she was heard or believed. If HR truly believed the person complaining, there would likely have been a stronger response. Bullying is not okay. So my take is that HR is taking both sides with a grain of salt.Yet, not feeling heard when there is a claim or dispute is a common issue. Sometimes it is because HR believed the first story they heard or have some other (reasonable or unreasonable) bias toward the other employee. Sometimes, it has more to do with the employee’s feelings and impression because HR did not agree with her completely.Either way, it is a difficult position. If the employee goes over HR’s head, it will create more drama and almost always upsets HR, which can make things more difficult for the employee down the line.So I usually advise sitting down and writing out what she wants HR to know and understand. Then get someone who has some objectivity and who will tell her the truth to look at it and see where it needs clarity or toning down. Employment lawyers are good at this and may even do it as part of an initial consult.She should explain in the memo that she left the meeting not sure whether she was clear in explaining what happened and wanted to follow up in writing to make sure HR understood. If there is a decision she wants modified or clarified, ask for that specifically. The important thing is to stick to the facts and make the memo as clear and reasonable as possible. If all she wants is to be heard, this would create a clear record.If there is something specific that she wants, always start with HR and only go beyond that (either to a higher level internally or making a legal claim) after discussing it, putting it in writing, and if applicable, following grievance or other policies.Don’t assume that just because things did not go your way, that you were not heard or understood. Many HR decisions are about finding balance and compromise when there are competing stories. If you need your way, all the way, all the time, it may not be HR that is the trouble.The employee feels that this incident has caused them to experience anxiety and depression that is having an impact on their work. Do they need to inform the company that they need a work accommodation? Why or why not?[Bussing] At this point, she may have situational anxiety and depression that could benefit from therapy. She has a choice about whether to get that on her own, request FMLA leave if needed, or make a workers’ compensation claim. The more the employer is involved, the more the employee may be required to reveal information about her therapy or medical treatment and life. So consider it carefully.If the condition becomes chronic and more severe, it may make sense to ask for leave either under the ADA if the condition qualifies, or the FMLA either way.The reality is that just getting entangled in the process of requesting leave or making a claim can exacerbate the anxiety and depression. So she should weigh the options with her doctor or therapist and if it seems like she will need leave, also talk to an employment attorney.Is it fair to tell an employee that they need to hold themselves to a different standard? Isn’t that setting a precedent?[Bussing] The oddest part of this story is the idea of telling an employee to hold themselves to a different standard. What does that mean?I don’t have enough information to understand whether there is manipulation and bullying going both ways. But it appears that there is now a competitive anxiety contest starting. If so, giving either side an advantage by imposing a different standard of conduct or behavior on one side is a really bad idea.In addition, requiring employees to be kind is not a reasonable accommodation. It should be the general standard of conduct for all, even if some people have anxiety and depression.While there can be some tolerance for difficult behavior due to someone’s medical condition, if it is permanent, they may not be qualified to have the job. This is a complex ADA accommodation analysis that is not possible here.But the focus should be on the person with the anxiety and depression, whether she can do the job, and how to get her help. The company should not allow her to do whatever she wants while the rest of the company has to walk on eggshells.Last question, what are the implications of employees failing to bring issues to HR because they don’t feel HR listens or cares?[Bussing] It depends. If employees feel comfortable talking to their managers and the managers are responsive, then HR rarely gets directly involved, and there will be few implications.In other organizations, where HR is the mediator of workplace issues, the implications are much larger. When people don’t trust HR, they usually deal with difficulties at work by starting to hate their jobs, which leads to performance issues, which leads to losing employees. Attrition is expensive, time consuming, and puts a burden on the remaining employees while the organization finds replacements.It also means that HR will not hear about problems until it is too late, which often means more claims and lawsuits.But most of all, if employees don’t trust HR, they probably don’t trust any of the leadership and that is a culture and management problem that does not bode well for the future of the organization.Listening and caring are the foundation of working with other people. If HR is not getting that right, they have lost their way.A HUGE thanks to Heather for sharing her knowledge. Be sure to check out Heather’s writing on HR Examiner for more great insights.As you can see, employee situations aren’t always easy to facilitate. And some of what has to be fleshed out is the context of the situation. One thing is certain, employees need to feel that they can go to HR. They might not like what HR says, but they are comfortable speaking with someone in the department.last_img read more

Netflix Integration Coming to Facebook: Will You Watch?

first_imgdan rowinski Tags:#Facebook#Internet TV#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationcenter_img According to Netflix’s second quarter earnings statement, it is going to integrating with Facebook later this year in Latin America and Canada. Netflix will join Hulu and Spotify as services that have some type of integration with the social platform, as it looks to build value through content offerings. Netflix stated that its Facebook integration (PDF) cannot come to the United States because the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) “is ambiguous (about) when and how a user can give permission for his or her video viewing data to be shared.” Hulu has a deep partnership with Facebook yet it is up to the user on Hulu to decide when and how they share their viewing data (and privacy concerns do exist there as well). Except for clips that users share, Hulu does not stream within Facebook. The question becomes: would you want to watch Netflix through Facebook?To some it seems odd that Facebook would be getting into the content distribution business. What, are you going to watch movies in a box in your news feed?It is not about that.What it comes down to is this: Facebook wants to be the platform behind everything you do on the Web. They want to be the backbone of news and content discovery and consumption. Facebook wants to be the place where the conversation is driven. They want to know what you are watching, what you are reading, when and how. Ostensibly, this is what the “Like” button and Facebook Connect are for. Facebook can track users across the Web, whether they are actually on Facebook’s website or not.This is, more or less, the way Google and Microsoft have been doing for years just with a deeper knowledge of individual people via their social graphs. On the other end of the equation, social networks are a proven way to drive user engagement, page views and time spent with a service. Facebook, being the biggest player in the social networking space, is an easy way for content distributors to increase their metrics. It seems as though Netflix knows Facebook integration will only be a fraction of its viewing audience. Certainly, not many people think of the social platform as a go-to place to listen to music or watch content outside of YouTube, Vimeo etc. videos posted in user streams. Netflix’s earning statement says that there is a non-partisan group of lawmakers trying to fix the ambiguity of VPPA that would enable “us to offer our Facebook integration to our U.S. subscribers who desire it.”Do users desire it? Do you want to socialize your Netflix viewing from within the Facebook platform? Let us know in the comments. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

(AUDIO) Columbia police chief Geoff Jones

first_imgGeoff Jones found out on Monday he will get to live out a dream he had as a kid, and become Columbia’s next permanent police chief. He joined Wake Up Columbia on Tuesday.last_img

No one should tell me when to retire, says Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgSachin Tendulkar does not want to predict whether his seemingly unconquerable record of 100 international centuries would ever be broken but the iconic cricketer hopes that as and when it happens, the feat is accomplished by a fellow Indian.In a wide-ranging interaction with the media, the 38-year-old Tendulkar also said that he does not intend to retire anytime soon no matter what the critics have to say.”I don’t know. I guess all the records are meant to be broken but I hope it’s an Indian. I don’t think you can predict that (whether it will be surpassed) but I hope it’s an Indian whenever it happens,” Tendulkar, who reached the milestone during the recent Asia Cup, told reporters here.”I feel that when I retire is something that I would decide because when I started was not decided by someone else. Those who are advising me about retirement did not bring me in the team.”I get my strength from my coaches and family. When I feel I don’t have that, on that day, I will think of retirement. I feel those who say you should retire at the top are selfish because when you are at the top, you should serve the country instead of retiring,” he said.India went on to lose the match, that too against Bangladesh, in which Tendulkar got to the feat and he said the disappointment meant that the celebrations were muted.”I don’t think that we are celebrating that one match. Where I am right now took 23 years and not one match. I feel the result was very important. It was very disappointing. The day I got the hundred there was no celebration,” he recalled.advertisementFor a player who has virtually every batting record that is there to be taken, Tendulkar said the biggest compliment for him was when the legendary Sir Don Bradman included him in his all-time Test XI.”I think the best compliment was from Sir Don Bradman when he announced his all-time Test XI and I was part of that squad. That would be the best compliment,” he said.Talking about his journey so far, Tendulkar, the highest run-getter in both Tests and one-dayers, said his late father Ramesh Tendulkar was his idol growing up.”My hero is my father because he is the one with whom everything started in my life. I follow my father. In cricket, even whose who haven’t scored a hundred were advising me but as long as it was in good intention, it was fine,” he said.When asked about India’s early exit from the Asia Cup, Tendulkar said credit should also go to the rivals who played better than them.”All three teams won two matches, it eventually boiled down to who beat whom. I want to clarify that Bangladesh are a good team and played well in all the four matches. The rival teams also come to win. Sometimes you play well but the other team plays better,” he explained.The diminutive right-hander said he does not have to prove anything now and would continue as long as he enjoys the game.”I don’t think I need to prove anything right now. I started playing this game because I loved it, I enjoy it. The passion for cricket was there. The dream was to play for India and win the World Cup, I don’t think anything can be bigger than that,” he said.”I can’t think of milestones. I have been able to play for India and win the World Cup. I don’t know what is in store for me but my focus would be to just enjoy the game. I don’t want to focus on what I have to achieve because I have already achieved what I wanted,” he added.Tendulkar also detailed the one year barren spell during which he got into 70s and 80s but somehow missed out on hundreds.”At the time of the World Cup when I got to 99 hundreds, no one was discussing about my 100th hundred because the focus was on the World Cup. But after the World Cup, the media built on it and started asking. I was only focused on playing cricket like always. I just wanted to score runs,” he recalled.”But as time went by, people who were listening to the media, those people, excluding my friends and family, would wish me about the 100th hundred. But I felt cricket should be the focus and that is what I kept telling myself,” Tendulkar said.advertisement”I can say that from a cricketing point of view, it was a tough phase because the good wishes were not stopping. Now, at least they won’t pray for my 100th ton and my ears will get some rest,” he joked.”I can’t complain about all these good wishes.”Talking about his own form in this one year, Tendulkar said, “I can say that there were patches when I didn’t bat well, there were patches when I felt that I batted my best. I felt that sometimes you need luck to be on your side.””Sometimes that luck factor was missing because as far as preparations were concerned, my commitment and passion was in place. I scored 100 out of 100 on that. But you don’t always achieve the results that you dream of,” he said.”Something that is more important is not to lose hope. I did not lose hope, I continued trying my best. Here I only waited for a year but for the World Cup I waited for 22 years and it happened.”Tendulkar said being a celebrity, his struggles hogged the limelight even though every individual goes through tough times.”There are going to be rough phases in life. I don’t think there is anyone who hasn’t experienced rough phases but they are personal. But because we are public figures, our rough phases are on camera. But I didn’t lose faith in my ability and that is what has allowed me to be where I am.”Asked to assess himself, Tendulkar said he would leave that job to his fans and critics.”I can’t judge myself but definitely there was a dream to be regarded as one of the top players to have played the game. To be in that league that was my dream. I wanted to be right at the top or to be there in that group and I feel I am there but if you ask me to judge myself, I can’t do that. That’s for others to say,” he said.Asked to compare the pressure he felt at the time of his debut hundred and the 100th hundred, Tendulkar said it is incomparable.”I think in 94′ when I did a press conference, even half of the journalists present right now were not there. There were few expectations. Today the expectations are a lot more. Even if I score 70-80, it is a disappointment like in Delhi last year against the West Indies.”It’s about how you look at things. My first century and this one can’t be compared because expectations are different,” he said.Like him, the Indian team has also gone through a tough phase since winning the World Cup in April last year.Tendulkar said the key to recovery lies in not losing hope.”Wherever we go, we want to win. When you lose the number one ranking, it means someone is playing better cricket than you, you need to perform better and win. That is what we go out for. At no stage should we lose hope. It is a rough patch but we can overcome that obstacle, we require hard work and we will do that,” he said.advertisement”I think our team has had a few injuries. During the England tour, we suffered because of injuries. I don’t want to give excuses because whoever plays, he is expected to do well. I can’t pinpoint reasons but we can get better.”I don’t know how to put it across. I don’t think you can find solutions in 3-4 sentences. It is a process. When we became number one, it was a process and we will have to repeat that,” he added.Talking about the state of the game in general, Tendulkar said Test cricket should remain the pinnacle.”There has to be more importance to Test cricket. This format is very challenging for which you need planning. You need to play at a different pace at different times. If you ask any player, most would tell you that Tests have to be number one and I have no different opinion,” he said.last_img read more