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Big day for RSPL’s cellar dwellers

first_imgThe possession of the worst record over the last five games in the Red Stripe Premier League could seriously cost one of the more storied clubs in local football when the final whistles are blown today to signal the end of the 2015/2016 Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) regular season. Four losses in the last five games including three successive ones over the last three games and the only other result being a draw means that Cavalier have attempted the tragic act of committing suicide. Only a miracle or a lack of interest in the proceedings by their opponents, Tivoli Gardens who have very little to play for, could save them. With two teams set to be relegated the lower leagues today, Cavalier, who just weeks ago were in with a chance, albeit slim, of finishing in the top four now find themselves the second least likely team to survive of the four that could go down. Of the four the favourites tag still belongs to Waterhouse who have basically made the relegation zone their residence more most of the season. Waterhouse have shown fight of late and with a victory over Boys’ Town today could end up on a maximum 34 points, one above the total currently held by both Cavalier and Rivoli. Their survival therefore depends on the loss of both teams and in the event of a Rivoli draw Waterhouse would have to win by at least five clear goals – improbable. Cavalier can end the season with a maximum 36 points and stay up but would have to beat Tivoli Gardens and see Rivoli lose to Humble Lion or Reno lose to UWI FC. The University team still has chance of being on the right side of another decision to be made today that of the fourth semi-finalists and they will not give up that fight easily even though Reno will be at home. That situation makes Cavalier’s task much tougher.  Today’s games 3:30 p.m: Portmore United vs Arnett Gardens – Juici Park, Clarendon 3:30 p.m: Montego Bay United vs Harbour View – Montego Bay Sports Complex 3:30 p.m:  Reno vs UWI FC – Frome Complex 3:30 p.m: Humble Lion vs  Rivoli United F – Effortville Community Centre 3:30pm Tivoli Gardens United vs Cavalier – Edward Seaga Stadium 3:30 p.m: Waterhouse vs Boys’ Town – Drewsland Stadium Points standing                         P         W        D         L     GF       GA      GD      Pts    Portmore                    32       18         7       7         41      26        15       61      Arnett                         32       17         6        9        46       28       18       57  MoBay United            32       15        11      6         51       26       25       56 Humble Lion FC        32       12          11       9       28      27        1         47 UWI FC                     32      12           10     10       37      40       -3         46      H.View                        32      10           13       9       39      32        7        43     Tivoli                                 32        11              7        14        38        40         -2          40 Boys’ Town                 32      10          8        14      35       49      -14       38    Reno                            32        7          13      12       34      52      -18        34  Rivoli                           32       8           9       15        38      45        -7       33 Cavalier SC                 32       8           9       15        24       35       -11      33 Waterhouse                 32       7          10      15       29        40      -11       31last_img read more

Brevett named Hanworth Villa manager

first_imgFormer QPR and Fulham full-back Rufus Brevett has taken over as manager of Hanworth Villa.The 46-year-old, who also played for West Ham, spent seven years at Rangers before a five-year spell at Craven Cottage.“I know we have a set of good players and everyone will be given a chance to impress,” said Brevett, who has previously managed Arlesey Town.Villa finished seventh in the Combined Counties Premier Division last season.See also:Waddock returns as Aldershot bossDonnelly joins Margate on one-year dealFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

As Giants wait on Bryce Harper, Farhan Zaidi wants to avoid ‘reality show’

first_imgSCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–Another day, another new player.So it goes in Giants camp, where new president of baseball Farhan Zaidi is working diligently to add quality depth while maintaining optimal roster flexibility.Thus far, none of the new players the Giants have acquired are 26-year-old superstar free agents. But a few are expected to help the club improve immediately, including Friday’s signee, switch-hitting infielder Yangervis Solarte.“To have not just a switch-hitter, but a guy who has …last_img

Doc Sign Brings PDF Signing to iPhone

first_img4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#biz#Reviews 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout A new iPhone application called Doc Sign enables users to manage and sign PDF documents from their phones.Doc Sign can open PDF files attached to incoming emails, from a public URL or the via Drop.io file sharing service. The user can then touch any part of the document and add text or write their signature, then save and email it back or transfer it to their desktop via iTunes.The app does not currently support PDFs from Google Docs, but this feature is being planned for in a future version. In the meantime, users can work around this limitation by emailing files to themselves. Doc Sign, which was released by Crowded Road last month, is not the first application to bring PDF signing to the iPhone, but it does have some features that attempt to set it apart from the competition. “Unlike some similar products, Doc Sign is a pure app, not relying on any website or web-service,” says Adam Korbl, founder and CEO of Crowded Road. “We do not store or pass user documents through our servers whatsoever. This not only avoids any reliability issues that can arise as a result of server failures, but it also ensures superior privacy and document security, something essential for any enterprise-level application.”While the application will work on older versions of the iPhone, says Korbl, Apple’s new iOS4 is recommended for the best user experience. Doc Sign is not yet available for other devices, but Crowded Road is working on versions for the iPad and Android. Disclosure: We received a free version of this app in order to test it. center_img 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… john paul titlow Related Posts last_img read more

Rebuilding America and the ‘New Normal’ of Resilience

first_imgIn the near term, opportunities in Florida and TexasOne such tool is Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing. PACE allows the incremental cost of energy-efficient and hurricane-resilient reconstruction to be covered through financing secured by a special incremental property tax assessment. The ongoing savings to the owner — whose energy bill would be negligible — more than covers the payments due under the PACE financing.We believe PACE can help Florida rebuild a more resilient real estate market while providing a boost to the local job market at no upfront cost, and Florida needs it. Florida has usually had a booming real estate market. More than 500,000 single-family homes and 100,000 rental units have been built in the Miami area alone since 2000.But there has frequently been destruction as well as creation in Florida’s building sector. Just last year, Hurricane Matthew caused $2.7 billion in damage in Florida and $15 billion overall. This year, Hurricane Irma hurt even more Florida homeowners. Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long said preliminary estimates suggested that 25% of the homes in the Florida Keys were destroyed by Irma and 65% sustained major damage. “Basically, every house in the Keys was impacted,” he said.While homes in the Keys sustained severe damage this time, many thousands of other homes in Florida continue to be at risk. According to a recent CoreLogic report, the South Florida’s tri-county region around Miami has 784,773 homes at risk from storm surge, more than any other region in the nation. In total, these homes have a reconstruction cost value (RCV) of $143.5 billion. (Threatened areas of New York City have a higher RCV at $264.3 billion, but fewer homes at risk.) When a hurricane next makes landfall directly over the tri-county area, resilience added with PACE financing could help save much of that value.Meanwhile, in Texas, Hurricane Harvey compounded a heavy demand for housing. Texas had been on pace for 30,000 housing starts in 2017. Now, an estimated 200,000 more homes also need to be repaired or rebuilt. According to a recent preliminary estimate by Moody’s Analytics, the combined cost of the destruction from hurricanes Harvey and Irma could range from $150 billion to $200 billion. Texas hasn’t seen its last hurricane either, and PACE financing could help to finance more resilient reconstruction there, too.Florida passed PACE-enabling legislation in 2010 and five programs are operating in the state. All offer commercial financing and two offer residential financing. In addition to covering energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements, many Florida PACE programs finance hurricane protection improvements. There are active R-PACE (residential PACE) programs in 16 Florida counties, nine of which are among the counties where FEMA has made residents eligible for individual assistance.Most of the homes in these counties were affected severely by Irma. As of November 2017, 144,407 applications have been approved for assistance within Florida and FEMA has awarded insurance payments to individuals and households to the tune of $124 million. These funds should be used to rebuild for resilience, and PACE financing can augment and multiply the resilience that insurance payments can secure. Whether resilience efforts are reactive or proactive, tools exist for cities to take a holistic approach to resilience in the buildings sector that can yield higher-performing buildings (in both existing buildings and new construction), healthier economies, and better communities that emit less carbon and lessen future impacts on climate change. By RADHIKA LALIT and KELLY VAUGHNThis year’s hurricane season is the most expensive on record, with $202.6 billion in damages according to Bloomberg. These storms across the Atlantic had devastating impacts on people’s lives and homes, on communities, and on infrastructure in the hardest-hit areas.In fact, the damage from Hurricane Harvey is still very palpable for Houston residents. Three months after the storm, tens of thousands of residents lack stable housing. In Puerto Rico it is even worse: two months after Hurricane Maria, most of the island is without power and one out of every 10 residents doesn’t have access to clean water. Rocky Mountain Institute is working in Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands to help rebuild smarter and better — that is, rebuilding in a way that increases resilience.The summer’s events have reinforced the importance of resilience for cities and states across the country. For Florida and Texas, improved resilience is at the core of rebuilding efforts. For others, it has become an elevated priority for new construction and infrastructure investment. But for all, the “new normal” caused by changing weather patterns associated with climate change means more frequent, stronger storms and other natural disasters, and that means that resilience in the face of disaster is important as never before. RELATED ARTICLES Improving resilience in the building sectorRMI believes that R-PACE for NZE construction can be a powerful tool to rebuild, but it is merely one tool in what should be a robust set of strategies and programs focused on high-performance buildings as a means to mitigate climate risk and improve long-term resilience. PACE financing is regulated at the state level, but many of the most promising resilience opportunities can be tackled at the city level, too.Fortunately, there is growing city leadership across the U.S. to address climate risk and opportunity head-on in the buildings sector and beyond. Many cities are putting in place solutions such as distributed energy — especially solar and battery storage sited on distribution grids — that provide resilience to their electric grids, for instance. And today, there are more tools available than ever before to share best practices, programs, and ideas that have worked for others.For example, states and cities representing more than half of the U.S. economy have declared their support for the Paris Agreement. If these nonfederal actors were a country, they would be the world’s third-largest economy. State commitments and progress toward these commitments are encouraging, as detailed in the America’s Pledge report recently unveiled at the 2017 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23) — though states do need to accelerate and deepen their efforts to hold within reach the U.S. pledge to reduce its emissions by 26-28% by 2025 compared to 2005 levels.The America’s Pledge report recommends that, to make headway in the buildings sector, cities work together to adopt and enforce ambitious energy codes for buildings. Today, 35 of the 51 largest U.S. cities are developing or have already adopted energy-reduction goals. To help meet these goals, cities can work with both states and the real estate industry on new and ambitious energy codes to optimize the energy and environmental performance of both new and existing buildings.Additionally, the Carbon-Free City Handbook, also released at COP23, is another resource developed by RMI to help cities implement climate policies and actions that place their communities on a path toward sustainable, low-carbon economies. For many cities, buildings are the largest cause of carbon emissions. That’s why five of the 22 recommendations in the handbook are focused on transitioning buildings toward net-zero energy while making those buildings healthier, more comfortable, and more resilient — all while creating an economic boon for the city. Growth where risks are highOn the heels of these terrifying recent proofs that large-scale natural disasters can and do occur in the U.S. comes a worrisome new report by Attom Data Solutions. The report finds that the parts of the U.S. most at risk of natural disasters are also the places where property values are highest and increasing most quickly.In fact, the riskiest 20% of U.S. counties are economic powerhouses, have the most homes with the highest average home values, and have experienced the greatest price appreciation in recent years. Having so much value locked up in property that is not resilient and is in the path of disaster is disturbing and unsustainable. The chart below comes from Attom Data Solutions’ natural hazard index, which matches geographic areas to government data on the risks of flood, earthquake, tornado, wildfire, hurricane, and hail.center_img We need to act nowOverall, city leaders recognize the need to address resilience but at this point, action is far more important than continued planning. Entire economies and people’s well-being — their homes, their health, their jobs, and their families — depend on it.City leaders interested in working with RMI to implement some of the programs or policies listed above can contact our team.And, for community members concerned about the resilience of your city, you can take action by sharing the Carbon-Free City Handbook and other resources that can drive forward local efforts to build better communities that improve our climate future, rather than erode it. Resilient Communities Designing Homes and Communities That Can Survive a DisasterResilience: Designing Homes for More Intense StormsMaking the Case for Resilient DesignBuilding Resilience for a ‘Close Encounter’ with DisasterCongress Weighs Changes to Rules on PACE LoansWhat the Wall Street Journal Got Wrong About PACESetting the PACE for Consumer ProtectionInnovative Financing for Energy ImprovementsScenes from PACE v. Fannie and FreddieA Bipartisan Team Pitches a PACE RevivalA PACE Approach to Commercial RetrofitsTransforming the Real Estate Market ©2017 Rocky Mountain Institute. Published with permission. Originally posted on RMI Outlet. PACE is an important tool for increasing resilience to natural disasters, and the need for that is dire and widespread. Even so, many states still don’t allow for PACE financing. What’s more, some states have limited the use of PACE to retrofits and reconstruction by making it ineligible for new residential construction.If this were to change, state governments could catalyze billions of dollars in private-sector investments for building new high-performing and resilient real-estate infrastructure for homeowners across the U.S. With PACE financing, these homes could be built to not only be resilient to hurricanes, earthquakes, and flooding but also to be resilient to grid failures and to provide superior comfort and energy performance, especially if they are built to net-zero energy (NZE) or net-zero ready standards.In a recently published Insight Brief, RMI proposed leveraging R-PACE for existing and new construction to help scale net-zero energy homes, which can transform the entire country’s real estate landscape.According to RMI’s research, NZE homes are far more energy resilient, built to a higher quality standard, and higher performing than standard homes and only, on average, $24,811 more expensive than average new homes in the U.S. — before accounting for tax credits and other state and local rebates. This upfront incremental cost could be funded through R-PACE, freeing homeowners and builders of the burden of that cost. Moreover, even after paying for their R-PACE assessments, homeowners stand to gain an average of $160 every year on their high-performing home, according to RMI analysis. This proposition is a win-win solution not only for policymakers, builders, and homeowners, but also for the real estate community at large.Scaling NZE homes across the U.S. presents an incremental market opportunity of $33 billion by 2037 that will help make our homes and our cities smarter, more efficient, and more resilient — helping us build a new America. Along with instituting robust state-level consumer protection measures, leading states and cities have an opportunity to invest in scaling NZE development by enabling R-PACE for new construction.last_img read more

Maharashtra government formation | NCP to get Deputy Chief Minister post, Speaker will be from Congress

first_imgMaharashtra politics live | Top developments on November 27, 2019 Maharashtra poltics: Aaditya Thackeray and Rohit Pawar the centre of attraction as MLAs take oath Supporting BJP-led government was no revolt, says Ajit Pawar Mr. Ajit Pawar’s return to the State Cabinet was not confirmed till late in the night after a meeting of top leaders of the Shiv Sena, the NCP and the Congress was held for over four-and-a-half hours. The leaders clarified that the names of the Ministers will be announced only on Thursday morning.Maharashtra Chief Minister-designate Uddhav Thackeray, the senior and junior Pawars, along with top NCP leaders and senior leaders of the Congress from Delhi and Maharashtra, participated in the meeting to discuss the distribution of portfolios. NCP leader Praful Patel addressing a press conference after the meeting said one Deputy Chief Minister of the NCP will take oath along with Mr. Thackeray. “The post of Speaker will go to the Congress while the NCP will get the Deputy Speaker’s post,” he said.Also Read Two days after the failed rebellion to join hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in a bid to form the government, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar returned, addressing party MLAs at a meeting here on Wednesday.“I am with Sharad Pawar. I was always with him and the party. I have no complaint against anyone. Neither have I any ill will against anyone. There are no problems within the Pawar family,” said Mr. Ajit Pawar. On Tuesday night, Mr. Ajit Pawar had visited the house of his uncle and NCP president Sharad Pawar where both reportedly decided to let bygones be bygones. Also Read Mr. Patel clarified that the Cabinet expansion will take place after the government clears the trust vote in the Assembly.According to Mr. Patel, only two ministers of each party will take oath along with the CM and deputy CM. However, he did not announce the name of the deputy CM who will be taking oath along with Mr. Thackeray. Among the top contenders for the deputy CM post include NCP State president Jayant Patil. A group within the NCP is backing Mr. Ajit Pawar’s name for the same.Also Read According to sources, the bone of contention within the parties was the post of Speaker as the NCP was not ready to give the post to the Congress, especially former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan. The issue has now been sorted out.Late Wednesday night, Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray visited Congress president Sonia Gandhi thanking her for the support and also inviting her to the swearing-in ceremony, to be held on Thursday evening.Preparations for the swearing-in ceremony are in full swing. Sena MP Vinayak Raut said the party has invited 400 farmer families for the programme. In addition invitations have been sent to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Delhi CM Arvind Kejariwal. Mr. Thackeray’s estranged cousin and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS chief Raj Thackeray is also likely to get an invite.last_img read more

INSAT: A damp squib

first_imgINSAT blasts off from Cape Canaveral: Hollow triumphFor all its pioneering role, INSAT-1A is a satellite that the Space Department may want to quickly forget. Almost the only thing that can be claimed on its behalf is that it is operational: certainly a triumph in itself, but one robbed of,INSAT blasts off from Cape Canaveral: Hollow triumphFor all its pioneering role, INSAT-1A is a satellite that the Space Department may want to quickly forget. Almost the only thing that can be claimed on its behalf is that it is operational: certainly a triumph in itself, but one robbed of much of its real value.The launch was late by 22 months. Despite that leeway, most of the related ground facilities to make use of the satellite are not in position. By the time they are, the satellite will probably have lived out its life, reduced from the planned seven years to perhaps just three because of the unanticipated burning up of vital hydrazine fuel.Even before the launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida on April 10, some fuel had to be off-loaded from the satellite since its weight exceeded the stipulated 1,150 kg. The US National Agency for Space Administration (NASA), contracted to do the launching, had insisted that its Delta rocket would not otherwise be able to put the satellite into the required orbit.Hitches: Later, up in space, the dish-shaped C band antenna, the single most crucial part of the satellite, refused to open, blanking out the only means of communication with INSAT-1A. When all other manoeuvres failed, the scientists at ground control in Hassan, Karnataka, played their last card: firing the thrusters under the closed antenna in an effort to literally thrust the antenna open. Tests at the Palo Alto headquarters of Ford Aerospace and Communication Corporation, which built the satellite, had shown that firing the thrusters would not damage the carbon-fibre antenna.advertisementThe first firing failed, and it took a second burst, using up further precious fuel, to eventually work the trick. Meanwhile, the satellite had drifted eastward and been nudged gently back to its space home 36,000 km over the equator, at 74 degrees East. Each of these manoeuvres saw the fuel reserves drop further, and more than a fortnight after launch, problems still plagued the satellite.The solar sail, designed to counterbalance the array of solar panels on the opposite side of the satellite and give it stability, refused to open. Until it does, the thrusters will have to be fired periodically to keep the satellite in position. Space Department scientists refused to speculate on the full impact which the loss of fuel would have on the satellite’s life. But a Central minister responsible for the satellite confided that its life might not be more than three years instead of the planned seven.Even as the scientists at Hassan were struggling with the wayward satellite, moves were initiated in Delhi to inquire into the series of technical problems and the possibility of costly human error. But all this was well in the future on launch date. The blastoff had already been pushed back twice because of mechanical failures; and on April 10, there remained just two days before the booking of the space parking lot would expire. Storm clouds milled over the horizon.Uncertainties: Project Director Pramod Kale mulled over an astrologer’s prediction that the original schedule was not an auspicious ‘muhurat’ for the launch. Satish Dhawan, chairman of the INSAT coordination committee, sat quietly in front of flickering video screens monitoring activity on the launch pad. The delays and uncertainties had taken their toll, and the initial excitement had dissipated into nervous fatigue and latent tension.Back home in Delhi, officials of the ministries that would make use of the satellite fumed in frustration: none of them had been invited to witness the launching in Florida. And, days later, when the satellite began to look like a problem child, some of them would ask mockingly about the “deaf and dumb” satellite and call for accountability.”T minus 20 and counting,” intoned the commentator at the mission director’s centre (MDC) as scientists and technicians, both Indian and American, busied themselves with last minute duties. The heavens spent themselves in the nick of time, some rain clouds still skirting a near full moon in the newly washed sky. Criss-crossing searchlight beams bathed the 116-foot Delta rocket before an incredibly picturesque blast-off. A thanksgiving coconut, brought by one of the Indian scientists, was offered to the gods and, in a release of tension, the rain came down again.Disastrous Planning: In Nagpur, on the day of the launching, Mrs Gandhi was laying the foundation stone for a satellite-linked TV-radio complex that should have been ready before the launching of INSAT- 1A. Nothing drove home the disastrous planning of ground facilities as the bizarre timing of this ceremony. The final clearance for the INSAT project had been given in 1977, but the related clearances for the ground facilities came a full two years later. Charan Singh, finance minister in the Janata government, had steadfastly stonewalled the whole proposal as a waste of money. The delay he caused has virtually made it so.advertisementSome of the clearances came only in 1981. Going by the present schedule, some of the 15,000 villages in six states that are to get educational TV programmes via the satellite will be linked to the system only in 1987. INSAT-1A  may not be around by then, though the twin INSAT-1B will have been pressed into service. This second satellite was initially designed as a space stand-by. and scheduled to take over from INSAT-1A at the end of the latler’s seven-year life span. Now it seems that 1B will quickly become the primary satellite.Among all the ground facilities, only the telecommunications segment will be reasonably ready by the time the satellite is made available for operational use. But even here, only 1,400 of the 4,000 two-way telephone channels will be made use of initially. Full utilisation may have to wait till mid-1983.At the Meteorological Department headquarters in New Delhi, a week after the launch, floors were still being polished in the main satellite data utilisation centre. Computers were being tested and related equipment still being put into position.Officials in the department considered this state of readiness a minor miracle, given the inhuman schedule to which they had had to work. Construction of a six-storeyed building started only in 1979, with barely a year left for the initial launching date. For some of the equipment, indents were placed with the Directorate-General of Supplies and Disposals only in February 1981, and orders placed with suppliers in November with delivery dates six to eight months ahead.Of the 100 unmanned meteorological data collection platforms that are to transmit weather-related data to Delhi via the satellite, only eight will be in place by the end of 1982. The others will follow in batches of 24 at six-monthly intervals. Officials insist this is according to the schedule, and deny that there have been any delays. But the special receiver sets that are to be used by district officials for getting the department’s disaster warnings based on satellite data are still being developed. Fabrication of the sets will start next year. The disaster warning system may not be fully operational till 1984.Big Delay: The ministry that needed a disaster warning at least a couple of years ago was Information and Broadcasting. INSAT-1A can provide a nation-wide TV hook-up, but there is money now for only 340 special direct reception sets that will be deployed in the villages. Even these will start getting delivered only from December. In contrast, seven years ago, the Government had been able to provide-2,400 direct reception sets for the satellite instructional television experiment (SITE) programme. Manufacturers are only now being approached to produce more sets quickly.Even as the satellite hovered overhead, the ministry was looking into the feasibility of a more cost-effective way of sending TV programmes to the villages. Information and Broadcasting Minister Vasant Sathe was trying to push through a proposal to fit on to microwave towers with special antennae that would be able to receive and transmit TV signals which in turn could be picked up by ordinary TV sets in a five-kilometre radius.advertisementThis would obviate the need for the costly direct reception sets and make things move a little faster. But engineers were objecting that the microwave towers were not built to take the extra load of the special antennae. If their objections stand, the only way out will be to construct at least future towers with the strength to take the extra load.TV programme readiness is no better. The National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has been commissioned to do no more than 50 special school programmes of 20 minutes each: a stock of programmes that will last just 25 days at the planned rate of two programmes per day. For the rest, the ministry is falling back on existing Doordarshan programmes and dusting off cans containing old SITE programmes.Little Action: The poor programme readiness roused lively fears among scientists concerned about the uses to which INSAT would be put. Some at the Ahmedabad Space Applications Centre warned that since there was little action in hand to set up field programming centres, select the target villages, or train personnel for maintaining the community TV sets, the satellite would eventually be used for beaming feature films, a mish-mash of other entertainment programmes and sports events.The criticism implicit in that warning was lost in Delhi, where Rajiv Gandhi was said to be furious over the initial satellite failure because he would not be able to ensure nation-wide colour telecasting of the Asian Games. Space Department officials confessed that there had been pressure even earlier to allow the use of the existing experimental satellites for beaming Test cricket telecasts. They had refused on the ground that this was not the purpose of an experimental satellite; that argument will not be available in the case of INSAT.Serious use of INSAT’s television transponders would have meant beaming separate programmes for children, farmers and housewives for at least four hours a day, or about 1,500 hours a year. The programming capacity for this amount of work simply does not exist, calling as it does for probably a 50 per cent increase in total studio capacity. But, as a Doordarshan producer said, “Vasant Sathe is more concerned about making colour TV a national policy.”last_img read more

10 months agoLeicester boss Puel insists Chelsea upset can happen

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Leicester boss Puel insists Chelsea upset can happenby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Claude Puel insists they’re capable of upsetting Chelsea this weekend.Puel took heart from their performance in defeat to Manchester City this week in the Carabao Cup quarterfinals.He said, “It will be a good challenge. We need to give our best to get a result. We need to have a collective response.”If we have the same mentality as against Man City, we can hopefully get a result.”Puel also gave a brief injury update and admitted they are still waiting to find out if England defender Ben Chilwell will be fit to face Chelsea.”I think he can participate [in the Chelsea game]. We will see tomorrow.”We have doubts about Wilfred [Ndidi], we will see tomorrow [for Chelsea]. It’s about his knee.” last_img read more

a month agoAC Milan goalkeeper Donnarumma: We’re a beautiful group

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan goalkeeper Donnarumma: We’re a beautiful groupby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan goalkeeper Gigi Donnarumma says they’re ready for the derby against Inter Milan.Milan have won two of their first three games under coach Marco Giampaolo.Donnarumma said: “We’re a beautiful group. With a new Coach it’s normal to have some difficulty at the beginning, but we’re working well.“We’ve picked up two wins from three, not playing very well, but winning helps us win more and slowly we’re getting to grips with our game.“A derby goes over everything else, it’s a game that prepares itself and gives out a lot of energy and emotion. Playing the derby is a unique satisfaction.“Samir [Handanovic] is a very good lad and a great goalkeeper, I like how he attacks the ball, plus we know all his other qualities.“With D’Ambrosio I have a beautiful relationship, he’s my compatriot and he also lives near me. I’ll surely cross him.” last_img read more

23 days agoFerdinand hails ‘perfect performance’ from Chelsea defender Tomori

first_imgFerdinand hails ‘perfect performance’ from Chelsea defender Tomoriby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Rio Ferdinand is convinced by the potential of Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori.Ferdinand knows a thing or two about good defending – and he saw that in abundance from Tomori in Chelsea’s Champions League win over Lille.He enthused: “Huge talent. I think tactically Frank has got an A+ today because the pace on the counter attack from the Lille front men was there for all to see.”That was the best defender on the pitch actually setting up the first goal.”Everything he did today defensively I thought he was perfect.”His tenacity, his anticipation, his willingness to step out and make quick decisions to intercept.”He notices the danger, he’s running past people to get back to make an effort for his team. That’s what you want to see from young players.”The best bit is one-v-one. He’s saying, ‘Go on, you try and run past me.’ That’s what you want from your centre-half.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more