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first_imgNaomh Padraig GAA News: CLUB LOTTOThe sixth Club Lotto draw of the year took place on Monday the 2nd of March. The numbers drawn were 4, 6, 10 and 22. There was no jackpot winner on the night meaning next week’s jackpot increases to €2450. Seven players matched three numbers, with each receiving €15.They were: Robbie Porter (Cavan Hill), Stephanie Rutherford (Porthall), Tracy McNamara, Oran Dooher (Clonleigh Park), Pat Ferry (Curraghalane), Odhran McGettigan (Coolatee) and Joe Carlin (Lifford Co-Op).THE WEEK AHEADU-14 Ladies, U-16 Ladies and Minor Ladies training continues on Monday evenings at the Training Pitch in Rossgier (6PM to 7PM) and Wednesday evenings at the Lifford Community Centre (7PM to 8PM). All players are asked to contribute €2 towards the cost of each training session. U-16 Boys training continues each Wednesday night at the training pitch in Rossgier (5:30PM to 6:45PM).Men’s team training continues as normal on Mondays and Thursdays at the Training Pitch in Rossgier. All players are asked to be on the pitch, ready to begin training at 7:20PM sharp on both nights.Under-8 and Under 10 team training continues every Saturday morning from 11AM to 12PM at the Lifford Resource Centre AstroTurf. Any children born between 2005 and 2009 are more than welcome to attend. All players are asked to contribute €2 towards the cost of renting the Astroturf.As always, new players are more than welcome to join any of the Clubs teams.MINOR BOARD MEETING The second Minor Board meeting of the year takes place on Monday the 9th of March at the Lifford Resource Centre on the Gallows Lane at 7:30PM. Parents and guardians of all underage players are asked to attend – from Under-8 right up to Minor level (Under-18). Parents with children not currently playing Football with the Club are also welcome to attend, should they wish to pose any questions to the Clubs coaches about their children taking up Gaelic Football with the Club.STARS IN THEIR EYES FUNDRAISEROur ‘Stars in Their Eyes’ Fundraiser is now less than 3 weeks away, with the event taking place in Bannigans Bar, Main Street, Lifford on Saturday the 21st of March at 9PM. The event promises to be a great night’s entertainment with a great mix of songs ranging from modern day hits right back to 60’s classics, and everything else in between.So far we’ve managed to secure the services of country legends Garth Brooks and Kenny Rogers, Neil Diamond, modern day chart toppers CeeLo Green, Megan Trainor and Katy Perry, as well as ol’ blue eyes himself, Frank Sinatra. We also have Alannah Myles of ‘Black Velvet’ fame performing on the night, as well as one or two additional acts still to be confirmed in the coming weeks. Tickets for the event are now on sale at a cost of €5. Tickets can be obtained from Club Members John McDermott (0872106832), Meghan McNulty (0863943127), Christine Marley (0868964163), Orla McGhee (0867300218) and Caroline McBride. Tickets can also be purchased from Bannigans Bar directly. Tickets for the event are selling fast so be sure to get yours they are still available.SYMPATHIESThe Club would to like to extend its sympathies to the family and friends of Noel Gallagher (Croaghan Heights, Lifford), Jean Galbraith (Conneyburrow Road, Lifford), Gerard Kelly (Porthall) and Mary-Rose Colhoun (Ballindrait) on their recent bereavements – ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.GAA NEWS: LIFFORD GAA PLAYERS SET TO HAVE ‘STARS IN THEIR EYES’ was last modified: March 4th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:NoticesSportlast_img read more

Who do Arsenal start against and when is north London derby? PL fixtures in full

first_img Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ NEW ERA Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? LATEST crackers Brown’s half-time antics, eight-goal thrillers… relive these Boxing Day classics Who will Emery face in his first Premier League fixture? Find out below! Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures The Premier League fixtures for the 2018/19 campaign have been released, and you can find out who Emery’s Arsenal will be playing below…AUGUSTAugust 11: Manchester City (h)August 18: Chelsea (a)August 25: West Ham United (h)SEPTEMBERSeptember 1: Cardiff City (a)September 15: Newcastle United (a)September 22: Everton (h)September 29: Watford (h)OCTOBEROctober 6: Fulham (a)October: 20 Leicester (h)October: 27 Crystal Palace (a)NOVEMBERNovember 3: Liverpool (h)November 10: Wolverhampton Wanderers (h)November 24: Bournemouth (a) Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won silverware center_img REVEALED targets Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED DECEMBERDecember 1: Tottenham Hotspur (h)December 4: Manchester United (a)December 8: Huddersfield Town (h)December 15: Southampton (a)December 22: Burnley (h)December 26: Brighton and Hove Albion (a)December 29: Liverpool (a)JANUARYJanuary 1: Fulham (h)January 12: West Ham United (a)January 19: Chelsea (h)January 29: Cardiff City (h)FEBRUARYFebruary 2: Manchester City (a)February 9: Huddersfield Town (a)February 23: Southampton (h)February 26: Bournemouth (h)MARCHFebruary 2: Tottenham Hotspur (a)February 9: Manchester United (h)February 16: Wolverhampton Wanderers (a)February 30: Newcastle United (h)APRILApril 6: Everton (a)April 13: Watford (a)April 20: Crystal Palace (h)April 27: Leicester City (a)MAYApril 4: Brighton and Hove Albion (h)April 12: Burnley (a) 1 smart causal Latest Arsenal news gameday cracker Arsenal start the 2018/19 season with a new manager for the first time in almost 22 years with Unai Emery at the helm.Former Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain boss Emery succeeded Arsene Wenger at the Emirates, and it feels like a new era for the Gunners. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT possible standings last_img read more

Antonio Brown has Jon Gruden thinking big for these Raiders

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceALAMEDA — Mike Mayock walked into Jon Gruden’s office Wednesday morning and found the Raiders coach watching tape with Antonio Brown.Gruden had compiled 400 cut-ups of the star wideout, but chose not to dissect any of his positive plays from his nine years as a Steeler. Brown appreciated Gruden’s tough love, praising his new head coach as an “offensive guru” and “Gruden Grinder” during his introductory press …last_img

Photos: Napa Valley mansion owned by Kansas City Chiefs tycoon gets $5M price cut

first_imgThe price of a Napa Valley vineyard ranch owned by Norma Hunt and the late Lamar Hunt — sports pioneer and longtime owner of the Kansas City Chiefs — has been reduced by $4.95 million to $15 million.Click here if viewing from a mobile device.The four-bed, four-bath home spans 6,615 square feet and sits on 40 acres of ranch and vineyard along the banks of Bidwell Creek in Knights Valley. The property’s grapes are sustainably cultivated and the vineyard is lauded for its Cabernet Sauvignon wine …last_img

Schools Discipline Rowdy ID Proponents

first_imgIt’s been awhile since we checked into American science classrooms and school board meetings.  What’s going on with the movement for “teaching the controversy” about Darwinism?Midwest: Unexplained Panic Attacks:  Casey Luskin of Discovery Institute has documented the spread of “False Fear Syndrome” from Kansas to South Carolina and Ohio to Wisconsin.  Late word has it that even Michigan has been struck.  “The primary symptom” of FFS, Luskin explains, “is the spreading of false fears about teaching intelligent design in states that are merely encouraging the critical analysis of evolution.”Ohio: Burn Those Ticks:  Robert Crowther at Evolution News discovered a quote by Jeffrey McKee that calls for treating ID proponents like parasitic ticks on a dog.  The treatment is to twist them out or burn them off, he said.  Agape Press said that ID proponents have warned that Darwinists are launching an “all-out attack” against the State’s voluntary model lesson plan, “Critical Analysis of Evolution.”  Their strategy against the Board, aided by the ACLU and Americans United for Separation of Church and State, is to threaten a lawsuit.South Carolina: Skellful Letter:  Discovery Institute News printed a letter from NAS member Dr. Phillip Skell encouraging the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee to provide genuine scientific criticisms of evolution.  Discovery Institute later posted an editorial on this letter.  Another article talked about SC’s “historic opportunity” to adopt standards calling for critical analysis of evolution.Texas Text:  Agape Press reported that the Texas State Board of Education is trying to overturn a “vague 1995 law” that deprived them of the ability to review textbook content.  Though the article focuses on imbalances in history textbooks, the Board also wants the power to review content on topics such as sex education and evolution.Beltway: Fear Factor:  Allan H. Ryskind in Human Events talked about those two little words that scare the wits out of elitists: “intelligent design.”  He criticized conservative columnists George Will and Charles Krauthammer for falling into the fear and terror hysteria of the anti-ID crowd.Ohio: Caution Sign:  After what happened in Dover, PA and Frazier Park, CA, the Columbia Dispatch reported that Governor Bob Taft wants to be sure any changes to the science standards in Ohio don’t invite a lawsuit.  The Toledo Blade reported that Taft’s remarks are encouraging foes of ID.Wisconsin: Stop the Fire Before It Starts:  The Madison Capitol Times reported on efforts to pass a law in Wisconsin that would ban creationism or ID as science.  “Under the bill, only science capable of being tested according to scientific method could be taught as science,” the article states.  That’s exactly the problem with Darwinism, its critics allege.  Paul Nelson had fun with this Berceau/Black Bill on ID the Future by turning it against Darwinist books that would violate the law.California: Puke Feast:  Tristan Abbey, a sophomore majoring in history at Stanford, wrote a satirical article in the Stanford Daily poking fun at Darwin Day, Feb. 12, saying that the scientific establishment treats Darwin like a secular saint and celebrates the “Feast of Darwin ad nauseum.”Kentucky Freed Thinkin’:  Paul Nelson is speaking today at Eastern Kentucky University on “Challenges to Darwin’s Tree of Life.”Sacramento Zoo: Which Side of the Cage Are We On?  Apparently the Sacramento Zoo has had so many questions from visitors, they are planning a lecture series by evolutionists trying to explain “the truth about intelligent design.”  See story on ID the Future.Pennsylvania: Jones-Behe Rematch:  Dr. Michael Behe, who testified at the Dover trial, wasn’t about to let Judge Jones’ 12/20/2005 opinion be the last word on the subject.  Behe wrote a rebuttal that has been posted by Discovery Institute.  The Lehigh biochemist and coiner of the phrase irreducible complexity refuted 20 statements from the court opinion, then explained that nature is not obligated to obey human judges (see excerpt, top right of this page).Few issues have aroused school boards, editorial writers and scientific societies more than the question of whether evolution deserves legal protection from critical scrutiny, or whether alternative scientific explanations for life and the universe deserve to be considered.Since Darwin Day is coming up this Sunday, here are a dozen more fun activities that teachers can assign to promote homage to King Charles (see also 02/13/2004 list of Darwin Day activities).Try to climb the fitness peak on an undulating landscape.Play “telephone” and try to disprove the law of conservation of information.Hold a Darwin look-alike contest (guys, start now for 2007).Play “animal, vegetable or mineral?” (the answer is, “yes, all three”).Play Pin the Feather on the Dinosaur.  The guys should wear a colorful nose crest and see if the chicks like it (see LiveScience).Have a Malthus Food Fight.  Be sure to serve it on Emma Wedgewood china.Hold a dart contest on a red-state map, with Kansas as the bulls-eye.Stage a Liar’s Contest (see 02/03/2006, 11/23/2004, 11/19/2004); the winner gets a Whopper.Hit the Hopeful Monster piñata (a reptile figure filled with saltationalized bird eggs)Play Prisoner’s Dilemma and reward the rebels who escape Virtue Island (see 12/21/2005).Practice meditation: chant “we hate ID” until a state of euphoria is reached.Cartoon Contest: see who can create the funniest cartoon of Mohammed evolving from an ape. For that last activity, be sure to provide your GPS coordinates so the class can experience social evolution in action.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Nintendo’s Epic Fail — Grabbing Copyright From Its YouTube Fans

first_img9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout fruzsina eordogh You might think that Nintendo, beleaguered by falling revenues, minuscule profit and the almost-but-not-quite-failed launch of the Wii U, already has enough problems to worry about.And you would be wrong, as Nintendo itself set out to demonstrate last week by going out of its way to alienate a bunch of its fans on YouTube.The fans in question make YouTube “playthrough” videos about, well, video games — features that combine elements of commentary, review, tutorial and walk-through. Some of these commentators reach millions of subscribers, and many support themselves in full or in part by running ads against their videos.The Empire Strikes BackThis, apparently, Nintendo could not let stand. So last week, the game company began making mass copyright claims on YouTube gameplay videos — in particular, on the the popular “Let’s Play” series of playthrough videos. Nintendo did so via YouTube’s “Content ID” system, which allows the company to robo-claim ownership of videos that contain footage of its video games.Nintendo isn’t trying to take down the commentary videos. But by asserting copyright, the game company can then run its own ads against the commentaries — and thus, of course, deprive the video creators of revenue.In effect, Nintendo has put those video creators on notice that, while it will tolerate them for now, it won’t let them make money from their efforts. It doesn’t matter if the post is a detailed review, a think piece on the art style, or a tutorial for a difficult level, all of which involve a substantial additional effort on the part of the video creator. Insofar as Nintendo, is concerned, any ad revenue those efforts raised now belongs to… Nintendo.Nintendo released this statement to the gaming-news site Gamefront last week:As part of our on-going push to ensure Nintendo content is shared across social media channels in an appropriate and safe way, we became a YouTube partner and as such in February 2013 we registered our copyright content in the YouTube database. For most fan videos this will not result in any changes, however, for those videos featuring Nintendo-owned content, such as images or audio of a certain length, adverts will now appear at the beginning, next to or at the end of the clips. We continually want our fans to enjoy sharing Nintendo content on YouTube, and that is why, unlike other entertainment companies, we have chosen not to block people using our intellectual property.For more information please visit http://www.youtube.com/yt/copyright/faq.htmlReadWrite also contacted Nintendo for comment. A spokeperson replied that the company is “looking into” the mass copyright claims, but offered no further statement.Mass Unhappiness Ensues Let’s put this simply: Nintendo’s move is one of the most egregious marketing mistakes ever committed by a major video-game company. It is going to come back to bite Nintendo. Hard.       Playthrough videos such as Let’s Play do a lot to fuel the commercial videogame complex, every bit as much as magazines and blogs. With their ad revenue diverted to Nintendo, however, these Internet-famous gamers have no commercial incentive to play, or talk in-depth about, any Nintendo games ever again.Some are already boycotting Nintendo. Take, for instance, Zack Scott, a prolific creator of Let’s Play videos:Since I started my gaming channel, I’ve played a lot of games. I love Nintendo, so I’ve included their games in my line-up. But until their claims are straightened out, I won’t be playing their games. I won’t because it jeopardizes my channel’s copyright standing and the livelihood of all LPers.Dozens of videos by angry gamers have started to populate the site, and comment sections across YouTube are exploding.“I’ve bought, played and enjoy several games simply because I heard about them and saw gameplay on YouTube,” one individual using the pseudonym TelaranRogue wrote in the comments to a new anti-Nintendo video (titled, cleverly enough, “Nintendo Hates YouTubers”). “With this move, Nintendo just killed their chance of getting sales from me.”“I think Nintendo really took a crap on themselves in doing this,” wrote “robert letourneau” in comments to the IGN video “Let’s Not Play Nintendo Games.”Nintendo’s Self-Inflicted HeadshotShaun Spalding, a former attorney at New Media Rights, argues that Nintendo is really only harming itself. “[G]ameplay videos generate consumer buzz (so much so that game publishers actually pay some high-level Youtubers lots of money just to start ‘Let’s Playing’ their games),” he told me in email. Both the PS4 and Xbox have built-in capabilities that help gamers upload videos to the Internet, he said, but Nintendo has moved in the opposite direction.It’s not even clear that Nintendo’s copyright claims are justified (although they’re likely to stand unless successfully challenged in court). Some critics argue that playthrough videos should qualify for the “fair use” exception to copyright because they don’t incorporate the entirety of the original game and also add a substantial amount of new creative material in the form of commentary, gameplay tips and the like.As gaming commentator “Totalbiscuit” pointed out in his video on the topic:[B]ecause you actually play the game yourself, and you do so in a different way, you transform the work in some respect. It becomes yours, it becomes unique.Too bad Nintendo doesn’t see it that way. At least it’s first in line to suffer from its short-sighted decision. Unfortunately, its fans are queued up right behind it.Image screencapped from YouTube video “Let’s Play Donkey Kong Country 2” by Cobanermani456 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Appcenter_img Tags:#Nintendo 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Related Posts 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

Recharged Hotshots go for kill vs Painters in Game 6

first_imgDA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew “Their backs are against the wall and we have to have that same mentality. We have to give more energy than them,” said Barroca, who turned 32 Thursday. “We’re happy we won but we can’t be overconfident heading into Game 6.”“We will try [to make it four straight]. The goal is to win four games to win the series and we will try to close it out on Friday. We’ll try our best because we know Rain or Shine can come back,” said Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. With lasting legacy within reach, Santos and Beermen vow not to let it slip away PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Physically and mentally reinvigorated, Magnolia has regained its old self after the Lenten break and is now on the cusp of entering the Philippine Cup finals.The Hotshots on Wednesday beat the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters for the third straight time after the dropping the first two games of their best-of-seven semifinals series.ADVERTISEMENT They go for the jugular Friday night but despite all the momentum on their side, they expect Game 6 to be their toughest game yet.“We won but we don’t have any reason to celebrate yet because there had been a lot of teams that lost despite being up 3-2 in the series,” said Magnolia guard Mark Barroca in Filipino. “We don’t want that to happen to us. The complexion of the series changes if they get Game 6 so our mentality is we’re really going to try our best to take Game 6 on Friday.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Game 6 will be very tough because the closing out a series is always the hardest,” he added.Barroca, who led his team with 14 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals in an 82-74 win in Game 5 Wednesday night, knows Magnolia can’t leave anything to chance in Game 6 and let Rain or Shine fight another day. LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messlast_img read more

Eddie Jones tells England to be ruthless against Italy or face the axe

first_imgMuch the same applies to England’s pack, whom Jones acknowledges still have a way to go in terms of consistency. In the absence of Billy Vunipola there was never much prospect of England going in without a big blindside presence and Courtney Lawes and Sam Simmonds, in particular, will now be expected to deliver the yardage gains and bruising intent that shape games at this level. “We’re in this tournament to win it,” said Jones. “We want to set the tone early, run through them, create space, smash them at the clean-out, get on the front foot. And when they get the ball they’ll see this white line of jerseys coming at them. They’ll have nowhere to go. We want to be brutal and absolutely ruthless and that’s the team to do it.”Dylan Hartley, the captain, is also demanding England flex their muscles. “That’s ‘Rugby 101.’ You need to be physical, and clinical. We’re challenging ourselves not to have ebbs and flows, or choosing when to dip in and dip out. We want constant intensity from the guys.”England can certainly call on more experience than seemed likely at one stage, with 689 caps in their starting XV, and have never lost to Italy either home or away. But this is the Six Nations and Italy will be telling themselves their hat-trick-chasing visitors are not totally invincible.In addition to Te’o, Jack Nowell, Mike Brown and Chris Robshaw are also only just back from injury, with Nowell’s availability on the bench surprising even Jones: “Seven days ago he was going back to Exeter to eat pasties, now he’s going to Rome where they eat pasta.” France’s Matthieu Jalibert will end long wait for a teenage No 10 Share on Twitter Reuse this content Back when Eddie Jones rose early to watch Six Nations games in his native Australia one thing always caught his eye. The matches tended to be played at a slower pace than in the southern hemisphere but their physicality and set-piece intensity struck him every time. Now he is coaching England those first impressions remain unaltered and woe betide any of his players who are insufficiently “brutal” and “ruthless” from the first whistle in Rome’s Stadio Olimpico.It is the bluntest of manifestos, with the choice of the forceful Ben Te’o at outside-centre against the Azzurri ahead of Jonathan Joseph further reinforcing the point. As far as Jones is concerned the chief prerequisite of Test selection is a collective willingness to run straighter and harder than the other mob. Defend with a similarly full-on mindset and, as proven over the past two years, winning games of rugby – and championship titles – suddenly becomes a whole lot easier.Never mind that Te’o has not played for his club Worcester since mid-October and has made only one previous start for England. Jones saw enough during a no-holds-barred training session last Friday in Portugal to trust his fitness and will be sorely disappointed if the 31-year-old meanders back into the fray. “None of these blokes can think past the next game because they don’t know whether they’re going to be in the team. If he [eases himself in] there won’t be a Wales. He’ll be back eating Worcester sauce. He’s got to put his best foot forward because if he cruises he won’t be there for a while.” Read more Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Italy’s Sebastian Negri: from fleeing Zimbabwe to Six Nations debut Six Nations England rugby union team Read more Topics Share via Email Rugby union news Eddie Jones Since you’re here… Six Nations 2018 Support The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Add in the unavailability of Vunipola, Elliot Daly, Nathan Hughes, Joe Marler and James Haskell and their depth is also being tested. If Mako Vunipola were to tweak something in the warmup, for example, the next man off the rank is Alec Hepburn, the shaggy-haired Exeter loosehead about to enter his first seething Six Nations cauldron. The 25-year-old Hepburn – who shares a house with his team-mate Harry Williams, grew up playing Aussie Rules football in Perth and also once played junior rugby at Henley alongside Italy’s fly-half Tommaso Allan – was a member of the England Under-20 side who won the junior World Cup in 2013 but Italy are not known for gently greeting callow Test props.In private, however, the Azzurri remain more wary of England’s pack than any other side in the Six Nations, with the former France hooker Marc dal Maso the latest consultant sighted in Bagshot this week. They also cannot rely on the same “fox” strategy that threw their opponents off the scent at Twickenham last year. The laws have now been tweaked, ruling out any repeat of the tactic of not contesting rucks and thus removing the offside line.Ironically one of the England players most affected was Te’o. “We played him against Italy last year and ‘the fox’ got him big time,” said Jones, subsequently impressed by Teo’s strong showing for the Lions opposite Sonny Bill Williams. “He wants to go fox-hunting this week. If there are no foxes out there, he might have a chance. He’ll add a different dimension at 13 for us. We want him to hit the line hard, that’s what he’s good at.”It is worth remembering, even so, that Italy were 10-5 up at half-time last year and trailed 17-15 with 10 minutes to go. England’s last two visits to Rome have been blow-outs but O’Shea has made them fitter and Alessandro Zanni’s 100th cap offers further motivation. The hosts may not fold in the final quarter so readily this time but have exceeded 20 points just once in this fixture(in 2001 when they conceded 80 themselves). 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Candidates grapple with uncertainty as Toronto Ontario fight over council size

first_imgTORONTO – As a dispute over the size of Toronto council escalated into a full-fledged legal battle between the city and the province, candidates running in the fall municipal election said Tuesday they’re left grappling with an unpredictable situation.The chaos was triggered by a controversial law — known as Bill 5 — that slashed the size of Toronto council by nearly half. The city challenged the law in court and a Toronto judge agreed Monday that passing the bill in the middle of municipal election campaign violated the freedom of expression rights of both candidates and voters.Unhappy with the court decision, the Progressive Conservative government said hours later that it would invoke the rarely used notwithstanding clause to override the charter and go ahead with its plan to reduce council to 25 members, down from 47.Some candidates said the tussle between the province and the city has meant they have had to change their campaign plans over the past few weeks. For some, the latest twist has proved too much.Chris Moise, a trustee with the Toronto District School Board who was planning on running in Ward 25 in a 47-ward election, said he’s changed his mind.“I was overwhelmed and overjoyed when the judge came back with a positive verdict yesterday,” he said. “I went from having very high emotions and vindication and a few hours later that changed. … it takes its toll.”Moise said he has already spent thousands of dollars and he and his team have been canvassing for months based on the 47-ward contest but those efforts appear to have been in vain.“I followed the rules that were put in place, I put my best foot forward and to have this happen — Bill 5 introduced two-thirds into the campaign — threw us all off,” he said. “I felt it was very unfair and unCanadian.”The entire situation has been hard on incumbents and newcomers alike, said Coun. Joe Cressy, who plans to seek re-election but has yet to officially register as a candidate.“Candidates all have to, in this moment of uncertainty, live day-to-day but prepare for both …25 and 47,” he said.Voters are also confused about what will happen on election day on Oct. 22, he said.“The question is not, what is your stance for building more affordable housing or how do we deal with excessive flooding,” Cressy said. “The question on the doorstep is, what are the wards?”The city council is holding a special session on Thursday to consider what options, if any, exist for Toronto to push back against Ford’s plans.Cressy said he hopes that meeting will provide greater clarity for candidates.“It’s important, in a public setting, for all our questions to be answered,” he said. “For not only councillors, but frankly residents of our city to understand what the new rules are, what the new timelines are, what the new wards are.”Jennifer McKelvie, a candidate running east of Toronto, was knocking on doors Tuesday outside of what would have been the ward she intended to run in for the 47-seat system. In the 25-ward council, the boundaries extend into new neighbourhoods where she and her team are now deploying resources.“We’re preparing for both scenarios,” she said. “Our literature is very generic. It just says ‘For Toronto City Councillor’. We didn’t put a ward number on it so that we’re prepared in any event. We have a good game plan for both situations.”Nominations for council were to close this Friday, but that may change depending on when the province reintroduces and passes Bill 5.Mayor John Tory conceded Tuesday that it would be very difficult for the city to fight the province’s use of the notwithstanding clause. He said he’s heard from many Toronto residents who are confused by the actions of the province.“What I hear is a sense of frustration,” he said. “They don’t want to have electoral meddling or constitutional squabbling or people attacking each other. They want to see us resolve whatever the issues are to resolve and move forward to do things for them.”University of Toronto professor Nelson Wiseman said candidates will need to assume that the 25-ward structure will be in place because once Ontario uses the notwithstanding clause and passes Bill 5 again there are few options left for the city.“It certainly is messy from a candidate’s point of view,” Wiseman said. “Voter turnout could be modest.”Wiseman said the reduction to 25 wards will see some longtime incumbents opt not to run and others square off against each other for a seat. Candidates will have to be strategic about where they seek a council spot, he said.“It’s not as if candidates who were running in Scarborough will now be running downtown,” he said. “It’s really up to them. They can select whatever ward they want. What it has meant is that some potential candidates have decided not to run.”last_img read more