The Wright View: Super sporting spectacle

first_imgLast weekend provided a smorgasbord of sports that was just enough to make it the fantastic one the romantics promised. As I settled in front of the television, the English Premier League (EPL) set the tone on Saturday morning, with six games before noon and one game after. The 1-2 loss by Manchester United to Sunderland ensured that their manager/coach Louis van Gaal will definitely be looking for new employment later on this year. The afternoon game had a resurgent Chelsea Football Club, under the leadership of ‘super sub’ manager/coach Gus Hiddink, demolishing hapless Newcastle, whose players must now be looking at the possibility of life in the second tier of English football. Then, Saturday night served up two fantastic cricket matches, both one-day internationals (ODI). First, was the final of the ICC Under-19 World Cup, with the West Indians facing India, who were unbeaten in this tournament and had not lost an ODI since a defeat to England in the quarter-finals of the 2014 tournament. The ‘outsiders’ were the youngsters from the West Indies, who lost their three warm-up games against hosts Bangladesh, and who were beaten by England in the first game of the tournament. Later on that night, England and South Africa met in the final game of a five-match series, with both sides winning two games each, as South Africa rebounded from losses in the first two games. Then we came to ‘Super Sunday’ in the EPL, with third place Arsenal against leaders Leicester, and second place Tottenham against fourth place Manchester City. The supporters of Arsenal and Tottenham certainly felt the love permeating Valentine Sunday, as victories for both these clubs left them joint second in the League, with Tottenham ahead on goal difference. However, losing sleep to watch both cricket matches on Saturday night (which takes some doing) was well worth it, as the games were of an exceptionally high standard. In the England-South Africa game, the South Africans prevailed due in no small way to the batting of captain AB de Villiers and previous captain Hashim Amla. England lost the series mainly because after going two up, they formed the impression that South Africa were soft and changed their previously successful game plan to one of non-stop aggression. This was brilliantly exploited by the South Africans. The moral there – never count your chickens before they are hatched. In the Under-19 World Cup finals, the underdogs, the West Indies, triumphed because of (a) talent, (b) character and (c) a determination to relax and enjoy the game. After winning the toss and sending in the favourites to bat, the fast bowling duo of Alzarri Joseph and Chemar Holder ensured that India were always going to play catch up. They never batted out the allotted 50 overs and were dismissed for a paltry 145. The first wicket claimed by the West Indies appeared to be a ‘Mankad’, as I do not recall the wicketkeeper for the West Indies, Tevin Imlach, warning the Indian batsman, Rishabh Pant, that he had wandered out of his crease before removing the bails. The decision is recorded as a stumping as Pant was not attempting a run, but had in fact left his crease. According to the rules of the game he was OUT. Yet, not one murmur from those who condemned Keemo Paul for a similar dismissal in the match against Zimbabwe. I suppose that since it was the first wicket and India were supposed to win, that ‘Mankad’ was OK! Hmmm. Then in the run chase we saw a lesson in batting concentration from the young West Indian Keacy Carty, whose 152-ball 52 was instrumental in the victory, belying the fact that for the entire tournament, Carty had faced 132 balls and scored 60 runs. This victory validates my suggestion that the West Indies (senior team) withdraw from Tests and ODIs until this group of young men have two more years of experience playing international cricket. Then, and only then, should the West Indies return to international Test cricket and ODIs, thus ensuring that we have a legitimate chance of returning to a place in the top echelons of world cricket, instead of the present scenario where we are represented by people who don’t appear to care one iota for the West Indian fan! Well done young WI!last_img read more

New Benz to boost auto exports

first_img18 September 2007DaimlerChrysler South Africa (DCSA) has spent approximately R2-billion upgrading its manufacturing plant in East London, which now produces both right- and left-hand drive versions of the latest Mercedes Benz C-Class car for domestic and export markets.The decision demonstrates the confidence that the German-based automaker has in its local unit, which had also been producing right-hand drive versions of the previous C-Class model, for both local sales and for exports to countries like England, Australia and Japan.For the first time, DCSA will manufacture left-hand drive versions of the new C-Class model, dubbed internally as the W204, for export to the United States. East London is one of only three plants globally manufacturing the new C-Class, the other two being Sindelfingen and Bremen in Germany.Speaking at the launch last week, President Thabo Mbeki commended DaimlerChrysler for their investment, which would ensure that the port city became a major manufacturing node.Mbeki said the government was aware of the motor industry’s contribution to the South African economy – currently about 7.5% of gross domestic product (GDP).“Our government has formally taken the decision that in terms of our industrial policy, we must encourage and support the automobile sector as one of the leaders in our process of radical expansion of our manufacturing sector,” he said.New technologiesHighly specialised robots, controlled and monitored by computers, were installed in DCSA’s new plant for laser welding and brazing, high-strength steel welding and structural gluing, while a revamped production line allows for quick and efficient operations.According to DCSA, several of the company’s just-in-time and just-in-sequence suppliers are based in the nearby East London Industrial Development Zone and are linked with the manufacturing plant by a small train.Since the last W203 C-Class car rolled of the production line at the end of February, the electro-coat and primer ovens in the paint shop have been upgraded and a completely new assembly line has been installed.Re-training workersWith some 70% of the welding processes now being carried out by the 230 robots in the bodyshop, existing employees had to be retrained to manage and maintain the robots.DCSA adds that virtually all of its 1 600 employees working on the new C-Class were trained in new skills to support the flexibility concept, which allows for the movement and redeployment of employees capable of building all the options available for the new car.Work at the plant is being carried out in eight-hour shifts, though DCSA chairperson Hansgeorg Niefer states that a good relationship with the relevant trade union gives them more flexibility to extend working hours or add additional shifts should there be a higher demand for the new vehicles.“We have a flexibility agreement in place with the union which will help absorb market fluctuations,” he said. “This type of understanding with Numsa [the National Union of Metalworkers of SA] and our local shop stewards is testimony to the high level of maturity in our relationship with the union.”Commenting on the quality of the luxury car, Mbeki said its class and elegance sent out a message that South Africans were capable of making products of the highest quality.Niefer added the new vehicle was the most technologically advanced product that the company had built at its East London plant.“It is our ticket to the future that has been bought and paid for by many,” he said. “We know that South Africa will reap the rewards of economic growth, skills and technology transfer, supplier development, black economic empowerment, job growth and global respect.”SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

MH370: Malaysia rejected evidence

first_imgCritical days were lost in the search for MH370 because Malaysian authorities initially rejected evidence from the British satellite company that the Boeing 777 with 239 aboard was in the Southern Indian Ocean.British sources have told AirlineRatings.com that within 24 hours of the disappearance of MH370 on March 8, Inmarsat advised the relevant Malaysian authorities of their findings but were rebuffed. “They didn’t want to know,” said the source.Inmarsat then approached the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) with its data and it immediately recognized the significance.The British satellite company was contracted to provide a data link to the Malaysian Airlines fleet and continued to get a signal every hour from MH370 till 8.19am Perth time.Those signals were picked up from its satellite 38,000km above the Indian Ocean and were relayed via a ground station in Perth. The Malaysian authorities were forced to take the findings seriously when the AAIB teamed with Inmarsat to represent the data around March 14 – five days after the Boeing 777 disappeared.It also took days before the Malaysian military radar tracking data was made available. That data showed that MH370 had changed course and flown across Malaysia toward the Andaman Sea but the search continued in the South China Sea east of the country. On March 16 the search was moved to the Southern Indian Ocean with the first aerial searches being conducted from Perth on March 18 – 10 days after the MH370 disappeared. Oceanographers agree that any chance of spotting a major debris field was lost.After ten days much of the debris that would have initially floated would have become waterlogged and sunk or been broken up in the heavy seas.And those seas and the prevailing currents would have spread the debris field far and wide.There has been much debate about the Inmarsat satellite data which is the basis of the search in the Southern Indian Ocean. However, the world’s most respected air crash investigation units the US National Transportation Safety Board, the AAIB, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau and the French BEA, as well as Boeing and Rolls Royce agree on the validity of the data. However, not everyone is convinced with a vocal critic being Sir Tim Clark President of Emirates the world’s largest international airline.In a recent exclusive interview Mr Clark told AirlineRatings.com that he believes there is an international cover-up. He warned that there has not been “full transparency of everything that everybody knows.”last_img read more

YouTube Videos Get Huger, High Def-er

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… If you’re not uploading videos from your phone, however, you’re probably looking at something like YouTube’s current HD setting, 720p: And, by way of comparison, this is the new maximum resolution YouTube HD videos will have: jolie odell Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Those images are from YouTube. Why they chose a dog’s muzzle, we may never know. But we’re awfully grateful for the resolution improvements.Also, users are specifically encouraged to upload videos that will showcase the capabilities of the new hotness that is 1080p resolution. YouTube engineer Billy Biggs tells users in the related blog post, “Be creative and choose subjects that really show off the beauty of your camera. We will run the best examples on our homepage in a future spotlight.”While it’ll be nice to see our own classic jams restored to their original awesomeness, it will also be interesting to see professionally produced videos now appearing in better HD. Well done, YouTube, and thanks for allocating the resources. Tags:#Video Services#web Related Posts TodayYouTube has announced its plan to support 1080p videos.This means that those amazing, high-definition videos you uploaded last year will now finally be converted to their original resolutions and will finally look as good as they do on your desktop. The new resolution represents a significant improvement over the current 720p maximum resolution, which leaves all those glorious, pirated segments of old movies tragically blurred and pixelated.The fine folks at YouTube cited increased resolutions on consumer video recording devices as the impetus for the improvement.Here’s YouTube’s example of a 360p image:last_img read more

A day after its inauguration, breach in Konar irrigation project embankment

first_imgA day after the Konar Irrigation project was inaugurated by Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das, water flow to Giridih district’s Bagodar area under the scheme was stopped following a breach in an embankment on Thursday, an official said. Work to repair the embankment was on, so water flow to Bagodar area of Giridih district under the Konar Irrigation project was stopped, the official said. Additional Chief Secretary, Water Resources Department, Arun Kumar Singh in a tweet said after getting information about the washing away of a part of embankment and damage to crops on Thursday, a report was summoned from the chief engineer of the Water Resources Department, Hazaribag. Prima facie, ‘rat holes’ caused the damage to the ‘kacha’ embankment, breaching 25/30 feet near Kusumraja village in Giridih district’s Bagodar block, he said. A high-level team headed by chief engineer, ‘agrim yojana’ (plan in advance project) of the department has been set up, asking it to submit a report within 24 hours, he said. The chief minister on Wednesday inaugurated the first phase of Konar Irrigation Project to benefit 85 villages in Hazaribag, Giridih and Bokaro districts of the State.last_img read more

Champions League 10-man PSV hold on for 0-0 draw against Atletico Madrid

first_imgTen-man PSV Eindhoven battled to a 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 on Wednesday, comfortably surviving more than 20 minutes after a red card for striker Gaston Pereiro.PSV coach Phillip Cocu said before the match that both sides would likely settle for 0-0, but he was far happier than Diego Simeone with the goalless stalemate after PSV held on following Pereiro’s dismissal for two senseless fouls. Also read: Manchester City power to 3-1 win over Dynamo Kiev “I am very satisfied with this result,” Cocu said. “I said beforehand that if we could keep a clean sheet at home it would put us in a good position for the second leg.”With its numerical advantage from the 68th minute, Atletico pressed forward relentlessly but could not find a way through PSV’s defense.”The only thing we missed was scoring a goal,” Simeone said.In the night’s other match, Manchester City beat Dynamo Kiev 3-1 in Ukraine to take a massive step toward the quarterfinals. In Eindhoven, the home team was missing captain and striker Luuk de Jong, who was suspended after picking up a yellow card in the group stage victory over CSKA Moscow. Cocu instead started Pereiro up front, but the Uruguayan made a name for himself for all the wrong reasons. Also read: Messi’s late double sinks Arsenal In a major boost for PSV, veteran Mexico midfielder Andres Guardado was fit to play his first match since injuring a hamstring on Jan. 30 and he made his presence felt. Guardado repeatedly pounced on loose balls in front of his defense and spread them wide to clear danger, while also setting up attacks. He also intercepted a dangerous 52nd-minute cross just in front of Atletico’s Luciano Vietto.advertisementThe home fans gave him a standing ovation when he was substituted in the 75th minute.The Mexican’s performance, “shows how important he is for this team,” Cocu said.PSV, the 1988 European champion that was back in the Champions League knock-out stage for the first time since 2007, won all three of its group stage matches, while 2014 runner-up Atletico was unbeaten on the road as it topped Group C. Atletico had the best chances of a tight first half, with defender Jeffrey Bruma and goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet ensuring the home team went into halftime on level terms at a sold-out PSV Stadium.Bruma came to Zoet’s rescue with a goal-line clearance in only the fourth minute after Vietto had run onto a perfectly weighted long pass from Gabi and chipped the ball over the advancing keeper. Also read: Juventus draw 2-2 against Bayern On the half hour, it was Zoet who saved PSV by sprinting off his line to block a shot by striker Antoine Griezmann. Just a minute later, Davy Proepper had PSV’s best chance of the match, but poked the ball straight at Jan Oblak in Atletico’s goal after a quick exchange of passes with Pereiro.Atletico moved up a gear after the break, though it was PSV that came closest to scoring early in the second half when Atletico midfielder Jorge “Koke” Resurreccion slid in to intercept a cross from the left and almost deflected the ball into his own net.The match was transformed by Pereiro’s sending off, with PSV largely forced to defend and Atletico pouring forward in numbers, searching in vain for an away goal to take to the second leg in Madrid next month.”PSV is a good team and they now have the advantage that an away goal counts double, but we will have the Vicente Calderon stadium crowd behind us,” Simeone said.last_img read more

25 days agoLiverpool manager Klopp to add to backroom staff

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool manager Klopp to add to backroom staffby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is set to add another member to his backroom staff.According to the London Evening Standard, Porto coach Vitor Matos is close to joining the Anfield club.The Portuguese will take on the responsibility of closing the gap between the academy and the first-team.It was the role previously held by Pep Lijnders before he was promoted following the departure of Zeljko Buvac.Matos previously worked alongside Lijnders at Porto.The 31-year-old enjoyed a two-year stint in China sandwiched in between spells at the Primeira Liga club. last_img

8 days agoMan Utd teenager Williams signs new contract

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd teenager Williams signs new contractby Freddie Taylor8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have tied down Brandon Williams to a new contract.The promising teenager was impressive on debut in the Europa League draw with AZ Alkmaar last month.The new deal will keep him at United until June 2022, with the option to extend for a further year.Speaking after the AZ result, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was full of praise for the young fullback.”You won’t see a better full debut from a full back anywhere,” the Red Devils coach said.”The boy is just going to improve and improve. He’s got the right mentality. I’m very pleased for him.” last_img