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Man Utd fined, Jose warned over late Valencia kick-off

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho blamed the lack of a police escort for his side’s late arrival against Valencia © AFP / GREG BAKERLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 19 – Manchester United have been fined a total of Sh1.7mn (£13,200) by UEFA for the late kick-off to their Champions League match against Valencia earlier this month caused by the hosts being caught in traffic.UEFA’s disciplinary arm fined United Sh581,000 (5,000 euros) for the late arrival of the team bus, and a further Sh1.2mn (10,000 euros) for the late kick-off, while United manager Jose Mourinho was also warned over the delay. United arrived at Old Trafford less than 45 minutes before kick-off on October 2 and had to ask Slovenian referee Slavko Vincic to delay the start of the game by five minutes.Mourinho blamed the delay on local police for not providing an escort for United’s team bus, but police officials said the club knew well ahead of time no such service would be provided and had time to make the adequate arrangements.“We left the hotel at six o’clock, hoping that 30 minutes would be enough, which normally it is, but this time the police refused to do an escort so we came by ourselves,” said Mourinho after the match which ended in a 0-0 draw.“We took from the Lowry Hotel, 75 minutes and UEFA were nice, the referee was nice to allow us to start the game five minutes later because we at least need half an hour to be prepared, but it was not a problem with the club organisation.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Half-time: Chelsea 1 Liverpool 1

first_imgPhilippe Coutinho equalised for Liverpool in the final seconds of the first half at Stamford Bridge, where Ramires had put Chelsea ahead after just four minutes.Ramires, who signed a new four-year contract this week, got in front of Alberto Moreno to head home Cesar Azpilicueta’s left-wing cross – his fourth goal of the season.The Brazilian lined up in midfield alongside John Mikel Obi, with Cesc Fabregas dropped to the substitutes’ bench where he was joined by Nemanja Matic, who was left out despite being available again after a ban.Diego Costa was passed fit for the Blues, having hobbled off during the midweek defeat at Stoke after taking a knock to his ribs.Liverpool on the other hand are playing without a recognised striker but have looked a threat and Asmir Begovic had to be alert to deny Adam Lallana after the Reds midfielder had been found by James Milner’s cross.Begovic also gathered a header from Lucas – again after a cross by Milner – as Jurgen Klopp’s side continued to press.But the Chelsea keeper was beaten when Coutinho collected Roberto Firmino’s pass and cleverly evaded Ramires before curling into the far corner despite John Terry’s desperate attempt to block the shot.Chelsea: Begovic; Zouma, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Ramires; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa.Subs: Amelia, Baba, Matic, Fabregas, Kenedy, Falcao, Remy.Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Skrtel, Sakho, Moreno, Lucas, Can, Milner, Lallana, Coutinho, Firmino.Subs: Bogdan, Lovren, Benteke, Allen, Ibe, Teixeira, Randall.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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World Cup ticket sales simplified

first_imgA Ghanaian journalist walks past theFifa Ticketing Centre in Maponya Mall, Soweto.(Image: Bongani Nkosi)  South African football fans will soon be able to buy tickets for 2010 Fifa World Cup matches over the counter, and collect them immediately.Fifa and its partner, the Local Organising Committee (LOC), launched the Fifa Ticketing Centres at Maponya Mall in Pimville, Soweto, on 9 April. The official ticket design was also unveiled at the event.Organisers have set up 11 venues in the nine host cities where fans can buy tickets from 15 April. Johannesburg and Durban have two centres each.Maponya Mall, Soweto’s first upmarket shopping centre, is home to one of the centres, while Johannesburg’s other centre is at Laico Isle in Sandton.“We have always said that it is important that we make this World Cup more accessible to the people and with the over-the-counter sales, we believe this measure is consistent with the needs of the fans,” said Danny Jordaan, LOC CEO.“We are excited about these new initiatives, which make the process much easier for everyone,” he added.The centres will also serve as collection points for tickets that have already been bought through First National Bank (FNB) branches and other Fifa channels.The new centres will be of great help to fans who aren’t too familiar with bank transactions and who do not have access to internet, Pimville resident Benjamin Mashiloane pointed out.He plans to buy tickets for the opening match on 11 June, when South Africa takes on Mexico, but until now has found the ticket application process quite daunting.“If I give money and I get a ticket on the same day it will be much easier,” said Mashiloane, who stays close to the mall. “Some of the football supporters here in the township are not clued up about the process of money transactions. [The centre] will be convenient for them.”To get tickets, all that Mashiloane and fellow fans need now is to show their identity documents, proof of residence and the cash or credit card to buy them. The centres are open seven days a week from 9am 6pm.About 600 FNB branches across the country, operating five days a week during normal banking hours, will also sell tickets from 15 April. The public can order tickets there and collect them at the 11 Fifa Ticketing Centres or Shoprite and Checkers sales points, of which there are 18 countrywide. “The process is new,” said Fifa.From 15 April, tickets can also be bought through the World Cup hotline, which operates seven days a week from 8am to 10pm. Fans within South Africa can call 083 123 2010, while international buyers should dial 0041445832010.“We have made a big effort to assist football fans by introducing various additional means to purchase a ticket,” said Fifa secretary general Jérôme Valcke. “We are committed to facilitating the process for all fans and are giving them this last chance to attend the matches and experience the excitement of this first World Cup in Africa.”‘Buy tickets on time’With the last sales phase opening on 15 April, Jordaan reinforced the call to South Africans to buy their tickets in time, and not wait for six days until kick-off. All South Africans qualify for the exclusively reserved category-four tickets, which are priced the lowest to enable as many local fans as possible to see matches live.He said having more South Africans at the matches was part of showing hospitality to the visitors. “The final thing is that South Africans must respond. We must be good hosts, and if we’re good hosts it means we must be there [at stadiums].”South Africans snap up ticketsJudging by ticket sales so far, stadiums will indeed be packed with South African football fanatics in their colourful self-styled attire and booming vuvuzela trumpets. Out of the 2.2-million tickets that have already been sold, 925 437 have been snapped up from within South Africa.The US is leading ticket sales overseas, accounting for 118 945 purchases so far. Some 64 654 tickets have been bought in the UK, 32 269 in Germany, 29 657 in Australia and 16 001 in Canada.Only 500 000 tickets are left, although the final, to be played on 11 July at Soccer City in Johannesburg, is already sold out.last_img read more

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DARPA and Raytheon Building New Ad-Hoc Mobile Network for the Military

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Coalition forces in Afghanistan and Iraq have a major communications issue: military, security contractor and non-government organizations frequently need to communicate with each other during combat and other operations. But communications technology compatibility issues often prohibit them from doing so effectively.DARPA contracted Ratheon in 2009 to build the “Mobile to Ad-Hoc Interoperable Network GATEway” (MAINGATE), a mobile network that both military and civilian organizations can use to communicate using any radio or wireless device. The agency announced last month that the system has now been tested for video, voice and data by both high- and low-bandwidth users.A key component of MAINGATE is Network Centric Radio System (NCRS). According to Defense Industry Daily, NCRS provides: “1) a backbone radio architecture that enables IP versatile networks and 2) a radio gateway that enable legacy analog and digital communications systems to be linked together.” NCRS provides a self-healing ad-hoc mobile network that enables seamless communication between nearly any radio.Defense Industry Daily reports that MAINGATE also features disruption-tolerant networking to cope with disruptions caused by line-of-sight issues, spectrum access, congested radio frequencies and noisy environments.No civilian applications of the technology have been discussed, but one can imagine that similar technology could be useful for service or healthcare workers in remote areas, especially when teams from separate organizations need to communicate in the field.We previously covered the U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s work on applying social network theory to mobile ad-hoc networks. It isn’t clear if there’s any collaboration between the Research Laboratory and Raytheon on these projects.The U.S. military is taking mobile communications very seriously. In addition to improving field communications, the military is investing in conventional mobile technology. The U.S. Army recently announced that it will provide smart phones such as iPhones or Android devices to all personnel, and is considering making other mobile devices such as tablets and e-readers available as well. And in early 2010, the Army sponsored the Apps for the Army contest. The winning entry was an app that provided pictures and videos of the new exercises included in the Army’s new Physical Readiness Training program.The military’s use of mobile technology is an interesting case of the consumeriztion of IT. Technology once started in defense research, then trickled down to business and then eventually to consumers. In the late 1960s DARPA (then known as ARPA) funded the creation of ARPANET, the first wide-area packet switching network and the predecessor to the Internet.The consumerization process has mostly reversed itself, with technology starting in the consumer sector and then working its way into business and the military. However, new technology like MAINGATE could have civilian uses, so it’s worth paying attention to innovations in defense technology. The consumerization process could always reverse itself once again.What uses for MAINGATE can you see for enterprise IT? What other defense technologies should IT be paying attention to? klint finley Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img Tags:#enterprise#networking 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

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