Chelsea planning to axe Di Matteo and Drogba – reports

first_imgRoberto Di Matteo expects to be axed by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich even if he wins the Champions League, according to The Sun.There have been calls for the interim boss to be installed as manager this summer, but it is claimed that Di Matteo believes Abramovich is determined to appoint a big-name continental coach.A ‘senior Chelsea source’ is quoted as saying: “He’s resigned to leaving regardless of what happens in Munich.“He has tried to talk to the club’s hierarchy about pre-season training for next season and been given very short shrift.“That convinced him he really is just an ‘interim’ manager, filling the post until a full-time appointment can be made.“He’s hugely disappointed after the miracles he has worked here since taking over from Andre Villas-Boas in March.“Two Cup finals is an amazing success after inheriting that mess and winning the FA Cup last Saturday was very special.“He won it with Chelsea as a player, scoring that amazing goal against Middlesbrough in 1997, and now he has won it as a manager too.“That guarantees him hero status with the fans but won’t budge the powers-that-be. Di Matteo has the full support of all the players but, fundamentally, nothing has changed.”Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror say Chelsea will ditch Didier Drogba at the end of the season.The Ivorian, whose contract expires this summer, is said to want to sign a two-year deal and then retire in 2014.But it is claimed that the club are planning to ignore the wishes of fans and let him leave Stamford Bridge.The Blues hierarchy are apparently keen to instead build a team around Fernando Torres. Should Di Matteo be given the Chelsea job? Click here to voteClick here for Thursday’s Chelsea quiz Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

New broadband network to launch

first_imgInfraco is tasked to improve broadband connectivity across South Africa.br /> (Image: Bongani Nkosi) Broadband Infraco, the state-owned ICT enterprise formed in 2006, will introduce its long-awaited internet services to the South African market in November 2010.“We’re launching our broadband capacity network,” said Infraco’s account manager Charmaine Fredericks in an interview on the sidelines of the My Broadband conference in Midrand on 20 October.The parastatal will now have access to an approximately 12 125km fibre-optic cable and other telecommunications infrastructure, which have been used exclusively by Neotel over the past four years.The infrastructure is owned by the government due to it being laid by state-owned enterprises Eskom and Transtel. It has since been transferred to Infraco, but Infraco couldn’t use it as Neotel was the sole licensee.“We’ve had the network for the last four years, but we couldn’t operate on it. We got our operational licence last year from Icasa,” said Fredericks.“Neotel’s role as the network’s sole custodian comes to an end soon and that’s why we’re launching. We can now go commercial and bring customers on board,” she added.Infraco has been improving the network’s infrastructure over the last four years, while Neotel has maintained the existing system, according to Fredericks.The infrastructure initially offered 2.5 gigabits per second bandwidth speed, but it’s been upgraded to offer 10 gigabits per second.The network’s services now also cover the border areas of South Africa. “The network is quite a lot bigger than what we had when Neotel started,” said Fredericks.A new connection ring has been included, meaning “when one ring fails, we connect to another so that traffic is not disturbed”.“There’s a lot that we’ve done in the past five years to prepare us for our day of launch,” Fredericks added.The Department of Trade and Industry owns 74% of the national broadband utility, while the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) owns the other 26%. The IDC is also a state entity.Open-access wholesalerAs a broadband wholesaler, Infraco will not offer services directly to end-user customers, but rather to internet service providers. “Our aim is to be the wholesale provider of choice to our customers,” CEO David Smith said at the My Broadband conference.It’s an open-access service provider which will enable the government to offer nation-wide connectivity at a lower cost and lead to investments in building the country’s long-distance fibre-optic networks.Infraco’s primary mandate is to get providers to cover areas in South Africa that are currently not served or underserved. “We want to become a carrier of carriers,” said Fredericks.It has set up a number of broadband Points of Presence (POPs) across the country, which are now connected to the national network. The POPs include various small towns and rural areas like Ermelo, Mahamba Border, Beit Bridge, Newcastle, Onseepkans and Zimbane.According to Fredericks, the government has identified 37 such places where connectivity must be fast-tracked. “We will provide connectivity from the closest POP in that underserved area.“Then we’ll be looking for partnerships with internet service providers, like Internet Solutions or iBurst, to service the areas,” Fredericks said.“We are trying to get as many providers as possible into the network, so that connectivity prices can come down,” she added.West African cable systemBroadband Infraco’s network services will receive a major boost when the West Africa Cable System (WACS) it has invested in comes on stream.WACS will land in Yzerfontein along the Western Cape coast and is expected to go live by July 2011.The much-anticipated marine cable will connect South Africa directly with the UK, and will have landing stations in Portugal and along the coastlines of various West African countries.“WACS will be massive. Major operators like MTN and Vodacom have also invested in WACS,” Fredericks said.last_img read more

AJ Baltes, Aug. 6

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are still dry but two weeks ago we got about 2.5 inches of rain. That helped perk things up, but it is amazing how fast it dries out. I think it is supposed to be over 90 degrees again today.Some of the corn is still pollinating and some tassels came out when we got that cool spell. The really late-planted corn is just starting to tassel so hopefully it cools off here. That 2.5-inch rain really helped and was big enough that whatever urea was left from sidedressing should have gotten washed in too.We haven’t really noticed diseases out there yet in the corn. The early beans look really good. They are probably over waist high and they are loaded with pods. As long as we keep getting rains I think they’ll fill out. Some of the later beans are a little yellow. I think they don’t quite have the root system on them that they need, but they are coming along. It looks like they’ll catch up.They were calling for rain this week, but they are backing the amounts off for tomorrow. It looks like it will be really spotty stuff.The guys with alfalfa are on third cutting and some of the grass guys have taken off second cutting. I think the first cut is finally done. We are working on some grain bins and when we get done with that we will get some second cutting taken off. We are pouring pads now and they should be done before harvest.We got the cover crops planted and they have had a couple of good rains on them. Everything seems to be coming along. The Sudangrass and buckwheat are probably a foot tall already.I think some of the really late planted stuff is still behind but the earlier planted stuff looks like it will be pretty good, maybe a little above average. It is going to be a stretched out harvest I think.Some places have missed these rains. There are pockets that haven’t really gotten any rain.last_img read more

Geocaching.com Presents: Premium Membership

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Sale of VIT entrance exam forms launched

first_imgThe sale of printed application forms for VIT Engineering Entrance Examination (VITEEE-2020) was launched by founder-Chancellor of VIT G. Viswanathan at the Head Post Office, Vellore, on Friday.VIT vice-president Sekar Viswanathan, executive director Sandhya Pentareddy, pro-vice chancellor S. Narayanan, director (UG Admission) G. Kalaichelvan, Superintendent of Post Offices Komal Kumar, Senior Postmaster G. Srinivasan, Assistant Superintendent of Post Offices N. Rajagopalan, Public Relations Inspectors (Posts) S. Selvakumar and D. Sivalingam participated in the programme.A valid VITEEE rank is mandatory for admission to B. Tech. programmes offered at Vellore, Chennai, Andhra Pradesh and Bhopal campuses. VITEEE will be held from April 13 to 19, 2020, as computer-based test in 120 cities in India and also in Dubai, Kuwait, Muscat and Qatar.VIT offers engineering programmes. The application forms for VITEEE 2020 can be obtained by providing a demand draft for ₹1,250 drawn in favour of Vellore Institute of Technology payable at the respective campus or by cash payment at select 22 post offices across the country. The last date to apply is February 29, 2020. Visit www.vit.ac.in. for details.last_img read more

Usain Bolt is the greatest Olympian, says Asafa Powell

first_imgAsafa Powell, in India for the first time to promote the Delhi Half marathon, backed fellow Jamaican Usain Bolt’s 100m record to stand for a good time.Speaking to India Today, the former record-holder in the 100m said: “I would say it will stay the way it is. I don’t know who is going to come out and run faster than 9.58 seconds. That’s really an outstanding time and you know to have that statue and run so fast, it’s really unknown and for someone else to come out and really do that, you know I would be very surprised. I am not saying that is the limit, but I will be very surprised if someone comes out and break that record.”Powell also picked Bolt as the greatest Olympian of all time over American swimming legend Michael Phelps.While Bolt holds the recognition of doing the triple treble – winning the 100m, 200m and 100×4 relay Gold medals thrice –  Phelps has won a staggering 23 Gold medals at the highest stage.”I have to go with my country, with my sport. Usain is the greatest athlete of our time. Phelps has been tremendous. He is great. But I must be biased in this one,” he said.Powell won his second Olympic Gold in the team relay event with Bolt in 2016 and had this to say about his team mate. “He is very confident. That stands out about him the most. He wants it and works very hard for everything. But his confidence has been the key.”advertisementSpeaking on his own career and missing out on a individual Olympic Gold despite the fact that he held the 100m record for some time, Powell said: “You know not everything that you want, you are going to get. I mean I have been in the sport for a while and have been working very hard and if it’s not to happen then it won’t happen. I really wanted a gold medal but I didn’t get it. But, I still can’t be ungrateful because I’ve achieved a lot in the sport and I have to give God thanks for all that I have achieved and to get two gold medals from the Olympic Games, it’s still a gold medal, you know I can show anyone and say ‘hey, this is a gold medal’. Usain can show his medal, it’s the same medal.”  Powell chose to be optimistic though about the sport’s future after Bolt retires in 2017.last_img read more