27 January 2015South African Airways (SAA) will this week become the first airline globally to install the Satellite Authorisation System (SatAuth), which will allow secure credit card transactions anywhere in the skies.The system, first installed on the airline’s cabin trainer for testing in May, would not only allow secure credit card transactions anywhere in the skies, but would also provide pin-point accurate aircraft tracking services for operational purposes, SAA said.SAA installed the device on one of its Airbus A340-300 aircraft at the South African Airways Technical (SAAT) maintenance facility in Kempton Park, Johannesburg on 26 January. “SAAT engineers worked closely with the developers of the solution to ensure certification and engineering procedures, ultimately realising the usability of the product within an aviation environment,” said chief executive, Musa Zwane.SAAT, the driving force behind the innovation, develops testing and engineering procedures for airline maintenance facilities around the world.The system will allow secure credit card transactions to take place at any point and real-time positioning of any flight, anywhere, affecting fuel saving interventions in- flight as well as providing full visibility of actual flight paths versus planned routing at any time. SatAuth is the first product of its kind, and was developed in South Africa.SAAT will manufacture all major aircraft components required for installation of SatAuth in accordance with the international Aviation Certification standards required for installation.“This provides SAAT with substantial commercial impetus with a new revenue stream. The installation is the first of its kind in the world and marks a new milestone in South African avionics engineering. It’s another affirmation of the quality, skill and expertise that SAAT offers in terms of its aircraft maintenance and overhaul facilities,” Zwane said.Installation of the solution can be done during a standard A-Check – a regular overnight maintenance procedure that occurs every 200 to 400 cycles (take offs and landings).“SatAuth will provide an economical and secure transaction environment. As a truly South African innovation, the solution would not have reached this milestone without the dedicated support of the SAA Avionics engineers who took it upon themselves to assist us in guiding the SatAuth solution through the numerous certification requirements so endemic to the aviation industry,” said Paul Roux, the founder and chief executive of the SatAuth solution.Source: SANews.gov
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot will present the 2019-2020 budget on July 10 in the Assembly. The date was decided by the Business Advisory Committee at its meeting convened in the Assembly on Thursday, the opening day of the budget session. Mr. Gehlot also holds the Finance portfolio.The second session of the 15th State Assembly started with the members paying tributes to Rajasthan BJP president and Rajya Sabha MP late Madan Lal Saini, former Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and the victims of a mishap at Jasol in Barmer district last week, when a tent fell on a crowd during a religious event.CLP resolutionThe Congress Legislature Party passed a resolution expressing faith in the leadership of Rahul Gandhi and requested him to continue as the party president. In a meeting held at Mr. Gehlot’s residence before the session commenced, the CLP also resolved to counter the “smear campaign” of the Opposition against the government.Attacking the State government, leader of the Opposition Gulab Chand Kataria said: “The ruling Congress has failed to fulfil the promises made in its election manifesto. The failure of loan waiver scheme has led to suicides by farmers… One of them, Sohan Lal of Sriganganagar district, blamed Mr. Gehlot for his death in his suicide note,” he said.Assembly Speaker C.P. Joshi has given instructions for supplying all budgetary documents and annual reports of government departments in electronic form to the MLAs and making them available online to the public. The proposal was initiated by the then Independent MLA from Fatehpur, Nand Kishore Maharia, in the previous Assembly.Scribes protestJournalists covering the Assembly proceedings staged a demonstration outside Assembly Speaker C.P. Joshi’s office, demanding the withdrawal of new rules restricting their movement in the House. The new arrangement has limited journalists’ access only to the press gallery in the Assembly and the press room on the premises and curtailed their entry into the office rooms of Ministers.
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About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Juventus chief Paratici insists Ronaldo deserved The Best awardby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFabio Paratici says Juventus insist Cristiano Ronaldo deserved FIFA’s The Best award.Ronaldo did not attend the gala as Barcelona star Lionel Messi was named the winner on Monday night.“We respect Messi, but Cristiano Ronaldo deserved to win the award as The Best,” Paratici told DAZN.“We thought that after last season, when he won the Nations League with Portugal, Serie A and the Italian Super Cup with Juve, he deserved to win it.“It’s a pity he is not available this evening, but he had a slight adductor issue and we’ll see how he feels for the weekend.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Odegaard: Norway lucky to have Bournemouth striker Kingby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Sociedad midfielder Martin Odegaard has sung the praises of Norway teammate Joshua King.The Bournemouth striker is now a first-choice for the national team.And Odegaard admits he enjoys playing with the forward.”He is extreme and we are lucky to have him on the team. We just have to enjoy it and feed him with as many balls as possible,” he said.With 16 goals in 44 games, King has the opportunity to become one of the highest scorers for Norway. By comparison, John Carew has 24 goals, while Tore André Flo and Ole Gunnar Solskjær stand at 23. At the very top is Jørgen Juve with 33 goals.
SALT LAKE CITY, UT – SEPTEMBER 3: View of a Michigan Wolverines football helmet before their game against the Utah Utes at Rice-Eccles Stadium on September 3, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)The Harbaugh family is all over social media Saturday morning. Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh is trolling Urban Meyer regarding the Mike Weber situation. His son, Jay Harbaugh, the team’s tight ends coach, is taking a bit more of a wholesome approach. He may be a little misinformed about the topic he’s posting about, however.Harbaugh took to Instagram to post photos of the three NCAA Football covers Michigan has landed – Charles Woodson in 1999, Desmond Howard in 2006, and Denard Robinson in 2014. He wants to know which Wolverines player will be next.The obvious problem here? NCAA Football has been discontinued by EA Sports because of the lawsuits involving former players. After the Ed O’Bannon trial’s conclusion, it’s possible that the series could return, but there has been no word from the video game developer on whether it’s even being considered. Harbaugh had a good thought here, but perhaps he should have chosen a different vehicle.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are off to a pretty bad start this season. In fact, it’s been downright wretched: Their 4-14 record ties them for the second-worst 18-game season opening of the past 11 seasons (since 2003, when the Detroit Tigers started 1-17).Putting aside who or what is to blame (hint: not their Australia trip), take another look at that 4-14 record. Also note that the Diamondbacks were 4-12 through 16 games. By Major League Baseball standards, these are notably bad records. But in football, a 4-12 record happens with some frequency. Last season alone, seven NFL teams went 4-12 or worse.Ever since the NFL expanded its schedule to 16 games in 1978 — excluding strike-shortened seasons in 1982 and 1987 — 14.5 percent of all teams have won four or fewer games in a season (throwing out teams who had ties). Similarly, over the same range of seasons (1978-present), an even 13 percent of NBA teams began their schedules with a 4-12 mark or worse.By contrast, only 4.3 percent of MLB teams have started the season 4-12 or worse over that span.This underscores two of the major differences between baseball and other sports — the relative compression of team records and the lack of information conveyed in any single-game result. Baseball famously plays the longest schedule (by far) out of the four major North American professional sports, a 162-game sample size which naturally reduces the presence of outlier performances. But as we saw above, even within a smaller chunk of games, baseball teams have more difficulty pulling away from the pack.This goes back to research I conducted two years ago, comparing the NBA’s season structure to those of other sports. Using an unbelievably useful methodology from arch-sabermetrician Tom Tango, I calculated the number of games necessary in each sport to regress a team’s record halfway to the mean — meaning, we’d know half of its observed outcomes were due to its own talent (while the other half results from randomness). For pro basketball and football, the numbers are similar: In the NBA, it takes about 12 games; in the NFL, 11 games. But in baseball, it takes a whopping 67 games for half of the variance in observed winning percentages to come from the distribution of talent and half from randomness.Perhaps the best way to illustrate these differences is to use them to set up equivalent schedule lengths between sports. For instance, if the NBA wanted to convey as much information in its team records as the NFL does in its 16-game schedule, they’d have to play a 17.5-game slate. (As an aside, this underscores how incredibly long the actual 82-game NBA schedule is; in terms of information provided, it’s almost five times too long relative to the NFL.)MLB’s 162 games provide about as much information as a 27-game football season would (meaning the NFL’s 16-game slate is the equivalent of roughly a 98-game baseball season). That’s nothing compared to the NBA, whose 82-game schedule is equivalent to a 458-game baseball season! (If the NBA wanted its standings to provide as much certainty as baseball’s, its teams would only need to play 29 games apiece.)This matches up with what we saw in the data on 16-game starts to each sport’s season. The NBA and NFL are very similar in the spread of records in a given x-game chunk, meaning the amount of information conveyed by any result is close to being the same in each sport. But MLB is a different animal. Its long season sets it apart, but even within the season, baseball teams are bunched together much more closely than their counterparts in football and basketball.CORRECTION (April 17, 3:29 p.m.): A reader pointed out that an earlier version of this post (which said the Arizona Diamondbacks’ 4-14 record tied them for the worst 18-game season opening of the past 12 seasons — since the 2002 Detroit Tigers started 3-15) was incorrect. Indeed, the 2010 Baltimore Orioles started 2-16 and the Tigers went 1-17 to start 2003. We’ve updated the post.
Sophomore attackman Jack Jasinski heads for the goal in the fourth quarter during the first round of the NCAA tournament against Loyola Maryland on May 14, 2017. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterJust weeks after Maryland ended Ohio State’s men’s lacrosse team’s hopes for a Big Ten tournament title, the Terrapins ended the Buckeyes’ shot at their first NCAA championship in program history.Maryland defeated OSU 9-6 in the 2017 NCAA championship game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, on Monday. OSU’s six goals tie the team’s lowest total of the season.This was the third matchup of the season between these teams. OSU beat the Terrapins 11-10 in overtime on April 22 on the Buckeyes’ senior night. On May 6, Maryland defeated OSU’s men’s lacrosse team defeated the Buckeyes in the Big Ten tournament championship game. OSU struck first in Monday’s game as senior attackman Austin Shanks scored the first goal of the game, putting Maryland behind on the scoreboard for the first time in the postseason. Both teams battled through a back-and-forth first quarter before the Terrapins took their first lead of the game when a familiar face to OSU, junior midfielder Connor Kelly, scored his 45th goal of the season. The offensive threat scored five goals against the Buckeyes in the Big Ten tournament championship game.Maryland didn’t just capture the lead, it built a multi-goal advantage. Two upperclassmen – senior attackman Dylan Maltz and junior midfielder Adam DiMillo – found the back of the net early in the second quarter to extend their teams lead to 5-2.The Buckeyes had no answers.Maryland shut down the OSU offense, holding them scoreless the entire quarter. The Buckeyes managed only four shots the entire quarter and struggled to control the ball, turning it over on multiple occasions.OSU ended its 24-minute scoring drought with 10:53 remaining in the third quarter when Logan Maccani found the back of the net to pull within two goals. But unlike in Saturday’s game against Towson when the Buckeyes stormed back from a five-goal deficit, the Buckeyes couldn’t cut into their lead.Maryland junior attackman Tim Rotanz scored his second goal of the game with 5:30 left in the quarter to give the Terrapins a 6-3 lead. His team hadn’t scored in nearly 20 minutes. Maryland extended the lead to 8-3 early in the fourth quarter when Maltz scored his second goal of Monday’s game and senior attackman Matt Rambo scored his 42nd goal of the game.Senior midfielder Jake Withers quickly responded, scoring OSU’s first goal in over 15 minutes, when he won a faceoff and found the back of the net with 10:24 remaining in the game. And finally, after being absent for the first three quarters, freshman attackman Tre Leclaire sniped his first goal to pull within three goals.The run continued with 2:25 remaining when senior midfielder Johnny Pearson scored as the Terrapins led dwindled to 8-6.But, that’s as close as the Buckeyes could come to completing their comeback.Rotanz took advantage of OSU pulling its goalie and scored an empty net goal with :58.1 remaining to take a 9-6 lead, which Maryland hung onto until the clock struck zero.OSU relied heavily on redshirt senior goalie Tom Crey to keep them in the game. He saved X shots against Maryland.The Buckeyes reached the NCAA championship after defeating Loyola Maryland 7-4 in the first round, Duke 16-11 in the quarterfinals and Towson 11-10 in the semifinals on Friday. Maryland earned its spot in the final after beating Bryant 13-10 in round one, Albany 18-9 in the quarterfinals then Denver 9-8 in the semifinals.Moving onThough OSU extended its run further than any prior group of seniors in program history, eleven players played in their final game as Buckeyes on Monday. Of the talented group, over half will have an opportunity to play their sport at the professional level.A program-record six OSU players were selected in the Major League Lacrosse draft on Sunday. Withers was selected ninth overall – the third-highest OSU player ever drafted – by the Atlanta Blaze.OSU will have to replace graduating goalie Tom Carey, who led the conference in save percentage (.544). He was selected by the Denver Outlaws in the eighth round of the draft.Leclaire, who finished second on the team with 63 points and led the Buckeyes with 48 goals, returns along with fourth-leading point scorer attackman Colin Chell.
Urban Meyer yells on the field in the fourth quarter of the game against Michigan State on Nov. 10. Ohio State won 26-6. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorFollowing Ohio State’s 26-6 win against Michigan State, head coach Urban Meyer was excited about how his team played.“That was a big win, and we’re very satisfied,” Meyer said. “The other ones, you kind of have people didn’t feel like they won. That was a great locker room. That’s the way it’s supposed to be. Enjoy the win and get ready for the next one.”The two polls released on Sunday saw the win differently.In the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and Amway Coaches’ Poll, Ohio State dropped one spot to No. 9 and No. 8 respectively.Though the College Football Playoff committee releases the only ballot that matters, the committee was already lower on the Buckeyes, having them at No. 10 the past two weeks.Meyer said he understands the conflict being displayed by his team.“You go on the road and win by 20 points against a ranked team,” Meyer said. “And what happened? What’s the problem? What about this? What about that? I could stand up and say, ‘What are you guys talking about?’ But I get it. I don’t think we played great either at times.”The Buckeyes traveled to East Lansing, Michigan, and defeated the No. 18 Spartans, that is true. But how they won brings up questions Ohio State has seemingly faced every week since its victory against Penn State.Redshirt sophomore punter Drue Chrisman was the main reason for the win, pinning Michigan State within its own 5-yard line on a handful of occasions, leading to an intentional safety, a defensive touchdown and a field goal after the Spartans fumbled on their own 15-yard line.The fumble was recovered by junior defensive end Jonathon Cooper, who said the defense’s game against Michigan State proved what it can do as a unit.“We have been practicing hard. We’ve been going hard and even though everybody kind of telling us to do this or do that, we just stuck with the plan and it pays off, as you can see,” Cooper said. “We went out there and actually showed that we are the defense. We are Ohio State. We are the bullets.”Ohio State’s defense looked better, allowing only 54 rushing yards, 47 of which came on one run by redshirt freshman quarterback Rocky Lombardi. Through the air, Lombardi and redshirt junior quarterback Brian Lewerke combined to throw 18-for-48 for 220 yards and an interception.Offensively, redshirt junior running back Mike Weber ran for 104 yards and a touchdown, averaging 4.7 yards per carry while redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins threw for 227 yards and a touchdown, some of his lowest totals on the season.Haskins said the locker room was “electric” after the win. “It’s the atmosphere we had after to gain a win like that. It meant a lot for a lot of people,” Haskins said. “We didn’t play our best ball, but the good thing is we have another game to play, and we got a lot of potential and we can keep getting better.”It is still unknown if the College Football Playoff committee will see that potential in Ohio State, but in the past two weeks, it has not seen it from the Buckeyes. The AP poll and coaches’ poll do not seem to see it either.“To finish the game we did, against that defense, no one’s done that to them. No one’s done it against a team (like) that,” Meyer said. “You know how much respect I have for that coach, that staff and that place. That was awful. That was a tough environment.”Ohio State now sits at 9-1, two wins away from finishing atop the Big Ten East. It has wins against four teams that were ranked at the time of defeat, and one loss by 29 to Purdue, a team that lost by 31 to Minnesota this past week.The resume is debatable and will be debatable until the playoff is decided. Meyer knows this, but said he still wishes his team had more respect for what it has done this season.“I don’t want to come across saying, ‘Well, we’re 9 and —’ no, we’re not playing great at times,” Meyer said. “But then our defense came out and played the way they did. And our special teams played the way they did. It was a great team win. But we’re not where I would like us to be. Is that fair?”Fair or not, Ohio State has up to three games to prove itself as a team deserving of a Top-4 finish. The win in East Lansing was a start, but the Buckeyes still have a long way to go and need to get there fast if they want a chance at the playoff this season.
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has stated that he rather win the Europa League than suffer another defeat in the Champions League finalThe Argentine’s side will play host to Sporting Lisbon for the first leg of their quarter-final clash in the Europa League with Atletico aiming to win the tournament for a third time.Atletico were previously in the Champions League this season, but were dropped to to the Europa League after being eliminated at the group stages. Though Simeone is untroubled by it and believes that if it represents a greater chance of victory then it is more worthwhile.“It’s normal people have their own opinions and that we’re more motivated or less depending on the rival,” said Simeone, according to SportsKeeda.La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“But they don’t live football from the inside so they don’t know the rivals as we do. If we had to play against Bayern Munich they would say it’s an impossible game but if it was against Astana they would say it’s easy, but the truth is you have to play every game and we always try to do our best to qualify for the next rounds.“Indeed, we think we’re even [with Sporting] for this qualifying round, Sporting have a great coach, a very capable man, the teams he’s trained always did a good job. And on about what I prefer on my resume, I have to say that I will always choose the wins.“It’s an important achievement to be runner-up in an important competition such as the Champions League but it’s always better to be the champion, that’s obvious.”