LUBERFINER, a special brand of oil filters designed for racing will be handed out to all podium finishers at the second round of the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club’s National Race of Champions.This was confirmed yesterday by Vice President, Hansraj Singh, who indicated that the brand’s local distributor, Special Auto, is on board with the event.“We of course want to thank Special Auto for joining us in this championship. They have been a sterling sponsor of motorsport locally,” he added.Meanwhile, the company’s proprietor, Shan Seejattan, in an invited comment stated, “These brand of filters are what the professionals use. I use it in my Group Two race car as well as my endurance cars and even my drag racing cars.”“So they are high performance filters built to undergo great amounts of racing. The reason we are giving them to the podium finishers is that we want them to see this about the brand.” The second national race of Champions is billed for July 21st at the South Dakota Circuit.The sponsors are E-Networks, Tropical shipping, BM Soat Auto Sales, Mohamed’s Enterprise, Miracle Optical, Choke Gas Station, Special Auto, Prem’s Electrical, Nexus Machine Shop, Blue Spring Water, Motor Trend, Ramchand Auto Spares, Power Line Automotive and KGM security.The club is planning a 21-race programme which is expected to feature both bikes and cars in addition to its newly-installed time attack feature.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass — John Galloway was a split second late.The Syracuse goaltender tried to elevate his stick to meet the rising shot from Maryland attack Grant Catalino, but he just missed it.He spun around to see where the ball was with the hope it continued moving up and over the crossbar. But with Maryland’s bench flooding out onto the field and the Terrapins’ beginning their celebratory dog pile on Catalino, Galloway already knew where the shot landed.‘I could judge from the reaction that the ball went in the net,’ Galloway said. ‘You have to stand tall and make that save. He put it in the corner.’Catalino’s overtime goal delivered a 6-5 Maryland win over Syracuse (15-2) on May 22 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., ending the Orange’s season in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals in front of a crowd of 14,122. The teams battled back and forth in a defensive struggle, and the Orange finally pulled even at 5-5 late in the fourth quarter. But it was SU’s missed opportunities after Jovan Miller tied the game that ultimately sent the Orange home with an overtime loss for the second straight year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMaryland advanced to play Duke in the final four in Baltimore and went on to defeat the Blue Devils 6-3 to make the championship game. The Terrapins fell to Virginia in the national championship, 9-7.‘It’s just disappointing,’ said Miller, who scored two goals in the game. ‘I’ve played this situation over in my head a million times, and I’ve never once pictured it like this.’Catalino’s goal came on a set play the Terrapins had installed earlier in the week. It had already worked once in the second quarter, with Scott LaRue as beneficiary.But as the game went on, he was cut off the next few times Maryland ran the play. This time, LaRue was shut down by SU midfielder Kevin Drew.With LaRue’s lane blocked, he went to the second option — dishing to attack Ryan Young behind the net. As Young caught the pass, Catalino wiggled free from the Syracuse defense with the help of some off-ball screens on the right side of the goal.Young immediately sent the ball to the senior after making the catch behind, and Catalino caught and fired in one motion. He ripped the underhand shot into the top left corner of the goal, and Maryland’s celebration began.‘Not much thought went into that shot,’ Catalino said. ‘It was a lot of practice this week. I shot that shot probably over 100 times and just shot the shot I always take.’That game-winning goal may be the one moment most remembered from this game, and it was a save Galloway couldn’t make. But his teammates floundered on a few other late-game opportunities as well.After Miller tied the game 5-5, Chris Daddio won the ensuing faceoff for Syracuse — a rarity for the Orange in the game — to give SU a chance to win in regulation.Syracuse head coach John Desko said Maryland did a good job switching on picks to shut down the Orange’s first option on the desperation play. And with time winding down in the fourth, SU went to its second option — Miller charging from the top, down the right hash.But Maryland goalie Niko Amato was there for the stick save to send the game to overtime.‘I think it just helps, first and foremost, to have repetition,’ Amato said. ‘And secondly, I think our defensemen did a great job getting after him and forcing him down the alley so he didn’t have as much of an angle as he did the previous shot.’Syracuse blew another golden opportunity in overtime, too. Maryland won the opening faceoff and held the ball for nearly two minutes with just one shot. But with midfielder Jake Bernhardt carrying on top, SU defenseman Tom Guadagnolo hacked the ball out of his stick.Drew scooped it up and took off toward the Maryland cage. He charged into the middle of the offensive zone, and Desko elected not to call a timeout to set up a play. Drew ultimately wound up from about 10 yards out and fired a shot that sailed wide. Amato hustled behind the net to get possession for the Terrapins, which resulted in Catalino’s score.‘We had, in previous dead-ball situations, covered all that,’ Desko said. ‘We said, ‘This is Syracuse University, and if we have a nice four-on-three break, we’re going to take it.’Although there were other factors that contributed to the Orange’s loss, SU overcame them all to knot the game up late.Those last two chances from Miller and Drew — combined with the missed save by Galloway — would have advanced Syracuse to the next round of the tournament. But instead, it was Catalino’s rising game-winning tally that sent Maryland to the final four and the Orange back home.‘We’re kind of grieving together right now,’ Desko said. ‘As we talked about it in the locker room, it’s a loss for us, and we’re going to have to deal with it. Our expectations were a little more, so we’re dealing with that.’firstname.lastname@example.org Published on May 21, 2011 at 12:00 pm Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Fly-half Finn Russell has recovered from an ankle injury to be named in Scotland’s team to face Samoa on Saturday.A win will secure Vern Cotter’s side a place in the quarter-finals. Liam Williams returns from concussion on the wing.George North switches to outside centre to partner Jamie Roberts in midfield.The winner of the match will avoid South Africa in the quarter-finals.
By Abolaji FijabiNigeria’s start-stop journey to full digital broadcasting continues with the public not having an idea of when the process will be completed. About 10 months ago, there was some movement when the Federal Government rolled out the Digital Switch Over (DSO) in Enugu and Osogbo in continuation of its efforts to ensure transition from analogue to Digital Terrestrial transmission across the country.Reliable statistics from the DSO experience indicates that a total of 745, 480 STBs have been imported into the country. Of this figure, 566, 478 have been delivered, while 485, 409 have been sold. A total of 332, 095 STBs have been activated in Jos and Abuja.Earlier in the year at a DSO Stakeholders’ Retreat in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, Alhaji Ishaq Modibbo-Kawu, Director-General, National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), stated that preparations for the launch in the two states were close to completion, adding that the launch would hold before the end of the first quarter of the year. He equally stated that the Federal Government’s plan had the objective of concluding DSO roll-out in 12 states. Prior to then, the government had launched DSO in Kaduna, Ilorin, Jos and Abuja.At the time, the NBC boss explained that a major impediment to the coverage of the states and territories where the DSO had been launched is topography.“Coverage is related to topography. Take an example of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. It is a city of hills and undulating grounds. The signal distributor for Abuja has purchased feeder pillar transmitters, which will be installed for the entire Abuja and environs to be covered. The same thing applies in Plateau. The signal distributor has to put feeder pillar transmitter in places like Langtang for the entire state to be covered,” Modibo-Kawu explained.But this challenge is not encountered by customers of GOtv, the country’s leading Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) service. The service already operates on the digital platform and has been rolled out in about 50 cities across 26 states in the country. This was made possible by the fact that at launch, GOtv adopted the most modern digital video broadcast technology, DVB-T2, which is a considerable upgrade on the first generation and now discarded DVB-T systems deployed by the earliest adopters of digital broadcast technology. The early adoption of DVB-T2 by GOtv effectively puts Nigeria at the head of the queue of digital broadcast technology in Africa.GOtv has equally been prominent in raising public awareness about the digital migration, most notably through the “Digilevelz Don Land, No Carry Last” campaign and hardware price slashes to broaden access to digital television. At N400, GOtv continues to give more Nigerians access to digital television at the most affordable rate. DSO will occur when there is transition from analogue TV to digital terrestrial TV broadcasting. The process came to life in 2006 when member countries of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), in Geneva, Switzerland, reached an agreement to migrate from analogue to digital broadcasting by June 2015, the initial deadline. But Nigeria did not meet the deadline for a number of reasons. Missing the deadline, however, nudged the Federal Government into ramping up its efforts in that direction.Digital migration is the transmission of digital television signal over the earth from masts to home receivers. When the switchover takes place, television viewers will require set-top-boxes (STB) or a digital television set in to receive television signal. An STB is often called a decoder.By acquiring an STB compatible with DVB-T2, the second-generation broadcast technology, with or without monthly subscription or by a digital television set, a television viewer will be able to receive signal when the DSO takes place.DVB (Digital Video Broadcasting) is the standard for digital television that has been adopted in most countries in ITU Region 1, where Africa falls.Among the numerous benefits of digital broadcasting are greatly improved audio-visual quality and availability of bigger number of channels to viewers, including access to Free-to-Air at the expiration of subscription.That GOtv operates on the latest technology platform also prevents its signal from deprecating in bad weather. Equally, the hardware (decoder and antenna) can be self-installed, making the use of an installer not absolutely necessary.This is in addition to offering top class local and international channels broadcasting content such as news, movies, sports, documentaries, series, children entertainment and education for a maximum of N3, 200 on GOtv MAX. GOtv Lite, at N400 per month for 23 channels, still remains the cheapest DTT price offering on the landscape.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram