11 June 2014 Fans of marathon mountain bike racing worldwide will be now able to follow the UCI MTB Marathon World Championships live, thanks to a new live streaming television collaboration. The event takes place at the Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa on 29 June. While recent major events in Pietermaritzburg, such as the 2014 UCI MTB World Cup and the 2013 UCI MTB and Trials World Championships, brought with them major global live streaming TV infrastructure, the 2014 Marathon World title decider did not, which left the door open for local event organisers and the national federation to step in.Tested Cycling South Africa’s General Manager Mike Bradley said that their new collaboration with local live streaming company StreamIt360 had been tested during the South African National MTB Marathon Championships at the Cascades venue on Sunday, 8 June, with the event serving as a dress rehearsal for the World Championships. Without any advanced marketing, over 2 200 people watched the national marathon champs live streaming telecast, many of them from Europe.‘An on-going demand’ “This proves that there is an on-going demand to watch our cycling events live,” Bradley said in a statement on Monday. “This new partnership to bring live streaming to all of our major events will give the events more visibility and more spectators, and thereby add more media value to each event and to the sport as a whole.”A major challenge Bradley admitted that taking on an event that is 74km long for women and 95km in distance for the men is a major challenge. “A Marathon World Champs is pretty much the ultimate test, given the distances and logistical challenges, but I am confident that we will deliver top class production to the global audience at the end of the month,” he said. “As far as we know, no-one has ever provided full live coverage of a marathon world championships before.” Bradley said with word of the live coverage already emerging on social media, interest was being expressed by TV channels worldwide to carry the live coverage.12 cameras and a helicopter The live streaming telecast will be anchored by a panel of presenters, with the use of 12 cameras and a helicopter to provide coverage of the races. The technical demands of covering the event live included dealing with weak cellphone signals and communications facilities in the remote parts of the route. Numerous camera sites will be serviced by fibre-optic cables and satellite uplinks, with the helicopter providing coverage in the most remote areas. The production will include profiles and interviews with the key marathon personalities, and will be screened on televisions at the start/finish venue, in addition to the worldwide live internet streaming platform. SAinfo reporter
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Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Thursday said days are not far off when it will be possible to unfurl the tricolour in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK). “I have faith that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the way New India’s caravan is progressing ahead, that day is not far off when it will be possible to unfurl that tricolour or ‘Nishan’ for which Shyama Prasad Mukherj sacrificed his life in Pakistan occupied Kashmir,” Mr. Singh said at an event to rename Chenani-Nashri Tunnel in Jammu & Kashmir.Mr. Singh, credited Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari for accepting the proposal of renaming the tunnel after Shyama Prasad Mukherjee without wasting time. In 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had dedicated to the nation this 9 km-long tunnel that reduces the distance between Jammu and Srinagar by 31 km but due to “some compulsions” this could not be named after Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, he said. He further noted that 66 years ago on May 11, 1953, Mukherjee was arrested from Lakhanpur in an illegal manner without any FIR, chargesheet or warning and was taken to Srinagar through this Chenani-Nashri road. After Mukherjee’s death on June 23, 1953 his mother wrote to then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru to hold an enquiry into his death. “For some reasons then Prime Minister Nehru did not pay heed to that letter, no enquiry was done. It is a new era now. It was Nehru government then, today it is Modi government… That probe or lapse can not be compensated but this tribute for coming generation will preserve his heritage and memory. “The lapse on part of Nehru government has been atoned by Modi government,” he said. The decision to rename the tunnel comes over two months after abrogation of the provisions of Article 370. The ‘Chenani-Nashri Tunnel’ was built at the cost of ₹2,600 crore. The tunnel, bypassing snow-bound upper reaches, reduces the journey time by two hours and provide a safe, all-weather route to commuters travelling from Jammu and Udhampur to Ramban, Banihal and Srinagar. The key features of the tunnel are — it is a single-tube bi-directional tunnel, with a 9.35-metre carriageway, and a vertical clearance of 5 metres. There is also a parallel escape tunnel, with ‘Cross Passages’ connecting to the main tunnel at intervals of 300 metres. It also has smart features such as an integrated traffic control system; surveillance, ventilation and broadcast systems; fire fighting system; and SOS call-boxes at every 150 metres.
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Patrick Mullins had a goal and an assist and Jonathan Mensah scored his first goal of the season to help the Columbus Crew beat the New York Red Bulls 3-2 on Saturday night.Zack Steffen had four saves, including a diving stop on Aaron Long’s header, for Columbus (10-7-6). The Crew have won back-to-back games for the first time since winning three in a row in May.Mensah, a 28-year-old defender, opened the scoring in the seventh minute. New York’s Michael Murillo picked up the ball when he mistakenly thought it was out of bounds, giving Columbus a free kick. Pedro Santos’ entry was headed by Mullins to Mensah for the finish from near the spot.Mullins, acquired via trade from D.C. United on July 12, ran onto a long feed from Harrison Afful and side-netted a left-footer in the 24th and an own goal by New York’s Sean Davis made it 3-0 in the 31st minute.Mensah deflected a cross from the Red Bulls’ Daniel Royer into the net early in the second half and Royer’s header in the 69th minute capped the scoring.The Red Bulls (13-6-2) had their three-game winning streak snapped.Columbus Crew forward Gyasi Zerdes looks to control the ball in front of New York Red Bulls defender Michael Murillo during the second half of an MLS soccer match on Saturday, July 28, 2018, in Harrison, N.J. Columbus Crew defeated the Red Bulls 3-2. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)Columbus Crew forward Gyasi Zerdes (11) and New York Red Bulls midfielder Aaron Long (33) battle for the ball during the second half of an MLS soccer match on Saturday, July 28, 2018, in Harrison, N.J. Columbus Crew defeated the Red Bulls 3-2. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)TweetPinShare0 Shares