21 Dec

Half-time: Everton 2 QPR 0

first_imgNikica Jelavic – a transfer target for QPR – scored just before half-time to leave them facing an uphill task in the FA Cup third round clash at Goodison Park.Jelavic, making his first start since September, netted from near the edge of the penalty area after Ross Barkley had put Everton ahead.With keeper Julio Cesar making his first appearance of the season, Rangers were on the back foot for most of the first half.Cesar saved from Jelavic at his near post and was also able to gather shots from Barkley and Gareth Barry.Gary O’Neil missed a great chance to put QPR ahead against the run of play, failing to connect with Danny Simpson’s 24th-minute cross from the right when it seemed easier to score.Rangers were soon under pressure again and Cesar produced a fine save from Barkley, with Leon Osman failing to hit the target from the rebound.But the Brazilian could do nothing when Barkley fired home after being found by Bryan Oviedo’s clever pass.And worse followed for Rangers following Simpson’s poor pass to Karl Henry, who was robbed by Barry.The ball broke to Jelavic and the Croatian striker sent an unstoppable shot beyond Cesar.Everton: Robles, Coleman, Oviedo, Stones, Alcaraz, McCarthy, Barry, Naismith, Barkley, Osman, Jelavic.Subs: Howard, Hibbert, Heitinga, Pienaar, Mirallas, Vellios, Lukaku.QPR: Cesar, Simpson, Onuoha, Hill, Assou-Ekotto, Traore, Phillips, Barton, Henry, O’Neil, Austin.Subs: Murphy, Dunne, Johnson, Onyewu, Kranjcar, Zamora, Benayoun.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

18 Dec

Rolls Royce tackles 787 engine issue

first_imgEngine manufacturer Rolls Royce is working with All Nippon Airways to resolve an engine problem that has prompted the airline to cancel domestic flights so it can replace compressor blades on some of its Boeing 787 Dreamliners.ANA, which recently took delivery of 50th 787 and is the world’s biggest operator of the technologically advanced aircraft, cancelled nine flights on Friday as a result of the problem.The problem with the Trent 1000 engine relates to corrosion found on the blades and could result in at least 350 flight cancellations through to the end of September, according to the Nikkei Asian Report.There were differing accounts of the cause of the corrosion with Nikkei citing ANA on insufficient anti-corrosion coating and a possible design flaw. Britain’s The Telegraph suggested  the corrosion was related  to the way the airline used the planes and the high number of landing and take-off cycles.ANA told the Japanese business publication that Rolls had notified other airlines using the same engine type and that the manufacturer would develop and produce an improved part by the end of the year.It said engine abnormalities found on ANA international flights in February and March had been traced to medium pressure turbine blades and the carrier had been conducting repairs.It decided to fast- track repairs on 13 planes used for domestic services when a similar problem occurred Saturday on a flight from Tokyo to Miyazaki Prefecture.The Trent 1000 is one of two engine types used on the 787 and both have had teething problems.The rival General Electric-built GEnx  was the subject of a US Federal Aviation Administration airworthiness directive earlier this year after icing caused problems  on two Japan Airlines planes.In one case,   ice-shedding on a JAL 787-8 travelling between Vancouver, Canada, and Tokyo, Japan, resulted in a  fan imbalance that caused substantial damage to the engine and meant the pilots were unable to restart it.The FAA ordered updates to the flight manuals, an associated mandatory flight crew briefing and the re-working or replacement of at least one engine on Dreamliners with certain power plants.last_img read more

18 Dec

Cape Town rolls out free Wi-Fi in public buildings

first_img21 November 2014Sixty-one public buildings in the City of Cape Town will have free Wi-Fi by the end of June 2015, the executive mayor of the city, Patricia de Lille has announced.Wi-Fi will be provided inside public buildings via the City’s 102 SmartCape computer facilities and externally via 61 public access hotspots in places where the public usually queue for services, according to De Lille.The external public amenities include clinics, administration buildings, traffic departments, fire stations and public transport interchanges in areas such as Langa, Nyanga, Uitsig, Valhalla Park, Athlone and Atlantis.In a statement De Lille said each access point will cost the City between R60 000 and R100 000 to install. “Our 102 internal public access facilities are situated inside the City’s libraries, where we currently have 679 729 registered users,’ she said.The public will be able to access free Wi-Fi at the Bellville, Robbie Nurocklinic and Khayelitsha Site B Youth clinics by the end of December this year. Members of the public visiting the Hillstar and Plumstead administrative buildings and the Mitchells Plain and Nyanga switching centres will also be able to enjoy free Wi-Fi by the end of this year as well.De Lille said the city of Cape Town is partnering with three commercial service providers – MWEB, Internet Solutions and Orange – to expand internet connectivity to previously disadvantaged communities across the city.“The partnership with Orange is a first for the Paris-based international telecommunications giant in South Africa; they will offer a free 200 MB data bundle per day. Internet Solutions will offer a free data bundle of 50 MB per day, while MWEB will provide an uncapped data bundle for the trial period,’ said De Lille.This digital inclusion project forms is part of the City’s R1.3-billion seven-year broadband network strategy. The City has a vision to become “the first truly digital city in Africa’, according to De Lille.“Our brand new Wi-Fi provision has been made possible by the City’s investment in broadband fibre optic networks in line with its City’s Universal Broadband Network strategy, which is geared towards rolling out broadband infrastructure throughout the metro,’ said De Lille, adding that by expanding broadband infrastructure, the City is well on the way to realising its vision of facilitating access to high-speed internet in order to support economic development and expand opportunities to residents.In addition, the City is mulling providing Wi-Fi on MyCiTi buses and, already, the City is in the process of conducting a pilot project with an external service provider. “We will also be accelerating the digital inclusion project by providing broadband access through the Bandwidth Barn at Lookout Hill,’ added De Lille.The public Wi-Fi project demonstrates the City’s commitment to provide broadband connectivity to all citizens, opening up opportunities in the process, according to De Lille.“Broadband connectivity and digital inclusion are fundamental to creating an enabling environment for business development, economic growth and social cohesion. Our new public Wi-Fi provision is a prime example of how the private sector, government and the public can make progress possible, together,’ said De Lille.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more