By Alan BaldwinLONDON, England (Reuters) – Bernie Ecclestone’s ousting as Formula One supremo will take the sport in a different, digital direction under new American owners Liberty Media but there is much work to be done in the months and years ahead.“F1 has huge potential with multiple untapped opportunities,” said new chief executive Chase Carey after ending 86-year-old Ecclestone’s 40-year reign on Monday.“We will work … to enhance the racing experience and add new dimensions to the sport and we look forward to sharing these plans over time.”Carey, appointed Formula One chairman in September after serving as vice-chairman of Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox, and Liberty Media’s chief executive Greg Maffei have both said there is a lot they want to do differently.Maffei has spoken of more races in Latin America, Asia and the United States while Carey has indicated that Liberty wants to safeguard the sport’s historic venues in Europe, ramp up marketing efforts and engage the fans more.There has been talk of treating every race like a Super Bowl, creating a buzz that extends far beyond the racetrack, but without ‘Americanising’ the sport’s fundamentals or alienating the purists.Liberty Media has plenty of experience and resources, with interests in the Atlanta Braves baseball team, satellite radio service Sirius XM, entertainment group Live Nation and minority interests in Time Warner and Viacom.Where Ecclestone’s business model was based on television rights and ever-increasing hosting fees that have left circuits with little chance of making a profit, Liberty has emphasised a shift towards sustainability and new revenue streams.“Less than one percent of revenues are from digital,” Maffei said in September after Liberty agreed to acquire the commercial rights from CVC Capital Parthers.“They really have no organised digital effort. I think there are a lot of things that can be done around gaming, VR (virtual reality) and AR (augmented reality).“There’s an enormous amount of video feed and data about the races that we are already capturing that we are not in any way processing incrementally for the dedicated fan,” he added.Where Ecclestone was often at odds with the teams, adopting a divide and rule approach, Carey has sounded more collegiate and inclusive with talk of cost controls and ensuring a fairer share of the spoils.That will be easier said than done, with the likes of glamour team Ferrari in particular handsomely rewarded for historic performances while smaller teams struggle to survive.The appointment of Ross Brawn in a management role overseeing motorsport activities has also raised hopes among fans and participants preparing for the first race in Australia in two months’ time.Brawn worked closely at Ferrari with Jean Todt, now the head of the governing FIA, and was also a principal at Honda before leading his own team and then Mercedes.Zak Brown, the newly-appointed American executive director of McLaren, backed Carey and his team to do what was needed.“Over the next decade I expect the way Formula One is run will become both freer and more fan-friendly,” said Brown.“Fan engagement is where it’s at these days, and it’s clear that the Liberty Media guys get that.”
PETER EURTON, SECOND SUMMER, WINNER: “He has an affinity to quicken and his stamina is just amazing. He was having trouble with the grass, getting ahold of it and I’ve just got to give kudos to Larry Zap. Great pick Larry!“When I saw him at the three-eighths pole he just looked like he was loaded. It looked like he was going to get boxed in for a second (by Lieutenant Colonel and Point Piper) and when Mario made the move to go in-between the two of ’em…that was just such a great, money move.“I can’t say enough good things about this horse, he just keeps getting better. I think we’re going to have some fun in about four or five weeks. We’re so excited about (possible run in the Gold Cup on June 25, Grade I $500,000 1 ¼ miles). It could be a fun summer. The timing allows us a chance to let him come down for a second, but not much.“I’ve never had a colt that was this good, going long on dirt. I didn’t realize that the Gold Cup was a Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In race. NOTES: The winning owners are Sharon Alesia of Carlsbad, Ca, Joe Ciaglia of Upland, CA, Marc Ferrell of Yorba Linda, CA and Slam Dunk Racing. TRAINER QUOTES JOCKEY QUOTES LARRY BENAVIDEZ, HARD ACES, SECOND: “He ran very well, no complaints at all. The winner got a seamless trip. Right now, it’s on to the Gold Cup and we’ll be back to defend our title.” MARIO GUTIERREZ, SECOND SUMMER, WINNER: “Every single race he has improved a lot and he showed it today. Today, he had a good race, he pulled it through and was very game every time I asked him. I’m very happy with him.When asked about returning from a third place finish at Pimlico Race Course yesterday aboard Nyquist- “That’s horse racing. After the race, everybody has an opinion on everything that happened. The horse came out of the race good and it looks like we’re going to run in the Belmont.”
Gary Cahill went close to giving Chelsea an early lead during a lively start to the derby at Stamford Bridge, where Tottenham must win in order to keep their slim title hopes alive.With the home fans desperate for their team to ensure their London rivals do not win the Premier League, Chelsea’s players have responded with a high-tempo display so far.And they almost went ahead when Cahill headed wide from Cesc Fabregas’ left-wing corner.At the other end, Danny Rose fired wide from 25 yards.Cahill and skipper John Terry returned to the heart of the Chelsea defence after recovering from injuries. Eden Hazard was dropped to the Blues bench.Chelsea: Begovic; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Pedro; Costa.Subs: Amelia, Baba, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Oscar, Hazard, Traore.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
For 25 years the Reach For A Dream Foundation, has brought hope, joy and healing to countless South African children (Image: Reach for a Dream Facebook page)This Sunday’s episode of the Play Your Part TV series features ordinary South Afrians who are inspiring others by Playing their Part in ensuring the health and well-being of our country. They include Ridwaan Mia and David Grier, the Reach for a Dream Foundation, Professor Ken Boffard, Emily Mabasa and David Ross.Dr Mia has been part of Ride for Smiles, where he took part in the 94.7 Cycle Challenge to raise funds as well as awareness for the Smile Foundation, a South African NGO that assists children with any type of facial abnormality, to receive free corrective Plastic and Reconstructive surgery within South Africa. Based at seven academic hospitals across the country, they help children who suffer from treatable facial deformities such as Cleft Lip and Palate, burn victims, Moebius syndrome (facial paralysis) and other conditions.“Our Chief Patron Nelson Mandela’s wish is for us to assist as many children around South Africa as possible,” the foundation says.David Grier established the Cipla Miles for Smiles Foundation to raise funds through adventure racing for Operation Smile South Africa, who perform corrective surgery on children born with cleft lips and palates. To date David has run The Great wall of China – 4 200km in 93 days, Run the entire coastline of South Africa – 3 300 km in 80 days, paddled from Africa to Madagascar – 500km in 12 days, run the Island of Madagascar South to north – 2 700km in 67 days, and run the entire length of India 4 008 km in 93 days.The inspiration to start the Reach For A Dream Foundation came from an article on the Make-A-Wish Foundation, based in America. Owen Parnell, past Randburg Rotary Club President, was struck by the opportunity to establish a similar venture in South Africa. Officially named the Reach For A Dream Foundation in 1991, the organisation defined its core purpose as “fulfilling the dreams of children of any race, colour and creed between the ages of 3 and 18 faced with a life-threatening illness.”For 25 years the Reach For A Dream Foundation, has brought hope, joy and healing to countless South African children. These children between the ages of 3 and 18 years have used their dreams to fight life-threatening illnesses such as cancer and leukaemia, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, renal failure and various blood disorders.South African X-ray system manufacturer Lodox Systems is making its mark on the international medical scene with a low radiation dose X-ray system that takes a full-body scan in just 13 seconds.Lodox’s critical imaging technology was first developed for use in South Africa’s diamond mines to prevent smuggling in the 1980s and ’90s. The requirements for a machine of this calibre were the ability to scan the whole body, a resolution good enough to detect at least one carat or a fifth of a gram of diamonds, a speed quick enough to process large numbers of people – and the lowest possible X-ray dose for safety.A team of engineers from mining company De Beers’ research laboratories developed the scanner and, when they realised the instrument’s potential, established Lodox Systems to adapt and develop the technology for medical use. “After some experience it was found that the Lodox full-body X-ray scanner was also ideal for use by forensic pathologists, as it assisted them in getting an accurate full body overview of injuries and foreign bodies quickly,” the company says.Emily Mabasa describes herself as “physically challenged, not disabled”. She has overcome the difficulties that she has to face on a daily basis and has involved herself in numerous charity organisations. “I don’t like the word disabled, because I looked it up in the dictionary and disabled means that you cannot do anything. But I can do anything I set my mind on; as long as I am determined. I might be physically challenged, but god has given e a strong mind that I can use to be creative and in my creative way I can help others,” she says.She has gained recognition for her work, having won Bronze, Silver and Gold at the President’s Award for Youth Empowerment, which helps young South Africans realise their potential through developing their self-esteem, to become active citizens involved in improving their communities.
Source: Pediatrics Journal supplement, February 2012 IssueThis post is part of a series of Factual Friday posts published on the Military Families Learning Network blog.
The Chhattisgarh police on Sunday claimed that heavy damage was inflicted on Maoists during the 48-hour-long Operation Prahar in the State’s Bastar region.Vivekanand Sinha, Inspector General of Police, Bastar, said, “For the first time we conducted an operation in the Maoists’ core area in Sukma. For 48 hours our forces were in the area and inflicted heavy damage. There is a possibility that a minimum of 15 to 20 Maoists were killed in the operation. This is a big morale booster for our forces.”According to sources, Hidma, a Maoist leader and chief of the Maoists’ military battalion in south Sukma, suffered injuries during the operation. Mr. Sinha said, “Many senior Maoist leaders suffered injuries. That we stayed in the area for two days is a big achievement. We recovered a huge cache of explosives and other material.” Mr. Sinha said one of the five Special Task Force jawans injured during the operation succumbed to injuries on Saturday night. However, the Maoists denied the police’s claim that 15 to 20 Maoists had been killed in the operation. In an audio clip, the CPI (Maoist) said, “The police are misleading people about the death of 20 Maoists. Thousands of policemen attacked the villages in Tondamarka on Friday and many villagers died in the attack. Many elderly persons and women were beaten up by the police and forcibly taken away. Our People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army [PLGA] retaliated and managed to kill a large number of policemen. But the policemen are not revealing heavy casualties on their side. Only Lakkhu, a PLGA member, was killed in the counter-attack and the policemen took away his body.” The IGP said villagers reported seeing nine bodies in a village in south Sukma on Saturday.
No big names, no formula! Yet the trailer of forthcoming sports-based movie Khwaabb has received 1,22,000 views within 10 days of its release on YouTube. The director is overwhelmed.”The response is a proof that people have not closed minds towards experimental cinema,” Zaid Ali Khan, director of the movie, told IANS through SMS.”It’s very exciting to see this kind of a response and just goes to show that people are open to different, experimental and independent cinema,” he added.The movie deals with the life of an athlete and a swimmer and their dream to win an Olympic medal for India.The first trailer was released Aug 23 in the capital and it was uploaded online Aug 24.”I am very overwhelmed and I never expected such an amazing response,” said Khan.Made with newcomers Navdip Singh and Simran Motiani in the lead roles along with Nafisa Ali and Bajrang Bali Singh, it has been produced by Delhi-based production house, Bullseye Production.The film is slated for an October release.Watch the trailer here: