MCC leads push for revised Test rules

By on September 18, 2020

first_img… Cricket’s oldest format could be in for some radical changes ahead of the inaugural Test ChampionshipBy Dave MiddletonTEST cricket could be set for a radical shake-up under plans proposed by the influential MCC World Cricket committee that would see the introduction of free hits for no-balls, a countdown timer between overs and standardising the type of ball used in matches around the globe.The committee – an independent body made up of past international cricketers including Australians Ricky Ponting, Shane Warne and Rod Marsh – made a series of recommendations ahead of the impending introduction of the Test Championship, which begins with the Ashes series in July.The suggestions – which would need ratification by the ICC before they were included in the playing conditions for Test cricket – are primarily geared towards speeding up over rates in the longest format.The MCC’s committee said it was concerned by recent ICC statistics that showed over-rates in Test cricket were the lowest they had been in the past 11 years.The recommendation to force all teams to play with the one brand of cricket ball around the globe has been met with mixed reviews.Warne said it was a bid to “level the playing field for the Test championship.“Whatever ball that is that everyone deems the best, that does something, it seams, it swings, it keeps its shape for the longest period of time,” Warne said after the committee meeting in India.“Whatever ball that is, especially with the Test Championship coming up, if everyone plays with the … same ball, I think it’s a more equal playing field so you really do get (to find out) what is the best Test team in the world.”Currently, Dukes manufacture balls for Tests in England and West Indies, while the SG ball is used in India, and the Kookaburra is used in all other countries.The white Kookaburra is used for all ODI and T20 international cricket, while that manufacturer also supplies the pink ball used in day-night Test cricket.QUICK SINGLEThe Dukes ball has been in use for the second half of the JLT Sheffield Shield in Australia for the past three seasons, including the ongoing one.It remains unknown how the Dukes ball would fare in the abrasive conditions of the subcontinent, and MCC will seek to trial it in that region before any decision on a preferred ball for the Test Championship would be made.The recommendation to introduce free hits to Test cricket would mirror a practice already ingrained in the limited-overs formats.The committee also wants a timer to count down from 45 seconds at the call of over, and if either side is not ready for the next over when the clock reaches zero, they receive a warning. Any subsequent infringements would see five penalty runs awarded to the opposition.The countdown would be increased to 60 seconds for a new batsman on strike, and 80 seconds for a change of bowler.The committee found while the Decision Review System (DRS) was partly responsible for the delays, “more urgency needed to be shown by the players, who should play a brand of ‘ready-cricket’ with more forward planning.”In addition to the timer between overs, a timer between the fall of wickets would also be introduced “potentially with variable times, depending on the distance from the dressing rooms to the pitch”.They also recommended streamlining the DRS protocols to jump forward to ball-tracking data as soon as possible where it is relevant to the referred decision. ( read more

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Live updates: 49ers stun Broncos, 20-14

By on December 21, 2019

first_imgJoin us to get in-game insights and analysis Sunday when the 49ers face the Denver Broncos at Levi’s Stadium starting at 1:05 p.m.Sunday is the first of three consecutive home games for the 2-10 49ers, who currently hold the No. 1 spot in the 2019 NFL Draft. However, coach Kyle Shanahan and Co. would tell you they’d rather finish out the regular season on a strong note.San Francisco sends out rookie quarterback Nick Mullens for his fifth NFL start. Mullens threw for 414 yards and a …last_img read more

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Super Bowl LIII: Tom Brady vs. Jared Goff gives the Bay Area a stake after all

By on December 20, 2019

first_imgWhen the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots face off in Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta in two weeks, the Bay Area will be well-represented on the field.Not only are both starting quarterbacks Bay Area natives, but there are impact players on both rosters with deep ties to the region.So who should you root for in Super Bowl LIII?I know choosing between the team from our region’s chief rival, Los Angeles, and the nearly universally reviled Patriots isn’t easy, but luckily, the battle lines …last_img read more

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MH370: B777 captain says he knows where it is!

By on December 18, 2019

first_imgA senior Boeing 777 captain, Simon Hardy, believes he has calculated exactly where the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 may have crashed into the Southern Indian Ocean.The position is S38.082 E87.400 (latitude and longitude using decimals rather than minutes).According to David Learmount of FlightGlobal arguably the world’s most respected airline safety editor the location given by the experienced captain “is not fundamentally at odds with the present MH370 search assumptions, being in much the same part of the southeastern Indian Ocean.”Captain Hardy’s mapsMalaysia rejects evidenceHowever Mr Learmount adds that it is “just outside the core target area currently being trawled by a search team led by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB).”Capt Simon Hardy’s calculations are based on a combination of data which include the Inmarsat satellite communication “handshake arcs”, his expertise in 777 performance calculation, and some mathematical “reverse engineering” of the navigation geometry known to apply to this flight.“Hardy is aware that many very able people have theories about MH370, not least those advising the search, but believes the result of his calculations is worthy of examination, and hopes the ATSB will find the result useful,” said Mr Learmount. “I respectfully recommend it to the MH370 search team,” Hardy told FlightGlobal.Captain Hardy is an experienced airline pilot and currently works as a senior 777 captain for a major international airline. “Like other aviators he was distressed by the MH370 loss, and his concern that relatives of those on board might never know what happened inspired him to begin a geometric investigation of known MH370 navigational facts. He emerged with a set of conclusions that enabled him to isolate what he believes to be MH370’s actual track,” said Mr Learmount.He explained his rationale and how the result emerged to FlightGlobal thus: “Rather than picking speeds and a route at random and making them fit with the [satcom handshake] arcs, I have managed to let the arcs tell us both the speed and direction, and finally a location – the exact track between arcs 4 and 6 – where it was doing that speed and heading. I have ‘reverse engineered’ it.”He continues: “I was expecting to have to deduce a path from waypoint ANOKO [where Hardy calculates the 777 first turned southward] for the aircraft to get to this identified track across arcs 4-6, but then found to my amazement that the track line, when extended north from the 5th arc over a very large distance, went within 2nm of ANOKO. This was the final and strongest eureka moment!”Mr Learmount adds: “The “reverse engineering” involved testing a series of plausible tracks southward over the Indian Ocean from the 777’s last known position, and discovering the only trajectory that – uniquely – matches the ratio of actual elapsed times between the consecutive Inmarsat/MH370 “handshakes”. He then found, subsequently, that certain known data, when tested against that navigational trajectory, made sense. For example, on that identified track, the actual elapsed time between “handshake arcs” would occur if the 777 was flying at its long-range cruise speed – possibly a coincidence, but a likely choice by the person directing the flight.The ATSB told that while they had not yet seen Captain Hardy’s report they “remained confident in their analysis and will continue the search in the high priority areas we have determined.”last_img read more

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DJI Drones Can Now Fly on Their Own and More Major Updates

By on December 12, 2019

first_imgFollow MeThis may be the most anticipated update — though it’s only available for the Phantom 3 series. Set the aircraft to follow you, and it will automatically fly and keep you in the cameras view. WaypointsWaypoints allow users to set multiple GPS points, called Waypoints, that the aircraft will automatically fly to. This allows pilots to set a flight path so they can focus on camera control. The Phantom 3 or Inspire 1 will fly along the same path repeatedly, travel at a set speed, and save the pattern for future use. Home LockPilots can set flight controls to relate to their location at all times. With Home Lock you can flick a switch and the control stick will move forwards, backwards, left, and right all in relation to the set home point. Course LockAn easy navigation option, Course Lock allows the pilot to set the controls to correspond with the aircraft’s current path. This lets you fly in a set direction while moving alongside objects. Point of InterestPilots wanting to circle a specific building or location can lock onto their target with Point of Interest. The drone will continuously circle until the user captures their shot. Owners of the DJI Phantom 3 and Inspire 1 now have their own personal assistant. DJI has announced Intelligent Flight Modes, a series of custom flight paths.Following a new line of Phantom quadcopters and an much improved app, DJI has now introduced Waypoints, Point of Interest, Follow Me, Home Lock, and Course Lock. DJI GO AppImage via DJIIn August, DJI released the updated DJI GO app. The app (now available for iOS and Android) introduced many new features and replaced the previous DJI Pilot app. DJI GO created low-resolution files that would save to the pilot’s phone or tablet, allowing instant playback. It also allowed you to quickly post photos and videos online. The app featured enhanced editing tools and also integrates the DJI forum to allow users to easily share tips and find information. DJI has now announced updates to the app (iOS V2.2.0 and Android V2.1.0) but it’s the firmware updates making all the headlines. Phantom 3 Advanced owners will receive an upgrade that supports 2.7K video recording.Intelligent Flight ModesImage via DJIDJI has just introduced Intelligent Flight Modes, a series of flight paths that can easily be set by pilots. These features are available for the Phantom 3 series and Inspire 1.These aren’t revolutionary updates, as other drones like the 3DR Solo Smart Drone already featured some of these abilities. It is a much needed update to DJI’s line of aerial cameras. Matt Carlson shared his initial review with us. Here you can see the Intelligent Flight Mode in action with Carlson’s DJI Phantom 3 Professional.Over 700 FAA Section 333 Exeptions Issued for DJI Phantom PilotsImage via DJIIn other DJI news, the company has announced that 742 total exemptions have been issued to companies using DJI products. In January of 2015, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued its first Section 333 exemption for a DJI Phantom.This made the Phantom eligible for commercial use within the United States – with a Section 333 exemption. A Section 333 exemption and a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) is needed for commercial drone use within the U.S. until a new set of regulations is created.Excited about these updates? Do you use drones in your productions? Are you filing for a Section 333 exemption? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

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