Paul Wright | Being persuasive, believable, credible and truthful

first_imgAll of the sporting Organisations in Jamaica consistently complain of the lack of sponsors, as they organise competitions and development programmes in their respective disciplines. As a result, it is common to see representatives of these groups pleading with Corporate Jamaica and individuals to contribute to an event or programme. As I hear and read these entreaties, I am reminded of a quote that I am paraphrasing to emphasise a point. “To be persuasive you must be believable. To be believable, you must be credible. To be credible, you must be truthful.” Sponsors who agree to finance a sport, or a competition, or a development programme in any sport, spend their money in the hope of a return, either in goodwill for their product, or increased sales, increased media presence, and of course to make the country better. However, sponsors do get nervous, if after committing funds and expertise, they notice, or have reason to believe that the money is not going to the areas of the sport that the sponsor had targeted for assistance in the first place. Sponsors love transparency and forthrightness when a request is made of the recipient sport. As I understand it, “blanket funds” are supposed to be used according to verbal (contractual) agreements. If a sponsor becomes aware of cavalier spending of these funds, then the quote at the beginning of this article becomes moot. The withdrawal, or refusal to re-sign another contract to support schoolboy football by FLOW is now a fact. Their unease has been the subject of whispers by journalists and fans of sports ever since the beginning of this year when negotiations began for the continuation of a $200 million package over the past five years. This association between the controlling body of school sports in Jamaica, ISSA, and sponsors FLOW, resulted in many innovations and most importantly for the country, improvement in the quality of the football on show. The FLOW Super Cup, and the excitement generated by this competition of the best teams of the Manning and daCosta Cup competitions guaranteed bumper crowds and a level of excitement rarely seen in school competitions. All that has ended, even after six to eight months of intense negotiations. So far, there is very little in the public domain as to what could have been the sticking point that caused the negotiations to be terminated without consensus. Leaked information suggests that ISSA wanted more money (another $10 million annually) and the sponsors agreed, IF the recipient group agrees to provide a budget indicating where and how much money would be spent on the different aspects of producing schoolboy football competitions. To persuade a sponsor, one must be believable. To be believable one must be credible. To be credible one must be truthful. The sponsor could not be persuaded, and so the sponsorship came to an end. The press reports that ISSA is in new negotiations with interested parties in an effort to sponsor this year’s competitions and an announcement will soon be made. As the date for commencement of the schoolboy football competitions approaches, fans are getting visibly nervous as to the type of competitions that will make this year of schoolboy football as memorable as the previous five years with sponsorship from FLOW. Let us hope that ISSA can be persuasive in these negotiations. Bangladesh, ranked above the Windies in world cricket, defeated us in the three match Twenty20 (T20) series. They came back from losing the first match, to winning the final two games. That hurts. We (the Windies) are supposed to be the best, in this form of cricket. We are previous World Champions! Critics of our discouraging display in Test and one-day international matches consistently portray our selectees of a T20 mentality and inability to concentrate for long periods, suggesting that the “ram-bam” of T20 is where our expertise lies! Well, Bangladesh has put that theory to bed. We are just not good enough to beat Bangladesh at T20 cricket! Is this defeat the wake-up call that the fans of the region needs to finally INSIST on drastic changes in how the game of cricket in the region is administered and teams selected? I hope so. Rise up Windies cricket fans! How much more can we take? As a limbo dancer on the North Coast says “how low can we go?”last_img read more

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Lady Maroons’ top hitter Isa Molde injures knee

first_imgUP power hitter Isa Molde injures her knee in the second set of their game against Ateneo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines–Isa Molde suffered an injury early in the second set of University of the Philippines’ match against Ateneo Saturday.League doctors could not say the extent of the injury after she landed badly on her left knee on top of teammate Mirgie Bautista while attempting a spike.ADVERTISEMENT Roger Federer ready for John Isner shoot-out for Miami crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs MOST READcenter_img Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments Ateneo, which earlier took first set, was leading, 4-0, when it happened.Molde, one half of Lhe lady Maroons’ double-barrelled weapon along side Tots Carlos, has scored five points before her injury. She was ruled out of for the rest of the match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsShe became the third heavy hitter in the league to be stricken by injury which sidelined University of Santo Tomas’ Milena Alessandrini and Far Eastern University’s rookie hotshot Lycha Ebon. Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Joel Embiid, 76ers pull ahead 2-1 after rout of Raptors

first_imgDuterte says he will appoint Gamboa as next PNP chief The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Celtics president Danny Ainge suffers mild heart attack LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Raptors: Serge Ibaka was hit with a flagrant foul on JJ Redick in the first quarter.76ers: Simmons, an Australian, smacked Kyle Lowry right in the land down under and sent the Raptors guard down and smacking the court in pain. …Greg Monroe (sprained left ankle) and Mike Scott (right foot) played … Phillies slugger Rhys Hoskins, Flyers star James van Riemsdyk and Eagles QB Carson Wentz rang the ceremonial Liberty Bell to start the game.UP NEXTGame 4 is Sunday in Philadelphia.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READcenter_img Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The Sixers just had to survive Leonard.Leonard toyed with Ben Simmons in the third to lead Toronto’s charge back into the game. The Raptors ran Simmons through screens to give Leonard the space he needed to create and bury open jumpers. And when there was no space, Leonard simply bullied his way to the basket. He shoved a right elbow into James Ennis III and spun around him for a two-handed jam. Leonard made all six baskets and scored 14 points in the quarter to cut the deficit to eight points. Kyle Lowry and Danny Green offered little help (20 combined points) and Leonard couldn’t carry the Raptors on his own.“They did a great job scoring. We didn’t,” Leonard said.Leonard scored 33 points, and Siakam added 20.“I think we got outplayed in just about every area we can get outplayed,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “It’s been a while since we’ve seen this team play that way.”The Sixers split the two games in Toronto after a losing streak in the Canadian city that dated to 2012. They returned home to a delirious crowd amped for one of the most crucial games of the Process era.Embiid wore a black Process hoodie to the postgame press conference.“We’ve got a lot more to give and do something special,” Embiid said.Embiid, who missed a game against New Jersey in the last series with a sore left knee, averaged only 14 points and shot 28 percent (7 of 25) from the floor in the first two games and was tied up by Marc Gasol in frustrating fashion. Not in Game 3. Embiid buried a 3 and followed with a sweet spin move on Gasol the next time down that got the Sixers rolling. The franchise center’s sweetest play came when he blocked Leonard’s layup in the lane, hustled back and got the ball in his hands, and connected with Tobias Harris in the corner for a 3. Embiid scored 18 points in the half and pushed the Sixers to a 64-53 lead at the break.TIP-INS LATEST STORIES Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid kicks the ball into the crowd following Game 3 of the team’s second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Toronto Raptors, Thursday, May 2, 2019, in Philadelphia. The 76ers won 116-95. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)PHILADELPHIA — Joel Embiid had knocked the air out of Toronto by the time he punctuated a Game 3 victory with a windmill dunk. Embiid sprinted down the court with his arms stretched out like airplane wings, and the Philadelphia 76ers flying high in the postseason.Embiid refused to get tripped up back in Philly, scoring 33 points and playing to the “MVP!” chants to lead the Sixers to a 116-95 victory over Toronto Raptors on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Embiid struck a chord when he buried a 3 in the third that stretched Philadelphia’s lead to 12. That was start of a string of plays that got Toronto’s attention. Embiid chased a loose ball and was tripped when Pascal Siakam intentionally stuck out his right leg and sent Philly’s All-Star tumbling to the court. The crowd went wild and Siakam was hit with a flagrant foul. Embiid made both free throws as fans — including some of Philadelphia’s biggest sports stars — serenaded him with chants of “MVP! MVP!”Jimmy Butler, the Game 2 standout, dunked off his own steal and the Sixers had quickly put the game out of reach. Butler had 22 points.Embiid scored another layup and waved his arms and pointed with a smile as wide as the hoop. Embiid went 9 of 18 from the floor and made 12 of 13 free throws.It was moments like this why the 76ers endured the painful Process — the years of tanking seasons for high draft picks, like in 2014 when they drafted Embiid with the No. 3 overall pick.Hall of Famer Allen Iverson and rapper Meek Mill engaged in a lengthy embrace from the courtside seats as the Sixers moved two wins away from their Eastern Conference final appearance since 2001.ADVERTISEMENT Philadelphia took a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series.“When I have fun, my game just changes,” Embiid said. “I’m always told if I don’t smile during the game it means I’m having a bad game or I’m not into it. I know to get my game going, I’ve got to have fun on the court.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsEmbiid also had 10 rebounds, shaking off a pair of passive games and became the driving force on offense the Sixers needed as they chase their first NBA championship since 1983.He made the game his own in the third quarter and helped the Sixers put away a Raptors team badly overmatched outside of Kawhi Leonard. NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu View commentslast_img read more

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Revealed! Where it went wrong at Man United – 10 mistakes made since Fergie left

first_img 10 2. Not securing a successor to Ferguson while he was still in charge – Ferguson was 71 when he retired in 2013, but it’s not as if his departure was an unforeseen event. At the age it didn’t take a genius to know he would be on the brink of retirement, yet United let the likes of Pep Guardiola (Bayern Munich) and Jose Mourinho (Chelsea) slip away to other clubs. 10. Signing Paul Pogba from Juventus – Paying £90m for a guy whose dance moves are more famous than his ability with a football shows United have allowed the tentacles of crass commercialism to infiltrate every aspect of the club. 10 10 10 The transition at Man United since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 has been anything but smooth.In the years since the iconic manager ended his 26-year reign, an FA Cup has been won, but they haven’t looked like coming close to adding to their haul of 20 league titles.Here, Man United fan Gareth Platt reveals some of the mistakes his beloved club have made since the Fergie era ended.Gareth Platt is the digital editor at talkradio.co.uk. Follow him on Twitter @GazPlatt49. 8. Hiring Jose Mourinho too late – After 10 years of uninterrupted success, Mourinho suddenly turns pony and United snap him up. Typical of the club’s strategy, or lack thereof, since Fergie. 3. Hiring David Moyes – Ferguson’s assessment that Moyes was a worthy successor is possibly the worst assessment since Decca Records rejected the Beatles. Whether Moyes was ‘the chosen one’ or whether, as seems more likely now, numerous other candidates had said no, it was a terrible appointment which exacerbated the lack of earlier planning. 10 5. Giving Wayne Rooney a five-year contract – Fergie had tried to flog him, and even Stevie Wonder could see Rooney was sliding down the mountain, yet Moyes somehow gave him a five-year contract. 10 7. Louis van Gaal’s signings – During his tenure, Van Gaal bought a weird mixture of second-hand Galacticos (Angel Di Maria), has-beens (Radamel Falcao, Bastian Schweinsteiger) and never-will-bes (Matteo Darmian, Marcos Rojo). It was as if United’s strategy had been put together by the same whacko who designed the weird blue-and-white away kit from 1991. 10 6. Moyes not being fired earlier – When United lost to Everton and Newcastle in December 2013 it was clear Moyes had lost the players yet he was allowed to cling on until it was too late to qualify for the Champions League – and United had fallen further behind. 1. Not buying players in the last years of Fergie’s reign – scroll through the gallery to see more Man United mistakes, click the arrow above right – The club should have fixed the roof when the sun was shining but the Glazers couldn’t, or wouldn’t, find the money for new signings. Mesut Ozil, Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Eden Hazard all went elsewhere. Replacing Cristiano Ronaldo with Antonio Valencia was the ultimate encapsulation of these wasted years. 4. Moyes being allowed to sack the coaching staff – Moyes was in a unique situation – managers usually never get jobs unless the previous guy has failed. Yet he failed to appreciate this, and replaced the existing coaching team, who’d guided a mediocre United squad to the title in 2013, with a backroom team from Goodison more used to looking after a side that scrabbles around in seventh. 10 10 9. The crass sponsorships – Mr Potato is not only embarrassing United in the no.10 shirt. The series of crass sponsorships have turned the club into an omnibrand with a football club attached. How can the players take their performance seriously when a band of noodle warriors are performing karate at half-time (as happened at the QPR game in 2014?) 10last_img read more

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Midweek game suggestion gets a cold convention reception

first_imgTHE possibility of midweek games in the Donegal All-County Football League appears to be remote after criticism last night at the annual convention.The outgoing CCC secretary Declan Martin floated the idea as he mentioned in his report that the start date for the club championships may have to be brought forward.“With the National CCCC looking at playing all competitions in the Calendar year in 2020, we will need to look at starting our Championships a few weeks earlier,” he said. “This may mean playing a number of rounds of League games midweek in July or August. We will also have to look at the scheduling of the U21 Championships.”This year’s Donegal SFC final went to three games with the second replay played on a Wednesday night in Ballybofey.Aideen Gillen, the outgoing secretary, also touched on the issue of club fixtures.  “We may have to make some changes in order that we do not have a repeat of this year’s problems repeating in the future,” she said.“We may have to look at commencing our club championship earlier. Other solutions might be the introduction of a straight knock out.“Should we consider in knock out games that they be concluded on the day. I am sure these problems will get debated fully at the fixtures forum for next year’s programme.”Donegal County Board Chairman Mick McGrath did not appear in favour of midweek games. In his address to Convention, at Jackson’s Hotel in Ballybofey, McGrath said: “I would like to see the area of midweek games and replays reviewed, as players back at college and working outside the county have difficulty in meeting that demand.”Letterkenny Gaels manager Sean McBrearty (pictured above) said that his club, this year’s Junior A Championship runners-up, would be ‘totally against playing midweek matches’. “Nine of our starting 15 are actually based in Dublin,” McBrearty pointed out. “If we were being asked to play games in midweek, we would only be doing it to fulfil fixtures. It would be very unfair if we were asked to play games midweek. It’s not fair to ask players to take off work early to play games midweek.”Midweek game suggestion gets a cold convention reception was last modified: December 12th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:2019 Donegal GAA Convention. Mick McGrathAideen GillenDeclan MartinDonegal GAALetterkenny GaelsSean McBreartylast_img read more

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Brendan Rodgers warns ’emotion can really affect Liverpool’ in title race

first_img Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father “I look at it back in 2014, in our last 14 games we actually won 12 of them, drew one and lost one, but we still ended up losing the title.“It’s a difficult one for Liverpool. It’s an incredible club and the support is amazing, but because it’s been so long the emotion can really affect them.“So it’s trying to manage that, trying to keep that calmness and use that emotional connection, but also try to ensure you don’t overthink it and just play the game rather than the whole process which is trying to win the league.”Listen back to Brendan Rodgers on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer IN DEMAND TRANSFER LATEST ON TALKSPORT.COM targets 2 Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says the Reds must keep their emotions in check as they look to end their long wait for the Premier League title.Jurgen Klopp’s men missed the opportunity to go seven points clear at the top of the table on Wednesday as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Leicester City at Anfield.It was a frustrating result for the Reds, who failed to take full advantage after rivals Manchester City suffered a shock defeat to Newcastle on Tuesday night.And Rodgers has told Liverpool to keep their focus as they enter the final 14 games of the season with a five point lead.The Northern Irishman speaks from experience, having been in charge when the Merseyside club last came closest to ending their title drought – and agonisingly close it was, too.Liverpool looked on course to finally get their hands on the Premier League trophy in 2014 after an 11-game winning streak between February and April, only for a late slip to see them finish runners-up, losing out to Man City by just two points. And Rodgers hopes Klopp’s men don’t suffer the same fate.Speaking after the draw with Leicester, the Celtic manager told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “It’s another point towards where they want to be, and with 14 games left it’s still a long way out.“With ten games to go the dynamic changes and then with five to go it changes again.“It’s just about trying to stay calm and focus on playing well, and if you can do that you get the chance to win. Steven Gerrard consoles Luis Suarez – a draw against Crystal Palace and defeat to Chelsea was all that kept Liverpool from the title in 2014 RANKED It was a painful campaign for Liverpool and manager Brendan Rodgers center_img Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star REVEALED Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LIVING THE DREAM LATEST Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti moving on targets 2last_img read more

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French Lick Man Arrested With Meth

first_imgKenny Schuley, 50, was arrested on charges of manufacturing meth and possession of drug precursors and taken to the Orange County Jail. After receiving a tip from a concerned citizen Indiana State Police responded to the home of a French Lick man on Wednesday where they found a meth lab in his garage.Troopers from the Indiana State Police, Orange County Sheriff Deputies, Paoli Police and French Lick officers went to the residence located in the 900 block of South Washington Street in French Lick, Wednesday afternoon. When officers arrived they spoke to Schuley about the information they received and he gave them consent to search the property.Officers found two plastic buckets in the garage that contained several items used to make meth. Other meth lab materials were found outside of the garage.Officers would like to thank the citizens of Orange County for all of the tips and information received on this and other cases. Please contact your local Police or Sheriff’s Department if you suspect illegal activity in your area.last_img read more

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C-K police investigating three separate break-ins

first_imgBreak and enters continue to keep Chatham-Kent police busy across the municipality.Early Saturday morning, police responded to a break-in at a Wallace Street home in Wallaceburg where a red 2000 Polaris Scrambler ATV was stolen from inside a detached garage.The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Const. Kyle Wright at kylew@chatham-kent.ca or 519-436-6600 ext. 87310.On Friday morning, police were called to a break and enter at a home on Talbot Trail in Romney Township where various tools were stolen from a shed.Anyone with information is asked to contact Const. Ken Muir at kenm@chatham-kent.ca or 519-436-6600 ext. 87002.Police were also called to a Queen Street home in Wallaceburg early Friday morning where various tools were stolen from a garage.Anyone with information is asked to contact Const. Kyle Bakker at kyleba@chatham-kent.ca or 519-436-6600 ext. 87320.Anonymous calls regarding any of these incidents can also be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).last_img read more

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IaaS drives up U.S. fed cloud spending by 25%

first_imgTags:#cloud computing#Government#Govini#IaaS#IBM#Internet of Things#IoT Donal Power Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck Related Posts center_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … U.S. federal government spending on cloud computing jumped 25% in the past three years, driven by infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) investment.An article by Nextgov discusses the finding of a recent report by big data analysis firm Govini that shows strong cloud spending. This follows an earlier report that government spending on the Internet of Things (IoT) has risen 20%.In its analysis, Govini found that in 2015 the federal government spent $3.3 billion on cloud computing, representing a rise of 25% from $2.6 billion in 2012. That year was a particularly weak year for cloud computing investment by the government, as sequestration had driven spending down to a 5-year low in 2012.IaaS was the key driver of the increased cloud spending, as more federal agencies undertook programs to modernize their IT infrastructure. These agencies accelerated IaaS spending by 53% in the past three years, rising from $585 million in 2012 to $897 million in 2015.This push for modernization comes as federal agencies attempt to cope with the onslaught of the IoT technology, which involves the mass proliferation of connected equipment.“Agencies have an infrastructure modernization gap between the standards for what they need to be doing for things like the internet of things and where they are right now,” said Govini’s Matt Hummer. “The mission of agencies and their data and mobility are really driving cloud.”The companies which benefited most from the higher government spending were IBM and cloud resellers InfoReliance and DLT Solutions. IBM generated $1.1 billion in cloud revenue since 2011, giving it the market leading position in IaaS offerings.IaaS hampered by lack of budgetGovini found that cloud computing investment was hampered by erratic or insufficient budgeting for modernization.“A big challenge a lot of agencies are having is they are ad hoc buying cloud wherever they can where the dollars allow them to do that,” said Hummer.However, new resources are on the horizon that should allow increased flows of funding for cloud investment. For example the $3.1 billion IT Modernization Fund is allowing agencies more funding on cloud, and the 2017 budget includes $7.3 billion for provisioned services such as cloud computing. How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua…last_img read more

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Fragile polar weather satellite system could be bolstered by microwave-sensing CubeSats

first_img Through the clouds On the $1.6 billion Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1), the Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder (ATMS) peers beneath clouds to measure temperature and humidity data crucial for weather forecasts. The $3 million Microwave Radiometer Technology Acceleration (MiRaTA) aims to gather similar data in a smaller package. On 7 September, the microwave sensor on the Sumi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite captured heavy rainfall rates within hurricanes Irma (left) and Jose (right).  NASA By Eric HandNov. 18, 2017 , 8:00 AM Weather satellites come in two main flavors. Geostationary satellites are parked 36,000 kilometers out, where their orbital speed matches Earth’s spin, so that they can stare down at one region and watch weather unfold. Polar satellites orbit at altitudes of only hundreds of kilometers and build a global view by tracing swath after swath along lines of longitude, as Earth spins. With the launch of the JPSS-1, the National Weather Service will be ingesting data from nine major polar satellites that cover every spot on Earth several times a day.From their closer vantages, polar satellites can measure the faint infrared and microwave emissions from oxygen and water vapor molecules in the atmosphere, indicating temperature and humidity at different altitudes. The infrared detectors have much better vertical resolution. But microwaves have their own advantage: They pass through clouds. That’s especially valuable for looking into storms at sea, where no ground-based radars exist.The JPSS-1’s microwave instrument is a technological step up from those on older polar satellites. It will help scientists map polar sea ice and measure intense bands of rain within hurricanes. Its temperature and humidity data will also provide a stronger baseline for measuring climate change. “We’ll have another time record that we’ll have more confidence in that will tell us how temperature has changed,” Goldberg says. (LEFT TO RIGHT) BALL AEROSPACE; MIT LINCOLN LABORATORY; A. CUADRA/SCIENCE That confidence did not come cheap. At one point, NOAA, NASA, and the Department of Defense each weighed in on designs for what would become the JPSS, tacking on requirements. “Everything in the kitchen sink was thrown into the solution,” says Dave Powner, an official at the U.S. Government Accountability Office in Denver who has led audits of the program since 2004. The total budget for the program—including the JPSS-1; its precursor, the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP), launched in 2011; and the JPSS-2, a clone due for launch in 2021—ballooned to $11.3 billion. Poor interagency communication slowed development, Powner says. Despite delays, the JPSS-1 was set to slide into orbit this week while Suomi NPP is still working.MiRaTA is an attempt to show that the JPSS’s microwave measurements can be done with a smaller package. It’s the brainchild of Bill Blackwell, an engineer at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, who came up with the idea on a cocktail napkin about a decade ago during a lunch at MIT’s faculty club. He realized that a 10-centimeter microwave antenna—the maximum possible size on a CubeSat—would provide enough resolution to see into the eyes of hurricanes, and that the data could be transmitted to Earth with a low-bandwidth CubeSat radio. A colleague tweaked the design of a microwave receiver used for astronomy, and Blackwell bore down on miniaturizing the electronics needed to process the signals.There have been teething pains. An earlier version, launched in 2014, made it to orbit, but its communication radio antenna got jammed, dooming the mission. But the low cost of a CubeSat means that failure is a chance to learn and try again. Blackwell plans to launch two more CubeSats in the coming months. Unlike MiRaTA, which keeps its antenna fixed on the planet, these CubeSats will alternately point their antennas at Earth and space as the head of the satellite spins 30 times a minute. That will allow the sensor to be calibrated against the background cold of the cosmos—a closer match to how the JPSS-1’s microwave sensor scans Earth.The agencies that built the JPSS-1 are starting to take small satellites seriously. In 2016, NASA selected Blackwell to lead a $30 million mission that would fly six of his CubeSats in equatorial orbits as early as 2020. That would increase the revisit rate for observing quickly evolving tropical storms from several times a day with the polar constellation to once every 40 to 50 minutes, says Scott Braun, the project scientist for the mission at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt. “You can get that high temporal resolution to know what’s happening in between the looks from the bigger satellites.”Eventually, small weather satellites could replace the behemoths altogether. NOAA is considering missions called Earth Observation Nanosatellites—bulked-up CubeSats that would observe in the microwave and infrared and would be designed to match the JPSS data as well as possible. Christian Kummerow, an atmospheric scientist at Colorado State University in Fort Collins and an expert in microwave sounding, says the field is at a “crossroads.” “We could see a future where we change the paradigm from large, core observatories to constellations of smaller ones,” he says. “NOAA is clearly looking at that with an open mind.” Fragile polar weather satellite system could be bolstered by microwave-sensing CubeSats The polar weather satellite system is safe, for now. After years of rising costs and delays, the $1.6 billion Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) rocketed into orbit on 18 November from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The launch will still fears that a failure of the JPSS-1’s aging predecessor would cripple the armada of polar satellites that provides 85% of the input data for weather forecast models. “This data is so important for forecasting that you can’t take those chances,” says Mitch Goldberg, program scientist for the JPSS at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Greenbelt, Maryland.Hitchhiking on board the same rocket that carried the 4-meter-tall JPSS into orbit was a strikingly smaller and cheaper probe that is a harbinger of a yet more resilient weather satellite system. The $3 million Microwave Radiometer Technology Acceleration (MiRaTA)—classed as a CubeSat because its components are stuffed into a stack of three 10-centimeter cubes—carries a cloud-penetrating microwave sensor that rivals one on the much bigger and costlier JPSS-1. There is a “kind of David and Goliath thing,” says Kerri Cahoy, MiRaTA’s principal investigator and an engineer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge. “There will be a lot of interesting opportunities for comparison.”Though MiRaTA will not come close to replacing the JPSS-1, which carries four other instruments besides a microwave sensor, Cahoy says it foreshadows a day when weather data come from constellations of small, cheap, and replaceable satellites rather than from big battleships like the JPSS-1. “If these missions are successful then people will say, ‘Hmm, this is a different way to do this,’” she says. “Maybe it’s supplemental for a while, and maybe they meet in the middle.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

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