Antonio Conte Conte: My dad told me off for lack of touchline passion Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 06:30 2/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Antonio Conte Chelsea Manchester United v Chelsea Manchester United Premier League The Blues boss got a telling off after the club’s worst defeat of the season and spoke about developing Eden Hazard into an even better player Antonio Conte has revealed that his family worry about him when he tries to contain his excitement on the touchline during Chelsea games, even being told off by his father after one particularly passionless display.Chelsea suffered one of their worst defeats during Conte’s reign at the start of the month as they went down 4-1 to Watford, leaving the coach on the brink of losing his job.And Conte has admitted that he faced criticism from more than just fans and the press after that game, as his family grew concerned over his timidity on the side of the field. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Three good performances have subsequently stabilised things at Stamford Bridge as Conte’s side now sit fourth in the Premier League, and the coach vows he will be as vocal and wild as usual as they gear up for an intense end to the season, if only to make his father happy.”My family start to worry if they don’t see me [being passionate],” Conte told reporters at Cobham Training Ground. “They start to worry because it means I’m not happy. They don’t recognise me. A lot of time I start the game with this idea to try to enjoy the game, to stay sat down.”To enjoy the game in this way is not the same for me. It is not the same for my players, it is not the same for the fans, or for my father. My father watched the game against Watford. He said ‘oi, I didn’t see you with the right hunger, the right passion. You finished the game with your voice. That’s not for you.’ “Maybe in the future when I become older, for sure, I have to try to stay more calm. To live the game more relaxed but I think also that this is my thing. To stay on the touchline and push my players, to push myself. This is the result because I won something in my life. “You have to know that my first owner when I started to play football was my father. He was the owner, the coach, the kit-man, he drew the lines [on the pitch]. I spent my life from the start, my life on the pitch. To follow the team of my father, for this reason.”I think we have to thank him for this passion that I have for this sport. I started very young. In my first season I was assistant coach. I remember in some games, I shouted more than the head coach, a lot of the time, at the end of the game I said sorry because [I shouted so much]. But this is my way to live the game. In the future, I hope to be more relaxed and enjoy and to sit and watch the game.”I think you must have passion in every game. If you play against Barcelona or you play with a low team. It doesn’t matter, honestly I don’t think my passion against Watford was less. For sure, it was a strange night for everyone.“I don’t think that my passion was less, my passion must always be the same way when we play against an important team or a team that’s less important. In that moment I am alone. I don’t see what happens on the other bench, I don’t see what the other manager does.”In that moment I am alone. There’s the pitch, my players, the game. I don’t see what happens because my focus is only on the pitch. It is great this for me. After the game, if we win, I think there is great peace in myself. This is the moment that I find the peace completely, in my mind and body.”I am tired but when we win it is the best moment for me. I enjoy that moment. I know that probably the time is two hours or three hours to enjoy this moment, especially if we play every three days, but then start to think and I prepare for another team.”When we lose, I prefer to stay inside. I think after the game it is not good to speak, especially if you are angry, it is dangerous. It is very important to be calm and not be sad. Take one day, two days to recover and then restart.”Meanwhile, Eden Hazard has gone on to make 40 appearances already this season for club and country, despite missing the start of the season due to a broken ankle. He has played in three different positions this season for Chelsea and is the club’s top scorer with 15 goals.However, Conte still believes that his star man has another level to get to despite being impressed with his recent displays, pointing out Sunday’s game against Manchester United as a good chance to show his quality.”I think this type of game is the perfect game for top players because they want to show something,” he added. “Especially in these games. Eden is performing well. He is scoring, he can score more, he can improve things.”He has the possibility to improve his level, to work very hard with and without the ball, to help his team-mates. At this level you need all players to play with the ball and without the ball, to help the team with and without the ball. “I think at this point, it’s important for the coach to try to speak to improve on the pitch and during the training sessions. To have conversations about how to reach another level but it is very important, you must be yourself to have this ambition, this will to do this.”
The Assize Church Service, which marks the commencement of the Michaelmas term of the Home Circuit Court, continues to be a significant ceremony for Jamaica’s justice system. Retired Chief Librarian with the Supreme Court, Carol Ford, in an interview with JIS News, underscored the value of maintaining this tradition and expressed enthusiasm that the practice has been revived locally in recent years, following a period when it was not being held. The annual service, which was held on Sunday (September 17) at the East Queen Street Baptist Church in Downtown, Kingston, saw the participation of a range of stakeholders of the country’s justice system and in the legal profession locally. Story Highlights The Assize Church Service, which marks the commencement of the Michaelmas term of the Home Circuit Court, continues to be a significant ceremony for Jamaica’s justice system.The annual service, which was held on Sunday (September 17) at the East Queen Street Baptist Church in downtown Kingston, saw the participation of a range of stakeholders of the country’s justice system and in the legal profession locally.In attendance were Minister of Justice, Hon Delroy Chuck; Chief Justice, Hon. Zaila McCalla; and other stakeholders.The Jamaican ceremony is based on the English practice that was transferred to the colonies from as far back as the 17th century.The Surrey History Centre and the Kingston Court in England report that the assizes, which are courts held in the main county towns and presided over by the visiting judges from the higher courts, were first established by King Henry II, who reigned from 1154 to 1189.According to historical sources, the arrival of the assize judges in a town was a very solemn occasion, because the judges directly represented the power and authority of the Crown. As a result, an elaborate ceremony developed around their arrival.This event carried through the centuries and the assize church service is used in present day to commemorate its historical value and to seek blessings for the court year. Similar services, with a range of formats and names, are held across the region, including in Barbados, Belize, and Trinidad and Tobago, as well as in the United States.Retired Chief Librarian with the Supreme Court, Carol Ford, in an interview with JIS News, underscored the value of maintaining this tradition and expressed enthusiasm that the practice has been revived locally in recent years, following a period when it was not being held.“It is to ask God’s blessings on the court year and on the administration of justice,” she said.The court year is divided into four terms, the first of which begins on September 16 annually, or the Monday following the 16th if it falls on a weekend. The assize church service is held on the Sunday immediately before the opening of the Circuit.Ms. Ford said she believes members of the judiciary, led by the Chief Justice, are positively impacted by the assize service and what it represents.The theme for this year’s service, taken from the Jamaican National Pledge, is ‘Justice, Brotherhood and Peace’.
Four women from across the province have been named to the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women. Holly Meuse, Bear River; Shelley Goodwin, Yarmouth; Ebi Cocodia, Halifax; and Anne Kelly, Lower Sackville, are appointed for two-year terms. Four council members have been re-appointed: Mary Chisholm, Antigonish; Patricia LeBlanc, Sydney; Linda Carvery, Halifax; and Doreen Paris, New Glasgow. Doreen Paris is past-chair. “I welcome returning council members and look forward to working with newly appointed members,” said Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Status of Women minister. “These women reflect the diversity of Nova Scotia women, and they have been engaged in the range of issues with which the council is concerned.” “Council members bring a world of great experience to council and to the women of this province,” said Sonja Power, advisory council chair. “I welcome the new members and welcome back my colleagues.” Each advisory council member connects council to women of the province. The council brings to the attention of the minister matters of interest and concern to women. It also advises the minister on the wide variety of issues affecting the status of women. This year council will focus on decision-making and electoral politics, child care, elder abuse, and the balance between women’s work and unpaid caregiving.
Kolkata: Kolkata Metro Railway services were disrupted on Thursday after a Dum Dum-bound A/C train experienced technical snag minutes after leaving Kavi Subhash Metro station.The incident took place after 9 am and normal services resumed after 10-15 minutes. According to sources, after the AC rake left Kavi Subhash station, power tripped thrice. Passengers were evacuated and another train was brought to the station. According to the passengers, Metro train services were disrupted at least for an hour. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAt present, there are 284 services including Up and Down trains between Dum Dum and Kavi Subhash stations. The number of services between Dum Dum and Noapara has been increased to 107 services from 104. According to a press release, Kolkata Metro Railway has increased its earning from ticket selling. The passenger count has increased during the first four months of this financial year (2019-20) in comparison to the same period of 2018-19. During this period, from April 1, 2019 to July 31, 2019, the Metro Railway carried 698.49 lakh passengers in comparison to 690.60 lakh passengers carried in the same period of the previous financial year (2018-19), registering an increase of 7.89 lakh commuters. In June, General Manager (GM) of Metro Railway P C Sharma stated that the Metro authorities have successfully increased the revenue not only by ticket selling but from all angles. He handed over awards to selected Metro Railway staff members who had rendered their meritorious services in different spheres during 2018-19. This apart, Esplanade has been declared as the ‘Best Kept Station’ of the year.
EDMONTON – Parker is not yet five years old and has been giving blood regularly for nearly three of them.“He just gave his 12th donation,” said Hans Granholm of Edmonton.What makes Parker’s altruism unusual is that he’s a happy-go-lucky giant schnauzer mix. The rescue dog, which had to go through a series of tests to make sure he was eligible to donate, doesn’t seem to mind the donor sessions at all.“He’s quite a clown,” owner Granholm said with a laugh. “He’s the only dog I’ve ever met that actually smiles.“When we go in there, he just goes around and smiles to all of the girls and all of the technicians. He’s just quite a clown.”Parker, who is 4 1/2, is one of the regular donors at Edmonton’s NAIT clinic, which recently put out a call for more dogs.“Our donor pool depleted quite dramatically,” said Beth Knight, laboratory director at the Canadian Animal Blood Bank in Winnipeg. “It’s one of those challenges.”Any dog blood donated at clinics across Canada goes into the bank for use by veterinarians when a dog is recovering after surgery or from diseases such as cancer. Cats and other pets can also donate blood, but it’s a much more complicated procedure and they aren’t part of the same program.Canine donors must meet several requirements, but the clinics are always on the lookout for “sweet-natured” dogs.Knight said the clinics don’t ask too many personal questions.“We do ask about bites and fights,” she said.They also need to know about any health problems, so they take a small blood sample, she added.“Once the donor has passed these little hurdles, we give them a great big hug and ask them to lie down on the table.”A total of 450 millilitres of blood, the same volume that would be taken from a human, is drawn with a needle from the dog’s jugular vein after the area is shaved and prepared.“It takes two to three minutes,” Knight said.Each dog is different.“We have both the yin and yang of donors,” said Knight. “Some love coming; some are glad to leave. Others think they are going to get their nails trimmed, so they panic until they have this big needle in their jugular and then they totally relax.“It’s like, ‘Oh, this is what we’re doing.’”She said dogs typically recover more quickly than people after giving blood.“Every lab owner wants the dog to be slower and that will never happen,” she said. “Their head and their heart are at the same level, and their ability to recover from a blood loss is managed more easily than you and I.”There are seven major blood groups in dogs. Greyhounds, German shepherds, pit bulls and Weimaraners are more likely to have the type that’s considered universal.Each donation helps up to three dogs.Doggie donors must be between one and eight years old, weigh at least 25 kilograms and be up to date on their vaccinations.They receive free blood products — if ever required — a tag, a bandana and a free microchip after the second donation.Granholm, who has been bringing in his dogs to donate since 2004, said he regularly urges other owners to take their dogs to give blood.“It’s the same as a human giving blood,” he said. “You’re doing a service to others.”Parker gets an added bonus after he donates.“Oh yeah, he gets a treat afterward.”
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Former Prince George host Mark Harvey. (Betsy Trumpener/CBC) CBC Prince George’s original reporter, Kevin Brown, returned to the studio to share memories of the bureau’s early days. (Andrew Kurjata/CBC) It wasn’t the smoothest of starts. Similar preparations were underway as Daybreak South in Kelowna launched the same day, joining existing locations in Vancouver and Prince Rupert.“Champagne corks are popping all over the place and mixing with the coffee this morning,” said Michael McEwen, then CBC’s director of radio services on the day of the launches.Years later, Victoria and Kamloops also joined the provincewide coverage. Twitter Just a few of the faces at Daybreak South in Kelowna. Clockwise from top left: David French, Brady Strachan, Jaimie Kehler, Alya Ramadan, Marion Barschel, Bob Keating (Nelson), Christina Low, Chris Walker (Daybreak South) Login/Register With: Facebook Daybreak North co-host Russ Knutson remembers a pair of legs sticking out from underneath a console, just before the Prince George show went to air on Nov. 24, 1988.“It was one of the technicians from Vancouver, and there’s this little plume of smoke coming up,” Knutson said.“He was literally soldering wires together by my feet to start this show.” Thirty years ago, a brand new era for CBC Radio in British Columbia began with the launch of bureaus and morning programs broadcasting from studios in Prince George and Kelowna.“For the first time, we will be a truly provincial service that will reflect the province to itself and to the rest of the country,” announced Eric Moncur to listeners, as Daybreak North and Daybreak South went live for the first time. Advertisement Advertisement
By Mohammed Amine BenabouRabat – The chairman of the US Congress’s House Judiciary Committee, Jerry Nadler, has said he will request documents from over 60 people and organizations today as part of an investigation into President Donald Trump for obstruction of justice.Nadler, a Democrat in the House of Representatives, will ask for documents from people with links to the White House and the Trump Organization. The list, which will include Trump’s son, Donald Trump, Jr., and Adam Weisselberg, the chief financial officer of the Trump Organization, will be released today. The judiciary chairman said he would initiate investigations into Trump for abuse of power, corruption, and obstruction of justice. Nadler believes it is “very clear” that Trump obstructed justice.Trump’s firing of former FBI director James Comey is evidence of that, according to Nadler. “My job,” Nadler said, “is to protect the rule of law.”In American television channel ABC’s “This Week” program, Nadler said the Republicans have been protecting Donald Trump from proper accountability, threatening “to impeach justice department officials.”He said their threatened Robert Mueller, the special counsel in charge of the investigation into Russian interference into the 2016 US election.Read Also: Protests Continue Against Bouteflika’s Re-electionNadler said his investigation will go beyond allegations of the Trump campaign’s collusion with Russia, even if Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating the allegations, proves there were links between the Trump election campaign and Russia. “We would want to see the evidence behind that and see the validity of that, we could agree or disagree,” Nadler stated. “But this investigation goes far beyond collusion.”Trump has repeatedly denied accusations that he colluded with Russia in his election campaign. In a tweet on Sunday, he said, “I am an innocent man being persecuted by some very bad, conflicted & corrupt people in a Witch Hunt that is illegal & should never have been allowed to start.”…said was a total lie, but Fake Media won’t show it. I am an innocent man being persecuted by some very bad, conflicted & corrupt people in a Witch Hunt that is illegal & should never have been allowed to start – And only because I won the Election! Despite this, great success!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 3, 2019
23 March 2011On the eve of World TB Day, the United Nations and its partners today called for greater efforts to meet the goal of diagnosing and treating one million people with multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) between 2011 and 2015. “Many countries have made progress, but despite the recent scale up in efforts, the world needs to do much more to get care to all MDR-TB patients who need it,” says Margaret Chan, Director-General of the UN World Health Organization (WHO). “We cannot allow MDR-TB to spread unchecked.”Leaving MDR-TB – a form of TB that fails to respond to standard first-line drugs – untreated increases the risk of spread of drug-resistant strains of TB, according to a joint news release issued by WHO, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the Stop TB Partnership.In 2009, WHO reported that 9.4 million people became ill with TB and 1.7 million died, including 380,000 people with HIV-associated TB. There were some 440,000 cases of MDR-TB and 150,000 deaths in 2008, the latest year for which estimates are available.Ahead of the Day, marked annually on 24 March, WHO released a report today on progress in the MDR-TB response in the countries with the highest burden of drug-resistant TB. The agency estimates that there will be more than 2 million new cases of MDR-TB between 2011 and 2015. Programmes financed by the Global Fund and following WHO treatment standards are expected to diagnose and treat about 200,000 people for MDR-TB by 2015 – a fourfold increase from the 50,000 patients who are currently undergoing treatment.While it is anticipated that the Global Fund will provide 84 per cent of all global investments in TB in 2011, there will need to be a scaling up of both domestic and international resources to make further progress in the fight against TB. “MDR-TB is a threat to all countries as it is difficult and expensive to treat. Unless we make an extraordinary effort to tackle this problem our ability to finance and secure continued progress against TB in general will be threatened,” says Michel Kazatchkine, Executive Director of the Global Fund.“It is time for countries with rapidly growing economies and a heavy burden of MDR-TB to step up their commitment and financing for their own MDR-TB programmes,” notes Jorge Sampaio, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to Stop TB. “Several have the capacity to show new leadership on South-South cooperation and aid to neighbouring countries that are also affected,” he adds. Since 2009, the 23 countries most heavily affected by TB drug resistance have nearly doubled their budgets for MDR-TB. From 2002 through 2010, Global Fund-financed TB programmes around the world have provided treatment to 7.7 million people and saved the lives of 4.1 million. “The Global Fund’s success can be measured in the number of lives that have been saved through care provided by the TB programmes it finances,” says Lucica Ditiu, Executive Secretary of the Stop TB Partnership.“Every TB patient should have access to proper care. We advocate on behalf of millions of patients worldwide and our strong partners such as WHO and the Global Fund. To reach a million people with effective care for MDR-TB over the next five years, we will need to work closely with all partners, especially with affected communities.”
For those who enjoy ghouls, ghosts and all things ghastly, Halloween is the perfect time of year.But for many the recent spate of so-called killer clown attacks has taken the innocent fun out of festivities and has reduced the annual occasion to one of genuine terror. Some police forces have warned of a zero-tolerance approach to anti-social behaviour around HalloweenCredit:Mercury Press Show more We will not tolerate anti-social behaviour – during #Halloween or any other time. Stick to the right side of the law this weekend. pic.twitter.com/0Vhswk0oDv— Bedfordshire Police (@bedspolice) October 27, 2016 Police forces are now so concerned about incidents that they have warned anyone considering dressing up to deliberately scare people that they face possible prosecution and a criminal record.Incidents of anti-social behaviour, including clown attacks, are expected to spike over the weekend as people gather to celebrate Halloween which falls on Monday this year.The so-called killer clown craze is thought to have originated in the United States when, thanks to horror films such as Stephen King’s It, the traditional figures of childish slapstick, took on a more sinister edge. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Earlier this month a string of disturbing incidents across the country saw people in clown outfits, sometimes armed with weapons, jumping out on unsuspecting members of the public to deliberately scare them.In one of the most serious cases a 26-year-old man in North Yorkshire was attacked in his home and stabbed by a gang wearing clown masks.In Suffolk two teenage girls were confronted by a man disguised as a clown and brandishing a knife and while in London a woman was chased through the streets by a clown carrying a machete.And earlier this week in Portsmouth a man was stabbed by a gang after confronting a girl who had been wearing a killer clown outfit. The Metropolitan Police, the country’s largest police force has also issued a stark warning to anyone using Halloween as an excuse to spread genuine fear.A spokesman said: “Whilst the number of these [killer clown] incidents which are considered crimes is low, it is important that those who are out and about during Halloween understand that intentionally causing fear, alarm or distress is considered a criminal offence under the public order act.“We will be working closely with our partners to detect and respond to any incidents.” Such is the climate of fear that now surrounds the clown phenomenon, that the NSPCC reported it had more than 120 calls in a single week from children worried about being attacked.One teenager even reported that she had been threatened with rape by someone with a clown profile on a social media site.The incidents have prompted police forces to increase patrols on Saturday night to deter such behaviour, with some warning they would take a “zero-tolerance” approach to anti-social behaviour.Some pubs have even stated that they will bar entry to anyone wearing a clown costume. Police in County Durham seized two clown masks and a knife from two 12-year-old boys Credit:Peterlee Police/PA Bedfordshire Police has warned anyone thinking of donning a clown costume for sinister purposes that they could end up being arrested and charged with a public order offence that could carry a six month prison sentence.Chief Inspector Jeff Carter said: “While many people enjoy and celebrate Halloween safely and without causing any trouble, unfortunately some people see it as an excuse for anti-social behaviour.“We will not tolerate anyone inflicting harm on others over Halloween, whether that is by intimidating and threatening them, or causing criminal damage. This behaviour will be taken seriously and you do risk a criminal record.” The killer clown craze is thought to have started in the USACredit:PA Chief Constable, Mike Barton, who is the National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead for Crime Operations said officers across the country had been dealing with an increasing number of killer clown reports.He said: “While some might view this as funny, the act of frightening or threatening others may be enough to warrant public order criminal offences.”Dressing as a clown to deliberately intimidate someone could be prosecuted under Section 4 or 5 of the Public Order Act, which cover causing a person harassment, alarm or distress and could lead to six months imprisonment.As well as killer clown incidents, the other American import, that some believe has blighted Halloween is the emergence of trick or treating, in which householders are invited to give callers sweets or face a mischievous forfeit.A favourite punishment dished out is for a person to have eggs and flour thrown at their house, although in some cases the vandalism has been more serious.In order to deter such behaviour, police forces have urged shopkeepers not to sell eggs and flour to unaccompanied teenagers.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related20km/h speed limit at construction zones along Sheriff – MandelaFebruary 28, 2019In “latest news”Part of Sheriff Street to be closed on Sunday- MPIOctober 11, 2018In “Business”Several main thoroughfares to be closed for road worksAugust 8, 2019In “Business” The Government has announced that it will be forging ahead with the US$31.03M Sheriff Street-Mandela Avenue Road Enhancement Project and works are scheduled to commence this month, March 2018.In December 2017, a contract was awarded to Sinohydro Corporation Ltd., with funding from the Inter-American Bank (IDB). Works for the two-year project includes the relocation of utilities, lane and shoulder improvements, placement of sidewalks and paved shoulders, traffic signals, traffic Signs, streetlights, drainage, a pedestrian overhead walkway, culverts, bridges and a Roundabout.The Ministry of Public Infrastructure (MPI) in a release, today, stated that during the period of construction, residents living close to the road, road users, and the wider community may be inconvenienced by traffic delays, dust, as well as general construction activities.“The Ministry wishes to emphasise that these impacts will be temporary and will be constantly monitored to ensure their minimisation. The Ministry advises that persons take all necessary precautions.“Furthermore, the Ministry wishes to thank the general public for its cooperation as it strives for the development of public infrastructure in Guyana”, the statement added.
The Swiss defender says his overjoyed about how Borussia Dortmund managed to come from behind to beat Bayern Munich 3-2 in Der KlassikerIn his first season with German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund, Swiss defender Manuel Akanji is overjoyed after the 3-2 win over Bayern Munich.“It took a lot of guts, especially in the second half when you consider how many chances we had. We never gave in, we never stopped fighting,” he told the club’s official website.“To score 3 goals against Bayern is not bad at all. To concede two goals is a little too much. Our strength is that we can always turn it around. We proved that again this time.”Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“The Bavarians played at pace in the first half and you could detect that in the pressing. They had a lot of aggression,” he added.“The coach said at halftime that they wouldn’t be able to maintain that over 90 minutes and you could see that.”“They didn’t play the same way in the second half as they had in the first and neither did we, but we had a bit more in the tank,” he continued.“It’s only done when we’re done. The game is never done and dusted, we can fight until the last minute and we can turn it around. That is a good mentality.”
MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A man on a watercraft was transported to the hospital after he was caught up in a big wave.7Skyforce HD flew over the scene near Government Cut in Miami Beach, Thursday afternoon.According to fire rescue, the man was injured due to the big wave and was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital.Officials said he broke his leg in two places but is expected to be OK.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Wikimedia CommonsUnited Airlines saw a 17.3 percent year-over-year increase in transatlantic flights in October. Listen 00:00 /00:52 United Airlines recorded a 7.5 percent year-over-year increase in traffic in October – including a 17.3 percent spike in transatlantic “revenue passenger miles,” the measure airlines use to gauge traffic.All major U.S. airlines have seen big growth thanks to a booming economy, Seth Kaplan, editor of Airline Weekly, said. And Houston is actually a driver of increased domestic traffic.“That’s still very much about international travel,” he said. “Because that additional capacity from elsewhere in Texas or elsewhere in the U.S. into Houston then feeds the international flights and makes those flights stronger.”Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport is one of United’s major hubs. It was also the home of Continental Airlines before that company merged with United, whose headquarters are in Chicago. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Share
The world’s largest video game collection is not your Steam library after the summer sale, or the stuff in your friend’s attic that he swears are hot collectibles instead of garbage, but a collection of over 11,000 individual video games that Guinness Book of World Records recognizes as better than your meager collection. It recently sold at auction for over $750,000. Your friend with the fully functional TurboGrafx-16 in his attic is going to need to spend more time on eBay to catch up.The lot was posted over on game auction site GameGavel, and comes with the official Guinness certificate proclaiming the library as the largest single collection. It also came with a lifetime subscription to Retro Magazine. The collection took over 30 years to amass, and a large portion of it — around 2,600 games — is still factory sealed, likely still packed full of that new-game smell. Over 8,300 of the games come with the original box and manual.The bid history shows 56 bids overall, two of which were placed by Palmer Luckey, the creator of the Oculus Rift and owner of what sounds like the name of a fictional street racer on the run from the law. The auction began at just one dollar — Luckey landed two at $50,000 and $90,001 — but quickly escalated to a bidding war between just two people once it hit $150,000. Eventually, the winner took home the somewhat physically untenable collection for precisely $750,250.If you want to see what it actually feels like to be standing within the Lifestream, you can check out this interactive panoramic view of the collection. Though Luckey didn’t win, he’ll just have to settle for being acquired by Facebook for two billion dollars. You can check out the full details of the auction here, and dream.
Jet-Park-Reception – TravelManagers’ corporate PTMs enjoyed the atmosphere, service and dining at Auckland’s Jet Park Hotel. Left to right: Lea Burford, Simon Alcaraz (NPO), Di Yates, Ric Pattaro, Jade Tziavaras, Rebecca CrosbieNew Zealand a growing destination for TravelManagers’ Corporate clientsWith so many exotic famil destinations on offer, a three-day weekend in Auckland may not seem like the most appealing of options, especially when the focus is on corporate travel. But five of TravelManagers’ top performing personal travel managers (PTMs) spent their recent Trans-Tasman jaunt being wined, dined and otherwise impressed.According to TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager, Michael Gazal, the famil was the result of an incentive that specifically targeted corporate PTMs and recognised increased trans-Tasman sales during a designated period.“Some of our highest-performing PTMs are corporate agents – in fact, one of the five PTM participants on this famil was Ric Pattaro, who has won “Best Travel Consultant – Corporate” at the National Travel Industry Awards in both 2015 and 2014,” Gazal explains. “New Zealand is a growth destination for our corporate clients and we believe it’s essential that the National Partnership Office (NPO) provide the necessary support to ensure that our corporate PTMs’ knowledge of key destinations is up-to-date.”The trip was sponsored and hosted by Langham Auckland Hotel, Jet Park Hotel & Conference Centre at Auckland Airport, Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia. The group flew to Auckland with Virgin Australia and returned with Air New Zealand, and were most impressed with the Air New Zealand lounges and the inflight service of both airlines.The five PTMs were accompanied by TravelManagers’ Corporate Operations Executive, Simon Alcaraz, who says the hotel representatives in both properties were outstanding hosts.“The whole group came away very impressed with quality of accommodation options, dining facilities and attentiveness of staff at both hotels,” Alcaraz says.As an added bonus, the Jet Park Hotel arranged a VIP Villa Maria winery and cellar door tour and wine tasting event to highlight one of the many entertainment and sightseeing options available for those that chose to, or need to seek accommodation by the airport.Rebecca Crosbie, representative for Cardigan, Victoria, says the restaurants at both the Jet Park Hotel and the Langham were highlights.“The Langham’s signature restaurant, Eight, offers eight different styles of cuisine and is served in gourmet buffet style. I will definitely be recommending it to my clients.”Despite the short duration of the trip, the group did manage to find a little spare time, with some sampling the spa facilities at the Langham and others taking advantage of that property’s courtesy shuttle to head down to Viaduct Harbour where they explored the Britomart shopping/café/farmers’ market precinct, before heading up the Sky Tower for a bird’s eye view of the city.Di Yates, representative for Montrose in Victoria, says the time spent in Auckland was a great opportunity to refresh her knowledge of the city she last visited two years ago.“We had a fantastic weekend of good food and great company, the weather was kind to us when we were out and about and we all went home with some great tips which are just so valuable – you can’t put a price on those little gems.”For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599.About TravelManagersTravelManagers operates in all Australian States and is a wholly owned subsidiary of House of Travel, Australasia’s largest independent travel company which has a forecast turnover of $1.5 billion for 2015. TravelManagers is a sister company to Hoot Holidays, also owned by House of Travel, and has more than 480 personal travel managers throughout Australia with a dedicated support team at the company’s national partnership office in Sydney. TravelManagers places all customer money in a dedicated and audited Client Trust Account which is separate from the general business accounts, ensuring client funds are only used for client purchases. become a Personal TravelManager hereTravelManagers AustraliaSource = TravelManagers Australia
That said, the difference between winning and losing in the salary-cap era is minuscule, and Jones’ units have played a starring role in putting the Cardinals on the losing end too often this season.The special teams have been awful since from Week 1 and you can make an easy argument that if they’d been better, the Cardinals would have three more wins. Chandler Catanzaro has missed game-winning fields against the Patriots (Week 1) and Seahawks (Week 7) and he took five points off the board on Sunday in Miami with a missed field goal and two missed PATs, one of which was blocked and returned for two points. That’s a seven-point swing in a three-point loss.“The poor snap on the extra point gets (the Dolphins) two points, and the ball hits the upright,” Arians said after the game. “That’s five big points, and in this game, that’s the winner. That’s the winner. In road games, they always are going to be the winners.”Arians is right when he notes that Jones didn’t miss two game-winning field goals or botch three kicks in Miami. He didn’t miss blocking or coverage assignments, he didn’t make fans miss longtime Arizona long snapper Mike Leach and he didn’t engineer punter Drew Butler’s meager 35.6-yard net, which ranks dead last among NFL punters. “There won’t be any coaching changes,” Arians said. “Alright? I’ll make that perfectly clear today. They don’t snap, hold and kick. Players do those jobs.”Arians and Jones go way back to their days as assistant coaches for Alabama in 1981 and ’82. When you have that kind of history, it can both inform and cloud your judgment. In that respect, this situation is similar to the one Arizona State coach Todd Graham is facing with good friend and defensive coordinator Keith Patterson after a record-setting debacle of a season for the Sun Devils defense.“He’s a hell of a coach,” Arians said, when asked what still gives him faith in Jones. “I watch him prepare; I watch him coach. It has nothing to do with faith. I know the guy can coach. His players aren’t playing very well but they’re my players so if I’m going to fire him I’ll fire myself.”If you look inside each Cardinals loss (and tie) this season, you would find myriad reasons they didn’t get the job done, from poor receiver play (outside of Larry Fitzgerald) to spotty offensive line play to inconsistent quarterback play to poor tackling, blown assignments and a lack of consistent pressure by the defense. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires You wonder why a coaching change isn’t at least on the table.Arians preaches accountability at every step of the process. It appears to be lacking for one of his friends and colleagues.Follow Craig Morgan on Twitter – / 31 Top Stories Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arizona Cardinals kicker Chandler Catanzaro (7) watches as the ball bounces back after the extra point was blocked during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo TEMPE, Ariz. — Bruce Arians had no trouble throwing Justin Bethel under the bus when asked if the fifth-year special teams whiz was still a work in progress at cornerback.“It’s a failure in progress,” Arians said.Somehow, Arians still has a cool, comfortable seat on his bus for special teams coordinator Amos Jones. The Cardinals coach headed off any talk of a change at that coordinator position by reaffirming his confidence in Jones at Monday’s press conference. The affirmation comes despite a season-long failure by Jones’ units. He’s also right in noting the Cardinals’ specials teams have been hit by injuries.“I’d like to see Jaron Brown back out there, Ifeanyi Momah back out there, Alani Fua back out there covering that right side where [Minnesota’s Cordarrelle] Patterson ran that [104-yard] touchdown back,” Arians said. “That doesn’t have a damn thing to do with coaching.”Here’s what does. Jones brought in long snappers Kameron Canaday and Danny Dillon at the start of the season and that proved disastrous. He brought Butler back and that has impacted field position nearly every week.“Guys that we counted on are not getting it done,” Cardinals general manager Steve Keim told Arizona Sports 98.7 FM’s Doug & Wolf on Monday morning. “Chandler has to make kicks and he has to show more consistency. Same with Drew Butler. Those positions will obviously be evaluated and if we need to make changes we’ll do it.”It makes sense to consider changes at those positions, but it is baffling that Jones faces no scrutiny when his special teams have turned in consistently poor efforts. If your players make occasional mistakes you chalk it up to the realities of the game. When they make them on a weekly basis, you wonder why they aren’t better prepared, better schooled or better focused. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling
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