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IPL 2017, RCB v RPS: Chris Gayle dropped again as Shane Watson returns

first_imgChris Gayle has been dropped for the second time in three matches as his quest to achieve 10,000 runs in T20 cricket continues. He currently has 9,997 runs from 289 T20 matches. (RCBvsRPS Live action here)Gayle, who needed just three runs in this match to reach the landmark has been dropped in favour of Shane Watson. He was earlier axed against Kings XI Punjab in favour of the returning of AB de Villiers. However, he replaced Watson in Royal Challengers Bangalore’s previous match versus the Mumbai Indians, which RCB lost by four wickets.The West Indian hasn’t been in good form in this year’s Indian Premier League. He has just scored 60 runs from three matches in this year’s IPL. He needed 25 runs to reach the landmark before the previous match against Mumbai but he fell for 22 to Hardik Pandya, when he nicked one behind to Parthiv Patel.The 37-year-old averages 40.47 and has a strike rate of 149.20. He has scored 18 centuries and 60 fifties with his highest being 175* against the Pune Warriors India back in Indian Premier League 2013.Gayle, who has been out of the West Indies team for a while now, participates in different T20 competitions around the world like the Pakistan Super League, Bangladesh Premier League, Caribbean Premier League, Indian Premier League and the Big Bash League in Australia.Bangalore next play the Gujarat Lions in Rajkot on April 18, where Gayle will hope to reach the milestone.last_img read more

SC restores permanent membership of 4 legacy cricket associations

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 9 (PTI) The Supreme Court today restored the membership of four legacy cricket associations saying they have made a significant contribution to the cricketing history of the nation.The top court granted permanent membership to the cricket associations of Mumbai, Saurashtra, Vadodara and Vidarbha on the ground that these bodies have produced players of national and international repute.Besides them, a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra also restored the permanent membership of Railways, Services and Universities citing their contribution to the game and for nurturing talent.”These associations have a long and abiding history of nurturing talent for the game of cricket in India. The history of cricket in India is replete with their contribution to the cause of cricket. These associations have produced players who have brought laurels to their states and to the nation.”The principle of territoriality requires that each of the states and Union Territories should have full membership of BCCI in terms as suggested in clause 3(a)(ii-B). This becomes a principle of inclusion. To utilise territoriality as a basis of exclusion is problematic because it ignores history and the contributions made by the above associations to the development of cricket and its popularity,” the bench said.The apex court, however, maintained that the decision not to grant the status of full members to the National Cricket Club and the Cricket Club of India as neither of the two clubs fields teams in the Ranji Trophy and they cannot be placed on par with the other state associations.advertisementWhile granting permanent membership to the Services, the court said that it has a long history of association with Indian sports and with cricket as well.”Having regard to the pre-eminent position occupied by the Services including the Army, Navy and Air Force in propagating the cause of sports and cricket, we are of the view that the same principle which we have followed in the case of Railways should be followed in their case.”Similarly, the Universities are a nucleus for encouraging the game of cricket among players of the college going generation in the country. We would therefore also grant full membership to the Association of Indian Universities,” the bench said. PTI PKS SJK ABA MNL RKS ZMN ZMNlast_img read more

Ederson in, but Toure left out by Man City

first_imgManchester City Toure left out by Man City again, but Ederson ready for Champions League duty Last updated 2 years ago 21:57 12/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Yaya Toure Manchester City Getty Manchester City UEFA Champions League Feyenoord v Manchester City Feyenoord Yaya Touré The Ivorian midfielder has not been included in the travelling part for a meeting with Feyenoord, but the Brazilian keeper is in Pep Guardiola’s plans Ederson has recovered enough from his clash with Sadio Mane to make Manchester City’s squad to face Feyenoord in the Champions League, but Yaya Toure has been left out once again.City’s Brazilian goalkeeper suffered a sickening boot to the face during a Premier League meeting with Liverpool on Saturday, which forced him off the field on a stretcher and requiring hospital treatment.Pep’s side 5/4 to win PL Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 Ederson would later play down fears that he had suffered any serious injury in the unfortunate collision, but he has been wearing protective headgear in training.It could be that he is thrown straight back into the fold against Feyenoord, but Toure will play no part after being overlooked once again.Our travelling squad heading to Rotterdam this afternoon is confirmed…MORE https://t.co/3wEpOTz6c4 #feyvcity #mancity pic.twitter.com/G4iJZaSnYC— Manchester City (@ManCity) September 12, 2017Toure was missing from the matchday squad for the 5-0 mauling of Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium.He was present at the ground, but was restricted to a spectator role in the stands.The 34-year-old found himself frozen out in similar fashion following the arrival of Pep Guardiola in the summer of 2016, but worked his way back into contention as the season progressed.He then signed a new one-year contract with City in June, but is yet to figure for the club this season.Another experienced head that will play no part in an opening group stage fixture on Dutch soil is Vincent Kompany.The injury-ravaged Belgian defender has been nursing a calf complaint and will not be risked on Wednesday evening.last_img read more

Xenophobic England football fans: take a closer look at your own team

first_imgShare on WhatsApp England Gareth Southgate finds what he’s looking for in England’s tireless tyros Share on Pinterest Read more Can a couple of football matches provide evidence that England in the 21st century is a better nation than the Daily Mail would have us believe? In Amsterdam on Friday night England’s seniors confronted the Netherlands with a team whose starting XI contained seven black or mixed-race players, including all three forwards. On Saturday evening their under-21 colleagues played Romania with nine black players in white shirts at the kick-off.Both teams won their matches using the same brand of football. They aimed to play the ball out of defence with patience, accuracy and positional sophistication. Unafraid to utilise what skills they possessed, they showed composure. If there was no genius visible in their display, at least there was a sense of optimism. It wasn’t going to make headlines around the world, but it was certainly encouraging. Reuse this content Sportblog Share on Facebookcenter_img Topics Share on LinkedIn The under-21 match, played at Molineux, happened to be billed as the Cyrille Regis International. Regis would surely have smiled as England’s goals were scored by Demarai Gray and Jake Clarke-Salter. Gray even captained the team for the first time, which would have been hard to imagine in the days when Regis was amassing his unreasonably meagre total of five caps in the early 1980s.Although Regis enjoyed a fine club career, his international prospects seemed to founder on the widespread suspicion that black players lacked some quality required to succeed at the very highest level. The assumptions made today by Gareth Southgate and his fellow coaches are very different, and those England matches at the weekend were a treat for anyone who cheered in 1978 when Viv Anderson became the first black England senior international or when, 15 years later, Paul Ince became the first black player to wear the captain’s armband. As we saw in last year’s spectacular tournament wins by age-group teams, black players are now a fundamental part of the nation’s hopes for the future.What effect does this have on the attitudes of those England supporters who attracted the attention of the Amsterdam police over the weekend through their aggressive and eventually violent behaviour? These are the young and middle-aged white xenophobes who take the opportunity of an England match within affordable travelling distance to set up camp in squares and bars, hanging their union jacks and creating little no-go areas for local residents and other tourists, whom they assail with their witless and jingoistic songs, leaving no doubt about their bizarre assumptions of superiority.They were a familiar sight in the 1990s, less so in the present century. Old modes of unacceptable fan behaviour were largely legislated, policed and architect-designed almost out of existence, or so it seemed, by decisions taken in the wake of Heysel and Hillsborough. The outbreaks of violence in Marseille in 1998 and Charleroi in 2000 were taken to be the last convulsions of a dying phenomenon, doomed by the era of the all-seater stadium, the corporate hospitality suite and the four-figure season ticket.When a repeat of the Marseille incident at the European Championship two years ago turned really nasty thanks to the intervention of a group of particularly brutal Russian hooligans, it seemed at first like a strange anomaly, almost a nostalgic reversion. Then a TV documentary on one of the Russian gangs revealed the preparation and training they undergo, casting a shadow over the anticipation of the World Cup this summer, at least in English minds.And now all the worries are back. There was trouble in Dortmund 12 months ago when England played Germany, and in Amsterdam around 100 English fans were arrested following exchanges with the Dutch police. On both occasions the opponents’ national anthems were booed.The Brexit referendum didn’t cause this unwelcome revival, but it’s hard to imagine that the public rhetoric adopted by one side of the argument hasn’t encouraged and even legitimised in some minds a renewed willingness to demonstrate their lack of respect for foreign cities, their inhabitants and their culture. While the Daily Mail entices readers by offering them models of the Supermarine Spitfire (“the little plane that won the war”), the hooligans are still boasting about winning “two world wars and one World Cup”. They are lured by promises of a return to the glories of empire, which they interpret to include the right to kick out immigrants, particularly those of a different colour.All of which makes you wonder what goes through their heads when they watch the present-day England football teams. On Friday night the senior team’s goal was scored by Jesse Lingard, followed 24 hours later by Gray and Clarke-Salter scoring the under-21s’ brace. There also were wins for the under-19s, for whom Eddie Nketiah was on target against Latvia, and the under-18s, for whom Ian Poveda-Ocampo scored against Argentina.These results came on the centenary of the death of Walter Tull, one of England’s earliest mixed-race footballers. The son of an Afro-Caribbean father and a Kentish woman, Tull played for Tottenham Hotspur and Northampton before serving in Italy and on the Western Front as a second lieutenant in the Footballers’ Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment. He was mentioned in dispatches before being killed on 25 March 1918 near the village of Favreuil during the German army’s spring offensive.Tull’s father, a carpenter, came to England from Barbados, where his own father had been a slave. Cyrille Regis arrived from French Guiana to settle in London at the age of four. Most of the goals at the weekend were scored by the sons and grandsons of immigrants – including Poveda-Ocampo, whose parents are Colombian. In a radical reversal of the position of 30 years ago, England’s football teams are now running ahead of the people they represent. Share on Twitter comment Share via Email Share on Messengerlast_img read more

First Luxury Hotel Set to Open at Iceland’s Iconic Blue Lagoon

first_img Visit the Only Hotel in the World With a Working In-Room Flight Simulator Next World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts Previous Editors’ Recommendations This Belgian-Monastery-Turned-Hotel Has Us Craving a Trip to Antwerp center_img Welcome to Funner, California (Yes, It’s a Real Place) Iceland’s Blue Lagoon is among the country’s most popular attractions and — with the recent explosion of American tourism — it has the crowds to prove it. The thermal hot spring is rarely as pristine and tourist-free as the publicity shots would have potential visitors believe. This fall, boutique luxury property Moss Hotel will open its doors at the water’s edge to provide private, unprecedented access to the eight-hundred-year-old lagoon.A typically crowded afternoon.On paper, it’s difficult to imagine how a large cauldron of soupy wastewater from a nearby geothermal power station could become so popular. In person, it’s another matter entirely. The volcanic topography and otherworldly after-dark glow of the mineral-rich water are a microcosm of Iceland’s landscape as a whole. It’s a beautiful, alien, and even spiritual experience.Moss Hotel recognizes many of the lagoon’s hundreds of thousands of annual visitors want a more personal and private way to enjoy its waters. The intimate, 62-room property features a modern industrial design of angular concrete, floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic lagoon views, and tasteful Scandinavian minimalist furnishings. Every room offers a wide terrace or balcony with sweeping views of the water and volcanic fields mere feet away. The result is a seamless integration of the hotel’s architecture into the natural landscape.Lava Cove SpaGuests will also have access to a private swimming area distinguished from the lagoon’s main wading pool. The hotel will be part of a full-featured complex that includes Lava Cove — a luxury underground spa built into the naturally occurring volcanic rock — with a lava rock steam room, a sauna, and a menu of natural mineral treatments. If that isn’t disco enough for you, Hidden Cove provides an exclusive, ultra-private “spa within a spa” that includes a butler, private masseuse, and on-call chef.Moss RestaurantThe on-site Moss Restaurant will offer top-shelf food and drink selections. Among them: an authentic Icelandic, seven-course dining experience at the Chef’s Table. An upscale lounge, simply named The Lounge, perched atop the restaurant will provide a relaxed space for pre-dinner cocktails and hors d’oeuvres amid panoramic views of the volcanic fields.The hotel is set to open its doors in fall 2017. While views of the finished product are only available as artist renderings, the stunning landscape and ultra-luxe rooms already have us planning our next trip to Iceland. 1 of 8 Sweden’s Viking-Inspired Arctic Bath Is Now Taking Reservationslast_img read more

All Waqf properties to be geo tagged Naqvi

first_imgNew Delhi: The government has launched a programme for geo-tagging and digitisation of Waqf properties across the country to ensure their better utilisation for social welfare, Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said on Wednesday. There are around 5.77 lakh registered Waqf properties across the country. Chairing the 80th meeting of Central Waqf Council (CWC) here, Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that a programme had been launched on a war-footing for 100 per cent geo-tagging and digitisation of all Waqf properties so as to ensure transparency and safety of records. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC This will ensure that the Waqf properties are utilised for educational empowerment and employment-oriented skill development for the needy, especially economically backward girls, in areas which are deprived of such facilities since Independence, said Naqvi. The government has initiated GIS/GPS mapping of Waqf properties with the help of IIT Roorkee and the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU). He said the government was developing schools, colleges, ITIs, skill development centres, multi-purpose community centres, Hunar hubs, hospitals, business and common service centres on Waqf properties across the country. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations While just 90 districts were been identified for minority communities’ development during the earlier governments, Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government increased the number to cover 308 districts, the Minister said. He said a five-member committee headed by Justice (Retd) Zakiullah Khan to review Waqf properties lease rule had submitted its report and the government was taking necessary action on its recommendations. The CWC was providing financial assistance to state Waqf boards for digitisation of records so that they could complete the process within a time-frame. The CWC has provided video-conferencing facilities to 20 state Waqf boards and will extend it include the remaining by year end, the Minister said.last_img read more

Over 300 Officials Experts To Attend Marrakech Security Forum

Marrakech – Over 300 senior civil and military officials, security experts and representatives of international organisations are expected to take part in the 6th Marrakech Security Forum on February 13-14.Held under the high patronage of King Mohammed VI under the theme “Africa in the face of transnational asymmetric threats”, the meeting will offer a venue for debate, analysis and exchange of experience on a range of security issues, the event’s organizers, the Moroccan Centre for Strategic Studies (CMES) said.Organized in partnership with the African Federation for Strategic Studies, the Forum will tackle issues relating to security fragility in north Africa and the evolving transnational threats, security in the Sahel and the Sahara along with other security challenges relating to separatist movements. The issue of maritime security in the Mediterranean, the horn of Africa and the southern Atlantic will also be tackled along with the threats posed by pandemics such as Ebola.The meeting will be an opportunity to deal other new security threats such as foreign terrorist fighters and cyber-terrorism.MWN with MAP read more

Police digest Disco light stolen

Police are combing through surveillance video after a lighting fixture was stolen from White Horse Bowling in Simcoe.The bowling alley on Davis Street East has provided Norfolk OPP with surveillance footage from around 9 p.m. Thursday. It shows an individual taking down a disco light inside the building.Police are reviewing the video in an effort to identify the individual responsible.Impaired charge following crashA Norfolk man was charged last week following a collision on the west side of Simcoe.A 35-year-old Tillsonburg man was stopped at a red light at the intersection of Hillcrest Road and the Queensway West when a pickup truck came up from behind and struck the rear of his vehicle.Following an investigation, Norfolk OPP charged a 52-year-old Norfolk man with impaired driving, operating a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol content in excess of the legal limit, and careless driving.Pickup trucks stolen in NorfolkA pickup truck stolen in Simcoe last week was recovered at a property east of Waterford on Wednesday.Unfortunately for the person who found the missing truck, their pickup was stolen in turn and also reported missing.Police were alerted to the situation around 3:30 p.m. last Wednesday. The missing vehicle is a silver-coloured 2007 Chevrolet Silverado with a silver cap.Norfolk OPP are investigating.Stolen vehicle left to idleA vehicle reported stolen in London last week was left to idle in a Simcoe parking lot for nearly nine hours.A local resident noticed the 2004 Impala idling in a parking lot on Donly Drive North around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. This person contacted police when they noticed the same vehicle idling in place around 10:15 p.m.Following an investigation, Norfolk OPP determined the Impala had earlier been reported stolen in London.Cell phone stolen at hospitalA cell phone was reported stolen at Norfolk General Hospital this weekend.The phone was taken from a hospital room sometime between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday. During this time, the victim was away from their room.Norfolk OPP are investigating. read more

Global economy risks falling into renewed recession warns UN report

The World Economic Situation and Prospects 2013, the first chapter of which was published today by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), states that the global economy is expected to grow at 2.4 per cent in 2013 and 3.2 per cent in 2014 – a significant downgrade from the UN’s forecast of half a year ago.“This pace of growth will be far from sufficient to overcome the continued jobs crisis that many countries are still facing,” said a news release on the report. “With existing policies and growth trends, it may take at least another five years for Europe and the United States to make up for the job losses caused by the Great Recession of 2008-2009.”Noting that weaknesses in the major developed economies are at the root of the global economic slowdown, the report stresses that most of them, but particularly those in Europe, are trapped in a “vicious cycle of high unemployment, financial sector fragility, heightened sovereign risks, fiscal austerity and low growth.” Several European economies and the euro zone as a whole are already in recession, and euro zone unemployment increased further to a record high of almost 12 per cent this year. Also, the US economy slowed significantly during 2012 and growth is expected to remain “meagre” at 1.7 per cent in 2013. Deflationary conditions continue to prevail in Japan.The economic woes in Europe, Japan and the US are spilling over to developing countries through weaker demand for their exports and heightened volatility in capital flows and commodity prices. “A worsening of the euro area crisis, the ‘fiscal cliff’ in the United States and a hard landing in China could cause a new global recession. Each of these risks could cause global output losses of between 1 and 3 per cent,” warned Rob Vos, Director of DESA’s Development Policy and Analysis Division and team leader for the report. Stating that present policies fall short of what is needed, the report calls for changing course in fiscal policy and a shift in focus from short-term consolidation to robust economic growth with medium to long-term fiscal sustainability. It also recommends avoiding premature fiscal austerity, while noting that the reorientation of fiscal policies should be coordinated globally and aligned with structural policies that support direct job creation and green growth. In addition, it recommends that monetary policies be better coordinated globally and regulatory reforms of financial sectors be accelerated to stem exchange rate and capital flow volatility, which pose risks to the economic prospects of developing countries. read more

August new car market rises for first time in over a year

The new car market in August rose by 7.3% to 59,346 units.This was the first rise since June 2010 (13 months of decline), but the outlook remains challenging.Registrations from January to August were 6.1% down on a year ago.Private demand grew by 10.7% in August, its first rise since June 2010. Fleet volumes continued to rise.The Supermini segment rose by 17.6% to account for 37.3% of the August market.“New car registrations in August rose for the first time since June 2010, up 7.3% to 59,346 units. August represents a relatively small share of the new car market and the September new 61-plate registrations will be far more important for vehicle manufacturers and franchised dealers,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “The September new car market is always important for the UK motor industry, accounting for around 17% of the full year’s registrations. Consumers are nervous about the future, but with industry offering unprecedented improvements in fuel economy, competitive finance offers and a wide variety of new models, buyers will find there is something to suit every taste and pocket.” August market shows recovery from low base, but small volume nature of the market tempers optimismAugust is expected to be the smallest volume monthly new car market in 2011. In 2010 it accounted for just 2.7% of the market. The new 61 number plate was launched on 1 September. Year-to-dateTotalDieselPetrolAFVPrivateFleetBusiness Registrations in the first eight months of the year have fallen by 6.1% or almost 79,795 units. Given the downgrade in economic growth forecasts, the outlook for the new car market is set to remain challenging. SMMT forecasts the full year market to end on 1.93 million units, a 5% decline on the 2010 market and down from the current 1.95 million running rate. 201055,30529,11125,50568922,18931,5431,573 The Ford Fiesta was again the best selling model in the overall new car market in both August and the year-to-date. 20101,300,413576,625709,75314,035613,091625,43461,888 53 Series1,7395Astra38,580 10A31,1251020721,402 3Focus2,8583Corsa46,620 20111,220,618613,866591,69315,059513,346646,29260,980 Registrations of diesel cars rose by 4.7% in the month, but their market share slipped from 52.6% last year to 51.4% after stronger growth from the petrol car market in August. Most segments showed growth in August, with the Mini segment (up 34.5%) and the Supermini segment (up 17.6%), showing the strongest gains. 9Qashqai1,3129Qashqai24,695 6Astra1,6136Insignia31,063 52.6%46.1%1.2%40.1%57.0%2.8% 44.3%54.6%1.1%47.1%48.1%4.8% Best sellersAugust 7Passat1,5267Polo28,048 Mkt share ’11 The growth in August reflected recovery within the private sector, which grew 10.7% in August, the first rise since June 2010. The fleet market continued to grow in August and is up by 3.3% over the first eight months of the year. % change7.3%4.7%10.8%-11.8%10.7%4.5%14.4% 8Polo1,46783 Series27,298 Mkt share ’10 51.4%47.6%1.0%41.4%55.6%3.0% Mkt share ’10 Mkt share ’11 50.3%48.5%1.2%42.1%52.9%5.0% % change-6.1%6.5%-16.6%7.3%-16.3%3.3%-1.5% August TotalDieselPetrolAFVPrivateFleetBusiness New car registrations rose by 7.3% or 4,041 units to 59,346 units in August 2011. This was the first rise in demand since June 2010, bringing a halt to a 13 month run of declining volumes. The August 2010 market was the lowest on record and the 2011 outturn was still more than 20% below the 1999-2010 average for the month. 4Golf1,9954Golf39,385 1Fiesta3,2131Fiesta61,551 Year-to-date 201159,34630,47528,26360824,57232,9751,799 2Corsa2,9012Focus52,918 Click through to download the full August 2011 registrations news release and data tables.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

HC Odorhei keep Macedonian playmaker

goran kuzmanovskihc odorheiRomania handball One of the best Romanian teams, HC Odorhei have extended contract with the TOP scorer Goran Kuzmanovski (31) on two more years. Kuzmanovski came to Odorhei in 2011 and became the important part of the squad, who won second and the third place in national Championship behind unbeatable HCM Constanta. Odorhei are currently at the 6th place, but Management believe in experienced Macedonian playmaker… ← Previous Story Polish Cup F4: Handball is back to Warsaw Next Story → Djordjic and Germany – never-ending story read more

Ban on Pirate Bay lifted by Dutch court

first_imgTHE BAN ON accessing Pirate Bay has been lifted by the Appeals Court in the Netherlands.Today the court said the ban on Pirate Bay – the world’s largest catalogue of ‘torrents’ which can be used to download and share copyrighted material – is impossible to enforce.In 2011, the Hague District Court ordered providers Ziggo and XS4ALL to block customers from accessing IP addresses linked to The Pirate Bay.CopyrightThe court agreed with copyright organisation Brein that the site is frequently used to assist people in downloading copyrighted music, movies and computer games.The Internet providers had argued they shouldn’t have to act as censors.In 2012, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton enacted a controversial law, which has been used to block access to The Pirate Bay for a majority of Irish internet users.Previously, the High Court in Ireland ordered six internet service providers, UPC, Imagine, Digiweb, Vodafone, Three and O2 to block access to The Pirate Bay website.Today, the Hague Appeals Court ruled the ban puts an unnecessary burden on providers. Customers have found other ways to reach The Pirate Bay or shifted to other sites.- Additional reporting APRead:High Court orders six Irish internet providers to block The Pirate Bay>Read: Sherlock confirms that ‘Irish SOPA’ has been signed into law>last_img read more

Second time this month that US Airways plane diverts to Dublin over

first_imgA US AIRWAYS flight has been diverted to Dublin Airport after crew members became unwell – the second such incident this month from the same airline along the same route.Today, the US Airways flight 715, an Airbus A330-200 which was carrying 238 passengers and 12 crew members, was travelling from Venice to Philadelphia when the issue arose.The plane had to be diverted to Dublin due to three flight attendants reporting medical issues.The aircraft landed safely at approximately 2.05pm.The airline said that medical professionals are evaluating the flight attendants and it is re-accommodating its customers on other flights to Philadelphia.There are no reports of illness from pilots or passengers.Similar incidentOn 10 May, a very similar incident occurred when a US flight 71 from Venice, headed for Philadelphia, was diverted to Dublin.Again, this was following reports that several of the crew had become unwell.No passengers or flight crew were among those who reported illnesses.Read: Plane diverted to Dublin Airport after flight attendants report illnesses>Read: US Airways flight makes emergency landing at Dublin Airport>last_img read more

Use Fill Flash to Fill in Harsh Shadows from the Sun

first_imgElectronic flash isn’t just for when you don’t have enough light. Used outdoors, electronic flash fills in harsh shadows – thus the term fill flash – and even lets you use a slow shutter speed to convey motion in the background while freezing the subject, as in the picture above. Your DSLR probably has a pop-up electronic flash. You get more versatility with an external flash, and well you should when they cost $150-$500. In the photo above, fill flash let me do several things that captured the fun of riding in a classic convertible on a warm, sunny afternoon. Make the subject’s face visible. With the sun coming from directly behind, the fill flash filled in the shadow on the face and lit up the interior of the car. Without flash, the details of the face would barely be visible. The high speed of the flash also cancelled out some of the motion and vibration of the moving car. Make fill flash less obvious. In its default, or automatic, setting, the flash not only lights up the subject but sometimes makes the foreground so bright (and the sky so dark) that it’s obvious you were using flash. (The baseball card of the 1970s look.) Many flash units and even the pop-up units on DSLRs let you set the flash to under-expose relative to main exposure. Here I set the flash to under-expose by half an f/stop, not that much, because I still wanted to convey the sense of a bright, sunny day; one stop of underexposure would have worked, too. For a subtle effect that would still provides detail in the face, you could try two stops of flash underexposure. Convey a sense of motion. By using a slow shutter speed, around 1/30 second, the background became a blur as the car zipped along an expressway. Because the flash illumination falls off at the square of the distance, it had no effect beyond the car. If you have an advanced non-DSLR camera, it’s possible you can adjust the output of your fill flash to give less or more than the main exposure. High-Speed Synch: Using Fill-Flash Outdoors at Higher Shutter SpeedMost of the time when you’re outdoors and using fill-flash with a DSLR, you have to deal with the maximum speed where you can shoot flash, usually 1/250 second. Check your flash. It may have a high-speed sync setting that reduces maximum power but insures that the entire image, not just a portion, is lit by the flash at higher speeds. Don’t Use Your Pop-Up Flash and a Sunshade One other reason you may want an external flash that sits atop your camera: It’s higher up. For these photos I was using a wide-angle to short-telephoto zoom lens with a sunshade to cut out some of the sun’s glare. But the shade is also long enough that it’s in the line of sight of my camera’s pop-up flash and if I take flash photos, the bottom edge of the photo in the middle is dark because it didn’t get any light. Gearlog: Fill In Shadows with a Photo Reflectorlast_img read more

Netflixs CoFounder Creates a 10 per Month Movie Theater Subscription

first_imgStay on target What to Stream on Netflix This WeekendZach Galifianakis Hits the Road in ‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Trailer Netflix co-founder Mitch Lowe must really want people to go out to movies again. After acquiring MoviePass last year, Lowe is introducing a subscription price that might actually get you to go out more. Subscribers can see up to one movie per day for about the cost of a single ticket per month. (Even less, depending on theater prices in your area.) For $9.95 a month, you could get a movie ticket every day.According to Bloomberg, MoviePass would work at any theater that accepts debit or credit cards. You’d get your ticket, and MoviePass pays the theater the full price. Now, anyone versed in basic math is probably coming up with some negative numbers in their head. Wouldn’t this mean MoviePass would lose a lot of money real quick? Yes. Yes, it does. That’s why they’ve secured a significant amount of funding in the short term. On Tuesday, MoviePass sold a majority stake in the company to data firm Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc.And now you can start to figure out what the goal of this business really is. Your $10 a month is nice, but what they’re really after is your data. That’s where the money really is. What kind of movies do you see in theaters? What movies do you see more than once? Probably a whole bunch of other questions I haven’t thought of, but a data firm has. Honestly, this shouldn’t even be a surprise at this point. Everybody wants to collect and sell your data. At least this service appears to offer a useful discount on something cool in return.This is actually a really cool idea, and it looks like I’m not the only one that thinks so. Right after the news broke, MoviePass’s site was getting hit so hard; I couldn’t even get to the sign-up page. At the time of writing, that’s still the case. MoviePass started in 2011, offering a similar plan for $30 per month, but that always seemed like too much. That’s the cost of three movie tickets, and there’s maybe one or two months out of each year where I even want to see three movies in the theater. $10 is much more reasonable. Not only do most months usually have at least one movie worth seeing, that price might actually get me to see movies in the theater I’d never have considered otherwise. Going to a theater is still fun, even when it’s a tiny indie flick that doesn’t demand a big screen experience. Lowe encourages using the subscription like that too, reports Business Insider.“Our vision has always been to make the moviegoing experience more affordable and enjoyable for our subscribers. We are changing the way consumers think about going to the movies by making it possible to experience a broader array of films — from the latest summer blockbuster to a critically-acclaimed documentary — through a subscription model,” Lowe said.If this works with the right theaters in New York, I’ll definitely take a chance on a lot more horror and anime that comes out. Now obviously, there are some months where the value of the subscription will vary. September and January, typically Hollywood’s garbage dumps, might not have any movies you’d want to see. On the other hand, May, June, and July will have plenty. You just have to decide if the slower months are worth the bigger ones. And hey, it doesn’t hurt take a chance on an unknown every once in a while. Go see a bad movie sometime. It’s surprisingly fun to watch a gigantic failure in a dark room with a bunch of strangers. Sign up here today.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Hasina calls civil society dustbin of politics

first_img.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina once again on Wednesday blasted the civil society, describing it as the ‘dustbin of politics and power’.”There’re people who’re always ready to sell themselves to evil forces, be it dustbin beside roads that reads ‘use me’. They’re also like that [trash bin] that hang up on their chests ‘use me’ for politics and power,” she said.The prime minister said this while responding to a supplementary question from ruling party MP Fazilatun Nesa Bappy in parliament during her question-answer session.She said this section of people are always found ready when there will be a state of emergency in the country or when someone will come to grab the state power through martial law.”If it happens so, they’ll get attention, they’ll get the flag [national flag to fly in car] and they’ll be in power,” Sheikh Hasina said.The premier said if anyone believes in democracy then one should go to people and participate in the election.”They’ve to come to power through election. There’s a section of people who never want to go to people. They always look for other means to be there in power.”She raised question about the meaning and explanation of ‘civil society’. “Based on which theory they are civil! This question comes up when they don’t see anything even after seeing, don’t hear anything even after hearing and don’t want to understand anything. I don’t know whether they’re civil or uncivil,” she said.Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh is marching ahead with accelerated development activities and the whole world is recognising this. “But this is very much unfortunate that some people don’t see this development. They’re blind despite having eyes; they’re deaf despite having ears.”She also said no one can make them understand this development of the country. “This is one kind of sickness because their eyes are on illegal ways to grab power,” the she told parliament.Recently, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) said the banking sector of Bangladesh has become a “growing malignancy” for the economy due to rising bad loans and lack of governance.It also mentioned that the gap between the rich and poor has widened despite the continued economic growth in the country.last_img read more

Preliminary Report Shows Q1 Net Income of 34 Million For Ocwen

first_img Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News April 30, 2015 437 Views Ocwen Financial rebounded from a tumultuous 2014 that included legal troubles, multi-million dollar settlements, ratings downgrades, and several multi-billion sales of MSR portfolios with a preliminary Q1 2015 net income of $34 million, or $0.27 per share, according to an announcement from the company on Thursday afternoon.Atlanta-based Ocwen, one of the largest non-bank mortgage servicers in the nation, posted a total write-down of $546 million for the full year of 2014. In Q1 2014, the company reported a total net income of $60.5 million, or $0.43 per share. The company’s Q1 2015 preliminary revenue of $510.4 million represents a 7 percent year-over-year decline, and preliminary income from operations dropped from $202.1 million in Q1 2014 down to $132.1 million in Q1 2015. Meanwhile, preliminary cash flow from operating activities for Q1 totaled $323 million, a year-over-year increase of 65 percent.”I am proud of what we have accomplished as far as managing the business through this difficult transition period. We made great progress on our asset sale strategy, have returned to profitability and continue to generate substantial operating cash flow,” said Ron Faris, President and CEO of Ocwen. “However, I am not satisfied with only making $34 million in the quarter. We intend to do better.”Factors that influenced Ocwen’s pre-tax income during Q1 were as follows: A gain of $26.9 million from an MSR sale of Freddie Mac performing loans with an unpaid principal balance of $9.1 billion, a gain of $12.9 million on a sale of legacy performing and non-performing whole loans; an impairment charge of $17.8 million due to the fair market value decline of government-insured MSRs (which was primarily the result of the FHA lowering the mortgage insurance premiums by 50 basis points early in the year; monitor costs of $9.0 million; strategic advisor expenses and fair value-related charges of $8.4 million and $8.3 million, respectively. Also during Q1, Ocwen’s lending segment was responsible for generating $16.0 million of pre-tax income.The results Ocwen announced Thursday were preliminary; the company announced that it plans to file its 2014 Form 10-K and Q1 2015 Form 10-Q on or before May 29.center_img Earnings Reports Mortgage Servicers Ocwen Financial Profits 2015-04-30 Seth Welborn Preliminary Report Shows Q1 Net Income of $34 Million For Ocwenlast_img read more

Every week we will catch up with one Arizona Cardi

first_imgEvery week we will catch up with one Arizona Cardinals player and give our listeners the opportunity to submit questions to be answered on video. Submitting a question is easy, head on over to @AZSports on Twitter and tweet as many questions as you can think of. The best ones will make the cut! This week features Arizona Cardinals, Deone Bucannon (@deonebucannon20). This is Four Downs. 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter This week LATTE chats w

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterThis week LATTE chats with Hawaiian Airlines’ National Business Development Manager of MICE/Groups and Cruise, the one and only Joyce Weir.The highly regarded Weir joined the Honolulu-based airline three years ago, following a 20-year career with Qantas that included over 10 years as a Regional Account Manager.LATTE sat down with Weir to get a better understanding of Hawaiian Airlines’ offering to the Meetings, Incentives, Conference and Exhibitions markets, and find out why Hawaii should be front of mind for Australian conference organisers.Joyce, why is Hawaiian Airlines a great choice in the MICE market to Hawaii?For starters, Hawaiian Airlines flies daily from Sydney and three days per week from Brisbane non-stop to Honolulu, with smooth connections for groups from across Australia. For large groups, there is the option for split departures from both cities, which is uniquely available on Hawaiian with two Honolulu-bound flights on three days of the week.Can you tell me about Hawaiian Airlines’ MICE focus?The MICE segment is a relatively new focus for Hawaiian Airlines in this region, but one where there are boundless opportunities to develop, and I was brought on board to penetrate this market. We are conscious it’s a market that takes several years to really build. Due to the number of PCOs in Australia, it will take time to introduce them to the destination so they may experience all the amazing options that Hawaii offers.It is a gradual process to build the MICE business, but Hawaiian Airlines is happy for it to be measured. Hawaiian Airlines recently announced a commitment to expand its fleet with the purchase of Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, and we anticipate our MICE market to grow accordingly.What are the perks for MICE delegates flying with Hawaiian Airlines?An outstanding benefit of flying with Hawaiian Airlines is our industry-leading, generous luggage allowance. Economy class passengers are entitled to two 32-kilogram pieces of checked luggage, along with 11 kilograms in the aircraft cabin. It’s a unique benefit for delegates travelling with marketing collateral, golf clubs, musical instruments or other equipment.Hawaiian Airlines’ Extra Comfort seating is also extremely relevant for this market segment. We have 68 Extra Comfort seats on our Airbus A330s and this product has become very popular on flights from Australia to Hawaii. For an ‘add-on’ of AU$165 to a Main Cabin Economy fare, guests enjoy 36 inches [91 centimetres] of seat pitch (more legroom), priority boarding at the gate, complimentary on-demand in-seat entertainment, comfort kit and a personal power outlet.If a PCO has a small group – say 50 – and they want to fly all guests in Extra Comfort, we will block those seats off under the same conditions that apply for Economy/Coach.Why do you think Hawaii is a fabulous destination for PCOs?For a number of reasons … Firstly, the Hawaiian people, with their charm and demeanour and genuine warmth, combined with a deep respect for the land and the culture.Hawaii is not just the ‘shop-&-drop’ location many people may have once thought it was. My experience has been far deeper and from a totally different perspective over the past three years.Hawaii is a destination with marvellous private estates available for PCOs to host events. I’ve been travelling to Hawaii for 20 years and I had no knowledge of those venues, located in the middle of Honolulu. Amazing events can be held at the Iolani Palace and Barracks House, where you can hold a long-table dinner for 30 or hold an event in the grounds for up to 2,000 people – it’s just magnificent. Where else in the US is there a Royal Palace? There isn’t.Then there’s the fabulous Kualoa Ranch, offering so many different options for groups of all sizes, and the amazing USS Missouri at Pearl Harbor. Again, where else in the world can you hold a cocktail event on board a real WW2 Battleship?If a group wants to connect to an outer island, how are flight connections in Hawaii?Hawaiian Airlines offers 170 daily flights to its neighbouring islands in a convenient schedule that makes it easy to island-hop throughout the Hawaiian chain. We are adding more inter-island and US mainland-to-Hawaii flights as we grow. When you book your trans-Pacific Hawaiian Airlines flight in Australia, Hawaiian offers a very reasonable $110 return to an outer island. It is exceptional value.And beyond Hawaii to the mainland?We offer 12 exciting mainland options. Besides Los Angeles and San Francisco, Hawaiian flies to three popular destinations on the mainland that Australians love to visit: Honolulu–New York, which makes it one-stop from Australia and bypasses chaotic Los Angeles; Honolulu–Las Vegas; and we also fly from Honolulu to Seattle, for cruise ships sailing to the Inside Passage. Most recently we have also added Honolulu–Long Beach daily services, which has been popular for families visiting Disneyland. And we’ll be adding Boston come April next year.What promotional fares are in the market for event organisers?We recently introduced some special group fares that are advance purchase fares. The lowest fare starts at $699 return, then $799 (plus taxes), which are excellent value from Sydney and Brisbane.Does Hawaiian Airlines work with local operators?Yes, we appreciate local operators as our valuable partners with whom we can combine resources to further develop the groups market for mutual benefit. This might include hotel value-adds, special rates, removing resort fees and using off-beach locations for MICE clients.What is it about Hawaiian Airlines that draws Australian travellers to the airline?Hawaiian Airlines is a truly unique airline. As Hawaii’s ‘destination airline,’ we bring authentic Hawaiian hospitality to every aspect of our guests’ experience. The airline’s signature “mea ho’okipa” (I am host) onboard hospitality engages guests throughout the flight with a warm and friendly celebration of the culture, people and ‘Aloha Spirit of the Hawaiian Islands.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more