Davis Cup Finals: 18 Nations Bid in Revamped Format with Organisers Hoping for Magic Start in Madrid

first_imgMadrid: Eighteen nations will gather in Madrid’s La Caja Magica on Monday as the men’s tennis season culminates with a revamped Davis Cup format dreamt up by a man who earns his living playing football for Barcelona.The week-long football World Cup-style Davis Cup Finals will be the biggest shake-up the 119-year-old team event has ever had and is being bankrolled by Barca defender Gerard Pique’s investment firm Kosmos to the tune of $3 billion over 25 years. It has not been smooth sailing for the International Tennis Federation (ITF) since it announced the radical revamp with some accusing the organisation of selling the soul of a competition loved by tennis diehards, but which had slowly lost its lustre.There is also the small matter of the ATP Cup – seen as a rival competition – launching in January.As for any large sporting event the key ingredient will be the quality of the entertainment and the atmosphere.Nineteen-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal will lead the Spanish team, while Novak Djokovic will play for Serbia, Andy Murray for Britain and Nick Kyrgios will surely spice things up as he turns out for Davis Cup heavyweights Australia.But there will be notable absentees. Roger Federer’s Switzerland failed to qualify, world number five Dominic Thiem’s Austria also missed out while Germany will be without Alexander Zverev who has shunned the event.Fast-rising Russian Daniil Medvedev withdrew this week to recover after a long season while other big names such as Canada’s Milos Raonic are injured.The format will involve the 18 nations, which include two wildcards, split into six groups of three with the winners and best two runners-up moving on to the knockout phase.Group ties will involve two singles and a doubles with rubbers played over best of three sets tiebreak sets.The final will be contested next Sunday.As well as the main arena at La Caja Majica (The Magic Box), matches will also be played on two smaller courts to enable the jam-packed schedule to be completed in a week.Critics of the new venture cited the loss of the uniquely partisan Davis Cup atmospheres.While Spain will be vocally backed and Britain has sold 1,000 tickets, the prospect of matches taking place in front of banks of empty seats will worry organisers.Murray, who famously won the Davis Cup for Britain in Ghent in 2015, roared on by deafening crowds, said while he is intrigued by the new format, he is concerned that the Magic Box might be lacking the magic created by the fans.”I’m going to miss that but I love being around the team and I’m excited to see what the new format looks like and I hope the atmosphere is brilliant,” he said. “That’s my one concern.”Croatia will arrive as defending champions having won the last traditional final last year against France in Lille and will face a tough task in Group B where they take on Spain and Russia without top player Marin Cilic.Nadal, despite some abdominal issues, is expected to line up for Spain, although whether or not he would last a potential five singles matches in six days is doubtful.The 33-year-old said fans should expect the unexpected.”Of course is something special, something new, and when it’s something new, you need to be ready for something unexpected,” he said. “Let’s see how the things works.” barcelonadavis cupDavis Cup Finalsfinals First Published: November 18, 2019, 12:00 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Neymar 222m euro payout made, says FC Barcelona

first_imgBrazil star Neymar has cleared the way for him to join Paris Saint-Germain by paying a 222 million euro ($262 million) buyout clause Thursday that frees him from his contract with Barcelona.There was no immediate confirmation of a transfer by PSG. But Neymar’s representative Wagner Ribeiro had already said on Wednesday that PSG was willing to pay the clause.Barcelona said in a statement that “Neymar Jr’s legal representatives visited in person the club’s offices and made the payment of 222 million euros in the player’s name with regards to the unilateral termination of the contract that united both parties.”The payment of the clause shatters the previous world record transfer of 105 million euros (then $116 million) that Manchester United paid for France midfielder Paul Pogba last year.Barcelona also said that “the club will pass on to UEFA the details of the above operation so that they can determine the disciplinary responsibilities that may arise from this case.”The comment follows a claim by Spanish league president Javier Tebas on Wednesday that Neymar’s move would break Financial Fair Play rules introduced by UEFA, European soccer’s ruling body.Barcelona did all it could to stop Neymar from leaving, and had vowed to complain to UEFA if his seemingly untouchable release clause was triggered.The payment of the clause directly to the club was the second attempt Neymar’s representatives had made on Thursday to break his bond with Barcelona.Earlier in the day, his lawyer Juan de Dios Crespo had tried to deposit the enormous sum at the Spanish league’s offices in Madrid, but he was turned away.advertisementTebas had told Spanish sports daily AS that he wouldn’t let the league act as an intermediary to an operation that he, like Barcelona, believed violated UEFA’s FFP rules. He had called PSG a “state-supported club.” The club’s Qatari owners are closely linked to the energy-rich ruling family.Neymar ended weeks of silence by telling Barcelona’s executives, players and coach on Wednesday that his intention was to leave the club after four seasons.Barcelona spokesman Josep Vives responded that the club would not negotiate and would demand the full payment of the clause. Last year, Neymar signed a new contract with Barcelona that tied him to the Catalan club through 2021.In France, Neymar’s move was seen as a done deal on Thursday.Having met PSG president Nasser Al-Khalaifi at a charity event, French President Emmanuel Macron took the opportunity to give him “congratulations, I understand there’s been some good news.”France’s budget minister also had reason to celebrate. Gerald Darmanin told France-Inter radio “It’s better that this football player pays his taxes in France than elsewhere.”However, Lyon club president Jean-Michel Aulas launched a barb at his big-spending rival in a message posted on Twitter: “Congrats to Nasser for the realization of this worldwide unique operation: I’m impatient to know about the real costs of the operation.”At 25 years old, Neymar is already one of soccer’s top talents.Neymar scored 105 goals playing alongside Lionel Messi and was a key playmaker for Barcelona as it won a Champions League, two Spanish leagues, three Copa del Reys, one Club World Cup, a UEFA Super Cup and two Spanish Super Cups.The expectation at PSG will be for him to lead it to elusive Champions League success.last_img read more

TFA Photo Competition

first_imgOver the past few months Touch Football Australia (TFA) has been calling for entries into its Photo Competition and we are now pleased to announce the winners. The following budding photographers’ photos were selected as winners in the competition:Peter SheffordIngrid VirgonaAnthony McGrathKate Spranklin Mick and Sue Gallegos/Melinda ChalkerTerry ParkerTo view the winning photos, check out the ‘TFA Photo Competition Winners’ album on the TFA Facebook page – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia. Let us know which is your favourite photo on Facebook by ‘liking’ the photo in the album and we will choose someone who has voted for the public’s favourite photo to win a prize. We’ll announce the winner on Friday, 3 November. Thank you to everyone who contributed photos for the competition.Related LinksPhoto Competitionlast_img read more

NonAboriginal kids call on Ottawa to put an end to inequality

first_imgAPTN National NewsA growing number of non-Aboriginal kids are hoping to improve the lives of First Nations children.On the anniversary of the government’s apology for residential schools, they gathered in Ottawa to call on the federal government to put an end to inequality.APTN’s Annette Francis has this report.last_img

Alaska Highway closed north of Highway 29 junction

first_imgUPDATE as of 6:30 p.m. – The highway is open in both directions.5:10 p.m. UPDATE: According to Drive BC, the highway is still closed in both directions and is expected to reopen around 8:00 p.m. A Detour is available by heading North on 271 Road, then west onto 256 Road until Highway 97. If residents are heading south, turn east onto 254 Road, then follow until Montney and turn south onto 271 Road.3:02 p.m. UPDATE: According to YRB North Peace LTD, the highway is expected to reopen at approximately 8:00 p.m. RCMP are still investigating the scene and there is no word yet on if there were any fatalities. Residents looking to travel north must use the detour on 271 Road and the Montney Highway. The detour is shown below: The Alaska Highway is closed at Mile 56 due to a vehicle incident. Estimated to be open at 8pm tonight. Detour available using 271 road and Montney Highway as shown. Check #drivebc for updates. #yxj pic.twitter.com/zA8zMoa6kK— YRB North Peace Ltd (@YRBNorthPeace) August 21, 2018 2:10 p.m. UPDATE: According to DriveBC.ca, officials are currently conducting an assessment at the scene of the crash, which is 15 kilometres north of Fort St. John. At this time, there’s no estimate on when the road will reopen, but an update is expected at 3:00 p.m. A photo from the crash scene shows a number of emergency vehicles are now at the scene. The location of Tuesday's crash. Photo by DriveBC.ca. The location of Tuesday’s crash. Photo by DriveBC.ca. The scene of Tuesday's crash shortly before 2:00 p.m. Photo submitted by Dave Schulz The scene of Tuesday’s crash shortly before 2:00 p.m. Photo submitted by Dave Schulz FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Alaska Highway is closed in both directions north of Fort St. John this afternoon.According to eyewitness reports, the crash happened shortly before 1:20 p.m. on Highway 97 at the Mile 55 marker, just north of the junction with Highway 29.Eyewitnesses say that multiple vehicles appear to have been involved in the crash, including a logging truck that was photographed on its side in the ditch next to the highway.center_img Witnesses are also reporting that the highway is currently closed in both directions.Corporal James Gray with the Fort St. John RCMP said that officers have been dispatched to the collision, and that no other details are available at this time.This is a developing story, and we’ll have an update once we receive more information.last_img read more

Top UN envoy calls for Kosovo Serbs to participate in upcoming polls

9 October 2007The Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Kosovo today appealed for Serbs in the United Nations-administered province to take part in next month’s elections, adding that he has asked the Serbian prime minister to refrain from calling for a boycott of the upcoming polls. Speaking to reporters after briefing the Security Council in a closed session, Joachim Rücker said that it was “very reassuring for us on the ground that many members of the Council stressed how important… it is that the Kosovo Serbs participate in the elections.”The 15-member body also underscored that “there should not be any direct or indirect calls for [the] boycott of these elections” scheduled to take place on 17 November, he noted.In the past, the envoy said that “it was our impression that Belgrade has actually called for such boycotts directly or indirectly,” and in response has asked Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica to ensure that there will be no calls to stay away from polls.Mr. Rücker said he also asked Mr. Kostunica to make sure that internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Kosovo currently living in Serbia can vote in the November elections.In a report made public earlier this month, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that “the status determination process continues to polarize the Kosovo Serb political community into those who see a future in working with the international community and the Provisional Institutions and those who do not.”He also underscored that any delay in determining the future status of the province – where ethnic Albanians outnumber Serbs and other minorities by about nine to one – could threaten the gains made by the UN in Kosovo.Mr. Ban pledged the world body’s support for discussions between the two sides led by the Troika, comprising the European Union, Russia and the United States.“No effort should be spared to reach an acceptable solution to the question of the status of Kosovo in accordance with the guiding principles” of the Contact Group of the US, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and Russia, he said.During the 120-day period of Troika-led engagement, “the parties need to engage in construction and genuine discussions,” Mr. Ban noted. “The sides should be encouraged to make concrete and realistic proposals and be given ample opportunities to do so.”The UN Interim Administration in Kosovo (UNMIK), which Mr. Rücker heads, has been deployed since 1999, when Western forces drove Yugoslav troops out of the province amid inter-ethnic fighting. read more

Man filmed slapping Muslim teenager with bacon in street as he shouts

first_imgAlex Chivers was jailed for six months over the attackCredit:Metropolitan Police Alex Chivers holds the packet of bacon up to the camera Detective Constable James Payne, from Enfield community safety unit, said: “This was a truly shocking incident.”The victim was out with her mother and getting on with her day when Chivers abused her and then set upon her with something he knew would both upset and offend her.”We know other people were present during this attack, including an associate of Chivers who filmed the incident.”Inquiries are ongoing to trace these people and if you have any information that may assist in identifying them please contact the community safety unit at Enfield via 101.”The community safety unit here in Enfield would encourage all victims of hate crime to contact police so that the culprits can be identified and brought to justice.”Chivers was given a 26-week jail term for the assault, and 12 weeks’ imprisonment for a public order offence, to run concurrently.He was also ordered to pay a £115 victim surcharge and will complete a 12-month supervision order when he is released from jail.Muslims are forbidden from eating pork and previous incidents in other parts of the UK have seen extremists prosecuted for similar attempts to cause upset to members of the Islamic community. Alex Chivers Alex Chivers bacon attack The thug approaches the mother and daughter in the streetCredit:Metropolitan Police He also made reference to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terror group when he shouted “Isil scum” at one of the women.Police said the victim was not injured, but left “very distressed” by the attack at around 4.40pm on Thursday, June 8 and reported it to police later that day. He is then seen running as the mother and daughter, wearing traditional Islamic dress, walked along a pavement in Enfield, north London.Chivers then confronted the pair, striking the younger women with the open packet of bacon. Alex Chivers holds the packet of bacon up to the camera Credit:Metropolitan Policecenter_img Chivers, of Waltham Cross, north London – two miles north of the attack location – has now been jailed for six months.He pleaded guilty to one count of racially or religiously aggravated common assault, and one count of causing racially or religiously aggravated alarm or distress. Chives launches the attack on the women A man was filmed slapping a Muslim teenager in the face with bacon after shouting “Isil scum” in an Islamophobic street attack.Alex Chivers was videoed by a friend as he launched a volley of verbal abuse at the young woman and her mother, telling them “you deserve this”.The footage filmed on a smartphone shows the 36-year-old holding up the bacon, which is forbidden by Islam, to the camera. Chives launches the attack on the womenCredit:Metropolitan Police The incident was filmed on camera by an associate of Chivers, who the Metropolitan Police said remains at large. Chivers was sentenced at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on June 29. 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.last_img read more

NortonBellamel merger to create leading Australian gold producer

first_imgNorton Gold Fields today opened its off-market scrip offer for all ordinary shares of Bellamel Mining. Bellamel shareholders will receive four Norton shares for every five Bellamel shares. The Board of Bellamel unanimously recommends that Bellamel shareholders accept the offer and have indicated that they intend to accept the offer with respect to all shares they control, in the absence of a superior proposal. Norton Chairman, A. Anthony McLellan said the company was looking forward to welcoming Bellamel shareholders and to the opportunity to create a leading Australian gold producer. “Both Bellamel and Norton’s interests are aligned in their plans to develop gold assets in the Kalgoorlie region. We’re confident Bellamel shareholders will see the benefits of a combined gold producer and the compelling logic of bringing the two companies together to deliver synergies and unlock shareholder value.”“The merger will bring together the exploration upside and development strategy of Bellamel with the substantial assets, development and operating skills and experience of a significant gold producer,” McLellan added. “This is the next step in our plan to develop into a major gold company. It follows our acquisition and turnaround of Paddington gold mine in August 2007. The combined entity will have significant JORC code-compliant reserves and resources in one of the world’s foremost gold provinces, together with a major operating mill.”The proposed merger would provide the ability to accelerate development of Bellamel’s Kalgoorlie West gold project by:Progressing the permitting of the Fort William project and bringing the project into early productionBringing development of other deposits forward using Norton’s Paddington millAdvancing the feasibility study into the development of a heap leach treatment operation at the Navajo Chief projectEnhancing Bellamel’s exploration program via integration with Norton’s overall exploration strategy.The merger of Norton with Bellamel has the potential to add significant value to the operation of Norton’s Paddington mine (Kalgoorlie) by enhancing the project pipeline of near- and longer-term deposits to be processed at Norton’s 3 Mt/y Paddington processing plant. The merger would further strengthen the Paddington Life-of-Mine plan by providing early access to additional sources of higher-grade oxide ore. The immediate targets could be expected to provide the opportunity for up to an incremental 25,000 oz/y to Paddington’s production from expected higher-grade oxide feed.Additionally, Bellamel’s projects offer considerable potential for a heap leach operation that would increase annual gold production at Norton’s Kalgoorlie operations. Norton intends to integrate the Bellamel exploration program within Norton’s existing program to deliver both growth in reserves and resources and higher grade feed to Paddington. Bellamlel’s assets are proximate to Norton’s Paddington mill.Norton Gold Fields is Australia’s fourth largest ASX-listed Australian gold producer. It also has active gold, copper, and coal exploration projects. Norton’s all-share offer to acquire Bellamel Mining will, if accepted, add 1.68 Moz of gold to the Paddington resources, and further extend the life of the mine.Bellamel also has the potential to develop a 40-50,000 oz/y gold heap leach operation. Additionally, the Bellamel properties are highly prospective for underground development. The company operates the Paddington gold mine near Kalgoorlie in Western Australia and is planning to develop the Mount Morgan mine project in Queensland. Paddington has a 4.8 Moz resource and a 3 Mt/y CIP plant capable of producing more than 150,000 oz/y of gold. With the planned addition of underground operations in FY2010, production is expected to lift to 250,000 oz/y of gold. Norton plans to augment this with up to 40-50,000 oz/y of gold from Mount Morgan.last_img read more

Have cake and eat it Photographed notes appear to show Brexit strategy

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Brexit plan? To ‘have cake and eat it’, according to glimpse of hand-written memo https://t.co/kjLkdclwPw pic.twitter.com/NRJr4Jp69k— HuffPost UK (@HuffPostUK) November 28, 2016 Tuesday 29 Nov 2016, 7:09 AM 21,261 Views THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT has distanced itself from a memo outlining plans for Brexit spotted as a lawmaker left Downing Street, which included the aim to “have cake and eat it”.“What’s the model? Have cake and eat it,” read the hand-written paper held by an aide accompanying Mark Field, a London MP for the ruling Conservative Party.The notes were caught by a photographer as Field left the Department for Exiting the European Union – an office set up in the wake of Britain’s shock 23 June vote to leave the bloc.The Brexit department would not detail the purpose of Field’s visit to Downing Street or who he had been meeting.“These individual notes do not belong to a government official or a special adviser. They do not reflect the government’s position in relation to Brexit negotiations,” a government spokesperson told AFP.The memo suggests Britain will fail to keep access to the European single market and will seek to keep the negotiations to two years, rejecting the idea of a lengthier transitional deal aimed at lessening the sudden impact of leaving the EU.“Keep the two years. Won’t provide more detail. We think it’s unlikely we’ll be offered single market,” the notes read.“Transitional – loathe to do it. Whitehall will hold onto it,” they say, referring to the view that pro-EU lawmakers in Britain would seek to make a transitional deal permanent.More than five months after the referendum, Prime Minister Theresa May has refused to outline the government’s Brexit strategy.The government’s promise to keep its playing cards close to its chest ahead of starting formal divorce proceedings with Brussels – which May has promised to do before the end of March – has also fuelled interest in any snippets of information out of Downing Street.‘Very French negotiating team’The notes photographed yesterday and published in British media go into brief detail on negotiating by sector, suggesting a deal on manufacturing will be “relatively straightforward”.“Services harder – because French hoping for business,” is also written, while “French likely to be most difficult” appears further down the page.Paris is just one of many European cities hoping to attract business away from the City of London financial hub, by promising access to the EU single market and free movement of workers.The memo also mentions a “very French negotiating team”, in an apparent nod to the European Commission’s top Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, a former French minister.“Canada Plus” is scrawled on the notepad, likely referring to the recent trade deal struck between Ottawa and Brussels, while the comment “no Norway” suggests London should not seek membership of the the tariff-free European Economic Area as part of its EU exit.The notes will prove embarrassing for Downing Street, following a memo leaked earlier this month which claimed the government had no overarching plan for Brexit.Civil servants are struggling to cope with more than 500 Brexit-related projects and an extra 30,000 extra staff may be needed to handle the workload, according to the memo, reportedly prepared for the government by a consultant.May’s team denied the claims and said it did not commission the report.- © AFP 2016Read: Enda Kenny says it’s impossible to negotiate Brexit within two yearsRead: Far-right extremist Thomas Mair will die in jail after he’s handed life sentence for Jo Cox murder ‘Have cake and eat it’ – Photographed notes appear to show Brexit strategy The UK Government has distanced itself from the notes. Short URL 55 Comments Nov 29th 2016, 7:09 AM Source: Huffington Post UK/Twitter By AFP Share53 Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3108174 last_img read more

Poll Are you worried about the future of the EU

first_img Poll Results: 38,586 Views 181 Comments Share Tweet Email British Prime Minister Theresa May Image: Daniel Leal-Olivas AP/Press Association Images http://jrnl.ie/3353938 British Prime Minister Theresa May Image: Daniel Leal-Olivas AP/Press Association Images Sunday 23 Apr 2017, 9:47 AM THE FUTURE OF the European Union has been debated a lot recently, on foot of Brexit and the rise of right-wight, anti-EU parties in a number of countries.French voters are taking to the polls today in the most unpredictable presidential election in decades.National Front leader Marine Le Pen, one of the favourites to win, wants to pull France out of the eurozone and has threatened to take the country out of the EU as well.If this came to pass, the EU as we know it could be over.We want to know: Are you worried about the future of the EU? By Órla Ryancenter_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article YesNoI’m not sureVote Apr 23rd 2017, 9:47 AM No (5994) I’m not sure (934) As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Short URL Poll: Are you worried about the future of the EU? The Irish government has repeatedly said it is committed to the European Union. Yes (9048)last_img read more

Explainer Why are aviation officials grounding the Boeing 737 Max across Europe

first_img 22,697 Views https://jrnl.ie/4537615 Mar 13th 2019, 12:06 AM 16 Comments An Air Canada Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft arriving from Toronto prepares to land at Vancouver International Airport Wednesday 13 Mar 2019, 12:05 AM Short URL Image: DARRYL DYCK/PA Imagescenter_img Share2 Tweet Email An Air Canada Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft arriving from Toronto prepares to land at Vancouver International Airport Image: DARRYL DYCK/PA Images Explainer: Why are aviation officials grounding the Boeing 737 Max across Europe? Authorities around the world have grounded the Boeing Max 737 following a crash on Sunday. AVIATION AUTHORITIES AND airlines around the world have suspended the operation of all variants of the Boeing 737 Max aircraft in recent days.The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) is among those to have suspended flights involving the aircraft, with two US-bound Norwegian planes grounded at Dublin Airport yesterday.Ryanair has also ordered 135 of the planes, and has options on 75 more, although chief executive Michael O’Leary says the company does not plan to change this.The move follows the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines flight on Sunday, in which 157 people – including Irishman Michael Ryan – were killed.Yesterday evening, the European Aviation Safety Agency also announced a Europe-wide suspension of flights involving the aircraft.Around 350 of the planes are currently in service around the world, while Boeing has also taken more than 5,000 orders for different versions of the carrier.It means a potential headache for both passengers and the aircraft manufacturer, with suggestions that this week’s developments could shape Boeing’s fortunes for years.‘No evidence’Safety concerns surrounding the 737 Max were first sparked after a Kenya-bound Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed minutes after it took off from Addis Ababa on Sunday.That alone may not have been enough to ground flights involving the aircraft, but it came four months after a Lion Air jet of the same model crashed in Indonesia, killing 189 people.Although no problems with the 737 Max have been identified, authorities and airlines felt compelled to act because the aircraft has only been in the air since 2017. One aviation expert who spoke anonymously to AFP outlined the similarity between the two crashes.“Like Lion Air, the [Ethiopian Airlines] accident took place shortly after takeoff and the pilots signaled they were experiencing problems, then the plane crashed,” they said.“The similarities are clear.” Nurses at the scene where the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed shortly after takeoff on Sunday Source: Mulugeta Ayene/PA ImagesBut Diarmuid O’Gorman, an aerospace engineering lecturer at IT Carlow, suggested that authorities may be jumping to conclusions.“Anyone could look at it and say they’re similar, but really we won’t know that until more information comes out,” he tells TheJournal.ie.“If you’re cynical, you could say that the regulatory bodies had to be seen to be doing something, even though they had no evidence.“It’s so new and so fresh that it’s possible that the regulatory bodies might be jumping the gun a little bit.”Future importanceSince going on the market, dozens of airlines around the world have embraced the 737 Max for its fuel efficiency and utility for short and medium-haul flights.But it’s not the first time the aircraft has faced skepticism from the aviation community.In May 2017, the company stopped test flights of the aircraft over concerns about the engine produced by CFM International, jointly owned by France’s Safran Aircraft Engines and GE Aviation.After October’s Lion Air crash in Indonesia, the aerospace community raised further questions about the lack of information on the plane’s anti-stall system.Following an initial investigation, Boeing issued a bulletin telling pilots what to do when faced with problems with its airspeed indicator and angle of attack sensors.In fact, the plane’s future is so important for the company that if any technical corrections are needed, the company says it will make them. Air China passenger jets parked at gates at Beijing’s international airport on March 11 Source: UPI/PA ImagesBut this week’s incidents have caused huge damage to the company, according to O’Gorman.“It could be incredibly damaging to Boeing, especially from a business point of view,” he says.“This new plane was going to be their show pony, so when lawmakers make a shout to ground flights like they have done, it doesn’t look good.”If investigators find a common cause for the Ethiopian and Indonesian tragedies stemming from the aircraft’s design, it could be a serious blow to Boeing and prompt airlines and passengers to shun the jet.“This could go worldwide if you see passengers voting with their feet,” O’Gorman says.“The worrying thing is that both incidents involved new aircraft in similar circumstances, even though there are many factors that can cause an airline to crash. It’s a tricky one.”Initial assessmentBut despite authorities in the EU, Australia, China, and airlines in Mexico, Brazil, and South Africa grounding the planes, the US regulator, the Federal Aviation Administration, has yet to do the same.On Monday night, the FAA issued a statement saying that while others have drawn similarities between the Indonesia and Ethiopia crashes, it was not willing to do so.“This investigation has just begun and to date we have not been provided data to draw any conclusions or take any actions,” the FAA said.This, as well as economic pressure from airlines and manufacturers may also see the planes take to the skies again, as carriers may struggle to source other aircraft for routes served by the 737 Max. United States’ National Transportation Safety Board and Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee check the debris of the crashed Lion Air flight in November Source: Xinhua News Agency/PA ImagesO’Gorman suggests that while a full investigation will take months, a preliminary analysis by Ethiopian authorities into Sunday’s crash could resolve the issue sooner than that.“They could certainly make an initial assessment of the accident and rule out an issue within weeks,” he says.“The flight recording equipment from the Ethiopian Airlines flight could show the aircraft itself is safe, and these kind of worrying problems could be sorted quite soon.”Until then, Irish passengers travelling with Norwegian from Dublin and Shannon airports have been advised to check with the airline for updates.A spokesman for Norwegian told TheJournal.ie that the company was continuing attempts to re-allocate passengers onto other Norwegian flights, while the company is also offering re-bookings to passengers affected by the grounding of 737 Max planes.With additional reporting from Associated Press and – © AFP 2019 By Stephen McDermott Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Cette nuit lIledefrance passe à la télé tout numérique

first_imgCette nuit, l’Ile-de-france passe à la télé tout numérique Aujourd’hui à minuit, tous les émetteurs de la région parisienne seront éteints, et seul le signal numérique sera rallumé, laissant une place exclusive à la télévision numérique terrestre (TNT).Cette nuit sera “une nuit sans télé” pour la région parisienne. C’est ce qu’a annoncé à l’AFP Olivier Gérolami, le directeur général de France Télé numérique. En effet après l’Alsace, la Bretagne ou la Bourgogne, c’est au tour de la région Ile-de-France de basculer à la télévision tout numérique de meilleure qualité de son et d’image. Un passage qui ne se fera pas de manière instantanée. À lire aussiIFA 2012 : Samsung ES 9500, un concentré de technologie Ce soir à minuit, tous les émetteurs analogiques comme numériques s’éteindront et seul le signal numérique sera progressivement rallumé. Les émetteurs de la Tour Eiffel et de Mantes qui desservent 85% de la région, seront remis en service dès 8 heures du matin alors que les 47 autres seront rallumés en cours de journée. Ainsi, demain à 9 heures, le signal atteindra normalement 93 % des Franciliens. Selon le Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel (CSA), le passage au tout numérique ne concernerait en réalité pas plus de 200.000 foyers franciliens. La majorité recevrait déjà la télévision numérique par l’intermédiaire d’une antenne adaptée, d’un décodeur TNT, du câble ou du satellite. Pour 3,3 millions de foyers, le passage consistera donc en quelques réglages : à savoir, lancer une nouvelle mémorisation des chaines sur le téléviseur. Les autres Franciliens qui ne disposent encore que des six chaines analogiques devront en revanche s’équiper d’un décodeur voire régler leur antenne, s’ils ne veulent pas garder un écran noir. Pour faciliter le passage, France Télé Numérique a mis à disposition un numéro de téléphone en cas de difficultés : 0970 818 818 et un site Internet tousaunumérique.fr (lien non disponible) pour répondre à toutes les questions des Franciliens. Après la région parisienne, ce sera au tour de l’Aquitaine et du Limousin fin mars de sauter le pas. Le 7 mars 2011 à 16:26 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Tanner on Tough Enough experience format of the TV show

first_img YouTube Summer Camps For Kids Now Playing Up Next Mae Young Classic participants debuting for ROH, ROH originals returning during UK tour Now Playing Up Next Facebook system.scripts.YouTube to pay fine for collecting data on kids Syracuse University Offering ‘Unofficial Pop-up Class’ To Become A YouTube Star Netflix announces season three of GLOW set to premiere Friday, August 9 Twitter Google+ Celebrating 100k Subscribers The Farmer Waycenter_img Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling sent this in.It’s a double dose of Tough Enough favorites on today’s Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling featuring the very popular Tanner from the 2015 Tough Enough class and the very outspoken 2011 Tough Enough contestant AJ Kirsch. First, Tanner dives deep into his perceived heat with ZZ and how the two are in different places in life. Tanner also discusses why he thinks he will succeed in pro wrestling and how the trainers were a large help to him and his future success. AJ Kirsch has gone on to do a lot of phenomenal work since appearing on the Andy Levine won season of Tough Enough but what does AJ think of where the show is going from here on out. It is a favorable take and a must listen show to say the least. Please Subscribe to The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling on iTunes and via YouTube by searching the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling or visit the OFFICIAL Website of the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling: www.tmptofwrestling.com & twitter.com/twomanpowertripFull Episode Download Link:http://tmptow.podomatic.com/entry/2015-08-26T21_00_00-07_00 WWE Tough Enough’s Tanner Shoots On Heat With ZZ:https://youtu.be/8IHDWKyyRPU WWE Tough Enough’s AJ Kirsch Talks Working With Steve Austin:https://youtu.be/riOT9xx6erE Tanner:His overall feelings of the Tough Enough experience:I was definitely blessed for the whole experience and the opportunity that was given to me and I have no regrets going through it. There were just a few things that maybe needed a bit more work, I just didn’t have time to improve fast enough on I guess. Overall the experience was mind-blowing. The way the Superstars interacted with us and the hospitality and sense of family that was built was an incredible experience.Breaking into the business via the Tough Enough casting process vs. traditional training:I think we are in a new age now so there are different tools that maybe are being utilized and experimenting with some ways that are social media based and we have to rely on votes from our fans. We had to impress our fans, judges and coaches so I think all that tied in and gives you different perspective and lets everyone know what the WWE Universe is looking for.Any resentment from the veterans or trainers:They worked with us and there was no hesitation or I never got a no. Any question I had or anytime I tried to work with them extra or any question I ever had they were all more than willing to accommodate and help out. I didn’t feel any resentment from them and I think they understand the business is trying to grow every day and is trying to do something new and they are trying to pass on their legacy towards us so we can uphold the traditions and stuff. Just to be put in that opportunity, they dealt well with us and taught us a lot.The format of judges, host and trainers all being current or former Superstars:I thought it was enjoyable and at times thought it was frustrating or nerve-wracking. You have to wonder do I have to impress the coaches this week during a challenge and then I’m going to have to impress the judges who maybe think something differently. There are different styles and they do all have different styles between the coaches and the trainers so maybe one thing that Billy Gunn loves Daniel Bryan may not like so much. Things like that and what you are thinking when you are going out there, then it comes down to the WWE Universe and your votes and your career depends on impressing them as well. It’s real confusing at times, who you are impressing and who you are angering.Daniel Bryan’s influence on Tanner during the competition:Daniel Bryan to me is a great guy. I had a few moments where I could sit down and talk with him off camera and he was in the weight room a couple of times and he is really an awesome dude, very humble, very knowledgeable. His outlook on how to approach things and just how he looks at situations are refreshing to see something like that. I try to stay out of mainstream stuff and that kind of thinking and he seems to have a similar thought process and so that is refreshing to see something like that and to interact with someone as well.His personality and charisma being a focus of the judges:Everything I learn, I just have to learn very mechanically. I have to learn the steps of how to do things and small things like that. To have my athletics at the high level that they are would give me time to focus on those fine tuning of the personality expressions and stuff. The Miz said to me that we see you in the reality portion, we see your personality and the only problem is not doing that in the ring. I just don’t entirely know how to and honestly I just need to learn and with a couple of acting classes or promo classes I can learn anything. Learning how to do that and learning how to express whether through my face or body language just putting my stage presence out there as being more dominant is what I am lacking.Heat with ZZ and the picture Tanner posted on Social Media of ZZ entering Burger King:That was actually sparked by a message I received from ZZ. Upon returning back home. I don’t have a lot of money, I have to work for everything I have so I am in the process of trying to set myself up to be able to train and support myself financially as well so coming back home so I went to an (MMA) fight and the promoter promoted me a bit because he had a lot of WWE fans there and I went to another fight this past Saturday night and I think that is why ZZ said what he said. ZZ said to me in a message I thought that you really wanted to do this (wrestling) and the first thing you do is go back home and you are back into your MMA world. I took that very offensively, coming from him. In my opinion he doesn’t understand the struggles I have to go through financially and that I make money off this. This is how I pay my rent and utilities. I think ZZ being so young he may not understand to struggle financially, I’m pretty sure his parents are paying for all of his stuff, he’s 19 he’s probably still living at home. I felt the need to expose the lies that he was claiming that he was eating healthier and he is eating better and manipulating the crowd and there he is. We go out to eat healthy and he walks over to Burger King. Don’t call me out on making a living for myself while you are doing your own thing and manipulating the world.Tanner gives much more about his time training on Tough Enough, more into his heat with ZZ, respect for the other contestants, his MMA background, his plans for the future and does he see himself getting back into the WWE Developmental System.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSyracuse University Offering ‘Unofficial Pop-up Class’ To Become A YouTube StarVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:31/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Russia pulls back a battalion from Ukraine border

first_imgSIMFEROPOL, Crimea — Russia said Monday it was pulling a battalion of several hundred troops away from the Ukrainian border but kept tens of thousands in place, prompting a worried response from the Kiev government about what the U.S. warned was still a “tremendous buildup.” Russia moved quickly to strengthen its economic hold on Crimea, with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev arriving in this newly annexed peninsula with promises of funds for improved power supplies, water lines, education and pensions for the elderly.Russia’s takeover of the strategic Black Sea region, its troop buildup near Ukraine’s border and its attempts to compel constitutional changes in Ukraine have markedly raised tensions with the West and prompted fears that Moscow intends to invade other areas of its neighbor. However, Russian President Vladimir Putin told German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a phone call Monday that some troops were being withdrawn from the Ukraine border, Merkel’s office said. The withdrawal involved a battalion of about 500 troops, Russian news reports said.The U.S. reacted cautiously to the Russian troop movement, with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel saying that “tens of thousands” of Russian forces still remained along the Ukrainian border, a situation he called “a tremendous buildup.”last_img read more

PIC Giorgia Andrianis plunging neckline bothers Arpita Khan asks her to cover

first_imgArbaaz Khan and girlfriend Giorgia Andriani.instagramBaba Siddique’s iftaar party is known for making news every year for all the right reasons. From Bollywood celebrities attending the event in full attendance to exes and current flames sharing warm and cold vibes under the same roof, everything about Siddique’s iftaar party makes its way to the headlines.This year too, the celebrities attended the event in full festive fervour flaunting their traditional avatars. While Shah Rukh Khan’s pathani suit became a hit on social media, it was Arbaaz Khan’s girlfriend, Giorgia Andriani’s beautiful Indian attire that grabbed the spotlight. Giorgia attended the event with beau Arbaaz Khan who also looked absolutely dapper.Arbaaz Khan with Giorgia Andriani at Baba Siddiqui Iftar party 2019.InstagramNow, as per a video shot by Spotboye, we came across a moment between Salman’s sister Aprita and Giorgia. While being engaged in a conversation, Arpita can be seen asking Giorgia to come closer to her. When Giorgia bends to listen to her, it appears that Arpita asks Andriani to cover up her plunging neckline. Giorgia immediately tries to cover her plunging neckline with her dupatta and Arpita can also be seen helping her out.Bigwigs of the industry – Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Arbaaz Khan, Katrina Kaif etc attended the event looking their spectacular best. Giorgia was seen bonding with Arbaaz and his estranged wife Malaika Arora’s son Arhaan Khan over lunch. The trio were spotted at a European cuisine restaurant in Bandra West when they stepped out after enjoying lunch together. Earlier, Arjun Kapoor, who is currently dating Malaika, was spotted on a lunch date with her and Arhaan.Speaking about his divorce, Arbaaz was quoted on India.com saying, “Everything seemed fine but it crumbled. Things don’t work out, and it’s only fair that two people who want to take their life in their own hands will take that decision.”last_img read more

VIDEO Momtobe takes comebacker to the face in baseball themed gender reveal

first_img Advertisement First, let me say, I personally think the trend of baby gender reveals is stupid, but when they go wrong they can be pretty funny.A dad and mom-to-be tried to pull of a baseball themed reveal, but things when wrong when the wife left the pitch up in the zone and hubby connected with a comebacker that tagged her in the face. Easy there Jose Canseco, it’s not like the scouts are there.It’s a boy, by the way.last_img

Cheyenne Jackson takes on new role playing Disney villain Hades

first_imgCan you picture him with a head of blue flames? | Photo: Wikimedia/Slate PR Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Cheyenne Jackson is joining the Disney family — as a villain. So what is Descendants?Originally premiering in 2015, Descendants is a TV movie musical. It follows the second-generation of Disney characters.The first movie follows the teenage children of villains Maleficent, the Evil Queen, Jafar, and Cruelle De Vil. The likes of Kristin Chenoweth and Kathy Najimy appeared in the film as Maleficent and the Evil Queen, respectively.Also in the franchise are the children of Disney royalty, such as Cinderella and Prince Charming, as well as Belle and Beast.The first film gained 6.6 million viewers.Two years later, Descendants 2 premiered and garnered an astonishing 21 million viewers.The third film arrives sometime next year. Kenny Ortega returns to direct, after helming the first two films.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS-center_img eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) The out actor has been cast as Hades, the villainous Lord of the Underworld from 1997’s Hercules, in the Disney TV movie Descendants 3.Jackson enthusiastically shared the news on Instagram, along with a picture of the blue-flamed god.Jackson’s Insta post | Photo: Instagram @mrcheyennejacksonHe wrote in the post’s caption: ‘WHAT IN THE HADES? Excited to announce what I’ve been working on. Thanks for welcoming me into the Disney family.’ Disney releases pride ears for a little more gay pixie dust in lifeIgnore Jack Whitehall, he’s not playing the first gay Disney characterDisney launches Pride collectionRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/cheyenne-jackson-disney-villain-hades/last_img read more

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The Mevion S250 is enhancing the center’s state-of-the-art radiation therapy department with a fully integrated proton therapy clinical treatment room. A second Mevion S250 treatment space has been reserved to support future clinical demand.Powered by a TriNiobium Core, the Mevion S250 is a unique proton therapy system that provides the same precise, non-invasive treatment capabilities and advantages of conventional systems but with significantly reduced size, improved reliability, efficient clinical workflow and lower implementation and operational costs. 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Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more last_img read more

Tourists beaten for defending woman from mans aggression

first_imgPolice are investigating a case of assault and battery after a man injured two tourists in Mazotos on Monday evening.According to a police report, a 41-year-old man entered the building of the Mazotos Νationalistic Αssociation at around 10.30pm and allegedly started shouting at the woman in charge of the canteen.A couple of tourists, a German man and a British woman, who were coming out of a bar opposite the building rushed to the scene to protect the woman.The 41-year-old, a Kiti resident, then assaulted and injured the tourists, who were taken to the Larnaca General’s emergency room for treatment.The attacker was arrested.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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