Delhi, Mumbai Airports Among World’s Best: Survey

first_imgDelhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport and Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport have been named among the world’s best airports in their respective categories in Airport Service Quality (ASQ) ratings for the year 2017 taken by Airport Council International (ACI).While Delhi was named as the best airport in 2017 for passenger service, Mumbai was placed on top for customer experience under the category of airports handling over 40 million passengers per annum. The Hyderabad airport came No.1 in the category of airports catering to 5-15 million passengers per annum for the year 2017. In the very same category, Kochi, Kolkata and Pune airports tied for the third place.Lucknow came in first in the 2-5 million passengers category, while Bengaluru and Chennai airports came second and third, respectively, in the 15-25 million passenger per year category in the survey results that were released on March 3 by ACI, an association of world’s airports comprising 1,953 member airports in 176 countries. ASQ helps in understanding how to increase passenger satisfaction and improve business performance.Congrats @DelhiAirport, @CSIAMumbai, #BeijingAirport, #ShanghaiPudongAirport & #TaiwanTaoyuanAirport on your #ASQAwards for Best Airport by Size – Over 40 million passengers per year! pic.twitter.com/DW0qDPKXd2— ACI World (@ACIWorld) March 6, 2018The survey takes passenger feedback on key 34 performance indicators, such as access, check-in, security, airport facilities, food and beverage and retail to rank the airports worldwide.Congrats @aailkoapt, @RGIAHyd, @baliairports, #ChongqingJiangbeiIntlAirport & @CSIAMumbai on your #ASQAwards for Best Airport by Size and Region – Asia-Pacific! pic.twitter.com/hMknysSHzi— ACI World (@ACIWorld) March 6, 2018The Delhi and Hyderabad airports are run by an association led by the GMR group while the Mumbai airport is managed by the GVK group and other associated groups.“We are set to undertake the expansion works at Delhi Airport in line with IGIA Master Plan-2016. It will not just provide necessary infrastructure boost to facilitate high air traffic and passenger growth, but a delightful passenger experience with the right fusion of technology and human touch,” Srinivas Bommidala, chairman, airports, at GMR group said in a statement.GVK group chairman GVK Reddy, said: “In 2007, when we had taken over the complete operations of the airport, the ASQ score was 3.53, and in 10 years we have got it to hover around 4.99 out of a maximum five. It is a testimony to the quality service provided in 2017.”The Indira Gandhi International airport was also named the seventh busiest airport in Asia and among the 20 busiest airports in the world. The airport handled 63.5 million passengers higher than Changi, Incheon and Bangkok airports in terms of passenger growth last year. The ASQ awards ceremony is going to be hosted in Halifax, Nova Scotia, during the ACI Customer Excellence Global Summit from Sept. 10-13, 2018. Related ItemsAviationlast_img read more

Alab Pilipinas get back on track, stop streaking Slingers

first_imgUFC 235: Jon Jones retains light heavyweight belt 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash League-leading Alab, which has been struggling on the road, upped its record to 17-4.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Alab, which took a stunning 116-103 loss to the Macau Black Bears four days ago, went on a 17-7 run to close the third quarter and take control of the game.PJ Ramos added 22 points, including a basket that put the game out of reach, 77-66, with 2:24 left, 17 rebounds and four blocks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesJohn Fields, Jerran Young and Xavier Alexander combined for 58 points but their contributions were still not enough as the Slingers’ winning streak ended at four games.Fields paced Singapore (13-8) in scoring with 21 points while Alexander had 18 points and 12 rebounds. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Alab Pilipinas. Photo from Asean Basketball LeagueSan Miguel Alab Pilipinas bounced back after beating the Singapore Slingers, 80-70, in the 2019 Asean Basketball League at OCBC Arena in Singapore.Renaldo Balkman had an efficient night finishing with a game-high 28 points on 11-of-17 shooting from the field that went with eight rebounds and six assists for the Philippine side.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Taking out Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan early was massive: Colin Munro

first_imgCenturion Colin Munro said dismissing the in-form India openers early was “massive” and credited their “outstanding” bowling attack for New Zealand’s 40-run win in the second T20 International here.Left-arm pace bowler Trent Boult sent back openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma in the second over to leave the hosts struggling at 11-2, chasing an imposing score of 196-2, built mainly on Munro’s belligerent knock of 109 not out that contained 7 sixes and as many fours.”(It was) massive. (Grabbing) wickets halts the momentum of the team and those two players are in good form like we saw in the first T20,” said Munro in the post-game press conference.”They put on a record partnership (158) and for Trent to come out, stand up and lead the attack like he did tonight was outstanding. As was Adam Milne.”To come out and bowl like they did gave us a lot of momentum and belief and then the spinners (Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi) could come in and do their thing knowing that they were behind required rate from the start,” added the South Africa-born player.India’s run-chase was halted at 156 for 7 as the visitors notched up a resounding 40-run victory after they had suffered a 53-run loss in the series opener at Delhi. The deciding last game will be played on November 7 at Thiruvananthapuram.On his own sensational knock, man of the match Munro, only the fourth batsman to score two T20 hundreds, said he relished the shortest form of the game.advertisement”I enjoy Twenty20, it’s a game where you know it’s a short game and you go out there to express yourself and when it comes off, it comes off. Sometimes you put too much pressure on yourself in the longer form where you’ve got to score runs all the time,” he said.”In Twenty20, you just got to go out there and express yourself and take the good with the bad. Sometimes it comes off like it did tonight and the other night it didn’t come off. You just got to go with the flow.”Talking about his two T20 centuries, Munro said: “Obviously the first hundred you score for your country, it always means a lot against Bangladesh. Again to come to India, play against a tough opposition and score a hundred and bat throughout the innings, means a heck of a lot.”The wicket was very good. I thought, when the bowlers bowled back of a length, changed their pace a little bit with a straighter line, I did find it quite tough to score. We bowled outstandingly well,” he added.The left-handed batsman, who put on a century stand (105) with fellow-opener Martin Guptill (45 in 41 balls), said the they have a good understanding.”I think Guppy had a lot of the strike early and he got off to a good start. He said the wicket was good so just play your natural game. And that helps me, Guppy facing the first couple of balls. I think that’s a tough role because wicket could be sticky, skiddy, so he enjoys taking the first ball.”The communication we have at the top of the order and throughout our batting is key in order to make (set up) those big targets. Guppy and I get along really well and it just naturally happens,” he said.Munro also heaped praise on Santner and Sodhi, saying the two complemented each other well.”Spinners were outstanding, I think. You saw them bowl in the T20 World Cup here and they were outstanding. In any conditions, those two have bowled really well in tandem. They come from the same association back home, Northern Districts,” he said.”They’re always talking to each other as well, on and off the field about what pace to bowl and what areas to bowl to certain batters. I think they just feed off each other,” said the Durban-born batsman.The Black Caps surprisingly left out wicket keeper and in-form batsman Tom Latham, described by Indian left arm spinner Axar Patel as the visitors’ best player of spin.”I think it’s a tough one on Tommy. He has been an outstanding batter on this tour so far. I think it’s just that both keepers are different kind of a bat, and I think they went with Glenn (Phillips) because of a different skill set.”Maybe batting towards the death, few more options I think, I’m not too sure exactly, but that’s my take on it.last_img read more

Infinix Note 5 launched in India: Specs, top features, price, availability and all you should know

first_imgAfter launching an entry-level phone called the Infinix Smart 2 in India last month, the Transsion Holdings-headed Infinix has announced a new budget segment smartphone in India today. The Infinix Note 5. The newly launched Infinix Note 5 is the direct successor to the Note 4, which was launched in the country in August last year. Going by the specs sheet and the outer design of the phone looks like Infinix has come a long way from the Note 4 and to the Note 5. The Android One powered Infinix Note 5 comes with much better design and hardware configuration compared to the Note 4.The Infinix Note 5 has been launched in India for a starting price of Rs 9,999 – this is for the 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage model. The top-end model of the phone with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage has been priced Rs 11,999. With the competitive price tag of the Note 5, Infinix is looking to compete with some of the market rivals that fall under the similar price segment like the Honor 9 Lite and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5.Overall, as far as the specs sheet is concerned, the Infinix Note 5 is a compact yet powerful smartphone and looks very interesting for its price. The Infinix Note 5 comes with a massive battery and a much bigger screen compared to the Note 4. The company also claims that the smartphone is capable of capturing clear and detailed pictures in low-light situations — unlike that the Note 4.Let’s take a detailed look at what the Infinix Note 5 offers out-of-the-box and all the key features that it brings to the consumers:advertisementInfinix Note 5 specifications:Screen: The Infinix Note 5 comes packed with a much bigger screen compared to the Note 4. The smartphone sports a big 5.99-inch FHD+ display with an aspect ratio of 18:9 and screen to body ratio is 85 per cent.Processor: On the hardware front, the Infinix Note 5 is powered by Helio P23 processor based on 16nm FinFET technology. The Infinix claims that the Note 5 delivers much better performance than its market rivals Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and Honor 9 Lite.Software: The smartphone runs Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box. For the Note 5, Infinix has partnered with Google to bring Android One program on board, something that even the newly launched Nokia 6.1 Plus and also the Nokia 51. Plus also come with.Rear camera: The Infinix Note 5 sports a 12-megapixel camera on the rear panel which is further paired with dual LED flash.Front camera: On the front, the Infinix Note 5 comes with a 16-megapixel AI selfie camera paired with AI bokeh selfie and AI beauty modeBattery: The smartphone is backed by a massive 4500mAh battery paired with AI power managementRAM: The Note 5 comes in two RAM variants – 3GB and 4GBStorage: The phone comes in two storage models as well – the base model with 32GB storage, while the top-end version with 64GB storage.Infinix Note 5 special features:–The massive battery. Compared to the Note 4, the Infinix Note 5 comes with a much bigger battery. The smartphone is backed by a 4500mAh battery setup that the company claims is capable of delivering up to 3-day power backup in a single charge. Infinix claims that the Note 5 can deliver up to 1300 hours of standby time, 38 hours of talk time, 152 hours MP3 playback time, 16 hours of video play time, and can last 10 hours of gaming sessions.–The Infinix Note 5 battery comes paired with AI power management. Meaning, the phone will be capable of adjusting the power consumption based on the user’s usage.–One of the key highlights of the Infinix Note 5 is that the company has partnered with Google to bring Android One program onboard. This means the Infinix Note 5 comes with a stock Android interface – no additional apps – and timely security updates.–The Infinix Note 5 comes with enhanced low-light camera capabilities. The company claims that both the front and rear panel cameras are capable of capturing clear and detailed pictures in low-light scenarios. The smartphone also comes with AI beauty and AI bokeh modes.–The smartphone sports a circular shaped fingerprint sensor which the company claims can unlock the phone in just 0.2 seconds.–The Note 5 comes with dual SIM and dual VoLTE support.ALSO READ: Infinix Note 5 with Android One, 4500mAh battery, 16MP selfie cam launched in India, price starts at Rs 9,999– The smartphone comes with fast charger support and is paired with 18W Xcharge. Infinix claims that the Note 5 can deliver one full day battery life in just 30 min of charge.–The Infinix Note 5 sports a premium glass finish design and the edges of the phone are tapered which make the phone easy to hold and operate in one hand, claims companyadvertisementInfinix Note 5 price and availability:As far as the pricing is concerned, looks like Infinix with the Note 5 is looking to compete with phones like Honor 9 Lite and also the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5. The Note 5 comes in two variants — the base model comes with 3GB RAM/ 32GB of internal storage with a price tag of Rs 9,999, while the top-end model with 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage has been priced at Rs 11,999. The smartphone has been launched in three colours — Ice Blue, Milan Black, and Berlin Grey. The Infinix Note 5 will go on sale in India starting August 31, exclusively on Flipkart.last_img read more

Army reservist relieved of military duties over alleged links to neoNazis

first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA — The Canadian military is relieving a Manitoba army reservist of his duties and speeding up his request to leave the Armed Forces following allegations he is a member of a neo-Nazi group.The Department of National Defence says Master Cpl. Patrik Mathews will no longer participate in military activities in any form or return to work and will officially leave the Forces in the coming weeks.In a statement, the department says the measures were deemed necessary considering the seriousness of the allegations and the risk to unit morale and cohesion.Mathews had applied to leave the Forces in April, but came under the spotlight last week after a Winnipeg Free Press story linked the combat engineer with the 38 Canadian Brigade Group in Winnipeg to a neo-Nazi group called the Base.Defence chief Gen. Jonathan Vance later said Mathews had been under formal military investigation weeks earlier while the RCMP is also reportedly conducting its own probe.No arrests or charges have been laid and the Defence Department says their investigation is ongoing.last_img read more

Germanys Angela Merkel to Attend UN Migration Compact in Morocco

Rabat – The Intergovernmental conference on migration will take place from December 10-11.Merkel’s visit was confirmed by Germany’s Government spokeswoman Martina Fietz on Friday, according to RT.Prior to Fietz’s announcement, Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita held talks with his German counterpart Heiko Maas on the preparations of the conference. The German official said that Morocco is a major partner in several fields, including migration. Read Also: UN Applauds Morocco’s Efforts to Adopt Global Migration PactThe discussion, which took place in Berlin on Thursday, was also an opportunity to discuss Merkle’s participation in Marrakech’s migration conference.The migration pact aims to address humanitarian concerns, human rights-related, and developmental aspects of international migration.It also seeks to protect the dignity of all migrants, regardless of their status.The compact also promises to ease pressures on countries that welcome and host refugees.Morocco has established itself as a country of destination rather than just being a transit country.In 2013, Morocco introduced its National Policy on Immigration and Asylum to offer protection to migrants and refugees.The North African country has also launched regularization campaign for migrants and refugees who are aiming to settle in the country.Just days before the intergovernmental conference, Morocco will also be home to the 11th summit of the World Forum on Migration, which will be held on December 5-7 in Marrakech. Co-chaired by Germany and Morocco, the forum on migration also aims to tackle questions related to migrants’ rights to decent working and living conditions in their host countries. read more

Jessica Alba on Marrakech Its Almost Too Much Beauty to Absorb

Rabat – American Hollywood star Jessica Alba has experienced the beauty of Morocco in the city of Marrakech, where she celebrated her 38th birthday.Wearing a billowy dress and standing in front of a traditional Moroccan door colored in mint green, the star captioned her post with thanks to her husband Cash Warren, who accompanied her on her magical journey in the ochre city.“I’m so grateful for so many things. My that walk outside of my body Honor, Haven and Hayes. My person @cash_warren that brings out the best in me and sees my potential often before I do. My incredible family who support me through thick and thin and always have my back no matter what. My homies who are my chosen family. I love you all so very much,” Alba wrote. Read Also: In Pictures: Idris Elba and Model Sabrina Dhowre’s Wedding in MarrakechDescribing Marrakech, Alba said she was mesmerized by “the beauty, the colors, the incense, orange blossom, spices and most importantly the people in Morocco.”The actress said that “it’s almost too much beauty to absorb.”She concluded her message, saying, “Everything we’ve experienced in #marrakech has been Incredible! Epic bday!”Alba has starred in “Valentine’s Day” (2010), “Little Fockers” (2010), “Spy Kids 4-D” (2011), and “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” (2014).Marrakech is a popular destination of local and international visitors and celebrities enjoying their holidays, weddings, and birthdays.Over the weekend, British actor Idris Elba and model Sabrina Dhowre celebrated their wedding in Marrakech.Last year, pop superstar Madona threw a birthday party in Marrakech. The city also recently attracted three international Real Madrid superstars. read more

UN committee on torture prevention holds meeting with HRCSL

The Subcommittee will be visiting places of deprivation of liberty and will hold discussions on Sri Lanka establishing an independent National Preventive Mechanism.The Optional Protocol, which Sri Lanka ratified in 2017, requires such a mechanism to be established with the authority and capacity to undertake preventive visits to any place where persons may be deprived of their liberty.“During our visit we will be exploring the steps Sri Lanka needs to take to effectively prevent torture and ill-treatment of people deprived of their liberty,” said Victor Zaharia. “We will also advise the authorities on the full implementation of their treaty obligations, including how they can best establish a national independent body to visit places of detention.” The delegation includes Victor Zaharia, Head of Delegation (Republic of Moldova), Satyabhooshun Gupt Domah (Mauritius), Petros Michaelides (Cyprus), and June Lopez (Philippines). (Colombo Gazette) The delegation comprised of Victor Zaharia, (Head of Delegation), Staybhooshun Gupt Domah, Petros Michaelides, and Ms. June Lopez. The SPT Delegation met with Dr. Deepika Udagama, Chairperson of the Commission and Commissioners Ms. Ramani Muttetuwegama and Ms. Ambika Satkunanathan and discussed issues of mutual concern and interest. The United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture is on its first visit to Sri Lanka to examine the treatment of people deprived of their liberty and the safeguards in place for their protection against torture and ill-treatment.Their talks in Colombo will focus on advising and assisting the Sri Lankan authorities regarding the measures they must take to be in compliance with the obligations contained in the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture. A UN committee on torture prevention has met with the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL), the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka said today.The delegation of the UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture (SPT), currently in Sri Lanka, visited the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka. read more

How the Associated Press collected information on CBD vapes

The cannabis extract CBD is marketed as a healing remedy that, unlike its cousin marijuana, doesn’t get users high. As demand increases, however, some vapes marketed as delivering an inhalable form of CBD in fact contain dangerous, illegal synthetic marijuana.As part of an investigation into CBD vapes, The Associated Press wanted to understand the availability of products spiked with synthetic marijuana. AP sought information about testing of spiked CBD from federal law enforcement as well as crime labs or other law enforcement authorities in all 50 states. AP then used that information, as well as postings from online discussion boards, to purchase vape products that could be spiked, and lab tested those samples.— LAW ENFORCEMENT TESTING: AP requested data about CBD testing that showed the presence of synthetic marijuana in products that authorities picked up during criminal investigations. AP did not specify whether the sample was a vape or edible product, such as gummy bears.Officials in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Virginia all reported positive hits. Law enforcement and regulatory agencies in another 22 states that responded to AP’s requests said they had not found synthetic marijuana in CBD vapes or edibles, though some of those agencies said they had not tested CBD products or that they had analyzed only a few samples. Agencies in other states either did not respond to requests, said they could not search their databases for CBD, or said that the information is related to criminal investigations and therefore confidential. Michigan wanted $202 to release its information, which AP declined to pay.AP sought U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration testing results by filing a Freedom of Information Act request in March. The agency is still processing that request.— ASSOCIATED PRESS TESTING: AP commissioned testing of 30 vape samples at a private lab that has been licensed and inspected by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Reporters purchased 29 vape pods or cartridges online and in shops in California, Florida, Maryland and South Carolina. One additional cartridge was provided by a college student who was admitted to the emergency room after puffing it. The samples covered 13 different brands.The testing was done by Flora Research Laboratories in Grants Pass, Oregon. The lab used an analytical method called high-performance liquid chromatography-DAD-accurate mass Q-TOF to detect the presence of 371 types of synthetic marijuana. The lab also quantified the level of CBD as well as tetrahydrocannabinol, the compound known as THC that gets users of natural marijuana high. That analysis used a method called high-performance liquid chromatography-DAD.— RESULTS: Neither AP’s testing nor law enforcement findings are representative of the entire CBD vape market and therefore cannot accurately predict how likely users are to encounter a spiked product.The information provided by law enforcement agencies and laboratories showed 128 positive samples out of more than 350 tested. Most hits for synthetic marijuana were in vape products. Edibles such as gummy bears accounted for 36 positives. Three samples contained the powerful opioid fentanyl.Of the 30 vapes that AP paid to be tested, 10 contained synthetic marijuana. The lab analyzed 28 vapes for CBD and found that eight had no detectable level, while 14 were less than 0.3% CBD by weight. The other six ranged between 1.07% and 8.87% CBD by weight.The Associated Press read more

First of 33000 Congolese refugees relocated to new settlement in Angola –

Addressing journalists in Geneva, Adrian Edwards, a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said the Lóvua settlement was created “to improve the living conditions of refugees.”Built on about 33 km2 of land allocated by the Government of Angola, the site allows refugees to receive a plot of land to build shelters and to grow food to supplement their food rations.UNHCR and partners plan to relocate tens of thousands of Congolese refugees to the new site, which is some 100 km inland from the border with the DRC.“While the security situation in the Kasai region remains volatile, the Angolan authorities and UNHCR with partners are ready to provide protection and assistance for up to 50,000 Congolese refugees by the end of 2017 at Lóvua,” Mr. Edwards said.Some 33,000 refugees are currently in reception centres that Mr. Edwards termed “over-crowded.”The UN agency has called for financial support to assist the refugees. A humanitarian appeal for $65.5 million launched in June is only about 32 per cent funded.“Additional funding is urgently needed to continue developing infrastructure and services for refugees in Lóvua settlement,” Mr. Edwards said. read more

Tyler Engle leads Ohio State baseball pushes young teammates

With the Ohio State baseball team coming into the 2011 season with a new coaching staff and six first-time starters in the lineup, it’s imperative that there be senior leadership. Although senior shortstop Tyler Engle came into the year with the most games played for the team, he, like most of his teammates, struggled out of the gate. Engle has played in 190 games for OSU, starting 186. He made his first appearance as a Buckeye in the third game of the season against Seton Hall in 2008. He played his first game as the shortstop two games later, and took over as the starting shortstop that same year, March 9 against Connecticut. Through 18 games this year, OSU had an 8-10 record and was heading into Big Ten play with a weekend series against Northwestern. Engle went 1-for-3 as the Buckeyes had just defeated Xavier, 4-1, in OSU’s home opener. To that point, Engle was batting .214 and had racked up nine errors — both uncharacteristic numbers for the four-year starter. Before this season, Engle was a .252 career hitter and was coming off his best defensive season with just 10 errors. About the time of the Xavier game, Engle said he re-evaluated his season and decided it was time to step up his game as he had done many times for the Scarlet and Gray. He said he knew his days as a Buckeye were numbered. “It kind of hit me that I was having a rough year, and it’s about to end,” Engle said. “I only had so many days left to play as a Buckeye and play ball.” Coach Greg Beals agreed. “They can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and they’re trying to push that light further and further away,” Beals said. “They want to play as long as they can, and they’re just playing with great determination.” As Big Ten play began, Engle became a threat with his bat at the bottom of the lineup. He had the second-highest batting average on the team and the highest among Big Ten shortstops this year, .353 against conference opponents. “My approach is different at the plate,” he said. “I like to be more patient than I used to be. I was scared of striking out, and now they’re a part of the game.” Beals said Engle and senior third baseman Matt Streng’s second half of the season made an impact on the team’s young lineup. During that time, Engle raised his batting average to .275, which is tied for fourth on the team. “We need that leadership,” Beals said. “We need those seniors to pull the younger guys that don’t have that experience yet. If you look back four weeks in the season, it has been a huge boost to us.” Engle’s performance in Big Ten games is one of many reasons the Buckeyes were able to get back into the conference tournament a year after they barely missed playing in it. Engle said last year was disappointing and that, although several people counted out OSU early in the season, he is thankful to the coaching staff for keeping the team focused enough to play until the end. “We have a lot of young guys playing, and as a team we have never really thought that way,” Engle said. “The coaches would not allow us to get that way. They deserve a lot of credit for getting our minds right.” The Buckeyes begin the Big Ten Tournament at 12:05 p.m. today against Minnesota, and, for most of the team, it will be the first time playing postseason ball at the Division I level. It will be Engle’s sixth conference tournament game. Engle hails from the small town of Beverly, Ohio, about two hours southeast of Columbus. Playing at a big university such as OSU was a big deal for his hometown. When he signed with the Scarlet and Gray four years ago, it was front-page news in The Marietta Times. He said there would be a big Beverly crowd in the stands at Huntington Park and that he is happy his friends and family will be there. “It’s just a great atmosphere,” Engle said. read more

WWE pulls Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks match for RAW Women’s Championship from Clash of…

first_img Sasha Banks Takes A Break From WWE To Deal With Injury WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands Jeffery Adam Phillips unknown Videos Articles Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha As of Saturday morning, WWE.com is no longer advertising the previously announced WWE RAW Women’s Championship match between Charlotte and Sasha Banks for the upcoming Clash of Champions PPV on September 25 in Indianapolis.WWE had announced the match this past Monday night during RAW after a promo involving Sasha Banks and Dana Brooke where she had teased retiring. It is not known at this time why WWE has decided to pull the match from the card.The only matches that now remain advertised for Clash of Champions are Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins for the WWE Universal Championship and The New Day vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson for the WWE RAW Tag Team Championships.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between BrandsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Charlotte Flair Now Playing Up Next Joe Facebook Videos Articles September 10, 2016 at 8:33 pm Advertised this match during Backlash tonight, so… WWE’s Sasha Banks Opens Up About Concussion Sasha Banks Gets Cagey When Asked About Feud With Alexa Bliss So much for all championships being defended! THEY WHAT?! That was Night of Champions, you can’t have all titles defended anyways if it’s only one brand. WhatsApp Cameron Huff Becky Lynch September 10, 2016 at 8:09 pm WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions Will Sasha Banks Return To The WWE? Twittercenter_img Paul Meade September 10, 2016 at 2:44 pm September 11, 2016 at 11:28 pm Now Playing Up Next September 11, 2016 at 12:04 am Now Playing Up Next gtafan4life I guess WWE wants to make it official on RAW first. Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next September 10, 2016 at 9:07 pm Śãłīėrì Græÿ RAW’s storytelling is not as good as of SDLive Ronda Rousey I’m thinking it’s probably gonna be turned into a Triple Threat with Bayley added to the mix. She DID beat Charlotte non-title on Raw. At least, I hope that’s what it is, ‘cuz #1, that’d be a good match, and #2, the alternative is that something maybe happened to Sasha. Videos Articles Google+ 8 COMMENTS Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest September 11, 2016 at 1:29 pm I’m guessing it’ll be triple threat James Finn September 10, 2016 at 10:35 pm Comments are closed.last_img read more

Guitarist Jay ‘Bird’ Koder’s Christmas concert returns to Crossroads

first_imgLocal guitar ace Jay “Bird” Koder continues an annual Clark County tradition Friday at Crossroads Community Church with a big, rockin’ Christmas concert that raises money for some rockin’ good causes. He’ll be joined by a full electric band and the church’s Love NOW Children’s Choir.The concert will support Crossroads’ Love NOW ministry, which provides support for local foster care families year-round — and makes an extra effort to provide toys and gift cards at Christmas. The ministry also works closely with Ogden Elementary School and recently amassed donations of more than 18,000 granola bars for students at Vancouver Public Schools. Further afield, the ministry travels annually to impoverished areas of Hungary, Mexico, Lebanon and Macedonia to bring medical help, mental health care and suicide prevention, and reconciliation between different displaced peoples.Twenty-six members of the church were in Hermosillo, Mexico, on a mission trip in the spring when they encountered that famous caravan of migrants coming north, according to outreach pastor Stuart Smith.“We came alongside a couple churches in the area that were doing a lot of work helping them, facilitating meals, doing trash pickup,” Smith said. “We let them know we just wanted to help them. There were a lot of politicians running around too, but we wanted to stay out of politics. We just wanted to make sure people were safe and fed.”Smith was distributing slices of watermelon when he happened to notice a transgender woman who stopped in her tracks to relish the treat, he said. “For some reason this person who I’d given some watermelon, she stopped and took a bite and she savored the sweetness of this watermelon,” Smith said.last_img read more

New Jersey Lawmakers Pass Bill to Minimize Encroachment

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The New Jersey General Assembly on Thursday approved a measure requiring a state official to intervene when potential land use conflicts between military installations and their neighbors arise, sending the legislation to the governor’s desk.“The goal of this legislation is to ensure that communities surrounding installations and members of the military on the bases don’t run into conflict simply because of a lapse in communication,” Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak (D) said in a press release. “Giving both commanders and government officials a seat at the table during the planning process can help resolve any existing land use problems and avoid future conflicts altogether,” he said.The bill, A-2518, requires the state military and defense economic ombudsman to communicate with installation commanders and representatives of the state, counties and municipalities to minimize land use conflicts between installations and local governments’ planning units.The state created the ombudsman position last November to coordinate efforts to advocate on behalf of the state’s military installations ahead of federal budget cuts or a future BRAC round. Establishing the ombudsman position was one of the recommendations of the New Jersey Military Installation Growth and Development Task Force, which was created by Gov. Chris Christie (R).The measure also requires the land use plan component of municipal master plans to show the locations of military facilities and to incorporate strategies to avoid potential conflicts.“The insights of commanders can go a long way toward avoiding conflicts with neighboring communities,” said Assemblyman Bruce Land (D), who sponsored the bill with Andrzejczak.The measure passed both houses of the Legislature unanimously.last_img read more

Up close with the rare and unique aircraft of the Yanks Air

first_img Amid the steel, aluminum and rust at the Yanks Air Museum Boneyard Related on CNET The decay, rust, and sky of an aircraft boneyard A vast oasis of aircraft lies deep in the Arizona desert Welcome to the Boneyard, a desert tomb for US military aircraft Inside the amazing Spruce Goose at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum Protectors of planes past at the Yanks Air Museum Tags 38 Photos Out back is another gem of this museum: a boneyard. Partially complete aircraft sit in the sun, waiting for their time to be restored to their former glory. It’s one of the few boneyards you can actually walk through unsupervised. We did a whole separate story on that, and took a bunch of pictures. When I was a kid, three models of fighter jet dominated the media. The iconic F-14 was immortalized in Top Gun. Then there’s Iron Eagle and its F-16. Its three (!) sequels were watchable in that “Blockbuster at 9:30 on a Friday night pick-something or we’re leaving” way. And as far as the F-15 goes, I hope everyone who wanted one was able to have Starscream … or at least Leader-1.Today the F-14 is retired, but the F-15 and -16 are still widely in service. While many museums have some or even all of these aircraft in their collections, it’s rare to see them all next to each other. The toys of my youth, full-size. I’m exploring the Yanks Air Museum, in Chino, California. It includes a full restoration shop that rebuilds and restores classic aircraft. Many of the planes at the museum were restored on site. Even more amazing, most of these aircraft are still flyable. Here’s a look around. Post a comment Aircraft of everyone’s youthI’ve seen F-16s at other museums before, but its two contemporaries put its diminutive size in sharp relief. To give you a rough idea, the F-16 is like a compact car sitting next to the Mack-truck-esque F-15 and even larger F-14. Before you get to the jets, however, there’s the Legends hanger, where propeller aircraft from the dawn of flight through WWII sit in beautifully restored form. In another rare pairing, there’s even an early P-51 Mustang next to a late-model P-51 Mustang. It’s amazing to see how rapidly the design progressed during the war. Once you’ve had your fill of biplanes and gyrocopters and medium-size bombers, you head to the Starfighter hanger, with myriad jets from the end of WWII to the modern era. There’s a few more WWII aircraft in here, including an SBD Dauntless, a P-40, and even a Wildcat built by General Motors.Next I proceed over to the Restoration hangar. A half dozen restorers are working diligently on several WWII-era aircraft. This is a slow process; one restored P-39 took nine years to complete. Finding pieces is always a challenge, as you’d expect. Many of the aircraft they restore here go beyond beautiful museum pieces. They get restored all the way to being airworthy again. Share your voice Protectors of the pastChino isn’t a long drive from Los Angeles. Even better, the drive will let you tour Yanks Air Museum, the boneyard and a whole other air museum on the opposite side of the airport. That one’s called the Planes of Fame, and we’ve got a full tour of that coming soon. As far as Yanks goes, I recommend timing your visit during one of their special events. Several times a month they’ll have things like cockpit tours of some of their aircraft. Air museums are great, but being able to see inside these beautiful beasts is a whole other experience.    But for now, check out the galleries above to see all the hard work the expert restoration team has put into these classic and historic aircraft.As well as covering TV and other display tech, Geoff does photo tours of cool museums and locations around the world including nuclear submarines, massive aircraft carriers, medieval castles, airplane graveyards and more. You can follow his exploits on Instagram, Twitter, and on his travel blog BaldNomad. He also wrote a bestselling sci-fi novel.  0 54 Photos Culturelast_img read more

Congress gives compensation cheques to Sonebhadra victimss families

first_imgPriyanka tweeted a picture of Congress workers distributing the cheques on Saturday.TwitterA congress delegation on Saturday handed over compensation cheques to the kin of the victims killed in a clash over a land dispute in Sonebhadra district’s Umbha village.Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had said after meeting the victim that her party will pay Rs 10 lakh each to the families of those killed and also provide monetary help to the injured.Priyanka tweeted a picture of Congress workers distributing the cheques on Saturday. “It was my effort to make the voice of Sonbhadra Massacre victims get heard. I wanted them to realise that they are not alone. I met them to share their pain and promised to extend financial help to them. Today, congress leaders handed over the cheque to the victims,” she wrote. TwitterAt least 10 people were killed and 20 others were injured when a village headman and his aides opened fire at a group of people over a land dispute at Umbbha village in Sonebhadra district on July 17.The Congress leader had arrived in Varanasi on July 19 and met the injured persons admitted to the Trauma Centre of the Banaras Hindu University. When she proceeded towards Sonebhadra, her convoy was stopped on the Mirzapur border.”I have not done anything wrong and so I will not fill the bail bond. District administration and the government is free to send me to jail if they want,” she said.She further said that she just wanted to meet the victims’ families. “I am clear that I will meet them,” she said. Detained priyanka Gandhi refuses to file bail bond in Uttar Pradesh Closelast_img read more

Islands record in registering trademarks dismal

first_imgThe island’s record in registering traditional Cypriot products has been a dismal one, while authorities here have yet to settle on a standardised definition of what constitutes a traditional product, MPs said on Tuesday.Legislators heard that since 2004, when Cyprus joined the European Union, only five Cypriot products have been registering on an EU level, while trademarks on three other products (other than halloumi cheese) are pending the European Commission’s decision.The file to certify three cold meat products from Pitsilia – sausage, ham and smoked pork – was filed to the European Commission one-and-a-half years ago.Some 15 years after acceding to the EU, only five local products – sweets, cold cuts – have received either an EU protected designation of origin (PDO) or protected geographical indication (PGI).MPs were discussing the overall situation following the recent debacle where Cyprus lost its trademark on halloumi in the UK to a private company there.A British court ruling dated November 28 revealed the case was lost due to the inaction of the relevant department in Cyprus, which failed to send the necessary documents to the UK in time for them to be examined by the court.Several officials were summoned to the House commerce committee to explain the state of play, with MPs later lamenting that the foot-dragging in patenting local products is costing the island millions in potential exports.Disy MP Andreas Kyprianou said the sluggishness observed went far beyond the case of halloumi.Of the 28 products which the agriculture ministry has earmarked as being potentially designated as traditional goods, files for only five of these have been prepared because the producers did not bother to put together files for the rest.“This is unacceptable,” Kyprianou said.Another problem was the fragmentation of powers among the various departments at the ministries of commerce and agriculture.The Disy MP urged the state to assist producers in setting up cottage industries in the countryside. The government in collaboration with local communities should organise seminars informing producers of opportunities from local and EU subsidies.Akel’s Costa Costa observed that, to date, there is no standard definition as to what constitutes a traditional product.“After the incredible fiasco and Cyprus’ embarrassment overseas with the loss of halloumi in Great Britain, we hope the government has learned its lesson,” he noted.For his part, Diko MP Angelos Votsis said that from the committee briefing he did not get the sense that the government is taking the matter seriously enough.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Central Bank sees shallower 2014 GDP drop than 42 per cent updated

first_imgBy Michele KambasCyprus’ economy could contract less this year than the 4.2 per cent expected by the country’s bailout lenders, the Central Bank Governor said on Wednesday.The European Union and International Monetary Fund, which will lend Cyprus €10 billion under a year-old rescue deal, revised the projected drop in output lower last month from an earlier estimate of 4.8 per cent.At a news conference, CBC Governor Chrystalla Georghadji cited data showing an annual decline in first quarter output of 4.1 per cent compared to 5 per cent for the quarter before.“Based on that assessment, the troika’s projection for a 4.2 per cent decline in growth for the full year is rather pessimistic,” she said. “We would expect it to be around 4.0 per cent.”Since its March 2013 rescue, under which the island was forced to shut down a loss-making bank and impose losses on depositors in another lender, Cyprus’ economy has proved more resilient than many had expected.Last week, it made the swiftest return to financial markets of any bailed-out country, selling a €750 million five-year bond yielding 4.8 per cent.Georghadji, who also represents Cyprus on the governing council of the European Central Bank, said the island would fully dismantle capital controls imposed at the time of the bailout when confidence in the banking sector was restored.Domestic controls were fully lifted in May, but restrictions still exist in transactions with the outside world.Efforts to shore up the financial industry, wrecked by its exposure to Greek debt and by the rescue plan, were beginning to yield results, she told the news conference in Nicosia.Georghadji later said commercial banks were wise to try to raise capital ahead of eurozone-wide stress tests later this year for which they should be “absolutely prepared”.“A capital issue would be a prudent move for them to move towards the stress tests reinforced,” she told journalists, adding that better buffers against future losses for commercial banks could also help hasten the removal of capital controls.Bank of Cyprus, which recapitalised last year by turning a percentage of deposits at the bank into equity, said on Tuesday its board would discuss capital issues and funding at a meeting on June 26.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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