Pradera continues to dominate PAL field

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  CEBU – Talk about going for the kill.Pradera Verde, even with its biggest gun resting, cracked par for the second straight day on Wednesday and is now on the verge of slaughtering the PAL Ladies Interclub Championship division field over a Cebu Country Club layout here that has been at the mercy of Lubao-based squad’s young roster.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NU fights off UST, improves to 2-1 Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:10PNP-HPG to field 695 personnel to secure ‘Undas’05:18After the Typhoon Part 201:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Saso, the 16-year-old former Philippine Team mainstay, birdied all the four par-5s in the opening round as she maximized her length off the tees to conquer the 5,100-yard layout.The Filipino-Japanese will also be looking to put the individual championship in the bag, and she would most likely have to do it at the expense of teammate Effendi and Constantino.Constantino came out for the second straight day and has a total of 109 points, one-under for two days.Meanwhile, Rita Horan fired 49, Christine Popp shot 42 and Jocelyn Garcia 39 as Alabang wrested the Founder’s Division lead with a second day 129 for 255, two points ahead of Manila Southwoods-Legends. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Indonesian Michela Effendi fired a three-under-par 69 worth 57 points, Harmie Constantino chipped in with 56 and Kristine Torralba accounted for 53 as Pradera pooled a second round 166 for 331, the highest ever two-round score recorded in the event’s 12-year history.READ: Newcomer Pradera leaves PAL field gaspingFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBreaking par for the second straight day has also never happened before, and taking the brunt of that was reigning six-time champion Manila Southwoods-Masters, which could only come up with 153 to be 34 points behind.And unless Pradera fails to come to the venue to play the third and fourth rounds, it’s all over but the shouting as the rookie squad announced its coming in style and will dethrone SW-Masters in the most convincing way in the next two days. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments Cebu CC fired 133 points for 273, 24 points behind SW-Masters.Bernice Ilas shot 53 points, Mika Fortuna contributed 52 and Sofia Chabon never got going and accounted for just 48 as SW-Masters sputtered for the second straight round.Coach Norman Sto. Domingo, despite the big lead, is not about to take it easy as he bared that he will have the talented Yuka Saso leading his third round crew to do the mop-up job this early.Saso played in the first round on Tuesday and fired 59 points. She will lead a team that will debut 13-year-old Annika Pineda-Cayabyab.“We will go all out and try and extend our lead,” Domingo said after watching his last player hole out on the difficult 18th hole of the age-old layout. “We would want to get this done early so that the players can relax on Friday (in the final round).”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

HI and IHF agree “in principle” on merger

first_imgAfter squabbling for long over who should run the game in the country, Hockey India and Indian Hockey Federation appeared to be heading towards a merger with both the federations agreeing “in principle” to form a unified body.The Sports Ministry had proposed a merger plan and had asked both HI and IHF to furnish their views on it, while also warning of stern action against both the bodies if they fail to do so.HI had already replied agreeing to most of the Ministry proposal while the IHF had sought time till Tuesday to give their views.IHF president RK Shetty with HI secretary Narinder Batra.The IHF on Tuesday submitted its reply to the Ministry proposal and its president R K Shetty said it has agreed to most of the merger provisions.A meeting was to be held between HI and IHF on Tuesday but did not happen. Some IHF office bearers though had a meeting with Ministry officials.”We had sought time till today to give reply to the Ministry proposal. We have submitted our reply today. We have in principle agreed that there should be a unified body,” Shetty said.”We were to have a meeting with HI today but it could not be held as they had some prior engagements. But we had a meeting with Ministry officials. The Ministry gave us a lot of confidence on the merger issue. It’s a positive step,” he said.A Ministry source said that the response from the IHF was a positive one and merger issue could be settled in a week’s time.advertisement”IHF has submitted their reply. It was a positive response from the IHF. We are hoping that the merger issue would be sorted out in a week’s time,” the source said.In the merger proposal, the Ministry has asked HI to increase its executive board strength and include all the current IHF office bearers in it.The ministry has asked HI to make former IHF president KPS Gill as the life-time patron of the merged body and also appoint an IHF office-bearer as a senior vice-president.- With inputs from PTIFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

There is no taint on me, says N Srinivasan

first_imgBCCI President-in-exile N Srinivasan was on Thursday formally appointed the first Chairman of the ICC after its 52-member council approved a controversial revamp of the body’s administrative structure.Srinivasan was questioned on the Supreme Court probe and Gurunath Meiyappan in a press conference at Melbourne after his appointment as ICC chairman.Q. It’s well-known that you’ve been stood down as BCCI president by the Supreme Court for the duration of that investigation. Can you explain why you are an appropriate pick and proper person to run world cricket given your involvement in that investigation?Srinivasan: Actually the court did not ask me, I stepped aside voluntarily. I do not know if you have followed the reporting of that. The committee made a report which did not involve me, but they had given a sealed envelope in which they said there were some unsubstantiated, unverified allegations made by some people, which the court is looking into. I said I’ll voluntarily step aside during that period.Now, as far as I’m concerned, I have done nothing wrong. There is no wrongdoing on my part, and therefore my conscience is very clear that there is no taint on me, and whatever investigation is there will take its course will come out, reports will come out. But unless I have in my mind any doubt or if I have done anything, then what you say possibly is — then one has to think.  But for what I have not done, I have no concern. Q. When you say there is no taint on me, does that include your son-in-law?Srinivasan: My son-in-law, there are some charges against him.  He has to defend himself in court.  I mean, it’s a question of it’s going to be proved or not proved, but that’s up to him.  This is a question — this is a question about me. Q. But it reflects on you. It’s your team.Srinivasan: I think you have to wait until the final, until everything is clear at the end of the day.  If nothing is proved, I think all this comment would have been unfair, isn’t it.advertisementlast_img read more

National selectors legality in question ahead of ODI team selection

first_imgThe five member Indian selection committee will meet in Delhi on Thursday to select the team for the five-match one-day series against New Zealand. But currently the selectors are more uncertain of their future than the players they sit to select.A five member selection committee has always been sacrosanct in Indian cricket. Each selector representing a zone and the choice of reserve players often dictated by zonal considerations. The Supreme Court appointed Lodha committee tried to address this by recommending a three member selection committee regardless of their zonal belonging. This recommendation has since turned into an order and it’s one of the many points of the Lodha report, BCCI has refused to implement.Thursday morning, when the Chief Justice of India sits to decide if he reads BCCI’s actions as non compliance, each of the five selectors will also be keeping a close eye on the proceedings. (Anurag Thakur’s last-ditch effort ahead of Supreme Court hearing on status report)BCCI has always argued three selectors are not enough to scout talent in a vast country like India where 28 teams play Ranji Trophy. Somewhere they miss the point that the Lodha committee has also recommended a talent research team to assist the selectors.The MSK Prasad-led selection committee has received a fair amount of flak for their combined Test experience of 13 Test matches where two of the selectors have not played any Test cricket. The Supreme Court appointed committee has mandated a three member national selection committee, all of whom should have played Test cricket.advertisementThe best case scenario for the chosen five by a BCCI AGM, would be for the three Test selectors in the panel to be allowed to stay and the other two Gagan Khoda and Jatin Paranjpe to be inducted in the talent research committee.Instead if the court no balls the entire selection committee itself, the 4pm selection meet to select India’s one-day team to New Zealand would go in jeopardy.The BCCI long involved in a legal tussle with the Courts may have scheduled the meet only to add to the confusion.last_img read more

Xiaomi Redmi 4A to go on sale today at 12pm, exclusively via Amazon India

first_imgXiaomi Redmi 4A will again go on sale today at 12 pm via Amazon India. The sale ends at 1pm. Xiaomi phones previously were available sold through flash sale models only which sometimes made it difficult to purchase the phone. Though the phone has eliminated the registration process now and avoids calling it a flash sale but it is pretty much the same thing as the phones go on sale for specific time slot and go out of stock in no less than 10 minutes.Xioami launched its  budget smartphone Redmi 4A this year in March in India, after it launched in China in November. The device costs Rs 5,999 and competes against the likes of Moto C, Samsung Galaxy On5  and Xiaomi’s own Redmi 3S smartphones. The dual-SIM Redmi 4A will be available in Dark grey and Gold colour options. The phone will also sell on company’s official website.Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi 4A review: An entry-level phone never looked so goodTo recall the specs, Redmi 4A has a polycarbonate body and runs MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The smartphone sports a 5-inch HD display with 720×1280 pixels of resolution. The Redmi 4A is powered by  1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 425 SoC clubbed with the Adreno 308 GPU and 2GB of RAM. The smartphone is backed by 3120mAh battery and supports fast charging. On the photography front, Redmi 4A comes with a 13MP rear camera with PDAF, f/2.2 aperture and LED flash. On the front, the smartphone comes with 5MP selfie-shooter with an f/2.2 aperture. The  Redmi 4A is packs in 16GB of internal storage which is expandable up to 128GB via microSD card.   Connectivity options onboard are support for 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth v4.1., Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and GPS/ A-GPS.advertisementThe smartphones is limited to one unit per buyer and orders more than one will be auto-cancelled by the company. The sale also includes offers on Mi phone cases priced at Rs 349, Rs 150 less than the original prices. Also, first 1,00,000 customers will be eligible for a credit of Rs 200 on the Kindle books.last_img read more

Fenerbahce Beats Nets, 101-96

first_imgNEW YORK — The Brooklyn Nets lost their preseason opener Oct. 5 to Turkey’s Fenerbahce Ulker, which got 18 points from former NBA lottery pick Jan Vesely in a 101-96 victory.Brook Lopez scored 18 points for the Nets and Wayne Ellington added 16.With a big crowd of fans cheering them on, the Istanbul team improved to 2-2 all-time against NBA clubs. Bogdan Bogdanovic, a 2014 Phoenix Suns draft pick, added 17 points, and another former NBA player, Gigi Datome, had 16.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

VVS Laxman pens autobiography, to hit stands in Nov

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 20 (PTI) Veteran cricketer VVS Laxman, known for the suppleness of his wrists, will now bring his expertise into play as he picks up the pen to write his tell-all book, which will hit the stands on November 20. Westland Publications today announced the release of the former Indian cricketer’s autobiography titled, “281 and Beyond”. The title has been borrowed from the Hyderabad stylists fabulous series-turning innings of 281 against Australia at the Eden Gardens in 2001. “It (writing the book) was an emotional journey that left me drained at the end of each session. Several incidents that I had all but forgotten suddenly sprang back into memory as I relived my life in great detail. It was hard work, but it was also great fun,” Laxman said.Though promising to be an “honest and frank” account of the cricketer’s journey, it comes with the important caveat of “no dressing-room secrets”.”I have been honest and frank, and shared the experiences that have made me the person I am. Without revealing dressing-room secrets, I have tried to offer a peek into the psyche of Indian cricket, and some of its most celebrated sons,” said the ever-smiling non-controversial batting great. Laxman, who announced his retirement from international cricket in 2012, played 134 Tests, amassing 8,781 runs at an average of 45.97. He scored 17 centuries and 56 half centuries.He also played in 86 ODIs for an aggregate of 2338 and average of 30.76 in the shorter format. “VVSs account of his life is refreshingly candid and full of insights into the way cricket is played — at the domestic, national and international level,” Gautam Padmanabhan, CEO, Westland saidadvertisement. The autobiography will be launched as part of the publishing house’s new imprint, Westland Sport. PTI MG TRSTRSlast_img read more

Arsenal team news & likely line-up

first_imgPremier League Arsenal Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Everton Chris Wheatley Last updated 2 years ago 16:00 10/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alexis Sanchez Arsenal Everton Clive Mason/Getty Images Premier League Arsenal Everton v Arsenal Everton Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Goodison Park on Sunday Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will be fully aware of the threat Wayne Rooney poses when his side face off against Everton on Sunday.The Frenchman was on the receiving end of Rooney’s debut goal for the Toffees almost 15 years ago this month — one which Wenger remembers vividly.Arsenal 15/2 to win 2-1“He came on and straight away you could see that this guy has special talent. If we speak about him now, it means that he lasted 15 years and at the top level that is absolutely exceptional — you need a special talent for that. Overall I think that sums it up well.Everton are on a run of disappointing form and without star man Romelu Lukaku, who joined Manchester United in the summer, but Arsenal’s poor away form will give hope to Ronaldo Koeman’s side.Wenger’s men go into the match off the back of a narrow 1-0 win in Belgrade but memories of Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Watford are likely to be lingering ahead of a tricky-looking match up at Goodison Park.ARSENAL INJURIES Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey are expected to return to the Gunners starting XI for their trip to Everton. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Danny Welbeck, Shkodran Mustafi, Calum Chambers and David Ospina are out until after the international break but Santi Cazorla is unlikely to be involved in first-team matters until the turn of next year.“Alexis, Koscielny and Ramsey will be alright,” confirmed Wenger.“Welbeck is out. He has a groin problem, I think it will be two to three weeks before he is back. He will not be back before the international break.“Mustafi will not be back before the break, and Ospina as well. Ospina is not very bad, he has a grade one [groin problem] so it’s just a couple of weeks. Mustafi is a bit worse than Ospina.“Calum Chambers as well will be back after the break, and everybody else is alright.”Danny Welbeck Arsenal Watford 141017ARSENAL SUSPENSIONS Arsenal have no players suspended for this game.ARSENAL POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UPWenger could decided to bring back Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez into the starting XI for the game against Everton.Alexandre Lacazette is likely to start up top while Granit Xhaka and the returning Aaron Ramsey will partner each other in central midfielder.The wing-backs will be Hector Bellerin and Sead Kolasinac while Rob Holding, Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal appear likely to make up the back three.Arsenal XIEVERTON TEAM NEWS Everton may be in 16th place but a win against Arsenal on Sunday could see them close the gap on the Gunners to two points.Toffees boss Ronald Koeman was criticised for his team selection in the Europa League defeat to Lyon on Thursday as the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Wayne Rooney and Phil Jagielka were rested.James McCarthy is fit and available for selection but Seamus Coleman, Yannick Bolasie, Ross Barkley and Ramiro Funes Mori are all out injured.Koeman’s last victory in the league was almost a month ago against Bournemouth but he will be confident coming up against an Arsenal side who have a poor away record.Wayne Rooney EvertonBEST OPTA MATCH FACTS Everton have won two of their last four Premier League home games against Arsenal (D1 L1), having failed to win any of the previous six against them at Goodison Park. Arsenal have won 11 Premier League away games against Everton — only at West Ham and Aston Villa (12 each) have they won more. There has been a red card in three of the last four Premier League meetings between these sides (Laurent Koscielny in May 2017, Phil Jagielka in December 2016 and Gareth Barry in October 2015). Arsenal have beaten Everton more times than any other club has beaten another in English Football League history (94 wins). Arsene Wenger has beaten Everton 30 times in all competitions as Arsenal manager — more than he has against any other side during his time at the Gunners. Since the start of last season, Arsenal have both given away and conceded 11 goals from the penalty spot, more than any other current Premier League side. Wayne Rooney’s first Premier League goal was against Arsenal in October 2002 — he has scored more Premier League goals against the Gunners than any other player (11). TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME The match is being televised live on Sky Sports and kicks off at 13:30 BST.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Halifax Sendoff For Nova Scotia Tree for Boston

first_img FOR BROADCAST USE Hundreds gathered in Halifax’s Grand Parade for a send-off of the Nova Scotia Tree for Boston, today, November 16th. Each year, Nova Scotia sends a Christmas tree to the people of Boston to say thank you for their help in the aftermath of the Halifax Explosion in 1917. This year’s tree is a 47-foot (14 metre) white spruce from Crown land along Route 395 in Ainslie Glen, Inverness County, close to the Waycobah First Nation. Boston Parks Commissioner Chris Cook came to Halifax today to take in the event for the first time. The tree is now on its way to Boston on a Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal flatbed truck. The tree-lighting ceremony on Boston Common takes place on Thursday, December 1st. -30- Hundreds gathered in Halifax’s Grand Parade for a send-off of the Nova Scotia Tree for Boston, today, Nov. 16. Each year, Nova Scotia sends a Christmas tree to the people of Boston to say thank you for their help in the aftermath of the Halifax Explosion in 1917. This year’s tree is a 47-foot (14 metre) white spruce from Crown land along Route 395 in Ainslie Glen, Inverness County, close to the Waycobah First Nation. “Each year we remember the tragedy that struck our province almost 100 years ago, and the immediate help and relief provided by the people of Boston,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “The Christmas tree is a symbol of our gratitude. We will never forget the kindness Bostonians showed us in a time of need.” The tree made its way through Halifax today via Halifax Police escort and stopped at St. Stephen’s Elementary School, which became pen pals with Mather Elementary school in Boston to learn more about the annual tree tradition. Boston Parks Commissioner Chris Cook came to Halifax to take in the event for the first time, which this year featured musical performances by Nova Scotia band the Town Heroes and the First Nations We’koqma’qewiskwa Drummers. “We are pleased to be representing the people of Boston as the tree departs while experiencing firsthand the warmth of our friends in Nova Scotia, the beauty of their province and the culture of the Waycobah First Nations people,” said Mr. Cook. “We have met Nova Scotians of all ages who have welcomed us and expressed their appreciation for what Bostonians did in 1917, as well as the bond that has grown between us ever since.” The tree is now on its way to Boston on a Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal flatbed truck. It will stop in Amherst for a public viewing and photo opportunity at 4 p.m. It will arrive at Boston Common on Friday, Nov. 18, under police escort, and will be decorated with thousands of LED lights. The tree-lighting ceremony on Boston Common, Thursday, Dec. 1, will feature a live musical performance by the Town Heroes. The ceremony attracts about 20,000 people and is broadcast live on WCBV television, an ABC affiliate, to an audience of about 300,000. To learn more, go to Follow the tree’s journey on Twitter through @treeforBoston and like the tree on Facebook at read more

Feds redo child benefit forms amid concerns atrisk families missing payments

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal government is rolling out a simplified application form for the Canada Child Benefit so payments get to the people the program is supposed to help the most.The decision comes months after the minister in charge, Jean-Yves Duclos, was briefed about mounting concerns that eligibility rules and the application itself for the Trudeau government’s signature child benefit may be acting as a barrier for some “at-risk” families.While take-up rates are high, there are potentially thousands of eligible recipients who don’t receive the benefit because they are informal caregivers who aren’t recognized as legal guardians, or live on reserves and haven’t filed tax returns.Duclos was told in a briefing note that the application would be overhauled to address concerns that it was too difficult to understand for some families, particularly newcomers to Canada.The government says the new form is to be published this month just as the benefit goes up to keep up with increases in the cost of living.On Saturday when the new benefit year begins, the maximum annual payment will increase to $6,639 for every child under age six, and $5,602 per child aged six to 17.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Hollywood North Vancouver ranks third in pilots production surpasses New York for

first_imgVancouver once again ranks third in North America when it comes to TV pilots production.A new report from Film L.A. found that 25 pilots had been scheduled for production in 2015-16 for Vancouver, up from 16 for 2014-15.Los Angeles had 82 pilots in production (down from 91 in 2014-15) and New York City had 28 (up from 25). Toronto ranked fifth with 12 (up from nine). Facebook Of all the pilot production markets, Vancouver has seen the biggest jump, up 67 per cent compared to last year.“In addition to the generous subsidies, growth in Canada was also driven by the exchange rate, which offers American producers an additional 20- to 25-per-cent savings based on the value of the Canadian dollar, which plummeted over the past year,” the report stated.TV pilots are used by networks to test-run a potential new series. The cost of a television pilot can vary, depending on the type of show: drama or comedy. Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Opposition questions US interest on Sri Lanka

The opposition today questioned the keen interest the United States is having on Sri Lanka with several top US officials already having visited the country this year.Opposition Parliamentarian Dullas Alahaperuma said that while the Government says it is following a middle line in Sri Lanka’s foreign policy, the reality does not seem to be the case. Alahaperuma noted that even after the August 17 Parliament elections, before the cabinet took oaths, three Ministers took oaths so they could have talks with US Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal who was visiting the country at the time.US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (Designate) Thomas Shannon is the latest US official to visit Sri Lanka. “I the last four months there were six US officials who visited Sri Lanka. In the past six months so many US officials have not gone to any other country. Are they coming with a good intention,” he asked. Alahaperuma said that over the past four months top US officials including Nisha Biswal, Samantha Power and Thomas Shannon visited Sri Lanka and had talks with the Government. Speaking at an event today Shannon said Sri Lanka is an example of the power of citizens to reinvigorate their democracy, to retake control – through the ballot box – of their country’s trajectory, and to set a course to a brighter future.He said the US now looks to Sri Lanka to also provide inspiration to others around the world, to show them how justice and compassion can overcome a difficult past and help create a stable and prosperous future, and strengthen a nation’s security, prosperity, and prestige. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Small island States to hold talks on their difficulties at UN development

The small islands meeting – where the States will have the chance to present their situation to the rest of the world and seek help for tackling key challenges – will open this year’s 12th session of the CSD, which is being held at UN Headquarters in New York.Anwarul K. Chowdhury, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, will address this week’s meeting.The session will serve as a preparatory meeting for a five-day conference in Mauritius, beginning 30 August, that will review what progress has been made on the programme of action approved at a previous conference in 1994 in Barbados on the sustainable development of small island developing States (SIDS).The Barbados Programme of Action focused on such issues as climate change, tourism, natural disasters, waste, energy and transport. The Mauritius meeting is expected to also examine trade, HIV/AIDS, information technology and security concerns.In a recent report, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said progress since the Barbados meeting has been mixed, with many of the 40-plus SIDS facing major challenges in eradicating poverty, dealing with the HIV/AIDS epidemic and coping with the effect on tourism of security concerns. read more

Ryanair places big order to buy 175 Boeing 737s but at hefty

by Shawn Pogatchnik And Scott Mayerowitz, The Associated Press Posted Mar 19, 2013 5:47 am MDT Ryanair places big order to buy 175 Boeing 737s, but at hefty bulk discount AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DUBLIN – There’s finally some good news for Boeing: European discount airline Ryanair announced Tuesday it will buy 175 of the company’s popular 737 jets, the largest order ever placed by a European carrier.Chicago-based Boeing Co. has struggled ever since its new 787 Dreamliner was grounded by regulators in January following problems with its electrical system. It also was dealt a major blow Monday in the race to win the single-aisle plane market when Indonesia’s Lion Air signed a deal with rival Airbus for 234 A320s.Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary said the deal will allow his airline to expand in markets such as Germany, Spain, Italy, Poland and Scandinavia. Neither side disclosed the purchase price for the 737-800s, but O’Leary said it did negotiate a bulk discount off the total list price of $15.6 billion. Ryanair received a 53 per cent discount on a prior 737 order. This time, O’Leary said he was paying “slightly higher” prices.“I’m paying higher prices, I’m just not allowed to say so,” O’Leary said, joking that Boeing executives got him drunk on St. Patrick’s Day.He said Ryanair will cease dividends and share buybacks for the next two to three years to help pay for the jets.The deal was timed to coincide with Tuesday’s visit by Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny to Washington, D.C., to meet President Barack Obama and senior American legislators for St. Patrick’s Day-related events. Kenny plans to visit the Seattle area, the base for Boeing manufacturing, later this week.Kenny, appearing alongside Obama, called the Boeing-Ryanair deal a contract “of extraordinary proportions” and a sign of Ryanair’s stunning run of success.Ryanair already operates a fleet of 305 Boeing 737-800 aircraft, each with 189 seats, one of the tightest configurations in the industry. It is Boeing’s biggest European customer for the model, which launched in 1997 and faces global competition from the Airbus A320.Boeing’s primary 737 assembly line in Renton, Wash., faces a transition to building a newer model called the 737 MAX by 2017. Ryanair’s order represents about a half-year of full-time work for the plant.Ryanair has yet to sign on for the new MAX jet, but O’Leary said he has assembled a team to evaluate the new version of the 737.“Today’s order is a very much interim order and will hopefully be a forerunner to ordering the MAX later on,” he said at a signing ceremony in New York.Ray Conner, the head of Boeing’s commercial airplanes division, said this deal fills most of his 737 assembly line capacity until MAX production begins.Conner said the problems with the 787 had “no bearing on this (deal) at all.”Ryanair expects to get the first new planes at the end of 2014. O’Leary said about 75 of the new-order 737s would replace older airplanes, but the fleet would grow to 400 by 2019. He said Ryanair expected its passenger volume to grow around 20 per cent to 100 million passengers by 2019, by which time its workforce would expand from 8,500 to around 11,500.O’Leary has spent years playing hardball with Boeing to secure the best possible price for his next bulk order.The purchase contract for much of Ryanair’s current Boeing fleet was agreed in the months following the 9-11 terrorist attacks, when airlines struggled to place new orders. Later Ryanair’s regulatory filings in Dublin confirmed that it received a 53 per cent discount off Boeing’s list prices. In 2009, O’Leary noisily withdrew from talks to purchase more 737s and hinted that Ryanair might turn to Airbus.But both sides sang each other’s praises Tuesday.Conner said Boeing’s “partnership with this great European low-cost carrier is of the utmost importance to everyone at The Boeing Company, and I could not be more proud to see it extended for years to come.”Ryanair is one of the world’s wealthiest airlines, with more than $4 billion in cash available. Its business model offering Internet-only sales of low-fare tickets — accompanied by a panoply of extra charges for credit card payments, checked baggage, boarding cards and reserved seats — is increasingly copied by the industry.Ryanair’s specifications on its Boeings do away with standard touches, with no business-class seating and no tray tables on the backs of seats, permitting tighter spacing of passengers.O’Leary said one key advantage of the 737 was the ability to fit 189 passengers on board, but he’d love to add 10 more seats — something that would require removing the two rear toilets, a move regulators would be unlikely to permit.O’Leary repeated his headline-seeking proposal, originally made three years ago, to charge for use of the one remaining front toilet. He quipped that Ryanair would donate those profits to “prostate cancer and incontinence research.”___Mayerowitz reported from New York. read more

Big Ten to broadcast MinnesotaNebraska in virtual reality

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Big Ten network is making Saturday’s football game between Minnesota and No. 21 Nebraska available in virtual reality.BTN released a statement on Thursday saying it has partnered with VOKE, a virtual reality provider that will use four, 180-degree HD cameras to bring a new perspective to the game. The game will also be available by regular broadcast on the Big Ten network.To access the virtual reality version of the game, users must download VOKE’s GearVR app and use a Gear VR headset and Samsung mobile phone. by The Associated Press Posted Nov 10, 2016 11:30 am MDT Last Updated Nov 10, 2016 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Big Ten to broadcast Minnesota-Nebraska in virtual reality read more

Mens lacrosse Buckeyes offense faces strong test against Penn State

OSU then-junior attackman Eric Fannell (20) during a game against Michigan on April 16, 2016 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State men’s lacrosse team’s success thus far has been bolstered by a strong defense. For a win this weekend in University Park, Pennsylvania, that production will have to be consistent.On Sunday, the No. 5 Buckeyes (9-1) will take on No. 3 Penn State (9-0) in a clash of team strengths. OSU heads into the contest with the No. 3 scoring defense in the NCAA, averaging 7.20 goals given up per game. In contrast, the Nittany Lions are ranked No. 4 in scoring offense, averaging 15.33 goals scored per game.The Buckeyes have faced stiff competition all year, but they must regroup after suffering their first setback of the season in a 12-7 loss to Notre Dame. It was the second time this season in which the Buckeye defense had given up double-digit goals in a game.Penn State is one of the toughest challenges for the stellar Buckeye defense. Freshman attack Mac O’Keefe leads the way with 34 goals on the season, and he dictates how the PSU offense flows.OSU coach Nick Myers has taken notice of his team’s opponent, and the Nittany Lions offense is a focal point.“You’re immediately drawn to the fact that they have been able to generate offense in a number of ways,” he said. “They have a very skilled attack and are very well-coached.”From a player’s perspective, it comes down to what they have on their own sideline and the trust they have with their teammates to continue to play well defensively.“They have threats on offense and we know that, but we like our guys,” said Tom Carey, OSU’s redshirt senior starting goalie. “We want to do our best to put their shooters in spots that we want and give up the looks we want.”Like Carey mentioned, the Buckeyes have supreme faith in whoever is tasked at stopping the Penn State offense. The team wants to force the issue using its style of play to limit them to very few chances at scoring opportunities. With that being said, the goalie position has stepped up and contributed while using a rotation between Carey and junior Matthew Smidt.With rotations at a position in any sport, there can be concerns about inconsistent play. For the OSU defense, they have been an exception and have excelled with the duo. Both Carey and Smidt have kept their goals against average within Myers’ acceptable range, and they exert their upperclassman leadership whenever they enter a game.As for this weekend, Myers has his eyes set on who will lead the team onto the field in the Big Ten opener.“Tom (Carey) is our starting goalie and will start on Sunday night, and I think we need to do a really good job of supporting him,” Myers said.He said the duo is able to step in at any point due to the chemistry between them.“At the end of the day we’re great friends, and that (competition) comes with the territory of playing goalie,” he said. “It’s definitely clear that the coaching staff trusts both of us. Whichever one it is (on the field), we’re confident in the team in front of us.”Whether the team sticks to a rotation this weekend remains to be seen, but the team believes it will be prepared for whatever Myers chooses based on the flow of the game.Opening faceoff is set for 7 p.m. Sunday. read more

Filing tax statements in Greece

first_imgThe submission of income tax statements for the fiscal year 2013 (i.e. for income received from January 1st 2012 to December 31, 2012) is commencing. According to the current rulings of the Greek Ministry of Economics, the deadline for the submission of income tax statements has been extended for all tax payers to 30 June 2013. Who should file income tax statements in Greece? Every person, resident of Greece, over the age of 18, regardless of the amount of income that he received or his relevant tax payment obligation. Foreign residents (like Greek Australians) who are ‘tax-connected’ to Greece, due to the fact that they own properties, receive rents or have any other income in Greece, (no matter the amount of their income) must submit income tax statements (E1, maybe E2 etc). How is the tax statement submitted? From this year onwards, income tax statements are submitted only electronically, through the official Greek Tax Authority website (taxisnet). In order to use the taxisnet web system, tax payers must first record their personal information at the taxisnet web page, obtain a username and a password; finally, their appointed tax representative must obtain their serial key number (‘klidarithmos’) from the Tax Authority’s department of registry in order for the web account to be activated. Following this, taxpayers will obtain unimpeded access to past filings and income tax notices and they will be able to submit electronically their current and future income tax statements. Foreign residents will also have to provide the Tax Authority. along with their income tax statements, with a certificate of tax residence (from the ATO) for the current fiscal year, proving that they are foreign tax residents and that they are duly taxed abroad (in Australia) for their global income. Alternative evidence may apply. Since the tax statement is submitted electronically, the appointed representative of the taxpayer must submit said tax certificate to the competent tax authority in person. Your tax representative in Greece (lawyer, accountant, etc) may be appointed from Melbourne through a limited Power of Attorney, properly drafted by any lawyer, entitled to practice Greek Law.* John Tripidakis is an Australian registered foreign (Greek) lawyer in Melbourne, entitled to practice foreign (Greek) law only. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Le typhon Nesat menace le Vietnam des milliers dévacués

first_imgLe typhon Nesat menace le Vietnam, des milliers d’évacuésAprès son passage dévastateur sur les Philippines, le typhon Nesat se dirige vers le Vietnam. Face à la menace, le pays a fait évacuer des milliers d’habitants tandis que des vents violents secouaient déjà le territoire. Le bilan s’est encore alourdi aux Philippines suite au passage du typhon Nesat. Désormais, ce ne sont pas moins de 43 victimes qui ont été recensées par les équipes de secours qui continuent de s’affairer dans les zones sinistrées. Mais alors que le phénomène climatique a quitté l’archipel depuis plusieurs jours c’est un autre pays qu’il menace désormais.  À lire aussiDes plongeurs croisent une étrange créature dans les profondeurs des PhilippinesDans l’après-midi, Nesat devait atteindre les côtes nord-est du Vietnam déjà balayé par les vents violents qui précèdent le typhon. “Selon nos prévisions, après avoir atteint la terre, la tempête sera plus faible mais restera puissante”, a estimé Bui Minh Tang, directeur du Centre national des prévisions météorologiques du Vietnam. Face à la menace, les autorités ont ainsi ordonné l’évacuation de quelque 5.000 habitants d’une île située près de la ville portuaire de Haïphong, selon la radio Voix du Vietnam. De même, les bateaux ont été rappelés dans les ports et les paysans ont dû récolter plus tôt que prévu pour limiter les pertes éventuelles. En Chine, l’alerte rouge avait également été déclenchée pour le typhon mais les autorités ont décidé de rétrograder le phénomène en “violente tempête tropicale”. Quelque 300.000 personnes avaient néanmoins été évacués sur l’île de Hainan. Vendredi, des vents violents et des pluies torrentielles continuaient de s’abattre sur les côtes du sud-est de la Chine.Le 30 septembre 2011 à 19:39 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

NASA Celebrated 60 Years With Stunning Lunar Visualization

first_img NASA in July celebrated 60 years of aeronautics and aerospace research with a special shout out to Earth’s satellite.The space agency partnered with the National Symphony Orchestra for a concert featuring mission images set to cosmic music—including Claude Debussy’s “Clair de Lune” (“moonlight” in French).I dare you to watch the video below—created by NASA science visualizer Ernie Wright—and not feel the sting of tears in your eyes.Wright works in the Goddard Space Flight Center’s Scientific Visualization Studio, using NASA data to develop accurate visuals of celestial bodies. He made the imagery accompanying “Clair de Lune” with photos collected by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO).Since its 2009 launch, LRO has harvested data on the Moon’s radiation, chemistry, temperature, and topography—the latter lending to an accurate map of the orb’s terrain.“The thing about the Moon is that the shadows are everything. If you don’t do that well, you’ve pretty much lost the game,” Wright said in a statement. “There aren’t vibrant colors like on the Earth or Jupiter or Saturn.”To my untrained eye, he has done that exceptionally well, designing a stunning documentary of the pockmarked planetoid; the Moon moves in and out of umbra in perfect time to Debussy’s heartbreakingly beautiful composition.The third and most famous movement if Suite bergamasque, “Clair de Lune,” as described by Wright, is “melancholy, solitary, and contemplative, as if you’re alone, walking through a garden in the moonlight.”The result is a crisp, elegant scene that Debussy could only have dreamed of when he penned the tune some 120 years ago.Wright—who claims he “can barely read music”—specializes in representing data from NASA missions visually. He has previously crafted lunar visualizations for Goddard’s viral “Tour of the Moon in 4K” video.“Ernie’s work was legendary at NASA,” according to Wade Sisler, executive producer in Goddard’s Office of Communications, who initially approached Wright about creating this masterpiece.And thank God he did.The video debuted last month: a backdrop to a performance of “Clair de Lune” by the National Symphony Orchestra Pops, led by conductor Emil de Cou, at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., on June 1 and 2.When not devising perfect dazzling imagery of cosmic objects, NASA is busy searching for extraterrestrial life and sending people to space on commercial rockets. Stay up-to-date with all things National Aeronautics and Space Administration here. Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor last_img read more