A google map view of Solan district in Himachal Pradesh. “The top floor had a restaurant, where people, including Army personnel, were dining. We have rescued 27 people. Two teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have taken over the rescue,” Additional Superintendent of Police Shiv Kumar said. “The injured have been taken to nearby hospitals,” he said.Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has ordered an inquiry. Solan Deputy Commissioner K.C. Chaman said two bodies were pulled out. Eight were still trapped under the debris, he said. Initially, the Indian Army, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and police jointly carried out the rescue operation. Director cum Special Secretary Revenue and Disaster Management D C Rana told PTI that two National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams, including one each from Haryana’s Panchkula and Himachal’s Sunni reached the spot later to carry out the rescue work. A third NDRF team will reach from Panchkula on Monday, Mr. Rana added.(With inputs from PTI) Two persons, including an Army man, died and 27 others were injured after a building collapsed amid heavy rain in Solan district of Himachal Pradesh on Sunday. Eighteen Army personnel were among the injured. Many people are feared trapped, officials said.The building, on the Nahan-Kumarhatti road, came down at 4 p.m.
Less than 24 hours after creating history by winning the World Cup at the Wankhede stadium, the triumphant Indian team led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni was felicitated by President Pratibha Patil at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai on Sunday.Attired smartly in striped team T-Shirts, the 15 members of the team and other support staff drove down in two buses from their hotel to the Raj Bhavan, as hundreds of fans lined up on both sides of the route to see their favourite players.Before the arrival of the President, the entire team, with captain Dhoni sporting a new bald look posed with the World Cup for a photograph.Later, they posed for a picture with the President, Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan, state Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and International Cricket Council chief Sharad Pawar.The President, who had watched the rip-roaring final at the stadium last evening, shook hands with all the team members as Dhoni introducing each member to her.– With PTI inputs
We continue the countdown with the Filipino boxing legend himself Manny Pacquiao, who made a successful ring return in 2018After yielding his welterweight title in controversial fashion last year, Pacquiao came back in style.ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LATEST STORIES 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 SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion The Broner bout will mark the first time in over two years that Pacquiao fights on US soil.RELATED VIDEO MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Pacquiao showed he still has it with a statement win over Argentine strongman Lucas Matthysse five months ago in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Boxing’s eight-division champion silenced his critics by knocking out Matthysse in the seventh round to win the WBA title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefHis impressive victory—the 60th of his illustrious career—was also his first stoppage since 2009 back when he scored a TKO over Miguel Cotto.Pacquiao turned 40 earlier this month but he has no plans of slowing down anytime soon with another fight scheduled next month against American challenger Adrien Broner. View comments Manny Pacquiao back in LA, trains even on Christmas Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola?
A sensational three days of Touch Football culminated in high quality Grand Finals in the 31st Annual NSWTA State Cup in Port Macquarie.Please click onto the below attachment for all the news, results, and a wrap of an eventful final day of one of the World’s best Touch Football tournaments. Related Files2007_nsw_state_cup_champions_crowned_01-doc
Savage can see Leicester boss Rodgers moving to Man Utdby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United junior Robbie Savage can see Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers finding his way to Old Trafford.Savage wrote for the Mirror: “Brendan Rodgers is leading Leicester City back into the Champions League – and he is a future Manchester United manager.”Don’t get me wrong: When I say Rodgers is destined for high office at United, I am NOT saying Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should be sacked.”I am not in favour of football’s hiring-and-firing culture, and Solskjaer deserves time.”But I’ve been so impressed by the job Rodgers has done since he took over at the King Power eight months ago that I’m convinced Leicester can finish in the top four.”The team he has built is so well-drilled, and so easy on the eye, that I would fancy them to beat Claudio Ranieri’s 5,000-1 title-winning miracles of 2016.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
The Staff Mission Team’s second quarterly economic review report for Jamaica will qualify the country for a second drawdown totalling some US$30 million. This would pave the way for complementary funding support totalling US$270 million from the World Bank and IDB. Jamaica remains on course for a second drawdown of funds from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and supporting financial inflows from the World Bank and Inter-American Development (IDB), totalling some US$300 million.According to Head of the IMF Staff Mission Team to Jamaica, Jan Kees Martijn, and Finance and Planning Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, this is based on the country’s positive performance under the government’s economic reform programme for the second quarter of the fiscal year, between July and September, which recorded economic growth of just under one per cent.Mr. Martijn advised that approval of the Staff Mission Team’s second quarterly economic review report for Jamaica, under the four-year Extended Fund Facility (EFF) by the IMF’s Management and Executive Board, will qualify the country for a second drawdown totalling some US$30 million.Dr. Phillips also informed that this would pave the way for complementary funding support totalling US$270 million from the World Bank and IDB.Both Dr. Phillips and Mr. Martijn were speaking at a media briefing, held at the Ministry’s National Heroes Circle offices in Kingston, on November 13, where journalists were updated on the results of the Staff Mission Team’s second quarterly economic review for Jamaica, conducted over last week.Mr. Martijn, who advised that the team met with a wide cross section of private and public stakeholders over the seven-day period, commencing November 6, said the discussions were “excellent,” and focused on Jamaica’s economic performance under the programme and the policies for 2013/14, as well as the remainder of the progranme period.“The execution of the 2013/14 budget has been broadly on track and, more generally, overall policy implementation under the programme, has been strong. All quantitative and indicative targets for the end of September were met, including the floor on social spending. All structural benchmarks, to date, have also been met in a timely manner, although with some delay in the tabling of the fiscal incentives legislation,” he outlined.The IMF Mission Head disclosed that “preliminary understandings” were also reached with the government on a set of economic policies detailed in an “updated” Letter of Intent.Key elements of the updated programme, Mr. Martijn disclosed, include: implementation of the next phase of tax reform designed to increase support for economic growth, and facilitate employment creation; establishment of a “binding” rule to enhance fiscal transparency and lock in the gains from fiscal consolidation achieved to date; further reforms of the financial system to strengthen it, particularly in relation the legal and regulatory framework applicable to the securities sector; strengthening the social protection framework, and enhanced efforts to move recipients from welfare to work.There will also be measures to promote economic growth through an improved business climate and competitiveness; and pursuing strategic investments.These policies, Mr. Martijn indicated, are “bolstered” by important support from the World Bank and IDB. The plans, he outlined, include, among other things, better targeting and management of public investments; projects to reduce the cost of electricity; reforms to enhance access to credit, and to make the labour market more flexible.“The preliminary understandings that we have reached on the programme are subject, as always, to approval by the IMF’s Management and Executive Board. And, provided that (economic) performance remains strong, consideration of the programme by the IMF’s Board, could take place by December,’ Mr. Martijn said, while expressing gratitude for the level of co-operation extended by all stakeholders with whom the Mission Team met.Meanwhile, Dr. Phillips advised that the legislative agenda to be pursued over the next 12 months include: the fiscal reform legislation, currently before Parliament, which is expected to be debated this month; the Secured Interest in Personal Property Bill, which will facilitate access to credit by persons using their assets as collateral, which is also before Parliament; increased financing for micro, small and medium size enterprises (MSMEs) through the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ); flexible work arrangements geared at enhancing productivity; and legal and regulatory reforms conducive to collective investment schemes.“We intend to continue to build on the progress that has been made thus far to reform the country’s finances and we will endeavour to ensure that as many Jamaicans as possible, are able to participate in this effort to secure growth, reform our economy, and deliver on the legitimate aspirations of the Jamaican people. Now that the early shoots of economic growth are visible, it is incumbent on us to nurture them and to advance their growth to the fullest extent possible,” the Finance Minister said.Dr. Phillips thanked the Mission Team for their work in concluding the second quarterly review, as well as the stakeholders who made key inputs in this undertaking. Story Highlights This is based on the country’s positive performance under the government’s economic reform programme for the second quarter of the fiscal year.
Charlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN NewsTwo dozen nursing students, tired from late-night studying, shuffle into their morning class and begin thumbing through their notes on antibiotics.Their professor has prepared dozens of slides for the final review of a pharmacology class.She answers questions from students who are closing off four grueling years of post-secondary education with the hopes of becoming a nurse north of 60.Jordan Erickson and Jody Prince have both excelled in Aurora College’s Bachelor of Science – Nursing program in Yellowknife – but soon they will not have their instructor to rely on.Luckily for them they can and have always relied on each other.That’s because these two students are mother and daughter.Erickson laughs as she prepares an IV drip during the interview.“There were moments where I thought, ‘can I really do this? This is a lot,’” she said. “But you push through it and we don’t really get at each other’s throats too much.”“We actually ground each other.”The lightheartedness extends as Jody reflects on all of the unique experiences she has had while sharing a classroom with her daughter.“One of the first days we had to sign a photo consent and she wasn’t allowed to sign it because she wasn’t old enough to consent so I was in her class and she passed her form over,” Prince said.Prince, who was working in child education before going to nursing school explains that while Erickson did not mind having her mother hit the books with her, there were some who doubted the idea.“There was an instructor who said when she heard that there was a mother and daughter in the program ‘this is not going to turn out good,’” Prince said.”For Erickson, she said she found all of her classes to be very interesting, but adjusting to the demands of a new found career was a learning curve.“The only hard parts I can think of in terms of our practicum was just time management between going to clinical and everyday life,” she said.“You are just so tired to do the things you regularly want to do.”Prince who works at the laboratory on campus and proudly sports her Aurora College t-shirt, said she is grateful to be a mature student, but she can’t shake her number one job of being a mother.“I guess for me you know as a student you worry about your own marks. ‘Am I going to pass this?’ For me it is twofold. ‘Am I going to pass this test and is she going to pass this test? Is she going to do well?’”As their academic classes wind down for the fall semester, this mother and daughter duo is ready for what lies ahead – a final practicum and then graduation.“I will just be looking forward to our grad day. But walking across that stage especially walking across the stage with her [Prince] will be really, really good,” Erickson firstname.lastname@example.org@aptncharlotte
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Generators are still humming. Candles are still flickering. Homes are still being repaired.Puerto Rico was hit by Hurricane Maria exactly six months ago, and the U.S. territory is still struggling to recover from the strongest storm to hit the island in nearly a century.“There are a lot of people with needs,” said Levid Ortiz, operating director of PR4PR, a local non-profit that helps impoverished communities across the island. “It shouldn’t be like this. We should already be back on our feet.”Some 250 Puerto Ricans formed a line around him on a recent weekday, standing for more than two hours to receive bottles of water and a box of food at a public basketball court in the mountain town of Corozal. Many of those waiting were still without power, including 23-year-old Keishla Quiles, a single mother with a 4-year-old son who still buys ice every day to fill a cooler to keep milk and other goods cold amid rising temperatures.“Since we’re a family of few resources, we have not been able to afford a generator,” she said. “It’s been hard living like this.”Crews already have restored water to 99 per cent of clients and power to 93 per cent of customers, but more than 100,000 of them still remain in the dark and there are frequent power outages. Justo Gonzalez, former interim director for Puerto Rico’s Electric Power Authority, said he expects the entire island to have power by May, eight months after the Category 4 storm destroyed two-thirds of the island’s power distribution system — and just as the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season is about to start.Gonzalez was replaced on Tuesday by Walter Higgins, former president of a power company that provided electricity in Bermuda and the Cayman Islands.Officials in Puerto Rico have pledged to inspect dozens of wooden and cement poles still leaning haphazardly across the island after a wooden telephone pole fell on a car. It killed an elderly couple on Sunday as they returned from a town fair in the mountains of western Puerto Rico. The deaths of Luis Beltran, 62, and Rosa Bosque, 60, have angered Puerto Ricans and raised concerns about the safety of people as they recover from the hurricane.“It worries me because … it can happen anywhere,” Mayor Edwin Soto told The Associated Press, adding that crews were going to inspect poles across the mountain town of Las Marias to ensure they are in good condition.Beltran’s youngest sister, Migdalia Beltran, said her brother was living in New Jersey when Hurricane Maria hit, but that he moved back three months ago to be with family.“He was No. 1,” she said as her voice cracked and she began to cry. “He was the one who gave me support to keep going.”The storm caused an estimated $100 billion in damage, killed dozens of people and damaged or destroyed nearly 400,000 homes, according to Puerto Rico’s government.In the six months since the hurricane, more than 135,000 people have fled to the U.S. mainland, according to a recent estimate by the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College in New York.More than 40 per cent of them settled in Florida, followed by Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and Pennsylvania, the study found.Meanwhile, those who stayed behind say they need more help.The AP recently found that of the $23 billion pledged for Puerto Rico, only $1.27 billion for a nutritional assistance program has been disbursed, along with more than $430 million to repair public infrastructure. The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency also has spent more than $6 billion from its standing emergency fund.Tom Bossert, U.S. President Donald Trump’s homeland security adviser, said Tuesday that Puerto Rico would soon receive another $10 billion for various restoration efforts.“We’re going to redouble our efforts to work as fast as we can on their behalf,” he said of Puerto Ricans during a three-day visit to the island. However, he said the administration of Gov. Ricardo Rossello needs to come up with a plan on how to rebuild a stronger power grid and create financial accounting methods to ensure federal funds are being appropriately spent. “It makes no sense for the people of the United States to continue to pay money for repetitive loss in these disasters.”He also said federal hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico have exceeded his expectations.“That doesn’t mean I’m satisfied. It doesn’t mean the president is satisfied,” Bossert said. “We still have some challenges.”Meanwhile, the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources issued a letter on Friday demanding that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers explain why it is reducing the number of crews helping restore power when there are still people who remain in the dark.“While we recognize that much progress has been made in restoring power to the majority of customers, the job is not done,” the letter stated.Col. Jason Kirk, who is overseeing power restoration efforts for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said Tuesday that Puerto Rico’s power company will be primarily responsible for restoring electricity to remaining customers.
REVELSTOKE, B.C. – A Special Public Avalanche Warning for recreational backcountry users, is effective immediately by Avalanche Canada, in partnership with Parks Canada and Alberta’s Kananaskis Country applying to all the forecast regions in western Canada.For a map of the regions involved, click here.According to the warning, there will be a significant warming forecast to hit BC and Alberta this week. With the temperature rise will increase the likelihood of avalanches throughout the mountains. As well as the warm weather and BC’s spring break, it is expected more people will be heading into the mountains. “This is the first big warming to hit our snowpack, which is still fairly complex and winter-like,” explains Senior Avalanche Forecaster Grant Helgeson. “Any time the snowpack is hit with a big change, it tends to de-stabilize. The temperatures are forecast to increase substantially this week, with no nighttime cooling. This will weaken the snowpack on all aspects, increasing the possibility of large natural avalanches as well making it easier for the weight of a person to trigger deeper weak layers.”Avalanche Canada, Parks Canada and Kananaskis Country warns all backcountry users, including those going outside ski area boundaries, to keep careful track of their regional avalanche forecasts at www.avalanche.ca.Everyone in a backcountry party needs the essential rescue gear—transceiver, probe and shovel—and the knowledge to use it. Ensure your party re-groups well away from avalanche slopes, including overhead hazard such as cornices says the warning.Those heading to the mountains to snowshoe or explore the front country should also be aware that many popular summer trails are exposed to avalanche terrain. Plan ahead and research your route to make sure you are avoiding these areas.
‘Chena Gaan Ajana Anjan’, a concert by one of the legendary musicians of our times Anjan Dutt, explores the ‘known’ journey of the song writer traversing through the ‘unknown’ alleys of untold stories.This concert with Anjan Dutt is happening for the first time, where he will walk us through his music, the backdrop of his lyrics and the inner reasons that transformed him from the illustrious actor to the ever-loved song-writer and singer. As they say, the illusion stays…and the magic of the ‘untold and unknown Anjan’ continues. “I will be revealing several phases of my life’s journey, aspects of my youth and childhood, the city Kolkata, how I became a quintessential Bengali and so on”, Dutt told Millennium Post. Dutt will also be talking about his relationship with other musicians like Kabir Suman. “My music is much more emotional than his. ‘Ranjana’ is a love song but the social message is interwoven in the lyrics. Suman’s music has a stronger and more direct social message,” Dutt explains. The show organiser Carpe Diem is a new Art Entrepreneurship started out of passion by Somnath Dasgupta and Samarpita Chanda, trying to organise events which are unique with a social commitment. “We always believed that Performing Arts is not for sheer entertainment but also plays a pivotal role in Community Development”, they say. ‘Chena Gaan Ajana Anjan’ is one such initiative of Carpe Diem which has been passionately dreamt of. “A legend like Anjan Dutt which will surely create magic in the City of Joy. This concert has the purpose of ‘Community Development and aims at raising funds and support Girijyoti Vidyalaya in Siliguri – a school for the underprivileged children who do not have a school building to study”, said Dasgupta.
When Adam Dunn came to the plate, he would pretty much always do one of three things: He would strike out; he would walk; or he would hit a baseball some 400-odd feet. With his propensity to produce these so-called “three true outcomes” — the three types of plays in which fielders play no role — the former Cincinnati Reds outfielder known as “Big Donkey” was the poster boy for a new generation of batters who swung for the fences and didn’t mind a strikeout or two (hundred).But he didn’t aim to be at the forefront of one of baseball’s most pervasive 21st-century trends.“You would think I would have gotten used to striking out and sucking. It devastated me every single time,” Dunn told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick in July. “At the time, I didn’t really pay attention to [strikeouts, walks and home runs]. I never looked at myself as that low-batting-average guy, but I kind of morphed into it. I always thought one day I would wake up and the old Adam would be back and we would roll.”Whether he meant to be or not, Dunn was always a harbinger of where the modern ballplayer was headed. And for better or worse, today’s game is filled with more Adam Dunns than ever before.In 2002, Dunn’s first full season in the big leagues, only three other players — Derrek Lee, Mike Cameron and Pat Burrell — joined Dunn with at least 25 home runs, 70 walks and 150 strikeouts. (Dunn went on to meet those thresholds nine more times, easily giving him the all-time mark for that kind of season.) But this season, an MLB-record 14 hitters are on track to meet those criteria. The kind of player who was once an oddity now has a place in nearly half of the league’s lineups.Dunn wasn’t the first hitter to specialize in excluding fielders from the action. Washington Senators outfielder Don Lock became the 25/70/150 club’s first member in 1963, and the Giants’ Bobby Bonds hit those marks in back-to-back seasons in 1969 and 1970. From then on, there was typically at least one Dunn-style slugger in the majors, and a variety of guys earned the label, including Greg Luzinski, Dave Kingman and Rob Deer.1All numbers prorated to a 162-game season. But their approach was also seen as a curiosity at best — and a liability at worst. “[Kingman] is regarded by many as one of baseball’s bad jokes, a flashy player but ultimately a loser,” Jonah Keri wrote in “Baseball Between The Numbers.”By the time Dunn hit the scene, however, the sabermetric movement was gaining popularity, and strikeouts were becoming more acceptable, as long as players offset them with power and patience. Likewise, teams were beginning to seek out hard-throwing pitchers with high K rates, creating a perfect storm of aligned incentives that helped lead to today’s three true outcomes-heavy game. So, from Dunn and a handful of others at the dawn of the 2000s, the number of hitters who take his approach — we’ll call guys who hit those 25/70/150 benchmarks members of the Adam Dunn Club — has only grown in recent seasons: Steven Souza Jr.Rays33841844.8 The Adam Dunn Club, class of 2017MLB hitters on pace for at least 25 home runs, 70 walks and 150 strikeouts in 2017, as of Aug. 20 Paul GoldschmidtDiamondbacks381051507.2 Justin UptonTigers34711735.9 Jake LambDiamondbacks35891632.9 Sources: FanGraphs, Baseball-Reference.com Some of these players count among baseball’s very best. Despite his recent slump,2Don’t say we didn’t warn you! New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge — whose 6-foot-7 frame brings to mind a right-handed version of the 6-foot-6 Dunn at the plate — ranks fourth this season in wins above replacement (WAR)3Using an average of Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs.com versions of the metric. and is still in the American League MVP conversation. Likewise, Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt and Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton are probably the front-runners for MVP honors in the National League — each projects to finish with around 150 whiffs, a minor footnote in their otherwise sparkling stat lines.Simply striking out a ton doesn’t automatically disqualify a player from being considered great anymore, as opposed to in the olden days when there was a stigma attached to strikeout kings. But some hitters can still overdo it; in fact, there are some legitimately bad ballplayers in the Adam Dunn Club these days. A year after Milwaukee’s Chris Carter smashed 41 home runs while playing what was generally agreed to be mediocre baseball,4As if to confirm this, Carter promptly got himself designated for assignment by the Yankees twice in two weeks this season. five of the 14 players tracking for membership in the club are also on pace for fewer than 2.0 WAR, which is generally the benchmark for a worthwhile major-league starter. One — Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays — is headed for a 26-homer, 91-walk season that will also likely be below the replacement level, quite possibly earning him the worst Dunn Club season in history. (And this is to say nothing of the further proliferation of Dunn-“lite” players such as Milwaukee’s Keon Broxton, for example, who check off the home run and strikeout boxes but don’t even draw enough walks to join the club.) PRORATED THROUGH 162 GAMES Joey GalloRangers46762003.8 Eric ThamesBrewers35821681.8 Jose BautistaBlue Jays2691166-0.8 Domingo SantanaBrewers26751802.1 Aaron JudgeYankees491192207.3 Khris DavisAthletics43742121.9 PLAYERTEAMHOME RUNSWALKSSTRIKEOUTSWAR Miguel SanoTwins37722263.4 Wil MyersPadres31711891.1 With baseballs flying out of big-league parks at an unprecedented rate — and batters getting rung up at a similarly historic clip — it’s a safe bet that Dunn’s brand of baseball is here to stay, at least for the time being. That means we’ll get to see more of both the highs and lows that come when a player swings as hard as he can and hopes for the best.As for Dunn’s view of the generation of hitters he helped spawn? In his interview with Crasnick, even Dunn himself was skeptical of an entire lineup of batters who hit like he did.“Everything evolves, and this is the era we’re in,” he said. “People see if you hit homers and drive in a lot of runs, you’re going to get where you need to get financially. Does it help a team if you have a couple of those guys? Yeah. But if you have nine of them, it’s going to be tough.” Giancarlo StantonMarlins60841596.8 Mark ReynoldsRockies34761791.3
Planes stand on the tarmac during a pilots strike of German airline Lufthansa at Frankfurt airport, Germany, November 23, 2016.ReutersDeutsche Lufthansa SA or simply Lufthansa on Tuesday cancelled over 800 flights after the pilots called for two days of strikes again over an on-going pay dispute. The pilots strike has cost the Germany carrier losses amounting to hundreds of millions of euros. Short-haul flights departing across the country were affected on Tuesday, thus leading to 816 flights being cancelled of the 3,000 scheduled departure flights. Additionally, Lufthansa pilots announced their plan to strike on short and long-haul flights on Wednesday, Reuters reported. The airline has offered to hike the pilots pay by 4.4 percent in two instalments. It has also offered a one-time pay settlement worth 1.8 month’s salary. However, the union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) is demanding average annual pay hike of 3.7 percent for its 5,000 odd pilots for a five-time period starting from 2012.The union has rejected the offer made by the management of the airline. “For mediation you need an offer that can be the basis of negotiations. Lufthansa has not made such an offer,” VC board member Alexander Gerhanrd-Madjidi was quoted as saying by German media.Germany’s biggest airline has had to ground nearly 2,800 flights affecting more than 350,000 passengers since the strike began on November 23. This 14th such strike to hit the airline, it began as a disagreement over pay hike.Strikes forced Lufthansa to cancel more than 16,000 flights in 2014 and 2015, burdening operating profit by 463 million euros ($523 million), according to Bloomberg. A flight information board showing cancelled flights during a pilots strike of German airline Lufthansa at Munich airport, Germany, November 23, 2016.Reuters
Al Ortiz | Houston Public Media The shelter set up at The Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, in Houston, on Aug. 28, 2017If you’re wondering what you can donate for the harvey victims currently housed at the George R. Brown Convention Center, here is a list from the GRBCC web page. The shelter at the GRBCC is in need of the following items. In BOLD is highest priority:WheelchairsNon-perishable foodBottled waterBaby formulaDiapersComfort kits — (soap, shampoo, toothpaste)PillowsHand sanitizerSweatsuitsTowelsL/XL clothingSocksBlanketsTo bring in your donations, you can drop-off in the back of the GRB at Hall B at the loading dock. The entrance is from Chartes Street. Here are other ways to donate supplies:food banks such as the Houston Food Bank are asking for non-perishable items such as canned goods and cleaning supplies. open your home to flood victims through AirBnBshelters are in need of diapers; donate to Texas Diaper Bank as they help to supply local shelters with diaper kits Share
The Kappa Epsilon Psi Military Sorority Northern Virginia Delta Chapter will host its summer line crossing with a ritual and Probate Banquet on Aug. 29. The ritual will occur at the Women’s Memorial, 1 Memorial Drive from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. The banquet will occur from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Spates Community Center, 228 McNair Road Building 406. The banquet is being held to assist the chapter with its mission of honoring its past veterans and fallen heroes and their surviving families. The banquet is also used to unite with current service members and veterans and mentor future leaders, including Junior ROTC cadets.
Did you know…?There is a difference between extra benefits and preferential treatment. The provision of extra benefits involve institutional staff members or boosters and is not generally available to all students. Preferential treatment occurs when institution does not have knowledge of the treatment, benefit or services being provided but is given because of the individuals athletics reputation, skill or pay-back potential.See Bylaws 184.108.40.206.6 and 16.02.3 below for more information.220.127.116.11.6 Preferential Treatment, Benefits or Services. Preferential treatment, benefits or services because of the individual’s athletics reputation or skill or pay-back potential as a professional athlete, unless such treatment, benefits or services are specifically permitted under NCAA legislation. [R] (Revised: 1/11/94, 1/14/08)16.02.3 Extra Benefit. [A] An extra benefit is any special arrangement by an institutional employee or representative of the institution’s athletics interests to provide a student-athlete or the student-athlete family member or friend a benefit not expressly authorized by NCAA legislation. Receipt of a benefit by student-athletes or their family members or friends is not a violation of NCAA legislation if it is demonstrated that the same benefit is generally available to the institution’s students or their family members or friends or to a particular segment of the student body (e.g., international students, minority students) determined on a basis unrelated to athletics ability. (Revised: 1/10/91, 1/19/13 effective 8/1/13)Print Friendly Version Story Links
The Cardinals play Wichita State in Lincoln on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET. Doubles competition1. Marina Cozac/Vasanti Shinde (NEB) def. Raven Neely/Nikolina Jovic (LOU) 6-22. Claire Reifeis/Jessica Aragon (NEB) def. Sena Suswam/Diana Wong (LOU) 6-23. Aleksandra Mally/Chloe Hamlin (LOU) def. Hayley Haakenstad/Jeannie Lozowski (NEB) 7-5 Story Links Raven Neely evened the score at 1-1 with a win at No. 3 over Marina Cozac, who bowed out 6-1, 6-3. Cardinal Diana Wong fell 6-3, 6-3 at No. 6. Nikolina Jovic tied the score at two for the Cardinals at No. 4, beating Jeannie Lozowski 6-3, 7-6. Aleksandra Mally fell 6-3, 6-7, 6-1 at No. 1 to Claire Refeis to put Nebraska up 3-2. Chloe Hamlin fell 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 to Jessica Aragon at No. 5 to tip the match to Nebraska. At No. 2, Sena Suswam battled Vasanti Shinde, winning the first set 6-1, falling 6-4 in the second and leaving the third set tied at four when the match was clinched. Despite Aleksandra Mally and Chloe Hamlin winning 7-5 at No. 3, the Cardinals dropped the doubles point when Raven Neely and Nikolina Jovic fell 6-2 at No. 1 to Marina Cozac and Vasanti Shinde. Sena Suswam and Diana Wong fell 6-2 to Claire Reifeis and Jessica Aragon at No. 2. Box Score The University of Louisville women’s tennis team fell 4-2 at Nebraska for its first loss of the season Friday night in Lincoln. The Cardinals, 9-1, dropped the doubles point and took three singles positions to a third set before bowing out. Tennis Match ResultsLouisville vs NebraskaFeb 15, 2019 at Lincoln, Neb.(Dillon Tennis Center) Singles competition1. Claire Reifeis (NEB) def. Aleksandra Mally (LOU) 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 6-12. Vasanti Shinde (NEB) vs. Sena Suswam (LOU) 1-6, 6-4, 4-4, unfinished3. Raven Neely (LOU) def. Marina Cozac (NEB) 6-1, 6-34. Nikolina Jovic (LOU) def. Jeannie Lozowski (NEB) 6-3, 7-6 (8-6)5. Jessica Aragon (NEB) def. Chloe Hamlin (LOU) 6-2, 5-7, 6-46. Hayley Haakenstad (NEB) def. Diana Wong (LOU) 6-3, 6-3 Nebraska 4, Louisville 2 Match Notes:Louisville 9-1Nebraska 6-5Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (3,6,4,1,5)T-2:59 A-41 Print Friendly Version
Hackers in China attempted to access over 20 million active accounts on Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s Taobao e-commerce website using Alibaba’s own cloud computing service, according to a state media report posted on the Internet regulator’s website.Analysts said the report from The Paper led to the price of Alibaba’s U.S.-listed shares falling as much as 3.7 percent in late Wednesday trade.An Alibaba spokesman on Thursday said the company detected the attack in “the first instance”, reminded users to change passwords, and worked closely with the police investigation.Chinese companies are grappling a sharp rise in the number of cyber attacks, and cyber security experts say firms have a long way to go before defenses catch up to U.S. counterparts.In the latest case, hackers obtained a database of 99 million usernames and passwords from a number of websites, according to a separate report on a website managed by the Ministry of Public Security.The hackers then used Alibaba’s cloud computing platform to input the details into Taobao. Of the 99 million usernames, they found 20.59 million were also being used for Taobao accounts, the ministry website said.The hackers started inputting the details into Taobao in mid-October and were discovered in November, at which time Alibaba immediately reported the case to police, the ministry website said. The hackers have since been caught, it said.Alibaba’s systems discovered and blocked the vast majority of log-in attempts, according to the ministry website.The hackers used compromised accounts to fake orders on Taobao, a practice known as “brushing” in China and used to raise sellers’ rankings, the newspaper said. The hackers also sold accounts to be used for fraud, it said.Alibaba’s spokesman said the hackers rented the cloud computing service, but declined to comment on security measures designed to stop the system being used for the attack. He said they could have used any such service, and that the attack was not aided by any possible loopholes in Alibaba’s platform.”Alibaba’s system was never breached,” the spokesman said.The number of accounts, 20.59 million, represents about 1 out of every 20 annual active buyers on Alibaba’s China retail marketplaces.(Reporting by Paul Carsten; Additional reporting by Beijing Newsroom; Editing by Christopher Cushing) Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. This story originally appeared on Reuters February 5, 2016 2 min read Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global
6 Comments Share The love story told in the Oscar-nominated film “A Star Is Born” isn’t so unlike a love story yet to be written here in the desert.OK, so maybe there’s not a lot of threads to connect Bradley Cooper’s movie with the Arizona Cardinals — not yet anyway.But with the Oscars coming this Sunday and the film expected to take home some hardware after being nominated for a handful of honors, 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Jarrett Carlen and Luke Lapinski decided to dazzle us with a rendition of the movie’s hit song, “Shallow.” Playing Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen and coach Kliff Kingsbury, respectively, it’s likewise about a connection between two passionate humans and the discovery of talent.Related Links98.7 FM listeners tell their favorite stories of meeting the famousFrom the first lyrics (“Tell me something, Josh. Are you unhappy after every loss?”) to the emotional climax (“When the games are played, using the Air Raid, no one can stop us now”), Cardinals fans will surely feel the emotion of this parody. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Sports streaming service DAZN has teamed up with Discovery on a wide-ranging distribution pact that will see two Eurosport channels made available to DAZN subscribers in Austria, Germany, Italy and Spain.Eurosport 1 HD and Eurosport 2 HD will be made available in the four markets under the deal, which is the latest expansion play for the four-year-old London-headquartered SVOD.The deal comes despite Eurosport’s own OTT service, Eurosport Player, being available widely across Europe, meaning DAZN likely paid a premium for the rights.Discovery’s Eurosport holds exclusive pan-European rights to Grand Slam tennis championships; cycling’s Grand Tours; all FIS World Cup and World Championship winter sport competitions and premium motorsport series’ including Formula E, WTCR and 24 Hours of Le Mans. Eurosport also hosts Olympics coverage in Europe, with all media rights to Tokyo 2020, Beijing 2022 and Paris 2024 across more than 50 markets.Meanwhile, DAZN has exclusively sublicenced 45 Bundesliga matches from Discovery in Germany and Austria, including matches on Friday night, Sunday, Monday and relegation play-off matches from the 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons.Eurosport content becomes available on DAZN from 1 August.John Gleasure, chief business development officer at DAZN Group, said: “This is an exciting agreement that brings Eurosport’s incredible sports content to our subscribers, and delivers 45 Bundesliga matches to the DAZN service in Germany and Austria under a two-season exclusive sublicensing agreement.“This deal underlines our commitment to providing the biggest and best sports action to fans in an accessible and affordable way, while rewarding rights holders for integrating their content on our market leading platform. We look forward to developing our partnership with Discovery.”James Gibbons, in his role as head of commercial development for EMEA at Discovery, said: “We are delighted to enter this partnership that expands the distribution of Eurosport’s channels in four European markets. We always look for new partners that help get our brands and content to more fans. In parallel, we will continue to develop and market our all-access multi-sport OTT service – Eurosport Player – for fans who want a deeper experience.”