Goran Dragic back with Heat after summer title for Slovenia

first_imgFILE – In this Sept. 17. 2017, file photo, Slovenia’s Goran Dragic lifts the trophy after defeating Serbia in the Eurobasket European Basketball Championship finals in Istanbul. Here’s how Heat guard Goran Dragic spent his summer vacation. He led Slovenia, his mother’s homeland, to an improbable gold medal at the European Championships. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel, File)MIAMI — A quick summary of the last few weeks in the life of Miami guard Goran Dragic:He led Slovenia, his mother’s homeland and the place he calls home, to an improbable gold medal at the European Championships. The title game came against Serbia, his father’s homeland and a place where he still has relatives.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight The Heat had a strange season a year ago — starting 11-30, finishing 30-11 and missing the playoffs in a tiebreaker. Dragic averaged a career-best 20.3 points, and emerged as a locker-room leader as the year went along. He also did what he could to persuade Heat free agents like Dion Waiters and James Johnson to stay.“It’s a lot of new challenges ahead,” Dragic said. “I’m looking forward to come to Miami and to battle for a title in Miami. Nobody gave us a chance, the Slovenian national team. Nobody is going to give us a chance in Miami. But I always believe. Why not?”An estimated 20,000 people stood in the pouring rain to greet the Slovenian team when it arrived home. The medal ceremony after the championship game became Slovenia’s most-watched television event in the country, at least since ratings started being kept. Dragic was told 94 percent of the nation was watching.“I’m just proud of him,” Heat President Pat Riley said. “And I’m proud that we have him.”Before 1991, both Serbia and Slovenia were part of Yugoslavia. Hence, the family ties for Dragic still exist.“Playing for my national team for the past 12 years, you’re always waiting to achieve something, and as soon as we won the final all the burden from my shoulders fell down,” he said. “I felt so happy. And, of course, on the other side, I have family in Serbia. But I was born in Slovenia … it was not a question that I was going to do everything to bring them a title.” Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LATEST STORIES Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City He was the tournament’s MVP . He received one of Slovenia’s highest civilian honors. He was brought to tears by a gift of a jersey from the mother of his idol, the late star Drazen Petrovic.And through it all, the words of Heat coach Erik Spoelstra echoed in his head — winning a championship is usually more demanding mentally than physically.FEATURED 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 shutout“Now I fully understand what he means,” Dragic said.It’s a lesson Dragic hopes to put to more use starting next week, when he returns to the U.S. and the Heatbegin training camp. The only true point guard on Miami’s roster, Dragic is going to be a major key if the Heat are to return to the playoffs and contend in the Eastern Conference. And coming off his MVP showing at EuroBasket, the Heat hope his game keeps elevating. “He looked sensational,” Spoelstra said of his point guard’s play at EuroBasket. “I’m so happy for him, so proud of that accomplishment, this most unlikely championship. Slovenia is a country of only 2 million.It’s smaller than the city of Miami. And to beat the powerhouses over there, but also to see how passionate Goran was about trying to lead this team to the title.”Dragic averaged 22.6 points and 5.1 assists in the nine games. His 35 points in the title game was the high for the tournament.He told Spoelstra in June he was all-in on trying to deliver Slovenia its first gold medal.“He trained extremely diligently for this,” Spoelstra said. “And he competed and led at such a high level. You could just see the emotions pouring out of him. I talked to him on the phone after they won and he said, ‘This is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.’”The task that awaits in Miami won’t be easy.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. IOC tries to calm Olympic concerns amid North Korea tension View commentslast_img read more


Audi RS7 Performance first drive review

first_imgDrive Select reads Dynamic. Traction control is off, I’ve decided to take manual control of the gearbox too. I’ve got my left foot on the brake, my other on the throttle, with the engine holding revs at 2,000rpm. The tension is palpable. The last time I tried this in the base RS7, the non-Performance model, I couldn’t give the car gears as quick as it was giving me revs. I looked like an amateur, bouncing off the limiter.Performance:This time I’m playing it smart. Before I let go of the brakes, the fingers on my right hand are already tensed around the back of the paddles, ready to select second. I take my foot off the stop pedal. There’s an instant of hesitation. Then it all breaks loose. Nothing, I repeat, nothing can prepare you for how this car fights physics.These RS models remain the last few in the lineup that havent been brought into new-gen Audi territory, with the Virtual Cockpit. Performance variant adds a handy drive mode select on the wheel. (Photo: Gurdeep Bhalla)I barely processed short shifting into second. Audi claims you’ll be at 100kmph before 3.7 seconds are over. The car felt way quicker than that, asking for third just as the needle swept past 100kmph and onwards to 140kmph like air resistance was mere theory in a textbook.Keep an eye on the rev needle in manual, it gets away from you. (Photo: Gurdeep Bhalla)Engine:The base RS7 has 560bhp and 700Nm torque and launching it in manual had me hitting the limiter even in third. With this Performance variant, that brutality feels softened but it’s even quicker. That’s been achieved through modified exhaust valves and optimised internal turbo geometries to find an additional 45bhp and 50Nm of torque available on over boost for short bursts of acceleration. Like, overtaking a speeding bullet. It’s not a noticeable difference but the Performance variant is said to be 0.2 seconds quicker to 100kmph and 1 second quicker to 200kmph than the base car.advertisementFunny, the way the exhaust barks on start-up can make bystanders jump. (Photo: Gurdeep Bhalla)The eight speed torque converter sourced from ZF does a great job hiding any signs of turbo lag. Stepping on the pedal in any gear drops the engine back into boost territory, with peak coming in from as low as 1,750rpm. Leaving it in manual is the only time you’ll recognise hints of lag, with the over boost kicking in at 2,500rpm seeming like the boost step. The only downside of the torque converter transmission is the lack of launch control but I guess this saves the gearbox to a substantial extent.Audi MMI seems simplistic compared to todays systems but works agreeably. (Photo: Gurdeep Bhalla)Suspension:Cornering grip comes courtesy the Quattro all-wheel drive system and massive 275/30 Continental SportContacts on 21-inch wheels. Breaking traction requires real perseverance and even then the electronics kick in and right the scariest of situations. The steering actually plays a major role here, hiding a lot of what the tyres are actually up to. So while the car turns exactly when and where you want it to, judging the limit of adhesion becomes a dicey game.Motor takes to software manipulation really well, 750+ bhp is just a tune away. (Photo: Gurdeep Bhalla)Surprising is the tight turning radius, which again points to how city-friendly this supercar is. Further accentuated by the absolutely magic air suspension, that can raise or lower the car by as much as 20mm depending on which drive mode you’re in. Nothing but the absolute worst stretches of tarmac filtered through the cabin, though sharp bumps will catch it out.Frameless doors never cease to fascinate. (Photo: Gurdeep Bhalla)Interiors:Given the rate at which this car can literally consume roads, I really can’t think of a fault with it. The interiors feel quality and very, very special though the treatment is last-gen Audi. The notchback style boot also means packing for a cross-country trip is a cinch, then only limited by the fear of damaging those massive rims.With sunroof open, wind noise in cabin is bearable even past 100kmph. (Photo: Gurdeep Bhalla)Verdict:Apart from the extra horses in the Performance variant, you also get options as standard, compared to the base car – the air suspension, sports exhaust and killer-looking if maybe fragile 21-inch wheels. The air suspension especially is well worth having.You’ll need every last drop of petrol in the 75 litre tank because this car just makes you want to drive on and on. (Photo: Gurdeep Bhalla)In fact, it strengthens the whole appeal of the RS7 – a supercar that you can drive everywhere in comfort. You’ll need every last drop of petrol in the 75 litre tank because this car just makes you want to drive on and on.advertisementlast_img read more


Celebrities Join Star Wars Rogue One To Be A ForceForChange

first_imgAs fans count down to the premiere of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Disney, Target and Star Wars: Force for Change are launching a new fashion-meets-fundraising initiative inspired by the themes of rebellion from the new movie.Ten influential names across film, music, fashion and sports have come together to support UNICEF Kid Power by creating a line of “Force 4 Fashion” T-shirts available exclusively in the U.S. at Target beginning November 27.Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will introduce fans to a group of rebels who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves. Each of the T-shirt designs celebrates this theme using a powerful slogan to represent the importance of standing up for what you believe in.Five dollars from the sale of each shirt will be donated to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in support of UNICEF Kid Power. Through this unique initiative, kids can complete physical activities and interactive challenges to earn points—which ultimately are used to provide life-saving packets of food for severely malnourished children around the world. The more kids move, the more points they earn, the more kids they help.“This campaign is about raising funds and awareness for UNICEF Kid Power’s mission to improve the lives of children everywhere,” said Paul Southern, senior vice president of licensing for Lucasfilm at Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media. “Everyone connected to this initiative has been a Force for Change in different ways, and we hope their stories will inspire others to get involved.”The Force 4 Fashion line was designed with support from Riz Ahmed, June Ambrose, Steve Aoki, Camilla Belle, Gareth Edwards, Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Olivia Munn, Kelly Slater, and Brittany Snow, who’ve all been active in supporting different causes through their careers. In addition to purchasing the special T-shirts, fans can join the rebellion by sharing their own inspiring stories and posting on social channels how they are a #ForceForChange on “Giving Tuesday,” November 29.“I love Star Wars and I’m passionate about giving back,” said Steve Aoki. “The opportunity to partner with Lucasfilm and Target to design a shirt that benefits UNICEF is something I’ve enjoyed being a part of and I hope my fans love it as much as I do.”“Investing in our children means a brighter future for all, and this holiday season, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF is thrilled Star Wars: Force for Change and this “Force 4 Fashion” initiative are supporting UNICEF Kid Power,” said Caryl M. Stern, President & CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. “UNICEF Kid Power helps us to stand and give every child hope. With every step, kids get active and save lives, moving the world closer towards ending global malnutrition.”Since the UNICEF Kid Power program launch in 2014, more than 190,000 UNICEF Kid Power Team Members have become active, earning more than 12.5 million Kid Power Points and unlocking more than 5.1 million packets of lifesaving therapeutic food for severely malnourished children. Star Wars: Force for Change announced its collaboration with UNICEF Kid Power in May 2015 and continues to be a presenting sponsor of the initiative program.To learn more about the “Force 4 Fashion” shirts, visit Target.com and to learn more about being a #ForceForChange, visit ForceForChange.com.last_img read more


Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,012.65 up 1.92 points).Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Down 16 cents, or 6.67 per cent, to $2.24 on 27.1 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 49 cents, or 6.13 per cent, to $7.51 on 9.8 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financials. Up 32 cents, or 1.48 per cent, to $22 on 9.1 million shares.Capstone Mining Corp. (TSX:CS) Metals. Up nine cents, or 15 per cent, to 69 cents on 5.8 million shares. Crescent Point Energy Corp. (TSX:CPG). Energy. Up two cents, or 0.46 per cent, to $4.38 on 4.9 million shares.Nevsun Resources Ltd. (TSX:NSU). Metals. Up two cents, or 0.34 per cent, to $5.97 on 4.7 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Air Canada (TSX:AC).Up $1.24 or 4.7 per cent to $27.41. The airline has signed a definitive agreement to buy the Aeroplan loyalty program from Aimia Inc. for $450 million in cash. Under the deal, Air Canada will also assume $1.9 billion of Aeroplan miles liability in a definitive agreement that follows the announcement in August of a tentative sale. Air Canada said it has also signed agreements with Toronto–Dominion Bank Bank, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, and Visa that will see them stay on with the Aeroplan loyalty program until at least 2030.Second Cup Ltd. (TSX:SCU). Down 11 cents or 4.6 per cent to $2.30. A group of Second Cup Ltd. franchisees is each suing the struggling Canadian coffee chain for $300,000, alleging the company’s actions have been detrimental to them. The current and past franchisees outline a long list of complaints against their franchisor in a lawsuit filed earlier this month in the Superior Court of Quebec. The company allegedly misused a franchisee-funded advertising reserve, it said. Franchisees must pay the equivalent of two to three per cent of their sales to the ad fund.Shopify Inc. (TSX:SHOP). Up $13.20 or 7.4 per cent to $191.45. Shopify says it has acquired Swedish e-commerce company Tictail. Terms of the deal were not immediately available. Like Shopify, Tictail aims to bring trendy products to the marketplace by helping businesses create an online presence. Tictail was founded in 2012 by four friends, including one who wanted to create the company after he watched his mother struggle to build an online shop for her ceramics.Emera Inc. (TSX:EMA). Down 15 cents to $43.37. Emera has signed a deal to sell its three natural gas-fired power plants in New England to an affiliate of the Carlyle Group for $780 million. The Nova Scotia-based company says proceeds from the sale will be used to reduce debt and for capital investment. Emera CEO Scott Balfour says the deal, worth US$590 million, increases the company’s financial flexibility.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


Akhilesh files nomination from Azamgarh

first_imgAzamgarh (UP): Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday filed his nomination papers for the Azamgarh Lok Sabha seat. The SP chief, accompanied by BSP national general secretary Satish Chandra Misra, arrived here this morning to a rousing reception by party workers who had gathered in large numbers. He later drove to the Collectorate to file his nomination papers as party supporters raised slogans outside. Coming out after filing his papers, Yadav said people will vote for the development works undertaken by his government here. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The SP chief said Azamgarh is the ‘karambhoomi’ of ‘samajwadis’ and exuded confidence that the people will continue to repose their faith in him by giving him blessings and support. Akhilesh Yadav is seeking election from the seat won by his father Mulayam Singh Yadav in the 2014 elections and is pitted against Bhojpuri superstar Nirahua or Dinesh Lal Yadav of BJP. Mulayam Singh had won from Azamgarh Lok Sabha seat in the 2014 elections along with the Mainpuri seat, which he had represented thrice earlier in 1996, 2004 and 2009 but had retained Azamgarh. Polling in Azamgarh is slated for the sixth phase on May 12.last_img read more


AntiRowdy squad busts IPL betting racket at Eden

first_imgKolkata: The anti-rowdy section (ARS) of Kolkata Police’s detective department busted a cricket betting racket on Friday night and arrested seven persons in this connection during the Indian Premier League (IPL) match at Eden Gardens.Three of the arrested persons are residents of Nagpur, while four of them are from Madhya Pradesh. “We have arrested seven persons on the basis of a source information regarding cricket betting at Eden Gardens during the cricket match played between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore. The group was nabbed by our ARS team after prolonged observation at F1 Block. 14 mobile phones including one betting accessory and other equipment have been seized,” said Pravin Tripathi, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime). Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to police sources, the arrested persons have been identified as Mukul Jain, Piyush Jain, Pratik Jain and Mayank Seth, all hailing from Sagar district under Motinagar police station, Madhya Pradesh. The three other residents of Nagpur who have been nabbed are Dipak Kumar Kaslikar of Etowari, Wasim Ahmed of Tehasil and Gobind Maniyar of Nandan I. All of them are in the age group of 20 to 35. It may be mentioned that only on Wednesday, two people were held along with Rs 1.70 lakh and two cell phones by South Zone Task Force in Telangana, after a cricket betting racket was busted during the match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings.last_img read more


Special kids perform Indian Classical dance

first_imgAadya Kala Tirtham and Prayas observed its 14th annual concert to celebrate Indian classical dance with young talents along with special children named Nritya Gatha at Uttam Manch.The programme was choreographed and directed by Avirup Sengupta. Started with Mangalacharan, the event was followed by Gyansagar Guru, Adharam Madhuram, Jay Shankha Gadadhara, Jay Bhagabati, Vandemataram, and so on. Sharmila Banerjee, Minu Budhia Were honoured with the Prayas Samman 2019. Also Read – The Puja carnivalIt was graced by the august presence of Rituparna Sengupta, Agnimitra Paul, Reshmi Mitra, Richa Sharma, Indrani Ganguly, Sulagna Ray Bhattacharya, to name a few. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraAvirup Sengupta is an odhisi dancer and choreographer working from last fifteen years individually, he has performed at many prestigious festivals and programmes , also the founder of Prayas a cultural performing art center for special children. Avirup recently performed and choreographed Durga Carnival and very prestigious Vodafone Agomoni this year along with actor Rituparna Sengupta. This year, Avirup has received Pragati Award, Doshar Excellence Award and prestigious award from Bengal association, New Delhi. Currently, Avirup is working as a choreographer in Bengali films too. Recently he worked in two films named ‘Jam’ (Bangladeshi film ) starring Rituparna Sengupta and Babul Supriyo, ‘Limelight’ a Bengali film acted by Rituparna Sengupta. Speaking on the ocassion, Avirup said, “It is very challenging to groom special children. I have been trying my level best to teach Indian classical dance form to them over the last fourteen years. It’s been a really enjoyable session working with them. They are like my extended family. I have emotional bondage with them and always try to do something for them through the form of art. It helps them lead a better life.”last_img read more


Dwight Howard I Grew From Trade Rumor Experience

Dwight Howard‘s became NBA bad guy No. 1 after last season’s incessant complaining about his situation, where he would be traded to, his coach and just about anything else. Out of it came the nickname “Dwightmare.”Looking back on it now as a Los Angeles Laker, Howard said the whole protracted, tried saga made him stronger.“I think there’s a reason why everything happened the way it happened,” said Howard, who ended up traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. “So far it’s been an unbelievable experience for me. It’s like a dream come true.”Howard endured a tumultuous final season with the Orlando Magic in 2011-12. The three-time defensive player of the year demanded a trade to the Brooklyn  Nets at the beginning of the season, but the two sides couldn’t reach a deal.I did want to go to Brooklyn. That’s a place where I told the Magic that I really wanted to go,” to Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco on ESPN NewYork 98.7 FM. “[But] I was traded to the Lakers, and I think it was a blessing in disguise.“I thought I was going to get traded at the beginning of the year, actually; that’s when I asked for it. But everything happened for a reason. I had to go through last year to get to where I’m at today. It’s made me a stronger and better person for it. I had to go through the hell and the stormy forecast to come out to a place like this . . . and I’m thankful for it.”Going through it, however, was tumultuous. The perception was that Howard changed his mind about his loyalties every other day, fostering an impression of unsteadiness.“The whole year a lot of people were making up a lot of stories about ‘This deal is getting close, that deal is getting close to being done,’ or whatever, but none of those deals were ever close,” Howard said.Eventually, despite myriad trade rumors all the way up to the trade deadline, Howard stunningly agreed to waive his early-termination option and committed to stay with Orlando through the 2012-13 season.“I think a lot of it was people just felt like I was going back and forth with the whole thing,” Howard said. “But the business side, people don’t understand, when you’re doing business you have to be a shark. You have to demand things. If you don’t, people will run over you, and that was a lesson that I learned.“At the end of the day, you can’t please everybody. There’s gonna be people happy about me staying, there’s gonna be people happy about me leaving. I’m over that now. I can’t control the way how people feel about me.” read more


Football Ryan Day finds trust in 2019 recruiting class

Ohio State head-coach-in-waiting Ryan Day answers questions from the media during a press conference at the Fawcett Center on Dec. 4. Credit: Amal SaeedThe recruitment of five-star defensive end Zach Harrison came down to the last minute for Ryan Day and Ohio State. For Day, Harrison was a good representation of what the recruiting process has been like for him transitioning into the head coaching role after Urban Meyer announced that he would retire after the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1.“We had a home visit last week, was really important to sit down in the home and talk to the family about the direction of the program and having some communication on just some of the leadership changes that comes with the change of the head coach,” Day said.  This was a conversation Day had with many recruits in this two-week span following Meyer’s announcement, a needed conversation that the state of the program, despite the transition of leadership, was very strong and would be consistent. For many, the decision on whether to choose to come to Ohio State was much simpler. Day said the decision comes down to families trusting that their son would be taken care of. Harrison trusted Day. So did 14 other recruits, giving Ohio State the No. 3 2019 recruiting class in the Big Ten and No. 12 in the nation, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Day knew from the moment Meyer handed him the reins of Ohio State recruiting that it would be a difficult process in securing the 2019 class during the period of transition, which he started immediately after the Big Ten Championship. Day had connected with many of the of the 2019 recruits in August and through the first three games of the season when he was named the acting head coach during Meyer’s suspension. He said this helped him have a closeness with the families. In the two-week span, what he considered to be a whirlwind, Day said it took a level of trust for the families to commit to a program with a brand new head coach. “I think there was some faith right here because I’ve only been on the job here really for a couple of weeks,” Day said. “When you connect with people, you look them in the eye and you sit in their homes, there’s a connection to be made there, I thought that happened.” But many of the families had the same types of questions, revolving around the same topic: replacing Meyer and what Day’s vision and direction for the Ohio State football program would be. “We think we have the most comprehensive program from A to Z in the country. The infrastructure is here and that the plan is not to change that,” Day said. “There’s a reason why there’s been so much success here in the past and we want to keep that going.” Day said even though there will be a change at the head coaching position, providing a change in personality and demeanor, the infrastructure would stay in place, the “Plan to win,” as Meyer coined, would remain consistent. This is what brought Harrison to Ohio State, what kept five-star wide receiver Garrett Wilson and five-star center Harry Miller committed. While the Buckeyes have an expectation for the quality of player and person they recruit, the storyline for the 2018 early signing period revolved around the expectation that the recruits have in Ohio State, despite the off-the-field storylines the program went through. And for those that remained with Ohio State through the firing of former wide receivers coach Zach Smith, the suspension of Meyer, Meyer’s retirement and Day’s promotion, the new and acting head coach is very grateful. “When you look at who these kids are in the last seven months, their loyalty, it’s amazing,” Day said. “What happened in August and then the coaching change down the stretch, these kids stuck with us, that means a lot to us. And we are not going to forget that moving forward.” read more


Klopp pleased with his 5 or 6 midfield options at Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp discussed his midfield options ahead of their Premier League showdown with Manchester United on Sunday.The Reds were the last team to inflict a league defeat on United in what was Jose Mourinho’s final game in charge in December at Anfield in a 3-1 win.Now Liverpool will be looking for a similar result in order to return to the top of the Premier League table in what will be the first of three fixtures in the space of seven days.Therefore, rotations will be expected in the Liverpool team over the course of next week with Klopp able to count on plenty of options in his midfield.“I expect that the players just understand it. It’s a typical thing,” said Klopp on the club website.“I will not explain to everyone why they don’t start because they will all start games.“We don’t have to talk about Ox [Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain] at the moment because he needs a bit of time. He looks so good in training but we need to make him resistant for all the things that are coming up.“For all the others I expect them to understand it. You cannot always have three players in midfield and they play and I have to wrap them in cotton wool – ‘Oh come on please, don’t do this step and this step’ or ‘Oh you feel something, come off training.’“Now we have five or six players for midfield and that’s exactly how it should be.“Of course they cannot start all the time. If somebody makes a story of that, I’m not interested.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“If somebody is not happy with that, I’m OK but you have to be ready for the next game and the next game is coming on Wednesday. That’s just how it should be.“All credit to the boys because they always deal with it. I’m not in doubt that they will deal with that situation as well. Make yourself ready because we need to have these different options.”As for Sunday’s match, Virgil van Dijk will make a welcome return to the Reds line-up at Old Trafford after being suspended from Tuesday’s 0-0 Champions League draw against Bayern Munich.Dejan Lovren remains sidelined with a hamstring injury, but Xherdan Shaqiri could feature after making some progress in his recovery from a minor abdominal strain.The match between United and Liverpool will begin at 3:05 PM (CET) on Sunday.I M P A C T 🙌A sublime double from @XS_11official when we hosted @ManUtd earlier this season. 😍 pic.twitter.com/gZzyBwwMeI— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 22, 2019last_img read more


Puel reveals Schmeichel was devastated

first_imgLeicester City manager Claude Puel has revealed that Kasper Schmeichel was devastated following a horrific helicopter crash that claimed the life of the owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others.In the aftermath of Leicester’s draw with West Ham United at the King Power Stadium on October 27, the club owner’s helicopter crashed in the stadium’s staff car park, leading to his death.The Foxes’ mid-week League Cup clash against Southampton was cancelled out of respect for the Thai billionaire’s legacy at the club, with Leicester having miraculously won the Premier League title in 2015-16 and played in the Champions League under him in the height of their many achievements during his ownership.However, the players were insistent on playing away at Cardiff City, despite the obvious emotions created by the events of the previous week.Schmeichel was one of those to take it hardest with the Denmark international and Vichai known to share a close bond.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…The goalkeeper was still present at the King Power Stadium when the crash happened and is thought to have been one of the first on the scene, reports indicating that police officers present on the scene had to intervene to restrain him from trying to help the victims with the helicopter ablaze.Manager Puel confirmed, according to Express:“I don’t want to give all the details of course. Just for Kasper, he saw a lot of things. Kasper, like other players, are devastated. All my squad have a lot of sadness and upset.”Schmeichel who penned a lengthy open letter to the owner and was visibly moved during the pre-match minute’s silence while tributes were paid to Srivaddhanaprabha by both clubs and both sets of supporters on a very emotional afternoon.last_img read more


CLOSING ARGUMENT Dave Robertson Asks For Your Vote On September 4

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple offered each State Rep. candidate an opportunity to issue a “closing argument” to the voters. Below is the closing argument provided by Dave Robertson (D-Tewksbury):To the thousands of people I have met on this campaign “trail” (which some days feels more like a race track!),Thank you. Thank you for taking the time to listen to me, taking the time to disagree with me on issues, taking the time out of your busy schedules to take a pamphlet, a phone call, or a moment passing on the sidewalk while I spoke. Over the years here I discovered an important realization, one that was cemented even more over these past few months. Wilmington, Tewksbury, and our shared neighborhoods aren’t “just towns”; they’re homes. Now, after meeting residents who have lived here decades, or in one case only a few days, I cherish the places I grew up more than ever before. I have now heard some wild stories from across the decades, met remarkable people I would have never otherwise met, and learned to appreciate our communities even more.I’ve said it before and I’ll say it my whole life, I owe a great deal to the communities for making me who I am today. Over the past years working under Representative Miceli in the state house I have had some opportunity to return a helping hand to my fellow residents of the 19th Middlesex, paying back for all the times my coaches, teachers, and community leaders put in hours so I could live and grow. Now, I want to continue working for you so those who built our towns may live in comfort, those still working can live an even richer quality of life, and so for those growing up can choose from an even larger bundle of opportunities.Our towns are at a crossroads, and it is apparent the next few years will not just influence the development of the towns for the coming decades, but far beyond that. Route 38 is overtaxed, our seniors and first-time homebuyers are being priced not just out of town, but out of New England, and despite the red-hot residential market we have vacant commercial markets. What is needed is beyond ideas, what our towns need is action.As State Representative I would hit the ground running with my previous experience, using my expertise to allocate funding from the state budget, testifying before committees, and drafting legislation. I am blessed to have working relationships with each various department, ranging from the Department of Housing and Economic Development to the Department of Veteran Services to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. I know where Tewksbury’s Elementary School project is headed, and I know Wilmington’s urgency to stop Transrail in it’s tracks. I am fortunate to have the knowledge to bring to bare on behalf of both towns, to work everyday to improve the entire district, and to respect and care for both halves as I did serving as Chief of Staff before. I have answered that early morning phone call, arriving at work the next day to help find a detox bed for a family, a lost discharge form for a veteran, or to assist a senior member of community involved in a money scam. This was a reward beyond a paycheck, knowing I helped out a neighbor at the end of their rope with nowhere else to turn, and it was something I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to experience.I am ready to work and serve, which brings me to ask you, the reader, what I have asked so many residents so far. Will you give me the honor of serving you as your State Representative?Again, thank you everyone for the wonderful race so far, and for giving me this opportunity.Remember this coming Tuesday, “Last on the ballot, first in choice.”Sincerely yours,David A RobertsonLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedALL POLITICS ARE LOCAL: Robertson & Gordon Endorse Ed Markey With Possible Kennedy Showdown LoomingIn “Government”State Rep. Dave Robertson & His Colleagues Help Tewksbury Take Official Possession Of Livingston StreetIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Tewksbury Republican Committee Attack Robertson Over Wilmington Democratic Committee Chair’s StatementIn “Government”last_img read more


Airbnb buying Indianfounded background check startup

first_imgAirbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky launches a new Airbnb service in New Delhi on March 19 this year.IANSShort-term lodging rental company Airbnb is buying Trooly, a background check startup co-founded by Savi Baveja, Anish Das Sarma and Nilesh Dalvi, in an effort to protect its hosts and guests from trouble makers using its service.Trooly analyses user data from social media, public records, and various other sources to verify the identity of users and prevent the registration of scammers or other bad actors.The Los Altos, California-based company has been helping Airbnb authenticate user identities since 2015. By analysing data from public records, social media and other sources, Trooly’s technology could help Airbnb track various customer violations, such as side deals between guests and hosts, according to a Bloomberg report.According to the report, Airbnb is expected to purchase Trooly’s intellectual property and engineering team on Monday.”We look forward to welcoming the Trooly team to Airbnb in the coming weeks,” Airbnb spokesman Tim Rathschmidt told Bloomberg, without providing a specific purchase price or other details of the arrangement between the two companies.Since its inception in 2008, Airbnb has found the task of whetting fraudulent listings a truly difficult one, as many people have been posing as property owners. Trooly’s data analysis has helped the verification process immensely and the purchase of the company will help Airbnb consolidate host and guest data to make oversight more efficient.In recent years, some Airbnb guests have been reportedly circumventing the service’s system to conduct side deals on social media or offer to pay hosts directly after locating them on the service. The purchase of Trooly should help Airbnb verify the identities of users on its platform more stringently.Airbnb takes as much as a 12 percent fee from its guests. Hosts are charged a 3 percent fee on listings that are booked. In most cases, the company is also required to charge guests a local tax, usually 3 per cent, though the tax rates vary by city, state and country.Founded in 2008, Airbnb raised $1.5 billion in December 2015. In 2016, it reportedly raised $10 million, according to venture capital tracking portal Crunchbase. It raised an additional $1 billion from unnamed investors in a funding round in March this year, expanding its warchest at a time of increased investor interest in fast-growing businesses.Airbnb raised $1 billion as part of the financing round which started in 2016, which had valued the business at $30 billion. Airbnb’s current valuation is understood to be approximately $25.5 billion.Over the years, Airbnb has raised more than $3 billion, and secured $1 billion as line of credit, according to research firm CB Insights. Airbnb, based in San Francisco, is the No.2 most valuable private company in the United States behind Uber, the ride-hailing business, according to CB Insights.last_img read more


Digital Security Bill wont gag journos voice says PM Hasina

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said there is nothing to be worried about the Digital Security Bill 2018 as it will not gag the voice of the journalist community, reports UNB.“I’ve seen several noted editors, journalists and wise persons of society giving their opinions against it. They’re only concerned about whether their voice is gagged. But their voice has not been gagged,” she said.The PM told parliament while delivering the valedictory speech of the 22nd session of the 10th parliament.She said had the voice been gagged they would not have had the capability to give opinions.She said the government must provide security to people and protect society, families and people’s character so that children and young generation do not take the wrong path and the adults do not get addicted (following the misuse of digital devices).“Considering this aspect, we’ve passed the Digital Security Bill. So, there’s nothing to be worried about it,” Hasina added.Noting that the interest of any particular group should not be considered here, she said, “Why’re our journalists getting very sensitive and worried? What’s the reason? I think there’s no logic behind it.”“What we’ve done is for the wellbeing of the country, the nation and the children,” she said.PM Hasina said it is very regrettable that some people gave opinions considering their own interest or from the perspective of their own organisations. “They haven’t thought for a single time about the interests of the entire society and the country.”She said the journalist community only considered the matter of journalism, but journalism should be constructive and accountable to the country and its people, and society.Journalism will surely not be for increasing conflict and harm to the country or tarnishing its image, Hasina said, adding that such kind of journalism should be practised which will take the country forward and develop confidence among people, not mislead them or create conflicts among them.She said journalism should not create any confrontational atmosphere or instigate terrorism and militancy.Noting that there was only one television channel in the country in the past, she said her government first dared to allow the private television channels and private radio stations.Mentioning that there are both merits and demerits of the social networking sites, including Facebook and YouTube, as well as digital devices, Hasina said there are bad impacts of the social media platforms and digital devices everywhere from the family to society. “So, considering this aspect, we think that it’s very essential to ensure security of minor children, students, youths and even elderly people.”“We’ve built the country as Digital Bangladesh and let people enjoy its benefits and remain away from its bad impacts. With this goal, we’ve passed the Digital Security Bill,” said the prime minister.last_img read more


Cardinals Play at North Carolina on Saturday at Noon

first_imgCARD FILES In his last six games, Christen Cunningham has shot 61.5 percent from the field – including 61.9 percent from the three-point line (13-of-21) — while averaging 15.0 points and 3.8 assists. He scored a season-high 23 points and handed out five assists at Pittsburgh in his last game. Louisville has made 18 more free throws (302-of-395, .765) than its opponents have attempted (193-of-284). Louisville is ninth in the nation in free throw attempts per field goal attempts (395/853, 46.3 percent) and is fifth in the nation with 25.2 percent of its points coming from free throws. UofL is 15th in the nation in free throw percentage. UofL has scored over 80 points in nine of its 15 games (79.8 ppg) and the Cardinals are 26th in the nation in adjusted offensive efficiency by Ken Pomeroy. UofL’s 90 points vs. Miami was its second-highest total of the season. After committing a season-low seven turnovers vs. Miami, Louisville had a season-high 18 turnovers at Pittburgh, leading to 29 Pitt points. UofL has had 10 or fewer turnovers in seven games. With 14 offensive rebounds against Pittsburgh in its last game, Louisville has pulled down 10 or more rebounds off the offensive glass nine times this season, including each of the last six games. Louisville’s 2019 signing class is ranked second in the nation by ESPN.com, fifth by Rivals.com and fifth by 247sports.com. Louisville achieved a collective 3.352 grade point average for the 2018 fall semester, with 11 of 14 student-athletes earning a 3.0 or better GPA (20 of the last 21 semesters with at least a 3.0 team GPA). Uof L has produced a league-best 25 All-ACC Academic selections over its four years in the ACC.Print Friendly Version Louisville, ranked 30th in the NCAA Men’s Basketball NET ratings through games of Jan. 9, plays its second straight on the road as the Cardinals visit the North Carolina Tar Heels in Chapel Hill, N.C. on Saturday. North Carolina Notes North Carolina (12-3, 2-0 ACC), ranked 12th in both the Associated Press and USA Today polls, has won six of its last seven games, including a 90-82 victory at NC State in its last game on Jan. 8. All five Tar Heels starters scored in double-figures and three had double-doubles, led by Luke Maye’s 21 points and 11 rebounds. Louisville Notes Story Links The Cardinals are very balanced on the offensive end, with five players averaging over eight points.  Sophomore Jordan Nwora leads the Cardinals in in scoring and rebounding with 17.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.  Christen Cunningham is second on the team in scoring with 10.6 points and leads the team with 48 assists on the year. Dwayne Sutton ranks third on the team in scoring with 9.5 points along with 6.3 rebounds per game. Steven Enoch averages 9.0 points per game while Ryan McMahon is averaging 8.3 points per game.    Live Stats GAME 16Date: Jan. 12, 2019Time: 12:00 p.m.Site: Dean E. Smith Center, Chapel Hill, N.C. (21,750)Television: ESPN – Dan Shulman, play-byplay; Jay Bilas, analyst; Maria Taylor, reporter.Radio: WHAS (840 AM) Paul Rogers, play-by-play; Jody Demling, analyst (XM channel 380, Internet 971)Series History: Louisville trails 5-13 (4-1 in Louisville, 0-3 in Chapel Hill, 1-9 neutral)Last Meeting: North Carolina 93, UofL 76 (Feb. 17, 2018 in KFC Yum! Center)Officials: Mike Eades, Bill Covington, Jr., Tony HendersonNext UofL Game: Jan. 16 vs. Boston College, KFC Yum! Center, 7 p.m. ET (ACC Regional Sports Networks/Fox Sports South in Louisville) Louisville (10-5, 1-1 ACC) dropped its first ACC road game as the Cardinals fell 89-86 in overtime at Pittsburgh on Jan. 9. The Cardinals committed a season-high 18 turnovers and allowed the Panthers to shoot 52.2 percent from the field, second-highest for a UofL opponent this season. Christen Cunningham scored a season-high 23 points and handed out five assists to lead the Cardinals, making 9-of-11 field goals. Louisville trails 5-13 in its series against North Carolina, but has won two of the last five. The Tar Heels won 93-76 in Louisville last season (2-17-18) as Deng Adel led the Cardinals with 20 points and six assists off the bench. Four of the meetings have come in the NCAA Tournament, including twice in regional finals. North Carolina is third in the nation in rebounding margin (+11.5), is third in assists per game (19.7) and fifth in scoring offense (89.9). Six Tar Heel players are averaging over eight points a game, led by Cameron Johnson (16.2 ppg). UNC is No. 5 in the Sagarin Ratings, No. 6 in ESPN’s College Basketball Power Index (BPI), No. 8 in the NET rankings and No. 6 by Ken Pomeroy through Jan. 9.last_img read more


Know who is most likely to help you at office

first_imgShedding new light on how status affects workplace relationships, a new study has found that workers are most likely to help colleagues who are moderately distant from themselves in status — both above and below them.“The sweet spot for helping seems to be those who are moderately distant from you in status,” said study co-author Robert Lount, associate professor of management and human resources at The Ohio State University in the US.The study did not examine why colleagues who were moderately distant in status were most likely to help each other. But it may be related to how workers perceive their own status within the company, lead researcher Sarah Doyle from The Ohio State University noted.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Someone near you in status poses more of a threat” Doyle said. Those who are far above or below you in status could require a lot more time and effort to help, which could hurt your own job performance.Those colleagues who are moderately distant do not pose much of a threat and offer the best opportunity for workers to demonstrate their willingness to cooperate with their teammates. The findings appeared online in the journal Academy of Management Discoveries. The researchers conducted two separate studies — one in a real workplace  and both reached similar conclusions. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIn the first study, 267 undergraduate students read a work scenario in which they imagined they were part of a 15-person work group in a large sales organisation.Participants were told that one of their group members was close to securing a large account, but was running short on time. The participants were asked if they would be willing to provide help, knowing that helping was optional. Results showed that participants were most likely to say they would help a team member who was moderately different from them in status.The real-world study was conducted in a large customer call centre. For the study, 170 employees completed an online survey asking a variety of questions.  Included was a question asking each employee to list co-workers who regularly came to them for help and co-workers whom they regularly went to seek help.In this real-world office, the finding of the first study was confirmed. Workers were most helpful to teammates who were just the right distance away as far as status goes —not too close and not too far. The findings might be useful when assigning people to train new employees.last_img read more


Chronicle of Durga Puja released to give readers a peek into its

first_imgKolkata: Durgadalil, a book comprising a through documentation of Durga Puja, was released in the city on Sunday.The book, edited by Samrat Chattopadhyay, will be made into a documentary film with the demand of making Durga Puja a national festival. The work for the documentary film will start on January 6, 2019, with a programme at Uttam Mancha.Through this monumental work, the demand to make Durga Puja a national festival will be raised. It may be mentioned that National Geographic channel will cover Durga Puja in Kolkata for the first time. The channel covers Ganesh Chaturthi in Maharastra and Kumbh Mela. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe book is a research work on 400 years of Durga Puja. It deals with the frequently asked questions like where Durga Puja started in undivided Bengal, or whether it began in Taherpur in Rajsahi (now in Bangladesh), in Malda or South Dinajpur.It also answers whether Raja Kangsha Narayan, Bhabananda Mazumdar or Raja Jagat Narayan was the protagonist of the Puja. History scholars Haripada Bhowmick and Professor Sandip Kumar Dawn have dealt with the subject, spreading over a large span of time from the Moghul period to the present day. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedNoted photographer Atanu Pal and well known art collector Ganesh Pratap Singh have provided photographs which have increased the value of the priceless collection.Elderly people as well as many contemporary celebrities have narrated Durga Puja stories that are related to their localities, in the book. In erstwhile Kolkata, Pujas were held in the houses of aristocrats, beside the community Pujas. There were no sponsors and the Pujas were organised by collecting subscription from the local people. After the Pujas, musical soirees were held, in which noted vocalists and musicians took part.While Nabanita Dev Sen has narrated stories that are related to the areas surrounding Hindusthan Road in South Kolkata where she had spent her childhood and has plenty of childhood memories, elocutionist Jagannath Basu has told about his experiences in North Kolkata.Well known football organiser of the 70s, Ajay Srimani, has spoken about Durga Puja in his house and neighbouhood.Actors Abir Chattopadhyay and Kaninika Bandyopadhyay have narrated their childhood memories, along with cricketer Jhulan Goswami and former footballer Achintya Belel.last_img read more


Why grief is bad for the heart

first_imgSleep disturbance among people grieving the recent loss of a spouse may put them at increased risk for cardiovascular illness and death, a study has warned. Recently widowed people are more likely to suffer from sleep disturbances, such as insomnia, that may lead to increased levels of inflammation in the body. Higher levels of inflammation may in turn increase risk for heart diseases, showed the findings published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe study found that the link between sleep disturbances and inflammation was two to three times higher for the bereaved spouses. “The death of a spouse is an acutely stressful event and they have to adapt to living without the support of the spouse,” said Diana Chirinos from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, US. “Add sleep disturbance to their already stressful situation and you double the stressor. As a result, their immune system is more overactivated,” Chirinos said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe study included 101 people with an average age of 67. Half were bereaved (identified through obituaries), and the rest were included in a control group. The researchers compared the self-reported sleep habits of recently widowed people to the control group. Both the groups had sleep disturbances. The researchers found that the link between sleep disturbances and inflammation was two to three times higher for the bereaved spouses. Inflammation was measured by the level of proinflammatory cytokines, which are designed to be short-term fighters of disease but are linked to long-term risk for health problems including cardiovascular disease. Bereaved individuals are more susceptible to the negative health effects of poor sleep, the study said.last_img read more


Analysis Can ULCCs fly in Canada Crunching the numbers on Jetlines Flair

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> This story originally ran in the December 21st, 2017 issue of Travelweek magazine. To get Travelweek delivered to your agency for free, subscribe here. TORONTO — The Canadian skies are about to be filled with a new crop of ultra low-cost carriers (ULCCs) vying for deal-minded Canadian travellers looking for an inexpensive way of getting from A to B. The ULCC airline movement began in Europe and has since successfully migrated to both the U.S. and most of Asia. Canadians have long looked at carriers like easyJet, Ryanair, AirAsia, Spirit and Allegiant and asked, why not in Canada?Many have argued that the unique aspects of the Canadian marketplace – and by that they mean 36 million Canadians spread over 9.98 million square kilometres – make the ULCC business model unworkable. Where the ULCC model has thrived is in high-population density regions.Additionally, the ULCC model has been most successful in regions where airlines have been able to connect large urban areas that are fairly close to each other – about 1 to 2 hours’ flying time apart. Ryanair in Europe and Allegiant in the U.S. are prime examples of this traditional ULCC feature. The Canadian population density sits at about 3.7 people per square kilometre and is among the lowest in the world. Fairly recent low-cost and ultra low-cost casualties that faced this issue in Canada include Canada 3000, CanJet, Harmony, Jetsgo, Roots Air and Zoom.Ryanair in Europe and Allegiant in the U.S. are prime examples of this traditional ULCCSome Canadian passengers think the country already has a ULCC with Air Canada Rouge. While Air Canada Rouge utilizes some aspects of a ULCC business plan (think more ancillaries and lower employee costs), Air Canada Rouge is more of an LCC.More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Over the next year a varied group of entrepreneurs is going to attempt to show that in reality, Canada is not so different from Europe, Asia or the U.S. when it comes to ULCCs. The question is, will they be successful?Flair Airlines is already up and running. Many believe Flair was simply a re-branding of virtual ULCC NewLeaf, but this is not the case. What’s a virtual ULCC? This is when a travel company – NewLeaf in this case – brands the airline and puts its own livery on the planes, but operates as a reseller for the airline’s fares, and is not the airline itself. NewLeaf was never an actual airline and it used planes chartered from Flair Airlines.Flair Airlines’ new liveryWhen Flair Airlines announced it was buying NewLeaf this past June, Flair’s management decided to continue NewLeaf’s business plan. Since it didn’t have to charter aircraft, as NewLeaf did, it could have lower costs. Flair Airlines had operated as a cargo and charter airline in Canada for more than a dozen years prior to this ULCC experiment. Flair has a fleet of Boeing 737-400s for its operation with plans for two more aircraft to join the fleet in 2018.In December 2017 Flair announced it was offering GDS access to its fares via Amadeus with Travelport (Galileo/Worldspan) access looking likely for January 2018. Discussions with Sabre are also in the works.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTFlair has also indicated that it is planning to grow and start international flights, and news about the expansion could be coming in these early months of 2018. Flair said it expects to add four more Boeing aircraft to accommodate the nearly 1.5 million ULCC passengers that are forecast to use Flair in 2019.Meanwhile WestJet plans to launch Swoop in June 2018, with two Boeing 737-800s. That number is expected to increase to six by September 2018 and to 10 by summer 2019.When WestJet announced the Swoop name back in September, Bob Cummings, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Strategy said, “It’s a powerful verb that demonstrates we plan to swoop in to the Canadian market with a new business model that will provide lower fares and greater opportunity for more Canadians to travel.” When WestJet launched in 1996 it was positioned as a “great leap forward for Canadian air travel”, and a no-frills LCC. More than 20 years later WestJet flies to more than 100 destinations and has its sights set on becoming a global carrier.This is the first installment of a two-part series. Click here to read Part 2. Michael Schoenberger is an aviation and travel industry expert and freelance travel writer.This story originally ran in the December 21st, 2017 issue of Travelweek magazine. To get Travelweek delivered to your agency for free, subscribe here. Analysis: Can ULCCs fly in Canada? Crunching the numbers on Jetlines, Flair and Swoop By: Michael Schoenberger Wednesday, January 3, 2018 Share Tags: Canada Jetlines, Feature Story, Flair Airlines, Low-Cost Carriers, Swoop, Trend Watchlast_img read more


Fleeing violence Nicaraguans seek safety in Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:Helping refugees to thrive in Costa Rica 23,000 Nicaraguans seek asylum in Costa Rica: UN San José’s little Nicaragua: La Merced Park after hate Nicaragua expels UN human rights mission The thin, bespectacled medical student acted as a paramedic in street protests in Nicaragua until gun-toting paramilitaries detained him last month.“They beat me, they put a towel on my face and poured water on me until I felt like I was drowning,” says the student, who goes by the name of ‘Lobo,’ or ‘Wolf’ in Spanish, a tag he gained in the demonstrations.“There was lots of psychological abuse too.”Nicaragua’s current political crisis began April 18 with protests in the capital Managua to oppose planned cuts to pensions and social security by the government of President Daniel Ortega. “If we are dead we are not useful to our country.”Twenty-one-year-old medical student Lobo shows the scars of the violence he says he endured during unrest in Nicaragua. UNHCR / Roberto Carlos SánchezClashes in the Central American nation have since killed at least 317 people according to a tally by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. More than 2,000 have been injured, and an unknown number detained.Lobo – who asked not to be named for safety reasons – was finally freed from jail after five days following the intervention of a local human rights association. A network of friends then helped him get across the border to Costa Rica.The 21-year-old is now staying in the nation’s capital, San José, with other displaced Nicaraguan students. While they wait for their asylum claims to be processed by the government, many are helped by Costa Ricans, dubbed ‘Ticos.’“Even with all the love the Ticos and Costa Rican government have given us, I feel imprisoned here because it’s not my country,” says Lobo. “It’s never going to be the same. I left friends, memories, my studies.”The medical student is among the thousands of Nicaraguans who have sought asylum in neighboring Costa Rica since April.Also seeking protection in San José is Jorn Henrry Bermudez, a 28-year-old cell phone technician from Managua, whose home there is next to one of the universities at the heart of the student-led protests. Jorn Henrry Bermudez, 28, and his 19-year-old partner Ana Kathiushka Castro, who is five months pregnant, apply for asylum in San José. UNHCR / Roberto Carlos Sánchez“You could see police come in with weapons, shooting at the guys,” Bermudez recalls.In the ensuing crackdown, Bermudez said several local residents were shot dead, among them a mentally ill elderly man who lived a few doors down from him, and a 14-month-old boy shot in the head by paramilitaries.Bermudez decided to flee Nicaragua after paramilitaries raided the home he shared with his pregnant partner in late July. He sold his camera, laptop, and cell phone to make the journey to Costa Rica, and the couple left with a small suitcase so as not to attract attention, finally making it to San José.“That’s when I met a woman who offered to take us in. She’s fed us and gave us a room,” he says. “But it’s like having your life in someone’s hands because you never know when they’re going to say, ‘Hey, we need the room.”More than three months into the crisis, the capacity of the Government to process asylum claims is being severely overstretched. Nicaraguan asylum seekers in San José. UNHCR / Roberto Carlos SánchezUNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is providing an initial support to the migration authority to increase its processing capacity and is strengthening its presence in Costa Rica’s northern border region to provide protection and assistance to refugees.Another recent arrival in the Costa Rican capital is “José,” who also asked not to be identified due to security concerns. A resident of León, Nicaragua’s second city, he served in the military for seven years but left four years ago after the birth of his daughter.“I signed up as a reserve, but when they called us I thought, how am I going to kill my own people?”Refusing to heed four calls to return to active duty, he opted to flee to Costa Rica in early July after paramilitaries broke up protests in León.Now the family of three are living in a room provided by a nun at a local Catholic church. Like many of the recent asylum seekers from Nicaragua, they are depending on the kindness of friends, charities, and strangers. José and his family after seeking shelter in San José. UNHCR / Roberto Carlos SánchezThis story was originally published by the UN Refugee Agency. Facebook Commentslast_img read more