Federer, Djokovic wonder if Wimbledon courts can improve

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Federer followed Djokovic on Centre Court and described it as “a tad slippery” after losing his footing during one point in a victory over Mischa Zverev, who also took a tumble.“But I didn’t feel like it was unsafe,” said Federer, who has won seven of his record 18 major titles at Wimbledon. “Maybe you don’t want players to feel that way, because the moment you become scared of moving properly, it’s really difficult to play, I must admit. The last thing we want to see is horrible injuries.”Some players voiced concerns about the court conditions over the opening week, including Kristina Mladenovic of France and Alison Riske of the United States, who each fell early during their second-round match on Court 18 on Thursday.Riske, who won the match, said afterward that the dirt “is like ice.”Measurements taken throughout Wimbledon’s first week show the grass courts are as healthy as they have been in recent years, according to Neil Stubley, the head of courts and horticulture at the All England Club.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ ‘Thank you’: Chris Bosh writes an open letter to Miami Roger Federer and his opponent slipped during their third-round match.The two past champions are wondering what sort of work can be done on the middle Sunday, when there is no competition, so the court conditions improve when action resumes with all 16 fourth-round singles matches scheduled for Monday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“The first two matches I didn’t see any significant difference. But I was hearing a lot of comments from the other players. They were complaining. Especially on the outside courts,” Djokovic said after beating Ernests Gulbis in straight sets at Centre Court on Saturday.“Today, I could see there is a difference in grass, in (the) turf itself. It was a bit softer, I would say, especially around a couple of feet inside and outside, around the baseline area,” said Djokovic, a three-time champion at the All England Club. “I haven’t had that kind of experience before in Wimbledon, to be honest. I mean, the courts are always perfect here.” “We looked at the baselines and the areas that they thought there was an issue,” Stubley said. “We didn’t feel there was. The Grand Slam supervisor and assistant referee didn’t believe that there was either. When you look at the comparisons of other courts … they were in or around the same condition as the other courts.”Very little rain has fallen over the first six days of the tournament, which Stubley said led to more wear on the courts.Still, although he acknowledged the courts are under stress, he said there’s “not a doubt” they will hold up throughout Wimbledon’s second week.“Because we have daily monitoring, we can keep a very tight rein on everything,” he said. “It never gets to the point where it’s ever going to get away from us because we’re on top of it every single day.”Still, Djokovic was sure that something wasn’t quite the same as in the past.“I’m sure they know what they’re doing. They know their job the best in the world. But you can see that there is a slight difference in the quality of the grass,” he said. “This year seems like it’s a bit softer.”Noted Federer: “They have time to figure out how they’re going to prep (the courts) for Monday.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Riveracenter_img Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Switzerland’s Roger Federer returns to Germany’s Mischa Zverev during their Men’s Singles Match on day six at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Saturday, July 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)LONDON — With a week still to go, Wimbledon’s grass courts already are not the lush lawns players — and TV viewers — are accustomed to seeing early in the tournament.Novak Djokovic noticed the ball bouncing differently in some patches.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes View commentslast_img read more

Mukherjee lists 8 steps to resolve issues between India, China

first_imgFrom V S ChandrasekarBeijing, May 26 (PTI) Outlining eight “pillars” for the future of India-China relations, President Pranab Mukherjee today underlined the need for comprehensively resolving challenges including the boundary question through “political acumen” and “civilisational wisdom”.Delivering a lecture at the elite Peking University here, Mukherjee noted that there is bipartisan commitment to strengthening partnership with China, and said political understanding between the two countries is vital for “closer developmental partnership”.He said he was “confident that by placing these eight pillars at the foundation of a people-centric approach, we can sufficiently enhance and strengthen our cooperation to the mutual benefit of both our peoples”.”One of the ways it could be done is through enhanced political communication. In India, we have a bipartisan commitment to strengthening our partnership with China. The frequent contacts between our respective leaders bear testimony to this.”We have broadened the common ground and learnt to manage our differences. There are challenges – including the boundary question – that still need to be addressed comprehensively,” he said while addressing the gathering on the topic “India-China Relations: 8 steps to a people-centric partnership”.India and China have differences over the 3,488 km-long border. While Beijing says that the boundary dispute is confined to 2,000 kms, mainly in Arunachal Pradesh in eastern sector which it claims as part of southern Tibet, India asserts that the dispute covered the whole of the Line of Actual Control including the Aksai Chin occupied by China during the 1962 war.Making his first state visit to China as head of the state, Mukherjee said while it was natural for neighbours to have differences of views on certain issues from time to time, “I consider it a test of our political acumen when we are called upon to draw upon our civilisational wisdom and resolve these differences to the mutual satisfaction of both sides”.advertisement”Both sides should work with the aim of ensuring that we do not burden our coming generations by leaving our unresolved problems to them. I am confident that by ensuring that these matters are not aggravated and by remaining sensitive to mutual concerns, we can minimise our differences and maximise our convergences,” he said.As part of his eight principles, he stressed on the need to enhance contacts among the youth of the two countries through festivals and sports contacts, digital technology, intellectual and cultural exchanges and travels, especially the Kailash Mansarovar and Buddhist pilgrimage centres.Collaboration of civil societies on both sides and a common approach to global and developmental issues that facilitate strong cooperation in multilateral fora including the G20, BRICS, East Asian Summit, Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank (AIIB) and Shanghai Cooperation Forum (SCO) will enthuse people of the two countries to support and contribute to the achievement of the shared goals, Mukherjee said. (MORE) PTI VSC SAI AKJ SAIlast_img read more

Police continue to hunt missing £10m loaned to Northampton Town

first_img Read more news Share on Messenger Northampton Share on Facebook Share via Email The council ultimately complained to police that a very substantial proportion of its loan was not accounted for and the police executed a warrant to search the stadium in November 2015. In February this year Grossman was disqualified from being the director of any company for 10 years, following an investigation by the administrators. The Insolvency Service said in its statement that Grossman had caused £5.6m to be paid out to “various parties”, including £1.5m to himself, after 1st Land received £6m from the council.Giving an update on the investigation, the spokesman for Northamptonshire police said: “A dedicated police team continues to investigate the disappearance of £10.25m lent to Northampton Town football club by Northampton borough council in 2013-14.“In addition to speaking to witnesses and suspects, this requires the detailed analysis of vast amounts of data obtained from multiple sources. Complex financial and corruption investigations often take significant time before charges can be made and, in this case, there are a higher than usual number of individuals under investigation for theft, fraud, money laundering, bribery and misconduct in public office.“We are in regular contact with the crown prosecution service to update them on our progress. While the public may understandably find the length of the investigation frustrating, it is necessary to build a robust case that results in both fair trials and safe convictions.” Topics Police investigating what happened to £10.25m of public money loaned to Northampton Town for a new east stand which was never completed have said that potential offences being considered include theft, fraud, money laundering, bribery and misconduct in public office.A spokesman for Northamptonshire police explicitly described the case, Operation Tuckhill, as in the category of “complex financial and corruption investigations”.The £10.25m was loaned by Northampton borough council in 2013-14 to pay for the stand and other improvements to the club’s Sixfields stadium, and the club contracted a company called 1st Land, whose director was Howard Grossman, to oversee the project. The developer, Buckingham Group, downed tools with only the shell of the stand built, said publicly that it had been paid £442,000, with £1.9m still owing, and in January 2015 put 1st Land into administration. Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Northampton Town raided by police over council’s missing millions Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Iran refutes US allegations of its role in Saudi attacks

first_imgTehran: Iran on Sunday dismissed US accusations it was behind drone attacks on Saudi oil installations, suggesting the United States was seeking a pretext to retaliate against the Islamic republic. “Such fruitless and blind accusations and remarks are incomprehensible and meaningless,” foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi was quoted as saying in a statement. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned Iran after Saturday’s attacks, which knocked out half of Saudi Arabia’s oil production. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USYemen’s Iran-aligned Shiite Huthi rebels claimed responsibility for the drone strikes, but Pompeo said “there is no evidence the attacks came from Yemen”. “The United States will work with our partners and allies to ensure that energy markets remain well supplied and Iran is held accountable for its aggression,” the top US diplomat tweeted. Mousavi said the US allegations over the pre-dawn strikes on Abqaiq and Khurais in Eastern Province were meant to justify actions against Iran. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”Such remarks… are more like plotting by intelligence and secret organisations to damage the reputation of a country and create a framework for future actions,” he said. Tehran and Washington have been at loggerheads since May last year when President Donald Trump pulled out of a 2015 deal that promised Iran relief from sanctions in return for curbs on its nuclear programme. Since the withdrawal, the United States has slapped crippling sanctions on Iran as part of a campaign of “maximum pressure” and the Islamic republic has responded by reducing its commitments to the nuclear accord. “The Americans have taken the policy of ‘maximum pressure’ which has apparently turned into ‘maximum lying’ due to their failures,” said Mousavi. The arch-foes were on the cusp of confrontation in June when Iran downed a US drone and Trump ordered retaliatory strikes before cancelling them at the last minute. In remarks published Sunday, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ aerospace arm said Iran’s missiles could hit US bases and ships within a range of 2,000 kilometres (about 1,240 miles). “Neither us nor the Americans want a war,” Brigadier General Amirali Hajizadeh said, quoted by Tasnim news agency, which is considered close to the Guards. “Of course, some forces facing each other in the field could do something, by which a war could start,” the commander said. “We have always prepared ourselves for a full-fledged war… everyone should know that all American bases and their vessels in a 2,000-kilometre range can be targeted by our missiles,” he added.last_img read more

Ontario given extension to appeal traditional medicine case – again

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt was a controversial court ruling by an Ontario judge that allowed a Six Nations girl, 11, to be taken off chemo therapy.Now, the province has been granted another extension to decide whether they’ll appeal.The deadline is next Friday and with that looming APTN’s Delaney Windigo spoke to a Mohawk elder who reflects on his own experience when he was told not to use traditional medicine on his daughter.last_img

Darfur UNAfrican Union peacekeeping force extended as tensions rise

The Security Council today voted to extend by another year the mandate of the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur, where violence once again rocked a large camp for people uprooted by the conflict in the war-ravaged Sudanese region. In its unanimously adopted resolution, the Council strongly condemned all attacks on the mission, known as UNAMID, calling any attack or threat “unacceptable.” In the past week alone, a group of blue helmets was ambushed in western Darfur, while in the region’s south, the pilot of a UNAMID helicopter was found safe yesterday after having been held for three days by local combatants. The Council today said that it “demands that there be no recurrence of such attacks,” underscoring the importance of bolstering the security of UNAMID personnel and to end impunity for those who attack peacekeepers. The 15-member body also called for all parties to the Darfur conflict to put an immediate end to violence, as well as all attacks on civilians, peacekeepers and humanitarian workers. Some 300,000 people are estimated to have been killed and another 2.7 million others displaced from their homes since fighting erupted in Darfur, an arid region on Sudan’s western flank, in 2003. Government forces, allied Janjaweed militiamen and rebel groups have all been accused of grave human rights violations. Today’s resolution stressed that “there can be no military solution to the conflict in Darfur and that an inclusive political settlement and the successful deployment of UNAMID are essential to re-establishing peace.” The mission today reported that more than 7,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) have gathered around UNAMID’s community policing centre (CPC) outside the Kalma camp in southern Darfur after deadly violence yesterday. Tensions have been rising at Kalma following the end of the latest round of peace talks in Doha, Qatar, with some groups contending they were unrepresented. Those tensions boiled over yesterday when hundreds of IDPs – some in support of the Doha process, some in opposition – took to Kalma’s streets. Many protesters were armed with sticks and machetes, and sporadic shooting was heard throughout the camp, UNAMID reported, adding that several deaths were recorded. The mission has enhanced its security measures to ensure the safety of those gathered around the CPC, and is also working with local aid groups to provide medical assistance to those in need, including several women who had given birth. Within the camp, UNAMID’s formed police units (FPUs) – comprising police officers trained in dealing with high-risk operations – are carrying out round-the-clock patrols, while the mission’s civilian staff are mediating talks among community leaders. “Violence will only add to the people’s suffering,” said Mohammed Yonis, Deputy Joint Special Representative for UNAMID. “It is only through working together and talking to each other that we will bring peace to this land.” In a statement issued by his spokesperson yesterday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on “all concerned to address their differences through political dialogue and to refrain from any action that could incite violence.” Later today, the Council issued a press statement in which members voiced serious concern about the casualties in Kalma camp and the recent attacks against peacekeepers, and urged all sides to resolve the conflict peacefully. 30 July 2010The Security Council today voted to extend by another year the mandate of the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur, where violence once again rocked a large camp for people uprooted by the conflict in the war-ravaged Sudanese region. read more

Top UN economic social body convenes Berlin symposium on development cooperation

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has gathered high-level development experts in Berlin, Germany, to weigh measures that could make international development cooperation more effective in improving people’s lives worldwide. “We meet at a time of fundamental re-orientation of global development efforts,” said Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for UN Economic and Social Affairs, opening the two-day Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) High-Level Symposium, on the topic “Accountable and effective development cooperation in a post-2015 era.” “The intrinsic linkage between poverty reduction and sustainable development must guide the design of a post-2015 development agenda that is both unified and universal,” he stressed, adding that putting such a transformative agenda into place requires “robust monitoring and accountability.”The United Nations at all levels is engaged in establishing a global agenda that will transition from the landmark Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), agreed by world leaders at a UN summit in 2000, aiming to slash extreme hunger and poverty, cut maternal and infant mortality, combat disease and provide access to universal education and health care, all by the end of 2015.Despite significant progress in some areas, these targets will not be reached in many countries, and this “unfinished business” will be incorporated in an even more ambitious post-2015 agenda.Building on the key findings from the first two high-level events in Ethiopia and Switzerland, and a policy dialogue in Vienna, ECOSOSC’s 2014 expert Symposium – along with UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the Government of Germany – has invited more than 170 experts from Governments, civil society, the private sector and other stakeholders to discuss in Berlin accountability, best practices, and major obstacles to global sustainable development partnerships beyond 2015.“The aim is not a one-size-fits all architecture for development cooperation and its monitoring. It is to allow the diverse group of actors and approaches to flourish side by side and to lead to partnerships in line with agreed global commitments,” explained Mr. Wu. In his opening address, Mr. Wu highlighted four key conditions that would help achieve accountability in the global architecture of development cooperation: knowledge and progress sharing among all actors, integration in the broader post-2015 development agenda to ensure policy coherence, incentives for Member States to report on the progress made, and implementation of systems and technology so as not to overburden already stretched development cooperation teams on the ground.For his part, ECOSOC President Martin Sajdik “>focused his remarks on expectations for the 2014 Forum and beyond. The 2014 DCF, he noted, would tackle how to ensure development cooperation is fit for purpose in the post-2015 era.“The DCF can help ensure that all views are being heard”, he said, and the Symposium would demonstrate how the DCF serves as a vibrant forum for exchange among all development partners on an equal footing.”The conclusions drawn from the deliberations of the Symposium will also inform the discussions at the first ministerial meeting of the Busan Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation, which is to take place in Mexico in April this year. The DCF Germany Symposium will serve as the third and last key preparatory event for the 2014 Development Cooperation Forum of ECOSOC held at UN Headquarters this coming July. read more

At UN South Sudan reaffirms resolve to uphold historic peace accord

“The people of South Sudan were yearning for peace and our President took the courageous step with the help of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), and others…to sign on 26 August 2015 a Peace Agreement with the rebel leadership to silence the guns and end the war, he said.That signature was immediately followed by the President’s declaration of Permanent Ceasefire in the following day, he announced during the 70th annual General Debate.Yet, he said that the ceasefire is currently only holding in some parts of the country. This is mainly due to the absence of a Joint Monitoring and Verification Mechanism being installed on the ground.Mr. Igga also said that peace and security is the “paramount responsibility” of the Government. He also added that there are ongoing investigations on reports of human rights abuses by elements associated with our security institutions. “Committing crimes against the people we govern, or violation of human rights, has never and shall never be condoned by our Government. Promoting and protecting the safety of persons, family and community and their physical and social wellbeing is a duty that we take more seriously. We will not allow impunity to reign,” he stated.He further asked for sanctions and travel restrictions on South Sudanese officials to be lifted and urged the international community to extend their support in order to cement its peace and stability. “More than any other time in our conflict riddled history, the upcoming post-conflict imperatives of resettlement, rehabilitation, and disarmament require concerted financial and technical intervention from our many good friends around the world,” he said. “South Sudan is very resilient and its future is certainly full of hope particularly with all your assistance and cooperation, but it should not be subjected to undeserved isolation and sanctions, given its level of fragility as a new country,” he added. read more

Braxton Miller will play limited role against Florida AM

Junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) sits on the bench during a game against San Diego State Sept. 7 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-7.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorAfter defeating Pac-12 foe California 52-34 in its last game, the Ohio State football team returns home this weekend to face the Florida A&M Rattlers of the Football Championship Subdivision.OSU junior quarterback Braxton Miller is expected to play a limited role in the Buckeyes final tune-up before Big Ten play begins, according to coach Urban Meyer.With Miller expected to play in limited fashion, redshirt-senior Kenny Guiton will likely receive the nod as starter for a second straight week. Against California, Guiton led the offense to more than 600 total yards of offense.Redshirt-senior offensive lineman Marcus Hall said his unit is well-prepared regardless who is under center.“Both quarterbacks suit the offensive system, so it’s actually convenient,” Hall said. “We don’t have to switch up the way we play.”Even though the offense is averaging nearly 45 points a game, there are still some concerns over the squad’s defensive prowess after allowing the Golden Bears to score 34 points.Meyer said after practice Wednesday, the unit’s biggest issue is at the linebacker position.“There were some misses in recruiting a linebacker … our linebackers should have more depth and more experience than what we have,” Meyer said. “For whatever reason, injuries and things happen, I understand that, but we should be better at linebacker. That’s the one concerning position right now.”Drawing more attention to the Buckeye backfield this weekend will be the return of senior running back Carlos Hyde, finally back after serving a three-game suspension for an offseason incident at a Columbus bar.Redshirt-senior running back Jordan Hall said Hyde’s return is a plus for the team that will put a strain on opponents’ game plans.“We’re two different types of backs, it’ll be hard to prepare for us, especially with running quarterbacks,” said Jordan Hall.Meyer also said sophomore defensive lineman Adolphus Washington will not play Saturday with a groin injury, but is probable to return for OSU’s showdown against Wisconsin Sept. 28.The Buckeyes and Rattlers (1-2) are set for a noon kickoff this Saturday at Ohio Stadium. read more

Man involved in foiled armed pub robbery to appear in court

first_imgA MAN WHO customers tackled in a pub robbery in Drogheda last night is to appear in court tomorrow morning.Gardai arrested the 21-year-old man at the pub on Marsh Road last night.Armed robberyAt around 8.15pm two men armed with a knife and a shotgun entered the premises and held up staff.However, customers managed to overpower one man, while the other fled the scene.A 21-year-old male is being detained at Drogheda Garda Station in relation to the armed robbery and is scheduled to appear before a special sitting of Dundalk District Court tomorrow morning at 10am charged in connection with the robbery.Related: Man arrested after customers foil armed pub robbery>last_img

Man still in serious condition one month after hit and run

first_img GARDAÍ HAVE RENEWED their appeal for information in relation to a hit and run collision which occurred in the early hours of 27 December.A 27-year-old male pedestrian sustained serious injuries when he was apparently hit by a vehicle on the R128 Skerries to Loughshinny Road.The injured man remains in a serious condition in Beaumont Hospital.Investigating gardaí are appealing to the driver of a blue Volkswagen Transporter van who may have information relating to this incident to contact them.Gardaí are also appealing to anyone to may have seen this van in the vicinity of Skerries in the early hours of the 27 December to contact Balbriggan Garda Station on 01 8020510, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.Read: Man found with serious head injuries on Dublin road Image: Google Maps Short URL Jan 28th 2017, 1:44 PM 14,920 Views Share Tweet Email1 By Órla Ryan http://jrnl.ie/3210560 Man still in serious condition one month after hit and run Gardaí have renewed their appeal for information. Image: Google Maps 3 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Saturday 28 Jan 2017, 1:44 PMlast_img read more

Dell savait quil vendait des produits défectueux

first_imgDell savait qu’il vendait des produits défectueuxÉtats-Unis – Dell nage dans les eaux troubles du scandale. L’entreprise texane savait que ses ordinateurs OptiPlex étaient défectueux, mais a continué à les vendre. Le fabricant va aujourd’hui devoir réparer son erreur.Plusieurs documents accablent Dell. Près de 12 millions de PC portables de la gamme OptiPlex ont en effet été vendus, pour la plupart à des PME et autres professionnels entre 2003 et 2005 : le problème, c’est que ces appareils étaient équipés de condensateurs défectueux générant une panne dans 97% des cas. Un risque de panne dont Dell avait conscience, mais qui ne l’a pas empêché de vendre ses machines. L’entreprise texane aurait même été jusqu’à briefer ses vendeurs afin d’éviter les retours, selon une note rendue publique. Après une période difficile commercialement, ce scandale nuit à l’image de Dell, qui devra travailler dur pour regagner la confiance de ses clients.Le 1 juillet 2010 à 11:23 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Le satellite de la Nasa pourrait retomber sur lItalie

first_imgLe satellite de la Nasa pourrait retomber sur l’ItalieLa chute des morceaux du satellite à la dérive de la NASA, prévue pour le 23 septembre pourrait retomber sur l’Italie, selon des simulations informatiques réalisées par différentes agences spatiales mondiales. S’il est pour le moment trop tôt pour prévoir l’heure et l’endroit précis ou retomberont les morceaux de l’Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS), un satellite de la NASA à la dérive, des simulations informatiques réalisées par différentes agences spatiales mondiales placent l’Italie en principale ligne de mire. Le satellite devait entrer dans l’atmosphère le vendredi 23 septembre. “Si une grande partie du satellite va se briser en de nombreux morceaux en entrant dans l’atmosphère, tous les débris ne vont pas brûler”, a souligné la NASA dans un communiqué. Un audit effectué en 2002 sur les risques induits par la retombée du satellite indique que sur les 5.668 kilogrammes de l’engin, 532 kilos seulement pourraient survivre à l’entrée dans l’atmosphère. Aussi, 26 composants de l’UARS devraient atteindre le sol dans un rayon de 800 kilomètres. Parmi les régions situées sur la trajectoire habituelle du satellite se trouvent l’Émilie-Romagne, la Toscane et la Ligurie.L’agence de presse italienne (ANSA) indique que ce scénario n’est pour le moment qu’une hypothèse et devra être confirmée par l’analyse de données qui arriveront ces prochaines heures. Dans le doute, la Protection civile italienne dirigée par Franco Gabrielli, s’est réunie ce matin avec l’Agence spatiale européenne italienne pour élaborer de possibles interventions. La NASA a par ailleurs demandé aux gens qui se retrouverait en contact avec les débris de l’engin de ne pas les toucher. En effet, ceux-ci peuvent s’avérer extrêmement coupants et “formellement, ils appartiennent au gouvernement américain”.À lire aussiInternet : l’ISS double sa connexionL’UARS est un satellite d’environ dix mètres et pesant près de six tonnes. Mis en orbite en 1991 par la navette Discovery pour étudier la haute atmosphère, il a fini sa mission en 2005 et ne peut plus se maintenir en orbite faute de carburant. Visualisez la trajectoire simulée de la retombée du satellite UARS en vidéo sur MaxisciencesLe 22 septembre 2011 à 15:40 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

County permit center to close for system swap

first_imgThe Clark County Permit Center will be closed for multiple days this fall to prepare for the launch of a new electronic land management system.According to a county news release, the center will be closed each Wednesday from Oct. 18 through Nov. 15. It will again be closed Nov. 16 and 17.The enhanced Clark County Land Management System, or CC LMS, will allow customers to apply for all building permits online, according to the news release. The county hopes that the system will make getting building permits more efficient, convenient and transparent.The closures will provide time for system testing and staff training before the Permit Center resumes regular business hours at 8 a.m. Nov. 20.The regular hours at the center are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesday hours are by appointment only.To continue to provide good customer service, the Permit Center has added special hours on two Saturdays for homeowner submittals and contractor pick-ups. The Permit Center will be open from 8 a.m. to noon on Oct. 28 and Nov. 4.last_img read more

Family alleges negligence after patient dies in Jalpaiguri hospital

first_imgKolkata: Tension ran high at Jalpaiguri Superspecialty Hospital on Wednesday morning following the death of a woman whose family members have brought the charges of negligence against the hospital.The family members of the victim staged a demonstration inside the hospital campus accusing doctors of glaring medical negligence that have led to the death of the woman. A large contingent of police rushed to the spot to bring the situation under control with hospital authorities ordering a probe into the incident. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedJarina Khatun (30), a resident of Sardarpara area under Rajgunj block in the district, was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday morning with severe chest pain. On Wednesday morning, the family members of the victim were told that Khatun had died. As soon as the news spread, some of the family members and locals staged a protest demonstration alleging that the woman died due to the negligence. They also alleged that no treatment was provided to her. The incident triggered chaos in the area. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe victim’s family members demanded stern action against the responsible doctor. Had she been given proper treatment, the patient would have survived, her family members claimed. They later lodged a complaint with the hospital authorities and a probe has been initiated. The hospital authorities have assured the family that justice would be delivered. Locals alleged that patients visiting the Outdoor departments of the hospital are often kept waiting resulting in inconvenience. They also urged the hospital authorities to take steps in this regard.last_img read more

TMC helped BJP to gain ground in Bengal not CPIM Yechury

first_imgKolkata: CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury has refuted claims that it was helping the BJP get a foothold in Bengal, and asserted the Left will come out with “surprising results” in the Lok Sabha polls. He said it was the Trinamool Congress which had facilitated the BJP-RSS to gain ground in the state. “It is a blatant lie that CPI(M) workers are helping the BJP. It is a canard spread by the saffron party and the TMC. They are trying to create a narrative that in Bengal, the fight is between the BJP and the Trinamool. This is completely wrong. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata “I can assure you that the Left will come out with surprising results. Our performance will be like (football legend) Lionel Messi scoring a goal dribbling past his opponents,” Yechury said in an interview to a Bengali news channel on Thursday. The senior CPI(M) leader’s comments come in the backdrop of allegations by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee that the Left was working towards transfer of its vote share to the BJP in the fight against the TMC. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state The Left Front would get the support of the young generation in the polls, he said. “The TMC had forged an alliance with the BJP in 1998. In Bengal, after coming to power, the TMC ensured that secular forces are cornered in order to make space for the BJP,” Yechury said. He also said that if the people are allowed to vote freely and fairly, they would cast their ballots in favour of the Left.last_img read more

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first_img Posted by Share Wednesday, September 19, 2018 Travelweek Group “If you only go to 2 continents in your life, go to Africa twice”: Goway makes the casecenter_img TORONTO — Goway’s growth over the past several years has been fuelled by mainstays Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, newcomer Europe and, increasingly, Africa where Goway offers more than 250 independent and escorted travel options.Agents from Toronto and the GTA were out in full force to hear all about Goway’s Africa product, which includes the Middle East, at last night’s ‘G’day to Goway’s Africa – Toronto 2018’ seminar at the Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel.Goway BDM Sam Cottar; David Timmins, Passenger Sales Manager, Ethiopian Airlines; Birhan Abate Mulate, Area Manager, Canada, Ethiopian Airlines; Kirsty Perring, Goway’s Product Manager, Africa & Middle East; Moira Smith, General Manager – Africa, Middle East and Europe; and Goway BDM Aubrey SchmidtEverything is selling well, with double-digit growth over the past three to four years, says Moira Smith, General Manager – Africa, Middle East and Europe. “Egypt, Morocco, Dubai … they’re all doing great,” said Smith.The Middle East especially is coming back. “Last year our southern Africa product represented 61% of our sales, East Africa was 25% and the Middle East was 12%. This year southern Africa is at 47%, East Africa 29% and the Middle East, 22%.”More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTShe added to an appreciative laugh from the audience: “If you only go to two continents in your life, go to Africa twice.”Goway’s Africa product extends from South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and more in the south, to Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and beyond in the east, to Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco in the north. Middle Eastern destinations includes Israel, Jordan, Oman and UAE.In places like Kenya and Tanzania, Smith advises agents to help clients make the most of their vacation with a hot air balloon ride over the Maasai Mara or Serengeti. “It’s the experience they’ll remember. The cost will fade, the memory never will.”Gorilla tracking in Uganda, ‘the Pearl of Africa’, is another must-do. “Gorilla tracking is incredible. It can be strenuous – warn your clients – but it’s absolutely the most rewarding thing,” says Smith.In Egypt clients will want at least a nine-day trip, focusing on Cairo with a Nile cruise. At the much-anticipated Grand Egyptian Museum, opening later this year or early next year, Goway clients can get a two-hour private guided tour. “It’s wonderful to see how popular Egypt is and how it’s coming back,” says Smith.More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backGoway’s Africa and Middle East product runs the gamut, she adds. “We’ve got incredible value-for-money products and we can also do wonderfully high end stuff.”More than two dozen of Goway’s Africa and Middle East partners were on hand last night for round robin sessions with the trade.Jacques Smit, Marketing Director for Sabi Sabi, says the Canadian market is continuously growing for the luxury lodge operator. “Both Canada and the U.S. started to grow rapidly for us about six years ago,” says Smit, adding that the company is working closely with Goway. The preference from the Canadian market is for FIT, with stays of three to four nights, he adds. Sabi Sabi’s portfolio includes four upscale lodges – Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge, Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge, Sabi Sabi Selati Camp and Sabi Sabi Little Bush Camp – all part of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World collection.Another of Goway’s partners, Tsogo Sun, has one of its properties, 54 on Bath, featured in one of Goway’s Stays of Distinction in South Africa. Goway “is one of our biggest partners,” says Tsogo Sun Sales Representative Lorenzo Giani.Other Tsogo Sun properties especially popular with Canadian travellers include the Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town, and Southern Sun The Cullinan. Both are four-star-plus hotels offering good value for money – music to the ears of most Canadians. << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Africa, Goway, Goway Travel, Statisticslast_img read more

Qantas to fly non stop Perth to London

first_imgQantas to fly non stop Perth to LondonQantas to fly non stop Perth to LondonQantas is set to add to its list of aviation firsts, with the national carrier confirming it will operate non-stop flights from Perth to London using the 787-9 Dreamliner.The 14,498 kilometre service will be the first regular passenger service to directly link Australia with Europe when it begins in March 2018.Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the history-making route would be a watershed for travel, tourism and trade.“When Qantas created the Kangaroo Route to London in 1947, it took four days and nine stops. Now it will take just 17 hours from Perth non-stop.“This is a game-changing route flown by a game-changing aircraft. Australians have never had a direct link to Europe before, so the opportunities this opens up are huge.“It’s great news for travellers because it will make it easier to get to London. It’s great news for Western Australia because it will bring jobs and tourism. And it’s great news for the nation, because it will bring us closer to one of our biggest trade partners and sources of visitors.”Mr Joyce said passenger comfort on the long flight was a key consideration.“When we designed the interior of our 787s, we wanted to make sure passengers would be comfortable on the extended missions the aircraft was capable of.“That’s why we have features in our Economy seats that other airlines reserve for Premium Economy. Our Business Suite has been nicknamed ‘mini First class’ by many of our frequent flyers. And we’re redesigning our on-board service to help reduce jetlag,” he added.The enhanced Qantas cabin design is in addition to the comfort factors that Boeing built in to the Dreamliner – improved air quality, lower cabin noise and technology to reduce turbulence.Mr Joyce said the direct route is expected to appeal to travellers on the East Coast as well as West Australians, helping to deliver a tourism boost.“A direct flight makes travelling to Australia a much more attractive proposition to millions of people. We expect many travellers from Europe will start their time in Australia with a visit to Perth before going on to see other parts of the country.Qantas Airways Limited ABN 16 009 661 901 Further information and media releases can be found at the Qantas website: qantasnewsroom.com.au“Our modelling shows that people from the East Coast as well as South Australia would fly domestically to Perth to connect to our non-stop London service. Some will take the opportunity to break their journey, whether it’s for business meetings in Perth, to holiday or to visit family.”The new flight will operate through Qantas’ existing domestic terminals (T3/4), which will be upgraded to accommodate international flights. The airline’s current international services from Perth (to Singapore and to Auckland) will also move to this terminal, helping to simplify the journey for thousands of people every year. Qantas will move its operations to an expanded Terminal 1 at Perth Airport by 2025, pending a commercial agreement.“We’ll be looking at the timing of our domestic flights through Perth to offer the best connections we can to our international flights, particularly given they will all be under the one roof,” added Mr Joyce.“I’d like to acknowledge the support of the West Australian Government and Perth Airport in helping make this service a reality.”Seats on the Perth-London flights will go on sale in April 2017 for the first services in March 2018. The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners used on the route will carry 236 passengers across Business, Premium Economy and Economy cabins.Fast Facts Perth to LondonThe 14,498km flight will take approximately 17 hours (slightly more or less depending on winds)When it launches, is expected to be the third-longest passenger flight in the worldLongest flight on the Qantas network, followed by our non-stop A380 Sydney-Dallas service (13,730km)Will be the longest Boeing Dreamliner flight in the worldThe first regular passenger service from Australia to Europe adds to Qantas’ list of flying firsts, including: o First passenger jet services across the Pacific in 1959 with a B707. o First (and only) non-stop passenger flight from London to Sydney in 1989 with a B747-400. o First to operate the world’s largest passenger aircraft (A380) on the world’s longest route (Sydney-Dallas) in 2014Perth was also used as a stopover on flights to London between the 1940s and 1960sIn 2015, Qantas operated a one-off B747-400 charter flight from Perth to Istanbul to take Australians to the Centenary of Anzac at Gallipoli – the last time the national carrier flew from Australia to Europe non-stop. Source = Qantaslast_img read more

Singapore Airlines launches nonstop flights to San Francisco

first_imgSingapore Airlines has introduced a new non-stop service from Singapore to San Francisco, which would be operated daily using Airbus A350-900 aircraft.The inaugural flight departed from Singapore Changi Airport at 0925hrs local time and arrived at San Francisco Airport at approximately 0850hrs local time.The new flights are the longest in the Singapore Airlines network, with flying time ranging between 14:35hrs and 17:45hrs depending on direction and time of year.To commemorate the inaugural flights, customers departing from Singapore and San Francisco were treated to an assortment of food and beverages at special boarding gate. Customers also received an exclusive gift pack containing collectables and three lucky passengers walked away with 10,000 KrisFlyer miles in addition to $350 worth of KrisShop vouchers during a special game segment held at the gatehold room.SIA serves San Francisco twice-daily, with the other flight operating via Hong Kong. Singapore Airlines also serves the U.S. cities of Los Angeles via both Seoul Incheon and Tokyo Narita, Houston via Moscow, and New York JFK via Frankfurt.last_img read more