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Clubs eye Derry as QPR boss ponders squad

first_imgMark Hughes was last night planning to disappoint several Championship bosses by including Shaun Derry in the 25-man squad the QPR manager will submit to the Premier League later today.A number of second-tier clubs have discussed signing Derry on loan if the midfielder fails to make the cut.The signings of Stephane Mbia, Ji-sung Park and Esteban Granero, plus the return of Alejandro Faurlin, have nudged Derry down the pecking order at Loftus Road.But Hughes has indicated that he is still minded to include the 34-year-old.“He’s part of the squad.” Hughes told West London Sport.“At present no-one has made contact regarding Shaun. Something may be presented to me but at the moment there’s no intention to take him out of the group.”Hughes said recently that he also planned to include Hogan Ephraim, who missed out twice last season.Radek Cerny may take the third goalkeeper’s spot with Brian Murphy being made available for a loan move.See also:Place in QPR’s 25 not enough for EphraimFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Hawaiian tops global on-time performance rankings

first_imgPhoto: Hawaiian Airlines. Getting to a destination on time is an important factor for many travellers and nobody among the world’s top 200 mainline carriers did it better than Hawaiian Airlines in 2016.The Hawaiian carrier significantly improved its position to move up from ninth to first place in the OAG Punctuality League listing the globe’s 20 most punctual airlines. It did so by operating 89.87 per cent of its flights on time.Following Hawaiian’s lead were Latin America’s Copa Airlines (88.75 per cent), Dutch-based carrier KLM (87.89 per cent), Australia’s Qantas (87.56 per cent) and Japan Airlines (86.74 per cent).The biggest carrier among the top 20 most punctual airlines was US-based  Delta Air Lines, which came 13th with 84.29 per cent of its flights on time.“For an airline of this size, the fact that over 84 per cent of all flights arrived on time over a year is a remarkable achievement,’’ the report said.Alaska Airlines, in seventh position with an on-time performance of 86.05 per cent, was the other US carrier to make the top 20.The top five low-cost airlines were UK-based Monarch Airlines (85.67 per cent) GOL (84.63 per cent), Transvia (83.98 per cent), Jet2.com (82.64 per cent) and germanwings (82.48 per cent). Three airlines new to the LCC top 20 were Spring Airlines, Eurowings and Spirit Airlines.The world’s biggest LCC, Southwest, was ranked seventh with an on-time performance of 81.04 per cent.Regional winners were Qantas (Asia-Pacific), KLM (Europe, Middle East and Africa), Hawaiian (North America) and Sky Airline (Latin America).  Winning airports were Newcastle in the UK (small airports), Birmingham (medium), Surabaya (large) and Tokyo Haneda (major).OAG looks at the top 200 airlines globally and airports that handle 2.5 one-way million seats annually. It defines on-time performance as being within 14 minutes and 59 seconds of scheduled departure or arrival.OAG executive vice president John Grant said the survey this year drew upon the biggest number of flights tracked in a single year.“One of the few constants in our dynamic industry is the need for travellers to arrive at their destination or connecting airport on time,’’ he said.”The 2016 OAG Punctuality League highlights just how successful we are at delivering on this key performance indicator. “Whether it is a 17-hour long-haul service or a one-hour connecting flight to a hub, the accuracy of both scheduling the service and delivering the stated on-time performance is incredible; especially when compared to so many other forms of transport.’’last_img read more

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SAA opens way to Okavango Delta

first_img30 April 2012 South African Airways (SAA) has launched a new service between Johannesburg and Maun, Botswana – gateway to the world-famous Okavango Delta – as the continent’s most awarded airline continues to grow its African network. The service, operational from 15 June, will complement SAA’s multiple daily flights between Johannesburg and Botswana’s capital, Gaborone. To be operated by SAA’s regional partner, SA Airlink, the service will allow travellers on SAA’s morning, non-stop flight from New York to Johannesburg to make a same-day connection to Maun with an arrival in the early afternoon. “SAA is committed to offering the most extensive route network to Africa’s best leisure and business destinations, and Maun serves as a key addition to that strategy, being the best airport from which to access the beauty of the Okavango Delta,” Todd Neuman, SAA’s executive vice-president for North America, said in a recent statement. “SAA’s new service to Maun will open up a new and convenient way to access one of Botswana’s most popular safari destinations through our partners at Airlink,” Neuman said. “Our morning non-stop service from New York to Johannesburg will provide travellers with the fastest way to arrive in Maun, so that they may spend more time exploring some of the best game viewing on the African continent.” SAA’s network features connections to nearly 20 destinations within South Africa, and more than 25 cities across the rest of the continent. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Savings Strategies for Military Families

first_imgBy Molly C. HerndonBy alamosbasementJoin us Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. ET for a Military Saves-themed webinar “Savings Strategies for Military Families” with presenter Dr. Barbara O’Neill. This 90-minute webinar will focus on 16 specific solutions for meeting savings goals. Other topics that will be covered include the financial fragility of many U.S. households, types of savings accounts, advantages of saving money, barriers to saving, savings pre-requisites, research findings about savings behavior and characteristics of successful savers, savings motivational programs, and savings educational resources.This webinar is approved for 1.5 CEUs for AFCs through AFCPE  and CPFCs through FinCert.Registration for the event is required. Register, view presentation slides and more.We look forward to seeing you online Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. ET!last_img read more

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Miami Created A Cool Map Showing The Locations Of All 29 Current ‘Cane Commits

first_imgmap showing location of their commits.Twitter/@CanesFootballTo say that Miami is off to a fast start in recruiting is a massive understatement. The U already has 20 commits for its 2016 class, six for the class of 2017, and three for 2018. Perhaps most impressively, all 29 players from from Florida, with most of them coming from the Miami area. Al Golden and his staff will apparently barnstorm the state over the next three weeks in recruiting, and put together a very impressive map of the 29 current commits.Tomorrow. Day 1 of 3 straight weeks in the F-L-A!!! #Swag16, #Squad17 & #Storm18, we are coming for !!! pic.twitter.com/8Nqv9DrnFV— Hurricanes Football (@CanesFootball) May 4, 2015Miami currently has the No. 2 ranked classes in each of the next three years. Al Golden is probably coaching for his job this fault, but coming out of the gates like this on the recruiting trail won’t hurt his status either.last_img read more

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Tesla Feds clash over release of fatal crash information

Federal investigators say they have booted electric car maker Tesla Inc. from a group that’s investigating a fatal crash in California that involved an SUV using the company’s Autopilot system. Citation: Tesla, Feds clash over release of fatal crash information (2018, April 13) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-tesla-feds-clash-fatal.html The National Transportation Safety Board said it removed Tesla as a party to the investigation after the company prematurely made information public.”Tesla violated the party agreement by releasing investigative information before it was vetted and confirmed by the NTSB,” the agency said in a statement. “Such releases of incomplete information often lead to speculation and incorrect assumptions about the probable cause of a crash.”Tesla, however, disputed the claim and said it withdrew from the agreement two days earlier, after being told that it would be removed if it made additional statements before the NTSB finished its probe in the next 12 to 24 months.The company said it released information to correct “misleading” claims being made about Autopilot creating safety problems. In a statement about the escalating dispute, Tesla said it would file a complaint with Congress and accused the NTSB of being more concerned with “press headlines” than promoting safety.Removing a party to an investigation is rare but has happened in the past, according to the agency. Companies and other organizations can become parties in a probe because they can give technical help and share sensitive information.The move means that the NTSB will no longer share information about the March 23 crash of a Tesla Model X SUV on U.S. 101 near Mountain View in Silicon Valley. The driver, Walter Huang, 38, a software engineer for Apple, was killed in the crash.In a statement on March 30, Tesla confirmed that the semi-autonomous Autopilot system was operating at the time of the crash and seemed to blame the crash on Huang. The company said Huang didn’t have his hands on the steering wheel for six seconds before the impact and also received several warnings from the vehicle.Shortly after Tesla released the information, an NTSB spokesman said the agency was “unhappy” about the disclosure.Tesla tells drivers that its Autopilot system—which uses cameras, radar and computers to keep speed, change lanes and automatically stop vehicles—requires drivers to keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel in order to take control to avoid accidents. The Palo Alto, California, company said its vehicle logs showed Huang took no action to stop the Model X from crashing into a concrete lane divider. The company said the crash was worsened by a missing or damaged safety shield on the end of the lane divider.The NTSB, along with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is looking into the crash, as well as another Tesla crash in January near Los Angeles in which a Model S sedan smashed into a firetruck parked on a freeway. Tesla would not say whether the Model S in that crash was operating on Autopilot.David Friedman, a former NHTSA acting administrator who now is director of cars and product policy for Consumers Union, the advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, said the Tesla-NTSB spat could delay the investigation if the agency doesn’t have all the electronic information it needs from the company. The agency has legal options if Tesla isn’t forthcoming, he said, but those take time and taxpayer dollars.The NTSB, he said, has never been focused on publicity, and it has the authority to investigate new technology like Autopilot. “If anything, the NTSB is shining a spotlight on Tesla because of their innovation,” Friedman said.Consumers Union has called for Tesla to stop testing the cars with its buyers, and Friedman said the company shouldn’t use the name Autopilot because it implies that the cars can drive themselves.”You should name it so that it is clear what it can and can’t do,” he said.In the crash that killed Huang, a Tesla spokeswoman would not directly answer questions about why the SUV didn’t spot the freeway barrier and stop before the collision.The spokeswoman referred to a statement saying that Tesla owners’ manuals have warnings and notifications stating that a driver should not depend on the car’s autosteer system to pick the right driving path. It also says automatic emergency braking “is not designed to avoid a collision and is not a substitute for maintaining a safe traveling distance” from other vehicles.In its statement Thursday, Tesla accused the NTSB of focusing on the “safest cars in America” while ignoring less-safe vehicles. Tesla says there is one auto death in the U.S. for every 86 million miles driven, but for Tesla vehicles, it’s one death for every 320 million miles.The NTSB makes recommendations to prevent crashes, while NHTSA has authority to fine automakers, push for recalls and seek regulations. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Explore further Tesla exits US probe of fatal ‘Autopilot’ crash In this March 23, 2018, file photo provided by KTVU, emergency personnel work at the scene where a Tesla electric SUV crashed into a barrier on U.S. Highway 101 in Mountain View, Calif. Federal safety investigators have booted electric car maker Tesla Inc. from the group investigating a fatal crash in California that involved an SUV operating with the company’s Autopilot system. The National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday, April 12, it removed Tesla as a party to the investigation after the company prematurely made information public. (KTVU via AP, File) read more