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Former Chelsea defender expresses doubts about Benitez

first_imgEx-Chelsea defender Michael Duberry has expressed doubt that Rafael Benitez is the right man for the club in the long term.Benitez is the favourite to take over at Stamford Bridge despite many Chelsea fans being unhappy at the prospect of him being appointed.And Duberry, a former Blues team-mate of sacked manager Roberto Di Matteo, told Sky Sports News the Spaniard may have a point to prove after his Liverpool reign ended badly.“I’m not too sure. He’s done well at Liverpool but at the end it tailed off. It might be temporary, but long term I’m not too sure.” said Duberry.“Short-term, maybe. He might come with new ideas and give a short-term boost. We’ll see.”Are Chelsea right to sack Di Matteo? Click here to voteClick here for our Di Matteo quiz See also:Gullit tips Mourinho to make Stamford Bridge returnThe decision to sack Di Matteo is appalling but not surprisingThe axe falls on Di Matteo at ChelseaRafa’s the gaffer at 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Peter Magowan, who helped keep Giants in S.F. and build downtown stadium, dead at 76

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.SAN FRANCISCO–Peter Magowan, the longtime Safeway executive credited with saving baseball in San Francisco and leading the charge to build a downtown stadium, died Sunday at his home in Pacific Heights. He was 76.A New York City native who followed the franchise closely when it played at the Polo Grounds, Magowan belonged to a group of Bay Area investors who purchased the Giants in 1993 and prevented the club from leaving …last_img

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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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Malawi villages get floating clinic

first_imgRay Maota The Chauncy Maples, Malawi’s oldest ship, is being renovated to become a floating clinic, servicing the villagers living along Lake Malawi. (Image: Chauncy Maples) Villagers who live along Lake Malawi usually use dug-out canoes to reach their nearest medical facility. This is dangerous during high tides and could lead to drowning. (Image: Wikipedia) MEDIA CONTACTS • Mark Holford  Thomas Miller: Fundraising director   of the Chauncy Maples Malawi Trust  +1 415 956 6537 RELATED ARTICLES • China injects R1.7bn into Malawi • Malawi health workers help fill gap • Malawi: Africa’s warm heart • Scientists abuzz over mosquitoThe historic Chauncy Maples, Malawi’s oldest ship, is being turned into a floating clinic to bring much-needed healthcare services to fishing villages along the shores of the country’s massive lake.Currently, it can take up to 16 hours for Malawians living in remote lakeside villages to reach their nearest medical care facilities, which could be as far as 80km away.Their means of travel is usually a dug-out canoe, which offers little protection against crocodiles and hippos, and paddling during high tide means drowning is also a threat.These risks have prompted the decision to turn the ship into a floating clinic.Dr Charles Mwansambo, Malawi’s principal health secretary, said: “Districts that are part of Lake Malawi still have an average of more than 25% of their populations unable to access healthcare.“This presents a real challenge as people have to use any available water transportation to access healthcare, although that option may be risky at times. Water transport is also not available all the time.”The Malawi government had already started renovating the ship in 2009 when UK journalist and author Janie Hampton visited the lake area on a holiday and resolved to raise funds to complete the project.Hampton initiated the Chauncy Maples Malawi Trust in the same year. So far US$1.6-million (R11.4-million) has been raised, although $1.5-million (R10-million) is still needed to complete the renovation process.Hampton said: “Everyone I met along the lakeside was very keen for this to happen.” Referring to the ship, Hampton added: “We want to make sure she will last at least another 30 years.”According to the trust, half of the Malawian population lives in abject poverty, earning less than a $1 (R7) a day. The death rate among children under five is 111 in every 1 000, and a single doctor has to provide services to 52 000 people.The project to revive the historic ship will boost health-service delivery, preserve Malawi’s shipping heritage, promote eco-friendly engineering by recycling old parts of the ship, and teach locals about engineering principles and marine life. It will also become Malawi’s national symbol of pride.The public can help the Chauncy Maples Malawi Trust by making financial contributions online or donating marine parts and medical equipment.Major sponsors of the project are Thomas Miller, an insurance conglomerate which donated $400 000 (R2.7-million) and the Ana Leaf Foundation, a charity organisation that donated $161 000 (R1-million).Other smaller donors of the project each donated $40 000 (R270 000), $16 000 (R108 000) and $4000 (R27 000) respectively.The bishop behind the shipThe ship is the namesake of Bishop Chauncy Maples, an Anglican missionary who set up the Anglican Mission on Likoma Island on Lake Malawi in 1886.The cleric was consecrated as the sixth Bishop of Nyasaland in 1895 and on his way to take up his duties, his ship capsized in a storm on the extensive lake. He was the only fatality.The Chauncy Maples was commissioned in 1898 and was designed by Henry Brunel and Sir John Barry.It was built in Glasgow, Scotland, for $22 000 (R148 000) and was then taken piece by piece to Lake Malawi.It was assembled by 1901 and its initial purpose was to act as a floating missionary school, an emergency refuge from Arab slave traders and a hospital ship.The third largest lake in AfricaLake Malawi is situated between Malawi, Mozambique, and Tanzania. It is the third largest lake in Africa and is 580km long and 75km wide.The biggest body of freshwater in Africa is Lake Victoria, and the second biggest is Lake Tanganyika.Lake Malawi is one of the country’s major tourist attractions, boasting stretches of unspoilt beaches and luxurious resorts.The lake is rich in cichlid fish, which is the basic staple food for people living in the villages along its shores.last_img read more

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Bush re-elected to National Corn Board

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Anthony Bush of Mt. Gilead was re-elected to serve on the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) board for a three-year term during Corn Congress.Bush is a 4th generation grain farmer with years of experience working on behalf of corn and agriculture.“I am honored to continue my service to this industry that is so important to my family and our country,” Bush said. “I have been blessed with two kids that wish to pursue careers in agriculture, and they are the driving force behind my service here at NCGA.  It is their passion that inspires me to get involved and make a difference.”During his three-year term, he will combine hands-on leadership experience that he has gained from his current and past leadership experiences.  Bush serves as the NCGA finance committee chair and is a board member of the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association.  Bush is also past chairman of the NCGA Public Policy Action Team.Bush was elected during Corn Congress, a national policy meeting where farmer delegates of the respective corn state associations discuss grassroots policy.  Corn Congress allows farmers to speak directly with representation in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate. This year the major area of focus included: ethanol, public policy, production and stewardship, trade policy and biotechnology, research and business development, and grower services.The NCGA Corn Board is 15 members board representing America’s corn industry charged with implementing the policies that guide the organization to best serve U.S. corn farmers. Board members represent the federation of state organizations, and acts as spokesmen to enhance the organization’s public standing.last_img read more

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Smith Micro: When You Just Want To Send a File

first_imgTags:#cloud#cloud computing Google Docs, Box.net, Dropbox and a host of others could be considered competitors to SendStuffNow.Smith Micro maintains its distinction is in a singular focus on file transfer and security. The company’s roots are in these realms. Does it make sense for the company to add collaboration features?You could argue that’s what APIs are for. Smith Micro will release an API and SDK later this year. Mobile apps are on the way. SendStuffNow could also conceivably become part of an app environment like Google Apps Marketplace and could integrate with its collaboration technologies.SendStuffNow could be one of those niche products that does not do much. But what it does do, it handles very well. alex williams Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Services for file sharing and storage often will include collaboration features. Smith Micro Software has a new cloud-based service called SendStuffNow that has at its core one major purpose. It is designed to send files. It is not for storing files and collaborating. It is for sending files in a secure manner. That’s it.For Smith Micro, it makes sense to focus narrowly on sending files in a secure manner. The company started in 1982 by selling fax modem software. That helped Smith Micro sell its software to fax machine companies. Those companies could tell their customers that documents could be shared in a fast, efficient and relatively secure manner.Smith Micro later extended that business by moving into wireless communications, providing data connection services for the carriers.In the 1990s, the company acquired Aladdin, a compression software for the Macintosh. Stuffit became a standard service for sharing .zip files via email.SendStuffNow is the next generation of Stuffit. The service itself is pretty simple. You upload a file to the service and then send an invitation to the recipient. The user gets a link to the file that they then download.It includes IT admin controls that allow files to be offloaded files from the email or corporate server. It can also be used to monitor employee activity. Controls are in place so IT may monitor and control the large documents as they flow out of the enterprise. File are all encrypted. The service can be used for free. Different pricing tiers are available, starting at $120 per year. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Apple Riot Aftermath: iPhone 5 Factory Remains A Powder Keg

first_imgTwo days after Sunday’s riot at the Chinese Foxconn Technologies factory, the home of the Apple iPhone 5 assembly line was back up and running today. But with police reportedly monitoring street corners and the factory’s main entrance, Foxconn still looks like a powder keg with a sizzling fuse.The causes of the riot are buried beneath layers of spin. Foxconn claims the unrest was not work related, but the labor group Chinese Labor Watch claim that Foxconn security guards beating up workers precipitated Sunday’s events. Other reports state that the fighting broke out between two  groups of workers who make different products at the plant. What we know for sure is that the riot, which allegedly began as a fist fight, erupted into a full-scale brawl with over 2,000 people involved. Forty were hospitalized, with at least one stabbing. China’s state run Xinhua news agency reported 5,000 police officers sent in to stop rioters, and did so by 9 a.m. the next day, Monday. Foxconn, which is run by the Hon Hai Group, a Taiwanese company which is the largest contract maker of Apple products, did not immediately respond to comment, nor did Apple. In a statement to the Chinese newspaper China Daily, Foxconn spokesman Louis Woo said the riot was “not work related.” But after a string of employee suicides dating back to 2009 and much-publicized poor working conditions, this assessment seems improbable. The riot underscores two major problems facing China as well as U.S. manufacturers that patronize them: How to control production facilities that are mini-cities where laborers work long hours, and how to cope with China’s slowing economy, with GDP rising 7.6% in the second quarter from a year earlier, its slowest level since the global financial crisis. Many reports have also said that the influx of migrant workers, who likely have difficulty integrating, has been an issue as well. Foxconn’s Taiyuan facility has over 79,000 workers, and about a million people employed within mainland China. Could these issues threaten the production of Apple products and make other American companies reticent about doing business in the RedState? An AP video blaming the unrest partially on the pressure of the iPhone 5 launch suggests that the answer is yes. As for Foxconn itself, Sunday’s riot could be the newest verse in a veritable swan song. With the inherent problems of poor working conditions not addressed, it could happen again. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market adam popescucenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Apple#web Related Posts last_img read more