Speech: Aviation Minister pledges to help aviation sector prosper

first_imgBrexitBefore I finish and let you get on with your dinner, there is of course one last subject I should address – Brexit.The Prime Minister set out our ambitious, yet credible, vision for a future economic partnership last Friday.And specifically on aviation, she announced the UK’s intention to seek participation in EASA.I know this confirmation will be very welcome to everyone in this room.The fact it was part of the Prime Minister’s speech shows the importance of aviation and aerospace to our Brexit negotiations.And how vital it is that we get a positive deal for the industry.A positive deal will be crucial for both the UK and the EU.My officials and I are working with the third countries where air services are currently governed by EU agreements, to ensure that new, replacement arrangements are in place after we leave the EU.Despite some reports to the contrary, talks so far have been positive and we have made significant progress.It is obviously a high priority to provide reassurance for our industry, and I would like to thank you for your engagement and support in this area.It has been incredibly helpful to hear all your concerns and priorities.And as negotiations progress, we will of course continue to work closely with you.ConclusionMy main messages tonight are.I, and the rest of the government will work with you at every stage to address the challenges we face.We are committed to ensuring the aviation strategy represents the interests of every airport across the country.I’m incredibly proud to be your Aviation Minister, and to champion our world-leading aviation sector.So I will do what I can to represent your interests.To support sustainable growth.Which, with your help, will make Britain a stronger, more competitive and more prosperous country.Thank you. Introduction – impressions of industryGood evening ladies and gentlemen.Thanks for that welcome.It’s an absolute pleasure to join you tonight (6 March 2018), and thank you to Ed and the AOA for inviting me to speak.It’s not often you get the opportunity to address so many distinguished figures from across the industry.It gives me the chance to talk a little about my first 4 months as Aviation Minister.Four busy, but fascinating months.I’ve really enjoyed getting around the country – I now spend most of my Fridays meeting organisations of all shapes and sizes.I’ve seen how Luton Airport’s investing for the future, and met the apprentices who’ll be part of that future.I’ve visited Gatwick and heard about its new flights to places like Buenos Aires and Singapore.I’ve seen how excellent surface access to Southampton Airport is making passengers’ journeys so much easier.How Newcastle Airport’s just reported record passenger growth.And how Heathrow has been consulting on its plans for a possible third runway.I’ve been trying to meet as many of you as possible.What I’ve encountered over these 4 months has been hugely impressive.An ambitious, innovative, and rapidly evolving aviation industry with a clear understanding of its importance to Britain’s future. But also a clear appreciation of its responsibilities too.I’ve been struck by the way you’re all competing fiercely. Yet you come together as a single, unified industry to meet common goals.And it’s that same sense of shared purpose that I feel as Aviation Minister, and that the department’s aviation directorates feel too.We are dedicated to working with you.Supporting you.Championing you.And when there are problems, finding solutions with you. Aviation strategyThat’s why our new aviation strategy will be rooted in partnership between government and industry.It will ask those challenging questions and more.It is our shared willingness to do this and think creatively together that will ensure we continue to be a global success.The strategy will set a new framework for a safe, secure and sustainable aviation sector.With the connections Britain’s economy will need to continue growing up to 2050 and beyond.It will consider areas where government can make a real difference – including our borders, which for many passengers are their first experience of coming in to our country.I will work with the Immigration Minister, Caroline Nokes, and the Director General of Border Force, Paul Lincoln, who are both with us tonight, to deliver a secure border, that allows swift entry to the country for legitimate passengers and goods, and that demonstrates Britain is open for business.Growth and ExpansionCentral to demonstrating this is supporting the growth of aviation through expansion.That’s why in October 2016 the government selected a new northwest runway at Heathrow as its preferred scheme for delivering new airport capacity.Among the reasons for this decision was the potential for strengthening the links between our network of regional airports and our major international hub.In the immediate term we need to follow the recommendation from the Airports Commission to make the best use of the capacity which already exists at all our airports.We will soon be setting out how best to achieve this as part of the next steps in our development of the new aviation strategy. AirspaceAnother major priority for the strategy is to develop the way that UK airspace is managed, in order to achieve a cleaner, quieter, more efficient aviation sector.I was fascinated to visit Swanwick recently and learn more about the work of NATS controllers.And also plans for wider airspace modernisation.Including a feasibility assessment of potential future airspace demands of airports in Southern England.Something that is long overdue.The government has confirmed it will implement proposals for.A new Independent Commission on Civil Aviation Noise (ICCAN).Changes to noise compensation policy.And more accurate navigation of flight paths through the use of new technology.EnvironmentA modern airspace is just one of the ways we can make flying greener.Together the government and industry have made important progress in recent years.In addition to introducing new noise policies, we’ve also made progress on carbon.In 2016, we agreed the first ever sector-based global climate change deal with the goal of carbon-neutral growth for international aviation from 2020.New generation aircraft and engines are cleaner and quieter such as EasyJet’s new Airbus A320 NEOs.I was pleased to see all this excellent work highlighted when I attended the launch of the ‘Sustainable aviation progress report’.Again I was struck by how our industry achieves its goals when it works together.Community engagementThroughout all this work, we must never forget the communities that we serve.A major challenge for us all is to improve engagement with local communities.We need to consider those living in areas surrounding airports, and how we explain what we’re doing to make best use of capacity and airspace, and reduce the environmental impacts of flying.I know that airports are keen to grow. But in order to do so, we need to ensure you have the support of the communities around the airport.That is why community engagement is vital, and I know many airports represented in this room tonight have made significant progress in this area.ConsumerBut of course aviation is also about the millions of people up and down the country that take flights every year.So we need to continue putting the passenger at the heart of everything we do.But about serious issues that affect the travelling public. Issues like those we saw last week when severe weather hit the country.I want to thank you for the way you responded.To minimise disruption.And to advise, help and support passengers whose flights were delayed or cancelled.Great service is a powerful tool in keeping passengers coming back.It is the human face of the aviation industry that passengers value.The personalised care and service provided by airport employees or cabin crew on aircraft.And it is for this reason we must redouble efforts to tackle the problems that undermine people’s overwhelmingly positive experience of air travel.Dealing with disruptive passengers.Providing quick and efficient compensation when justified.Making sure there’s support to help disabled or elderly passengers.And ensuring we respond when things go wrong.The importance of this was brought home late last year with the sad collapse of Monarch.Despite how challenging this was for all involved, it clearly showed that by government and industry working together, we were able to successfully deliver the largest peacetime repatriation in UK history.I thank those in government, the CAA and across industry, including many of you in this room, that worked tirelessly to bring our citizens home, and who also provided new opportunities for staff who lost their jobs.It’s imperative that we learn from this, and listen to the views of those affected.So Peter Bucks’ review has been tasked with finding a solution that allows the orderly wind down of an airline as it enters insolvency.Ensuring that it can repatriate customers as an integral part of the process.center_img SecurityPart of the consumer journey is the interaction with airport security.No issue is more important in keeping passengers safe.Last week the Home Secretary and I were in Washington talking to the US government and industry from both sides of the Atlantic, about the terrorist threat and how to address it.Another example of how we are at our best, coming together to achieve shared goals.Security standards in UK airports are second to none.The excellent work of our new force of overseas aviation security liaison officers is helping ensure that passengers get improved protection at airports abroad.Thanks to your innovation.And by hosting overseas delegations who come to see aviation security at its best.You are instrumental in raising standards globally.As the 5 terrorist attacks in the UK in 2017 vividly demonstrated, the threat is real.Which means we need to keep innovating to try and stay one step ahead.And I certainly welcome your continued collaboration. Industry successAs I said, it is great to see so many people here tonight. And you have a lot of shared success to celebrate.Record passenger numbers in 2015, 2016, and then again in 2017, with more records broken for Stansted, Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford, Glasgow.And many more.Investment in airport facilities around the country is continuing.Air freight was up 10% last year. Gatwick’s cargo volumes soaring by a quarter.And East Midlands forecasting that the annual value of non-EU trade passing through the airport has exceeded £10 billion for the first time.Then there’s the proliferation of new routes all over the world, from regional airports, to countries like the USA, Canada and further afieldAll evidence of a dynamic, evolving industry.But we cannot take future success for granted.Without investment and growth, we’d lose our competitive edge.So I and the DfT are right behind you, doing our best to support you and look out for your interests.The UK aviation sector is the third largest market in the world, and we want to continue being a competitive and leading global partner.In order to do this, we need to keep asking ourselves some fundamental questions.How do we maintain our competitive edge in the face of rapidly expanding markets overseas?How can we build and sustain a consensus around the need for growth?How can we manage the impact of that growth on the environment – particularly carbon emissions and noise?How can we harness the power of new technology and data?How can we ensure consumers’ interests are protected?How can we keep passengers and cargo safe and secure?And how do we best forge a new future outside the European Union?The government cannot answer these questions alone.The only way to address them is to continue the constructive and collaborative approach that we have all developed, and taken, in civil aviation.last_img read more

South Florida Braces for Possible Tropical Storm this Weekend

first_imgFlorida may have to brace for a tropical storm this weekend. The National Hurricane Center said yesterday that Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine in the Atlantic could become Tropical Storm Isaias today. Currently the system has sustained winds of 45 mph according to the National Hurricane Center.The effects of the storm could reach Florida by the end of the week. Landfall could come this weekend in South Florida, but almost the entire state is in the NHC’s forecast cone. Now is the time to stock up on your 7-day ration of hurricane supplies.First, the system must survive a cloud of Saharan dust which retards strengthening, the potential interaction with mountains on the Dominican Republic and an upper level wind shear. A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for the north coast of Haiti from Le Mole St Nicholas eastward to the northern border with the Dominican Republic.The government of the Bahamas has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for the southeastern Bahamas, including the Acklins, Crooked Island, Long Cay, the Inaguas, Mayaguana, and the Ragged Islands.last_img read more

New mobile apps for SAA travellers

first_img9 April 2013 South African Airways (SAA) has launched two new mobile applications that give customers access to comprehensive travel and airline information on the go. Using the convenience of their iOs or Android mobile phones and tablets, SAA passengers can now view their booking information, check in for a flight, find the status of their checked-in luggage, and view information on lounges, flights and destinations. “This new service will go a long way in giving travellers easier and instant access to information while in transit or away from a computer,” Marc Cavaliere, SAA’s head of global sales development and alliances, said in a statement on Tuesday. “The new functionalities are also helpful especially for passengers who are always on the go such as business travellers.” With the new mobile functionality, information such as flight arrivals and departures is now available at passengers’ fingertips. Passengers can also search for information on special fares, view Voyager status and miles, use a currency converter, and get an updated 10-day forecast of the weather at any destination that SAA flies to. Travellers can download the newly developed mobile applications for their iOs or Android smartphones and tablets from the Apple App Store and Google play stores respectively. “Our customers now have the option of by-passing the queues and breezing through the terminal by using either mobile check-in, online check-in, or print-your-own boarding pass features,” Cavaliere said. “This is the type of service that air travellers have come to expect from Africa’s most awarded airline.” In 2012, SAA was voted the best airline in Africa for the 10th year in a row by UK global aviation research organisation Skytrax. The airline also won the Best Staff Service in Africa award for the third time in succession. The Skytrax awards are based on customer responses to a survey which is run over a period of 10 months. In 2012, over 18-million businesses and leisure air travellers from 100 countries were polled by telephone, questionnaires and online. In February, Skytrax awarded SAA a 4-star airline rating for the 11th year running, recognising the airline’s improvement in onboard product and service levels and in enhancing customer experience. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

In search of the 2017-18 Ohio Lamb and Wool Queen

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The search is on once again. Help us round up the next Ohio Lamb and Wool Queen. The queen serves as a spokesperson for the industry throughout her year of reign at numerous promotional events and activities around the state and will be selected by judges at the Ohio State Fair.Contestants will attend an interview and answer an impromptu question from a panel of judges live at the conclusion of the Guys and Gals lead competition. The selection of the queen is based on personality, presentation, poise and knowledge of the Ohio Lamb and Wool industry.Contestants are encouraged to participate in the Guys and Gals Lead competition and we encourage all ladies between the ages of 17-22 who are involved in the industry to consider applying for this position. This is a tremendous opportunity to build a wealth of knowledge of the Ohio sheep, lamb and wool industry, expand communication skills, and network within Ohio agriculture.If you or someone you know is interested in applying for the 2017-2018 Ohio Lamb and Wool Queen, please download the application by visiting www.ohiosheep.org. All applications must be postmarked to the Ohio State Fair by June 20, 2017.If you would like more information on the Ohio Lamb and Wool Queen contest or would like the Ohio Lamb and Wool Queen to make an appearance at your local event, please contact Roger A. High at 614-246-8299 or [email protected]last_img read more

Breaking: Deity Releases Their New Wireless Mic System

first_imgAll images via Deity.Looking for more info on the filmmaking industry? Check these articles out.After MP3: The Past, Present, and Future of Audio CodecsA Look at The Masterclass Sound Editing of “A Quiet Place”Breaking: Aputure Releases Their New Line of Light-Shaping AccessoriesNikon Releases Their First Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera to Take on SonyFour Reasons You Should Be Renting Your Gear Out on ShareGrid Aputure’s hot new microphone company Deity releases the “Deity Connect,” their first wireless mic system with a dual receiver, USB-C ports, and much more.Deity, the microphone brand that spawned from Aputure’s shotgun mic, has decided to throw their hat into the ring and compete with companies like RØDE and Azden with their new system: the “Deity Connect.”So . . . what’s so good about this thing?I know what you’re thinking: “It’s a wireless mic. What features could it have that makes it stand out? Does it transmit sound from a microphone wirelessly? Cool.” Trust me, though. This thing is pretty cool. Here are the specs that put it a cut above its competitors.A Dual-Channel Receiver with Top-Down ErgonomicsRunning two lav mics on your shoot? With the Connect, there’s no more trying to velcro two receivers onto your audio recorder or camera. One receiver can read both transmitters. The receiver (called the “Duo-RX”) is itself a marvel to behold. Its LED panel and interface buttons are on top of the receiver, so you can manipulate all of the settings in your sound bag on your hip without taking the receiver out.If you’re mounting it to your camera, the LED panel and buttons will be facing you instead of the ceiling for easy access. You can also control the settings of the transmitters (called the “BP-TX”) from the Duo-RX, which is a first for a wireless mic system in this price range.USB-C QuickChargeI’m a pretty big fan of USB-C, especially now that most of my devices are shifting over to this port. The big plus of USB-C ports is that you no longer have to keep loads and loads of batteries on hand. We’re not entirely sure about the charge time yet, but if a USB-C port can charge a Pixel phone in under 40 minutes, I’m sure you won’t be waiting around for long to fully charge this thing.2.4-Ghz Band TransmitterThe technical aspects of the Deity Connect speak for themselves:The Deity Connect ecosystem uses a proprietary protocol that was engineered with several mechanisms to ensure a strong audio link while at the same time co-existing peacefully with other 2.4Ghz devices using the same frequency band.The first mechanism is adaptive frequency hopping, automatically hopping before RF interference even happens. At any given time, the BP-TX is hopping between 9 different frequencies. The Deity Connect system is more than just a transmitter and a receiver link – it’s a bi-directional transceiver system that is always scanning and mapping out the whole 2.4Ghz frequency band, coordinating and planning the 70 frequency hops.The second mechanism used to prevent RF Interruption is called Listen-Before-Talk. If RF Interruption is detected or even thought to have taken place, the system will add the audio and data in the next two frequency hops after the ‘bad’ hop. The DUO-RX will then add that extra audio and data back into the stream as if the ‘bad’ never existed, giving you an uninterrupted stream of audio from your transmitter. Deity Connect uses the natural latency in the system as a buffer, allowing it to absorb ‘bad’ hops much like the CD Player Skip Protection feature but in a millisecond flash. This all sounds great, but how much does it cost?As of the publication of this article, we do not have a definitive price point — but according to our sources, the price will be “extremely competitive” and “surprisingly affordable for the quality of the build.”So don’t go out and blow your money on an expensive lav kit; it might be worthwhile to wait and see what the Deity Connect can offer you.If you aren’t too familiar with Deity’s products, they’ve actually got some really amazing gear. Just recently, we received an S-Mic 2 — their flagship shotgun mic — that we will be reviewing in the near future.For more information about the S-Mic 2, check out their trailer:last_img read more

Stephens wins first Grand Slam, routs Keys for US Open title

first_imgMOST READ “I should just retire now,” Stephens said. “I’ll never be able to top this. Talk about a comeback. Things just have to come together and the past six weeks they really have.”With the 15th victory in her past 17 matches, Stephens became only the fifth unseeded player to win a women’s Slam title, although Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko managed the feat at this year’s French Open.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe only prior unseeded US Open women’s champion was Kim Clijsters, who came back from retirement to take the 2009 title.“It’s incredible,” Stephens said. “I had surgery January 23. If sone told me then I’d win the US Open, it’s imposssible I’d say, absolutely impossible. View comments LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo: 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 Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Heart of a champ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Presented with the winner’s check, Stephens said, ‘That’s a lot of money. Wow,” but then handed the check envelope to best pal Keys, who she sat next to after the victory rather than on opposite sides of the umpire’s chair, to take hold of the winner’s trophy.“Maddie is my best friend on tour,” Stephens said. “I told her I wished there could have been a draw. I’m going to support her no matter what and she’s going to support me no matter what.“To stand here with her today is incredible — that’s what really friendship is.”Keys, seeded 15th, and 83rd-ranked Stephens each fought off injuries to reach the title showdown.Stephens returned at Wimbledon and slid to 957th in world rankings before semi-final runs at US Open tuneups in Toronto and Cincinnati, while Keys underwent her second left wrist surgery after the French Open and won a tuneup title at Stanford.Stephens will jump to 17th in Monday’s world rankings while Keys, who took hom $1.825 million as runner-up, will rise to 12th.Stunning finishIn the first set, Stephens broke to seize a 3-2 lead, Keys swatting a forehand beyond the baseline to surrender the game, and Stephens broke again when Keys send a backhand long to take the set after 30 minutes.Keys made 17 unforced errors in the opening set to just two for Stephens, both in the last game.In the second set, Stephens broke with a forehand crosscourt winner past on outstretched Keys to grab a 2-0 edge, then broke again on a double fault for a 4-0 lead, Keys swatting the ball with her left hand as it bounced back at her. “This journey has been incredible and honestly I wouldn’t change it for the world.”Stephens made only six unforced errors in the match to 30 for Keys, who had 18 winners to 10 for the champion.It was the first final set of a US Open women’s championship match where the loser didn’t take a game since Chris Evert beat Evonne Goolagong 6-3, 6-0 in 1976.“I didn’t play my best tennis today and I’m disappointed in that but Sloane was very supportive and if there’s someone I have to lose to today I’m glad it’s her. Sloane is truly one of my favorite people.“If you told me two months ago I’d be holding a US Open finalist’s trophy I’d have been really happy and proud of myself.”ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sloane Stephens, of the United States, reacts after beating Madison Keys, of the United States, in the women’s singles final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)Sloane Stephens, sidelined for 11 months by a left foot injury until returning in July, captured her first Grand Slam title by routing fellow American Madison Keys 6-3, 6-0 in Saturday’s US Open final.Stephens took a $3.7 million top prize from the biggest victory of her career, pitted against one of her closest friends in the first all-US final since 2002 on the New York hardcourts.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Keys forced triple break point in the fifth game but Stephens saved them all and held to 5-0.The end came after 61 minutes on Stephens’ third break and championship point when Keys netted a forehand.Hands on hips, Stephens simply stood for a few seconds with a stunned expression, then smiled and made a tiny fist pump before going to the net to share a teary-eyed hug with Keys.Neither Keys, 22, nor Stephens, 24, had ever reached a Slam final, only the seventh time in the Open Era (since 1967) two first-timers met for a women’s Slam title.But it was the second time in three years it happened at Arthur Ashe Stadium after Flavia Pennetta beat Roberta Vinci in 2015’s all-Italian final.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidelast_img read more

Margielyn Didal gets ‘unexpected’ recognition as PSA Athlete of the Year

first_imgAFC CUP: Ceres scrapes past Shan United “Unexpected,” Didal said of her recognition. “Unexpected because before, people don’t give any attention to skateboarders but now, they’re not only giving us attention but also an award.”“I’m very grateful for the honor to be awarded as Athlete of the Year.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesWeightlifter Hidilyn Diaz and golfers Yuka Saso, Bianca Pagdanganan and Lois Kaye Go were the other four given the Athlete of the Year award.It was only in August when Didal bagged the gold in the women’s street skate event and pocketed P6 million as cash incentive for her feat. It was only in August when Didal bagged the gold in the women’s street skate event and pocketed P6 million as cash incentive for her feat.Winning in the Asian Games was no doubt her biggest accomplishment to date and she’s more than ready to ollie her way to another.The 19-year-old Didal, however, has to qualify for the Olympics first before anything else, which is something she believes she’d be able to do.“I’m 100 percent confident because I have the full support of my friends, family and sponsors,” said the bubbly Didal. “I have been getting a lot of support.”Didal is preparing for her next Olympic qualifying tournament which fires off three months from now in London.She said most of her training is done in Hong Kong where there’s an abundance of skateparks. The 19-year-old Didal, however, has to qualify for the Olympics first before anything else, which is something she believes she’d be able to do.“I’m 100 percent confident because I have the full support of my friends, family and sponsors,” said the bubbly Didal. “I have been getting a lot of support.”Didal is preparing for her next Olympic qualifying tournament which fires off three months from now in London.She said most of her training is done in Hong Kong where there’s an abundance of skateparks. Margielyn Didal. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines–From skating in the streets of Cebu to the grand stage of the Asian Games in Jakarta, where she came out of nowhere to snag the gold medal just six months ago, and now the red carpet, Margielyn Didal is still trying to wrap her head around the whirlwind of events that completely changed her life.Didal on Tuesday was one of five Filipina Asian Games gold medalists bestowed with the highest honor as Athlete of the Year by the Philippine Sportswriters Association during its annual PSA Awards Night at Manila Hotel.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. From skating in the streets of Cebu to the grand stage of the Asian Games in Jakarta, where she came out of nowhere to snag the gold medal just six months ago, and now the red carpet, Margielyn Didal is still trying to wrap her head around the whirlwind of events that completely changed her life.Didal on Tuesday was one of five Filipina Asian Games gold medalists bestowed with the highest honor as Athlete of the Year by the Philippine Sportswriters Association during its annual PSA Awards Night at Manila Hotel.“Unexpected,” Didal said of her recognition. “Unexpected because before, people don’t give any attention to skateboarders but now, they’re not only giving us attention but also an award.”“I’m very grateful for the honor to be awarded as Athlete of the Year.”Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz and golfers Yuka Saso, Bianca Pagdanganan and Lois Kaye Go were the other four given the Athlete of the Year award.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief LATEST STORIES MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

IPL 2019: Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi Stadium stand-by venue for final

first_imgHyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi Stadium will remain as the stand-by venue for the Indian Premier League’s play off and the final on May 12 if the impasse with regards to three closed stands at the Chepauk is not over.The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) has not been able to procure fit certificate for three stands I, J and K from the local municipal corporation since 2012.”We will have discussions with TNCA as we don’t want to deprive CSK their right of playing at home. But three empty stands is an issue. Hyderabad and Bangalore are the two stand-by venues for two play-offs, eliminator and final,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on Monday.It was also learnt that CoA has asked the steering committee of Players’ Association to expedite process.”The Players’ Association is expected to take shape in next two weeks. The four member committee has been told to expedite process,” the official said.The BCCI has also decided to invite fresh tender for title sponsorship of domestic tournaments and international games in India.”It will be a fresh process but PayTm can also bid but just like new bidders.Also Read | 6 out of 6: Royal Challengers Bangalore touch new low in Indian Premier LeagueAlso Read | What happened when Chris Gayle took on Rashid Khan and SRH in Mohali last time?last_img read more

Maersks Containership Suffers Engine Room Fire

first_imgThe engine room of the 1998-built containership Maersk Patras caught fire in the early morning hours of November 1 while the vessel was off the coast of Las Palmas, en route to Conakry, Danish shipping firm Maersk Line confirmed.“The fire was quickly controlled by the crew onboard and heat development from the site of the fire has ceased,” Maersk Line said.However, due to the location of the fire, the vessel is being diverted to Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain.“We continue to monitor the site of the fire and upon arrival in Las Palmas we will further investigate to establish the extent of damage and any impact to the vessel’s seaworthiness,” Maersk added.There have been no injuries and all the crew is safe, the company said, adding that there has been no environmental impact.The shipping firm said that it is working on a contingency plan for the cargo on board the Singapore-flagged Maersk Patras, which has a capacity of 2900 TEUs.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Onion Lake Chief Fox facing dangerous weapon assault charges related to domestic

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsOnion Lake Cree Nation Chief Wallace Fox is facing multiple charges stemming from a domestic incident which occurred in the Cree community on May 18, the Saskatchewan RCMP said in a statement Monday.Fox is facing two counts of assault, one count of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose related to the use of a knife and one count of uttering threats to damage property, the RCMP statement said.The RCMP statement said Fox was arrested without incident on Monday and released on condition he appear before provincial court in Onion Lake, Sask., on Dec. 16.Fox could not be immediately reached for comment.Fox was arrested mere days after Onion Lake won a Federal Court case against Ottawa over the First Nations Transparency Act which required bands to post financial statements online, including the pay of chief and councillors.Fox rose to national prominence during the height of the Idle No More movement. He was one of the chiefs who marched into Centre Block on Parliament Hill in the fall of 2012 demanding an audience with the prime minister.Fox was also one of the leaders who openly challenged former Assembly of First Nations national chief Shawn Atleo not to meet with former prime minister Stephen Harper on Jan. 11, 2013.Onion Lake was also one of the sponsors of a national conference in Edmonton on missing and murdered Indigenous women held in September.Fox has been a long-time chief of Onion Lake since the 1980s. He was first elected to council at age 21 in 1983. Three years later, he was elected chief of oil-rich community.Onion Lake has about 5,000 band members and sits about 50 kilometres north of Lloydminster, Alta., on the Saskatchewan-Alberta [email protected]@JorgeBarreralast_img read more