The spending by Premier League clubs in the current transfer window is unsustainable, Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy said on Tuesday.English top-flight teams have splashed out more than $1 billion since the end of last season but Spurs, runners-up to Chelsea in May, have not yet added to their squad.”Some of the activity that is going on at the moment is just impossible for it to be sustainable,” Levy said in New York.”We have a duty to manage the club appropriately. Somebody spending 200 million pounds more than they’re earning, eventually it catches up with you.”Spurs, who sold England right back Kyle Walker to Manchester City for 45 million pounds ($58.63 million) this month, are building a new 61,000-seater stadium, which is scheduled to open next year.”We have to find the right balance but I can honestly say it (the stadium) is not impacting us on transfer activity because we are not yet in a place where we have found a player that we want to buy who we cannot afford to buy,” Levy said.”Our position on transfers is that we have a coach who very much believes in the academy, so unless we can find a player that makes a difference we would rather give one of our young academy players a chance.”Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said the transfer spending by their rivals in the current window is “out of control”, despite the club reportedly spending over 100 million pounds.British media reports say United have spent over 100 million pounds ($130.22 million) on players in adding striker Romelu Lukaku and defender Victor Lindelof to their squad.advertisementUnited’s cross-town rivals City have spent over 200 million pounds ($260.44 million), according to British media reports, on defenders Walker, Benjamin Mendy and Danilo, midfielder Bernardo Silva and goalkeeper Ederson.League title holders Chelsea have also spent heavily on players in the current window and have added striker Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid for a club record fee.Every club is getting good players, every club is investing a lot and some clubs are paying too much and by paying too much they create a very strange and out of control market,” Mourinho told the BBC.”But this is the reality now.”It is obvious that nowadays, especially for the strikers, the amount of money is amazing.”($1 = 0.7679 pounds)
Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic said on Friday that the Spanish football team was favourite to win the 2018 FIFA World Cup.Spain played to a 3-3 draw in their first Group B clash against Portugal then won against Iran 1-0 before securing a spot in the round of 16 with a 2-2 draw against Morocco, reports Efe.”To be honest, I see Spain on top of any other team. I think they are the main contenders, despite having had three difficult group matches,” Rakitic said in a press conference ahead of Croatia’s training session.FIFA World Cup 2018: Who plays who in the round of 16Rakitic, 30, said his team could hopefully overpower Spain in their potential quarterfinal clash, but he stressed that they have one more match to go and they have to win it first.FIFA World Cup 2018: Full Coverage”For me, Croatia is above all. We have to defeat Denmark and they (Spain) must do the same versus Russia. Matches are going to be tough. Then I will be happy to take on Spain,” he added.ROUND OF 16 LINEUP & SCHEDULETwo matches will take place in the round of 16 every day from June 30 to July 3 in the following order:June 30 – France vs Argentina (7.30pm IST) followed by Uruguay vs Portugal (11.30pm IST)July 1 – Spain vs Russia (7.30pm IST) followed by Croatia vs Denmark (11.30pm IST)July 2 – Brazil vs Mexico (7.30pm IST) followed by Belgium vs Japan (11.30pm IST)July 3 – Sweden vs Switzerland (7.30pm IST) followed by Colombia vs England (11.30pm IST)advertisement(With IANS inputs)
Indian opener Rohit Sharma scored a blazing 140 off just 113 balls to lay the foundation of India’s 89-run victory over arch-rivals Pakistan in their World Cup 2019 encounter at Old Trafford on Sunday. While India posted a mammoth 336/5, Pakistan could only muster 212/6 in 40 overs, before rain intervened to hand India the win via DLS method.At the post-match press conference, Man of the Match Rohit Sharma was asked by a Pakistani reporter as to what advice he would give as a colleague to the Pakistan batsmen, which according to the former was undergoing a period of crisis which is being reflected in the results.Rohit smiled and quipped that he would be able to advise only after he was made the Pakistan team coach.”Agar main Pakistan ka coach bana to main bataunga, abhi kya bataunga!(If I become the coach of Pakistan then surely I will tell you. What can I say now!),” replied Rohit prompting the whole room to burst into laughter.His century on Sunday was preceded by a century and a fifty in India’s first 2 matches of the World Cup 2019. When asked about the reasons for his success, Rohit credited the birth of his new-born daughter for his excellent run of form.”It’s just the space I’m in right now; having a newly born daughter in my life has put me in a really good space. I am enjoying my cricket coming off from a great IPL campaign. Here we were focussed on starting well and I think as a team we are heading in the right direction,” said Rohit.advertisementRohit also refused to rank his latest hundred on the list of his all-time best knocks saying that ‘it’s very tough’ to judge the performances when you are playing for your country as all such knocks are ‘really really important’ for the team.”I am sure if I get another hundred next game you will ask me the same question. It’s hard to put any knock on top because all those knocks you play for your country are really really important so its very toughIndia will now face Afghanistan in their next fixture of World Cup 2019 on June 22 in Southampton.Also Read | India best team in World Cup 2019, way better than Pakistan: Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | India vs Pakistan: Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, bowlers make it 7-0 for India vs Pakistan in World Cups
How to Smoke Meat: Everything You Need to Know You might think the owners of a company selling grass-fed meats would have been the least likely people on the planet to start such an endeavor. That’s because before Taylor Collins and Katie Forrest developed Epic they were both vegans. “We are both competitive athletes,” said Collins, “but our bodies weren’t recovering. We weren’t getting the vitamins and proteins we needed. When we introduced grass fed meats into our diet, it was a game changer. We felt great in a couple of days.”They created a protein bar out of grass fed meats to fit their own nutritional needs, but decided to put it into production when they received a lot of positive feedback. “The first year and a half, we only had four bars,” said Collins. “We’ve now expanded to 36 products including a jerky like product and trail mix, but our bars are still the most popular. The Bison Bacon Cranberry is our number one best seller. It’s ridiculously delicious.”Other bar flavors include Bacon, Chicken Sesame BBQ, Beef Apple Bacon, Turkey Almond Cranberry, Beef Habanero Cherry, Chicken Sriracha, Pulled Pork Pineapple, and Lamb Current Mint. A sample pack of all nine flavors retails for $26. The company has just unveiled its newest products: animal oils. They come in three varieties: Grass Fed Beef Tallow, Berkshire Pork Lard, and Cage-Free Duck Fat. Single jars retail for $8.99.The next big thing for Epic is a major purchase. “We’re starting a ranch right outside Austin, Texas where we’ll raise the animals we use in our product,” said Collins. “Bisons, chickens, sheep, and cows will all be in the same pasture; all complementing each other. Nature loves biodiversity.”Epic products are available on their website, but they are also offered for sale nationally through Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppe, and outdoor retailers like REI. “Pretty much any natural food grocery store you go into will have our products,” he said. Editors’ Recommendations The Best Vodka Mixers for Stocking Your Home Bar The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities What’s So Great About the Icelandic Hot Dog? The Burger Show’s Alvin Cailan Shares His Burger-Making Secrets
Rabat – The WorldFood Moscow International Food & Drink Exhibition opened on September 24. Morocco was among the 1,762 exhibitors at the event.According to Maghreb Arab Press, the participation of the kingdom in the four-day event (September 24-27) aims to “strengthen the country’s presence in the Russian market and build partnerships in several agricultural production and export chains.”The 320-square-meters Moroccan stand highlights Morocco’s agri-food sector. At the stand, 17 national companies showcased their assets to the 30,710 exhibition visitors and buyers. As mentioned on the exhibition’s website, the event connects, every year, thousands of businesses from around the world with Russia’s key food and drink buyers, including retail representatives from Russia’s leading supermarket chains and food manufacturers.WorldFood Moscow ExhibitionWorldFood Moscow is a major exhibition serving the global food and drinks industry. “Since its inception in 1991, it has grown to become the entry point for international manufacturers looking to enter the vibrant Russian market,” says the exhibitions’ website.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — The word on everyone’s lips at this year’s G20 summit is Syria, but Prime Minister Stephen Harper is signalling his intention to keep his focus on global economics.Even before Russian President and host Vladimir Putin greeted leaders at the opulent Constantine Palace on Thursday, Harper had already thrown a challenge to other G20 nations.His government is committing to a debt-to-GDP ratio of 25% by 2021 and encouraging others to follow suit with their own targets — despite earlier G20 pledges this year to favour growth-oriented policies over austerity.The Canadian target seems to include some wiggle room. A year ago, the Finance Department forecast a ratio of 23.8% by 2020-21 in a report on the aging population.“The leaders decided back in November 2008 in Washington that the G20 would be the primary economic forum for world decision-making,” Finance Minister Jim Flaherty told reporters.“We need to maintain that. This is a world economic forum. It’s fundamental that these kinds of decisions and discussions on important policy issues take place at G20 meetings.”Flaherty framed the debt-to-GDP ratio target as a question of balance, rather than austerity.“We are spending money on job creation and on job training, very substantial long-term infrastructure projects, so that’s one part of the balance,” Flaherty told reporters.“The other part of the balance is making sure you’re back to balanced budgets and addressing the debt-to-GDP ratio in the medium term.”How countries can find that balance, as some struggle with staggering unemployment rates, is one of the dilemmas facing the G20. When finance ministers and central bankers met in July, they agreed to bolster growth before turning their attention to lowering deficits and debt burdens.But Harper has consistently staked his ground in the debt-reduction camp. He was a key driver behind a commitment made at the Toronto G20 summit in 2010 to reduce debt around the world and has made deficit reduction his top domestic priority leading up to the 2015 federal election.Governments aren’t the only players weighing in.Farah Mohamed, president and CEO of the (G)irls 20 Summit and an official civil society representative at the G20, said slashing social programs to keep deficits down will catch up with a country.“That’s going to have to come from somewhere, and it’s usually from the social profit side, the NGOs that are delivering services,” said Mohamed, whose group advocates for the economic empowerment of women and girls.“If you cut and cut and cut, at some point society will suffer for that, whether it’s in education, health care, social benefits — there are a whole bunch of factors that have to be managed when you’re trying to reduce your deficit.”Within the G20, Canada has been urged countries to commit to hard targets for debt reduction. At a meeting of G20 finance ministers and central bank governors last April, it found support from Germany and the United Kingdom, but not from other big players such as the United States and Japan.Russia has also been a supporter of fiscal consolidation — the reining in of stimulus and reduction in spending as the global economic outlook improves.Flaherty said he can’t predict whether Canada and Russia would end up agreeing on at least economic issues during the summit. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird just a day earlier criticized Russia for its “intractability” on the Syrian question.Baird and other foreign ministers will conduct side meetings at the G20 to discuss the Syrian government’s alleged use of chemical weapons against its own people two weeks ago.U.S. President Barack Obama will be seeking support from other G20 leaders for a strike against Syria as a response to attack. Putin has said such action without United Nations sanction would go against international law.
Razali Ismail is scheduled to visit the capital, Yangon, from 6 to 10 June for this tenth mission as Special Envoy.”The Secretary-General hopes that the Special Envoy’s visit will reinvigorate the process of national reconciliation in Myanmar, which appears to have stalled over the past several months,” said a statement issued by a spokesman for Mr. Annan.”He reiterates his call on both the Government and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, General Secretary of the National League for Democracy (NLD), to redouble their efforts to start substantive political dialogue by taking advantage of Mr. Razali’s forthcoming visit.”
By a unanimously adopted resolution, which prolonged the mandate of the UN Disengagement Observer Force until 31 December, the Council also called on the parties concerned to implement immediately the Council’s milestone resolution 338 of October 1973. The Council also requested Secretary-General Kofi Annan to submit, by the end of the renewal period, a report “on the developments in the situation and the measures taken to implement” the 338 resolution, which, in part, called upon the parties to start immediately implementing another landmark Council decision – resolution 242 of 1967 – and resolved that “negotiations shall start between the parties concerned under appropriate auspices aimed at establishing a just and durable peace in the Middle East.” An accompanying statement by the President of the Council, Ambassador Sergey Lavrov of the Russian Federation, said that the view of the 15-nation body had been reflected by a statement of the Secretary-General in a recent report, which noted that “the situation in the Middle East is very tense and is likely to remain so, unless and until a comprehensive settlement covering all aspects of the Middle East problem can be reached.”
As sea rise threatens Indian farmlands, scientists study saltwater plants as crops for future VEDARANYAM, India – On a sun-scorched wasteland near India’s southern tip, an unlikely garden filled with spiky shrubs and spindly greens is growing, seemingly against all odds.The plants are living on saltwater, coping with drought and possibly offering viable farming alternatives for a future in which rising seas have inundated countless coastal farmlands.Sea rise, one of the consequences of climate change, now threatens millions of poor subsistence farmers across Asia. As ocean water swamps low-lying plots, experts say many could be forced to flee inland.“It’s hard to imagine how farmers will live,” said Tapas Paul, who as a World Bank official helped channel about $100,000 to help build the small garden a decade ago in a swampy, seaside town dominated by salt flats in southern Tamil Nadu state. “In the places subject to inundation and sea level rise, there are few options.”A team of Indian scientists is searching for solutions to what they describe as a fast-approaching agricultural crisis. Their neatly plotted rows of naturally salt-tolerant plants, known as halophytes, could be a part of the answer. The scientists from the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation are also trying other approaches: tweaking genes and cross-breeding plants by conventional means to discover which might grow and even flourish.“Sea level rise is inevitable, and we are not prepared,” said Swaminathan, who pioneered high-yield wheat and rice varieties for India in the 1960s. “The biggest problem in India is just the very large population. We can say people can relocate, but where could we even accommodate all those who need to move inland?”___Saltwater for a farmer long meant certain crop failure. Wartime foes sowed enemy fields with salt to ensure social collapse. Natural disasters such as the 2004 Asian tsunami left countless plots unproductive for years.Asia’s coastal farmers, including millions impoverished in India, now face such problems. Climate change will bring stronger storms and warmer temperatures that expand ocean waters and melt ice caps and glaciers. As a result, seas are set to rise up to 1 metre (3.2 feet) in this century, according to the latest scientific forecasts.Chellammal, a graceful, 65-year-old farming housewife in the Tamil Nadu village of Tetakudi, knows the nightmare of farming on salt-contaminated land too well.“I struggled so long to get things to grow, but nothing worked,” said Chellammal, who goes by one name. “Every year just got worse until there was nothing left,” she said, crouched in a bright pink sari by her fields.The land her family had saved for decades to buy went completely barren about five years ago, after a neighbouring village took up shrimp farming when flooding from a nearby ocean canal salted their lands. The shrimp ponds were never lined properly, so their saltwater seeped into surrounding soils.The farmland lost by Tetakudi’s 200 households now supports little more than a vast expanse of salt-tolerant shrubs called Suaeda maritime along with succulents called Salicornia brachiata, known to locals as “chicken feet.”To the villagers, the bright green bushes are no better than weeds. Already, 12 families have boarded up their homes and left.But scientists say suaeda is good for firewood. And salicornia species, which can tolerate nearly twice the salinity of seawater, have enormous potential as a biofuel crop, with seeds containing high concentrations of oil.The problem, however, lies in realizing profits. For any crop to work on a large scale, inexpensive methods and machinery for harvesting will have to be developed. Then processing plants, production lines and markets would need to be built. As of now, none of that exists.Chellammal is dubious, but interested.“If we can make money from what we grow, we’ll try it. Why not?” she said. “Maybe all is not lost.”___The timing for an agricultural crisis due to sea rise couldn’t be worse. India’s poor farmers already struggle with frequent flooding, drought and soils degraded by agrochemical overuse. Those on the coast are also hit by storms, with at least 27 of the 35 deadliest cyclones in history barrelling through the Bay of Bengal before slamming into either India or Bangladesh.India’s freshwater sources are also in peril, with over-tapped groundwater reserves so low the country is expected to have only half the water it needs by 2030. Grain production, meanwhile, has stalled around 260 million tons in recent years, despite global pressure for India to boost yields, eliminate waste and eradicate widespread poverty and malnutrition.To feed its growing 1.26 billion population, India must increase food production 45 per cent by 2050, for which experts say it may need to cultivate more land. Instead, about 1.2 million hectares (3 million acres) of its coastal farmland has been degraded by salt, according to India’s Central Soil Salinity Research Institute.Inland, India has lost another 5.5 million hectares of arable farmland, out of its nationwide total of 163 million hectares, though India’s soil salinity troubles are exacerbated by industrial salt flats, a growing number of shrimp farms and the depletion of groundwater reserves. The trend will only continue as seawater creeps onto low-lying lands along the 7,500-kilometre (4,700-mile) coast that outlines the country along the Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea.“Saltwater agriculture is considered a futuristic area. But it really shouldn’t be,” said marine biologist V. Selvam, the M.S. Swaminathan foundation’s mustachioed director of coastal research. “Very soon there won’t be enough land and water to meet our needs.”And India is not alone. Countries including Egypt, Bangladesh and much of Southeast Asia also face heavy saltwater intrusion and loss of farmland. Already, 62 million hectares, or 20 per cent, of the world’s total 300 million hectares of irrigated farmland has been salinized to some extent. Another 50 centimetres (1.6 feet) of sea rise, which is just half of what’s expected by 2100, would swamp up to 1.9 million more hectares, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has said.That will undermine the world’s ability to find the additional 120 million hectares of farmland it needs for a staggering 70 per cent increase in food production to feed the world by 2050, according to the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization.Experts say there will be little choice but to grow some non-food crops along the coasts.The world’s irrigated acreage could be increased by about 50 per cent by reusing saline water and salinized crop fields for halophytes, said University of Arizona environmental sciences professor Edward Glenn.“As with aquaculture replacing wild fisheries, it is inevitable that halophytes will have their day,” he said.___Sesuvium portulacastrum. Paspalum vaginatum. Prosopis juliflora.These are just a few of the 350 known species of salt-tolerant plants that are candidates to become crops for the future. Saltwater plants are unlikely to become staple foods, because while often high in nutrients they’re also very salty and so should be eaten in moderation.Species such as Salicornia europaea, also known as glasswort or samphire, are already sold in European markets as a fancy salad addition or side dish. The bright purple-and-white blossoms of Limonium are a florist’s delight, while another species called Atriplex or saltbush is eaten by sheep.Supporters note a host of potential uses to make harvests profitable, including firewood, decorative flowers, kitty litter, nutritional supplements, cooking oil and biofuel. Cattle fodder is another possibility, and Indian herders already graze their cattle on thorny shrubbery by the sea.Despite the potential, saltwater agriculture is still seen as a fringe topic, even after decades of research by universities worldwide along with studies and pilot projects in countries including Mexico, Pakistan, Jordan and Eritrea. The aviation company Boeing is also researching biofuels from saltwater plants.India’s scientists aren’t waiting for markets to develop. Nor are they relying on just the halophyte garden to offer up new options.They’re scouring coasts for wild grain species that might naturally tolerate some salinity, and using arduous breeding methods to create new salt-tolerant strains.The foundation has also developed genetically modified rice using genes from mangrove trees. It says the resulting plant can tolerate salt concentrations of 12-15 grams per litre. Seawater is typically two to three times saltier, but that’s still a major improvement from currently cultivated rice varieties, which can handle only up to 3 grams per litre.Genetic modification is considered the most difficult approach, because salt tolerance is a trait that involves numerous genes. But the molecular biologist leading the development of GM halophytic rice believes it’s essential.“Conventional breeding just takes too long, and this problem is urgent,” said Ajay Parida, the foundation’s executive director. His work stalled in 2007 under an effective moratorium on field testing GMOs, but the Indian government is considering shifting its GM testing policy and Parida now expects his trials to start soon.“We could eventually be cultivating wastelands and places considered entirely unsuitable,” he said. “But it’s only after crisis hits that people realize the magnitude of the problem and start pushing for an answer.”___Follow Katy Daigle: twitter.com/katydaigle In this June 16, 2015 photo, an Indian villager holds a sprig of Suaeda maritime, said to be good for firewood according to scientists, grows in the wild within a mangrove forest on the coast of southern state of Tamil Nadu near Chidambaram, India. On a sun-scorched wasteland near India’s southern tip, an unlikely garden filled with spiky shrubs and spindly greens is growing, seemingly against all odds. The plants are living on saltwater, coping with drought and possibly offering viable farming alternatives for a future in which rising seas have inundated countless coastal farmlands. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi) by Katy Daigle, The Associated Press Posted Aug 17, 2015 7:47 am MDT Last Updated Aug 17, 2015 at 8:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 20, 2015 5:27 am MDT Last Updated Aug 20, 2015 at 6:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Anti-corruption watchdog: Canada makes “moderate” effort against foreign bribery TORONTO – An international anti-corruption watchdog says Canada has made “moderate” efforts to enforce an anti-bribery convention signed more than a decade ago by 41 countries.Transparency International says a majority of the signatory countries have made limited or no effort to investigate and prosecute companies that bribe foreign officials to win contracts, or to dodge taxes and local laws.Canada is one of six countries deemed to have a moderate record, along with Italy, Australia, Austria, Norway and Finland.The United States is one of four countries in the top category of countries that have actively enforced the OECD anti-bribery convention, adopted in 1997.The other three active enforcers are Germany, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.The worst category includes six of the Group of 20 global economic powers: Argentina, Japan, Russia, Mexico, Brazil, and Turkey.— With a file from The Associated Press in Berlin.
By Murray KnuttilaProvost and Vice-President, AcademicOn Friday, March 11, the University will resume negotiations with CUPE 4207 (Unit 1) and with a government-appointed mediator to pursue a fair and reasonable collective agreement with the union that represents Brock teaching assistants, course coordinators, lab demonstrators and grader-markers.CUPE 4207 has declared a strike deadline of 12:01 a.m. on Monday, March 14 if a settlement has not been reached.In recent days many people on campus, but especially the students, have expressed deep concern about the impact a labour disruption would have on their studies and on the fulfillment of their academic year.As Provost, I can assure the Brock community that the University truly realizes the concern being felt by students and their families, and as we head into this weekend of negotiations, we continue to work hard to reach a fair and appropriate collective agreement that would avert a strike.These are difficult economic times in Ontario for universities and unions to be negotiating collective agreements. However, Brock has been in collective bargaining for numerous months with several unions representing our employees, and in the past month we have successfully reached three agreements with unions.Earlier today we reached a tentative agreement with CUPE 4207 (Unit 2), the union that represents ESL co-ordinators at the University.We remain hopeful that we will also achieve successful results with CUPE 4207 (Unit 1).The University understands very clearly that students want to complete — and we want them to complete — their course of study in a timely fashion. If that should be delayed by a strike, the University, with the guidance of Senate, will make every effort to ensure that that time is made up in as reasonable a way as possible.As for contingency measures in the event of a labour dispute, the FAQ pages of the University’s Collective Bargaining website contain a lot of information about how a strike could affect campus operations and services. And every day we continue to expand the volume and types of information in those FAQs.If a collective agreement is not reached this weekend and a strike seems likely, the University will communicate detailed information to the Brock community through email, Facebook, Twitter, the University website and the Brock News online.In the coming days we will be continually updating the Collective Bargaining pages as new information becomes available, and I implore members of the Brock community to monitor the site to stay abreast of developments.Get The Brock News in your email.
Here are your rights if your flight gets cancelled The Beast from the East has affected flights at a number of airports. Feb 28th 2018, 2:03 PM FLIGHTS HAVE BEEN cancelled at a number of airports in Ireland and other European countries due to the bad weather.Further disruption is expected over the coming days as snow and low temperatures take hold due to the so-called Beast from the East and Storm Emma.The Commission for Aviation Regulation has advised people to be aware of their rights if their flight is cancelled or delayed.Commissioner Cathy Mannion said passengers should check with their airline regarding the status of their flight before travelling to the airport.“However, if your flight is delayed or cancelled then you have a number of options depending on the circumstances. We want all passengers to be aware of this as it may help to alleviate some of the stress and disruption that such delays can cause,” Mannion said.If your flight is cancelled, the airline must offer you a choice between the following:rerouting as soon as possiblererouting at a later date at your conveniencea refund http://jrnl.ie/3877021 By Órla Ryan 12 Comments Wednesday 28 Feb 2018, 2:03 PM Share1182 Tweet Email34 Image: Shutterstock/Mimadeo If you choose the first option (re-routing as soon as possible), your airline must provide you with care and assistance while you wait for the alternative flight. Care and assistance comprises:meals and refreshments as reasonable in relation to waiting timehotel accommodation where an overnight stay becomes necessarytransport between the hotel accommodation and the airporttwo free telephone calls/access to emailLong delays If your flight is subject to a long delay (two hours or more), your airline must provide you with the care and assistance described above. In addition, if your flight is delayed by more than five hours, it must offer you a choice between:continuing with your journeya refund of the cost of your ticketThe Commission said it is not possible for passengers to travel and avail of a full refund.If your airline does not provide the care and assistance described above, the Commission said passengers “should make their own reasonable arrangements and retain all receipts in the process”. Passengers are advised to then submit copies of these receipts to the airline for reimbursement.In the case of both flight cancellations and long delays, air carriers should provide affected passengers with written notices setting out their rights and entitlements under EC Regulation 261/ 2004.The Commission said compensation is unlikely to be payable to passengers affected by flight cancellations or long delays as adverse weather conditions are incompatible with the safe operation of a flight and are regarded as exempt under the passenger rights legislation.More information can be read here.Read: Status Red: People in Leinster and Munster advised to stay in their homes from 4pm tomorrowPHOTOS: Many parts of Ireland are covered in snow 40,512 Views Short URL Image: Shutterstock/Mimadeo Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
https://the42.ie/4556462 ‘Every time he has played for his country he has been an inspiration to all of us’ Seamus Coleman and Mick McCarthy have paid tribute to the retiring Jon Walters. Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloud Jon Walters and Seamus Coleman embrace after a Euro 2016 qualifier against Georgia. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share2 Tweet Email “Unfortunately he got injured before the Euros in 2016 so it didn’t go as well as he would have liked”, said Coleman, “but I feel he nearly carried us there, the night he scored two against Bosnia.“He will be remembered for that.” Murray Kinsella and Andy Dunne dissect Ireland’s disappointing Six Nations campaign, and discuss the pros and cons of rugby’s new law proposals in the latest episode of The42 Rugby Weekly: 21 Comments By Gavin Cooney Friday 22 Mar 2019, 8:20 PM Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO 25,343 Views Gavin Cooney reports from Victoria Stadium, GibraltarIRISH CAPTAIN SEAMUS Coleman has hailed the retiring Jon Walters as an “inspiration” for both erstwhile teammates and future Irish stars. 35-year-old Walters announced his retirement on social media earlier today, forced to call time on his career because of an Achilles injury. Speaking at the pre-match press conference ahead of Ireland’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Gibraltar, Coleman paid a rich tribute to Walters. “As long as he and I have been in the squad, he has been nothing short of an example to all of us. The pride: every time he has played for his country he has been an inspiration to all of us.“These new lads that are in the squad in the next few years, he is a real example and he will be missed.”Walters scored 14 times in 54 appearances for Ireland, and messaged Mick McCarthy last week to ask were it possible for him to visit the squad in Abbottstown this week. McCarthy phoned back to invite him in and learned of Walters’ decision. Walters told the rest of the Irish players in camp this week. “It is sad to see him go. It happens to all of us. He was an inspirational player for Ireland and it’s sad when you lose those kinds of players”, said McCarthy.“It is sadder still that it’s for an injury. I wish him well in whatever he chooses to do.“I’ve known for the best part of a week.I’m sad I never had a chance to work with him. He is always someone I admired, and I think he has been inspirational for Ireland and for any club he has played for.“It’s sad we are losing him.” Of Walters’ 14 goals, his double against Bosnia in the second leg of the Euro 2016 play-off were arguably the most important. Mar 22nd 2019, 5:28 PM Jon Walters and Seamus Coleman embrace after a Euro 2016 qualifier against Georgia. Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO Short URL
Stay on target With ‘Borderlands’ Crossover, ‘Fortnite’ Just Ad…Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits For the longest time, Nerf has been creating colorful and increasingly powerful and tactical blasters for children. Now that Fortnite battle royale has become the most popular game ever for kids, and that game is chock full of people blasting each other, it’s no surprise that Nerf is trying to bring some of that success over into the physical world. Even as we wrap up an E3 2019 full of exciting new games, none of them are dethroning Fortnite anytime soon.Check out our exclusive reveal of Nerf’s fall Fortnite lineup.View as: One Page Slides1/91. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. The Nerf Fortnite Microshots are the cheapest option at $10. These are pocket-sized blasters you can probably sneak into school. They’re modeled after various Fortnite gear including the famous Battle Bus. Fire one dart at a time through manual action.The Nerf Fortnite HC-E Blaster ($15) is a more substantial piece of equipment. It fires one dart but with a tremendous amount of force. Wrap both hands around the barrel to pull back and prime.And for $30 you can go all out with the Nerf Fortnite RL. Forget flimsy darts. This is a straight-up rocket launcher. Just eliminate your opponent with these huge foam missiles to earn that chicken dinner. Wait, that’s the wrong game.Don’t be a default skin, and pick up this Nerf Fortnite gear coming soon. I’m so old. For more on video game toys check out these reality-warping Pokemon: Detective Pikachu toys, the best Assassin’s Creed and Overwatch toys, and the most fatal Mortal Kombat toys.
Melco Resorts defers acquisition of second tranche of Crown shares until conclusion of regulatory inquiry Melco International Development grants Evan Winkler HK$269 million share options Melco Resorts & Entertainment CEO Lawrence Ho has revealed that The Countdown Hotel – formerly known as Crown Hotel – at City of Dreams will be rebranded Libertine when its new luxury offering Morpheus opens for business next month.It was also announced that Morpheus will officially launch on 15 June 2018, almost one month after the original May opening date following delays in gaining government approvals. RelatedPosts Load More Evan Winkler appointed President as Melco Resorts implements latest management overhaul Delivering the keynote address at G2E Asia on Tuesday morning, Ho unveiled for the first time details of the US$1 billion-plus upgrade of flagship Macau IR City of Dreams – which includes the Zada Hadid-designed Morpheus.Among the new features at City of Dreams will be an innovative “pop-up” retail space in which stores can be mixed and matched at will.“We have reinvented retail,” Ho said.“For the first time ever we will be creating our own shopping environment, inviting some of the coolest brands in the world in a 1,500 square meter space that we will be running ourselves as a pop-up.“It will be a totally different take on the retail proposition.”Ho also revealed that the company will unveil a new stunt show at fellow Macau integrated resort Studio City in December – a collaboration with renowned entertainment architecture firm Stufish.
Grand Korea Leisure Co. Ltd (GKL), Korea’s government run, foreigners-only casino operator, has reported a 5.3% fall in casino sales for the first six months of 2019 to KRW226 billion (US$191.2 million), impacted by a slow start to the year.The results come on the back of a 6.5% decline in table game sales to KRW196.2 billion (US$166 million), which more than offset a slight 3.3% improvement in EGM sales to KRW29.8 billion. Notably, table drop for the six month period actually grew 28.9% to KRW2.2 trillion (US$1.86 billion) but didn’t translate to a similar boost in sales. Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team As previously reported by Inside Asian Gaming, GKL had also booked a significant increase in table drop in 1Q19 but still saw revenue fall by 10% due to the company’s overly aggressive VIP and premium mass promotion strategy which analysts said boosted drop but also negatively impacted hold and margins.For the month of June, GKL saw casino sales rise 6.6% to KRW39.0 billion, with table game sales up 5.0% to KRW33.7 billion and EGM sales rising 17.5% to KRW5.3 billion.GKL, a subsidiary of the Korea Tourism Organization, operates two casinos in Seoul and one in Busan under its Seven Luck brand. RelatedPosts Load More Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts
Our E3 breakdown: Microsoft’s Project Scarlett looks… Comments Aug 28 • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order trailer, gameplay footage and everything we know See it $37 E3 2019 Jul 26 • Doom Eternal: QuakeCon ‘Year of Doom’ keynote shows more ‘Battlemode’ action 13 See It Best Buy $59 Review • Red Dead Redemption 2 review: Somehow, it lives up to the hype Tags Mentioned Above Red Dead Redemption 2 (PlayStation 4) Microsoft’s pirate-themed action-adventure game, Sea of Thieves, launched last year. Microsoft When Craig Duncan and his team at Microsoft’s Rare video game studio were dreaming up their next big game, they imagined a world where people and their friends create their own stories as they play.”It’s your mark on the world,” Duncan said. “The core vision of it is players going on adventures together.” That idea morphed into Sea of Thieves, a cartoonish, tongue-in-cheek pirate game, in which players travel oceans together in boats, exploring underwater ruins and searching around islands dotted throughout the world. “It can be a genuinely magical experience,” he said. “It can give you an experience that’s unlike any other.”Sea of Thieves is part of a new genre of video games designed to entice people into living worlds meant to be played for hours on end. Inside the industry, they’re called “games as a service” or “live service games.” But to everyone else, they’re a chance to play a favorite game to their heart’s content.World of Warcraft is one of the most popular games ever made. It launched in 2004. Screenshot by CNET This idea is far from new. Adventure games like 1999’s EverQuest and 2004’s World of Warcraft became cultural phenomena, attracting millions of people who not only played the games but also bought related books and merchandise for decades. Millions even went to see a feature-length film, appropriately called Warcraft, in 2016.But in the last couple years, more companies have created their own takes on the genre. Many were on display at the E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo last week. Bethesda Softworks has The Elder Scrolls Online fantasy epic and Fallout 76 post-apocalyptic survival game. Electronic Arts launched its Anthem adventure game earlier this year. Bungie, maker of the industry-defining Halo series of games, now offers a space battle epic called Destiny. And Epic’s Fortnite battle royale last-man-standing game has itself become one of the most popular in the industry.”There’s clearly a group of people — and I would go so far as to say it is a large group of people — who are very much into investing in something they can invest in and get what they want out of it,” said Pete Hines, head of marketing at Bethesda. “They get back fun, entertainment, social connections, a feeling of progression and whatever else they’re looking for.” Aug 3 • E3 journalists see their personal info exposed by security flaw CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Now playing: Watch this: News • Get an Xbox One S and Red Dead Redemption 2 for $215 It’s not all happiness and roses, though. Companies say that as they’ve entered the genre over the past few years, they’ve learned these games are harder to create and maintain than they’d expected. The pressure to keep fans happy with new stories and experiences, while also finding ways to pay for the teams and technology that powers them, has led to trouble. Some games, like Anthem and Fallout 76, have drawn criticism for launching with too many bugs and not enough enticing things to do. Gamers aslso criticized Take-Two Interactive Software’s Rockstar Games division over how Red Dead Online initially pushed people to spend real money to more quickly acquire guns and horses needed to play the game. (Rockstar has since changed the way the game works.)”The industry is getting worse in a lot of ways, they’re getting more predatory and more exploitative,” said Steven Williams, a longtime gaming commentator whose YouTube channel, Boogie2988, has more than 4.5 million subscribers. He and many other commentators say companies aren’t thinking enough of gamers or employees when creating these titles. They’re asking too much money for extra experiences, storylines and items, while giving back too little, he said. Stories of employees working seemingly nonstop to satisfy gamers’ expectations has also worried him. And many of these gamers say new business models go over the line. One in particular, known as microtransactions, asks players to pony up real money on top of the original cost of the game to pay for extra designs for characters and weapons. “We’ve got $60 games with $120 special editions, and microtransactions too,” Williams said. “It’s the nightmare scenario we were all warning about and now we’re there.”While Williams said some gamers’ criticisms can go over the line, there is some merit to their concerns.Enlarge ImageRed Dead Redemption 2 was critically acclaimed at release. But Red Dead Online was criticized initially. CNET / Rockstar Games Game makers counter they’re learning as they go and frequently end up apologizing and attempting to make good with their community when they screw up. But they also say they’re answering players’ requests to create game worlds they can explore for longer periods of time with their friends.”We’re trying to figure out what will engage and captivate,” said Strauss Zelnick, head of Take-Two Interactive Software, which offers online additions to 2013’s Grand Theft Auto V and last year’s Red Dead Redemption 2 cowboy game. (Zelnick is also interim chairman of CBS, which owns CNET.) Zelnick said his teams aim to offer “more value than we charge,” he said, even if it doesn’t always come across that way.”You don’t want players to say, ‘I really, really love the game, but…'” he said. “You want them come back and say, ‘I really, really love the game and sure, I had to pay for it, but it’s appropriate to pay for great experiences.'”The Elder Scrolls Online has adopted an TV series approach to new storylines in order to keep people coming back. ZeniMax Media The futureWhile it may seem to some gamers that these games are taking over the industry, developers are still producing self-contained titles too. Some of the upcoming ones include EA’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Nintendo’s forthcoming sequel for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Sony’s survival thriller The Last of Us Part 2.Meanwhile, developers are figuring out how best to make this new breed of live-service games too. And as more of them are made, another problem is that there are so many on the market, it’s hard to decide which one to play.”This space is so new,” said Matt Firor, game director for The Elder Scrolls Online. So his team has designed the game to be more welcoming to people who only play once in a while. For example, people who haven’t advanced far in the story can still play alongside dedicated players who’ve done nearly everything they can.”Most of my friends have a main game they play,” said Sam Kirkendoll, 29, who works in fundraising for a university in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He’s been playing World of Warcraft since 2007, but he said other friends dabble, leave and then come back.Firor, of The Elder Scrolls, learned that what brings back those dabblers are big updates with lots of new stuff to do. So his team has started hyping big launches of new stories much the same way TV producers market new seasons for their shows.Enlarge ImageRovio has found that tweaking and adding to Angry Birds has kept people playing for years. Rovio “You just need to keep innovating and bring new type of experiences,” said Kati Levoranta, CEO of Rovio, maker of the hit Angry Birds mobile game. The company’s tweaks and new things to do haven’t just enticed existing players back, she said, they’ve brought new ones in too. As a result, the number of people who have played Angry Birds 2 every day has continued to increase, despite it being four years old.”We know the world where we live today is quite fast-paced, and there are new things coming along all the time,” she said. “So you need to keep yourself fresh and relevant.”Keeping them happyGame makers said one key to making it all work is giving players a way to offer feedback and then responding with tweaks as they go.”You learn over time, because you always have the community giving you feedback,” said Yves Guillemot, CEO of Ubisoft, which makes The Division 2 post-apocalyptic paramilitary thriller and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege strategy game. “We can learn what they want and adapt content to what they need.”Rare’s Duncan released the game’s biggest changes in April, a year after its initial launch. The update included storylines called Tall Tales, which were developed with the help of dedicated players who tested the changes and gave feedback. The company also put out regular videos to the community to keep them apprised of how development was going, up to its launch.”Sea of Thieves today wouldn’t be the game it is without the journey we’ve been on in the last year,” he said. Aug 19 • Borderlands 3: FL4K, new endgame content and everything else we know reading • The next big video game you play may never end 4:22 40 Photos • Why 2020 could be the best year for video games See All E3 2019 Share your voice Red Dead Redemption 2 Culture Tech Industry Gaming Electronic Arts (EA) Ubisoft Microsoft
The community of Skagway in northern Southeast remains cut off from ferry service as the state works to figure out why the dock sank late last week.Download AudioThe state Department of Transportation contracted with Western Marine Construction to begin salvaging and repairing the state-owned Skagway ferry dock.The AMHS dock in Skagway sank overnight. (Photo courtesy Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities)The company moved two barges to the town over the weekend and plan on trying to refloat the dock on Tuesday or Wednesday. However, the dock will likely need repairs before it can start having Alaska Marine Highway ferries tie up to it again, according to state DOT spokesperson Jeremy Woodrow.“We’ll know a lot more once we get the dock floated again be able to access the damage and then we’ll be able to devise a plan from there,” Woodrow said.Why the dock sank is still unknown, although Skagway Mayor Mark Schaefer says there is a working theory having to do with the potable water supply to the dock. The system consists of a 3-inch pipe running from the terminal to the dock, and part way underneath, making it easy for state ferries to resupply with water. Schaefer says the entire Skagway community averages 300,000 gallons of water from the municipal supply in a 24 hour period. But between Wednesday evening and Thursday morning when the ferry dock sank, Schaefer says the city registered 800,000 gallons of water use. That leads city officials to think the potable water pipe may have burst under the dock, filling the floats and causing it to sink.“Essentially we think we flooded the float and sank it that way, but we’re not sure yet,” Schaefer said. “We know we used a whole bunch of water and it’s not bubbling up in the street somewhere. It’s a significant amount of water.”The dock is a 120 by 160 foot platform that sits on 24 hollow concrete chambers that float the structure. Mayor Schaefer compares the floating mechanism to a concrete ice cube tray. The potable water line runs through several of those compartments, hence the theory about the burst pipe flooding the floats, he says.Woodrow says the state is aware of theory Schaefer describes, but the state isn’t ready to say that is the official cause of the dock sinking.“We’re investigating all theories and possibilities at this point,” Woodrow said.The state was able to bypass a bidding process for the dock salvage and established a sole source contract with Western Marine because of the urgency of the situation, Woodrow says. The cost of the operation and repairs is not yet known.The state has suspended ferry service to the town until at least May 9. Woodrow says none of the Skagway cruise ship docks or the small boat harbor are able to accommodate state ferries and vehicle and passenger traffic.There are two passenger ferry services based in Haines although neither usually starts operation until May. Both dock in the Skagway boat harbor. One of those companies, the Fjordland, has tentatively scheduled service between Haines and Skagway on days the state ferry sails the Lynn Canal. Owner Alison Jacobson says the company needs at least a dozen or more passengers to break even for fuel and crew costs. But she said the state should look at providing chartered ferry service during this time because many travelers cannot fly to Skagway. Jacobson said school groups use the ferry to keep travel costs down and some travelers have oversized luggage, like one person she talked to who is trying to transport a canoe to Skagway.“This guy has a canoe and it weighs 120 pounds and he’s about to paddle himself there himself, with all his gear,” Jacobson said. “ It’s all complicated stuff, you can’t fly all these people.”“It’s why the ferry is unique – it takes all kinds of walks of life. And there are all kinds of different circumstances.”Jacobson said late Monday, she heard the canoeist was indeed headed to Skagway on his own.Alaska Seaplanes and Air Excursions have also added flights to Skagway while ferry service is suspended.
Nellore: Minister for Industries, and Information Technology M Goutham Reddy said that he would request Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy to release Rs 12 crore for resolving drinking water crisis in the district. He reviewed with the district officials at ZP Conference Hall here on Tuesday and instructed them to prepare a clear action plan within 15 days to overcome the critical situation. Also Read – Rs 65.30lakhs Exgratia paid to deceased family Advertise With Us Goutham Reddy said that there has been 80 per cent deficit rainfall for the last 3 months and measures to be taken for facing the situation up to September. He assured people of taking permission for transporting water by railway wagons from Kandaleru reservoir to the villages and towns facing acute water shortage. On the industrial front, the Minister said his government would support industrial promotion in the district and shortly they are going to bring a legislation for providing 75 per cent employment to the local unemployed. For the cause, he said, they had already constituted a sub-committee which would examine the feasibility issues. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us Goutham Reddy said that they would conduct social audit in all 13 districts for taking action against irregularities in works under National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS). Reddy directed the officials to take back unused lands of Bharathi Fertilisers for whom the government earlier had provided 250 acres. In fact, he said, the unit utilised only 45 acres for its requirement and rest of the lands have been handed over to other industries. Advertise With Us District Collector MV Seshagiri Babu said they had given notices to the industrial organisations in the district to handover 2 per cent of funds under the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). He stated the government would take steps to collect the amount from them for utilising public needs. Kovur legislator N Prasanna Kumar appealed to the Minister to get Rs 12 crore funds from the government for supplying drinking water to the needy areas. He requested the Minister to focus on stay of doctors in their working places as a girl died recently, who accidentally fell in borewell and could not get treatment in time due to unavailability of doctor in the hospital. Udayagiri MLA M Chandrasekhar Reddy said there is no water for humans and animals in their constituency and asked to resolve the issue. Sullurpet legislator K Sanjeevaiah said that only 60 pc of SC/ST population are getting free power and asked to take measures to reach the programme to all eligible people. He said drinking water to be supplied to rural areas too besides urban areas. He also asked to finalise sand policy for the benefit of working classes, who have relied on the activity for their livelihood. Joint Collector Vetri K Selvi, SE (RWS) Naga Jyothi, SE of Public Health P Mohan, Joint Director of Animal Husbandry Vijaya Mohan, Joint Director of Agriculture Siva Narayana, and other senior officials were present.