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Man Utd vs Chelsea: Pogba returns to starting XI

first_imgManchester United v Chelsea Man Utd vs Chelsea team news: Pogba and Morata return to starting XIs Goal Last updated 1 year ago 21:08 2/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Paul Pogba Manchester United Jan Kruger/Getty Images Manchester United v Chelsea Premier League Manchester United Chelsea The Red Devils have the opportunity to move back into second place in the Premier League table, while the Blues can draw level with Mourinho’s side Paul Pogba has returned to the Manchester United starting XI for the club’s Premier League meeting with Chelsea.The midfielder was replaced by Michael Carrick against Newcastle after just 66 minutes of play before losing his starting place altogether for the following games against Huddersfield and Sevilla.He has been selected for United’s league clash with Chelsea, however, alongside Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic in what appears to be a 4-3-3 setup for Jose Mourinho’s side. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Anthony Martial’s return to the starting XI is another notable inclusion for the home side, with Juan Mata making way. The change gives Mourinho the opportunity to either start Martial on his favoured left side of attack and Alexis Sanchez on the right, or keep Sanchez on the left side and use the Frenchman from the less familiar right flank.For Chelsea, Alvaro Morata returns to lead the attack, with Eden Hazard and Willian playing behind the Spain international.He replaces Pedro in one of two changes from the side which drew 1-1 with Barcelona on Tuesday, with Danny Drinkwater replacing Cesc Fabregas in the other alteration for Antonio Conte’s outfit.For Morata it is a first league start in six weeks, providing him with the opportunity to break a two-month scoring duck.Man Utd XI: De Gea; Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Young; McTominay, Pogba, Matic; Alexis, Lukaku, Martial. Subs: Bailly, Mata, Lingard, Carrick, Rashford, Shaw, J Pereira.Chelsea XI: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; Moses, Drinkwater, Kante, Alonso; Willian, Morata, Hazard. Subs: Caballero, Fabregas, Pedro, Giroud, Zappacosta, Cahill, Palmieri. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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QSST Wins 18’s Boys Title

first_imgThe teams were locked at 5-all at half-time before QSST ran away with the game in the second half. NSWCCC got out to a perfect start, scoring in their first set of six when Wesley Sefuiva combined with Josh Rozairo to send Jonathan Huskins over on the wing. QSST were quick to hit back however, capitalising on a CCC mistake which saw Jackson Luke score on the wing to level the score at 1-all. QSST hit the lead soon after, when Marlon Doak scored on the wing in the fifth minute to take a 2-1 lead. The experienced duo of Sefuiva and Rozairo were quick to retaliate, levelling the score one minute later before reclaiming the lead when Macauley Dawson was the recipient of a great long ball to take a 3-2 lead. Down the other end of the field, Mathew Couper was on the receiving end of a long ball similar to the touchdown prior, levelling the score at 3-all. Luke put his QSST team in front soon after, scoring his second touchdown for the game, showing plenty of speed as he ran down the far wing to score.  Huskins then scored his second for NSWCCC in the 11th minute, after being on the receiving end of another great long ball, and locked things up at 4-all. Defence then took over, with both teams unable to score for the next seven minutes following plenty of touchdowns in the first stanza of the game.  It looked like QSST would take a one touchdown advantage into the half-time break when Luke Swan scored a touchdown in the final minute of the half. But NSWCCC were determined to lock things up, with Cade Price scoring after the siren to level the game at 5-all at half-time. QSST came back from the half-time break in blistering form, scoring the first four touchdowns of the half to take a 9-5 lead midway through the second half. NSWCCC captain, Sefuiva, led by example shortly after, stepping around the opposition to bring the difference back to three touchdowns, but a double to Theo Majid extended his side’s lead out to five touchdowns. Australian 18’s Boys representative, Mathew Couper, scored his second touchdown for the game, before CCC hit back through Andrew Heffernan. Player of the Final, Lachlan Pierce, continued his impressive game and scored his third touchdown of the half with 90 seconds remaining, to give QSST a six touchdown advantage and claim the title 13-7. NSWCCC’s Josh Rozairo was recognised for his impressive form throughout the event, being named Player of the Series. QSST 13 (Lachlan Pierce 3, Mathew Couper 2, Theo Majid 2, Jackson Luke 2, Jason Norford, Ashley Taylor, Marlon Doak, Luke Swan) defeated NSWCCC 7 (Jonathan Huskins 2, Wesley Sefuiva 2, Luke Tonegato, Andrew Heffernan, Macauley Dawson).Referees: David Baggio, Mick Medlin, Luke McKenzielast_img read more

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Oklahoma Fans Will Love What Nick Saban Said About Kyler Murray

first_imgKyler Murray throws a pass in warmups.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 22: Quarterback Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners throws during warm ups before the game against the Army Black Knights at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Black Knights 28-21 in overtime. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)If the Oklahoma Sooners are going to stun the college football world and defeat the Alabama Crimson Tide, then Kyler Murray will most likely have to put together a Herculean effort.On the other sideline will be Tua Tagovailoa, who is dynamic in his own right, but might not have the tools that Murray possesses. Although the Alabama quarterback is one of the best in the country, head coach Nick Saban is having trouble finding a player that can mimic the Heisman Trophy winner’s actions during practice.When discussing the team’s recent practices, Saban said “If we had someone who could duplicate what he does, we’d be playing him.”After dedicating the first few practices to fundamentals and a camp like feel, Alabama began game prep for Oklahoma today. Nick Saban said players got fed a lot of information today. Mimicking QB Kyler Murray is difficult, though, he added. “If we had… https://t.co/hweIkfnguO— Alex Scarborough (@AlexS_ESPN) December 17, 2018Clearly Saban is very impressed with the overall skillset of Murray.The Crimson Tide usually find a way to neutralize the opponent’s top offensive weapon, but this time around might be different. Whether he’s using his arm or his legs, Murray constantly gives opposing defensive coordinators headaches.The Orange Bowl will take place on Dec. 29 from Hard Rock Stadium.Kickoff is set for 8:00 p.m. ET, as it will be broadcast on ESPN.last_img read more

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Eagle Bulk Confirms Purchase of Nine Ultramaxes

first_imgzoom Connecticut-based operator of dry bulkers Eagle Bulk Shipping has received an approval to acquire up to nine Ultramax dry bulk sister vessels for a price of USD 153 million from Greenship Bulk.Under the deal, which was first unveiled in late February 2017, Eagle Bulk Shipping reached an agreement to acquire six Crown-63 Ultramaxes, while an additional 3 ships were contingent upon final approval from Greenship’s unit holders.“We are pleased to have been able to secure this fleet acquisition of 9 quality Ultramax vessels, and look forward to having them join Eagle’s fleet over the coming months,” Gary Vogel, Eagle Bulk’s CEO, said.Eagle Bulk said that all 9 vessels would be renamed after Connecticut coastal towns. Out of the nine ships, seven were constructed in 2013, while the remaining two were built in 2012 and 2015, respectively.With the addition of these nine vessels, the Eagle Bulk fleet will consist of 50 owned vessels, ranging in size from 50,000 to 65,000 dwt.last_img read more

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UNP confirms will put forward UNP candidate for President

The United National Party (UNP) today confirmed that it will put forward a UNP candidate for President at the next Presidential elections.UNP General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam confirmed the position of the UNP when responding to questions raised by journalists at an event today. Meanwhile UNP Media Spokesman Harin Fernando said that the 100 Day Program of the unity Government was an idea of all those who united to form the unity Government.He also admitted that the Government had failed to fulfill all the promises made under the 100 Day Program. (Colombo Gazette) The UNP had supported Maithripala Sirisena at the last Presidential elections and formed a unity Government. Kariyawasam also said that the UNP does not see any challenge even if former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa were to contest the 2020 Presidential elections. read more

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Dialogue peaceful dispute settlement indispensable to achieving peace El Salvador tells UN

. “As a country that has experienced an internal armed conflict for more than a decade that could yet find lasting solutions only through dialogue and negotiation, we know very well the importance of peaceful means to resolve differences,” he explained in his address to the UN General Assembly’s annual general debate. Citing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, he said that it is essential to recognize the positive contributions of migrants in destination societies. To that end, he advocated that the United States Government extend the Temporary Protection Status (TPS) to the thousands of Salvadorans living in that country. Turning to national issues, he stressed that El Salvador allocates more than half of public spending to education, health and safety. He also emphasized that his preventive approach to dealing with violence has halved homicides and extortion. Finally, he reiterated El Salvador’s commitment to disarmament, arms control, the fight against organized crime and the unity to address the challenges of climate change.Full statement (in Spanish) available here read more

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Nearly seven million drivers feeling blue with their car…

Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) …while just over six million see red every time they drive.Information in the SMMT Motor Industry FACTS 2002 booklet says that blue is the most popular colour for cars on UK roads, closely followed by red.The full list is:Blue 6.76 millionRed 6.58 millionSilver 3.16 millionWhite 3.14 millionGreen 2.93 millionThe information, taken from SMMT 2000 Motorparc data gives a detailed outlook on just what we British drive. The data suggests that the car in front of you is most likely to be UK-built, between one and three years old, with an engine size of 1900 – 2000 cc, driven by a man aged between 30 and 39.Information can be found on page 4 of the Motor Industry FACTS – 2002

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Mirabella calls for more women in parliament

first_imgFormer Liberal shadow minister Sophie Mirabella has called on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to boost the number of women in federal parliament, and has launched a cross-party campaign and petition to reinforce the message.Mrs Mirabella, now a fellow in public policy at the University of Melbourne, has drawn up a paper entitled ‘the Melbourne Declaration’, along with former Labor advisor, Nick Reece, to promote the idea.The declaration calls for new targets to ensure women make up at least 40 per cent of party officials, parliamentarians, ministers and shadow ministers, across all major parties and tiers of government.Mrs Mirabella said the goal is not a call for mandatory quotas, as operated by the ALP, which introduced a 35 per cent quota in 1994 and increased it to 40 per cent in 2002 for party and public office positions.The former Liberal MP told Neos Kosmos that debate about the Abbott cabinet’s level of female representation, along with pre-selection procedures in the Victorian election had both been catalysts for the initiative.“It got me thinking I could do something about this issue,” she said.“The Liberal Party is an aspirational party, and this is an aspiration; that within the next two preselection cycles, we aim for 40 per cent female representation”.Mrs Mirabella said it was unfair that women seeking preselection were asked about how they planned to manage a family, while men were not asked the same question.“Often women get asked ‘Who’s going to look after the children?’. A young male politician gets applauded for having a family, yet for an aspiring female politician it can be looked at as something of a challenge to be overcome,” she said.Mrs Mirabella has urged MPs, including the PM, to sign the petition, saying the lack of women in cabinet had become a “mainstream issue” and female participation in policy-making is an “electoral imperative”.Reflecting on her exit from parliament at the 2013 federal election, when she was defeated in the Victorian seat of Indi by independent Cathy McGowan, Mrs Mirabella said she would continue to offer her input to the Liberal Party.Asked if a return to parliamentary politics was a possibility, Mrs Mirabella said she had no such plans, and was enjoying spending more time parenting her two daughters.“Any female politician effectively leaves their spouse to be a single parent most of the time, and it’s been a blessing to have more time with my family.“I’m in a good, happy space, but I’ll continue to contribute to the party I’ve been a member of since I was 18 – in terms of reforms and policy development.”Reflecting on the Abbott government’s record in 2014 the former lawyer said that the Coalition “had succeeded in making good, significant election promises, but that it was always a challenge to communicate your agenda to the Australian population”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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ASA Will Seek Equitable Treatment for Soybeans in Senate Farm Bill

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) repeated its concerns that farm legislation reported by the House Agriculture Committee last week does not provide equitable income support for soybean producers. ASA endorsed the continuation of full planting flexibility, and the decision to include soybeans and other oilseeds as program crops. However, the fixed payments, target prices, and payment yields included in the House bill could distort production decisions in favor of crops already in greater surplus.“We are concerned that this policy would negatively affect soybean production at a time when domestic and world demand for soybeans is rapidly expanding,” said ASA President Bart Ruth of Rising City, Nebraska. “Soybean growers look forward to working with the Senate to develop a counter-cyclical income support program that is not tied to outdated bases and yields.”On Friday, the House Agriculture Committee approved the “Agricultural Act of 2001” (H.R. 2646), which would replace the 1996 Farm Bill that is set to expire after 2002 crops. The House bill provides that producers of traditional program crops, like corn, receive their current loan rates, the target prices they had prior to 1996, and their 2002 Agricultural Marketing Transition Act (AMTA) payment. Producers would have a one-time option to update their base to the 1998-2001 period, and to include oilseed crops as part of their income support under the bill.Oilseeds have never been classified as “program” crops, and are not eligible for AMTA payments to support farm income. In place of other benefits, oilseed producers have depended on the marketing loan program. They have received an oilseed payment as part of the Market Loss Assistance provided in the last two years, but it has been less on a per bushel basis than the Supplemental AMTA payments made to program crop producers.ASA commended the Committee for reauthorizing non-recourse Marketing Assistance Loans and for restricting multi-year support to crops eligible to be planted on base acres. ASA also was pleased the Committee reauthorized the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), and established a voluntary conservation incentive program. However, ASA opposed the decision to increase the cap on CRP to 40 million acres because additional funding should be targeted at improving conservation on lands currently used for agricultural production.Regarding export programs, ASA had urged the committee to establish a minimum annual funding level of $43.25 million for the Foreign Market Development Program. The Committee approved $35 million a year through 2011. ASA had called for increased funding for the Food for Progress programs, and the Committee increased transportation and administration funding. ASA was pleased the Committee increased annual funding for the Market Access Program from $90 million to $200 million a year through 2011.ASA also supports continuation and funding of the Research Initiative for Future Agricultural Systems, for which the Committee set a program level of $120 million per year through 2011. ASA had also urged authorization of a Biotechnology in Agricultural Trade program, to expand public and private sector efforts to educate and inform developing countries about the benefits of agricultural biotechnology. However, the Committee took no action on this proposal.last_img read more

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Making Video Pay

first_imgVideo ad options include pre-roll and post-roll spots and video overlays. Themis’ latest addition is a custom video skin that surrounds the video player. Themis is also capitalizing on an emerging business model called “cost-per-completion” advertising. “In other words, the advertiser will pay you for completed pre-roll rather than just the beginning of a pre-roll,” says Macris. “That’s important for advertisers because a lot of users on YouTube are randomly surfing and if they hit a pre-roll ad, they stop and go to another video. Advertisers don’t want to pay for people who haven’t been exposed to the ad.”Macris says Themis has a 97 percent completion rate for its pre-roll advertising and gets a $25 to $30 CPM on pre-rolls. Video skins offer a $45 CPM with a 6 percent to 10 percent clickthough rate. “This is definitely more expensive than doing text-based Web content, but if you factor in that you can get a $5 CPM for display ads and a $25 CPM for video ads, it’s pretty clear this is a good investment,” he adds. Macris also contends that original video is immune to ad networks driving pricing down. “Unlike display ads, video ads are holding strong because it’s harder to find premium video,” he says. “So many ad networks are aggregating poor display ads that it’s forcing the market down. If people want to advertise with user generated content, they go to YouTube, they don’t need ad networks for that.” However, video advertising won’t work for all markets–or all products. “If they don’t have a great 15-30 second spot or a product that works with that, then it’s not the right fit,” says Macris. “If they’re doing a movie or new game, great. If they’re doing a book, not so much. The biggest misconception is that they can do longer pre-rolls than they can. Advertisers want to do five-minute pre-rolls. Maybe you can do that before a movie but on the Web, most of the content they’re coming to see is five minutes long.” While Macris says print has taken the brunt of ad dollars shifting to online video to date, online dollars will be diverted from television budgets going forward. “You’re going to see a shift toward larger budgets and better ad units, because more people are substituting online video for their TV viewing.” Video is increasingly being packaged with social media campaigns. Themis builds videos that may feature a Twitter hash tag that allows the consumer to interact with the brand (Themis built a similar social media package for the Aliens vs. Predator game series). “Ultimately, when you can offer a complete solution, that’s where you’ll derive value,” says Macris. “The pricing gets complex but you have to look at the ROI for the client and the cost for creating these custom units. It ends up being a mix of creative and media spend for the client.” With some exceptions, online video has proven to be a more effective editorial tool than revenue stream for magazine publishers. And as resources continue to shrink, even that may be declining-new data from video technology platform Brightcove says magazine sites streamed 174 million videos in the second quarter of 2010, down 7 percent from the first quarter. That decline comes after eight consecutive quarters of growth in video streams (although magazine and newspapers continue to post more online video that other media outlets, according to Brightcove). However, some publishers are having tremendous success with video as a revenue generator provided it’s the right fit for the market and the publisher invests in developing quality original video, rather than thinking they can magically tap into user generated content. Themis Media, a publisher of video game related content, sees more revenue and more traffic from original video than any other channel, with about 7 million video streams generating around 25 million page views. “Our strategy is to create branded series,” says president and CEO Alex Macris, who points to popular Themis video shows targeting gamer culture such as Zero Punctuation, Escape to the Movies and Unskippable. “As a result, we create loyal users to watch shows they know about instead of aimlessly searching through the vagaries of user generated content.” last_img read more

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Shivakumar meets rebel Congress MLA Nagaraj in Bengaluru asks

first_imgBengaluru: Amid ongoing political turmoil in Karnataka, Congress leader D K Shivakumar visited the residence of Congress MLA and state minister MTB Nagaraj early on Saturday morning to convince him to take back his resignation. Hoskote MLA Nagaraj and Chikballapur Congress MLA Dr K Sudhakar resigned from the Assembly on July 10. Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar had ruled out accepting their resignations “overnight”. “Two MLAs Dr K Sudhakar and MTB Nagaraj have resigned from the Assembly. I have not accepted any resignation, I cannot do it overnight like that. I have given them time on 17th. I will go through the procedure and take a decision,” Kumar had said on July 10 while speaking to media persons in Bengaluru. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Meanwhile, on Friday, the Supreme Court took up the pleas of 10 dissident MLAs and directed the Speaker to maintain status quo on their resignation and disqualification till July 16. The 13-month-old Congress-JD(S) government slumped into crisis following the resignation of 10 MLAs from the membership of the state Assembly last week.last_img read more

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Duo Noire Performs at Georgetown

first_imgDuo Noire, featuring classical guitarists Thomas Flippin and Christopher Mallett, are scheduled to perform on Sept., 29 at Georgetown University, 37th and O St., NW at 1:15 p.m. The event is free and the duo will perform audience friendly pieces that were commissioned by highly accomplished female composers, such as Clarice Assad, Courtney Bryan, and more. A panel discussion will also be held to discuss “Women in Music: Current Disparities and Ways to Address Them.” Panelists include Alexandra Gardner, Shannon Gunn, Anna Pidgorna, Ariel Elizabeth Shelton, and Annika Socolofsky. For more information, visit georgetown.edu.Duo Noire, featuring classical guitarists Thomas Flippin and Christopher Mallett, performs at Georgetown. (Courtesy photo/guevents.georgetown.edu)last_img

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HandsOn Links Awakening Switch Remake Is a Gorgeous Dream

first_img Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on Switch Stay on target With so many video game “remakes” these days just being HD remasters of the original games, it’s nice to see more developers going back to their old classics and totally reimagining them from the ground up with the best of what modern technology can offer. The Resident Evil 2 remake provides stunning visuals. The Final Fantasy VII remake has more expressive storytelling. And after playing The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening on Nintendo Switch, I can tell you it has both.First off, how great is it that this game even exists on the Switch? As Nintendo’s next home console, it’s cool but expected for the system to have a huge 3D adventure like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. But the Switch is also a portable, and as a continuation of that legacy I love that a remake of a Game Boy game can stand on that same pedestal. What I’m saying is, I’m glad this isn’t a 3DS game. I hope it’s a Switch Mini game, too.However, I am thankful for A Link Between Worlds on 3DS for creating this template for a modern top-down Zelda game. Link moves fluidity across the open world without pausing to swap between screens. The deceptively simple combat has you slashing with your sword, blocking with your shield, and monitoring enemy patterns for openings. Enemies even have new techniques like backing up while preparing to toss spears. I’ll admit it took me a beat to get used to this traditional combat after the rhythmic stylings of Cadence of Hyrule.AdChoices广告More important than the action though is the sense of adventure. And while I’ve already played Link’s Awakening before (it’s my favorite 2D Zelda because of how cozy and bonkers it is) seeing it in this new form felt like the first steps of something grand. I walked across the beach for my weapons, ventured into some spooky woods, and of course pushed some blocks around to find my way home. This was just the beginning of the game, before collecting clever puzzle-solving key items for charging and jumping and conjuring magic. And as the world opens up, you have more options for actively customizing your map, which feels very much like Breath of the Wild.Link’s Awakening on Switch promises to be faithful to the original, remixing the already wacky content where it makes sense and offering bonus features like a dungeon editor. But obviously the biggest improvement over the monochrome sprite-based Game Boy version is the absolutely gorgeous graphical style. Watching the adorable new Link we must protect trot his way through this tilt-shift toy diorama version of Koholint Island and its surrounding nature is arresting in person. Everything is so alluringly tangible and pleasingly soft and well-lit. The only reminder that this is a video game is an unstable framerate we hope gets fixed before the September 20 release date.The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening isn’t the only cool Switch game to look forward to. Here are some great Nintendo Switch games you can play right now.last_img read more

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Mans farting leads to midflight brawl and emergency landing

first_img Share Tags: LOL << Previous PostNext Post >> DUBAI — A gas leak led to the emergency landing of a Transavia Airlines last week. But in a surprising – and hilarious – turn of events, the leak wasn’t coming from the plane but rather from an unsuspecting elderly man.While flying on Flight HV6902 from Dubai to Amsterdam, the flatulent man in question couldn’t help but release a few stink bombs, enraging two of his male seatmates who huffed and puffed through it all. They complained to the airline crew who reportedly did nothing to clear the air, and became increasingly aggressive until the pilot was forced to issue them a warning.The situation intensified, leading to a fight on the plane and prompting the pilot to make an emergency landing at Vienna airport. There, police boarded the flight and removed the two men, along with two sisters who were sitting in the same row as unfortunate bystanders.The women, who are of Moroccan and Dutch descent, are now taking Transavia to court for racial profiling.More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?“We had nothing to do with the whole disturbance. We distance ourselves from that. The blunt attitude of the Transavia flight attendants was wrong from the start of the flight,” Nora Lachhab, 25, told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. “Do they sometimes thing that all Moroccans cause problems? That’s why we do not let it sit.”She added: “We had no idea who these boys were, we just had the bad luck to be in the same row and we didn’t do anything. All I will say is that the crew were really provocative and stirred things up.”The budget airline claims the sisters were also involved in the fight and has since banned all four passengers from future flights. And the man who prompted the whole situation with his fart bombs? He got to stay on the flight.No reports whether he passed the remaining time to Amsterdam by passing gas, but the odds are good. Travelweek Group center_img Posted by Man’s farting leads to mid-flight brawl and emergency landing Thursday, February 22, 2018 last_img read more

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Vivid Sydney to run for five extra nights in 2016

first_imgVivid SydneyMinister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres said the extraordinary growth of Vivid Sydney is undeniable.“In just seven years, Vivid Sydney has established itself as the largest festival of its kind in Australia, attracting a record 1.7 million people in 2015,” Mr Ayres said.“The festival has been instrumental in reinforcing Sydney as the creative industries’ hub in the Asia-Pacific region and transforming a traditionally quiet visitor period into one of the year’s busiest, delivering a record $63.2 million in visitor expenditure to NSW last year.”More than 112,000 international and domestic overnight travellers specifically visited NSW to enjoy Vivid Sydney in 2015, an increase of 25 per cent on 2014.“Expanding the festival to 23 nights is a significant opportunity for our State’s creative, live performance and hospitality businesses as well as the travel industry to extend the positive benefits Vivid Sydney brings to the visitor economy,” Mr Ayres added.“Sydney is the events capital of Australia and Vivid Sydney is its star, and one that will shine even brighter in 2016.”Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer and Executive Producer of Vivid Sydney, Sandra Chipchase, said expanding the festival in 2016 will give visitors more time to experience the spectacular light, music and ideas that illuminate the Harbour City each winter.“Visitors from across the globe travel to Vivid Sydney. Last year more than 26,000 international visitors came here on Vivid Sydney travel packages and were able to see our iconic buildings bathed in vibrant colour, attend fantastic music events, hear world renowned speakers and see the city transformed into an outdoor gallery on a huge scale,” Ms Chipchase said.Vivid Sydney is owned, managed and produced by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.Vivid Sydney will be held from Friday, 27 May to Saturday, 18 June. Vivid Sydney [/su_gmap]Source = Destination NSWlast_img read more

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roomsXML – More Suppliers Hot Deals

first_img View Competition Details HereSource = roomsXML.com roomsXML – More Suppliers, Hot Deals www.roomsxml.comroomsXML – More Suppliers, Hot DealsEnter the  “Warm Feet – Hot Deals” competition here.For the second time in its history, roomsXML passed 95,000 unique hotels in May 2016.For the second time?Mark Luckey, roomsXML’s managing director Asia-Pacific, explains.“About four years ago we approached 100,000 unique properties. We completed a de-duplication exercise and decided to only support three, four and five star properties. Our metrics showed the problems associated with the lower star rated properties meant it was just not worthwhile offering them for sale.”Since then, roomsXML has added a number of large and region-specific suppliers and utilised emerging technologies for cost-effective direct contracts with hotels.“It’s about having the properties that people want at good prices. So as we add new supply chains, we cut out the rubbish to ensure that we just have the quality properties. Our prices for check in 2017 are extremely competitive”Off the back of a strong year of growth and winning the most prestigious award at WTM (amongst others), roomsXML created demand throughout the global land supply chain network.“Combined with achieving operational efficiencies, more suppliers means that not only have our prices continued to drop against our competition, suppliers are incentivising us to get more of our business. We are reinvesting those incentives back into the business to stimulate growth and on a local front, collaborating with “Sheepfeet” for a bit of fun!”To celebrate roomsXML are running a competition across Australia for bookings made before the end of July with arrival dates after 1 January 2017.To enter the competition, click here or visit www.roomsxml.com roomsXML.comdiscover more herelast_img read more

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More Borrowers are Refinancing But Not Through HARP

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, News Share HARP Home Affordable Refinance Program Mortgage Refinances 2016-08-18 Seth Welborn The low mortgage rate environment has created an incentive for homeowners to refinance. But fewer and fewer of them are doing it through the government’s Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP).The total number of refinances completed through HARP now stands at approximately 3.42 million as of the end of June 2016, according to FHFA’s Q2 Refinance Report released Thursday. Though the number of total HARP refinances topped more than 3.4 million and the total refinance volume increased in June, the 18,310 borrowers who refinanced through HARP in the second quarter represented only 4 percent of total refinances—the lowest share for HARP since Q2 2009, when the program was launched.HARP, which was launched in early 2009 to help borrowers who are current on their mortgage payments, but have little or no equity in their home, to take advantage of low interest rates and other refinancing benefits, is scheduled to expire at the end of this year. With time winding down for HARP, FHFA estimates there are still a few hundred thousand borrowers nationwide who are eligible to refinance through the program.“There are still more than 323,000 U.S. borrowers  eligible for the program who have a financial incentive to refinance, as of the first quarter of 2016,” FHFA stated in its report. “These so called ‘in-the-money’ borrowers meet the basic HARP eligibility requirements, have a remaining balance of $50,000 or more on their mortgage, have a remaining term on their loan of greater than 10 years, and their mortgage interest rate is at least 1.5 percent higher than current market rates.”FHFA estimates that eligible borrowers who refinance through HARP can save approximately $2,400 per year on mortgage payments. The Agency has made attempts to reach borrowers eligible for HARP through a series of outreach events in cities with the most eligible borrowers (Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit, Miami, Newark, and Phoenix), webinars, websites, and social media campaigns.Slightly more than one-quarter (26 percent) of HARP refinances as of the end of Q2 were for 15- or 20-year mortgages, which typically build equity faster than 30-year mortgages. FHFA also reported that 10 states accounted for more than 60 percent of remaining HARP-eligible borrowers who have an incentive to refinance: Florida, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Georgia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, California, New York and Maryland.center_img August 18, 2016 536 Views More Borrowers are Refinancing, But Not Through HARPlast_img read more

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Kicker Chandler Catanzaro had been good in camp t

first_imgKicker Chandler Catanzaro had been good in camp, though he had a rough go of it Wednesday missing three straight field goals at one point. Now, two of them were from 50-yards out, but still, not his best work.A few Cardinals defenders received some colorful language from coach Bruce Arians after they tackled a bit too aggressively in some plays.NotableBackup QB Drew Stanton had a scheduled day off, meaning Logan Thomas got the bulk of the second-team reps. Locked in a battle for the third QB job, Thomas appears to be doing a solid job of making his case. Chandler Harnish was the third QB in the pecking order Wednesday.Speaking of the quarterbacks, they appeared to be doing more work out of the shotgun than they have so far.Kerwynn Williams once again was the team’s starting RB, as Andre Ellington and David Johnson continued to sit with hamstring injuries.Gannon Sinclair was the third TE, along with Fells and Momah, in three tight end sets.Quotable“I think so.  I won’t admit that to them, but I understand what their thinking is.  You got to stay in your lane.  You got to do what you do, know what you know and leave medical decisions to the experts that we have.” – Carson Palmer on if his scheduled day off Tuesday was helpful The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo GLENDALE, Ariz. — It may be “Camp Cupcake,” but at least one hair has been found baked inside what should have been a tasty pastry.Eww.The Arizona Cardinals had been dealing with their fair share of injuries early in camp, most of which were related to hamstrings and not considered to be all that serious.However, receiver Michael Floyd left practice early Wednesday, and though there have been conflicting reports as to the severity of his injury, chances are he won’t be back on the field soon. Comments   Share    “No, I haven’t.  It’s a remarkable story that he can play quarterback with his vision.  I was one of those ones like, if we fix it, (expletive) he might see a lot of (expletive) that he don’t want to see.  All them guys coming after him.  Like he said, he’s used to it, so maybe we’ll fix  it later.” – Bruce Arians on if he’s ever had a QB with the kind of vision problems Phillip Sims has“You always want to seize every opportunity and try to make the best of every opportunity presented in front of you, so I’m just trying to make the best of the extra time that I’m getting.” – Kerwynn Williams on receiving first-team reps with Andre Ellington and David Johnson sidelinedA highlight because those are fun Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactcenter_img .@_thajizzleman went up, and GOT IT!#CardsCamp https://t.co/5dc1qcewXu— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) August 5, 2015Up NextThe Cardinals have Thursday off before getting back on the field Friday. They will have a walkthrough in the morning and then their usual 2 p.m. practice in the afternoon.– / 38 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Receiver John Brown holds up the football after scoring a touchdown during Arizona Cardinals training camp Aug. 5. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling That’s the big story to come out of Wednesday’s afternoon practice, and with the team off Thursday, there’s a good chance we won’t hear anything official until Friday.The GoodCarson Palmer was back on the field and let’s just say there is a noticeable difference in the quality of play when No. 3 is out there. He had a nice long TD pass to a wide-open John Brown on one play during 11-on-11, as well as a host of other throws that saw him put excellent touch and/or accuracy to fit the ball into tight spaces.Rookie receiver J.J. Nelson made a leaping catch along the sideline to snare a Chandler Harnish pass.Safety Brandon Person dove in front a receiver to break up a Phillip Sims pass late in practice.The BadObviously Floyd’s injury leads the list, and by a wide margin. He was not the only Cardinal to go down Wednesday, though, as lineman John Fullington was carted off the field after suffering what appeared to be a left knee injury.Sims did not appear to have his best day on the field. His reads weren’t necessarily bad, just too many throws ended up on the ground.Darren Fells dropped at least one pass he should have caught. Ifeanyi Momah and Gannon Sinclair also had some issues holding onto catchable passes.last_img read more

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Arizona Cardinals fans cheer during the first half

first_imgArizona Cardinals fans cheer during the first half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 1 Comments   Share   Top Stories The Cardinals will start selling single game tickets for the 2017 season on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Arizona time.To try and help keep their home-field advantage, the first two hours of the sale will be available exclusively to those with an Arizona zip code.Residents outside of Arizona can also begin purchasing single game tickets starting at noon on Saturday.For their marquee matchups that include the Sept. 25 game vs. Dallas, the Nov. 9 game vs. Seattle and the Christmas Eve contest against the Giants, there will be a limit of four tickets per order. Fans can only purchase tickets through Ticketmaster, either on www.ticketmaster.com or over the phone at 800-745-3000.If you miss out on the Ticketmaster sale, starting on Monday, July 17 tickets will also be available at the Cardinals Tempe Training Facility box office (8:30 AM-5:00 PM) and the University of Phoenix Stadium box office (10:00 AM-6:00 PM).Tickets may go quick though, the team has sold out all 114 games they’ve played in their 11 years at University of Phoenix Stadium. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

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December 14 2007 The Arcosanti annual Christma

first_imgDecember 14, 2007 The Arcosanti annual Christmas party took place on Wednesday, December 12. 2007. The party started with a pot-luck of appetizers and snacks and a delicious dinner prepared by the cafe staff. Paolo Soleri and Dr. Sparks, aka Michael Bittman. [Photo: Maggie Lamb & text: sa] Paolo Soleri, with the exuberant help of elf Jeffrey Michael, gave out individual Christmas bonuses. Everyone also received a tiny commemorative bronze bell and a new edition of Quaderno #3, Earth Casting. It was a lot of fun. [Photo: Maggie Lamb & text: sa]last_img

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