Urban Meyer Names The Big 10 Game He’s Most Looking Forward To

first_imgohio state head coach urban meyer after his final gamePASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer celebrates winning the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Urban Meyer is back at the analyst’s desk this weekend for the first time in nearly a decade. Ahead of Week 1 of the college football season, the former Florida and Ohio State head coach identified one game he’s especially looking forward to.Speaking to Gerry Dinardo of the Big Ten Network, Meyer said he was “jacked” for the game between Northwestern and Stanford. The two sides are slated to face off on Saturday afternoon at Stanford Stadium.Meyer explained that he found the match very compelling because of how evenly matched they seem to be. He was very fond of head coaches David Shaw and Pat Fitzgerald.For Northwestern specifically, he felt that seeing them play on television will be great for the program’s development.”I’m jacked. I can’t wait to see (Northwestern vs. Stanford).”– @OSUCoachMeyer has more time to watch other games these days, and he explains to @gerrydinardo why he’ll have his 👀 on @NUFBFamily vs. Stanford: pic.twitter.com/b9y4VQbHLd— Northwestern On BTN (@NUOnBTN) August 28, 2019The 2018 season was a banner year for the Wildcats. They won the Big Ten West Division before losing to Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game.Northwestern also made their ninth bowl appearance in the last 11 years, winning the Holiday Bowl over Utah.As for Stanford, they finished unranked after finishing 9-4 with a Sun Bowl victory over ACC runner-up Pitt.Look forward to more elaboration from Meyer this weekend as he makes his debut on the new Fox Sports Big Noon Kickoff College Football Pregame Show.last_img read more

India vs Pakistan: Rohit Sharma’s cheeky reply to Pakistani journalist will make you smile

first_img India Today Web Desk ManchesterJune 17, 2019UPDATED: June 17, 2019 10:21 IST While Rohit scored 140, Pandya made 26 before picking 2 Pakistani wickets (AP)HIGHLIGHTSIndia beat Pakistan by 89 runs via DLS method at Old Trafford on SundayRohit Sharma was adjudged the Man of the Match for his scintillating 140Rohit refused to rank his lates century on the list of his top ODI knocksIndian 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 CupsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Rohit SharmaFollow World Cup 2019Follow India vs Pakistan advertisement No data available! commentary Next view more view less graphs scorecard India vs Pakistan: Rohit Sharma’s cheeky reply to Pakistani journalist will make you smileIndia vs Pakistan: Man of the match Rohit Sharma had a witty answer when asked for his advice to Pakistan batsmen after the opener laid the foundation of India’s 89-run victory in their World Cup 2019 clash on Sundaylast_img read more

Philly Shipyard Hands Over 1st LNGReady Tanker to APT

first_imgImage Courtesy: Philly ShipyardUS-based Philly Shipyard (PSI) has delivered the American Endurance, the first of four 50,000 dwt product tankers being built for American Petroleum Tankers (APT), a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan.The American Endurance is part of a USD 568 million agreement signed between Kinder Morgan and Philly Tankers in August 2015. Under the agreement, Kinder Morgan said it will take assignment of contracts for the construction of four new 50,000 dwt, Tier II tankers to be built at Philly Shipyard (formerly known as Aker Philadelphia Shipyard).Featuring a length of 183 meters and a width of 32.2 meters, the American Endurance has a carrying capacity of 14.5 million gallons of crude oil or refined products, according to the shipyard.The next generation product tanker is based on a Hyundai Mipo Dockyards (HMD) design that incorporates numerous fuel efficiency features, flexible cargo capability, and the latest regulatory requirements, Philly Shipyard said.The vessel was constructed with consideration for the use of LNG for propulsion in the future and has also received LNG Ready Level 1 approval from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS).“Today’s delivery of our 25th vessel, aptly named the American Endurance, is a profound symbol of the shipbuilding legacy we have continued since re-opening in 1997. In collaboration with American Petroleum Tankers, we are proud of our contributions to renew the current tanker fleet with a more modern and environmentally friendly design,” Philly Shipyard said.The shipyard said it has commenced construction of three other 50,000 dwt tankers for APT, with the deliveries planned in 2017.last_img read more

Ocean Technology Sector Growing Creating Good Jobs

first_imgMore Nova Scotians are getting good jobs, and more young people are planning careers in the province’s thriving ocean technology sector. Innovative businesses from across the province showcased products and the wide range of career opportunities available to Nova Scotians, today, June 6, at the Oceans Career Fair and Industry Showcase. “Nova Scotia’s ocean technology sector has doubled its revenues from $500 million to over $1 billion in just a few years. This growth creates good jobs and exciting career opportunities for our young people,” said Graham Steele, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “Today’s event gives students an opportunity to meet employers, and celebrates talented Nova Scotians who are inventing, developing and producing sophisticated, innovative products made here for the world.” Ocean Sonics, in Great Village, Colchester Co., specializes in instruments to record and process ocean sound. The company’s Smart Hydrophones are used around the world to provide precise measurements of ocean sound. “Nova Scotia is home to world-class knowledge and innovation in ocean technology. All of the research and development happening here is helping small businesses like ours to compete and succeed globally,” said Desiree Stockermans, operations director, Ocean Sonics. “We’re looking for smart students who want a career in ocean technology, and to stay and build their lives here in Nova Scotia.” More than 80 Nova Scotian students enrolled in ocean technology, engineering and science programs at universities and colleges, along with close to 30 ocean technology companies, are participating in the event. “As a student soon to be entering the workforce, I am optimistic about Nova Scotia’s growth in the marine and ocean technology industries,” said Leah McConney, Master of Marine Management Candidate in Dalhousie University’s Marine Affairs Program. “The interdisciplinary education I received has prepared me well for the future and given me a competitive advantage in my career search.” With more than 200 companies, including 60 businesses that make their own high-tech products and deliver innovative services, and hundreds of marine researchers, Nova Scotia is quickly becoming an international leader in this sector. Ocean technology companies account for 20 per cent of all research and development by Nova Scotia businesses. The province is also home to globally recognized, ground-breaking oceans research at places such as the Bedford Institute of Oceanography and the National Research Council Marine Biosciences Facility. The province released an update today to its 2011 sector profile, Defined by the Sea: Nova Scotia’s Oceans Technology Sector Present and Future. It outlines Nova Scotia’s progress and the potential the sector continues to hold. It is available at http://novascotia.ca/econ/docs/ocean-technology-update-June-6-2013.pdf . The Defined by the Sea report is available at www.gov.ns.ca/econ/sectors/oceans/ . The career fair and showcase, the province’s first ever for this sector, is organized by the Oceans Technology Council of Nova Scotia. It is one of many events being held across the province to mark Oceans Week, June 3 to 8.last_img read more

Backstreet Boys AJ McLean Wants Us To All Live Together

first_imgBackstreet Boys member AJ McLean has released a powerful new music video for his new song, “Live Together.”Video: AJ McLean – Live Together ft. Jordan JamesMcLean partnered with friend and songwriter Jordan James (Lady Gaga, Becky G) to produce this meaningful new track after becoming fed up with all the negativity in the world today.The video, directed by Jordan James, tackles the tough social issues of racism, homophobia, and police brutality. McLean even enlisted the “Backstreet Army” to help make the video come together over it’s three day shoot at Disney’s Golden Oak Ranch.In addition, all proceeds from the song will go to McLean’s recently launched Live Together Foundation (LFT). Thanks to donations from the Backstreet Army fans, LFT was able to help a Pasadena high school fix it’s vandalized music room.For more info on the Live Together Foundation, click here.last_img read more

Does viral easyJet picture reveal gap in safety regs or procedures

first_imgOn an initial level, assurances from the airline that it took the seats without seatbacks out of service satisfied the general media.But subsequent details from the airline and the UK Civil Aviation Authority regulator in response to questions from RGN raise questions about whether passengers seated behind these inoperative seats were placed in unsafe situations.It seems easyJet operated 12B and 12C, the seats behind the missing seatbacksAn early statement from an easyJet spokesperson confirmed to RGN that “just the two seats affected” were taken out of service. RGN imagines this would be 11B and 11C seats, the ones with missing seatbacks.A photograph from a different angle published online, believed to be the aircraft concerned, show two inoperative seat notices on 11B and 11C but not the seats behind in row 12.It is unclear whether a passenger was seated in or behind 11A in the affected row.There are also questions as to whether overwing door 3L — the door in row 11 — should have been counted as operational with passengers missing from its row, and whether the passenger in 12A was also put at risk in the event of a head impact incident.The most severe risks, it would seem, would be to passengers seated in 12B and 12C, immediately behind the missing seatbacks.It appears from statements issued by the airline and its regulator, the CAA, that easyJet seated passengers in these seats.In an early response to an email from RGN with the initial viral photograph, a CAA spokesperson said:We have discussed this with easyJet and are satisfied the seats in the photograph were inoperative and not used by passengers during the flight. We do not think easyJet breached and regulations by seating pax in the row behind the inoperative row. [sic]Either the CAA’s interpretation of regulations is flawed or the specifications have a serious gap in their applicationThe regulations and specifications covering certification of airline seats in Europe include the EASA Certification Specifications CS25.562, the combined FAR/JAR/CS 25.785, the European Technical Standard Order ETSO 127, the SAE ARP5526 standard, and FAA Advisory Circular guidance material interpreting the parallel US regulations to CS25.562 (14 CFR § 25.562).This FAA Advisory Circular guidance material — 25.562-1B, Dynamic Evaluation of Seat Restraint Systems and Occupant Protection on Transport Airplanes — is also used within Europe.Statements from easyJet and the CAA seem to be at odds with the certification guidance. Neither the airline nor the regulator provided responses to questions about how and why their interpretations of this guidance differed from the relatively clear wording of this Advisory Circular.“Philosophically, the objective of the requirement is to test the critical structural configuration (that is, the seat with the critically stressed components in the primary load path). The primary structural load path and other components that influence occupant injury criteria (for example, HIC or shoulder restraint retention) are evaluated to generate the baseline certification tests,” the Advisory Circular reads.“In all cases, the test article must be representative of the final production article in all structural elements and must include the seat cushions, restraints, and armrests. It must also include a functioning position adjustment mechanism and correctly adjusted breakover (if present),” it says.That would seem to imply that seats cannot be tested without seatbacks, and are thus not certified missing these or any other structural element.Crucially, according to the Advisory Circular, “the primary load path for row-to-row HIC tests typically includes components in the seat assemblies, such as those installed on the seat back (for example, food tray tables, video monitors, and telephones), recline mechanism, breakover devices, seat back energy absorbers, seat back attachment hardware and, in some cases, arm rests.”Those energy absorbers in particular would be directly relevant to the situation as presented here.And, lastly, referring to the behavior of the anthropomorphic test dummies (ATDs) that simulate humans in seats, the Advisory Circular notes that “Some components affect the positioning of the occupant in the seat place that in turn can influence ATD dynamic response and occupant injury criteria. Examples include seat bottom cushions, bottom cushion support, armrests, and seat backs.”It would immediately seem evident from a simple examination of the photograph that the armrests, breakover bolts and other structural elements of the seats present a clear and present danger to passengers in the event of a crash, within the required yaw boundaries of the tests.“These injury criteria are dependent on seat pitch, seat positions occupied, and the effect of hard structures within the path of head excursions in the ±10 degrees yaw attitude range of the Test 2 conditions,” states the Advisory Circular, with diagrams and other references making it clear that the armrests alone in the absence of a seatback would pose a safety hazard.Seatmaker experts seem to disagree with the CAA’s interpretationRGN was unable to ask the seatmaker of the specific seats for certification details because easyJet could not identify the seats. RGN is given to understand the seats concerned are the Weber AI-1000 model, but neither easyJet nor Safran Seats, a predecessor of which absorbed Weber, could confirm, although an online secondhand seat market shows easyJet’s distinctive orange square fabric pattern on seats listed as AI-1000, noting that these seats are subject to the modern 16g certification under TSO-C127a and other relevant regulations. Safran Seats, citing staff absent on holiday, could not confirm whether the seats were indeed AI-1000.RGN is given to understand that these seats are Weber AI-1000, but neither the airline nor the seatmaker could confirm. Image: John WaltonExperts from seatmakers and a non-CAA regulator spoke on background with RGN. The seatmakers spoke on the basis of not being named so as not to adversely affect commercial negotiations, while the regulator provided information on background, not for attribution.The seatmaker experts RGN spoke with said that seats are not generally certified row-to-row with missing structural elements such as seatbacks, as clearly specified in the FAA Advisory Circular.If seats were not tested and certified as safe with major structural elements like the seatback missing, that would be a serious safety issue.A CAA spokesperson told RGN that “We do not think that the seat row behind the inoperative row should automatically have been taken out of use. There are no regulations that would require this to happen, however, it is for the operator to determine whether this row was acceptable for passenger use.”Yet that CAA spokesperson followed up shortly afterwards in response to an RGN question, saying, “As far as I am aware we did not directly discuss the row behind with easyJet.”RGN specifically asked both easyJet and the CAA to cite regulations that would permit operation of seats immediately behind missing seatbacks, in the face of multiple regulations stating clearly that seats would not be certified with missing seatbacks in front of them. Neither the airline nor the regulator responded.After followups from RGN, the CAA said only, “We are aware of this particular incident and are in contact with the airline to determine whether any further action is required.”Meanwhile, easyJet responded that, “Although at no point was safety compromised, as an internal investigation is ongoing we are unable to provide any further detail while this is taking place but we will review any resulting recommendations with a view to implementing them.”Related Articles:Exit row seating age raises safety questionsOp-Ed: Airline industry must not rely on good luck to prevent disaster NTSB highlights FAA failures in “too close for comfort” AA383 evacNo room for error: How the design of cabin safety equipment worksAfter SWA 1380, is it time for a deep human factors study of emergencies?Virtual reality tool to help you choose a better aircraft seatInteractive aircraft safety cards of the future make their debut When easyJet removed two seatbacks from one of its in-service aircraft, it didn’t imagine that a single photograph from a passenger of the non-functional seats — and an ill-judged demand from its social media team to remove the photo — would set off an Internet firestorm.Despite some confusion about the flight number, data from Flightradar24 and Airfleets.net suggest this aircraft was G-EZDI, a 12-year-old Airbus A319. It seems the aircraft operated from LTN to GVA and back on 6 August, arriving in Luton at 1123 and not departing again until 0708 the next morning, which would coincide with an easyJet statement to Runway Girl Network that it took the aircraft out of service for repairs.The seats concerned would seem to be 11B and 11C, the middle and aisle seats in the second emergency exit row on the left hand side of the aircraft (easyJet’s high-density A319s have, unusually, two overwing exit rows). #easyjet beats @Ryanair to have backless seats. @IATA @EASA this is flight 2021 Luton to Geneva. How can this be allowed. @GeneveAeroport @easyJet_press @easyJet pic.twitter.com/EthMoWRR8P— Matthew Harris (@mattiasharris) August 6, 2019last_img read more

Press Release Spirit to connect with guests via WhatsApp

first_imgSpirit Airlines, the fastest growing airline in the United States, continues its commitment to invest in the Guest experience with an industry-leading technology to connect with its Guests via the messaging application WhatsApp.Beginning in September, the technology, powered by global conversational commerce solutions provider LivePerson, will open a new direct line of communication between Spirit’s English and Spanish-speaking Guest Relations and Reservations teams and the millions of Spirit Guests in the United States, the Caribbean, and Latin America, who already use WhatsApp every day. “We launched this service to better connect with our Guests, both domestically and abroad, as many have told us that they would rather communicate on a familiar and convenient service like WhatsApp,” said Bobby Schroeter, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Spirit Airlines. “We know WhatsApp is incredibly popular in the United States, but also in the more than two dozen destinations we serve in the Caribbean and Latin America. From travel updates to adding a bag to your reservation, this new messaging service allows Guests to communicate with us in English and Spanish and to opt in to WhatsApp messaging. It is all part of our goal to elevate and improve our Guest experience.” The launch of WhatsApp support comes as a direct result of Spirit’s new partnership with LivePerson, a global leader in conversational commerce solutions. Beyond WhatsApp, the partnership also makes it possible for Spirit Guests who call to get immediate support by opting to begin a messaging conversation with Spirit representatives instead.  These new Guest solutions will also leverage LivePerson’s new AI-powered Maven Assist capability, which recommends the optimal next actions for human agents to take, including surfacing content or suggesting virtual assistants capable of responding to a Guest’s intent. Guests will still retain the ability to message with a live representative at any time during the process to address questions, comments and situations that are best suited for a live specialist.“We’re excited to enable this new connection for America’s fastest growing airline, providing a powerful, engaging way for Guests to connect with Spirit on their own time,” said Manlio Carrelli, Executive Vice President, Enterprise Business Group at LivePerson. Guests want to be able to ask questions, add products, and get immediate help without waiting, and with Spirit we’re making it possible for them to do so in the messaging channels they prefer.”In addition to new WhatsApp and messaging support, Spirit will continue to serve its Guests via its social media channels, on Twitter and Facebook. Over the past two years, Spirit has heavily invested in the Guest experience touching all aspects of the journey, including on-time performance, Guest care technology, and in-flight products.About Spirit Airlines: Spirit Airlines is committed to delivering the best value in the sky. We are the leader in providing customizable travel options starting with an unbundled fare. This allows every Guest to pay only for the options they choose — like bags, seat assignments and refreshments — something we call À La Smarte. We make it possible for our Guests to venture further and discover more than ever before. Our Fit Fleet® is one of the youngest and most fuel-efficient in the U.S. We operate more than 600 daily flights to 76 destinations in the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean, and are dedicated to giving back and improving the communities we serve.About LivePerson, Inc.: LivePerson makes life easier by transforming how people communicate with brands. Our 18,000 customers use our conversational commerce solutions to orchestrate humans and AI, at scale, and create a convenient, deeply personal relationship — a conversational relationship — with their millions of consumers.last_img read more

Press Release Adaptive reaches milestone for digital press IFE solution

first_imgAdaptive, developer of ACES – a sophisticated mobile inflight entertainment (IFE) and digital press solution that is used by leading global airlines, including Singapore Airlines, SAS, TAP Portugal among others – is proud to announce a huge milestone in the company’s history.Over 20 airlines and airport lounges are now using ACES to provide their passengers with access to digital press, with passengers downloading/streaming more than 25 million copies of digital newspapers and magazines since the company’s launch in 2012.In recent years, many airlines (of all sizes and types) are recognizing the tremendous value of using their in-flight entertainment system to provide their passengers access to digital copies of newspapers and magazines onboard (rather than hard-copies).There are many reasons that offering digital press has become so popular industry-wide:For airlines and airport lounges, digital press offers many important benefits (when compared to traditional hard-copy press):Significant cost savings, due to both fuel usage and transporting/disposing of the hard-copy content and cleaning of the aircraft.Decreased C02 emissions and reduced carbon footprint, resulting in an overall decrease in the airline’s environmental impact.A significantly improved passenger satisfaction rating.For passengers, digital press offers:Access to a wider variety of digital newspapers and magazines from around the globe, in multiple languages.Immediate access to new digital content as soon as new issues are released.The ability to access all of the IFE content at the gate, while waiting to board, a time when many passengers don’t have any access to entertainment; in addition, if a passenger, using ACES, doesn’t finish their newspaper/magazine during their flight, they are able to finish reading it once they land in their destination, on their personal device.“As an airline with 1.5 million+ passengers per year, we are always looking for ways to improve our passengers’ inflight experience and make ourselves stand out from our competitors, without breaking the bank,” said Sophie Jean-Victor, Inflight Manager at Air Caraïbes. “We chose ACES six years ago because it allowed us to ban all paper magazines and newspapers from our flights while enhancing our press offer. It has proved to be a very reliable and versatile solution, as it can handle many use cases and gives our passengers access to many different content genres, in different languages.”“ACES ability to entertain passengers at the gate, onboard and after the flight is truly unique and it is a powerful passenger experience differentiator for airlines,” said Laurent Safar, CEO of Adaptive. David Fairand, COO of Adaptive added: “We knew how much impact going digital would have for airlines and their passengers – and the 20+ airlines and airport lounge clients using ACES have already experienced this positive impact firsthand.”About AdaptiveAdaptive provides global airlines with a sophisticated mobile inflight entertainment (IFE) solution called ACES, which delivers curated content in multiple languages, encompassing diverse, globally-relevant media, along the entire customer journey – before, during and after the flight. ACES was designed to function either as a standalone IFE solution or a complement to a seatback or wireless IFE solution, for all types and sizes of airlines and for all types of routes (including short and medium haul, as well as regional routes). The solution offers airline passengers maximum flexibility and a large library of content (including digital media, such as newspapers and magazines), all of which can be viewed on the passenger’s own mobile device or on devices provided by the airline via an app or web portal. The solution can also be used to provide entertainment to guests in airport lounges or by other transportation companies looking for a flexible, cost-effective entertainment solution for their passengers.Current airline clients include Singapore Airlines, SAS, TAP Portugal among others. ADAPTIVE’s mobile IFE technology is also currently used in airport lounges across Europe and by other transportation providers around the world.last_img read more

THIS NEW NETFLIX SERIES WAS ENTIRELY FILMED AND PRODUCED IN BC

Advertisement While those catching Netflix’s new series “The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco” will notice the storyline is set in the Golden Gate City, the scenes might be a little more familiar.In fact, the entire production is entirely B.C.-owned and controlled and, with the exception of two British actors, all the cast, writers, directors and on-set crew members are from B.C.The series follows the story of women who were part of wartime codebreaking in the U.K. Two “Bletchley Circle” sleuths travel to San Francisco and join American and Canadian code breakers to solve a mystery. Advertisement The Bletchley Circle was filmed and produced in B.C. (Colin Bentley photo) “‘Bletchley Circle’ is an inspiring example of a high-profile dramatic series developed and produced by a local B.C.-owned company,” said Lisa Beare, minister of tourism, arts and culture in a news release. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Twitter read more

IN CONVERSATION WITH 4YE AT TORONTOS EIGHTH ANNUAL JFL42

Advertisement Facebook Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: 4YE JFL42’s eighth annual comedy festival takes over downtown Toronto this month, and Much Studios creators, Jae and Trey Richards of 4YE join the jam-packed ComedyCon line up with their own panel, In Conversation With 4YE.One of ComedyCon’s “In Conversation With…” panels, 4YE discuss the success of their eight-part web series Judge Tyco, which has now reached nearly 2 million views on YouTube, Random Order podcast, as well as numerous upcoming projects on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 5:30 p.m. ET at TIFF Bell Lightbox. 4YE announced the production of Judge Tyco at the 2018 Just For Laughs Festival in Montréal, and now join Toronto’s JFL42 festival alongside other leading comedians including, Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, Steve-O, and Jim Norton.For more than seven years, the Brampton-born brothers have been creating stand-out content amassing a loyal audience of more than 1 million YouTube subscribers and more than 100 million lifetime views between all of their channels. Since joining with Much Studios in 2015, they have received recognition from other top entertainers, including Kevin Hart and Drake, and continue to increase their average audience growth. In Conversation with 4YE, takes place at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Saturday, Sept. 28 at 5:30 p.m. ET. For tickets to the ComedyCon panel, visit JFL42.com.Judge Tyco is available to stream at Much.com and 4YE’s YouTube. 4YE’s Random Order podcast is available to stream at iHeartRadio.ca and the iHeartRadio app. Advertisement read more

CHILDREN AT RISK FROM FILM RATING AGENCY SHUTDOWN FORMER PROVINCIAL WATCHDOG SAYS

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson in a scene from “Fifty Shades of Grey.” UNIVERSAL PICTURES Facebook Ontario children are at risk of seeing more sex and violence in movies due to the closure of the Ontario Film Authority, says Bruce Davis, the province’s former top film watchdog.The OFA officially ceased operations Tuesday, following last week’s announcement by the Ford government that it wants to “reduce unnecessary burden on the film industry” by modernizing and streamlining how movies are classified and rated.The province says it will “look to the industry” for advice on creating a new system by the spring of 2020, with ratings from B.C. to be used at Ontario theatres in the meantime. Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement The OFA shutdown is “100 per cent an industry-led move,” Davis said in an interview. It removes consumer protection provided to parents and families by the agency and its film classification branch, the Ontario Film Review Board, which he headed from 2014-2016. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter read more

Friends named most bingewatched show of 2018

They’ll be there for you.A new study by TV Time finds “Friends” was the most binge-watched television show this year.The show ended 14 years ago but is still available on Netflix.The findings could explain the recent uproar when fans found out the show was going to be pulled from Netflix at the end of the year.Netflix announced it would keep streaming “Friends” for at least another year.The other top binge-watched shows of 2018 include “Grey’s Anatomy,” “13 Reasons Why,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “Orange is the New Black.” read more

Somalia marking one year in Puntland UN pledges statebuilding support

In Garowe, the State Capital of Puntland, the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), Nicholas Kay said Puntland had made “important political, economic and security progress in the last year for which the Government and people deserve full credit.” Mr. Kay, who is also the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, said however, that more remained to be done, including establishing a federal system of governance, working together with the Federal Government and other emerging states on reviewing the provisional Constitution, and preparing for elections in 2016. According to media reports, Puntland, which declared autonomy in 1998, has cut ties with Somalia’s central government after it learned of a plan to form a new federal state that would allegedly include parts of the Puntland region. Mr. Kay said it was essential for all parties to cooperate including the State of Puntland, interim and emerging national administrations, and the Somali Federal Government. All of Somalia could learn and benefit from Puntland’s experience and achievements since 1998, he added. “I am convinced that the formation of other federal member states within Somalia is in the interest of Puntland and all Somalia. Puntland should not lose any territory that it currently administers. Final boundaries will be determined according to the process prescribed in the Provisional Federal Constitution.” He pledged that international support for peace and state building in Puntland will continue to be guided by the principles of Somali ownership, leadership and respect for the Constitution. Established by the United Nations Security Council on 3 June 2013, UNISOM increased the scope of its activities in the country as an African-Union peacekeeping force (AMISOM) and local forces pushed Islamist Al-Shabaab out of Mogadishu, Somali’s capital. The Mission is mandated to support the Federal Government of Somalia with its peace and state building agenda and to strengthen Somalia’s security sector, promote respect for human rights and women’s empowerment and assist in the coordination of international assistance. During last week’s landmark visit to Somalia, members of the Security Council said they expected that the Federal Government would urgently establish a national independent electoral commission, lead a process to revise the constitution and hold elections in 2016. They also underlined the importance of Somali women being represented at all levels of the political process. Somalia’s government institutions emerged in 2012 at the close of a transitional phase toward setting up a permanent, democratically-elected Government. Since then, Somalia’s political map of 18 regions is being redrawn into a lesser number of federal member states. The country descended into two decades of war and anarchy after the ouster of President Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991, as sectarian and religious factions tore the country apart. read more

The US Women May Be The Greatest World Cup Dynasty

The U.S. and Germany are the only teams to have won the Women’s World Cup twice. So the United States’ 2-0 win over Germany in the World Cup semifinal on Tuesday night wasn’t only the most important game of this year’s tournament. It also helps to settle a score about which country has the greatest overall run of Women’s World Cup success.The U.S. women now have a chance to win a third title in Sunday’s final game in Vancouver, British Columbia. But even if they should lose, they’ll have appeared in the World Cup final four times to Germany’s three. The Americans have also reached the semifinals in all seven Women’s World Cups, including this year’s, while Germany failed to do so in 1999 and 2011.In fact, the seven-tournament run for the U.S. women looks a lot like the best such streaks from the men’s World Cup, which belong to Brazil and West Germany. And if the U.S. women win in Vancouver, they’ll be able to argue that their streak has been slightly more impressive.We can be somewhat more precise about this, building a simple statistical system that places a lot of emphasis on winning it all. We’ll award a country four “dynasty points” if it wins the World Cup, two points if it’s the runner-up, and one point if it loses in the semifinal. (FIFA plays a third-place playoff between the two semifinal losers, but since many soccer fans ignore it, our system will too.) Then we’ll see which men’s and women’s teams accumulated the most dynasty points over consecutive tournaments.1The men’s World Cup was not played in 1942 or 1946, so I consider the 1950 tournament to be consecutive with 1938. Here’s how the numbers shake out:The best you can do over two consecutive World Cups, of course, is to win the tournaments back to back, which would give you eight dynasty points. Germany (in 2003 and 2007) is the only women’s team to have done that, although defending champs Japan will join them if they win this year’s tournament. The only men’s teams with back-to-back titles are Italy (in 1934 and 1938) and Brazil (in 1958 and 1962).No men’s or women’s team has won three consecutive World Cups. The next-best accomplishment (worth 10 dynasty points) comes from winning two titles over the course of three tournaments and finishing as the runner-up in the third one. The Brazilian men did that, with championships in 1994 and 2002 bookending a second-place finish in 1998. The U.S. came closest on the women’s side, with wins in 1991 and 1999 and a third-place finish in 1995.Brazil is the only country, men’s or women’s, to have won three World Cups in four tries, as its men’s team did from 1958 through 1970. The German women could have equaled that feat with a title this year, but Hope Solo, Carli Lloyd and Kelley O’Hara prevented that.So if you’re looking at the best three- or four-tournament streaks, the Brazilian men are a bit ahead of what any women’s team has done.The Women’s World Cup has been played only seven times, however. And the U.S. women have accumulated 15 dynasty points over those seven tournaments, matching the best total for men’s teams over seven-tournament periods, a record shared by three teams. Here’s each team’s record in slightly more detail:Brazilian men (1938-1970): Five semifinals appearances, four finals appearances, three championships.Brazilian men (1950-1974): Same as above.West German2Most soccer historians consider West Germany’s statistics from 1950 to 1990 to be part of the unified German national team’s record. This turns out not to matter for our purposes, since Germany did not reach the World Cup semifinals in the first two tournaments (1994 and 1998) after German reunification, meaning that including those tournaments would not have added to their dynasty points total. men (1966-1990): Six semifinals appearances, five finals appearances, two championships.U.S. women (1991-2015): Seven semifinals appearances, four finals appearances, two championships (with an opportunity to win a third championship).As you can see, those are pretty similar résumés. Which streak you like best depends on how you weigh semifinals appearances, finals appearances and championships. Our dynasty points system happens to like each streak equally well.If the U.S. women win on Sunday, however, bringing home their third World Cup in seven tries, they’ll pull narrowly ahead with 17 dynasty points. Brazil is the only men’s team with three titles over a seven-tournament stretch, and the U.S. women would rank slightly ahead of them by virtue of having appeared in seven semifinals to Brazil’s five. The U.S. women would have more championships and more semifinals appearances than the West German men from 1966 to 1990, meanwhile, outweighing West Germany’s higher number of finals appearances.The argument is a little more complicated than this, of course. Since the men’s World Cup was staged 14 times before the women played their first one, the guys have had a lot more opportunities to pull successful streaks together, whether by virtue of luck or talent. On the other hand, women’s soccer is not as deep as the men’s game is, with the best teams tending to be more dominant in all competitions. But the U.S. women have been great however you cut the numbers. read more

Ministers husband calls for boycott of PSC registered businesses

Clayon F Halley, on his Facebook account page, had a post “When last ya’ll boycott one ah dem business that is part of the PSC?”The minister’s husband’s comments have since triggered outrage on social media, with persons expressing disgust at what some described as reckless, targeting and inciting statements.Last week, the PSC stated that the Government’s caretaker status puts the State at risk and that companies are now extremely concerned about the status of contracts with the State, now that the Government must be in caretaker mode.“It is the Private Sector’s view that the President, by his behaviour, has put at risk all Private Sector entities and other organisations made subject to contracts and any other action authorised by the Cabinet, by presuming them to be legal,” the PSC said in a strongly-worded statement earlier this week.Clayton Halley, husband of recently appointed Public Service Minister Tabitha Sarabo-HalleyThe PSC said it has asked its members to seek legal advice in this regard.Since the Government fell to the no-confidence vote on December 21, 2018, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has always maintained that the Government should be acting in a caretaker capacity only and not be entering into large scale contracts.Jagdeo’s position was vindicated by the CCJ when it ruled that the Government should act as a caretaker or an “interim” administration until a new president is sworn-in.“Article 106 envisaged that the tenure in office of the Cabinet, including the President after the Government’s defeat, is on a different footage from that which existed prior to the vote of no-confidence. By convention, the Government is expected to behave, during this interim period, as a caretaker and so restrain the exercise of its legal authority. It is this caretaker or interim role that explains the three-month deadline in the first instance that the Article lays down in principle for the holding of fresh elections,” CCJ President, Justice Adrian Saunders stated.But President David Granger, after those orders, announced that Cabinet is still meeting. According to the PSC, the Head of State’s posture is “unacceptable”.“It is totally unacceptable, therefore, to the Commission that the President has refused to honour the Constitution in announcing that the Cabinet shall continue to function.”Despite its caretaker mode, the Government has since awarded multi-million-dollar contracts. …after Private Sector calls out Govt for not adhering to Constitution, CCJ ordersThe husband of recently appointed Public Service Minister, Tabitha Sarabo-Halley, has taken to social media to incite Guyanese to “boycott” any business that is registered with the Private Sector Commission (PSC).This move comes on the heels of the PSC calling out the APNU/AFC Government for its non-adherence to the country’s Constitution as well as disregard for the orders of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in relation to the No-Confidence Motion passed in the National Assembly on December 21, 2018. The CCJ had ruled that the No-Confidence motion was validly passed and as such the Government is now a caretaker and that elections should be held as stipulated by the Constitution of Guyana.Public Service Minister Tabitha Sarabo-HalleyArticle 106 (6) of the Constitution of Guyana states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”Meanwhile, Article 106 (7) states: “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNo confidence resolution: PSC says CJ’s ruling should be respected by allJanuary 31, 2019In “Business”Guyana risks becoming pariah State if Govt doesn’t respect rule of law – TeixeiraJune 24, 2019In “latest news”‘CCJ or no CCJ’ – Jordan calls for street protests, still wants house-to-house registrationJune 19, 2019In “latest news” read more

ABTs Failsafe brakes gain foothold in Chile mining market

first_imgAdvanced Braking Technology has received an order from Minecorp-Chile that will see its Failsafe brakes used by Orica at two underground copper mines, in northern Chile.The order, made by Minecorp-Chile on behalf of General Motors vehicle dealership, SALFA Chile, achieves one of the company’s strategic objectives of further diversifying its customer base for innovative braking solutions, ABT said.The initial order will see Failsafe brakes installed on the Isuzu NPS4X4 truck: an existing ABT product application that will require no further engineering, it said.The end user of these Isuzu NPS Canter trucks will be Orica Chile SA who will use the trucks in the two Codelco-owned underground mine operations.The Isuzu NPS4X4 was first introduced to the Chile market by General Motors in April 2019, with these ABT Failsafe brakes fitted to some of the first trucks delivered into the country, ABT said.ABT CEO, John Annand, said: “This order is further demonstration that our Failsafe range of braking products are valued around the world and have a place in vehicles in a range of applications where safety, maintenance and cost efficiencies are paramount. Our team is committed to exploiting these opportunities on a global scale.”The value of this first order is for around A$150,000 ($101,559) and includes Failsafe kits to be held in stock. This initial order will be further supplemented by the ongoing supply of spares and consumables, the company said.ABT added: “This is an initial order from Minecorp-Chile, as it is expected that General Motors dealers will have further demand for Failsafe as the Isuzu NPS 4×4 Canter is marketed as a new truck application within Chile.“In addition, Minecorp-Chile is in early stage discussions with other potential customers for a ABT Failsafe solution across other truck and light duty vehicle applications.”Annand said: “Chile and the broader Latin America represents a significant growth opportunity for ABT as we look to supply innovative braking solutions, not only to mining contractors like Orica but other global mining companies where the safety of their people and equipment are paramount.”Minecorp-Chile Director, Sebastián Dibarrart, said: “This initial order is the first of what is expected to be an ongoing supply requirement for ABT products into the Chilean mining vehicle market. Whilst this order is for the Failsafe product, further opportunities will be pursued for the entire suite of ABT products, including Terra Dura. Minecorp-Chile looks forward to working with ABT to exploit these opportunities in what we know is a growing, but under serviced Chilean market.”Dibarrart added: “Codelco Chile, the largest copper produce rin the world with the largest underground copper operation, the El Teniente mine, together with the transformation of its Chuquicamata mine into an underground operation including hundreds of kilometers of tunnel development, will undoubtedly be an ideal end user of ABT Failsafe brakes.”ABT also recently received an order for Failsafe brakes that will be used at the Rio Tinto-operated Oyu Tolgoi mine in Mongolia.last_img read more

Israel Rishon LeZion still yellow

Israeli handball The 19th matchday started with the match between the Hapoel Ramat Gan from the last place and the surprising promoters H.C Beer Sheba. 10 goals by Steffan Ciric and another 9 from Milos Bujisic helped Beer Sheba to win 31:25. Hapoel Kiryat Ono got a 3 points advantage on Ramat Gan with 26:22 on H.C Ness Ziona. The Israeli Handball League came back after the Cup final with the most glorious Handball match: The Rishon LeZion Grand Derby. ← Previous Story EHF Cup: THW Kiel, Fuchse Berlin, Saint Raphael and FC Porto at 1/4 finals Next Story → EHF CL 18/19 NEWCOMERS BEST 7 11.Hapoel Kiriyat205015522:60510 1.Maccabi Le Zion191810663:49637 4.Ramat Hasharon181116575:51323 12.Hapoel Ramat Gan193115486:5727 Hapoel started the match very well with a good performance by Pedja Dejanovic who led the reds to 6:3 in the 10th minute. In the next minute, Hapoel’s defensive player, Ido Lavie, got a direct red card but the momentum continued to 7:3. Dejanovic continued with his great match and in the attacking side, the nationals, Yuval Gerera and Oz Hamami, led Hapoel to 14:10 in the half time. 5.Maccabi Avishai Motzkin19919534:57519 9.MK Holon196211565:57014 2.Hapoel Ashdod191414567:49829 3.Hapoel Le Zion191216537:49125 Written by Dean Shmuel Elmas Dan Tepper came from the cup holders bench and helped Maccabi comeback to 16:14 in the 38th minute. Ivan Karacic took control on both sides and made 17:16 in the 40th minute. Maccabi’s first lead 17:18 came from Vladi Kofman in the 45th minute. Yirmi Sidi made it 17:19 and Hapoel without high quality foreign attacking player looked ineffective. Maccabi continued with the great second half performance and won 23:29. 6.Nes Tziona199010562:55718 In other matches: After their loss in the cup final, H.C Holon came to the league with great performance. They host Hapoel Ashdod from the 2nd place and beat them 37:31. Maccabi Kiryat Motzkin got another important win, 34:29 on Bnei Herzliya and SGS Ramat Hasharon beat Ironi Rehovot 37:30. 10.Rehovot196112521:56313 In the next matchday: Maccabi Kiryat Motzkin – H.C Ness Ziona, Hapoel Ashdod – SGS Ramat Hasharon, Ironi Rehovot – Hapoel Ramat Gan, H.C Beer Sheba – Hapoel Rishon LeZion, H.C Ness Ziona – Bnei Herzliya. Maccabi Rishon LeZion beat Hapoel Kiryat Ono 26:38 already on February 18th.STANDING: 7.Bnei Herzliya19739598:64017 8.MK Beer Sheva198011505:55516 read more

Anti leaves HBC Nantes in 2020 – Start of Entrerrios era

Alberto Entrerrioshandball coachHBC NantesThierry Anti ← Previous Story SEHA Final4: Croatian derby and Vardar-Meshkov clash Next Story → Ivan Stevanovic to join Orlen Wisla Plock Thierry Anti will stop his mission of the head coach in HBC Nantes when his contract expires in 2020.For more than 20 years, HBC Nantes has been leading a project that has brought it beyond everything we could have hoped for.Thierry Anti is a strong element of this success over the last 10 years, where the club has reached the highest European level with a Champions League final in Cologne last season. Today, HBC Nantes builds the project of the next 10 years, which is just as ambitious and must prepare the transmission to the coach who can accompany this new stage in the long term. For this reason, HBC Nantes has decided not to extend Thierry Anti’s coaching contract beyond the summer of 2020 while leaving the door open for future collaboration in another form. Until then, many challenges remain. Faithful to its development policy, the club of course works in parallel to raise the shield of HBC Nantes as high as possible, in the short, medium and long term.”, writes the EHF Champions League 2018 finalist.Is Spaniard Alberto Entrerrios, assistant coach of Anti, his successor, we will see soon. read more

Red card examples – YES or NO

The first day of the Youth World Handball Championship in Skopje, North Macedonia, brought a lot of interesting moments.Apart of the results, some interesting situations happened from the referees’ point of view.It’s on you to give us your opinion about these two situation in which refferes reacted differently (video 1 – red card, video 2 – no)… Red card? YES NOView Results  Loading … ← Previous Story Chema Rodriguez to play more at Saran Loiret Next Story → AFTER ONLY FEW DAYS IN POLAND? Andreas Wolff is the new PGE Vive Kielce captain  Loading …PHOTO: Filip Viranovski, WCh 2019 Red card? YES NOView Results read more

SEHA Gazprom League 1920 to start in Novi Sad

SEHA Gazprom League 19/20 ← Previous Story Luka Cindric’s party against THW Kiel – 11 goals (VIDEO) Next Story → PSG Handball win French Super Cup 2019 SEHA Gazprom League 2019/2020 will be open in Novi Sad, where Serbian champions RK Vojvodina and Croatian vice-champions RK Nexe Nasice, will  meet for the first points in the ninth season of the regional competition.SEHA will be played in the new system with two groups with 6 teams afterwards knock-out stage will be established.Round 1:Vojvodina 2.9.19:00 NexeMeshkov Brest 3.9.18:15 (L) Telekom VeszpremMetaloplastika 3.9.19:00 PPD ZagrebVardar 3.9.20:45 Beijing Sport UniversityTatran Prešov 4.9.19:00 Motor ZaporozhyeEurofarm Rabotnik 4.9.20:45 Spartak Moscow read more