O’Neill eyes play-off spot for Republic of Ireland

first_imgWC Qualification Europe O’Neill remains confident of Irish progression despite Serbia reverse Guy Atkinson 07:43 9/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) martinoneill-cropped Getty Images WC Qualification Europe Republic of Ireland v Serbia Republic of Ireland Serbia Despite a 1-0 defeat to Serbia, the manager refuses to give up his nation’s hopes of reaching next year’s tournament in Russia Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill insists that his side can still qualify for the 2018 World Cup despite Tuesday’s loss to Serbia.O’Neill saw his side suffer their first competitive loss at home under his reign to a dominant Serbian outfit, who took all three points at the Aviva Stadium thanks to Aleksandar Kolarov’s impressive second-half strike.Ireland have now fallen to third in Group D, one point behind Wales who snuck past Moldova 2-0. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The Irish host Moldova next month before travelling to Wales for what looks set to be a decider for a potential play-off berth, with Serbia all-but guaranteed top spot. O’Neill said: “We are not beaten – far from it. We have the last two games now that we must win and if we can beat Moldova then it sets it up for the final game, where we’ll have to go to Wales and win.”Everybody’s down, but it’s still in our hands and that’s the most important thing. We can get to the play-offs, we can still make it.”Ireland started the game brightly but struggled to contain a powerful Serbian side once they got into their stride, with Manchester United’s Nemanja Matic once again proving an impressive force in midfield.O’Neill, however, was encouraged by his side’s display and was convinced they would take something from the game.He added: “I thought we played very, very well. We’ve come in [at half-time] and thought we could win the second half. They got a little break just after half-time, but I thought: ‘we can win this match’. “We threw caution to the wind at the end of the match to try and get something out of it, but it eventually eluded us.”Aleksandar Kolarov pic.twitter.com/28uhHsi2D1— European Qualifiers (@EuroQualifiers) September 5, 2017Serbia played the final 20 minutes with ten men after the dismissal of Nikola Maksimovic, but held firm to withstand the late Irish pressure.They know a win against Austria next month will secure their place in Russia next year, but manager Slavoljub Muslin isn’t letting his players get carried away. He said: “Of course we are very close to achieving the main goal, but there a couple of matches left. This is very important for us because we didn’t progress to the last three competitions. “This was one of the most difficult games in my career as a coach. It was also one of the most important games because we knew this would be the decisive game to go to the World Cup. “We know it is not all over, there are two games left to play. We know we just need one point but we will fight hard to achieve it, my boys and me.”last_img read more


first_imgPenrith Touch is hoping to continue their successful Men’s Open 2006 campaign when Day Two of the 30th NSWTA State Cup gets underway at Port Macquarie at 8.00am on Saturday morning. After a disappointing showing on Day One, with one win and a loss, Penrith are sitting 3rd in Pool 1 of the Men’s Open A division, and with games against the Hornsby Lions and Central Coast Dolphins on day Two, the challenge will certainly be on. The make or break game may come at 12.40pm on Saturday where Lismore, who are undefeated and sitting equal 1st in Pool 1 will be out to continue their unblemished score card and deny Penrith the opportunity to take home the trophy. For full details on the 30th NSWTA State Cup and up to date ladders and results please click on the following link: http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=1-856-0-0-0last_img read more

Deirdre Morrow (SA) – 2017 Volunteer Of The Year Award Nominee

first_imgDeirdre’s positive energy unites the broader touch community in South Australia as she volunteers her time across many levels of the sport. She interacts positively with junior players and parents alike which impacts positively on the Touch Football brand. Deirdre’s professional approach has allowed the TFSA office to entrust her with making decisions that reflect positively on events and roles she volunteers her time for, which also reflects positively on TFSA.Deirdre is trustworthy, honest, committed and a little cheeky which enhances the fun aspect of Touch Football. Deirdre has shown continued commitment to the sport at every level both here in South Australia and Nationally.last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea boss Sarri convinced by Hudson-Odoi potential: Big European future

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Sarri convinced by Hudson-Odoi potential: Big European futureby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri insists he wants Callum Hudson-Odoi to stay.The winger is the subject of intense interest from Bayern Munich this week.But Sarri says, “He is a very good player, the potential is for becoming a great player, and now he has to improve.“He has to improve I think in movement without the ball. As a winger, he has to improve in the defensive phase, but he has the potential to become a very important player, not only for English football I think but for European football.”Sometimes there are one, two players in Barcelona from the academy, sometimes one, two in Real Madrid, zero in Juventus, zero in Paris Saint-Germain. It’s not easy. “We are lucky. We have [Ethan] Ampadu, [Andreas] Christensen, Hudson-Odoi. We have three or four players from the Academy. It’s really very good.“In Europe there are few players of 18 with eight matches at this level. Hudson-Odoi this season played six, seven official matches. He is not lucky, he is good.” last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael Road Toney River Bridge on Carmichael Road is closed until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. A detour is available on Popular Hill Road and Meadowville Station Road. Local Area Office: 902-424-4409 Fax: 902-424-0568 Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Lilyvale Bridge Lilyvale Bridge on the Lilyvale Road is closed for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. A detour is available on Camden Road and Riversdale Road. Local Area Office: 902-863-3420 Fax: 902-863-7365 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Mount Whatley Road Bridge The bridge on Mount Whatley Road at the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border will be closed until further notice. KINGS COUNTY: Old Baxters Mill Bridge Open The Old Baxters Mill Bridge, near Baxters Harbour in Kings County, is open to one-lane traffic. There is a weight restriction for vehicles weighing more than 5,000 kilograms. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Molasses Harbour Bridge Molasses Harbour Bridge on Route 316 in Port Felix is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Temporary traffic signals are in place. Local Area Office: 902-543-8169 Fax: 902-543-0686 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Wyse Road Bridge Wyse Road Bridge in Middle Musquodoboit will be closed to truck traffic while the bridge is being repaired. Trucks will detour via Route 356 and Route 213 until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 Fax: 902-667-3424 CONTINUING WORKcenter_img Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of traffic signals. Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Sperry Bridge No. 2 Sperry Bridge No. 2 on Petite Riviere Road is closed until further notice. Detours are posted. HALIFAX COUNTY: Highway 118-Wright Avenue Interchange Highway 118, from intersection at Highway 111 northerly (toward the airport) will have intermittent lane closures in both directions during interchange construction. Traffic control consists of cones, barrels and jersey barriers. For information call 902-424-6144 between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 Local Area Office: 902-424-2213 Fax: 902-424-7116 YARMOUTH COUNTY: East Kempt Bridge The East Kempt Bridge on Route 203 will be closed for bridge replacement until Wednesday, Feb. 15. Traffic control consists of detour signs. A detour is available on the North Kempt Road and the Gray Road. Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 Fax: 902-742-6000 -30-last_img read more

Press Release Etihad and Panasonic introduce new wellness solution

first_imgEtihad Airways (Etihad), the national airline of the UAE, and Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic), have announced a partnership to jointly develop and trial wellness solutions aimed at enhancing the traveller experience.As part of the partnership, Etihad will be the first airline to trial Panasonic’s new wellness solution, the Jet Lag Adviser, which was developed in collaboration with Detalytics. The solution will be integrated into the airline’s passenger app.One of the biggest challenges air passengers face when travelling across multiple time zones is jet lag. To help passengers combat this, the Jet Lag Adviser takes a range of passenger inputs including chronotype, circadian rhythms, height, weight, the nature of travel, and travel information such as flight times, routes and zones and uses its artificial intelligence engine to produce personalised jet lag plans for passengers with tailored advisories to help them reduce jet lag.Robin Kamark, Etihad Aviation Group Chief Commercial Officer, said: “Etihad is committed to providing choice and a superior experience to our guests, and we are continually looking at new ways to do just that. With the Jet Lag Advisor, we can now leverage artificial intelligence to improve the travel experience. This will be the first of many wellness initiatives we will explore together, and we are excited about our partnership with Panasonic and the possibilities that lie ahead.”Passengers will receive a combination of generic route-based and personalised ‘jet lag impact scores’ which gives them a summary of how severe jet lag may be on that route in general and their own travel specifically, while the personalised jet lag plan incorporates the pre-flight, flight and post-flight phases, and provides a schedule of different recommendations and tips for specific times in each phase on what to do to reduce jet lag, such as sleeping, exposure to light, exercise, hydration, and the type of food to consume.Throughout each phase of the travel experience, the Jet Lag Adviser will send reminders with recommended actions to passengers via the app. By following the recommended advisories, the Jet Lag Adviser will help passengers feel more energetic and ready for their activities at their destination.Hideo Nakano, Chief Executive Officer of Panasonic Avionics Corporation, said: “Panasonic is continually innovating to digitally transform the passenger experience, and wellness is an integral part of that. We are delighted to be working with Etihad Airways to introduce technology that can help their passengers reduce jet lag, and so enhance their travel experience.”Panasonic is also exploring further innovative wellness technologies with Etihad as the carrier readies itself to move to the new ‘Midfield Terminal’ at Abu Dhabi International Airport, where new technology features are set to significantly enhance the passenger experience.About Panasonic Avionics CorporationPanasonic Avionics Corporation is the world’s leading supplier of inflight entertainment and communication systems. The company’s best-in-class solutions, supported by professional maintenance services, fully integrate with the cabin enabling its customers to deliver the ultimate travel experiences with a rich variety of entertainment choices, resulting in improved quality communication systems and solutions, reduced time-to-market and lower overall costs.Established in 1979, Panasonic Avionics Corporation, a U.S. corporation, is a subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation. Headquartered in Lake Forest, California with over 5,000 employees and operations in 80 global locations, it has delivered over 9,000 IFE systems and 2,000 inflight connectivity solutions to the world’s leading airlines.last_img read more

Press Release Aeroflot chooses Spatial to supply A321 Door Trainers

first_imgSpatial, a leading provider of cabin crew training simulators, has been chosen by Aeroflot to supply two A321 Door Trainers.The Door Trainers will be used to train Aeroflot’s cabin crew to become completely proficient in the safe operation of the A321 aircraft emergency exits and doors including procedures for all normal, abnormal and emergency scenarios.The high-fidelity devices will simulate all faults that may ever be encountered on the A321 aircraft door types including door and handle jams, power assist failures, automatic and manual slide inflation failures and door indicator malfunctions.The trainers will provide all legacy and current A321 exit types, including the A321NX ACF semi-automatic Over Wing Exit (OWE) – as well attendant stations, passenger seating, replica overhead stowage bins and both standard and emergency lighting. The simulators will be seamlessly controlled by an intuitive, easy to use Instructor Operator Station (IOS).After being manufactured at Spatial’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Dubai, the A321 Door Trainers will be installed at Aeroflot’s Crew Training Centre at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport.Henry Robertson, Managing Director at Spatial said: “To be working with Russia’s flag carrier and largest airline is a real pleasure for the Spatial team. We look forward to delivering these market-leading simulators to their world-class training facility.”About AeroflotAeroflot is Russia’s flagship carrier and a proud member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance. Aeroflot serves 159 destinations in 54 countries.Aeroflot’s 252-strong fleet is the youngest of any airline worldwide that operates more than 100 aircraft. In 2018, Aeroflot carried 35.8 million passengers (55.7 million passengers as Aeroflot Group including subsidiaries).Aeroflot holds 4-Star Airline status from Skytrax and was named Best Airline in Eastern Europe for the eighth time at the 2019 Skytrax World Airline Awards. Aeroflot has also been awarded a five-star global airline rating by US aviation association APEX. Aeroflot is the world’s strongest airline brand according to leading brand strategy consultancy Brand Finance.About SpatialSpatial Composite Solutions in an ISO9001 certified provider of cabin crew training equipment, specialising in the manufacture of cutting edge emergency evacuation, cabin service and door trainers. Additionally, the company provides consultancy services in relation to the design and fit-out of cabin crew training facilities.Spatial is focussed on pushing the boundaries of cabin crew simulation through the production of hyper-realistic training solutions which include full motion with paired visuals, smoke simulation, equipment failure simulation and accurate cabin interiors together with functions to ensure efficient training through the deployment of portable instructor operating equipment with true-to-life scenario provision and the ability to record and review training exercisesSpatial is known for its use of composite technologies and the integration of the latest electronics solutions available to produce training devices which provide exceptional ease of use whilst being able to withstand the rigours of the training environment. The quality of its devices is evidenced through the long list of repeat customers which includes Emirates, Virgin America, Spirit, Etihad and Cebu Pacific.last_img read more

Press Release Phasor achieves ISO 9001 cert for quality management

first_imgPhasor, a developer of enterprise-grade electronically-steered antenna (ESA) systems for satellite-based mobile broadband applications, has announced that it has achieved ISO 9001 Certification ahead of the commercial release of its products for the land mobile, maritime and aviation markets.ISO 9001 is the internationally recognised standard for a quality management system (QMS). This enables companies to operate more effectively on several different levels, including the ability to focus on customer requirements and constantly finding ways in which to improve and become resilient and sustainable.“The ISO 9001 certification is great news for Phasor,” said Mike Warren, Senior Vice President, Operations at Phasor. “It means that we are maturing as a company and moving closer to the commercialisation and release of our products. The processes and procedures that we have implemented, and that have been audited and approved by BSI, will help us to manage our business better and to demonstrate to our customers that we can support them as they, and Phasor, grows.”The overall process of ISO 9001 Certification has taken six months, and places Phasor on a firm footing as the company looks to roll-out its products in the coming months.Phasor’s electronically steerable antenna (ESA) features a flat, ultra-low profile design, and is well suited to support traditional fixed satellite networks (FSS), High Throughput Satellites (HTS), Non-Geosynchronous (NGSO) satellite networks. The enterprise-grade antenna supports broadband connectivity on modes of transport on land, sea and in the air.About PhasorPhasor Inc. is a leading developer of high throughput, enterprise-grade, modular, phased array antennas, headquartered in Washington DC, with a technology development subsidiary in London. Phasor’s electronically steerable antennas (ESAs) are based on patented innovations in dynamic beam forming technologies and system architecture. Phasor’s mission is to enable high-speed broadband communications while in-flight, at sea or travelling over land.last_img read more

Press Release Inflight Dublin launches nextgen Everhub portable server

first_imgInflight Dublin, a global provider of inflight entertainment and wireless solutions, has announced the launch of their next-generation Everhub™ Portable Wireless Server.The Everhub™ portable server is DO-160G certified, making it the safest and most reliable portable server on the market. The server can operate from battery power or aircraft power, and delivers secure, high-definition, browser-based DRM content to 75 passengers per unit. The Everhub™ portable server minimises operational costs through its remote loading of content and hot-swappable battery configuration.The state-of-the-art hardware is complimented by the Everhub™ software platform which is fully customisable and tailored to airline’s requirements. This allows each airline to create an immersive and user-friendly wireless IFE experience. It includes ancillary revenue services, and informative data analytics through the Everhub™ Control Centre back office system.The Control Centre incorporates Everhub™ Insights, an advanced data analytics tool delivering tailored reports and Power BI integration. The data is used by our Content team and shared with our clients to continuously improve the media selection and help create targeted passenger experiences. In addition, airlines will have direct access to system usage statistics, server status, advertising configuration/tracking, and admin tools all through the Control Centre web portal.“The next-generation Everhub™ server further enhances Inflight Dublin’s position as the only end-to-end wireless IFE solution provider in the market. With the launch of our own server hardware, we are in direct control of all the elements that airlines need to implement a wireless solution, namely hardware, software, content (including Early Window Hollywood movies) and design services.” John White, Inflight Dublin’s CEO.“We started looking at an option for our own server based on our experience providing wireless IFE solutions on a number of fixed and portable platforms. We fed this learning into the design of our new server to provide a robust and scalable system which seamlessly integrates both our cloud and aircraft hosted services to deliver the best passenger and airline experience in a single offering.” David Miller, Inflight Dublin’s CTO.last_img read more

Inside Lufthansas design process for its new 777X business class

first_imgHow do you design an all-new business class to last for a decade across multiple airlines within the same group? It’s about partnerships, expertise — and people, Lufthansa’s head of passenger experience design Guido Woska tells Runway Girl Network.“The design principles for us are not defined by the brand itself per se, because we design for three different brands, so we have common design principles,” Woska says. “Those five principles are simplicity, human touch, meaningfulness, integrity, seamless. All of these things are something that we want to keep in mind, and of course we always start from a human perspective. Our design principle at the core is human-centric.”Woska’s design group comes at problems from a different direction from operational or maintenance colleagues: the key is to start from somewhere that is purposefully oriented towards passengers rather than towards the proverbial metal of the industry’s hardware.“That starts with proper research,” Woska explains. “We have an insights phase and at the end of that phase we get a very good vision statement of where we are going to go. Then we have an ideation phase, where we use different tools that lead to a very proper concept stage in which we say, ‘this is exactly what, for example, a lounge to go should consist of, this is how it should be operated, this is how it should be accessed, what should drop out of it when you press the button’. Then we go into a prototyping phase, in which the output can be a physical prototype, a digital prototype, a service blueprint — whatever it is, something we can test with passengers.”Only after this point does the process move into business cases and the involvement of wider colleagues. This creates a passenger experience version of a ‘minimum viable product’, one that is actually deliverable and can have a decent business case produced.“In something such as a seat redesign, which has a lot of complexity and also a lot of nitty-gritty details when it comes to materials that are certified for air travel, we don’t do this alone,” Woska emphasizes. “We have an external design partner for several reasons. One is that we want the inspiration from somebody who works outside of our own world, and also we need the expertise in engineering, in how to use materials that work together.”Iterating and refining the seat beyond its most simple rendering is a key part of the design process. Image: LufthansaLufthansa brings passengers into the process very early, with initial concepts in wood and other materials to display space concepts, ask potential travelers how they might feel about sitting at a certain distance for passengers, and so on. But then it gets into the real compare and contrast nitty-gritty.“When we designed the new business class product that’s going to be due with the 777, what we did is put our final concept in there along with, I would say, almost half a dozen or so of other top premium products that could also be chosen right away, and we asked passengers in the end which of the concepts they would prefer, without telling them which is the one that we think we would do as a Lufthansa brand. And the majority of them went with the concept we designed, which is a sign that the process before – in involving people in getting closer and closer to the final concept – is totally right,” Woska says.Putting that product up against the competition is a key phase, but it then also needs to be customized to reflect the individual brands of the Lufthansa Group, along with their design principles.“There are nuances in what somebody would expect,” Woska says. “If you see the new business class on the 777 for Swiss, naturally there has been a lot of wood and wooden materials being used. It’s part of the DNA where that brand comes from. It would feel very awkward to just copy-paste that onto the Lufthansa brand when the material mix is something else.”Creating a seat that meets the needs and design language of multiple airlines is no mean feat. Image: SwissLufthansa is working with partners, including design houses and its seatmaker, to refine and finalize the seat, and it’s here that meshing the sometimes opposing gears of design, certification and production need to grind. With the delays to the 777X program, though, ensuring that this design then fits across more of the airline’s fleet may well be the key challenge.Lufthansa provided tickets for the Flying Lab to enable this interviewRelated Articles:Lufthansa Technik teams up with LG for new AERQ PaxEx partnershipWhere supersupplier Safran sits as airframers go vertical“Delights To Go” shows promise but reflects Lufthansa’s problemsSeatmakers keep premium economy densification options close to chestRockwell Collins finds virtual reality drives seat designSeatmaker AvioInteriors talks first class customisationlast_img read more

Explore Osakas Lively Downtown Top 10 Spots To Visit In Namba

first_imgAbout Namba, Osaka’s Popular Sightseeing AreaNamba, a major entertainment district in Osaka, is full of charm, brimming with shopping, entertaining sights, and tasty food. Namba is situated in the Minami part of Osaka. Minami (“south” in Japanese) received its name from its location at the southern end of Midosuji, the main street, down from the Umeda area in Kita (north).Namba is in central Minami, where stations for JR trains, private railways, and subways all converge. The limited express trains from Kansai International Airport (KIX) stop in Namba also, providing visitors with excellent access to public transportation. Popular sightseeing spots like Dotonbori and Shinsaibashi, as well as Shinsekai, are concentrated in Minami. As you walk around you will be amazed by how many restaurants are here, all competing with each other on price and flavor.We’ve compiled an easy-to-understand list of 10 spots you should check out when you visit Namba. We hope that the information presented here will be useful for you!1. Dotonbori and Shinsaibashi for Popular Sightseeing in Osaka Picture from 10 Things To Do In Shinsaibashi And Dotonbori To Have Fun In Osaka!Recently the areas of Dotonbori and Shinsaibashi have become especially popular areas for travelers.Dotonbori is to the downtown area that runs along the Dotonbori river. The south of the river in particularly is lined with rows of garish, giant restaurant signs advertising takoyaki, ramen, crab and more, showing off a sweeping view of Osaka-esque scenery. There are always crowds of people on the Ebisubashi bridge taking photos in front of the neon Glico (a confectionery manufacturer) sign.Shinsaibashi is a shopping area with rows of established department stores and high-end brand name boutiques. As the Shinsaibashisuji Shotengai shopping street connects to Dotonbori, there are many tourists going back and forth.EbisubashiAddress: Osaka, Osaka, Chuo, Dotonbori 1-6 Google MapsAccess: Five to ten minutes on foot from all Namba stations Picture from Experience Takoyaki and Beer in Americamura’s Triangle Park!America-mura is home to many trendy fashion boutiques and restaurants targeted towards young people, including places like the OPA fashion complex in western Shinsaibashi. The area got its America-mura nickname because there are also many vintage and import clothing retailers here.The center of America-mura is a small park known as Triangle Park. In addition to takoyaki, there are plenty of photo-worthy treats to try, such as giant servings of soft serve ice cream piled 40 centimeters high, and adorable cotton candy. Enjoy some snacking as you peruse the shops here.Triangle ParkAddress: Osaka, Chuo, Nishi-Shinsaibashi 2-11 Google MapsAccess: Seven minutes on foot from Shinsaibashi Station on the Midosuji LineRead also Shinsaibashi And Dotonbori – 10 Fun Things To Do In Osaka! 2. Tsutenkaku and Shinsekai – Experience Local Culture Great Amerikamura Experience with Takoyaki and Beer in Sankaku Koen! Real Osaka Food! Kushi-Katsu Beneath The Lights Of Shinsekai What You Can Do At Abeno Harukas – Japan’s Tallest Building Read also “Janjan-yokocho” Gives You to See Another Side of Japan. 5. Namba Yasaka Shrine – Marvel at the Giant Object Art Lodging & Kin Osaka, A Warm Guesthouse Right By Tsutenkaku Tower Shinsaibashi And Dotonbori – 10 Fun Things To Do In Osaka! 7. America-mura – Trendy Fashion and Fun Desserts Picture from 11 Recommended Shopping Spots To Visit When You’re In OsakaThere are various shotengai (shopping streets) throughout the Minami area, but we’ll introduce two shotengai that are fun to explore.First is Shinsaibashi Shotengai. Over 180 stores are concentrated here, extending from Dotonbori to Shinsaibashi. Established Osaka department store Daimaru, selling both domestic and international fashion brands, is also on the corner of this shotengai. Many employees here speak English, and there are also English signs and displays, so you can shop with peace of mind.One more shotengai contains many restaurants unique to Minami. The Sennichimae Doguyasuji shotengai is a three-minute walk from Namba Station (use the Osaka Metro Midosuji or Yotsubashi Line). Here you will find rows of specialty shops with everything you need in for a restaurant, such as knives, pots, and bowls. There are also places where you can create the food samples seen at the entrances of restaurants in Japan. Some shops will even let you make your own samples, making this the perfect place for obtaining memorabilia from your trip.Shinsaibashisuji ShotengaiAddress: Osaka, Chuo, Shinsaibashisuji 2-2-22 Google MapsAccess: Right by Shinsaibashi Station on the Osaka Metro Midosuji Line or Nagahori Tsurumi-Ryokuchi LineSennichimae Doguyasuji ShotengaiAddress: Osaka, Chuo, Namba, Sennichimae 14-5 Google MapsAccess: Three minutes on foot from all Namba StationsRead also Tsutenkaku Tower In Osaka – 7 Fun Activities And Area Guide Everything You Need For Your Kitchen! Osaka’s Sennichimae Doguyasuji If You’re In A Seafood Mood, Visit Osaka’s Kuromon Market! Namba’s Hozenji – A Temple WIth A Dreamy Atmosphere And Lively Alleys There is an interesting shrine about an eight-minute walk west of the Nankai Namba Station.Thought to have a history of more than 900 years, Namba Yasaka Shrine, has a spiritual atmosphere while being located in the heart of the busy downtown. Pass through the torii gate and you will soon see a 12-meter tall giant lion head.This spectacular lion has eyes that light up and a snout that is a speaker. During the New Year and the July summer festivals, dances are performed inside its mouth. The lion’s giant mouth is said to bring luck in financial matters and competition, so many people come to visit.Namba Yasaka ShrineAddress: Osaka, Naniwa, Motomachi 2-9-19 Google MapsAccess: Eight minutes on foot from Nankai Namba Station6. Kuromon Market – Explore Namba’s Kitchen 8. Abeno Harukas, Japan’s Tallest Building 9. Osaka Shochikuza – Take in a Kabuki Performance!center_img 3. Hozenji Yokocho – Take a Trip Back in Time Picture from 15 Must See Sightseeing Spots In Osaka – Both Famous And Little KnownThere is a tower in Minami many people consider symbolic of Osaka, known as Tsutenkaku. Tsutenkaku is also referred to as Osaka’s Eiffel Tower. Shinsekai, the downtown area around the foot of the tower, has plenty of budget-friendly restaurants that you can casually drop into. There is a notable concentration of restaurants specializing in kushikatsu (deep-fried skewered meat and vegetables), an Osaka specialty.In addition, Janjan Yokocho, a street with a traditional Osaka townscape, as well as the popular Spa World, which has public baths and pools that recreate popular hot springs around the world, are famous in Shinsekai.TsutenkakuAddress: Osaka, Naniwa, Ebisuhigashi 1-18-6 Google MapsAccess: Four minutes on foot from Osaka Metro Sakai Line Ebisucho StationHomepage: Tsutenkaku Enjoy Duty-Free Shopping In Osaka’s Shinsaibashi Shotengai! The tallest building in Japan towers over Minami. The Abeno Harukas skyscraper, which opened in 2014, is 300 meters high. You have to pay an admission fee, but climb up to the glass-paneled observation deck for sweeping views of the Kansai area.This skyscraper contains the Kintetsu department store and restaurant area, a hotel, and an art museum. It is directly connected to Kintetsu Osaka Abenobashi Station and both JR and Osaka Metro Tennoji Station, making it a perfect area to base your travel adventures.Abeno HarukasAddress: Osaka, Abeno, Abenosuji 1-1-43 Google MapsAccess: Right by Kintetsu Abenobashi StationHomepage: Abeno HarukasRead also You will definitely see kushikatsu while strolling around the restaurant districts in Dotonbori and Shinsekai. Kushikatsu is meat and vegetables that has been battered and fried, and eaten after being dipped in sauce. Ganso Kushikatsu Daruma and Yokozuna are popular kushikatsu places.There are also many places to eat takoyaki and okonomiyaki (a savory pancake which can be considered one of Osaka’s soul foods) in the Minami area. Wanaka and Dotonbori Akaoni, which specialize in takoyaki, are listed in the Michelin guide. For okonomiyaki, we recommend Okaru, where the staff will draw pictures on your okonomiyaki with Japanese mayonnaise, and Fukutaro, which has its main branch in Namba.Since Osaka is famous for its delicious dashi stock, udon is also a specialty here. For kitsune udon (*2), head to Dotonbori Imai, and for nikusukui (*3) and udon with meat, you must check out Chitose.*2: Kitsune udon is udon topped with slices of abura-age (deep-fried tofu simmered in sweet sauce). *3: Nikusukui is a bowl of beef udon soup, sans noodles. People typically mix an egg into the broth and eat it with rice. Read also Osaka – 15 Must See Spots, Both Famous And Little Known Nipponbashi: An Otaku-town in Kansai Picture from Nipponbashi: An Otaku Town in KansaiThe popular Denden Town in Nipponbashi, just south of Kuromon Market, is home to an endless number of businesses selling electronics and appliances. With many shops that offer products like computer parts, games, and anime merchandise, Denden Town’s electronics district rivals that of Akihabara in Tokyo.On the west side of Nipponbashi Denden Town, the area called Ota Road is clustered with figurine and cosplay shops, as well as maid cafes. It is just as much of a haven for otaku as Akihabara.Nipponbashi Denden TownAddress: Osaka, Naniwa, Nipponbashi 4-12 Google MapsAccess: Eight minutes on foot from Nipponbashi StationWebsite: http://nippombashi.toraru.com/Read also 6 Dishes From Osaka That Will Satisfy Your Heart And Stomach Taste Must-Eat Local Osaka Food in Namba Stay at a Japanese Capsule Hotel For A Low Price Six Namba Stations!? How to Navigate Osaka’s Namba Area Picture from Namba’s Hozenji – A Temple WIth A Dreamy Atmosphere And Lively AlleysDistance yourself from Dotonbori dining establishments and head through the secluded back alleys to find Hozenji Yokocho, a restaurant quarter with rows of kappo restaurants and bars frequented by locals. It is particularly atmospheric at night when the lamps become illuminated.This area is also home to Hozenji Temple, where a moss-covered jizo statue is venerated. Visit here and pray for good fortune in business and relationships. You will find meoto zenzai, a local zenzai specialty, sold at a dessert shop next to Hozenji. It got its name from the way it’s served: one serving is divided into two bowls (“meoto” in Japanese means husband and wife). According to legend, couples who eat meoto zenzai will become closer to each other.Hozenji Yokocho is located past Ukiyo Alley, a narrow back street with a retro vibe. Located right next to Ukiyo Alley is Dotonbori Imai, known for its udon(*1) noodles, which we suggest stopping by!Hozenji YokochoAddress: Osaka, Chuo, Namba 1 Google MapsAccess: Five to ten minutes on foot from all Namba stations*1: Udon is different across different regions in Japan. Udon in Osaka is known for being soft and is prepared with dashi stock extracted from kombu and small fish. Read also Places to Stay in NambaMinami has numerous lodging options, from three-star hotels to guesthouses. Accommodations located near train stations with easy access to sightseeing areas are very popular and may be hard to reserve at times.Shimanouchi on the east side of Shinsaibashi and Dotonbori is a lesser-known neighborhood. In recent years, hotels and guesthouses have opened here. Shimanouchi is a comparatively peaceful and quiet area despite being walking distance from downtown, making it popular.Another lodging option, known for its compactness, is the capsule hotel. Osaka actually innovated the concept. Shinsaibashi and Dotonbori have many capsule hotels. Numerous women-only hotels and hotels with trendy shared spaces operate here as well.Read also Picture from If You’re In A Seafood Mood, Visit Osaka’s Kuromon Market!Kuromon Market has plenty of local Osaka food available to try and is clustered with shops selling everything from fresh vegetables and fruit to seafood. Kuromon Market is close to the Nipponbashi subway station and is walkable from Namba.Originally a market where many Namba restaurants would purchase supplies, the number of shops where anyone can freely buy items has grown, and visitors from overseas have increased as well. Sashimi and sushi made from tuna and fugu (puffer fish) are particularly popular. Some establishments will even prepare the fish you bought so you can eat it on the spot.Kuromon MarketAddress: Osaka, Chuo, Nipponbashi 2-3-2 Google MapsAccess: Right by Nipponbashi Station on either the Sakaisuji or Sennichimae Osaka Metro LineHomepage: Kuromon Market (Japanese)Read also Real Osaka Food! Kushi-Katsu Beneath The Lights Of Shinsekai Venture into NambaNestled in the center of Namba, the unique downtown of Minami is an area iconic of Osaka, the city of “kuidaore,” or eating and drinking to your heart’s content. The area’s appeal lies in its diversity and lively atmosphere. Please have fun shopping and sightseeing as you walk through this city and savor all the delicious food offered here!Read also Read also 4. Traditional Shopping Street – Hunt for Japan-Made Souvenirs ©Osaka Convention Tourism BureauAs you walk through Dotonbori, you will find a western-style building amidst rows of restaurants. This is Osaka Shochikuza, which was built in 1923. Regular performances of kabuki, the traditional Japanese art form are held here.This area actually once had several theaters where patrons could enjoy stage performances and movies. Numerous dining establishments with the aim of drawing in those customers began operating here, developing into what is now Dotonbori. This retro-modern building helps visitors imagine Osaka’s past.Osaka ShochikuzaAddress: Osaka, Chuo, Dotonbori 1-9-19 Google MapsAccess: Five to ten minutes on foot from all Namba stationsHomepage: Shochikuza (Japanese)10. Nipponbashi Denden Town, the Leading Otaku Mecca in Western Japanlast_img read more

Using Credit Cards In Japan A Guide To Money During Your Trip

first_imgFor those thinking, “I don’t have enough Japanese yen, but I have my home currency!”, you’ll be able to exchange that cash at foreign currency exchange spots. The conversion rates and handling fees will differ at each currency exchange spot.For details, please read Need Japanese Yen? Four Ways To Get Cash In Japan.Can I use my Debit Card in Japan? Male Female Other Fill in this survey and receive a gift! Survey about alcoholic beverages you would like to enjoy on a trip to JapanThe purpose of this survey is to research what kind of alcoholic beverages would visitors to Japan like to try. The readers who fill in this survey automatically take part in a drawing and one participant will receive Japanese souvenirs worth 1,000 yen. Thank you very much. We accepted input.An error occurred in the sending process Please fill in your e-mail address. (*The e-mail address wil be used only to contact you about the result of the drawing. It will not be used for any other purposes.)” If you answered with “I would like to drink” and “I plan to drink,” please tell us where do you plan to drink and in what circumstances. (You can select several answers.) Debit cards, a card that charges money from your bank account at the time of purchase, can be used for shopping wherever credit cards are accepted, but will have some exceptions.However, debit cards commonly used abroad differ from the “J-Debit” cards used domestically in Japan. As a result, there are international tourists that end up confused when they can’t withdraw Japanese yen from the bank.Those wanting to withdraw cash (Japanese yen) from a VISA debit card should use a Seven Bank or Japan Post Bank ATM.Read Also:Where You Can Find ATMs Available With International Brand CreditNeed Japanese Yen? Four Ways To Get Cash In JapanBasic Information Regarding Japanese Currency Privacy policy Regarding the use of private information, please check our privacy policy using the link below this form. If you agree to the terms, please mark the checkbox. Your nationality Things To Know Before You Travel! Credit Cards in JapanOne thing that may run through many peoples’ minds before an international trip is this: “Will I be able to use my credit card?” Credit cards can of course be used in Japan. However, the usage rate of credit cards here is low when compared to other developed nations and Western countries.In Japan, there are many instances where credit cards can’t be used depending on the location. As such, we have created a guide on places where credit cards are able to be used and what to do when you run out of cash.Credit Card Usage In Japan I agree. Yes, I would like to drink alcohol and I plan to. I would like to drink but I don’t plan to. I don’t want to drink but I have to. I don’t want to drink and I don’t plan to. Japanese Sake Shochu (distilled liquor) Beer Cocktails Whiskey Umeshu (plum wine) Your agecenter_img 20-24 25-34 35-44 Over 45 years of age TrainsNormal ticket machines at JR train stations, depending on the machine, will be cash only for purchasing a ticket or recharging your IC card.If you want to use your credit card, please visit the JR Ticket Office or go to a ticket machine that accepts credit cards.However, not all train stations will have JR Ticket Offices. These offices will often be found in relatively large stations. In Tokyo, they’re found in major stations such as Tokyo Station, Shinjuku Station, Ikebukuro Station, Shibuya Station, and Ueno Station. For details, please check this page (Japanese).Shinkansen (Bullet Trains)Shinkansen tickets can be paid for with credit cards when purchasing passenger, special-express, or unreserved seat tickets. Of course, you can purchase your shinkansen tickets at ticket machines, as well as at the JR Ticket Office, or online. Please be careful as shinkansen ticket machines are different from train ticket machines.Express BusesFor express buses, choose a bus company at the destination you will be visiting and purchase a ticket. You can pay with a credit card with most bus companies. In addition to paying via credit card, you may also be able to pay at a convenience stores or at travel agencies partnered with reservation websites.Transit BusesIt is standard to pay by cash or IC card on transit buses. For sightseeing tour buses, you may be able to use your credit card when purchasing your tour bus package.This does not mean that all tour buses can be paid with a credit card, so be sure to research whether or not this is possible beforehand.TaxisIn Japan, there are many taxis that do not accept credit cards. If it is a major taxi company you will be able to use a credit card or IC card, but many private taxis only accept cash.When you want to use your credit card, check the back seat window before getting on as it will display whether or not credit cards are accepted. We recommend asking the driver directly whether or not they accept credit cards before you get into the vehicle.For more information on taxis, please read the article “How To Take A Taxi In Japan”.Chain Stores Accept Cards, but be Cautious at Privately-Run Businesses (Dining) Japan has a low credit card usage rate when compared to the West. According to a 2016 report, results revealed that 84% percent of people in Japan own credit cards, and the use of electronic money, including credit cards and IC cards (rechargeable cards), is 66% (JCB, General Credit Card Study in 2016, reported in Japanese).In this way, Japan is still a firmly rooted cash-based society with many people who pay by cash despite having a credit card. There are several stores where credit cards can be used in major cities and tourist areas such as Tokyo and Osaka, but stores in the suburbs and countryside as well as many places with entrance fees such as Shinto shrines, Buddhist temples, and castles are cash only.Though credit cards have become commonplace, it is safer to bring cash along with your credit cards when traveling in Japan.Credit Card-Friendly PlacesYou may run into situations when you find you can’t use your credit card when you try paying with one. This section introduces places where credit cards can be used.Pay Attention to Buses and Private Taxi (Transportation) What would you like to drink in Japan? Credit cards are accepted at almost all hotels, ryokan (Japanese inns), hostels, and guest houses. You will pay by card when making an advance reservation. There are also some lodging facilities that only accept cash, so it is best to confirm beforehand whether or not they are cash-only if they ask for onsite payment when making your reservation.Major Cards Usable In JapanNext, we’ll introduce the major credit cards you can use in Japan. First are VISA and MasterCard. These cards are widely accepted at stores where credit card payment is taken.Next is Japan’s own credit card brand, JCB. Their shares fall behind when compared to VISA or MasterCard, but they are still a major brand in Japan.There are stores that accept American Express and DinersClub cards, but it is not unusual for a store to not accept these cards. These cards can be used at most establishments selling high-end products.There are also locations including sightseeing areas and department stores handling large sums of money which will accept cards such as UnionPay.A Solution for those without Cash and a Credit Card! You won’t be able to enjoy your trip if you are without cash and a credit card. By using your card at ATMs marked with the PLUS logo, you can easily utilize an overseas cashing service.For information on financial institutions that use PLUS in Japan, please read Where You Can Find ATM Available With International Brand Credit.Aside from PLUS ATM machines, you will also be able to withdraw cash at most ATMs with VISA or MasterCard logos.Convert to Japanese Yen at Foreign Currency City Exchange Spots Izakaya (Japanese bar) Bar Restaurant At the hotel (in one’s room, in the hotel lounge or restaurant, etc.) Outdoors (on the street, in the park, etc.) Your gender Taiwan South Korea China Thailand Philippines Vietnam Indonesia Singapore Malaysia The United States of America Great Britain Australia Other countries than above Would you drink alcohol during a trip to Japan? Department StoresCredit cards are accepted for food purchases and for other merchandise at most department stores. You should have no problems using your credit card at these stores.Around StationsIn the areas surrounding train stations you’ll be able to use your credit card at most restaurants, and especially at chain restaurants. Many storefronts will have a logo indicating whether or not cards are accepted, so look for this logo when entering.Privately-Run RestaurantsMany privately-run restaurants in metropolitan areas such as Tokyo and Osaka will accept credit cards. It is best to check for the credit card logo at the storefront when entering, or to confirm with an employee.However, please be careful, as there may be some restaurants that will tell you “you cannot use your credit card during lunch,” even if they have a logo indicating they accept credit cards.SouvenirsCredit cards are accepted at most of souvenir shops located in tourist areas.A logo indicating what payment methods are accepted will be displayed at storefronts. It is best to ask whether or not they accept credit cards before entering in the event that there is no logo.Paying with Credit Cards is Standard (Lodging) ▼Privacy PolicyPrivacy Policylast_img read more

Woman lived to 99 with most organs on bodys wrong side

first_imgSalem (Oregon): Rose Marie Bentley was an avid swimmer, raised five kids, helped her husband run a feed store, and lived to the ripe age of 99. It was only after she died that medical students discovered that all her internal organs except for her heart were in the wrong place. The discovery of the rare condition, which was presented this week to a conference of anatomists, was astounding especially because Bentley had lived so long. People with the condition known as situs inversus with levocardia often have life-threatening cardiac ailments and other abnormalities, according to Oregon Health & Science University. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USCameron Walker’s class at the university in Portland was examining the heart of a cadaver last year when they noticed the blood vessels were different. When they opened the abdominal cavity, they saw that all the other organs were on the wrong side. The unusual blood vessels helped the heart compensate. In a telephone interview Tuesday, Walker described his reaction to the find as “definitely a mix of curiosity, fascination and a sense of wanting to explore a little bit of a medical mystery a medical marvel really that was in front of us.” “And I would say the students felt something very similar,” Walker, an assistant professor of anatomy, told The Associated Press. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsBentley’s family had not known about the condition, which OHSU says occurs only once in every 22,000 births. Apparently Bentley didn’t either. Bentley, who lived in Molalla, 40 kilometers south of Portland, had led a normal life. Her only recurrent physical complaint was arthritis, her daughter Louise Allee remembered. But there were signs. When Bentley was in her 50s, she underwent a hysterectomy, and the doctor also wanted to remove the appendix. But he couldn’t find it, Allee said in a phone interview. When Bentley had her gallbladder removed at least a decade later, it was on the opposite side of where it should have been, she said. “No one said a thing,” Allee said. Bentley had agreed to donate her body to OHSU, Oregon’s only academic health center. “This is an important case that really gave us an opportunity to talk about the importance of future clinicians paying attention to subtle anatomic variations, not just large anatomic variations, in terms of addressing their future patients as individuals,” Walker said. “Don’t judge a book by its cover, and always check and see what you’ve got before you talk about care.”last_img read more

Morocco a woman gives birth on the sidewalk

first_imgRabat – A woman gave birth to her child on the cold sidewalk of the town of Debdou, in the province of Taourirt in eastern Morocco.“Zahra Benamar arrived at the Debdou community health center to find its doors closed. She addressed her obvious concern to the head of the municipality and he refused to take her in an ambulance to the nearest hospital. She was forced to deliver her baby on the sidewalk in the open air. Few passersby assisted her through her suffering,” Al Massae reported.”The public erupted in anger over the incident, which protested inside the hall of the health center later on. They raised their demands in the right to health, medical treatment, physicians who do shift work, and outreach to isolated villages and scattered houses in the mountains of Debdou.” The same source added. The daily newspaper said that the minister of health mentioned, earlier this year, that he had assigned 20 new medical units to insure healthy births in addition to helicopters that would facilitate access to about 80 emergency units.Unfortunately, this is not the first case of its kind. On January 2nd, a man carried his wife in labor on his employer’s truck towards the health center of Brekane, a city in eastern Morocco, where she delivered a dead child at the threshold of the closed center, the source added.Edited by Jessica Rohan© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more


TORONTO — If anyone is looking for activist folk singer Bruce Cockburn to deliver a passionate lyrical rebuke for our tumultuous times, they’re not going to find it on his newest album.The 74-year-old musician has a respected history in the craft of protest songs, but he’s not taking the bait anymore. He doesn’t find inspiration in the anger that’s spewed by the U.S. president, he says, nor does he feel the necessity to acknowledge the latest outrage.Half a century into his career, the songwriter behind “If I Had a Rocket Launcher,” “Lovers in a Dangerous Time” and “If a Tree Falls” might seem a little jaded — but he sees it differently. Advertisement Canadian musician Bruce Cockburn poses for a photograph in Toronto on Monday, July 15, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “I’m more frustrated than fired up,” he explains while sitting in the lobby of a Toronto hotel.“I’ve gotten angry so many times over so many things. Really the stuff that would make me angry now is all the same.”Canadian musician Bruce Cockburn poses for a photograph in Toronto on Monday, July 15, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan DenetteCockburn acknowledges that might be him showing his age. The energy that once fuelled his inner fire is being redirected, mostly to raising his young daughter. The Ottawa-born musician, who resides in San Francisco with his wife, also walks with a cane due to hip and foot problems.Cockburn says he doesn’t want to recycle the agita that established him in the Canadian cultural canon. It seems he would rather seek solace from today’s political discord in the strings of his acoustic guitar.On his 34th album “Crowing Ignites,” due for release on Sept. 20, Cockburn lets the music do the talking. The all-instrumental project is his first since “Speechless,” a wordless collection of mostly covers of his own songs released 15 years ago that firmly established Cockburn as a formidable picker. His latest further entrenches his skills beyond the written word.But “Crowing Ignites” isn’t an island of work. The collection of 11 original tracks plays like a meditation on our careless existence, though it leaves most of its interpretation up to the listener.Cockburn offers some direction in the song’s titles: “April in Memphis,” evokes the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., and “Blind Willie” is an homage to pre-Depression era American gospel singer Blind Willie Johnson, whose troubled life led to an early death at 48.“Seven Daggers,” named in reference to Roman Catholic imagery of the Virgin Mary, is a dreamy journey where Cockburn’s guitar lingers among the sounds of kalimbas. And the hypnotic “Bells of Gethsemane,” takes his instrument drifting along a sea of Tibetan cymbals, chimes and singing bowls.“To me, the nature of instrumental music is that it exists on its own terms,” Cockburn explains.“It may suggest things to you, or conjure up feelings, but you can’t really control how it does that.”Yet it’s difficult to separate “Crowing Ignites” from the social fabric it’s built from, which makes Cockburn’s insistence on ambiguity all the more bewildering.When asked about politics, he offers a clearer sense of what might’ve led him to return to instrumentals. He expresses dismay over how “polarization” and “fragmentation” have split people along political party lines and isolated both sides from each other.“The whole idea that liberal and conservative have become pejorative — they’re not descriptive terms anymore, they’re labels to refer to people you hate. How can you have dialogue when the language can’t accommodate a different point of view?” Cockburn says.“Maybe that was in the background somewhere in the choice of doing an instrumental album. It wasn’t conscious. But we have to do our best to promote community and dialogue.”It’s one of the reasons he hasn’t released a song about Donald Trump, who he believes promotes “chaos.” He refuses to give the U.S. president any more oxygen.“The world is talking about Donald Trump by his invitation — he doesn’t need any more attention,” he says.Cockburn hopes for the sake of his eight-year-old daughter the world digs itself out of its troubled state.“In a way, I feel guilty for having had a kid, not from the point of view of population, but for inflicting the future on that child,” he says..“I worry about that. But I probably won’t even be here when she’s hitting the worst of that, so it’s kind of hard to think of it in concrete terms.”By David Friend ~ The Canadian Press Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Twitter read more


ALEXANDER LUDWIG TO STAR OPPOSITE STEPHEN AMELL IN STARZ’S WRESTLING DRAMA SERIES ‘HEELS’Alexander Ludwig (Vikings, The Hunger Games) is set as the co-lead opposite Stephen Amell in Heels, Starz’s eight-episode hourlong drama set in the outrageous world of independent professional wrestling.Written by Michael Waldron, with Mike O’Malley as showrunner, Heels is about the men and women who chase their dreams in the world of small-town pro wrestling. Set in a close-knit Georgia community, it follows a family-owned wrestling promotion as two brothers and rivals, Jack (Amell) and Ace (Ludwig) Spade, war over their late father’s legacy. In the ring, somebody must play the good guy (Ludwig) and somebody must play their nemesis, the heel (Amell). But in the real world, those characters can be hard to live up to — or hard to leave behind. READ MOREFANDOMS COLLIDE AS VIKINGS’ ALEXANDER LUDWIG JOINS ARROW VET STEPHEN AMELL FOR NEW SHOWVikings will wrap after its upcoming sixth season on History, but that doesn’t mean the whole cast will be gone from the small screen. Alexander Ludwig, who plays Bjorn on the History drama, has already landed a new gig, and it will take him face-to-face with an Arrow-verse superhero vet. Ludwig joins Arrow’s Stephen Amell for the upcoming Starz drama Heels. With Arrow ending as well, Heels guarantees that these long-running TV stars won’t be gone from TV for too long. So, what’s in store? Login/Register With: Alexander Ludwig (Shutterstock) Facebook Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Alexander Ludwig is on board Heels as the co-lead opposite Stephen Amell, and they’ll be playing brothers who also happen to be rivals. Their family owns a wrestling promotion, and brothers Ace (Ludwig) and Jack (Amell) battle over the legacy of their father, who has died. The show takes place in a Georgia community known as Duffy and follows the stories of men and women alike immersed in the world of professional wrestling in a small town. READ MOREVIKINGS’ ALEXANDER LUDWIG TO JOIN STEPHEN AMELL IN STARZ’S HEELSAlexander Ludwig is climbing into the ring with Stephen Amell and Starz: The Vikings star is set to play Amell’s brother in the upcoming wrestling drama Heels.Ludwig will co-star as Ace, the younger brother of Amell’s character Jack Spade. Ace is a star pro wrestler in the ring, but “things are more difficult in the real world, where he struggles to reconcile his town idol status with his insecurities and demons,” per the official description. “He’s brash, cocky, and self-destructive — yet so damn charming and good-looking that you can almost forgive him.” READ MORENot jealous at all… (Picture: Kristy Dawn Dinsmore/Instagram)VIKINGS STARS ALEXANDER LUDWIG AND KRISTY DAWN DINSMORE GET CUTE IN ROMANTIC POOL SNAPSVikings stars Alexander Ludwig and Kristy Dawn Dinsmore continued to be TV’s cutest off-screen couple, as they shared an adorable Instagram video of themselves enjoying a Sunday dip in the pool. The pair recently reunited after their busy schedules kept them apart, spending some quality time together while Kristy shared their PDAs on social media (something she’s definitely used to doing…) READ MORE Advertisement read more

UNDP outlines fiveyear development strategy for Latin America

The Second UNDP Regional Cooperation Framework for Latin America and the Caribbean has been tailored to help improve the lot of some 244 million “income poor” people there. Key areas requiring attention include macroeconomic management, according to the report, which points out that “High levels of debt-servicing and a downturn of the global economy, lower foreign direct investment and shrinking markets for exports constitute major concerns in 2001.” While noting progress in the area of women’s rights, UNDP says significant challenges remain, including domestic violence, trafficking in girls, lack of protection for women in conflict situations and women’s unequal access to basic services. In the area of information technology, the report notes that although Latin America and the Caribbean account for 8 per cent of world population, the region has only 3.5 per cent of all Internet users. “The mainstreaming of information and communication technologies (ICT) in development activities can play a meaningful role in the transformation to a more informed society and a competitive and service-oriented economy and can benefit the poor particularly,” UNDP says. According to the report, UNDP will allocate $16.9 million in core resources for the five-year strategy, with 35 per cent going to poverty reduction, 35 per cent to democratic governance, 25 per cent to energy and climate change, 2 per cent to advocacy for human development and 3 per cent to programme development and monitoring. read more

In Rome Annan meets with African leaders to discuss regional concerns

Meeting with several African leaders attending the five-year follow-up to the World Food Summit in Rome, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today expressed hope that conflicts on the continent could be resolved quickly so that a climate conducive to economic development could emerge.Meeting with President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, Mr. Annan said that no one wanted to invest in a bad neighbourhood, according to a UN spokesperson. The Secretary-General voiced hope that in the next 18 months, the conflicts in Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo could be resolved and the continent could have a more peaceful image to encourage foreign investment.President Obasanjo and the Secretary-General also reviewed the security situation in West Africa, specifically how developments in Liberia affected the region as a whole, and discussed the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and the upcoming meeting of the G-8 countries in Canada, spokesperson Marie Okabe said.The subjects of NEPAD and the G-8 Summit were also raised during the Secretary-General’s talks with Meles Zenawi, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, according to Ms. Okabe. In addition, the Secretary-General met one-on-one with the President of Sierra Leone, Ahmad Tejan Kabbah. Mr. Annan later met with President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, along with James Morris, the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), to discuss ways to speed up food aid to Zimbabwe and the other southern African countries currently on the brink of famine.Mr. Annan also had meetings with the Vice Prime Minister of China, Wen Jiabao, President Andres Pastrana Arango of Colombia, President Gnassingbe Eyadema of Togo and President Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea. In addition, the Secretary-General’s programme included a meeting with South African President Thabo Mbeki. read more

How Were Predicting The 2019 College Football Playoff

A handful of weeks into the 2019 season, we still don’t know much about how the College Football Playoff race will eventually play out. Twenty-four major-conference teams (so, the Power Five plus Notre Dame — more on the Irish later) are currently undefeated, and 29 more have only one loss. Although we may be headed for yet another Clemson-versus-Alabama rematch in the national title game, that’s not set in stone … yet.To help make sense of the postseason picture from this early stage of the season onward, we built a model that predicts every team’s chance of making the playoff and winning the national championship. You can read more about how it works here — and we’ve made some tweaks this year — or scroll on to see the current rankings and how they might change going forward.The usual suspects are indeed at the top of this year’s projections as well, with Clemson, Alabama, Oklahoma, Ohio State and Georgia forming the top 5 most likely playoff teams. And yes, the two most likely championship-game contestants are — you guessed it — Clemson (45 percent chance of making the title game) and Alabama (30 percent). Those odds imply that there is a 62 percent chance at least one of the Tigers and Crimson Tide make the playoff and a 14 percent chance we see yet another Clemson-Bama tilt in New Orleans next January.But that means there’s an 86 percent chance we don’t get Swinney-versus-Saban Part IV in the national title game. It’s still a wide-open battle. Our model currently gives 40 teams at least a 1 percent chance to make the playoff, 30 teams at least a 1 percent chance of making the title game and 21 teams at least a 1 percent chance of winning it all. Total† Chance to… * Difference in playoff odds is weighted by the chance of each outcome — win or lose — actually happening.† Total swing includes every game in the country — not just those listed here. TeamConf.RecordEloDanger week*Make PlayoffWin Title 8WisconsinBig Ten2-017079Ohio State153 39.4 17VirginiaACC3-017595Notre Dame51 Oklahoma36.7+0.6-1.00.7 Surveying the 2019 College Football Playoff raceChance of making the College Football Playoff and winning the national championship for teams with at least a 1 percent title probability 21Texas A&MSEC2-117867Alabama31 16IowaBig Ten3-0179911Wisconsin51 9Penn StateBig Ten3-0176313Ohio State112 15Oklahoma St.Big 123-0172814Oklahoma61 19TexasBig 122-117507Oklahoma41 18Wash. St.Pac-123-017529Oregon51 Naturally, both UGA and Notre Dame would see their playoff odds rise by quite a bit with victories (and fall with losses). But an Irish win would shake things up most of all — Notre Dame’s chance of making the playoff will improve by about 27 percentage points if it wins, and UGA’s will fall by about 16 points. That’s a pretty huge impact for a game this early in the season.But although UGA-Notre Dame is the biggest game of Week 4, most top contenders’ fates will potentially be sealed much later in the year. Among the top 5 teams in our championship odds, four of them (Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State and Oklahoma) face their highest remaining chance of losing any given regular-season game in Week 14 — the final weekend before conference championships. (And even Georgia faces its most dangerous remaining regular-season opponent in Week 12 at Auburn, not this weekend against Notre Dame, in large part because UGA is at home against the Irish.)That means there will be plenty more drama to unfold as the season goes on. And you can use our playoff predictions to help follow it — and play with the implications of each game — every step along the way. 4Ohio StateBig Ten3-0192214Michigan338 Ohio State32.9+1.0-1.81.3 11OregonPac-122-116778Washington92 How Georgia-Notre Dame swings the playoff picturePotential changes in College Football Playoff probability for selected teams based on the outcome of the Sept. 21 Georgia-Notre Dame game 1ClemsonACC3-0204314S. Carolina75%25 6Notre DameInd.2-018614Georgia256 7LSUSEC3-0190211Alabama206 12AuburnSEC3-0183514Alabama82 TeamCurrent Playoff %WinsLosesWeighted Difference* Notre Dame24.9%-14.7+26.6+/-18.9 The big change we’ve added to the model this season involves one of those teams: Notre Dame. We believe we were systematically underrating the Fighting Irish’s chances of making the playoff in past seasons — as evidenced by the paltry 62 percent CFP probability we gave them heading into selection day last year. (They ended up making it, while a team we gave better odds to — Ohio State at 69 percent — missed out.)As an independent, Notre Dame was ineligible for the conference championship bonus in our model, which made its résumé look weaker in comparison with teams that had won their conferences. This year, however, we assign some fraction of the bonus to independents, based on their W-L record and how often the record tends to be enough to win a conference. That should help the Fighting Irish’s odds this year, provided they keep winning; if Notre Dame wins out, we give it a 97 percent chance of making the playoff.Of course, the biggest obstacle to that comes this weekend, when Georgia — an intriguing dark horse championship pick — hosts the Irish in a game that our model gives UGA a 65 percent chance of winning. This is by far the most important game of Week 4 in college football, with nearly 40 total points of playoff probability (across all FBS teams) riding on the outcome of the contest: Change in odds if Georgia… 3OklahomaBig 123-0185814Okla. St.378 Oregon9.1+0.5-0.90.7 Georgia26.7+8.9-16.111.4 Clemson74.8+1.1-1.91.4 13UtahPac-123-0171010Washington91 2AlabamaSEC3-0199614Auburn4618 5GeorgiaSEC3-0189412Auburn278 *A team’s most dangerous opponent is the team on its remaining schedule with the highest probability of beating it, according to the FiveThirtyEight model. 20WashingtonPac-122-117088Oregon41 10FloridaSEC3-019097LSU102 14MichiganBig Ten2-017694Wisconsin71 read more