Georgia vs. Notre Dame Is The Most Expensive Ticket In College Football

first_imgA closeup of Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly wearing a visor.ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish takes the field with his team before the game against the Clemson Tigers during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)When you think of high-demand college football games, usually a big rivalry like the Iron Bowl, Michigan-Ohio State, or Texas-Oklahoma comes to mind. But as it turns out, the most expensive college football game in 2019 is a non-conference game.According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Georgia-Notre Dame game is the most expensive college football game this year. Per the report, the cheapest available ticket from the reseller TickPick is for a whopping $600.To put that number into perspective, the second-most expensive college football game in 2019 is LSU-Texas. But those tickets have a lowest price of $339 – more than 40-percent cheaper.Even StubHub can’t offer much of a deal on Georgia-Notre Dame tickets. With fees added, the cheapest ticket available there is still $632.50. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p It’s a massive game to be sure, and one that will be crucial to both the Bulldogs and the Irish in their pursuit of the national title next year.Turn on the lights — @NDFootball will take on Georgia under the lights in Athens.📍 Sanford Stadium🆚 Georgia📆 September 21⏰ 8 p.m. ET📺 CBS#GoIrish #BeatBulldogs pic.twitter.com/DMWPPPWin2— The Fighting Irish (@FightingIrish) July 23, 2019The game will be played in Athens, marking the first time that Notre Dame has ever visited the Bulldogs in their building.Georgia boasts two wins over the Irish: A 17-10 Sugar Bowl win in 1981, and a regular season win in South Bend in 2017.last_img read more

Un livre sur le rôle du lieutenantgouverneur au programme scolaire de la

first_imgUn nouveau livre pour les enfants commandé par la lieutenante-gouverneure de la Nouvelle-Écosse aidera les élèves à découvrir ce qu’est un gouvernement responsable. Présidé par la lieutenante-gouverneure Mayann Francis, son lancement a eu lieu aujourd’hui, 9 juin, à la résidence vice-royale. Le livre, Angel et la lieutenante-gouverneure de la Nouvelle-Écosse, présente aux enfants le rôle et les fonctions officielles d’un lieutenant-gouverneur. « J’espère que le rôle du lieutenant-gouverneur contribuera, grâce au livre, à accroître chez les jeunes le sens de la citoyenneté et de la responsabilité envers la démocratie, de même que l’intérêt dans notre système politique, a déclaré la lieutenante-gouverneure. Je suis ravie que le projet ait été mené à terme et de savoir que le livre sera distribué dans les écoles de la province. » Dans le livre, Angel, la chatte de la lieutenante-gouverneure, offre des conseils et présente des faits intéressants pour encourager les enfants à en apprendre plus sur la démocratie et le fonctionnement du gouvernement. Le livre sera une ressource d’apprentissage pour l’unité sur la citoyenneté du programme d’études sociales pour la 3e année. Il est publié en français, en anglais, en mi’kmaq et en gaélique.last_img read more

Avalanche warning out for Western Canadian mountains

first_imgREVELSTOKE (660 NEWS) — This spring warmth feels really good if you’re hanging out in the city, but it’s not good news for skiers and snowboarders hoping to get in one last run.The current warning is widespread and applies to all the forecast regions in Western Canada.“We’re seeing the widespread natural avalanche cycle,” explained forecaster Grant Helgeson, who added conditions remain very poor in the backcountry. “It’s really not until Sunday that we start avalanche danger ratings coming down. This is a very dynamic time.”RELATED: Warmth sets more records in parts of B.C., while avalanche risk remains highAt the moment, Helgeson says the snow is weak and mushy, making it prone to avalanches.For the latest conditions, visit the Avalanche Canada website.last_img read more

Press Release ST Engineering to acquire Newtec for €250m

first_imgSingapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering or the Group) today announced that its subsidiary Singapore Technologies Engineering (Europe) Ltd, has entered into a conditional share purchase agreement to acquire a 100% ownership in Newtec Group NV (Newtec) (the “Proposed Acquisition”), an established Belgium-based company in the satellite communications (satcom) industry.The consideration of €250m (approximately S$383m) (the “Consideration”) on a cash-free and debt-free basis for the Proposed Acquisition, subject to closing adjustments, is payable in cash.Satcom is a growth industrySatcom is a fast-growing industry with an expected CAGR of 8%1 over the next 10 years. The surge of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) constellations will increase bandwidth capacity and reduce operating cost, thereby creating new demand. New use cases, especially to support Smart City applications such as IoT and connected cars, will drive demand for satcom services.Acquisition complementary and synergistic ST Engineering has been growing its satcom business through its U.S.-based iDirect and Singapore-based satcom product and solution business. The Group’s satcom business is an industry leader in the Aeronautical and Maritime segments and has led the industry’s transition to high-throughput satellite (HTS) managed services. It is also the technology provider for leading global satellite operators such as Inmarsat, Intelsat and SES. In 2018, ST Engineering formed a JV company named Jet-Talk Limited, with SatixFy UK Limited to develop cost-effective, high-performance flat panel antenna to address the growing demand for in-flight connectivity. The Group offers a suite of satcom solutions to provide seamless global network  Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd ST Engineering Hub, 1 Ang Mo Kio Electronics Park Road #07-01, Singapore 567710 T: (65) 6722 1818 F: (65) 6720 2293 (Regn. No.: 199706274H) and bandwidth management with end-to-end integration that addresses the growing needs of enterprise, government, mobility and defence market globally.On the other hand, Newtec is a key technology provider in the satellite broadcast segment with unique ultra-high throughput capabilities and a strong presence in the European satcom market. It has a proven range of cost-effective consumer satellite terminals, and industry-leading bandwidth efficiency technology. Recently, Newtec was among the first companies to successfully test over-the-air communication via LEO satellites. LEO satellites are expected to take off with the launch of more than 5,000 satellites in the coming years. The company is also well placed to leverage the advent of IP-based satellite broadcast which is critical for real-time content distribution.The proposed acquisition of Newtec will add intellectual property, products and market access. ST Engineering will continue to invest in Newtec in Belgium to position it to be the Group’s European centre for the satcom business. The complementary and synergistic effect of this proposed acquisition will enable ST Engineering to meet demand across the full spectrum of the satcom market.Positioning for future growth  With enhanced satcom capabilities, ST Engineering can better participate and lead the advancement of the satcom industry to enable Smart Cities globally. Capitalising on an enlarged IP and product portfolio, the Group will be able to:Accelerate the deployment of satcom-enabled 5G telco network, bringing high bandwidth  connectivity to remote regions. This will help bridge the digital divide and enable the development of new applications such as tele-medicine and tele-education.Address the growing needs for IoT and M2M connectivity, where millions of devices and telematic sensor points are expected to be connected for surveillance, data gathering and big data analytics.Provide end-to-end solutions for the mobility segment, enabling seamless internet connectivity and remote monitoring for the aeronautical, maritime and connected car segments.“This proposed acquisition expands our satcom business in a meaningful way in an attractive industry that is high-tech and high-growth, driving connectivity advances in a world where 5G  and satcom converge,” said Vincent Chong, President & CEO, ST Engineering. “It aligns with our strategy to invest in businesses that help accelerate our growth trajectory, especially in Smart City, to deliver long-term shareholder value.”“We are pleased to be able to acquire Newtec, an established satcom player with strong technology foundations. The differentiated yet complementary technologies, combined with our track record and established satcom experience, will enable us to innovate and deliver more value-added, advanced satellite products and capabilities to our customers, at a more rapid pace,” said Ravinder Singh, President, Electronics sector, ST Engineering.“This coming together of two companies will enable us to move forward together, using our deep-rooted passion for innovation to address our rapidly changing world of connectivity,” said Roald Borré, Chairman of Newtec Board of Directors. “This is an exciting and hugely significant step that simply makes sense for our customers and our staff.”Details of the Proposed AcquisitionThe Consideration was arrived at after negotiations between the parties taking into account, among other factors, Newtec’s current financial performance and future growth prospects. The Consideration translates into a multiple of 14.6 times Newtec’s EBITDA and 2.7 times revenue for the financial year ended 30 September 2018. The businesses when combined, is expected to produce about S$200m in value creation arising from revenue and cost synergies.The proposed acquisition is not expected to have any material impact on the earnings per share of ST Engineering for the current financial year but is expected to be earnings accretive from the second year post acquisition. The proposed acquisition is expected to reduce ST Engineering’s audited consolidated net tangible assets by approximately S$0.112 per share from S$0.41 per share to S$0.30 per share, assuming the Proposed Transaction has been effected at the end of FY2018. Newtec has consolidated net tangible assets (NTA) of €5.1m (approximately S$8m) and consolidated net assets of €28.4m (approximately S$44m) as at 30 September 2018.Subject to regulatory approvals and conditions that include receipt of clearance from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, Foreign Investment Review in France, and anti-trust approvals in Austria, the Proposed Acquisition is expected to complete in 2H2019.Numbers are based on in-house analysis of the third edition of Northern Sky Research (NSR) Commercial Satellite Ground Segment report (2018).Calculated based on Newtec’s consolidated net tangible assets as at 30 September 2018.ST Engineering is a global technology, defence and engineering group specialising in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors. The Group employs about 22,000 people across offices in Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East, serving customers in the defence, government and commercial segments in more than 100 countries. Its employees bring innovation and technology together to create smart engineering solutions for customers in the defence, government and commercial segments. With more than 500 smart city projects across 70 cities in its track record, the Group continues to help transform cities through its suite of Smart Mobility, Smart Security and Smart Environment solutions. Headquartered in Singapore, ST Engineering reported revenue of S$6.7b in FY2018 and it ranks among the largest companies listed on the Singapore Exchange. It is a component stock of the FTSE Straits Times Index, MSCI Singapore, SGX ESG Transparency Index and SGX ESG Leaders Index.last_img read more

Jamco uses Mixed Reality tech to help onthefly seat fixes

first_img“You want a lean maintenance process?” Cornell asks rhetorically. “How do you consistently perform that at any maintenance facility around the world? You give explicit, clear instructions, visually, so in any language you can understand exactly where to place it.”As one example, Jamco suggests that using mixed reality can reduce the amount of consequential seat damage — all the way down to eliminating scratches caused by internal mechanisms coming into contact with the surface materials during maintenance. As an example, if disassembling a seat midflight to retrieve a cellphone, the system visually shows crew exactly how to “place the seat pan against the cushion so that you don’t scratch the paint. You’re never going to have scratched paint because we’re telling you exactly the optimal maintenance procedure,” Cornell says.Disassembling and reassembling a seat gets a lot less complex and risky if guided step by step. Image: John WaltonCrew can feel more confident carrying out rare but necessary tasks without having to dredge up training from their memories or flip through paper (or, increasingly likely, electronic document) versions of their procedures.“Something that rarely happens can be performed perfectly without having to remember training that you had twenty years ago, ten years ago, whatever it is,” Cornell notes.If a seat is stuck in one position, it needs to be blocked, costing the airline money and unhappy passengers. Image: John WaltonJamco is clear that the technology isn’t restricted to the HoloLens platform. Augmented and mixed reality are already happening on personal electronic devices like phones and tablets, with Apple’s ARKit framework enabling everything from the Ikea Place app (view furniture at real size inside the room) to a variety of gaming applications.Could the technology extend to crew PEDs? “Certainly,” Cornell says. “It doesn’t have to be a head device that you’re wearing. This gives you a hands-free methodology to do the augmented reality maintenance, but you could also have augmented reality in the iPad, and it’s pointing arrows: this is where you need to check, check this, check this. Maybe some troubleshooting steps to get you to an open seat again.”The end goal, says Cornell, is shared between airlines and seat manufacturers: “we don’t want to have any blocked seats.”Related Articles:VR could be a boon to aircraft interiors, if properly appliedGrowth ahead and innovation in cabin crew simulator marketOptech4D pitches AR, VR training and testing solutions to aviationOnboard battery fires underscore need for meaningful actionPress Release: Lufthansa Technik app identifies seat cover part numbers As airline seats become more complex, more customized and more detailed in terms of color, material and finish, keeping them fully functional for every flight — and looking as intended — is an increasingly difficult task.As a rule, that’s true for anything that comes into contact with passengers, and no matter how much seatmakers test for robustness, at some point the seat will need immediate line maintenance.Even beyond the simple failure of a component that leaves a seat immovable in one position, a passenger might drop their passport down the side of the structure, for example, or a mobile phone might slip into the mechanisms and risk an onboard fire.The production of a gaggle of cabin crewmembers all trying to remember their training on how to open up the seat to fix it, to retrieve a phone or pluck out another lost item is not only wasted time but a disruption to the rest of the cabin — and also risks further damaging the seat if the steps for disassembly are carried out incorrectly.Seatmaker Jamco has a solution: mixed reality, which it demonstrated impressively at last month’s Aircraft Interiors Expo.“Mixed reality,” John Cornell, Jamco’s manager of product research and development, tells Runway Girl Network, “is when you’re combining the physical touch — actually touching an object that’s real, but using augmented virtual reality, overlaying with the HoloLens over the physical plant that you’re touching. That allows you to move the object, place it exactly where you need to place it on the aircraft, for what we would consider optimal maintenance.”Jamco is demonstrating the technology using Microsoft’s HoloLens smart glasses, which project additional instructions, diagrams and demonstrations onto their lenses.last_img read more

Press Release GDC delivers highly connected 787s to VVIP customer

first_imgGDC Technics, an industry leader in aircraft engineering, modification and completion services, announced the completion and delivery of two VVIP 787s to a confidential head of state customer.Both of these aircraft were completed with the most sophisticated VVIP head-of-state cabins that integrate cutting edge technologies along with state of the art materials and engineering solutions, which created maximum luxury only found in a VVIP aircraft.“These two aircraft are absolutely unmatched in the industry. Whether it be comfort, technology, design, aesthetics or ergonomic functionality—these aircraft have it all,” said Brad Foreman, CEO, GDC Technics. “We equipped the B787s with the latest connectivity and passenger comfort capabilities, including ARINC 791 Ka-Band Antennas (an industry first on a VVIP B787), Iridium Antennas, Satcom Antennas, forward- looking cameras, therapeutic O2 discharge ports, quad cameras, downward zoom cameras, tail fin cameras and Satellite TV Antennas.”He added: “The cabins were delivered with Sound Interface Levels (SIL) of 47.5 dB, allowing for a much quieter cabin in-flight, (ie compare to sound level on ground). Along with quieter cabins, additional humidification systems were provided to enhance the passenger experiences during long haul flights. In addition, the two B787s were completed with live television capabilities, a first for any VVIP B787. GDC has and will continue to pioneer the way for next generation aircraft and has mastered the engineering to do so, alongside our subsidiary GDC Engineering, whom partnered with Boeing on the development of the B787 aircraft.”Mohammed Alzeer, Chairman of GDC, commented on the delivery. “These B787 deliveries are a testimony to the success of our strategy focusing on developing new, innovative, engineering and production techniques. Our commitment is to ensure that the cabins that we engineer and build match the sophistication of the next generation aircraft we install them in,” he said.“We were able to achieve 20% lighter weight reductions, than industry estimates, providing our client with an operational advantage and fuel savings throughout the life of the aircraft,” added Alzeer. “Combined with state-of –the-art technologies and a custom interior, these aircraft allow for the ultimate VVIP experience in-flight.”The company recently announced its new ownership structure and shared strategic vision with new partners Oriole Capital Group, Trive Capital and MAZ Aviation. With the addition of GDC’s new ownership partners, the company plans to maintain its industry leadership in VVIP modification services, while leveraging the firm’s comprehensive capabilities in design, composite/structural engineering and certification into new markets such as commercial and military modifications, communication and avionics upgrades, structural modifications and support services.About GDC TechnicsGDC Technics is a world-class aircraft modification and technology company with extensive capabilities in design, engineering, manufacturing, installation, testing and certification of structural and system modifications for narrow and wide-body aircraft. GDC Technics has extensive worldwide reach with subsidiaries in the UK and Germany.last_img read more

As Flight Shame movement gathers steam IATA focuses on environment

first_imgAs the planet confronts an environmental crisis, airlines face increasing scrutiny and public pressure to improve their environmental credentials. An anti-flying movement which started in Sweden is gaining momentum in other European countries, bringing attention to aviation’s contribution to climate change. The phrase “flight shame” is now on the International Air Transport Association’s radar. The group is responding with concrete plans to cut CO2 emissions, adopt new aircraft technologies and sustainable fuels, and address infrastructural issues.During this week’s IATA AGM in Seoul, airlines signed a resolution calling on governments to implement ICAO’s CORSIA carbon offsetting scheme for carbon neutral growth for international airlines by 2020. IATA members also repeated their commitment to cutting emissions by half by 2050, using 2005 levels as the baseline.“Aviation is the business of freedom. For 4.6 billion travelers it is their freedom to explore, build business, or reunite with friends and family. The economic benefit of this is 65 million jobs and a $2.7 trillion boost to the global economy,” said IATA Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac.“Aviation is growing responsibly to meet this demand. From 2020, for example, the industry will achieve carbon-neutral growth. And that is on the way to the much more ambitious goal of cutting emissions to half 2005 levels by 2050. We are determined to deliver sustainable global connectivity through aviation.”Airlines have been calling on their governments to help advance development of alternative sustainable fuels and invest in more efficient infrastructure. Many operators have also expressed a commitment to new technologies, including the development of more fuel efficient aircraft and a focus on weight-reduction.Cathay Pacific chairman John Slosar believes new, more fuel-efficient aircraft are key. “Aviation efficiency goes up about 15% every ten years. So if you’re two generations behind [with your fleet] you’re 30% behind in terms of eco-efficiency,” he said last week during a Wings Club luncheon in New York.Slosar also pointed to the efforts of Fulcrum BioEnergy, which is turning municipal solid waste into jet fuel. Cathay Pacific has both invested in the business and committed to a long-term jet fuel supply agreement. Slosar noted that a Nevada plant is set to open next year, and the firm is “trying to prove there is a scalable technology” because one of the big questions around biofuels is – how do you scale it and prove its efficiency?IATA director, aviation environment Michael Gill said at the IATA AGM that sustainable aviation fuels, which are already being used on certain commercial flights, will have the potential to cut emissions by up to 80%. “Airlines have been investing in lightweight seats and cabin equipment and even replacing heavy pilot manuals with tablet computers.”Gill also called on governments to ensure that airlines have infrastructure “which relates mainly to navigational improvements, making better use of airspace and streamlining the routes taken by aircraft to cut down on flight time, and optimizing airport layout to improve throughput”.Some of this is already in progress, including the adoption of satellite-based navigation, the FAA’s own NextGen program, and similar initiatives. But there are some notable gaps, especially in Europe where the airspace is constrained by multiple jurisdictions. IATA claims that implementation of the long-delayed Single European Sky ATM Research program could help cut 18M tonnes of CO2 annually in Europe.Cabin waste was also on the environmental agenda at AGM. In 2018, airlines generated around 6.1 million tones of cabin waste of which 20-30% was untouched food and drink.“IATA has developed cabin waste recycling guidance for international flights to ensure airlines are able to meet the requirements of the most stringent regulatory regimes globally, is flexible enough to accommodate a wide variety of airline operating models and incorporates best waste management practices from within the aviation industry,” said Gill.While generally supporting the reduction of single-use plastics, IATA raised concerns that alternatives should not add weight to operations, reversing progress on fuel-savings. “Environmental impacts to take into consideration include increased enter by and water consumption from cleaning and return logistics, water pollution from washing, as well as CO2 emissions that result from heavier materials carried onboard aircraft,” said Gill.Airlines also hope that new aircraft designs will help further cut fuel use. During Airbus Innovation Days, SAS and Airbus announced a project to study hybrid electric propulsion for commercial aircraft.SAS and Airbus are researching hybrid and electric aircraft. Image: SASAlso during the AGM, KLM and TU Delft revealed a design for an alternative “Flying-V” aircraft (pictured at top), which would be more fuel efficient.Some airlines expressed an openness to multi-modal transport as part of long-term industry sustainability. KLM CEO Pieter Elbers said that, if Europe were to offer more efficient high-speed rail systems, he would support intermodal alternatives, even if it meant curbing some short-haul flight routes.He suggested that a greater reliance on rail for shorter journeys may be necessary to address airport and air traffic management infrastructure constraints on growth.The environmental movement is also putting pressure on low-cost airlines to address the impact of their operations too. Today, Ryanair became the first airline in Europe to commit to publishing monthly CO2 emissions statistics, reporting an average of 66g CO2 per passenger/km for May 2019.Related Articles:KLM outlines challenges of reducing inflight catering wasteWill Dash 8 hybrid-electric X-plane hit the spot for green aviation?Etihad Airways goes green with new customizable short-haul economyIncreasing reusability of airline inflight amenity kitsOp-Ed: When the train beats the planeIFC cost benefit analysis changes when emissions, ops factoredEnvironmentalists worry about weakening of airline carbon offset planEfforts to rein in aviation emissions continue to spur disagreementGreen lobby challenges airline chiefs to clarify climate change stanceAviation denies claims that green fuel plan is Trojan horse for palm oilUS airlines seek to convince Trump to uphold CORSIA commitmentIt’s not easy being green in the cabinIAG urges airlines to prepare for CORSIA amid fear of regulatory forceCountries move to adopt aircraft emissions standard at varying paceICAO hopes to set new standard of CO2 emissions in 2016Landmark ICAO aviation emissions deal provokes mixed emotionsCan ICAO convince the world to regulate aviation emissions?last_img read more

Press Release LSG sees 1H sales growth despite two contract expirations

first_imgDuring the first half of 2019, the LSG Group continued to grow. Consolidated sales of EUR 1.62 billion are 4.4 percent higher than during the same period last year despite the expiration of two hub-catering contracts in South Korea and Italy in the summer of 2018.The company’s adjusted EBIT (earnings before interest and taxes) of EUR 33 million is 18 percent lower than a year ago due to the ongoing transformation in Europe and the loss of the above-mentioned contracts.“Our business has benefited from increased demand for our products and services across all parts of the world,” said Dr. Kristin Neumann, Chief Financial Officer. “We are very satisfied with the financial and operational performance of our teams around the globe as our business is on track despite continued political and economic uncertainty in some of our most important markets.”In the spring, the company opened two new customer service centers in Phoenix, USA, and in Nairobi, Kenya. Major business wins include the renewal of sizable catering contracts with airBaltic, Delta Air Lines and United for LSG Sky Chefs. Meanwhile, Retail inMotion strengthened its leading market position by acquiring the contract to manage the Cathay Pacific Group’s worldwide travel-retail program. The LSG Group’s youngest expert brand, Evertaste, was recognized as “Brand Innovation of the Year” by the German Design Council.“The diversification and upgrading of our portfolio over recent years have been very well received by our customers,” said Erdmann Rauer, Chief Executive Officer. “Our focus is now on building on the seemingly unlimited possibilities of digitalization to create a holistic and highly flexible service offering that can be easily tailored to rapidly changing demands.”The LSG Group is the world’s leading provider of end-to-end onboard products and services for the travel industry. It possesses a strong portfolio of independent expert brands: LSG Sky Chefs (catering and hospitality, including lounges), Retail inMotion (onboard retail), SPIRIANT (onboard equipment) and Evertaste (convenience food).The LSG Group is headquartered in Neu-Isenburg, near Frankfurt, Germany. In 2018, its 35,500 employees achieved consolidated revenues of EUR 3.2 billion and produced 719 million meals. Additionally, the LSG Group has a rich network of joint ventures and partnerships around the globe, generating non-consolidated revenues of EUR 1.4 billion.last_img read more

Ignoring bad advice Stephanie Burn on achieving her piloting dream

first_imgAfter her piloting ambition was described as ‘unrealistic’, Stephanie Burn embarked on an unusually tough route to the flight deck. Today she flies A320 family aircraft with easyJet, and works hard to encourage young people into good career choices.“At 15, my careers advisor said my ambition was unrealistic. I’d dreamed of being a pilot since the age of five, after seeing the flight deck during a trip. So, I made it my mission to learn as much as I could,” Burn tells Runway Girl Network.She had already begun flying gliders a year earlier, at the age of 14. Leaning on her ambition as motivation, she soon began working as many as three jobs simultaneously “just so I could afford the 100-mile drive to a grass strip and pay for 20 minutes to keep current; I couldn’t afford the landing fees at my local international airport.”Burn faced various hurdles in the ensuing years. “I’m from a single-parent family and didn’t have access to the equity/finance that would have allowed me to apply for an integrated course. My training was therefore modular – part time rather than having a full-time, integrated structure,” she explains.“It was sponsored by several organizations, including my previous employer, and it was important for me to pay for as much training as I could to prove my passion for flying and show I was capable of first-time passes in minimal hours.”In regular work by 17, Burn began flying powered airplanes, gaining her private pilot’s license at the age of 21. “Soon after, I trained with an aerobatic champion – so I could feel more confident handling aircraft in unusual attitudes – and competed in aerobatics. After that, I did some training in a tailwheel aircraft and towed gliders.”At 26 and with around 120 flying hours under her belt, she joined a cargo airline. “I was fully sponsored as I built up to 175 hours, through all 14 written exams, and my commercial pilot’s license; night, instrument and multi-engine ratings; multi-crew cooperation course; and type rating, for the 23-tonne BAE ATP turboprop freighter,” says Burn.Stephanie Burn gliding in 2005. Image: Stephanie BurnWhile socio-economic factors and a potentially heartbreaking career assessment were set against her, Burn reckons attitudes to gender were never an issue. “From the age of 14, I spent my weekends hanging around and flying at a gliding club. I was usually one of two or three females out of 40 or so club members, but it never felt weird. Most small flying clubs, commercial pilots and cabin crew don’t consider female flight crew any different to their male colleagues,” she says.“As an easyJet employee, and the Manchester Base STEM Ambassador, I see my role as helping show young girls and boys that the airline industry, as in many other industries, shows no discrimination against gender when considering applicants.”Flying a single piston in 2009. Image: Stephanie BurnShe doesn’t see herself as a champion solely for girls, therefore, but as a facilitator for all youngsters. “It’s important they have access to accurate advice, which is why I volunteer so much of my time in local schools, colleges and Brownie groups for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Network (STEMNET). Burn continues, “Young people ought to be shown a range of career options in a variety of industries, without prejudices and stereotypes attached to them. They should be encouraged to work hard and adopt a good work ethic from a young age. And volunteering, time management and integrity will never go unnoticed on a job application.”She adds, “My mum said I could do anything I wanted, so long as I got a job and paid for it. I knew what I wanted to do with my life and worked hard to make certain it happened. After about 70 hours training, I started to get into debt and at that point I had to make it, so I could afford to live.“I think if you want to be a pilot, you have to be passionate about flying. After that, everything else is achievable, however difficult.”“In the cruise, flying back from Dalaman, Turkey,” on 16 July. Image: Stephanie BurnRelated Articles:Clay Lacy Aviation scholarships ease the ride for student pilotsEasyJet leads charge to boost female pilot numbersRetired but not retiring, BA’s Catherine Burton reflects on pilot careerWhy being a pilot proved to be Carol Hallett’s winning ticketMelissa Myers: Why I’ve set my sights on becoming a pilotNever too late to follow your dreams, says AA chief pilot Kathi DurstFemale fighter pilot breaks barriersPilot Kristen Arambula on building a career with Goodyear blimpsPilots Fly It Forward to inspire new generation of women aviatorsMiddle Eastern women pilots keep their eyes on the skieslast_img read more

Ease and efficiency make for pleasant Ryanair flight to Stansted

first_imgA recent trip to London brought me back to Stansted Airport after many years away, and gave me a fresh opportunity to fly on low-cost carrier Ryanair.I’m asked sometimes, especially by people outside of Europe, whether flying Ryanair is worth the savings. The experience may vary depending on the route you take – especially if you happen to be on a holiday flight crowded with rowdy revelers – but on the whole I have found Ryanair to be a very good option for getting around Europe.As an added convenience, Ryanair’s app is really easy to use – even for flight search and booking – and now comes with a virtual bag sizer tool.Ryanair has grown in popularity in my country of residence, Denmark (despite prolonged labor union acrimony) so the cabins were full, both on the late evening departure from Billund Airport and on the early morning return from Stansted.The Boeing Sky Interior aboard Ryanair’s 737s is on par with other regional flights I’ve taken in Europe. While my flight was under two hours, I honestly wouldn’t have minded a longer journey.For short-haul flights, Ryanair is pleasant enough. Image: RyanairFor this trip, I had a seat assignment and priority boarding, as well as Fast Track, which provides access to a dedicated security lane. I didn’t need to use Fast Track on the outbound portion; security lanes at Billund are usually quite short.But Fast Track came in very handy for the morning return flight out of Stansted. There were thousands of people already at the terminal at 5:30 am, and hundreds in queue. With Fast Track, I was able to walk around the crowd, with only three people in front of me at the security machines.I spent many weeks living at Stansted Airport back in the mid-naughts, while I was working on a special maintenance project for my then customer – Ryanair – at a nearby repair station. The on-site Radisson Blu hotel was the most convenient place to stay. But this time around, I barely recognized Stansted. It has grown so dramatically. There are now dozens of restaurants and shopping options after security. If anything, it can be a bit overwhelming.Stansted is bursting with concession options. Image: Stansted AirportA convoluted route through duty free, just after security, might be annoying to some. That is followed by a winding shopping mall lane which leads to the departures lounge, which is also surrounded by shops and restaurants. There are also cafés close to the gates as well as vending machines.Though the Stansted terminal was very crowded, I was able to find a seat at a café just past security and there were enough seats available at the departures lounge while I waited for my gate announcement.The Ryanair boarding process is well organized, and while I may not have needed priority boarding, it was still nice to have the assurance of finding overhead bin space on board.My seat was 1A on both flights. Ryanair boards on the apron, through the front and back doors, and there is no bulkhead in the front of the aircraft. A chill wind and drizzle can blow right onto the seats while the door is open. I recommend having a wrap to wear while you wait for the rest of the passengers to board.What always stands out to me about flying with Ryanair is that the flight attendants are generally very friendly, and sometimes downright merry. That was the case on my outbound flight, where the two flight attendants seemed to be having a lot of fun.Ryanair crew are also incredibly efficient, offering hot meal service to order, and processing the sale of food and duty free items even on short journeys. I didn’t order anything from the menu this time around. I have in the past and found the quality of the food acceptable, if you’re really hungry.Overall, it was a quick, convenient and comfortable trip. For me, avoiding a connection through a hub airport is a big plus.Stansted Airport is far busier now than several years ago. Image: Stansted AirportTravel and accommodations for this journey were provided by Virgin Atlantic.Related Articles:British Airways’ frustrating failures in joined-up #PaxExeasyJet’s “new” Recaro SL3510 impresses — when it’s therePassengers wake up, smell the bacon with Ryanair pre-order breakfastA frequent traveler’s wishlist for reimagined EurobusinessLufthansa, Ryanair try carrot-and-stick cabin bag approachesRyanair under fire for refusal to re-route stranded passengers with rivalsRyanair looks to tone down garish assault on the senses in its cabinsRyanair will “shamelessly steal” PaxEx ideaslast_img read more

Press Release Privilege Style picks Inflight Dublin wireless IFE content

first_imgPrivilege Style has agreed a 5-year contract with Inflight Dublin for the provision of its Everhub™ wireless IFE software and content.The partnership with Inflight Dublin will significantly enhance Privilege Style’s passenger experience with an extensive selection of the most recent and innovative content available. The content inventory will include something for every passenger with Hollywood blockbusters, Hollywood classics, TV show episodes, and kids programmes available to passengers.Inflight Dublin’s wireless solution Everhub™ will provide a fully customizable software platform that will reflect Privilege Style’s brand and GUI design requirements. Everhub™ is equipped with Hollywood approved DRM for Early Window movies and is compatible with all Android, iOS and Windows devices. Other features will include a moving map. The wireless IFE software and content provided by Inflight Dublin will be available across Privilege Style’s entire fleet.“The new partnership with Inflight Dublin is a great step forward for us and we look forward to providing an enhanced travel experience for our passengers, making every journey with us a memorable one”. – José Manuel Álvarez Díaz, Privilege Style’s President.“We are thrilled to have secured a 5 year partnership with Privilege Style and look forward to providing them with fresh and innovative content for their entire fleet. Our Everhub™ wireless solution will be fully customised to Privilege Style’s brand guidelines and we look forward to working in partnership to implement the solution and make it a success.”- John White, Inflight Dublin’s CEO.Inflight Dublin is a global provider of IFE content and wireless solutions with over 35 years’ experience within the industry. This latest announcement coincides with the launch of the next generation Everhub™ portable wireless server to be debuted at APEX Expo later this year.last_img read more

10 CANADIAN ALBUMS CONTEND FOR POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE

Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Twitter Toronto-founded punk band Pup are nominated for their second Polaris with the explosive Morbid Stuff, while rapper Shad returns with his fourth nomination for A Short Story About A War, and Vancouver-based Snotty Nose Rez Kids are back for a second consecutive year with Trapline.Montreal contenders include Marie Davidson’s swipe at electronic music on Working Class Woman, and Dominique Fils-Aimé’s soulful release, Stay Tuned!Haviah Mighty, seen at the Juno Awards in March, is a Polaris finalist for 13th Floor. (Frank Gunn/Canadian Press)Experimental act FET.NAT, hailing from Hull, Que., is nominated for their off-kilter album Le Mal which splits itself into two parts — one half funk, and the other half reinterpretations of those songs using vintage MIDI technology.Also in the running are Vincent Roberge of Levis, Que., with La nuit est une panthère, produced under the alias Les Louanges, and Toronto rapper Haviah Mighty’s 13th Floor.By David Friend ~ The Canadian Press Advertisement Five Québécois music acts, a Top 40 singer and well-travelled punk rockers from Toronto are among those vying for the Polaris Music Prize tonight.Ten albums stand to win the $50,000 prize, decided by an 11-member jury of journalists, broadcasters and bloggers who will choose the best Canadian album in closed-door deliberations during the gala.They include Jessie Reyez’s EP Being Human in Public, which features appearances by fellow pop performers Normani and Kehlani, and Inuk singer Elisapie’s multilingual exploration of her past on The Ballad of the Runaway Girl.Five Québécois music acts, a Top 40 singer and well-travelled punk rockers from Toronto are among those vying for the Polaris Music Prize tonight. Quinton Nyce, left, and Darren Metz of Snotty Nose Rez Kids are among the contenders. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Jessie Reyez, seen at the Juno Awards in March, is nominated for her EP Being Human in Public, which features appearances by fellow pop performers Normani and Kehlani. (Frank Gunn/Canadian Press) read more

JUNO AWARDS REJIG INDIGENOUS CATEGORY TO FOCUS ON ARTISTS INSTEAD OF ALBUMS

The changes will take effect at the Juno Awards in Saskatoon next March.The Juno advisory committee for the Indigenous category says the decision was made in recognition of frequent questions they receive from Indigenous artists “who believe they’re submitting to a category meant to shine a spotlight on the accomplishments of Indigenous people.”For artists to qualify, they must be Inuit, First Nation or Metis, while groups must have at least half of their members from those backgrounds, the organization said.The committee noted broader conversations have questioned the purpose of the Indigenous category at all.“We feel strongly that this change will eliminate a lot of the confusion and put us in a better position to explain the need for the category, when challenged,” the organization said in a statement.Since its introduction in 1994, the Indigenous category has undergone many changes.Originally called the best music of Aboriginal Canada recording, it was renamed numerous times before the Junos settled on Aboriginal album of the year in 2010.Two years ago, a committee of Juno organizers moved to rename the category Indigenous music album, in order to reflect the United Nations’ Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People a year earlier.But its foundation has been seen by some critics as a way to silo Indigenous artists into their own category.Earlier this year, best Indigenous music album winner Jeremy Dutcher used his acceptance speech at a Junos industry gala to ask his fellow nominees to stand and be recognized.“All of your work changes this place, and it deserves to be considered outside of this category,” he said.“Because our music is not niche. Our music is saying something.”David Friend ~ The Canadian Press Jeremy Dutcher, the winner of Indigenous music album, speaks at the Juno Gala Dinner and Awards in London, Ont., Saturday, March 16, 2019. Juno Awards organizers are shaking up the Indigenous music category in hopes of putting a bigger spotlight on the artists. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Geoff Robins Advertisement TORONTO — Juno Awards organizers are shaking up the Indigenous music category in hopes of putting a bigger spotlight on the artists.After 25 years of awarding the albums produced by Indigenous creators, the Junos will now consider the broader work of Indigenous musicians within the qualifying year.As such, what used to be presented as the Indigenous album of the year will be retitled as the Indigenous artist or group of the year award. Facebook Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter read more

Son says mother died in Port Rowan fire

The family of a woman killed in a fire in Port Rowan earlier this week has stepped forward with her identity.Police and fire officials have not provided further details since the fire Monday afternoon, but Derek Shelly of Delhi says the victim was his mother Betty Bishop, 72.Shelly said his mother was a former employee of a seniors care facility in St. Williams. In recent years, Bishop volunteered at a thrift store in downtown Port Rowan.Shelly said his mother had been sick in recent years with a muscle-wasting condition known as CMT and that she was confined to a wheelchair.“She was known by many,” Shelly said.Shelly said authorities want to do a DNA test to confirm the identity of the deceased, adding he himself has no doubt who the victim is.“I’m 100 percent sure that was mother in that bed,” he said.Shelly said he ran into the 12-unit social housing building on Erie Avenue after the fire was extinguished. His mother was confined to a medical-assistive bed in the living room of her apartment. Shelly said the room was blackened with smoke and was badly damaged.Authorities have not yet confirmed an identity.“We are not able to confirm the identity of the deceased at this time,” Const. Ed Sanchuk, spokesperson for the Norfolk OPP, said in an email Thursday. “The OPP and the Ontario Fire Marshal’s office are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding this incident. Once new information becomes available I will provide an update immediately.”Shelly spoke of his mother during an interview at the Reformer building in Simcoe Thursday afternoon. He was accompanied by a family friend who asked not to be identified.The family friend said a neighbour in the apartment building reported that Betty Bishop called out for help as the fire raged in her apartment. The neighbour reportedly tried to help but the smoke was too thick to enter and provide assistance.Shelly said his mother was a smoker and was taking opioid painkillers to help manage her condition.Shelly played a voice mail that his mother left on his cell phone a few hours before she died. Betty Bishop informed him that she had located an heirloom rosary that belonged to a great-grandparent and that she wanted to give it to him. In a weak, gravelly voice, she told her son that she loved him.Shelly said he has a sister named Rhonda Lea Pearson who resides in Maple Ridge, B.C.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

New cars now 18 more fuel efficient than average car on the

UK average new car CO2 emissions fell 4.2% in 2011 and by over 23% since 2000.Direct link between emissions and fuel efficiency shows new cars now 18.0% cleaner than UK average.Sub-130g/km cars accounted for almost half the 2011 market (46.8%) versus 10.6% in 2007.Lowest VED band ‘A’ cars (sub-100g/km) doubled market share to 3.4% in 12 months.Diesel and alternatively-fuelled cars take record shares in 2011, 50.6% and 1.3% respectively.Strong long-term industrial policy required to sustain low carbon R&D investment.Industry investing heavily in new technologies to meet challenging 2020 95g/km target.New cars registered in the UK last year were, on average, 18.0% more fuel efficient than the average car on the road, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders in its 11th annual New Car CO2 report.Data analysing the emissions of all new cars registered in the UK showed a continued trend in falling emissions and improving fuel efficiency. 2011 emissions fell by 4.2% year on year to 138.1g/km CO2 (equivalent to 52.5mpg), down by more than 23% since reporting began in 2000.The Report shows that in 2011, almost half of new cars (46.8%) had emissions below the 2015 European legislative target of 130g/km CO2. Additionally, over 65,000 vehicles were exempt from Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) with sub-100g/km cars (equivalent to about 70mpg,) almost doubling their market share to 3.4%.Reductions in average emissions were made across all segments (car sizes) versus 2010, contributing to the significant drop over the past decade. Executive and Specialist Sports made the biggest reduction over the past year, falling 9.5% and 7.0% respectively on 2010 figures while the Executive (-34.9%) and Mini (-29.9%) segments recorded the biggest improvements against the 2000 levels.Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “Industry can be proud of the progress it has made in reducing CO2 emissions and improving fuel efficiency, 23 per cent since 2000. The UK motor industry recognises its responsibilities and the industrial opportunities from the transition to ultra-low carbon vehicles. Future environmental and economic success will be determined by sustained investment in new technology, R&D, infrastructure and consumer incentives. We are seeing steady improvement in conventional technologies and the emergence of a range of alternative technologies, creating one of the most innovative periods for the global automotive industry.”Achieving record market shares, diesel and alternatively-fuelled vehicles (AFVs) continued their rise in popularity, taking 50.6% and 1.3% of the 2011 market respectively. Petrol-electric hybrids accounted for 92% of all AFV volumes in 2011 with an average CO2 output of 104g/km, some 25% below the UK average. Though market development is in its earliest stages, EV registrations rose by 557% in 2011 to 1,098 units, aided by the introduction of new models and the Plug-In Car Grant.UK automotive is a global leader for low carbon R&D, productivity and quality, exporting its products around the world. To retain this position and meet the stringent EU legislative target of 95g/km CO2 by 2020, successive governments must commit to a strong long-term industrial policy that provides the certainty required by international firms to sustain investments in low carbon R&D in the UK. Government needs to provide consistency on taxation and maintain and expand incentives like the Plug-In Car Grant, which encourage consumers to move towards low carbon and more fuel-efficient technologies.The full SMMT New Car CO2 Report 2012 is available to read and download at www.smmt.co.uk/industry-topics/emissions/co2-progress/.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Heres How Our College Football Playoff Predictions Work

Mississippi St.201917<1%3%<1% Are you ready for some football? Or at least, some vociferous arguing about football?Last season’s first-ever College Football Playoff taught us two things. First, going from a championship game to a four-team playoff won’t end the annual bickering over which teams belong. Second, the playoff selection committee seemingly takes a different approach than voters traditionally have in the coaches’ and media polls. In particular, they are more willing to scramble teams’ positions from week to week, even when everyone wins out.Florida State, for instance, despite never losing during the regular season, moved from No. 2 in the committee’s initial rankings to No. 4 on Dec. 2, before being upgraded to No. 3 in the committee’s final rankings on Dec. 7. More consequentially, TCU dropped from No. 3 to No. 6 — and out of the playoff — in the committee’s final rankings despite having won its final game over Iowa State 55-3. Historically, it’s unusual in the coaches’ and media polls for a team to lose ground after winning a game, and there’s almost no precedent for a team dropping three spots, as TCU did. Iowa9122925%7%<1% RankingProbability of … Ohio State31447%61%16% Notre Dame589—25%5% Memphis13143621%6%<1% TeamCFPEloFPIConf. TitlePlayoffsNat. Title Clemson17756%51%12% Stanford1161346%19%3% Oregon—2532<1%<1%<1% UPDATE (Nov. 1, 2016; 7:30 p.m.): Our 2016 College Football Predictions follow the same methodology as our predictions from last year did, except they will update more frequently. Check out the article below for more details. Baylor610132%31%13% Florida State16131513%5%<1% North Carolina—262323%<1%<1% Utah12152118%6%<1% USC—20530%4%1% Wisconsin—18245%<1%<1% TCU84237%31%11% Mississippi18171020%8%2% Oklahoma1516315%14%5% Temple22324541%<1%<1% Florida1091241%18%4% Michigan1722187%6%<1% Arkansas—3926<1%<1%<1% UCLA2321225%1%<1% Texas A&M193016<1%<1%<1% You can spin all of this as a good thing (“the committee starts with a blank slate every week and gives each team a fair shake!”) or a bad one (“the committee is inconsistent and indecisive!”). Either way, it has implications if you’re trying to anticipate the committee’s next move — as we, like so many other college football fans, are foolishly trying to do.Our way is pretty geeky and statistical, of course. Last season, we introduced a model that simulated the rest of the college football season and sought to forecast which four teams would make the playoff. We described the model as “speculative” since the committee was a new thing, giving us no historical data to measure its behavior; instead, we used the historical behavior of voters in the coaches’ poll as a substitute.For several weeks, the model seemed to be uncannily accurate! Then … a (mild?) disaster. Our final set of simulations gave TCU a 91 percent chance of making the playoff, Florida State a 68 percent chance, and Ohio State a 40 percent chance. But TCU, the safest bet according to the model1After sure-things Alabama and Oregon, to whom the model gave a 100 percent chance., was the one left out.While we could have sheepishly attributed this result to “bad luck” — a 91 percent chance isn’t a 100 percent chance — we don’t think that’s the right conclusion here. Instead, after a year’s worth of experience under our belts that let us see how the committee works, we’re making a couple of revisions to the model:First, we account for the committee’s potential to scramble the ratings slightly from week to week, even where the on-field action didn’t seem to warrant it, such as in its flip-flopping of Florida State and TCU last year. The mechanics of this are a little involved; I’ll describe them briefly down below.Second, we assign a small bonus2Because we don’t have a firm idea of how much the committee rewards conference champions, we treat the magnitude of the conference championship bonus as being uncertain, and it varies from simulation to simulation. In some simulations, winning the conference championship is associated with a fairly large bonus; in others, it’s associated with no bonus at all. (The bonus can never be negative, however.) On average, however, it’s fairly small, and it acts as the equivalent of a tiebreaker in otherwise close cases. to conference champions.3The program breaks all ties for conference championships based on head-to-head results among the tied teams, and then randomly if the tie remains unresolved. We may build in more complex tiebreaking rules later in the season to the extent they become relevant.Third, the model accounts for slightly more uncertainty than in last year’s version.These aren’t huge changes — the backbone of the model is the same as last year — but for what it’s worth, the revised version of the model would have correctly predicted the top four seeds last season, and in the right order. (Both Florida State and Ohio State would have been projected to leapfrog ahead of TCU in the committee’s final standings.) I say “for what it’s worth” because it’s not very much of an accomplishment to “predict” something after it’s already happened. But having one year’s worth of data on the committee’s behavior is a lot better than none.The model works by simulating out the rest of the season thousands of times. It’s iterative, meaning that it does this week by week. The process works like this:Start with Week 10 committee standings.Simulate Week 10 games.Forecast how Week 11 committee standings will change in response to simulated Week 10 games.Simulate Week 11 games.Rinse and repeat until you get to the final committee rankings on Dec. 6.The model also simulates conference championship games and the four-team playoff itself. Thus, it provides a probabilistic estimate of each team’s chances of winning its conference, making the playoff, and winning the national championship.We’ll be updating the numbers twice weekly: first, on Sunday morning (or very late Saturday evening) after the week’s games are complete; and second, on Tuesday evening after the new committee rankings come out. In addition to a probabilistic estimate of each team’s chances of winning its conference, making the playoff, and winning the national championship, we’ll also list three inputs to the model: their current committee ranking, FPI, and Elo. Let me explain the role that each of these play. Remember: the committee rankings are a starting point for the model and not the ending point. At this relatively early point in the season, the committee standings won’t matter very much; there are too many opportunities for the teams to be scrambled later on. (Consider, for instance, that eventual national champion Ohio State started out at No. 16 last year.) They’ll tend to matter more as the season goes along, although, as we saw with TCU last year, nothing except for the committee’s final rankings are all that definitive.FPI is ESPN’s Football Power Index. We consider it the best predictor of future college games so that’s the role it plays in the model: if we say Team A has a 72 percent chance of beating Team B, that prediction is derived from FPI. Technically speaking, we’re using a simplified version of FPI that accounts for only each team’s current rating and home field advantage; the FPI-based predictons you see on ESPN.com may differ slightly because they also account for travel distance and days of rest.But if FPI is good at predicting, it’s not very “politically correct,” meaning that it deliberately doesn’t care about how human beings might rank the teams. For instance, FPI currently has a USC with three losses as the fifth best team in the country — ahead of undefeated Clemson! Committee voters would never do that.Instead, that’s the role that our college football Elo ratings play. If you’re familiar with FiveThirtyEight, you’ll be familiar with Elo ratings. They’re a simple mathematical system that form the basis of our NFL forecasts, for instance. We’ve also applied Elo to soccer, the NBA, basketball and other sports.Our college football Elo ratings are a little different, however. Instead of being designed to maximize predictive accuracy — we have FPI for that — they’re designed to mimic how humans rank the teams instead.4As based on a historical analysis of the coaches’ poll and last year’s week-to-week committee standings. Their parameters are set so as to place a lot of emphasis on strength of schedule and especially on recent “big wins,” because that’s what human voters have historically done too. They aren’t very forgiving of losses, conversely, even if they came by a narrow margin under tough circumstances. And they assume that, instead of everyone starting with a truly blank slate, human beings look a little bit at how a team fared in previous seasons. Alabama is more likely to get the benefit of the doubt than Vanderbilt, for example, other factors held equal.How do Elo ratings help the model? As it plays out each week of the season, the model forecasts each team’s new projected ranking based on a combination of its committee ranking in the previous week, the game result (as simulated by FPI) and its Elo rating. In other words, Elo ratings form a counterbalance against the committee rankings, which as we’ve seen can be subject to change. Last year, for instance, Elo had Florida State ranked very highly: As an undefeated returning national champion, the Seminoles had the profile of a team that human voters typically love. Elo also had Ohio State ranked highly, well ahead of TCU. Thus, the model wouldn’t have been so surprised that Florida State and Ohio State jumped ahead of TCU in the final standings.5I don’t want to overstate the importance of the Elo ratings, either. They make up about 20 percent of the weight in the model (the exact fraction varies slightly from simulation to simulation), and they’ll usually be pretty well correlated with the committee rankings. So while they might result in a team being projected to move up from fifth to fourth, they won’t usually imply wholesale changes.If the rankings still look a little off to you — if you can’t quite figure out how a team gets to where it does based on Elo, FPI and its current committee ranking — there’s one other likely culprit, which is a team’s future strength of schedule. LSU, for instance, is given only a 30 percent chance of making the playoff in part because they have a brutal schedule ahead, with games against Alabama (this weekend), Mississippi and Texas A&M — plus a potential SEC Championship game against Florida. If a team has already taken a loss or two and is currently out of the running, however, a tougher upcoming strength of schedule may help it, because it means that the team has more opportunities to impress the committee and get it to reconsider.Most importantly of all, there’s still a lot of football left to be played. It’s hard for any team to run the table, and even current front-runners like Ohio State and Baylor won’t be safe if they endure a loss. Thus, only two teams (Ohio State and Clemson), start with more than a 50 percent chance of making the playoff in our initial forecast. Michigan State731915%22%3% Alabama42614%41%11% Toledo24244328%<1%<1% Oklahoma St.14111415%6%1% Northwestern214257<1%<1%<1% Penn State—2741<1%<1%<1% Houston25233330%2%<1% LSU25822%30%8% read more

CPL 2019 set for September 4 – October 12

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCPL 2019 draft scheduled for May 22, says Pete RussellJanuary 30, 2019In “latest news”CPL OPCO Guyana Inc. to construct permanent headquarters for CPL, GAW     April 30, 2019In “Local News”Carnival Cricket Returns: Hero CPL and CWI announce 2019 tournament datesJanuary 11, 2019In “latest news” The “biggest party in sport”, the Caribbean Premiere League (CPL), will bowl off on September 4, 2019, with the final match slated for October 12, 2019.This information was officially released by CPL Chief Operating Officer (COO) Pete Russell, on Thursday last at the Marriott Hotel during a media conference.Due to Team India’s tour to the West Indies, the CPL management has seen it fitting to reschedule the starting date of the CPL to accommodate all the star players for the Regional showpiece.Each CPL franchise will be allowed to retain three past players and one first-preference pick for a local player and the marquee player, for a total of five players.Pete Russell further disclosed that the 2019 CPL will focus on Caribbean players, especially the young talents.Each franchise team in the CPL will have to select two players from a CWI developmental squad that was put together by Director of Cricket Jimmy Adams and the CWI.The CPL committee is expecting more top-class foreign players, (excluding Indian players) to feature in the draft that is set for May 22.Speaking on the number of matches that will be played in the tournament, Russell said the fixtures will remain the same five-week period, as the CPL committee is considering to play the play-offs as double-headers. read more

Bangladesh secure place in TriNation Series final after beating Windies

Bangladesh 248 for 5 (Mushfiqur 63, Soumya 54, Nurse 3-53) beat West Indies 247 for 9 (Hope 87, Holder 62, Mustafizur 4-43) by five wicketsBangladesh ensured their place in the tri-series final after a resounding five-wicket win over West Indies in Malahide. After their bowlers fought hard to restrict them to 247 for 9, Soumya Sarkar and Mushfiqur Rahim struck fluent half-centuries and dominated the chase as they sealed victory with 16 balls to spare.Mustafizur Rahman’s first four-wicket haul in eight months, as well as discipline from Shakib Al Hasan and Mehidy Hasan, and Mashrafe Mortaza’s three wickets, took the momentum from West Indies twice, after they chose to bat first.Then it was Soumya’s turn in the spotlight, his 54 off 67 balls getting Bangladesh off the block quickly. After they had lost three quick wickets in the middle-overs to Ashley Nurse, Mushfiqur put together two partnerships, 83 runs for the fourth wicket with Mohammad Mithun, and 50 runs for fifth wicket stand with Mahmudullah, to boss the chase.West Indies also contributed heavily to their own defeat, missing five chances during the Bangladesh innings. Kemar Roach dropped two catches while Fabian Allen and Shai Hope couldn’t reach the ball despite a dive. Nurse’s poor throw cost them Mithun’s wicket early during the defining fourth-wicket stand.After Tamim Iqbal struck the fourth ball of Bangladesh’s chase for a thumping four, Soumya piled the pressure on Sheldon Cottrell and Roach, hitting them for a six and four boundaries in the first five overs. Tamim then cover drove Cottrell, before getting two more fours off Nurse in the ninth over.But later in the same over, Nurse bowled Tamim with one that dipped on the left-hander, and struck his leg-stump.After their 54-run opening stand, Soumya added 52 runs for the second wicket with Shakib. During this partnership, Soumya survived two chances: at short cover when Allen couldn’t quite hold on to the chance diving forward, as well as Roach dropping a straightforward chance at short midwicket.Nurse who suffered the Roach drop, struck twice in his next over. He first had Shkaib caught at short cover, before Sunil Ambris caught Soumya at short midwicket.Things could have gone worse for Bangladesh had Nurse sent a better throw to wicketkeeper Hope when Mithun, batting on 7, slipped mid-pitch after being sent back by Mushfiqur in the 24th over. Mithun also survived Roach dropping him at deep square leg when he was 22, and eventually the Mushfiqur-Mithun pairing made West Indies pay heavily.There was to be one more fielding lapse: Mahmudullah, dropped by Hope off Holder when he was on 10, before the game was done. (ESPNCricinfo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAll-round Shakib helps Bangladesh level seriesDecember 20, 2018In “Sports”Bangladesh win T20I series despite Russell’s 47August 6, 2018In “latest news”Shai Hope stars with 146* as West Indies level seriesDecember 11, 2018In “latest news” read more

GONZALES BELIEVES IN LATVIAN Dainis Kristopans to PSG Handball

← Previous Story Maccabi Rishon LeZion win the first part of Israeli League Next Story → Demis Grigoras to join Chambery Savoie Dainis Kristopans will join PSG Handball at the start of 2019/2020 season, according Handball-Planet.com sources.The Latvian giant, the 28-years old lefthander will, once again, work with Raul Gonzales, who took him from Meshkov Brest to RK Vardar Skopje in summer 2017.The Spanish coach knows qualities of 215 cm tall shooter very well, as they worked together for one year in Skopje.Kristopans should replace Croatian right back Luka Stepancic, who didn’t find himself in the “City of Light” next to domestic star and one of the best on this position – Nedim Remili.Latvian played at Meshkov Brest between 2015 and 2017, but he made his name in jersey of HC Tatran Presov in period 2009-2015.Mandatory Credit ©SEHA/ Uros Hocevar Dainis KristopansPSG HanbdallPSG Handball read more

Barca too strong for Nantes – Final4 ticket is in the hands

← Previous Story ROLI, ROLI: Veszprem with +6 from Flensburg! Next Story → Veselin Vujovic resigns as RK Zeleznicar Nis coach FC Barcelona Lassa Handball It looks that FC Barcelona Lassa will join Telekom Veszprem at EHF Champions League Final4 in Cologne this year. The Spanish champions celebrated convincing victory in Nantes 32:25 (16:12), where domestic team couldn’t cope with the strentgh of Xavi Pascual boys.Ludovic Fabregas was man of the match with nine goals from 11 shots.HBC NANTES – FC BARCELONA 25:32 (12:16)Nantes : Bonnefoi (11 saves), Siffert (2 saves); Lagarde (4/10), Delecroix (1/2), Guillo (0/1), Nyokas (3/6), Auffret, Pechmalbec (1/1), Tournat (3/3), Feliho, Emonet (1/1), Rivera (8/10), Lazarov (2/5), Gurbindo (1/3), Balaguer (1/4), ImareBarcelona : Perez de Vargas (11 saves), Moller (); Tomas (3/3), Entrerrios (1/3), Sorhaindo (1/1), Anderson (2/3), Arino (1/2), N’Guessan, Gomez (3/5 ), Petrus, Dolenec (1/2), Mem (2/4), Duarte (3/5), Ilic (2/2), Palmarsson (3/7), Fabregas (9/11)ROLI, ROLI: Veszprem with +6 from Flensburg! read more