first_imgRedding >> Friday’s season opener between the Corning Cardinals and host Enterprise Hornets saw plenty of mistakes on the part of both teams but the Hornets were able to capitalize with a couple of big plays and came away with the 14-0 win.“We all make mistakes, me included,” Corning coach John Studer told his players following the game. The key for the team would be to see how it can improve before the home opener Friday against Las Plumas.Studer said, mistakes aside, the loss was the result …last_img

first_imgTigerair had the highest rate of cancellations. Australians flying overseas will have a new series of choices after Virgin revealed more about its plan to shake up air services to and from Australia in 2015 with the repositioning of subsidiary Tigerair Australia as a regional international carrier.Virgin Australia is trying to get its troubled offshoot back in the black after acquiring 60 per cent of the Singapore-owned carrier in 2013.It announced in October 2014 it had done a deal with Tigerair’s parent to acquire the rest of the shares in the Australian division effectively for free – a nominal purchase of $1.That’s because, since its establishment in 2007, Tigerair Australia has never made a profit and, in 2011, was further set back when it was grounded by Australia’s air safety regulator for breaches of flying standards by its pilots.Tigerair has struggled for acceptance by consumers because it has followed a business plan used by overseas low-cost carriers like Ryanair and America’s Spirit Airlines to aggressively apply so-called ancillary charges for everything from baggage to seat allocation.In the past three years, it has also attempted to expand during a damaging market share war between Qantas and Virgin after the latter took on the national carrier’s monopoly on business class travel.And all that was happening at a time when the local economy was faltering and air travel demand was therefore subdued.Just as Qantas and Virgin have declared a truce in their capacity war, Virgin boss John Borghetti has now also decided to stop the aggressive proxy war on Qantas subsidiary Jetstar through the newly acquired Tigerair subsidiary.Instead of importing new planes and adding even more seating capacity on domestic routes, Borghetti has decided to turn to the booming international market to provide Tigerair’s next growth spurt.But Borghetti has told the new Tigerair strategy will be tightly controlled: There will be no attempt to use Tigerair services in the same way Qantas used Jetstar in taking over routes from the parent, he says. Crucially, that means Virgin Australia’s services from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane to Bali, for example, will continue to be operated by Virgin.  The  same goes for existing services between Australia and New Zealand and suggests Tigerair will concentrate on opening new international services not currently flown by the Virgin group.Despite its troubled history, Virgin will not rebrand Tigerair as a new Virgin brand, even though the Virgin cache has been used successfully to establish new operations in the USA and Europe. “We’re very happy with the Tigerair brand,” Borghetti tells Virgin Australia chief executive says the group is in no hurry to achieve the subsidiary’s new role “between January and December” next year.For a start, introducing international operations by Tigerair Australia will require a new Air Operator’s Certificate – the airline licence issued by the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority – which can take up to six months. That’s in addition to Virgin’s own plan to launch new services between Australia and Asia.Borghetti told a tourism conference in Canberra on October 29 Virgin would add two and “maybe three” new international routes to its network over the next three years.The hot favourite is Sydney-Hong Kong, which was vacated six months ago when Virgin Atlantic Airways decided to axe its Australian services.Virgin is also understood to be eyeing Sydney or Brisbane to Singapore to link up with the global hub of its new alliance partner, Singapore Airlines, and Sydney or Brisbane to the Japanese capital, Tokyo.last_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Atletico Madrid coach Simeone coy over move for Chelsea striker Morataby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone is coy over talk of a move for Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata.Atletico are now regarded as favourites to sign Morata, though they only want to take him on-loan.Asked about the reports, Simeone stated: “Morata? I do not think about players who are not with us. “I think of those who can give me solutions before Girona, it is my only concern.”Along with Atletico, Morata is also interesting Barcelona. last_img

first_imgD'Angelo Russell's shot clark vs. Arizona is ugly.Before Ohio State’s NCAA Tournament Third Round game against Arizona, Buckeyes’ star guard D’Angelo Russell was asked about the defenders he’s faced this year. “Who’s the best defender you’ve faced this season?” the reporter asked. “Nobody,” Russell replied. The question was asked because of the team Russell was about to face, a team that has a couple of great defenders in Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and T.J. McConnell. Those defenders gave Russell trouble Saturday evening, as he shot a dreadful 3-for-19 from the field in the Buckeyes’ loss to the Wildcats. Russell refused to give a specific Arizona player credit following the win, though. Just asked Russell who the best defender he’s faced this year: “Nobody.”— Ari Wasserman (@AriWasserman) March 22, 2015That’s obviously a bit of sour grapes from the star freshman, but he deserves to be a little frustrated following what probably is going to be his final game as a college player. Ohio State fans are certainly going to miss him.last_img read more

first_imgCALGARY – WestJet Airlines Ltd. says Swoop, its new ultra-low-cost carrier, will launch on June 20.The airline will begin with six weekly flights between Abbotsford, B.C., and Hamilton, and six weekly flights between Hamilton and Halifax.Swoop will add six weekly flights between Hamilton and Edmonton and between Hamilton and Winnipeg on June 25.Service between Abbotsford and Edmonton will begin July 25 with three flights a day. The airline will have a total of 45 weekly flights.WestJet announced plans for the no-frills discount airline last year.last_img

first_img“We looked at a projection of over 50 years and, now, this isn’t realistic in a sense that you’re not going have these big swings in cost. It’s really hard to predict 50 years from now. This is based off those expected lifespans.”From those projections, the District will be looking at spending 1.3 million dollars annually over the next 50 years, and for water, the District is looking at paying $800,000 annually over the next half a century.Council feels the Asset Management report was well done.Adam says this Asset Management work puts Taylor in a better position when it comes to applying for financial support.“This whole Asset Management work that you are doing puts you in a better position to be able to access funding for grants because this is all now considered to be a prerequisite for when are applying for certain stuff.”You can view the full Asset Management Presentation on the District of Taylor’s website. “It actually is part of the daily operations and decision making, and it’s something that happens every day. It’s a living document or piece of information that’s constantly changing to have more information available.”According to Zackodnik, the District currently has 114 million dollars in assets.“We came up with 114 million dollars worth of assets that you guys currently own. About 42 percent in roads, and 46 in water.”Zackodnik says they have looked at a projection of over 50 years for the life span of the current assets. Project timeline for the asset management project. Source District of TaylorKimberly Zackodnik and Jamie Adam of Urban Systems made the presentation to Council.The presentation looked at the District’s current status in Asset Management and what steps will need to be taken in the future.Adam says Asset Management is the combination of building or constructing, along with maintenance and operations of assets.“It’s important to remember that asset management is actually the combination of building or constructing, but also, on the maintenance side, it’s also around maintenance and operations as well as rehabilitation or abandoning or disposal of some of the assets you already have. It’s not just “let’s just building something or just replace it,” it kind of looks at the whole picture.”Adam also adds that asset management is part of the daily operations of the District.center_img TAYLOR, B.C. – The District of Taylor Council was given a presentation on phase one of the District’s Asset Management at a recent Council meeting on January 21.Urban Systems is the engineering consultants that helped to develop the District’s Asset Management Plan.Discussions for creating the asset management plan had started pre-2014, with inventory taking place since then.last_img read more

first_imgAfter a remarkable performance in ‘Sacred Games’, Elnaaz Norouzi gears up for its second season. Read on to know what the actor has to say about her experience working with A-listers of Bollywood, and what all the audience can expect from the much-awaited second season. How did things change after the success of Sacred Games? I have never seen such craze for a series or film. So, after the show went viral on web, things changed entirely for the better. People have started recognising me because of ‘Sacred Games’, and addressing me as Zoya madam (my character’s name)… which is pretty cool. Also, the fact that audience applauds my performance and doesn’t remember me as ‘just a pretty face’ is a compliment in itself. This is what I always wanted. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain Was it intimidating to work alongside established actors like Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin and others. Is there too much pressure of proving your potential and grabbing the eyeballs for your performance while working with A-listers? Initially, when I went on the set and started working with Saif sir and Nawazuddin sir, I was very stressed. After all, it was my first project with mega stars. But luckily, not for a second I felt that I was shooting with such established actors. Both of them are amazing beings and never treated me like a newcomer. Obviously, there is a lot of pressure to deliver my best, however even when I forgot my lines, they were patient and considerate towards me. All I can say is we had a lot of fun on the set. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award How difficult is it for an outsider to create a niche in the entertainment industry? It is very difficult… I don’t think I can define it in words. It needs a lot of dedication, hard work and focus to survive in this industry. To overcome all the obstacles coming your way, and prove yourself amidst so many great talents and star kids, is a huge struggle. If you could play some other character from Sacred Games, which one would that be? I don’t think I would want to play any other character in ‘Sacred Games’ other than Zoya and Jameela. There are many layers to my character which will be unveiled in Season 2. So, yes I am happy with what I have got. What can one expect from the second season of Sacred Games? One can expect a lot of new characters in Season 2. How the story is going to unfold will be crazy and amazing at the same time and just on another level. There is going to be a lot of entertainment. I can assure you that Sacred Games season 2 will be very exciting. Tell us about your role in ‘Zee5’s web series? ‘Abhay’ is a new Zee5 original web series which is doing exceptionally well among the audience. We are coming out episode wise and will have eight episodes in total. I am playing the main lead opposite Kunal Khemmu. The name of my character is called Natasha, an ex-cop who has an interesting past with Abhay. Unfortunately, I can’t reveal much because we are still shooting for the same. You have to wait and watch. An ongoing web series you want to be a part of? Made in heaven. I really loved it. A project you regret turning down? Thank god there has never been a project that I turned down and regretted later. Whatever I have turned down has turned out to be the right decision. Web shows or movies, what’s your pick? I feel web is not just the future but also the present. It has a much higher reach. So if there is a web show where my character is amazing and the story is relevant, I would choose it over a movie. An actor you admire for his/her choice of roles? Alia Bhatt.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: “I want my life,” Bilkis Bano said on Wednesday at a Press conference here when asked whether she wants to take up the offer of a government job and house that the Supreme Court has asked the Gujarat government to provide for her.In a first for India, the highest court in the country ordered the Gujarat government on Tuesday to pay Bano Rs 50 lakh as compensation, a government job and housing in an area of her choice. At the press conference, Bano also said she intends to use a part of the money awarded to her as compensation to set up a foundation in her daughter Saleha’s name, who was murdered in front of her along with 13 other family members by a mob during the 2002 Gujarat riots. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’A three-and-a-half-year-old Saleha was murdered by smashing her head on a rock, as the five-month-pregnant Bano, who was being gang-raped, watched helplessly. Bano gave birth to her daughter months after the incident, and she said her 16-year-old daughter now wants to become a lawyer. Supreme Court lawyer Shobha Gupta, who took up Bano’s case in 2003 and was instrumental in getting the compensation for her, said this judgment will definitely set a precedent for victims of such crimes who sue for compensations. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KGupta said the 17-year struggle has been extremely painful for her and all people involved specifically because of repeated discussions and research on the nature of the crime, which was required for this victory. Addressing media persons, an emotional Bano said, “I am glad that the Supreme Court has recognised and acknowledged the struggles I have seen, felt and fought through for 17 years.” “And when you see your entire family being killed in front of you, the courage to fight for justice comes naturally. You end up not having anything to lose,” Bano said, replying to journalists who were in awe of how she could have kept at it for so long. She said that it is a monumental victory for the court to have acknowledged the Gujarat government’s massive failure in her protecting her constitutional rights.last_img read more

first_imgby Selim SAHEB ETTABAGAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories– It was the publicity stunt of the year in Hamas-ruled Gaza: the delivery of Kentucky Fried Chicken from a branch in Egypt through a tunnel under their shared border.But since the service was launched in spring, the Hamas-friendly Egyptian government of Mohamed Mursi has been toppled in an army coup. And since then, Egypt’s military has destroyed hundreds of the tunnels, sending the takeaway orders into free-fall with the rest of Gaza’s economy, already squeezed by trade restrictions imposed by its other neighbor, Israel.In Rafah, the sprawling city which straddles the Gaza-Egypt border, the dust raised by hectic smuggling activity has settled in the wake of the Egyptian army’s campaign against the tunnels.Just a few scattered diggers are working under tarpaulins covering the entrances to abandoned tunnels, excavating “for the future”.“Is there a future for tunnels? Not with Sisi,” sighs a Gazan border police officer, referring to Egyptian military chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.The flow of state-subsidized Egyptian fuel to Gaza has all but dried up since the July coup, dwindling from about a million liters a day in June to 10,000-20,000 liters a week now, according to the latest report of the U.N. Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.The shortage caused the shutdown on November 1 of the Palestinian territory’s only power plant, which provided about a third of the strip’s electricity.The closure has resulted in power cuts for 16 hours a day.Without electricity, water treatment stations have stopped working, and last week sewage began spilling onto the streets of several neighborhoods in Gaza City.Now the Al-Yamama delivery company is looking back nostalgically on its days of delivering Egyptian KFC.“Despite the high prices because of transport costs, people paid to have something that does not exist here,” said Haitham al-Shami, a 29-year-old partner in the business.“It was a challenge,” he said, “to show that Gaza is not only war and death. We love life, but we have nothing.”‘Ketchup and mayonnaise’His subterranean fast food service, largely conceived to promote Al-Yamama’s business, lasted only a month before being banned by Hamas “for public health reasons” even before the tunnel crackdown, Shami said.According to Palestinian economist Omar Shaaban, Gazans had developed a taste for small luxuries, which Israeli and Egyptian restrictions have taken away again.“Gaza is a modern society. People in Gaza know Nescafe and cappuccino and these products,” he said.“Now we have become a relief society — we depend on international humanitarian assistance for food.”Israel first imposed its land, sea and air blockade on the coastal strip in 2006 after militants there seized an Israeli soldier, who was eventually freed in a lop-sided prisoner swap in 2011.It was further tightened in mid-2007 when the Islamic militant group Hamas took control of Gaza.Israel eased the blockade slightly following an international outcry after its botched commando raid on a Turkish Gaza-bound flotilla in 2010, allowing food and some building materials to be trucked in.“The siege destroyed the industrial productive sector, the siege prevented any export from Gaza, only five or six items were allowed,” said Shaban, director of local think-tank Palthink.“We’re not suffering because of a lack of rain or because we don’t have food. It’s a man-made catastrophe, because somebody decided to make our life difficult,” he added.“We are a hostage by four kidnappers,” he said, naming Israel, Hamas, the Western-backed Palestinian Authority which rules the West Bank, and the international community.Palestinian negotiator Mohammed Shtayyeh wrote last month in left-leaning Israeli daily Haaretz that token Israeli economic measures would not change the Palestinians’ lives.“In recent years, some international parties have tried to convince the world that solutions begin by removing a roadblock or allowing ketchup and mayonnaise into Gaza,” he said.“What Palestine needs is ending the Israeli occupation, which is the only way for Palestine to reach its full economic potential.”last_img read more