Cold and hazy in Delhi, air quality worsens

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 3 (PTI) A blanket of haze enveloped the national capital on a cold day today, prompting the people to wear masks outside home.Air quality dropped to hazardous levels in the city. The choking smog even disrupted the third Test between Sri Lanka and India.The embattled Sri Lankan cricket team held up play, complaining of poor air quality that forced the hosts to declare their innings.The first-ever incident of this kind in the sports 140- year-old history saw an international team resort to anti- pollution masks while fielding and then refusing to continue.The India Meteorological Department said pollution levels have spiked due to calm conditions, marked by low wind speed and moisture.The IMD has forecast possibility of light rains on December 5 and 6.Meanwhile, the city recorded a high of 23.9 degrees Celsius, a low of 8 degrees Celsius, a MeT department official said.The humidity levels oscillated between 39 and 94 per cent.The weatherman has predicted partly cloudy sky tomorrow.”Mist/shallow fog likely to occur in the morning. The maximum and minimum temperature would be around 24 and 9 degrees Celsius respectively,” the MeT official said. PTI AG GVSlast_img read more

Prince Ali Pushes Blatter Ouster

first_imgZURICH — Prince Ali bin al-Hussein wants Sepp Blatter to leave now as FIFA President, and let a leader from outside the sport oversee the next election and reforms of soccer’s scandal-scarred governing body.The former FIFA Presidential candidate urged the executive committee, which meets later July 20, not to rush into an early election date.“The future of FIFA is at stake,” Prince Ali, a Vice President for four years until May, said in a statement to The Associated Press. “If a December election is called, there will not be the meaningful change in the leadership of FIFA that we so desperately need.”Change must start with Blatter’s immediate departure, the Jordanian prince said in his first public comments since June 2 when the embattled FIFA president announced his exit plans under pressure from U.S. and Swiss federal investigations of corruption.“President Blatter’s resignation cannot be dragged out any longer. He must leave now,” Prince Ali said, insisting his former opponent “cannot be permitted to plan his succession and manage this election process.”Blatter’s stunning speech followed four days after a 133-73 election victory over Prince Ali, who gained votes from member associations in each of FIFA’s six continents.Since then, Blatter has avoided FIFA events held in countries which have an extradition treaty with the United States.Seemingly wanting to cling on to office after 40 years at FIFA, Blatter prefers an election as late as March and have time to improve his legacy by driving through modernizing reforms.Prince Ali joined longtime World Cup sponsor Coca-Cola and former FIFA advisers Transparency International in calling to exclude a man who presided over a scandal-hit organization from the process of shaping its future.They want FIFA to appoint a respected figure from outside the sport.“An interim independent leadership must be appointed to administer the process of the elections, in addition to the reforms that are being discussed prior to the elections,” Prince Ali said. “Only an independent party can ensure that sufficient safeguards are put in place to ensure a robust process and meaningful timetable.”Signaling a split with his previous backers at UEFA, the sport’s European confederation, Prince Ali also warned against FIFA rushing its 209 member associations into the earliest possible election day.“No date before March 2016 can be justified,” he said.FIFA rules require a four-month campaign following a deadline for would-be candidates to file nomination papers.The December option is unfair on FIFA members, said Prince Ali, who has been president of Jordan’s national football body since 1999.“It will not be possible for any of the other football associations of the world to put forward credible candidates from our community,” he said. “It is their absolute right to be a part of this process, and to have time to carefully consider the future without being rushed into an early election.”Prince Ali gave no indication in his statement of whether he intends to run again for the FIFA presidency.Still, he said in a June 2 interview with CNN that he wanted the best for FIFA and would run if members wanted him to. UEFA President Michel Platini is considered a favorite for the role, but has not declared intent.(GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

14 crazy facts on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the man who created Sherlock Holmes

first_imgSir Arthur Conan Doyle, best known for creating the famous detective Sherlock Holmes, was a multi-faceted personality — a doctor, a writer, journalist, and public figure. He was born as Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle on May 22, in the year 1859, in Edinburgh, Scotland.Did you know that the birthday of Sherlock’s sidekick, Dr Watson, in whose voice Doyle writes the mystery tales, actually coincides with that of the author?Listed below are some lesser-known facts about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle:1. Doyle played cricket: He was on the same cricket team as Peter Pan writer JM Barrie.2. Debut of Sherlock Holmes: Sherlock Holmes made his first appearance in ‘A Study of Scarlet’, published in Beeton’s Christmas Annual in 1887.3. Killing and resurrection of Holmes: In 1893, Conan Doyle killed off Holmes, hoping to concentrate on more serious writing. A public outcry later made him resurrect Holmes.4. Doyle helped in popularising skiing: In 1823, Doyle moved to Davros, Switzerland where he helped to popularise the winter sport. Doyle was also the first Englishman to document the thrill of skiing: “You let yourself go,” he said.”Getting as near to flying as any earthbound man can. In that glorious air it is a delightful experience.” Doyle correctly predicted that in the future hundreds of Englishmen would come to Switzerland for the ‘skiing season.’5. Doyle played as goalkeeper: Under the pseudonym AC Smith, the writer played as a goalie for amateur side Portsmouth Association Football Club.6. He ran for Parliament, twice: Doyle ran for parliament (representing the Unionist Party) once in Edinburgh (in 1900) and once in the Border Burghs (in 1906). Although he received a respectable vote both the times, he was not elected.advertisement7. He coined the caption ‘Licensed to Kill’: When Arthur Conan Doyle obtained his Bachelor of Medicine and Master of Surgery degree, he drew a funny sketch of himself receiving his diploma, with the caption ‘Licensed to Kill’. It became the tagline for another sleuth, James Bond.8. Doyle not only wrote mysteries, he actually solved a few: One such example was the case of George Edalji, who, thanks to Doyle’s efforts, was exonerated for charges of sending threatening letters and mutilating animals.9. He died clutching a flower: Doyle died on Monday, July 7, 1930, in his garden, clutching a flower. His last words were addressed to his wife. He whispered, “You are wonderful.”10. Doyle believed in fairies: When a photograph surfaced purportedly showing a young girl surrounded by fairies, Doyle enthusiastically hailed its authenticity and believed it was clear evidence of psychic phenomena. He even wrote a book called The Coming of the Fairies.11. He started an ophthalmology practice in London: But not a single patient ever crossed his door, which made Doyle resort to writing for killing time.12. He was friends with famous illusionist Harry Houdini: However, their friendship soured when Conan Doyle and his wife called him for a seance. There, they claimed to have contacted Houdini’s mother from beyond the grave. As proof of her communication, they showed her a letter which was written in English, a language which Houdini’s mother didn’t speak! Houdini was outraged and publicly denounced the author and his wife.13. Knighted by King Edward: In the year 1902, King Edward VII Knighted Doyle, not for his famous fiction stories on Sherlock Holmes, but for his book that justified Britain’s involvement in the Boer War.14. He popularised ‘dinosaurs’: Can you imagine Jurassic Park without dinosaurs? At the time Doyle wrote The Lost World, the term dinosaur hadn’t even been around for two centuries.Read | Sherlock Holmes’ birthday mystery solved!Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Michigan State Board Of Trustees Member Epically Trolls Jay Harbaugh On Twitter

first_imgMichigan State Board of Trustees member Mitch Lyons.Michigan may have completely overhauled its coaching staff this offseason, but clearly, Michigan State and its fans aren’t conceding state bragging rights any time soon. Thursday night, one MSU board of trustees member made that clear.Mitch Lyons, the Vice-Chair of the Michigan State Board of Trustees, had a little fun with new Michigan tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh on Twitter. Harbaugh, clearing trying to endear himself to his new fan base, asked his followers if it was legal to own a Wolverine as a pet. Lyons responded, telling Harbaugh he should ask Coach Mark Dantonio. If you aren’t connecting the dots, he’s claiming that Dantonio owns the Wolverines.@JayHarbaugh @ryanschuiling Ask Coach D…..#GoGreen— Mitch Lyons (@mlyons85) January 23, 2015Considering Dantonio is 6-2 against Michigan in his time in East Lansing, this is an A+ troll job. Unfortunately, Harbaugh never responded, instead choosing to ignore the comment.last_img read more

Cong will have direct fight with BJP Chako

first_imgNEW DELHI: PC Chako, All India Congress Committee in-charge of Delhi, on Thursday said his party will have a direct fight with the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections in Delhi and asserted that the possibility of a triangular contest is “slowly disappearing” in the national capital. The senior Congress leader also raised doubts about AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal’s seriousness in defeating the BJP. Chacko said the Congress was getting a good response after the party fielded its candidates for all the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi, which goes to polls on May 12. Also Read – Meeting: Issues related to handling of Airport Entry Passes discussedDelhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) on Thursday introduced its candidates before the media at its party office here. Talking to reporters, Chacko said he has “doubts” about Kejriwal’s seriousness to defeat the Bhartitya Janata Party in Delhi. “Earlier, we thought there is a triangular fight in Delhi, but (the possibility) of a triangular fight is disappearing slowly in Delhi. We have a direct fight with BJP in Delhi,” the party’s general secretary in-charge of Delhi said. Also Read – Arms supplier arested from RajasthanAsked about the possibility of any alliance between the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party even after both parties announced its candidates, Chacko said that it is now a closed chapter. “It is difficult to get the AAP into confidence because we have doubts about Kejriwal’s intension…without any reason, he (Kejriwal) stepped back that is why we still have doubt about him being serious in defeating the BJP,” the Congress leader said. Asserting that there will be no split of anti-BJP votes in Delhi, he said in the entire country, there is fight between the Congress and BJP. “Anti-BJP votes will come to Congress. In the entire country, there is fight between Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi and in view of this, there will be no split of votes,” Chacko also said. Congress president and North-east candidate Sheila Dikshit said that the Congress candidates are familiar with the people of Delhi as they have been serving them for past many years in various capacities.last_img read more

PACE to Observe Parliamentary Elections in Morocco

Rabat – An 11-member delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), led by Ian Liddell-Grainger (United Kingdom), will travel to Morocco from 5 to 8 October, at the invitation of its authorities, to observe the conduct of the parliamentary elections.The delegation will meet the Chairpersons of the parliamentary groups of the House of Representatives, representatives of the Ministry of Interior in charge of the election administration, the President of the National Council of Human Rights, the President of the High Authority of the Audiovisual Communication, as well as representatives of the international community, civil society and the media, before observing the ballot on 7 October, the PACE said on Friday.PACE granted Partner for Democracy Status to the Moroccan Parliament on 21 June 2011 with a view to establishing institutional cooperation. With MAP read more

Only a few French yellow vest protesters out for 29th week

PARIS — The French yellow vest movement that has challenged President Emmanuel Macron is a shadow of itself on the 29th straight Saturday of protest marches, with just a few thousand people in the streets.The anti-government protests drew 2,600 people nationwide according to an Interior Ministry count, 1,200 in Paris. That was the weakest turnout since the movement started in mid-November, when close to 300,000 protested around France. Violence and rioting then took over the protests, damaging the movement for more economic justice.A Sunday demonstration was planned for those injured in the protests, often by police rubber projectiles.One protester, Eric Drouet, suggested on BFMTV the movement could return to its original actions of blocking roads. Another, Sophie Tissier, predicted that protesters would return strongly in September after a summer break..The Associated Press read more

Canada Huawei 5G wireless decision to wait until after vote

OTTAWA — Canadians won’t find out until after this fall’s federal election whether Chinese tech giant Huawei can provide equipment for the country’s next-generation 5G wireless network, Canada’s public safety minister said Tuesday.Ralph Goodale said Canada needs more information from the United States about the nature of the potential security threat posed by the state-owned company. The election is Oct. 21.Goodale commented after Canada and its Five Eyes intelligence allies wrapped up a meeting Tuesday that began with divisions over whether to let Huawei supply the equipment for the 5G system. The United States and Australia have banned Huawei, citing concerns it is an organ of Chinese military intelligence — a charge the company denies.The issue arises as Canada and China are locked in a political dispute. China’s imprisonment of two Canadians is being seen as retaliation for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s decision to arrest Huawei senior executive Meng Wanzhou on a U.S. extradition warrant.The Associated Press read more

US wholesale inflation slid in March as energy prices fell

US wholesale inflation slid in March as energy prices fell FILE – In this Tuesday, March 7, 2017, file photo, Austin Wallace looks over at a herd of cows on his family farm in Deep Run, N.C. The Labor Department reported Thursday, April 13, 2017, that inflation at the wholesale level slid in March, pulled down by plummeting energy prices. (Janet S. Carter/Daily Free Press via AP, File) by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press Posted Apr 13, 2017 6:37 am MDT Last Updated Apr 13, 2017 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Inflation at the wholesale level slid last month, pulled down by plummeting energy prices.The Labor Department said Thursday that its producer price index, which measures inflation pressures before they reach consumers, fell 0.1 per cent in March, the first drop since August. Wholesale prices rose 0.3 per cent in February and 0.6 per cent in January. Producer prices were up 2.3 per cent in March from a year earlier, the sharpest annual increase in five years.Energy prices tumbled 2.9 per cent, including an 8.3 per cent drop in gasoline.But excluding volatile food and energy prices, so-called core wholesale inflation was unchanged in March and is up just 1.6 per cent over the past year.“In short, the headline data were held down by the energy component, but the core data were relatively weak as well,” Jim O’Sullivan, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics, wrote in a research note. “Even so, the core measures have accelerated a bit over the past year.”The Federal Reserve’s target rate for annual inflation is 2 per cent. For several years after the Great Recession ended in 2009, inflation stayed persistently below that level. But a strengthening economy has begun to lift prices.In part because of signs of rising inflation, the Fed last month raised interest rates for the second time in three months and forecast two more hikes this year. read more

Pryors lack of progression holding back Buckeye offense

I admire Terrelle Pryor’s athletic ability.I salivate over his potential, considering his 6-foot-6, 235-pound frame and supposed 4.3 40-time.I marvel about the occasions in which he makes defenders look helpless and foolish, burning them with an atypical combination of speed and power.But as I watch the Ohio State sophomore quarterback complete just 56 percent of his passes, while tossing six interceptions in as many games, I have doubts about whether he’ll ever reach that ceiling.Yes, Pryor is one of the most gifted athletes to ever grace the field at Ohio Stadium. But it takes much more than athletic skill to anchor an offense in one of the nation’s most prestigious football programs.Pryor has certainly shown glimpses of greatness.On countless occasions, he has turned a possible sack into a large gain because of his scrambling ability.His arm strength, a glaring weakness last season, seems to have improved. Pryor seems to have an easier time connecting with a receiver 30 yards downfield than he does with a target five yards away.That has been a major concern through the first half of 2009. Against Toledo, Pryor threaded a pass deep downfield that resulted in a 76-yard touchdown to Dane Sanzenbacher.But too often, Pryor can’t find that same precision on short passes, frequently throwing over the heads of receivers several yards away.His lack of accuracy has been alarming; he has yet to post a completion rate higher than 66 percent in any game this season.And although completing passes to teammates is one thing, completing them to the opposition is an even bigger issue.Pryor threw just four interceptions in 165 passes during his freshman campaign. His decision making was wise and methodical, especially for a 19-year-old. This year, he has been sloppy and indecisive, resulting in six picks in 127 attempts.So where is the progress?The Buckeyes boast one of the country’s best defenses, holding opponents to just 11.5 points per game. Unfortunately, the offense just can’t keep pace.Pryor wasn’t expected to morph into Troy Smith or Vince Young overnight. But at this point, he has done nearly as much to hold back the offense as he has to help it improve.It’s been a work in progress meshing with coach Jim Tressel’s offense, the prototypical Big Ten-style run-based scheme. Tressel, however, has adapted, switching to a shotgun option formation, which plays to Pryor’s strengths.Out of the configuration, the quarterback often has the time to dissect the defense and choose to pass or run. If only Pryor could make the decision quickly enough.Perhaps Pryor will never develop into an above-average dropback passer. If that’s the case, then he should look to run more often.Pryor has recorded a rush of 11 or more yards in each game this season. When he finds open space, he’s nearly impossible to bring down.Pryor said he prefers to find his receivers rather than constantly looking to run the ball himself. Fair enough; but too often, he locks in to one target, usually sophomore DeVier Posey.Just once this season — the opener against Navy — have more than two OSU receivers made three or more receptions in a game.Maybe Pryor is simply sifting through a sophomore slump, finding difficulty in reading defenses that are now facing him for the second time.Maybe Pryor will brush off a sluggish stretch and demonstrate improvement in his accuracy and decision making.Or maybe Pryor isn’t the Michael Vick clone (minus the dogfighting) or Daunte Culpepper duplicate that so many Buckeye backers dreamed about.Time will tell, but so will results. So far, the facts and figures indicate that Pryor’s game hasn’t progressed at anywhere near the ideal pace. read more

Voguecom Site Director Departs People on the Move – 8316

first_img Incidentally, in 2014, Code and Theory redesigned “Ben is joining Code and Theory in a senior director role, focusing on expanding and developing new service offerings to help our clients continue to shift their businesses within the fast-changing world of content creation and content marketing,” Mike Treff, managing partner at Code and Theory, told WWD. Mediagazer has hired Matthew Kassel as a part-time editor, following the departure of Patricia Sauthoff. Most recently, Kassel was a staff writer and editor at The New York Observer. The Wrap has promoted Tim Molloy and Thom Geier to executive editor and managing editor, respectively. Most recently, Molloy and Geier both served as deputy managing editor. Prior to joining the brand, Molloy worked at the AP and TV Guide Magazine, while Geier served as a senior editor for Entertainment Weekly. Jeremy Keehn has joined Bloomberg Businessweek as a features editor. Most recently, Keehn served as a news and business editor at Previously, he was a digital director and editor at Harper’s Magazine and senior editor at The Walrus. Hitomi Sato and Raymond Ho have joined Men’s Health as art director and deputy art director, respectively. Both will work with creative director Tom O’Quinn and co-art director Pete Sucheski. Previously, Sako served as senior art director at Condé Nast Traveler, while Ho joins the brand from House Beautiful and Travel + Leisure, where he was the art director. TV Guide Magazine has appointed Jim Halterman west coast bureau chief and Christine Petrillo vice president of brand partnerships, both effective August 1. Most recently, Halterman served as an editor at and, while Petrillo was director of branded entertainment sales at iHeartMedia. site director Ben Berentson has left the brand to join digital creative agency Code and Theory as senior director. Meredith Corporation has named Lauren Iannotti executive editor of Rachel Ray Every Day magazine, effective August 3. As executive editor, Iannotti will oversee editorial content and design of the magazine. She joins the company from Condé Nast, where she served as executive editor of Brides.  Christine Mitchell will join Government Executive Media Group as its digital general manager. Mitchell comes to the company from Uber, where she served as general manager for the Orlando and Tampa Bay area. In her new role, Mitchell will focus on digital revenue and growing Government Executive’s audience. Additionally, Bridget Forbes has been promoted to senior director of digital strategy and operations. Sandeep Hulsandra and Bobby Moran have been promoted at Politico. Hulsandra was promoted from senior director of software engineering to VP of engineering. Moran was promoted from VP of business development and strategy of Politico Pro to VP and general manager of Politico Pro. Traci Schweikert has also joined Politico as VP of human resources. She comes from NPR, where she served as senior director of talent acquisition and development. Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move: Mashable has named Damon Beres deputy tech editor. He comes from The Huffington Post, where he was senior technology editor. Esquire has hired Kevin Sintumuang and Jeff Gordinier. Sintumuang will serve as culture and lifestyle director while Gordinier will assume the role of food and drinks editor. Sintumuang joins the brand from The Wall Street Journal, where he was digital director for life and style. Previously, Gordinier was as a food writer and contributor to The New York Times’ T Magazine, as well as its book reviews, styles, and travel sections. Business Insider has appointed Anthony Iaffaldano to the newly created position of VP of corporate marketing. Most recently, he served as VP of marketing for digital agency Undertone. Columbia Journalism Review has named Kyle Pope its next editor and publisher, effective in September. Pope most recently served as editor-in-chief of Straus News, and has also previously served as editor-in-chief of The New York Observer. Scott Gold will join Time Inc.’s breakfast site Extra Crispy as bacon critic. Gold is a food and drink writer, and has contributed to Gourmet, Edible Brooklyn, Thrillist, Eater, Tasting Table, and more brands. Berentson was instrumental in relaunching Vogue Runway and helped build’s digital team. Prior to joining Vogue, he held a range of roles at Condé Nast over the course of 11 years. Aaron Edwards, Adrianne Jeffries, and Amanda Hale have all joined co-founder of The Verge and former Bloomberg digital editor Joshua Topolsky’s new media project, The Outline. Previously, Edwards worked at BuzzFeed News, Jeffries served as a managing editor at Vice, and Hale worked for Talking Points Memo. Melissa Bell, vice president for growth at Vox Media, has been promoted to publisher. In this position, Bell will help develop Vox Media’s brands and identify opportunities to grow its audience across different platforms, working with the sales, product, and editorial teams. Omeda has announced James Capo will join the company as chief revenue officer responsible for sales, marketing, and product development. Capo previously served as VP of digital business development at Access Intelligence. O, The Oprah Magazine has hired Kristina McMahon as associate publisher of marketing. She joins the brand from Women’s Health, where she served as senior associate publisher, brand innovation, creative services and marketing. Anne Sachs, Condé Nast’s executive director of social content and strategy, will serve as’s site director in the interim.last_img read more

KTR likely to present keynote address at ASCEEWRI

first_imgHyderabad: Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) working president K T Rama Rao has been invited to the 20th American Society of Civil Engineers – Environmental & Water Resource (ASCE-EWRI) Congress. Rama Rao is expected to present a keynote address at the event which would be held in Henderson, Nevada between May 17 and 21, 2020. About 1,000 water and environment professionals would attend the congress. The key speakers would speak on international and regional smart water programmes and systems. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Previously, Rama Rao had presented a keynote address on Telangana’s efforts to conserve and distribute water through Mission Bhagiratha, Mission Kakatiya and Kaleshwaram Projects at 2017 EWRI Congress held in Sacramento, CA. ASCE-EWRI director Brian Parsons in the invitation said, “we are now aware that the multipurpose life irrigation project, which is touted as the world’s largest irrigation and drinking water system, is now complete and community would welcome hearing about the process that leads to its success.”last_img read more

Noakhali gangrape cant be imagined in democratic country

first_imgKamal Hossain.File PhotoExpressing deep concern over the gang-rape of a woman in Subarnachar of Noakhali, Jatiya Oikya Front leader and Gano Forum president Kamal Hossain on Friday said it has belittled all as a nation, reports UNB.“Such an incident can’t be imagined in a democratic country. The incident has put the democratic rights, basic rights and the freedom of expression into jeopardy,” he said in a statement.Kamal also said, “This shame is not only of the victim but also of the entire nation. Not only the victim was tortured through the incident, but also our democracy and basic rights were humiliated.”He expressed his resentment at the drop of the name of the person who ordered the gang-rape and demanded that those involved in the incident be brought to book immediately.The opposition Oikya Front convener alleged that ruling Awami League ‘terrorists’ threatened the woman with dire consequences after she cast her vote for the candidate of her choice defying their order.He further alleged that the government has apparently helped the criminals flee trying to hush up the incident.Kamal also said the country’s people will have to take initiatives to prevent such incidents.According to the victim’s husband, a group of hoodlums stormed into their house in the early hours of Monday and tied up all the family members except his wife.They took the woman outside the house at gunpoint where they raped her in turns for casting her vote for ‘sheaf of paddy’, the victim’s husband claimed.After the rape, they also threatened the victim not to disclose the matter to anyone, saying they would kill her if otherwise, he said.With the help of neighbours, the victim was taken to hospital on Monday and a case was filed against nine people over the incident.last_img read more

New Virginwide loyalty program to launch in 2019

first_img LONDON — Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Group have announced plans for a new Virgin-wide loyalty program, which would reward customers across Virgin companies.As such, a new company, Virgin Group Loyalty Company, will be set up to own and manage the new program. Virgin Red, an existing loyalty start-up within the Virgin Group, will also be integrated into the group-wide loyalty program.Launching in 2019, Virgin Group Loyalty Company will be owned by Virgin Group and Delta Air Lines. Andrew Swaffield, the previous CEO of Avios and most recently the Monarch group, has been appointed as the company’s new CEO.Flying Club will continue as the frequent flyer program for Virgin Atlantic’s customers and will continue to use miles as its currency. Flying Club members will continue to collect tier points and collect and redeem miles across Virgin Atlantic, Delta and a range of airline and other partners as they do today.In the future, Flying Club members can look forward to an expanded range of ways to collect and redeem miles that will be powered by the new loyalty program.More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agency“Virgin is one of the most admired brands in the U.K. and across the world, serving 53 million customers each year across 60 companies,” said Swaffield. “Our ambition is to bring the Virgin companies together and combine their appeal to customers, working together to create a truly outstanding offer.” Tags: Virgin Group Share Tuesday, August 21, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Posted by Travelweek Group New Virgin-wide loyalty program to launch in 2019last_img read more

1 killed dozens injured in Japan plant explosion

first_imgTOKYO (AP) – An explosion at a chemical plant in western Japan has killed a firefighter and injured dozens of people.Police said the explosion was reported Saturday at chemical plant Nippon Shokubai Co. in the coastal industrial area of Himeji, about 600 kilometers (370 miles) west of Tokyo. Plant workers first reported a large bursting noise and temblor after a chemical tank exploded.Television footage showed the plant covered with orange flames and black smoke rising to the sky. 5 treatments for adult scoliosis The cause of the blast was under investigation.Five hours after the explosion, firefighters were still fighting the blaze.Public television NHK said 30 people were injured. Police said at least 17 people were injured, including seven other firefighters, two police officers and seven plant workers.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help Top Stories center_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories 0 Comments   Share   Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixlast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Comments   Share   Unfortunately for the Cardinals, their defense was as bad as their offense was good in Sunday’s 28-21 win over the Carolina Panthers. Sure, the team won, but yielding 477 total yards is reason for pause, if not a little concern.“There’s no doubt about it,” Arizona Sports 620’s Ron Wolfley said of there being something to worry about. “You can’t deny that when you give up the chunks of yardage the Arizona Cardinals secondary, in particular, did, that is a huge concern.”center_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Wolfley pointed to the defensive scheme, saying the Cardinals did blitz on many downs. Not getting to Newton meant the defensive backs were left to cover receivers without help and for long periods of time.Combine that with young players, and it’s really no surprise Newton had himself a day.“You’re going to get blown assignments in the secondary, especially when you’re coming with more complex schemes,” Wolfley said, “and that’s exactly what I think we saw.“Of the eight big plays they gave up yesterday, I think there were four where you could just say there were mental errors or poor technique.”That being the case, it’s not unreasonable to think the team should improve as the season progresses.Then again, as Doug Franz noted, one of the biggest mistakes may have been courtesy of a couple of veterans. Newton found Steve Smith wide open down the sideline for what became a 77-yard touchdown, and with a blitzing Patrick Peterson it was up to Kerry Rhodes and Adrian Wilson to keep an eye on the wideout.“What bothers me about the play is I don’t know whether it was Rhodes’ fault or A-Dub’s fault,” Franz said. “But if we’re going to make mistakes I’d rather it be Patrick Peterson.” Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Reservations for Lee

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Reservations for Leeu Collection’s luxurious Leeu Estates in Franschhoek are open. The flagship property will on 15 June 2016, offering the ultimate luxury wineland experience.Located between the mountainside and river, just minutes from the picturesque village of Franschhoek, this exclusive five-star boutique hotel provides the ideal setting for an elegant and sophisticated private getaway, offering superb comfort, fine dining and intuitive service. The hotel has 17 well-appointed rooms, suites and cottages and takes central position on 68 hectares of vineyards, landscaped gardens and fynbos.At the centre of this working wine farm is the meticulously refurbished 19th-century Manor House with its six rooms and suites. An additional two rooms are located adjacent to The Manor House, while the remaining rooms, suites and cottages are dotted amongst the gardens, oak trees and lush vineyards.Rooms feature carefully curated artwork and sculptures from various countries, luxurious extras and superbly equipped marble bathrooms. Many have their own terraces and fireplaces, and all enjoy idyllic vineyard and mountain views. For guests travelling as a family or with friends, an entire cottage comprising two or three bedrooms with private living areas may also be booked.Delicious, innovative cuisine is on offer; lunch and dinner menus showcase the finest locally sourced organic and ethically farmed produce in creative dishes with vibrant world flavours. Hand-crafted premium wines from the award-winning Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines may also be sampled at the boutique tasting venue, The Wine Studio.The Leeu Spa, a wellness sanctuary offering expert massage and holistic treatments inspired by centuries-old Asian traditions, is one of the highlights of the Estates. The contemporary spa has three treatment rooms including one double suite, plus his-and-hers steam rooms and a relaxing splash pool outside the his-and-hers saunas, changing facilities and a hair salon. A 15-metre heated infinity swimming pool and TechnoGym-equipped fitness centre cater to more active guests. Personal training and yoga will also be on offer.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

Tom Selleck star of TV and films is writing memo

first_imgTom Selleck, star of TV and films, is writing memoir AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Apr 8, 2019 5:41 am PDT FILE – In this Nov. 16, 2017, file photo, Tom Selleck is shown during Oklahoma Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in Oklahoma City. Selleck is working on a memoir, and it won’t just be about acting. The “Magnum P.I.” star has a deal with Dey Street Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. The book, announced Monday, April 8, 2019, is currently untitled and does not yet have a release date. Selleck, 74, said in a statement that he would share stories about his career, but also about life “away from the camera.” (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File) NEW YORK — Tom Selleck is working on a memoir, and it won’t just be about acting.The “Magnum P.I.” star has a deal with Dey Street Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. The book, announced Monday, is currently untitled and does not yet have a release date.Selleck, 74, said in a statement that he would share stories about his career, but also about life “away from the camera.” Besides “Magnum P.I.,” Selleck is known for such films as “Three Men and a Baby” and for his Jesse Stone TV movies. According to Dey Street, his book will illuminate a half century of Hollywood “and of America.” The actor revealed last summer that he had started the memoir, saying people had been asking him for years to write one.The Associated Presslast_img read more