Don’t write off Bhajji yet, says Kumble

first_imgHarbhajan Singh’s comeback at the World T20 was a mixed bag. He took four wickets against England, but was thrashed for 20 runs in two overs by the Australians.The attack by David Warner, coupled with Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s decision to stick to a seven batsmen- four bowler policy, saw Harbhajan sitting out of India’s remaining matches.But India’s highest Test wicket- taker Anil Kumble feels it would be foolish to count Harbhajan out. “You can never discard Harbhajan. He has more than 400 Test wickets to his name and he is only 31 or 32, which is the right age for a spinner to mature,” he said, on the sidelines of the inauguration of the Tenvic Sports Academy at Ryan International School, Rohini.The chairman of the BCCI technical committee had words of praise for new spin spearhead R Ashwin.” Ashwin has matured a lot in the few matches he has played. On the international front, I think Graeme Swann is going great and Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal is also doing wonders,” Kumble said.Another issue that has been a cause of much debate in Indian cricket of late is how long Sachin Tendulkar will carry on. The maestro himself told a TV channel that he will reassess his career in November as he thinks there is not much cricket left in him. Kumble, a former India captain, felt that that it would be tough for the team without Tendulkar. ” I can’t think of Indian cricket without him. I want to see him play,” he said.”It is never easy to call it a day when you are playing for so long.”advertisementlast_img read more

Rs 16 crore spent for holding Shillong leg of SAG

first_imgShillong, Mar 22 (PTI) The total expenditure incurred in hosting the 12th South Asian Games (SAG) here last month is nearly Rs 16 crore, Meghalaya Assembly was informed today.Of the Rs 15.39 crore allotted by the Union Ministry for Youth Affairs and Sports, Rs 7.77 crore was spent in security related acquisition by the state police and Rs 3.92 crore was used for upgradation of sports infrastructure, Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Zenith Sangma said.The Municipal Board has also incurred Rs 2.5 crore expenses for face lifting of civic amenities while launching of the Shillong leg of the game was allotted Rs 1.2 crore, he said during question hour.Besides the central allocation, the state government has also spent over Rs 41 lakh to host a dinner for the officials and sports persons, the Minister said.The cost of the dinner venue, U Soso Tham auditorium, was Rs 13,22,400 even as Rs 5.6 lakh was paid for the artists who performed at the event, he said.Eight sports disciplines including womens football, badminton and boxing were successfully held here during the SAG from February 6 to 16 . PTI JOP NN RCJlast_img read more

Mohun Bagan, East Bengal will not pay franchise fee

first_img(Eds: Updating with more information) Kolkata, May 23 (PTI) Emboldened by the West Bengal governments support, Indian footballs traditional rivals Mohun Bagan and East Bengal today decided they will not pay any franchise fee to play in the lucrative Indian Super League. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee extended full support to the Maidan heavyweights, according to IFA president Utpal Ganguli, who had a meeting with the CM. “Mamata has promised to give full support to the clubs and said she would do anything possible. She asked the clubs to keep their heads held high and not compromise on the dignity. We will not play by giving franchise fees. Its a disrespect to Bengals football. There will be no compromise in that,” Ganguli said. With the last date to bid approaching fast, the two clubs officials wasted little time and met Sports Minister Aroop Biswas, who took them to the CMs office in the state secretariat Nabanna. “We are grateful to the CM that she called us to listen to the problem in such a short notice. She took keen interest as she was not aware of the details. “We made her understood how theres a move to dilute the I-League and give prominence to the ISL. There are barriers for two clubs to get inducted,” Ganguli said, adding that they are waiting for the AIFFs response. This happened less than 24 after they met with AIFF secretary Kushal Das in New Delhi with their proposal to waive off the Rs 15 crore franchise fee. “The general secretary felt its a workable suggestion and will let us know in a couple of days after talking to the president Praful Patel. The CM said to wait for their response but at the same time asked the two iconic clubs of Bengal to keep their heads held high and not compromise on the sanctity.” “We will now wait for the AIFFs proposal as we have now full support of the government. Their contribution to Indian football cannot be compared with a new franchise.” Ganguli further said this has no relation to the bid deadline. Asked about their next move if the proposal is rejected, Ganguli said: “We will cross the bridge when it comes. We now have the CMs blessings.” Their second concern was to shift base with Atletico de Kolkata being the home side. But reportedly they are ready to shift base for first two seasons given the five-year venue exclusivity clause that was agreed upon by the ISL management and ATK in 2014. The meeting lasted for about an hour and was attended by East Bengal club official Debabrata Sarkar, secretary Kalyan Majumder and assistant secretary Shanti Ranjan Dasgupta. Mohun Bagan were represented by club secretary Anjan Mitra, assistant secretary Srinjoy Bose and finance secretary Debasish Dutta along with IFA president Utpal Ganguli. Mohun Bagan meanwhile have decided to collect the bid document from Mumbai tomorrow. “We want to play in the ISL and have decided to collect the ITB document tomorrow. East Bengal have already collected it. We dont want to take any chances,” Anjan Mitra said. East Bengal had picked up the ITB a few day ago. PTI TAP AT AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

Yanks Club The Royals, 5-1

first_imgKANSAS CITY, Mo. — CC Sabathia was told by Yankees Manager Joe Girardi that he was done May 16 after limiting the hot-hitting Royals to one run through seven efficient innings.“I guess I’m an old man now,” Sabathia said. “He needed to take me out and give me a rest.”Old man? More like the Sabathia of old.Backed by homers from Chase Headley and Alex Rodriguez, the former Cy Young winner who had struggled throughout April helped New York to a 5-1 victory over Kansas City, ending the Yankees’ four-game losing streak and evening their three-game series.“CC has not been a strong pitcher in April for much of his career,” said Girardi, who never thought twice about pulling the big lefty after just 87 pitches. “But look at what he’s done his last few starts. Hopefully he keeps rolling.”With rain approaching the entire evening, Sabathia (2-5) made quick work of the Royals, who had pounded out 12 runs on 17 hits the previous night. He allowed their lone run on six hits without a walk to win his second straight start.Headley hit a tiebreaking three-run homer, and Rodriguez added his 10th of the season in the ninth to help the Yankees shake out of their offensive slumber.Danny Duffy (2-3) lost his third straight start for Kansas City, allowing four runs on four hits and four walks in five innings.It was a modest improvement over the left-hander’s previous two starts, when he’d been hammered for 10 runs in 4 2-3 innings by the Indians and Rangers.“I know my teammates believe in me. I believe in me. The coaching staff believes in me,” Duffy said. “I know I’m better than these results.”Both teams squandered opportunities for big innings in the third.Duffy walked three of the first four Yankees he faced in the frame, and Carlos Beltran’s sacrifice fly made it 1-0. Headley followed with a flyout to end the inning.The Royals countered with three straight singles off Sabathia to begin their half, including a chopper that Sabathia fielded cleanly but was slow in throwing to first base. Mike Moustakas hit his own sacrifice fly before Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer struck out to end the inning.Duffy fell into a nice rhythm after his escape, but gave up consecutive two-out singles in the fifth. After going ahead 0-2 on Headley, the Yankees’ third baseman battled back to force a full count, then sent the next pitch sailing into the bullpen in left field.“We’ve been grinding to score runs,” Headley said. “I was able to get something I could hit.”Duffy was replaced the next inning by veteran Joe Blanton, who made his first appearance in a big league game since Sept. 3, 2013. Blanton allowed one run the final four frames.Rain started to fall heavily in the bottom half of the fifth, when Sabathia stranded runners on first and second, before blowing out of the area after about 10 minutes.Lightning started to flash across the sky in the seventh, but crew chief Bill Welke allowed the game to continue. Yankees relievers Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller breezed through the last two innings to help finish the game before the storms arrived.“That’s a good team, to be able to come in here and get a win, especially after what they did to us last night,” Sabathia said. “It feels good.”(DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Edgbaston Test: Too early to judge India’s batting failure, says Shaun Pollock

first_imgFormer South African pace bowler Shaun Pollock feels it will be cruel to start judging the failure of the Indian batsmen, except Virat Kohli, after the Indian innings collapsed twice in the first Test against England.Except for Kohli, the top-order managed a paltry 99 runs in two innings.However, Pollock said it’s natural for the sub-continent players to struggle early in English conditions.Nasser Hussain criticises Virat Kohli’s captaincy as India lose in Edgbaston”I think always going to be a challenge for Indian batsmen to play outside the sub-continental conditions. It is something which happens with England and South African batsmen too when they come here(India),” Shaun Pollock told Mail Today from Bengaluru.ICC trolls Virat Kohli with mic drop tweet after India lose Edgbaston Test”Technically, we don’t grow up on it so we eventually struggle against spinners. And it takes some adjustment for players to get used to the conditions. So they should be given a few more opportunities.”MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTSPollock seemed pleased with the quality of Indian bowling line-up and said once the top-order starts firing, then they can win the England series.1st Test: Joe Root ‘thrilled to bits’ after England win cliff-hanger vs India”India has a very competitive bowling attack. They have a lot of spin and fast bowling options so all India needs is three or four of the batsmen to perform to have a strong chance of winning it.We need to give batsmen some space, says Ashwin after Edgbaston Test defeatadvertisement”The biggest challenge at the moment in Test cricket is to compete abroad. Most teams can win at home but it has been competitive away. That’s why India needs more than just Kohli to win matches away,” said Pollock, who is part of the Louis Philippe Celebrity Pro-Am Cup in Bengaluru.We need to give batsmen some space, says Ashwin after Edgbaston Test defeatPollock heaped praises on Kohli for his century in the first innings and was particularly impressed by the way he endured English pacer and World No 1 bowler James Anderson.”It was an impressive knock by Kohli. He played some great shots in those challenging conditions. Kohli fought hard against Jimmy Anderson and it is something you have to do in cricket sometimes, you have to fight through the hard period and once you do that, things become a bit easier.”His performance was particularly special after how people have been talking about his failure in England last time around and also during the one-dayers. It shows how he was keen to prove a point,” Pollock explained.Surprisingly, the South African legend is now an amateur golfer and is currently participating at the Louis Phillipe Cup in Bengaluru.”Golf has been a part of me for long. Even during my cricket days, I used to find time for teeing. I enjoy this sport because I can play it even in my 60’s,” Pollock concluded.last_img read more

David Wagner running out of room for manoeuvre with Huddersfield

first_img Cardiff v Huddersfield: match preview “This is without doubt the worst period of my three years at the club, because I like to see smiles on everyone’s faces and the last six weeks have been very difficult,” Wagner said.“I take responsibility and it is also part of my job to try to lift everyone, to keep morale high. Of course we will make sure the players know everything they need to know about Cardiff, going into the game but it is also important to know we are the only ones who can save ourselves.“People have to take responsibility, we have to stand up if we are to stay up, because no one is going to do us any favours.” What Wagner means is that though Huddersfield go to relegation rivals Cardiff on Saturday on the back of eight consecutive defeats, nine if you count last week’s FA Cup exit at Bristol City, several of the scorelines have been tight, with red cards and single-goal margins playing a part in an unhappy Christmas and new year. Statistics do sometimes mislead but the compilation of facts and figures that is the Premier League table cannot really misrepresent.The Terriers have not won a game since November. The run of defeats that took them to the bottom included ostensibly winnable games against fellow strugglers such as Burnley, Fulham, Southampton and Newcastle. Cardiff will be the last bottom-six team to be encountered, the same Cardiff who came to West Yorkshire in August and earned a draw. A scoreless draw, naturally, goals being neither side’s forte this season. If Huddersfield return empty-handed from Wales, one feels, the glimmer of light Wagner believes may grow into a turning point will be all but extinguished. After Cardiff, Huddersfield’s next four opponents are Manchester City, Everton, Chelsea and Arsenal.That places a lot of significance on Saturday’s game, although the same is true for Huddersfield’s opponents. A team fourth from bottom have to regard the visit of the bottom club as an opportunity, and three points for Neil Warnock’s side would confirm Cardiff have the potential to survive, with 21 points from 22 games amounting to a reasonable platform from which to attack the remainder of the season. Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Topics Pinterest Twitter Share on Messenger David Wagner was only stating the obvious, and doubtless would have preferred to answer the question in a slightly different way, but being bottom of the table with only 10 points from 21 games is not a position that allows much room for manoeuvre.“Yes,” the Huddersfield manager said with a resigned expression and a trace of a sigh. “You can say it is a game we have to win. We all know we have not hit our ambitions so far this season but as long as there is a chance we can still have hope. It is not mission impossible until it actually is impossible. Every loss makes you more desperate but statistics don’t always tell the whole truth.” Share on Facebook Huddersfield features David Wagner before Huddersfield’s FA Cup loss at Bristol City. Photograph: Kieran McManus/BPI/Rex/Shutterstock Read more Facebook “We have to try to find some solutions while we can,” he said of a transfer window that has seen more departures than arrivals, with a bid for Leicester’s Shinji Okazaki fruitless. “I am hopeful of finding someone who can help us but I am not certain that anything will happen. The list of targets is not long.”No one realistically expects Huddersfield to dig deep and try to buy their way out of trouble; it is not that sort of club and neither would transfer targets be easily persuaded to lend their support to what looks like a lost cause.A change of manager may work in the short term, in that certain firefighting types are probably better suited to organising a relegation scrap than Wagner, though many feel the German is owed a debt of loyalty for what he has achieved for the club on a negligible budget. Reuse this content Share on Twitter Not bad for a ‘fat lad from Sheffield’: Sharp out for promotion with Blades Burnley are in an almost identical position, level on points with Cardiff with 19th-placed Fulham at Turf Moor on a day when four of the bottom five clubs are in action against each other. Burnley’s win at Huddersfield last week was their second consecutive league victory since returning to a 4-4-2 formation with Tom Heaton back in goal. A third would give them a confidence boost as well as a lift up the table, but though Fulham have yet to win away under either Slavisa Jokanovic or Claudio Ranieri they must entertain some hopes of success against opponents they beat 4-2 in August. That was when everyone was still expecting big things from both the promoted side and the one who reached the Europa League last season, before it became apparent that neither would be able to take top-flight status for granted.Huddersfield have never allowed themselves that luxury, while even fans of Warnock at Cardiff are aware of his reputation for hitting some sort of invisible ceiling between Championship and Premier League. At least the former Sheffield United and Queens Park Rangers manager is forcing some of his critics to revise their opinions this season, whereas Wagner is floundering and unable to do much about it. Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Read more The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email.last_img read more

Last-gasp Winks winner saves Spurs against Fulham

first_imgHarry Winks scored a 93th-minute header to earn Tottenham a dramatic 2-1 Premier League win at Fulham, but Mauricio Pochettino will be concerned about an injury suffered by Dele Alli.England midfielder Alli had headed Spurs level, cancelling out a first-half own goal scored by Fernando Llorente – the striker deputising for the injured Harry Kane, who is out until March.Alli could well be set to join Kane on the sidelines after limping off in the closing stages, but what looked like becoming a nightmare Sunday for Spurs at Craven Cottage was saved at the death by Winks. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Georges-Kevin Nkoudou, Alli’s replacement, delivered a wonderful whipped ball into the box from the left wing and Winks was there to condemn struggling Fulham to another defeat.WINKSYYYYY! RIGHT AT THE DEATH!!! pic.twitter.com/4OLevpW877 — Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 20, 2019 Fulham scored two own goals in a 2-1 loss at Burnley last weekend, although one was later given to Jeff Hendrick, and the tables were turned when they took the lead in the 17th minute.Jean Michael Seri’s corner from the right wing did not look particularly dangerous but Llorente clumsily turned the ball into his own goal.Llorente and Ryan Babel missed good headed chances and Fulham then had a second goal ruled out for offside when Aleksandar Mitrovic nodded home the rebound after Lloris had parried away a typically powerful Andre Schurrle drive.Spurs improved after the break and they levelled in the 51st minute, Tim Ream’s fluffed clearance allowing Christian Eriksen to float a cross to Alli at the back post for a simple header.Both sides had penalty appeals rejected and Llorente wasted another chance by heading wide Danny Rose’s cross, the left-back having earlier hit the crossbar with a deflected drive.Alli hurt his left hamstring in the closing stages to add to Spurs’ growing injury list, but an unlikely pair of heroes combined to create the winner deep into stoppage time.Nkoudou’s cross was inviting and Winks timed his run perfectly to nod in from close range.If one Harry doesn’t get you, the other will #FULTOT @HKane @HarryWinks pic.twitter.com/SyOigJ3GKF — Premier League (@premierleague) January 20, 2019  What does it mean? Fulham survival hopes fading Fulham were excellent in the first half and could have led by two or three goals at the break, but their defensive issues were highlighted after the interval. With 51 goals conceded in the Premier League, a seven-point gap to safety looks too big. Spurs, meanwhile, are back to within nine points of leaders Liverpool, but Champions League qualification may be a more realistic goal.Alli comes up trumps for Spurs Someone had to deliver for Spurs with Kane not fit to play and it was Alli who produced when his side needed a goal. The England midfielder hit 18 in the 2016-17 Premier League season and he may need to record a similar return with Kane set to miss at least 10 games. Spurs will hope Alli’s late hamstring injury was not as serious as it looked.Llorente lost in Kane’s absence Filling Kane’s boots was always going to be a tough task for Llorente, restricted to six Premier League appearances as a substitute this term. But the striker looks a poor fit for a Spurs side who rely on mobility in their front line and the less said about his awful own goal the better.Key Opta Facts- Spurs have won four of their last six Premier League away games in which they’ve conceded first (L2), including on both occasions this season (6-2 v Everton and 2-1 v Fulham).- Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri suffered his first Premier League defeat against Spurs (W7 D4 L1), in what was his 12th game in the competition against them.- Fulham are the first team in the top five European Leagues to have conceded 50 goals in league competition this season (51).- Spurs won a Premier League game without Kane or Son Heung-Min for the first time since March 2014 (3-2 v Southampton). – Babel started his first Premier League game since December 6th 2010 (for Liverpool against Aston Villa), 2967 days ago.What’s next? Spurs play the second leg of the EFL Cup semi-final against Chelsea on Thursday as Pochettino tries to break his trophy drought, Crystal Palace following in the fourth round of the FA Cup three days later. Fulham, who are out of the FA Cup, next play at home to Brighton and Hove Albion on January 29 in the Premier League. read morelast_img read more

Feeling profound shame Canterbury Archbishop on Jallianwala Bagh visit

first_imgAmritsar: Archbishop of Canterbury Reverend Justin Welby on Tuesday visited Jallianwala Bagh, the site of British colonial era massacre, and said it was a “deeply humbling” experience and provoked “feelings of profound shame”.The massacre took place at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar during the Baisakhi festival in April 1919 when the British Indian Army under the command of Colonel Reginald Dyer opened fire at a crowd staging a pro-independence demonstration, leaving scores of people dead. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’In the visitors’ book, Welby wrote, “It is deeply humbling and provokes feelings of profound shame to visit this place that witnessed such atrocities hundred years ago.” “My first response is to pray for healing of relatives, of descendants, of our relationships with India and its wonderful people. But, that prayer renews in me a desire to pray and act so that together we may learn from history, root out hatred, promote reconciliation and globally seek the common good,” he wrote. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIn the presence of a sizeable gathering inside the Jallianwala Bagh, the Canterbury archbishop, who is on 10-day tour of India, also read out a prayer seeking God’s forgiveness for the heinous act. In his address, Welby said, “I can’t speak for the British government as I am not official of the British government. But I can speak in the name of Christ. It is a place of sin and for redemption.” “Because you have remembered what they have done and their name will live, their memory will live before God. I am so ashamed and sorry for the impact of the crime committed. I am a religious leader not a politician. As a religious leader, I mourn the tragedy.” Asked if he would ask British government to seek apology for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, the archbishop said, “I think I have been very clear about what I feel and that will be broadcast in England.” Terming the massacre misuse of power, the archbishop said, “I came in seeking the sorrow and repentance suffered at the hands of British soldiers. Again I can’t speak to government but I can speak in repentance for the sin committed here”. Later, Welby went to the Golden Temple where he paid obeisance at the sanctum sanctorum. He also went to the Akal Takht, the supreme seat of Sikhs, where he paid obeisance before meeting the JathedarAkal Takht Ginai Harpreet Singh. The archbishop of Canterbury arrived at the Diocesan headquarters of the Diocese of Amritsar, Church of North India, here on Monday.last_img read more

SAG Awards Ceremony Auction Is Now Live

The SAG Awards Ceremony Auction, the final auction in the online series benefiting the Screen Actors Guild Foundation is now live at at sagawards.org/auction.The SAG Awards Ceremony Auction offers movie and television fans the chance to win autographed collectibles signed by many of this year’s nominated actors and casts, including an original wardrobe piece worn by Eddie Redmayne in “The Theory of Everything,” a one-of-a-kind “Birdman” action figure signed by Michael Keaton, a collectible “The Grand Budapest Hotel” hardcover book signed by Wes Anderson, Netflix swag packages and more. Also up for bid are set visits to “E! News,” “Entertainment Tonight” and “The Insider,” as well as premium items and unique experiences provided by the networks, studios, and SAG Awards sponsors. The auction ends on February 2 at 9 p.m. (ET) / 6 p.m. (PT) at sagawards.org/auction.

Proceeds from the SAG Awards Ceremony Auction support the SAG Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy programs: BookPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools), reading to over 60,000 children monthly in classrooms and hospitals nationwide, and Storyline Online, the interactive literacy website that attracts over four million global views each month. The auction also supports the SAG Foundation Catastrophic Health Fund, Emergency Assistance and scholarships for performers and their families.

The following is a list of items up for bid at the SAG Awards Ceremony Auction organized by autographed memorabilia & collectibles, experiences, and premium items. Autographed Collectibles and Memorabilia• “The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel” hardcover book signed by Wes Anderson • “The Theory of Everything” poster signed by the cast • Eyeglasses worn by Eddie Redmayne in “The Theory of Everything,” created for the film, approximating the famous pair worn by Professor Stephen Hawking in real life • A replica of the Albert Einstein Award presented to Professor Stephen Hawking, created for a scene in the film “The Theory of Everything” • Limited release “Birdman” action figure signed by Michael Keaton • “Cake” poster signed by Jennifer Aniston • “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” poster signed by the cast • “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” script and 8×10 photo signed by the cast • “A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey” book signed by the cast • “Gone Girl” poster signed by Rosamund Pike and writer Gillian Flynn • Limited Edition Danner Boots signed by Reese Witherspoon of “Wild” • “The Imitation Game” poster signed by the cast • “Into the Woods” poster signed by the cast • “Boyhood” DVD signed by Richard Linklater and Ellar Coltrane • “Boyhood” poster signed by Richard Linklater, Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette and Lorelei Linklater • “Boyhood” view-master and photo book • “Modern Family” pilot script and DVD set signed by the cast • “VEEP” seasons one and two Blue-Ray set signed by the cast • Netflix package including an “Orange is the New Black” script signed by Danielle Brooks, Adrienne C. Moore, Uzo Aduba, Vicky Jeudy, and Jackie Cruz, a “House of Cards” jacket, “The Killing” scarf, Netflix beach towel and Netflix canvas tote bag • Showtime memorabilia packageExperiences, Tapings and Packages• 2 Tickets to a 2015 Film Premiere of your choice plus A-list After-party and Celebrity Red Carpet Experience • “Entertainment Tonight” and “The Insider” set visit for two • “E! News” live taping for twoPremium Items• Champagne Taittinger 6L Bottle signed by 21st Annual SAG Awards recipients • Chateau St. Jean 2011 Magnum of Cinq Cepages wine • One year home delivery of FIJI Water • The Couture Gift Collection Gift-Basket • For additional information, please visit sagfoundation.org, follow @SAGFoundation on Twitter and Instagram and like and subscribe to SAG Foundation on Facebook and YouTube. read more

Mandatory Military Service Might Not Include Moroccan Binationals

Rabat – Moroccan binationals will allegedly be exempted from the mandatory military service introduced by Morocco’s government in August.A source in Morocco’s embassy in Paris said that the “military service should only concern young people residing in Morocco.”The anonymous source told the French Sud Ouest outlet that the details of the bill will include everything about the requirements of those to be conscripted in October when the text will be officially adopted in Parliament. The government’s proposal to bring back the military service surprised Morocco’s youth.Moroccan-Dutch and Moroccan-Belgian youth have both showed concern over the decision. Dutch news outlet NL Times reported that many Dutch-Moroccans are “worried that they will have to join the North African country’s army for a year.”Moroccan binationals were not the only citizens to express concerns over the decision. The number of Moroccans residing abroad is estimated at 5 million, according to statistics offered by the minister delegate in charge of Moroccans residing abroad in July.After the government announced its decision in August, a group of activist created a Facebook group named “Moroccan Rally against Compulsory Military Service.”The activists issued a statement, explaining why they are against the draft bill.The group explained that the rejection of the bill “came because of the government’s total lack of clarity on the bill’s real objectives.” They added that conscription cannot be decided in a short period.On September 4, the Party of al-Istiqlal (Independence) discussed the government decision in its meeting. The members of the party called on the government to exercise pedagogical efforts “to correct negative stereotypes” which feature the service as a “mechanism for discipline and punishment or for the suppression of energies and spirit of initiative and creativity” among young people.The party also urged the government to hear from people and youth and communicate with them and to listen to their suggestions, according to the party’s statement.Bill 44.18 on mandatory service concerns young people aged 19 to 25, both men and women. The bill exempts citizens with diseases, married people, and people who financially support their families. Only one young person per family will be conscripted.The army can call on exempted people to join the service until the age of 40 if the reason that prevented them from participating no longer applies.Morocco first introduced 18-month military service on June 9, 1966, in accordance with Royal Decree 137-66.Morocco reduced the length of service to 12 months in 1999. But in 2006, King Mohammed VI abolished mandatory military service. read more

TSX falls into the red as US government shutdown looms

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market was little changed Monday as investors hoped that an 11th-hour deal would emerge that would prevent a partial shutdown of the U.S. government at midnight.The S&P/TSX composite index had been down as much as 110 points but was later up a slight 1.19 points to 12,845.27 at mid-afternoon.The real estate sector was the major advancer, up two per cent as Brookfield Property Partners LP (TSX:BPY.UN) announced it wants to buy out other shareholders of Brookfield Office Properties Inc. (TSX:BPO) in a stock-and-cash deal it valued at US$5 billion.Brookfield Property Partners already owns a 51 per cent stake in Brookfield Office Properties. Brookfield Office Properties shares ran ahead $2.32, or 13.4%, to $19.61 while Brookfield Property Partners units were a penny higher at $20.01.The Canadian dollar gained 0.05 of a cent to 97.11 cents US as Canada’s economic growth in July came in better than expected.Statistics Canada reported that the economy grew by 0.6% in July, rebounding from a 0.5% decline in June. The bounce — one of the biggest since the recession — was one-tenth of a point better than estimates.U.S. indexes were also off the worst levels of the session, even though it’s likely that Congress won’t be able to agree on a compromise budget deal, setting the stage for a removal of non-essential government services.The Dow Jones industrials dropped 111.55 points to 15,146.69, the Nasdaq fell 10.94 points to 3,770.66 and the S&P 500 index lost 9.16 points to 1,682.59.Some analysts suggested that losses were limited by the conviction that the two sides will have to compromise.“It’s much ado about nothing,” said John Stephenson, portfolio manager at First Asset Funds Inc. “Ultimately, Obama is not going to defund Obamacare, the Republicans will reduce the tax on medical devices and a few other things so they can claim a victory. And then eventually it will be resolved.”An even more worrisome deadline comes up Oct. 17. That is when the U.S. government hits its debt limit and will begin running out of cash to pay its bills.“Although it’s unclear what the net effect will be, technical default still looms unless the debt limit is lifted,” said BMO Capital Markets senior economist Michael Gregory.The base metals sector led declines, down 1.2% while December copper dipped a cent at US$3.32 a pound. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) gave back 31 cents to $27.79.The energy sector was down 0.2% amid major dealmaking in the component.Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp. (TSX:PRE) intends to buy Calgary-based oil and gas company Petrominerales (TSX:PMG) in a proposed deal worth roughly $1.6-billion. Petrominerales shareholders would be paid $11 per share plus they’ll get one share of a new Brazil-focused exploration and production company called ExploreCo that will be based in Calgary.Petrominerales shares jumped $3.96 or 51.15% to $11.70 while Pacific Rubiales fell $1.24 to $20.30.Worries about the economic impact of a U.S. government shutdown punished oil prices and the November crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was down 67 cents at US$102.20 a barrel after recovering from even greater losses earlier in the session.Prices also declined in the wake of data showing that Chinese manufacturing activity ticked up more slowly than expected in September.A survey by HSBC Corp. showed that manufacturing activity expanded marginally this month, rising to 50.2 from August’s 50.1. But it surprised analysts by coming in much lower than the 51.2 in a preliminary version earlier this month.The gold sector was slightly lower as December bullion declined $12.20 to US$1,327 an ounce.In other corporate developments, engineering firm SNC-Lavalin (TSX:SNC) has put up a “For Sale” sign on its stake in AltaLink, which owns more than half of Alberta’s electricity transmission grid. The plan is part of a broader strategy of reducing its investments in infrastructure assets and SNC’s shares gained $1.52 to $42.87.Traders were also focused on Italy where Premier Enrico Letta faces a confidence vote on Wednesday after ministers from former premier Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-right bloc pulled out of the five-month-old government. Italy has high debts that have compelled successive governments to instigate wide-ranging economic reforms. read more

SiemensSiemag supply winders for Chinese coal

first_imgA consortium composed of the Siemens Industrial Solutions and Services Group and Siemag has received an order from SDIC Xinji Energy to supply three winders for two coal mines in Anhui Province in China. The Siemens scope of supply comprises the winding motors, including converters, as well as the power, automation and safety systems. The total order value is around €14 million. Xinji Energy is a leading coal producer in the east province of Anhui. It is building two new shaft installations in Banji and Kouzidong. The Banji mine, which will be supplied with a new winder, will have a hoisting capacity of 3 Mt/y by the end of 2007. The installation in Kouzidong is to produce around 5 Mt/y of coal with the help of two new winders. The three units of the identical winding installations are four-rope friction wheel ground-mounted machines with a diameter of 4.8 m. Siemens is supplying the synchronous motors, each with an output of 4.7 MW, as well as the associated Simovert D 12-pulse cyclo-converters. Motors and converters are air-cooled. The drives will be controlled by an FM458 Simatic application module. For safety reasons, the controller has two channels. The signals of these two channels will be compared with each other continuously. Any discrepancy will trigger a safety circuit which will immediately stop the drives and apply the safety brakes. A visualization system with an operator console will be available for operator control and monitoring. The scope of supply also includes high-voltage transformers, the low-voltage switchgear and motor blowers. The winders have an emergency operating mode, which means that, even if faults occur in a converter or tran sformer, production can continue at half speed but with the full load of 32 t. Siemens is also responsible for commissioning the equipment on site whereas Siemag is responsible for the mechanical components.www.siemens.com/mining and www.siemag.com/englisch/index.htmllast_img read more

Iron Man Was Completely Right Avengers Endgame Spoilers

first_imgStay on target First off, spoiler warning! If I’m going to talk about Avengers: Endgame in any real way I’m going to have to spoil it. Based on the film’s unprecedented box office success, chances are any of you reading this already saw the conclusion the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But in case you didn’t, again, spoiler warning! Okay? Okay.Let’s talk about Iron Man.Tony Stark’s role in the MCU is so fundamental, so all-encompassing, that it’s tough to know where to start when talking about it. He’s built into the foundation. Iron Man is a gravitational center warping space and time on a level even beyond a quantum tunnel-powered clip show. Part of this is just timing. 2008’s Iron Man famously kicked off the entire MCU project introducing elements like a breezy and fun tone, modest action, solid character work, and nerd-pleasing continuity teases. Its financial success convinced the studio the larger initiative was worth pursuing, and that’s before they had Disney money.But it’s not just that Iron Man was first. He was also arguably never surpassed. After solo movies that failed to set the world on fire, it wasn’t until The Avengers that characters like Thor and Captain America really started to connect with audiences, and even after that they worked more as key players in the larger ensemble. They’ve never had as much pure standalone power as Iron Man, even with his later sequels being as polarizing as they are (Iron Man 3 rules). And now, at the end, I’m convinced it’s because Iron Man as a character just towers above the rest.Specifically, Iron Man in these movies. Before 2008 Tony Stark was never anyone’s idea of a marquee Avenger or comic book superhero in general. Captain America leads the team, and while that’s technically true in the movies, there’s a reason why Tony’s head is the biggest on the poster, and it’s not just his ego. Even Spider-Man aspires to his level now.True-blue movie superstar Robert Downey, Jr. obviously deserves a ton of credit for essentially reinventing Iron Man for the screen, just like how Stark reinvents himself. The parallels between the actor and character have been fascinating to watch from the start as Downey redirects his own tense self-destructive past into Tony’s troubled but inspiring middle-age redemption arc. And he’s just a hoot, his snarky and blisteringly intelligent improv stream of consciousness rapport with humans, monsters, and digital assistants alike is as entertaining now as it was ten years ago.But a good character needs more than just a good actor and fun affectations. Much of the MCU and its approach to its characters is the result of Marvel trying to reverse engineer Iron Man but they could never fully replicate it. It’s why only Iron Man’s death could have the impact that it does at the end of Endgame, leaving a gaping hole the MCU can frankly never fully recover from.So why else does Iron Man work? There’s no simple formula. It’s a lot of factors working together like alchemy that various writers and directors have all tapped into. For starters, he’s got an awesome look and infinitely expanding set of smart superpowers. Watching Tony build a tin can flamethrower suit with cave scraps is great but so is watching nanobots form anime mech laser armor around him in seconds. It’s like an exaggerated version of watching our tech like phones and game consoles become exponentially cooler with time. And it all feels consistent for the character and his path.And really, Iron Man’s character consistency is what has kept him so compelling. It’s not that he doesn’t change. That would be a problem, Captain America’s problem actually. By being a flawed modern human being with distinct personality traits, not a boring and stubborn perfect block of 1940s wood, Tony is able to grow as a person across movies. This growth climaxes where he (not Cap!) performs the singular supremely superheroic act of sacrificing himself for the entire universe after previously not caring about victims of his own bombs or more recently not even wanting to try the time heist in the first place. It’s a delicate balance. Too much change and you get Thor, who has just been so all over the place throughout the MCU for both tragedy and comedy that it feels like tonal whiplash rather than purposeful character development.Tony’s contrasting humanity and heroism also highlight each other in ways unlike anyone else’s. He’s the only one who credibly reacts to the increasingly cosmic nature of the threats the Earth faces following The Battle of New York in The Avengers. Yeah he’s scared, sympathetically traumatized even, into building the controlling protective overreach that is Ultron but he’s also practical. And in Endgame he is absolutely right to chew out Steve on how his moral refusal to bend even just inch on anything led to A. the stupid conflict of Civil War and B. the catastrophic events of Avengers: Infinity War.Stark’s adaptable ability to improve and alter himself, on the inside and outside, ultimately allows him to be the nexus of Avengers: Endgame. Think about his deep, wide, and varied arc. Surviving in space. Raising his new daughter in the woods for years away from the team. Taking responsibility for inventing time travel to help the rest of the world. Reaching emotional closure with his own dad. And finally defeating Thanos, the universe’s gravest threat, before receiving the universe’s greatest funeral from widowed mother Pepper Potts. While Cap’s tragic (until it isn’t) romance with Peggy may be more historically sweeping it’s also chaste compared to Tony’s real, loving, adult relationship with Pepper.When Captain America: Civil War came out we all got caught up the debate of who was and wasn’t right. At the time I was Team Iron Man because I believe allowing superheroes to do literally whatever the hell the want with no oversight will only speed up America’s descent in fascism. Questionable human motives asides (although no more questionable than Steve’s) Tony was completely right to try to put a check on his own power, a lesson he learned and yet another example of his maturing character.But now I side with Stark because more than ever I’m fully convinced that whatever the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe turns into (Black Panther aside) it will never give me another character as rich and worth caring about as Iron Man. RIP….Plus Iron Man is the only MCU (who isn’t on Netflix) that’s had sex. Prove me wrong!Honor the man himself with the upcoming Iron Man VR game, these Iron Man toys, and the coolest Iron Man armors. Sony Pictures CEO Says ‘Door Is Closed’ for Now on Spider-Man SplitMarvel Censors Criticism of America From Marvel Comics #1000 last_img read more

Deloitte Sky and Vodafone listed among top employers for women in 2019

first_imgAviva, BP, Deloitte (pictured), Fujitsu, the Royal Navy, Sky and Vodafone are among the UK organisations that feature in the Top 50 Employers for Women 2019 list, compiled by The Times and business community outreach charity Business in the Community (BITC).The unranked alphabetical list recognises UK employers that are leading the way on workplace gender equality to make it part of their business strategy. Organisations are assessed on transparency, the causes behind any gender equality gaps, the measures they are taking to address structural gender inequality issues and the impacts of these actions.The evaluation process, conducted by BITC’s gender equality experts, analyses the roles of senior leaders, the actions taken to increase representation of women in senior positions, intersectionality, support for parents and carers, bullying and harassment and what employers are doing to promote gender equality outside of their organisation.Other organisations that were chosen for 2019’s list include Allen and Overy, Barclays, Capgemini UK, Credit Suisse, Department for Work and Pensions, EY, Goldman Sachs, KPMG, Lloyds Banking Group, Marks and Spencer, National Grid, Pepsico, Post Office, Royal Mail Group, Shell and State Street.Emma Codd, managing partner for talent at Deloitte, said: “We are extremely proud to be listed once again as a top employer for women alongside other [organisations] that are committed to driving greater gender equality in the workplace. It is also a great honour to receive a Game Changer Award for the focus that we have had on ensuring that we always provide an inclusive culture underpinned by respect.“This focus, which has been led from the top of our firm, has seen us, among other things, create the thought-provoking Ask Yourself film, put 6,000 of our most senior leaders through extensive inclusive leadership sessions, create and roll out mandatory online inclusion development sessions to all our people and ensure that all our people feel able to escalate any concerns they may have when it comes to respect and inclusion.”Chloe Chambraud, director of gender equality at BITC, added: “Historically, [organisations] focused on policies and processes to address the inequality and bias that employees face on a daily basis. But this is not enough. It is only by changing the culture and promoting positive behaviours from the top that employers will see real change, and we look forward to supporting them on this journey.”last_img read more

Thor star will run wild as WWEs Hulk Hogan in new biopic

first_img Comments 4 26 Photos Share your voice Christian Petersen/Getty/Jackson Ryan Sandy-haired Australian icon Chris Hemsworth is set to star as Hulk Hogan, one of professional wrestling’s biggest stars, in an upcoming biopic, according to The Hollywood Reporter.Hogan, born Terry Bollea, cut his teeth in the CWF, a Floridian professional wrestling organization early in his career, before debuting in Vincent J. McMahon’s World Wrestling Federation in 1979. He’d go on to become one of the wrestling juggernaut’s biggest stars during the 1980s, even spawning a Saturday morning cartoon — Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling — where he and other wrestlers helped aliens return home or political candidates defeat corrupt opponents (it was the ’80s, OK?).The Hulk’s wrestling career is full of huge moments and big-name feuds: Randy Savage, Rowdy Roddy Piper, The Iron Sheik and the Ultimate Warrior, just to name a few. He became a 12-time WWE Champion and a six-time WCW champion over a career spanning four decades. In 2005, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.Hemsworth, most famously known for his role as the God of Thunder, Thor, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, will do battle against Thanos in the upcoming Avengers: Endgame and yet, donning the red-and-yellow of the Hulkster might see him come up against an even more menacing opponent: André the Giant.Arguably Hogan’s biggest moment came at WrestleMania III when he defended his WWF World Heavyweight Championship against André in the main event, brother. The videotape shows that Hogan lifted the 7-foot-4, 525-pound André over his head and slammed him into the mat to win the match, brother.Interestingly, the Hulkster had Hemsworth in mind for the role as early as 2013, when he told the Cape Breton Post that he thought the star would be a good fit to play him, brother.  Owing to his huge star power and large biceps, brother, Hogan’s life outside the ring has garnered almost as much attention as his life in the ring.In 2012, Gawker Media posted a leaked sex tape of Hogan. On the tape, Hogan was reported to have made racist comments, which saw him embroiled in a scandal that ultimately ended in WWE terminating his contract and removing him from promotional materials. In 2016, a Florida court ruled digital media network Gawker had wrongly published the sex tape, awarding Hogan over $100 million in compensation.It doesn’t appear that the upcoming film will focus on these aspects of the Hulkster’s life, with sources telling the Hollywood Reporter that the biopic would function as “an origin story of the Hulkster and Hulkamania”. That makes it sound more like Mickey Rourke’s The Wrestler than a straight WWF/WWE highlights package, brother. It will be directed by Todd Phillips and written by Scott Silver, who teamed up for the upcoming Joaquin Phoenix-led Joker film.Looking for another wrestling biopic to suplex your emotions before the Hemsworth Hulkster hits the screen? The recently-released Wrestling With My Family might scratch that particular itch, brother. How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order Tags TV and Movies WWElast_img read more

Rahul Gandhi assassination attempt MHA links green light to AICC photographers mobile

first_imgCongress president Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Amethi on Thursday led to a controversy with the party claiming that there was a failed assassination attempt. A green laser was spotted on Rahul Gandhi’s forehead seven times when he was addressing the media persons in the Lok Sabha constituency.In a statement, the Ministry of Home Affairs said that the green light was from a photographer’s mobile phone. “Director SPG informed MHA that the green light shown in clipping was found to be that of a mobile phone used by AICC photographer, who was video graphing the impromptu press interaction of Rahul Gandhi near the collectorate in Amethi,” the statement read.Three Congress leaders – Ahmed Patel, Jairam Ramesh and Randeep Surjewala – have filed a complaint about the issue with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. They have also sent a video. Youtube screengrab/INCIn a letter to the Home Minister, the Congress leaders wrote: “Even a possibility like this is a cause of serious alarm and concern pointing towards a breach in the security of Congress President Shri Rahul Gandhi. All of us are deeply shocked and distressed at the possibility of the Congress president being targeted by a potential assassin.””We urge you to immediately take note of this grave and unacceptable security threat as also the security lapse in the security of the Congress president… This is also an alarming lapse on part of the UP administration which is responsible for the peripheral security,” they added.The letter also spoke about the assassination of the Congress president’s father Rajiv Gandhi and grandmother Indira Gandhi. They added that Rahul Gandhi’s security should be the utmost concern and priority of the central government. Rahul Gandhi assassination attempt IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:33Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:32?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img Closelast_img read more

Going Inside Megalodons – The Ancient Giant Shark that Continues to Fascinate

first_imgMegalodon, one of the fiercest and largest predators that has ever lived, is a mystery to both researchers and people interested in marine life. The shark existed for at least 13 million years, with the earliest fossils dating back to 20 million years ago and the latest one to 2.6 million years.Model of a shark’s jaws with two visible rows of teeth.There are two big misconceptions about the species that are now proven to be wrong. The first is that megalodons looked just like a great white — only much bigger. Second is the belief that these tremendous predators still roam the depths of our oceans.Most reconstructions on display present it as an enlarged version of the great white shark. This is due to the fact that scientists believed them to belong to the same family of sharks.Artistic impression of a megalodon pursuing two Eobalaenoptera whales. Photo by Karen Carr CC BY 3.0However, nowadays we know this to not be true. Megalodons belong to a completely different lineage of sharks than the great white and is the last specimen of its family.That lineage ended when the fish became extinct. It is believed that the evolution of this species dates back to 105 million years ago, and that it begins with Cretalamna appendiculata.Depiction of a shark’s head by Nicolas Steno in his work The Head of a Shark DissectedThe oldest definitive ancestor of what was known as a megalodon is Otodus obliquus, a 50-million-year old shark.As opposed to the great white, a megalodon had very long pectoral fins, like the blue shark. Also, fossils prove that the megalodon had a flat jaw and much shorter nose.Six inch megalodon tooth vs two inch great white shark tooth. Each inch equates to about 10 feet of fish: 60-foot megalodon vs 20-foot great white.As Emma Bernard, curator of the fossilized fish collection at Natural History Museum says: “As we’ve found more and more fossils, we’ve realized that the ancestor to the great white shark lived alongside megalodon. Some scientists think they might even have been in competition with each other.”And regardless of what the movie The Meg portrays, it has been proven that the megalodon is extinct, even if some sources still claim that there is a chance that these sharks are still roaming in seclusion.Megalodon may have become coextinct with smaller baleen whale species, such as Piscobalaena nana. Photo © Citron CC BY-SA 3.0Bernard continues: “’If an animal as big as the megalodon still lived in the oceans we would know about it.” First off, as sharks shatter and lose their complete set of teeth once every two weeks the ocean floor would be filled with giant megalodon teeth, it would be impossible for us not to encounter them.Secondly, other marine animals, and their remains, would serve as proof of unfortunate encounters with this giant.Reconstruction by Bashford Dean in 1909.Lastly, even though the megalodon was found all over the world, it is known that it preferred warm waters. The ocean floor would be too cold for it.It is known for sure that it became extinct between 3.6 and 2.6 million years ago, by the end of the Pliocene era. This was the period when the earth entered a cooling cycle. There is a variety of ways in which the cooling of the planet could have significantly contributed to the end of the megalodon.Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias) breaching in an attack on seal, South Africa.Scientists have concluded that almost a third of marine animals that were at the bottom of the food chain became extinct, which resulted in predators, such as the megalodon, significantly struggling to feed.As Natural History Museum Magazine explains: “As the adult sharks were dependent on tropical waters, the drop in ocean temperatures likely resulted in a significant loss of habitat. It may also have resulted in the megalodon’s prey either going extinct or adapting to the cooler waters and moving to where the sharks could not follow.”Additionally, megalodons gave birth to their young close to the coast where the water was shallow and warm. Most importantly, shallow waters were used to provide protection from predators that were dangerous for the young sharks.Read another story from us: Mysterious Canines in Texas have DNA of Red Wolves – Thought to be ExtinctHowever, as the warm shallow water turned into ice the megalodon lost its source to securely bring its young into the world. So while megalodons will always exist in the popular imagination and on the big screen, they will never (well I guess never say never) exist in modern reality.last_img read more

New Government lifeline for JAL but bankruptcy must be filed

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: W.X <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/202f7/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Japan Airlines has been thrown a new lifeline as the government moves to increase its line of credit, but reports out of Japan claim that the carrier will first have to move towards bankruptcy.A formal bankruptcy submission could come as early as this week, the Nikkei reported, this would enable the government to put in place a new management team as well as a restructuring program.This move would see the government reject equity investment bids by both Delta Air Lines and American Airlines, who over the last few months have been eager to ally themselves with the flailing carrier.Further indication that a government bailout was likely was given in a local press conference last week attended by government ministers including Naoto Kan, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister.During the briefing indications were given that the bailout fund given to JAL could be doubled, when Mr stated that he was expecting a state-backed fund to support the flailing carrier.JAL’s debt is believed to be sitting at around some US$16 billion.last_img read more

Travelport extends partnership with Accor hotels

first_imgTravelport leading Travel Commerce Platform providing distribution technology, payment and other solutions for the USD 7 trillion global travel and tourism industry, declared signing a new content agreement with Accor hotels one of the world’s largest hotel groups, with more than 3,700 hotels and 470,000 rooms in 92 countries.The new agreement gives Travelport’s 67,000 globally connected travel agency customers continued access to Accor’s availability and room rates, as well as new and enhanced content. Accor also plans to take advantage of increased functionality from Travelport’s innovative point of sale solutions, by providing rich static content directly from Travelport’s Hotel Content Plus database.Keith Harrison, Head of Hotel Providers at Travelport, commented, “We are thrilled to extend our association with Accor, one of the leading hotel groups in the world. Accor has demonstrated over the years its willingness to embrace new technology and innovation and our partnership over the years is testament to that. We are particularly pleased that Accor has recognised the increased opportunities our Travel Commerce Platform can help deliver and we look forward to working even closer together in future years.”last_img read more