Leicester owner Copter crashes near stadium

first_imgThe crash took place hours after Leicester drew 1-1 with West Ham in a Premier League match at the King Power Stadium.Sky Sports said the helicopter took off from the pitch between 8.30pm-8.45pm local time (1930-1945 GMT) but developed problems shortly afterwards with its tail rotor and crashed in a nearby car park.Leicestershire Police tweeted: “We are dealing with an incident in the vicinity of the King Power Stadium. Emergency services are aware and dealing.”The ambulance service also tweeted: “We are also in attendance and will update when possible.”Meanwhile broadcaster and former Leicester footballer Gary Lineker tweeted: “Hearing that the Leicester City owners’ helicopter has crashed in the club’s car park.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sky Sports broadcast pictures of what it said was the helicopter in flames, reporting it belonged to Leicester City Football Club’s Thai owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.LONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 27 – A helicopter on Saturday crashed near the football stadium in the central United Kingdom city of Leicester, police said.Sky Sports broadcast pictures of what it said was the helicopter in flames, reporting it belonged to Leicester City Football Club’s Thai owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.last_img read more

Delta pilots taking pay cut

first_img “Given the critical nature of our financial situation, this provides much needed financial relief while we seek to reach a comprehensive agreement with (the Air Line Pilots Association),” Delta’s chief executive, Gerald Grinstein, wrote. Delta, which has lost more than $11 billion and cut more than 20,000 jobs over the past five years, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in New York on Sept. 14. Last week, Delta asked the court for a six-month extension to file a reorganization plan due Jan. 12. Analysts said the airline was bogged down in part by pilot salaries that ranked among the nation’s highest. In a 2004 study of 103 airlines conducted by Washington-based Airline Forecasts LLC, Delta had the highest per-capita pilot cost of any airline in the industry. The deal lowers the bar on pilot costs and brings the company in line with the industry average, said Vaughn Cordle, a financial analyst who heads Airline Forecasts and works for a rival major airline. “This bodes well for Delta, although they still have a long way to go before they are a viable airline,” he said. The deal might also encourage customers wary of a strike and help pilots avoid a fruitless legal fight, he said. “They had no choice. If they didn’t agree to it, a bankruptcy judge would impose it,” Cordle said. “It’s in management’s – and the pilots’ – best interest to have everyone agree to the cuts so they don’t have morale problems.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ATLANTA – Delta Air Lines Inc. pilots accepted a 14 percent pay cut in a deal their union negotiated with management to help the bankrupt carrier cope with an expected cash crunch. About 58 percent of the members who voted Wednesday approved the deal, which is the second double-digit pay cut Delta pilots have taken in 13 months. Delta and the Air Line Pilots Association, which represents the Atlanta-based company’s 6,000 pilots, will now try to hammer out a comprehensive agreement by March. If not, the sides have agreed to let the decision be made by a three-person arbitration panel. Ultimately, 3,001 pilots voted to slash the average salary of rank-and-file pilots from $170,000 to about $146,000. The pilots also would give up other pay and cost items equal to an additional 1 percent hourly wage reduction. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Before the two sides reached the tentative agreement, the union had threatened to strike if the contract pay terms were thrown out. An unusually high 86 percent of the union’s members voted, said Capt. John Culp, a spokesman. The fairly narrow margin, he said, “reflected the pilot group’s anger over the concession request.” The pilots were also concerned that management of the nation’s No. 2 airline had failed to specify how further sacrifices would ensure Delta’s future, he said. Still, he said a majority of pilots approved the union-brokered deal because it bought them extra time to forge another agreement. “We don’t like the position we’re in, but we feel time is of the essence,” Culp said. “This agreement gave us time for management’s reorganization plan to become clearer.” The agreement, which management said would save $143 million, adds to the $1 billion in annual concessions that Delta pilots approved in a five-year deal reached in 2004. That deal, meant to keep the cash-strapped airline out of bankruptcy, included a 32.5 percent pay cut. last_img read more

Thursday victories for Donegal jockeys Orr and Harley

first_imgDonegal jockeys Oisin Orr and Martin Harley were in the winners’ enclosure yesterday.Orr won the feature race, the EOS IT Solutions Handicap, at Dundalk yesterday evening.The Ballyarr man took victory by the narrowest of margins aboard Alfredo Arcano. Orr and Alfredo Arcano had just a neck to spare on the other 15/8 joint favourite in the race, Dali. Over the final furlong, Alfredo Arcano held on to edge out Aidan O’Brien’s mount.Orr was riding for Royal Ascot-winning trainer David Marnane.At Newbury, meanwhile, Harley had success on Alan King’s Outofthequestion in the Parkway Shopping Handicap.Harley took his 53rd win of the year, with half-a-length to spare from the 33/1 shot Ochos Rios. Outofthequestion, sent off at 11/2 hit the front a furlong from home to give Harley – who won on Henry Candy last weekend at Nottingham – his latest win.Thursday victories for Donegal jockeys Orr and Harley was last modified: July 13th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Aidan O’BrienAlan KingBallyarrDavid MurnaneDundalkMartin HarleyNewburyOisin OrrTrentaghlast_img read more

An Award-Winning Efficiency Program in Colorado

first_imgSolar and Energy Efficiency Need to Work TogetherEnergy Efficiency Costs Less Than New GenerationLocation Efficiency Trumps Home Energy EfficiencyUtilities Should Stop Driving With the Brakes OnNYC Mayor Wants a Smaller Carbon FootprintEncouraging Progress on Carbon Reduction RELATED ARTICLES An award-winning programAPPA represents more than 2,000 community-owned electric utilities, serving more than 49 million people or about 15% of the nation’s electricity consumers. Each year the organization grants awards to utilities that embody the spirit of APPA’s DEED program — a research and demonstration program that supports innovative energy and efficiency activities. The DEED program’s Energy Innovator Award recognizes utility programs that apply creative, energy-efficient techniques or technologies, provide better service to electric customers, or increase the efficiency of utility operations or resource efficiency. “We look at utilities that are going above and beyond to power their communities in efficient and responsible ways,” says Tobias Sellier, director of media relations and communications at APPA. “Fort Collins definitely fit the bill.”This is actually the fourth APPA award for Fort Collins, which has been involved in the association’s DEED program since it began in the early 1980s. The judges for the award are experts from government, academia, and the energy industry, and in the past have included folks such as Michael Dukakis, Amory Lovins, and Buckminster Fuller. One important criterion for the judges is that the program has to be transferable to other utilities.Lessons learned from Fort Collins’ Efficiency Works Neighborhood program are applicable both to utilities that have efficiency programs and want to take the next step, as well as to utilities that are starting from scratch. “What Fort Collins is doing may not seem trailblazing or cutting edge, but it really is,” says Hyland. “The breadth of utilities that can learn from this project is large; it will transfer to hundreds of utilities around the country.” Pushing the envelopeUtilities around the country have efficiency programs; however, Fort Collins wanted to take its project to the next level. “Utilities started doing efficiency programs by implementing the low-hanging fruit. Now that they already have early adopters doing the easy projects, the question is how to take the next step, getting more people involved and getting to deeper savings,” says RMI manager Jacob Corvidae. “Fort Collins is doing that by taking the best practices from efficiency projects around the country and putting them in one streamlined process for their customers. It’s like having all the best flavors of ice cream in one bowl.”Mike Hyland, senior vice president of engineering services at APPA adds, “Utilities around the country have found that energy efficiency programs stall after enrolling the first tier of interested consumers. What Fort Collins did was take a step back to figure out how to remove the barriers keeping the rest of the consumers from joining.”To increase participation in energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, the model includes an audit by a third-party home performance expert that results in three package options that are presented in the same site visit: good, better, and best. Utilities selects a qualified contractor to complete the upgrades, which during the pilot could be financed up to 100% on the customer’s monthly bill without increasing the customer’s monthly costs. Successes and lessons learnedThe pilot program ran for a year and half, and was extremely successful, more than tripling the number of customers proceeding with energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, with 60% greater carbon savings. Kevin Gertig, Fort Collins Utilities executive director, notes, “The Efficiency Works-Neighborhood pilot represents the culture of results and innovation that we are fostering in Fort Collins to support our community’s energy and climate goals.”The utility learned some valuable lessons from the pilot project; lessons that APPA feels are applicable to other utilities.(1) Simplify the process. Bundling and packaging the information and letting customers know which package option makes the most sense for them were critical to increasing participation. “Just providing rebates and a list of contractors is not going to achieve the kind of results that we as a community have as our goals,” says Phelan. “A more engaged approach is a benefit to us and to the customers. The customers need and want the help.” Corvidae adds, “At RMI we have found that one of the biggest barriers to efficiency upgrades is the very complicated process, which loses people along the way. Fort Collins Utilities streamlined that process for consumers, making it much closer to a one-step process.”(2) Remove the financial barrier. Fort Collins made the efficiency projects economical by financing them up to 100%, and allowing consumers to pay back the money on their electric bills over 20 years. “We are always trying to find innovative ways to get folks involved in energy efficiency,” says Hyland. “When we send out polls, 90% of people respond that they are interested, but when you put a price tag on it, it quickly drops down under a few percent. That’s one of the things this program really did: remove the financial barrier.”(3) Do targeted marketing. Using readily available information, utilities started targeting homes and neighborhoods that had the most potential to participate and to save energy. Starting with that group helped the program gain traction.(4) Work with contractors. Providing a steady stream of work for contractors provided stability, standardized pricing allowed package pricing, and vetting the contractors beforehand and conducting quality assurance provided confidence to the consumers. This helped the program work for everyone simultaneously. Setting ambitious goalsFort Collins Utilities (Utilities) is a municipal utility serving about 63,000 residential customers. In 2009, Utilities set out to improve the quality of home efficiency services available in the community. Through its Efficiency Works-Home program, Utilities created installation standards, a contractor network, and training programs so that homeowners could have confidence in the quality of work being done on their homes. However, Utilities realized that its à la carte approach didn’t work for all customers. Like other forward-thinking cities, Fort Collins — a city of 167,500 located in northern Colorado — had a goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050. However, following a Rocky Mountain Institute e–Lab design charrette, the city decided to see if it could push that goal up by 20 years.Rocky Mountain Institute’s Stepping Up: Benefits and Cost of Accelerating Fort Collins’ Energy and Climate Goals report showed it was possible, and now the city is on its way to eliminating 80% of its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and eliminating them entirely by 2050. This impressive target is partly due to a pilot program born from a year-long RMI engagement with the city’s utility to design a new integrated utility services model to get more homes implementing energy efficiency and renewable energy. The successful project is now receiving the Energy Innovator Award from the American Public Power Association (APPA). “Continuing with the same results will not reach Fort Collins’ energy and climate goals; we need to make it vastly simpler for customers to participate,” says John Phelan, resource conservation manager at Fort Collins Utilities. “We had to scale the results and participation in the program without compromising quality.” So with RMI’s help, Utilities set out to increase the number of customers in its renewable energy and efficiency programs, and to create a program that would be a win-win-win for customers, Fort Collins Utilities, and contractors. This led to the Efficiency Works-Neighborhood Pilot. Laurie Guevara-Stone is a writer and editor at the Rocky Mountain Institute. © 2017 Rocky Mountain Institute. Published with permission. Originally posted on RMI Outlet.last_img read more

Centre okays Rs 500 cr for J-K under Swadesh Darshan scheme

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 16 (PTI) The Centre has approved projects worth Rs 500 crore for integrated development of tourism in Jammu and Kashmir under Swadesh Darshan scheme.”The Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee, chaired by Union Tourism Secretary Vinod Zutshi, for Swadesh Darshan Scheme has approved projects to the tune of Rs 500 crore as part of Development Package of Prime Minister Reconstruction Plan for integrated development of tourism in Jammu and Kashmir,” an official release said.Highlights of the project include setting up convention centres in Gulmarg and Patnitop and development of ethnic villages and water sports centre at Baghliyar Dam – Pool Doda, it said.Other major proposed interventions include last mile connectivity, tourist facilitation/interpretation centre, base camps for trekking, facilitation centre for Amarnath Yatra pilgrims, illumination of heritage structures, provision of eco-friendly vehicles, it added.Under Swadesh Darshan, 13 thematic circuits have been identified for development, namely North-East India Circuit, Buddhist Circuit, Himalayan Circuit, Coastal Circuit, Krishna Circuit, Desert Circuit, Tribal Circuit, Eco Circuit, Wildlife Circuit, Rural Circuit, Spiritual Circuit, Ramayana Circuit and Heritage Circuit. PTI MP NSD NSDlast_img read more

Murata launch ultra-compact highly integrated LoRa gateway module

first_img Continue Reading Previous Solid Sands: SuperTest suite used by UPMEM to speed up big-data analyticsNext Mouser: Microchip’s AVR-IoT board offers plug-and-play migration from AVR to Cloud Murata announced the LBAA0ZZ1QM (US) & LBAA0ZZ1TY (EU) LoRa Pico Gateway 14-pin metal-shielded module. Supporting eight channels and available in two variants for use in either EU or US ISM bands, this ultra-compact module measures just 55.0 mm x 21.0 mm x 3.4 mm and is believed to be the world’s smallest LoRaWAN gateway module. Designed as a single substrate low cost module that can enable the fast provision of low data rate LoRa radio links, the module comprises a Semtech SX1308 transceiver concentrator capable of managing packets from many remotely dispersed end-points, two Semtech SX1257 highly integrated RF front end I/Q transceivers and an STMicroelectronics STM32F401 Arm Cortex M4 microcontroller. A Skyworks RF front-end multi-chip module provides antenna matching, receiver pre-amplifier and transmitter final stage function.The microcontroller hosts packet forwarding, communication with the application host controller and the module’s power management functions. The packet forwarder handles the two-way communication of packets between an end-point and the network server while the host driver provisions a USB CDC virtual port to communication with the host gateway application processor. Alternatively, if desired, the module’s UART port can be used for communication with the gateway’s host. The microcontroller firmware also takes care of the power management, in particular when using a USB port, by limiting downlink power consumption to within the 500 mA maximum power budget.The LoRa network provides a low-cost long-range communication infrastructure to communication with thousands of end-points. Example deployments include utility meter reading, smart agriculture and industrial IoT applications. Ensuring reliable communication across metropolitan or rural areas is essential and gateways such as the Murata LBAA0ZZ1 play an essential part in maintaining network links.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

World Cup 2019: My respect for MS Dhoni will always be sky high, says Virat Kohli

first_imgVirat Kohli was once again effusive in his praise for MS Dhoni who has copped criticism over his strike rate in the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Kohli said he has a lot of respect for his former captain as India geared up to take on New Zealand in the semi-final in Manchester on Tuesday.In 2011, Virat Kohli’s words in praise of Sachin Tendulkar after India won the World Cup became part of cricketing folklore. 8 years later, MS Dhoni is playing his last 50-over World Cup and Kohli was asked if he had any special lines in mind for Dhoni and this is what he had to say.”I am not going to write anything down. If you ask everyone about MS Dhoni, they would have special things to say.”We will always respect him because of the chances he gave us and the faith he has shown in us. When a person has done so much for the team, you have to acknowledge that.”From that point of view, we are very grateful to him. He is always in a very happy and jovial mood whenever we see him. I will always have sky high respect for MS Dhoni.”He has made a great transition from captaining the team to being a player. He gives you space to make your own decisions. But when I ask him, he always gives me advice,” Kohli told the media on the eve of India’s semi-final.MS Dhoni was criticized by experts and trolled by fans after his slow knock against Afghanistan. He was also criticized for his go-slow approach in a steep run chase against England but Virat Kohli had jumped to Dhoni’s defence and said he knows exactly what needs to be done in the middle.advertisementAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma vs David Warner in race for top run-scorerAlso Read | How have India fared in World Cup semifinals from 1983last_img read more

Good riddance, Alexis! Arsenal stronger with Aubameyang

first_imgTransfers Good riddance, Alexis! Arsenal better off with former BVB buddies Aubameyang & Mkhitaryan Chris Wheatley Arsenal correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 19:37 1/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(88) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsenal Getty Transfers Arsenal Premier League The ex-Dortmund duo combined for 62 goals in all competitions two seasons ago and Arsenal will be getting them in the prime of their careers After weeks of negotiations, Arsene Wenger has finally reunited two of the Bundesliga’s most talented attacking duos.Last week, the Arsenal manager secured Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s arrival as part of the deal which saw Alexis Sanchez head to Manchester United. And now the Frenchman has sanctioned a club record transfer of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang , who will join a rich array of talent up front including Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette.It was only last summer when protracted negotiations with Lyon saw Arsenal break their transfer record for 26-year-old Lacazette. Five months on, the Gunners were put under even more pressure to seal the Aubameyang deal after photographs emerged of the contract negotiating team out in Germany ahead of talks with Borussia Dortmund officials. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Arsenal have lost a player who scored 30 goals last season in Alexis Sanchez but they are undoubtedly better off without him.The Chilean’s frustrations with his fellow team-mates throughout the past year negatively affected the squad and many players were relieved when the transfer saga finally came to an end.While there can be no questioning Sanchez’s imperious talent, it should be noted that he struggled to replicate his form of last season and the uncertainty surrounding a key player’s contract situation – coupled with the common knowledge that he wanted to leave the club last summer – certainly did not help team morale.The Gunners’ new contract negotiating team were joined by Sven Mislintat in Germany, a man who knows Borussia Dortmund rather well considering he only officially became an Arsenal employee from January 1, having left the German giants on unsavoury terms following a falling out with former head coach Thomas Tuchel.Although Mislintat’s strengths are centred around player recruitment, the fact that he was pictured with chief executive Ivan Gazidis and new contracts expert Huss Fahmy reinforced the notion that Wenger’s absolute power is gradually being decreased, even if he does have the final say on who leaves and joins the club.AubameyangThere can be no arguments over what Arsenal are getting; two players in the prime of their careers who have an almost telepathic understanding of each other on the pitch.Aubameyang, a winger turned striker blessed with blistering speed, has scored 100 goals in his last 119 games in all competitions for Dortmund. He has the second best minutes to goal record in Bundesliga history and scored 39 goals for the season back in 2015-16 when he was playing in the same team as Mkhitaryan.Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang combined for 62 goals that campaign and it’s clear that the two will add the necessary bite to an Arsenal attack which would have been lacking following Sanchez’s departure. Ozil’s incisiveness in the final third and ability to pick out any player with a pass makes the prospect of all three in the same team a mouth-watering one for Arsenal fans.Aubameyang scored 31 league goals last season and finished ahead of Robert Lewandowski as the Bundesliga’s top scorer. Meanwhile, Armenian international Mkhitaryan hit 23 goals in his final campaign for Dortmund and netted six in 10 starts for United during their successful Europa League campaign. Despite falling out of favour with Jose Mourinho, those who are quick to criticise the 29-year-old’s time in England as a failure should be reminded of what he has achieved in the space of 18 months.Henrikh Mkhitaryan ArsenalWhen asked how Arsenal’s new signings will fit into a team already bloated by attacking talent, Wenger replied by saying: “Just play the good players! They can always play together.”Today what do you have on the pitch? They’re all attacking players. [Alex] Iwobi, Ozil, [Jack] Wilshere, Lacazette, [Granit] Xhaka. They’re all offensive players, basically.”Indeed, the lack of a defensive presence in midfield may see Wilshere switch to an even deeper lying role.What is certain is Arsenal have managed to come out of the transfer window stronger than they were when it opened. A solid defensive addition is still needed to bolster the squad but there can be no arguments that Wenger and his team have done everything possible to strengthen the club’s position and challenge for a top four spot, a possible League Cup success and maybe even a Europa League triumph.last_img read more

a month agoBournemouth boss Howe: Our huge incentive going into Southampton clash

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe: Our huge incentive going into Southampton clashby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe admits their clash with Southampton can lay down a marker.It is still early days in the Premier League, but playing first on Friday night means a win for Bournemouth will take them up to third in the table.”It’s a huge incentive going into this game,” Howe admitted. “We’re looking for back-to-back wins in the Premier League, which is a very difficult thing to do.”We’ve enjoyed the games against Southampton which have been tight and tough, from both clubs’ perspectives. We’re looking forward to another entertaining match.” last_img read more

Dress Going Viral Confirmed As Blue And Black, But Here’s Why People See It Differently

first_imgThe white/gold or black/blue viral dress.Writing about dress colors isn’t usually in our wheelhouse, but given how the sports world was responding to the viral debate regarding this photo Thursday night, we figured we’d get involved. We also figured we’d update you on the answer to the debate, as well as the reason that people are seeing the same dress in such drastically different colors.First, for those who haven’t seen the photo before – see below. Some people see it as white and gold, while others see it as blue and black.In the morning when I was looking at that dress, it was black&blue now in the evening its white&gold! WTF? HOW? :DDD pic.twitter.com/lwS8oQlcvx— Laura Slivka (@zeGoattt) February 27, 2015In reality, the dress is blue and black. That will probably shock half of you out there, but it’s true.Hey everyone, you can buy the dress yourself and see that it’s blue and black #whiteandgold #blackandblue #yallidiots pic.twitter.com/7XkMgMPFvi— Max (@thabaerjew) February 27, 2015So why is the world split on this? Wired probably has the best explanation we’ve seen out there. In short, a given person’s visual system is either discounting the color blue or the color gold involuntarily.This image, though, hits some kind of perceptual boundary. That might be because of how people are wired. Human beings evolved to see in daylight, but daylight changes color. That chromatic axis varies from the pinkish red of dawn, up through the blue-white of noontime, and then back down to reddish twilight. “What’s happening here is your visual system is looking at this thing, and you’re trying to discount the chromatic bias of the daylight axis,” says Bevil Conway, a neuroscientist who studies color and vision at Wellesley College. “So people either discount the blue side, in which case they end up seeing white and gold, or discount the gold side, in which case they end up with blue and black.” (Conway sees blue and orange, somehow.)Business Insider also has a decent writeup on the situation.The sports world has been having a field day relating this to team colors. Coach Cal made a joke last night. Duke basketball made another this morning. It probably won’t end for some time.last_img read more