Gus Johnson Receives Flak For “Tone-Deaf” Comments About Urban Meyer

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer on Ohio State's sideline.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on as they play the Wisconsin Badgers during the second half of the the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Urban Meyer’s Ohio State Buckeyes dominated Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan Wolverines on Saturday en route to a 62-39 win. The win moved Ohio State to 11-1 on the year and secured a date with Northwestern in the Big Ten title game.During the waning moments of the game, FOX broadcaster Gus Johnson spoke about the winning head coach. Urban Meyer, who was suspended for three games earlier in the season after a report suggested he covered up allegations of abuse against an assistant coach, received praise from Johnson for everything Meyer has “gone through.”Viewers watching at home were unhappy with Johnson’s comments, suggesting Meyer should not receive praise for winning football games after the allegations against him earlier in the year.A quick Michigan-Ohio State thought: FOX really needed a far more muted presentation of Urban Meyer. Seriously…..Gus Johnson saying there aren’t many men like him, the whole crew talking about “all the things he’s gone through”….Just a really tone-deaf, bad look all around.— Mike Harrington (@ByMHarrington) November 24, 2018Is Gus Johnson being paid every time he mentions Urban Meyer’s cyst? Let’s please avoid portraying Meyer as a victim and having overcome the domestic violence suspension.— Jon Solomon (@JonSolomonAspen) November 24, 2018Clearly viewers at home weren’t happy with the way Johnson talked about Urban Meyer and his tumultuous 2018 season.In the end, Ohio State walked out with a win and Meyer’s season will continue against Northwestern.last_img read more

Investigation launched into suspended grand chiefs spending

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe grand chief of the Southern Chiefs Organization in Manitoba has been suspended.Murray Clearsky is facing allegations that he spent thousands of dollars of the organization’s money gambling.A member of his staff was also suspended after a sexual harassment complaint was filed with the Human Rights commission.APTN’s Shaneen Robinson has this report.last_img

Last Greyhound Bus leaves Dawson Creek

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – A mix of public transportation services have already started to fill the gap as Greyhound Canada ends service in Western Canada.Greyhound Service to Fort St. John and Fort Nelson ended June 1, but service was maintained into Dawson Creek from Edmonton until Tuesday.The national motor coach operator is being replaced by a mix of provincial government-subsidized services, Indigenous-owned bus lines, locally owned startups, flexible fleets of shuttle buses and a scattering of formal and informal ride-sharing services. In our region, the Province created the BC Bus to serve parts of Northern B.C. after Greyhound pulled out, but as of today service between our area of the Province of Alberta will be non-existent.Red Arrow in Alberta has already started to operate on the route between Grande Prairie and Edmonton but at this point hasn’t announced any plans to extend service into northeast B.C.last_img read more

DavidsTea losing chief financial officer months after the arrival of new CEO

MONTREAL — DavidsTea is losing another senior executive as its chief financial officer leaves the specialty tea retailer in July, four months following the arrival of new CEO Joel Silver.The Montreal-based company says CFO Luis Borgen will depart after five years including its move to become public two years ago.“Chief financial officer, Luis Borgen, has notified the company that he will be leaving, effective July 31, 2017, to pursue other interests. DavidsTea has begun a comprehensive search for its next CFO,” the company said in a statement.DavidsTea says it swung to a $400,000 loss in the first quarter from a $1.5-million profit a year ago.BMO cuts DavidsTea ’s target price 40% amid company ‘reset’How Canadian retailers can give U.S. competitors a run for their money: CommentSales grew 9.4 per cent to $48.7 million but comparable sales for stores open at least a year — a key retail metric — decreased 5.7 per cent.Excluding one-time items, the adjusted loss was $1.1 million or four cents per share, two cents better than forecasts by analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.That compared to profits of $1.5 million or six cents per share a year earlier.The Canadian Press read more

Eyeing Diversity Inclusion at EC19

Aligning Expectations: Key to Project Success Melissa Swartz July 24, 2019 An RFP spells out expectations from a buyer’s point of view. The SOW shows what the seller plans to provide. They should match. Diversity_Inclusion_774.png In order to find out what companies should do to make progress, Boston Consulting Group surveyed more than 16,000 employees regarding which policies in place at their companies they find to be the most effective. The top-ranked enterprise diversity-related interventions are antidiscrimination policies that are “robust, well-crafted, and consistently followed;” training for employees around “increasing cultural competency;” and the deliberate removal of bias from decisions regarding employee evaluations and promotions, the firm found. “[D]espite this investment, we’ve found that around three quarters of employees in underrepresented groups — women, racial and ethnic minorities, and LGBTQ employees — do not feel they’ve personally benefitted from their companies’ diversity and inclusion programs,” Krentz wrote. If you haven’t yet gotten your pass for Enterprise Connect, coming to Orlando, Fla. March 18 to 21, there’s still time! Register today to save over the on-site price. No Jitter readers can get an extra $200 by using the code NJPOSTS at checkout.Tags:News & ViewsdiversityinclusionHarvard Business Reviewantidiscriminationdiversity programsOrganization & ManagementCareersWomen in Communications Articles You Might Like Perhaps most critically, Krentz added, is the need to involve impacted employees in the crafting and assessment of diversity programs so that enterprises can better ensure they’ll work for its employees. And also be sure to join us for related programming aimed at empowering women in communications, including our Women’s Luncheon featuring a panel of women IT professionals, a Women’s Networking Reception sponsored by Cisco, and an Enterprise Connect Theater session featuring women from enterprise IT and vendors. Enterprise IT Infrastructure Spending on the Rise Michelle Burbick January 10, 2019 Cloud and software continue to impact enterprise IT spending on collaboration infrastructure. Getting a Handle on Your Communications Expenses Barbara A Grothe December 14, 2018 10 questions to ask your Telecom Expense Management (TEM) provider. These panelists will provide an overview of their companies’ diversity and inclusion efforts, and then we’ll discuss key questions about the value of such initiatives, how to get started, and things to look out for along the way. Please join me on Wednesday, March 20, at 8:00 a.m. for the session, “Eye on Diversity & Inclusion: Developing Talent & Teams.” I hope to see you there! Amy MacLeod, corporate diversity officer, MitelLaFawn Davis, global head of culture & inclusion, TwilioKari Mattek, senior director product management, Northwestern Mutual See All in Organization & Management » Cisco & Social Responsibility: Going Beyond the Norm Zeus Kerravala October 04, 2019 Company’s mission includes ending poverty, through partnership with international advocacy group Global Citizen. In fact, as Matt Krentz, senior partner and head of diversity efforts at Boston Consulting Group, shared in a recent Harvard Business Review article, the firm’s research across 14 countries shows that 96% to 98% of large enterprises (more than 1,000 employees) are investing in diversity programs. Diversity problem solved, right? Well, not quite. This is a thread we’ll be picking up at Enterprise Connect, in a Wednesday morning session featuring panelists: Identifying the Hidden Challenges Facing IT Infrastructure Elizabeth (Beth) English January 02, 2019 Complexity and rapid technological advancement are making data center environments difficult to navigate. Diversity and inclusion in the workplace isn’t just a hot topic these days but an enterprise mandate. A diverse workforce, businesses have come to understand, will provide differing perspectives and ideas that can improve overall performance as well as the ability to strategize and communicate. While there is no blanket approach for ensuring the efficacy of diversity initiatives, Krentz suggested that each enterprise tailor its interventions to its culture. “Employing both top-down approaches (for example, corporate-level training, programs to track promotion and pay across diversity cohorts) and bottom-up approaches (for example, measures to help managers think about who is invited to and runs important meetings) in concert typically leads to the best outcomes.” Log in or register to post comments read more

Green River Falls to Piute In 1A Consolation Game

ETV News stock photoThe Green River Pirates fell to Piute in the consolation bracket of the the 1A State Basketball Tournament on Thursday. The Pirates were bumped into the consolation bracket after a loss to Rich in the opening round the day before.Piute started the game with a strong lead in the first quarter, 21-11. In the third quarter, Green River strived for a comeback, scoring 21 points, but Piute held strong to take the game, 67-49.Piute had five players score in double figures led by 17 points from Wesley Jensen as the team rolled past Green River for the 1A consolation win.The top scorer for Green River was Dawson Anderson with 12 points. read more

A Crash Course In NFL Rushing Stats

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (Nov. 24, 2015), we bring you the latest edition of “Stat School,” just in time for you to enjoy alongside Thursday’s Thanksgiving football feast. Last time, Statman, aka Neil Paine, talked to us about NFL quarterback stats. This week, it’s the art of rushing. Neil takes us through three rushing-centric statistics: raw yardage, yards per carry and expected points added.Stat one: Raw yardageThe number of yards a player runs for in a game.Stat two: Yards per carryThe average number of yards a player gains per rushing attempt. Yards per carry is calculated by dividing the number of yards by the number of attempts.Stat three: Expected points addedAn estimate of the scoring margin generated by a player’s performance, based on a model predicting how many more points his team was expected to score after each play than before the play began.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above. Listen closely and you can school your football-obsessed uncles while chowing down on turkey and stuffing. If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. Hot Takedown read more

Doctor Who Underrated Villain of the Week Werewolf

first_imgStream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. You know Daleks and Davros and Missy the Master, Angels and Silence hell-bent on disaster. But do you recall the most underrated Doctor Who villains of all?Each week, I will dig into the depths of the Whoniverse to examine one rejected, misjudged, or altogether forgotten big bad. And this slobbering shapeshifter is not something you want to meet in a dark alley.Lupine Wavelength Haemovariform (via BBC)WEREWOLFFirst appearance: “The Greatest Show in the Galaxy” (1988)—season 25, serial 4Home planet: Vulpana, EarthDoctors: Seventh, TenthCompanions: Ace, Rose TylerThe mythological, folkloric werewolf has terrorized communities for centuries, devouring livestock and hunting prey by the light of a full moon.Legend has it, the bite of a so-called “man-wolf” turns its victim into a once-monthly raging beast—as happened to Queen Victoria when she met the Tenth Doctor.Mistakenly landing in the Scottish moors in the late 1870s (a far cry from Ian Dury at the Top Rank in Sheffield, 1979), the Doctor and Rose are invited to join Her Majesty for a night’s stay at the Torchwood Estate.The unsuspecting cavalcade, however, are riding straight into a trap: The manor—a favorite of the late Prince Albert—has been captured by a group of monks, hoping to commence a new “Empire of the Wolf.”We are not amused.Despite all my rage I am still just a werewolf in a cage (via BBC)While the Doctor dines with Sir Robert and Queen Victoria, Rose is captured and imprisoned by the monks, chained in the cellar among the rest of the house staff—and a caged man with alien eyes.Oddly forward for a cooped-up creature, he bares all to Rose, explaining that his body is that of “a weakling, heartsick boy, stolen away at night by the brethren” for cultivation.“I carved out his soul and sat in his heart,” he muses, reciting poetry penned by Russell T. Davies.Father Angelo and his meddling monks (via BBC)Far from home, the humanoid canine (er, Lupine Wavelength Haemovariform) crashed on Earth more than 300 years ago, its presence so powerful it turned the monks’ attention away from God.Father Angelo and his monastic brothers began to worship it, tame the beast—and trick it into believing it was allergic to mistletoe. Their plan: Create the Empire of the Wolf and take over the world.“With one bite, I would pass into her blood, and then it begins,” the werewolf tells Rose (hinting at her own Bad Wolf disposition). “You burnt like the sun, but all I require is the moon.”Mags (Jessica Martin) befriended the Seventh Doctor and Ace (via BBC)Not all lycanthropes are to be feared, though.The Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) and companion Ace (Sophie Aldred) befriended Mags—a quiet young woman from the planet Vulpana—who just happened to be a werewolf.Travelling with egotistical intergalactic explorer Captain Cook, Mags’ transformation is triggered by moonlight—in this case artificially recreated by circus lights, in an attempt to kill the Doctor.Too late for Cook (she slaughters him in a feral rage), the spiky-haired girl (Jessica Martin) learns to control her instincts.Things didn’t end quite so well for our 19th-century hairy friend, who dies by the light of Queen Victoria’s diamond (and the hand of the merciful Doctor). ‘Doctor Who’ Underrated Villain of the Week: Mire’Doctor Who’ Underrated Villain of the Week: Zygon center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

State Senator Bruce Tarr Supports Interlock Devices For FirstTime OUI Offenders

first_imgBOSTON, MA — Below is a statement from State Senator Bruce Tarr regarding his attempts to reduce drunk driving and permit the use of interlock devices for first-time offenders. Massachusetts now stands alone as the only state that does not have a law for these offenders:“Now is the time to authorize the use of interlock devices for first-time OUI offenders. We have already waited too long to authorize this important tool which can prevent tragedy on our state’s roadways. While we can no longer avoid being the last state in the nation to adopt this smart approach to public safety, we still have an obligation to take action now so that we can stem the pain and harm from the senseless loss of life at the hands of a drunk driver that could have been prevented with time-tested and road tested technology.Federal government data shows that interlocks reduce repeat drunk driving offenses by 67 percent. I urge the Joint Committee on Transportation to move in the right direction with legislation that is before them.”Tarr also noted that Massachusetts requires interlocks for all REPEAT offenders. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 2016 and 2018 studies found that states with first-time offender ignition interlock laws saw drunk driving deaths decrease by 15 and 16 percent. Over the past dozen years, interlocks have prevented over 39,000 attempts to drive drunk in Massachusetts.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedState Senator Bruce Tarr’s Bill Honors World War II Era Cadet NursesIn “Government”Tarr, Robertson & Gordon Secure $30,000 In State Funding For Wilmington Senior Center ImprovementsIn “Government”State Senator Bruce Tarr Reminds Residents Of Animal Welfare Laws & Pets Left In Warm CarsIn “Government”last_img read more

Iran says European naval mission in Gulf would be provocative

first_imgTehran: Iran on Sunday slammed as “provocative” a British proposal for a European-led naval mission to escort tankers in the Gulf, amid soaring tensions over the seizure of ships. “We heard that they intend to send a European fleet to the Persian Gulf which naturally carries a hostile message, is provocative and will increase tensions,” government spokesman Ali Rabiei said, quoted by ISNA news agency. Britain said on Monday it was planning a European-led force for shipping in the Gulf in response to Iran’s seizure of a UK-flagged oil tanker on July 19. Also Read – UK, EU Brexit teams to meet twice-weekly in September Advertise With Us The seizure of the Stena Impero came two weeks after British authorities detained an Iranian tanker — the Grace 1 — off its overseas territory Gibraltar on allegations it was breaching EU sanctions on Syria. In his comments on Sunday, the Iranian government spokesman said Iran believed the security of the oil-rich Gulf had to be maintained by countries in the region. “We are the biggest agent of maritime security in the Persian Gulf,” said Rabiei. There have been a number of attacks on tankers in the Gulf since May, when the United States boosted its military presence in response to what it called indications of a “credible threat” from Iran.last_img read more

UPDATE Accident In Northwest Houston Involving Two School Buses Leaves Several Students

first_img Share Photo: KTRK-ABC Channel 13 via Twitter @ abc13houstonThe Navasota Independent School District reported on April 18 that 25 students and five adults were being transported to hospitals in the Houston area because of a traffic accident that involved two school buses and a CenterPoint utility truck.The Houston Fire Department (HFD) reported Wednesday that 29 people were transported to four hospitals located in the Houston area because of a traffic accident that involved two school buses  from the Navasota Independent School District (NISD) and a CenterPoint utility truck. The HFD detailed in a news release sent at 4:28 p.m. that the people who were transported were in “stable” condition.29 total transports from school bus accident on 290.— Houston Fire Dept (@HoustonFire) April 18, 2018The HFD detailed the accident occurred in the morning near the intersection of Highway 290 and Fairbanks North Houston Road, northwest of downtown Houston.In a post of its own published on its Facebook page, the NISD said that 25 students and five adults had been transported to local hospitals. The school district posted its update on Facebook earlier than the HFD’s tweet.“At this time the injuries appear to be minor, but for precautionary measures they are being sent for further evaluation,” noted the Facebook post.According to information that was also posted on Facebook by the NISD, two school buses were involved in the accident as 5th grade students from John C. Webb Elementary were traveling to Houston for a class field trip.There were a total of 94 students or staff traveling on three buses, two of which buses were involved in the accident, also according to the school district. One bus was rear ended by the truck, causing it to collide with the bus in front of it.According to the HFD news release, 43 students were uninjured.last_img read more

Civilization finally becomes a true MMO with Civilization Online

first_imgXL Games CEO and executive producer of Civilization Online, Jake Song, revealed a bunch of new details regarding the venerable franchise’s move into the MMO space. You may remember Civilization World, an online Facebook version of the Civ franchise that didn’t surprise anyone when it failed. It would seem Civ Online isn’t that, thankfully.In an interview with Massively, Song reveals that Civilization Online will not simply be an online version of the turn-based gameplay we all know and love (akin to those browser-based city builder games), but instead will be more of an MMORPG, where the player assumes the role of a single character within a civilization, and will help their civ progress.The game will begin with four civilizations at launch (with more added later), and players will create an avatar for a civ of their choice, aiding their civ from the usual staple of ages — from Ancient to Modern.The Civ Online world won’t be a static, persistent world inherent to the MMO genre, but will be different sessions that can be won once a civ reaches the usual victory conditions — a domination victory, achieving space travel, and so on. When a session is completed, certain character aspects will carry over, while others will reset. All of the core elements of the franchise remain intact, but will be performed differently. An example given sit that instead of just waiting to accrue resources then clicking a structure’s icon to build it, players will have to go out and collect resources, then build the structure. It wasn’t made clear how building will work — whether it’s in a Minecraft block-by-block style, or a quicker-but-boring Savage or Natural Selection style where players attack a ghosted building, helping its progress bar speed along.Instead of classes, players will choose careers (and can freely switch between them) in the vein of the usual civ citizen careers, such as researching technology, constructing buildings, conducting espionage, or going to war. Almost everything will be created by the players, from clothing and weapons, to individual buildings and the layout of an entire city. Any successful civilization needs leaders and commanders, and systems will be in place to help elect and overthrow the leaders.As for PvP mechanics, Song states that PvP will scale, and players can either go have a one-on-one brawl somewhere in the corner of the world, or can gather 100 civ-mates and try to take over a city, though the starting city will be safe. When a player dies, they will spawn in front of their town hall; there will be no corpse runs or loss of items, though there will be some penalties. The maps between civilizations will slowly open up, so you actually won’t know what level advancement a civ is currently at without running into them.Song is anti-grind, and doesn’t want it to appear in Civ Online, so that’s a relief. In that same vein, all items will either be bought from merchants or crafted, so we won’t have to deal with insanely low pop rates for a sword that drops from a rat for some reason. The team is also considering player-run, personal storefronts, ideally more tolerable than the train wreck of a marketplace in games like MapleStory.For those worried about the game, Sid Meier perused the details of the project, and gave the team his blessing. The game runs on CryEngine 3, and Song said the team is mulling over making it free to play, with no solid timetable for a release at this time.[Image credit: Massively]last_img read more

Humpback whale migration as straight as an arrow

first_img More information: Straight as an arrow: humpback whales swim constant course tracks during long-distance migration, Biol. Lett. Published online before print April 20, 2011, doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2011.0279AbstractHumpback whale seasonal migrations, spanning greater than 6500 km of open ocean, demonstrate remarkable navigational precision despite following spatially and temporally distinct migration routes. Satellite-monitored radio tag-derived humpback whale migration tracks in both the South Atlantic and South Pacific include constant course segments of greater than 200 km, each spanning several days of continuous movement. The whales studied here maintain these directed movements, often with better than 1° precision, despite the effects of variable sea-surface currents. Such remarkable directional precision is difficult to explain by established models of directional orientation, suggesting that alternative compass mechanisms should be explored. Jump in whale deaths blamed on krill, ship traffic Published in Biology Letters, lead author Dr. Travis Horton explained how they fitted these 16 whales with satellite tracking and followed their migratory path from the east coast of Brazil, the Cook Islands and New Caledonia. The tracking provided precise position data and enabled the largest detailed long-term migratory data to date.Traveling over 6000 kilometers into Antarctic waters, they discovered these whales traveled from 100 to 2000 kilometers at a time in a straight line, never deviating off course by more than a single degree.While it is believed that most migratory animals navigate with the use of compass clues from the sun or the Earth’s magnetic field, these shift by several degrees. Given the fact that the whales maintain a straight course, regardless of weather or currents, researchers believe that they cannot be using one of these alone. As the researchers have said, the Earth’s magnetism varies and in water, solar navigation cannot be relied on. They believe it is possible that the whales could be using both together.Horton also believes that the whales could be using the moon and stars to aid in navigation. Another researcher, John Calambokidis from the Cascadia Research Collective believes there could be another tool aiding the whales. He believes that by using long distance sounds, or songs, the whales may be using these as navigational cues.While they are only beginning to understand the migratory process of the humpback whale, understanding the mechanism they are using to remain on this straight course will take time. Horton and his team intend to continue with their research. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Humpback whale migration as straight as an arrow (2011, April 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-humpback-whale-migration-straight-arrow.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com Humpback whale. Credit: NOAA. (PhysOrg.com) — Over the last eight years, researchers from the University of Canterbury have been tracking 16 radio-tagged humpback whales through their migratory paths and learned that these whales follow a straight line for thousands of kilometers.last_img read more

LeBron wins with average Westbrook cant win with great

first_imgLeBron wins with average, Westbrook can’t win with greatThe new look Cavs soundly beat the Thunder last night, and LeBron seems to has so seamlessly adapted to his new teammates that most people think they’re the clear favorite in the East.With LeBron looking poised to make a title run with teammates he’s had for five minutes, Colin noted that Russell Westbrook continues to struggle to figure out how to win with the significantly better supporting cast of Paul George and Carmelo Anthony.LeBron is the master of adapting, but Westbrook always forces players to adapt to him. Colin doesn’t think the Thunder will ever seriously contend for championships with Westbrook leading the way and doesn’t get the fawning media obsession. Also:-Boston has done everything right in their rebuild,  but still can’t surpass LeBronGuests:Joe Vardon – Cleveland.com Cavs beat writer joins the show to talk the revamped Cavs; a happier LeBron; and if LeBron’s relationship with Dan Gilbert is stillPhil Savage – Senior Bowl Director joins the show to give the scouting report on Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen; andTom Tolbert – KNBR host and former Warrior joins the show to explain why Steve Kerr not coaching shows how well he’s prepared the team; if Golden State is burnt out;Ric Bucher – Sirius XM host joins the show to talk Cavs moves; and why the Suns shouldn’t be bad enough to get beat by a team without a coach. Green Bay’s Super Bowl window is closedGreen Bay’s season effectively ended when Aaron Rodgers went down with a fractured collarbone, but even with a healthy Rodgers returning next season, Colin thinks Green Bay’s Super Bowl window is closed.Not only do the Packers have one of the toughest schedules in the NFL, there are teams like the Rams and Eagles that have significantly better, younger rosters that are poised for the foreseeable future.Aaron Rodgers is a hall of famer, but he’ll end with one ring.last_img read more

Qantas launches bid now upgrades

first_imgSource = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wiseman Qantas Frequent Flyers now have another way to request an upgrade, with the launch of a new online invitation-only bidding system and is set to be gradually introduced across the Qantas network from this week. Bid Now Upgrades allows invited Frequent Flyers booked in Economy and Premium Economy to make an offer for a Business upgrade using a combination of money and Qantas Points.   The system will be allocated after all Classic Upgrade Rewards have been processed, and it ranks below Classic Upgrade Rewards in terms of priority and value, but gives members the flexibility to supplement points with a cash payment. Qantas Loyalty chief executive officer Lesley Grant, said Bid Now Upgrades will provide greater opportunity for customers to travel in Qantas’ premium cabins. “As Australia’s leading loyalty program we are always exploring new ways for our Frequent Flyers to redeem their Qantas Points and we know that upgrading to a more premium cabin is something that many of our members aspire to,” Ms Grant said. While many other airlines offer similar upgrade bidding processes, Qantas’ Bid Now Upgrades is unique in the market being the only system to offer customers an upgrade option using a combination of points and money.  The new upgrade option follows other changes by Qantas to unlock revenue opportunities, including a significant increase in aircraft utilisation that has seen new routes and extra services added to its network.    last_img read more

A lot of people had a part in the development of

first_img“A lot of people had a part in the development of me as a person and a player,” Wilson told Doug and Wolf Thursday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “This award speaks volumes about the people that helped me along the way.”Wilson hasn’t played an NFL game in three years, and has officially retired as a Cardinal. But that doesn’t mean he still doesn’t have the sport coarsing through his veins.“I still miss the violence,” he said with a laugh. “I can’t lie about that. I still miss the violence. Obviously, being out there at practice every day and seeing those guys prepare, you know, just keeping your mind sharp and keeping your mind focused on the things you need to focus on leading up to a game — I think I miss that more than anything else.”During his career, few players in the NFL cut a more intimidating figure on the field. That will not be the case Sunday, as he expects to be overwhelmed by the moment and the honored bestowed upon him.“I’m definitely going to cry. It was a few years ago when I wasn’t in touch with my emotional side, so to be able to break out of that shell and show your emotions and just be thankful for everything that you’ve been through and everything you’ve accomplished in your career — those things are emotional, and there’s no need to hide that,” Wilson said. Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo LISTEN: Adrian Wilson, Former Cardinals safety Your browser does not support the audio element. Arizona Cardinals’ Adrian Wilson announces his retirement, Monday, April 20, 2015, at the Cardinals team facility in Tempe, Ariz. The five-time pro bowler played 12 seasons for the Cardinals. (AP Photo/Matt York) “I think my numbers are very comparable to a lot of the guys that are going into the Hall of Fame,” he said. “I think the only thing that I don’t have is obviously the Super Bowl championships and the team success. That’s some of the things that the voters look at.”There haven’t been a lot of safeties honored in Canton. In fact, the last two — Rod Woodson in 2009 and Ronnie Lott in 2000 — spent good portions of their careers playing cornerback. “If it happens, it happens,” he said. “Sunday, I think that’s my Hall of Fame, the Ring of Honor. So, I’m going to take that and be very happy and grateful for it.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Wilson was released by the Cardinals in March of 2013. He would sign with the New England Patriots, but spent the season on injured reserve before getting cut. In 2014, he landed in Chicago with the Bears, but was released during training camp, meaning he never played in a regular-season game wearing another uniform. When Wilson was drafted in the third round out of North Carolina State, the Cardinals were far from a model franchise. In fact, they were coming off a wretched 3-13 season in 2000. But Wilson became one of the key figures in turning around a long suffering team and his presence was a big factor in the Cardinals winning an NFC championship and playing in their first Super Bowl in 2009. He’s proud of being a factor in that organizational turnaround.“That sticks out to me — we turned the corner as a franchise in terms of how people look at us,” he said. “I think, more so than anything, perception is reality.”There could be more honors in the future for Wilson, namely the Pro Football Hall of Fame. After all, Wilson is one of only six players in NFL history with 25 interceptions and 25 quarterback sacks in his career. While he’s hopeful to get that Canton call some day, he’s not necessarily expecting it. Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals Ring of Honor is getting its newest inductee.Former safety Adrian Wilson, who played for the Cardinals from 2001 to 2012, will become the 15th member of the franchise’s exclusive club when he’s inducted at halftime of Sunday’s game against San Francisco at University of Phoenix Stadium.Wilson doesn’t think this is an individual achievement. He credits the many people in his life that help shape him to make the honor possible. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

AP PhotoRalph Freso

first_img(AP Photo/Ralph Freso) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The two broadcasts were the most-watched programs in the Phoenix market during their week. – / 44 The Arizona Cardinals set records for local television viewership in each of their Week 1 and Week 2 games.In a 23-21 loss to the New England Patriots, Arizona reached 562,000 homes and had a 30.4 rating, both club records. That game ranks eighth all-time for viewership of a Cardinals regular season broadcast.When Arizona beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 40-7 on Sunday, it set the record for the most-viewed Week 2 game. According to the NFL and The Nielsen Company, the Cardinals appeared in 435,000 homes in the Valley, a 6-percent increase from the previous record set in 2015, a 48-23 win against the Chicago Bears. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

Review Janice Dean shines in Mostly Sunny

first_imgReview: Janice Dean shines in ‘Mostly Sunny’ This cover image released by Harper shows “Mostly Sunny: How I Learned to Keep Smiling Through the Rainiest Days” by Janice Dean. (Harper via AP) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Lincee Ray, The Associated Press Posted Mar 4, 2019 7:32 am PDT “Mostly Sunny” (HarperCollins), by Janice DeanMost people may recognize Janice Dean as the morning meteorologist on “Fox and Friends.” Her bubbly personality and willingness to partake in any and all food segments makes her a crowd favourite. But there is so much more to Dean than what we see on television.In her book “Mostly Sunny,” readers get an honest, inside look at Dean’s life outside the spotlight. Her stories span an array of topics, including women navigating a man’s world, working mothers, the pitfalls of being a public figure, sexual harassment in the workplace and what it looks like to live with multiple sclerosis.Dean began her career in Canada, where she worked at a classic rock radio station. After a short stint in Houston, Dean accepted a position with “Imus in the Morning,” becoming the news editor and entertainment reporter for the long-running New York-based radio program. In 2004, Dean joined the Fox News Channel as a daytime weather reporter. A year later, she went back to school for credits to apply for the American Meteorological Society’s “seal of approval” and has been in front of the green screen to this day.Working as an on-air personality did not shelter Dean from hardships. In a time when sexual harassment is no longer swept under the rug, Dean speaks openly about sexist bosses and inappropriate comments in the workplace. She’s also honest about the pressures of staying fit and looking young for the camera. Dean details a painful story of how a cosmetic procedure almost cost her job.Dean also shares her battle with MS. She chronicles her life from the moment she found out she had the disease, to the trepidation she felt when admitting the news to Fox management. It’s clear that Dean has definitely chosen to see the silver lining in what others may consider a pretty dark storm cloud. With the help of amazing medical professionals, modern medicine, and the support of family and friends, Dean is tackling the disease one day at a time with high doses of positivity. And viewers notice.At the core of “Mostly Sunny” are the loves of Dean’s life. Her husband and two sons are clearly the most important people in her orbit. She may forecast the weather every day, stand strong beside the women in her community, and champion those with MS, but it’s evident that above all else, Dean is a wife and mother. Those three men provide the love she needs to be a ray of sunshine to others.Lincee Ray, The Associated Presslast_img read more

GCs dont mind troops guarantees as long as they are not Turkish

first_imgForeign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides sought to clarify on Thursday that the Greek Cypriot side only opposed maintaining Turkish troops and Turkish guarantees after a solution, and was not pushing for zero troops and guarantees, as was being suggested by the other side.“Our position is zero Turkish troops and zero Turkish guarantees,” he said in a lunchtime interview with state broadcaster CyBC.He added that the Greek Cypriot side would not oppose UN or EU guarantees.The foreign minister said the Greek Cypriots wanted a timeframe for the gradual withdrawal of Turkish troops aside of UNFICYP staying for a few years post-solution and a multinational police force.“Our position is zero Turkish troops not zero troops,” he said. “Let us not fall into the trap of Turkish propaganda.”You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more