San Jose Sharks fans: Smoking Pig, Opa! and Sushi Confidential join SAP Center food lineup

first_imgChomp takes on new meaning this season as the San Jose Sharks, SAP Center and their culinary partner, Aramark, unveil a new lineup of food choices for hockey fans.There’s lots to sample. Good thing it’s a sport with two intermissions.Three popular, locally owned restaurants — Smoking Pig BBQ, Opa! and Sushi Confidential — have joined the selection on the SAP Concourse Level, along with several other fan favorites. The Test Launch Kitchen, which features a rotating series of experimental …last_img

No free food and drinks on short haul BA flights

first_imgBritish Airways has decided to stop providing complementary snacks and drinks in economy class on domestic and short-haul international flights from next year.A glass of water still will be free of charge, but passengers will have to pay for a soft drink, a cup of tea, a bag of chips or a sandwich if they are thirsty or hungry. The practice of charging for food is standard for low-cost carriers such as Ryanair, easyJet, Jet2.com and WizzAir, but more and more full-service airlines are now copying their no-frills competitors and have started to unbundle their service offering and fares.Current food options on BA short-haul flights in the economy cabin vary depending on the length of the service and time of day. Examples include a choice of twin pack biscuits, crisps, roasted nuts, sesame sticks or raisins on flights of less than two hours, or small salads on flights over that.The airline, a subsidiary of International Airlines Group (IAG), said it is making the changes to its short-haul economy food service after customer dissatisfaction with the current catering on offer.“We know our customers expect a great experience with British Airways. They’ve told us we are experts in flying and service, but when it comes to catering on short-haul flights, they want to choose from a wider range of premium products,” BA chief executive Alex Cruz said. Cruz was CEO of IAG’s Barcelona-based budget Vueling till April.But lots of passengers are not happy with the change and have been venting on Twitter.The move however aligns BA’ s short-haul economy catering policy with all of IAG’s subsidiaries, including Aer Lingus and Iberia that scrapped free food and drinks in the economy cabin on short-haul flights years ago. This makes the on-board catering service on the group’s codeshare flights a lot more streamlined.British Airways contracted Marks & Spencer as its new food supplier on short-haul flights and said products are selected for their flavour at altitude. “Like British Airways, Marks & Spencer is a well-known, premium British brand that is respected and trusted, so it’s an ideal partnership, providing our customers with a choice of products they recognise and value,” according to Cruz.By partnering with M&S “I firmly believe what we are delivering breaks the mould and sets a new standard in short-haul catering,” he added.Element of the new British Airways menu will change on a quarterly basis to reflect the seasons, the airline said, while touting it is the first airline to offer “leading brand sandwiches, all of which are fortified with added fibre and vitamin D.”Menu choices include vegetarian, gluten free and healthy fresh options plus snacks and comfort foods such as a grab-bag sized milk chocolate covered popping popcorn and pretzels, packs of mini oat biscuits and the famous M&S Percy Pigs candies.Prices will range from £1 for a bag of chips up to £4.95 for a spiced chicken with quinoa and rice salad. Soft drinks are priced from £1.50 and alcoholic drinks from £4.Cash payments will not be accepted; purchases can only be paid for via debit or credit card, including contactless transactions. Customers will also be able to pay with points they have accumulated on Avios, the airline’s frequent flying program, via the BA app or with their Executive Club card.The new catering policy is the latest in a tranche of changes to the airline’s short-haul services. Since 2014, 95 short-haul aircraft have been revamped with an updated interior and earlier this year, British Airways also simplified its short-haul fares to just three options: Basic, Plus and Plus Flex. Basic fares are the cheapest and passengers have to pay a fee for checked luggage.The new catering policy – which does not apply to business class— comes into effect for short-haul flights from London Heathrow and Gatwick from January 11, 2017, and from London City and London Stansted by summer 2017.The London-based airline last month already cut its food service on longer haul flights. Instead of two full meals per journey, BA now provides just one meal to passengers in economy class on flights under eight and a half hours and to premium economy passenger on flights of less than seven hours.last_img read more

Cattle battle goes to federal court

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Leisa Boley Hellwarth, a dairy farmer and attorney near CelinaDavid sued Goliath in federal court in Chicago on April 23, 2019, alleging violations of U.S. antitrust laws, the Packers & Stockyards Act and the Commodity Exchange Act. Actually David is R-CALF-USA (Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund United Stockgrowers of America), a national non-profit organization that represents U.S. cattle and sheep producers on domestic and international trade and marketing issues. Plaintiffs also include four cattle feeding ranchers from Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Wyoming.Goliath is the Big 4: Tyson, Cargill, JBS and National Beef. These four defendants collectively purchase and process more than 80% of the fed cattle in the U.S. annually.David’s slingshot is a federal class action. The complaint describes two classes purportedly harmed by actions of the Big 4: cattle producers who sold fed cattle to any of the Big 4 from January 2015 to the present; and traders who transacted live cattle futures or options contracts on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) from January 2015 to the present. It is rather unusual to find cattle producers and traders on the same side of the fight.David’s slingshot is being aimed by Scott+Scott, a national antitrust and securities litigation firm, along with Cafferty Clobes Meriwether & Sprengel LLP, another well-respected law firm. The plaintiffs, through their counsel, allege that from at least January 1, 2015 through the present, the Big 4 packers conspired to depress the price of fed cattle they purchased from American ranchers, thereby inflating their own margins and profits.Establishing proof of these allegations is a monumental task. The complaint, however, includes trade records, economic evidence and witness accounts, including a former employee of the Big 4. R-CALF USA asserts that various means were used by the Big 4 to depress the price of fed cattle by 7.9%.According to R-CALF CEO, Bill Bullard, the lawsuit was filed to protect the integrity of the U.S. cattle industry after attempting other measures to rectify the situation did not work. Previously, R-CALF had approached both Congress and the Trump Administration and requested investigations into the structure of the cattle industry to no avail.The origins of R-CALF go back to 1998 when ranchers from Montana, Colorado and South Dakota founded the organization as a vehicle for stopping Canada and Mexico in the alleged practice of selling cattle below cost in the U.S. R-CALF actually filed with the International Trade Commission. Although ITC ruled against R-CALF’s complaint, ITC conceded that R-CALF had a legitimate point. Cattlemen then assumed the foundation would dissolve. R-CALF’s case before the ITC, however, generated so much support that the group stuck around and convinced the U.S. Department of Commerce to implement anti-dumping tariffs against Canada.NCBA (National Cattlemen’s Beef Association) is the trade association and lobbying group for U.S. producers in the U.S. that is partially funded through the Beef Checkoff. NCBA and R-CALF are like oil and water. NCBA proudly lists representing Purina, the American Hereford Association, Dow Chemical, McDonald’s and Wal-Mart on their website. R-CALF proclaims they are the largest producer-only membership based organization that exclusively represents U.S. cattle and sheep producers on domestic and international trade and marketing issues. NCBA supports free trade and expansion of the beef market worldwide. R-CALF is dedicated to ensuring the profitability and viability of the U.S. cattle industry. And R-CALF is currently supporting proposed legislation that would ensure transparency in the agricultural checkoffs.The battle between R-CALF and the Big 4 is just beginning. This David vs. Goliath match will likely not be a short story. It is worth monitoring because some Ohio producers will likely qualify for membership and possible damage awards, should the class action be certified and plaintiffs prevail. This process, however, is lengthy and an uphill battle.Russell Johnston, the Scottish statesman, once observed that David vs. Goliath is all about perspective. When Goliath came against the Israelites, the soldiers all thought, “He is so big. We can never kill him.” David looked at the same giant and thought, “He is so big. I cannot miss.”last_img read more

More exits from Himachal Congress

first_imgIn another jolt to the Congress ahead of the Assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh, Rajinder Malangar, son of the former Deputy Speaker Ram Dass Malangar, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party, along with his supporters, in the Kutlehar constituency in Una.On Thursday, Chetan Parmar, a prominent leader of Sirmaur and grandson of the first Himachal Chief Minister Y.S. Parmar, also joined the BJP. Kush Parmar (father of Chetan Parmar) was a five-time Congress MLA and is still active in the State politics. The family was feeling ignored. Anil Sharma, son of veteran Congress leader Sukhram and a sitting Cabinet minister in the Virbhadra government, had also joined the BJP after being allegedly slighted by the Chief Minister. Prominent leader of Kangra, Major (retd.) Vijay Singh Mankotia has parted ways with the Congress and is fighting independently from Sahapur. Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh’s brother-in-law Vikram Sen and his wife, Jayoti Sen, who is now a BJP candidate from Kusumpati, left the Congress a few days ago. Calling the Congress a sinking ship, sitting Nahan MLA and BJP vice-president Rajiv Bindal organised a welcome function for Mr. Parmar.last_img read more

SpiceJet aircraft makes emergency landing in Ahmedabad

first_imgLow cabin pressure mid-air forced a Delhi-bound SpiceJet aircraft from Mumbai, carrying over 100 passengers, to land at the city airport this morning under emergency conditions. All the passengers on-board were safe, an airline spokesperson said.“SpiceJet Boeing 737 aircraft (VT-SZB) was operating flight SG 160 Mumbai-Delhi. Enroute, the aircraft had a (cabin) pressure problem,” the SpiceJet spokesperson said. Following the standard operating procedure, the crew diverted the aircraft to Ahmedabad, where it landed safely, he added. There were over 100 passengers on-board the plane, the spokesperson said.last_img

Alas can’t hide dismay after Phoenix blowout loss to his former team

first_imgGlobe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES Escoto returns from ACL injury, admits conditioning not at peak John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments “That was my post-game talk with my players, ‘you allowed them to rape us.’ Before the game, I was saying that this kind of officiating goes for everybody but it fitted Alaska primarily.”READ: Alaska continues streak, decimates Phoenix FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWhat Alas pointed out was the Aces were able to impose their physicality on the Fuel Masters as the referees this season have been more tolerable in allowing some rough contact.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAlaska used that to its full advantage and limited Phoenix to just 33 percent shooting, 30-of-90, and run the Fuel Masters to the ground as the Aces raced to 27 fastbreak points. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting “If you remember the championship games Alaska before, we got there because of our physicality,” said Alas in Filipino as he referred to the Aces’ runner-up finishes from 2014 to 2016.The game started off slowly with Alaska ahead just 5-4 five minutes into the game, but with a 21-4 run across the first two quarters, the Aces managed to blow the game wide open and push the lead to 34-14 lead after Nonoy Baclao’s jumper.READ: Foes first, friends afterAlas was upset with how the Fuel Masters let Alaska take control when Compton fielded his reserves against their starters.“I was wondering why the game was such a low-scoring one, then Alaska decided to change its players and they had a lot of easy baskets,” said Alas. “We can’t just rely on our starters”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Alaska Aces vs Phoenix Fuel Masters. PBA IMAGESPhoenix head coach Louie Alas was in no mood to tone down his choice of words after Alaska ripped his team apart in a 93-75 beating in the PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.“We were raped by my former team,” said Alas, who was the former head assistant coach at Alaska under Alex Compton.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerslast_img read more

Nishikori falters against Chung in all-Asian match in Paris

first_imgPalace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Holloway stops Aldo in 3rd, wins UFC featherweight belt Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Japan’s Kei Nishikori breaks his racket in his third round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Korea’s Hyeon Chung at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France. Saturday, June 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)PARIS — Hyeon Chung fought back from two sets down against Kei Nishikori to keep alive his bid to become the first South Korean to reach the fourth round of the French Open.Nishikori was leading 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 0-3 when rain stopped play on Saturday. The match will resume Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES It is the first time in the Open era two Asian men have met as late as the third round in a Grand Slam tournament.Chung has never beaten a top-10 player in six attempts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut he was making the eighth-seeded Nishikori, the first Asian man to contest a Grand Slam final at the 2014 U.S. Open, look ordinary.Nishikori had to save a set point in the first set. In the second, the Japanese star appeared to have problems with the same right wrist he had treatment on in his second-round win over Jeremy Chardy. But he prevailed, and appeared on course for a straight-sets victory in his first meeting with Chung. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PARcenter_img Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast However, Chung took the third set in a tiebreaker, bringing up set point with a backhand down the line and clinching it when Nishikori hit long.Chung broke twice at the start of the fourth set, prompting Nishikori to hurl his racket to the clay in disgust, and breaking it.Nishikori had treatment on his back, and shortly after the rain started.Chung began playing tennis with his parents at 6, and continued when a doctor recommended that looking at the color green helped his weak eyesight. ATP players voted him the most improved player in 2015.In April, he reached the Barcelona quarterfinals as a qualifier, and in May he made his first ATP semifinals in Munich.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Cray wins 400m hurdles by a nose with focus on century dash

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Cray, though, seemed to already know what the result would be. While Lich was listless throughout the wait for the official result, Cray was lying down on the track.READ: Cray not concerned with tight schedule aheadFrom lane No. 5, Cray led most of the way until the final turn to finish the race in 50.03 seconds, while the Vietnamese turned in an official time of 50.05 seconds.The Texas-based Cray could have been refocusing as he would need it in an hour when he competes in the 100m dash—where he is also the defending champion.Cray just came from the World Championships in England, where he was disqualified in the 400m hurdles for a false start.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony LATEST STORIES Eric Cray of the Philippines competes in the men’s 400-meter hurdles event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games. Cray clocked 50.03 seconds to win the gold medal. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZKUALA LUMPUR—It could have been out of sheer confidence or an act of self-preservation. But Eric Cray noticeably, inexplicably decided to slow down after making the final leap in the men’s 400-meter hurdles final Tuesday night.“I can’t be bothered right now, I was focusing on the 100 meter dash,” Cray later told reporters after the race, referring to the century dash final he needed to run an hour later.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimcenter_img The 28-year-old Cray, who is regarded as a rock star here even by foreign media, was even looking at the giant screen of Bukit Jalil Sports Stadium after the last hurdle.READ: SEA Games: Cray strikes gold in 400m hurdles FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAnd as he eased up on the way to the finish, muscle-bound Vietnamese Quach Cong Lich made things interesting by mounting a last-ditch chase and was soon breathing down the Filipino-American’s neck.They ended the race in a photo finish—and Cray needed to crane his neck forward to gain whatever edge he could. But even then, both runners needed to wait for more than five minutes before the judges officially declared that Cray had successfully defended his title. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR His stint in the Worlds was because of his recent triumph in the Asian Championships in India.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Yu ends medal drought for PH swimmers with bronze View commentslast_img read more