10 months agoSACKED! Moreno Longo axed by Frosinone

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say SACKED! Moreno Longo axed by Frosinoneby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMoreno Longo has been sacked by Frosinone.The Serie A minnows announced the dismissal of Longo this morning.Along with Longo, the coach’s backroom staff are also sacked with immediate effect.Frosinone are currently second from bottom of the Serie A table, five points from safety. last_img

6 days agoJohnson impressed by Chelsea youngsters

first_imgJohnson impressed by Chelsea youngstersby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea fullback Glen Johnson is impressed by the club’s youngsters.Johnson singled out one of the Blues’ young players for acclaim, and thinks it would not be a surprise to see them playing Champions League football next season.”Tammy Abraham has impressed me the most because the Premier League is a totally different beast to the Championship,” he told Betdaq. “To score the amount of goals he has so far shows he’s handled the change very well.”I hope Chelsea can fight for a top four place.”If they can get anywhere near then it’s an absolutely fantastic season for them. With Manchester City and Tottenham not firing on all cylinders I think they have got a real chance.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Bakers grocers met to reach deals on bread prices competition watchdog alleges

first_imgOTTAWA – Newly released court documents related to an alleged industry-wide bread-price fixing case show the Competition Bureau believes at least seven companies, including Canada’s three major grocers, committed indictable offences under the Competition Act.The previously sealed information to obtain documents explain the Competition Bureau requested search warrants to enter and search the premises and records of seven companies because it had reasonable grounds to believe they committed multiple offences.The watchdog alleges bread wholesalers Canada Bread Company Ltd. and George Weston Ltd.’s senior officers directly communicated with one another and agreed to increase prices.It claims the suppliers met with their retail customers _ Loblaw Companies Ltd., Walmart Canada Corp., Sobeys Inc., Metro Inc. and Giant Tiger Stores Ltd. _ to get their approval for the price hike.In December, Loblaw and George Weston admitted they sparked the investigation when they approached the watchdog after becoming aware of an allegedly industry-wide arrangement to co-ordiante retail and wholesale prices of some packaged bread products from late 2001 to March 2015.The two companies received immunity in exchange for their co-operation. The remaining five companies have previously saidthey’re co-operating with the investigation, and some have outright denied any wrongdoing.last_img read more

Luxury home sales fell by 60 per cent in the GTA Oakville

first_imgTORONTO – Luxury home sales in the Greater Toronto Area, Oakville and Hamilton-Burlington have fallen by almost 60 per cent year-over-year, according to a RE/MAX report.The real estate company says 76 freehold and condominium properties in the GTA sold for more than $3 million between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28, down from 180 sales during the same period last year.In Oakville, six homes in the same price range sold early this year, in comparison to 15 a year ago.Homes priced above $1 million in Hamilton-Burlington saw a 55 per cent drop to 59 homes sold at the start of the year from 133 in 2017.Though RE/MAX says the luxury market’s record-breaking pace from last year has slowed, it is still expecting plenty of activity this year.Already RE/MAX says it has seen increases in luxury home sales in the GTA’s Kingsway/Princess Anne Manor and Rosedale neighbourhoods, where 10 homes have sold so far this year, including the most expensive one for $8.4 million.last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,049.02, down 45.23 points).Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Up two cents, or 0.22 per cent, to $9.11 on 40.7 million shares.RNC Minerals. (TSX:RNX). Metals. Down four cents, or 14.3 per cent, to 24 cents on 34.8 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Healthcare. Down 79 cents, or 3.66 per cent, to $20.82 on 16.2 million shares.HEXO Corp. (TSX:HEXO). Healthcare. Down 20 cents, or 2.37 per cent, to $8.25 on 15.3 million shares.New Gold Inc. (TSX:NGD). Gold. Up 23 cents, or 22.3 per cent, to $1.26 on 9.2 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Energy. Unchanged at $3.65 on 7.2 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Roots Corp. (TSX:ROOT). Down $1.46 or 15.6 per cent to $7.87 on 519,000 shares traded. The retailer’s shares fell after the heritage-clothing brand’s second-quarter results Wednesday fell short of analysts’ expectations. The Toronto-based company reported a $4.08-million net loss for the quarter ended Aug. 4 — up from a net loss of $3.2 million in the second quarter of the previous year. Roots said its adjusted net loss was $0.06 per share, while analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters Eikon were expecting a loss of $0.02 per share.Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC). Consumer staples. Up 82 cents or 7.75 per cent to $11.40 on 486,000 shares traded. The retailer sees the planned divestiture of its European operations as an opportunity to focus on strengthening its North American base, anchored by the Saks Fifth Avenue and Hudson’s Bay retail banners. However, comparable-store sales at Hudson’s Bay — its main banner in Canada — were down slightly and its Saks OFF Fifth chain’s comparable sales in the United States and Canada were down 7.6 per cent.ATCO Ltd. (TSX:ACO.X). Utilities. Up 30 cents to $37.70 on 144,000 shares traded. The Calgary-based company says it will buy a 40-per-cent stake in South American port operator Neltume Ports for about $450 million. ATCO, which has interests in logistics, energy, and real estate, says the stake in the port operator and developer will further diversify its business. The deal adds to ATCO’s partnership with Parkland Fuel Corp. subsidiary Ultramar, which owns Neltume Ports.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version incorrectly said Roots lost $8.34 million last year.last_img read more

Fire risk forces Ford to recall FSeries pickup trucks

first_imgDETROIT — Ford is recalling more than 410,000 F-Series pickup trucks with engine block heaters in the U.S. because they can catch fire.The recall covers certain F-150s from the 2015 through 2019 model years, as well as the 2017 through 2019 F-250, 350, 450 and 550.The company says in government documents posted Friday that water and contaminants can get into the heater cable and cause corrosion. That can cause electrical shorts and possible fires.Ford has received three reports of fires in Canada, but none in the U.S. There have been no reports of injuries.Dealers will inspect and seal the cable or replace the heaters if needed. The recall is expected to start Jan. 7.F-Series pickups are the top-selling vehicle in the United States.The Associated Presslast_img

Chelsea target Lewandowski

first_imgChelsea have now entered the race to sign Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski at the end of the season, claims the Daily StarThe British publication has reported that the London club are now “on alert” after learning that the forward has been offered to some of the biggest sides in Europe for this summer.It is understood that Lewandowski’s representatives are making approaches to a number of big clubs to learn to their interest in the Pole and Chelsea have now made their interest known with Alvaro Morata’s future appearing to be increasingly uncertain at Stamford Bridge.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…Although Chelsea are unlikely to have no competition for the highly-rated forward with newly crowned Premier League winners Manchester City and Liverpool strongly interested in signing Lewandowski this summer.The 29 year-old has had another impressive campaign for Bayern Munich with Lewandowski having scored 27 goals in his 27 league matches for the Bundesliga champions.last_img read more

Sean Dyche hopes his players will overcome poor form

first_imgSean Dyche has urged his players to wake up from slumber after accusing them of being trapped in a fog following Burnley’s loss at Wolves.The Clarets are experiencing their worst start to a league campaign in 90 years.Dyche’s men have managed to secure one point from their opening five games this term, and the manager has called on his team to step up their game.“No complaints, Wolves played well,” he told Sky Sports. “They are a good side, and we knew we would have to defend resolutely, which to be fair I thought we did – our ‘keeper played well.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We were a bit more like ourselves defensively. It was a poor goal but other than that we got blocks in, were resolute and stayed in the game where we could have got something.“But attacking wise it was nowhere near enough, not enough quality, guile and energy really. That’s got to change.“We’re in a bit of fog at the moment; we collectively have to get our way out of that. We’ve been here before, we know it changes quickly, but we’ve got to work to make it change.”last_img read more

Di Francesco on race for the Champions League

first_imgRoma coach Eusebio Di Francesco believes that having many teams in race for the Champions League is an advantage for his side.While talking to the press about their chances at the Champions League, the manager said, according to Calciomercato:“The race for the Champions League? The fact that there are so many teams in it can only be an advantage. We are late compared to the others but this is an opportunity not to be missed and are three key points also in view of Parma. Now we need to lose as few points as possible,” he said.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….Roma will challenge Sassulo on boxing day and FC Porto in February and Eusebio believes his side is motivated by the pressure.“Pressure? It must be a pressure that motivates us. It is our job. When the results are not good we have to interpret the solutions to win points again that will be fundamental in the standings,” Di Francesco concluded.last_img read more

Troopers Warn Of Phone Scammers Impersonating Law Enforcement

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna based Alaska State Troopers received two separate reports of a phone scam on January 18. According to the online Trooper dispatch, the individual called and advised they were a State Trooper and the person missed Jury Duty. The caller then proceeded to advise the individual they needed to pay fines so they won’t be arrested. The caller will ask the individual to pull cash out of their bank account and buy some type of gift card. They will ask you to read the number to them and destroy the number after you read it. If at any time the public receives a phone call and needs to verify if it’s a scam they can contact their local police department or State Troopers 24 hours a day at 907-262-4453. There are many different phone scams currently taking place, according to Troopers.last_img read more

Christian Liberty Churchs Christmas Toy Drive

first_imgNow through Dec. 23 bring a smile to a child and drop off a new unwrapped toy or new clothing to the CLC Ministry Center located on the lower concourse of Mondawmin Mall, Suite 1101, 2401 Liberty Heights Ave, Baltimore, Md. 21215. Call 410-523-5683 or visit christianlibertychurch.org  for more information.last_img

Their head held high

first_imgI was alone, I was a woman, I was in one set of clothes for seven days and I had no way to inform my family in Delhi that I was alive. I spent an entire week taking refuge in one place after the other till I managed to reach the airport.  It was a harrowing experience which will forever remain etched in my memory.I could not save anything, not even my suitcase packed with clothes nor my bag. It all happened within a flash. I was not prepared for it. In fact no one was. My heart skipped several beats as I pushed through the crowds to find my way to the front. Water was gushing down the road where my home is located as if a dam had burst open. I could see the water forcing its way vehemently inside the lane, pushing through people and breaking through gates. It was stronger than the strongest currents I have witnessed in Pahalgam. I had only heard about floods causing devastation, of uprooting homes, families and lives. It was the first time I was a witness to it with my own eyes. Also Read – Gateway of criminal justiceI stood still, watching the boundary wall break and the waters violently fill up every inch of the lawns, slowly climbing upwards. I was helplessly left standing there watching everything being snatched away before my very eyes, not able to do a thing about it. My mind had stopped functioning. All of a sudden, I had been rendered homeless in Srinagar. Even until half an hour back I could never have imagined this. All around people were scrambling for safety-driving towards undecided destinations, running helter-skelter. Pandemonium had broken out. The entire city seemed on its way to getting submerged. My mind was not registering anything. I just could not get over the sight of my home getting washed away in front of my very eyes. I just wanted to shut off that view which kept playing on my mind over and over. I had only read about such calamities in newspapers or watched them on television. That morning I realised the enormity of destruction a calamity of this nature has on humans. Also Read – Turning a blind eyeIt took me six nights and seven days to find my way to the airport. I survived it all in one set of clothes which were on me and had nothing else apart from my purse and a laptop. But I will remain indebted all my life to everyone who lent me a helping hand on this never ending and arduous journey. I had nothing to offer anyone in return. There was helplessness all around. The streets were full of people in distress-homeless, uprooted, angry, stranded and deserted. I have never seen so many people looking so lost together. There were people looking down from buildings, people looking out of windows, people wailing, people sitting on sidewalks, people squatting on roads, people queuing for food, for shelter, for water. Everywhere I looked around I saw anguish and suffering. It made me feel weary and added to my torment and misery. I saw lifeless faces on listless bodies-as if they had given up on hope or had nothing but hope to cling on to.  And in the midst of that chaos, I saw a ray of hope in the warmth I received at every corner from people known and unknown, the helping hands which stretched out to lend support in times of despair. I would never be able to forget the man who ferried me across to from Bemina to Qamarwari on a dark night, with the help of torchlight and neither will I forget the young boys who helped me alight the kishti when the boat touch landed and carried my bag, refusing to leave me alone till the time they could manage to get me a lift from a relief van. How could I not be grateful to those in the van- visibly tired and weary with relief work all through the day yet who did not leave me in the middle of nowhere, not once losing patience as I took them from lane to lane trying to locate my friend? I owe gratitude to those countless nameless faces which helped me cross barrier after barrier-someone offering me a lift on his car, another guiding me with directions, a third walking alongside me till I could find my way and yet another refusing to charge me for services rendered. Yes, it felt unfair when I switched on the television set and browsed through the national dailies when I reached Delhi after a week and found it all splashed with the heroic deeds of the Armed Forces and their magnanimity as they airlifted flood victims. ‘Where was the army when I was there on the streets at night?’ I thought to myself. I remembered then. I had seen innumerable choppers in the skies engaged in sorties all day long. The sky was full of them.They were in the air, not in the waters. It felt strange that there was no mention of those young local volunteers out in the streets wading through deep waters, rescuing people all day and night. They had no work timings, they were not being paid for it, it was not expected of them neither were they bound to do so. Yet they were out there, risking their own lives to save others. Did anyone care to mention gratitude towards these unsung heroes without whom the casualty would have skyrocketed into mind boggling figures? One has often seen the symbolic image of a boy from downtown, face covered with a keffiyeh holding a stone in his hand. I wonder when we shall see the image of that very boy from downtown splashed across the same dailies- wading through neck deep water as he recues a baby or carries an ailing old man on his back.The state administration lay paralysed and defunct, the police was largely in their homes with families (barring an odd few) and nobody seemed ready to take responsibility at the helm of affairs. There was no one to take charge of the crisis and each man had to fend for himself. In a nutshell, the state was conspicuous by its absence. The communication system was facing the biggest possible breakdown in recent times in the history of the nation- it was a complete blackout. There was no electricity, no internet, no telephone lines working and the water supply as well came to a halt. Nobody could contact anybody. Kashmir was cut off from the world. The Indian Army’s movements were largely restricted Between Gupkar and Raj Bhawan (VIP zones). Perhaps there may have been an odd intervention here and there but I, for one did not see their presence anywhere. How can I write about something I did not see? I did expect them to be playing a much more active role in the rescue operations. Was it wrong to expect so? I wonder why and when the Indian media turned into PR machinery for the Indian Army. It does not come as a surprise to me to see anger simmering on the streets of Kashmir-like a live bomb ticking away. Yes, I do not deny and neither can anyone else that the army and the air force have played a crucial part in the evacuation of stranded people. Then where does the problem lie? Why are Kashmiris angry? The problem lies with the fact that it is only the Army which is being projected as the saviour of the flood victims? Were they not already supposed to be doing that? Is it not a part of their duty and responsibility? Was it not that the numbers in need of immediate rescue far greater than the ones who received help? Maybe if the state and the Indian army had given out a statement of apology for not being able to attend to as many people as they should have and expressed regret at the same owing to lack of resources or manpower or whatever their challenges were, there are chances that the fury against them would be far less in comparison, and perhaps, not any at all. Perhaps they would even have won over some hearts in the process. Unfortunately, when the numbers risking their lives out there in the waters are far greater in magnitude compared to the ones who claim credit for it, then one has to be prepared for sharp criticism. It is not ethical to rescue people and then boast about it and similarly it is not rational to expect sanity from people who are watching their life long earnings getting washed away, their children starving and their aging parents not being able to run for safety.Had it not been for my friends calling me and sending me messages all night, I would not have been awake. Had it not been for my landlord who kept banging on my door and window and made sure I did not fall asleep, I would not have been alive. Had it not been for those strangers who did not leave my side while I kept losing my track, I would have been stranded. Had it not been for those friends who opened up their homes and hearts to me, I would have been homeless. Had it not been for the friend who stopped his car when he saw me walking wearily under a hot, scorching sun, I would never have been able to connect with my family. Had it not been for the large heartedness of the hotel owner who gave me shelter without charging me a single rupee, I would have been penniless. Had it not been for the young boy who saw my desperation to get to the airport and volunteered to ferry me across muddy waters on a stranded boat in the wee hours of the morning, I would never have made it to Delhi. Yes, lastly had it not been for the armed forces, I would not have managed to get airlifted to the airport but then again, had it not been for the person who drove me till there and insisted that I be evacuated immediately on a priority basis, I would have been standing in queue for what seemed like eternity to me. But it took a lot to get till there and while the Indian army and the air force gets its credit, its fame and kudos, the others do not get as much as a mention even on the last pages. Is it fair? Who, apart from God should I be thankful to? It is for you to think. I already know my answers.last_img read more

Decoding media glare on Army

first_imgThe Indian Army is an excellent fighting force, and has few parallels in the world. But  of  late, the image of the soldier is diminishing which calls for immediate action. This is happening because the forces have to face divergent pulls and pressures which are different today than from yesteryears. Institutions have a long memory, take time to change. On the other hand, the Army has to operate in a dynamic environment, with an active press and a changing civil society which are able to apply pressure and push for changes. Also Read – Gateway of criminal justiceThus, it is the Army that is perceived at times to be unable to ‘keep up’ with the societal fluctuations, and due to its strict procedures, it is not able to present its side of the story with the dynamism expected of it. It has prolonged deployment in counter-insurgency operations leading to uncanny situations. Armies are trained, equipped, geared and made ready for the primary task which is to protect the nation from external threat. But today judgement is passed on it for how well it does its secondary task. In short, people tend to judge the doctor by how well the nurse performs. Also Read – Turning a blind eyeThe Army simply has no answer to live media carrying out television debates beaming live to soldiers’ bedrooms the twists and turns of various scams. In a democracy, this is the one thing that is acceptable, adds to transparency. But when quite often, officers are on the mat for becoming ketchup colonels, booze brigadiers, generals fighting over various issues and scams, some of which like the Sukna have been set aside by the Armed Forces Tribunal — the stage is set for a soldier to question: ‘What am I serving for, is this my officer class like?’ Does the Army need to change its value system? In fact, when threatened it must reinforce the old values, but its manner of interaction with the media, its manner of conduct when deployed in prolonged counter-insurgency operations, requires a holistic look and not a knee-jerk reaction. After the recent firing at Budgam, in which two young boys were killed, the Army admitted that it was a “mistake” and a violation of rules of engagement. The Army also said that it would complete its inquiry within ten days and take action against the guilty. The legal catch here is that once the Army Commander has agreed it is a mistake, are all procedural inquiries on the subject irrelevant? On the other hand, while the law enforcers are guilty, in the wake of protests and all good work done by the Army during the recent floods in that area and the fact that elections were around the corner, pressure was going up from civil society, reckless teenagers were moving in a vehicle to a restricted area, isn’t there also a need for civil society to look inwards as well? The ground reality is that because armed sentries are there everywhere in view of the live threat posed by terrorists, such incidents are bound to recur. If there is accidental firing, and a whole host of other scenarios, will the Army now admit to its mistake every time before an inquiry? This could well have happened in Delhi, but the issue inevitably takes a different colour in Jammu and Kashmir. Will the soldier be blamed before an inquiry? Some time ago, a paramilitary force in Delhi waited for its inquiry to take place, before having the added burden of having put the blame on any one. Loss of life is regrettable but loss of soldiers’ morale critical and difficult to restore.The greatest strength of the forces lies in its intangibles: such as, morale, training, ethos and value system, bonded by discipline. The Sukna scam and the Budgam incident touch upon all these intangibles, especially discipline and training. The Budgam affair was at best an operational cum training issue. By declaring the soldiers guilty before inquiry, a whole host of issues, which are morale-sensitive, have been opened up. Are these even debatable?  The Sukna scam AFT judgment opens up another can of worms, which the Army needs to take to its logical conclusion. If the military justice system is shown in poor light, won’t its soldiers need an answer?Television debates do need some introspection. The debates on geostrategy, arms and equipment do become interesting, but when discipline is debated or discussed yet nuts and bolts of the ground situation are generally not known, the picture becomes confusing. Of course, the media needs to report the various scams, it needs to show all the dead wood, but it should exercise its judgement, on what will be the impact on the morale of the soldier?  In the Sukna scam not an inch of Army land was involved, there was no trickery or fraud: then how come the word scam was used for a so-called issue of ‘No Objection Certificate’ (NOC)? Discipline is the very key to a soldier’s being and to impact on his sense of discipline, needs sense of responsibility from all, including the political class, who have left us equipment deficient. The impact of  the movie Haider which shows the soldiers in poor light  has also come at this juncture and what is the ‘langar gup’ one wonders.  How should the Army react in inadvertent cases? It should go back to the Chetwode credo, of safety, honour and welfare of nation first, soldier next and its commanders last. This implies, supreme national interest first, completion of inquiries before pronouncing soldiers guilty second, and the various twists and turns of scams and age related issues last and not on prime time television because of TRP. The Army has had a long stint in counter-insurgency operations. This tells on training there is a need to cut down exposure in counter-insurgency, but the drawdown from foreign forces in Afghanistan opens up a  different scenario and weakening of Army from the border areas improbable. The forces therefore, need to settle these issues in house. The entire issue is of faith and the generals need to have 56-inch chests while interacting with civil society and take on ‘bullets’ flying at the aam sipahi.The author is a retired brigadierlast_img read more

Jordan fans rushing to bash LeBron after Game 3 is the ultimate

first_imgJordan fans rushing to bash LeBron after Game 3 is the ultimate complimentLeBron James put up an awful 11-point performance in last night’s Game 3, Eastern conference Finals loss to the shorthanded Celtics, and his haters were quick to run to social media to scream from the Twitter mountaintops that Michael Jordan would never have had a similar game in the playoffs. Jordan actually did have bad playoff games, contrary to the laundered history being sold 20 years later.Colin thinks that the fan reflex of instantly comparing James to Jordan, even negatively, isn’t a slam, it’s the ultimate sign of respect. Even those that hate him can only compare him to the greatest basketball player of all-time. That never happened to Kobe or Duncan.What was LeBron’s issue last night? Who knows. In 20 years, no one will remember it, especially if the Cavs can mange to beat the Warriors to win their second straight title.The ultimate compliment is that you now, as fans, are acknowledging there is only one challenger to the greatest basketball player of all-time.” The Celtics shouldn’t pay Isaiah Thomas max moneyBoston point guard Isaiah Thomas is done for the playoffs after suffering a hip injury, and last night, in Game 3 without him, the Celtics played their best game of the Eastern Conference Finals.Colin doesn’t think the Celtics are a better team, right now, without him, but it’s been proven time and time again that small, ball-centric, point guards don’t win big in the playoffs. In Thomas’ case, he’s a score first point guard, who dribbles a ton, and is consistently exposed as defensive liability in the playoffs. Thomas’ story is worthy of a Hollywood movie script, but he’s not worth a max contract.According to Celtics insider Jackie MacMullen, Danny Ainge was willing to deal Thomas last year for a lottery pick.  If Thomas could win titles, Ainge wouldn’t even consider the move. That speaks volumes.If Boston wants to keep hometown favorite Thomas, they will have to pay him max money a year from now. In today’s NBA, it’s not worth it. Option B is let him go, and end a five-year rebuild and start from scratch.“Last night, the Celtics were better without Isaiah Thomas.”Guests:Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Insider is in-studio to discuss LeBron’s Game 3 no-show; if the Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas could be dealt; and why last night will ultimately be good for the Cavs.Cedric Ceballos – NBA Slam Dunk Champion and 11-year NBA veteran is in-studio to discuss LeBron’s Game 3 letdown; why he thinks LeBron will bounce back in Game 4; and why the Celtics should trade Isaiah Thomas and draft Lonzo Ball.Rob Parker – FS1 Analyst is in-studio to discuss LeBron’s let down; why LeBron shrinking was embarrassing; why it’s a bad look for Kevin Durant to dismiss blowouts are bad for the NBA; and why NBA retraction would be good for the league.last_img read more

Amazon is supporting research into conversational AI with Alexa fellowships

first_imgAmazon has chosen recipients from all over the world to be awarded the Alexa fellowships. The Alexa Fellowships program is open for PhD and post-doctoral students specializing in conversational AI at select universities. The program was launched last year, when four researchers won awards. Amazon’s Alexa Graduate fellowship The Alexa Graduate Fellowship supports conversational AI research by providing funds and mentorship to PhD and postdoctoral students. Faculty Advisors and Alexa Graduate Fellows will also teach conversational AI to undergraduate and graduate students using the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) and Alexa Voice Services (AVS). The graduate fellowship recipients are selected based on their research interests, planned coursework and existing conversational AI curriculum. This year the institutions include six in the United States, two in the United Kingdom, one in Canada and one in India. The 10 universities are: Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad, India Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD MIT App Inventor, Boston, MA University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX University of Washington, Seattle, WA University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada Amazon’s Alexa Innovation Fellowship The Alexa Innovation Fellowship is dedicated to innovations in conversational AI. The program was introduced this year and Amazon has partnered with university entrepreneurship centers to help student-led startups build their innovative conversational interfaces. The fellowship also provides resources to faculty members. This year ten leading entrepreneurship center faculty members were selected as the inaugural class of Alexa Innovation Fellows. They are invited to learn from the Alexa team and network with successful Alexa Fund entrepreneurs. Instructors will receive funding, Alexa devices, hardware kits and regular training, as well as introductions to successful Alexa Fund-backed entrepreneurs. The 10 universities selected to receive the 2018-2019 Alexa Innovation Fellowship include: Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ California State University, Northridge, CA Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH Emerson College, Boston, MA Texas A&M University, College Station, TX University of California, Berkeley, CA University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA “We want to make it easier and more accessible for smart people outside of the company to get involved with conversational AI. That’s why we launched the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) and Alexa Voice Services (AVS) and allocated $200 million to promising startups innovating with voice via the Alexa Fund.” wrote Kevin Crews, Senior Product Manager for the Amazon Alexa Fellowship, in a blog post. Read more about the 2018-2019 Alexa Fellowship class on the Amazon blog. Read next Cortana and Alexa become best friends: Microsoft and Amazon release a preview of this integration Voice, natural language, and conversations: Are they the next web UI?last_img read more

Vacation home rentals make an ideal base for busy Kissimmee getaways

first_img Share Travelweek Group TORONTO — For the vast majority of visitors to Kissimmee, it’s all about the theme parks, and Experience Kissimmee knows it.And because the days in this Florida favourite are filled to the brim with rides, attractions and plenty of sun, that’s all the more reason to prioritize a good night’s sleep with accommodation offering the ease and conveniences of home. Kissimmee has that too, with more than 22,000 vacation home rentals.For several years now Kissimmee has been touting its title as the Vacation Home Capital of the World (they even trademarked the slogan) and the message is resonating with the trade, says Denise Graham, Account Manager, Canada for Experience Kissimmee.Agents are booking the vacation home rentals and can earn commission on the bookings thanks to high participation in the program from Canadian tour operators. “All the tour operators offer them,” said Graham at last night’s Experience Kissimmee event, at The Ballroom in Toronto. Graham and the Experience Kissimmee team from VoX International hosted the event – complete with a pajama-party theme – along with partners from Kissimmee’s top theme parks and attractions.Flight Centre agents have a ball at the pajama-themed Experience Kissimmee event at The Ballroom in Toronto“We have vacation rentals that start at two bedrooms and go all the way up to 18 bedrooms,” says Graham. The larger options can accommodate everything from family reunions to small corporate groups to multigenerational vacations.More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureKissimmee is coming off a great year, she added, with overnight stays up 17% for the destination in the most recent fiscal year. For this fiscal year, so far overnight stays are up close to 3%.For more details see experiencekissimmee.com. Tags: Events, Kissimmee << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Thursday, April 25, 2019 Vacation home rentals make an ideal base for busy Kissimmee getaways Posted bylast_img read more

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first_imgTransmission services provider Antenna Hungária is gearing up for the first wave of Hungary’s digital switchover with analogue terrestrial networks to be shut off in central regions of the country, including Budapest, at the end of July.Antenna Hungária said that the basic All Digital TV Extra service was now available to 98% of Hungary’s population with a room or roof antenna and an encoder but urged viewers not to wait for the switchoff date to tune into digital.The analogue feed is due to go off air on July 31 in the north of the country, Central Transdanubia, Budapest and Pest County and the Southern Great Plain.last_img

James Murdoch James Murdoch has urged 21st Century

first_imgJames MurdochJames Murdoch has urged 21st Century Fox’s takeover of Sky to not be the victim of regulation, stressing the importance of business to a post-Brexit UK.Speaking at the RTS Cambridge Convention yesterday, the 21st Century Fox CEO delivered a talk based around the theme of ‘the challenges of a shifting media landscape’ in which he highlighted the importance of scale in today’s media business.Speaking after the government confirmed that the planned £18.5 billion (€20.5 billion) Sky takeover would be referred to the Competition and Markets Authority on the grounds of both broadcasting standards and media plurality, he also claimed the deal could bring economic benefits to the country.“Inward investment in the UK creative economy, and the positive signal it sends to companies around the world, is more important than ever as the UK prepares to chart a course outside the EU,” said Murdoch.He claimed the “soft power” of the UK’s creative industry would be “a big part of that story” ahead of Britain’s April 2019 divorce from European Union.“If the UK truly is ‘open for business’ post Brexit, we look forward to moving through the regulatory review process and this transformative transaction for the UK creative sector becoming an affirmation of that claim.”“We’re eager to provide Sky with access to the resources, reach, and creative sparks needed to keep pace against a new breed of competitors that now include some of the largest companies in the world, but none of whom have the local depth of investment and commitment to the UK and to Europe.”Murdoch used his RTS speech to stress Sky and 21st Century Fox’s past achievements, but added: “we will still need the freedom to take risks and the strength to compete that only comes from global scale.”“Scale provides the confidence to invest strategically, take risks, and support the development of new technologies and innovation – critical attributes in this dynamic period.”Earlier in the day Sky said it would continue to engage constructively in the process as the Competition and Markets Authority takes six months to investigate the Sky-Fox merger.At the end of that 24-week period, culture secretary Karen Bradley will come to a final decision on whether the merger will proceed, including any conditions that should apply in order for it to do so.last_img read more

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first_img TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange) 12,065.55 12,773.87 12,153.69 We Buy @ Spot + $1.90 Per Oz (Spot + $1.90 X 715) Sold Out Amark 1 Oz. Silver Rounds ( Made By Sunshine ) Pure .999 BU 500 Coin Min. Spot + $4.99 Per Oz (Spot + $4.99 X 715) Rock & Stock Stats Last Sold Out Gold Producers (GDX) 28.59 37.58 46.61 Oil 88.01 92.52 102.72 Copper 3.15 3.41 3.63 One Month Ago TSX Venture 939.07 1,106.51 1,396.77 One Year Ago 2013 Sealed Mint Boxes Of 1 Oz. Silver American Eagles “San Francisco Mint” Brand New Coins 500 Coin Min. (1 Sealed Box) Gold Crash 2013 – Deliberately Engineered? By Bud Conrad, Casey Research Chief Economist How can we explain gold dropping into the $1,300 level in less than a week? Here are some of the factors: George Soros cut his fund holdings in the biggest gold ETF by 55% in the fourth quarter of 2012. He was not alone: the gold holdings of GLD have contracted all year, down about 12.2% at present. On April 9, the FOMC minutes were leaked a day early and revealed that some members were discussing slowing the Fed $85 billion per month buying of Treasuries and MBS. If the money stimulus might not last as long as thought before, the “printing” may not cause as much dollar debasement. On April 10, Goldman Sachs warned that gold could go lower and lowered its target price. It even recommended getting out of gold. COT Reports showed a decrease in the bullishness of large speculators this year (much more on this technical point below). The lackluster price movement since September 2011 fatigued some speculators and trend followers. Cyprus was rumored to need to sell some 400 million euros’ worth of its gold to cover its bank bailouts. While small at only about 350,000 ounces, there was a fear that other weak European countries with too much debt and sizable gold holdings could be forced into the same action. Cyprus officials have denied the sale, so the question is still in debate, even though the market has already moved. Doug Casey believes that if weak European countries were forced to sell, the gold would mostly be absorbed by China and other sovereign Asian buyers, rather than flood the physical markets. My opinion, looking at the list of items above, is that they are not big enough by themselves to have created such a large disruption in the gold market. The Paper Gold Market The paper gold market is best embodied in the futures exchanges. The prices we see quoted all day long moving up and down are taken from the latest trades of futures contracts. The CME (the old Chicago Mercantile Exchange) has a large flow of orders and provides the public with an indication of the price of gold. The futures markets are special because very little physical commodity is exchanged; most of the trading is between buyers taking long positions against sellers taking short positions, with most contracts liquidated before final settlement and delivery. These contracts require very small amounts of margin – as little as 5% of the value of the commodity – to gain potentially large swings in the outcome of profit or loss. Thus, futures markets appear to be a speculator’s paradise. But the statistics show just the opposite: 90% of traders lose their shirts. The other 10% take all the profits from the losers. More on this below. On April 13, there were big sell orders of 400 tonnes that moved the futures market lower. Once the futures market makes a big move like that, stops can be triggered, causing it to move even more on its own. It can become a panic, where markets react more to fear than fundamentals. Having traded in futures for over two decades, I want to provide some detail on how these leveraged markets operate. It’s important to understand that the structure of the futures market allows brokers to sell positions if fluctuations cause customers to exceed their margin limits and they don’t immediately deposit more money to restore their margins. When a position goes against a trader, brokers can demand that funds be deposited within 24 hours (or even sooner at the broker’s discretion). If the funds don’t appear, the broker can sell the position and liquidate the speculator’s account. This structure can force prices to fall more than would be indicated by supply and demand fundamentals. When I first signed up to trade futures, I was appalled at the powers the broker wrote into the contract, which included them having the power to immediately liquidate my positions at their discretion. I was also surprised at how little screening they did to ensure that I was good for whatever positions I put in place, considering the high levels of leverage they allowed me. Let me tell you that I had many cases where I was told to put up more margin or lose my positions. Those times resulted in me selling at the worst level because the market had gone against me. The point of this is that once a market moves dramatically, there are usually stops taken out, positions liquidated, margin calls issued, and little guys like me get taken to the cleaners. Debates rage about the structure of the futures market, but my personal opinion is that a big hammer to the market by a well-heeled big player can force liquidations, increase losses, and push the momentum of the market much lower than the initial impetus would have. Thus, after a huge impact like we saw on April 13, the market will continue with enough momentum that a well-timed exit of a huge set of short positions can provide profits to the well-heeled market mover. Moving from theory to practice, one of the most important things to keep your eye on is the Commitment of Traders (COT) report, which is issued every Friday. It details the long and the short positions of three categories of traders. The first category is called “commercials.” They are dealers in the physical precious metals – for example, gold miners. The second category is called “non-commercials.” They include hedge funds and large commercial banks like JP Morgan. Non-commercials are sometimes called “large speculators.” The rest are the small traders, called “non-reporting” since they are not required to identify themselves. The ones to watch are the large speculators (non-commercials), as they tend to move with the direction of the market. Individual entities could be long or short, but in combination the net position of the group is a key indicator. The following chart shows the price of gold as a blue line at the top, and the next panel down shows the net position of these large speculators as a black line. You can see that over the long term, they move together. When the net speculative position is above zero, this group is betting on rising gold prices. Of course, the reverse is true when it’s below zero. In this 20-year view, the large speculators were holding net negative positions during the lowest point of the gold price, around the year 2000. As the price of gold rose, their positions went net long, and they profited. An interesting thing about the chart above is that the increasing amount of net longs reversed itself before gold peaked in 2011, suggesting that these large speculators became slightly less bullish all the way back in 2010. The balance remains net long, but it remains to be seen how long that lasts. What is not so obvious is that these large speculators are so big that they can affect the market as well as profit from it; when they initiate massive positions in a bull market, they drive the price of the futures contracts even higher. Similarly, when they remove their positions or actually go short, they can push the market lower. So what happened a week ago was that a massive order to sell 400 tons of gold all at once hit the market. Within minutes the price plummeted, and over a two-day period resulted in the largest drop of the price for futures delivery of gold in 33 years: down $200 per ounce. We don’t have the name of the entity that did this. However, the way the gold was sold all at once suggests that the goal was not to get the best price. An investor with a position of this size should have been smart enough to use sensible trading tactics, issuing much smaller sell orders over a period of time. This would avoid swamping the market; and some of the orders would be filled at higher prices and thus generate more profit. Placing a sell order big enough to affect the overall market price suggests that someone with powerful backing wanted to drive the price of gold down. Such an entity could have been a large speculator who already had a sizable short position and could gain by unloading some of its short position once the market momentum had driven the price even yet lower. Or it could be a central bank – one that might be happy to have the gold price move lower, as it would provide cover for its printing of more new money. Of course, it could be some entity that owned long contracts and wanted to get out of the position all at once. We don’t know, but this kind of activity, resulting in the biggest drop in 30 years, raises more than just suspicion when we consider how important the price of gold is to many markets around the globe. Can markets really be influenced by big players? Well, was the LIBOR rate accurately reported by huge banks? Have players ever tried to corner markets? The answer to all the above, unfortunately, is yes. There’s an even bigger problem with the legal structure of the futures market: even the segregated funds on deposit can be pilfered by the broker for the brokerage’s other obligations. That is what happened to MF Global customers under Mr. Corzine. (I had an account with a predecessor company called Man Financial – the “MF” in the name. I also had an account with Refco, which is now defunct. Fortunately, the daggers did not hit my account, since I was not a holder when the catastrophes occurred.) My take: the futures market is dangerous, and not a place for beginners. One last note: after the Bankruptcy Act of 2005, the regulations support the brokers, not the investors, when there are questions of legality about losses in individual investment accounts. Casey Research will be producing a report with much more detail on this subject in the near future. So, what now? We aren’t going to see a secret memo – no smoking gun to confirm that what happened on April 13 was an attempt to affect the market. Still, the evidence is suspicious. When big entities can gain from putting on big positions, the incentives are big enough for them to try – LIBOR, Plunge Protection Team, Whale Trade, etc., all support this view. The Physical Gold Market Previously, there was little difference between the physical and paper markets for gold. Yes, there were premiums and delivery charges, but everybody regarded the futures market as the base quote. I believe this is changing; people don’t trust the paper market as they used to. Instead of capitulating to fear of greater losses, the demand for physical gold has hit new records. The US Mint sold a record 63,500 ounces – a whopping 2 tonnes – of gold on April 17 alone, bringing the total sales for the month to 147,000 ounces; that’s more than the previous two months combined. Indian markets, which are more oriented to physical metal, now have a premium of US$150 over the futures price in Chicago. Demand at coin dealers has increased as the price has dropped. And premiums are much bigger than they were as recently as a week ago. Here is a vendor page that quotes purchase prices and calculates the premiums on an ongoing basis. It shows premiums of 50% and more in many cases. On eBay, prices for one-ounce silver coins are $33 to $35, where the futures price is quoted as $23. A look on Friday April 19 shows one vendor out of stock on most items: 2013 Sealed Mint Boxes Of 1 Oz. Silver American Eagles – Brand New Coins 500 Coin Min. (1 Sealed Box) (Click on image to enlarge) Buying Opportunity or Time to Flee? So what does it all mean? The paper price of gold crashed to $1,325 in the wake of this huge trade. It is now hovering around $1,400. My first reaction is to suggest that this is only an aberration, and that the fundamentals of the depreciating value of paper currencies will eventually take the price of gold much higher, making it a buying opportunity. But what I can’t predict is whether big players might again deliver short-term downturns to the market. The momentum in the futures market can make swings surprisingly larger than the fundamentals of currency valuation would suggest. Traders will be looking for a significant turnaround to the upside in price before entering long positions. However, a long-term, fundamentals-based trader has to look at the low price as a buying opportunity. I can’t prove it, but I think the fundamentals will drive the long-term market more than these short-term events. The fight between pricing from the physical market for bullion and that from the “paper market” of futures is showing signs of discrimination and disagreement, as the physical market is booming, while prices set by futures are seemingly pressured to go nowhere. In short, I think this is a strong buying opportunity. We also advocate stashing a good chunk of your gold outside your home country. In fact, international diversification of all your wealth should be at the top of your to-do list this year. To help you get started, at 2 p.m. EDT on April 30, Casey Research is premiering a free web video event, Internationalizing Your Assets. It features some of the world’s top experts on internationalization, including Casey Research Chairman Doug Casey, Euro Pacific Capital CEO Peter Schiff, and World Money Analyst Editor Kevin Brekke. Together they will reveal how they personally protect their assets abroad – and how you can, too. Registration is free. Gold and Silver HEADLINES Ron Paul Is Relaxed About Gold’s Slump (Mining.com) Gold bug Ron Paul recently weighed in on last week’s events. Paul has taken gold’s abrupt decline in the past week with calm, asserting that the key issue is the value of the dollar and not the sharp movements in the precious-metals market. According to Mining.com, the former US Congressman was unnerved when asked if he was worried about this week’s gold-price collapse happening again. “It was an abnormal market phenomenon, but obviously the weak holders had to get out, and the strong holders are back and buying.” We couldn’t agree more. Demand for Krugerrands Skyrockets (Mineweb) As we all know so well, the gold price dropped to its lowest level in two years earlier this week due to a variety of factors, including the possibility that Cyprus might sell some gold in order to help finance its bailout. However, this has not been an altogether one-sided story, as the demand for physical gold – such as Krugerrand gold coins – shot through the roof during last week’s drop, as investors capitalized on the lower gold price. Jewelers Head for Gold as Investors Fled (BullionStreet) A slump in the gold price also led to a jump in gold jewelry sales in India. Seemingly, while the price decline last week made the metal unappealing to portfolio investors and money managers, gold retailers in India struggled to cope with the demand, as shoppers rushed to snap up gold ornaments ahead of wedding season. The article states: “Jewelers are eyeing incoming wedding season and Akshaya Tritiya, an auspicious day to buy gold as per Hindu mythology, to boost their sales in the global market, as the gold price fell below US$1,400 per troy ounce for the first time in 15 months.” This Week in International Speculator and BIG GOLD – Key Updates for Subscribers International Speculator One of our producers released its first-quarter production report from its Mexican mining operations, showing greatly improved mining and processing abilities. 90% Silver Coin Bags 50¢ Half Dollars $1,000 Face Value We Ship in 2 $500 Face Bags $1,000 Face Value Min. We Buy @ Spot + $2.10 Per Oz (Spot + $2.10 X 715) Buy @ Spot -15c Louis James Senior Metals Investment Strategist Casey Research Buy – Sell On Silver Bullion 90% Silver Coin Bags (Our Choice Dimes Or Quarters) $1,000 Face Value Figured at 715 Ozs Per $1,000 Face $1,000 Face Value Min. Clearly, the physical gold market today is sending different signals than the paper market. The Case for Gold Is Still with Us The long-term fundamental reasons to hold gold are undeniably still with us. The central banks of the world are acting in concert in “currency wars” or “the race to debase.” As they print more money, the purchasing power of each unit declines. They are caught between the rock of having to keep interest rates low to support their governments’ huge deficits and the hard place of the long-term effect of diluting their currency. If rates rise, even First World governments will be forced to pay higher interest fees, leading to loss of confidence in their ability to pay back their debt, which will bring on a sovereign debt crisis like what we have seen in the PIIGS or Argentina recently. The following chart shows the rapid growth in the balance sheets as a ratio to GDP for the three largest central banks. I’ve extrapolated the expected growth into the future based on the rate at which they propose to buy up assets. One could argue about how long these growth rates will continue, but the incentives are all there for all central banks to bail out their governments and their commercial banks. I fully expect the printing game to continue to provide the fuel for hard-asset investments like gold and silver to increase in price in the years to come. Buy @ Spot + $1.80 Dear Reader, Doug and I have received some polite but strong encouragement to not dismiss the possibility that there are entities – particularly the Fed – with a vested interest in manipulating the precious-metals markets to suppress prices. Doug just doesn’t buy it. Personally, I find the usual arguments persuasive, but have seen them linked to predictions that have not come true for many years. My view is that if manipulation of these markets exists, its impact is short term, and the fundamentals will determine the long-term outcome. We don’t presume to have the power to settle these debates, but I do want readers to know that we do look at all evidence and arguments regarding our markets. Case in point: Bud Conrad’s analysis of the recent market fluctuation in gold, which we offer in this edition. I hope you find it interesting, whichever side of the debate you fall on. Sincerely, This exploration company announced drill results, including some excellent hits at its gold project in Canada. The company is delivering, and we consider the current sell-off as a buying opportunity. BIG GOLD One of our Best Buys announced a stock buyback program – here’s what it means for our shares. Sold Out 90% Silver Coin Bags Walking Liberty Half Dollars $1,000 Face Value We Ship in 2 $500 Face Bags $1,000 Face Value Min. Sold Out Silver Stocks (SIL) 13.93 18.01 21.13 Gold 1,406.50 1,611.30 1,641.40 Sold Out Gold Junior Stocks (GDXJ) 12.01 16.87 22.46 Buy @ Spot + $2.00 Silver 23.29 28.84 31.78 We Buy @ Spot + $1.70 Per Oz (Spot + $1.70 X 715) This dividend payer reported a drop in production – but we’re not concerned and are buying first tranches.last_img read more

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first_imgA leading disabled people’s organisation has called on the local authorities that part-own Manchester Airport to address the “embarrassment” of it being found to be the worst airport in the country at providing assistance for disabled passengers.The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) announced in its third annual review of the assistance provided at the UK’s airports that Manchester is now the only one assessed as “poor” for assistance.In last year’s review, the airport was one of four described as “poor”, but CAA says the other three have all improved over the last 12 months.Disabled passengers are entitled to free assistance when travelling by air under European Union regulations, and CAA is the regulatory body that monitors the quality of this assistance.Manchester Airport is part of Manchester Airports Group (MAG), which is nearly two-thirds owned by Greater Manchester’s 10 local authorities, with Labour-run Manchester City Council owning more than a third of MAG.CAA’s annual review of assistance services for 2017-18 said of Manchester Airport: “Information provided to us shows that disabled passengers and those with reduced mobility took significantly longer to move through the airport than other passengers, with an unacceptable number of disabled and reduced mobility passengers waiting more than 20 minutes for assistance with, in some cases, passengers left waiting for assistance for more than an hour.“This is not an acceptable situation for passengers that need to use the assistance at the airport.”Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People (GMCDP) called on the 10 councils and the elected mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, to pressure the airport to improve its services to disabled passengers.Brian Hilton, GMCDP’s digital campaigns officer, said: “Manchester Airport is a major gateway to both the region and the country and I would hope that the mayor is suitably embarrassed and stirred into action that at present we are officially the worst airport in the country for disabled access.“12 months have passed since the CAA first highlighted Manchester Airport’s failings in relation to disabled people and its failure to improve since then shows a total disregard for disabled people.”He said anecdotal evidence suggested that “whilst policies might be in place to assist disabled people, practices and procedures are still sadly lacking”.He said the coalition had called for action to improve the airport’s performance in its manifesto for last year’s mayoral election, which Burnham won.Hilton warned last year that many staff at Manchester Airport “treat disabled people little better than cattle, moving people without telling them what was happening or where they were going”.A spokeswoman for Manchester City Council refused to say what action the local authority would take to ensure the airport’s provision of assistance improved, or whether it was embarrassed about the airport’s performance.But she said in a statement: “It’s important to us that our local airport is accessible to everyone, and it’s clearly also important for the many thousands of international travellers who pass through the airport every day.“As major shareholder in MAG, we’re pleased the CAA report recognises a number of positive changes made by the airport over the last year to improve services for people with disabilities.“We’re confident that the airport’s £1 billion long term transformation programme – Manchester Airport Transformation Programme – will deliver the further changes needed to significantly improve services for all passengers.”A spokesman for Burnham said that it was important to note that MAG “does not fall under the purview of the mayor”.He said: “While he is in frequent contact with the management of the airport and makes his views and opinions heard he has no direct control over its running.”But Burnham said in a statement: “It is important that all public spaces, including transport hubs, across Greater Manchester are fully accessible.“The CAA’s report is clear in identifying areas where Manchester Airport should improve its accessibility.“I welcome the improvements already implemented and will be in regular dialogue with Manchester Airports Group to ensure further steps are taken.“Across the city-region there is much to be done to improve accessibility on public transport though progress is being made; every Metrolink tram and tram stop has step-free access and the new Bolton transport interchange has been designed with disability access at its heart.“But I will continue to challenge the transport operators to ensure that all facilities are fully accessible.” A note from the editor:For nine years, Disability News Service has survived largely through the support of a small number of disability organisations – most of them user-led – that have subscribed to its weekly supply of news stories. That support has been incredibly valuable but is no longer enough to keep DNS financially viable. For this reason, please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support its work and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please remember that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring, and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more