Much-delayed World Cup stadium in Samara finally opens

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames The stadium was repeatedly delayed because of its complex roof design — meant to evoke space — and disputes over costs between government officials and stadium contractors.Only parts of the stands were open for Saturday’s game, meant as an initial check of transport and other infrastructure.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe stadium will hold six World Cup games including a quarterfinal. In the group stage, its star attraction is a clash between host team Russia and Luis Suarez’s Uruguay. Manuel waxes hot late as Alaska holds off Blackwater for 1st win Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ MOST READ LATEST STORIEScenter_img Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ An artist performs as football fans film her the new the World Cup stadium in Samara prior to the Russian league soccer match between Krylia Sovetov (Wings of Soviets) and Fakel (Torch) , Russia, Saturday, April 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Yuri Strelets)MOSCOW — A much-delayed stadium in Samara has become the last of Russia’s World Cup arenas to open its doors, less than two months before the tournament.The Samara Arena held its first test game on Saturday as local second-tier club Krylya Sovetov Samara came from behind to beat Fakel Voronezh 2-1 in front of around 14,000 fans in the 45,000-seat stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feastlast_img read more

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As UL Trouble Breeds Again

first_imgA group of University of Liberia staffers under the name “Concerned Staff of University of Liberia Staff Association (ULSA)” says a call by University of Liberia Staff Association president Zizi K. Zubah for the Vice President for Administration, Prof. Ansu Sonii, to resign is his personal opinion and not a general consensus of the entire association.Of recent a group named and styled “University of Liberia Staff Association,” wrote five counts alleging that Prof. Sonii is involved in administrative malpractices. The group subsequently called on him to resign his post.The Concern Staff of University of Liberia Staff Association, which supports Prof. Sonii, in a statement on Tuesday, May 6, passed a vote of no confidence in Zizi K. Zubah. They noted that Zizi’s tenure has expired but continues to perpetuate himself in power.The head of the Sonii support group, Gabriel Pyne Vanjah, who read the group’s position statement to the press indicated that Zizi’s call for Prof. Sonii to resign his post in 15 days, also poses an ultimatum on the University of Liberia’s Board of Trustees to act against its will in favor of him. “This is unrealistic and will never be given adherence to,” Vanjah said.In the vote-of-no-confidence resolution against Zizi, Vanjah and his group labeled among other things that Zizi has overstayed in the UL Staff Association leadership and this violates Article 9 Section 1 of the organization’s constitution.Vanjah further alleged that Zizi’s leadership has not been transparent and accountable to the general body, which is the supreme decision maker, withholding to present quarterly financial updates.Mr. Pyne Vanjah outlined monthly contributions, ULSA’s loan scheme interest generation, ULSA Day Fund expenditures, rice sale income, fund raising programs, and ULSA-UL Administration car loan as some sources of financial income that are unaccounted for.He also said there has not been annual report from the Zizi leadership. Said report is to take place on the second Friday of December annually to the general assembly.Vanjah further alleged that Zizi unilaterally appointed some individuals in elected positions which contravene ULSA’s constitution.Furthermore, the group said Zizi has been appointed Academic Coordinator for the T.J.R Faulkner College of Science & Technology, which under Article 4 Section 1 of their constitution prohibits a member from holding key administrative position.Zizi K. Zubah’s Position About a week ago the leadership of Zizi K. Zubah circulated a resolution in the name of the University of Liberia Staff Association, calling for the resignation of the Vice President for Administration, Ansu Sonii.Zizi alleged that Prof. Sonii uses regular and temporary staffers to perform his private duties with no compensation.According to Zizi, Prof. Sonii promised to employ some temporary staffers who have worked with the University of Liberia for more than three years; something he (Zizi) claims has not been fulfilled.In addition, the counts noted that the UL Vice President’s office has created a hostile posture to the leadership of the UL Staff Association in addressing legitimate concerns of staff of the University.He and his group also claimed that Prof. Sonii, is ambitious of contesting the senatorial seat in Margibi County. According to them, because of this alleged quest of Prof. Sonii, Mr. Sonii is now paying less attention to activities of the University and at the same time using the University resources to support his campaign.Zizi’s camp further accused Prof. Sonii of instigating confusion within the ranks and files of the University of Liberia Staff Association.He threatened that if Prof. Sonii does not resign in 15 days as Vice President for Administration, “we will as of May 15, 2014 lay down our chalks.”Meanwhile, the emerging argument between the two groups sends signal of past event that stalled normal academic activities at the University of Liberia for sometimes this just-ended semester.It can be recalled that in November, 2013, University of Liberia Faculty Association (ULFA) laid down chalks, demanding Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost Dr. Wede Elliot-Brownell to resign.This was fueled by violent actions by group of students and it led to indefinite suspension of classes until late January 2014 when academic activities resumed and was just completed in March.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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A Season of Giving

first_imgThere’s a lot going on in town this weekend. But if you are looking for an event that will be well worth your time (and money), and to get you in the Christmas mood, then head over to the Royal Grand Hotel in Sinkor for “A Season of Giving: Put a smile on a child’s face this Christmas”. It’s actually a fun-fair event, full great entertainment and gifts and other goodies for sale for the entire family. The event is produced in partnership with NuEra Inc, Royal Grand Hotel, Alley Printing Press and the Daily Observer, to raise funds in support of the Rock of Divine Children’s Home and Academy, an orphanage located in Paynesville, opposite the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex. In an interview, program organizers Helen Eid Harris, head of Royal Grand Hotel and Robena Lewis Vincent, a marketing executive and radio show host, explained how the idea for the event came about. “The hotel has been supporting the Rock of Divine Children’s Home and Academy by setting aside a certain amount from each purchase made at the Café Royale Express, a restaurant in the lobby, to be donated to the Academy,” they said. “But there is a need for classrooms at the orphanage. Right now, there are six classes to a single room in the school that runs from Pre-K thru 11th grade. So we thought to have an event to highlight their situation and get the community involved in the process.” Highlights of the event will include traditional Liberian folklore, dancing and games for children, arts and crafts, clothing, as well as snacks and other exciting goodies for sale. Guests will have an opportunity to interact with children from the orphanage as well. The all-day event will be broadcast live on Nubian FM 96.7, featuring DJ Eddie F. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Relaxed Tuchel embraces PSG challenge

first_img0Shares0000Thomas Tuchel with PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi at the Parc des Princes — the German has signed a deal until 2020 © AFP / Philippe LOPEZPARIS, France, May 21 – Paris Saint-Germain did not waste time turning the page on Unai Emery’s time in charge, and the arrival of the fresh-faced Thomas Tuchel marks the start of a new era.Less than 24 hours after Emery bowed out as the Ligue 1 champions played out a soporific goalless draw in Caen without a host of their biggest names, Tuchel appeared at the Parc des Princes for the first time. The German looked confident and relaxed as he was unveiled to the French media and then photographed on the pitch on a perfect Parisian spring evening.After a year out following his departure from Borussia Dortmund, where he won the 2017 German Cup, the 44-year-old was linked to the Premier League. But he was clearly seduced by the French capital.“This is Paris, it’s magnificent, the city of love, the city of light. It is a romantic city and a city for adventure,” he said.“I would love our supporters to fall in love with the team and that the brightest players play here.”Tuchel spoke mainly in excellent English, but he showed a willingness to speak in French and a grasp of the language that his predecessor never reached in his two years in charge.Emery won seven out of eight domestic trophies in his time at the helm, but his credit expired with Champions League exits against Barcelona and Real Madrid in the last 16.– No promises –Tuchel’s own experience of the highest level is limited, meaning many were surprised by his appointment. And he was not in the mood for making promises.“It’s too early to talk about it,” said the German, who will not officially start work until pre-season training begins in early July.“Of course we have the most exciting players, we are one of the biggest clubs in one of the most exciting cities, and this attracts the best players.“But to be in the end where everybody wants to be, it’s not about talking before the first training session has happened or the first game is played.“I want to have an atmosphere where a Cup game is on the same level as a Champions League game.“You cannot predict the results, so it makes no sense to talk too early, but if you ask me in spring I will tell you very clearly if we are ready or not.”Outgoing PSG coach Unai Emery (R) with Neymar at the club’s title celebrations last week © AFP / FRANCK FIFETuchel has admitted his admiration for Pep Guardiola, although he insisted he would impose his own style in Paris.He will wait anxiously in the hope that UEFA do not complicate his task by imposing sanctions for potential breaches of their Financial Fair Play rules.And he will hope that rumours over Neymar’s possible departure after just one injury-hit season prove to be nothing more than that.In any case, Tuchel is in no doubt his limited track record will not prevent him from settling into a dressing room of stars, from the world’s most expensive player to Kylian Mbappe, Thiago Silva and Marco Verratti.“I am not afraid at all of stars because in my experience they are the hardest workers and know exactly what it takes to be successful.“I am very happy to have the opportunity now to win titles with this kind of team.”At home, PSG’s main rivals next season will be the same.Lyon and Monaco are boosted enormously by qualifying directly for the Champions League group stage, while Marseille will hope to be stronger again after falling just short, coming fourth in the league and losing the Europa League final.It remains to be seen how quickly Tuchel settles, but his side will be clear favourites to dominate in France again next season.He will not be as relaxed as this, though, if he oversees another poor showing in Europe.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Firm expands recall of tofu products

first_imgHealthy adults who are infected with listeria can experience symptoms including high fever, severe headache, nausea and diarrhea. For more information, consumers can call the company at (650) 553-9900.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The 12-ounce Soy Deli Vacuum Pack Firm Nigari tofu coded Sept. 23, 2007, through Jan. 28, 2008. The product’s original recall had the code date Sept. 23, 2007. All Soy Deli Bulk Vacuum Pack Tofu, both the 10-pound and 25-pound products, with codes dates through Nov. 28, 2007. The new recall also includes all varieties and sizes of the Soy Deli tofu coded Dec. 27, 2007, and the 16-ounce Quong Hop tofu, water packed, with the code date Sept. 23, 2007, which were announced in the original recall on Sept. 18. The next day, the company expanded its recall to include products with two additional date codes that now fall within the recall products announced Saturday. The products were distributed throughout the Midwest and the West Coast in supermarkets and natural food stores, the company said. For the second time, Quong Hop & Co. of South San Francisco is expanding its recall of tofu products, this time to include a new item and ones that have shelf-life dates until late November and late January. The products might be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria is a microorganism that can cause serious or fatal infections in children, the elderly or those with weakened immune systems. No illnesses have been reported in connection with any of the recalled products, Quong Hop said. The company recalled Saturday: The 30-ounce Soy Deli Vacuum Pack Firm Nigari tofu with the code dates Sept. 23, 2007, through Nov. 28, 2007. The product’s original recall had the code date Sept. 23, 2007. last_img read more

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GAA NEWS: AODH RUADH FACE NAOMH BRÍD THIS WEEKEND IN DIVISION 3 CLASH

first_imgFootballThe Aodh Ruadh seniors and reserves have the much anticipated trip to Naomh Bríd this Saturday, 18th June. The reserve game throws in at Páirc Naomh Bríd at 6pm followed by the seniors at 7.30pm.The Frank O’Neill Memorial tournament final took place last Saturday and was was won by Dylan Gallagher’s team who defeated Michael McKenna’s side in a hard fought game which saw some excellent passages of football from both teams. JC Mc Garrigle, Pauric Keenaghan, and Nathan Owens-Kelly all had excellent games for the winning team. Captain of the team Dylan Gallagher played a captain’s role and deservely got man of the match. The sides were evenly matched in the first quarter being level on a number of occasions, but Dylan’s team upped the pace and scored a couple of goals before half-time. McKenna hit back after the break and Dylan Gallagher and Senan Rooney traded goals as did Pauric Keenaghan and Michael McKenna. Whatever chance McKenna had was put to bed when Dylan Gallagher hit two goals and a few points. Michael McKenna did get a goal back, but a couple of excellent points from the left boot of Jack McSherry put the game beyond reach and Dylan Gallagher lifted the Frank O’Neill cup. Thanks to Referee David Hoey who did an excellent job and also thanks to David O’Donnell of Kernan’s Spar for the crisps and drinks after the game. We have pictures from the final up onaodhruadh.org. Aodh Ruadh secured their place in the under 12 divisional final last Wednesday when they defeated Naomh Conaill up in Glenties. The senior game was open and free flowing and the Ballyshannon boys were well in control winning 6-16 to 4-12. The Reserves came out on top in their game too with only two points to spare. There were some lovely football skills on show in both games and the lads showed great character and teamwork in overcoming two good Glenties teams. On Saturday we welcomed Saint Eunan’s to the park for a challenge match. The reserves had a great battle with the Letterkenny Junior side while the seniors overcame a slow start to play with style and fluidity. Great support play and improved passing in the second half made the difference and our boys won it well. We are grateful to the Letterkenny mentors and players for making the trip up and to the parents of our boys who laid on the hospitality afterwards in the club house. This Wednesday, 15th June, the under 12s play the last round of the league against Dungloe at home. Throw-in for the Reserves is at 7pmOn Thursday evening 15 Aodh Ruadh and Realt na Mara players from local schools participated in our qualification round for the Donegal Creameries sponsored skills competition.  Mairtín McGarrigle came out on top with 95 points and went on to the County Final in MacCumhaill Park the next night. Mairtín, representing Gaelscoil Éirne and Aodh Ruadh came fourth out of 33 in the county final skills competition. There was very little between the scores of the first five boys with only the bare minimum of points and fractions of seconds separating them. Martín scored 105 out of a possible 130 and did the club, his school and his family proud. Maith thú a Mhairtín.Congratulations to Aaron Neilan, Ryan Keenaghan and Damian Weber who saw action for Donegal during the half-time games in the Ulster SFC quarter-final in MacCumhaill Park on Sunday.Under 10, under 8 and under 6 training continues as usual this Friday from 6.30pm to 7.30pm at Páirc Aoidh Ruadh. LadiesThe under 14 girls A county semi-final originally scheduled for Tuesday has fallen foul of board room maneuverings. We await the outcome of Tuesdaynight’s Ladies County Board meeting for further clarity. There will be training as usual on Tuesday from 5.45pm to 7pm.The under 12 girls wrapped up their Southern league campaign with five wins from five against a brave Kilcar outfit in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh last Thursday. Lucy Barden was excellent at half back while Cara Davit was also very effective at corner back. Up front Aoibhínn McGarrigle was on fire while Annie Keon, Áine Hill, Lucy Gallagher, Clodagh O’Connor and Emer O’Brien all scored heavily. There is a change to under 12 girls training for coming week. We are goingWednesday 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Then we are going Friday 5.30pm. After this we revert to the usual Thursday and Saturday slots.Under 8 and under 10 training continues at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh on Mondays from 6-7pm.Hurling The Aodh Ruadh hurlers registered a good win the Ulster Táin League Division 2B when they saw off Tyrone outfit Naomh Columcille on a 1-13 to 1-8 scoreline on Sunday.The under 14s were away to Letterkenny Gaels in the Championship semi-final on Thursday last. The lads were much too strong for the Gaels lads and were convincing winners. They are now through to the B championship final where they will play the strong amalgamated Dungloe / Gaoth Dobhair team. Date and venue are yet to be confirmed. After a couple of months planning the under 14s are away to Tipperary this weekend for the National Finals of Féile na nGael, it promises to be a great weekend for the lads on and off the field. We are being hosted by the Fethard club in South Tipperary. We are in a group with Fethard, Carrick Davin’s of Tipperary and Ballyvarley from Down. We leave early on Friday morning and that evening will play two games in Carrick-on-Suir at the home of the first GAA President Maurice Davin. After the games we return to Fethard to our host families. On Saturday morning we play our last group game in Fethard, the rest of Saturday’s programme is dependent on where we finish in the group. On Sunday we are heading to Semple Stadium for the Munster Senior Hurling Championship semi-final between Tipperary and Limerick which is sure to be a great game to finish what should be a great weekend for the lads. We have got great support from local businesses towards this trip and all will be acknowledged on social media during the week.Raise a cup for MNDWe encourage club members to come out and support the coffee morning in Kilbarron House this Saturday 18th June. It runs from 10am to 4pm and is a fund-raiser for the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association. The association supports people with motor neurone disease, their families and carers through advocacy, home and professional support, and research into the condition. John Larkin has recently being diagnosed with MND, he has been a tireless worker for the Aodh Ruadh club for a long number of years and we would encourage all club people and others in the locality to support this worthwhile event. Pieta HouseIn aid of Pieta House North West two men, on June 17th, 18th and 19th will, for the for the first time every attempt to cycle from Mountcharles to Burtonport; Walk the islands of Arranmore, Gola and Tory ending in Downings; and walk for 24 hours from Downings to Mountcharles over Meenaroy and the Bluestacks. You can donate by texting PH4 to 50300 to donate €4 or go to www.idonate.ie/Go4Pieta There will also be bucket collections across Donegal on Saturday 18th June. To find out more and Donate on www.go4pieta.ieAodh Ruadh LottoThere was no winner of last week’s Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot of €4,900. The winning numbers drawn were 2, 4, 8, 12, 15 and 18. In the lucky dip €20 went to Eddie Mary Duggan, Cornhill; Martin Gahan, Tirconnail Street; Caroline Finnerty, Parkhill; Pauric and Niamh McGrath, Creevy; and Jim Hickey, Laytown, Meath. Next draw is on Sunday in Pat’s Bar with a Jackpot of €5,000 on Sunday at 8.30pm.The lotto team for McCosker’s Centra Saturday is: LADIES.Ten years ago…Pictures of action from the PJ Roper Final, including an impressive shot of Peter ‘The Cat’ Boyle pulling off a fine save, have been posted on the club websitewww.aodhruadh.org. Apologies for the delay.You can receive the club notes by e-mail every Tuesday morning To subscribe, enter your details on the website, www.aodhruadh.org, or e-mail your request to info@aodhruadh.org.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~This is the weekly e-mail newsletter from Aodh Ruadh GAA Club.Follow us on the social mediaFacebook: Aodh Ruadh CLGTwitter: @aodhruadh.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~John HughesPROAodh Ruadh CLGBallyshannonCounty DonegalH: 071-9852843M: 087-6431805GAA NEWS: AODH RUADH FACE NAOMH BRÍD THIS WEEKEND IN DIVISION 3 CLASH was last modified: June 14th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Aodh RuadhCLUB NOTESGAA newslast_img read more

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NOEL THANKS LEGIONS OF FANS AFTER ‘COME DINE WITH ME’ SHOW

first_imgHE should have won (in our opinion of course).But TV3’s Noel Cunningham isn’t disappointed with coming second in this week’s Celebrity Come Dine With Me – beat by Roz Purcell.Said Noel on Facebook: “I am astonished by the response to Celebrity Come Dine …literally thousands of hits over the past few days … The response of people to me personally and on .. Radio .. Newpapers .. has been huge and Twitter has been going mad … all pro Noel. “How humbled I feel .. I want to say to all of you .. Thanks a million … It is quite lovely to become an overnight sensation after nearly 60 years ! Once again Thank you all … a million times over … Love Hugs and A Happy new Year to all … Maybe my own show beckons now .. hope so ! Noel.”Later the Kilcar man laughed: “Roz won it but I’m not sure it was her cooking that got her the votes – more like her good looks and economic use of clothes! There is no doubt that both Paul Martin and George McMahon were both smitten by her. On reflection maybe I should have shown a bit of cleavage too!”Well done to Noel from everyone at donegaldaily.com.We’re looking forward to your own show! © 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.com NOEL THANKS LEGIONS OF FANS AFTER ‘COME DINE WITH ME’ SHOW was last modified: January 8th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Come Dine With MeNoel CunninghamTV3last_img read more

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Surge in air rage prompts call for action

first_imgAirlines are calling for increased action against unruly passengers, including on-the-spot fines, as the number of air rage incidents has increased sharply in the past two years.Airline umbrella group the International Air Transport Association says that between 2007 and 2015 there was one reported incident of air rage every 1683 flights for a total 49 084 incidents.In 2015, however, this ballooned to one incident every 1205 flights and there almost 11,000 reports in that year alone.While just  11 per cent involved physical aggression directed at crew or passengers or damage to the aircraft, IATA believes action should be taken.And none of the incidents should be considered trivial, according to IATA senior vice president for member and external relations Paul Steele.“No it’s not, because any incident that could potentially endanger the safety of an aircraft is something you have to take seriously,’’ Steele said.“And unfortunately, we have seen an increase in unruly passenger incidents being reported over the last few years.”One problem, according to Steele, is that prosecutors often do not take action against disruptive passengers because it is not seen to be in the public interest due to cost.He said there was a wide spectrum worldwide in terms of ways the issue was approached.This ranged from a need to clarify the legal jurisdiction in some countries so that police can take a passenger off a plane when it lands and charge them with an offence,  to a New Zealand system, where airport police could issue on-the-spot fines.“Having a deterrent like that will help reduce the number of cases,’’ he said.Steele said the vast majority of incidents were handled well by crew, who were trained to calm situations where people were acting aggressively.“But we also want to make sure there are penalties that are available to governments, law enforcement and also to the airlines to try to deter this kind of behaviour,’’ he said.Asked what is behind unruly behaviour, Steele said: “In many cases passengers either don’t understand the rules of traveling on an aircraft or they choose not to understand those rules.“They can get aggressive, for example, when asked to turn off their mobile phones.“Some years ago, there was often a link that could be made to alcohol or drug abuse. But we found that actually only 23 per cent are related to substance abuse, which is still too much, and we are working with a whole range of stakeholders to try and minimize that.’’He also had a theory about the recent rise in incidents.“I think there is a trend in society that people think ‘I need to satisfy my own needs immediately and do what I want to do now.’,’’ he said. “But this is happening in a safety-controlled environment.“Maybe we as airlines need to do a better job as to explaining to passengers why these rules are there. They are there to protect them. And they need to observe them, otherwise they endanger themselves and others.’’IATA is urging countries to ratify the Montreal Protocol 2014,  which aims to close jurisdictional gaps still existing in many countries for dealing with unruly passengers. Twenty-two states need to ratify the treaty to bring it into force but just eight have done so.Countries moving towards ratification include Canada, China, France, South Africa, Spain and the United Arab Emirates.last_img read more

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SA chorus shines at world opera awards

first_img25 April 2013 South Africa’s Cape Town Opera beat 1 500 nominees from 41 countries to win the best opera chorus award at the inaugural International Opera Awards in London on Monday. Presenting the award during a ceremony at London’s Hilton Hotel, Opera magazine editor John Allison praised Cape Town Opera “for its energy and exciting commitment, which never fails to communicate itself to an audience and shows again why a chorus can be the backbone of any company”. Cape Town Opera managing director Michael Williams said in a statement afterwards that the award was “a climax to all the hard work of the company, particularly the chorus, last year. “Albert Horne (chorus master), you are to be congratulated on your leadership and musical ability. And to all the members of the chorus in Porgy & Bess, Mandela Trilogy, the Sheldonian Chorus Concert, the Porgy & Bess Concert in Berlin with the Berlin Philharmonic, and the concert tour to Melbourne, Australia – well done. This award belongs to you.” Other prizewinners at the inaugural awards included the Frankfurt Opera (opera company of the Year), New York’s Metropolitan Opera Company (orchestra of the year), Jonas Kauffmann (best male singer) and Nina Stemme (best female singer). SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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