EPL clubs put cap on away tickets

first_imgLONDON (AP):Fans of away teams at Premier League matches will pay no more than 30 pounds (US$43) for tickets for the next three seasons.The decision was taken at a specially-convened meeting of topflight teams on Wednesday following mounting criticism from fan groups about the cost of attending matches as revenue from the 2016-19 television rights is rises to 8.3 billion pounds (US$12 billion).The biggest winners will be fans seeing their team play at Arsenal, which had been charging up to 64 pounds (US$91) in the away end. Now tickets for visiting fans will be more than halved.Additionally, Arsenal will partially subsidise tickets for its fans watching Arsene Wenger’s team on the road. The north London club will ensure no Arsenal fan pays more than 26 pounds for an away ticket the cost of the cheapest home ticket at the Emirates Stadium.”We know that following the club is a commitment and are always seeking to strike the right balance in our pricing,” Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis said.The Premier League price cap comes as the competition thrives, with surprise leader Leicester shaking up the title race, the television rights revenue being un-matched in global domestic football and attendances averaging 96.2 per cent of stadium capacities this season.”Most clubs have recognised for some time that we need to do something for the travelling supporter,” Everton chief executive Robert Elstone said. “It is absolutely right that football, as a family, looks after that group of fans.”Our away fans are among the most dedicated and committed throughout the Premier League and that loyalty is deserving of this commitment by the clubs.”last_img read more

US$7M rehabilitated Arthur Chung Conference Centre handed over to Govt

first_imgAfter months of rehabilitation works, the newly refurbished Arthur Chung Conference Centre (ACCC) was on Thursday handed back over to the Guyana Government in a grand ceremony that paid homage to the former Guyanese Head of State.President David Granger and Ambassador Jianchun, along with Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo following the unveiling of the newly rehabilitated Arthur Chung Conference Centre on ThursdayFormer President Arthur Chung, who served as Guyana’s Head of State from 1970 to 1980, would have celebrated his 100th birth anniversary in January, thus making the commemoration much more symbolic.Upon the completion of construction back in 2006, the Chinese Government handed over the Conference Centre to Guyana. The facility was then renamed after Guyana’s first President in 2015 when the coalition Government took office.Having funded the construction of the Conference Centre, the Chinese Government in late 2016 retook possession of the facility and under the 2011-2012 Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement between Guyana and China, rehabilitation works were carried out.The US$7 million project was undertaken by China Railway Group, the same Chinese company that constructed the facility over 10 years ago. It was completed within the 18-month timeline.In reflection on the work of the former President during the ceremony, his niece, Leila Walker, recalled his early life and his journey in the Public Sector serving Guyana.President Granger testing the new equipment in the main conference room at the refurbished Arthur Chung Conference CentreMeanwhile, President David Granger said the occasion is even more symbolic as it pays tribute to an eminent citizen and true patriot, who guided the country amidst uncertainly and was the face of a newborn Guyana on the international front.“His appointment was historic… He became President at an important stage in Guyanese history. It was a period of international turmoil and national transformation… And he helped with his own character and personality to shape the identity of our new republic amidst all that was taking place in our country and around the world,” President Granger noted.According to the Head of State, former President Chung had cemented the foundation of relations between China and Guyana, which has strengthened over the years and is evident in the many contributions the Asian nation has made towards local development.“The Arthur Chung Conference Centre now, and for generations to come, will ensure that the contributions of Arthur Chung… and of the People’s Republic of China will be remembered and sustained,” the President posited.These sentiments were shared by Chinese Ambassador, Cui Jianchun, who said his Administration will continue to support and deepen its relation with Guyana. In fact, he noted that while much has been done over the years, there are much more avenues for Chinese to lend assistance to Guyana, something which he is committed to work on.Among the works done at the facility are upgrades to the exterior and interior of the building, and the main and smaller conference rooms were also refurbished, with the former now being equipped with a new digital conference system and interpretation booth that can process up to three languages simultaneously. There is also a new WiFi system that will make the ACCC an Internet hotspot as well as an IT room upgraded with 20 new computers.last_img read more

Veteran DC-8’s new lease on life!

first_imgIn her prime in the late 1960s and 1970s she plied the North Atlantic for Alitalia hauling the rich and famous along with holiday makers.Today – 45 years later – she is still working as an atmosphere testing vehicle for her new owner and carer the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).Where once there were luxurious seats with passengers being served champagne and caviar today she is crammed with scientific equipment.NASA’s Douglas DC-8, the most rugged commercial aircraft ever built, can be found wherever there are extremes of weather in the Arctic, Antarctic, Iceland and Australia during the cyclone season or just around the US flying through thunderstorms and hurricanes.Read: I am having an affair.During the month of August, NASA’s DC-8 completed flights in Florida aimed at collecting data on high-altitude crystals for the High Ice Water Content (HIWC) mission.High ice water content can be found within large convective storms and can result in aircraft engines losing power or not functioning properly. Researchers will use the data to develop technology that can be used on-board commercial aircraft to avoid high ice water content conditions and provide a safer flight for passengers.The video gives an inside look at the HIWC mission, including research done in and around Hurricane Danny, as well as a look at the instruments being used on-board the research aircraft.Researchers and pilots on-board worked with satellite information from the ground to find regions of high ice water content within the convective systems.The month before in July the DC-8 was based in Kansas City to chase thunderstorms and Alan Bavley and photographer Allison Long from the Kansas City Star went along for a ride.Alan Bavley reported thus; “The radar screens in the jetliner show massive storm systems around Wichita and Dodge City growing and beginning to merge.Any commercial aircraft in the area have already diverted. But this DC-8 heads right between the storms. Then it flies circles around them.“Everybody is trying to get away. We’re going towards it,” flight navigator Walter Klein says. “They’re thinking, ‘What’s wrong with these guys?’”No thrill-seekers here. These storm chasers are on a scientific mission. They’re trying to figure out how to better predict a little-examined peculiarity of summer weather on the Great Plains: its enormous, and often ferocious, night-time thunderstorms.The voluminous data they’re gathering — information that may take years to analyse — will be used to improve computer models to better foretell where night-time storms will occur and how much rain will fall. More precise predictions would better warn the public about flooding and could help farmers decide when to plant or harvest.“There’s a lot of uncertainty about when these storms are going to form, if these storms will form and where they will form,” said Richard Ferrare, NASA’s chief scientist on the mission.Right now, the bull’s-eye for a storm prediction may be the entire state of Kansas.“We want to shrink that,” he said. Read Alan’s full story here.last_img read more

SA to US travellers: What’s Your BIG 5?

first_img16 April 2013 South African Tourism North America will unveil its ground-breaking new advertising campaign, “What’s Your BIG 5?” on NBC’s hit series “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” on Sunday 21 April. A year in the making, the multi-faceted “What’s Your BIG 5?” campaign aims to increase awareness and travel to South Africa by taking prospective travellers through the spectrum of distinct experiences offered by South Africa – including but not limited to the iconic safari. “Sunday’s episode will bring to life the vibrant culture of South Africa to an astounding six-million viewers,” South African Tourism said in a statement on Monday. “South Africa has become a highly sought-after travel destination, breaking tourism records with double-digit growth in the past three years,” said Sthu Zungu, president of South African Tourism North America. “High-profile partnerships like All-Star Celebrity Apprentice are one of the many driving forces catapulting our destination into mainstream consciousness, fuelling conversations and travel to South Africa like never before.” “South Africa is an amazing destination,” said Donald Trump, executive producer and star of All-Star Celebrity Apprentice. “This Sunday’s episode will highlight the magnificence of the country, and I will be going to South Africa soon – it’s one of my favorite places.” “The Big Five” refers to the best-known of Africa’s famous safari animals, namely the elephant, lion, rhino, leopard and buffalo. “With this campaign, South African Tourism aims to re-define “BIG 5″ to underscore the broad range of authentic and distinct experiences South Africa has to offer travellers of all ages,” South African Tourism said. The campaign launches on Sunday with a “360-degree platform” including advertising, year-round public relations, trade marketing, and consumer-driven events throughout the year. After Sunday’s airing, at 11pm EST, viewers will be able to catch a bonus video of one of the Celebrity Apprentic All-Stars living the episode’s electrifying task first-hand in South Africa on www.southafrica.net. Viewers will also be able to learn more about South Africa’s culture, diversity and friendly people on the website, while booking their own “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice & What’s Your BIG 5?” travel package. “Additionally, one lucky viewer participating in the show’s launch of What’s Your BIG 5? campaign via Visit South Africa on Facebook or @SouthAfrica on Twitter, will win a trip to New York City on May 19th and two VIP tickets for the live finale taping,” South African Tourism announced. “The winner and a guest will also be invited to rub elbows with Mr Trump and the All-Star cast and crew at the exclusive finale after-party. Sweepstakes start on April 21st and end on April 29th; visit www.facebook.com/VisitSouthAfrica for more details.” For more information, visit www.southafrica.net, follow @SouthAfrica on Twitter or like Visit South Africa on Facebook. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

MS Dhoni lauds Team India for ‘perfect game’ against England

first_imgIndia won the 4th ODI by 9 wickets to clinch the series 3-0 against EnglandIndia captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels his side played a “perfect game” today as the visitors thrashed England by nine wickets in the fourth One-Dayer to take an invincible 3-0 lead in the five-match series here.Opting to bowl, India first restricted England to a modest 206 and then overwhelmed the target in 30.3 overs to record their third consecutive victory in the ODI series at the the Edgbaston, in what turned out to be yet another lopsided contest.”Considering the first game, our performance only got better,” Dhoni said at the post-match presentation.”There is a tendency to lax after win, but we only got better and today was a perfect game,” he said.”The seamers bowled in the right areas and it was crucial because I thought it wouldn’t turn much. The fast bowlers set it up, because they took wickets and when the spinners came the batting was under pressure.”Dhoni praised young Ajinkya Rahane, who came in to open the batting in place of injured Rohit Sharma and scored his maiden ODI century with a 100-ball 106-run knock.Opening the innings, Rahane and an woefully out-of-form Shikhar Dhawan (97 not out) put on 183 runs for the first wicket to set the platform for the victory.Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan added 183 runs for the first wicket against England”The openers, if they can face 10 to 12 overs, it gives us a platform. It was good to see Dhawan back in form. Rahane was always someone who was third in line for the opening slot and he has made the most out of it. He is a good timer which makes it slightly easy for him. It’s a spot that suits him.advertisementRohit is a very talented guy and we are not making any decisions (on opening) as yet. I feel a lot of credit goes to the seniors I played under and the youngsters,” Dhoni said.England captain Alastair Cook feels India outplayed the hosts in all departments of the game.”A very tough day. The sport turns change so quickly. It is frustrating not to play to your potential,” he said.”We were going to bat first anyway. India certainly batted better, fielder better, and bowled better. It is always tough to lose three games in a row and in a manner that we lost,” Cook said.England captain Alastair Cook feels India outplayed the hosts in all departments of the gameCook said with the 2015 World Cup a few months away, England need to pull up their socks to be a contender for the coveted trophy.”There is a World Cup a few months away and you have to show you are hungry. We just need to look at ourselves and improve. There is potential but we need to improve,” he said.He also praised Moeen Ali for his attacking 67 off 50 balls in terms of adversity.”Moeen batted very well. He was the only guy to have a good day today. We are pretty clear on the personnel we need, but if people do not sore runs, or take wickets.. they certainly have the potential.. They need to turn up,” Cook said.Man-of-the-match Rahane, on his part, credited his bowling mates to set up the series-clinching win for India.”Feels really great when you get a 100 and the team wins.Credit goes to the bowlers as well for setting up the match,” he said.”I was batting well after the first few games and I was focussing to stay there. Really happy for Dhawan, the way he batted was special. We just wanted to enjoy the game. It’s a great challenge to open, you have to prepare your mind,” he signed off.last_img read more