Dortmund rout Stuttgart to close on second-placed Schalke

first_imgPulisic, a fully-fledged US international at just 19, gave Dortmund the lead against mid-table Stuttgart at a sun-soaked Signal Iduna Park.His cross dipped over Stuttgart goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler to crash in off the post on 38 minutes.“I actually wanted to hit the far post — which I sort of did — it wasn’t so wrong in the end,” joked Pulisic.His fortuitous effort was the highlight of a below-par performance from Peter Stoeger’s Dortmund who were lucky to lead at the break.It was a totally different story after half-time as the hosts took the game by the scruff of the neck.Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi, on loan from Chelsea until the end of the season, made it 2-0 just three minutes into the second half as Dortmund flew out of the blocks.Batshuayi delicately flicked the ball into the path of Nuri Sahin, who returned the pass to the Belgian in the box for a simple tap-in from close range to leave Stuttgart on the ropes.Dortmund finished the visitors off when Pulisic headed back to Maximilian Philipp, whose first effort was parried by Zieler, but the winger tucked home the rebound with an hour played.It was Philipp’s first goal since November, when he also scored in a 2-1 defeat at Stuttgart.Batshuayi, who has now scored seven goals in nine league games since arriving in January, could have added another soon after when he fired wide.Stuttgart striker Mario Gomez threatened the Dortmund goal when he clipped the crossbar five minutes before the final whistle.Dortmund’s win sets them up nicely for the derby.They want to avenge their 4-4 draw at home to Schalke, who scored four goals without reply, last November.A win in Gelsenkirchen would boost Dortmund’s goals for the rest of the season.“We want to qualify for the Champions League and if possible finish second,” said Sahin.On Saturday, Bayern Munich were confirmed as Bundesliga champions for the sixth straight year as their 4-1 win at Augsburg left them 20 points clear with only five games left.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000American teenager Christian Pulisic sent Dortmund on their way to a comfortable win over Stuttgart © AFP / Patrik STOLLARZBERLIN, Germany, Apr 8 – Christian Pulisic’s goal kick-started Borussia Dortmund in a 3-0 victory over Stuttgart on Sunday, ahead of next week’s mouth-watering derby at Schalke.Dortmund’s home win leaves them just one point behind arch-rivals Schalke, who are second in the Bundesliga table despite Saturday’s shock 3-2 defeat at Hamburg, ahead of next Sunday’s Ruhr derby in Gelsenkirchen.last_img read more

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Chef Brian McDermott to officially launch Bia Bundoran Food & Drink Festival

first_imgAuthor, broadcaster, award-winning celebrity chef and chef/proprietor of the Foyle Hotel in Moville, Brian McDermott will officially open the Bia Bundoran Food & Drink Festival this Friday evening.The launch will take place in Madden’s Bridge Bar and will also incorporate the launch of the limited edition Roguey Pale Ale which has been brewed especially for the festival by the Donegal Brewing Company based in Ballyshannon.Bundoran Tourism Officer Shane Smyth with Brendan O’Reilly of the Donegal Brewing Company with the new Roguey Pale AleBundoran Tourism Officer Shane Smyth is coordinating the festival and said ‘it’s great news that Brian has very kindly agreed to officially launch Bia Bundoran. Fans of Brian will be familiar with Brian’s passion for local food and of course Donegal and that has made him a regular guest on the Irish food festival circuit. Following his success with the world’s best cook book written by a chef “Donegal Table” this year, we are thankful to him for taking time out of his very busy schedule to do the honours for us on Friday.” Brian McDermott added “I’m delighted to be invited to officially open the inaugural Bia Bundoran Food & Drink Festival. Food tourism is such an important aspect of the offering of county Donegal and the more great events like Bia Bundoran that exist to promote the wonderful range of food and drink available the length and breadth of the county, the better. Having travelled the world talking about food, it’s always nice to get home and offer the support to our own community.’Bia Bundoran Food & Drink Festival takes place from this Friday September 20th to Sunday September 22nd in Bundoran, County Donegal offering a range of food and drink events to special offers from food providers across the town. More details are available on the website www.discoverbundoran.com/bia. Many events require pre-booking. All contact info is online.Chef Brian McDermott to officially launch Bia Bundoran Food & Drink Festival was last modified: September 17th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:bia bundoranChef Brian McDermottFood festivallast_img read more

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Emirates reveals the real cost of medical diversions for an airline.

first_imgFlight diversions due to inflight medical emergencies make up a tiny portion of the millions of flights operated annually, but it is costly for airlines. With more people traveling by air, the actual number of inflight medical events has been gradually increasing over the years.Emirates, the largest airline by international traffic, operated over 3,500 departures a week, or more than 194,000 flights in 2016. In those 12 months, the airline handled more than 60 flight diversions due to medical emergencies. A single flight diversion can cost Emirates anything from US$50,000 to over US$600,000, depending on the nature of the diversion which includes fuel, flight catering, landing and ground handling fees, air navigation cost, passenger rebooking costs and onward connection, as well as other associated costs to care for crew and passengers.Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, said: “We can never hope to recover the costs of a flight diversion, but the wellbeing of our customers is always our number one priority. Airlines handle medical emergencies differently, as there are no international regulations on this front. If there is a medical emergency on board, our crew have the training and equipment to help them assess the situation, and deliver the best possible outcome for the affected passengers.”Crew training and equipmentIn 2016, Emirates delivered nearly 23,000 hours of medical training for cabin crew and pilots, ensuring they are ready to assist passengers on board.All Emirates cabin crew go through a comprehensive initial training programme which is required by the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority, recurrent training to keep their skills up to date, as well as additional specific training for the use of on board medical equipment.The medical training that Emirates cabin crew undertake includes both theory and practical aspects. It prepares them to recognise and deal with common situations, but more importantly handle rare but life-threatening events when time is of essence.Topics covered include basic life support (CPR); medical conditions including asthma, heart disorders, seizures and allergic reactions; trauma related topics and even emergency childbirth amongst others. Pilots also attend training sessions covering topics such as Hypoxia, Malaria, Dengue, Trauma, CPR and choking and occupational health issues.Emirates has also invested more than US$7 million in the installation of its medical equipment on board, with annual maintenance costs being a further US$1.7 million. Equipment on every Emirates aircraft include: emergency medical kits, oxygen bottles, resuscitators, a defibrillator, a telemedicine unit, and a 24/7, satellite medical advisory service that connects crew to specialist aviation medical consultants who can help assess the passenger’s situation in real time.Making the right callOn average, Emirates’ crew make about 20 calls to the medical advisory service per 100,000 passengers flown. Most calls do not result in a diversion, but the professional consultation helps the operating crew to make better decisions and offer the right support to the affected passengers, particularly when there are no volunteer medical professionals on the flight.Emirates’ in-house team of aviation medical specialists, flight planners and operations controllers, all work closely to conduct detailed scenario planning and regular updates to diversion protocols – in keeping with the airline’s growing global network, as well as advances in medical thinking, inflight medical technologies, and training techniques.Mr Al Redha said: “If we have to divert a flight, our aim is to get medical attention for the afflicted passenger as soon as possible. Via our medical advisory consultants and Emirates’ own operations control team, we identify the best location where the passenger may receive appropriate care, and where the airport can adequately support the passengers and aircraft.“The diversion location selected may be someplace where medical costs are expensive and travellers should consider procuring the appropriate insurance before they travel.”last_img read more

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Walking his way to success

first_imgZinto Activation Group is a brandactivation company that usesunconventional routes to achieveits goals. Sifiso Dlamini, founder and CEOof Eish Hade, shows off a conceptshoe for his summer 2012 range,while his partner Nkululeko worksin the background.(Images: Ray Maota) Dlamini holds up one of his nubuckand leather sneakers.(Image: The Business Place)MEDIA CONTACTS• Sifiso DlaminiEish Hade: Founder and CEO+27 73 077 2481RELATED ARTICLES• Meet a top social entrepreneur• Changing lives one biscuit at a time• SA businesswomen making progress• Siyazama: taking the world by stormRay MaotaSifiso Dlamini, has always been a sneaker fanatic. By the time he was 12, he owned 12 pairs of footwear because he knew that in Soweto, that was how one was judged.Dlamini is the founder and CEO of an aspiring streetwear brand named Eish Hade, which is currently focusing on footwear. Eish Hade loosely translates as “oops…I’m sorry” and is a term usually used in the townships after stepping on someone’s toes.The diminutive Dlamini said: “Having a pair of sneakers in Soweto meant a lot. You were cool and every kid on the block wanted to have their pair of sneakers.“I used to sketch sneakers in my spare time instead of going to play; this is where the passion to make my own sneakers came from.”Eish Hade sneakers are handcrafted and prices range from R280 (US$30) – R500 ($60), but one can also put a personal touch to them with customisations which, depending on the fabric used, will push the price up.“My partner Nkululeko Ndlovu and I were toying around with the name of the brand when we realised what most people in Soweto would say if they stepped on someone,” said Dlamini, “and we decided to make it the name of our brand.”Early yearsDlamini grew up in Meadowlands in Soweto and attended Langlaagte Technical High School, west of Johannesburg’s CBD.This is where he was to meet his future partner Nkululeko Ndlovu, when they attended school together from 2002 – 2006.After school Dlamini ran a spaza and games shop at home to provide an income – at the same time he started taking apart old shoes to get an idea of how they are put together.Although they parted ways after matric, the pair reconnected when Dlamini realised he could turn this sneaker-making hobby into a business.Dlamini’s favourite brand of sneakers while growing up in the 1990s was the Adidas Superstar, worn by most US hip-hop artists at the time.Loxion Kulca, the first homegrown urban streetwear brand in the 1990s, was to become one of Dlamini’s influences. Loxion Kulca, slang for “township culture”, started off as a headwear brand before being a fully-fledged streetwear brand with clothes and sneakers.“When I saw how successful Loxion Kulca was I knew then that I could make my brand work,” said Dlamini.Using an old pair of sneakers that he took apart, leaving only the shell, Dlamini re-assembled it using his own material in 2008 and this was to become his concept sneaker.“I made a few other pairs which I sold to friends and family. They loved them and from these I got a lot of feedback and constructive criticism,” said Dlamini.His mother also had a big impact, supporting him by buying material and letting him use her sewing machine so he could pursue his dream.Turning Eish Hade into a businessDlamini registered Eish Hade as a company in 2009 but he had trouble getting funding to start daily operations and was still working from his room at home.In March 2009 Dlamini went to The Business Place (TBP) looking for help with training in making shoes and funding to buy equipment.TBP assists new entrepreneurs by providing them with information, referrals, training, workshops, networking and business opportunities.During a number of one-on-one consultations at TBP he was referred to ChemCity. This Sasol group company assists entrepreneurs with creating business plans to gain access to funding.They also facilitated access to training for Dlamini at African Action which manufacturers school shoes, where he learnt about producing top quality products.Eish Hade now employs five people including Dlamini.Getting working spaceIn 2010 Dlamini and Ndlovu were attending the annual Back to the City music event in Newtown in the heart of Johannesburg, and were showcasing their wares when fortune shone on them.Back to the City is a hip-hop festival that has taken place on 27 April, Freedom Day, for the past six years.At the event they met Kyle Verbeek, account executive at Zinto Activation Group, who immediately loved their products and initiated a follow up meeting with them.“Meeting Kyle was a blessing because he initiated the meeting with Michelle Combrink, the owner of Zinto Activation Group,” said Dlamini.Zinto Activation Group is a brand activation company that brings a brand to the consumer’s attention in a way conventional media would not be able to, using methods such as road shows.Dlamini said: “Michelle immediately loved our raring-to-go attitude and gave us R10 000 ($1 214) to buy material, as well as a workshop on their premises for free.”This relationship is mutually beneficial as Zinto would need branded sneakers for their activation work and Dlamini would supply them.“I get to showcase my work to other people, thanks to Zinto’s exposure which brings in money to the company. We’ve done activations for Zinto involving telecommunications company MTN, Willards, the snack company; and BIC pens,” said Dlamini.The futureDlamini and his team are currently using three old model sewing machines and are in need of new machinery to up their production.“We are currently able to make at least four pairs of sneakers a day but under pressure we can make seven to eight,” said Dlamini.Dlamini said: “If there is someone who can fund us, they can come to the site and we can evaluate according to our business model how much is needed help us.“I see this company growing and us having our own factory in 10 years, creating employment and providing skills training to others.”last_img read more

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Moto E4 Plus India launch set for next week

first_imgLenovo, the company that owns Motorola Mobility, will launch the budget phone Moto E4 Plus in India next week. Sources have confirmed to India Today Tech that Lenovo will launch the Moto E4 Plus in India as early as on Tuesday next week. The phone, going by its feature set and US pricing, will most likely be priced here at around Rs 10,000.The company, to recall, has been teasing the launch on social media for some time now. Although the teasers don’t name a phone, the fact that they mention a battery and a big one at that clearly suggests that the phone in question could be the Moto E4 Plus. The Moto E4 Plus, for your reference, ships with a massive 5,000mAh battery. The company has been in the habit of launching one phone at a time off late, so chances are the Moto E4 which is a more humble version of the Moto E4 Plus may not launch alongside. The company may chose to launch it at a later date.The Moto E4 Plus was recently launched (alongside the Moto E4) globally at a price of $179.99 (roughly Rs.11,600). It comes with a 5.5-inch HD display with a 720×1280 pixel resolution and is powered by a quad-core 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor clubbed with 2GB of RAM and up to 32GB of internal storage. The phone runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat and an almost stock version of it.On the optics front, the E4 Plus sports a 13-megapixel camera on the rear, and a 5-megapixel front facing camera.advertisementLenovo recently launched the Moto C Plus in India at a price of Rs 6,999. The phone is powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6735 processor clocked at 1.3GHz paired with 2GB of RAM. It comes with a 5-inch 720p HD display, 16GB of internal storage which is expandable via a micro-SD card slot and runs on a stock build of Android Nougat out of the box. The phone is further backed by a 4,000mAh battery.Also Read: Moto C Plus with 4,000mAh battery, pure Android Nougat launched for Rs 6,999 in Indialast_img read more

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Sea Shepherd Japan Kills Another 333 Minke Whales

first_imgzoom The Japanese whaling fleet has reached its self-allocated quota of killing 333 minke whales in the Southern Ocean as part of the country’s latest “research mission,” the marine conservation organization Sea Shepherd informed.Japan reached its goal “despite our efforts to once again disrupt the slaughter of whales,” Sea Shepherd said, adding that the organization has called an emergency meeting of the Global Board of Directors in Amsterdam this weekend to review its whale defense strategy in the Southern Ocean.Sea Shepherd earlier informed that the whale poachers expanded their killing fields to twice as big as before, and as a result, the organization’s patrol vessels “were searching for a handful of trucks in an area twice as big as Australia.”“We were aware of the challenges from the outset of the campaign – the doubling of the whaling area and the reduced quota that would be easier to reach – but we did our best despite the odds because it was the right thing to do. And – as usual – we did it alone. It is a reminder that the needless slaughter of marine life will continue unless governments stop making hollow statements of disapproval and start taking action to hold Japan accountable,” Sea Shepherd said.In early December 2016, the patrol vessels Steve Irwin and Ocean Warrior started their voyage to the Southern Ocean as part of the 11th Antarctic whale defense campaign, Operation Nemesis, in an effort to intercept the Japanese whaling fleet and stop the slaughter of minke whales.On December 22, the Ocean Warrior intercepted the Nisshin Maru, one of the harpoon ships of the Japanese whale-poaching fleet in the Australian Whale Sanctuary, with a dead minke whale on the vessel’s deck.The images of the dead whale on the deck of the Nisshin Maru were the first which document the Japanese whaling fleet’s killing of whales since the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled their whaling program illegal in 2014 and the Australian Federal Court found the Japanese whaling industry in contempt for killing protected whales in the Australian Whale Sanctuary.Prior to the launch of the whaling season in 2015, Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the country plans to catch up to 333 minke whales on an annual basis in the following 12 years.last_img read more

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Suspended Josh Gordons Behavior Impacts More Than Just Him

In general, NFL receivers are known as “divas,” high-maintenance players who need the ball and attention—and are quick to let it be known.Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Browns is more that a “diva.” He’s a diva with issues, and that’s why he finds himself suspended and seeking to become a free agent, although his contract with the team is not up until 2016.For a player who has been suspended by the league for substance abuse violations and DUI arrests but is still in the league, it would stand to reason that he would be the poster child for showing up on time or anything else that depicts he appreciates his status in the league.And yet yesterday, Gordon missed a team meeting the day before the final game of the season. The Browns, who covet his immense talents, are frustrated by the uncertainty Gordon brings, and put him on the reserve/suspended list.This is significant because Gordon’s behavior impacts others who come behind him, young receivers with a controversial past that teams might back away from with Gordon in mind. Is that young player worth the potential trouble?That’s how it is—in the NFL and in business: The Black employee before you sets the standards, creates the opportunities or blows the opportunities for the Blacks that come behind you. It goes without saying that white employees don’t carry the same burden. Someone like former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito gets in trouble for being a bullying a teammate, but his misdeeds have no burden on others who come behind him because his actions are not a barometer for young white offensive lineman. That’s just how it is.Gordon, meanwhile, is on a self-destructive, selfish path, unable to see beyond his needs and into a bigger picture of leading.Dez Bryant of the Dallas Cowboys came off originally as a “diva” who would be an issue for the team. He had legal issues and was bashed for acting out on the sideline when he did not get the ball. Bryant righted himself, however. He has had no troubles off the field and has been among the best, most lethal receivers in the NFL.Bryant’s success is being offset by Gordon’s mess. The Brown receiver is talented as all get out: He led the league in receiving last year. He’s big and fast and has sure hands. But he is unsure of his future.Gordon, who has missed 12 games due to suspensions in the last two years, was set to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2015 season but needed to play six games—or be paid for six game weeks—to get the accrued season in 2014. Now he won’t become an unrestricted free agent until after the 2016 season, since players must have four NFL seasons to reach such status, unless he is successful in his efforts to get paid for his Week 17 absence.If he does not get paid for this week, he will be a restricted free agent after the 2015 season, meaning the Browns would have the right to match an offer sheet if he signed one with another team.By then, depending on what he does, the Browns might not want Gordon on their squad, which would be a shame considering his youth (23) and talent. Between then and now, maybe someone will impress upon Gordon that his behavior impacts more than just himself. Maybe if he understood that he’s influencing the impressions of others behind him he will straighten up and be a leader and abandon the nonsense. It would serve a lot of people, including himself, well. read more

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