American inks Apple deal to let there be rock

first_imgImage: American Airlines Apple Music subscribers can let the good times roll from February 1 thanks to deal that gives them complimentary inflight Wi-Fi access on suitably equipped American Airlines aircraft.Passengers will be able to stream Apple’s millions of songs, playlists and videos on any domestic flight equipped with Viasat satellite Wi-Fi.American says it is the first commercial airline to strike such a deal with the technology giant.The US carrier has been progressively fitting out its fleet with high-speed wi-fi and currently has it on 570 aircraft. It expects to complete the project by the middle of this year.Customers on Viasat-equipped aircraft can enjoy Apple Music during a flight by connecting to the inflight Wi-Fi at no cost and logging in with their Apple Music subscription.Customers who don’t already have an Apple Music subscription will be able to connect to Wi-Fi at no cost, sign up onboard and receive free access for three months.The service is available on both Apple and Android devices.READ first American biometric boarding trial starts in LAAmerican has also added free live TV to more than 400 domestic and 155 international aircraft, with more to come, and is streaming free entertainment to customers’ devices.To help them keep their devices running, it is installing power at every seat in mainline aircraft and two-class regional jets.“Our customers want to make the most of their time when flying with us. That’s why we’re investing in high-speed Wi-Fi, the newest movies, live TV and now Apple Music,” said  American president of global marketing Janelle Anderson.United Airlines also this week announced it was offering 100 channels of live television for free on 211 Boeing 737 United aircraft equipped with seatback TV,In addition to the free live DIRECTV service at more than 30,000 seats, United has also expanded its personal device entertainment product to allow passengers to use their phones, tablets or laptops to access a library of more than 280 complimentary movies and TV shows.“This year, we will be introducing a series of innovations and improvements designed to help build a great experience for all our customers,” said United chief customer officer Toby Enqvist.“Offering free entertainment, whether it’s on seat back TV or on personal devices, is one example of how we are placing our customers at the heart of what we do and helping them to relax and enjoy their flights.”last_img read more

Lucescu: ‘Costa has Mbappe quality’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: Juventus winger Douglas Costa “has no reason to envy Kylian Mbappe”, according to former Shakhtar Donetsk boss Mircea Lucescu. Costa scored a stoppage-time winner for Juve against Lokomotiv Moscow in style midweek, dribbling past three defenders, completing a give-and-go and beating another two men before nutmegging the goalkeeper. After watching that goal, Lucescu likened the 29-year-old in terms of ability to Mbappe, who is considered the world’s best player under the age of 21. “Douglas Costa, in terms of quality, has no reason to envy Mbappe at PSG,” he told Tuttosport. “The other day he scored a beautiful goal in the Champions League, but he’s got the quality to score goals like that every game. “Trust me, I know,” added the 74-year-old, who brought the Brazilian to Europe during his successful tenure at Shakhtar. Costa has netted just eight times in three seasons with the Bianconeri, although he did provide 12 assists in Serie A during his first campaign. “He’s a very generous player, he prefers to make an assist than score himself.”last_img read more

Saudi Arabia hosts world chess games, testing reform limits

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. The mufti’s comments at the time led to an outcry on social media by young Saudis who defended the game as intellectually stimulating. Muslims, who introduced chess to Europe, have been playing the game since the 7th century in Persia.Despite the mufti’s past criticism, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has pushed for greater social openings, including lifting a ban on women driving that goes into effect next year, allowing concerts and movies, and easing rules on gender segregation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe chess tournament, however, has also been hit by regional politics. Israelis say Saudi Arabia ignored requests by Israeli players to obtain visas to participate in the tournament. Israel and Saudi Arabia do not have diplomatic relations.Meanwhile, players from Qatar and Iran, which have strained ties with Saudi Arabia, have been granted visas to participate in the tournament. However, Qatari players will not compete in the championship because Qatar’s chess federation said organizers demanded that the players not display the Qatari flag during the competition. View comments Suns’ Booker returns vs Grizzlies Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais A statement issued by the World Chess Federation said that visas for players from Iran and Qatar were secured. It made no mention of Israeli players.“The fact that players from Iran and Qatar may decide not to participate, after consulting their own authorities, is clearly their own individual decision,” the statement said.The statement added that Saudi authorities had proposed that for security reasons the Qatari players should play under the organization’s flag, but that the issue was resolved and the Qatar Chess Association was informed that their players would play under their own flag.The tournament, called the King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, runs until Saturday. It includes around 240 players — both men and women — from 70 countries. There are 16 players from Saudi Arabia. The world’s top three chess players from Norway, Armenia and Azerbaijan are participating in the tournament. There is also a women’s chess tournament taking place alongside the open championship.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Dutertecenter_img Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims LATEST STORIES MOST READ BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Women are reportedly being allowed to wear dark blue or black formal trousers and high-necked blouses, avoiding Saudi rules of dress that require female residents and most visitors to wear loose-fitting, long robes known as “abayas.” Most Saudi women also cover their hair and face with veils.James Dorsey, a Mideast scholar and senior fellow at the University of Singapore, said the kingdom was granted hosting rights by the World Chess Federation with a $1.5 million check that amounts to four times the federation’s standard annual fee.“Literally everything involving Saudi Arabia’s hosting of a chess tournament is political,” he wrote in an analysis of the tournament. “Saudi Arabia’s visa policy is political as is the kingdom’s willingness to concede on women’s dress.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In this Monday, Dec. 25, 2017 photo released by Saudi Press Agency, two Saudi officials play chess during the opening the first ever chess tournament in Riyadh. Saudi Arabia is hosting a world chess tournament for the first time on Tuesday nearly two years after the country’s top cleric issued a religious edict against playing the board game. (Saudi Press Agency via AP)DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia is hosting a world chess tournament for the first time on Tuesday nearly two years after the country’s top cleric issued a religious edict against playing the board game. Politics have also interfered, with players from Israel and Qatar missing the tournament due to regional tensions.Saudi Arabia’s top cleric, Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al Sheikh, said in early 2016 that chess is “forbidden” in Islam because it wastes time and can lead to rivalry among players. Similarly, top Iranian clerics have also decried the game, saying it can lead to gambling, which is not permissible in Islam.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Videocon launches VA81M tablet with 7-inch screen at Rs 4,900

first_imgVideocon Mobiles Phones Division has launched the Videocon VA81M tablet. The tab runs on Android KitKat 4.4 and sports a 7-InchWSVGA screen. The company claims that the device will provide superb userexperience with its mammoth 3000 mAh battery and 3G network connectivity. The VA81M tab is priced at Rs 4,900.The Videocon VA81M tablet comes packed with a 1.3 GHz dualcore processor, 512MB RAM, and 4GB internal storage, which is expandable up to32GB.The VA81M tablet is backed by 512MB RAM and offersnetworking and utilities features like Wi-Fi, Dual SIM support, Voice Calling,Video Calling, A-GPS Navigation, Bluetooth.Mr. Jerold Pereira, CEO, Videocon Mobile Phones said,”As on-the-go connectivity is driving the fast and smart interactivity, weaim to cater to the needs of hyperactive consumers with the launch of the VA81Mtablet. The tablet is the new addition to our innovative portfolio of affordableand rich-featured devices. Going apt with the consumers’ demand of large screenand hot features, the Videocon VA81M tab offers a flawless gaming andmultimedia experience to enable an engaging user experience”.last_img read more

7 Online Donation Page Mistakes to Avoid

first_imgMake it easy for your donors by offering suggested giving amounts that take the guesswork out of how much to give. Use your average gift as a starting point, and then offer one giving amount that’s slightly lower and two or three higher amounts. Illustrate what each gift level could provide with impact labels to help donors visualize the result of their donation.7. No recurring gift options.If you’re not offering supporters a way to give a recurring gift, you’re missing out on donations. Recurring gifts help donors fit giving into their budgets and allow you to collect more over time. If donors feel like they can’t give enough to make a difference, they may not give at all. Frame your recurring gift options in a way that lets donors know how their regular support will help. Has it been a while since you’ve updated your organization’s online donation page? It’s time to get down to business and whip your donation form into shape before the year-end stream of donations begins. Get better online fundraising results by avoiding these donation page mistakes:1. Too much text.Once your donor has landed on your donation page, don’t confuse, overwhelm, or bore them with paragraphs of text. One or two lines of short, compelling copy are plenty. Your goal is to reinforce your call to action and get donors to your donation form as quickly as possible.2. Too many options.Just like too much text, too many options on your online donation page can make donors less likely to complete your form. Get rid of unnecessary fields and remove extraneous navigation that will take donors away from your page.3. Inconsistent branding.When a donor goes to your donation form from your email appeal or website, do they feel like they have been transported to a different planet? A donation page that looks like your other campaign materials and your nonprofit’s website makes your donation experience familiar and seamless.4. Outdated information.This may seem like a no-brainer, but if you have outdated information on your nonprofit donation page, you’re sending a not-so-subtle signal to donors that you may not be the best steward of their gift. Make sure you’re not still touting a matching grant that has expired, a program that has ended, or last year’s fundraising goal.5. Lack of testing.Two types of online donation page testing will help you get better results this year. Usability testing will help you uncover any issues that may derail a donor. A/B testing can help you decide which images, calls to action, and suggested donation amounts perform best. 6. No suggested giving amounts. last_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd staff member: Sad and gloomy before Solskjaer

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd staff member: Sad and gloomy before Solskjaerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United staff say the change of atmosphere since manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appointment has been obvious.Polly Johnson, who works in the club’s museum, spoke with VG about the change around the club.”I work here on every match day. I go up to my lodge and know the mood. This fall has been sad and gloomy. It’s not been uplifting,” says Johnson.”But when I went to the stadium on Wednesday (Solskjaer’s first home game), I started to cry. It was amazing! There is a huge difference. Everyone has a wonderful feeling because of Solskjaer.” last_img read more

10 months agoAgent of Barcelona winger Malcom cools Lazio talk

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Agent of Barcelona winger Malcom cools Lazio talkby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Barcelona winger Malcom has eased talk of a move to Lazio.Sport reported Lazio had asked for Malcom, just six months after his €41m switch from Bordeaux.However, Luis Fernando Menezes Garcia wrote on social media that ‘there’s no truth in the Lazio-Malcom hypothesis’.The move would spark major controversy as Malcom had agreed terms with Roma last summer and was expected at the airport with his medical booked when he suddenly switched flights for Barcelona.The switch was initiated by Garcia after a late call from Barca. last_img read more

Video: Here Is Connor Cook In His Full Oakland Raiders Uniform At The NFLPA Rookie Premiere

first_imgRaiders' Connor Cook in his uniform for the first time.Instagram/c_cook8After a fairly trying NFL Draft process, Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook landed with the Oakland Raiders in the fourth round. He will be behind incumbent starter Derek Carr, but Cook has impressed his coaches thus far. Today, the NFLPA held its Rookie Premiere event, which featured the top NFL newcomers taking photos and filming videos in their new full uniforms. Cook juggled a couple of footballs in his shoot, where he shows off his new Raiders getup.last_img

Human Rights Commission to review RCMP investigation of John Furlong John Furlong speaks at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsThe Canadian Human Rights Commission will investigate the way RCMP handled allegations of historical abuse against John Furlong – the former CEO of the Vancouver Olympics.In a letter announcing its decision on June 5, the commission says “it is in the interest of justice” to review the 2012 case, which resulted in no charges against Furlong after complaints from former students.The decision comes as a relief to Cathy Woodgate, one of the students who still lives near Immaculata Roman Catholic Elementary School in the remote northern B.C. First Nation of Burns Lake.“It’s about time we had a positive response,” she said via phone.Woodgate is one of several former students who allege abuse complaints were not appropriately investigated by Prince George RCMP, as APTN Investigates reported in this story was a Roman Catholic missionary from Ireland working at Immaculata beginning in the late 1960s. However, he didn’t include the teaching stint in his best-selling biography ‘Patriot Hearts’ released after the 2010 Winter Olympics.The students complained to the Canadian Human Rights Commission after the RCMP closed the case in 2013 – and, they say, – didn’t tell them.“This complaint involves serious allegations of failure to investigate historical sexual abuse, racism, and conflict of interests,” the commission said in a decision attached to a letter to Woodgate that she shared with APTN News.The allegations have not been proven.Cathy Woodgate attended Immaculata Catholic School in British Columbia.The conflict of interest comes from allegations, the students say, that two senior officers involved in the Furlong investigation were also senior officers in the Integrated Security Unit during the Vancouver Olympics.The RCMP tells APTN it “has not been advised nor made aware of any decisions by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal or Commission.”In its decision, the commission says the RCMP tried to stop the review, arguing it would be “prejudiced” by the passage of time because “memories have faded and notes taken at the time do not necessarily still exist.”The commission rejected that argument as “misleading and speculative.”A spokesman says Furlong had no comment.“The RCMP are the appropriate party to comment on a CHRC decision to investigate a complaint against them,” Chris Dornan wrote in an email.“Mr. Furlong maintains his full innocence of all allegations against him, including those that were subject to RCMP investigation or ruled on in court findings, all of which were determined to be unsubstantiated.”In its letter attached to the decision, the commission says either party can seek a ‘judicial review’ in federal court 30 days after receiving the commission’s decision.last_img read more

CBI registers 7th case against Jatin Mehta

first_imgNew Delhi: The CBI has registered a fresh case against diamond merchant Jatin Mehta, of Winsome Diamonds and Jewellery, embroiled in a bank loan default case of nearly Rs 7,000 crore, making it the seventh FIR by the probe agency in the case.Mehta, his wife, and son were charge-sheeted by the Central Bureau of Investigation in June 2018 in the case, where Mehta’s Winsome Diamonds and Forever Precious Jewellery along with his son Suraj’s Su-Raj Diamonds had declared that they would not be able to pay back the loans due to losses suffered by their buyers, 13 companies in the United Arab Emirates. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghIn the latest FIR, the probe agency names Jordanian national Hathyam Salman Ali Abu Obeidah, who held the power of attorney for the 13 buyer companies based in the UAE. According to the latest complaint from Bank of India, it was found that Obeidah was controlling the 13 companies allegedly on behalf of Mehta and that there might be evidence of criminal conspiracy in declaring USD 1 billion losses by these firms. Mehta’s companies had purchased gold bullion from foreign banks against Standby Letters of Credit issued by a consortium of around 14 Indian Banks. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadAccording to the previous cases registered by the CBI in the case, the SBLC issuing banks included Central Bank of India, IDBI Bank, Vijaya Bank, and now Bank of India. So far, the total loan default that CBI has registered cases against amounts to nearly Rs 1,500 crore. When Mehta’s companies declared that they would not be able to pay the loan amount to the banks for the gold purchased, the foreign banks, which included the Bank of Nova Scotia, Standard Bank PLC London, and Standard Chartered Bank came for the money to the banks that had issued SBLCs. This cost each bank in the consortium of lenders several hundreds of crores as a result. Both Mehta and his wife had fled the country in 2016, just after the Enforcement Directorate had issued orders for provisional attachment of some of their properties. They acquired citizenship of St Kitts and Nevis in 2013, as reported by this paper last year. India does not have an extradition agreement with the Caribbean country. After the NDA government came in, there was a lot of hoopla about going after Mehta and finding ways to bring him back here to face Indian law. Earlier this year, the Indian government had plans to get Mehtas’ passports cancelled. The CBI had also looked at ways to have Red Conrner Notices issued against the Mehtas. However, CBI and ED have failed to make any major breakthrough in extraditing the couple so far. While the Caribbean country has previously cancelled passports of citizens with a dubious past, it remains to be seen whether this diamond merchant from Gujarat also manages to evade Indian agencies.last_img read more