Southampton v Chelsea line-ups: Blues have to make changes, Saints stars miss out

first_imgRamires returns to the Chelsea side in place of the suspended David Luiz. Fernando Torres and Juan Mata are also among those starting for Blues. Southampton are without the ill Dani Osvaldo, while Morgan Schneiderlin returns following a one-game suspension. Rickie Lambert is among the Saints subs. Southampton: K Davis, Chambers, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Cork, Schneiderlin, S. Davis, Lallana, Rodriguez, Ramírez.Subs: Gazzaniga, Clyne, Yoshida, Lambert, Ward-Prowse, Hooiveld, Gallagher.Chelsea: Cech; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Terry, Cole; Mikel, Ramires; Schurrle, Mata, Hazard; Torres.Subs: Schwarzer, Kalas, Essien, Oscar, Willian, Eto’o, Ba.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Cagey crafts from cage diving

first_imgThe shark motif on the decorative braidthat started off the Cagey Gear business. Cordelia Dodo making a lightweight rainjacket in the small Cagey Gear factory.(Images: Jennifer Stern)Jennifer SternTourism is one of the fastest growing sectors of South Africa’s economy, and is ideally placed to create new jobs. But when people think of those jobs, they tend to think of waiters, hotel managers, field guides and housekeeping staff. What they often forget is the spin-off of tourist industries. Sometimes a well-developed tourism product can provide unexpected benefits.The little town of Gansbaai, in the Western Cape just a few hours’ drive east of Cape Town, offers an excellent example of this. Having long languished in the shadow of its much more glamorous neighbour, Hermanus, on the other side of Walker Bay, this little fishing village gained international recognition in the late 1990s and early 2000s as the best shark cage diving destination in the world.The prosperity brought by the increased number of visitors can be clearly seen in the town. Guest houses, shops, restaurants and other small businesses have sprung up to service both tourists and residents.Most of the shark cage diving boats leave from the small-boat harbour at Kleinbaai, a few kilometres from Gansbaai. The unpretentious little harbour – in fact little more than a slipway – started seeing huge numbers of local and international tourists. And no-one was taking advantage of the captive market.But Kim MacLean and Terry McCarthy, who together run Shark Lady, a shark cage diving company, saw the gap. They teamed up with Colleen Emmenis and Annalie Theunisson, from Art-i-kapa. Theunisson and Emmenis, both artists, are accredited trainers in the Media, Advertising, Printing, Publishing and Packaging Sectoral Education and Training Authority. They trained a couple of people in craft making, and took over two little kiosks at the harbour. They were a mess, but they tidied them up, and then they started selling craft on a small scale.Fun and funky clothing“We had one little sewing machine,” says MacLean. “A domestic sewing machine.  So we started sewing braid onto clothing for the crew.”The braid was a pretty South African flag-inspired shark motif that MacLean had designed, and it looked great. “All my clients wanted to buy the crew’s clothes from them.”This gave her an idea. She had always wondered how she could employ more people in her business but there are only so many jobs on a boat. So she, McCarthy, Emmenis and Theunisson decided to start a clothing manufacturing venture to employ women in the area.Luckily, Shark Lady was about to start building new custom-designed premises in front of the harbour. There was an existing building there, and MacLean thought maybe it could be turned into something useful.“Let’s not bulldoze the building. I told Solly [Solly Madikane, Director of Socio-Economic Development, Overstrand Municipality]. We’ll take it apart carefully and, if you can organise the trucks to move it, we’ll re-erect in Masakane [the local township] to be a small clothing factory.”But Madikane had a surprise for her. He took her into the township and showed her an empty building with 16 industrial sewing machines in it. They were part of an employment-creation project that had never got off the ground. After a little paperwork Cagey Gear was born.“The name came into my head about two years ago. Then, when we knew we were going to get this building going, I decided I must start getting Cagey Gear going.”It’s early days yet, and the range so far includes sweatshirts, fleeces and light rain jackets that can be folded into a pocket so they double up as a small bag or even a travel pillow.Conservation messageWhile the main reason for opening the factory is to create employment, there are lots of spin-offs. First, it certainly doesn’t harm Shark Lady’s bottom line. But, more importantly, it’s an opportunity for MacLean get on her favourite hobby horse.“I want to do T-shirts with a conservation message on them. Not just bland things – really funky designs with a good message.”These will work in two ways. Hopefully, the people buying them will endorse the message and pass it on, but it’s also part of her plant to use the factory to start to conscientise the community about marine conservation. It will be tied in with an educational programme for children, and MacLean is hoping to get marine conservation specifically put into the curriculum of the new school that is currently being built at Blom Park – Gansbaai’s second township area.And it’s not just clothing. Shark Lady’s brand new shark diving centre, called The Great White Shark Embassy, and which will constitute the main outlet for Cagey Gear, is also a restaurant and emporium selling all manner of things sharky.“Kids are always coming in here wanting to buy shark’s teeth,” MacLean says. “So we thought of making little resin teeth. On the back of the card it will explain why you shouldn’t buy real shark’s teeth.” This would form part of the craft programme that is to be run together with, but separate from, the clothing factory.It’s early days yet, sales have been good.“Things are walking out the shop,” MacLean says. “We’re working hard to keep up.”But she’s confident that they will rise to the challenge. “It’s going well and I think it will grow into a big brand, so we’ll have to enlarge the factory. “Useful linksMarine Dynamics Shark Lady Shark Diving Unlimited White Shark Projects Apex Predators Natal Sharks Board Afri-Oceans Conservation Alliance Save our Seas Sharkspotters South African Shark Conservancy Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourismlast_img read more

Government reports on pilot shortage

first_imgThere’s a building pilot shortage among regional airlines in the United States. The issue: just how significant is it? The government’s Government Accountability Office concludes in a just-released report there’s “mixed evidence regarding the extent of [the] shortage.”This much is sure: according to the report, “Pilot schools that GAO interviewed reported fewer students entering their programs resulting from concerns over the high cost of education and low entry-level pay at the regional airlines.”The report says it can cost more than US$100,000 to get a degree from a four-year aviation program. According to the U.S. Air Line Pilots Association the average staring pay for regional airlines first officers is US$22,400. In contrast, the average pay for an assistant manager at fast-food McDonalds is $28,622 according to’s a dramatic disconnect here, one underscored in red when you consider the assistant manager of the fast-food restaurant isn’t responsible for the lives of a cabin full of passengers hurtling through the heavens at 35,000 feet.How’s this potentially affect you? GAO says, “Some mainline airlines (from those majors often recruit pilots) expressed concerns that entry-level hiring problems could affect their regional airline partners’ ability to provide service to some locations.” In recent years, legacy airlines like American, Delta and United have contracted with regionals to take over an ever-increasing share of the flying, even on some routes formerly the province of large jets.The good news is those new first officers in the right-hand seat of regional aircraft now have to have at least 1,500 hours as a pilot. It used to be 250. The rule was changed in the wake of the infamous crash of Colgan Air (Continental Connection) Flight 3407 back in 2009. The accident was the result of pilot error. Fifty people died.GAO indicates regional airlines are responding to the pilot shortage by partnering with aviation schools. Some regionals have even “offered new first officers signing bonuses or tuition reimbursements to recruit new pilots” says the reportIt might take precisely that sort of approach to avoid what could be a nasty surprise looming just over the horizon: plenty of regional airline passengers, but not enough pilots to fly them.See comprehensive report here; read more

Remembering 9/11: There’s an App for That

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Today is the eighth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America which became known simply as “9/11.” For many people worldwide, today is a day of remembering and honoring the lives lost, the heroism of those onboard United Airlines Flight 93 who seized control of the plane from the hijackers, and the brave efforts of the rescue workers who worked around-the-clock in search and recovery operations. To help you recall and remember what occurred eight years ago today, there’s an app called “9/11 Numbers” which brings the sobering realities of September 11th to light through simple statistics you can flip through on your iPhone.At first, we have to admit we cynically wondered if the 9/11 app was an opportunistic attempt to capitalize on this national tragedy. But we’re glad to report we were wrong. There’s no charge for the application – it’s completely free – and there are no ads popping up either. The layout of the app is simple. It’s screen after screen of statistics about the terrorist attacks that day as well as updates as to where we stand today. Each stat focuses on a number (hence the “numbers” in the app’s title) and then explains what that particular number refers to. For example, “24” is the number of people still classified as “missing” from the World Trade Center. “16” is the number of survivors from WTC South’s point of impact. “1776” is the number of feet high the Freedom Tower memorial will be. In the background behind the text is an image of the New York skyline and the Tribute in Light memorial, an installation of 88 searchlights which projects two vertical columns of light into the sky.The app offers a creative and interesting way to remember 9/11. And as the app’s description reads, “not forgetting is not enough – it’s also important to grasp the measure of what transpired.” Thanks to Appsfire for the tip! A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Product Reviews#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting sarah perez Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

23 days agoMan City midfielder Bernardo Silva risks 6-match ban

first_imgMan City midfielder Bernardo Silva risks 6-match banby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva has been charged by the FA regarding his social media post to teammate Benjamin Mendy.Silva tweeted a picture of a black cartoon character alongside Mendy as a youngster.He wrote to the FA to apologise for any offence caused but faces a potential six-match ban after the charge.An FA statement read: “Bernardo Silva has been charged with misconduct for a breach of FA Rule E3 in relation to a social media post on 22 September 2019.”It is alleged that the Manchester City player’s activity breaches FA Rule E3(1) as it was insulting and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute.”It is further alleged that the activity constitutes an “Aggravated Breach”, which is defined in FA Rule E3(2), as it included reference, whether expressed or implied, to race and/or colour and/or ethnic origin.”The midfielder has until 9 October 2019 to provide a response.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Arizona Celebrated Win Over Utah With A Passionate Locker Room Ric Flair Speech

first_imgTip off between Missouri and Arizona.TUCSON, AZ – DECEMBER 13: The Arizona Wildcats tip off against The Missouri Tigers to begin the college basketball game at McKale Center on December 13, 2015 in Tucson, Arizona.(Photo by Nils Nilsen/Getty Images)Arizona scored a huge victory over No. 13 Utah on the road last night, and the Wildcats are making a serious case for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament later this month. To celebration the big win, two Wildcats decided to say a few words in the locker room. But it wasn’t your normal “rah rah” type of motivational speech. Nope, it was an ode to former professional wrestler Ric Flair. Stanley Johnson and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson led the way:Here’s a video of Flair’s shtick. We’re not sure why the Arizona players identify with it, but it’s definitely amusing.last_img read more

Canada envoy to US embarrassed by delays in Parliament over preclearance bill

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s envoy to the United States says he is embarrassed it is taking so long for Parliament to pass a new law that would pave the way for greater preclearance at the border.U.S. Ambassador David MacNaughton said Wednesday he leaned on American lawmakers to pass a law that would allow passengers to be precleared at a greater number of airports to allow the speedy flow of people across the 49th parallel.But Canada’s version of the bill has been before the House of Commons public safety committee for several months.MacNaughton told the Senate foreign affairs and trade committee that he regularly gets asked by Americans where the accompanying Canadian legislation is, and he’s embarrassed to say it is not ready.MacNaughton said he exerted renewed pressure on MPs this week in Ottawa.“Please hurry it up, because I’m a bit embarrassed. I leaned on the Americans so heavily and now they’re coming back and saying, ‘Where’s yours?’” MacNaughton said of his conversations.Conservative Sen. Leo Housakos, who raised the issue, said the Senate would do its job more quickly.“I know the legislation is coming slowly from the House,” said Housakos.MacNaughton contrasted that with how he persuaded American legislators to move speedily.“We had a full court press on the U.S. before their recess at Christmas time, and it actually passed unanimously,” the envoy said.“So they’re waiting for us.”Housakos replied: “Well, if you can get it sent to the (Senate committee), we’ll be happy to do the same thing.”At the moment, passengers flying to American cities through eight major Canadian airports can be precleared there by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers.That program is to be expanded to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Quebec City’s Jean Lesage International Airport and for rail service in Montreal and Vancouver. In March, the two countries agreed to expand it to other, unspecified locations.Some 400,000 travellers cross the Canada-U.S. border each day, and the preclearance plan is designed to speed that up and make it easier.The House of Commons public safety committee has for months been studying the proposed legislation that would expand preclearance operations.Under the bill, U.S. searches at preclearance facilities would be governed by Canadian law, including the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.But the committee has heard concerns about the impact of the new program on privacy rights.In a recent letter to the committee, privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien warned the recent pronouncements from the Trump administration could mean intrusive searches, including at preclearance facilities in Canada.The concerns arose after the Wall Street Journal reported earlier this spring that visitors to the U.S. could be forced to provide cellphone contacts and social-media passwords.“It would appear that Canadians who wish to enter the U.S. will, at preclearance locations in Canada as well as at border points in the U.S., have to face the difficult choice of either accepting a search without grounds or foregoing their wish to travel to the U.S.,” said Therrien’s letter.The government has said preclearance would strengthen security and prosperity while ensuring respect for the sovereignty of both countries.As for the upcoming renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, MacNaughton said speedy talks to modernize the agreement remain a possibility, but it is too soon to say whether that will happen.He said the true picture of “how complex” the Americans want the negotiations to be will only emerge after their current 90-day consultation period ends in August.“We’ll see how much they want to put on the table, and how long those negotiations might take.”last_img read more

Manchester City star apologizes to referee

first_imgManchester City’s Raheem Sterling has issued an apology to referee Viktor Kassai after he won a comical penalty during the team’s 6-0 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday.With the Premier League champions 1-0 up in the first half, Sterling burst into the area and tripped over as he tried to dig his foot under the ball to chip Andriy Pyatov in the Shakhtar goal.There was no player making any form of contact with the former Liverpool man, yet the experienced Kassai pointed to the spot.“I went to chip the ball and don’t know what happened. I didn’t feel contact. I scuffed the ball. Apologies to the ref,” Sterling said after the game, according to Reuters.Shakhtar Donetsk manager, Paulo Fonseca laughed when he was asked about the decision.“It is difficult to speak about a penalty after a result like that — but it’s ridiculous, that’s all I can say,” he said.Pep Guardiola, Raheem Sterling, Manchester CityGuardiola: Sterling must ignore Ronaldo & Messi comparisons Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola advised Raheem Sterling to ignore comparisons to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who he rates as incomparable.“Everyone saw it, but it is not because of the penalty we lost the game,” he added.Meanwhile, Man City boss Pep Guardiola agreed that the referee got it wrong and said the incident highlighted the need for the video assistant referee (VAR) system to be introduced.“We realised it wasn’t a penalty. We don’t like to score in that situation,” said Guardiola, who conceded Sterling could have told the referee at the time.“You know VAR and what it is — the referee must be helped because they don’t want to make mistakes.”“The game is so quick, so fast these days. It would take 10 seconds for somebody to say something to the referee,” he added.last_img read more