Share The Premier League has confirmed the appointment of Susanna Dinnage as new Chief Executive replacing incumbent Richard Scudamore who will depart the organisation at the end of the year, ending his 19-year leadership tenure.A leading media and entertainment executive, Dinnage is the current President of Discovery Networks UK & Ireland (2016-2018), leading operations and commercial planning for the American multi-media firm’s UK/IRE properties.Dinnage becomes the Premier League’s first female leader and third overall Chief Executive following the league’s inception in 1992.The appointment of Dinnage has been well received by UK sports media, detailing that a ‘fresh face’ was needed within the EPL’s leadership structures.“Susanna is a leading figure in the broadcasting industry, a proven business executive and a great developer of people. She is ideally suited to the role and we are confident she will be able to take the Premier League on to new heights.“We are very pleased to appoint such a capable leader to this important role,” said Bruce Buck, Chelsea’s chairman and chair of the Premier League’s nominations committee.Dinnage a Fulham FC season ticket holder has no prior experience within football and will lead the Premier League as it enters a key transition period handling the impacts of Brexit, within an audience disruptive multi-media landscape.Sports insiders will be monitoring how Dinnage handles the complicated relationship between football fans and the league’s commercial opportunities. A dynamic that has brought criticism on Premier League management as fans have seen significant rising costs. Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Successful summer leaves Leadstar positive over industry’s recovery August 18, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season August 21, 2020 Share
Some Delta Air Lines passengers are enjoying smoother rides these days thanks to a new app for pilots.Developed in conjunction with US defense contractor Basic Commerce and Industries, the app should help take a bite out of turbulence encounters shown by long-term data from the US National Transportation Safety Board to be the leading cause of serious passenger injuries.To underscore the often out-of-the–blue viciousness of some turbulence, the NTSB says the phenomenon accounted for just 3 percent of all weather-related accidents between 2000 and 2011 but still seriously hurt more passengers than any other type of accident.One case-in-point is the August 12, 2016, encounter with rough air by JetBlue Flight 429. The A320 was headed from Boston to Sacramento when turbulence hit hard. The aircraft diverted to land at Rapid City, South Dakota, where 24 passengers were hospitalized. One compared the experience to a “bad dream” while another told CNN people were “flying out of their seat belts and hitting their heads on the ceiling; it was very scary”.Not only does turbulence exact a human toll, but it costs the airlines plenty: $100 million for US airlines every year, much of it in maintenance bills.The Delta/BCI application isn’t for passenger consumption, tt’s purely for pilots. A blog post on the Delta News Hub says it “allows pilots to plug in their flight plan and view where turbulence is and how it’s being encountered.” The display is depicted on a 3-D, color-coded map.Enabling the application are algorithms developed by the National Center for Atmospheric Research derived from data from sensors on more than 300 aircraft.The process entailed combining vertical accelerometer readings with things like pitch, roll and wind speed. Taken together, they paint a picture that’s sometimes a must to avoid. That picture is fed back into forecast modelsDelta says the app “customizes” the data by aircraft type. Different aircraft respond in different ways to turbulence. The ride you get in a 737 may be decidedly different than one in a larger A330—the flagship of Delta’s intercontinental fleet.And how are the people at the front of the plane adapting to app? First Officer (co-pilot) Jason Rice labels it “the most incredible enhancement to en-route situational awareness since the glass cockpit (electronic, digital displays in lieu of older analog ‘round-gauge’ dials).“The forecasts are accurate, the reports objective and indicative of actual conditions,’ he says.Delta has already installed the turbulence-reporting algorithm on its Boeing 737s and wide body 767s, and has plans to cover international flights soon when it adds the app to its Boeing 777s and Airbus A330s.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Lampard switches Chelsea focus towards Ajax and Lilleby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard knows his side must get positive results in their coming Champions League games.Despite chances to win the match and a missed penalty, the Blues suffered a 1-0 home loss to Valencia in the first game of the group stages.It is a tough blow for Lampard, who knows they must get three points in their next away games at Lille and Ajax.He said the following to Chelsea’s official website after the Valencia game: “The reality of losing the first game at home makes the rest of the games more important, particularly when they come next back-to-back away from home [Lille and Ajax].”We need to have a strong focus on getting a result in one of those games now.”It’s still a group I think teams will take points off each other because all the teams are strong.”
CALGARY — The consultant who helped broker a $545-million investment by two northern Alberta Indigenous communities in a new Suncor Energy Inc. storage tank farm says similar stakes in the Trans Mountain pipeline shouldn’t take place until after its expansion is built.Barrie Robb, a principal with Fivars Consulting Ltd. of Calgary, says he would advise Indigenous groups to ensure all regulatory and construction risk is removed from the project before they take on an investment that could be measured in billions of dollars.When the federal government bought Trans Mountain and its controversial expansion project from Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. last year for $4.5 billion, it signalled that it did not intend to hold it for the long term and that potential buyers included Indigenous groups.That prospect was welcomed by Indigenous and industry speakers at the Indigenous Energy Summit on the Tsuut’ina Nation just south of Calgary on Wednesday.Trans Mountain CEO Ian Anderson said during a speech that he is focused on getting the pipeline built — a process that has been stalled since a court decision set aside its National Energy Board approval last fall — and any sale will be up to his new employer, the federal government.Stephen Buffalo, CEO of the sponsoring Indian Resource Council, says he remains committed to using energy resource development to support prosperity on Canadian reserves despite “Facebook warriors” who have branded him a “sell-out” on social media.The Indian Resource Council, which has about 130 members, is to hold its annual general meeting on Thursday. The Canadian Press
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – No date has yet been set for the trial of Leon Wokeley, who is charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of Pamela Napoleon nearly four years ago.Wokeley, who is also charged with arson and indecency to human remains in connection with Napoleon’s death, appeared in court on Monday, June 11th for a hearing that would set a date for his trial. He entered a plea of not guilty to all three charges he’s facing at an arraignment hearing in Fort St. John on May 23rd.Wokeley’s lawyer Georges Rivard said that no date was set at Monday’s hearing because more steps need to be taken before the trial begins, though he did not elaborate on what those steps were. Wokeley is next scheduled to appear in court in Fort St. John on Tuesday, July 3rd at 10:00 a.m.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court Friday refused to grant interim stay on the electoral bonds scheme of the central government on funding to political parties and asked the petitioner NGO to file an appropriate application for it. The Centre told the top court that the scheme was launched to prevent black money flow into political funding. A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna said the issue requires a detailed hearing and, therefore, it will take up the plea on April 10. “You have not filed an appropriate application for interim stay. You file the application, we will take up the matter on April 10,” the bench told advocate Prashant Bhushan appearing for the NGO, Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR). During the brief hearing, Bhushan alleged that thousands of crores of rupees were anonymously being given to political parties through electoral bonds. Bhushan said he is seeking an interim stay as a recent survey has suggested that 95 percent of electoral bonds were given to the ruling party. He said the Election Commission has also opposed the scheme underlining that the changes made in the law will have serious repercussions on the transparent funding of political parties. Attorney General KK Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, opposed the contentions of Bhushan and said that the scheme was introduced to check the flow of black money into political funding. He said Bhushan was giving an election speech that 95 percent of the electoral bonds have gone to the ruling party. The bench in lighter vein said: “It’s election time. We will hear the plea on April 10”. ADR’s application has sought stay on the Electoral Bond Scheme, 2018, which was notified by the Centre in January last year. It said the amendments carried out in the relevant Acts have “opened the floodgates to unlimited corporate donations to political parties and anonymous financing by Indian as well as foreign companies, which can have serious repercussions on the Indian democracy”. The matter holds importance as the Centre and the Election Commission (EC) have taken contrary stands, with the former justifying the decision saying it would promote transparency in political funding while the latter maintaining that the changes made in the law would have “serious repercussions”. Allaying the concerns raised by EC, the Centre had justified the changes in law saying it was “a pioneer step” to bring poll reforms “ensuring transparency” and accountability in political funding. The government in its fresh affidavit has said that the massive amount of political donations were earlier made in cash by individuals or corporates using “illicit means of funding” under the old system and unaccounted black money was pumped in for financing elections. In its affidavit, the Centre has said the electoral bonds “attempt at bringing greater transparency, ensuring KYC compliance and keeping an audit trail in comparison to the earlier opaque system of cash donations. “Accordingly, the concern of the Election Commission of India that electoral bonds will enable foreign companies to influence Indian policies is without any legal or factual merit,” it said. The government said there was unregulated flow of Black money under the old system and “the unaccounted-for monies received by political parties were also spent without being accounted for, thus creating/enabling a parallel economy, as it were, through the use of unaccounted for cash”. The Centre has earlier said that the bonds were introduced on January 2, 2018 to promote transparency in funding and donations received by political parties and that these can be encashed by an eligible political party only through their authorised bank accounts. It said the bonds did not have the name of the donor or the receiving political party and only carried a unique hidden alphanumeric serial number as an in-built security feature. Only a political party registered under section 29A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 and which had secured not less than one per cent of the votes polled in the last election to the Lok Sabha or a legislative assembly, would be eligible to receive the bonds, the Centre had said. On March 27, the poll panel had informed the apex court that it had written to the Centre saying that the changes made in several laws relating to political funding will have “serious repercussions” on transparency. It had also said that the changes in the FCRA, 2010 would allow unchecked foreign funding of political parties, which could lead to Indian policies being influenced by foreign companies. The poll panel said on May 26, 2017, it had written to the Ministry of Law and Justice about its views that the changes made in the Income Tax Act, the Representation of the People Act and the Finance Act would be against the endeavour to have transparency in funding to political parties. On February 2 last year, the apex court had sought the Centre’s response on a plea moved by the CPI(M), which had termed the issuance of electoral bonds by the government as “arbitrary” and “discriminatory”.
OSU softball players during a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe No. 25 Ohio State softball team (19-7) played in Columbus on Wednesday for the first time this season after a 25-game road stretch and gave the home fans something to cheer about, downing Wright State 14-1 in five innings.“Words can’t explain how excited I was since I woke up this morning, knowing today was the home opener,” said sophomore first baseman Alex Vargas.Wright State took a quick 1-0 lead in the first after a wild pitch from OSU junior pitcher Morgan Ray scored Macey Gunther, but it was all Buckeyes from that point, thanks to a huge first inning highlighted by a grand slam from senior right fielder Alex Bayne.“We were ready to perform for (our fans),” Vargas said. “For us to keep our composure — especially on a big day like this — and perform, hit and score run after run after run, I think that just shows that we care to do well for our fans.”The Buckeyes scored nine runs on five hits in the first, forcing two pitching changes in the inning. Sophomore second baseman Emily Clark hit a two-RBI double while senior third baseman Anna Kirk, sophomore shortstop Lilli Piper and junior first baseman Ashley Goodman each had an RBI, giving OSU a 9-1 lead.“We were spraying the ball around the field, so it wasn’t like we were doing one thing,” said OSU coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly. “Emily Clark hitting the ball down the corner (to right field) and then (Alex) Bayne hitting a ball down left field — it’s just nice to see them hitting the ball where it’s pitched not trying to do too much and everyone chipping in.”The Buckeye lead grew in the third as OSU pushed across five insurance runs. Piper hit a two-RBI single while Clark hit a three-run home run to left center field to extend OSU’s lead to 14-1 after three innings.The big lead allowed the Buckeyes to empty their bench a bit in the later innings. OSU made six substitutions in the field, allowing some bench players to participate in the home opener, which meant just as much to the starters as it did the substitutes, Kovach Schoenly said.“The starters work side by side on the field with them in practice every day so they know how hard they work and it means a lot to them to see their teammates have success,” she said. “I don’t think there’s one starter that wouldn’t hand their bat over to give someone else a chance to be a part of it.”The Buckeyes return to Big Ten action on Friday when they begin a three-game home series with Rutgers (8-21) as they look to improve upon their 3-0 conference record.
Sevilla’s management is running out of patience with the Italian manager, who could be fired within the next few days.Sevilla’s club directors can’t be satisfied with the team’s recent run of bad results. The Andalusian outfit has not tasted victory since the famous win at Old Trafford. That’s a total of 9 matches without a win in all competitions. The most recent ones are particularly concerning. First, it was last weekend’s 5-0 annihilation in the Copa del Rey final. Then, yesterday Sevilla lost to lowly Levante.Montella doesn’t seem to be too bothered by the situation. He was asked in his Press conference last evening if it might’ve been his last game on the Sevilla bench. This was his response (Football Italia):“That is not a question for me to answer. I am the coach of Sevilla and I do my work with enthusiasm, professionalism and focus.”“I think we can finish the season better than our current form, but the rest is not up to me.”La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…The Italian manager has already met with the club leadership to discuss his future. Marca quoted him as saying:“They heard my explanation, how I see the situation, how it could continue and with what objectives,”“I gave my analysis in general of the whole season since I have been here and I told them I believe that we can reach the Europa League.”“I know we played a terrible game in the final, but if we reach the Europa League it isn’t a lost season for me.”Sevilla has already parted ways with sporting director Oscar Arias and many were wondering if Montella could be next. Last night’s match against Levante was seen as his last chance. In all likelihood, it was.