Would Kevin Durant leave Warriors? Ex-GM has a warning

first_img“You talk about all the different reasons somebody would look to go to another franchise,” said Griffin, now an NBA TV analyst. “Fit … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceAs the man who helped lure LeBron James back to Cleveland, David Griffin knows a thing or two about what megastars are looking for in free agency.That’s why the former Cavaliers general manager believes Kevin Durant might regret it if he leaves the Warriors after this season.last_img read more

Qantas introduces digital boarding passes on trans-Tasman routes

first_imgThe days of queuing for printed boarding passes are over for Qantas passengers travelling between Australia and New Zealand .The airline announced Friday that customers travelling between the neighbouring countries can now use mobile check-in and digital boarding passes in a “first step towards more seamless travel across the Tasman’’.It said the technology allowed eligible customers travelling between Australia and New Zealand to finalise check-in and passport checks online and head straight to the lounge or boarding gate after passing through immigration and security.Customers with baggage will be able to be able to use dedicated bag drops and those eligible for Express Path access will have it embedded in the digital boarding pass.The system will apply to all passport holders, although some visa restrictions apply, travelling on direct Qantas marketed and operated services between Australia and New Zealand.But the airline also wants to expand the system to other international destinations.“Seamless domestic travel has been a reality since Qantas pioneered smart check-in technology in 2010, but the barriers have always been a lot higher for international flights,” Qantas International chief executive Gareth Evans said in a statement.“It’s a great example of how industry and Government working together can change what’s possible for travellers. The goal is ultimately to make this technology for international routes the ‘new normal’.’’Qantas will initially offer the technology through its Qantas.com web and mobile sites but plans to incorporate it into its app from June.It will also start looking at progressively extending the service to other international destinations from mid-year and expects it to be installed in all relevant airports by early 2018.last_img read more

Feedly May be the Best Mobile Feed Reader Yet

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick Feed reading on the go is an unsolved problem, none of the available options really feels like they’ve nailed it yet. Feedly, the popular browser plug-in that turns your Google Reader subscriptions into an attractive magazine-style display, has just released an iPhone app that may be my favorite mobile feed reader I’ve tried. (iTunes link) When I’ve got free time and am looking for something good to read, I’ve been launching Feedly for the past few months that I’ve been testing it.The app, which sells for $2.99, offers an attractive folder-based navigation that’s easy to thumb through horizontally. Sharing, bookmarking, Tweeting and emailing are all very easy to do. There’s no limit to the number of feeds you can subscribe to in the app. It uses a popularity metric to surface key items in each folder of subscriptions that you should read if in a time crunch. It’s a great little app and well worth a few dollars.I do wish that Feedly scaled up better on the iPad. The horizontal navigation that it offers makes a huge difference, though, on the iPhone. What do you think of Feedly for iPhone? What’s your favorite way to read feeds on mobile? The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Tags:#mobile#Product Reviews#web last_img read more

Indian sport needs many Anna Hazares

first_imgOne Anna Hazare’s fight against corruption seems to have made the government uncomfortable. But it would perhaps take a hazar Annas to get rid of the malaise that has taken deep roots in Indian sport over the decades.With less a year to go for the Olympic Games, the time is ideal to launch a revolutionary nationwide movement with full gusto to eradicate the ills afflicting sport and pick men and women of integrity as administrators to inject a heavy dose of transparency and accountability.The disgraced chief of the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee Suresh Kalmadi has become the undisputed icon of the rot in Indian sport. But the sporting woes in the country go much beyond Kalmadi and his partners in crime. A few recent incidents show how selfish and careless those who control sport are. While the policies are generally muddled and archaic, the mindset of officials’ is narrow, and their actions petty.And there’s no place for accountability and transparency as they know they can get away with murder.National football coach Armando Colaco is a classic example. He ordered the team not to play the friendly game against Barbados in the Caribbean last week just because they happened to face some yet to-be-explained logistical problems on their way to the island nation. He reasoned that the players were too tired to play after the long flight and would have risked injury if made to play. Have you heard of a more bizarre reason for skipping a game? Can you visualise coach Duncan Fletcher telling the Indian cricketers, who playadvertisementmore often and spend more time on the field than their football counterparts, to skip a Test match citing fatigue? Surely, there is more to the Colaco episode than meets the eye. Will the All India Football Federation (AIFF) show the guts and ask him to explain why he took the drastic step and make the findings (and the punishment, if any) public? More importantly, why did the AIFF let such a charade take place? And here we are not talking about the money that was wasted. A shame, really.The fitness of Zaheer Khan, who apparently carried ankle and hamstring injuries into the Test series against England, is another big issue. Not surprisingly he broke down on the very first day of the first Test. Will the BCCI identify and punish person who deemed him fit? No chance.The national cycling federation is another joke. There are parallel national bodies in place and both, unashamedly, claim that they are the authentic ones.Bizarrely, when the president one of body (Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa) realised that he could no more carry on after crossing 70 years of age, the upper limit for sport administrators, his son coolly replaced him at the helm.Will someone step forward and stop this sham? Parallel federations are also running – and ruining – hockey.The mess is perhaps dirtier and deeper than, maybe, all other national sports bodies put together. Even appeals by legendary players to the prime minister sometime ago to intervene failed to have the desired effect.In athletics, several states, like Haryana and Madhya Pradesh, are running parallel bodies while, in the Uttar Pradesh Athletics Association in particular, some people are holding posts for close to 30 years!Remember that the national federation was headed by none other than Suresh Kalmadi not too long ago. He is in Tihar on charges of corruption in the CWG, but the spirit in the athletics federation has not yet been broken.The sports ministry has initiated a sports Bill, aiming to bring transparency into administration.Unfortunately, though not unsurprisingly, the move is being opposed tooth and nail by those whose existence is threatened.Some critics are shamelessly citing the Olympic Charter and the so- called “independence” of the federations to keep clinging to their chairs.With Anna presently leading the campaign against corruption, how about launching a simultaneous national campaign against corruption in sport? The time for off-field action is now.qaiser. ali@ mailtoday. inlast_img read more

West Ham’s Alisha Lehmann keen to add Wembley knees-up to East End adventure

first_imgShare via Email Share on Facebook features Read more Reuse this content We are just shy of 10 months on from when the Swiss forward Alisha Lehmann joined West Ham. With no English, and at the age of 19, it was a step into the unknown for her. Now, though, the winger has a PFA young player of the year nomination under her belt and is preparing for West Ham’s first FA Cup final, against Manchester City on Saturday.“It really is a culture shock because Switzerland is so small and it’s huge here,” says Lehmann, sitting in the sun outside the clubhouse at West Ham’s Rush Green training ground, where the women’s team play their home games. “It’s different, but in a good way different.” West Ham United Women Share on Twitter Topics Eni Aluko Read more The change was initially hard but the decision to move was not. “At first when I got to the first team, with the national team, it was an easy decision because all the players play in other countries because the Swiss league isn’t that good,” she says. “In Switzerland you can’t take the steps you want to.”She was prepared for the difficulties her lack of English would pose but not for east London. “First when I came I couldn’t speak, you know? It was so hard because the dialogue here is … oh my God, I couldn’t understand anything.”Now her English is way beyond what you would expect after 10 months. “When you speak English all day you can’t really not [learn it],” she says modestly.Lehmann was plucked from the relative unknown by the then new West Ham manager, Matt Beard, who has a knack for that. She was playing for Swiss team Young Boys and had shone for the national team at the European Women’s Under‑19 Championship and featured for Switzerland’s senior side since 2016.After a brief settling-in period – “I needed a few games to get used to this intensity; it’s more physical” – she got her first goal in West Ham’s ninth game of the season, scoring the winner as they came from behind to beat Everton 2-1.But what was her image of West Ham as a club before she arrived? “I only knew the men’s. Because the women [had] played in the third tier, I didn’t know them.”Of the men’s she “only knew they play in the Premier League and then a few players. Chicharito [Javier Hernández] I knew, because he played in Germany. [Marko] Arnautovic because of Austria. A few but not much.”She has nine goals in her maiden season, mainly playing on the wing, and was nominated for the PFA young player of the year alongside the winner, Georgia Stanway, and the main award winner, Vivianne Miedema.The English league was not completely alien to Lehmann, whose partner is the Chelsea striker Ramona Bachmann, a fellow Switzerland international. In the BBC fly-on-the-wall documentary Britain’s Youngest Football Boss we get an insight into the competitiveness between the two as West Ham prepare to face Chelsea for the first time. Bachmann went on to score the only two goals of the game. In the return the former Chelsea player Gilly Flaherty earned West Ham a draw at Kingsmeadow which confirmed that Chelsea would miss out on Champions League qualification via a top-two finish.center_img Women’s FA Cup Share on WhatsApp Women’s Super League Share on Messenger The pair could have met at Wembley, too, only for an injury-time Magdalena Eriksson own goal in the semi-finals to put City through at the expense of Chelsea, who arguably had the better chances. Lehmann scored the equaliser in West Ham’s semi-final at Reading, which ended 1-1 before they won 4-3 on penalties. Was Lehmann happy to avoid another on-pitch battle with her other half? “If they had won I would have been happy for her. But I don’t mind; in the end we need to win, we don’t mind who we play against.”Now, she can get advice about the Wembley final: “We spoke about them playing there last year. She scored two goals, she told me a little bit about how it will be and I think that’s good for me because I can take the positive things.”Should West Ham beat the odds and come away with a trophy, it would be a testament to Beard’s experience, the support from the club and a remarkable knitting together of 18 players, plus the two added in January, in less than a year.“We came from all over the place and I think that’s why we are so close,” Lehmann says. “We are a little bit like a little family. When I go home and come back I feel really good here. We have really good people and personalities here and it works.” Share on LinkedIn West Ham Women must handle FA Cup final occasion to shock Manchester City Share on Pinterest Women’s football Steph Houghton hails Women’s FA Cup final crowd: ‘We dreamed about this’last_img read more

National Touch League To Return To Coffs Harbour

first_imgCoffs Harbour has won the right after an extremely competitive tender process which included multiple tenders from across New South Wales. The event returns to Coffs Harbour, with the city previously having hosted the NTL event from 1997 through to 2008. Further information can be obtained from the Media Release. While you are in Coffs Harbour for the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League, there are plenty of things to see and do away from the fields. To find out more about Coffs Harbour’s attractions, please visit the following websites:www.destinationnsw.com.au www.coffscoast.com.au Related Files2013_and_2014_ntl_announcement-pdflast_img read more

9 months agoMarseille urged to move for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Marseille urged to move for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayiby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrench pundit Pierre Menes has urged Olympique Marseille to re-sign Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi.The Belgian has just had his loan at Valencia cut short and will not be returning to the Blues.Instead, Valencia are helping Batshuayi to find a new club.Menes, meanwhile, says OM should move for him:Houhou l’OM c’est pas une bonne idée ça? RT @lequipe Valence : Michy Batshuayi officiellement indésirable https://t.co/htcZe4MFrI— Pierre Ménès (@PierreMenes) January 10, 2019 last_img read more

9 days agoSpain coach Moreno dedicates Euros qualification to Luis Enrique

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Spain coach Moreno dedicates Euros qualification to Luis Enriqueby Carlos Volcano9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSpain coach Robert Moreno has dedicated Euros qualification to Luis Enrique.La Roja have made the 2020 Euros after their 1-1 draw with Sweden.And Moreno says qualification is tribute to former Barcelona coach Enrique, who stepped down earlier this year to be with his daughter before her passing.Moreno said, “We have played a good game, and even if we had lost, I would have been happy. Because we have played more with our style. We are qualified and now we have to try to be the top of the group.”Spain is a high-level national team and qualification is a must, but achieving it has its value I want to take the opportunity to dedicate this to Rubiales and Molina because they trusted me, and also Luis Enrique. “It releases tension and doubt, and gives us time to work more comfortably, but without losing tension because the goal is to be one of the six best to go to the draw as seeded teams. It will not be easy, but we will try.” last_img read more

MSMEs Urged to Take Advantage of Positive Economic Climate

first_imgStory Highlights President and Chief Executive Officer of First Global Bank, Mariame McIntosh Robinson, is encouraging small business operators to take advantage of the positive signs in the economy to invest in the expansion of their operations.These indicators include a stable currency, low inflation, lower energy costs, strong net international reserves, heightened business and consumer confidence, and multilateral agency support, together with strong fiscal prudence and management by the Government.The senior banker said the economy is “on a secure, sustainable growth path”, and “there is no better time than now” for micro, small and medium-size enterprise (MSME) operators to invest.“We need entrepreneurs to step up, take the risk to create wealth for your family, and our great nation,” she added.Mrs. McIntosh Robinson was addressing a technology conference held on September 28 at the University of the Commonwealth Caribbean (UCC) in St. Andrew.She noted that MSMEs can access low-cost loans for a wide range of services.She cited equity financing as one option that more operators need to utilise. This involves raising capital through the sale of shares in an enterprise.Mrs. McIntosh Robinson noted further that Jamaica has developed a venture capital financing system, which is like “no other in the Caribbean”.Venture capital is private equity capital provided as seed funding to early-stage, high-potential, growth companies (start-up companies) or as growth funding.International Monetary Fund (IMF) Resident Representative for Jamaica, Dr. Constant Lonkeng Ngouana, in his contribution agreed that now is the time for entrepreneurs to invest.He said that given the type of environment that Jamaica is seeing, “young entrepreneurs should be capturing the benefits”.Dr. Lonkeng Ngouana, in the meanwhile, said he is encouraged by the “ownership” of the Precautionary Standby Arrangement (PSBA), where all the “stakeholders have acknowledged that fiscal discipline is to be maintained”.Under the three-year PSBA, which replaces the Extended Fund Facility, Jamaica can access approximately US$1.7 billion, if needed, for current account support in the event of unforeseen economic shocks.The UCC conference was held under the theme ‘Innovation, Technology and Leadership: A Paradigm Shift’. President and Chief Executive Officer of First Global Bank, Mariame McIntosh Robinson, is encouraging small business operators to take advantage of the positive signs in the economy to invest in the expansion of their operations.center_img The senior banker said the economy is “on a secure, sustainable growth path”, and “there is no better time than now” for micro, small and medium-size enterprise (MSME) operators to invest.last_img read more

Air Transat Thomas Cook sign sevenyear seasonal aircraftsharing deal

first_imgTourism firm Transat A.T. Inc (TSX:TRZ) and Thomas Cook Group Airlines say they have signed a deal to share aircraft on a seasonal basis.The companies say the seven-year partnership will allow both to utilize their fleet of planes more efficiently as their flight destinations shift with the seasons.Air Transat uses smaller aircraft in the winter to fly to the Caribbean, Mexico and Florida and larger aircraft in the summer for transatlantic flights.Meanwhile, Thomas Cook uses smaller aircraft in the summer for Mediterranean travel and larger aircraft in the winter for destinations such as Cuba.Under the agreement announced Monday, every winter Thomas Cook will make available some narrow-body Airbus planes for Air Transat and receive at least one wide-body Airbus plane in return.last_img read more