Burnley are struggling to maintain the heights of last season and are playing with fear, according to manager Sean Dyche.The Clarets are currently in the relegation zone after 14 games and the 2-0 defeat at Crystal Palace condemned them to their fifth defeat in six Premier League games.With games against Liverpool, Tottenham, and Arsenal to come before the festive period, Dyche said hard work and a bit of luck are the only things that can improve the club’s situation.“[Crystal Palace] deserved to win,” he told Sky Sports. “The performance: there was a bit of fear attached to it. The eye of the tiger we had last year – it was a collective unit – has softened quite obviously – and that can happen with tough results.Match Preview: Burnley vs Liverpool Boro Tanchev – August 30, 2019 Premier League leaders Liverpool travel to Burnley for the Matchday 4 of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.“There’s a lot of demand on this season, a different kind of demand that is new to the players and new to the club as well.“I think that that affects the way a group works sometimes, and I think they’ve found a challenge within that. So each game has that bit of trepidation to it and instead of that professional enjoyment that you want from your players, it becomes huff and puff, ‘just get through it’ and that mentality.“I’ve been through it myself down my career as a player and as a manager as well. To get that eye of the tiger back, it usually – not always – comes from hard work. The reason I say not always is that now and again you get it from a lucky one.“It’s strange football, you nick a lucky win and all of a sudden it looks different, but you don’t want to rely on them. You want to rely on the good work that the players can do to turn things around.”
SpiceJet announced its “Cheaper-than-train-fares” sale on Wednesday, which intensified the ongoing air fare war in the airline industy.Under the new scheme, SpiceJet is offering domestic fares starting from ₹599 all-in. On international routes, the airline is offering tickets ₹3,499 onwards. SpiceJet has reserved 4,00,000 seats with 1,00,000 seats for the ₹599 fare.The offer window that opened on 11 February will close post 13 February midnight. The travel period covered is 1 July to 24 October. Reuters”We are thrilled to continue to make air travel more affordable and accessible for more Indians than ever before, with our new unbelievable offer: the ‘Cheaper Than Train Fares’ sale. Fares for this offer are lower than AC train fares on many routes, and cheaper than non-AC sleeper class trains on several routes.” Chief Commercial Officer Kaneswaran Avili said in a press release.SpiceJet’s Chief Operating Officer Sanjiv Kapoor noted that in a bid to get its planes to operate at full load, the company is offering rates that are lower than train fares.”These are seats that would otherwise go empty and be lost forever, and are priced based on the marginal cost of carrying an extra passenger, not on the average cost. Revenues from such offers contribute incremental revenue for the airline that flows directly to the bottom line”, he added.SpiceJet shares were trading at ₹20.05, a rise of ₹0.05 or 0.25 per cent at the time this story was written – 11:19 a.m.
A terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor being launched from a THAAD battery located on Wake Island in the Pacific Ocean, during the Flight Test Operational (FTO)-02 Event 2a. AFP file photoChina demanded on Tuesday an immediate halt to a controversial US missile shield hours after Washington announced that the defence system was now operational in South Korea.Washington and Seoul agreed to the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery deployment in July in the wake of a string of North Korean missile tests.But its deployment has infuriated China, which fears it will weaken its own ballistic missile capabilities and says it upsets the regional security balance.“We oppose the deployment of the THAAD system in (South Korea) and urge relevant sides to immediately stop the deployment. We will firmly take necessary measures to uphold our interests,” foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a regular press briefing.While Beijing lashed out at the shield’s deployment, the foreign ministry expressed support for US President Donald Trump’s surprise comments that he would be “honored” to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un under the right conditions.“If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him I would, absolutely. I would be honored to do it,” Trump said in an interview with Bloomberg.Asked about Trump’s remarks, Geng said that China “has always believed that dialogue and consultation… is the only realistic and viable way to achieve denuclearisation.”“We also said many times that the US and DPRK… should make political decisions at an early date, take action and show good faith so that we can create a better atmosphere for resuming the peace talks and settling the issue,” he added.Economic backlashEarlier, US Forces Korea said THAAD is “operational and has the ability to intercept North Korean missiles and defend the Republic.”A US defence official told AFP, however, that the system has only “reached initial intercept capability”.This initial capability will be augmented later this year as additional hardware and components arrive to complete the system, officials said.The THAAD system, which is being installed on a former golf course in the southern county of Seongju, is designed to intercept and destroy short- and medium-range ballistic missiles during their final phase of flight.Beijing has imposed a host of measures seen as economic retaliation against the South for the THAAD deployment, including a ban on tour groups.Retail conglomerate Lotte, which previously owned the golf course, has also been targeted, with 85 of its 99 stores in China shut down, while South Korea’s biggest automaker Hyundai Motor has said its Chinese sales have fallen sharply.The THAAD deployment comes as tension soars on the Korean peninsula following a series of missile launches by the North and warnings from the administration of US President Donald Trump that military action is an “option on the table.”Who should pay?Further complicating matters, Trump stunned Seoul last week when he suggested South Korea should pay for the $1 billion THAAD system.“I informed South Korea it would be appropriate if they paid. It’s a billion-dollar system,” Trump was quoted as saying in a published report.“It’s phenomenal, shoots missiles right out of the sky.”Seoul retorted that under the Status of Forces Agreement that governs the US military presence in the country, the South would provide the THAAD site and infrastructure while the US would pay to deploy and operate it.Thomas Karako, the director of the Missile Defense Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, noted that South Korea’s sole THAAD battery does not quite have the range to cover the entire country.But he called it an important first step.“This is not about a having a perfect shield, this is about buying time and thereby contributing to the overall credibility of deterrence,” Karako told AFP.“South Korea with THAAD helps communicate to the North that today is not a good day to attack. It doesn’t mean that they could not do a lot of damage—they would—but it strengthens the overall posture.”
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /04:29 Andrew SchneiderState Representative Harold V. Dutton Jr. (D-Houston)Texas is set to carry out its second execution of the year this week, barring a last minute reprieve. There are another seven planned by July. The use of the death penalty has been on the decline in Texas in recent years. But one state representative from Houston has made it his mission to end it all together.Harold Dutton’s law office sits two stories above the Main Street rail line in Midtown. One morning in 2002 he was drinking a cup of coffee and reading his daily paper, “and it talked about an execution that had taken place. And it said that it did it in the name of Texas,” he says. “And I thought, ‘Oh, that’s me.’ And so they did it in my name.”The idea really bothered him. “And I said, ‘I really don’t want them doing it in my name.’”He had already tried to stop new death sentences in Texas, after seeing states like Illinois take similar steps.“The way the death penalty works in Texas now,” Dutton says, “is your case is automatically appealed from the lower trial court all the way up to our Court of Criminal Appeals, which is the highest criminal court, and if they deny your appeal, they send it back to the lower court for setting an execution date.”In 2001, Dutton proposed a bill that would keep the appeals court from sending back any death penalty cases to the lower court for two years. That one made it to the House floor.Then one of Dutton’s opponents spotted what he was doing. “He got up and went to the back mic and said, ‘Representative Dutton, this looks an awful lot like a moratorium.’ And I said, ‘That’s because it is.’ And the whole House stopped, and of course the bill died at that point.”That was before Dutton’s fateful cup of coffee. Dutton offered his first bill to abolish the death penalty in 2003. He’s filed at least one bill to that end every legislative session since.Dutton also began to bring former inmates to testify at the Capitol. Some had been sentenced to die, but were exonerated after DNA or other evidence proved their innocence. Others had pled guilty, even though they weren’t, in order to avoid a death sentence. Dutton says their stories have changed minds but rarely votes.“There are members who have said to me privately, ‘Harold, you know, I like the idea you file that bill every year, but I just can’t vote for it, because I don’t think I’d get reelected,’” he says.Dutton is not the only reason Houston and surrounding Harris County are at the epicenter of the death penalty debate. Kristin Houlé heads the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. She’s tracked the number of death sentences in Texas over the past four decades and broken them down by county.“At the top of that list is Harris County, which has sentenced nearly 300 people to death and accounts for 126 executions,” Houlé says. “That’s more executions than any other state except for Texas as a whole. But even in Harris County, use of the death penalty is declining. No one has been sentenced to death out of Harris County for the last two years.”There are several reasons why death sentences have been falling in Texas. The use of DNA testing, for one. Another is negative publicity over botched executions. Then there’s the cost. Because of the lengthy appeals, it often costs hundreds of thousands of dollars more to execute someone than it does to keep them in prison for life.“I think there has been more of a tendency for juries to opt for the sentencing option of life in prison without the possibility of parole when they have that opportunity,” says Jack Roady, criminal district attorney for Galveston County.Before his election, Roady was a prosecutor with the Harris County DA’s office, and worked on many death penalty appeals. He notes the state legislature only made life without parole an option in Texas in 2005. Roady says that’s fine, “but there are some cases where the sentence of death is the appropriate punishment, and juries in Texas, in fact juries in the country, need to have that ability to impose that punishment if the evidence supports it.”Roady feels most of his constituents aren’t ready to give up the death penalty as a way to punish what he calls “the worst of the worst,” though he says abolition could happen if enough Texans decide that’s what they want.Dutton is counting on that. “Now that the public is also beginning to have a clearer view of the issues related to this whole issue of capital punishment,” he says, “that has made even legislators now have to stop and take a look.”Dutton’s already filed his bill for the 2017 legislative session. He’s hoping, this year, more of his colleagues will join him. EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been edited to accurately reflect changes by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice as to the number of executions in the state and the number of scheduled executions.Note: Public radio stations from across the state collaborated on this series looking at the death penalty in Texas – its history, how it’s changed, whom it affects and its future. You can hear other stories in this series on the Texas Standard.TSC X Share Listen
Indira Gandhi Centre of Arts, in association with Cocoa and Jasmine (independent culture publication), has curated an event titled ‘Safed’. Organised as part of ‘The Craft Project’ – an initiative that aims to document tangible anthropology i.e material culture of a place and comment on its relevance in the contemporary space – the event will be held on April 27.Through the project, Cocoa and Jasmine also wishes to bring together a community of craft entrepreneurs and create a collective of common motivation. The Craft Project celebrates diversity in culture through objects, folk arts, crafts, and design. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfCurrently, over 30 contributors from 24 cities around the world have joined the project to talk about Indian crafts in contemporary space. Some of these are Judy Frater from Kutch, Monisha Ahmed from Ladakh, Sally Holkar from Maheshwar and Brigitte Singh from Jaipur. To translate this research project into a physical space, a series of events in different cities in India and abroad will be organised. The event will comprise of a textile installation, a photo exhibit, display of printed journals and a panel discussion. The very first chapter of this series is being held in Delhi on April 27, 5 pm at the Indira Gandhi National Centre of Arts. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSpeaking about the event, Sayali Goyal, curator of the installation, says, “A common string in most textile crafts of India is white fabric, a blank canvas. Through this project, I wish to showcase the unity of our craftsmen yet bring out the diversity in textures. When a weaver weaves fabric, a little bit of himself is woven into it as well, thus each fabric displayed here holds the artisan’s emotions as if the artisan was present here. If you look carefully at these fabrics, they are all different and unique and have an individual soul yet we can appreciate them as one, just like Indian crafts.” The panel discussion will explore the importance of craft documentation and why design intervention is important to represent contemporary Indian aesthetics at a global platform. Purnima Rai of the Delhi Crafts Council and Crafts Council of India, as well as Ritu Sethi of the Crafts Revival Trust have been invited for the same. The conversation will be moderated by the Founder of Cocoa and Jasmine, Sayali Goyal. The photo exhibition will display the process of documentation and stories that were covered from East to the West of India including Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Kolkata and also Maheshwar.
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 5 min read February 28, 2018 The modern office was conceived at the turn of the 20th century by Frederick Winslow Taylor, imitating factory assembly lines, where clerks and executives could perform repetitive tasks with maximum efficiency. In recent years, our offices have changed to reflect the more collaborative nature of work, but meeting rooms have lagged behind.Related: Science Has Some Suggestions for Making Meetings ProductiveBack in the Mad Men era, employees worked for a boss and gathered in his office for meetings. On the few occasions when a large room was needed, a secretary would book a suitable room. If a presentation was to be made, there would be flip charts and perhaps an overhead projector showing some slides to people in the room, watching through a haze of cigarette smoke.Today, work has changed utterly. We all still have a boss, but we tend to work in collaborative, cross-functional clusters rather than within isolated reporting lines. Fewer people have offices to hold small meetings in, and almost no one has a secretary to book a room for a meeting. The end result, as anyone who works in an office knows, is groups of people wandering around looking for an open room. And then, minutes after finding an empty room, often getting kicked out by a late-arriving group.Poorly used meeting space wastes money.Meetings are expensive — the rent of the office space combined with the wages of each attendee — but a lot of that investment is wasted. A UCLA and University of Minnesota study finds that executives spend up to half of their working hours in meetings and that as much as 50 percent of that time is unproductive. With 17 million business meetings in the United States every day, there are a lot of frustrated workers: 88 percent of people are annoyed by technology problems in meeting rooms, and 20 percent of meetings run late due to those issues, wasting 2.83 working days a year for the average employee.Related: How to Create a Meeting-Smart Work CultureIt’s no wonder that removing these headaches, solving the daily productivity challenges and streamlining workflows is a priority for businesses in every industry. And a majority of those organizations are installing integrated meeting room systems — with touchscreen tablets — outside each room to solve meeting room management challenges. Employees are tired of having to log onto a computer to find the shared network drive where they can reserve an open room. Instead, a growing number of companies are equipping their meeting rooms with interactive display panels on the wall just outside the door, empowering employees to instantly book the room and be on their way.Having a simple meeting room solution is increasingly important as fewer workers have assigned desks or their own offices.Modern meeting room solutions include the ability to cancel a reservation if no one shows up within 15 minutes of scheduled meeting start time, immediately opening the room for a new reservation. The technology also allows employees to extend reservation or contact support staff if there are problems with equipment or other issues. There are even meeting room management solutions with built-in light indicators, showing real-time room availability; green if the room is available or red if it’s booked.Related: How to Master Meetings (Infographic)Upgrading meeting rooms is key to revitalizing office space.Making meeting rooms more interactive and easier to navigate is part of a movement to upgrade our office spaces to better reflect how we work today. Real estate executives acknowledge updating is needed with 86 percent saying they are remaking or adapting offices and another 51 percent are planning to reinvent shared workspaces this year, according to the CBRE’s 2017 Americas Occupier Survey. Employing technology to more efficiently use meeting space is a vital part of those efforts and can make a big impact on a company’s bottom line.In fact, one of the top global professional services companies installed a digital meeting system and ran analytics to figure out how to optimize the use of its offices globally. Analytics revealed how often meeting rooms were empty and how often staff were working in each office. The information revealed that the firm was renting more office space than it really needed, prompting a move to a more efficient hoteling system of office space management. For example, at the company’s building in Times Square, in the heart of Manhattan, the firm was able to sublet three floors, an initiative that ultimately saved the company millions in rent, annually.Inflexible, static meeting room signage is one of the last vestiges of the 1980s-era office design. Making meeting rooms easier to use is part of the evolution of the workplace, and companies are currently clamoring to make that transition — because the benefits of digital meeting room management solutions are as wide-ranging as they are impactful.Related Video: This Tech Business Holds Company-Wide, 15-Minute Standing Meetings to Keep Employees Connected Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.
Air Canada’s new nonstop services to add seats on Dallas route Friday, March 10, 2017 VANCOUVER — The new Air Canada nonstop daily flight out of Vancouver to Dallas will see more than 500 new seats per week added into the U.S. destination as Air Canada deploys Bombardier Canadair Regional Jet aircraft carrying 75 passengers with 10 business class seats.VisitDallas’ VP Tourism Mark Thompson said he is hopeful there will be a further increase into Dallas as Air Canada has announced it will begin another direct daily flight out of Montreal beginning in May. The two new flights will join existing service out of Toronto. The Vancouver route started Feb. 5.“Toronto has always been a very strong market,” he said. “We are excited to be working with Air Canada – we are impressed with the airline and its staff.”In 2015 some 264,000 visitors from Canada came to the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Thompson said 2016 figures are being tallied but they are expected to show a moderate increase while 2017 still remains in question and he is hopeful the city can remain its market numbers.He said the negativity surrounding the immigrations ban is expected to deter some travellers. At the same time, the U.S. exchange rate is also a disadvantage.In B.C. Air Canada is coming into the market with a price point that is slightly above Alaska Airlines’ price from YVR. From now until through May, the pricing on the Air Canada flights is approximately $465, which compares to Alaska Airlines flights (which have a Seattle layover) priced at $432 for a similar period. The Air Canada flight takes four hours, while the Alaska Airlines flight takes six and a half hours.Dallas has been a draw for business travellers and conventions but the leisure travel market is the sector where the city is seeing growth, said Thompson. Individuals coming to the city for business or conventions are adding extra days to explore city attractions plus the pure leisure travel sector is also growing fast.VisitDallas can provide travel agents with commissionable product ranging from excursions to hotels for those agents looking to provide tag-on sales to a conference or business traveller or assemble package information for a leisure traveller. “There are some existing products that have worked very well across the board for travel agents. The most important is the CityPASS program,” Thompson said. CityPASS has been a “powerhouse” for sales for agents as it provides entry to four of the city’s top attractions and offers clients a 40% discount on admission prices.More news: Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTThe tourism board’s website, visitdallas.com, also has itineraries available for travel agents planning client holidays or special-interest vacations and these can be combined into a fly-drive vacation, said Thompson. If information is not available on the website, the tourism board has individuals who will work with agents. “There are some fantastic resources available online and if it isn’t there, we are just a click away,” said Thompson.Thompson said VisitDallas has hosted fams to the city out of Western Canada in the anticipation of the Air Canada flight start-up. He is hoping to launch more fams in 2017. “We have identified some agents (during the three-day visit to Vancouver) that would be a good match to showcase Dallas,” he said, adding that the bureau’s marketing initiative includes reaching out to agents plus trade and consumer media to create more interest in the city. Those agents selling into the Dallas/Fort Worth market and wanting more information regarding fam trips should contact the VisitDallas office.Thompson said the biggest attraction for Canadians coming to Dallas currently is shopping. “Shopping is tax-free for international visitors. It is a very robust program,” he said, adding that it offsets the exchange rate.A second major draw is the city’s sporting events. “The sports situation is fantastic. We are home to six professional teams,” he said with the Dallas Cowboys a strong draw.Family travel is also popular, as Dallas is known for providing a wide range of price-point accommodation and delivering a “high-value” vacation experience. The Dallas downtown area has been undergoing a revitalization and densification with many new residents moving into the area. The result, says Thompson, is a resurgence in the restaurant scene with up to 90 new restaurants opened as of January 2017.Dallas is “stellar” on all levels when it comes to hotel properties and can offer a range of price points from economy to super-luxury, adds Thompson. “The room rates are much lower than what you would normally find in a major market,” he said, especially for many of the higher end brand name hotels.More news: Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”With growing leisure travel and densification downtown, the hotel industry is also undergoing change. “We are experiencing a large boom in hotel building and growth,” he said. One showcase property is The Statler, formerly the Statler Hilton, which has been dormant for 15-20 years and has reopened after a long renovation and rebuild.“It was the first property that the founder of the chain, Hilton, put his name on,” said Thompson. When it opened in 1956, it was the premier place to stay in the American Southwest and it became an icon as it embodied the first modern hotel design. It closed in 2001. “It was also the hotel where Tina Turner left her husband, Ike,” he said, providing a historical note. “It has gone through a full restoration and is beautiful.” The property is expected to open later this year.The Lorenzo Hotel (formerly the Plaza Hotel), the property that Turner went to after leaving Ike, has also undergone a $35 million renovation and opened in February. “It is a smaller property but it has great price points and it is very attractive for business travellers,” said Thompson.The arts and culture scene is also popular with the Dallas Museum of Art from March into July hosting a show that is being billed as the largest exhibition of Mexican art since 1954 with many works of Mexico’s major artists on display. The exhibit explores 50 years of modern art Mexican art.Of course, an ageless draw to Dallas has become the long-running TV show of the same name, which aired from 1978 to 1991. “It has left a fantastic legacy,” said Thompson. The Southfork Ranch, made famous by the show’s Ewing family, is now a special events venue and meeting destination with daily tours ensuring its status as a popular tourist haunt. Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Jean Sorensen Tags: Air Canada, New Routes, Texas