Chelsea v Dynamo Kiev: Blues duo return and Hazard is a sub

first_imgMidfield duo Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas return to the Chelsea starting line-up for the Champions League clash with Dynamo Kiev at Stamford Bridge, while Eden Hazard drops back to the substitutes’ bench along with Gary Cahill.Cesar Azpilicueta starts for the Blues at right-back, with Baba Rahman coming in at left-back and Kurt Zouma partnering skipper John Terry at the heart of the defence.Chelsea: Begovic; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Terry, Baba; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Oscar; Diego Costa.Subs: Blackman, Cahill, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Hazard, Pedro, Remy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

A reviews of jetBlue’s Even More Space(EMS) seats.

first_imgWhen jetBlue first arrived on the scene in 1999, it billed itself as a low cost carrier offering better than low cost service. Their fleet of all new Airbus A320s was equipped with dark blue leather seats plus free satellite TV, and the airline certainly delivered on their promise. Today, Premium Economy service generally offers passengers more leg room plus additional amenities such as early boarding, or perhaps free food and inflight entertainment for a reasonable price. On jetBlue’s ‘Even More Space’ (EMS), some of those niceties are offered, and some are not. The key here is the type of aircraft, as the EMS experience was noticeably different aboard the airline’s older Airbus A320s or new A321s. This review is of EMS service on jetBlue’s A321 with Mint-class forward cabin. Seat and AmenitiesEMS seats are offered in select rows on all jetBlue aircraft, but the A321 comes in two different configurations. The “Core’ aircraft has 190 seats, 40 of which are reserved as EMS rows. These jetliners have seat backs measuring 18-inches wide, while A321s configured up-front for Mint flights have 159 seats, 40 for EMS passengers. These seat backs are narrower, however. (jetBlue’s A320s have 150 seats, 42 for EMS.)While EMS afforded early boarding and early overhead bin access, two surprises awaited this traveler upon entering the A321 (named ‘It’s Mint To Be’). For one thing, both large overhead bins at my row were already closed with no one yet onboard. Then the big surprise: my EMS window seat, 18F, wasn’t next to an emergency overwing exit, but rather the R3 emergency exit door. This meant no window, no outboard armrest, and a Flight Attendant jump seat on the aisle. When I inquired about this being an actual EMS seat, the senior Flight Attendant apologized, inferring this was a common complaint, and offered me a complimentary cocktail once airborne, as well as an offer to change to an available Economy seat.There were no amenity kits on the seats themselves, as I learned that anything you might want – earphones, blankets, pillows, and of course food, had to be purchased. I was also surprised to see stains on the seats of an airplane in service less than three months. Ambient cabin lighting was pleasant and more than adequate during the boarding process.The seats themselves are quite handsome, covered in supple two-tone charcoal and light gray leather with tan stitching and free-standing headrests embossed with the EMS logo. Seat backs were 16 inches wide while the seat cushion measured 19 inches wide. Seat backs reclined 6 inches, but the biggest feature was seat pitch – a whopping 41 inches, compared to 33 inches in regular Economy. During the flight, the lack of a window was only a minor annoyance until we encountered moderate turbulence. During those active moments, the lack of visual cues made my enclosed space feel somewhat claustrophobic. If you are prone to motion sickness, I would highly recommend avoiding Row 18.Food and BeveragesOnce airborne, I discovered the reason why those overhead compartments were closed. They were used for stowing packages of bottled water, all of which had to be retrieved by a flight attendant at the beginning of beverage service 30 minutes after takeoff. Meals were offered for purchase one hour after takeoff as flight attendants came down the aisle with portable devices to charge your credit card and print a receipt. Two menus were available. The first, named ‘EAT UP,’ contained various health and nutrition-oriented snacks priced at $6.00US, while the second, named ‘EAT UP CAFE,’ offered supposedly more substantial meals for up to twice the snack prices, but serving sizes were modest and the quality of food was average at best. Those meal selections consisted of raw veggie platters and sandwiches, with a top of the line Top Sirloin Steak sandwich costing $12.00US. I ordered the Grilled Chicken and Brie sandwich with a quinoa and raisin salad. The sandwich consisted mostly of bread, with a thin layer of brie and small chunks of chicken. Meals are pictured on sleek white china on the menu, but are actually served in clear plastic containers. Complimentary juices, sodas, and bottled water were then served along with light snacks such as pretzels, popcorn, animal crackers, and chocolate chip cookies. The free drink and snack service was offered again about an hour before landing.In-flight EntertainmentThis feature, a highlight on all jetBlue flights, helped establish the airline’s early favorable reputation, and IFE on the new A321 raises the bar yet again. Easy viewing 10-inch high definition screens are at Economy and EMS seats, with a selection of movies, TV shows, special features, and music that is second to none. Headphones (ear buds, actually) are available for purchase at $3.00US.Let’s start with 80 – yes, 80 channels of DirecTV programming. Then there’s a choice of six major feature films and jetBlueTV programs. Add 100-plus channels of Sirius XM radio and the inflight Map Channel, and you have plenty to keep you occupied on any transcontinental flight. The image quality is simply outstanding, and doesn’t seem as affected by outside sunlight as earlier technology inflight screens. One minor inconvenience is the remote control panel on the armrest located just forward of your elbow. Lean on it a bit too hard, and you inadvertently change channels or revert to the home page main menu.The needs of the digital age are met handily with jetBlue’s new ‘Fly Fi’ feature that comes in two modes: ‘Simply Surf’ for standard browsing and ‘Fly Fi Plus’ (available for purchase) which gives you wider broadband capability for streaming movies. Simply power up your digital device, open the wireless network connection, launch or refresh your browser window, sign-in and agree to terms, and you’re off and running.Customer ServiceFrom the very beginning, cabin crewmembers were pleasant and courteous, but seemed a bit stressed. While they all performed their duties with pride and passion, the A321s high passenger-to-flight attendant ratio seemed to leave them frustrated. A fifth FA is definitely needed on the A321, and upon talking to the crew at the end of the flight, they too mentioned how they would appreciate having just one more FA in Economy, allowing them to give the high level of dedicated service they pride themselves on delivering.That said, having the flight attendant jump seat on the aisle of Row 18 meant that passengers had to watch the FA make cabin announcements while reading from a cue card, and because of the proximity of seats to the emergency exit doors, the FA had to awkwardly reach across the passengers (apologizing once again) to arm and de-arm the door at takeoff and landing and stow the ”REMOVE BEFORE FLIGHT” banner. Other amenities available for purchase included a dark blue Arm & Hammer blanket for $5.00US, and a dark blue Claritin neck pillow for $6.00US. On a positive note, small rolled hot towels were distributed to EMS passengers free of charge approximately 30 minutes before landing – a welcome touch at the end of a five hour plus transcontinental flight. Hot towels were not offered on the A320 EMS return flight, however.Final Word‘Even More Space’ service (including ‘Even More Speed’ for priority TSA screening) is available on all jetBlue flights starting at $10 one way. Pricing varies by route and length of flight, and EMS seat rows differ with each aircraft type.While my overall jetBlue EMS experience met with mixed reviews, it still offers passengers a distinct advantage over standard Economy which itself is fairly comfortable. Increased legroom, early boarding, and first choice at an overhead compartment are nice, but having to purchase earphones, pillows, blankets, and food onboard after paying the additional fare for EMS service tends to minimize the true cost advantage for the traveler.Would I pay for ‘Even More Space’ service on my next jetBlue flight to New York? Yes, I would, primarily for the benefits of priority TSA screening, early boarding, and that very generous extra legroom. However, the crown jewel of the jetBlue transcon experience is your departure or arrival at the airline’s stunning new Terminal 5 at JFK. This terminal will be the subject of a separate AirlineRatings review, but I can assure you, that experience alone is worth the price of the ticket.Mike flew as a guest of jetBlue on August 18 and 19, 2014.last_img read more

The top 10 “best” geocaching songs — Volume 2

first_imgMission Impossible2. Mission Impossible theme for gadget cachesBongo beats, trumpets, and that sassy jazz flute! MI6 anyone? Born To Be Wild3. Born to Be Wild – SteppenwolfGet your motor runnin’Head out on the highwayLookin’ for adventureAnd whatever comes our way The top 10 “best” geocaching songs — Volume 2What makes a great geocaching song? Sure, the tune has to be catchy (cache-y?), but there’s a lot more to it than that. The lyrics and spirit must include one or more of the following: discovery, far away travels, overcoming incredible physical challenges, the thrill of victory, and agony of defeat.So in response to our original post about geo-music, you submitted your own sing-a-long suggestions. Here they are in all their glory, the second list of the Top 10 “best” geocaching songs.* Ain’t No Mountain High Enough10. Ain’t no mountain high enough – Marvin Gaye and Tammi TerrellListen baby, ain’t no mountain highAin’t no valley low, ain’t no river wide enough babyIf you need me call me no matter where you areNo matter how far don’t worry baby Boxes7. Boxes – Goo Goo DollsWe’ll have tiny boxes for memoriesOpen them up and we’ll set them freeThere’ll be bad days and some hard timesBut I’ll keep your statistics, if you keep mine On the Road Again9. On the Road Again – Willie NelsonOn the road againGoin’ places that I’ve never beenSeein’ things that I may never see againAnd I can’t wait to get on the road again You Can’t Always Get What You Want6. You Can’t Always Get What You Want – The Rolling StonesNo, you can’t always get what you wantYou can’t always get what you wantYou can’t always get what you wantBut if you try sometime you findYou get what you need I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)8. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The ProclaimersBut I would walk 500 milesAnd I would walk 500 moreJust to be the man who walks a thousand milesTo fall down at your door cachecenter_img SharePrint RelatedAin’t no Mountain High Enough… for Geocachers – Interview with Team GCTransAlpsJune 8, 2015In “15 Years”Geocaching Road Trip ‘15 – Ain’t no Mountain High Enough… for GeocachersJune 9, 2015In “15 Years”The top 10 “best” geocaching songsMarch 5, 2018In “Community” These Boots Are Made For Walkin’5. These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ – Nancy SinatraThese boots are made for walkingAnd that’s just what they’ll doOne of these days these boots are gonna walk all over youAre you ready, boots? Start walkin’ And the number one song for geocachers has got to be…Happy TrailsHappy Trails – Roy RogersWho cares about the clouds when we’re together?Just sing a song, and bring the sunny weather.Happy trails to you,Until we meet again.*And yes, the word “best” is intentionally in quotation marks! We Are The Champions4. We Are the Champions – QueenAnd bad mistakesI’ve made a fewI’ve had my share of sand kicked in my faceBut I’ve come throughWe are the champions, my friendsAnd we’ll keep on fighting ’til the endWe are the championsWe are the championsNo time for losers‘Cause we are the champions of the world Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Maharashtra continues to dole out sops to struggling real estate sector

first_imgAs part of the series of concessions being granted to the real estate sector, which is facing a credit crunch, the State government aims to help relax the ban on construction in the buffer zone around flamingo sanctuaries in Mumbai and Thane.Ahead of the Assembly polls, the State government is pushing the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) to notify Eco Sensitive Zones (ESZs) around the sanctuaries. The notification will help real estate developers seek a relief from the ban imposed by the apex court on construction within the buffer zone. Real estate bodies have submitted an affidavit to the courts on the need to lift the ban for the benefit of the industry. ‘Fast-track proposal’According to the Supreme Court directive dated December 11, 2018, unless the State government notifies ESZs, a 10-km buffer has to be marked from the boundaries of flamingo sanctuaries. As per the directive, construction will be banned within or around the buffer zone. Real estate representatives have demanded the proposal to declare the sanctuaries as ESZs be put on the fast track. An environment department official said, “We have done our bit to mark out the ESZs and forwarded the proposals to the (MoEFCC) from the Mangrove Cell of the Maharashtra Forest Department. The developers have moved the courts seeking relief from the ban, which will become easier once ESZs are marked.”In the recent past, the government has relaxed a variety of environmental permissions while lifting cess and premium charges on projects to support the real estate sector. Twelve demands made by industry associations have been approved, including the submission of development proposals simultaneously to the planning authority and the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA). According to the existing practice, proposals in Coastal Regulation Zone (2) area are submitted first to the planning authority and later to the MCZMA. The government has decided to exempt real estate projects from an online system, which monitors commercial, information technology and green building projects. The Project Proponent (PP) will no longer be made responsible for operation and maintenance of pollution control systems in a housing society. Maharashtra Pollution Control Board regulations mandate that the PP be held responsible for five years for systems installed after the formation of a housing society in a residential project.Last week, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had approved a slew of fiscal concessions to the struggling construction sector, setting the State exchequer back by ₹800 crore. Among the measures were the removal of development cess on the additional floor space index component. The premium charged in case of residential projects was reduced to 35% from 50%, while the commercial charges in the category were brought down to 40% from 60%. The premiums on construction of information technology parks, redevelopment of Maharashtra Housing Area Development Authority structures too was reduced by 50%, officials said.last_img read more

Legislation to Regulate Sugar Content Next Step in JA Moves Campaign – PM

first_img He was addressing a large crowd that had gathered at Bargain Village Shopping Centre in May Pen on Thursday (November 30) for the final in the series of Jamaica Moves road tours hosted by the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA) and the Ministry of Health. Prime Minster, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the next step in the Jamaica Moves campaign will be to take legislation to Parliament to regulate the sugar content in food products.But before that, he said, persons will have to be educated about the ill effects of some of the foods they consume daily.He was addressing a large crowd that had gathered at Bargain Village Shopping Centre in May Pen on Thursday (November 30) for the final in the series of Jamaica Moves road tours hosted by the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA) and the Ministry of Health.Mr. Holness encouraged the citizens of Clarendon to take better care of themselves by exercising daily and eating healthy, and also cautioned them against smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.“Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as diabetes, hypertension and stroke, are linked to our lifestyle and how we choose to live. We eat rice, yam, dumpling and banana on one plate and all of that is starch, which converts to sugar. When you have too much of that and you are not exercising, you start to put on weight,” he pointed out.“We want all Jamaicans to be healthy. We recommend 30 minutes a day of relatively easy exercise, such as walking in the morning; or 30 minutes of moderate exercise daily (which) is good for all of us,” he added.The Prime Minister noted that he, too, had recently embarked on a healthier lifestyle by eliminating sugar and artificial sweeteners from his diet, and is encouraging all Jamaicans to either cut down or cut out sugar. He said he had also reduced his fat intake.“I am also encouraging you to eat more fruits and vegetables, like callaloo and cabbage. We, as a Government, are not just looking at the economy, roads and crime, but we take your health very seriously and are taking the message to you,” he said.He commended the Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, on doing an excellent job with the Jamaica Moves campaign and for practising what he preaches by exercising daily.The Prime Minister later joined Dr. Tufton; Mayor of May Pen, Winston Maragh; and councillors in leading the crowd in a 20-minute workout.Dr. Tufton, for his part, encouraged all attendees to move and participate in the evening’s activities, because “we are trying to get every Jamaican to understand the relationship between physical activity and healthy lifestyle”.“We have too many Jamaicans dying of heart failure, diabetes and arthritis because they sit too much, eat badly, and before they reach 70 they have to take five to six tablets and live at the hospital and doctor. We don’t want that,” he said.The Health Minister noted that “public health is not just about hospitals but encouraging Jamaicans to live healthy lives.” The Prime Minister noted that he, too, had recently embarked on a healthier lifestyle by eliminating sugar and artificial sweeteners from his diet, and is encouraging all Jamaicans to either cut down or cut out sugar. He said he had also reduced his fat intake. Prime Minster, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the next step in the Jamaica Moves campaign will be to take legislation to Parliament to regulate the sugar content in food products. Story Highlightslast_img read more

US says Chinas death sentence against Canadian politically motivated

first_imgTORONTO — The U.S. State Department says China’s death sentence against a Canadian man is “politically motivated.”Wednesday’s statement from U.S. deputy spokesman Robert Palladino says that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland spoke Tuesday and “expressed their concerns about the arbitrary detentions and politically motivated sentencing of Canadian nationals.”A Chinese court resentenced Robert Schellenberg to death in a sudden retrial of a drug-smuggling case on Monday.Freeland and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have been talking to world leaders about Schellenberg’s case and the cases of two Canadians arrested in China in apparent retaliation for the arrest of Chinese Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.Canada arrested the daughter of Huawei’s founder at the request of the U.S., which wants her extradited to face fraud charges.The Associated Presslast_img read more

SIX HORRORFYING CFC ALUMNI SHARE THEIR FAVOURITE SCARY MOVIES

first_imgAdvertisement In honour of Halloween, we made like Ghostface and asked a few CFC alumni who are working in (or have worked in) horror film and/or TV that very pertinent question.More specifically, we asked these former residents to think back to the movies that scared them and, in effect, inspired them. The answers we received not only provide interesting insights into each of these creators, but could also make for a mighty macabre movie marathon.Read on—if you dare!—for the full list. But first, can we just ask, what’s that behind you? Login/Register With: Advertisement JOHN AINSLIE (THE SUBLET)THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974) Advertisementcenter_img Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “It’s a master class on what can be done on a low budget. The cinematography and creative use of sound are extremely effective in sucking you into what can only be described as total mayhem.It’s [also] a great example of a film where plot is less important than tone and style to create a visceral cinematic experience. They really pushed the envelope and created this amazing world that has you as fascinated by what’s going on as you are frightened.READ MORElast_img read more

Jamaicas DPP talks fake news at CBU conference in Bahamas

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 23, 2017 – Nassau – The seriousness of fake news was a major topic tackled by Paula Llewellyn at day two of the Caribbean Broadcasters’ Union annual general assembly being staged at the British Colonial Hilton in Nassau.    The Director of Public Prosecutions in Jamaica explained that reputation is a valuable commodity in the media business and advised against publishing unchecked information.In an era when invented information comes in as easily and as believably as credible information, 48 media houses from 23 countries within the region listened intently as Llewelyn gave the legal ramifications of fake news and irresponsible journalism.   #PaulaLlewellyn is the first woman DPP of Jamaica.The theme of the conference which ends on August 24th is Digital Developments in Caribbean media.#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #PaulaLlewellynlast_img read more

Hotline numbers released to report price gougers

first_img Bahamas Min. of Labour speaks on Price Gouging Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #PriceGouging, #PriceInspectors PNP Opposition: Premier has got the Power Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 5, 2017 – Nassau – Labour Minister Dion Foulkes had something to say to merchants today, and to the consumers he announced a hotline number to report #pricegouging which is a crime.    The Minister said, “it is illegal, unethical and immoral for businesses in The Bahamas to artificially increase the price of goods and services offered for sale or hire in an attempt to secure abnormal profits in anticipation or in the aftermath of a national disaster, in this instance, Hurricane Irma.”Minister Foulkes explained that the Government has directed #PriceInspectors throughout The Bahamas, Inspectors from the Bureau of Standards, and Family Island Administrators to be keenly vigilant and monitor businesses suspected of price gouging.The Hotline numbers are: 376-1507 and 376-5125.The Minister said his officers will pay special attention to those who try to inflate prices on bread basket items.    It was also explained that the three of the major fuel suppliers had sufficient fuel (regular and diesel) to satisfy the public demand pre and post Hurricane Irma.#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas PM warns “Price Gouging is a criminal offense”last_img read more