Hawks offer glimpse of renovated arena with virtual tour

first_imgWinfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Hawks CEO Steve Koonin said there is no other experience like the preview center in the NBA.Thousands of potential suite and seat buyers have already taken the tour held in a 2,500-square-foot space, which is located on CNN Center property. The tour is promoting the revamped arena on several large 70-inch screens as a premiere entertainment venue for basketball games, concerts and events.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownTicket holders in the suites, cabanas or verandas don’t just use them for Hawks games, the tickets are good for all events at Philips Arena — with food and beverages all included. But the Hawks home games are the primary hook.“It’s going to be a social place unlike anywhere else in the NBA,” Koonin said. “All of our research told us that people don’t want to sit down in a chair eating a hot dog out of aluminum foil and watch a game. They want a great night out. … Think Vegas pool meets sporting event.” Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In this Thursday, May 3, 2018 photo, Atlanta Hawks CEO Steve Koonin stands in a mock up of a suite as talks about improvements the team is making to the Phillips Arena in Atlanta. Koonin says thousands have already taken the tour, promoting the arena on large video screens as an entertainment venue for basketball games, concerts and events. The tour offers a before-and-after look at the various amenities from the 360-degrees concourse, barber shop, fantasy golf area, and premium seating areas with couches and cabanas. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)ATLANTA — The Atlanta Hawks are using a high-tech virtual tour to give current and potential season ticket holders a glimpse of their renovated arena.With Philips Arena currently undergoing major renovations, the Hawks recently launched “The Preview,” an interactive tour of the transformed arena in downtown Atlanta located between Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Centennial Olympic Park. The tour was opened about a month ago while the arena is currently in the final phase of its $192.5 million renovation.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Rebuilding Hawks pick 76ers assistant Lloyd Pierce as coach Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “The Preview” offers a before-and-after look at the various amenities from the 360-degree concourse, rapper Killer Mike’s barber shop, Zac Brown’s BBQ restaurant, fantasy golf area, club lounge and premium seating areas with couches and cabanas. The tour, which the Hawks dub as somewhat of a “Disney ride,” also provides a look at the new state-of-the-art video board system, which is three times larger than the current one.The Hawks will continue to operate it once the arena renovations are complete, they have three-year lease for the space.Koonin said team officials know they have much work to do.Despite the Hawks’ on-the-court struggles this past season, the franchise hopes to claim some victory off it. The team went 24-58 and missed the playoffs for the first time in 10 seasons.Koonin said they are taking a new business approach to enhance the fan experience beyond any game or event. The courtside club featuring the Hawks Bar in the premium seating area several rows behind the basketball goal was a part of the arena’s phase one transformation.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I love that they’re not letting it sit around,” said Atlanta-based attorney Randy Kessler, who has been a Hawks season-ticket holder since the arena opened in 1999. He hasn’t been on “The Preview” tour, but he’s seen images of the new arena.“I love that they are not just thinking of on-the-court experience, but off it,” Kessler added. “You should feel special once you walk in, and I did. I thought last year’s improvements were good. Even though the team was terrible, the experience was still great. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next.”Koonin said the Hawks realize with their recent on-court performance they have to continue to work in order to win over fans.He said the team spent millions of dollars to build the preview center and partnered with a Seattle-based design firm Hornall Anderson to create the virtual tour.Philips Area is expected to reopen in October, but Koonin said the team will keep the tour going on for the next couple years. The arena might be one of the smallest-capacity NBA venues with 17,600 seats.Sales centers are not unique to the NBA and several teams with new arenas have given fans an insight to what they can expect in the new facilities, including Sacramento, Milwaukee and Golden State.Koonin said Hawks officials visited other arena preview centers including Sacramento and the NFL stadium in Minnesota. He said there is no other experience like “The Preview” in the NBA, but the Hawks are still missing one thing — championships.Golden State “has one thing that’s very powerful that I wish we had: A bunch of recent Larry O’Brien trophies and rings,” he said. “We have to work a little harder.”last_img read more

Swansea captain condemns Eden Hazard after ballboy clash

first_imgSwansea captain Ashley Williams condemned Eden Hazard for the incident which led to the Chelsea man being sent off during the Capital One Cup semi-final clash at the Liberty Stadium.Chelsea, 2-0 down from the first leg, missed out on a trip to Wembley after the second leg ended in a goalless draw.And Hazard was red-carded with 10 minutes remaining after kicking out at a ball boy who appeared to refuse to give the ball back after it went out of play.“Demba Ba told me the ball boy held onto it but I saw him kick him and you can’t do that to a young boy,” Williams told Sky Sports.Swansea manager Michael Laudrup said: “I think Hazard, who is a great player, will regret it when he sees it.“The ball boy should have let the ball go but he was pushed first and then he kicks him.“As a player when you are behind your pulse is very high and sometimes you say and do things, you overreact, but there are some things you cannot do.”More reaction to follow later.See also:Swans hold off Chelsea to reach WembleyBenitez again blames missed 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

49ers Shanahan critiques Breida, Pettis after shutting them down for finale

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Matt Breida and Dante Pettis emerged as two of the 49ers’ best playmakers and injury replacements in this sideways season, but they won’t make it to the finish line.Breida’s often-aggravated ankle injury and Pettis’ knee injury Sunday will keep them out of Sunday’s season finale against the host Los Angeles Rams, coach Kyle Shanahan announced.SANTA CLARA, CA – DECEMBER 23: San Francisco 49ers’ Dante Pettis (18) bobbles a catch, but holds on to it, against Chicago Bears’ Kyle …last_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

Overhyped, Overpriced & Disappointing: iPad? No, iPod in 2001

first_img“I still can’t believe this! All this hype for something so ridiculous! … I want something new! I want them to think differently! Why oh why would they do this?! It’s so wrong! It’s so stupid!”Sound familiar? That wasn’t a reaction to yesterday’s Apple iPad launch, that was a MacRumors commenter in 2001 reacting to the launch of the iPod. The iPod, the device that symbolized personal electronics more than any other product in the last decade, was widely criticized when it was unveiled. It was “just another MP3 player.” One notable detail in comparing the history of the iPod with the new iPad: iPod sales were no big deal until three years after the product was launched. There was no iTunes for Windows until two years after the iPod came out – the iPad already has a thriving app store. (See this conversation on Hacker News for more snarky historical perspective.)Thus while these old comments about the iPod are humorous in retrospect, the history of the iPod is a reminder of just how much has to go right for even a revolutionary Apple product to really explode. There may be a lot of us who wait for the iPad 2.0.“I’d call it the Cube 2.0 as it wont sell, and be killed off in a short time… and it’s not really functional. Uuhh Steve, can I have a PDA now?” That’s what they said then. Will we look back in 10 years at today’s complaints about the iPad missing a camera and chuckle in the same way? Maybe not about the camera, but the missing Flash support? Now that might seem silly in retrospect. Tags:#humor#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts marshall kirkpatrickcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

7 Best Free Tools for Bootstrapped Startups

first_imgBrad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. Tags:#bootstrapping#business growth#Entrepreneur#free tools#startup#startup apps#startup operations#startup tools#Tools Not many startups have enterprise-level budgets. Founders are always looking for low- or no-cost ways to grow their companies without sacrificing quality. Unfortunately, founders of bootstrapped startups also tend to be exceptionally busy, which means they rarely have time to research all the best options on the market. If you need help finding the best free software for your business, fear not. These tools offer incredible functionality with no strings attached:1. OnPayEntrepreneurs focus so much on their products and go-to-market strategies, they sometimes get bogged down in the day-to-day realities of running a business. No matter how brilliant your business plan or how dedicated your employees, you still have to pay everyone the right amount on time if you want to keep your team together and productive.If a payroll service doesn’t fit in the budget quite yet, OnPay’s payroll calculator lets you figure out exactly how much to pay employees and how much to withhold for taxes. It can also figure out deductions for 401(k) and HSA contributions. If you have a custom deduction like a voluntary charitable contribution, you can include that, too.2. Google AnalyticsEvery company with a website should use Google Analytics. As the king of the internet, Google can help you understand the effectiveness of your marketing campaigns and gain insight into the sources of your web traffic.Plenty of other companies compete in the crowded analytics space, but Google’s free options provide everything small companies need. You can access intuitive charts, detailed reports, and more, then share your findings with your teams through other Google products to design more effective marketing plans. If you decide you need more juice, Google has premium options as well.3. BplansWhen an investor or potential partner wants to see your business plan, do you know how to write a great one? If not, you’re in luck, because Bplans has all the templates and advice you need. With more than 500 sample plans for industries ranging from technology to finance and everywhere in between, Bplans provides an essential service for companies just getting started. Whether you’re looking for your first big investment or planning to shift directions, check out the options on Bplans to clarify your goals and look professional in the process.4. MailChimpMailChimp offers an incredible deal for small companies looking to grow from small subscriber lists. Its free plan lets you send 10,000 emails every month to up to 2,000 subscribers without paying a dime for the privilege. Sure, MailChimp would like you to grow your business enough to pay for one of its larger plans, but wouldn’t you like that, too? Don’t be afraid of committing to an email service you may not like down the road — for free and paid subscribers alike, MailChimp is one of the best options on the market.5. SurveyGizmoSmall businesses need to know how their customers feel. Quit guessing about consumer sentiment, and ask your audience directly using SurveyGizmo’s free account.The free version of SurveyGizmo lets you have three surveys open at a time. You can collect up to 100 responses per survey and ask questions with a variety of answer styles (multiple choice, short answer, rating scale, etc.). Again, this tool is better suited to businesses with smaller customer bases looking to expand, but the paid tools for larger companies are more than worth the investment.6. SlackInternal communications shouldn’t slow down your productivity. With Slack, you can take advantage of tools like instant messaging, video calls, file sharing, and more for $0 a day.The free plan lets you keep 10,000 searchable messages on hand, just in case you need to prove to someone that you definitely called the winner of last night’s game. Slack doesn’t limit channels on the free plan, so you can create new channels for every project, interest, team, or whatever else suits your needs.7. ApptivoMost CRM tools feel packed with unnecessary features and designed for companies that have thousands of employees. Apptivo is different. Apptivo’s free plan allows you to connect up to three users and provides all the basic functionality a growing company needs in a CRM without any of the fluff.Paid plans start at just $8 per user per month, so even if you outgrow the free option, you won’t have to break the bank to keep things running. Until you hire new people, though, you shouldn’t need to upgrade. The free plan includes everything from opportunity management to notifications. If you have a small team and need some help to boost your sales, look no further.As a small business owner, you might feel like everyone’s out to get a piece of your income. These great tools prove that’s not the case. Instead of shelling out cash to handle every business function, keep more of your money and use these free options so you can build on a budget. Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Related Posts China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… How to Get Started in China and Have Successlast_img read more

Kashmiri students attacked at varsity

first_imgA group of students allegedly thrashed four fellow students from Jammu and Kashmir at a private university at Gangrar in Chittorgarh district of Rajasthan late on Friday, sparking off tension on the campus. One of the injured students, Tahir Majeed, was admitted to Sanwaliyaji Government Hospital in Chittorgarh.The clash occurred at Mewar University, when the two groups had an altercation over gate passes. The Kashmiri students alleged that the students from Bihar insulted them and attacked with knives and iron rods.Bilal Ahmad, Mohammed Ali and Ishfaq Ahmad Qureshi sustained minor injuries. The university’s dean and proctor rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control.The police have registered a First Information Report under Sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 341 (wrongful restraint) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code. Four accused were placed under preventive detention under Section 151 of the Criminal Procedure Code.Nasir Khuehami, spokesperson of the J&K Students’ Association, demanded immediate steps for the security of Kashmiri students at the university and medical care of the injured. “Such incidents will increase the sense of insecurity and anxiety among Kashmiri students and their parents and relatives,” he said.The university’s admission coordinator, Amit Kumar, told The Hindu that “nothing serious” had happened, and the issue was sorted out. Over 30 students from Jammu and Kashmir are enrolled at the university, and they had come under attack several times in the past. In 2017, some locals attacked Kashmiri students when they went to town to buy fruits and groceries. Four students were beaten up in 2016 over rumours of their cooking beef.last_img read more

Ask the weight-loss coach

first_imgI believe daily exercise is a must for a healthy heart. What is the ideal fitness regimen to keep my heart strong? – Sameera AbhichandaniAn active lifestyle, regular exercise and a sensible diet are the three pillars of a healthy heart. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, at least 30 minutes (up to 60 minutes) of low-to-moderate cardiovascular (aerobic) exercise done on most days of the week will help you maintain and improve your heart health.Walking, weight training, jogging, cycling, swimming, aerobics, dancercise are also excellent. All exercises should be done at a moderate intensity. An increase in intensity will certainly burn more calories and make the body stronger but will also increase the risk of injuries. Intensity should be increased depending on your age and fitness level. When it comes to weight training, one has to be selective. Isometric exercises are to be avoided at all times and strength training should be done using low resistance (lighter weights) and more repetitions. Yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates can be included in addition to the aerobic workout. Consult your physician before joining any exercise programme, though. Here are some suggestions to enjoy your workout and get it right:Take professional guidance for exercise and diet.Exercise for an hour on all days of the week.Exercise with friends and choose an activity you enjoy.Nisha Varma is a Reebok master Trainer based in delhi. Write to her at [email protected] preventionindia.comlast_img read more