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first_imgCrystal Palace boss Tony Pulis praised his players after their 2-1 defeat at Chelsea.The Eagles battled hard and had Chelsea hanging on in the second half at Stamford Bridge, where Fernando Torres and Ramires scored for the home side.Pulis said: “We were a little on the back foot in the first half but in the second we pushed up and to be in the game for 94 minutes is testament to the effort.“The important thing is that the lads keep believing we have got a chance and keep playing with that commitment.“The lads have bought in to what we’re trying to do and I always try to galvanise the spirit in a football club.”See also:Mourinho hails ‘fantastic’ Crystal Palace fans after derby 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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first_imgWarning systems on two 747 planes over Scotland have averted what would have been aviation’s worst collision disaster.It could have killed almost 800 passengers and crew after pilots accepted the other plane’s air traffic control instructions to turn away.A report from the UK Airprox Board reveals that in June the 747s came within 100m vertically and 4km laterally on a converging course and were just 30 seconds from each other.The planes, a 344-seat 747-400 and a new 386-seat 747-8, were about to enter air lanes to cross the Atlantic Ocean when air traffic controllers realised they were headed for each other at the same altitude — 34,000ft.The report said an air traffic controller issued timely warnings to the pilots but it was apparent both crews took the other’s instructions and the board found it hard to determine why.“The board was surprised that all four pilots misheard or misinterpreted the avoiding action instructions despite at least one of the crews reading them back correctly,” it said.The traffic collision avoidance systems on both 747s activated and issued opposite climb and descend instructions to the crews, which were followed.One pilot assessed the severity of collision risk as “high”.Last year, the board investigated 161 near misses in British airspace, of which 28 per cent were assessed as risk bearing.There were 14 assessed as a collision risk and a further 36 deemed as “safety not assured”.The worst midair collision occurred on November 12, 1996 in India when a Saudi 747 with 312 aboard and an Air Kazakhstan Ilyushin 76 with 37 passengers and crew collided.The IL-76 dropped below its assigned altitude before landing and hit the 747. Neither had the TCA system which became mandatory worldwide after the incident.But that did not stop midair disasters. In 2002, a Bashkirian Airlines Tupolev 154 hit a DHL 757 over Germany, killing 69.Both received Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) instructions once the risk was detected but the Bashkirian pilot ignored the climb alert and followed last-minute air traffic control directions to descend.It then became mandatory to follow TCAS alerts.To see how a TCAS works see here.last_img read more

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first_imgSheryl Swoopes. APKNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Sheryl Swoopes fought back tears as she read a poem to her late mother while accepting induction into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.The three-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time WNBA Most Valuable Player acknowledged Saturday (Sunday Manila time) that the honor felt “bittersweet” because her mother wasn’t with her. Swoopes’ mother, Ida Louise Swoopes, died of colon cancer on March 14.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ What ‘missteps’? Swoopes won gold medals at the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympics and was part of Houston’s WNBA championship teams in 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000 — each of the league’s first four seasons. MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage “Although she’s not physically here with us, I know she’s here in spirit and will forever live on in my heart,” Swoopes said.As she closed her induction speech, Swoopes read from a poem that ended with the line, “God took you home to prove to us he only takes the best.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I love you, Mom,” Swoopes said. “Thank you.”Swoopes knew this would be an emotional moment, and said she intentionally wore a dress with pockets to hold the tissues that she’d need later in her speech. LATEST STORIES View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mellower Green playing this Game 5 after 2016 suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guidelast_img read more

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first_imgCelebrity sightings on the runway – a superfluous exercise, or an indicator of a mutually beneficial relationship between designer and star? We find out.Deepika Padukone One actress, six months, three shows for three different designers. The price – 8-12 lakhs depending on the stature of the designer concerned. Plus the usual trappings. A business-class air ticket, a Mercedes to pick up the star, a suite at a fivestar hotel, etc etc. And was it worth it? Sure, if you judge the entire exercise by the pictures of the star accompanied by the said designer of the moment in the city supplements. Not if you look closely. Hardly a mention of the clothes or the actual fashion.So why does practically every designer (with the exception of a handful) hanker after a Bollywood showstopper? The answer may lie in the fact that in a country so diverse and versatile, the one common denominator between socioeconomic classes and geographical differences is its cinema-where its movie stars make these made-in-Mumbai films come alive, and lend mass appeal. Thus a star at a fashion show is an easy crutch to draw attention.We now have multiple fashion weeks. In fact so many such exercises are being mounted, that the inevitable ‘fatigue factor’ has reared its ugly head, and both the audience and the press are reluctant to pay too much attention to these shows. Compounding the problem is the fact that each week is packed to the gills with quantity rather than quality. So whether you are a young designer starting out, or an old one fading fast, the only way to bring in the crowds and get the chatterati talking is the presence of a movie star.Yet the exercise is quickly losing momentum. Often, movie stars looking to promote their upcoming releases will walk the ramp at fashion shows and then go on to talk about their latest film instead of the outfits they just wore. And jaded by the phenomenon, newspapers have started to simply ignore the final walk on the ramp, and publish interviews with these stars (who have been made available at the designer’s expense), where they talk about everything under the sun, except the show. advertisementMalaika Arora Khan But sometimes the association can be beneficial. If the designer works with a star and the star is a client or an admirer, then the connect is relevant and real. Sabyasachi, the talented man from Kolkata, has designed for long for actress Rani Mukerjee, and she has been a faithful presence at his shows. So is the case with Tarun Tahiliani and Shilpa Shetty, who walked for the designer and has sported his ensembles at her wedding and other red-carpet occasions. Plus there is Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla who have always been the designers of choice for the Bachchan family and Dimple Kapadia among others, with these stars enthusiastically being part of every show the designer duo mount.Part of the problem has been exacerbated by fashion magazines, who in their quest for larger sales, dumped models from their covers in favour of movie celebrities. So if the press subscribed to the practice, the fashion fraternity was only too happy to follow.In the late ’90s, a watch company was launched in India. The name of the brand was a difficult one for the Indian tongue to pronounce. And thus sales suffered in spite of an aggressive advertising and PR campaign. The solution: a male star with a pan-Indian reach was called in and made its brand ambassador. An active event calendar and a big advertising campaign followed. In two years, it was among the top watch brands in the country with the star endorsing the timepieces in his shoots and films.The lesson here is that the partnership between brand and star was established as a long-standing one, and over time consumers recognised the fact. Compare this with a star’s solitary ramp walk at a fashion show that instantly fades from public memory, and doesn’t garner lasting benefits.The question to ask is, what makes customers flock towards fashion labels? Is it the multiple pictures of a movie star wearing a brand, or is it the actual fashion garments themselves?Packing a front row with B-list movie stars (as demonstrated by a designer known for his pushy manners) only takes away from whatever little design he is displaying on the ramp. Compare this to a Manish Arora and Rajesh Pratap Singh who have, to my memory, never used a movie star on the catwalk, and yet have been lauded show after show for the finesse and beauty of their presentations. Both designers, by remaining true to their essence, have garnered international acclaim and commercial success.Around the globe, we see that fashion brands engage with movie talent in a more multi-layered manner. If the star is sitting on the front row at their shows, more likely than not, he or she also features in their advertising spreads. In India, the cost of using a star in a fashion campaign is prohibitive, making this an impossibility. None of the Indian fashion houses are large enough to afford this kind of a relationship with a leading Bollywood figure.And so we will continue to see stars sparkle on the ramp in the foreseeable future. And until the show sponsors, the page-three press and the designers themselves are happy with this little stunt and what it brings to the table, fashion will remain incidental, and never the focus.advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City made check on Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruizby Paul Vegas21 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City are checking on Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz.The 23-year-old, who has attracted interest from both Barcelona and Real Madrid, has also been closely monitored by City in recent weeks.The Guardian says City sent scouts to watch Ruiz in action when Napoli played Salzburg in the Champions League on Wednesday night.Ruiz was named as the best player of the Under-21 European Championship last summer as he helped Spain lift their fifth title and has recently broke into the senior side.The Spain international can play centrally or on the left side of midfield and has been likened to City star David Silva, who is considered to be at the backend of his career at 33. last_img read more

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The Ohio State men’s soccer team overcame a late rally by rival Michigan for an emotional 3-2 win in overtime Sunday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. “It was a great win, a very emotional win and nice to do it in front of our fans here at home and in front of the student section,” head coach John Bluem said after the game. “But we have to play better than we did today that’s for sure.” Junior midfielder Austin McAnena notched his second goal of the season in the 16th minute off of an assist by sophomore forward Omar Vallejo to put OSU up 1-0. Ohio State would hold the 1-0 lead until the 81st minute when sophomore midfielder Fabio Pereira of Michigan scored on an assist by junior midfielder Latif Alashe. Four minutes later, Michigan took a late lead with an unassisted goal by sophomore forward Ezekial Harris. With less than five minutes left to play, OSU senior midfielder Parnell Hegngi knocked a header into right side of the net on a long throw-in by freshman midfielder Adam Gorski to tie the game. “We realized it wasn’t the first time all year that we’d been down; we had risen up against teams all year,” said junior forward Chris Hegngi after the game. “We kinda collectively gathered together and realized that we had five minutes left…we rose up together and did it.” Bluem said there was no time to give the team a pep talk after Michigan had rallied to take the lead. “There wasn’t a lot we could do and say to them, we changed the lineup as best we could to push people forward and then we got the equalizer,” Bluem said. “Now the momentum was back on our side.” The Buckeyes would need just 34 seconds in overtime to send the Wolverines packing. Vallejo added his second assist on a pass to Chris Hegngi from the right side of the field and Chris Hegngi sent the ball into the right side of the net past goalkeeper Adam Grinwis as the redshirt freshman charged the ball. “I saw the keeper charge out a little bit and I thought I had a chance to hit it,” Chris Hegngi said. “It worked out I was very fortunate.” Chris Hegngi and his teammates celebrated the win with the student section. It was the first overtime victory for the Buckeyes since their 1-0 win over Valparaiso on Oct. 17, 2010. Bluem said the team has a lot to work on before its next contest. “Just about everything,” Bluem said. “Mostly defending. Akron is a very, very good team. We’re going to have to really be organized and all on the same page defensively when we go up there.” Michigan fell to 2-7-1 as OSU improved to 5-3-1. The Buckeyes travel to Akron (5-0-2) Wednesday for a 7:30 p.m. match. read more

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