Hurricane Florence from space. Photo: NASA More than a few flummoxed flyers had to cancel business trips, call friends and family and break the news their flight had been cancelled—all thanks to a storm called Florence.It’s futile to blame Mother Nature for the mess but people still get angry — often unfairly — at the airlines.In explaining the carriers’ rationale, airline consultant Mike Boyd, president of the airline consultancy Boyd Group International, says: “They did proactively cancel fights and move airplanes around.”In doing so they mitigated the mess caused when slow-moving, meandering Florence made landfall along the North Carolina and South Carolina coasts last week.Read Chicago, London top the list of best-connected airports.“They made the best of a very bad situation,” argues Boyd. “You lessen the economic impact when you act proactively. It’s better than having people stuck at airports. It’s better to respond early than to respond late and get caught with your flaps down.”Airlines for America (A4A) tracked Florence’s path of destruction in slow motion September 12.That’s the day airlines axed 148 flights from North and South Carolina airports, to or from smaller cities such as Wilmington, Jacksonville and Fayetteville—these three in North Carolina.One day later, Thursday, September 13th airlines cut 560 flights.By Friday the 14th Florence had begun her glacially slow turn to the left, imperiling sun and fun spots such as Myrtle Beach, South Carolina as well as historic Charleston, South Carolina. That turn prompted carriers to cut 740 flights.Cancellations spiked at 796 flights Saturday, September 15 as the by now tropical storm turned once more and headed inland.Sunday the 16th saw the dissipating storm force 608 cancelations.By Monday, September 17, A4A says the cancelation numbers had fallen to 134 at Carolina airports.Standing alone these flight numbers are significant, but seen in context they pale at what transpired last hurricane season when Harvey Irma and Maria hit the U.S. or its territory.A4A spokeswoman Alison McAfee says the trio’s onslaughts “spawned multiple weeks and approximately 33,000 cancellations were attributable to the storms. There were disruptions even when the storms passed. Puerto Rico is still recovering.”
Hello and welcome to the LIVE coverage from Day 2 of the Rio Olympics 2016. (Rio Olympics 2016)8.37 IST: Swimming: Michael Phelps wins his 19th Olympic gold as he leads US men’s 4x100m freestyle relay team to victory. France get silver while Australia settle for bronze.7.25 IST: Tennis: Juan Martin Del Potro (Argentina) stuns top seed Novak Djokovic (Serbia) 7-6, 7-6 in men’s singles first round to cause the biggest upset in this year’s Summer Games till now.6.54 IST: Swimming: Sarah Sjostrom from Sweden breaks world record to win women’s 100 meters butterfly. Sarah clocked the best time of 55.48 seconds. Canada’s Penny Oleksiak settles for silver, USA’s Dana Vollmer takes bronze. #SWE Sarah Sjostrom sets 100m butterfly world record and wins gold medal for Sweden! #Swimming #RioRecords pic.twitter.com/j3nnttBBxR Rio 2016 (@Rio2016_en) August 8, 20166.04 IST: Hockey: Belgium thrash Brazil 12-0 in men’s hockey to begin their campaign on a high. 5.29 IST: Men’s Weightlifting: China’s Long Qingquan clinches Gold in men’s 56kg with a world record 307kg combined score 4.40 IST: Women’s Doubles Tennis: Three-time doubles gold medallists Venus and Serena Williams of USA lose to Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-4 in the first round to crash out of the Rio Games. 4.32 IST: Men’s Football: Argentina edge past Algeria 2-1 in the first round clash. Angel Correa (47th minute) and Jonathan Calleri (70th minute) scored for the victors while Sofiane Bendebka netted the lone goal for Algeria. 3.53 IST: Women’s Singles Tennis, Round 1: Defending champion Serena Williams (USA) eases past Australia’s Daria Gavrilova 6-4, 6-2. advertisement3.35 IST: Men’s Individual Foil Results: Men’s Individual Foil Results – #ITA #USA #RUS#Olympics #Fencing pic.twitter.com/3GyjjkRDNB Olympics (@Olympics) August 7, 20163.00 IST: Men’s Hockey, Pool A: Great Britain and New Zealand play out a 2-2 draw in their opening match. 2.00 IST: Majlinda Kelmendi clinches first Olympic Gold for Kosova by winning the 52kg women’s JudoMajlinda Kelmendi just won the first ever gold for #KOS at the #Olympics ! #Judo pic.twitter.com/3NaVshQuxp Olympics (@Olympics) August 7, 20161.50 IST: Women’s Team Archery: Korea beat Russia 5-1 to win gold. Bronze for Chinese Taipei. This is the eighth consecutive Gold medal for Korea. Stunning! 1.40 IST: Women’s Team Archery: Chinese Taipei beat Italy to win Bronze medal. 1.25 AM IST: Diving, women’s springboard: China’s WU Minxia – Gold, Italy’s Francesca – Silver, Australia’s Anabella – Bronze 1.05 AM IST: Archery Women’s team: Russia defeat Italy 5-3 to meet Korea in the final. Italy and Chinese Taipei to fight for bronze. 1.00 AM IST: Tennis: Rafael Nadal beats Argentina’s Federico Delbonis 6-2, 6-1 to progress to the second round in men’s singles 12.55 AM IST: Archery, Women’s Team: Korea beat Chinese Taipei 5-1 to enter the finals. 12.44 AM IST: Women’s road race: Netherland’s Van der Breggen – Gold, Sweeden’s Emma – Silver, Italy’s Ellisa – Bronze. Dutch star Anna van der Breggen helped track down American rider Mara Abbott within sight of the finish line, then out-sprinted Sweden’s Emma Johansson to win gold in the women’s road race Sunday.12.29 AM IST: Tennis, Men’s Singles: Defending Olympic champion Andy Murray opens his campaign on a high. He defeats Serbia’s Victor Troicki without breaking a sweat, 6-3, 6-2. 12.20 AM IST: Women’s Trap: Catherine Skinner gives Australia their third gold. New Zealand’s Natalie bags silver.Australia’s Catherine Skinner has captured women’s trap gold at the Rio Olympics after hitting 12 of 15 shots in the finals against New Zealand’s Natalie Rooney. 12.10 AM IST: Archery, Women’s Team: Russia beat India 5-4 to reach the semi-final. Close contest it was! Heartbreak for Indian team, who scared Russia. 23.40 IST: Archery, Women’s Team: Italy beat China 5-3 to reach the semi-finals 23.35 IST: Tennis, men’s singles, Rd 1: Rafael Nadal warms up for his match against Argentina’s Federico Delbonis. The Spaniard will be in action for the first time since withdrawing from French Open earlier this year. Can he progress without any real trouble? 23.20 IST: Archery: Korean women’s team have earned a spot in the semi-final after beating Japan 5-1. 23.15 IST: Tennis: Great Britain’s Andy Murray vs Serbia’s Viktor Troicki men’s singles match underway. The Wimbledon champions is leading the first set 2-1.Serena Williams opened defense of her Olympic singles gold medal with a patchy-at-times 6-4, 6-2 victory over Australia’s Daria Gavrilova. 23.10 IST: Scores from Day 2 in RioBASKETBALLWomenUnited States 121, Senegal 56FIELD HOCKEYWomenNew Zealand 4, South Korea 1India 2, Japan 2Netherlands 5, Spain 0RUGBYWomenSpain 19, Kenya 10New Zealand 26, France 7Brazil 26, Japan 10Britain 22, Canada 0Fiji 36, Colombia 0United States 12, Australia 12TEAM HANDBALLMenQatar 30, Croatia 23Germany 32, Sweden 29VOLLEYBALLMenItaly 3, France 0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-15)Brazil 3, Mexico 1 (23-25, 25-19, 25-14, 25-18) advertisement23.00 IST: Women’s Team Archery: Chinese Taipei beat France 5-4 to go through to the semi-final. Korea and Japan battling it out for a spot in the last-four now. India will play Russia later tonight. 22.00 IST: Shooting, Men’s Trap Qualification, Day 1: Italy shooter Massimo Fabbrizi shoots a perfect 75 on the first day. India’s Manavit Singh Sandhu gets 68/75 and Kynan Chenai 67/75 to finish 17th and 19th respectively.We will have one more qualification round tomorrow at (6 PM IST). 21.40 IST: Hockey women’s results so far: New Zealand beat Korea 4-1. India played out a 2-2 draw with Japan. 21.24 IST: USA’s Serena Williams vs Australia’s Daria Gabrilova women’s singles first round match is underway. And the gold medal favourite Serena has already taken a 2-0 lead in the first set. 21.10 IST: Tennis – Delay in the tennis events except the one at the center court. The start of play is delayed on the outer courts at the Olympic Tennis Center because of high winds.Forty minutes after those matches were set to start, the only action was on Center Court where Germany’s Dustin Brown retired due to injury to pave the way for local favorite Thomaz Bellucci to progress to the second round. Officials were inspecting the outer courts to ensure they were safe. All of us witnessed the horrific injury suffered by French Gymnast Samir Ait Said while he was vaulting in the gymnastics qualifiers yesterday. Samir is now back on his feet and says he would eye a return in 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Champions stuff!! 8.30 PM IST: Rugby Sevens: New Zealand have beaten France 26-7 in the women’s rugby sevens. 8.00 PM IST: SHOOTING: China’s Zhang Mengxue has won a gold in women’s 10m air pistol, the event in which in which India’s Heena Sindhu failed to qualify. China’s Zhang – GoldRussia’s Batsarashkina – SilverGreece’s Korakaki – Bronze7.45 PM IST: TENNIS: Djokovic opens his account in Rio! The Serbian pair of Novak Djokovic and Nenad Zimonjic beat Croatia’s Marin Cilic and Marin Dragana to progress to the second round of men’s doubles event.Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber has defeated Argentina’s Guido Pella 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 to reach the second round in men’s singles event. 7.15 PM IST: Day 2 of the rowing competition has been canceled due to persistent high winds.The start of racing was delayed on the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon as race officials were waiting for winds to die down. But at 10:30 a.m. (local time) rowing officials announced there would be no racing on Sunday.There will be no racing today, it has been cancelled for today. The new schedule will follow. #rio2016 #rowing World Rowing (@WorldRowing) August 7, 2016Meanwhile, hosts Brazil beat Ukraine in women’s beach volleyball in straight sets. 6.30 PM IST: Women’s Team recurve: Japan archers beat Ukraine 6-2 after winning three sets. Ukraine, who were focussed in the first two sets, lost steam in the last two to end up on the losing side.And in the next game, Italy have clean swept Brazil 6-0. The archers from the host nation struggled against a high quality display from the French team. Next up is India. The third-ranked Indian archery team comprising Laxmirani Majhi, Bombayla Devi and Deepika Kumari will take on the 13th ranked Colombia team. advertisement6.00 PM IST: Women’s Team recurve, Elimination round: Ukraine shooters are battling it out with their Japanese counterparts. Both the teams are tied at 2-2 after winning a set each. The archery arena looks gorgeous. The Indian team will play their elimination round against Canada later in the evening.5.50 PM IST: News from the Serbian camp. Serbia has advised its athletes competing at the Rio Olympics to withdraw from any medal award ceremonies if they have to share the podium with athletes from breakaway Kosovo.Serbia has never recognized Kosovo’s 2008 declaration of independence from it. 5.35 PM IST: It’s tennis time again. In the men’s singles, France’s Gael Monfils has won his first round match against Canadian Vasek Pospisil in straight sets. Spain’s Rafael Nadal will play his first round match today as well. Meanwhile, gold medal favourite Novak Djokovic is chilling in Rio De Janeiro. Have a look at his tweet. Amazing athletes, energy and pride we all share with each other promoting the best of the game = @Olympics ???? pic.twitter.com/PqH1ReNMVA Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) August 7, 20165.20 PM IST: ROWING: The start has been delayed in Brazil. Racing has been delayed by 1 hour – first start at 9:30am in Brazil. Further information to follow at 9:00am #rowing #rio2016 World Rowing (@WorldRowing) August 7, 2016Top draws on Sunday: Day two of the Rio Games features medal action in swimming, women’s road cycling, men’s fencing, judo and more. Here are some things to watch (all times local):GYMNASTICSThe Americans are heavily favoured to repeat as gold medalists in gymnastics. No mystery there.The real drama will surround which of the three American women doing the all-around – Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman – will miss out on the final. Each country can enter just two competitors.The event will start at 9:45 a.m. with a subdivision that includes 41-year-old Oksana Chusovitina of Uzbekistan, who will be competing in her seventh Olympics, a record for a gymnast. Her best chance to make an impact is reaching the vault finals, where she will compete against American Laurie Hernandez, among others. The 16-year-old Hernandez was born as Chusovitina was planning to compete in her third Olympics in 2000.SWIMMINGMichael Phelps , the most decorated Olympian of all time, looks to add to his record 22 medals. He’s expected to be back in the pool for the medal round of the men’s 4×100 relay, which begins at 11:52 p.m.American Katie Ledecky swims in semifinals in the women’s 400 meter freestyle at 2:51 p.m. Look for the world record holder to be a lock for the final at 11:01 p.m.TENNISAll the stars are coming out for Day 2 of the Olympic tennis tournament, from No. 1 seeds Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams, to 2008 gold medalist Andy Murray, 2012 gold medalist Andy Murray and more. The day’s action is served up starting at 10:45 a.m.BASKETBALLThe US women’s basketball team starts its run for a sixth consecutive Olympic gold medal against Senegal at noon. The Americans have won 41 consecutive Olympic contests while the African nation is looking for its first victory.SOCCERAt 10 pm, Brazil faces Iraq looking to rebound from a disappointing opening draw in Group A at the men’s soccer tournament, while defending champion Mexico faces newcomer Fiji at 1 p.m. to try to pick up its first win in Group C.ROAD CYCLINGA day after the men took to Rio’s streets, women road cyclists are in the medal hunt starting at 12:15 p.m. A strong Dutch squad includes reigning gold medalist Marianne Vos and Anna Van Der Breggen; Americans Evelyn Stevens and Kristin Armstrong, British star Lizzie Armitstead and Poland’s Katarzyna Niewiadoma are also in the field. They will be tackling a slightly shorter version of the men’s course that caused all kinds of problems Saturday when numerous riders lost chains or had other mechanical problems on the cobblestones.FENCINGA full day of men’s individual foil competition culminates with medal matches that start at 5:15 p.m., with the gold medal bout at 5:45 p.m. American Alexander Massialas , the youngest U.S. male athlete in London in 2012, is the nation’s best shot at gold in the event.BEACH VOLLEYBALLMen’s and women’s beach volleyball preliminaries run through the day after opening rounds Saturday . Top Brazilian women’s team Larissa and Talita play their first match in the morning session at 10 a.m., and 2008 U.S. men’s gold medalist Phil Dalhausser makes his Rio debut with new partner Nick Lucena at 4:30 p.m.VOLLEYBALLThe United States men face Canada at 5:05 p.m. and defending champion Russia follows against Cuba at 8:30 p.m. before the Iranian men make their Olympic debut. That 10:35 p.m. match may give Iranian women the first chance to see the team in action. Women in Iran complained they could not attend games in their country.JUDOA day after the lightweight medals in judo were awarded, the half-lightweights take to the mat for a day of combat. At the end of it, medals are to be awarded for the in the women’s 52 kg and men’s 66 kg weight classes.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace captain Milivojevic: Chelsea deserved their winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace captain Luka Milivojevic had no complaints after defeat to Chelsea.Chelsea won 1-0 thanks to N’Golo Kante’s winner.Looking back over the match, Milivojevic said, “I think we didn’t create enough today, they were the better side for 75 minutes. We tried in the last 15 to 20 minutes to do something, we tried to score and had some chances but I think from my point of view they weren’t clear-cut chances.”They played well and in the end I think they deserved it.”The Serb added: “We all know [what we need to do], we had a lot of chances this season and didn’t convert them. We have to improve. The good thing is we create a lot but still, we don’t score. I think we have to keep our shape, our defensive work as well as our offensive work in the final third, and I think we have to be more clinical. We have to score more and I hope that will change in the future.”
Six people are dead following a two-vehicle crash in southwestern Saskatchewan.RCMP say two SUVs collided head-on north of Elrose on Highway 4.Investigators say two adults and three children were found dead in one of the vehciles, and the woman driving the other SUV was also killed in the crash.The RCMP has not given any other information about the deceased, saying it does not plan on naming them publicly.Mayor Dennis Dixon said a crash of this magnitude is tragic no matter where it happens, and Elrose is no exception.“Any time that you have a crash like that anywhere, it’s something you don’t want to see,” Dixon said. “It’s a tragedy.”
APTN National NewsA candidate in Thunder Bay’s municipal election is under fire over a reward she’s offered to help solve an alleged crime.Tamara Johnson’s $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of seven so called “punks” involved in a swarming beating is being called a “bounty” by the chief of the nearby Fort William First Nation.It’s not the first time Johnson has created controversy over comments and actions that some have deemed as racist.APTN’s Dennis Ward had more.
Portuguese regulator Anacom is to distribute a 12-page guide to digital-terrestrial TV to all households in the country within the next month.The regulator plans to distribute some six million copies of the guide ahead of the country’s digital switchover, which will begin on January 12 in the country’s coastal region, followed by the Azores and Madeira on March 22 and the interior of mainland Portugal on April 26.Portugal has already piloted switchover in three areas – Alenquer, Cacém and Nazaré/Alcobaça.
Seventy percent of UK viewers aren’t satisfied with the TV and video content they currently have access to, despite spending an average of £47 per month on TV, movie and video subscription services.This is according to research by Amdocs, which found that in order to access the TV shows, films and live sports they want to watch on a regular basis, viewers believe they would need to increase the amount they’re currently spending up to £74 (€84) per month or £888 per year.“We are in a golden age of content, with massive investment in original programming and new ways to consume it. But customers are still having to jump between TV applications and content providers to find the programming they want,” says Amdocs CMO, Gary Miles.“This is confusing and frustrating. Furthermore, the monetisation model varies a lot by service provider, but clearly we are entering an age of three primary models: pay per view; ad-funded; and subscription.”Amdocs found that the average UK consumer uses two TV subscription services, with 68% of UK respondents claiming they would be prepared to pay for a single provider that could package all their preferred content in a dedicated bundle. Some 64% said that they would be happy to ditch their current providers if this type of ‘perfect content bundle’ was available.The research is based on a survey, conducted by Vanson Bourne, which sampled 1,000 UK viewers to gauge their attitudes towards TV subscription services, payments, and advertising. Amdocs is a provider of software and services to communications and media companies.
The US Supreme Court says a new US law renders moot a court battle over whether Microsoft can withhold from federal investigators email stored outside the country The court case arose in 2013 when the US government served a notice on Microsoft seeking access to an email account that it believed was being used for drug trafficking.Microsoft challenged the warrant on the grounds that email data stored in another country, in this case Ireland, does not fall under US law.In the meantime, however, the US Congress responded by passing the “Cloud Act,” signed into law March 23 by US President Donald Trump, which requires providers of email services to produce the email in response to warrants even if the data is stored outside the US.”This case, therefore, has become moot,” the Supreme Court said, throwing out lower court rulings in the case.The Cloud Act was backed by Microsoft and other tech giants as a compromise that would allow them to challenge warrants if they violate the laws of the country where the data is stored. © 2018 AFP Explore further Citation: Top US court declares Microsoft email suit moot (2018, April 17) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-supreme-court-dismisses-microsoft-case.html The US Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out a suit over Microsoft’s refusal to comply with a US warrant for emails stored outside the country, concluding the case had been rendered moot by a new law. Justices seem ready to rule against Microsoft in email case This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Explore further The net loss swelled to 1.48 billion kroner ($171 million, 154 million euros) from 46 million kroner in the same period last year, when it booked an exceptional capital gain.The winter period is traditionally slower for airlines, especially so this year as the Easter holiday fell in April.But Norwegian managed to improve its operating performance, reducing its operating losses to 1.46 billion kroner from 2.23 billion last year.Sales were up 14 percent at nearly eight billion kroner.Norwegian was forced to raise more than $300 million in a share issue early this year to shore up its finances and embarked on a vast cost-cutting programme.The airline, which had pursued an aggressive growth strategy, has shifted its focus to profitability.Norwegian placed huge orders for the latest fuel-efficient aircraft in a bid to gain a cost advantage over legacy carriers, but has now agreed with Airbus and Boeing to delay delivery of some planes.It said Wednesday the delayed deliveries will allow it to cut planned investments by $2.1 billion this year.Norwegian’s fleet management strategy has been complicated by the disaster surrounding the 737 MAX 8 aircraft, which have been grounded following two deadly crashes for different airlines in recent months that pointed to problems in its anti-stall system. On Thursday, Norwegian said it now expects the cost of grounding its 18 planes to hit 500 million kroner, a bill which it expects Boeing to pay.”We have had some productive meetings with Boeing where we have discussed how we can manuever through the difficulties the MAX situation is causing Norwegian,” chief executive Bjorn Kjos said in a statement.Norwegian shares rose 3.8 percent in morning trading in Oslo, where the market was down 0.5 percent overall. One of Norwegian’s grounded Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Norwegian losses deepen as 737 MAX grounding adds to problems (2019, April 25) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-norwegian-losses-deepen-max-grounding.html Troubled low-cost airline Norwegian said Thursday its net losses deepened in the first quarter of the year as the grounding of its Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft could cost it $58 million. Norwegian cuts back on growth after turbulent year © 2019 AFP