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Southwest passengers on flight with deadly engine failure get money, travel vouchers

first_imgScott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Some passengers on the Southwest Airlines flight that experienced a deadly engine failure this week told ABC News they received money and the promise of a travel voucher from the airline.Southwest Flight 1380 experienced engine failure about 20 minutes after takeoff Tuesday from New York City’s LaGuardia International Airport en route to Dallas Love Field. A woman who was partially sucked out of a window on the jet near the failed engine later died. In a letter to passengers obtained by ABC News, the airline offered sincere apologies as well as a $5,000 check and the promise of a $1,000 travel voucher. The letter also states that the airline’s primary focus now is to assist the passengers who were aboard the flight in every way possible.A Southwest Airlines official confirmed to ABC News that the letters were sent by the airline, but would not comment on the monetary gift. “Ours is a company and culture built on relationships,” the company said in a statement. “Many of the customers on that flight have flown with us before.”The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating Tuesday’s incident. Boeing said it is providing technical help to the investigation, with which Southwest Airlines is cooperating. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Codere backs business plan despite 2018 dramas

first_imgShare Share Belgian Pro League live betting streaming deal for Stats Perform August 21, 2020 Submit Related Articles Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Brazil appoints agencies to accelerate Sports Betting launch August 21, 2020 StumbleUpon Embattled Bolsa Madrid gambling firm Grupo Codere SA closes its full-year 2018 accounts reporting group-wide losses of €40 million, primarily attributed to significant Argentine market adjustments.Reported throughout 2018, Codere has been forced to navigate the +100% collapse of the Argentine Peso against the Euro, with the gambling group detailing FX losses of circa €34 million.In its Argentina market breakdown, Codere reports 30% revenue decline to €407 million combined with an EBITDA decreased to €80 million (FY2017: €121m), within its largest operational market.Unable to escape its Argentine woes, Codere reports a 10% decline in full-year group revenues to €1.4 billion (FY 2017: €1.6bn) recording double-digit decreases across all top-line metrics and KPIs.Despite implementing a ‘cost savings deployment’ during the course of 2018, in which Codere reports corporate expenditure down to €249 (FY 2017: 290 million), the Spanish operator reports a continued FY 2018 EBITDA decline to 227 million (FY 2017: 246m).Furthermore, Updating investors on its credit profile, Codere sees its total corporate debt capacity expand to 863 million.In its Q4 2018 trading notes, Codere governance details that despite its Argentine downturn, the company will continue to deploy its business plan, with Codere awaiting further commercial launches in Colombia and Mexico.Entering 2018, Codere governance is reported to have presented its ‘2021 Horizon’ corporate transformation plan to investors, detailing that the company will execute a full digital make-over, combined with securing more licenses in Mexico and expanding the business within Brazil.For its action plan, Codere governance is reported to seek a further €200 million in working capital to finance its initiatives.last_img read more

NBA makes addressing growing fan behavior problem a top priority

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“We’ve added any sexist language or LGBTQ language, any denigrating language in that way, anything that is non-basketball related,” said Jerome Pickett, the NBA’s executive vice president and chief security officer. “So ‘your mother’ comments, talking about your family, talking about test scores, anything non-basketball related, we’ve added that in as well as being something that we will go and pull a fan out of the seat and investigate what happened.”Westbrook and Cousins were subjected to racist taunts in Salt Lake City and Boston and the fans involved in those incidents were banned by the Jazz and Celtics. Lowry was shoved by a minority partner of the Golden State Warriors’ ownership group, seated courtside during the NBA Finals, and that person was banned from team business for a year by the league.There were more. Those were just the highest-profile ones. The NBA would not release exact numbers – and the totals are believed to be very low – but Pickett said the ejections of fans in the courtside area still more than doubled last season.Westbrook declined comment for this story, saying through a Rockets official that he was not comfortable discussing the matter. But the players’ union insists that the problem is getting bigger and bigger.“Last season, I began to sense even at the games I was attending that there was a certain, I’ll call it absence of civility, that permeated the games,” said Michele Roberts, the executive director of the National Basketball Players Association. “I was seeing more bad-mouthing opposing teams that were not simply ‘you suck,’ which every one of us will tolerate, but really nasty, nasty comments being directed at players.” The Celtics banned a fan for two years for directing racist chants at Cousins. Westbrook was involved in a pair of incidents in Utah that came to light last season; was offended by a fan during the 2018 playoffs by a fan calling him “boy” before a playoff game, and then last season was involved in a back-and-forth shouting match with another fan.The Jazz banned both fans for life, and Westbrook was fined $25,000 by the NBA for threatening the fan involved in last season’s incident.“I try very hard not to have my default answer be, ‘It’s racism.’ I really do because I don’t think that necessarily advances the argument,” Roberts said. “If it’s undoubtedly that, then I’m happy to say it.”It’s not always racism, either – Roberts also said she’s received complaints from many white players about being the subject of nastiness from fans.Amira Davis is an assistant professor at Penn State specializing in 20th Century American History with an emphasis on race, gender, sports and politics. She believes fans feel more emboldened now to say whatever they like, without fear of repercussions.“There have been plenty of sober fans yelling slurs and attacking players in the worst way,” Davis said. “I think it’s a mix of all of those things and when looking at predominantly white spaces like Utah and a largely black labor force, it ratchets it up a little bit more and makes it a lot more intense. Particularly in this political climate in which it’s very easy to project onto high-profile black athletes and pathologies and misconceptions about the black community.”Fan behavior is not just a concern in the NBA. It is being noted everywhere.Racist chants and taunts are a major issue in European soccer, including at a Euro 2020 qualifier between Bulgaria and England last week. Green Bay and Philadelphia fans fought in the stands at Lambeau Field last month. The Atlanta Braves had fans stop doing their “tomahawk chop” during the playoffs earlier this month. During the AL Championship Series between Houston and New York, Astros manager A.J. Hinch told umpires that he felt the behavior of fans at Yankee Stadium had crossed the line and that it “was becoming a dangerous situation.”“There’s no place for that,” Hinch said, referencing matters like debris being thrown from the stands toward players and taunts directed toward some of the Astros. “Both teams will agree. And it’s really hard to stop fans from doing that. But it’s also very dangerous.”And the athletes are not always just victims, either.Golfer Bio Kim was suspended by the Korean PGA for three years for making an obscene gesture at the crowd during the final round of a tournament that he won, angry because of noise from a cellphone camera.In the NBA, the league is expanding the area in arenas most closely monitored when it comes to player-fan interaction. The top-priority area used to be just those seated with feet on the court itself or maybe the first couple rows of courtside seats; now, that area goes several rows deep in every building, plus the areas where teams and referees enter and exit the court.The fan code of conduct, a standard announcement at every NBA arena for years, is now being shown and promoted more times in each game. Season-ticket holders have been put on notice by teams that they may lose their seats even if they give their tickets to someone who goes over the line and harasses players or officials too vociferously.Fans believed to have been involved in incidents will be removed from seats while officials investigate; many times, when a security guard asks those in a certain area what just happened, no one would volunteer information with the suspected heckler present.“I think players are definitely vulnerable,” Golden State’s Draymond Green said after the Lowry incident. “Any time you’re in a situation where you can do no right, like in defending yourself, you’re vulnerable.” About a dozen NBA players gathered for a teleconference with officials in the league office this summer, making their case about what they believe is one of the biggest problems in the game.Fan behavior, they said, is getting worse.The numbers show they’re right, and if that isn’t troubling enough race only adds to the complexity of the issue: Most NBA players are black, and it seems like most of those in the closest seats are white. Not every incident is racially motivated, though some clearly are.After high-profile incidents involving Russell Westbrook, DeMarcus Cousins, Kyle Lowry and others last season – including ones involving racist taunts – zero tolerance for abusive or hateful behavior is now to become the NBA’s policy going forward. The league is changing and toughening its code of conduct for fans, especially putting those in closest proximity to the players and the court on alert that anything over the line will lead to ejections and possibly more.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Kawooya wins ‪Kabaka’s Birthday‬ ‪‎squash title

first_imgBuganda Kingdom’s Joan Nassolo hands Kawooya a trophy. ALL PHOTOS THE INDEPENDENTMike Kawooya beat Ian Rukunya Friday night to win the squash final in the ongoing Kabaka Mutebi’s 61st birthday celebrations.Kawooya won the final at Kampala Club, the climax of a week-long tournament.Buganda Kingdom’s Joan Nassolo was chief guest and handed over the trophies to different winners.The birthday celebrations continue with the Kabaka Birthday Run on Sunday. Share on: WhatsApplast_img

Blood Donations Needed for Summer Months

first_imgMusic Saves Lives and the Vans Warped Tour are partnering with New Jersey Blood Services (NJBS), a division of New York Blood Center (NYBC), in reaching out to high school and college students to educate and encourage blood donations, and ensure hospital demands continue to be met over the summer.The event will be held from 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 6, at the Monmouth Mall, 180 Route 35.Participating donors will receive a free iTunes download card with 10 songs by the bands that are a part of the tour. Although donors will need to purchase their own tickets to the concerts, each person donating blood will also receive a VIP meet and greet voucher.Traditionally during the summer months, blood donations drop due to high school and colleges closing and regular community drives being postponed until the fall due to vacations. By the end of the summer, area hospitals usually experience critical blood shortages. The Music Saves Lives blood drives should create awareness of this need.Each and every day there are patients who depend on the transfusion of red blood cells, platelets and plasma to stay alive. But blood and blood products can’t be manufactured. They can only come from volunteer blood donors who take an hour to attend a blood drive or visit a donor center.NJ Blood Services, which supplies blood products and services to hospitals throughout the tri-state area, is urging all eligible persons to donate. Donors must be in generally good health, weigh at least 110 pounds, at least 17 years of age, or 16 with parental consent. Blood donors should drink plenty of water and eat regular meals prior to donating. People with tattoos are eligible to donate provided they were tattooed in a licensed N.J. shop.Blood donors must present a photo or signed ID. Those younger than 16 may have someone donate on their behalf to receive the iTunes download card and voucher.Medical questions regarding eligibility should be directed to NJ Blood Services at 800-933-BLOOD (2566).For information regarding additional Music Saves Lives blood drives, log on to http://tinyurl.com/MSLblooddriveslast_img read more

Msgr. Lowery Celebrates 40th Years of Priesthood

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK — For four decades The Rev. Msgr. Philip A. Lowery has dedicated his life to his faith and addressing the spiritual needs of those in his parishes and it’s been a life well spent.“It has been very rewarding,” said Lowery about the 40th anniversary of his ordination to priesthood, with 26 of them spent at St. James Church, 94 Broad St., as of July, the longest tenure in his career with the Church.“It has turned out beautifully,” Lowery said of his life thus far, continuing to appreciate the opportunity to share in the lives of so many, administering the sacraments, participating in the joys and offering comfort and solace in times of pain. “The people have made it very rewarding in many different ways,” he noted. “They’ve touched my life in many ways.”For Lowery what also continues to offer him joy is “to be able to celebrate with people to liturgy,” the religious services associated with the Roman Catholic faith.Lowery, 67, serves as pastor and monsignor for the parish church which counts 4,200 families, and its two schools, St. James grammar school, with about 400 students, and Red Bank Catholic High School, with approximately 900 students who live in Monmouth, Middlesex and Ocean counties.Msgr. Philip A. Lowery of St. James Roman Catholic Church in Red Bank celebrated the 40th anniversary of his ordination May 22.As pastor and monsignor, Lowery function with the schools is akin to a superintendent, he explained, with the principals handling the day-to-day operations. As for his title of monsignor, Lowery down played it, calling it simply an honorary designation, “Nothing more than that.” But the title is designated from the Pope through the local diocese.Lowery has for the last 21 years served as chief of chaplains for the NJ State Police. That posting has him oversee the other police chaplains – three rabbis, three ministers, three Roman Catholic priests and a Muslim imam, and coordinating their efforts to provide support and counseling for officers and their families.Lowery in his role with the State Police was called into service in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks nearly 15 years ago, when he volunteered to join its Task Force 1, “just to be there” for rescue workers and others on the outskirts of Ground Zero, he said.The same was true of his traveling to New Orleans for that city’s recovery efforts following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.“Your presence there,” at such catastrophic events (even locally after 9/11 when St. James’ parish lost six of its members, and five parents of RBC students), “said so much to so many people,” Lowery remembered.Lowery grew up in Jersey City as an only child, raised in the Catholic faith and attending Catholic schools. At about 19 he decided the life of a priest was his calling and “I wanted to give it a try.” He attended Holy Apostles College and Seminary, in Cromwell, Connecticut, and did his graduate studies at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg, Maryland. He went on to serve at St. Joseph’s parish in Toms River, from 1976 to 1987; and then at St. Barnabas, in Bayville, before coming to St. James in 1990, where he’s been ever since, seeing families grow and offering the sacraments to a second generation. And “I can’t image doing anything else,” than what he has for the last 40 years maintaining he’s “very happy and content” in his life’s work.And “God willing, if it is His plan,” Lowery hopes to continue to serve and serve here at St. James.last_img read more

Kinrade once again must watch from the sidelines

first_imgKinrade has just played one contest during the preseason, a 4-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. The Nelson Minor Hockey grad logged 13-plus minutes in the contest. He was whistled for a two-minute minor penalty and recorded one shot on goal.Kinrade, 25, signed for the second time in as many seasons with Ottawaa during the summer. He spent the entire 2009-10 season with the Sens’ minor league affiliate in Binghamton.It’s in the American Hockey League where the 6-foot, 195-pound defenceman recorded a professional highs in goals (seven), assists (20) and points (27 while accumulating 59-minutes in penalties. Kinrade ranked first among B-Sens and finished tied for 14th in the AHL in plus/minus with a +27 rating.Kinrade came to the Senators as a free agent after four years at Michigan Tech University. Prior to playing for the NCAA school, the slick skating rearguard played Cowichan Valley Capitals of the B.C. Hockey League.Kinrade started his junior career with the Nelson Leafs of the KIJHL.Dundas, population 24,700 and part of the city of Hamilton since 2001, plays host to the NHL exhibition contest. The city also wins $100,000 in prize money from Kraft [email protected] By The Nelson Daily SportsNelson native Geoff Kinrade remains on the training camp roster of the Ottawa Senators but isn’t getting much of a chance to prove his value to the National Hockey League club.Once again the pride of Nelson was left out of the lineup as the NHL club prepares to meet the Buffalo Sabres Tuesday in the annual Kraft Hockeyville game in Dundas, Ont.last_img read more

Rebels, Leafs resume rivalry tonight in Nelson

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe Nelson Leafs will look to snap out of a two-game Kootenay International Junior Hockey League slide.However, it won’t be easy as the opposition is the Murdoch leading Castlegar Rebels. The Leafs meet the Rebels in a two-game home-and-home series beginning tonight at 7 p.m. the NDCC Arena.The last time the teams play, Nelson shook off two-minute slide late in the first period, out scoring the Murdoch Division leaders 3-1 during the final 40 minutes en route to a 5-3 win.
Castlegar had not lost to Nelson prior to the recent win.A key to the Leafs win was the ability of Nelson to hold Rebel sniper Ryan Aynsley off the score sheet. Nelson slowed Castlegar’s leading scorer by continually pounding Aynsley for the duration of the game.The teams play game two of the series Saturday in [email protected]last_img read more

Focus on Minnesota: Why Raiders could steal one on road

first_imgThere are reasons to believe the Road Raiders’ first of five consecutive games played away from the Coliseum has a chance to end well.Patrick Mahomes notwithstanding, the Raiders defense has shown signs of improvement, as has the offense led by Derek Carr. But those may not be the determining factors in whether they win or lose on Sunday.It could come down to which Kirk Cousins is quarterbacking the Vikings. Is it the guy who starred under the tutelage of then-offensive coordinator Kyle …last_img read more