Low cost long haul flights to Europe are back!

first_imgScoot will beat Malaysian rival AirAsia X, which abandoned flights to Paris and London in 2012, by at least a year, as the latter is waiting for the delivery of new long-range planes it needs for European flights from 2018.The so-called Kangaroo Route between Australia and London has never been so competitive. Even though established seven-star airlines like Qantas and Singapore Airlines generally price the route from around $A1800 return from Australian east coast cities like Melbourne and Sydney, Asia’s biggest airline, China Southern, has been discounting to as low as $1150 return for travellers booking two months ahead and minnows such as Royal Brunei are joining in and matching the Chinese giant.And that fare includes more than $200 in travel taxes being imposed by the UK and Australian governments.When the low-cost carriers (LCCs) rejoin the fray, the competition will ascend to another level.Before AirAsia X pulled out, citing high airport charges and an expensive-to-run aircraft (the Airbus A340-300, which is no longer in production), its fares on the Kangaroo Route got to as low as $800 return.Such base fares without extras are only for the intrepid willing to bring their own food to survive the 24-hour epic, but they show just how low fares can be in the no-frills world of low-cost flying.Ironically, Qantas’s budget subsidiary Jetstar – which inaugurated the Asia-Pacific’s first long-haul, low-cost services – was devised in part to take over services to cities such as Manchester, Amsterdam, Paris, Rome and Athens, which were axed by the parent in the 1980s and 1990s because of its high costs.However, Jetstar abandoned plans to fly to Europe long before 2013 when it began operating Boeing Dreamliners designed for that purpose.READ: The world’s first low cost alliance is bornIronically, it is Qantas’s fierce rival, Singapore Airlines (SIA), that has stepped into the breach with Scoot, the low-cost subsidiary it founded in 2012 – nearly a decade after Jetstar’s 2004 launch – only after SIA had carefully studied Qantas’s successful two-brand strategy, with Jetstar concentrating on leisure routes while the parent devotes itself to business routes.SIA is following a near-identical strategy, briefing aviation analysts about the next stage of Scoot’s expansion in the second quarter of 2017, when it begins taking delivery of the smaller version of the Dreamliner, the 335-seat 787-8, with custom-fitted crew rest areas that will be needed to start flying between Singapore and Western Europe.Like Qantas, there is a raft of European destinations SIA has had to abandon because of its high costs.Two of the most recent are Madrid and Athens – the business centres of Spain and Greece which are both suffering serious economic recessions.In a major analysis of Scoot’s planned Euro expansion, Sydney’s Centre for Asia-Pacific Aviation (centreforaviation.com), notes that SIA has also just axed its three weekly services to the recession-hit Brazilian business capital, Sao Paolo, which it operates via Spain’s second city, Barcelona.READ: Scoot reviewCAPA says, even though SIA is maintaining up five non-stop and one-stop (via Milan) flights a week to Barcelona, it’s an ideal candidate for Scoot’s 787-8s with their range of up to 13,000 kilometres.Italy also has a wobbly economy, so SIA has restricted its Rome services to two or three a week depending on the time of year. Manchester is another city that could transfer services from the parent to Scoot.CAPA speculates there are other Euro cities without SIA service that would be a good fit for Scoot, such as Vienna, Austria, Stockholm, Sweden, and Helsinki, Finland.There are other opportunities as well.In spite of fears originally that Jetstar could eat its lunch if it was allowed to compete directly with the parent, Qantas goes head-to-head with its subsidiary on routes like Sydney to Honolulu.And Jetstar hasn’t ruled out running a budget service between Sydney and Los Angeles, USA, though fares on that route have halved to little more than $A1000 return since US carriers Delta and American introduced new services on top of existing Qantas and United flights. (Qantas and American are also partners so, when American began a daily Sydney-Los Angeles service last December, Qantas withdrew the equivalent of a daily 747 on the route and redeployed it on the San Francisco route six days a week).Similarly, SIA now has four daily services between Singapore and London – three operated by A380 super-jumbos and the other by a Boeing 777-300ER.If Scoot entered the London route, it may or may not operate to the UK capital’s congested Heathrow airport, where SIA lands. When it flew to the UK, AirAsia X went to Gatwick airport to the south of the city after earlier abandoning  the city’s crowded low-cost airline gateway, Stansted, north of London.However, the bottom line is that, after a slow-start, low-cost, long-haul flying has arrived and is beginning to proliferate around the world.More and more, scheduled low-cost airlines are overtaking the old charter carriers like the UK’s Thompson Airways and Germany’s Condor, which were the pioneers of long-haul low-cost travel.Nowadays, CAPA notes, there are no fewer than 11 LCCs flying scheduled services on routes of more than 7000 kilometres around the world.Carriers like the Philippines’ Cebu Pacific are creating records that travellers may not particularly appreciate: jamming passengers into  widebody planes like the Airbus A330 in unprecedented numbers.Cebu Pacific’s A330-300 seat a whopping 436 passengers at 30 inches (76 centimetres) per seat row – more than most 747s and some A380s.Even AirAsiaX with identical planes has an extra inch per seat row with a total seat count of “just” 375. By contrast, full-service carriers like Qantas seat just 297-301 passengers in its A330-300s at eight abreast, not the squeezy nine-abreast at Cebu Pacific and AirAsia X.AirAsiaX’s current A330-300s don’t have the range to reach London from its base at Kuala, so it is waiting for a new version with longer “legs” and better fuel consumption.It has placed a mammoth order for 66 A330-300neo (new engine option) jetliners, the first of which will be delivered in 2018. The airline has indicated it is interested in new services to both Europe and the USA.However, all those plans – by Scoot as well as AirAsia X – will remain drawing board ideas if airlines still face the current scourge of terrorism, which is scaring people away from air travel and emptying hotels – especially in Europe and particularly in France, which is the world’s most popular tourist destination with around 85 million visitors a year.At the height of the summer season, France has been hard hit by the recent terrorist attack in Nice, the capital of the French Riviera holiday coast, on top of the earlier attacks in Paris, which subsequently faced an extended security lockdown.Terrorism has also hit Belgium and political instability on the fringe of Europe in Turkey is also discouraging tourists.Meantime, both the European and American economies, bellwethers of air travel’s popularity, are struggling, with the recent economic convulsion caused by Britain’s decision to leave the European Union an added headache for Europe.That’s in stark contrast to the optimism of east Asia, led by the booming Chinese economy, which has created one of the biggest global tourism explosions the world has seen.Last year, more than 120 million Chinese – fewer than 10 per cent of the population – went travelling abroad. At the same time, the equivalent of a third of Australia’s population of 24 million people travelled overseas, which indicates the Chinese tourism boom has only just begun.That means much of the flying until now by Scoot and AirAsiaX – and  Jetstar Asia and Scoot’s feeder airline, Tigerair – has aimed to capitalise on outbound Chinese travel demand.However, Scoot is expected to announce its first European destinations late this year in preparation for the beginning of flights around April 2017.last_img read more

‘Extended Plate and Beam’ Walls

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Production builders in the U.S. love 2×4 walls. They also love keeping the cost to build their homes as low as possible.When energy codes ratcheted up in the 1980s and 1990s, cold-climate home builders eventually switched to 2×6 studs. But most production builders are still reluctant to install exterior rigid foam or furring strips.In Climate Zones 6, 7, and 8, new codes are forcing builders to consider the implications of the “R-20 + R-5” requirements for walls. But many builders are unhappy with current options for building high-R walls.Responding to builders’ concerns, engineers at a research facility associated with the National Association of Home Builders (the Home Innovation Research Labs, formerly known as the NAHB Research Center) have developed a new wall system called the “extended plate and beam” system. The main developers of the system were Vladimir Kochkin and Joe Wiehagen. (Wiehagen recently left his job at the Home Innovation Research Labs). Kochkin and Wieghagen wanted to come up with a wall that performs better than a typical 2×6 wall, but that isn’t expensive or scary enough to disturb production builders. Cantilevered plates At its most basic, here’s the idea: builders should frame 2×4 walls on 2×6 plates. The 2×6 plates should be flush with the 2x4s on the interior, but should be proud of the studs on the exterior. The protruding plates leave room for 2 inches of rigid foam to be installed on the exterior side of the studs (see the close-up image below).The OSB or plywood wall sheathing is installed on the exterior side of the rigid foam. In this respect, an “extended plate and beam” wall resembles a wall with Zip R sheathing. (For more information on Zip R sheathing, see “Nailbase Panels for Walls.”)In a recent phone… center_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

10 Things to Know Before Screening at Film Festivals

first_imgHere are ten must-know tips for getting your film or video project into a film festival — and what to know before your film screens.Cover image by Fer Gregory.I recently had my first experience screening a film at an indie film festival, and it seemed like a whole new world opened up. Having covered festivals for several years, I was no stranger to how they worked from an outside perspective, but after receiving a “filmmaker” badge for the first time, it became a completely different experience.So, with this new perspective in mind, here are 10 helpful things I gleaned from screening a film — and what I wished I would have known going in.What to Include in Your SubmissionImage via FilmFreeway.Let’s backtrack one step: you have to submit your film to festivals before they invite you to screen. If you go to your favorite festivals’ websites, you’ll find their submission guidelines and forms available, but nowadays it’s probably best to use a platform like FilmFreeway or Withoutabox. For those interested, I used FilmFreeway — and even wrote this article with some quick tips based on my submission process.Get All the InfoOnce you are accepted into a festival, you’ll usually get a confirmation email that makes you feel warm and awesome. Be sure to keep an eye on your submission platform as well though, as updates to your status will appear on those sites just as regularly (and will let you know if your submissions were rejected, meaning you can direct your efforts elsewhere).In your acceptance email, you should get all the info you’ll really need regarding dates, travel, events, and even your screening time(s) — although that might come later or be subject to change. If you are accepted and don’t receive all the info you need, definitely reach out to the programmers. The longer you’re in the dark, the harder your travel and work arrangements will be to coordinate.Plan Your Travel and AccommodationsImage via Zorik Khutoryan.Depending on many variables (size of the festival, type of film you’re showing, popularity of your film), travel and lodging may or may not be provided. If you’re being comped a hotel room and given a travel stipend, that’s awesome. However, for many indie festivals and up-and-coming filmmakers, the onus is on you to get yourself and your team to the festival and find a place to crash at night.If the programmers don’t offer accommodations outright, hit them up to see if they can hook you up with a “couch network” with festival programmers and volunteers who live nearby.You Better Like Your Photos and AssetsRemember when you put together your submission and built your film profile page on Filmfreeway or Withoutabox? There were those boxes telling you to import promotional photos to represent your project. Well, you better like those photos a heck of a lot because you’ll be seeing them often throughout your festival experience.Not only will they be the one-and-only piece of information about your film in the programs and any other festival literature, they also may end up blown up on the big screen before or after your screening for everyone to stare at (and judge your photography’s artistic merits).Shorts vs. FeaturesImage by Brian A Jackson.Short films and feature films are different presentations. Features usually get their own billing and screening time. Before features, a programmer will usually introduce the film and may ask the filmmakers to come up front to answer a few questions. After a feature screening, if the filmmakers are in attendance, they’ll often come back up to do a Q&A with a programmer and/or the audience.Short films, however, are screened in blocks (usually around six to ten shorts for a 90- to 120-minute block). The blocks are usually broken into narrative, documentary, or experimental (or late night). If it’s a big festival, you may have Narrative Block 1, Narrative Block 2, etc. The individual short films in the blocks seldom get individual distinction other than listings in the programs. At short block screenings, a programmer will sometimes introduce the whole block and offer a few words about each film. Afterward, all the filmmakers in attendance come up together to answer questions, which can sometimes make for a crowded stage.Be Prepared to Promote Your FilmPerhaps the biggest piece of advice I can offer, which you’ll learn very quickly once you show up for your screening, is that it’s up to you to promote your film. Yes, the festival will promote itself in its local community (and probably abroad too), but that’s only a small part of overall promotion. If you really want people off the street to come in and see your film, you’ll need to do the legwork to get them into the theater.If you’ve been planning for it, this is where your marketing and promotional materials come in. If you have posters, get there early and get them up in the area. Bigger features have marketing teams that hit the streets with postcards and other materials — with screening times already printed up. It’s up to you and your team to get the word out — with your friends, with the festival attendees, and with the general public.Work on Your 10-second PitchImage by Jacob Lund.Another thing you’re going to need to practice is your 10-second elevator pitch about yourself and your film. You’ll get good enough at it when attending your first festival because you’ll have to do it over and over again. You’ll also hear dozens of other filmmakers give theirs, so you can learn from those, too.Basically, at any mixer, party, or event, you’ll be meeting attendees and other filmmakers who will ask the same basic questions. Who are you, and what is your film? Your answer is your chance to promote yourself and your film. You can keep it loose, but having your pitch ready will help break the ice.Stay Out Late and Get Up EarlyFilm festivals are awesome. And as I’ve written before, the indie film festival is hugely important part of the filmmaking ecosphere as a place to make connections, build relationships, get audience feedback, and invigorate a community. If you value yourself and your project enough to put the time into creating it and submitting it to festivals, you better make sure you get the most out of the experience.Whether it’s a weekend festival from Friday to Sunday, or a week-long (or longer) major festival, there will undoubtedly be lots to do, from workshops to panel discussions to mixers to after-parties and, of course, tons of screenings. If you can, I highly suggest doing damn near everything.Export the Right WayImage by iamwayclick.This one is a little nitty-gritty, but festivals vary. And even within a given festival, there may be several different screening setups that require specific files. When your screening is set up, your festival contact should let you know if they have any specific export requests.Be sure to follow up with an export that meets their standards and double-check to make sure it’ll work with their system. The last thing you want is a technical issue minutes before your screening.Follow up and Stay EngagedThis is a piece of advice from some old business development days, but it still holds true. If you feel you were lucky enough to have your film screened at a festival that seemed cool to you, make sure you let the folks know who gave you the opportunity and shared the platform. It may be a contest in some ways, but at its heart a festival is a community. Having seen festivals work for some time now, I can tell you these programmers and coordinators and volunteers do it for their passion for films and filmmaking.Once you do get a film into a festival, and would like to get more in the future, stay engaged, supportive, and positive. If you stay at it long enough, chances are you’ll see the same people around and get plenty of opportunities to pay it forward.For more filmmaking advice and inspiration, check out some of these articles.How to Distribute Your Short Film in Today’s Online Marketplace10 Insights to Keep in Mind When Applying for Filmmaking Grants8 Tips for Making a Promotional Website for Your Film or VideoThe 10 Best Film Festivals For Up-And-Coming FilmmakersSXSW Conference Film Trends and Analysislast_img read more

India secrets: Sikkim

first_imgNetuk houseIdeal for those who want to experience the posh of the past, this aristocratic homestay will give travellers a taste of local life with the added comfort of luxury. Decorated in local style with bright cheery interiors and local Sikkimese textiles, the house is a charming old-fashioned retreat. The family-run ‘hotel’ offers local hospitality along with lovely local spreads for discerning foodies. Festooned with Buddhist prayer flags and a warm and friendly vibe, Netuk House comes with an added charm: expect enriching evenings listening to local lore over many cups of chai. There are also gorgeous uninterrupted views of the snowclad mountains. Tibet Road, Gangtok; Tel: (03592) 222 374Pastanga villageTo get the real local feel, you must experience living with  a Sikkimese family in a typical village. Stop by Pastanga village, in Assam Lingzay just outside Gangtok, a truly beautiful spot right in the lap of nature. This little village is flush in rhododendron and magnolia flowers and a wide variety of bamboo species. It is truly a fascinating destination for nature lovers as it provides spectacular walks and breathtaking views of the surrounding mountain ranges. Pastanga is also the starting point for the exciting Khedi trek, rich in biodiversity, popular with adventure enthusiasts. You can enjoy local traditions, dances and music during your stay here. There are nearly ten government approved homestays which are all very reasonable and accessible. 28 km from Gangtok; www.keeppastangasikkim.orgThe teen jhurey trek Starting from a place called Golitar, this is a wonderful nature trek for all those who seek adventure. The richly forested area is known to be the home for various species of wild animals and birds. For those who like the peaceful sport of angling, the hike to River Bhusak is perfect. This is a one day hike but the scenery and the fish at the end of the line are worth the journey. The hike starts from Syari, four km from Gangtok. One can get equipment on hire from local travel agents and you take a local guide along.  25 km from GangtokLocal pickles Sikkim has three major communities–the Lepchas, the Bhutias and the Nepalese–and each of them contribute to the state’s varied cuisine and culture. Apart from the regular momos and thukpas, available at nearly every corner store and restaurant, the foodie should not return from Sikkim without trying some of the local pickles. A must try is sidra ko achar, a pickle made out of a small dried fish called sidra and eaten with rice and dal. For vegetarians, there is the exotic chhurpi ko achar. Chhurpi is a local fermented cottage cheese and is widely used in Sikkimese cuisine; the pickle in mustard oil and spices is quite a tasty accompaniment with plain rice. There is also mesu or fermented bamboo shoot pickle, shimi ko achar or the string bean pickle and the extremely delicious hot dalle and bamboo shoot pickle.  Pick up a bottle at Gupta Tea House or Rainbow, on  M.G. Marg. Also check Sikkim Supreme Factory near SingtamLess known brewsA butter salt tea churned inside a bamboo container is  a popular drink that helps keeping you warm, and thus is consumed in large quantities in the winter. While chaang or the local beer is the most popular drink, other variants of it are also worth a try. These include simal tarul ko jaanr, which is a fermented cassava root alcoholic drink and raksi, a clear rice wine with a strong aroma. Homemade rhododendron and ginger wine can be found in local villages. Kanchan berry juice, a recent favourite, is also rather delicious and comes with medicinal values. A local homestay would be the best place to find these unusual brewsGonjang monasteryEstablished in the year 1981, this monastery, one of the less known in the state, belongs to Nyingmapa School of Tibetan Buddhism. Located on the outskirts of the city, the peaceful environment and the prayer chants make it a destination worth a visit, especially it is fairly free of crowds. One can also admire the beauty of the town from here. A host of annual events and festivities add colour to the calm. www.gonjangmonastery.orgGreen foodWhile in this lush green state you will be surrounded by  a mindboggling variety of plants and vegetation that will immediately serve to soothe city-jangled nerves. And while all of them are beautiful, some of them even taste good. Locals have learnt how to use many of the local leaves and ferns in their cooking and have turned them into great delicacies. Try the popular nettle soup or sisnu, prepared out of the local edible varieties of nettle which is served with steamed rice. Wild edible fern or ningro is another leafy treat that is usually mixed with cottage cheese and turned into a delicious curry. Another leafy delicacy is gundruk, the fermented and preserved leaves of radish, mustard and cauliflower. These are soaked in water and cooked before consumption and form an excellent side dish with meat, fish and vegetable dishes. These dishes will be available at homes and homestays rather than restaurants–act like a local and ask for them and enjoy the surprised smiles. And the food. If you stay at a homestay, you will have the best option to try local food. Otherwise ask a your hotel for the best option. Still waters performanceWhat’s a hill holiday without the strums of  a guitar? This folk-rock band from Gangtok with a repertoire of punchy originals in English and Nepali is unmissable. To catch  a gig, check out the schedule at the lovely bohemian pub called Little Italy in Deorali, or Cafe Live and Loud on Tibet Road, another popular hangout for music lovers. You can check the local paper for listings of their shows.Stitch a bakuThe lovely brocade dresses that the local women wear come in a variety of colours, patterns and fabrics. Pick up your desired fabric and take it to Lhasa Tailors or Classic Tailor to get an outfit tailored to your or your partner’s size and specifications. For a great range of designer bakus and honjus, a traditional Tibetan outfit, make your way to Gaari Designs.  Lhasa is near Old Children’s Park; Classic is on M.G. Marg; log on to www.gaaridesigns.comHouse of bambooThis small restaurant tucked away on a quite lane is known for its food and warm ambience. Tibetan delicacies, spicy Chinese fare and a variety of momos, all at a very reasonable price, make this a great option. Definitely try their lip-smacking beef chilli and gyathuk, special noodles cooked with vegetarian or non-vegetarian soup. Their rice preparation with pork is also quite delicious and everything is between the astounding price range of Rs. 40 and Rs. 180. On Nam Nang Road.advertisementadvertisementGangtok: Lily Tshering BhutiaAn avid trekker, Lily is director of a specialised travel company that organises high altitude treks. She lives in Gangtok but feels most at home in the great outdoors, especially the rhododendron forests in her home state. Lily is also a foodie and her two loves can be seen here!Outside Gangtok: Trek to RachelaThis trekking route is an absolute paradise for nature  lovers, with a wonderful array of flora and fauna all along the way. Starting from a place called ‘Hathicheray’, which translates to ‘elephant pass’, you walk for about three and a half hours, after which you reach a place called Mulkharga Lake. This is a great place to set up an overnight base camp with lush greenery all around and a truly breathtaking view as the day breaks. Next morning, continue the trek towards Ramitey Dara. The trek takes approximately two and half hours and passes through stretches of evergreen forest and rocky terrain dotted with caves. The landscape keeps changing and the route meanders through dense bamboo forest and startling pink rhododendron trees. This trek is also fantastic for the variety of birds that one can see along the way. This part of the trek takes most part of the day and will culminate at the gorgeous Rachela Pass. The area is dominated by the Lepchas and one can see their traditional houses along the way. The campsite has a small pond and an old forest reserve bungalow. After a night’s rest, you can trek up two kilometres to the actual pass and enjoy the magnificent view. Rachela is on the border of Sikkim and Bhutan and thus a fairly sensitive and restricted area. While there are tour operators who might bring you up here illegally, please take care to take prior permissions from the forest and tourism departments; Tel: (03592) 221 634; www.sikkimtourism.travelMust do: SikkimStay: Homestay in kewzingImmerse yourself in local culture at Kewzing, a timeless Bhutia village that rests against a backdrop of magnificent mountains. This is the place to stay if you want a first-hand experience of Sikkimese rural life. The rooms are simple but clean and cosy, and the meals, served in the family kitchen, are tasty and wholesome. Activities include birdwatching, excursions to the monasteries dotting the rambling countryside and even working in the fields with the villagers!Kewzing Homestays; Tel: (044) 3988 1000;  www.mahindrahomestays.comEat: MomosIf you are the sort who ventures into Sikkim House in Delhi or momo joints all over north India’s hillstations, then Sikkim is your heaven. Every nook and corner will serve big juicy dumplings filled with the meat of your choice (a number of them). Happy feasting on perfect, thin, meaty momos. In Gangtok, a good place to try is M.G. Market.Shop: Thangka scrollsDepicting Buddhist themes and symbols as well as other religious iconography, thangkas are canvas scrolls that are often framed with silk. Genuine thangkas are made with only vegetable or mineral dyes, and each colour has its own significance; white stands for peace, while gold represents enlightenment. While only Buddhist monks once created thangkas, they are now available in most handicrafts stores. Try the small shop near Rumtek Monastery, about 24 km from GangtokSee: PellingYour usual lazy hillstation filled with friendly people, this is where you can get great views of the mighty Khangchendzonga. Brave the walk to Pemayangtse, about three km from Upper Pelling, for the famous Pemayangtse Monastery, one of Sikkim’s holiest. 120 km from Gangtok.advertisementlast_img read more

A CHANCE FOR TOUCH GROWTH

first_imgThe presence of NSW Country at the 2004 Australia Cup has been a great addition to the competition, as well as a development experience for the NSW Country players. Riley Sohier, NSW Country tour manager and a NSW touch development officer for the Hunter-Western Hornets believes the Australia Cup has been a really positive experience for their players. NSW Country brought four teams to the Australia Cup, a Women’s Open, Senior and 23 years, as well as a Mens Senior. It is the first time that a NSW side has attended an ATA event in Victoria since 1985. “It’s been a great tournament and the players are all really enjoying the trip,” Mr Sohier said. “Everyone’s really feeling like it’s a special occasion; it’s really great to be able to represent NSW.” While the weather in Melbourne has been a little frosty, literally, the competition has been tight. The Senior Men have struggled, yet to win a match, while the Women have proved to be stronger. “We’ve been quite surprised by the standard of competition from the developing states. We don’t actually get to see them a lot, so it’s good to see their improvement,” Mr Sohier said. “I believe that for the game of touch football to develop in Australia we have to break away from the NSW and Queensland focus and help with development Australia wide,” he continued. The Senior Women have performed well, with a close 2-1 loss to the ACT 23’s and another close 4-2 loss to SA Open. A cold early morning match against Tasmania today saw them break through for their first win of the tournament. The Open Women are also playing well, with a 7-4 win over SA Open and a 10-2 win over the ACT 23’s. They will certainly find the finals tough though, with Victoria, the ACT and the NSW 23’s all looking strong. The young NSW girls have scored freely throughout the tournament, with easy wins to date. They opened the Cup with an 11-2 victory over the Victorian 23’s and 12-0 win over the EPTA Seniors. Nicole Beck scored five touchdowns in the match against the Victorian 23’s, while Ashleigh Dobbins scored four times against the EPTA side. Despite the weather, the Australia Cup has certainly been a valuable trip away for the NSW Country sides and given them the chance to grow against some good touch competition. By Rachel Moyle, [email protected]last_img read more

9 months agoBurnley midfielder Jeff Hendrick: A massive victory

first_imgBurnley midfielder Jeff Hendrick: A massive victoryby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley midfielder Jeff Hendrick felt victory over Fulham was “massive”.Hendrick, playing in an unfamiliar right midfield role, had two first half efforts deflected in off Joe Bryan and Denis Odoi to cancel out Andre Schurrle’s stunning second minute goal.“I don’t know,” said Hendrick on his prospects of being able to reverse the decision and double his goal tally after scoring against Fulham at Craven Cottage in August.“I haven’t seen it back. I tried to look at it on the screen when I was trotting back but once we got the goal today was about the three points.“It was a great goal they scored right at the start and it’s hard, especially in this league. When a team goes ahead, they seem to win or get something out of the game.“But we knew we had plenty of time and we needed to get back on the front foot and get the ball going forward and we got a few chances and luckily their defenders put it in for us.“It gave us something to go into half-time with and to cling onto.“The group of lads out there, whoever’s playing, can dig in and work for each other and that’s what we did.“It is massive. Every game is massive and to keep the momentum going the way we have been playing the last few games and the results we’ve pick up. It’s good to that keep going and hopefully we can continue that.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 months agoMilner singles out Alisson as Liverpool’s top performer

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Milner singles out Alisson as Liverpool’s top performerby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool midfielder James Milner says Alisson’s ability to shake off errors has lead to an incredible debut season for the club.Alisson, signed from Roma in the summer, has largely thrived in his first few months at Anfield, helping the Reds to top spot on the Premier League table.The Brazilian has made the occasional mistake, but Milner believes his ability to move on quickly has helped him maintain an impressive consistency.”It’s hard to pick out one player because everyone in the squad has done so well, not just the 11 who are starting,” said Milner.”We have made a lot of changes during games and a number of players have come in and done really well.”I think maybe one you could select is Alisson. Coming to a new league is never easy. It’s a new lifestyle and you are also getting used to the weather and things like that, but he’s been unbelievable: from how he is around the place, to how good he is on the pitch with his feet and with the saves he makes.”Every single player makes mistakes and sometimes as a ‘keeper you maybe feel a bit different because mistakes often result in a goal, but if he makes a mistake it doesn’t faze him in the slightest and he remains confident and continues playing as if nothing has happened. That’s so important.”He’s been unbelievable for us this season so far and I believe that he’ll be a massive, massive player for us going forward.” last_img read more

INUIT ARTISTS BOYCOTT INDIGENOUS MUSIC AWARDS OVER CULTURAL APPROPRIATION

center_img Login/Register With: The Yellowknife-raised sisters said in an interview their decision was spurred by the IMA’s nomination of a non-Inuit artist who performs throat singing, which they view as an “insensitive” appropriation of their culture.Mackay and Ayalik declined to name the musician at the centre of the controversy, saying they wanted to focus on the broader issue of appropriation between Indigenous groups. “In cultural practices like throat singing, which were just about extinct and are now in a creative reclamation, there’s so much context that’s lost if it’s appropriated rather than collaborated with,” Mackay said by phone from Sudbury.Mackay and Ayalik said they and other members of the throat-singing community worked “quietly” in recent weeks to resolve the issue with the artist and IMAs, but have yet to see any action.A spokesperson for the IMAs did not provide comment Monday.Ayalik emphasized that there are vast variations between Indigenous cultures, even in communities as close as 50 kilometres apart, and each deserves to be respected.“We aren’t all one big group; and just as distinct as Scottish culture is from Norwegian culture, we’re just as different between Indigenous groups.”As disappointed as they are to be pulling out of the awards, Mackay and Ayalik said they hope to resume their relationship with the IMAs once policies are put in place to acknowledge these cultural distinctions, such as ensuring Inuit representatives are involved at every step of the event’s organization.“We are light in our hearts knowing that what we’re doing is going to help make people understand the various beautiful differences across cultures, and that people can also listen and look at Indigenous music with a bit of a different lens and focus,” Ayalik said by phone from Vancouver. Several artists are pulling support for the Indigenous Music Awards over concerns about cultural appropriation of Inuit throat singing.Tanya Tagaq, Kelly Fraser and Iva are among the musicians who posted to social media pledging not to participate in the awards until the organization revises its policies or includes Inuit representation on its board.The throat-singing duo PIQSIQ, comprised of Inuksuk Mackay and Tiffany Ayalik, announced on Twitter Monday they are withdrawing the nomination of “Altering The Timeline” for best electronic music album. Twitterlast_img read more

European soccer match announced for Ohio Stadium in July

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo is likely to make an appearance during the July match at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Courtesy of TNSA different kind of football is set to come to Ohio Stadium this summer.An international exhibition match scheduled for July 27 at the ’Shoe between two of Europe’s premier clubs, Spain’s Real Madrid and French club Paris Saint-Germain, was officially announced Tuesday morning. The match, which is a part of the International Champions Cup, a soccer series that has been pairing together the world’s top clubs for summer friendlies since 2013, could bring some of the sport’s biggest names to Columbus, headlined by Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid. “We’re very excited to work with The Ohio State University to bring this match here,” said Kwame Bryan, the vice president of stadium partnerships for Relevant Sports, the New York-based firm that hosts the ICC, at a press conference Tuesday. “We’ve been working for countless months to bring a game here,” he said. Tickets for the match, which is set to be the first international soccer match ever to be played at Ohio Stadium, go on sale to the general public April 5 through Ticketmaster. Exclusive presale tickets are available beginning 10 a.m. on March 29. Fans can sign up for a chance to obtain presale tickets via the ICC’s website, but Bryan told The Lantern the OSU community — students, staff and faculty — will have access to them. Final ticket details are still being ironed out, Bryan said, though he added they will likely start at $35.“We hope there is a price point for everyone,” he said. The match is another extension of the university’s push in recent years to bring events to the ’Shoe beyond football games, OSU Vice President and Athletic Director Gene Smith said.To date, that has primarily meant concerts, but Smith said the soccer match allows the school — and Columbus — to showcase itself to the global audience that the sport has. “We feel very comfortable that that particular day, July 27, we’ll have an opportunity to showcase two of the greatest, most valuable teams in this world right here in the ’Shoe,” he said. Both Columbus Crew SC President Andy Loughnane and OSU men’s soccer coach John Bluem praised the match’s capacity to highlight Columbus’ passion for the world’s most popular sport.Loughnane said it is a “landmark match for the city of Columbus.” It will be the first professional soccer match in the ’Shoe since Sept. 30, 1998, when Crew SC played its final game there before moving to its own stadium for the 1999 season. A mere 10,966 fans were on hand for it. The number of fans anticipated for the July exhibition could dwarf that figure.Although Smith and Bryan were hesitant to make an attendance projection, both said they expect it to be more than 100,000. The stadium’s attendance record is 108,975, which was set on Nov. 21 when the Buckeyes played Michigan State. The largest crowd at a soccer game in America was also an ICC match. In that game, 109,318 fans packed in the University of Michigan’s stadium to watch Manchester United take on Real Madrid on Aug. 2, 2014.Smith laughed after being asked if the university was out to top its archrival. “We don’t look at it that way,” he said. “We’re not competing with anyone. Our focus is to make sure that these professionals — and these are the best of the best — have a quality experience. So we want make sure we have a packed house for them, regardless of where our number falls relative to anyone else in the world.” Real Madrid, according to Forbes, is the most valuable sports franchise in the world. Its roster is littered with elite talent, headlined by Ronaldo and James Rodriguez. The Royal Whites have captured the La Liga title 32 times, while also winning 10 European Cup competitions — the most of any club. PSG has won its league title each of the past three seasons and is currently on pace to take the crown again this year. The club is anchored by Thiago Silva and Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, though the latter is rumored to be exploring transfer options. In addition to the match at Ohio Stadium, there are currently seven other ICC matches set to take place in the United States this summer. But for one day, the soccer world will turn its attention to Ohio’s capital city.“Soccer is the world’s sport … so on July 27, all eyes, literally around the world, will be tuned in to Columbus,” Loughnane said. “No matter what time a day it is in Europe, or elsewhere throughout the world, Columbus will be the focus.” read more

Chic trophy honors Big Ten history

With the Big Ten becoming bigger and better, one might expect the victors of the Big Ten Championship to receive a trophy that reflects the opulent pride — bordering on arrogance — that comes with besting 11 other teams. It seems that despite the recent addition of Nebraska to the burgeoning Big Ten, though, those in charge of the trophy design have opted for a delightfully-understated, yet cutting edge aesthetic that channels a classy and simplistic piece of art in lieu of the oversized embodiments of hubris seen in other conferences. Perhaps it’s the downtrodden economy cutting frivolous spending money from the Big Ten budget, but the conference has crafted a product that, without the football topper, could easily be found in upscale Hollywood homes as an accent piece or in highbrow museums where it would be lauded as a bold statement in modern beauty. No matter the reason, it is nice to see a trophy that is not impressive just because someone managed to fix an LCD TV to it, but impressive because it is a sophisticated symbol of decades of rich history and hundreds of hours of hard work for deserving athletes. read more