first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.MIAMI — The finger pointing began too late and was far too narrow in scope, but that’s what happens to franchises that allow pride to cloud the decision-making processes.A near-collapse in 2016 followed by a dreadful 98-loss season in 2017 wasn’t enough for the San Francisco Giants to step back and recalibrate. A ballooning payroll and a handful of underperforming core assets did not properly faze the organization’s …last_img read more

first_imgAn AirAsia X captain inadvertently entered the wrong longitude into an Airbus A330’s navigation  system, causing the plane to fly in the wrong direction and cross the departure  path of an adjacent parallel runway at Sydney Airport. The captain, with more than 22,000 hours experience, omitted a zero when manually entering data prior to take-off using a technique not recommended by the manufacturer.This resulted in a positional error of more than 11,000kms and the aircraft was not fitted with an upgraded flight management system that would have compensated for the mistake.An Australian Transport Safety Bureau report into the incident found the crew failed to pick up the error until airborne and their subsequent attempts to fix it caused further problems.The March 10, 2015 flight to Kuala Lumpur was departing on Sydney’s runway 16R when air traffic control saw it enter the departure flight path of runway 16L.  The report said the crew were likely distracted by an enhanced ground proximity warning system alert that prevented them from noticing the turn towards the parallel runway until alerted by air traffic control.The flight crew were having trouble with their instruments and identified a problem with the navigation system. However, their attempts to troubleshoot the issue caused further degradation of the system as well as flight guidance and control systems.At one point, the captain’s primary display lost all information except airspeed and vertical speed while the first officer’s display showed incorrect heading information and there was no usable map, waypoint of tracking information.The autopilot and autothrust systems were also unavailable and some of the aircraft’s handling characteristics were affected by a change in the A330s flight law.An attempt to return to Sydney was thwarted because bad weather had set in and the degraded systems meant the aircraft could only land in visual conditions. It was instead radar vectored by air traffic control to Melbourne where the crew performed a go-around on their first approach before landing safely. The plane spent just under three hours on the ground being checked before departing for Kuala Lumpur with the original crew. The ATSB found that despite a number of opportunities to identify and correct the error, it was not noticed until after the aircraft became airborne and started tracking in the wrong direction. “The ATSB also found that the aircraft was not fitted with an upgraded flight management system that would have prevented the data entry error via either automated initialisation or automatic correction of manual error,’’ the report  said.“The flight crew attempted to troubleshoot and rectify the situation while under heavy workload.  Combined with limited guidance from the available checklists, this resulted in further errors by the flight crew in the diagnosis and actioning of flight deck switches.’’There was kudos, however, for air traffic controllers whose “effective monitoring and assistance’’ reduced the risk to the AirAsia aircraft and other planes in the area.AirAsia X has since issued a training bulletin and package for its flight crews that emphasised the correct operation and alignment of the air data and inertial reference systemIt also shared the results of an internal investigation with all pilots and is reviewing the recovery procedures to be undertaken.Investigators said that even experienced flight crew were not immune to data errors and noted that carrying out procedures and incorporating equipment upgrades recommended by aircraft manufacturers would assist in preventing or detecting such errors.It also illustrated the importance of effective communication when dealing with an abnormal situation under high workload conditions.To its credit AirAsia X has quickly reacted to the incident. In a statement it detailed its actions. With reference to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) report published today regarding an incident involving an AirAsia X Airbus A330 aircraft with registration number 9M-XXM bound for Kuala Lumpur from Sydney on 10 March 2015, AirAsia X would like to confirm that we have taken the following corrective actions immediately following the incident, and prior to the publication of today’s ATSB report:• All AirAsia X aircraft have been equipped with upgraded flight management systems since the incident• Development of a training bulletin and package for flight crew that emphasises correct operation and alignment of air data and inertial reference system• Briefing all pilots on our internal investigation findings and reviewing recovery procedures to be undertakenAirAsia X would like to stress that we have in place robust management systems to monitor and prevent similar incidents from reoccurring.We also wish to reiterate that we have regularly passed safety and security audits conducted by various international regulators, including the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA). We remain committed to ensuring our compliance to all safety and security regulations.The safety of all guests and crew are our utmost priority at all times.last_img read more

first_imgTags:#Features#NYT#Product Reviews#RSS & Feeds#web Tracking topics on the Web can be a painful process, due to the amount of noise and difficulty of filtering it. So to help you out, we’ve selected and categorized the leading topic-tracking tools. This is based on the discussion that arose from our earlier post about topic feeds, which are RSS feeds for keywords or phrases.During the process of analyzing these topic tracking tools, we discovered – to our surprise – that not many of these services output results as RSS. Some of the leading apps in this field require users to visit their service. With that in mind, here is our full list and analysis.See also:Top Topic Trackers (Updated List)Feed and/or Email ServicesThese are services that output RSS and/or other formats, such as email notification. We think this type of topic feed tool is the most flexible, particularly when it outputs RSS. With RSS feed output, you can do further filtering or grouping of the feeds inside an RSS reader like Google Reader or Netvibes.The most common such tool is probably Google Alerts. However we were impressed with Topikality and PubSub, which both output RSS. Swamii and Woofeed don’t output RSS (we wish they would), but at least they offer email notifications.Google AlertsPubSubYahoo PipesTopikalitySwamii (just email, no RSS)Woofeed (just email or mobile, no RSS) Social FilterThese services show what is popular or new amongst their respective communities. There are many other such services, so the following is just a sample:Twitter search (e.g. for hashtags)Delicious feedsCommunity CuratedSimilar to social filter services, only these have a specific community driving the output of stories. Again, the below is a small sample:DiggRedditHacker NewsSlashdotPeople CuratedTopic-focused blogs (such as ReadWriteWeb!) are great for tracking topics on the Web. In recent times, light blogging services have offered an easy way for individuals or small groups of people to curate information on a given topic.TumblrPosterousFavitAggregators / PortalsThese services aggregate, or group, news and other stories around a specific topic.TweetmemeEqentiaAlltopGoogle Fast-Flip feedsMiscWe couldn’t easily classify these ones, but maybe you can in the comments!Google TrendsMashLogicWe hope this post is a starter for you to explore topic feeds. Let us know what apps we missed in the comments, as well as your thoughts on our categorization.UPDATE: Top Topic Trackers (Updated List) Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img richard macmanus Destination Services These services don’t output RSS or emails for topic searches. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, it just means you have to visit the destination site to see results every day. I’ve been impressed recently with the user interface and features of LazyFeed, Regator and My6Sense – they’re all worth checking out.LazyFeedRegatorMy6SenseTechnoratiEnsembli (offers email digests)Guzzle.itCascaad Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Topics … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Since you’re here… Share on Facebook Share via Email Share on Twitter Tyson Furycenter_img Boxing Support The Guardian news Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp Tyson Fury’s boxing licence will be reinstated if the former world heavyweight champion passes his medical.Fury was able to apply for clearance to resume fighting after accepting a backdated two-year suspension issued by UK Anti-Doping last month in the wake of testing positive for nandrolone.The British Boxing Board met Fury on Friday morning and decided that should he pass the necessary health checks, he will be allowed to box again. “Following interview with Tyson Fury at the BBBC offices, the suspension of his boxer’s licence will be lifted subject to receipt and clearance of all medical requirements,” a statement read.The decision edges Fury close to a mouthwatering domestic showdown with the reigning IBF and WBA world champion, Anthony Joshua.Joshua is open to a fight between the British rivals – both of whom have defeated Wladimir Klitschko – later this year but has demanded he first prove himself in a comeback fight. Share on Pinterestlast_img read more

The Ohio State football team held an offense-versus-defense jersey scrimmage on Saturday following its annual kick scrimmage to give coaches another look at which players will start the season in place of the players who were suspended. The focus is on quarterback and running back, with seniors Terrelle Pryor and Dan Herron missing the first five games for selling memorabilia and receiving improper benefits in 2009. The offense won the jersey scrimmage, 56-45, behind touchdown passes from senior quarterback Joe Bauserman and redshirt freshman quarterback Taylor Graham. The highlight of the day came from freshman quarterback Braxton Miller, who spun out of a sack and ran 14 yards up the middle before diving into the end zone for a touchdown. Each quarterback, including redshirt sophomore Kenny Guiton, got reps with the first-team offense, and each could have the opportunity of starting for the Buckeyes during Pryor’s suspension. “I think they’re getting it,” senior linebacker Andrew Sweat said. “I think Joe is obviously better, and Kenny. They’ve obviously been in the system longer, but I think Braxton and Taylor are both doing a great job as well.” Miller, a highly touted recruit from Huber Heights, Ohio, enrolled at OSU early in order to get experience this spring before his freshman season, and has impressed his teammates at practice. “I think Braxton does a lot of things great, but obviously his mobile ability like Terrelle,” Sweat said. “He’s throwing a lot better than I expected. I think he’s throwing the ball well, and he’s understanding the concepts and he’s doing a good job.” During the scrimmage, Pryor was on the field helping Miller during every one of his plays, and senior offensive lineman J.B. Shugarts said all the veterans have been helping Miller get used to college football. “Everyone’s really helping Braxton a lot,” Shugarts said. “He’s really poised out there, especially someone straight out of high school. He’s not missing a beat at all.” Although Herron will miss the first five games, Shugarts said the Buckeyes should not have trouble getting production out of the running back position. “We’ve got a stable of backs. We’ve got some horses,” Shugarts said. “We can really go out there and move the ball.” Herron saw little work during Saturday’s scrimmage, but sophomore Jaamal Berry and redshirt freshman Rod Smith both had impressive days running the ball. Herron, however, said each running back has the chance to have a breakout season. “To be honest, all of them are doing great,” Herron said. “There’s not just one guy I can really point out because, I mean, they all have been doing an excellent job.” Junior Jordan Hall and sophomore Carlos Hyde also are in the mix for the Buckeyes at running back this season. The 6-foot-3 Smith has become one of the favorites to replace Herron during the suspension following impressive practices prior to the Sugar Bowl. Herron said Smith has been working hard and has all the tools to be successful. “He’s a big guy that can move pretty good. Whenever you can get a big guy moving the way he moves and just being flexible and learning the playbook as well as he can, that’s always a plus,” Herron said. Shugarts said Pryor is enjoying being a coach for the quarterbacks, and Herron said he will look to help out the running backs. “Any player, if you truly love the game, you love coaching people, and you love seeing people you coached progress on the field,” Shugarts said. “It just makes you feel better about the whole situation.” The Buckeyes also will be missing coach Jim Tressel, who was suspended for the first five games of the season for not reporting the NCAA infractions of Pryor, Herron and three other players. OSU will continue spring practice and will hold its spring game on April 23 at Ohio Stadium. read more

Oakland Raiders’ starting quarterback Jason Campbell broke his collarbone during the team’s 24-17 win against the Cleveland Browns Sunday. With only Kyle Boller and former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who was selected by the Raiders in the NFL’s supplemental draft on Aug. 22, on their roster, Oakland completed a Tuesday trade that brought former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer to the team. Pryor, Oakland’s No. 3 quarterback, may have a chance to lead the Raiders offense as a result of Campbell’s injury, but not this season. After being suspended for first five games of the Buckeyes’ 2011 season, Pryor departed OSU on June 7 to pursue a professional career, and was selected by Oakland in the third round of supplemental draft. Pryor was suspended from games and practices through Week 5 of the NFL season by commissioner Roger Goodell, and was not on the Raiders’ active roster for Sunday’s game against the Browns. Though Pryor will join the Raiders’ active roster this week for Oakland’s game against Kansas City, Vittorio Tafur, a Raiders beat writer for the San Fransisco Chronicle, said Pryor won’t be seeing the field any time soon. In addition to dropping on the team’s depth chart as a result of the trade for Palmer, Tafur said Pryor was nowhere close to being ready to play. “Palmer is going to come in and be the starter,” Tafur said. “Pryor missed five weeks on suspension with no practice time, so he probably goes back to being a project.” Tafur added that Pryor, who would be the third-string quarterback behind Palmer and Kyle Boller, will benefit from watching from the sideline. “That will give (Pryor) plenty of time to learn going into training camp next year,” he said. “I think this is probably good for (Pryor).” Kevin Noon, managing editor of Buckeyegrove.com, agreed with Tafur. “At this point I don’t see Pryor being a very viable option,” Noon said. “Could (Pryor) go in there and do a little something here or a little something there for a set or something? Sure, but the NFL game is not built the way the college game is.” Pryor quarterbacked for three seasons at OSU, though his entire junior season, which included a victory against Arkansas in the 2011 Sugar Bowl, was vacated. Pryor, along with five other players, received improper benefits in the form of tattoos for selling OSU football memorabilia. Former coach Jim Tressel also failed to self-report the violations and knowingly fielded a team with ineligible players. Tafur said the Raiders won’t attempt to experiment with Pryor at other positions. “It’s been clear that the plan, as of now, is definitely quarterback (for Pryor),” Tafur said. “I think they’ll definitely give him a full training camp before they decide to alter that plan. I’m sure in the back of their minds, there’s always the possibility. As of now, Pryor is strictly a quarterback.” Noon added that there are no certainties, given Pryor’s employer. “But we are talking about the Oakland Raiders,” Noon said. “If there’s ever a team to sit there and kind of do things sideways, it would be the Raiders.” read more

The Buckeyes give a shout out to the crowd after they defeated Indiana 2-0 on March 24. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternComing off a series win against Maryland and a road win against Pittsburgh, Ohio State (22-10, 6-1 Big Ten) continued its winning ways Friday, beginning a three-game home series against Rutgers (16-19, 0-7 Big Ten) with a 2-0 victory.Ohio State sophomore pitcher Lauren Rice earned her 13th win of the season, pitching 5.2 innings of scoreless softball, allowing four hits and two walks. Senior Morgan Ray finished the final 1.1 innings without allowing a hit, earning her second save of the season.With five hits heading into the fifth inning, Ohio State added a run to the scoreboard. Until the Senior left fielder Bri Betschel singled through the right side, scoring freshman center fielder Meg Otte scored for the first run of the game.Ohio State head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly was impressed with the performance of Otte, who recorded two hits in three at bats, scoring one of Ohio State’s two runs. “As a freshman, she figured [out] a lot. I think she is putting all together now,” Schoenly said. For Betschell, this win means more than just the performance of one player. It shows the consistency of the team as a whole. “It’s always good to have a Big Ten win,” Betschel said.  “I didn’t have a great game in the middle week. So, coming into today, I was just trying to keep it simple, and that’s exactly what I did.”The Buckeyes soon extended their lead an RBI double to center field from senior second baseman Emily Clark, scoring Betschel.Schoenly said the game tonight was very competitive, taking advantage of Rutgers senior pitcher Whitney Jones for nine runs on two hits in six innings. With games on Saturday and Sunday, chances to extend Ohio State’s winning streak,  Clark said the Buckeyes will keep doing what they can do. “Coming off a win, I think we are just trying to be intentional what we do and control what we can control,” Emily said. Ohio State will take on Rutgers in the second game of the three-game set Saturday at 2 p.m. read more

Alonso believes that Chelsea deserved to win

first_imgChelsea managed to beat Manchester United 1-0 in the FA Cup final game yesterday and Marcos Alonso believes that it was a well-deserved win as his team stuck to their game plan and it all worked out well.The full-back insisted that the Blues deserved to lift the trophy as they were the better side against José Mourinho’s Red Devils and their victory was just a result of well-structured and organized game plan.The former Fiorentina player spoke about his side’s win as he said, according to chelseafc.com:harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I think it was well-deserved. We knew playing this way we were going to suffer but the team defended very well and we scored one of the few chances we had.”“We felt comfortable, even if we suffered a little bit because 90 minutes defending against good players. We stayed compact during the whole game and we helped each other out, so I think it was a much-deserved win.”“It was hard, not only in the second half but in the first half as well. We knew playing this way we were going to suffer and we had to defend a lot but I think we did a great game. We had a plan we executed very well and I’m very happy for the title.”last_img read more