14 May

Crespo: “It is very difficult to be Messi”

first_imgThe former Parma forward, Inter, Chelsea, Milan and River Plate, among other teams, was Messi’s partner in the 2016 World Cup in Germany. “It makes me happy to see him play in the national team. I would love, as an Argentine also, to see him world champion. Leo is a guy who has been at a very high level for many years, receives kicks, gets up and faces, always working “he assured. “His thing goes much further than as a player or athlete, he is an example of a professional, with seriousness, honesty, always correct.Messi transcended more than we believe worldwide and I think he is much more than a great soccer player, “he added. For Crespo, Messi will not cease to be” huge “if he does not win a World Cup, because he is “beyond a title”. “Actually, if you think about it, somehow it is soccer that owes Messi,” he said. Former striker Hernán Crespo, now Defense and Justice coach, said on Wednesday that “it is very difficult to be Messi”, because “nobody can put himself in his place” and that the Barcelona striker is “much more than a great soccer player” . “It is very difficult to be Messi, nobody can put himself in his place as nobody could, at the time, put himself in Maradona’s place. It is impossible to know what they think and what they live”, Crespo told the Olé newspaper.last_img read more

19 Jan

Lyceum, San Beda top groups as PCCL Final Four is set

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LA SALLE 35 — Alcala 12, Yang 8, Cu 7, Souka 5, Lapena 3, Dominguez 0, Yongco 0, Tan 0, Angeles 0, De Robles 0, Calleja 0.Quarters: 18-7, 42-18, 62-29, 79-35.Third Game:LYCEUM 69 — Perez 19, Nzeusseu 19, Jc. Marcelino 15, Ayaay 4, Jv. Marcelino 3, Santos 3, Tansingco 2, Ibanes 2, Serrano 2, Caduyac 0, Cinco 0.ATENEO 65 — Wong 10, Black 9, Ravena 7, Maagdemberg 6, White 5, Ma. Nieto 5, Navarro 5, Mi. Nieto 4, Verano 3, Mamuyac 3, Mallillin 2, Go 2, Andrade 1, Tio 0, Asistio 0.Quarters: 16-20, 34-36, 49-52, 69-65. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLyceum outsteadied Ateneo down the stretch while San Beda romped La Salle as the two NCAA topped their respective groups in the Philippine Collegiate Champions League Elite Eight Sunday at the Ynares Sports Arena.The Pirates eked out a 69-65 win to sweep their group at 3-0 and draw San Sebastian in the crossover semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Rey Suerte dropped 30 points, but more importantly, dished the go-ahead assist to Michael Maestre with 14.4 seconds to spare as the Green Lancers completed their comeback from 13 points down.Liberian Bassieru Sakor unloaded a double-double with his 13 markers and 13 rebounds to give the Cesafi champion its lone win in the tournament.Jaymar Allarey carried the Tigers with 16 points in the loss.The scores:First Game:UV 85 — Suerte 30, Sakor 13, Delator 8, Segumlan 8, Maestre 6, Gahi 5, Cabahug 5, Balabag 3, Soliva 1, Hassan 0, Albina 0, Butohan 0.NCF 82 — Allarey 16, Ojoula 13, Margallo 10, Lapinid 10, Hermonio 8, Magpantay 6, Lawas 6, Olayvar 3 Mangubat 3, Padua 0.Quarters: 17-26, 30-43, 59-59, 85-82.Second Game:SAN BEDA 79 — Doliguez 12, Oftana 12, Tongco 9, Tankoua 8, Noah 8, Cariño 6, Ejercito 5, Cabanag 4, Penuela 4, Bahio 4, Mocon 3, Abuda 2, Adamos 2, Bolick 0, Presbitero 0. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Clint Doliguez led the steamrolling with 12 points, 10 coming in the first quarter to set the tone for the beatdown.Calvin Oftana chipped in 12 points and had six boards and Radge Tongco got nine to make up for the absence of Robert Bolick, who had to be subbed out after suffering a minor knee injury early in the tussle.San Beda will face Ateneo in the other duel in the crossover semifinals.Mark Alcala paced La Salle with 12 points as La Salle, bannered by Team B players, exited the tournament winless.In the other game, University of Visayas gained some sense of pride after an 85-82 victory over Naga College Foundation.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img View comments Mike Nzeusseu finished off an and-one play with 1:54 remaining to tilt the favor to the Pirates’ side before CJ Perez cashed in on his freebies to make it, 65-62, with 19 seconds to go.The Cameroonian Nzeusseu delivered a double-double of 19 points and 21 rebounds, while Perez got 19 markers, five boards, and four steals. Jaycee Marcelino added 15.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAdrian Wong was the lone bright spot for Ateneo with 10 points.Meanwhile, the Red Lions hardly broke a sweat as they destroyed the winless Green Archers with a 79-35 humiliation. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Balkman, Brownlee lead Alab past CLS Knights for 7th straight win Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Yearlast_img read more

18 Jan

Now I Know (1)

first_imgANITA sat at the corner of Benson and Carey Street with her face reduced to a caricature of shame and disappointment. It had been four months now since she had been coming to sit at the corner, pleading with pedestrians for little crumbs to move on.  But if anyone who cared to know why she was coming to sit at the corner the last several months, it would have been clear that she was not an ordinary beggar. Her distinctive features would show that she was a former beauty who had hit rock-bottom and now counting her days. Though her clothes were tattered about her, there were some elements that the careful observer could have discerned to indicate she was one once upon the time well-bred with a promising future. Now her hair had lost its lively texture, and evidently months of incessant tears about her condition had reduced her to a shameless picture of disappointment. Anita was aware of the tragic life or what life had reduced her once wonderful life to, but did she care that she was that character whose life story had been the talk of the community? Her life had been on the radio airwaves and many mothers had used her condition to teach their teenage daughters about how unpredictable life could be for a woman.  As the midday traffic gathered pace, she turned to look at the clutches beside her, and the idea that she was now walking by their support was not that encouraging but she had no choice. It was not a life she had dreamed about. But she knew that she would not get around easily without them. Several years ago, that was when she was the darling of many of the men in Monrovia; she was, as many people would say, the eye and dream of any eligible bachelor. But at age twenty six, when she considered that the tragic motor accident had caused her right leg to be amputated and a result compelling her many lovers to abandon her; when she now had to beg for food, she could only blame herself.     Anita was in such personal reverie, when an echo of familiar footsteps pounded towards her. She lifted her head and in a teary outburst of distress stared at the only friend that kept coming to console, Yassa Johnson.  With a painful smile on her face, Yassa, with a bag under her armpit, ambled towards her friend, ignoring the increasing number of women and some men who were congregating to witness her friend’s shame.  “What are they doing here?” was the first question that came from Yassa, sweeping her head towards the crowd.  Anita responded with a smile, saying inaudibly said, “They have been coming when they knew that I have been coming here.” True, many of the people might have heard about her and knew that she was the young lady whose life had hit rock bottom and was wasting away. “Cheer up, sister,” Yassa said, in the most difficult voice, and turning to the crowd, pleaded, “It’s enough for her please go away from here.” The women in the crowd gave up a shocking reaction, and one said, “Men are dangerous and women must be careful.”  Yassa only smiled and shook her head.Anita saw the pain in her friend’s tear-filled face, and throwing her head towards the crowd, said faintly, “I wish I had listened to you, Yassa.” That emotional response was heart rendering, for Yassa might have considered her friend’s state of health, and wasting away at the time she was supposed to have her life ahead of her.Considering the embarrassing situation, Yassa moved to help Anita get onto her clutches and to move her away from the sorry scene. As the two hobbled away from the crowd, Anita began to cry. If Yassa had paid more attention to the facial expressions of the bystanders, mostly at the women, she would have found sympathy and support there. For it could be true that human nature being effectual, there was a high possibility that those who had congregated to watch the agony of a young woman who had been involved with men and was reported to be begging for money, had an intriguing lesson for all.  “Please stop these tears,” Yassa said, in a voice that indicated her own sense of pain. “They are tearing my heart apart.” Having been friends from childhood, and having grown up together, Yassa could not dismiss her friend’s agony, for she was plainly aware of how her friend allowed the love for what money could buy and men’s admiration to ruin her life. Though not as beautiful as Anita, she always found it difficult to warn her friend about the number of lovers that came across her at the time. It was not even true that because men admired her, Anita just went for what all they presented to her. Anita was a strong-willed kind of woman. Being the image of her late mother, she drew many a man’s attention which apparently caused numerous temptations that might have caused her present predicament. Though police investigators reported her tragic accident as mechanical error, almost all of her lovers had abandoned her, which indicated to many that someone might have plotted the accident that caused one of her legs to be amputated, even more so when Anita was the only woman to have suffered severely, despite the presence of three others. It was meant to shame her, and destroy her.  Presently, Anita responded to her friend’s remark with a bitter smile, saying, “Imagine how you are feeling about me and I’m going through all these months after the accident.” “But,” Yassa said, “You must cheer up.” “Can I?” Anita said, leaving the question in the air. “I never thought it would end like this.” Yassa could not reply, and stared at her friend in the face.  Away from the prying eyes of bystanders, Anita told her friend, “Now I know what you always told me,” in which her friend gave a deep sigh. Helping her adjust her sitting position, just across from a Scratch Card Booth, Yassa’s eyes filled with tears, and she turned away to wipe them. “Don’t let my suffering go in vain,” Anita told her friend, “where are those men who used to harass me, day and night?”  Yassa could not answer the question, but turned her face away from her friend. “Now I know,” Anita repeated, as the echoes of running vehicles moved unconcerned across Benson and Lynch Street.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

30 Dec

Derby 1-3 Man United: Louis van Gaal’s men through to the fifth round of the FA Cup

first_img Derby County 1-3 Manchester United: Victory sees Louis van Gaal’s men through to the fifth round of the FA Cup 1 Manchester United booked their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup with a 3-1 victory over Championship side Derby County. Goals from Wayne Rooney, Daley Blind and Juan Mata put Louis van Gaal’s men on the road to victory, after George Thorne had equalised for the Rams in the first half. After a quiet start on talkSPORT’s live commentary match, the England and Red Devils captain – who had another child with wife Coleen this week – received the ball on the edge of the 18-yard box and he curled a delightful effort into the far corner past former Liverpool shot-stopper Scott Carson. The Rams posed dangers against United as Nick Blackman looked lively on the wing, but it was the former West Brom midfielder who proved to be the Thorne in the first half for Van Gaal’s men. The 23-year-old made a darting run into the box and he controlled a brilliant ball over the top before poking his effort past De Gea from close range. The half-time whistle came too soon for Paul Clement’s men as they were enjoying possession and having the better chances, winger Blackman pulling a shot just wide after coming inside from the wing. The overall quality showed in the final half hour, as Blind got on the end of Jesse Lingard’s low cross, finishing coolly with 25 minutes left on the clock. Just 18 minutes later United confirmed the win as Anthony Martial worked well on the wing before pulling the ball back to Mata, who finished well across goal from six yards. The victory was a tough battle, more than the scoreline suggests, and it hands Van Gaal a lifeline after increasing pressure on the boss at Old Trafford in recent weeks. But this was a win against an out-of-form Championship side, who gave a good account of themselves on the night, and a Premier League meeting with Stoke is up next for the Red Devils.last_img read more

29 Dec

Prep Golf

first_img Maddy Fletcher Sr., Mayfair For four seasons, the Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo signee has been one of the area’s elite players. This year, she led her team to second place in the Suburban League and to a berth to CIF-SS Central Divisional Tournament. The three-time CIF qualifier’s two-round score of 150 at the league finals would have been good enough to earn her a berth in leagues with three or four CIF berth. Ashley Johnson So., Mayfair Last year, she quickly established herself as one of the area’s elite, but she failed to secure one of only two Suburban League berths to the CIF Individuals. This year, Johnson would not be denied, finishing second in league and advancing to the CIF-SS Individual Championships and to the WSCGA Regional Championships. Kimberly Punyasavatsut Sr., Wilson The San Jose State signee and two-time Moore League champion, who placed third at the CIF-WSCGA State Championships in 20004, tied for fourth with Brianna Do at the team CIF Finals and finished tied for 13th during the state competition. Noelle Zavaleta So., Wilson Zavaleta truly elevated her game this season. Over the summer, she worked on her short game, competed in more junior circuit tournaments and placed third at the Moore League finals and 13th at the CIF-WSCGA State Championships. SECOND TEAM Stephanie Hu, So., Cerritos Despite shooting 91 at the CIF-WSCGA championship, the Dons’ No. 2 golfer is one of the best players in the area. Christine Workman, So., Wilson She stepped up big time at the CIF-SS Championships, firing 82 to help the Bruins finish second. Adriana Ortencio, Jr., Los Alamitos After a stellar regular season, Ortencio shot 82 at the CIF-SS Individuals to earn a berth to the CIF-SS Championships. She also led the Griffins to a sixth-place finish in the CIF-SS Southern Divisional Championship. Kelly Yoo, So., Cerritos She shot 86 to help lead the Dons to fourth place at CIF-WSCGA Championship. Chantal Cervero, Jr., Cerritos She recorded one of her best scores of the season (83) to help lead the Dons to third place at the CIF-SS finals and to earn the team a trip to the CIF-WSCGA Regional Championships. Clariss Guce, Fr., Gahr One of three solid freshman that arrived on campus this season, she shot a 78 at the CIF-SS Southern Divisional to help the Gladiators place fourth. : Earl Williams AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Sr., Gahr The UC Irvine signee defeated teammate Victoria Fallgren in a two-hole playoff to win her fourth consecutive Orange League individual crown. She then proceeded to shoot a 70 to tie for first place at the CIF-SS Individual Championship and qualified for the CIF-WSCGA State Championships for the fourth consecutive year. Victoria Fallgren Fr., Gahr The new kid on the block made the biggest impact of any freshman in the area, nearly upsetting Cho for the league title. She then helped the Gladiators to fourth place at the CIF-SS Southern Divisional Championships and a berth to the CIF-SS Championships. FIRST TEAM Brenda Chhour Sr., Cerritos The Long Beach State signee led the Dons to their second consecutive Suburban League team crown, the CIF-SS Central Divisional crown, third place at the CIF Team finals and a berth at the CIF-WSCGA Regional Tournament. She placed eighth at the regional and advanced to the state tournament. Henna Cho 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

24 Dec


first_imgLiam McShea: Made generous offerSUPERVALU supermarkets across Donegal have come to the rescue in a Christmas toy appeal for needy families in the county.Yesterday the Donegal County Childcare Committee revealed how it was struggling to cope with the large volume of requests for its Presents for Percy Appeal.The appeal, which has been going since, 2011, sources presents for needy families across Donegal whom Santa may not be able to visit. However, manager of DCCC Avril McMonagle, told Donegal Daily that they had been forced to turn away some families because the demand for the appeal was so high.Avril wrote a personal heartfelt appeal to businesses across Donegal to help them come to the aid of less well-off families so that Santa would turn up to ALL families on Christmas morning.After reading the appeal on Donegal Daily, one man decided he would like to act on Avril’s letter.Liam McShea, manager of Kavanagh’s SuperValu in Dungloe has now offered to collect toys at his store for the DCCC to pass on to needy families. Big-hearted Liam is also contacting other SuperValu outlets across Donegal to see if they will back the campaign.We will keep you posted on this wonderful gesture by Liam.It’s good to know that the real spirit of Christmas is still alive in Donegal.“I am the manager here in Kavanagh’s SuperValu Dungloe, just read your article regarding the DCCC and I am sickened by the thought of those poor kids and families in Donegal who may miss out on the spirit of Christmas. We would be delighted to help out with a campaign similar to the SVDP one we have done the last 4 years where our customers dropped off gifts for the needy in our locality. If you could let the DCCC know of our idea and they can contact us here in Dungloe and I am sure our other stores in our group will also help out in Buncrana, Donegal town and Ballybofey. Between our 4 stores last we collected 100s of toys.”SUPERVALU TO THE RESCUE IN DONEGAL CHRISTMAS TOY APPEAL was last modified: November 30th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Avril McMonagledonegalDonegal County Childcare CommitteeDonegal DailydungloeSuperValulast_img read more

22 Dec

Thursday Tips with Pello: Five ways you’re damaging your hair

first_imgTina McBride of Pello Hairdressing Letterkenny shares a haircare how-to for dry damaged hair, separating the truths from the common myths. Our hair often goes through the hoop in the name of beauty, and more often than not we don’t really  think about the consequences until the signs of damage start creeping up.Between heat styling, chemical processing and countless other assaults on our mane it’s no surprise that damaged hair is the # number one hair care concern. Everyone can relate to one of the following problems and hands up ( truthfully) if you’ve never been there.It all  starts of with  a lack of moisture,from there you start to notice split ends  which in turn leads to  breakage , dullness  and  finally to  weaker, damaged hair.Now although at this stage you may start to panic just slightly, don’t despair ,we can help you go back to your good hair days and talk you through myth or true. SO HERE GOES: OUR TOP TIPS FROM THE PELLO HAIRDRESSING TEAM ON THE DO’S AND DON’TS TO REPAIR DAMAGED HAIR AND BRING YOUR TRESSES BACK TO ITS FORMER GLORY….. MYTH# 1: YOU CAN USE ANY SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER.We would definitely recommend here at Pello Hairdressing that you opt for a shampoo and conditioner that offer hair-fortifying properties that regular shampoos or conditioners don’t contain so ditch what you have now in favour of a hair strengthening shampoo and conditioner that contains Quinoa protein such as Aveda’s damage remedy range. These products are formulated to help prevent breakage and damage by infusing hair with protein. If at all possible keep shampooing to a minimum. Avoid scrubbing too harshly and simply massage your shampoo into your scalp using your fingertips.If you scrub  too vigorously  this will merely matt your hair and cause damage and breakage as matted hair is a lot more difficult to comb.Always apply a rich moisturizing conditioner and rinse out well and always comb  your wet hair with a  wide toothed comb, starting from the bottom up.Always gently towel dry your hair never ever  rub.The gentler the better.#BEAUTIFUL HAIR STARTS WITH REPAIR.MYTH# 2: YOU HAVE TO DITCH YOUR HAIR-DRYER. You can still  use your hairdryer once  in a while, but you do need to prep properly by using a heat protectant product. It’s better practise to use a low heat setting and please ensure that you do not overdry your hair and cause more damage. So get into good practise now and  starts by using the correct pre blow-dry product, always use a nozzle on your hairdryer and keep your dryer a few inches away from your hair and always use a medium to low setting. Avoid using flat irons or other heated appliances to curl your hair while you’re waiting to strengthen it up and never ever use heated appliances on wet hair as the results would be catrastical. We would definitely advise any of our guests here at  Pello Hairdressing with excessively damaged hair to avoid any sort of chemical processing such as straightening or perming. This brings us to our next myth.MYTH*3:BYE,BYE HAIR DYE. We certainly wouldn’t  recommend that you would stress you hair any further by doing any sort of double process on your hair until you build it back up again.It’s still ok to colour your roots if you don’t get it done too regularly but it would definitely  be advisable to opt for an  organic hair products as opposed to products with too many chemicals . A knowledgeable stylist will also only colour your roots while you’re waiting to  build up your hair as the top of your hair is healthier than the bottom of your hair.The ends of your hair will always be drier and more damagedMYTH*4: YOU HAVE TO CHOP IT ALL OFF.If your hair is badly damaged it certainly doesn’t mean that you need to go for a pixie cup.However Autumn/ Winter is the perfect time to go for a complete revamp if you’ve been considering a change up.It’s definitely not a necessity if your hair is damaged. Get your split ends cut up regularly and invest in a good protein building hair mask that you apply once a week and a good split end hair repair.Alternatively use a leave in – treatment for deep condition and repair such as Aveda’s Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair.MYTH*5: IT’S ONLY WHAT’S ON THE OUTSIDE THAT COUNTSAVEDA DAMAGE REMEDY = QUINOA PROTEIN.PROTEIN PROTEIN PROTEIN!Is the order of the day ….Aveda’s Damage remedy line up of products all contain quinoa protein.They consist of a damage remedy restructuring shampoo,a restructuring conditioner , a weekly intensive restructuring treatment masque , a daily hair leave in treatment and the latest addition is a split end hair repair. The will instantly repair damage by 26% % and restore moisture,softness and shine. All products can be purchased in store or on line at www.pello.ie.As well as using good protein and strengthening building hair products  “you are what you eat.” Red meat although essential for protein, also contains zinc and iron which both promote healthy hair growth.For those of us who don’t eat red meat then opt for plenty of Omega 3 which you can find in oily fish and make sure to eat it  at least three times a week. It can also add shine to dry dull hair.So start loading it up on protein inside and out.Until next time…..#pellohairdressingteam TO BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT AT PELLO HAIRDRESSING LOGON www.pello.ie OR IF YOU SIMPLY HAVE A QUESTION MESSAGE PELLO HAIRDRESSING ON FACEBOOK PAGE www.facebook.com/pello.hairVISIT : PELLO AT LETTERKENNY SHOPPING CENTRE OR CALL 074 9113589Open Monday -SaturdayClosed Sunday10% student discount Mon -Thurs * selected stylistsAll our AVEDA artists have their colour mixing palettes at the readyAll our colours are up to96% naturally derivedNo petroleumNo parabensNo PetrochemicalsNot tested on animalsThursday Tips with Pello: Five ways you’re damaging your hair was last modified: December 1st, 2017 by Pello HairdressingShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:avedaHair carePellolast_img read more

20 Dec

My trip inside the Green Monster at Fenway Park with Bruce Bochy

first_imgBOSTON — When the interview ends, the conversation begins.It’s a daily routine for Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who is part strategist and part storyteller.Before and after each of the Giants’ 162 games, Bochy meets with reporters. He’ll chat with a group of writers in the dugout, conduct a daily radio interview in his office or on the field and set aside time for national columnists who want to talk with him one-on-one, away from the spotlight.When the recorder turns off, the good stuff …last_img read more

18 Dec

Cathay hails last flight of ‘Queen of the Skies’

first_imgThe Boeing 747 will end almost four decades of service in Cathay Pacific’s passenger fleet later this week after playing a pivotal role in the Hong Kong carrier’s development and expanding the horizons of millions of travellers.The aircraft dubbed the “Queen of the Skies” will perform a final return flight between its home base in Hong Kong to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport on September 30 and October 1. From there, the Boeing 747-400 will head to the US or UK to be scrapped and any valuable parts recycled.The booked-out flight marks the end of career which began in July, 1979, when a Boeing 747-200, VR-HKG, arrived at Hong Kong’s legendary Kai Tak airport after an 11-hour flight. It entered revenue service four days later operating Hong-Kong-Melbourne-Sydney-Hong Kong.The arrival a year later of a second plane to operate a service to London Gatwick via Bahrain formed the basis of a new long-haul network that saw the B747 fleet grow to five aircraft by the end of 1981.As in other markets, the aircraft’s ability to carry more than 400 passengers for greater distances with an efficiency that allowed lower fares had a profound impact. “The 747 fundamentally changed the way people were able to travel,” says Cathay Pacific general manager operations and former 747 pilot Mark Hoey. “Being able to carry more people for far greater distances than before meant the 747 effectively shrunk the planet.“The aircraft had a vital effect on the development of Hong Kong as an international aviation hub – and indeed, Hong Kong’s economic and tourism prospects. As a result, it helped make Hong Kong become a world city.”Cathay’s network was already expanding in Europe as the airline received its first 747 powered by improved Rolls Royce RB211-524D engines, an addition that supported a longer range and allowed the airline to become the first Asian carrier to operate a nonstop service to Canada’s Vancouver.By the time it received its first B747-300 in 1985, the network had grown 70 percent and the long-haul fleet had increased to 10 jumbos.The airline and its destinations continued to grow as the airline took another step forward with the arrival of the first 747-400, VR-HOP, in 1989.  The longer-range plane, featuring a new “glass cockpit’’, allowed further growth and the addition in 1990 of what was then was the world’s longest non-stop route, Hong Kong-Los Angeles, as well as a new service to London Heathrow.The Queen still reigned supreme when the Boeing 777 and Airbus A340 arrived in the mid-1990s and remained the biggest aircraft type on long-haul routes with 32 planes.  Cathay now boasted a staff of 15,000 and served 42 destinations, while visitor numbers to Hong Kong had grown from 2.2 million in 1979 to top 10 million by 1995.The giant plane was popular with staff and helped to build camaraderie between the bigger crews operating longer flights, according to former flight attendant and Cathay inflight service manager Monica Tong. Passengers also appreciated the spacious cabins and advanced entertainment options, which began with movie screens and advanced to video on demand systems, Tong said.Despite encroachment by the upstart B777, the 747 still retained the throne in 1998 when CX251 to London Heathrow was the last departure from Kowloon-based Kai Tak. The honour of the first flight into the new Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok also went to a 747: flight CX889 from New York was the first revenue flight to fly non-stop over the North Pole on a new direct route, known as Polar 1, through previously prohibited Russian airspace.However, more efficient twin-engine aircraft would eventually bring down the monarch and in 2012, Cathay announced it would accelerate its 747 retirement plans in favour of the 777-300ER.By then, the Queen had presided over a massive expansion of the Cathay empire that had seen the airline establish itself as top-tier international player. Her full 37 years of service saw the carrier’s network grow from 72,000km to 620,000km, employee numbers increase from 5000 to 23,000 and passenger numbers rise from 2.5 million to more than 34 million.Tony Britton, who worked as an engineer on 747s for three decades said it would be an emotional moment when the last passenger jumbo departed the fleet.“I dare say many Cathay Pacific staff will feel sad — many have a very close attachment, so it does feel like an end of an era,’’ he said.last_img read more

16 Dec

ReadWriteMobile Weekly Poll Summary: What You’ve Said So Far

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts Tags:#mobile#Poll#Trends Every week on ReadWriteMobile, we’ve asked you a question pertaining to the mobile industry. These polls have asked you things like your thoughts on various platforms, where you as a developer may be focusing your efforts, what tools you use in your job and more.As 2010 draws to a close, we thought it might be nice to take a look back at what you’ve said so far.Note: the summaries below are current as of December 17th, 12:00 PM EST. The polls remain open, so results may change in the future. Are Android Apps Dangerous? After a round of “Android spyware” news hit the Web, we wanted to know if you thought Android apps put users’ data more at risk than necessary, or if the media had overhyped the recent troubles.Your number one answer (33.8%): YES. Android puts too much responsibility on its users to maintain their own security, you said. Users don’t read, they just click “OK.” Note that other answers came in a close 2nd and 3rd place here. “Somewhat” registered at 32.2% and “No” came it at 25.82%.See the poll here.Is There Hope for Windows Phone 7? Microsoft’s new mobile OS, Windows Phone 7, made its debut, representing Microsoft’s huge effort at a mobile comeback. But was it too little, too late? Or could WP7 have a chance, we wanted to know. You told us: YES. Windows Phone 7 will do well. There are enough developers and consumers interested in the OS to get it off the ground (46.53%). Second most popular answer was “maybe” and third “No.” Only 5.41% thought it was “too soon to tell.”See the poll here.Does Android Have a “Dude” Problem?After a mobile phone survey revealed that less than 5% of women in the U.K. would choose an Android phone, we wondered if Android had a problem marketing itself to women. Belinda Parmar, Founder of marketing agency Lady Geek which conducted the survey with YouGov Sixth Sense, said that few women “know or care about Android.” Is that true? You disagreed. 52.71% of you said: NO. Early adopters are often male and the numbers will balance out in time. (41.25% said yes, however).See the poll here.How Many iPad Apps Have You Bought?A surprising number of you have paid for more than 20 apps, we found (26.08%). That’s a lot of apps!The numbers were as follows:None – 9.02%1-5 – 16.47%Less than 10 – 14.9%11-20 – 19.41%More than 20 – 26.08%I don’t have an iPad – 14.12%See the poll here.Are You Using Facebook Places? With over half a billion users on Facebook, anything the social network launches is big news. And in November, Facebook launched its first mobile “check-in” service, Facebook Places, a competitor to the likes of Foursquare, Gowalla, et al. But was anyone really using it? We asked developers if they planned on implementing support for Facebook Places in their mobile, location-based app. You said: No, you weren’t planning on adding support for it in your app. (37.21%). However, 24.42% said, yes, you would add it in the future and 12.79% said your app supports it now, meaning that 37.21% of you either support it or plan to. Wow, a tie! See the poll here.What Do You Want to See in the Android Market Update?News of a big Android Market update leaked out, so we asked what new features you wanted to see added. The most popular choice: PayPal for app purchases (23.9%) Others hoped for Gingerbread-specific features (21.7%), OTA purchases from the Android Market Web Store (21.43%), ?Google Music (20.05%) and carrier billing (8.79%).See the poll here.Are Nokia’s Changes Working? Nokia recently released new numbers which seemed to prove its turnaround efforts were working. The company’s new Qt SDK resulted in a 70% reduction in lines of code, the company said, and developer interest was returning. But was it? We asked developers if you were more inclined to develop for Nokia platforms now, given these changes. You said: YES. These changes have encouraged many of you to consider developing Nokia apps. (50.25%). 30.65% said no and 19.1% said maybe.See the poll here.What Mobile App Development Services Have You Used?We asked you about your preferred mobile app building tools with big poll, where over 30 services were listed (and yes, we still forgot some – thank you, write-in votes!). Your top pick: Appcelerator, which received 30.84% of the votes. Other favorites included Sencha Touch (17.27%), PhoneGap (11.73%) and Rhomobile (9.42%).See the poll here.Are You Building a PlayBook App? RIM has been showing off its iPad competitor, the PlayBook, which looks nice, we’ll admit. But are developers interested? It looks like they are. 43.84% of you said you were actively developing a PlayBook app. 31.51% said “maybe” and 24.66% said “no.”See the poll here.Image credit, polling station: flickr user Shereen Mcenter_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement sarah perez What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more