Argentina begins new era under coach Sampaoli

first_imgEx-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Sampaoli, dressed in Argentina colors, said his mission is “to build a team that respects the history of Argentinian football” and bring fans back.He is Argentina’s third coach during the current edition of the World Cup qualifiers in South America, after Gerardo Martino and Edgardo Bauza. Argentina is currently fifth in qualifying — only the top four get direct spots at Russia 2018.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundSampaoli, who left Spanish club Sevilla to take the national job, will get his first game in charge against Brazil in a friendly on June 9 in Melbourne, Australia.Most players in the squad have been involved in three consecutive narrow defeats in finals: World Cup 2014, Copa America 2015 and Copa America Centenario 2016. But Sampaoli knows his biggest challenge lies with Messi delivering good performances for the national team. “We want the most genuine and pleasant version of the best player in the world, we want him happy here,” Sampaoli said, adding that he’d spoken with Messi in recent days.Argentina will play Uruguay on Aug. 31 in its next World Cup qualifying match. After that, there will be only three games to secure a spot in Russia.“The difficulty in the qualifiers is real: Argentina is not qualified, but we know we have the resources for that,” he said.Sampaoli only became famous at home when he took Chile to its first major trophy by beating Argentina on penalties in the 2015 Copa America final. Argentina’s new soccer coach Jorge Sampaoli poses between his coaching staff Sebastian Beccacece, left, and Jorge Desio at the end of a press conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina. APBUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Jorge Sampaoli has taken over as Argentina coach and faces the challenge of bringing out the best in superstar Lionel Messi for his national team and restoring the confidence of fans.“It is a dream that I cherished for ages. This is a position I always admired — It generates a lot of dreams and passion,” the 57-year-old Sampaoli told a press conference Thursday (Friday Manila time).ADVERTISEMENT Marco Andretti has 2 chances to bounce back at Detroit GP Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ADVERTISEMENT Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop workingcenter_img Swing Out Sister back to PH this April China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions LATEST STORIES MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Anthony Joshua wants stricter rules for drug cheats in boxing

first_imgAndy Ruiz Jr has stepped in as the replacement for Miller, whose relatively short suspension from the WBA convinced Joshua to question whether enough is being done to combat doping in boxing.“Maybe there needs to be more of a situation where it’s not just a random six-month ban,” Joshua was quoted as saying by British media on Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I know, for instance, if I carry a bladed article I’m going to get x amount of time in jail, if I carry a weapon of destruction I’m going to get a certain amount of time in jail, so you know (the consequences of what will happen).“Six months is news to me, it’s like ‘why did he only get six months?’ It should be ‘Miller’s definitely getting this’, that’s my opinion on it. LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting “There should be something where people know if they mess up, this is exactly what is happening.”When Joshua gets back in the ring for the first time in over eight months, he will now face Ruiz Jr, who is bidding to become Mexico’s first heavyweight world champion.California-born Ruiz Jr has won 32 of his 33 professional contests.“The chills — I’m really excited for this fight,” he said in a statement released by Matchroom Boxing.‘Chance to make history’ADVERTISEMENT He cited Mexican great Julio Cesar Chavez, a world champion in several lighter classes, and former heavyweight world champions Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis.“This is my chance to make history, I want to be one of those greats like Chavez, Tyson, Holyfield, Lennox Lewis. I want to be in that category.”“I’m going to bring the titles back to Mexico. I’m going to be able to change my whole family’s lives, my life and all my kids.”Ruiz’s only defeat came in a world title challenge against New Zealand’s Joseph Parker.Joshua, 29, who has won all of his 22 fights, will be fighting in the United States for the first time.“Ruiz is a different kind of challenge but one I embrace,” said Joshua.“We have worked in the boxing gym week on week and whomever is put in front of me at Madison Square Garden on June 1 will be dispatched in style. The rent will be collected.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Duterte says he will appoint Gamboa as next PNP chief MOST READ PBA D-League: Diliman College squeaks past Marinerong Pilipino in thriller Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books British boxer Anthony Joshua wraps his hands prior to the media session at the English institute of Sport, in Sheffield, England, Wednesday May 1, 2019. Andy Ruiz Jr. will look to become Mexico’s first heavyweight champion after replacing Jarrell Miller as the opponent for unbeaten WBA, IBF and WBO titleholder Anthony Joshua. (Dave Thompson/PA via AP)Anthony Joshua has called for tougher rules to be put in place when boxers fail drugs tests in the wake of Jarrell Miller’s six-month ban.Joshua was set to defend his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles against Miller on June 1 at Madison Square Garden, but his opponent reportedly tested positive for a number of performance enhancing drugs.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Minister Lawrence is wrong about procurement department prior to 2015

first_imgDear Editor,On December 5, a section of the media quoted Minister Lawrence as saying there was no procurement department at the Ministry of Public Health prior to 2015. I can categorically say that Min Lawrence was not being truthful and it lends itself to a recent trend of reckless and irresponsible statements by this Minister.According to former Minister of Health, Dr Leslie Ramsammy, the procurement department began to take shape since 1997 and evolved from there to a fully functional Materials Management Unit (MMU) consisting of planning & procurement, warehousing & distribution, quality control and a transportation mechanism that partnered with regional authorities and other stakeholders, including the military.Minister Lawrence stated that her goal now, was to achieve 70 to 75 per cent availability of medicines in the future, but from 2008 to 2012 we were making 85 per cent non-essential medicines and 100 per cent life-saving medicines available to all 10 regions of the country. This is a metric that was corroborated by our external partners at that time. Therefore, it is only fair to conclude that Min Lawrence is slinging political propaganda and slander to make her Government appear competent.Prior to 2015, the procurement department was fully functional with a Procurement Manager and five supervisors with direct support from our planning department, finance and the National Procurement and Tender Board (NPTAB) guided fully by the Procurement Act and other policies.In 2010, we successfully rolled out the first national and regional public pre-qualification system to select qualified suppliers of medicines and supplies, a feat that could not been achieved without a procurement department. The late Hon Winston Murray praised the procurement department for that achievement in his capacity as a member of the Public Accounts Committee.It is important to note that Min Lawrence was the head of the PAC during most of this time and she was briefed on all our accomplishments as a procurement department, therefore it is very surprising to see her making such reckless statements.It is time this Government understands that they are public servants and not overlords that serve only a part of the country. They have a legal and moral obligation to be transparent to the people.Sincerely,Malcolm Watkins,MS OLFormer ProcurementManager – MOPH& Supply ChainProfessionallast_img read more

Gor, Sofapaka, Tusker lead FOYA nods

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, November 13- Top three finishers Gor Mahia, Sofapaka and Tusker lead the Kenyan Premier League Footballer of the Year Awards (FOYA) nominations list released Thursday with six apiece. Ugandan Geoffrey Kizito (Gor Mahia) and Anthony Ndolo (Sofapaka) are in the running for two awards, the big FOYA as well as the Midfielder of the Year gongs after outstanding campaigns in the middle of the pack for the top two. Top scorer, Dan Sserunkuma who will pick up the Golden Boot for the first time, is the surprise exclusion from the FOYA nominee list of five despite banging in 16 goals that led Gor to their record 14th title. His contribution to the course was immense since the next top scorers for the repeat champions, Rama Salim (who has since left) and Kizito bagged only four goals each.Ulinzi Stars veteran winger, Stephen Waruru and Sofapaka leading scorer, Enock Agwanda round up the list for the top prize.Kizito and Ndolo will battle it out with Humphrey Mieno (Sofapaka), revelation Geoffrey Kataka (KRA) who broke into the national team in his debut top flight season and Tusker’s Brian Osumba who won it last year for the midfielders’ crown.Gor’s David Owino who took the honours in 2013 once again makes the Defender of the Year shortlist alongside teammate Haron Shakava, Felly Mulumba (Sofapaka), Charles Odette (Sony Sugar) and Jackson Saleh, the solid rock in an otherwise leaking AFC Leopards defence.Saleh further distinguished himself in a dispiriting season for last year’s runner-ups who slumped to sixth by scoring three KPL goals.K’Ogalo captain Jerim Onyango is also in line for a repeat victory in the Goalkeeper of the Year category after leading his side to retain the crown with Tusker’s Samuel Odhiambo, Mathare United’s Robert Mboya, Chemelil Sugar’s Jairus Adira and shock inclusion Lucas Indeche (Sony Sugar) who had a nightmare season with Thika United last term offering the competition.Faruk Shikhalo (Tusker), Kennedy Owino (Nakuru All Stars), Nicholas Kamau (City Stars), Kevin Omondi (City Stars) and Andrew Anton (Sony Sugar) will vie for the New Young Player of the Year. Despite incidents with their fans that led to a stadium ban that was later lifted, Gor Mahia and Leopards feature in the Best Fairplay Club of the Year shortlist besides relegated All Stars, City Stars as well as Muhoroni Youth who are provisionally in the top-eight pending final outcome of the disputed Sony versus Ingwe clash.Veteran Leopards lynchpin, Charles Okwemba will vie for the Fairplay Players of the Year Award with Hamisi Mwinyi (Chemelil Sugar), Barrack Odhiambo (KRA), Maurice Odhiambo (All Stars) and John Njoroge (Sofapaka).Outright winners in the Top Goal Scorer of the Year are Sserunkuma, Agwanda and Waruru who tied at 11 in second as well as Thika United’s Michael Olunga and Tusker’s Jesse Were who netted nine times each for third.Ugandan Sam Timbe who brought Sofapaka to within a whiff of reclaiming the title they won on their debut season in 2009 will battle it out with former Harambee Stars boss, Francis Kimanzi (Tusker), Robert Matano (Ulinzi), Francis Baraza (Muhoroni Youth) and Mike Muiruri (Chemelil Sugar) for the Coach of the Year gong.Josphat Okal (KCB), Amenipa Bigisho (Sofapaka), William Muluhya (Mathare United), George Maina (Thika United) and Rajab Said (Chemelil Sugar) are in contention for the Team Manager of the Year.The nominees are selected by a panel of coaches and select journalists where each winner takes home Sh100,000 (USD1,108) with runner-ups and third placed awardees take home Sh75,000 (USD831) and Sh50,000 (USD554).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Stricker’s 3rd-round lead is extremely rare

first_imgChoi overcame some errant tee shots on the back nine with a birdie-birdie finish to salvage a 70, leaving him only one shot behind. Hunter Mahan tied a tournament scoring record for the second time in five weeks, this one a 9-under 62 that took him from the middle of the pack to only two shots behind. And then there was Rich Beem, perhaps the most desperate contender. Needing a top-10 finish to avoid ending his season in these inaugural PGA Tour Playoffs, Beem overcame a rocky start with an eagle on the ninth hole and a 69, giving him his best position in a final round since February. But it all starts with Stricker, who was at 14-under 199, which tied the 54-hole record at Westchester. He played in the final group at the British Open and was tied for the lead going into the back nine at the U.S. Open, fading both times. From news services Steve Stricker has given himself plenty of chances to win this year, but none quite as good as this. A burst of birdies at The Barclays carried Stricker to a 6-under-par 65 and allowed him to zoom past K.J. Choi and into the lead Saturday at Westchester Country Club in Harrison, N.Y., the first time he has held the 54-hole lead in nine years. Finishing it off for his first victory since 2001 won’t be easy. U.S. Amateur Colt Knost is one step from completing a rare amateur double after beating Jhonattan Vegas, 4 and 3, to advance to the final at The Olympic Club in Daly City. Knost, who won the U.S. Public Links title in June, will face Michael Thompson of the University of Alabama in today’s 36-hole final. Thompson beat Casey Clendenon, 3 and 2. Knost, a 22-year-old Southern Methodist graduate, could become just the second player to win both amateur championships in the same year. Ryan Moore, now a top-60 player on the PGA Tour, won the Amateur and the Publinx in 2004. Safeway Classic Lorena Ochoa leads by a stroke going into the final round in Portland, Ore., after two bogeys to wrap up her third round narrowed an advantage over Sophie Gustafson. Ochoa, who has won two straight tournaments, had eight birdies earlier in her round that helped her finish with a 66, giving her an 11-under 133 after two rounds at Columbia Edgewater County Club. Gustafson, who shared the lead going into Saturday’s round with rookie Ji-Young Oh, had a 68 to go to 10-under 134. Ochoa won the Canadian Women’s Open in Edmonton, Alberta, last week. It was her second straight victory and fifth of the season. Her win at the Women’s British Open was her first major title. Gustafson, who is from Sweden, has not won on the LPGA Tour since 2003. Her best finish this season was a tie for fifth at the Safeway International. She had five birdies and a bogey Saturday. The 19-year-old Oh, from South Korea, was four shots back of Ochoa after a second-round 71 that gave her a 7-under 137 going into today’s final. Mhairi McKay of Scotland had a 67 and was also at 7-under. Natalie Gulbis, who won her first tournament title earlier this year at the Evian Masters, finished with a 68 for a 5-under 139. Diana D’Alessio (69) also was 5 under. ETC.: In a year without wins on the golf course, Annika Sorenstam had reason to celebrate Saturday when she announced she is getting married. “What a lovely surprise,” Sorenstam said. “I’m as happy as I can be.” Sorenstam said Mike McGee, her boyfriend of two years, popped the question Saturday morning at their home in Orlando, Fla. They have not set a date. It will be the second marriage for the 36-year-old Swede, who filed for divorce from David Esch in February 2005. Boeing Classic The scoreboards around the TPC at Snoqualmie Ridge continued to list Ray Stewart’s full name, an appreciative gesture for spectators who know nothing about the senior tour event leader in Snoqualmie, Wash. Stewart, who only made this week’s tournament by surviving a 10-man playoff in a Monday qualifier, shot a 4-under 68 and will take a surprising four-shot lead into today’s final round. Denis Watson, Bruce Vaughn, Gil Morgan and Scott Hoch are in second place. 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

Bolton Wanderers chairman Phil Gartside dies

first_img Phil Gartside 1 Long-serving Bolton chairman Phil Gartside has died of cancer at the age of 63.On the Wanderers board since 1988, he served as club chairman from 1999 until stepping away from his duties in November due to illness.Bolton said in a statement on their website: “Bolton Wanderers Football Club is deeply saddened to announce that long-standing club chairman Phil Gartside has died aged 63.“Phil has passed away after a short and brave battle with cancer.”Bolton vice-chairman Brett Warburton said: “Phil has been a personal friend for over 30 years and this is a very sad day for everybody associated with Bolton Wanderers.“On behalf of Eddie Davies, the board and everyone associated with the club we send our deepest condolences to all Phil’s family and ask that their privacy is respected during what is a difficult time for all involved.”Bolton said in their statement that Gartside’s funeral will be a private service, in line with his family’s wishes.last_img read more

How the 2018/2019 Premier League table would look if games finished at half-time

first_img Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 8 MOST READ IN FOOTBALL Manchester City were crowned Premier League champions on Sunday 8 huge blow 8 6. Crystal PalacePlayed – 38 | Won – 16 | Drawn – 14 | Lost – 8 | Points – 62 |5. Manchester United (Europa League qualification)Played – 38 | Won – 17 | Drawn – 12 | Lost – 9 | Points – 63 | A thrilling 2018/2019 campaign came to an conclusion on Sunday, with Manchester City pipping Liverpool to Premier League glory by just one  point after a 4-1 win at Brighton.As a result, Pep Guardiola’s men retained the title for the first time in their history – and will complete a domestic treble if they get the better of Watford in the FA Cup final on Saturday. REPLY ADVICE 9. ArsenalPlayed – 38 | Won – 11 | Drawn – 17 | Lost – 10 | Points – 50 |8. NewcastlePlayed – 38 | Won –  11 | Drawn – 17 | Lost – 10 | Points – 50 |7. EvertonPlayed – 38 | Won – 10 | Drawn – 21 | Lost – 7 | Points – 51 | Wolves finished seventh in the overall Premier League standings after a brilliant season GETTY Huddersfield were relegated from the top flight this season getty Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City 8 no dice tense Getty Images – Getty Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a major rebuilding job on his hands at Manchester United Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City pipped Liverpool to the title by one point, registering 98 in total gameday cracker center_img 17. BrightonPlayed – 38 | Won – 7 | Drawn – 13 | Lost – 18 | Points – 34 |16. Leicester CityPlayed – 38 | Won – 7 | Drawn – 15 | Lost – 16 | Points – 36 |15. WolvesPlayed – 38 | Won – 8 | Drawn – 17 | Lost – 13 | Points – 41 |14. WatfordPlayed – 38 | Won – 10 | Drawn – 14 | Lost – 14 | Points – 44 | Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 13. BurnleyPlayed – 38 | Won – 9 | Drawn – 17 | Lost – 12 | Points – 44  |12. SouthamptonPlayed – 38 | Won – 10 | Drawn – 15  | Lost – 13 | Points – 45 |11. BournemouthPlayed – 38 | Won – 11 | Drawn – 13  | Lost – 14 | Points –  46 |10. West Ham UnitedPlayed – 38 | Won – 12 | Drawn – 13 | Lost – 13 | Points –  49 | 20. Huddersfield Town (relegated)Played – 38 | Won – 4 | Drawn – 13 | Lost – 21 | Points – 25 |19. Fulham (relegated)Played – 38 | Won – 5 | Drawn – 11 | Lost – 22 | Points – 26 |18. Cardiff (relegated)Played – 38 | Won – 4 | Drawn – 18 | Lost – 16 | Points – 30 | But which teams in the English top-flight were quick off the draw, or slow getting out of the traps this season?Below is what the Premier League table would look like if games had ended after the first 45 minutes (thanks to soccerstats.com)Would City still reign victorious at the top of the summit? 2. Liverpool (Champions League qualification)Played – 38 | Won – 21 | Drawn – 14 | Lost – 3 | Points – 77 | 8 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Southampton endured a difficult campaign, but avoided relegation to the Championship shining 8 8 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 8 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 4. Chelsea (Champions League qualification)Played – 38 | Won – 15 | Drawn – 20 | Lost – 3 | Points – 65 |3. Tottenham (Champions League qualification)Played – 38 | Won – 19 | Drawn -11 | Lost – 8 | Points – 68 | Unai Emery’s Arsenal were not fast out of the traps in the first-half of games in the 2018/19 campaign getty Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Liverpool lost just one game in the 2018/2019 campaign – but still were unable to land the title REVEALED getty 1. Manchester City (Premier League champions)Played – 38 | Won – 25 | Drawn – 11 | Lost – 2 | Points – 86 |last_img read more

LISTEN BACK: Reaction from Sligo, Donegal and Leitrim after NFL Round 3

first_imgDonegal and Dublin played out a draw in Division One of the National League yesterday.Ryan McHugh and Jason McGee got the goals in a 2-5 to 1-8 win in Ballybofey.Here’s Donegal boss Rory Gallagher, and defender Frank McGlynn speaking to Ocean FM’s Pauric ByrneAudio Playerhttps://www.oceanfm.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Frank-McGlynn-After-Dublin-Draw.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Audio Playerhttps://www.oceanfm.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Rory-Gallagher-After-Dublin-Draw.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.There were top-flight wins at the weekend for Mayo against Roscommon and for Monaghan against Kerry, while Fermanagh lost out by 1-14 to 0-9 away to Cork in Division Two.In Division Three, Sligo scored just two points in the second half and lost out by 0-11 to 1-7 to Antrim in Belfast.Niall Murphy got the Sligo goal, but manager Niall Carew was left disappointed. He spoke to Gavin Cawley and Liam Maloney…Audio Playerhttps://www.oceanfm.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Niall-Carew-After-Antrim-Defeat.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Louth stay top of Division Three after beating Offaly, while Armagh defeated Longford and Tipperary beat Sligo’s next opponents, Laois.Carlow, Wicklow and Wexford claimed Division Four wins, while an understrength Leitrim lost out by 2-18 to 1-9 to Westmeath in Mullingar.Leitrim selector Seamus Quinn admitted it was a tough afternoon. He spoke with PJ Leddy.Audio Playerhttps://www.oceanfm.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Seamus-Quinn-After-Westmeath-Defeat.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.In club action, Martin McHugh has stepped down as senior team manager of his native Kilcar.The All-Ireland winner led them to last year’s county final.Kilcar lost out to Gaoth Dobhair in the Donegal Gaeltacht Championship on Saturday in their first game of the season.And in Leitrim, Glencar/Manorhamilton beat Ballinamore in the Shield competition.last_img read more

Aussie domestic passenger numbers fall for third straight month

first_imgDomestic flights in Australia were less full in February as passenger numbers fell for the third consecutive month and outpaced a fall in airline capacity.The lack-luster growth was seen in overall February domestic passenger numbers, which includes charter operations and was down 0.4 percent to 4.7m compared to a year ago.But it was more pronounced when it came to airline or regular public transport (RPT) traffic.Passenger numbers on flights operated by airlines fell 0.7 percent to 4.5 million, according to newly released government figures.The industry’s preferred traffic measure, revenue passenger kilometres, fell 1.2 percent compared with the year ago, while capacity decreased by 0.3 percent.READ: Jet Airways grounded.This compared with the global growth in domestic travel demand for February of 6.4 percent and an overall traffic growth figure of 5.3 percent worldwide.Uncertainty about a forthcoming federal election and the impact on consumer confidence of low wages growth and a falling property market are among the factors likely to have contributed to the negative result in Australia.The fall in passenger numbers outpaced a cut in capacity to drive down the industry-wide load factor from 78 percent last year to 77.3 percent in February.The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics noted in its report that load factors decreased on 36 of the 65 RPT routes it monitors.Routes with the biggest fall in RPT passengers numbers for the month included Proserpine-Sydney (down 31.1 percent), Brisbane-Proserpine (down 18.5 percent), Geraldton-Perth (down 17.6 percent) and Darwin-Perth (down 16.2 percent).Routes showing increases included Brisbane-Emerald (up 19.2 percent), Brisbane-Hobart (up 14.3 percent), Brisbane-Mt Isa (up 11.5 percent) and Kalgoorlie-Perth (up 11.1 percent).Domestic airline passenger numbers for the year ending February 2019 are still ahead of the year ending February 2018 — but only by 1.3 percent.Growth in the mature Australian market is typically at the bottom of the basket of domestic markets highlighted by the International Air Transport Association in its monthly traffic figures.IATA noted in its analysis for February that traffic growth had moderated after a strong start in January.Director general Alexandre de Juniac said this was in line with concerns about the broader economic outlook and a softening of confidence.“Continuing trade tensions between the US and China, and unresolved uncertainty over Brexit are also weighing on the outlook for travel,”  he said. .last_img read more

Google and Plaxo Combine OpenID and OAuth for Improved Usability

first_imgTags:#Google#NYT#Social Web#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos rick turoczy 1 Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img As a concept, OpenID has shown a great deal of potential. But that potential has often been hamstrung by the series of hurdles through which OpenID users have been required to jump in order to use their credentials. When Facebook Connect entered the distributed digital identity fray, those OpenID usability problems came into stark relief. Now, Google and Plaxo have responded with a new workflow for OpenID logins that simplifies the process and improves the usability – by adding OAuth and the Google Contacts API to the mix.You tend to hear more about OpenID, but OAuth has its own loyal following using the protocol for authentication. OAuth has been implemented by organizations like Flickr and Netflix – and has been promised to be in the works for Twitter. Combining OAuth with OpenID offers an improved user experience by letting each technology do what it does best. The benefits of this technique are demonstrated by registering for a new Plaxo account using your Google account.How It WorksThe “hybrid approach” – currently available in a limited beta – that Google and Plaxo have employed uses OpenID to sign in, then invokes OAuth for delegated authorization, and finally calls on the Google Contacts API to access information about contacts. And it does all of this transparently to the end user.The first step in the Plaxo-Google scenario involves a new user being invited to Plaxo by a friend via Gmail. The invite understands the user is logged into the Google system and prompts the recipient with a “Sign up with my Google Account” button.After clicking the button, the new user is directed to a Google Accounts page and asked to confirm their identity. The user is also given the option of allowing Plaxo to remember him or her in the future.Accepting the sign-in request allows Plaxo to have access to the user’s Google account credentials and the contacts associated with that account. The end result? The user now has a Plaxo account without all the rigamarole generally associated with a new account setup – and without a new username and password to track.Why This MattersWhile the concept of site-specific logins made sense in the early days of the Web, the idea of users being forced to develop a new identity, username, password, and profile on every site they visit – including adding all the same people as connections, over and over again – seems almost laughable today. It’s definitely not scalable. Especially as password requirements become more and more stringent.With the launch of Facebook Connect, the idea of a digital identity that could follow users from site to site moved from bleeding-edge tech people to a much larger contingent of the general populous. And the ease-of-use demonstrated by Facebook Connect put some friendly pressure on the OpenID contingent to improve the way they were managing the login process.Plaxo’s and Google’s demonstration is something that could improve usability for all OpenID logins, reducing the series of handoffs that tend to frustrate and confuse users. But as Eric Eldon of VentureBeat notes, there is still more to be done:“Multi-site sign on, like what the companies are announcing today, will be more compelling when it can bring integration down to one or zero clicks, but this is certainly a step in the right direction.”Who Wins? EveryoneThis isn’t a “winner takes all” pursuit or an “either/or” situation. We are participating in a Web environment where both Facebook Connect and OpenID can co-exist, because there are different applications that make both options viable and useful. Personally, I’m not likely to use my Facebook account to access my bank and credit card accounts. But I am likely to use my Facebook credentials for social sites that would be enhanced by my existing Facebook connections. Similarly, my OpenID isn’t always the right answer. Facebook has momentum and a fervent user base. OpenID has a who’s who of tech companies getting behind the concept as the preferred way to manage digital identities. Neither of these identity options are going away anytime soon. What’s best about the current situation is the rivalry between the two camps: one proprietary and easy-to-use, one open and more complex. It will be interesting to watch the two solutions push one another to become more and more simple for the end user. Because in that case, we all win. Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more