250,000th passenger for Simplibus

first_imgStagecoach East Midlands marked its 250,000th passenger on its Simplibus service in Newark last Thursday (28 March).Maria Torres boarded the bus at Newark Bus Station to discover she was the 250,000th passenger to use the service since its launch in September last year.Maria was treated to a bus journey with a difference as the operator had arranged flowers, balloons and a night’s stay at Newark Lodge Guest House.She says: “I was so surprised when I stepped on the bus to find I had won a prize for being the 250,000th customer. I can’t wait to enjoy a night away.”Simplibus, which runs across Newark, has helped increase the number of people choosing to travel by bus by making timetables easier to understand, introducing contactless payments and making bus routes more reliable.last_img read more

Probe into Vegas event attended by Emmanuel Macron

first_imgAn aide to Macron told AFP that the investigation would look into Business France, the unit within the ministry that organized the event.“It’s in no way a story about Macron,” he said.The revelations came hours after François Fillon, the conservative candidate in the election, was placed under formal investigation for the alleged misuse of taxpayer’s money. Also On POLITICO François Fillon placed under formal investigation: reports By Cynthia Kroet French prosecutors on Tuesday opened an investigation into alleged favoritism at an event in Las Vegas at which Emmanuel Macron was a speaker, local media reported.The event took place at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show and was organized by a unit within the economy ministry. Macron was economy minister at the time before quitting the government and launching a presidential bid.The Paris prosecutor’s office said irregularities were discovered in the way the event was organized, with public relations firm Havas being given the contract without a call to tender.last_img read more

Dispatch Releases First New Track In Three Years, ‘Bound By Love’

Ahead of their only 2015 concerts in North America, Dispatch has released their first new track in three years. Titled “Bound By Love”, it’s an upbeat soulful track that arrived just in time for summer. Stream the new tune below:Dispatch will play two “DISPATCH: HUNGER” concerts at Madison Square Garden on July 10th and July 11th, with Dr. Dog and John Butler Trio, respectively. The band will also bring out the Funky Dawgz Brass Band to add some brass to their sound! Don’t miss out… all proceeds go to hunger charities worldwide. read more

Study finds link between borderline personality disorder and masochism in women

first_imgShare on Facebook Pinterest Email LinkedIn New research has found that women with borderline personality disorder are more likely to engage in sexual masochism.The study examined 60 women with a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder and 60 women with a personality disorder other than BPD. The researchers found that sexual masochism disorder was 10 times more likely in women with BPD than the other women. Women with BPD were more likely to report fantasizing about being tied up, being whipped and spanked, and being forced to do something.Sexual masochism disorder, unlike masochism in general, occurs when a person’s masochistic behaviors cause significant psychological, social, or physical harm.center_img Share Share on Twitter Does this mean sexual masochism disorder is a symptom of BPD? Not necessarily. As the researchers explain, BDP and sexual masochism disorder may “share common risk factors that could explain their co-occurrence.” They found, for instance, that masochistic women with BPD were more likely to have suffered childhood sexual abuse than non-masochistic women.The study was published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Archives of Sexual Behavior.PsyPost interviewed the study’s corresponding author, Alvaro Frias Ibañez of the University of Ramon-Llull in Barcelona. Read his responses below:PsyPost: Why were you interested in this topic?Ibañez: I usually treat patients with personality disorders in general and borderline personality disorder specifically. Most of these patients reported sado-masochistic sexual experiences in which they adopted the masochistic role. For these patients, similar to other harmful acts such as cutting, they obtained pleasure by receiving such behaviors.What should the average person take away from your study?While sexual sado-masochistic behaviors may represent benign acts, it is likely that sado-masochistic disorder may somehow reflect an underlying emotional disturbance.Are there any major caveats? What questions still need to be addressed?The sample size was relatively small and did not pertain to the general population. Hence, it is possible that sado-masochistic sexual disorder may not be a psychological disturbance per se.Is there anything else you would like to add?Based on my clinical experience, clinicians should address whether borderline patients may have sado-masochistic sexual disorder, specifically in order to avoid forthcoming sexual risk behaviors and also as a manner to treat with trauma-related symptomatology.The study, “Is There a Relationship Between Borderline Personality Disorder and Sexual Masochism in Women?” was also co-authored by Laura González, Cárol Palma, and Núria Farriols.last_img read more

Mary Aichlmayr, Tire Review Managing Editor, to Join the Advisory Panel of Ask Patty

first_imgSARASOTA, FL — AskPatty.com, Inc., announced today that Mary Aichlmayr, managing editor of Tire Review magazine, will join the automotive advisory panel of industry-expert women for their new woman’s portal, Ask Patty. The Ask Patty website, http://www.askpatty.com, which launched June 8, 2006, provides a safe place for women to get advice on car purchases, maintenance and other automotive related topics online. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Mary Aichlmayr is managing editor of Tire Review magazine, a business publication read by more than 30,000 independent tire dealers in North America. Tire Review is dedicated to the success of tire dealers serving the passenger, commercial, agricultural, specialty and off-the-road tire markets. Aichlmayr writes several feature articles for the monthly magazine as well as a regular column that focuses on business operations and management strategy. She also manages the Tire Review website. During her eight-year career as a trade journalist, Aichlmayr has written for several publications in the manufacturing, supply chain, trucking, warehousing, distribution and real estate arenas. She graduated summa cum laude from Baldwin-Wallace College with a degree in English. In her automotive advisory role, Aichlmayr will respond to questions from female consumers on automotive related topics via the website. The Ask Patty interactive advice blog launched May 22, 2006. “Knowing how to serve women customers is absolutely essential to the success of today’s tire dealer,” said Mary Aichlmayr. “Women represent a powerful force in the automotive industry, and their influence will only get stronger. Fully 65 percent of a typical tire dealer’s customer base is made up of women, yet most still report negative experiences when shopping for tires. That has to change for tire dealers to be successful in the long run.” Advertisement “Mary Aichlmayr has an understanding of the needs of women when it comes to a great buying experience in the automotive industry,” says Jody DeVere, president of Ask Patty. “Her experience with Tire Review will be invaluable to women consumers who come to Ask Patty for answers about their vehicles and dealership interactions.” According to DeVere, Ask Patty provides the safe environment for women to get advice and information needed to feel empowered and confident when they go to their local dealership for car service, repairs, maintenance and when they negotiate and purchase a new or used vehicle. Peter Martin, CEO of AskPatty.com adds, “Adding Mary to our Automotive Expert Panel is a great step for Ask Patty. It will allow us to expand our knowledge base to cover even more information about tires and the aftermarket world of the automotive industry.”last_img read more

Hantuchova takes Pattaya Open 2011 crown

first_imgThe first set was over quickly as Hantuchova expertly attacked her opponent’s serve and did not give Errani any opportunity to play her game.Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia holds the trophy after winning her final match over Sara Errani of Italy in the PTT Pattaya Open tennis tournament in Pattaya, Sunday, Feb. 13. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)The Italian finally got on the scoreboard in the opening game of the 2nd set, however any hopes she had of a comeback were quickly snuffed out by Hantuchova, who held serve and then broke her opponent to take a 2–1 lead.  Errani did win one more game to make it 5–2, but once again Hantuchova stepped up her game and served out to take the match and the Pattaya title on her first visit to the beachside venue.“It was a great match,” the 32nd-ranked Hantuchova said.  “I didn’t lose a set five matches in a row which is good news.  It shows that I’m really focused and physically and mentally strong in this kind of condition.“Today I knew it was going to be tough,” continued the new champion.  “But I stayed focused and played point by point, not giving anything away, trying to get the job done.  I was really hungry for another title.”Sara Errani returned to take part in the doubles final with her friend and compatriot Roberta Vinci, their opponents were Zheng Jie and Sun Shengnan from China.  It was the Chinese pair who won the opening set of the match by 6–3.  In the 2nd set the match went with serve until the eighth game when the Italian pair broke their opponents to lead 5–3 and duly served out the set.  The super tie-break was won by Vinci and Errani 10–5 and was some consolation for the Italian’s loss in the singles final.  (Source Pentangle Promotions)The doubles champions and runners-up pose with their trophies.Daniela Hantuchova, right, poses with Dusit Thani Pattaya General Manager Chatchawal Supachayanont following her straight sets win over Sara Errani of Italy.Hantuchova serves to Errani during the first set.Errani scrambles to chase down a cross court forehand from Hantuchova. Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia secured her first WTA title since 2007, cruising to a convincing 6–0, 6–2 victory over Sara Errani of Italy in just one hour and 16 minutes on Sunday afternoon at the Dusit Thani Pattaya.  She did it on the back of a power game which had her opponent running from side to side of the court and despite some deft touches from Errani, she was unable to gain a foothold into the match.last_img read more

Tributes flow

first_imgBy Helena Adeloju Police and Cardinia Life have paid tribute to a colleague and friend after Pakenham Upper resident Sergeant…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Late goal sees Bafana top Afcon group

first_img27 January 2013 MidfieldIn the midfield, Dean Furman toiled manfully, while May Mahlangu showed some classy touches, which included a stunning goal. However, they had to endure an up-and-down, roller-coaster ride of a contest before a late goal secured South Africa top spot in Group A of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) and a place in the quarterfinals. Barada took on Khune from range early on. His low, skimming shot was on target, but Khune saved comfortably to his left. Khune then went down, suffering from cramp, drawing out the tension as the Bafana Bafana fans waited anxiously for the final whistle. Confirmation was received that Cape Verde had won. They were guaranteed a quarterfinals place in their first Afcon finals tournament. The Lions of the Atlas had certainly settled sooner than South Africa and were taking the game to the tournament hosts. A short while later Chafni brought Serero down on the edge of the Moroccan box with a tackle that could have earned him a second yellow card. The referee, however, did not reach for his pocket. Phala’s free kick flew disappointingly high over goal. For a while, though, it appeared their dream of Afcon success would end at the final group stage hurdle. Four minutes of stoppage time were added on as the contest hit its 90th minute. Out in the middle of the pitch, Mahlangu lay in pain on the ground. He looked to have pulled a muscle. Kagisho Dikgacoi ran on in his place. Despite being down by a goal after the first half-hour, South Africa were still on course for the quarterfinals as the second place finishers in the group, with the game between Cape Verde and Angola level at nil-nil in Port Elizabeth. A decent attack opened up a shot for Bernard Parker, but it was was deflected and slowed down, allowing the goalkeeper to gather the ball before it crossed the line. A speedy counter-attack from Rantie after Bafana had defended a corner almost opened up the Moroccan defence, but they ultimately conceded a corner, which Bafana failed to make good use of. GoalShortly after that, in the 10th minute, the men in red went a goal up from a corner. Khune missed with an attempt at a punch and central defender Issam El Adoua rose high above Siyabonga Sangweni to header home from very close range. With half-time approaching, Bafana Bafana began to push Morocco back and managed to work their way deep into the North Africans’ territory without finding a testing finish for goalkeeper Nadir Lamyaghri as the Moroccan central defence stood strong, led by Benatia. South Africa, though, looked more composed on the ball than they had earlier been. Morocco were back on top of the standings, South Africa down to second, Cape Verde up to third and Angola down to fourth. Phala then went down in the Moroccan box two minutes later, but there was minimal contact by the defender and he was lucky not to be shown a yellow card after a very delayed reaction to the challenge. Chafni brought down Serero and was booked. Furious, he remonstrated with the Gambian referee Bakary Papa Gassama. Replays suggested he might have had a case. Phala’s free kick curled just over the South African forwards, but it turned into a difficult save for Lamyaghri, who was forced to turn it around his post. On the back footThe North Africans managed the first shot on goal in the third minute from a corner and a minute later Itumeleng Khune had to react quickly to prevent Youssef El-Arabi from getting onto the end of a ball into the South African area. Khune parried the shot on the edge of the box and then took the ball comfortably when it spun back into the area. Thuso Phala ran hard at the Moroccan defenders throughout the match, while Bernard Parker got through a ton of work. In the end, though, it was an all-round team performance that saw South Africa through to the next stage of the tournament. Rain was falling and plenty of niggling tackles made for a stop, start affair as the referee had to blow for a free kick time after time. Slowly, though, the match found its rhythm Tokelo Rantie turned Mehdi Benatia easily in the eighth minute and powered his way into the area. The defender tugged on his shirt, but didn’t make enough of an impact to award for a penalty to be awarded against Morocco as Rantie went down in the box. SubstitutionFive minutes into the half, coach Gordon Igesund opted to replace Katlego Mphela, who had been very quiet, with Thulani Serero, taking off a target man for a more skilful player. Chafni then beat Dean Furman in the South African box, but Parker darted in to nip the ball away from his feet. At the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Cape Verde took the lead from Angola. They were up to second. What it meant was a goal by Morocco would knock South Africa out of the tournament. Decent shotParker then got away South Africa’s first decent effort from the left, but his aim was slightly off and the ball passed harmlessly across the face of goal. At the back, goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune did as much as anyone to keep the hosts in the tournament with a string of excellent saves, while central defender Siyabonga Sangweni turned goal scorer again. Wonderful saveA minute before the break, however, Chafni was put through on goal, forcing Khune to come a good 15 metres out of his box to challenge. Chafni tried to nutmeg the South African net-minder, but Khune dropped onto his knees and onto the ball and then cleared for the sideline. Khune testedChahir Belghazouani almost made it 2-0 to Morocco when Khune spilt his shot, but the ball passed around the outside of Bafana’s left-hand post. El Adoua managed a powerful header, but was wide of the mark. Ominously for the home supporters, South Africa were clearly struggling at set piece time.center_img Angola goalThe tension in the game was clear to see when Anele Ngongcga was yellow carded for a bad tackle and players from both teams converged on the referee. At about the same time, news of a goal to Angola came through. Still, the advantage belonged to the tournament hosts, who owned the tie-breaker, having defeated the Angolans. Phala managed a teasing cross along the ground, but Moroccan goalkeeper Lamyaghri met it at the left hand post as no one from South Africa made a run. Hearts in mouthsThe hearts of the home fans were in their mouths, though, when Sangweni made a mistake at the back and Al Arabi raced through to challenge Khune. The goalkeeper rushed off his line and deflected the striker’s attempt at a chip with a fine effort to keep South Africa in the game. South African fans celebrated while Morocco’s players sat disconsolately on the pitch, their dream over. They had brought a lot to the game, but had come away with nothing in the end. The South Africa team’s nerves were on show early in the contest, but driven on by the home support, they improved as the match progressed and they were eventually rewarded with a hard-earned, entertaining 2-2 draw. Khumalo then needed to make a difficult clearance from a free kick swung into the six-yard box after Thuso Phala had committed a foul out on the Moroccans’ left flank. The home side fought back and Kamel Chafni brought May Mahlangu down as the Sweden-based midfielder made a run deep into the North Africans’ territory. From their first set piece opportunity, South Africa made a right mess of it and Morocco counter-attacked. With 15 minutes remaining, Morocco were forced to adjust their style of play, needing to score another goal to advance. South Africa, though, defended resolutely and the clock ticked down to 10 minutes to play. Good cornerPhala delivered a good corner from the left, but Sangweni, at the far post, was unable to make good contact with the ball and a goal kick resulted. Final whistleFinally the whistle to end the match arrived. Igesund bounced onto the pitch, fists clenched, punching the air. Bafana Bafana were through. The Moroccan goalkeeper then required treatment on an elbow, which underlined Morocco’s tactic of slowing the contest down as 25 minutes to play showed on the clock. Already there had been a few other time wasting incidents and South African skipper Bongani Khumalo drew the ref’s attention to it. On the sideline, Bafana coach Gordon Igesund exhorted his men to get forward and take the game to the Lions of the Atlas. South African goalIn the 71st minute, his team responded. Picking up the ball on the left, just outside the Moroccan box after playing a one-two with Rantie, May Mahlangu curled a beautifully judged shot beyond Lamyaghri into the goalie’s top left hand corner. Mahlangu had little time to react before he was swamped by a sea of yellow and green clad players. The crowd celebrated and the noise level lifted. The goal meant Bafana Bafana were now top of the group again, with Angola up to second and set to also reach the quarterfinals. Morocco were down to third and Cape Verde remained fourth. Morocco led at the break. They had dominated the early going, but Bafana Bafana looked better as the half progressed. A tension-filled second half was on the cards and so it played out. Before play restarted, South African captain Bongani Khumalo pulled his men together in a circle on the pitch, urging them to find a reply to the Moroccans’ goal. Abdelilah Hafidi, who had come on only minutes earlier was shown a yellow card after fouling Serero and then kicking the ball way. South Africa’s push for an equaliser continued, much in the same form as they had pressed before the half-time whistle. Parker picked up a yellow card in the 74th minute, just before Phala floated in another free kick, which forced a diving punch out of the goalkeeper. A short while later, Parker made way for his Kaizer Chiefs’ team-mate Reneilwe Letsholonyane. A free kick in the 52nd minute, from just outside the Moroccan box was taken by Phala, forcing a diving one-handed save from the goalkeeper as the ball headed for Lamyaghri’s top right hand corner. Bafana responded with a shot from Serero, but Lamyaghri got his body behind the ball and dropped down to field it. With just over an hour played, the group standings remained unchanged. If the scores in the two games remained the same, Morocco would top the group with South Africa in second, Angola in third and Cape Verde in fourth. After nine early fouls between the teams, Belghazouani became the first player booked in the 28th minute. LevelWith only four minutes of regulation time remaining, the crowd came back to life as central defender Sangweni netted for a second match in succession. Showing the composure of a good striker, he controlled the ball and then curled a lovely, low shot wide into the goalkeeper’s bottom left hand corner. The South African players rushed to embrace him. Now South Africa topped the group. After a strong team performance in their win over Angola, the expectations of Bafana Bafana’ supporters were high ahead of their last Group A match in Durban on Sunday night. Morocco aheadNews then came through that Cape Verde had leveled in Port Elizabeth. Moments later, South Africa conceded a goal. El Arabi created space on the left and when the ball was cut back deep, Hafidi chested it down and beat Khune to his left to make it Morocco 2, South Africa 1. The crowd went quiet. The Lions of the Atlas looked assured on the ball, having more time to find their own men than they were affording Bafana Bafana when the men in yellow had it. The Bafana Bafana players surrounded Igesund, making a circle, before breaking up to turn to the fans and signal their thanks for their support. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

De Sanctis: ‘No Roma alibis’

first_imgRoma team manager Morgan De Sanctis stood up for Nicolò Zaniolo and urged them not to use the injury crisis as an “alibi.” The Europa League game with Borussia Monchengladbach kicks off at 17.55 UK time (16.55 GMT), click here for the line-ups and LIVEBLOG. Gianluca Mancini seems to be moved into midfield in a 4-2-3-1 formation, but the Giallorossi are keeping their cards close to their chest. “We’ll see what happens…” smiled team manager De Sanctis on Sky Sport Italia. “We don’t want to focus on the difficulties, as that would be like looking for alibis. It remains an ambitious project, we are a little behind in terms of results, but we knew it would take time to work together and we’ll take the season before evaluating the situation.” Alessio Riccardi is on the bench today and could make an appearance during the injury crisis. “Riccardi is probably the clearest talent in the Roma academy. He has been under the spotlight for a while already, but remains 18 years of age and we are monitoring him carefully. The club and coach Paulo Fonseca consider him highly and he is moving gradually into the first team.” Fabio Capello caused controversy last night on Sky Sport Italia when suggesting Inter striker Sebastiano Esposito should not follow the example set by Zaniolo, a comment that infuriated the player’s mother. “Zaniolo has always delivered and for a year now has been a protagonist in the squad. He has always done what was asked of him, both on the field and off, while we renewed his contract. “With all due respect to Mr Capello, who made football history also with Roma, it was a real slip-up. We are receiving so much from Nicolò and there was no need to consider him outside of the rules or the profession.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

Swoop to target millennials young families and cross border travellers WestJet

first_imgWestJet Airlines Inc. plans to target millennials, young families and frugal travellers for its discount carrier Swoop which launches service next summer.The Calgary-based airline (TSX:WJA) said it expects to offer fares that are about half the level of the mainline carrier, but come with hefty extra fees for bags and other ancillary services.It estimates the net savings should be 30 to 40 per cent.“The core of the brand is going to be low fares and enabling people to travel that wouldn’t be able to travel otherwise or travel more often,” WestJet executive vice-president Bob Cummings said Wednesday during an investor day presentation.About 60 per cent of Swoop passengers are expected to fly for leisure travel, 30 per cent to visit friends and family and 10 per cent for business or in groups.Cummings said WestJet “ripped apart” discount airline models used in the United States and Europe and looked at lessons they learned when designing Swoop.The key is to cut costs to their absolute lowest by outsourcing jobs where possible, obtaining low airport charges and restricting sales to online transactions.However, WestJet sees opportunity in eliminating the need for Canadian travellers to cross the border to access cheap fares.Fares from Canadian airports like Hamilton and Abbotsford, B.C. are expected to be similar to those at U.S. border airports, while saving hours in traffic.“We believe this is a substantive tried and true opportunity for us to go after,” Cummings told analysts.The full cost of Swoop charges and destinations will be unveiled in February when tickets go on sale.Swoop will compete against Flair Airlines, which said this week it was lifting carry-on fees, Canada Jetlines and the prospect of Air Canada Rouge and FlyToo joining the field.At the same time, WestJet says it will go after business and international travellers by adding premium cabins with hot food, Boeing 787 Dreamliners for global destinations and new lounges at key airports such as Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto.On Wednesday, WestJet and Delta Air Lines announced plans to form a joint venture that will enhance transborder service and deepen their relationship.The partnership, which has yet to be approved, is expected to be in operation in the first half of 2019. It would increase travel choices between Canada and the United States along with enhanced frequent flyer benefits.WestJet and Delta said their preliminary agreement anticipates co-ordinated schedules for new destinations and expanded codesharing, which allows each partner to book seats on the other’s flights.The deal with Atlanta-based Delta was announced as WestJet unveiled financial targets through 2020 that analyst Doug Taylor of Canaccord Genuity said “echo well-received guidance provided by Air Canada several months ago.”“We believe this guidance should be seen positively on the margin as it confirms that WestJet’s multiple expansion programs are not going to come at the expense of near-term profitability and balance sheet,” Taylor wrote in a report.WestJet said it expects annual revenues will increase by between $300 million and $500 million through 2022 from ancillary fees, an enhanced revenue management system and broadened fare products.It has also identified annual cost savings opportunities of $140 million to $200 million over the five years from fleet reconfigurations, airport operations cost savings, optimized maintenance plans, digital self service, and sales and distribution channel efficiencies.last_img read more