Key fights in the boxing career of Muhammad Ali

first_imgSHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL Muhammad Ali (R) , is seen here with his trainer Angelo Dundee ahead of his fight in this 1967 photo.   –  Reuters COMMENT Important bouts in the career of former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali:* Sept. 5, 1960 – Wins the Olympic light-heavyweight gold medal in Rome in a unanimous decision over Zbigniew Pietrzykowski of Poland.* Oct. 29, 1960 – Makes his professional debut in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, winning a six-round unanimous decision over Tunney Hunsaker, whose day job was police chief of Fayetteville, West Virginia.* Feb. 25, 1964 – Boasting a 19-0 record, wins the heavyweight title at age 22 by beating Sonny Liston, who surrenders after six rounds, in Miami Beach.* March 22, 1967 – After eight successful title defenses, including another win over Liston and one over former champ Floyd Patterson, Ali knocks out Zora Folley in the seventh round in New York. It was his last fight before losing his titles and facing prison for refusing to be inducted into the U.S. Army.* Oct. 26, 1970 – After a 3 1/2-year layoff due to his legal troubles, Ali returns to the ring in Atlanta against Jerry Quarry and wins by TKO in the third round.* March 8, 1971 – Ali faces Joe Frazier, who had become heavyweight champ during Ali’s hiatus, in a greatly anticipated match that promoters called “the fight of the century” in New York. Both men were undefeated going into the bout, which pitted Ali’s speed and reach against Frazier’s doggedness and stronger punching power. Ali started strong but Frazier dominated the latter part of the 15-round fight and won by unanimous decision.* March 31, 1973 – Ali’s second loss is a split decision against Ken Norton, who broke Ali’s jaw. Six months later Ali wins a rematch with Norton.* Jan. 28, 1974 – Ali beats Frazier, who had lost his title to George Foreman, by unanimous decision.* Oct. 30, 1974 – Ali is a decided underdog going into the “Rumble in the Jungle” in Kinshasa, Zaire, against the fearsome and younger Foreman. Instead of his usual dancing footwork, Ali spends much of the fight covering his face with his arms and leaning against the ropes in a strategy called the “rope-a-dope.” His plan is to let Foreman tire himself out by throwing punches that did no serious damage and it works, allowing Ali to knock him out in the eighth round and reclaim the major boxing championships.* Oct. 1, 1975 – The second rematch with Frazier is called the “Thrilla in Manila” and part of the pre-fight hype includes Ali calling Frazier a gorilla. Ali wins when Frazier is unable to come out for the 15th and final round. The temperature approached 100 degrees (38 C) and Ali describes the fight as the closest he had come to death.* Feb. 15, 1978 – Ali, now 36, loses his titles by split decision to Leon Spinks, 25, who had only seven professional fights after winning a gold medal in the 1976 Olympics.* Sept. 15, 1978 – Ali gets the a heavyweight title back by beating Spinks in a 15-round unanimous decision, making him the first man to reign as champion three times. He then retires.* Oct. 2, 1980 – At age 38 he attempts a comeback in a title fight against Larry Holmes, a former Ali sparring partner, but his skills are clearly eroded. Ali’s trainer stops the fight after 10 rounds, marking the only time in his career that Ali lost by anything other than a decision.* Dec. 11, 1981 – Ali’s final fight is a unanimous decision loss to Trevor Berbick. death Published on Indian boxers pay tributes to Muhammad Ali null June 04, 2016center_img Boxing legend Muhammad Ali dies at 74 COMMENTS Muhammad Ali, in his own words × sport celebrity Muhammad Ali (R) , is seen here with his trainer Angelo Dundee ahead of his fight in this 1967 photo.   –  Reuters RELATED last_img read more

PBA: RR Garcia nails winner to lift Phoenix past Rain or Shine

first_imgDrilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Stepping back for good of team, Zach Huang unleashes offensive potential for UST Becoming his own man DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? MOST READ MANILA, Philippines–RR Garcia hit the decisive basket at the buzzer as Phoenix nipped Rain or Shine, 86-84, Wednesday night in the PBA Gtovernors’ Cup at Cuneta Astrodome.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Garcia hit the basket off a pass from import Eugene Phelps as the Fuel Masters collected their second win in four games.The Painters dropped to 1-4.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manGarcia’s heroics came after he had nearly turned goat, missing two free throws that led to the game-tying basket by JV Mocon. Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next This jewelry designer is also an architectlast_img read more

Marlins Sweep Hapless Mets, 1-0

first_imgMIAMI — The New York Mets couldn’t hit. And on the game’s final play they didn’t throw or catch very well, either.Center fielder Juan Lagares made an off-line throw home that skipped past catcher Anthony Recker, allowing the Miami Marlins to score on a ninth-inning sacrifice fly for a 1-0 victory May 7.Marcell Ozuna’s fly wasn’t deep, but Lagares threw wide of the plate, and a sliding Giancarlo Stanton scored from third.“The throw was a little bit more off line than we’d like,” Recker said. “It was one of those do-or-die plays, and I wasn’t able to come up with it.”The Mets were swept in the three-game series despite allowing only eight runs. They batted .157, scored three runs and were shut out in the final 23 innings.Tom Koehler allowed New York two hits in eight innings, and Steve Cishek (3-1) pitched a perfect ninth.“We hit some balls on the button, and there’s not much you can do,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said. “You just have to keep battling. There’s no answer. If there was, then someone would be the greatest hitting coach in the history of the game.”The Mets’ scoreless streak is their longest since July 2010New York wasted a fine effort by Zack Wheeler, who walked five in six innings but allowed only two hits. He lowered his ERA to 4.35.“He started to run out of gas, walking four of the last six guys he faced, but he pitched a very good game,” Collins said. “You know, he’s got the stuff.”At the plate Wheeler went 0 for 2 with a strikeout, leaving Mets pitchers 0 for 58 this season with 31 strikeouts.The Mets lost for the sixth time in their past seven games and went 2-6 on a three-city trip. At 16-17, they dropped below .500 for the first time since they were 8-9.“It has been very difficult,” Wheeler said. “We haven’t played well this series. It’s a tough road trip, but I think we have a good group of guys, and I think we can turn it around when we get back home.”The walkoff loss was the Mets’ seventh at Marlins Park, which opened in 2012.Miami finished 8-1 on its homestand and improved to 17-5 at home, best in the majors.“We have complete confidence,” said Casey McGehee, who drew a key walk during the ninth-inning rally. “There was never a doubt in my mind we were going to get that game, no matter how long it took. That’s the way it’s supposed to be.”The Marlins have won three of their past four games with walkoffs.“They put a lot of strain on guys’ hearts,” Koehler said.While no team has been better at home, the Marlins’ 2-10 road record is the worst in the majors. They begin an 11-game, 11-day trip May 8 in San Diego.“We’ve just got to keep playing,” Manager Mike Redmond said. “Everybody has made a huge deal of the home-road split. But this team is starting to come together. I like exactly where we’re at right now. I like the energy and the chemistry. I can’t wait to get out there.”Stanton singled for their third hit to start the ninth against Carlos Torres (2-1). McGehee walked on a 3-2 pitch, and Stanton took third on a flyout by Garrett Jones.Kyle Farnsworth replaced Torres, and Ozuna, who had struck out in his previous three at-bats, followed with his sacrifice fly.(STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

NBA 2K League has a champ in New York and plans around globe

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — The NBA 2K League’s first season ended with a video game version of a real NBA rivalry: Knicks against Heat.In the future perhaps it’s Knicks against London.Or maybe it’s Heat against Shanghai.“We expect this to be a global league,” NBA 2K League managing director Brendan Donohue said Saturday.“That is on our game plan, though when that happens it’s not definitive. But that is our goal.”The season on the screens turned out like it never has on the hardwood. Knicks Gaming, so far down the standings that they had to win a tournament late in the season as the No. 15 seed just to earn the eighth and final playoff spot, then knocked off the top-seeded Blazers to start a postseason roll that culminated with a sweep of the best-of-three series with Heat Check Gaming to win $300,000.“It’s history,” finals MVP Nate Kahl said. “I said it earlier, this was the inaugural season, so first-ever championship won, and to bring it to such a mecca of basketball in New York and also big in gaming, I think it means a lot.”This first official esports league operated by a U.S. professional sports league featured 17 teams in its inaugural season, which began in May. The Lakers, Nets, Timberwolves and Hawks have already committed to joining for next season, meaning more than two-thirds of the NBA’s 30 franchises will also have a team of gamers.Donohue said the teams that haven’t signed on yet are busy with other NBA business, such as building or renovating arenas or hosting All-Star Games. He doesn’t want them to take on an esports entry until they’re ready, and he believes eventually they will be.“And so we fully expect at some point all 30 NBA teams to be a part of this and then beyond that,” he said.Donohue said the season exceeded all the league’s expectations, pointing to weekly increases in viewership on Twitch, the streaming service popular with video-game players, and a social media presence that includes more than 1.6 million followers of the league and its teams on social media platforms. The league will continue to explore ways to find even more viewers.“Right now we’re on Twitch and we’re focused on being on Twitch. We’re focused on them being our partner for a long time,” Donohue said. “We’ll do whatever we can to make sure we get our product in front of as much of the globe as possible, so we’ll talk to partners about how they can help us do that.”The NBA season nowadays heats up once the games have ended, as the draft, free agency and summer league have had as much to do with its popularity as the action on the court.Donohue thinks the NBA 2K League will be able to keep its fans’ attention through the offseason. Plans for an expansion draft in the fall will be announced soon, and NBA 2K19, the 20th anniversary of the game, will be available next month in what Donohue said will be an exciting day for its fan base. (NBA 2K18 sold more than 10 million copies, a record for the franchise.)And some of the league’s players — who competed as themselves, not players on the real the NBA clubs — were already popular in the gaming community from competing in other leagues and tournaments. Donohue expects they’ll continue to do so in the NBA 2K League offseason.Eventually the league hopes to play games elsewhere, with all games this season held at a studio in New York. Esports leagues such as Overwatch and League of Legends have played their competitions in arenas, but there are no plans for that yet.That’s for the future. On Saturday, the focus was on an out-of-nowhere championship season.“It was magic,” Kahl said.By BRIAN MAHONEY , AP Basketball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Our players shouldn’t be swayed by hype over India game: Mashrafe Mashrafe

first_imgOur players shouldn’t be swayed by hype over India game: Mashrafe MashrafeWorld Cup 2019: India have been termed as one of the tournament favorites but Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza said his side should not let the hype affect their performance.advertisement Press Trust of India BirminghamJuly 2, 2019UPDATED: July 2, 2019 00:03 IST Bangladesh will face India in their next World Cup game on Tuesday. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIt is very important to stay cool: Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe MortazaBangladesh will face India on Tuesday as both the teams eye a semi-final spotBangladesh have 7 points from 7 games in the World Cup 2019Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza wants his players to stay calm amidst hype surrounding the India clash which will decide his team’s fate in the World Cup.Mashrafe played a big role in Bangladesh’s only win over India in the 2007 World Cup at Port of Spain, where he was adjudged Man of the Match.”It is very important to stay cool. Hype is such that it becomes difficult for each player to stay calm. It is important to do the things we do on the field properly. Initially nerves play a role and it’s important to control nerves in the beginning. It is better to stay away from outside pressures,” Mortaza said at the pre-match press conference here on Monday.India’s matches against Bangladesh of late has been filled with a lot of acrimony, crass TV commercials and print advertisements on both sides.The fans of both countries have a go at each other on social media and Mortaza wants to refrain from that.”I don’t think the talk on social media will help us a lot, and we want to stay away from that. If we play well and win, it will be a big achievement.”Talk about 2007 World Cup and Mashrafe said that former skipper Habibul Bashar’s guidance meant a lot.”Obviously (the victory was) a good memory. Talking about 2007, on those days Sumon bhai (Bashar’s nickname) guided me a lot.”Mortaza is expecting that Mustafizur Rahaman, who has troubled India in the past, maintains his good form which has seen him get 10 wickets in the tournament.advertisement”If Mustafizur is in a good state of mind and he gets his cutters going, he will do well. It is important to stay in the match and deal with the situations that come up.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Bangladesh will play according to conditions against India, says Courtney WalshAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Mayank Agarwal to replace Vijay Shankar in India squadAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Mustafizur RahamanFollow Virat Kohli Nextlast_img read more

SRC Science Fair Registration Deadline Extended to May 18

first_img The deadline for schools to register for the Scientific Research Council’s (SRC) Science Fair has been extended to May 18.The fair, which is open to students at primary, secondary and tertiary institutions, will be held in Kingston on June 12.Categories under which schools can participate include Education; Agriculture; Food and Agro-processing; Energy; Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Electronics; Health; Security; and Sports.The event will be staged in collaboration with the Youth Employment in the Digital and Animation Industry (YEDAI) programme under the theme ‘Youth-centred Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development’.Prizes will be awarded for best use of indigenous materials, most innovative project, best use of digital media, and best commercial application.Coordinator for the SRC’s Science and Technology Education Unit, Amanda McKenzie, told JIS News that the fair aims to identify, produce and commercialise products and services geared at improving national growth and development.She said persons who have projects not falling in any of the designated categories may submit their entries under the ‘other’ category.The Coordinator said that in addition to school displays, there will be exhibits from other organisations showcasing new and innovative products.“This will encourage persons to seek a career in those areas or to develop products and services that can improve on those existing,” she said.Ms. McKenzie further said that there will be a Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) symposium as well as numerous science and technology-based competitions.She pointed out that the competitions “will allow students to apply the knowledge that they have in a fun way that will challenge and show them that science and technology can be used for just about everything, as it… is used in everyday life”.Meanwhile, Ms. McKenzie said the SRC is encouraging persons who study other subjects, such as business, to participate in the fair as “you also need persons who will examine the feasibility of the project from a marketing standpoint”.“At the end of the day, you want to ensure that the projects that they come up with can be commercialised,” she added.For more information, persons may send an email to or call 876-927-1771-4. Categories under which schools can participate include Education; Agriculture; Food and Agro-processing; Energy; Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Electronics; Health; Security; and Sports. Coordinator for the SRC’s Science and Technology Education Unit, Amanda McKenzie, told JIS News that the fair aims to identify, produce and commercialise products and services geared at improving national growth and development. Story Highlights The deadline for schools to register for the Scientific Research Council’s (SRC) Science Fair has been extended to May 18.last_img read more

Three Die in Oceania Cruise Ship Fire

first_imgzoom Three people died, one crewmember and two contractors, in an engine room fire that broke out Thursday, December 11 on board the luxury cruise ship Insignia.The ship, owned by Oceania Cruises, was docked in Port Castries, St. Lucia when the fire broke out.As reported by the Cruise Critic quoting Oceania officials, three members of the crew and two contractors were working in the engine room when the fire started. All of them were rushed to the hospital for treatment of sustained burns and smoke inhalation, however, for three of them the injuries proved fatal. A 42-year-old male is also under observation at hospital for mild respiratory depression caused by smoke inhalation, as informed by St. Lucia News Online.According to the cruise liner’s statement, the fire was contained to the engine room and all 600 passengers are safe and have been evacuated.The remainder of the ten-day cruise was canceled and the passengers have been taken to temporary accommodation before they head home.According to Oceania’s statement, all guests will receive “a 100 percent refund and a 50 percent credit towards a future Oceania Cruises voyage”. The cruise ship will be docked in Port Castries, until the engine is repaired, St. Lucia News Online writes. Investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.The cruise ship left San Juan, Puerto Rico, on December 7 and was scheduled to arrive in Miami on Dec. 17.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Shipping Corporation of India Modernizes Fleet

first_imgzoom The Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) has rejuvenated its outdated fleet slashing its age by almost a half.“Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) has replaced most of its aged fleet and it has a modern and fuel efficient fleet with an average age of 9.5 years as on March 2017 compared to average Indian fleet age of 18.4 years,” Shipping Minister Mansukh Lal Mandavya is quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India.As a result, SCI’s fleet meets the latest regulations of IMO and its ships are equipped with modern facilities, the minister added.The company was asked to modernize its fleet in May last year by India’s standing parliamentary committee on transport.As SCI was posting losses since 2011, it abstained from ordering new tonnage and vessel acquisitions. However, the company bounced back to a net profit of Rs.384.41 crore during 2015-16.According to SCI’s data, six ships were disposed off during the current financial year, those being three tankers aged between 1992-1994, a bulk carrier built in 1998 and two offshore vessels built in 1984. In addition, one VLCC was added to the fleet-Desh Vibhor, built by China-based Jiangsu Rongsheng Heavy Industries.Based on the company’s website info last updated in March, 2017, SCI owns a fleet of 69 ships equaling in 3.26 million GT and 5.85 million DWT. SCI’s owned fleet includes bulk carriers, crude oil tankers, product tankers, container vessels, RORO vessels, LPG/ammonia carriers and offshore supply vessels.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Quebec arts patron Jacqueline Desmarais dead at 89

first_imgMONTREAL – Jacqueline Desmarais, a longtime supporter of Quebec’s arts scene and the widow of billionaire Paul Desmarais, has died at the age of 89.Her family announced her death in statement today.The Sudbury, Ont., native was one of the greatest supporters of Quebec’s cultural scene, particularly classical music and opera.She was named an officer of the Order of Canada and has received the Order of Quebec and France’s National Order of the Legion of Honour for her philanthropy.Her husband, a business tycoon, died in 2013.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted his condolences and praised Desmarais’ contribution to the arts.“Jacqueline Desmarais’ philanthropy and deep commitment to the arts were a lifelong gift to us all,” the tweet read.“Her legacy is immense. Sophie and I offer our deepest condolences to her family & friends on her passing.”last_img read more

UN officials mourn the death of Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer

In New York City, members of the so-called Board of Design Consultants look over a model of the UN site prior to a press conference on their plans. Second from left is Oscar Niemeyer. UN Photo “I was saddened to learn of the death of Oscar Niemeyer, a towering figure and one of the original architects of United Nations Headquarters,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a statement.Mr. Niemeyer died on Wednesday at the age of 104. He was responsible for many iconic structures throughout the world, and was the last surviving member of the team of architects that designed the UN Headquarters complex 65 years ago.The Secretary-General lauded Mr. Niemeyer’s career as “exceptionally long and illustrious,” while also noting that it was more than just his stamina and talent that made him an outstanding architect.“He imbued his work with a powerful sense of humanism and global engagement,” the UN chief continued. “I recall my sense of wonder when visiting some of his modernist masterworks in Brasilia, which have been recognized on the UNESCO World Heritage List.”Mr. Ban’s comments were echoed by the head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, who saluted the architect for his commitment to “the concerns of the city and an advocate of humanity.” In New York City, members of the so-called Board of Design Consultants look over a model of the UN site prior to a press conference on their plans. Second from left is Oscar Niemeyer. UN Photo Oscar Niemeyer and other architects study one of the preliminary plans for the UN Headquarters construction. UN Photo Oscar Niemeyer during his time as a member of the so-called Board of Design Consultants tasked with drawing up plans for the building of the world body’s permanent headquarters on the East River site in Manhattan, New York City (March 1947). UN Photo Oscar Niemeyer focuses on preliminary architectural plans for the building of UN Headquarters on the East River site in Manhattan. UN Photo ‹ ›“Oscar Niemeyer helped define the 20th century and lay the foundations for the 21st – for all this, he deserves the title of universal artist. As a founder of modern architecture, he gave the cities he loved iconic buildings, hundreds of monuments, recognizable among all, in Paris, Sao Paulo, Rio and, of course, Brasilia,” Ms. Bokova said.“Oscar Niemeyer used to say that he did not care for tributes and he remained active until the very end,” she added. “He was passionate about work and convinced that architecture, before becoming fine arts, had to contribute concretely to living better together in the city and must embody the values of inclusion, solidarity and cooperation.” In a 2009 interview with UN Radio, Mr. Niemeyer had said, “Let me tell you frankly: I believe that life is more important than architecture. What really counts is to build a better world. I think that architecture is only a profession. We need to be interested in other things (beyond that).”The two UN officials made particular mention of the architect’s contribution to the world body’s headquarters complex.“His work in designing United Nations Headquarters stands as his legacy to the world,” said Mr. Ban. “As United Nations staff in New York move back to our newly renovated complex from temporary quarters, we marvel anew at his vision in creating a beautiful and inspiring home from which to carry out our work of service for all humankind.” Both Mr. Ban and Ms. Bokova also expressed their sincere condolences to Mr. Niemeyer’s family, and the people and Government of Brazil. read more

FAI considering the position of Trapattoni after Austria defeat

first_img“Yesterday I say, if they give me an opportunity to continue with the next group, the next campaign I’m sure this team – because we change many players – can increase [in quality]. THE FAI HAVE tonight confirmed that they are considering Giovanni Trapattoni’s position as Ireland manager after the defeats to Sweden and Austria.Just over an hour after the 1-0 defeat in Vienna, the FAI released a statement, saying:“The recent results against Sweden and Austria were very disappointing for everyone involved in Irish football, the manager, the players and supporters.“Our aim of qualification, although mathematically possible, is now highly unlikely even though the team will always do everything within their power to keep that hope alive. The FAI Board of Management will now consider the current position over the coming days.”Earlier, the Italian had appeared to admit defeat in his quest to continue as Ireland manager beyond the 2014 World Cup when interviewed by RTE.Asked if it was time for him to part ways with the job he has held for five years, Trapattoni said:“It’s not my [decision]. Our jobs, the master is the FAI. “But it will be for another manager maybe.”Trapattoni put it to his interviewer, Tony O’Donoghue, that his opinion as a reporter is irrelevant and it is the FAI board who will make the decision. Asked if he wanted to continue in the job for the remaining qualification fixtures, the Italian said:“I don’t know, maybe they’re ready for another manager. I Don’t know. If they want me to continue [while] they decide what to do in this moment. I continue with 100% commitment.”Tomorrow’s scheduled press conference with Trapattoni has been cancelled amid reports that the association has already lined up a replacement.Late Alaba goal effectively ends Ireland’s World Cup hopesPlayer ratings: Here’s how the Ireland team rated against Austria tonightlast_img read more

PAC told they cant force Flannery and Kerins to come before it

first_imgTHE DAIL’S PUBLIC Accounts Committee has been told that it can’t force two former Rehab CEOs to appear before it.The Committee on Procedure and Privileges today declined to give PAC permission to compel Angela Kerins and Frank Flannery to attend a public hearing.The CPP said it received legal advice which formed the view that, “It is only empowered to proceed with the examination of an account audited or report prepared by the Comptroller and Auditor General.”Rehab is not audited by the Comptroller and Auditor General and so it was stated by CPP that, “PAC does not have the legal authority to examine the use of public monies by the Rehab Group.”The PAC had argued that Rehab was using public money to subsidise itself.Both Flannery and Kerins refused to appear before the committee in April when TDs wanted to question them over their use of public funds.However, the CPP did agree to give PAC the power to force three other individuals to appear in relation to a separate investigation over a HSE training fund.Read: PAC will be discussing the CRC today, but who is going to turn up?>last_img read more

Eddie Howe tips Spurs as title contenders

first_imgBournemouth manager Eddie Howe believes Tottenham have what it takes to challenge Liverpool and Manchester City for the Premier League title.Eddie Howe saw his side lose 5-0 to Spurs at Wembley on Wednesday, a few days after they thrashed Everton 6-2 at Goodison Park.Spurs are now currently in second place in the league table after Manchester City’s 2-1 defeat at Leicester.Howe can now confidently say that Tottenham will push Liverpool all the way for the league title this season.Christian Eriksen, Tottenham, SpursPochettino: ‘Happy’ Christian Eriksen ready for Spurs action Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Mauricio Pochettino insists Christian Eriksen is “happy” and in the right frame of mind for Tottenham despite his failed summer exit.“Without a doubt,” Howe told Sky Sports when asked if the North London club is a title contender.“They’ve got the forward players and the creative players that can cause anyone problems. They are in great form and are very clinical – we had equally good chances but didn’t take them.”Tottenham have yet to win a Premier League trophy and the last time they came close was in 2015/2015 season when Leicester City pipped them to the title.last_img read more

Reports TechCrunch FounderEditor Michael Arrington Out At AOL

first_imgAOL’s week-long TechCrunch saga has apparently ended (or has it?) with the firing of TechCrunch founder and editor Michael Arrington, according to Fortune. The recap: Reports surfaced last week that Arrington was launching a venture capital fund (“CrunchFund”), with an $8 million commitment from AOL. The news prompted a barrage of criticism, with some saying a journalistic enterprise shouldn’t be using its platform to seek investment opportunities, while others said it’s just an example of TechCrunch rewriting the rules and that the tech blog was never really a journalistic endeavor anyway (“Remember that TechCrunch started as VC @arrington’s blog to write about startups,” tweeted BuzzMachine founder Jeff Jarvis. ‘He returns to his roots.”). (In a tweet, Arrington says, “Fortune/CNN at least has the balls to say they want us dead. Other competitors just whine.”) Yesterday, Arrington himself threw down the gauntlet in a post (titled, ‘Editorial Independence’) demanding either editorial independence for TechCrunch or AOL sell the company back (AOL acquired TechCrunch last year for $30 million).”As of late last week TechCrunch no longer has editorial independence,” wrote Arrington. “Some argue that the circumstances demanded it. I disagree. Editorial independence was never supposed to be an easy thing for Aol to give us. But it was never meaningful if it shatters the first time it is put to the test. . .If AOL cannot accept either of these options, and no other creative solution can be found, I cannot be a part of TechCrunch going forward.”However, there’s uncertainty as to whether Arrington is even really gone, notes Fortune, and VentureBeat says that AOL has been “so wishy washy, there’s no telling what will happen now.”last_img read more

UK parliament rejects Brexit deal

first_imgA handout photograph released by the UK Parliament shows Britain`s prime minister Theresa May (C) making a statement in the House of Commons in London on 15 January 2019 directly after MPs rejected the government`s Brexit deal. Photo: AFPBritain’s parliament on Tuesday resoundingly rejected prime minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal, triggering a no-confidence vote in her government and plunging its plans to leave the EU into further chaos.MPs voted 432 to 202 against May’s plan for taking Britain out of the European Union, the biggest parliamentary defeat for a government in modern British political history.With a deal that took nearly two years to craft in tatters and her government’s future hanging in the balance, EU leaders sounded a note of exasperation, urging Britain to come out and say what it actually wants.”If a deal is impossible, and no one wants no deal, then who will finally have the courage to say what the only positive solution is?” EU president Donald Tusk tweeted.Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission president, warned of a heightened risk of a “no deal” Brexit — an outcome that could disrupt trade, slow down the UK economy, and wreak havoc on the financial markets.The government of Ireland — the only EU member state with a land border with Britain — said it would now intensify preparations to cope with a “disorderly Brexit”.And German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, representing the EU’s most dominant economy and leading political voice, called the vote “a bitter day for Europe”.’Catastrophic’ defeatMost lawmakers have always opposed Brexit, as have some leading members of the government, creating a contradiction that has been tearing apart Britain ever since a June 2016 referendum began its divorce from the other 27 EU states.Moments after Tuesday’s outcome, which was met with huge cheers by hundreds of anti-Brexit campaigners who watched the vote on big screens, opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn submitted a motion of no-confidence in May’s government, calling her defeat “catastrophic”.The vote is expected on Wednesday at 1900 GMT.May sought to strike a conciliatory tone, telling MPs they had the right to challenge her leadership and promising to hold more talks to salvage a workable solution by the rapidly approaching 29 March Brexit deadline.She promised to hold discussions with MPs from across parliament to identify ideas “that are genuinely negotiable and have sufficient support in this House”.”If these meetings yield such ideas, the government will then explore them with the European Union.”Downing Street said May will then return to parliament with a new Brexit proposal on Monday.’Political poker’With their nation again in turmoil, noisy supporters and opponents of Brexit, rallied outside the ancient parliament building in London.”It could end up being the day that will lead to us leaving with no deal!” said 25-year-old Simon Fisher, who backs a swift and sharp break with the EU.A much larger rally nearby in support of a second referendum turned Parliament Square, dotted with statues of past UK leaders, into a sea of EU flags.Economists said the scale of May’s defeat — on the upper end of most predictions — now also put pressure on Brussels to make more meaningful compromises.The pound surged higher against the dollar and euro after the vote, seemingly buoyed by May’s promise to seek a compromise with her opponents.”Markets project beliefs and the underlying belief is that nobody’s going to be committing economic suicide,” BK Asset Management’s Boris Schlossberg said.But businesses voiced alarm about the outcome, which does nothing to resolve uncertainty that has been dampening the UK investment climate for months.”Financial stability must not be jeopardised in a game of high-stakes political poker,” warned Catherine McGuinness, policy chair at the City of London Corporation, the body governing the British capital’s massive financial district.’Warm words not enough’May made it her mission to carry out the wishes of voters after she became prime minister a month after the referendum, putting aside her own initial misgivings and stating repeatedly that “Brexit means Brexit”.But her deal raised concern that Britain could end up locked in an unfavourable trading relationship with the EU.Criticism of the deal was focused on an arrangement to keep open the border with Ireland by aligning Britain with some EU trade rules, if and until London and Brussels sign a new economic partnership — a tortuous process that could take several years.Arlene Foster, head of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party upon which May relies for her parliamentary majority, said May needed to win binding concessions from Brussels to secure her vote.”Reassurances whether in the form of letters or warm words, will not be enough,” said Foster.”The prime minister must now go back to the European Union and seek fundamental change to the Withdrawal Agreement.”Speculation is growing on both sides of the Channel that May could ask to delay Britain’s divorce from the EU after almost half a century of membership.But a diplomatic source told AFP any extension would not be possible beyond 30 June, when the new European Parliament will be formed.last_img

Google Data Saver for Firefox

first_imgGoogle Data Saver for Firefox by Martin Brinkmann on June 18, 2016 in Firefox – Last Update: March 14, 2019 – 21 commentsGoogle DataSaver Proxy is a Firefox add-on that brings Google’s popular data compression technology to the Mozilla browser.Google launched a data compression proxy for Chrome on Android in 2013, and has since then brought the technology as a browser extension to desktop versions of the Google Chrome web browser as well.Like Opera Turbo, Google DataSaver moves data through Google-owned servers where the data is compressed before sent to the user device.While compression won’t result in any notable gains when it comes to already compressed content such as videos, it cuts data in half or even more when it comes to content that is not compressed yet.Update: Google DataSaver is no longer available for Mozilla Firefox. There is no comparable extensions, unfortunately.Google DataSaver Proxy for FirefoxGoogle DataSaver Proxy for Firefox works for the most part like the official Google extension for Chrome. It moves data through Google servers and compresses it there before it lands on the user’s device.Attention: You need to turn off the Data Saver feature using the extension’s icon before uninstalling the extension as it won’t restore the proxy settings. You can fix the issue manually by loading about:config, searching for network.proxy.http, network.proxy.http_port, and network.proxy.type,  right-clicking each preference and selecting reset from the context menu.It optimizes images, minifies HTML, JavaScript and CSS where applicable, and utilizes Google’s Safe Browsing feature automatically on top of that.Google’s solution for Chrome ignores HTTPS traffic and private browsing data. It appears that the solution for Firefox does the same for HTTPS traffic but not for private browsing data.A quick test revealed that total and saved data counts increased even when private browsing mode was used. The display of data seemed delayed however, and additional tests need to be conducted before a conclusion can be reached.The Firefox add-on works automatically after installation, and places an icon in the main Firefox toolbar indicating the status of the proxy (on or off).A click on the icon displays a number of statistics including the save percentage, as well as the total data and compressed data.Additionally, it lists the day’s and monthly savings, and offers to reset those at any time to start anew.Data Saver pros and consData Saver compresses data before it is transferred. This makes it useful in situations where the Internet connection is not reliable, where it is slow, or where response times from Internet servers are slow.The gains have to be weight against privacy issues. HTTP Traffic is routed through Google servers after all.Summary12345 Author Rating2.5 based on 11 votes Software Name Google DataSaver proxy for FirefoxSoftware Category Browser Advertisementlast_img read more

ASTRO Issues Guideline for Use of Stereotactic Radiation in Earlystage Lung Cancer

first_imgNews | Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) | June 12, 2017 ASTRO Issues Guideline for Use of Stereotactic Radiation in Early-stage Lung Cancer Guideline addresses recommended use of stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) for selected high-risk clinical presentations in medically inoperable patients News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) issued a new clinical guideline for the use of stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) in early-stage lung cancer today. While SBRT is the current standard of care for peripherally located tumors in patients who cannot undergo surgery, the new guideline addresses the appropriateness of SBRT for medically inoperable patients with high-risk clinical scenarios requiring curative focused therapy. The guideline also reviews the role of SBRT for centrally located tumors because of their unique risks compared to peripheral tumors. The guideline is available as a free access article in Practical Radiation Oncology, ASTRO’s clinical practice journal.SBRT is an advanced type of external beam radiation therapy that uses sophisticated planning techniques to deliver an extremely high dose of radiation very precisely to a tumor. This high degree of precision makes SBRT notably effective at sparing healthy tissues surrounding the tumor, which is particularly important with lung tumors. For patients who are not fit enough for early-stage lung cancer surgery, SBRT presents a viable option for curative-intent treatment since it provides excellent outcomes with low toxicity. Compared to conventional external beam radiation therapy, which is delivered over several weeks, SBRT is typically administered in five or fewer treatment sessions, or fractions.Drawing on data from retrospective and prospective studies and the available randomized clinical trials, the guideline provides evidence-based recommendations regarding the appropriate use of SBRT for early-stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The principal goal of the guideline was to address SBRT for patients unable to tolerate surgery who require customization of SBRT in high-risk clinical scenarios, such as for salvage therapy after previous surgery or radiation therapy, for tumors invading the chest wall or for very large tumors. The guideline also details principles of SBRT directed toward centrally located lung tumors, since treating these tumors carries unique and significant risks when compared to treatment directed at peripherally located tumors. Additionally, although the focus of the guideline was the inoperable patient, the appropriateness of SBRT in the operable patient also was addressed, since it is an area of debate and controversy.The guideline first addresses the appropriateness of SBRT as an alternative to surgery for different subsets of medically operable patients with early-stage NSCLC (e.g., T1-2, N0). Recommendations differ for patients at “high” versus “standard” risk for surgery-related mortality and are as follows:Standard risk: For stage I NSCLC patients with anticipated risk of operative mortality of less than 1.5 percent, SBRT is not recommended as an alternative to surgery outside of clinical trial settings. The recommended treatment for these patients remains lobectomy with systematic mediastinal lymph node evaluation.High risk: For stage I NSCLC patients at greater risk of surgical morbidity or mortality or those who cannot tolerate a lobectomy but are candidates for sublobar resection, discussions about SBRT as an alternative to surgery are endorsed. Providers should inform patients that while short-term, treatment-related risks may be lower with SBRT, long-term outcomes (meaning longer than 3 years) are not yet well-established in the literature.A thoracic surgeon should evaluate any potentially medically operable early-stage NSCLC patient considering SBRT, preferably in a multidisciplinary setting, to reduce potential specialty bias.For medically inoperable patients, recommendations vary based on tumor location, size and type, as well as treatment history. Guidelines are as follows:Centrally located tumors: SBRT for central lung tumors is appropriate, but the associated risks of toxicity are dependent on the total dose and fractionation schedule; SBRT therefore should be delivered usually in four or five fractions as a function of the total dose. In addition to the fractionation chosen, appropriate consideration should be given to the use of stereotactic treatment for centrally located lung tumors close to or involving specific critical structures, such as the airways, heart and esophagus, given the risk for rare but potentially severe adverse events following high-dose treatment in their vicinity. Patients should be informed about alternative regimens using a higher number of lower-dose fractions, as deemed appropriate by the clinical presentation.Large tumors: SBRT is conditionally recommended for tumors larger than five centimeters that are not suitable for surgical resection, although patients should be counseled about the subsequent risk of locoregional and distant failure.Non-biopsied patients: While biopsy should be used whenever possible to confirm malignancy of the tumor, SBRT can be considered for patients who are unable or unwilling to undergo biopsy but have appropriate imaging studies supporting a cancer diagnosis. These cases should be discussed at a multidisciplinary tumor board prior to treatment.Multiple primary lung cancers (MPLCs)/pneumonectomy patients: Patients with a history of previously resected lung cancers, either singly or multiply, and/or who received a pneumonectomy (which is the surgical removal of a whole lung) for prior lung cancer, and now have a new primary tumor in their remaining lung (or lungs) may be considered for SBRT as a curative-intent treatment option, although lung toxicity rates from SBRT may be higher as a function of the amount of remaining lung tissue.For the medically inoperable patient, the guideline also outlines how SBRT techniques should be tailored for high-risk scenarios where the tumor abuts critical structures, so that appropriate tumor control can be achieved while minimizing risk to these same structures.  Guidelines are as follows:Tumors located near mediastinal structures: For tumors that touch the trachea or proximal bronchial tree, or for tumors near the heart and pericardium, SBRT should be delivered in treatment schedules using four or five fractions. For tumors near the esophagus, similar treatment schedules are suggested although data are more limited, and physicians are encouraged to minimize radiation dose to the esophagus with highly conformal techniques. Patients should be counseled on potentially life-threatening toxicities that have been reported in these scenarios.Tumors touching or invading the chest wall: For early-stage tumors that touch the chest wall, SBRT is an appropriate treatment option, though patients should be counseled on the risk of grade 1-2 chest wall toxicity. For tumors invading the chest wall (cT3), SBRT is endorsed, since it appears effective without undue increased rates of chest wall toxicity.Finally, the guideline considers the role of SBRT as salvage therapy for medically inoperable patients with recurrent early-stage disease. Recommendations vary based on treatment history and are as follows:Previous conventional radiation therapy: SBRT is conditionally recommended for carefully selected patients, based on limited evidence demonstrating good local control with an acceptable toxicity profile. Patients, however, should be counseled on potentially significant, including fatal, side effects, and the risk of regional and distant failure.Previous SBRT: Repeat SBRT may be feasible in a highly selected patient population and is a highly individualized decision. Very limited data exist for this subset of patients. Radiation oncologists should carefully assess evidence-based patient, tumor and treatment factors before initiating treatment, as toxicity implications of repeat SBRT are important.Previous sublobar/limited resection: As with repeat SBRT in other disease scenarios, limited data exist on the use of SBRT following limited surgical resections; SBRT may be feasible, but treating physicians should carefully weigh patient and disease characteristics on an individual basis.“With longer life expectancies and more sophisticated diagnostic tools, we have seen a rise in the incidence of early-stage lung cancer, including among patients who are not able to undergo surgery or choose not to do so. SBRT provides an option for these patients, who otherwise may not have received curative, definitive treatment,” said Gregory M. M. Videtic, MD, co-chair of the task force that authored the guideline and a radiation oncologist at the Cleveland Clinic. “Increasing access to this potentially life-saving treatment is essential to improve outcomes for the growing population of early-stage NSCLC patients.”“NSCLC is a complex disease, with a great deal of heterogeneity among patients. This guideline reinforces SBRT as the standard of care for medically inoperable patients, but it also examines the safety and efficacy of SBRT in less traditional clinical scenarios, such as patients with larger tumors or recurrent patients with early-stage disease,” said Megan E. Daly, MD, also co-chair of the task force and a radiation oncologist at the University of California, Davis, Comprehensive Cancer Center in Sacramento, California.The guideline was based on a systematic literature review of studies published from January 1995 through August 2016. A total of 402 abstracts were retrieved from PubMed, and the 172 articles that met inclusion criteria were evaluated by an 18-member task force of experts in lung cancer, including radiation oncologists, surgeons and a patient representative. The Clinical Practice Statement was approved by ASTRO’s Board of Directors following a period of public comment. The guideline has been endorsed by the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC), the European Society for Radiotherapy & Oncology (ESTRO) and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR).For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Related Content News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more last_img read more

Dutch court sentences pedophile to 18 years

first_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Associated PressAMSTERDAM (AP) – Dutch judges on Monday handed down an 18- year sentence, plus involuntary psychiatric treatment for an indefinite period of time, to a pedophile who molested dozens of extremely young children in Amsterdam preschools and then shared videos and images of the acts on the Internet.The Latvian-born Dutch defendant, identified under the Netherlands’ privacy laws only as Robert M., has been dubbed “The Monster of Riga” by the national press. He was convicted of abusing 67 victims, though he confessed to more. Most were toddlers, but the youngest were infants, some only weeks old. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths “The manner and long period of misbehavior, the pain done to the young victims and their families, the calculating method of operation, the betrayal of trust, the collecting and sharing of visual material, the advice given to other pedophiles, the attempt to share an available child in exchange for money, all these things have done great damage to justice,” said Presiding judge Frans Bauduin.“The outrage is great, and it won’t subside for a long time,” Bauduin said.M. worked in several nursery schools and also offered his services online as a freelance babysitter.The case deeply shocked the Netherlands when M. was arrested in December 2010, following a tip from American law enforcement authorities. Dutch experts have since used massive digital archives seized from M’s home to pass on further information that has, in turn led to further ongoing investigations into international pedophile rings that operate online.M., who had been cooperative during his arrest and meek during his trial, showed a different side of his character Monday, yelling at the judge to “shut his mouth.” Bauduin calmly responded, “no, now you have to shut your mouth.” Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family The difference between men and women when it comes to paincenter_img ErrorOK… ErrorOK 0 Comments   Share   More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sponsored Stories 5 treatments for adult scoliosis M. also threw a glass of water at the judge after his expressions of remorse were described as not credible and would be given no weight in sentencing. The judge continued reading the sentence even as he pulled a handkerchief from his pocket to wipe off his papers. In addition, M. made an obscene gesture with his finger toward the judge when the sentence was read. He has several weeks to consider an appeal.Involuntary psychiatric treatment in the Netherlands can in practice become a life sentence for suspects whose mental disorders are considered incurable.The 29-year-old M’.s older partner, Richard van O., was also convicted of complicity in M.’s crimes. Though he didn’t participate, he was sentenced for six years for knowing about M.’s activities and not reporting them. His lawyers said they will appeal.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

Star Alliance grows Latin American footprint

first_imgAvianca-TACA and Copa Airlines have been unanimously accepted as future member airlines of Star Alliance, a move set to expand the Alliance’s presence in Latin America.According to Star Alliance, the addition of the two airline groups will provide Alliance passengers with access to 46 new destinations, additional direct connections between Latin America and cities in Europe, as well as flights connecting through Copa Airlines hubs in Panama City and Bogota and the Avianca-TACA hubs in Bogota, San Salvador, Lima and San Jose.“The addition of these two quality airline groups concludes a strategic process which increases the Alliance’s footprint in the vibrant, growing economies of Latin America,” Star Alliance chief executive Jaan Albrecht said.Starting with the addition of Continental Airlines which improved connections between North America and Central and South America and the addition of TAM Airlines in May, the Star Alliance strategy to grow their presence in the rapidly growing region looks sets to continue with this announcement, Mr Albrecht said.“Copa Airlines’ membership in Star Alliance will enhance our global reach as we implement strong partnerships with the Alliance’s 27 carriers and link Latin America’s most efficient hub, our Hub of the Americas in Panama City, to Star Alliance´s vast global network,” Copa Airlines chief executive Pedro Heilbron said.“[Joining the Alliance] is a determining factor for our competitive strategy that will enable us to leap forward in terms of the scope and scale of the benefits provided to our passengers,” Avianca-TACA chief executive Fabio Villegas said. Mr Villegas added that joining the Alliance “will surely yield reciprocal benefits to all our clients”.Integration of the two airline groups into Star Alliance is set to be complete by mid 2012 at which point the customers of the 31 alliance members will have access to more than 22,500 daily flights serving 1,292 destinations in 188 countries. Star Alliance has its nose in Latin America Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.Alast_img read more