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Southampton v Chelsea: match preview, team news, facts and figures

first_imgSouthampton’s Ryan Bertrand won the Champions League with ChelseaKick-off: 3pm, Saturday 27 February 2016Referee: Martin Atkinson (Leeds)Match in a nutshell: Unbeaten in nine league games under Guus Hiddink, Chelsea aim to end Southampton’s long run without conceding.Five key battles: Including Willian v Ryan Bertrand Injuries and suspensionsSOUTHAMPTONRuled out: Victor Wanyama (suspended), Jay Rodriguez (ankle), Florin Gardos (knee).CHELSEARuled out: John Terry (hamstring), Kurt Zouma (knee), Radamel Falcao (thigh). Possible line-upsChelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Baba; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Hazard, Pedro; Costa. Subs from: Begovic, Amelia, Aina, Miazga, Clarke-Salter, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Oscar, Traore, Kenedy, Pato, Remy.Southampton: Forster; Cedric, Van Dijk, Fonte, Bertrand; Romeu, Davis; Mane, Ward-Prowse, Tadic; Long.Subs from: Stekelenburg, Gazzaniga, Targett, Yoshida, Martina, Clasie, Juanmi, Pelle, Austin. Vital statisticsForm guide – last five league matchesSouthampton total: W W D W W (13 points)Home: W W W W L (12 points)Chelsea total: W D D W D (9 points)Away: D W W D L (8 points)Top scorers – all competitionsChelsea: Costa 13; Willian 10; Oscar 8; Pedro 5; Cahill 3, Ramires 3, Remy 3, Traore 3; Azpilicueta 2, Fabregas 2, Hazard 2, Zouma 2; Falcao 1, Ivanovic 1, Kenedy 1, Loftus-Cheek 1, Matic 1, Mikel 1, Terry 1.Southampton: Long 9, Pelle 9; Mane 7; Tadic 6; Rodriguez 3; Davis 2, Fonte 2, Romeu 2, Van Dijk 2, Ward-Prowse 2, Yoshida 2.Last five meetings3 October 2015: Chelsea 1 Southampton 315 March 2015: Chelsea 1 Southampton 128 December 2014: Southampton 1 Chelsea 11 January 2014: Southampton 0 Chelsea 31 December 2013: Chelsea 3 Southampton 1Southampton 1 win, Chelsea 2 wins, 2 drawsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

IATA: Terrorism and suicide remain problems

first_imgThe airline industry’s leading association has warned that there are no easy solutions to pilot’s mental health or terrorism that brought down two aircraft killing 374 last year. Yesterday the International Air Transport Association (IATA) issued its report card on airline safety and claimed that last year was one of the safest on record but it cautioned that there are still problems in countries such as Africa and parts of the CIS.World’s Safest Airlines.Last year there was one major passenger jet aircraft accident for every 3.1 million flights which was a 30% improvement compared to the previous five-year rate (2010-2014) of 0.46 hull loss accidents per million jet flights.The 2015 jet hull loss rate for members of IATA was 0.22 (one accident for every 4.5 million flights), which outperformed the global rate by 31% and which was in line with the five-year rate (2010-2014) of 0.21 per million flights but above the 0.12 hull loss rate achieved in 2014.IATA says that the loss of Germanwings 9525 (pilot suicide) and Metrojet 9268 (suspected terrorism) that resulted in the deaths of 374 passengers and crew  are tragedies that are not, however, included in the accident statistics as they are classified as deliberate acts of unlawful interference.Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO said that 2015 in terms of the number of fatal accidents, it “was an extraordinarily safe year.” “The long-term trend data show us that flying is getting even safer. Yet we were all shocked and horrified by two deliberate acts–the destruction of Germanwings 9525 and Metrojet 9268.”Mr Tyler warned that “while there are no easy solutions to the mental health (of pilots) and security issues that were exposed in these tragedies, aviation continues to work to minimize the risk that such events will happen again.” Safety by the numbers:•    More than 3.5 billion people flew safely on 37.6 million flights (31.4 million by jet, 6.2 million by turboprop)•    136 fatalities compared to 641 fatalities in 2014 and the five-year average of 504. Including those who lost their lives in Germanwings 9525 and Metrojet 9268, the 2015 figure was 510.•    68 accidents (all aircraft types), down from 77 in 2014 and the five-year average of 90 per year•    Four fatal accidents (all aircraft types) versus 12 in 2014 and the five-year average of 17.6•    6% of all accidents were fatal, below the five-year average of 19.6%•    10 hull loss accidents involving jets compared to 8 in 2014 and the five-year average of 13 per year•    Zero jet hull loss accidents involving passenger fatalities, down from three in 2014, and the five-year average of 6.4 per year.While most regions improved their safety Africa (3.49) and the Commonwealth of Independent States remain problem areas.Mr Tyler said that airlines on the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) Registry experienced only 4 jet hull loss accidents (none fatal) and one fatal turboprop hull loss accident. The total accident rate (all aircraft types) for IOSA-registered carriers was nearly three times as good as the rate for non-IOSA carriers (1.14. vs. 3.23) last year; and over the five years 2010-2014, the rate is more than three times better (1.48 vs. 4.99). As of 12 February, 408 airlines were on the IOSA registry. For IATA’s 262 member airlines, IOSA registration is a requirement. That some 146 non-member airlines are also on the registry is evidence that IOSA is the global benchmark for airline operational safety management.”Now in its 13th year, IOSA continues to be recognized as the gold standard for airline operational audits. In 2016 we will continue to tweak IOSA to ensure we are maintaining the highest standards of quality assurance in the audit process,” said Tyler.IOSA is a major part of the AirlineRatings.com safety rating system which is endorsed by aviation’s governing body the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). .last_img read more

gigantesque – The Big One (GC5Q8N) – Geocache of the Week

first_imgShare with your Friends:More No big deal, just walking into a geocache. Photo by geocacher patafix86Geocache Name:gigantesque – The Big One (GC5Q8N)Difficulty/Terrain Rating:1/1.5Why this is the Geocache of the Week:The first souvenir for the Geocaching Road Trip ’15 is Fun with Favorites: find any geocache with 10+ Favorite Points to earn it. After finding this geocache, you’ll not only have the new souvenir, you’ll also be one of the few geocachers who can truthfully say, “I’ve walked around inside a geocache.”What geocachers have to say:“What a super cache. Thanks to the owners for allowing it. Must be a tourist pull!Well done Johnny-Vegas. TFTC” – creditdog“It is a great moment of geocaching and a very beautiful discovery. I do not know how to express all this without revealing it too much. As a result, I would content with inviting the other players to come to discover this “box” and to see what it contains. A warm congratulations and thank you for this outstanding geocache.” – cukcelte“Wow!!! What a beauty, This must be the largest cache we are ever likely to see. Thanks for the welcome from Johnny Vegas. Nice to have met you. We will try and visit this cache again and bring more stuff.” – DaiGymWhat the geocache owner, Johnny-Vegas, has to say:“I wanted to be more involved with Geocaching so my mind started ticking over with ideas. It’s the way I am, quite imaginative and some say over imaginative!Our new home came with a 7.5 tonne DAF lorry parked up in the barn. It was registered in the UK and so very difficult to re-register it here in France. There is already plenty of storage and outbuildings so another “store room” was not really required.I decided to convert the lorry and it’s massive box on the back to be a cache container but I didn’t want it to just look like a half-hearted attempt. So decided to paint it a deep green colour just like an ammo box, I had vinyl lettering made to create a geocaching.com label in extra large letters. Camouflage netting was placed over the cab to “blend” it into the background and a camouflage interior design was created.I really wanted it to look and feel like a cache container and not the back of an old truck.With the cache being located within our grounds I get to meet other cachers and share their experiences which is wonderful. Reading their feedback tells me they are really happy with finding the cache (not hard to locate!) but also sharing their excitement with me, it really is great fun.”Photos:So, are they considered swag now? Photo by francoizikA happy family outside the container. Photo by Les moregansA giant logbook to match the cache. Photo by geocacher C2iCWhat’s the largest geocache you’ve ever found? Post your photos in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, just fill out this form. Thanks! SharePrint RelatedRubik’s Cache (GC5YGFM) – Geocache of the WeekJuly 30, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”By the light of the silvery moon (GC1BT32) — Geocache of the WeekAugust 13, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”The Ultimate Hiding Tool — Swiss Army Knife of Geocache Containers (GC53TZQ) — Geocache of the WeekSeptember 17, 2014In “Community”last_img read more

Geocaching: Do… or do not. There is no try.

first_imgLocations from all 7 of the Star Wars movies – with geocaches to be found!Nerds. They’re all around us. Some nerds are into geocaching. Some nerds are into Star Wars. And some nerds are into both. A quick Google search for, “geocaching Star Wars” returns multiple interstellar geocaches, bookmark lists, blogs, vlogs, Trackables, and just about anything. Here are seven geocaches you can visit near filming locations—one for each episode of the series.So if you love Star Wars…We know. 2. Episode II: Attack of the ClonesPlaza de España, Seville, SpainExterior of the Queen Amidala’s Palace, NabooPlaza de España, Sevilla (GC30564)The gorgeous exterior of the Plaza de España was used as a backdrop for Queen Amidala’s palace on the planet Naboo. Lush, long, sweeping shots of the two star-crossed lovers spending time together was supposed to make us believe they had fallen in love. Did it work?Regardless, according to the listing, the area isn’t great for phone reception. For that reason, the cache description page recommends looking at the spoiler photos before you go searching for the cache. But hey, there are way worse places to be stuck with no cell phone coverage. 1. Episode I: The Phantom MenaceRoyal Palace of Caserta, Caserta, ItalyInterior of the Queen Amidala’s Palace, Naboo cache raggia A (GC2FFMD)The interior shots of Queen Amidala’s palace were done at The Royal Palace of Caserta in Caserta, Italy. The construction of the Baroque palace begun in 1752 for Charles VII of Naples, and has never been fully completed. It is often referred to as the, “Italian Versailles”.The cache listing page doesn’t give too much information, but many geocachers write wonderful logs after visiting this spectacular location. Said geocacher Mouseblue, “Found whilst visiting the huge palace and beautiful gardens. Immediately recognized where Star Wars and Mission Impossible had been filmed Hired bikes to cycle round the gardens as so big. Watch out for biting bugs at cache site. TFTC”. 3. Episode III: Revenge of the SithMount Etna, ItalyDuel between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, MustafarEtna Vulcanos (GC24JQF)Obi-Wan Kenobi vs. Anakin vs. hot lava… hmmm… I wonder who won? Although Episode III was filmed almost entirely in the studio, many exotic locations were used for background shots and served as inspiration for backdrop artists. Mount Etna’s lava flow gave an Oscar-worthy performance as the planet Mustafar during the light saber duel between the two Jedi.According to the geocache listing, “Etna is Europe’s highest active volcano and when visiting Sicily you should take the opportunity to visit her. It is an experience to stay clear at the top where the ground is warm and the hiss and smoke from several craters.” No worries about us getting too close! 4. Episode IV: A New HopeTunisiaSpaceport town Mos Eisley, Tatooine Star Wars cache (GC2FDRQ)According to Obi-Wan Kenobi, “You’ll never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy” than this famous of Star Wars filming location. It’s known in geocaching circles too as this geocache was once featured as the Geocache of the Week. The blog post says:Even without the presence of Tusken Raiders, the journey to this difficulty 1, terrain 5 geocache can be quite treacherous. Geocachers will have to travel through miles of sand dunes to reach the town. However, once you arrive in the town, finding the geocache won’t be too difficult—just make sure to use your cloaking device to prevent muggles from catching on. Geocachers from around the world have traveled to this iconic location to see a piece of galactic history. Geocacher s1las wrote, “My son and me found the force and the Cache…Our first overseas cache its the best yet TFTC. 6. Episode VI: Return of the JediNorthern California Redwoods, USAEwok planet EndorThe lush forests of Northern CaliforniaThere are several locations in Northern California where principle and establishing shots were filmed. Although the original filming location, on Miller-Rellim Redwood Company land, has since be forested, many of the speeder bike chases scenes were filmed in the Avenue of the Giants area about 35 miles southeast of Eureka.That being the case, the focus here for this episode is on a general area rather than a specific geocache. Prepare to drive, prepare to hike, and prepare to be blown away by the majestic beauty and size of the giant redwood trees.center_img 7. Episode VII: The Force AwakensSkellig Michael, IrelandLuke’s hideaway,  Ahch-ToSkellig Michael has an Earthcache (GC4K77T), and a Multi-cache (GC4B2JR)The Tech Times has an article about this location, saying, “…the setting for Ahch-To is actually Skellig Michael, which is an island just off the coast of Ireland. The ruins there are an ancient monastery where Celtic monks once lived solitary lives, separated from the rest of the world. Strangely enough, this coincides with Luke’s story, who moved there to live the life of a hermit.”There are actually two geocaches on this remote island—an Earthcache and a Multi-cache. To reach Skellig Michael, you’ll need to hire a licensed boat operator in the area and be prepared for any type of weather and terrain. After all, this is a T 4.5 geocache so it should be difficult but so incredibly worth it! Have you used the force to find a geocache? Share your story with us in the comments below!Share with your Friends:More 5. Episode V: The Empire Strikes BackFinse, NorwayEmpire vs. Alliance battle, HothFinse Stasjon (GC1VKKF)Finse has a wonderful train station, and is now a popular route for summer time bicyclists. But geocachers have claimed this fairly remote location too. You can see evidence of this in the top left photo where someone actually brought Star Wars toys up to Finse and placed them in the snow to hilariously recreate the epic battle scene. This is a fairly quick train n’ grab cache. 😉 SharePrint RelatedMay the Fourth Be With You – Star Wars Cache (GC2FDRQ) – Geocache of the WeekMay 1, 2013In “Geocaching with Kids”A Guide to Geocaching in ThailandDecember 10, 2015In “News”Cache ‘o Mat (GC1A11C) – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – January 24, 2013January 21, 2013In “Community”last_img read more

Hurricane Sandy Tests Wireless Infrastructure, Forces Carriers To Collaborate

first_imgRelated Posts There is nothing like a disaster to bring people together. In a rare show of decency, AT&T and T-Mobile have teamed up to provide their networks to people affected by Superstorm Sandy this last week. How long will the partnership last and what does it mean for the future of cellular collaboration – during natural disasters and otherwise?AT&T and T-Mobile will combine networks to offer non-roaming calls and data on whichever network happens to be available in a given area of the Sandy-ravaged East Coast. Consumers will not notice the difference as the service will be managed by AT&T and T-Mobile on the back end. All consumers of T-Mobile and AT&T need to do is dial out, and the carriers will take care of the rest. AT&T and T-Mobile can achieve this temporary integration because the carriers share a common standard for their 2G/3G cellular services. Both are built on the ubiquitous GSM/UMTS standard and their networks are very similar from a tower and spectrum standpoint. Those similarities are one of the reasons that AT&T bid $39 billion to take over T-Mobile in 2011 before the Department of Justice and Federal Communication Commission expressed reservations and AT&T withdrew its offer. Something Needed To Be DoneAccording to the FCC, a quarter of cell towers in 10 Mid-Atlantic to North Eastern states from Virginia to Massachusetts were knocked out due to Sandy. Some were damaged by wind, while others, such as several from Verizon in New York City, were affected by flood waters. For its part, Verizon has deployed four Wireless Emergency Communication Centers in New York (on Staten Island) and New Jersey. Verizon also has several mobile “stores on wheels” in the area. The company is offering device charging and free domestic phone calls to local residents. Verizon said that as of this afternoon that 96% of its service sites in the area of Sandy are operational.The collaboration between AT&T and T-Mobile could present a blueprint for how mobile carriers handle future natural disasters. Verizon and Sprint also share a common cellular standard and could team up when needed to strengthen network coverage during emergencies. A Painful Case StudyHurricane Sandy provides an interesting case study in how the cellular infrastructure of the U.S. can withstand disaster situations. The good news is that most of the carriers’ towers and infrastructure survived – providing a semblance of coverage for most people. In addition, the carriers have mobilized quickly to repair service outages. The collaboration between T-Mobile and AT&T shows that, for at least a couple of days, the carriers can put aside their differences for the common good.The bad news is that the parts of the carrier’s networks that did not go down, quickly became congested with voice and data transmissions. So even many people with serve got  “circuits busy” messages or loss of data connections during and after the storm.It is hard to imagine a storm much worse than Sandy, stretching out over such as wide and populated area. If there was truly a storm to test the carrier’s capability to provide service during times of distress, Sandy was it. Images courtesy of Anton Oparin / Shutterstock.com. dan rowinski What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Carriers#hurricane sandy#mobile The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more