QPR’s biggest problems at Man Utd

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Qatar offers loaner laptops on US flights

first_imgQatar Airways appears to have pipped rival Emirates at the post with an offer to loan passengers laptops on US-bound flights affected by the ban on large electronic devices in aircraft cabins.The complimentary laptops will be available to business class passengers on US-bound flights and can be collected at the gate prior to boarding. Emirates has also been looking at providing customers with loaner laptops.The airline said customers would be able to download their work to a USB drive prior to boarding and their prohibited electronic devices would be collected, securely packaged, tagged and delivered to them on arrival in the US.“By providing this laptop loan service we can ensure that our passengers on flights to the US can continue to work whilst on-board,’’ Qatar chief executive Akbar Al Baker said.All three Gulf airlines are now offering to secure laptops in the hold if passengers turn up with them at security checkpoints, although Abu Dhabi-based Etihad has urged passengers to pack them in checked luggage to avoid delays.They are all also emphasising their on-board entertainment and connectivity.Qatar said passengers had a choice of 3000 entertainment options and it was also offering US-bound passengers an hour of free wi-fi as well as a special wi-fi package of $US5 to stay connected throughout the flight.Although passengers’ laptops, tablets, e-readers, cameras and even noise-cancelling headphones are banned as cabin baggage, smart phones are still allowed.In addition to the three Gulf destinations, the US ban covers all direct flights to the US from Cairo, Egypt; Amman, Jordan; Kuwait City, Kuwait; Casablanca, Morocco; Riyadh and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia; Istanbul, Turkey.Ironically, an Emirates service from Athens to the US is not affected.The UK also banned devices from a number of destinations but did not include the Gulf States.In a  Bloomberg TV interview, Emirates president Tim Clark said it the airline would be watching the demand to US cities carefully but it would not be until next month until the airline would be able to tell whether the ban had affected traffic.Asked about the connection between the ban and a campaign by US airlines against the gulf carriers, Clark said any move to cross over into the commercial world made no sense and he hoped that had not been the case.“I believe that the United States had a clear and present threat presented to them and they reacted accordingly,’’ he said.But he said if there was a threat, the ban should be applied to the airline industry universally because devices such as laptops could be carried on any airline or aircraft anywhere.“So that should be looked at very carefully,’’ he said. “The notion that they should be confined indefinitely to these countries that are proscribed by the United States is a worry.’’The International Air Transport Association has criticised the ban and urged the governments to rethink it.last_img read more

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CAG probes conduct of CYG 2008, Kalmadi’s role

first_imgAlready facing various probes in the conduct of Commonwealth Games (CWG), organising committee chairperson Suresh Kalmadi now faces more heat as the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) has started scrutinising the expenses incurred during the Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) in Pune two years ago.A two-member team of the audit and accounts department has been in Pune to audit the expenses of the CYG 2008. The auditors are trying to bust the corruption trail which began with the CYG. Kalmadi was heading the CYG organising committee as its chairman.The audit team, headed by S.S. Chavan, has been collecting documents related to CYG from Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad municipal corporations. Centre had provided over Rs 434 crore for developing the city and sports infrastructure for the CYG.last_img read more

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IPL 2016: Sunrisers Hyderabad seek first win vs Kolkata Knight Riders

first_imgEyeing their first win of the season, Sunrisers Hyderabad would be looking to put up an improved show in their home ground where they lock horns with Kolkata Knight Riders, who would also be keen to get back to winning ways in the Indian Premier League here on Saturday.Sunrisers suffered a 45-run loss to Royal Challengers Bangalore in their opening game with RCB’s Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Shane Watson having a blast with the bat against the hapless Hyderabad bowlers.A victory against KKR, at the Rajiv Gandhi International cricket stadium, will go a long way in bringing Sunrisers’ campaign back on track. Two-time title winners KKR also lost their last match, having started the tournament with a victory.SRH could not make it to the final four last year and the task that awaits them is again easier said than done as KKR, champions in 2012 and 2014, are one of the strongest outfits in the tournament.Though they suffered a reverse against Mumbai Indians, KKR were at its dazzling best against Delhi Daredevils.The Knight Riders will definitely get a boost if they include mystery spinner Sunil Narine in the playing XI, who was rested in the last game after making the long journey back after attending his father’s funeral.Narine would make a handy combination with the chinaman bowler Brad Hogg. Even in the absence of Narine, Hogg and Andre Russel restricted Delhi Daredevils to a sub-100 total with their canny bowling.The Shah Rukh Khan-owned outfit has some classy batsmen in its ranks as well, including Robin Uthappa, skipper Gautam Gambhir, Russell and Manish Pandey.advertisementThe Sunrisers too boasts of a strong line-up and potential match winners in captain David Warner, Shikhar Dhawan, Moises Henriques, Kane Williamson and Yuvraj Singh.It remains to be seen whether Yuvraj, who sustained an injury during the recent World T20, would be available for today’s match.The form of some of the top-order batsmen, including Dhawan and Williamson, has been a matter of concern and they would look to come out all guns blazing.Sunrisers has some seasoned and also promising young players, including Ashish Nehra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Karn Sharma and new acquisition Mustafizur Rahman, in the bowling department. However, Nehra will miss out because of a groin injury he suffered in the previous game.Observing that the team has got abundant talent, SRH mentor VVS Laxman has recently said they should make it to the top of the tournament if they play to its potential.”We got abundance of potential and talent in this team and if we play to our potential, we will achieve our goal which is to win the IPL,” Laxman said.As the match is scheduled to start in the afternoon, the players would have to bear the scorching heat prevailing in the city with temperatures hovering around 40 degrees celsius.last_img read more

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