Huffington Post:When Hollywood producer Steven Spielberg was working on his 1977 hit movie “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” he spent long hours puzzling over the artistic texture of the film, trying to get just the right feel. Late one night, he decided to put his work aside and take a drive to clear his head. He headed up Hollywood Hill to one of the vistas overlooking Los Angeles and — impulsively, for no reason at all — he did a hand-stand on the roof of his car. With his perspective on the illuminated LA cityscape turned topsy-turvy, he “saw” what would become the alien visitors’ spacecraft.This Hollywood legend may be apocryphal, but creativity gurus love it anyway. Creative thinking is the lifeblood of every intellectual enterprise, from the arts to commerce, yet it remains elusive. There is no on-off switch, no simple formula — in short, no reliable path to novel and useful ideas. This leaves a lot of room for charlatans and gimmicks — and hand-stands are far from the strangest.Read the whole story: Huffington Post More of our Members in the Media >
Lee Voss and Dave Overlund discussed Eli Manning’s Hall of Fame credentials and wondered how the NFL’s evolution into a pass-first league affects future quarterbacks’ chances into making it to Canton.
Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Both fighters started out strong, landing heavy shots from the opening bell but it was Duno (20-1, 15 KOs) who connected better.The fourth round saw Rodriguez (30-8 26 KOs) get bloodied after an accidental headbutt while the fifth round featured Duno losing a point for hitting his opponent with a low blow.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsDuno sent Rodriguez to the mat with a solid body shot in the final minute of the eighth round but was unable to follow it up with no time left on the clock.Rodriguez then suffered a cut on his cheek after another accidental headbutt prompting referee Raul Caiz Sr. to send the fight to the scorecards. FILE – Romero Duno of the Philippines looks on after defeating Juan Sanchez of Mexico during their lightweight bout at The Forum on September 23, 2017 in Inglewood, California. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFPMANILA, Philippines—Filipino boxer Romero Duno scored a tight split decision victory over Mexico’s Juan Antonio Rodriguez in nine-round slugfest to claim the North American Boxing Organization lightweight title at Fantasy Springs Casino in California Thursday.The judges scored 85-84 ,86-83 for Duno, and 85-84 for Rodriguez.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Topless Tongan eyes unique Olympic treble Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu This was Duno’s 11th straight win while Rodriguez his second of his last three fights with his last victory coming against Filipino Mercito Gesta, who is a good friend of Duno’s.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Struggling Alitalia has been given a 300-million-euro lifeline by the Italian government as the search for a new owner continues.The €300 million loan is in addition to a €600m facility already provided in May by Italian taxpayers to stave off liquidation as special administrators sought a buyer.Now an already extended deadline to find a new owner has been moved from October 16 to April 30 next year.The government also extended the deadline repayment of the existing loan, originally due next month, to the end of September 2018.Lufthansa has expressed some interest in the Italian flagship but not its current state.“Alitalia as it exists today is not up for debate,” Lufthansa chief executive Carsten Spohr told European media last week. “But if there was an opportunity to create a new Alitalia, then Lufthansa as the number one in Europe would be interested in talk.”Ryanair, accounts for almost a quarter of the market in Italy, was a potential suitor and was at one stage was looking at taking as many as 90 aircraft.But the Irish no-frills carrier is grappling with thousands of cancellations due pilot rostering problems and late last month said it was withdrawing from the Alitalia bidding to eliminate all management distractions.The Italian government indicated it would not renationalise the carrier after after the airline’s workers earlier this year rejected a 2 billion euro restructuring deal that would have seen job losses and pay cuts.The airline is estimated to have lost 3 billion euros since it last emerged from bankruptcy in 2009Major shareholder Etihad Airways, which owned 49 per cent of Alitalia, said it was not prepared to continue to invest in the airline without support for the restructuring.Etihad invested 1.7 billion euros in Alitalia in 2014 and was also burnt by the collapse of airberlin. Lufthansa recently confirmed it would pay €210m for parts of airberlin.
Stationary exercise bikes, cafes and virtual reality are on the wishlist of features Qantas passengers would like to see on ultra-long-haul flights.The responses captured last year in conjunction with Sydney University’s Charles Perkins Centre are part of research being done as Qantas prepares to launch the first non-stop, long haul flights from Australia’s East Coast to New York and London from 2022.The airline has been conducting focus group research as well as surveying customers as they step off its direct London to Perth ultra-long-haul services to capture their experience, suggestions and feedback.The responses came after Qantas last year raised possibilities such as exercise zones, an on-board creche, on an in-flight bar and even downstairs beds in the cargo hold for its ultra-long-haul project, dubbed “Project Sunrise”.READ: Will Qantas underfloor beds bring back the romance of travel?Airbus and cabin interior specialist Zodiac Aerospace announced in 2018 they would develop lower deck modules with passenger sleeping berths and other facilities that can fit into an aircraft cargo compartment.The five most frequent suggestions that came back in the Flying Kangaroo’s recent passenger research included providing a “sense of separation” so passengers can be social but then use virtual reality, relaxation zones, mindfulness experiences or through broader inflight entertainment.They also wanted:Spaces to do gentle exercise/stretches, promoting circulation and comfort.Wireless, noise canceling headsetsInnovative cabin designs across the entire aircraft, considering both seat and non-seat spaces to focus on a broad range of traveler needs including comfort, sleep, dining, entertainment and state of mind.An inflight cafe offering both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages including wine, fresh juices, herbal teas and tisanes and mocktails along with snacks including dips with vegetable sticks as well as “treat foods”Qantas International chief executive Alison Webster said the new research showed increased interest in physical wellbeing, state of mind and personal time and space.“Customer feedback from the Perth to London flight has exceeded expectations, especially in relation to the time saved by skipping the traditional stopover and going direct to their destination,” Webster said.“The engagement and enthusiasm we’re seeing from this research highlights how passionate our customers are to be a part of the evolution of ultra-long-haul travel.”“Our job now is to determine where the most demand is and create this cabin in a way that makes it both affordable for customers and commercially viable for the airline. Everything is on the table and we are excited about what innovations may come from this research.”Qantas has already addressed some issues with initiatives that include 15-minute stretch routines for passengers before and after a long-haul flight, outdoor spaces at Perth terminal offering access to fresh air and specially designed onboard lightingThere is also an inflight menu designed by Neil Perry using scientific research from Charles Perkins Centre, to help determine the best ingredients to use in meals across various points of the flight to aid sleep and wakefulness.The airline says the next phase of its project will involve using new research from Charles Perkins Centre and ongoing customer feedback to inspire Qantas Industrial Designer David Caon to create interior cabin features, as well as future lounge features further incorporating health and wellness initiatives.“Customers are sharing some incredibly imaginative ideas, which is an exciting challenge and helps us to think outside of the box to redefine the ultra-long-haul experience,” Caon said.“Bringing some of these concepts to life will involve an entire rethink around how to be clever about use of all cabin space and what is practically possible but it may well involve incorporating design elements never before seen on commercial aircraft.”The airline is currently evaluating which aircraft type it will use to launch its ultra-long-haul route and is expected to make an announcement later this year.Under consideration are the Boeing 777X, which is due to roll out next month, and an ultra-long-range version of the Airbus A350.Boeing has already rolled out some more conventional concepts for its aircraft which include greater storage and comfort as well as the ability to control in-flight entertainment from personal devices.READ: Boeing reveals details of its 777X in a new videoBoeing’s 777X interior concept. image: Boeing
Red Bull’s perfect run of pole positions in Formula One this season ended on Saturday when McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton edged out Sebastian Vettel in qualifying for the Korean Grand Prix.Hamilton’s time of 1 minute, 35.820 seconds was 0.222 seconds faster than Red Bull’s Vettel, who clinched his second straight F1 drivers’ championship at last weekend’s Japanese GP. Hamilton’s teammate Jenson Button was third ahead of Red Bull’s Mark Webber.Red Bull had taken pole in all 15 races this season – 12 for Vettel and three for teammate Mark Webber – but couldn’t keep the streak going at the Yeongam track.”I’m happy to be here and very proud of what the team has been able to achieve over the course of the last few races,” Hamilton said. For Jenson to win the last race and for us to be on the front again and the only ones competing with Red Bull, I’m very happy.”Red Bull employed a novel strategy of using the same set of super-soft tyres for both the first two periods of qualifying, meaning they have an extra set of the harder tyres for Sunday’s race, giving them more flexibility in race strategy.(From left) McLaren drivers Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton and world champion Sebastian.”McLaren looked competitive yesterday and though the conditions were completely different today, they were a fair chunk ahead of everyone including us,” said Vettel, who has three more GPs to surpass Nigel Mansell’s record 14 poles in one season. “In the dry this morning, they were extremely quick, but once again we pushed them very hard in qualifying, perhaps more than they expected and we did good job in qualification.”Button, who won the Japanese GP last weekend, said a mistake at the last corner prevented a McLaren onetwo. “I lost way too much time on the last corner,” Button said. But I feel good in the car, P3 isn’t what I wanted but I’m looking forward to the race.”advertisementRed Bull team boss Christian Horner said the tyre strategy will make for an interesting race. “We elected to take a different approach to others with our tyre usage,” Horner said. “This saved us three sets of the soft tyre for tomorrow’s race, should that come into play, it’s going to be a fascinating race with strategy and pit work and hopefully, we can take the fight to the McLarens.”Button, however, said he wasn’t convinced the strategy will pay off. “It’s not a decision you can take, I don’t think, before the race starts, because we really don’t know which direction it will go throughout the race and you have to think on your toes in the race.”McLaren had topped the timesheets in all three practice sessions, at what is the team’s 700th Grand Prix.Hamilton took his 19th pole and his first grid-topping performance since Canada last year.Webber was fourth after aborting his final lap of qualifying. Ferrari teammates Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso were fifth and sixth respectively.Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg was seventh ahead of Renault’s Vitaly Petrov. The Force India duo of Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil rounded out the top 10.As happy as he was with pole, Hamilton was focusing on Sunday’s race. The 2008 world champion finished second in this race last year to Alonso and is hoping to change his luck after a disappointing series of results including two fifth-place finishes in the last two races in Singapore and Japan.”To be back on pole is a great feeling but tomorrow is the most important day,” Hamilton said. “We’ve had some difficult races in the past but we hope we can redeem ourselves tomorrow.”McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh was pleased to see Red Bull’s run of consecutive poles end at 16, which is third-best all-time.”I have to confess we do listen to the other drivers and I have a driver button and when they (Red Bull) go on pole, I have to turn it off immediately so I don’t have to hear Sebastian whooping it up in the car,” Whitmarsh said. “Today, I wasn’t feverishly looking for that button to turn it off.”
ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 17: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts during the college football game against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Spartans defeated the Wolverines 27-23. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Urban Meyer rules the college football world on the field. Jim Harbaugh now rules the college football Twitterverse.As pointed out by Maize n Brew, SB Nation’s Michigan blog, the Wolverines’ new head coach is now the most-followed college football coach on Twitter. Ohio State’s coach held the top spot until a couple days ago. As of 1:30 p.m. E.T. Thursday afternoon, Harbaugh is at 269K, Meyer is at 263K. Why has Harbaugh gained so many followers? He’s kind of a nut. Attacking this day with Enthusiasm Unknown to Mankind— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) January 15, 2015Thought of the day – What a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive! – Sir Walter Scott— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) February 7, 2015Urban Meyer, meanwhile, probably (definitely) doesn’t even run his own Twitter account. So this isn’t a fair fight.
Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Hon. Horace Dalley, has dismissed speculation that the Government has plans to remove the 20 per cent duty concession on motor vehicles, from which public sector travelling officers now benefit.Mr. Dalley, who has responsibility for the Public Service, said that fuelled by speculation surrounding commitments under the agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the legislative changes to waivers and concessions, there had been some amount of anxiety about the future of this benefit.“Let me state, clearly, that in keeping with this administration’s commitment to the collective bargaining process, there is no plan to change this facility which came about as a result of negotiations between the Government and its employees,” the Minister emphasized.Mr. Dalley’s assurance came as he made his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on July 2.Contact: Alphea Saunders
Kolkata: Kendriya Vidyalaya Ballygunge school has asked parents to sendsaplings instead of chocolates or candies to celebrate the birthdays of their children in an effort to create awareness on environmental pollution and global warming. The school authorities have further urged parents not to send fast food items like Maggi noodles, chips, cakes, pastries, biscuits, breads, cut fruits or other varieties of junk food in their tiffin. Instead, guardians have been requested to send healthy, home-cooked food like puri, vegetables, rice and the like.
Kolkata: Two Durga Puja organisers in the city have chosen the struggle of the common man as their themes this year. The North Tridhara Puja Committee in north Kolkata has themed its puja on West Bengal’s first woman bus driver Pratima Devi, while Samaj Sebi Sangha in south Kolkata has focussed on labourers. “The North Tridhara puja has the tagline ‘Durbar Durga’ (unstoppable Durga) which is a tribute to women who struggle towards their goals,” Shekhar Tandon, general secretary of the puja committee, said on Tuesday. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja “We wanted to base our theme on women empowerment and Pratima Devi can be a role model for others,” he said. The puja will be inaugurated by Pratima Devi on Thursday. The exterior of the pandal is a replica of a red- yellow minibus plying on the Howrah-Nimta route with a model of Pratima Devi at the wheels, while the interiors have been decked up with different parts of a bus and a taxi. Illuminated digital images of conductors and drivers have also found place in the pandal. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway Pratima Devi worked as a minibus conductor on the Howrah-Nimta route that her husband used to drive. After her husband met with an accident in 2011 that left him unfit to drive a heavy vehicle, she got behind the wheels. The Samaj Sebi Sangha, in its 74th year of celebration, has put models of labourers in different corners of its pandal. With the tag line ‘Kurnish’ (Salute), the puja “salutes the working class people who work tirelessly to make our lives easier and more comfortable but remain anonymous,” general secretary of Samaj Sebi Sangha, Arijit Maitra said.