Hello, World Cup: A record field set for FIBA’s main event

first_imgChinese team member and former NBA player Yi Jianlian, right, speaks as coach Li Nan listens at a press conference at the Cadillac Arena ahead of the start of the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Beijing, Friday, Aug. 30, 2019. The competition, which features 32 teams from around the globe, will be held in 8 cities across China starting on Saturday. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)SHANGHAI — The biggest basketball World Cup is about to begin.Many of the world’s top players — and a couple of the world’s top national teams — are not in China for the FIBA World Cup, a 32-team extravaganza that begins Saturday. At stake over the next 16 days: The world championship, along with seven of the 11 remaining available berths in next summer’s Tokyo Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View comments Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City ‘People evacuated on their own’ Most of the top Americans aren’t in the World Cup, a few because of injuries, other candidates cited schedule concerns. Of the 35 leading scorers from this past NBA season who would have been eligible to play for the U.S. team, only two — Kemba Walker of the Boston Celtics and Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz — are wearing the red, white and blue in China.“I’m more concerned with who is here than who isn’t,” U.S. coach Gregg Popovich said.For the international teams, though, there’s minimal concern about big-name absences. Greece is led by NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks, Serbia is led by All-NBA center Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets and France features third-team All-NBA center Rudy Gobert.And the host Chinese are hoping to make a splash as well.“It’s a rare opportunity for all of us,” former NBA player Yi Jianlian, now the Chinese captain, said in Beijing earlier this week. “You can feel the special duty when you see the national flag on your chest.”Some other things to know as the World Cup begins:FORMATTeams were drawn into eight groups of four for the opening round, with the two top teams from each group making the round of 16 and the others going into classification games to determine 17th through 32nd place. Games are four 10-minute quarters, so regulation is eight minutes shorter than an NBA game. The 3-point line is a bit closer than in the NBA, especially from the top of the arc — that’s 22 feet, 2 inches in FIBA play, or 19 inches closer than the NBA stripe. The top two teams from the Americas, top two from Europe and top regional finisher form Asia, Africa and Oceania will clinch spots to join Japan in the 2020 Olympics; the last four spots in the 12-team field for the Tokyo Games will come down to qualifying next July.BEST GROUPThe so-called “group of death” would be Group H, with Australia (which just beat the U.S. in a friendly to snap a 78-game winning streak by the Americans), Lithuania and Canada. All three of those teams are likely good enough to advance, yet only two will get to the round of 16 with a shot at the quarterfinals. Senegal rounds out that group.center_img The first eight games of the tournament are Saturday, and things will move quite rapidly. The eight-game-a-day pace continues through Sept. 9, with quarterfinal games on Sept. 10 and 11, semifinals on Sept. 13 with the event capped by the gold- and bronze-medal games in Beijing on Sept. 15.All told, 92 games will be played in eight cities. U.S. RECORDThe Americans have won 19 consecutive World Cup (formerly known as the world championship) games, and are 14-0 in games in China when using a roster composed of NBA players (8-0 in the 2008 Olympics and 6-0 in other games there in 2006 and 2008). Mason Plumlee is the only player on this year’s U.S. World Cup team that was on the gold-medal-winning roster at this event in 2014.REFRESHER COURSESeven of the eight quarterfinalists from the 2014 World Cup are in this year’s field. The U.S. beat Lithuania and Serbia beat France in the semifinals, and the Americans rolled to a 129-92 win in the gold-medal game behind 26 points from Kyrie Irving. France rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Lithuania for bronze 95-93.GLOBAL GAMEFIBA, basketball’s global organizing body, says the tournament will be televised in at least 176 countries and territories.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We have nothing to lose,” said Japan guard Yuta Watanabe, whose team will face the U.S. in the group stage.FIBA changed much about the tournament for this edition. The event was moved back a year; the last World Cup was in 2014, and it was bumped to 2019 this time around to avoid going against the FIFA World Cup for men’s soccer in the same years. The field was expanded from 24 to 32 and qualifying rules were vastly altered largely to keep NBA and other pro-league players from helping their countries reach the event.For some nations, that became a huge problem.European champion Slovenia, the world’s seventh-ranked team, is not in the World Cup. Same goes for world No. 9-ranked Croatia, which lost eight of its 12 qualifying games. Yet for other nations, the changes sparked opportunity — Nigeria, Venezuela, Italy and Japan all qualified for the first time since 2006, and Poland made the field for the first time since 1967.“The World Cup is an unbelievable competition,” said Canada coach Nick Nurse, who doubles as coach of the NBA champion Toronto Raptors. “Great teams and coaches and scouting and work and preparation that will make anyone better for going through that. So I’m extremely honored and excited and humbled to be here.”ADVERTISEMENT No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist And several teams figure they can be the one to thwart the United States’ bid for an unprecedented third straight crown.“We’re here to go for gold,” said Sasha Djordjevic, the coach of Serbia — a team that some consider the tournament’s gold-medal favorite. “Every game that we play will be the biggest game for us.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSGinebra looks set for another title Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold00:50Trending Articles05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:15Sinas: 2,500 NCRPO cops poised to support Taal eruption relief ops01:52Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal LATEST STORIES Mission improbable starts for National 5last_img read more

Lyon star’s father claims 21-year-old turned down Premier League switch

first_imgThe father of Lyon star Nabil Fekir has revealed his son turned down a move to Manchester City – despite his representatives trying to force through a move.The 21-year-old has caught the eye during Lyon’s run to the top of Ligue 1 this season, scoring nine goals in 23 appearances.That form has sparked interest from several of Europe’s elite clubs, including Arsenal and Manchester City.But the forward’s father, Mohamed Fekir, has now revealed his son rejected a move to the Premier League champions and has split with his representatives as a result.“They [the representatives] pushed for him to sign for City,” Fekir told Foot Mercato.“But I told them ‘if it is the case that he would go to City and find himself on the bench it does not interest me and it does not interest my son either.“He loves to play, he does not like to be a substitute. They pushed him to sign for City, that’s why he preferred to end things with them.“Manchester [City] were willing. We discussed this with the scouts, but we prefer that Nabil stays here for at least a year. Now is not the time to go abroad.“To go to City now would be to commit career suicide.” 1 Nabil Fekir in action for Lyon last_img read more

Luke Shaw might want to consider joining one of these five clubs in the summer

first_imgWest Ham UnitedThe London Stadium would likely be considered a worrying drop down for Shaw. But the fact is, he isn’t delivering at Old Trafford and the dimmer spotlight at West Ham could be exactly what’s required to reignite his career.Left back has also been a problem for Slaven Bilic, with Aaron Cresswell failing to impress since his return from injury. Shaw would be an obvious upgrade and likely guaranteed first-team action. Manchester CityPep Guardiola will be assessing his full-back options in the summer, that’s certain. Bacary Sagna, Pablo Zabaleta, Aleksandar Kolarov and Gael Clichy often look out of place in City’s new system, not to mention their age is a concern.Shaw is far from being the finished article, but Guardiola has proven in his luring of John Stones to the Etihad and his improving of Raheem Sterling’s game that he is committed to nurturing young English talent in the Premier League.As with Liverpool, though, United would be loathe to sell to City. 6 6 Luke Shaw of Manchester United LiverpoolJames Milner may have done a fine job since Jurgen Klopp finally decided to drop Alberto Moreno, but he is not the future here. An error was made in not going all out for a new left back in last summer’s transfer window, even if they have so far got away with not strengthening in this position.Klopp’s eyes should therefore be lighting up at the prospect of Shaw being available. A move to Anfield would be controversial for the England international, testing his mental strength. But would United ever allow it? Luke Shaw’s future at Manchester United is uncertain under Jose Mourinho.The Portuguese coach, appointed in the summer, has been open in his criticism of the left back and was particularly unimpressed by his performance following the 3-1 defeat to Watford in September, after which he was dropped from the starting line-up.Reports have inevitably started to link the 21-year-old with an Old Trafford exit in the summer and we’ve assessed his possible options, should he consider leaving.Read on below to take a look at five clubs we believe could be interested in Shaw.And let us know whether you think Shaw should stay or leave Manchester United in the summer by leaving a comment below.ArsenalA drop in form from Nacho Monreal has seen Arsene Wenger turn to Kieran Gibbs, but the latter isn’t a long-term option. Whether Wenger stays or goes in the summer, this is a position that needs addressing for the Gunners in the market.The balance between Shaw and Hector Bellerin on either flank would be the envy of many a rival. Shaw is much inferior to the Spaniard; however, at only 21-years-old, the potential is there.center_img 6 6 6 EvertonThe Toffees aren’t afraid of splashing the cash and could comfortably fund a deal for Shaw at the end of the season, quickly following up on their deal for his former team-mate Morgan Schneiderlin.Working with Ronald Koeman, who will be looking at long-term replacements to Leighton Baines, is an attractive prospect for any player, while Schneiderlin could offer a glowing review of life at Goodison Park having settled well so far. 6last_img read more

Whittaker fights toxics measure

first_imgPerchlorate is a chemical residue from rocket fuel that has been implicated in thyroid problems in humans. Lardiere said the National Academy of Sciences and the EPA have reached different conclusions about proposed cleanup levels than the state EPA, and he points out that the state should be in line with national standards. “We do think (the bill) is significant; we acted on it as soon as we knew,” Lardiere said. “The most important thing is to have a rational standard protective of human health. We’re not criticizing the Department of Health Services, we’re trying to say there is a national debate on this chemical (perchlorate.) California seems to be going in a different direction than the nation. That’s the question we’re asking.” “We don’t agree with the DHS’s analysis of costs,” he said. The cost to clean up California water systems is estimated at nearly $24 million a year. The old Bermite plant manufactured and tested a number of explosives from 1934 to 1987, including dynamite, practice bombs, flares, fireworks, igniters, ammunition rounds and rocket motors. The devices contained lead azide, red phosphorus and barium. Perchlorate is the major contaminant that remains. The Assembly approved Soto’s measure, 46-31, on Aug. 23, and, though in a largely bipartisan effort, the Senate approved the measure, 29-11, on Aug. 29. Santa Clarita’s representatives, Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster, and Assemblyman Keith Richman, R-Granada Hills, opposed the measure. Runner, vice chairman of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee, was unavailable for comment Tuesday, but his office said this is one of many measures passed by the Legislature trying to add more regulations that are not based on scientific evidence. “The senator is concerned this is just another step to the march of unnecessary over-regulation and he advocates an approach that’s based on scientific evidence,” said Becky Warren, Runner’s legislative director. The governor must sign or veto the measure by Sept. 30. judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – Attorneys for Whittaker-Bermite – whose 996-acre contaminated site in the heart of town is undergoing cleanup – have urged Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to nix a bill approved by the state Legislature that would tighten standards for perchlorate and other chemicals in drinking water. The bill’s author disagrees with Whittaker’s stance and hopes the governor will disregard it. “It is my understanding that Whittaker is principally responsible for contamination in the Santa Clarita area, and it does not surprise me that a major polluter would put out misinformation in the hopes of persuading Governor Schwarzenegger to veto my bill for clean water,” said state Sen. Nell Soto, D-Ontario, who wrote Senate Bill 187. “It is not uncommon for polluters who wish to avoid paying cleanup costs to claim that the contamination is harmless, but we have many reasons to fear the adverse impacts of perchlorate and I’m confident that the governor will ignore false claims and do what’s right for the people of California.” Senate Bill 187 would make minor changes in the process used for developing drinking water standards. The changes would be options, not mandates, that the Department of Health Services and a branch of the California Environmental Protection Agency would follow. The Governor’s Office says he has not yet taken a position on the measure. Contaminants in the soil and groundwater remain from five decades of weapons manufacturing and testing on the 996-acre Whittaker-Bermite site in the middle of town. The state Department of Toxic Substances Control has begun its cleanup of the soil and the groundwater investigation is in the final stages. Bermite, its insurer and others are paying for the cleanup. Attorney Eric Lardiere’s Sept. 6 letter sent to the governor says, “We are opposed to this legislation because it is premature and burdensome to essential industries with the (state), particularly the aerospace industry, which propelled California into its modern economic prosperity and gave birth to the (information technology) industry.” It says the bill would encourage a more stringent standard for perchlorate than the one set by the Department of Health Services. At the same time, the federal government has not yet determined an appropriate nationwide standard, the letter said. last_img read more

Bond would make room at college

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Officials will need to make their case to voters about the need to pass the $160 million bond, after the measure was put on the ballot Aug. 9 by the college board. The bond would require approval from more than 55 percent of voters to pass. That’s too low a threshold, and a two-thirds majority would be better, said Kris Vosburgh, executive director of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. “The entire bill will be paid by property owners, and hardest hit, of course, are the homeowners,” he said. “Because, unlike businesses who can make up some of their bond costs by raising prices, homeowners have no one to reach out to. … They’re stuck with the bill.” The college has about 18,000 students, and each semester about 1,200 are on waiting lists for required courses, according to officials. Officials also say that working adults are crowded out of night classes because full-time students take the night courses when the day courses fill up. Last semester, 309 day classes and 75 night classes completely filled during early registration. Priority goes to students who already have most of their required units under their belt, and are trying to graduate from the college, said Deborah Rio, director of admissions, records and online services. As the college prepares to build another facility in Canyon Country to complement its Valencia campus, it has the ability to hire more instructors if needed. “We can always hire more full-time faculty, that would be great,” Rio said. “But we do have to have a classroom to put that person in.” alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – For years, students taking popular courses at College of the Canyons have sat on the floor or lined the walls on the first day of class. For students on a class waiting list, cramming into a over-capacity classroom lets them keep up with coursework until another student drops out and they’re added to the class, said Jim Schrage, dean of physical plant and facilities planning. But college officials believe those kinds of overcrowded conditions could be reduced if they manage to get a $160 million bond measure passed in November. Officials want the money to build classrooms, which they could fill with newly hired instructors. “We’re just becoming very popular, as well as just (having) more people in the Valley who are going to school,” Schrage said. “So it’s kind of a dog pile right now.” last_img read more

Liverpool star Keita limps out of training session ahead of Chelsea clash

first_img Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ Liverpool’s injury problems appear to be getting worse as Naby Keita limped out of training ahead of their UEFA Super Cup clash with Chelsea.Manager Jurgen Klopp could be facing an injury headache after the midfielder went off the Vodafone Park pitch in Istanbul. talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up this week… Naby Keita is a huge doubt for Wednesday night’s match New job Getty BIG PRESENTS UP TOP LATEST 2 Liverpool vs Chelsea (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORTHuddersfield Town vs Fulham (Friday, 7.45pm) – talkSPORT 2Arsenal vs Burnley (Saturday, 12.30pm) – talkSPORTSunderland vs Portsmouth (Saturday, 12.30pm) – talkSPORT 2Norwich City vs Newcastle United (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur (Saturday, 5.30pm) – talkSPORTReading vs Cardiff City (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2 And Mane believes he is ready for action despite his very short holiday.Mane said: “Tiredness I think is here (points to his head).“For sure I have been playing for a long time, I think I never have holidays now in seven years for more than 20 days.“I’m used to it! For sure, I’m ready. I’m here. Let’s do it!” latest Getty Images – Getty Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas The Brazilian sustained a calf injury while taking a goal kick during the Reds’ Premier League victory against Norwich last Friday.Liverpool, who are playing in this match because they won last season’s Champions League, are favourites to beat Europa League winners Chelsea – and you can listen to the game LIVE on talkSPORT from 8pm.Another absentee from the Liverpool squad is defender Dejan Lovren, who has not travelled with his team-mates amid rumours he’s on his way to Serie A club Roma in a £15million deal.However, the Reds could welcome back forward Sadio Mane, who didn’t start the Norwich game as he made the AFCON 2019 final with Senegal. Alisson definitely won’t feature against Chelsea after getting injured against Norwich Keita’s knock is understood to be ‘muscle problem’ and could be a recurrence of a previous injury.Keita missed the final five matches of last season with a groin injury and also had his Africa Cup of Nations campaign with Guinea cut short after picking up an injury.The 24-year-old sustained a minor abductor strain during the competition and was forced to return to Liverpool for further examination.This comes just days after it emerged Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker could be out of action for up to six weeks. 2 Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January deals targets FAREWELL LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS LIVE on talkSPORT Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ OFF Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Meanwhile, Klopp called on Liverpool’s worldwide fanbase to make their support known during the game.Klopp said: “It’s brilliant (we have all these fans). We welcome them from all over the world. Seeing what CL win meant to them was a special moment. We need help tomorrow against Chelsea as they are strong – anybody who wants to help is invited!”last_img read more

Glasgow to host cycling’s new World Championships

first_imgTourism secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “As the first ever host of this event, Scotland will cement its position as a leader and innovator in the planning and delivery of major sporting events. “It builds upon the successes of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the 2014 Ryder Cup and last year’s European Championships.“Our overall aim is for Scotland to become one of Europe’s top cycling nations with cycling firmly embedded across Scotland as the favoured way to travel to school and work, as an enjoyable leisure activity and an efficient way to improve health.” Glasgow will become the first city to host the inaugural combined World Championships in 2023, cycling’s world governing body the UCI has announced.The event will bring together 13 existing world championships for the first time, including road, track, BMX and mountain biking, turning the host city “into a true world cycling capital” according to UCI president David Lappartient.He said: “I am delighted that the UCI has today awarded the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships to Glasgow and Scotland. “The creation and the implementation of this event was one of the commitments I had made during my campaign for UCI presidency and I am proud to have fulfilled it.”last_img read more

Former Garda Sergeant Galligan calls for establishment of Independent Intelligence Service

first_imgRetired Garda Sergeant Christy Galligan has called for the establishment of an Independent Intelligence Service in order to tackle the threat of terrorism.Aside from Malta, Ireland is the only country whose national police force also serves as their intelligence agency; all other countries have an independent intelligence agency that operates separately.Former Garda Sergeant GalliganHe says; “The recent attacks by terrorists in London and Manchester must give us food for thought. “The recent Garda operations against dissident republicans and Daesh sympathisers shows that the need for a properly funded, properly resourced Independent Intelligence Service in this Country, is not only essential but fundamental for the preservation of our values and way of life, but most importantly our hard fought for democracy.“There are spokespersons within our society who will support terrorists in the taking of human lives but thankfully they are in the minority. But we must be ever vigilant and be prepared as law abiding citizens to make that phone call to our security services so as to stop these extremists from wallowing and feasting on the bloodshed of our fellow human man.“I have written to the minister for Justice on numerous occasions asking for a new Security Intelligence Service to be set up and remove the responsibility of high level extremism and terrorism from our Garda service.As resources are already stretched for Gardaí, Galligan says that an Independent Intelligence Service would allow Gardaí to focus on crime and community relations, while intelligence officials could focus on tackling the threat of terrorism. He also asserts that Ireland must revise immigration policies and the vetting policies.“The Gardaí have done an excellent job in protecting our society, at a great cost to themselves, from terrorists and extremists over the years.“They like other front line forces, like our citizens, are the true heroes.“The Independent Intelligence Service would remove a huge responsibility from our depleted and overworked Garda force and allow them to concentrate on Crime and Community Relations.“The Independent intelligence Service, with its operatives, would be at the forefront in stopping or negating threats from homegrown terrorists or those from abroad. “We also need to look at our Immigration policies and the vetting processes behind those policies. We need to look at Common Travel Areas and the freedom of movement of people throughout Europe.“Whilst it is commendable that we look after refugees/asylum seekers, we cannot in all honesty state that we know that each person arriving from Iraq, Syria, etc are not infiltrated by extremist Daesh members who threaten our very existence. Their extreme culture and beliefs are not in keeping with western values, even with all its faults.“Ireland maybe a small country on the periphery of Europe but it is also a gateway for those who wish to cause other nations harm.“Political rhetoric and niceties in order to appease the PC crowd will not protect us. “Only a strong and well resourced Independent Intelligence Service can be, or will be, at the forefront of challenging those who wish to do our and other nations harm,” concluded Galligan.Former Garda Sergeant Galligan calls for establishment of Independent Intelligence Service was last modified: June 6th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Christy GalliganGardaiindependent intelligence servicelast_img read more

Emirates slams US airlines

first_imgThe long running battle between US and Middle East airlines over subsidies is set to heat up again with Emirates releasing a report that details its significant contribution to the American economy.The report, commissioned by Emirates and conducted by US-based Campbell-Hill Aviation Group, found that in 2015, the airline supported more than 104,000 American jobs and contributed US$21.3 billion in revenue to the US economy.READ: US airlines posting massive profitsOver the past few years, US legacy airlines have striven to blunt the impact of Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways on their business and those efforts have recently found a sympathetic ear in President Donald Trump.In fact, many have suggested the recent laptop ban, which targeted the UAE and Qatar among others countries, was more about disrupting their airline’s traffic to the US.U.S. mega-carriers United, American and Delta contend the trio of Middle East airlines is violating international trade rules and that the three have received some US$42 billion in subsidies and benefits from their governments since 2004.However, in 2015 Etihad Airways counterclaimed that since 2000 US airlines received US$70 billion in benefits as a result of bankruptcy laws, largely for debt relief and reduced pension obligations after 911.Every major US airline, with the exception of Southwest, has been in Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection since 2001 and pilots, for example, have lost 40 percent of their income as airline sought to strip out costs.Ironically, the unrestricted access Middle East airlines have to US cities is through Open Skies agreements, which were first pushed by US airlines in 1979 to gain greater access to foreign markets.The deals were struck when US airlines were at their zenith and just before domestic deregulation ravaged the airline industry in America. Since deregulation was introduced in 1979,  US airline profits crashed and only in the past four years recovered to acceptable and now record levels.Over the same period, the fleet age of US has more than doubled, service standards are arguably the worst in the western world and the airline’s seating offerings lag most airlines.And rather than being the pioneers of new aircraft designs, as they were up to 1990, US airlines are now amongst the last adopters.Boeing’s revolutionary 787 was launched by All Nippon Airways of Japan and Air New Zealand while the new 777X was kicked off by Lufthansa, Emirates, Etihad and Qatar.In fact, Emirates is the largest operator of the Boeing 777 and the largest customer for the latest models the 777X.Sir Tim Clark, The president of Emirates, has argued that “Emirates has always embraced the goals of Open Skies which are to promote increased travel and trade, enhance productivity, and stimulate high-quality job opportunities and economic growth.”He adds: “Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, United Airlines and their proxies continually pour money into lobby and make unfounded accusations against Emirates, but they have never filed a formal U.S. Department of Transportation complaint against Emirates, even though this is the statutory process long relied on by U.S. airlines to address allegations of unfair competition.”In fact, says Sir Tim, Emirates has been profitable for 29 years straight, and “unlike our accusers, we have never depended on government bail-outs or protection from competition.”And rather than being oil rich,  Dubai has no oil reserves to speak of and therefore embarked on a strategy to diversify its economy into tourism and trade with air transport as a key enabler.last_img read more

Culture Can’t Be Cookie-Cutter

first_imgHollie Delaney will join SHRM CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. and CHROs from Booz Allen Hamilton and John Deere to continue the conversation on all things work. Join the LIVESTREAM and ask your questions! 11/16, 12:30-1:45 p.m.  www.shrm.org/VLSLivestream  #WeAreWork When people ask us about our culture at Zappos, they’re typically looking for ways to bring a piece of what we’ve learned back to their own company. Founders, CEOs, and HR professionals alike are all trying to figure out a way to bring order to the sometimes-chaotic work of shaping their company’s culture. We try to answer these questions the best we can by speaking from experience but the truth is, authentic culture can’t be taught. Culture has to come from deep within an organization and is defined by everything about a company; from who is hired to how work gets done. It is a company’s identity, both externally and internally, and shines when those values are championed by each employee.Without honest commitment from all levels to the culture your company has cultivated, you’ll be left with frustrated employees, lower productivity, and a long list of other roadblocks. It is our job as HR professionals to recruit, retain and develop talented people who are excited to come into your specific office every day. To do this effectively, we must create workplaces where people are respected, encouraged and included as part of a community they can call home.At Zappos, we know that our culture and organizational structure are not for everyone and that’s why we’ve made a long-standing company commitment to hiring based on our 10 Core Values. For example, our recruiting team has worked hard to make culture a cornerstone of their process. They know that their jobs as gatekeepers to our company is incredibly important.One way they rise to the challenge is by asking what we call ‘culture questions’ designed to get people out of their shells as fast as possible. It could be something as simple as, “How do you feel about Wednesdays?” or “If you could throw a parade, what would it be for.”  For us, the technical answers are important, but it’s just as important (if not more so) to do so in a way that is true to themselves. We want all of our employees to be comfortable bringing their whole selves to work and that starts with the recruiting process. This is yet another example of how each company must embody their own unique values instead of trying to implement the practices of someone else. If other companies used our tactic of asking these fun and weird ‘culture questions’ it might not yield the best candidates for their company.The future of your company’s culture will be largely impacted by the HR team as they are there to not only help your company grow, but grow mindfully. This is why it’s so important to make sure your HR understands and embodies the culture that makes your company unique.last_img read more