Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders was fined $50,000 by the NFL for faking an injury during a game in Cincinnati on Oct. 21.Sanders initially played coy in public comments about the incident, but in recent weeks has said the matter was being handled internally.Also fined on Friday by the league were Panthers safety Haruki Nakamura and Packers tight end Ryan Taylor, $21,000 each; Titans safety Michael Griffin, $20,000; Raiders cornerback Tyvon Branch, Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy, and Cardinals linebacker Quentin Groves, $15,750 each; Ravens LB Dannell Ellerbe, $10,000; Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, Colts cornerback Cassius Vaughn, and Steelers safety Will Allen, $7,875 apiece.During the Steelers-Bengals game, NBC announcers openly discussed their belief Sanders apparently was deliberately feigning an injury for the purpose of saving a timeout.Anderson said it found no evidence the Steelers, on an organization-wide basis, were instructing or condoning the faking of injuries for competitive purposes.“If I believed that to be the case, the discipline would be substantially more,” Anderson said. “Instead, it reflects the commissioner’s strong view that it is the responsibility of the club to insure that its players are familiar with and in compliance with the league’s competitive rules.”In an open letter to Sanders and Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert, Anderson cited video evidence to the contrary of Sanders’ contention that he was in severe pain while lying on the ground, before or after the play.Sanders sat out one play — a team trainer attended to him — and then returned to the game for the next play, a Pittsburgh punt. Anderson noted that Sanders outran his teammates and downed the ball.“The video of the play shows Sanders running swiftly and effortlessly toward the punted ball, and then leaving the field with no sign of discomfort,” Anderson wrote. “Sanders also played the rest of the game without difficulty.”The NFL sent out a memo to team general managers and coaches in September that said, “The Competition Committee deprecates feigning injuries.” The league reiterated it had the power to fine players, coaches or teams or even take away draft picks.This is the first punishment the league has handed out for faking an injury.When asked two days before his meeting with the league if he thought the NFL had a problem with faking, Sanders said “Not that I know of.”
A Pakistani F-16 fighter jet.Representative imageThe United States Department of Defence has said that it was “not aware” of any audit of Pakistan’s F-16 jets. Earlier this week, a US journal, Foreign policy reported that U.S. personnel recently counted Islamabad’s F-16s and found none missing. This report led to another round of arguments and counter-arguments. The Indian Air force rubbished the report and said that it has conclusive pieces of evidence including electronic signatures, radio transmission intercepts and sightings of two separate ejections several kilometers apart around the same time – one of the Indian MIG pilot, and the other, of the Pakistani F-16 pilot. Moreover, Pakistan also released the pictures of four missile seeker heads purportedly from India’s downed MiG-21 claiming that no missiles were fired at Pakistani Air force’s F-16s.If the report published in Foreign Policy journal is to be believed that no F-16 was missing from the inventory, this opens up questions about whether Pakistan Air Force could have been flying F-16s borrowed or loaned from some its allies. National daily, The Times of India reported that given the persistence and evidence provided by the Indian Air force the possibility of Pakistan using F-16s from its allies including Jordan, Egypt and Turkey cannot be ruled out. MiG-21 of Indian AirforceAFPAs per defense experts, many close allies of Pakistan also use F-16s in their Air forces and during the war, they enjoy easy interoperability. A former pilot said, “It’s a well-known fact that the Air Forces of Pak, Jordan, Egypt, and Turkey frequently exercise together and there are a few PAF pilots on deputation to those countries. It would serve US interests to rubbish India’s claims that would otherwise blemish an enviable combat record for the F-16.” Why does the Indian Air Force need new fighter aircraft? Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:05/1:03Loaded: 0%0:06Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:58?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Experts have also argued that the F-16 has been one of the major sources of income for the US which would mean that it would not accept its fighter plane being downed by 2nd Gen Mig-21 Bison. “For America, war is a multitrillion-dollar business & the F-16 is a global brand. There is no way the US can ever admit that a MIG 21 shot down an F-16. It will bury the brand forever & will raise questions on other US weapon systems. Embarrassing for the US,” wrote a retired Indian military official on Twitter.
Speeding could be impossible in the future Road safety charity Brake described it as a, ‘landmark day for road safety’; but the AA insisted the ‘best speed limiter is the driver’s right foot’. Feelings were mixed among drivers around Hanley yesterday. Taxi driver Waseem Akbar, aged 49, of Stoke, said: “My new car shows the speed limit already, on the built-in SatNav. “I think it’s a good idea, I think it will reduce the number of accidents and it means you don’t have to worry about the speed limit.” Read MoreDramatic dashcam footage shows the dangers of driving too close following pile up on the M6 Colin Eaton, aged 61, of Nantwich, said: “The speed limit changes on some roads. It can go from 70 to 40 to 30, and if you are not careful you could be going too fast.” Lorraine Eaton, aged 60, of Nantwich, said: “I don’t think it’s a bad idea at all, because you do get some idiots going far too fast.” But Linda Greenwood, aged 35, of Penkhull, said: “There’s pros and cons to it. It could be a good idea, but something might happen when you need to go a bit above the speed limit.” Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . Drivers on the A500 could be unable to break the speed limit in future due to new technology built into cars “These lifesaving measures come at a vital time, with road safety in a concerning period of stagnation with more than 70 people still being killed or seriously injured on British roads every day.” Brake urged the Government to commit to adopting the regulations in the UK, no matter what happens with Brexit. But it looks like to be rolled out in the UK. A spokesman for the Department for Transport said: “We continuously work with partners across the globe to improve the safety standards of all vehicles. These interventions are expected to deliver a step-change in road safety across Europe, including the UK.” AA president Edmund King said: “There is no doubt that new in-car technology can save lives and there is a good case for autonomous emergency braking to be fitted in all cars. “When it comes to intelligent speed adaptation, the case is not so clear. Read MoreWhy YOU could get in trouble for warning fellow motorists about speed traps (& the fine is hefty) “The best speed limiter is the driver’s right foot and the driver should use it to do the right speed in the right situation. “The right speed is often below the speed limit, for example outside a school with children about, but with ISA there may be a temptation to go at the top speed allowed which may not be appropriate. “Sometimes a little speed also helps to keep safe on the road, for example over-taking a tractor on a country road or joining a motorway.” He added: “Dodgem cars are all fitted with speed limiters but they still seem to crash.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Speeding could become a relic of the past under new EU legislation John Roberts, aged 39, of Penkhull, said: “I know the speed limit is there for a reason, but there might be times when you need a bit of speed to get out of a dangerous situation.” Other safety features provisionally approved for cars, vans, trucks and buses include a warning of driver drowsiness and distraction – such as using a smartphone while driving – and a data recorder in case of an accident. Read MoreMotorists left ‘stressed’ by prospect of an MOT (& many try and avoid it all together) Devices for lane-keeping assistance, advanced emergency braking and crash-test improved safety belts are suggested for cars and vans. In addition the legislation also addresses drink-driving, making it easier to retrofit an alcohol interlock device – which requires a driver to blow into an in-built breathalyser before they can start their vehicle – which are used in a number of EU member states. Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for Brake, said: “These measures will provide the biggest leap forward for road safety this century, perhaps even since the introduction of the seat belt. Police search for missing woman Driver named following fatal collision Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Punter found hiding in bushes Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailIn less than three years time it could be impossible for drivers of new cars to break the speed limit. From 2022, all new vehicles could be fitted with special devices to automatically make them keep to the speed limit after new EU rules were provisionally agreed. Intelligent speed assistance (ISA) is one of a raft of safety measures set to become mandatory in European vehicles after the plans were given approval by the European Commission. The technology automatically limits vehicles to the maximum speed allowed on each road, using a speed sign-recognition video camera and GPS tracking data. It is claimed the measures could help save more than 25,000 lives and avoid at least 140,000 serious injuries by 2038.
Sunwing launches not one, but two sales to keep the Monday blues away Tags: Promotions, Sunwing Monday, January 15, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Travelweek Group TORONTO — The third Monday of January has been dubbed ‘Blue Monday’, thanks to a combination of post-holiday credit card bills, winter weather and dashed New Year’s resolutions. Sunwing wants to bust those blues with its ‘Blue Monday Buster Sale’, on now through Jan. 19 with savings of up to 60% off all-inclusive vacation packages.The sale applies to top-rated resorts across the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America. Examples include Memories Splash Punta Cana, home to the Caribbean’s largest on-site water park, El Dorado Sensimar Seaside Suites, a top-rated adults-only property in Riviera Maya, and Royalton Cayo Santa maria in Cuba, also adults only and rated at TripAdvisor’s #1 All Inclusive resort in Cayo Santa Maria.In a recent survey commissioned by Sunwing, it was discovered that 95% of Canadians agree that knowing that a vacation is upcoming brings them joy, and 70% of vacationers said they feel more motivated at work if they know they have a vacation to look forward to.More news: Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTTo keep the momentum going for an exceptional New Year, Sunwing has also launched a ‘Buy One Get One at Half Price’ seat sale. Clients who book their flight by Jan. 19 for departures between Feb. 1 and April 30 will receive a second seat at 50% off the normal selling price.Sunwing offers flights to over 50 destinations from 35 departure airports. New travel options for this season include Mont Joli, Quebec and Abbotsford, British Columbia. Travellers can also take advantage of the same savings if they buy flights from Buffalo, NY.Daily service is available to the most popular vacation hotspots like Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico and the Dominican Republic from many major airports. Service onboard Sunwing Airlines includes a welcome sparkling wine toast, complimentary non-alcoholic beverage service, and buy onboard selection of light meals and snacks, including menu choices inspired by Food Network Canada celebrity chef Lynn Crawford. Share
Swiss-based online TV service provider Zattoo is set to roll out an end-to-end multiscreen TV service deployment for its first IPTV customer, Telecom Liechtenstein, in the second half of 2014.Zattoo will develop, host and manage the multiscreen IPTV service for the operator, taking care of the full technical implementation and operations.This includes: satellite ingest; the technical platform with live TV, catch up TV, and recording function; frontend management to TV, iOS and Android; and life cycle management of the set-top boxes.Germany-based Abox42 will provide the set-top boxes, which will support DVB-C features such as HbbTV.Telecom Liechtenstein already carries some 140 TV stations as part of its existing IPTV offering. However, Zattoo will provide the technical implementation of its multiscreen IPTV package and manage this in the future.“For us at Telecom Liechtenstein, the decisive factor is that we can offer a TV product that is 100% state of the art. It has to be available on a variety of devices – including mobile devices – because it is no longer enough to just serve conventional TV sets. That is the heart of the product,” said Markus Willi, president of the administrative board at Telecom Liechtenstein.“Today’s modern customers also want to enjoy live TV on their second screens, such as tablet PCs and smartphones. And they expect time-shift viewing and TV recording as standard features. Developing and operating a system of this kind would be an extremely complex, time-intensive process. That’s why we chose Zattoo as our technology service provider, because they have proven that they can not only develop a high-quality IPTV product like this, but also operate it for us.”