QPR’s bid to sign Dawson from Spurs stalls

first_imgQPR’s bid to sign defender Michael Dawson from Tottenham has stalled.Rangers have so far been unable to agree personal terms with the England international, who has been told he can leave White Hart Lane.Hughes is keen to sign Dawson.Mark Hughes has not given up hope of persuading Dawson to move to west London but has admitted that talks have not gone well.“At the moment it’s not where I hoped it would be,” said the R’s boss.“It may change closer to the transfer window closing – perhaps we’ll revisit it – but at the moment it’s not progressing.”But Hughes confirmed that progress has been made in attempts to offload Joey Barton to Marseille.Rangers are keen for Barton to join the French club on loan and believe they may be able to agree a deal.Hughes explained: “I said before that there had been some communication in terms of e-mails exchanged and interest expressed.“Since then I think things have moved forward. I’m not sure where things stand at the moment, but it is something that could happen.”Click here for the Norwich v QPR quizSee also:QPR plan late attempt to sign Spurs manQPR accept defeat in bid to sign defender from TottenhamQPR may make another move for DawsonFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

No-till a fit for first generation farm

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseStarting out as a first generation row-crop farmer offers plenty of challenges. To help overcome some of those, Nathan Brown — the 2018 Ohio No-Till Council Outstanding No-Till Farmer —started no-tilling on his Highland County farm.Though he did not grow up on a farm, Brown began working for a nearby farm when he was young, which allowed him to get started on his own. In 2012, he started no-till to help make the transition to farming on his own a little easier.“Originally we started working everything but I realized really quickly that tillage wasn’t going to be feasible if I was going to expand the operation. I remember chisel plowing ground in April or May when I was back in high school and watching the neighbors who were no-tilling out planting. I realized that as much as I love to do tillage, I really hate to do tillage,” Brown said. “With the labor and the fuel, I very quickly realized no-till was going to be the best fit for the operation. We started no-tilling soybeans first into corn stalks and got along very well with that and quickly transitioned to no-till corn. The soil types in this part of the country seem to fit no-till better than others. If you can give it the extra day, our ground will dry out and most ground around here has some type of tile under it. We are not flat and we have some roll. When we were doing tillage, the amount of topsoil we were losing made us consider no-till too. We have highly erodible soils and soils that are conducive to no-till.”No-till set the stage for the use of cover crops in 2015. Brown started learning more about cover crops from Ed Winkle, who farmed about two miles down the road.“I watched some of the things he was doing with cover crops and cereal rye. He ended up passing away not very long after that. He was very vocal about using cover crops,” Brown said. “The economics really drove us to transition into no-till, but the soil loss, especially with the excessive rains we’ve had, pushed us into cover cropping. With no-till we still have low places that tend to gully out when you get these big rains. We transitioned to cover crops to alleviate some of that.“We first sowed cereal rye 6 or 7 years ago into corn stalks going into beans. The ground has some goodOn Sept. 7 a mix of daikon radish, oats, cereal rye, rapeseed, and clover were flown on this field.roll to it. When we spread fertilizer that fall, we had the co-op put some cereal rye in with it. At first we just did 100 acres here or there to a get a feel of what worked and what didn’t. We were planting into 6-foot tall rye right away. We had planned on terminating it but that didn’t happen and we didn’t have any problems at all.”Now Brown is farming over 1,000 acres and is working towards getting it all covered each year.“We got 750 drills and started doing more cover crops. We went up to 500 acres of primarily cereal rye. We also started planting earlier maturing crops — a 3.2 bean and 105- or 107-day corn so we could get started with harvest in mid-September and have more opportunity to get cover crops going,” Brown said. “This year my 3.2 beans are yielding as well or better than my 3.8 beans so we are not seeing a yield lag with earlier maturity stuff. With today’s genetics those earlier maturities work, but they take a little more management. We automatically plan on using fungicides as part of managing those earlier crops.”As Brown has expanded cover crop acres, he has also had to be more creative with how he gets them planted and the types of cover crops used.“The last 2 to 3 years we tried to expand the cover crops we are using. We can spread with fertilizer, drill, Turbo Max with an air seeder, and then the airplane we use to sow into the standing crop. That has allowed us to experiment more with different things like oats and clovers, radishes, hairy vetch or rapeseed,” he said. “With the airplane you have to watch the weather and have an applicator lined up to do it when you need to do it. If it is dry in August and September, they will not germinate. This year we flew the first batch on Sept. 7 and we got 4 inches of rain that weekend. We flew the second batch on of Thursday of Farm Science Review and I think every seed germinated. We flew seed on in corn and soybeans, close to 450 acres this year. Of that, 350 was in soybeans. It was growing fast and we cut maybe six inches of that cover off when we were harvesting. I was very impressed. That was the tallest the cover crop had ever been when I harvested soybeans. Today the field looks like hay fields.“Brown was most concerned about no-tilling corn into his cover crops as he added more acres.“I was leery of planting corn into cover crops. I bought a corn planter with liquid setup and we are trying a little bit of corn into cover crops. Planting into cereal rye is the big one. There is so much carbon there it can tie up your nitrogen. You either have to terminate the cover crop when it is small or you need a nitrogen source pretty close to that seed. We are still experimenting and trying to learn,” he said. “There can be an allelopathic effect on the corn if you’re not careful. One year we didn’t have fertilizer on the planter and we got a good corn stand but then we had trouble getting the N on and I was worried the corn would struggle but it didn’t. The corn was five or 10 bushels off what it would normally make so it wasn’t a complete flop.“This year we planted corn into oats and crimson clover. The oats captured the manure from the hog barn and we have been really impressed with the yields. We want to give it a shot of N as close to that seed with 2X2 and we are maybe looking at something in-furrow to get the corn up and going quickly and not get the N tied up with all the carbon. We may try to plant some green and may terminate some early too. Working with cover crops is not an exact science — it is an experiment. I don’t know that anyone has all the answers about cover cropping.”The cover crops are showing promise with controlling weed pressure as well.“Looking forward, I think cereal rye could replace my burndown and part of my residual program because it does such a good job of suppressing weeds when you get good growth to it. We were right at 50 pounds of cereal rye last year. With that I think I can cut my herbicides,” Brown said. “My goal in one field is to try and plant beans early and not terminate the rye until flowering stage and then roll the rye up to the second trifoliate of the soybeans. If I can get the beans in early and let the rye grow, then roll it and come in with dicamba and clean up what is there, that mat will act as a residual. That could be a place to cut costs and not hurt my weed control program. We are trying to incorporate new school with old school and intermingle them.”In addition, Brown has been applying manure on fields he farms around a sow facility.“The manure is custom applied. When we first started with the manure, they were plowing it all in 6 inches deep. They changed applicators and started running something new that is surface applied but then incorporated like an AerWay. We began to no-till into that,” he said. “When they fall apply manure they would drag up soybean stubble and we started running a Phillips harrow over it to knock it down. That is pretty much our total source of nutrients for those acres and we are trying to capture that as much as we can for each acre and cover crops help with that.“We apply manure on maybe a third of our acres and half of that is applied every year. The fall-applied manure is easier to manage because you have more time to get fertilizer on the setbacks. The spring applications can be tougher to manage. We try to follow the manure applications with corn whenever we can. The hog manure has worked well with soybeans after the applications too. Typically we try to plant corn to maximize that nitrogen.”The soils are showing improvements and the crop yields are responding to the changes.“The biology in our soil has really changed. You can go out and dig and see all the earthworms and tunnels and I really believe there is a lot to soil biology and soil health. I have been really pleased with our yields and our plant health. It seems like our plants are healthier, standing better and I attribute a lot of that back to soil health. Our weather is changing and the organic matter and biology in the soil helps it hold water and nutrients better. When we get warm dry spells, the plant can better handle the weather because of the soil that is supporting it. Even with the wet conditions we’ve had this year, with our soil structure the water gets away faster and the plants don’t sit in the wet and handle wet weather better than I anticipated,” Brown said. “If I’m not healthy I’m not going to perform my best. It is the same with the soil. If we don’t have healthy soils, I think we are still leaving a lot on the table. Modern farming practices have only been around for 100 years. Nature took care of itself pretty well before we started plowing it. Yields have gone up but what could they do if we pay more attention to our soil health?”Of course, the cost and effort of cover crops needs to be carefully considered and justified.“How do you put a dollar amount on it? In the beginning, it is almost impossible to make it a profitable practice. But as your soil gets healthier and you can start reducing other costs and capturing more nutrients it can be a long-term investment. You are not going to see returns in the first year,” Brown said. “How do you put a price on the topsoil you lose? I am not farming for me. I am farming for my kids’ kids. I want there to be topsoil left for them to farm and healthy soils for them to farm. Being a first generation farm, we don’t own most of our acres but I treat every acre the same whether we own it or not. It is not one size fits all — we need think outside of the box a little bit because I want to be better at farming before I get bigger at farming.”last_img read more

Home Energy Performance Data: Why It Pays to Go First

first_imgNow, Redfin — the fastest-growing top-10 real estate website — has added a home energy score thanks to a partnership with Tendril. They hope the home energy scores will fill the growing satisfaction gap that exists among homeowners who cite that improved energy performance is their number-one unmet need. What’s happening now vs. what’s next?RMI’s new report, An MPG for Homes, presents a robust dive into the state of the energy performance transparency market today and the potential for the market to grow further. This will benefit homeowners, real estate professionals, lenders, technology providers, and the environment; will instill confidence among first movers that they are placing the right bets; and will motivate fast followers to adopt home energy scores before the market — and their customer base — leaves them behind. RELATED ARTICLES The Rashkin Plan for Higher Profits with High-Performance HousingGreen Home Appraisal WoesSeeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 1Seeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 2Seeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 3Getting a Grip on Green-Home Appraisals and InsuranceGreen-Building Appraisal and Financing Issues Why bet on home energy scores?Rocky Mountain Institute’s Residential Energy+ initiative has been closely tracking developments with real estate platforms, as we believe the increased transparency of home energy performance will have a tremendous ripple effect in driving both the supply of and demand for home energy performance improvements as a means to mitigate the carbon footprint of the residential buildings sector.But climate is merely one reason that so many companies consider the introduction of energy scores as a low-risk, high-reward endeavor. Let’s look at three major industry trends:Trend I: More and more customers are, and will be, demanding higher-performing homes.U.S. homeowners spend on average $2,200 per year on energy bills and increasingly indicate demand for energy-efficient homes. Values beyond energy cost savings associated with home performance, such as improved comfort, health, and technology and connectivity, are becoming more and more recognized by today’s home buyers, especially millennials, who represent the largest growing U.S. home-buying demographic. The visibility of home energy performance through energy scores is well aligned with these customer trends, and can help savvy customers ensure that the value of their investment matches their expectations.Trend 2: Real estate professionals are “seeing green” and increasingly turning to home energy performance as a way to connect with a new set of buyers.Real estate professionals can embrace and profit from these market trends by making home energy performance a core component of the support they provide for buyers and sellers. According to the National Association of Realtors 2017 Sustainability Report, 56% of survey respondents find that clients are interested in sustainability, and 71% said that energy efficiency promotion in listings was very or somewhat valuable. However, only 43% of respondents indicated their region’s multiple listing service (MLS) has a green data field. More transparent home energy scores can fill this important gap and help real estate professionals embrace these market trends and take the initiative to make home energy performance central to their client support.Trend 3: Energy scores can help connect the dots between motivation and financingMore and more financing options are available for homeowners — depending on their state or municipality. But without transparency into current or expected levels of home energy performance, it is difficult for homeowners and lenders alike to determine the level of risk undertaken when a loan is offered. According to RMI’s Finance the Future project, the increased transparency that performance data can provide can help scale the market for energy efficiency finance products.A study published by the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) and the University of North Carolina shows that home energy upgrades reduce default and collateral risk significantly. Homes that receive home energy upgrades saw reduced default rates of more than 30%. When financial markets respond to energy performance through mechanisms like an energy score, underwriters can consider the cash-flow risks associated with energy-hog homes, and perhaps better incentivize and price mortgages for energy-efficient homes versus high-energy-use homes. © 2017 Rocky Mountain Institute. Published with permission. Originally posted on RMI Outlet. There is tremendous risk and reward to being a first mover. News that Tesla overtook Ford in market value is perhaps the most illustrative example of what’s possible when innovative technologies disrupt the market.While not all companies are set to be the next Tesla, many are placing very calculated bets on the clean energy revolution, and racing quickly to offer products or services that will open up new markets and capture significant share in existing ones. One such race is occurring in “green real estate,” with the potential to change how we search for real estate, how real estate professionals market homes, and how we view the performance and value of our own properties.More and more online real estate portals in the U.S. are rolling out home energy scores on property listings. For example Hotpads (a Zillow Group property, which, like others, is working with UtilityScore) and Estately (which recently announced a partnership with Clearly Energy) feature a home energy score. In December, we wrote about the launch of Energy realScores on realesate.com.au, which provides an instant snapshot of whole home energy performance across more than 80% of Australia’s home market. Most recently, RealEstate.com launched a home energy score with data from UtilityScore for all active for-sale listings.last_img read more

News and updates

first_imgDestination  Dubai’s new campaignIndian actress and TV presenter Koel Purie features in the latest edition of the promotional campaign ‘In Dubai Everyday is an Opportunity’ launched end of March. The advertisement showcases the Dubai International Film Festival. Koel Purie plays herself as a presenter on the red carpet and manages to interview the latest Indian movie star who returns from filming in the desert just in time for the festival. The advertisement will be online until the end of June.New services at Tourist Info ViennaLast-minute tickets for 11 venues in the city are now available from the tourist information office on Albertinaplatz in the first district. The Last Minute Ticket Corner, open from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. offers 25-50 percent discounts on tickets for performances later that day. A new tactile map of the first district and map of the city is also available at the Tourist Info Vienna. Printed materials are now available in a choice of 13 languages.Hot deal: Get 60 percent off on 3 nights/4 day holiday in thailand (1 night at four points by sheraton bangkok & 2 nights in siam bayview pattaya). Pay Rs. 16,070 per couple instead of Rs. 40,176). www.vamoose.inIndia’s first in-cab entertainment serviceThe EasyCabs in-cab entertainment service in Mumbai has four categories: Entertainment, Around the World, Fashion and Lifestyle, and Sports and Tech. Content partners include Fox History and Entertainment, NewsX, Times Internet, India Today, TechCrunch TV, Who What Wear and Bollywood Masala. The service, currently available in 40 cars, will soon be expanded to all 500 in Mumbai before being taken to New Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad.New bike-sharing scheme for Miami Beach The DecoBike scheme allows you to insert your credit card and choose a bike, returning it to one of the 100 solar-powered stations dotted around the city. You don’t need to pay another dollar above the membership fee if you return the bike within 30 minutes. A monthly pass costs US$ 15, a one-day access costs US$ 14 and three days will set you back by US$ 30. More details on www.decobike.comWatergate exhibition at Nixon MuseumThe Watergate Gallery, the new permanent exhibition at the Nixon Museum in Yorba Linda, California, chronicles the events of one of the country’s biggest scandals. Admission free. Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; www.nixonlibrary.govKorea’s first visa application centre in IndiaVFS Global will manage Korea’s visa application centre at the International Trade Tower in Nehru Place, New Delhi. Timings: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. from Monday to Friday. Tel: (011) 4109 2834; e-mail: info.korea.in@vfshelpline.comSiyahi’s second literary festival in BhutanThe second edition of Mountain Echoes, a literary festival organised by Siyahi, will be held in Thimphu from May 20-23. The various workshops and talks will cover a range of topics such as oral traditions, fiction, poetry and popular fiction. The list of speakers at this year’s festival includes Gulzar, Imtiaz Ali, David Davidar, Namita Gokhale, Chandrahas Choudhary, Aman Nath, Valmik Thapar, Namita Bhandare and Pushpesh Pant. For special offers on travel, visit www.mountainechoes.orgGoa witnesses spurt in tourist arrivals from Eastern EuropeFor the last several years Goa has seen the highest number of tourist arrivals from UK. This year tells a different story. Goa has recorded a marked rise in tourist from Eastern Europe including countries like Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. Official charter statistics recorded by the tourism department shows a total of 781 charter flights carrying 1,56,541 travellers from 11 international destinations have landed into Goa since the start of the tourist season in October. Of these, 392 flights came from Russia itself as compared to 216 from the UK.Hot deal: Yatra.com’s 7 nights/8 days discover ladakh package starts at Rs. 24,999 per person (twin share). Includes airport transfers, daily breakfast & dinner, and sightseeing. www.yatra.comTV show on France’s wine regionsBBC Entertainment’s new show–Oz & James Big Wine Adventure–features wine expert Oz Clarke Top Gear’s James May. The series captures their travel together for over six weeks, in James’s specially chosen Jaguar XJS, through Bordeaux before heading south through the Languedoc-Roussillon and on to Provence. Premieres May 8; Fridays 8 p.m.Stolen King Tut statue returns to Cairo MuseumA gilded statue of Tutankhamun that was stolen from the Egyptian Museum in January has been returned, along with three other objects. A government news release said that the figure had been slightly damaged, with a part of its crown and pieces of the legs missing, and also that the whole statue would be restored. It was among several dozen objects looted from the museum on January 28, in the midst of the protests in Tahrir Square.New Roman museumLovers of Baroque art and architecture can add one more stop to their Rome travel itinerary: the recently inaugurated Museo Missionario di Propaganda Fide. The new museum has opened in part of the 17th-century Palazzo di Propaganda Fide, a masterpiece of Baroque architecture. Visitors to the museum will have access to halls and chapels in the Palazzo.Titanic memorial cruiseDriven by high demand, organisers of the Titanic Memorial Cruise confirmed that a second historic cruise will set sail to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the disaster. The 8-night charter voyage–now open for booking–will depart on April 10, 2012. Prices start at 2,911 per person. Visit www.titanicmemorial cruise.com for details.  Aviation  Lufthansa to fly A380 to MiamiThe German carrier will operate its daily Frankfurt-Miami route with an A380 aircraft from June 10, replacing the B747 currently serving the US city. Miami will be the sixth Lufthansa destination to be served by the superjumbo, and the third US city after New York and San Francisco. From April 10, Lufthansa will also increase the number of A380 flights between Frankfurt and Beijing from three-times weekly to daily.Hot deal: Kenilworth beach resort & spa goa offers 3 nights/ 4 days from Rs. 24,000. with meals, beverages & sightseeing. valid till may 31. Tel: (0832) 669 8888Air France’s premium economy service now in DelhiThe Premium Voyageur, located between business and economy cabins, is now available on all Air France flights departing from Delhi. The cabin offers 40 percent additional space compared with Economy Class, with an average of 21 Premium Voyageur seats available over a surface area which used to occupy 40 Economy seats. The cabin has reclining shell seats. The baggage allowance is more than in Economy and there are priority check-in desks and baggage delivery at the airport for Premium Voyageur flyers.Delhi-Manila flights from Philippines AirlinesPhilippine Airlines is now operating six flights a week from New Delhi to Manila. Flight PR759 departs Delhi on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 3 a.m. and reaches Manila at 12 noon (local time), while one-stop flight PR753 via Bangkok leaves New Delhi on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 2.45 a.m and reaches Bangkok at 8.25 a.m. and Manila at 1.50 p.m. the same day.Singapore Airlines flies to Brazil The Southeast Asian carrier’s new service connects Singapore to Sao Paulo via Barcelona. The Brazilian city is Singapore Airlines’ first destination in South America, which has become the sixth continent in its route network. It will operate three flights a week on this route.Qantas starts paid seat selectionInternational economy passengers flying with Qantas can now choose their seats in advance online, for a fee of A$ 20 (Rs. 920 approx) per flight. The Australian carrier is not levying the fee for business or premium economy passengers. It will not charge the fee for domestic flights, nor for higher tier members of its own loyalty scheme.Mobile check-in on United’s int’l routesThose flying outside the US with United can now check-in online through web-enabled mobile device 24-hours prior to departure. Mobile boarding passes will initially be available for flights departing from London, Munich, Amsterdam, Brussels, Geneva, Zurich, Moscow and Osaka, with plans to extend the service in the coming months to Frankfurt, Tokyo and Hong Kong.  Trade  Europe’s first Hyatt Place hotel to open in 2013 The first Hyatt Place property in Europe will be a 330-room hotel located close to Amsterdam Schiphol airport. The brand is currently only available in the US, where there over 160 properties, although there are 30 Hyatt Place hotels currently under development in the US, India, Panama and Costa Rica. Hyatt Place Amsterdam Airport will be located close to the A4/A5 motorway, which connects The Hague, Rotterdam and Amsterdam, and around 12 km from Amsterdam’s RAI exhibition and congress centre.Yatra.com starts cash-on-delivery serviceYatra’s new Cash on Delivery (COD) service enables you to pay cash against travel bookings. The COD payment option is available for international air, domestic and international holiday bookings. A Yatra.com representative will visit you to collect the cash, following which e-tickets/package vouchers will be sent. This service is currently available in Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Pune and Chennai.Hot deal: Get 6 nights/ 7 days in turkey for Rs. 93,899 onwards (twin share). includes return airfare, accommodation, visa, breakfast & some meals, sightseeing & airport taxes. valid till october 31. www.makemytrip.comiPad version of Vienna Hotels magazineYou can now read the magazine of the Vienna International Hotels & Resorts, a group with 34 hotels across Europe, as a free app for the iPad. The current spring issue can be downloaded for free from the iPad App Store. The version has slideshows and videos. An innovative language option allows you to switch between the German and English editions: if you hold the iPad in portrait orientation, the text is in German; turning it to landscape position switches to English. Downloads are available at the iPad App Store and at www.vi-magazin.comLeela chairman felicitated The second edition of The Maharashtra Economic Summit conferred Capt. C.P. Krishnan Nair, chairman of The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, with the Y.B. Chavan Memorial Awards for Excellence in Hospitality, in Mumbai last month. The award is in recognition of Capt. Nair’s business practices, leadership qualities and for raising the bar of the hospitality industry with his achievements.Eurostar unveils new logoThe European rail operator has unveiled a brand new logo as it gears up for the launch of new trains this year. Eurostar will also refurbish its current fleet next year, and has introduced new menus for Business Premier class. It will also launch mobile apps for iPhone and Android users, and you will soon be able to book taxis while on board a Eurostar service.W Hotels to debut in IndiaStarwood’s first W hotel in India will be at the forthcoming Namaste Tower in Mumbai’s Lower Parel. W Mumbai is scheduled to open in 2015. Other Starwood hotels set to open this year in India include Le Mzridien Coimbatore, and the Sheraton Bangalore Hotel at Brigade Gateway, next to the World Trade Centre.  Business  New Lufthansa First ClassThe German carrier will revamp its existing fleet of B747-400s by November. Although there will be no significant changes to business and economy classes, the revamped first class window seats will be converted into full-length, lie-flat beds over two metres in length. The cabin will also have sound-absorbing curtains and sound-deadening insulation beneath the carpet. The revamp means the number of seats on the B747-400’s upper deck will be reduced from 16 to eight. Seating will be configured 1-1 with the bed positioned alongside the window.Rolls-Royce Phantom at Mandarin Oriental Dhara DheviThe Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai, is now offering the use of a brand new Rolls-Royce Phantom. The THB 48 million (roughly US$ 1.6 million) Rolls-Royce Phantom is available for airport pick up at THB 4,500 (Rs. 7,000 approx) one way and THB 8,000 (Rs. 12,000 approx) round trip. It can also be rented chauffeur-driven on an hourly basis for THB 12,000 (Rs. 18,000 approx) per hour or for the whole day (10 hours) for THB 80,000 (Rs. 1.2 lakh); www.mandarinoriental.comHot deal: Get 3 nights/ 4 days in kenya for Rs. 64,500 onwards. includes return airfare, accommodation, meals, park entrance fees, game drives, and services of a guide. valid till june 30. http://india.arzoo.comAccor launches smartphone applicationAccor’s new application for BlackBerry and Samsung Bada smartphones provides access to 3,000-plus hotels through its website (www.accorhotels.com). You can search according to predefined criteria, such as location and date and refine your search. Member of the AClub loyalty programme can enter card number and earn points with every booking made from a smartphone.Airside bedrooms at HeathrowUK’s independent air lounge operator No.1 Traveller is to open its latest airport lounge in Heathrow Terminal 3 this August, complete with bedrooms with ensuite showers. The lounge will be the first paid-for facility to offer airside accommodation at Heathrow. You pay a minimum of 25 for stays of up to three hours lounge access. Stays cannot exceed six hours and Priority Pass, Airport Angel, Diners Club, TTT MoneyCorp and WEXAS loyalty members can enter for free.iPad app from Priority PassThe worldwide airport lounge programme has launched an iPad application and enhanced its iPhone application. Both apps contain a ‘Find Nearest Lounge’ tool with GPS, and those who like to plan ahead can use a fast off-line search for lounges at any airport.Cathay reopens The Wing lounge at HKThe airline’s renovated premium signature lounge has 26 workstations with printers. It also offers a more extensive buffet. The Wing is open to First and Business class passengers as well as to its loyalty programme members.advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Netflix Announces Milestone Italian Original About Black Youths in Italy

first_img ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Creator Jenji Kohan and Star Uzo Aduba Bid Farewell “I hope that this [series] will open the door to black actors, creatives, and artists who have not yet had a big break,” he added. And went on to point out that “this story will reflect the lives of lots of kids, regardless of what color they are.” Related Dikele Distefano, who grew up in the Northern Italian city of Ravenna, made his debut as an author with a self-published novel titled “Fuori piove, dentro pure. Posso passare a prenderti?” which can be translated as “It’s Raining Outside, And Inside As Well. Can I Come And Pick You Up?” The book was republished in 2015 by prominent Italian imprint Mondadori.His most recent book, about a young black kid named Zero contending with hardship and racism in contemporary Italy, will provide the starting point for the series which will however have a different twist and “feature lots of rap [music] because “rap is the language of my generation,” he said.Dikele di Stefano will be writing the series in collaboration with the Italian screenwriter known as Menotti (“The Call Me Jeeg”), and also Stefano Voltaggio, Massimo Vavassori, Carolina Cavalli and Lisandro Monaco.No information has been revealed about who will direct.The expected delivery date for the “Zero” series is 2020.“Zero” is being produced by Fabula Pictures, the innovative Italian production company founded and headed by Nicola and Marco De Angelis, which for Netflix has previously produced “Baby” the drama about teen prostitution in Rome which has just wrapped its second season.“Baby” is Netflix’s second Italian original longform series. The first is the crimer “Suburra” about corruption in contemporary Rome produced by Cattleya, which in June started production on teen romancer “Summertime,” also commissioned by Netflix. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Netflix has announced new Italian original titled “Zero” which will mark the first Italian series centered around the present-day lives of black Italian youths said its writer, Antonio Dikele Distefano, in a Netflix launch video posted on Youtube.Dikele Distefano, a 27-year-old writer and TV music show host born in Italy from Angolan parents, said in the video that his groundbreaking skein will be about a black youth named Zero who “has a special power thanks to which he can know the reality of things and people that is concealed behind appearances.”“For me — for a black kid who is Italian, like Zero, and who owes everything to Italy – the most beautiful thing is that this will be the first series in which the protagonists will be black Italian kids,” Dikele Distefano noted.  Popular on Variety What’s Coming to Netflix in September 2019last_img read more