Southgate hoping Zaha performs England U-turn after Ivory Coast switch

first_img Wilfried Zaha: The 24-year-old could turn out for the Elephants at next month’s Africa Cup of Nations New England boss Gareth Southgate wants Wilfried Zaha to remain an option for the Three Lions rather than see him switch his national allegiance to the Ivory Coast.The 24-year-old Crystal Palace winger was born in the Ivory Coast and moved to England with his family when he was four.He picked up two senior England caps during Roy Hodgson’s tenure, but he is eligible to switch to his country of birth as both appearances came in friendlies.Zaha has already been pictured holding an Ivory Coast shirt and could turn out for the Elephants at the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon, which starts next month.But Southgate, who worked closely with the former Manchester United man at Under-21 level, will seek talks with Zaha in the near future.“We are still first and foremost hopeful that we can speak to Wilf,” he said when asked about the potential change from Zaha.“He’s a player I’ve obviously worked with. At the time, I had him with the Under-21s. The first few months he played very well for us…then he had a difficult period for his club.“He had a loan spell at Cardiff that didn’t go so well and at the stage we had players like Tom Ince, who was performing better in the Championship out wide for us, so he dipped out of that group.“Then obviously over the last couple of years, with respect, no-one was questioning him not being in our squad last summer [at the European Championships].”Asked if the player’s decision was now too far down the line, Southgate replied: “I would like to speak to him before we make a decision and happy to make that happen.”The new England manager has kept his eye on the progress Zaha has made this campaign, with the player featuring in all but three of Palace’s games so far.“He has played very well this season,” added Southgate.“I saw him at Everton where he played okay. He played well at Burnley where in the second half I thought he was excellent.“I had a conversation with (Palace manager) Alan Pardew about him that week leading up to that game and I had a conversation with (Palace chairman) Steve Parish about him at half-time during that game. He is someone who I said to Alan I am aware of.”Despite being aware of Zaha, Southgate opted against calling the forward up for any of the four games which he presided over on an interim basis before landing the England job full-time on Wednesday.“For me I only had a few days to make a decision and I had a squad that had done pretty well in October and I wanted to build on that,” he said.“We had Adam Lallana and Raheem Sterling coming into that. But he is certainly someone who has talent, is in a good moment with his club and ideally I’d like to talk to him before he makes that decision final.” 1last_img read more

10 Tips for Good Show Etiquette on a Disney Cruise

first_imgShare This!The famed philosopher George Costanza once said, “You know, we’re LIVING in a society.  We’re supposed to act in a civilized way!”  Truer words may never have been spoken by the man who brought us “Serenity now!”, but sometimes we and our fellow Disney Cruise Line guests struggle to remember the words of the great man.Is there anyone else out there amused/intrigued/bothered/appalled by the way a few of our fellow guests, or maybe even ourselves or members of our travelling group, behave in shows of any kind these days?  I sat behind a little boy at a Disneyland show the other day who played Candy Crush during an entire show – with the volume turned all the way up, and with nary a word about it by his adult caretakers.  Or how about guests who watch videos on their mobile devices in public with the sound on?  When did this become okay (have we stopped LIVING in a society, people!?!?)?Luckily the lack of affordable, accessible internet will cut down on some of these problems on a Disney cruise.  Still, I’ve been in an awful lot of Disney shows where it was hard to pay attention for one reason or another lately.  So, I thought some general guidelines of civilized (and uncivilized) behavior might be nice to discuss, because I know we all want to gain the approval of Monsieur Costanza!  Add more if you know George would approve!1. No Talking – Why does this even need to be said? Please do not talk once a show begins! I’m not talking about a quick comment whispered to the person sitting next to you.  Like “That was awesome!”  I’m talking almost anything said in a regular voice, and any whispers that turn into full conversations.  Like the tweenage girl who sat in her mother’s lap during a Disney Nature film a few years ago onboard the Wonder right beside my husband while the two had a conversation in full voice about animals.  You may think you’re being quiet.  You’re not.  People around you are trying to hear the performers.  Or the movie!  They can’t if you are talking.  Whatever it is, it can wait.  If it can’t, then step out!2. Don’t Use Your Phone – Again, I can’t believe this isn’t obvious. But I sat in Black Panther on the Magic a few weeks ago when the person behind me answered their Wave Phone. Answered.  And talked.  And didn’t leave.  While it’s true that I didn’t pay for that movie (well, I didn’t pay for a movie ticket to see it, but I did pay to take the cruise), I still wanted to hear it!  I get that the Wave Phone call could be something important like the nursery.  So if it rings (vibrates), just step out and take that call!  While we’re at it, don’t send messages (or do anything else) on your phone.  That tiny bright screen in a dark theater is like a bug light to the people behind you just waiting to zap them (“No!  Harry, No!  Don’t look at the light!”, “I can’t help it, it’s so beautiful!”).  If you need to send a message, or answer one, step out.  If you’re just checking what time the next activity is, don’t.3. Don’t Sing – Everyone may not agree with me on this, but try not to sing along unless it’s a singalong event or the cast invites you to sing. I know, I know, Buddy the Elf says, “The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.” And I know it’s hard to pass up a chance to sing that favorite song, but the people around you came to hear the performers, not you.  So, please, save it for karaoke later unless you are invited to sing as part of the show!4. Don’t Save Seats – Disney makes an announcement repeatedly that seat saving is not allowed, and guests constantly ignore it. I’m not talking about someone coming in with you and stepping out to get popcorn or use the restroom before the show starts. I’m talking about sending Grandmom and Grandad to save 10 seats (and telling other guests they can’t sit in those seats) while the rest of the family takes their sweet time getting there.  Like some restaurants insist on, sit down when your entire party has arrived.  If some of your family wants to go in and sit with lots of seats around them hoping they will still be empty later, that’s fine!  But if your family has not arrived and someone else wants to sit down, let them.5. Don’t Lean Forward or Let Children Stand on the Seats – The Walt Disney Theater is tight. The seats are on a slope, but aren’t true stadium style seats. They’re built so the average height person should be able to see over the average height person’s head in front of them (or between the two heads in front of them).  If you lean forward, that doesn’t work anymore.  Your head is actually blocking the line of sight for the people slightly above you.  If you are on the same level surface as the person behind you, your head is lower.  If they’re above you, you’ve blocked their angle.  This may be a short person problem, my own husband didn’t believe me that this is true, but it happens regularly to me.  In the same way, if you let your child stand in a chair or on your lap, they’re suddenly taller than the average person, and the line of sight doesn’t work anymore.  For younger children, booster seats are available, making sure they can have a seat and still see the action. Sit back, sit down, and everyone behind you will appreciate it.6. No Glow-in-the-Dark/Light-Up Toys – I mentioned how bright a phone screen is in a dark theater, well light-up toys are as well. I know Disney sells them like hotcakes during deck parties at night, but if at all possible, drop them off in the room before you come to the show. If you can’t, put them on the floor.  I sat behind a child waving hers around constantly during the show and it was amazing how distracting it was.  I loved the enthusiasm, just not the light! If you have kids with light-up shoes, evening shows and movies may be a time for a quick pre-show costume change to “regular” shoes so they don’t start sparkling when those toes start tapping.7. Arrive on Time – Get to the show before it starts! Don’t come late. You’re distracting other people when you come in late and start looking for a seat.8. Stay Out of the Aisles – Don’t stop in an aisle or down the sides of the theater to look for your party once the show has started. Every second you spend in the aisle is a second that you are blocking someone’s view.  Disney also reminds guests to stay out of the aisles, as they often use the aisles for performers during the show.  But when one bubble starts floating down from the ceiling, people forget that rule was ever made!  When snow, bubbles, or confetti start flying, and they do, the aisles are full of excited children.  I get it!  That’s exciting for children!  And some adults who would cut someone for a few pieces of Mickey head-shaped confetti for their scrapbook.  But go ahead and stay in your row along with those excited kiddos.  It’s not just so others can see, it’s also much safer than being caught up in that frenzy!9. Take Out Crying Babies – I get it. Babies cry. That’s okay!  Mine cried as well.  But, if babies cry during a show, please take them out.  If you can’t get them to stop within a few seconds, take them out and try outside the theater.  Trust me, no one can hear around you when a child is crying.  No one for a very long way around you.  We’re built to hear that and want to help crying babies.  I was in Beauty and the Beast on the Dream two weeks ago and the child behind me cried for at least 5 minutes before someone took him/her out.  It wasn’t an isolated incident, it’s a loud show with some startling noises.  So give those babies a break from all the noise if that’s what’s upsetting them! If you think your baby may not do well in the show and you don’t want to use the nursery, many shows are broadcast through the evening on your stateroom television.10. Stay Until the End – Apparently when the cruise director gets up to close the nightly shows, it’s a sign that half the audience should get up and walk out–while the cruise director is still talking! Would George agree with that?  Well, he might or might not depending on which episode you’re watching, but it is distracting to those trying to hear the cruise director, or just trying to be polite!  There’s nowhere on a ship you must get to that quickly.  The one thing you shouldn’t be late to, just happened.  It won’t kill you to wait two more minutes before you get up.  This is not a NASCAR race.  You will not be stuck in the parking lot for hours if you don’t leave early.Was that too harsh?  Would George approve?  Would he say to me, “Well, the Jerk Store called, and they’re running out of you!”?  I don’t mean to be a negative Nellie, I’m just hoping to make our Disney Cruise Line society a little more civilized!Tammy Whiting is the owner of Storybook Destinations. 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Airbus working on fix for A321neo pitch issue

first_imgPhoto: Airbus Airbus expects to have a fix available for a pitch-up  problem affecting the A321neo by the end of September and says the issue can only happen in rare circumstances.The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued an Airworthiness Directive on July 17 warning that an analysis Elevator aileron control unit had revealed that the A321neo could pitch up in certain conditions during specific manoeuvers.It said this condition, if not controlled, could result in reduced control of the aircraft.Airbus had issued a temporary revision to the flight control manual to provide operational limitations on the plane to address the “potentially unsafe condition”, it said.READ: Ratings agencies cut Boeing outlook to negativeThe AD was not a result of an in-service issue with A321neo and Airbus said it identified the issue during on-going development tests.According to the European manufacturer, the AD is limited to the A321neo and addresses an issue that occurs only in certain remote conditions in combination with specific commands.This requires a combination of four conditions.These are a very low altitude in approach (below 100ft), an aircraft with a center of gravity that is at the aft of the plane, a specific landing configuration and the need for the crew to perform a dynamic maneuver such as go-around.In a veiled reference to problems with the Boeing 737 MAX, Airbus said there were “clear dissimilarities between this scenario and other scenarios currently being discussed which are affecting aircraft other than Airbus Types”.The manufacturer has made available an immediate solution involving an operational dispatch limitation that relates to the flight envelope where the center of gravity is at the aft part of the aircraft.It also noted there was no need to modify existing operational and training procedures.“We have supported the EASA decision to issue an Airworthiness Directive and customers have been informed and we are working with them, implementing the AD,” Airbus told AirlineRatings “The final fix will be available in Q3 2020.”Airbus said there was also no impact on the payload range of the A321LR.“Operators will be able to fully load their A321LR’s with payload and fuel and fully comply with the aft center of gravity restriction,’’ it said.last_img read more

I Don’t Know Much About Art But I Know What’s Online

first_imgNo one can have a “museum experience” without stepping foot in a museum. Let’s just get that out of the way. It doesn’t matter how digitally precise your online version of “The Forge of Vulcan” is, tilting your head to draw the light across the raised ridges of paint is not an electronically duplicable experience. That doesn’t mean digital art collections don’t have great value. After all, art books do. So here are half a dozen great digital art collections you can visit to inspire your own trip, or your own thinking about art, or to remind yourself or to learn a bit for no other reason than digital art is better by far than no art at all. In order to keep from wandering off the path never to be seen again, let’s focus on Western painting. The Prado on Google EarthThe Prado is an unending-feeling gallery of some of the greatest paintings in the Western tradition. Getting there via Google Earth may feel similar. Download the program, install it, open it, select the 3D building layer, enter “Prado Museum” and enlarge, enlarge, enlarge. Might be easier to panhandle the airfare. State Hermitage Museum: Digital Collection Russia’s Hermitage has partnered with IBM to provide a vast digital collection. Replete with a visual search function and a zoom, the presentation contains major and minor painters from every era of Western painting. The ability to sketch a search, or search by palette, is pretty awesome, but the Java function is clunky, the navigation is like getting lost in, well, the Hermitage perhaps, and the resolution is not unearthly, but it’s worth it for the content.The National Gallery, LondonProbably one of the best in terms of resolution and detail, as well as ease of use when it comes to eyeballing the masterworks. You could just stare at the detail in the background of Aachen’s “The Amazement of the Gods” until you went slowly mad. Seeing it in person must require some sort of medication arrangement with the museum.The GuggenheimThe Goog (as we call it, we who are in the know) does something interesting as an intro. It pairs a Daily Highlight with a Recent Acquisition. On this day the former is Baselitz’s “The Gleaner” and the latter Gonzalez’s “Waiting Crowd.” Unfortunately, the expanded versions are not that big, though the detail’s not bad. You can, though, search through the online offerings from the Goog’s outliers – Bilbao, Venice and Berlin, in addition to their home museum in NY.The Jewish Museum This museum in Paris houses a good representation of the work of the Ecole de Paris. Sanely organized, it is searchable by artist, object and geography. Telling the tale of an entire people and its history through art is a fascinating one and focuses a visitor’s mind, whether they’re more focused on the history or the art. MoMANew York’s Museum of Modern Art is a behemoth in its area. So the content is generous. Possibly the most important thing is the level of resolution on the scanned images. The images, unfortunately, are not provided with context so much as it with collection data. You can click off to a page devoted to an author, but it seems most useful when a combination of artist and painting background is provided with the painting, So it may not be as illuminating to a non-professional as it could be. No Stand OutsThe collections of museums are making their way online, if for no other reason than they serve as a kind of advertisement. I have yet, however, to come across an outfit, small or large, whose goal was to make their entire collection, or even a substantial majority of it, available online. The few that tried did not hit the trifecta of navigational ease, resolution and information that would make it the most useful. Do you know of one I missed? Please point us to it in the comments. Again, this survey was tightly focused on purpose. If you know of a great art collection available digitally that features non-Western art or is in general organized differently, by all means suggest that as well. And, if you’re an iPad user, you might want to take a look at Art Authority, or read this review by ReadWriteWeb’s Marshall Kirkpatrick. Art Authority provides access to “40,000 paintings and sculptures, organized into eight period-specific rooms.” 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Tags:#art#web Related Posts center_img curt hopkins 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Applast_img read more