SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Ride-hailing firm Grab said on Wednesday it would stop offering car-pooling services during late-night hours in Singapore after drivers complained about some passengers being drunk and argumentative.
FILE PHOTO: Commuters wait for a train next to Grab transport booking service app advertisements at a train station in Singapore February 10, 2016.REUTERS/Edgar Su/File Photo
Citing feedback from drivers who described intoxicated commuters vomiting in their cars or arguing with them during the ride, the company said it would stop its GrabHitch service between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. from next month.
GrabHitch enables private car drivers to offer a ride to passengers heading in the same direction for a fee.
GrabShare, the carpooling service offered by Grab’s commercial drivers, has been suspended during the same overnight hours since June.
The company’s other ride-hailing services are still available during those hours.
“Grab has always taken a proactive approach to ensure that our driver-partners and passengers will have a safe and positive driving/riding experience,” the company said on Wednesday.
Ride-hailing firms in Asia have faced questions about safety after incidents involving drivers and passengers this year.
China’s biggest ride hailing firm, Didi Chuxing, implemented safety measures after a public outcry over the murder of a 20-year-old passenger by her Didi driver in August, the second such incident since May.
Reporting by Aradhana Aravindan; Editing by Darren Schuettler
Just under 25 years old since its phoenix rising, A. Lange & Sohne is a relatively young name which has established a signature aesthetic so emblematic of its brand that it remains one of the few marques that can be identified from the watch face alone. Its most iconic model? The Lange 1, incidentally the model which launched with the brand’s resurrection, was actually conceived from the dial first.
Speaking to Anthony de Haas in Geneva’s Palexpo, Director of Product Development, he confessed that the Lange 1 was one of the rare instances in the brand where function followed form. Conceived as a dial first by Günter Blümlein and Reinhard Meis, the Saxony manufacture then designed a calibre around the indications of the dial.
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The jovial 50-something Dutchman studiously meticulous despite his casual manner. While he’s cognisant that Lange is currently reputed among connoisseurs for its intense devotion to movement decoration, he’s quite excited to get you to look beyond the German silver three-quarter plate, distinctive gold chatons, memorable blued screws and the unmistakable hand engraved balance cock. In terms of design language, de Haas attributes a lot of the unspoken, unpublicised concepts to the visionary Blümlein.
According to de Hass, “Blümlein, Klaus (Kurt) and Meis actually gave us blueprints for the fonts for the sole purpose of being both classic yet undeniably contemporary. Every Lange timepiece from that point was conceived with every single detail in mind,” he adds, “the kerning and leading had to be just so, because everything was centred around the iconic outsized double date display.”
Outsized Date. Outsized Design
Indeed, those design codes have shaped everything since including the Saxonia Outsize Date, Moonphase, and 1815 chronograph. “Everything is designed with architectural precision and located in exactly the right place,” says de Haas. Indeed, beginning from the arguably the world’s most impressive chronograph, the two-registers of the Datograph have often been praised for the design and placement of its counters but few have ever deduced the simple reason for its undeniable allure.
And to give the utmost force and solidity to your work, some part of the picture should be as light, and some as dark as possible: These two extremes are then to be harmonized and reconciled to each other. – Sir Joshua Reynolds, English Painter, 1783
It has been a concept understood since 1783 when Sir Joshua Reynolds understood, that “Two distinct, equal lights, should never appear in the same picture: One should be principal, and the rest subordinate, both in dimension and degree: Unequal parts and gradations lead the attention easily from part to part, while parts of equal appearance hold it awkwardly suspended, as if unable to determine which of those parts is to be considered as the subordinate.” From that point, John Thomas Smith, Engraver, Antiquarian and Keeper of British Prints crystalised the theory as “The rule of thirds”, a guideline which applies to the process of composing visual images such as designs, films, paintings, and photographs. What you saw then in the Datograph and today in the 1815 chronograph is the distillation of that ideal. “Many thought that the position of the registers was originally to provide balance to the outsized date on the Datograph but really, its to establish visual asymmetry akin a photograph or epic painting,” explains de Haas.
Furthermore, the dial of the 1815 Chronograph was painstakingly analysed as well and improved to enhance the harmonious overall impression: Due to the integration of a peripheral pulsometer scale, the radius of the minute scale had to be reduced. Accordingly, the hands were slightly shortened and narrowed. The designers replaced the brand arc above the axis of the hands with the A. Lange & Söhne signature at the outer edge of the dial.
For the astute, the Outsize Date on the namesake Saxonia is slightly smaller than that of the Saxomia Moon Phase. “We implemented only minor adjustments in the pro- portions,” explains Anthony de Haas, “but of course, such details have a great impact on the overall aesthetic appeal of a watch.” Given that the case diameter was reduced from 40 to 38.5 millimetres, de Hass decided to proportionally reduce the size of the outsize date – by exactly four per cent – in order to preserve the visual equilibrium.
MANCHESTER, England — It was a coincidence that as Paul Pogba, dressed in a white tracksuit, flashed up on the television screens at Old Trafford on Tuesday night, the Manchester United fans started to sing “Jose Mourinho.”
On Tuesday afternoon, Ed Woodward seemed to take his side, too. In a call with investors to reveal fourth quarter financial results, United’s executive vice-chairman suggested the club were committed to winning trophies with Mourinho. It was not a vote of confidence but, then, Woodward makes so few public statements it was as close to a show of support as you’re likely to get.
It was particularly significant that it came three days after the latest set-back in the Premier League — a 1-1 draw with Wolves that saw United slip eight points behind Liverpool after just six games.
“It’s easy to get caught up in the game-by-game fluctuations of our season but I would like to take this opportunity to take a step back and look at the bigger picture,” said Woodward. “Our board, our investors and everyone at the club are aligned with the fans about what we need to do on the pitch, and that is to win trophies. It is one of the reasons we hired Jose Mourinho and we have already won three with him.”
If that was strengthening his position in the board room, at the same time, Mourinho was making sure he was doing the same in the dressing room. Ahead of Derby’s visit, the 55-year-old told Pogba he will not captain the team again. It could have been in response to any number of things. His lazy jog back towards his own goal after losing the ball in the build-up to Wolves’ equaliser on Saturday, perhaps, or his comments after the game when he suggested Mourinho was behind a lack of attacking football.
“The only truth is that I made the decision of Paul not to be the second captain anymore,” he told Sky Sports. “But no fall-out. No problems at all. The same person that decides Paul is not second captain anymore was exactly the same person that decides that Paul was the second captain, myself.
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“I am the manager, I can make these decisions, no fall-out at all, no problems at all, just one decision that I don’t have to explain.”
But if Mourinho spent most of Tuesday coming out on top in his personal battles with Woodward and Pogba, he didn’t against Frank Lampard and Derby County. It undermined it all. Ultimately, Mourinho’s position will only be secure when United are winning games and, against the Championship side, they did not. It is not the end of the world because, as Mourinho said himself after the penalty shoot-out defeat, the Premier League, Champions League and the FA Cup are bigger competitions.
What is worrying, though, is that the same thing is happening again and again and again. Mourinho’s pre-game programme notes got lost in all the furore surrounding Pogba but they were fiercely critical of his players.
“I hope we can look back on Saturday’s game against Wolves for an important lesson; a lesson that I repeat week after week after week, a lesson that some boys are not learning; every team that plays Manchester United are playing the game of their lives and we need to match that level of aggression, motivation and desire — 95 percent isn’t enough when others give 101 percent.”
Against Wolves, United began to lose their way after taking the lead. It happened again against Derby and, considering what Mourinho had written in the programme, Ashley Young’s post-match interview was startling.
“They had more intensity than we did,” he told MUTV. “When you’re playing these games you’ve got to show that intensity and go further than the opposition. We didn’t do that, we got punished and they won the game.”
On Saturday, Mourinho had called desire and commitment “the basic laws of football” and, according to Young, they are still missing. Tactics, transfers, captains and second captains are fairly trivial issues in comparison.
It looked for much of a day of drama at United that Mourinho would end it with his position strengthened. It ended with far more questions than answers.
Ayana Hotels has welcomed the official opening of Ayana Komodo Resort, Waecicu Beach, the first five-star resort to launch on the dreamy island of Flores.
The resort is an impressive sight to behold and truly marks a new beginning for tourism in East Indonesia.
The sister resort of Balinese luxury retreat Ayana Resort & Spa, Bali, Ayana Komodo Resort was built in just 14-months.
Spanning 1.4 hectares, the new resort showcases 205 bedrooms, two designer pools, children’s pool, and a handful of hospitality outlets including Rinca Restaurant, Unique Rooftop Bar, Naga Bar, Mesa Bar, and Kisik Seafood Grill.
The famous Japanese restaurant, HonZEN, will also follow on October 1st.
The resort also features a premium spa, grand ballroom and several meeting spaces.
Upon arrival, the resort’s very first guests were met with a welcome drink and canapés before resort owner, Rudy Suliawan, shared the journey of Ayana Komodo, a dream that was inspired by his daughter’s love of diving and fondness for Flores.
“Ayana Resort & Spa, Bali, and Ayana Midplaza, Jakarta, are much-loved industry leaders, with guests travelling from around the world.
“Even before joining the Ayana brand, I had heard about these incredible resorts,” shared Arroyo, who will be at the helm of Komodo’s new lifestyle destination.
The Apprentice is back for another series. And, fortunately, so are the ridiculous introductory statements from the candidates.
“I’m the Beyoncé of business,” claims one in the opening episode.
“Money doesn’t buy happiness,” says another, “but I’d rather cry in a sports car than an old banger”.
Such claims are likely to go down in the show’s history along with the likes of “everything I touch turns to sold”, and “I’m not a one trick pony – I’ve got a whole field of ponies.”
Now in its 14th year, the BBC One show never fails to deliver several contestants who are bigger on arrogance than they are on ability.
But, Lord Sugar says, he “takes exception” to the suggestion that candidates on the show are “stupid”.
“The programme itself is an entertainment programme as well as a business programme,” he tells journalists at the launch of this year’s series.
“Those stupid people you’re talking about run six very successful businesses, one of which has made a million pounds this year, and the others are close behind them.”
It’s true that six former winners of the show have gone on to successful business ventures since the 2010 rule change, which saw Lord Sugar invest in a business idea rather than hiring an apprentice for his own company.
Despite their somewhat over-confident claims, Lord Sugar says: “The whole point of the process is that you do find a winner in the end.
“The people try to fight for their position in the early stages, they say some things which sound a bit silly, but they’re not that daft really.”
“Can I also interject here,” picks up Claude Littner, “and just say, not one of them is actually stupid.”
It’s perhaps a surprising defence of the candidates from Lord Sugar’s sidekick, who doesn’t exactly go easy on candidates on the show.
“They’re all working very, very hard, and the tasks – you may be watching the TV thinking ‘I can do that’, I assure you, you can’t,” he says.
“It’s a lot more complex than you think. And they’re really trying hard, and it’s very, very difficult.
“You get a group, they don’t know each other, they’re fighting for a position – it’s much, much harder than it looks, believe me.”
The behaviour and claims of the candidates often bring them notoriety and a brief spell of social media fame.
But that is arguably a drawback – as it could mean the show is more likely to attract people who are fame-hungry rather than those who possess genuine business skill.
“That’s a very good point,” says Lord Sugar. “I do worry a lot. In the selection process, sometimes I worry that people are there for the wrong reasons.
“And if I do come across them, they don’t tend to last too long, let’s put it that way.
“Having said that, a lot of the contestants come with the intention of winning the prize and getting the job.
“And what happens is they get fired, and there’s that kind of withdrawal symptom after the show ends, where they’re not spotted in Tesco anymore.
“They then want to do something else, because they got a flavour of being on TV.
“And I have to say, with the exception of only one that I can recall, that they don’t get very far. They get used as dummies in quiz shows in things like that and get made fools of, and then fall away.”
The exception he’s referring to is probably Katie Hopkins – whose controversial opinions helped her maintain a high public profile after leaving the show via newspaper columns and radio shows.
Asked what advice he would give Hopkins now, Lord Sugar says: “She’s made her bed, she’s going to have to lay in it.
“It’s one of life’s lessons that she’s learnt. Maybe it might be a wake-up call for her. She’s got to solve this thing and move on. There’s no advice really that I can give her because she made her own problems. So I hope she’s learnt from it.”
Eagle-eyed Apprentice fans spotted a little error in the press shots which went out to journalists on Tuesday.
One of the new candidates, 26-year-old Kayode Damali, appeared to have sprouted an extra hand as he folded his arms.
The opening episode of the new series sees the candidates flown to Malta for the first task, in which they are given a list of items to track down and buy as cheaply as possible.
It’s a familiar challenge on the show, but the location is new, and the language barrier is just one of many factors which stop this year’s crop from covering themselves in glory.
Baroness Brady, Lord Sugar’s other sidekick on the show, says: “What’s incredible is that, literally, Alan says to them, ‘thanks very much for coming, here’s a map, here’s some euros, go find me nine items’, and off they go.
“And the problem is, they all think they’re brilliant, they think they are the perfect person who’s going to win and they’re full of enthusiasm and energy, but immediately they begin to realise it is, as Claude says, more difficult, everything takes a bit more time.
“They do work hard, they’re not all stupid, but they do say some stupid things.”
This is the first series of The Apprentice to air since Lord Sugar apologised for tweeting a photograph which compared the Senegal football team to beach sellers in Marbella.
He doesn’t address this directly at the launch, but acknowledges when asked by BBC News that the advice he gives apprentices about their online behaviour has changed.
“The thing is that when we started 14 years ago, there was no such thing as social media, so things change as we go through,” he says.
“The candidates of the programme are briefed at a very early stage that they have to be very careful what they do as far as social media is concerned.
“And social media can be their enemy really, because before we select some of the candidates, we use it ourselves to find out what they’ve been up to. So it’s an era we’re running through at the moment.”
Pressed on the backlash he experienced on social media in the last year, he says: “You just have to take the rough with the smooth really, it’s as simple as that.”
The new series of The Apprentice begins at 21:00 BST on Wednesday 3 October on BBC One.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s athletics federation said on Wednesday it had filed an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the decision by global athletics body IAAF to prolong its suspension.
FILE PHOTO: A sign is on display outside the office of Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) in Moscow, Russia March 28, 2018. Picture taken March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/File Photo
The federation was suspended in November 2015 following a report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) that found evidence of systematic, state-sponsored doping in the sport.
Federation spokeswoman Natalia Yukhareva told Reuters it had filed an appeal with CAS against the IAAF’s decision to extend the federation’s suspension at its last council meeting in July.
At the time the IAAF said that Russia had made “significant progress” in meeting criteria for reinstatement, but that its suspension would remain in place until the council convened again in December.
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and CAS did not immediately return requests for comment.
The move comes days after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) conditionally reinstated Russian anti-doping agency RUSADA, angering sports bodies around the globe.
The IAAF said last week that RUSADA’s reinstatement fulfilled one of three pre-conditions for the reinstatement of Russia’s athletics federation.
For the federation to be reinstated, Russia must acknowledge that officials from the Sports Ministry were involved in doping cover-up schemes.
Russian authorities must also provide access to data from testing samples at the Moscow lab, which was also suspended in the wake of the 2015 scandal.
Despite the federation’s suspension, a string of Russian athletes, including 2015 world champion hurdler Sergey Shubenkov, have been cleared to compete internationally after demonstrating they are training in a doping-free environment.
Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber, additional reporting by Mitch Phillips, Editing by
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If you’ve ventured into one of the many JB Hi-FI stores around Australia over the last few days, you may have noticed huge banners detailing numerous SIM-only plans available on the retailer’s new mobile service, JB Hi-Fi Mobile.
The service, which offers exclusive data-heavy BYO mobile plans on the Telstra Network, aims to give JB Hi-Fi customers bang for their buck, with certain plans offering gift cards and potentially huge discounts if you also purchase a new handset from the big-box retailer.
JB’s entry-level plan offers new customers 25GB of monthly data and unlimited talk and text within Australian for $45 per month on a 12-month plan, along with a bonus $200 gift card thrown in for good measure.
For $65 per month, customers can nab 40GB of monthly data and unlimited calls and SMS, with the option to get either a $300 discount on a new phone valued under $999, or $500 off the outright price of any new phone priced over $999.
Each of the plans also includes free access to Apple Music and the Telstra Air Wi-Fi hotspot network. Currently, JB’s exclusive plans aren’t available online, so you’ll have to venture in store and speak to a JB Hi-Fi staff member in order to sign up.
“America’s Got Talent” finalist Michael Ketterer will not be charged after getting arrested last week for domestic violence … TMZ has learned.
The L.A. City Attorney’s Office tells us it’s declined to file charges against Ketterer, and has instead opted to hold a City Attorney hearing for the ‘AGT’ singer. The hearing is often used as an alternative to criminal prosecution for low-level crimes.
We’re told the Office looked at the evidence in Ketterer’s case, and decided a hearing would be the best route. During the hearing, Ketterer will receive counseling on domestic violence, violence prevention and warned of the consequences for any repeat violations. It’s essentially a stern talking-to.
TMZ broke the story … Ketterer was put in cuffs last Thursday in Hollywood after cops were called to a hotel where he and his wife were staying. When officers arrived, they saw a visible red mark on Ketterer’s wife, and arrested him for felony domestic violence.
Our law enforcement sources tell us cops had to book Ketterer for felony DV due to the mark, but the charge was being reduced to a misdemeanor because the injury was minor.
Michael told us the whole thing was a “misunderstanding” and that his wife didn’t want to press charges.
One of the most memorable moments from the 2018 NBA Finals was the Cavaliers blunder late in Game 1 when J.R. Smith held on to the ball instead of shooting or passing with just 4.7 seconds left on the clock and the game tied.
The Warriors went on to take Game 1 and eventually swept the Cavs for their second straight championship.
“It was tough, but it was the same after Game 2, 3 and 4. I didn’t take it no harder than those losses just because I made a mistake,” Smith said, via ESPN’s The Undefeated. “We all make mistakes. For my teammates to know that and have my back, (Game 1) wasn’t that bad. Talked to my coaches, everybody stood behind me 100 percent. The main thing was, OK, granted, you didn’t shoot the ball, but what if you ain’t get the rebound? Then what? We still would have been in the same situation. I could have shot and missed. Then what?
“I mean, it’s an honest mistake. People make mistakes all the time.”
Smith, a 14-year league veteran, brushed off the mistake.
“I’ve messed up so many times in my life,” Smith said. “I mean, I can’t just point at one thing to be mad at.”
The 33-year-old is entering the third season of his four-year, $57 million contract with the Cavs. He averaged 8.3 points per game for Cleveland last season.
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