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David Luiz is Pablo Marí’s ‘Cicerone’ in London

first_imgDavid Luiz and Pablo Marí formed a pair in the middle of the Arsenal defense this Monday in a 0-2 victory against Portsmouth in the fifth round of the FA Cup. The Spanish debuted as a gunner with the Brazilian demonstrating that he is ready. in 90 minutes: five clearances, three aerial duels won and no dribbling. In addition, he was successful with the pass and transmitted security.Marí got along well with David Luiz in the field and also outside, where Diadema’s defender has become his ‘cicerone’ in these early days at Emirates Stadium and also, by order of the former coach of both, Jorge Jesus, according to the Portuguese newspaper Record. Mr. Flamengo, who trained David Luiz at Benfica, continues to maintain an excellent relationship with him and asked him to take care of his black-and-white pupil when he arrived in London. “I talk to him every week, he is my friend and he told me to receive him in the best possible way,” said David Luiz when Mari’s signing from Mengao was confirmed.The defender also did not hesitate to praise the Spaniard after his debut on Monday. “I am very happy for Pablo. He is a great guy and a great player. He has had an excellent game. We are here to help each other. We are 25 players, ready to play for Arsenal and do our best work, “he said. The central Almussafes has fallen well and David Luiz is trying to make everything easier so you only have to worry about what happens in the green, which in his debut already saw that he is able to solve at the highest level.last_img read more


Health Network Wants Colleague Abort Planned Strike Action

first_imgThe National Health Advocacy Network of Liberia (NHANL) is calling on the National Health Workers’ Association of Liberia (NHWAL) to abort their planned strike action.NWHAL had said few days that they are going to commence a strike action today if their demands weren’t met by the Government of Liberia. Their demands, among others, included the resignation of Health and Social Welfare Minister, Dr. (MD) Walter T. Gwenigale, and his principle deputies, including Dr. (MD) Bernice Dahn and Cllr. Vivian Cherue.NHANL said in a release that if the strike goes on as planned, it will adversely affect the nation’s struggling public health system and expose patients, including those in critical conditions, to serious danger.The network acknowledged the vital roles trussed upon the shoulders of health workers, including  nurses pertaining to medications and treatments, assistance to both the patients and physicians/doctors as well as, ensuring that patients are  properly examined, comfortable and well taken care of. The group  believes that without the nurses, the few doctors wouldn’t know how the patient’s condition was from the night before to the morning, let alone be able to determine whether the patient’s condition might be improving or declining.The Network is asking all health workers, especially nurses to consider the repercussion  of a strike and resort to bargain with relevant public health authorities through their leadership, as their absence will have adverse effect ailing public health care system.While asking their colleagues to stay put, NHANL also called on the government, through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, and the House and Senate’s Committees on Health to do everything possible to advert  the impending strike by initiating discussions with the leadership of NHWAL in order to avoid a situation that put patients at risk, and threaten to sharply erode living standards for nurses and their families.Meanwhile, the Network will on hold a strategic planning workshop February, 27 and 28 in Monrovia and subsequently launch a research that would seek to document health challenges in the County, underscoring access and quality of public and private health care with the aim of identifying drivers of maternal and child mortality,  and proffering recommendations to stakeholders in order to find solutions. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Local NDP candidate unimpressed by federal budget

first_imgWith the possibility of the government falling by the end of the week, the federal NDP candidate for the Prince George-Peace River riding says her party is ready for an election.Lois Boone says she feels the Harper government has not done enough in the budget for the average Canadian after only implementing some of the NDP’s proposals, including the home retrofit program.- Advertisement -[asset|aid=3504|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=664c6b296b14e69ac53394c4f9806c7c-Boone Budget 1_1_Pub.mp3] NDP leader Jack Layton had met with Prime Minister Stephen Harper several weeks ago to discuss items he wanted to see in the budget.However, another item Boone says the NDP had wanted was the elimination of the GST from the home heating fuel tax. She says the removal of the tax would have especially helped residents living on fixed incomes.[asset|aid=3505|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=664c6b296b14e69ac53394c4f9806c7c-Boone Budget 2_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisement Boone says an election would involve a hotly fought race between the Conservatives and the NDP across the country.She also says it would be the first opportunity for British Columbians to express their aversion to the HST, by making their voices heard at the polls.[asset|aid=3506|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=664c6b296b14e69ac53394c4f9806c7c-Boone Budget 3_1_Pub.mp3] Although the Liberals, Bloc Quebecois and the NDP have announced they will not support the budget, the Harper government is actually expected to fall on a non-confidence motion declaring it in contempt of parliament.Advertisement The non-confidence vote on the contempt charge will be taking place on Friday, three days ahead of Monday’s scheduled budget vote.last_img read more


Insider Trading: Manchester City could embarrass Man United, Arsenal midfielder news and more…

first_imgtalkSPORT’s transfer guru, Warren Haughton, rounds up all the latest transfer rumours and gossip.He looks at Manchester City’s bid for Pedro as they look to gazump rivals Manchester United for the Barcelona forward, which he believes would embarrass Louis van Gaal.He discusses Leicester City’s protracted move to sign Gokhan Inler, which could finally be coming to a head.And Haughton also looks at Arsenal’s chances of signing Grzegorz Krychowiak.Here’s some of the top transfer rumours from Borini no nearer to Liverpool exit as Lazio refuse to up £4million bidRoma approach Liverpool over loan deal for defender Mamadou SakhoChelsea transfer news: Blues enter Pedro hunt and Mourinho eyes Stones alternativeDoor open for Manchester City and Juventus as Alex Sandro rejects Porto contract offerManchester United transfer news: Fans react to news Man City want Pedro and OtamendiChelsea and Roma neck and neck in transfer race for German star Antonio RudigerTottenham transfer news: Lyon forward Clinton N’Jie putting finishing touches to £14m moveArsenal and Chelsea to miss out on William Carvalho as Real Madrid plot swoopArsene Wenger insists Arsenal are NOT making £22m move for Sevilla midfielder Grzegorz KrychowiakNorwich ready to battle Bologna for Italy strikerTottenham could face battle to keep Christian Eriksen as Juventus line up shock moveManchester City eyeing £15m-rated Serie A playmakerJuventus join Milan rivals in the race for Liverpool star Lucas Leivalast_img read more


Making Fun a Science

first_imgFor the alternative energy enthusiast, there’s a model car powered by water. Wannabe doctors can work on a “patient’s” heart, liver, lungs and other internal organs stuffed inside a toy torso. For the energy-conscious, there are solar panel kits to power a TV or charge a cell phone. At niche retailer Xump (pronounced Zump), the list of unusual science and math-based toys and kits goes on and on. The small Signal Hill company, founded nine years ago by a Hungarian-born, USC-trained physicist named Anton Skorucak, has three goals: Serve an underserved market, make money and facilitate learning. “These toys and stuff can be fun for kids, but it’s also helping them learn and creating interest in subjects like science and biology and astronomy,” said Skorucak, who started selling science toys and kits through an online physics network in 1998. “You can have fun and learn.” What began as a side-project to sell a fuel-cell model car that Skorucak and his physics buddies thought was cool has blossomed into a full-blown retail business with customers across the globe. Operating out of a 10,000-square- foot warehouse in Signal Hill’s industrial east side, Xump hopes to fill the vacuum for scientific toys created when the Discovery Channel in May decided to begin closing its 103 retail sites across the country. “There’s really not much, if any, competition out there,” Skorucak said. “You can buy some things here, and some things there, but nobody really seems to be offering all the products in one place, which is what we’re trying to do with Xump.” Marketing its toys and kits for all ages – infant to adult – to schools, parents and kids, Xump has watched sales grow by nearly 425 percent in the past few years – from a few hundred per month to a few hundred per day. “The growth has really taken off, especially online,” said Mick Richardson, the company’s marketing manager, who like many Xump employees is either still in college or a recent graduate. “We’re finding more and more interest from people and teachers as we make more products available. Any kid who has to do a science project can use something we offer.” One hot seller this holiday season is the “Disgusting Science” kit. The $20 chemistry kit provides recipes and directions to grow germs while also teaching kids how flatulence and stinky feet develop. It’s these weird, hard-to-find products that Xump specializes in and hopes to capitalize on as it expands its Internet and brick- and-mortar retail presence in coming months. Earlier this year, the company opened its second retail location, a store in Burbank. An original store is located in the Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance. The location in Signal Hill is a warehouse only, where online orders are taken and shipped and items warehoused. The company also inked a deal recently with, allowing it to market and sell products through the hugely popular retail Web site. In addition, the company is taking advantage of the weak U.S. dollar to increase overseas exports. Already, customer orders from 70 countries have prompted Xump to list product prices in several different currencies, including the euro, pound, yen and peso. To keep costs down, the company imports with many manufacturers directly, limits warehouse inventory and ships same-day. Debt is limited. “We started this thing from the ground up, really grass-roots, just paying as we went along and avoiding big investments and debt,” Skorucak said. And because Skorucak and his co-workers are naturally fascinated by new technologies, especially when it comes to alternative energy, Xump is preparing to install solar panels to power its computers, lighting, heating and air-conditioning. Workers even pool their recyclables to scrape up money for group activities like having pizza or drinks – what Skorucak calls “R and R funds.” So what’s with the name? Nothing, really. “I just found the name, like the way it looked and sounded and registered it for a Web site,” he said. “It was only later that I learned it meant `wave’ in some (ancient) Finnish-Hungarian language.” BIZ WATCH CEO: Anton Skorucak FOUNDED: 1998, name changed to Xump in 2006 EMPLOYEES: 25 PRODUCTS: Math and science-based toys and kits LOCATIONS: Torrance (Del Amo Fashion Center) and Burbank WEB SITE: FUN FACTS: The retail business was a spinoff of founder Skorucak’s physics/astronomy Web site, – an online forum for scientists worldwide. The name Xump (pronounced Zump) has no real meaning, but can be translated into “wave” in an obscure Finnish-Hungarian language. kristopher.hanson@presstelegram.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Everything Jose Mourinho said in his press conference after Spurs humbling

first_img England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Lucas Moura scored twice as Spurs eased to victory at Old Trafford What was your message to the Manchester United fans at the end?“My message was the same message as the supporters, the message that the supporters gave to the players was my message, was the same.“When you play the way you play, when you create what you create, when we miss the chances that we missed, when at half-time everybody was frustrated but totally convinced that we were going to win the match.“And even with the unexpected 2-0 result, the way the team kept playing until the third goal arrived, my message to the players has to be a positive message and I’m really happy, humbled by the way the supporters reacted to the boys, I think it was very much deserved, but sometimes players deserve and they don’t get what they deserve, so we have to be humbled by the supporters reactions.Are you concerned by two defeats in the first three games? Is there a worry there that your team is on the slide?“I wouldn’t be worried if at half-time we were winning 3-0 and at half-time the result should be 3-0, 3-1, 2-0, but we were so, so, so much the better team in the first-half, I wouldn’t be worried with that. Everything looked okay at half-time, so what was the problem in the second-half? Did you see the goal?” Victor Lindelof was woeful against Tottenham silverware possible standings Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won “Today we were aggressive, we press high, Tottenham couldn’t make two passes coming from the back, they made lots of mistakes because of our pressure high, we project the full-backs, we had Valencia and Luke Shaw arriving in dangerous positions, we miss goals with an open goal, we missed chances, we were unlucky in rebounds in both goals, we lost a game because we conceded a goal from the first corner of the match against us on minute 50-something.“In the first-half, zero free-kicks, zero corners conceded, in minute 50-something they have one corner and score a goal, and you want, with that goal, you want to transform the story of your game. But don’t lose your time, because today I had the proof that the best judge in football are the supporters, they are the best judge.”But many of the supporters walked out?“I would do the same, losing 3-0, taking two hours from here to the centre of Manchester, because it’s where I live and I know that after matches it takes two hours, so I would do the same, so keep trying, keep trying, keep trying.” Jose Mourinho was in feisty mood after the defeat to Tottenham Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Latest Premier League News 3 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? huge blow Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade no dice center_img 3 3 How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Do you know what your best back four is at the moment?“No.”Why not?“Why not? Because in the first game Lindelof and Bailly, and today played Jones and Smalling, but now Jones is injured, and next match it will be Smalling, with another one, and when Marcos Rojo comes he will be an option, and no, I don’t know my best back four.”Is it affecting them by changing them a lot? Is that affecting the confidence of the way they play?“No.”If you play a midfielder in a back three does that not affect Lindelof’s confidence? Does it suggest you don’t trust him in a back three?“You want to make the miracle of my team played so well and strategically we were so so good and you want to try and transform this press conference into ‘let’s blame the guy’. You have to tell me what is the most important thing.“When I win matches I come here many times and you are not happy that I won matches, and you say the most important thing is the way of playing.”I’m just asking about your defending?“No, no, no, you have to make a decision in relation to that, because I need to know what is the most important thing. If it is is to play well or if it is to win matches? Is it to play offensively, or is it to play for a certain result? Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury shining REVEALED Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Jose Mourinho went on the attack on Monday night after suffering his biggest ever home defeat as a manager.The Manchester United boss pointed out he has won more Premier League titles than any of his current rivals, insisted his side were the better team despite losing 3-0 to Tottenham, and then walked out of his press conference demanding more respect from journalists.Here’s the press conference quotes in full… REVEALED smart causal Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card ALTERED gameday But are they not judging your team by walking out?“We lost last season here against Sevilla ([ast season in the Champions League last 16] and we were booed, because we deserved, because we were not good, because we were not dangerous enough, because Sevilla deserved to win the match. We were booed, and deservedly.“Today the players left the pitch after losing at home and they were applauded, because they deserved it, so keep trying, and trying, and trying, and keep trying. Just to finish, do you know what was the result?“This [holding three fingers up]. 3-0, 3-0. Do you know what this is? 3-0. But it also means three Premierships and I won more Premierships alone than the other 19 managers together. Three for me and two for them two. So respect man, respect, respect, respect.”last_img read more



first_imgSETANTA U-21 hurlers are county champions.They defeated St Eunan’s by a single point in the 2013 final which was rescheduled and played in Convoy today.The final score was 1-05 to 0-07, with Setanta a point ahead at half-time 0-04 to 0-03. The sides held a minute’s silence before the game in memory of the Brogan sisters who lost their lives in a house fire in Letterkenny yesterday. HURLING: SETANTA CROWNED 2013 COUNTY U-21 CHAMPS AFTER NARROW WIN OVER ST EUNAN’S was last modified: January 4th, 2014 by John2Share 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:SETANTASt EunansU-21 hurling finallast_img read more


Men’s Basketball Hosts Missouri State In Another Meeting Of First-Place Teams

first_imgIn MVC games this season, Drake’s Nick McGlynn (Stoughton, Wis.) is averaging 14.3 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. In his last game at the Knapp Center, he scored a career-high 23 points on 9-of-10 shooting against Evansville to help him earn MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week honors for the second time this season. Drake Game Notes Live Audio Story Links Missouri State, the preseason MVC favorite, averages 70.8 points per game with preseason MVC Player of the Year Alize Johnson scoring 15.9 points with 11.9 rebounds per game. The last time the two teams met, Johnson had 23 points and 21 rebounds. Buy Tickets Live Stats center_img The Drake University men’s basketball team returns to the Knapp Center, where it is undefeated this season, to host Missouri State, Saturday, Jan. 20, at 3 p.m. The game will be another clash of first-place Missouri Valley Conference teams as both Drake and Missouri State are in a three-way tie for first place in the standings with Loyola. The Bulldogs are a perfect 7-0 at home this season and averaging 84.0 points per game at home with an average margin of victory of 20.7 points. That home cooking has helped Drake remain the top scoring team in the MVC at 76.3 points per game. On the other side of the court, Drake has held three of its seven MVC opponents to less than 40 percent shooting.C.J. Rivers / <dfn><a href=”/roster.aspx?rp_id=5393″ rel=”smarttag” rev=”5393″>Ore Arogundade</a></dfn> Press Conference” width=”640″> ESPN3 FoxSportsGo Following Saturday’s game, the Bulldogs remain home to host another MVC title contender, Loyola. Tipoff against the Ramblers is set for 7 p.m. Jan. 24. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more


A BEE hive of opportunity

first_img26 July 2007Fifty-two percent of privately held businesses in South Africa expect a change in ownership over the next 10 years, the highest among 32 countries surveyed in Grant Thornton’s latest International Business Report.South Africa’s high rate of ownership “churn” related directly to black economic empowerment (BEE), Grant Thornton SA chairman Leonard Brehm said in a statement this week, and meant that South Africa currently offered “the greatest opportunity for a new generation of business leaders”.Grant Thornton’s survey was conducted among medium to large businesses in 32 countries, covering more than 7 200 respondents. In South Africa, 200 businesses employing between 100 and 400 people were surveyed.The survey found that of those SA businesses expecting to change hands, 38% anticipated doing so within two years, 51% between three and five years and the remaining 11% within 10 years.Ownership churn has increased since Grant Thornton’s previous survey, conducted in 2005, when 47% of South African respondents expected a change in business ownership within 10 years.“The expected churn reported by South African businesses relates directly to black economic empowerment (BEE),” Brehm said in a statement.“With the BEE codes of good practice now gazetted and business ownership providing some of the highest points on the scorecard, a change in business ownership makes sense for many people looking to ensure their businesses’ sustainability.”When asked how respondents expected the change in business ownership to take place, 45% of South African respondents answered by sale to employees, followed by management buy-out or buy-in (35%).According to Grant Thornton, these findings support Brehm’s view on ownership churn in SA since, globally, trade sales (25%) are the most likely future of privately held businesses, followed by private equity or bank finance (20%) and management buy-out or buy-in or mergers (both at 16%).Sale or transfer to a family member is the expected outcome for 15% of businesses, with sale to employees (10%) the least likely means of change of ownership.“This means that South Africa currently offers the greatest opportunity for a new generation of business leaders,” Brehm said.Globally, 28% of privately held businesses are expected to change hands within the next 10 years, 25% of these within the next two years.Following South Africa, businesses in New Zealand (51%), Canada (50%) and the Philippines (48%) are the next most likely to witness changes in company ownership over the next 10 years, the survey reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more


The Ultimint Experience

first_imgAs much as I’d like to claim credit for the catchy title above, it’s actually the name of the Airbus A321 flown for this review of jetBlue’s sparkling new US transcon service, aptly called ‘Mint.’ Ticket prices for this impressive coast-to-coast travel range from an ultra-thrifty $599 to a still-thrifty $999 per-person one-way (before fees), depending on how far in advance you book your flight. In this editor’s opinion, it’s a steal at either price, especially compared to first class fares of competing legacy US carriers that run between $1,100 and $2,000 per-person one-way. Seating in the Mint cabin is arranged in alternating rows of twin-seats (Rows 1, 3, and 5) and private suites (Rows 2 and 4) with sixteen seats total. Surprisingly, there is no price difference between the two. Suites are simply sold on a first-come, first-serve basis, and although the large twin-seats offer great comfort and the same recline and lie-flat bed features as the suite, there’s really no comparison to having your very own private compartment complete with sliding door. The suite also offers much more storage space including an outsize 12-inch by 32-inch shelf below the windows. Seat and amenitiesjetBlue’s Mint experience begins well before boarding with a dedicated check-in line and ultra-convenient express PreCheck status at TSA security checkpoints. Upon entering the aircraft as first to board, Mint passengers find luxurious oversize pillows and blankets, a ‘Snooze Kit’ containing eyeshades and earplugs, and a welcome card with the names of their two Mint flight attendants. (No amenity kits were on the seats, as those are personally handed-out later in the flight.) Seats measure 22 inches across – the widest seats available on any US domestic flight today. Although seat pitch can’t be measured in the traditional sense, leg room in the footwell ahead of your seat is 54 inches – a staggering statistic for non-international airline service. Footwells are wider at the window seats (22 inches) than those at the aisle seats or suites (14 inches). Private suites measure 54 inches from window to aisle, and a generous 50 inches from the rear wall of your compartment to the rear of the twin seats in front of you. All Mint seats are equipped with air-bag-augmented seatbelts for maximum comfort and safety. The seats themselves are quite handsome, covered in supple charcoal gray leather with Royal Blue stitching. There are three settings available as shown on a user-friendly pictogram control panel. For takeoff and landing the seat must be in its fully upright position, but a ‘Relax’ setting moves the seat smoothly into BARCO lounger mode with raised footrest. The ‘Bed’ setting articulates into a 6-foot 8-inch lie-flat bed, although you are almost lying on the floor and restricted in width by the seat side walls. Seats also feature lumbar back-support cushioning and a smooth wave-like massage if desired.Dasani water bottles are tucked neatly into special holders at each seat, and side panels include dual 110-volt power outlets with two USB ports, plus a push-button over-the-shoulder reading light. A ‘Wake Me’ button signals flight attendants for service at your beck-and-call. One small surprise was finding seats 5A and 5C at left rear of the Mint cabin situated directly in front of the Economy cabin’s forward lavatory. If seated there, be prepared to endure the sounds of distant canon fire as that lavatory toilet is flushed continuously throughout the flight.Customer service on boardWhile cabin service was excellent on both my flights, the New York-bound crew was truly exemplary. Lead Flight Attendant Erin brought a grace, elegance, and precision to the flight that harkened back to the luxurious days of Connies and Stratocruisers during the Golden Age of air travel. Mint flight attendants are not only specially selected and specially trained for this exceptional service, but share a high esprit de corps as the best of the best. The finishing touch to the flight is a customized and gender-specific amenity kit personally delivered to your seat. Containing an array of grooming aides for men and beauty products for women, this fine collection of goods is provided by Birchbox. After another round of hot towels, a small box of Mah ze Dahr bakery treats is delivered to your seat prior to landing, and the Mint experience is now complete. CateringService on my outbound LAX-JFK flight was impeccable, with drinks, hot towels, and meals all served within our first hour in the air. jetBlue’s signature ‘RefreshMint’ beverage of honey-infused limeade with fresh mint and your choice of vodka or plain was served before leaving the gate. The menu contained a fine selection of dishes, with a cocktail and small serving of chilled soup beginning the meal. You could select any three of the five entrees listed – two hot dishes and one cold. On the outbound flight, I chose Corn custard & poached lobster, Roasted Atlantic cod in a tomato-caper broth, and Ribeye steak with fingerling potatoes. Although serving sizes were modest, the food was served fresh and piping hot, and tasted excellent. Meals are inspired by New York’s popular Saxon + Parole gourmet restaurant, a fitting establishment for this level of service. For my wine selection, I chose a Honig Sauvignon Blanc which was served slightly chilled and complemented the meal beautifully. All onboard wines are carefully selected by Josh Wesson, jetBlue’s award-winning sommelier. Dessert was either a seasonal fruit salad or ice cream from Brooklyn’s famed Blue Marble or both. Complimentary beverages, light snacks, and fresh fruits were available throughout the flight at a small buffet set-up in the galley aft of the Mint cabin.Inflight entertainmentIf there’s one thorn on jetBlue’s mint leaf, it’s their A321’s inflight entertainment system with its odd combination of early and current-generation technology. The 15-inch (diagonal) TV shows six different entertainment options, but is operated by a wired remote attached to the armrest that looks like a throwback to the 1990s. On my JFK-LAX flight, the SIRIUS XM Satellite radio was inoperative, and I learned that several recent Mint flights had to be downgraded to non-Mint A320s when the entire IFE system failed to work on a new A321. An upgraded Thales system with the latest software is in the works, although a release date has not been announced.There are 100 channels of DirecTV programming, 100-plus channels of SIRIUS XM radio (when it’s operating), a movie channel and inflight Map Channel. Image quality on the flat-screen TV is outstanding, and not as affected by outside sunlight as many earlier-technology inflight screens. High-fidelity Grado Labs SR60e padded headphones give passengers exceptional audio quality including a sub-woofer sound as good as any recording studio-playback. (Headphones do have to be returned.)Extra informationOverall, flying aboard jetBlue’s new Mint A321 represents a unique and most pleasurable airline experience, enhanced all the more by the tremendous value of the ticket price. Like flying on the aforementioned Constellations and Stratocruisers of yesteryear, passengers are treated to a relaxed and luxurious inflight experience that is unquestionably superior in comfort, convenience, dining, and entertainment. Currently available on all five daily non-stop flights between New York and Los Angeles, Mint service will be added to the New York-San Francisco route this October. Unlike luxury airliners of yore, however, Mint passengers receive this consummate service in a new twin-engine digital-age jetliner flying at nearly the speed of sound at 38,000 feet. In this editor’s opinion, jetBlue Mint is quite simply the best value in air travel today. SUGGESTED READ:  Our review of jetBlue’s Economy Class Extra Space Seat here Book your Mint experience with jetBlue here Mike flew as a guest of jetBlue on September 22nd and 23rd, 2014.last_img read more