First commercial flight lands on remote St Helena


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As seen from inside the cabin, the first ever commercial flight lands at St Helena Airport

The first scheduled commercial airline service to the remote British island of St Helena in the south Atlantic has touched down safely.

The virgin flight, an SA Airlink service from South Africa, ends the island’s long-standing reliance on a ship which sailed every three weeks.

It is hoped that the service, funded by the UK, will boost tourism and help make St Helena more self-sufficient.

But British media have dubbed it “the most useless airport in the world”.

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The opening of the airport was delayed by problems with wind

Built with £285m ($380m) of funding from the UK Department for International Development (Dfid), the airport should have opened in 2016, but dangerous wind conditions delayed the launch.

After further trials this summer, the weekly service between Johannesburg and St Helena was passed as safe.

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One observer said the aircraft made a “perfect landing”

St Helena had for decades been one of the world’s most inaccessible locations, served only by a rare ship service from South Africa.

It is chiefly known as the island to which French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled after his defeat in the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, and where died.

The Embraer E190-100IGW aircraft took off from Johannesburg on Saturday morning, carrying 78 passengers. It reached St Helena in the afternoon after stopping in the Namibian capital, Windhoek.

“I for one am getting really excited about the new chapter in St Helena’s history,” said St Helena governor Lisa Phillips.

  • Population 4,255

  • Area 122 sq km (47 sq miles)

  • Major language English

  • Major religion Christianity

  • Currency St Helena Pound (equal to British pound)

  • Economy Agriculture, fishing concessions and tourism


Previously travel to and from the tiny island, with its population of just 4,255, was only possible on the RMS St Helena, which took around six days to complete the journey from South Africa.

The ship’s final voyage is scheduled for February.

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Media captionA one-off commercial flight makes a wobbly landing in 2016

St Helena relies on British aid of £52m a year and officials hope increased tourism will make it more self-sufficient.

“This is an important moment in St Helena’s route to self-sufficiency,” a Dfid spokeswoman said.

“It will boost its tourism industry, creating the opportunity to increase its revenues, and will bring other benefits such as quicker access to healthcare for those living on the island.”

According to a report in The Guardian newspaper, the island’s diverse geology and wildlife, such as the whales that gather off its coast, may appeal to visitors.

But “more flights will have to be added if the airport is to be deemed a success – and not an expensive white elephant”, the report said.

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Cricket match suspended at The Oval after crossbow bolt lands on pitch


A cricket match was suspended Thursday at The Oval in London after a crossbow bolt was fired onto the grounds and landed in the playing area, officials said.

Fans were evacuated from the stands and play was suspended in the County Championship clash between Surrey and Middlesex after the arrow landed in the middle of the pitch, Sky News reported.

There were no reported injuries, and players were ordered off the pitch due to the incident.

“At this early stage it is believed that the object came from outside of the ground,” London Metropolitan Police said in a statement, adding no arrests had been made. “We retain an open mind as to motive.”

A Surrey County Cricket Club spokesman told Sky News that players and fans were advised to take cover after the arrow appeared.

“We don’t know much more at the moment,” the spokesman said. “We’re not sure if it’s deliberate or accidental or whether it’s come from inside or outside the ground.” 


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Surrey v Middlesex: Play abandoned after crossbow arrow lands on pitch


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Specsavers County Championship Division One, The Kia Oval (day four):
Middlesex 247 & 214-7: Simpson 88*
Surrey 280: Roy 79, Foakes 73; Roland-Jones 4-66
Match abandoned. Surrey 10 pts, Middlesex 9 pts

A County Championship game was abandoned after an arrow fired from outside the ground landed on the field.

Spectators watching Surrey’s match with Middlesex were asked to take cover and the players taken off after the crossbow bolt was shot into The Oval.

Armed police carried out a “controlled evacuation” of the ground after the incident was reported at 16:35 BST.

A Met Police statement said the incident “is not being treated as terrorism-related”.

No-one was injured, while the force added that there have been no arrests and enquiries continue.

The game ended in a draw, with John Simpson’s unbeaten 88 helping Middlesex into a lead of 181 runs with three wickets in hand when the players were taken off the pitch.

Police were called to The Oval at 16:35 BST

BBC Test Match Special commentator Dan Norcross said the crossbow bolt landed between two players, around 10 metres from the strip.

“To aim at a particular player is very, very hard to do, it’s about 150m to the nearest vantage point,” he told BBC Radio 5 live.

“It’s a very difficult target for somebody who is trying to do specific damage and it feels more like an act of mischief. But it could have done serious damage – I’ve seen the tip and it’s very sharp and it was poking into the ground.

“I can’t stress enough what a dangerous weapon this arrow was – 18 inches long with a long metal tip. It could so easily have hurt someone and it landed eight yards from about five players.”

Spectator Jeremy Lawrence said he was “shocked it happened at a county cricket match”.

“All of a sudden the players came running off the pitch closely followed by the umpires. I thought it must be raining but it wasn’t raining,” he told BBC Sport.

“Someone asked Rikki Clarke, the Surrey cricketer, what was happening. He said an arrow had fallen into the ground. I saw the umpire holding it and took a picture. It looked like a particularly nasty crossbow arrow.

“The ground staff told everyone to remain under cover – they did an excellent job. I’ve now left the ground and there were at least a dozen armed police outside.”

Firearms officers were among police in attendance at The Oval

Surrey chief executive Richard Gould thanked the public and the players for their reaction after play was suspended.

“The umpires took immediate action because they saw it fall, brought the players off the pitch and we then ensured that all the supporters were moved to a position of safety,” he told BBC Radio London.

“We always focus on safety in the first instance and remove people from any potential risk.

“We don’t know whether this projectile was placed deliberately or whether it was simply fired by somebody from a distance and we just happened to be the landing spot, so we don’t even know necessarily that it was done on purpose.”


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Toy Story Land’s Slinky Dog Dash Arrives at Disney’s Hollywood Studios


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On Wednesday—National Slinky Day—Walt Disney World Resort unveiled the first attraction vehicle for Slinky Dog Dash, a new roller coaster coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The attraction is currently under construction in the 11-acre Toy Story Land, opening next summer.

“Toy Story Land will invite guests to step into the whimsical world of Pixar Animation Studios’ blockbuster films where playtime stretches longer than a Slinky Dog. Guests will feel like they’ve shrunk to the size of a toy as they play in Andy’s backyard with their favorite Toy Story pals,” a parks spokesperson said in a statement. “Inspired by the playful dachshund spinoff of Slinky, the classic American toy, Slinky Dog Dash will send riders dipping, dodging and dashing around turns and drops that Andy has created to stretch Slinky and his coils to the max.”

Slinky Dog Dash will be unlike other family coasters at Walt Disney World Resort. “We’ve tried to put the slinkiness into the track,” staff project engineer Bob Vignec explained. “One of the unique characteristics of this design is that the vehicle and the track are melded together to [create] a fun effect for the people on it and a big kinetic effect for people who are watching it.”

It’s something people have to experience to appreciate. “We’re working with the Pixar team, the ride team and our creative time to make sure Slinky Dog does all the movements you would imagine the Slinky Dog character to do. If you had the toy, what would you do with the toy? Our track feels like that,” executive creative director Dave Minichiello said. “We’ve made sure the movements you make while you’re on the coaster have that kind of feel. So, You’ve got camel humps, you’ve got coils and you’ve got circles. It’s going to be an amazing ride to go on!”

Another themed ride, Alien Swirling Saucers, is also under construction.

Toy Story 4—originally set for release on June 16, 2017—has been delayed until June 21, 2019.


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‘God Wave Trilogy’: Stone Village Lands Film, TV Rights to Book


Scott Steindorff and Dylan Russell of Stone Village Films have acquired the film and TV rights to Patrick Hemstreet’s “The God Wave Trilogy,” with plans to turn the books into a series of movies.

The producers paid six figures for the option. The first novel was published last year and the second — “The God Peak” — was released this week in which a team of neuroscientists must face the consequences of playing God when the superhumans they’ve created threaten to annihilate humanity.

“I’ve been studying the neuroscience for this book during research I’ve been doing on substance abuse recovery for the past couple years,” Steindorff said. “When I saw how true and accurate the science was in this fiction novel, I was blow away to see the human potential and spiritual element that Patrick has tapped into. I’m inspired to bring this story to big screens.”

Producers are meeting with directors and writers. Hemstreet, who used to be a Navy medic, will executive produce the movies.

Steindorff and Russell just completed a docu-series for Netflix called “Fire Chasers” with a new docu-series called “Substance Abuse” starting production in September. The company is also developing adaptations of B.A. Paris’ thriller “Behind Closed Doors” and Vladimir Nabokov’s “Laughter in the Dark.”

Steindorff and Russell are veteran producers with credits on “The Lincoln Lawyer,” “Jane Got a Gun,” and “Love in the Time of Cholera.”

The deal was negotiated by Kim Yau, Dana Spector, and Jonathan Schwartz at Paradigm; publishing agents Emma Parry and Molly Steinblatt at Janklow & Nesbit on behalf of the author; and Steindorff and Russell from Stone Village.


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Pic: Shahid Kapoor lands a loving peck on wife Mira Rajput’s cheek – Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput’s candid pictures


Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput are having the time of their lives as they holiday in London. The much-in-love couple is in the city to celebrate their daughter Misha’s first birthday, which happens to be on August 26, 2017. Ahead of the special day, Shahid and Mira managed to spend some quality time together and their latest photo on the former’s Instagram account is a testimony to it. Shahid is lovingly holding his wife by her neck and is seen planting a kiss on her cheeks, while Mira is staring into the camera and flashing her beautiful smile. Shahid captioned the picture as, “My heart.”

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Chance The Rapper Lands On Fortune’s Prestigious ’40 Under 40′ List


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By just about every metric 2017 has been by far the most successful year of Chance The Rapper’s career. He won three Grammy awards, including Best Rap Album for Coloring Book, and became the first person to ever claim a Gammy with a streaming-only album, he charted his first ever No. 1 record and toured the world on his Magnificent Coloring Book tour. Now, he’s setting precedence again, as Chance was honored with a spot on Fortune’s annual 40 Under 40 list where they rank “the most influential young people in business.”

Chano landed at No. 29, a respectable showing, especially when you consider that at 24 years old, he’s the youngest person to long on the list, ever. For the brief profile, Fortune cited Chance’s business dealings with the likes of Nike, Nestle and the $500,000 deal he made with Apple for a few weeks of exclusivity of Coloring Book as reasons for his placement on the list.

It’s a prestigious list every year, and this year Chance joins the likes of Serena Williams (No. 7), Kevin Hart (No. 17) and Mark Zuckerberg (No. 2). This year the list is topped by the 39-year-old President of France Emmanuel Macron, who became the youngest French President ever when he won the election back in May.


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Outside Lands Turns San Francisco Into An Oasis


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This past weekend Uproxx Music road tripped from Los Angeles to San Francisco to attend the tenth annual Outside Lands. In our estimation, this festival is one that puts fans and artists first, but as Uproxx’s festival correspondent, I’ve put together a more detailed and specific report card to show how unique this festival is, and to help those who are trying to find the festival that is right for them.

It is with zero sarcasm that I tell you that the very first thing I did after entering the festival gates was to go find the bathroom. One, because after hours in the car I genuinely had to pee, and two from covering the festival circuit I’ve discovered that the bathroom situation serves as a litmus test for what type of weekend I’m getting myself into. I made my way across the polo field to the tune of Tove Lo’s “Habits (Stay High)” and found a row of standard port-a-pottys, pretty anti-climactic but to be expected for GA. Throughout the weekend I would be continually impressed by how many port-a-pottys could be found tucked away in corners of the festival, you were never far away from one, even if it wasn’t the cleanest.

Back in VIP I prepared myself for the typical flushable trailer situation only to round the corner and be faced with… more port-a-pottys. I know, I was shocked too. For $795 for a 3 day wristband, VIP festival goers had access to nicer, cleaner, more modern port-a-pottys. The luxury aspect here was that you never had to wait for one, and they were seemingly always being cleaned. There were also strings of lights across them providing a soft glow and plenty of tables with mirrors to fix your face and a whole row of real sinks, each with it’s own succulent. It was actually kind of genius and set the tone for Outside Lands being a festival that thinks smarter, not harder.

This was my second time ever visiting San Francisco, and as a new Angeleno, I was stoked to break out my jeans and hoodies. A friend once described Outside Lands to me as “Coachella but in flannel shirts” and while that’s overly simplistic, it’s a good entry point. The moody fall-like weather gave the whole thing a more relaxed feel that several of the artists mentioned during their sets. Lorde made us turn around and look at the mist kissing the tops of the trees. Yes, I saw Lorde again, get over it.

We were staying in Union Square (also known as the Times Square of San Francisco) so getting to the festival located at Golden Gate Park was about a 20 minute, $15 Lyft ride each way. Not the most ideal, but taking public transportation would take about 5 times as long. Of course, so would attempting to drive in between the hotel and the park, which at first seemed like it might be an option, until we spotted locals selling their own parking spots for up to $50, and realized just how far away festival parking was. Thank God for ride-sharing apps.


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Marlon Wayans’ New Comedy Series Lands On NBC



Marlon (NBC, 9:00/9:30 p.m.) – In the series premiere of this new comedy from Marlon Wayans, a man and his ex-wife try to peacefully co-parent for their children’s sake, but things get tricky when the wife begins dating again. Later, the pair have a yard sale to purge themselves of all their relationship memorabilia.

America’s Got Talent (NBC, 8:00 p.m.) – The results round sees the winning acts advancing and a surprise performance.

Big Brother (CBS, 8:00 p.m.) – The Power of Veto competition is held.

CMA Fest 2017 (ABC, 8:00 p.m.) — Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett host the CMA Music Festival in Nashville. Apparently, country music is so great it’s worth a full four-day celebration.

MasterChef (Fox, 8:00 p.m.) – The Top 12 chefs head to Las Vegas to compete in a team challenge where they serve 50 VIPs in entertainment and hospitality at Caesars Palace for its 50th Anniversary party.

Suits (USA, 9:00 p.m.) – Louis’ past comes back to haunt him as Mike deals with the consequences of taking on a new case and Harvey struggles to tell Donna about his relationship with Paula.

The F Word With Gordon Ramsay (Fox, 9:00 p.m.) – Season one ends with Gordon Ramsay welcoming David Beckham into his kitchen and, I forgot everything else because that’s what mention of David Beckham does to one’s brain.

Blood Drive (Syfy, 10:00 p.m.) – A badly injured Arthur arrives in Cronenburgh.

Broadchurch (BBC, 10:00 p.m.) – The town uncovers the truth about Trish’s rape in the season three finale.

Salvation (CBS, 10:00 p.m.) – Darius and Grace must escape Russia after being framed for murder while Liam tries to convince Jillian to come back to Tanz. Wait, I thought this show was about a meteor hitting Earth?

Snowfall (FX, 10:00 p.m.) — Franklin, Leon, and Kevin take a game-changing road trip and Lucia and Gustavo make their partnership official much to Pedro’s dismay.

Younger (TV Land, 10:00 p.m.) – Maggie makes waves and Lisa receives a great opportunity at work, but it comes with a catch.

The Lowe Files (A&E, 10:00 p.m.) – Rob and his sons visit the Hoopa Indian Reservation, a hotspot for Sasquatch sightings, with a legendary Bigfoot hunter.

The Sinner (USA, 10:00 p.m.) – Mason takes control as Ambrose unearths a shocking secret from Cora’s past that casts the entire investigation in a new light.


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Blake Lively’s Spy Thriller ‘The Rhythm Section’ Lands at Paramount


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Blake Lively’s spy thriller “The Rhythm Section” has landed at Paramount Pictures with the studio agreeing to buy worldwide distribution rights.

The project will be directed by “The Handmaid’s Tale” exec producer Reed Morano, from a script by Mark Burnell with “James Bond” producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli producing. IM Global will finance the film. Lively was attached to the project a month ago.

The movie is a contemporary adaptation of the first of Burnell’s “Stephanie Patrick” series of four British novels. Lively will play the titular heroine, who is on a path to self-destruction after the death of her family in an airplane crash. After discovering from a journalist that the crash wasn’t an accident and watching that journalist get killed, she adapts the identity of an assassin in order to track down those responsible.

Former IM Global head Stuart Ford, who was ousted from his post recently, will be an exec producer along with Greg Shapiro and Burnell.

Morano helmed several episodes of the hit Hulu series “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Lively starred in “The Shallows,” Woody Allen’s “Café Society,” and “The Age of Adaline.” Morano and Lively are repped by WME. She is also managed by Management 360. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.


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