Watch: Australia practice in Johannesburg after Steve Smith’s emotional apology

first_imgAustralia got down to practice at the New Wanderers ahead of the fourth and final Test of the series versus South Africa in Johannesburg on what could be described as a sad day for Australian cricket.On Thursday, Australians and people over the world saw the trio of Steve Smith, Cameron Bancroft and Darren Lehmann address the media teary eyed and apologise for their actions. While Smith broke down in the middle of the presser on his arrival at Sydney, Bancroft was also a sad man while speaking to the media from the WACA.(David Warner arrives in Sydney but refuses to speak on ball-tampering scandal)”I don’t blame anyone. I’m the captain of the Australian team. It’s on my watch and I take responsibility for what happened last Saturday. It hurts…I’m deeply sorry. I love the game of cricket. I love entertaining young kids…I just want to say sorry for the pain I’ve brought to Australia, to the fans and the public,” said a broken Smith.WATCH”I lied. I lied about the sandpaper. I panicked in that situation and I’m very sorry…I feel like I’ve let everyone down in Australia. All I can do is ask for forgiveness…I will do my best to contribute to the community.,” Bancroft told the media at the WACA in Perth, shortly after his arrival from Johannesburg.(Michael Clarke, Mitchell Johnson devastated after Steve Smith breaks down)”The thing that breaks my heart the most is that I’ve given up my spot in the team for free. People know I worked so hard to get to this point in my career and to have given up that chance for free is devastating,” he went on to add.advertisementPlayers v support staff fielding drill!- Brad Haddin- Darren Lehmann so close! pic.twitter.com/WgZaoi96apcricket.com.au (@CricketAus) March 29, 2018But, what will hurt the Baggie Greens the most currently, is that coach Lehmann decided to step down from his post after the fourth Test ends. Boof addressed the media and said that seeing Smith and Bancroft go through this, he feels it’s the right time to step down.(Steve Smith’s tearful apology for ball-tampering: It hurts and I am deeply sorry)”I just want to let you know this will be by my last Test as head coach if the Australian cricket team as I’m stepping down, said Lehmann, reading from a prepared statement.”After seeing events in the media today with Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft, the feeling is that Australian cricket needs to move forward and this is the right thing to do.”I really felt for Steve, as I saw him crying in front of the media, and all the players are really hurting.(Ball-tampering row: Steve Smith consoled by father as he breaks down during press conference)Forgetting everything now, Australia must overcome significant batting changes at the top of their order and the shame of a ball-tampering scandal if they are to avoid another piece of unwanted history against South Africa in the fourth Test at The Wanderers starting on Friday.Maxi! #SAvAUS pic.twitter.com/Fr3YPxms8Ucricket.com.au (@CricketAus) March 29, 2018The match is the last in what has been a tempestuous series, with South Africa leading 2-1 following their emphatic, and now infamous, 322-run victory in Cape Town, a game that will forever be remembered for an audacious attempted cheat by their opponents.South Africa are seeking a first home series win over the Australians since 1970 and will be heavy favourites as they take their settled squad into the fixture against a touring side in chaos.Former Australian captain Steve Smith, his deputy David Warner and Cameron Bancroft have all been sent home in disgrace for their roles in the tampering scandal, replaced by openers Matthew Renshaw and Joe Burns, and all-rounder Glenn Maxwell.Glenn Maxwell rolling the arm over to Shaun Marsh in the Wanderers nets #SAvAUS pic.twitter.com/uuz52QCQPtcricket.com.au (@CricketAus) March 29, 2018Joe Burns back in the Test squad and facing up to some Starc heat #SAvAUS pic.twitter.com/r5FfrRHmeOcricket.com.au (@CricketAus) March 29, 2018The extraordinary elevation of wicketkeeper Tim Paine as the team’s 46th Test captain is a remarkable tale, even considering the circumstances, having last year considered quitting the game after finding himself out of the Tasmania side.Paine is aware of the fact that the fourth Test will not just be about how the Australian team perform, but how their behaviour is viewed by the watching world as they look to put the recent scandal behind them.advertisement”The one positive that may come of it is guys are going to get an opportunity to play for their country,” Paine told reporters.”The whole opportunity for us going forward now is something we can learn from and something we can try to control (is) how we are seen going forward by our Australian public, and become the team that we want to become and they want us to be seen as.”ALSO WATCH:last_img read more

Gundy Chasing Stoops for All-Time Big 12 Wins Record

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. When Bob Stoops abruptly stepped down from his perch atop the Big 12 earlier this summer, there were countless columns written about the implications as it relates to the Big 12. Which team might be best equipped to take advantage of Stoops’ sudden departure in the 2017 season? Which coach could step up and become the new face of the Big 12 conference?Since you’re reading this, there’s a good chance your vote is likely Mike Gundy – the third-longest tenured college football head coach with the same team. But many others unrelated to OSU would likely vote Gundy, too. The mulleted-man has finished the season in the shadow of Stoops more times than he’d care to admit, and it’s always felt like his biggest road block to becoming the cream of the conference has been the pesky Stoops-led Sooners.AdChoices广告With Bob gone, Gundy’s mullet campaign of 2017 has been the talk of the conference. He’s been comfortable giving his opinion on topics varying from butch wax to college football playoff expectations for a team prepared to make a run at a Big 12 title. So becoming the face of the conference? That’s been effortless, to this point. The mullet has done all the talking. But it’s yet to be determined if his team is the one best equipped to take advantage of the Stoops-sized void left in Norman.Perhaps the biggest shadow to chase of all in Stoops’ absence is one that may never be tackled: Stoops’ all-time conference win achievement.At 50, can Gundy catch Stoops on the all-time Big 12 conference win list? That’s a projection I’m not ready to make – especially because it’s a question that may not be answered for a decade. But it’s a fascinating hypothetical, no less.Stoops stepped down from OU with a 190-48 record with the Sooners, and the record Gundy could chase – his Big 12 conference win total – is a steep goal to reach with a 121-29 mark.Gundy is only slightly more than halfway there with a 63-39 record in league play as head coach.If Gundy were to continue his winning pace he’s been on since 2010 in conference (averaging 6.28 wins per season), it would take him 10 more seasons to eclipse Stoops’ mark. And that’s cutting it mighty close just based on his own timeline he has in his head.“I don’t think I’ll coach when I’m 60,” Gundy said earlier this summer. “I don’t have the energy. It takes a ton of energy in the world today to run all over the place like you do. Go grab food, go do an interview and drive home late at night and go watch a game. It’s the same thing for us. Go to work early, deal with all the stuff you deal with – with 135 players, talk to the media, recruit, talk to kids.”Of course, winning 6.28 games on average in conference per year is a crazy good pace. It’s a pace that would ensure his Cowboys would remain in contention for Big 12 titles on a near-annual basis, meaning Gundy wouldn’t have a cloud of mediocrity over his head in this scenario. But let’s just assume he loses some steam halfway to 60, and goes through a rough patch. Where, then, might Gundy land? And could he supplant Stoops?Again, a hypothetical. But if Gundy can exorcise his demons with OU this season, I think OSU football could be on the verge of turning a new leaf. That is, if Gundy’s up for the challenge.“Every year, it gets a little more difficult whether you have enough energy to do what it takes to be successful,” said Gundy.last_img read more

Leaders in Maternal Health Comment on the New Maternal Mortality Estimates: Dr. Jeremy Shiffman

first_imgPosted on April 14, 2010June 21, 2017By: Dr. Jeremy Shiffman, Associate Professor of Public Administration, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Member, MHTF Editorial CommitteeClick 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The Maternal Health Task Force is looking to those working in maternal health to comment on the recent findings published in the Lancet that suggest a dramatic reduction in global maternal mortality.Dr. Jeremy Shiffman has a particular interest in the political dynamics of health and population policy-making in developing countries.I asked Jeremy to comment on the potential implications, in terms of political priorities, of the recent Lancet publication.His response:I think an equally interesting question is what caused the drop – if the drop is as great as is reported – and especially the relative role of factors connected to human agency such as advocacy, government maternal health interventions and donor support for projects vis-a-vis factors connected to socioeconomic structure such as shifts in women’s educational levels, urbanization, diffusion of knowledge, etc – and the interactions between structure and agency. The maternal health field tends to emphasize agency over changes in socioeconomic structure but I think we really need to consider the latter as well if want to make sense of this. All of this presents a major research agenda and I predict people will be coming out of the woodwork to promote their favorite explanatory factor.From what I’m hearing this report is going to get much attention and may have political implications (scientific and epidemiological discoveries frequently elicit political reactions, however much scientists/epidemiologists wish they would not). It will be interesting to observe how this unfolds. It may function like a Rorschach test: what people say about the findings may reveal some of the deeper beliefs, values and interests they embrace.For more from Dr. Shiffman, click here to listen to a podcast of his recent presentation on Issue Ascendance in Global Health: The Case of Newborn Survival.Let us know what you think! Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Salah denies Egypt conflict after World Cup defeat

first_imgWorld Cup ‘Everyone in Egypt is together’ – Salah denies reports of World Cup conflict after Russia defeat Patrick Gleeson Last updated 1 year ago 02:55 6/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mohamed Salah Egypt Russia World Cup 19062018 Getty World Cup Egypt Mohamed Salah Russia v Egypt Russia African All Stars The 26-year-old struck a late penalty against Russia but it proved too little, too late as the Egyptians fell to a second defeat in as many games Mohamed Salah has denied reports of conflict between Egypt’s World Cup squad after losing to Russia 3-1 on Tuesday and effectively being knocked out of the competition after just two games.Salah proved the hero for Egypt during World Cup qualifying as he struck an injury-time penalty against Congo to secure his country a spot in the finals for the first time since 1990. The Liverpool forward missed the opening game of the tournament, however, after dislocating his shoulder during the Reds’ Champions League final encounter with Real Madrid on May 26. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Egypt fell to a narrow 1-0 defeat to Uruguay in their opener without Salah, though he would return to action for their following fixture against tournament hosts Russia.Salah became only the third player to score for Egypt at a World Cup finals, after Abdelrahman Fawzi (1934) and Magdy Abed El Ghani (1990), when he converted a second-half penalty in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday.The goal was merely a consolation, though, as Russia secured a 3-1 victory to see them take another step towards the round of 16.Following the result, reports surfaced that the country’s showing in their first two games had caused conflict between the players, staff and the fans watching at home.Salah - EgyptBut Salah was quick to shut down the speculation.”Everyone in Egypt is together and there is absolutely no conflicts between us,” Salah shared on his Twitter account. “We respect each other and the relationship is best.”Struggling for fitness after that setback in the Champions League final, Salah has rarely been out of the headlines before and during the World Cup – and not just because of his injury.Ahead of the tournament the Egypt talisman had been photographed with controversial Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov, with human-rights campaigners claiming that the former rebel was using the Liverpool forward for publicity purposes.Kadyrov also denied that he was in any way involved in the defeat to Russia, with the Egypt squad based in the Chechen capital Grozny between World Cup matches.He was delighted with Russia’s win and insisted that he had no influence on the result, claiming he did not sabotage Egypt’s World Cup campaign.”I had nothing to do with it, it’s all down to the Russian players, their professionalism, and of course our belief in their victory,” Kadyrov wrote on the Telegram messenger service, as quoted by ftbl.ru.Shortly after the match Kadyrov issued a statement congratulating the ‘main fan of Russia’s national team’ President Vladimir Putin, praising his countrymen and particularly those in Chechnya who had supported the team.”First of all, the Chechens cheered for the Russian national team, then our players,” Kadryov said. “And, of course, Egypt has become our home team. “I want to congratulate the most important fan – the president of the country, who created the conditions for us, raised Russia, put us on a new level and did everything for Russia to show itself in sport, industry, everywhere, everywhere. We rise.”Liverpool star Salah was named Premier League Player of the Season, PFA Players’ Player of the Year and the African Footballer of the Year during the 2017-18 campaign, while also claiming the Premier League Golden Boot with 32 goals.last_img read more

Lichtsteiner: Matic has amazing qualities

first_imgManchester United ‘Matic has amazing qualities’ – Lichtsteiner praises Man Utd midfielder ahead of new Premier League campaign Ronan Murphy 07:05 6/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Nemanja Matic Serbia 22062018 Getty Manchester United Serbia v Switzerland Switzerland Serbia Arsenal World Cup Premier League The Switzerland captain singled the Red Devils midfielder out for praise following Switzerland’s 2-1 World Cup victory over Serbia New Arsenal signing Stephan Lichsteiner has praised Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic, describing him as a player with “amazing qualities”.The defensive midfielder picked up a yellow card for a foul on Lichtsteiner during the first-half of Serbia’s 2-1 World Cup defeat to Switzerland, but that left no lasting mark on the right-back’s opinion of the 29-year-old.Lichtsteiner will come up against Matic next season in the Premier League as Arsenal begin life under new manager Unai Emery. The Swiss captain is one of many new arrivals at the club, joining goalkeeper Bernd Leno and defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos, who is due to arrive in London at the start of July. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar The 35-year-old’s first English top flight game against United will come on December 4 when Arsenal visit Old Trafford and Lichtsteiner is well aware of the qualities Matic can show for their rivals.”Matic is an amazing player. Also as a player, I like him a lot,” Lichtsteiner told Goal. “I have heard from many people that he his a nice person. He has amazing qualities and is an amazing character.”The new Arsenal signing also had praise for former Premier League players Xherdan Shaqiri and Aleksandar Kolarov, praising his international team-mate for his impact against Serbia where he scored the late goal to seal the win.Kolarov was part of a determined Serbia side who took the lead before goals from Albanian-Swiss duo Granit Xhaka and Shaqiri sealed three points for the central Europeans, with the pair both celebrating in controversial circumstances.”I am very happy with Shaqiri. Very happy. He played very well, as did all our players.”Kolarov is also very good. I like the Serbian team. But there is this history between them and the Albanians in our team, so it was not easy.”Switzerland play Costa Rica in their final Group E game on June 27, with a win guaranteeing them a spot in the knockout round.last_img read more

Koeman backs de Ligt following difficult Juve debut

first_imgRonald Koeman believes Matthijs de Ligt is being played out of position at Juventus as he backed the defender after a tough debut.De Ligt, 20, was criticised for his performance in Juve’s thrilling 4-3 Serie A victory over Napoli at Allianz Stadium on Saturday.AdChoices广告The Netherlands international, signed for €75 million (£68 million/$84 million) from Ajax in July, came in to play alongside Leonardo Bonucci due to Giorgio Chiellini’s knee injury. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Netherlands head coach Koeman said the centre-back’s display was below his best.”What is a shocker? It was also a question why he didn’t play the first match. Then he played because somebody else had an injury,” he told a news conference on Monday.”He didn’t play well. He had a bad moment with the goal of [Hirving] Lozano. The other two goals were different. It was a free-kick that turned in and that’s always hard to defend.”But yes, he didn’t play the way we want to see. I spoke to Matthijs today after lunch.”Koeman suggested De Ligt was struggling to adapt after his move from Ajax and also said he may be getting used in the wrong position.”Sometime people take change too easily. I still have the newspapers of my first match at Barcelona. It was a disaster. We lost 2-0 and everybody was questioning my arrival,” he said.”But if you asked them now about me I bet it’s different. So Matthijs is 20 years old. On the television they take changing to a new club very lightly.”But I wouldn’t position him left in defence. I would have put Bonucci there. He is more experienced.”The Netherlands are set to face Germany on Friday in their first match of the international break before taking on Estonia three days later.After that, de Ligt and Juventus return to Serie A play against Fiorentina before looking ahead to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.last_img read more

Former Clemson Football Star Released By NFL Team

first_img Carolina has waived Ray-Ray McCloud, a cut-day acquisition who has been the team’s punt and kick returner since the start of the season.McCloud returned 10 punts for 82 yards (39 yards was his longest effort), but he fumbled the ball three times. His fumbled punt against Tampa Bay this past Sunday set up a Bucs touchdown. The second-year wide receiver from Clemson fumbled twice against Tampa Bay in the Week 2 matchup.McCloud starred at Clemson for three seasons before declaring for the NFL Draft.Panthers waive returner Ray-Ray McCloud, two days after his third fumble of the season set up a Bucs’ TD.— Joe Person (@josephperson) October 15, 2019McCloud had struggled with ball security during his time with the Panthers this season. A field level view of the Carolina Panthers stadium.CHARLOTTE, NC – SEPTEMBER 24: A general view of the New Orleans Saints versus the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 24, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)A former Clemson Tigers football standout haas been waived by his NFL team heading into Week 7 of the regular season. The move was announced this morning.Ray-Ray McCloud, a standout at Clemson from 2015-17, has been waived by the Carolina Panthers.The Panthers announced the move this morning.McCloud had served as the Panthers’ kick returner and punt returner since the beginning of the season.last_img read more

Hima Das to Swapna Barman: The sportswomen Bollywood lovers need to see on screen

first_img Next Jyoti Kanyal New DelhiJuly 31, 2019UPDATED: July 31, 2019 17:35 IST Biopic of athletes like Hima Das and Swapna Barman will inspire youngsters to be resilient in the face of adversity.When Hima Das was yet to win her fifth gold medal in Europe, an idea had already taken flight in many filmmakers’ minds back home in India. The idea was to make a biopic on the incredible journey of this Assamese sprinter. The story of an underdog rising to become the glory of the nation is something filmmakers have always had their eyes on. The journey sells. In Bollywood, we have seen that several times.While the industry is still counting on remakes of South films and sequels, fresh stories like those based on the struggles of a sports star, who is writing the script of their own biopic one medal at a time, can be a profitable gamble and an inspiration for millions.Films like MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, Mary Kom and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag were all proof of the fact that these stories are lapped up by the audience. The tougher the journey of the person, the more the money it brings in. Of course, you need to tell the story in a manner befitting the person’s struggles. While their stories are still fresh in people’s mind and continue to inspire youngsters, many new athletes, like Hima Das, Dutee Chand and Mithali Raj, in recent time, have given filmmakers every reason to make their biopics.While it will be interesting to watch the stories of these real superstars on the big screen, we wonder which actor will be able to play these roles most convincingly. Take a look at our pick.advertisementSAYANI GUPTA AS HIMA DAS Right after Hima Das won her fifth gold in a month during her Europe tour, many memes about Akshay Kumar in and as Hima in her biopic went viral. While it was just a joke and no one took it seriously, we are sure filmmakers have seriously started considering making a film on Hima. We are yet to know if such a film is being made. We wonder who can play Hima Das as effortlessly as the young sprinter wins medals.That brings us to Sayani Gupta, who transformed into a Dalit girl in Article 15 from a fearless journalist in the web series Four More Shots Please. Gupta is someone who can be an apt choice for Hima’s character in her biopic. Sayani has been doing some good work with short films and independent cinema, but it was recently when she appeared as Gaura in Article 15, determined to find her missing sister, that people noticed her versatility. It will not be a difficult task for the Bengali beauty to step into the shoes of her Assamese sister for her biopic.KANGANA RANAUT AS DUTEE CHAND The sprinter recently came out as India’s first openly gay athlete, which gave filmmakers one great plot. Dutee Chand, who holds an 11.24-second record in 100m sprint and is the country’s fastest woman, recently said that after she revealed that she was gay, she was approached by filmmakers who wanted to acquire the rights to her story.Dutee wants Kangana Ranaut to play her in her biopic. In an interview with Bombay Times, she said, “I have got requests from so many filmmakers who are keen to make my biopic, but I haven’t given the nod yet. Apart from Anil Kapoor and Rakeysh Mehra, a lot of actors and actresses have independently reached out. With the number of requests coming my way, lagta hai meri story bahut hit hogi.” She added, “While I don’t know who will eventually be selected, I think Kangana Ranaut can portray me perfectly on screen, I like her as an actress.”Kangana Ranaut is also elated about Dutee Chand choosing her to play her in the biopic. Kangana was quoted as saying, “That’s very kind of Duteeji. I am humbled that she feels I am worthy of playing her.”Kangana, who is riding high on the praise she received for her performance in the recently released Jugdementall Hai Kya, will be seen as a kabaddi player in Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s Panga. It will not be a surprise if we hear that Kangana is playing the role of Dutee in the athlete’s biopic. In Bollywood today, Kangana is the best pick to portray Dutee by transforming herself not just physically but adapting her mannerisms as well.TAAPSEE PANNU AS MITHALI RAJ Mithali Raj is undoubtedly the most successful captain in the history of Indian women’s cricket. There are news reports that a film based on her life is in the works. The project was announced back in 2017 by Viacom18, the script of which is still being developed. While many reports claim that Taapsee Pannu has verbally agreed to play the role of the batswoman, the actress recently revealed that she has not been approached for any such film and that she would love to do the role if given a chance.advertisementIn an interview, when asked if she is playing Mithali Raj in the latter’s biopic, she said, “If I get it, then it will be amazing to play cricket. You all please recommend my name to them [the filmmakers]. I wish I get to play this role. I really wanted to get signed for that film.”We have seen Taapsee playing the role of an athlete in Diljit Dosanjh’s Soorma. While she was impeccable as a hockey player in Soorma, it will be a fun watch to see her replace that hockey stick with a bat and run between the wickets.SONAKSHI SINHA AS DEEPA MALIK Deepa Malik is the first Indian woman to win a medal in Paralympic Games. She won a Silver medal at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in shot put. After she won the medal in 2016, producer Ritesh Sidhwani revealed his desire to make a film on her life. In an interview, Sidhwani said, “I had watched videos of her and knew that her life story was unreal, but when I met her and she let me hold her medal, the sheer weight of the silver gave me gooseflesh. As she sat in front of me, there was nothing differently-abled about her. She was empowering, a pillar of strength, and I knew that we needed to take her fight to the big screen.”It was reported that Ritesh was planning to make the film with his business partner Farhan Akhtar, but we didn’t hear anything about the film after that.To play the role of a woman who possesses determination as strong as that of Deepa Malik, Sonakshi Sinha is the perfect choice. It will be a challenge for Sonakshi too to play a sportswoman like Deepa Malik in her biopic, especially since the actress hasn’t worked in a biopic as yet.DEEPIKA PADUKONE AS PV SINDHU In 2017, Sonu Sood announced that he would be making a biopic on shuttler PV Sindhu. Rumours had it that Deepika Padukone, who is the daughter of legendary badminton player Prakash Padukone, will play the titular role. In a recent interview with Hindustan Times, Sonu confirmed that the script has been locked and the casting for the film will begin soon. Sonu, who is playing Pullela Gopichand in the biopic, said, “We are in the final stages of locking the technicians, and hopefully, will be making an announcement soon. We will finalise the cast and crew by the end of this year. Around the same time we will also start prepping. And if things fall in place as planned, then we might start shooting by the end of this year or by early 2020.”advertisementWhile Deepika playing the role of Sindhu is not confirmed yet, who better than the Chhapaak actress to play a badminton star? Deepika has played the game at the national level, but gave up the racquet to conquer her Bollywood dreams. The actress can not only play badminton, but also has an athletic frame resembling Sindhu, who is the first Indian woman to win an Olympic silver medal. It will be a delight to see the daughter of India’s best badminton player in the role of another brilliant badminton player.SWARA BHASKER AS SWAPNA BARMAN Swapna Barman, who won India’s first heptathlon gold at the 2018 Asian games, is an inspiration for all who have lost hope because of the yorkers life has thrown at them. The daughter of a rickshaw-puller, heptathlete Swapna has a rare congenital malformation. She has 12 toes instead of the normal 10, but she never saw her abnormality as abnormality. The 22-year-old got home India’s first hepthathlon gold.Swapna participated in the event wearing regular shoes, made for people with 10 toes, and despite excruciating pain, got a medal to India.Swara Bhasker seems someone who can step into the 12-toe shoes of Swapna. The actress, through her varied range of roles, has proven time and again that she can portray her characters effortlessly, be it a Veere Di Wedding or an Anarkali Of Aarah.Interestingly, Bengali filmmaker Srijit Mukherji has already announced a biopic on Swapna Barman. Bengali actress Sohini Sarkar will be essaying the challenging role. According to reports, Sohini will soon begin her rigorous workshop to prepare for the Swapna’s role. But seeing the story of Swapna Barman is something all of India deserves. Something that is possible if Bollywood takes up her story, helping it move from being restricted to a state and to theatres across the country.ALSO READ | Taapsee Pannu to step into cricketer Mithali Raj’s shoes for her next?ALSO READ | Hima Das wins 5 gold medals: Anushka Sharma leads B-Town in congratulating India’s Golden GirlALSO READ | Sonu Sood confirms he will play Pullela Gopichand in PV Sindhu biopicALSO WATCH: Meet Assam’s Hima Das, who won 5 gold medals in 20 daysGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJyoti Kanyal Tags :Follow Hima DasFollow BiopicsFollow Swapna Barman Hima Das to Swapna Barman: The sportswomen Bollywood lovers need to see on screenWhile MS Dhoni and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag continue to inspire youngsters, many new athletes, like Hima Das, Dutee Chand and Mithali Raj, in recent time, have given filmmakers every reason to make their biopics.advertisementlast_img read more

Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant and Navdeep Saini available for Delhi’s Vijay Hazare campaign

first_imgShikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant and Navdeep Saini available for Delhi’s Vijay Hazare campaignDelhi’s star players have confirmed their availability for the national one dayers, confirmed DDCA president Rajat Sharma.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiSeptember 17, 2019UPDATED: September 17, 2019 17:03 IST PTI PhotoIndia internationals Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant and Navdeep Saini will be available for the Delhi team’s Vijay Hazare Trophy campaign, which starts against Vidarbha on September 24.India’s three-match T20 International series against South Africa ends on September 18 in Bengaluru but Delhi’s star players have confirmed their availability for the national one dayers, confirmed Delhi and District Cricket Associations (DDCA) president Rajat Sharma.However, Pant is part of the Indian Test squad and may not be available after the first few games while Dhawan is expected to play all matches.”It’s really heartening to see that Rishabh, Shikhar and Navdeep opted to play for Delhi at the first available opportunity,” DDCA president Sharma said.He is hopeful that Ishant Sharma and Virat Kohli would also take the field whenever they get time from their international commitments.”Virat and Ishant also want to contribute towards helping Delhi cricket and I am sure they will also take the field whenever possible. It was a promise they made to all Delhi cricket fans at the Annual Awards recently. It shows that DDCA and the players are on the same page to take Delhi cricket to greater heights and win titles,” Sharma added.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Vijay Hazare TrophyFollow Shikhar DhawanFollow Rishabh PantFollow Navdeep Saini Nextlast_img read more

Van Dijk award a prize for Liverpool team – Klopp

first_imgJurgen Klopp hailed Virgil van Dijk’s UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award as a prize for all of Liverpool’s players.Van Dijk enjoyed a supreme 2018-19 campaign, helping Liverpool to Champions League glory and captaining Netherlands to the Nations League final.The former Southampton defender has maintained his form heading into this season and edged out superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to the honour in Monaco on Thursday . Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Klopp was quick to laud Van Dijk’s individual displays but pointed out his triumph was one that would not be possible without all of Liverpool’s squad.”Brilliant! It’s really big. I wanted to call him immediately, but he had to go on stage. I’m so happy for him,” Klopp told Liverpool’s official website .”I’m happy for us as well because he knows that without the boys around him, he cannot win that prize.”It’s a prize for all of us – but we send our big man there to get it. It’s really rare for a defender. Yes, we all love goals – we want to score them and see them – but more and more and more people get excited about defending.”Virg is an exceptional defender, in the moment 100 per cent the best defender in the world, so he deserves that prize absolutely.”It’s now the icing on the cake of the Champions League campaign last year.”The awards ceremony took place after the Champions League draw, in which Liverpool were pitted against Napoli, who they will face in the group stage for the second straight season , Salzburg and Genk in the group stage.Van Dijk’s team-mate Alisson picked up the Champions League Goalkeeper of the Season accolade and Klopp had no doubt the Brazilian was worthy.”I would say well, well, well deserved. He made exceptional saves,” Klopp said.”In the first season with us and immediately winning the Champions League. What a year he had, he won the Champions League, won the Copa America and now is the best goalie of last year.”Liverpool are next in action on Saturday, when they travel to Turf Moor to face Burnley in Premier League action.  Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Wine Weekend: How to Make the Most of Northern Virginia Wine Country

first_img Get to Know Alto Adige, the Northern Italian Wine Region Where to Drink White Wine in the Willamette Valley Meet Phylloxera, One of Wine’s Most Dangerous Pests An Astronomically Fun Chat About Space and Wine With a Winemaker and Former Physicist Editors’ Recommendations Wine and Virginia have been connected for centuries, dating back to Thomas Jefferson’s (more or less) failed attempts to grow wine at his estate, Monticello. Since then, wine growing and wine making in the Old Dominion has grown by leaps in bounds not only in knowledge and skill, but in numbers as well. Currently, it ranks fifth in the nation in number of wineries (over 240!) with no signs of slowing down.For the moment, though, we’re not going to concern ourselves with the bulk of those wineries. Instead, we’re going to focus only on one of Virginia’s wine-growing regions, Northern Virginia, because, if you don’t know your geography, it’s really freaking close to Washington D.C.In NoVa alone, there are more wineries than you could pack into one, two, three, or even ten weekends. Even the most fortified of us would have a hard time hitting all 93 wineries in so few days. So, then, how would you choose if you were headed to D.C. and wanted to taste some vino?Easy. You don’t, because we did for you.We’ve selected some of our favorites that can be found only about an hour from D.C., making it incredibly easy to hop in the car with some buddies or a loved one (or both, earn points by doing a double date wine weekend) and hit a couple of wineries over the course of two or so days.RdV Vineyards – Delaplane, VirginiaRdV Vineyards prides itself (rightly) on being, as they say, “Neither Bordeaux nor Napa, but uniquely our own.” At RdV, they make two types of wine—Lost Mountain and Rendezvous, both high quality red blends that you taste while doing an intensive pairing with local artisanal foods. Beyond the wines, the facility is gorgeous, offering an aesthetic that is rarely matched.Three Fox Vineyards – Delaplane, VirginiaIf your grandmother talked of Italy and the old country, then Three Fox is where to head. With a wine program that is focused on making Italian-style wines, some of which (such as Nebbiolo) you would be hard-pressed to find elsewhere on your NoVa wine journey.Delaplane Cellars – Delaplane, VirginiaDelaplane Cellars focuses on wines grown from 100% Virginia grapes and strives to maintain an intimate environment at their winery (they don’t allow parties over six at a time). On the wine side, they offer a nice mix of red and white, easily sating the palates of anyone in your group.Boxwood Estate Winery – Middleburg, VirginiaWhile Boxwood Estate Winery has multiple off-site locations that you can go to to taste their products (including one in D.C.), heading out to Middleburg is a much better experience. A red heavy portfolio, Boxwood Estate is owned by former Redskins owner John Kent Cook and offers both standard and group wine tasting.Stone Tower Winery – Leesburg, VirginiaA good place to visit if you like white wine, Stone Tower offers a number of wine tasting options, depending on how much or how little you want to do. These range from a vineyard and winery tour with tasting, to a wine and cheese tasting to a behind-the-scenes winemaker experience to custom-designed tours. What’s Amphora Wine? A Primer on One of the Oldest Ways to Make Winelast_img read more

Nominees for Week 1 fall sports prep athlete of the week

first_img Meri Dunford, Prairie cross country Athlete of the WeekFort Vancouver TrappersPrairie FalconsRidgefield SpuddersSkyview StormWashougal Panthers 2% (16 Votes) Here are the nominees for The Columbian fall sports prep athlete of the week, sponsored by Athletes Corner, for the week ending Sept. 8.Voting will continue until 8 p.m. Thursday, with results announced in Friday’s edition of The Columbian.To avoid vote manipulation, voting is restricted by IP address. That means people voting while connected to a public WIFI access may be unable vote. We suggest voting be done by private internet access or through your cellular provider.ANTHONY CHAE, SKYVIEW BOYS GOLF: Chae shot a 2-under par 35 at Tri-Mountain and a 3-under-par 34 on the same course two days later. GO Follow The Columbian on Instagram Tim Martinez Columbian Assistant Sports Editor 10% (107 Votes) Who should be Week 1 fall sports prep athlete of the week? Receive latest stories and local news in your email:  Loading … By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. By Tim Martinez, Columbian Assistant Sports Editor Published: September 10, 2018, 8:44am Follow Anthony Chae, Skyview golf Jocelyn Ray, Fort Vancouver soccercenter_img 15% (157 Votes) Nominees for Week 1 fall sports prep athlete of the week Voting, sponsored by Athletes Corner, continues through Thursday GABRIEL DINNEL, WASHOUGAL BOYS CROSS COUNTRY: The senior set a course record in winning the 4A-1A race at Ultimook Nike Invitational near Tillamook, Ore.MERI DUNFORD, PRAIRIE GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY: Dunford won the junior race at the Capital Invitational in Olympia.DELANEY NICOLL, RIDGEFIELD VOLLEYBALL: Nicoll had 24 kills, 30 assists, 10 digs and five aces in two wins for the Spudders.JOCELYN RAY, FORT VANCOUVER GIRLS SOCCER: The junior scored five goals as the Trappers beat Stevenson for their first win in five years. (360) 735-4538 Gabriel Dinnel, Washougal cross country Share: Tags 45% (472 Votes) Total Voters: 1,045Comment on this poll Share: Delaney Nicoll, Ridgefield volleyball @360TMart 28% (293 Votes) tim.martinez@columbian.comlast_img read more

4A GSHL football: Skyview 52, Heritage 0

first_img4A GSHL football: Skyview 52, Heritage 0 The Columbian Published: October 27, 2018, 12:36am Skyview Storm By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Tags Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Share: GO Share: Tyler DeJong scored three touchdowns as the Storm clinched the No. 3 postseason berth from the 4A Greater St. Helens League.Stats were not available.last_img

Links to 2018 fall all-league teams

first_img All-league teams are voted upon by league coaches and submitted for publication.All-league teams are posted on our prep sports blog when they are received.All of the fall all-league teams will be published in the print edition of The Columbian on Thursday, Nov. 22.4A GREATER ST. HELENS LEAGUEFootballVolleyballGirls soccerBoys cross countryGirls cross countryBoys tennisGirls swimmingBoys golf3A GREATER ST. HELENS LEAGUEFootballVolleyball Girls soccerBoys cross countryGirls cross countryGirls swimmingBoys tennisBoys golf2A GREATER ST. HELENS LEAGUEFootballVolleyballGirls soccerBoys cross countryGirls cross countryBoys tennisBoys golf1A TRICO LEAGUEFootballVolleyballGirls soccer (360) 735-4538 Tim Martinez Columbian Assistant Sports Editor Links to 2018 fall all-league teams Links will be updated when all-league teams are received Share: Share: GOcenter_img @360TMart By Tim Martinez, Columbian Assistant Sports Editor Published: November 7, 2018, 9:26am By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Receive latest stories and local news in your email: tim.martinez@columbian.comlast_img read more

Naturally, Rivera closes Baseball HOF induction ceremony

first_img “I spent a lot of time reflecting on my time in baseball,” said Mussina, the oldest first-time 20-game winner in MLB history when he reached the milestone at age 39 in 2008, his final season in the majors. “I was never fortunate to win a Cy Young Award or be a World Series champion, win 300 games or strike out 3,000 hitters. My opportunities for those achievements are in the past. Today, I get to become a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. This time I made it.”Smiling from beginning to end, Smith congratulated his new classmates before crediting his family and hometown of Castor, Louisiana, for much of his success.“It’s been my family. They’re the main reason I’m standing here today,” Smith said. “To my mom and dad — your support has meant everything to me.”Smith pitched 18 seasons for the Cubs, Red Sox, Cardinals, Yankees, Orioles, Angels, Reds and Expos and retired as MLB’s career saves leader with 478, a title he held for 13 seasons. That total now ranks third all-time, as do his 802 games finished. “You’re special for me,” said Rivera, who left his native Panama in 1990 unable to speak English. “Thank you for your help. Latin American fans, thank you. Thank you for loving me. I’m so humbled and blessed to receive this incredible honor. God bless you all.”As a child, Rivera dreamed of being a soccer player in the mold of the great Brazilian star, Pelé. Instead, he found his niche on a baseball mound and finished his career with 652 saves. He pitched 19 seasons in the major leagues, all with the New York Yankees, and retired with 952 games finished — also a record. A 13-time All-Star, Rivera helped the Yankees win five World Series titles and seven American League pennants.“To the fans, you guys always pushed me to be the best,” he said. “When I was at Yankee Stadium pitching, it felt like I was pitching with 55,000 people throwing one pitch after another. Without your support, I cannot do it. You guys came to see me succeed.”Brandy Halladay fought back tears as she spoke for her late husband, who had two sons. 4 Photos Share: Subscribe Today COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — For Mariano Rivera, it was the culmination of a storied career, dreams of being the next Pelé long since forgotten. For Brandy Halladay, the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony was a tearful moment to reflect on the accomplishments of her late husband, and she handled a difficult task admirably.Rivera, the career saves leader and the first player unanimously voted into the Hall by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, was greeted by chants of his name from the adoring crowd as he stepped to the podium in a fitting close to Sunday’s ceremony. He spoke in both English and at the end in Spanish, rarely looking down at the speech he had prepared.“I think I choose that because sometimes you write words and it doesn’t sound right,” Rivera said. “But when you come from the heart, it comes right. My intention was always to speak from the heart.”Rivera and fellow closer Lee Smith, starters Mike Mussina and Roy Halladay, and designated hitters Edgar Martinez and Harold Baines were feted on a sun-splashed afternoon in Cooperstown. A crowd estimated at 55,000, the second-largest for an induction ceremony, quickly made Rivera feel at peace. Naturally, Rivera closes Baseball HOF induction ceremony Edgar Martinez thanks Seattle fans for backing him all these years By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. National Baseball Hall of Fame inductees Harold Baines, Lee Smith, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina, Mariano Rivera , and Brandy Halladay window of the late Roy Halladay hold their plaques for photos after the induction ceremony at Clark Sports Center on Sunday, July 21, 2019, in Cooperstown, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink) Photo Gallery Martinez was a seven-time All-Star and five-time Silver Slugger Award winner for Seattle, where he spent his entire 18-year career. He won two AL batting titles, led the league in on-base percentage three times, and was named the outstanding designated hitter five times, an award that now bears his name.“I am honored and humbled to be standing here,” said Martinez, who was born in New York, grew up in Puerto Rico and also delivered part of his speech in Spanish. “It is hard to believe that a dream that started when I was 10 years old (ended here). The first time I saw Roberto Clemente, all I wanted to do was play the game. What an honor to have my plaque in the Hall alongside his.”Martinez’s walkoff double to win the 1995 AL Division Series endeared him forever to the fans in the Pacific Northwest.“Fans, I am so fortunate,” Martinez said. “Thank you for always being there for me. The support you gave me really helped me get here today. I am so glad I stayed with you until the end of my career. GO By JOHN KEKIS, Associated Press The Columbian is becoming a rare example of a news organization with local, family ownership. Subscribe today to support local journalism and help us to build a stronger community. A two-time Cy Young Award winner, Halladay amassed a 203-105 record in a 16-year career with Toronto and Philadelphia. He became just the second pitcher in major league history to throw a no-hitter in the postseason, opening the 2010 NL Division Series with one against the Cincinnati Reds in the first playoff start of his career. He also pitched a perfect game that season. Halladay was elected in his first year on the ballot.“Of course he would be honored and humbled,” Brandy Halladay said. “He was a true competitor. He went to the field every day ready to do whatever it took to give his team the best possible chance to win. I think Roy would rather be remembered by who he was, not what he did on the ballfield. He so desperately wanted to be as great and successful at home as he was in baseball.”The family decided that there would be no logo on his plaque because both organizations meant a lot to Halladay.Mussina, who pitched for 18 major league seasons, posted a record of 270-153 and was a seven-time Gold Glove winner. He spent his entire career in the high-scoring AL East with the Orioles and Yankees. “This is a day I could never imagine happening when I was growing up in Puerto Rico. Honestly, there were times over the last 10 years I wasn’t sure it was going to happen. I am so grateful and proud,” he said.The soft-spoken Baines, a Maryland native who still lives there, never displayed much emotion in his 22-year career, but his voice cracked throughout his speech.“Somehow I acquired a reputation for not saying much. I’m not sure why,” he deadpanned at the start. “From teachers to coaches who showed me kindness and discipline, I thank you all for what you’ve done for me. If I can leave you with one message, it’s to give back to your community. I stand here very humbled. It has taken time to sink in.”The late Frank Robinson and Willie McCovey were honored with a moment of silence before Mussina was introduced to start the ceremony. The two Hall of Famers died since last year’s induction ceremony. Share: Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Published: July 21, 2019, 4:03pm “I knew I was going to cry at some point. It’s overwhelming the amount of people here today,” she said, tears welling in her eyes, her voice quavering with emotion. “I’m so grateful you’re here. I can’t tell you how many hugs I’ve gotten. There are not enough words to thank you.“I know how honored Roy would be to be sitting here with such accomplished men. Thank you for being such a good example to him and to supporting him in his career. This is not my speech to give.”The son of a commercial pilot, Roy Halladay was 40 when he was killed in a plane crash in November 2017 into the Gulf of Mexico while piloting his own plane alone off the Florida coast 20 miles from his home. A toxicology report showed high levels of amphetamines and morphine in his system and hints of an antidepressant.“I think that Roy would want everyone to know that people are not perfect,” Brandy said. “We are all imperfect and flawed in one way or another. We all struggle, but with hard work, humility and dedication, imperfect people can still have perfect moments. Roy was blessed in his life and in his career to have some perfect moments.”last_img read more

Norwegian Bliss Makes Her US Debut in New York City

first_imgNorwegian’s Newest Ship Arrived in the Big Apple on May 3, Marking the First Stop of Her Inaugural Tour  MIAMI, FL – May 7, 2018 – Norwegian Cruise Line debuted the highly-anticipated Norwegian Bliss, the sixteenth ship of the young and modern fleet, in New York City on Thursday, May 3. Amidst a sea of excitement and celebration, her arrival into the U.S. marks the beginning of a month-long inaugural celebration with her next stops in Miami, Los Angeles and lastly Seattle, where she will officially be christened on May 30. Norwegian Bliss kicked off her two-day inaugural preview in New York City with brand partners, key media and industry representatives on Friday, May 4. Among the guests were Norwegian Bliss’ Godfather, Elvis Duranand the cast from the Z100 morning show who broadcasted live from the ship enlightening guests on all the experiences the ship has to offer. Throughout the day, guests were able to explore the ship, sample the cruise line’s newest culinary innovations, and experience all the amenities, including the longest go-kart race track at sea, the newly designed water slides, and an open-air laser tag arena.  Additionally, Elvis Duran brought on indie-pop band, AJR, to give a special performance on board Norwegian Bliss. Later in the day, president and chief executive officer, Andy Stuart, presented Elvis Duran with a six-foot long model of Norwegian Bliss. On the evening of May 4, following the Norwegian Cruise Line original musical theater show – ¡HAVANA! – Grammy-award winning singer, Albita, performed an exclusive show for guests in the Bliss Theater. One deck below, guests were kicking up their boots and enjoying country tunes by Camille Rae and her band at Q, the new Texas Smokehouse Barbecue restaurant on Norwegian Bliss. Valli and Bob Gaudio, two of the original members of The Four Seasons,  which the Tony award-winning musical Jersey Boys is based on, made a special appearance at an intimate cocktail reception in the expansive Horizon Lounge in The Haven, home to the most luxurious, well-appointed and spacious accommodations, complete with a private lounge, courtyard and observation area.  Following the event, they enjoyed the Norwegian Bliss premier of Jersey Boys in Bliss Theater. “Norwegian has been committed to providing our guests with the finest entertainment at sea and we have elevated this commitment by introducing Jersey Boys and ¡HAVANA! on board Norwegian Bliss,” said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. “It has been such an honor to have icons in the music and theater world partner with and join us on this inaugural tour.” Norwegian Bliss departed the Big Apple yesterday morning and is cruising down to Miami for her next stop on her inaugural U.S. tour. During her preview cruise out of PortMiami, May 8 to 10, special guests will include the hull artist, Wyland, Godfather, Elvis Duran and members of The Morning Show, and celebrity car guru and host of Discovery Channel’s The Auto Firm, Alex Vega, who outfitted two of the Norwegian Bliss go-carts for the largest race track at sea. Following her stop in Miami she will cruise to Los Angeles, California, and be the largest cruise ship to cross through the Panama Canal. Preview events will take place from May 25 to 27, before making her voyage to Seattle, Washington arriving on May 30 for her official christening ceremony and then embarking on a three-day exhibition cruise. Beginning June 2, Norwegian Bliss will cruise seven-day voyages to Alaska from Seattle with featured calls in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria, British Columbia.  She will then cruise select voyages to the Mexican Riviera from Los Angeles and for her fall/winter season, she will sail to the Eastern Caribbean from Miami. In 2019, she will return to New York City and sail seven-day voyages to the Bahamas and Florida, the Southern and Western Caribbean.  About Norwegian Cruise LineNorwegian Cruise Line is the innovator in cruise travel with a 51-year history of breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising.  Most notably, Norwegian revolutionized the cruise industry by offering guests the freedom and flexibility to design their ideal cruise vacation on their schedule with no set dining times, a variety of entertainment options and no formal dress codes. Today, Norwegian invites guests to enjoy a relaxed, resort-style cruise vacation on some of the newest and most contemporary ships at sea with a wide variety of accommodations options, including The Haven by Norwegian®, a luxury enclave with suites, private pool and dining, concierge service and personal butlers. Norwegian Cruise Line sails around the globe, offering guests the freedom and flexibility to explore the world on their own time and experience up to 27 dining options, award-winning entertainment, superior guest service and more across all of the brand’s 16 ships. Recently, the line was named “Europe’s Leading Cruise Line” for the tenth consecutive year, “World’s Leading Large Ship Cruise Line” for the sixth consecutive year, the “Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Line” for the fifth consecutive year, as well as “World’s Leading Cruise Line” and “North America’s Leading Cruise Line” both for the second straight year by the World Travel Awards. Norwegian’s next new build, the highly anticipated Norwegian Bliss, will be delivered in April 2018 featuring many firsts-at-sea for the global market including the largest race track at sea, award-winning Broadway entertainment, two observation lounges for guests to enjoy stunning ocean and glacier views and more.  Norwegian will introduce an additional new “Breakaway Plus” Class cruise ship in 2019 and has four additional ships on order for delivery beginning in 2022, with an option to introduce two more ships in 2026 and 2027. For further information on Norwegian Cruise Line visitwww.ncl.com; contact us in the U.S. and Canada at 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784); or follow us on the following social channels for the latest company news & exclusive content: Facebook, Instagram and YouTube: @NorwegianCruiseLine; Twitter and Snapchat: @CruiseNorwegian; and WeChat: @gonclcn. High resolution, downloadable images are available at www.ncl.com/media-center.last_img read more

Traveltek Continues its Winning Streak at the World Travel Awards 2018

first_imgThe Scotland-based technology specialist has been crowned World’s Leading Dynamic Packaging Solutions Provider at the World Travel Awards 2018, prolonging its reign for a fifth year  Glasgow, UK, 5thDecember 2018: The award recognises Traveltek’s reservation platform, iSell; an integrated travel management system that enables travel agents, tour operators and wholesalers to sell, create and manage their entire travel portfolio from one single, secure, web-based solution. This technology allows travel professionals to search for and book every facet of a customised travel itinerary – from cruises and flights to hotels, transfers and other ancillary products – then sell them as one single package. Traveltek’s unrivalled product portfolio also includes consumer facing websites, a CRM and mid-office system; a tour operating platform and an API that connects the industry’s largest network of buyers and sellers worldwide. The award marks the end of another remarkable year for Traveltek as it unveiled a restructured and much bolstered sales team, continued its expansion program into new target markets and appointed a new chief operating officer, chief commercial officer and chief technology officer to drive growth in 2019 and beyond. Chief marketing officer, Susie Lawler, and customer services manager, Dianne Clifford, accepted the award on behalf of the Traveltek team. On receiving the accolade, Lawler highlighted what it means to the company. “We’re absolutely thrilled to have received this award again. We were lucky enough to pick up Europe’s Leading Travel Technology Provider earlier this year and are over the moon to be collecting the Dynamic Packaging Solutions Provider award on the World stage, for the 5th year in a row. “2018 has been a really big year for us, with a lot of change, so it’s fantastic to be recognised for the team’s continued hard work and commitment. In terms of the focus now, it’s about taking the platform to the next level, providing bookers with a more B2C style system, with the same functionality and ease use that was typically reserved for consumers. “We’re also in the process of finalising a new product, due to launch in the next couple of months, that will be a real industry first. So, it’s a really exciting time for us at the moment; arguably the most monumental in the company’s 20-year history.” Expedia Group, Rezopia and Goquo were amongst the six contenders to battle for the coveted title. The World Travel Awards were established in 1993 and are recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of industry excellence. The prestigious Grand Final Gala Ceremony took place at the Pátio da Galé in Lisbon, Portugal and was attended by hundreds of travel, tourism and hospitality professionals from around the globe. For more information visit www.traveltek.com  About Traveltek Traveltek is widely recognised as one of the world’s leading travel technology providers. A pioneer in its field, the company has been delivering cutting-edge solutions to travel agents, tour operators and wholesalers for almost two decades. Traveltek’s unrivalled portfolio features dynamic packaging solutions; consumer-facing websites; integrated booking platforms for staff and clients; back-office systems that produce bookings reports and client documentation; a CRM to manage clients and enquiries; a tour operating platform that controls pricing and distributes contracts; and an API that connects travel companies to a global database of leading travel suppliers. Traveltek is also the industry’s leading provider of cruise booking solutions, empowering the trade to hand-pick every component of a customised cruise itinerary and sell it as one package. Recognised as the ‘World Leading Dynamic Packaging Solutions Provider’ at the World Travel Awards in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Traveltek offers its valued travel partners bespoke solutions that help them work smarter, improve their bottom line and enhance customer experience and retention. For more information, visit https://www.traveltek.com/last_img read more

Highway Upgrades Continue in Western Nova Scotia

first_imgSeveral large road construction projects are winding down this month but there are still many big jobs keeping the province’s road builders busy in the months ahead. In western Nova Scotia, a $2,521,600 tender for the construction of the Granite Drive Roundabout on Trunk 1 in New Minas was awarded Sept. 9. It will be completed by the end of the year. Work is continuing on a new $4,865,073 interchange for Hectanooga Road in Digby, scheduled for completion by the end of October. The latest twinned section of Highway 101 also opened on July 29. “By working closely with our funding partners and the roadbuilding industry we’re creating good jobs for Nova Scotians and keeping the economy rolling,” said Bill Estabrooks, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “This co-operative approach is paying benefits across the province.” According to the Nova Scotia Road Builders Association, a typical $2-million paving contract generates 60 direct jobs and about $200,000 worth of business for the trucking industry and significant spin-off expenditures for local businesses. This year’s $310-million capital construction budget is the second largest in the province’s history after a record $325-million investment in highway infrastructure in 2009. Work in other areas of the province includes a newly twinned section of Highway 104 in the Pine Tree Road area of Pictou County that opened on Sept. 2. In Cape Breton a $6,060,752 contract was awarded for paving and widening a section of the Cabot Trail. In Halifax Regional Municipality a $16,684,000 tender was awarded for the construction of the Margeson Drive Interchange on Highway 102. “We appreciate the efforts of the construction industry and the patience of Nova Scotia drivers as these projects continue,” said Mr. Estabrooks. “These jobs are vital to Nova Scotia’s well-being.”last_img read more

AsiaPacific journalists begin UN training on coverage of development goals

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) today began a three-day specialized training programme to help television journalists from around the region enhance their reporting on anti-poverty targets known collectively as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).Journalists from 13 Asia-Pacific States are participating in the training, being held in Bangkok and conducted by UNESCAP along with the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) and AsiaWorks Television.The reporters are expected to produce feature-length news items and public service announcements on the MDGs when they return home after the training programme and those pieces will then be distributed across the region by the ABU.The MDGs are a set of eight goals for slashing serious ills, ranging from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by 2015. The world’s leaders agreed to strive towards them at a UN summit in 2000.The journalists taking part in this week’s training come from Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Fiji, Indonesia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam. 7 February 2007The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) today began a three-day specialized training programme to help television journalists from around the region enhance their reporting on anti-poverty targets known collectively as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). read more

Canadians household debt worries ease as mortgage borrowing slows in May RBC

OTTAWA — The Royal Bank says Canadians have been slowing down the amount of debt they are taking on to buy real estate, easing concerns about household vulnerability.The RBC paper notes that overall household debt accumulation remained flatlined at 4.2% growth in May, about the same level as the previous three months. Outstanding mortgage debt stood at $1.23 trillion as the annualized growth slowed slightly to 5% from 5.1% in April.But households increased their pace of non-mortgage borrowing, the bank says, to 2.2% from 2% in April.RBC says the steady pace of debt accumulation overall should give some comfort to the Bank of Canada, which has called household debt the No. 1 risk to the financial system and economy.With the housing market expected to moderate further, the vulnerability posed by overly indebted households is easing, RBC says, clearing the way for the Bank of Canada to move toward higher interest rates by mid-2015.Meanwhile, business borrowing continued to strengthen in May, with short-term debt rising to 10.6% from 9.6 in April. read more