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Baylor holds off Notre Dame for NCAA women’s title

first_imgBaylor players celebrate after defeating Notre Dame in the Final Four championship game of the NCAA women’s college basketball tournament Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. Baylor won 82-21. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)TAMPA, Fla. — Baylor recovered after blowing a 17-point lead and losing a star player, beating Notre Dame 82-81 for the NCAA women’s basketball championship Sunday night when 2018 tournament hero Arike Ogunbowale missed a foul shot in the final seconds.Chloe Jackson made a layup to put Baylor ahead with 3.9 seconds left. Notre Dame called timeout and inbounded to Ogunbowale, whose buzzer-beating jumper in the championship game lifted Notre Dame to last year’s title. Ogunbowale was fouled trying for a layup, then missed the first of two free throws with 1.9 seconds remaining. She made the second, but the Irish never got the ball back.ADVERTISEMENT “They just kept doing what we’ve been taught to do, and that’s guard people,” Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. “We just beat the defending national champions. That team is so good, so talented. You’re going to see those guys play at the next level. Wow.”The Lady Bears (37-1) won their first championship in seven years. Mulkey and Baylor have won titles in 2005, 2012 and 2019. The 2012 championship game also pitted the Lady Bears against Muffet McGraw’s Irish in the last meeting of two female coaches for the title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBaylor was able to pull off the win without star forward Lauren Cox, who injured her knee in a frightening scene late in the third quarter. The Irish were able to rally from a 14-point deficit in the third quarter to tie it at 78 in the fourth. Jackson then scored a jumper from the foul line, and Jessica Shepard countered with two free throws to tie it, setting up the exciting finish.“We had to do it for LC,” said Jackson, who was named the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player. “She got us here. We had to finish the job for her.” Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Cox came back to the bench in the fourth quarter on crutches, with a big brace on her left knee. She was the first one to hold the trophy after the game.“I’m one of the leaders on the team, so just to have my voice there (on the bench) and tell them I’m still OK, they told me they were going to do this for me,” Cox said.Mulkey was able to celebrate her third title with her family close by. Daughter Makenzie is on the coaching staff, and infant grandson Kannon Reid was sitting in the front row behind the bench. As the final second ticked off, she hugged her daughter and the rest of the staff at midcourt.With the game tied at 80, Jackson drove with her right hand and hit a layup that bounced off the rim before dropping in.Sunday’s game marked the eighth time in the past 20 years that there have been two women head coaches in the title game but only the second time since 2008. The last time was in 2012 with these same coaches. As of 2018, only 59.5 percent of head coaches in Division I women’s basketball are female.The victory broke a tie for third all-time between Mulkey and McGraw for career NCAA titles. Mulkey has three, placing her behind Geno Auriemma (11) and Pat Summitt (8).TIP-INS: The Irish remained at 999 victories in school history. McGraw has been the coach for 835 of them.STRONG ATTENDANCE: Nearly 275,000 people attended the NCAAs, which ranked eighth all-time, including 20,127 for the title game. It was the highest attendance in over 15 years.“We’ve had a really great championship. Our first and second round numbers is the best we’ve seen in 11 years,” NCAA vice president for women’s basketball Lynn Holzman said.The regionals provided a strong boost. Portland, Oregon, a first-time site, averaged over 11,400 fans and will host again next year. The regional attendance was its highest since the NCAA switched to neutral sites after the 2014 season. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Ahead of everyone Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img The Lady Bears were primed to run away with the game as Notre Dame struggled to score. But the Irish have a knack for big comebacks, doing it against UConn in this year’s semifinal and against Mississippi State in last season’s title game, when they rallied from 15 down in the third quarter.Ogunbowale was instrumental in all those victories, forever becoming a part of the Final Four during last year’s title run. She made a shot with one second remaining to beat UConn in the semifinals, then hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with one-tenth of a second left to top the Bulldogs in the title game.Ogunbowale led the charge again Sunday, scoring 17 of her 31 points in the second half. That included a buzzer-beating 3 at the end of the third quarter, sparking an 11-0 Notre Dame run.It helped the Irish that the Lady Bears had to play the last 11 minutes without Cox. She got tangled up with Kalani Brown on the defensive end and went down clutching her left knee with about a minute to go in the third quarter. The 6-foot-4 junior was crying in agony for a few minutes before they took her off the court in a wheelchair. Her mom was tearing up in the stands, and her dad had his hands over his face.“I’m emotional for a lot of reasons, but mostly for Lauren Cox, and I’m so happy,” Mulkey said. “These are tears of joy, but they’re also tears of thinking about injuries.”ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games messlast_img read more

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Monaco appoint Arsenal legend Henry

first_img#HesComingHome #ForeverMonaco pic.twitter.com/GuSYXnMt4u— AS Monaco EN (@AS_Monaco_EN) October 13, 2018 Henry had worked alongside former Everton boss Roberto Martinez in the Belgium set-up, and helped the side to a third-placed finish at the World Cup in Russia.Vadim Vasilyev, Monaco’s vice president, has already waxed lyrical about the appointment, made after the sacking of Leonardo Jardim earlier this week.“His knowledge of football, his passion for the game, his high standards and his commitment to our colours make his nomination a reality,” he said.”Thierry is both aware of the task ahead and eager to start his new job. He can count on our trust and all our support to bring a new dynamic to the team and carry out the mission.”Indeed, Henry’s task is a difficult one as he is charged with turning around the form of a side which have picked up only six points from nine Ligue 1 matches this season.While it’s true that Monaco won the French title a mere 17 months ago, a mass of sales including Kylian Mbappe, Thomas Lemar, Fabinho, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Bernardo Silva has drastically reduced the quality of the squad.Currently 18th in Ligue 1, Monaco return to action on October 20 with a trip to Strasbourg. Monaco have appointed Arsenal legend Thierry Henry as their new manager, while Arsenal’s Under-18 head coach Kwame Ampadu has been announced as part of his staff.Henry will take his first steps into management at the club where he began his professional career, and has signed a three-year contract.The Frenchman obviously went on to greater heights, joining Juventus, then the Gunners and then Barcelona, but he spent six years with the Principality club and is delighted to be making a return. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “In the first place, I thank AS Monaco for giving me the opportunity to coach the team of this club which is so special to me,” he said.”I am very happy to come back to AS Monaco and extremely determined to meet the challenges ahead. I can not wait to meet the players to start working together.”last_img read more

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18000 Delhi flats up for grabs DDA to hold draw of lots

first_imgNEW DELHI: Preparations are underway at the Vikas Sadan in New Delhi for the draw of lots for allotment of flats to applicants under the DDA’s Housing Scheme 2019 slated to be held on July 23, officials said on Monday. The scheme, which ended on June 10, is for sale of nearly 18,000 newly-built flats in Delhi’s Vasant Kunj and Narela residential areas, for which the DDA has received about 50,000 applications.”The draw of lots for the scheme will be held on July 23 and begin at noon, and the process will be streamed live on the web through the DDA website,” a senior DDA official said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”All preparations are being made for the randomised computer-based draw of lots for the scheme. Interested applicants can also visit the DDA headquarters at Vikas Sadan at INA to watch the proceedings at Nagarik Suvidha Kendra,” he added. The DDA Housing Scheme 2019 was launched on March 25, offering flats across four categories. The deadline for application was extended by a month till June 10, after getting a lukewarm response. The earlier deadline was May 10. “As many as 17,922 flats are on offer in four categories –HIG, MIG, LIG and EWS,” a senior DDA official had earlier said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe flats available in these categories are –488 (HIG), 1,555 (MIG), 8,383 (LIG) and 7,496 (EWS). For the economically weaker section (EWS) category, the application fee was fixed at Rs 25,000, for the LIG category it was Rs 1 lakh and for MIG and HIG flats Rs 2 lakh. DDA’s vice-chairman Tarun Kapoor had on June 11 attributed the poor response by applicants to bulk of the flats being located in Narela area in outer Delhi, among other factors. Recently, the DDA had approved a proposal to reduce the cost of EWS flats in Narela, part of the online Housing Scheme 2019, “by up to 40 per cent of the construction cost”. The modified rates would apply to allottees of the current scheme. In the case of leftover flats, it would be re-advertised soon at reduced rates. This will help in making these flats at concessional rates to the economically weaker section, it had said.last_img read more

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Man charged in subway homicide case appears in Toronto court

first_imgTORONTO – A man accused of pushing a senior citizen in front of a train at a busy Toronto subway station did not have any interaction with the victim before allegedly shoving him to his death, police said Tuesday after the 57-year-old appeared briefly in court.John Reszetnik has been charged with one count of first-degree murder in connection with Monday morning’s incident at Bloor-Yonge station, where two of the city’s primary transit lines connect.Police identified the victim as 73-year-old Yosuke Hayahara of Toronto.There is no apparent motive for the incident, Det. Rob North said outside a Toronto court after a hearing where Reszetnik’s case was put over to next month.“The incident took place in a very quick fashion and ended very quickly,” he told reporters.Officers have spoken to four or five witnesses but believe there were about 25 more on the station platform at the time, seven or eight of whom would have directly witnessed Hayahara’s fall, North added.“I understand it’s a very traumatic incident they may have witnessed, however we would like them to come forward so we can interview them and sort of get a narrative from them about what transpired,” he said.Reszetnik appeared in court wearing a hooded, white, police-issue jumpsuit. His case was put over to July 17.He did not speak except to tell his lawyer he was comfortable with the date of his next appearance and to mumble something under his breath as he was led away at the end of proceedings.Reszetnik has had multiple minor interactions with police in the past, according to North, who would not comment on whether the man had ever been charged with a crime before.Police have not confirmed, or ruled out the possibility, that mental health issues may have contributed to the incident but will continue to delve into Reszetnik’s personal history, North said.The Toronto Transit Commission has said intentional deaths on the subway system are extremely rare, and that the last such incident took place in 1997.The accused in that incident, Herbert Cheong, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for pushing 23-year-old Charlene Minkowski in front of an oncoming train.Psychiatrists called by the defence and the Crown testified that Cheong had schizophrenia and had an “abiding dislike” of women. Cheong was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 15 years.last_img read more

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Muskrat Falls land protectors take one last shot to stop flooding of

first_imgAngel MooreAPTN NewsA car convoy pulls up to the front gates of the construction entrance to the Muskrat Falls hydro electric project.They say they’re here to continue their fight against the mega project.The entrance to the project sits about 30 minutes west of Goose Bay, Labrador and has been the epicentre of the fight against the project the land protectors say will poison their land.(Marjorie Flowers, left, and Denise Cole, right, at the gates of the Muskrat Falls construction entrance. Photo: Angel Moore/APTN)People here acknowledge that this could be the last gathering at these gates before the reservoir is flooded.“We’ve tried so hard we worked so hard, we’ve reached out to people so much, we’ve demonstrated, we’ve protested, we’ve went to jail, we’ve begged, we’ve pleaded we wrote letters we got signatures we did,” said Marjorie Flowers.“There was just no end to what we tried to do to get people to listen, Nalcor and the provincial government.The fear is that the hydro electric dam will be a threat to the environment.A study showed that once the reservoir is flooded, the toxin methyl mercury could be released into the environment and poison fish and wildlife.Sam Saunders is a grand river water keeper.He said lives are worth more than jobs.“It’s about the river and the mercury and the people’s lives and the property at risk,” he said. “I’ve talked to a lot of people along the river and a lot of them tell me the same story so it not only comes from me.”The land protectors gather at the gate to voice their concerns.Emotions run high.“We are on the brink of losing our food chain I’m an Inuit woman who depended on that food chain all my life, all my father’s life, all my grandfather’s lives we’ve depended on that,” said Flowers.(Land protectors at a camp set up outside the Nalcor gates for Muskrat Falls in the early days to stop the project. Photo: APTN File)The dam is owned by Nalcor, an agency of the Newfoundland and Labrador government.It’s going ahead with the flooding despite years of protests and arrests.Denise Cole said she’s frustrated at the colonial government’s lack of interest.“So no matter if it’s pipeline, or mega dam or fracking or a telescope, that they get to do whatever they want and there’s nothing, it appears there’s nothing we can do to stop them,” she said.“Because they control the legislation, they control the courts, they control the police they control it all so to say that we are in any place of truth and reconciliation in this country is a lie.In 2017, the province launched a public inquiry to look into why the costs of the project has ballooned from $3.69 billion, to more than $12 billion.The inquiry is not examining any environment concerns.Still, on Thursday it will be in Goose Bay – and the land protectors plan on being their to voice their opinions.amoore@aptn.ca@angelharksenlast_img read more

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El Tiempo: Algeria, Polisario Fear Declining Health of Bouteflika and Ghali

Rabat – With Ibrahim Ghali and his “boss” Bouteflika suffering health problems, El Tiempo has warned that Polisario and Algeria are afraid of what could happen.El Tiempo published an article about Ghali’s health challenges on September 20 under the title “Concern about the Risk of Death of the Polisario Chief.”The news outlet reported that “in Algiers, the mobilization of the presidency and the intelligence services are at their highest alert.” El Tiempo’s conclusion was shared by an international analyst and a former French official.Former French Ambassador to Algeria Bernard Bajolet also questioned Bouteflika’s ability to lead. He said that Bouteflika is kept alive “artificially.”Earlier this week, the Alternative News Agency of Argentina published an article by Adalberto Agozino who analyzed the political earthquake in Algeria’s military.The analyst interpreted Algeria’s sacking of military officers as a way to “steal” the next election and questioning Algerian President Bouteflika’s ability to run for a fifth term as president.For Algeria, the Spanish media said the country “fears the worst” as the leader of the front was transferred to a hospital in Algiers.It also said that Algeria is concerned about the death of the “so-called straw man” of the Algerian regime in the Western Sahara conflict.According to El Tiempo, Ibrahim Ghali is suffering from Hepatitis C and “Bouteflika’s “public appearances are very sporadic.” Bouteflika suffered a debilitating stroke in 2013.El Tiempo concluded that Bouteflika will run for a fifth mandate. However, the president has to “present himself. Otherwise, it would be a jarring note.” read more

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Officials Say Hosting CAN Needs Full Attention, Mobilization

Rabat – Morocco’s Minister of Sports and Youths Rachid Talbi Alami has finally spoken about why Morocco won’t compete to host the 1991 African Cup of Nations (CAN).Alami said that it has never been the plan for Morocco to organize the CAN 2019 or replace Cameroon.“It has never been a candidate or thought to do so,” Alami told RFI. He added that the decision requires a major attention. “Everyone must mobilize to succeed. To organize something professional, this has to be plannedin advance, which is not the case.”He added that Morocco will host the 2019 All-Africa Games next summer, and that Morocco is mobilizing its assets to make the event successful. “We cannot make a decision like that  six months of the event coming,” he said.After the Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) decision to strip the hosting rights from Cameroon earlier this month, international media speculated that Morocco and South Africa could be a possible replacement to Cameroon.Read Also: Minister of Sports Confirms Morocco Will Not Bid for CAN 2019However, when CAF announced the re-launch of the bidding process, Morocco remained silence which surprised and resulted in rumors and speculations from international media.On Wednesday, an Algerian media outlet took speculations too far, claiming that Morocco is fearful of Algeria. The news outlet said that Algeria is Morocco’s reason  for not hosting the tournament.The news outlet also claimed that Morocco did not present any clear reasons for its refusal to replace Cameroon as “it owns the facilities and stadiums that allow it to do so, but the real reason is apparent.”Before CAF’s decision to eliminate Cameroon, Moroccan officials vowed full support for Cameroon, denying that Morocco wants  to replace it.In March, President of Morocco’s Royal Football Federation (FRMF) Fouzi Lekjaa said that Morocco ‘is alongside our Cameroonian friends.”He added that FRMF is at “the disposal of the Cameroonian Federation to make the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon,” and “the rumors are over.Egypt is now expected to submit its bid to host the 2019 CAN. read more

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Toyota sells 258 million vehicles globally in first quarter outpacing General Motors

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press Posted Apr 22, 2014 11:26 pm MDT Toyota sells 2.58 million vehicles globally in first quarter, outpacing General Motors, VW TOKYO – Toyota kept its position at the top in global vehicle sales for the first quarter of this year, outpacing rivals General Motors and Volkswagen.Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday that it sold a record 2.583 million vehicles in the January-March period, putting the Japanese automaker ahead of Detroit-based GM at 2.42 million and Volkswagen of Germany at 2.4 million.Toyota’s first quarter sales rose by more than 6 per cent from the same period the previous year. GM’s sales grew 2 per cent, while Volkswagen’s added nearly 6 per cent.Toyota finished first last year with a record 9.98 million vehicles in sales, remaining the top-selling automaker for a second year in a row. General Motors Co. finished second and VW third.Toyota is targeting sales of more than 10 million vehicles this year. No automaker has sold that many in a year. Toyota officials say being No. 1 is not that important, and they want to be No. 1 in customer satisfaction.But competition is intense among all the world’s automakers, and clinching the top-selling automaker crown is not taken lightly.By region, Toyota’s first quarter sales grew in Japan as consumers rushed to buy ahead of a rise in the sales tax, which kicked in April 1. Its sales also grew in the rest of Asia, the Middle East, South America and Africa, according to Toyota.General Motors had been the No. 1 selling automaker for more than seven decades before losing the title to Toyota in 2008.GM retook the sales crown in 2011, when Toyota’s production was hurt by the quake and tsunami in northeastern Japan. But the maker of the Prius hybrid, Camry sedan and Lexus luxury model made a comeback in 2012, and kept that lead in 2013.GM’s image has taken a hit after a February recall of 2.6 million vehicles for defective ignition switches, a defect the company tied to 13 deaths.GM and the U.S. government are investigating why it took the company more than a decade to recall the cars after engineers first learned of the switch problems.Toyota also underwent a massive recall debacle in the U.S., announcing recall after recall starting in 2009. It paid a $1.2 billion earlier this year to settle a U.S. Justice Department investigation into charges of covering up problems that caused unintended acceleration in some cars.From 2010 through 2012, Toyota paid fines totalling more than $66 million for delays in reporting safety problems. Toyota agreed last year to pay more than $1 billion to owners of its cars who claimed to have suffered economic losses because of the recalls. The company still faces wrongful death and injury lawsuits.Volkswagen is growing so quickly in China and other relatively new markets it is close on the heels of its two longtime rivals.__Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter at twitter.com/yurikageyama read more

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New coop learning model looks at longterm career development

Brock’s Co-op Education team has been revamping some key courses so they focus beyond helping students get a job, and also strengthen their longer-term career development.The Co-op Education Professional Preparation Courses, which are compulsory for all undergraduate and graduate co-op students, have undergone major makeovers this past year.The courses previously aimed to prepare students exclusively for their co-op job searches and work terms, but they now include hands-on exercises like occupational research and informational interviews with industry professionals that focus on long-term career success.“We’ve taken feedback from student focus groups and have completely overhauled the course to enhance their experience and learning,” said Brock’s Associate Director of Co-op Education, Julia Zhu. “We want to ensure they feel like they are getting tangible results from a course that helps them succeed in achieving their objective of discipline-related employment.“All of the things they are learning can be quickly applied, but also used long-term,” she said. “They are able to mobilize that knowledge and use it on their own for the entirety of their career.”The University has long had a deep commitment to co-op education. Each year, its 40 programs put 15 per cent of Brock’s students into a wide range of experiential opportunities often resulting in employment upon graduation.The new career development model used in the course builds on this foundation and encourages students to be flexible, stay organized, ask for help and take manageable risks.To learn these lessons, students spend classes exploring traditional topics such as interview skills, as well as newer topics, including self-marketing strategies, transferable and essential skills identification, and networking and relationship building.Using the in-class instruction to take chances on new opportunities and unforeseen interactions is key to career development and of particular importance to the new model, said Marisa Brown, Brock’s Career Curriculum Specialist.“It’s exciting to get our students comfortable with chance and how to manage it,” she said. “Initially, chance can be intimidating, and can lead to students fearing the unknown situations they face. But when they learn to harness these situations, they discover ways to effectively manage their careers, both now and in the future.”Brown also emphasized the change in instruction that comes along with the new learning model.“The instructional techniques are now more of a facilitated style, with hands-on activities and online modules,” she said, “rather than the lecture-focused approach that we used in the past.”With the new model set to roll out this fall, both Zhu and Brown hope it will begin to expand beyond co-op to further the employability of all Brock students, who, at 98 per cent, already enjoy one of the highest graduate employment rates in the country.“The course serves as a launch pad for the career development model to begin to seep into much of the University and to work with different campus partners and Faculties,” said Zhu. “We hope that as students complete the course and reflect on the experiences they have had at Brock, they will begin to think about their studies and careers in a more holistic way to better prepare them for the transition to the workplace that lies ahead.” read more

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Avengers Endgame Directors Share Why Black Widow Didnt Get a Funeral

first_img Best (And Worst) Movies of Summer 2019Marvel Writer Dan Slott: Spider-Man Should Not Have Killed in ‘Endgame’ Avengers: Endgame had many sad moments, including the deaths of Tony Stark (Iron Man) and Black Widow. Following the movie’s release, fans were wondering why Tony Stark was the only character out of the two to receive an onscreen funeral, and now, the Avengers: Endgame directors are sharing why they decided to move forward with this plot decision.At San Diego Comic Con (SDCC), directors Anthony and Joe Russo explained why they decided to skip Black Widow’s funeral in Avengers: Endgame, Entertainment Tonight reported. The pair explained that the famous spy will be featured in her own prequel film, Black Widow, which will hit theaters on May 1, 2020, ComicBook.com noted.From spy to Avenger, Black Widow is a force to be reckoned with. #AvengersEndgame pic.twitter.com/u8CBHlJAtH— The Avengers (@Avengers) July 22, 2019“Well, Natasha has another movie coming out,” Joe Russo told Entertainment Tonight. “Tony does not have another movie coming out.”He added, “When you’re dealing with storytelling real estate in a three-hour movie, there’s only so much of it, and someone else has another film coming, there’s always the opportunity to bring closure in that other movie. In this movie, we had to bring closure to Tony Stark.”Avengers: Endgame screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely also backed up the Russo Brothers’ decision to opt out on a funeral for Black Widow, The New York Times reported. Both screenwriters discussed how unlike Black Widow’s undercover existence, Tony Stark was a known hero to the public, and how Avengers: Endgame had to be the end of his chapter.“Tony gets a funeral. Natasha doesn’t,” Markus told The New York Times. “That’s partly because Tony’s this massive public figure and she’s been a cipher the whole time. It wasn’t necessarily honest to the character to give her a funeral.”Just announced in Hall H at #SDCC, Marvel Studios’ BLACK WIDOW with Scarlett Johansson, David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenle, and Rachel Weisz. Directed by Cate Shortland. In theaters May 1, 2020. pic.twitter.com/7WGECDIw3t— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) July 21, 2019The Black Widow prequel, which will star Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanova, is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universes (MCU’s) Phase 4 films and TV shows announced at SDCC 2019. Other MCU movies expected to premiere over the next few years include Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Thor: Love and Thunder, Doctor Strange: In The Multiverse of Madness, and Eternals.  More on Geek.com:‘Avengers: Endgame’ Stars Show Off Goofy Moments in Blooper Reel ClipAll of Marvel Studios’ Major Movie Announcements ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Stars Ask Russo Brothers Hilarious Questions at SDCC Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Rose revealing mental health discussion can help other players

first_imgFormer Liverpool goalkeeper Chris Kirkland insists Danny Rose revealing his mental health can help other players.He also believes players talking about their mental health should be a norm.Before the World Cup which took place in Russia earlier in the summer, the Tottenham Hotspur defender revealed he dealt with a period of depression in 2017 after suffering a serious knee injury and the death of his uncle.It is highly uncommon for a high-profile footballer still involved in active football to speak out on their mental health issues, but former goalkeeper Chris Kirkland hopes Rose’s comments can help give other players confidence to come out and speak.When asked if he thought Rose was brave to comment on his depression, Kirkland said to Sky Sports: Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“Yeah I do, but that should be normal. Just because he’s a footballer, he shouldn’t not be able to do that.”“That should just be normal now and, hopefully, it will give other players the confidence to do that because there are many, many players who are struggling and won’t come out.”“But hopefully if one more does come out from that, that’s what we’re doing it for.”Kirkland who also played for Wigan Athletic and the England national team also revealed how his battles managing his mental health started and how it affected him on a daily basis.last_img read more

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Renewable energy in Alaska

first_imgCall 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcast The Power system of Igiugig on station in Kvichak River (Photo courtesy of ORPC) Post your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air). Chris Rose, executive director, Renewable Energy Alaska ProjectGwen Holdmann, director, Alaska Center for Energy and Power From hydropower to solar energy, renewable and alternative energy projects are taking root statewide. What kind of impact can these projects have on energy costs and sustainability for communities around Alaska? What are the challenges — and emerging opportunities — when it comes to developing new power sources in the Land of the Midnight Sun? We’ll discuss the state’s renewable and alternative energy industry on the next Talk of Alaska. Send an email to talk@alaskapublic.org (comments may be read on air) PARTICIPATE: HOST: Kirsten SwannGUESTS: LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.last_img read more

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Nach Baliye 9 Anita Hassanandani splits into two for her next magical

first_imgInstagramActress Anita Hassanandani and husband Rohit Reddy, who are currently performing on the ninth season of Nach Baliye, have been teasing us with their upcoming performance on their respective social media.Fans are already aware that their upcoming performance is a spooky vampire act. Anita had to spend two hours on the makeup chair to get into the look of a vampire with face painting, vampire fangs, and elaborate costume to compliment the act.If you thought a dance reality show was just about dance, you were mistaken. There is a lot that goes on before an act that is performed on stage. Since the conception of the act, there is a lot of thought, technical and creative details that are looked into until the final performance by contestants.We have also been informed that the couple had to take a two-day magic workshop specifically for the act. The act supposedly has three magic tricks and going by Anita’s recent Instagram post, one of them comprises of her body being split into halves. To get the stunts right Anita & Rohit had to spend hours learning stage magic and taking a workshop.The dedication and perseverance with which the couple is performing week-after-week has totally impressed us. Even Rohit, who is a non-dancer, is surprising everyone with his power-packed dance moves.During the first episode, when it was revealed to the judges that Rohit didn’t dance even at his own wedding, a shocked and surprised Raveena had said, “I am flabbergasted, I couldn’t take my eyes off Rohit, he completely owned the performance, Rohit was like an atom bomb that burst on stage.” She ended with telling Anita, “Aapke ghar mai hi competition hai’ (The competition is in your house).”Anita, popular for her roles in Yeh Hai Mohabbatein and Naagin, was offered the show previously as well. “Anita was approached even in the earlier seasons, however, it didn’t materialise. This year, the makers have offered her a good amount to participate in the show, which she couldn’t refuse,” BollywoodLife quoted her as saying.last_img read more

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Google Parent Alphabet Beats HolidayQuarter Earnings Expectations

first_img Popular on Variety Google parent Alphabet delivered a better-than-expected holiday quarter earnings report on Monday, with some asterisks: The company’s numbers for the quarter benefitted from a one-time cash injection. High costs and lower margins also didn’t help to calm investors, who proceeded to send the company’s share price down around 3% in after-hours trading.Alphabet generated revenue of $39.3 billion during the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to $32.3 billion during the same quarter a year before. The company’s net income for the most recent quarter was $8.9 billion. For the same quarter in 2017, Alphabet had booked a net loss of $3 billion due to changes in taxation following Trump’s tax cuts. Without those changes, net income for Q4 of 2017 would have been $6.8 billion.Analysts had expected net income of $7.6 billion on revenue of $38.9 billion. A closer look at Alphabet’s numbers revealed that the company’s operating margin declined from 24% to 21% year-over-year, which likely contributed to investors sending the stock down 3% in after-hours trading. The company also included a $1.3 billion securities gain in its net income, which means the company’s actual business grew less that its net income numbers may suggest.Also notable: Alphabet’s other revenues, which include non-Google business, such as the company’s autonomous car project, saw its losses nearly double, to the tune of $1.3 billion for the holiday quarter.One growing contributor to the company’s revenue is Google’s hardware business. Alphabet doesn’t break out the amount of money it makes with Pixel phones and Home smart speakers, but the company’s non-advertising revenues grew from around $5 billion in Q4 of 2017 to $6.5 billion in Q4 of 2018.Google CEO Sundar Pichai didn’t share any concrete sales numbers, but told investors during the company’s earnings call on Monday afternoon that it had sold “millions” of devices during the quarter. He did share one small nugget meant to highlight the success of one of its newest devices: one in seven Google Home devices activated during the holiday season was a Google Home Hub, Pichai said.However, the company’s bet on Google-made hardware also comes with significant expenses: Google spent close to $1.5 billion acquisitions in 2018, up from $287 million in 2017. A big chunk of that was the HTC phone team it acquired last year to design and build its own handsets.Pichai highlighted YouTube as one of the company’s success stories, saying the number of YouTube channels with more than 1 million subscribers nearly doubled in 2018. The number of creators making five-figure revenues or more with their channels grew by 40% during the year, he said.Asked whether Google had any plans to respond to efforts from big-game publishers to sidestep app store fees, Pichai signaled that the company had no plans to reduce the cut it takes from Google Play. “There is a value exchange there, and it’s been the industry standard,” he said. “We’ll continue down this path.”center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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NKDA takes up project to produce manure from organic waste

first_imgKolkata: New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) has taken up a pilot project to produce manure from organic waste.The solid waste composting plant was inaugurated by its chairman Debashis Sen on Thursday.The wet waste will be collected from the community market of New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA).This is a situ-solid waste composting plant for conversion of organic/biodegradable waste to compost. The capacity of the plant is 1 MT/day. Continuous feeding of waste shall be done for six days and on the seventh day, the compost will be taken out. 1 MT of waste produces 100 kg of compost. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsOnce the waste is fed into the machine, there will not be any foul smell. Basically, the moisture from the waste is removed and after shredding it into small pieces, the process of composting is fueled by micro-organisms at some controlled temperature.If successful, the project will be replicated in other markets in New Town. This will drastically reduce the carrying cost of organic waste to the trenching ground.This is a part of the green city project by HIDCO. Several steps have been taken by HIDCO to increase the green cover in New Town. The waste water has been recycled and the water is being used to water the roadside trees. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedScarcity of land has put a serious threat to solid waste management throughout the globe. In Bengal, the problem is acute as most of the civic bodies do not have land to expand the trenching ground.The Dhapa dumping ground was set up by the British and KMC needs more land to extend the dumping ground. But no additional land is available.To cope with the problem, KMC has installed compactors all over the city. Compactors are being installed in the districts by the state Urban Development department.last_img read more

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The Scolds Bridle – A Cruel Punishment to Keep Women Quiet

first_imgEncased in an iron mask held tight at the back with a padlock, the scold’s bridle, or brank, is a gruesome, commonplace exhibit in the world’s museums, castles and torture-themed tourist traps. Its victims — mainly in Scotland (where it originated) and Northern England — were almost exclusively women, condemned as “scolds” or “shrews” by local magistrates.But being a “scold” didn’t just mean nagging or berating. Many of the women entombed in the scold’s bridle were wives who had the guts to snap at their husbands in an era where a man’s word went unquestioned.16th century Scottish branks. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow, Scotland.In the 16th and 17th centuries a scold was a woman whose behaviour was considered anti-social. Whether charged with abusing authority, hitting someone, or sexual misconduct, scolds were judged to have disrupted the harmonious life of the community.As an English legal summary from 1675 explains: “A scold in a legal sense is a troublesome and angry woman, who by her brawling and wrangling amongst her neighbours, doth break the public peace, and … increase public discord.”One of the only first-hand accounts of the scold’s bridle in use gives an idea of who its victims were. Dorothy Waugh was a Quaker, a heavily persecuted Christian sect, who was hauled before the magistrate for both publicly preaching her “blasphemous faith” and speaking out against the mayor of Carlisle, an English town just south of the Scottish border.A branked scold in New England, from an 1885 lithograph.Waugh was hauled before the mayor and testified in 1656 that “he was so violent and full of passion he scarce asked me any more questions, but called out to one of his followers to bring the bridle as he called it to be put upon me, and was to be on three hours [It] was a stone weight of iron […] and three bars of iron to come over my face, and a piece of it was put in my mouth, which was so unreasonably big a thing for that place as cannot be well related, which was locked to my head, and so I stood their time with my hands bound behind me with the stone weight of iron upon my head and the bit in my mouth to keep me from speaking and the Mayor said he would make me an example.”Gender-specific punishments became the norm in England in the 15th century, with the most infamous fate faced by women being the ducking stool, or cucking stool — often incorrectly associated with suspected witches.18th century scold’s bridle in the Märkisches Museum Berlin. Photo by Anagoria CC BY 3.0While men were sentenced to physical abuse in the pillory or stocks as punishment for their petty offences, a woman convicted of disturbing the peace would be strapped into a chair mounted on the back of a dung cart.She was then paraded around the town to draw an audience on her way to the ducking, and there she would be dunked repeatedly beneath the surface of a pond or river to the delighted cheers of the onlookers.Sometimes a special lever-like contraption was used instead of the cart to lift the poor woman in and out of the freezing water — this is probably what you’re most familiar with from popular culture.19th century scold’s bridle. Photo by Wolfgang Sauber CC BY-SA 3.0Likewise, with the scold’s bridle it wasn’t enough that troublesome women be silenced by the spiked metal bit that was inserted into their mouth — holding their tongue flat in case the wicked spines drew blood — they had to be humiliated too.Compared to the stocks there was clearly an extreme level of humiliation designed to punish not just the crime, but the fact that a woman had stepped out of line to commit it.Like the bridle on a horse, it was a dehumanising and degrading sign that the offending woman was little better than an animal to be tamed.Scold’s bridle, or witch’s bridle (The Witch Trials). Photo by Glen Bowman CC BY 2.0The masks were fashioned to draw attention and jeers from the crowds, with some surviving examples having horns or antlers, or styled into grotesque faces.Sometimes musicians would be involved, following the victim around and making comic noises like the sound of breaking wind.Those sentenced to the scold’s bridle may have been led through the town on a chain by one of the magistrates officials. Some were even chained to the whipping post, market cross, or other prominent central feature in the town, and left to suffer until they were deemed to have been humiliated enough.An iron ‘scolds bridle’ mask used to publicly humiliate. Photo by Wellcome Images CC BY 4.0Unlike the ducking school which was in common use across England, the scold’s bridle was illegal as it was regarded as a form of torture, not punishment.Though it soon spread to Northern Europe — in particular Belgium and Germany — in its country of origin it is curiously absent from court records, either because magistrates didn’t want to leave a trail of evidence… or because it was hardly used at all.A scold’s bridle, having a hinged iron framework to enclose the head and a bit or gag to fit into the mouth and compress the tongue.As a result, it’s difficult to know how widespread the use of the scold’s bridle was, and for what crimes precisely — and some historians are sceptical of its use altogether.They note that many of the exhibits in museums are exaggerated 19th century copies of a smaller number of existing exhibits or even total fantasies, commissioned by men with overactive imaginations to show off to dinner guests.Read another story from us: Against All Odds: The Female Renaissance Painter who Withstood Torture to put her Abuser in JailWhat we do know for certain, however, is how little society thought of women who stirred up trouble and turned their neighbours against them, and how important it was believed to be that they be ridiculed and put in their place.last_img read more

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SelfHealing Phones Try Roads That Fix Themselves

first_imgSeptember 16, 2014 Poor road conditions are the bane of drivers. In the U.S., 14 percent of the major roads and highways are in poor condition, according to national transportation research group TRIP. And driving on those cracked, pothole-riddled roads costs drivers a pretty penny: $94 billion a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs (about $444 per motorist).Repairing roadways is neither fast or inexpensive. So wouldn’t it be great if, instead of regular asphalt, roads could be made from some compound that can automatically fix and fill in those pesky cracks and holes? Think of LG’s G Flex smartphone with the “self-healing” backside, just on a much larger scale.One Dutch civil engineer thinks he has the answer. Erik Schlangen, from Delft University in the Netherlands, has developed a stronger type of asphalt that, he says, can “heal” itself when heat is applied.Related: Want to Run Faster? This Old-School Concept Might Hold the Answer.Schlangen mixed basic asphalt with strands of steel wool. He discovered that the mixture essentially heals itself of imperfections when subjected to microwave heat (when hot, the steel melts and mixes up the sticky bitumen in the asphalt, leaving a smoother surface as it cools). Watch Schlangen’s TED talk during which he demonstrates the new asphalt concoction:Related: Engineers Are Developing Tech That Could Make Airplanes More HumanBut as expensive as traditional road repair can be, heating up roadways with giant microwaves doesn’t sound very practical either. Schlangen, however, has developed a special vehicle that can heat up the road surface by passing induction coils over it. He says roads made of his steel wool-infused asphalt would require heating approximately every four years to fix and prevent potholes. Dutch officials have apparently backed Schlangen’s project and estimate that roads like these could save the country as much as $116.5 million annually.Anything that keeps my wheels on level ground and saves me money at the same time sounds like a worthwhile innovation to me. Related: A Panic Button and No Steering Wheel: A Look at Google’s First Self-Driving Car This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 2 min readcenter_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

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Growing portfolio means a growing team for Centara

first_imgCentara Hotels & Resorts www.centarahotelsresorts.comGrowing portfolio means a growing team for CentaraAs part of the growing sales team, Centara Hotels & Resorts would like to welcome Popo Hartopo as Group Director of Sales for Pacific Region (Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Indonesia & Bed Banks) and Bradley Taylor as the Director of Sales for the Maldives and Sri Lanka.Popo Hartopo brings with him a wealth of knowledge about the Centara product from his previous experience as Product Manager with Flight Centre Travel Group in Sydney, Australia. Hartopo also held the position of Product Manager at The Travel Spirit Group in Sydney, Australia. Previously to joining Centara, Hartopo worked in Bangkok as the Director of Sales & Marketing for Phuket Graceland Resorts & Spa and SENTIDO Graceland Khao Lak Resort & Spa. “It is a pleasure to have Popo join our team here at the corporate office as I have worked with him for many years while he was at Flight Centre.  He is a true ambassador for the Centara brand who is passionate about our destinations and our product as well as is highly regarded by his peers,” shares Chris Bailey, Chief Operating Officer for Centara Hotels & Resorts.Bradley Taylor, Director of Sales for the Maldives and Sri Lanka started his career in 2007 at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel in Sri Lanka as the Sales & Marketing Manager.  He then moved to GoVacation Sri Lanka where he was the Head of Product and Sales from 2013 to 2015 before joining the corporate sales team at Centara.“Brad brings a solid background in sales as well as his knowledge of the key feeder markets.  We see opportunities for growth in both The Maldives and Sri Lanka where tourism is strong and gaining more awareness and momentum,” comments Chris Bailey, Chief Operating Officer for Centara Hotels & Resorts.As Centara continues grow, the need for greater attention in key markets has spurred the expansion of the sales team in the corporate office as well as in the international offices. About Centarafind out more Centara Hotels & Resortsbook your stay here Source = Centara Hotels & Resortslast_img read more

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Trafalgar has unveiled its second module of Trafal

first_imgTrafalgar has unveiled its second module of Trafalgar Academy Course 2: Converting Opportunities into Success, that recognises the vital role of an agent by providing content focused on offering advice to achieve sales success.The agents’ e-learning program uses a simple three-step guide to securing increased sales – from selling skills to overcoming potential objections from customers. Subjects include The Trafalgar Difference, Converting Opportunities Into Success and coming soon – It’s Lifestyle Not Features That Matter, with additional courses to be added as the program gathers momentum.“Following the success of our first e-learning course, I’m delighted to unveil our second module which we are confident will help agents secure even more sales. We listened to feedback from our industry partners and have focused this course on conversion and helping agents understand their client’s needs which really is key to sales success!” said Matthew Cameron-Smith, Managing Director of Trafalgar Australia. Upon successful completion of each module, agents can access downloadable certificates of accreditation. For those not yet signed up, registration is quick and easy – agents simply need to CLICK HERE. Trafalgar Academy complements the parent group e-learning program from TTC (The Travel Corporation), which was launched at the beginning of 2017. agentse-learningTrafalgartraininglast_img read more

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The most searched destinations of 2018

first_imgPhoto credit: Pixabay 1. Colorado Springs, USA Stay: Coconut Court Beach Hotel Ever spent ages wistfully window shopping for dream holidays? These destinations scored high on our site for searches – here’s why you should actually book them. Search flights to Bridgetown This little charmer in Tamarindo (90 minutes’ drive from Liberia) has simply furnished cabanas dotted round lushly landscaped gardens. At its heart is a sweet little pool, sheltered by palm trees, and an open-sided restaurant and bar with a high thatched roof. Chilled and laidback, that’s the Pasatiempo vibe, but it’s just minutes away from beach, bars and surf shops. Rooms from around £103. Photo credit: Nick Dietrich on Unsplash Still searching for the perfect destination? Find hotel dealsCheck-inCheck-outGuests12345678910Rooms12345Search hotels Search flights to Hamilton When it comes to stunning natural settings, Cape Town’s up there with the best. That mountain. Those beaches. Good looks aside, though, it also has endless ways to keep you entertained. Foodie travellers can focus on the buzzing restaurant scene, checkout the rooftop bars for sundowners with a view and take tasting tours through the nearby Winelands. The adventurous can cram in all manner of gung-ho activities, from hiking up Table Mountain (and abseiling back down) to snorkelling with seals and cage diving with sharks. And for culture-lovers, attractions include the contemporary African art at Zeitz MOCAA (an extraordinary building converted from an old grain silo) and First Thursdays, a sociable gallery-hopping event held once a month. Want something you won’t find in any other city? Go to Boulders Beach to watch the resident colony of African penguins waddling across the sand and bobbing on the waves. Sheer joy. When it first opened, a century ago, The Broadmoor’s goal was to be the most beautiful resort in the world, and it’s still out to impress today, with a five-star spa, two golf courses, three pools, five tennis courts, 11 restaurants, and a seemingly endless list of outdoor activities, from fly fishing to falconry. Rooms from around £232. Welgelegen means ‘well situated’ and this boutique guest house lives up to its name – it’s close to the city centre and just a few minutes’ walk from the cafes, bars and boutiques of Kloof Street. A handsome conversion of two Victorian houses, it has just 13 bedrooms, all with high ceilings, air con and pretty décor. From around £91. The resort’s cottages are dotted around 50 acres of tropical gardens that slope down to one of the island’s best stretches of pink sand. It also has a beach restaurant and large free-form pool, along with other assorted facilities including tennis courts and a spa. Rooms are big and bright and start from around £266. All flight and prices mentioned in this article are estimates of the cheapest prices based on Skyscanner’s flight search tools. These are subject to change and were correct at time of publication on 27 December 2018. Search hotels in Hamilton Photo credit: Bailey Galindo on Unsplash Flying to Barbados, you can guarantee that at least one person on the plane will be singing Totally Tropical’s 1975 hit. It may even be you. Still, it’s a small price to pay for the rewards in store on this much-loved Caribbean island. Great beaches are a given here and a key factor in choosing where you stay: if it’s big surf you’re after, head to the wilder east coast; if you prefer your seas mill-pond calm, stick to the west; and for something in between, try the south coast, more developed and with more nightlife options. Away from the beach, sightseeing highlights include caverns and tropical forests; old plantation houses and botanical gardens; wandering round historic Bridgetown (a UNESCO World Heritage Site); and seeing how the other half used to fly, courtesy of the Barbados Concorde Experience. One thing is certain: wherever you go, you’ll never be far from the next rum punch. Stay: Hotel Pasatiempo RelatedSpain reigns again this EasterCrippling economy won’t deter sun starved British familiesMay Bank Holiday Hotspots: eurozone still rules, reveals SkyscannerMay Bank Holiday Hotspots: eurozone still rules, reveals SkyscannerHow to find cheap flights to the United StatesTowering skyscrapers, pristine beaches and stunning national parks: whatever your version of the American dream, here’s how you can see all the sights on the cheap, with the best deals on flights to the United States. Search flights to Liberia Stay: The Broadmoor Two key things to know about Bermuda: it’s not in the Caribbean (it’s hundreds of miles away, up in the North Atlantic) and it’s not just a single island (there are seven main islands plus another 170-odd islets and rocks). It’s also a big destination for divers, lured by clear waters, reefs full of fish and an abundance of shipwrecks strewn across the seabed. If you’re more of a landlubber, you can still get a feel for the sub-aqua action at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute, where a simulated submersible experience takes you on a virtual trip 12,000 feet below the ocean surface. Golfers get six world-class courses to tee off on and there are plenty of historic sites to visit if you want to explore Bermuda’s British roots. Above all, though, this is a place to simply chill on the beach. Take a pile of good books, find a lounger and order in the cocktails. And relax. Ten minutes’ drive from central Bridgetown, and right on the beach, this relaxed hotel has good-sized rooms from around £131. All face the ocean, have a balcony, and are equipped with microwaves, fridges and toasters as well as the usual bits and bobs. Generous extras include free airport transfers, a shopping shuttle service to Bridgetown and a bottle of punch in your room. 3. Liberia, Costa Rica Located in northern Costa Rica (and not to be confused with the West African country of the same name), the town of Liberia serves as a gateway to the coastline of Guanacaste province. And what a coastline it is, lined with glorious beaches where pelicans bob gently on the sea, howler monkeys hang out in the trees, and each receding tide leaves the sand studded with beautiful shells. You could spend all your time unashamedly beach bumming and be blissfully happy – but you’d be missing a trick when there’s so much to do inland as well. The region’s national parks shelter an astonishing diversity of wildlife, from jewel-bright frogs and iridescent butterflies to elusive jaguars and ever-endearing sloths. And a whole host of birds with such exotic looks and colourful names (elegant trogon, scarlet tanager, turquoise-browed motmot…) they’re likely to bring out any traveller’s inner twitcher. Search hotels in Cape Town ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Search hotels in Bridgetown Stay: Welgelegen Search flights to Cape Town Photo credit: Casey Allen on Unsplash Stay: Elbow Beach Search hotels in Colorado Springs Photo credit: Pixabay 4. Bridgetown, Barbados 5. Hamilton, Bermuda Hunkered up against the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado’s second largest city is surrounded by the great outdoors, offering endless scope to get out there, hiking, biking, riding, rafting, zip lining and generally keeping adrenaline levels well and truly topped up. It’s also home to some unusual attractions, including the US Air Force Academy (cue Top Gun soundtrack); the Olympic Training Centre (complete with a hall of fame honouring US athletes) and the Garden of the Gods, where nature has created dramatic jagged sculptures out of the rusty red rock. Overlooking it all is Pike’s Peak, a landmark for 19th-century gold prospectors and famed for the panoramic views from the summit, so awe-inspiring that they inspired the lyrics of America the Beautiful. One day, in a pub quiz far away, that little nugget of information must surely come in handy. Search flights to Colorado Springs 2. Cape Town, South Africa Search hotels in Liberialast_img read more

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