10 months agoDean Holdsworth joins management team of Palermo

first_imgDean Holdsworth joins management team of Palermoby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Bolton Wanderers striker Dean Holdsworth has joined the management team of Palermo.David Platt, formerly of Juventus and Sampdoria, has also been assisting the club’s new owners.It was announced over the weekend:”Sport Capital Group Investments Ltd (a wholly owned subsidiary of Sport Capital Group Ltd) has today completed the acquisition of 100% of the shares of US Città di Palermo Spa, through the completion of the previously announced preliminary contract dated 30th November.”At a shareholders’ general meeting of US Città di Palermo Spa a new board of directors shall be nominated, with Clive Richardson as President, Emanuele Facile as Chief Executive and John Treacy as third director. The new board and a group of senior football advisors lead by Dean Holdsworth will be working on plans for the remainder of the 2018-19 Season with the current management team. “Sport Capital Group Investments Ltd will in the coming days be calling a shareholder meeting to increase its share capital to up to €20m.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoTottenham striker Kane best no.9 in the world says Keane

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Tottenham striker Kane best no.9 in the world says Keaneby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane is the best number nine in the world, according to former Spurs star Robbie Keane.The Englishman has quietly gone about his business this season, once again blasting in goals left, right and centre.Kane currently has 20 goals in 30 appearances this season, which has taken him to fourth on the all-time scoring list at Tottenham. And Keane thinks he will continue adding to that tally.”I’m sure he’ll stay at this club for a long time. He loves it here. There’s no question that he cannot get to Jimmy Greaves’ record,” Keane, who banged in over 100 goals for Spurs, told Sky Sports.”What I like about Harry is that… everyone keeps talking about ‘ah, next year is he going to be good?’ He keeps doing it.”I’m sick of people saying ‘is he tired?’ because he keeps banging the goals in and that spurs him on.”When you speak to him he gets annoyed when people keep mentioning it and then he just keeps coming on the pitch and keeps scoring goals.”For me at this moment in time, he’s the best No. 9 in the world.” last_img read more

Rangnick to leave RB Leipzig

first_imgRalf Rangnick will leave RB Leipzig on July 1, the Bundesliga club have announced, and Markus Krosche has been appointed as the club’s new sporting director.Rangnick was expected to continue in the role of sporting director on a full-time basis after it was announced in 2018 that Julian Nagelsmann would replace him as first-team coach at the end of the 2018-19 season.AdChoices广告But the club has brought in the talented 38-year-old Krosche from Paderborn, while Rangnick will leave to become head of sport and soccer development at Red Bull. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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 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? The club confirmed the news in a statement, saying: “Markus Krosche is the club’s new sporting director for the upcoming season. The 38-year-old arrives from newly-promoted Paderborn and has signed a contract until June 30, 2022.”In addition, the two clubs have agreed a long-term partnership. The fee, at both clubs’ behest, will remain undisclosed.”Current sporting director Ralf Rangnick, at his own request, will become Head of Sport and Development Soccer at Red Bull from July 1. The 60-year-old will have an advisory role for football clubs in New York, Brazil and Leipzig.”Rangnick had been sporting director at Leipzig since June 2012, when he held the same post at both Leipzig and Red Bull Salzburg. He left the post at Salzburg to concentrate fully on Leipzig in May 2015 and achieved promotion to the Bundesliga before making way for Ralph Hasenhuttl to take over.He returned to the helm in July 2018 and helped Leipzig to third place in the Bundesliga in 2018-19, 12 points behind champions Bayern Munich.RB Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff said Rangnick had given his approval to the appointment of Krosche, who helped Paderborn rise from the third tier of German football to the Bundesliga in the space of just two years.”We’re pleased that we were able to secure Markus Krosche as our sporting director,” Mintzlaff said.”He’s also the absolute preferred candidate of Ralf Rangnick, and with his appointment, we’re getting a proven expert.”Former Arsenal and Fulham defender Moritz Volz is also moving to Leipzig, having been appointed as assistant coach.last_img read more

A Major Conference Is Going To Ban Teams From Playing In Bowl Games Unless They Win 6+ Games

first_imgThe UCLA Bruins huddle before the game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Rose Bowl.PASADENA, CA – NOVEMBER 23: The UCLA Bruins huddle before the game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Rose Bowl on November 23, 2013 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)A casual college football fan might think you need to win at least 6 games to make a bowl game, but that’s not the case. Sometimes, there aren’t enough six-plus win teams to fill all of the slots, so a couple of 5-7 teams can make it in.This will no longer be a viable option for teams out of the Pac-12, though. A rule has been passed requiring its teams to win at least six games in order to make a bowl game.The Associated Press’ Ralph D. Russo first reported the news.NEWS: Pac-12 passes rule requiring its teams to have 6 wins to play in a bowl, banning its teams from possible postseason bids at 5-7. https://t.co/Wj1nDewexp— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) June 4, 2018From the AP:The Pac-12 will require its teams to win at least six regular-season games to play in a bowl game, eliminating the opportunity for a 5-7 squad to earn a postseason spot when there are not enough six-win teams nationally to fill the bowls.Pac-12 presidents passed the rule proposed by a subcommittee of athletic directors.The Pac-12 has never had a 5-7 team play in a bowl game. There have been five 5-7 teams that have played in bowl games over the last three years.last_img read more

Here Are The Announcers For The Miami vs. LSU Game

first_imgMark Richt gives instruction to quarterback Malik Rosier.DURHAM, NC – SEPTEMBER 29: Head coach Mark Richt of the Miami Hurricanes talks to his quarterback Malik Rosier #12 against the Duke Blue Devils during their game at Wallace Wade Stadium on September 29, 2017 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)After a full day of football on Saturday, we get a fun match-up on Sunday as well. Miami and LSU will face off in Arlington.Miami is coming off of its best season in a long time, with Mark Richt elevating the club in his second year. LSU needs that kind of resurgence, as things are starting to get hot for Tigers coach Ed Orgeron.LSU hopes to get a jolt on offense, with Ohio State transfer Joe Burrow taking over as starting quarterback. LSU hasn’t solved that position in some time.Miami vs. LSU will be a prime time match-up on Sunday night.Kick-off for the game is set at 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC.Here’s who will be on the call for the big game:Play-by-play: Sean McDonoughGame analyst: Todd BlackledgeSideline reporter: Holly RoweMiami is a 3.5-point favorite in this game.last_img read more

Emmitt Smith’s Son Has Received A Massive Scholarship Offer

first_imgEmmitt Smith running the ball for the Florida Gators.GAINSVILLE, FL – SEPTEMBER 9: Running back Emmitt Smith #22 of the Florida Gators runs with the ball during a game against the Ole Miss Rebels at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 9,1989 in Gainsville, Florida. The Rebels defeated the Gators 24-19. (Photo by Allen Dean Steele/Getty Images)Emmitt Smith’s son, EJ Smith, is looking to follow in his father’s footsteps. The high school running back is considered a top running back recruit in the 2020 class.EJ Smith, a four-star all-purpose back, is starting to rack up the scholarship offers. He received a big one today.The 2020 recruit announced on Twitter that he’s received an offer from Alabama.“I am honored to announce that I have received an offer from the University of Alabama. Thank you for the opportunity,” he tweeted.I am honored to announce that I have received an offer from the University of Alabama. Thank you for the opportunity.#RollTide pic.twitter.com/E0G08V4ksw— EJ (@ejsmith_22) March 6, 2019EJ Smith is ranked the No. 3 all-purpose back in the country by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. He’s ranked the No. 96 overall prospect in the class.The 6-foot, 190-pound back has scholarship offers from Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State and USC, among other programs.The Gators, his father’s team, are currently listed as the favorite, per 247Sports’ “Crystal Ball.”Smith is a 2020 recruit and has plenty of time to make a college decision.last_img read more

Report: Clemson WR Amari Rodgers Suffered Knee Injury During Spring Practice

first_imgA general view of Clemson's stadium.CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 23: A general view of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels versus Clemson Tigers during their game on September 23, 2006 at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo By Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Clemson should be poised for another successful season in college football, but the defending champions might be holding their breath over the next few days. Standout wide receiver Amari Rodgers hurt his knee during practice on Monday, and his availability this season could be in doubt.Rodgers was an integral part of Clemson’s offense in 2018. The sophomore caught 55 of his targets for 575 yards and four touchdowns.With Hunter Renfrow heading to the NFL, the Tigers were hoping for Rodgers to solidify himself as the third pass-catching option for Trevor Lawrence. However, it’s possible he doesn’t get to play next season.According to college football reporter Matt Fortuna, Clemson fears that Rodgers sustained an ACL injury. The severity of this injury would dictate whether or not he misses significant time.The Tigers should have an update on Rodgers later today once his MRI is complete.Clemson fears that WR Amari Rodgers suffered an ACL injury during Monday’s practice, a person with knowledge of the situation tells @TheAthleticCFB. An MRI today will bring further clarity. @ClemsonTigerNet was the first to report the news.— Matt Fortuna (@Matt_Fortuna) March 26, 2019If Rodgers is potentially out for months then Justyn Ross and Tee Higgins will have to shoulder the load. Both wideouts were dynamic in Clemson’s victory over Alabama in the College Football Playoff.Ross had 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns in his freshman season. Higgins on the other hand will try to build off this past season in which he led the team with 12 receiving touchdowns.Hopefully the MRI results don’t show a major injury for Rodgers, who is undoubtedly a reliable weapon for the Tigers.Stay tuned.last_img read more

JUCO Prospect Perrion Winfrey Reacts To Nebraska Visit

first_imgView of the Nebraska Cornhuskers fans.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMPER 6: The Nebraska Cornhuskers play the McNeese State Cowboys at Memorial Stadium on September 6, 2014 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated McNeese State 31-24. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)Nebraska football is certainly on the rise under Scott Frost, and the key to him building the program into an eventual contender is landing legit talent. With the summer on the horizon and most people ready to settle down, the coaching staff is doing an excellent job of devoting time to their recruiting targets.This past weekend, the Cornhuskers held an unofficial visit for JuCo prospect Perrion Winfrey. The six-foot-four defensive tackle has offers from a plethora of prestigious schools.Winfrey announced that his updated list of possible destinations features Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State, and Texas.Obviously competing with great recruiters like Nick Saban and Lincoln Riley won’t be an easy task for Frost. However, Winfrey did give his vote of approval to the Cornhuskers on Twitter.In a short but positive message to Nebraska, Winfrey hinted that he’ll eventually be back in Lincoln.Check it out:The University Of Nebraska showed so much LOVE❤️🌽 I WILL BE BACK ☠️ #Huskers #GBR https://t.co/DScB0dtaYx pic.twitter.com/kSVYT4yT4t— Perrion Winfrey🦍 (@perrionwin) May 26, 2019Winfrey could take another visit to Nebraska during the football season. This would give him a chance to take in the crowd on game days.It’ll probably be a while until Winfrey comes to a decision, but Nebraska fans will want to keep an eye on him. Between the team’s current state of recruiting and his kind words for the university, it wouldn’t be a shock if he becomes a Cornhusker down the road.last_img read more

Joel Klatt Has Insane Praise For Oklahoma Coach Lincoln Riley

first_imgA closeup of Lincoln Riley wearing an Oklahoma Sooners visor.NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 25: Head Coach Lincoln Riley of Oklahoma Sooners during warm ups before the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated West Virginia 59-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley has accomplished a lot in his first two years at the helm. He’s produced back-to-back Big 12 titles, Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks, College Football Playoff appearances, and No. 1 overall draft picks.But after leading the Sooners to an easy win at home over the Houston Cougars, Lincoln Riley has gained a new fan as well: Fox Sports analyst Joel Klatt.In a recent appearance on The Herd, Klatt gushed over how good Riley is. He went so far as to call the Sooners head coach “the best offensive mind” he’s ever seen. Klatt putt Riley on par with Florida and South Carolina legend Steve Spurrier as an offensive genius.Klatt also pointed to how quickly he was able to get quarterback Jalen Hurts to buy into the system mere months after joining the program. “(His offense) is complicated enough for the defense to look at and not know what’s going on yet simple enough that the quarterback to work through the plays fast. He got Jalen [Hurts] ready to play much faster than he got Kyler [Murray] or Baker [Mayfield] ready to play. Remember Baker and Kyler were both in the program for a while before they played,” Klatt said.”I think Lincoln Riley is the best offensive mind I’ve seen. He’s doing things that are next level.”@joelklatt breaks down why he thinks @OU_Football’s head coach is a “master” at offense.(via @TheHerd)pic.twitter.com/z14day2flV— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) September 4, 2019Unsurprisingly, Oklahoma emerged from Week 1 as the No. 4 team in the nation, and the highest-ranked school in the Big 12.Though Riley has yet to bring the Sooners to the top of the mountain with a national title, it feels like it’s only a matter of time.last_img read more

Virat Kohli’s 2018: 2735 international runs, 11 hundreds and 4 overseas Test wins

first_imgVirat Kohli’s 2018: 2735 international runs, 11 hundreds and 4 overseas Test winsIndia captain Virat Kohli once again enjoyed a sterling year in international cricket and ended 2018 as the number-one ranked batsman in Tests and one-day internationals.advertisement Rohan Sen New DelhiDecember 31, 2018UPDATED: December 31, 2018 13:29 IST Virat Kohli dominated international cricket with bat and as captain in 2018 (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli scored 2735 runs across all formats in 2018 with 11 hundredsKohli became the first Indian captain to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy in AustraliaThis year the Indian captain also broke Sachin Tendulkar’s record to become the fastest to 10000 ODI runsIt comes as no surprise to anyone now that Virat Kohli once again dominated a year in international cricket as a batsman, but it was his record as captain in Test cricket which improved a lot this year thanks to the Indian team’s wins away from home.Kohli ended the year as the number-one ranked batsman in Tests and one-day internationals for the second-time running but more importantly, it was his team which consolidated its position at the top of the team rankings in Test cricket, which would have been more satisfying for the captain.Kohli scored 2735 runs across all formats in the year with 11 hundreds but he also became the first Asian captain to register Test wins in Australia, England and South Africa in the same calendar year.The Boxing Day Test win at the MCG gave Virat Kohli his 11th away Test win as captain in just 24 Tests and he went equal with Ganguly on the record, who had achieved 11 away Test wins in 28 Tests as captain.Kohli had said that this year would be an extremely important one for Team India given the Tests away from home. While India put up some good performances (especially Kohli and the pacers), they failed to win series in South Africa and England.However, in Australia, Kohli’s India came out all guns blazing to at least get them into a position from where they cannot lose the series now.A YEAR OF DOMINATION IN TEST CRICKETOn top of that, Kohli became the first Indian captain to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy in Australia. India had defeated Australia 2-1 in the four-Test series during their tour of India in 2016/17.advertisementKohli has over the years grown in stature and is rated among the best athletes in the world in terms of his work ethics, fitness and heroics on the field — all-in-all, he has become a complete package. He has been India’s poster boy ever since the retirement of the great Sachin Tendulkar in November 2013. Virat Kohli scored a brilliant 123 in the Perth Test but it went in vain as India lost the match (AP Photo)In just his third year as captain, Kohli has set the benchmark for his teammates to follow by leading from the front. Though it’s tough to maintain the intensity but the Indian skipper has proved that it’s not impossible.With 1322 runs in 13 Tests at an average of over 55, Kohli sits head and shoulders above the rest as the highest run-scorer this year in the format. The five hundreds that he scored is also the most by any batsman in 2018. Last year he was fourth on the list behind Steve Smith, Cheteshwar Pujara and Dean Elgar.But the Delhi dasher really came into his own in what can be termed as a breakthrough year for Kohli, the batsman, in Test cricket as he scored runs in places like Australia, South Africa and England.England was in fact the only country which he hadn’t conquered after a torrid tour in 2014. But Kohli made sure to put the ghosts of his past behind him to amass 593 runs in five Tests at 59.30 with two hundreds to his name.Even the critics who questioned Kohli once, stood up and applauded as he let his bat do all the talking and made sure everybody got the message. The tour of England put the full-stop on the debate on who is the best batsman in the world in the modern era. Virat Kohli scored a magnificent hundred in Trent Bridge to lead India to victory (Reuters Photo)His 25th hundred during the Perth Test was not only one of the best he has ever scored but also saw him become the second fastest batsmen to reach the milestone in 127 innings, just behind the great Don Bradman, who took a mere 68 innings to score 25 Test hundreds.It was Kohli’s seventh Test hundred vs Australia while his 6th Down Under. In Oceania, Kohli has now scored 7 hundreds while this was his 14th ton as captain in away Tests. This was also Kohli’s 18th Test century as the captain of the team.With his sixth Test century in Australia, Kohli also equalled Sachin Tendulkar’s record of most Test centuries by an Indian Down Under.Earlier on the tour at Adelaide Oval, Kohli became the fastest to score 1000 Test runs for India in Australia. He beat Don Bradman to the milestone by reaching the figure in nine Test matches while Don Bradman had reached the four-figure mark in his 10th Test at home.advertisementOn the way to this milestone, Kohli also became the only Indian skipper to score 2000 Test runs in away matches. He is also the first Indian captain to score 2000 Test runs both in India and overseas.Kohli also has the second-best Test average among batsmen who have scored at least 500 Test runs in January 1, 2017.FASTEST TO 10,000 ODI RUNSBut not just in whites, Kohli also dominated the run charts in ODIs, scoring 1202 runs in 14 ODIs at a staggering average of over 133 and once again he scored the most number of centuries with 6. The next best on the list is his teammate and vice-captain Rohit Sharma with 1030 runs in 19 matches with five centuries.During the recent ODI series at home against the West Indies, became only the fourth batsman to score 10,000 ODI runs for India and in the process, he also broke Sachin Tendulkar’s record to become the fastest to reach the milestone. Virat Kohli became the fifth Indian batsman and 13th ever to reach 10000 ODI runs (AP Photo)Kohli joined Tendulkar (18426), Sourav Ganguly (11221) and Rahul Dravid (10768) to reach the elite club. MS Dhoni has also scored over 10000 ODI runs (10123) but only 9949 of those have been scored for India. The other 174 runs came for Asia XI.Overall, Kohli became the fifth Indian batsman and 13th ever to reach 10000 ODI runs. While Tendulkar took 259 innings to get there, Kohli got to the landmark in a mere 205 innings.Ganguly needed 263 innings to reach 10000 ODI runs while South African great Jacques Kallis brought up his 10000th run in his 272nd innings. MS Dhoni is next on the list, having got to the landmark in his 273rd innings.Kohli also scored more than 1000 runs in a calender for the sixth time in his career in 2018 after 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017.Kohli is second only to Tendulkar in the list of most century-scorers in one-day internationals and it is widely believed he will one day leave the Master Blaster behind.WHAT NEXT?The first and foremost agenda on his list would be to win the fourth and final Test against Australia in Sydney. If he manages to do that then he will become the first Indian captain to win a Test series Down Under.Another Test win would also see him equal MS Dhoni as the most successful Indian captain in the format. Kohli currently has 26 Test wins in just 45 matches while Dhoni had 27 in 60 Tests.India will then play a series of three ODIs against the Aussies which will be followed by a five-match ODI contest against New Zealand from January 23, before the T20I series against the Blackcaps – on February 6, 8 and 10.But the biggest assignment for captain Kohli will be the upcoming 2019 World Cup in England where he will look to become the third Indian skipper to win the 50-over mega-event after Kapil Dev (1983) and MS Dhoni (2011).A Test series win in Australia and a World Cup triumph after eight years would really cement Kohli’s legacy as one of the greatest captains India has ever had.advertisementAlso Read | The Pant and Paine show at MCG: When light-hearted banter turned offensiveAlso Read | Watch: Virat Kohli shakes a leg to celebrate Boxing Day Test win with Bharat ArmyAlso Read | Kohli reveals why he did not enforce follow-on: Wanted to give our bowlers enough restAlso Read | Watch: Virat Kohli leads Team India’s victory lap as MCG cheers historic triumphFor 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 Virat KohliFollow Virat Kohli yearenderFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Indian cricket captainlast_img read more

Honor 10 Lite to launch in India today: Specs, expected price and how to watch livestream

first_imgHonor 10 Lite to launch in India today: Specs, expected price and how to watch livestreamThe Honor 10 Lite touts an updated design with a Dewdrop display, and it also comes with AI-backed cameras and Android Pie.advertisement Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiJanuary 15, 2019UPDATED: January 15, 2019 08:36 IST HIGHLIGHTSHonor is set to kick off its first smartphone launch in the new year and it will be the Honor 10 Lite.The phone succeeds the Honor 9 Lite which was launched in India around the same time last year.The Honor 10 Lite will go on sale as a Flipkart exclusive device.Honor is set to kick off its first smartphone launch in the new year and it will be the Honor 10 Lite. The company is holding an event in New Delhi which is scheduled to begin at 11am where it will announce the price and availability of the Honor 10 Lite. The phone succeeds the Honor 9 Lite which was launched in India around the same time last year. The Honor 10 Lite touts an updated design with a Dewdrop display, and it also comes with AI-backed cameras and Android Pie.The Honor 10 Lite will go on sale as a Flipkart exclusive device. The company will announce the sale date and price of the phone in just a few hours and you can watch the livestream of the even via the e-commerce platform. Based on the specs on offer, the Honor 10 Lite will likely be placed below Rs 15,000, much like the Honor 9 Lite. We expect a starting price of around Rs 12,000 to Rs 14,000 for the base model with 4GB of RAM. The company will also launch a 6GB RAM variant that will be priced a few notches higher.Honor’s newest affordable phone has already been launched in China, so pretty much everything is known already. The Honor 10 Lite touts an attractive design with a glass-like 3D rear panel that sees dual cameras and a fingerprint sensor. The phone could come in four colours – Gradient Blue, Gradient Red, Lily Valley White, and Magic Night Black.The Honor 10 Lite is powered by a 2.2GHz octa-core Kirin 710 chipset coupled with up to 6GB of RAM. It is the first Honor phone to ship with Android Pie with EMUI 9 on top in India. It sports a 6.21-inch FHD+ dewdrop display with a droplet-style notch. In comparison, the Honor 9 Lite comes with an 18:9 display with symmetrical bezels on the top and bottom.advertisementThe Honor 10 Lite gets AI backed cameras on the front and back. On the front, the phone gets a 24MP selfie camera housed in the notch, while the back sees a dual camera system with a 13MP + 2MP configuration. The primary lens gets a f/1.8 aperture. The phone also houses a 3,400mAh battery.ALSO READ | Honor View 20 quick review: A hole new experienceALSO READ | Honor 10 Lite quick review: A worthy successor to Honor 9 Lite?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 bySneha Saha Tags :Follow HonorFollow Honor 10 Litelast_img read more

FA Cup: Paul Pogba shines as Manchester United knock out holders Chelsea

first_imgFA Cup: Paul Pogba shines as Manchester United knock out holders ChelseaAnder Herrera and Paul Pogba scored two first-half goals for Manchester United as they beat Chelsea 2-0 to advance to FA Cup quarter-finals on Monday.advertisement Reuters LondonFebruary 19, 2019UPDATED: February 19, 2019 07:50 IST FA Cup: Manchester United dumped defending champions Chelsea out of competition. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSManchester United beat Chelsea in the FA Cup 5th round at Stamford BridgeThe loss weighs heavily on Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri who was booed by a section of home fansOle Gunnar Solskjaer has rejuvenated the United side that suffered under Jose MourinhoManchester United’s Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba headed first-half goals to claim a 2-0 win that dumped FA Cup holders Chelsea out of the competition and secured a place in the quarter-finals in an intense tie at Stamford Bridge on Monday.Spaniard Herrera finished off a fine move with a precise header from Pogba’s cross just past the half-hour and United’s French midfielder scored himself when he nodded powerfully home from a Marcus Rashford delivery before the break.It was a measure of revenge for United, resurgent under interim coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who lost to Chelsea in last May’s Wembley final under their former boss Jose Mourinho.”It is a beautiful win,” France midfielder Pogba, who had been sidelined under Mourinho, told the BBC.”Today was a great performance from the team, all of them… The team helped me get to my best. I give everything for them. They help me score goals and get assists. We are enjoying playing together.”After the game United were drawn to face Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux in the quarter-finals.Sliding into the #EmiratesFACup quarter-finals like… #MUFC pic.twitter.com/EqE98yroIjManchester United (@ManUtd) February 18, 2019″An away tie again after Arsenal and Chelsea… We’ll have to do it the hard way, Wolves are a tough team to play against,” Solskjaer said.”The performance tonight was fantastic, our tactics worked. We asked our midfielders to press higher and get into the box and it worked. The defending in the second half was fantastic.”advertisementThe fifth round defeat piled more pressure on Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri, whose side were hammered 6-0 last week in the Premier League by United’s neighbours Manchester City. Chants of “sacked in the morning” broke out in the second half.DOUBLE SAVEUnited’s Sergio Romero had pulled off a fine double save in the 11th minute from a spinning David Luiz free kick headed for the top corner followed by a stinging shot from Pedro.Three minutes later Arrizabalaga had to fly to his left to keep out a Herrera strike. The lively Rashford also kept the Chelsea keeper under constant pressure.Chelsea’s fragile defence was split with crosses from either flank. Pogba supplied the first in the 31st minute after a fast move down the left and Herrera ghosted into the box to nod the ball down past stranded goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.Until that moment a lively game had been evenly poised, with a host of chances at either end.Chelsea’s hopes were crushed just before halftime in a speedy United counter down the right, with Marcus Rashford crossing for Pogba to head powerfully home between defenders Cesar Azpilicueta and Antonio Rudiger.#MUFC #EmiratesFACup pic.twitter.com/33L9yQ1aYPManchester United (@ManUtd) February 18, 2019United were able to drop back and defend after the break, making occasional forays up the pitch but always confident of keeping an increasingly toothless Chelsea attack at bay.The home side’s best chance of the half came in the 63rd minute when Eden Hazard, reportedly a target for Real Madrid, jinked his way through, only for the Belgian’s shot to be expertly diverted by United defender Victor Lindelof.The home fans jeered Sarri’s like-for-like substitutions. The Italian has been criticised for stubbornly sticking to his tactics and failing to change games.United, on the other hand, looked like a team on a mission, playing for their coach and each other and brimming with the confidence that comes from turning an ailing season around.Their only reverse since Norwegian Solskjaer took over was last week’s Champions League home defeat by Paris St Germain.The contrast was reflected in the boos from some Chelsea supporters at the final whistle, while a jubilant Solskjaer celebrated with his players in front of the travelling fans.Also Read | Ryan Giggs backs Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as permanent Manchester United managerAlso Read | Saudi Arabia denies crown prince seeks to buy Manchester UnitedAlso Read | Alexis Sanchez one goal away from regaining form, says Ole Gunnar SolskjaerAlso Read | My job is always at risk, says Maurizio Sarri 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 Tags :Follow Manchester UnitedFollow ChelseaFollow FA CupFollow Paul PogbaFollow Ander HerreraFollow Maurizio SarriFollow Eden HazardFollow Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Nextlast_img read more

Mario Balotelli films goal celebration and uploads video on Instagram mid-match

first_img Next Mario Balotelli films goal celebration and uploads video on Instagram mid-matchThe video of Balotelli’s goal celebration has gone viral online with more than 10 million views on the football star’s Instagram pageadvertisement India Today Web Desk MarseilleMarch 4, 2019UPDATED: March 4, 2019 10:29 IST Balotelli has been in fine form as the Italian striker has scored four goals in six games since joining the side from Nice in January (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBalotelli filmed the goal celebration with his teammates and uploaded it on Instagram during the live matchBalotelli scored as early as the 12th minute in Marseille’s 2-0 win over St Etienne in France Ligue 1 match on SundayItaly’s Francesco Totti had photographed himself while celebrating a goal during 2015Former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has managed to grab headlines with an unbelievable celebratory gesture during Marseille’s 2-0 win over St Etienne in France’s Ligue 1 match on Sunday.The mercurial striker, a celebrated figure on Instagram, recorded his goal celebration and uploaded it on the popular photo sharing platform mid-match. He grabbed a cellphone from a photographer and shot a mini video of him celebrating the goal with his Marseille teammates.Balotelli scored as early as the 12th minute as he held off Loic Perrin and came up with an overhead kick to volley the ball home from a corner.Notably, the video of Balotelli’s goal celebration has gone viral online with more than 10 million views on the football star’s Instagram page. Balotelli has been in fine form for Marseille as the Italian striker has scored four goals in six games since joining the side from Nice in January.#allezlom pic.twitter.com/xtoIVHB3EsMario Balotelli (@FinallyMario) March 3, 2019View this post on Instagram#allezlom #bravolesgars #supporterambiancemagnifiquemerci @pumafootball @olympiquedemarseille #thefirstinstagramhistoryafteragol #NEWCELEBRATIONA post shared by Mario Balotelli (@mb459) on Mar 3, 2019 at 2:10pm PSTBalotelli though is not the first player to record a goal celebration during a live match. In 2015, former Roma and Italy striker Francesco Totti took a photograph of himself celebrating a goal against their cross-town rivals Lazio.Balotelli’s strike followed by Florian Thauvin penalty made sure Marseille clinched a 2-0 win over St Etienne and consolidated their fourth spot on the Ligue 1 table. Notably, Marseille have 44 points from 27 games, a point more than St Etienne.advertisementEarlier in the afternoon, Olympique Lyonnais forward Moussa Dembele struck two second-half goals to round off a thumping 5-1 win over visitors Toulouse in their clash at the Groupama Stadium.Lyon are now five points behind second-placed Lille, who won 1-0 at home to Dijon, and 22 adrift of runaway leaders Paris Saint Germain, who have 71 points.Also Read | This isn’t Playstation: Klopp defends tactics after Liverpool’s draw vs Everton Also Read | Premier League: Brendan Rodgers Leicester debut marred by Watford, Chelsea edge Fulham 2-1Also See: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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Mario BalotelliFollow Ligue 1Follow Marseille vs St EtienneFollow Mario Balotelli Instagramlast_img read more

7 out of 10: Stuart Broad gets David Warner again to set new Test record

first_img India Today Web Desk LondonSeptember 15, 2019UPDATED: September 15, 2019 21:09 IST David Warner finished his Ashes with 95 runs. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSStuart Broad dismissed David Warner 7 times in the Ashes seriesWarner finished his Ashes with just 95 runs in 10 inningsDavid Warner managed to get double digit scores just 2 times in the seriesWhen Stuart Broad bowls to David Warner, you know what happens next!David Warner’s horror show with the bat came to an end as he finished the last innings of the ongoing Ashes series in a similar fashion. To one’s surprise, Warner was dismissed by pacer Stuart Broad in the second innings of the fifth Test at the Oval as the Australian opener ended his Ashes series with dreadful average of just 9.5.Broad wreaked havoc with his around-the-wicket line and removed Warner for 7th time across his 10 innings to set a new Test record.On only five other occasions has a bowler dismissed a player seven times in a single series. The last time such one sided contest between a bowler and a batsman happened was in the previous Ashes series where Australia spin bowler Nathan Lyon haunted Moeen Ali.Making a comeback into Test series after serving the one-year ban for his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal, Warner managed to get just 95 runs in the 5 Tests to finish with a lower average than England’s tail-ender Jack Leach.After his 61-run knock in the first innings of the 3rd Test, the 11 runs that he scored in the final innings at the Oval on Sunday was Warner’s second highest score in the series. Warner also has 3 consecutive ducks in the series.Warner had a rough time in the Ashes series but the Australian was in form of his lifetime during the World Cup 2019 where he finished the tournament as the highest run scorer and 3 hundreds.advertisementChasing 399 for win on Day of the 5th Ashes, Broad dismissed both the Australian openers cheaply. Playing on his only Ashes Test, Marcus Harris was dismissed for 9 as while Warner followed him after scoring 11 runs.The openers have not had a good time in the Ashes series as their poor outing has led to an unwanted world record. The average first wicket partnership in the Ashes 2019 after Australia’s innings in 12.55–that is lowest average opening partnership in a Test series of five or more in 113 years.The previous record was set in 1906 when the average was 14.16 in the five-Test series between South Africa and England.Also Read | David Warner is going to be a lock for Australian summer: Ricky PontingAlso Read | You’ve still got to perform, as an Australian cricketer: Langer urges struggling batsmen to step upAlso SeeFor 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow David WarnerFollow Ashes series Next 7 out of 10: Stuart Broad gets David Warner again to set new Test recordThe Ashes: David Warner was dismissed by pacer Stuart Broad in the second innings of the fifth Test at the Oval as the Australian opener ended his Ashes series with dreadful average of just 9.5.advertisementlast_img read more

Channing Daughters Winery and the Vermouth Trend

first_img A Brief History of Bubble Tea and the Best Flavors to Try Editors’ Recommendations 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now Do you honestly know what vermouth is? Feel free to admit it if you don’t. Any cocktail aficionado worth his or her salt enjoys at least one drink that features vermouth as a key ingredient, but few people under the age of 35 really know what that means. To many, it’s just some kind of drink or liquor or wine or whatever from a bygone age—you know, Frank Sinatra and martinis and all that.Well, as we have already pointed out, vermouths are making a comeback. Winemakers across the country are starting to make specialty and small batch vermouths that are highly drinkable on their own as well as components of high-end cocktails. Vermouths have a long history and tradition, and they’re well worth learning about.We received our education from Christopher Tracy, head winemaker and partner at Channing Daughters Winery in Bridgehampton, Long Island. In 2001, after a varied career as a food writer, sommelier and chef in the New York culinary scene, Christopher started making wines at Channing Daughters. Then in 2004, he began to develop the winery’s own signature vermouths.Vermouth has been around since the 17th century where it was served mainly as a European aperitif. However, by the turn of the 20th century, it was a hugely popular drink in New York City. Vermouth is a fortified white wine. As Tracy explained to us, winemakers create a low-alcohol white wine and then add grape brandy, which raises the alcohol level to 16, 17 or 18 percent alcohol. Then, the wine is steeped in different aromatics and botanicals—basically assorted roots, vegetables, spices and flowers—and bottled.Over the past year or two, Tracy has noticed restaurants (mainly Spanish, but certainly in others too) beginning to serve and pour vermouth by the glass. New York hot spots like Roberta’s in Brooklyn are incorporating Channing Daughters vermouth into their very own cocktail recipes. In fact, famed mixologist Jim Meehan, has included Channing Daughters vermouth into his Third Marini, which is prominently placed on the cocktail menu in the brand new Centurion Lounge at LaGuardia Airport.At Channing Daughters, Tracy makes five different Vervino Vermouth variations. Each is flavored with 40 different botanicals, 20-30 of which are unique to a specific variation. By drinking his vermouths, Tracy wants his patrons to have the feeling of “walking through the seasons.” Variation 1 is supposed to give off the seasonal effect of spring, so the wine is steeped with parsley, rosemary, fennel, sage and rose among other aromatics and botanicals. Variations 2 and 3 should give the drinker a taste of summer, so chili peppers, beets, arugula and blueberries are among the flavors. Variations 4 and 5 will bring to mind late summer and fall.When it comes to vermouth, there’s not one specific taste or trait to look for. As Tracy says, “It’s all about balance. Balance of alcohol, the length the flavors last in your mouth.” For new and seasoned vermouth drinkers alike, he recommends trying the wine by itself, chilled in a glass. From there, you can move on to a fuerta—vermouth poured over ice with a twist. Then you can try a few simple concoctions: vermouth and lemonade, vermouth and tonic, a reverse martini (4-5 parts vermouth and 1 part gin or vodka). The point is these vermouths are complex and with an abundance of flavors that should be on full display.The vermouth trend is gaining steam. Why don’t you get in on the ground floor? Pick up a bottle of Channing Daughters and see exactly why this age-old drink is coming into fashion once again. Save Your Eyes from the Scourge of the Screens with the Best Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses for Men Helpful Wine Terminology So You Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking About 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Makelast_img read more

Shades of Green: A Guide to Emerald-Colored Eyewear

first_img1. “Aviator Distressed” model by RAY-BAN 2. “Barkley” model in acetate by WARBY PARKER 3. “Dino” model in acetate by PACIFICO OPTICAL 4. “Film Noir Edition” model PO3112S 24/31 by PERSOL 5. “Fingerprint Collection Frogskins” model by OAKLEY 6. “Joplin” model with green lenses by WARBY PARKER 7. “Oh Shoot!” readers with bamboo temples by EYEBOBS 8. “RB2180” model in acetate by RAY-BAN 9. “Seize” model with removable metal grill by HAZE 10. “Stockton” model in sea green acetate by WARBY PARKER 11. Aviator/Pilot PO0649 1022/58 model in acetate by PERSOL 12. Acetate and wood sunglasses by GIORGIO ARMANI 13. Plastic sunglasses with tinted military green lenses by EMPORIO ARMANI The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities Editors’ Recommendations A Brief History of Aviator Sunglasses and Our 5 Favorite Pairs Right Now Save Your Eyes from the Scourge of the Screens with the Best Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses for Men center_img 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now Yes, St. Patrick’s Day is seven months away and yes, I know you are a not a slave to trends. That said, the menswear designers apparently had their seasonal powwow and decided that green was going to be THE big color for fall 2015.Like, where did that meeting happen? And do you really give a damn?That said, if you are to savor Summer ’15 until the bitter end, you’ll still need to replace those lost/broken sunglasses (or optical prescription frames/readers) you stupidly left/shattered at the time-share house, communal lakefront barbeque or in this past weekend’s very fuzzily remembered Uber ride.My suggestion? Man up and embrace a trend for once.When it comes to eyewear, go for the color green–be it in lenses, frames or both. They’ll look good on you for a long while and match what you are probably already wearing (and what you’ll be wearing this fall)–green is pretty ubiquitous in men’s wardrobes after all and kind of always goes with everything.These featured specs, which range from traditional to daring and affordable to pricey, will also painlessly make you that guy who can boast–even ironically–that you’ve got your finger/green thumb (ba-dum-chhhh!) on the pulse of fashion for fall.Here are some of my current favorite eyeglasses in green:“Aviator Distressed” model by RAY-BAN, $160“Barkley” model in acetate by WARBY PARKER, $95 (non-prescription)“Dino” model in acetate by PACIFICO OPTICAL, $159“Film Noir Edition” model PO3112S 24/31 by PERSOL, $280 at Sunglass Hut“Fingerprint Collection Frogskins” model by OAKLEY, $110“Joplin” model with green lenses by WARBY PARKER, $145 (non-prescription)“Oh Shoot!” readers with bamboo temples by EYEBOBS, $89“RB2180” model in acetate by RAY-BAN, $160“Seize” model with removable metal grill by HAZE, $255“Stockton” model in sea green acetate by WARBY PARKER, $95 (single-vision)Aviator/Pilot PO0649 1022/58 model in acetate by PERSOL $360 at Sunglass HutAcetate and wood sunglasses by GIORGIO ARMANI, $400Plastic sunglasses with tinted military green lenses by EMPORIO ARMANI, $200last_img read more

Freediving With Extraordinary Journeys: Explore the Ocean on a Single Breath of Air

first_img 8 Best Movies to Watch this Summer for a Day Out of the Sun Shark House’s Dramatic Angles Have Serious Bite This Black Boathouse Is a Luxurious Retreat on a Small Island in Norway Editors’ Recommendations Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie Scuba diving is among the most dangerous, high-stakes sports in the world. But, if it just isn’t extreme enough, you might want to check out freediving. The sport is one of the fast-growing in the world, but knowing how and where to do it safely requires professional training.At its core, freediving is about exploring as much of the ocean as one can on a single breath of air. Divers rely on their breath-holding capability, physical fitness, understanding of dive theory, and little to no gear, save for a mask and pair of purpose-designed freediving fins. Stripped of traditional, cumbersome scuba gear, it provides for unparalleled speed, freedom of movement, and for divers, to get far closer to the marine life. While one breath of air may not seem like adequate time to explore much of anything, new divers often realize that, after just a weekend of training, they’re able to hold their breath for 90 seconds or more.© I AM WATER / Peter Marshall, Annelie Pompe, Edwar HerrenoFreediving schools dot the globe, but only recently have liveaboard freediving tours — trips that involve staying at sea for an extended period — gained popularity. While most liveaboards tend to be rather uninspired and cookie-cutter, Extraordinary Journeys is a decidedly different provider. The mother-daughter team behind the scenes has more than 60 years of combined experience running bespoke travel itineraries to the world’s most exotic, truly off-the-beaten-path destinations. Every one of their trips — including destinations like Jordan, Nepal, and Seychelles — is unique and their latest offering is no different.They’ve partnered with I AM WATER Ocean Travel, a world leader in the sport of freediving, to provide one-of-a-kind marine expeditions. On each journey, new divers are introduced to the theory behind the sport, including general safety in the water, breath-holding basics, equalization, and finning techniques. From there, classes take to the water to practice and strengthen the students’ underwater skills. Each of the three, all-new trips will take passengers to an exclusive destination including:Cape Town: Home to stunning underwater kelp forests, plus African penguins and some of the greatest shark diving in the world, including Mako, sevengill, and blue sharks.Baja California: Highlights of this La Paz-based journey include spotting sea lions, massive schools of jackfish, whale sharks, and centuries-old shipwrecks.Southern Mozambique: Amid the tropical waters of the Indian Ocean, divers can swim with manta rays, dolphins, green turtles, and whale sharks.Freediving with Hanli Prinsloo © I AM WATER / Peter Marshall, Annelie Pompe, Edwar HerrenoAfter each day of freediving, passengers will find a host of topside activities as well. Destination-specific adventure and cultural excursions include bodysurfing in Baja, trekking Table Mountain in Cape Town, and beach hikes in Mozambique.If you love the water but have just never committed to a proper dive certification, learning freediving is a great — arguably better — alternative. Or, for certified divers, the skills learned with Extraordinary Journeys/I AM WATER can help bolster your existing skillset and overall confidence in the water.All images courtesy of I AM WATER/Peter Marshall,  Annelie Pompe, Edwar Herreno Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App last_img read more

6 Men’s Grooming Products to Spruce Up Your Routine and Your Bathroom

first_img How Does a Vasectomy Work: Your No-Frills Guide to Getting Snipped Editors’ Recommendations The Best Vodka Mixers for Stocking Your Home Bar Perhaps there is something to that old motto, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” but not when it comes to grooming products. You don’t want to clutter your shelves and counters with unsightly bottles and jars, especially when there men’s grooming products that are both high quality and easy on the eyes. To help make your bathroom a more attractive place, here are some nice-looking options worth displaying.Dr. Jackson 01 Day Cream, $120 The namesake doctor packed naturally hydrating shea nuts, calming kigelia, and rejuvenating baobab extract into old-timey apothecary jars tinted to preserve the potency of his formulas.Tom Dixon London Hand Wash, $40 Hand soap is one of those things that guests will definitely notice, so forget the cheap drugstore option and plant this eye-catching pump on your sink instead. Between the design and intoxicating woody scent, visitors may be tempted to swipe it.Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Shower Gel, $68Revive yourself — and your shower — with this brightly-colored bottle filled with a stimulating citrus-y scent.Oribe Fiber Groom, $36Delivering the perfect combination of definition, hold, and softness to your hair, this paste comes in a cool, super sleek pot to boot.Buly 1803 Opiat Dentaire Toothpaste, $27While a majority of toothpastes don’t do much to spruce up your sink, this tube covered by a slightly threatening snake exponentially improves upon the aesthetics of your dental hygiene routine. Beyond appearances, the unexpected mint, coriander, and cucumber flavor combination is awesome.Atelier Cologne Cédrat Enivrant Moisturizing Body Lotion, $60Your body and bathroom deserve something better than some crappy, budget moisturizer. Sure, this one costs considerably more, but can you put a price on soft skin that also smells of a refreshing cocktail of mint and juniper berries? How to Care for Your Houseplants in the Winter How to Enjoy Your Campfires Responsibly Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity last_img read more

Swan Hellenic

first_imgWritten By: Mayra Donate, MSM / Director of Marketing, All Leisure Holidays North America  All Leisure Holidays (ALH)  is the sales and marketing office for All Leisure Group PLC, a publicly traded company in the United Kingdom, handled in North America by Discover the World, based in Scottsdale, AZ. ALH handles three globally marketed small ship cruise brands specializing in discovery cruising: Voyages of Discovery, Swan Hellenic and Hebridean Island Cruises. The three cruise brands are distinct with their own customer profiles and price points, but are combined in their focus on enrichment and discovery cruising, which is about combining the chance to relax at sea on small ships featuring stylish onboard amenities and hospitality, with the opportunity to discover the world’s greatest sites and cultures in the company of experts lecturers.  Although none of our ships offer casinos, all of them do offer expert lecturers who provide educational information on a variety of subjects, including the history, geography, and sociology of the global destinations that we visit.  We also have partnerships with three premier UK Organizations: the National Trust, the Royal Horticultural Society, and the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS).  These three partnerships provide our guests exclusive access to speakers, castles, events, and other opportunities not available to other cruise lines. SWAN HELLENICFor 60 years Swan Hellenic has been perfecting the art of small ship discovery cruising, leading the way to some of the world’s most intriguing destinations in the company of renowned Guest Speakers who delight in sharing their enthusiasm and expertise with you. HistoryIn July 2007, All Leisure Group acquired Swan Hellenic, a well-known premium British cruise company that, surprisingly, owes its existence to the YMCA.  Under the direction of Mr. W. F. Swan, already well known in the travel trade, the YMCA began to organize trips to under the name Red Triangle Tours.  In 1931, with the business badly affected by the Great Depression, the YMCA withdrew and Mr. Swan took it over, renaming it Swans Travel Bureau. During WW II, the company had to stop operations and then resumed general travel business in 1947. The company chartered ships for the next several years and then in 1950’s when the Swan’s Tours travel agency, operated by a father and son (W.F. Swan and R.K. Swan), was asked to organize a tour for visitors interested in the antiquities of Greece. The archaeologist, Sir Mortimer Wheeler, was employed as guest lecturer. From this developed a full program of cruises, in which well known academics, writers and clergymen were regularly featured as guest lecturers, both on board ship and on site. The company prided itself on never repeating, exactly, any itinerary, but it concentrated, as the name suggests, on classical sites in the Aegean Sea, around the coats and islands of modern Greece and Turkey. It also, however, visited classical and other ancient sites in North Africa (including Egypt) and the eastern Mediterranean. Unlike most commercial cruises, in which the on board entertainment is as important as the destinations visited, Swan Hellenic cruises landed almost every day in order to visit historic sites, and travel between sites was undertaken by the ship overnight. The operation was characterized by an English ethos of high culture, although it had an international following. In 1968, the business was sold to the Trust House Forte hotel group, who then in 1983, sold Swan Hellenic to the P& O Group. In 1996, for the first time, Swan Hellenic had a vessel which had been specially designed to meet their requirements.  The Minerva, in fact, had rather exotic origins.  She was based on the uncompleted hull of a Soviet spy ship which, since the disintegration of the U.S.S.R., had been laid up in a Ukrainian shipyard. Minerva remained with Swan Hellenic for seven years, before being replaced by a larger and faster ship, allowing the company to offer cruises to even more distant destinations, such as a circumnavigation of South America.  The new ship, called Minerva II, was originally built as the R Eight, the final vessel ordered by Renaissance Cruises. In 2004, P&O Princess Cruises was purchased by Carnival Corporation, of which Swan Hellenic was a trading division. In December 2005 a Carnival Group company, Princess Cruises purchased Minerva II and continued chartering the ship to Swan Hellenic. However, Carnival Corporation then made the decision that they intended to sell Swan Hellenic as they wanted to concentrate on their core business. In April 2007 the former chairman of P&O, Lord Geoffrey Sterling, purchased the iconic Swan Hellenic brand and then joined the All Leisure Group in July 2007, a like-minded British company which earlier in the year had announced it had chartered the former 350-berth Minerva on a long-term basis. JourneyFrom the moment you arrive at your departure port you can rest assured that you will be well looked after by our long-serving, experienced Swan Hellenic staff who will accompany you as you travel aboard Minerva in the company of just 350 like-minded passengers. Aboard our flagship you will travel in country house style to cities of music, culture and art, sites of ancient civilisations, remote villages, iconic coastlines and inspirational landscapes. During leisurely days at sea, absorb in-depth talks and browse our extensive library. Step ashore and you will discover an inclusive shore excursion programme which has been carefully planned to ensure every aspect of your cruise is delivered to the highest possible standard. As each day comes to an end, retire to your tastefully furnished cabin where thoughtful finishing touches include dressing gowns, slippers and a range of complimentary L’Occitane toiletries ensuring a relaxed evening which leaves you refreshed and ready for another wonderful day of exploration. On-board activitiesAttend our Guest Speakers’ intriguing talks in the Darwin Lounge, setting the scene for Minerva’s arrival in her next port of call. You may also watch these presentations in the Livingstone Lounge or from the comfort of your own cabin. Meet new friends for morning coffee in the Veranda, keep in touch with your family via the Internet Lounge, shop for postcards in the Kiosk or browse the range of merchandise in our on-board shop. After a visit to our well-stocked Library retire to the serenity of the Orpheus Lounge which offers splendid panoramic views. Relax in a teak chair on deck, or refresh yourself with a dip in the swimming pool. Alternatively, learn a new skill – bridge, painting, yoga or tai-chi – in one of our occasional workshops. Dining At lunchtime choose from a delicious à la carte menu in the Swan Restaurant, a lighter buffet in the Veranda or an al fresco barbecue around the pool. Afternoon tea is a fine tradition, and each afternoon a complimentary selection of cakes, sandwiches and biscuits will be served in the Swan Restaurant. In the evenings you can dine at the table of your choice in the company of your friends at any time during opening hours. This relaxed arrangement is one of the most popular features of life on board Minerva, and creates a unique, congenial, atmosphere on board. Entertainment & nightlifeAs the sun sets on another perfect day, meet friends for drinks in one of Minerva’s bars: the intimate Wheeler Bar, named after Swan Hellenic’s first Chairman Sir Mortimer Wheeler, the spacious Shackleton Bar or the panoramic Orpheus Lounge. Background cocktail music – piano, harp or classical guitar – and the buzz of animated conversation set the tone for an enchanting evening in wonderful company. After dinner, enjoy a varied programme of entertainment which might include classical concerts, amusing after-dinner talks, sparkling revues, our ever-popular crew show or a light-hearted quiz or film night in the Darwin Lounge. Later, you might choose to dance to the Minerva band by the pool, enjoy late-night music in the Orpheus Lounge, or stroll around the Promenade Deck under the stars. At Swan Hellenic, we take care of every detail, so you can sit back and relax as you cruise to some of the world’s most spectacular destinations. For more information, please visit www.swanhellenic.us or call us toll-free at (866) 923-9182 (Monday – Friday from 9am – 7pm EST).last_img read more

Jamaica Hosts Int’l Conference on Educational Leadership March 7 to 8

first_img School leaders from Jamaica and eight other countries across the globe will converge in Kingston from March 7 to 8 for the third International Conference on Educational Leadership and Management.The two-day event, under the theme ‘Educational Leadership for Social Justice: Policy, Practice, Community’, will be held at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston.It is being organised by Educational Administration and Leadership-Jamaica (IEAL-J) in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, University of the Commonwealth Caribbean (UCC), the Vocational Training Development Institute (VTDI), National College for Educational Leadership (NCEL) and the Catholic College of Mandeville.Senior Lecturer at the School of Education, University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, Dr. Carmel Roofe, who is Head of the Scientific Review Committee for the conference, told JIS News that the event “will be two days of rich information-sharing”. She said the event is targeting school leaders at all levels, classroom teachers, parents, policymakers, academics and members of civil society. “Everyone is encouraged to come out and participate in this conference,” she noted.Dr. Roofe told JIS News that this year’s focus is on leadership for social justice “in terms of how should we lead to ensure equal opportunity for all, how should we lead to ensure fairness”.“We will examine polices that surround the processes that we engage in and the ways in which we actively involve the wider community, not just those who are within the schools themselves or within the education system,” she noted.She said that there will also be a number of sessions on curriculum leadership, where discussion will be focused on the National Standards Curriculum. Education officers from the Ministry will also share research they have undertaken, during a special session called ‘Ignite’.Head teachers from the United Kingdom (UK) will collaborate with local principals to share their expertise and best practices on leadership in a special session called ‘PrinMeet’.Keynote speakers over the two days are Professor of Administration and Leadership in Education, Brock University, Canada, Denise E. Armstrong; Programme Manager, Human Resource Development, CARICOM Secretariat, Dr. Laurette S.M. Bristol; Professor of Education Leadership, Teachers College, Columbia University, NewYork, Professor Mark Anthony Gooden; Professor of Educational Leadership and Management, University of Huddersfield, UK, Paul W. Miller. There will also be presentations from specialists in the area of educational leadership from the School of Education at UWI, University of Technology (UTech), and local teachers’ colleges.The two-day conference will include participants from Kenya, Germany, Greece, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Canada, the UK, and the United States of America.For further information on registration and fees persons may visit: www.iealj.org, send an email to nationalconferecnejamaica@gmail.com or call 876-831-3204. The two-day event, under the theme ‘Educational Leadership for Social Justice: Policy, Practice, Community’, will be held at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston. It is being organised by Educational Administration and Leadership-Jamaica (IEAL-J) in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, University of the Commonwealth Caribbean (UCC), the Vocational Training Development Institute (VTDI), National College for Educational Leadership (NCEL) and the Catholic College of Mandeville. School leaders from Jamaica and eight other countries across the globe will converge in Kingston from March 7 to 8 for the third International Conference on Educational Leadership and Management. Story Highlightslast_img read more