VIC vs SA- JUNIOR BORDER CHALLENGE

first_imgJuly 16-17: Touch SA vs Victoria Touch- `The Junior Border Challenge’. Tracy Frith from Touch SA and Peter Shefford from Victoria Touch have provided us with the following report: In weather conditions (read: rain & hail) reminiscent of the northern state junior championships, the young touch stars of neighbouring states South Australia and Victoria took to the fields last weekend to battle for honours in the 2005 Junior Border Challenge…. The fierce competition between SA and Victoria which has existed for many years in the adult age brackets of Touch & sport in general, has now filtered down to the junior age level. Last weekends Junior Border Challenge saw the Under 18 boys and girls teams from both SA and Victoria compete for the first time in a 3-game series, vying for State supremacy as well as selection for the Crusaders teams to compete at the National Under 18’s Championships in September. For several years now the Open teams have taken part in the series but this was the first time the up and coming talent had been pitted against each other. In support of taking elite touch to the affiliates and hence the title “Border Challenge”, traditionally the event is played in Mt Gambier, which lies on the border of the two states. The playing arena was Grant High School and greatly supported by representatives of the Mt Gambier Touch Association and staff of the school with regard to facilities and field preparation. Given the previous few weeks of wet, windy and cold weather experienced in both SA and Victoria, all expected Mt Gambier to be no different in the middle of July. Despite this thinking, nothing could have prepared us for the atrocious weather conditions all endured including rain, high winds, thunder and hail, with two of the games temporarily delayed during play for all to take shelter while the storm passed. These rising stars also put on a display of tenacious defence, hot stepping attacking action, and of course, the games were played in the sportsmanlike manner one has come to expect in our sport. With the Opens challenge looming up in early September, it was South Australia that drew first blood in the annual interstate series, taking both junior divisions, and the series, with an overall 5-1 win rate. Results from the weekend’s games were: GIRLS 18’s South Australia (5) def Victoria (0) South Australia (3) def Victoria (0) South Australia (7) def Victoria (3) BOYS 18’s South Australia (5) def Victoria (4) Victoria (6) def South Australia (4) South Australia (5) def Victoria (4) * 2005 Border Challenge Under 18’s Girls Champions – South Australia * 2005 Border Challenge Under 18’s Boys Champions – South Australia * 2005 Border Challenge Overall State Champions – South Australia From this event the Crusaders 18 years & under teams were chosen, to contest the ATA Youth Championships in late September. Congratulations to all the plauers that took part and a big thanks to Mt Gambier Touch for hosting the event. The gauntlet has now been laid, and only time will tell whether the Vics can reclaim the ascendancy when the Opens clash down the track …..!? By Tracy Frith and Peter Shefford.last_img

DEADLINE FOR AFFILIATION NEARS- HOW DOES THIS AFFECT ME?

first_imgAs the October 14 deadline approaches for affiliates to sign on with Touch Football Australia, more and more people are contacting the office, asking how the decision their affiliate makes will affect them. In the past couple of weeks information packs were sent out to every affiliate Australia-wide (with the exception of NSW affiliates), containing info on the unitary model of managment and the process and benefits of affiliation with Touch Football Australia (TFA). This article contains 10 FAQ’s about the NTL, what this means for elite players, info for coaches/referees/selectors, insurance, assets and more. If you are wondering the importance of your affiliates decision for you as a general Touchie, click here for the full story: 1) I’M AN ELITE PLAYER. WHAT HAPPENS TO ME? Players must be part of an affiliated competition to be eligible to participate in the National Touch League (NTL) and all other competitions run or sanctioned by Touch Football Australia (TFA). Players from unaffiliated competitions will not be able to play in regional, state, interstate, national or international competitions. This follows through into Regional, State, and National representative teams, with only players from affiliated competitions being eligible for selection. This is no different than the rules in place already. The current NTL “Conditions of Entry” require that all participating ATA NTL Permit holders and CB’s and Participants must be fully financial with the ATA and abide by the laws and by-laws of the ATA – ie you (Participants) will not be eligible to be a part of the NTL if you are involved in a non-affiliated competition. Representative players are also currently chosen from affiliated competitions only. Talent ID and high performance support of all kinds, including funding assistance to events, camps, sports science and medicine – will only be available to players from affiliated competitions. There will be no elite pathway for athletes involved in unaffiliated competition. Rumours of “elite competition” against New Zealand teams are false. The Touch New Zealand Board has informed us that they will not be sanctioning any competition between non-affiliated regions in Australia with affiliated members of TNZ. Please note: NSW players are not affected, as under the new constitution NSW is a member in its own right. 2) I’M AN ACCREDITED COACH / OFFICIAL. WHAT HAPPENS TO ME? Touch Football Australia (TFA) is the peak body for the sport and is recognised by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC). TFA runs courses and accredits coaches and officials under the auspices of the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme and the National Officiating Accreditation Scheme of the ASC. To be eligible to further your career or knowledge as a coach or official under these schemes, you will need to be a part of an affiliated competition. Only TFA will run nationally recognised courses as these courses are copyright and non-affiliated bodies will not be able to run them. In addition only TFA will offer qualifications for coaches and officials that will be recognised nationally and internationally. Assessments for coaches and officials will only be available at TFA sanctioned competitions. State and national coaches, referees and selectors will be chosen from among those involved in affiliated competitions only. 3) AS AN AFFILIATE, WE RUN / WANT TO RUN AUSTOUCH. WHAT IMPACT DOES THE UNITARY MODEL HAVE? AusTouch is the official vehicle for introducing juniors into the sport. It was developed by Touch Football Australia (TFA) with assistance from the Australian Sports Commission and is copyright. No unaffiliated organisation will be able to run AusTouch programs or use AusTouch resources. 4) OUR AFFILIATE NEEDS SERVICE FROM DEVELOPMENT OFFICERS. HOW DOES THE NEW MODEL IMPACT ON THIS? Development Officers from the TFA offices in each state will provide service to affiliated competitions only. 5) OUR AFFILIATE RUNS/IS PLANNING TO RUN SPORTING PULSE FOR OUR COMPETITION MANAGEMENT. IF WE DON’T AFFILIATE, WHAT HAPPENS? Only affiliated competitions will have access to Sporting Pulse, which is paid for through affiliation fees. If TFA does not receive an affiliate’s fees, then it cannot provide the service to them. 6) WILL WE BE INSURED IF WE DON’T AFFILIATE? No. Affiliation fees paid to TFA include a component for insurance which is immediately forwarded to the national insurance provider along with details of whom is paying the insurance. If fees are not paid, you will not be covered. Non-affiliated competitions may seek other insurance arrangements. However, by virtue of large purchasing power, TFA is able to offer low rates and good cover. Alternative arrangements by smaller organisations are unlikely to be competitive or offer comparable benefits. 7) WHAT HAPPENS TO THE NTL PERMITS? The current arrangements for Permits in all states except Qld will not change, since all affiliates will become part of TFA. The current arrangements for NSW Permits will not change. 8) I’M FROM A QLD REGION THAT DOES NOT SUPPORT THE NEW STRUCTURE. WHAT HAPPENS TO OUR NTL PERMIT? TFA owns and allocates all Permits. The TFA Board will reconsider the allocation of Permits in Qld on the basis of the number of affiliates that become members of TFA as of October 14, 2005. TFA will cancel Permits currently allocated to those regions that are not part of the new structure. Sunshine Coast will be allocated the current Rustlers Permit. TFA affiliates across the Rustlers drawing area will be eligible to be a part of the Permit but athletes from non-affiliated competitions will not. Brisbane City will retain their Permit. 9) HOW MUCH WILL AFFILIATION FEES COST UNDER THE NEW STRUCTURE? For the upcoming season, fees will remain as they are now. However, once the new structure is fully in place and we are able to budget effectively, fees will be reviewed for season one 2006. 10) OUR AFFILIATE HAS ASSETS. IF WE BECOME PART OF TFA DO WE HAVE TO TRANSFER THEM TO TFA? No. Affiliates continue to operate as they do now. Assets of affiliates will not be affected; they will not be transferred to anyone at any time.last_img read more

NYC Results – Day Three

first_img18’s Boys kicked of the third day of games at 8am to decide places in the finals series.Cobras disposed of Northern Territory 10-0. 12th seed Western Tigers kept the Eagles to a 7-7 draw. North Queensland produced the upset of the round, beating 10th seed the Suns 12-0. 14th place Tasmania also did well to keep the 5th seed ACT to a 3-3 draw.The 18’s Girls were the second division to play their final round of games, at 9am. 19th seed South Australia narrowly lost to 7th seed Scorpions, 5-4. ACT did similar, just losing 4-2 to the Suns, a team seeded 12 places above them. Northern Territory beat NSWCIS 8-5 in an upset.The 1st seeded Suns easily beat the Cyclones 10-0 in the 20’s Girls final round. 6th seeds the Mets easily beat the 3rd seeded Sharks, winning 7-1. The Hornets did well to beat the 4th seed Eagles, winning 5-1. The other results in this round were predictable, with Tigers beating Victoria and the Cobras beating the Sunshine Coast.In the 20’s Boys, 9th seeded Sunshine Coast drew with the 1st seeded Mets with the Sharks just overcoming the Hornets, 9-8. Suns beat the Eagles, 8-2 and the Cyclones beat Victoria 6-4. ACT and Cobras fought out a tough match, with Cobras winning 10-9.In the first round of finals, the 18’s Boys, 1st seed the Mets were beaten by NSWCCC, 6-3. NSWCHS were too good for NSWCIS, winning 4 touchdowns to 1. Due to their strong wins, CCC will play CHS in semi final two at 9am Saturday morning in a battle of the NSW schools. QSST overcame the Sharks, 5-2 to progress to the finals while the 16th seeded Cyclones knocked Sunshine Coast out of the running, 13-5. The Cyclones, the surprise packet of the 18’s boys, will now play QSST at 9am in their bid to make the Grand Final. In the 18’s Girls, QSST put out their finals warning, beating 12th seed Central Queensland 9-1. Sharks were too good against Sunshine Coast, winning 5-0. QSST and the Sharks will now face off for their shot at the title, playing their Semi Final at 8am. NSWCCC showed no mercy against Northern Territory, putting on 15 touchdowns and only letting in 3. Despite the difference in rankings, the Eagles put up a good fight against NSWCHS, losing 6-3. Like in the Boys 18’s, the Girls semi final number 2 will be NSWCCC V NSWCHS.In the 20’s Boys, the Cobras proved too strong for the Hornets, winning 8-5. The Cobras will now play the Sharks in Semi Final One at 8am. ACT beat the 2nd seeded Suns, winning 8-7 and has set up a show down against the 1st seed Mets in Semi Final One also at 8am.In the 20’s Girls, the Mets were too good for Hornets, winning 9-4. They have now set up a play off against the 1st seeded Suns, to be played at 9am. The Sharks beat the Tigers 5-2 to book a spot in the Semi Finals against the Cobras also at 9am.last_img read more

21 days agoEverton boss Marco Silva: Real football fans understand situation

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton boss Marco Silva: Real football fans understand situationby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva says their “real football fans” will understand their slow start to the season.Silva accepts he as manager will inevitably face the fury of fans who want to see instant results.“This will never change, in football, the manager will always be the person who is in front,” he said. “That is something natural.“Those who understand football really, look to the situation and understand what has happened. What we did or not (in the summer) we cannot change anything now. We believe in them, so let’s support them.” last_img read more

Butch Jones Falls To His Knees, Cries After Vols Win On Hail Mary

first_imgButch JonesTwitter/@VolRumorMillCan you blame Butch Jones for shedding a tear after that play?Tennessee just gave us the best finish of the college football season with a Hail Mary game winner at Georgia. Butch Jones was emotional after his team pulled off the comeback win capped off by an incredible play:Me too, Butch. Me too. pic.twitter.com/GPR7XYwvkN— Houston Kress (@VolRumorMill) October 1, 2016That is the look of pure joy, folks.Things did not look good for Tennessee on Saturday. It got off to yet another slow start and was facing a 17-0 deficit late in the second quarter.The Vols battled back and took a 28-24 lead with 2:56 left in the contest as they forced and recovered a fumble in the end zone. Jacob Eason and the Bulldogs drove 81 yards on just four plays however and grabbed a 31-28 advantage with 10 seconds left on the clock.Josh Dobbs and the Vols had one chance to throw a Hail Mary as time expired, and they pulled it off as Dobbs found Jauan Jennings in the end zone.Tennessee wins on last second Hail Mary https://t.co/c2Vc9eEeiv— SPORTS ONLINE (@SportsOnIine) October 1, 2016Is there a more exciting play in all of sports?last_img read more

Photos: A Top 25 Team’s Crowd Was Embarrassing Last Night

first_imgA view of Stanford's scoreboard in a game against Oregon State.PALO ALTO, CA – OCTOBER 25: The scoreboard at Stanford Stadium shows the Stanford Cardinal taking a big lead against the Oregon State Beavers on October 25, 2014 at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, California. Stanford won 38-14. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Stanford’s 2018 football team began its season on Friday night. The Cardinal had little difficulty with its Week 1 opponent, knocking off San Diego State, 31-10, to improve to 1-0 on the season.The crowd, unfortunately, was not at peak performance for Stanford’s Week 1 game. It was kind of embarrassing, actually.There were thousands of empty seats at Stanford Stadium, especially at kickoff.It wasn’t the best of looks for the Pac-12 and College Football Playoff hopefuls.#49ers DL Solomon Thomas serves as honorary captain for No. 13 Stanford’s opener against San Diego St in front of a not so large crowd pic.twitter.com/I7Pmq2roDf— Josh Dubow (@JoshDubowAP) September 1, 2018CFP organizers are counting on Bay Area fans to get excited for the national title game in Santa Clara.Here is the crowd five minutes before kickoff of a ranked team’s season opener 25 minutes away. pic.twitter.com/IDMQ5D08u6— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) September 1, 2018It’s unfortunate that a team of Stanford’s caliber didn’t have better fan support for its Week 1 game. Hopefully it improves going forward.The Cardinal are set to take on No. 15 USC at home next weekend.last_img read more

ESPN’s Final Prediction For Alabama-Georgia

first_imgAlabama's offense lined up against Georgia's defense.ATHENS, GA – OCTOBER 03: Jake Coker #14 of the Alabama Crimson Tide lines up against the Georgia Bulldogs defense at Sanford Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The rematch of the 2018 National Championship will take place later this afternoon, when No. 1 Alabama faces No. 4 Georgia for the SEC crown.It’s been an unbelievable season for the Crimson Tide, as they’ve dominated every opponent on both sides of the ball. With Tua Tagovailoa putting up numbers worthy of winning the Heisman Trophy, it’s hard to stop Alabama.On the flip side, the Bulldogs have rallied strong from a disappointing loss to LSU back in Oct. The resurgence of Jake Fromm has truly elevated this offense to the next level.Although Georgia certainly has the talent to hang tough with Alabama, ESPN’s FPI is giving the Crimson Tide a 64.1 percent chance of winning the game. If the Bulldogs don’t win this matchup, then their chances of making the College Football Playoff could be gone.Alabama and Georgia will kick off at 4:00 p.m. ET from the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.The game will be broadcast on CBS.Who do you think will win the SEC Championship?last_img read more

Former No. 1 Recruit Jaelan Phillips Might Be Hinting At Commitment

first_imgformer ucla defensive lineman jaelan phillipsPASADENA, CA – NOVEMBER 24: Ross Bowers #3 of the California Golden Bears reacts as he is sacked by Jaelan Phillips #15 of the UCLA Bruins on fourth down during the third quarter at Rose Bowl on November 24, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)A former No. 1 overall recruit is on the move, though where he wants to go is reportedly still up in the air. Former No. 1 recruit Jaelan Phillips announced his plans to move on from the UCLA football program after two seasons with the team.Earlier this week, college football insider Bruce Feldman reported that Phillips scheduled a visit to Miami. That visit is expected to take place this weekend and Phillips appears to have confirmed the news with his latest Twitter post.Phillips took to Twitter on Wednesday afternoon to tease college football fans everywhere with a three-letter tweet. “TNM,” Phillips said on Twitter: which means “The New Miami.”It’s a phrase recruits have been using when discussing visits to Miami.TNM— Jaelan Phillips ;??® (@JJPhillips15) January 23, 2019Phillips could join a string of transfers to sign with Manny Diaz and the Hurricanes since Diaz took over the program earlier this year.Former Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell announced his transfer to Miami using the “TNM” hashtag signifying he wants to be a part of the new Miami Hurricanes program.Early reports indicated Phillips was interested in a transfer to USC or Stanford, but it appears the Hurricanes are also squarely in the mix. Chigozie Nnoruka, Phillips’ teammate at UCLA recently announced his transfer to Miami as well.Stay tuned.last_img read more

Art Green, No. 2 JUCO Recruit For 2020, Announces His Commitment

first_imga field view of tennessee's neyland stadiumKNOXVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 15: A view of the inside of Neyland Stadium during a game between the Florida Gators and Tennessee Volunteers on September 15, 2012 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Sommers II/Getty Images)It didn’t take long for Art Green to decide where he’ll play college football. Following his first visit as a JUCO recruit this past weekend, the four-star cornerback quickly announced his commitment.247Sports lists Green as the No. 2 JUCO recruit from his class. Over the course of his recruitment process, he received over 20 scholarship offers.The talented defensive back was in Knoxville on Saturday to visit the Tennessee Volunteers. Clearly he left the campus impressed with the football program.Jeremy Pruitt and his coaching staff were greeted with great news this week, as Green announced his commitment to Tennessee.Green revealed his decision to join the Volunteers on Twitter, saying “The school of my choosing is a school that will help me grow on the field, but also off the field. At this time, I would like to announce that I am 100% committed to the University of Tennessee.”Check out his full announcement:Go Vols!!!🍊⛰ @CoachOsovet @DansleyAnsley @CoachJPruitt pic.twitter.com/D5k5XL5KUY— Art Green (@A_JR20) May 13, 2019Tennessee currently has seven commits for the 2020 class, which ranks No. 22 in the country.Even though Green did commit to Tennessee, the four-star recruit admit that he might visit Georgia and Florida. However, his recent commitment to the Volunteers could entice him to shut the door on those two SEC powerhouses.last_img read more

India were on top of their game in Napier, bowling unit deserves credit: Kane Williamson

first_imgIndia were on top of their game in Napier, bowling unit deserves credit: Kane WilliamsonIndia vs New Zealand, 1st ODI: Mohammed Shami picked up three wickets and wrist-spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal scalped six between them as India restricted New Zealand to 157 on Wednesday. Brief score – India 156 for 2 (34.5 overs) beat New Zealand 157-all out (38 overs) by DLS method.advertisement Akshay Ramesh NapierJanuary 23, 2019UPDATED: January 23, 2019 14:57 IST India vs New Zealand, 1st ODI: Mohammed Shami won the Man of the Match Award as he finished with figures of 3/19 in Napier (@BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia, who were asked to bowl first, restricted New Zealand to 157 in NapierMohammed Shami removed New Zealand openers cheaply and finished with three wicketsKane Williamson conceded New Zealand should have got more than 250 to put pressure on IndiaIndia vs New Zealand, 1st ODI Brief Scores: India 156 for 2 (34.5 overs) – Dhawan (75*), Kohli (45), Bracewell (1/29) beat New Zealand 157-all out (38 overs) – Williamson (64), Kuldeep (4/39), Shami (3/19) by 8 wickets (DLS method) in Napier. Full ScorecardNew Zealand captain Kane Williamson conceded the Black Caps didn’t come up with their best effort and suffered an eight-wicket thrashing in the first ODI of a five-match series at McLean Park in Napier on Wednesday.Kane Williamson said the hosts had expected India to play good cricket but pointed out that the visitors were on top of their game.Following their first-ever bilateral series win in Australia earlier this month, India had headed to New Zealand with a lot of confidence. A close contest between two explosive sides was expected it turned out to be a one-sided match in Napier, thanks to India’s all-round effort.Mohammed Shami, who picked up three wickets and bagged the Man of the Match award, rattled the New Zealand top order by removing dangerous New Zealand openers, Colin Munro and Martin Guptill cheaply. India’s wrist-spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal then ran through the middle order, picking up six wickets between them.Certainly wasn’t our best effort: WilliamsonCaptain Kane Williamson, who had won the toss, waged a lone battle and made 64 but it wasn’t enough against a top-quality Indian batting unit. Shikhar Dhawan hit an unbeaten 75 as India, without even getting past their second gear, gunned down the 156-run target (DLS) with 14.1 overs and eight wickets to spare.advertisement”Certainly wasn’t our best effort. India, we expected them to be good and they really were on top of the game,” Williamson said on Wednesday.”Their whole bowling unit contributed well and they need credit for that. We also did well with the ball, showed enough intent and will hope to take those things forward,” he added.”The surface wasn’t as traditional as we thought it to be. India bowled well, particularly the lengths hit by their slower bowlers were really good. Getting to just 150-ish on a pitch where 250-plus was needed, doesn’t help. I think we didn’t adjust well enough to the surface, don’t think it was the lack of match practice that cost us.”While New Zealand suffered a disappointing defeat, days after crushing Sri Lanka 3-0 in a series at home, India’s win on Wednesday was also their first win in ODI cricket against the Black Caps in New Zealand since 2009.India have now won three of their four matches to start the World Cup year on a high. The Asian giants are still experimenting with their playing XIs in order to settle in on a solid combination in the lead up to the World Cup.With India having the early upper hand in the five-match series, the two teams will meet at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Saturday, January 26.Also Read | Sun stops play and Sunrisers captain Williamson can’t help it: Napier delay cracks up fansAlso Read | Shikhar Dhawan emulates Brian Lara, joint-fastest left-handed batsman to 5,000 ODI runsAlso Read | Never experienced this: Virat Kohli on sun stoppage in NapierAlso 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 India vs New ZealandFollow 1st ODIFollow Kane WilliamsonFollow Mohammed ShamiFollow Napier ODIFollow Kuldeep YadavFollow Yuzvendra Chahallast_img read more

Pakistan PM Imran Khan arrives in Kyrgyzstan to attend 19th SCO meeting

first_img Geeta Mohan New DelhiJune 13, 2019UPDATED: June 13, 2019 17:48 IST Imran Khan will have bilateral interaction with other participating leaders on sidelines of SCO meeting | Photo from Twitter/PTIHIGHLIGHTSImran Khan was received by Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Mukhammedkalyi AbylgazievThe invitation to Imran Khan was extended by Kyrgyz President Sooronbay JeenbekovPakistan shares deep-rooted historical and cultural links with SCO member statesPakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived at Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.Imran Khan was received by Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziev and Minister for Health Kosmosbek Sarievich Cholponbaev.Pakistan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Special Assistant to Imran Khan Youth Affairs Muhammad Usman Dar are accompanying the Prime Minister.Imran Khan is visiting Bishkek on 13 and 14 June, 2019, to attend the 19th Meeting of the Council of the Heads of State (CHS) of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).PM Imran Khan arrives at Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic for the 19th Meeting of the Council of the Heads of State of the SCO.The PM was received by Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziev, Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan and Kyrgyz Minister for Health Kosmosbek Sarievich Cholponbaev.#SCOSummit2019 pic.twitter.com/XcSaDnC2kzPTI (@PTIofficial) June 13, 2019Besides Pakistan, SCO’s membership comprises China, Russia, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.SCO observers include Afghanistan, Iran, Belarus and Mongolia.The Council of Heads of State is the highest forum of the SCO which considers and defines strategy, prospects and priorities of the organisation.The invitation to Imran Khan was extended by Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov, who would chair the CHS meeting.The leaders of the SCO member and observer states as well as representatives of important international organisations will attend the meeting.A number of decisions will be approved by the leaders, besides signing of agreements to intensify cooperation in diverse fields.Imran Khan will have bilateral interaction with other participating leaders on the sidelines of the meeting.advertisementThe SCO is among the major trans-regional organisations.Pakistan shares deep-rooted historical and cultural links with SCO member states.The SCO’s multi-sectoral cooperation agenda is in line with Pakistan’s policy of promoting regional peace and stability and seeking enhanced linkages in infrastructure, economic, trade and cultural spheres.Pakistan offers critical overland route for trade and energy and supports the SCO’s efforts for regional integration through linking CPEC with the six land routes of the SCO.Since becoming an SCO member in 2017, Pakistan has been actively participating at all levels in various SCO mechanisms including foreign affairs, defence, national security, economy and trade, education and healthcare, S&T and innovation, youth and women empowerment, justice, agriculture, culture and sports, tourism and media.Also Read | Pakistan allows PM Narendra Modi’s plane to fly over its airspace to BishkekAlso Read | Imran Khan follows PM Modi’s footsteps, asks countrymen to pay taxesAlso Watch | PM Modi, Imran Khan to be at same venue in BishkekGet 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 byMohak Gupta Tags :Follow Imran KhanFollow KyrgyzstanFollow Bishkek Pakistan PM Imran Khan arrives in Kyrgyzstan to attend 19th SCO meetingPakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived at Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan for the 19th Meeting of the Council of the Heads of State of the SCO.advertisementlast_img read more

Australia vs New Zealand: Dream11 Playing 11, Captain and Vice-Captain Prediction for World Cup 2019 Match 37

first_img Next Australia vs New Zealand: Dream11 Playing 11, Captain and Vice-Captain Prediction for World Cup 2019 Match 37Dream11 Prediction, Australia vs New Zealand: Another high-octane clash in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is on cards as two top contenders for the coveted trophy – New Zealand and Australia – are set to square-off at the historic Lord’s Cricket Ground here on Saturday.advertisement India Today Web Desk LondonJune 29, 2019UPDATED: June 29, 2019 08:39 IST Reuters PhotoWith a solitary defeat in 7 games, Australia became the first team to qualify for the World Cup semi-finals after defeating their Ashes rival England by 64 runs last week. When they face New Zealand at Lord’s on Saturday, they could only look to spoil the celebrations for New Zealand.Barring the defeat against India, defending champions Australia have been highly impressive in this tournament, with their all-round performances in every game.New Zealand, on the other hand, will look to register a win at Lord’s to not procrastinate their qualification to their last game against England.The Black Caps started their World Cup run on a sublime note as they remained unbeaten for the first 6 games. The winning streak ended only when they faced Pakistan on Wednesday.As the 5-time winner World Cup champions take on a team that has never won the World Cup, the match could turn out to be thriller.Here are a few suggestions for your Dream11 Playing 11.BatsmenIn this World Cup, David Warner has proven that he has extraordinary batting feat and thus he should be your blind pick in the batting side. Warner is the highest run scorer in the tournament with his 500 runs. The Australian has maintained exceptional consistency as he has 2 centuries and 3 half-centuries. Warner’s opening partner Aaron Finch ranks second in the top scorers list.The Australian opening duo have put on a record-equalling three century stands with two league games still to go as they are on the track to become the greatest ever pair at the top in a World Cup.advertisementNew Zealand skipper Kane Williamson too has two centuries in this World Cup. Williamson with his composure and unbeaten 106, lef his side single-handedly to a win over South Africa. Your fourth pick for batsmen could be Ross Taylor as after Williamson, he is the second leading scorer for the Kiwis. Taylor has an average of 40.6 in his 5 innings and has 203 runs in total.WicketkeeperThere should not be much doubt in picking the wicket-keeper for this team as Alex Carey has a good stats behind him to support his pick. Alex Carey is on top of charts with 15 dismissals in 7 games. The left-hand batsman remained unbeaten on 55 against India and is averaging at 57.66 from 6 innings in the World Cup.All-roundersAll-rounder Neesham has 131 runs and 7 wickets to his credit and that makes him a must-to-have in your Dream 11. The 28-year-old has picked a 5-wicket haul against Afghanistan. Glenn Maxwell could be your other pick as he has the potential to steady Australia’s middle-order. Maxwell could prove crucial in the death overs to take the team to a big total or finish the game off. Against Sri Lanka, Maxwell’s arrival brought a typical flurry, as he stealed 22 runs off the last over.BowlersFast bowler Mitchell Starc is leading the bowling charts with 19 wickets at 18.26. He provided his side crucial breakthroughs with his bounce, swing and pace. Pat Cummins could be the second choice. The pacer has 11 wickets in 7 innings at an average of 28.45.You could then pick Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson from the New Zealand side to further strengthen your pace side.Australia vs New Zealand Dream11 suggested Playing XI:David Warner, Aaron Finch (captain), Kane Williamson (vice-captain), Ross Taylor, Alex Carey, Glenn Maxwell, James Neesham, Mitchell Starc, Trent boult, Lockie furgeson, Pat CumminsSquads:Australia: Aaron Finch (capt), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa.New Zealand: Kane Williamson (capt), Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham (wk), Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Tom Blundell.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Australia vs New Zealand dream11Follow Australia vs New Zealand dream11 predictionFollow aus vs nz dream 11last_img read more

World Cup 2019 Final: Overjoyed for Ben but I am still a New Zealand supporter, says Stokes’s father

first_imgWorld Cup 2019 Final: Overjoyed for Ben but I am still a New Zealand supporter, says Stokes’s fatherNew Zealand fan and resident Gerard Stokes who is the father of England all-rounder Ben had his loyalties stretched to the fullest as the latter brought England their maiden men’s World Cup 2019 trophy in a thriller at Lord’s.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk ChristchurchJuly 15, 2019UPDATED: July 15, 2019 23:34 IST Ben Stokes was adjudged the Man of the Match after England’s thrilling World Cup 2019 victory (AP)HIGHLIGHTSEngland beat New Zealand to win the World Cup 2019 on SundayBen Stokes was adjudged the Man of the Match in the pulsating finalStokes’s parents who are based in New Zealand, had their sporting loyalties stretched during the finalBen Stokes might have won England the World Cup but his Kiwi-origin father Gerard Stokes has admitted that he will remain a New Zealand fan despite being happy for his son’s feat. Gerard, who is long-time Black Caps fan also said that even though New Zealand couldn’t win the trophy, he doesn’t necessarily mind the cup not being shared between the two finalists after the match ended in a tie.”I really am disappointed for the Black Caps; it’s such a shame someone had to walk away without the trophy. Hand on heart, I am overjoyed for Ben and the team, but I am still a New Zealand supporter,” Gerard told 1Newsnow.Ben Stokes was named the Man of the Match for his fighting 84* in the final that brought England close to their target of 242. However, with the scores tied at the end of the 50 overs, the game went into a Super Over which ended up being tied as well. Therefore, England were declared winners as they had hit more boundaries than New Zealand. Gerard doesn’t mind the last part as ‘there’s always got to be a winner in a World Cup'”[A draw] would’ve been nice but there’s always got to be a winner in a World Cup,” he told Newstalk ZB.”The way that Ben batted was a tribute to both teams in the way that they tried so hard to win that cup. He was over the moon being a part of that match and also have an influence on the result as well … the way he played epitomized both teams I think.”advertisementRegarding his stretched loyalties whenever the two teams face each other on the field, Gerard admitted that it’s difficult to maintain the right balance.”I’ve got a lot of friends in England and a lot of friends in the England set-up as well, it’s just a matter of supporting both. It’s quite a difficult balance and doesn’t work most of the time but I give it a go,” said Gerard.Deb Stokes, Ben’s mother also experienced the thrill sitting back home in Christchurch as she ‘cried her eyes out’.”At the end of the game I cried my eyes out,” she said. “I was really disappointed for the Black Caps because they had given so much as well, it would have been great if it could have been a draw.”The Stokes family moved to England when Ben was aged 12 with Gerard earning a rugby league coaching contract in Cumbria. But Gerard and Deb moved back to Christchurch in 2013. Their son, meanwhile, was on his way to attaining cult status in English cricket history.Also Read | Sharing World Cup should be considered if finalists can’t be separated: New Zealand coachAlso Read | England and New Zealand should have been given the World Cup trophy: Cheteshwar PujaraFor 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 byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Ben StokesFollow World Cup finallast_img read more

Why Jonty Rhodes did not make final shortlist for India fielding coach job? MSK Prasad explains

first_imgWhy Jonty Rhodes did not make final shortlist for India fielding coach job? MSK Prasad explainsSouth Africa great Jonty Rhodes had applied for India’s fielding coach role but his name did not feature in the 3-man shortlist as MSK Prasad-led selection committee announced the final shortlist for the India support staff roles on Thursday.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiAugust 22, 2019UPDATED: August 22, 2019 22:39 IST Former South Africa batsman Jonty Rhodes had applied for India’s fielding coach role (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJonty Rhodes applied for the role of India fielding coachSridhar, Abhay Sharma and T Dilip made the 3-man shortlistVikram Rathour is all set to replace Sanjay Bangar as batting coachIndia’s senior selection committee headed by MSK Prasad announced 3 shortlisted candidates for each of the support staff positions of the India cricket team after a 4-day-long selection process on Thursday. Jonty Rhodes’ absence from even the 3-man final shorlist for the role of India’s fielding coach helped raise a few eyebrows.However, selecton committee chairman MSK Prasad revealed after the selection process that Jonty Rhodes’ name was not added to the final shortlist as the second and the third names on the list will be considered for India A level and National Cricket Academy support staff.Rhodes had applied for the post of fielding coach and even told India Today that he would be focussing on helping India improve their catching percentages.Nonetheles, R Sridhar is all set to retain his role as the fielding coach and Prasad said the selection committee did not have any second thoughts about reappointing him. Sridhar, Abhay Sharma and T Dilip made the 3-man shortlist for the fielding coach role.The top names in each category will be appointed after the formalities with regards to Conflict of Interest declaration is complete, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) CEO Rahul Johri explained while talking to the press on Thursday.”R Sridhar is one of the best fielding coaches. Unfortunately in the World Cup, maybe he wouldn’t have got… there were 2-3 wicketkeepers in the side, we all know that. Otherwise, he has transformed this into a wonderful fielding unit. There is no second thoughts about Sridhar,” MSK Prasad said.advertisementHe added: “With regards to the 2nd and 3rd position, we don’t see Jonty Rhodes fitting in there because those roles are more for India A levels and the NCA.”Chairman of Selectors, MSK Prasad speaks about R Sridhar’s contribution to #TeamIndia and why Jonty Rhodes didn’t make the cut. pic.twitter.com/IuWH5FeHI2BCCI (@BCCI) August 22, 2019A total of 14 candidates for the position of batting coach, 12 for bowling coach, nine for fielding coach, 16 for the position of physiotherapist, 12 for the post of strength and conditioning coach and 24 for the position of Administrative Manager were interviewed.Meanwhile, former India opener Vikram Rathour is all set to replace Sanjay Bangar as the batting coach of India cricket team. Rathour, who played 6 Tests and 9 ODIs for India, pipped Bangar and former England batsman Mark Ramprakash to emerge the top candidate in the shortlisted list.On the other hand, Bharat Arun is all set to retain his job as he pipped Paras Mhambrey and Venkatesh Prasad in the 3-man shortlist for the bowling coach role.The selection process comes after Ravi Shastri was reappointed as the head coach following interviews conducted by Kapil Dev-led Cricket Advisory Committee earlier this month.Also Read | Vikram Rathour set to replace Bangar as batting coach, Arun, Sridhar retainedAlso Read | Yuvraj Singh takes a cheeky dig at Jasprit Bumrah, Virat Kohli’s bare-chested pictureAlso 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 Jonty RhodesFollow R SridharFollow India national cricket teamFollow India fielding coachFollow MSK PrasadFollow BCCIFollow Bharat ArunFollow Vikram Rathourlast_img read more

Feel Good Friday – REVISIT

first_img How 2 Brooklynites are Reviving an Iconic Midwestern Supper Club The New Alex Mill Collection Is Packed With Your Fall Style Essentials The Best New-School Kentucky Distilleries Fall in Love with Tentree’s New Fall Collection, Then Plant a Tree Editors’ Recommendations To Find Beauty In Yosemite, Just Whip Out Your (Honda) Passport The depressing news of our broke down congress and their lack of getting much done is nothing new. Budget cuts keep happening and most of us go on with our daily routine (besides tweeting a little aggression!). But a former TOMS VP, Jillian DiIorio and Philadelphia Eagles Tight End, Brent Celek are taking matters into their own hands.REVISIT, which launched March 4th, is a new collection of luxury unisex accessories that are made in America and will benefit the National Parks (25% of profits to be exact). Their website is also a destination to learn more about our National Parks and offers ways to get involved if you please (go on!). The team has founded the company on ‘caring capitalism’ (that needs its own hashtag y’all.) and besides donating profits to the National Parks they will be spotlighting Park Benefactors’ facts, programs and history.Jillian and Brent had the idea for REVISIT when they realized how many of our National Parks funding is facing program cuts, park closures and could be covered/protected/manned by fewer Park Rangers. “We founded Revisit to create products that honor and assist endangered or forgotten communities, cultures and histories in America,” they told us.Brent continued, “In a world where technology continues to progress, becoming a bigger part of our lives, our National Parks are some of the most important places that we can go with our families to gather and spend meaningful time unplugged. It is important to me that people are able to continue to enjoy and have access to the beautiful lands and history that our country offers through these parks. REVISIT is a way we can immediately help our Parks and inspire many to visit and revisit together.”The Founders Collection is the first product range to roll out. It includes accessories designed to honor the visionaries that founded our National Parks. The Founder’s Collection includes fifteen pieces such as the Arrowhead Necklace, Brass Money Band, Laptop Sleeve, iPhone case, iPad Sleeve, The Roosevelt backpack and The Washburn Weekender to name a few. All bags are designed with vegetable tanned leather, specially hand-treated with natural waxes, oils and water-based pigments and are 100% hand sewn and assembled by expert craftsmen in Los Angeles.REVISIT’s first Park Benefactor will be Friends of Independence National Historical Park who support Independence National Historical Park located in Philadelphia. The Park is located in the downtown historical district and was officially established in 1948. In the center of the park is Independence Hall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the building where the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated and created. The park is currently open daily and offers many tours led by Park Rangers and volunteers.REVISIT will be launching a new collection every four months so stay tuned and keep exploring the site and our great country!last_img read more

Les Industries Groom is the Luxurious Canadian Shave You’ve Been Dreaming Of

first_img Editors’ Recommendations The Best Gin Mixers to Have in Your Pantry at All Times The Best Fun Socks for Men to Spruce Up Your Footwear Game Les Industries Groom is Canadian grooming brand creating and testing their own beard and shaving products out of their Montreal workshop. We’ve written about their beard care line previously and enjoyed the luxurious, masculine beard balm, wash, and oil. So, when the company recently released their new shave line, we were intrigued by the style and vibe of the products (and happy with our previous product experience) and decided to give it a go. The decidedly urban and small-batch company is doing exactly what we’re looking for when it comes to natural grooming products and their shave line is no exception.As a guy with very tough and stubborn facial hair, I’ve developed a bit of a routine to prep as much as possible. I use a pre-shave oil ($20 CAD) to soften things up and started using a strop to sharpen my cartridge blades (this is now a necessity).I also always try to follow the manufacturer instructions as best I can. Groom suggests using a shaving brush, but I don’t typically use one, so I applied by hand. Upon opening, a rush of coconut and sage filled my bathroom like a tropical paradise – certainly one of the more inviting aromas from any shaving cream I’ve used recently.The cream ($24 CAD) itself is pretty thick to begin with, almost like the stuffing in a pillow, so it’s highly advised to use less than you normally would and mix in a few drops of water to even it out. Your razor won’t get as clogged and the overall shave is a better experience. (In the event your razor does get jammed up, I found a cotton swab over the blades cleans it out nicely.)Once shaving commenced, the cream set a luxurious glide with little to no hair pull and irritation. The lather is fairly thick, so it does take a bit of time to work through an entire shave, but the experience is so enjoyable that it wasn’t a deterrent.The end product was a smooth, clean mug. Plus, any shave where my stubborn hair and sensitive skin doesn’t end up too irritated or torn up is a success in my book.Their entire line features a number of natural ingredients including seed oils, bark oils, and essences of pine and juniper – each plays a role in offering fresh scents and an even fresher finish.Not surprisingly, Groom’s aftershave balm ($22 CAD) is much the same consistency, scent, and feel of their shaving cream (shout out to their inclusion of cacao butter). It’s a great moisturizer to cap up an overall really pleasant shave. As an added bonus, the balm created a bit of a matte finish on my skin–which is a boon since we’re moving into the warmer, sweatier months.Consider me a fan of this Montreal brand – quality lather, great scents, clean finish.All pricing is in Canadian Dollars. You can purchase your own Groom products here. Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits Why You Should Give White Zinfandel a Chance (Again) The Barbershop Renaissance and Men’s Grooming Revolution, According to Fellow Barber’s Sam Buffalast_img read more

Yeah, Adidas makes Snowboarding Boots…Check Out Their Best for 2018

first_imgAdidas is known for their heritage street-style shoes. Most notably, the Superstars and Sambas (and now Boosts).These classic Adidas models have become staples in so many of our style identities; infusing athleisure into our suit-game and bringing together a simple jean and white-tee ensemble. There’s no denying the fashion power of the heritage three stripes, so why limit your wear to the streets?Those of us who take to the ski basin for a winter of shredding know the mountain is a popular platform to show your personal style. Snowboarders like to look good, period. If only we could sport our Adidas Originals in feet of fresh powder…The three-stripes Co. made this possible by taking its iconic footwear and designing snowboard boot replica styles that can handle a full day on the mountain. (No more neon astronaut shoes!) Meet the winter snowboarding twins of your favorite Adidas streetwear styles…The Adidas SuperstarPretend you laced up a pair of your freshest Superstars (black and white colorway for us, obviously), then added an ankle guard with traditional boot laces. You’d have the same stylistic pop as the iconic 70s Superstar basketball shoe but with added snowboarding capability. An EVA midsole makes this all-mountain boot super cushy and comfortable for an all-day session. Flex rating is at a medium and the liner is premium. (Note: these boots tend to run large.) Adidas thought of the idea to bring its favorite shoes to the mountain a couple years ago, releasing an Originals snowboarding boot in 2016-17, then new improvements and colorways in 2017-18 (love the white and collegiate burgundy). The Manual also learned at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market this January that the brand is sticking to its guns (or, stripes?) for next-year’s 2018-19 season and we can expect another Superstar come 2018-19. The magic word: originals. And that’s exactly how these make you feel.See itThe Adidas SambaIf you volley back and forth between snowboarding in the winter and soccer in the summer, you’ll likely go GOOAAL for the Adidas Samba boot. Alongside its Originals, this Adidas Classic model was remolded into a snowboarding boot. If this sounds like news to you, wake up and smell the powder. Adidas started making Samba boots in the 2015-16 winter season and isn’t letting up on the trend yet. Samba ADV Snowboard Boots are an icon remastered, mixing Classics styling with a mid-range flex and heat molded Ultralon liners, fitting both park and all-mountain riders. We gladly ditched the chair lift for a hike to the summit with boards on our backs, since these boots are suited for the trek. One wearer called them “warm and comfy,” but also “swaggy.” And it’s true, your style on the mountain shouldn’t be limited to neon bubble astronaut shoes. Look good, board better, that’s our motto. (Here’s Everything You Should Wear Snowboarding this Season.)See itThe Adidas BoostThe biggest innovation from Adidas arguably in the last decade has been its Boost technology. Launched in 2013 for its running shoes, Adidas introduced the world to Boost, explained as “a revolutionary cushioning technology which provides the highest energy return in the running industry.” Boost foam proved three-times more temperature resistant than standard EVA while tested between 104 and -4 degrees F. The unique cell structure acts like thousands of small energy capsules at the bottom of your foot (see the Styrofoam-esk bottom foam). Just imagine if that energy return was in a snowboarding boot… Yep, Adidas released its Tactical Boost boots in 2018 for intermediate and advanced riders who are looking to straight annihilate the mountain.See it Editors’ Recommendations The Best Men’s Waterproof Boots for Tackling All Weather Yes, You Can Wear Boots to the Office: Here are the Best Pairs The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know The Best Men’s Chukka Boots for 2019last_img read more

Silversea Launches Accessible Shore Excursions on Select Voyages

first_img(Miami, FL – December 11, 2018) Silversea Cruises demonstrates its commitment to taking guests closer to the authentic beauty of the world with the introduction of accessibility-enhanced shore excursions. Through its partnership with Accessible Travel Solutions, a company devoted to expanding opportunities for disabled and senior travelers, the cruise line is offering new accessible excursions in nine destinations in the Caribbean and Central America, and additional shore excursions will be developed for the Mediterranean in 2019. The new partnership enables Silversea’s disabled and senior guests to travel deeper in each destination, offering immersive shore excursions that showcase a destination’s history, culture and natural beauty. The collection of shore excursions incorporates such enhancements as vehicles with wheelchair lifts or ramps; trips to sites and attractions that have step-free access, accessible restrooms, and routes that avoid steps; and guides who are experienced with accessibility issues. Following is a sample of some of the tours currently available in the Caribbean and Central America as part of the partnership with Accessible Travel Solutions: Accessible Pitons & Waterfalls — Castries, St. LuciaSt. Lucia’s natural wonders and cultural riches are unlocked during this fun, full-day exploration of the island. Highlights include a visit to the charming fishing village of Anse La Raye, a special stop to witness and photograph the majestic Pitons, and access to a step-free garden path in Soufrière’s Diamond Botanical Gardens – from which guests can admire its signature attraction, the Diamond Waterfall. Monkey Sanctuary & Iguana Hideout for Limited Mobility — Roatan Island, HondurasThis adventure is a fun way to experience fascinating Roatan wildlife and nature first-hand. Participants interact with playful primates at a local monkey sanctuary, browse crafts at a local flea market, pet-friendly iguanas at an iguana and marine wildlife park, and enjoy an inspiring scenic island drive. Accessible St. Kitts — Basseterre, St. KittsThe colorful, colonial charm and untouched natural beauty of St. Kitts can be easily appreciated during this accessibility-enhanced experience. Highlights include the chance to explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Brimstone Hill Fortress, a visit to the historic Romney Manor, and a special stop to marvel at spectacular ocean and island vistas from the Timothy Hill Scenic Outlook. Accessible Mayan Experience & Scenic Drive — Cozumel, MexicoTraveling deeper to discover authentic Mayan culture is the focus of this tour. A comfortable, guided drive around Cozumel stops at a cultural center for a taste of ancient Mayan life, ceremonies and foods, including tortillas and chocolate. Then, a visit to the ruins of El Cedral offers a fascinating insight into the island’s oldest community. A tequila tasting and free time to relax on an accessible beach provide further immersion into the charm of this tropical isle. Accessible Grenada — St. George’s, GrenadaGrenada’s cultural and natural treasures are easily discovered on this enriching exploration of the Caribbean’s quintessential spice island. Participants savor the aromas of fresh nutmeg, cocoa and vanilla at a local spice market; visit a local nutmeg factory; learn about the origins of the spice trade at the historic Dougaldston Spice Estate; and complete their adventure with a panoramic drive through a tropical rainforest to experience the Grand Etang National Park. “We never stop searching for ways to unlock amazing deep travel experiences for our guests, while also delivering exceptional comfort and luxury,” said Adria Bono, Director of Shore Excursions for Silversea Cruises. “From up-close encounters with sea turtles in Grand Cayman to exploring UNESCO World Heritage-listed landmarks in San Juan, these new accessible experiences are sure to bring the world closer to our disabled and senior guests.” “Accessible Travel Solutions is excited to collaborate with Silversea Cruises to make cruise vacations more accessible and more enjoyable for all. We appreciate Silversea’s dedication to serving all guests regardless of their accessibility needs,” said John Sage, owner and founder of Accessible Travel Solutions. “With our first-hand accessibility knowledge and years of experience, we look forward to enabling Silversea’s guests to travel deeper to enjoy amazing onshore experiences.”  About SilverseaSilversea Cruises, in which Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio serves as Executive Chairman, is recognized as an innovator in the ultra-luxury cruise line industry, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper, Silver Spirit and Silver Muse – all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With the inclusion of the expedition ships Silver Explorer, Silver Galapagos, Silver Discoverer, and with Silver Cloud recently joining the Expedition fleet, Silversea’s itineraries encompass all seven continents and feature worldwide luxury cruises to the Mediterranean, Caribbean, both Polar Regions and hundreds of fascinating destinations in between. Silversea is also looking forward to the launch of five new ultra-luxury ships. Browse Silversea’s new blog Discover and subscribe to receive the latest content directly into your inbox.last_img read more

Work to Expand Ian Fleming Airport Begins March 12

first_img Work to expand the Ian Fleming International Airport in Boscobel, St. Mary, to make it a regional hub, is expected to begin on March 12. Story Highlights “We already have two applications (from) airlines wanting to be based at Boscobel,” the Minister said. “We have to expand the terminal building and we have to widen the runway. Phase two includes lengthening the runway, and we will be going across the highway with a box culvert, so the planes will taxi across the highway,” he added. Work to expand the Ian Fleming International Airport in Boscobel, St. Mary, to make it a regional hub, is expected to begin on March 12.This was noted by National Security Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, at the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of a new police station by the National Housing Trust (NHT) in Port Maria, on March 7.“We already have two applications (from) airlines wanting to be based at Boscobel,” the Minister said.“We have to expand the terminal building and we have to widen the runway. Phase two includes lengthening the runway, and we will be going across the highway with a box culvert, so the planes will taxi across the highway,” he added.Mr. Montague, who is also Member of Parliament for St. Mary Western, where the airport is located, pointed out that motorists will drive under the highway.He indicated that there are plans by the Government to undertake a “massive road-improvement project in the parish”.The National Energy Solutions Limited (NESol) will also be moving to bring electricity to other communities that are without the utility.Communities such as Elliot, Epsom and sections of Gayle have already received electricity provided by NESol, with other communities, such as Three Hills and parts of Boscobel, slated to receive in short order.Meanwhile, Mr. Montague informed that he has interest in an agricultural project for the parish that involves the importation of a new set of lychee seedlings to replace the old trees that exist.Updating residents on developments in the parish, Mayor of Port Maria, Councillor Richard Creary, said residents and vendors are to benefit from a new two-storey market in the town.“Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, has also committed that in the next financial year we will… be getting a new fire station in the town of Port Maria,” he said.Land that had previously been earmarked for the construction of the police station will now be used to expand the town.The new police station is being constructed at a cost of $60 million and will be a three-storey building.last_img read more

Finance Minister Says Government Will Continue to Protect the Poor

first_img Opening the 2018/19 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on March 8, the Minister said social programmes for protected groups will continue to receive priority with respect to the allocation of resources, to ensure that overall spending in these areas is not eroded by inflation. Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the Government remains committed to protecting the poor and vulnerable in the society. “We will continue, in fiscal year 2018/19, to strengthen the social safety net to ensure that these vulnerable persons are not left behind,” Mr. Shaw said. Story Highlights Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the Government remains committed to protecting the poor and vulnerable in the society.Opening the 2018/19 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on March 8, the Minister said social programmes for protected groups will continue to receive priority with respect to the allocation of resources, to ensure that overall spending in these areas is not eroded by inflation.Included are programmes for youth employment, poor relief, children’s homes and places of safety, school feeding, the elderly, and pregnant and lactating women.“We will continue, in fiscal year 2018/19, to strengthen the social safety net to ensure that these vulnerable persons are not left behind,” Mr. Shaw said.He noted that special attention is being placed on the Programme of Advancment Through Health and Education (PATH), which targets some of the most vulnerable segments of the population – children and students aged zero to 19 years; the adult poor, including the disabled, elderly, pregnant and lactating mothers and the destitute – and the Steps-to-Work Initiative, which targets working-age members of PATH for referral to relevant support services to enable them to seek and retain employment.Mr. Shaw said the programmes have the goal of breaking the chain of inter-generational poverty, adding that this is being achieved by ensuring that the next generation has better tools and better health prospects than their parents.“It also provides for support for those parents who need targeted social interventions to improve their living standards,” the Minister said.Mr. Shaw’s presentation was made under the theme ‘Stability, Growth and Prosperity – Our Goal, Our Responsibility’.last_img read more