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First direct flights between New York and Cuba took off today

first_img Share NEW YORK (AP) – The first direct charter flights between New York City and Cuba took off from Havana en route to the John F Kennedy Airport today.Cuba Travel Services has started offering a weekly Tuesday charter between John F Kennedy International Airport and Havana. The flights are operated by Sun County Airlines, and cost $849 round-trip. The price includes airfare, Cuban medical insurance and US departure taxes.In January, the Obama administration announced it would be easing travel restrictions.Despite improving relations, tourism is still banned. Travelers must still declare a purpose that fits into one of the 12 approved categories, including family visits, government work and journalism. But most visitors no longer need to apply for a special license and wait for US government approval. Share 150 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share BusinessLifestyleTravel First direct flights between New York and Cuba took off today by: Associated Press – March 18, 2015last_img read more

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OA hosts Maverick Challenge

first_imgFirst row – left to right: Greg Schroeder, Haleigh Reed, Emily Cornett and Dresden Lonergan. Second Row: Ethan Eldridge, Sam Hutchinson, Samantha Nobbe and Cori Hammoor and Third Row: Cheryll Obendorff, Shelly Lunsford and Jonathon MapleOLDENBURG, Ind. — Oldenburg Academy recently hosted the Maverick Challenge, a business planning competition.Judges from the community ranked the 14 students based on the business plans and products they created for the competition.Third place winner, which received $100, was Our Gift, a website and business model to help non-profits grow their donor basis and donationsthis business plan was created by Greg Schroeder and Ethan EldridgeSecond place winner receiving $200 was Forget Me Not, a car seat alarm to ensure that babies are not left in the car unattendedthis was invented by Cori Hammoor, Emily Cornett and Dresden LonerganThe first place winner received $300 and went to The Bean Company, a company that makes products out of leftover coffee grounds from local businessesthis was created by Sam Hutchinson, Samantha Nobbe and Haleigh Reed.Oldenburg Academy was the only school to participate in the program from Ripley and Franklin Counties.last_img read more

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Iran executed wrestling champion Afkari

first_img Loading… “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Navid Afkari.” United World Wrestling, which had not previously commented publicly on the case, said Afkari’s execution was “devastating”. read also:IOC initiates International Safeguarding Officer in Sport Certificate “The entire wrestling community mourns his death,” UWW added. Bach said last week he was “extremely concerned” by Afkari’s case and claimed the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the country’s wrestling federation were “doing their utmost to facilitate a solution”. Trump also made a plea for Iran not to execute Afkari. “To the leaders of Iran, I would greatly appreciate if you would spare this young man’s life, and not execute him,” Trump tweeted last week. Dozens of athletes and officials from several sports spoke out in support of Afkari following the death sentencing, which attracted widespread criticism from across the world. Afkari’s televised confession, which his supporters alleged was coerced, was broadcast by Iran last week. Critics have said it resembled hundreds of other suspected coerced confessions in the country in recent years. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Iranian wrestling champion, Navid Afkari, has been executed for the alleged murder of a security guard during anti-Government protests in 2018, according to state media. “The retaliation sentence against Navid Afkari, the killer of Hassan Turkman, was carried out this morning in Adelabad prison in Shiraz,” Iranian state television quoted the chief justice of Fars province, Kazem Mousavi, as saying. Afkari, whose case had attracted global attention and led to the likes of United States President Donald Trump pleading for clemency, had claimed he was tortured into making a false confession. The 27-year-old had been given two death sentences for stabbing a security guard and his involvement in demonstrations against the country’s regime in 2018. Human rights groups and activists believe he had been unjustly targeted by the Iranian authorities to intimidate others who might choose to participate in peaceful protests. His death is likely to lead to calls for Iran to face sanctions from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and other sports organisations. The IOC claimed its President Thomas Bach had “made direct personal appeals to the Supreme Leader and to the President of Iran this week and asked for mercy for Navid Afkari, while respecting the sovereignty of the Islamic Republic of Iran”. “The execution of wrestler Navid Afkari in Iran is very sad news,” the IOC said in a statement. “The IOC is shocked by this announcement today. “It is deeply upsetting that the pleas of athletes from around the world and all the behind-the-scenes work of the IOC, together with the NOC of Iran, United World Wrestling and the National Iranian Wrestling Federation, did not achieve our goal.center_img Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Themlast_img read more

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Man City star faces £250,000 fine over alleged ‘sex party’ with prostitutes

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Manchester City star Kyle Walker is facing a £250,000 fine following allegations he broke quarantine rules to stage a sex party with two prostitutes. Etihad bosses have launched a club investigation into the claims – and look set to hit the England defender with a fine of two weeks’ wages. Reports alleged Walker and a friend paid more than £2,000 for two sex workers to visit his home last week – despite the country being in lockdown because of the pandemic. It is claimed the two women left Walker’s home the following morning – on the same day he took to social media to urge the public to follow government guidelines on social distancing and protect the NHS by staying indoors. Walker, 29, issued an apology and he said: “I want to take this opportunity to issue a public apology for the choices I made last week. “I understand that my position as a professional footballer brings the responsibility of being a role model. “As such, I want to apologise to my family, friends, football club, supporters and the public for letting them down.” A City spokesman said: “Manchester City are aware of a story in a tabloid newspaper regarding the private life of Kyle Walker in relation to a breach of the UK lockdown and social distancing rules. “Footballers are global role models and our staff and players have been working to support the incredible efforts of the NHS and other key workers in fighting the effects of the Covid-19 coronavirus, in any way we can. “Kyle’s actions in this matter have directly contravened these efforts. We are disappointed to hear the allegations, note Kyle’s swift statement and apology, and will be conducting an internal disciplinary procedure.” Walker is not the first high profile star to step out of line during the current lockdown. Last week Aston Villa fined Jack Grealish after the 24-year-old defied the ban against non-essential travel by going to visit a friend.Tags: Aston VollaCOVID-19Kyle WalkerManchester Citylast_img read more

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Ndidi remains on Real Madrid shortlist

first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles stars model new national team jersey EPL: Foxes attack Burnley Rennes want Fikayo Tomori, £25m for Mendy Real Madrid have added Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi to their summer shopping list.Mundo Deportivo claimed Real chiefs see the Nigeria international as an alternative to Rennes youngster Eduardo Camavinga. Real is unhappy with Rennes’ €75 million valuation for the teenager.Instead, they’re seriously considering a move for Ndidi, who has a contract with Leicester until 2024.The youngster is viewed at Real as cover for Casemiro, though Camavinga remains their top target.Tags: CasemiroEduardo CamavingaLeicester CityMundo DeportivoRennesWilfred Ndidilast_img

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Laudrup anticipates fired up Wigan

first_img Despite their win at West Brom, Roberto Martinez’s men remain in the Barclays Premier League bottom three with just three fixtures remaining. But if the FA Cup finalists can overcome the Spaniard’s former employers they will move out of the drop zone and Laudrup knows how powerful a motivation that will be. The Dane said: “It will be a very hard game, I know they have the cup final coming up on the weekend, but we are talking about a team fighting for their football life. They will have been looking at the fixtures knowing they have two games left at home and they have Arsenal away.” Michael Laudrup expects relegation-threatened Wigan to come at Swansea with everything they have when the sides meet at the DW Stadium on Tuesday night. Press Associationcenter_img He added: “They know getting something out of the Arsenal game will be difficult. Roberto Martinez is like every manager, he will be looking at the numbers and he will want six points from their two home games and hope it is enough. They will come at us with everything they have.” Wigan’s hopes of claiming a vital victory will have doubtlessly been boosted by Swansea’s seven-game winless streak and the absence of top scorer Michu due to the hamstring injury he suffered in the weekend draw with Manchester City. The Swans have little left to play for, but Laudrup does not expect any lack of effort from his players, whose performances he has praised despite recent results. He said: “I will be putting out a strong team, Michu is injured so he cannot play but I will not be doing anyone any favours. “Everyone wants to win games. Before our match against Manchester City, I watched Hull play Cardiff. Cardiff had already won the league but they went for it 100 per cent and this is what the game is all about. Even if you are safe you cannot relax.” Martinez is widely credited with establishing the passing philosophy which has become Swansea’s hallmarks during their climb to the Premier League. A handful of Swansea’s current squad, including Ashley Williams, Leon Britton and Angel Rangel, all played under Martinez in south Wales, but Laudrup does not expect sentiment to play any part in proceedings, despite Wigan’s precarious position. He said: “They will not be down if we win. If we win they can still get to 41 points. They have three games to go and there are still plenty of teams that can go down.” last_img read more

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Sturridge return boosts Reds

first_img The Uruguayan has been told to apologise by Rodgers in the wake of his repeated attempts to force a move from the club amid interest from Arsenal, and has been training away from the first-team squad. “Initially there will be a recognition that (there needs to be) an apology to his team-mates and the club,” said Rodgers when asked on Saturday what Suarez needed to do next. “I have seen him over a period of time and I know it is not the Luis Suarez we know and I have to protect the fans and the players because they deserve more than that.” Even if Suarez stays, Sturridge’s return is timely with the South American banned for the first six games of the season after biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic during the last campaign. Asked about Sturridge, Rodgers said: “I thought he was excellent. He made a difference when he came on with that power and pace and that link-up play with (Philippe) Coutinho was great. “He is working hard to get fit and after those 45 minutes we have a behind-closed-doors game in midweek and we’ll assess him after that.” The loss to Celtic was Liverpool’s only defeat in seven pre-season friendlies and only the second goal they had conceded. Creating chances against the Scottish champions was not the issue with Coutinho continuing the form he has shown from the back-end of the previous campaign through pre-season. England international Daniel Sturridge made his first appearance of the summer on Saturday when he returned from an ankle injury sustained in May to play 45 minutes in a pre-season friendly against Celtic. The 23-year-old’s return will be a welcome boost for Rodgers given the ongoing furore surrounding Luis Suarez. The young Brazilian is already starting to look like an astute signing by Rodgers, who brought him in from Inter Milan for £8.5million in January. “Coutinho has been fantastic,” he said. “He is a wonderful footballer and a joy to watch. He was disappointed he didn’t score (against Celtic) because he had a couple of opportunities. “Him, (Steven) Gerrard and Sturridge are all on that same wavelength and their interplay and the way they combined was very promising. “The players have worked extremely hard and are in really good shape physically and we are itching to get going.” Rodgers’ options for his impromptu midweek friendly will be restricted by international call-ups, and while he is frustrated he accepts it is part of the modern football calendar. “It is not ideal the players come off the back of a hard pre-season, having travelled all around the world, and then they have to go away and play an international friendly game,” he said. “I believe this is the last year of that (having a fixture scheduled immediately prior to the start of a Premier League campaign). “The players we have at Liverpool are very honoured to play for their country and I am sure the international managers respect there is a big weekend ahead next weekend.” Celtic have already played in five competitive matches after their involvement in Champions League qualifiers and the start of the Scottish Premiership season. Hoops manager Neil Lennon hopes to get more out of 22-year-old striker Amido Balde, who has made just one appearance in those five matches but put in a strong performance against Liverpool and scored the only goal. “He has done very well. He is unfortunate not to have started some more competitive games but we want to ease him into it,” he said of his summer signing from Portuguese side Vitoria Guimaraes. “There is a hunger about him. He has been an excellent acquisition to the squad. “He is a different type of player to what we’ve had. We’ve not had that physical presence since John Hartson and Chris Sutton and sometimes you need that when pitches get rough in the winter. “He is raw, we know that, and he has a lot of work to do, but he has some great attributes.” Lennon is still hoping to add to his squad before the end of the transfer window. “There is money there and we just have to find the right one and the affordability of the player in terms of transfer fee,” he added. “We are working hard.” Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has welcomed one striker back into his squad and shortly hopes to be able to do the same with another. Press Associationlast_img read more

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De Gea not for sale – Van Gaal

first_img De Gea will once again be in the stands when United take on Newcastle at Old Trafford on Saturday because Van Gaal feels the Spaniard is still not able to focus properly because of Real Madrid’s interest in him. According to reports in Spain, the 10-time European champions will make one last attempt to sign the goalkeeper before the window shuts on September 1. If history is anything to go by, Van Gaal will be able to rely on one of his current crop to find the goals against Newcastle on Saturday. Wayne Rooney has scored 11 goals in 17 Barclays Premier League appearances for United against the Magpies. The United skipper, who is yet to find the net this year, admitted in midweek that his performance in the 1-0 win over Aston Villa was not good enough. Van Gaal was encouraged to see honesty from his skipper, and backed him to hit form soon. “When you are saying so publicly that you are so bad then you know you are very bad at that time,” Van Gaal said. “I think it’s fantastic that a player admits that. For me it’s unbelievable because he is one of a few players saying such things. “He is taking a risk, but he is very confident that he shall make the goals we expect from him and I am confident also.” But after a week in which United’s reputation took a blow following Pedro’s move to Chelsea, Van Gaal came out fighting at his pre-match press conference on Friday. The Dutchman insisted the lure of United remains as strong as their desire to hold on to their two-time player of the year. “I think when Manchester United wants a player he shall come, besides when a club is not selling,” the United manager said at a spiky press conference. “It is the same with us. We are not selling De Gea.” Van Gaal launched a passionate defence of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward despite the fact that former target Pedro signed for Chelsea this week, rather than United. ”I have the idea you want to separate Ed Woodward with me. Never. Never,” Van Gaal said. ”Because every day I am updated by him and I trust him. ”I don’t think they (the critics) have to doubt Ed Woodward because he has proven already for many, many years he is the right person on the right spot.” Press Association Louis van Gaal insists David De Gea will not leave Manchester United before the transfer window shuts. last_img read more

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Football News Sunil Chhetri named ‘Asian Icon’ by AFC on his birthday, gets praise for rivalling Ronaldo, Messi

first_imgNew Delhi: Talismanic Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri was on Friday named an ‘Asian Icon’ by the game’s continental governing body on his 34th birthday and received effusive praise for rivalling the world’s greatest players of his generation in scoring goals.Chhetri is currently the highest goal-scoring active Asian player with 64 strikes from 101 matches and third in the world after superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) made his birthday a memorable one by presenting, on its official page, a throwback of his life and career and the best moments on the field, when he played for India and his clubs, beginning from 2005 in a match against Pakistan.“In the era of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, to be the third highest scoring international footballer in the world is no mean feat, and for an Asian player to be within one goal of Messi’s 65 goals for a national team is a record our latest inductee to the ‘Asian Icons’ list should be proud of,” the AFC wrote.“As he turns 34 today, we celebrate the career of Sunil Chhetri, India’s most capped player and all-time top goal scorer.”    Describing Chhetri as one of Asia’s greatest footballers, the AFC said, “In a cricket-mad nation, Chhetri was raised in a footballing family, where his father represented the Indian Army team while his mother and aunt were international footballers for Nepal.”“Chhetri caught the football fever, but never imagined how far he would go. Little did the India captain know he would go on to surpass a century of caps and score 21 more international goals since 2015 to rival the world’s greatest players of the generation and lead his nation to a fourth AFC Asian Cup in their history with four goals in the qualifiers,” the AFC said.The AFC said even at 34, “Chhetri is showing no signs of slowing down, recently signing a new contract that will keep him at Bengaluru FC until 2021. January’s AFC Asian Cup in the UAE is the next stop for Chhetri who is looking forward to rubbing shoulders with Asia’s finest once more.“A journey that would take Chhetri to become one of Indian and Asian footballs greats started when he signed for Mohun Bagan in 2002.”Chhetri has played for eight Indian clubs in the domestic top-flight. Beginning from Mohun Bagan, he has played for JCT, East Bengal, Dempo, Chirag United, Churchill Brothers, Mumbai City and Bengaluru FC.He had stints at Kansas City Wizards at the Major League Soccer in the United States and Sporting CP in Portugal.He has won the AFC Challenge Cup (2008), SAFF Cup (2011, 2016) and I-League (2010, 2013, 2014, 2016). His birthday is celebrated as Football Delhi Day by the state body of the game in Delhi where he now resides. Chhetri played his 100th international match for India against Kenya in June during the four-nation Intercontinental Cup in Mumbai.After India’s first match during that tournament, he made an unprecedented appeal to the country’s sports fans to turn up in numbers and support the national football team through a video on his Twitter handle.Chhetri began his international career with a bang as he marked his debut (against Pakistan) with a goal he cherished to this day.“That goal always comes to my mind when asked about my favourite goal,” he reminisced.“It was against Pakistan, in Pakistan, and I was 19 or 20, and on my debut. It will always be special to me. There are a few great moments that also spring to mind but the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup when I scored a hat-trick against Tajikistan in the final (to progress to 2011 AFC Asian Cup) was very sweet.” For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Cricket News Two Kids At Home, Books And Archaeology – R Ashwin Reveals Reason For Not Watching Cricket

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Ravichandran Ashwin had last played a Test for the Indian cricket team in December 2018 during the Adelaide Test against Australia. After getting injured again, Ashwin spent a considerable time on the sidelines with India playing a majority of ODIs and T20Is before the ICC Cricket SWorld Cup 2019. The offspinner was not included in the playing XI for the series against West Indies but was picked for the Vizag Test against South Africa. Ashwin responded by taking his 27th five-wicket haul and taking the last two wickets of the South Africa innings as they finished with 7/145. However, on the third day of the Test, following Ashwin’s five-wicket haul, there was a report stating that Ashwin had stopped watching the game for some time. When a reporter asked a question to Ashwin as to why he had stopped watching the game, Ashwin came up with a very cheeky response. Also Read | Dean Elgar Hits Maiden Ton Against India, South Africa Fight In Vizag Test”For starters, I have two kids who don’t sleep that well at nights. Jokes apart, I felt like everytime I watch the game on TV, I felt like I wanted to play the game and I was missing out. It is very natural, everybody goes through it. I generally tried to do a few other things in my life as well. Books and a bit of archaeology stuff, I enjoyed,” Ashwin said.Also Read | Mayank Agarwal, Ravichandran Ashwin Highlight India’s Dominance In Vizag Test Vs South AfricaFollowing Ashwin’s premature end to the Australia tour, the Chennai offspinner had a County Stint with Nottinghamshire and he picked up a five-wicket haul even there. He had a good stint with the Tamil Nadu Premier League before being picked in the West Indies series. Ashwin, though, revealed that it was actually tough to stay away from cricket.”To stay away from cricket itself was very tough for me. In order to substitute, I played whatever games I got. I tried and made opportunity for myself to go and play some county cricket (for Nottinghamshire). I tried and played the TNPL as much as I could, played some league cricket in Chennai,” Ashwin said.The 33-year-old is now only one wicket away from reaching 350 wickets. The offspinner is the fastest Indian to get to 200 wickets and on the same day Ashwin picked up five wickets, his spin bowling counterpart Ravindra Jadeja became the second-fastest to 200, achieving the feat in his 44th match. Jadeja, though, is the fastest left-arm bowler to take 200 wickets in Tests in so few games.last_img read more