LIAT reintroduces flights to St. Thomas

first_img Share Share Tweet Sharing is caring! (Antigua Observer) In response to appeals from passengers, LIAT has reinstated its Antigua to St. Thomas service that the company discontinued on March 14, 2017.As of Monday July 2, and every Monday, Wednesday and Friday thereafter, the company will operate one flight out of V.C. Bird International Airport to the United States Virgin Island of St. Thomas.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of LIAT, Julie Reifer-Jones said there were a number of challenges in the past including cost and demand which contributed to the suspension of service, but there was always an indication that service would be reintroduced.“We decided to reinstitute this flight because we have had a lot of requests from St. Thomas and from passengers who want to go to St. Thomas to continue the service to that island,” she said.The CEO stated that LIAT was in talks with authorities to ensure the longevity of the service. “Because this market is seasonal, we will continue to monitor it, but on this round, there are more discussions with the government and airport authorities as to how we can work together to make sure it is a successful operation. At this stage we would like to have this as a long-term service,” she said.Reifer-Jones noted that during the period when service was suspended, it also allowed the company to improve on its overall operations and she believes that LIAT is currently in a “better position” to deliver the service that is required.“Our objective is to serve all the territories and we are hoping that the funding discussions that we are having with the governments will allow us to deliver that service across the region in a more continuous and satisfactory manner,” she concluded.center_img 214 Views   no discussions BusinessLifestyleNewsRegionalTravel LIAT reintroduces flights to St. Thomas by: – July 4, 2018 Sharelast_img read more

Serena powers past No. 1-bound Osaka, Halep retires hurt

first_img“But I think there were chances where she hit shorter balls, but I wasn’t expecting her to hit the shorter balls, so I didn’t move up on time,” she said.In the semi-finals Williams will face Czech qualifier Marie Bouzkova, who advanced when Wimbledon champion Simona Halep retired with Achilles tendon trouble after dropping their first set 6-4.“I’ve always wanted to play Serena,” said Bouzkova, a 21-year-old ranked 91st in the world. “It’s always my dream to play against her.”Bouzkova notched her third straight win over a Grand Slam champion, having beaten former US Open winner Sloane Stephens and former French Open champ Jelena Ostapenko.But Halep marked her first win over a top-five player.The Romanian, who roared back from 0-4 down to level the set at 4-4 only to lose the last two games, said she had been bothered by her Achilles tendon from the start of the tournament.“And today I felt it more, so that’s why I decided to retire,” said Halep, no doubt exercising extra caution with the final Grand Slam of the year due to start on August 26.Despite the defeat, Osaka is assured of a return to world number one next week after the second-round exit of top-ranked Australian Ashleigh Barty and a quarter-final defeat for third-ranked Czech Karolina Pliskova.Canadian teen Bianca Andreescu ousted Pliskova 6-0, 2-6, 6-4 after one hour and 49 minutes to doom the Czech’s bid to regain the top spot for the first time since 2017.Andreescu advanced to a semi-final clash with American Sofia Kenin, who defeated Ukraine sixth seed Elina Svitolina 7-6 (7/2), 6-4.Share on: WhatsApp Getting there: American Serena Williams on the way to an emphatic straight-sets victory over Naomi Osaka in the quarter-finals of the WTA tournament in TorontoToronto, Canada | AFP |  Serena Williams won the rematch Friday, dominating Naomi Osaka 6-3, 6-4 to ensure the Japanese star won’t leave Toronto with a title to go with her number one world ranking.Williams fired 12 aces and didn’t face a break point as she beat Osaka for the first time in three meetings — avenging her shock loss in last year’s controversial US Open final in which the American star was docked a point and a game after losing her temper when warned about coaching.There was no such drama in Toronto, where Williams broke Osaka for a 5-3 lead in the first and closed out the opening set with a service winner.She broke again for a 2-1 lead in the second and never looked like surrendering the advantage.Even a run-in with the net cord — as she raced forward trying to run down a drop shot — didn’t faze her.“It hurt, but it wasn’t the end of the world,” Williams said.The American’s lone wobble came in the final game. After a pair of aces gave her a triple match point, Williams offered up a double fault and two backhands into the net before she closed it out with an ace on her fourth match point.“We haven’t played since New York, which was a really good match for her,” said Williams, adding that she feels her own game is coming on as she’d hoped in the buildup to this year’s US Open at Flushing Meadows.“I’m getting there,” said Williams, who hasn’t dropped a set this week as she pursues a fourth Toronto title to go with those she won in 2001, 2011 and 2013. “It’s definitely not where I want to be, but I’m getting there.”– Bouzkova books Serena ‘dream’ –Osaka said she played too defensively — something she said was hard to avoid when Williams was hitting 31 winners.last_img read more

Vinesh Phogat explain exactly why she will return from Tokyo 2020 medal in hand!

first_imgImage Courtesy: PTIAdvertisement w23nNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsdxfnWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E1ybdj( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) atkhaWould you ever consider trying this?😱jiCan your students do this? 🌚17f8gRoller skating! Powered by Firework Amongst all the athletes who are preparing to make India proud at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, superstar female wrestler Vinesh Phogat is oozing with confidence. Hailing from the renowned Phogat family of wrestlers, and the cousin of the international icons Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari Phogat, Vinesh has all the credence to clinch her first Olympic medal this year, a feat she unfortunately missed at the 2016 Rio Olympics due to injury.Advertisement Image Courtesy: PTIWith the 2020 Olympics just 5 months away, Vinesh Phogat is putting together her best traits to be displayed on the ring. In an exclusive interview with Times of India recently, the grappler worded in her ambitions for Tokyo.“I was fully prepared when I went to Rio. But that unfortunate injury dashed my chances. This time, I have experience. If anyone will ask me, what Olympic pressure is then I do have an answer.” Phogat told reporters.Advertisement Back in 2016, Phogat sustained a knee dislocation, which caused her to lose against Sun Yanan of China in the quarterfinals. However, the 25 year old believes her experience this time will be an important factor.She continued: “I have experience of playing an Olympic (Rio 2016). That experience will help me in Tokyo. You won’t see that Vinesh. You will see an experienced and sorted Vinesh in Tokyo. I am confident of a medal-winning finish in the Tokyo Olympics.”Advertisement Vinesh has won three golds for India at the international level, two at the 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games, and the third at the 2018 Asian Games. She secured another gold at the recently concluded Rome Ranking Series in January, defeating Ecuador’s Luisa Elizabeth Valverde in the 53 kg category. “Winning a medal for the country is always a big thing. Signing off a tournament with a medal and without a medal are two different things. I know I have won bronze but I am happy with my performance. I have got to know my flaws ahead of the Olympics and now will be working on those.” Phogat added.Phogat won her latest international medal at the 2020 Asian Wrestling Championships this month, competing in the 53 kg Women’s freestyle category. She believes her amazing medal winning spell is lifting her spirits ahead of the main event in Tokyo.“I am really positive and motivated with this medal-winning performance. This medal is a confidence booster for me ahead of the Tokyo Olympics,” she concluded.Also read-Wrestling phenom Sakshi Malik’s Olympic aspirations still alive after new trials announcedRavi Kumar and Bajrang Punia medal for India at the Asian Wrestling Championships Advertisementlast_img read more

Ex-Leaf falls into AHL skipper’s post with Springfield Falcons

first_imgFormer Nelson Leafs star Brad Larsen was recently named head coach of the Springfield Falcons, Columbus’s American Hockey League affiliate.“We are very pleased to announce Brad Larsen as the head coach of the Springfield Falcons and are excited to have him working with our prospects in the American Hockey League,” said Blue Jackets Assistant General Manager Chris MacFarland, who oversees Springfield’s hockey operations for Columbus.“He has a tremendous amount of passion for coaching and the game of hockey and will bring great energy to the rink every day.”Old-time Leaf fans will remember Larsen as a rugged left-winger who played for the Heritage City franchise under the guidance of co-coaches Rob Wright and Ed Cooper. Larsen helped guide Nelson to the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League title in 1992 as the Leafs knocked off the Spokane Braves in six games.Larsen, 34, joined the AHL Falcons as an assistant coach prior to the start of the 2010-11 season after concluding a 13-year playing career in 2009-10 with the AHL’s Portland Pirates.He appeared in 294 career NHL games from 1997-2009, registering 19 goals and 29 assists for 48 points and 134 penalty minutes with the Colorado Avalanche and Atlanta Thrashers.He added 1-3-4 and 13 penalty minutes in 25 Stanley Cup Playoff games, helping the Avalanche reach the 2002 Western Conference Final. Colorado’s fourth pick, 87th overall, in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, he spent the first seven seasons of his pro career in the Colorado organization before joining Atlanta midway through the 2003-04 season. The native of Nakusp played in 384 career AHL games totaling 96-121-217, 475 penalty minutes and a +14 cumulative plus/minus rating with the Hershey Bears, Chicago Wolves and Portland.He added 15-15-30 and 73 penalty minutes in 62 career AHL playoff games and helped lead Chicago to the 2005 Calder Cup Final with 11 points in 18 postseason games.Prior to starting his pro career and after his one year in Junior B with Nelson, he played his junior hockey with the Western Hockey League’s Swift Current Broncos from 1993-1997.In 238 career WHL games, he notched 249 points and was named to the 1997 WHL East All-Star Team.—With files from Springfield Falcons websitelast_img read more

Bombers rock East Kootenay team en route to Wild title

first_imgLVR opened the tournament with a 3-0 win over Prince Charles. Allie Zondervan, Camile Gebhart and Jena Wheeldon scored for LVR with Wheeldon’s marker coming on a header from a corner kick by veteran captain Erica Augsten. The Bombers then edged Kimberley with striker Darian Voisard and Augsten scoring, the latter on a penalty kick.LVR then rocked host Mount Baker  4-0 in the snow storm. Augsten scored three times with a single going to Wheeldon.In the final contest, the Bombers dumped Sparwood 5-0.Maddie Sternloff scored twice with Tara Yowek and Wheeldon adding singles. The team currently has 24 members and rotates players for each tournament.Many of the LVR players are also members of the Soccer Quest Regional program and train all year round.Next tourney  is in Summerland on April 25-26. The L.V. Rogers Bombers proved they are no match for Kootenay competition, outscoring the opposition 14-1 at the Mount Baker Wild High School Girl’s Soccer Tournament this past weekend in the East Kootenay City.The only blemish for the Bombers came during a 2-1 win over Selkirk Storm of Kimberley.In all other games against Prince Charles Comets of Creston, host Wild and Sparwood, LVR rode the stellar goalkeeping of Emma Gregorich  to post shutouts.last_img read more

Soweto ballet dancer says ‘I am’

first_img9 February 2004He is 20 years old, Soweto born and raised, already a principal dancer with Ballet Theatre Afrikan, and about to showcase his first major choreography, a ballet, at the State Theatre in Pretoria.Thoriso Magongwa, described as the “leading male dancer of his generation”, launches his first major work of choreography, “Je Suis” (I Am), during During Ballet Theatre Afrikan’s new season, “Dance Cool & Classic”, running from 25-28 February.Magongwa’s mentor, Ballet Theatre Afrikan artistic director Martin Schonberg, has carefully developed the choreographic talent he first saw in this dynamic dancer.Four years ago, Schonberg took the 16-year-old Thoriso to Switzerland to compete in the prestigious international classical ballet competition, the Prix de Lausanne. Thoriso placed 16th among the best ballet dancers the world had to offer – and deepened his love for this extremely difficult classical art form.Schonberg ensures that the young dancers of Ballet Theatre Afrikan are exposed to a broad and diverse range of dance styles. They perform works from South Africa’s leading contemporary, jazz, and Afro-fusion choreographers on the same platform as a classical repertoire from the old masters.Having worked with South African choreographers Vincent Mantsoe, Moya Michael, Christopher Kindo, Adele Blank and Alfred Hinkel, among others, and having been trained in classical ballet, Spanish, contemporary, Afro-fusion and modern dance, Magongwa says he has “only one favourite: classical ballet”.“I am determined to share this passion of mine with everybody.”“By putting the challenging classical technique to African music, quickening the tempo and using my individual fashion sense to influence the costumes, I have tried to make ballet appeal to South African audiences.”“Je Suis”, says Magongwa, “focuses mainly on my understanding of what it means to be African. It also reflects on African heroes and the hardships we have encountered in the past, and those we will still meet because of our choices.“The main aim of this work is to celebrate ourselves for who we are. The title is specifically in French to challenge the boundary which is set by society when it comes to broadening our literacy and vocabulary of other cultures as Africans.“I have never believed that as Africans we should be limited to only what lies within our borders, and this I also bring to the audience’s attention in this ballet.”The cast of “Je Suis” includes all the members of Ballet Theatre Afrikan.A number of musicians have composed especially for “Je Suis” and will accompany the dancers during the performance. They are:Priyesh R Bhana – composer, harmoniam, bansuri, and vocals.Reza Cota – classical guitar and arranger.Mark Duby – double bass, electric bass guitar.Godfrey Mgcina – Djembe, congos, bongos, percussion.Lydia von Hagen – vocals.“Je Suis” will appear on a triple bill with Schonberg’s own neo-classical work “Sunshine Suite”, with music by Bach, as well as the jazz work “Lift to the Scaffold”, created by the Free Fight Dance company’s Adele Blank and choreographed to the music of Miles Davis, Ramsay Lewis and Dave Brubeck.Ballet Theatre Afrikan exists through the funding of the National Lottery and the National Arts Council.Performance times:Wednesday 25 February11am – schools’ performance8pm – half price previewThursday 26 February11am – schools’ performance8pm – opening night and press performanceFriday 27 February11am – schools’ performance8pm – evening performanceSaturday 28 February3pm – matinee performance8pm – evening performanceTickets cost R65 and R75 for adults, and R50 for scholars and pensioners. Block bookings (of 10 or more) are less 10%, school block bookings cost R30, and dance student block bookings cost R25. All block bookings must be booked directly through Ballet Theatre Afrikan on (011) 880-3099.Source: Ballet Theatre Afrikanlast_img read more

Eassy network running smoothly

first_imgThe Eassy cable will be improved to boost internet coverage in Africa. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Munir Taha Eassy co-chairman +249 120 120 016 RELATED ARTICLES • Broadband boost as Eassy hits SA • New broadband network to launch • High-speed internet from Cell C • Better broadband for AfricaBongani NkosiEassy, Africa’s new undersea broadband cable network, has performed without any glitches since going live in July 2010 – according to the network’s owners.The cable is currently delivering to subscribing internet service providers (ISPs) at 100% efficiency and reliability, said its owners in a statement on 2 December.“The system’s 100% reliability record has begun to change the game in Africa. For the first time, truly reliable services are being offered in the region, allowing ISPs and telcos [telecommunications companies] the opportunity to provide world-class service for their customers,” said Chris Wood, Eassy’s co-chairperson.Munir Taha, also a co-chairperson, said: “The system has been exceptionally successful since its launch earlier this year and has shown the importance of true network resilience to customers throughout the region.“As a result, we now see the need to increase available capacity to cater for increased demand from African and international operators.”Eassy is owned by a consortium comprising various African and international telecommunications groups which have invested heavily in setting it up. The investors include many ISPs, more than 25 of whom have since connected to the cable.The 10 000km-long high-capacity cable is one of Africa’s important recent broadband projects, after Seacom. The cables have boosted the continent’s internet connectivity, which is forecast to grow further within the next 12 months as cables like WACS come on stream.Eassy’s capacity speed was upgraded from 1.4 Tbps to 3.84 Tbps in August when the commercialisation process began in earnest.The cable runs from South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal coast to the Sudanese shoreline, with landing stations in 10 African countries along the Indian Ocean. It also has landing stations in Madagascar and the Comores.Eassy interlinks with several international submarine cable networks to transfer internet traffic from Africa to the world.The cable was recognised as this year’s best cable project with an award at the Submarine Networks World 2010, a global forum held in Singapore in October.“As the Eassy system offers customers the most resilient and lowest latency technical solution for services from Africa to Europe, it is becoming the system of choice for many African telcos and ISPs,” said Taha.Capacity upgrade in 2011Now the network’s capacity has to be upgraded even further to maintain high performance. Its owners announced on 2 December the capacity will be increased to 40 Gbps wavelength in 2011.Demand since launch has outstripped initial forecasts, hence the need to upgrade. “The decision was taken to upgrade the system following a review of the rate at which we are activating capacity,” said C Seenevassen of Mauritius Telecom, one of the investors.“By utilising 40 Gbps wavelengths, the Eassy system will be able to continue to offer the most cost-effective and reliable solution to customers in East and Southern Africa.”A contract for the upgrade is expected to be awarded soon and a number of potential contractors have already been invited to present proposals. The consortium said it’s looking to deliver the “best technical solution at the lowest cost”.last_img read more

4 Very Serious Implications of Identity Theft

first_imgBy Ayesha Haider, BA, MBA, AFC CandidateCredit Card Theft by Don HankinsDespite the attention that identity theft has received over the past few years, many of us still view it as a minor crime that happens once in a blue moon. While we take measures to protect ourselves from burglary, theft and other more “threatening” crimes, many Americans lack the awareness or resources to protect themselves from having their identities stolen. The Identity Theft Resource Center reports that financial identity theft is the most common type of theft, followed by government and medical identity theft. Furthermore, a 2015 Gallup poll reported that while the incidence of credit card fraud in 2015 declined by 5% last year, the incidence of identity theft among Americans increased by 4% and that 16% of individuals interviewed had been victims of identity theft. Identity theft has been called the fastest growing white collar crime in America by the Office of the Inspector General and, with more than 1 in 10 Americans being targeted, it is crucial for you to learn how identity theft can affect you and your family.Your Credit Report/Score: The financial consequences of having your identity stolen are far-reaching and may have long-term implications. A thief can use your identity to apply for credit, open additional accounts and access a host of other financial resources. These activities can impact your credit report – a resource that is used by employers, insurance agencies, and potential lenders to assess your financial well-being.Access to Credit: Identity theft can have a long-term effect on your credit score if the thief obtains new loans or accounts under your name. Your credit score is used by banks and other institutions to assess your suitability for a loan and also to determine what interest rate to charge you. Frivolous activity on your account as a result of identity theft is likely to result in your being denied access to funds, or in your being charged a higher interest rate.Bank account: Given access to a few key pieces of personal information, an identity thief can obtain access to the funds in your checking, savings and investment accounts. Your funds can be used to purchase goods, obtain cell phones or utilities in your name, or the funds can be drained from your account.Terrorism: While the relationship between identity theft and terrorism may seem a bit far-fetched, the reality is that identity theft has played a major role in many terrorism incidents, including 9/11 and the recent attacks in Paris. Nefarious individuals can use your identity to create fake IDs that allow them to cross borders undetected, or purchase resources in your name that cannot be traced back to them.Identity theft is slowly but surely becoming the most common white collar crime of our time. The above list addresses just a few of the ways that you and your family can be impacted by having your identity stolen. Be proactive in protecting yourself and your assets against identity theft by following these 10 simple steps.For more ways to prevent becoming a victim of identity theft, join our March 15 webinar, Identity Theft: How to Reduce Your Risk with Dr. Barbara O’Neill and Carol Kando-Pineda, Counsel in the FTC’s Division of Consumer and Business Education division.last_img read more

Finance firm office sealed, depositors left in the lurch

first_imgA large number of persons who had deposited huge amounts with Salai Finance, a private undertaking based at Naoremthong in Imphal West district, have been left in the lurch after its premises were sealed by the police on Saturday. Salai Finance is one of the undertakings of Salai Holdings, whose chairman Narengbam Samarjit had recently announced in London that Manipur is now “independent”.The police said that the step was taken in the course of investigation. A notification issued by the company said that its office was sealed as required by the law.Salai Holdings vice-president N. Bishorjit said, “Samarjit was removed from the post on October 30 following his contentious announcement. It is also a rumour that he had taken a huge amount with him. Once the investigation is over, people who had deposited money will be able to withdraw it any time.” He added that the company is extending full cooperation to the investigation team. Police sources said that once the preliminary investigation is over, the findings will be handed over to the National Investigation Agency. A large number of people assembled at the Naoremthong office on Saturday and demanded that their deposits be made secure.last_img read more