ICC World Twenty20: Bangladesh star Shakib Al Hasan scared of India’s match-winners

first_imgBangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan said Virat Kohli is the key player for India, but his team cannot take other batsmen lightly either as they are all match-winners.Even though the likes of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina have not been among runs, Shakib said his team will not take any of the Indian batsmen lightly. (Also read: India look to boost run rate against rattled Bangladesh) “Obviously he (Kohli) is key player for India. They (Rohit, Dhawan, Raina) are all match-winners and yes, they have not been among runs, but we have to be on the watch-out because India has the world’s best batting lineup. So, we need to be careful and we need to be very disciplined with our bowling and fielding to restrict them,” Shakib told reporters on the eve of Bangladesh-India encounter.Shakib said toss might play a crucial role but his team has to play good cricket against India. (India geared to flex muscles against Bangladesh )”It is important for both the team. Toss might play a crucial part, but it is more important how we play in the middle. We have to be careful because India is playing for the trophy. We need to be very disciplined in batting and bowling. We need to play our best tomorrow,” he said. (Sourav Ganguly backs under fire Suresh Raina)Asked how the team has responded to Arafat Sunny and Taskin Ahmed’s suspension, Shakib said, “Obviously it is disappointing to lose two crucial players at crucial situation, but we cannot help because there is nothing in our hands. We have to move forward and need to focus on tomorrow’s game. That’s all.”advertisementDespite Ahmed’s ICC suspension, Shakib said “the team still has the ability to do well in tomorrow’s match”.”Obviously (it has affected us) as he was bowling well for us for the last six months. Yes, he was important part of the team, but it is not that everything is over for him.”Shakib said it is up to captain and coach to send Mahmudullah up the order but it all depends on match situation.”It is totally up to captain and coach. He batted No. 5 for some time. It all depends on situation and match condition,” he said.Asked about the condition of Tamim Iqbal, Shakib said, “I am not sure whether he will be fit for tomorrow or not. I haven’t met him. So, I don’t know about it.”Shakib said it was disappointing to drop some crucial catches against Australia.”Obviously fielding is the crucial part of the game and we would love to take all the catches to save runs, and we couldn’t do it yesterday. It is was disappointing because we have young and outstanding fielders. Hopefully, we will not make same mistakes, which we made yesterday because we have been doing really well in terms of fielding,” he said.Talking about the wicket, Shakib said, “It is a very good wicket, but for the last two games, the ball is gripping. Normally doesn’t happen that way. It is a high scoring game and ground that most like to chase.”last_img read more

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TCU Starting Running Back Likely Out Against Oklahoma State

first_imgPatterson says RB Kyle Hicks probably out for Oklahoma State. Didn’t play second half today. ‘Got dinged again.’— Carlos A. Mendez (@calexmendez) September 16, 2017Hicks began the day with a strong showing against SMU, toting the rock 11 times for 84 yards. But he didn’t play in the second half, leaving the opportunity for sophomore running back Darius Anderson to run wild in the victory.Anderson performed admirably in his absence with 14 rushes for 89 yards and 2 TDs in TCU’s win, but Hicks’ versatility, should he miss the game next week in Stillwater, will undoubtedly leave TCU shorthanded. Hicks was not only the Horned Frogs’ leading rusher last season, but also the leading receiver with 1,489 yards from scrimmage in his junior season in 2016.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! When the TCU Horned Frogs come to Stillwater next week to kick off Big 12 Conference play, they’ll likely be doing so without their starting running back.Head coach Gary Patterson said after TCU’s 56-36 win over SMU on Saturday that Kyle Hicks, TCU’s senior in the backfield, ‘got dinged’ once again and is ‘probably’ out for Oklahoma State, according to SportsDay Dallas. Hicks also missed the team’s season-opener against Jackson State.last_img read more

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Chelsea’s Boga joins Birmingham on loan

first_imgChelsea Chelsea youngster Boga joins Birmingham on loan أحمد مختار Last updated 2 years ago 23:37 8/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Jeremie Boga Chelsea 03082015 Getty Images Chelsea Chelsea v Everton Everton Premier League Transfers The France-born Ivory Coast international made his Blues debut against Burnley and will continue his apprenticeship in the Championship Chelsea have confirmed that Jeremie Boga has joined Birmingham City on loan until the end of the season. The midfielder has been at Stamford Bridge since 2003, and made his debut in the club’s Premier League opener against Burnley. But after spending the last two campaigns out at Rennes and Granada, the Ivory Coast international is now gearing up for another spell on loan after penning a new contract with Chelsea.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina “Jeremie Boga has today signed a new three-year contract with Chelsea and will now join Birmingham City on loan for the rest of the 2017-18 season,” the club confirmed in a statement. Redknapp’s men 18/1 for promotion”The 20-year-old midfielder made his Chelsea debut on the opening day of the Premier League season after impressing during our pre-season tour of Asia, and making his international debut for Ivory Coast earlier this summer.”The talented and tricky Boga has helped us to win the Under-21 Premier League, the FA Youth Cup and UEFA Youth League, and has previously enjoyed loan spells in France and Spain.”Boga was born in Marseille to Ivorian parents, but joined the Blues academy at the age of 11 when his family relocated to London. Despite representing France at Under-16 and 19 levels, he opted to play for the Ivory Coast at senior level, making his sole appearance to date as a substitute in the nation’s African Cup of Nations qualifying defeat to Guinea in June.last_img read more

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Jamaica Welcomes Inaugural Flight from Prague

first_imgThe Ministry of Tourism’s effort to secure airlift into the island from new and emerging markets is bearing fruit, with the arrival of an inaugural flight from the Czech Republic yesterday (Dec. 28). The 200-seat Boeing 800 aircraft from Prague, with 84 visitors on board, landed at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St. James. It was the first of 12 rotations that will be coming to Jamaica between December 2012 and April 2013, boosting arrivals for the winter tourist season. Passengers were met and welcomed by tourism sector officials, and were showered with gifts and souvenirs, while enjoying the melodic sounds of a local band. The first three passengers off the flight, as well as the Captain and Chief Flight Engineer, received special gift packages. Deputy Director of Tourism in charge of marketing, Sandra Scott, told JIS News that the inaugural flight from Prague represented the dawn of a new day for Jamaica’s tourism and the fruits of the hard work in the country’s efforts to find new and lucrative markets. “This inaugural flight from Prague is very important to our progress on new and emerging markets. This flight is shared with the Dominican Republic… and we welcome the passengers from this flight as it means a lot to our marketing efforts and our initiatives as we focus on new business. The passengers are really happy as most of them are coming to Jamaica for the first time,” she said. She informed that the passengers would be staying at hotels in resorts areas across the country as a way of “spreading” the business throughout the tourism landscape. Ms. Scott told JIS News that Jamaica will also welcome an inaugural flight from Moscow, Russia on January 1, with “more flights from other countries in Eastern (Europe) going forward.”last_img read more

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Opening Ceremony Kicks off Games

first_imgFrom ship to shore, the Opening Ceremony kicked off the Halifax 2011 Canada Games in true Nova Scotia style tonight, Feb. 11 as Prime Minister Stephen Harper proclaimed the Games officially open. Inspired by the sea and produced by Patrick Roberge Productions, the ceremony showcased Nova Scotia’s best athletes and talent. “I can’t remember a time when Nova Scotians were so excited. There’s an electricity in the air — a mix of pride, excitement and anticipation — that I expect will build with each day of the Games,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. Halifax Mayor Peter Kelly welcomed the nation to Halifax while award winning Canadian singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk sang the new Canada Games song Supersonic, a song that speaks to passion and discipline of the participants of the Games. “Let these Canada Games be a driving force for change in you. Learn from these Games, put your heart into these Games, open yourself up to the opportunities of these Games,” said Canada Games Council chairman, Tom Quinn during an he address to the athletes. “You won’t be sorry.” A highlight of the show was the lighting of the cauldron — a culmination of a provincewide torch program that saw close to 50,000 Nova Scotian youth touch the torch. The four 2011 Canada Games torches were brought to Metro Centre by Chanel Mazerolle, Gentrey Thomas, Maggie Jane MacDonald and Doug Johnson, representating the Acadian, African, Gaelic and Mi’kmaq — the four founding cultures of Nova Scotia. The torches came together to light the Canada Games Roly McLenahan Torch, held by Paralympic gold medalist in sailing,Paul Tingley of Halifax. The cauldron was finally lit by crew of the Barque PictonCastle, a tall ship training vessel from Lunenburg. A number of Canada Games alumni were honourary flag bearers for the ceremony: Jennifer Botterill, Olympic gold medalist in hockey; Richard Dalton, Olympian in Sprint Canoe; Track Olympian Adrienne Power; Sue Holloway, a summer and winter Olympian; and Olympian and world champion curler, Colleen Jones of Halifax. In addition to performances by Grand Derangement, JRDN, Rich Aucoin, The Stadacona Band, and The Stanfields, the Trews performed their single Sing Your Heart Out and Jimmy Rankin performed My Only Wish. Local dancers performed with members of Atlantic Cirque. “You remind us of rewards for battles we all fought, on the ice or court or field or off, those tingles in our skin that some of us forgot,” said spoken word artist Tanya Davis during an address to the athletes. “So we will cheer from the stands, ’cause without our eyes, our clapping hands, these games could not be played. It takes a community to raise such a stage,” said Ms. Davis. Federal, provincial, and municipal dignitaries were present at the ceremony, including Jean-Paul Deveau, chair of the 2011 Canada Games; Minister of Health and Wellness Maureen MacDonald; Minister of Defence Peter MacKay; Minister of State for Sport Gary Lunn; Chuck Bridges, vice-chair of the 2011 Canada Games; president and CEO of the Canada Games Council Sue Hylland; Games CEO Chris Morrissey; and Lt.-Gov. Mayann Francis. Patrick Roberge Productions, which has produced shows for the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, previous Canada Games and the 2010 Grey Cup Halftime Show partnered with Halifax-based Pilot Light Productions to assemble the ceremonies’ diverse musical acts. Other key cultural components of the Games include the National Artist Program, free entertainment at Celebration Square in Grand Parade and the Closing Ceremony with tickets now on sale. The 2011 Canada Winter Games is the largest multi-sport event held in Nova Scotia and Halifax’s first Canada Winter Games. Held every two years, alternating between summer and winter, the Canada Games are a key event in the development of Canada’s young athletes, producing the next generation of national, international and Olympic champions.last_img read more

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Premier McNeil Congratulates PremierElect of Quebec

first_imgPremier Stephen McNeil congratulated Philippe Couillard today, April 8, on becoming premier-elect of Quebec after his victory in the provincial election. “The democratic process is a cherished foundation of our way of life in Canada, and I want to congratulate Premier-elect Couillard on his victory in the election in the province of Quebec,” said Premier McNeil. “I look forward to working with him, and all of Canada’s premiers, as we tackle issues of mutual importance for our provinces.” -30-last_img read more

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Jane Lynch Writes Foreword For New Book Dog Obsessed

first_imgThe Honest Kitchen announces the launch of its new book, Dog Obsessed, a lifestyle guide for people who love their dogs as much as (and sometimes more than!) family.Dog Obsessed, written by Lucy PostinsWritten by CEO and co-founder Lucy Postins, and featuring a foreword by Jane Lynch, the book is packed with humorous, helpful advice that goes beyond the average dog-care book, including dos and don’ts in the dog park, how to ensure your pup’s holidays are safe and truly special, advice on how to manage your dog’s unique personality quirks, and a section on make-at-home dog games. Dog Obsessed is the only resource passionate dog owners will ever need and available now at The Honest Kitchen’s website as well as from booksellers nationwide and retailers of The Honest Kitchen’s line of all natural human grade foods for pets.Shunning the often dictatorial, prescriptive tone of many traditional pet care books, Dog Obsessed is a more lighthearted celebration of the western world’s deep-seated love of dogs and balances practical advice with amusing anecdotes (many contributed by The Honest Kitchen’s passionate fans), instructions for make-at-home dog toys, and steps for uncovering food allergies. This complete guide combines humorous advice with sound, veterinarian-approved programs for weight loss, exercise, and physical and emotional health, offering 45 easy-to-prepare recipes such as duck and ham dumplings, turkey and raspberry summer meatballs, pumpkin powwow with chicken and snap peas, plus celebratory party fare, complete with wine pairings.The Honest Kitchen will celebrate the book launch leading up to the holiday season with a series of in-store events and book signings. The brand is also hosting a social media campaign surrounding the book launch that will highlight dog horoscopes, look-alike photo contests, and online-exclusive bonus content. Please visit DogObsessed.com for more information.last_img read more

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Toronto woman warns others about photos surfacing on anonymous imagesharing site

first_img Facebook Login/Register With: Anon-IB, which boasts the tag line “Best Anonymous Image Board,” has sections for various countries, including Canada, the U.S. and the U.K., and pages specific to cities and even universities. (DREAMSTIME) Advertisement In the past month, Roxanne messaged more than two dozen Ontario women on Facebook to warn them that their photos had surfaced on the image-sharing site Anon-IB.It’s something the Toronto resident has been doing on and off since she learned four years ago that her own photos had cropped up on the site — a place where users gather to share images, many of which are sexually explicit.“Part of me felt like a little bit of a creep doing this,” said Roxanne, who didn’t want her full name published out of concern her experience would affect her career in social work. “But … if I can track them down this easily, somebody with a worse motive can too.” The Canada forum on Anon-IB is currently 15 pages long, with threads for women at various universities and more than 30 Ontario communities.The website has rules prohibiting the posting of images of minors and a ban on the posting of “personal details like addresses, telephone numbers, social networks links, or last names.” But some users work around the rules by posting messages like, “(first name) L anyone? Surname rhymes with mammoth.”The photos of Roxanne that appeared on the site in 2013 were taken in 2011, she said. She had sent two photographs — taken in a crop top and underwear — to someone who befriended her on Facebook.Roxanne thought the person was a woman named Mary, who described herself as a queer feminist, a survivor of sexual violence and a women’s studies student. But when she began badgering Roxanne for explicit photos, Roxanne said she grew suspicious. After an internet search revealed that Mary’s profile photo appeared to be that of a pornography performer, Roxanne blocked the person.Nearly two years later, Roxanne said the photographs she sent to that person appeared in the Ontario sub-forum on Anon-IB, where users were specifically requesting “wins” — slang for nude photos — of her.Roxanne said she found out about the images only after an acquaintance pointed them out. The photos had been up for two days by that point, she said.“I (was) in shock,” she said. “Then terror and a sense of dread set in.”Roxanne tried to get her photos taken down by filling out a form on the website, but said her request was ignored.Under the Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act, it’s a crime to post or distribute an “intimate image” of another person without their consent.Roxanne decided to go to York regional police in Newmarket, Ont., a month after learning of her photos on Anon-IB.She knew it was unlikely they could get the images removed but she wanted to have a police record in case the matter escalated. She also wanted police to look into what she said were images of underage girls on the website.“The (officer) just looked bewildered,” she said.York regional police said they are aware of Roxanne’s case, that her file is still under investigation and no charges have been laid.Other police forces have also received the occasional complaint related to the website — RCMP in Antigonish, N.S., said they’ve been conducting an investigation related to Anon-IB since April, and police in Peterborough, Ont., said they became aware of the site after one complaint in the last two years. In both cases, no charges have been laid. Hamilton police said they had one investigation that involved the website but not a direct complaint against it.Ontario provincial police, Toronto police and Ottawa police said they have not received complaints about Anon-IB. Twittercenter_img Advertisement Roxanne, 24, typically finds the women she warns by searching on Facebook for their first names, the first letter of their last name and the community they’re believed to live in — all information that accompanies the photos posted on Anon-IB, which boasts the tag line “Best Anonymous Image Board.”The site — which did not respond to a request for an interview — has sections for various countries, including Canada, the U.S. and the U.K., and pages specific to cities and even universities. The level of detail can allow users to come across images of people they may actually know. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Toronto lawyer Gil Zvulony said Roxanne’s photographs would not be considered “intimate” under the Criminal Code because they do not appear to depict any explicit sexual activity or nudity. He said women who find themselves on Anon-IB should still go to the police but noted that it’s unlikely charges would be laid if those who post the images remain anonymous on the website.Roxanne’s photos stayed on the site for about a year, she said, until it went offline briefly in 2014. When the site came back online, her images were gone.After her experience, Roxanne continued to think about what happened to her.“My coping mechanism was to go back on the website, find as many girls as I could, tip them off and go to bed,” she said.Katelyn, 23, was one of the women Roxanne messaged. She said she was 16 and 17 in most of the photos that she learned were on the site in August 2013.Katelyn said she has no idea who took photos from her Facebook and Plenty of Fish dating profile and edited them to make her shirts appear see-through, which was possible because she was wearing light-coloured tops without a bra, she said.After learning about her images, she asked the site to take them down. The photos were removed within 24 hours, she said, which is why she didn’t go to police.“I’m grateful that Roxanne reached out to me,” she said. “It’s important for women to keep mobilizing and looking out for one another.”last_img read more

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Bloody Thunder Bay murder capital of Canada

first_imgAPTN National NewsThunder Bay is the largest city in northwestern Ontario.At first glance it looks like any other Canadian city.Except it isn’t.APTN’s Wayne Rivers reports that after a summer of bloody violence, Thunder Bay is anything but a typical northern community.last_img

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Global stocks edge up as investors look to Trump remarks

TOKYO – Global stocks rose modestly on Wednesday as investors looked ahead to a press conference by President-elect Donald Trump for details on trade and clarifications about Russia’s role in the election.KEEPING SCORE: Germany’s DAX was up 0.3 per cent at 11,618 while France’s CAC 40 gained 0.1 per cent to 4,894. Britain’s FTSE 100 added 0.1 per cent to 7,283. U.S. shares were also set to drift higher, with Dow and S&P futures both up 0.1 per cent.TRUMP FACTOR: Investors are awaiting Trump’s first news conference in nearly six months, as questions fly over Russia’s role in the election year hacking of Democratic groups. Investors are awaiting news on Trump’s plan to disengage from his businesses and on his policy positions on international trade.THE QUOTE: “Trading is likely to remain cautious ahead of press conferences with Fed members on Thursday, and Trump tonight. There is little in the way of data to drive sentiment prior to these events,” Alex Furber, a sales trader at CMC Markets, said in a commentary.SAMSUNG: Samsung’s strong earnings forecast helped drive gains on the South Korean stock market, where the Kospi added 1.5 per cent to 2,075.17, its highest close in over a year. Samsung Electronics, the country’s biggest company, finished at a fresh record high of 1,914,000 won, up 2.8 per cent, lifted by expectations of strong earnings by its computer chip business.VW SCANDAL: Shares in Volkswagen were up almost 4 per cent after the company said it is in advanced talks to settle a criminal case over its emissions scandal by pleading guilty to unspecified charges and paying $4.3 billion in criminal and civil fines. While the sum is far larger than any recent case involving the auto industry, a settlement would help end uncertainty and the company is strong enough financially to be able to handle it.ASIA’S DAY: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 rose 0.3 per cent to close at 19,364.67. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 added 0.2 per cent to 5,771.50. South Korea’s Kospi was up 1.5 per cent at 2,075.17. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng gained 0.8 per cent to 22,935.35, but the Shanghai Composite slipped 0.8 per cent to 3,136.75. Shares in Southeast Asia were mostly higher.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude rose 25 cents to $51.07 a barrel in electronic trading, having lost $1.14 the day before. Brent crude, which is used to price oil sold internationally, added 24 cents to $53.88.CURRENCIES: The dollar rose to 116.24 yen from 115.65 yen the day before. The euro fell to $1.0507 from $1.0607. The pound continued to weaken amid concern that Britain might break off completely from the European Union’s single market. The currency was at $1.2119, from $1.2177 the day before.___Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter at https://twitter.com/yurikageyamaHer work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/yuri-kageyama A woman walks past an electronic stock board showing Nikkei stock index at a securities firm in Tokyo, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. Asian shares were mostly higher Wednesday morning on the back of a strengthening dollar and quiet trading ahead of remarks by president-elect Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama) by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press Posted Jan 10, 2017 8:26 am MDT Last Updated Jan 11, 2017 at 6:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Global stocks edge up as investors look to Trump remarks read more

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Families will be clobbered by London mayors new CO2 tax

Changes to the congestion charge will not significantly cut CO2, nor will they drive down traffic in central London. However, families who need larger cars could face bills of up to £6,000 a year. SMMT has re-stated these concerns today, following the mayor of London’s press briefing this morning. From 27 October, cars that emit more than 225 g/km CO2 will pay £25 to enter the central London charging zone. Band A and B cars, those that emit less than 120 g/km, will be eligible for a 100 per cent discount. The mayor did not make clear how long discounts would apply. Drivers of cars within bands C to F will pay the current £8 a day charge. The scheme has been billed as a gas-guzzler tax. However, families with some variants of popular cars like the Ford Mondeo, Renault Espace or Vauxhall Vectra will be forced to pay £25 a day just to drive within the zone. ‘This is totally disproportionate and does not present a consistent signal to consumers,’ said SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt. ‘The mayor has made it clear that charges will be varied in future and has not clarified the period in which discounts will apply. ‘We can be confident that this means higher charges and the gradual erosion of discounts for band A and B cars. I shall therefore be writing to the mayor seeking a three-year application period before any further changes are made to the scheme.’ TfL figures suggest a CO2 saving of up to 8,100 tonnes under the changes. That compares to total ground-based transport emissions in London of 9.7 million tonnes. In other words, the maximum benefit for the capital would be a CO2 reduction of just 0.084 per cent. This compares to average new car CO2 emissions which have come down by 13 per cent in a decade, saving an estimated million tonnes of CO2 each year. The biggest improvements have come in the 4×4 and MPV segments, down 20 and 24 per cent respectively. SMMT supports the mayor’s stated aim to reduce congestion. However, independent reports suggest that changes could encourage between 4-10,000 additional cars onto central London roads. That could mean more congestion and delays for drivers within the zone. Notes: 1. At €20 bn, the automotive sector is Europe’s largest investor in R&D, driving industry forward and helping deliver more sustainable motoring for the 21st century. Technological innovation has helped car and CV manufacturers slash CO2 and air quality emissions from vehicles. New diesel cars for example emit 95 per cent less soot from the tailpipe than those made 15 years ago and average new car CO2 has been cut by 13 per cent since 1997. Each vehicle made in Britain requires half the energy to produce than it did just five years ago, saving an estimated 700,000 tonnes of CO2 a year. Total combined waste to landfill down by more than half, from 80,399 tonnes in 2000 to 39,862 tonnes in 2006. For more details, download SMMT’s eighth annual Sustainability Report from the SMMT web site www.smmt.co.uk/category/reports/. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Brock researchers share their thoughts on experience with Open Access

Researchers at Brock University and across Canada are in the process of complying with the federal government’s Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications.Effective May 1, the policy requires government-funded researchers to make their publications freely accessible within 12 months of publication, either through an Open Access journal or via an online archive such as the Brock Digital Repository.As part of International Open Access Week, The Office of Research Services has asked three Brock University researchers four questions about their thoughts and experiences with Open Access publishing. For more information on Open Access at Brock University: http://brocku.ca/library/about-us-lib/openaccessVeena Dwivedi, associate professor, Department of Applied Linguistics and creator of the Brain and Language Lab Q: How important is it for your research to be widely available to the public via Open Access?A: For me, it’s extremely important. From a moral standpoint, the Canadian public has paid for my research via their tax dollars. I don’t see why it shouldn’t be accessible. In addition, the whole point of scholarly research is to benefit humanity. If they can’t see the work, what’s the point?Q: How will Canada’s new Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications affect your research and publishing?A: I hope that Brock follows through on creating an open access hub. Open access is expensive. This means that now in applying for grants, I’ll have to make that a staple in my budgetary planning.Q: What experiences have you had with publishing in an Open Access journal or archiving your work in an Open Access repository?A: I’ve published in PLoS One (via support from Brock) and have another paper under review at Frontiers. I love it because now, I can just send people the link of my paper if they want to know about it. It’s also available on ResearchGate, and I get tons of downloads there. So I’d say so far, so good. I’ll have a bit more to say once I get feedback from Frontiers.Q: What are some of the benefits and challenges you see regarding Open Access?A: As I’ve already mentioned, the benefits are accessibility and ease of dissemination. Also, as I mentioned, there is an ethical issue here. So those are the benefits. The challenges are that it costs the researcher, and research dollars are constantly on the squeeze. So I don’t know how this will play out long term.Sid Segalowitz, professor, Department of Psychology and director, Jack And Nora Walker Centre For Lifespan Development ResearchQ: How important is it for your research to be widely available to the public via Open Access?A: My work is specialized so other researchers normally always have access or write to me to get a copy. It is helpful but not essential.Q: How will Canada’s new Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications affect your research and publishing?A: I have not had time to review it entirely, but the idea of making some penultimate form available is not a problem, but will involve some work because the final edits are sometimes done on the copyrighted proofs. But these can be transferred easily to the submission copy.Q: What experiences have you had with publishing in an Open Access journal or archiving your work in an Open Access repository?A: Not used a repository but really should. It’s just another step. I have published in Frontiers once, and was supported by CRISS for this. I am not sure how often I would publish in Open Access if it will cost me $1,600 or $3,000 each time. I’d rather the money go to supporting the students.Q: What are some of the benefits and challenges you see regarding Open Access?A: The biggest challenges are the costs and the fact that some of the OA journals are questionable. It has become a venue for rip-offs so in fact I only check out two OA journals (Frontiers, PLoS), and Frontiers I have found sometimes has questionable papers published (they are a profit company after all). Frontiers beats the bushes for submissions. Other journals that permit OA but are pay journals (the Oxford series, for example) charge $3,000 last time I checked and of course I download these occasionally. The benefits are obvious if the restriction to publish is not simply driven from the impoverished reader to the poor researcher. This is not a real solution. So the repository approach is probably best. Ana Sanchez, associate professor, Department of Health Sciences Q: How important is it for your research to be widely available to the public via Open Access?A: It’s extremely important. My work focuses on neglected tropical diseases that affect impoverished populations in developing countries. Researchers, practitioners, policy makers, working in those countries benefit greatly from the capacity to access my research free of charge to them and their institutions. Likewise, researchers in high-income countries can access my work right away. OA increases accessibility and democratizes knowledge.Q: How will Canada’s new Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications affect your research and publishing?A: The new policy supports my standpoint that knowledge should be free; especially if such knowledge can help improve the life of others. It is vital that researchers share (ideas, data, methods, and even negative findings) so the scientific community can build upon that and scientific knowledge grows faster and more efficiently. Also, OA translates into transparency and accountability of the use of public funding.Q: What experiences have you had with publishing in an Open Access journal or archiving your work in an Open Access repository?A: All my papers in the last few years are in OA journals and my experience has been very satisfactory with the quality of the peer-review all the way to editorial aspects. I only had one bad experience when the lead author chose a journal of low reputation at the time and the review was merely editorial, not scientific.Q: What are some of the benefits and challenges you see regarding Open Access?A: Benefits: worldwide access through the internet; more exposure of my work; increase Brock’s visibility. I also like not giving copyright of my ideas and data to publishers, not having to ask permission to use my own graphs etc. Creative commons is a great way to license our work (there are many versions). Another benefit is that libraries don’t have to pay exaggerated amounts of money to subscribe to paid journals (regardless if they are online or paper).Challenges:Getting funds for AO processing fees. Fees can be expensive (from $2,500 to $6,000 per article) and as research funding is scarce. We need Brock to set funds aside for our OA publishing.Time. Once the paper is accepted in its final form, journals want a quick turnaround for proofreading or for enhancing an image. Sometimes I have so many other commitments that I rush into the revision and always feel anxious that I left a typo or something. I wish we had help from ORS in these cases.There are so many OA journals these days. Many are in for the money and have no ethics (aka “predatory journals”), and many are simply fake and scam honest researchers. Other journals are good but if they lose their funding and disappear, articles may disappear as well (sustainability is a huge issue). Identifying the right journal is a challenge but there exist various resources to identify them. Also as more journals exist, the demand for reviewers is great so sometimes it takes a few months to get a paper reviewed. read more

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Bills QB Allen returns to beat Jaguars silence Ramsey

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — While leading the Buffalo Bills to a second straight win, it sounds as if rookie quarterback Josh Allen might have made a positive impression on one of his harshest critics.After he was reminded this week of how Jacksonville cornerback Jalen Ramsey once referred to him as “trash,” Allen was making his way off the field following a 24-21 victory over the Jaguars on Sunday when he was tapped him on the back. Allen turned to see Ramsey with his hand outstretched.“He just shook my hand and said, ‘Good job,’” Allen said.“He’s an ultimate competitor just like myself, and maybe it’s a respect thing. I’m not really sure,” he added. “But I appreciate that, and it takes a big man to do that.”Showing few signs of the sprained right elbow that sidelined him the past five weeks, Allen completed a 75-yard touchdown pass to Robert Foster. Then the 22-year-old Allen punctuated his return by posing in the end zone with his biceps flexed after breaking two tackles and scoring the go-ahead touchdown on a 14-yard run at the start of the fourth quarter.“I love the fire. He personifies Buffalo, right? He’s a hard worker, blue-collar kid, and loves to compete,” coach Sean McDermott said. “He’s still so young, so again, let’s manage expectations. It was a good start for him.”Ramsey credited Allen for leading the Bills to the victory, but didn’t exactly take back the comments he made about the quarterback in a story published in GQ magazine in August.“It doesn’t matter what I said. I’m sure that’s really what he was thinking,” Ramsey said. “You can have opinions, but it’s about what you go out there and do. And what he did was go out there for his team and get a win.”Allen was far from perfect while exhibiting some of the inconsistency he showed while going 2-3 before he got hurt in a 20-13 loss at Houston on Oct. 14. He finished 8 of 19 for 160 yards, and his touchdown to Foster was the longest completion by a Bills quarterback since Week 2 of the 2016 season.Allen also had a team-leading 99 yards rushing to set a franchise record for quarterbacks.The Bills finished with 327 yards of offence for their second-best total this season and their top total with Allen at quarterback. He also didn’t turn the ball over, after throwing five interceptions and losing a fumble in his previous six appearances.It was the type of development McDermott wanted to see from Allen. He started the rookie ahead of journeyman Matt Barkley, who led Buffalo to a 41-10 win over the New York Jets before the Bills’ bye week.The Bills invested plenty into Allen by trading up five spots to select him seventh overall — the highest position in the draft order Buffalo has ever chosen a quarterback.“It was a good start for him,” McDermott added. “That’s a heck of a defence out there.”Allen set up Buffalo’s first touchdown drive — a 6-yard run by Isaiah McKenzie — with a 32-yard pass to Kelvin Benjamin, who was being covered by Ramsey.The Bills then scored on their next possession on Allen’s pass to Foster. Standing in the pocket, with pass-rushers Yannick Ngakoue and Dawuane Smoot closing in on him, Allen found Foster wide open up the right sideline.Allen didn’t get to see the completion because he was hit just as he released the pass.“Whether I’m standing up or laying down on the ground, a touchdown is a touchdown and that feeling won’t change,” he said. “It was awesome.”Bills safety Jordan Poyer was impressed by what he saw from Allen.“Jalen can say whatever he wants to say about Josh, but Josh came in there and handled that defence today,” Poyer said.Allen played down any hint of bitterness he might hold against Ramsey.“There was a lot of trash-talking before and after, but ultimately my job is to go out there and help this team win football games,” he said.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLJohn Wawrow, The Associated Press read more

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Is Alexander Zverev The Next Tennis Superstar

Alexander Zverev, the 20-year-old tennis wunderkind now ranked fourth in the world, has everything a future champion could hope for. He’s tall — 6 foot 6 — yet coordinated. He has a strong serve and hits deadly forehands and backhands. Zverev already has six ATP titles, including two Masters titles he won by beating Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in finals. There’s just one problem: At Grand Slam tournaments, he’s a dud.There’s no obvious reason why: Zverev looks and trains like a Grand Slam contender. His serve and steady strokes should dominate in best-of-five-set matches, and by all accounts he’s in excellent physical shape. Yet at major tournaments, he struggles and, inevitably, stumbles. In his career as a pro, Zverev has never gone beyond the fourth round at a major, and he only got that far once. He never reached higher than the third round at the Australian Open and French Open, and he topped out at just the second round in the U.S. Open.When you compare Zverev to other current tennis stars, his Slam failures stand out. Active men’s pros who have won majors produced a range of results in their early years.1Through the year in which they turned 20. Rafael Nadal, the most astonishing youngster of the bunch, won 17 ATP tournaments through his age-20 season, including one French Open title. Nadal leads top pros with the highest overall winning percentage, followed by Djokovic, Andy Murray, and then Zverev. Through last year, Zverev even had a winning percentage of .407 against players ranked in the top 10, which was better than that of Federer and Djokovic at the same age, though still only good for fifth best on our list of standouts.2Behind Nadal, Juan Martin del Potro, Stan Wawrinka and Murray.But at the Grand Slams, Zverev fades away. He has the second-worst winning percentage among this group, just barely ahead of Juan Martin del Potro. Djokovic, now the winner of 12 major titles, had reached one Grand Slam final before the end of his age-20 season. Andy Murray reached the fourth round at three of the Slams. Even Marin Cilic, who had a losing record in his early years, had a higher winning percentage than Zverev in Slams.Zverev’s early losses don’t seem to have anything to do with unlucky draws, either. Some matches, in fact, are the opposite: He blew wins that, by rankings, should have been his. In 2015, he lost the second round of Wimbledon to a wild card, the small, quick American Denis Kudla. In 2016, Zverev was seeded No. 27 at the U.S. Open when he lost to an unseeded Brit, Daniel Evans. Last year was the worst of all. At the French Open, he lost in the first round to Fernando Verdasco, a 33-year-old solid clay court player, but unseeded. And then at the U.S. Open, Zverev, ranked No. 4 in the world, couldn’t outhit the smaller and unseeded Borna Coric, who won in four sets. (Coric lost his next match.)So far at the Australian Open, Zverev has won two rounds fairly easily and will face another young opponent, 21-year-old Hyeon Chung, who is not seeded, in the third round. If Zverev gets through that round, he could next face Novak Djokovic, who is trying to make a comeback from his right elbow injury. In other words, this just might be an ideal Slam for a strong Zverev run.No matter what happens, though, Zverev has one thing working in his favor: time. Tennis champions are lasting longer these days, but Federer and Nadal won’t be around forever. And Zverev looks like he can still improve. If all goes well, maybe his Grand Slam story will change from struggles to dominance. read more

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Female teacher who took part in an orgy with a sixth form

first_imgAfterwards, Ms Jenkins attempted to cover up her relationship with Pupil A by paying Individual C about £13,000 – wholly or partly so he would not report it.She later claimed this was motivated by buying him out of the house they shared, but the panel, sitting in Coventry, did not believe her.Ms Jenkins told the school the man “always threatened to tell the school. I paid him off in the end as he wouldn’t leave the house and asked for money to stop him telling.”Pupil A backed up this version of events.The relationship began in April 2007 and lasted for almost two years, the hearing was told.Decision maker Alan Meyrick, on behalf of education secretary Justine Greening, ruled that, in view of the seriousness of the case, she will not be entitled to apply for restoration of her eligibility to teach.In March, the former head of PE at the same school was struck off after sending photos of himself in his underwear to a schoolgirl.David Richardson was the head of PE at the school, now called Outwood Academy Danum, when he sent texts and WhatsApp messages to a student, including images of himself in his underwear.Alumni include Spurs and England footballer Danny Rose. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Francoise Jenkins pictured in 2001 Teacher panellist Dr Robert Cawley said: “Pupil A describes how she had sex with Individual A but cried and had asked for it to stop as she did not want to have sex with a man.”center_img Francoise Jenkins pictured in 2001Credit:Johnson Press / SWNS.com  A female teacher who took part in an orgy with a sixth form girl during a two year affair has been banned from the classroom for life.Francoise Jenkins, 45, a mother who was in a heterosexual relationship with one of the men who took part in the sex sessions, later paid him £13,000 “silence money” after they split up.She had befriended the “vulnerable pupil” at Danum Academy, Doncaster, where she was a supply teacher, seducing her after obtaining her mobile phone number from the school’s database.Text messages included personal information about the “problems she was having with Individual C”, the man she was living with.They first had three in a bed sex on the night of the school prom. Ms Jenkins met the girl, Pupil A, for a drink after the school disco and took her home where she admitted having sex both with her and Individual C.Pupil A later told the school she engaged in sexual activity with both Ms Jenkins and Individual C.She said in a statement that as it progressed Individual C became more involved but they did not have full sex as she was “worried about becoming pregnant”.Another time Pupil A was invited to the house with a male friend, Individual A, and all four of them, including Ms Jenkins and Individual C, had sex.A professional conduct panel of the National College for Teaching and Leadership found Ms Jenkins guilty of unacceptable professional conduct and conduct that may bring the profession into disrepute.last_img read more

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Halo Anniversary reverts to original graphics with a button press

first_imgWe first started hearing about the HD update the original Halo Xbox game was undergoing back in February. Then Microsoft started hinting at it and showed a demo at E3, but we haven’t really got to see any extended segments of gameplay from Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary until now.The video above has just been released and includes gameplay from the E3 build. The main focus of the walkthrough is showing off the updated visuals and the fact this is the exact same gameplay and campaign we were all enjoying a decade ago.AdChoices广告343 Industries, who were tasked with updating the game for Microsoft, managed to update the look without effecting the gameplay by using a hardware trick. They figured out a way to run the original game engine at the same time as the new one supplying the HD visuals. So in effect this is a true run through of the original, just with a veil of HD painted over the top. To prove that is the case, 343 has included Classic Mode, which at the push of a button reverts the graphics back to the original 2001 version. This is a nice option to have, as once you’ve become accustomed to seeing all games in HD, it’s easy to forget what we used to class as cutting edge graphics. The fact it is accessible on a button press means you can easily check out how the more detailed areas used to look. The water especially has seen a major improvement, as have the effects such as water splashes and dust.The other feature of this game that’s going to get Halo fans excited is the ability to play co-op over Xbox Live. We can imagine Live is going to be buzzing for months when the game gets released on November 15.One final point to make is the visuals on display in the video are now several months out of date, meaning when the game does ship it will look even better than it already does here.last_img read more

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Xbox One Indie Games Break Free From Dude Bro

first_img These days remembering the heights of the Xbox 360 era feels cruel given the current state of Microsoft’s hardware. But the console truly deserves an immense amount of credit of making the idea of playing indie games on console something gamers could accept. It’s helped countless game developers succeed as well as help countless gamers experience new and interesting experiences.So while the Xbox One may not currently be the talk of the town, and certainly not the exclusive home for indies, it does still have a strong indie lineup through the ID @ Xbox program. And here is just a sample of what we got to play GDC 2018, excluding games almost Nintendo-esque in terms of creative whimsy, something once unheard of on the console that Master Chief built.Flipping DeathFlipping Death maybe tries too hard to be funny but when your core premise is as strong as “you play as the accidental temp for the Grim Reaper” it’s okay if not all of your jokes land. Everything about the game is exaggerated, from its flippant take on death to its gonzo cartoon sense of humor to its macabre Tim Burton atmosphere to its cut-out theatrical puppet show of an art style to even the surprisingly split gameplay styles. The world of death is an intricate and interconnected platforming stage where you jump and warp with your scythe opening passages and finding collectibles. But the mundane mortal world plays like an adventure game where you find and use specific items to solve logic puzzles. Fortunately, each side keeps the other from getting too deathly boring.WargrooveAt this point it’s easier to list the the ways Wargroove differs from Nintendo’s classic Advance Wars turn-based combat series. You can capture cities instantly but occupied cities fight back first. And you can move a powerful commander unit with unique skills on the battlefield but if it dies it’s game over, like Fire Emblem. Aside from that though if you know and love Advance Wars you already know if you know and love Wargroove’s strategy tactics.Bomber CrewIt’s still crazy to me that airplanes that shoot guns was something we consistently managed to produce with only WWII-era technology. But Bomber Crew lets you feel how complex controlling a machine like that must be. You don’t pilot the plane you command the crew, manage them really. Have the pilot lock onto the waypoint to keep on path. Make sure gunners spot enemies to save yourself from damage. Strategically raise and lower altitude. And if you fail your task, there’s still glory in coming home safe and sound. It’s a lot of plates to spin, but you’ll no doubt learn them as you attempt run after run in the FTL-style roguelite progression system.Harold HalibutI unfortunately didn’t get to play Harold Halibut but even just looking at someone else play it was enrapturing enough. What Cuphead is to old-timey cartoons this surreal sci-fi adventure game is to claymation. The main character looks like if Javier Bardem stumbled into the Wallace and Gromit universe. The dev team explained their technical breakthroughs, figuring out how to scan 3D handmade objects and give them the perfect texture before applying motion capture, and the results are some of the most stunning visuals I’ve seen in a video game indie or otherwise. And to think they only did this because they couldn’t draw.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form last_img read more

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Vodafone and Idea initiate talks on deal closure discussions revolve around losses

first_imgA rickshaw puller speaks on his mobile phone as he waits for customers in front of advertisement billboards belonging to telecom companies in Kolkata February 3, 2014.REUTERS/Rupak De ChowdhuriVodafone India and Idea Cellular have started talks on the closing adjustments of the merger deal between the two telecom companies. The merger deal is expected to be completed by March 2018.According to a source close to the matter, the discussion of the merger deal mainly revolves around how to work on Idea’s losses incurred since the announcement of the deal in March and how to fund them, Business Standard reported.”In any merger, it may not be in the interest of shareholders of one company if the other is merged with higher-than-projected losses after a year of delay. The closing adjustments in any merger deal will have provisions to make up for any higher-than-projected losses,” said a banker.Hurt by sturdy competition given by the new entrant Reliance Jio, Idea’s consolidated losses had surged to Rs 1,107 crore for the September quarter from Rs 328 crore for the three months ended on March 31, 2017.In March, Vodafone and Idea had agreed to merge in an attempt to create India’s largest telecom operator. However, a fierce price war triggered by Reliance Jio might also wipe out the intended benefits of the deal.According to a Bloomberg report, the revenue of the combined entity declined 12 percent in the year to September. Its earnings before interest, tax and depreciation and amortisation plunged 31 percent during the period that coincides with Reliance Jio’s first year of services. A customer selects his number of Reliance Jio Infocomm 4G mobile services in Mumbai on September 6, 2016.INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesIndustry experts project that the numbers could worsen in the coming quarters after the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) have also cut interconnect usage charges paid for cross-network calls by more than half to 6 paise a minute in October.However, the companies are expected to save Rs 14,000 crore annually from the fourth year of completing the merger deal.Further, both the firms have also recently announced the sale of their standalone towers to American Tower Corporation (ATC) for Rs 7,850 crore that will enable them to strengthen their balance sheet.last_img read more

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Public Works and Transport Minister Carlos Villalta resigns his post amid domestic

first_imgRelated posts:Solís’ approval rating at record low President Solís to discuss migration, green energy with US Vice President Joe Biden President Luis Guillermo Solís to meet with U.S. Vice President Michael Pence State of the Nation: President Solís highlights economic growth, urges fiscal reforms President Luis Guillermo Solís askedPublic Works and Transport Minister Carlos Villalta Villegas his resignation after various media outlets informed that Villalta’s wife had filed a legal complaint against him for domestic violence.The alleged incident apparently occurred late on Sunday after Villalta arrived to his former home for dropping off his three children.Villalta confirmed at a press conference at around noon that he stepped down at the president’s request.Regarding the domestic abuse complaint, he said that he “never attacked his wife” and that he is currently amid a divorce process. He told reporters that he will not further comment on his situation “out of respect for his children.”He said he has been considering leaving his post. “I was already considering my resignation because it was difficult for me to work at the ministry while I’m facing this legal process,” Villalta said.President Solís told reporters at a public event later on Monday that he had requested Villalta his resignation. He said Villalta agreed that his resignation was necessary in order to have more peace of mind during the legal dispute and also to avoid damaging the government for a situation from his private life.Solís also reported that Transport Vice Minister Guiselle Alfaro had also handed him her resignation earlier on Monday.The president said she argued personal reasons and added that he will announce the names of the persons who will replace both MOPT officials “in the next hours.”Alleged aggressionTV news reports early on Monday informed about the alleged domestic abuse complaint against Villalta. The incident had occurred at around 11 p.m. on Sunday.Villalta at the press conference confirmed that he had an argument with his wife but he denied that he had hit or attempted to strangle her, as some news outlets reported throughout the day.“My family situation is not new, it’s been going on for quite some time. The situation, however, got worse starting in May,” he said.Villalta served as Public Works and Transport Minister since February 2, 2016, when he replaced Carlos Segnini, who resigned arguing personal reasons.He said he believes his time in office ends with a positive balance. He also offered his help and advise to the new minister “in order to make a harmonious transition of the post.”Villalta is the 13th minister to resign President Solís’ cabinet, whose term ends next May. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Theres a new player on

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterThere’s a new player on the small group tour scene. Unmapped Travel is a new luxury-adventure company for solo travellers in their 30s and 40s, with a mission to bring together like-minded people for unforgettable trips to some of the world’s most exciting destinations.Unmapped identified a gap in the market for this demographic, looking to take unique and adventurous trips without the hassle of spending weeks on research. Unmapped are building a community of people who want to embrace new experiences, go beyond their comfort zone, learn about different cultures and do all of this with a group of people who could become friends for life.Authenticity is number one for this audience, so Unmapped will use all local guides, incorporate local culinary experiences – from street food to fine dining degustation – all without sacrificing the well-earned comfort of a conveniently located boutique hotel.The tours offer four- and five-star accommodation and primarily well-positioned boutique hotels. Itineraries offer activities with a mix of physically active excursions, cultural tours, culinary experiences and some free time for self-exploration and relaxation.From hiking through the tea plantations of Sri Lanka, swimming in cenotes in Mexico or paddleboarding to your own island in Oman, at Unmapped the emphasis is on connecting with locals, active adventures and epic food experiences.Each itinerary operates for a maximum of 14 travellers, with the program including:13-day Mexico: Day of the Dead; priced from $5,421 per person8-day Off-road Oman; priced from $4,494 per person13-day Mexico City to Tulum; priced from $5,317 per person13-day Make Memories in Morocco; priced from $4,191 per person10-day Bali & Komodo; priced from $2,533 per person12-day Sri Lanka’s Got Soul; priced from $2,963 per personUnmapped Travel is a joint venture with The Walshe Group. With over 40 years’ experience in dedicated airline and destination representation services, The Walshe Group is home to some of the world’s most trusted travel brands.Unmapped Travel is offering travel agents a 10% commission on tours, with a bonus 5% for first departure bookings. https://launch.unmappedtravel.com/agentincentiveGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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