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  • NYC pharmacies cant sell cigarettes starting Jan 1

    first_imgNew York City pharmacies won’t be allowed to sell cigarettes or other tobacco products starting Tuesday.The Wall Street Journal reports the ban also includes businesses that contain pharmacies, such as supermarkets and big-box stores.The city’s health department says the change will affect about 500 pharmacies currently selling tobacco products.The new rules follow a ban on electronic cigarette sales at pharmacies that took effect in late August.The owner of the St. George Pharmacy on Staten Island says cigarette sales had drawn customers who ended up making other purchases. Al Gentile says the government shouldn’t ban certain stores from selling tobacco products that can be purchased elsewhere.But a deputy health commissioner, Sonia Angell, says it’s important for pharmacies to promote health.___Information from: The Wall Street Journal, http://www.wsj.comThe Associated Presslast_img read more

  • Chipotle Cracker Barrel rise while Corning SeaWorld fall

    NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Tuesday.Corning Inc., down $1.82 to $28.23The glassmaker warned investors that weak demand will likely hurt two of its units.SeaWorld Entertainment Inc., down $1.56 to $28.52The theme park operator’s CEO, Gustavo Antorcha, resigned after less than a year in the position.Kraft Heinz Co., down $1.26 to $28.363G Capital Food Holdings reduced its stake in the food company known for Ketchup and other products.Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc., up $3.07 to $167.91The restaurant chain handily beat Wall Street’s fourth quarter forecasts.Halliburton Co., down $1.46 to $21.03The oilfield services company and its peers slid as the price of oil reversed course from a previous spike.Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc., up $25.88 to $825.75The Mexican restaurant chain is adding a carne asada option to its menu nationwide as it tries to attract more customers.Apogee Enterprises Inc., up $4.68 to $45.92The glass and metal products company beat Wall Street’s second quarter profit and revenue forecasts.KB Home, up 90 cents to $31.24The homebuilder gained ground following a positive report on sales from the National Association of Homebuilders.The Associated Press read more

  • The ServeAndVolley Works But Womens Tennis Players Arent Using It

    Women at this year’s U.S. Open have displayed incredible athleticism and shrewd strategy. We’ve seen blistering serves and masterful groundstrokes in the nearly two weeks of play. But we’ve been missing a powerful, ancient weapon: the serve-and-volley. The tactic is all but extinct from women’s tennis, despite still being incredibly effective.Through the quarterfinals in Flushing Meadows, on points in which women followed their serve by rushing to the net for a volley, they won a remarkable 76 percent of the time, according to U.S. Open data from IBM. But confoundingly, the strategy was deployed only 84 times — less than 1 percent of all points played.Serena Williams, for her part, flashed the potential of the serve-and-volley in her semifinal win Thursday over Anastasija Sevastova. Williams came to the net five times immediately after serving, taking four of those points.After the match, Williams said she usually approaches the net “only to shake hands,” but she wanted to try something different against Sevastova. It was a reminder of just how potent the tactic can be.The serve-and-volley appears to be used more on the men’s side of late. At this year’s U.S. Open, men served and volleyed 488 times through the quarterfinals, for just less than 3 percent of all points played. Though they couldn’t quite equal the gaudy success rate of the women, they still did very well with the tactic, winning 66 percent of the time. No matter who’s doing it, statistically, the serve-and-volley is an effective way to win points.Why this play is underutilized has long been a topic of discussion in tennis. Some have chalked up the change in tactics to advanced racquets and strings that improve passing shots, while others have blamed slower courts at Wimbledon and this year’s U.S. Open.1Theoretically, slower courts allow players more time to tee off on returns, blowing by net rushers. But there’s no doubt that women have been giving serve-and-volley the cold shoulder.During the late 1970s and ’80s, Martina Navratilova dominated the sport using an attacking serve-and-volley style with monsterous success, propelling her to 18 Grand Slam Championships. Even in the 1990s, serve-and-volley was still in a heyday in the women’s game. To illustrate, look at Wimbledon. It’s a place where serve-and-volley has historically been a favorite tactic because of the ability of the server to dominate on grass, where the ball bounces are low. Returners must put loft on their shots to ensure they clear the net. That’s a feast for a volleyer.Wimbledon first released serve-and-volley data in 1997, and it included tournament totals for the first time in 2002. Jana Novotna served and volleyed her way to the final that year, losing to Martina Hingis. For the tournament, Novotna employed the serve-and-volley 339 times, winning 213 of those points. In the final against Hingis, she used it 76 times — almost as often as the entire women’s field through five rounds at this year’s U.S. Open. It’s an astounding drop of a tactic and a big shift in the way women play tennis.Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam that releases historical data, but we can look at its last 17 tournaments to track the decline of serve-and-volley as a strategy in the women’s game: Assuming the point does not end on an ace or double-fault, serving players essentially have two choices: serve and move forward or serve and stay at the baseline. Since the 2000s, players who prefer to remain mainly at the baseline have taken over tennis, despite the unshakably consistent success rates for serve-and-volley over the years. But the difference between the strategies has been stark at this year’s U.S. Open: Through the quarterfinals, women have won just 48 percent of points at the baseline — 28 percentage points less than the share of points won on serve-and-volley.All sports go through trends. As the games change, different approaches fall in and out of vogue. The Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl last year on the strength of the RPO — run/pass option — in which backup quarterback Nick Foles had the option of handing off or passing. But the play wasn’t new. The option has been around in college football since the 1960s. But it’s taken a backseat as more teams have gone to pro-style offenses.This happens all the time in sports: What’s old becomes new again. Tennis is no different. Strategies experience revivals.Women in tennis have been relegating themselves mostly to the baseline. But perhaps Williams’s use of the serve-and-volley Thursday will spark a new trend. read more

  • Frank Flannery Fine Gaels local election campaign was one of the worst

    first_img Frank Flannery: “It’s almost as if Labour was not designed to be in government.” #macgill14 (thankfully, Joan Burton isn’t here)— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) July 21, 2014 Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter First published 5.58pm More from MacGill: ‘A feature of our calamities in Ireland is that we keep repeating them’ During his speech at MacGill, Flannery also said Fine Gael has 18 months to move away from the “some would say fetishistic” position of “being the party that does the business of the ‘state’ to being the party that does the business of ‘the nation’”.He said that Fine Gael governs as an extension of the civil service and tends to lose its sense of itself as a party and its rapport with the people when it gets into government.“They forget that at the next election, it’s the party, with its raw politics, that is going to be knocking at the doors of the electorate, looking for their vote,” he said.Of the other main parties, Flannery said that Fianna Fáil’s wipeout in the 2011 general election was akin to the losses Manchester United suffered in the Munich air crash in the 1950s due to the loss of many senior figures.He said Sinn Féin is on its way to being a party of government and of Labour he said the party never seems to happy in government as it cannot retain its principles. It thrives more in opposition, he said. Theresa Reidy says bringing down unemployment and bringing down taxes are the “magic bullets” for winning an election #macgill14— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) July 21, 2014 Flannery: “The country really does need Fine Gael to get its act together.” #macgill14— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) July 21, 2014 In her presentation, UCC’s Dr Theresa Reidy said that Irish people are less likely to engage in political discussion than their European counterparts.She also said economic issues almost always dominate at general elections with little discussion on political reform, noting that ”we have five-point plans for everything, except political reform”. In his speech, independent TD Stephen Donnelly said that a “political cartel” of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael/Labour governments have run the country since inception, saying there are few differences between the three parties in the public’s mind.The Wicklow deputy said that the strict party whip system means that no one is allowed think in an independent way and act in an independent way.center_img Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter Updated 7.04pm FORMER FINE GAEL strategist Frank Flannery has criticised the party’s election campaigns over the last three years, citing the strategy for the recent local elections as “one of the worst I ever saw”.Flannery was speaking at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties this evening where he also said it is the “destiny” of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to govern together. He said there are very little practical differences between the two parties.Fine Gael’s former director of elections quit that role earlier this year amid controversies over his role as a lobbyist for the Rehab Group where he was a former CEO and board member.In his speech during a session on the current political landscape, Flannery said that Fine Gael holds itself “aloof” from the electorate and does not focus enough on the politics of the party but on the interests of governing.He identified this as a reason why the party has never been re-elected despite being in government seven times. Flannery said that Fine Gael’s results in elections since 2011 have “by-and-large” not been good.‘Very, very weak’He said that it took “some ingenuity” to go from over 30 per cent in the general election in 2011 to 7 per cent in the presidential election later that same year.He described Fine Gael’s local election campaign in May as, in his view, “one of the worst I ever saw”. He was the party’s director of elections until he resigned on 10 March over the ongoing Rehab controversies.Speaking to journalists a short time later, Flannery said Fine Gael’s performance during the election campaign in May was “very, very weak”. The party lost four per cent of the vote within the month of the election campaign resulting in the loss of a hundred council seats, he said.“I think it was lost because the government lost the debate during the election,” Flannery said.“The election was fought on the issues that were driven by the opposition. Whoever can set the agenda for an election has the best chance of winning it and I think on this occasion, no really strong or coherent attempt was made to set that agenda.”Flannery said working for Fine Gael again is “becoming a less attractive option by the day”. Asked whether he still has a personal relationship with the Taoiseach, he said:“Have I personal relationship with the Taoiseach now? No. Had I one with him? That’s a different question. I am not sure the situation has materially changed from what it was over the last couple of years.” Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter Read: Who is Frank Flannery and why is everyone talking about him?‘Fetishistic’ will be bringing you rolling coverage from the Glenties all this week and you can follow @oconnellhugh for updates. He concluded that current political trends indicate that it is “destiny” that Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael come together and for Labour and Sinn Féin to do likewise.Flannery said that Fianna Fáil has “tremendous experience of governing” and is better at the technicalities of it.“In practical terms there isn’t a massive amount of difference [between the two parties]” he added.‘Mad as hell’Political commentator Noel Whelan said that the factors which influenced people’s vote in the 2011 general election also existed at the last elections in May and will continue through to the next general election in 2016.He said those left behind by the economic recovery are “mad as hell” as they expected more from the current government. Whelan: Overwhelming majority of those unemployed in 2011 still unemployed now. Only difference is they’re long-term unemployed #macgill14— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) July 21, 2014last_img read more

  • Supercar to resurrect Greek auto industry

    first_imgA company in Greece called Korres has announced the Project 4 what may be deemed to be the first ever Greek supercar development. The Greek car industry has been left dormant for decades, but this new venture by Greek architect and inventor, Dimitris Korres could be its saving grace. The one-off Greek supercar dubbed the Korres Project 4 holds the same 7.0-litre V8 engine out of a Corvette Z06 and can go from 0-100km/h in 3.8 seconds. Its top speed can reach over 300km/hr. Few other details have been revealed at this stage, other than that the Project 4 features an adjustable suspension system which can raise the car’s height by 400 mm. It also adjusts the suspension on cornering, so when the car turns right, the centrifugal power presses the chasis to push down on the front and rear left suspension, so the car bends left. The Korres suspension simultaneously lowers the right side of the car overcoming the centrifugal power and vice-versa; the car grips better and turns faster. There is no word on price and distribution yet, but once going it shall provide much needed economic stimulus for the Greek economy and fantastic publicity for the auto industry. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

  • National Honors Awards deadline done

    first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 30 Jun 2015 – Today was the final day to submit entries for the seven national awards prizes which the National Honors Committee has been managing under the auspices of the Office of the Premier. The organization, which launched a campaign in April had been open to accepting names and suggestions and applications and evidence of those worthy of these national accolades. Among the options are: Order of National Hero; Order of Turks and Caicos Islands, two Patriotic Awards, Long Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and Natl Young Achievers Medal. The group is not responsible for deciding who is selected for the awards; that responsibility belongs to the Cabinet. Related Items:Long Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, national heroes awards, Natl Young Achievers Medal, Order of National Hero; Order of Turks and Caicos Islands, two Patriotic Awardslast_img read more

  • Shots fired on Miami Beach

    first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Miami Beach Police are investigating reports of shots fired early Saturday morning.Just before 5 a.m., police said they received a call of shots fired near Ocean Drive and 14th Street.Police found two bullet-casings and took two people in for questioning.No injuries were reported.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

  • Wilmington Police Patrol Officers Union Conducting Annual Telephone Fundraiser

    first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Police Patrol Officers Union is currently conducting its annual fundraiser.This fundraiser is a telephone solicitation by a private enterprise contracted by the Union to work on its behalf.Funds raised are returned to the community throughout the year in the form of charitable and civic events. High school scholarship program, the Officer Sean Collier Scholarship Fund, the Pink Patch Project benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the Veterans Day Coffee Social, and the Deming Way senior citizens Thanksgiving Dinner are but a few of the events the Union are able to continue to sponsor through the generosity of Wilmington residents.As always, be cautious of any sort of solicitation and if you have any questions about a caller’s legitimacy, please contact the Police Department at 978-658-5071.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Wilmington Police Parol Officers Union.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Police Patrol Officers Union Conducting Annual Telephone FundraiserIn “Police Log”NEMLEC Police Foundation Raises $9,500 Through All Pro VIP Season Ticket DrawingIn “Community”WILMINGTON GIVES: Wilmington Police Union Provide Early Thanksgiving To Deming WayIn “Community”last_img read more

  • WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS Town Offers Tennis Lessons For Kids Ages 417

    first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a recent announcement from the Wilmington Recreation Department:Get back to enjoying the outdoors by considering some tennis lessons for kids – they’ll learn or improve upon their game with our team of expert instructors. Here are some great options to try to fit your schedule!Spring Tennis Lessons will run for 5 weeks on Thursdays from May 2 – 30 at the Shawsheen School Tennis Courts. Cost is $40.Children in Grades K – 1 will meet from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.Children in Grades 2 – 4 will meet from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.Children in Grades 5 – 6 will meet from 6:30 – 7:30 p.mTennis Clinics for Grades 6 – 8 will be held Monday – Friday, June 17 – 21 and/or August 12 – 16 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the WHS Courts. Cost is $80 each.Summer Tennis Lessons will be offered by the week (June 24 – 28 and/or July 22 – 26), or in the evenings (Mondays for Grades 4 – 12 and Wednesdays for Grades K – 3). Check out our full schedule in our newsletter “Recreation Matters” or on our website.To register, visit, call 978-658-4270, or stop by Town Hall, Room 8, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Tennis Lessons For Kids & Adults Begin May 17 (UPDATED)In “Community”WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Learn About Upcoming Offerings In Kayaking, Minecraft, Tennis & BalletIn “Community”WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Limited Spots Available In Playground Program, Kids Club & Morning TennisIn “Community”last_img read more

  • Vatican names new leader of West Virginia diocese to replace Bransfield

    first_img By: Associated Press As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Share This! Share This! News • Photos of the Week Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Associated Press,Load Comments,Most Americans can define atheists, Easter; don’t know US share of Muslims, Jews By: Associated Press Associated Press Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! News Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 TagsCatholic bishops clergy abuse scandal homepage featured Roman Catholic Church Vatican West Virginia,You may also like Share This! Catholicism Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts By: Associated Press Husband of Christian blogger and father of 6 dies in beach accident Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Pope Francis has named Baltimore Auxiliary Bishop Mark Brennan to lead the Wheeling-Charleston, W.Va., diocese after a scandal over the former bishop’s sexual harassment of adults and lavish spending of church money.The 72-year-old Brennan replaces Bishop Michael Bransfield, who resigned in September after a preliminary investigation into allegations of sexual and financial misconduct. Last week, Francis barred Bransfield from public ministry and prohibited him from living in the diocese, while also warning that he will be forced to make amends “for some of the harm he caused.” Brennan will now help decide the extent of those reparations.Coming on the heels of a new wave of sex abuse allegations in the U.S., the Bransfield scandal added to the credibility crisis in the U.S. hierarchy since several top churchmen received tens of thousands of dollars in church-funded personal gifts from Bransfield during his tenure in Wheeling-Charleston, which is in one of the poorest U.S. states.A news conference was planned in Wheeling later Tuesday after the Vatican’s announcement.Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore has overseen the West Virginia diocese since Bransfield’s departure. Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Emaillast_img read more

  • Catfish Directors Set to Write and Direct Mega Man Movie

    first_img There are no signs of a new Mega Man game on the horizon, but that doesn’t mean everyone’s favorite blue robot is out of the limelight. Next year will see the debut of a Mega Man animated series on the Cartoon Network. There is even going to be a new Mega Man Legacy Collection. Now, we hear news that Catfish directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman are in final negotiations to write and direct a Mega Man movie for Fox and Chernin Entertainment.According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chernin Entertainment is producing the movie with Masi Oka, who you may know as Hiro from NBC’s Heroes. Other than that, there is no additional information about the film.The biggest question here is whether this would be a live action movie or if it will be computer generated. A Pixar-ish Mega Man film seems to make the most sense, but it’s possible the whole thing could be live action with a ton of visual effects. It’s hard to say which way the producers will go, but I think it would be a smart idea to just make this a CG film so that it can retain the look and feel of the Mega Man series.AdChoices广告In most Mega Man games, the titular hero fights against the robot armies of Doctor Wily. The film could easily go down this route. However, there is also the possibility the movie could be based on the Mega Man X series. It’s also possible it could be a big mish-mash of everything Mega Man. Considering how many Mega Man games have been released over the decades, it shouldn’t be hard to find stories to draw inspiration from.With any luck, we’ll hear more about the Mega Man movie soon. In the meantime, we can look forward to playing Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 which is set to release next month.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. The Marvel Universe done in the style of MegamanStreet Fighter IV characters reimagined as MegaMan sprites Stay on targetlast_img read more

  • Vivaldi 17 screenshots and usability improvements

    first_imgVivaldi 1.7: screenshots and usability improvements by Martin Brinkmann on February 08, 2017 in Internet – Last Update: June 27, 2017 – 11 commentsVivaldi 1.7 Stable has just been released by the makers of the web browser for the supported operating systems Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.The new version of the Vivaldi browser introduces several new features and usability improvements to the browser.The big new feature of the release is native support for creating screenshots. Other features improve the browser’s usability, for instance by letting you change the visibility of extension icons in the browser, improving sound control for tabs, or by introducing a history panel.Vivaldi 1.7 is the first stable release of the web browser in 2017.Vivaldi 1.7The new version of Vivaldi ships with native screenshot functionality. It is not a browser-first feature, as Firefox supported this for a long time, but it is handy nevertheless.Vivaldi 1.7 ships with a capture page icon in the browser’s status bar that you can click on to take a screenshot.You may capture full page screenshots or screenshots based on your selection. The screenshot height cap was raised to 30,000 from 20,000 in the release version.Full page screenshots work exactly as you’d expect them to. Select to save the screenshot as a png or jpg file, or copy it to the clipboard, and hit capture page afterwards.Vivaldi captures the entire page up to the height limit. This means that it scrolls automatically so that all of the page within the limit is captured.The selection based screenshot offers the same options, but will capture the contents of a rectangle that you draw in the browser UI instead.Vivaldi users who prefer to use the keyboard can map the capture actions to keyboard shortcuts so that they can be invoked using these instead. Load vivaldi://settings/keyboard/ to make these changes in the browser’s preferences.It feels a bit strange that you find the two capture area options under window, and the two capture page options under page. While I can see what Vivaldi did there, it would make more sense to bundle all four together.There is also a new option to take an area screenshot when you jot down notes in the Vivaldi browser (as opposed to taking full page screenshots only before).Vivaldi 1.7 Usability ImprovementsThe new version of the web browser ships with several usability improvements. These are all smaller changes that may have a huge impact depending on how you use the browser.The first change improves the visibility of extension icons in the browser’s main toolbar.Vivaldi is based on Chromium, and a quick check shows that Google offers no options in Chrome to hide extension icons fully. The only option you get is to hide it in the menu so that the icon is no longer visible in the main toolbar.You can right-click on any extension icon in the Vivaldi browser to hide it from the main toolbar (and menu). This is especially useful for extension icons that do not offer any functionality.Vivaldi 1.7 ships with a new option. You need to enable it on vivaldi://settings/addressbar/ first by checking “show extensions visibility toggle”. This adds a toggle button to the toolbar that you can activate to hide or show all extension icons displayed in the toolbar.Another improvement comes to the browser’s handling of audio. Vivaldi 1.7 gives you better control over muting some or all tabs in the browser.You may toggle audio using quick commands, keyboard shortcuts, or using mouse gestures. I explained how you can set up each of the options here.For instance, to use quick commands you would simply hit F2 in Vivaldi, and type mute to see all mute related commands the browser supports. Pick the one you want, and hit enter to execute the action.Vivaldi, like Chrome and Firefox, flags sites that attempt to send passwords over HTTP. Look for the “not secure” notice next to the web address that indicates this.Vivaldi wanted to launch a new history panel in Vivaldi 1.7, but decided against it. Expect it to launch with a future version of the web browser.Last but not least, Startpage Search is a new search engine that ships with Vivaldi by default.Closing WordsVivaldi 1.7 is a lighter update to the browser when it comes to features. Part of the browser’s user base will certainly find these features useful, and they are.Still, 2017 is the year that Vivaldi has to demonstrate that the company can make the next step. Plans are underway to ship the first mobile version of Vivaldi, and also to ship the long awaited mail client.These two, if done correctly, will certainly boost the appeal of the browser.SummaryArticle NameVivaldi 1.7: screenshots and usability improvementsDescriptionVivaldi 1.7 Stable has just been released by the makers of the web browser for the supported operating systems Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

  • Passengers earn 100 bonus WestJet dollars with new EBB

    first_imgPassengers earn 100 bonus WestJet dollars with new EBB Tags: WestJet Tuesday, July 11, 2017 Travelweek Group Sharecenter_img < > Posted by CALGARY — WestJet’s new Early Booking Bonus applies to eligible WestJet Vacations packages to anywhere in Mexico, the Caribbean or Hawaii, and offers an additional 100 WestJet dollars to each passenger on the booking.“WestJet is giving our guests an even greater incentive to book early and secure their spot in the sun this coming winter,” said Lyell Farquharson, WestJet Vice-President, Sales and Business Development.The Early Booking Bonus is available to WestJet Rewards members on WestJet Vacation packages anywhere in Mexico, the Caribbean or Hawaii with a minimum package price of $1,500 per guest. All bookings are for travel between Nov. 1, 2017, and April 30, 2018. Bookings must include the WestJet Rewards ID of each guest on the booking. Registration and booking must be made by August 31, 2017.To register for the booking and be eligible for the Early Booking Bonus, clients must be WestJet Rewards members. They can join for free at news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North America“Our Early Booking Bonus offer layers on top of the WestJet Rewards program and other great offers currently in the market, potentially offering a double dip on Rewards. This makes right now the perfect time for clients to book a sun getaway.”WestJet Rewards members can receive WestJet dollars in the following ways:Receive 100 bonus WestJet dollars per person on the Early Booking Bonus offerEarn up to one per cent back in WestJet dollars on base earn rate when using a WestJet Rewards IDPurchase a WestJet Vacations package with a WestJet RBC MasterCard and earn up to two per cent of the base package priceEarn double WestJet dollars when booking an Exclusive Luxury or Exclusive Adults collection packageWestJet says it continues to offer its travel agent partners 8% commission on the base package price on all WestJet Vacations packages.last_img read more

  • Watch Joel Campbell and Álvaro Saborío score in Costa Ricas 21 victory

    first_imgJoel Campbell did it again. The 21-year-old attacker scored another awesome golazo. His goal in the 43rd minute gave Costa Rica its first score in four games. “La Sele,” as Costa Rica’s men’s national team is known, then hung on to beat Paraguay, 2-1, at the National Stadium on Wednesday night. The match was Costa Rica’s last home game before the World Cup. The stadium appeared only half-full (12,500 tickets were sold) for the national team’s “despedida” or “going-away match.”Those watching got another glimpse of Campbell’s abundant talent. He could be the star of the team for years to come. A week ago, the entire soccer world took notice of Campbell after his wonder goal against Manchester United, while playing for the Greek club Olympiacos.On Wednesday night, he blew by a couple defenders and lifted another beautiful shot right over the outstretched arm of Paraguay’s keeper. The way Campbell moved to get open and take the shot actually looked similar to what he did against Manchester United, except his goal versus Paraguay came from a slightly shorter distance.Álvaro Saborío also saw his impressive recent play carry over to the Paraguay match. The Real Salt Lake goalscorer — and Major League Soccer’s Latino of the Year in 2013 — put the game away in the 72nd minute. He then celebrated by…sucking on his thumb? Campbell and Saborío (who we thought might end Costa Rica’s scoring drought) bolstered the home team to a 2-0 lead, and La Sele did just enough to hold on without ever looking dominant.For long stretches throughout the match, Paraguay, the weakest team in South America, managed to control the pace of the game. The visitors finally broke through when Gustavo Raúl Gómez headed in a corner kick at the 85th minute. In the 92nd minute, Paraguay barely missed on a chance to tie up the game.Keylor Navas, Costa Rica’s emerging star, received a warm ovation from Tico fans. The best goalie in Spain’s professional league warded off a few solid attempts by the Paraguayan team. How Navas handles pressure will be key for Costa Rica at the World Cup, where the country faces Uruguay, Italy and England.Head coach Jorge Luis Pinto believes the Paraguay match will better prepare the team for Uruguay, with whom Costa Rica opens in Brazil on June 14. This was Costa Rica’s first victory since qualifying for the World Cup last October. The team had been scoreless in three previous international friendlies, but Costa Rica fought those games without having its best players together on the pitch.The star power helped make the difference in toppling a mediocre and inexperienced — but not incapable — Paraguayan team. Costa Rica will try to carry some newfound momentum into its final international friendlies, which will take place in the United States against Ghana and Japan two months from now. Less than two weeks after those warm-ups, the team takes off for Brazil.In other regional action Wednesday, the United States got shutdown by Ukraine, 2-0; Honduras defeated Venezuela, 2-1; and Mexico and Nigeria played to a scoreless tie.All four Concacaf rivals took on opponents who did not qualify for the World Cup. Costa Rica and Honduras both were victorious at home, while the U.S. and Mexico faced their opponents at neutral sites and didn’t fare as well. Facebook Comments Related posts:Joel Campbell among Costa Rican stars playing in World Cup warm-up against Paraguay next Wednesday 10 images from Costa Rica’s hard-fought victory over Paraguay 7 burning questions for Costa Rica before tonight’s key friendly against Paraguay Injured striker Álvaro Saborío will travel with Costa Rica to the World Cuplast_img read more

  • Aus to benefit from DJ restructure TTF

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