NewerAmerican Airlines to launch VeriFLY to customers As Aqua Expeditions steers positively into 2021, Aqua Nera, the company’s newest expedition vessel, will launch its much-anticipated inaugural voyage on April 3rd.She will grace the mystical Amazon river with unparalleled contemporary luxury and bold design aesthetic. The 20-suite river ship, custom-designed by award-winning Noor Design, built in Vietnam, is currently sailing the full length of the Amazon river to her home port of Iquitos, Peru after an epic 19,866 km journey across the world.- Advertisement – “We are excited to resume our operations and launch our newest ship Aqua Nera after months of travel bans. “Our team has used the past months wisely to refine our operations to the highest safety standards, so we will be at our very best to welcome guests back onboard. “Aqua Nera is positioned to be an innovative addition on the Amazon river, inspired by the Peruvian black water lagoons, combining refined elegance with contemporary design,” said Francesco Galli Zugaro, chief executive, Aqua Expeditions. Aqua Expeditions has confirmed the resumption of its Peruvian Amazon operations, with the first departure of Aria Amazon scheduled for December 18th.The move comes as travel restrictions in South America slowly lift. – Advertisement – OlderNH Hotels launches new Mobile Guest Service app Peruvian borders are now open, with flights from seven regional destinations in operation since October 5th, and international flights from the USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Jamaica back in operation since the start of the month.More than ever, health and safety remain Aqua’s number one priority for guests and crew alike. Strict safety protocols have been imposed by LATAM Airlines and Lima Airport, with all travellers into the country required to present a negative RT-PCR test certificate or an antibody test for Covid-19 issued no more than 72 hours before their scheduled flight, along with a health electronic sworn statement, and an affidavit of health and geolocation authorisation.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
Comment Arsenal are reportedly closing in on a deal for the Celtic full-back (Picture: Getty)‘We’ll just wait and see what happens but here’s hoping he stays.‘As it stands he’s a Celtic player and I’d love him to stay because of what he’s done the last five seasons.’‘There’s always going to be speculation on top-quality players and that’s what Kieran is.‘There will always be speculation whether he goes through this window to the next window, it will always be there.‘That is what we expect when the team is doing so well and we’re doing well in Europe, and he’s performing well in Europe.‘It will always be there or thereabouts.’ Metro Sport ReporterThursday 1 Aug 2019 9:37 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.6kShares Kieran Tierney has not been distracted by the Arsenal transfer rumours, says Scott Brown (Picture: Getty)Celtic captain Scott Brown claims that Kieran Tierney has brushed off rumours linking him with Arsenal and is solely focused on returning to training ahead of the new season.Unai Emery identified Tierney as his priority left-back target at the start of the summer, but Arsenal’s two opening bids for the 22-year-old left-back were turned down by Celtic.In the last few days, though, Arsenal have made a breakthrough in their talks with Celtic and are reportedly confident of reaching an agreement after restructuring their second offer of £25million for the Scotland international.The Gunners are now willing to pay a larger proportion of the fee up front and it’s believed the two clubs are finally nearing a deal, with deadline day fast approaching.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityWhile Tierney could be forgiven for being distracted by the intense speculation, it appears the full-back is instead focusing his efforts on recovering from a recent injury.Asked how Tierney has been coping with rumours surrounding his future, Brown replied: ‘He’s fine, he’s just come back from an injury.‘He’s looking forward to trying to get himself back into training and get himself back on the pitch as well.‘He’s been a phenomenal player for us for the last five seasons. Tierney has reportedly told Celtic that he wants to play in the Premier League (Picture: Getty)Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon believes Arsenal will be getting a ‘massive player’ if they manage to get a deal over the line for Tierney this summer.‘You can’t say Kieran isn’t worth that kind of money,’ Gordon said.‘A £25m player could have been £5m a few years ago.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘That’s just what it is so we almost have to put that to one side and not look at the figures and only concentrate on the ability of the player.‘And Kieran has everything you’d want in a modern day full-back.‘Whoever manages to get him playing for them this season is lucky because he’s going to be a massive player for us or anybody else.’MORE: England’s Rugby World Cup bid will not suffer 2015 ‘off-field’ issues, says Mike Brown Advertisement Advertisement Celtic captain Scott Brown reveals how Kieran Tierney has reacted to Arsenal transfer speculation
The overseas based owner of 39 San Simeon Drive, Clear Island Waters is selling off to avoid higher land tax bills.. Picture: realestate.com.auFOREIGN buyers have begun selling off their Queensland property assets following the introduction of a new tax regime.A surcharge on land tax for absentee (foreign) owners was introduced by the State Government in July. That means they are charged 1.5 per cent more land tax than Australian based owners, on property holdings with government valuations of more than $350,000. CHINESE buy 8 per cent of new homes in Queensland Andrew Henderson, principal of John Henderson Professionals Mermaid Beach, has listed three properties where he said the extra tax made the owners consider them no longer a viable investment.He said many of the foreign investors hadn’t realised they would have to pay the additional charges until they received their latest land tax bill.For some owners it could be a substantial additional cost of thousands of dollars. 38 Pintail Crescent, Burleigh Waters has been listed for sale by its Indonesia-based owner. Picture: realestate.com.auThe other property affected by the same issue was also owned by an Indonesia-based investor.The house at 134 Santa Cruz Boulevard, Clear Island Waters was listed for $899,000. It has four bedrooms and is within walking distance of the Surfers Paradise Golf Course.It is rented for $2080 a month. 134 Santa Cruz Boulevard, Clear Island Waters has also been listed for sale by its Indonesia-based owner. Picture: realestate.com.au“Regardless whether or not you support the new laws, there is no doubt it is starting to have an effect,’’ said Mr Henderson. A higher land tax bill means the overseas-based owner of 39 San Simeon Drive, Clear Island Waters has decided to sell. Picture: realestate.com.au“Anything over land value of $350,000, so when you look at suburbs like Mermaid Beach your average unimproved land value is $1 million, so when you are then talking about (figures like that) it adds substantial costs to the bottom line of the holding costs of that investment property,’’ Mr Henderson said.He said some of the properties were already negatively geared and on top of rates and current land tax charges it made it unviable for the owners.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North3 hours agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by He said ultimately the people who lost out where the tenants of these properties, as it was highly likely they would sell to owner occupiers in the current market.Properties his agency had listed for sale because of the land tax issue included a four-bedroom home at 39 San Simeon Drive, Clear Island Waters. The waterfront home will be auctioned on October 29. It has views of Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach and is on 1005 sq m of land.Mr Henderson said the Singapore-based owner had decided the new land tax charges meant it was no longer a worthwhile investment for him. It has an estimated rental income of $650 a week.A property owned by an Indonesian based investor at 38 Pintail Crescent, Burleigh Waters has been listed for sale for the same reason.The three-bedroom home was tenanted for $470 a week.
Although the proportion of sovereign funds allocating to private debt increased, the amount of money being invested in the asset class did not.Capital raised for private debt funds closed in 2016 totalled $94bn, Preqin said in its report, down from $98bn in 2015. However, this was still almost quadruple the $25bn raised in 2009.Ryan Flanders, head of private debt products at Preqin, said: “This latest research shows that private debt is an increasingly attractive asset class to sovereign wealth funds.”SWFs’ ability to commit large sums of capital to private debt vehicles could give a further boost to future fundraising for asset managers, he said.However, as a group these investors could tend more towards the direct investment route in future, he suggested.“Given their overall tendency to prefer longer-term, lower-risk investments, as more sovereign wealth funds become active in the space we may see a swing towards direct lending investments,” Flanders said.Preqin said 93% of private debt investors interviewed at the end of 2016 said their private debt portfolio had either met or exceeded their expectations in the past year.Among private debt strategies, mezzanine funds were the most popular strategy, with 70% of sovereign funds invested in private debt picking this as a preferred strategy. Distressed debt was selected by 63% and direct lending by 53%.“Private debt, amid a low interest rate environment, has become a distinct, standalone asset class rapidly evolving into a mainstream investment option for institutional investors,” Preqin said in its report. The number of sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) investing in private debt rose five percentage points over the last 12 months to 39%, although the amount of new money invested ticked lower.Research from alternative investments data firm Preqin showed most SWFs with more than $10bn (€8.9bn) in assets now allocate to private debt, and two-thirds of those managing $250bn or more do so.All larger SWFs – those managing $100bn to $249bn – invest in the asset class, according to research for the 2017 Preqin Sovereign Wealth Fund Review.Preqin said SWFs were attracted to private debt investments due to their strong risk-adjusted returns and low correlation to other asset classes.
With no disciplinary action being taken against McManaman over his controversial tackle on Massadio Haidara in the 2-1 league defeat of Newcastle on March 17, he is eligible for selection this weekend. But Martinez has emphasised the 21-year-old has been carrying an ankle problem, sustained in the 3-0 FA Cup win at Everton on March 9, and will need to be assessed over the next few days. Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has confirmed forward Callum McManaman is still being troubled by an ankle injury ahead of Saturday’s Barclays Premier League home clash with Norwich. “Callum’s been carrying an injury to his ankle, which caused him to be substituted against both Newcastle and Everton,” said Martinez, quoted on www.wigantoday.net. “Our major concern now is making sure he’s fully fit and able to take to the field against Norwich. “He hasn’t trained with the rest of the team yet, and the next 48 hours will be crucial.” Press Association
By Mitch PhillipsRIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) – Usain Bolt has somewhat skewed the picture by making it look so easy but when it comes to retaining an Olympic athletics title, history shows that it is an extraordinarily difficult thing to achieve.Four years ago Bolt became the first man to win back-to-back 100 metres gold on the track (1984 champion Carl Lewis was awarded the 1988 gold after Ben Johnson was disqualified) then repeated the deal with the 200m and 4x100m relay.Mo Farah shows his joy as he wins the men’s 5 000m final at the London 2012.He, along with compatriot Shelly-Anne Fraser-Price (women’s 100m), Tirunesh Dibaba (women’s 10,000m), Valerie Adams (women’s shot put) Tomasz Majewski (men’s shot) and Barbora Spotakova (women’s javelin), will be seeking to make it three in a row in Rio, while several other 2012 champions will seek to retain their titles.British athletics fans will forever remember 2012’s ‘Super Saturday’ when Jessica Ennis, Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah won gold within 45 minutes on a landmark night and all three are in Rio and could produce similar fireworks on August 13.Farah is bidding to become the second man after Finn Lasse Viren (72-76) to retain both the 10 000m and 5 000m titles but the figures suggest the chances of all three Britons standing on top of the podium again are slim.Famed track and field statistician Mel Watman took a close look at the situation for Britain’s Athletics Weekly magazine and revealed that since 1948 fewer than 10 percent of individual events have been successfully defended.In that time there have been 58 back-to-back winners in 612 events (373 for men, 239 for women).Lewis in the long jump (1984-96) and American discus thrower Al Oerter (56-68) are the only athletes to have won four in a row.Soviet triple jumper Viktor Saneyev (68-76) and Polish racewalker Robert Korzeniowski (96-04) managed three but nobody has done it on the track.In each of the Games of 1972 and 2004 there was only one successful defence, whereas in 2012 there were seven, with the six athletes responsible (two for Bolt) all gunning for a third in Rio. The figures are slightly thrown by the boycotts of 1976, 1980 and 1984, but the general message is clear — it is not easy.One man who knows how tough it is, because he achieved it, is IAAF president Sebastian Coe, who won the 1500m in 1980 and again in 1984.“There will be some great defences here but it is extraordinarily tough,” he told Reuters. “You have to retain your form and your health.“For someone to complete a treble you are effectively talking about eight years or more at the top and that’s what makes the difference between the good and the great.“Daley Thompson (who won back-to-back Olympic decathlons in 1980 and 1984) was undefeated from 1978 to 1987. That is gripping it by the throat and making the event your own.”
The chief executives of the International Cricket Council’s 12 full members and three associate representatives also will discuss the rescheduling of series, the program of future tours and the key factors behind the resumption of international cricket on Thursday’s conference call.The T20 World Cup is scheduled for Oct. 18-Nov. 15 in Australia. It is cricket’s biggest global tournament this year and hasn’t yet been called off.ICC chief executive Manu Sawhney says the organization is continuing to “take advice from experts and authorities” about the T20 tournament.Sawhney says there is a need to “share knowledge and … build a deep understanding of what it will take to resume international cricket.”___ Aguero says “it’s a tough time for children at the moment, and also for parents trying to keep them focused on their education from home.”Aguero hasn’t played a competitive match since March 8 because soccer is shut down in England and across most of the world during the outbreak.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 German state and local officials could potentially veto games in their areas. Keller says unified rules for soccer around the country would help clubs “quickly and without bureaucracy.”___Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been using some of his spare time in lockdown to teach British kids how to speak Spanish.The Argentina international has been signed up by the BBC as part of its home-schooling initiative while educational establishments are closed during the coronavirus pandemic.Aguero is teaching kids how to count in Spanish. His lessons became available on a day kids in Britain would have usually returned to school after the Easter holidays. The president of the German soccer federation says resuming league play will not mean taking resources away from healthcare workers amid the coronavirus pandemic.Fritz Keller writes in Kicker magazine “we guarantee that resuming play … will not cause a burden for the healthcare system.”He adds that “there will be no use by sportspeople of testing capacity which would be missed elsewhere.”No top league games have been played since March 11.The German league has been more bullish than other major European competitions about the chances of resuming in May or June with widespread coronavirus tests for players. That push is partly driven by fears that several clubs face financial collapse without TV and sponsorship money. April 20, 2020 The Latest: T20 World Cup on agenda for ICC meeting Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Contingency planning for the men’s Twenty20 World Cup will be among the topics for discussion when the heads of the top cricketing nations hold a specially convened meeting this week about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the sport. Associated Press
Denis Hogan headed over to Towcester today with just one runner and it proved a successful trip.Boherna Lady landed the Haygain Hay Steamers Clean Healthy Forage Mares’ Handicap Hurdle in fine style under Kevin Darcy. Backed from a morning price of 4-1 into 2-1 favourite before the off, Boherna Lady was always travelling smoothly in the hands of Darcy and she powered clear up the home straight to win by ten lengths from All Riled Up. Boherna Lady is owned by the Premier Racing Club
Speaking to Tipp FM afterwards Tipp Selector Mick O Sullivan said the opposition were a more physical side Tipperary were roundly defeated by Clare in last night’s Munster Minor Football playoff.The Banner lead from the outset in the low scoring encounter at Cusack Park and at half time the Premier were trailing 0-02 points to 0-05 but all the scores came from frees.Tipperary clocked up 3 more points in the second half to Clare’s 5 and it ended 10 points to 5 with Clare through to the Munster Minor Football Semi Final.
Brazil and Barcelona legend, Ronaldinho, is said to be adapting to life in a Paraguayan jail where he has been incarcerated for about a month and is being investigated for entering the country with a fake passport.The former world player of the year had a rough bedding-in period but now appears to be, if not enjoying his stay in jail, making the most of it.Earlier in his stay, reports from the prison say his mates continually offered him snacks, in an attempt to make him feel welcome and make his adjustment to life in the Paraguayan jail much easier.However, Ronaldinho, still in shock over his incarceration, was reluctant to accept any gifts.He eventually warmed up to his mates and started accepting snacks and tea, Marca reported at the time.In fact, Ronaldinho became accustomed to his fellow inmates that he would have long conversations with some of them about his days in football.A number of the inmates, who were in awe of having such a huge star join them, couldn’t resist asking him for autographs, which the ever-jovial star was happy to sign.Reports indicate that even the prison guards could not help requesting the Brazilian to sign autographs for themselves and their kids.Having been ordered to remain in jail by the judge, after his first appearance in court, Ronaldinho joined a football team in jail, where he showed that class is permanent.‘Dinho’ dominated the trophy match, scoring five goals and assisting six more, with all kinds of tricks and flicks along the way as his side won the 16kg smoked pig on offer.Prior to the game, there had been a huge bidding war for the player, with many teams keen to have him in their ranks.One of the policemen actually lent him a pair of shoes to play in.Aside football, which is certainly Ronaldinho’s first love, the player has been learning carpentry in the jail.He has also taken to teaching the inmates some of the skills that made him a global icon and plays football everyday.“He plays football every day and teaches the guys he plays with a few tricks,” a source told ESPNHowever, it’s not been all roses for the Brazilian as he is reported to be missing music, having taken to playing the bongos during his retirement.He is not allowed to play instruments in jail.Ronaldinho is quite concerned about his mum as well and reportedly calls her every evening to check on her.The player also recently spent his 40th birthday behind bars, not the ideal setting for such a landmark period.He did, however, get to celebrate the day with a ‘huge barbeque’.Arrest, court appearanceRonaldinho was arrested in Paraguay over claims that he entered the country using a fake passport.According to the BBC, police in the country also searched the hotel where the Brazilian had been staying with his brother in the Paraguayan capital in the capital, Asuncion.Paraguay’s Interior Minister, Euclides Acevedo, clarified to ESPN Brazi that the two had not been arrested but are under investigation and that they are cooperating with the police.“I respect his sporting popularity but the law must also be respected. No matter who you are, the law still applies,” he said.Another man who travelled with the brothers – 45-year-old Wilmondes Sousa Lira – has also been held.When they appeared in court, the judge ordered them to be held in pre-trial detention, denying them bail or house arrest.It is reported that Ronaldinho faces six months in jail for the offence if found guilty.In July 2019, 57 of Ronaldinho’s properties were seized following a court order, due to unpaid taxes.A Brazilian newspaper, Folha de S.Paulo that Ronaldinho owed 9.5 million reais, the equivalent of GH¢ 13.5 million.The former Barcelona player also reportedly also owed creditors 7.8 million reais, or GH¢ 11.1 million.A judge in Porto Alegre told Reuters news that because the case was under judicial secrecy rules it couldn’t comment on it.The former player has also had his passports seized by Spanish and Brazilian authorities.Ronaldinho featured on that year’s Instagram Rich List, placing sixth, with the Brazilian reportedly charging £206,000 for every promotional post.He had a storied career that spanned just over two decades, playing for some of Europe’s biggest sides including Barcelona and AC Milan.He enjoyed the most successful period of his career at the Catalan club, where he scored 94 goals and assisted 71 more.He was also named the World Footballer of the Year in 2004 and 2005, winning the Ballon d’Or in 2005.