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Tanui’s journey from the tape to the tee

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, January 19- In his heyday, Moses Tanui was famed for showing world class runners a clean pair of heels in a chequered career that extended to 2004.Having conquered international tracks and roads, the twice Boston Marathon champion and former world 10,000m gold medallist is keen to vanquish the greens and fairways in his newfound passion and sport, golf.“The switch has been very good. In athletics, I finished my career and that was it but I took up golf through friends who encouraged me instead of staying at home, why don’t you take up golf? “I did not know any other sport apart from football and volleyball which I used to play at school and after retirement, I could not go back to them. They gave me a club and when I hit the ball, I was not interested at first,” Tanui said. Instead of the starting gun, Tanui now faces tee-offs having taken up the clubs in May last year and just like his running career, his adopted sport has registered significant progress, dropping down from handicap-28 to handicap-21 in seven months.Tanui took to the practise range on May 16 and the whole new experience was at first strange but four days later, he decided he had enough of that and took to Eldoret Golf Club course.“I was tired of the range and I told my caddie, can we go to the field? He accepted and we took to the course. For the next three days, I spent most of my time hitting the ball and looking for it, hit again, putt and from then, I got the interest,” he added.Just like he crafted milestones in his distinguished running career, Tanui has opened new frontiers for the country’s running greats by making an impression in a sport deemed to be elitist in his nation.“I got my handicap-26 on June 16, two months after I started playing. Being given 26 in two months from the men starting point of 28 was very interesting since I beat other golfers who have been playing at Eldoret Club for quite a while. “I’m a competitor and my mind always gives me competition and I have dropped to handicap-21 in seven months. Even in golf, I want to compete with the best, like my friend Andrew Chelogoi who is handicap-3 and my aim is to become a scratch golfer in this country,” the 1991 Worlds winner continued.Since then, he has not looked back as he seeks to make rapid steps that according to his mission will see him compete in the elite Golfer of the Year premier Kenyan circuit and the European Tour Kenya Open in the future.The two-time Boston champ drew parallels between his latest dalliance and the sport that catapulted him from the backwater of Nandi to international acclaim.“If you are not disciplined in athletics, you cannot enjoy an international career. In golfing if you are not disciplined, you cannot get give scores and you could be disqualified and people will not respect you.“Discipline, concentrating on what you want to do and having your goals are the things one needs to become a good athlete or golfer.”Tanui cited professional local golfer, Elisha Kasuku, a former race walker was an example that athletes can complete the switch.Tanui has also adopted the mission to preach the gospel of his new sport to retired great distance runners like himself.“Most people have branded retired athletes that they get lost in the villager, drink a lot or taking care of business. I would like to tell them this is not a sport for lazy people. It can give you good health, the opportunity to make different friends and helps you relaxed.“Since I started playing some of my colleagues and other young men in Eldoret have taken up an interest. Golf in this country can change if the likes of (former world marathon record holder) Paul Tergat take up the sport.”However, he acknowledges that his running career was the launch pad to his new found passion that featuring in is beyond the reach of majority of his compatriots.Tanui’s highlight moment in his young golfing career was teeing off at Nairobi’s Muthaiga Golf Club, the country’s eminent golf course that is the home of the European Tour Challenge Kenya Open last Friday.“I can say I’m a very lucky man because I was hearing of Muthaiga even when I was running and I could not come here and say, hi, I’m Moses! Playing at the richest golf courses in Kenya is a privilege.“I could not have dreamed of this when growing up but through running, I have been able to get to this position. Runners are changing and soon, we shall see more get to golfing.”The retired distance running great was among sporting icons that features in the first Athletes for Change charity golf event at the respected course whose patron is none less than the Head of State, President Mwai Kibaki. The charity event that is set to go annual witnessed a field of over 70 golfers adopt the four-ball and three-ball team format in raising funds and awareness to support sporting development initiatives in Kenya.A team from United States led by the PGA player, Phillip Winter and American businessmen took on their Kenyan counterparts as the inaugural event registered success.Tanui carded a first nine score of six and a back nine return of 16 for a total of 22 stebleford points as he found the going hard in the tough pristine course. He teamed up with J. Tuwei, C. Kositany and A. Chelongoi.Other notable Kenyan sporting legends involved in the Athletes in Action but did not tee off include five-time World Cross senior men titleholder and 1988 Olympics champion, John Ngugi, two-time World Marathon champion, Catherine Ndereba, former Harambee Stars captain, Musa Otieno and the country’s foremost lady golfer, Rose Naliaka.Tanui retired as one of the most accomplished distance running stars in a career that spurned nearly two decades in the 1990s until he hung his spikes in 2004.In his heyday, Tanui won 10,000m gold at the 1991 World Championships in Tokyo, Japan and followed it up with silver two years later in Stuttgart where he controversially lost a shoe in a tangle with eventual champion, Ethiopia’s Haile Gebrselassie in the last lap.Later that year, the Nandi born icon became the first man to run the half marathon in under 60 minutes when he clocked a then world record of 59:47 in Milan. In 1995, Tanui won the World Half Marathon title and added silver two years later at the same event.He turned to full marathon running and in 1996; he won his first Boston title before adding a second crown in 1998 in his career best 2 hours 07 minutes and 34 seconds.Tanui was third in the 2000 Chicago Marathon and in 2002, won the Vienna event before retiring in 2004 after competing at the Seoul Marathon when knee injury brought his glittering career to an end. He owns a number of businesses in Eldoret town with the famed Grand Prix Hotel the flagship as well as being involved in various athletics events such as the annual Kass FM Marathon that runs in his home town.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Defence the word for Lionesses Rio charge

first_imgShamiah was aware of the task that awaits them after failing to book one of the two places available at the 2015-16 Rugby Women Sevens Series season but the tactician outlined their mission is to reach the finals.“We expect to have a purely defensive squad and when it comes to attack we will use speed. We had a good experience in Dublin which served as a build-up and I’m glad to report that the girls are in good shape, well conditioned to take on teams.“The Pool is interesting, against Botswana, we expect a running game which we have prepared for while and in other games, we anticipate a contact match but we are ready to contest and hopefully qualify for Olympics,” Shamiah declared.Kenya’s biggest threat in the two day competition is South Africa who will be remembered for denying the Lionesses a Confederation of Africa Cup Sevens title last year when it was held in Machakos.“We have a history with South Africa after they beat us last year but in a good day any mighty team can fall anyone and we hope it will be our day.“My biggest aim is making the game better and in our country and if we qualify, we will have more girls exposed,” the coach added.Favourites South Africa headline Pool A alongside, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Namibia and Zambia.Series champions, New Zealand, Canada, Australia and England automatically earned their qualifications after finishing top four in the 2014-15 campaign. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sinaida Aura of Kenya Lionesses evades a tackle during their Elgon Cup clash against Uganda in May. PHOTO/Raymond MokhayaNAIROBI, September 18 – National women sevens team head coach, Mike Shamiah is planning to name a more defensive squad for the 2016 Africa Olympics qualifiers set for September 24 and 25 in Johannesburg, South Africa.The Lioness open their campaign against Botswana before taking on Tunisia, Madagascar and Senegal in a relatively easy Pool B as they quest to bag the only slot from the continental regional qualifiers.last_img read more

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PIGS: Canada’s Pink Floyd Tribute coming to Fort St. John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Come celebrate some of the most amazing music ever made as PIGS: Canada’s Pink Floyd Tribute continues their LEFT + RIGHT Tour into the spring of 2018 in Fort St. John this May.The third leg of PIGS’ 16 weeks, 57-date tour across Canada that started in the fall of 2017 features 14 dates in Saskatchewan, BC, Alberta, and Manitoba. PIGS have been touring Canada extensively over the past few years with their flawless musical rendition of Pink Floyd, thrilling fans in Prince George, Fort St John, Airdrie, Toronto, Halifax, Edmonton, Kelowna, Quebec City, Windsor, Chilliwack, and many, many other cities.PIGS: Canada’s Pink Floyd Tribute show will be at the Lido Theatre May 19.  Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. at www.lido.ca or at Systems Sound Source.  For Moose FM listeners, there is a special pre-sale from April 18 to April 19.  Just use the keyword, ANIMALS when you click on the link at www.lido.ca.- Advertisement -Tickets are $40, plus fees and taxes.  Make sure to listen to Moose FM all this week for your chance to win tickets to the show.PIGS are the only nationally touring Pink Floyd Tribute in Canada and will soon be heading across the border into the US, with Pacific and East Coast tours in the works, as well as tour plans for Asia and Europe. Formed in 2008 in Victoria, British Columbia, PIGS: Canada’s Pink Floyd Tribute honour Pink Floyd’s music like no other tribute.They have spent ten years meticulously recreating the live sound and concert experience of seventies-era Pink Floyd and have perfected their craft in front of sold-out audiences throughout Canada. PIGS shows truly are a labour of love. Over a dozen different guitars and basses are used each night, songs are carefully performed combining aspects from both studio and original live versions, and the correct equipment is used when possible down to the proper cables and guitar strings. Set-lists are developed to contain the biggest hits and the most interesting rarities; PIGS do everything they can to keep their shows fresh, dynamic, authentic and exciting for their fans.Advertisement Fan favourites are embraced, of course: Josh Szczepanowski (bandleader/David Gilmour role) estimates the band has, for example, played ‘Echoes’ for a total of 18 hours over the course of the tour so far! At a number of stops on their tour, PIGS invited local youth choirs to join them on stage to sing Another Brick In The Wall part 2 from the Pink Floyd album The Wall. Their collaboration with the choirs was a real treat for the audience, and a great experience for the kids—as well as one of the most memorable tour moments for the band. “The crowds went crazy whenever the kids started singing,” says Szczepanowski. “We love inviting the local community into our show, and on stage, we all get a real boost watching the kids perform!” On this tour, PIGS will perform selections from the entire Floyd catalogue, including a few special surprises from Floyd solo records.In addition to classics from legendary albums like Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, and The Wall, the band will showcase material that has rarely—if ever—been performed live by Pink Floyd. One of Canada’s premiere visual artists, VJ Photon (Erik Nortman) has been PIGS’ visual artist since 2009.Collaborating with the band to combine their own material with original footage from Pink Floyd’s Mr Screen, Photon helps to keep the show exciting and contemporary while still closely imitating the classic look from the seventies. “Our new high-end lasers really add sparkle and colour and take the show to the next level,” says Photon. PIGS’ Left + Right Tour continues to offer an incredible night filled with music, lasers, and the glow of a giant circular Mr Screen. Get your tickets soon – and relive the majesty of Pink Floyd!last_img read more

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VIDEO: Celebrate Marcus Rashford’s birthday by watching starlet’s wondergoal

first_imgMarcus Rashford’s rise from unknown youth player to one of the best strikers in the Premier League has been one of the stories of 2016.So it is only right that we celebrate his 19th birthday with a video of one of his best goals for Manchester United.Playing in the FA Cup last season, the starlet scored this peach against West Ham, netting the first goal of a 2-1 win in the quarter-finals.It continued his incredible rise to the top of the game, and is well worth a second viewing.So, sit back and enjoy the video above… and Happy Birthday Marcus Rashford!last_img read more

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Ross County 2-3 Aberdeen: 10-man Dons keep pressure on leaders

first_imgTen-man Aberdeen closed the gap on Premiership leaders Celtic to three points after an inspired performance against Ross County at the Global Energy Stadium. Aberdeen were a man short for over an hour after Mark Reynolds was red-carded by referee Crawford Allan for a professional foul on Alex Schalk. County took the lead seconds later with an Ian McShane free-kick but an Adam Rooney penalty and a Shay Logan goal in the space of three minutes saw the Dons go 2-1 up. Aberdeen stretched their lead on the hour mark when Logan scored again from close range and although McShane pulled one back eight minutes from the end with a long-range effort the visitors held out for the points.  But the Dons were back on level terms in the 33rd minute when Chris Robertson hauled Rooney down inside the box and he got up to convert the spot-kick himself. Incredibly, Aberdeen went ahead three minutes later when a Hayes ball across goal ended up in the net after Logan bundled it home the ball into the net despite an attempt from Jamie Reckord to keep it out. There were chances at either end before the break, which included a Hayes shot which just cleared the bar and a downward header by Brian Graham at the other end which Brown somehow kept out. County made a couple of changes at the start of the second half with Jackson Irvine and Raffaele De Vita coming on for Stewart Murdoch and Fraser. Irvine was soon involved in the action when he got on the end of a McShane free-kick but Brown kept his effort out at the back post. Logan and Rooney both went close for Aberdeen before the former added his second and his team’s third of the day on the hour mark. A deep cross from Graeme Shinnie was helped on by Rooney to Logan, who tucked the chance away from three yards to make it 3-1. Irvine came close with a header from a McShane cross in the 74th minute which flashed over the bar, and then County sub Greg Morrison pushed the ball wide after Graham laid it off inside the box. But County were thrown a lifeline in the 82nd minute when McShane scored with a stunning 30-yard drive which flew into the net. However, despite a spirited finish from the home side Aberdeen held out for all three points. Aberdeen started brightly and Johnny Hayes tested County goalkeeper Scott Fox who tipped his fierce drive over the crossbar in the second minute. The Dons threatened again a couple of minutes later and it took a last-ditch tackle from Marcus Fraser to deny them. The home side had the chance to go ahead against the run of play in the 15th minute when Michael Gardyne slipped the ball through to Richard Foster but the former Aberdeen man shot straight at Scott Brown. County had strong claims for a penalty turned down five minutes later when Taylor appeared to bring down McShane just inside the box but play continued and Schalk fired weakly at Brown. Aberdeen found themselves down to 10 men in the 27th minute when Reynolds was red-carded and McShane compounded their misery by firing his free-kick into the bottom corner of the net for the opener. last_img read more

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Liberian entrepreneurs build South African networks

first_imgBusiness ties between South Africa and Liberia received a boost after the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship brought in and trained 15 businesspeople from the West African country in May this year. (Image: Virgin Tribe South Africa) • Gavin Meiring Marketing and communications manager Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship +27 11 403 0622 gavin.meiring@bransoncentre.org • Cooperation, trade and education key to Africa’s success • Ugandan entrepreneur looks after women and girls• Entrepreneurs bring British business back home • Entrepreneurship key to jobs for youth• Entrepreneur builds internet empireShamin ChibbaWhen the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, ran a course for 15 Liberian businesspeople, the most valuable thing they gained was not the knowledge imparted by the facilitators, but the connections they made with one another.This was according to the centre’s chief executive, Jane Rankin, who had overseen the programme when it ran in May this year. It was the first time the centre had accepted entrepreneurs from another country in Africa. And for the organisers, this decision has boosted business ties between South Africa and Liberia.The entrepreneurs were put through the foundation course, which covered fundamentals such as accounting and business planning. Though these sound like subjects out of a university curriculum, which goes against Sir Richard Branson’s eccentric way of doing business, the centre’s spokesperson, Gavin Meiring, says the approach is “truly Virgin”. “Entrepreneurs are taught the art and science of breaking the rules to capture the imagination of customers and investors alike.”Participants were encouraged to be sociable and network with one another. “They now collaborate a lot to deliver on their projects. And since some of them don’t have cash, they barter their skills with one another.”The foundation course usually takes up to six weeks, with students attending class once a week. But it was crammed into five days for the Liberian to attend in a single week. Apart from the course work, guest speakers such as entrepreneur Paul Smith; former chief operating officer of Accenture South Africa, Clive Butkow; and executive director of Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s African Leadership Initiative, Tracey Webster, gave tips and spoke of their life experiences. Preparing for global marketplaceIn September 2013, at the annual Liberia Foundations Meeting held in New York, Branson and the founder of American charity Humanity United, Pam Omidyar, announced that they would partner in an initiative that would prepare Liberian entrepreneurs for success in the international marketplace. The centre in Johannesburg was immediately put forward as the place where they would be tutored, and Omidyar’s organisation agreed to fund the course.Humanity United is dedicated to building peace and advancing human freedom. It also, according to Rankin, is instrumental in helping entrepreneurs in post-conflict countries. Liberia had been through two civil wars between 1989 and 2003 with an estimated 520 000 killed.Along with Virgin Unite, a charitable arm of the Virgin group, officials from the centre went to Liberia to recruit a facilitator on the ground to select 15 entrepreneurs who would participate in the course. The programme manager from the University of Liberia in Monrovia, Wilson Idahor, says the entrepreneurs were identified by means of a print media campaign. “Approximately 250 applications were received. After interviewing the shortlist of 25 applicants, 15 were chosen.”These included agricultural supply chain management company Agro, paper product manufacturer Elohim Printers Incorporated, and food caterers Big Treat Enterprise.Those chosen already had established businesses, which presented a problem for the centre. Rankin believes the course might not have as huge an impact on the entrepreneurs as she had hoped it would. “We were not directly involved in the selection and that was the problem. I think the chances of us impacting these businesses are not great. I think it opened their minds to be here, but we were dealing with established entrepreneurs. I would have preferred entrepreneurs at a much earlier stage.”After finishing the foundation course, the entrepreneurs returned to Liberia where they have to draw up a business plan. “They have to complete a business plan to enter the advanced course. We have to also see some change in their business since they did the foundation course to enter the advanced course. So they should have grown revenue or grown in terms of employees.”Those who accepted for the advanced course will return to the centre in October. Entrepreneurship addressing social challenges“Although Liberia is one of the poorest countries in the world,” says Rankin, “its entrepreneurs are finding solutions that have the capacity to grow the economy and improve peoples’ lives in the future.”These entrepreneurs have had to overcome the challenges of running formal businesses in Liberia. Rankin says that many of them have had to deal with things as they happen, without planning or preparation.Geneva Garr, owner of clothing manufacturer Approved Wear Fashion House, started her business in 2005, soon after she graduated as a fashion designer from an academy in Ghana. But because of the conflict in her home country, she was unable to return home. She started putting her designs together on her front porch, which later grew into a shop. When the war ended in Liberia, she took her vision home and now employs up to 15 people.Elfreda Mayson started Jola House, a textile company, in 2012 as a way to address social challenges facing post-war Liberia. Through her company, she looked to create a sustainable source of income for war-affected Liberian women. Today, a portion of the profits made are invested into the communities from where their employees come. One way of doing this is by recruiting and training women and girls from vulnerable communities. Teaching entrepreneurshipIn recent years, numerous business leaders in South Africa have been calling on schools to teach entrepreneurship. And though Rankin thinks it is a good idea to an extent, she is tentative when it comes to involving the Branson Centre. “I think you can open young people’s minds to the possibilities and the option of being an entrepreneur. You can show them how to look at opportunities and how to create solutions to social problems that in the end can turn into businesses.”However, she says not enough is being done in schools to prepare pupils for life after school, whether for tertiary education or running their own businesses. Rankin adds that many South Africans are turning to entrepreneurship not because they want to but because they have to. Getting into tertiary institutions or finding a job is getting harder and out of desperation, they look to entrepreneurship as an alternative to making a living.The problem with this, she says, is that these businesspeople are not getting the years of experience within a chosen industry, which is crucial to succeeding on their own. “They are basically opening a business in an industry they know nothing about. They have no network and no real understanding of that industry. It’s a huge barrier to making a success of their business.”She suggests getting some work experience within an industry before venturing out because as running one’s own business is difficult without know-how. “It’s just going to be easier when you move into your own business. Your understanding of the industry and what it needs is going to be that much better rather going in and learning the hard way while trying to get a business off the ground.”An additional problem is that entrepreneurs may have an idea and immediately think people will gravitate towards it. However, Rankin says these businesspeople are not doing the market assessment needed to find out whether their product or service is viable. “That kind of research is not happening. They start their business and don’t really know who they want to sell to.”She acknowledges that there is no sure route to success as most entrepreneurs do not follow a conventional path, much like Branson did when he started his first student magazine at the age of 16 when he dropped out of school. Expansion into AfricaWith the success of the Liberian project, the centre realises it can have a huge impact on entrepreneurs in other African countries. “We are looking to expand into Africa. But for us to work with other countries we would need a partner. We would either have a similar model as the one with Liberia or we would go and train facilitators in that country to operate an organisation like ours.”In addition, having been around for more than nine years, the Branson Centre is now looking to spread through South Africa. At present, it only accepts Gauteng residents because students have to attend the course every week.The centre started out as the Branson School in 2005 when it was affiliated to Cida City Campus. Three years ago it became independent and moved to Braamfontein. Operating as a non-profit organisation, the centre recruits informal and formal businesspeople from previously disadvantaged backgrounds with the aim of helping them to run their businesses and access funds and international opportunities.“Our focus isn’t turning everyone into the next Richard Branson, but our focus is to help them run the business more effectively. Really just giving the entrepreneurs the exposure they need.”last_img read more

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Air New Zealand has tourism growth as its Seoul objective

first_imgAir New Zealand flight NZ75 prepares to take off for Seould. Photo: Steve Creedy Air New Zealand has returned to South Korea with the aim of stimulating travel growth to support a daily service between Auckland and Seoul.The carrier’s inaugural flight, NZ75,  touched down Saturday night after a trip of more than 11 hours with senior Air New Zealand and government officials on board.The Kiwi airline is planning to lure more Koreans to New Zealand with the direct Boeing 787-9 flights but also hopes to expose New Zealanders to a new destination.While Seoul is a long-time favorite of the Air NZ acting chief executive Jeff McDowall, he  conceded most New Zealanders didn’t know it well.“So that feels like an opportunity as well, if we can bring it to life in the minds of the New Zealanders,’’ he told AirlineRatings during the flight.“If you go back a few years and think about Tokyo as a city and Osaka and Kyoto, they weren’t visited by New Zealanders as tourism destinations either but over the past 10 or so years they’ve grown hugely as people have woken up to that.“And you can imagine the same happening with Korea.”READ: Boeing roles out its 737 MAX 10.Air New Zealand has some familiarity with the South Korean market, having flown there in the 1990s but pulled out when demand fell spectacularly due to the Asian financial crisis in 1997-98.McDowall said demand had grown significantly since then to the point that South Korea was the third biggest source of visitors after China and Japan.But he noted capacity between New Zealand and South Korea had been flat and this meant many visitors had been coming via another gateway such as Tokyo or a point in Australia.“By operating a direct flight, we think we’ll be able to capture a lot of the market that’s already coming to New Zealand via somewhere else and as well as that stimulate demand through a more convenient option,’’ he said.“So it makes good sense.“There are also about 40,000 Koreans living in New Zealand which means we’ll get a big chunk of the demand from them going to see their families and their families visiting them.”To help  the new target market feel more at home, AirNZ has  tweaked its award-winning service to add a Korean flavor to its menu while retaining local staples such as New Zealand fine wines and produce such as lamb and cheeses.Nor will anyone go hungry: the outbound inaugural included lunch, dinner and a light refreshment of sandwiches and tea cakes.Korean dishes on the flight included Korean barbecue pork with spicy courgette banchan, fried rice and aromatic vegetables as well as Bulgogi beef with Korean rice.AirNZ KoreaThe Korean barbecue pork combined nicely with a crisp New Zealand pinot gris. Photo: Steve Creedy.Korean Air also flies to New Zealand and McDowall said he expected the carrier to be competitive on the route “just as we would be with a new entrant to the market”.“But demand looks like there’s enough space there for the two of us and we each offer a slightly different proposition,’’ he said..“We’ll offer a New Zealand style of service which will be new and interesting to Korean visitors and we have that great domestic network which gives them easy access to the 20 ports around New Zealand we operate to together with side trips to Australia or Pacific Islands.”Although  AirNZ expects the traffic to be primarily tourism-based, McDowall said there would also be “a big chunk of VFR” and some business travel.He believed the biggest opportunity in terms of Australia was duel destination traffic rather than convincing Australians to hub through Auckland as AirNZ does on some other routes.He noted Air New Zealand had across the Tasman the widest range of Australian destinations on offer.“I think for a customer going direct to Australia, they’ll just go direct to Australia,’’ he said. “But the dual destination thing could be quite big.”The ultimate goal would be to go daily, he added.“We’re going to have three (services) year-round with five over the peak season during the summer… and then we’ll analyse how that demand has played out and look to grow it as much as we can,’’ he said.The airline will initially fly from Auckland on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays adding Wednesday departures between December 25 and February 19 nad Sunday departures from December 29 to February 16.Air New Zealand’s Seoul schedule: Auckland 1305 +1 Thursday & Saturday Auckland 1505 +1Monday NZ74Seoul 2155 NZ73Auckland 1125 Seoul 1900 Seoul 2215 Seoul 1830 Seoul 1950 Seoul 2215 Auckland 1035 Monday SaturdaySunday (29 December – 16 February)Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Flight NumberDepartsArrivesFrequencyAircraft typecenter_img Thursday Sunday (29 December – 16 February)Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Auckland 1325 +1 Seoul 2210 Auckland 1105 NZ76 Auckland 1155Auckland 1420Seoul 1920 Auckland 1320 +1 Seoul 2355 Steve Creedy flew to Seoul courtesy of Air New Zealand. 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Duo Charged with Stealing over $8K in Merchandise ORC Ring

first_imgPolice say two alleged shoplifters are part of an organized theft ring that targeted stores at the Wrentham Village Premium Outlets in Massachusetts and allegedly stole $8,000 in merchandise before they were caught. The suspects face larceny and other charges in Wrentham District Court.The suspects, identified as Dennis A. Reyesmora and Carlos K. Limones, both of Hollis, New York, were arrested Saturday inside the Under Armour store, according to Police Chief Bill McGrath. Police recovered trash bags of allegedly stolen goods, he said… The Sun Chronicle Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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Fulton man arrested after police chase

first_imgA Fulton man has been arrested after Callaway County authorities say he led them on a long chase.Michael Rogers, 43, is accused of felony resisting arrest, driving while intoxicated, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, and violation of an order of protection.Investigators say a deputy spotted Rogers late Saturday night on Old Highway 54 near East Elm Street in Auxvasse. Rogers allegedly got in his vehicle and drove away.Deputies say Rogers went across the median from eastbound to westbound Highway 54 at one point. Spike strips deployed just south of Auxvasse hit Rogers’ vehicle, finally getting it to stop.Rogers was taken into custody.last_img read more

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Turtles Don’t Clear Hurdle

first_imgThe green sea turtle is on the rebound, but its population numbers still fall far short of historic levels, according to a new analysis of nesting sites over the past 600 years.A Caribbean native, the green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas), has been under attack since the 15th century. European settlers and tradesman first began hunting the turtles for food and sport. Later, colonial merchants and pirates reduced the numbers further, and, in the last century, western hunters pushed the creatures to the brink of extinction. International conservation efforts began in 1978, and over the past 28 years, the number of green sea turtles has risen by more than 400% at isolated sites such as Tortuguero, Costa Rica. Today, the green sea turtle population stands at roughly 300,000, although this number is controversial. The recovery has prompted some scientists to advocate removing the turtle from the international endangered species list.But just because green sea turtle populations have rebounded over the past few decades doesn’t mean their population sizes have returned to normal, says Loren McClenachan, an ecologist at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography in San Diego, California. To calculate how much of a recovery the turtles have actually made, McClenachan and colleagues compared modern green sea turtle surveys to historic records, including surveys from 164 historic sources dating back to the 15th century.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The historic data reveal that the green sea turtle originally occupied nine major nesting sites and 50 other beaches in the Caribbean. Jamaican hunting reports dating to the 17th century indicate that 6.5 million adult turtles lived in Jamaica alone. By assuming that each of the nine major nesting beaches in Nicaragua, Panama, and Costa Rica were equally large, and that minor sites hosted only 10% as many nesting turtles, the authors conclude that 91 million adult green turtles thrived in the 17th century Caribbean–a figure twice as large as previously estimated. Hunting completely eliminated at least 17 green turtle nesting sites, with many remaining sites hosting only a few dozen turtles, the team reports in this month’s issue of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.Despite successful conservation efforts, the findings indicate that green sea turtle populations are only 0.33% of their historic numbers. Large populations of turtles are needed to prevent the overgrowth and rotting of seagrass beds, which are important for the safe breeding of fish and shrimp. As such, the turtle’s numbers are still far too small for protective measures to be withdrawn, McClenachan argues.”The paper convincingly rejects the notion that green turtles in the Caribbean should no longer be classified as endangered,” says Sebastian Troeng, a marine biologist at Conservation International, a nonprofit environmental organization in Washington, D.C. “Conservationists will have to set bolder recovery goals if sea turtle populations are to reach sizes large enough to fulfill their role in Caribbean marine ecosystems.”Related sitesState of the World’s Sea TurtlesMarine Turtle Specialist GroupCaribbean Conservation Corporationlast_img read more

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