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first_imgTravelBlather.com The design is no work of art, but content is king on Jeremy Head’s blog which explores the universe of online travel and in particular travel journalism, in an intelligent, honest and often scrutinising fashion.A travel writer, broadcaster and editor by trade, Jeremy’s extensive travel experience combined with his excellent writing style mean posts are always an engaging read.If you’re interested in keeping tabs on the world of travel, and especially the travel writing and editing industry, then TravelBlather.com is one to bookmark.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedSimonSeeks.com – Website of the WeekSimonSeeks.com – Website of the WeekTrazzler.com – Website of the WeekTrazzler.com – Website of the WeekTripsource.com – website of the weekThe design is simple and the layout plain, but as the old saying goes: never judge a website by its template.last_img

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first_imgMcLaren said there was evidence that the “washout” of McLaren said there was evidence that the “washout” of samples before London was taking part on a weekly basis in at least athletics and weightlifting.”The Russian team corrupted the London Games on an unprecedented scale.”McLarens first report, released in July, led to more than 110 Russian athletes being banned from the Rio Olympics but also caused a major rift between the IOC and WADA.He said this infighting has got to end to be able to tackle global doping.The report is a huge new blow to Russia, which is already battling to get back into the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) because of an earlier inquiry.Russia has said the earlier McLaren report lacked detail and needed more investigation.New Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov, a former Olympic champion fencer, said yesterday that the country had “declared war” against doping. There are many doubters over Russian efforts however. The IAAF and WADA are keeping to their suspension of Russia, meaning the country may not be able to compete at the world athletics championships in August. WADA president Craig Reedie said last month that Russia was a long way off returning to the global body.Anti-doping officials have complained about a lack of access to closed cities where athletes are training and also to a Moscow laboratory where samples sought by international sporting federations are kept.Athletes from Russia and other East European states have dominated the list of cheats caught in new tests on 1,243 samples taken at the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics.advertisementTennis star Maria Sharapova has been among a host of Russians ordered banned because of doping failures over the past 18 months.IOC medical director Richard Budgett said Wednesday that there is more bad news to come from the London tests which are not yet finished.”There will be many more to come in the coming weeks and months,” Budgett warned without saying which countries were involved. AFP AH AHlast_img

Real Madrid CF’s late surge appetite takes centre stage as they face Atletico Madrid in Champions League

first_imgAs Real Madrid CF and Atletico Madrid gear up to face each other tonight in the Champions League once again, albeit in semi-finals this time, the memories of their previous encounters will still be fresh.The city rivals have played each other twice in the Champions League before, both being the final and where Real Madrid emerged victorious. While the most recent 2015-16 final was won by Real Madrid on penalties after 1-1 draw in normal and extra time, the 2013-14 final was far more dramatic with Sergio Ramos’ 93rd minute goal ending the game at 1-1 in normal time and then Real Madrid went on to win the game 4-1 in extra time.Real Madrid’s consistent display of spirit:Real Madrid have consistently shown great appetite for late goals and this season particularly, Los Blancos have been one of the best examples of never letting go. 14 times they have scored points from losing or drawing positions (excluding 0-0) towards the end of the game. To top that, they’ve won a game after the 81st minute seven times.Football is loved for its spirit and passion across the world. It is often said that apart from the results, what defines a team is their spirit and passion till the final whistle and Real Madrid have defined themselves this season.Like Zinedine Zidane repeatedly says that at Real Madrid, they hate losing. Los Blancos have shown immense character and fighting spirit throughout the season and that has come to become their identity.advertisementStatistics of Real Madrid’s late surge:Ramos has been the leader of the pack in the truest sense, scoring late goals and rescuing the team at a phenomenal rate but he’s not the only one.Toni Kroos did it in week two of the La Liga 2016-17 against Celta Vigo. Alvaro Morata, Mariano Diaz, Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodriguez have all followed suit and with Marcelo’s 85th minute winner against Valencia on Saturday, he’s joined the party.This season, Real Madrid have won 17 points from the 81st minute on, which is 21 per cent of their points. Also apart from the seven times they’ve won a match after the 81st minute, they have salvaged two draws from losing position in the same period that takes the tally to 9 – a quarter of a season.And of course, who can forget one of the most thrilling Champions League final – the one in 2013-14 season – where Sergio Ramos gave a deadly blow to Atletico Madrid in the 93rd minute, equalising the tie that Real won in extra time eventually.Even though recently Antoine Griezmann scored a late goal in the last Madrid derby in La Liga to snatch a draw and Lionel Messi netted a 93rd minute winner in El Clasico after James Rodriguez had equalised in the 85th minute, the number of times Real Madrid have achieved the feat is brilliant.What Real Madrid’s fighting appetite speaks of:Marcelo, after the match against Valencia, had said, “We had to show who we are; we had to reach for our soul.” It’s almost like Real Madrid become a much more ferocious team when they’re down. And that is a dangerous sign!Considering the Champions League history between the Spanish rivals, it will be interesting to see whose spirit will win the game.last_img

Kids benefit from a soccer pros love of the game

first_imgBy Mandy St. AmandSt. Louis Post-DispatchMARYVILLE- Nicholas Karidis and Jeff Cooper share a love of soccer. Both men want to do what they can to promote the sport – they are just going about it in very different ways.The Post-Dispatch has written plenty about Coopers proposal for a $402 million soccer stadium and development project in Collinsville. How he wants the city to become a partner by issuing bonds for the project. How would those bonds be repaid? By the taxes collected on sales and tickets at the soccer stadium, of course. The City Council planned a public hearing on his proposal Monday night.Cooper is a big-time lawyer with big-time connections. He earned a national reputation by winning more than $1 billion in awards and settlements from asbestos cases. His office in East Alton is decorated with soccer balls and athletic jerseys.The paper has not written about Karidis. Hes no big-time lawyer. Hes a former professional soccer player from Greece who came to the United States to pursue his education. He accomplished that – a bachelors degree in psychology and a masters in sociology – and went to work. But Karidis, now 37, missed soccer. He turned pro at 17 and spent years playing professionally for teams in Australia and Greece.Karidis, married and the father of two, spent six years out of the soccer arena. Then my little guy started his select soccer experience, and I just noticed that the soccer program in the United States is very different from the European. And not in a good way. He knew there was a better way to train young players to be competitive.So Karidis sat down with his wife, Kari, last year and decided to start his own soccer club for kids. After 10 months of planning, Juventus Premier Futbol Club held its first tryouts in June. About 140 children and teenagers ages 4 through 19 play for Juventus on eight teams. The youngest kids play on a developmental team; the others compete in the St. Louis Youth Soccer Association. All the games are played on fields in St. Charles and St. Louis counties; the players come from towns across the Metro East.Starting a soccer club the way Karidis did requires three big items: time, people and money. Karidis spends 40 to 50 hours a week coaching, teaching and running Juventus. Thats on top of his full-time job as an insurance fraud investigator. Like Karidis, all of the coaches of Juventus teams are nationally licensed through the U.S. Soccer Federation. One selling point for the club, Karidis said, is that there are no parent-coaches. I coach, but I dont coach my own son, he said.Joe Caradonna, 25, coaches one of the teams. Caradonna played four years of varsity soccer at Collinsville High School. Now he spends five nights a week and weekends working with Juventus teams. In an average week, he said, he spends about 14 hours on Juventus-related business. Its an unpaid position for now. I like soccer, so thats OK with me, he said.The clubs practice fields sit on about 16 acres of land behind the First Baptist Church of Maryville. Kari Karidis is a member of the church, and the couple asked Fred Winters, the senior pastor, about using some of its 70 acres. Part of our mission is to benefit the community, and we see this as a means of doing that. And, it maintains areas of the land we werent using, Winters said. Four or five nights a week, teams practice on the fields from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. – or until its too dark to see.Lights are high on the wish list. But they will cost money, and Karidis has already spent plenty of his own. Hes taken on a slew of sponsors like Puma, Four Flags Motors and Clarkson EyeCare. Sponsors help, but select teams still are expensive. The fees for a season with a Juventus team run about $775. If a player cant afford the expense, the team offers financial aid. Im a firm believer that every kid who has the athletic ability should be given an opportunity to play, and we dont want a financial burden to stop them, Karidis said.Karidis estimates hes spent about $50,000 of his own money on his dream. Cooper has spent about $2 million of his own money on his dream. They both love soccer. Theyre just showing it in different ways.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

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