24 days agoChelsea captain Azpilicueta ready to help potential replacement James

first_imgChelsea captain Azpilicueta ready to help potential replacement Jamesby Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCesar Azpilicueta says he will help Reece James in any way possible.The Spanish right-back could potentially be replaced by 19-year-old James by the end of the season after his impressive debut against Grimsby Town last week.But the club captain insists he will help James develop as much as he can.”Reece is a player I have followed and he had an amazing spell at Wigan [on loan],’ said Azpilicueta. “He showed his quality, he is a very strong boy with a good attitude. I will try to help him with whatever he needs.”I am here to help the team and even if he is a right-back and I can play right-back, we are players who can play in different positions. “I am here to help as I am with all the young lads and hopefully he can be an important player for this big team.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 days agoLiverpool chief exec Moore: We’re back after dark days

first_imgLiverpool chief exec Moore: We’re back after dark daysby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool chief executive Peter Moore says the European champions are well placed after “some dark days”.Sustained investment in the squad and infrastructure has elevated owners FSG to the highest point of their ownership, with the club posting £125m record profits – re-invested back into the squad even before the financial results were announced in February – winning the Champions League and starting this season brilliantly.”From a prestige perspective it (the Champions League victory) kind of gets us back to where we once were in what we liked to call ‘European royalty’, so the impact is massive,” said Moore.”When we look at the health of the club our revenues have doubled in the last five years and been reinvested back into the squad. We have steadied the ship from some dark days nine years ago.”We take great pride in our business model: a self-sustaining football club.”Simply, you drive revenues as best you can to invest on the pitch and that investment on the pitch pays off and global sponsors and advertisers want to be a part of that.”They continue to give the football club revenue which will again drive investment on the pitch and we win more games.”It is a virtuous cycle and that is the modern business model for high-performing football clubs: invest, invest, invest for success.”Yes, we had that headline, £125million, but all of that money, by the time we had announced that, had been reinvested in players like Virgil Van Dijk, Alisson Becker, Naby Keita and Fabinho. But the club is in fine shape financially.”I think, as you saw from Jurgen’s comments, he has the squad he likes and we have locked this squad up on long-term contracts, which is important.”He has built the chemistry and these players are content, motivated and excited to win – not just for Jurgen and the coaching staff but for the people of Liverpool and broader global fanbase.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Shaw appears to poke fun at Mourinho-Pogba rift

first_imgManchester United defender Luke Shaw has taken to Twitter to make a cheeky jibe hinting at the rift between Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho.The full-back featured in United’s 3-1 victory over Huddersfield Town on Saturday afternoon – a result that ensured Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recorded a win in his first home match as Reds manager.Pogba was instrumental in the victory, having scored what proved to be a vital brace. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? After the match Shaw uploaded a photograph of the Frenchman celebrating with his teammates on Twitter with the caption: “When you post something by accident on insta”, referencing a controversial post from Pogba in the aftermath of Mourinho’s dismissal.When you post something by accident on insta pic.twitter.com/7UFfKaGsZ7— Luke Shaw (@LukeShaw23) December 26, 2018The World Cup winner posted a photo of himself smirking shortly after news of the Portuguese manager’s departure broke, with the caption “Caption this”.The photograph was deleted shortly afterwards and the 25-year-old claimed that it had been a scheduled post, and not a jibe at his ex-manager.Mourinho and Pogba endured a tumultuous and well-documented relationship during their time together at Old Trafford.Earlier in the season the midfielder was told that he would not captain United again while Mourinho was in charge and the two were filmed in a tense and frosty exchange at Carrington during a training session.Pogba failed to start any of the 55-year-old’s final three matches at the helm, and did not feature at all in the win over Fulham or the 3-1 defeat to Liverpool that heralded the end of Mourinho’s tenure.Shaw had also endured a torrid time under the ex-Chelsea boss. After suffering a broken leg in a Europa League match under Louis van Gaal, the England international struggled to impress his new boss upon his return to fitness, and failed to make an impression in the earlier days of Mourinho’s tenure.After a long battle to turn his United career around, the 23-year-old became a regular under the Portuguese manager and was offered a five-year contract extension in October of this year, but was still often criticised openly by Mourinho. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Arsenal close in on loan deal for Barca’s Suarez

first_imgArsenal are closing in on a loan deal for Denis Suarez after head coach Unai Emery convinced the wideman to join the Gunners, Goal understands.Emery confirmed in a pre-match press conference on Thursday that Arsenal will not be making any permanent signings during the January transfer window , but admitted that loan signings are possible.The Gunners brought in Lucas Torreira, Bernd Leno, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Matteo Guendouzi during the summer transfer window and are expecting an increased transfer budget this summer when their new £300m kit deal with Adidas kicks in. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Suarez, though, has been identified as player who can compete with Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan for a place on the flanks during the second half of the season, having previously worked under Emery when the two were at Sevilla in the 2014-15 season.“I don’t know his [Suarez] situation now,” said Emery. “We can only sign players later on. I know the club is working on possibilities of which players can help us with big performances like we need now.”Raul Sanllehi, Arsenal’s head of football, has been leading negotiations for the Gunners with Barcelona, where he previously worked at for nine years.Suarez’s contract expires in the summer of 2020, which means an obligation to buy clause is likely to be inserted in the deal.The 25-year-old is expected to be involved in Barcelona’s Copa del Rey match against Levante on Thursday after the Blaugrana named an 18-man squad for the match at Estadi Ciutat de Valencia before completing the formalities of his move to north London, with the two clubs in advanced discussions over the loan move.Aaron Ramsey Arsenal 2018-19Suarez’s arrival may also help offset the summer departure of Aaron Ramsey, with the Wales international having agreed terms with Serie A champions Juventus ahead of a free transfer at the end of the season.Meanwhile, the search for a centre-back to bolster Arsenal’s threadbare defence continues with Konstantinos Mavropanos likely to feature for the Under-23 side against Manchester City on Monday.There is an increased belief among the Arsenal coaching staff that Mavropanos is ready to play in the first team and is in contention to be involved in senior games when he’s fully match fit.That should ease the burden on Sokratis, Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny following the season-ending knee injury picked up by Rob Holding in December.last_img read more

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ESPN’s Playoff Analyst Updates Her Top 4 After Georgia’s Loss To Alabama

first_imgHeather Dinich of ESPN.Georgia lost a heartbreaker to Alabama in the SEC title game on Saturday night, and as a result, the Bulldogs may have spoiled their chance to qualify for the College Football Playoff this year. Let’s take a look at one of ESPN’s top analysts has right now for the four-team field.Heather Dinich, whose job is to cover the playoff and the selection committee, took to Twitter with an update to her top four. Her rankings, seen below, are as-of Alabama’s win over Georgia.The Clemson vs. Pitt game and the Ohio State vs. Northwestern game had not started when she tweeted them out.As you’ll see, she has Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Oklahoma. She has Georgia out after their loss to the Crimson Tide.My prediction as of right this second: 1. Bama, 2. Clemson, 3. ND, 4. OU … will update as games play out.— Heather Dinich (@CFBHeather) December 2, 2018Ohio State is also out of her field. The Buckeyes will need an impressive win over Northwestern to stay in the conversation.The selection committee likely has its toughest job yet on Sunday morning. It’s possible there are six teams – Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Ohio State and Georgia – will valid claims as to why they should get in.We’ll find out at Noon ET on Sunday.last_img read more

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Notre Dame Fan’s Reaction To This Clemson TD Is Going Viral

first_imgA fan sitting in the stands dressed as Notre Dame's mascot.2 Nov 1996: The University of Notre Dame Leprachaun mascot leads the crowd during the Fighting Irish 54-27 win over Navy in Dublin, Ireland. Mandatory Credit: Billy Stickland/ALLSPORTNotre Dame and Clemson are in the midst of a College Football Playoff semifinal battle that is going Clemson’s way so far in the first half. The Fighting Irish have been hit with injuries early, one of which led directly to a Clemson touchdown.After nearly two full quarters of play, the Tigers hold a 16-3 advantage. The latest Clemson touchdown appears to have broken the spirit of a few Notre Dame fans in the arena.After freshman phenom Trevor Lawrence hit fellow freshman Justyn Ross with a 42-yard strike for a touchdown, one Notre Dame fan’s reaction went viral.Check it out.pic.twitter.com/PP4qFAyPrB— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) December 29, 2018Ross now has five catches on the night for 137 yards and tow touchdowns. Lawrence has been solid through much of the first half and has 204 yards on 16-of-23 passing for two touchdowns.The Irish have struggled to get anything going on the offensive side of the ball and are in danger of getting blown out.last_img read more

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Gautam Gambhir bats for Ravichandran Ashwin’s inclusion in World Cup squad

first_imgGautam Gambhir bats for Ravichandran Ashwin’s inclusion in World Cup squadGautam Gambhir said a finger-spinner like Ravichandran Ashwin could be as effective as a wrist-spinner in English conditions during the World Cup. Ashwin last played for India in an ODI in July 2017.advertisement Press Trust of India BengaluruJanuary 22, 2019UPDATED: January 22, 2019 21:26 IST Ravichandran Ashwin has not played for India since June 2017 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSGautam Gambhir wants Ravichandran Ashwin to be included in the India’s World Cup squadGambhir said a finger-spinner like him could be as effective as a wrist-spinner in English conditions”I’ve always believed that a quality spinner is a quality spinner,” Gambhir saidFormer opener Gautam Gambhir wants Ravichandran Ashwin to be included in the India’s one day international team ahead of the 2019 ICC World Cup in England and Wales. Gambhir said a finger-spinner like him could be as effective as a wrist-spinner in English conditions.Ashwin last played for India in coloured clothing in July 2017. Wrist-spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have since become frontline spinners for India in limited-overs format. While Ravindra Jadeja has managed to make a comeback in the shorter formats, Ashwin has not.”Both wrist-spinners [Kuldeep and Chahal] have done well in the last one year. But I still feel that Ashwin is somebody we should look at. I’ve always believed that a quality spinner is a quality spinner irrespective of whether he is a wrist-spinner or a finger-spinner,” said Gambhir at a promotional event.Gambhir cited the example of premier Australia tweaker Nathan Lyon, who recently made an ODI comeback following his stellar performances in the longest format.”He [Lyon[ is probably the best off-spinner in the world and he’s a finger-spinner. I feel that we should not differentiate because there’s a wrist-spinner and so there’s no space for a finger-spinner.”I think R Ashwin is someone who we should always consider because we are looking at conditions in England during that time of the year. Wickets could be flat and worn out. So a finger-spinner can be effective with the ball as well,” said Gambhir.Commenting on opener Shikhar Dhawan, who was not amongst the runs in the ODI series against Australia, Gambhir said the southpaw should have played first-class cricket since he was not part of the Test series Down Under.advertisement”I am a little disappointed because some of the guys should have played first-class cricket. Being away from Test cricket should have actually pushed them to play first-class cricket.”Whoever was selected to play [only] white-ball cricket, because it is a World Cup year, I think it should have pushed all these guys like MS Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan and Ambati Rayudu all those who went to Australia – to play first-class cricket,” he said.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow Gautam GambhirFollow Ravichandran Ashwinlast_img read more

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Travis Head dedicates maiden Test hundred to mentor Phillip Hughes

first_imgTravis Head dedicates maiden Test hundred to mentor Phillip HughesAn emotional Travis Head dedicated his maiden Test hundred to Phillip Hughes who was tragically killed after being hit on the back of his head by a ball during a Sheffield Shield game back in 2014. Head made 161 on Day 1 of the second Test against Sri Lanka as Australia posted 384/4 at stumps.advertisement India Today Web Desk CanberraFebruary 1, 2019UPDATED: February 1, 2019 18:51 IST Travis Head scored 161 as Australia reached 384-4 at stumps on Day 1 (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSTravis Head dedicated his maiden Test hundred to Phillip HughesHughes was Head’s mentor and teammate before his tragic deathHead and Joe Burns forged a mammoth fourth-wicket 308-run standTravis Head scored his maiden Test century in the second and final Test against Sri Lanka at the Manuka Oval in Canberra on Friday.Head along with Joe Burns stitched together a 308-run partnership for the fourth wicket as Australia reached 384 for 4 at the close of play on the first day.As he reached the milestone, Head looked up to the sky and smiled. Head was very close with former Australian Test opener Phillip Hughes, who tragically passed away in 2014 after a bouncer struck him on the head during a first-class match.Head eventually was dismissed for 161 and looked assured during his stay at the crease and hit 21 fours and a six in his 204-ball knock, before becoming Fernando’s third victim.Take a bow, @travishead34! #AUSvSL | @Domaincomau pic.twitter.com/PFysppBh2kcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) February 1, 2019When he was asked about his celebration he said: “Yeah [I dedicated it to] a few, but Hughesy as well, a little bit emotional to be honest,” Head told SEN Radio as he broke down into tears.”It was a little bit about trying to get the momentum back, it was a little like last week where we lost quick wickets and were a little bit under the pump, it was trying to get that momentum back. Last week I started my innings really well, left the ball really well, just tried to get that momentum back and get it to swing back our way. I felt like Burnsy and I were able to do that again,” Head, who scored 84 in Australia’s win in Brisbane over Sri Lanka last week, said.advertisement”To go out there and continue from last week, personally and as a team we put ourselves in a great position to get hundreds and weren’t able to, that was the disappointing part, but it was really good today to get out there, and once we got our chance, to make it massive,” Head added.Burns, who hit 26 fours in his unfinished 243-ball knock of a career-best 172, said that after he saw Head’s emotional state on reaching his hundred, all he wanted to do was offer his team-mate a long, strong hug to mark the moment.”It’s one of those innings today that’ll get him started in his Test career, get that first one out of the way and open the floodgates,” Burns said at the press conference at the end of the day’s play.”He was very emotional for his first hundred, out in the middle you don’t ask how someone’s feeling [but] I was just over the moon for him,” Burns said. “To see a bloke, the hard work he’s done all summer and for a number of years playing against him, you knew how good a player he was.”It’s one of those innings today that’ll get him started in his Test career, get that first one out of the way and open the floodgates. I just wanted to hug him as hard as I could for as long as I could and just keep batting with him. It was really enjoyable,” Burns added.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Travis HeadFollow maiden Test hundredFollow Phillip HughesFollow 2nd testFollow Day 1Follow Australia vs Sri Lankalast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: India won’t underestimate Rashid Khan, says Vijay Shankar

first_img Next Reuters SouthamptonJune 22, 2019UPDATED: June 22, 2019 09:40 IST World Cup 2019: Rashid Khan gave away 110 runs in 9 overs vs England earlier this week (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia take on Afghanistan in Southampton on June 22All eyes on Rashid Khan after the Afghan spinner leaked aplenty vs EnglandHe’s definitely one of the best bowlers right now in limited overs: Shankar on Rashid KhanIndia is not underestimating the threat Rashid Khan poses even after he was mauled by England in his previous outing, all-rounder Vijay Shankar said ahead of Saturday’s World Cup match against Afghanistan.Rashid returned 9-0-110-0, the worst bowling figures in World Cup history, against England after home captain Eoin Morgan clobbered him for seven sixes at Old Trafford.Every day is different, and every wicket is different. You cannot take things for granted, all-rounder Shankar told reporters at the Hampshire Bowl on Friday.Tomorrow might be a completely different scenario where we’ll have to target him, or we might have to play off. So it is just about adapting ourselves to different situations as quickly as we can.Most of the Indian batsmen are comfortable against the turning ball and will hope to dominate the spin-heavy Afghan attack led by leg-spinner Rashid.Shankar, who shares the Sunrisers Hyderabad dressing room with Rashid in the Indian Premier League, said he had tried to read the wily 20-year-old spinner at nets.”He’s definitely one of the best bowlers right now in limited overs, and he has done well,” Shankar said about the poster boy of Afghan cricket, who tops the list of T20 bowlers and is ranked third in the ODI list.”Having played with him for a couple of years, it’s very important for me to pick things from him like whenever I bat against him in the nets, I try and pick his variations. He’s a good bowler. Anyone can go for runs any day. It is about how we come back strong. So for me, it is about how I play against him tomorrow. That will be the key.”advertisementShankar was picked to bat at number four but Hardik Pandya’s better ball-striking ability earned him a promotion against Pakistan.Shankar denied feeling under pressure to match Pandya’s power-hitting.”The pressure will always be to deliver whatever the situation demands. So it’s not about how powerful,” he said.”I’ve also played down the order. I’ve also got runs playing at number six or seven. It’s not about taking that extra pressure. It’s about taking extra responsibility and delivering it at the right time for the team.”Shankar made a memorable World Cup debut against Pakistan, claiming the first of his two wickets with his maiden delivery and scoring 15 not out.”The best is yet to come,” said the Tamil Nadu player.”The last game gave me some confidence, and especially playing against Pakistan, making my debut against them,” he said.”I always look to get better in all three aspects of the game as I know I can keep getting better. I know I can bowl a lot better than what I am bowling even now, so I’m just working on my bowling.”Also Read | World Cup 2019: Afghanistan, battered by 5 defeats, take on clinical IndiaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: India won’t relax against Afghanistan, says Harbhajan SinghAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Afghanistan vs EnglandFollow Rashid KhanFollow Vijay Shankar World Cup 2019: India won’t underestimate Rashid Khan, says Vijay ShankarVijay Shankar, ahead of World Cup 2019 clash against Afghanistan, said India will not underestimate the threat Rashid Khan poses even though he was thrashed by England in his previous outing.advertisementlast_img read more

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Bourbon and Blood: 10 Questions with Wild Turkey’s Bruce Russell

first_imgWhen it comes to bourbon families, not many are more storied than the Russells and Wild Turkey. Bourbon wasn’t always as popular as it is today and, for a time, almost went away. Jimmy Russell, who founded Wild Turkey, is one of the men responsible for making sure it didn’t. His son, Eddie, also helped drive those efforts, working by his father’s side for many years to keep the bourbon tradition alive. For the past seven years, third-generation Bruce Russell has been hard at work, following in both his father and grandfather’s footsteps. We sat down with Bruce to talk family, bourbon, and what it’s like to work for and with two major forces in the bourbon world.What is your current role at Wild Turkey?I am currently the national brand ambassador for Wild Turkey and Russell’s Reserve. I’ve been working for Wild Turkey for seven years, or since I was 21.What’s your earliest memory of bourbon?I remember smelling my Dad’s bourbon as a very young child and the talks we would have about the family business. The way he talked about the whiskey he made let me know it was something special.Can you talk about what it’s like to grow up in a bourbon family? Did you always know you were going to work for the company or was it left up to you? If it was, did you always want to?It was like growing up in any small town family. There was just a lot more whiskey around our house than most others I would guess. My dad just happened to make whiskey, but I definitely spent a lot of time at the distillery.I didn’t always know I would be in the business, and it was always left up to me. Growing up, the bourbon industry was not doing as well as it is now. There was a time when I thought about doing something else, but after working at the distillery when I turned 21, I knew it’s where I wanted to be.Working for your father is one thing, working for your father and grandfather is another. What has it been like to work for both? How are Jimmy and Eddie different to work for? Do you identify with a work style of one over the other? Why?It’s honestly been amazing getting to work with both. I’m very close with both my father and grandfather, so it is nice to see another side of them at work. Jimmy is very old school and likes to do everything by taste, smell, and feel. He’s a lot more methodical in the way he approaches things. Dad is someone who likes to get things done and is much more of an experimental person than my grandfather. I’m very proud of some of the innovative, award-winning whiskies dad has put out in the past couple of years – like our limited-edition Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary, Reserve 1998, and Master’s Keep Decades.I would say I identify a little with both. I am definitely someone who likes to experiment and tinker with the norm like Dad. However, I tend to like the same maturation style and methodical approach as my Grandfather. Jimmy and I have more similar palates than me and Dad.Do you need to separate Eddie the father from Eddie the employer? Absolutely not, and I don’t see how anyone could ever do that. Eddie is my father and that’s part of who he is to me at home or at work. It helps our work relationship a lot because I know he is always going to be honest with me. We are close enough that we will tell each other if we think an idea or a whiskey is great or terrible.What’s the hardest thing about working for family? Does the fact that it is the Russell family—one so important to bourbon—make it any different?I do think there are certain expectations or pressures that comes along with being in such an influential bourbon family. I think it’s different because I’m expected to be the same type of person as Dad or Granddad, to carry on our tradition. It’s a blessing in my eyes though. I take a lot of pride in what my family does. My personality is pretty close to Jimmy’s, and my ideas about whiskey are similar to Dad’s, so it works out pretty well.What are some important lessons you’ve learned from each? How do you use these lessons in what you do?From Jimmy, I learn to always be true to yourself and stick by your values. He continued to make pre-Prohibition style bourbon for decades when there was less demand than there is today and it’s helped the industry reach new heights. It’s been helpful in finding my own voice and staying true to our family’s core values, and not being someone who just reads off a script.From Dad, I continue to learn that hard work and perseverance pays off. Like me, he started on the ground floor of the distillery and worked his way up to being a Master Distiller. It taught me that I should give maximum effort and bring news ideas, as long as we’re always paying respect to our time-honored traditions.How has your relationship with your father and grandfather changed over time as you’ve worked for WT?It’s changed a lot. I have become much closer with both during my time at Wild Turkey. At home, they are both quiet and stoic Southern men. But at work, and on the road, there’s a completely different side to them. It’s nice to be able to share that part of their lives, and we have a much stronger bond because of it. They are not only my father and grandfather, but are now also some of my best friends.How do you plan to pass these lessons and values on to the next generations that will come after you at WT?I plan to lead by example because that’s how I learned from my father and grandfather. They talk more about general life lessons than ‘work stuff’, or you might catch us all picking on each other when we are at the distillery. In any case, it’s always been about watching what they do and how they do it, and hopefully the next generation will continue to learn from the exemplary examples they’ve put forth.Finally, what’s one fun story you have of working with your dad?The most fun we have at work is when we hide out in Warehouse A. When work gets slow then we sometimes sneak away to the oldest warehouse on the property to drink out of some of our favorite barrels. It’s for quality control only; I promise. Besides that, the most fun we have is getting to hang out and shoot the breeze with the union guys/gals. These are people that Granddad, Dad, and I all grew up around so they know us as well as anyone. Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip Editors’ Recommendations The Absolute Best Rye Whiskey Brands for Under $50 NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy Should Bars Be Kid and Dog-Friendly? We Asked the Expertslast_img read more

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Weird Things on Amazon You Can Technically Eat, But Probably Shouldn’t

first_imgThe internet is a strange, strange place. We’re not talking about the dark web or any black market sites, though. We’re talking about your run-of-the-mill, everyday internet. In this case, we’re talking about online giant Amazon and the fact that, among the billions of normal, every day, not-crazy-in-any-way items you can purchase, there is also a metric sh*t ton of weird stuff available.We went down a rabbit hole deeper than anything Alice ever attempted on a quest to find the weirdest things on Amazon that you could (in theory) eat. While there are plenty of odd objects that you can buy and use in a variety of ways (including, but not limited to, things like the book Images You Should Not Masturbate To), we set out to find the ones that you can allegedly put inside your body and derive some sort of nutrition from. You’d just have to get over the fact that you are about to eat, say, testicle jerky.If you are of a weak constitution, you may want to sit this one out. Otherwise, scroll on, intrepid reader, and if you’re up to it, pick some of these items up. If you do, make sure to send us photo proof.Earthworm JerkyLet’s start off strong with earthworm jerky. When you were in high school, did you ever look down during biology class and wonder, “Wow, I wonder what these guys taste like when dehydrated?” Yeah, we didn’t either. But someone did and that is why we have this item. We now know that, when jerky-ed, earthworms look like the fries that you dropped in your car. Six years ago. We only hope the spicy marinade covers up the taste of bile that will inevitably build in the back of your throat.See ItCanned Zebra TarantulasContinuing on the creepy crawly train, we present canned zebra tarantulas. These suckers are boiled, dehydrated (not fried, as the description is sure to point out … as if that matters), and stuffed in a can whole. There are also no artificial colors or flavors, though if you ask us, there probably should be. Canned tarantulas are a great source of protein (and a great way to scare the living sh*t out of anyone who has annoyed you lately).See ItGrandma’s White DirtThis is literal dirt, taken from the ground and sold to be ingested. While it was a common practice in times of want to eat dirt because for its mineral properties, we still can’t quite get over that in this day and age. Each order of Grandma’s White Dirt gets you over one pound of unprocessed, freshly-mined dirt. What does it for us is the packaging. We’re pretty big fans of the fact that this white dirt comes in a standard Ziploc bag.See ItSmoked RattlesnakeWith that dirty little interlude over, we’re back to the ground-bound elite with smoked rattlesnake meat (yeehaw!). In certain parts of the country, rattlesnake meat is served often and in a variety of ways, but we can’t get over the canned factor of this one particular item. Maybe if we didn’t know it was rattlesnake before eating it, we’d do it, but the thought of a slithering beast being stuffed into a can puts us over the edge into Nope-landia.See ItRanch Dressing SodaThis might honestly be the least offensive (or most offensive, if you’re the adventurous sort and view those that put ranch dressing on everything as the scum of the Earth) item on the list. Made with cane sugar and boasting a “100-percent authentic taste,” this soda is the perfect complement to … well, it probably goes great with something. We can’t get over the thought of cane sugar and ranch powder together, which is how we assume this soda came into being. The company that makes this soda, Lester’s Fixins Food Sodas, also makes sweet corn- and bacon-flavored pop, both of which sound more appetizing than this iteration.See ItTesticle JerkyKnow what rocky mountain oysters are? If you didn’t, you do now. Now, rocky mountain oysters on their own may be too high of a mountain to climb (even though, when breaded and fried, you’d have a hard time knowing what they were), but take that image in your head and dehydrate it. If you’re a guy reading this, chances are you feel for that bull. There was probably the sharp intake of breath and the involuntary covering of one’s own parts. For us, this item makes the list for having to think about the process of making it.See ItBertie Bott’s Every Flavor BeansIf you’ve ever read any Harry Potter book, you know what these are. In the novels, Every Flavor Beans have the potential to be the best flavors on the planet or the worst. Because magic. Well, it was magic until jelly bean giant Jelly Belly decided to seize the moment and make some of the most disgusting flavors come to life. Boxes of Berti Bott’s contain not only good flavors like cherry or buttered popcorn, but also fresh cut grass and vomit. We’re of the camp that if we have to taste vomit, it’s because we’ve worked hard to get to that point (read: we drank too much, didn’t hydrate, and generally acted the fool the night before).See It 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date The Best Pillows Designed With Stomach Sleepers In Mind Editors’ Recommendations Expert Pitmaster Tips on How to Smoke a Brisket at Home The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Nowlast_img read more

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Social Workers to Assist in Rehabilitating Children in Custody

first_imgMinister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, says that special arrangements are being made to have social workers assist in the rehabilitation of children in custody, who are placed there for exhibiting “uncontrollable behaviour”. The Minister, who was addressing the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of St. Andrew, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston on Tuesday, January 29, said the social workers will be going in to assist the children, while also working with the parents. [RELATED: CDA to help with case work for juveniles in remand] The ultimate aim is to persuade a judge to release the juveniles back into the care of their parents after they have undergone significant amount of therapy.Ms. Hanna stated that the majority of juveniles in prison are remanded, with the consent of their parents, for uncontrollable behaviour.The Minister also pointed out that there are legal implications for handing over juveniles in State custody to private groups, such as the Mustard Seed Communities.The humanitarian organisation, through its founder, Father Gregory Ramkisson, had proposed late last year to take the children who are currently housed at Adult Correctional Centres for uncontrollable behaviour and that the Government provide a building to house them as well as a recurrent budget for their care.In response, the Minister noted that while a noble proposal, the law would have to be amended for this to happen.“We would have to ask the Ministry of Justice and the Attorney General to review the law, because no Ministry can go into a facility and take children out or ask the court to give the children over to someone unless the law is amended,” Minister Hanna explained.She pointed out that she has had meetings with the Ministers of Justice and National Security, as well as the Attorney General, to look at the Mustard Seed proposal to see whether it is possible.The Minister also stated that the Government has a responsibility and the Child Development Agency will be working with the Department of Corrections to ensure that there will be a therapeutic approach to rehabilitating the children who come in conflict with the law.“What we are trying to do now is create prevention mechanisms and really take those children and work with them to give them back to their parents and also have a therapeutic facility, which we have identified,” she said.She added that funding has been identified for this programme, several psychologists have expressed interest in working with the children and a curriculum has been developed.last_img read more

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Gov’t Committed to Empowering Children – Minister Hanna

first_imgMinister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, says the Ministry and its various agencies are committed to empowering the nation’s children and providing them with a space where they can speak out about the issues affecting them.“We want children to speak out. That is really our mission and our purpose. Every child has a right, every child has a voice and we want our children to become more involved in their own development and in their own space,” she stated.Minister Hanna was speaking at the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR) Child Participation Programmes awards ceremony, held on February 8 at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston.She noted that the child participation programmes form part of the Ministry’s mission towards getting children more involved in nation building, particularly in matters that directly or indirectly concern them.Ms. Hanna said the Ministry is also encouraging more dialogue between parents and their children. “The other thing that we are encouraging is for adults to learn from their children, because it’s not only important for you to pay attention to their day-to-day needs and responsibilities, but also to sit with them… and learn from them,” she stated.During the function, presentations were made to the two winners of the ORC’s Jingle Competition held last year to mark the agency’s 5th anniversary. Children were required to send in a jingle that included a message about reporting child abuse to the OCR as well as the toll free number (1-888-PROTECT).The winners are 12-year-old Trae Gibbs of Wolmer’s High School for Boys, who won in the 10-13 age category; and 16-year-old Kingston College student, Jerome Bennett, who won in the 14-17 age group category.They both received a weekend for four at an all-inclusive resort, blackberry smart phones, trophies, and book vouchers.Additionally, six youths, one from each region, were selected by the OCR to serve as Child Ambassadors. They are: St. Andrew High School student, Ashlie Barrett, for region one; Marymount High School student, Robyn Boyd, region two; Westwood High School student, Saran Wilson, region three; Maud McLeod High School student, Moesha Allen, region four; Hampton High School student, Deandra Goss, region five; and Glenmuir High School student, Tasheka Nevers, for region six.Three students were also selected as Associate Child Ambassadors – : Francesco Wilkie from the Pembrook Hall High School for region one; Brandon Blythe from Petersville All-Age school, region four; and Xaundre Mohansingh from Glenmuir High school for region six.The OCR Child Ambassadors, who were selected from a field of 60 students, are expected to carry out a number of activities aimed at increasing awareness about the OCR, child abuse and reporting such cases.These activities include: sharing information with family and friends; making presentations and representations on behalf of the OCR; participating in media interviews and relevant OCR public education and planning activities.last_img read more

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National Identification and Registration Bill Re-Tabled

first_imgThe National Identification and Registration Bill was re-tabled in the House of Representatives on June 6.Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, withdrew the original Bill on behalf of Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness.“The main considerations were that there were several changes to be made and it was most appropriate that the Bill should be withdrawn and a new Bill tendered,” Mr. Chuck explained to the House.The proposed National Identification and Registration Bill establishes the National Identification and Registration Authority, which is in keeping with the National Identification Project, which Mr. Holness reintroduced last year.The Registrar General’s Department (RGD), which will be transformed into the Authority, will have responsibility for the project’s implementation.The Bill will also facilitate the establishment and regulation of a system for the registration, verification and authentication of the identity of citizens and other persons residing in Jamaica.Additionally, it will facilitate the establishment of a National Civil and Identification Database, to generate national identification cards.last_img read more

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Fewer Guns and Ammunition Coming Into Island

first_img He emphasised that increased mobility of the police will act as a force against crime, as more law-enforcement personnel will be able to go into communities to put pressure on wrongdoers, and provide security for law-abiding citizens.   Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague, says intelligence is showing that there is a reduction in guns and ammunition coming into the island, due to the two ships and surveillance plane acquired by the Government.According to Mr. Montague, the Government is equipping the security forces so that criminal elements will have no cover from the law.Earlier this year, the Government acquired and deployed the two vessels and aircraft for the protection of Jamaica’s borders from illicit activities.The Minister, who was addressing a handover ceremony for 30 vehicles to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) today (July 3) at the Office of the Commissioner of Police, in St. Andrew, said public spaces and roadways will have increased police presence.He emphasised that increased mobility of the police will act as a force against crime, as more law-enforcement personnel will be able to go into communities to put pressure on wrongdoers, and provide security for law-abiding citizens.Mr.  Montague told the audience that the top-five most-wanted guns are featured in 51 murders in six police divisions, and “increased vehicle checkpoints will help to cut down on the movement of weapons”.He also informed that 45 vehicles are being serviced and will soon be assigned to the JCF, while a search is on for 120 pickups and 80 cars for the police.Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Clifford Blake, who received the vehicles on behalf of Commissioner, George Quallo, said the units will go into operation immediately.Mr. Blake implored the assigned drivers to ensure that proper care is given to the units. According to Mr. Montague, the Government is equipping the security forces so that criminal elements will have no cover from tcenter_img Story Highlightslast_img read more

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Govt Committed To Protecting Consumers’ Rights

first_img Director General in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Vivian Brown, says the Government remains committed to creating the legislative framework to protect consumers’ rights, while increasing their confidence in the business environment. Political Ombudsman, Donna Parchment-Brown, who was the guest speaker, praised Ms. Campbell for her work in consumer rights advocacy, which spans five decades.She noted that the body of work has assisted in shaping national legislation, giving rise to a number of consumer protection agencies including the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ), Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC), Fair Trading Commission (FTC), Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR), and the National Consumers’ League (NCL).‘The Jamaican Consumer Story’ will assist us in respecting and celebrating our journey to this place and craft a place where our grandchildren can be proud and safe,” Mrs. Parchment-Brown said.Others offering commendations to Ms. Campbell were Executive in Residence, Mona School of Business and Management, James Moss-Solomon; Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the CAC, Dolsie Allen; and Honorary Consul of  Poland in Jamaica, Irena Cousins. Director General in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Vivian Brown, says the Government remains committed to creating the legislative framework to protect consumers’ rights, while increasing their confidence in the business environment.“This means regularly reviewing and modernising our consumer protection laws, ensuring that there is effective redress for aggrieved consumers and empowering citizens to become more informed and responsible consumers,” he said.He noted that as the Ministry with portfolio responsibility for consumer protection, “our business is about putting power in the hands of the consumer. They must be given the right tools and the necessary information to enable them to make informed choices. They ought to enjoy the same rights wherever they are in Jamaica and wherever they shop.”“Both the efficient functioning of our markets and the well-being of our society depend not only on proper legislation and enforcement, but also, to a large extent, on consumer awareness and how individual citizens use their power of choice,” Mr. Brown added.He was speaking at the book launch of ‘The Jamaican Consumer Story’ on Thursday (September 28) at the Olson Memorial Chapel in Kingston.The book, written by noted consumer rights advocate and past president of the National Consumers’ League (NCL), Joyce P. Campbell, chronicles the history and development of the consumer movement in Jamaica. It is being distributed by Pelican Publishers and will soon be available at select stores. Story Highlightscenter_img  ‘The Jamaican Consumer Story’ will assist us in respecting and celebrating our journey to this place and craft a place where our grandchildren can be proud and safe,” Mrs. Parchment-Brown said. Political Ombudsman, Donna Parchment-Brown, who was the guest speaker, praised Ms. Campbell for her work in consumer rights advocacy, which spans five decades.last_img read more

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Essex Valley Irrigation System to Be Upgraded

first_img These include the development of lands; construction of access roads; and the construction of a pump-house, and well drilling. Story Highlights Essex Valley in St. Elizabeth is to benefit from the development of its irrigation infrastructure in the upcoming fiscal year. The project seeks to assist in the achievement of food security and the modernisation of the agricultural sector by increasing the area under formal irrigation in St. Elizabeth by 50 per cent and the yield of crops in Essex Valley to a minimum of 90 per cent of their potential yield. Essex Valley in St. Elizabeth is to benefit from the development of its irrigation infrastructure in the upcoming fiscal year.A sum of $457.6 million has been provided in the 2018/19 Estimates of Expenditure to undertake this work and other activities.These include the development of lands; construction of access roads; and the construction of a pump-house, and well drilling.The project seeks to assist in the achievement of food security and the modernisation of the agricultural sector by increasing the area under formal irrigation in St. Elizabeth by 50 per cent and the yield of crops in Essex Valley to a minimum of 90 per cent of their potential yield.This will be done through the construction of wells and the development of associated agricultural infrastructure in the arable Essex Valley area.It is being implemented by the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation with funding support from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).The project is slated to run from April 2017 to March 2020.last_img read more

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Tourism Minister Calls for Regional Collaboration to Counter Climate Change

first_img Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, is calling for collaboration between Caribbean media interests, and public and private sector entities to develop strategies designed to strengthen regional resilience to the impact of climate change.He noted that Jamaica and the wider Caribbean have a major stake in how the climate change phenomenon is dealt with, adding that “we do not have to look very far to see why.”The Minister pointed out that regional economies are predicated on climate-sensitive industries and sectors, such as tourism and agriculture.“The Caribbean’s increasing vulnerability to climate change is evident in higher temperature, rising sea level and increased hurricane intensity that threaten the lives, property and livelihood of the millions of people throughout our region,” Mr. Bartlett added.He was speaking at the Caribbean Broadcasting Union’s (CBU) recent Caribbean Broadcasting Awards ceremony at the Courtleigh Auditorium, New Kingston.Mr. Bartlett noted that several powerful hurricanes and storms caused catastrophic damage across sections of the Caribbean last year, resulting in economic losses exceeding $100 billion and inestimable loss of life of about 200 persons.He pointed out that a World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) industry study indicated that the 2017 hurricane season resulted in an estimated diversion of 826,100 visitors from the Caribbean who would have spent US$74 million and provided sustenance for 11,000 jobs.“Even more disturbing, according to the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, studies show that the projected cost to the region due to increased hurricane damage, loss of revenue to the tourism sector and damage to infrastructure could be $10 billion by 2025 and $22 billion by 2050,” he stated.The Minister further noted that the region’s heavy reliance on tourism for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) makes the Caribbean particularly vulnerable to these catastrophic events.“Last year, 30.1 million visitors came into the Caribbean space… (stopover, and) 23 million (cruise). That is 54 million people, and they spent US$37 billion. The region, as a result, has experienced eight consecutive years of growth, except for 2017. Therefore you see why climate change matters to small island states and developing countries like ours,” he added.In this regard, Mr. Bartlett said the Global Resilience and Crisis Management Centre to be established at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona campus, St. Andrew, is an important strategy that will be pivotal in building regional resilience to climate change impacts.“This regional and global entity is going to provide the Caribbean with the capacity to track these disruptions, to develop the capacity for mitigation to better manage these disruptions when they come…but more importantly, to recover and to recover quickly and then to build better. So the importance of resilience is a key factor in this centre… it adds value and takes us into another dimension in innovation,” the Minister further stated.The Centre will assist destination preparedness, management and recovery from disruptions and/or crises that threaten economies and livelihoods globally with real time data and effective communication.Noting that climate change is a complex issue with enormous political, social and economic implications, Mr. Bartlett said there is need for partnerships between the Caribbean media organisations and resilience and crisis management entities across the world to shape public perception in understanding the phenomenon, while helping to influence policies and encourage policymakers to act.“Given the wide reach of the media – newspapers, radio, television and now social media – you are still the main source of information and opinion for millions of people across the world. As media, you are in a powerful position to be instigators of debate and to shape what people think, feel and do about climate change and building resilience to its impact. It requires not only good journalistic skills, but scientific literacy too. It requires listening to the scientific voice and then disseminating this information to the public in a concise, clear and compelling way,” he contended. Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, is calling for collaboration between Caribbean media interests, and public and private sector entities to develop strategies designed to strengthen regional resilience to the impact of climate change. Story Highlights The Minister pointed out that regional economies are predicated on climate-sensitive industries and sectors, such as tourism and agriculture. He noted that Jamaica and the wider Caribbean have a major stake in how the climate change phenomenon is dealt with, adding that “we do not have to look very far to see why.” last_img read more

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United Nations 2030 SDGs Adopted by JSEZA

first_img The Jamaica Special Economic Zone Authority (JSEZA) has adopted the United Nations (UN) 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are being targeted for attainment within 12 years in relation to a wide range of social and economic development issues. The SDGs form part of Special Economic Zones’ (SEZs’) developmental framework in Jamaica, and are thought to be pivotal to fulfilling the SEZs’ mandate. These focus on addressing education, energy, the environment, health, hunger, poverty, decent work and economic growth. Story Highlights The Jamaica Special Economic Zone Authority (JSEZA) has adopted the United Nations (UN) 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are being targeted for attainment within 12 years in relation to a wide range of social and economic development issues.These focus on addressing education, energy, the environment, health, hunger, poverty, decent work and economic growth.The SDGs form part of Special Economic Zones’ (SEZs’) developmental framework in Jamaica, and are thought to be pivotal to fulfilling the SEZs’ mandate.This mandate focuses on developing a regime and environment in which globally competitive firms thrive while driving unprecedented growth and development for all stakeholders/interests in a logistics-centred economy, as articulated in the Government’s SEZ Policy.The SDGs deemed directly aligned with the SEZ mandate are Goals 7 – affordable and clean energy; 8 – decent work and economic growth; 9 – industry, innovation and infrastructure; 11 – sustainable cities and communities; 12 – responsible consumption and production; and 17 – partnerships for the goals.Director of Investor Relations and Communications at JSEZA, Kelli-Dawn Hamilton, notes that the Authority needs to be in a positon to determine whether a potential investment is consistent with the SEZ regime’s overall developmental objectives.To this end, the entity must weigh the economic, environmental and social sustainability of proposed projects, by considering their potential to contribute to Jamaica achieving targets in the SEZ Policy, Vision 2030 Jamaica National Development Plan, Logistics Hub Initiative Master Plan and Industry Analysis, and SDGs.last_img read more

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‘Allure of the Seas’ to Undergo Repairs at …

first_img Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Royal Caribbean International announced yesterday that a mechanical issue has made it necessary to perform unscheduled repairs to Allure of the Seas. The repairs will take place at Grand Bahama Shipyard, in Freeport, Bahamas, the week of February 24, 2014. As a result, it will be necessary to cancel the February 23, 2014, sailing of Allure of the Seas.“We sincerely regret that we will be unable to deliver the Royal Caribbean cruise vacation that our guests were looking forward to,” said Adam Goldstein, president and chief executive officer, Royal Caribbean International. “We understand that our guests’ vacation time is very precious and can assure you that we did not take this decision lightly. But it was very important to us that we bring Allure back up to speed so that she could continue to deliver the amazing cruise vacations our guests expect.”Allure of the Seas has been experiencing unanticipated bearing wear in one of its three propulsion motors. All three motors are fully operational, and there is no impact on the maneuverability of the ship or on the safety of guests and crew. However, since the rate of bearing wear is directly related to ship speed, the ship’s top speed has been limited. This has reduced the rate of bearing wear, and will ensure that all three propulsion motors are fully available for maneuvering and emergencies until repairs can be completed.“While Allure could have continued to sail at a reduced rate of speed, we felt it was important to fix the problem as soon as possible,” said William D. Baumgartner, senior vice president of Marine Operations, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “We explored numerous repair options. Unfortunately, there was no satisfactory solution that did not involve taking the ship temporarily out of service.”The company said guests currently booked on the February 23, 2014, sailing of Allure of the Seas will receive a full, 100 percent refund, or the option to sail on select itineraries at the same rate.Additionally, until the repairs can be made, it will be necessary to make minor adjustments to Allure of the Seas’ eastern Caribbean itineraries. Allure of the Seas will now call on Nassau, Bahamas, from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and on Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There is no need to modify Allure of the Seas’ western Caribbean itineraries. My location Royal Caribbean, November 15, 2013last_img read more

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