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Somdev, Sania’s ouster end India’s Aus Open singles campaign

first_imgIndia’s campaign in both men’s and women’s singles event in the Australian Open ended on a sour note with Somdev Devvarman and Sania Mirza going down fighting in their respective first round matches here today.While, Somdev went down fighting to Tommy Robredo of Spain in straight sets 6-7(4) 3-6 4-6, Sania managed to bag a set before losing 7-5 3-6 1-6 to former World No 1 and winner of seven Grand Slams Justine Henin of Belgium.Somdev, who was handed a wildcard after his impressive performance last year, posed some threat to the world no 52 Robredo, who was once ranked as high as number 5, but eventually failed to sustain in a contest that lasted two hours and 37 minutes.On the other hand, the 24-year-old Sania, who booked a berth in the women’s singles main draw of the Australian Open only after going through a tough qualifying route, gave Henin a run for her money.Henin had to draw all her trademark fighting spirit to avoid a disastrous first-round departure from the mega-event.Sania, during her seventh straight Australian Open appearance, came up with some winners and looked almost set to cause an upset.Having won the first set that lasted an hour, Sania raised hopes of an improbable Indian win but she failed to make any impact in the remaining two sets, allowing 11th-seeded Belgian to come back right into the game and finally steal the match in a little over two hours.Sania, though hardly had any real chance of registering a win in the first round, after being drawn against a tough opponent in Henin, who on her part is also making a comeback after missing the US Open because to an elbow injury suffered at the Wimbledon last year.advertisementSania, who once reached as high as 27th in WTA rankings, has slipped to 145 because to a recurring wrist injury last season.Sania’s best singles performance at the Australian Open has been third round appearances in 2005 and 2008. She had won the mixed doubles title with compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi in 2009, which is her only Grand Slam title.Somdev Devvarman returns to Spain’s Tommy Robredo in Melbourne on Monday. APEarlier, the gutsy 25-year-old Somdev, who was making his debut in the Australian Open, tested Robredo in the first set, but the Spaniard then brought all his experience to fore to ultimately prevail with a 7-6 win.Robredo, however, did not have much difficulty in the next two sets. Somdev could not break his first round jinx this year as he had lost in the opening round of the Aircel Chennai Open also.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

UK Elections give Conservatives clear control in House of Commons

first_img SANDALS RESORTS FIRST HIGH STREET STORE OPENS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 11 May 2015 – Elections in the UK have firmly put the Conservative Party in the driver’s seat of governance in Great Britain. Over the weekend David Cameron led the Conservatives to 331 seats and 24 more than the last election. Cameron, who for the past five years led a coalition government, on Friday pledged to build a Greater Great Britain. Following the loss for the Labour Party, its leader Ed Miliband resigned the position. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp PDM gets 22 potential candidate applications; public meeting tomorrow STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL 1ST JUNE 2016 Recommended for you Related Items:conservatives, david cameron, ed millibaand, election, labour party, UKlast_img read more

Honoring those who served on the USS Midway on National Vietnam Veterans

first_imgHonoring those who served on the USS Midway on National Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings KUSI Newsroom March 29, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Today March 29th is National Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day. President Trump signed into law the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 declaring today a day set aside to honor all those who answered our nation’s call to duty in Vietnam.KUSI’s Ginger Jeffries spent the morning aboard the USS Midway to learn more about the role the Midway played during the Vietnam War.Retired Navy Fighter Pilot and USS Midway Museum docent Larry Renner joined KUSI to celebrate Vietnam veterans. Updated: 10:27 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Posted: March 29, 2019last_img read more

Hot topics covered at World Travel Market London 2016

first_imgTags: Trend Watch, WTM LONDON — World Travel Market London 2016, which had been revamped this year as a three-day event from Nov. 7-9, has ended on a high note with an estimated 50,000 in attendance. Over the course of three days, attendees facilitated travel industry contracts that were estimated to exceed US$4 billion, and learned about and discussed current hot topics in the travel industry. Here’s a roundup:SecurityThe UNWTO & WTM Ministers’ Summit is one of the highest-profile sessions of the entire event. Now in its tenth year, this year’s Summit called on the industry and governments to work together to help destinations cope with the threat of terrorist, which UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai described as “forces of darkness.”Mohamed Yehia Rashed Tourism Minister Egypt assured delegates that his country has the technology and security measures in place to protect tourists and urged for standard security measures to be introduced globally. Vinod Zutshi, Secretary of Tourism in the government of India – WTM London’s Official Premier Partner – said countries needed to be more responsible when issuing travel advisories as perception of safety in destinations is a key factor.Zutshi’s call was echoed by Fritz Joussen, Chief Executive TUI Group, who noted people’s perceptions often compound the problems of terrorism. “The probability of being killed by a terrorist is lower than having car accident on the way to the airport,” he said.BrexitBrexit remained a common theme across the seminar program, as the UK and global travel industry await the actual terms of the country’s withdrawal from the European Union. Aviation expert John Strickland told the Forecast Forum about a possible issue arising over flying rights if the UK is not part of the EU Open Skies agreement.In a separate session, two senior airline bosses – Willie Walsh, chief executive of International Airlines Group, and Emirates president Tim Clark – suggested that airline alliances could become a thing of the past.More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps up“I would question if [alliances] are around 10 years from now,” said Walsh, while Clark described the oneworld, Star Alliance and Skyteam concepts as “anachronistic”.Social Media & TechnologyOn Day Two of WTM London, a compelling presentation from Facebook executive Neasa Costin outlined consumer behavior and brand differentiation. “Travel has very positive headspace for the end user so markets don’t have to try very hard. An image of a beautiful beach will do the job for you but if you take away the logo, you would not be able to distinguish one brand from another,” she said.Costin highlighted Creative Shop, a part of Facebook that is trying to help companies change this through emotional resonance. She noted that from January to June, there had been 63 million hashtags about holidays with “real excitement and high emotion” around travel, but that markets are not trying to be distinctive or original.“It’s very transactional in approach. At WTM London, you can see companies investing massively in promotion but when you translate that to digital, there is zero investment,” she added. Costin pointed to companies like Airbnb, which are doing the right things in terms of brand building and changing consumer behaviour.Facebook is also investing in new technologies such as augmented reality, voice recognition and immersive video to stay on top of trends. Established companies shared how they are embracing digital technologies such as chatbots and virtual reality.The impact of these emerging channels to market is being increasingly felt by the hotel industry, which is having to adopt digital practices across the stages of booking and staying in a hotel. Daniel Wishnia, digital marketing consult, GCH Hotels, said that hotels have an opportunity to capture guests on their websites through better pricing, video and images.More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from Ottawa“Customers expect you to be everywhere, on multi-devices,” he said. “They won’t wait for more than three seconds, they want you to be there to assist them.”Wellness TravelThe robust US$3.7 trillion global wellness economy was in the spotlight during the WTM London Wellness Travel Symposium. The wellness tourism sector accounts for $563 billion of that, and is growing nearly twice as fast as overall tourism.Delegates heard from several destinations about the importance of partnerships between the public and private sectors when developing wellness tourism. Case studies included India, ‘the land of yoga’, and Iceland’s Blue Lagoon.In the UK, spa towns such as Bath and Buxton are seeing a revival, while Wales is planning a £ 200 million lakeside development called the Llanelli Wellness and Life Science Village.Women in TravelThe Women in Travel Meetup urged travel firms to consider the needs of women aged over 50 in their marketing and recruitment strategies.“Over-50s are very different to what they were a few decades ago. They’re very cool people and we need to think about them differently,” said Rachel O’Reilly, Kuoni UK head of communications.The speakers also noted a rise in older women forging new careers, and debate chair Sylvia Weiler, Sojern’s Vice President of Audience, Strategy & Development, said: “I have many friends in their 40s who have started new careers. People are taking risks and I think that comes with maturity and confidence.”For more trends revealed at WTM London 2016, look for the Nov. 17 issue of Travelweek. To subscribe, click here. Travelweek Group Posted by Hot topics covered at World Travel Market London 2016 Thursday, November 10, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Sirev is a great choice for agents and costeffective Softvoyage marks 20

first_img Friday, May 24, 2019 Sirev “is a great choice for agents, and cost-effective”: Softvoyage marks 20 years << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Posted by Share Tags: SIREV, Softvoyage The origins of Softvoyage date back to 1987 but it was a fortuitous merger in 1999 that really propelled the company forward. These days Softvoyage’s technology solutions for the travel industry, including Sirev, are tools that keep travel agencies competitive with major players spending millions of dollars on tech product development.The company also works with tour operators, consolidators and suppliers throughout North America and Europe as well.In April 2019 Softvoyage announced it had acquired a majority stake in Pythagoras, a Buenos Aires-based travel technology company, with an eye to expanding in Argentina.More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Through Softvoyage’s booking tools agents can book everything from packages to air only to cruises for their clients.Sirev “is a great choice for agents, and a very cost-effective choice,” said Softvoyage co-founder and President Moise Levy at last night’s event.Together with co-founder and CEO Steve Ringuet and VP Sales & Marketing Dan Langevin, Levy toasted the company’s success and its long-standing relationships in the industry. “We have a great management system for tour operators and a great distribution system … and a great team,” said Levy. TORONTO — For two decades Softvoyage has taken B2B travel technology to new heights, making the CN Tower’s 346-metre high LookOut Level the perfect spot to celebrate the company’s 20th anniversary.Last night’s event drew a who’s who of the travel industry, from tour operators who partner with Softvoyage for the technology behind their booking platforms, to GDS partners like Travelport and Amadeus, to retail agency partners.last_img read more