Madeira honoured with top World Travel Awards title | News

first_imgThe rich volcanic soil, mountainous terrain and expansive Laurissilva forest – a UNESCO World Heritage Site covering 20 per cent of the main island – mean that if nature is your thing, guests will feel extremely happy there. – Advertisement – It has the winning combination of breath-taking natural beauty, friendly people, great food and wine, value for money, excellent accommodation and outdoor activities, fun cultural festivities, year-round warmth and is within easy reach from the UK (3.5-hour flight).  On the same latitude as Casablanca, this Portuguese outpost is home to some of the most striking and lush landscapes in Europe. The scenery is rugged, varied, more tropical than anywhere else in the continent and the warm sea is always close by. – Advertisement – OlderWorld Travel Awards reveals Middle East hospitality leaderscenter_img Discover Madeira has been awarded the title of Europe’s Leading Island Destination at the World Travel Awards.It is the seventh time the archipelago has received the accolade. – Advertisement – Madeira was referred to as the most enviable island on earth by author H.N. Coleridge in the 19th century – “it ensures every European comfort with almost every tropical luxury” – and as the award shows, this view continues to the present day.  The destination has been in the news for its excellent handling of the current Covid-19 pandemic, making it one of the most appealing and safe holiday options.However, safety is just one of the many strings to Madeira’s bow. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Romelu Lukaku claims ‘decision has been made’ to appoint Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

first_imgAdvertisement Romelu Lukaku claims ‘decision has been made’ to appoint Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Sean KearnsThursday 7 Mar 2019 1:29 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link369Shares United made history to book their place in the quarter-finals (Picture: Getty)And Lukaku claims that that club have already made up their mind to give the role to the Norwegian.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I think it has been decided,’ Lukaku told BeIN Sports.‘I think he is going to get it, he should get it – what else does he have to do.‘Look at the games we’ve played. Everyone was talking after the first four games we played because – no disrespect – it was against lesser opposition but then we win at Tottenham away, Chelsea away, Arsenal away – what else does he have to do?‘He keeps us hungry and us as players we want more.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsUnited will now be filled with confidence as they take on Arsenal at the Emirates this Sunday.Solskjaer hopes to have Anthony Martial back in contention, while Paul Pogba will return after missing the win against PSG through suspension.MORE: Sir Alex Ferguson celebrated with Manchester United squad in dressing room after PSG win Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to be named Manchester United boss (Picture: Getty)Manchester United star Romelu Lukaku claims a ‘decision has been made’ by the club to appoint Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The Red Devils recorded their ninth away win in a row in Paris on Wednesday to book their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.The 3-1 win, sealed in dramatic fashion in injury time by Marcus Rashford, means United are the only club in the competition’s history to overturn a two-goal home defeat from a first leg.Mauricio Pochettino had been United’s first choice to permanently replace Jose Mourinho but it’s virtually impossible now not to hand the job to Solskjaer.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

Ambode Inaugurates Boards of Lagos Sports Trust Fund, Commission

first_imgLagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday identified the importance of collaboration of key stakeholders to achieve the desired goal for sports administration and development in the country, saying funding of sports should not be the exclusive preserve of government.Speaking at Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja when he inaugurated the new boards of the Lagos State Sports Commission and the Lagos State Sports Trust Fund, Governor Ambode emphasised the need for the private sector to partner with the government to invest in sports development especially in training talents that abound in the country, as well as putting necessary infrastructures in place.He said: “I want to reiterate our commitment to the sports sector and the need for collaboration between the government and all sports stakeholders in the State. “In achieving our vision in sports, it is our belief that the funding of sports should not be the responsibility of government alone. This informed the establishment of the Sports Trust Fund whose mandate is primarily to interface with the private and public sectors to raise funds for sports development.“Funds raised through the Sports Trust Fund would be utilized for various aspects of sports development on the recommendation and advice of the Sports Commission.”On the other hand, the State Sports Commission is charged with the responsibility of upgrading and maintaining various sports facilities, developing strategic plans for sports development in the State, identifying and creating new locations for development of community sports facilities, overseeing the activities of all the sports associations in the State, grassroot sports development as well as capacity building for sports administrators, sports officers, coaches and athletes.Speaking further, the Governor said the inauguration of the new boards of both agencies was part of the grand plan of positioning Lagos as one of the top sports destinations in Africa, saying that the vision of his administration remained to make the state as the hub for sports, tourism and entertainment and leveraging on the interconnectivity within the three sectors.While the Trust Fund is chaired by a former Lagos State Deputy Governor, Mr Femi Pedro, the Lagos State Sports Commission is to be headed by seasoned sports administrator, Dr Kweku Adedayo Tandoh.Other members of the Trust Fund are Olaposi Agunbiade (Executive Secretary), Dr Enitan Oshodi, Oladipo Awe, Adekoyejo Adejumo, Segun Odusanya, Akindele Ogunlana, Kweku Tandoh, Babatunde Bank-Anthony, Moyosore Ogunseinde, Professor Ademola Abass, Fola Padonu and Omolola Essien.Members of the Sports Commission are Babatunde Bank-Anthony (Director General), Olaposi Agunbiade (Executive Secretary), Gboyega Edu, Toyin Okenla-Ojeaga, Prince Fatai Olukunga, Abdulazeez Tijani, Babatunde Fatayi-Williams, Oluseyi Akinwunmi, Bolaji Adeniji-Adele and Gbenga Kuye.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Federer beats great rival Nadal to win Shanghai Masters

first_imgNumber two Federer put Nadal under the cosh immediately on the Spaniard’s serve, breaking him in the first game — to roars of approval from the majority inside the arena.Another break to 36-year-old Federer in the pivotal fifth game of the second set put him in reach of a second Shanghai Masters crown — and a sixth title in 2017.“We didn’t think maybe we were going to have the year we did, I definitely didn’t,” Federer said on court afterwards, looking at Nadal, reflecting on their continued success even at this late stage of their careers.“It’s nice to share this court with you today and I hope there are more to come in the tournaments we’ve got left.“It’s been a pleasure playing against you here today.”Federer, fondly known as “Cow” in China for his laid-back personality, had started the better in grabbing the break and he then rattled through his own service game for 2-0. Federer, a 19-time Grand Slam champion, was in full flow under the Qizhong Tennis Center roof, which was closed because of downpours in Shanghai.Nadal, 31, fresh from winning the US Open and China Open, groaned while lashing many of his shots; Federer was all quiet efficiency.Somewhere in the stadium somebody rattled a cow bell.Federer rapidly made it 4-2 with two booming aces in a row, drawing huge cheers from much of the stadium. Roger Federer kisses his trophyShanghai, China | AFP |  Roger Federer got one over his old rival Rafael Nadal to win the Shanghai Masters 6-4, 6-3 on Sunday in a showdown between the two best players on the planet.It was a 94th title for the Swiss legend, drawing him level with the great Ivan Lendl, and was a fifth victory in a row against world number one Nadal.Nadal was ahead in their overall record down the years, with 23 wins to Federer’s 14, but he was up against it almost right away. In contrast, Nadal — a 16-time Grand Slam winner but who had never won the Shanghai Masters — was labouring through his service games.center_img – ‘Emotional year’ –There were suggestions that Federer might not be quite as fresh as his old foe, having been pushed to three sets a day earlier in the second semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro.The timeless Federer rubbished that notion as he seared his way to a 5-3 first-set lead.Nadal sent down his fourth ace for 5-4, only for Federer to seal the set with his seventh ace of the match.There was little between the great rivals in the early exchanges of the second set until the fifth game.Nadal saved the first break point but could not survive the second one to put Federer in reach of the title. Nadal, for whom defeat sees Federer close the gap at the top of the world rankings as the year approaches its climax, has nevertheless enjoyed a remarkable season.His triumph in Beijing last weekend was also his sixth of the year as he continues to defy doubts about his fitness following repeated injury.The Spaniard called it “an emotional year”.“Today you played a fantastic match so well done, may congratulations,” he told Federer.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more