THE Cyprus Rally lived up to its reputation as one of the most gruelling events on the European Rally Championship (ERC) calendar, as leading contenders dropped out of the running like flies in Saturday’s drama-filled first leg.Nasser al Attiyah brought all his experience of rallying in Cyprus to bear on this fourth round of the ERC championship, that is also a counter in the Middle East Rally Championship (MERC).The Qatari ace had said before the start that it was a tough event and he hoped his age and experience would assist in the battle with much younger competitors. He clocked just one second slower on the first stage than a storming Nikolay Gryazin, and it looked like a battle royal was underway.Stage 2 at Lefkara was cancelled after Deniz Denner’s Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X suffered a broken gearbox and blocked the road. The crews went straight to stage 3 where Nasser stepped on the gas to pull up to the top of the leaderboard. Poland’s Kajetan Kajetanowicz was second fastest on the stage and moved up to second. Gryazin lost time in an encounter with a ditch and dropped to third.Racing in the ERC3 category, Buǧra Banaz lost his hopes of top points here with a spectacular “off”; spectators helped him get the car back on the road, but it will be all but impossible to make up the ten minutes he lost.[smart-photo][/smart-photo]Championship leader Bruno Magalhães was lying sixth overall as the cars headed back for the Nicosia Super Special stage which was watched by thousands of fans on both sides of the Green Line.Another fastest time on stage 4 meant al Attiyah arrived at the lunchtime halt 16.7 seconds ahead of the Pole; “it’s not enough” said the man who knows all too well that anything can happen on the Cyprus stages.Sure enough, on Saturday afternoon, in soaring temperatures, it did.Gryazin’s run of bad luck continued with radiator problems in stage five; he lost almost 20 minutes and dropped to 43rd place. He threw in the towel after stage 6 when gearbox problems meant his Škoda Fabia R5 was locked in first gear.Antonín Tlusták also retired. The Czech was seventh overall at the midday regroup but a big impact on stage five broke the steering of his Škoda. Magalhães completed the stage but damaged his car. “It was a big impact in the ruts,” he said.Stage 6 proved the undoing of Kajetanowicz, Magalhães and Murat Bostanci whose cars all went off a cliff at the same spot.Former Cyprus Rally winner Charalambos Timotheou also retired on SS6. Alexandros Tsouloftas now led the Cypriot challenge – he was lying second overall, 2 minutes, 44 seconds behind the leader.A puncture on stage 7 cost al Attiyah some time: he drove ten kilometres with a flat tyre, which took off the rear wing of his car. “We redesigned it,” he joked. He still held the lead, which he extended on the last stage of the day to arrive at the overnight halt with a comfortable 3 minute, 19 second cushion between himself and Tsouloftas, who was 21 seconds ahead of Panikos Polycarpou.“I think I will push more tomorrow,” al Attiyah said, although Polykarpou, Demosthenous and Galatariotis can also be expected to do the same.The secret in Cyprus is to judge how much to push, and where. Sunday’s battle will undoubtedly be between the Cypriot drivers lying in second to fifth position.There are six stages on Sunday and the rally finishes in Ayia Napa at 6pm.
New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (25) is fouled by Atlanta Hawks center Dwight Howard (8) in overtime of an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, in Atlanta.APATLANTA, Georgia—Dennis Schroder scored 27 points, Dwight Howard added 16 points and 22 rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks took advantage of Carmelo Anthony’s second-quarter ejection to beat the New York Knicks 102-98 in overtime on Wednesday night.Derrick Rose finished with 26 points for New York, but the star point guard fell as he was dribbling near the Knicks’ basket and lost his footing with 6 seconds left in overtime and Atlanta leading by one.ADVERTISEMENT Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town EDITORS’ PICK We are young Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MMA: Nunes predicts win ahead of Rousey comeback fight PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes MOST READ Schroder followed with a pair of free throws to make it 100-97. Kristaps Porzingis, who scored 24 points, was fouled as he shot a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession, but he made just one of three free throws to end the suspense.The Hawks had lost three straight and six of seven at home. They are just 7-14 since beginning the season 9-2.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad Ali Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports View comments Senators to proceed with review of VFA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise
Following in the wake of her magisterial work on Roy Heath in ‘Aftermath of Empire: The Novels of Roy A.K. Heath’, published by the University of the West Indies Press, Ameena Gafoor has produced another book of immense import to the literature of Guyana but particularly and more importantly this book is a timely addition to the slim list of scholarly works on the writings of East Indian of Guyana.‘The Evolution Of Writing In English By And About East Indians Of Guyana, 1838-2018’ has been compiled with meticulous care to details and great concern for the preservation of the literature of East Indians. This work, coming 180 years after the arrival of East Indians to Guyana, flies in the face of sins of omission and sins of commission with regards to the composition of the literature of the region. The quantity and quality of literature that was bought here by the people who came is an indication that the Indians who came were not mere ‘illiterate peasants’ and that their contribution to the literature of the region was slighted and undervalued. The quantity of the literature that came was described by Dr. David Dabydeen as a ‘body of texts of staggering physical bulk and philosophical dimensions…The Ramayana rolls on to a hundred thousand lines, much longer then Virgil’s Aeneid or Homer’s Iliad. The Mahabharata quadruples that sum; the Vedas when collected form eleven huge Octavo volumes, whilst the Puranas extend to two million lines’. Furthermore, the literature of the Quran and the significance of Haffizs who could recite the Holy Quran from memory must be added to the above.Dabydeen further elucidated, in his preface to this compilation, that he brought quantity into the equation so as ‘to highlight that the act of ignoring these texts is an act of monumental bias’. Other scholars have denounced this bias in Caribbean literature and the shunning of such from the mainstream of Caribbean literature. Long before Dabydeen’s pronouncement and condemnation, Emeritus Professor Kenneth Ramchand declared in his groundbreaking book, ‘The West Indian Novel and its Background’ that ‘writers are not writing about Indians for the sake of emphasizing Indianness but more to create understanding and deepen meaning of the many cultures which co-exist’. Neglecting to appreciate such a contribution for so long has robbed the region of a resource that could have done more for the region than the efforts of Caricom and the portrayal of Carifesta, all put together.One of the reasons for Gafoor’s most recent publication is ‘a significant effort to set the record straight with respect to Indian Guyanese literacy, and literary scholarly production’ (Dabydeen).Other reasons, as if justification is necessary, cited by the author include the commemoration of two landmark events namely the centenary of the abolition of Indian Indentureship to Guyana and the 180th anniversary of the arrival of Indians from India to Guyana. Further, there is no known comprehensive compilation of the literary and artistic efforts of the East Indian and as such this book is the best form of commemoration.Gafoor spells out the objectives of this work saying that ‘this bibliography seeks to capture the imaginative and objective writings of East Indians in Guyana including statements by Guyanese artists as well as statements by art historians and critiques by art critics of the significant works of visual arts produced by Guyanese artists of East Indian extract…includes works of Anthology, Literary Criticism, Critiques on the Visual Arts, Creative Writing, Social History, Education, Governance, Politics, Journalisms, Accounting and Financial Management’.More importantly, this work is organized in chronological order to better trace the development of the body of writings’. This timeline serves many purposes including events that may have has ‘an impact on the consciousness of East Indians in Guyana and, in some instances, prompted the writings’ and facts that possibly ‘shaped the lives of East Indians as well as citizens in modern Guyana’.Ameena Gafoor is the founder of The Arts Forum and editor of The Arts Journal. This book is dedicated to and built on the legacies of the struggles and sacrifices of ‘our foreparents’. The cover image is designed from a painting ‘Journey into the Dark Circle: the Arrival’ by Philbert Gajadhar.‘The Evolution Of Writing In English By And About East Indians Of Guyana, 1838-2018’ by Ameena Gafoor was published by Hansib Publications.Responses to this author telephone (592) 226-0065 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
LONDON – Dominic Thiem became the first player to advance from the group stage at the ATP Finals after outlasting five-time champion Novak Djokovic 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-6 (5) in a seesaw crowd pleaser on Tuesday.Austria’s Dominic Thiem celebrates after defeating Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in their ATP World Tour Finals singles tennis match at the O2 Arena in London, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)That leaves Djokovic facing a winner-takes-all match against Roger Federer — in a highly anticipated rematch of this year’s epic Wimbledon final — to decide who will join Thiem in the semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust At 65 minutes, the first set alone was longer than Djokovic’s entire straight-sets win over Berrettini on Sunday.But Thiem’s aggressive shot-making started paying dividends after that, as he broke Djokovic to take a 2-0 lead in the second set and then again to start the third.However, Djokovic fought back to level at 3-3 and then thought he had earned a match point when Thiem served at 5-4. With the score at 30-30, Thiem’s forehand was initially called wide — before a Hawk-Eye review showed that it had clipped the line.Thiem held and then broke Djokovic at love — only for the Serb to break right back when the Austrian served for the match.Djokovic led 3-0 and 4-1 in the tiebreaker before Thiem won five straight points and then converted his second match point when his opponent hit a forehand into the net.The two-time French Open runner-up, who finished with 50 winners and 44 unforced errors in a match that lasted 2 hours, 47 minutes, fell onto his back on the court before Djokovic gave him a thumbs-up as they shook hands at the net.The early match wasn’t nearly as dramatic.Federer earned the only break point of the first set at 6-5, but Berrettini saved it with a forehand volley. In the tiebreaker, the Italian double-faulted to hand Federer a 5-2 lead and netted a forehand return on set point.Federer broke Berrettini to open the second set, but had to overcome a slight wobble at 4-3. Federer trailed 15-40 in that game and had to save three break points in total before holding with an ace.He broke again to seal the win when Berrettini netted a forehand. Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw LATEST STORIES DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ On Wednesday, Rafael Nadal faces Daniil Medvedev in a rematch of this year’s U.S. Open final, before defending champion Alexander Zverev plays Stefanos Tsitsipas in the late match. /gsgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:18New 3-digit US suicide hotline number05:05SEA Games 2019: Rubilen Amit finally beats Chezka Centeno for 9-ball gold (HIGHLIGHTS)01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist NLEX eyes No. 1 ‘People evacuated on their own’ Federer beat Matteo Berrettini 7-6 (2), 6-3 earlier, which means he and Djokovic both have a 1-1 record before playing each other in their last round-robin match on Thursday.Thiem improved to 2-0 after beating Federer on Sunday, while Berrettini was eliminated after a second straight loss.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The Djokovic-Federer rematch was always going to be the highlight of the group stage at the season-ending tournament — where they have 11 titles between them — but now becomes even more of a blockbuster with a semifinal spot directly at stake.Federer also has the added incentive of avenging that Wimbledon defeat, when the Swiss star missed two match points before losing 13-12 (3) in the deciding set. “Actually, it’s good for me to play him again, and maybe that all helps to get a chance to get him back,” Federer said.“Maybe it took me a few days, couple weeks at most, to get over the Wimbledon loss. . We’ll find out, but I think it’s all flushed away from my side. A lot of water has gone under the bridge since then.”Federer has failed to reach the semifinals only once in his previous 16 appearances at the ATP Finals, in 2008, while Djokovic is trying to equal the Swiss star’s record of six titles.Thiem, for his part, has now beaten Djokovic in four of their last five meetings — although the previous three wins came on clay, his favorite surface.In the best match of the tournament so far, Djokovic needed to play near flawless tennis in the first set — making just two unforced errors — to hold off the Austrian.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
An Grianan Theatre in Letterkenny has a number of upcoming plays which it wants you to act in!There are Red Riding Hood auditions for children and Freedom of the City auditions for adults.Six children aged between 9 and 12 sought to be in the Red Riding Hood show in An Grianan Theatre in December. “I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house down!”After last year’s successful production of Hansel and Gretel in An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny, c21 return with Little Red Riding Hood and is delighted to announce that it will, for the first time, introduce children in their Christmas production! This year c21 Theatre Company are giving new life to this classic story.The company are looking for 6 children between the ages of 9 and 12 to rotate the roles of the Three Little Pigs, who will appear in the Little Red Riding Hood story, from 17th-22nd December 2012. This is a perfect opportunity if you have a child who is outgoing, confident, and eager to work as part of a team. Some singing/dancing/acting experience is necessary.Your child must be willing to work alongside other children and professional actors to create a piece of theatre in a short rehearsal period and then take part in some performances throughout the run. The Performances will take place in An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny. Auditions will be held on Sat Oct 27th from 1.30pm in An Grianan Theatre and auditionees will be seen on a first come first serve basis. If you believe that your child would enjoy and learn from this experience, then come along and try out. Please prepare a song and short monologue.There will also be an open audition, in the form of a two hour workshop on the 27th of October, for roles in the upcoming production of Brian Friel’s The Freedom of the City.The workshop will take place in the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny and there are two different time slots, 11 ’til 1pm and 2pm ’til 4pm. Both men and women are sought for these parts.This production is part of An Grianán’s Customs’ Crossings series, which also includes performances of Idan Meir’s Bassam and other works such as Bag of Queens by Little John Nee.This series of projects is being part-financed by the European Union’s Regional Development Fund through the EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation managed for the Special EU Programmes Body by Donegal County Council. Director Sean Donegan will be staging Brian Friel’s The Freedom of the City in An Grianán Theatre from the 31st of January ’til the 2nd of February, with further dates in the Balor Theatre on the 7th of February, the Alley Theatre in Strabane on the 9th of February and a final performance in the Millenium Forum in Derry on the 11th of February. A combination of professional and amateur actors drawn from the North West and cross-border areas will perform this tale of three protestors who, in the aftermath of a civil rights meeting in 1970’s Derry, mistakenly find themselves in the Mayor’s parlour in the Guild Hall in Derry with tragic consequences.If you are interested in auditioning through the workshop on the 27th of October, please contact the director at email@example.com to register your interest. Only applicants who have registered their interest at this address prior to the workshop will be admitted on the day.Prospective attendees are recommended to wear comfortable clothing suitable for movement. They are also asked to prepare a short piece of text – which can be from any source – in a Derry accent. Male actors also are also asked to prepare a short piece in a working class accent from anywhere in England, Scotland or Wales if they wish to be considered for the role of a British soldier.AN GRIANAN TO HOLD OPEN AUDITIONS FOR UPCOMING PLAYS was last modified: October 17th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:An griananauditionsplays
Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 2 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won gameday cracker LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS REVEALED 2 huge blow Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT He has shown 99 red cards in 470 games – which equates to one every 4.7 matches.This season Dean, 50, has already sent off nine players in just 18 matches.Back in September, Dean gave Nemanja Matic his marching orders in stoppage time, when Manchester United beat Watford at Vicarage Road. no dice Matic was sent off by Dean in September Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Leicester City and Manchester United players need to be well behaved to avoid getting on referee Mike Dean’s bad side when the two teams meet in the Premier League on Sunday.Dean takes charge of the match at the King Power Stadium this afternoon – which you can listen to LIVE on talkSPORT – and he could reach a century of red cards. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Dean has shown 99 red cards tense The Wirral-born official has been a Premier League referee since 2000 and in that time he has shown 99 red cards, with Phil Dowd in second having dismissed a lowly 67 players.Dean’s first ever dismissal came in April 2001, when he sent off Newcastle’s Nobby Solano for a goal line handball against Ipswich. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury deals shining Tune into talkSPORT to listen to full commentary of Leicester vs Manchester United, kick-off 2:05pm. You can listen by clicking here, or through our radio player, below…
That makes this season’s achievements even more noteworthy and the squad – while short of household names – includes a number of stars in the making. Naby Keita, a diminutive 21-year-old midfielder signs from another Red Bull-owned club, Red Bull Salzburg, has been a revelation and scored a superb goal in last weekend’s 4-1 win at Freiburg. Emil Forsberg, the Sweden winger who signed from Malmo last year, has scored five goals and has arguably been the league’s best player so far this season. The 20-year-old Timo Werner, a big-money summer arrival of whom plenty was expected when he came through at Stuttgart, has scored seven times and a call-up for Germany’s senior squad may not be far away.Oliver Burke arrived from Nottingham Forest int he summer. PAThen there is Oliver Burke, who was a surprise signing from Nottingham Forest at the end of August. Burke has largely been limited to substitute appearances so far; he was signed a something of a project for Hasenhuttl, who commented shortly after Burke’s arrival that his defensive “hard drive” was empty and that he needed to learn the ropes for Leipzig’s high-energy, high-pressing style. That style has overwhelmed many of their opponents, who cannot cope with Leipzig’s ferocious energy off the ball and slick, sharp movement with it. When Hasenhuttl managed the Bavarian side Ingolstadt, his team was referred to as the “pressing monster”; add to that some gifted technical players and it is little surprise that, among the predictable shower of plaudits, Arjen Robben has compared his work to that of Pep Guardiola.Leipzig are challenging the big guns. PAHasenhuttl might not have expected to be fending off Guardiola’s old team, Bayern Munich, at the top of the league just yet. Yet unless their form tails off over the next three weeks their visit to the Allianz Arena on 21 December will be a top-of-the-table clash and could have far-reaching ramifications for the Bundesliga’s title race. It might not be the version of the ‘Clasico’ that Germany wanted but it may be one it must come to terms with: RB Leipzig look like sticking around. By Nick AmesIn the games room at RB Leipzig’s training ground, an ultra-modern facility situated a short walk from the city centre, sits a chessboard. Close at hand are a dartboard and a pool table, offering pursuits more traditionally associated with footballers, but visual evidence suggests chess is no less popular among a squad that has caused shockwaves over the last three months.It is a long way from being checkmate, but RB Leipzig have outmanoeuvred their Bundesliga opponents in stunning fashion over the first 12 games of the season. They are three points clear of Bayern Munich at the top and, even if it remains a stretch to imagine them remaining there until May, the manner of the club’s ascent suggests they will not be going away any time soon. Things have happened quickly for a club that, a little over seven and a half years ago, did not exist. That was the intention from the moment Red Bull bought the licence of fifth-tier side SSV Markranstadt in order to begin a new project with a foothold in the German league system, but few could quite have expected the speed at which events have unfolded.They are certainly not universally popular and when the Schalke 04 goalkeeper, Ralf Fahrmann, said ahead of the sides’ meeting on Saturday that his team intends to “show them what honest and proper Bundesliga football is about” is was not hard to read between the lines. RB Leipzig’s corporate backing and circumventing of the “50+1 rule”, by which German clubs give their members authority when electing the board – they hiked membership costs to €800 – has sparked considerable opposition and protests or boycotts from opposition supporters have been common. In September, Cologne fans blocked the RB Leipzig team coach from reaching their stadium and kick-off was delayed by 15 minutes; earlier that month, Borussia Dortmund supporters’ group boycotted their team’s away fixture in Leipzig.The Leipzig fans are embracing the experience. PAThe list could go on and on but none of it changes the fact that RB Leipzig are winning by doing things their way. The club is keen to point out that local take-up has been spectacular – the 43,000-capacity Red Bull Arena is sold out every week these days and the average attendance as a Bundesliga 2 club last season was just shy of 30,000. The audience is a captive one: football in the old East Germany has enjoyed little success in the last 25 years but the region has historically contained a number of powerhouses and those include Lokomotive Leipzig, a regular feature in European competitions until the fall of the Berlin Wall and Cup Winners’ Cup runners-up in 1987. They competed in the 1993/94 Bundesliga season – finishing last – but went bankrupt in 2004 and now operate in the fourth-tier Regionalliga Nordost. They still have a loyal hardcore of fans, but this is a region that needed little invitation to get behind an upwardly-mobile football setup.That mobility is overseen by sporting director Ralf Rangnick and manager Ralph Hasenhuttl. Their philosophy is clear and certainly one that might complicate any negative feelings towards the club: their attention is on developing young talent and a team with an average age of just over 24 and a half is the fourth-youngest in Europe’s top five leagues.
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The MS Noordam and Westerdam will grace South African waters during the 2010 Fifa World Cup. (Image: Holland American Line) The 2010 Fifa World Cup will see some visitors flying to South Africa, some driving in, and others sailing in, courtesy of a deal between two travel companies in Germany and South Africa.iKapa Tours & Travel in Cape Town and Munich-based Moltke Promotion GmbH have teamed up to bring two luxury cruise liners to the port cities of Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Durban during the football spectacular.The magnificent MS Noordam and MS Westerdam will grace South Africa’s major ports for the full month of the 2010 World Cup, which kicks off on 11 June.Both are ships of the Holland America Line, which has regular routes to all continents except Africa.Registered in Rotterdam, both are also relatively new to the water – the Westerdam was christened in April 2004 and the Noordam in February 2006.With 1 617 crew between them and a passenger capacity of 1 918 and 1 916 respectively, the Noordam and Westerdam is expecting to bring between 15 000 and 20 000 football-mad travellers to experience not only the South African passion for the Beautiful Game, but the vibrant culture and traditions of the country.The Westerdam will operate between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, while the Noordam will convey passengers between Durban and Port Elizabeth. The ships’ vast passenger capacity will also help alleviate any accommodation shortages in the three cities.Although there is only one passenger terminal, in Durban, and the others are cargo ports, promotion manager One Ocean Club, a Moltke subsidiary, has booked convenient locations in Port Elizabeth and Cape Town harbours, and will convert these areas into temporary passenger zones.African sights and soundsA number of day and half-day excursions have been planned to suit every cruise passenger’s taste.In Cape Town, half-day options include visits to Table Mountain and the city, Table Mountain and the Kirstenbosch botanical garden, a cultural tour, or a tour of the townships. Full-day choices range from trips around the breathtaking Cape peninsula, to the winelands, up the west coast, or to Hermanus on the south coast.While in Durban, passengers can take half a day to visit uShaka Marine World, the Umgeni River Bird Park, the Indian market, or the surrounding townships. The more energetic can indulge in full-day trips to the Valley of 1 000 Hills, the Midlands, Shakaland Cultural Village, or game reserves in the area.In Port Elizabeth the options extend to half-day tours of the city or townships, as well as museums and art galleries, or the nearby Kragga Kamma game reserve. Full-day trips further afield include deep sea fishing, the Addo Elephant National Park or Tsitsikamma Forest, and a private game reserve.For those who can’t bear to be away from the greens for too long, One Ocean Club will arrange bookings at upmarket golf courses in the three cities.Experienced operatorOne Ocean Club is no stranger to the floating hotel concept.During the 2004 summer Olympics in Athens it organised a similar package with the official German ship AIDAaura. The company has promised visitors to South Africa an even better experience, as it now brings its expertise to the biggest football tournament in the world.One Ocean Club has promised to make extensive use of local resources such as security and technical services, while using iKapa as the official transportation and excursion partner. It will also source fresh food supplies exclusively from local producers, and will stock world-renowned South African wines.The company is offering a variety of packages, ranging from between two and four nights and one group match, or five nights and a semi-final game, to two nights and the final.The semi-finals will take place at Green Point stadium in Cape Town and Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban. Johannesburg’s spectacular Soccer City hosts the final, while the matches to decide third and fourth place take place at the Nelson Mandela stadium in Port Elizabeth.
Tyco Retail Solutions has collaborated with industry leaders to showcase new innovations and retail concepts to further digitize the store and enable retailers to provide smart, connected shopper engagement. Prescriptive analytical data solutions and technology investments are helping retailers to operate proactively, efficiently and in real-time to better engage their customers along the shopping journey in those moments of truth. From optimizing staffing, ensuring product availability and empowering store associates to connecting customers and merchandise across the enterprise, Tyco Retail’s new Google Cloud Platform-based solutions deliver insights necessary to combine the online and offline experience and execute successful unified commerce.“Experience What’s in Store” with Tyco Retail at NRF 2018:Inventory Intelligence- Sponsor – • Inventory accuracy and visibility – showcasing capabilities with the Google Cloud Platform to enable a clear sightline into real-time, accurate inventory availability and maintain a consistent in-stock position to meet shoppers’ needs. Mobile transactions will feature TrueVUE Inventory Intelligence and lightweight, cost effective mobile sled options from Zebra, Bluebird and AsReader with iOS and Android devices. Link-it®, a new wearable RAIN RFID reader from Strato Innovations will be used to demonstrate how store associates can be equipped with the power of RFID in a cost-effective wearable device to enable cycle counting, stock replenishment and line busting leaving them hands-free to move merchandise and engage with customers.• Fitting room analytics and personalized customer service ─ collaborating with Kurt Salmon, part of Accenture Strategy, the 1:1 Retail solution enables retailers to enhance the customer experience and improve conversion rates by gaining real-time insights into shopper preferences and fitting room inventory. Touch screen devices installed in the fitting room automatically display the products customers are trying on by reading RFID tags. Customers can effortlessly request assistance or alert store associates through the app to bring in different sizes, styles and colors, all at the touch of a button. This enhanced personalization and customer engagement can help retailers drive sales, increase basket size and improve shrink management to help prevent potential loss situations in this crucial conversion area of the store.Traffic Insights • ShopperTrak analytics and insights – leveraging new aggregated store visitor insights from Facebook incorporated with ShopperTrak traffic analytics to provide a holistic view of in-store shoppers. Brick-and-mortar retailers can better understand shopper audiences in combination with in-store traffic patterns to contextualize store performance and identify sales opportunities.Also announcing the evolution of ShopperTrak analytics to the Google Cloud Platform for future proof infrastructure with global scale, security and high performance. ShopperTrak traffic analytics is being deployed as a concept with Google Analytics to extend its leading edge analytical intelligence platform with core cloud computing to deliver unmatched, unique data insights for retailers.Loss Prevention • Shrink Management as a Service – revolutionizing loss prevention programs, the new Google Cloud Platform-based Sensormatic Shrink Management as a Service (SMaaS) enables retailers to enhance productivity and increase reliability and performance of EAS systems for a new generation of innovative loss prevention. Proactive, predictive and preventative. Providing both remote device management, along with predictive analytics, to proactively manage shrink while addressing underlying root causes.• Storefront Interactive EAS Display ─ offering new interactive capabilities that allow retailers to maximize the storefront area and capture customer attention. The display can be used in various ways, including advertising updated store offerings, sales and brands. Mounted on Tyco’s Sensormatic Synergy detection system, the display supports streaming video along with targeted customer content. The displays can be used to present content based upon the gender of the shopper. In addition, the retailer can easily create, schedule and publish content directly to the display.• Secure Mobile Shopping Kiosk – resulting from the collaboration of Tyco Garage and partner Shopic is a new application to enable self-checkout with automatic detachable EAS tags. Store shoppers simply purchase items through their mobile device and easily detach security tags from a convenient self-service kiosk, providing security for retailers and self-checkout for shoppers. The application leverages a new dual technology hard tag, with an integrated retractable pin and a RFID detacher. The new tag makes attaching and detaching quick and easy with no pin to loose, damage or replace.• Public View Monitor with Digital Signage – featuring dynamic content on a public view monitor with integrated live-stream of IP security camera; ideal for e-signage throughout the retail environment and can be used for in-store sales promotions and marketing.These innovative collaborations and more are currently being showcased at the National Retail Federation (NRF) 107th Annual Convention & EXPO at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. Visit booth #3103 from January 14-16 to see firsthand how Tyco Retail Solutions is helping retailers “Experience What’s in Store.” Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now