Travel companies around the world are intensively preparing for the growing number of wealthy Chinese tourists

first_imgLate last year, Hainan Airlines Co. Ltd. he landed for the first time on a direct flight from Beijing to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. The management of the American airport was carefully preparing for this big event. Since that day it has become a routine flight three times a week, always full of Chinese tourists who want to taste the infamous pleasures of this desert city. When they land, the passengers are expected to receive an unexpected and unusual reception, three kind Chinese-speaking hosts, ready to help in any way possible and to join new clients from China. “Somehow we outplayed ourselves,” Mike Boyd said. “It wasn’t until we started promoting ourselves that we realized what we really needed to do.” These days, over coffee, we commented on trends with colleagues from the tourism sector in Croatia. It is incomprehensible that some do not recognize the importance of making promotional materials in Chinese, and at the same time make brochures in Czech… which makes no sense because, for comparison, 16.479 Czechs and 70.286 Chinese visited Zagreb in the first ten months of this year. Halo? As a destination, due to the structure of its offer, Croatia is primarily interesting for group visits of Chinese of older age groups, of lower purchasing power. What we have not yet experienced and do not know is that Chinese tourists, especially the younger ones, travel freely and independently. The classic picture of a Chinese tourist in Croatia is a group led by a nervous guide, from the airport to the bus, and on to the hotel where they have half board at best, and usually stay only one night. They have a specific route and their journey is more like a race than a pleasant and relaxing holiday. However, it is not news that Chinese tourists, some of whom also know a little English, travel the world in a completely different way. Not everything is in New York and LA, London or Berlin. In 2018, Latvia was an absolute hit, Bulgaria is leading in our environment, they are interested in small villages, national parks, luxury goods and top hotels…. they spend in the true sense of the word. The markets of Turkey, Spain, Greece and North Africa have recovered. Which tourism market do we have to turn to? Do we know the Chinese tourism market? McCarran Airport management has set aside $ 2018 in its 150.000 budget for the China Ni Hao program, one-third has been spent on campaign launch costs, promotional materials, staff training, etc., and the rest is allocated to 60 hours per month for staff who welcomes and escorts Chinese tourists to the airport. You wouldn’t believe where they all went… and that the world takes Riga International Airport, which recently ordered airport leaflets in Mandarin Chinese, to take them seriously in the world. RELATED NEWS: “I want every guest who comes to Las Vegas from China to feel our welcome, and how much we appreciate them,” said Chris Jones, chief marketing officer at McCarran. Las Vegas Airport has founded a new company called China Ni Hao, which is part of Boyd Group International, which founded the company with the same goals two years ago in New York. China Ni Hao through its franchise chain offers the concept of “China Welcome” for US airports and other destinations that expect more than 23 million Chinese visitors by 2021. The focus is not really on the number of passengers expected at airports, but on the amount of money that in on average, an individual guest spends a trip to the United States. It is about 8.000 USD, of which a good part goes to the purchase of branded products. Over 200 million Chinese have decided to travel outside China next year The Chinese tourism market is very sensitive to political issues. Traditionally, the Chinese pay more attention to togetherness and emphasize their patriotic spirit than will privately have a great desire for attractive travel. And this move by the airport in Vegas is one of the attempts to keep Chinese tourists. However, not everything is so rosy. Trump’s rhetoric creates a big gap between America and China. Contrary to Obama opening the borders, Trump declares China a trade and business enemy of America. In addition, he has a markedly excellent relationship with the Taiwanese president, which is a major turning point in U.S. foreign policy compared to previous presidents. It is to be expected that such rhetoric will be a threat to Chinese tourism in America. Do you know how he explained it? “The Chinese market is so different and so special. I realized that these people need an inscription in their own language. You can leave me in Italy or France, and I’ll handle it. But send me to Beijing, and – if there is no inscription in English – I am lost. ”What have we done to make it easier for an individual guest from China to arrive at Zagreb airport? How much budget is provided for this purpose? Did we determine it at all? For over 200 million tourists who will leave China next year and travel abroad on vacation, many companies from the tourism and retail sectors are designing a range of services to these new and wealthy consumers with great interest. China Ni Hao aims to make it easier and more enjoyable for Chinese tourists to travel by providing Chinese-speaking hosts and implementing the company’s website on WeChat, a one-stop app used by nearly 700 million Chinese. Author: Andreja Gazdek, ProConcept HOW TO TAKE A PART OF THE CHINESE TOURIST MARKET CAKE?last_img read more

Tour of Croatia race canceled

first_imgNamely, due to disagreements in the organization of the race with Vladimir Miholjević, Ivan Črnjarić took advantage of the fact that the race was not protected and last year he protected the name of the race at the Intellectual Property Office and transferred the right to his company Thorax doo. He also kept the race date after registering with the International Cycling Federation, and without Vladimir Miholjević and his team, he dedicated himself to organizing this year’s Tour of Croatia race. “Despite the confirmations of twenty international teams that were supposed to take part in the race, including some of the best like Trek Segafred, Androni Giocattolia, the race was unfortunately canceled. In addition to professional teams, we had great interest and support from many cycling fans and sports in general”Said Crnjaric and noted that during the organization he encountered constant external obstructions at all levels and false allegations by a former business partner that caused great damage to the Tour of Croatia project, to him personally and to cycling in general, for which appropriate legal measures were taken. actions for the purpose of protecting their rights and interests. Related news: “I would like to thank everyone who recognized the value of this project and the postcard of Croatia that the Tour of Croatia cycling race has been sending to the world for years. Also, I thank all the partners and sponsors who have joined the project so far. Unfortunately, the financial construction was not fully confirmed in time by some sponsors and the project as such had to be canceled in the last phase of preparation”Said Ivan Crnjaric, director of the Tour of Croatia. The organization pointed out that the confirmed teams were: Trek-Segafredo, Team Androni Giocattoli, Bardiani – CSF Pro Team, Burgos BH, Gazprom-RusVelo, Israel Cycling Academy, Neri – Selle Italia – KTM, NIPPO Vini Fantini Faizanè. Riwal Readynez Cycling Team, Roompot – Charles Cycling Team, Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise, Team Novo Nordisk, CCC Team, EvoPro Racing, Vino – Astana Motors Fan Club, BIKE AID Pro Cycling Team, MERIDIANA PRO CyclinG TeaM, TARTELETTO – ISOREX Continental Cycling Team , Team Coop and Amore & Vita – Prodir, as well as the broadcast of the Tour of Croatia on the media houses Eurosport 1, Eurosport 2, Eurosport Asia, Fox Sports Africa, FLO Sports USA and DAZN Japan. The organizers of the Tour of Croatia race yesterday, just five days before the planned start, informed the public that the fifth edition of the cycling race “Tour of Croatia”, one of the best tourist postcards in Croatia, had been canceled. After the conflict, the whole story about the Tour of Croatia race ended in court. The new director of the race canceled the race only five days before the planned start, and Vladimir Miholjević turned to the organization of his race, which he called CRO Race, and was given a date from October 1st to 6th. The cancellation of the Tour of Croatia race caused great damage to our tourism Vladimir Miholjević, the alpha and omega of the whole race, reacted to the whole case at the end of the year and emphasized that Tour of Croatia for 2019 has nothing to do with Tour of Croatia, and the case of “Tour of Croatia” is in court “Apart from the 13 letters contained in the name Tour of Croatia, the new race has nothing to do with previous editions of the Tour of Croatia. It is true that the name of the race was not registered with the Intellectual Property Office, which was unfortunately used by former associate Ivan Črnjarić and in May this year he protected the name Tour of Croatia as his private property. Unfortunately, this is my naive omission because from the very beginning I thought that this race should contribute to everyone, and the Tour of Croatia received numerous awards in the first four years of its organization, was named the sporting event of the year and the most beautiful Croatian postcard in the world. ” Miholjevic pointed out. Read the full press release in the attachment. Photo: Tour of Croatia Tour of Croatia in its 5th edition was to be held from April 23 to 28, as part of which cyclists from international teams would pass the stages from Slavonia to the south of Croatia. As Črnjarić points out, the Tour of Croatia was supported by the Croatian Cycling Federation, the Croatian Olympic Committee, the UCI (World Cycling Federation), the Ministry of Tourism, and the Central State Office for Sports. As in previous years, a decision was made on the financial participation of the Croatian National Tourist Board and many other partners and sponsors. The project was completely ready and the last confirmation of the participation of some of the already agreed sponsors was awaited, but unfortunately it was absent at the last minute, it is written in the announcement. Vladimir Miholjević: Tour of Croatia for 2019 has nothing to do with Tour of Croatia, and the case of “Tour of Croatia” is in courtlast_img read more

Alameda will ease LA port bottleneck

first_imgINTRO: Spectacular growth in trade across the Pacific has generated severe congestion on the railways which serve the southern Californian ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. William D Middleton describes the Alameda Corridor – a US$2bn construction project to cure congestion and provide capacity for future growthTHE SAN PEDRO BAY ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have been cashing in on booming trade with the Pacific Rim that has made them the busiest in the USA. As this trade has doubled over the past decade, traffic through the ports has reached close to 100 million tonnes a year, and growth is expected to continue over the next few decades. High-value containerised freight is forecast to grow threefold over the next 25 years. The twin ports now account for a quarter of the country’s international maritime trade, and this has provided a traffic bonanza for Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Union Pacific, the two major railways serving Los Angeles. But increasingly they have been handicapped by outdated infrastructure which connects the docks to their yards and main lines in central Los Angeles, over 30 km away. Threading through built-up commercial and residential areas on four mainly single-track routes to and from the ports, trains up to 2·5 km long frequently conflict with other rail traffic. There are nearly 200 level crossings, restricting maximum speed to 32 km/h, and creating enormous congestion on crowded Los Angeles streets. Trains can sometimes take 5 or 6h to complete the journey, while the impact of steadily-growing lorry and rail traffic to and from the ports has become an increasingly contentious issue amongst residents.The BNSF route meanders to the west from central Los Angeles through El Segundo and Torrance before reaching the ports. UP’s San Pedro branch starts at East Los Angeles yard, heads east and then south through Downey and North Long Beach, but UP acquired two further routes in the merger with Southern Pacific, and these are more centrally located. The first, SP’s Wilmington branch, shares a direct north-south alignment through Compton and Carson with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Blue Line light rail route, while the former SP San Pedro branch occupies a parallel corridor along Alameda Street.Longstanding ambitionsThe poor quality of rail access to the ports was recognised as far back as 1982, when the Southern California Association of Governments initiated a study that considered a range of alternative options for the corridor. The concept of a consolidated corridor was adopted in 1984 as the preferred and most cost-effective solution, and set the stage for the project now under way.There was little progress until 1989, when Los Angeles and Long Beach established the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority, a single-purpose joint powers agency to plan and carry out the project. Since then, ACTA has been engaged in the difficult tasks of obtaining required approvals, concluding agreements with the railways and port authorities, and establishing a financial structure.The US$2bn project is now entering the design and construction phase, with completion scheduled for 2001. The four existing routes and their 198 level crossings will be replaced by a single, fully grade-separated route extending 32 km from the ports to a connection with the existing rail network at Redondo junction, south of Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal.Entrenched positionAbout 16 km of the northern segment of the corridor, from Route 91 in Compton to 25th Street near Los Angeles city centre, will be placed in a depressed trench at the centre of the Alameda Street right-of-way. This will be 15·2m wide to accommodate two tracks designed for 64 km/h operation and a roadway for maintenance access, which could be converted to a third running track if required. An additional track at street level will serve local factories along this heavily-industrialised corridor. The trench will provide an overhead clearance of 7·5m for double-stack container train operation. Vertical side walls will be braced by overhead crossbeams which provide support for part of the roadway and the industrial railway, which overhang the edges of the trench. Side streets running perpendicular to the corridor will cross the trench on bridges. South of Route 91, the Alameda Corridor tracks will run on the surface, with road traffic passing overhead on flyovers.While the primary aim is to handle the 100 trains a day expected by 2020, the corridor will also ease road freight movements, which presently total more than 20000 each day. As well as eliminating the frequent delays at the many existing level crossings, the project will widen and improve the parallel Alameda Street roadway for lorry traffic.Major construction will be required at the north end of the corridor where it joins existing rail lines (map inset). At 25th Street the new line will curve eastward and rise to surface level at Santa Fe Avenue. Two tracks will link the corridor with an existing bridge over the Los Angeles river and the main line to BNSF’s Hobart Yard, while a new three-track bridge over the river will link the corridor with UP’s East Los Angeles yard and former Southern Pacific lines to the north. To avoid conflicting movements, a new double-track flyover and Los Angeles River bridge will carry Amtrak and Metrolink passenger services over the corridor line at Redondo Junction. Major grade separations will be constructed for Washington Boulevard and Santa Fe Avenue. Other work will include new road subways at three other locations and relocation of two large flood control box culverts. Major construction will be required at the corridor’s south end where a grade separation will carry the corridor over Henry Ford Avenue at the Dominguez Channel in Wilmington.Funding and project management Bringing the Alameda Corridor project to the construction stage has been a long and difficult process for ACTA. At the end of 1994 the ports and the railways completed the necessary purchase and sale agreements and a joint operating agreement for the corridor.During 1995, passage of the National Highway System Designation Act authorised the project at federal level and designated it a high-priority intermodal corridor, eligible for a range of innovative federal financing options. Still at the federal level, the Department of Transportation approved a final environmental impact statement and the Surface Transportation Board granted permission for construction in the first half of 1996.Lining up funding for the US$2bn project has been among the most difficult tasks facing the corridor authority. The last major element in the financing plan fell into place in January 1997, when President Clinton presided over a ceremony approving a US$400m federal loan to the project. To be funded from the Department of Transportation’s annual appropriation, the loan must be repaid over a 30-year period. Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act and other funds will increase the federal commitment to US$447m. Funding at state level, largely from California’s Proposition 116 transportation bond measure of 1990, will total US$67·5m, while Los Angeles County MTA will contribute just over US$347m from a variety of sources. The two port authorities are each contributing US$200m, while ACTA will issue more than US$711m in revenue bonds. Federal loan and revenue bond payments will come from fees assessed against corridor users.The completed corridor will be owned by the two ports, which acquired the Alameda Street right-of-way from Southern Pacific. An operating committee appointed by the ports, BNSF and UP will oversee operations. The railways will operate their own trains, while a ’neutral’ dispatcher will assure equitable access.Design work is well advanced for work at the north end of the project. With finance in place, ACTA started work early in May on the bridge over the Los Angeles river at Redondo Junction. Tenders will be called late this year for the Redondo Junction flyover, while the two grade-separation projects at the north end and several major structures at the south end will follow in 1998 and 1999. Construction of the trenched section should begin in 1999.ACTA’s programme manager for the project is the Alameda Corridor Engineering Team, a joint venture of Daniel, Mann, Johnson & Mendenhall, Moffat & Nichol, Jenkins/Gales & Martinez, Inc and Telacu that will develop preliminary designs and provide oversight and management of the final design.Some work for the project is being completed by other agencies. The City of Carson has already completed a road flyover on Carson Street, and will build another at Sepulveda Boulevard. The City of Los Angeles is building a road overbridge at Anaheim Street, and will also construct one at Pacific Coast Highway.While the project is presently scheduled for completion in 2001, ACTA is trying to shorten the construction period. ’We’re considering the use of a ’design-build’ procedure for construction of the mid-corridor trench section’ says ACTA General Manager Gill V Hicks. ’We believe this could shorten construction time by 20 months.’ oCAPTION: Double-stack container trains access the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach on unsuitable infrastructure featuring many road crossings at grade. Reconstruction of the Alameda Corridor will increase capacity and cut congestionCAPTION: The rebuilt Alameda Corridor will provide a double track main line in trench below road level, with a service road alongside which could be used to accommodate a third track later. Another track parallels a six-lane road at surface level, giving rail access to factoriesLe corridor d’Alameda soulagera la congestion du port de Los AngelesUn essor commercial spectaculaire à travers le Pacifique a produit une sérieuse congestion dans les chemins de fer qui desservent les ports de Los Angeles et de Long Beach en Californie du sud. William D Middleton décrit le corridor d’Alameda – un projet de construction de $2bn pour remédier à la congestion et fournir la capacité nécessaire à une croissance future. Une ligne à double voie à niveaux séparés entre les ports et les principales zones de garage et d entretien dans le centre de Los Angeles doit s’ouvrir d’ici 2001Alameda-Korridor wird Engpaß im Hafen von LA lindernDie spektakuläre Zunahme des Handelsverkehrs über den Pazifik hat zu einer starken Überlastung der Eisenbahnen geführt, die die südkalifornischen Häfen in Los Angeles und Long Beach versorgen. William D Middleton beschreibt den Alameda-Korridor als ein $2bn teures Bauprojekt, das die Überlastung lindern und Kapazität für zukünftiges Wachstum schaffen soll. Die planfreie doppelgleisige Strecke zwischen den Häfen und den Hauptrangierbahnhlast_img read more

Wilhelmsen’s Income Narrowed in 2017

first_imgNorway-based maritime industry group Wilh.Wilhelmsen Holding ASA saw a 15 percent reduction in its total income for 2017.The group’s total income was USD 793 million for the year, down from USD 930 million reported in 2016. The income reflected reduced operating revenue within maritime services, a material net sales gain from reclassification of assets and income from the new supply service segment in the fourth quarter.Total comprehensive income attributable to owners of parent was USD 11 million in 2017, plunging from USD  263 million in the previous year.During the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, the company completed structural changes initiated one year earlier, which had material bearing on the reported results, lifting net profit for the quarter.Wilhelmsen’s total income in the fourth quarter of 2017 was USD 205 million, surging from USD 104 million reported in the third quarter of the year. This was the first quarter with full consolidation of NorSea Group.Together with increased sales in maritime services, this supported a 42% uplift in operating revenue when compared with the previous quarter.Total comprehensive income attributable to owners of the parent was USD 16 million in the fourth quarter, down from USD 18 million reported in the previous quarter.“The group has successfully completed several structural changes creating value for shareholders. Markets are challenging, but Wilhelmsen continues to hold leading positions in main business segments. The group is positioned for future growth, and the board expects to see positive developments in main markets,” Wilhelmsen said.last_img read more

Aker Solutions wins Chevron’s Jansz-Io gas field deal

first_imgNorwegian services company Aker Solutions has been awarded a master contract to support the delivery of a subsea compression system for the Chevron Australia-operated Jansz-Io field offshore Australia.The first service order under the master contract will be for front-end engineering and design of a subsea compression station that will boost the recovery of gas from the field, Aker Solutions said in its statement on Tuesday.The FEED scope will also cover an unmanned power and control floater, as well as overall field system engineering services. The field control station will distribute onshore power to the subsea compression station.“Aker Solutions has worked closely with its partners MAN Energy Solutions and ABB to reduce the size and cost of the compression system,” said Luis Araujo, chief executive officer at Aker Solutions.Compression will help maintain plateau gas production rates as reservoir pressure drops over time. While such compressors have typically been installed on platforms over sea level, placing them on the seabed and near the wellheads improves recovery rates and reduces capital and operating costs, Aker Solutions said.The Jansz-Io field is located around 200 kilometers offshore the north-west coast of Western Australia at approximately 1,350 meters below the surface. The Jansz-Io field is a part of the Chevron Australia-operated Gorgon LNG project.last_img read more

Inpex, Shell ready to start Abadi LNG feed work

first_imgJapan’s Inpex Corporation, in cooperation with its partner Shell is set to begin the preparations to commence front-end engineering design (FEED) for the Abadi LNG development in Indonesia. The comment follows the official approval of the revised plan of development for the Abadi LNG project by the Indonesian authorities.In addition to the revised POD, the authorities also approved the application for a seven-year additional time allocation and a 20-year extension to the Production Sharing Contract (PSC) for the Masela Block, extending the term of the PSC until 2055, Inpex said in its statement.“The approval of the revised POD by the authorities is a significant milestone for the Abadi LNG project. While the project’s development concept has been changed from a floating LNG scheme to an onshore LNG scheme, I am confident that the economics of the project based on the revised POD are now sufficiently strong for Inpex and Shell given the PSC term until 2055 and sufficient financial conditions have been secured following a series of constructive discussions with the authorities,” said Takayuki Ueda, president & CEO of Inpex.He added that the company aims to make this project competitive and will continue to work toward the production startup scheduled in the latter half of the 2020s.In terms of preparations, Inpex said these will consist of the mobilization of operational personnel and bidding-related work for the selection of contractors undertaking the FEED work.A final investment decision (FID) is subject to a series of subsequent evaluations including FEED work.The project is expected to produce approximately 9.5 million tons of LNG per year. The Abadi gas field features excellent reservoir productivity and has one of the world’s largest reserves, raising expectations of efficient development and stable LNG production operations over the long-term.last_img read more

Dream comes true for Lady Eagle winner Florio

first_imgLady Eagle winner Taylor Florio had good Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod company at the IMCA national awards banquet, joining national champion James Hanusch and national rookie of the year Larry Underwood at the Nov. 30 gala. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography) “I’ll race again next year but how much depends on school,” Florio said. “I’ll definitely be at Waco on Fridays and probably Cotton Bowl on Saturdays.” COPPERAS COVE, Texas – Taylor Florio grew up watching Robin Batt and dreaming of the day when she, too, would win the IMCA Lady Eagle award. Those dreams became reality as the Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod driver from Copperas Cove, Texas, raced to the top point total of the 227 female drivers competing in IMCA this season. She’ll display her Lady Eagle award on the TV stand, right next to the trophy she received in 2015 after becoming the first female driver to win national rookie of the year honors, also in a Southern SportMod.  “I grew up watching Robin race and wanted to be like her. I thought it was the coolest thing ever when she won the Lady Eagle (in 2010) and I wanted to do it, too,” said Florio, who also repeated as the E3 Spark Plugs Texas State champion. “I knew at the beginning of the season we wanted to do it. We set out to achieve our goal and midway through started thinking maybe this was our year. And it was.” Florio’s sponsors are Mid-Tex Paint and Body, Phil’s Motorsports, Custom Transmissions and Florio Racing Chassis, all of Copperas Cove; D & D Cabinetry of Kempner; Fat Daddy’s Design of Hewitt; Mark Herring Race Engines of Plainview; Swenson Racing Components of Boerne; Rhino Racing Rear Ends of McAllen; and Superior Fuel Cells of Creswell, Ore. Crew members include her parents Chris and Traci, Dustin Mooney and Chad Kipp.  She was runner-up behind national champion James Hanusch at 281 Speedway, third at Heart O’ Texas Speedway and sixth at Cotton Bowl Speedway. “We were ecstatic to win the Lady Eagle,” Florio said. “It was a great accomplishment for our entire team. We all worked very hard.” Fourth in national point standings, Florio doubled her career win total with five checkers and added another top 20 finishes in 60 starts at six different tracks. “I raced with a lot of the best of the best drivers in Texas every Friday and Saturday night,” Florio said. “That definitely makes you a better driver.”  The former rodeo rider is a junior at Central Texas College in Killeen, following her grandmother and aunt into the nursing field. last_img read more

Bony claims point for Swansea

first_img The second half began as frantically as the first and Austin was in the thick of the action again as his header was scrambled onto the post by Fabianksi. Swansea emerged unscathed, however, and began to regain some control as the game drifted past the hour mark. Gomis dragged a shot wide at the back post in the 70th minute while at the other end, Fer powered another long-range effort narrowly wide. Bony was introduced for Sigurdsson with 20 minutes to play and the striker almost made an instant impact, curling a free-kick towards the top corner and forcing a superb save from Green. The visitors cranked up the pressure and with 10 minutes to go almost grabbed an equaliser as Ki Sung-yeung’s shot was blocked by Green and Marvin Emnes’ follow-up header was cleared off the line. Rangers should have put the game to bed on the counter-attack when Vargas found the side-netting but the hosts were given a boost in the 86th minute when Routledge was sent off for an altercation with Karl Henry. In the 92nd minute, however, it was Bony who added a late twist to the tale, hammering past Green into the top corner to break Rangers’ hearts. There was still time for one more chance and Austin could have had the last word but he blazed over the bar from close range at the death and a pulsating game ended honours even. Press Association Wilfried Bony came off the bench to score a dramatic injury-time equaliser and ensure Swansea took a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw at QPR. Harry Redknapp’s side, unbeaten at Loftus Road since mid-October, are now two points above the relegation zone while Swansea sit ninth, three points off the top six. The visitors started the brighter of the two sides, with Gylfi Sigurdsson in particular causing problems for the QPR defence. It was the Iceland midfielder’s superb first-time ball in the sixth minute that put Wayne Routledge in the clear and Green was lucky not to give away a free-kick and be sent off as he stopped the winger’s progress by handling the ball outside the area. QPR capitalised on their good fortune, gradually establishing a foothold in the game as Charlie Austin saw two shots blocked from close-range. Swansea’s early momentum had stalled and in the 20th minute, the hosts took the lead as Fer collected the ball 25 yards out and drilled it past Lukas Fabianski for his third goal of the season. Rangers were in the ascendancy and should have doubled their advantage when a deep cross found Bobby Zamora at the pack post but the striker was unable to keep his header down. Gomis could have made Rangers pay when he was set free twice either side of the half-hour but his first shot flew wide of the far post and his second rolled harmlessly into the hands of Green. Eduardo Vargas tested Fabianski with a stinging effort from range and the Chilean tried his luck again shortly before the break, smashing Austin’s cross against the outside of the post. A stunning first-half strike from Leroy Fer looked to have sealed another valuable three points for QPR at home but Bony scored his ninth goal of the season two minutes into injury-time to salvage a hard-earned point for the visitors. QPR were lucky not to be reduced to 10 men early on when Rob Green handled outside the area but it was Swansea who finished with a man less after Wayne Routledge was sent off with four minutes to play. last_img read more

Southerland lone 3-point threat for Syracuse in loss to Connecticut

first_img Related Stories Curtain closes on Syracuse-UConn rivalry, future matchups to be void of Big East intensityDOG DAYS: Syracuse unable to overcome barrage of 3s in final Big East meeting with ConnecticutBoatright, Napier outplay Carter-Williams, Triche, doom Syracuse to defeat in final Syracuse-UConn Big East matchupGallery: No. 6 Syracuse upset by Connecticut 66-58 in final Big East meeting Published on February 14, 2013 at 1:07 am Contact Michael: | @Michael_Cohen13 HARTFORD, Conn. – As Michael Carter-Williams and Brandon Triche shot and missed, then shot and missed some more, James Southerland kept the game respectable.Syracuse missed 19 of its 23 attempts from 3-point range in Wednesday’s loss to Connecticut, and Southerland was responsible for all four of the shots that actually found their way through the basket. He finished with 14 points in his second game back with the team, and presented the only threat on a night when Carter-Williams and Triche missed 10 times combined from beyond the arc.“I think James was the only person to hit a 3,” Triche said. “Without him, it probably would have been even worse (than a 66-58 loss). I think it’s just them making shots and us missing.”Southerland finished 4-for-9 from 3-point range, hitting a pair of triples in each half. But as the game wore on, and it became clear he would have no help from outside, Southerland began forcing a few of his attempts.He drilled a 3 from the right corner out of a timeout with 11:46 remaining, giving the Orange a 40-39 lead. But he shot two more 3s on the next two possessions, both of which were questionable attempts.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe first miss led to a 3-pointer by Niels Giffey the other way, and the second miss came with Giffey’s hand right in his face.“Unfortunately, shots didn’t go down (for my teammates),” Southerland said. “I feel like I was mentally focused, definitely on the offensive end in this game.”By the time Syracuse needed outside shooting the most — the Orange tried to climb back from a nine-point deficit in the final 6:13 — the well had run dry. SU came up empty on each of its final five attempts from beyond the arc, including a miss by Southerland.And when his hot hand cooled, there was no one left to help.“They shot 8-for-14 from the 3, which is the best anybody has shot against us in a long time,” Jim Boeheim said of Connecticut. “And we didn’t shoot so well.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Student leaders speak at women’s conference

first_imgHigh school students across California attended the Young Women’s Political and Civic Leadership Program at the Radisson Hotel at USC on Saturday where they listened to keynote speakers discuss the importance of women taking on leadership positions in politics, government and public affairs.The event was presented by the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, Women’s Student Assembly, Political Student Assembly, Arsalyn Program of the Ludwick Family Foundation, Junior State of America, California YMCA Youth and Government, California Women Lead and Alliance Patti & Peter Neuwirth Leadership Academy. Representatives from the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Community College District Board and the Price School of Public Policy were in attendance.Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute, kicked off the event by giving a brief opening statement to the students and by introducing two USC student leaders and co-moderators for specific panels, in the realm of politics: Sarah Dhanaphatana, news editor of the Daily Trojan, and Camille Patrick, a junior majoring in business and cinematic arts. During the introduction, Dhanaphatana and Patrick explained the importance of the event and encouraged the young high school students in attendance to take action to bridge the gender inequality present in politics.Dhanaphatana explained there must be a shift of discourse when it comes to talking about women in politics. She said that individuals must change the question from “Are women capable of fulfilling a role in politics?” to “Yes, women are capable; now what steps will they take to successfully shape politics?”Following that introduction was a brief panel featuring Kyle Finck, the section lead for the High School Insider of the Los Angeles Times, and Suzy Jack, vice president of projects of the Los Angeles Times and USC alumna, provided the young women with advice on how to kick-start their careers in politics at a young age.The next panel featured Mayor Lindsey P. Horvath of the city of West Hollywood, where she discussed the challenges she faced as a woman in the political realm. She recognized that many women do not feel confident in the political arena, and she encouraged them to reverse that stigma.At the end of her speech, Horvath gave out her phone number so that the girls could reach out to her.Guest speakers also included Mona Pasquil, former deputy lieutenant governor for California.In the afternoon, USC students participated in a panel where they provided the young women with networking tips.Jordan Fowler, Undergraduate Student Government vice president, told the girls about the importance of staying true to themselves.“It is so important to remain confident,” she said. “You are all so amazing and leaders in companies can learn as much from you as much as you can learn from them.”Shyann Murphy, executive co-director of the Women’s Student Assembly, spoke to the girls about failure.“Failures are going to happen, but it is through failure that we learn most from,” she said.Murphy also addressed the importance of getting involved.“Really jump in and get involved as much as possible and find something that you are truly passionate about,” she said.Fowler said that these events are important to empower women to step up and take on leadership roles.“I was really shy when I was growing up, and it is so important for young girls to constantly be encouraged. Growing up, if I would not have had people telling me to get out of my comfort zone, I definitely would not be where I am now,” she said.Rini Sampath, USG president, talked about the reception after the event where the girls had the opportunity to network.“These girls are so talented and they benefit a lot by hearing from college students,” Sampath said.Sampath said that the program throughout the years have given her the opportunity to meet young women and hear about their journeys to positions of leadership.“Last year, I met a young girl at the reception of this same event and we kept in touch,” she said. “She ran to be president of her class and won.”last_img read more