Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Edmund Bartlett and Director of Tourism Donovan White were on hand to officially welcome Pegas Touristik and Nordwind Airlines’ new nonstop seasonal service between Moscow and Montego Bay, which began on October 26, 2018.The inaugural flight, carried 300 passengers and 17 crew.“The Jamaica Tourist Board’s global marketing strategy includes a strong digital focus on which has enabled the destination to penetrate new markets and further demand from BRIC countries,” said Tourism Director White. “As a result of a robust and aggressive digital push, Jamaica will be able to build on its successful growth strategy and tap new markets in the futurNordwind Airlines will fly into Montego Bay every ten days until May 2019. The Russian tourism market has been growing at a steady pace and Pegas Fly and its sister airline, Nordwind Airlines, have been growing their fleet and expanding their reach.With a focus to grow arrivals from Eastern Europe, the Ministry of Tourism has worked to create seamless travel for passengers between Russia and Jamaica.Earlier this year, government agreed to waive visa requirements for periods not exceeding 90 days per year to ensure thousands of new visitors can enjoy the beautiful island.
Anthony Joshua wanted to show the “sweet science” of boxing as he put together a controlled performance to outpoint Andy Ruiz Jr and become a two-time world champion.The British heavyweight regained the WBA (Super), WBO and IBF titles that were sensationally snatched from his grasp by the same opponent earlier this year, winning their rematch by unanimous decision on Saturday. Ruiz dropped his rival four times to force a seventh-round stoppage in New York back in June, yet never threatened to pull off a repeat result at the Diriyah Arena in Saudi Arabia.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearInstead, Joshua controlled proceedings throughout, boxing behind his jab as he, for the most part, stayed safely out of range. Two of the judges at ringside scored the contest 118-110 in the challenger’s favor, with the other official’s card recording a 119-109 verdict.In his postfight interview, Joshua revealed he fought in such a manner out of respect for Ruiz — and also aimed a shot at those who had suggested he should retire after losing his perfect professional record six months ago.TWO TIME pic.twitter.com/CutWIGDfD8— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) December 7, 2019″A man like me makes no excuses, this is about boxing, I’m used to knocking guys out. I got caught last time, no excuses, I gave him the credit,” the 30-year-old told Sky Sports Box Office.”I respect Andy and his trainer [Manny Robles] so much, I wanted to show the sweet science of this lovely sport. Stay hungry, stay humble — I’m humble in defeat and will stay humble in victory.”It is all about preparation. One day, when I release a book, I will talk through my career. Careers are all about experience; there is no losing and no winning, it is about creating memories in this great game we all love. “I took my ‘L’ and bounced back. Everyone can do it — life is a roller coaster. What do you want me to do? Give up? I hear certain people saying I should retire. Come on, man. Please, respect us, this is what we love to do.”Promoter Eddie Hearn was delighted to see Joshua prove his critics wrong after the “humiliation” he suffered in his American debut. “That is beautiful. They wrote him off — they said he was all hype,” Hearn said. “He had to come back from humiliation in Madison Square Garden. He is a two-time heavyweight champion of the world, give him the respect [because] he is a great individual.”
CEDAR RAPIDS — Iowa’s colleges and universities are plotting courses for the fall semester in this pandemic era, with shifting schedules and a host of new rules.While programs like Zoom helped deliver classes to remote students this spring, at least one Iowa school is turning to a different technology for fall. Tim Laurent, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Mount Mercy University, explains their newest acquisition.“The Meeting Owl allows a 360-degree picture. It also allows a 360-degree microphone and speakers,” Laurent says. “The owl can be in the middle of a classroom and the students who are remote can actually see everything as if they are there.” The Cedar Rapids institution has purchased 65 of the devices, one for every classroom, along with TV monitors and stands. The 12-inch-tall Meeting Owl actually resembles an owl, with eyes and a beak.Laurent says they will enable Mount Mercy to offer in-person and blended/hybrid classes, as well as the ability to pivot to fully remote, if necessary. “We’ve been using that in some programs in our MBA program for a year and that is giving us great flexibility,” Laurent says. “We’re saying to faculty, ‘Hey, be flexible as you might not have as much space in the classroom,’ and this is our way of making it work.” According to Laurent, the university’s hybrid model should allow for flexible instruction, as some students will attend class on one day while others take part virtually.“Not only our local students but the national response from students is, ‘We want face-to-face,’ and so as we are putting our classes — our hybrid — together, it has face-to-face,” Laurent says. “They should be pretty quick to adapt to the remote learning as well. That’s what all the students had to do this last spring.”Mount Mercy administrators decided not to shift fall dates, but instead will have classrooms mapped out to keep everyone distanced, while faculty, staff and the 18-hundred students will need to wear cloth face masks, face shields or both.