— UAB has hired former Mississippi coach Andy Kennedy to lead its basketball program, giving him a six-year contract. The school didn’t disclose contract details, and the hiring pends official approval by the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees. Kennedy replaces Robert Ehsan, who lasted four seasons as the Blazers head coach.NHL-PREDATORS-HARPERPredators sign prospect to entry-level dealNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have signed forward Patrick Harper to a two-year, entry-level contract.The 21-year-old Harper just finished his senior season at Boston University matching his career high with 37 points and a career-best 14 goals. The 5-foot-7, 150-pound forward finished 15th in the NCAA among all skaters averaging 1.16 points a game and was second on his team in points to David Farrance, also a Predators’ prospect.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 — Running back Todd Gurley has accepted a contract with the Falcons, one day after being released by the Los Angeles Rams. The one-year, $6 million agreement was confirmed to The Associated Press by a person familiar with the deal, who also says Gurley needs to pass a physical. Gurley rushed for more than 1,000 yards in three of his five seasons with the Rams, but he ran for a career-low 857 yards last year.— The Bills have confirmed they are acquiring receiver Stefon Diggs in a multi-draft-pick trade with the Vikings. The trade was agreed to Monday and announced Friday by both teams. Minnesota gets four draft choices, including the 22nd overall in the upcoming draft. Diggs has topped 1,000 yards receiving each of his past two years.— The Steelers have agreed to terms with veteran tight end Eric Ebron, giving quarterback Ben Roethlisberger another proven red zone target. Ebron reached the Pro Bowl in 2018 while catching 13 touchdowns but was limited most of last season while battling an ankle injury. The Steelers also agreed to terms with guard Stefen Wisniewski, a Pittsburgh native.— The Broncos have worked out a two-year deal with former Chargers running back Melvin Gordon. A person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press that it’s worth $16 million with all but $2.5 million guaranteed. The two-time Pro Bowl selection has three dozen rushing touchdowns over the last four seasons and 47 touchdowns overall. Gordon totaled 908 scrimmage yards after recording over 1,200 scrimmage yards in three straight seasons from 2016 to ’18.— Saints left guard Andrus Peat has agreed to a five-year, $57.5 million contract that keeps him in New Orleans. The package virtually ensures the entire 2019 starting offensive line will return. Associated Press Toppin is Dayton’s first first-team AP All-American after averaging 20 points. 7.0 rebounds and shooting 63% in a breakout season. The 6-foot-9 sophomore helped the third-ranked Flyers match the program’s highest ranking in the final AP Top 25.Toppin is joined on the first-team by Iowa’s Luka Garza, Marquette’s Markus Howard, Myles Powell of Seton Hall and Oregon’s Payton Pritchard.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWSBulldogs losing Edwards to NBA draftUNDATED (AP) — Georgia guard Anthony Edwards has announced his plans to enter the NBA draft after leading all NCAA freshmen in scoring. — All rugby in England below the top-flight Premiership has been canceled for the season. The chief executive of the Rugby Football Union says the decision was taken “to assist with long-term planning and provide clarity to the game at a time of continuous change” during the virus outbreak.— The Olympic flame has arrived in Japan from Greece and was greeted in a scaled-down ceremony at an air base in northern Japan. The flame touched down Friday amid questions about whether the Tokyo Games can open as scheduled on July 24 because of the coronavirus pandemic.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-AP ALL-AMERICANSToppin a unanimous All-AmericanUNDATED (AP) — Dayton star Obi Toppin (OH’-bee TAH’-pihn) is the lone unanimous first-team choice to The Associated Press college basketball All-America team. Update on the latest sports Judge had a CT scan on Friday and he said it showed that a “pneumothorax came back completely gone.”The Yankees announced two weeks ago that Judge had a stress fracture to his first right rib. Judge says the bone is “healing the way it should be.”The 27-year-old didn’t play in any spring training games because of soreness in his right pectoral muscle and shoulder.With opening day pushed back into mid-May at the earliest due to the coronavirus outbreak, Judge has more time to recover without missing games.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS March 20, 2020 The 42-year-old quarterback who spent the first 20 years of his career with the New England Patriots announced his decision Friday in an Instagram post and thanked the Bucs for the opportunity.The deal is worth $30 million per season.The signing comes three days after Brady announced on social media that he would not return to New England, ending his historic run with the Patriots.He joins an offense that led the NFL in passing yards last season. The aerial attack features a pair of 1,000-yard receivers in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, along with tight ends O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate.In other NFL news: Edwards’ spot in the next NBA draft was expected even before he played his first game for the Bulldogs. The Atlanta product was one of the nation’s top recruits last season and has been regarded as one of the top draft prospects.The 6-foot-5 Edwards averaged 19.1 points and 5.2 rebounds for the Bulldogs.In other college basketball news:— Loyola Marymount has hired Stan Johnson as its basketball coach, replacing Mike Dunlap. Johnson spent the last five years at Marquette, most recently as associate head coach. The Golden Eagles reached the NCAA Tournament in 2017 and 2019. He was also on coaching staffs at Arizona State, Drake, Utah and Cal State Northridge. Dunlap was dismissed on March 8 after going 81-108 in six seasons.— North Florida and men’s basketball coach Matthew Driscoll have agreed to a three-year contract extension that runs through 2025. Driscoll has spent the last 11 seasons at UNF and led the Ospreys to the NCAA Tournament in 2015. He is 184-179 at UNF, with 105 of those wins coming in Atlantic Sun Conference play. — Defensive end Everson Griffen and his agent say they were unable to come to contract terms with the Vikings due to salary-cap constraints. Griffen is the longest-tenured player on the Vikes, having played 10 seasons in purple and recording eight sacks in 2019.— The Cowboys are bringing back several of their depth players, reaching agreements with linebackers Joe Thomas and Justin March, Dallas also re-signed offensive lineman Joe Looney and worked out a deal with safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.MLB-YANKEES-JUDGEJudge reveals he had collapsed lung, says rib improvingTAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge has revealed he had a collapsed lung that has healed and said his broken rib is improving. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-NEWSTom Brady signs with BuccaneersUNDATED (AP) — Six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady has signed a two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, saying he is embarking on a “new football journey.” USA Swimming wants Olympic postponementUNDATED (AP) — The head of USA Swimming is calling for a postponement of the Tokyo Olympics.CEO Tim Hinchey has sent a letter to leadership at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee urging it to push for a 12-month delay. In his letter, Hinchey noted the unimaginable disruptions athletes have experienced during the coronavirus crisis.The committee didn’t immediately respond to the letter. But earlier Friday, its leaders said there was no rush to postpone the Olympics.In other virus-related developments: — The Florida Panthers have been told by the state Department of Health that a part-time employee at the team’s arena tested positive for the coronavirus. The employee tested positive on March 15 and is self-quarantined while receiving medical care.— The XFL has canceled the remainder of its return season because of the coronavirus pandemic. Commissioner Oliver Luck released a statement saying the decision was made “with the health and safety of the entire XFL family as our top priority.”— The National Women’s Soccer League is delaying the start of the regular season because of the coronavirus. The league announced Friday that it is imposing a moratorium on training through April 5. The season was slated to begin on April 18.— Formula One is setting up a series of virtual races to replace postponed or canceled Grand Prix events. The series says a “number of current F1 drivers” will take part in the races, with the first set for Sunday.— The LPGA Tour commissioner has provided a little hope amid more postponements. He says the ANA Inspiration has been rescheduled for Sept. 10-13. The LPGA’s first major in the California desert had been scheduled for April 2-5. It’s the first postponed LPGA event to be rescheduled.
Russian and Iranian central banks working to strengthen their card system [Representational Image]PixabayIran and Russia are in the final stages of inking a deal to integrate the banking systems of the two countries. The agreement will let the citizens of the two countries use their credit and debit cards in each other’s countries, thereby strengthening the banking card system.”Iranian citizens who have a Shetab (Iran’s national payment system) card and those who have Russian (Mir) cards will be able to use ATMs in both countries,” the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) said.The Iranian banking officials are working with their Russian counterparts to finalise the deal that also lets them dodge the financial sanctions by the United States that are likely to be a part of the Trump administration in the future.”At present, Iran has the closest ties with Russia in the field of international credit cards and good measures have been taken in technical terms. In recent months, tests have been carried out less regularly due to some legal problems,” commented Davood Mohammad Beigi, Director of the payment system department of the CBI, announced, as quoted by Al Bawaba.When asked about the future of the financial relationship between the two nations, he said, “In order for any relations to be established, the two countries and their respective central banks need to reach agreements.”In last October, Iran’s Informatics Services Corporation entered an agreement with Russia’s BPC Group of Companies to merge the country’s financial network with global payments systems. As per the deal, the companies would work on to create a standard banking card switch platform in order to provide a link between Iranian clients and international providers of financial services.
Ten instruments signed between Bangladesh and Cambodia in presence of prime minister Sheikh Hasina and her Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen in Phnom Penh on Monday. Photo: PIDBangladesh and Cambodia on Monday signed 10 instruments — an agreement and nine memorandums of understanding (MoUs) — to boost trade and investment relations as well as enhance cooperation in various fields like tourism, agriculture, civil aviation, ICT and technical education.The agreements were signed after the official bilateral talks between Bangladesh and Cambodia held at Peace Palace in Phnom Penh here this morning.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina led the Bangladesh side at the talks, while her Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen led his country.The two prime ministers witnessed the signing, while ministers and high officials concerned of both the countries penned the documents for the respective sides.The agreement signed Monday is on cooperation between the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry and the Cambodian Chamber of Commerce.On the other hand, the MoUs inked are on cooperation in the field of Tourism, Aquaculture and Fisheries, Information and Communication Technology and related industry, MoU on cooperation between the governments of Bangladesh and Cambodia concerning labour and vocational training.A MoU on cooperation and collaboration in the preservation of war history, war monuments and war relics, MoU on the modalities for Institutional Cooperation under the Joint Trade Council, MoU on Cooperation and Collaboration on matters related to Implementation of the 2030 SDGs were also signed.Besides, MoUs were inked on Academic Cooperation between Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies and the International Relations Institute of Cambodia as well as on Institutional Cooperation on promotion of Investment between Bangladesh Investment Authority and the Council for the Development of Cambodia.Civil aviation and tourism minister Rashed Khan Menon, state minister for ICT Junaid Ahmed Palak, chief coordinator on implementation of the SDG Md Abul Kalam Azad, foreign secretary M Shahidul Haque, secretary of the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock Maksudul Hasan Khan, secretary of the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs Aparup Chowdhury, FBCCI president Shafiul Islam and BIDA executive chairman Kazi M Aminul Islam signed the concerned agreement and MoUs for Bangladesh side.Concerned ministers and senior officials of the respective ministries and organisations of Cambodia signed the document for their respective sides.
Travelweek Group Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Monday, November 21, 2016 MONTEGO BAY — Riu Reggae, RIU’s newest five-star (and adults only) hotel with 24-hour all-inclusive service, is now open.Riu Reggae is the third RIU hotel in Montego Bay, the sixth in Jamaica and the second adults-only. With this opening RIU celebrates its 15th anniversary in the country, a destination where it debuted in 2001 with the opening of the Riu Palace Tropical Bay in Negril.The 454-room resort has five restaurants ranging from the main restaurant, Ackee, offering an international buffet, to Bamboo, the Italian Dolce Vita, Kulinarium (which serves contemporary Caribbean cuisine) and the Steakhouse. Guests can make an advance reservation for a romantic dinner on the beach. The new hotel also has four bars, two of them aquatic.The hotel also has three infinity pools, a Renova Spa and nightly entertainment. Guests can also access the Pacha discotheque at the Riu Montego Bay, located metres away.RIU Hotels & Resorts invested US$60 million in the construction of Riu Reggae. RIU now offers six hotels on Jamaica, in Negril (2), Ocho Rios (1) and Montego Bay (3), for a total of 3,116 rooms on the island. Tags: Jamaica, RIU Hotels & Resorts Riu Reggae opens with 454 rooms, adults-only vibe