Pac-12 Announces Full Men’s Basketball Schedule With Tip-Times, TV


BOULDER – The Pac-12 Conference has completed the 2021-22 University of Colorado men’s basketball schedule with dates for the final 18 league games.

In addition, tip-times and television partner designations were announced for the majority of the Buffaloes’ schedule.

All but three of Colorado’s 31 regular season games are scheduled to air on either the Pac-12 Networks, FS1, ESPN2 or ESPNU. The Buffaloes will play 10 games against seven different teams that appeared in the 2021 NCAA Tournament. All seven will visit the CU Events Center in addition to road games at UCLA, Oregon and Oregon State.

Colorado’s three games at the Paradise Jam will streamed on ESPN3.

Colorado will begin the main block of its Pac-12 schedule at Oregon on Thursday, Dec. 30 (9 p.m. MT, Pac-12 Network). The Buffaloes will ring in the New Year on Saturday, Jan. 1, at Oregon State (6:30 p.m., Pac-12 Network) in a rematch of the 2021 Pac-12 Tournament championship game.

As previously announced with the Pac-12’s weekly pairings, Colorado will alternate two games home, two games away, each week of the conference season with one exception. The Buffaloes will have one three-game homestand the first two weeks of February, hosting Oregon (Thursday, Feb. 3, 8 p.m., FS1), Oregon State (Saturday, Feb. 5, TBA, FS1) and Utah (Saturday, Feb. 12, 6 p.m., Pac-12 Network).

Colorado will play a Thursday-Saturday schedule throughout conference play with two exceptions. The Buffaloes will play two Thursday-Sunday sets with both involving the Washington schools. Colorado hosts Washington State (Thursday, Jan. 6, 7 p.m., ESPN2/U) in its first home Pac-12 game after the New Year and follows with Washington (Sunday, Jan. 9, 3 p.m., ESPN2/U).  The script flips three weeks later with Colorado traveling to Washington (Thursday, Jan. 27, 9 p.m., Pac-12 Network) and then visiting Washington State (Sunday, Jan. 30, 8 p.m., FS1).

Colorado’s early season conference games are both set for the Pac-12 Network. The Buffaloes host Stanford on Sunday, Nov. 28, at 5 p.m. and travel to UCLA on Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m.

The Buffaloes will officially tip off the season against Montana State on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at the CU Events Center (8 p.m., Pac-12 Network). That game begins a slate of eight home nonconference games, highlighted by match ups with Tennessee on Saturday, Dec. 4 (12 p.m., FS1) and Kansas on Tuesday, Dec. 21 (7 p.m., ESPN2).

Colorado will play two exhibition games prior to the season-opener against Montana State. The Buffaloes will host Colorado School of Mines on Wednesday, Oct. 27, at the CU Events Center. Colorado will play at Nebraska in a charity exhibition game on Sunday, Oct. 31, at 10 a.m. MT.

Secure your seats for what promises to be another exciting season of CU Buffs basketball.  Season tickets start at only $240 per seat for reserved seating and includes all 18 home games highlighted by visits from Tennessee, Kansas and a loaded Pac-12 slate.  Get your season tickets today by clicking here or by calling 303-492-8282.

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Pac-12 Announces Full Men’s Basketball Schedule With Tip-Times, TV


BOULDER – The Pac-12 Conference has completed the 2021-22 University of Colorado men’s basketball schedule with dates for the final 18 league games.

In addition, tip-times and television partner designations were announced for the majority of the Buffaloes’ schedule.

All but three of Colorado’s 31 regular season games are scheduled to air on either the Pac-12 Networks, FS1, ESPN2 or ESPNU. The Buffaloes will play 10 games against seven different teams that appeared in the 2021 NCAA Tournament. All seven will visit the CU Events Center in addition to road games at UCLA, Oregon and Oregon State.

Colorado’s three games at the Paradise Jam will streamed on ESPN3.

Colorado will begin the main block of its Pac-12 schedule at Oregon on Thursday, Dec. 30 (9 p.m. MT, Pac-12 Network). The Buffaloes will ring in the New Year on Saturday, Jan. 1, at Oregon State (6:30 p.m., Pac-12 Network) in a rematch of the 2021 Pac-12 Tournament championship game.

As previously announced with the Pac-12’s weekly pairings, Colorado will alternate two games home, two games away, each week of the conference season with one exception. The Buffaloes will have one three-game homestand the first two weeks of February, hosting Oregon (Thursday, Feb. 3, 8 p.m., FS1), Oregon State (Saturday, Feb. 5, TBA, FS1) and Utah (Saturday, Feb. 12, 6 p.m., Pac-12 Network).

Colorado will play a Thursday-Saturday schedule throughout conference play with two exceptions. The Buffaloes will play two Thursday-Sunday sets with both involving the Washington schools. Colorado hosts Washington State (Thursday, Jan. 6, 7 p.m., ESPN2/U) in its first home Pac-12 game after the New Year and follows with Washington (Sunday, Jan. 9, 3 p.m., ESPN2/U).  The script flips three weeks later with Colorado traveling to Washington (Thursday, Jan. 27, 9 p.m., Pac-12 Network) and then visiting Washington State (Sunday, Jan. 30, 8 p.m., FS1).

Colorado’s early season conference games are both set for the Pac-12 Network. The Buffaloes host Stanford on Sunday, Nov. 28, at 5 p.m. and travel to UCLA on Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m.

The Buffaloes will officially tip off the season against Montana State on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at the CU Events Center (8 p.m., Pac-12 Network). That game begins a slate of eight home nonconference games, highlighted by match ups with Tennessee on Saturday, Dec. 4 (12 p.m., FS1) and Kansas on Tuesday, Dec. 21 (7 p.m., ESPN2).

Colorado will play two exhibition games prior to the season-opener against Montana State. The Buffaloes will host Colorado School of Mines on Wednesday, Oct. 27, at the CU Events Center. Colorado will play at Nebraska in a charity exhibition game on Sunday, Oct. 31, at 10 a.m. MT.

Secure your seats for what promises to be another exciting season of CU Buffs basketball.  Season tickets start at only $240 per seat for reserved seating and includes all 18 home games highlighted by visits from Tennessee, Kansas and a loaded Pac-12 slate.  Get your season tickets today by clicking here or by calling 303-492-8282.

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United CEO Thinks Full Travel Recovery Could Happen by January


United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby said this morning that while the delta variant of COVID-19 has been a nuisance, he believes the country has reached its peak and expects a full travel recovery in January.

“The Delta variant has obviously caused a downturn in travel, (but) it’s particularly business travel. A lot of offices were expecting to be open again in September, and the Delta variant has pushed those opening dates back a few months. My guess is it will now be January,” Kirby said on the CBS Sunday news program, ‘Face The Nation.’

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“It appears that we’ve peaked in cases. Let’s hope that that’s the case. Let’s hope that as we continue to get more people vaccinated, we really can get back to normal across the country. But the demand (for) recovery has, really, probably been pushed back to January.”

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Appearing with host Margaret Brennan, Kirby touched on a variety of subjects.

On whether airline contractors or passengers can be confident they won’t cross paths with an unvaccinated United employee, Kirby said simply it was a matter of wearing a mask.

“One of the things that’s important when you’re traveling on an airplane, particularly once you’re on the airplane, it’s really the safest place you can be because the airflow on an airplane, the safest place you can be indoors,” he said. “And so, wear your mask in the airport. That’s a rule. And before long, we’ll have everyone in the airports vaccinated thanks to the administration’s order.”

Brennan asked Kirby if the Biden Administration should roll out a mandate that all passengers who want to fly be vaccinated, saying the TSA could check for vaccination cards.

Mandating fliers to be vaccinated is something that has been discussed, and it received an endorsement from White House adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Kirby said it would be easier for people to be vaccinated en masse at work.

“You can get a high percentage of the country as opposed to making it a burden on people that are vaccinated every time you get a plane, a train, any kind of public transportation to prove that you’re vaccinated,” he said. “So, for now, I think their approach of focusing on the employment and focusing on work is probably the right way to go. But they’ve got great data and science, and if they tell us that they want us to check everyone, we’re prepared to do that as well.”





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Travel news: Simon Calder outlines full travel costs facing holidaymakers | Travel News | Travel


Speaking from Portugal, travel expert Simon Calder warned Britons coronavirus testing could be more expensive than flights out of the UK. He said his flight to the Azores “cost £25” but the test “cost £100”. His comments come as he gave travel advice to those desperate to get away from the UK into the sun this summer. But he warned of the mounting paperwork involved with travelling during Covid, even in countries being listed on the ‘green list’ which means you do not have to quarantine on arrival or return.

Calder told the show: “We had this silly situation where Friday afternoon the Portuguese said ok Brits you can come in but by the way if you are booked on Monday’s fight you better get your act together because we are going to need a negative PCR test.

“So I was running around at the weekend down at Heathrow because they guaranteed that they would get the results back to me.”

The travel journalist added: “And the flight cost £25, the test cost £100.

“There is something gone wrong there.”

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Mr Calder also warned Brits that the paperwork for holidays must not be underestimated.

He said: “The only cloud on the horizon is that for going back, I have got to start getting all the forms in place.

“Tests before departure, book a test before arrival, fill in a passenger locator form.

“I’ve been to the Soviet Union and honestly it was a lot easier than just coming back into my own country after this!”

READ MORE: Holiday in Portugal: Rules Britons need to follow when on holiday

Portugal has been listed as a ‘green list’ destination for Brits meaning you do not need to quarantine on arrival or return from holiday – which makes it a desirable option for British holidaymakers who want to escape the UK for a break.

But the country has some of the strictest Covid restrictions, similar to Spain and Italy.

Masks and face coverings are mandatory indoors and outdoors, on public transport and UK holidaymakers are subject to the local rules.

Punters must also wear a mask when entering or leaving the beach in Portugal – if they don’t follow these rules they face a massive €1,000 fine.

 

Other green list countries include Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and Israel.

Foreign travel reopened on May 17 along with other restrictions being lifted in the UK, such as indoor hospitality and an end to the overnight stay ban.

And a huge 20 flights from the UK landed in Faro, Portugal on Monday morning bringing sun chasing Britons into the country for a much-needed holiday.

Countries labelled as ‘amber’ and ‘red’ on the UK Government’s traffic light system’ remain virtually off-limits for Britons as they are countries with high covid rates.

Travellers to red list countries have to quarantine in government-provided hotels at a cost of around £1,750 per head – covering food, accommodation, transport, and testing.





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Seychelles takes back full control of national carrier | News


The government of the Seychelles has recovered full ownership of Air Seychelles following an agreement with Etihad Airways.

The United Arab Emirates flag-carrier had taken a stake in the Indian Ocean airline in 2012 as part of a wider equity investment strategy.

Now, after months of negotiations, the Seychelles government will pay just US$1 to recover the 40 per cent share.

The Middle East-based airline has been looking to divest its foreign airline investments in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

As a result of the deal, Air Seychelles will now be fully state-owned and plans to restructure its board in June.

Incumbent executives at Air Seychelles, including chief executive Remco Althuis, and Michael Berlouis, chief financial officer, will remain in position until then.

The new board will be led by Nane Nanty as chairperson, with Alan Mason as co-chairman.

Together with relinquishing its stake, Etihad has agreed to cut the debt it is owed by Air Seychelles by 79 per cent.

Air Seychelles owes Etihad debts exceeding $72 million, which both parties have been negotiating to restructure.

After the cut, Air Seychelles will pay $11 million rather than the full $72 million.

The Etihad stake in the Indian Ocean airline was part of a wider plan to take the Abu Dhabi flag-carrier global.

However, years of losses saw architect of the plan, chief executive James Hogan, leave and the gradual dissolution of the strategy.

The network of airline investments led to $7 billion in losses over the five years ending in 2020.

Some of other airline investments collapsed, with airBerlin folding in 2017, followed by Jet Airways, which failed in 2019, and Virgin Australia, which entered administration last year.

Alitalia, however, struggles on in Italy, while Etihad reduced its stake in Air Serbia to 18 per cent from 49 per cent in December.

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Air Seychelles has been implementing a transformation plan since 2018 after seeing substantial losses, mainly from flying long-haul routes, according to chief executive Althuis.

The airline has since abandoned intercontinental markets such as Paris, replaced Airbus A330 planes with smaller A320 jets and focused on its regional network.

Find out more about Althuis’ plans for the future in a Breaking Travel News interview here.





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Full coverage: Cook Islands travel bubble to commence on May 17, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces


The Prime Minister has announced a two-way quarantine-free travel bubble between New Zealand and the Cook Islands will commence from May 17.

Following a Cabinet meeting on Monday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced quarantine-free travel will begin between the Cook Islands and New Zealand in a fortnight.

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Following a Cabinet meeting on Monday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced quarantine-free travel will begin between the Cook Islands and New Zealand in a fortnight.

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5 Towns In Iowa Full Of European Charm


Iowa is my home state, and you can experience European charm without needing a passport. Several towns offer a European feel through their festivals, shops, and parades. If you have wanted to travel overseas and aren’t sure if you would enjoy the long trip, come and experience these Iowa towns. They all have something that they are very proud of: their heritage. The people of these Iowa towns with European charm will roll out the red carpet when you roll into town. The saying “Iowa nice” applies to each of these towns and their residents. Embrace the food, culture, and people for an epic experience that is affordable and in the middle of America. 

1. Elk Horn

Elk Horn is where the Danish community comes to life, as more than half of the town of 650-plus claims to be of Danish descent. The charm of the town will sweep you into Danish life as soon as you drive into town. Elk Horn is a short drive off of I-80 in Southwest Iowa. Once you hop off of I-80, you will come to the Danish Windmill Museum within a matter of minutes. The Danish Windmill also houses one of Iowa’s welcome centers. You will find all types of Danish memorabilia, as well as sweet treats, including kringle from The Kringle Man. This delicious, butter-layered Danish kringle is guaranteed to wake up your taste buds. If you arrive after the Danish Windmill has closed for the day, take the time to stroll the grounds. Several buildings surrounding the Danish Windmill offer insight into the life of a Dane.

The Museum of Danish America is accessible to people with disabilities and located on 30 acres in Elk Horn. It is a national center that recognizes the life of the Danish-American community. This attraction showcases how life has evolved with technology in the Danish households in the Elk Horn area. The Genealogy Center is located on Main Street and is one of the best places to learn about your Danish ancestry. The staff in the genealogy center went above and beyond when I stopped in for a visit. Plan to visit both of these museums and walk along Main Street for an opportunity to feel like a Dane for the day. This charming town will lure you in as you drive into town. Spend half a day or a full day to experience all that Elk Horn has to offer.

Sunken Gardens Park in Pella, Iowa.
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2. Pella

Pella, Iowa, is often referred to as America’s Dutch Treasure. The Dutch heritage museums, stunning flower gardens (including thousands of tulips), boutique shopping, and incredible bakeries make this an affordable Dutch getaway in the United States. The Pella Historical Society Museums and Vermeer Windmill are highlights of Pella. The Vermeer Windmill is the tallest working grain windmill in the United States. The 21 buildings that make up the Historical Village include a blacksmith shop, wooden shoemaker shop, church, bakery, puppet theater, and the childhood home of Wyatt Earp. 

When you spend time in Pella, you will see the Klokkenspel. This carillon clock goes off on odd hours and can be heard throughout the downtown area. The murals, flowers, and fountains in this area are relaxing and will take you to the land of the Dutch. Molengracht Plaza features a working drawbridge that is surrounded by stunning Dutch-inspired architecture. Enjoy Dutch pastries from Jaarsma Bakery and Vander Ploeg Bakery. A fan favorite are the famous Dutch Letters. Plan to eat one while in Pella, and take a box of them home with you to enjoy later. Each May, the town comes to life with the annual tulip festival. The festival includes dancing, a parade, and tulips galore.

Downtown buildings in Decorah, Iowa.
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3. Decorah

Decorah, Iowa, is located in Northeast Iowa and offers experiences that showcase Norway. Nordic Fest is an annual festival that celebrates the Scandinavian countries, with a focus on Norway. Each year, thousands of people flood the town to experience Nordic Fest on the last weekend in July. Festivities include living traditions of the Scandinavian culture at the Vesterheim Museum and an incredible arts and crafts complex. With more than 30 artisans featuring their work, you will find it easy to take a little bit of Norway back home with you. The Grand Parade is a fan favorite that many return year after year to experience.

Plan to visit the Vesterheim Museum while you are in Decorah. This museum showcases the lives of Scandinavian-heritage people, and the art displays are out of this world. I am of Norwegian heritage, and I have always appreciated rosemaling. The rosemaling that is on display in the Vesterheim is alone worth a visit to the museum. Stroll the grounds and view the construction of the simple buildings that are on site. You will quickly see that Norwegians were simple people and made use of everything that they owned. The one thing that I think that everyone needs to do when they visit Decorah is to enjoy some lefse. This delicious Norwegian treat will find you wanting more. 

Historic homes located in Amana Colonies in Iowa.
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4. Amana Colonies

You can experience Germany when you visit the Amana Colonies, between Cedar Rapids and the Iowa City area. For more than 90 years, this German culture was rooted in Germany and has continued to grow in the United States. When you visit the seven colonies, you will see how this communal area thrived and how it came to be. The people in these colonies are proud of their heritage and continue to work hard to share their stories with all of the visitors to this area of Iowa.

A highlight for many visiting the Amana Colonies is a visit to Middle Amana, the only surviving intact communal kitchen is in this colony. Imagine dining with others at a different time and what mealtime was like. It’s not every day that you will spend time in a communal kitchen, as our kitchens today are much different. Another popular stop where you can see craftsmen at work is AJ’s Copper Garden. Metal has been used in art creations for many years and continues to be a part of the Amana culture. When visiting the Amana Colonies, a highlight for me is to enjoy a meal at the world-famous Ox Yoke Inn. Experience a German meal, including schnitzel cutlets, Amana brats, and rhubarb custard.

Aerial View of Cedar Rapids, Iowa during Summer
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5. Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is home to thousands of Bohemian, Moravian, and Slovak immigrants. Many descendants have lived in Cedar Rapids and the surrounding area since the turn of the century. Today, visitors can experience Czech history through a museum and an area of town devoted to this culture: the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library. Step into the 1800s Sleger Immigrant Home at the museum. Five generations of the Sleger family lived here from the 1890s through 1984. This family emigrated to Cedar Rapids from Bohemia to make a life in the United States. See the effects that war had on this culture and how these people overcame some of their trials. Wheelchairs are available for use at the museum on a first-come, first-serve basis at no cost. The parking garage offers free parking, and the museum is accessible to people with disabilities. 

The Czech Village/New Bohemia District is an area that prides itself on how it has carried on the legacy of the Czech community. There is a mix of small businesses, arts, culture, entertainment, and restaurants in this Main Street area. Several events occur all year long, including Food Truck Tuesday and an opportunity to take an art class or two. Spend a day exploring the Czech area of Cedar Rapids for an opportunity to travel without needing a passport. 

Pro Tips

Each of these communities is proud of their heritage and where they come from. They also pride themselves on annual events where people have returned year after year. Each year, the events seem more significant and more prominent, as more people tell others about them. You may also find yourself immersed in the culture, including the language. 

The people within each of these towns are more than willing to share their love of their community with you. If you want to know where the locals are eating, ask a local. The residents of each of these charming European towns in Iowa are full of pride and will show you a great time. 

The best tip that I can offer is to visit throughout the year. The seasons change, and the events change with the calendar. What are you waiting for? Plan your visit to one or all of these charming European towns in Iowa.

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Tripadvisor reveals its 25 most popular U.S. travel destinations for 2021: See the full list


If you’re daydreaming about finally taking a safe vacation this spring or summer, it can’t hurt to start scouting some of the possible destinations.

Popular online travel company Tripadvisor has released its top 25 list of the most popular U.S. travel destinations for the new year.

Tripadvisor disclosed in a recent statement that 50% of respondents for its latest survey said they’re planning a trip for this spring. The CDC does recommend avoiding air travel when unnecessary, and many of these destinations may be a bit too far. However, there’s always the option to rent an RV for some locations.

Here are Tripadvisor’s 25 most popular U.S. travel destinations for 2021:

  1. New York, N.Y.
  2. Maui, Hawaii
  3. Las Vegas, Nev.
  4. New Orleans, La.
  5. Key West, Fla:
  6. Oahu, Hawaii
  7. Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
  8. San Diego, Calif.
  9. Savannah, Ga.
  10. Kauai, Hawaii
  11. Nashville, Tenn.
  12. Sedona, Ariz.
  13. Charleston, S.C.
  14. Orlando, Fla.
  15. Chicago, Ill.
  16. Branson, Mo.
  17. Asheville, N.C.
  18. Miami Beach, Fla.
  19. Washington, D.C.
  20. Austin, Texas
  21. San Francisco, Calif.
  22. Seattle, Wash.
  23. Los Angeles, Calif.
  24. Denver, Colo.
  25. Boston, Mass.

See the rest of Tripadvisor’s travel awards for 2021 here.

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