Largest United Club Opens at Newark


United Airlines has opened its new 30,000-sq.-ft. United Club at Newark Liberty International Airport, making it the largest club in United’s network, the carrier announced Thursday. Located in Terminal C3 near gate C123, the club includes more than 480 seats, six shower suites, a barista-staffed coffee shop, locally sourced art and furniture pieces, and a view of the Manhattan skyline, according to the airline. It also offers self-scan entry and free high-speed Wi-Fi. 



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United Applies to Launch Historic, First-Ever Nonstop Service between Washington, D.C. and Cape Town – Breaking Travel News



United Applies to Launch Historic, First-Ever Nonstop Service between Washington, D.C. and Cape Town  Breaking Travel News



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Man Utd news: Ten Hag snubs Ajax end-of-season trip as ‘there is a lot to do’ at United | Football | Sport


Erik ten Hag has revealed he will not be travelling with Ajax to their end-of-season trip to Curacao because he wants to dedicate his time and focus to Manchester United. The Dutchman took charge of his final game with the Eredivisie champions on Sunday afternoon as Ajax finished the campaign with a 2-2 draw at Vitesse.

But it’s not quite time for the group to rest and enjoy their family holidays just yet – although the title party will continue in the coming days when a trip to Curacao is planned.

But Ten Hag has decided he will no longer be in attendance as he prepares to embark on his new challenge in the Premier League.

He said: “Tomorrow there will be a party with the [Ajax] staff, but I am not going to Curaçao [a Dutch Caribbean island].

“I think that’s understandable. There is a lot of work to do there [at Manchester United]. That is the case with every club.

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He is well aware of the task at hand, something that has only been emphasised by United’s 4-0 defeat at Brighton last weekend.

The new Manchester United boss met the club’s football director John Murtough in Amsterdam in midweek to discuss potential transfer targets.

Steve McClaren, who is set to rejoin United as one of Ten Hag’s assists, was also present.

Ten Hag is planning to watch United’s final game of the Premier League season next Sunday when the Red Devils travel to Crystal Palace.

It’s currently undecided whether he will be there in person or instead of watching remotely.

Either way, the match will help the 52-year-old gain additional insight into the group of players he will inherit from Ralf Rangnick.

It’s understood Ten Hag has already planned to hold personal Zoom meetings with his new players before he arrives in England.

When asked if he’ll be going on holiday before his new venture, Ten Hag said: “It’s time to turn the switch now. It’s something that is needed because there is a lot to take care off and I have the energy for it.”

United are currently on course to finish sixth in the Premier League but they could yet drop to seventh with defeat at Selhurst Park, providing West Ham beat Brighton.





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NBL basketball news 2022: Tasmania JackJumpers defeat Melbourne United to march into grand final


The Tasmania JackJumpers have pulled off one of the biggest NBL playoff upsets in recent memory, eliminating Melbourne United to march into the grand final.

They’ve done it. The Jackies are on the march and the fairytale is yet to be told after expansion club Tasmania pulled off one of the biggest NBL playoff upsets in recent memory, eliminating top-of-the-table Melbourne United.

And it was an angry ant who sucked all the life out of the home crowd, the remarkable Josh Adams jawing, yelling and draining bucket after bucket to end the reigning champions’ season in misery.

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The recriminations will be severe at United but, put simply, the JackJumpers have had their number for much of the season.

And so it was, with the well-co-ordinated JackJumpers’ fans drowning out the United crowd from their perch in a number of bays in the southwest corner of John Cain Arena, the JackJumpers marched into the grand final.

JackJumpers’ coach Scott Roth said his team’s success had given the sport a huge boost in the Apple Isle.

“Just an incredible effort for our group,” Roth said.

“To impact the state like these guys have done is just a fantastic thing for our group and the state and I don’t know what to say other than we’re just blessed to be in this position and humbled by it.

“I think we’ve impacted Tasmanian basketball for kids and young females growing up and children to rally around this sport and embrace it.

“Sports are so impactful and just a huge moment for Tasmania in general in a short period of time.”

The JackJumpers’ defence has been its calling card throughout NBL22 and Roth said he was always confident it was his side’s effort on that side of the ball that would propel it to great heights.

“We just stayed true to ourselves,” he said.

“It just came down to us defending and doing what we’ve hung our hat on.

“I’ve said all along ‘your defence will travel, it will always give you a chance to win on the road in the fourth quarter if you’re doing the right things’.

“It was my mindset from day one when I started to put this team together to be in the top four defensively and I thought it would be good enough to get to where we are today.”

Less than an hour before tip-off, United lost captain Chris Goulding to a calf strain and it was downhill from there.

Disappointed United coach Dean Vickerman revealed coaching staff had time to plan for Goulding’s absence and refused to blame it on the team’s loss — they were horrible from the three-point line and the charity stripe across the three games.

“We had some idea at shoot around today that he (Goulding) was not going to be available,” Vickerman said.

“This whole series, we couldn’t shoot over 20 per cent from the three-point line and tonight we struggled to shoot over 50 per cent from the foul line and missed 10.

“We got enough stops to win the basketball game, even though they had some moments and some patches that were really good, but we couldn’t throw it in the ocean the whole series.”

The JackJumpers, as they have done all series, continued to live up to their nickname, infesting John Cain Arena like ants with their brutal brand of physical in-your-face basketball.

Put simply, the Jackies rattled the reigning champions in a way no other team has been able to in NBL22 — and they didn’t handle the heat without their talisman.

The Jackies took two-and-a-half minutes to score their first bucket and United led 9-2 on the back of an intense defensive effort that they couldn’t sustain it early. The junkyard dog Jackies fought their way back into it and, when former United man Sam McDaniel capped a 12-2 run with a brilliant finish among the trees and converted from the free throw line, they led 14-11.

But Shea Ili, as he so often has, propelled United with nine first-quarter points while Jack White was an absolute monster on the boards as Melbourne took a 25-21 lead into the first break.

Vickerman praised the tireless Ili, who took it on himself to try to will United to victory.

“He just absolutely never quit and, whether that was taking two or three people on to get to the rim, whether it was defending at a crazy-high level, or just bouncing out of nowhere to give us an extra possession on a rebound I thought he was exceptional,” he said.

The animated, tattooed Adams is the type of cult figure who is beloved by his own supporters and draws the ire of opposing fans.

But he has the game to back it up and his nine points in the second quarter squared it all up at 40.

He left the floor at halftime to a chorus of boos after taking umbrage with the referee over an offensive foul call and stood there to soak it in as his teammates went down the race.

Big mistake — it energised the Phoenix native and he ignited the team from Tassie with 12 in the third to give them a six-point lead at the last break.

United would come again, on the back of star Jo Lual-Acuil Jr, who produced seven points in a 9-2 United run that gave them the lead.

But the Jackies would not be denied, producing a series of breathtaking plays down the stretch and it was fitting Adams would deliver the hammer blow — a three-pointer that put it to bed with a minute to go.

There was no coming back for the champions who now have a long off-season to ponder their missed opportunity.

“It’s a Cinderella story that’s continuing right now,” Vickerman said.

“We did a good job for the series (on Adams) and then he has 21 in the second half (on Monday night) and credit to him, he’s a pretty tough kid.

“This was a hell of a tough series. The JackJumpers can beat anyone.

“I hope they go on and really challenge Sydney and make it a really competitive grand final.”

MIGHTY JACKS

We’ve all been caught up in the good news story of Tassie’s debut season but it’s time to acknowledge what they are — a very good basketball team. Unheralded Jack McVeigh might be the ‘star’, but, as a collective, they are all on the same page and do one thing very, very well — they never give up on anything. Whether it’s defensively battling — when they’re overmatched in the height and weight divisions — or just finding ways to put the ball in the bucket. Scott Roth has a deep playbook, but there is an element of organised chaos with the way any and every Jackie will take and make a three ball. You can’t help but admire the expansion club and its fans. They rode every moment, selling out MyState Bank Arena on the regular and providing plenty of travelling support wherever the Jackies played. Every club claims to have the best fans in the league — the Jackies might be on the money when they say it. Could they finish with a championship in their debut season?

BRING ON THE KINGS

Sydney enters the grand final as the team to beat after sweeping away the second-seeded Illawarra Hawks in devastating fashion. led by NBL22 MVP Jaylen Adams, the Kings are a potent offensive team with weapons all over the floor. The Jackies are 1-2 against the Kings this season — they’ve beaten every team at least once on their first NBL tour. Worryingly, though, the last meeting ended in one of its biggest losses of the season, a 20-point demolition — in Tasmania. They’ll go in as heavy underdogs but it’s a title that has suited them so well throughout their debut season.

NBL GRAND FINAL SCHEDULE

Sydney Kings v Tasmania JackJumpers

Game one @ Qudos Bank Arena: Friday, May 6, 7.30pm

Game two @ MyState Bank Arena: Sunday, May 8, 2.30pm

Game three @ QBA, Wednesday, May 11, 7.30pm

Game four @ MBA, Friday, May 13, 7.30pm (if required)

Game five @ QBA, Wednesday, May 18, 7.30pm (if required)

SCOREBOARD

Melbourne United 73-76 Tasmania JackJumpers

United

Ili: 18 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists

Lual-Acuil Jr: 16 points, 7 rebounds

White: 14 points, 14 rebounds

JackJumpers

Adams: 30 points

McVeigh: 16 points

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United Sets Its Largest-Ever Transatlantic Expansion


Betting on a strong summer, United Airlines has launched the largest transatlantic expansion in the company’s history, the carrier announced Tuesday. 

In total, the company will launch or resume 30 transatlantic flights through early June. This includes five new nonstop flights to destinations including Amman, Jordan; Bergen, Norway; Azores, Portugal; Palma de Mallorca, Spain, and Tenerife in the Spanish Canary Islands. 

The carrier also is launching five new nonstop flights to European hubs, including flights between Boston and London, Chicago and Milan, Chicago and Zurich, Denver and Munich, and Newark and Nice. In addition, United is resuming 14 Atlantic routes and increasing frequencies in six others, such as Dublin, London-Heathrow, Frankfurt and Rome.

The transatlantic route network will be 25 percent larger based on available seat miles than it was in 2019, said United SVP of international network and alliances Patrick Quayle. 

While many of these destinations cater more to leisure travelers, Quayle noted the addition of service to such business centers as Zurich and Munich, increased service to Dublin and Rome, and “our 22 flights a day to London, that is based on the crux of business travel,” he said. “We are seeing strong demand and strong pick-up for those flights.”

Along with the added European destinations, United on May 8 will offer daily flights between Washington/Dulles and Accra, Ghana, and is extended its existing seasonal service to Cape Town to year-round, with nonstop flights from Newark resuming June 5, subject to government approval, according to the carrier.



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‘Raise the drawbridge!’: readers’ favourite UK castles | United Kingdom holidays


Winning tip: beautiful ruin, Gower peninsula

I grew up quite close to 12th-century Pennard Castle on the Gower peninsula and it enthralled me as a child; it’s a ruin but still obviously a castle and in my imagination it was full of knights on horses jousting and lots of arrow slits so you can ambush your mates. The castle’s situation is dramatic and beautiful: it is perched on the edge of the valley, with a sheer drop below to the north and west. From it there is a sweeping view out towards Three Cliffs Bay, among the most beautiful beaches in the UK. From Parkmill village you walk about a mile down Pennard Pill river through the woods before the castle reveals itself. It’s free to visit.
Piers

Oozing with history, Northumberland

Bamburgh CastlePCEE65 Bamburgh Castle and beach on a busy sunny summer's day, Bamburgh, Northumberland, UK. July 2018.
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On a rocky outcrop overlooking a golden beach in Northumberland, Bamburgh Castle still takes my breath away. Not only is the castle oozing with fascinating and rich history, it’s on of the most beautiful and underrated coastlines in the UK. I grew up in Newcastle so Bamburgh Castle was always somewhere we would enjoy as a family no matter the time of year. Costing £14.10 for adults and £6.95 for children, the castle also offers outdoor theatre and cinema experiences, craft and art days, historic re-enactments and much more.
Abbey Ramsey

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Remember the rebels, Somerset

Outer wall and tower, Taunton Castle
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Twelfth-century Taunton Castle in the centre of town houses the excellent free-to-enter Museum of Somerset, including castle walls and a dry moat. It has displays of local and regional archaeology from fossils and prehistory to the Romans, Anglo-Saxons, and the Monmouth Rebellion (the castle was used for the Bloody Assizes). Great for adults and children alike. One gallery hosts temporary exhibitions (currently on Coleridge, who lived and wrote in Somerset) and there is a lovely cafe, shop and a very pretty courtyard.
Lucy

Spectacular views, Lincoln

Lincoln Castle
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A large fire-breathing dragon burst through the wall beneath Cobb Hall, once the site of public executions. It’s a strange welcome for visitors to Lincoln Castle. Within the castle walls, the intact Victorian prison with its unique chapel offers a glimpse into Lincolnshire’s criminal past, while the modern Magna Carta Vault displays the original 1215 document and links history to present day. A stroll around the medieval battlements provides spectacular views of Lincoln Cathedral, the city and surrounding countryside. Free guided tours recount the castle’s 1,000 years of history. The informative and entertaining staff will regale you with tales of dark deeds, pardons, escapes and much more. Admission £15/£8.30.
Sue Bell

‘Cor, that’s steep’, Harlech

Harlech Castle, Mountains of Snowdonia National Park beyond
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You can hardly walk around a bend in Wales without tripping over a castle. But as you drive around a bend on the A496, the view of Edward I’s Harlech Castle atop a rocky outcrop is particularly magnificent. It’s not a huge castle but there’s still plenty to see. It’s very well maintained and the views from the top are exceptional. There’s a small pay-and-display a short walk from the entrance, but don’t get caught out by turning down the “world’s steepest street” next to it (Ffordd Pen Llech at 37.45% took the title from a road in Dunedin, New Zealand in 2019). The castle has a small cafe, or there are options in the village. Admission £8.30/£5.80.
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Clifftop perch, Ayrshire

Culzean Castle
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Arrive early for stunning 18th-century Culzean Castle, on top of a cliff on Scotland’s west coast. The castle interior wows from the start, with a huge display of flintlock pistols in the entrance hall, continuing with an elegant Robert Adam staircase and reception rooms, including President Dwight Eisenhower’s apartment. Clamber down to the beach to explore rock pools for urchins and starfish, or spot waterfowl at the swan pond. Visit the lovingly tended walled gardens and orangery, or wander the 260 hectares of country park, with llamas and red deer. Kids will love the Adventure Cove and Wild Woodland play parks. Home Farm kitchen provides good food, but there are also picnic areas. With so much to explore the admission price of £18.50/£10.50 is good value.
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Siege mentality, Kent

Rochester Cathedral as seen from the castle.
Rochester Cathedral as seen from the castle. Photograph: Pawel Opaska/Alamy

We absolutely loved our day trip to Rochester Castle, an impressive early-12th-century structure on the banks of the River Medway, which has survived no fewer than three sieges during the 13th century, and in 1381 was ransacked during the Peasants’ Revolt. We roamed the ruins and explored the passageways for a few hours and got a real feel of what the castle would have been like when it was inhabited. The views of the historic city from the top were stunning. After our visit, we enjoyed a picnic on the lawn and then explored the neighbouring cathedral. It’s an English Heritage site, costing £7.40 adult, £3.20 child.
Jay Gee

Dunes, stones and ruins, Bridgend

People using old stepping stones to cross Ewenny River at Ogmore Castle
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A two-in-one treat, Ogmore Castle and Candleston Castle, both free-to-visit ruins, stand on opposite sides of the River Ogmore in south Wales between Bridgend and Porthcawl, about 600 metres from each other. Stepping stones link the banks of the broad stream. Ogmore is thought to have been built at the beginning of the 12th century, while its 14th-century neighbour, Candleston, stands on the edge of the Merthyr Mawr nature reserve and its sand dunes – some of the highest in the UK. When you’ve had your fill of castles and sand, snag a waterside table at Hilary and Iain by Sea for fish and chips with a view of the endless sea traffic on the Bristol Channel.
Jayne

Doing time, Dartmoor

Lydford castle
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Lydford Castle, built in the 13th century on the western edge of Dartmoor, has been a destination for picnics, nature walks, peaceful sunbathing and treasure hunts for four generations of my family. Its spacious grounds and quiet, unspoilt location in a pretty village make it a rare gem. However, its history is not all sweetness and light, as the tower was used as a prison. One of its most famous inmates was Richard Strode, MP for Plymouth, a tinner jailed in 1510 after complaining that mining debris in the moorland rivers was silting up the harbour at Plymouth. He described the castle as “one of the most annoious, contagious and detestable places wythin this realme”. Visiting it is free, as is the parking.
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Lovely buns, Skipton, North Yorkshire

Skipton Castle Woods.
Skipton Castle Woods. Photograph: Steven Amani/Alamy

Late 11th-century Skipton Castle, survivor of a three-year siege during the English Civil War (it was occupied by royalists) is a superb place to visit. The guides are knowledgable and entertaining and the dungeons particularly terrifying. The kids can follow a picture trail and spot interesting things. Rather more pleasant were the buns and cake in the cafe. And the grounds and ancient woodland of Skipton Castle Woods are great for a burst of fresh air after your visit. Often you’ll find archers demonstrating their talents there. Entry is £10.20 adult £6.90 child. The castle is the start of the 100-mile Lady Anne’s Way long-distance path to Penrith
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Atlanta United Players Travel To South Georgia To Open First Mini-Pitch Of State-Wide GA 100 Campaign


BRUNSWICK, Ga. – The Atlanta United Foundation opened the first mini-pitch part of the state-wide GA 100 campaign to bring soccer to local communities, and four players from the first team traveled to Brunswick, Ga. with the group to be a part of the special event. 

“First and foremost, to be here in Brunswick, Georgia is an awesome opportunity for us,” Guzan said. “But then to see the smiles of the kids here in the community and what this field means to them, that part of it is extremely exciting.”





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United Launches Sustainability Dashboard for Corp. Customers


Corporate clients using the United Airlines Jetstream portal now have access to a new sustainability dashboard and report, according to the carrier. 

The report features a calculated carbon footprint for United flights; the ability to filter by route, departure month, equipment type and cabin; jet fuel gallons used; and information about the potential effect of sustainable aviation fuel.

Corporate customers who want a better understanding of the direct environmental effect of business travel have “become louder over the last few years,” and automating the sustainability dashboard and making it easily accessible can help highlight such information, according to United.

“To meet our goal of going 100 percent green by 2050, we know transparency and fostering cross-industry collaboration are critical to building real climate solutions and lasting change,” United managing director of global corporate accounts Aileen Furlong wrote in an email. “The launch of this new sustainability dashboard helps provide that transparency by showing our corporate partners how their company’s carbon footprint stacks up on our flights and providing actionable insights to make more sustainable travel choices.”



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United Airlines Teams Up With Travel Company To Book Curated Travel Experiences In Africa


Certified Africa is a Black-owned travel agency that books all-in-one private and group travel experiences to the African continent. Founded by the young husband and wife team, Kristin Tellis Quaye (African American) & Nii Armah Quaye (Ghanaian), the company utilizes their connections and network on the African continent to curate authentic and exclusive experiences for travelers to multiple African countries such as Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, and Egypt. Now, the company is teaming up with United Airlines to create convenient options for travelers looking to visit Africa for African heritage experiences.

Through this partnership, travelers can book all-in-one private or group travel experiences that include United flights visiting the Certified Africa website.  The packages also include accommodations, airport pick up/drop off, transportation, cultural tours, activities along with some meals and guides. Certified Africa also helps ensure travelers are prepared and informed about travel requirements like visas, immunizations, Covid-19 precautions and travel insurance.   

“One of the most intimidating aspects of traveling abroad is the unknown. Every new culture has its own customs, languages, and traditions, which can be hard to navigate if you’re not used to them,” said Certified Africa Co-Founder Kristin Tellis Quaye in a press release. “With Certified Africa’s staff and guides accompanying you and the added convenience of United flights included you can feel comfortable and ready for the unknown when traveling to Africa and immersing yourself in heritage and culture,” Quay added.

On teaming up with Certified Africa, United Airlines reinforces its presence in the African continent. Last year, the airline company launched three new nonstop routes to Africa, with direct flights from the U.S. to Accra, Ghana, and Lagos, Nigeria. They operate three times a week from Dulles International Airport in the Washington, D.C. metro area and the airline also started a year-round, daily nonstop service from Newark Liberty International Airport to Johannesburg. 

“This partnership will be welcome news for United customers who are eager to explore Africa but may need a little help creating their ideal itinerary,” said Glenn Hollister, vice president of sales strategy and effectiveness at United. “Certified Africa’s deep expertise and extensive network of local partners made them a great choice for United to work with.”  

Over the past few years, many people from the African diaspora have embraced heritage trips to Africa in order to connect to their roots and culture. These types of experiences have become increasingly popular with the 2019 Year of Return campaign in Ghana. The Year of Return brought many African-American travelers to Ghana and helped to boost the Ghanaian economy.

For more information on these new travel packages or to book a trip, visit Certified Africa.



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