Alitalia to take final flight


Former Italian flag carrier Alitalia is set to take its
final flight today after 74 years in operation, with new national airline
Italia Trasporto Aereo (ITA) launching services on 15 October.

Alitalia announced in August that it would cease operations
on 14 October, with passengers booked after this date told they could either switch to an earlier departure or receive a full refund for their ticket. The airline had been in financial difficulties since filing for
bankruptcy
in 2017, with the Italian government propping it up to continue
operations with a view to selling the company. Bidders included Delta and
easyJet
working in collaboration as well as Lufthansa, but the government could
not find suitable offers and renationalised the carrier at the start of the
Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 at a time when virtually all flights were grounded.

The carrier, which operated an extensive domestic network,
faced fierce competition from Italy’s high-speed rail network, with passengers increasingly
opting to travel by train for internal journeys. Figures from state railway
firm Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane show the number of passengers travelling by
train between Rome and Milan – one of Alitalia’s key routes – rose from 1
million in 2008, when the high-speed line launched, to 3.6 million in 2018.

Foreign low-cost airlines such as easyJet and Ryanair also
posed competition for Alitalia, which operated very few international flights.

New national airline ITA will begin operating both domestic
and international flights tomorrow using a fleet of 52 aircraft, including
seven wide bodies and 45 narrow bodies. The airline will offer economy and business class seats, and passengers in both cabins will be able to make free changes to their tickets as standard, according to the website.

To begin with, the carrier’s network
will focus on hubs at Rome Fiumicino and Milan Linate and will include flights
to Brindisi, Bologna, Bari, Catania, Genoa, Naples, Palermo, Pescara, Reggio
Calabria, Lamezia Terme, Trieste, Turin, Venice and Verona in Italy; Algeria,
Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Brussels, Cairo, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva,
London Heathrow, Madrid, Malta, Munich, Nice, Paris Charles De Gaulle, Paris
Orly, Tirana, Tel Aviv, Tunis, Zurich, Tokyo Haneda and New York.

The carrier will add flights to Florence, Luxembourg,
Stuttgart, Boston, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo and Miami from March 2022, followed
by Malaga and Los Angeles in June 2022; Marseille and Valencia in July 2022; and
Belgrade and Sofia in August 2022.

ITA says its future route development plans will focus on
long-haul destinations to bridge “the connectivity gap of the country”.

ITA has plans to add more planes to its fleet in 2022, growing
to 13 wide-bodies and 65 narrow-bodies, and the carrier will also begin a fleet
renewal process to replace older aircraft with newer, more fuel-efficient
versions. The company will operate 105 aircraft by the end of 2025, with 70 per
cent of those being new-generation technology.

According to the airline’s website, the company’s industrial
strategy will focus on sustainability and digitisation, with the objective of
becoming “the greenest airline in Europe and a genderless and merit-based air
carrier”. 



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Penrith Panthers vs South Sydney Rabbitohs, 1991 grand final, where are they now, Greg Alexander, Brad Fittler, Mark Geyer, Royce Simmons


It was the ultimate fairytale and if you believe in fate, perhaps a similar ending is awaiting this year’s Panthers side on Sunday.

In 1991, a primed playmaker in Greg Alexander and a seasoned Royce Simmons steered Penrith to their first-ever premiership.

They celebrated in style with hundreds of fans lining the M4 cheering the bus home.

But amongst all the euphoria was this bit of relief for some because of the heartbreak they suffered 12 months earlier.

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Penrith made their first-ever grand final appearance in 1990, but it wasn’t to be and they went down to a star-studded Raiders side 18-14.

The players picked themselves up and began preparing for 1991 with only one thing on their minds: A premiership.

On Sunday, September 22nd they met the Raiders once again with even more on the line than the previous year.

Their inspirational hooker, Simmons, was hanging up the boots after that game and there were broken hearts at the foot of the mountains from the year before that desperately needed to be mended.

This time round there would be no celebrating reaching the grand final, they had done that before. This time it was about making sure they went one better.

The boys came together and made a pact to stay off the drink. Then in their final session before the big day, coach Phil Gould brought an esky with a carton of beer inside and they had a cheers for a brilliant season, but for also what was to come.

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There was a camaraderie in that group that only fellow grand final-winning sides will know.

They had a job to do and they did it. 19-12. Simmons got his fairytale ending and Mark Geyer fractured his larynx from yelling so loud when the No.9 scored the premiership-sealing try.

Now the bat has been passed onto this year’s side led by a playmaker in his prime, Nathan Cleary and a workhorse lock, Isaah Yeo.

They suffered heartbreak in last year’s grand final and now get their shot at redemption too.

Thirty years on from the Penrith’s maiden premiership, Foxsports.com.au tracked down every member of the 1991 grand final-winning side.

These are the reflections from that team, plus an update on where they are now and predictions for Sunday’s match.

The Panthers celebrate winning the 1991 Grand Final. (Photo by Patrick Riviere/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

GREG BARWICK (fullback)

Favourite memory from the 1991 Grand Final: Being the first-ever premiership it was such a special moment for all of us as players, but I think seeing the happiness of people back at the club. They were just so happy, so pleased and they felt like the victory was theirs as well and that was the thing that really stuck out to me. Driving off the freeway there were so many people on the side of the road, if we ever wanted to know what it felt like to be a popstar that was the time. I just wish, being so young at the time… I was 23, I don’t think you appreciate the enormity of what we achieved.

Now: I’m a painter and decorator by trade but I’ve been working in the IT industry for the last sixteen years. I’ve predominantly been working for a company called VMware and I’ve been selling software to large enterprises in Australia and also Europe. I actually lived in Europe for the last six years.

Favourite player: Viliame Kikau… My god, he is frightening. When he gets the ball I think something’s going to happen here because he’s a devastating player. It’s hard to go past Nathan Cleary too, he’s a really talented player.

Tip: I think it’s going to be tight, I’ll say 24-20 to Penrith.

Clive Churchill Medal: Nathan Cleary.

GRAHAM MACKAY (wing)

Favourite memory from 91 GF: Just winning it. When you spend so much time with the boys, it’s just a good thing to do at the end of the year.

Now: I’m a Greensman at a resort up on the Gold Coast and in my spare time I go fishing and crabbing.

Favourite player: Kurt Capewell has gone pretty good this year and young Matt Burton has been good too.

Tip: I think it’ll be pretty close, maybe 18-10.

Clive Churchill Medal: Jarome Luai.

BRAD FITTLER (centre)

Favourite memory from 91 GF: Watching Greg Alexander kick the goal from the sideline.

Now: New South Wales Origin coach and Channel 9 league analyst.

Tip: Penrith to win.

Clive Churchill Medal: Viliame Kikau.

COL BENTLEY (centre)

Favourite memory from 91 GF: Probably coming back from the stadium and on the bus, going down the M4 onto Mulgoa Road then getting to the paddock behind the club and there were about 5,000 people running out to greet us.

Now: I’ve been working for IGT (International Game Technology), it’s a global gaming company. It’s a really good job, we sell gaming machines, online lottery. I get to go to Vegas every now and then. I’ve been working with them for the last 20 years so I look after NSW and ACT. It’s a great industry and it’s fun too.

Favourite player: One of my favourite ever players is Col Van Der Voort because he did all the hard yards, so I like Isaah Yeo because he cleans a lot of things up and he’s that second link to the backline. He just works hard and is a really good player.

Tip: I’m backing them to win and I know they’re carrying a few injuries so I reckon it will be really tight. I’m going to say 18-16.

Clive Churchill Medal: I’ve got to say Nathan Cleary. If they win, he’ll be the major factor in that.

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PAUL SMITH (wing)

Favourite memory from 91 GF:Probably both of Royce’s tries. The first one was good and the second one topped it off. We knew what job we had to do and basically when we won it, it was just a relief because you can go the whole year, I think we were three or four points clear, and it was just the job we had to do. If we didn’t do it we probably wouldn’t get another chance.

Now: I work in the transport industry.

Favourite player: I’m a winger so it’d have to be Brian To’o, he’s playing really well. Probably him first and then James Fisher-Harris or Isaah Yeo.

Tip: I’m hoping it’s a good 10-point margin so it’s easier than last week.

Clive Churchill Medal: If Penrith win it will more than likely be Nathan Cleary.

STEVE CARTER (five-eighth)

Favourite memory from 91 GF:Just the intensity of the game and the attitude as a team we had that we were going to win that game no matter what happened on the day. My memory is that we were all so confident in each other that we trusted every person we were next to and we knew that we were going to do whatever we could to beat that great Canberra side.

Now: I’m a union official for the Australian Workers’ Union, who I work for and have done for 10 years. I live at a place called Moonee Beach which is just north of Coffs Harbour — it’s absolutely God’s country. I travel between Port Macquarie and the Queensland border to service my members, so it’s a pretty fulfilling job, just trying to fight in general for workplace rights and conditions of employment.

Favourite player: It would probably be Isaah Yeo. He’s very, very underrated even though he got picked for New South Wales. His attack, his footwork and his ball skills I think are very underrated.

Tip: I’m thinking there’s not going to be a lot in it. I think Souths, Wayne Bennett will come up with some other rabbit to pull out of his hat. Penrith 22-14. I’m really happy to see them in the grand final and I really hope they can go one better this year.

Clive Churchill Medal: Nathan Cleary.

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GREG ALEXANDER (C) (halfback)

Favourite memory from 91 GF: When I kicked the goal to make it a seven-point difference because before that it was a battle. When I kicked that goal from the sideline, I knew we’d won, but until then there were no favourite moments.

Now: Board member of the Panthers and analyst on Fox League.

Tip: Panthers 24-16

Clive Churchill Medal: Nathan Cleary.

Greg Alexander and his brother, Ben, with the J.J.Giltinan Shield presented on grand final day.Source: News Limited

PAUL CLARKE (front row)

Favourite memory from 91 GF:Just winning it. I had been playing football since I was five and right from an early age I watched all the grand finals and just dreamt that maybe one day I could be in one of those sides that won a comp. I knew I wasn’t good enough to play for Australia or Origin or anything like that as I was growing up but I just always dreamt that I might be good enough to play in a football side and win the comp… so I guess just winning the thing.

Now: I’m in the wine game, I’m the national sales manager for Molly’s Cradle wines. I’ve been doing that for 23 years. I’ve come to enjoy a lot of wine over the years and so have a lot of my friends.

Favourite player: James Fisher-Harris reminds me very much of Barry Walker, who I played with in 1991. A hard nut that goes forward, he’s got a bit of skill in him and he just gets the job done. I think he’s fantastic. Brian To’o as well, when I played with wingers, they wouldn’t do any where near the yards that he’s doing, but the game has changed.

Tip: 20-8. I think Penrith will keep Souths at, or less than, two tries. They haven’t been great in the last couple of weeks scoring tries, but their defence has been unbelievable. I’m very confident they’ll win.

Clive Churchill Medal: Brian To’o. I think his yards will be the big difference.

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ROYCE SIMMONS (hooker)

Favourite memory from 91 GF:It was unbelievable because even before the final whistle blew people just started to run onto the field from all over the place and that sort of doesn’t happen. The celebrations started from there and didn’t really finish… Going home in the bus and the people that lined the roads — it was highly illegal — the people on the side of the M4 with big banners out celebrating. The closer you got to Penrith the bigger the crowd was… it was getting a bit scary to be honest. I was worried about people in front of the bus. It just never stopped. We got back to the club and it was packed. We got taken from room to room and every place we went it was full of excited fans.

Now: I still work for the Panthers in the commercial area in and around the sponsorship. I’m an ambassador for the club.

Favourite player: I’ve got too many. The two skippers have been outstanding in their job all year. I’m a big fan of the front row, I think Moses (Leota), (James) Fisher-Harris and Api (Koroisau) have been outstanding all year. I’m a fan of the whole team, I’m just a mad Penrith fan. I’m just like someone sitting with their beanie yelling and screaming — I just don’t yell and scream too much.

Tip: 20-16 to Penrith. It’d be tremendous if it was our time again, to light up our town. We’ve got some great people and great fans out there so it’d be great to give them what they deserve.

Clive Churchill Medal: I reckon Isaah Yeo.

Royce Simmons celebrates with the Winfield Cup. Pic Ex Brisbane Sun.Source: News Corp Australia

PAUL DUNN (front row)

Favourite memory from 91 GF:Just the fact that we won it and were the first Penrith team to win it. The whole year was good, we were so dominant, I think we lost three or four games all year. It was almost a fait accompli type of game, we still had to win the game and the second half was quite tight, but it was just amazing.

Now: I do business coaching and consulting and play golf as much as I can and try not to get too fat.

Favourite player: I love watching Nathan Cleary play because I love his attention to detail. James Fisher-Harris because he’s a front-rower and Moses Leota, Isaah Yeo. It’s pretty hard to pick. Dylan Edwards, Brian To’o, Matt Burton… I go through a few of them.

Tip: Penrith to win and given how it’s been the last few weeks I reckon they’ll win 20-14.

Clive Churchill Medal: Either Nathan Cleary or Dylan Edwards.

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MARK GEYER (second row)

Favourite memory from 91 GF:By far when Royce scored his second try in the corner. I’ve never felt such euphoria on a sporting field because it was only then we knew that we had won it. I was screaming that loud that I fractured my larynx, I couldn’t talk for two weeks after the grand final. I’ve never felt that feeling before, I’ve had five kids, but it’s a different feeling especially because we got beat the year before. From being in tears of sorrow on the field after the game to tears of jubilation, it’s such a contrast.

Now: I’m on Triple M and have a gym in Penrith called MG Activ.

Favourite player: I think James Fisher-Harris. He doesn’t speak much but he speaks a lot with his actions and I like the way he’s the Alpha male of the team and he’s got a lot of respect. So he’s my favourite.

Tip: I think it’s going to be pretty tight and will get to something like 18-all. Maybe Nathan Cleary might kick a field goal and then we might score a try on the bell, so I’m going to say 23-18 Penrith.

Clive Churchill Medal: Isaah Yeo… maybe even Matt Burton.

Mark Geyer celebrates the grand final win. (Photo by Patrick Riviere/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

BARRY WALKER (second row)

Favourite memory from 91 GF: Full time, when it was all over and done with, the relief after what happened the year before and satisfaction of what we achieved… and to lift the trophy.

Now: I’m in corrective services. Transportation of inmates between jails, picking up from police stations, that sort of stuff. Prior to that I was self-employed and like a lot of Penrith boys, I had a beer truck. And I was an ambulance officer when I retired, basically I was studying to become a paramedic. I also coached in the Penrith junior reps for a while and went to club football but gave it way about six years ago.

Favourite player: James Fisher-Harris, he’s got a massive motor and does all the dirty work. Also Isaah Yeo, he was in one of the junior teams I helped coached, the SG Ball team. I’m glad to see him go so far, he’s always had that same ability and he’s always been that same nice guy.

Tip: 28-20. I think Penrith have another gear and it’ll be a close game but they’ll get away with it.

Clive Churchill Medal: Jarome Luai or Nathan Cleary.

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COL VAN DER VOORT (lock)

Favourite memory from 91 GF: Just winning it I guess. There’s so many things but I’d say Royce’s try to seal it.

Now: I’ve been working in community corrections for the last 7 years but I went on a holiday back in May and I haven’t made it home yet. My partner and I took four months off to travel around Australia and we’ve got as far as east Arnhem Land, in the Northern Territory and we’ve stopped here at the moment. Sometimes we have no network, no internet or anything just being out in the bush, but all the games I could watch I at least watch them on my phone.

Favourite player: Isaah Yeo.

Tip: I think it’s going to be a pretty big victory, I’m tipping 32-10.

Clive Churchill Medal: Isaah Yeo.

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JOHN CARTWRIGHT (bench/reserve)

Favourite memory from 91 GF:Probably the build up to the grand final. It was a little bit different to the year before, it was a bit of a celebration time for the club the year before because it was the first time they had ever made a grand final. But I think in 1991 we were way better prepared, we really had our minds set on winning it. While it was a tough game and really went to the wire, I felt we were never going to lose the game, there was just a mindset that we probably created over the previous three to four years and it culminated in that year.

Now: I’m an assistant coach at the Broncos.

Favourite player: It would definitely be Isaah Yeo. He epitomises everything good about a footballer and for me coming from Penrith everything good about somebody that players for Penrith. He’s hardworking, he’s very humble and I think he’s probably their spiritual leader out there.

Tip: I’m very conflicted here because my son, Jed, actually players for Souths. My family has a massive involvement with Penrith, way back to when it started. But blood is thicker than water, I don’t think he will get a run, but it would mean the world to me to see him be a part of a grand final-winning side. It’s just such a great feeling. I think it definitely will be a close one, both sides deserve to be there.

Clive Churchill Medal: It’ll be a split vote between Isaah Yeo and Cody Walker.

John Cartwright celebrates winning the 1991 NSWRL Grand Final (Photo by Patrick Riviere/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

BRAD IZZARD (bench/reserve)

Favourite memory from 91 GF: Putting the goal under the goalposts to score. I almost got another one but Laurie Daley ripped it out of my arms when I was about to put it over the tryline. My son sits here and tells me ‘Dad, you should have passed’ because I always tell the kids the pass always beats the man… well I threw the dummy. I would have won the battle if Laurie didn’t just grab the ball.

Now: I’ve got two kids, and happily married. I’m lucky enough to be employed by the Touch Football Association up in Ballina and I’m Vice President with the Byron Bay Lennox Head Rugby League Club, Todd Carney actually plays for us.

Favourite player: Jarome Luai or Brian To’o. I like Jarome with the amount of work he does on and off the ball and he complements Nathan Cleary. As far as entertainment value you can’t beat Luai or To’o, they’re just a laugh.

Tip: 18-6. I think it will be a tight one but if they come out going hard and handle the Rabbits’ aggressiveness, they need to get up and do what they did last week to the Storm and if they do that in the first half they could get away with a comfortable margin in the end.

Clive Churchill Medal: Either Jarome Luai or Isaah Yeo. The other one that will go close is James Fisher-Harris.



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Vic duo Hayden Burbank, Mark Babbage to face WA court over COVID breach for AFL grand final trip


A Melbourne business owner and financial planner will face court accused of using fake driver’s licences to sneak into Perth to attend Saturday’s AFL grand final.

Prahran restaurant and bar owner Hayden Burbank, 49, and finance firm managing director Mark Babbage, 38, are alleged to have flown into Perth on September 22 after arriving in Darwin from Melbourne on September 14.

They were pictured posing inside the Optus Stadium change rooms on Saturday with Melbourne player Alex Neal-Bullen after the side’s drought-breaking premiership win.

The photo was posted on the AFL’s official Instagram account.

WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said they received an anonymous public tip-off that the men had been in Victoria 14 days before arriving in the state.

The pair were arrested at Bunker Bay in the state’s southwest on Tuesday morning after police issued a public appeal to track them down.

They spent the night in police custody and on Wednesday morning will face court charged with breaching the Emergency Management Act, which can attract fines of up to $50,000 and a maximum jail term of 12 months.

“How people could knowingly put others at risk in these times is selfish and contemptible,” Mr Dawson told reporters on Tuesday.

One of the men has tested negative for COVID-19 and the other’s result was inconclusive.

Mr Dawson said health authorities believed the initial result was a false positive and he will be retested overnight.

A woman, believed to be a WA resident, who was with Mr Burbank and Mr Babbage when they were arrested has also tested negative. She is unlikely to be charged.

Two other Victorian men also entered WA via South Australia for the AFL grand final. One has returned home to Melbourne, while the other has been arrested and faced Perth Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

He also returned a negative COVID-19 test result and will remain in custody until October 8.

“While we’ve got people charged with serious offences, there’s nothing at this point to indicate that it (the AFL grand final) has put the community at risk,” Mr Dawson said.



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Giants’ top takeaways, key considerations heading into final two weeks of stunning season


With the Giants’ stunning season down to the final two weeks, here are some takeaways and story lines to consider following their penultimate homestand and in advance of their final regular-season trip of 2021:

The fun factor: These guys are having a ball. It’s not just a business, after all. Kevin Gausman turned into a 12-year-old boy when he hit a medium-deep fly to right field Friday night, good for an 11th-inning, walk-off sacrifice fly.

The pitcher’s joyful exuberance radiated into the night as the Giants celebrated an unlikely victory, one of the most memorable in 2021. It wasn’t atypical. Fun stems from winning but also the confidence of believing in winning.

“I think laughter and having fun playing this game in a pennant race is an indication of confidence,” said manager Gabe Kapler, citing Brandon Belt recently wearing a electrical-taped C on his jersey as the self-proclaimed team captain.

“That sort of playfulness and taking the game lightly and not getting too wound up is an indication the players are confident. It’s very hard to be smiling, laughing and enjoying yourself if you’re lacking confidence.”

The MVP: The deeper into the season, the louder and more pronounced the chants. “MVP … MVP … MVP.” No player is more responsible for the Giants’ success than Brandon Crawford, who deserves a place on all voters’ 10-man MVP ballot.

“I think they’re inspiring and encouraging,” Kapler said of the chants. “I have no doubt Craw appreciates them, hears them and uses them as motivation and fuel.”

At 34, the shortstop is at the top of his game both at the plate and at shortstop, where he used to make an incredible play once a series, and now it’s once a day. Like Friday, when he dived into the hole and threw a laser to first base, earning a tip of the helmet from Austin Riley, who hit the ball. Sometimes twice a day. Like Saturday, when he twice ranged deep in the hole to register outs.

Plus, the man brought a .900 OPS on the season into Sunday’s game, especially remarkable for someone who never had an .800 OPS season in his previous 10 years in the majors. His single on a 3-0 pitch Saturday set up Curt Casali’s game-deciding, two-run single.

The schedule: The Giants have 12 games left, half on the road and half at home. Kapler said, “Between now and the rest of the season is sort of a mini-lifetime.”

Fortunately for the Giants, they needn’t travel too far east. The final trip starts Tuesday in San Diego, home of the tailing-off Padres, and finishes in Colorado, home of the also-ran Rockies.

The focus is avoiding letdowns, maintaining a distance in front of the second-place Dodgers and considering every foe a legitimate challenge. And never mind the strength of schedule. Or lack thereof.

“The Rockies have played good baseball recently and have all season long played very tough at home,” Kapler said, “and the Padres are as tough as any group in baseball. They have a nasty bullpen. We don’t have to touch on how good the middle of their lineup is. Everybody knows it.”

The new guy: Kris Bryant, the Giants’ prized trade-deadline acquisition, has been consistent on offense (reaching base 18 straight games) and is as versatile as advertised. He started in center field Friday, at third base Saturday and in right field Sunday.

Recently, he has taken grounders at second base, where there’s already plenty of depth with Tommy La Stella, Donovan Solano and Wilmer Flores. Bryant playing there would be more of an emergency situation.



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An airline is discounting sandwiches for passengers on final flights | Travel News | Travel


Many tourists are increasingly concerned with sustainability and expect airlines to minimise the environmental impact of flying.

Swiss Air said: “Swiss International Air Lines has long put a firm emphasis on environmental issues within its corporate culture, and takes sustainable actions at various levels to ensure the optimum use of resources in its business and operations.

“To the same ends, the company is seeking to reduce the volumes of fresh food items which remain unsold on its flights and must therefore be thrown away.”

The new approach has so far been introduced on a trial basis across the last flights of the day from Geneva in August and September.





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British Airways brings final Team GB Olympic athletes home | News


Over the last two weeks British Airways has been flying Team GB home from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, with the final flight carrying Olympians due to land today.

The airline has welcomed tens of competitors across a wide range of sports back to the United Kingdom after the event, which saw Team GB matching their overall medal haul of 65 from London 2012, when they competed on home turf.

On board the final flight back to the UK are eight gold, nine silver and three bronze medals, weighing a combined 10.298 kilograms.

The remaining athletes flying home are from the boxing, track cycling, modern pentathlon and athletics teams.

Among the team members on the flight are Laura Kenny, Team GB’s most successful female athlete who carried the Union flag in closing ceremony.

Also on board is her husband, Jason Kenny, the most successful British Olympian of all time, after he won his seventh gold medal in the keirin.

Once the aircraft has landed, the athletes will be led through by British Airways’ staff to the arrivals hall in Terminal 5 at Heathrow to reunite with friends and family after spending so long apart.

Tom Stevens, British Airways director of brand and customer experience, said: “We are so proud to be the airline partner for Team GB and we are in awe of the team’s achievements in this year’s Olympic games.

“The event has brought the nation together, and watching our athletes compete in challenging circumstances, after a year of uncertainty is something to be admired and will inspire many people.

“From all of us at British Airways, we want to congratulate Team GB on their incredible success and look forward to seeing the final athletes reunited with their loved ones.”

British Airways is also the proud airline partner of ParalympicsGB and will be carrying the athletes to and from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games which starts on Tuesday, August 24th.





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Patrick Dempsey shares final trip around Ireland to Instagram


From getting fitted for a Louis Copeland suit in Dublin to taking in the breath-taking scenes of the Powerscourt Estate in Wicklow, Patrick Dempsey has been working hard to showcase the best of Ireland to his 6.4 million Instagram fans.

As far as we know, the Grey’s Anatomy star has yet to be paid by Tourism Ireland but we wouldn’t be surprised if a deal was on the cards going by the actor’s latest posts.

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Wrapping his final scenes on Disney’s Disenchanted in Enniskerry, the actor appeared to enjoy a final run around Ireland before heading home to the United States.

While locals have been awed by the small Wicklow town being transformed into a fairytale set, Dempsey seems to have been in awe of the country at large.

Since landing in May, the actor wasted no time in snapping some photos among the fields, donkeys and sheep, hair artfully dishevelled and pageboy hat always in tow.

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Going by his photos of Dublin, Patrick ‘McDreamy’ Dempsey took a stroll up Killiney Hill, a trip to Colliemore Harbour in Dalkey, a visit to Oscar Wilde in Stephen’s Green before getting fitted for a beautiful suit by one of the most country’s most coveted designers, Louis Copeland, sharing a snap to his Instagram with the caption, “Great morning at Louis Copeland & sons!”

Shortly after that, he established himself as Hollywood’s Most Desirable Man in an Aran Jumper – knocking Chris Evans from that pedestal after his appearance in 2019’s Knives Out – sharing a photo of himself in an authentic Aran Jumper by Inis Meáin, the leading producer of traditional Irish fisherman’s jumpers.

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In the snap, featuring a truly content looking Dempsey, the star wrote, “I love being in Ireland and I’m having so much fun working on this film”. And we really believe him. He chose the Cashmere Shawl Collar, which features an Aran cable crossover neck knit in a flecked cashmere and marino wool blend, and costs €528.

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By the time his next update came – a photo of classic Irish chipper Leo Burdock’s with the caption, “Bleeding deadly!!” – it was clear Dempsey had adopted the local jargon, too.

Outside of Dublin, the actor enjoyed a trip to the beautiful Powerscourt Estate in Co. Wicklow and a visit to Powerscourt Waterfall before taking in the scenic views of Inishmore in Galway, a road trip down the “Wild Atlantic highway”, and a ‘hike’ up the Sugarloaf.

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In a post on Instagram, the star shared a photo from atop Sugarloaf Mountain in Co. Wicklow, saying, “Climbed Sugarloaf. It has been calling me and today I answered! haha”.

Just two days later, he added a moody black and white shot of Bray Head Cross, the viewpoint that greets all walkers and hikers that scale Bray Head.

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Fitting in as many Irish experiences as possible ahead of his departure, the 55-year-old managed to find some Irish wolfhounds to pose with following a performance from Irish harpist Úna ní Fhlannagáin. At this stage, we wouldn’t be surprised if a bowl of coddle and some Irish dancers were present at the time.

With this kind of endorsement, Dempsey is fast becoming the celebrity of the moment in Ireland, replacing Matt O’Damon as our number one fan.

He signed off from his trip around the Emerald Isle with a simple ‘thank you’ and a tip of his cap.

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Galactic Travel, Euro 2020 Final & Anthony Bourdain Documentary – CBS San Francisco


KCBS reporter Liam Mayclem will be providing KPIX 5 users with a weekly weekend tip list of Bay Area entertainment, music, film and online entertainment.

OPENING: TONGA ROOM
Friday & Saturday 5:30 pm
“This is completely awesome.“
Those words from Tony Bourdain upon his first visit to the Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar with Chef Chris Cosentino for the show “The Layover.” It really IS one of the most magical night spots in San Francisco and they serve a Mai-Tai that will knock your socks off.
This legendary Tiki spot at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco is open once again and you are invited. No reservations just walk-ups Friday & Saturday from 5pm.
tongaroom.com

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MOVIE: ROADRUNNER
Opens Friday July 16th
Anthony Bourdain is also the subject of a documentary about his life as a road warrior, writer, and provocateur traveling the world to share with all of us. Bourdain put the spotlight on the home cooks, the food truck chefs, the street vendors as well as the star chefs and Michelin-starred restaurants. He appeared as at ease sitting on a street curb as he did at a fancy, fine dining restaurant. He brought us not only the food & culture but his intelligent, witty take on it all. Family, pals and many chefs speak to the heart of the man who inspired us all to travel and embrace our bodies as “a pleasure park of food and fun.” I had the joy of interviewing him many times & introduced him on stage for a few of his Bay Area appearances. Anthony Bourdain was a special man, who inspired me greatly, taught me to be authentic, speak my truth. He was taken too young, too soon.
focusfeatures.com/roadrunner

FLIGHT: VIRGIN GALACTIC
Sunday 6 am
Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic launches into space this Sunday and you are invited – to watch and partake in future journeys. The space tourism pioneer wants to take more people into space than ever before. Now about that $250k price tag?
virgingalactic.com

EURO 2020 FINAL: ENGLAND v. ITALY
Sunday noon
That was the goal that changed everything for England in the Euro semi-final against Denmark. They will now play ITALY at home – at Wembley Stadium Sunday at noon.
uefa.com/uefaeuro-2020/e-euro-2021

PUB: PIG & WHISTLE SF
Open Daily 11:30 am 
It’s one of my fave Brit pubs where good food, perfect pints & warm hospitality unite. Watch the game Sunday and cheer along with other Brits.
facebook.com/Pig-and-Whistle-SF-118708431487082/

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CHEERS: CAMERON’S PUB, Half Moon Bay
Open Daily 11 am
Located on the coast minutes from downtown Half Moon Bay this IS as traditional and authentic as it gets. Pints & pies are on the menu here but on Sunday all eyes will be off the pies and on the TV screens for one of the biggest sporting events in England since 1966 … when they played and beat Germany in the World Cup.
Cameron’s is also an Inn so if you want to make this an overnight stay – a comfy bed awaits for your slumbering pleasure.
cameronspub.net

CIAO FOR ITALY: ORIGINAL JOE’S SF
Open Daily 12 noon
Head to OJ’s in SF for the knockout cuisine but Sunday it’s the killer cocktails that will keep you steady as you watch England take on Italy. This North Beach hot spot with indoor & al fresco dining has a brilliant bar with TV screens aplenty. This is the spot to save your cheers for Italy.
originaljoes.com/north-beach

MUSIC: KENNY G in NAPA
Fri, Sat & Sun 5:30 pm & 8:30 pm
Legendary sax performer Kenny G will be performing at Charles Krug in partnership with Blue Note throughout the weekend. The Grammy-winning musician puts on a “saxxy” show. You will not be disappointed.
bluenotenapa.com/event/tw-eventinfo/Kenny+G./10926185

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Bidens attend mass before final day of G7 summit


U.S. President Joe Biden and his wife Jill went to church on Sunday morning before the final day of the Group of Seven summit in England, with his huge convoy of cars winding around the narrow lanes of Cornwall.

“Beautiful,” the president said, as he later emerged into the sunshine from the small Catholic church, The Sacred Heart and St. Ia, that sits above the bay of St Ives, located on the tip of southwest England.

With police outriders leading the way, a convoy of 17 mostly large black vehicles with flashing lights made their way along the quiet, tiny lanes of the Cornish fishing village before arriving at the church.

After leaving mass, Biden escorted his wife to her own vehicle before he returned to his, heading for the summit in the nearby village of Carbis Bay.

The G7 summit is due to finish in the early afternoon on Sunday and the couple will then travel to Windsor Castle to have tea with Queen Elizabeth

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