Alaska Airlines names Diana Birkett Rakow VP of external relations

Sep 12 SEATTLE – Alaska Airlines‘ board of directors has elected Diana Birkett Rakow vice president of external relations, leading the airline’s government affairs, corporate communications and community relations teams in Alaska, Hawaii, San Francisco and Seattle. Birkett Rakow succeeds Joe Sprague, a 17-year veteran of the airline, who left Sept. 1. Birkett Rakow recently served as vice president of public affairs, communications and brand management at Kaiser Permanente of Washington through its acquisition of Group Health Cooperative. With Group Health since...

Tourism across Caribbean struggles following Hurricane Irma impact

Sep 11 The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association has released its latest assessment of the impact of Hurricane Irma, reporting widespread disruption across the region. Among the worst hit was the island of Barbuda with its approximately 1,800 residents. The destination was severely impacted by the hurricane which passed directly over the small island, resulting in one fatality. The prime minister, Gaston Browne said 90 per cent of homes were destroyed. Barbuda’s hotel infrastructure was also damaged, but with less than...

Sweet 16: Nadal beats Anderson for 3rd US Open, 16th major

SEP 11,NEW YORK: Rafael Nadal against Kevin Anderson in the US Open final shaped up as quite a mismatch — and that’s exactly what it was. His game at a high level at the end of an unusually easy path through a Grand Slam field, Nadal overwhelmed first-time major finalist Anderson 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 on Sunday to win his third championship at Flushing Meadows.   It is the No. 1-ranked Nadal’s second Grand Slam title of the year and 16th...

Irma heads to Florida, kills 14 across Caribbean

Sep 8 The eye of Hurricane Irma grazed the Turks and Caicos Islands, rattled buildings after it smashed a string of Caribbean islands as one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century, and killed 14 people on its way to Florida. With winds of around 290 kilometres per hour (kph), the storm the size of France has ravaged small islands in the northeast Caribbean in recent days, including Barbuda, Saint Martin and the British and US Virgin Islands, ripping...

Nadal and Del Potro ready to deliver semi-final fireworks

SEP 8 NEW YORK: Juan Martin del Potro and Rafa Nadal are still expected to produce some spectacular fireworks at the US Open on Friday, even if it was not the semi-final many fans had been hoping for. Argentine del Potro ruined the potential Nadal showdown with Roger Federer in the semi-final with a superb defeat of the Swiss maestro on Wednesday.   Del Potro and Nadal have met 13 times but many fans will look to their clash at...

Irma lashes at Puerto Rico, leaves tiny Barbuda devastated

SEP 7 SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO: Hurricane Irma lashed Puerto Rico with heavy rain and powerful winds late Wednesday, leaving nearly 900,000 people without power as authorities struggled to get aid to small Caribbean islands already devastated by the historic storm. Florida rushed to prepare for a possible direct hit on the Miami area by the Category 5 storm with potentially catastrophic 185 mph winds.   Nearly every building on the island of Barbuda was damaged when the eye of...

Late Wood goal earns US 1-1 draw with Honduras

Sep 6:A late equaliser from substitute Bobby Wood earned the United States a valuable point after a 1-1 draw against Honduras in a World Cup qualifier in San Pedro Sula on Tuesday. A well-taken first half goal from Honduras midfielder Romell Quioto gave the hosts a chance to earn all three points in front of an enthusiastic crowd on a typically humid afternoon at the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano.   Striker Wood, however, popped up in the 85th minute to...

Next Miss America could be pilot, governor, alpaca farmer

Sep5 ATLANTIC CITY: One wants to be the first female governor of North Dakota. One is a half-blind baton twirler who performed at a Super Bowl. Another wants to chase tornadoes. One wants to run an alpaca farm, another is a former NFL cheerleader, yet another wants to sing the National Anthem at a Boston Red Sox game, and there is another who wants to be a criminal profiler for the FBI. The 51 women vying to become the next...

Brave Luxembourg hold France to draw in World Cup qualifier

September 04, 2017 TOULOUSE: Luxembourg resisted bravely under sustained pressure to hold France to a 0-0 draw in a World Cup qualifier on Sunday. Les Bleus, who had thrashed the Netherlands 4-0 on Thursday, created many opportunities and hit the woodwork twice but had to be content with a draw that puts them one point clear at the top of Group A with 17 points from eight games. Sweden are second one point back after beating Belarus 4-0 earlier on...

Barkley snubs Chelsea in dramatic end to deadline day

Sept 1:  LONDON: Chelsea suffered a dramatic late blow on transfer deadline day when Everton midfielder Ross Barkley rejected a move to the Premier League champions after travelling to their training ground for a medical. On a day of frenetic spending that took the Premier League total to a record far above one billion pounds ($1.29 billion), Antonio Conte’s side also missed out on two of their other targets – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Fernando Llorente.   England midfielder Oxlade-Chamberlain signed...

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