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A stitch in time would save the Sport section

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first_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Since you’re here… Share on Twitter Support The Guardian During the last two years of lies and smears it’s been encouraging that the Guardian always accurately reported on what I had said. It came as a shock therefore to read Gaby Hinsliff’s column (23 May) claiming that I said Hitler was a Zionist. Fortunately this was overshadowed by Sky News reporter Jon Craig’s claim that I had a pet newt called Adolf. Did Gaby just not bother to check?Ken LivingstoneLondon• My grandfather (b1896, d1986) was a Sheffield surgeon before surgical staples were in common use; he used sutures. So, he had no problem with his newspaper falling apart (How the humble stapler came to a reader’s aid, Open Door, 28 May); he sutured that too, every morning over breakfast. Mind you it was the Telegraph, not the Guardian.Dr Cathie SudlowEdinburgh• I suggest the Guardian offers long-armed staplers as an incentive to every new subscriber.Steven BurkemanYork • The cricketer Dom Bess, at age 20, is identified as potentially the youngest spinner to play for England (Sport, 23 May). Brian Close was considerably younger at 18 years 149 days when selected in 1949.Keith StapyltonBracknall, Berkshire• The idea that England cricketers are capable of batting to order surely flies in the face of all evidence (Spot-fixing investigation, 29 May).John BoldLondon• “Cheers drive” remains the krek Bristle way to thank the driver when getting off the bus in our city (Letters, 29 May).Mick BeebyBristol• Join the debate – email [email protected]• Read more Guardian letters – click here to visit gu.com/letters Ken Livingstone Brief letters Share on Messenger letters Road transport Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Share on Facebook Topics Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Cricket The Guardian Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Liberal candidate Ouellette takes Winnipeg Centre from longtime NDP MP

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first_imgAPTN National NewsLiberal candidate Robert-Falcon Ouellette snatched the Winnipeg Centre riding from long-time MP Pat Martin Monday evening.Ouellette caught the red Liberal wave that washed across the country Monday evening giving leader Justin Trudeau a majority government mandate.Ouellette was in a knife-fight with Martin, who had held the riding since 1997, but in the end won a resounding victory, winning by about 6,000 votes.Ouellette is seen by many as a rising young Indigenous and now he has a seat in the House of Commons.last_img

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The world according to Travel Detective Peter Greenberg

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first_imgPROVIDENCE, RI — Anyone who’s heard CBS News Travel Editor Peter Greenberg talk about the travel industry knows he doesn’t mince words.At Collette’s Global Travel Forum, taking place in Providence, RI this week, Greenberg had a few choice things to say about airlines, OTAs and selfie-obsessed travellers, and he let loose in a hilarious and insightful keynote address.Greenberg says there’s still a place for traditional travel retailers and suppliers, now more than ever.His rapid-fire presentation hit on everything from airlines, hotels and cruise lines to the importance of bringing the art of conversation back to selling travel.Here’s a round up of some of his quotes and insights, from his keynote speech on day 1 of the Collette forum on June 21:“All the technology in the world can never take over from common sense.”“The U.S. Department of State now has travel advisories for every country in the world. Americans are cowering in their own homes.”“Today is National Selfie Day. We have become a society that is obsessed with documenting ourselves. Who thinks a great photo has to include you in it?”“America has become home of the brave, land of the fee.”“The unofficial motto for airlines seems to be ‘We’re not happy until you’re not happy’. The travel experience has been degraded on an almost exponential basis.”“Marriott is opening a new hotel every 14 hours. For Hilton, it’s a new hotel every 16 hours. Airbnb now controls 7% of the world’s rooms.”Greenberg says in his experience, talking to travellers, “they don’t want to hear that India is incredible, or Barbados is beautiful.” They want practical, helpful information about getting to and travelling in that country. “We’re forgetting there’s an audience out there that wants a conversation. That’s where you come in. You can be proactive. You can initiate that conversation.”“It’s not about the rate, it’s about the value, it’s about asking all the questions that they need to ask. That’s transformative.” He adds: “My transformative technology is my mouth and my ears. We’ve gone full circle.”“Three words: genuine, authentic, curated. Yes, I can hear you groaning. You’ve already heard these words too much. But that’s what people want.”Greenberg told a story about a hotel he stayed at recently, likening it to the dilapidated, creepy hotel in the movie The Shining. “There was blood on the wall. There was stuffing coming out of the couch. The door handle fell off in my hand.” Just as the bellman was about to leave, he gave Greenberg his card, to call him if he needed anything. “And there was a line on his card that said ‘Post a good review on Trip Advisor and get 10% off’. They were incentivizing me to lie.” Instead of posting a review, he showed the card during one of his TV travel segments and told the story.OTAs got popular “because people didn’t want to have a conversation. They wanted technology to take its place.”“Kids stay free deals, eat free deals, resort fees, free parking – online bookings don’t always tell you about things like that.”“Anyone who tells you ‘there’s an app for that’ – they’re lazy.”“Fear is the worst 4-letter word.”“We’re going to see unbelievable brand consolidation. Marriott is just the beginning.”“I still have a subscription to the printed version of the OAG and I can find a flight faster in that thing than anyone can online.”“You need to initiate and transform the conversation. Without that, the technology will kill you.”“We have to figure out a way to reinvent the conversation. We have to initiate and continue that conversation. You shared with [your clients] something they didn’t know and that’s why they came back to you.“We have too many people chasing fire trucks and not enough people explaining fire.” Posted by The world according to ‘Travel Detective’ Peter Greenberg Share Friday, June 22, 2018 last_img read more

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