Bowman Jeremy Lomas, left,  and Grant Dalton at work on Emirates Team New Zealand competing against Italy's Mascalzone Latino Audi Team  during race 2 the final of the Louis Vuitton Trophy sailing regatta in Auckland, New Zealand, Sunday, March 21, 2010. Team New Zealand beat Mascalzone Latino by 56 seconds Sunday to clinch a 2-0 win in the best-of-three final of the Louis Vuitton Trophy sailing regatta for America's Cup teams.  (AP Photo/NZPA, David Rowland) ** NEW ZEALAND OUT ** *** Local Caption ***  AKL806_New_Zealand_Sailing_Louis_Vuitton_Trophy.jpg
Bowman Jeremy Lomas, left, and Grant Dalton at work on the Emirates Team New Zealand race boat competing against Italy's Mascalzone Latino Audi Team during race 2 the final of the Louis Vuitton TropShow more

Emirates Team New Zealand wins the LVT

Emirates Team New Zealand was in command all the way around the racecourse today to win the Louis Vuitton Trophy in Auckland in emphatic style. After a close first leg in which Mascalzone Latino Audi briefly took the lead, ETNZ rounded the first mark eight seconds ahead then, in a display of immaculate yacht racing, extended that lead on every leg to finish with a 56-second margin. It was a swift end to a final that could have gone to seven races but, with an overnight forecast for light and variable winds, had been reduced by the principal race officer, Peter Reggio, to best-of five. This morning, with a postponement until noon and a requirement to start the last race no later than 3.30pm, it became best-of-three. With ETNZ fired up from winning its first finals race yesterday and carrying one point over to today, that meant a sudden-death match for ML Audi. In the end, it was a very short day on the water for both the teams and the spectator fleet of more than 100 boats. "It's very satisfying to be sailing as well as we know we can, again," said ETNZ's skipper, Dean Barker. "This regatta has been very good for us. We lost two races and that is where we learnt the most; it's definitely better to get mistakes out of the way early. It's character-building for the team to bounce back when things are stacked against us." Morgan Larson, the tactician on Mascalzone Latino Audi, which is the Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup, put their loss down to a miscommunication among the afterguard at the first mark. "I'll hold my hand up for that one," he said. Acknowledging ETNZ's performance, Larson added: "We're never happy being second. But we knew we were up against the top team and, on paper, we were not among the top two." This regatta, which the participants see as a proving ground for a potential America's Cup challenge, has seen all of the teams raise their game. "Our goal was to improve our position after Nice," said Stéphane Kandler, the chief executive of the Franco-German team All4One. "We did that by being just one race away from the semi-final. If you have any aim to be involved in the America's Cup you had to be here." Before presenting the Louis Vuitton Trophy, Yves Carcelle, the chairman and chief executive of Louis Vuitton, said, "Now I hope the Cup will revive. In the meantime, we have seen in the last few days an amazing sport competition." The Louis Vuitton Trophy moves to La Maddalena in Sardinia, Italy in May, followed by the UAE in November, where it will be hosted by Dubai International Marina Club, and Hong Kong in January 2011.

Rebel Moon - Part One: A Child of Fire

Director: Zack Snyder
Stars: Sofia Boutella, Djimon Hounsou, Ed Skrein, Michiel Huisman, Charlie Hunnam
Rating: 2/5


Sharlene Teo, Pan Macmillan

England squad

Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope, Aaron Ramsdale

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Conor Coady, Marc Guehi, Reece James, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Luke Shaw, John Stones, Ben White

Midfielders: Jude Bellingham, Conor Gallagher, Mason Mount, Jordan Henderson, Declan Rice, James Ward-Prowse

Forwards: Tammy Abraham, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Harry Kane, Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe, Raheem Sterling


Director: Nikhil Nagesh Bhat

Starring: Lakshya, Tanya Maniktala, Ashish Vidyarthi, Harsh Chhaya, Raghav Juyal

Rating: 4.5/5


Director: Sudha Kongara Prasad

Starring: Akshay Kumar, Radhika Madan, Paresh Rawal

Rating: 2/5


5pm: Wathba Stallions Cup Maiden (PA) Dh 70,000 (Dirt) 1,000m, Winner: Hazeem Al Raed, Antonio Fresu (jockey), Ahmed Al Shemaili (trainer)

5.30pm: Handicap (PA) Dh 85,000 (D) 1,000m, Winner: Ghazwan Al Khalediah, Hugo Lebouc, Helal Al Alawi

6pm: Maiden (PA) Dh 70,000 (D) 1,400m, Winner: Dinar Al Khalediah, Patrick Cosgrave, Helal Al Alawi.

6.30pm: Handicap (TB) Dh 70,000 (D) 1,600m, Winner: Faith And Fortune, Sandro Paiva, Ali Rashid Al Raihe.

7pm: Maiden (PA) Dh 70,000 (D) 1,600m, Winner: Only Smoke, Bernardo Pinheiro, Abdallah Al Hammadi.

7.30pm: Handicap (PA) Dh 70,000 (D) 1,600m, Winner: AF Ramz, Saif Al Balushi, Khalifa Al Neyadi.

8pm: Maiden (PA) Dh 70,000 (D) 2,000m, Winner: AF Mass, Tadhg O’Shea, Ernst Oertel.

Low turnout

Two months before the first round on April 10, the appetite of voters for the election is low.

Mathieu Gallard, account manager with Ipsos, which conducted the most recent poll, said current forecasts suggested only two-thirds were "very likely" to vote in the first round, compared with a 78 per cent turnout in the 2017 presidential elections.

"It depends on how interesting the campaign is on their main concerns," he told The National. "Just now, it's hard to say who, between Macron and the candidates of the right, would be most affected by a low turnout."

The drill

Recharge as needed, says Mat Dryden: “We try to make it a rule that every two to three months, even if it’s for four days, we get away, get some time together, recharge, refresh.” The couple take an hour a day to check into their businesses and that’s it.

Stick to the schedule, says Mike Addo: “We have an entire wall known as ‘The Lab,’ covered with colour-coded Post-it notes dedicated to our joint weekly planner, content board, marketing strategy, trends, ideas and upcoming meetings.”

Be a team, suggests Addo: “When training together, you have to trust in each other’s abilities. Otherwise working out together very quickly becomes one person training the other.”

Pull your weight, says Thuymi Do: “To do what we do, there definitely can be no lazy member of the team.” 

Dengue fever symptoms
  • High fever
  • Intense pain behind your eyes
  • Severe headache
  • Muscle and joint pains
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Swollen glands
  • Rash

If symptoms occur, they usually last for two-seven days

UAE athletes heading to Paris 2024

Abdullah Humaid Al Muhairi, Abdullah Al Marri, Omar Al Marzooqi, Salem Al Suwaidi, and Ali Al Karbi (four to be selected).
Men: Narmandakh Bayanmunkh (66kg), Nugzari Tatalashvili (81kg), Aram Grigorian (90kg), Dzhafar Kostoev (100kg), Magomedomar Magomedomarov (+100kg); women's Khorloodoi Bishrelt (52kg).

Safia Al Sayegh (women's road race).

Men: Yousef Rashid Al Matroushi (100m freestyle); women: Maha Abdullah Al Shehi (200m freestyle).

Maryam Mohammed Al Farsi (women's 100 metres).


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