WI, Australia, S Africa for tri-nation ODI series

first_imgCRICKET:ST JOHN’S, Antigua:The Caribbean will be the epicentre of the cricket world next June, when two of the world’s leading teams visit for a three-nation one-day international (ODI) tournament.Hosts West Indies will face reigning one-day world champions Australia and current world No.3, South Africa in a 10-match tournament over a three-week period from Wednesday, June 6 to Sunday, June 26.”This tournament promises to be very exciting with two of the world’s top teams coming to the Caribbean,” said WICB manager, cricket operations, Roland Holder.”It will provide a golden opportunity for our team to test themselves against two of the best sides in the world in the ODI format.”The tournament opens with round-robin matches contested at the Guyana National Stadium, before the teams travel to Basseterre in St Kitts for another series of matches at Warner Park, with the series moving to the Barbados capital of Bridgetown for the final round of matches at Kensington Oval, culminating with the final.”Australia won the ICC Cricket World Cup on home soil earlier this year and South Africa are highly ranked in this format, but are also the No.1 side in Tests,” said Holder. “These two sides have shared some fascinating rivalries not only in the ODI, but other formats of the international game in recent years.”The regional audience, therefore, will have a rare chance to attend and see this strong rivalry played out before their eyes, so we expect them to pack the three venues and bring the noise and colour associated with the game in the region.”SCHEDULEJuneWed 6: Australia vs South Africa – Guyana National Stadium, GuyanaFri 8: West Indies vs South Africa – Guyana National StadiumSun 10: West Indies vs Australia – Guyana National StadiumMon 13: South Africa vs Australia – Warner Park, St. KittsWed 15: West Indies vs South Africa – Warner ParkFri 17: West Indies vs Australia – Warner ParkMon 20: Australia vs South Africa – Kensington Oval, BarbadosWed 22: West Indies vs South Africa – Kensington OvalFri 24: West Indies vs Australia – Kensington OvalSun 26: Final – Kensington Ovallast_img read more

Alvarez-Golovkin rematch back on for September

first_imgJury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial MOST READ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations FILE – Boxers Canelo Alvarez (L) and Gennady Golovkin pose with their promoters, trainers and actorhost Mario Lopez after a news conference at Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live to announce their upcoming rematch on February 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFPCanelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin will square off in their highly-anticipated rematch on September 15 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, boxing promoter Oscar De La Hoya said on Wednesday.“I’m happy to inform that we have a fight September 15!!!!,” De La Hoya tweeted. ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Celtics’ Irving coy on possible reunion with LeBron China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls “In the first fight, it was a respectful promotion, but in the second fight, with the positive test and the way Gennady had to scramble to be able to fight on May 5, he is very edgy. Canelo is very edgy, so I think that’s going to get things heated up.”The final terms of the agreement or details of the purse split were not released.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film The two fighters had been due to fight each other in Las Vegas on May 5 before the middleweight bout was canceled after Alvarez failed two drugs tests.So unified middleweight world champion Golovkin instead fought Vanes Martirosyan on May 5 in a one-sided fight that ended in less than two rounds. Martirosyan, who hadn’t fought in nearly two years, lost by second-round knockout at StubHub Center in Los Angeles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownGolovkin and Alvarez fought to a controversial draw in their first meeting in September in a fight that generated 1.3 million pay-per-view buys and a $27 million gate — the third largest in boxing history. Many thought Golovkin won the fight but one judge scored it even and the other two were split between giving it to Golovkin and Alvarez.With Alvarez free to fight once his six-month suspension ends in August, the two rivals had been expected to fight again in September. But talks stalled because Alvarez’s camp were reportedly not happy with middleweight world champion Golovkin’s insistence on receiving a 50/50 split in revenues.The announcement comes a week after De La Hoya said that the talks for a rematch had ended and that Alvarez would likely fight Daniel Jacobs instead.Mexico’s Alvarez, 27, resumed training recently for what will be his first fight in almost exactly a year.Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler told Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday that he believes a rematch will generate more interest than the first fight. “It’s a much bigger fight with all the controversy that has gone on and no love lost between the guys,” Loeffler said.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Lone Star Can Make A Difference in Brazzaville

first_imgLone Star: arrived in Brazzaville for their game on ThursdayIf they focus, follow instructions and just play as they know howThe national soccer team, Lone arrived in Brazzaville, Congo yesterday in what the Daily Observer sports reporter, accompanying the team, Anthony Kokoi, described as “a rough flight from Nairobi, Kenya.”He said the plane touched down at 10:00 AM (9:00 AM Liberia time) and was received by officials of the Congolese Football Federation at the Maya Maya International Airport. Lone Star will on Sunday meet their Congolese counterparts in the qualifying rounds of the 2019 Nations Cup in Cameroon.Head Coach Thomas Kojo and the playing team are aware of the reason they are in Brazzaville, just how the Congolese know why they also are playing in the tournament: they want to win to build their chances for the finals in Cameroun. And of course, they know that in the qualifying series they represent their country and therefore their people expect much from them.And Liberians expect the same from their players!The truth is Liberia is not in the competition to play in an Olympic sport whether they win or not. Liberia wants to be represented in the finals and that is the truth of it. In Lone Star’s last encounter against DR Congo, the players played all the right strings only to falter from the 81st minute. It is becoming an accepted fact that 90 minutes are too much for the Lone Star to hold themselves against their opponents.Recent history weighs heavily against their inability to control a game in their favor for the 90 minutes of play. I am sure Coach Kojo can bear me out since he has been around the national team for sometimes now. In fact, the evidence was clear to him when DR Congo after their equalizer in the 81st minutes turned Lone Star’s defense into shreds and kept the pressure on his boys and I almost fell from my chair.We can also recall with pain when Adebayo led his Togolese brothers to Liberia and while the Lone Star had run ahead in the lead, fatigue and other circumstances set in that eventually denied Lone Star the much-needed victory at home.In fact, former national coach James Salinsa Debbah’s role in the inglorious draw is still spoken about in local soccer circles. Claiming that his back was ‘hurting’ him, Salinsa sat on the spot reserved for a coach to direct their players and did not engage in directing his players when they seemed to be overlooking playing instructions.The players, we are all aware, are based abroad and clearly, Coach Kojo did not have them together as a group. The three foreign-based players Murphy Dorley, Sylvanus Nimely and Adolphus Marshall, according to reporter Akoi, have joined the team.And I can bet my pen that the Congolese face the same problem where their stars joined them in the last minute which should suggest to the players that their Congolese counterparts have not had extraordinary opportunities in their preparation for this Sunday’s match.Playing at home, the Congolese will be seeking for an early lead that most often seems to dampen the fighting spirit of the most determined team. Lone Star should be above that and be cautious as the serpent. Lone Star, despite away pressure, should work together as a team and make a difference.The players should know that if they want to qualify for next year’s Nations Cup in Cameroun then they must play as they have never played before in any match.We wish them good luck!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mabaruma solar farm to be fully operational by month end

first_imgThe first ever solar farm located at Khan’s Hill, Mabaruma, Region One (Barima-Waini) is expected to be fully operational by the end of this month. According to the Department of Public Information, the farm has been substantially completed with testing being carried out to efficiently integrate its electricity supply into the local grid system.The initiative is anticipated to increase the electricity supply to residents by eight hours. According to the mid-year report, feasibility studies for the establishment of solar farms have so far been completedFinancing for the development of these farms is being pursued with support fromThe solar farm at Khan’s Hill in Mabarumathe country’s development partners. The report further states that geotechnical studies for the development of hydropower projects at Kumu and Moco Moco are expected to begin in the third quarter, and once completed will be included in a feasibility study.Following a recent visit to Norway by Minister of State Joseph Harmon, Public Infrastructure Minister, David Patterson and Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman and other officials, Government has secured $80 million under the Guyana-Norway partnership agreement.The money will be directed towards intensified efforts to achieving 100 per cent renewable energy use.To date, under the energy efficiency programme, a total of 11,273 LED lamps and 1027 motion sensors have been outfitted to Government buildings. A total of 90 of said buildings – above the 74 target – will have solar photovoltaic (PV) panels installed by year-end.This represents 1.9 kilowatts of new installed solar capacity.last_img read more

Juventus extend Serie A streak, Roma back winning

first_img“We made some mistakes at the end of the match and we were sometimes vulnerable,” said Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri.“On Saturday it’s a head-to-head with Napoli and it’ll certainly be a great game. I don’t have a line-up in my head right now, as on Friday in training we’ll see everyone together and decide.”Lazio are third, a further three points adrift, after their fourth win on the trot 2-1 against Udinese ahead of this weekend’s Roman derby against Roma.Roma, meanwhile, eased the pressure on under-fire coach Eusebio Di Francesco achieving their first three points since their season-opener against Torino over a month ago.“This is a new beginning for us, a new season has started,” said Di Francesco.In Turin, Dybala got a rare start up front alongside superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and lashed home his first goal of the season after 12 minutes in the Allianz Stadium.The Argentine had initially teed up Matuidi but Lukasz Skorupski cleared the Frenchman’s effort before Dybala acrobatically turned the ball in himself.Five minutes later World Cup winner Matuidi got his chance to add a second following a Ronaldo cross, with the Portuguese forward having a shot cleared off the near post by Skorupski.Cristiano Ronaldo drew a blank in Turin after losing out in the FIFA best player award this week. © AFP / MARCO BERTORELLORonaldo — who missed out on the FIFA’s best player of the year award this week — fired just wide five minutes from the whistle when he picked up Dybala’s through ball.In was the first of three games in Turin within the space of a week for Juventus, who after Napoli at the weekend, host Swiss club Young Boys in the Champions League next week, after winning their opener against Valencia.Carlo Ancelotti rotated his squad completely with nine changes ahead of the weekend game in Turin and hosting Liverpool in the Champions League.And it paid off with a third straight league win with Lorenzo Insigne opening after four minutes in Naples with a second-half brace from Polish forward Arkadiusz Milik keeping the pressure on Juventus.“We were very fresh because I changed them all, and the initial rhythm determined the final result,” said Ancelotti.– ‘Starting point’ –Lazio, meanwhile, continued their promising start with Francesco Acerbi and Joaquin Correa scoring in the space of five minutes just after the hour mark.Bram Nuytinck pulled one back in Udine with an overhead kick ten minutes from time.Simone Inzaghi’s side, who lost their opening two games to Juventus and Napoli, can head confidently into the Roman derby against Roma.In the Stadio Olimpico, Turkish winger Cengiz Under set the tone after just two minutes for Roma with a sensational run from his own half to lash into the goal from a distance.Roma win to ease the pressure on coach Eusebio Di Francesco. © AFP / Filippo MONTEFORTEJavier Pastore’s back heel flick gave Di Francesco’s side a second just before the half hour mark with Under then setting up Stephan El Shaarawy for the third minutes later.Luca Pellegrini came off the bench for his Serie A debut, to set up Aleksandar Kolarov for the fourth three minutes from time.Roma are tenth with eight points, with Frosinone second from bottom having conceded 16 goals this season.“This is a starting point. It was important to rediscover our confidence and prepare well,” said the Roma coach whose side host Czech club Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League next week, having lost their opener to holders Real Madrid.Inter Milan moved towards the top of the table with a 2-1 win over Fiorentina on Tuesday, with AC Milan playing at Empoli on Thursday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Off the mark: Paulo Dybala gets his first goal this season for Juventus. © AFP / MARCO BERTORELLOMILAN, Italy, Sep 27 – Paulo Dybala and Blaise Matuidi scored early as Juventus extended their perfect start to their Serie A title defence to six games on Wednesday with a 2-0 win over Bologna, as Roma ended their losing streak with a 4-0 success over promoted Frosinone.The reigning champions have a maximum 18 points, three ahead of Napoli who beat Parma 3-0, with the top two set to go head-to-head in Turin on Saturday.last_img read more

Jermain Defoe visibly emotional after ‘unbelievable’ derby winner for Sunderland

first_img1 Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe was lost for words after watching a replay of his stunning match-winning volley in the 1-0 victory over Newcastle at the Stadium of Light which eased their relegation worries.The 32-year-old’s brilliant dipping effort on the stroke of half time earned Sunderland a record fifth straight derby victory over their fiercest rivals, who were despondent throughout.The three points earned Dick Advocaat his first win in charge after replacing Gus Poyet, and Defoe was clearly caught up in the emotions when reflecting on his winner.“To be honest it’s unbelievable. As soon as it leaves your foot you know it’s going in and it’s an unbelievable feeling,” Defoe told Sky Sports.“Words can’t describe how I felt when that went in – it’s quite emotional really.”Defoe was visibly moved by the moment as the players walked off at half time, and reiterated the importance of a victory that meant Advocaat’s side leapfrogged Aston Villa and Hull and moved three points clear of the drop zone.“It was a massive game and I just wanted to do well. The lads have worked so hard and everyone’s put the effort in. We just wanted the three points as well and I’m delighted we got them,” said the former Tottenham striker. Jermain Defoe last_img read more


first_imgDonegal fans celebrate in The Center Bar in Dorchester after defeating Cork!Donegal ex-pats  get together to organize a fundraiser for the Donegal (Ireland) team training fund.  Bostons Donegal community are coming together next Sunday, September 16th for the Donegal GAA (Ireland) team training fund.  While there are a few people making the trip home for the final the vast majority of younger Donegal ex-pats are unable to go home due to immigration status. Despite this they want to show their support and contribute in any way possible to help bring Sam Maguire back to the hills! Paul Friel, (Donegal GFC Boston asst. secretary) and Declan Houton (Member of the band“Devri”) originally from  Urris and Malin GAA clubs respectively  have got together to  organize a fundraiser in The Center Bar, Dorchester on Sunday September 16th to raise money for the Donegal team training fund.Two coveted tickets for the all-Ireland  final will be raffled on the day, thanks to John Friel from the Urris GAA club. Other spot prizes include a 42” HD TV as well as a Donegal jersey signed by Jim and the boys!Boston has a huge Donegal immigrant population, especially from Inishowen with Ryan Bradley (Buncranna) and Declan Walsh`s (Malin) involvement in the team generating a lot of interest in the game Stateside. However it is evident by the club jerseys so often worn  during the games at The Irish Cultural Center in Canton that Donegal clubs are well represented in Boston.  The St. Michaels men are closely watched by a gathering of red and white jersey at every game not to mention  the Glenties supporters who proudly stand behind Jim mc Guinness, with fond memories of his time in Boston when he kitted out for the team across the pond!Over recent weeks, driving down Broadway in South Boston is reminiscent of any town in Donegal as pubs and homes are adorned with Donegal flags and shirts!!The event will run from 4pm-8pm , entertainment includes a D.J. and a screening of the 1992 All-Ireland final on the big screen.We know that there will be thousands of Donegal folk watching the final around the world and we want to make sure the biggest roar outside of Croke Park that day comes from Boston! Many thanks to John Friel, Urris, who has done so much for Inishowen and Donegal GAA over the years and for help in securing tickets and a signed jersey for the raffle. For more information contact Declan Houton ( 001617 347 1260 declanmusic@verizon.net ) or Paul Friel (001 617 967 0499 frielpaul5@gmail.com )DONEGAL BOSTON GFC TO HOST ALL-IRELAND FUNDRAISER FOR DONEGAL (IRELAND THAT IS!) was last modified: September 10th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL BOSTON GFC TO HOST ALL-IRELAND FUNDRAISER FOR DONEGAL (IRELAND THAT IS!)last_img

Shoppers sift through deals at home

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – Laura Hanson relies on the Internet to make her a smarter shopper even when she isn’t planning to buy online. Before traveling to a conventional store, the San Francisco resident regularly visits an online comparison-shopping site to explore prices and review product research so she won’t need to embarrass herself with store clerks. “With these (shopping comparison) sites, I can ask lots of stupid questions in the privacy of my own home,” said the 27-year-old Hanson. Yahoo Inc. runs Hanson’s favorite comparison site – just one of many free Internet services that churn out pricing guides and other helpful insights about everything from iPod accessories to kitchen sinks. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The comparison sites are expected to play a central role in the upcoming holiday shopping season when Forrester Research predicts some 2.5 million U.S. households will buy merchandise online for the first time. To catch more consumers’ eyes, they’ve laid on new features. Some are tracking more merchandise, others using the latest technology to alert shoppers to money-saving deals or warn them about fraud risks. Still others supplement their price comparisons with product reviews and hard-to-find coupons. “We are entering a new era (in comparison shopping),” said Rob Solomon, general manager of Yahoo’s shopping site. “Now, we are all trying to figure out ways to differentiate ourselves.” All told, U.S. consumers are expected to spend $18 billion shopping on the Internet between Thanksgiving and Christmas, a 25 percent increase from last year, Forrester estimates. Feeling the pinch of higher gasoline and home heating bills, even consumers leery of Internet shopping are more likely to visit comparison sites to help steer them toward nearby brick-and-mortar stores with the best deals, predicts e-commerce analyst Heather Dougherty of Nielsen/NetRatings. All the major comparison sites are free to use; they generate revenue primarily from referral fees for sending prospective customers to online merchants. It’s a formula that’s attracting big bucks as more consumers rely on the comparison sites. The two most popular such sites, Shopzilla (formerly BizRate) and Shopping.com, were recently acquired in separate deals worth more than $1.2 billion. Meanwhile, venture capitalists have financed another wave of entrepreneurs promising to introduce even more useful shopping tools. Michael Yang and his business partners have already raised $11.7 million for their 9-month-old site, Mountain View, Calif.-based Become.com. By coupling professional product reviews with pricing guides, Yang is confident he can do even better with Become.com than he did with his first comparison-shopping site, MySimon, which he started in 1998 and sold to CNet Networks Inc. for $678 million in 2000. “Comparison shopping really is on the verge of becoming a mainstream service,” Yang said. Other new-wave comparison sites include: FatLens.com, which has raised $8 million in venture capital and believes it has come up with a more effective way of finding the best deals for consumers. Dulance, which enables users to create wish lists and receive electronic notices of hot deals through RSS Web feeds. ConsumerClub, eDeals and CouponCabin, which all serve up rebates and coupons from a wide assortment of retailers. Dealio, which offers a shopping tool bar that alerts shoppers when they are about to buy something available at a lower price elsewhere on the Web. SquareTrade, which offers a shopping sidebar that patrols the prices of online auctions and provides fraud protection. “We haven’t seen a terrible amount of innovation in comparison shopping during the past four or five years,” said Talmadge O’Neill, co-founder of Smarter.com, another newcomer to the field. “We are still in the early days. There is a huge pie out there yet to be had.” As they angle for a bigger piece of the action, even long-established comparison sites are rolling out improvements designed to make themselves even more appealing. Yahoo’s shopping channel, shopping.yahoo.com, for instance, is now offering prices and information for about 90 million products, up from 60 million a year ago. The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company also is encouraging more social interaction on its shopping site by asking consumers to post lists of their personal recommendations. Yahoo plans to set up a system in which a consumer will receive a slice of Yahoo’s commission if those recommendations send visitors to a merchant. Besides Yahoo’s shopping channel, Shopzilla and Shopping.com, other top shopping comparison sites include Google Inc.’s Froogle.com, PriceGrabber, NexTag and ShopLocal. This group accounted for the bulk of the 49.3 million people who visited comparison sites during September, an 8 percent increase from 45.8 million at the same time last year, according to the most recent data from Nielsen/NetRatings. At the top of the shopping cart, Shopzilla and Shopping.com each lured nearly 15 million U.S. visitors in September, Nielsen/NetRatings said. In deals completed during the summer, Cincinnati-based newspaper publisher E.W. Scripps Co. bought Shopzilla for $570 million and online auctioneer eBay Inc. paid $685 million for Shopping.com. Though they are attracting more traffic, no comparison sites so far have been able to establish themselves as indispensable e-commerce hubs. Most online shoppers still begin their research on the home page of a major Internet search engine, such as Google Inc. or Yahoo, forcing the comparison sites to advertise heavily to attract traffic. “It’s been a challenge for any of these sites to engender any kind of consistent loyalty so far,” Dougherty said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

The winning goal on the night Wealdstone sealed their promotion

first_imgOn-loan Millwall youngster Charlie Penny scores a late winner at Margate as Wealdstone seal promotion to the Conference South as Ryman League champions.(Video courtesy of Wealdstone FC)See also:Joy as Wealdstone clinch promotionStones chief hails boss after promotionEx-Stones skipper Cronin joins Hayes & YeadingFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Scoot Airline Review

first_imgFinally there is a budget carrier that has got the low cost recipe right.Singapore Airlines low cost carrier Scoot only commenced services in June 2012 making it one of the newest carriers in the Australasian market.  The success of this airline starts with the aircraft, reconfigured ex Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-200s. To put it simply they fly only wide body or twin aisle aircraft rather than the narrow body or single aisle aircraft that most other low cost carrier use and passengers dislike. You won’t find 180 passengers queuing down the aisle of the aircraft for just three toilets on Scoot – oh no here you have 9 toilets for around 360 Economy passengers and there’s even space around the toilets to stand up and stretch your legs.  In addition to this there are multiple choices for seating and meals so you can choose how you want to fly and how much you want to spend.SeatsIn Economy Class, passengers have the choice of a standard economy seat, Super Seat or Stretch Seat.  In addition to this the airline also has a small child free cabin referred to as “ScootinSilence” which is something I am a huge fan of and personally think all airlines should offer. The standard Economy seats (clad in blue fabric) offer a comfortable 31 inch seat pitch (the distance between the back of one seat to the back of the next) and generous 6 inch recline. This is the same as most full service airlines these days. The cost to select your seat is $10 return.  For those that want extra legroom the Super Seats (clad in yellow fabric) have a 33-35 inch seat pitch. Generally the Super Seats at the back of the aircraft have the smaller seat pitch but here there are less seats per row as the fuselage narrows giving you more personal space. The cost of this on a return ticket is $66.The next seat type is the  Stretch (S-t-r-e-t-c-h-)  seats (yellow) which also have a 35 inch seat pitch but are in the first row of each section of the cabin as well as in the emergency exit rows meaning no one can recline into your space. These seats cost an extra $152 return.  As mentioned above Scoot also have the “ScootinSilence” cabin which has Super and Stretch seating only. This cabin is small and private with a real feeling of space and comfort.  All economy seats regardless of type are covered in soft fabric, generous 6 inch seat recline and are adequately padded for comfort.I was lucky enough to fly in a stretch seat in the “ScootinSilence” cabin and it was worth the extra cost.  I spoke to a few passengers on the aircraft and all agreed that paying extra for the super or stretch seating was good value especially since the final price is still significantly cheaper than the alternative full service carrier. During the flight I also sat in the super and standard economy seats and they are the most comfortable seats I have encountered on a budget carrier. The airline has comfort kits referred to as “SnoozeKit” which are available on board or you can pre purchase online for SGD25. The SnoozeKit  includes an eye mask, ear plugs, blanket, socks and neck pillow.MealsAs with any low cost carrier it pays to pre order and pay for your meal at the time of booking. This ensures you get your choice, are served first and you save a couple of dollars.  I ordered a standard combo hot meal $14 which comes with a packet of Pringles and a choice of cold drink being a can of coke or green tea. This needs to be changed as passengers should be able to have the choice of water over soft drink.  The meals are small (size of a ladies hand – order two if you get hungry) and the meal satisfaction with regards to taste really depends on what you order and your personal preference; I had one great meal and one that I really didn’t enjoy.  If you are someone who values your food I highly recommend paying  $19 for a premium meal or upgrade to one for as little as $4.50 on FlyBagEat fares.  The premium meals are as the name suggests – premium- and you get a larger meal but remember this is a “no frills” carrier and in flight meals are never going to be a strong point.In flight EntertainmentAgain it is best to pre book your in flight entertainment whether in the form of hiring an Ipad loaded with movies or pre purchasing WiFi so you can stream movies to your own device from the onboard library.  For those that choose the streaming option and have pre paid, the cabin crew come around early in the flight with your WiFi password.  Make sure you have downloaded the Gogo video player App before boarding and have your boarding pass ready to confirm who you are!  Instructions are in one of the booklets in your seat back pocket and it really is easy to use.  The choices are limited (5 movies, a few TV series plus two shows for kids) but it’s enough provided you aren’t picky with your movie choices. I expected there to be quite a bit of variety within the five movies but three of the five were science fiction. The cost to stream the movies is $13 if you pre purchase or SGD16 on board. If you pre book a rented tablet the cost will be $17 or if you hire on board SGD20. Staff, service and cleanlinessCall me old fashioned but I think cabin crew presentation is important – I don’t think the jeans and polo shirts that some airlines allow their cabin crew to wear are appropriate nor do they give off a good image. I was glad to see the crew nicely presented on both legs of the flight. The cabin crew were friendly, efficient and took safety seriously  – there were no bags left on the floor for take-off or landing or seatbelts undone during mid flight turbulence.  The toilets were clean enough and the cabin rubbish cleared at appropriate intervals throughout the flight.  After the meal service the lights were dimmed in the child free cabin and again in the rest of the cabin once all the passengers had been served.  At one stage I did press my call bell for the cabin crew but after waiting 20 minutes still no one came. I turned it off and pressed it again but nothing. This was frustrating but perhaps it was the logistics of being at the front of the cabin and staff coming from the back and seeing other call bells first or perhaps my call button was not registering.  Another important thing to mention is the company’s call centre.  My travelling companion had to use this and was amazed that the call was answered within 5 minutes, she got to speak to a real person and the problem was immediately solved. This is important and one of the things that so many airlines not just budget airlines do badly.Check in staff at both Perth and Singapore was extremely friendly and helpful.Overall OpinionOverall I was extremely impressed with the in flight product, incredible value for money and twin aisle aircraft.  A fellow passenger stated it was as good as Singapore Airlines but I had to disagree as its nothing like Singapore Airlines, it is however arguably the best budget carrier in Australasia and it is without a doubt amongst the top 10 best budget carriers in the world.  Scoot are competing on routes that many other low cost carriers serve but none offer the value for money and comfort that Scoot does. -See more passenger reviews-Tips For TravellersKeep your boarding pass on you as you need it to receive anything you have pre-booked such as meals and in flight entertainmentStick to the baggage allowance – a standard “FlyBag” ticket only includes 15kgs of checked baggage – if you need more then upgrade to 20+ kilos at the time of bookingThe Super and Stretch seats are popular and very good value for money  – don’t wait till a week before your flight to get one of these seats buy it at the time of booking otherwise you might miss outTake an empty water bottle and fill it up at the airport boarding lounges on boardChanges to meals must be done 72 hours before the flight and ancillary items such as in flight entertainment, baggage and snooze kits 42 hours priorThis airline has so many sales so “like” their facebook page Facebook.com/FlyScoot or join their mailing list to be among the first to knowlast_img read more