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How Brazilian Capoeira Evolved From a Martial Art to an International Dance Craze

Two young men dressed in white kneel on the ground, ready to begin their duel. Eyes lock onto those of his opponent. Hearts beat faster. Ancestral sounds echo forth from the berimbau, a single-stringed bow-shaped instrument. Only then do the two shake hands, and the match may commence. With a dynamic, animal-like force, the two exchange movements of attack and defense in a constant flow of exploring and exploiting each other’s strengths and weaknesses, fears and fatigues. They wait and watch patiently for that careless moment in which to drive home a…

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England to play New Zealand as part of 2018 autumn international series

England will play world champions New Zealand for the first time since 2014, as part of next year’s autumn internationals at Twickenham. Eddie Jones’ side host South Africa in the first match of the series on 3 November, before the All Blacks match on 10 November. They also face Japan on 17 November and Australia on 24 November. England lost four times to the All Blacks in 2014 – a three-Test series in New Zealand and the autumn Test match. “We want to win that series 4-0 and we will…

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News: Gulf Air signs loyalty deal with Swiss-Belhotel International

Gulf Air has signed a partnership between the airline’s FalconFlyer Loyalty Programme and Swiss-Belhotel International, a leading global hotel chain. The deal will allow Gulf Air FalconFlyer members to earn 200 loyalty miles for every night’s stay at participating Swiss-Belhotel properties spread across 23 countries worldwide. Gulf Air Chief commercial officer, Ahmed Janahi, welcomed the agreement. He said: “Gulf Air’s FalconFlyer programme offers a host of exciting privileges and benefits to members and we are continually working to expand our network of partner hotels in order to make our programme…

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News: Miami International Airport closed as Hurricane Irma approaches

All flights at Miami International Airport have been cancelled until further notice. No flights are expected to depart before Monday at the earliest as Miami, and Florida, prepare for the impact of Hurricane Irma. Residents of mainland Florida have been advised to brace for the impact of the Hurricane Irma, as conditions in the south of the state deteriorate. The category four storm with winds up to 130mph has moved away from the Florida Keys and should make landfall on the west coast within hours. More than six million residents…

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News: Royal Caribbean International evacuates staff on-board Enchantment of the Seas

Royal Caribbean International has evacuated 1,500 employees from Miami on-board the Enchantment of the Seas vessel. A planned sailing of the ship to the Caribbean has been cancelled, with the company instead deciding to move employees to a place of safety ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Irma. The Miami-based cruise line evacuated 1,500 employees moved the people from its PortMiami buildings earlier. Royal Caribbean cancelled the regular sailing, scheduled to depart on for Friday, and offered space to employees and family at no cost. Spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez said Royal…

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'My players are not the same after the international break,' says Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho following Stoke City draw

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho blamed the international break for disrupting his team’s rhythm as they dropped points for the first time this season in a 2-2 draw at Stoke. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting fired Stoke ahead only for Marcus Rashford to level before the break. Romelu Lukaku then fired United ahead in the second half but Choupo-Moting’s second in the 63rd minute earned Stoke a point. “It was a difficult match for different reasons,” Mourinho said on BT Sport. “My players, after the international break, are not the same. “They…

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Liverpool FC news: Philippe Coutinho returns to Reds training following international break

Philippe Coutinho has returned to Liverpool training Thursday, September 7, 2017 Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho has returned to Melwood to begin training after international duty. The Brazil international is set to return to the Reds side for the first time this season having made his comeback from injury during the international break. Coutinho, who was denied a move to Barcelona this summer, had not played for Liverpool this term because of a reported back injury. But, having joined up with his national side for World Cup qualifiers, he made two…

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