London England – Reported by Elite Traveler the

first_imgLondon, England – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineWhen Inger Klein Olsen assumed command of Cunard Line’s Queen Victoria on Wednesday, 1 December 2010, she made history by becoming the venerable shipping line’s first female captain.Captain Olsen’s first task at the helm of Queen Victoria was to take the ship, without passengers, to drydock in Hamburg for its planned refit. Next Wednesday, 15 December, she will be on the bridge as the ship sets sail with a full complement of guests.Forty-three-year-old Captain Olsen was born and raised in the Faroe Islands, which accounts for her maritime abilities, and she joined Cunard in 1997 as First Officer on board Caronia. In 2001 she transferred to the Seabourn fleet, which at that time was part of Cunard. She sailed on Seabourn Sun and Seabourn Spirit before being promoted to the rank of Staff Captain on Seabourn Pride in 2003.Following some years with other companies within the Carnival Corporation group, Captain Olsen returned to Cunard in August this year as Deputy Captain of Queen Victoria.“While we are far from being the first shipping company to have a female captain, it is nonetheless noteworthy when such a long-established British institution as Cunard makes a break with its captaincy tradition,” said Peter Shanks, president of Cunard. “But as Mark Twain drily observed, ‘the folks at Cunard wouldn’t appoint Noah himself as captain until he had worked his way up through the ranks.’ Inger has certainly done that,” Shanks continued, “and we are delighted to welcome her as our first woman driver.”Olsen will helm Queen Victoria during the ship’s debut Americas season, commencing from New York to Los Angeles on 13 January. During the first 17-day voyage, the ship will call on Ft. Lauderdale and Bonaire, transit the Panama Canal, and visit three ports in Mexico – Huatulco, Acapulco and Manzanillo – before arriving into Los Angeles on 30 January. Captain Olsen will take her leave on 13 February.Queen Victoria’s Americas season continues until 18 March, and features several transits through the Panama Canal, four calls to Los Angeles, two roundtrip voyages from Los Angeles to Hawaii, and one Getaway voyage to Mexico.Captain Olsen lives in Denmark.www.cunard.comlast_img read more

Olympics France fail to hide their sour grapes over Britains golden harvest

first_imgThis article is more than 10 years old Share on LinkedIn Olympics: France fail to hide their sour grapes over Britain’s golden harvest Reuse this content George Chesterton Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. 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.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.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 need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp First published on Mon 25 Aug 2008 19.01 EDT Share on Messenger Shares00 Share via Email Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… Olympics 2008 This article is more than 10 years old Olympics 2008 Support The Guardian Topics news Share on Facebook Mon 25 Aug 2008 19.01 EDT Share on Twitter France Olympic team France are the latest country to react badly to Great Britain’s Olympic success, with a withering comment from their sports minister, Bernard Laporte. The former coach of the France rugby side took a swipe at Britain’s strategy in Beijing by saying his country would not focus their resources on “four or five” sports in order to increase their medals haul.”We aren’t just going to concentrate our means on four or five sports to bring home the medals, like the British have done,” he said, alluding to Team GB’s golds in cycling, sailing, rowing and swimming – and disregarding the fact that Britain won their 47 medals in 11 different sports.Coming after disdain in the Australian media and sarcastic comments from John Coates, the president of the Australian Olympic committee, about British success in the pool and the velodrome, it seems another of Britain’s oldest sporting rivals are experiencing a case of sour grapes at Team GB’s fourth place in the medals table and 19 golds in China.France finished 10th in the Beijing table, with seven golds, but Laporte looked forward to success at the 2012 Games in London and said that “80% of the [French] medallists will still be up for selection in 2012”. Cuba’s former president, Fidel Castro, was damning in his criticism of the officials in Beijing and claimed that corruption and racism would be rife in 2012. “[In London] there will be European chauvinism, judge corruption, buying of brawn and brains … and a strong dose of racism,” he said yesterday. The 82-year-old dictator defended the Cuban taekwondo fighter who kicked a referee in the face in Beijing, saying Angel Matos was justifiably indignant over his disqualification from the bronze-medal match after an alleged bribe offer to his coach, Leudis Gonzalez. “They had tried to buy his own coach,” Castro said. “He could not contain himself.”· This article was amended on Wednesday August 27 2008. Fidel Castro, whom we described as the president of Cuba, no longer holds that post. He has been succeeded by his brother Raúl. This has been corrected. Share on Twitter Share on Facebooklast_img read more