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Studying in the UK? Travel for less than £40 this Easter break

The UK university academic year runs from September to June with a few weeks of break for Christmas and Easter.This year, Easter falls on 21 April, and UK university students enjoy a break of up to four weeks in the name of this Christian holiday.What better way to spend this time than to jet off for some unique travel experiences?If youve got a little cash to spare, here are our top picks for return flights (from who else, but RyanAir) that cost £40 or less:

1. London to Palma de Mallorca £30Grades dont matter hereat least for a while.Source: ShutterstockIn this Mediterranean city, April is the perfect month to explore the mountains inland or head for long walks along the sun-kissed beach. In this popular paradise, you can check out the best-known route from the Torrent de Pareis Gorge from Escorca to the sea, or if youre feeling more adventurous, head to a national park located on the small, uninhabited Cabrera Islands.For beaches, you cant go wrong with Playa de Formentor and Es Trenc.

2.London to Faro £30Fasinating cultural history meets old-town charm. Source: ShutterstockFaro is the gateway to Portugals alluring south coast.The capital of the Algarve is a vibrant city that offers something for everyone. Whether your mates are into Roman ruins or the regions shellfish gastronomy and unspoiled beaches, youll find it here in this seriously underrated European travel destination.

3. London to Budapest £36Beers on wheels.Source: ShutterstockIn true Jack Whitehall-style, this is the city where you can ride a beer bike (and try Unicum liqueur), find magic at the House of Houdini and take a boat down the river Danube all within one city!

4. Edinburgh to Copenhagen £35Rides, games, musicals, ballet, concerts and more! Source: ShutterstockTivoli Gardens, the world’s second-oldest amusement park, opens again in early April after a long winter break.Get your adrenaline fix from its massive selection of rides, bask in its sumptuous architecture and relax in its gorgeous gardens. Copenhagen is also home to the oldest university and research institution in Denmark, and the second-oldest institution for higher education in Scandinavia.A visit to some of its world-class museums is also a must!

5. Manchester to Ibiza £36Source: ShutterstockApril may not be the most obvious time to go ther but with winter firmly over and summer ready to take off, its definitely one of the most beautiful times of year to visit the island.
Though less bars, restaurants, boats and even the roads will be open, this is peaceful downtime that could do a lot of good for your tired soul after all the hard work this semester.

6.Manchester to Alicante £40Sun, sea and sand. Source: Shutterstock Every student needs a rejuvenating rest once in a while.
In Alicante, youll find a good dose of this with its long stretch of white, sandy beaches to while away the hours without a care in the world. If you have major cash to splash, head to the SHA Wellness Clinic for your pick of high-tech, whole-body wellness treatments.
Kick back and relax, whatever your budget. You deserve it!

7.Birmingham to Warsaw £30 Beautiful houses on the royal road in Warsaw. Source: ShutterstockPolands intellectual centre is perfect for those looking to get their brain juices flowing.Whether youre into history (Museum of the Warsaw Uprising or Laze in Royal Łazienki Park), urban beauty (UNESCO-listed Old Town) or culture and architecture (Palace of Culture and Science), here, you can have your cake and eat it too!8.Leeds to Dublin £30One colourful and lively street you shouldnt miss.

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Solskjaer admits his demands contributing to Man Utd injury pile-up

MANCHESTER (AFP) – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes the privilege of playing for Manchester United should be about the “survival of the fittest” as he deals with a mounting injury crisis.
Solskjaer had to make three first-half substitutions during Sunday s 0-0 draw with Liverpool as Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard all hobbled off injured.The Norwegian could be without 10 players in total for Wednesday s trip to Crystal Palace and acknowledged that at least some of the muscle problems suffered by his squad may be a result of the rising physical demands he is placing on them.United s running statistics have increased significantly since Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho in December.
That has been a factor in a huge upturn in results, with 14 matches under Solskjaer bringing 11 wins and just one defeat.It s probably linked, yes, said Solskjaer.But when do you make that change? Do you wait until pre-season and think you will change results by just not asking them to run?Or do we start now and show them demands of intensity and how we want to play?The caretaker manager has made a point of getting United to play the fast-paced attacking game for which they were renowned during much of Alex Ferguson s 26-and-a-half years in charge at Old Trafford.You have seen what I have chosen, he added.
We need to play as a Manchester United team. If you want to be a part of Manchester United, it s a survival of the fittest isn t it?Solskjaer acknowledged that the physical demands of a hard-running style may take its toll on some of the more experienced members of his squad.But he stressed the importance of professionalism off the pitch, saying his players could prolong their careers.They are getting older aren t they, Juan, Nemanja (Matic), Ander.So it s about the preparation, the standards that you have to live up to on and off the pitch as a Manchester United player, and as a professional player in the Premier League.It s not just turning up, playing and training and then going home and doing all these little out-of-football activities that we have all seen too many players doing.
I m pleased with the way my lads have responded in that way, that we don t see too much of them outside football.That was a big part of my career — as long as you are a footballer and you play in the Premier League, make the most of it because suddenly you get these injuries and you are done.
Solskjaer, meanwhile, is confident that Romelu Lukaku will get himself into the right shape to rediscover his best form.The striker, who has gone 10 games without scoring, admitted in December that the muscle mass he put on to help Belgium finish third at last year s World Cup has hampered his form at club level.I can understand why, when you go to a World Cup and see the teams you play, the physicality might take over in terms of your preparation.We ask our forwards to work at a higher intensity, to run in behind, but that s what he likes, so I m sure he ll be fine.Muscle is not so difficult to get rid of. He s lean, but he s muscly.

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Man United’s best chance at next year’s Champions League is through the Premier League

In the swirl of continued happiness surrounding Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s custodianship of Manchester United, it’s easy to forget what United’s aims are for this season.
Jose Mourinho won trophies in his first year in Manchester and finished second last season before the car crash at the start of this term.As compliments flew round for the way United’s injury-hit side earned a draw at home to Liverpool on Sunday, United slipped out of the top four after Arsenal beat Southampton. If Chelsea win their game in hand, United will be back in sixth, where they were when Solskjaer took control.
The Norwegian has done exceptionally well to even be in contention for fourth, but one reason Mourinho lost his job was because the club felt he had given up on a top-four finish.Top four is vital to United’s business plan.
Players’ contracts are heavily incentivised toward Champions League football, while commercial contracts contain clauses for Europe’s top competition. There are extra TV revenues, matchday revenues too.United can justify top dollar for executive facilities against top-flight European opposition at home, but they are hard-pushed to do that in the Europa League. The three most expensive black market standard tickets for United games this season have been against Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League — and Liverpool on Sunday, when pairs of £40 tickets went for £600.
United’s gamble in 2017 on winning the Europa League to get back in the Champions League paid off. There was no such option this season; that is one reason United acted sooner than expected and sacked Mourinho in December.
They wanted to recover the season while there was still time, and one of the first things that Solskjaer said was that he intended to chase down that fourth spot. He has done that.
Finishing fourth to play in the Champions League won’t spark celebrations of the type you’ll see should United win the FA Cup in May, but it means more to the bottom line. Champions League football also is attractive to new recruits — considering the best players want to play in the best competitions — and to the players already at the club.
United, one of the three biggest clubs in the world, have not gone beyond the last eight since 2011.Manchester United have done incredibly well to reel in the top four, but can they qualify for next season’s Champions League? GettyUnited have 11 league games left for a battle for fourth spot, for even third-placed Tottenham are eight points ahead.
Six of those games are at home against Southampton, Watford, West Ham, Manchester City, Chelsea and Cardiff. Five are away, starting with Crystal Palace on Wednesday.That Selhurst Park fixture, the most awkward ground to get to for United fans, has been midweek for the past three seasons.There are matches farther away at Arsenal, Wolves, Everton and Huddersfield.The games against Arsenal and Chelsea, two teams who United have beaten away from home under the Norwegian, are key.United go into the run of games with their most serious injuries list of the season.
Solskjaer, who’ll update on those injuries on Tuesday, joked that Michael Carrick will have to consider putting his boots back on after the stable and trusted midfield three of Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba was cut to just Pogba. Juan Mata, Herrera and Jesse Lingard all limped off in a freak first half against Liverpool.
Carrick would probably get a game ahead of Fred, a £50 million footballer, United’s fourth-most-expensive signing and the seventh-most-expensive Brazilian in history, who didn’t get off the bench. If his signing raised eyebrows among players he had played with at the time, it looks positively bizarre now.
With so many injuries, Solskjaer hinted that younger players would get a chance against Palace. Scott McTominay does little to excite fans, but he is a dependable youth product who played well in the sun against Liverpool.
The talented Andreas Pereira, who had dreadful matches against Brighton and Burnley, did likewise.The heavily depleted team put in a dogged performance against the league leaders and showed a courage and spirit that was absent when they last met in December, but these players need to take their chances when they get them.
Palace, who beat Leicester 4-1 away on Saturday, are in form too. Like United, they’re also in the FA Cup sixth round.
They held United to a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford in November, one of the low points of the Mourinho era, but they’ll be vengeful at home after leading the equivalent fixture 2-0 last season at half-time but losing 3-2 after Matic’s last-minute winner.United fans have to do their bit.
They were excellent in London last week at Chelsea, which was to be expected, given the strength of the away support; but they also were superb at home to Liverpool on Sunday, roaring their support because they knew it was needed. Liverpool at home also saw the best atmosphere last season.It’s a game between the two biggest teams in England, and United fans would delight in Liverpool not winning a first league title since 1990.It wasn’t pretty, but United stopped the best Liverpool teams in years from creating — not that Liverpool have looked like they’ve got a title win in them judging by their performances in 2019.
David De Gea, who kept his 100th clean sheet in the Premier League, was barely troubled by their ineffective front three. Luke Shaw, one of United’s best players, had Mohamed Salah under control at all times.
Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof again put in solid shifts in central defence.And what was Jurgen Klopp on about sounding unnerved because United lost three key players before the break? His side should have exploited that as ruthlessly as Real Madrid did when United had Nani sent off in 2013.That’s what winners do.United fans must do their bit at home if they’re to be worthy of more of the compliments lavished on them by the players after Sunday.
Those fans were disappointing at home to PSG.Liverpool were dispirited on Sunday, but as their 3,000 travelling fans sang after the match, they’re top of the league.
They’re also 14 points clear of United and better placed in the Champions League.Of course, United could reach the Champions League next season by winning it this season, first by coming back from a 2-0 deficit against PSG next Wednesday in Paris.
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Pulwama Terror Attack: How will it impact India vs Pakistan cricket?

The Pulwama terror attack resulted in the death of 42 CRPF personnelIndia and Pakistan’s cricketing ties have been strained ever since 2008 Mumbai Terror attacks.India and Pakistan will square off in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in Manchester.
The Pulwama terror attack is the bloodiest attack on India’s security forces ever since the terror attack in Uri in 2016. At least 42 CRPF personnel were killed when their vehicle was blown up by an improvised explosive device or IED explosion on the Srinagar-Jammu highway in the Awantipora area of the district.
The attack has angered the people of India, with many sporting personalities venting their anger out on . The likes of Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Yogeshwar Dutt, Sushil Kumar, Bajrang Punia, Saina Nehwal and others all offered their condolences.
Gambhir, who retired from all forms of cricket recently and has been vocal on a lot of issues, went one step further stating, Yes, let’s talk with the separatists. Yes, let’s talk with Pakistan.
But this time conversation can’t be on the table, it has to be in a battle ground. Enough is enough.
Gambhir’s aggressive tone is nothing surprising. After any terror attack by Pakistan on Indian soil, a pattern emerges in the aftermath.
There is widespread condemnation on social media, Bollywood and sports personalities vent their anger out on , channels show debates and there are visuals of ordinary citizens calling out for revenge against Pakistan while there is renewed call for tough military action against Pakistan. The 2016 terror attacks in Uri, which resulted in the death of 18 soldiers of the Indian Army, strained the relationship even further.
Priority is to expose Pak as country which sponsors terrorism. No question of playing cricket with such a nation, the-then BCCI president Anurag Thakur had said about cricketing ties.
Pulwama Terror Attack: Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag and India’s sporting stars vent angerVirat Kohli slammed for ‘insensitive’ tweet over Pulwama terror attackPulwama Terror Attack: Stand by our Indian friends during this difficult hour, says IsraelToo much at stakeThis is the year of the ICC Cricket World Cup and India will play Pakistan in Manchester on June 16. It is THE marquee match of the tournament.
There is plenty of pride at stake for cricketing fans of both nations. There is plenty riding financially for the International Cricket Council (ICC) and for world cricket.
Will Pulwama be the final full stop in India vs Pakistan cricketing relations? Will India go the extra mile and boycott the game against Pakistan in Manchester due to the attacks in Pulwama? The answer is NO.For all the bluster shown by the Indian public when it comes to taking revenge on Pakistan for a terror attack, they become awkwardly silent when it comes to an India vs Pakistan cricket match.
Keep politics away from sports. The players are not responsible for this situation.
This is the common mantra related by many individuals when it comes to a sporting contest. Sports are beyond politics.
It is often stated that sports individuals are soft targets for the policies of a state.The sad part is that the anger and bluster shown by the Indian fan will fizz out when it comes to the World Cup encounter.
The people who head the game will not want to jeopardise a massive money-making opportunity. The cricket fans’ will conveniently forget all the pain and talks about revenge to don the tri-colour and cheer for the team when they defeat Pakistan.
The government will conveniently not want to interfere. Since it is election season, the Pulwama attack could potentially be used as an election sop.
The sporting issue will just endure another year of stalemate.Will India follow England’s lead and not play a league game in the Cricket World Cup like they did in 2003? In 2003, England’s players faced plenty of domestic pressure to boycott their game in Harare, Zimbabwe over the atrocities’ committed by the Robert Mugabe regime at that time.
The boycott resulted in England’s early elimination but they held on. Although atrocities and terrorism are a different dynamic, this falls under the prism of morality.
For people who say keep politics away from sport, they conveniently forget about how sporting isolation played a small but significant part in the downfall of apartheid in South Africa.The anger and calls for revenge are at fever pitch and will endure for a couple of days on social media.

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