‘Shining’ Bihar has no place for sports

first_imgBihar is in the fast lane of development. Nowhere is it more perceptible than in the state capital. Shopping malls, multiplexes, food plazas, and showrooms of branded clothes, designer jewellery and swanky cars have come up everywhere in no time.But one struggles to find any sports complex or playground in good condition in the midst of the concrete jungle that Patna has become today.About 100 players, including girls, recently assembled to play soccer at the busiest intersection in the city to register their symbolic protest over shrinking space for sportspersons. Their protest sought to highlight the fact that Patna has witnessed the mushrooming of multi-story apartments in all parts of the city, but no sports complex or good playground has come up for the players anywhere in recent times.Patna’s premier Moinul Haq Stadium is out of bounds for the average youngster. It remains in a pitiable state these days with garbage dumped on the plot earmarked for the construction of an astro-turf stadium for hockey. Other stadia in the city are in worse condition.In short, the city remains awfully short of playgrounds for budding players. The historical Gandhi Maidan remains the only breathing space in the heart of the city, but that too is being developed under a beautification drive by the district administration. The ground has not been the venue of any major sports event in recent times. Most of the time, its space is occupied for organising political rallies, brain-storming seminars, handicraft or book fairs.advertisementOld timers recall that certain portion of the historic Maidan used to be reserved throughout the year as practice ground for football players. Every evening, local players would hone their skills and draw a large number of spectators to the ground. But the sprawling Maidan no longer sees any competition between the local football teams.It is really difficult to find a proper playground in the state capital today. Even popular schools cannot boast of good fields of their own. Some of them, in fact, operate from rented houses with no provision for students to participate in outdoor sports. The old government schools with huge playgrounds have fallen on bad times with no resources of their own for proper upkeep. Other getaways such as local sports clubs are beyond the reach of the common man.The Nitish Kumar government has beautified most of the parks in the city in the past few months. Several parks which had turned into veritable garbage- dumping grounds over the years have been decked up with neon lights and water fountains. But they are of no use for cricket, hockey or football players who need bigger space.In any case, their number is far too inadequate in a city with a population of more than 20 lakh.The state government is constructing a state-of-the-art stadium in the Kankarbagh locality. But it is taking an inordinately long time to be completed.The government has also given the go- ahead for the construction of a stadium in every block of the state and tried to improve the scenario by offering jobs to the sportspersons who excel at the national and international level.But it needs to ensure that youngsters living in each part of the state get access to good playgrounds near their homes. After all, it does not need to invest much in developing the playareas.The government should also make it mandatory for builders to leave ample space for sporting activities such as badminton and table tennis within the premises of apartment buildings.Bihar has not been able to make a mark in any sport at the national level over the years. Its record has become particularly dismal since the creation of Jharkhand. It is not difficult to figure out why.The state has no dearth of sporting talent but players need proper infrastructure to grow. The state government should give the players their due and include sports in its agenda for inclusive growth.Why is it a crime to go to the cyber cafe?Patna policemen nab a number of girls at a cyber cafe in the city.Patna’s youngsters are a harried lot these days. The Patna Police have launched a crackdown on the city’s cyber cafes and restaurants following complaints about their involvement in shady activities.The police said some cyber cafes and restaurants were running sex rackets by providing small cubicles to young couples. They also claimed to have seized items such as condoms and massage creams.The state government has justified the action but the parents of several youngsters have hit out at the cops for playing self- styled moral police. Some of them said their children had gone to the cyber cafes to download forms for an examination when the police raided them.advertisementThe exasperated parents want the city police to get the dubious cabins inside the cyber cafes and restaurants demolished rather than harassing the youth in the name of sex rackets.last_img read more

Sports Wrap: De Villiers reveals success matra, IPL blockbuster tonight and more

first_imgDe Villiers reveals success mantra after smashing recordsAB de Villiers tagged along with skipper Virat Kohli and put up a record 229-run stand to keep Royal Challengers Bangalore alive in the race for the playoffs.Sunrisers Hyderabad face Kings XI Punjab with eye on play-offsTable toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad will aim to seal their Indian Premier League play-off berth when they take on a rejuvenated Kings XI Punjab at the Punjab Association Stadium on Sunday.Delhi take on Mumbai Indians as race to play-offs heats upFresh from a comeback win over Sunrisers Hyderabad, a confident Delhi Daredevils will aim to seal their place in the play-offs when they take on an inconsistent Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League on Sunday.Gonzalo Higuain breaks 66-year Serie A goal recordGonzalo Higuain notched a hat-trick in Napoli’s 4-0 home win over already-relegated Frosinone on Saturday to break Gunnar Nordahl’s 66-year record for most goals in a Serie A season. The Argentina striker ended the campaign on 36 goals, surpassing the mark set by Swede Nordahl for AC Milan in 1949-50.Zlatan Ibrahimovic sets PSG goal record in final French league gamelatan Ibrahimovic set a record for league goals in a single season by a Paris Saint-Germain player. Playing his last game at PSG’s home ground in the final round, Ibrahimovic moved to 38 league goals, ahead of Carlos Bianchi, who managed 37 in 1977-78. Josip Skoblar holds the all-time record of 44 league goals in 1970-71 for Marseille.last_img read more

RJio to soon launch LYF Wind 4 at Rs 6,799

first_imgChennai, May 20 (PTI) Gearing up to kick-start 4G services this year, telecom operator Reliance Jio would soon introduce entry-level handset LYF Wind 4 priced at Rs 6,799.The dual SIM phone, equipped with 4,000mAH battery, comes with 1GB RAM and 8GB internal memory. It has a Digital DTS Surround technology, a five inch LCD display, Reliance Jio said in a statement.The phone sports an 8 MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera and provides high definition voice calling over (VoLTE) Voice Over Long Term Evolution facility.4G telecom operator Reliance Jio recently opened up its services for general public on trial basis but a person will be able to buy its SIM only after getting invite from employees of Reliance Industries group firms.The LYF handset are currently available in the price range of Rs 5,599 to Rs 19,499.Brokerage firm CLSA had recently said Reliance Retails LYF smartphone could become a USD 1 billion brand in 2016-17 and corner a market share of about 7 per cent. PTI VIJ APR ABKlast_img read more

ISL: Bengaluru FC stretch unbeaten run after 1-1 draw vs NorthEast United FC

first_imgBengaluru FCs unbeaten start to the Indian Super League (ISL) remained intact after a dramatic 1-1 draw against NorthEast United FC at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium here on Wednesday.After a tightly-contested first half, Eelco Schattorie’s side took the lead through Federico Gallego (64th minute). However, a late acrobatic effort from Bhutanese striker Chencho Gyeltshen ensured a point for Bengaluru.The result sees Bengaluru FC preserve their four-point advantage over NorthEast United at the top of the table.The first chance fell for the home side when Lalthathanga Khawlring threaded a through ball for Redeem Tlang but the latter’s shot was just about kept out by an onrushing goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu.From the ensuing corner, Bartholomew Ogbeche, who was under pressure from Xisco Hernandez, managed to head it straight at the Bengaluru custodian.It was a scrappy game with both teams struggling to dominate the midfield. While Pawan Kumar in goal looked shaky each time the ball was played to his feet, the visitors survived a couple of close offside calls against Ogbeche at the other end.The first half saw two shots on target from the home side and just one for the away team.Carles Cuadrat changed the way his side lined-up after the break with Harmanjot Khabra moving to the right-back position with Rahul Bheke on the opposite flank.But it was NorthEast who had a chance when Ogbeche and Rowllin Borges combined with the former sending a cross into the box which was cleared by Eric Paartalu straight into the hands of the Bengaluru custodian.advertisementThe breakthrough eventually came in the 64th minute as Federico Gallego found a way past the Bengaluru defence. Ogbeche played a ball to the left when Gallego was left in a lot of space. He sidestepped Albert Serran to slot it home as the ball took a deflection off Gurpreet to find its way in.In the 66th minute, Bengaluru couldn’t clear their lines and Gurpreet had to come off his to clear the ball. However, he fouled Ogbeche in the process and earned a yellow card. From the ensuing free-kick, Ogbeche’s effort was blocked as Bengaluru survived yet another scare.Cuadrat immediately substituted Serran and brought in Chencho in order to bolster their attack. However, it was Schattorie’s team who looked threatening every time they ventured into the opposition half.Bengaluru came close in the 88th minute when Khabra’s cross was chested down by Xisco for Chencho and the Bhutanese striker’s shot sailed over.However, Chencho wasn’t going to be denied for the second time as his acrobatic kick after getting on the end of a Chhetri header helped his side find the equaliser.Also Watch:last_img read more

Goal-shy Ronaldo relaxed – Zidane

first_imgReal Madrid Ronaldo relaxed despite goalscoring woes, says Zidane Matt Dorman Last updated 2 years ago 03:25 24/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Getty Images Real Madrid Primera División Cristiano Ronaldo Zinédine Zidane Deportivo Alavés v Real Madrid Deportivo Alavés The Portugal forward drew a blank once more despite peppering Alaves’ net with shots, but his coach has faith that the goals will come Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has no concerns over Cristiano Ronaldo’s form despite the forward failing to score for a second straight match on Saturday.The champions bounced back from their shock midweek loss to Real Betis by seeing off Deportivo Alaves 2-1, courtesy of Dani Ceballos’ double.Real 7/2 to win Champions League Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Madrid’s victory would have been more comfortable had Ronaldo not hit the post twice in his second La Liga outing of the season, with the 32-year-old having now mustered 18 shots without finding the net in the top flight in 2017-18.The Portugal star also cut a frustrated figure in the 1-0 defeat to Betis but Zidane insists there is little cause for panic.18 – Cristiano Ronaldo has attempted 18 shots in La Liga, the most for a player without scoring this season. Obsession pic.twitter.com/ARhXVltwmw — OptaJose (@OptaJose) September 23, 2017 “When you do not score, you are frustrated. But Ronaldo is calm,” he said at his post-match news conference.”He wants to score and he had the chances to do so. In the end, we always know he will make a difference eventually.”Alaves looked set to extend Madrid’s patchy start to the season when captain Manu Garcia equalised before the break, but Ceballos quickly responded with his second to help secure just a third win in six league matches. 10′ @DaniCeballos46  43′ @DaniCeballos46 #RMLiga pic.twitter.com/iPCkcdg2sv — Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) September 23, 2017 Zidane hailed Ceballos’ attitude and promised further first-team chances for the 21-year-old midfielder.”I am very happy for the player, as he is ready to play and did very well today getting both goals,” he said.”I am happy for him because he is a boy who wants to learn and he will have more opportunities.”More than just the goals, he has played a great game.”last_img read more

Martin O’Neill is in the managerial elite even if a top job eludes him

first_imgcomment Republic of Ireland Share on Twitter The point is there are all sorts of ways to win a football match. O’Neill won the European Cup for a side whose backs-to-the-wall operation against Hamburg in the 1980 final was denounced in the German press as “Blitzkrieg football” and described by Brian Glanville in the Sunday Times as “tactical cowardice”. Do you think Clough cared when he had the trophy on top of his television? And would you imagine O’Neill will worry about the unrealistic snobbery if he makes it to Russia next summer with one of the least distinguished groups of Irish players for some time?For now, O’Neill’s CV is the best response. It always was. Robertson remembers what his mate was like in the world of insurance. “By his own admission, Martin’s knowledge of the financial services we were trying to sell was not the best. But he came across as though he knew the business inside out.”Lack of care over caretaker MackayWhen Malky Mackay showed that some football people appeared to be using the kind of terminology you might ordinarily hear on the repeats of Mind Your Language (apart from the fact no television channel dares show them these days), it was probably reasonable to assume that a man in that position would not be managing his country barely three years later.That doesn’t mean Mackay should have been ostracised for ever, if he can show he has fixed his personality, gone through all the educational courses and is genuinely remorseful for the text messages that came to light in 2014, rather than just being sorry about the impact on his career. Kick it Out was among the groups who backed his return to football. Show Racism the Red Card was another – and fair enough. It would have ended his career in many professions. But a footballer would not be thrown out of the sport for that kind of offence, so why should a manager?All the same, it doesn’t sit easily that Mackay will lead out Scotland in their next game, against Holland, and I cannot help feel that the Scottish FA, searching for a replacement for Gordon Strachan, might have found someone else to take the job in a caretaker capacity.True, that might not fall in line with the idea of giving Mackay another chance and, fair enough, it is difficult to bring someone back into the sport and then attach conditions that they have to remain in the background, or not do too well for themselves too quickly. Yet it still doesn’t sit well and I doubt I am alone in thinking that the football authorities, both sides of the border, have treated him very obligingly, to say the least.The Scottish FA appointed him as its performance director last December whereas its English counterparts spent 11 months investigating the relevant text messages, speaking to 27 witnesses in the process, before concluding they were not worthy of disciplinary measures, on the basis they were sent “with a legitimate expectation of privacy”. Don’t be fooled into thinking Mackay has served his punishment; there was never any punishment bar the damage to his reputation.Celebration a bad advert for CahillYou have to admire Tim Cahill’s powers of endurance in the week that the Australia international, not far off turning 38, scored a record 50th goal for his country, ending Syria’s hopes of reaching the World Cup and booking a play-off against Honduras to qualify for next summer’s tournament.But then comes the explanation why he abandoned his usual goal celebration, namely to run to the corner flag for a quick bout of shadow boxing, and chose instead to mimic a plane before forming the letter T with his hands and holding it long enough to make sure the cameras caught the moment. “Did you catch Tim Cahill, our new brand ambassador, doing the ‘T’ after he scored the winning goal last night? Congratulations Tim!” read the now deleted post from the travel company that he was apparently plugging.No free publicity here but, yes, the company’s name begins with a T and it is not a wild assumption to suspect Cahill might have earned a few quid in the process. Call me small-minded, but I will probably be supporting Honduras in the play‑offs. O’Neill faced down the makings of a dressing-room mutiny and transformed a second-tier team in such an invigorating way the people of Leicester, pre-2016, could have been forgiven for wondering whether it would ever get any better. There were four top-10 finishes after securing promotion with virtually the final kick of O’Neill’s first season, in the 1996 play-off final. His team reached three League Cup finals, winning two, and lifted their first silverware since 1964. They went to Anfield four times, won three and drew the other.Everyone remembers Dennis Bergkamp’s improvisational brilliance for his hat-trick goal at Leicester in August 1997. What tends to be forgotten is that it came in the third minute of stoppages and O’Neill’s team still found the time to conjure up the final goal of a 3-3 draw. Bergkamp left the pitch that night shaking his head in disbelief and that, in a nutshell, was the O’Neill effect. In all the years since, it is difficult to recall more than a handful of teams with such a spirit of togetherness.It certainly wasn’t a surprise to see Ireland qualifying, at the expense of Wales, for a place in Tuesday’s draw for the World Cup play-offs and there have been so many other examples of O’Neill’s expertise in the interim years it does feel slightly unfair, perhaps, that he has never been given a chance to manage one of the Premier League’s elite clubs.It tends to be forgotten, for example, that there was once a time when O’Neill was the overwhelming favourite to take over from Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. O’Neill was managing Celtic at the time, where he won seven trophies and reached the Uefa Cup final, and the Manchester press corps still talk about the 2003 press conference before the two teams played a pre-season fixture in Seattle. When O’Neill was asked about replacing Ferguson he answered with great diplomacy bearing in mind the man himself was directly to his left. Yet the journalist who asked the question was already feeling a pair of Glaswegian eyes boring into his skull. “Don’t worry about him,” Ferguson whispered to O’Neill, quietly enough not to be heard by his audience but loud enough to be picked up by the tapes. Ferguson always sounded extra Glaswegian and talked a little bit quicker when his temper had been roused. “Aye, he’s a fucking prick.”All good fun. The problem for O’Neill if he did fancy that job was that Ferguson – “The Man Who Couldn’t Retire,” as the Daily Telegraph called him – stayed for another 10 years and when United did finally need a new manager, in May 2013, it was two months after “Squire”, as he is still known by his old Nottingham Forest team-mates (a nod to his university background), had been sacked for the only time in his career. Even the most accomplished managers tend to have one club on their CV where it goes wrong. For O’Neill, his spell in the managerial wasteland of Sunderland came at the worst possible time.What is more surprising, perhaps, is that his four years at Aston Villa are not remembered more fondly by their supporters. Villa finished 11th, up from 16th, in his first campaign and then sixth in each of O’Neill’s last three seasons at the club, qualifying for Europe and, in 2010, reaching a Wembley final. They improved their points total every season and in his second campaign they scored more times, 71, than they had since winning the league a quarter of a century before. The 1980-81 team managed 72 – but that was over 42 games, not 38.The call won’t come now, though. O’Neill recently agreed a two-year extension to his contract with Ireland. He will be 68 when it expires and he might just have to accept that some of the elite clubs could be put off by his team’s lack of artistic merit.Equally, take a close look at the squad before questioning why Ireland don’t pass the ball more elegantly. Eighteen of the players O’Neill called up for the Wales game were from teams in the Championship, whereas only 11 came from top-division clubs. Of those, only three played for teams that finished in the top half of the Premier League last season. Where Roy Keane once patrolled, it is now David Meyler of Hull City. For Robbie Keane, it is Daryl Murphy of Nottingham Forest. James McClean is now probably Ireland’s best player. He will run until he drops and his goal against Wales was taken beautifully – but, as wingers go, he is hardly in the class of Liam Brady. Or even Damien Duff. Is it any wonder the opposition often have more of the ball? Martin O’Neill’s contract extension raises stakes for Republic of Ireland Read more Sportblog Share on LinkedIn Martin O’Neill Republic of Ireland’s Martin O’Neill: ‘We had to come here to win in Cardiff’ – video Blink, and you might have missed the part Shepshed Charterhouse, in the puddles and potholes of the Northern Premier League, played in the professional life of Martin O’Neill, back in the days when aspiring managers were prepared to start at the bottom and learn the hard way.O’Neill’s first steps in management were actually with Grantham Town, grubbing around for points in the then Beazer Homes League, Midlands Division, a couple of rungs below the Conference. O’Neill arranged the deal at a bed-and-breakfast on the A52 and had a five-year plan in place until he ended up falling out with the chairman and, still in situ, found his job being advertised in the Nottingham Evening Post. Shepshed were next but O’Neill’s time at the Dovecote was distinguished only by how quickly he came and went. The unofficial website for what is now Shepshed Dynamo summed it up rather neatly: “1989 – July – appointed Martin O’Neill as manager. October – sacked Martin O’Neill as manager. Wonder what became of him.”In fact, O’Neill was not sacked and the truth makes for an even better story. O’Neill, like many ex-pros of that time, had been embarking on a career in insurance, working in the offices of Save & Prosper while his old pal and team-mate, John Robertson, his No2 at Shepshed, was out on the road trying to drum up business. It is a situation that could never happen now: two European Cup winners adjusting to a nine-to-five office job. The problem was combining that with trying to run a football team. “On one occasion we were almost late getting to a midweek match against Frickley Colliery in south Yorkshire,” Robertson recalls. It was obvious it could not continue that way and O’Neill gave up Shepshed to concentrate on Save & Prosper.It is a great story bearing in mind what we know now, almost 30 years on, about his list of achievements, most recently as manager of the Republic of Ireland, the conveyor belt of players who speak about him in awe and the unmistakable sense, more than anything, that they will give absolutely everything they have to get his approval.It reminds me of the way Robertson used to talk about the European nights at Nottingham Forest, feeling 10 feet tall every time Brian Clough leant out of the dugout to make a little circle, meaning perfection, with his index finger and thumb. For a manager, it is a precious and rare gift.My first professional dealings with O’Neill came at Leicester City – the club where, I always maintain, he put together his most outstanding work. O’Neill had taken over in the same week that I had moved to the city and, as a young agency reporter putting out the old rotary-dial telephones in the pressbox, it was a marvel to see, up‑close, how much the players and fans at Filbert Street disliked him when he took over and how, by the end, he had the entire city dancing to his tune. Play Video Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger 1:20 Topics Share via Email Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Amendments Introduced to Engineering Profession Act

first_imgAmendments to the Engineering Profession Act introduced today, Sept. 18, will create a more modern and comprehensive complaint and disciplinary process and speed up the process of recognizing engineers from out of province who want to practice in Nova Scotia. “We are pleased to work with Engineers Nova Scotia, to support the more than 5,000 professional engineers and engineers-in-training, practicing in Nova Scotia or on Nova Scotia projects,” said Justice Minister Ross Landry. “We fully endorse their efforts to support the professional practices of their membership.” The amendments will also provide for a mandatory professional development program and approve the adoption of an updated and gender neutral code of ethics. These changes were requested by Engineers Nova Scotia.last_img read more

Ambati Rayudu A career that never really took off

first_imgNew Delhi: A career that almost always fell apart after promising to fall into place — Ambati Rayudu will be remembered as someone who could not live up to his rare cricketing talent, undone by a mercurial demeanour that often led to run-ins with authorities. His cricketing journey ended abruptly on Wednesday after a heart-breaking and baffling World Cup snub. In his mail to the BCCI, the usually outspoken Rayudu chose not to blame anyone and instead thanked the captains he played under. Also Read – Balakot strikes show major shift in govt’s handling of terror attacks: IAF chief Considering his temperamental persona, the 33-year-old’s retirement did not come as a shock after Mayank Agarwal replaced the injured Vijay Shankar in the Indian team ahead of Rayudu despite the Hyderabad cricketer being in the list of reserves. Rayudu saw more downs and ups in his chequered career comprising 55 ODIs and six T20s. Many touted him as the next big thing in Indian cricket when he made his first-class debut as a 16-year-old. He made waves the following Ranji Trophy season, 2002-03, when amassing 698 runs including a double century and a century in the same match against Andhra Pradesh. It seemed things were falling into place when he captained India to the U-19 World Cup semifinals in Bangladesh. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps, 20 launch pads along LoC However, an inconsistent run with the bat in the next couple of seasons and constant run-ins with Hyderabad coaches and officials adversely affected his career-graph. His life took a tumultuous turn when as a 21-year-old, he opted to play in the unsanctioned Indian Cricket League. At that stage, it seemed Rayudu’s dream to play for India will remain unfulfilled with the ICL deal but he was back in the BCCI fold after he accepted its amnesty offer. He rose to prominence once again with stellar performances for Mumbai Indians in the IPL and at the age of 27, finally made his India debut in Zimbabwe in 2013, scoring an unbeaten 63 at Harare. Between 2014-15, he represented India in 27 ODIs before making a comeback to play three games the following year. He was even in the 2015 World Cup squad but did not get a game. A second wind in his international career came in 2018 when he was picked for the Asia Cup where he had a decent outing, including two fiftys. The following home series against the West Indies fetched him high returns and it started to look like India have finally locked on their number four. One of his most memorable knocks came in New Zealand earlier this year, a 90 in a winning cause, showing that he could also deliver against the bigger teams. However, just when he thought he had done enough to secure his World Cup spot, runs deserted him in the home rubber against Australia, India’s last before the mega event in the UK. In the end, selectors picked the “three-dimensional” Shankar, who was nowhere in the picture six months ago, over Rayudu. Rayudu, who fought with authorities all through his career, was left heart-broken but he did not confront anyone this time and vent out all his frustration with the no famous ‘3D’ tweet that went viral on social media. Some would argue that he could still continue but keeping in mind India’s deep feeder line, Rayudu would have found it tough to remain relevant. Eventually it turned out be an ironical ending for Rayudu who had called time on his first-class career in December last year to focus on the shorter formats.last_img read more

Celebrity Shoe Auction To Benefit Small Steps Project

first_imgThe Small Steps Project team has been swamped by stars falling over themselves to give up their shoes for their annual celebrity shoe auction – and they are thrilled to announce they now have over 100 pairs.2013 is their best collection yet, with A-listers from both sides of the Atlantic eager to take small steps. It all kicked off at Glastonbury with rocking shoe donations from and The Rolling Stones, Professor Green, Kenny Rogers and Rita Ora.Tennis season served up some aces from Wimbledon players Roger Federer, Tim Henman, Andy Murray, Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal.From the catwalks of London and Paris Fashion Weeks shoes flew in from Vivienne Westwood, Naomi Campbell, Helena Christensen, Natalia Vodianova, Twiggy and regular donor Kate Moss.Visit their Celebrity Shoe Donor page to see all of the celebrities who are taking part including Kate Winslet, Eminem, Elton John, Sienna Miller, George Clooney, Noel and Liam Gallagher, Florence Welch, Brian May, Kiefer Sutherland, Mark Ronson, Rachel Weisz, Ewan McGregor, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger, Taylor Swift, Chris Martin, Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie and Madonna.The Small Steps Project’s mission is to deliver shoes, aid and medical care to children surviving on rubbish dumps all over the world.The auction runs from Dec 5 – 15, and can be accessed here.last_img read more

Nine Pakistanis killed in New Zealand terror attacks: Pak FO

first_imgIslamabad: Nine Pakistani nationals have been killed in the terror attack on two Christchurch mosques in New Zealand, authorities here said on Sunday. At least 50 worshippers were killed on Friday in attacks on the Al Noor Mosque in central Christchurch and the Linwood Mosque in the city’s outer suburb, in what appeared to be the worst attack on Muslims in a western country. Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal said that the number of dead rose to nine after three more persons were confirmed dead by the New Zealand authorities. “A total of 9 Pakistanis were killed in New Zealand terror attack,’ he said. Faisal said on Saturday that six Pakistanis were confirmed as dead while three were still missing. Prime Minister Imran Khan extended support to the families and also announced to award a Pakistani who tried to tackle the attacker but was killed. “Pakistan is proud of Mian Naeem Rashid who was killed trying to tackle the White Supremacist terrorist & his courage will be recognised with a national award,’ he tweeted. Earlier, foreign secretary Tehmina Janjua telephonically spoke to New Zealand’s Tehran-based ambassador who is also accredited to Pakistan ambassador Hamish McMaster. Faisal said that she “conveyed condolences on tragic loss of life in the terrorist attack in Christchurch and requested for facilitation in assisting families of affected Pakistanis.” The 28-year-old gunman, identified Brenton Tarrant, live-streamed footage of himself going room-to-room, victim to victim, shooting the wounded from close range as they struggled to crawl away. The attack has shocked New Zealanders, who are used to seeing around 50 murders a year in the entire country of 4.8 million and pride themselves on living in a secure and welcoming place. Police warned Muslims all over the country not to visit mosques anywhere in New Zealand in the wake of the Christchurch attacks.last_img read more

Colombia must sustain recent steps on human rights development – Ban Kimoon

In his message to the Third International Conference on Colombia, held in Bogotá, Mr. Ban said recent progress in both the human rights and development fields “signal Colombia’s resurgence from years of conflict” and pledged to strengthen United Nations support of these efforts. The demobilization of the United Self-Defence Forces of Colombia, a paramilitary group, had helped to dampen violence, while confessions by paramilitary leaders of crimes committed “have brought a degree of closure for victims,” he noted. “And the Government’s ratification of the Ottawa Convention on landmines signalled a renewed push against such deadly and indiscriminate weapons.” The Secretary-General also welcomed the passage of legislation on the rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs), who are legion after decades of conflict between Government forces, paramilitary groups and rebels. But he said that victims of paramilitary violence need greater security and protection so that they feel able to participate in the Justice and Peace Law process, which aims to bring a measure of reconciliation. The country’s ratification of the Ottawa Convention banning landmines “must be supported by real steps on the ground,” he said, calling for a halt to their use by illegal armed groups. Mr. Ban also called for Colombia’s most vulnerable citizens, including its indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities, to receive more focus and resources so they can fully engage in society. The message was delivered on Mr. Ban’s behalf by Angela Kane, the Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs. Today’s conference brings together members of the international community as well as Colombian society to map out to help the country. 30 November 2007Colombia has taken encouraging steps towards establishing peace and security across the country but these measures must be sustained and reinforced over the next few years if they are to have any lasting effect in the Latin American country, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. read more

Industrial fire on Henry Street in Brantford

GALLERY: Fire at North West Rubber in Brantford A smoke plume rises from North West Rubber at 321 Henry Street on Sunday June 9, 2019 in… Email A smoke plume rises from North West Rubber at 321 Henry Street on Sunday June 9, 2019 in… Share Fire at North West Rubber in Brantford Pinterest A smoke plume rises from North West Rubber at 321 Henry Street on Sunday June 9, 2019 in… Reddit Tumblr A smoke plume rises from North West Rubber at 321 Henry Street on Sunday June 9, 2019 in… Stacks of rubber mats on skids burn in the yard at North West Rubber, located at 321 Henry Street… LinkedIn A smoke plume rises from North West Rubber at 321 Henry Street on Sunday June 9, 2019 in… A smoke plume rises from North West Rubber at 321 Henry Street on Sunday June 9, 2019 in… Fire crews responded to a fire at North West Rubber on Henry Street in Brantford on June 8, 2019. The fire was contained to outside the building where several rubber mats were stored. Stacks of rubber mats on skids burn in the yard at North West Rubber, located at 321 Henry Street… 1/6 Google Plus A stubborn pall of black smoke hovered over Brantford Sunday after a compound filled with recycled rubber matting caught fire at an industrial site off Wayne Gretzky Parkway.The fire occurred early Sunday morning in an outdoor storage area at North West Rubber located at 321 Henry Street between Middleton Street and Adams Boulevard.Brantford and Brant County firefighters responded with aerial trucks and took advantage of the numerous hydrants in the industrial area.Despite pouring enormous amounts of water on the fire, thick black smoke emanated from the property throughout the day. The plume was reminiscent of the Hagersville Tire Fire of 1990 and was visible as far south as the Waterford area in Norfolk County.Mid-afternoon Sunday – with black smoke continuing to pour from the site — firefighters brought in an excavator to separate the piles and expose the hot-spots each in their turn.“What’s burning are pallets and rubber,” Brantford deputy fire chief Todd Binkley said in a phone interview. “We’re having trouble extinguishing it because of how everything is stacked.“We’re going to have to get some product separation so we can get at it with our foam, yes.”Chemicals are mixed with tanker water to produce the foam. Foam is used when firefighters are confronted with a blaze that needs to be smothered.There was no immediate word of cause or the extent of the damage. Binkley said no firefighters were injured or suffered ill effects from the battle. Henry Street was closed in the area of the fire for the duration of the response.The fire occurred in the ward of Brantford City Coun. Richard Carpenter. Around noon Sunday, Carpenter said firefighters had the situation under control despite black smoke billowing from the property.“North West Rubber has never had a problem before in the city,” Carpenter said.“Our fire department is at the scene and they are very diligent at what they do. They are very well prepared for this.”People were told to stay away from the area.“Residents and businesses in the area are advised to close windows and avoid smoke as a precaution. MOE (Ministry of the Environment) has been notified for air-quality monitoring. Avoid the area,” Brantford fire officials said in a social media post.The city also advised residents in the area to not use their HVAC systems.Later on Sunday, the city said businesses in the area were “encouraged to evacuate.”Contaminants found in the plume were “well below the Ministry’s emergency screening values for public exposure,” said a media release.“Therefore, at the levels currently measured the MOE does not anticipate health impacts to the public from short-term exposure to the plume from the fire.”The MOE will continue to monitor air quality on Monday.As for the properties downwind, homes and businesses catching the fumes had the misfortune of having the fire occur on a day when the breeze was blowing from east to west.Instead of the smoke heading in the direction of Hamilton like it would on a normal day in June, it headed instead in the direction of Paris and Burford.An environmental worker at the scene said the fire was confined to an outdoor storage area. The witness said firefighters were working hard to prevent the flames from infiltrating adjacent buildings.Brantford Mayor Kevin Davis received periodic updates on the situation throughout the day. He was non-committal when asked if it was a good idea to let industries store large amounts of flammable, toxic materials within city limits when they are extremely difficult to extinguish.“I don’t intend to speculate until I know all the facts,” Davis said Sunday afternoon. “If there is an issue, I intend to pursue it further with provincial authorities.”North West Rubber’s website says the company was established in 1968.The company “owns and operates manufacturing facilities in British Columbia, Ontario, China and Texas,” the website says. “The markets that NWR serves today include agriculture, recreational flooring, commercial flooring, playground, pet, construction, industrial, traffic safety, marine, solar, manufacturing and landscaping.”North West Rubber derives its raw materials from discarded old tires among other sources.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com @BrantfordFire are battling a #fire at Northwest Rubber #Brantford. The company manufactures rubber mats. Henry St. closed east of Gretzky Parkway. @TheExpositor pic.twitter.com/gChGRP5G2k— Brian Thompson (@EXPbthompson) June 9, 2019 read more

Southern Illinois holds off Saint Louis 6156

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Sean Lloyd Jr. had 13 points and nine rebounds, Armon Fletcher also scored 13 points and Southern Illinois beat Saint Louis 61-56 on Wednesday night.Southern Illinois led 27-23 at halftime and extended it to 50-40 on Lloyd’s 3-pointer. Demarius Jacobs’ 3-pointer with 58 seconds left pulled Saint Louis to 56-52 and after back-to-back turnovers, Marcus Bartley made two free throws to extend SIU’s lead to 58-52.Jordan Goodwin got Saint Louis within 60-56 and SIU missed four free throws on its next two trips to the line, but Javon Bess was off on a 3-pointer and an inside shot. Fletcher was fouled with five seconds left after grabbing a defensive rebound and he made 1 of 2 free throws.Kavion Pippen added 10 points for Southern Illinois (6-3) and Thik Bol had six points, six rebounds and five blocks.Hasahn French had 13 points and nine rebounds for Saint Louis (6-2). Goodwin added 12 points and Carte’Are Gordon had 11. The Billikens shot just 33 per cent from the field, including 6 of 26 from distance. Saint Louis hosts Oregon State on Sunday.The Associated Press read more

France beat Spain with amazing Omeyer between the posts

← Previous Story Qatar beat Poland for the final! Next Story → Nikola Karabatic scores 1000th goal for France France will fight for the fifth gold at the World Championships on Sunday against Qatar in LUSAIL Arena. Amazing performance of legendary Thierry Omeyer between the posts provided an fantastic result for the French „Expert“, who beat, once again, Spain 26:22 (16:13). „Titi“ saved 20 balls, five 7-meters throw and was a main person of another French win against the team, who they beat in Olympic quarter-final and EHF EURO 2014 semi-final…STATISTICSFinal – Sunday 19.15 local time… read more

The best Easter eggs from Rick and Morty season 2

first_imgIn the Rick and Morty Rickstaverse Instagram game, one of the Ricks is spray-painting “The Unmarketables” characters on a wall in the Citadel of Ricks. The caption from Rick reads: “What’s that Rick tagging over there? Looks like a version of Morty and I from a crappier, less marketable dimension.”Rick and Morty and Gravity FallsAlex Hirsch, the creator of Disney XD’s popular animated show Gravity Falls was the creative director on a Disney Channel show called Fish Hooks that Justin Roiland used to write for. The two devised several nods to each other’s shows, with Hirsch showing up to voice teenage heartthrob (and target of Summer’s affections) Toby Matthews in “Big Trouble in Little Sanchez.” In that same episode, Gravity Falls antagonist Bill Cipher appears on a screen while Beth and Jerry are making Mythologies for their marriage counseling. Bill Cipher also makes an appearance in the Rickstaverse.Another Easter egg connecting the two cartoons can be found in season one’s “Close Encounters of the Rick Kind” where three objects (a notebook, a coffee mug with a question mark on it and a pen) get spit out of a random portal Rick creates with his portal gun. Fans of Gravity Falls will recognize them as the same three things sucked into another portal in the Gravity Falls episode “Society of the Blind Eye.” The same three items also appear in the Rickstaverse Instagram game in a bin labeled “???” in Galactic Federation prison processing.Transdimensional TV Easter EggsTwo visual references to the season one interdimensional cable episode “Rixty Minutes” pop up in season two’s episodes. According the Justin Roiland on the commentary track for “Big Trouble in Little Sanchez,” most of these Easter eggs are inserted in the final phase of animating the show by designers who enjoy planting them, unwritten. In that episode, the Smith family is eating breakfast that looks like eggs and sausage, but a single box of cereal also sits at the center of the table. That box isn’t just any cereal, it’s Strawberry Smiggles, the one that has an ad where children kill and eat the entrails of a cereal-hiding leprechaun.In “The Ricks Must Be Crazy,” the episode begins with a big reference to “Rixty Minutes” as Summer, Morty and Rick find a universe where there is a PG-13 Ball Fondlers movie. The action oriented A-Team riff is playing at a movie theater and one of the exterior posters advertising a new release is for 3 Brothers. In this dimension, the movie that was just called Two Brothers is about 3 Brothers… or maybe this is the sequel to 2 Brothers? That third brother looks a lot like Ice T.There are other appearances of “Rixty Minutes” shows in season two of Rick and Morty, but they show up on television, not in the same space as the characters. Morty can be seen watching Ball Fondlers and Gazorpazorpfield while Rick, Morty, and Fart are hiding out at Gearhead’s Shop in “Mortynight Run.”Rick and Squanchy and Bird PersonThe final episode of the first season of Rick and Morty introduced two of the only returning season one characters in Squanchy (voiced by Tom Kenny) and Bird Person (voiced by series co-creator Dan Harmon). In season two of the show and in the Rickstaverse Instagram game, the relationship between the three is broadened in subtle ways. Even before the season two finale “The Wedding Squanchers” where Squanchy presides over Bird Person’s wedding, the show hints that this trio was probably three of the Galactic Federation’s most wanted targets (Bird Person’s love Tammy is a Galactic Federation agent who ends up killing Bird Person at the reception in a botched sting).In the episode “Get Schwifty,” Morty accidentally stumbles across Bird Person’s planet and Bird Person takes Morty to his nest where we get to see some old pictures of Rick and Bird Person throughout the years. One of them is of Rick, Bird Person, and Squanchy in a band called “The Flesh Curtains” (it’s exactly the joke you think it is). Rick played guitar (or bass), Bird Person squaked vocals, and Squanchy was on the drums. The first season of Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty cartoon had many memorable moments, but not a lot of Easter eggs for fans who were following the mythology of the show. The second season didn’t feature the return of many major characters and objects from the first, opting to forge new territory in all the episodes. That mean references to the events of previous episodes, other television shows, and earlier works by co-creator Justin Roiland were relegated to Easter egg status on the show and corresponding marketing material. We’ve collected some of our favorite Easter eggs from season two of Rick and Morty.The origin of the parasite eggs from “Total Rickall”This is the Easter egg that connects two episodes and provides the basis for the crazy multiverse theory that could lead to the return of Krombopulos Michael even though he died at the end of his debut appearance. It has to do with the origins of the parasites that infect the Smith family during “Total Rickall,” and was confirmed by a blog post by James McDermott, the Art Director for season two.“If you noticed the green rocks from [“Mortynight Run”] that Rick puts in the trunk of his ship you might have seen a couple pink eggs attached to the rocks, the same rocks Rick throws in the trash at the top of this episode. The first parasite, post transformation, is the only one with larvae growing off its back suggesting that others had been laid in the house.” Mr. Meeseeks in Blipz and ChitzAt San Diego Comic-Con 2015, Dan Harmon told the audience that the second season of Rick and Morty wouldn’t have a lot of returning characters when prompted by a question about the evil Eyepatch Morty from season one.“There are a couple of instances where the joyful TV viewer in me says we should’ve done another Meeseeks episode… But overall we had a very gun-shy approach of avoiding that temptation.” Mr. Meeseeks fans had to settle for the character’s brief background appearance in “Mortynight Run”. There’s a Meeseeks standing beside and alien character playing some sort of game when Rick and Morty are walking through Blipz and Chitz. On the season two DVD/Blu-Ray commentary track, Justin Roiland, Dan Harmon and Ryan Ridley discuss that this appearance means the Meeseeks are not a Rick Sanchez invention. The Meeseeks Box could still be something Rick came up with to harness Meeseeks from a Meeseek dimension or planet, but it’s more likely that a Meeseeks Box is a product Rick came across in his travels.The UnmarketablesYou’ve probably heard of “The Adventures of Doc and Mahrti,” the short cartoon Justin Roiland animated that became the basis for Rick and Morty. But, have you heard of “The Unmarketables?”“The Unmarketables” is another progenitor of the Rick and Morty characters animated by Roiland. The adult of the pair who looks like a bloated Rick (and is voiced by Roiland, complete with burps) is named Poopybutthole Poo-erson. The much more crudely drawn Morty-looking character is named Pumpkin Seeds and Peanuts (and is voiced by Andy Dick). The two are paired off again in the first “Expansion Pack” for the Rick and Morty Rickstaverse Instagram game. In the Galactic Federation prison processing, Squanchy, and Bird Person’s files are pulled up on two computers side-by-side. They’re the only recognizable characters that show up that way, in that world. This lead to brief speculation that Bird Person could possibly still be alive despite having been shot, but the Rickstaverse isn’t strictly canon.Smith House RepairsAccording to Dan Harmon on the season two commentary track, damage that is done to the Smith house tracks across multiple episodes.In the final episode of season one, a party that Rick and Summer throw at the house lead to some equipment being knocked over by Morty (who catches Squanchy squanching). That equipment teleports the entire house to a different dimension inside some sort of bubble teleportation field. Also, one of the walls in the Smith Family house is knocked down by Abradolf Lincler. Rick ports the house back home, and they freeze time to fix the wall and clean up after the party. However, for the rest of the series, there is a circular crack that runs through all the concrete around the Smith home from when it was ripped out of the ground. At the end of the episode “Auto Erotic Assimilation,” Jerry is using a weed whacker on the driveway, trying to cut weeds growing up out of the crack.Harmon brings up the damage continuity during the season two episode “Look Who’s Purging Now,” when Summer and Jerry launch a probe (Rick and Morty’s battle suits) through the roof in Rick’s garage. In the next episode, “The Wedding Squanchers” there are two planks of wood covering the hole, and, according to Harmon, that’s just part of the house now. It may just be a cool aside to most people who watch the show, but it’s also an element that has strung many of the season two episodes together, refuting the fan theory that some weeks we’re watching an alternate universe Smith family.last_img read more

Kendall church holds 1st helicopter Easter egg drop

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – An “egg-cellent” event celebrating Easter weekend drew thousands of people to a South Florida church, Saturday afternoon.Participants of all ages gathered at the Calvary Church in Kendall for its first helicopter egg drop. 7News cameras captured a yellow chopper hovering above the house of worship as it dropped 10,000 eggs for the eager egg hunters.The church’s pastor, the Rev. Alex Sagot, said it was all for the community. “We really love Miami. We love our city,” he said. “Any way that we can be the hands and feet of Jesus and show Him the love that we got, we’re here, here to serve the community in any way.”A special guest also in attendance was the Easter bunny, seen hopping by to spread the holiday spirit.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Varsity to come up with archive of community artifacts

first_imgKolkata: Rabindra Bharati University (RBU) is coming up with an archive of masks, musical instruments and various articles of daily domestic use of different caste and communities of the state.The aim of the university is to acquaint the present generation with the tradition and culture of these communities and encourage research activities involving these communities’ lifestyle. Most of the articles belonging to the communities that will be exhibited in the archive have become extinct now. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose”We have at present around 80 articles in our collection that we have been accumulating for the last seven years. We have plans to take this to over 100 before univeiling the archive,” said Haimanti Chattopadhyay, member secretary of West Bengal State Akademi of Dance Drama Music and Visual Arts, RBU. The collection includes a dhak made of cane used more than 2,00 years back, a mask made of gourd used by the Rajbanshi community, the flutes of the Mech, Rava and the Rajbanshi communities, exquisite musical instruments like Tungna of theTamang and those of Limbu Lepcha , Dhimal, Munda and other communities. It will have a variety of old masks of Chaau from Purulia district, the masks worn by the Lepchas, the Rajbanshis and the Mech too. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataA major attraction will be a few specimen of the Dashabatar Cards that had originated at Bishnupur in Bankura way back in the 16th century. Bir Hambir, the king of Bishnupur, invented this card. It is a unique example of Bengal’s folk art. “We have not yet set any timeline for setting up the archive as we have to come up with audio and video documentation and most importantly a text on description of the objects mentioning the place from where it has been procured. Our Vice-Chancellor Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury who is the chairman of the akademi is constantly encouraging us in our endeavour,” Chattopadhyay said. As per plans, the archive will come up in a room at the second floor of the building that houses the office of the State Akademi of Dance Drama Music and Visual Arts.last_img read more

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A palpable mass was not evident on physical examination in 26 patients (63 percent), which is not unusual in this form of breast cancer, and 90 percent had no symptoms of distant metastasis (disease spread beyond the breast).Each patient underwent a whole-body FDG-PET/CT exam. The scans showed that nearly half of the patients (49 percent) had distant metastasis, and 27 percent had disease in multiple sites. Neither finding had been previously detected by conventional imaging. These results were confirmed by biopsy and supplementary imaging.”PET/CT is useful in staging IBC because it provides information on both the primary disease site as well as disease involvement throughout the rest of the body,” said Homer A. Macapinlac, M.D., chair and professor of nuclear medicine at the University of Texas, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX. “In addition to detecting the presence of cancer, PET/CT is able to demonstrate the biology of cancer – revealing how aggressive the disease is – which can help physicians develop appropriate therapy approaches.””Breast cancer is a systemic disease, not just a local one. Most imaging modalities are localized and will therefore miss the spread of disease that is frequently present by the time IBC is diagnosed,” Macapinlac said. “The use of a whole-body modality such as PET/CT with its higher sensitivity, however, allows us to pinpoint metastasis in other parts of the body; for example, behind the clavicle – which can not be detected in a physical exam – or in the abdominal organs or pelvic lymph nodes.”IBC tends to grow more quickly and aggressively than the more common types of breast cancer. Upon diagnosis, it is already considered to be at least stage IIIB (locally advanced) and even stage IV if it has spread to distant parts of the body. Because of this, IBC has been harder to successfully treat than other types of breast cancer. Knowing the extent of the disease at the start could have a great impact on the outcome for many patients, Macapinlac added.”With FDG-PET/CT, physicians are able to accurately determine the location of metastases early in the disease process when appropriate treatment can be administered. Furthermore, a PET/CT procedure for IBC patients may be less than or equivalent to the total cost of separately imaging multiple organs and would require a single hospital visit and decreased imaging time when compared to the time required for a battery of regional staging studies,” Macapinlac said.The researchers would like to see future studies that use PET/CT earlier in the process and also to track therapy response to determine whether or not it is succeeding.”Knowing the extent of disease up front has great implication for prognosis,” Macapinlac said. “IBC is a treatable disease. The sooner we can determine the extent, the sooner we can begin aggressive therapy.”PET provides information about how the body is functioning at the cellular level, while CT provides an anatomical rendering of the inside of the body. In an FDG-PET/CT scan, the CT first produces detailed images of the inner anatomy of the body. The patient is then injected with a small amount of a radioactive drug, which is F-18-labeled glucose, and PET is performed. Because fast-growing cancer cells feed on sugars such as glucose, PET/CT delineates areas where the glucose accumulates in the body, identifying the location of cancer cells.According to the American Cancer Society, IBC accounts for approximately 1 to 3 percent of all breast cancers diagnosed in the United States. It tends to occur in younger women, and African-Americans appear to be at higher risk. Physicians call the disease “inflammatory breast cancer” because the affected breast displays the same symptoms that occur with inflammation. However, the symptoms of IBC are not caused by infection or injury, but by cancer cells blocking lymph vessels in the skin. Patients often do not have a breast lump, and symptoms may not show up on a mammogram. Because it doesn’t look like a typical breast cancer, the disease can be harder to diagnose. 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PAL improves services for Aus passengers

first_imgPhilippine Airlines 777 Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Philippine Airlines (PR) will employ Boeing 777-300ER aircraft for all Australian flights from 30 June, enhancing in-flight quality and comfort. Departing Sydney and Melbourne bound for Manila, the airline’s flagship aircraft are fitted with avant-garde features such as lie-flat beds in business class and back-of-seat entertainment systems throughout the plane. The B777’s offer more cabin space and greater fuel efficiency than the current aircraft being used on Australian routes. New flight schedules will accompany the improved flight experience; with services from Sydney and Melbourne to Manila on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. According to a release by the airline, there will be departures throughout the week and the ability to fly non-stop from both Sydney and Melbourne. The B777 have a pax capacity of 370 across two classes; 42 seats in Mabuhay Class (business) and 328 in Fiesta Class (economy). The cabin interior is presented in a coastal theme reflecting the oceanic scenery of the Philippines.last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Addicted to Maldives i

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterAddicted to Maldives is fast becoming Australia’s foremost destination specialist for the Indian Ocean archipelago. With over 10 years of experience, it is the first Australian DMC to focus exclusively on the Maldives.Co-founder and director, Di Lechner, is a self-confessed Maldives addict. Di and her team tailor each holiday to the desires – and addictions  – of the client, be it surf, spa or romance.Addicted to Maldives shared its vision of a tropical getaway with its first Barefoot & Beautiful event on Sydney Harbour on Thursday 12 April. Superyacht Quantum was transformed into a Maldivian island paradise for the leading luxury travel advisors in attendance, with fresh coconuts, champagne, glitter tattoos and massages courtesy of resort partner, One&Only, while DJ Feline provided the relaxed island-inspired soundtrack.The company’s top 10 resort partners jetted in from the Maldives for the event, including One&Only Reethi Rah, The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, Huvafen Fushi, Soneva Jani and Soneva Fushi, Coco Collection, Amilla Fushi and Finolhu, Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas, COMO Maalifushi and COMO Cocoa Island and Taj Exotica.“We wanted to bring a little piece of Maldives magic to Sydney Harbour … in an effort to inspire and educate our agent partners on the destination,” said Di Lechner, cofounder and director, Addicted to Maldives.The event also saw Addicted to Maldives launch its new agent incentive program, Maldives Elite.Maldives Elite offers its members the opportunity to earn increased commissions, take part in yearly famil trips to the Maldives and participate in regular education sessions offered by the Addicted to Maldives team. This year’s Maldives Elite top agent will be rewarded with a 5-night stay at One&Only Reethi Rah, including return international flights, half-board for 2x adults and return transfers.“In speaking with a number of agents, what we have identified is that many advisors shy away from recommending and selling the Maldives because they just don’t have the knowledge on the destination. The Maldives is quite unique and it is so important that advisors recommend the right property for their clients. Logistically, it can be challenging getting to and from islands, and once your client is there, the resort has to be the right option for them because they are entirely dependant on the facilities and experiences offered at that property,” explained Di.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more