Kenneth Duremdes. File PhotoThe Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League starts Thursday with its Anta Rajah Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Organized by Sen. Manny Pacquiao, the league is patterned after the defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association.ADVERTISEMENT Gritty Lady Red Spikers climb out of two-set hole, frustrate Lady Pirates Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Pacquiao bares disputes over committee chairmanships PLAY LIST 01:30Pacquiao bares disputes over committee chairmanships01:29DOH kicks off nationwide polio vaccination drive01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City “I’m very humbled and excited at the same time to be working with Sen. Pacquiao for this noble project of him to discover untapped talents across the country and give former pros another chance to prove their worth,” said MPBL commissioner Kenneth Duremdes.Opening rites start at 7 p.m. before the Parañaque Patriots battle the Caloocan Supremos at 8 p.m.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutA brand new car and 10 motorbikes will also be up for grabs for lucky fans who will watch the opener live.“This league will be a great help to young players, including those in the provinces, aiming to make it to the pro ranks,” said Pacquiao. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers
Piquing the curiosity of movie-goers for his upcoming movie Finding Fanny , writerdirector Homi Adajania has taken to microblogging website Twitter to provide glimpses of what’s in store.Starting with first looks of the lead roles essayed by Deepika Padukone and Arjun Kapoor, the latest addition to the sneakpeek include a picture of Kapoor’s nape that boasts a cross-shaped tattoo with an outline of wings for his role of Savio, the mechanic.Labelled: ” being tattoolating in Finding Fanny!” (sic), the picture has been shot in the interiors of a battered car.The actor is seen sporting a loose and faded T- shirt with a necklace rope running across his neck, giving insight into the character he is set to be seen as.Meanwhile, Deepika’s famous RK tattoo on the nape of her neck may not make a star appearance in the movie.The film is based on five Goans who set off on a road trip in search of an old postman’s childhood love, but get lost on the way. The Konkani- English satirical story also stars Naseeruddin Shah, Dimple Kapadia and Pankaj Kapur in leading roles.The movie is scheduled for a September release, and its official trailer will be released on July 9.Keeping the countdown ticking, Homi posted a video on why one should watch the trailer with the caption ” Oi twiterratis the reasons to watch # FindingFanny trailer on JULY 9″ ( sic).The 41-second long playful video shows Deepika planting a kiss on Arjun’s cheek as he states, ” And that’s why you should watch the film.”advertisement
The first song from Priyanka Chopra’s much-awaited film Mary Kom is out.Ttitled Ziddi Dil, the song features Priyanka and is composed by Shashi Suman and sung by Vishal Dadlani. Ziddi Dil talks about the never-say-die spirit of Mary Kom that she displays during her journey of being a World Champion boxer. The song is penned by Prashant Ingole. Directed by Omung Kumar, it is slated for a September 5 release.The video shows journey of Mary Kom from a girl in Manipur to world champion boxer.Co-produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, Mary Kom shows Kom’s journey from an athlete to a boxer, opposition faced by her father to take up the sport as a profession, training with men, her fearless nature, marriage and so-called end of her boxing career.Directed by Omung Kumar, it is slated for a September 5 release.
According to reports, Tata Motors have received over 1 lakh enquiries for their latest hatchback, the Tiago . Tata Tiago created lot of buzz during its launch on April 6, and also before with two delays in the launch. Tata Tiago has been the talk of the town due to its innovative design and the competitive pricing leaving Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai sweating.Tata Tiago will be taking over from the Indica, a car that was first manufactured by Tata Motors in 1998 and has been present in the Indian market for 18 years. The Indica although did not do very well with private buyers, but it was a hit as a commercial vehicle.ALSO READ: Tata Tiago ‘disruptive’ pricing wages war in small car segmentEngine:The Tiago is slated to get both, petrol and diesel variants. The petrol models will be powered by the 1.2-litre Revotron engine, while their diesel counterparts will be powered by a 1.05-litre Revotorq motor. The Revotron engine can produce 84 bhp and 114Nm of torque while the Revotorq motor produces 69 bhp and 140Nm of torque. The Tiago will be offered with a five-speed manual for both petrol and diesel variants with the possibility of an AMT also.Moreover, the Tata Tiago will have Multi-drive modes which is a segment-first.ALSO READ: Spec Comparison: Tata Tiago vs Celerio, Grand i10 and BrioDesign:The Tiago sports a fresh new design as evident in other cars from the Tata Motors portfolio. It gets a sleek front end with a blacked-out grille that has the Tata Motors badge sitting on it. The interiors of the car feel different than what we are used to expecting from Tata and the quality of plastics used feel upscale. The instrument panel is neatly laid out and Tata has able to give the cabin a premium feel.advertisementVariants:The new Tata Tiago will be available in five variants- XB, XE, XM, XT and XZ.ALSO READ: Can Tata Tiago be a game changer for Tata Motors?Fuel EfficiencyTata Tiago hatchback gives a company claimed fuel efficiency of 23.84 kmpl for the petrol engine and 27.28 kmpl for the diesel variants.Dimensions:The new Tata Tiago comes with a wheelbase of 2400 mm and is 3746 mm in length, 1647mm in width, 1535mm in height and a ground clearance of 170 mm.ALSO WATCH: Can the Tiago catapult Tata Motors to small car segment leader?Competition:The new Tata Tiago hatchback will compete against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Honda Brio, Chevrolet Beat and Hyundai Grand i10 in the market.Price:Variant Price (Petrol) (ex showroom, New Delhi) Variant Price (Diesel) (ex showroom, New Delhi) Tiago XB Rs 3.20 lakh Tiago XB Rs 3.94 lakh Tiago XE Rs 3.59 lakh Tiago XE Rs 4.29 lakh Tiago XM Rs 3.89 lakh Tiago XM Rs 4.69 lakh Tiago XT Rs 4.19 lakh Tiago XT Rs 4.99 lakh Tiago XZ Rs 4.75 lakh Tiago XZ Rs 5.54 lakh
McLaren will return to full-time IndyCar competition next season for the first time since 1979 in a partnership with existing team Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.The new venture will be renamed Arrow McLaren Racing SP and rely on Arrow SPM’s current infrastructure. McLaren will be responsible for technical expertise, commercial experience and marketing. It will be a two-car team but switch next season to Chevrolet.“IndyCar has been part of McLaren since our early years of racing, and the series today provides not only a commercial platform to continue to grow our brand in North America, but competition with some of the best teams in international motorsport,” said Zak Brown, CEO of McLaren Racing. “We come to IndyCar in full respect of the sport, our competitors, the fans and the task ahead.“At our core, we at McLaren are racers and where there’s competition that puts us to the test, we will race.”The team currently fields cars for James Hinchcliffe and Marcus Ericsson, but Hinchcliffe is a longtime Honda ambassador and star of ads for the automaker in North America. All seven of Schmidt’s IndyCar victories were powered by Honda, which also helped the team win two Indianapolis 500 poles.Honda Performance Development said in a statement Friday “although we regret that this partnership will be coming to an end … HPD has the utmost confidence in the strength and commitment of its remaining partner teams.”Arrow Electronics will remain the team’s title partner and team co-founders Sam Schmidt and Ric Peterson will continue in their current leadership roles.“I’m extremely proud of the team that Ric and I have built and that a legendary brand like McLaren Racing has decided to partner with us,” Schmidt said. “Arrow is a tremendous partner which has been integral to our growth as a team since 2015 and to the creation of this new partnership. The combined technical resources and commercial opportunities both McLaren and Arrow bring to the table provide a winning combination.”Gil de Ferran, the sporting director for McLaren Racing, will lead the IndyCar effort for McLaren independently from the Formula One effort.“IndyCar is a natural fit for McLaren, given our legacy and determination to succeed at the top levels of international motorsport,” said de Ferran, a former Indy 500 winner. “Our ambition, over time, is to consistently compete for wins and championships.“We acknowledge the challenge ahead of us but McLaren is committed to this partnership and to supporting the team as a whole.”FILE – In this May 17, 2017, file photo, Gil de Ferran, left, talks with Fernando Alonso, of Spain, during a practice session for the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. McLaren will return to full-time IndyCar competition next season for the first time since 1979 in a partnership with existing team Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. Gil de Ferran, the sporting director for McLaren Racing, will lead the IndyCar effort for McLaren independently from the Formula One effort. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)McLaren is coming off a spectacular embarrassment in which it failed to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 in May with celebrated two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso.Alonso does not appear to be interested in a full-time IndyCar ride in 2020, but Brown has indicated the new team will field a third car for the Indianapolis 500. Alonso would likely have an option to drive that entry.By: Jenna Fryer, AP Auto Racing WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
Allardyce responds to Everton boss Silva swipe: It wasn’t personal!by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Everton boss Sam Allardyce has responded to a swipe from Blues manager Marco Silva.Allardyce urged Silva to sway from his ‘attractive’ style of football after the Toffees suffered defeats to Brighton, Tottenham and Leicester over the festive period, prompting a backlash from his Goodison Park successor in a press conference.“I don’t expect him to listen to me!” Allardyce told talkSPORT.“I was generalising about Everton overall, I wasn’t having a pop at Marco Silva.“I was saying that in the end, look at the previous four managers of Everton, including myself – all of them have been dismissed for one reason or another.“Marco Silva hasn’t yet, but pressure on him will depend on where they are in the league and winning football matches.“The press man who asked the question probably didn’t put it how I said it in that interview.”Allardyce also remarked: “I think you play out from the back when it suits you, and if you doesn’t suit you, you don’t play out from the back.“Everton is the only place where results haven’t given me time to go and do a better job than I did last season.“At the end of the day, it wasn’t my team. I inherited that team.“I was doing the best I could with the tools I had available. Moving on from there, they’ve spent a lot of money again, and where will they end up this season? That’s building expectation by the amount of money they spent.“I think there’s only four players that played when I was there, all the others are new players that were brought in this season.“The players themselves have got to find out about each other as they play every week and maybe that’s why they aren’t getting the results that the Everton fans would expect.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
This past Sunday night, Louisville took down Northern Iowa to reach its fourth straight Sweet 16. Senior Wayne Blackshear also became the first Cardinals player in school history to play for four straight squads that reached the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament. Tuesday morning, the school attempted to celebrate the accomplishment by posting the statistic to its Facebook page. Unfortunately, they screwed up and named Blackshear as the only player in NCAA Division One history to accomplish the feat. That isn’t even close to true, as dozens of players in college basketball history to have reached the Sweet 16 four straight times.Kentucky fans, predictably, are having a field day, claiming that the school is perpetuating a “lie.”…. “And the lie detector test determined….THAT was a lie!” @KySportsRadio pic.twitter.com/D1uwIpmGoJ— Jeremy Kemble (@IAM4UKWILDCATS) March 24, 2015UL Athletics sends out a blatant lie today http://t.co/ZTni2u97L9— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) March 24, 2015University of Louisville claims Wayne Blackshear is the first to appear in four Sweet 16 games. Kentucky has had seven players do that.— UK Cat Facts (@UK_CatFacts) March 24, 2015Regardless, Blackshear’s feat is quite impressive. Can we get a Kentucky vs. Louisville national championship game please?
Varun Singh New DelhiFebruary 6, 2019UPDATED: February 6, 2019 19:28 IST Image: Ford AspireHIGHLIGHTSThe ‘Blu’ edition of Aspire is not drastically different from the standard one.The compact sedan is expected to feature the ‘Blu’ theme inside the cabin also.Ford Aspire is available in 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel powertrains.Ford is testing the ‘Blu’ edition of its compact sedan Aspire. New images of the fresh variant have surfaced online and the car is not in a camouflaged condition in them. The pictures have probably been clicked in and around Ahmedabad where the company’s plant is located and it is expected that the new model will be launched soon.The ‘Blu’ edition of Aspire is not drastically different from the standard one. But still the new variant gets several distinctive features giving a unique look. The roof and ORVMs have been painted in black, with several reports claiming that the alloy wheels have got a similar treatment as well. The boot sported a ‘Blu’ decal and it has been reported that the sides have also got similar decals.The compact sedan is expected to feature the ‘Blu’ theme inside the cabin also, with the seat upholstery sporting a ‘Blu’. This edition might be based on top of the line ‘Titanium’ model and if it happens, most of the features on the two variants will remain same. Certain tweaks in the interiors are not out of bounds if Ford wants to present something new to the customers. Image Courtesy: OverdriveFord Aspire is available in 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel powertrains. While the petrol engine is good for 96 PS of power and 120 Nm of torque, the diesel motor churns out 100 PS of power and 215 Nm of torque. Both the engines are mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. There is also a six-speed automatic transmission option. But it is available only with a 1.5-litre petrol engine and that too on the Titanium variant. This powertrain produces 123 PS of power and 150 Nm of torque. These engines are expected to be made available on the ‘Blu’ edition as well.advertisementBelow is the variant-wise price (ex-showroom, Delhi) list of Ford Aspire.Petrol– 1.2-litre Ambiente (Manual) – Rs 5.55 lakh– 1.2-litre Trend (Manual) – Rs 6.19 lakh– 1.2-litre Trend+ (Manual) – Rs 6.59 lakh– 1.2-litre Titanium (Manual) – Rs 6.99 lakh– 1.2-litre Titanium+ (Manual) – Rs 7.44 lakh– 1.5-litre Titanium (Automatic) – Rs 8.69 lakhDiesel– 1.5-litre Ambiente – Rs 6.55 lakh– 1.5-litre Trend – Rs 6.99 lakh– 1.5-litre Trend+ – Rs 7.39 lakh– 1.5-litre Titanium – Rs 7.79 lakh– 1.5-litre Titanium+ – Rs 8.24 lakh Image Courtesy: OverdriveNow with all the features, on the outside as well inside, we can expect the ‘Blu’ edition to be priced a little bit higher than the petrol and diesel Titanium variants of Ford Aspire. However, the company will have to keep the prices of Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Hyundai Xcent and Honda Amaze in mind while deciding the cost of Ford Aspire ‘Blu’ edition.ALSO READ | Land Rover introduces Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition, India launch not disclosedALSO READ | Mahindra XUV300 launch on Feb 14: Price, variants, interiors, safety features and everything you need to knowALSO READ | Skoda reveals interiors of Kamiq, the SUV to premiere at Geneva Motor ShowGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byVarun Singh Tags :Follow New car launchFollow Ford car launchFollow new Ford Aspire editionFollow new Ford edition launchFollow Aspire edition Ford Aspire ‘Blu’ edition spied testing, expected to be launched soonThe roof and ORVMs of the Ford Aspire ‘Blu’ edition have been painted in black, with several reports claiming that the alloy wheels have got a similar treatment as well.advertisement Next
UEFA Champions League: Kane scores in Dortmund as Tottenham stroll into last eightUEFA Champions League: Harry Kane’s solitary goal was enough for Tottenham Hotspur to beat Borussia Dortmund 1-0 in the second leg and 4-0 on aggregate.advertisement Next Reuters DortmundMarch 6, 2019UPDATED: March 6, 2019 09:12 IST Tottenham Hotspur beat Borussia Dortmund to qualify for the quarter-finals (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSTottenham Hotspur beat Borussia Dortmund 1-0 in the second leg and 4-0 on aggregateHarry Kane became Tottenham Hotspur’s all-time leading scorer in Europe with 24 goals”We want to keep on going, we don’t want this to end,” Hugo Lloris said after the winTottenham Hotspur beat hosts Borussia Dortmund 1-0 on Tuesday thanks to a clinical Harry Kane finish, to stroll into the Champions League quarter-finals for only the second time in their history with a 4-0 aggregate victory.Kane, who missed the first leg through injury, fired in the winner shortly after the restart and against the run of play to silence a fiery home crowd and leave Dortmund needing five goals after having lost 3-0 in London last month.The England striker became Spurs’ all-time leading scorer in Europe with 24 goals.The Germans, who have seen their seven-point lead in the league evaporate in recent weeks and are also out of the German Cup, have never overturned a 3-0 first leg deficit in the competition.They dominated in the first half and despite a valiant effort, they were simply unable to score with Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris in stellar form.”Now we can enjoy because it’s a big achievement,” Lloris told reporters. “We want to keep on going, we don’t want this to end.”A proper away performance in the @ChampionsLeague. Go through. Win. Clean sheet. Score. Perfect. #UCL #COYS pic.twitter.com/fme8Wfz2caHarry Kane (@HKane) March 5, 2019For Tottenham, whose only other quarter-final appearance came in the 2010/11 season, it turned out to be an easier task than expected, with the Germans deep in a rut and far from their explosive early-season form.”We played well in the first half but the only thing we were missing was a goal that could have given that spark we needed,” said Dortmund sports director Michael Zorc. “After their goal we were done. You cannot hope to score five.”advertisementDortmund had made their intentions clear with a formation that included five attacking players including captain Marco Reus, Paco Alcacer and Mario Goetze for the first time together in a starting lineup.They had more than 70 percent possession as Spurs pulled back, but after half an hour the best chance fell to the visitors when Son Heung-min, who scored once in the first leg, fired wide after breaking clear with only keeper Roman Buerki to beat.There were some worrying moments for Spurs late in the first half, but keeper Hugo Lloris made a string of superb saves to deny the hosts.Dortmund picked up where they left off after the break with Reus, who had scored twice in two previous outings against Spurs, coming close again.But Kane stunned the hosts when he was given far too much space at the edge of the box and scored with a thumping finish to kill off the tie.The visitors then had little trouble to manage the pace of the game against the frustrated Germans and book their ticket to the last eight in the competition.Also Read | Real Madrid knocked out by Ajax after trashing at homeAlso Read | Luis Figo to bring UEFA Champions League trophy to India on FridayFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow UEFA Champions LeagueFollow Harry KaneFollow Borussia DortmundFollow Tottenham HotspurFollow Quarter-finals
zoom Monaco-headquartered owner and operator of liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers GasLog Ltd. has launched a debt financing of USD 1.05 billion with a number of international banks to re-finance six legacy vessel facilities.The company said that the re-financing covers eight on-the-water vessels, which were delivered between 2010 and 2015.The vessels in question are the GasLog Savannah, GasLog Singapore, GasLog Chelsea, GasLog Skagen, GasLog Seattle, Solaris, GasLog Saratoga and GasLog Salem, which feature some 155,000 cbm.Namely, the debt financing covers re-financing of USD 960 million of bank debt across six legacy facilities.GasLog also said that the new financing includes a USD 100 million revolving credit facility creating additional liquidity and a tenor of 5 years which extends the maturity of the existing facilities to 2021.Furthermore, the re-financing “simplifies GasLog’s bank facilities and aligns the terms and covenants across our four facilities. The Legacy Facility Re-financing further extends GasLog’s maturities, strengthens the balance sheet and creates additional liquidity for the company as we look to pursue a number of interesting growth opportunities in the LNG carrier and FSRU sectors,” Simon Crowe, Chief Financial Officer, said.The company added that the re-financing, which is in line with GasLog’s existing facilities, is expected to close early in the second half of 2016.Following the completion of this financing, the shipowner will have four debt facilities in total.
Twenty Chinese nationals are stranded aboard their 2009-built bulk carrier Five Stars Fujian off the coast of Gladstone, Queensland, where the vessels anchored on July 18 after it was arrested by the Federal Court over commercial matters.The ship was released last week, however, it was afterwards detained by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority following an investigation which found that the conditions aboard the ship were in breach of the Maritime Labour Convention.Namely, the crew members informed the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) inspectors they have not been paid for more than two months. The inspectors also found out that the crew’s basic food supplies were running low.Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) said that emergency supplies are being rushed to the foreign crew members after they were abandoned by the ship owner, the Hong Kong-based Fujian Shipping.“For the owners to abandon their crew, virtually leaving them for dead, is beyond shocking. Even when they were being paid, the crew was barely receiving $2 an hour, which is well below international standards,” ITF Australia Assistant Coordinator, Matt Purcell, said.Purcell added that the owners “must immediately pay the crew, feed them and cover their work conditions with an acceptable ITF-approved agreement” so they can make their scheduled voyage to China.The Chinese owners, Fujian Shipping, have failed to respond to any request from Australian maritime authorities, according to MUA.The vessel is loaded with around USD 40 million worth of coal it collected at the Port of Hay Point, south of Mackay in Queensland.
Residents and visitors in the eastern area of the province canlook forward to more road improvements. Four contracts for road work, worth more than $3.2 million, haverecently been awarded in Cape Breton, Victoria and Guysboroughcounties. “We’re working hard to improve and strengthen the province’sinfrastructure in all areas of the province and for all NovaScotians,” said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation andPublic Works. Two contracts were awarded for work in Cape Breton County. Onecontract, worth more than $1.5 million, is for repaving Route327, from Grand Mira South Road northerly, about four kilometres;and repaving Route 223, east of Scotch Lake Road westerly, about2.4 kilometres. The contract was awarded to Dexter Construction.Work is expected to be completed in June 2005. The other contact for Cape Breton County, worth $270,000, is forpaving Oakfield Drive, from Hillside Road southeasterly, aboutone kilometre; and paving about 0.6 kilometres of Sunrise Drive.The contract was awarded to Municipal Ready Mix. Work is expectedto be completed by the end of October. The contract for Victoria County, worth more than $1 million, isfor repaving part of Trunk 30 – Cabot Trail, from the federalpark entrance southerly, about 5.3 kilometres. The contract wasawarded to Dexter Construction. Work is expected to be completedin summer 2005. The contract for Guysborough County, worth $357,000, is forgrading and gravelling the Antigonish/Guysborough Road, from theHeatherton Road easterly, about 1.7 kilometres. The contract wasawarded to Laredo Construction. Work is expected to be completedthis fall. The Department of Transportation and Public Works highwaysdivision manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in NovaScotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincialferries. Staff provide services from district offices inBridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney. TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Road Improvements for Eastern NovaScotia
The reservation system for Nova Scotia’s provincial parks opened this year’s camping season with a bang. The beginning of only the second year of the user-friendly system resulted in more than triple the number of first-day reservations. “Our provincial park clients have responded in a big way to this new reservation system,” said Natural Resources Minister David Morse. “We are pleased by the excitement and anticipation people have for our coming camping season. The department worked hard to make reservations an easy and welcoming experience and the result has exceeded our expectations.” The first day of reservations, April 2, ended with 324 call-centre reservations and 212 Internet reservations, compared with 244 total reservations during last year’s opening day. Campers are able to book their favourite sites at provincial camping parks by phone or online. Campers can log on the website to view information on all 20 provincial camping parks before making reservations. Operators on the toll-free hotline also have access to information on all park amenities so they can advise campers who are not familiar with the park. Campers who arrive at provincial parks without a reservation also see the benefits of the system since parks staff are able to provide a list of unreserved sites. This allows campers to select the best available site for their needs. The reservation system will operate until October. Reservation fees this year are $6, with a $4 cancellation fee. Telephone service is available between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. at 1-888-544-3434. Reservations can also be made on the Nova Scotia Provincial Parks website at www.novascotiaparks.ca .
Le public est invité à commenter le rapport provisoire de l’étude indépendante menée sur le système d’assurance automobile pour veiller à ce que les Néo-Écossais aient accès à une couverture appropriée et à des primes justes, stables et abordables. Le rapport a été préparé par le directeur de l’étude, Ron L’Esperance. « Nous voulons être certains d’entendre la voix des consommateurs qui achètent une assurance automobile, a déclaré Graham Steele, ministre responsable de la loi sur les assurances (Insurance Act). Grâce à l’occasion qui est donnée au public de commenter le rapport, tout changement éventuel au système d’assurance automobile de la Nouvelle-Écosse répondra aux besoins des familles d’aujourd’hui. » Le public peut consulter et commenter le rapport provisoire en allant à www.gov.ns.ca/autoinsurancereview/index-fr.htm . La date limite pour faire des commentaires est le 17 mai. Le gouvernement prendra des décisions concernant la réforme de l’assurance automobile après la publication du rapport final à la fin du mois de mai et le travail des actuaires cet été.
Sheetal Raj, the youngest woman mountaineer visited IGI airport unit on Wednesday. She met the women police officers working in this unit and boost their morale by sharing her experiences of scaling the highest peaks. Deputy Commissioner of Police (IGI) Sanjay Bhatia said all the present women officers welcomed her and she was presented a souvenir by the IGI Airport Unit for her outstanding achievement. “She spoke about struggles in her life and advised few tips to overcome the difficulties and problems and achieve greater heights. She encouraged staff to encourage their children to accomplish high goals in life,” added DCP IGI. Sheetal Raj from Uttarakhand has become the youngest girl from the state to climb Mount Everest. The 22 year old, who hails from the Salmoda village in Pithoragarh district has managed to create history. “Sheetal was a part of an expedition called ‘Climbing Beyond the Summit, Everest Expedition 2019.’ Scaling the highest peak in the world was the second grand achievement for her,” added DCP IGI.
NEW YORK — The holiday season can be a motivation and productivity killer at some small businesses. Staffers may spend time chatting or shopping online, ask to leave early for children’s holiday events or just not be in the mood to work.The companies with the most holiday problems are likely to be ones where November and December aren’t a particularly busy period — they’re not retailers, restaurants, caterers and other companies where staffers understand when they’re hired that this is prime time and everyone has to be physically and mentally present. At any company, if employees are distracted, owners may find that being firm but flexible will help keep everyone focused.Human resources professionals say holiday issues, like any matters that involve employees, are easier to resolve when staffers know in advance what the expectations and limits are. So, owners who sense that their workers are likely to be sitting and talking about parties and gifts may want to remind everyone now that chatting needs to be kept to a minimum. And if the owner or managers are seeing people giving in too much to temptation, a friendly, “hey, we have work to do,” is in order.It’s probably going to be impossible to completely stop staffers from shopping online. The solution may be to remind staffers that they should wait until break or lunch times to do their ordering. And if the owner sees someone shopping at other times, don’t make a big scene, but remind the staffer of the rules.Staffers who want to leave early for children’s plays or concerts should be given the chance to do so, but they also need to give the boss advance notice that there’s an event coming up and they must be held responsible for getting their work done. It may require some flexibility from an owner — allowing staffers to work remotely, come in early or leave late on another day. If the staffer needs a co-worker to cover for them, it’s the employee’s responsibility to set that up.HR pros warn that there’s a caveat about letting staffers leave for family events but not allowing others without children to take time to go to an event they’re interested in. Some employees can feel discriminated against if they see others getting what they feel is special treatment, and that could mean legal repercussions down the road. It’s best not to judge what kind of event is OK — as long as staffers are getting their work done, they should have permission to take part in an extracurricular activity.Some companies that have flexibility at holiday time give staffers an afternoon of their choosing off. Employees will consider that time to be a real gift — and knowing they’ll have a little free time may help them stay focused the rest of the holiday season._____For more small business news, insights and inspiration, sign up for our free weekly newsletter here: http://discover.ap.org/ssb_____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.com/search/joyce%20rosenbergJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Press
In order to celebrate the living bridge of cricket between Bengal and Britain, British Deputy High Commission Kolkata hosted a UK-Kolkata Cricket Carnival at Spring Club, EM Bypass on May 18.The cricket carnival was in association with Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI), Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI), SKAL International Kolkata, VFS Global and British Council. A team of 8 players (including men and women) from British Deputy High Commission Kolkata and all of these 5 different organisations went on to the pitch to play against each other to create some unforgettable and memorable cricket moments for the ‘City of Joy’. Also Read – The Puja carnivalBruce Bucknell, British Deputy High Commissioner Kolkata said: “I am delighted to join hands with the travel and tourism trade in Kolkata to celebrate the living bridge of cricket between Bengal and Britain. The World Cup in the UK will be the biggest cricket tournament to date. It is a chance to showcase the best of England and Wales on the global stage, and is a once in a generation chance for cricket fans in England and Wales to see the world’s greatest players in action.” Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraAnil Punjabi, Director, ARES Travels and Chairman East, Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI) said: “History of Indian cricket has its major link to Britain. We have come close to each other to enhance our business and overall growth. As it’s often said – Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much. I wish UK-Kolkata Cricket Carnival a huge success. Such events will boost travel to Great Britain.” The player of the match in the finals won a return trip ticket (Kolkata to London) courtesy Sri Lankan Airlines. The Woman of the Tournament (highest score) won a return trip (domestic ticket in India) from Spice Jet. The cricket carnival was interspersed with cricket trivia and quizzes which included prizes and giveaways from the tourism and hospitality sector of Kolkata such as Novotel, Thai Airways, Country Road Resort, Vivada cruise, Pride Hotel, HHI hotel among others. Sanjeev Mehra, President, SKAL International Kolkata said: “The game of cricket is a great unifier in India and the British High Commission in Kolkata has chosen the right medium to connect with the tourism and travel trade. SKAL International Kolkata 127 welcomes this wonderfully inclusive initiative that brings together all our colleagues from the travel agencies, hotels, airlines, cruises and other spheres of this buzzing industry. We participated with gusto, played the game with the friendly spirit that underlines all SKAL activities, and see this as a precursor to a very exciting and successful ICC World Cup later this summer.” Indians travel to attend all sorts of sporting events. It is not just cricket, but other sports like football – the English Premier League, tennis at Wimbledon as well as cricket at Lords and the other main grounds in England and Wales. Estimates for the numbers planning to travel to the UK from India for CWC 2019 range from 50,000-80,000.
6 December 2011Two United Nations agencies have strongly condemned the recent murder of a Mexican peace activist and the attempted killing of the chief of a women’s rights organization in the same country and called on the Government to investigate and prosecute those responsible. Nepomuceno Moreno Núñez, a member of the Peace with Justice and Dignity Movement, was murdered on 28 November in the northern state of Sonora. He joined the movement after the disappearance of his son in July last year, demanding an investigation and punishment of the perpetrators.Two months ago, during an encounter of the movement with Mexico’s President Felipe Calderón, he revealed he was under a lot of pressure and turned in all the documents related to his son’s disappearance.Norma Andrade, the co-president of the non-governmental organization (NGO) “Nuestras Hijas de Regreso a Casa” (Our Daughters Come Home) in Ciudad Juárez, was severely injured by a gunshot on 2 December. Ms. Andrade’s daughter was murdered in 2001. Since then, she has been defending women’s rights, demanding justice for the hundreds of women have been murdered in the state of Chihuahua over the past decade. Javier Hernández Valencia, representative for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Mexico, called for authorities to implement mechanisms that would protect human rights defenders in the country.“As time passes the risks that human rights defenders and victims of human rights violations increase drastically,” he said in a statement issued yesterday.A representative for the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), Ana Güezmes, stressed the “necessity to strengthen the right to justice, and to guarantee the rectifying the damage suffered by victims and their families, as well as deploying more efficient actions to prevent, sanction and eradicate impunity and violence, in particular violence against women.”Both officials reiterated the need for the Mexican Government to establish dialogue with NGOs to create a national mechanism that can guarantee the security of those individuals that dedicate their lives to the promotion and defence of human rights.
TORONTO — Corus Entertainment Inc. shares were down 11 per cent early Wednesday after the company announced a $935.9 million loss tied mostly to a devaluation of its broadcast licences and slashed its dividend to accelerate debt reduction.The company’s B shares were at $5.56 in the first minutes of trading, down 69 cents or 11 per cent from Tuesday’s close and equal to their previous 52-week low on the Toronto Stock Exchange.The Toronto-based television, radio and production company said the loss included a $1.01-billion non-cash impairment charge related to broadcast licences and goodwill.Impairment charges generally reflect the future earning power of a business’s assets. Excluding those and other expense items, Corus would have had a profit in the three months ended May 31.The reduced dividend will divert about $150 million per year to reducing Corus debt — a move that management said would give it more financial flexibility in the long-term.Corus chief executive Doug Murphy told analysts that the company has a long-term strategy for rebuilding its business in turbulent times, amid intense competition, changing technologies and an uncertain regulatory landscape.“While our immediate focus will be on debt reduction payments, we will continue to make prudent investments that support our strategic priorities to ensure our company remains vital for the long term,” Murphy said. Corus said Wednesday it will start paying a quarterly dividend of six cents per class B share starting in September compared with its current dividend which is a monthly payment to shareholders of 9.5 cents per class B share.The reduction in the dividend came as Corus says the loss amounted to $4.49 per share for the quarter ended May 31 compared with a profit of $66.7 million or 33 cents per share a year ago.Revenue in what was the company’s third quarter totalled $441.4 million, down from $461.6 million in the same quarter last year.Television revenue fell to $403 million compared with $422.3 million a year ago, while radio revenue fell to $38.4 million compared with $39.3 million in the same quarter last year.On an adjusted basis, which excludes the impairment charge and other one-time items, Corus says it earned $78.1 million or 37 cents per share for the quarter compared with an adjusted profit of $70.1 million or 35 cents per share a year ago. Analysts on average had expected a profit of 36 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Corus owns radio stations as well as conventional and specialty television services across the country including Global Television.
Ohio State redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga takes a shot during the Buckeyes game against the Boilermakers on Feb 18. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorTied for first place with No. 13 Maryland atop the Big Ten standings, No. 14 Ohio State (22-6, 11-3 Big Ten) will play its final home game of the season against Northwestern (10-18, 3-11 Big Ten) at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Schottenstein Center. The Buckeyes have had recent success against the Wildcats. They hold a three-game winning streak against Northwestern, and have won seven of their eight previous matchups. Wednesday’s matchup will be the lone time the teams play this season, and the first meeting since Ohio State’s 31-point victory in the quarterfinals of last season’s conference tournament.Northwestern began its season winning five of its first six games, but since has gone 5-17 with only three conference victories. The team hit a rough stretch in January and February with it going on an eight-game losing streak, and at one point losing 10 of 11 games.Ohio State’s focus will shift to freshman guard Lindsey Pulliam, who leads Northwestern in scoring with 14.3 points per game. But as a team, Northwestern struggles to score and sits third to last in the Big Ten with 62.4 points per game. Ohio State, by comparison, averages 85 points per game.That doesn’t mean Ohio State head coach Kevin McGuff is overlooking the Wildcats.“If you look at them, they’ve played their best games against the best teams on the road,” McGuff said. “They have a lot of talent, they’re just young, they have a hard time closing games, but they are in every game and I suspect this time a year they’re gonna take their best shot they can on the road knowing what we have in front of us.”The Wildcats have three players who score more than 10 points, with the next closest — freshman Jordan Hamilton — coming in at just 7.8 points per game. Abi Scheid, a 6-foot-2 sophomore forward, is second on the team in scoring, with 12.4 per game while junior forward Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpanah averages a double-double, with 11 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. With two games remaining, Ohio State will need help from other teams in order to secure the top seed in the Big Ten Tournament. Maryland, with its 11-3 conference record, holds the first place tiebreaker as a result of the Terrapins’ 99-69 victory against Ohio State earlier this season. In the season’s final stretch, the Buckeyes also will have a shot at securing home games for the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament. They must beat Northwestern in order to remain one of the top-16 teams. Senior guard Asia Doss is not concerned with hosting tournament games, though.“Honestly, I think it’s just one game at a time, at this point we still have a chance to win the Big Ten Conference,” senior guard Asia Doss said. “We’re still trying to finish out the season, at least for me that hasn’t really crossed my mind. I don’t really look at that, I’m just worried about the Big Ten right now.”Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell has a chance to take advantage of Northwestern, which has the third-worst scoring margin in the conference. She is tied for second in the nation with 24.6 points per game and needs 42 points to pass former Baylor forward Brittney Griner for the third-most career points. Mitchell has scored career 3,242 points.