Uncapped Jalaj Saxena scripts first class record

first_imgAlur (Karnataka): The Duleep Trophy contest between India Red and India Blue ended without a result but all-rounder Jalaj Saxena achieved a rare feat. While playing for India Blue, the 32-year-old became the only uncapped player to score over 6,000 runs beside scalping 300 wickets in first-class cricket. With this, Saxena has entered an elite group of legends to achieve the feat but he is the only one who is still to get a call in the national team. So far, the right-arm off-spinner has featured in 113 first-class games, amassing 6,044 runs and 305 wickets. Despite such performances, Saxena, who was pocketed by Delhi Capitals in IPL this year for Rs 20 lakh, has been overlooked by the national selectors.last_img read more

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Sherritt to transfer part ownership of Madagascar mine to settled debt woes

first_imgTORONTO – Sherritt International Corp. (TSX:S) says it has reached a deal with the joint owners of a Madagascar mine that will see it transfer more ownership to cut its outstanding debt.The Toronto-based miner says it will shift a 28 per cent interest in the Ambatovy nickel mine joint venture to partners Sumitomo Corp. and Korea Resources Corp. in a deal that will eliminate $1.3 billion in partner loans from its balance sheet.Sherritt will be left with a 12 per cent stake in the mine, but remain operator until at least 2024.The company has struggled to make payments on its debt to the partners, and has been operating under a temporary deferral agreement while unable to make cash payments.Sherritt says the Ambatovy mine is the world’s largest finished nickel operation of its kind, with expected production this year of 36,000- to 39,000-tonnes of finished nickel and 3,300 to 3,600 tonnes of finished cobalt.The company also says it has had a fatality at its Energas S.A. power generation in Cuba due to an apparent electrocution.last_img read more

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Ban concerned after troops from neighbouring countries enter Bahrain

14 March 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today noted with concern that troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) under the auspices of the Gulf Cooperation Council have reportedly entered Bahrain, where public protests against the king have led to growing violence. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban said he was troubled that the violence had left many people injured over the past few days, adding that the United Nations is in touch with all the Bahraini parties, including the Government and key opposition parties who have conveyed their concerns to the Secretary-General on the latest developments. “The Secretary-General strongly believes that peaceful means should be adopted to ensure national unity and stability,” the statement stressed. “He appeals to all concerned to exercise maximum restraint and to do everything possible to prevent the use of force and further violence. He also underscores the responsibility of all parties to act in strict accordance with international human rights and humanitarian law.”Mr. Ban reiterated his call on all national stakeholders to reach common ground without delay on a meaningful and broad-based national dialogue, and on Bahrain’s regional neighbours and the wider international community to support a dialogue process and an environment conducive for credible reform.“The United Nations continues to stand ready to provide support to nationally-led efforts, if requested to do so,” the statement concluded.Last month, Mr. Ban called for an immediate end to violence against peaceful protesters in Bahrain and said he would be contacting leaders in the Middle East and North Africa to urge them to institute bold reforms and not repression in the face of the popular demonstrations that have swept the region. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has also voiced alarm at what she called the excessive use of force by Bahraini authorities, including the killing of peaceful protesters, and urged respect for the right to demonstrate. read more

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Korea to provide USD 25 million for maritime university

In response to the Sri Lanka Government’s request, KOICA extensively analyzed various factors such as status and development potential of oceanic industries and their contribution to the national economy, their forward and backward linkages, the stakeholders’ interests and the future market expansion as a whole in several feasibility studies, and then prioritized the areas for principal support in accordance with the Sri Lankan Government’s policies for economic growth, employment creation and increasing the foreign exchange earnings.This project includes a master plan for the upgrading the Ocean University and capacity building program for academics and government officials of Sri Lanka. Korean experts will provide the technical expertise for the master plan development process which includes formulating the academic development road map, developing curriculum for suggested academic programs, and determine equipment plan coupled with the concept drawing for the university. Further, post graduate study opportunities for the academic staff and short term training programs for government official will be provided under the capacity building program.Since Sri Lanka is striving for development in the maritime sector and become the maritime hub in the South Asia, this project can be considered as a significant mile stone in the country’s development path. The skilled man power result from this project will contribute to the sustainable development of the country creating more opportunities out of untapped oceanic resources. KOICA looks forward to the dawn of a new day for Sri Lanka being the hub of marine and maritime industry in Southwest Asia and the bridge between the East and West. As an island nation in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is blessed with many oceanic resources such as fish and marine species, beautiful beaches, minerals, and petroleum. Currently, the country owns 517,000 km2 of Exclusive Economic Zone and is in the process of expanding its boundaries. The agreement between the two countries for the project was signed by Lee Dong Ku; Country Director of KOICA Sri Lanka Office, R. Ranepura; Secretary to the Ministry of Skills Development and Vocational Training and Priyantha Rathnayake; Director General of the Department of External Resources. The Minister of Skills Development and Vocational Training, Chandima Weereakkody also attended the event. The Ocean University of Sri Lanka, the first ever state university for maritime and ocean sciences is going to be upgraded under the financial and technical assistance by the Republic of Korea.A grant of 2.5 Mn USD is provided by Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) to formulate the master plan for the upgrading of the Ocean University and build the capacities of the academics of the university. The geographical location of the country also provides close proximity to maritime logistics routes linking the Southeast Asian, Middle East and African markets which are advantageous for harbor services and shipping industry. Although the country is abundant with oceanic resources, the ocean industry is not well developed and the resources are not tapped to its potential. Moreover, the country is lacking in training, education and research capacities to produce skillful labor force to uplift the industry.By addressing the need for a specialized higher educational institute for maritime and ocean sciences, the Government of Sri Lanka established the Ocean University in 2015 replacing the National Institute of Fisheries Nautical Engineering (NIFNE) and sought the financial and technical assistance from the Republic of Korea, one of the leading economy in the world that has well developed blue economy, to upgrade the capacities of the University. read more

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Majority of Canadians want to invest more but say they cant afford

TORONTO – A majority of respondents to a new poll about retirement savings feel they haven’t invested enough but say they just don’t have the extra money to put away.The annual survey by Scotiabank found that 64 per cent of those polled cited affordability as an obstacle for them to invest in their RRSPs by the March 1 contribution deadline.That figure is up this year from 59 per cent in 2011 and 53 per cent in 2010.The poll also found that 81 per cent say they haven’t invested enough, compared with 76 per cent in 2011 and 71 per cent a year earlier.Only 17 per cent of those polled say they don’t have any investments at all, compared to 21 per cent last year.Mike Henry, Scotiabank’s senior vice-president and head of retail payments, deposits and lending, urges people who are serious about investing to come up with a financial plan.“Within the framework of a good financial plan, even small contributions can have a big impact over time and get people to the place they want to be financially,” he said in a release.The survey also found that 39 per cent say they wish they had invested at an earlier age, with 23 per cent agreeing that in retrospect, they would’ve spent less and contributed more to their investments.Of those who do have retirement investments, 51 per cent started setting aside money before they turned 30 years old.The poll also found that savings accounts or mutual funds (64 per cent) were still the most popular vehicle for putting away money, followed by RRSPs (56 per cent) and tax-free savings accounts (44 per cent).The poll was conducted online using a Harris/Decima propriety panel that surveyed 1,003 people from a random sample of adults aged 18 and over from across Canada.The survey was conducted from Nov. 28 to Dec. 13, 2012. by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 15, 2013 10:36 am MDT Majority of Canadians want to invest more, but say they can’t afford it: poll AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Descartes Systems buys Ohiobased MacroPoint trucktracking business

by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 15, 2017 7:29 am MDT Last Updated Aug 15, 2017 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Descartes Systems buys Ohio-based MacroPoint truck-tracking business WATERLOO, Ont. – Descartes Systems Group (TSX:DSG) has acquired an Ohio-based company that provides location-based truck tracking in a deal valued at US$107 million.Cleveland-based MacroPoint LLC uses on-board electronic logging devices, smartphones and other technology to track vehicles and identify opportunities for additional freight moves.It complements Descartes online logistics services that clients use to route, schedule, track and measure resources around the world.Based in Waterloo, Ont., Descartes paid US$87 million in cash and shares worth US$20 million to acquire MacroPoint. read more

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The Bears Dont Need Blitzes To Destroy Your Quarterback

When Vic Fangio was named defensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears in 2015, he took the helm of a ship that was essentially already at the bottom of the ocean. Not only were the Bears mired in a four-season playoff drought, but Chicago was also coming off consecutive seasons in which it fielded arguably the worst defense in franchise history.“We obviously aren’t a good team,” defensive end Jared Allen succinctly put it in 2014 after the Bears allowed consecutive opponents to pile up 50-plus points, a feat that had no precedent in modern professional football.Now, Chicago is under the direction of head coach Matt Nagy, atop the NFC North and in the midst of a three-game winning streak for the first time since the beginning of the 2013 season. But seemingly all anyone can talk about is Fangio’s defense.In its most recent victory, Chicago dismantled Tampa Bay’s then-league-best offense in a 48-10 bloodletting. Chicago’s front seven had Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jameis Winston, who made his season debut, running toward the nearest airport.Fitzpatrick and Winston haven’t been Chicago’s only victims, though.When it comes to getting at the quarterback, the Bears are off to the third-best start in franchise history. Even though the team had a bye in Week 5, its 18 sacks rank second in the league, one shy of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 19. One-fourth of Chicago’s 16 best single-game sack performances since 2015 came in the first four weeks of this season. At 4.5 sacks per contest so far, Chicago is on pace to tie the NFL single-season sack record of 72, a record the Bears set in 1984.Chicago’s 11.6 percent sack rate1Sack rate is the number of sacks of the opposing quarterback divided by the quarterback’s total dropbacks, including passing attempts and sacks. is 1.5 percentage points ahead of the next-best team. If the Bears can maintain that pace, they would set the the fifth-best mark since 1980, according to Pro-Football-Reference.com. Chicago’s defense is collapsing the pocket better than perhaps any team.But here’s the remarkable thing about the Bears: They are racking up the sacks despite hardly blitzing.The Bears rank last in the league in blitzing, defined as sending five or more pass rushers at a quarterback who’s dropping back to throw, with 5.0 per contest, according to data from ESPN Stats & Information Group. If Chicago maintained its blitz average for the rest of the season, it would be the sixth-lowest rate since 2006, the first year for which data is available. Other teams have used this formula before. Most notably, Jacksonville last season was able to get to the AFC championship game and field one of the best defenses in football while ranking second in sacks and last in blitzes. Chicago’s defense is 7.6 points better than average this season, according to Pro-Football-Reference’s Defensive Simple Rating System. That’s the franchise’s best mark since the 1985 and 1986 campaigns, when the Bears went a combined 29-3 and won a Super Bowl.Blitz-less defenses aren’t always dominant; the 2006 Indianapolis Colts blitzed the least of any team for which data is available and were the fourth-worst defense in the AFC. But Chicago’s defense is dominating, leading the league in Football Outsiders’ Defense-adjusted Value Over Average,2DVOA is a statistic that “measures a team’s efficiency by comparing success on every single play to a league average based on situation and opponent.” while ranking no lower than third in pass and rush defense.This weekend, Chicago travels to Miami to take on a Dolphins outfit missing several offensive linemen, setting the stage for more defensive highlights from the Bears. A franchise long synonymous with hard-nosed defense and strong play from the linebacker corps has re-established its identity under Fangio.Check out our latest NFL predictions. This is in no small part a function of the Bears’ new $141 million linebacker. Khalil Mack, who became the highest paid defensive player in NFL history after the Bears traded for him last month, is tied for fifth in the NFL in sacks (five) and tied for first in forced fumbles (four). In terms of pressure applied, Mack is ahead of the pace he set in 2016 when he was named defensive player of the year. In Week 3 of this season, during the Bears’ 16-14 win over Arizona, the Cardinals went as far as tasking three men with containing Mack. Late in the second quarter, after Mack beat every last one of those Cardinals, his teammate Akiem Hicks swooped in for the sack.Mack is not only a transcendent talent capable of getting to the quarterback on seemingly every snap; his play has also raised the performance of his teammates. Mack, Hicks, Danny Trevathan, Aaron Lynch and Roy Robertson-Harris have accounted for at least 1.5 sacks apiece this season. “Those boys inside can raise so much hell, it’s outrageous,” said hell-raiser Richard Dent, a Hall of Fame defensive end and a member of the vaunted 1985-86 Bears defense, in an interview with The Athletic.Blitzing requires a defensive player to eschew coverage in favor of pressure. Like so many other aspects of football, the blitz is a risk-reward proposition. Get to the quarterback quickly enough, and the play is over — and you may have even created a takeaway. Get to the quarterback a step late, and he will likely find a target in the hole you’ve left.Leaguewide, blitzing is trending down, largely because the game has gotten faster and offensive efficiency continues to skyrocket. It seems that defensive coordinators are content to send fewer pass rushers at the quarterback and instead rely on their secondary in coverage. In four consecutive seasons, the number of blitzes faced by quarterbacks has dropped, according to data from ESPN Stats & Information. Opposing quarterbacks saw a 17 percent decrease from 2013 to 2017 in total five-man blitzes.Long a proponent of blitz-scarce schemes, Fangio oversees an optimal situation in Chicago, where the Bears largely abstain from blitzing — yet they still manage to get to the quarterback.“I think the ideal thing is you’d like to pressure when you want to and not feel like you have to,” Fangio told The Athletic. “If you can get to that point, then you feel pretty good.”Fangio was well ahead of the trend of blitz-less defenses. He has held an NFL defensive coordinator role each season since 2011, when he took that job with the San Francisco 49ers, and over that stretch, his defenses have always been among the league’s most blitz-reluctant outfits. read more

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Republic Financial Holdings limited to acquire Scotiabanks banking operations in Guyana

Ronald F deC. Harford, Chairman of RFHLRepublic Financial Holdings Limited (RFHL) on Tuesday announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Scotiabank’s banking operations in Guyana, St. Maarten and the Eastern Caribbean territories, including Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.In a statement on the acquisitions, the Trinidadian based company said that “the purchase price is US$123 million, which represents US$25 million consideration for total shareholding of Scotiabank Anguilla Limited; and a premium of US$98 million over net asset value for operations in the remaining eight (8) countries. This price does not include any amounts required to capitalise the branches post-closing. The agreement, executed on November 27, 2018 signalled the commencement of a transaction that is subject to all regulatory and other customary approvals and conditions.”In making the announcement, Ronald F deC. Harford, Chairman of RFHL, said “This acquisition represents another major milestone for the Republic Group. As we grow and acquire significant positions in our existing markets, it is important that we continue to broaden our footprint, regionally and internationally. This agreement, which is subject to all regulatory approvals, affords us the opportunity to reach more clients in the Eastern Caribbean and Guyana, two markets we are familiar with, and build new relationships in St. Maarten. We are confident that our expanded presence or entrance in those markets will redound to the benefit of Scotiabank’s clients and employees as well as Republic’s existing stakeholders. I would like to thank Scotiabank for the confidence expressed in our ability to look after their valuable clients, and we are pleased that all impacted employees of Scotiabank in the 9 countries will join the Republic Group.”The Republic Group’s total asset base as at September 30, 2018 stood at US$10.5 billion, with equity at US$1.5 billion and profits attributable to shareholders for the year ended September 30, 2018 of US$198 million.This acquisition, according to the statement, will increase the Group’s asset size by approximately US$2.5 billion and will be accretive to the earnings of the Group by approximately US$ 0.20 per share. Citigroup Global Markets Inc. is advising RFHL on this transaction.“Scotiabank is proud to work with the Republic Group – a leader in financial services in the Caribbean who is well positioned to invest and grow the business, and to provide customers across the region with leading financial solutions that meet their needs,” said Ignacio (Nacho) Deschamps, Group Head, International Banking at Scotiabank.Harford explained that RFHL’s focus on seeking out expansion opportunities in the Caribbean is a testament to the Group’s confidence in and commitment to the Caribbean region. He added, “We have a proven track record of adding value to the markets we enter, and we look forward to partnering with the teams in these territories to deliver excellence in customer satisfaction, employee engagement and social responsibility.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAnalyst points to job losses, market domination with Republic Bank acquiring Scotiabank’s operationsDecember 5, 2018In “Business”Scotiabank acquisition: Govt worried Republic Bank may wield too much influenceNovember 27, 2018In “Business”Antigua insists on deal for local banks in exchange for giving green-light for Scotiabank saleDecember 14, 2018In “latest news” read more

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Didipio on target huge resource growth at Côté Lubambe produces Tavan Tolgois

first_imgThe latest issue of International Mining Project News, out today, has reports on 31 prefeasibility studies, 15 feasibility studies, 26 projects in development, three new mines that have gone into production, eight existing mines that are expanding, seven merger and acquisition announcements and many new appointments to new positions. The report covers 42 gold projects, 17 copper, 10 iron ore projects, eight silver, six zinc, five on molybdenum, four rare earths and coal projects, three on lithium and tungsten, two on lead, nickel, uranium, PGMs, potash and cobalt, and one project each on bismuth, base metals, tin, vanadium, titanium, manganese, graphite and phosphate and one polymetallic project. OceanaGold has pre-commissioning activities are underway at the Didipio project in the Philippines where the grinding mills are installed; the high and low voltage switchrooms are installed; the first six power generating units have been run synchronously with the remaining six expected to be commissioned later this month; the initial lift of the TSF is completed and ready to accept tailings; crushing of material to the emergency stockpile is expected to commence later in October and capital costs are on target.Bloomberg has reported “Mongolia’s new government will ignore calls for the nation to take a larger share of Rio Tinto’s Oyu Tolgoi copper and gold mine, focusing instead on attracting overseas investors to the country’s biggest coalfield, the foreign minister said. The four-party ruling coalition of Mongolia, which the World Bank said was the world’s fastest growing economy last year, hopes to name “within months” who will develop part of the 6,000 Mt Tavan Tolgoi coalfield, Luvsanvandan Bold said in an interview in Tokyo on October 2. The project, which has the US, China, Japan, Russia and South Korea interested, is a priority, he said.”In its largest investment in Mongolia to date, the EBRD aims to raise standards in the country’s mining industry with a $250 million loan for the development of the Tsagaan Suvarga copper mine located in the Dornogobi province, southeast Mongolia. Through the project the Bank is aiming to help develop a sustainable mining sector in Mongolia. The project also has a strong demonstration effect, as it introduces high environmental and social standards in the Mongolian copper industry, as well as supporting the further growth of a domestically grown company.As construction at the Oyu Tolgoi project is essentially complete and initial production is anticipated in the near term, Turquoise Hill Resources provided investors an update on key elements of the project’s development. The Definitive Integrated Development and Operations Plan (DIDOP) underground feasibility study is ongoing and is now expected to be released in the first half of 2013. The study team is currently evaluating the optimum development plan and updating various sensitivity cases. Capital approvals for underground development will likely be approved in distinct stages.The Korean Consortium (which owns 51%) has advanced $6.7 million to Minera y Metalúrgica del Boleo (MMB). This additional cash injection has allowed MMB to continue construction of the Boleo project. Baja Mining has a 49% interest in the Boleo copper-cobalt-zinc-manganese project located near Santa Rosalia, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Unanticipated cost overruns at the Boleo project were identified in April 2012. As a result, significant changes have occurred at Baja Mining.Drilling will commence next month to establish a fresh round of underground nickel reserves at the Mount Windarra mine in Western Australia as its new owners ramp up for a production re-start designed by 2014 to deliver one of the world’s few modern era high grade nickel sulphide mines.PMI Gold Corp announced a C$100 million equity financing to fund the development of its Obotan gold project in accordance with its definitive feasibility study, for Ghana exploration activities and for general and administrative expenses. The NI 43-101 feasibility study demonstrated a robust and viable project at Obotan with key highlights including a pre-tax NPV of $614 million, an IRR of 35% using a $1,300/oz gold price and 5% discount rate, and Proven and Probable Ore Reserves totalling 34.2 Mt at 2.1g/t Au for 2.43 Moz across four deposits.IAMGOLD has an updated resource estimate in accordance with NI 43-101 for its recently acquired Côté gold project, located halfway between Timmins and Sudbury in northern Ontario. The mineral resource estimate incorporates assay results from an additional 79 holes (44,856 m) since the February 24, 2012 estimate announced by Trelawney Mining and Exploration. The new Côté gold resource estimate consists of an Indicated Resource of 131 Mt averaging 0.84 g/t gold for 3.56 Moz and an Inferred Resource of 165 Mt averaging 0.88 g/t of gold for 4.66 Moz. The updated resource estimate, based on a cutoff grade of 0.30 g/t gold, represents a 274% increase in Indicated Resources from the previous estimate.Dragon Mining’s preliminary metallurgical testing has been successfully completed for the exciting Kuusamo gold project in northern Finland. The encouraging results have demonstrated that material from both the Juomasuo and Hangaslampi deposits in Kuusamo North is amenable to conventional comminution, followed by flotation and gravity processes with good gold recovery. Managing Director, Kjel Larsson: “The encouraging laboratory results achieved to date combined with strong results from resource extension drilling have reinforced the excellent potential of Kuusamo.”Nyota announced a new mineral resource estimate for its Tulu Kapi project, in Ethiopia. This incorporates the results from the in‐fill drill program completed during the summer of 2012 as well as being calculated using a new cutoff grade that reflects the indicative economic parameters to be used for the DFS. New total in‐situ mineral resource estimate (Indicated + Inferred) of 24.90 Mt @ 2.34 g/t Au, comprises an upgrade and increase in the Indicated category of 33% to 1,108,000 oz of gold @ 2.36 g/t; and an inferred resource of 764,000 oz @ 2.30 g/t Au. The indicative economic studies conducted for the feasibility study indicate that the economic cutoff grade for the Tulu Kapi project is likely to be between 0.3 and 0.4 g/t Au. As a result the new resource was estimated using a cutoff of 0.3 g/t.TNG has a large vanadium-titanium-iron resource at its 100% owned Mount Peake project located close to existing infrastructure in the Northern Territory of Australia. A patented processing flowsheet (TIVAN) provides a significant competitive advantage allowing for high recovery rates of vanadium whilst also achieving high recovery rates for titanium and iron, which can be sold as a byproduct. The company is now well funded to advance the project through the DFS stage and continue exploration within its diverse portfolio.UraniumSA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Melbourne-based uranium-extraction specialist Clean TeQ. The companies will collaborate to test the suitability of Clean TeQ’s patented U-HiSALTM process to extract uranium from acidified saline solutions at UraniumSA’s flagship Samphire uranium project south of Whyalla on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula.This fortnightly project watch is a great way of keeping up to date with your peers – other mining companies, other consultants or other engineering companies. These issues build into a global mine project overview. If you are a supplier – it is full of potential sales leads. 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23 of female staff believe male colleagues are paid more for the

first_imgAlmost a quarter (23%) of female employee respondents believe that their male colleagues are paid more for carrying out the same role, according to research by Totaljobs.Its 2016 Gender pay gap report, which surveyed 4,724 employees and 145 employers, also found that 31% of female employee respondents are unaware of how their current organisation makes decisions around salary and pay rises. This compares to 26% of male employee respondents.The research also found:44% of male employee respondents and 43% of female employee respondents have received a pay rise in their current role.Male employee respondents who have received a pay rise were awarded an average increase of £1,764, compared to £1,377 for female employee respondents.9% of male employee respondents and 8% of female employee respondents who received a pay rise were awarded the rise after directly asking for it.75% of female employee respondents do not feel comfortable asking for a pay rise, compared to 59% of male respondents. The reasons given for this by female employee respondents include lacking confidence to ask for more money (37%), not wanting to risk damaging the relationship with their manager (30%), not believing that it is part of organisation’s culture (28%), and because they do not like talking about money (25%).58% of male employee respondents feel that men and women receive equal pay, compared to 44% of female respondents.68% of employer respondents have a clear gender pay equality policy.34% of employer respondents review salaries across gender to safeguard against gender discrimination.29% of female employee respondents and 24% of male employee respondents do not believe their organisation actively promotes equality regardless of age, gender or other reasons.Among employee respondents who were awarded a bonus over the last year, on average, female respondents received £931 less than male respondents; £1,128 compared to £2,059.John Salt (pictured), director at Totaljobs, said: “It is disheartening that our research has revealed that despite efforts gender pay equality remains a prominent issue.The application and interview process is a fantastic opportunity for both men and women to negotiate a fair benefits package, including a salary that meets their expectations. I would urge all female candidates to aim high and feel confident in demanding the same figure as their male counterparts.“It’s not just the responsibility of employees; I would strongly encourage employers to actively monitor for salary differences between make and female employees to ensure gender equality across their organisation. By regularly reviewing salaries, bonuses and pay rises across genders they will safeguard against any unintentional discrimination.”last_img read more

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United Way of MiamiDade Girl Scouts team up to beautify Coral Gables

first_imgCORAL GABLES, FLA. (WSVN) – Several local organizations came together in Coral Gables for a camp cleanup.Volunteers for United Way of Miami-Dade joined Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida to help beautify Camp Mahachee, located along Old Cutler Road, Saturday.The two groups joined forces in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.“We are about 4,000 volunteers in Miami-Dade County, including Women United, which is 2,700,” said United Way volunteer Kathy Alexander, “and we’re representing Girl Scouts and the power of Women United. We are here cleaning up, painting. We’re actually refurbishing this beautiful area.”More than 100 volunteers worked on the project, which included painting cabins and restoring natural beauty to the area.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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SB91 Expands Discretionary Parole Eligibility For Current Inmates

first_imgWhen the board is making their determination, they consider the seriousness of the offense, the offender’s criminal record, adjustment and treatment while incarcerated, and an offender’s future plans. The board also considers the crime’s impact on the victim and the victim’s future safety. Victims and survivors are notified of all discretionary parole hearings. The victim may express feelings and concerns to the Board in writing or testify before the board in person. 629 Discretionary parole hearings were held in 2017, of those 5% were from Wildwood Correctional Facility. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The total discretionary hearings, prior to Senate Bill 91, were on average around 179 per year. With theimplementation of SB 91 the total amount of parole discretionary hearings more than tripled in 2017. This means that if an inmate has exceeded the court’s mandatory minimum sentence or has served a quarter of their total sentence, they can ask the parole board for release.center_img SB 91 expanded discretionary parole eligibility to all persons who have been sentenced to a term of imprisonment of at least 181 days, except for those convicted of unclassified sex offenses, those serving a mandatory 99-year term for murder in the first degree, those serving less than one year pursuant to a suspended imposition of sentence, or those who have been deemed ineligible by the court. To receive discretionary parole, an offender must complete one-third of his or her sentence and receive the approval of the Parole Board, a five member board that is part of the Department of Corrections. Last year, the Board of Parole released prisoners 57 percent of the time during these hearings, according to the DOC. The vast majority of those eligible for discretionary parole were sentenced on or after January 1, 2017.last_img read more

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VVIT students get jobs in campus drive

first_imgGuntur: Ten students of VVIT at Nambur were selected in campus drive conducted by the multinational company Texts in Bengaluru with a salary package of Rs 6.8 lakh per annum, according to its chairaman Vasireddy Vidyasagar. The company conducted campus selections in the engineering college on June 27. Out of 290 students attended the interview, ten students got selected. He further said that over 90 students got selected with a salary between Rs 3.6 lakh and Rs 12 lakh salary per annum.last_img read more

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Ensuring insurance for every Indian

first_imgThe insurance industry in India is looking at ways of reinventing itself in a positive light in the economy following fruitful discussions held at the 16th annual insurance conference —In Pursuit of Productivity, Sustainability and Progress—in Mumbai recently. Bouncing cheques, income tax frauds, lack of  penetration into rural and social sectors, are some of the problems bugging this industry in India which is struggling to maintain its equilibrium after opening up to the private sector from the monopoly of the Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India in 1999. Also Read – Revolutionising Indian agricultureThe Indian insurance industry is now reeling further with the central government Insurance Bill, which seeks to increase FDI in this sector from the existing 26 pr cent to 49 per cent. Adding to its misery are frauds and overseas figures being an eye-opener, where statistics showed that every hour, 15 fraudulent insurance claims were reported in the UK.HDFC Standard Life Insurance Co. Ltd  MD and CEO Amitabh Chaudhry noted that bouncing cheques and other problems led to insurance companies suffering 40 per cent losses in business every year, besides the insurance business drawing a lot of negative coverage in the past.  Noting that LIC had the monopoly in the past, Insurance Regulatory and Development authority (IRDA),  Insurance Regulatory and Development authority (IRDA) Chairman T S Vijayan said the insurance industry opened up to private players from 1999 but did very little to benefit the rural and social sectors of India, besides the economy of the country. Stating that 3.9 per cent penetration of India was not enough, he said this industry had much potential after viewing the demography chart where 2.5 crore people would be joining the job market within the next 20 years which offered a prospective climate for the insurance sector. Also Read – BLACK FIBREIn the non-life insurance sector, about one million scooters coming out yearly meant an equal number of insurance opportunities, he said while urging for viewing the number of assets being added yearly including hospital treatment. “When India opened up to private insurance players, the industry lost focus of customers and did not address the real needs. While the speed of clearing insurance claims is not bad, the focus should be on which products are bringing the premium for them. They have to be clear on which innovations they are bringing to the market so that the tag of mis-selling and the gap of misunderstanding is removed. The product should be transparent and easily understood. Insurance products should be positioned as a separate brand itself individually.” “We should tell the Prime Minister to bring out a Jan Bima Yojna. Distribution costs of insurance products being very high is a misconception but statistics don’t substantiate this. If a company is mature and strong, then this wont be so. The insurance company can be put on even keel if the top line can go up to match fixed costs. While the policy holders’ money have to be protected, the agent too has to be protected with some remuneration being given on a monthly basis instead of commission, thus ensuring that the company too has done its social responsibility.’Vijayan also criticized the use of paper in the present digital age of the insurance industry. “I joined the Insurance industry in 1977 and even today, people are still using paper. We need to come out of this mindset of paper use where, instead, the ease of selling insurance should happen in a jiffy. In India, things are already in place such as Aadhar card, Internet, mobile etc and the future belongs to this type of solution that is not complex but simple. An integrated solution should be given to customers that includes even after-sale services including settling claims in time. Health re-insurance is also in the picture. All metros should have re-Insurance. Innovation happens when the distribution system gets improved.” Vijayan also noted that mis-selling made money for the insurance persons and remained a fact whether the government understood it or not. Noting that frauds are still happening, he said how far some people could go could be seen from the fact that some crooks even tried selling RBI (Reserve Bank of India) cards – when there are no such cards actually. But “gullible” people still bought them, he said, adding that this had to be tackled by the awareness authority. Highlighting “digitization” in an insurance processing perspective, he said “In Hyderabad, we started a bureau for collecting data on all vehicles insurance and found that 1.5 lakh vehicles were not insured. This data crunch alone can create a reduction in the third party premiums.” ICICI Lombard General Insurance Co Ltd MD and CEO Bhargav Dasgupta said the Insurance industry growth is between Rs 12,000 crore to Rs 17,000 crore at a CAGR of 17 per cent and is expected to grow to Rs 4.80 lakh crore by 2027. Alongside the vast opportunity including new penetration of 0.2 per cent in rural markets, there are 30 crore homes in the country which represent a Rs 30,000 crore opportunity, he said. The industry honchos agreed on the fact that penetration levels needed to be increased  across segments, asset classes and geographies to accelerate growth — alongside the 60 per cent awareness in the health insurance sector — besides SMEs, rural sector and homes offering significant opportunities and yet to be penetrated. In the rural sector, tractors segment penetration was at 30 per cent while being benchmarked at 85 per cent, while in SMEs, employees’ group health is at 10 per cent and benchmarked at 75 per cent. The industry’s performance is driven by interplay of various factors. It would need to take continued action to accelerate growth and further improve profitability.  The union of all the industry captains at one place found that human capital development, technology and utilities are several areas for the insurance industry to collaborate in this regard. Highlighting “human capital” in the Indian insurance industry, New India Assurance Co Ltd CMD G Srinivasan said there is a huge challenge of skills in this industry which needs not just more people alongside its growth, but also the right type of people as “today the Industry is run by people without insurance qualifications.” But if insurance sector is seen as an attractive proposition and career to freshers and youngsters coming out of colleges, was his question. “Earlier, we had to walk a long way to get business.  Even today, we are picking up general graduates and then training them. Also, we do not do enough research & development and hence have to keep trying out talent wherever we can get it. Although insurance is very complex, I can pick up someone from the market and train him in three months time,” he added.“Hospitals don’t realize they are committing a fraud in the system. This can’t go on indefinitely and the situation has reached the extent that the fraud costs are being borne by the customer. The problem of frauds in India is huge as customers do not know they are committing a fraud. When we detect a fraud, we can only reject the claim. So there is need for a legal framework and mechanism to deal with these frauds as there is no way you can discourage them. There is a need for setting up a separate fraud bureau (by looking also abroad into frauds and solutions) to detect and prevent them from happening. The biggest issue online insurance industry is facing is frauds, not underwriting claims,” he said.General Insurance Council Secretary General R Chandrasekaran outlined the need to build the insurance industry’s image as insurance is part of mismanagement. “There is a need to lay down qualifications for candidates entering this industry. Draw up a pyramid of skills needed for the expertise, and draw up an action plan. Where frauds were concerned, one case involving a Schengen Visa had come to us through a travel agent. What we did was to make a portal that worked successfully and led to almost nil travel fraud. Years ago, we never spoke about frauds, but today we are talking openly about it.” ICICI Lombard General Insurance’s Bhargava Dasgupta said that the depth of understanding required to be successful in the insurance industry is higher than in other sectors. “We need to attract talent and find ways of positioning our industry better, besides going to campuses to recruit them. Increasing the attractiveness quotient is the need of the hour,” he said while noting that where technology is concerned, the opportunity is huge. “Mobiles are being used to generate business and ease of operations. Technology is great, but also a huge threat for us if we don’t collaborate well.”Dasgupta also narrated a case where his company discovered a racket operating in the health insurance sector. This was being done in a very randomized manner but still ended up getting exposed, he said while emphasizing “We still need to have an element of collaboration as criminals are getting smarter and the insurance industry cannot catch all frauds. There are even hospitals defrauding the insurance industry.”G Srinivasan intervened to add that “There is a need for collaboration as technology is critical, especially for building up data for the entire country which is needed. Technology is also important to get into the rural markets, besides playing an important role in the industry taking important decisions on such as natural calamities like those that occurred in Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh – especially since India is exposed to natural calamities. There is no scientific model to deal with this and you can see companies failing in this regard.”“Frauds are taking place. I was at a conference in Zimbabwe where the chief of the Insurance Fraud Bureau narrated a case of identity theft where 30 people had their identity stolen. The fraud syndicate responsible for this made just one mistake that was identified by the IFB who tracked them down and brought them to justice. So this is one area needing collaboration in tracking frauds,” he noted.Experian Credit Information Company of India Pvt. Ltd MD Mohan Jayaraman said:  “While India is having the largest bureau in the world and 150 million consumers, the definition and way we view technology is changing today.  There is now availability of technology and infrastructure while redefining and jumping to the next level. We should make use of the small capsules of data that we have, such as the ones we are now doing in the vehicles sector. When we draw the data, we can put it in an easy-to-access portal — that can be also viewed by customers – in a transparent and beneficial way while avoiding frauds also. In the UK, there are fraud repositories today where people can go and identify cases to prevent frauds. But there is a need to bring in a well-paid person to detect such frauds.”Jayaraman said 30 per cent of NPAs in banks had been identified as being frauds and that, in India, large scale private players came together and started sharing information about such frauds, thus saving Rs 468 crore in the process. KGFS head (Unit of IFMR Rural Channels and services Private Limited) Ravi K A said rural households owned movable assets such as tractors and bikes. “Cash flow mismatch is one of the key challenges faced by the rural sector and insurance helps them in this regard,” he said.  Oriental Insurance Co Ltd Director & GM Kuldip Singh said that while there is insurance awareness in the rural areas, their psychology in general insurance was that they felt they were not deriving any benefits of the insurance policy over the insurance period. “Insurance in the health sector is going up as people are getting benefits there. People in rural areas are more  shy and require an insurance distribution channel among them where they can approach even at midnight. Also, there is a rural class which can afford insurance and these need to be approached in cases like Uttaranchal, Jammu and Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh incidents etc.”KEC International and RPG Group (Insurance) General Manager P Chandrasekar highlighted the need to simplify and rejig the insurance process so that indemnification could be done easily. FINO PayTech Ltd Founder Member and Executive Director Rishi Gupta called for greater awareness, higher commissions, training and technology as digitization would address a lot of these challenges. HDFC ERGO General Insurance Co Ltd MD and CEO Ritesh Kumar said rural penetration could be done through schemes involving NGOs and third party distribution channels could service this sector in a better way than any brick-and-mortar office could. However, more insurance products were needed in the rural areas for the small kiosks there, he said.last_img read more

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State govt employees jubilant as Mamata announces clearance of DA arrears by

first_imgKolkata: State government employees in the state have reasons to cheer with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announcing on Thursday that Dearness Allowance (DA) arrears of all government employees will be cleared by this month. The total DA of the employees will be 125 percent of their basic pay.”The DA arrears will be cleared by this month,” Banerjee said while addressing a public distribution programme at Ilambazar in Birbhum. The Chief Minister has kept her promise that she had made on June 19, 2018, when she had announced 25 percent additional Dearness Allowance (DA) for the state government employees with the merger of 10 percent interim relief. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeShe had also stated that it will be effective from January 2019 and the total DA of the employees will be 125 percent. It is 90 percent more than what it was till the end of the Left Front period. “We have to pay around Rs 48,000 crore every year to the Centre due to the huge debt burden left upon us by the erstwhile Left Front government, but the Chief Minister has taken up so many projects for the benefit of common people and is continuing to do so,” a senior official of the state government said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe release of the DA will cost Rs 5,000 crore to the state’s exchequer every year. The DA recipients will also include teachers and non-teaching staff of educational institutions and employees of rural and urban local bodies. Sanket Chakraborty, general secretary of the State Steering Committee, congratulated the Chief Minister for providing the benefit. It may be mentioned that the gap between the Centre and Bengal with regards to DA had been 48 percent. Now, with the state government allocating 25 percent more DA, the difference will come down to 23 percent. The organisation of Trinamool Congress state government employees – Rajya Sarkari Karmachari Federation (RSKF), claimed that the state government’s move comes as a New Year gift for the employees. “We want the state government to bring out a fresh notification in this regard to clear any doubts or allegations from other unions,” said Manoj Chakraborty, convener of RSKF. It may be mentioned that Banerjee had addressed a programme of the RSKF in September 2017 at Nazrul Manch, where she had assured that the demand of the state government employees will be looked into with priority.last_img read more

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Heres How One Ousted Founder Will Get His Revenge

first_img 2 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Revenge is a dish best served cold. Or in the case of an ousted founder of a men’s specialty retailer, a smartphone app will do.Men’s Wearhouse founder George Zimmer has unveiled his new company, called zTailors, a website and app that helps connect customers with on-demand tailors who make house calls. Like many startups these days, Zimmer told The New York Times his new business is the “Uber for tailors.”Here’s how it works: shoppers schedule a fitting at their home or office and a tailor with at least five years experience will show up to consult and tailor both men’s and women’s clothing. Orders are delivered with a week and if unsatisfied, zTailors will offer complimentary adjustments.Zimmer was well known to the public for appearing in many Men’s Wearhouse ads in which he guaranteed that customers would like the way they look. But the retailer ousted Zimmer from his position as executive chairman in 2013, issuing a terse statement at the time.When he spoke with Fortune several months after his ouster, Zimmer said he was “almost 100% certain” he wouldn’t be CEO of a public company after leaving Men’s Wearhouse. But he did see himself in more of a “behind-the-scenes role.”His role at zTailors is more active than that. He is reportedly the financial force behind the company, telling the Times that no venture capitalists are involved. The startup, which has 600 tailors signed up, plans to operate across the nation by the end of the year. The lack of involvement from venture capitalists is also an interesting twist: Fortune reported earlier this year that Zimmer had pitched investors on an e-commerce tuxedo rental business. His new startup, zTailors, is a different business model.Retail founders and top executives can discover a second (or third) career renaissance by moving into the startup world. Some recent announcements include apparel and retail chain Kit and Ace, which is backed by yoga gear maker Lululemon’s founder and e-commerce website Enjoy, which is run by ex-J.C. Penney CEO Ron Johnson. June 2, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazinelast_img read more

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Travelscene rejects Europe price hike claims says theres silve

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/2782e/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: W.X Travelscene American Express yesterday said that they rejected recent claims that flight prices could jump due to the resulting backlog of passengers affected by Iceland’s volcanic eruptions.Instead the travel agency chain is taking a positive spin on the events, saying that they feel that this situation has given their agents a change to prove that booking with a travel agent pays off in times of crisis.“Our Members, retail and corporate, are finding that their commitment to superior customer service and to being available 24/7 in times of crisis is really paying off in terms of showcasing the real value of booking travel through a licensed travel agent and buying the right insurance policy from the right provider,” said Mike Thompson, Travelscene American Express CEO.At the same time, agents are also able to use this opportunity to highlight the benefits of buying travel insurance from a travel agent, and that when it comes to travel insurance many of the policies range in coverage.As it is leading up to the most popular time to travel to Europe for Australians, Travelscene American Express says that fares will likely stay within reasonable boundaries, with fares still available from $2,100 including all taxes.“So, even though this is the most popular time to travel, don’t give up on your European trip thinking you’re going to have to spend upwards of $4000,” adds Jacqui Timmins, Travelscene American Express General Manager.“There are still a number of great deals out there.”last_img read more

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Iran launches ambitious tourism plans anticipates 20 million visitors a year

first_imgIran’s tourism industry is anticipating rapid growth following the lifting of economic sanctions.President Hassan Rouhani’s government is taking fresh measures to ease or abolish visa requirements for most foreign visitors. Business travellers are also making their way to Tehran scoping out opportunities. More tourists also appear to be on the planes coming from Frankfurt, Rome, Istanbul and the few other places that have direct flights to Iran. The Iranian government says it expects a 6.6% rise in the number of tourists for 2015.Iranian Vice-President and Head of the country’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organisation (ICHHTO), Masoud Soltanifar, said that “bright days” lie ahead for the country’s tourism industry following the nuclear agreement struck in Vienna.“No other industry in Iran will see a bigger boost than tourism as the result of this deal,” he said. “The news about the nuclear agreement and lifting of economic sanctions has delighted our tourism industry.” Soltanifar announced earlier in July that Iran was increasing the length of tourist visas from 15 days to one month, and from as early as next year tourist visas could be issued electronically.Several large hotel companies, including the Abu Dhabi-based Rotana, confirmed that they are planning on opening new hotels in Iran in hopes of increased tourism due to the lifting of sanctions.Masoud Soltanifar said that foreign hotel groups from Germany, Greece, South Korea and Singapore had visited Iran to “study the Iranian tourism market and its growing attractions.” The ICHHTO Director has previously stressed the importance of tourism for the country, outlining aims to attract 20 million visitors a year by 2025, generating up to USD 30 billion in revenues. Foreign visitor numbers are currently estimated at around four million.Iranians have welcomed the opportunity to develop the country’s historic buildings, ancient sites and its rugged mountains that are ideal for skiing and mountaineering. The country is among the world’s top potential tourist destinations with a treasure trove of ancient sites, including 17 places listed by the UNESCO.last_img read more

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first_img – / 21 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments   Share   He plays CB.And LB.And S.And “if you’re talking about DPOY you have to include @Mathieu_Era.” (via @BaldyNFL) https://t.co/R1uvg9HWYq— NFL (@NFL) November 30, 2015 OK then.Mathieu is aware of the praise, but says he can always improve and is not worried about that kind of stuff right now. However, that kind of recognition is something he strives for.“Really, you sit and you just kind of leave it there,” he said of those goals. “I think I’ve said it earlier in the season, the things I want to accomplish, and I just kind of left it there and just focused on the season.“I don’t try to let it overwhelm me. I’ve been there before, at LSU, and at times it can get overwhelming. You’re thinking about things in the future when really you should be focusing on today. My mind set really is to just handle what’s in front of me and everything in the future. If I do what I do what I have to do today, hopefully it will handle itself.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Asked if he expected this kind of performance from Mathieu, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said, “Yeah. He could play better, you know?”Not really.Mathieu has established himself as not only one of the best players on the Cardinals, but as one of the best defensive players in the entire NFL. He fills up a box score while playing a variety of roles for his team, able to rush the passer, play against the run, man a safety spot or drop into coverage as a cornerback.The 5-foot-9, 186-pound player’s versatility makes him important to Arizona’s defense, and his production has him in the conversation for some end-of-season awards.In fact, NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger said Mathieu is one of the favorites.“I think he’s the most exciting defensive player in football right now,” he said. “I would say right now through 12 weeks that if you’re going to have a conversation for the Defensive Player of the Year, you have got to put Tyrann Mathieu in the conversation.”Baldinger noted how Mathieu leads the Cardinals in tackles, tackles for loss and interceptions, noting it was all on display in the win over San Francisco.“If he was in the rodeo, you’d want him to be the calf roper because he’s taking the calf down,” he said. A healthy Tyrann Mathieu is an outstanding football player.If you didn’t know that before, you’re learning it now.Mathieu, in his third NFL season, is having a career year with 70 total tackles, one sack, four interceptions and 14 passes defensed. In Sunday’s 19-13 win over the San Francisco 49ers, the former third-round pick out of LSU notched a career-best 13 tackles to go along with an interception, two passes defensed and one tackle for loss.last_img read more

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LOS ANGELES – Crystal Cruises introduced a sixnig

first_imgLOS ANGELES – Crystal Cruises introduced a six-night, tennis-themed, post-cruise land program – with VIP access to the Wimbledon Championships semifinals and finals. The program is available following Crystal Symphony’s June 19 cruise from London to Stockholm, which features tennis-themed Experiences of Discovery programming. In addition to Wimbledon Centre Court tickets, participating guests have access to Fairway Village, the luxury Wimbledon hospitality area near Centre Court, private car service and accommodations at London’s posh Savoy hotel.Onboard tennis programming will include an excursion to the Tennis Hall of Fame in Bastad, Sweden, where guests will have the chance to pour over photos and memorabilia of some of the greatest players in the world and tour the Hall of Fame’s stadium.“This Wimbledon program exemplifies our commitment to creating one-of-a-kind experiences that are completely exclusive to Crystal and not available anywhere else,” said John Stoll, director, land programs. “Crystal’s goal is to ensure that all its guests enjoy vacations that are tailor-made to their needs and desires, culminating in vacation experiences that are truly unique.”Wimbledon package features include: * VIP access to Fairway village – The Wimbledon hospitality area for complimentary champagne, four-course lunch and traditional afternoon tea; * Centre Court seats – For women’s singles semifinal and final, and men’s singles and semifinal and final; * Six-night stay at The Savoy – One of London’s most iconic luxury hotels, with private car service to and from Wimbledon, and * European Business Class air – from Stockholm to London-Heathrow.www.crystalcruises.comlast_img read more

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