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Warners Bay and Chancellor taste Schools Cup glory

first_imgEden RichardsThe girls of Chancellor State College and the boys of Warners Bay High School have taken out their respective divisions of the Harvey Norman National Schools Cup.Chancellor were near unstoppable against Helensvale in the Girls Grand Final, running out 8-3 winners in a one-sided affair.The girls from Sippy Downs scored the first four touchdowns of the match to lead 4-0 at half-time, before continuing to pile on the pressure in the second stanza.The score blew out to 6-0 early in the second half before Helensvale hit back to add some respectability to the scoreboard, but the damage had been done to give Chancellor a well-deserved victory.Courtney Fietz scored a double for the victors, while Nikiah Campbell crossed twice for Helensvale in what was a good performance in a losing side.After watching the girls leave it all on the field, it was time for the boys to show the onlookers on the Sunshine Coast what they were capable of.In what was an exciting contest, Warners Bay and St Edward’s College traded touchdowns early on in their grand final, with neither side able to form any sort of a lead.It hit 3-all halfway through the first half before Warners Bay began to run over the top of their opponents late in the first stanza.Warners Bay used their superior field position and strong possession to jump to a 6-4 lead at half-time, and St Edward’s were going to need a huge effort in the second 20 to mount a comeback.St Edward’s had to be the first to score in the second half and they did just that, crossing the line after a 12-minute stalemate in which both teams continued to turn the ball over.At 6-5 with five minutes to play it was anyone’s match to win, but Warners Bay simply wanted it more, crossing twice in a row to lead 8-5 with four minutes to go.St Edward’s scored a consolation touchdown in the dying minutes, but it was Warners Bay who secured a hard-fought victory.Joshua Fredrickson and Kobe Mcwilliams scored doubles for Warners Bay, while Sandon Smith crossed twice for St Edward’s.last_img read more

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a month agoAtletico Madrid great Futre: Felix will take the throne from Ronaldo

first_imgAtletico Madrid great Futre: Felix will take the throne from Ronaldoby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid great Paulo Futre is convinced Joao Felix will have a huge future.Indeed, Futre says Felix will be a future Ballon d’Or winner.He declared: “Joao Felix is twenty years old, he is a champion, he can occupy the throne of the best Portuguese player when (Cristiano) Ronaldo will stop and he can also win the Ballon d’Or.” On Juventus star Ronaldo, Futre says that “he’s even better than (Usain) Bolt”.And on Juve defender Matthijs de Ligt, he says he is “a crack, like Felix, and that in the Champions League will find it easier than in Serie A”. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Swiss giant Novartis to buy USbased AveXis in 87B deal

first_imgGENEVA – Swiss pharmaceuticals giant Novartis says it has agreed to buy the U.S.-based gene therapy company AveXis Inc. for $8.7 billion, part of its goal to become a leader in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.The two companies say their respective boards have voted unanimously to approve the deal, to be paid for through cash and short-term borrowing.The tender offer for $218 per share announced Monday marks a whopping 88 per cent premium from AveXis’ closing price in Nasdaq trading on Friday.Basel, Switzerland-based Novartis called the deal set to close in mid-2018 a “financially attractive acquisition with multi-billion dollar peak sales potential” even if it isn’t expected to add to core operating income until 2020.The lead AveXis gene therapy candidate is for spinal muscular atrophy Type 1, which Novartis called the top genetic cause of death in infants, in which “nine out of 10 infants do not live to their second birthday or are permanently ventilator dependent.”The top executive for Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Paul Hudson, said the deal to bring in AveXis “would support both our ambition to be a leader in neurodegenerative diseases and our Neuroscience franchise priorities to strengthen our position in devastating pediatric neurological diseases such as SMA.”last_img read more

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MLAs daughter delivers Mothers Day gifts to local seniors

first_img“I was riding by the hospital recently and saw a bunch of seniors out front of the care centre, they were so nice and friendly, I just felt I wanted to do something nice for them,” said Davies. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The ladies residing at Peace Villa and Abbeyfield House each received a carnation, chocolate and a card on Mother’s Day after the daughter of Peace River North MLA Dan Davies came up with the idea of doing something nice for local seniors.Bert Bowes Grade 7 student Hana Davies said she thought of the idea of giving the gifts last week. Dan Davies said his daughter got permission from the two care centres, did a budget, and got Inland Concrete to sponsor the gifts. Davies hand-delivered the surprise gifts to the residents of the two facilities at lunch time on Mother’s Day.Hana Davies handing a flower and card to Peace Villa resident Debbie Simons. Supplied photo.last_img read more

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Thailand junta poised to retain power

first_imgBangkok: Thailand’s election results were due Monday, with the junta appearing poised to hold on to power in a vote that saw its main rival diminished but vaulted a new pro-democracy force into the kingdom’s politics. Sunday’s poll — seen as a referendum on the military — was the first since a 2014 coup, and was held under new rules written by the junta to ease its transformation into a civilian government. Despite that, analysts had not expected the army-linked Phalang Pracharat party to win the popular vote, given mounting anger at junta rule and the enduring popularity of Pheu Thai — the party of ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USBut Thai politics is unpredictable, and as preliminary results trickled in Sunday, Phalang Pracharat — with coup leader Prayut Chan-O-Cha as its candidate for prime minister — clung to the lead, racking up more than 7.6 million votes with 93 percent of ballots tallied. “This will give them… popular legitimacy and more credibility,” Thitinan Pongsudhirak, a political scientist at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University, said. Phalang Pracharat had nearly half a million more votes than Pheu Thai, despite the track record of Thaksin whose parties have won every vote since 2001, drawing on loyalty from the rural and urban poor. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsPrayut’s party is on track to cobble together the 126 votes in the lower house it needs for a parliamentary majority, in combination with a 250-seat upper house Senate that is appointed by the junta. The Bangkok Post, Thailand’s main English-language newspaper, splashed “Prayut return ‘likely'” across its front page on Monday. The poll pitted a royalist junta and its allies against the election-winning machine of billionaire-turned-politician Thaksin and featured an unpredictable wave of millions of first-time voters. As the results came in, dismay rippled out across the pro-democracy camp, with prospects diminishing of an anti-junta coalition squeezing into power. The Election Commission unexpectedly postponed the release of fuller results until Monday afternoon, including the number of lower house seats won by each party. The Election Commission has said it will finalise the results by May 9. But questions quickly began to percolate on social media over an election that saw a massive 1.9 million ballots invalidated, setting the stage for disputes. Turnout was a tepid 64 percent, much lower than forecasts. Election night was full of surprises, with the new, youth-focused Future Forward party led by telegenic billionaire Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit taking more than five million votes, which could make it Thailand’s third-biggest party. And on the eve of the poll, Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn issued a cryptic statement urging people to support “good” leaders against those who create “chaos.” Another royal command in February torpedoed the candidacy of the king’s elder sister Princess Ubolratana for prime minister via a party linked to Thaksin. Thaksin was ousted in a 2006 coup, and has lived in self-exile since 2008. The administration of his sister Yingluck was also the victim of a 2014 power grab by the military. The Shinawatra-aligned Pheu Thai party has vowed to accept the results but said it needed more “clarity” on the outcome before it took a stance.last_img read more

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AIIMS imposes conditions for holding event doctors term order arbitrary illegal

first_imgNew Delhi: A section of AIIMS faculty members have termed as “arbitrary and illegal” the administration’s imposition of conditions for holding a session to discuss caste discrimination at institutes of higher learning, and said it was an attempt to curb their fundamental rights.The organisers have postponed the event, which was to be held on Monday, in protest and have also sought revocation of the terms. A group of doctors, belonging to the forum AIIMS Front for Social Consciousness, had decided to hold a discussion on the topic “Ambedkar’s views on Social Relations: Caste discrimination in Institutions of Higher Learning” and had written to the administration to book a lecture hall for the same. In its reply, the AIIMS registrar issued certain directions for the event to be conducted. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles”No society/forum/association has been allowed to host or participate in the event. No political discussions should be held. No press/media coverage should be done and no press release should be issued without specific approval of the Director AIIMS, as this is being held within the AIIMS premises,” the conditions stated. Professors from the Hindu college and the IIT-Delhi, besides some faculty members, were scheduled to participate in the event. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe response from the administration triggered a resentment among a section of doctors who termed it as an attempt to curb their fundamental rights and held a meeting with the director. In a communique to the AIIMS administration over their response, a senior doctor representing the group said the order was “arbitrary and illegal” by any parameter of democratic governance and that it prompted them to hold a meeting with the director over the proposed meeting. The faculty members said the director conveyed that after the election gets over on May 19, the conditions will cease to exist.last_img read more

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Ronaldo will miss Portugals friendly against Belgium

first_imgThe Portuguese captain, Cristiano Ronaldo will be given a break after his long and tiring season with his club so that he would be totally fit in his return before World Cup kick off.Seleccao is scheduled to have the warm-up game against Belgium in Brussels on Saturday night. Yet, instead of joining his teammate, Ronaldo is in tennis court with his fellow, Miguel Paixao to keep fit during his short break.According to Mirror, Portugal’s head coach, Fernando Santos said that he deserved his rest after playing in 49 games in one season.  He also said, “Cristiano Ronaldo is on holiday,”Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“I won’t bother Cristiano by calling him, after a spell where he’s put in so much effort and is tired. I don’t have to talk with Cristiano. Hopefully he can have a great holiday and he can come back in good condition. That’s the important thing.”Portugal will begin their World Cup campaign against Spain on 15th June.last_img read more

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Police investigate Aggravated BurglaryGarden loop

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 27, 2017 – Providenciales – Detectives of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force are investigating an Aggravated Burglary that occurred around 12:30am this morning (Thursday 27th July 2017) in the area of Garden Loop, Grace Bay Providenciales.Upon arrival, the victims told officers that four (4) males entered their home with guns and demanded money. They also stated that the men had their face covered, one wearing a black short pants and the other had on a grey sweater material shirt with a light blue green cloth covering his face. The culprits took a watch and two (2) cell phone and fled the scene.An investigation is ongoing into this report.Anyone who may have information about these four (4) men are asked to contact the police at 338-5901 or to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers at 1-800-8477.Press Release: RTCIPF Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Jose laments about injuryprone United

first_imgJose Mourinho moaned about Manchester United’s lack of physicality and blamed most of the injury-prone players.The Red Devils were annihilated by leaders Liverpool in a 3-1 defeat at Anfield meaning they are 19 points behind their arch-rivals and 11 points off the top four after just 17 games.Speaking in his post-match press conference, United manager Mourinho was brutally honest about which qualities his side are lacking, and used Liverpool’s physicality and energy as an example of what to aim for.26 – Manchester United have picked up 26 points after their first 17 Premier League games; their worst points haul in the top-flight at this stage since 1990-91 (also 26 points). Dip. pic.twitter.com/FI2avHKq1D— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 16, 2018harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“First of all, we have lots of problems related to physicality,” the United boss told Sky. “We have lots of players that I could consider ‘injury-prone’, because some of our players are always injured. And it’s not with me, it was before me.“If you look to the stats with Mr.Van Gaal, and before him with David [Moyes], that period there were players that were permanently injured. When you are permanently injured, physicality is difficult to get. Then there are qualities that a player has, and doesn’t have, you cannot improve and cannot make them have.“I give you an example; Robertson, Mane, Salah, Wijnaldum, Keita, Fabinho, they are physical players. On top of that, they are good players technically.“I also have lots of good players technically, but we don’t have lots of players with that intensity, with that physicality. So when the game has high levels of intensity, it is difficult for us.”last_img read more

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Juventus star Emre Can compares the Serie A Premier League

first_imgGerman midfielder Emre Can has given his verdict on the differences between teams in the Serie A and Premier League.Emre spent four years at Liverpool, where he managed 14 goals and 12 assists in 167 appearances, before leaving for Juventus on a free transfer last summer.The 25-year-old has since gone on to feature regularly at Juventus this season and he’s now disclosed that the main difference between teams in Italy and England lies in their tactical approach.“I think here in Italy the teams are better tactically, [but] I think the football in England is maybe quicker but here it is sometimes very difficult to score a goal,” Emre told Sky.“It was not always easy for me my first few months here in Italy because I had a few problems and then the surgery, now I feel better really because I play a few games.“I need to get used to the football here in Italy. I feel in good shape and ready to go.”The Germany international took the opportunity to praise team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo for the impact he’s made both on and off the field at Juventus.Emre also hopes to win the Champions League alongside the Portuguese star after coming so close at Liverpool last season, where they lost 3-1 to Ronaldo’s Real Madrid at Kiev in the final.“Every footballer wants to play with Cristiano, he’s a big, big player and off the pitch he’s a great guy,” said Emre.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“You can always talk to him, you can learn from him a lot and I think he gives a push to the team.”He added: “Last year, I lost the final but this year I want to win it, with him together of course.“I heard a lot of times this year when we played, they [fans] want to win the Champions League. I think the fans are really looking forward for it and really want to win it.“Of course everybody say you will win the Serie A but it’s very difficult and the last seven years Juventus won it, this year the eighth time and it’s not always easy, we have to train every day hard.”Emre, who has made 21 appearances for Juventus this season, will hope to help get the club back to winning ways at Sassuolo on Sunday in the Serie A.Massimiliano Allegri’s side are looking to bounce back following a 3-0 defeat to Atalanta in the Coppa Italia and a 3-3 draw against Parma last weekend.A busy 2 weeks ahead with 4 games! Hard work and preparation is 🔑⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀#EC23 #iCan #WeCan #FinoAllaFine pic.twitter.com/iz9ANG0Qhv— Emre Can (@emrecan_) February 5, 2019last_img read more

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BNP gets conditional permission to hold rally

first_imgFlag of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). File PhotoBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Saturday said it got conditional permission from the authorities concerned to hold a public rally at Suhrawardy Udyan in Dhaka on Sunday.Speaking at a press conference at the party’s Naya Paltan central office, party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said they were allowed to stage the rally on 23 conditions, reports UNB.On Friday last, BNP announced to hold the rally at the Suhrawardy Udyan on Wednesday marking what it said the civil-military ‘uprising on 7 November 1975’.Later, the party deferred it to Sunday.last_img

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US lists Bangladesh as major source of smuggled wildlife products

first_imgSmuggled Hawk and Iguana. Photo: flickr.comThe US state department has listed Bangladesh as one of the 26 countries considering those as a major source, transit point or consumer of smuggled wildlife products and their derivatives.A report titled ‘End Wildlife Trafficking’ was submitted to the US Congress on Thursday, reports news agency UNB.The US Department of State, in consultation with the Departments of the Interior and Commerce as well as other agencies of the Task Force, determined the countries should be listed as focus countries pursuant to Section 201(a) of the Act.In other words, each country listed is a “major source of wildlife trafficking products or their derivatives, a major transit point of wildlife trafficking products or their derivatives, or a major consumer of wildlife trafficking products.”This determination is based on their analysis of the statutory criteria and does not reflect a positive or negative judgment of the listed countries or indicate that these countries are not working diligently to combat wildlife trafficking.Indeed, the United States has longstanding and deep partnerships with many of these countries with respect to combating wildlife trafficking and recognizes the strong political will that already exists in many of these countries to tackle this problem.The Department of State and other Task Force agencies look forward to continuing close and constructive relationships with these countries as we work collaboratively to combat wildlife trafficking.The other listed focus countries in 2017 are Brazil, Burma, Cambodia, Cameroon, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Laos, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mexico, Mozambique, Nigeria, the Philippines, Republic of the Congo, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam, according to the US Department of State.last_img read more

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India landmine blast kills 7 policemen

first_imgAt least seven police personnel were killed and five injured in a landmine blast triggered by suspected Maoists in Odisha’s Koraput district on Wednesday, police said.Police said the incident took place on National Highway 26 at Mungabhumi village under Pottangi police station on the Odisha-Andhra Pradesh border, when the personnel were travelling in a van to Cuttack for training.“Seven personnel of the district police have been killed while five injured in the landmine blast. They were going for training as assistant drivers,” Koraput Superintendent of Police Charan Singh Meena told IANS.The injured persons have been admitted to hospitals.The blast comes just about two weeks before the three-tier panchayat polls in the state. Maoists have given boycott call in Malkangiri district and other extremist-affected districts.Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik described the incident as “an act of cowardice” and expressed his condolence to the deceased families.“Strongly condemn the cowardly act & condole martyrdom of police personnel in the landmine blast. My deep sympathies with bereaved families,” tweeted Patnaik.last_img read more

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Ava Duvernay Khadja Nin 80 Others Protest at Cannes

first_imgBy JAKE COYLE, AP Film WriterCANNES, France (AP) — Eighty-two women climbed the steps of the Palais des Festivals at the Cannes Film Festival in an unprecedented red carpet protest to press for improved gender equality in the film industry.The number of stars, filmmakers and film industry professionals ascending the steps represented the number of female filmmakers who have been selected to compete at Cannes during the festival’s seven-decade history.Jury members Kristen Stewart, from left, Lea Seydoux, Khadja Nin, Ava Duvernay, Cate Blanchett and director Agnes Varda walk the red carpet as part of 82 film industry professionals to represent, what they describe as pervasive gender inequality in the film industry, at the 71st international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Saturday, May 12, 2018. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)In contrast to their 82, 1,866 films directed by men have been picked for the prestigious festival lineup.Organizers said the event was orchestrated by the Time’s Up movement and the French movement known as 5020×2020 to show “how hard it is still to climb the social and professional ladder” for women.It brought an array of film industry professionals to the Cannes red carpet, including actresses Salma Hayek and Jane Fonda, “Wonder Woman” filmmaker Patty Jenkins and French director Agnes Varda, a recipient of an honorary Palme d’Or at Cannes.Also joining were the five female members of this year’s Cannes jury: Cate Blanchett, Kristen Stewart, Ava DuVernay, Lea Seydoux and Burundian singer Khadja Nin. Blanchett read a statement atop the Palais steps in English; Varda read it in French.“Women are not a minority in the world, yet the current state of the industry says otherwise,” Blanchett said. “We stand together on these steps today as a symbol of our determination to change and progress.”“The stairs of our industry must be accessible to all,” she concluded. “Let’s climb.”The protest was held ahead of the premiere of French filmmaker Eva Husson’s “Girls of the Sun,” which is about a Kurdish battalion of women soldiers. Husson is one of three female filmmakers out of the 21 movies in competition for the Palme d’Or this year.The other two — Nadine Labaki’s “Capernaum,” and Alice Rohrwacher’s “Happy as Lazzaro” — are to premiere next week.Cannes has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years over the number of female directors selected into its main slate, considered one of the most esteemed achievements in cinema. Jane Campion is the only female filmmaker to ever win the Palme.The festival supported Saturday’s protest. Festival director Thierry Fremaux earlier this week hailed Saturday’s event as a way for women “to affirm their presence.”Fremaux has repeatedly insisted that the festival chooses its films purely based on quality. But he’s also signaled that the festival is reanalyzing its procedures and making its selection committees gender-balanced.last_img read more

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Kelsi Worrell Dahlia Finishes Sixth in the World Championships in the 100

first_imgStory Links Australia’s Emma McKeon won bronze in 56.61 and Elena di Liddo broke her own Italian record to take fourth in 57.07. Australia’s Brianna Throssell (57.09), Worrell Dahlia (57.11), and Sweden’s Louise Hansson (57.16) a nail behind. France’s Marie Wattel took eighth in 57.29.Print Friendly Version University of Louisville swimmer Kelsi Worrell Dahlia finished sixth in the world in the 100M butterfly finals at the FINA World Championships last night in Gwangju, Korea.center_img Kelsi Worrell Dahlia touched in 57.11 to take sixth. The event was won by Canada’s Maggie MacNeil, who won in an upset of favorite Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden. Sjostrom took an early lead, nearly a second ahead of MacNeil, who made the turn sitting in fifth. MacNeil powered past her to win in 55.83 to the Swede’s 56.22. Sjostrom had held all 10 of the all-time top 10 times in the event and was one of two women to ever break 56.last_img read more

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Getting stalled at fashion week

At the just concluded Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Spring Summer 2013, it wasn’t only the ramp shows that grabbed our attention. With more than a 100 designers displaying their wares at the stalls, lovers of high fashion had a lot to feast one. Here is our pick of the stalls. While some were different, others we liked for their quirky charm. Read on to find out why.NITIN BAL CHAUHANQuirky cool is how Nitin Bal Chauhan’s collection can be best described. His stall showed off items from his new label called Bhoot Sawaar. Dresses, long T-shirts, jackets, trousers and tees had quirky graffiti and images digitally printed on them. Chauhan used handcrafted trims and rivets inspired from punk and rock. There were metallic details and even safety pins added to the ensembles to add to the quirky coolness. Prints like those of Goddess Kali, skulls and Jesus wearing a crown of guitars added to the X-factor. Music was a big influence on the collection. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’CHANDRANI SIINGH FLLORAWhen most stalls were high on bling with Indianwear, Chandrani Siingh Fllora’s stall came as a welcome relief to those who like Westernwear. Comprising mostly pret, her collection spoke of ‘peace’. The theme was replicated in the ensembles through the bird pigeon, which was the leitmotif of the collection. The colours were soft, the fabrics fluid and the silhouettes flowy. Peach, beige, white grey with bursts of blue and green made up the colour palette. Fabrics used were net, georgettes and cotton. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixASHA AND GAUTAM GUPTAThe use of bright and vibrant colours is what made Asha and Gautam Gupta’s collection stand out. Chilly Strawberry is what the collection was called and it comprised jackets, hot pants, tunics, kaftans, drape saris with ruffles, lehengas and gowns. The designer duo from Greater Kailash used Indian textiles like kalamkari, batik and blends like cotton linen, georgette and cotton satin. The ensembles were jazzed up using self-created digital prints inspired by everything from African tribal to floral to mosaic to effect-like splash and drops in bright tones of neon greens, prussian blue, electric blue, aqua, pale orange, emerald green, mango green, icy green etc. NIHARIKA PANDEYTucked away in one corner, one would have missed out Niharika Pandey’s stall but for the quirkiness of it. The young designer, who is based in Shahpur Jat, had a stall full of colourful creations. Apart from clothes, Pandey also designed bags. There were velvet trimmings and cutwork in the creations that were dominated by shades of maroon and green. The collection was about being happy and to recreate that, she used music symbols and hibiscus flowers. read more

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History through the lens

first_imgThe exhibition will include approximately 50 works depicting the architectural marvel of these temples which were inspired by the Chola and Pallava architecture of Southern India from  sixth Century A.D. to fourteenth  Century A.D.The exhibition will be held at the Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, in the Capital from January 21 to 24.The exhibition is in line with Look East Policy of Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, and aims at improving awareness about our South-Eastern neighbours, thereby building a strong bond with them.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Located in North-western Cambodia, Angkor, the capital of the ancient Khmer Empire was founded around the ninth Century AD by King Jayavarman II. The city reached its peak of glory in the twelfth century under Kings Suryavarman II and Jayavarman VII. The compound at Angkor Wat covers an area of 1,500 by 1,300 m and is surrounded by a vast moat 180 m wide. Along the causeway leading to the enormous entrance gate are balustrades shaped as giant serpents, which are believed to represent emblems of cosmic fertility. The temple consists of a towering complex of terraces and small buildings that are arranged in a series of three diminishing stories and surmounted by five towers. These towers are believed to represent the five peaks of Mount Meru, the home of Gods and the center of the Hindu Universe. The roofed and unroofed structures are covered with bands of finely carved stone sculptures. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWith the decline of the Khmer Empire, Angkor Wat vegetated for several centuries only to be rediscovered by the French in the latter half of the nineteenth century. In 1992, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee declared the monument, and the whole city of Angkor, a World Heritage Site.Highlights of ASI’s restoration work at Angkor Vat included the SamudraManthan gallery, entrance porches, libraries and moat embankment and southwest corner pavilion of the third enclosure and chemical treatment. With the successful completion of its assignment by the ASI, history had taken a full circle. What the Indian genius had helped to found over a period of ten centuries from the fourth to the fourteenth in Cambodia, it was able to restore when the structure was about to crumble. Somesh Goyal is an IPS officer of 1984 batch allocated to Himachal Pradesh. He post graduated in English  Literature from Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak and taught the same at Vaish College, Rohtak before joining the Indian Police Service. He is a trained Commando and has worked with the Black Cats. He has also worked in and trained Special Protection Group responsible for security of Prime Minister of India. He has remained on deputation with Border Security Force and served in Kashmir and West Bengal as DIG and Inspector General. For efficient border management, Goyal was given the Maharana Pratap Best Border Management Trophy in 2007. Somesh Goyal has pursued photography as a hobby for over three decades. His photo features have been published in all the leading national dailies. His interest was generally confined to nature and landscapes.last_img read more

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Metro services disrupted as drain overflows broken pantograph stalls trains

first_imgKolkata: Metro services were disrupted for 10 minutes on Sunday morning, after water from the sewerage line overflowed and went on the track. Immediately, Kavi Subhas bound rakes were stopped at different Metro stations. Services were resumed after the track was clear.Meanwhile, later in the evening, train services on the Sealdah-Naihati main line were partially affected after the pantograph of a local train broke. According to sources, on Sunday morning at around 11:17 am, a Metro rake developed a technical snag and came to a halt just before entering Rabindra Sarobar station. The motorman tried to restart the rake but failed. Immediately, he informed Metro authorities at the station about the glitch. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataWithin minutes, engineers and other Metro staff went to the rake and tried to find out the cause. While doing so, they noticed that the drain located in the middle of the track was filled to the brim. As a result, water overflowed and reached the track. Immediately, electricity connection to the third rail was cut off and a power block was activated to avoid any untoward incident. The rake was evacuated. After 10 minutes, the track was cleared and power to the third rail was restored. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateMetro authorities have acknowledged the disruption. According to the officials, services were resumed at 11:27 am. Meanwhile, the Down line was operational. Some Kavi Subhas bound rakes ran late due to the problem. In another incident, train services in the Sealdah-Naihati main line got partially affected after the pantograph of a Naihati-Majerhat local broke on Sunday afternoon at around 4:45 pm, between Ichhapur and Barrackpore railway stations. Three tower wagons along with maintenance staff were sent to the spot to fix the pantograph as soon as possible. Delayed train movements were arranged using Up and Down suburban lines. However, Sealdah-Lalgola Dhanadhanya Express was detained for quite a long time. Later, it was passed using the Up suburban line, which was being used for local trains.last_img read more

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3 Steps to Building a Predictive Analytics System

first_img Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. Listen Now If you want your business to take off and scale, you need to embrace data from day one. Scratch that: Don’t merely embrace data. Put a ring on it and shout a resounding, “I do!”Here’s why: As the landscape grows increasingly more data-centric, it’s better to become data-savvy from the get-go. Think about it: The fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants approach might work early on because of your great instincts; but what happens when you have to train a sales team? Can you systematically give team members the instincts or judgment that you’ve spent decades honing? That might work in some cases, but it isn’t exactly repeatable or consistent from person-to-person. Simply put, it’s not an effective long-term strategy.Ultimately, at some point, you’ll need to create a systematic approach to marketing and sales. Would you rather do that right at the beginning of your business so you can grow seamlessly, or would you rather try it later on, when your overhead is higher, and you’re already juggling 20 different priorities? The answer should be pretty clear.One strong solution: a predictive analytics system that actually works. It’s data-driven and based on a number of factors, so there’s a consistent, repeatable way for your business to identify the best leads to pursue. That’s where predictive marketing technologies come in, and can shave years off your development curve. Here’s how the process looks.1. Start with what you know — intent.Has a customer been to your website? Has he or she clicked on an email marketing campaign? Start with the information you know, and make sure you use it. Too many companies have tons of great information kicking around on some CRM software that they aren’t using properly. Instead, use all of that information with the intention of creating a score for a lead — a single number that makes it easier than looking up all the information separately.YouEarnedIt, a peer-to-peer employee engagement company, offers a vast library of educational content. That content doesn’t simply exist to inform an audience; it also informs them.Using HubSpot, YouEarnedIt’s marketing team is able to track visitors from their origination point to the website, building individual profiles of the ebooks, whitepapers, webinars and blog posts they interact with. This system allows the sales team to form a unique understanding of each lead’s intent through specific areas and topics of interest, as well as the lead’s company profile, in one streamlined system. That in turn lends itself to a more effective and informed sales approach.Related: 4 Marketing Analytics Tools That Are Shaping the Industry2. Sprinkle in a little bit of what you don’t know: predictive analytics.Depending on whom you’re working with, you could even end up with data beyond where you started. Take Mintigo as an example. When scoring leads, that company also relies on big data of its own — meaning, financials — to understand how much a business is spending on Google AdWords, staff, hiring, etc. This kind of data will allow your company to dial things in that much more tightly, and fill in the gaps in your own approach.Bombora is a B2B data analytics company that pulls from a cooperative of partners, including news and commerce sites, and provides data related to a potential lead’s company size and revenue, functional area, industry, professional group and seniority. Advertisers and agencies are then armed with data from outside of their owned channels that is predictive of purchase and paints a clearer path to their specific needs and intentions.Related: What My Nocturnal Toddler Can Teach Us About the ‘Internet of Things’3. Target accounts and score the leads with account-based marketing (ABM).ABM is where the magic happens, and this is why it’s incredibly important to find out how your leads are being scored. Many software packages have a closed system, meaning it inputs data and churns out lead scores.While this is certainly better than nothing, it’s not ultimately what you want.What data is behind the selection of accounts for ABM and lead-scoring models? You want to know how accounts are being selected, and leads are being scored, to make sure that the system actually works. By knowing the why behind the machine-learning models, you can target your segments, content, campaigns and even conversations with prospects to increase effectiveness and customer satisfaction.This is the part where you can input all those instincts and wisdom and experience you’ve gained. Weigh key factors more strongly so you can get your team the best possible information to succeed. Think of it as copying your decision-making skills onto a computer so that your team can access those skills whenever they want without having to knock on your door to ask your opinion.Many of the skills needed to get an idea off the ground aren’t the same as those needed to scale a business from infancy to maturity.Related: Don’t Make These 3 Technology MistakesSo, in the end, you might have a great idea. You might be a fantastic marketer or salesperson by yourself. But, as you begin to add people to your team, you need to have systems in place that help your people think and work as effectively as if you were doing it yourself.That’s where a data strategy comes into play, and it’s really only one of a thousand ways to systematize your business to succeed, so you can spend time working on your business and not in it. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. September 7, 2016 How Success Happens 5 min readlast_img read more

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Caribbean to welcome 34m Canadians by years end despite turbulent hurricane season

first_imgANGUILLA:The number of affected visitors in Anguilla was minimal, as a majority of hotels and restaurants on the island close from the end of August through mid-October for renovation and refurbishing. Both Hurricane Jose and Hurricane Maria bypassed the island.Phone and Internet communications have been restored to most parts of the island; roads and beaches have been cleared and electricity has been restored to many villages through Crocus Hill and The Valley.The Four Seasons, Malliouhana, and Zemi Beach House aim to reopen in the first quarter of 2018. The CuisinArt Golf Resort and Spa, and the Reef by CuisinArt anticipate a soft opening in summer 2018.The Belmond Cap Juluca has closed in August for a long-term, multi-million-dollar renovation, reopening in November 2018. Tags: Anguilla, Bahamas, Barbados, Caribbean, Cuba, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Turks & Caicos Caribbean to welcome 3.4m Canadians by year’s end despite turbulent hurricane season Tuesday, November 14, 2017 BARBADOS:Barbados was not impacted by either hurricane.Next year, the island will be celebrating its culinary diversity through a year-long calendar of events. January-April has been designated as ‘Sugar & Rum Season’, with activities taking place that include rum distillery tours, cooking classes, chocolate making classes, walking and bus tours, lectures, slave route tours and sugar and rum spa treatments. << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Not even Category 5 hurricanes can keep Canadians away from the Caribbean, as recent figures from the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) have proven.At a press conference in Toronto yesterday to highlight Caribbean Week in Canada, Hugh Riley, CTO’s Secretary General, praised Canada for being a “strong performer” in the first half of 2017, with arrivals up 6.4% when compared to the same period in 2016. This was a significant rebound from what Riley referred to as an “uncharacteristically feeble performance” in 2015, when tourist arrivals from Canada fell by 3.4%.Thankfully, he said, this downturn has made a quick turnaround, with this year’s strong performance contributing to an overall 5.2% growth in international tourist arrivals to the Caribbean in the first half of 2017.Dominic Fedee, Minister of Tourism for Saint Lucia (left), and Hugh Riley, Secretary General, Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO)“This was ahead of the growth rate of 2.5%-3.5%, which had been our CTO forecast, and it’s been a reflection of economic stability in the market, expansion and inauguration of flights by major carriers, and new marketing and product development initiatives,” he said.The Canadian market is expected to continue to register growth this year despite Hurricanes Irma and Maria, which impacted approximately 25% of CTO’s member countries. By the end of 2017, the organization anticipates that the number of Canadians visiting the Caribbean will surpass the 3.4 million mark.However, considering the strength of Irma and Maria, it’s understandable that travel to the region has been severely affected. As a result of blanket media coverage and travellers not realizing just how big and vast the Caribbean spans (Dominica to Grenada is the same distance as Toronto to Detroit, while Turks & Caicos to Curacao is more than twice the distance as Toronto to Montreal), there has been a slowdown in travel since the storms.Consequently, the CTO – which projected robust growth prior to the hurricanes – has lowered its forecast for 2017 to between 1%-2%, with a similar growth rate projected for next year. The revised forecast is based on a number of factors, said Riley, including figures provided by CTO’s partner OAG, which reported that in the month of October, the number of flights to the region fell by 6.7%, while seat capacity contracted by 4.1%.But Riley remains optimistic, saying that overall the year’s capacity to the region grew by 5% for the first nine months of 2017 when compared to the same period last year. In addition, the Conference Board of Canada, which expects the overall impact of the hurricanes to likely be “minimal, predicts that Caribbean airlift from Canada will be stable, with capacity up by double digits to about a dozen Caribbean countries through to July 2018.The main takeaway message, stressed Riley, is that the Caribbean is open for business, and that some 75% of the region was “completely unscathed” by the hurricanes.“Already virtually all the affected countries are reporting that they’re open again for business, although not at full capacity, with every one of them planning some sort of event either later this year or early next year,” he said. “We’re in the midst of gathering funds for an aggressive campaign across all media to get the message out that the best way to help the Caribbean is to visit the Caribbean.”The first country to put money on the line to get the campaign up and running was Saint Lucia, which did not suffer any damage from the hurricanes. According to Dominic Fedee Minister of Tourism for Saint Lucia, who also spoke at the press conference, the island did not hesitate to come to the aid of affected sister islands, acting as a base for international humanitarian assistance in the aftermath of the storms.“I’m so proud of the people of the Caribbean and the way they’ve been recovering. We’ve recognized one thing: the need for us to stay and work together, and to keep forging ahead in unity and strength,” he said. “That has been the spirit in which we’ve responded to this storm. We recognize that the Caribbean is strongest when all of our individual parts are operating at an optimal.”More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesFedee went on to report that the Canadian market has paced ahead of the regional average, due in large part to the investment of Blue Diamond, the result of a partnership between European tour operator TUI and Sunwing.“We are up 10% from Canada, which is performing very steadily for us. It’s our third largest market, and we continue to see tremendous dividends from the Canadian market,” he said.With the Caribbean as a whole ending the year on a relative high note, Riley is already looking ahead to 2018, which he announced has been designated “The Year of Rejuvenation” in the region. Following the success of the Year of Romance in 2016, and this year’s Year of Adventure, next year’s theme will focus on the Caribbean’s wellness offerings, which range from beachfront workouts and yoga retreats to wellness resorts and spa treatments.“The notion of being rejuvenated in our part of the world is one more reason to let us pamper you in 2018,” said Riley. “Together, let us invite everyone to help themselves to some Caribbean rejuvenation.”Riley called on travel agents to help spread the word that the Caribbean is up and running, and that it has much more to offer than just beaches and all-inclusives. He credits agents for being strong supporters of the region’s recovery efforts, not only through bookings but also bu actively participating in the conversation.He told Travelweek: “Agents in this country have been steadfast in their support of the Caribbean. They’ve gone to our countries, they’ve been in touch with the CTO, so our continuing message to them is to keep challenging us because agents have an inside track. Their ability to provide information that their clients can’t easily get is the key to their success.”Tourist boards and travel partners participated in a media marketplace immediately following the press conference. Here’s a roundup of what we learned:SAINT LUCIA:The Saint Lucia Tourist Board has just launched a program called ‘Village Tourism’, which seeks to transform villages previously dependent on agriculture and fishing into tourism destinations. As part of this new program, Saint Lucia’s downtown market will be completely transformed.The island’s total room stock will increase by 50%, seeing 2,000 additional hotel rooms in the next four years. The most notable hotel openings include a 250-room Fairmont hotel in the south of the island, a Ritz-Carlton (which has just broken ground), Sandals LaSource St. Lucia (the brand’s fourth property on the island), and two new properties by AMResorts, which mark the company’s entry into Saint Lucia.To accommodate growth, plans have been announced for a completely refurbished airport terminal, a project that will cost US$200 million.TURKS & CAICOS:Due to the fact that Turks & Caicos is a relatively new tourist product, with everything on the island being less than 20 years old (structures have been built to Miami-Dade code standards), the island was able to withstand much of the storm with minimal damage.Turks & Caicos is more than 90% open, with Beaches (its largest product with 758 rooms) committing to a Dec. 14 reopening date.Water and power have been restored on all islands, and both JAGS MacCartney International Airport in Grand Turk and Providenciales International Airport back to full operation.Most hotels and resorts are already welcoming guests, including Seven Stars, The Palms, Gansevoort Turks + Caicos, Grace Bay Club, The Shore Club, Blue Haven Resort, and Somerset.Opening dates for additional hotels are as follows: Alexandra (Nov. 15); Point Grace (Nov. 16); Ocean Club (Nov. 20); Ports of Call (Nov. 25); Amanyara, Bohio Dive Resort, COMO Parrot Cay, East Bay Resort (Dec. 15); Sailrock (Dec. 16); and Club Med (Jan. 31, 2018).More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTJAMAICA:The island of Jamaica was also untouched by the storms, with business operating as normal.Last year, approximately 3,000 new and refurbished hotel rooms were added to the island’s accommodation stock, with an additional 1,100 new rooms being added this year. Between 2018 and 2021, the island will have added more than 12,000 new rooms.The 150-room Breathless Resort & Spa officially opened in February as an ultra-modern, adults-only resort featuring luxury accommodations, spa and DJs.Royal Decameron has completed its third property in Jamaica, the 146-room Royal Decameron Cornwall Beach in Montego Bay, which also opened in February.The property formerly known as Grand Lido Negril has three resorts operating under the Royalton umbrella: Grand Lido, Royalton Negril Resort & Spa, and Hideaway at Royalton Negril, all of which opened in March 2017.BAHAMAS:The Islands of The Bahamas came through the hurricane season without impact to its primary tourism product, which includes airports, cruise ports, hotels and attractions.This past April, Baha Mar opened its doors on Cable Beach with the debut of Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, with the addition of two more hotels still to come (SLS Baha Mar this fall, and Rosewood Baha Mar in spring 2018.Meliá Nassau Beach Resort All-Inclusive debuted a three-year, $19.1 million renovation this past spring, featuring contemporary guestrooms and suites, three resort pools and lush gardens.The One&Only Ocean Club reopened its doors in February 2017 after undergoing major renovations to The Hartford Wing. Updates also include a redesigned Hartford Courtyard and the new Martini Bar, complete with a specialty olive menu.center_img CUBA:After suffering extensive damage as a result of Hurricane Irma, Cuba’s Cayos (Cayo Santa Maria and Cayo Coco) officially reopened to tourists last week.Cuba’s airports are now fully open, and Havana, which experienced flooding in some parts, is back to normal. All other tourist destinations are fully operational. Travelweek Group Posted by Share GRENADA:Grenada suffered no damage as a result of the storms.As a result of itinerary changes for many Caribbean cruises, there will be 18 extra cruise calls to Grenada, with the additional brands being Costa Cruises, P&O, Seabourn, Windstar and MSC.Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel recently announced that it has been invited to join the prestigious group Relaix & Châteaux. The hotel reopened on Oc. 4 after eight weeks of renovation.The AAA Five Diamond Spice Island Beach Resort has reopened following a short renovation in September. Updates include an open-air yoga pavilion overlooking Grand Anse Beach.SNUBA is now being rolled out throughout the Sandals/Beaches chain, with Sandals LaSource Grenada being the first property to offer it. It can be booked directly through the resort’s Aqua Center or via Island Routes for non-guests, and is priced at US$117 per person.last_img read more

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