More than 1 lakh pilgrims visit Amarnath cave in the first week

first_imgThe number of pilgrims visiting the Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir in the first week crossed the one-lakh mark on Monday.According to a Shri Amarnath Shrine Board official, 1.11 lakh pilgrims have paid obeisance at the holy cave.“Around 15,732 pilgrims visited the shrine on Monday,” the official said.The yatra started from the twin routes of Baltal and Pahalgam in central and south Kashmir on July 1 and will conclude on August 15.Meanwhile, Governor Satya Pal Malik, also chairman of the SASB, has urged locals to “bear with the inconvenience caused due to the traffic regulation for pilgrims”. He has suggested that the traffic restrictions for civilians should be reduced to two hours from six hours a day, where vehicles carrying pilgrims would be allowed.Mr. Malik has directed all officers to ensure that every pilgrim is provided the required assistance. “The pilgrimage is conducted with the support of the local people of Kashmir and their role is praiseworthy in ensuring the smooth conduct of the yatra,” the Governor said.last_img read more

UST’s Akomo, UP’s Ouattara eligible for UAAP Season 80

first_imgE.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next Composed of the University Presidents from all the eight member-schools, the Board of Trustees met on Thursday in Far Eastern University to settle the issue, with Ateneo President Fr. Jett Villarin participating via video conference.“We thank the UAAP BOT for its kindness and generosity. It is heartwarming to know that it has the best interests of the student-athletes in mind, despite the obviously competitive environment,” said UP coach Bo Perasol.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe soft-spoken mentor and the Fighting Maroons can now fully focus in their campaign this season, which starts on Sunday.“At least now, everybody can focus on the games and no longer in the rules that have threatened to disenfranchise some deserving players,” said Perasol. Lawyer Agaton Uvero, chairman of the nowheretogbutUP Foundation, said Ouattara has electronically submitted his requirement documents before the deadline.“The original copies are on their way from Tripoli, Libya, and will arrive in a couple of days,” he added.Unfortunately, the appeal of UP’s Rob Ricafort was denied as the BOT ruled him ineligible for reaching the age limit.The Fil-Am forward will turn 25 years old on January, two months earlier from the set limit which is the end of the season.UP and UST will open their respective campaigns against each other on Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT View commentscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dennis Rodman wants to ease tension between US, North Korea Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief University of Santo Tomas and University of the Philippines can heave a sigh of relief as the UAAP Board of Trustees (BOT) officially allowed the schools’ foreign players to suit up this UAAP Season 80.The BOT gave Cameroonian Steve Akomo and Mali-born Ibrahim Ouattara the green light to play for their teams, overturning the earlier ruling by the Eligibility Committee disallowing the foreign players from suiting up, citing the supposed two-year residency rule.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

Neeraj Chopra Not Competition Fit Right Now: AFI Chief

first_imgNew Delhi: Athletics Federation of India (AFI) President Adille Sumariwalla has confirmed that ace Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra will not be participating in the 59th National Open Athletics Championships in Ranchi as he is not fit to compete in a competition.”Neeraj Chopra is fit to train but he is still not competition-ready,” Sumariwalla told IANS. The AFI President, however, didn’t mention any timeline about Chopra’s return on the field. The AFI had initially allowed Chopra to participate in the competition and on Wednesday, they had tweeted about his comeback to drum up interest around the event.However, the 21-year-old was asked to withdraw at the eleventh hour after the last training session as they felt he has still not recovered sufficiently following an elbow surgery in May.”He is doing all the necessary training efforts which include throwing, lifting weights, physiotherapy, etc. But, he still has to work on his fitness to be competition fit,” said Sumariwalla.Sumariwalla further said that people were putting undue pressure on Chopra, who is still on his way to recovery.The 21-year-old, who won a gold at the Commonwealth Games as well as the Asian Games last year, has not taken part in a championship in more than a year since throwing 83.90 metre in the Services Athletics Championships in Jalahalli on September 19 last year.Chopra has still not qualified for the Tokyo Olympics, the qualification period for which began on May 1 this year. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. afiathleticsAthletics Federation of Indiafit First Published: October 10, 2019, 4:21 PM ISTlast_img read more

Govt mulling making EPF rules applicable to smaller estabs

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 9 (PTI) Government is considering amendments to Employees Provident Fund (EPF) provisions to make it applicable on every establishment in which ten or more persons are employed, Rajya Sabha was informed today. Replying to starred question, Minister of State for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya said at present, these provisions are applicable only to establishments which employ 20 or more people. Maintaining that it wanted to provide wider coverage to EPF provisions, he said the government is also committed to provide social security to those in the unorganised sector and referred to a pilot project for rickshaw pullers as an initiative to spread social security benefits on a wider scale. Dattatreya was speaking after members raised question relating to the problems of social security cover for them. Some members raised questions like that even government establishments were employing only contract labour, while some others spoke of the meagre salaries paid to contract labour. The minister assured members that if any violation of the prescribed laws come to his attention, he would press for action. PTI ADS ARClast_img read more

‘I hope Real Madrid miss Ronaldo’ – Busquets

first_imgBarcelona star Sergio Busquets has said that he hopes Real Madrid suffer after selling Cristiano Ronaldo this summer.Ronaldo completed a sensational €112 million (£99m/$131m) move to Juventus in the summer and made his debut for the Italian side in Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Chievo.A five-time Ballon d’Or winner, the Portuguese has been a thorn in the side of Barca over the years, netting 18 times against them in 31 Clasicos and helping Madrid to a raft of titles, including three successive Champions Leagues. Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Busquets hopes that the Santiago Bernabeu side will hurt from selling their star man, although he suspects new head coach Julen Lopetegui will find a solution.“I hope they miss him and notice the lack of goals,” he told El Pais. “But I know his coach and he will make Madrid more of a team.”Meanwhile, the 30-year-old spoke highly of team-mate Lionel Messi, who was Ronaldo’s great rival for the nine years he spent in La Liga.“To have Leo in the team solves almost everything because he unbalances opponents, scores goals and creates them,” he said. “The more time the ball is at his feet, the better and more advantage we will have.“It’s logical that our game has to go through him. It’s not being dependent on Messi, it’s being smart and taking advantage of the best player in the world.“When I’ve got the ball, I try to find him. Sometimes, too much. But I prefer to take the risk.”Busquets also spoke of the departure of Andres Iniesta, who has already made a spectacular impression at Vissel Kobe in the J-League.Asked if the veteran will be missed this season, he replied: “Clearly. But not only as a player, but in the dressing room because like Carles Puyol, Xavi and Victor Valdes, he was a captain, a guide. “I think the most difficult moment will be when Leo leaves, our generation is almost all the same age and we could finish almost at the same time. Better not to think about it and enjoy the moment.”Barca began their season with a 3-0 win over Alaves on Saturday, with Messi netting twice.last_img read more

LIVE: Real Valladolid vs Barcelona

first_imgBarcelona battled to a 1-0 win over Real Valladolid on Saturday to make it two victories from two in their LaLiga title defence.Ousmane Dembele’s second-half strike settled matters at the Jose Zorrilla against last season’s LaLiga123 play-off winners.Valladolid thought they had equalised through Keko in second-half stoppage time, but the goal was ruled out for offside after a VAR referral. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! It was a far from convincing display from Ernesto Valverde’s side, but it means they move top of the table ahead of Sunday’s fixtures, while Valladolid are still looking for their first goal and win of the season.Barca recalled Philippe Coutinho to the starting line-up but struggled for rhythm in the first half, with Dembele wasting the best of the early chances following a fine cushioned pass from Lionel Messi. Dembele remained the most threatening of the champions’ attackers, though, and made the most of his next good chance, sending a controlled volley past former Barca goalkeeper Jordi Masip 57 minutes in after a header down from Sergi Roberto.Valladolid responded well to the setback and looked the most likely to score next, with Marc-Andre ter Stegen saving from Keko and Kiko Olivas in the final 15 minutes.Luis Suarez had what he thought was the decisive second goal disallowed for offside, but Barca held on to make it two wins and no goals conceded from two league games this term, although it took a VAR intervention to deny Keko’s last-gasp header. Supercopa de España #LaLigaSantanderDembele’s on a roll! #RealValladolidBarça pic.twitter.com/u64vbpW6Fp— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) August 25, 2018 What it means: Barca top but well short of their bestIt never really looked like Barca would lose this game, but they certainly made hard work of trying to win it.The champions struggled in the first half against Deportivo Alaves last week, so it was no surprise to see Coutinho brought back into the starting line-up, but they fared little better for most of the first hour here.Still, they are nothing if not patient under Valverde, and Dembele took his goal very well given his earlier misses. Once they had the lead, they rarely looked likely to surrender it.It means they are top of the standings with a maximum six points, but they have yet to produce a performance this season to make the rest of Spain – or Europe – unduly worried. Pat on the back: Roberto stakes claim for regular spotBack at right-back for this game, Roberto gave himself a real chance of supplanting Nelson Semedo as first-choice pick.He had plenty of defending to do as Valladolid concentrated their attacks down their left, but he rarely put a foot wrong, while he also bagged the assist for the winner. Boot up the backside: Messi goes missingMessi effectively dragged Barca to three points last week, but he more or less forced them to get their latest win without him.He had just one touch in the Valladolid box in the first half, wasted two promising free-kicks and was lucky not to be booked for a deliberate handball. It certainly was not his day. What’s next?Barca’s final game before international football returns is at home to another promoted team, Huesca, next Sunday. Valladolid travel to Getafe on Friday. read morelast_img read more

The Thibaut Courtois story: Chelsea’s ‘ice-rabbit’

first_imgChelsea Thibaut Courtois: The ‘ice-rabbit’ targeting Champions League glory with Chelsea Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 17:00 12/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Thibaut Courtois Getty Images Chelsea Atlético Madrid Premier League Chelsea v Atlético Madrid Belgium UEFA Champions League Opinion The brilliant Belgian, who faces former club Atletico Madrid on Tuesday, is one of the world’s best goalkeepers but his DNA is rooted in volleyball For all intents and purposes, Thibaut Courtois should have become a volleyball player. As a sports-obsessed youngster growing up in Limberg, he had the height, the athleticism and, most importantly, the perfect role models.Both of his parents, Gitte Lambrechts and Thierry Courtois, played semi-professional volleyball, and his sister Valérie also took up the sport, going on to represent Belgium at international level. However, Courtois had a particular aptitude for football and it didn’t take long for his talent to be noticed. Indeed, he was picked up by Genk at just seven years of age. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player At that stage of his fledgling career, though, Courtois was a left-back. It was only after a couple of seasons at Genk that he was converted into a goalkeeper.The switch couldn’t have gone much better. As Genk coach Guy Martens tells Goal, Courtois didn’t just have the right physique to become a goalkeeper, he had the right mentality.“We call these kinds of guys ‘ice rabbits’ in Flemish,” he enthuses. “He is always cool, whether there are 25,000 people in the crowd or 50 people.”He is always calm with the ball at his feet or in his hands. He is never nervous and reminds me of Edwin van der Sar the most.”That was no coincidence. In Van Der Sar, Courtois saw a goalkeeper of a similar build – tall and thin – and with equally good feet. Thibaut Courtois Guy Martens PSEdwin van der Sar Manchester United Champions LeagueOf course, even a talented youngster requires a slice of luck when it comes to getting a big break – and Courtois was no different.Working alongside another talented prospect in Koen Casteels had aided Courtois’ development but he was only handed his debut, at the age of 16 in 2009, when Genk’s senior squad were rocked by a goalkeeping crisis.“Thibaut had come to our club as an outfield player,” Courtois’ youth-team coach, Gilbert Roex, explains to Goal. “He mostly played in the Under-9s and Under-10s as a defender but, when he trained, he also liked to be a goalkeeper. “So, we saw that he had the talent to become a goalkeeper, he had a naturally good position, had very good co-ordination and had no fear about attacking the ball, and also very good timing.“I think this is one of the things he learned when he was playing volleyball at home with his family and friends.“However, Thibaut also had this partnership with Koen, who is now at Wolfsburg in Germany, and I really think that was one of the most important parts in Thibaut’s development because they started working together at 14 and they made each other better in training.“Then, when Thibaut was 16, he got a chance to show his talent as the two experienced goalkeepers from the first team couldn’t play in a game against Gent. The first-choice goalkeeper, Davino Verhulst, was suspended and the second-choice one, Sem Franssen, suffered an injury just three days before the game!“So, Thibaut made his debut in the first team and played very well. He then started training with the Under-21s and playing with the Under-19s for a while, but we also let him train once or twice a week with the goalkeepers from the first team.“At 17, we let him train with the first team on a full-time basis and play his games with the Under-19s and Under-21s. At that moment, he became the senior squad’s third goalkeeper, after Laslo Koteles and Casteels. “At the beginning of that season, he had just turned 18 but the coach, Franky Vercauteren, chose Thibaut as his No.1. So, Thibaut got the chance to make his real debut in the first team, he showed his extreme talent and stayed in the first team. “He showed that year that he was mentally very strong. The first team had a very good season and became champions of Belgium. Thibaut also received the award for being the best goalkeeper in the Belgian league.” Chelsea then signed him in 2011 for a fee of less than £8 million. It proved a sensational deal for the Blues – but they weren’t the only beneficiaries. With Petr Cech firmly established as Chelsea’s first-choice goalkeeper, the club allowed Courtois to move to Atletico Madrid on loan. If Courtois’ talent was honed at Genk, his potential was fully realised at Atletico . He spent three years in the Spanish capital, growing not only as a player but also as a person. Even to this day, Courtois has more honours won with Atleti than he with Chelsea and his father Thierry admits that Madrid proved the making of his boy.Thibaut Courtois celebrates title with Atletico MadridDiego Costa Thibaut Courtois Chelsea“At Atletico, it was his first experience abroad and he became a ‘man’,” he says, proudly. “He learned to live on his own and got a new language. He made new friends in a new culture and it made him an international person.“For sure, he had a great time in Spain. He won lots of titles; La Liga, Europa League, Copa del Rey, Super Cup. He adopted the Spanish mentality: the way of living, going out late for dinner, living outside in the sun. He led a quieter existence.”Still, while Courtois’ team-mates would describe the shot-stopper as culturally Spanish, he never had any problems settling at Stamford Bridge, where he has won two Premier League titles. He has also made the Belgium No.1 jersey his own and is now hoping for further glory with both club and country in 2018.”Thibaut would like to win the Champions League,” Thierry Courtois tells Goal. “With Atletico, he was very close to winning it before. “And, with the Belgian Red Devils, his goal is to maybe one day win a World Cup or European Championship. They twice reached the quarter-final. Next year at the World Cup in Russia, the final or more [is possible] and obviously he would also like to be the best goalkeeper of the tournament. He certainly has all the quality to get the trophy.”Indeed, it’s fair to say he was right to choose football over volleyball!last_img read more

Muller hits back at PSG

first_imgUEFA Champions League We are Bayern – Muller bristles after PSG revenge Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 17:55 12/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(8) ThomasMuller - cropped Bongarts UEFA Champions League Bayern München Bayern München v PSG PSG The Germany international has spoken out after the Bundesliga champions won 3-1 in France against the Parisian giants Thomas Muller invited Paris Saint-Germain’s admirers to ease “off the gas” after Bayern Munich gained a measure of Champions League revenge against the Ligue 1 leaders.PSG thumped Bayern 3-0 at Parc des Princes in September, a result that prompted the sacking of boss Carlo Ancelotti.Under Jupp Heynckes, the Bundesliga champions secured a closing 3-1 Group B win – not enough to snatch top spot but Robert Lewandowski’s early opener before a brace from Corentin Tolisso did plenty in terms of restoring pride. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Muller featured as a second-half substitute and later reminded reporters of Bayern’s long-standing European pedigree.”I think we won 3-1. Of course, PSG had one or two good chances but you did not feel that another team was superior to us here,” he said. “We are still Bayern.”When it was 3-0 in Paris, we had a corner ratio of 18-1 for us and it is pretended that PSG had a potion or something.”Of course, they have very good offensive players but you should be off the gas when it comes to talking up other teams.”Muller also claimed PSG were the beneficiaries of favourable officiating on Tuesday because of the reaction to their win in the French capital earlier in the group.”I think the referee also read your articles because I felt I had an away game in Paris as to how much the referee protected the PSG players,” he added.”So, we are still Bayern.”last_img read more

Jürgen Klopp says Liverpool’s decision to sell Coutinho to Barcelona was ‘easy’

first_img Philippe Coutinho poses for the media after his unveiling as a Barcelona player on 8 January. Photograph: Eric Alonso/Action Plus via Getty Images Twitter Share on WhatsApp Klopp said: “If I would have said: ‘No way’, the club would have said: ‘OK, let’s try’ [to keep Coutinho] but it was clear there was no chance. It’s not that there was an open question and in the end I had 50% pro, 50% against and had to make a decision. In the end it was quite easy.”He believes it would have been pointless holding Coutinho to his contract, as the club did in the summer, despite the player’s impressive form in the first half of the campaign. “That was a decision I had to make: does it make sense, do I think I can still use him, can he help us still?” Klopp said. “To be honest, it was 100% clear no chance. It was clear he was not ready to do that any more.” news Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Klopp elaborated: “It was not that we had a talk and he said my head is somewhere else; it was just clear after we spoke that it would not work out. We had a lot of talks about different things, how we can do this or that, but if somebody denies things like that then it is clear the decision is done. At some point you need to accept it and that is what we did. I can imagine what people have said and written this week and I would think similar if we as a club had not tried everything. If the club said after the first call: ‘Good idea, we wanted to call you actually because we don’t want to have him’ then it would be different. But we tried everything.“What a football player he is, and he will be such a good player for Barcelona as well, but for us in a few games, like Tottenham away, he was not always in the best shape. It was kind of a solution for us to give him the ball. No. We don’t have to look for that. It can make us more unpredictable if we don’t.”Liverpool have sold a prized asset midway through a highly promising season but Klopp denies taking a risk. “My job is always a risk but I could not decide differently, so no,” he said.Anfield officials are trying to bring forward Naby Keita’s £55m summer move from Red Bull Leipzig and Klopp insists the Coutinho money will be reinvested in his squad. But he was non-committal on whether the Brazilian would be replaced in this window.Klopp, who has made no attempt to sign Alexis Sánchez from Arsenal this month, said: “We will get all the money. Always since I’m here we can have all the monies from transfers and more if needed. So far we got all the players we wanted to have. Now one has left and it’s not too cool but it’s not a real problem at all … We will bring in other players. If we do it in this window, I don’t know.” Topics Liverpool Share on Pinterest Barcelona Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Pinterest Read more Jürgen Klopp has said it was an easy decision to sell Philippe Coutinho once it became clear Liverpool had “no chance” of keeping the Brazilian committed for the remainder of the season.The Liverpool manager confirmed he had the final say on accepting Barcelona’s £142m offer for the 25-year-old and that the proceeds of the sale were available to reinvest. Klopp also claimed his team would become more unpredictable without their influential playmaker. It was Coutinho’s determination to force through his dream move to the Camp Nou and his rejection of Liverpool’s attempts to convince him to stay, however, that persuaded Klopp to sanction the second-biggest transfer in world football. Share via Email Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain senses chance to step up after Philippe Coutinho exit Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Where Will Everett Golson Transfer? Here Are 8 Possible Landing Spots For The Former Notre Dame QB

first_imggolsonkelly1Twitter/@NDonNBCWhile Ohio State has received a ton of attention about how it will handle its quarterback situation, there had been rumors all off-season that Notre Dame’s Everett Golson would consider transferring, with Malik Zaire threatening to win the starting job for 2015. Back in January, reports came out that 24 schools were interested in Golson, and today, the move became official. Golson is now the biggest-named free agent on the transfer market. We’re aware that there may be some issues with Golson going to the SEC due to a conference rule that graduate transfers must have stayed academically eligible while undergraduate players. We’ll work under the assumption that any school that is interested would be able to find a way to get him on campus, considering that he was connected to multiple SEC schools when the transfer rumors first emerged.Where will the former Fighting Irish star, who led the team to a national championship berth in 2012-13, wind up? Here are eight big-time programs that could definitely use a player like Golson this season.Get Started: Florida >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9last_img read more

Major Travel Trends Driving Desire Resorts Rise in Occupancy for 2019

first_imgDesire Riviera Maya Resort and Desire Riviera Maya Pearl Resort in Cancun are experiencing major occupancy growth expected to continue in 2019 and beyond  Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico, Jan. 21, 2019 — Occupancy growth at Desire Riviera Maya Resort and Desire Riviera Maya Pearl Resort in Cancun is on the rise as emerging tourism trends drive travelers to these resorts. Among these trends are the increasing popularity of adults-only hotels where travelers can relax and be themselves without worrying about little ones around, travel-experience curation by experts, and “virgin travelers abroad,” meaning those who have never traveled overseas before. Desire Riviera Maya Resort’s average occupancy rate increased from nearly 80 percent in 2016 to 86 percent in 2018. Desire Riviera Maya Pearl Resort’s average occupancy rate increased from 76 percent in 2016 to more than to 83 percent in 2018. Adult-only hotels have become particularly popular with the mature Generation Y and younger Generation X crowd, ranging in age from 30 to 50, with higher than average incomes to spend on themselves and enjoy their stays. “We have experienced a rise in occupancy rates at both Desire Riviera Maya Resort and Desire Riviera Maya Pearl Resort and are confident this success will continue throughout 2019, as like-minded couples seek out a safe, judgement-free atmosphere to explore their fantasies and engage in new exciting activities with other likeminded travelers,” said Rodrigo de la Peña, CEO of Original Group. “Our singular, welcoming setting is ideal for travelers who are making their first trip abroad, maybe with the help of an expert tailoring their trip, filling it with the most unique experiences offered only at Desire. Most of all, our properties promise the ultimate in adult-only experience, where couples can let their hair down and more, without any cares,” de la Peña added. With an increasing interest among travelers seeking adult-only hotels, this trend alone is driving occupancy at both Desire properties. Original Group, the leading expert of adult hospitality in Mexico, has effectively tapped into a key segment that continues to grow and this is reflected in steadily increasing occupancy numbers in the Group’s hotels in the last few years.Curating experiences that are full of excitement and make a traveler feel young and free-spirited again is another trend travel operators and tour companies are seeing as 2019 debuts on the calendar. Few places epitomize the idea of being free-spirited as Desire Resorts, which goes beyond the typical erotic, clothing-optional, couples-only atmosphere by offering a variety of carefully selected experiences on-property. These include workshops led by sex and relationship experts, spa treatments to intimately connect couples and adult-centric entertainment around-the-clock.Among the most intriguingly named trends is Taking a Travel Virgin Abroad, where experienced travelers bring a less well-traveled friend or partner along, helping them better understand the world. Desire Resorts’ unique and open-minded atmosphere is the perfect place for a first-time traveler. The Desire experience will also open a whole world for the most well-seasoned traveler. Located in one of the world’s most popular and beautiful beaches along the Yucatan Peninsula in the Mexican Caribbean, Desire Resorts are perfectly suited for first-time travelers. These three trends rippling through the travel market are driving higher occupancy rates at Desire Resorts and are likely to continue doing into the remainder of 2019 and beyond. It’s no surprise to anyone in the know about Desire Resorts that the brand has long been ahead of the curve of adult-only travel by focusing on curated experiences on property while also creating a safe and welcoming atmosphere for couples. Now it’s full steam ahead for Desire and these trends into 2019. For more information, visit www.desire-experience.com.  ABOUT DESIRE  The Desire experience includes the all-inclusive resorts Desire Riviera Maya Pearl Resort and Desire Riviera Maya Resort, along with Desire Cruises, each designed for couples only, offering guests a unique, clothing-optional atmosphere, with a sense of freedom outside of conventional environments.These unique experiences include the latest in adult entertainment, provocative theme nights, couples’ workshops, indoor/outdoor playrooms, gourmet dining, brand name beverage service, first-class accommodations, all of which stay true to our erotic, clothing-optional, couples-only atmosphere. For more information, visit www.desire-experience.com.ABOUT ORIGINAL GROUPOriginal Group is a Mexican company with more than 35 years of experience, with commercial activity in the hotel sector, the cruise industry, vacation clubs and real estate. We encourage innovation to create and develop businesses that leave a mark. Our brands maintain the highest standards of the group and, simultaneously, provide concepts that  stand out for their uniqueness. We have developed successful tourist brands, including by offering unique experiences for adults only in top destinations around the world, creating a perfect atmosphere for couples and singles looking to add a new dimension to your holiday. Our strong corporate culture allows us to provide a consistent service characterized by warmth and attention, creating long-term relationships with our customers. We promote environmental care with a high sense of social responsibility as an active part of our environment and society. 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Big Cat to Join OWS Fleet (The Netherlands)

first_imgzoom Offshore Wind Services B.V. will make public the contract signed with Damen Shipyards, Gorinchem. With the contract signed end-December 2013, the construction of the new vessel began immediately and is set to be delivered in October this year. The official ceremony is taking place today.OWS has spent considerable time refining the well known 2610 with prospective clients and the Damen team and is excited to be the first to add a this next generation of the TwinAxe2610 to its fleet. The additional changes and add-ons make this vessel a true next generation vessel. More details will be published after the official ceremony. The 2610 allows operating further offshore in rougher weather conditions, while ensuring safe transfer and vast cargo capacity.This announcement marks the first step in OWS’ expressed ambition to continue growing the company in quantity and quality, while ensuring zero accidents and high client satisfaction. 2014 will be the year of continued improvement in their level of service towards existing and prospective clients. Investments in crew training and health and safety awareness programs, the installation of BMO Offshore VesselBlackBox measurement systems on all vessels, and now the acquisition of a next generation Damen Twin Axe 2610, are just a few examples how these ambitions will be realized.Workships Contractors B.V. is the manager for Offshore Wind Services (OWS), as well as its subsidiary Offshore Wind Power Marine Services Ltd. (OWPMS). Workships provide commercial, operational and QHSE assistance from their offices in The Netherlands and the UK for the fleet of CTVs. Workships and OWS have an extensive track record in the offshore industry of 25 years and counts over 360.000 safe crew transfers in the Offshore Wind Industry since 2006. Presently they are operating CTVs in the UK, the Netherlands and Germany for companies such as Vattenfall, Dong Energy, RWE npower and ENECO. Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location OS, January 10, 2014last_img read more

Hyundai’s Anti-Collision System Testing the Water

first_imgzoom Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (HHI), has developed Hyundai Intelligent Collision Avoidance Support System (HiCASS), the first of its kind in South Korea, to ensure safe and optimum navigation of the vessels. The system searches the optimum sea routes and prevents collisions by automatically detecting potential obstacles such as ships and reefs within 50 km.In addition, the enhanced accuracy of the system enables vessels to identify hazards based on the type of vessel, weather conditions, waves and wind.Also, the system is equipped with a collision notification system that signals “Caution”, “Urgent” and “Danger” which ensures safe operation at sea.HiCASS, installed along with voyage systems such as Automatic Radar Plotting Aid (ARPA), Automatic Identification System (AIS) and Electronic Chart System (ECS), can analyze locations of the obstacles according to International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS).HHI completed its own performance test on the system by running it on a 13,800 TEU containership and a 162,000 m³ LNG carrier, respectively in May and June this year.The system is scheduled to be commercialized from 2016 after the sea trial for testing its performance and stability on long distance routes.Press Release, July 23, 2014last_img read more

Aegean Pulls Out from Physical Supply Market in Singapore

first_imgzoom Marine fuel logistics company Aegean Marine Petroleum Network has decided to exit the Singapore market as a physical supplier as of January 2018, after almost 11 years, amid pressure from competition.However, the company said that it would keep a trading presence in the Singapore market by continuing to employ a team of traders and support staff who will support its clients in the market.The company would use its office in Singapore as a base of Asian customers for its global physical supply network as well as handling back-to-back bunker trading and lubricants business in Singapore and South-East Asia. “The bunkering market in general, and the Singapore market in particular, are extremely competitive. We had hoped that enforcement of mandatory mass flow meter (MFM)-equipped bunker barging in January would have driven commercial improvement in the Singapore market allowing Aegean to compete profitably. “However, 2017 has seen heightened commercial pressures in Singapore, and as a result, management has determined that Aegean’s resources can be more profitably deployed elsewhere,” Aegean’s President Jonathan McIlroy commented.The marine fuels provider said that it was in the process of arranging its withdrawal from the physical supply market in Singapore in conjunction with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and its barging and cargo partners in the market.“All deliveries and contracts that we have booked with clients’ vessels, cargo providers and barge contractors will be fulfilled,” McIlroy emphasized.Aegean is working on the development of new physical supply stations, expected to debut over the course of 2018, in addition to its most recent expansions in Algoa Bay (South Africa) in 2016, and Savannah (U.S.) and St Croix (U.S. Virgin Islands) in 2017.last_img read more

Some Spring Weight Restrictions Lifted

first_imgTRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS -Some Spring Weight RestrictionsLifted Roads in the western and central areas of the province will bethe first to see the removal of spring weight restrictions. The Department of Transportation and Public Works will removespring weight restrictions on roads in the counties of Yarmouth,Shelburne, Digby, Annapolis, Queens, Kings, Lunenburg, Halifaxand Hants effective 12:01 a.m., on Monday, April 25. Spring weight restrictions will remain in effect until May 2 inthe counties of Colchester, Cumberland, Pictou, Antigonish,Guysborough, Richmond, Inverness, Victoria and Cape Breton. Spring weight restrictions came into effect in early March. Therestrictions for trucks are announced each year during springthaw to help protect roads that are weakened by wet, mildweather. -30-last_img read more

NMDC iron ore prices remain flat in August output up 37 in

first_imgNew Delhi: State-run miner NMDC on Friday announced no change in its iron ore prices for August month and reported a 37 per cent jump in production to 1.95 million tonne in July 2019 compared to 1.42 million tonnes in the year-ago month. NMDC has kept the prices of lump ore and fines unchanged at Rs 3,100 per tonne and Rs 2,860 per tonne, respectively, with effect from August 3, according to a regulatory filing. “The prices effective from August 3, 2019, are excluding royalty, DMF, NMET, cess, forest permit fee and other taxes,” NMDC said in a separate filing. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe company on June 29 had fixed the rates of lump ore and fines at Rs 3,100 per tonne and Rs 2,860 per tonne, respectively, with effect from the same day. In a separate filing, the company informed the bourses that its iron ore production rose by 37 per cent to 1.95 million tonne in July 2019 compared to 1.42 million tonnes in the same month last year. Sales during the month under review were at 2.41 million tonnes (MT), showing a growth of 24 per cent compared to 1.94 MT in July 2018, the filing said. Shares of the company dropped 1.77 per cent to close at Rs 102.80 on BSE.last_img read more

Six stories in the news for today Nov 16

first_imgSix stories in the news for Thursday, Nov. 16———CANADA OFFERS PEACEKEEPING TROOPS, EQUIPMENT TO UNPrime Minister Justin Trudeau has offered the UN soldiers, equipment and $21 million to help boost the number of female peacekeepers around the world. But his announcement yesterday in Vancouver was somewhat vague when it comes to just where Canadian troops and military equipment would be deployed. Government officials say those decisions may be six to nine months down the road.———COMING FRIDAY — NAFTA ROUND FIVEThe fifth round of talks to revamp the North American Free Trade pact officially begin Friday in Mexico City. But unlike previous rounds, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and her counterparts won’t be there. All three say they held substantive talks at the recent Asia-Pacific summit and will be in constant touch with their chief negotiators. This set of negotiations is expected to focus on some of the less contentous elements of the trilateral treaty.———QUEBEC CANNABIS BILL EXPECTED TODAYThe Quebec government is expected to table its own cannabis legislation today and set up a provincially owned corporation to control and sell the drug. Ottawa has promised marijuana will be legal across Canada by next July 1 and has left it up to the provinces to create their own legal framework on how the law would be enforced on their territory.———VALERIE PLANTE TO BE SWORN IN AS MONTREAL MAYORMontreal’s first female mayor will be sworn in this afternoon (4 p.m. ET). Valerie Plante trailed incumbent Denis Coderre in the polls prior to election, but on Nov. 5, she captured more than 51 per cent of the vote. Plante, 43, entered municipal politics in 2013 when she won a council seat and she was elected leader of the left-leaning party Projet Montreal three years later.———SECURITY DETAINEE SEEKS RELAXATION OF STRICT MONITORINGFederal authorities are balking at terror suspect Mohamed Harkat’s desire for more leeway to use the internet and travel freely within Canada, saying he continues to pose a threat almost 15 years after being arrested. Harkat is asking the Federal Court of Canada to approve his application for less strict monitoring of his everyday activities by the Canada Border Services Agency as he awaits the outcome of his protracted legal saga.———SIX NEW NAMES ENSHRINED IN CANADA’S WALK OF FAMESix more people have been inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame — sprinter Donovan Bailey, actress Anna Paquin, environmentalist David Suzuki, civil rights leader Viola Desmond, country singer Stompin’ Tom Connors, and businessman Ted Rogers. The Walk of Fame on Toronto’s King St., was launched in 1998 and the six new additions bring the number of honoured Canadians to 173.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley will provide details of Alberta’s proposed cannabis legislation.— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will meet with B.C. Premier John Horgan in Vancouver.— Leadership candidates for the Saskatchewan Party attend a debate in North Battleford.— Statistics Canada releases will include the monthly survey of manufacturing for September.— The Fraser Institute will release a study on provincial and federal climate policies.— The Halifax Women’s History Society will unveil a monument to honour women volunteers during the Second World War.last_img read more

Canadian Family Entertainment Mogul Michael Hirsh to be Honoured with 2016 Animation

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Dubbed “the Father of the Canadian animation industry”, entertainment mogul Michael Hirsh today will be celebrated for his achievements and contributions to the global animation industry, receiving a 2016 Animation Hall of Fame Award at World Animation & VFX Summit Gala. He will be honoured on November 1, 2016 at the Hotel Casa del Mar in Santa Monica, California.The Gala will bring together other distinguished recipients, Cartoon Network’s founding president Betty Cohen, ‘Fairly Odd Parents‘ creator Butch Hartman, LAIKA president and CEO Travis Knight, VFX visionary Ellen Poon, and Cyber Group Studios chairman & CEO Pierre Sissmann.“I am honoured to join Betty, Butch, Travis, Ellen and Pierre with this recognition who have contributed immensely to our industry. It’s with much gratitude I receive this award, and an honour to be part of this great rewarding and challenging industry which is now enjoying a new ‘Golden Age’ with more exciting things to come,” says Michael Hirsh, recipient, CEO of WOW! Unlimited. The award comes on the heels of the announcement that Michael Hirsh will be taking the role of CEO for the newly formed WOW! Unlimited Media Inc., which is positioned to become the definitive next generation global kids and youth entertainment media company. Michael is joined by a team of proven entertainment executives, Fred Seibert, Bob Ezrin and Neil Chakravarti, who have collaborated to create the next industry disruptor.“It is an absolute pleasure to present this award to an industry figure and long time friend that we hold in such high regard. We have witnessed Michael’s unwavering reputation as one of the most exceptional professionals in global animation and his career continues to exceed the expectations for an Animation Hall of Fame inductee,” noted Jean Thoren, President and Publisher of Animation Magazine.Michael’s award will be present by long time collaborator and colleague, Toper Taylor. Toper is the CEO of Media Disrupted Inc., and concurrently President of Network of One, a YouTube focused data science, technology and content aggregation business in Culver City, California.Taylor of Media Disrupted Inc. stated: “Michael Hirsh lifted the animation business to extraordinary heights in his 40 year career, building two evergreen businesses, Nelvana (Corus) and Cookie Jar (DHX) and now is ready to spring from the launch pad of his third endeavor, ‘Wow’.  His impact is global and positively affected the creative community, shareholders, broadcasters, publishers, licensors and tens of thousands of employees who can thank Michael for launching their careers and a long list of hit brands.  With great joy and deep respect, I am presenting this award to my long-time partner and close friend, Michael Hirsh.”Michael Hirsh is considered the Canadian product of mixing Warren Buffett with Walt Disney. An innovator in the realm of animated children’s entertainment, Michael’s illustrious career is a testament to his undeniable ability to foresee industry trends and create the best in animated programming.  Programming that includes Franklin, Rolie Polie Olie, The Care Bears, Babar, Rupert, Beyblade and The Adventures of Tintin. He is recognized industry wide as a leading business and brand builder and his achievements have shaped today’s era in animation production and distribution in Canada and internationally. Michael is the co-founder of Nelvana Limited,Cookie Jar Entertainment, TeleTOON Canada, and was Executive Chairman of DHX Media. He is currently Chairman of The Entertainment and Finance Group (TEAM), Chairman of CineCoup, and now CEO of WOW! Unlimited Media Inc.The fifth annual summit and gala will bring together the most high profile creators and decision makers in the animation and VFX industry to celebrate the careers of these award winners, and participate in the innovative panel discussions and networking events that the summit offers. Michael presented a master class at last year’s World Animation & VFX Summit where he approached the animation industry from a business point of view, with considerations of the current period of disintermediation and disruption in the industry. Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more