Gareth Bale Expresses Gratitude to Moroccan Fans

Rabat – Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale expressed his gratitude to Moroccan fans also known as “Madristas” who were present during the Los Blancos Tuesday semifinal clash with Cruz Azul from Mexico.The Welshman, who scored a header during yesterday’s match ended 4-0 for the Whites, wrote on his facebook page that the Moroccan fans in the Marrakech stadium were incredible. Real Madrid managed yesterday in Marrakech Grand Stadium to move to the final round of the FIFA Club World Cup after beating Cruz Azul from Mexico 4-0 scored by Sergio Ramos, Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Isco. read more

Liberia UN envoy welcomes new batch of female Indian police officers

8 February 2008United Nations envoy Ellen Margrethe Løj has welcomed a new group of female Indian police officers to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Liberia, highlighting the impact of their presence on the women of the West African nation which is seeking to rebuild after a devastating 14-year civil war. The newly-arrived team replaces the first all-female Formed Police Unit (FPU) from India, which returned home last month after serving for one year with the mission, known as UNMIL.The presence of the all-female police unit in the country has inspired many women to join the Liberian National Police (LNP), observed Ms. Løj, who took up her post as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of UNMIL in January.“If anyone questioned the ability of women to do tough jobs, then those doubters have been [proven] wrong by the superb professional performance of the first batch of female Indian police peacekeepers in Liberia,” she noted.The new group’s duties will include patrols, rapid response assignment, crowd and riot control support for the LNP and the protection of UNMIL staff and properties, among others.The Special Representative also pointed out that FPUs are essential to help Liberia deal with possible civil unrest, such as violent demonstrations and communal tensions. India is the third largest troop contributing country to the UN, with police and military peacekeepers deployed worldwide under the blue flag. UNMIL currently has nearly 15,000 uniformed personnel, including over 1,100 police officers. read more

Celebrate the sunshine

In celebration of this amazing November weather, a barbecue is being held Thursday in Jubilee Court from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.The menu includes sausages, veggie dogs, veggie skewers, bbq chicken, local pear and apple tarts and kettle chips.Dining service dollars, flex dollars, meal plan dollars, cash, credit and debit accepted. Club Red members get one menu item free.

Brian Shaw Close To NBA HeadCoaching Job

Brian Shaw has put in his time. He was a long-time and highly regarded assistant coach under Phil Jackson with the Los Angeles Lakers. When he was bypassed for Mike Brown when Jackson retired, Kobe Bryant was upset.Shaw was insulted and bolted to the Indiana Pacers, where he served this season as associate head coach on a team that surprised many.Now, he’s in the running for two head-coaching positions: in Charlotte and Orlando.Shaw, who won three titles as a player, is among the hottest assistants in the league and could land in with the Magic. Michael Jordan, owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, reportedly is considering Shaw and current Lakers assistant and former Missouri coach Quinn Synder.Jerry Sloan, the Hall of Famer and former coach of the Utah Jazz, pulled his name from consideration for the Charlotte job.Snyder interviewed with Jordan and the Bobcats for a second time this week. And while Shaw has more NBA experience than Snyder, winning three titles as a player and another two as an assistant coach with the Lakers, he has never been a head coach. Snyder has only two years’ experience as an assistant coach in the NBA — starting in 2010-11 with the Philadelphia 76ers followed by last season with the Lakers — but prior to that spent seven seasons as the head coach of University of Missouri followed by three seasons as the head coach of the Austin Toros in the D-League. read more

Chris Webber Sixfigure Tax Lien

Chris Webber has run out of timeouts with the State of California and now they’ve filed a six-figure tax lien against the five-time NBA all-star … TMZ has learned.According to documents filed by the California Employment Development Office, CWebb owes the state for unpaid taxes from the last few months of 2008 and all of 2009. The initial amount was for $81,427.36, but with $25,874.56 in penalties and $11,629.05 in interest … the former Sacrament King now owes $118,930.97.

No 12 Ohio State mens basketball team falls to No 24 North

Sophomore forward Marc Loving (2) passes the ball during a game against Campbell on Nov. 26 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 91-64.Credit: Ed Momot / For The LanternPlaying away from Columbus for just the second time this season, the No. 12 Ohio State men’s basketball team fell on the road again, this time to the No. 24 North Carolina Tar Heels in Chicago, 82-74.OSU is now 0-2 against ranked teams this season, as it fell to then-No. 5 Louisville, 64-55, on Dec. 2.Just like in the loss to the Cardinals, the Buckeyes fell down by a lot, only to make a second half comeback that fell short.Down by as much as 18 with 10:41 left to play in the game, OSU cut the Tar Heel lead to seven with 1:19 left to play, but could not get any closer despite multiple missed free throws by UNC down the stretch.The Buckeyes (9-2), who played in the first of two games of the CBS Sports Classic, fell behind early at halftime, 43-31, to UNC as the Tar Heels (8-3) shot 51.5 percent from the floor in the first half and outrebounded OSU, 23-15.OSU was able to stay in the game early with its outside shooting, as the Buckeyes made six three-point field goals, but they couldn’t seem to get anything going inside as they shot just six of 20 from inside the arc in the first half.The Tar Heels, however, dominated the paint as they scored 34 of their 82 points from inside and outrebounded OSU for the game 53-40.The second half resulted in more of the same, as the Buckeyes shot just 32.5 percent from the field in the half and made just four of 17 from beyond the arc.The Buckeyes were led by sophomore forward Marc Loving, who tallied 19 points in the loss.The Tar Heels were led by junior forward Brice Johnson, who totaled 18 points in the game.The Buckeyes are set to return to the floor Monday to take on the Miami RedHawks at the Schottenstein Center. Tip is scheduled for 6 p.m. read more

Coalition has work cut out to regain constituencies – Dr Hinds

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAPNU’s coalition development leaves much to be desired- WPA’s OgunseyeMarch 20, 2018In “latest news”Dr Roopnaraine’s ‘reshuffle’: President to hold high level meeting with WPA – HarmonJune 16, 2017In “latest news”Coalition Govt not practising transformative politicsDecember 31, 2017In “latest news” …says governing party has to rebuild coalition from withinFriday’s historic passage of the no-confidence motion against the Government has come as no surprise to political analyst Dr David Hinds, who believes that this is a wakeup call for the governing party to rebuild its crumbling coalition and reconnect with its constituencies.In an interview with <<>> following the outcome of the vote, Hinds noted that in three years the coalition Government had morphed into something akin to a one-party government – specifically the People’s National Congress (PNC) component.“I’m not surprised that this happened. I’m disappointed as someone who supports the Government. But in some respects I saw it coming,” Hinds said. “And the reason for that is I have been saying that relations within the parties in the coalition were not good, despite the fact that the leaders of the Government were saying the coalition was strong.WPA Executive Dr David Hinds“I think that was the major reason this happened, as (parliamentarian Charrandass Persaud) said, though he belonged to one of the parties in the coalition, he did not have a voice. And it has been one of the problems. He’s not singular with that. All the parties in the coalition, their members will tell you they did not have a voice. The parties were systematically shut out.”Hinds acknowledged that party members who were part of Cabinet did have a say in certain matters. But he noted that in Persaud’s case, he was not afforded this privilege since he was a non-Cabinet member and as such, he effectively did not have a voice.Member of Parliament, Charrandas Persaud“If you have a coalition, you have to treat all members with respect. You need to involve all the parties in crucial decision-making. You cannot confine decision-making to one organ, the Cabinet. You have to have consultations outside of Cabinet. Failure to do so, the coalition will break down. And this is what happened.Moving forwardAccording to Hinds, who is a Working People’s Alliance (WPA) executive member, the PNC will have to reach out and rebuild the coalition from within. He also noted the importance of walking the walk, as they would have to convince voters that they have learnt and were genuinely committed to coalition politics.“I can tell you that the executive of the APNU has not met for a year,” Hinds said. “This has been one of the problems. So, they will have to rebuild the coalition from within, very quickly. They will have to assure coalition members that should they win again, there would be no repeat of marginalisation and alienation.“They need to rally the confidence of their supporters and the wider country. People voted for the coalition. They did not vote for PNC or AFC. And within three years, the Government became a sort of PNC Government. And I think that turned off a lot of independent supporters.”ElectionsWhen it comes to the General and Regional Elections that now have to be called within 90 days, Dr Hinds believes that this will be anyone’s game. He noted that none of the parties were guaranteed a victory and they would have to work hard to get the necessary votes.“The major problem for the coalition will be to get its base out to the polls. I think that will be the challenge. The Local Government Elections showed they were unable to energise their supporters to go to the polls.”“The PPP (People’s Progressive Party), their big challenge will be to get the crossover votes that they need in order to push them over the line… I think the PPP itself will have to make its case to the wider population why it should be returned to power,” Hinds added.On Friday evening, the no-confidence motion brought by the parliamentary Opposition – the PPP/Civic – against the Government succeeded when Persaud broke ranks and made a conscience vote in favour of the motion.A total of 10 Members of Parliament (MPs) had previously debated the motion, but when a vote of division was called, Persaud’s vote changed the numbers to 33 versus his colleagues’ 32 votes against the motion.While Persaud’s former coalition colleagues have complained about being betrayed by the vote, the parliamentary Opposition has thrown its support behind the MP’s right to vote in whichever direction his conscience leads him. Persaud has since left the country.With the Government’s defeat, the next steps are spelt out in the Constitution of Guyana. Article 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”Meanwhile, clause 7 goes on to state that, “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”President David Granger has already committed to following the provisions outlined in the Constitution, facilitating early elections and engaging in dialogue with the Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo. read more

Coppers strength upheld by China

first_imgMacquarie Research notes that the International Copper Study Group’s (ICSG) monthly summary of the state of the copper market “is a useful, if backward looking, indicator of trends in copper production and demand. The latest data, which runs though February, underlines the extent of the collapse in demand in the world ex China. As the data covers the period in which Chinese imports were only just starting to ramp up, it not surprisingly shows the market in significant surplus for the first two months, but actually in small deficit in February alone.“Although figures showing heavy declines in demand no longer come as a surprise, we still find the scale of the downturn in demand in the world ex China in the early part of the year quite amazing. The ICSG data shows ‘usage’ down by 17.9% YoY in the first two months, and demand in the US down by 24.5% YoY and European demand down by 22.3% YoY.“Were it not for a 32.7% YoY increase in Chinese apparent demand, the copper market would have been an absolute disaster. As it turns out, with China vacuuming up metal at an incredible pace, world demand was down by only 4.4% YoY in the first two months.The ICSG data shows copper production continuing to struggle. The group estimates that mine capacity grew by 4.8% YoY, but mine production was up by only 2.6% YoY. On the refined production side, primary refined output was up, but was virtually neutralised by a reduction in secondary refined production, leaving total refined production up by only 0.6% YoY. By contrast, total refining capacity is estimated to have risen by 4.7% YoY.This lack of supply growth, together with the strength of Chinese buying, has left the copper market roughly in balance – a remarkable outcome in this economic climate. Copper prices rallied from below $3,100/t ($1.40/lb) at the start of the year to around $4,800/t ($2.20/lb) by mid-April. Since then, prices have fluctuated in a wide range around $4,400/t ($2/lb), but have struggled to break out to new highs. The price is now looking vulnerable to a retracement – perhaps back to around the $4,000/t ($1.80/lb) level, Macquarie suggests.Macquarie Research says “feedback from our China Commodities Conference this week has given us more confidence in the strength of underlying Chinese consumption growth this year, but has still left us with the impression that we are coming towards the end of the strongest period for Chinese copper imports, and imports through the second half will be considerably lower than in the first half.“As a result, there still appears to be a high risk of a retracement in copper prices through the third quarter. However, with sentiment about global economic growth clearly improving, we believe that a ‘buy on dips’ mentality will support prices at a higher level than we had previously believed (previously, we had feared that copper could return to around $1.50/lb [or $3,300/t]).last_img read more

Mario Balotelli worth €10 million

first_imgNice have set the asking price for Mario Balotelli at €10 million.After three seasons, 51 appearances and 33 goals, Mario Balotelli is nearing the end of his stay in Nice. The French outfit might have contemplated keeping the maverick striker on its roster until he failed to show up for the first training session with new head coach Patrick Vieira (The Sun).“We expected him at training today,”“What’s certain is he wasn’t there and that [his absence] wasn’t planned. We’ll wait and see what happens.”What happened was that Nice officially put Balotelli on the trade block, setting the asking price at €10 million (Calcio Mercato).Mario BalotelliCorini tells Balotelli to “raise his game” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 According to the Brescia coach, Mario Balotelli “needs to raise his game if he wants to face Juventus” as his team is set to host Bologna.Despite the Italian’s controversial past and long history of disobedience, there will be clubs willing to take the risk.According to Sky Sports, interest from Olympique Marseille might have been behind his absence at the beginning of training camp.“We’ll see, it’s too early. He is a player who creates emotion. He always gives himself 100 per cent. He can marry very well with the Marseille mentality. The Marseillais are like that. They are hot, and Mario is hot. It is like that.” – Mino Raiola, Balotelli’s agentExpect an update on the situation in the coming days.last_img read more

Richarlison Im cool about spoiling the transfer window for everyone

first_imgThe burden of being Everton’s club-record signing is of no concern to Richarlison, despite the lingering doubts over the amount spent on himThe Toffees signed the 21-year-old forward in the summer transfer window for a staggering £35m from Watford, despite the fact he only found the net five times in 38 Premier League games.Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson famously accused Everton of “spoiling” the transfer market by paying such a large sum for an unproven talent.Yet, on the back of three goals in his first five games at Everton, Richarlison insists there are no worries on his side of things.“No, I’m cool about it,” he told ESPN.“Since I was promoted to the America MG first team there was already pressure on me.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“In my third game at America I was already in the starting line-up.“And there was pressure to score a lot of goals because America were fighting for promotion.“Then I signed for Fluminense and they paid a $10million fee, one of the most expensive in their history.“So, the pressure was there again. So, I am calm about it.“I can only work hard because it is a huge responsibility to wear all of these shirts. All of these clubs that I have played for.“The pressure was always beside me, but I always give my best and things have been working well for me.”last_img read more

BAHAMAS Pintard Said Connecting Displaced Young People to the Arts Can be

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 11, 2018 – Nassau – At the recent Opening Reception for “Medium” and the Unveiling of the Gates Commission at the National Art Gallery, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Michael Pintard said in his view culture can have a calming effect if applied to issues of concern currently being dealt with in society.For example, in the ongoing fight against crime Minister Pintard said: “If you take the young man who has a case of self-hatred – which enables him to take the life of someone who looks identical to him, who sounds just like him – and you were to introduce him to a setting like this, where he is able to recognize skills that he has that have never been validated in the society, he begins to see the world differently,” Minister Pintard said.   “He begins to explore certain things in his mind and, more importantly, in his heart, he – or she – has an epiphany.”Minister Pintard said that what his Ministry is doing is asking individuals in society to embrace the creative within themselves.   He added that it could aid in taking the thousands of “disconnected” young people and reconnect them to themselves through the Arts, presenting Bahamian society with a reasonable chance of “doing something transformative” in The Bahamas.Minister Pintard reiterated that it was important to use art as a “national development tool” that helps Bahamian society see the value of the industry, and an image of themselves that they could be in love with and embrace.“It is art that helps us to dismantle the xenophobia that exists in so many societies in The Bahamas, that helps us to look beyond the socio-economic brackets and embrace people from all strata,” he said.Minister Pintard also suggested that art is the “glue” that helps to bring Bahamian society together.   “Let us continue to fund the Arts,” Minister Pintard said to patrons, in particular, that evening.“I honestly believe that we can start a revolution in this country,” he said.   “We wish for our young people to pursue their passion and, of course, to make their passion pay their bills.“We have far too many surgeons holding a scalpel when they would really rather be holding a paintbrush or a torch to cut a piece of iron – far too many persons who are displaced because they have not had enough ‘face time’ with themselves, quiet time, and courage to pursue their passion.”By: Eric Rose (BIS) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

9 zebras rescued in Jashore

first_imgDetectives-seize-9-zebras-in-JashoreDetectives in a raid seized nine zebras from Satmail Bazar area in Sharsha upazila of Jashore early Wednesday.Tipped off, a team of Detective Branch (DB) of police conducted a drive in the area around 12:00am and recovered the zebras while being taken to the neighboring country, said Maniruzzaman, officer-in-charge (OC) of DB, reports UNB.However, police could not arrest anyone in this connection, he added.The OC said further details will be shared with the media at a press briefing later in the day.last_img read more

Images made of relativistic electrons trapped in graphene quantum dots

first_img Journal information: Nature Physics (—A team of researchers with the University of California, MIT, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the National Institute for Materials Science in Japan has created images of relativistic electrons trapped in graphene quantum dots. In their paper published in the journal Nature Physics the team describes how they achieved this feat and where they plan to take their work in the future. Researchers find electron chirality in graphene impacts current flow As the many unique properties of graphene continue to unfold, scientists seek new ways to harness and eventually make use of them. One such use might be to control electrons to allow their use in nano-scaled devices, which could also inadvertently lead to a deeper understanding of Dirac fermions. In this new effort, the researchers have made progress in that area by devising a means for capturing and holding electrons and for creating images of the result.Obtaining images of electron waveforms has thus far been particularly difficult—virtually all existing methods have resulted in too many defects. To get around such problems, the researchers took another approach to capturing the electrons. They first created circular p-n junctions by sending voltage through the tip of a scanning tunneling microscope down to a graphene sample below. At the same time, they also applied voltage to a slab of silicon underneath the piece of graphene, which was kept separated by a layer of silicon-oxide and a flake of boron nitride. Doing so caused defects in the boron nitride to ionize, resulting in charges migrating to the graphene.To create images of those charges, the researchers placed a scanning tunneling microscope tip just above the surface of the quantum dot, which allowed for measuring the tunneling current—moving the tip to different locations allowed for taking multiple measurements which when taken together allowed for creating an image.The new method, the team suggests, could be used as the basis for developing systems that are more complicated, such as those with multiple quantum dots. They next plan to investigate using their technique with bilayer graphene samples, which hold far more Dirac charge carriers to see if they reflect when they impinge on the p-n junction barrier in expected ways. The STM tip spatially probes Dirac fermion wavefunctions in the presence of the p–n junction. Credit: (c) Nature Physics (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nphys3805 More information: Juwon Lee et al. Imaging electrostatically confined Dirac fermions in graphene quantum dots, Nature Physics (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nphys3805AbstractElectrostatic confinement of charge carriers in graphene is governed by Klein tunnelling, a relativistic quantum process in which particle–hole transmutation leads to unusual anisotropic transmission at p–n junction boundaries. Reflection and transmission at these boundaries affect the quantum interference of electronic waves, enabling the formation of novel quasi-bound states. Here we report the use of scanning tunnelling microscopy to map the electronic structure of Dirac fermions confined in quantum dots defined by circular graphene p–n junctions. The quantum dots were fabricated using a technique involving local manipulation of defect charge within the insulating substrate beneath a graphene monolayer. Inside such graphene quantum dots we observe resonances due to quasi-bound states and directly visualize the quantum interference patterns arising from these states. Outside the quantum dots Dirac fermions exhibit Friedel oscillation-like behaviour. Bolstered by a theoretical model describing relativistic particles in a harmonic oscillator potential, our findings yield insights into the spatial behaviour of electrostatically confined Dirac fermions.center_img © 2016 Explore further Citation: Images made of relativistic electrons trapped in graphene quantum dots (2016, July 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Mariah Carey opens up about struggles with bipolar

first_imgMariah Carey just opened up about her struggle with bipolar disorder for the first time. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- The Fantasy singer said doctors diagnosed her in 2001 but she wasn’t ready to go public with it.Carey said: ‘It was too heavy a burden to carry and I simply couldn’t do that anymore,’ she told PEOPLE.‘Until recently, I lived in denial and isolation and in constant fear someone would expose me. I sought and received treatment,’ she said.The superstar suffered an ’emotional and physical breakdown’ in 2001. Doctors hospitalized her and at the time, a spokesperson said ‘she is under psychiatric care.’‘I put positive people around me’After years of therapy, she is now taking medication for the bipolar II disorder. It’s a less severe form of bipolar but can still cause irritability, sleeplessness and hyperactivity.Carey said: ‘I put positive people around me and I got back to doing what I love — writing songs and making music. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img The superstar is a longtime supporter of LGBTI rights.In 2016, she accepted GLAAD’s Ally Award. She said at the time: ‘Some awards are about statistics and things like that, and some are about something a little more real. Do you know what I mean? This feels like one of those moments, so I think it’s great.’Hilariously, she then went on to talk about what LGBTQ means to her.She said: ‘I had to learn a whole new alphabet to introduce and not un-include people… I don’t want to do it wrong. I decided that if I have to memorise it, I might as well elaborate on it.‘So we have L: legendary. G: gorgeous. B: beautiful — all of you beautiful people! T: tantalizing. And even Q for quality!’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Mariah Carey opens up about struggles with bipolar. | Photo: Disney | ABC Television Group / Flickrlast_img read more

Porters nonstop flights to Myrtle Beach return midFebruary

first_imgPorter’s nonstop flights to Myrtle Beach return mid-February Tags: Myrtle Beach, Porter Airlines << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Travelweek Group center_img TORONTO — Porter Airlines’ seasonal service to Myrtle Beach is set to begin Feb. 13, with twice weekly flights on Wednesdays and Saturdays and added frequency during March Break.The nonstop service out of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport is scheduled to run through May 19, says Porter.“The warm air and ocean breezes of Myrtle Beach are just two hours away with Porter,” says Robert Deluce, President and CEO, Porter Airlines. “It’s the perfect time of year to think about getting away for a few days of relaxation.”Oceanfront hotels, sandy beaches and 100+ golf courses in the area make Myrtle Beach an ideal vacation for the entire family, he adds.Resort options with Porter Escapes include the Doubletree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront, Sheraton Broadway Plantation and Westgate Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Resort. Clients can also book attractions including Legends in Concert and Brookgreen Gardens, and tee times, in advance. Posted by Thursday, November 29, 2018 last_img read more

Popes iPad fetches 30500 at auction

first_imgRelated posts:Pope Francis meets the Castros after mass on iconic Havana square In Castros’ home region, Pope Francis praises Church ‘sacrifices’ Welcome, Pope Francis, and please forgive us our goofs Pope Francis tells bishops that clergy abuse must not be repeated MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — An iPad that belonged to Argentina-bornPope Francis went under the hammer for $30,500 on Tuesday, autioneers in Uruguay said.Montevideo-based auction house Castells said the winning bid was placed by telephone.Local media threw a spotlight on the iPad last year.The pope gave it — complete with its His Holiness Francis label and a Vatican certificate of authenticity — to an Uruguayan priest as a gift.It ended up being donated to a local school by the priest, before being auctioned off to raise money. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

TTF Kolkata Hyderabad to showcase various facets of tourism sector

first_imgExhibitors will promote their best and latest tourism products to the Indian and International travel trade industry during the TTF season. These participants have great expectations from TTF as they see it as a platform to give their business a momentum.By Sulagna GhoshTravel & Tourism Fair (TTF) is India’s oldest and largest travel trade show, which is now organised in nine cities annually. With TTF Kolkata (July 8-10) and TTF Hyderabad (July 15-17) round the corner, it is pleasing to see the response gathered from multiple Indian as well as International organisations.These two shows will be followed by TTF West Series covering Ahmedabad, Surat, Mumbai and Pune, together comprising the biggest tourism market in India.Highlighting the importance of the TTF Kolkata and Hyderabad, Sanjiv Agarwal, Chairman & CEO, Fairfest Media Limited (organiser of TTF shows and Publisher of Travel News Digest), said, “Needless to mention the huge importance of Kolkata as a source market and gateway to the Eastern India, those in travel business know it too well. As usual, the space in TTF Kolkata is fully sold out. Immediately after Kolkata, TTF Hyderabad provides an equally important opportunity to be present in a hugely strategic market in the centre of South India. We have recently experienced a rapid expansion of TTF in Hyderabad.”Country representations from Sri Lanka, Thailand, Nepal, Bangladesh, Dubai, China, Bhutan, Macau and more have set the bar high at various TTFs this year. Among the state tourism departments who have in-principally committed big participation in these two TTF editions are: Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Gujarat, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Odisha, Kerala, Punjab, Rajasthan, Telangana.TTF series will witness a vast participation of major Indian and global players. The big private exhibitors, in-principally confirming in multiple locations include Adlabs, Travstarz, Oyo Rooms, IRCTC, Merakey Technology solutions, Nicco Parks.Talking about the agenda and promotional activities at this year’s TTF editions, Pankaj Nagpal, Managing Director, Travstarz Global Group, commented, “We have now split our business in four verticals to look after our product portfolio: Travstarz Global, HotelsConnect.In, DMCConnect.In and Our focus this year will remain on promoting our Dedicated B2B Online Travel Portal. The focus will remain promoting our new products and Destination Abu Dhabi at the TTFs and our focus cities will remain Tier 2 & 3 Cities only.”Exhibitors also plan to launch lot of new features at the various TTFs. Manoj Sherman, Vice President, Enoah I Solution India Pvt Ltd, plans to introduce eXenia suite of solutions for hospitality. “We will be targeting boutique properties with eXeniaLite and PRO solutions, while we will offer eXenia Enterprise bundled with SAP B1 for the hotel chains that would like to leverage on Central procurement, strong inventory and other rich ERP functionality,” he said.Deepak Singh, Regional Head- Delhi NCR, Galaxy Tourism Pvt Ltd, said that every year they participate in exhibitions like IITT Mumbai, SATTE Delhi and TTF Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Kolkata. As of now, they are DMC for UAE and Singapore, but planning to come up with some new destinations like Malaysia and Bali.Isra Stapanaseth, Director, TAT New DelhiTourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) designated August 2016 as a ‘month for woman travellers’, in a way of marking Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s birthday. In order to promote this initiative and inspire female travellers to come to Thailand, TAT has come up with five different promotional concepts: Beautiful LOOK, Beautiful SHAPE, Beautiful RETREAT, Beautiful MIND, Beautiful EXPERIENCE. Our focus at TTF would be to meet and engage with the travel trade from East India and introduce new properties, attractions and destinations in Thailand which they could further promote and sell to their clients.Ujjwala Dali, Officiating Director- Tourism Marketing & Promotion, Nepal Tourism BoardOur efforts this year will be to focus on tapping the market in metropolitan cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai, as well as cities Hyderabad, Pune, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Bhopal and Patna, exploring new avenues. Our next product for the India market would be the adventure segment which has not been explored by the market yet, but which we are positive will strike a chord with the young audience, at this point of time. Our focus on TTF editions will be to communicate fresh updates about the destinations to the market to streamline positive message.last_img read more

Public in trouble for badgering Larnacas flamingos

first_imgLarnaca municipality and the Larnaca tourist board on Friday expressed their disappointment that the public is ignoring their appeals not to disturb the flamingos on Larnaca salt lake.They said they were particularly concerned over the increased use of drones to photograph the migratory birds because these upset the flamingos.“People are entering the Larnaca salt lake and disturbing flamingos constantly,” the announcement said.“Despite repeated appeals and meetings with the environment services and the responsible ministry, no measures have been taken to ensure the protection of this unique wetland. In recent years, unfortunately, residents and tourists enter the lake to approach the flamingos despite the existence of warning signs every day.”Continual disturbance of the birds could lead to a population decline and may mean they will not return in future, they warned.“The Larnaca wetlands, apart from their enormous ecological value, are one of the city’s main points of interest and should therefore be preserved to the maximum extent possible. Continuous appeals to the public that have taken place from time to time by various agencies and services have not had the expected outcome,” said the announcement.The municipality and tourist board have called on the environment department to finally take action in coordination with local authorities.“The implementation of a wetland management plan has become imperative as well as the adoption of various measures that have been proposed,” they noted.What disturbs the birds most is when visitors enter the lake to get closer to them, as the flamingos regard this area as their shelter. Though they are not that disturbed by planes and cars, the use of drones to take photos do upset the birds because they come so close.Flamingos use the wetlands to rest and feed during the winter.In the past people have been provided with binoculars and telescopes to encourage them to watch the birds from a safe distance.  You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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