Family friends teammates say final goodbye to Roy Halladay

first_imgCLEARWATER, Fla. – Toronto Blue Jays pitching great Roy Halladay was remembered Tuesday as an amazing husband, father, friend and teammate who was one of the best pitchers of his generation but an even better man.A 91-minute “Celebration of Life for Roy Halladay” attracted more than 1,000 people to Spectrum Field, the spring training home of the Philadelphia Phillies, one of two franchises the two-time Cy Young Award winner played for during a stellar 16-year career.“The man made the ballplayer,” Phillies owner John Middleton said, “not the other way around,”Halladay died Nov. 7 at age 40 when the private plane he was piloting crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida.The eight-time All-Star who pitched a perfect game and a playoff no-hitter, Halladay played for the Blue Jays from 1998-2009 and for the Phillies from 2009-13, going 203-105 with a 3.38 ERA.The public memorial began with a video tribute and ended with Halladay’s wife, Brandy, and sons, Braden and Ryan, standing on the mound and releasing butterflies from a container in a final “goodbye.”“All eyes are on me,” the pitcher’s wife, the last of nine speakers, said from a rostrum perched behind the mound, flanked by pictures of Halladay with the Phillies and Blue Jays, along with floral arrangements bearing the 34 and 32 jersey numbers he wore.“I’m really fortunate that I’ve gotten used to that feeling. I’ve literally been standing next to a man for 21 years that people could not take their eyes off of,” she said. “He was awe-striking. He was beautiful inside and out. Without saying a word, he seemed to always have just the right thing to say. When he did speak, people listened.”Other speakers included Halladay’s dad, Roy Jr., former teammates Cole Hamels, Chase Utley and Chris Carpenter, long-time baseball executive and former Blue Jays GM JP Ricciardi, ex-Phillies manager Charlie Manuel and Blue Jays trainer George Poulis.Hall of Famer Frank Thomas, former Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston, Rays manager Kevin Cash, and one-time teammates Cliff Lee, Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, Jose Bautista, BJ Ryan, A.J. Burnett and J.A. Happ were among other guests.“He didn’t like to lose, so everything he did, he did to win. But there was a joy to it. I’ll always remember that,” Rollins said. “He made you better. That’s what he did. Everywhere you went, he made everything better.”Carpenter grew up with Halladay in the Blue Jays organization; Hamels valued the 6-foot-6 right-hander as a friend, teammate and mentor; and Utley lauded the pitcher’s relentless work ethic as a player.“I saw everyday what it took to be a man among boys,” Utley said.Carpenter told a story about going swimming in the Amazon River when he and Halladay took a trip to Brazil after the close friends faced each other in the decisive Game 5 of an NL Division Series between Philadelphia and St. Louis in 2011. Carpenter won 1-0.“He was never afraid of a challenge or doing something others might not want to do — or dare to do,” Carpenter said.“Remember now, we’re in the jungle. The water is clear as a cup of coffee and we’ve been catching piranha all day. I told him, you’re nuts,” Carpenter said. “He said, ‘I know. Now come on Carp. … We can say we swam in the Amazon River. Who do we know who can ever say that?’ I was like: ‘All right. Good point. Let’s do it.’”Brandy Halladay cried throughout her 17-minute tribute, remembering her husband as a family man who loved his two sons.Former teammates echoed those sentiments, insisting that as great a pitcher as Halladay was, they were more impressed by the man off the field.“He tried to be the best that he could be. Full of passion and desire,” former major leaguer Raul Ibanez said. “He was not a one-dimensional man. Who he was, everything about him was just great and grace. He carried himself with class and confidence and humility. Just a tremendous human being.”___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseballlast_img read more


611 of Moroccan Students in Favor of Sex Education in High

Rabat – A socio-educational survey conducted in partnership with the Ministry of Education revealed that 61.1% of Moroccan students are in favor of sex education in high schools.The second socio-educational survey was conducted by the Forum of Moroccan Students, in partnership with the Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training, as well as HEM Business School in Casablanca, and it has revealed surprising results.The survey focused on “youth identity,” and the relation to sexuality. The  survey revealed that one of two students in Morocco think sexuality issues remain a taboo in Morocco. It showed that 66.8% have never discussed topics related to sexuality with one of their family members.Although 61.1% of the polled students expressed their support for sex education in high schools, 70% of Moroccan students agree that sexual intercourse before marriage is “immoral.” Another issue addressed by the survey, in terms of identity, is sexuality and practice of religion.The survey found that 75% believe that religion is a personal relationship with God, while only 4.5% believe it should guide politics, and 15.6% believe that religion can help us behave better. The rest of the polled students had no opinion on the subject.According to Hakim Hdidou, consultant and director of The Survey Project, the survey polls have lasted 10 months, and have targeted 5,236 students in private and public high schools, in urban and rural areas of all the regions of Morocco.In 2014, the Moroccan Ministry of National Education and Moroccan Modern Industries (IMM) signed an agreement in Rabat for the implementation of a new program to teach sex education in Moroccan schools, but it hasn’t found its way to the classroom.The parties who signed the agreement said that it aimed to raise students’ awareness on healthy hygienic practices and the importance of sex education. This set of lessons has helped equip young students learn the essentials of puberty, sexuality and sexually transmitted diseases. read more


Despite relative stability Liberia still faces security obstacles says UN envoy

Alan Doss, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative for Liberia, said in a closed meeting that “although the political situation has remained quite stable, there are still serious security challenges that require continuing attention and action,” according to Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.Mr. Doss also presented the 15-member Council with the Secretary-General’s latest report on the situation in Liberia, which recommends extending for one year the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission in the country, known as UNMIL, set to expire at the end of this month.UNMIL was established in 2003 to support Liberia’s ceasefire and peace process, and currently has over 15,200 uniformed personnel, along with around 500 international civilian personnel, almost 1,000 local staff and 220 UN Volunteers.In the report, Mr. Ban cited several challenges to stability, including hhigh unemployment and “unpredictable situations” in Liberia’s neighbours such as Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea.He also said that the country’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission is being hindered in its progress by management, personnel and budgetary difficulties, and “these problems need to be resolved on an urgent basis so that the Commission can continue its valuable work of ensuring lasting peace in Liberia.” 22 March 2007The United Nations top envoy to Liberia today told the Security Council that although the impoverished West African country, which is rebuilding after a brutal 14-year civil war, has made progress in consolidating stability, numerous threats to peace remain. read more


Ban voices concern as Myanmars Aung San Suu Kyi faces new charges

“The Secretary-General believes that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is an essential partner for dialogue in Myanmar’s national reconciliation and calls on the Government not to take any further action that could undermine this important process,” according to a statement issued by his spokesperson.Ms. Suu Kyi, who leads the National League for Democracy (NLD), and all those who have a contribution to make to the future of their country “must be free to be able to do so to ensure that the political process is credible,” the statement added.According to information received by the independent UN expert on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Ms. Suu Kyi and two aides were escorted this morning by security forces to Insein Prison, where they were charged by a special court. They are currently detained in the Insein compound and their trial has been scheduled for 18 May.“I call on the Government of Myanmar to release Aung San Suu Kyi and her aides unconditionally,” stated Special Rapporteur Tomás Ojea Quintana, who reports to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council.The new charges, according to a news release issued in Geneva, are said to be in connection with the recent intrusion of an American citizen into the home of Ms. Suu Kyi. “Since her house is well guarded by security forces, the responsibility for preventing such intrusions, and alerting the authorities, lies with the security forces and not with Aung San Suu Kyi and her aides,” Mr. Ojea Quintana said. He added that in order to ensure national reconciliation and democratic transition, to which the Myanmar leadership has committed itself, all 2,156 prisoners of conscience currently detained by the authorities should be released before the 2010 elections.Mr. Ojea Quintana, who works in an independent and unpaid capacity, has visited Myanmar twice since he was appointed to his post in May 2008, most recently this past February. 14 May 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is “gravely concerned” about the news that detained pro-democracy leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been under house arrest for several years, has been moved to Myanmar’s Insein Prison to face criminal charges. read more


Internet access restricted in Kandy Facebook blocked in some areas

Internet access has been restricted in Kandy on the instructions of the Government while Facebook has been restricted in some other areas as well.Downdetector.com showed that Facebook was not working in Colombo as of this afternoon (Wednesday). The move comes as the Government looks to crackdown on the spread of hate speech using social media as tensions continue in Kandy.The Government had said earlier that social media will be closely monitored to crackdown on hate speech. (Colombo Gazette)


Crufts clamps down on deformed dogs after outcry over last years best

first_imgThree-year-old Cruaghaire Catoria, bred by Susan Cuthbert, from Fyfe, Scotland Fearing that if the problems escalated they would damage the reputation of pedigree dog breeders, the Kennel Club set up a German Shepherd Dog review group to oversee the health and welfare of pedigree dogs generally “and KC-licensed shows especially”.The group’s recommendations – which also include a ban on double handling, the practice of having a second trainer in the crowd to attract the dog’s attention in order to keep him looking alert –  have now been put into action.Kennel Club sources said that as a result if a dog presenting similar characteristics to Cruaghaire Catoria entered this year’s event it would either not be awarded best in show by judges, or it would be failed by vets examining the winners in line with the new health guidelines.This year’s Kennel Club show – which opens on Thursday at Birmingham NEC – will be the first since the stringent new rules were introduced.At the same time all championship show judging contracts for 2018 and beyond have been suspended until each judge has undergone retraining by the Kennel Club.Vets will also be required to check for “timidity, aggression or anxiety which cause distress”. A group campaigning for the breed to be split, with Alsatians to be recognised separately, is now claiming that a German Shepherd who won best in show at last month’s New York Kennel Club’s Westminster show would be overlooked at Crufts, despite adhering to the breed standard.The Alsatian Breed Campaign said it was unlikely Rumor would be seen competing at Crufts because under the new regulations her ‘straight topline’ would rule her out of contention.Phil Kellingley, from the campaign, said: “It is frankly unbelievable that a dog who won the most prestigious show in the US and holds over 100 international awards could not be in with a chance at Crufts.“It’s time the Kennel Club either enforced judging to the standard or seriously considered the separation of the GSD into two breeds: one with straight backs and one where the topline could be disregarded.”But the Kennel Club disputed Mr Kellingley’s claims. A spokesman said: “The dog that won the Westminster could of course be in with a chance at Crufts if it was entered.“Judges at shows must judge to the breed standard based on the dogs they see in front of them at the time of judging. Judges who ignore the breed standard will risk having future judging appointments rejected.” Three-year-old Cruaghaire Catoria, bred by Susan Cuthbert, from Fyfe, ScotlandCredit:Sandra Whyte A dog whose ‘deformed’ appearance at Crufts sparked a furious outcry would not be allowed to win the prestigious show this year after the introduction of tough new health standards, it can be revealed.Dogs can now only be exhibited if they can “stand freely and unsupported in any way, in structural balance while both rear pasterns are vertical”.The Kennel Club announced a series of measures aimed at tackling problems with the breeding of German Shepherd Dogs (GSD) after a public backlash over a decision to award a “best in breed” prize at last year’s Crufts to a German shepherd with an abnormally sloped back and a painful-looking out-of-step gait.Three-year-old Cruaghaire Catoria, bred by Susan Cuthbert, from Fife, Scotland, had a heavily sloping back that appeared to leave its hind legs at odds with the front of its body.Televised images of the dog prompted some viewers to describe it as “deformed”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Caroline Kisko, the secretary of the Kennel Club, said: “The breed standard was changed in 2016 to emphasise the importance of GSDs being capable of standing comfortably and calmly, freely and unsupported in any way.“Each GSD judge must understand their role, which includes proper control of the ring and adherence to KC regulations at all times. Judges who ignore the breed standard and/or allow double-handling will risk having future appointments rejected.”There was also a review of the German Shepherd guidelines for vets, to make sure “health and welfare concerns continue to be addressed”, said Ms Kisko.She added: “Our field officers have also visited GSD club championship shows to monitor the behaviour of the judges and exhibitors with, to date, no incidents of note reported.“This monitoring at breed club shows is ongoing as the KC works closely with show officials, judges and exhibitors for the mutual benefit of everyone concerned.”But some breeders are unhappy with the new rules.last_img read more


Ljuba Vranjes about EHF EURO 2014 Denmark is the biggest favorite for

handballLjuba VranjesLjubomir Vranjes One of the best handball coaches Ljubomir Vranjes talked for Balkan-Handball.com about EHF EURO 2014 in Denmark. He spoke about the Serbian team, who finished at 13th place, where he worked last June and made a great step forward for the “Eagles”. Vranjes has no doubt about the favorites. Four of them are in the semi-finals:– It’s true that media, experts, all of them made prediction about these four teams in semi-finals. They had a reason, because Spain, France, Denmark and Croatia are the best teams. Over 90% of all predictions speaking about Denmark as a new-old European champion – said Vranjes and added about the biggest positive surprises of the tournament in Denmark:– Austria has played nice handball with the current roster. Belarus was also positive surprise, as well as Sweden who mantain high level of form during tournament. France has showed once again that they can play TOP handball.The perfect combination for Vranjes looks like this…– Swedish defense, Danish counter-attack. In offense that would be mix of Spain and France.The biggest favorite to win the gold in Herning is…– Denmark – concluded Vranjes.Vranjes established his own brand of new handballs – www.vranjes17.com  ← Previous Story Hans Lindberg praises Duvnjak: He is the World’s best player” Next Story → Iceland finished fifth at EHF EURO 2014! read more


Pulsating thrilling battle in Manchester as Sergio Agueros equaliser frustrates Liverpool

first_img Source: Nick PottsCity’s clearest opening of the half saw Silva thrash the ball inches wide of the left-hand post after Mignolet had jutted out his left foot to fend off a drive from Sane.But the best chances of the first period were all Liverpool’s.An under-hit John Stones back-pass let in Sadio Mane, only for an authoritative sortie by goalkeeper Willy Caballero, allied to a subtle tug from Nicolas Otamendi, to save the day.Philippe Coutinho bent a shot just over, Matip headed wide at a free-kick and Caballero showed agility to claw away a Roberto Firmino curler and touch over a thumping Lallana volley.After Mane had seen a shot blocked by Stones, Liverpool went ahead in the sixth minute of the second half.Gael Clichy was penalised for a high, untidy challenge on Firmino as the Brazilian chested down Emre Can’s flighted pass and Milner swept the penalty into the bottom-left corner. Source: Nick PottsFirmino looked poised to double the visitors’ lead from Coutinho’s measured through ball, but Caballero stood up well to save.Eight minutes later it was all square as De Bruyne’s brilliantly measured cross from the right was unerringly dispatched by Aguero.Aguero looked poised to put City ahead in the 76th minute, but after a neat one-two with Sane he stumbled, De Bruyne scuffing the loose ball against the post.An increasingly end-to-end contest then spat out a glorious chance for Lallana, but from Firmino’s knock-down and with Mignolet’s goal at his mercy, he missed his kick.As the noise levels rose, Sterling and Aguero — twice — spurned late chances, but a draw felt an appropriate outcome.- © AFP, 2017As it happened: Man City v Liverpool, Premier LeagueDele Alli scores for 4th game on the trot as Spurs consolidate second By AFP Short URL Mar 19th 2017, 6:55 PM 19,355 Views 87 Comments https://the42.ie/3296121 Pulsating, thrilling battle in Manchester as Sergio Aguero’s equaliser frustrates Liverpool James Milner gave the Reds the lead only for the Argentine to reply with 20 minutes left. center_img Share3 Tweet Email Sunday 19 Mar 2017, 6:55 PM SERGIO AGUERO NETTED a 69th-minute equaliser in a gripping 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Sunday to prevent Manchester City losing ground in the battle for a top-four Premier League finish.Liverpool looked poised to leapfrog City into third place after James Milner silenced the boos from fans of his former club to give the visitors the lead with a penalty early in the second half.But Aguero’s strike kept City a point above their rivals, who have played a game more, and provided a moment of solace after their mid-week Champions League elimination at Monaco’s hands.Both sides had chances to win the game in a breathless finale, Kevin De Bruyne hitting a post for City and Adam Lallana horribly miscuing with only the goalkeeper to beat.Pep Guardiola had come in for criticism after City’s 3-1 loss at Stade Louis II, but his side will approach back-to-back trips to Arsenal and Chelsea on the back of a seven-game unbeaten run in the league. Source: Martin RickettWhile Jurgen Klopp failed to become the first manager to do a league double over Guardiola, his Liverpool team are now unbeaten in 10 games against their fellow top-six sides this season.A rain-slicked pitch and two attack-minded teams made for a furious first half at the Etihad Stadium, characterised by City possession and Liverpool counter-attacks.City unambiguously targeted the flanks, Leroy Sane on the left and ex-Liverpool man Raheem Sterling on the right whipping a succession of low, pacy crosses across Simon Mignolet’s six-yard box.Twice, Aguero felt he had been unfairly impeded as he tried to get on the end of them, first by Joel Matip and then Ragnar Klavan.The latter incident, in the 43rd minute, also saw Sterling taken out by a despairing Milner as the pair stretched for David Silva’s low cross, with Fernandinho sliding the ball wide at the back post. Image: Martin Rickett Image: Martin Rickett Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


Plus de 40 des Français ne se protègent pas assez contre le

first_imgPlus de 40% des Français ne se protègent pas assez contre le soleilD’après une enquête réalisée par l’observatoire Edifice et présentée mercredi au congrès Eurocancer à Paris, plus de 80% des Français protégeraient bien leurs enfants du soleil. Mais ils seraient encore 38% à ne pas se protéger ou rarement des rayons solaires.Alors que les vacances approchent à grand pas, c’est une étude d’importance qui vient d’être dévoilée au congrès Eurocancer tenu hier à Paris. Réalisée par l’observatoire Edifice et relayée par l’AFP, celle-ci déclenche une nouvelle fois l’alerte au sujet de la protection contre le soleil. En effet, selon l’enquête menée par téléphone du 28 septembre au 20 octobre 2011 sur un échantillon de 1.502 personnes âgées de 18 ans et plus, 38% des Français continueraient à ne pas se protéger ou rarement du soleil lorsqu’ils s’exposent. Un chiffre qui reste bien trop élevé pour les spécialistes.À lire aussiVitiligo : causes et traitement de cette maladie de la peauPlus en détail, l’enquête révèle également que seulement 43% des personnes interrogées déclarent utiliser systématiquement ou souvent de la crème solaire pour eux-mêmes dont 42% ne la renouvellent pas. En revanche, ils sont 87% à protéger leurs enfants par des vêtements, à 92% par un chapeau ou une casquette et à 84% avec une crème solaire dont l’application est renouvelée dans les trois-quart des cas. Les lunettes de soleil par contre ne sont citées que par 51% des personnes interrogées. Si ces chiffres tendent à rassurer en ce qui concerne les enfants, ils poussent les spécialistes à renouveler leurs conseils.Quel que soit l’âge, l’exposition aux rayons solaires est dangereuse pour la peau et s’avère même être un facteur de risque pour le mélanome, comme il a été rappelé le 24 mai dernier lors de la Journée nationale contre le cancer de la peau. Une telle exposition nécessite donc de prendre certaines précautions : de se protéger par de la crème solaire voire des vêtements mais aussi de ne pas s’exposer à certains moments de la journée où le soleil est particulièrement fort.Aujourd’hui, l’exposition au soleil continue d’être appréciée par les hommes, les personnes de moins de 40 ans, les célibataires, les personnes sans enfant et les catégories socio-professionnelles favorisées, d’après l’enquête. Mais la pratique du sport conduit également à un risque d’exposition au soleil plus élevé. Pour l’année 2011, l’Institut de veille sanitaire (InVS) évalue à 9.780 le nombre de nouveaux cas de mélanomes attendus. Le 21 juin 2012 à 12:49 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


Sami Zayn returns to the ring on tonights 1223 WWE NXT

first_img Google+ The following is scheduled for tonight’s 12/23 WWE NXT on WWE Network:* Sami Zayn returns to in-ring action* The re-debut of Elias Sampson* Shoot Nation vs. The Vaudevillains vs. The Hype Bros. vs. Blake & MurphyCheck back later this week for a recap of NXT on Wrestleview.com. Twitter Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest 11 matches scheduled for WWE Clash of Champions tonight in Charlotte, Live Post-Show center_img Facebook Smackdown Live Preview: Daniel Bryan still wants an apology, King of the Ring Quarterfinals WhatsApp Chris Jericho takes on Hangman Page to crown first AEW Champion tonight on All Outlast_img read more


Klopp pleased with his 5 or 6 midfield options at Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp discussed his midfield options ahead of their Premier League showdown with Manchester United on Sunday.The Reds were the last team to inflict a league defeat on United in what was Jose Mourinho’s final game in charge in December at Anfield in a 3-1 win.Now Liverpool will be looking for a similar result in order to return to the top of the Premier League table in what will be the first of three fixtures in the space of seven days.Therefore, rotations will be expected in the Liverpool team over the course of next week with Klopp able to count on plenty of options in his midfield.“I expect that the players just understand it. It’s a typical thing,” said Klopp on the club website.“I will not explain to everyone why they don’t start because they will all start games.“We don’t have to talk about Ox [Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain] at the moment because he needs a bit of time. He looks so good in training but we need to make him resistant for all the things that are coming up.“For all the others I expect them to understand it. You cannot always have three players in midfield and they play and I have to wrap them in cotton wool – ‘Oh come on please, don’t do this step and this step’ or ‘Oh you feel something, come off training.’“Now we have five or six players for midfield and that’s exactly how it should be.“Of course they cannot start all the time. If somebody makes a story of that, I’m not interested.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“If somebody is not happy with that, I’m OK but you have to be ready for the next game and the next game is coming on Wednesday. That’s just how it should be.“All credit to the boys because they always deal with it. I’m not in doubt that they will deal with that situation as well. Make yourself ready because we need to have these different options.”As for Sunday’s match, Virgil van Dijk will make a welcome return to the Reds line-up at Old Trafford after being suspended from Tuesday’s 0-0 Champions League draw against Bayern Munich.Dejan Lovren remains sidelined with a hamstring injury, but Xherdan Shaqiri could feature after making some progress in his recovery from a minor abdominal strain.The match between United and Liverpool will begin at 3:05 PM (CET) on Sunday.I M P A C T 🙌A sublime double from @XS_11official when we hosted @ManUtd earlier this season. 😍 pic.twitter.com/gZzyBwwMeI— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 22, 2019last_img read more


Hudsons Bay students begin prom dress drive

first_imgMembers of the National Honor Society at Hudson’s Bay High School have started their prom dress drive.The project is set to coincide with homecoming season, so girls can donate their homecoming dresses after the events at their schools.Donors can bring new and gently worn dresses and shoes — including bridesmaid dresses — to Hudson’s Bay High School, 1601 E. McLoughlin Blvd., Room 402.Donations will be accepted through April; donated items cannot be returned.Bay’s National Honor Society will hold the “Dreams Coming Alive” dress event in the spring to provide area high school girls with low-cost prom dresses.For more information, contact Christina Chen, National Honor Society student, at christina.chen@vansd.org or adviser Eric Saueracker at eric.saueracker@vansd.org.last_img read more


SpiceJet Cancels 1800 Flights For December 2014 Viability Turns Foggy

first_imgBeleaguered budget airline SpiceJet has cancelled over 1,800 flights for this month, raising further questions on the airline’s ability to keep flying.The Sun Group-owned airline posted the information on its website, saying that 1,861 flights have been cancelled, till December 31. Some of the flights were bound for Kathmandu, while the rest were domestic flights, reported Economic Times.The scale of cancellations comes in the midst of the aviation regulator DGCA considering a show-cause notice to the airline for contravening directives on advance bookings.The regulator had earlier this month restricted SpiceJet to limit advance bookings to a 30-day window.Simultaneously, the Airports Authority of India (AAI), which has an outstanding of around ₹200 crore, plans to put SpiceJet in cash-and-carry mode, if bank guarantees are not furnished. The move could prove disastrous for consumer and investor sentiment.The persisting stress on SpiceJet’s financials has forced the DGCA on Friday to withdraw 186 slots alloted to the airline. The regulator also asked the airline to clear pending salary dues to the employees within 10 days.The scrip was trading at 15.80, up by 0.55 or 3.61%, at 10.14 AM Tuesday. Reuterslast_img read more


Want to make PMO efficient rather than effective PM Modi

first_imgPM Modi.ReutersPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday addressed the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) staff, thanked them for their support during his tenure and wished to make the PMO efficient rather than effective.”In an effective way of working, step by step it is checked that the orders are followed or not. There is always tension (in an effective way of working). I don’t want that in such big governance, the PMO is effective. I want it should be efficient. Results accelerate and changes are seen faster with efficiency. I have witnessed this in the last five years with you,” he said in his address here to the staffers.”I thank you for your support. The country and the whole world thinks a Prime Minister is successful but without a team, no good results can be obtained,” he said.Modi in his speech to the team members acknowledged their contribution and said: “In our journey, your families have also played an important role as without their support this was not possible. I want to thank your families for the support.”He said that he came to power to bring a change in the common man’s life.”I get credit for this change. But the credit should go to my dedicated team,” he said adding that a PM can only brief about the policies but the PMO works to make them a reality.last_img read more


Almost 80pc Rohingyas want to go back

first_imgRohingya refugees walk on the muddy path after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Teknaf. Reuters file photoMore than 90 per cent Rohingyas, who have taken shelter in Bangladesh, personally witnessed or directly experienced violence in Myanmar on or after 25 August, says a survey.The crackdown by Myanmar authorities since then led to a rapid mass migration of more than 647,000 Rohingya to enter Bangladesh, confirmed the “Rohingya Survey-2017” that documented the atrocities against Rohingya Muslims.However, 78 per cent of the Rohingya refugees surveyed said they would willingly return if the situation improves. About 16 per cent had no desire to return and only 6 per cent would return home unconditionally, the survey added.Xchange, an international organisation engaged in generating data to advocate better knowledge of human migration, conducted the survey based on interview with 1,360 ethnic Rohingyas between 15 September and 15 October in seven different refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar.The survey said the large number of respondents willing to return to Myanmar could, in part, be explained by the fact that there are very few opportunities for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.The survey pointed out that generations of Rohingya refugees staying in the camps following previous expulsions from Myanmar continue to live in poverty.Almost 100 per cent (96% to be accurate) respondents stated that the Myanmar military were the perpetrators of these abuses. Fifty one per cent reported that local ethnic Rakhine ‘extremists’ were involved.However, the involvement of ethnic Rakhine civilians was usually in a supportive role to the military, said the survey. “These civilians attacked Rohingyas, burned buildings, and committed other violent crimes that had the effect of driving Rohingyas away from their homes,” the survey added.last_img read more


Chronicle of Durga Puja released to give readers a peek into its

first_imgKolkata: Durgadalil, a book comprising a through documentation of Durga Puja, was released in the city on Sunday.The book, edited by Samrat Chattopadhyay, will be made into a documentary film with the demand of making Durga Puja a national festival. The work for the documentary film will start on January 6, 2019, with a programme at Uttam Mancha.Through this monumental work, the demand to make Durga Puja a national festival will be raised. It may be mentioned that National Geographic channel will cover Durga Puja in Kolkata for the first time. The channel covers Ganesh Chaturthi in Maharastra and Kumbh Mela. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe book is a research work on 400 years of Durga Puja. It deals with the frequently asked questions like where Durga Puja started in undivided Bengal, or whether it began in Taherpur in Rajsahi (now in Bangladesh), in Malda or South Dinajpur.It also answers whether Raja Kangsha Narayan, Bhabananda Mazumdar or Raja Jagat Narayan was the protagonist of the Puja. History scholars Haripada Bhowmick and Professor Sandip Kumar Dawn have dealt with the subject, spreading over a large span of time from the Moghul period to the present day. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedNoted photographer Atanu Pal and well known art collector Ganesh Pratap Singh have provided photographs which have increased the value of the priceless collection.Elderly people as well as many contemporary celebrities have narrated Durga Puja stories that are related to their localities, in the book. In erstwhile Kolkata, Pujas were held in the houses of aristocrats, beside the community Pujas. There were no sponsors and the Pujas were organised by collecting subscription from the local people. After the Pujas, musical soirees were held, in which noted vocalists and musicians took part.While Nabanita Dev Sen has narrated stories that are related to the areas surrounding Hindusthan Road in South Kolkata where she had spent her childhood and has plenty of childhood memories, elocutionist Jagannath Basu has told about his experiences in North Kolkata.Well known football organiser of the 70s, Ajay Srimani, has spoken about Durga Puja in his house and neighbouhood.Actors Abir Chattopadhyay and Kaninika Bandyopadhyay have narrated their childhood memories, along with cricketer Jhulan Goswami and former footballer Achintya Belel.last_img read more


Warning Protest action in Peacetown roads are being blocked

first_imgPeople travelling to and from Peacetown can expect delays.The Burford road has also been blocked by protesters.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! Protesters have taken to the streets in Peacetown this morning (May 21).It is believed that all the roads are being closed off in the area.Many residents are left stranded with regards to getting to work, as buses cannot get through.Also read: Update: Protest action on Helpmekaar Road after 9 killed in Ladysmith KZN crashAlso read: Traffic Update: Road still closed due to protest after 9 killed in Ladysmith KZN crash (Video Included) WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more


Industry jobs to spike

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Jobs in the industry are expected to boom this year with experts predicting up to 250,000 new positions to become available in the hospitality sector.According to Tourism Training Australia chief executive Bill Galvin school leavers and young adults will fill the roles, Adelaide Now reported.”Even though Australia competes with 140 other countries for tourism dollars, we are faring very well, particularly in tourism out of Asia,” he said.Of the 250,000 positions available Mr Galvin expects 113,000 to be in NSW and between 34,000 to 50,000 to be filled by school leavers.“I know that many parents and school leavers are entirely focused on university, but there are great careers for people in manufacturing and engineering,” Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union NSW secretary Tim Ayres said.”An apprenticeship in a traditional trade is a very good start…you work in an industry with good wages, good conditions, and a qualifications framework that means there’s opportunity for career advancement.”last_img read more


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first_imgFancy this infographic? Please give us a shout before publishing the graphic by contacting one of our PR staff.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Fourteen percent of British travellers have been put off visiting a particular country because they don’t speak the language, according to a survey of Skyscanner users. Where do you fit into the mix? Are you an expert at swearing? Multi-lingual? Have you not travelled to France, Spain, or Italy because of a language barrier? Skyscanner surveyed Brits across the country and reavealed how language skills affect their travel plans. RelatedIs it all Greek to Brits abroad?UK tourists put off holiday destinations because they can’t speak the language, while men take the lead with the lingo.NHS VS US: illness abroad – best countries to be sick in on holidaySkyscanner investigates the best places to fall ill abroad.Spain will ‘remain a popular holiday destination’ despite poor exchange rateBrits will continue booking flights to Spanish cities and holiday resorts despite the unfavourable exchange ratelast_img read more


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first_imgParis – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineSeror Diamonds is a new fine jewelry concept which allows the customer to design from scratch their own personalized jewelry. With no boutiques or advertisement, Seror Diamonds has previously relied on word of mouth to expand the business but have now launched their new website to give customers access to the workings behind their unique vision.Seror Diamonds is the brainchild of Certified Diamond Trader David Seror whose passion for the diamond trade took its roots in his grandfather’s jewelry business. Inspired by the response from customers to his grandfather’s efforts to personalize their jewelry, he envisioned a service by which customers can take complete control of the manufacturing process to create their own bespoke pieces.The process of creating your own custom-made jewelry starts with sketches of your discussed design, followed by selection of materials. Your approval is requested at each stage and Seror Diamonds promises to have your jewelry ready in three weeks.The range of jewelry on offer includes rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings, all of which are handcrafted according to the customer’s design at one of the Seror Diamonds workshops in Antwerp, Belgium, Paris and Nice. Each of the GIA-certified diamonds used are high quality raw materials procured without any intermediary and come in an array of colors including ‘Fancy Yellow’ and ‘Fancy Pink’.Customers can specify not only the weight of the stones, which range from 0.01 to 5 carats, but also the clarity, and the kind of cuts they wish to have in an effort to achieve a completely personal piece of jewelry. Seror Diamonds ensure that the entire process is completely confidential and aim to make each of their creations tailored to suit the customer’s needs.www.serordiamonds.comlast_img read more