Lovren confident Liverpool can emulate Arsenal’s Invinciblesby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDejan Lovren is confident Liverpool can emulate Arsenal’s 2003/04 unbeaten season.The Reds have gone 19 games without a single loss this season, but face a tough test against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City on Thursday night.Asked if Liverpool can emulate Arsenal’s 2003-04 invincible season, Lovren said: “There are always records to beat. Everything is possible when you believe and you work hard.”Of course, you need the luck to go your way also, but why not? It is a challenge for us and every player here.”Will it be possible? Let’s see at the end of the season.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Virat Kohli backs Shikhar Dhawan after India’s T20 series win over West IndiesIndia tour of West Indies 2019: Shikhar Dhawan, who was returning back to the Indian team after recovering from a left thumb fracture, could manage to score only 27 runs in the three innings against West Indies.advertisement India Today Web Desk GuyanaAugust 7, 2019UPDATED: August 7, 2019 08:36 IST Shikhar Dhawan did not have a fruitful T20I series against West Indies. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia completed a 3-0 whitewash over West Indies by clinching an 7-wicket win in the final T20IVirat Kohli feels that Shikhar Dhawan’s poor run with the bat not a sign of concern for Team IndiaShikhar Dhawan could manage to score only 27 runs in the three innings against West IndiesIndia skipper Virat Kohli feels that Shikhar Dhawan’s poor run with the bat in the T20I series against West Indies is not a sign of concern for Team India.Shikhar Dhawan, who was returning back to the Indian team after recovering from a left thumb fracture, could manage to score only 27 runs in the three innings against West Indies.Dhawan had played just the first two matches for India at the World Cup before he was ruled out for the rest of the tournament with a hairline fracture on his left thumb.India completed a 3-0 whitewash over West Indies by clinching an 7-wicket win in the final T20I in Guyana on Tuesday. A fiery bowling spell from Deepak Chahar coupled with a 100-plus stand between Kohli and Rishabh Pant helped India dominate the hosts at the Providence Stadium.”Not really, he is a very experienced player and as I said T20 cricket we don’t really look much into how guys are playing and form and stuff like that because you need to get on with the game and you’ll get out at some stage,” Virat Kohli said in the post match presentation when asked about Dhawan’s lack of runs in WI T20I series.”50-over Cricket gives you a bit more time to get into your innings. I think once he gets a bit of time in the middle, we know the skill set he has and the way he can bat. So, not concerned at all,” added Kohli.advertisement”You know this format will give him space and time to just ease himself into it and not necessarily to have to go after the bowlers. I think he is an experienced enough player to know how to build an innings and get big runs.”Also Read | Rishabh Pant breaks MS Dhoni’s India record during Guyana T20I heroicsAlso Read | Virat Kohli keen on giving Rishabh Pant more space, delighted with match-winning knock in GuyanaAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Shikhar DhawanFollow India VS West Indies
PEDIGREE Brand unveiled its See what good food can do documentary-style campaign this week at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.On January 20, 2014, shelter dog ambassadors David Ortiz and Josh Duhamel kicked-off the PEDIGREE Brand See what good food can do campaign at the Sundance Film Festival.The campaign showcases the impact people can make in dogs’ lives, especially shelter dogs, with some extra attention, good food and loving care. More than four million dogs enter shelters each year. Because of that, PEDIGREE works tirelessly to help support the transformation of shelter dogs into pets with loving homes. Since 2008, PEDIGREE has donated more than 20 million pounds of food to shelter dogs, seeing first-hand how good food can help them have shiny coats, waggy tails and feel good.The new See what good food can do campaign shows PEDIGREE Brand’s commitment to shelter dogs and how its good food can help give them a new leash on life. The campaign features real stories of dogs in shelters, their caregivers and the dogs’ new families – and brings to life the outcome that PEDIGREE food can have on the lives of shelter dogs.As the world’s largest dog food brand, PEDIGREE has an unwavering love for dogs and commitment to dog adoption, which is why it has a long history of providing food and support to shelters across America. This food, combined with the love and care from shelter staff, helps give shelter dogs their happily-ever-after. With this new campaign, PEDIGREE is inviting America to see for themselves what good food can do for dogs and the people who love them. Every dog owner has a tale to tell, including fellow dog lovers David Ortiz, known as baseball’s “Big Papi,” and actor Josh Duhamel. Continuing the momentum sparked by the Brand’s dog-loving friend, Grammy Award winner Miranda Lambert, PEDIGREE is calling on America to share their stories. Every time dog lovers tell their tale of what their dog means to them, using #DogTales on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, PEDIGREE will donate a bowl of food to a shelter in need. Together, America can see the impact that good food can make in the life of a shelter dog.“The See what good food can do campaign allowed us to go behind-the-scenes to see the real-life transformation stories of shelter dogs,” said Tierney Monaco, marketing director, PEDIGREE Brand. “I was so touched by these heart-warming stories that truly do show the impact that good food and loving care can make, and I am thrilled that we’re able to share them with America.” PEDIGREE unveiled the See what good food can do. campaign at the iconic venue for storytelling – the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Ortiz and Duhamel helped shine a spotlight on the millions of dogs in need by sharing their personal stories through inspirational documentary-style short films.“My adopted dog Meatloaf was my inspiration for beginning to work with shelters and it means so much to me to partner with PEDIGREE, a brand that believes in caring for and finding dogs loving homes as much as I do,” remarked Josh Duhamel. “There are so many dogs waiting in shelters that just need good food a little help, and together we want to make a difference.”“I couldn’t imagine a day without my dogs Foxxy and Happy. It’s amazing to see how they have not only transformed our family, but also each other,” remarked David Ortiz. “Foxxy is a little bit older, but her spirit and life has truly improved thanks to Happy’s amazing energy. I’m honored to be part of the See what good food can do. campaign, because I believe in the power of good food to help dogs look and feel their best while waiting for their loving home.”Log on to Facebook.com/PEDIGREE to watch Duhamel’s and Ortiz’s stories.
A woman and a child have been found dead inside a house in Balangoda, the Police said.The Police said that a 26 year old woman and her 5 year old son were found dead. The Police suspect the woman may have killed her son and committed suicide.
Stiff competition coupled with labour issues came together last week to force the closure of Hoy’s Chinese Cuisine on the Queenway East.Owner Tony Yin posted notice to that effect on the front door of the restaurant Sept. 3.Monday, Yin said the closure occurred, in part, because he was having trouble recruiting qualified kitchen staff. As well, after slightly more than a year in business, profitability has eluded the enterprise.“We can’t get help,” Yin said. “Help today is not what it used to be. I’m 71. I just don’t want to put up with the hassle. When business is not good, you may as well close it. You don’t put yourself in the red.”Unlike franchise outlets where much of the food arrives ready to cook, Yin says a good Chinese restaurant devotes a lot of time to off-hours preparation. He says egg rolls, sweet-and-sour spare ribs, chicken balls and the like need individual attention before they go into the deep fryer.Running a labour-intensive restaurant, Yin added, along a busy highway with numerous fast-food outlets is also a challenge. It’s hard to turn a profit, Yin said, when $4 gets you a good burger and coffee up the road.“You can’t just bring your product out and cook it,” Yin said. “It’s tough when you’re in the heart of a situation where there is a lot of food.”Yin and younger relatives renovated the building in 2018. Hoy’s was named after Yin’s older brother Hoy Yin, the long-time operator of the former Simcoe Lunch in downtown Simcoe.Yin and his family ran Yin’s Restaurant in downtown Waterford for many years. The Waterford restaurant was sold many years ago and the family is no longer associated with it. Yin got his training as a restaurateur at the Simcoe Lunch.Yin is taking a hard look at the situation on the Queensway East with an eye to re-branding and re-opening at some point in the future.The notice he posted last week says anyone with a Hoy’s gift certificate can redeem it for cash if they call 519-428-8936 and make arrangements. Yin says the cash is in hand and he will have no problem buying out all card holders.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com
by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 7, 2014 11:18 am MDT Rogers takes new pricing for wireless customers visiting United States AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Rogers Communications has unveiled a new wireless roaming strategy for customers visiting the United States.The telecommunications giant says its new Roam At Home discount ensures that its customers will be charged a maximum of $50 a month for roaming fees when they use their smartphones while travelling in the United States.Chief executive Guy Laurence says the changes come as Rogers works on a multi-year plan to simplify its offerings for customers who are signed up to its Share Everything plan.Rogers (TSX:RCI.B) users will be able to text the word “travel” to 222 before they leave or once they arrive in the U.S. to activate the discount, which then charges $5 per day to a maximum of $50.Laurence says the deal is an extension of an agreement with AT&T and will take effect on Monday.Canadian wireless carriers have faced many complaints from subscribers who say they’ve unknowingly driven up their wireless bill by hundreds, or sometimes thousands, of dollars when they’ve used their data plans in the U.S.
by The Associated Press Posted Jan 14, 2015 7:42 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Stocks are falling and bond prices are rising following some discouraging news on the U.S. economy and a weaker forecast of global growth.The price of copper, a key commodity that’s widely used in construction and manufacturing, slumped to a five-year low Wednesday.The World Bank forecast that that global economic growth this year won’t be as high as previously thought. The U.S. Commerce Department reported a drop in retail last month.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 223 points, or 1.3 per cent, to 17,393 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern time.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 19 points, 0.9 per cent, to 2,004. The Nasdaq composite fell 37 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 4,625.Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note dropped to 1.82 per cent. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US stocks sink, bond prices rise after weak forecast for global growth and retail sales drop
The daughter of a wealthy businessman planned an “elaborate conspiracy” to have her former boyfriend assassinated by hitmen, a court heard.Rebecca Deferia, 30, allegedly arranged with her father for three hitmen to shoot Jonathan Catchpole, 38, at his home in return for at least £12,500.One of the hitmen shouted, “Rebecca wants you dead”, just before Mr Catchpole was shot in the chest with a sawn-off shotgun, Ipswich Crown Court was told. Mr Catchpole survived the attack on Aug 4, 2015 at his flat in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.Andrew Jackson, prosecuting, said it was “the final act of an elaborate conspiracy or plan to murder Mr Catchpole” which was hatched by Miss Deferia, her father and the hitmen. Mr Jackson said her father, Colin Deferia, was a wealthy and successful businessman with his own construction firm and his daughter was an only child who “appeared to want for nothing”.He said there was also evidence that Miss Deferia, who worked in the accounts department at her father’s firm, had organised an earlier attack on Mr Catchpole’s car when its brake lines were severed.Miss Deferia, of Red Lodge, Suffolk, denies a charge of conspiracy to murder. She ended her five-year relationship with Mr Catchpole in June 2013, the court heard. She changed the locks on the home they shared in Bury St Edmunds, preventing him from picking up his possessions, said Mr Jackson.The prosecution alleged that Miss Deferia and her father had arranged for a relative’s partner, Paul Baker, 35, to have Mr Catchpole killed in a “careful and meticulous plan for assassination”.Baker arranged for Andrew Seaton, 40, Simon Webber, 32, and Frank Warren, 52, to carry out the killing to distance himself from the plot. The four men, from Dorset, were convicted of conspiracy to murder alongside Colin Deferia, 60, last October.Mr Jackson said that Miss Deferia or her father had sent a briefing pack to Baker in August 2014, setting out how he should target Mr Catchpole and giving information about him.The letter was found in Baker’s car in an envelope which had been sent from a franking machine at Colin Deferia’s business Precon Products in Rougham, near Bury St Edmunds. Mr Jackson said: “It was, say the prosecution, no less than a briefing pack for the targeting of Mr Catchpole and his family and ultimately his execution.”Mr Jackson said that a pay-as-you-go phone, registered by Miss Deferia as belonging to her, had been used to make calls to police falsely alleging that Mr Catchpole was a drug dealer being targeted by men with firearms. He described it as “a false trail” to try to convince police that the attack on Mr Catchpole was due to a drugs vendetta.The trial continues. 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.
Over the past couple of years we’ve been hearing more about controlling devices with your brain. The examples I’ve seen usually involve some form of device that covers the head and can pick up on your brain waves. With development they could help people who have no other way to input information, for example, due to a disability or injury that leaves them unable to use their arms or hands. Alternatively, they could enhance existing interactions further.But one of the first commercial uses of brain wave input has no real point at all other than to make you smile or possibly even laugh the first time you see it in action.The product is called Necomimi, and it has been produced by a Japanese company called Neurowear. It consists of a headband that contains a brain wave sensor that can effect the positioning of cat ears attached to the same band and controlled by two small motors. Yes, you read that correctly, brain input is being used to control cat ears.As the advert above shows, it’s great if you want a person you are looking at or thinking about to know you like them. Other than that, and as a general mood gauge, I can’t see much use for this accessory. The novelty value is soon going to disappear, as will the life in the batteries it uses.Those interested (really?) will have to wait until the end of the year to buy one, at which point Neurowear may have a few more brain-activated accessories ready to sell.via CNET
He stopped paying his mortgage so he could sing at Trump rallies – and now he’s feeling a little disillusioned Just two months after the election, Kraig Moss, aka the Trump Troubadour, isn’t feeling quite so positive about Donald Trump as he did before. http://jrnl.ie/3321822 Source: ABC News/Twitter Kraig Moss performing a a Trump rally in Appleton, Wisconsin, in March 2016 Source: SIPA USA/PA ImagesHE TRAVELLED FROM rally to rally with his guitar in tow, crooning pro-Donald Trump tunes and hailing the then Republican candidate as the answer to the US heroin epidemic that took his son’s life.Though his songs earned him the moniker “the Trump troubadour”, these days Kraig Moss has stopped singing for the president: the US leader’s push for a health bill that would have restricted access to opioid addiction treatment for thousands of people left the 58-year-old mired in doubt.When Moss strums his guitar now, it’s to sing sorrowful ballads in memory of his son Rob, who died of a heroin overdose in 2014 at the age of 24.Trump “is the one that pioneered the idea that we have a heroin epidemic in this country” says Moss. “I feel on that subject very let down – because that’s what drove me in order to want to do everything I did; make all of the sacrifices I did to follow him around.”Moss had stopped making mortgage payments so he could trail the Trump campaign; now he is about to leave his house in the small upstate New York town of Owego for a mobile home.But he said he has no regrets: “I’m not ashamed of what I did, mostly because I know I’ve gotten at least one person, one young adult to stand up at a party and probably say, ‘You know what? That stuff kills – I’m out of here’.”I know there’s young adults that have that attitude now because of the talks that we have had.Potential for change? If you cannot view this video, click hereDespite his disappointment in the first two months of Trump’s tenure, Moss said he thinks the president “still has potential”.“He’s got to come down to real life and… remember the little people who got him into office,” Moss said.But the former construction worker wonders what Trump – who cast himself as a hardline dealmaker who alone could uplift America – can really get done from the White House.I’m concerned that the same complications that presented itself through health care will present themselves with the immigration and the same complications might arise with his business plans.The Republican bid to repeal and replace former president Barack Obama’s signature health care law ended in crushing defeat, after dissent within Trump’s own party stymied his efforts.It is too early to tell whether Republicans will launch another fight to kill Obamacare.Meanwhile Moss, who has been separated for years, finds himself alone mourning his child’s death. His house is nearly empty – save for the living room, which is littered with piles of photos and t-shirts bearing the likeness of his son, three years after the young man’s death.After the campaign catapulted him into the public eye, Moss began receiving contributions from people nationwide to pay for a memorial stone – but he does not yet have the heart to get one.Moss said following the Trump campaign granted him a way to keep his son alive.“I did not realise it until these people just offered to pay” for the memorial, he said. “It’s like, that is a final closure.”I don’t know if I am ready for that.© – AFP, 2017Read: At least 254 dead, including 43 children, as toll from Colombian horror mudslide continues to climbRead: Hollywood star Doris Day finds out she’s 95 on her 93rd birthday Share Tweet Email2 29 Comments 40,095 Views Apr 8th 2017, 9:00 PM “Trump troubadour” says he lost trust in Pres. Trump over health care push: “I feel like I’ve been lied to.” https://t.co/VfevxFNAMF pic.twitter.com/N0TtgfPGa1— ABC News (@ABC) March 26, 2017 By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Saturday 8 Apr 2017, 9:00 PM
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram When Angela Mallis first held her newborn baby girl in her arms 17 years ago maternal instinct told her there was something wrong. After vigorous testing during the first six months of her life, Priscilla was eventually diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis: the most commonly inherited, life-shortening condition affecting Australians. Yet Angela, let alone her family and friends, had never heard of it. Cystic Fibrosis, or CF as it is commonly referred, is a degenerate disease of the body’s secretory glands causing the production of abnormally thick mucus that congests the lungs resulting in chronic infections and digestive problems. “Every day is a struggle for Priscilla to take up to a dozen tablets and sustain the energy necessary to lead a normal life,” Angela said. However, she is determined not to let the fear of her daughter’s condition worsening keep her from allowing Priscilla to complete her bucket-list this year. Up until now, existing treatments have only attempted to treat secondary manifestations of the disease, however a promising new drug claims to target the underlying ion-transport defect in CF sufferers preventing further organ damage. Denufosol is currently undergoing its final trial stage in the US and has seen patients experience a significant decrease in mucus accumulation and improved lung function performance within just a few months of treatment. Angela, whose life was more recently shaken by her eldest son’s battle with lung cancer, is elated by the prospects of the new drug but remains disheartened by lack of CF awareness. “Deterioration is internal and so it’s hard for people to see how truly debilitating CF is,” she said, adding “sometimes I feel like if we shaved all their heads maybe then they’d get more attention.” CEO of Victoria’s Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Stephen Murby, said that despite his foundation’s efforts over 98 percent of people discover they are carriers after the diagnosis of their newborn child. “Every four days a child is born with CF in Australia
The Argentinean footballer is happy with his role at Juventus but he knows he has to keep delivering for fans and club to be happyPaulo Dybala joined Italian Lega Serie A giants Juventus in 2015.The forward has since then scored 54 goals in 109 matches.And for him, is not easy to be one of the club’s stars, as it’s a big responsibility.“A dream”, said Dybala to The Mirror.Lukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“It’s a big responsibility to wear the No. 10 at Juventus, and it was the club’s decision, but I’m very happy with it and very proud.”“But the most important thing isn’t the number on the shirt, it’s what’s in here.”He also remembered former teammate Paul Pogba and how they met again when Manchester United and the Bianconeri met again.“The first match was amazing for me, the second amazing for him,” he added.“We have remained in touch since he left. “We’re still very close and who knows, maybe in the future we can play together again.”
The top 10 most read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 10 and 16 August 2017 were:Tata Steel gains initial approval for pensions scheme restructureThe Pensions Regulator names schemes that fail to meet basic auto-enrolment dutiesEAT ruling on voluntary overtime’s inclusion in holiday pay raises practical considerationsGoogle and Expedia among 2017’s best employers for work-life balanceEXCLUSIVE: MJ Mapp recognises staff with personalised treat boxesChinese firm plans to sell cars through a vending machineSummer School 2017: Equalising mental and physical healthSummer School 2017: Empowering financial wellnessEquality and Human Rights Commission recommends measures to reduce pay gapsEmployee Benefits Summer School to deliver e-learning via video series
Not all employees in Alaska speak English proficiently, but the State Department of Labor and Workforce Development wants to make sure that all of them understand their rights. The department recently released several translations of its employee “frequently asked questions” pamphlet in different languages, including one in Tagalog.According to the United States Census Bureau, Kodiak has a significant Filipino population. In 2010, Asians were the largest racial minority in the Kodiak Borough at almost 20 percent of the population with Filipinos making up around 17 percent.The statewide supervising investigator for the Wage and Hour Administration, Joe Dunham, says the 23 questions in the pamphlet are an overview of basic wage and hour laws for overtime and minimum-wage eligible employees.“What is minimum wage? What about overtime? Who gets overtime, who does not get overtime? Can I be paid salary? What about my final paycheck?” says Dunham. “Can they make deductions from my wages without my permission? So, it’s just simple everyday wage and hour questions that most of us come into contact with those questions at any particular job.”While wage theft and labor abuse can occur, Dunham says some workers’ ignorance about United States labor laws could also be a matter of cultural difference.“What turns out to be common in their culture turns out to be a violation in ours and very often, neither the employer nor the employee even knows about it,” says Dunham. “These questions are just something where employer-employee can look at this and say ‘Wow, I never knew that, maybe I should call up the Department of Labor and sit down and talk about it.’”In the case that an employee feels they are being taken advantage of, they can report the issue to DOL investigators.
Viqarunnisa Noon School and College student Aritree Adhikari. Photo: CollectedEducation minister Nurul Islam Nahid on Wednesday said the probe body, formed by his ministry, has found three teachers of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College responsible for the suicide of Aritree Adhikari, reports UNB.The three accused are school’s acting principal Naznin Ferdous, morning shift in-charge Jinat Akhtar and class teacher of Class-IX Hasna Hena.The minister came up with the disclosure while briefing journalists at his secretariat office.Aritree Adhikari, a Class-IX student, committed suicide at their Shantinagar residence in the city on Monday after allegedly being rebuked by the teachers for using mobile phone during examination.Following the incident, on Tuesday, the education ministry formed the three-member probe committee led by Prof Mohammad Yusuf, director of Dhaka Regional Education office, to submit its report within three days.”The probe body has found that three teachers had threatened the victim’s parents and behaved with them rudely when they came to meet them,” he added.Aritree could not tolerate the humiliation of her parents and eventually committed suicide, the minister added.”We’ve recommended the managing committee of the school to suspend the three accused teachers and decided to cancel the Monthly Pay Order (MPO) of the three teachers,” said Nahid adding that the decision of cancellation of the MPO has already come into effect.”We’ve also recommended the managing committee to take necessary administrative steps and other legal steps.”The minister said the committee has also identified various irregularities at the institute, including in its admission process and coaching business.”These irregularities have been going on for years. The school authorities have opened additional sections in each class and new branch without taking necessary approval. Even, complaints of taking around Tk 10 lakh for admission of a single student has been raised against the school authorities,” the minister added.
The accident happened Thursday afternoon when a cargo truck crashed into a ravine along the Chicoasén-Soyaló section of the Ixtapa-Soyaló highway. They say the truck was bound for the state of Veracruz.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) The state attorney says that a three-ton cargo truck that was traveling without license plates went off the road and fell into the ravine. The cargo truck was carrying at least 80 illegal Central American migrants who entered Mexico through the La Mesilla port. Soyaló, Chiapas — A horrific road accident in the state of Chiapas has claimed the lives of at least 25 and left 29 more injured. In a statement, la Fiscalía General de Chiapas says that so far, 25 people have been found dead with 29 injured, all of whom were taken to area hospitals. They report that for reasons not yet known, the cargo truck left the roadway and crashed into a ravine near the Bombaná River near the municipality of Soyaló.
Crystal River Cruises welcomes the new Crystal Ravel to its fleet Monday, April 16, 2018 Tags: Crystal Cruises Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Travelweek Group MIAMI — Crystal River Cruises has accepted the ‘keys’ to Crystal Ravel, its fifth luxury vessel set to embark on its maiden voyage next month.The handover ceremony took place earlier this month at MV WERFTEN shipyard, and was attended by Crystal president and CEO Tom Wolber, executives from Crstyal’s parent company, Genting Hong Kong (GHK), as well as the ambassador of Malaysia, Sarah Nava Rani Al Bakri Devadason.“We are thrilled to welcome Crystal Ravel to the fleet, which will further expand the many choices our guests have for experiencing luxury on the rivers of Europe,” said Wolber. “Since launching Crystal River Cruises two years ago, our ships and their dedicated staff and crew have consistently raised the bar of excellence in the industry.”Crystal Ravel joins Crystal River Cruises approximately one month after its sister ship, Crystal Debussy, was received by the company at the same shipyard. Crystal Debussy embarked on its maiden voyage on April 9 from Amsterdam.More news: Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongCrystal ravel sets sail on May 10 from Basel to Vienna, and will embark on itineraries along the Rhine, Danube, Main and Moselle rivers to towns and cities in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Slovakia. Like its newly built sister ships Crystal Bach, Crystal Mahler and Crystal Debussy, the 106-guest Crystal Ravel offers butler service in every room category, king-sized beds, Panoramic Balcony-Windows, walk-in closets and dual vanity in the bathrooms in most categories.Other highlights include farm-to-table cuisine in open-seating eateries, over 200 inclusive shore-side adventures, as well as inclusive Signature Events that are offered on each river itinerary.
Facebook Comments Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Alberto Font/The Tico Times Related posts:City officials finally promise relief to Cartago residents facing ongoing water shortages National Meteorological Institute forecasts another rainy season with less precipitation in most of Costa Rica Low rainfall conditions prompt water rationing until mid-2016 Water and Sewer Institute announces rationing plan for up to four months Alberto Font/The Tico Times CARTAGO – The effects of drier rainy seasons in Costa Rica have been evident mostly in coastal areas in Guanacaste and Puntarenas, or in the higher altitude regions of Heredia. But the province of Cartago, east of the Central Valley, also is suffering the consequences of drier-than-normal weather patterns.Farms and tourist areas near the country’s colonial capital, located 22 kilometers east of San José, have been hit hard by water scarcity, including diminished reserves that traditionally supply enough water for the entire province and more than half a million residents in eastern San José.Currently 554,000 residents living east of the capital face daily water rationing for up to 12 hours a day. Water reserves in Cartago are 20 percent below normal levels, mostly due to a lack of rainfall during the past rainy season from May to December 2013.This decrease in rainfall has dried up rivers and prevented storage tanks in the canton of La Unión from fully replenishing, the Costa Rican Water and Sewer Institute reported. Rationing in the affected communities likely will continue through May, the AyA said last month.Records from the National Meteorological Institute (IMN) show that annual rainfall levels in Cartago have severely decreased since 2010, from 1,822 millimeters that year to 780 mm in 2013.The effects of an irregular rainy season this year in Cartago could have dire consequences for a significant number of Costa Rican residents.FarmingAgriculture is one of Cartago’s main productive activities, and farmers in the north of the province are the country’s top potato producers, supplying 80 percent of all potatoes consumed in Costa Rica, according to the Agriculture and Livestock Ministry (MAG).The region also is the largest producer of onions in Costa Rica, covering some 1,400 hectares, while hundreds of other farmers also grow carrots, beets, yucca, flowers and other crops.Following the IMN’s forecast that the upcoming rainy season could be affected by an El Niño weather phenomenon, Agriculture Vice Minister Xinia Chaves last month met with Gerardo Aparicio, president of the Horticultural Association of Irazú, which groups almost 1,000 producers whose farmlands north of Cartago account for 2,800 hectares of potato crops, and a local group of farmers.At the meeting, farmers said they are struggling due to the ongoing lack of rainfall in the region, and MAG officials agreed to study the option of declaring a state of emergency in the area to qualify farmers for government assistance.“Depending on the possible effects of [El Niño], the emergency declaration could be issued in December, to allow us to assist farmers as they face the next dry season in 2015,” MAG’s Director of National Programs and Agricultural Planning Erick Quirós told The Tico Times.Tourism and habitatsWhile the southeastern region of Cartago also relies on agricultural, in addition it is home to the area’s main tourist attractions including recreational parks, national parks and biological reserves.La Laguna de Doña Ana, a local lake, is the main attraction of La Expresión Park, which covers eight hectares a few kilometers southeast of downtown Cartago, in the canton of Paraíso.The park also is as a refuge for wildlife, and the lake, a common destination for migratory birds, began drying up in 2013.Only a small pond exists today due to an increase in temperatures and a lack of rainfall. Another cause, park administrator José Brenes said, is “a proliferation of housing projects around the park that compete for the area’s water resources.” Animation showing Laguna de Doña Ana in 2009 and in 2014. (Alberto Font /The Tico Times. Before picture courtesy of Cristian Bonilla) / Animation: Haime LunaRecommended: Climate change, coral reefs, deforestation and dengueThe lake’s main water supply are aquifers that no longer produce enough to replenish it.According to Brenes, several hectares of housing projects are now located in former pastures and forested areas that once surrounded an entrance road to the park only a couple decades ago.City Sewer Chief Jaime Astúa denied that the growth of residential areas near the park is affecting the water supply.“We have drilled several wells to provide water for residential projects, but the well that feeds the lake was not affected. The problem is that the pump they use to draw water to the lake is broken,” he said.Brenes disagreed, saying the pump is in good condition and the well is simply empty.“We turn the pump on every day, but nothing comes up from that well. It’s dry,” Brenes said.Last year, the lake dried up completely, killing all the fish, crabs, crayfish and other lake species, Brenes said.The last rainy season helped replenish the lake slightly, but by February any gains were lost as it turned dry once more.A few birds can still be spotted at what is now a pond, but muddy skeletons of fish and other species are the only visible signs of the life that previously existed here.“We’re awaiting the start of the next rainy season, and it remains to be seen if this year’s rains will replenish the lake or not,” Brenes said.IMN forecasts for this year show a 10-15 percent drop in average rainfall across Costa Rica, and the same is expected in Cartago, IMN Forecasts Director Werner Stoltz said.Precipitation during the next rainy season will depend on El Niño. “If El Niño hits the country, its first effects will happen in July and continue through the end of the year,” Stoltz said.Securing the water supplyResponding to the crisis, a new joint public-private initiative to secure the water supply in the Greater Metropolitan Area is currently under discussion.The plan was presented on April 2 by officials from the Environment Ministry (MINAE) and members of the Foundation for the Development of the Central Volcanic Range. It also will have the support of the Costa Rica-U.S.A. Foundation for Cooperation.The project, called AGUA TICA, outlines a number of protective regulations for watersheds that supply the Greater Metropolitan Area, or GAM, MINAE’s Vice Minister of Waters José Lino Chaves said last week.The initiative is still in its planning stage, but among its proposals are a series of fundraising strategies by organizations and businesses that would supplement public funds to finance water conservation projects in the GAM.
The shutdown of the Ngurah Rai airport will affect 17,000 travellers per day, who bring in more than US$5 million for the tourism business in Bali, daily. Source = ETB News: L.B. Among the airlines affected by the closure are Garuda Indonesia who had to cancel 139 domestic and international flights, Lion Mentari Airlines cancelled 65 per cent of its flights to Bali, AirAsia cancelled 81 and Tiger Airways lost around eight flights. APEC will run from the 5th until 8th of October with the airport closed during the day for four days. The new airport is expected to increase capacity from 7.7 million to 16 million international travellers and 1.5 million to 9.4 million domestic travellers, per year. Among the heads of state are US President Barack Obama, China’s Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin, who are due to land in Bali this weekend for APEC, reported Sydney Morning Herald. Hundreds of flights have been cancelled as Bali’s new international airport shuts down for the arrival of Air Force One in the lead up to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting.
The breakthrough in that stretch to end 2013 came in a 27-14 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Palmer threw two touchdowns to no picks while completing 30-of-42 passes for 419 yards. Ninety-one of those yards came on a slant that receiver Michael Floyd took to the house for a score. 2 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Carson Palmer and the only coach he’s known as an Arizona Cardinal, Bruce Arians, are riding off into the sunset with one another.Many of the duo’s accomplishments went hand-in-hand. We’ve already compiled a list of Arians’ best victories, and a few of those could be a credit to his quarterback’s performances.Is there an objective way to quantify Palmer’s best outings in Arizona? Well, we can try. Based off of quarterback ratings, here are the gunslinger’s best games as a Cardinal. Carson Palmer is retiring after 15 NFL seasons. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) Top Stories 124.9 – Sept. 18, 2016 vs. BucsPalmer completed 17-of-30 passes for 304 yards — that’s 10.1 yards per throw — with three touchdowns and no interceptions. The 40-7 blowout in Week 2 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was a sound response after Arizona dropped its opener against a Tom Brady-less New England Patriots team.All three of Palmer’s scores came in a 24-point outburst during the second quarter. He found Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd inside the 5-yard line but also connected with Jaron Brown for a 51-yard touchdown, giving Arizona a 24-0 lead.122.8 – Sept. 13, 2015 vs. SaintsOut-dueling a 355-yard performance by New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees, Palmer completed 19 of 32 passes for 307 yards and three touchdowns without taking a sack in Arizona’s 31-19, season-opening win.This, coming in Palmer’s return from a torn ACL that ultimately foiled a 9-1 start for the Cardinals a season prior. Palmer’s passes went to John Brown, tight end Darren Fells and to rookie back David Johnson, who took a 55-yard reception to the house in his debut. That play sealed the win with 1:34 left.119.0 – Nov. 17, 2013 vs. JagsIn the first nine games as a Cardinal, Palmer struggled with 12 touchdowns to 15 interceptions, recording at least a pick in every one of those outings. But in his last seven outings during his debut season in Bruce Arians’ offense, Palmer tuned up his decision-making, throwing 12 touchdowns to just seven picks — four came in one win over the Seattle Seahawks before he led them on a game-winning drive. 154.2 – Oct. 11, 2015 vs. LionsOnly once had Palmer thrown with a higher passer rating to this point as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals. And he made it look easy.Arizona scored 28 points in the second quarter after falling behind 7-0 and won 42-17 with Palmer sprinkling in touchdown passes to Darren Fells, John Brown and Larry Fitzgerald. Two short touchdown runs by David Johnson, and big gains by backs Chris Johnson (103 rushing yards) and Andre Ellington (63-yard touchdown jaunt), helped the Cardinals open up the passing attack.Palmer finished having completed 11-of-14 passes for 161 yards and three touchdowns with no picks.How bad was the performance for the Lions? Two weeks later, Detroit, which started 1-7, fired its offensive coordinator. A month later, the president and general manager got canned.139.4 – Oct. 15, 2017 vs. BucsWith the help of Adrian Peterson’s 134-yard rushing output and two touchdowns, Palmer and the passing game found it easy to pick on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 6.Palmer found tight end Troy Niklas, plus receivers John Brown and Fitzgerald for scores during his 18-of-22 passing day. The quarterback threw for 283 yards and had his impressive quarterback rating despite an interception grabbed by the Bucs’ Brent Grimes. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact