Slovenian among 3 held in U.P. arms racket raid

first_imgThe Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) on Monday arrested three persons, including a Slovenian, for their alleged involvement in a major gunrunning and wildlife smuggling racket, after raids at a national-level shooter’s house in Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut led to a haul of arms and animal meat.Intercepted at airportThe accused were intercepted by officials of the DRI after their arrival at the IGI Airport here by a Turkish Airlines flight from Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana via Istanbul on Saturday. They were carrying 25 illegally imported lethal weapons and other items worth about ₹4.5 crore with them, a senior DRI official said. Incorrect declarationThey had incorrectly declared the quantity and value of the arms and ammunition to the customs officials and tried to get these items cleared by misusing the scheme meant for renowned shooters, he said. Rules permit professional shooters to import a limited quantity of arms and ammunition for practice. The trio — Amit Goyal, Anil Kumar Langan and Boris Sobotic Mikolic — have been arrested for allegedly violating customs rules to evade payment of import duty, he said. The DRI officials also seized ₹1.04 crore in cash from them, the official said. The trio were were sent to 14 days in judicial custody. “The accused will be produced before the court on May 15,” said Satish Aggarwal, DRI’s counsel.The DRI had carried out searches at multiple places on Sunday including the house of the national-level shooter Prashant Bishnoi and seized over hundred illegally imported firearms, 117 kg of nilgai meat, horns and skins of leopards and blackbucks.last_img read more

Lady Chiefs stretch win streak to 5

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Defending champion Arellano stayed perfect in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament after a masterful 25-16, 25-17, 25-11 win over Lyceum on Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Chiefs rose to a league-leading 5-0 record as coach Obet Javier commended his wards for following their game plan to the letter.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Rugged, bumpy ride ends for Kia LATEST STORIES Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “I told them that if they can finish the game quickly while not acting too rash then do it, if they can build a lead and run away with it, then do it,” said Javier.“Our best set was the third because they did what I told them to do.”Arellano was well ahead late in the third set, 19-7, before the Lady Pirates tried to close in, thanks to a couple of lucky breaks that cut the lead to 19-9.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Lady Chiefs then scored five straight points before substitute Glydel Liu, who played only in the third set, finished the match with a well-placed kill.Arellano had four players scoring in double digits, led by Necole Ebuen who put up 11 points. Mary Esguerra, Andrea Marzan and Regine Arocha had 10 points each.Anne Romanban and Monica Sevilla produced eight points apiece for Lyceum, which dropped to 1-4. —BONG LOZADA, INQUIRER.NET NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View commentslast_img read more

Given a chance to shine, Heruela shows true worth

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netOn the eve of San Miguel Beer’s game against GlobalPort, Brian Heruela already knew that his opportunity will come on Wednesday night.With Alex Cabagnot out due to an injury, Heruela was the next man up and he made the most out of his chance.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PHcenter_img 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES D-League: JRU debuts in style with 29-point drubbing of Mila’s Lechon Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Cabagnot, who has a partial tear in his right foot, is expected to miss three to four weeks, according to San Miguel coach Leo Austria.Heruela said Cabagnot’s absence means everyone must be ready to fill in the hole left by the crafty veteran, who is averaging 19 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game this conference.“Not just specifically for me but to all of the guys. We have to be always ready and we have to step up to the challenge. It’s a big void that Alex left so hopefully, we can able to cover it up until he gets back.”ADVERTISEMENT “For us, it was bad news because Alex is a major part of our team,” Heruela said after helping tbe Beermen fend off the Batang Pier for their fifth consecutive win in as many games. “On my part, I’m just thankful for the opportunity and the trust that coach Leo (Austria) and the rest of the coaching staff and management gave me. Guys off the bench we just stay ready and step up to the challenge.”Heruela put on a show with 17 points, five assists and six steals off the bench.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe teamed up with June Mar Fajardo to lead an 18-0 blast in the last five minutes where San Miguel broke loose from a closely contested duel that had 44 lead changes.“I’m proud of him. I keep telling him to always be ready and he stepped up tonight,” Fajardo said of Heruela, who he was teammates with in college at University of Cebu. View commentslast_img read more

Kohli moves up to 5th in ICC Test rankings,Kohli moves up to 5th in ICC Test rankings

first_imgIndian captain Virat Kohli SHARE SHARE EMAIL × November 21, 2017 SHARE Kohli’s staggering success story continues with 50th century sport Indian captain Virat Kohlicenter_img India captain Virat Kohli has moved up a spot to be fifth in th latest ICC Test rankings for batsmen while teammate Ravindra Jadeja has slipped a place to be third in the bowlers’ standings.Kohli has edged Warner to take fifth position after completing his 50th international century in the first match of a three-Test series against Sri Lanka in Kolkata.Kohli, who is top-ranked in both ODIs and T20Is, knocked up a fine 104 not out on day five before the game ended in a draw.Opener Shikhar Dhawan has gained two places to reach 28th position while among India’s bowlers, pace bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar has gained eight places to reach a career-best 29th position and Mohammad Shami has moved up one slot to 18th position.Jadeja, who started the Sri Lanka series with the opportunity to reclaim the top bowling and all-rounder rankings, could not work towards the objective in Kolkata as all Sri Lanka batsmen fell to pace bowlers.Jadeja has slipped to third position among bowlers and also lost 20 points in the rankings for all-rounders, but still has a lot to look forward to in the remaining matches.For Sri Lanka, Niroshan Dickwella has gained three slots to reach 37th position among batsmen while off-spinner Dilruwan Perera has moved up three places to reach 22nd position among bowlers.Team rankingsIn the team rankings, fifth-placed Australia will overtake England if they win the Ashes by a margin of 2–0 or better and could even go up to third position if they can complete a 5–0 series washout. In the event of being blanked out, England will slip down to 98 points.On the other hand, third-placed England will go up to 110 points with a 5–0 win, in which case Australia will slip to 91 points and could be down to sixth position.India lead the table with 125 points while South Africa are in second place with 111 points. COMMENT COMMENTS cricket Published on RELATED last_img read more

Liverpool to Field 2 Different Squads in 2 Competitions Simultaneously

first_imgLiverpool will field two different playing squads in the League Cup and Club World Cup in the space of 24 hours in December due to a lack of available dates to postpone their League Cup quarter-final, the Premier League club said on Tuesday.The quarter-final against Aston Villa is set to be played on Dec. 17 – the same week Juergen Klopp’s side travel to Qatar for the FIFA Club World Cup where they play their first match on Dec. 18. After knocking Arsenal out in the last 16, Klopp had threatened to pull the Anfield side out of the League Cup if they could not find a suitable date for the quarter-final tie.”We will be utilising two playing squads simultaneously, with one squad participating in the FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar and another in the Carabao Cup,” the club said in a statement here”The club would like to take this opportunity to underline that while this is not an ideal scenario, it is an outcome which was arrived at with the best interests of the competition, our fellow clubs and ourselves as the sole motivating factor.”Liverpool said they had discussed alternative dates with the English Football League but could not find a suitable one that would not compromise the competition’s schedule. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Carabao CupFIFA Club World Cupjurgen kloppleague cup First Published: November 6, 2019, 8:24 AM ISTlast_img read more

Wimbledon 2018: Day 11: Anderson advances forward as Nadal-Djokovic is still left

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementKevin Anderson moves forward to the Finals of the Wimbledon 2018 beating John Isner in the Semis yesterday. In the other match, Djokovic vs Nadal was suspended after it hit the 23:00 pm BST curfew. The excess part of the match will be held today.Djokovic is ahead of Nadal 6-4 3-6 7-6 (11-9).Kevin Anderson.This happened because the match between Kevin Anderson and John Isner ran for a long time thus delaying the start of Nadal’s match. The match was Wimbledon’s 2nd longest match which ran for 6 hours and 35 minutes before the eighth seed came through 7-6 (8-6) 6-7 (5-7) 6-7 (9-11) 6-4 26-24.In the Women’s Doubles, K. Peschke and N.Melichar won the match and they will face, B.Krejcikova and K. Siniakova in the Finals, today.In the Mixed Doubles,N. Melichar and A. Peya will face J. Murray and V. Azarenka in the finals tomorrow.Read More:-Wimbledon 2018: Day 8 results: Serena and Angelique Kerber advance to SemisWimbledon 2018: Day 9 Results: Federer bows out as Nadal and Djokovic advancelast_img read more

Real Estate Bill to be reality in Budget session itself:Naidu

first_imgGurgaon, Mar 7 (PTI) Urban Development Minister Venkiah Naidu today expressed confidence that the Real Estate Bill will become a “reality” during the ongoing Budget session of Parliament.”Real Estate Bill is going to be a reality in this Budget session itself. I am holding discussion with all stakeholders,” he informed domestic and global investors at the Happening Haryana conclave here.Stressing that the law would be a “regulation and not strangulation”, he said, “nobody should worry except the fly-by-night operators”.”We are also working on ease of doing business and ease of approval and permission. We have got positive signals from all parties,” the Minister said.The Real Estate Bill is pending in Parliament.Last week, the Congress wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Naidu, asking them to pursue the bill passed in the first leg of Budget session of Parliament.Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill was introduced in Rajya Sabha in 2013. It was referred to the Standing Committee which submitted its report in February, 2014. After the NDA government was formed, the bill was again referred to a Select Committee of Rajya Sabha, which submitted its report on July 30 last year.The proposed real estate law is aimed at protecting the interest of the buyers and sellers.The Cabinet had in December 2015 cleared 20 amendments to the bill which seek to regulate transaction between buyers and promoters of residential real estate projects by establishing state-level regulatory authorities.Naidu also assured all help to Haryana for infrastructure development in the state. PTI DP NKD CS SBT MKJadvertisementlast_img read more

Westbrook, Durant Put Rolling Thunder On Warriors, 108-102

first_imgOAKLAND, Calif. — Outside his locker room, first-year Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan received a round of handshakes and hugs for pulling off something no other team has this postseason.The Thunder beat the defending champs at Oracle Arena.Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Oklahoma City dazzled in the fourth quarter the way the Warriors have done so many times during their record-setting season, rallying from 14 points down for a 108-102 victory in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals May 16.“You have to have a mindset coming into these kinds of venues. Our guys, I think they understand what they’re walking into,” Donovan said.“You don’t just walk in here say, ‘Oh, everything’s going to be OK.’ You have to have a mindset to understand. The first thing is to embrace the fact it’s going to be hard.”Durant scored 26 points and made a key 17-foot jumper with 30.7 seconds left, while Westbrook scored 24 of his 27 points in the second half. Westbrook also had 12 assists and seven steals in the opener of the Thunder’s fourth West finals in six years.“We just stayed with it on the defensive end and when we got the shots late in the game we were able to focus in and knock them down,” Durant said. “We’re just a resilient group and keep fighting ’til the end.”Game 2 is May 18 at Oracle Arena. If this one was any kind of preview of what is coming, this should be a dandy of a series between the NBA’s highest-scoring teams from the regular season.“We’ve just got to compete,” Westbrook said. “It’s going to be a tough game. It’s a tough building. They have a lot of great players on their team, but I know we’re a great team and when we put our minds to it, tonight we didn’t play our best game and we came out with a win.”Steven Adams made a pair of free throws for Oklahoma City with 1:01 remaining, and Klay Thompson missed a reverse lay-in moments later on the other end. Adams finished with 16 points, 12 rebounds and two blocked shots.MVP Stephen Curry had 26 points and a playoff career-high 10 rebounds, but the Warriors missed too many shots down the stretch. The Warriors’ 42 second-half points and 14 in the fourth both were lows for this postseason.“We got rushed and tried to go for the home-run plays. Sometimes it works,” Curry said. “Defensively we were getting enough stops and rebounds. We got out of character a little bit. It’s something we’ll learn from going forward.”With his team down 105-102, Steve Kerr begged for a traveling call on Westbrook at mid-court with 17.2 seconds left, with the NBA Coach of the Year signaling with his arms before going into a squat. Oklahoma City got a timeout instead. Westbrook made one free throw with 14.5 seconds to go.“I do think we lost our poise a little bit,” Kerr said. “And that had a lot to do with the quick shots.”Thompson scored 19 of his 25 points in the first half, but shot 3 for 10 over the last two quarters. Curry’s 3-pointer to beat the halftime buzzer gave Golden State a 60-47 lead at the break.Durant scored to get his team within 88-85 going into the final quarter, and then knocked down a tying 3 just 12 seconds into the fourth. Dion Waiters’ layup at 10:30 put the Thunder ahead for the first time since the opening quarter.Westbrook missed nine of his first 10 shots before finding a groove and scoring 19 points in his team’s 38-point third quarter. His jumper with 5:03 left pulled Oklahoma City to 73-68 before Thompson answered two possessions later.Westbrook stole the ball from Green and drove the length of the court for a dunk at the 3:07 mark of the third, and that helped swing momentum.Durant, Serge Ibaka and Adams each had double-digit rebounds — a focal point for Golden State after the Warriors won 121-118 in overtime on Curry’s long game-winner at Oklahoma City on Feb. 27 despite being outrebounded 62-32.Westbrook took a hard hit to the face by Andrew Bogut for a foul ruled a Flagrant 1 after a review at the 5:37 mark of the first quarter. Trainers checked Westbrook’s mouth.“Time of the year you’re going to get hit but you’ve got to find a way to get back up,” Westbrook said.Curry was 9 for 22 from the field, including a 6-for-14 performance from beyond the arc, and committed seven turnovers to go with seven assists.He hit a 3-pointer in his 45th straight playoff game, breaking Reggie Miller’s record set from 1995-2000.“It’s not a good feeling losing Game 1, especially at home,” Curry said. “It’s fun to have this opportunity to come back, show what we’re made of.”This marked the unanimous MVP’s second straight start since coming off the bench in Game 4 against the Trail Blazers following a right knee sprain that still isn’t 100 percent. He said he can manage just fine, it’s just about “pain tolerance” going forward.(JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

WTA comes out in support of Serena Williams after chair umpire row

first_imgWomen’s Tennis Association (WTA) has come out in support of Serena Williams after the tennis superstar alleged the chair umpire for double standards and said that she was a victim of sexism.Serena was given three code violations by chair umpire Carlos Ramos in her 6-2, 6-4 loss to Naomi Osaka in the women’s singles final on Saturday, and American and critics inside and outside of tennis argued that she wasn’t treated the same as some male players.WTA is now calling for equal treatment of all tennis players and coaching to be allowed across the sport.”The WTA believes that there should be no difference in the standards of tolerance provided to the emotions expressed by men vs. women and is committed to working with the sport to ensure that all players are treated the same. We do not believe that this was done last night,” WTA CEO Steve Simon said in a statement.READ – Serena Williams fined USD 17000 for rule violations in US Open finalMen’s champion Novak Djokovic said he thought Ramos should not have pushed Serena so hard.”Just maybe changed – not maybe, but he did change the course of the match,” Djokovic said. “Was, in my opinion, maybe unnecessary. We all go through our emotions, especially when you’re fighting for a Grand Slam trophy.”But he disagreed with Simon that men and women are treated differently. Serena Williams was fined for three code violations during her loss to Naomi Osaka in the US Open final. (Reuters Photo)”I don’t see things as Mr. Simon does. I really don’t,” Djokovic said. “I think men and women are, you know, treated in this way or the other way depending on the situation. It’s hard to generalize things, really. I don’t see it’s necessary really to debate that.”advertisementREAD – Naomi Osaka stuns Serena Williams in controversial final to lift maiden US Open titleThe first violation given to Williams was for coaching, which isn’t allowed during any men’s matches but is permitted on the women’s tour except in Grand Slam tournaments.Though Williams said she follows the rules and never receives coaching during a match, coach Patrick Mouratoglou acknowledged that he does it and says it’s well known throughout the sport that all coaches do.”We also think the issue of coaching needs to be addressed and should be allowed across the sport,” Simon said. “The WTA supports coaching through its on-court coaching rule, but further review is needed.”READ – Is Serena Williams a bad loser? Opinions after Naomi Osaka wins US OpenTennis great Billie Jean King wrote on Twitter: “When a woman is emotional, she’s “hysterical” and she’s penalized for it. When a man does the same, he’s “outspoken” and there are no repercussions. Thank you, @serenawilliams, for calling out this double standard. More voices are needed to do the same.”(1/2) Several things went very wrong during the @usopen Womens Finals today. Coaching on every point should be allowed in tennis. It isnt, and as a result, a player was penalized for the actions of her coach. This should not happen.Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) September 9, 2018(2/2) When a woman is emotional, shes hysterical and shes penalized for it. When a man does the same, hes outspoken & and there are no repercussions. Thank you, @serenawilliams, for calling out this double standard. More voices are needed to do the same.Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) September 9, 2018It all started in the second game of the second set, after Osaka had won the first set 6-2, when chair umpire Carlos Ramos gave Serena a warning as he spotted her coach Patrick Mouratoglou making some hand signals from the player’s box.Serena immediately stormed towards the umpire remarking that she had received no on-court coaching and that she had never cheated in her life. She remarked, “I would never cheat to win, I’d rather lose.”And that was just the start. As Osaka kept mounting pressure on Serena, a string of bad behaviour from the American followed.After their initial service holds in the second set, Serena held on to a very tough second service and immediately, broke Osaka to take a 3-1 lead in the second set.However, Osaka going a break down roared back with vengeance and broke Serena immediately after to go back on serve.Upon losing her serve, Serena smashed her racket in anger that led to the umpire docking a point off her. Buoyed by the extra point, Osaka went on to hold her serve with a couple of excellent forehands to make it 3-3.advertisementSerena, troubled by the docked point, lost her serve again as Osaka took a 4-3 and it was after that things took a worse turn.The 23-time Grand Slam champion kept screaming at the chair umpire demanding an apology, Ramos remained unmoved.However, it was then that Serena resorted to calling Ramos a “liar” and a “thief” for docking a point off her.”You are a liar. You will never be on a court of mine as long as you live. When are you going to give me my apology? Say you are sorry,” Serena screamed.The umpire levied a ‘verbal abuse’ code violation on Serena that led to a game penalty and there erupted an immense controversy.Osaka automatically went up 5-3 without having to hold serve. Serena got fired up due to the call and called for the tournament referee. However, all that happened was Serena screaming, “it’s not fair”.”This is not fair. This has happened to me so many times. It is not fair. It’s really not. There are a lot of men out here who have said a lot worse than that. I called him a thief because he stole a point from me. That is not right, and you know it. I know you can’t change it. I get the rules but I’m just saying that it’s not right,” Serena said to supervisor Brian Earley.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

Keppel Hands Over Jack-Up Rig ‘ARABDRILL …

first_imgKeppel Corporation, December 27, 2013 Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location zoom Keppel FELS Ltd has delivered ARABDRILL 60, a KFELS B Class jackup rig, to Arabian Drilling Company (ADC) five days ahead of schedule, on budget and with a perfect safety record. This marks the 21st new build offshore rig that Keppel FELS has delivered in 2013, setting a new record for the most number of rig deliveries by a company in a year.The rig was named at a ceremony today in the presence of Mr Mohamed Yousuf Rafie, Chairman, ADC’s Board of Directors and Mr Lawrence Wong, Singapore’s Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information as the Guests of Honour. Mr Mohamed Yousof Rafie, Chairman, Board of Directors, ADC said, “The performance of our first new KFELS B Class rig, ARABDRILL 50, has fully met our expectations and we are now pleased to receive ARABDRILL 60 which we are confident will be just as successful. Together, these two high specification rigs enable us to offer Saudi Aramco productive, safe and cost-efficient drilling operations. We have been impressed with the commitment by Keppel FELS in delivering to high quality and safety standards, while ensuring our requirements were met. This is a win-win partnership we have built with Keppel that we hope to continue into the future.”Mr Saad Saab, Managing Director (Administration), ADC, also thanked Keppel FELS for delivering ARABDRILL 60 ahead of schedule and with an excellent safety record. Mr Muhammad Umar Loan, Managing Director (Technical), ADC, added that the project was completed well with some variation orders to bring the rig in compliance with Saudi Aramco’s contract. While thanking Keppel FELS, Mr Muhammad Umar Loan also congratulated DNV-GL and the ADC project management teams on completing this project safely and ahead of schedule.On how Keppel FELS managed to deliver 21 rigs in a year, Mr Wong Kok Seng, Managing Director (Offshore), Keppel Offshore & Marine and Managing Director, Keppel FELS said, “Building a KFELS B class jackup rig involves coordination among multiple parties and over a thousand workers. This year, we had some 45 projects going on at the same time. We streamlined the building process through new technology and equipment as well as having an innovative construction methodology. All our departments worked seamlessly together to set new benchmarks.“Even though we had so many deliveries, every customer, such as ADC, is important, and we worked closely with them to understand their needs. We set out to deliver 20 and ended up delivering 21 rigs on time or ahead of schedule and safely. Our previous record was 13 in 2009. That is the Keppel standard. We always challenge ourselves to do better.”ARABDRILL 60 will be ADC’s third jackup rig from Keppel FELS and has been chartered to Saudi Arabia’s national oil company, Saudi Aramco. The first of the two new rigs, ARABDRILL 50, was delivered earlier this year and is already working successfully for Saudi Aramco. ADC also owns ARABDRILL 30, another KFELS B Class rig since 2009 and the rig is operating for the Al-Khafji Joint Operations (AGOC/KGOC). A strong supporter of Saudi Arabia’s offshore drilling programme, Keppel FELS also previously delivered SAR 202, a KFELS Super B Class jackup for Saudi Aramco. Three other rigs, AOD I, AOD II and AOD III delivered to Asia Offshore Drilling this year are also contracted to Saudi Aramco.ARABDRILL 60 is the 51st KFELS B Class rig delivered since 2002, and this class of rigs makes up more than 30% of the total jackups completed globally since 2000. This award-winning design has a proven track record of global operations, and has established itself as the benchmark in the industry. In 2013 alone, a total of 15 KFELS B Class rigs were delivered while another 18 were ordered.Developed by Keppel’s technology arms, Offshore Technology Development (OTD) and Bennett Offshore, the KFELS B Class jackup design is able to operate in water depths of up to 400 feet and drill to depths of 30,000 feet which is readily upgradeable to higher performance capabilities.The robust rig incorporates Keppel’s advanced and fully-automated high capacity rack and pinion jacking system, and Self-Positioning Fixation System. Designed with industry-leading features for safety and environmental friendliness, the KFELS B Class provides maximum uptime with reduced emissions and discharges.last_img read more

Service Export Program Helps Nova Scotians Access International Markets

first_imgNova Scotia’s new Service Export Program is helping local companies close big sales overseas. The new program has helped five firms close deals worth $685,000, with additional sales of $840,000 expected in the coming months. The Office of Economic Development started the program with a contribution of $80,000. The program has been so successful that the province has agreed to spend an additional $150,000 this year and has budgeted $200,000 for 2006-07. Ernest Fage, Minister of Economic Development, says he expects more success stories as 71 firms report back from past sales trips. “Nova Scotians have lots of expertise to offer the world, particularly in the area of service export,” said Mr. Fage. “Our program helps defray costs so Nova Scotia firms can afford to travel and close the deals.” The Service Export Program was established in February as part of the province’s provincial trade strategy — Going Global, Staying Local. The program provides up to $5,000 to individual firms for travel outside the Maritimes for specific marketing initiatives. EastCan Geomatics Consulting Ltd. — a Halifax-based company that provides digital mapping, cartographic and geographic information system (GIS) services — received funding for travel to Puerto Rico to meet with government officials about continuing efforts to modernize that country’s property taxation system. EastCan won the contract. “With the help of the province’s service export program, we were able to travel to Puerto Rico, meet with the client and submit a winning proposal,” said Albert Shamess, chief operating officer of EastCan Geomatics. “Getting face-to-face with our clients allowed us to really focus on our capabilities in leading-edge information technology to solve their problems.” Anyone exporting a service can apply to the program, including those involved in the performing arts, media, consulting, information technology, engineering and education. The Service Export Program is funded by the Office of Economic Development and administered by Nova Scotia Business Inc. It covers 50 per cent of eligible travel expenses, including airfare and accommodation. Costs for marketing materials that are related to a specific sales opportunity are also covered. Nova Scotia’s service export industry is valued at $2 billion per year. To find out more about export development and the service export program, see the province’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/econ .last_img read more

Ed Harris to star in Broadways To Kill a Mockingbird

first_imgLos Angeles: Four-time Oscar nominee Ed Harris is set to play lawyer Atticus Finch in Broadway’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” after the departure of Jeff Daniels. Daniels left the show in November 2018, at the end of his year-long run in Aaron Sorkin’s mega-selling stage adaptation. According to The Hollywood Reporter, producer Scott Rudin confirmed Harris’ casting following a report in The New York Times. It’s unclear how long Harris will remain in the role. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography Harris has not appeared on Broadway since the 1996 Ronald Harwood World War II drama “Taking Sides”. He starred with Daniel Massey, Ann Dowd, Elizabeth Marvel and Michael Stuhlbarg in the production. He also received a Tony nomination for best actor for his 1986 Broadway debut in George Furth’s “Precious Sons”. “To Kill a Mockingbird” was nominated for nine Tony Awards, including best direction of a play for Bartlett Sher and best actor in a play for Daniels, who lost out to Bryan Cranston in “Network”. Celia Keenan-Bolger took home the trophy for best featured actress in a play for “Mockingbird”.last_img read more

Une nouvelle tempête tropicale menace le Golfe du Mexique

first_imgUne nouvelle tempête tropicale menace le Golfe du MexiqueÉtats-Unis – Après le passage de l’ouragan Alex qui a perturbé les opérations de pompage du pétrole dans le Golfe du Mexique, une nouvelle tempête tropicale est en train de se former et devrait s’abattre au nord-est du Mexique à la frontière du Texas. Le Centre américain de veille cyclonique a émis un avis de tempête tropicale pour la vallée du Rio Grande. Elle devrait toucher ce jeudi 8 juillet la région de la frontière entre le Mexique et le Texas, État atteint par la marée noire le week-end dernier.À lire aussiQuand une cascade se met à couler à l’envers en EcosseComme l’ouragan Alex dont la région se remet à peine, la tempête pourrait perturber les opérations de pompage de la marée noire dans le Golfe du Mexique, et les efforts pour colmater la fuite par laquelle s’échappe du pétrole depuis l’explosion et le naufrage d’une plate-forme pétrolière exploitée par BP, le 22 avril.Depuis plusieurs jours, la houle empêche la mise en service d’un bateau devant être raccordé à la fuite de brut. Un navire immense, baptisé A Whale, est lui aussi bloqué. Il représente un grand espoir puisque capable de récupérer 50.000 barils de brut par jour, il est censé pomper un mélange d’eau et de pétrole à la surface de la mer pour séparer les deux éléments et rejeter l’eau nettoyée. Le 8 juillet 2010 à 17:14 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Domestic and General staff engage in charity fundraising activities

first_imgDomestic and General employees have engaged in sports challenges and team activities to raise money for charity.Employees across the appliance care organisation’s four UK offices took part in a static bike ride, a virtual running challenge, and the creation of a giant paper chain in order to raise money and awareness for charity The Mix, which provides support for young people.Six members of staff participated in the charity’s cycling challenge, which saw them travel 900 miles across nine countries in nine days. This Ride 999 challenge also included ‘first to nine’ ping pong and air hockey tournaments.Domestic and General made a 10% contribution to the funds raised by its employees, bringing the total amount donated to the charity to £140,000.Caroline Huggett, UK HR director at Domestic and General, said: “This is a huge achievement and I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of our staff and those who gave generously to help us raise this sum.“The partnership [with The Mix] is a cause close to our hearts demonstrating our mutual core values particularly being fair, caring and dependable. We couldn’t have asked for more from our employees over the course of this year. We put the call out to them and they answered. We hope this will help The Mix to continue the excellent work that it does across the UK.”last_img read more

MicroLEDs and more Staring into the future of TVs The 359 Ep

first_img Sarah Tew/CNET Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. See It Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Angela Lang/CNET Your browser does not support the audio element. See it $999 $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Post a comment Chris Monroe/CNET Read Google Home Hub review TVs Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Read DJI Osmo Action preview $299 at Amazon 7 Rylo DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $999 What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $60 at Best Buy Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Apple iPhone XS Tags LG Samsung Vizio,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Tags $6 at Tidal CNET On this podcast, we talk about:The promise of MicroLED technology. Samsung’s newest TV lineup.When to buy a new TV.LG’s rollable TV. See It Share your voice An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Sarah Tew/CNET DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by the CNET News team in New York and producer Bryan VanGelder. Check out the extended shows on YouTube. Also, don’t forget to rate and review the podcast on iTunes. MicroLEDs and more: Staring into the future of TVs (The 3:59, Ep. 520) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $999 Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) See at Amazon Read the AirPods review $210 at Best Buy The Cheapskate Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $59 at eBay Best Buy I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Turo See at Turo Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) MicroLEDs and more: Staring into the future of TVs (The… $520 at HP Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Subscribe: iTunes | RSS | Google Play | FeedBurner | SoundCloud |TuneIn | Stitcher Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Amazon Sprint Read the Rylo camera preview Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. 5:38 Comments Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Boost Mobile 0 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Share your voice Sarah Tew/CNET TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Now playing: Watch this: The Daily Charge $155 at Google Express Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Sarah Tew/CNET Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) See It $999last_img read more

White Mans Burden

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, Baltimore AFRO Editor, syoes@afro.comI think I can speak for millions of Americans when I say I am officially sick and tired of Brett Kavanaugh; he has single handedly reinvigorated the apocryphal “little white lie,” conveniently dispersing them throughout last week’s volcanic testimony before the Senate Judicial Committee.I watched along with more than 20 million other people the spectacle of a prospective Supreme Court Justice throw a rolling temper tantrum, because what he perceives as his divine birthright was being jeopardized by this pesky woman who claims he sexually abused her more than three decades ago.Implicit in his diatribe against the Committee was the message, `How dare you impede my path to the Supreme Court with such nonsense?’I don’t know what happened between 15-year-old Christine Blasey (Ford) and the 17-year-old Kavanaugh in that home in Bethesda, Md. in the summer of 1982; there has been no empirical evidence presented to buttress either of their claims. But, after watching the two of them testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee back to back, I believe her before I believe him.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)Further, what I do know is whether you are a 17-year-old boy, or a 70-year-old man, if you drunkenly attempt to rape a woman and in the process put your hand over her mouth in an attempt to smother her screams for help, you are an animal.Beyond the question of whether or not he sexually assaulted women in high school and college (that is the accusation of his Yale classmate Deborah Ramirez), what is abundantly clear to me is Kavanaugh does not possess the temperament to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court. I’m not sure he possesses the temperament to be a dog catcher.Consider this remarkable exchange between Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.Klobuchar: “Was there ever a time where you drank so much that you couldn’t remember what happened, or part of what happened the night before?”Kavanaugh: “No, I remember what happened and, I think you’ve probably had beers Senator and…”Klobuchar: “So, you’re saying that there’s never been a case where you drank so much that you didn’t remember what happened the night before or part of what happened?”Kavanaugh: “You’re asking about blackout, I don’t know, have you?”Klobuchar: “Could you answer the question Judge? So…that’s not happened? Is that your answer?”Kavanaugh: “Yeah, and I’m curious if you have?”Klobuchar: “I have no drinking problem Judge.”Kavanaugh: “Nor do I.”Could you imagine if Dr. Ford had snarled and barked at, and demeaned the members of the Committee the way Kavanaugh did? They would have dragged her out of the hearing room in a straight jacket. Never in the history of U.S. judicial nominations on any level has a jurist behaved like Kavanaugh. Yet, instead of him being disqualified from sitting on the nation’s High Court because of his plainly partisan, over the top proclamations about conspiracy theories about the Clintons, he is hailed as a hero by the Party of Trump.Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, tapped into all the White man, victim grievance energy he could dredge up during last week’s Senate Judiciary hearing, and rabidly derided his Democratic colleagues for their questioning of Kavanaugh. But, the question I wanted to hear was never asked. It was alluded to during Kavanaugh’s exchange with Klobuchar; does Kavanaugh have a drinking problem today?I’m confident the farcical FBI report that will be completed before the end of this week will not have an answer to that important question.For the record, I graduated from Walbrook High School in West Baltimore in 1983, the same year Kavanaugh graduated from Georgetown Preparatory School in North Bethesda. Like Kavanaugh, I hung with the popular crowd of kids and I was friends with a lot of girls, many with whom I am friends to this day. I was a three sport athlete, was on the honor roll and I wrote for my school’s newspaper. More than a thousand young men and women graduated with me on that pristine spring day in 1983 and hundreds of them signed my yearbook.Me and my friends were no angels, however out of all the entries in my yearbook, not one of my classmates romanticized an episode of drinking alcohol until vomiting. There is no crude disparagement of a female classmate by a group of nasty little boys declaring themselves “alumnus” of that female classmate. There is no reference to the so-called “devil’s triangle.”Kavanaugh inherited the heirloom of White entitlement at birth and it seems clear he is going to ride it all the way onto the U.S. Supreme Court.Sean Yoes is the Baltimore editor of the AFRO and the author of Baltimore After Freddie Gray: Real Stories From One of America’s Great Imperiled Cities.last_img

This Miso Soup Phone Stand Has Us Gushing

first_imgStay on target President’s Day Deals: Extra 15 Percent Off on Gaming and Tech AccessoriesWalmart joins Best Buy in carrying Verizon iPhone 4 If you’re looking for a cellphone stand that’s a little more unique than the standard you can get at Walmart or Best Buy, our friends in the East have you covered. This bowl of spilled Miso Soup is, in fact, a cleverly designed stand for smartphones of all sizes.Japan’s fake food technology is far more advanced than the lowly wax apples you’ll see in the States. This plastic Miso could easily fool someone upon first glance, and it’s even handier when you look closer. You see, if your phone is too tall, you can use the little puddle of soup and tofu cubes to prop it up against the bowl, meaning one size actually fits all here.先日、翌日には完売してしまった「味噌汁スマホスタンド」ですが、本日6/29入荷しました!「こぼれたコーヒー」も数少なですが発売中です。↓https://t.co/pJ28w5gpDS#食品サンプル #株式会社いわさき #味噌汁 #スマホスタンド #限定販売 pic.twitter.com/lBtxFbZO1C— 株式会社いわさき_食品サンプル (@IWASAKI_SAMPLE) June 29, 2017The craziest thing about these bowls is that no two are alike. Food sample maker Iwasaki has their fake food architects craft each one differently, meaning no two combinations of tofu, green onions, wakame seaweed, and broth are alike. Maybe they can team up with Cup Noodles for some future Final Fantasy XV branding.AdChoices广告These stands are hand-crafted but surprisingly affordable at ¥5,800 ($51 USD). Unfortunately, you’ll have a hard time getting them. Not only are they exclusively sold via a Japanese company, but they’re also quite popular. The first batch sold out immediately, and the second batch that hit Iwasaki’s online store went just as fast.If you want this Miso Soup phone stand, your best bet is to keep checking back on Iwasaki Online frequently! いただきます!last_img read more

Honduran president during USfunded Contra war on Nicaragua dies

first_imgRoberto Suazo Cordova, president of Honduras during the US-financed “Contra” war against Nicaragua in the 1980s, died on Saturday, officials said.Suazo, who was president from 1982 to 1986, was being treated at a military hospital near Tegucigalpa for cardiac issues when he died, the Honduran armed forces spokesman told AFP. Suazo was 91.Suazo became president after the United States pressured the Honduran military to leave after two decades in power, part of a broader effort to counter the advances of leftist movements in Central America.Then U.S. president Ronald Reagan feared an expansion of Cuban and Soviet influence in the region after dictator Anastasio Somoza in neighboring Nicaragua was toppled by the leftist Sandinista insurgency in July 1979.Under Suazo’s presidency, U.S. officials financed an irregular army of mostly Nicaraguan ex-Somoza National Guard soldiers to launch cross-border attacks against the Sandinistas.This force of “Contras” at its height had 16,000 fighters, but never seriously threatened the Nicaraguan government.A medical doctor by training, Suazo took office promising jobs in a country where today 70 percent of its nine million inhabitants live in poverty.But as president, he focused more on the U.S.-supported low-intensity war on leftists within Honduras and in Central America.Forced disappearances of Honduran dissidents that took place under the military regime continued under Suazo and into the 1990s.One of his administration’s legacies is the Palmerola Air Base, built with US funds in the mid-1980s and still used by U.S. military personnel.Thanks for reading The Tico Times. We strive to keep you up to date about everything that’s been happening in Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we need your help. The Tico Times is partly funded by you and every little bit helps. If all our readers chipped in a buck a month we’d be set for years. Support the Tico Times Facebook Comments Related posts:VIDEO: New Costa Rican documentary explains forced Central American migration Honduras concludes voter recount, no winner declared Honduran opposition protesters take to the streets Honduras police clash with students demanding president’s ousterlast_img read more

Hit the road in Portugal with STUBA

first_imgA country of history, beaches and amazing natural beauty, Portugal is one of Europe’s gems.Portugal shares the Iberian peninsula at the south-western tip of Europe with Spain. Geographically and culturally somewhat isolated from its neighbour, Portugal has a rich, unique culture, lively cities and beautiful countryside. Although it was once one of the poorest countries in Western Europe, the end of dictatorship and introduction of Democracy in 1974, as well as its incorporation into the European Union in 1986, has meant significantly increased prosperity. It may now be one of the best value destinations on the Continent. This is because the country offers outstanding landscape diversity, due to its North-South disposition along the western shore of the Iberian peninsula. You can travel in a single day from green mountains in the North, covered with vines and all varieties of trees to rocky mountains, with spectacular slopes and falls in the Centre, to a near-desert landscape in the Alentejo region and finally to the glamorous beach holidays destination Algarve. The climate, combined with investments in the golfing infrastructure in recent years, has also turned the country into a golfing haven. Portugal was recently named “Best Golf Destination 2008″ by readers of Golfers Today, an English publication. Fourteen of Portugal’s courses are rated in the top 100 best in Europe. If you want a condensed view of European landscapes, culture and way of life, Portugal might very well fit the bill. As well as sedate golfing, Portugal is THE epicentre of the finest surfing in Europe, its pristine beaches during autumn/winter time attracting surfers with the massive waves rolling off the mighty Atlantic.Especially popular with tourists from Northern European countries such as England, Germany, Holland, Norway and Sweden, Portugal’s great draw is the same as it has been for over 40 years, a country blessed with a magnificent coastline, warm climate and some of the most majestic beaches in the world.If you are into visiting beautiful monuments and enjoy remarkable views, then Lisbon, Sintra, and Porto are the top three places, and all of them are well worth a visit. But don’t overlook Viana do Castelo, Braga, Guimarães, Coimbra, Tomar, Aveiro, Amarante, Bragança, Chaves, Lamego, Viseu, Vila Real, Lagos, Silves, Évora, Angra as they also have wonderful monuments and places of interest. Although in Portugal most of the monuments in existence are somewhat neglected from a tourist point of view, one can easily find very old romanic churches, some with almost 900 years and still quite unchanged from that time. Old monasteries like Alcobaça or luxurious palaces like Mafra (one of the biggest palaces in Europe) or Queluz are not to be missed either. In most of these places you will have no queues.The most popular beaches are in the Algarve, which has stunning coastlines and gobs of natural beauty. The water along the southern coast tends to be warmer and calmer than the water along the west coast, which is definitely Atlantic and doesn’t benefit of the Gulf Stream. For surfing, or just playing in the surf there are great beaches all along the west coast, near Lisbon and Peniche. Don’t forget also some of the almost deserted beaches along the Costa Vicentina, in Alentejo.For nightlife Lisbon, Porto and Albufeira, Algarve are the best choices as you have major places of entertainment.If you want to spend your holidays in the countryside, you might want to visit Viana do Castelo, Chaves, Miranda do Douro, Douro Valley, Lamego, Tomar, Leiria, Castelo Branco, Guarda, Portalegre, Évora, Elvas or even Viseu.And even if you wish to observe wild life in its natural state, Madeira and Azores Islands are places to remember, not forgetting of course the Natural Reserve of Peneda-Gerês, the Douro Valley and Serra da Estrela.Some of the most popular beaches are (from north to south):– Espinho, near Oporto, in Costa Verde/Green Coast, northern region.– Figueira da Foz, near Coimbra, in Silver Coast/Costa de Prata, central region. Peniche– Praia das Maçãs and Praia Grande[Sintra], Carcavelos and Estoril[Cascais], near    Lisbon, in the Costa de Lisboa.– Zambujeira do Mar, in the Alentejo region/Costa Alentejana e Vicentina.– Salema, Praia da Rocha, Praia da Oura, Praia dos Pescadores (Fisherman´s beach),  Praia de São Rafael, Praia do Castelo in the Algarve. Hit the road in Portugal with STUBA   Thanks to Wikitravel.org for the tips !center_img Source = STUBA.comlast_img read more

RCIRoyal Caribbean InternationalWOW Sale

first_imgRCIRoyal Caribbean InternationalWOW Sale Royal Caribbean International’s (RCI) worldwide WOW Sale is now on, with savings of up to 30%, USD$200 bonus onboard credit and 50% deposits*.The offer is available for all new bookings on international and local voyages departing after 15 March 2017 … but be quick, the offer ends Saturday 11 March 2017.Guests who book more than 70 days prior to departure date pay 50 per cent reduced deposits and are eligible to receive up to USD$200 onboard credit per stateroom. Cruises for five nights of less will receive USD$50 per stateroom while sailings for six to nine nights receive US$100 per stateroom. On voyages of 10 nights or more, guests will receive USD$200 per stateroom.*Terms and conditions apply. Excludes China sailingslast_img