Former South African cricketer Daryll Cullinan is enraged with Herschelle Gibbs for claiming that he leaked the story of a marijuana-smoking session involving the South African opener and has described the controversial cricketer’s statements in his autobiography as “highly irresponsible and defamatory”.Gibbs has accused Cullinan of informing the team management about a marijuana-smoking session in the West Indies in 2001 in his just-released autobiography To the Point.But Cullinan denied the charge in a guest column on the website sport24.co.za.”For too long the truth has not been told with regard to the dope smoking incident during the West Indies tour of 2001,” Cullinan wrote as he detailed the chain of events that led to action against Gibbs by the then United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA).”Team manager Goolam Rajah and coach Graham Ford, came to know of the players dope smoking the morning after the incident. Ford’s wife had smelt the marijuana as their room was alongside the room where the smoking took place. She informed her husband who in turn informed Rajah. Rajah and Ford told me of this.”Cullinan said at that time he was of the opinion that the offending players be sent home but the then captain Shaun Pollock was not in favour of this as it would “erode the team’s chances of winning.””I reminded (Rajah) that if this ever came out he would once again be fingered for his lack of control as team manager. I suggested that he, at least, put it on record with United Cricket board of South Africa,” Cullinan recalled.advertisement”It subsequently became media rumour that I had leaked the story whilst playing county cricket in England. The only person I shared the story with in confidence and privacy, was former coach and friend Bob Woolmer. No statement from the United Cricket board was forthcoming with regard to the above rumours.”I eventually phoned (UCBSA President) Percy Sonn who confirmed that it was the UCBSA who had released the story and in his own words said, ‘Daryll, we will rather take a slap for it now than later’,” he said.”The UCBSA eventually released an official statement that I in no way was guilty of divulging any information on the dope smoking incident to the team manager or media.”Cullinan, who is now a commentator for a television channel, said he had to clear the matter up in the wake of Gibbs’ allegations, even as he urged “future publishers, authors and sportsmen to show integrity and authenticity when recounting issues of such a controversy”.- With PTI inputs
P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed He started his career averaging 7.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game in the 2010-11 season and those numbers steadily increased throughout the years.Anthony had a stellar 2017-18 season wherein he averaged 16.4 points, 8.4 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 2.0 steals for the Batang Pier eventually finishing in the fifth spot of that year’s scoring leaders.“Once again it’s out of my control so it’s back to my grind,” said Anthony.In the first five games NorthPort played this season, Anthony is averaging 20.4 points, the second-best mark in the league behind teammate Stanley Pringle who norms 22.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 2.4 steals.“I control the work I put in to get better everyday and I will continue to do so,” said Anthony.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Luka Doncic turning 20 after sensational run as teen Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Anthony’s career has been on a steady rise, having figured in the MVP race in the past PBA season.Despite this improvement, though, the energetic forward has yet to crack the All-Star team in his nearly decade long career in the PBA.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“Find it odd that I’ve been put in the BPC (Best Player of the Conference)/MVP rankings the last couple of years but have never been selected for an All-Star game,” posted Anthony in his Twitter account Thursday.Find it odd that I’ve been put in BPC/Mvp rankings last couple years but have never been selected for an all star game. Once again out of my control so back to my grind. I control the work I put in to get better every day and will continue to do so. pic.twitter.com/xOGTnBwxqO— sean anthony (@SeanAnthony_10) February 28, 2019Anthony, indeed, has changed his game from being a defensive dynamo to a potent offensive threat.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MANILA, Philippines—Disappointment usually forces people to either sulk or work even better, and NorthPort forward Sean Anthony chose the latter.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
AdvertisementDavid Haye has retired from Boxing. The decision brings to an end his 16-year career in the ring that has seen him win 29 of his 32 fights.It is not the first time the Londoner has announced his retirement, having previously done so in 2011 shortly after losing to Wladimir Klitschko, when he was attempting to unify the heavyweight division. Haye’s latest decision to step away from the sport comes after two successive defeats to fellow Brit Tony Bellew.The Londoner was comprehensively beaten at the O2 Arena on the back of a brutal barrage from Bellew in the fifth round of their rematch in March. That came 14 months after Bellew had won their first meeting with an 11th round stoppage.A statement from Haye read: “Today I announce my retirement from professional boxing. They say you can’t play boxing. Yet, as I write this retirement statement, and reflect on my time in the sport, I can’t find a better way to describe the ride.“Thanks to boxing, I have been able to live my unencumbered childhood dream; a dream my dad, Deron, facilitated the moment he took me to Fitzroy Lodge amateur boxing club as a nervous 10-year-old.“From the very start, my parents encouraged and supported me, and convinced me I could achieve anything I set out to do, so long as I gave my very best. This proved the catalyst to me believing I could always win in life, no matter the circumstances. It also led to me giving my heart and soul to boxing for 27 years.“On reflection, my 16-year, 32-fight professional career was one of two halves. In the first eight years, everything ran smoothly. I had 25 fights and became the first ever British boxer to unify the cruiserweight division (WBA, WBC and WBO World Championships).“I then achieved my childhood dream when I beat WBA Heavyweight Champion of the World Nikolay Valuev, the seven-foot-two, 150-kilogram ‘Beast from the East’, in a real-life ‘David and Goliath’ match.“Lifting that World Heavyweight Championship meant I’d fulfilled a promise I’d made to my mum, Jane, at the age of three. It also meant I was the second boxer in history – after Evander Holyfield – to win world titles at cruiserweight and heavyweight. That was an incredibly proud moment for me and my family and friends.“Yet it was in the second half of my career where I really discovered what it meant to fight and be a fighter.“If I had it my way, I would have fought as many as 16 times in the second half, the last eight years. But, unfortunately, during this time my faulty body only allowed me to step through the ropes on seven occasions – four wins, three losses – and often it was a fight just getting to the ring in one piece.”He added: “Thank you to all my loyal family, and all of ‘Team Haye’, my extended family, who helped me through these tough years. You know who you are, and you all contributed to my story, no matter how significant your part. I love you all.“To my fans, thank you from the bottom of my heart, for dancing through the tough times with me, and applauding my efforts regardless of the result. Your kind support always meant the world to me, and I won’t forget the many great nights we shared.“Thank you, also, to everyone who has supported not only me and my career but the sport of boxing as a whole. My sport. The beautiful noble art.”Advertisement
FIFA Confederations Cup: Portugal coach Fernando Santos, Cristiano Ronaldo criticise St Petersburg pitch
The relaid pitch at the St Petersburg stadium was criticised again on Saturday, this time by Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo and coach Fernando Santos after their 4-0 win over New Zealand in the Confederations Cup.The 68,000-seat stadium, the home of Russian football powerhouse Zenit, will be a flagship venue at the 2018 World Cup. It will also host the final of the current tournament next Sunday.The pitch had to be hastily relaid after severe criticism from football officials when it cut up badly during the inaugural match there in April.It appeared to survive the previous Confederations Cup games between Russia and New Zealand and Cameroon and Australia, but Ronaldo reopened the wounds on Saturday, complaining that the grass was too long.”It was a difficult pitch where the grass was somewhat too long and it was almost impossible to play better than we did,” he told Portuguese media after picking up his third successive man-of-the-match award.Coach Fernando Santos said the teams were prevented from training on it the day before the game.”It’s an excellent stadium but it’s a shame the pitch has problems,” he told reporters.”FIFA know about this and I hope that in a week’s time it will be better.””I hope they can get the pitch in better condition because it’s always important for the quality of the match, especially where you have teams which are technically strong and fast.”
New Delhi: Dec 30, 2017 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos with Captions released today. To view thumbnails of these Photographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.com NATIONAL New Delhi: Himachal Pradesh CM Jai Ram Thakur meet Amit Shah (B+A) Attari: Beating Retreat border ceremony at Attari- Wagah Border (B+A) Varanasi: Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama in Varanasi (B) Gaya/Kolkata/Patna: Cold and fog (B) Jammu: BJP State Office Bearers and MLAs meeting in Jammu (B) Bengaluru: Presidenti Ram Nath Kovind in Bengaluru (B) Kolkata: Launch of Fast Petrol Vessel (B) New Delhi: File photo- Delhi Parsi Anjuman (B) Ahmedabad: Flower Show in Ahmedabad (B+A) Agra: Union Tourism Minister K J Alphonse at Taj Mahal (A) Bikaner: IAF chief BS Dhanoa flies last sortie of Mig-21 variant (B) Mumbai: Police Jeevan Gaurav Award 2017 (B+A) INTERNATIONAL Rawalpindi: Rally against America in Rawalpindi (B) Cairo: A boy watches the front of Mar Mina church (A) Madrid: Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy during a news conference (A) Guatemala City: Mayan priests gather for a ceremony (B) Kfar Aza: Israeli take cover during rocket attack siren warning (B) Erie: Cold weather (B) Tokyo: Cold weather (A) West Palm Beach: President Donald Trump meets with U.S. Coast Guard members (B) Bali: Dara, a five-year-old female orangutan at Bali Zoo (B) SPORTS Melbourne: Aus vs Eng Ashes cricket test match (B+A) Oberstdorf: 66th four hills ski jumping tournament (B) Indore: Ranji Trophy final (A+B) PTI PHOTO HS DL DL
Continue Reading Previous ST: new SDK makes motor-control design faster and easierNext Best practices for safer systems Parasoft released new versions of its functional solutions for microservices. Parasoft SOAtest, an API/web/mobile/database testing solution, now provides a simplified approach to testing microservices, with new workflows and protocol support. Parasoft Virtualize, a service virtualization solution, has been bolstered with new technology to help isolate individual components and stabilize test environments. As pioneers in the software testing space, Parasoft continues to innovate, and when it comes to microservice testing, Parasoft is making it easier to ensure reliable, high-quality software by providing teams with an intuitive approach to defining and executing complete test scenarios.The shift toward microservices has brought great promise to the development and testing worlds by increasing speed, flexibility, and scalability. Realizing these benefits is essential to organizations that are looking to get ahead in today’s face-paced world of software development, so effectively adopting microservices requires an effective testing solution, along with a scalable testing strategy.One of the key advantages of microservice architectures is the ability to develop, deploy, and upgrade services individually. But this essential benefit also introduces a series of new testing challenges, such as understanding how to isolate each component for testing while still collaborating with the team as a whole.Recognized as one of the most important protocols for microservices, Parasoft SOAtest now supports Kafka for both initiating (push) and listening to (pull) events. This supplements support for existing microservice specific protocols, RabbitMQ, protobuff, HTTP, REST, and more.Teams can now easily integrate API testing as part of existing CI/CD processes using the new highly-deployable SOAtest executable, which can be deployed on-demand as a step in CI builds, enabling teams to perform test execution in disposable environments as a part of the accelerated delivery process.With a new workflow to simplify the endpoint discovery process, Parasoft Virtualize teams can now more efficiently simulate services in a federated or sandbox team structure without having to disrupt core system configuration.Using the Parasoft Continuous Testing Platform, teams can visualize their microservices environment. By enabling users to associate test artifacts with each component, that can be shared across development and test teams, the Continuous Testing Platform provides a single point of alignment for test configurations.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software
Tottenham ace Alli: Why Chelsea striker Morata a nice guyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham ace Dele Alli admits Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata shocked him last year.He was surprised he was approached by the Spaniard after the Blues beat Spurs 2-1 at Wembley in August 2017.Morata had only just joined the Blues and clearly wanted a keepsake from the win.Dele told BT Sport: “I always get surprised by a player who you think is a very good player and then after the game they came up to you and ask can I have your shirt.”It is always a bit of shock. I think that can change your perspective of that person – it shows you how humble they are.”I think the biggest one that surprised me was Alvaro Morata from Chelsea because of the rivalry between Tottenham and Chelsea.”I think he even posted it on his Instagram after so it just shows what a nice guy he is.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
India Today Web Desk LondonJune 24, 2019UPDATED: June 24, 2019 09:24 IST Pakistan fans cheer on their team during their Cricket World Cup match between Pakistan and South Africa. (AP Photo)Pakistan returned to winning ways in World Cup 2019 after securing a morale-boosting 49-run win over South Africa at Lord’s on Sunday.Haris Sohail’s 59-ball 89 played a major role in the win as Pakistan posted a formidable 308 at a loss of 7 wickets after they opted to bat first at Lord’s.Pakistan then restricted South Africa at 259/9 to win the match by 49 runs, thanks to leg-spinner Shadab Khan and Wahab Riaz who picked up 3 wickets each while Mohammad Amir contributed with 2 wickets.This win kept Pakistan’s Cricket World Cup hopes alives as they next face New Zealand in another must-win match on June 26.South Africa, with three points from their opening seven matches, were knocked out after being condemned to 5th defeat in World Cup 2019.Pakistan will face New Zealand, Afghanistan and Bangladesh in their remaining matches while the Proteas have Sri Lanka and Australia remaining in their roster before they return home after a disappointing campaign.Pakistan lie 7th on the ICC World Cup points table with 5 points from 6 games.An idolatrous swarm of green-jerseyed fans had just burst into a paroxysm of happiness after Pakistan’s dominating performance against South Africa.After the defeat against arch-rivals India, Pakistani fans were crestfallen and had very little to cheer about. Yesterday, Pakistan cricket team gave them their share of happiness and jubilation.Pakistani Twitterati also took to the micro-blogging website to share their emotions regarding the win which lead to a meme fest. Some were even seen apologizing to the captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, as the latter was the prime target on social media after the loss against India.advertisementPakistan making fans happy on and off the pitch #WeHaveWeWill | #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/jqb1gASXBTCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 23, 2019What a comeback for Pakistan after their defeat to India #CWC19 | #WeHaveWeWill | #PAKvSA pic.twitter.com/LnpNwakvksCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 23, 2019Congratulations team Pakistan !!Today team played with unity #PAKvSA #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/fiUhtlH88UTalha Tahir (@talhatahir96) June 23, 2019This picture was some nice gesture by Pakistanis sarfaraz deserved tht apology for whatever he has gone through #PAKvSA pic.twitter.com/PdjDUoNjXS(@priya_gaddam) June 23, 2019The Champion Amir is back where he belongs, ON TOPALHAMDULILLAH #PAKvSA pic.twitter.com/CK34p2RDKySaad (@iSaadAwais22) June 23, 2019High in the Air #PakvSA pic.twitter.com/h6kREdw6wXIhtisham ul Haq (@iihtishamm) June 23, 2019Also Read | Hopefully we can just shut some people up for a while: Mickey Arthur after Pakistan’s win over South AfricaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Haris Sohail batted like Jos Buttler in last 15 overs, says Sarfaraz AhmedAlso 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 World Cup 2019Follow Pakistan vs South AfricaFollow Twitter Next World Cup 2019: Jubilant fans rejoice Pakistan’s dominating win over South AfricaPakistan vs South Africa: After Pakistan registered a morale-boosting 49-run win over South Africa in their World Cup 2019 encounter on Sunday, pictures of Pakistani fans rejoicing are doing rounds on social media.advertisement
Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiSeptember 4, 2019UPDATED: September 4, 2019 15:43 IST Karan Deol and Sahher Bambba with Sunny Deol at a promotional event in Mumbai. (Photo: Milind Shelte/India Today)The trailer of Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas, which marks the Bollywood debut of Sunny Deol’s son Karan Deol opposite Sahher Bambba, was all set to be launched with great fanfare at a suburban multiplex in Mumbai today. However, the heavy rain played spoilsport and forced Sunny to push the event to tomorrow (September 5).Sunny, who is directing his son’s maiden venture, announced the news in a video shared on his Instagram account. In the clip, he said that due to the heavy rain in Mumbai, there was a lot of traffic and mediapersons were unable to reach the venue to cover the event. To avoid hassle, he decided to postpone the launch to tomorrow afternoon.”I do not want any of you to go through any inconvenience due to rains in Mumbai today. Hence, we have decided to postpone the trailer launch. We will launch trailer tomorrow. Will keep you posted,” he wrote.Karan and Sahher also released a video announcing the delay in the Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas trailer launch. They began their message by singing Badal Yun Garajta Hai from Sunny’s debut film Betaab.”Guys, as you can see, aaj Mumbai mein bohot baarish ho rahi hai. Because of this torrential weather, our media friends were not able to reach for the trailer launch. Toh kal, baarish ho ya toofan, 12.30 baje trailer launch hoga,” Karan and Sahher say in the video, while Sunny chimes in, “Zaroor hoga.”advertisementPal Pal Dil Ke Paas, which borrows its title from Karan’s grandfather Dharmendra’s famous song of the same name from the 1973 film Blackmail, promises to take the audience on an “adventure of love”.Karan and Sahher received the blessings of Dharmendra for their first film. “They both have done their best within the limits of their characters in PPDKP. BLESS the newcomers,” the veteran actor wrote in an Instagram post.Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas will hit the theatres on September 20.ALSO SEE | Karan Deol rapping at best friend’s wedding is breaking the internet. Watch viral videoALSO SEE | Sunny Deol’s son Karan Deol takes the Metro, video goes viral. Internet loves his humilityALSO WATCH | I don’t understand politics, I will not join it: Sunny DeolGet 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 Tags :Follow Karan DeolFollow Pal Pal Dil Ke PaasFollow Sunny Deol Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas trailer launch postponed due to Mumbai rain. Sunny Deol and Karan share videosThe trailer launch of Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas has been delayed because of heavy rain in Mumbai. Sunny Deol and Karan Deol took to Instagram to announce the new release date of the trailer.advertisement
Next Reuters TorontoSeptember 13, 2019UPDATED: September 13, 2019 11:56 IST Naomi Osaka has now sacked 2 coaches in 2019 (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSNaomi Osaka has now sacked 2 coaches in 2019Jermaine Jenkins had also coached Venus Williams before joining hands with OsakaJenkins’ exit follows Osaka’s 4th-round exit at the US Open 2019Twice Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka has sacked her second coach in seven months, splitting with Jermaine Jenkins in the wake of her disappointing U.S. Open title defence.Jenkins, a long-time hitting partner of Venus Williams, replaced Sascha Bajin in February, weeks after Osaka’s Australian Open triumph.”I’m super grateful for the time we spent together and the things I learned on and off the court but I feel like now is an appropriate time for a change,” the Japanese 21-year-old wrote on Twitter.”Appreciate you, forever warmed by you … Thank you for everything, it was a blast.”Thank you pic.twitter.com/lezK48041HNaomiOsaka (@Naomi_Osaka_) September 12, 2019Top seed at Flushing Meadows, former world number one Osaka struggled with a knee problem before being upset by 13th seed Belinda Bencic in straight sets in the fourth round.It continued a difficult season for the power hitter since her second Grand Slam title at Melbourne Park, with early exits at the French Open and Wimbledon.The Australian Open win made her Asia’s first world number one and the first player of any nation to claim the first two Grand Slam titles back-to-back since Jennifer Capriati in 2001.However, the top-ranking and the attention that goes with it proved a heavy burden, she admitted, after a tearful first-round exit from the Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships in February.Australian Ash Barty later took the number one spot in the leadup to Wimbledon where Osaka crashed out of the first round, saying the fun had gone out of her game.advertisementAs Barty faltered during the North American hardcourt season, Osaka reclaimed the top ranking in the leadup to the U.S. Open despite tepid form in Cincinnati and Toronto.Her early exit from New York has seen her ranking slide to four behind world number one Barty, Karolina Pliskova and Elina Svitolina.Also Read | 7 years after retirement, Kim Clijsters plans comeback in 2020Also Read | It hasn’t really sunk in: Bianca Andreescu on her US Open triumphFor 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 byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Naomi OsakaFollow US OpenFollow Ash Barty Naomi Osaka parts ways with coach Jermaine Jenkins following US Open exitJermaine Jenkins, who was appointed by Naomi Osaka in February 2019, has been let go by the double Grand Slam champion following the recent unsuccessful defence of her US Open 2018 crown.advertisement
U.S. senator introduces radical bill to protect people’s private data Leak shows AMD’s new Threadripper CPUs will start appearing November 5 Editors’ Recommendations Garmin’s five new Forerunner watches have something for every runner Nintendo Switch sales hit 15 million in North America, top Wii U lifetime sales New York will follow the Trump administration and ban flavored e-cigarettes Starting today and running until Monday, November 19, REI Co-op is hosting its annual Gear Up Get Out sale. Like past sales REI has held at key times of the year such as Labor Day, the outdoor co-op is offering incredible deals on outdoor brands like Patagonia, Dakine, Arc’teryx and Columbia.Each day, you can receive up to 30 percent off exclusive items, with other doorbuster deals happening throughout the sale. For example, a set of peak deals were added today, November 9, all of which are 50 percent off the regular price. Another set of peak deals will be added on Monday, November 12. Inventory on these is limited, though, so you’ll need to act fast if you want to snag the best gear. REI members can also save 20 percent on one full-price item and an extra 20 percent off one REI Outlet item; just use coupon code GEARUP2018 at checkout.But one of the coolest offerings doesn’t have to do with gear at all. In addition to selling sporting goods, clothing, and outdoor equipment, REI is known for offering services such as outdoor-oriented vacations and courses. And its annual sale includes an offer on an upcoming hiking trip on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in Spain. This historic trail takes hikers on a nine-day journey to the holy city of Santiago de Compostela, touring ancient Roman ruins and famous sites like San Salvador Cathedral along the way. If you book anytime during the sale, you’ll save $700 on any 2019 trip.Peak DealsImage by REIAll peak deals available as of November 9 come from REI itself, with savings up to $110 off regular prices. 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Written By: Andy Ogg – Editor at Travel Professional NEWS® The dry Nevada desert is one of desolate mountains and endless landscapes however, this city of Las Vegas continues to grow like a wildflower. We made the drive out from our home in San Diego, California to attend the 2016 Travel Agent Forum. I was fortunate to be accompanied by my fiancé to photograph the event and while we were excited for a “date night,” we were both really looking forward to attending this trade show for the first time. We arrived Monday in the afternoon and settled in. We arrived a little too late for the conference events so we took advantage of the desert oasis known as Las Vegas and enjoyed walking up and down the strip. Las Vegas is quite the interesting city and if you haven’t been in a few years, it’s hard to even recognize today. The hotels have continued to grow, not only in size, but also with attractions and activities. After a great night’s rest at the Paris Hotel, we readied ourselves for an exciting day at the conference. Registering for the show was easy and well managed with polite and efficient employees. We started off by attending the “Globetrotter Series – Los Cabos” presented by Posadas. The presentation was very informative and well executed. The mutters of “ooh” and “ah” could be heard from around the room as agents vigorously jotted down notes and incentives that were available. There are tons of great places in the world to send your clients and from the look of the presentation, this destination is a must do! We jumped over to the next session in the Globetrotter Series focusing in on Dubai and presented by Travel Worldwide Cheap. This was another great presentation full of information regarding air travel, lodging and activities. One of the most notable parts of the presentation was that travelling to the richest destination in the world doesn’t require for your clients to be the richest travelers! There are tons of hotels and lodging options in Dubai and while the attractions may be extreme, the cost of visiting Dubai doesn’t necessarily have to be. The sessions broke for the sponsored lunch with speaker, Anita Pagliasso, President & Founder of Ticket to Travel. The lunch was not only delicious but the presentation provided some great information on maintaining your course as you find your road to success. She made great points about detours and possible off ramps that can lead to new avenues and how to examine those. Anita spoke while the attendees enjoyed the lunch sponsored by Speciality Travel Forums and before we knew it, lunch was over and it was time for the next session. We enjoyed many sessions throughout the day but one of the most notable was “VAX VacationAccess & Xcelerator – The Perfect Team to Grow Your Business,” presented by Lynn Clark and Beth Kitzman. The team at Trisept Solutions have hit the nail on the head with their completely innovative booking, CRM, and management software. The integration of this Cloud based program extends past many out there and as they continue to roll out new additions and features of the program, it seems to just be getting better! If you haven’t looked into Xcelerator yet, I would suggest it. The presenters did a great job of providing very technical information in an easy to understand format, good for people like me, who get lost in the tech talk at times. Soon after, the trade show portion of the conference began and the continuation of a great show. The hall was packed with vendors, suppliers, host agencies, tourism boards and many more. We made our way through the crowds of agents and were greeted by familiar faces at many of our stops. One thing stands true; this industry ROCKS! We were able to learn about some great new offerings such as Lipsmacking Foodie Tours. This new operator offers commission to agents and specializes in taking their clients on an all out feast throughout Las Vegas. Specializing in the highest caliber meals, this is a great way to experience Vegas in a different and unique way. There were tons of great companies being represented at the trade show and we were not only happy to be there, but ecstatic to see such vibrant life and energy in this awesome industry. With feet starting to ache and a hunger pains, we headed back to the room for a quick change before the nights festivities. The Travel Agent Forum, in conjunction with the Las Vegas Tourism Board and the Fremont Street Experience, sponsored a unique and fun way to socialize and get outside for a bit. The festivities begun in “Old Las Vegas” known as Fremont Street and although it’s only a short 15 minute drive from The Strip, it feels like a completely different destination. We were provided tickets for complimentary drinks and food at the participating hotels and we made our way around the Fremont Street Experience to collect and enjoy. With live music, cold drinks and delicious snacks, this was a fun and interactive way to not only interact with agents attending the show, but to experience another destination as well. Organization, registration, events, presentations and transportation were well thought out and executed. CCRA made us feel right at home with their amazing staff and even in the busiest of times, they were available to answer any questions we had. Whether or not you have visited this show in the past, it is worth a consideration now for any agent that is looking to network and improve their offerings to their clients. With such a great collection of suppliers, vendors and companies, there are hundreds of new opportunities at this Travel Agent Forum, presented by CCRA.
GRAND MANAN, N.B. – An entangled North Atlantic right whale spotted in the Bay of Fundy is proving elusive for rescue crews trying to find it.Heavy fog forced searchers to suspend their hunt Tuesday, a day after it was spotted 22 nautical miles east of Grand Manan, N.B.“Weather conditions deteriorated throughout the morning and the search was postponed due to weather on scene,” the Department of Fisheries and Oceans said in a release Tuesday afternoon.Jerry Conway of the Campobello Whale Rescue Team said the whale, identified as an adult male, was seen Monday morning with an orange buoy trailing behind it.“We’re guessing that the line is entangled on a lower portion of the whale and there must be a weight attached to that line to keep it submerged except for the buoy that’s on the surface,” he said.Three rescue boats had been on the water Tuesday morning, while a Fisheries and Oceans aircraft surveyed from above.Conway said his group, federal fisheries officials, as well as crews from the New England Aquarium and the Grand Manan Whale and Seabird Research Station will continue searching.Fisheries and Oceans said the forecast shows continued poor weather for the next two days.“Weather permitting and visibility permitting we’ll go out until we find the whale and try to disentangle it,” Conway said.Freeing a whale from fishing lines can be very dangerous.Joe Howlett died during the rescue of a North Atlantic right whale on July 10, 2017. Howlett and Mackie Greene helped found the Campobello team in 2002, and the organization has rescued about two dozen whales over the past 15 years.Fisheries and Oceans has taken a number of measures since then in an effort to limit the number of whales that become entangled.There have been speed limits imposed on vessels in some areas, there are new regulations on the use and identification of fishing gear, and a number of fishing zones have seen temporary closures as a result of whales spotted in the area.The increased measures follow the deaths of 18 North Atlantic right whales in Canadian and U.S. waters last year — most of them in the Gulf of St. Lawrence — mainly due to collisions with ships or entanglements in fishing gear.There are believed to be fewer than 450 of the whales remaining and, of those, there are only about 100 breeding females.— By Kevin Bissett in Fredericton
Upon arriving in the West African country under the mandate of the Human Rights Council, Special Rapporteurs Christof Heyns and Juan Méndez were offered a guided tour to parts of the prison, according to a joint statement from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The independent experts – part of the “Special Procedures” of the UN human rights system – were then informed that “under no circumstances would they be allowed to visit the Security Wing, where [among others] the death row prisoners are held.” “Due to denial of access to the Security Wing of Mile 2 prison to visit those sentenced to lengthy sentences, including the death penalty, an inference must be drawn that there is something important to hide. This incident forced us to suspend this integral part of the visit,” the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns, said. Unrestricted access in one country but not in others would “clearly display double standards and undermine the mandates entrusted to us”, the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Juan Méndez, said. In was the Gambian Government that earlier this year, in what seemed like a “remarkable” move, invited the two UN experts for a joint visit from 3 to 7 November. The experts are still expected to present reports on their visit to the Human Rights Council in March and June 2015. Mr. Heyns and Mr. Méndez arrived in the country planning to examine the current level of protection of the right to life in law and in practice, assess the situation regarding torture and other cruel treatment or punishment. Unfortunately, and despite a written agreement accepting the Terms of Reference of the two mandates, once the investigators arrived, the Government denied them access to certain sections of the first prison the two mandate holders attempted to visit. Having suspended visits to all places of detention, the two experts were unable to assess independently the conditions in any of the prisons or police stations, though they were still able to meet with people who have been detained or served their sentences in those prisons. “Throughout the visit, we received many testimonies from people who did not want to be identified out of fear for either their own safety or their families, and we have therefore asked the Government to reaffirm its commitment not to engage in any reprisals,” the experts said.In August 2012, The Gambia reintroduced executions for a couple of days, during which time it executed nine death row prisoners. According to evidence, the death sentences were imposed in violation of international fair trial standards. Prior to that, the last official execution in the country took place in 1985 and the country actively participated in the region’s efforts to abolish the death penalty, with a moratorium on the practice for 27 years and the abolition of capital punishment for drug offences in April 2011.During their visit, Mr. Méndez and Mr. Heyns heard reports of extrajudicial executions and enforced disappearances against those who are deemed to be opponents of the regime, members of security forces, journalists and human rights defenders. They received many reports that there are para-military hit-squads in the country that go by names such as the ‘Jungulars.’ “During my investigation I found that torture is a consistent practice carried out by the National Intelligence Agency. In cases where there is a real or perceived threat to national security, there is a corresponding increase in acts of torture and ill-treatment during the detention and arrest process” Mr. Méndez noted. The Special Rapporteurs called on the Government to appoint a judicial Commission of inquiry to investigate these allegations. Furthermore, judges and prosecutors, under a sense of legal obligation, should visit places of detention to locate detainees subject to a petition for habeas corpus relief or for bail. They also had a responsibility to order medical examinations as soon as any suspicion of mistreatment arises and initiate prosecutions against those responsible for mistreating an inmate. “The ‘reasonable suspicion’ standard is seldom if ever examined to determine whether reasonable grounds existed, and the evidence obtained pursuant to an otherwise illegal arrest is challenged even less frequently,” the experts said.“As a result, police arrest to investigate, rather than investigate to arrest,” they added. The United Nations human rights experts work on a voluntary basis. They are not UN staff, do not receive a salary for their work and are independent from any government or organization.
Freshman defenseman Drew Brevig (4) passes the puck during a game against Robert Morris Oct. 25 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 5-3.Credit: Julia Hider / Lantern photographerAfter opening the season on a three-game losing streak, the Ohio State men’s ice hockey team bounced back by sweeping Robert Morris over the weekend.The Buckeyes (2-3-0) traveled to Pittsburgh Saturday for the second of the two-game home-and-home series against the Colonials (0-4-1), and pulled out a 4-3 victory.Neither team managed to score until the second period, when the Buckeyes opened the gap to take a 4-0 lead after the first 40 minutes. Freshman forward Nick Schilkey tallied a goal 17 seconds into the stanza and junior defenseman Justin DaSilva raised the lead to 2-0 nearly a minute later. Freshman defenseman Drew Brevig added to the shutout with his first goal of the season at 13:03 with an assist from junior forward Max McCormick — his team-best fifth assist of the season.Capping the second period was a late goal by sophomore forward Tyler Lundey on the power play with 11 seconds left.The third period saw Robert Morris fall just short of a furious comeback. The Colonials cut the lead to 4-2 with two early goals at 2:23 and 4:07, and sophomore forward Zac Lynch narrowed the gap even more with a goal on the power play to make it a one-goal game with less than eight minutes to go. OSU managed to hold on for the remainder of the game, though, to clinch the victory.The first of the two-game series was played Friday in Columbus, and the Buckeyes finished on top, 5-3, after overcoming an early two-goal deficit. The victory was the first of coach Steve Rohlik’s career as a collegiate head coach.“We didn’t start out pretty tonight and we certainly have some things to work on, but what I liked about our team tonight is they weren’t going to let it (a loss) happen to them again,” Rohlik said during a press conference after the game Friday. “We have a good group. We bounced back and fought hard. Good teams find a way to win, and we did that tonight.”After trailing the Colonials by two goals early in the first period, the Buckeyes scored five straight to put a victory out of reach for Robert Morris.“I think it was that our guys just finally said, ‘Enough is enough’ and ‘Let’s get after it,’ and that was kind of the mentality on the bench, and the guys were ones talking like that,” Rohlik said.Among those who were being vocal was senior forward Travis Statchuk.“We took it upon ourselves to find a way to win tonight,” Statchuk said Friday. “Coach challenged us between periods and we went out there, stuck to our plan and got it done.”Robert Morris got a goal back during a power play in the third period, but it was not enough and the Buckeyes held on for the victory.Junior forward Nick Oddo said the team’s preparation to play more physically was a contributing factor to the win.“We’ve been working on that all week — driving the net, getting bodies around, second-chance opportunities — and it worked out for us tonight,” he said Friday after the win.The Buckeyes are slated to return to action Tuesday in a non-conference rematch against Bowling Green, who beat OSU 4-3 Oct. 15. The puck is set to drop at 7:05 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedOil & Gas: Fmr PSC Head says traditional sectors must not be forgottenJune 23, 2018In “Business”Get ready to take advantage of opportunities from oil sector – Trotman urges local businessesFebruary 7, 2018In “Business”President blanks Private Sector calls for clarity on Govt policiesOctober 11, 2017In “Business” While highlighting that Guyanese businesses have learnt a lot from the inaugural Guyana International Petroleum Business Summit and Exhibition (GIPEX) 2018, Chairman of the Private Sector Commission (PSC) Eddie Boyer also underscored the need for local businesses to approach the emerging oil and gas industry with caution.PSC Chairman, Eddie BoyerSpeaking at a GIPEX closing forum held at the Guyana Marriott Hotel today, Boyer noted specifically that persons should not build or invest in anticipation that they would automatically benefit from the sector.According to the PSC Chairman “That is something we need to look at, our businesses shouldn’t assume, in whatever business you are doing, that the oil company will give you a part of whatever you are bidding for…I think you need to be more secure in your businesses, and that’s what we learned, rather than going random.”Highlighting that everybody is in a rush, the businessman cautioned that persons must take the time to “understand this oil industry, it is not easy and you could end up spending a lot of money and not getting a contract, or spending a lot of money and not meeting the standards.”“There are a number of big players we have met with, we have spoken to most of the persons here that are exhibiting and the PSC will be ongoing, talking to our local businesses, in terms of looking at local content, looking at the advocacy in terms of transparency, accountability and also what is in it for the Guyanese people” said Boyer.Boyer had also highlighted at the opening of the forum, the importance of a good governance system for the sector and urged that the government ensure that both the Sovereign Wealth Fund and the Petroleum Commission are properly managed and transparent.GIPEX 2018 is aimed at providing a networking platform for existing petroleum companies, service providers, equipment companies and investors through which interested parties will be informed about opportunities and developments in the oil and gas sector.
The big gaming rumor last week was that Sony is going to announce some kind of deal with one of the two big cloud games streaming services: OnLive or Gaikai during E3. Now that rumor has been tweaked slightly. Sony isn’t just signing a deal, it is in the process of acquiring one of the companies.Such an acquisition would certainly shake things up in the gaming space. Sony would instantly be capable of providing PS3 and PS Vita owners with access to games not available for either platform. It would also be able to block the service from ever running on Microsoft or Nintendo hardware.A PS3 or Vita running Diablo III, World of Warcraft, or a number of other games that don’t currently have console versions is certainly a plus point. It would also force Microsoft to react, most likely by purchasing a rival service for its own console.Being in control of an established cloud gaming service would also surely influence the design of Sony’s next console. Cloud gaming would become an integral part of the platform, potentially cutting down on hardware costs (less local storage?), or at the very least increasing the potential for more games and more cloud-based features.We also have to consider Sony’s other businesses, specifically TVs, laptops, phones, and tablets. Owning Gaikai or OnLive could see gaming ship as standard with new smart TVs or as a feature of new Blu-ray players. I doubt Sony would release a standalone box for cloud gaming as it would potentially cut into PS3 sales. Laptops, tablets, and phones with access to a gaming service also makes a lot of sense.For now, this is just a rumor, but one that will be put to rest either way at E3 next week.More at MCV
Short URL Tuesday 26 Feb 2019, 2:34 PM UKRAINE HAS DROPPED a singer who won a competition to perform on its behalf at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest over claims she was politicising the competition.Anna Korsun, who performs as Maruv, was dropped by the country’s public broadcaster UA PBC last night following claims the 27 year-old could not agree terms.The singer narrowly won Ukraine’s national finals on Saturday to perform at Eurovision 2019 in Israel in May.Among UA PBC’s terms of victory was a ban on the winner of the competition from giving concerts in Russia, which annexed the Ukranian peninsula of Crimea in 2014.However, this put Korsun on a collision course with the broadcaster, as she was scheduled to perform in Moscow in April.After hours of talks on Monday, it was announced that Korsun had been dropped, as singer and broadcaster each accused one another of politicising the contest.The UA PBC said Korsun would not agree to act as “a cultural ambassador of Ukraine” or as a “spokesperson for the opinion of Ukrainian society in the world”.“The current situation surrounding the national selection this year has signs of politicisation,” it added in a statement.Korsun took to Instagram in response, saying she had refused terms which required her to play a political role at Eurovision.“I’m not ready to perform with slogans, turning my appearance at the contest into a promotion for our politicians,” she said.“I’m a musician, not a tool in the political arena.”The singer also claimed that the clause banning her from performing in Russia was not the “main point” of disagreement.The broadcaster’s terms, she claimed, could force her “to dance at the birthday of some deputy prime minister”.The terms prohibit any interviews without the broadcaster’s consent or any improvisation on stage, while giving her no financial backing, the singer added.It is now unclear who will represent Ukraine at this year’s contest.Korsun previously sparked controversy earlier this month, following the semi-final of Ukraine’s Eurovision heat, when she made comments on the Russian-backed insurgency in eastern Ukraine.“Unfortunately, the national heat for Eurovision 2019 has already become part of Russia’s hybrid war against Ukraine,” deputy prime minister Vyacheslav Kyrylenko wrote on Twitter.“An artist who tours in the aggressor state, plans to do so in the future, and sees nothing unacceptable in this, cannot be a representative of Ukraine,” he added.With reporting from AFP. Feb 26th 2019, 2:34 PM https://jrnl.ie/4513900 Share59 Tweet Email Anna Korsun (centre), who performs under the name of Maruv, was dropped by the Ukranian broadcaster on Monday night Image: AP/PA Images 26,478 Views 17 Comments Anna Korsun (centre), who performs under the name of Maruv, was dropped by the Ukranian broadcaster on Monday night By Stephen McDermott Image: AP/PA Images ‘I’m a musician, not a tool’: Ukraine drops Eurovision entrant after accusing her of politicising contest Anna Korsun won Ukraine’s national Eurovision finals on Saturday. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The voting of the new managing committee of the Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia (GOCSA) last Sunday was fraught with infighting and complications after outgoing President Vassilis Elovaris was accused of money fraud by nominee Ioannis Lesses. The accusation followed an article that appeared in The Advertiser titled ‘Home’s funds not used for service’ that claimed the GOCSA was not using the government money intended for Ridleyton Greek Home for the Aged for the right purposes. Elovaris responded to these claims in a statement stating the accusations were “completely false and without foundation” The outcome of the election was announced on Wednesday night, but immediately following, a member of the community demanded a recount. The recount proved that the first outcome was correct.Nikos Portellos is newly elected president of GOCSA, Evanglos Boyias is the vice president, Argyros Kassouthakis is the secretary and Panagiotis Tsonis is the treasurer. Having vice president Boyias elected in the new managing committee may present problems for an agreement to be formed with GOCSA and the Archdiocese as Boyias is well-known within the Greek community of having a hard stance against merging the two. The fear within the community is that GOCSA will take a step back not only in forming an agreement but in having a committee quite entrenched with an old school mentality that may prevent GOCSA moving with the times.