Temple treasure to remain its assets: Kerala govt

first_imgThe Kerala government has clarified that the treasure trove discovered in the Sri Padmanabha Swami temple will continue as the assets of the shrine.  Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said the government would assist the ancient shrine to safeguard its treasure by providing foolproof security.  The state will provide a permanent security arrangement after receiving consent from the Supreme Court, the royal family and the chief priest of the temple. The chief minister, however, declined to provide the actual worth of the wealth.  Precious gems, lakhs of ancient gold coins, diamond studded crowns, gold idols and ornaments were discovered in previously unopened cellars of the temple. The treasure is estimated to be over Rs one lakh crore. On Sunday, a high-level meeting chaired by Chandy, during which various steps to provide befitting security to the richest temple in the country were chalked out, came to the conclusion that the state police were not well equipped to protect such an invaluable treasure. The meeting was attended by state Devaswom minister V. P. Sivakumar, director general of police Jacob Punnose and police intelligence chief Hemachandran among others. It was decided that the help of the Army and the paramilitary forces would be sought as they have specially trained groups to safeguard places of such high importance.Meanwhile, one of the observers, Justice M.K. Krishnan said that the inventories found on Monday from the ‘E’ vault of the Padmanabha Temple were puja material used in the temple. However, the sixth or the ‘B’ vault, which is one of the oldest, is yet to be opened. The observers could not open its lock on Monday. The decision to break open the lock will now be taken on July 8 after SC’s clearance.advertisementThe richest temple? Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram, one of the oldest temples in India, could now be the world’s richest. A week after the stock-taking process began at the temple in Kerala, articles worth Rs one lakh crore have already been recovered. Two underground vaults of the temple that have remained shut since the 19th century were opened at the Supreme Court’s insistence. The SC, taking note of a private petition, passed orders to open the temple vaults. The petition was to seek greater transparency and accountability in management of the temple. The SC appointed a 7-member team to take stock at the temple. The committee consists of two former Kerala High Court judges. The actual worth of treasure will only be revealed in a report to the SC.  The treasure trove has dazzled everyone while one more vault was yet to be opened. Heaps of gold, silver, diamonds, rubies and vintage coins – some as old as 1732 – have been discovered.  The items include gold sheaf weighing 500 kilos, 18-foot gold chain weighing 10.5 kilos, three-and-a-half feet tall Lord Vishnu idol studded with diamonds, emeralds and rubies, 36-kilo golden veil, 1200 ‘Sarappalli’ golden chains, some sporting ‘navaratnas’, three gold stone-studded crowns, diamonds, precious stones, including cat’s eye, rubies and emeralds and 1,000 kg of gold coins.last_img read more

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I-League: Subash Singh’s late strike helps NEROCA beat Shillong Lajong 1-0

first_imgSubash Singh was the difference in the end between NEROCA FC and Shillong Lajong as the team from Manipur edged a 1-0 in an I-League match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Shillong on Saturday.The 27-year-old Subash scored in the 83rd minute, as NEROCA FC in their maiden appearance continued their good run in the I-League. This was their third win this season and have 10 points after five games played.The first half of the game was filled with a lot of action.Lajong, as well as NEROCA FC, played some offensive football in their pursuit of the opening goal. Despite the fact that this is not their home turf, Neroca played with utmost confidence and were as comfortable in their offence as was Lajong.A great cross from Pritam Ningthoujam and cool header from Subash Singam earn us three points today at the northeast derby !!SHILLONG LAJONG FC 0 – 1 NEROCA FC#heroileague #indianfootball #nerocafc #prideofmanipur #orangebrigade #backtheorange #india #manipur #lajvsnfc pic.twitter.com/Qf9dnvRLIe- Neroca FC (@NerocaFC) December 23, 2017Lajong, on the other hand, seemed really desperate to score a goal and secure their position in the game. There was a brilliant attempt taken by Aimen Saleh Abdullah AL-Hagri of Lajong but it could not draw any result for the Reds.Towards the middle of the first half, Lajong looked in a bit of trouble when NEROCA started dominating the game for a short while but then the strong Lajong defence held them at bay.There were no substitutions in the first half for any of the two teams but there was a yellow card shown to Juho Ho (21) of Lajong in the 40th minute. Both the teams headed towards the dressing room without any difference between them.advertisementAfter the resumption, Nedo Turkovic made his debut for the Manipuri outfit, having replaced Israilov Akhlidin. Ex- Mariner Singam Subhash Singh of NEROCA FC came very close to breaching the Lajong defence but eventually, it was averted by the gritty Lajong defence.Meanwhile, Gift Raikhan had to introduce Thokchom Naoba Singh in the 79th minute to replace Govind Singh Moirangthem who was hurt badly.Four Minutes later, Subash Singh of Neroca headed a brilliant cross from Pritam Singh home to leave Lajong Goalie stranded. The poacher was left completely unmarked by the Lajong defenders and the Neroca FC striker encashed on that to muster all three points.last_img read more

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Luck Announces Retirement Following Colts Loss to Bears

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS — Andrew Luck watched one last game from the sideline Saturday.Then he said goodbye to the NFL.The Indianapolis Colts quarterback heard boos as he walked away from the field, then walked to the podium and made the surprise decision official. The oft-injured star is retiring at age 29.“I’m in pain, I’m still in pain. It’s been four years of this pain, rehab cycle,” Luck said. “It’s a myriad of issues — calf strain, posterior ankle impingement, high ankle sprain. Part of my journey going forward will be figuring out how to feel better.”Luck wasn’t planning to make the announcement following Saturday’s 27-17 loss to the Chicago Bears. But when ESPN first reported the news during the fourth quarter, Luck changed the plan for a Sunday afternoon announcement.Instead, he held a 25-minute impromptu news conference.At times he sounded wistful. At others, his voice cracked with emotion.One thing was clear: The endless barrage of injuries stripped away his joy for the game and prompted him to walk away so he could enjoy the life he wants.“There’s no doubt when you hear him talk about the cycle of pain and injury and rehab, you can hear that,” coach Frank Reich said. “There’s a saying in football that everyone knows and everybody lives by, it’s next man up and even though this situation is unique, no one is exempt.”That task now falls to Jacoby Brissett, a fourth-year player whom the Colts acquired in a cutdown weekend trade two years ago who has been practicing with the starters since April.He went 4-11 as a starter in the 2017 season after taking over for opening day starter Scott Tolzien.But the Colts had already been preparing for the possibility Luck might not be ready for the Sept. 8 season opener against the Los Angeles Chargers. Luck was diagnosed with a strained left calf in March and team officials kept him out of all of the team’s offseason workouts.He returned to limited action when training camp opened in late July. After three practices, though, the lingering pain near his ankle forced him back into rehab. He hadn’t practiced with the team since, though he did throw passes in pregame warmups before last week’s preseason game.“I had a thought that it might be my last time throwing at Lucas Oil as a current member of the Colts team,” Luck said. “And I wanted to make sure I could go out and enjoy it.”It wasn’t just the leg, though.He played with shoulder pain for most of 2015 and 2016, and his 2015 season ended when he suffered a lacerated kidney. He missed all of 2017 following shoulder surgery and then the happy-go-lucky former Stanford star dealt with more pain and more endless months of rehab.The Colts bet big on Luck in 2012.They cut an injured Peyton Manning to take Luck with the top overall pick, fully believing he would be their franchise quarterback for the next 10 to 15 years.Team owner Jim Irsay called it a “no-brainer” because his aging team needed to rebuild.“I never felt that he (Luck) owed me to play until he’s 40 or until he’s 36 or whatever,” Irsay said. “I mean, this is an unusual situation.”Luck delivered quickly on his promise.He led the Colts to the playoffs in each of his first three seasons and to the AFC championship game after the 2014 season — without missing a start. But a subpar offensive line struggled to keep Luck upright and in 2015, the shoulder and kidney injuries forced him to miss nine games. The Colts finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs.In 2016, after Luck opted not to have shoulder surgery, then coach Chuck Pagano gave Luck extra days off to try and keep him healthy. Luck made 15 starts that season though the Colts again finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs.While Luck had surgery for a partially torn labrum in January 2017, he never felt right and after throwing for two weeks in the fall was shut down for the rest of the season.Last year, Luck looked like his old self. He established career highs in attempts (639), completions (430) and completion rate (67.3 percent), throwing for 4,593 yards with 39 touchdowns and 15 interceptions as he led the Colts back to the playoffs, earned his fourth Pro Bowl selection and was the runaway winner of the league’s Comeback Player of the Year award.Then came the mysterious calf-ankle injury that again never felt quite right.So after marrying his longtime girlfriend this spring and now awaiting the birth of his first child, Luck called it quits.“I am going to retire,” he said. “This is not an easy decision. It’s the hardest decision of my life. But it is the right decision for me.”Players around the league were just as stunned as the Colts.“It was mind-blowing,” Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson said. “It’s something that of course caught everyone off guard. He can control his own future. He’s a great player. He’s a great quarterback. One of the top five quarterbacks in the league. He’s doing it for the right reasons for himself.”Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the reigning MVP, said: “Knowing Andrew he’s a great football player, of course, but he’s also a great human being — I know that he’s going to make the right decision for himself and his family.”Reich had said he hoped to have an answer about Luck’s availability for the Sept. 8 season opener after the third preseason game. This might not have been the one he wanted — and certainly didn’t expect.“Teams win, don’t write the end of the story yet,” Colts general manager Chris Ballard said. “I’m telling you the story’s not over yet.”Luck finishes his seven-year career with 2,000 completions, 3,290 attempts, 23,671 yards, 171 touchdowns and 83 interceptions and those stinging boos as he left the field.“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t hear the reaction,” he said. “It hurt, I’ll be honest with you, it hurt.”BEARS DEFENSEChuck Pagano, Luck’s first coach, returned to Lucas Oil Stadium for the first time since his firing shortly after the 2017 season.The new Bears defensive coordinator made a splash.Despite both teams sitting all of their starters including Brissett, the Bears used their second defensive touchdown to take the lead for good late in the third quarter.Trailing 10-0 early in the second quarter, safety Deon Bush ripped the ball out of the air from rookie tight end Hale Hentges got up and scored on a 91-yard interception return. After two field goals from Eddy Pineiro made it 17-13, linebacker Joel Iyiegbuniwe returned a fumble 22 yards to give the Bears a 20-17 lead.Chicago closed out the scoring with a 17-yard TD pass from Tyler Bray to Jesper Horsted.Bray was 11 of 16 with 136 yards and Ryan Nall had two carries for 73 yards.Chad Kelly led the Colts to all three of their scores and was 16 of 21 with 209 yards and one touchdown — all in the first half. Deon Cain caught three passes for 74 yards, including a 46-yard TD catch.PINEIRO STICKS ITThe Bears spent the whole offseason looking for a kicker. And it looks as if they found the right one.Less than a week after giving Pineiro the job, he made all three of his field goals, including a 58-yarder in the third quarter. His previous long during the preseason was 41 yards.UP NEXTBears: Host Tennessee on Thursday in the preseason finale.Colts: Begin the post-Luck era at Cincinnati on Thursday.___By MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports WriterAP Sports Writer Dave Skretta in Kansas City, Missouri, and AP Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon in Arlington, Texas, also contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Top 10 Science colleges in India 2018

first_imgScience is the most popular stream of study among the three primary academic streams, besides Commerce and Humanities. Science colleges open big and heavy doors for students to select from different career options-technical or non-technical.Hence without wasting time find all you need to know about the best science colleges in India in 2018 as per the India Today rankings.As the results are out now and universities and colleges across the country are releasing their cut-off lists, below is the list of top science colleges in India 2018. However, take note that admission to these top science colleges in India is not easy and even more difficult is making a decision in terms of the right college.1. Miranda HouseMiranda House, a residential college for women, is one of the premier women’s institutions of Delhi University. It was founded in 1948 by the then Vice-Chancellor Sir Maurice Gwyer, its foundation stone was laid by Lady Edwina Mountbatten. Miranda House offers liberal education in Humanities and Science to more than 2,500 students.2. Hindu CollegeThe college boasts of an accomplished faculty of about 120 members, and more than 2,000 students. The college is also proud of its efficient and very supportive non-academic staff. It offers a number of courses in the Sciences, Humanities and the Social Science streams.3. St. Stephen’s CollegeFounded on February 1, 1881, St. Stephen’s is the oldest college in Delhi. It was first affiliated to Calcutta University, and later to Punjab University. With the establishment of Delhi University in 1922, it became one of its three original constituent colleges.advertisement4. Kirori Mal CollegeKirori Mal College (KMC), established in 1954 is one of the premiere institutions of higher learning constituent to the University of Delhi, for all academic, administrative and extracurricular activity purposes.There are 21 undergraduate programmes including 15 honours courses in 19 Departments in the college. It is the only college in University of Delhi which offers BSc in Analytical Chemistry at the undergraduate level.5. Loyola CollegeLoyola College was founded by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in 1925, with the primary objective of providing university education in a Christian atmosphere for deserving students, especially those belonging to the Catholic community. Although this college is meant primarily for Catholics, it admits other students irrespective of caste and creed.6. Madras Christian CollegeThe college was founded as a school in 1837. It is known as much for its academic standing and leadership building as it is for social commitment. Today, the college has more than 5,000 students and over 220 faculty members serving in 31 departments.7. Hansraj CollegeA premier institution,with highly qualified academicians imparting education in different fields, the college today enjoys a reputation for outstanding performance in academics, sports, and extra-curricular activities.8. Christ UniversityChrist University was formerly Christ College (Autonomous) affiliated to Bangalore University. Established in July 1969, Christ College is a premier educational institute of Bangalore. The college has an innovative and modern curriculum.9. Stella Maris CollegeBeginning in a small one-storey building on August 15, 1947, with 32 students, the college has at present over 3,000 students and in a large campus. The college became autonomous in 1987 and has 13 undergraduate and 12 post-graduate programmes.10. Lady Shri Ram College for WomenA centre for academic excellence and achievement, LSR is today one of the finest institutions for Social Sciences, Humanities and Commerce, while also offering a B.Sc. Programme in Statistics. Professional courses like Elementary Education and Journalism are among its strengths.Read: Here’s the list of top 10 Arts colleges in Indialast_img read more

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Liverpool need ‘money-throwing’ Champions League, says Jürgen Klopp

first_imgTopics Klopp had a withering rebuke for pundits who, like Neville, have suggested Liverpool would benefit in the title race from exiting the Champions League. “It is so easy to sit in an office or a studio and talk about things like that,” he said. “You draw a season and say the best way to go through it is to go out of all the cup competitions early.“You do that and in that moment the same people go for you like mad. Now it is closer to the end of the season and it is allowed to go out of the Champions League without even trying to go through? That’s really mad.” Read more Read more Jürgen Klopp has said the Champions League is a “money-throwing competition” vital to Liverpool because the club depends on its own revenue streams for success and not a wealthy benefactor.The Liverpool manager underlined the importance of Wednesday’s last-16 tie against Bayern Munich as he rejected claims by pundits such as Gary Neville that elimination could help his team win the Premier League. “That’s the reason why they don’t have a job on the sideline – one of the reasons,” he said. Liverpool made £72m from reaching last season’s Champions League final, money that contributed to a world record pre-tax profit for a football club of £125m for the 2017-18 financial year. Given their domestic and European rivalry with Manchester City, who are under investigation by Uefa and the Premier League for alleged financial fair play breaches, which they deny, Klopp said it was imperative Champions League revenue continues to flow into Anfield.He refused last week to be drawn on the investigations into City. But, before the second leg in Munich of a tie poised at 0-0, he made the distinction between Liverpool developing within their own financial means and clubs relying on individuals to fund success.“We have to qualify constantly for Champions League,” Klopp said. “That’s what gives us the money to improve to make the next step and then the next step. When we qualified by beating Napoli [in December], I’m not sure how much it was worth [£10.67m for winning the game and reaching the knockout stage] but it was a lot of money in one game. I didn’t think for a second before that game: ‘Oh my God, we have to earn this money for the club’, but after we got through it was like: ‘Wow, that is proper money.’“It is a money-throwing competition and we have to be in it as long as possible because we have to improve the situation for the club. It’s not like we can always ask people: ‘Do you have some money? Do you have some money?’ We have to earn most of the money for ourselves with the football that we play. That is exactly what you can do in the Champions League. If it happens, it will be a great night. If it doesn’t happen it is not the end of the world but I don’t think for a second that it will not happen.” Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Liverpool Share on Pinterest Jürgen Klopp news Share on Twitter Liverpool and Bayern Munich trade blows but draw leaves tie poised Share via Email Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Experience the key for Jürgen Klopp in Bayern Munich showdown Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Divers Discover Bone Fragments Inside Concordia

first_imgzoom Human bone fragments were found inside the ill-fated Costa Concordia wreck during a search by salvage divers yesterday of the areas previously inaccessible to divers. The divers are reported to had discovered scull fragments, and once the analysis is complete, it will be known whether these posthumous remains belong to the last missing victim from the cruise ship that sank two and a half years ago.Bodies of 30, out of 32 passengers who died in the shipwreck have been recovered with one missing and one of a female believed not to have been recovered in its entirety.Relatives of both have been informed of the discovery.Costa Concordia wreck was towed to the Port of Genoa for scrapping on Sunday, July 27.The unprecedented towing operation was a historic achievement for salvage operators.World Maritime News Staff, August 7, 2014last_img read more

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Ford Nation sweeps through Ontario

first_imgTORONTO – Doug Ford and his Tory party are expected to form a majority government.It’s a stunning victory for the party led by Doug Ford, whose campaign was heavy on populist promises but light on fiscal details.The New Democrats, who had been neck and neck with the Tories in several polls before the election, will form the Official Opposition.The election has also marked a stunning collapse for the Liberals, who governed the province for the last 15 years.Ford positioned himself during the campaign as a defender of “the little guy,” promising to put money back in people’s pockets by lowering taxes, cutting hydro rates and eliminating the province’s cap-and-trade-system.The Green Party has also won its first seat.#BREAKING: Kathleen Wynne says she is resigning as Liberal leader #CityVote #ONpoli— CityNews Toronto (@CityNews) June 8, 2018Kathleen Wynne says she’s stepping down as Ontario Liberal party leader.She made the announcement in a speech to supporters gathered at the Liberal campaign headquarters.Wynne acknowledged it’s been a “difficult night” for her Liberals, who saw their party’s presence in the legislature all but disappear.Wynne, who was re-elected in her riding of Don Valley West, admitted last week that she was unlikely to win after five years as premier.However, she urged voters to support Liberal candidates to help prevent a majority Tory or NDP government.last_img read more

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Eddie Redmayne joins Fantastic Beasts stars on Toronto red carpet

first_imgWhere can you find fantastic beasts?Yonge-Dundas Square isn’t a bad place to start.The bustling intersection was HQ for all things magical on Tuesday night as fans lined up in the rain to catch a glimpse of the stars of the new film from the imagination of J.K. Rowling. It opens Nov. 18. Advertisement Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is part of Harry Potter history, though only tangentially.The script was inspired by a Hogwarts textbook, with the film taking place in New York City, circa 1926. Advertisement Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne plays the protagonist, and greeted screaming Toronto fans on the red carpet.His character is Magizoologist Newt Scamander, who collects — and then loses — his magical beasts who are normally safeguarded in his leather briefcase. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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BJP begins backchannel talks to gain Jagans nod

first_imgHyderabad: Gearing up for the post-poll scenario, where it may need support from non-NDA parties, BJP has begun backchannel talks with YSR Congress Party, which may emerge as a kingmaker in the event of a hung Parliament. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah is said to have begun backchannel talks with Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, whose YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) is likely to bag majority of 25 Lok Sabha seats in Andhra Pradesh. According to sources, the talks are on over Jagan’s charter of demands with Special Category Status (SCS) to the state topping the list. Other demands could include number of ministries for YSRCP and the financial and other assistance the state would get from Delhi. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh However, there was no confirmation from YSRCP leadership about the backchannel talks. Party leaders said they were not aware of any talks between Jagan and Shah. The final four phases of the poll, started on April 29, is described as the real election for BJP. Out of 240 seats that are at stake in these phases, BJP had bagged more than 160 in 2014 polls. If things do not move its way in these crucial phases, the BJP may have to look for support from others, especially someone like Jagan, given the number of seats his party is predicted to win. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad The BJP leaders, however, feel that some of the demands put forth by Jagan as a precondition for support were outlandish. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raids on YSRCP leader and industrialist K. Raghu Rama Krishna Raju in an alleged Rs 947 crore bank loan default case on Tuesday assumed significance in this backdrop. The BJP apparently wanted to send a message to Jagan. It is an open secret that BJP and YSRCP have had good relations, especially after Telugu Desam Party (TDP) walked out of National Democratic Alliance (NDA) over its refusal to accord SCS to Andhra Pradesh. In fact, one of the reasons Chief Minister and TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu cited for severing ties with BJP was the latter cosying up to his rival Jagan Mohan Reddy. Frequent appointments given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Jagan and his other party leaders had angered Naidu. In the run-up to the elections and during the campaign, Naidu repeatedly targeted Jagan for what he called his secret understanding with the BJP and Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao. The TDP chief claimed that the YSRCP leader bartered the state’s interests to save himself in the corruption cases he was facing. Jagan defended the friendship with KCR’s Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS). “What is wrong if I am with TRS as they are supporting our demand for special category status,” the young leader said at one of the election rallies. There was no such defence for friendship with BJP for fear of losing the votes of minorities. The YSRCP chief, however, praised Modi even while complaining that NDA has not done justice to the state by denying SCS. Realising that their party is already on a weak turf in Andhra, both Modi and Shah during the couple of rallies they addressed trained guns on Naidu but avoided criticizing Jagan. The YSRCP leader also kept everyone guessing with often repeated stand that he wants to see a hung Parliament so that the state can get a better deal from the Centre. He stated on many occasions that his party will extend support to whoever agrees to accord special status to the state. In 2014, YSRCP had bagged eight Lok Sabha seats in Andhra Pradesh while TDP had won 15 and its then ally BJP two. This time, Jagan’s party is confident of winning 20-22 seats and this could be a big number in the event of polls throwing up a hung House.last_img read more

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TSX lower amid mixed housing data lower commodities

The Toronto stock market was lower Wednesday amid a generally positive read on the U.S. housing sector. Traders also looked for hints as to when the U.S. Federal Reserve may wind up its latest round of stimulus.The S&P/TSX composite index stepped back 47.37 points to 12,762.84, led by sliding mining stocks, while the TSX Venture Exchange gave back 19.16 points to 1,152.64.The Canadian dollar traded at a fresh seven-month low, down 0.44 of a cent at 98.39 cents US.U.S. indexes were lower with the Dow Jones industrials down 13.73 points to 14,021.94. The Nasdaq declined 12.16 points to 3,201.44 while the S&P 500 index was down 5.23 points at 1,525.71.U.S. housing starts for January came in lower than expected — at an annual rate of 890,000, down from December’s read of 954,000 and below expectations of 922,000.However, analysts pointed out that the reduction in January was driven entirely by the often volatile multiples component. Starts of single-family homes actually picked up marginally to a new four-year high. Building permits rose 1.8 per cent at an annualized rate of 920,000 in January, up from 909,000 in December.Traders will also pore over the minutes from the latest interest rate meeting of the Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee for an indication whether the central bank may want to wind up its latest quantitative easing effort by the end of the year.Office Depot and OfficeMax plan to merge in an all-stock deal worth about US$1.2 billion. The move would combine the number two and three biggest office supply retailers and lead to consolidation in an industry that analysts have said for years has too many stores.There was some confusion about the deal this morning when Office Depot reported terms of the deal in a release on its website and then removed it, before restoring it after the market opened.Gold stocks led TSX decliners, down 2.6 per cent as April bullion fell beneath the key level of US$1,600 an ounce, losing $23.60 to US$1,580.60. Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K) faded 32 cents to C$7.72 while Iamgold (TSX:IMG) lost 30 cents to $7.76.The base metals component shed two per cent while March copper declined four cents to US$3.61 a pound. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) dropped 69 cents to C$32.08 while HudBay Minerals (TSX:HBM) fell 63 cents to $10.01.The March crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was down $1.78 to US$94.88 a barrel ahead of the release of the latest data on U.S. inventories. The energy sector dipped 0.37 per cent. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) was down 28 cents to $30.79.Consumer staples stocks also weakened as grocer Loblaw Cos. (TSX:L) lost 59 cents to $39.30. The financial sector led advancers ahead of the start of a series of quarterly earnings from Canada’s banks next week.“We’re looking at the majors giving us some decent earnings and dividend increases (from) Royal Bank (TSX:RY), TD Bank (TSX:TD) and maybe Scotiabank (TSX:BNS),” said Chris King, portfolio manager at Morgan, Meighen and Associates. “And capital markets are positive so the swing things are swinging our way this quarter. And that bodes well for the next quarter.” Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) rose 82 cents to $59.97.Markets have largely traded sideways in this month following strong gains racked up in January. Part of the reason is the looming sequester in the U.S. That is a huge package of across the board spending cuts worth US$85 billion that are set to take effect at the end of the month unless lawmakers can agree on other cuts that would be more selective. It would cut a big chunk out of American economic growth, a worrisome prospect for a struggling economy.“We had a good funds flow in January and you probably got a little bit of post-move jump-in among some retail investors and/or institutional people looking to increase their weightings before the next quarter,” King said. “But I can’t help but think we might have some consolidation here and I welcome it.”After the markets closed Tuesday, computer maker Dell Inc. posted net income of $530 million, or 30 cents per share, for its fiscal fourth quarter, which ended Feb. 1. That was down from $764 million, or 43 cents per share, in the quarter a year ago.Two weeks ago, Dell’s founder and CEO Michael Dell and a group of investors agreed to buy the company for $24.4 billion with a plan to turn it around.Crombie Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX:CRR.UN) said Tuesday it is spending C$132 million to buy four retail plaza properties in Alberta. Crombie owns 169 commercial properties in nine provinces, comprising about 1.3 million square metres of rentable space. Its units were down 13 cents to $14.55.On Wednesday, renewable energy producer Boralex Inc. (TSX:BLX) reported that quarterly net income fell to $1.2 million or three cents per share, down sharply from $8.2 million a year ago. Revenue from energy sales slid 6.5 per cent in what the company has described as a “transitional year.” Its stock rose 14 cents to $9.30.European bourses were mixed with London’s FTSE 100 index up 0.21 per cent and Frankfurt’s DAX down 0.35 per cent, while the Paris CAC 40 fell 0.78 per cent. read more

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Square Enix will remake Final Fantasy VII under one condition

first_imgWith all the HD updates for popular games released on older hardware making their way to the PS3 and Xbox 360, you have to wonder why Square Enix hasn’t given Final Fantasy VII the same treatment. It is by far the most popular game in the series, and the one that gamers continue to demand sees an update.Yoichi Wada, CEO of Square Enix, was asked once again during a shareholder’s briefing yesterday whether gamers can expect a remake of the 10 million-selling PlayStation game. His response may surprise you.A FFVII remake is definitely on the cards and the Final Fantasy team would happily develop it. But Wada has one prerequisite before he would greenlight the project: Square Enix has to release a new Final Fantasy title that “exceeds the quality of FFVII.”That statement has a couple of meanings. First, it confirms that FFVII could see a return, but probably not until we’ve had the next round of console hardware based on how long it takes to develop a game on the scale of Final Fantasy. Secondly, it is Wada admitting that recent games in the series just haven’t been achieving the same quality as previous titles, and in particular the quality offered by the FFVII experience.His response is sure to frustrate fans further as it still means a FFVII remake remains a future project that may or may not happen. The question now is, can Square Enix really achieve the same quality again in a new Final Fantasy game? That all depends on what Wada means by “quality.”If quality translates to sales, then it’s going to be very tough to achieve. If you consider the only game to surpass 10 million sales this hardware generation on a single platform is Call of Duty, and even combined platforms sales of a popular game like GTA IV only managed 6.5 million, I can’t see any Final Fantasy game managing 10 million+, can you?via Andriasanglast_img read more

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Nokia Reading lappli dédiée à la lecture sur Lumia

first_imgNokia Reading : l’appli dédiée à la lecture sur LumiaUne nouvelle application est proposée par Nokia sur ses terminaux. Elle est dédiée à la lecture de livres électroniques et se nomme, simplement, Nokia Reading.Après avoir lancé l’application Linkedin, le MarketPlace va se doter d’une nouvelle application d’importance, Nokia Reading, rendant possible la lecture de livres électroniques sur les terminaux Nokia. Cette application fait également suite à d’autres applis développées par le fabricant finlandais : Nokia Maps, Drive, Music…Elle sera disponible en France cette semaine tout comme en Allemagne, en Espagne, en Italie, en Russie et au Royaume-uni. Elle pourra être téléchargée et utilisée sur les Lumia 900, 800, 710 et 610. Nombre d’utilisateurs seront sans doute ravis de pouvoir lire dans les transports en commun par exemple mais il existe aussi des réfractaires. A ces derniers, Nokia indique d’une seule voix que “sur le Lumia, l’écran ClearBack permet de diminuer les reflets et la technologie ClearType de Microsoft optimise l’affichage des polices”, mettant en avant le confort de lecture sur ses appareils mobiles. L’appication Nokia Reading permettra de régler la taille du texte et il sera possible d’afficher celui-ci en police claire sur fond foncé pour moins se fatiguer la vue. Nokia considère enfin que “les personnes refusant de lire un livre sur un téléphone sont principalement des gens qui n’ont jamais essayé de le faire sur le Lumia.” L’application est donc ouvre au moins à l’essai pour se faire une idée du service. Le problème étant toujours l’offre disponible de titres en français mais aussi, au sein même de l’application, l’impossibilité de configurer ses flux RSS…Pour le moment.Le 15 mai 2012 à 14:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Report Chelsea make their move for Higuain

first_imgChelsea are reportedly closing in on signing Gonzalo Higuain this month after personal terms were agreed onManager Maurizio Sarri has decided to pursue Higuain once more after failing to reunite with his former Napoli star last summer.Tuesday’s 1-0 Carabao Cup semi-final first leg defeat to Tottenham exposed Chelsea’s lack of sharpness up front with a host of chances to equalise going to waste.Current forwards Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud have both struggled to deliver the goals on a regular basis, which has forced Sarri to deploy Eden Hazard in a “false nine” role.Now Marca reports that Chelsea are close to sealing a move for Higuain, who has fell below expectations in his loan spell at AC Milan.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…The Rossoneri are allegedly keen on cancelling Higuain’s loan deal from Juventus due to his €8m per season salary along with the €40m buy option for next season.On the other hand, Chelsea would be willing to take on the same deal that the Argentine striker has at Milan.Should a deal for Higuain go through, then it could pave the way for Morata to leave Stamford Bridge on loan at Sevilla.Higuain has scored six goals in 15 Serie A appearances for Milan this season.last_img read more

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Can changing expectant mothers diet help prevent autism

first_imgThe mother’s microbiome – the collection of microscopic organisms that live inside us – can determine the risk of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders in her children, suggests a study.The study raises the possibility that preventing forms of autism could be as simple as an expectant mother modifying her diet or taking custom probiotics.The findings showed that an unhealthy microbiome in the mother can make her unborn child susceptible to neurodevelopmental disorders. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBut, blocking a particular inflammatory molecule interleukin-17a (IL-17a) produced by the immune system can help halt the development of such disorders in lab mice. “We determined that the microbiome is a key contributor in determining susceptibility (to autism-like disorders), so it suggests that you could target either the maternal microbiome or this inflammatory molecule IL-17a,” said lead researcher John Lukens, from the University of Virginia in the US. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”You could also use this (IL-17a) as a biomarker for early diagnosis,” he added, in the paper published in the Journal of Immunology.While blocking IL-17a might offer a way to prevent autism, Lukens said that the path carries much more risk. It is because blocking the molecule “could make you susceptible to all kinds of infections”. And doing so during pregnancy could have complex ripple effects on a child’s development that scientists would need to sort out, he said. However, the microbiome can be modified easily, either through diet, probiotic supplements or faecal transplant. All of these approaches seek to restore a healthy equilibrium among the different microorganisms that live in the gut, the researchers noted.”In terms of translating our work to humans, I think the next big step would be to identify features of the microbiome in pregnant mothers that correlate with autism risk,” Lukens said. “I think the really important thing is to figure out what kind of things can be used to modulate the microbiome in the mother as effectively and safely as we can.”last_img read more

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The Big Trends From Google IO 2017

first_img 8 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals May 22, 2017 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » It’s very easy to dismiss Google I/O as just an opportunity to show off new toys and to throw a big party. Given the appearance of LCD Soundsystem at this year’s closing concert, the impression is understandable. But I/O 2017 was when Google’s efforts in big data, search and device ubiquity bore fruit as it transitions toward a new focus on AI and machine learning.Everything old is finally here.Google I/O 2016 is etched in my mind for two reasons. First, it was deadly hot, dampening the fun of an outdoor conference with sweat. Second, nothing announced was actually released.In retrospect, 2016 was a building year for Google. Products announced last year, including Google Assistant and Google Home, have now been in the wild — some, like Android Wear 2, for just a few months. This year, we heard about improvements and Google opened them to developers.Developers can now work on Android, Chrome, the Google Assistant and Google Home through the Actions API. Instant Apps are also now available, taking away the primary friction point of downloading and using apps. The omnipresence of the Google Assistant also means Actions developed for it will filter into many new platforms, including the iPhone.In fact, the iPhone was mentioned with such frequency, it began to feel less like a competitor and more like another platform ripe for development. The fact that the Google Assistant will be moving into Siri territory made this abundantly clear.This is particularly notable because Android has always been the centerpiece of the Google developer experience. True, not every attendee is an app developer, but Android has always loomed large. This year, the presence of Android wasn’t necessarily diminished, but it was just one of many platforms under the Google umbrella.Taking the reins.As a developer conference, I/O is an opportunity to not only encourage developers to adopt new tools and new platforms, but to offer some useful feedback as well. That’s not unusual, but there was some tension in the discussions this year.At the developer keynote, Android luminaries explained how new restrictions on data, processing power and battery power for apps are not meant to be punitive but to make Android better for everyone, including users. That’s a sensible viewpoint — it might even be correct — but it felt decidedly more prescriptive than past Google sessions.That’s just a few of the new ways Google is reclaiming Android. Project Treble, described in the Android security panel, divides Android into three segments. Google will maintain control of the core OS segment, hopefully allowing for bigger, broader updates with less meddling from device manufacturers and carriers.There are also new rules about user identifiers. Developers and advertisers use these to track users on and off their devices and serve up targeted ads. Restricting them is a privacy win for consumers, and probably a data win for Google, which controls most of the means of identifying users.The turning point in Android O.Another innovation in Android O comes in the notification center. Google designers and developers have paid particular attention to notifications and icons over the last few iterations of the OS. They rightly understand this is a major area of interest for consumers, and a primary area of interaction.”Channels” is the internal term Google applies to new categories of notifications. In O, developers will group their notifications together into different types, letting users change how those notifications appear, or if they appear at all. Google’s leadership says this is a feature requested by users and developers, and the benefits for both are clear. Users get more control over how their phone works — a key Android concept. Developers have more ways to communicate with users, and users will be less likely to simply uninstall apps that generate unwanted notifications. Instead, those notifications can simply be silenced.That all comes with a catch: Once developers target Android version 26 (or Android O, to its friends), they must use notification channels. If they don’t, their app’s notifications will be dropped and simply not appear. This, of course, will have limited impact in the Android user community, given the low adoption rates for new Android OSes. But O will be a turning point for the platform and all developers.Also during the session on notifications, the Googlers on stage took the unusual step of asking developers not to abuse the ability to change colors on notifications — a new feature in Android O. This warning was included in the developer documentation (and I noted it in my review of the pre-release of O), but it was strange to hear it on stage. It was also strange to hear Googlers say they were “giving a lot of trust” to developers, and promising to take away these privileges if they felt colorful notifications were being abused. It was odd, partly because of the paternalistic tone, but also because the vast majority of Android developers were not in the room or at I/O.VR and AR, unleashed.There are only two major tech companies with fully functional AR experiences: Microsoft through HoloLens and Google with Project Tango. Tango has been my perennial favorite at Google I/O in part because it is so radically different from other Google efforts, and also because it has felt ready for primetime since 2014 at least.Tango had a big coming out this past year with the announcement of the first commercial phone to support it, the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro.This year, we got word of an entirely new device with a thinner body and brighter screen. Lowe’s has also agreed to let Google map 400 of its stores to provide in-store navigation via Tango devices that can take you directly to items on your shopping list.From my conversations with the Project Tango team, the main focus right now is improving the overall experience and supporting the rollout of consumer applications for what was once a lab experiment. But we did get some hints. A session specifically on Tango showed off future efforts to identify discrete objects within the room, software that can map a room and then clear all the furniture from it and an app to automatically generate 2D floorplans. One of the most exciting applications was an autonomous aerial drone using Tango technology to navigate obstacles at top speed.The biggest VR announcement of Google I/O was, without a doubt, standalone VR devices. Google was short on details, but it’s a marked departure from previous VR efforts. Google dipped its toe into the world of VR with the Cardboard, a $20 frame for a smartphone that provided a surprisingly immersive and low-cost VR experience. The company doubled down with Daydream, which used only high-end phones and a specialized headset, but still cost dramatically less than any other VR experience.A standalone VR device effectively removes the hurdle of Google itself. It’s a huge boon to Google and for the developers who want to try this new platform. With a standalone device, Google can offer VR to anyone willing to purchase such a device. You won’t need a specialized Android phone; it will all be one package.Daydream is very impressive in its own right, and I’m excited for a standalone device that will allow iPhone users and others to enjoy Daydream apps. Hopefully it will cost far, far less than the Vive and the Oculus Rift. But I worry about moving too far from the humble Cardboard. Part of what impressed me about it was its DIY efficiency and remarkably low barrier for entry. As the price of Google’s VR experience goes up, the number of people who can enjoy it will go down.Going forward.In 2016, it wasn’t clear what the AI revolution actually meant for Google. While machine learning was certainly at the forefront, there wasn’t any tangible evidence of how this would work for Google. It could all have easily been dismissed as a fad, or just a nice way to encapsulate a sector of Google’s progress that had flown under the radar.This year, we finally saw what being “AI first” really means. It means Google in more places, it means developers being able to interact in new ways (and on new devices). And most importantly, it shows Google with far more focus than ever before. It seems very likely to me that this year specifically will mark a major turning point not just for Google, but for the entire industry. This story originally appeared on PCMaglast_img read more

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The Last Splash at Wet n Wild Orlando as famed water park

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share Wednesday, December 28, 2016 Travelweek Group Posted bycenter_img ‘The Last Splash’ at Wet ‘n Wild Orlando as famed water park closes Dec. 31 Tags: Florida, Orlando, Universal Studios ORLANDO — Thrill seekers are taking their last rides down the waterslides at Wet n’ Wild Orlando as the longest-operating water park in the U.S. gets ready to permanently close its doors Dec. 31.“For more than 30 years, Wet ‘n Wild Orlando has been the water park where endless numbers of families and friends have created memories that will last a lifetime,” says Ashley Reyes, Marketing Manager for Wet n’ Wild Orlando and Universal’s Volcano Bay, in a Universal Orlando Resort blog post.Opened in 1977, Wet ‘n Wild Orlando was bought by Universal in 1998.Reyes added that “the excitement and thrills Wet ‘n Wild has offered will continue at Universal’s Volcano Bay, a next-generation water theme park opening next summer.”There’s speculation that many of the newer attractions at Wet n’ Wild will reappear in a new format at Universal’s Volcano Bay, located just across the street.Universal’s Volcano Bay is scheduled to open in early summer 2017, spread across 30 acres. At the heart of Volcano Bay there’s the 200-foot-tall volcano Krakatau. By night the volcano will illuminate with blazing lava.More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureAccording to a report by the Themed Entertainment Association, Wet ‘n Wild ranked fourth among the Top 20 water parks in North America, bringing in nearly 1.3 million visitors in 2014.last_img read more

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Panama begins construction of regions largest wind farm

first_imgPANAMA CITY – Panama President Ricardo Martinelli on Tuesday inaugurated the construction of what will be the largest wind farm in Central America, both in power generated and for the energy produced, official sources said.“We need energy sources like these, [ones that are] cheap and don’t pollute the environment,” Martinelli told reporters. The project is valued at $445 million and expected to be in operation next year.Penonomé Park, 150 km southwest of the capital, will have a capacity of 220 megawatts and will produce the equivalent of 7 percent of the country’s energy demands. Panama, a country without oil, gets its energy primarily from hydroelectric and geothermic plants.The park “will supply the energy needs of half a million people and will cut 145,000 tons of oil usage a year. It will also prevent the emission of 450,000 tons of carbon dioxide,” said Rafael Pérez Piré, managing director of the Panamanian Eolic Union, in charge of the project. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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Runoff danceoff Which candidate boogies better

first_imgRelated posts:Johnny Araya holds onto lead in latest UCR presidential poll The Tico Times to publish live election results starting at 8 p.m. Live Costa Rica election results Live Costa Rica presidential election results Politicians have vied for the highest office in Costa Rica since the 19th century, showcasing their intelligence, leadership, and charisma for all to see. But one presidential skill remains untested: the ability to dance.The Tico Times caught both runoff candidates during moments of celebration, when their dancing abilities were on full display. It turns out each man has the capacity to cut a rug when the moment calls for it. But who has the better groove? Who, indeed, got served? Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Heredia house for sale Property overlooks 3 natural rivers with lush tropical

first_img https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/07newsstairway-to-master.jpg Price: $650,000 REDUCED to $350,000Country: Costa RicaProvince: HerediaCantón: San RafaelConstruction: 316m2Bedrooms: 4Bathrooms: 4 https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/03newskitchen-a.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/04newsdining-area-a.jpg See this and other listings in the new Tico Times Real Estate section here. Facebook Comments https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/dscn9494.jpg https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/05newskitchen-b.jpg Exceptional value for this 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom home. Each bedroom has its own walk-in closet and full bathroom! Excellant quality ceramic/porcelain floor tile through-out. There is a 290 SF sunroom overlooking the property. There is also a backup water tank to make your living very comfortable and free of stress. This beautiful home was well planned! The main house sits on the upper part of the 1 acre property overlooking 3 natural rivers, and lush tropical gardens; with many walking paths. Can you say INCOME PRODUCING PROPERTY? AND Self Sustainability? That’s right, turnkey trout operation. You have several options with this property, you can have restaurant sales or if you chose, open to the public for trout fishing, restaurant and or public barbecuing. Many options to choose from, whichever you desire can be done! The 3 rivers supply just the right amount of water/oxygen for 4 trout ponds. Owners have created a good business of selling trout to many of local restaurants. There is also room to expand, see below! Sustain yourself and a family of 4 on a 1-acre tropical mini-farm. On this 1-acre property, there is plenty of room to grow your vegetables, to have a Jersey cow for milk, cream, butter and cheese; goats can also keep you in milk when your Jersey is not lactating, a few chickens. Not only do these animals keep you stocked in healthy fresh dairy products, but will also keep your lawn, flower and vegetable gardens fertilized. Waste not, want not!Also, this home has very fine wood cabinetry throughout the home. Jacuzzi tub in the master bedroom. 3 split-air conditioners, 2 ceramic heaters, and historical fireplaces for those cozy, warm romantic evenings or days! Several of the materials or items were brought in from USA.Come and see this home there are so many wonderful features, not enough space on this listing page for all the other nice photos, so ask to be emailed more photos. Call today to see this wonderful home.Start living your dream and immediately produce income and produce a Self-Sustainable lifestyle!USD $650,000.00 REDUCED to $350,000Cod: 1030Phone: 2258-1558Email: realestate@ticotimes.net 3 fireplaces4 trout ponds (generate immediate income!)Custom Gourmet Kitchen with one-piece granite counter-top, Professional Grade Appliances & a 5 gas burner range with 2 electric ovens, above sits an large hood exhaust fan (as your cooking your fresh trout for dinner)Master SuiteMaster Bathroom includes a relaxing Jacuzzi Tub and separate Walk-in ShowerHigh Quality Porcelain/Ceramic FlooringLiving room with wood burning fireplace100% cedar wood cabinetsRecessed lighting / Track lightingFenced and Gated (entire property)3 rivers (2 go into one)Cathedral open beam ceilings with detailed craftsmanshipLarge enclosed sunroom overlooking your Garden, pondsPotting shed or Butterfly farm!Tool shedWorkshop area adjacent to house or artist areaHigh-Speed Internet ServiceSatellite TV800 gallon water back up systemElectronic entry gate with video phoneSale Price includes the corporationFurniture is negotiable$2,500 laser alarm system35 minute drive to the SJO, Juan Santamaría International Airport! https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/08newssunroom-bz.jpgcenter_img Next Image Previous Image https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/02newsdscn1092.jpg PROPERTY FEATURES: https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/09newsbath-3-master-a.jpg info heading info content Related posts:Two lots for sale in San José de la Montaña, Barva-Heredia What $50 million gets you in Miami’s resurgent condo market One-Story House in Excellent Location, Rohrmoser, For Sale Beautiful home for sale or rent in Escazú, reduced from $1.1 million to $750,000 https://ticotimes.net/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/06newsdscn6659.jpglast_img read more

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PO Cruises Pacific Aria makes maiden visit to Newcastle

first_imgThis season’s five calls are expected to deliver a combined financial contribution of about $1.5 million to the local economy.Pacific Aria will leave at 6pm this evening and will return on March 2, 2016, as part of a dedicated four-night Newcastle cruise from Brisbane.P&O Cruises Australia President Sture Myrmell said Newcastle was an increasingly popular call for P&O following the expansion of its fleet last year, which had opened up new itinerary opportunities.“Newcastle has a lot to offer our guests, from its beautiful beaches to the nearby Hunter Valley wine region,” Mr Myrmell said.“Its location between Melbourne and Brisbane makes it an ideal destination for our increasingly popular short breaks, providing a great way for holidaymakers from Victoria and Queensland to enjoy a long weekend indulging in some of the best food and wine Australia has to offer both onboard our ships and in the Hunter region.”Featuring a relaxed, stylish design which reflects modern Australia, Pacific Aria and sister ship Pacific Eden host a range of new features including the cruise line’s first Cellar Door which offers a taste of the Hunter Valley at sea with an exclusive Glandore Estate wine tasting experience.Glandore is one of four Hunter Valley wineries featured on P&O ships, with wines from Margan, Cockfighter’s Ghost and Tyrell’s also offered onboard. P&O CruisesSource = P&O Cruises Port of Newcastle CEO Geoff Crowe and Pacific Aria Captain Colm Ryan plaque exchange in NewcastleP&O Cruises’ latest ship, Pacific Aria, has made her maiden visit to Newcastle today, signaling the growing popularity of the port city as a cruise destination.The 55,820-tonne Pacific Aria docked at Channel Berth about 8am allowing its 1500 guests to spend the day exploring the city and surrounding areas including Stockton’s sand dunes, dolphin cruises at Port Stephens and food and wine tasting tours of the Hunter Valley.The visit is part of Pacific Aria’s first Australia Day cruise – a five-night roundtrip cruise from Brisbane which also included a day in Sydney Harbour on January 26 – and is expected to inject close to $300,000 into the local economy.P&O accounts for almost half of the cruise calls to Newcastle this season, with three of its five-ship fleet visiting the port city on five separate occasions between November 2015 and May 2016 – a significant increase on the cruise line’s single visit during the 2014-15 summer cruise season.Pacific Aria Captain Colm Ryan fires Fort Scratchley canonlast_img read more

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