EURO 2012 LIVE Russia starts with impressive win

first_img 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Greece will look to Giorgios Samaras for goals today, as he will lead the line for them. They go into today’s match on the back of a 1-0 victory over Armenia, where Samaras missed a penalty.Defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos scored for the 2004 champion Greece, who later missed a second penalty through Kostas Katsouranis.___1713: No surprises there from Polish manager Franciszek Smuda, as Robert Lewandowski leads the attack for the co-host. Ludovic Obraniak, who normally plays behind Lewandowski, is also one to look out for. He is a Ligue 1 winner with Lille, too.___1709: GREECE: Chalkias, Torosidis, Papadopoulos, Papastathopoulos, Holebas, Maniatis, Katsouranis, Karagounis, Ninis, Gekas, Samaras___1717: POLAND: Szczesny; Piszczek, Wasilewski, Perquis, Boenisch, Blaszczykowski, Polanski, Murawski, Rybus, Obraniak, Lewandowski.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) ___2017: Zenit St Petersburg goalkeeper Vyacheslav Malafeev starts in goal, ahead of Igor Akinfeev. It is unclear if Akinfeev is still struggling with fluid on his knee or Malafeev is outright first choice for manager Dick Advocaat. Milan Baros, who finished as joint top-scorer in 2004, has overcome a muscle strain and starts tonight for the Czech Republic. Here are the lineups:Czech Republic: Cech, Gebre Selassie, Kadlec, Hubnik, Sivok, Rezek, Rosicky, Plasil, Pilar, Jiracek, Baros.Russia: Malafeev, Anyukov, Ignashevich, Zhirkov, Berezutski, Shirokov, Denisov, Zyryanov, Dzagoev, Arshavin, Kerzhakov.___GAME OVER: POLAND 1 GREECE 1. Honors even in first game of the Euros. Loads of action, two goals, two red cards and a missed penalty. It’s a great start.___1944:Lewandowski unleashes a stinging half volley from the right corner of Greece’s penalty area. It swerves into the side netting, but signs are there that Poland will try to snatch a goal here. Eugen Polanski tries his luck from 20 yards out, but it is straight at Kostas Chalkias. Six minutes left for Poland or Greece to find a winner. Kostas Fortounis replaced Fanis Gekas moments before the Greece penalty, by the way. Sponsored Stories ___2108: GOAL! Russia 2, Czech Republic 0.___2107: Konstantin Zyranov escapes down the right and floats an inviting cross to Aleksandr Kerzhakov, who had just side-footed wide from eight yards. Kerzhakov hits the post with a downward header but the ball rebounded to Alan Dzagoev who blasted home to give Russia the lead.___2059: GOAL! Russia 1, Czech Republic 0___2049: Good positive start from the Czechs – and a replay shows a Russian player handled the ball in his penalty area but the referee didn’t see it. The Russians are on the defensive here.___2048: mikecorder (via Twitter): All smiles at the toss between Arshavin and Rosicky. Russia to kick off.___2045: Russia, playing in red, kicks off against the Czech Republic, in white.___2039: 2010 World Cup final referee Howard Webb of England is taking charge of the match tonight.___2038: Russia and Czech Republic are in the tunnel, kick-off for the second match is imminent.___2018: Russia substitutes: Akinfeev, Shunin, Sharonov, Granat, Nababkin, Izmailov, Kombarov, Kokorin, Glushakov, Semshov, Pavlyuchenko, Pogrebnyak.Czech Republic substitutes: Lastuvka, Drobny, Suchy, Limbersky, Rajtoral, Petrzela, Hubschman, Kolar, Darida, Necid, Pekhart, Lafata. ___1924: Chance for Greece. Samaras turns his marker as a ball is chipped over the top. But the ball refuses to sit up for him and in the end Samaras slices high and wide from a tight angle.___1918: A second look at Greece’s goal shows that Ninis had a header blocked by Szczesny before it dropped to Salpingidis. The Arsenal keeper will feel he could have got back in position quicker for that.___1912: Captain of Greece, Giorgos Karagounis is booked for handball moments after the games get underway again. That goal has seen the volume levels drop inside the National Stadium. Poland had rarely been threatened until then.___1909: Greece attack down the right this time and deliver a cross into Fanis Gekas, who attacks the ball as Szczesny comes to claim. They clash and the ball is spilt. For a split second nobody realises where it is, except for Dimitris Salpingidis who runs on to the ball and slots home from no more than six yards.___GOAL: POLAND 1 GREECE 1___1904: The second half is underway and Lewandowski comes close to doubling the lead for Poland and his tally for the match. He pulls away from his marker but blazes over the bar from inside the penalty box. Decent chance. ___1902: Dimitris Salpingidis replaces Sotiris Ninis for Greece at the start of the second half. No changes for Poland.___1900: Poland manager Franciszek Smuda has spoken very highly of his side in the build up to the curtain-raiser of Euro 2012. “This team has convinced me I can rely on them; they have convinced me in every way during the last two and a half years,” said Smuda. They have not let him down so far today.___1857: The referee today is Carlo Velasco Carballo of Spain. He gave 15 red cards and 141 yellow cards in 19 matches last season.Jose Holebas is booked now for Greece. Defender Perquis loses his footing trying to deal with a ball in and seems to handle on his way down. Holebas is booked for protesting to the referee, who waves the play on. A good thing for Greece that half-time is now as a few players seems close to losing their temper.___HALF TIME POLAND 1 GREECE 0___Papastathopoulos has received the first red card at Euro 2012 after bringing down Rafal Murawski. It seemed harsh as Murawski looked to be on his way down already. The referee thought deeply about sending off Sokratis…___1844: Away from events here at the National Stadium for a moment. AP reporter Karl Ritter says Denmark midfielder Niki Zimling left the team’s training session in an ambulance today. It is unknown what the problem is at the moment. ___2224: GOAL! Russia 4, Czech Republic 1___2221: GOAL! Russia 3, Czech Republic 1___2218: The pace has slowed and some of the players are looking a bit leggy. Aleksandr Kerzhakov’s night has come to an early end as Roman Pavlyuchenko replaces him. Fifteen minutes left to play. Theodor Gebre Selassie goes close now for the Czech Republic. Plasil floats the ball over to right back, who takes it first time on the volley but the ball hits the side netting at high speed.___2211: Russians now finding space: Kerzhakov looks desperate for a goal. He runs at the Czech defense and forces his way into a meter of space, but shoots wide to add to his growing frustration. Another chance missed by Aleksandr Kerzhakov. Andrei Arshavin spots Kerzakhov’s run across the defense and picks him out, Kerzhakov spins and shoots but sees his shot flash wide of the far post. He looks to skies in dismay.___2205: The game is getting a bit scrappy at the moment. The Czech Republic seem reluctant to commit too far forward at this stage, knowing that conceding a third will kill them off. Russia are also anxious about conceding another and allowing all the momentum to be with the Czechs.___ Parents, stop beating yourself up More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Comments Share ___1817: Poland 1 Greece 0. Robert Lewandowski scores the first goal of the tournament with a close range header.___1807: Greece are looking to keep the ball and take the pace out of Poland’s early advances. When Poland win back possesion, Greece are quick to get at least eight men behind the ball. And it is not long until Chalkias is in action again, this time having to tip a shot from Rafal Murawski over the bar from 20 yards. The resulting corner is dealt with by Greece, but Poland have the upper hand in the opening minutes.___1805: Lewandowski and Obraniak look to link up in Greece’s penalty area, but Lewandowski’s overhead flick falls to Kostas Chalkias in the Greek goal. AP reporter Derek Gatopoulos says the majority of Greek fans in Poland are from the immigrant community in Germany. It is Greece who get the game underway. The pitch looks in immaculate condition.___1800: The Euros have started. Poland and Greece teams on the field on a hot, humid day in Warsaw.Today’s match will be played at the newly built National Stadium. The first game there for Poland saw them draw 0-0 against Portugal.Stadium looks to be packed with red and white fans of Poland with a handful of Greeks. ___RED CARD. Sokratis Papastathopoulos picks up a second yellow in a few minutes and it’s the first red of the tournament.___1840: Poland should be 2-0 up but it is a horrible miss from defender Damien Perquis who drags his shot wide after Greece fail to deal with a set-piece. And the first substitution, too. Avraam Papadopoulos has picked up a knock and Kyriakos Papadopoulos replaces him.___1838: Sokratis Papastathopoulos gets the first yellow card of the tournament after a challenge with the lively Lewandowski.___1830: Signs in the last few minutes that Greece are getting back into the game but Poland look dangerous and fast on the counter attack. Greece win a free kick just outside the right hand side of the penalty area. Sotiris Ninis, who was fouled, takes it and Poland clear.___1826: Kostas Katsouranis tries his luck from 25 yards out for Greece, but his effort bounces tamely wide of Szczeny. The Polish fans are waving their red and white scarves in unison and chanting the name of their team. That goal has seen the atmosphere go up another gear. Poland are looking to get forward at every oppoRtunity.___1819: Poland attack down the right once again and this time, they take full advantage of another opportunity. A cross from captain Blaszczykowski finds an unmarked Lewandowski, who dispatches his header with ease and sends the National Stadium into raptures. Minutes earlier Lewandowski was inches away from giving Poland the lead. A neat interchange of passing releases Lukasz Piszczek and his ball across the six yard box is millimetres away from the head of Lewandowski, with goalkeeper Chalkias stranded. How men can have a healthy 2019 2200: simonhaydon (via twitter) “Howard Webb is showing the ref of Poland vs Greece how to ref. At least one red was unnecessary. Webb’s cards still in pocket.___2156: Vaclav Pilar is known as the Czech Lionel Messi and with a such a finish, you can begin to see why. He picks up on a through ball and rounds Malafeev before passing the ball into an empty net. Could a second-half comeback be on for the Czech Republic?___2153: GOAL! Russia 2, Czech Republic 1___2148: The second half is underway. One change: Jan Rezek is replaced by Tomas Hubschman for the Czech Republic. The Czechs are moving the ball around better but lack movement to pull a stern Russian defense out of position.___2139: Alan Dzagoev has enjoyed a great first half for Russia. He started the move that led to Russia’s first goal, releasing Andrei Arshavin down the right flank. He should have done better with a chance moments later when he was released by Kerzhakov, again down the right, but blasted wide of the near post. The first half an hour was electric. The Czech Republic began the brighter but a goal from Alan Dzagoev was a catalyst for the Russians to play some good attacking football of their own, with pin-point passing and fast movement causing chaos. They doubled their lead through Roman Shirokov and deserve to lead 2-0 at half time. ___1937: Dimitris Salpingidis has been at the heart of everything since he came on at half time. He has a goal ruled out for offside now. He timed his run well, but Kostas Fortounis was ahead of the play before he centered the ball. Greece have the upper hand.___1931: Greece missed two penalties in their last warm-up match against Armenia. One was taken by Georgious Samara, the other by Kostas Katsouranis. This time, captain Giorgios Karagounis steps up and brings a fine save from substitute goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton, who dives low to his left and claws the ball away with his first touch of the game.___1930: (via Twitter)PhillipsIan: But advice to the referee: After giving a red card, don’t get caught on TV cameras smiling and joking with the opposition.___1929: (via Twitter)PhillipsIan: What a start from the Polish substitute ‘keeper , saving penalty with first touch.___1927: A ball over the top is taken down by Dimitris Salpingidis, who in the process looks to take it round Szczesny. His stray foot catches Salpingidis though, who goes to ground leaving the referee with no choice but to send Szczesny off and give Greece a penalty.___RED CARD: WOJCIECH SZCZESNY, POLAND. GREECE PENALTY SAVED. WARSAW, Poland (AP) – Russia started the European Championship in impressive style, beating the Czech Republic 4-1, while host Poland drew 1-1 with Greece, who squandered a chance to take all three points by missing a late penalty.Here is a running account of Friday’s developments. The times, which indicate when each update was filed, are Polish time, which is two hours ahead of GMT and 7 hours ahead of EDT. ___HALF-TIME: Russia 2, Czech Republic 0___2129: A downward header from Vaclav Pilar brings the first real save of note from Russia’s Vyacheslav Malafeev. The Russians win a free kick inside the Czech Republic half, Plasil bringing down Kerzhakov, but nothing comes of it. The Czechs are trying to keep possession inside Russia’s half as much as possible. The Czechs are trying to battle their way back into the match, but Russia’s defense is starting to look a bit stronger than it did during the first 30 minutes of this match.___2119: Russia are causing the Czech Republic all sorts of problems with their movement going forward. The ball is pulled back from the left to Kerzhakov who should at least hit the target, but instead blazes high and wide. That said, they look a little edgy in defense. Could be a lot of goals tonight. There was a good penalty shout for Russia, Andrei Arshavin taking a tumble after a knock from Plasil. Looked like there may have been something in that but Howard Webb was not convinced.___2110: What a turnaround in fortunes. Having been up against it, Russia look like they are going to score every time they make it into the final third of the pitch. Andrei Arshavin plays a superbly weighted through ball into the path of Roman Shirokov, who dinks the ball over Petr Cech from little more than eight yards out. ___2240: A superb attacking performance from Russia. They passed the ball well, looked dangerous on the break and the movement from the likes of a rejuvenated Andrei Arshavin and Alan Dzafoev were just too much for the Czech Republic to handle. It’s been a good start to the tournament. Holland vs. Denmark and Germany v Portugal have a lot to live up to tomorrow night.___2239: mikecorder (via twitter): RUS beats CZE 4-1, an emphatic and stylish win for Dick Advocaat’s team to open its Euro2012 campaign. Petr Cech looks shellshocked.___2235: FULL-TIME: Russia 4, Czech Republic 1.___2230: Milan Baros has gone off for the Czech Republic, with David Lafata replacing him. For Russia, Aleksandr Kokorin replaces two-goal man Alan Dzagoev.___2227: It’s turned into a rout. Two goals in a matter of minutes. Alan Dzagoev nets his second goal of the game to cap a great evening for the 21-year-old. The ball falls to Pavlyuchenko who plays a great first-time pass into the feet of Dzagoev, who drives home. Then, Pavlyuchenko weaves his way into the penalty area and holds off a Roman Hudnik challenge with a twist before turning and unleashing a powerful left foot drive past Petr Cech to make it 4-1.last_img read more

Bright colors make a mans summer wardrobe shine

first_img 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 0 Comments Share Maier also leaves loud prints to his colleagues, preferring a delicate floral print which fades into the fabric of his jackets and pullovers or makes up the fabric of a suit or pair of pants, veiled with a subtle layer of organza.The renowned Bottega Veneta bags on this round are extra large and come in functional brown leather, with an elongated strap so that they can be worn across the body. It all looks so simple, and yet somehow no other designer can carry off the intricate workmanship behind the collection with such nonchalance.____VERSACEDonatella Versace has always put up a good fashion fight.For next summer she outfits a man facing today’s tough world with clothes fit for an ancient Roman arena.“The new gladiators are the young. I would like to see them fighting for a goal,” she told reporters ahead of her Saturday night show, which closed the first day of menswear preview showings in Milan for summer 2013.The designer opened the show with a bare-chested model sporting a gilded warrior belt, wrestling trunks and high-laced centurion sandals fashioned in contemporary sneaker fabric.Throughout the show, Versace came back to the gladiator theme, decorating T-shirts and tunics with gilded embroidery, pairing the centurion sandal with evening wear and offering the Roman-inspired boxer robe as a lightweight overcoat. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home How do cataracts affect your vision? When she wasn’t in the combat arena, Versace drew inspiration from the Memphis Group _ the 1980s furniture movement which opted for a colorful style in contrast to conventional home furnishings.She used famous graphic prints to liven up classic suits as well as summer shirts and tote bags.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Young lads and mature men walked down the sloped, pristine white runway wearing nothing more than revisited track suits.Prada created an entire collection and a brand new look, starting with the white-band theme of sportswear items.First, she put the white bands on the inside instead of outside of a trouser leg, then she accentuated the same white band for the neckline of the accompanying T-shirt top. Like musical variations on a theme, the imaginative designer worked the bands into different components of her summer wardrobe from shirts to jackets to overcoats. As the show went on, the bands changed color and became ever larger, culminating in a two-tone effect for a simple polo shirt or the lapel of a jacket.Meanwhile, the white band also showed up under the arm of a lightweight raincoat or became the cross strap of a flat leather sandal.Not satisfied to limit the new inventions to the male population, Prada put together a his-and-her version of most of the outfits.For the girls, however, the T-shirts came in luxurious dyed fur. All the female models wore a tennis band around their head to accentuate the sporty feel of the collection.The new Prada bag is unisex. Big and boxy, it can be carried by hand and double as an overnighter. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debatescenter_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family The only designers so far to have shied from the new color movement are Dolce&Gabbana who preferred Sicilian black and Tomas Maier for Bottega Veneta who stuck to conservative brown and blue.But Maier embraced the craze for floral and geometric prints, which have shown up everywhere. However, he dimmed the effect, covering his large floral prints with a film of delicate organza, a usually feminine fabric.The overall summer silhouette is on the casual side, with slim but not tight-fitting pants, a comfortable fit for jackets and lightweight outerwear including raincoats, bomber jackets and wind breakers.While the colors are bold, the fabrics are light from cotton to silk to the see-through organza.Bags are big and roomy, and usually come with a shoulder strap for easier carrying.Footwear is sporty, with the rebirth of the sneaker and simple training shoe, often in bright fluorescent shades. There are also sturdy leather sandals and classic lace-ups, updated with colorful soles.____PRADAMiuccia Prada always puts together a great show.The designer’s latest collection presented Sunday evening, the second day of preview showings for summer 2013 menswear, was happy, snappy and just minimalist enough to insure the label’s reputation as the most avant-garde maison of Italian fashion. ____BOTTEGA VENETAThe latest Bottega Veneta collection is inspired by the pullover _ or as creative director Tomas Maier puts it _ “a top that you pull over your head.”In his fashion notes for the summer 2013 menswear collection, the designer points out that the pullover is a universal piece that can be found in both traditional and contemporary cultures.What Maier fails to add is that a Bottega Veneta pullover is not just any pullover. The designer puts into this seemingly simple attire the manufacturing expertise, the fabric and the attention to detail which make the difference.Many of his summer pullovers are actually tunics. They come in light wool or cotton silk and casually caress the body, giving the impression of effortless elegance. Sometimes these tunics are worn with comfortable cropped trousers; at other times their hemline hangs down from under the jacket of a cotton suit.Many of this season’s Bottega Veneta shirt/pullovers have a lace-up front reminiscent of frontier buckskin garb, especially when they come in super-soft suede and are paired with fringed ankle boots. A V-neck cashmere pullover has side-seam zips for extra freedom.The summer silhouette is sporty without losing its class. Jackets and trousers have a classic fit. Colors _ unlike the garish shades seen on a number of the current menswear runways _ are calm tones of brown, from beige to tobacco, or a quiet series of blues. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths AP Fashion WriterMILAN (AP) – Midway through the four-day menswear preview showings, it was clear that Italian designers are looking ahead to a bright summer in 2013.Bold shades of blue, red, yellow and green, plus pink, orange, turquoise and lime, light up the current runway, bursting into color like fireworks on the 4th of July. Monochromatic, two-tone, fluorescent or metallic, they give extra pep to a classic suit, a blazer or a pair of cotton slacks. Top Stories last_img read more

China signals more active role in world affairs

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Hu said China would “get more actively involved in international affairs, play its due role of a major responsible country,” while underlining Beijing’s deep sensitivity to matters of sovereignty and its rejection of “any foreign attempt to subvert the legitimate government of any other countries.”China’s foreign minister introduced the plan for a political solution to the Syria conflict to U.N.-Arab League special envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, during his visit to Beijing last week.It calls for a phased, region-by-region cease-fire; the appointment of representatives to negotiate a political resolution while maintaining “the continuity and effectiveness of Syria’s governmental institutions;” international support for Brahimi’s efforts; and steps by the international community to ease the country’s humanitarian crisis.The U.N. has welcomed the effort, but there hasn’t been much international discussion of it. Observers have found it vague, and likely aimed at bolstering China’s reputation following criticism of its moves to join Russia in blocking U.N. resolutions aimed at ending Syria’s bloodshed, including calls for Syrian leader Bashar Assad to step down. Sponsored Stories Comments Share China’s move may be mostly about improving its standing in the Middle East, where it is a major buyer of petroleum _ not from Syria, but from countries such as Saudi Arabia and Iran.In recent decades, China has kept a low-profile in global affairs, abiding by a policy of non-interference in the affairs of other countries. Having used the military against its own citizens in 1989 and facing accusations of ethnic oppression in Tibet and Xinjiang, China is wary of approving any interventions that might set precedents for intervention in its own affairs.“Nonetheless they are realizing you can’t just say you can’t interfere,” said Roderic Wye of London-based think tank Chatham House. “There are consequences in the real world for people living in countries and China is beginning to realize China needs to take account of that.”Li, the Shanghai-based scholar, said he sees no contradiction in China’s principle of non-intervention and playing a bigger role on the world stage.“Non-intervention doesn’t mean paying no attention,” he said. “On the one hand, we should adhere to the non-inference policy. On the other hand we want to play a bigger role in international affairs as a big responsible country. Sometimes, it’s hard to differentiate between the two things.” Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day BEIJING (AP) – China’s four-point plan for Syria is a rare foray into international mediation for the rising power, a sign that Beijing’s increasingly global economic interests can trump its traditional hands-off diplomacy.Outgoing President Hu Jintao, in his agenda-setting report this week at a Communist Party gathering to choose the coming decade’s leadership, signaled China’s intent to step out more on the world stage. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of China’s proposal leaves open the possibility of Assad staying on in a power-sharing agreement, and does not significantly add to past peace plans that have failed.“But then this statement isn’t so much about setting forward a concrete proposal for action as about the messaging that underpins it,” said Sarah Raine, a consulting fellow for Chinese foreign and security policy at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. “It has become increasingly clear that Beijing is worried about the reputational damage its relative intransigence on Syria has been doing to other important relationships, in particular in the Middle East.”The 20-month crisis in Syria pitting Assad’s government forces against a fractured opposition has so far defied the trend of other Arab Spring uprisings that have seen authoritarian leaders ousted, exiled or killed. Assad is determined to stay in power and has vowed never to leave Syria, leaving world leaders to look for a solution.If Assad were to step down, “China will surely accept that,” said Li Weijian, a Middle East studies scholar at the Shanghai Institute for Foreign Studies. However, “China believes it’s not up to the international community to judge the legitimacy of the government or the leader of a country.”last_img read more

Israel police Armed man attacks US Embassy guard

first_imgJERUSALEM (AP) – An Israeli man wielding an ax and a knife attacked and lightly wounded an Israeli security guard at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv on Tuesday before he was apprehended at the scene, police said.The man, in his early 40s, attacked the guard outside the embassy gates, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. He said the man’s motive was unknown, but political motives were not suspected and the incident had nothing to do with Israel’s battle with Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Sponsored Stories Top Stories Comments Share Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectcenter_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was scheduled to arrive in Israel later Tuesday to try to secure a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.U.S. Embassy spokesman Geoff Anisman said the “situation in under control.”Security was increased after the attack, and the suspect was being questioned, Rosenfeld said.The beachfront embassy is one of the most secure locations in Israel, guarded around the clock by teams of Israeli and American security guards.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

Hungary Snowstorm strands thousands in their cars

first_img Top Stories Over 100 people were injured in traffic and snow-related accidents, the Hungarian Disaster Management Agency said, adding that 5,700 cars were stranded on the roads and 18 trains were stuck between stations.Snowdrifts up to 3 meters (10 feet) high and the violent gusts of wind brought many major roads across the country to a standstill. The storm also left more than 100,000 people without electricity.More than 8,000 people had to take refuge in heated buildings set up by the disaster agency for stranded travelers.Interior Minister Sandor Pinter said police and rescue units were called in, along with military vehicles with caterpillar treads.The weather prompted the government and several opposition parties to cancel outdoor festivities for Friday’s national holiday commemorating Hungary’s 1848 revolution against the Habsburgs.In neighboring Serbia and south across Montenegro, melting snow caused rivers to burst their banks and flood some villages.In Slovakia, just north of Hungary, some schools in the eastern part of the country were closed because of heavy snowfall, and the Cunovo-Rajka border crossing between the two countries was closed to trucks. Slovakia also banned trucks going from the Czech Republic to Hungary through its territory. Around 20,000 households were without electricity in eastern Slovakia after high winds damaged the grid. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement About 300 Slovak soldiers were deployed to help authorities cope.To the south in Kosovo, authorities said an 8-year old girl drowned when a river burst its banks and swept her downriver. Heavy rains caused flooding that stranded dozens of people and prompted emergency rescues.___Karel Janicek in Prague, Dusan Stojanovic in Belgrade, Serbia, and Nebi Qena in Kosovo contributed to this report.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Patients with chronic pain give advice Check your body, save your life Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix 0 Comments Share Sponsored Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) – A snowstorm in Hungary brought drifts 10 feet (3 meters) high and violent gusts of wind, forcing thousands of people to spend the night in their cars or in emergency shelters after being stranded on a major highway.Rescue officials said wind gusts up to 100 kph (62 mph) caused trucks to jackknife across the key M1 highway between Budapest and Vienna _ the capitals of Hungary and Austria _ leading to the traffic jams. On Friday, rescue workers cut across guardrails to let vehicles leave the jammed highway on makeshift side roads.last_img read more

Madeleine McCann father attends Lisbon libel trial

first_img Top Stories LISBON, Portugal (AP) – The father of missing British girl Madeleine McCann has attended a Lisbon court hearing the family’s libel case against a former Portuguese detective, but he wasn’t called to testify.Gerry McCann said he had hoped to address the court Wednesday. Calling witnesses is at the discretion of the judge. McCann family relatives have already testified at the trial which is expected to last at least another two months. Comments Share Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Parents, stop beating yourself upcenter_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Gerry McCann said he was disappointed, but added that “we’ll keep going and see the process through.”The McCanns are seeking 1.2 million euros ($1.6 million) in damages from Goncalo Amaral. His 2008 book alleged they were involved in their daughter’s disappearance from a vacation resort in Portugal’s Algarve region in 2007, days before her fourth birthday.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finisheslast_img read more

Republican lawmakers shrug off Pope Francis climate message

first_img Top holiday drink recipes Comments Share WASHINGTON (AP) — Pope Francis’ call for dramatic action on climate change drew a round of shrugs from congressional Republicans on Thursday, while many of the party’s presidential candidates ignored it entirely.“I don’t want to be disrespectful, but I don’t consider him an expert on environmental issues,” said Texas Rep. Joe Barton, a senior Republican on the Energy and Commerce Committee, in a comment echoed by a number of other Republicans. Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Francis is to address lawmakers in September in the first speech by a pope to Congress.Despite his status as an exalted spiritual figure and leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, his pronouncements on climate were received much as a presidential address might be: with enthusiastic embraces from those who already agreed with him, and disavowals or silence from most everyone else.President Barack Obama fell into the former category. “I welcome His Holiness Pope Francis’s encyclical, and deeply admire the pope’s decision to make the case — clearly, powerfully, and with the full moral authority of his position — for action on global climate change,” the president said in a statement.The Republicans vying to replace Obama were not so full-throated. A number of them, including Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky, did not respond to requests for comment or avoided answering when questioned by reporters on the topic.Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush questioned the pope’s foray into climate science when discussing the issue Wednesday ahead of the encyclical’s release.“I don’t think we should politicize our faith,” he said. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories ___This story has been corrected to show that Rick Perry is the former governor of Texas, not the governor.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. A statement from a spokesman for former Texas Gov. Rick Perry did not directly mention Francis but said, “Gov. Perry believes the climate is always changing, but it’s not clear what role humans have in it.”It’s not the first time the Catholic Church’s teachings on political or social issues have created complications for Catholic lawmakers who take a different view. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California, who is Catholic, faced questions in the run-up to passage of Obama’s health care bill over her support for abortion rights in light of the church’s opposition.But with his entry into the contentious politics of climate, and his attempt to reframe the issue in moral terms, Francis opened a new chapter in the long-running debate over the intersection of politics and religion.And it was one that most Republicans did not particularly welcome.“I think the pope needs to continue to study this,” said Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. “I think it will be given respectful treatment, but I don’t think it’s going to change a lot of votes.”___Associated Press writer Steve Peoples contributed to this report. The vital role family plays in society Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Even Capitol Hill’s many Catholics, despite their religion’s reverence for the holy father, seemed unmoved by his urgent plea to save the planet. The reactions suggested that the pontiff’s desire to translate his climate views into real action to combat greenhouse gases could fall flat, at least as far as the American political system is concerned.House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, a Catholic who invited the pontiff to address Congress later this year, said the pope is not afraid to challenge thinking on various issues. “I respect his right to speak out on these important issues,” Boehner said, but he demurred when asked whether Francis’ views, made public in an encyclical released Thursday, might spur legislative action by the Republicans who run Congress.“There’s a lot of bills out there. I’m not sure where in the process these bills may be,” Boehner said.In the encyclical, a landmark foray by the Vatican into the area of environmental policy, Francis called for a bold cultural revolution, framing climate change as an urgent moral issue and blaming global warming on an unfair, fossil fuel-based industrial model that harms the poor most. He urged people of every faith to save God’s creation for future generations. Sponsored Stories last_img read more

Mead Johnson paying 12M to settle US bribery charges

first_img 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Mead Johnson has said its business in China, where it makes and sells products, is one of its most important operations.The SEC said the Chinese subsidiary paid doctors and other professionals in government-owned hospitals to recommend the formula and to give the company the contact information of patients for marketing purposes.The improper payments totaled more than $2 million from 2008 to 2013 and generated about $7.8 million in profits for the company, according to the SEC. Mead Johnson failed to accurately record the payments on its books, the agency alleged.Employees of the subsidiary paid for the bribes by tapping funds for outside distributors that market and sell Mead Johnson products in China, the SEC said.Kara Brockmeyer, who heads the foreign corrupt practices unit in the SEC’s enforcement division, said the company’s lax internal controls enabled the subsidiary to use “off-the-books slush funds” for the payments.Mead Johnson is paying $7.77 million in restitution plus $1.26 million in interest and a $3 million penalty under the settlement.The SEC said that after conducting internal investigations, the company took corrective measures such as firing senior staff of Mead Johnson China, improving accounting controls and establishing a unit in China to monitor compliance. Check your body, save your life Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies WASHINGTON (AP) — Mead Johnson has agreed to pay $12 million to settle federal civil charges that its Chinese subsidiary bribed hospital professionals to recommend its infant formula to new or expecting mothers who were patients.The Securities and Exchange Commission announced the settlement Tuesday with Mead Johnson Nutrition Co., which has operations around the world and makes Enfamil formula. The Glenview, Illinois, company neither admitted nor denied SEC allegations that it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which prohibits bribery of foreign government officials or company executives to secure or retain business. 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Top Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 0 Comments Share Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility “We are pleased to have reached this final resolution with the SEC,” Mead Johnson CEO Kasper Jakobsen said in a statement. He said the company will continue to stress principles of integrity and compliance with the law “in all our interactions with customers and business partners.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Skywest May figures fly

first_imgRegional carrier, Skywest Airlines welcomed 9.1 percent more passengers in May this year compared to the same month last year, carrying up to 31,000 passengers.The airline’s revenue per passenger kilometres also rose by up to 6.76 percent in May from 23,725 last year to 25,330.The increases pushed the carrier’s total number of passengers carrier for the financial year to date up by 1.43 percent to 332,000 from 327,000 during the same period last year.Skywest has also welcomed an increase in its load factor by 2.24 percent for the financial year to date compared to last from 53.73 percent of 55.98 percent. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

Jetstar gives travel vouchers after inflight death

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A Australian low cost carrier, Jetstar Airways, has offered passengers $100 in travel vouchers as compensation for flying with the corpse of a man who died on a recent flight from Singapore to Auckland.Ninety minutes into the 11 hour flight, a 31 year old New Zealand man started choking and after failed attempts at CPR, passed away, the Waikato Times reported.Fellow passenger and former pilot and founder of Kiwi Air, Ewan Wilson, said nearby passengers were “visibly shaken and very shocked”.”What surprised me was the plane didn’t immediately divert, the general practice for an airline is to land as soon as possible if there is a medical emergency,” Mr Wilson told the Waikato Times.”It’s a very busy part of the world – there’s Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. We weren’t mid-Atlantic.”According to the newspaper, Mr Wilson said he would have preferred the plane turn around rather than offer travel voucher compensation.”I’m not against Jetstar and I think the cabin crew managed it very well. I just feel incredibly sad for the deceased and his partner, and I feel that going back to Singapore would have been a lot more appropriate.”A Jetstar spokesman told the newspaper the man’s partner asked for the flight to continue on to Auckland and the airline have since contacted nearby passengers to thank them for their understanding.last_img read more

Tasmania hottest in 2012 travel

first_imgSpreading across the global travel radar, Tasmania is pegged to be one of the hottest holiday destinations worldwide during the year.Drawn to its under-the-radar feel, upcoming art scene and pristine nature, the state located below the main Australian island is expected to draw a large number of visitors from across the world, according to research compiled by guidebook producers, Mr & Mrs Smith.Meanwhile London is also expected to win gold in travel this year with the 2012 Olympics playing its role in drawing travellers into the city, as Sri Lanka’s beaches and temples score international appeal from experience-seekers in 2012.Also making the hottest six destinations this year is Laos’ Luang Prabang for its off the beat track as well as Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and Fiji’s offshore islands. According Mr & Mrs Smith research, as well as flocking to undiscovered destinations, travellers are also expecting the travel industry to produce ‘more bang for a buck’.With the modern, cash savvy traveller making way across the globe, the guidebook company explained extra value expectations will become the key driver for holidaymakers.“It’s not about luxe for less, as such, more about seeking quality value-adds at all price points, and spending smarter, with resort’s touting ever-more appealing offers from free experiences to extra nights, half-board stays, gratis breakfasts, transfers and spa treats,” research read. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

Let the Games Lanes begin London readies roads for Olympics

first_imgImage Reuters/Paul Hackett As the Games draw nearer, London has begun work on the Olympic Route Network (ORN), which links key venues, accommodation and transport hubs across the city. With up to one million extra travelers expected on each day of the Olympiad, the ORN aims to ease congestion on the host city’s streets by dedicating specific lanes to Games commuting. By doing so, London hopes to avoid difficulties like the ones experienced in Georgia, US, which lead to the American venue being dubbed “the lost city of Atlanta”. According to the BBC, Transport for London (TfL) this week announced that roadwork had been stopped so that markings for the Olympic-dedicated lanes, which measure 30 miles in length, can be painted and traffic lights adjusted. TfL said work to paint white lines and Olympic rings on the roads will be done overnight and not require road closures, BBC reported. With the first London Games Lane to come into effect on July 16, TfL is advising motorists to avoid Central London around the ORN and Games venues from mid-July, when visitors are expected to arrive in earnest. The Games Lanes will end around two days after the conclusion of the Games on August 12, before a smaller Paralympic Route Network comes into operation shortly before the Paralympics start on August 29.In related news, London & Partners, the UK capital’s official promotional organization, has launched the London Official City Guide, a new free mobile app for visitors to the city.The app promises to keep users abreast of London’s hottest events as well as the city’s most famous and not-so-famous attractions by utilizing Google maps and an ‘easy-to-use’ search functionality packed with thousands of listings. “2012 is a phenomenal year for London and I want Londoners and tourists to explore the best of what our great city has to offer,” said London Lord Mayor Boris Johnson, who co-launched the app.“With exciting world-class cultural events popping up in every corner of the capital, there has never been a better time to explore the city, not just the well-known attractions, but the other wonderful local gems waiting to be discovered. “With so much to see and do, the app and brochure are your indispensible guide to a summer like no other.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hlast_img read more

StayWell open first India hotel

first_img“We are very nostalgic at the re-opening of the iconic and heritage restaurant Grand Chanakya, which used to be a landmark of the city and will now once again continue to be so,” Chanakya Hospitality director Ashok Odhrani said. Australia-based StayWell Hospitality Group has launched its first hotel in India, with the objective to open a further six properties across the sub-continent within the next nine months. The new Leisure Inn Grand Chanakya Jaipur is situated in India’s largest state, Rajasthan, catering for both business and leisure travellers. The Australian company aiming for 25 India properties by 2015. Chanakya Hospitality are especially pleased with the re-launch of the famed restaurant. The opening of the hotel will see the re-launch of the iconic Rajasthani specialty restaurant, Grand Chanakya, while the new rooftop Arya Bar & Grill will provide guests open air ambience. center_img “We are well under way to have six more properties opening in Gurgaon, Mumbai, Greater Noida, Raipur, Hyderabad and Goa within the next nine months and aim to have 25 properties across all key cities in India by 2015,” StayWell Hospitality managing director India Rohit Vig said. The Leisure Inn will contain 52 rooms and additional facilities including a massage room, business centre, gymnasium and complimentary internet access. “With the launch of the Leisure Inn Grand Chanakya in Jaipur our growing reputation and brand presence will place us well for further property developments not only in India but also globally,” StayWell Hospitality chief executive and group managing director Simon Wan said. Source = ETB News: P.T.last_img read more

The British invasion to down under

first_img GfKSource = GfK The British invasion to down underChristmas 2015 is shaping up to be bigger than 2014 for inbound international arrivals to Australia as total bookings are up 4% for the period 14 December to 10 January, according to GfK ForwardKeys. The largest contributor to this trend is the United Kingdom, which is up 14% compared to the previous year.“What is interesting about the UK bookings for this period is that they are already at 78% maturity, while other major international arrival countries such as New Zealand and China are only at 34% and 21% maturity,” said GfK ForwardKeys Account Manager David Beliveau. “This tells us that UK travellers are more long term planners while New Zealand and Chinese travellers are short term planners when booking a holiday to Australia.”“Now that the majority of the UK travellers have locked in their flights to Australia they will be looking to book accommodation, tours, and other activities,” Beliveau continued. “This is the ideal time for the Australian travel sector to target these individuals.”UK bookings to Australia’s main cities Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth are currently up 13%, 17%, 15%, and 7% respectively.While UK pax per booking is predominantly 2 persons (51%), the 3 persons (12%) and 4 persons (14%) segments have increased by 28% and 24% compared to last year.Furthermore, current bookings show 27% of UK travellers will stay 14 to 21 nights, while the 9 to 13 nights and 22 nights or more segments are a respectable 21% and 20% of bookings. “If you want to capture the British leisure tourist dollars in Australia over the Christmas period, the game is predominantly for those arriving between 14 December and 10 January,” said Mr. Beliveau.GfK ForwardKeys is a daily update of forward flight bookings, looking forward up to 9 months and historically back to 2008 between any two airports in the world.*GfK ForwardKeys data as at Saturday, 22 August 2015 for the period Monday, 14 December 2015 to Sunday, 10 January 2016 versus the same period in 2014.last_img read more

Travel Counsellors get ready for blockbuster annual conference

first_imgAbout Travel CounsellorsTravel Counsellors Australia was established in 2007 and currently has nearly 150 Travel Counsellors. Our head office in Australia is in Melbourne. Travel Counsellors Australia is accredited with ATAS. Travel Counsellors is the world’s largest home-based travel company. Founded in 1994 it currently has 1,674 travel consultants who work from home with the support of over 350 staff at the company’s UK global headquarters and overseas offices. The company operates in Australia, UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, South Africa, UAE and Belgium.Source = Travel Counsellors Travel Counsellors get ready for blockbuster annual conferenceTravel Counsellors get ready for blockbuster annual conferenceHundreds of attendees will descend upon Melbourne this weekend to take part in the Travel Counsellors annual conference. Considered the most important event on the annual calendar, this year’s conference runs from June 2 – 4 and promises to be the biggest yet with Travel Counsellors celebrating ten years of operation in Australia.More than 120 Travel Counsellors from all over Australia will join key members of the global management team, head office staff, media, sponsors, suppliers, AFTA representatives and key partners at the event to be held within the prestigious confines of the MCG. The delegates will also attend reception drinks at a Melbourne hotspot and a gala dinner at the InterContinental Hotel over the course of the weekend.With the conference theme of exploring what it means to be a Travel Counsellor, a range of inspirational guest speakers from the media, business and sporting worlds will regale attendees with stories of personal triumph, business success and the value of pursuing a career that is meaningful and rewarding. Apart from listening to guest speakers, the attendees will have a chance to mingle with other Travel Counsellors, head office staff and industry figures. Sharing knowledge, supporting others and working together is at the very foundation of the Travel Counsellors brand, and this is reflected in the conference schedule.Travelport and Qantas are the headline sponsors of the event with premium sponsors including Air Tickets, Royal Caribbean and American Airlines. Representatives from the sponsors will attend the event. Key members of the global management team will also fly in from the UK including Travel Counsellors CEO, Steve Byrne.Travel Counsellors Managing Director Fred van Eijk is impressed with the level of support and interest the conference has received. “We are incredibly excited to welcome all delegates to our annual conference. This is a wonderful opportunity for our sponsors, suppliers, staff and industry partners to get together and celebrate the achievements this company has made in Australia over the past ten years. We’re thrilled that so many Travel Counsellors are attending the event. I believe the conference continues to grow each year due to the impressive way it is run. We make a significant investment in putting together a conference of such calibre, and the attendance figures show how this investment is paying off,” comments Fred. “We look forward to continuing to grow the brand in Australia, and this conference will set the pace for the year to come.”It’s never too late to move forward so if you’re interested in joining the programme; please call 1300 889 123 or email to start your Travel Counsellor journey.last_img read more

Personal Travel Managers benefit from Cruise and Airline Training Days

first_imgRiver Cruise Supplier day – An attention grabbing moment during Queensland’s river cruise training in Brisbane Personal Travel Managers benefit from Cruise and Airline Training Days Sydney Airline Day – An enthralled audience of NSW PTMs at TravelManagers fast moving airline training in SydneyPersonal Travel Managers benefit from Cruise and Airline Training DaysTravelManagers has an ongoing commitment to provide product training to its personal travel managers (PTMs) and to facilitate strong supplier-PTM relationships. To this end, the company’s National Partnership Office (NPO) has recently held airline training days in both Melbourne and Sydney, along with a river cruise training day in Brisbane.According to TravelManagers‘ Executive General Manager, Michael Gazal, the NPO and the attending suppliers were very happy with the number of PTMs who supported the training days.“These training days were, as always, a big hit, both with suppliers and with our PTMs, as we were able to bring together larger numbers of both in one place. We design the sessions to fit within a typical PTM’s day so that it’s accessible for as many as possible,” he explains. “We had a total of 76 PTMs attend over the course of the three days, and we put them in touch with a twelve major river cruise and airline suppliers.”Sharon Hando of Tauck River Cruises agrees that the training days are very successful from a supplier point of view.“It’s a great opportunity for us to speak to as many PTMs as possible, update them on our latest product offerings… and then get to know our industry partners better on a more informal basis when the work’s been done.”As Gazal explains, the NPO strives to provide their PTMs with a format that is both informative and fun, balancing relatively fast-paced supplier presentations and a working lunch with networking opportunities before and after the training sessions as a way to strengthen PTM-supplier relationships in a more casual setting.Gazal says the recent training days are part of a calendar of training events that are scheduled by the NPO at the start of each year and includes supplier training days such as these, destination days that are co-hosted by national or regional tourism offices, and fun events that bring together personal travel managers, NPO staff and suppliers in a relaxed environment.“Without giving too much away, our next social event is taking place in five states this month and promises to be both great fun and a great networking event,” Gazal confides.TravelManagers‘ Erin Ross, representative for Mount Cotton, attended the river cruise training day in Brisbane, and says she enjoyed the opportunity to update her product knowledge whilst catching up with colleagues at the same time.“It’s important to me that I am providing my clients with the best possible advice when they’re planning their next trip: to do that, I need to ensure that my product knowledge is constantly updated,” she explains. “These days give me direct access to many of the major players, and I really value the opportunity to ask questions and share ideas with my colleagues. They’re also a lot of fun,” she adds.Venessa Keating, representative for Engadine NSW, took part in the Sydney-based airline training day, and described the supplier presentations as engaging and easy to listen to.“I loved every minute of the day and found all of the information that we were given to be extremely useful. At the end of the day I felt energised and motivated, and very grateful to each presenter for the effort they went to in showing how best to sell their product.”Another PTM who took part in the airline training days was Trish Clowes, representative for Traralgon VIC. She says she found the length of each session to be just right and appreciated having material to take home for future reference.“It was a really great day – great to have a variety of airlines covering multiple destinations including Asia and Europe, and the sessions were very interactive,” she explains.Gazal says the success of the days is self-evident when you look at the attendance numbers and the feedback from the attendees.“The ongoing support for these days by both PTMs and suppliers ensures their continued success, which in the end means we are able to deliver better service to our clients.”For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599.About TravelManagersTravel Managers operates in all Australian States and is a wholly owned subsidiary of House of Travel, Australasia’s largest independent travel company which has a forecast turnover of $1.5 billion for 2017. TravelManagers is a sister company to Hoot Holidays, also owned by House of Travel, and has more than 500 personal travel managers throughout Australia with a dedicated support team at the company’s national partnership office in Sydney. TravelManagers places all customer money in a dedicated and audited Client Trust Account which is separate from the general business accounts, ensuring client funds are secure and only used for client purchases.VIC airline day9 – From left to right: Megan Stanley, Rebecca Tiedgen, Lyndy Burston taking a break from airline presentations at TravelManagers’ recent training session in Melbourne Source = TravelManagerslast_img read more

Sage Hotel Ringwood opens today

first_imgSource = Sage Hotel Ringwood Sage Hotel Ringwood opens todaySage Hotel Ringwood opens todaySage Hotel Ringwood, located in Melbourne’s East at the gateway to the Yarra Valley is set to open its doors this Tuesday 10th October and in a state first will sit atop the Eastland Shopping Centre.Set over 5-levels, the 120 room property is immaculately presented and offers a range of boutique king, twin, family and special access rooms starting from $179 that feature Sage’s DreamWeave Sleep system, complimentary Wi-Fi, 24-hour room service, Smart TVs with the latest blockbuster movies, coffee pod machines, floor to ceiling windows, walk in showers, mini bars, and ironing facilities. Special access rooms offer disabled accessible bathrooms and can interconnect to standard rooms to cater for carers and family members.The hotel lobby and lounge features polished exposed aggregate concrete floors, contemporary styling and sleek furniture to create a contemporary look in keeping with the modernity of the brand new facility.Conference and co-working facilities are a priority at Sage Hotel Ringwood. ‘Sage One’ caters for up to 14 people, ‘Sage Two’ with views over the Dandenongs caters for up to 200 people and the hotel’s Co-working Space can cater for 80 which can be rented on a daily, weekly or monthly basis with a range of membership inclusions.Located halfway between the Melbourne CBD and the Yarra Valley, guests will be able to visit the wineries, lifestyle and arts precincts of the famous Yarra Valley region, indulge in the retail therapy of David Jones, Myer and more at Eastland on their doorstep or easily access galleries, boutiques and restaurants of Hawthorn, Toorak and South Yarra on their way to the CBD.What: Site inspection of the property and official ribbon cutting ceremony.When: Tuesday 10th October, 2017 @ 10.00AM sharp (site inspections commence at 10:30AM)Who: Next Story Group Managing Director, ANZ, John Warren and Mayor of Maroondah, Councillor Tony Dib will officiate the ribbon cutting ceremony.Guests: Hon Michael Sukkar MP, Member for Deakin and Assistant Minister to the Treasurer, Dee Ryall MP, Shadow Assistant Minister for Economic Development and State member for Ringwood, The Hon Bruce Atkinson MLC, President of the Legislative Council and State Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Sage Hotel Ringwood General Manager, Marcus Dudley, Next Story Group Executives, Maroondah City Deputy Mayor, Nora Lamont and Councillors, and Eastland General Manager, Steve Edgerton, Simon O’Callahan, Yarra Rangers Tourism, Doug Spencer- Roy from Eastlink, QIC executives, Kerry Atherton from Ringwood Chamber of Commerce, Artist Mike Eleven.Fast Facts:Located halfway between the Melbourne CBD and the Yarra Valley, guests have access to the wineries, vineyards and galleries of the Yarra Valley in 30 mins and the CBD in 30 minsIt is positioned above the Eastland Shopping Centre with major retailers and 350 specialty storesMelbourne international and domestic airport is 45mins awayOnsite dining options include Partake Restaurant with its modern European /Asian inspired menu and share plates plus the High & Dry Bar which will feature the best of Australia’s most prestigious wine regions and local breweries and distilleriesConference and co-working facilities include a boardroom, function room and 80 co-working space desks for daily, weekly or monthly hireRoom types including: King, Twin, Family and Special Access.All rooms feature fast, free Wi-Fi on unlimited devicesMelbourne artist Mike Eleven has been commissioned to create five feature artworks for Sage Hotel Ringwood to be positioned throughout the hotel, with a further nine framed photo prints of his street art featuring throughout the podium levelAbout Sage Hotels:Sage Hotels are traditional upscale hotels offering services and spaces that are familiar to our guests with all the hallmarks of simplicity and consistency they are looking for; combined with local flavour and a sense of community. Sage Hotels are located in primary and secondary urban centres targeting CBD, CBD fringe locations and primary transport hubs.Contact:Sage Hotel Ringwood, 211 Maroondah Highway, Ringwood, 3134, Australia, Phone: +61 3 8845 1100 E-mail: Website: read more

Thomas Cook India goes Mini for smaller markets

first_imgThomas Cook India recently launched its first ‘Thomas Cook Mini’ store in Pathanamthitta, Kerala, a concept devised to cater to the third tier cities. These ‘’small, technology-assisted outlets’’ will now be rolled out across the country.“With our internal data analytics clearly revealing the untapped yet high growth potential of tier three markets, a low-cost, rapid penetration model was mission critical, and our Thomas Cook Mini fits the bill perfectly,” said Mahesh Iyer, Thomas Cook India’s Chief Operating Officer of foreign exchange & Head of visas.Thomas Cook Mini stores will be equipped with mobile devices or tablets to provide customers with foreign exchange transactions and other travel-related services. The outlets will be manned by small teams of staff and are designed to offer ‘quick customer transactions’.last_img read more

Vacation guide to San Antonio Texas

first_imgSan Antonio, officially known as the City of San Antonio, is the seventh most populated city in the United States of America and the second most populated city in the state of Texas. The city straddles South Texas and Central Texas and is on the southwestern corner of an urban megaregion known as the Texas Triangle.Source: Expedialast_img

Union Cabinet approves new visa policy to attract more tourists

first_imgThe Union Cabinet, seeking to promote Medical Tourism and attract more business visitors, has expanded the scope of e-tourist visa to incorporate purposes such as short-term medical treatment, business trips and conferences. With the enlarged scope, the e-tourist visa would be rechristened as e-visa and would allow the holder dual entries for tourism and business purposes and three for medical treatment.According to the cabinet decision, the e-visa scheme will be extended to eight more countries, which would take the total number of nations that enjoy the facility to 158. In addition, e-visa would now have a validity of 60 days and can be applied for by foreign nationals up to four months ahead of the visit.“The Union Cabinet has given its approval for liberalisation, simplification and rationalisation of the existing visa regime in India and incremental changes in the visa policy decided by the ministry of home affairs in consultation with various stakeholders,” stated a government release following the Cabinet meeting.“The approval will facilitate entry of foreigners for tourism, business and medical purposes. This is expected to stimulate economic growth, increase earnings from export of services like tourism, medical value travel and travel on account of business and to make ‘Skill India,’ ‘Digital India,’ ‘Make in India’ and other such flagship initiatives of the government successful,” the release added.Tourists, businessmen or people coming for treatment or to attend conferences or even for film shoots would be covered under the new category of visa, which was first mooted by the Commerce Ministry following a suggestion by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to boost services trade.The long-term, multiple-entry visa would be given up to 10 years, however, under this category, the visitor would not be allowed to work or stay permanently.Apart from those covered under 10-year travel and trade visa policy, citizens of other countries would be offered five-year multiple visas for travel and trade. As per the proposal, if a foreigner is granted long-term, multiple-entry non-working or non-permanent stay visa and his or her stay is restricted to 60 days on a visit, the government may waive the visa fee as well. But the visitors have to give biometric details and fulfil certain security obligations. The plan is part of the Commerce Ministry’s initiatives to boost India’s services trade.last_img read more