‘Fan’ Valdez says team has a lot of fight to show

first_imgStay hungry, Chot urges PH Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Valdez, who leads the Philippines in scoring with 14 points a game, will look to swing the Philippines back into the win column after suffering a disappointing three-set loss to Kazakhstan at the end of the group stages.The Filipinos’ 25-23, 25-20, 25-19 defeat left them at second in Pool A with a 1-1 record while Korea, despite sitting out Kim for the first two group stage games, went 3-0 to top Pool C.And while Valdez played in all of the Philippines’ games, Kim played in just one as she had to rest after playing for nearly a month in the FIVB World Grand Prix.Valdez knows that the 79th-ranked Philippines will be a definitive underdog against the 10th best team in the world.“It’s going to be a tougher second round because there’s Korea, Vietnam but we’re here to fight,” said Valdez. “We’re here to learn, we’re here to win, we’re here to fight.”ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:21‘Bato’ says Robredo has to toughen up: ‘This is war…hindi ka pwedeng pa-cute cute dito’00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOAlyssa Valdez has been, arguably, the face of Philippine volleyball for the past few years. But on Sunday the Phenom will be the one doing the admiring.The Filipino superstar will be facing off against the resolute leader of Korean volleyball, Kim Yeon-koung, and Valdez admits she’s a fan of the Fenerbahce hitter.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “We’ll just continue fighting because this tournament is far from over.” “I’ve been watching her as a fan, and I’m really excited playing against Korea,” said Valdez as the team prepares for the quarterfinals of the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship in Biñan, Laguna.Valdez believes the game against Korea will help sharpen the Philippines for the future.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We all know that Korea is a well-known team in international volleyball and playing against such an experienced team will be a great lesson for us players.”After this tournament, the Philippines will fly to Kuala Lumpur for the Southeast Asian Games, where it hopes to gain a podium finish. LATEST STORIES LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View commentslast_img read more

UAAP Season 80 Preview: NU Bulldogs ready to pull off surprises

first_imgView comments “J-Jay Alejandro and Matt Salem will be carrying the load for this season. With Issa Gaye joining us, that will be a good help also. And the bench will play a big, major role in our quest this season,” he said.But more than the manpower, what makes Jarin successful is his tried-and-tested system, something which he is hoping the Bulldogs have already bought into.“It takes a lot of time to really adapt to what you really want. But then, the only thing is I’m very fortunate personally because I inherited a group that has this good attitude — that has winning attitude, great culture. So you have to give credit to coach Eric Altamirano and his coaching staff for doing a great job,” he said.With that said, Jarin expects nothing less from this NU crew to bring in the energy for the full 40 minutes.“We’re gonna come in with a lot of energy. We’re gonna come in very competitive. We’re gonna come in all-out, and ready to surprise everybody.”ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. UAAP SEASON 80 PREVIEW: NU Bulldogs643 viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 And for the seasoned mentor, there’s only one word to describe this campaign with the Bulldogs: a challenge.“I like challenges,” he said. “The goal right now, realistically, is to be very competitive. Meaning tosay, we need to get to the Final Four because that’s the main objective. It will take a lot of hard work and you know that we’re the dark horse going into the Final Four, but hopefully, with a little hard work and a lot of luck, it’s attainable.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJarin inherits a young NU team, which failed to make it to the semifinals for the first time in five years last season.But the bench tactician likes what he’s seeing from his lineup with J-Jay Alejandro and Matt Salem serving as the team’s leaders. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Coach: Jamike JarinLast Season: 5-9 (5th Place)Holdovers: J-Jay Alejandro, Matt Salem, Rev DiputadoAdditions: Issa Gaye, Jonas Tibayan, Enzo JosonKey Losses: Alfred Aroga, Med Salim, Joshua Sinclair, JV GallegoWinner in every level he’s been in, coach Jamike Jarin embarks on a new chapter in his career as he is tasked to lead National University this upcoming season.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnessescenter_img LATEST STORIES Akhmetov knows he’s in for tough challenge vs Eustaquio MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

Game 1 hero Go deflects credit to Ravena, Eagles

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Sterling hits late goal as Man City sets EPL record; Arsenal 4th Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillioncenter_img QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Ateneo has a golden chance to close the series out in Game 2 on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum as the Eagles aim for their first title since UAAP Season 75.Until then, Go has no reason to celebrate just yet. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHolding a precarious 73-70 lead against La Salle in the waning seconds of Game 1 of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball Finals,  Ateneo knew it needed one last bucket to put the result beyond doubt.Luckily for the Blue Eagles, Thirdy Ravena found an open Isaac Go down low for the undergoal stab plus the foul with 10.4 seconds remaining. Go completing the three-point play and Ateneo held on for a 76-70 win.ADVERTISEMENT “Second, it was Thirdy who found me open, so I have to give credit to Thirdy. Third, at the end of the day, it was a two points for Ateneo. I don’t look at it as a two points for me, but I look at it as a whole, that Ateneo got the two points.”It was the second time in as many games that Go proved to be the hero for Ateneo. He also rescued the Blue Eagles in their Final Four do-or-die against Far Eastern University wherein he drilled the game-tying triple that forced overtime and sank a improbable putback on one knee in the extra period.For some, Go’s heroics was redemption of sorts, especially after he botched a potential go-ahead gimme in the Blue Eagles loss to the Archers in the second round.“There’s always pressure, but we can’t pressure ourselves because it’s a game,” he said. “There’s no external pressure that will force us to change the way we play. Internally, we just have to push ourselves.”ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ READ: Ateneo holds on, beats La Salle in Game 1 of UAAP FinalsThe blue gallery was electric but somehow, the 6-foot-7 big man remained stoic as if nothing happened.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s exciting, yes, but the reason that I was not able to celebrate was that first, the game was not finished yet. It was not a buzzer beater,” Go said.READ: Clutch Go delivers anew for Blue Eagles View commentslast_img read more

PFL-Sportradar deal to ‘clean’ matches

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding PBA chief believes Gilas can get back at Aussies Lazarus hopes the PFL will be able to commercialize the platform through advertising, sponsorships, subscription or pay-per-view opportunities for live matches.On top of the streaming service, Sportradar will provide the PFL integrity services to identify and analyze suspicious activities.“We are particularly encouraged by the PFL’s commitment to keep the league clean,” said Gautam.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Read Next LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST03:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexicocenter_img Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving The deal was signed yesterday by Philippine Football Federation (PFF) president Mariano “Nonong” Araneta, PFL chief executive officer Lazarus Xavier, and Sportradar director of business development in Asia Biplav Gautam.Gautam will pave the way for the company to live stream matches through its website and www.pfl.tv.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The past year was a fantastic first year for the PFL, and we believe that 2018 will be the year we take the league to the next level with Sportradar,” said Araneta, also chair of the league’s board.Sportradar will help PFL create its own video and streaming platform using the company’s Over The Top solution. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Philippines Football League (PFL) attracted its first big partner for its second season that kicks off March 3.Sportradar, a global sports data and media company, will serve as official audio-visual and data distributor as well as integrity services partner, which aims to address the threat of match-fixing.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Smith’s status still unclear after early exit in TNT loss

first_imgPBA IMAGESTNT coach Nash Racela had little to say about the status of his import Joshua Smith after the KaTropa’s 125-101 Game 3 loss in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals Thursday night.“I don’t know. No idea. I can say something here, but I really have no idea,” Racela told reporters when asked for updates on Smith.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Strizak fulfills championship demand from Pocari Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Smith played a measly nine minutes on the floor, contributing just four points and seven rebounds before complaining about pain in his right foot and leaving the arena early.He left the game with 6:54 remaining in the second quarter as team doctors tended on his supposed injury, then exited to the dugout midway in the third period and out of the venue even before the game ended.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRacela explained that it was a team decision to take Smith out of the court so that the medics can assesshis situation better.“It’s a decision by the team. We just want to make sure that he’s ok,” he said. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img Racela also didn’t guaranteed that Smith will be able to suit up for Game 4 on Saturday.“We’ll let you know if we get something soon,” he said.Without Smith, the KaTropa failed to match the mighty Gin Kings, with Justin Brownlee taking over in the first half and igniting the rout with a 61-47 halftime lead, which further ballooned to 32, 125-93, late in the game.In Racela’s eyes, though, coach Tim Cone simply just had the better gameplan for the game.“It’s a game of adjustments. Coach Tim made wonderful adjustments for this game,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What was glaring, however, was the discrepancy when it comes to fouls (TNT 30 – Ginebra 17) and free throw attempts (TNT 9 – Ginebra 29), which further made closing the series out hard for the KaTropa.“It’s hard to play in a game like this. You would really struggle. You saw the game, you saw the game,” said Racela, before citing Cone’s plea back in Game 3 for more fan support. “Coach Tim asked for help and he got his help today. It is what it is.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments What ‘missteps’? World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

Zimbabwe squad

first_imgZimbabwe are not the team that they used to be earlier still captain Elton Chigumbura would be hoping his team wins a few matches in the World Cup. Chigumbura has established himself as an all-rounder in the team.They have a few familiar names though. Charles Coventry, Craig Ervine, Tatenda Taibu, Brendan Taylor and left-arm spinner Raymond Price can make the match interesting. Do watch them play good cricket.Squad: Elton Chigumbura (captain), Regis Chakabva, Charles Coventry, Graeme Cremer, Craig Ervine, Tinotenda Mawoyo, Gregory Lamb, Shingirai Masakadza, Christopher Mpofu, Raymond Price, Edward Rainsford, Tatenda Taibu, Brendan Taylor, Prosper Utseya, Sean Williams. Non-travelling reserves: Terrence Duffin, Tinotenda Mawoyo, Njabulo Ncube, Tinashe Panyangara, Vusimuzi Sibandalast_img read more

News and updates

first_imgDestination  Dubai’s new campaignIndian actress and TV presenter Koel Purie features in the latest edition of the promotional campaign ‘In Dubai Everyday is an Opportunity’ launched end of March. The advertisement showcases the Dubai International Film Festival. Koel Purie plays herself as a presenter on the red carpet and manages to interview the latest Indian movie star who returns from filming in the desert just in time for the festival. The advertisement will be online until the end of June.New services at Tourist Info ViennaLast-minute tickets for 11 venues in the city are now available from the tourist information office on Albertinaplatz in the first district. The Last Minute Ticket Corner, open from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. offers 25-50 percent discounts on tickets for performances later that day. A new tactile map of the first district and map of the city is also available at the Tourist Info Vienna. Printed materials are now available in a choice of 13 languages.Hot deal: Get 60 percent off on 3 nights/4 day holiday in thailand (1 night at four points by sheraton bangkok & 2 nights in siam bayview pattaya). Pay Rs. 16,070 per couple instead of Rs. 40,176). www.vamoose.inIndia’s first in-cab entertainment serviceThe EasyCabs in-cab entertainment service in Mumbai has four categories: Entertainment, Around the World, Fashion and Lifestyle, and Sports and Tech. Content partners include Fox History and Entertainment, NewsX, Times Internet, India Today, TechCrunch TV, Who What Wear and Bollywood Masala. The service, currently available in 40 cars, will soon be expanded to all 500 in Mumbai before being taken to New Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad.New bike-sharing scheme for Miami Beach The DecoBike scheme allows you to insert your credit card and choose a bike, returning it to one of the 100 solar-powered stations dotted around the city. You don’t need to pay another dollar above the membership fee if you return the bike within 30 minutes. A monthly pass costs US$ 15, a one-day access costs US$ 14 and three days will set you back by US$ 30. More details on www.decobike.comWatergate exhibition at Nixon MuseumThe Watergate Gallery, the new permanent exhibition at the Nixon Museum in Yorba Linda, California, chronicles the events of one of the country’s biggest scandals. Admission free. Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; www.nixonlibrary.govKorea’s first visa application centre in IndiaVFS Global will manage Korea’s visa application centre at the International Trade Tower in Nehru Place, New Delhi. Timings: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. from Monday to Friday. Tel: (011) 4109 2834; e-mail: info.korea.in@vfshelpline.comSiyahi’s second literary festival in BhutanThe second edition of Mountain Echoes, a literary festival organised by Siyahi, will be held in Thimphu from May 20-23. The various workshops and talks will cover a range of topics such as oral traditions, fiction, poetry and popular fiction. The list of speakers at this year’s festival includes Gulzar, Imtiaz Ali, David Davidar, Namita Gokhale, Chandrahas Choudhary, Aman Nath, Valmik Thapar, Namita Bhandare and Pushpesh Pant. For special offers on travel, visit www.mountainechoes.orgGoa witnesses spurt in tourist arrivals from Eastern EuropeFor the last several years Goa has seen the highest number of tourist arrivals from UK. This year tells a different story. Goa has recorded a marked rise in tourist from Eastern Europe including countries like Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. Official charter statistics recorded by the tourism department shows a total of 781 charter flights carrying 1,56,541 travellers from 11 international destinations have landed into Goa since the start of the tourist season in October. Of these, 392 flights came from Russia itself as compared to 216 from the UK.Hot deal: Yatra.com’s 7 nights/8 days discover ladakh package starts at Rs. 24,999 per person (twin share). Includes airport transfers, daily breakfast & dinner, and sightseeing. www.yatra.comTV show on France’s wine regionsBBC Entertainment’s new show–Oz & James Big Wine Adventure–features wine expert Oz Clarke Top Gear’s James May. The series captures their travel together for over six weeks, in James’s specially chosen Jaguar XJS, through Bordeaux before heading south through the Languedoc-Roussillon and on to Provence. Premieres May 8; Fridays 8 p.m.Stolen King Tut statue returns to Cairo MuseumA gilded statue of Tutankhamun that was stolen from the Egyptian Museum in January has been returned, along with three other objects. A government news release said that the figure had been slightly damaged, with a part of its crown and pieces of the legs missing, and also that the whole statue would be restored. It was among several dozen objects looted from the museum on January 28, in the midst of the protests in Tahrir Square.New Roman museumLovers of Baroque art and architecture can add one more stop to their Rome travel itinerary: the recently inaugurated Museo Missionario di Propaganda Fide. The new museum has opened in part of the 17th-century Palazzo di Propaganda Fide, a masterpiece of Baroque architecture. Visitors to the museum will have access to halls and chapels in the Palazzo.Titanic memorial cruiseDriven by high demand, organisers of the Titanic Memorial Cruise confirmed that a second historic cruise will set sail to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the disaster. The 8-night charter voyage–now open for booking–will depart on April 10, 2012. Prices start at 2,911 per person. Visit www.titanicmemorial cruise.com for details.  Aviation  Lufthansa to fly A380 to MiamiThe German carrier will operate its daily Frankfurt-Miami route with an A380 aircraft from June 10, replacing the B747 currently serving the US city. Miami will be the sixth Lufthansa destination to be served by the superjumbo, and the third US city after New York and San Francisco. From April 10, Lufthansa will also increase the number of A380 flights between Frankfurt and Beijing from three-times weekly to daily.Hot deal: Kenilworth beach resort & spa goa offers 3 nights/ 4 days from Rs. 24,000. with meals, beverages & sightseeing. valid till may 31. Tel: (0832) 669 8888Air France’s premium economy service now in DelhiThe Premium Voyageur, located between business and economy cabins, is now available on all Air France flights departing from Delhi. The cabin offers 40 percent additional space compared with Economy Class, with an average of 21 Premium Voyageur seats available over a surface area which used to occupy 40 Economy seats. The cabin has reclining shell seats. The baggage allowance is more than in Economy and there are priority check-in desks and baggage delivery at the airport for Premium Voyageur flyers.Delhi-Manila flights from Philippines AirlinesPhilippine Airlines is now operating six flights a week from New Delhi to Manila. Flight PR759 departs Delhi on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 3 a.m. and reaches Manila at 12 noon (local time), while one-stop flight PR753 via Bangkok leaves New Delhi on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 2.45 a.m and reaches Bangkok at 8.25 a.m. and Manila at 1.50 p.m. the same day.Singapore Airlines flies to Brazil The Southeast Asian carrier’s new service connects Singapore to Sao Paulo via Barcelona. The Brazilian city is Singapore Airlines’ first destination in South America, which has become the sixth continent in its route network. It will operate three flights a week on this route.Qantas starts paid seat selectionInternational economy passengers flying with Qantas can now choose their seats in advance online, for a fee of A$ 20 (Rs. 920 approx) per flight. The Australian carrier is not levying the fee for business or premium economy passengers. It will not charge the fee for domestic flights, nor for higher tier members of its own loyalty scheme.Mobile check-in on United’s int’l routesThose flying outside the US with United can now check-in online through web-enabled mobile device 24-hours prior to departure. Mobile boarding passes will initially be available for flights departing from London, Munich, Amsterdam, Brussels, Geneva, Zurich, Moscow and Osaka, with plans to extend the service in the coming months to Frankfurt, Tokyo and Hong Kong.  Trade  Europe’s first Hyatt Place hotel to open in 2013 The first Hyatt Place property in Europe will be a 330-room hotel located close to Amsterdam Schiphol airport. The brand is currently only available in the US, where there over 160 properties, although there are 30 Hyatt Place hotels currently under development in the US, India, Panama and Costa Rica. Hyatt Place Amsterdam Airport will be located close to the A4/A5 motorway, which connects The Hague, Rotterdam and Amsterdam, and around 12 km from Amsterdam’s RAI exhibition and congress centre.Yatra.com starts cash-on-delivery serviceYatra’s new Cash on Delivery (COD) service enables you to pay cash against travel bookings. The COD payment option is available for international air, domestic and international holiday bookings. A Yatra.com representative will visit you to collect the cash, following which e-tickets/package vouchers will be sent. This service is currently available in Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Pune and Chennai.Hot deal: Get 6 nights/ 7 days in turkey for Rs. 93,899 onwards (twin share). includes return airfare, accommodation, visa, breakfast & some meals, sightseeing & airport taxes. valid till october 31. www.makemytrip.comiPad version of Vienna Hotels magazineYou can now read the magazine of the Vienna International Hotels & Resorts, a group with 34 hotels across Europe, as a free app for the iPad. The current spring issue can be downloaded for free from the iPad App Store. The version has slideshows and videos. An innovative language option allows you to switch between the German and English editions: if you hold the iPad in portrait orientation, the text is in German; turning it to landscape position switches to English. Downloads are available at the iPad App Store and at www.vi-magazin.comLeela chairman felicitated The second edition of The Maharashtra Economic Summit conferred Capt. C.P. Krishnan Nair, chairman of The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, with the Y.B. Chavan Memorial Awards for Excellence in Hospitality, in Mumbai last month. The award is in recognition of Capt. Nair’s business practices, leadership qualities and for raising the bar of the hospitality industry with his achievements.Eurostar unveils new logoThe European rail operator has unveiled a brand new logo as it gears up for the launch of new trains this year. Eurostar will also refurbish its current fleet next year, and has introduced new menus for Business Premier class. It will also launch mobile apps for iPhone and Android users, and you will soon be able to book taxis while on board a Eurostar service.W Hotels to debut in IndiaStarwood’s first W hotel in India will be at the forthcoming Namaste Tower in Mumbai’s Lower Parel. W Mumbai is scheduled to open in 2015. Other Starwood hotels set to open this year in India include Le Mzridien Coimbatore, and the Sheraton Bangalore Hotel at Brigade Gateway, next to the World Trade Centre.  Business  New Lufthansa First ClassThe German carrier will revamp its existing fleet of B747-400s by November. Although there will be no significant changes to business and economy classes, the revamped first class window seats will be converted into full-length, lie-flat beds over two metres in length. The cabin will also have sound-absorbing curtains and sound-deadening insulation beneath the carpet. The revamp means the number of seats on the B747-400’s upper deck will be reduced from 16 to eight. Seating will be configured 1-1 with the bed positioned alongside the window.Rolls-Royce Phantom at Mandarin Oriental Dhara DheviThe Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai, is now offering the use of a brand new Rolls-Royce Phantom. The THB 48 million (roughly US$ 1.6 million) Rolls-Royce Phantom is available for airport pick up at THB 4,500 (Rs. 7,000 approx) one way and THB 8,000 (Rs. 12,000 approx) round trip. It can also be rented chauffeur-driven on an hourly basis for THB 12,000 (Rs. 18,000 approx) per hour or for the whole day (10 hours) for THB 80,000 (Rs. 1.2 lakh); www.mandarinoriental.comHot deal: Get 3 nights/ 4 days in kenya for Rs. 64,500 onwards. includes return airfare, accommodation, meals, park entrance fees, game drives, and services of a guide. valid till june 30. http://india.arzoo.comAccor launches smartphone applicationAccor’s new application for BlackBerry and Samsung Bada smartphones provides access to 3,000-plus hotels through its website (www.accorhotels.com). You can search according to predefined criteria, such as location and date and refine your search. Member of the AClub loyalty programme can enter card number and earn points with every booking made from a smartphone.Airside bedrooms at HeathrowUK’s independent air lounge operator No.1 Traveller is to open its latest airport lounge in Heathrow Terminal 3 this August, complete with bedrooms with ensuite showers. The lounge will be the first paid-for facility to offer airside accommodation at Heathrow. You pay a minimum of 25 for stays of up to three hours lounge access. Stays cannot exceed six hours and Priority Pass, Airport Angel, Diners Club, TTT MoneyCorp and WEXAS loyalty members can enter for free.iPad app from Priority PassThe worldwide airport lounge programme has launched an iPad application and enhanced its iPhone application. Both apps contain a ‘Find Nearest Lounge’ tool with GPS, and those who like to plan ahead can use a fast off-line search for lounges at any airport.Cathay reopens The Wing lounge at HKThe airline’s renovated premium signature lounge has 26 workstations with printers. It also offers a more extensive buffet. The Wing is open to First and Business class passengers as well as to its loyalty programme members.advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

BJP launches agitation against govt action on Ramdev

first_imgBJP on Sunday launched a nationwide 24-hour-long agitation against police crackdown on Ramdev supporters and corruption even as it asked the government to bring back black money parked abroad.Several BJP leaders led by party president Nitin Gadkari and Parliamentary Party Chairman L K Advani reached Rajghat amid a massive police bandobast to launch the ‘satyagraha’.The decision to hold the agitation was taken at a meeting of the BJP’s national office-bearers here.”The agitation is against the atrocities committed against Ramdev and his supporters and against corruption. We had been raising the issue of bringing back black money. Now we want an affirmative action,” BJP leader Ananth Kumar told reporters.He dubbed the crackdown as an effort of the government to hide its “misdeeds” on corruption.At Rajghat, several party leaders launched an attack on the UPA government, accusing it of violating democratic norms in breaking the yoga guru’s fast.They equated last night’s police action with Jallianwala Bagh incident in which several unarmed people were killed in firing.Terming the police action on “peaceful and unarmed” people at Baba Ramdev’s hunger strike venue as a “shameful” chapter in India’s democracy, BJP earlier today accused Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi of ordering the crackdown.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

CAG picks holes in awarding of Games contracts

first_imgThe CAG report on the 2010 Commonwealth Games, which is yet to be tabled in Parliament, indicts the Delhi government for irregularities in the development of infrastructure ahead of the sporting extravaganza. The state had worked on at least 25 roads and bridge-related projects, of which 17 were completed before the Games.The government auditor has focused on seven projects for a detailed review. Of these Rs 2,239-crore projects, six were implemented by the PWD, which is under the Delhi government, and one by the DDA, which is headed by L-G Tejinder Khanna. The CAG points out the bloated contractor’s profit and overhead (CPOH) charges of 37.5 per cent for the projects instead of the CPWD-stipulated 15 per cent.The hiked CPOH led to a higher baseline cost for bidders and indirect loss to the exchequer. In a clear indication that tenders and bids were botched to favour particular contractors, the CAG found that the PWD accepted tender documents which had an extensive use of correction fluids, cuttings and corrections.The report says the PWD not just accepted overwritten, corrected bids but also in at least three instances, the department – which is led by Sheila Dikshit’s close aide Raj Kumar Chauhan – admitted bids on random papers instead of government-approved formats. The Barapullah Nallah flyover project was singled out by the auditors for discrepancies.Bids accepted from the DSC Limited were filed on separate letters instead of formal bidding documents, the report said. The flyover contract was awarded to DSC for packages worth Rs 218.79 crore and Rs 214.92 crore. In another instance, the firm was awarded work for being the lowest bidder for the UP Link Road project. In this case too, the tender was submitted through separate letters instead of the prescribed format.advertisementIt couldn’t be ascertained if these papers had been placed in the file later. The bid for the Ring Road bypass project was also manipulated, as is evident from the corrections in the bid. The exchequer lost Rs 6.23 crore in the process. Causing a loss of another Rs 35 lakh, underweight reinforced steel bars were used on the Ring Road bypass. The government lost an extra Rs 1.1 crore due to post-tender changes in construction of the grade separator at the ISBT Anand Vihar crossing.The auditor also faulted the government with accepting the suspension model for the foot overbridge near the JLN Stadium that collapsed days before the Games. The report pointed out that though the PWD had no experience in such a construction, it went ahead with the design, Even the consultancy offered by the contracted firms and lackadaisical supervision is said to have led to losses.The wrong assessments made by the Delhi government departments are said to have caused losses of at least Rs 3.55 crore.last_img read more