Panaji: Goa’s biggest Hindu folk festival, Shigmo, will begin on March 14 and will continue in various rural areas over a fortnight. Different days have been earmarked for celebrations in different parts of the State.The festival has become an important annual event on the State’s tourism calendar. A statement issued by the State Tourism Department said thousands of tourists are expected to visit, to witness the spectacular Shigmo parades.The float parades will begin at Ponda, Central Goa, on March 14. Panaji will witness these parades on March 18. The floats are elaborately built and depict scenes from mythologies. The parades consist of traditional folk and street dancers, dancing on the tunes of Dhol tashas, flutes, and other instruments played in the processions across.The festival also depicts the Goan life in traditional folk dances like Ghode Modni, Goff, and Fugdi, performed in troupes along the procession, passing through the streets that are lit up with colourful décor.It was traditionally celebrated as the homecoming of the warriors who had left their homes and families at the end of Dusshera to fight invaders.Pandurang Phaldesai, former member secretary of the State-owned Goa Kala Academy, and an expert on the State’s folk music and dances, said the word Shigmo has its roots in Prakrit word Sugimaho (meaning post-harvest celebration).Mr. Phaldesai said, “The festival marks celebration of harvesting of crop and also coincides with Holi.” read more

first_imgRead Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight PLAY LIST 00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight00:50Trending 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 “If it’s just striking, I’ll be able to keep up with him. But I’m sure that if we face off against each other, he will bring the fight to the ground, so it’s really my ground game that I have to improve on,” he said.If a title shot comes his way, he knows that he has to make a huge sacrifice of skipping one semester in his hotel and restaurant management course at the University of the Cordilleras.“Maybe, I’ll stop for one semester so that I can train well. I will really pursue that and prepare well in our trainings.” View comments “I’m not thinking about it yet,” he said. “For me, I want more fights to gain more experience. I want to face the elites and prove myself.”Pacio, who improved to 14-2, name-checked Japanese contenders Yoshitaka Naito and Hayato Suzuki, the only two fighters who have beaten hi, as his next targets to gauge his real progress.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I want to face them again and see if I’ve already improved,” he said.Joshua Pacio doesn’t want to face ONE Strawweight Champion Alex Silva just yet as he seeks a rematch against Hayato Suzuki and Yoshitaka Naito — his lone defeats in his 14-2 record. @ONEChampionship pic.twitter.com/TZyHiN7jUB — Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) January 26, 2018Pacio, though, said he won’t hesitate if ONE decides to pit him against reigning ONE Strawweight Champion Alex Silva in his next fight.“If ONE decides that I’m worthy of a title shot, I’m still very willing,” said Pacio, who could join the ranks of Honorio Banario, Eduard Folayang, and Geje Eustaquio as members of Team Lakay to hold a title in the promotion.Pacio is confident that if he does get the nod to challenge Silva, he’s capable of holding his own against the champion.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ Photo from ONE ChampionshipCareful not to get ahead of himself in his chase for glory, Joshua Pacio wants to first test his mettle against the weight class’ top contenders  before being primed for a title shot.The 22-year-old fighter was victorious over Lan Ming Qiang in their strawweight clash in the co-main event of ONE: Global Superheroes on Friday at Mall of Asia Arena, but he admitted a championship shot is the least of his concerns at he moment.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Bittersweet as Cousins injures Achilles in Pelicans’ victory over Rocketslast_img read more

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) and Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet (23) celebrate defeating the Indiana Pacers in an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — After seven straight wins, Victor Oladipo and the Indiana Pacers suddenly are having trouble finishing.Fred VanVleet hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 25 seconds left and the Toronto Raptors rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat the Pacers 99-96 on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Utah Jazz turn to defense to take down Golden State Warriors VanVleet said he’s never afraid to shoot, even when he starts 1 for 12 from the field, as he did Wednesday.“If you don’t want me to shoot, then I’ll be on the bench,” he said.BACK-TO-BACKIndiana lost on the second night of a back-to-back for the first time this season. The Pacers came in 5-0 in such games.TIP-INSPacers: Indiana has lost 13 of the last 16 regular-season meetings with Toronto. … Thaddeus Young scored 11 points.Raptors: C Jonas Valanciunas (left thumb) missed his third straight game. Valanciunas had surgery Dec. 12 and is expected to miss four weeks. … The Raptors played the first of six straight games against Eastern Conference opponents. … Powell suffered a split lip in a collision with Sabonis in the first, but returned. He scored two points in 15 minutes.UP NEXTPacers: Visit Brooklyn on Friday night.Raptors: Host Cleveland on Friday night. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion One night after he missed a pair of free throws in the final 10 seconds and Indiana surrendered a tip-in at the buzzer in a 92-91 loss to lowly Cleveland that ended a season-long winning streak, Oladipo and the Pacers stumbled again.Oladipo turned the ball over twice in the final minute Wednesday — once when he failed to get across mid-court within eight seconds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“I made a mistake, I guess,” a downcast Oladipo said. “I can’t do nothing about it now except learn from it.”Kawhi Leonard scored 28 points, Pascal Siakam had 17 and Greg Monroe 13 as Toronto snapped a two-game losing streak. The Raptors, who have the best record in the NBA at 24-9, avoided their second three-game slump of the season. Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’center_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? “Tonight their pressure bothered us,” McMillan said. “Just poor execution down the stretch.”Bojan Bogdanovic scored 18 points, Myles Turner had 10 points and 14 rebounds and Domantas Sabonis had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Indiana.Toronto shot 4 for 22 from 3-point range through the first three quarters, but made 3 of 8 in the fourth to avoid a season-worst performance from long range.“It takes a lot of energy to play that bad then that good at the end,” VanVleet said. “It was a roller coaster of emotions and energy and effort.”The short-handed Raptors were without starting point guard Kyle Lowry, who missed his third straight game because of a sore left thigh, and center Serge Ibaka, who was inactive because of a sore right knee. VanVleet and Siakam returned to the starting lineup after missing Sunday’s loss at Denver because of back soreness. Forward Norman Powell returned after a 21-game absence caused by a left shoulder injury.Toronto trailed 88-75 less than two minutes into the fourth, but battled back to tie it 92-all on Siakam’s driving layup at 4:12.Oladipo restored Indiana’s lead with a jump shot at 1:36, but VanVleet’s long 3-pointer with 25 seconds to go put Toronto up one, 97-96.With Indiana looking for a potential winning basket, Toronto’s Danny Green forced Oladipo into a jump ball with less than three seconds remaining. The Raptors recovered the ball and Green sealed it with a pair of free throws.Indiana led 58-50 at halftime and was ahead 85-75 after three.NO FEAR MOST READ TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening “We did a good job of sticking in there and keeping our heads up” Leonard said.VanVleet scored nine of his 11 points in the final quarter as Toronto won its 10th straight home meeting with the Pacers. Indiana has not won in Toronto since March 1, 2013.Oladipo scored 20 points for the Pacers, who made only 5 of 18 shots in the fourth, scoring 11 points.“Everything just went their way,” Oladipo said.Pacers coach Nate McMillan said turnovers were to blame for his team’s late collapse. Indiana finished with 23 turnovers, including six by Oladipo and five from fellow guard Darren Collison.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño View commentslast_img read more

first_imgFaheem Ruhani’s rating: Untitled Document Tweets about “#marykom”Movie VideosIn conversation with the cast of Mary KomWe caught up with Priyanka Chopra who’s awaiting the release of her next Mary Kom to find out about her experience while shooting for the film.PhotosPriyanka Chopra launches ‘Mary Kom doll’ in New DelhiPriyanka Chopra, who is garnering praises for her power packed performance in her upcoming film Mary Kom, visited the capital to launch the ‘Mary Kom’ doll as part of the film’s promotion.Last year the biopic on legendary sprinter Milkha Singh, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag made everyone a more aware than what they already knew about the sportsman. Today, art director Omung Kumar in his directorial debut captures the life of five times world champion boxer Mary Kom on celluloid. No doubt, both the sports personalities have had fascinating stories which needed to be told.Mary Kom’s story is very unusual because she fought her circumstances, gender bias and a certain regional bias to be at the top of a sport which is still looked upon as male sport in the country.Director Kumar and his writer Saiwyn Quadras attempt to weave a gripping tale of a young girl from a remote village Kangathei in Manipur and how she achieves the remarkable feat of becoming five-time world boxing champion. Not all of the yarn that is spun is seamless. Yet, this two-hour-three-minutes film which talks about achieving your goals under insurmountable difficulties has moments which will pull at your heart strings.advertisementMary’s struggle to reach the top of her game in the face of parental opposition and against all odds is an extraordinary story, which begged to be told on celluloid. Her persevering attitude and the will to fight under any circumstances, even after she got married and was a mother of two twins is a tale of courage and determination. Sprinkle this with a slight personal conflict with her newly married husband Onler (Darshan Kumar). Add to it her struggle to achieve a balance in her personal and professional life even in the wake of her boxing coach (Sunil Thapa) who almost stopped talking to her, the film had everything that a gripping film script should have.Koel Purie’s review | Rohit Khilnani’s review | Suhani Singh’s review | Saurabh Dwivedi’s review Unfortunately, it is all marred by a script which took the convenient route, embellished it with cliches and preferred to tell it in simplistic manner. The film just does not have the gravitas of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. For the most part, it is trying to hard to be a motivational story of one of country’s most inspiring sportsman. Agreed that encapsulating the life of Mary Kom is not as easy task but the first half of the story is told in such a random way, that you fail to get moved by it. It is only in the second half when Mary has to make the decision of returning to the ring that the film gains intense momentum. Till then it feels like a story which was being told all over the place.Things move on too hurriedly in the first half. You do not really get absorbed in the early parts of her life. It remains a bit sketchy and there are too many melodramatic moments like where Mary’s father throws away her boxing gloves into burning coal. Then there are outright stupid moments where Priyanka is shown thanking her husband for rubbing Iodex on her shoulders. Most of us burst out laughing at this silly in-brand advertising gimmick. At another instance Mary is having Havmor ice-cream and eating gol gappas, calling it health food.Then there is the evil Boxing Federation which is only there to create obstacles in the path of Mary Kom. The boxing matches themselves are not able to build the tension that you are supposed to feel when an important match is being fought. Case in point being Chak De! India or the recent Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.Yet what binds this doddering film together is Priyanka’s sincere performance and the effort she puts into it. Of course she does not get the body language or the accent right all the time. Like for instance, when she signs an autograph in a local bus, she appears more like her character in Fashion signing the autograph than Mary Kom. Still, Priyanka completely sinks her teeth into this role and makes it watchable for the most part.  Not much can be said about the other supporting actors. However, actor Darhan Kumar lends able support in this biopic.advertisementIn a better filmmaker’s hand Mary Kom would have been a better film. Right now it remains a Priyanka Chopra film.last_img read more

first_imgChampions Bayern Munich outclassed title rivals Borussia Dortmund 3-1 away on Saturday to go four points clear at the top of the Bundesliga and stretch their perfect run under coach Jupp Heynckes to seven straight victories in all competitions.Arjen Robben’s superb left-footed effort put them ahead in the 17th minute and forward Robert Lewandowski added a second when he flicked in with a back heel for his 11th of the season.David Alaba’s intended cross ended up in the back of the net in the 67th minute to seal the win before Marc Bartra grabbed a late consolation goal.Bayern’s victory was their seventh straight in all competitions since Heynckes took over last month following the departure of Carlo Ancelotti, while Dortmund are in complete free fall, suffering their third loss in their last four league games.What a game! ???Enjoy #BVBFCB once more with our photo gallery ???? https://t.co/bU919LHoMw pic.twitter.com/Stg6AJXmSE- FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) November 5, 2017Bayern, five points behind Dortmund only three weeks ago, are now top on 26 points, with RB Leipzig, 2-1 winners against Hanover 96, second on 22. Dortmund, who had won six of their first seven league matches, drop to third on 20.”What an outstanding performances,” Heynckes, who had led Bayern to a treble of titles in 2013, told reporters. “Four weeks ago we could never have imagined that we would now be six points ahead of Dortmund and four of Leipzig.””This is something we worked on hard. I want to pay my compliments to the team. They were 100 percent motivated. We really wanted to win this.”The match lived up to its top Bundesliga billing with an entertaining first half and with Bayern gradually taking control.advertisementThey constantly worked their way into the box and Dortmund’s Bartra was no match for speedy winger Kingsley Coman, who left the Spaniard in his wake.Robben completed a fine move with a trademark shot to become Bayern’s all-time top foreign scorer with his 93rd league goal.Slideshow (7 Images)The hosts should have scored but were again let down by their bad finishing as Andriy Yarmolenko failed to convert when one-on-one with Bayern keeper Sven Ulreich and Shinji Kagawa scraped the post with a shot a little later.Instead it was Bayern who struck again with Lewandowski flicking in a Joshua Kimmich cutback in the 37th and Alaba’s cross floating past the Poland striker and keeper Roman Buerki into the net.Bartra’s 87th minute goal was purely cosmetic, with pressure on Dortmund coach Peter Bosz now mounting considerably.Sleep well, #FCBayern fans? ???Have a great Sunday! ??? #MiaSanMia pic.twitter.com/9Kz4htSxlj- FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) November 5, 2017Forward Timo Werner set up a goal and scored a late winner himself as Leipzig battled from a goal down against Hanover.Germany international Werner set up Yussuf Poulsen for a 70th-minute equaliser after Hanover’s Jonathas had tapped in and then snatched an 85th-minute winner for his sixth goal of the season.Hamburg SV beat 10-man VfB Stuttgart 3-1 for their first victory since the second matchday to move out of the relegation spots and into 15th on 10 points.last_img read more

first_imgSAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Mihaela Buzarnescu rallied past fourth-seeded Elise Mertens 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 on Saturday to set up a finals showdown against Maria Sakkari at the Silicon Valley Classic.Fifth-seeded Buzarnescu got her third three-set victory of the tournament, ensuring she’ll climb to at least No. 21 in the WTA rankings when they’re released Monday. If she beats Sakkari in the final Sunday, she could improve to No. 20.Sakkari was down a set and a double break against Danielle Collins before charging back to win 3-6, 7-5, 6-2. Sakkari had yet to drop a set in the tournament before the match. She closed out Collins by winning the final six points.Maria Sakkari, of Greece, reacts after losing a point to Danielle Collins, of the United States, during the semifinals of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic tennis tournament in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, August 4, 2018. Sakkari won 3-6, 7-5, 6-2. (AP Photo/John Hefti)Maria Sakkari, of Greece, reacts after defeating Danielle Collins, of the United States, during the semifinals of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic tennis tournament in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018. Sakkari won 3-6, 7-5, 6-2. (AP Photo/John Hefti)CORRECTS SCORE TO 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 NOT 6-4, 3-6, 1-6 Mihaela Buzarnescu, of Romania, returns to Elise Mertens, of Belgium, during the semifinals of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic tennis tournament in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018. Buzarnescu won 4-6, 6-3, 6-1. (AP Photo/John Hefti)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgSaina Nehwal had become the only woman to reach eight consecutive BWF World Championship quarter-finals, but all that meant nothing as she faced Olympic gold-medalist Coralina Marin in the women’s singles quarter-final on Friday.Nehwal lost to Spaniard Marin 6-21 11-21 in just over 30 minutes to crash out of 2018 Badminton World Championships at Nanjing in China.Marin dismantled Saina with consummate ease as the Spaniard stamped her authority on the match, parading the court and screaming her heart out after winning every point.”Her movement was very quick today. She was moving so fast and covering the court very quickly. The kind of shots that she played, it seemed like she was suddenly very fast. Also I had a late match yesterday so to face someone so quick was difficult. I didn’t understand what to do, she never gave me a chance to play my game,” Saina told reporters.Saina Nehwal vs Carolina Marin: MATCH HIGHLIGHTSEnd of road!@NSaina narrowly miss out on a third World Championship medal after losing to Carolina Marin 6-21,11-21 in the quarters clash of the #WorldChampionship2018. Tough luck champ. Keep focused for the upcoming Asian Games! #IndiaontheRiseVideo Courtesy: @PBLIndiaLive pic.twitter.com/t0EFR15360BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 3, 2018Marin said: “I’m doing well since first day. I was in control today. I’m the fastest in the world, it is my strength and I have to keep doing it. I am happy to reach the semifinal. The favouite player (Tai Tzu Ying) to win the tournament lost today, so ll try to give best tomorrow against China’s He Bingjiao.”advertisementMarin played a perfect game to bamboozle Saina in the opening game. The left handed shuttler took just 12 minutes to race away with the game after earning 14 game points when Saina failed to retrieve a shot. The Spaniard closed it with a smash from close to the net.Saina showed better fight in the early stages of the second game but Marin managed an 11-8 advantage at the break. The Spaniard stifled Saina with her stroke play and placement to surge ahead.Marin gained 10 match points when Saina found the net and the Spaniard closed the match when the Indian went long again.Marin defeated Nehwal for the fifth time in her career to set up a mouth-watering semi-final clash against China’s Bingjiao He. Bingjiao has earlier in the day upset world no.1 Tzu Ying Tai 21-18 7-21 21-13 in the women’s singles quarter-finals.Another giant killing here in Nanjing #TOTALBADMINTON #TOTALBWFWC2018 pic.twitter.com/0Nz4AAR8JNBWF (@bwfmedia) August 3, 2018Meanwhile the mixed-doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponappa also crashed out in the quarter-finals after losing to China’s Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong 17-21 10-21.Later in the day, PV Sindhu, B Sai Praneeth will play in their respective quarter-finals. Sindhu will face defending champion Nozomi Okuhara of Japan, while Praneeth is slated to face Kento Momota also of Japan.Sindhu had defeated South Korean ninth seed Sung ji Hyun 21-10, 21-18 in 42 minutes to book her place, while world No.26 B. Sai Praneeth defeated Hans-Kristian Vittinghus of Denmark 21-13, 21-11 in 39 minutes.Chen Yufei will take on Akane Yamaguchi in the other women’s singles quarter-final.(With inputs form PTI)last_img read more

first_imgDon’t look now but Josh Cooper is making a nice run at some pretty illustrious Oklahoma State receiving records.I didn’t include all the people ahead of him in receiving yards, just the ones you’d heard of, but he has a pretty decent shot at moving up to 8th all-time behind Adarius Bowman (2,187 yards) and Hermann Eben (1,973) who, again I didn’t include because nobody knows who he is.In terms of receptions – he’s going to pass Bowman (maybe this weekend), he’s most likely going to pass Dez, and even has a decent shot at D’Juan. All he needs to do is average 5.5 catches the rest of the way and he’s averaging 5.38 since the beginning of last year.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

first_imgGary Medel has backed Lionel Messi following their red-card altercation on Saturday night.The incident occurred during the Copa America third-place play-off between Messi’s Argentina and Medel’s Chile, and saw both players receive their marching orders.The pair confronted each other after the ball ran behind for a Chile goal-kick in the 37th minute, with Medel certainly the aggressor in the situation, as he repeatedly pushed his head and chest towards the Barcelona man. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare However, despite the protracted complaints from Messi and his team-mates, La Albiceleste were reduced to 10 men near the end of the first half.Messi was clearly still furious with referee Mario Diaz de Vivar’s decision after the game and refused to emerge for the post-match medal presentation.He even suggested the Copa America was ‘corrupt’ and that referee decisions had favoured hosts Brazil’s during the competition.”There is no doubt, the whole thing is set up for Brazil,” Messi said on Saturday evening.”I did not want to be part of this corruption, we shouldn’t have to be part of this disrespect we suffered during the Copa America.”We could have gone further but we weren’t allowed into the final. Corruption, referees and all the rest stopped people from enjoying the football,” he added.Medel also offered his views on the red card after the match and concurred with Messi that the 32-year-old had been harshly treated with the dismissal.“I agree with Messi, didn’t even think we’d get a yellow for it,” the Besiktas man told La Nacion. “There were a few shoves but that was it. The referee could’ve handled that a lot better.”The controversial match finished 2-1 in favour of Argentina, thanks to first-half goals from Sergio Aguero and Paulo Dybala, which cancelled out Arturo Vidal’s penalty for Chile in the 59th minute.The disappointing tournament means Argentina’s long wait for a major honour continues, and has now stretched to 26 years since they claimed winners’ medals at the 1993 Copa America.Lionel Scaloni’s side will have another chance to win the South American competition next year, when they co-host the event with Colombia, and it could well offer Messi his last opportunity to lift silverware on the international stage.last_img read more

first_imgBe the Daniel Boone of 2017, only with more whiskey and less wagons.The newest in boutique boarding, Hotel Indigo Denver opens to guests of the Mile High city on January 20, in the heart of lower Denver (LoDO).Only blocks away from the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Larimer Square, Coors Field, the Colorado Convention Center, and RiNo Arts District, the hotel of 180 guest rooms is primed for the urban pioneer who isn’t looking for the cookie-cutter experience. Why go boutique? The charm, mon cherie. And yet, while Hotel Indigo maintains a quaint intimacy for its guests, it skips the sometimes dusty and old fixtures that characterize other boutiques.We went weak at the knees for its LEED-Certified design, devised by internationally recognized architectural and engineering firm John Portman & Associates. The hotel’s multi-faceted façade of stacked elements, including transparent glass on the ground floor, perforated metal screening and floor-to-ceiling glazing is uniquely modern, yet fossilized. It’s as if we are the new-age explorers taking the place of frontiersman Daniel Boone (he’s the folk legend that settled Kentucky).Complimenting this aesthetic, the artwork evokes memories of the Colorado gold rush while murals depict the jagged Rocky Mountains and Front Range. In our opinion, Hotel Indigo goes just far enough into the nostalgia of heritage Colorado, while giving us our new-age vices like high-speed Wifi, classic rock and rhythm & blues lobby music, plus walking access to the best men’s shops and more than 100 microbreweries.And in the style of our explorer forefathers who traveled through the ranges horseback, Hotel Indigo wants your dog to be a part of the adventure. The hotel is completely pet-friendly, offering treats and even a canine cocktail hour and walking service. As for wetting your own whistle, the rustic Hearth & Dram restaurant located in the hotel brings wood-fired cuisine and a whiskey-centric program. Editors’ Recommendations What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable The Best CBD Oil and Skincare Creams for Managing Pain Think Outside the Box on Memorial Day and Try This Chili-Lime Grasshopper Recipe center_img In place of a stale concierge, the Indigo is littered with local experts, like a “RiNo Guru,” the “Theatre Smarty Pants,” the “Bowling Master.” And lastly for the fit-minded traveler, there’s a 24-hour fitness studio with free weights, TVs for the morning news, and locker room showers.“The hotel was designed with a Millennial mindset to appeal to business and leisure travelers of all demographics who seek the charm of a boutique property combined with the branded excellence to be found in all InterContinental Hotels Group hotels,” says Design Director Gordon Beckman.So leave behind civilization as you know it for an adventure in the Wild West, swapping weeks in a wagon with hardwood floors, polished concrete ceilings, interior sliding barn doors, oversized beds, and spa-inspired showers with complimentary Aveda products.Photos courtesy Hotel Indigo, Hearth & Dram The Best Things to Do in Tokyo if You’re Traveling Solo Spectacular Failures Tells the Story of Businesses That Went Very, Very Wrong last_img read more

first_imgCAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 A 2.5 kilometre section of Highway 125, near Coxheath Road, willbe closed between 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 8 while atemporary bridge is installed. A detour will be available via Keltic Drive (Route 305) andtraffic control persons will be in place. -30- Local Area Office: 902-563-2526 Fax: 902-563-2517last_img

first_imgThe Department of Health has begun searching for a new way todispose of Nova Scotia’s biomedical waste. The department invited contractors today, Feb. 1, to submitproposals on the best and safest way to proceed. “We will look at all options that come through the tenderingprocess,” said Health Minister Angus MacIsaac. “I’m confident wewill find a solution that is best for Nova Scotia and that willmeet all environmental standards.” Currently, Nova Scotia generates about 2 million kilograms ofbiomedical waste, most of which is plastic. It is now transportedto Cape Breton to an incinerator where it is destroyed. Thatcontract for services expires at the end of the year. Contractors have until Feb. 17 to respond to the call forexpressions of interest for a new contract to dispose of thewaste. A selection committee will then decide on a short-list ofpotential candidates. The successful proposal must undergo acomprehensive environmental assessment conducted by theDepartment of Environment and Labour.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: A massive blast occurred at a primary health centre building on Thursday in West Bengal’s Birbhum district but there was no report of any casualty, police said. Preliminary police investigation pointed to a suspected stockpile of explosives in the house, which blew up. The severity of the blast was such that the roof and wall of one side of the building at Labhpur were blown away. Two rooms were reduced to rubble. “The building of Dwarka health centre was blown off due to an explosion around 2.45 a.m. We are at the spot investigating the matter and there is no report of any injury or casualty,” an officer of Labhpur police station said. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers An employee of the health centre said they were lucky that the incident occurred at night but there is an atmosphere of fear all around. Incidentally, the health centre is barely a few metres away from the police station. Trinamool Congress supporters staged an angry demonstration, accusing the police of arriving at the spot eight hours of the incident. On June 29, another explosion inside the club building at Mollarpur had blown away the walls and damaged some of the houses in the vicinity. A local BJP leader said that there should be proper investigation of these blasts, while Trinamool Congress members feel that the BJP is responsible. “We want the NIA to investigate, not just the police or CID of West Bengal Police,” the BJP leader said.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Former finance minister P Chidambaram asked for “helping” his son Karti’s business and make overseas remittances in lieu of granting FIPB approval to INX Media, Indrani Mukerjea had told investigators probing the money laundering and corruption case related to the media firm.Mukerjea recorded her statement under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and said she and her husband Peter Mukerjea met Chidambaram at his office in Delhi’s North Block. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsBoth P Chidambaram and his son Karti have denied the allegations.”Peter started the conversation with Mr P Chidambaram referring to the application of INX Media for bringing in FDI and handed copy of the application to Mr P Chidambaram.”After having understood the issue, Mr P Chidambaram told Peter to help his son Karti in his business and make possible overseas remittances in lieu of FIPB approval,” Indrani said in her statement to the Enforcement Directorate (ED). Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe Mukerjeas were the promoters of the INX Media group and are facing charges of allegedly killing their daughter Sheena Bora.In 2008, Indrani said in the statement seen by PTI, when they came to know that there were alleged irregularities in the FIPB approval request, Peter decided that they should approach P Chidambaram to “resolve” these issues.”Peter said that the alleged violations can be regularised with Karti P Chidambaram’s help and advice to resolve these issues related to FIPB,” she said. She added that the couple then met Karti in a hotel in Delhi.”Karti knew about the issue and asked if 1 million US dollars could be transferred into an overseas account either owned by him or his associates in order to sort out the matter. When Peter said that the overseas transfer will not be possible, Karti suggested the names of 2 companies, Chess Management and Advantage Strategic as alternatives to make the desired payments into their accounts and that they will present themselves as consultants to INX Media Pvt Ltd,” she said.Indrani, however, added in her statement that these payments were “handled” by Peter and that she did not know as to how much money was paid for “addressing” the senior Chidambaram’s interest of helping his son.Indrani added that the Group Director (Legal and Regulatory Affairs) of the INX group “interacted” with Karti’s company Chess Management for the FIPB related manner and “to the best of her knowledge” another firm linked to Karti, Advantage Strategic Consulting Pvt Ltd (ASCPL), never rendered any services to INX Media Pvt Ltd.The ED probe had found that INX Media paid about Rs 9.96 lakh to ASCPL through a cheque in 2008 and this, the agency alleges, was a quid pro quo amount for grating the FIPB approval to the INX Media.In his statement, Peter Mukerjea told ED investigators that he met the senior Chidambaram two or three times and on each occasion the meetings were courtesy calls to explain the transition of their media business.However, he added that he met Chidamabram also “to ensure that there was no hold up or delay in their application and Chidambaram asked for his son’s business interests to be kept in mind, if any opportunity arose and for making overseas payments”.He said in his statement that he along with his wife “met Karti along with another person at Hyatt Delhi”.”The issue at hand was to regularise the over-invested amount as FDI,” Peter said.He added that he met Karti to “work this out” and get fresh FIPB approvals. Karti in turn, he stated, demanded USD 1 million and when he was informed that this was not possible, he suggested that payments would be made to his companies.Chess Management Services Pvt Ltd was suggested by Karti during their meeting at Hyatt, Peter said.”The amount of Rs 10 lakh paid to ASCPL by INX Media was part of USD 1 million demanded by Karti,” he said.Peter, however, added that his executive, who was dealing with Karti’s firm, sent him an email stating that there was a change of mind at their end and a different way of receiving payment wold have been devised.last_img read more

first_imgReaction has been pouring in on social media following a mass shooting late Sunday night where two people were killed and at least 12 others were injured in Toronto’s Greektown neighbourhood.The shooting happened near Danforth and Logan Ave. just after 10 p.m.Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said early Monday that police arrived at the scene and quickly identified the suspect, who was armed with a handgun. An exchange of gunfire ensued, and Saunders said the 29-year-old shooter likely died of gunshot wounds. Advertisement Advertisement Many celebrities took to social media to react to the tragedy, with the hashtags #Danforth and #TorontoStrong.Canadian actor Patrick J. Adams wrote, “Another night of senseless loss and brutality in my home town.”Another night of senseless loss and brutality in my home town. Praying that some of these reported injuries from the shooting don’t turn into fatalities. Thank you to all the officers and doctors working hard tonight to deal with the aftermath. #danforth— Patrick J Adams (@halfadams) July 23, 2018Canadian actress Laura Vandervoort wrote, “Heart broken to hear about the #Danforth shooting this morning. My love and condolences to the victims and their families.”Another senseless shooting in my home town. Heart broken to hear about the #Danforth shooting this morning. My love and condolences to the victims and their families. Praying those injured are able to recover not only physically but emotionally. #toronto— Laura Vandervoort (@Vandiekins22) July 23, 2018Canadian actor Jay Baruchel wrote, “A few years ago I chose to move to the east end of Toronto, first to East York and then the beach. Every day I’ve been reminded why I made that choice. I truly love it here. What happened on the Danforth last night was ugly, opportunistic barbarism.”A few years ago I chose to move to the east end of Toronto, first to East York and then the beach. Every day I’ve been reminded why I made that choice. I truly love it here. What happened on the Danforth last night was ugly, opportunistic barbarism.Toronto can and will endure.— Jay Baruchel (@BaruchelNDG) July 23, 2018Canadian racing driver Robert Wickens wrote, “Something needs to change! My thoughts go out to all the victims.”Just got back to Indianapolis to read about what happened in Toronto tonight. Something needs to change! My thoughts go out to all the victims. Thank you to the emergency response staff for there hard work in trying to keep the fatality rate as low as possible tonight. #Danforth— Robert Wickens (@robertwickens) July 23, 2018Canadian former women’s ice hockey player Hayley Wickenheiser wrote, “Oh Toronto…  #Danforth.”Oh Toronto…??#Danforth— Hayley Wickenheiser (@wick_22) July 23, 2018Former Barenaked Ladies frontman wrote, “‘This is where we used to live.’ For 25 years. And it’s where my kids live. What an awful, violent year for Toronto. #Danforth.” Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: England’s Joe Root said that the omission of batsman Alex Hales has had a unifying effect on the team. Hales had been named in the preliminary squad for the World Cup, that starts on May 30, despite serving a 21-day suspension following an “off-field incident”, which The Guardian later reported was a positive test for recreational drugs. After the matter went public, Hales was subsequently dropped from the team. Captain Eoin Morgan said that the incident had led to a “complete breakdown in trust” and that all the senior players of the team agreed that dropping Hales was the best decision. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju “Yes, absolutely,” Root is quoted as saying in a BBC Sport report. “Now we’re back playing cricket, that is really good for the group. We can concentrate on our full focus being on the cricket going into the World Cup.” Root, who is England’s Test captain, also said that Joffra Archer can still make a late entry into the World Cup squad. The Barbados-born pacer was impressive during the little play that was possible in England’s washed out first ODI against Pakistan. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters “He’s been extremely impressive so far,” said Root. “It’s early days, but the way he bowled yesterday was particularly good. “When guys come in and perform well, that is good for the squad. If guys are performing at the best of their ability, that will improve the standard of the group.” Root also clarified that Archer’s potential late entry won’t cause any disharmony in the team. “I don’t think he’s created any rifts, uncertainty, or problems in the team, it’s purely providing competition and that can only be a good thing,” he said.last_img read more

Rabat – French newspaper Les Echo has chosen Oukaimden, Marrakech among the best skiing destinations in the world.Oukaimden was ranked in the fourth position behind Chili Portillo, Chile in the first place, followed by Gstaad, Switzerland in second place and La Thuile, Italy in third place.The French newspaper described Oukaimden as a ski resort in fashion and a hiding confidential ski area, which exhibits a great view of the foothills of the High Atlas and the Haouz plain. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed. read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Air Transat cut 47 positions Thursday in an administrative restructuring, part of its three-year plan to restore profitability amid increased competition.Tour operator Transat A.T. (TSX:TRZ.B), which runs the airline, said 39 mostly non-union administrative staff lost their jobs while the remaining positions were vacant.Thirty-two people cut were in Montreal, six in Toronto and one in Vancouver.The cuts did not involve flight attendants, pilots or mechanics who recently agreed to concessions.“The restructuring that is announced today involves mainly administrative positions that have not been affected thus far,” spokeswoman Debbie Cabana said.The reorganization is part of Transat’s effort to cut costs by running all the human resources, financial and IT functions out of its headquarters.“It was already partially integrated to Transat, we’re now just completing the process but it’s something that we’ve been doing a long time,” she said in an interview.The annual cost savings expected are $4 million.The job cuts were the first since Transat eliminated 143 positions in October 2011. Transat employs 6,000 workers, including 2,125 at the airline.The restructuring Thursday also saw the appointment of a new leader for Air Transat.Jean-Francois Lemay was named general manager and will run the airline when president Allen Graham, 64, retires June 30.Graham joined Air Transat in 2000, following a career that included stints managing flight operations at Air Canada.Transat founder and CEO Jean-Marc Eustache will also assume the title of Air Transat president in July, even though the operations will be run by Lemay.In addition to running the airline, Lemay, 53, will remain vice-president of human resources and talent management at the parent company.Lemay joined Transat as a contract employee in human resources in 1987 and joined the executive team in 2011.He has worked closely with Graham and negotiated union contracts.“He’s really the one who was working with our unions and he knows the company inside out,” added Cabana.Analyst David Tyerman of Canaccord Genuity said the cost savings aren’t incremental to what Transat has already announced.He said Transat’s results are already feeling the ill effects of increased competition that will only get worse with Air Canada’s (TSX:AC.B) decision to launch its low-cost airline Rouge.“That is potentially a giant challenge for Transat because if Air Canada follows through with the full breadth of what they have the ability to do with their new union agreements, they would have many more aircraft than Transat,” the analyst said in an interview.Rouge is expected to ramp up to 50 aircraft, including 20 wide-body planes and 30 narrow-body aircraft used in sun destinations.Air Transat’s total permanent fleet is expected to be 21 planes by 2015, including five narrow-bodies and 16 wide-body planes.Several additional aircraft could be contracted during peak seasons. by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 25, 2013 4:51 pm MDT Air Transat cuts 47 positions in restructuring that adds new general manager read more

Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Transport News Brief Week 25, Tuesday 17 June 2008 Cabotage deal better than expected, says RHA The Road Haulage Association congratulated the UK government for making the best of difficult EU talks over cabotage. Transport ministers meeting in Luxembourg recently agreed that domestic haulage done by foreign trucks must not be “permanent or continuous” and be limited to three jobs in seven days. “We have got a compromise with other member states. It falls short of what we had originally lobbied for but you have to recognise the reality of the majority voting system in European politics,” said Roger King, RHA chief executive. “I pay tribute to the minister Rosie Winterton for her tenacity in driving through a deal with her European colleagues that is considerably better than we expected.” The deal should take effect in early 2011. More from Kate Gibbs on +44 (0)1 932 838 917 or kate.gibbs@rha.net Darwen Group wins £1.7m with Ensign order Specialist bus maker Darwen Group has won a ten-bus order worth some £1.7m from bus operator Ensign. The new Olympus double-deckers will go to work in the Tilbury and Grays area of Essex. The firm says the order is one of the largest made by an independent operator this year. Based on Volvo B9TL chassis, the new buses will have aluminium alloy bodywork to carry between 68 and 100 passengers. More from Anthony Walker on +44 (0)1 612 361 352 or anthonyw@mcmc.co.uk Cummins power for Daimler Truck News in the US reports that Daimler Trucks North America will have both a Selective Catalytic Reduction and a non-SCR engine option available for customers in 2010. The firm says it will offer Cummins ISX power, as well as the Detroit Diesel DD15, in its Class 8 Freightliner, Sterling and Western Star trucks. Daimler’s own DD15 will use SCR to meet EPA2010 emissions standards while Cummins says it won’t need SCR. The Cummins ISX will be available in the Freightliner Cascadia in an EPA07 configuration with deliveries to start in January 2009. More from www.trucknews.com A-Plant goes for axle weighing A-Plant, which says it is the UK’s leading plant hire firm will fit Axtec axle weighing kit to all its 100 or more trucks over 3.5 tonnes GVW. Axtec will fit its ‘Axtec On-Board’ axle load indicator to all A-Plant’s new trucks, ranging from 3.5 tonne dropsider trucks to 26 tonne three-axle plant transporters. A-Plant will link the Axtec On-Board kit to the vehicle’s tracking device so that if an axle is overloaded, the system will alert the control room at the depot as well as the driver. More from David Rowlands on +44 (0)2 074 948 050 or drowlands@automotivepr.com Used van prices stall British Car Auctions says the tough market for van and truck sales means small business buyers could get a good deal at auction as the credit crunch tightens. “The market has slowed in April and despite fleet and lease van values rising, there are growing numbers of ex-lease short, medium and long wheel-base vans available,” said Duncan Ward BCA’s UK business development manager – commercial vehicles. “This means there is a great opportunity for small and medium sized businesses to get a good deal at auction if they are looking to upgrade their commercial fleet.” He says the firm’s website www.commercialauctionview.com gives a preview of what’s on offer. More from Tim Naylor on +44 (0)1 252 878 555 or tnaylor@bca-group.com Birthday gongs Among the recently announced Birthday Honours, Moir Lockhead, boss at First Group has a knighthood for services to transport, while Christopher Macgowan, lately boss of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders gets an OBE, for services to the automotive industry. Sarah Sillars, boss of the Institute of the Motor Industry gets an OBE for services to skills training and the retail automotive industry. More from www.honours.gov.uk New man at CargoWise CargoWiseâ„¢ edi says Bob Saul is its new business development director for Europe, Middle East and Africa. The firm helps forwarders, customs brokers and logistics outfits avoid or sort out supply chain problems. More from Jim Martin, on +1 (0)847 570 9100 or jim@jdmandassociates.com NFT spends £3m to save fuel Logistics outfit NFT Distribution has taken 30 new Euro 5 Volvo FM12 tractors and expects them to deliver “up to five per cent Kilometres Per Litre (KPL) compared to the Euro 3 equivalent.”[sic] The new trucks all qualify for Reduced Pollution Certificates, saving road tax too. They join a 100 strong fleet, each doing over 250,000 miles a year and half of which is due to change every year. More from Sophie Whittle on +44 (0)1 179 073 400 or sophie@jbp.co.uk Schmitz to take transport in house Schmitz Cargobull will do its own transport and just got its first new Iveco Stralis 44 tonne tractor unit. The new truck will move trailers and parts from ports in the North East of England to the Schmitz Cargobull factory in Harelaw, County Durham. The firm previously used contractors to collect and deliver both spares and new trailers in the UK and says moving the transport back in-house should give more control and flexibility. North East Truck & Van did the deal, with the Stralis on a three year operating lease through Iveco Capital, with servicing done at the dealer’s Blaydon depot. More from James Keeler on +44 (0)2 083 991 184 or jk@garnett-keeler.com Better rules for EUETS The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders says it is working with its sister trade association Acea to try and improve the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. Both have lobbied for changes to cut the red tape for smaller firms without blunting the teeth of the scheme. The aim is for an optional exclusion for small units, raising their emissions threshold to 50,000 tonnes a year and dropping the 25 megawatt part of the threshold. The SMMT also wants sector limits so allocations are fair to each and a fair deal for combined heat and power generation. SMMT members run 19 sites in the UK that are covered by the EUETS, most of them boiler houses. More from Rob Walker on +44 (0)2 073 441 624 or rwalker@smmt.co.uk FTA welcomes plans for railway cost cutting The Freight Transport Association says it welcomes the Office of Rail Regulation’s recent draft comment on Network Rail’s business plan for the years 2009 to 2014. In the document, ORR says Network Rail should cut costs by 21% by the end of this period. It also wants improved reliability, punctuality and capacity for freight and passengers. More from Christopher Snelling on +44 (0)1 892 552 245 or csnelling@fta.co.uk Motor industry rallies behind Chinese earthquake appeal Leading auto industry firms are working together to raise cash for victims of the Sichuan earthquake in China, which killed 50,000 but left millions more vulnerable. Led by Paul Stowe, from Shanghai LTI, a joint venture between London taxi maker LTI and Chinese motor group Geely and Ashley Sutcliffe, from the China Car Times web site, the idea involves a charity auction on eBay. Starting today and running till 24 June, this invites people to bid for a series of ‘priceless prizes’. These include two exclusive 1:18 scale models of Lifan cars, a month’s free advertising on China Car Times, an exclusive visit to the LTI plant in Coventry UK, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit Longbridge, Birmingham, as it re-launches the MG brand into Europe and a visit to the Lotus sports car plant in Hethel, Norfolk, UK. More from Martin Hayes on +44 (0)2 074 948 050 or mhayes@automotivepr.com New Magnum rigid for Scothorne Cold store and cold room flooring specialists, GE Scothorne & Sons (Contracts) Ltd. just got a new 4×2 Renault Magnum 460.18 rigid. The new truck will move large plant and heavy tools used to lay and repair specialist concrete floors for major supermarket chains and frozen food brands. Its bodywork includes a large toolbox at the front and a chassis-mounted crane. It also has a reversing camera, twin Magnum horns and specialist one-off light bars. Renault Trucks dealer JDS Trucks Leeds did the business. More from Penny Randall on +44 (0)1 582 479 619 or penny.randall@renault-trucks.com Emerson is Woman of the year Anita Emerson, warehouse operations manager at hauliers Knights of Old took the Woman of the Year award at the national first MAN everywoman in Transport and Logistics Awards lunch recently. This is for a woman in the industry “whose vision, dedication and success make her an outstanding role model for other women embarking upon careers in transport and logistics.” Other winners are Dawn Fisher at Faber Maunsell, Julie Thomas at Containerlift Services, Susan Davies at Home Delivery Network, Vicki Dixon at FedEx Express and Claire Salmon at Boots the Chemist. More from Victoria Harris on +44 (0) 207 631 1000 or victoriah@luchfordapm.com Steve Norris joins TfL board The SMMT’s Week in Westminster bulletin says Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, has appointed Tim Parker, the first deputy mayor to Transport for London’s Board and nominated him to lead the Board from 1 September 2008. Tory ex-transport minister Steve Norris and Kulveer Ranger, a key mayoral adviser, also join the Board. More from www.smmt.co.uk Magnum accessories online Renault says it has new Magnum truck accessories and merchandise available. You can see these online at www.renault-trucks.co.uk and order them via your local Renault truck dealer. The stuff ranges through snow chains, LED lights, coffee pots, roof bars to clothing, bags and watches. More from Penny Randall on +44 (0)1 582 479 619 or penny.randall@renault-trucks.com UK Transport Committee doubts biofuel promise. The SMMT’s Week in Westminster bulletin says the House of Commons Transport Select Committee isn’t convinced that biofuels will cut UK emissions enough to meet the Government’s claimed timetable. More from www.smmt.co.uk Top Technician 2008 Mark Banks from Holmer Green Service Centre in Buckinghamshire has won the Top Technician 2008 prize. He won against over 1,000 automotive technicians to win the title along with cash and prizes valued at £9,000. Mark got his prize at the Garage Equipment Association Aftermarket Conference on 9 June at the Gaydon Motor Heritage Centre in Warwickshire. The Institute of the Motor Industry supports the competition as part of its Automotive Technician Accreditation scheme. Bosch is a co-sponsor. More from Marco Ferrari on +44 (0)2 074 948 050 or mferrari@automotivepr.com EU worries about US biodiesel imports The SMMT’s Week in Brussels bulletin says the European Union will look at soaring US biodiesel imports to see if they break global trade rules on subsidies. The EU says there is enough evidence to start anti-subsidy and anti-dumping investigations. In April, EU biodiesel makers asked the Commission to tax imports from the US, which can get a $300 (€192) a tonne subsidy. More from www.smmt.co.uk New boss for Highways Agency Graham Dalton is the next chief executive of the Highways Agency and will start his new job on 30 June 2008. Dalton is presently director of projects, national networks, in the Department for Transport. He is responsible for big rail investment projects including the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, the West Coast Route modernisation and Thameslink. He succeeds Archie Robertson, who has completed his fixed term contract. More from www.dft.gov.uk Heil wins Havant order Heil Europe says it has won an order to deliver six new Heil Powertrak dustcarts to Havant Borough Council over the next three years. The deal came as part of the council’s plans to standardise its 13 strong dustcart fleet and followed a new supplier evaluation process. It expects the move will simplify both maintenance and training. More from Sara Morris on +44 (0)1 326 560 402 or sara@m1marketing.co.uk UAN approves Actia Muller Actia Muller has been appointed an approved supplier to the United Aftermarket Network, which says it is one of the UK’s leading automotive buying groups. The deal covers a wide range of Actia Muller garage and workshop garage equipment. This includes vehicle diagnostics, suspension tester, emission analysers, air-conditioning recharge units, tyre changers, wheel balancers and wheel alignment tools. More from Mike Ottewell on +44 (0)1 538 361 217 or mjo.associates@tiscali.co.uk Brigade goes to France Brigade Electronics says it has set up Brigade Electronique SARL, based in Southern Normandy as a direct sales channel for commercial vehicle and mobile plant users across France. The move follows Brigade’s success in establishing successful subsidiaries in the USA, South Africa, Germany and Italy. Brigade, which says it is the market leader in its field in the UK has partnership deals with over 50 specialist distributors worldwide, with exports across all five continents. More from Emily Randal on +44 (0)1 322 420 300 or emily.randall@brigade-electronics.com P&O wins record steel contract P&O Ferrymasters says it has won a four-year deal with Corus, one of Europe’s largest steel makers. The firm will haul steel by road from the Corus plant at IJmuiden in the Netherlands, mainly to European packaging, automobile and construction industry customers. The contract also gives Corus an option to extend the deal for a further two years up to 2013. Two previous contracts with Corus have been limited to three-year terms. P&O bought 200 new coil trailers last year to service this contract; they are designed for unaccompanied RoRo work. More from Gail Isted on + 44 (0)7 792 451 284 or media@eagle-eyepr.com Climate-neutral dealer for Volvo Volvo Trucks has opened its first climate-neutral dealer, in Verona, Italy. The unit uses solar cells to capture more energy than the business needs to heat its offices and workshops. It will also sell surplus energy to the local power grid. Volvo says its biggest production factory, in Ghent, Belgium became the world’s first climate-neutral vehicle factory, in 2007. More from Marie Vassiliadis on +46 (0)31 322 41 27 or marie.vassiliadis@volvo.com France and Germany do CO2 deal The SMMT’s Week in Brussels bulletin says French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have done a “breakthrough” deal on new car CO2 emissions. Both back a 120g/km target but want a “substantial” period to introduce such limits and softer penalties if industry fails to deliver. The deal has been criticised by environmentalist groups and other member states. More from www.smmt.co.uk More boxes for Luckings Luckings of Richmond has put an extra eight new Schmitz Cargobull Mega Box van trailers to work. With its new trailers, Luckings now has over 30 Schmitz Cargobull trailers in its 100 strong fleet. The firm specialises in the storage and transport of equipment for the film and theatrical industry and will use its new trailers to move stage sets, props, costumes and production equipment for a range of touring productions. The first job is to move the stage musical, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. More from Lloyd Arkill on +44 (0)1 923 770 455 or lloyd@am-pr.net Climate policies to counter rising oil prices The European Commission is talking about policy responses to rising oil prices, according to the SMMT’s Week in Brussels bulletin. The EC says plans for new rules on energy taxes and Eurovignette infrastructure charging rules for trucks will improve efficiency. It will give a report on the issues to this week’s EU leaders’ meeting. More from www.smmt.co.uk Continental and Marangoni do retread deal The Marangoni Group and Continental AG have done a deal giving the Italian tyre retread firm an exclusive licence to market the ContiTread brand. “Marangoni and Continental have been successfully working together in various areas for years,” says Eckhard Wilanek, managing director of the fleet & retread business for Continental. “This cooperative relationship will allow us to add an important facet to our previous collaboration.” Both say the deal offers opportunities for quick global growth More from Udo Brandes on +49 (0)5 11 938 2923 or udo.brandes@conti.de Ministers look at clean vehicle buying The SMMT’s Week in Brussels bulletin reports that EU transport ministers are to strengthen a draft law meaning public authorities must take energy and environmental costs into account when buying new vehicles. The aim is to shifting buying behaviour toward greener vehicles. But any deal the transport ministers do will be provisional until MEPs vote on the plans. More from www.smmt.co.uk Deal for Working Time and Agency Workers According to the SMMT’s Week in Brussels bulletin, the EU Council agreed a package of two rules on working time and temporary workers, breaking a four-year deadlock. This follows the UK government’s deal with unions last month to give temporary workers have the same pay and social rights as permanent staff after 12 weeks employment. More from www.smmt.co.uk UK MPs say DfT “failing” on road pricing According to the SMMT’s Week in Westminster bulletin, the House of Commons Transport Select Committee says the Department for Transport has made some progress but finds the general picture “disappointing”. It criticises the DfT for stalling and a failure to make a clear decision on the viability of a national road pricing scheme and the continued failure to deliver on road congestion targets. “There is little evidence to suggest that local authorities have the appetite for submitting the necessary bids and securing TIF (Transport Innovation Fund) support”. More from www.smmt.co.uk MCD takes 20 Dafs Midland Car Deliveries has put 20 new Euro 5 Dafs into its 200 strong fleet as part of the Merseyside firm’s expansion plans. MCD says the move, which follows new contacts won, makes it the largest independent operator in the UK in this specialised market. The new trucks are Daf FTP CF85 6×2 mid-lift axle 3.85m wheelbase models. With nine tonne front axles they will run with short drawbar trailers to move around 350,000 cars and vans a year. Ford, Nissan, Jaguar and LDV are amongst the firm’s customers. Transporter Engineering of Halstead in Essex fitted its 12 car EVO 4 bodywork to trucks and trailers. Daf dealer Imperial Commercials of Stoke-on-Trent did the business. More from David Rowlands on +44 (0)2 074 948 050 or drowlands@automotivepr.com Manchester gets £2.8bn and a congestion charge The SMMT’s Week in Westminster bulletin reports that Ruth Kelly, secretary of state for transport has agreed a peak-time congestion charging scheme for Greater Manchester. This will use two charging rings, the outer one at the M60, and the inner one close to the city centre. Charges will vary with the starting point for the journey. The idea is part of the Transport Innovation Fund process and will start from 2013, after a public consultation on the plans. Kelly also agreed to spend £2.8bn on public transport improvements in the area. More from www.smmt.co.uk New laser wheel alignment to cut costs Pro Cut Europe says its new Haweka TA-20 laser wheel alignment system is easy to use and can save fuel, tyres, emissions and cash. “No longer does wheel alignment for trucks need to be a long drawn-out and complicated affair,” says the firm’s Guy Carter He says recent work with UK truckers has shown one operator using 50 litres of fuel a week less than before the vehicle was correctly aligned. “There is no other wheel alignment machine today that allows the operator to measure a two-axle tractor within about 10 minutes flat.” To avoid premature tyre-wear, some experts recommend that truck wheel alignment be checked every 20,000km. More from Guy Carter on +44 (0)1 242 621 001 or guy.carter@procuteurope.com You can still work more than 48 hours a week According to the SMMT’s Week in Westminster bulletin, John Hutton, secretary of state for business, says the UK’s opt-out from the 48 hour a week cap in the EU Working Time and Agency Workers directive means UK workers can still choose to work longer than 48 hours a week. “This agreement means that people remain free to earn overtime and businesses can cope during busy times”. Oh joy! More from www.smmt.co.uk And finally New Scientist’s feedback column says the notice on the door of the labour ward at Mike Carrette’s local maternity hospital says: “Delivery Room. PUSH.” More from www.newscientist.com read more

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. In the recordings Yaxley-Lennon made on Facebook, he could be heard asking defendants if they had brought their prison bags, a reference to how the jury was deliberating and so nearing a verdict. Tommy Robinson “knew full well” what he was doing when he identified an alleged grooming gang while broadcasting live on Facebook from outside a criminal trial, a court heard.Appearing at the Old Bailey under his real name, Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, 36, is accused of contempt of court for breaking a reporting ban imposed to safeguard justice for a series of linked child sex trials.The founder of the far-right English Defence League was said to have been “subjectively reckless” by failing to establish whether reporting orders had been imposed on the case at Leeds Crown Court last year.His hour-long video which showed defendants arriving was seen live by 10,000 followers before notching up 250,000 views in the following three days. Andrew Caldecott, QC, for the Attorney General Geoffrey Cox QC who is bringing the case, said: “In 2017, 29 individuals of Asian background were charged with serious offences involving the sexual exploitation of young girls in Huddersfield.“The primary case is that Mr Yaxley-Lennon knew full well that there was a reporting restriction order in the case.“He was at court and could have ascertained its terms with ease, either on the day or earlier, and it was a wholly irresponsible risk to speculate what the terms were or might be.” The self-proclaimed “citizen journalist” filmed himself referring to another defendant: “Harass him, find him, go knock on his door, follow him, see where he works, see what he’s doing.”However, giving evidence Yaxley-Lennon, who denies contempt of court, insisted that in his video he was urging the “mainstream media” to cover the trial, adding that they were not in attendance at court.He said he and two colleagues had tried to see if reporting restrictions were imposed by asking staff, looking for a notice outside the courtroom as well as scouring the court website.He said that he “erred on the side of caution” in his broadcast by only referring to elements already in the public domain, adding how he did not mention the linked trials.Michelle Dunderdale, who works at the Leeds court, admitted that there had been an “administration process failure” that day and details of orders imposed on the case had not been posted outside courtrooms or logged on the computer system. Confirming that an internal inquiry had been launched to establish why orders had not been posted, she explained that all staff knew to tell anyone who asked that strict reporting restrictions had been imposed on the trial. Tommy Robinson, who had 1.2 million followers on Facebook, broadcast for just over one hour on the social media platform from outside Leeds Crown Court Tommy Robinson, who had 1.2 million followers on Facebook, broadcast for just over one hour on the social media platform from outside Leeds Crown CourtCredit:Dado Ruvic/Reuters Yaxley-Lennon has already served two months in jail for contempt before being freed after the conviction was overturned by the Court of Appeal in August last year, in part because the defendant was not given adequate time to prepare a defence.Permission was granted for fresh proceedings to be brought against him earlier this year.Last year 20 men in the three linked case were found guilty of raping girls as young as 11. The cases were covered extensively once the reporting order had been lifted.The case continues. read more