Robbery accused released on $150,000 bail

first_imgHaving been remanded by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on charges of armed robbery and possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition, 30-year-old Charles Stoby of Hadfield Street, Georgetown was released on bail last week when he appeared before Magistrate Leron Daly.Stoby had made his first court appearance on November 9, 2018 before the Chief Magistrate, slapped with charges which stated that on October 22, 2018 at Gordon Street, Kitty, while being armed with a gun, he robbed Kester Roberts of jewellery among other items valued at $536,000.He was also charged for possession of an illegal firearm with matching ammunition.After being incarcerated for over a month, Stoby was given his pre-trail liberty when he posted bail of $150,000 on each charge. A condition of his bail is that he is required to report to the Brickdam Police Station weekly.The defendant is expected to reappear in court on January 11, 2019.last_img read more

Manchester UTD want to sign Alexis Sanchez

first_img0Shares0000Manchester manager Jose Mourinho is thought to be willing to offer midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan in a swap deal for the Chile international.LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 11 – Manchester United want to sign Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal and have made contact with his representatives, according to reports.It is understood United boss Jose Mourinho also wants rid of Henrikh Mkhitaryan this month. Sky in Italy are reporting that United are willing to consider involving the Armenia international midfielder in a swap deal for Sanchez, whose representatives have been contacted by those of United.Sky in Italy also understand United are ready to pay more than Manchester City for the Chile star, and would give him a higher wage.Sky Sports News – who have contacted United for their reaction – have received no information to suggest Arsenal have received a formal offer for the player at this stage.According to Sky in Italy, City already have a financial package in place for Sanchez, should he leave Arsenal in the summer when his contract expires.The potential deal would earn Sanchez £13m a year in wages, with the 29-year-old receiving a £30m signing-on-fee.Sky Sports News understands City are still keen on signing Sanchez, but may wait until the summer to avoid upsetting the balance of the squad which boasts a 15-point lead at the top of the Premier League.Pep Guardiola’s side made a £60m Deadline Day approach for Sanchez, however, the deal collapsed when Arsenal were unable to sign Thomas Lemar as a replacement from Monaco.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Monday, November 24

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Monday’s newspapers…Arsenal are showing interest in Basel centre-half Fabian Schar, 22, and could make a move for him in January. (Daily Star) Manchester United and Arsenal are competing for the £12m signature of 20-year-old Hull left back Andy Robertson, who cost the Tigers just £2.85m from Dundee United in the summer. (Daily Express) Everton manager Roberto Martinez wants to sign Wigan midfielder Shaun Maloney, 31, who he managed during his time as boss of the Latics. (Daily Mail) Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva, 27, could leave Anfield to join up with former Reds boss Rafa Benitez at Napoli in January. (Daily Star) Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi, 21, dubbed the new Ronaldo, is being linked with a £28m summer move to Liverpool or Chelsea. (Daily Express) Liverpool are planning for life after Brendan Rodgers after lining up Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp as his potential replacement. (Metro)last_img read more

Wydad survive siege to hold Sundowns

first_img0Shares0000Tiyani Mabunda of Mamelodi Sundowns is challenged by Alejandro Quintana of Wydad during their 2018 CAF Champions League tie on May 5, 2018. PHOTO/AFPJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, May 6- CAF Champions League title-holders Wydad Casablanca of Morocco survived a late siege by Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa in Pretoria Saturday to force a 1-1 matchday one draw.Sundowns made a perfect start to the Group C clash between the last two winners of the elite African club competition by going ahead within three minutes. Ivorian Cheick Comara turned a Sibusiso Vilakazi cross into his net, although the goal was awarded only after the Cameroon referee overruled his assistant, who had signalled a corner.Wydad responded with an adventurous approach that paid off on 20 minutes when Ismail el Haddad darted forward to nod a cross past Uganda goalkeeper Denis Onyango.El Haddad will score few simpler goals as several Sundowns defenders stood still, believing the ball had crossed the line before being floated into the goalmouth.Rattled by the goal, Sundowns were lucky not to fall behind soon after when Wydad captain Brahim Nakach surged into the box only to blaze wide.After a thrilling first half, the second 45 minutes was a let-down as Wydad tired in the 1,340-metre (4,395-feet) altitude and wasted time whenever possible.Wydad edged 2016 Champions League winners Sundowns on penalties in the quarter-finals last season after both clubs won 1-0 at home.The draw completed an eventful day for Sundowns after news leaked that they will face Spanish giants Barcelona on May 16, and signed Guinea-Bissau striker Toni Silva.The friendly against Barca is expected to be confirmed in Spain Monday and will be staged at the 90,000-capacity Soccer City stadium in Soweto.It will be the second visit of Barcelona to South Africa, having beaten Sundowns in Pretoria 11 years ago.Silva was on the books of Benfica, Chelsea and Liverpool as a youth and moves to South Africa from Greek outfit Levadiakos.In the other Group C match, Horoya of Guinea kept a 100 percent away record in the competition this season by edging Port of Togo 2-1 in Lome with captain Aboubacar Camara scoring the winner.Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo made an impressive start in Group B by whipping fellow former African champions Entente Setif of Algeria 4-1 in Lubumbashi.The pick of the goals was the opener on 10 minutes as quick, slick passing created gaps in the Setif defence and Ben Malango fired a cross into the net from close range.Malango bagged a brace and Elia Meschak and Zambian Nathan Sinkala also scored for Mazembe.Group D favourites Etoile Sahel of Tunisia, the only winners of all five present and past CAF club competitions, came from behind to hold Primeiro Agosto of Angola 1-1 in Luanda.Lompala Bokamba struck the ball into the corner of the net from just outside the box on 43 minutes and Ammar Jemal headed the equaliser midway through the second half after a free-kick.In the same section, Mongaliso Shongwe scored on 80 minutes to earn Mbabane Swallows of Swaziland a 1-1 draw away to 2016 Champions League semi-finalists Zesco United of Zambia in Ndola.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Robert Morales: Arum alleges racism is holding back Pavlik

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonArum, Pavlik’s promoter, said the perception many have for white fighters is partially responsible for Pavlik being overlooked. Another factor, Arum said, is Pavlik’s overall ability, which includes a powerful punch. Arum said that during a meeting with HBO executives about a year ago, he brought up Pavlik in an effort to try to get him a fight on the network. “They all laughed at me because there is a perception with boxing network guys, with boxing people, that if you are a white guy, you can’t fight,” Arum said Wednesday during a conference call. “But that is not the case with Kelly, and Kelly Pavlik will fight anybody in the middleweight division.” Ross Greenburg, president of HBO Sports, disputed Arum’s comments when contacted by this newspaper. He said Pavlik’s name has come up in the past, and that he would have no problem approving him as an opponent in a big fight. Pavlik has never fought on HBO, nor on one of Showtime’s main cards. Pavlik has fought on ShoBox, a minor-league version of Showtime Boxing designed for up-and-coming fighters. Pavlik also has fought on ESPN. Pavlik, 23, will take on Jose Luis Zertuche (17-2-2, 13 KOs) of Mexico on Jan. 21 on the undercard of Erik Morales-Manny Pacquiao II at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. The card will be available on HBO pay-per-view, but Arum was quick to point out that HBO is only carrying this telecast. It is not paying for it. Arum is. Kelly Pavlik has not been able to crack the starting lineup on boxing’s two largest networks – HBO and Showtime – and Bob Arum said some of it has to do with Pavlik being white – an allegation vehemently denied by a cable TV official this week. Pavlik, of Youngstown, Ohio, is 27-0 with 24 knockouts. He is a top 10 middleweight whose highest ranking is in the World Boxing Organization at No. 3. center_img “It is a disgraceful and undignified remark by a disturbed man,” Greenburg said of Arum’s comments regarding white fighters. “That is pretty much all we have to say. It is sad. This has nothing to do with race.” Arum went on to say he doesn’t believe the network executives mean any malice toward white fighters. “It is not that the people at the networks are bad people,” Arum said. “They judge (fighters) by their color or racial background, and the general tendency is that white guys can’t fight. Therefore, it is much tougher for a white guy to break through than if Kelly was a different race.” Race aside, Pavlik is just the sort of fighter a promoter of a champion might want to avoid. Not only does he have 24 knockouts in 27 fights, he is 6-foot-3, which makes him an even tougher nut to crack. Arum said he would like Pavlik to next fight Jermain Taylor, who holds three of the four middleweight belts, but doubts he can get the deal done – at least not until Pavlik becomes the mandatory challenger. Arum also said he offered Pavlik as an opponent to top contender Winky Wright, but that Wright’s promoter, Gary Shaw, “almost fainted” when Pavlik’s name was mentioned. “The guy we want to fight, who I’m confident he (Pavlik) can beat, is Jermain Taylor,” Arum said. “But here is the problem, and it’s a problem that permeates boxing: The Taylor people will not fight Kelly Pavlik at this point because they are afraid of him and they are afraid of him because he presents a real challenge. “He has tremendous knockout power. In boxing, if you have a champion, you try to keep him away from a puncher.” Pavlik, who said he is not looking past Zertuche to a shot at Taylor, Wright or anyone else, picked up the ball from Arum. He said it perturbs him when he hears people describe him as being a “good white fighter.” “It kind of upsets me a little bit,” Pavlik said. “I think I am just an overall good fighter. A lot of the networks, they don’t want to see a lot of white fighters because of the reputation that white fighters don’t win a lot of titles. “But if you look out there, there are a lot of good white fighters. White fighters are making a comeback.” Saturday’s Showtime card featuring Zab Judah defending his three welterweight belts against Carlos Baldomir has picked up some steam now that Judah, should he win, will fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. on April 8 in Las Vegas. But the card, as a whole, has the potential to be boring. Judah should easily defeat Baldomir. The other bout of note is a cruiserweight title unification fight between Jean Marc Mormeck and O’Neil Bell. Cruiserweight fights, at least those in this era, are often slow-paced and lacking in excitement. But Bell, who holds the International Boxing Federation belt, tried to pump some life into this fight with some trash talk during a conference call. “I am diverse,” said Bell, of Atlanta via Jamaica. “I must be able to adapt to whatever situation arises. If it comes to a point where I need to fight him backing up, I will. If it comes to a point where I need to go toe to toe with him, I will. “If it comes to a point where I need to set him up for a devastating knockout, I will.” Mormeck, the World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association champion from France, scoffed. “He is going to have to fight because if he fights like he talks, it is going to be boring for everybody,” Mormeck said. “He needs to get known and earn respect from everybody. He should not try to get known here because he is not going to get known by fighting me. “O’Neil should just train and not talk too much.” The telecast begins at 9 p.m. from Madison Square Garden in New York. Joel Julio (25-0, 22 KOs) of Colombia will headline Friday’s ShoBox card from Cicero, Ill. He will take on Robert Kamya (15-5, 4 KOs) of Uganda in the welterweight main event. robert.morales@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2213 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Huston Named MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week For the Fourth Time

first_imgDrake University senior Emma Huston (Des Moines, Iowa) has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Student-Athlete of the Week for the fourth time this year, the MVC announced Tuesday, April 5.Huston, a member of the Drake track and field team, shattered the Bulldogs’ 33-year-old school record in the 5,000 meters with a time of 16:06.55 in her heat at the Stanford Invitational on Friday. Her time bested the previous record by nearly 10 seconds and was a 21-second personal best in the event. Her performance is the 17th best in the nation this season, 12th best in the West region and the fastest in the MVC my nearly a full minute. During the indoor season, she also set the school record in the indoor 5,000 meters.The Scholar-Athlete of the Week honor is the fourth this year for Huston, who owns a 3.97 grade point average as a biology/environmental science major and was an  MVC Elite 18 winner during the cross country season.Huston’s most recent honor continues Drake’s extensive collection of MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week awards. A Drake student-athlete has won the award 19 times in the 32 weeks the honor has been awarded in 2015-16 including three weeks in which the Bulldogs swept the men’s and women’s honors.To qualify for Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week laurels, student-athletes must carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.20, completed at least one academic year at a Valley institution and must be at least a sophomore in academic standing.Redshirt freshmen and first-year junior college transfers are not eligible. In addition to the academic qualifications, student-athletes will be evaluated on their athletic performance for a one-week period.2015-16 Drake Scholar-Athlete of the Week WinnersEmma Huston – Women’s Track & Field – April 5Emma Huston – Women’s Track & Field – Feb. 16Reed Timmer – Men’s Basketball – Feb. 2Emma Huston – Women’s Track & Field – Jan. 26Reed Timmer – Men’s Basketball – Jan. 12Maddy Dean – Women’s Basketball – Jan. 12Graham Woodward – Men’s Basketball – Jan. 5Kale Abrahamson – Men’s Basketball – Dec. 29Reed Timmer – Men’s Basketball – Dec. 22Reed Timmer – Men’s Basketball – Dec. 15Reed Timmer – Men’s Basketball – Dec. 8Rai Ahmed-Green – Women’s Track & Field – Dec. 8Kale Abrahamson – Men’s Basketball – Dec. 1James Grunert – Men’s Soccer – Nov. 24Paul Ciszewski – Men’s Soccer – Nov. 16Steven Enna – Men’s Soccer – Oct. 19Emma Huston – Women’s Cross Country – Oct. 19Reed Fischer – Men’s Cross Country – Oct. 6Ben LeMay – Men’s Soccer – Sept. 22Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Plan, pack and get out there!

first_imgSoul connect AaliaAalia is a secret hidden deep in the quiet countryside of Haridwar. About 12 kilometres away from the city, this beautiful property provides the perfect solace to those looking to find peace away from the metropolitans. Aalia is one of the only few luxury hotels in Haridwar, with,Soul connect AaliaAalia is a secret hidden deep in the quiet countryside of Haridwar. About 12 kilometres away from the city, this beautiful property provides the perfect solace to those looking to find peace away from the metropolitans. Aalia is one of the only few luxury hotels in Haridwar, with its 12 villas fully equipped with modern amenities and perfectly manicured gardens.However, it was the resort’s private riverbed that took our breath away. We chose one of the river-facing villas and spent our early mornings and evenings looking at the pure, white and serene waters of the Ganges flowing right in front of our eyes. Complete bliss. We feel you could spend your days at Aalia doing just that. But if you’re one of those who love the adrenaline rush, then take an all-terrain bike from the resort and go zooming on the riverbed. Or you could go back to your school days with a game of foosball, table tennis and badminton or laze around in the cool waters of the pool.And after all this is done, go for a yoga and pranayama class organised by the resort. Also make it a point to pamper yourself at the spa-a little space with just two therapy rooms but some wonderfully trained therapists. Even a trip to the spa can make your holiday worthwhile here. At Near Rajaji National Park,Chila Range, Haridwar Tel 47077520 (for reservations) Tariff Rs 8,000 per night Insider’s Tip Haridwar is known for it’s ganga aarti, and we suggest you skip the fancy aarti held at the resort’s riverbed and head to the ghats instead. Around Town White water Rafting at RishikeshadvertisementGetting thereTake the Dehradun Shahtabdi from New Delhi Railway Station, or drive down on NH 58, a five-hour ride to Haridwar. Distance from Delhi 220 Kms.By Rewati RauRock n’ river Soulitude by the riversideAt Soulitude bythe Riverside in thepicturesque village of Chanfi, you’re kept companyby the birds, the sound of a gushing and playful Kalsa River, and a warm and courteous staff of 15. After a 1.2 km (30-minute) trek, whichinvolves crossing the river several times, and hence unsuitable for very young children or the elderly, the property seems like an oasis in themiddle of wilderness, preserving nature and setting the mood for arelaxed holiday.The carefully designed and well-thought-ofambience of Soulitude resembles a home, but the rustic-style rooms andcottages are fully equipped with all the luxuries of a fine vacationfarmhouse. Ample attention has been given to every small detail and itis hard to imagine how everything must have been brought over on footdue to the resort’s inaccessibility by car. There is plenty of time toidle about the fishpond sipping endless cups of the refreshing lemongrass tea, spend hours lost in a book on the simple, stark balconies, or sit by the riverside with feet dipped in the water.If you feel like it (though it might be hard to shake off the laziness that setsupon you), you can take a short, one km trek to Parital waterfall. Liedown on the huge rocks that surround the waterfall and be gently lulledinto a nap by the sound of gushing water. Back in the resort, you canenjoy the deliciously simple food, in tune with the rustic surroundings. Because Soulitude is a working farm, a large part of vegetables,lentils, fruits and herbs are grown on the property. The placedefinitely redefines “solitude” and not just in spelling. At ChanfiVillage, Kalsa River, Distt. Nainital, Uttarakhand Tel 9999330379 Tariff Rs 8,000 onwards Insider’s Tip Plan your trip during the full moon tosee the breathtaking landscape bathed in white light. Around Town Treks, bird watchingGetting thereTake the Anand Vihar KathgodamShatabdi Express or drive for 7 hours via Hapur, Gajraula, Moradabad,Rampur, Bilaspur, Rudrapur, Haldwani, Kathgodam, Bhimtal. Distance fromDelhi 305 KmsBy Kavyanjali KaushikSpiritual Reconnect Pushkar resortPushkar may not be the first place that comes to mind for a weekend getaway inthis heat. But this spiritual city is worth checking out anytime of theyear. After a six-hour train journey and a 45-minute drive, we arrivedat Sewara Group’s Pushkar Resort. Situated on the outskirts of thecity, things change as you near the resort.a narrow and lush green road, surrounded by the Aravallis, makes you wonder if you’re still inRajasthan. Sprawled across 32 acres of verdant greens, the resort hasindependent cottages, which, though not luxurious, make for acomfortable stay.After sleeping it off through the afternoon,we were geared for our outdoor dinner, accompanied by a folk danceperformance. Recreating the magic of Royal Rajasthan. With an aim towake up early and trek up to Savitri temple, located a few kilometresfrom the property, we called in the night soon. Mornings at Pushkar areas pleasant as the evenings and you will find abundant birds flock hereat this hour. The temple makes for a great photo-op with an overview ofPushkar Lake and the city.Make sure you walk downhill beforethe sun is out in full bloom. After a quick shower, we spent the nextfew hours lazing around on the property. Our kafila arrived, just as the sun went down. The resort organises a kafila ride through the mini sand dunes.bumpy, but magical. Just as you near the sand dunes a mysticalaura is created by the young musicians who walk around the area playing a sarangi, trying to earn a buck or two. A picturesque sight with thehills on one side and barren land on the other, the music echos in theforefront as the sun sets in the backdrop.advertisementAt Pushkar Resort,Pushkar For Bookings 26494531/32 Tariff Rs 5,000 per night onwards,including taxes and breakfast Insider’s Tip Make sure you discuss youritinerary with the hotel staff in advance to avoid disappointment onreaching there. Around Town Treks, bird watching, Kafila rides, PushkarLake, rose factoryGetting thereBoard the Delhi-AjmerShatabdi Express, followed by a 45-minute drive to Pushkar, or drivedown on NH 8, a nearly 9-hour journey to Pushkar. Distance from Delhi355 KmsBy Ekta MarwahaHome away from homeItmenaan EstateThis is worth a visit if you want a break from the hectic urbania. Locatedin the lap of the Kumaon Himalayas is this lesser-known getaway calledItmenaan Estate. The 10-acre estate includes virgin pine, rhododendronand oak trees; terraced fields and a small, perennial natural spring.Itmenaan is known for its hospitality and the experiences it creates,most of which are in isolation and likewise this property too is located deep within a valley, away from the madness of the city. A threehourdrive from Kathgodam to Chalnichina is followed by a 20-minute walk tothe estate. A sense of calm sets in just as you get here.We were welcomed with a refreshing glass of fresh mango-mint juice and thenshown our cottage. Built to recreate the traditional Kumaoni style stone houses, the rooms look rustic from outside but are well equipped andcomfortable. Take a leisure walk around the property, pluck some freshfruits which are grown in abundance here, or gaze at the beautifulsnowclad peaks of the Nanda Devi, visible on a clear day. Our host,naturalistcum-manager Partho, helped us in spotting birds, enlightenedus about the local Kumaoni culture and helped us plan our treks aroundthe estate. The chef will amaze you with his creativity by recreatingcontinental dishes with his own twist, using inhouse produce and herbs.At Village Naugaon, Tehsil Bhanoli, District Almora Tel 9818705508 TariffRs 7,000 onwards Insider’s Tip Carry proper trekking shoes, and planyour visit for a minimum three days as there’s plenty to see and do.Around Town Treks, bird watching (don’t miss the Blue Magpie), Jageshwar temple. Getting ThereTake the Kathgodam Shatabdi Express followed by a three-hour drive to Itmenaan Estate.Distance from Delhi- 375 kmadvertisementBy Ekta MarwahaThe Walls say it all VivaanaAn orange Ambassador stands pretty outside this property, as if welcomingyou to an era gone past. The wall illustrated with paintings isintriguing and urges you to peek inside. Behind the heavy brown doorslie a different world of heritage, culture and memories. Located in anancient village called Churi Ajitgarh, Vivaana is a beautifully restored 19th century haveli, meant to give travellers a peek into an oldRajasthan. Tucked away in Shekhawati, a region famous for its oldhavelis with frescoes or painted walls, Vivaana is a fascinatingretreat, just six hours from Delhi.The haveli is captivating,adorned with fascinating paintings, depicting Lord Krishna’s flirtations with the gopis and his romance with Radha, both on the exterior andinterior. The 23 rooms are also done up traditionally, but with all themodern amenities in place. Carved wooden doors and windows, andartifacts scattered all around, make it an experience to live here.While all rooms are pretty, the piece de resistance is the largecouple’s room with frescoes all over the walls. And to make your holiday complete, the resort has a swimming pool, a spa and board games. Makebest of your holiday at Vivaana by spending time at their fresco lounge, reading about their property or taking a camel ride across the village. Take a day out to go to Mandawa (10 kms) and do a photo session at themarvellous havelis adorned with frescos.At Churi Ajitgarh,Mandawa, Rajasthan Tel 01592275164 Tariff Rs 7,000 per night onwardsInsider’s Tip Refrain from going during off-season. The service tends to get terribly slow and unenthusiastic. Around Town Mandawa, Jhunjhunuand Sikar.Getting thereTake a train to jhunjhunu or drive through nh 8, and you will be at vivaana in 6 hours.Distance from Delhi-260 km.By Rewati RauInto the wild Whispering PinesTrekking through terrace farms, catching the sunset sitting in your tent,enjoying a bonfire late into the night, not having a mobile network fordays-these are just some of the highlights of Whispering Pines,Dhanolti. As you leave behind the hustle and bustle of Mussoorie (25 kms away), and reach the much quieter and less commercialised Dhanolti, you discover the true meaning of an “off-beat getaway”. But what you get is stunning views of snow-capped Himalayas (weather gods permitting) andgreen-laden valleys, rejuvenating peace, and many adventurous trekkingtrails. Whispering Pines, probably one of the highest adventure resortsat 8,300 feet, is perched, rather precariously, atop a side of themountain which is hidden away from rest of Dhanolti.Evenexperienced drivers eye the sharp cut and steep road reaching theproperty suspiciously, but once there, you realise there is no reason to return to the mainland till your visit ends. The well-landscapedproperty has deluxe and superdeluxe tents (exactly the same as deluxetents, but they come with an attached bathroom), which are just aboutenough for two adults or a small family. They are comfortable with aplug point, a kerosene lamp, a small table and a bed, but you forget the necessities once you stare out at the magnificent Himalayas risingabove you and the sun going down behind them. Once there, you can go for moonlight treks, rock climbing, mountain biking and many otheradventurous activities. Resources are limited (even hot water forbathing has to be boiled in the kitchen), but the courteous staff morethan makes your stay comfortable.At Jwarna, PO Kanatal, OffMussoorie-Chamba Road, Dhanolti, district Tehri Garhwal, Uttarakhand Tel 9897684867 Tariff Safari tents start at Rs 3,099 (with breakfast)Insider’s Tip Tehri Dam, one of the highest dams in the world, is justan hour’s drive from Dhanolti, which not many tourists realise. Don’tmiss out on the chance to check out this fascinating structure. AroundTown Dhanolti Eco Park, Surkanda Devi Temple.Getting thereEight-hour drive from Delhi via NH 58. Or take the Dehradun Shatabdi to Dehradunor Rishikesh and drive down to Whispering Pines from the station.Distance from delhi-295 kmBy Kavyanjali KaushikRooftop romance Te ArohaWhite walls, yellow rooftops, red bricks, purple flowers and blue birds-TeAroha is a fairytale abode. It’s here that you can fall in love againwith yourself, your partner, nature or life. And that’s why the name TeAroha, which means a ‘place of love’ in Maori language. Perched on ahilltop in the nondescript village of Dhanachulli, Te Aroha is a labourof love and it shows in every nook and corner of the property. Choose to take any one of its 12 rooms, and you’re sure to find somethingfascinating. Be it the four poster beds, the period furniture, thecarefully chosen upholstery or the dim lighting, every room here looksstraight out of a Victorian fairytale.At Te Aroha, life seems to stand still. You could spend days lazing around the rooms or sippingcoffee marvelling at the larger-than-life mountains. Evenings are forcurling up with a book from the resort’s library even as some greatmusic plays in the background. Early mornings are not meant to be spentin the bed here though. Soak in the beauty of the crimson sun risingfrom behind the mountains as you take a walk down the village and soakin the rustic beauty. Meals at Te Aroha are a simple affair. You canchoose to eat in the dining area or sit outside, gazing at the greenmountains The chef whips up intersting Indian and Continental delicacies from the fresh vegetables grown in the region. The typical Kumaoni meal is often cooked and served lovingly by the staff who are all localsfrom the nearby villages. Despite the quiet, there’s never a dull moment at Te Aroha for those who love all things peaceful.AtDhanachuli Bend, Near Mukteshwar Tehsil Dhari, District Nainital,Uttarakhand Tel 8755080736 Tariff Rs 5,900 onwards Around TownWalks toDhanachuli Village, Day trips to Naainital, Mukhteshwar, RanikhetInsider’s Tip There’s a lot of climbing up and down in the property. Not a great idea for the elderly or very young children.Getting ThereTake the Kathgodam Shatabdi to followed by a one-and-a-half hour drive to Te Aroha.Distance from delhi-325 KmsBy Rewati RauOld world charm the claridges Nabha residenceOnce upon a time this was a summer retreat for the erstwhile Maharaja ofNabha. But, today it’s an ideal holiday destination for those who wantto visit the most frequented hill station, Mussoorie but are looking for some quite away from the chitter-chatter of the city. The ClaridgesNabha Residence is a cosy conclave set amidst 13 acres of private cedarand silver oak forest. We got there in time for lunch, and starving,walked straight to their dining room The Pavilion. The corridors leading to the restaurant remind you of a bygone era with huge chandeliershanging off the ceiling, vintage architecture and black and whitephotographs of the Royal family.The rooms are simple and chicwith some reminiscence of the years gone by. Take leisurely walks around the property or challenge yourself on the trekking trails around. Forsports enthusiasts, there’s a huge tennis and basketball court alongwith an indoor play area that has everything from table tennis to a play station. We spent the next few hours sweating it out on the courts andlater pampered ourselves with an indulgent spa session. We started thenext day with a ‘nature walk’ on the property-narrow pathways cutthrough the forest. Nothing difficult about this one, but it sure isexciting for those who haven’t been on treks, or in such foliage before.At Airfield Barlowgunj, Mussoorie Tel 01352631426 Tariff Rs 10,000 onwards Insider’s Tip Take time out and go through picture books at theirlibrary. Around Town Avoid the chaotic Mall and drive up to Lal Tibba to enjoy the weather and site seeing. Make sure you look at the snowcovered Himalayan peaks through binoculars, walk around Sisters Bazaarand visit Prakash Store that sells delicious homemade jams and peanutbutter. You might even bump into the famous Ruskin Bond here!Getting ThereTake the Delhi-Dehradun Shatabdi Express, followed by an hour-long car ride to The Claridges Nabha Residence.Distance from delhi-270 kmBy Ekta Marwahalast_img read more

China reacts guardedly to Indias statement of SCS verdict

first_imgFrom K J M VarmaBeijing, Jul 13 (PTI) Reacting guardedly to Indias statement on the strategic South China Sea verdict by a UN-backed tribunal, China today said it too wants to resolve the dispute by “fully complying” with the international law.”In those public statements made by relevant governments, if it is said that the dispute should be resolved by fully complying with the international law, I think it is the same with what Chinese government is upholding,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters here.He was reacting to questions on Indias External Affairs Ministry statement asking all parties involved in the South China Sea row to resolve the maritime dispute through peaceful means without threat or use of force and “show utmost respect” to the verdict by Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.Indias reaction came after the tribunal ruled that China has no legal basis to its claims of “historic rights” to islands in South China Sea, through which USD 3 trillion passes in trade annually.The External Affairs Ministry yesterday said that India supports freedom of navigation and over flight, and unimpeded commerce, based on the principles of international law, as reflected notably in the UNCLOS (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea).”India believes that states should resolve disputes through peaceful means without threat or use of force and exercise self-restraint in the conduct of activities that could complicate or escalate disputes affecting peace and stability,” it said.The ministry said that sea lanes of communication passing through the South China Sea are critical for peace, stability, prosperity and development.advertisement”As a State Party to the UNCLOS, India urges all parties to show utmost respect for the UNCLOS, which establishes the international legal order of the seas and oceans,” it said.The arbitral court has concluded that “there was no legal basis for China to claim historic rights” within the sea areas falling within Chinas nine-dash line.Asserting that it “does not accept and does not recognise” the ruling, China has rejected the verdict as “null and void”.China asserts sovereignty over almost all of the South China Sea waters in the face of rival claims from its southeast Asian neighbours.The Philippines had lodged the suit against China in 2013, saying that after 17 years of negotiations it had exhausted all political and diplomatic avenues. PTI KJV ABHlast_img read more

Hockey players satisfied with improved facilities at Senior Men’s Nationals in Imphal

first_imgThe hockey players participating at the at the Hockey India Senior Men’s National Championships in Imphal are now living under better conditions after their initial complaint regarding basic amenities.The players said they had no beds to sleep and the washrooms, with water leakage, were drowned in water.Because of the non-availability of beds, the players were seen sleeping on mattresses on the floor. The players also complained that they have not been provided with blankets.A day later, many players complained that they were falling sick because they did not have blankets despite it being very cold.WATCH FULL VIDEOIt now seems that the authorities have worked out the problems and the players are now satisfied with the facilities provided to them.The players have now got two mattresses per player, heaters, proper blankets and the toilets provided to them are also being kept clean.Manipur’s Hockey Association has rectified the issues and are even setting up proper food menu, including vegetarian and non-vegetarian after players complained that they were getting one piece of bread per plate and that too cold.Akshay, a player from Delhi told ANI, “It was a bit difficult to adjust on day one, but it takes time to adjust to a place at first. Now everything seems alright. When we arrived there were fewer numbers of mattresses, now they have carpeted the floor and extra mattresses and blankets have been provided. There are geysers and room heaters as well and mineral water is there for drinking. Now the facilities being provided are satisfactory”.advertisementHe added that the Manipur Hockey authority is taking good care in terms of sanitation and food is also freshly served.Elena Norman, the CEO of Hockey India, said that the needs and necessities of the players has been put on priority and she believed that the players were satisfied now.”We have been here for a couple of days now. The state association and the state government have worked very hard to address some of the concerns of the players. I believe now that the players are quite satisfied with what is being provided to them. I hope if anything else comes up, they will address that to us directly and we will help them to rectify it. Some of the concerns from the players were obviously food which I believe is totally being taken care of now. Everyone is quite happy with the food,” Norman asserted.Earlier, India Today had spoken to Indian hockey great MK Kaushik, he had said that now facilities are usually very good for the hockey players but Hockey India need to delve better when it comes to juniors and nationals.”Now hockey is doing very well and everything is organised well but for the tournaments for kids and upcoming players, they still need to look at the facilities,” MK Kaushik said.”Nationals are very important for selection processes and mostly senior boys play in B division of Nationals and so, I think the facilities have to be checked before and allot someone. I think in the future Elena will take care of this. They have done a good job sending her and I think this will not happen in the future.”(With inputs from ANI)last_img read more

NFL Features Rematches: Colts-Patriots, Packers-Seahawks

first_imgYou again.Not that the Patriots and Seahawks are likely to mind seeing who has joined them in the NFL’s conference championships. Remember, New England routed Indianapolis 42-20 and Seattle romped over Green Bay 36-16 to open the season.Rematches at the final step to reaching the Super Bowl have been common recently. In the AFC, from 2009-14, only in 2011 was the conference championship not a repeat meeting. In the NFC, it happened in 2010, 2011, 2013 and this season.Twice in the NFC, intradivision matchups meant a third game between rivals: 2010 when Green Bay won at Chicago, and 2013, when Seattle beat San Francisco.Not one of the others has involved teams from the same division. Excluding 2014 — if you know now who is going to win next Sunday, please clue us in — in those rematches, the regular-season winner also won the AFC playoff game only once: Baltimore over New England in 2012.In the NFC, the Giants lost to the 49ers during the regular schedule, but beat them in overtime in the conference title match.Rematches are a double-edged sword. The victor in the first meeting has the confidence of already owning a win and the knowledge that more than enough worked during that regular-season game to handle the opponent. The loser has the revenge factor — and maybe a touch more motivation.“I’d like to think I’m a better quarterback and we’re a better team and more well-equipped to handle the unknown and the unforeseen,” Colts QB Andrew Luck said.“I think we’ve got a bunch of good football players, and a chance to go up New England and play them and get another crack at it is awesome. We’ll make sure to take full advantage of it and do what we can.”The Colts did plenty on Sunday in dominating Denver, avenging their opening loss of 2014. They also saw the Patriots struggle, twice falling into 14-point holes before rallying to defeat Baltimore on Saturday.As Patriots coach Bill Belichick noted, dryly of course: “I don’t think that’s a formula to win a lot of playoff games. They’re a tough group and they never give up, no matter what the situation is.”The upcoming situation is simply this: Luck and the Colts have the look of a rising power after two highly impressive postseason performances. New England showed some vulnerability that Luck, who led the NFL with 40 TD passes, and a rapidly improving defense just might be able to take advantage of.Of course, after vanquishing Peyton Manning and the Broncos, Indy gets Tom Brady, the most accomplished postseason quarterback of his era.“That’s how it works in the playoffs,” safety Mike Adams says. “Everybody we play is top-tier. Everybody we play is big time. We got to step our game up and be ready.”Even more intriguing might be the NFC matchup.Seattle was on a, well, Super high for the season’s traditional kickoff game, and the defending NFL champs dismantled Green Bay. Then the Seahawks went into a funk and, at one point were 3-3.They are now 13-4 and have that mean, hungry, determined, versatile and, yes, invincible air about them.“Guys are playing selfless. There aren’t any egos, there aren’t any agendas, and guys just want to do whatever it takes to win,” All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman said.“If that means making a tackle, then make the tackle; if that means catching the football, we’re going to catch the football. Guys are playing for one another, they don’t care about stats, nor do they care about anything else.”Sounds a lot like Green Bay, which displayed the resilience of a championship contender in its scintillating comeback victory against Dallas at Lambeau Field. An ailing All-Pro QB Aaron Rodgers, still battling an aching calf, got everyone involved, including two rookie targets who scored touchdowns in the second half.Just like the Seahawks, the Packers are vastly improved from midseason.And equally as hungry.“Looking forward to going back up to Seattle,” coach Mike McCarthy says, “and looking forward to winning the NFC championship.”BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer___TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more