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TFA CEO GIVES THE MARK ON NTL FIRST

first_imgNew Touch Football Australia CEO Colm Maguire created NTL history when he became the first CEO to referee at National Touch League level when he donned the white uniform and long socks and took to the BCU Sports Stadium in the opening round of the 2007 National Touch League Senior tournament.Mr. Maguire, a level three referee, took up the refereeing challenge after a conversation with the Federation of International Touch Director of Referees and Touch Football Australia National Referee Panel member Ian Matthews about the issues facing referees at representative level.Flanked by level 6 referee Sharon Foster and level 5 referee John Turnbull, the former Australian Men’s 30 Years World Cup representative acquitted himself well according to Ian Matthews.“Colm’s playing background has certainly stood him in good stead and he understands what players are looking for from the referee. He is going really well and it’s a good to see him put himself out there to gain a measure of what it is to referee at this level.” Mr. Matthews said.Mr. Maguire enjoyed his time in the middle and at half time took the opportunity to reflect on the experience.“It was a lot of fun out there I enjoyed it. I really wanted to show the referee fraternity that they have TFA’s support and that if we can help out in any way we will. There were only a few good-natured sledges out there, so hopefully I did a competent job. It was all in good fun and I’d do it again if required, I’m happy to assist in any capacity and in any way possible. The referee arm is one of the most organized and hardworking and close-knit in our sport and it was great to work on the ground and make a tangible contribution. ” Mr. Maguire said.Former CEO of the Australian Touch Association Bill Kerr, is a Level 5 Referee who officiated in numerous tournaments during his time in the top job including the National Club/Teams Championships, so the tradition of CEO’s lending a hand to the refereeing arm continues with Mr. Maguire’s appearance in white on the infield this morning.The referees will work their way through 197 games over the next four days, with Dave Baggio, Damien Carlson, Jillian Donoghue, Luke McKenzie, Phil Morabito, and Karen Woods being elevated to super fitness status after backing up from a punishing Open and 20 Years schedule earlier in the week to clock up eight days of high-level refereeing over the 2007 National Touch League.last_img read more

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NSWTA Junior Regionals

first_imgThe Kingsway Playing Fields, Penrith will play host to the 2015 New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) Junior Regionals, which will be played on Saturday, 18 April and Sunday, 19 April. 36 teams from each of the six New South Wales regions – Sydney Mets, Sydney Scorpions, Sydney Rebels, Southern Suns, Hunter Western Hornets and Northern Eagles – will compete in the event in the 14’s, 16’s and 18’s Boys and Girls divisions.To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2015 Junior Regionals, please visit the NSWTA website and the NSWTA event website:http://www.nswtouch.com.au/www.nswtaevents.sportingpulse.netBe sure to keep up-to-date with all of the action by joining NSWTA on their social media pages as well: www.facebook.com/nswtouchwww.twitter.com/nsw_touchRelated LinksThis Weekendlast_img read more

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10 months agoKlopp delighted with Liverpool triumph: A big fight – but cool!

first_imgKlopp delighted with Liverpool triumph: A big fight – but cool!by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was delighted with the manner of their 2-0 win at Wolves.Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk scored for the Reds as they stay top of the table for Christmas.A pleased Klopp said, “It was clear that the whole game would be difficult. Everybody wants to press. We want to be compact but wide as well which makes it difficult. We defended it pretty well. The heavy rain was difficult for both teams tonight. It was a big fight. We knew that we needed to be ready.”The first goal was brilliant, it was cool. And the second goal – yes, well done! I am completely happy with the result and it is big for us. We wanted to surprise our opponent. It was brilliant – both goals. It was perfect football, especially on a night like tonight when it was difficult to play proper football.”I saw some really good things tonight. We will be training on Christmas morning so it is like every other day. It is an outstanding number [of points in the league] – it is absolutely cool.”We have Manchester City waiting and that will be really tough for the boys. We need to have different game plans but the boys showed they are ready for that.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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12 days agoNorwich target Bayern Munich striker Kwasi Okyere Wriedt

first_imgNorwich target Bayern Munich striker Kwasi Okyere Wriedtby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich striker Kwasi Okyere Wriedt is attracting Premier League interest.BILD says Norwich are interested in signing Wriedt from Bayern in January.The 25-year-old Ghana international has featured just twice at first-team level since joining in 2017.However, he has been prolific for Die Bayern’s second string. And Canaries boss Daniel Farke’s contacts in Germany have urged him to make a move. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Ezekiel Elliott Is Now The Favorite To Win NFL MVP, Per Bovada

first_imgEzekiel Elliott is the favorite to win the NFL MVP award as a rookie at Bovada Sportsbook.Elliott entered the year as the favorite to win the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award. Now, the only question is if he’ll take the league’s highest prize. Bovada has updated its MVP odds, and Zeke is currently the favorite at +250, meaning a $100 bet yields a $250 payout.Tom Brady (+275), Matt Ryan (+500), Russell Wilson (+900), Derek Carr (+1000), and Dak Prescott (+1000) are the other favorites for the award. Here is the full list of bettable players, via Bovada:nfl-mvp-zekeThis is definitely the most interesting MVP field in a while. At the top, you have a rookie running back, a quarterback who missed a quarter of the season serving a suspension whose team went 3-1 without him, a player who probably didn’t get selected in a good chunk of fantasy drafts after a few down seasons, and a top QB who has been playing through injury for much of the year.There’s definitely an argument to be made for Brady, but it is hard to disagree with Elliott’s place at the top here, especially after his massive game against the Pittsburgh Steelers last Sunday. Elliott ran 21 times for 114 yards and two touchdowns, and caught two passes for 95 yards, including an 83-yard touchdown. More importantly, his two rushing scores came in the last six minutes of the game, with the game winning touchdown coming with just nine seconds left on the clock.For the season, Ezekiel Elliott has 1,005 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on the ground, and 250 receiving yards and a score through the air.last_img read more

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Cillessen frustrated by Barca’s €60m asking price

first_imgJasper Cillessen has made no secret of his desire to move away from Barcelona, but fears a €60 million (£53m/$67m) valuation is pricing him out of the market.The Dutch goalkeeper has filled a back-up role throughout his time at Camp Nou.He was snapped up from Ajax in the summer of 2016 as a highly-rated performer. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘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? Across three seasons in Catalunya, Cillessen has made just 32 appearances – with none of those coming in La Liga.That is because his rival for a starting berth, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, is considered to be one of the very best in the business.The 30-year-old is tied to a contract through to 2021, but he is hoping to see a break in that agreement granted.Cillessen, understandably, wants to find regular football away from the Spanish champions.He had been hoping that the summer of 2019 would deliver the move he craves, but Barca are reluctant to part with a proven performer for any less than his full market value.That situation is frustrating a Netherlands international, with Cillessen telling VTBL: “The fact that Barcelona ask for €60m for me does not help anything.“I still have to wait and see what happens in one of the top five European leagues. [A decision] will only be taken after the holidays.”Manchester United are among those said to hold an interest in Cillessen.Premier League giants at Old Trafford are still sweating on the future of current No. 1 David de Gea.The Spaniard is yet to commit to fresh terms and will see his deal with the Red Devils expire in the summer of 2020.It could be that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer finds himself in the market for a new keeper in the next transfer window.Cillessen would be a ready-made replacement for De Gea, while he could also slot seamlessly into any number of sides across Europe.It does, however, remain to be seen whether Barca will open themselves up to a sale and lower their demands for a player who is obviously eager to take on a new challenge.last_img read more

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USMNT vs Jamaica: Miazga captain for first time

first_imgWith just a handful of days before the CONCACAF Gold Cup begins, the United States Men’s National Team will fine-tune their preparations with a friendly match against Jamaica at Audi Field in Washington, DC.Head coach Gregg Berhalter has yet to have a competitive match in charge, but the serious stuff is right around the corner after the US surprisingly missed out on a place at the 2018 World Cup.Up against them are a Jamaica side that is arguably the region’s next strongest with the exception of Mexico, and with Leon Bailey having finally committed his international future to the Reggae Boyz, they look as strong as ever. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘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? Game USMNT vs Jamaica Date Wednesday, June 5 Time Midnight BST / 7:00 pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched on BeINSports and  live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream Fox Sports 1 / Univision Deportes / UniMas fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be broadcast or available to stream. UK TV channel Online stream N/A N/A Squads & Team News Position USA squad Goalkeepers Steffen, Johnson, Miller Defenders Gonzalez, Ream, Miazga, Carter-Vickers, Zimmerman, Robinson, Long, Lovitz, Lima Midfielders Bradley, Trapp, Lletget, Roldan, McKennie, Mihailovic, Holmes, Yueill Forwards Altidore, Zardes, Morris, Arriola, Sargent, Lewis, Gyau, Amon, Boyd Gregg Berhalter has a panel of 29 players at his disposal after calling up Jonathan Lewis to the training camp on Monday. The Colorado Rapids winger has played in all four of the USMNT’s matches in 2019 to date.Christian Pulisic and Tyler Adams have not joined up with the squad yet, while a hamstring injury to Sebastian Lletget is liable to see him miss out.DeAndre Yedlin is out after hernia surgery.USMNT starting XI: Steffen, Robertson, Ream, Miazga, Gonzalez, Arriola, Yuiell, Trapp, Roldan, Mihailovic, Sargent Position Jamaica squad Goalkeepers Miller, Blake, White, Knight Defenders Lawrence, Mariappa, Powell, Hector, Lowe, Richie, Francis, Lambert, McCarthy, Brown, Talbott, Topey, Bennett, Clarke, Scarlett Midfielders Watson, Gordon, Morris, Vassell, Marshall, Shaw, Williams, Isaacs, Parris, Lewis, Bailey, Dally, Johnson, Marrison Forwards Mattocks, Williams, Orgill, East, Nicholson, Foster, Flemmings Jamaica boss Theodore Whitmore is generally in favor of a 4-4-2 formation, but it could be that something more negative is used against the US, a team stronger than they are typically accustomed to facing.Leon Bailey is set to make his debut, with much expected of the Bayer Leverkusen man.Ravel Morrison, now of Ostersunds in Sweden, might also make his international bow.Jamaica starting XI: Blake; Francis, Lowe, Lawrence, Powell, Foster, Lambert, Vassell, Hector, Brown Orgill.Betting & Match Odds USA are favourites to win this match with  Bet365 , priced 4/9. Jamaica are 7/1 outsiders and a draw is priced at 3/1.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Jonathan Lewis USMNT 01272019After the embarrassment of missing out on World Cup 2018, it is vital that the USMNT regain some pride with a strong showing at the forthcoming Gold Cup, which will take place in the US, Costa Rica and Jamaica.Once again, there is much expected of the USA, who are ranked second by CONCACAF, behind only Mexico in the region, and are the defending champions after defeating their midweek opponents 2-1 in the 2017 final, Jordan Morris getting a dramatic late winner in Santa Clara.Much has happened in US soccer since then, with Gregg Berhalter ultimately the man anointed to replace Bruce Arena as head coach. Three wins have followed in four matches, with a 1-1 draw against Chile the exception.Such form goes in sharp contrast to what had gone before it, with just one win in eight matches, albeit against a string of very capable opponents.Now the Gold Cup looms, less than two weeks away, and though there is a friendly against Venezuela to come on Sunday, this match represents a final chance for certain players to nail down a place in the team.Jamaica, meanwhile, will do well to replicate the form they showed two years ago in knocking out Mexico en route to the final.Recent defeats against El Salvador and Costa Rica were setbacks, while this is the final friendly before their Gold Cup campaign begins in Kingston against Honduras on June 18.In their ranks they boast Leon Bailey, a player who has starred in the Bundesliga with Bayer Leverkusen but who has dithered over his own international future.He should prove a major asset to the Reggae Boyz and will want to make up for lost time on the national scene, starting in Washington, DC on Wednesday.last_img read more

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Penn State RB Miles Sanders Had The “Best Performance” At NFL Combine

first_imgTwo generic NFL footballs.(Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)On Friday afternoon the running backs finally took the field at the NFL combine. The best running backs from around the country showcased their skills in a variety of ways in front of NFL scouts.Former Oklahoma State running back Justice Hill smoked the competition in the 40-yard dash, running a 4.40. Kansas State running back Alex Barnes dominated the bench press, tossing up 34 repetitions of 225 pounds.However, it was a different running back that took home “best performance” honors. Penn State’s Miles Sanders showcased his speed with a 4.49 40-yard dash and put up 20 reps on the bench press.It was his performance in the drills that truly set him apart, though.Sanders looked fluid catching the ball and running various sets in the front of NFL scouts en route to being named the day’s top performer.Penn State’s Miles Sanders’ picked as @MoveTheSticks top performer from Day 1 of on-field workouts at NFL Combine.— Greg Pickel (@GregPickel) March 1, 2019After sitting behind Saquon Barkley for the first two years of his career, Sanders finally got his time to shine in 2018. The former Penn State star finished the 2018 season with over 1,200 yards on the ground and 140 receiving yards.Sanders showed his ability to catch the ball on Friday afternoon and certainly helped his stock heading into the 2019 NFL draft.He reportedly met with the Philadelphia Eagles early this week.last_img read more

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Texas Football 4-Star Has Decided To Retire

first_imgA closeup of a Texas Longhorns band member.WACO, TX – OCTOBER 28: The Texas Longhorns take the field prior to the game with the Baylor Bears at McLane Stadium on October 28, 2017 in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)It’s a sad reality that not every player who gets into a major college program will be able to finish their playing career on their feet. For Texas offensive lineman Patrick Hudson, that truth has become all too real.In a media interview on Monday, Texas football head coach Tom Herman revealed that Hudson has decided to retire ahead of his junior year. Herman explained that injuries and surgeries contributed to the decision. He also added that he would remain with the team even though he will no longer play.The 6-foot-5 Hudson was a four-star prospect when he was recruited in 2016. Per 247Sports, he was the No. 50 overall prospect in the country, the No. 2 offensive guard in the country, and the No. 7 prospect from the state of Texas.Tom Herman tells the media after the opening of spring drills that OL Patrick Hudson has decided to retire from football following handful of injuries/surgeries. Hudson will remain in the program despite no longer playing. #HookEm pic.twitter.com/evWPJExw1F— Clif Thornton (@ClifOnFOX7) March 11, 2019Hudson redshirted in 2016 before making his debut for the Longhorns in 2017. He appeared in only two games before suffering a season-ending injury.The 2018 season seemed poised to be a breakout year for Hudson, but an early-season trip to the hospital ultimately ended his season before it began.Back in September 2018, Hudson had to be hospitalized and taken to the intensive care unit after collapsing in practice. He had suffered heat cramps while practicing in 95-degree weather.Hudson did not play a game in 2018, and it was widely believed that 2019 would require a major decision from him.last_img read more

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India vs New Zealand Live Match Hotstar: How to watch live telecast of IND v NZ semi-final match

first_imgIndia vs New Zealand Live Match Hotstar: How to watch live telecast of IND v NZ semi-final matchIndia vs New Zealand semi-final, how to watch live telecast of cricket match 2019 world cup: The World Cup 2019 match India vs New Zealand will be played at Old Trafford in Manchester 3 PM IST on Tuesday, July 9.advertisement India Today Web Desk ManchesterJuly 9, 2019UPDATED: July 9, 2019 15:14 IST India vs New Zealand Live Match Hotstar: How to watch live telecast of IND v NZ match (Retuers Photo)The first Cricket World Cup semifinal takes place at Old Trafford, where India is the favorite against New Zealand.The toss could be all important on Tuesday, with the team batting first winning all five matches in Manchester this tournament. Four of those winning teams won the toss – in the other match, India won after being sent into bat by Pakistan.New Zealand comes into the match having lost three straight to finish the group stage. Paceman Lockie Ferguson, the team’s leading wicket-taker this World Cup with 17, should return from a hamstring problem.India topped the group-stage standings with seven wins from eight completed matches and has the tournament’s leading run-scorer in opener Rohit Sharma (647), including five centuries.What TV channel is the World Cup 2019 semifinal match India vs New Zealand on?All World Cup 2019 matches can be viewed on – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 3, Star Sports 1 in Hindi, Star Sports HD and DD Sports.Where will the World Cup 2019 semifinal match between India vs New Zealand be played?The World Cup 2019 match India vs New Zealand is being played at Old Trafford in Manchester 3 PM IST on Tuesday, July 9.Where can I watch the World Cup 2019 semifinal match India vs New Zealand live?The match will be shown on the Star Sports TV network and DD Sports.Where can I check the online live updates of the World Cup 2019 semifinal match India vs New Zealand?You can follow our coverage here – www.indiatoday.in/sports/cricket-world-cup-2019advertisementWhat are the squads for the World Cup 2019 semifinal match India vs New Zealand?India: Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli, Mayank Agarwal, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik, Mohammed Shami, Rishabh Pant.New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Colin de Grandhomme, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Trent Boult, Colin Munro, Tom Blundell, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson.Also Read | India vs New Zealand, Manchester Weather Forecast Live: Rain likely to interrupt World Cup 2019 semi-finalAlso Read | India vs New Zealand, World Cup 2019 semi-final Live Cricket Streaming: Watch IND v NZ Star Sports, DD SportsAlso Read | India vs New Zealand Live Score, World Cup 2019 1st Semi FinalFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow India vs New ZealandFollow World Cup 2019Follow Ind v NZ Nextlast_img read more

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Saravana Bhavan founder P Rajagopal critical, on ventilator

first_imgSaravana Bhavan founder P Rajagopal critical, on ventilatorP Rajagopal, the founder of famous South Indian food chain Saravana Bhavan, as been put on a ventilator after his health condition deteriorated on Tuesday.advertisement Lokpria Vasudevan Akshaya Nath ChennaiJuly 16, 2019UPDATED: July 16, 2019 14:30 IST P Rajagopal, founder of famous South Indian food chain Saravana Bhavan, has been put on a ventilator afterhis health condition deteriorated on TuesdayP Rajagopal, the founder of famous South Indian food chain Saravana Bhavan, has been put on a ventilator after suffering a massive cardiac arrest on Saturday night.Doctors in Stanley hospital said Rajagopal is in a critical condition and he is diabetic and a patient of hypertension.He has been given permission to be shifted to a private hospital by the Madras High Court. This decision of the MHC comes following a plea moved by P Rajagopal’s son P Saravanan in view of his deteriorating health condition.The Bench of Justices MM Sundaresh and B Nirmal Kumar allowed Rajagopal to be moved to Vijaya Hospital in Chennai.Rajagopal had surrendered in court on July 9 to serve his life imprisonment for the kidnap and murder of a man named Prince Shanthakumar, husband of a lady named Jeevajothi whom Rajagopal wanted to marry as his third wife.Rajagopal after being taken into custody by the Puzhal prison officials was admitted to the prison ward of theStanley Medical College and Hospital, Chennai on the day of his surrender itself. Rajagopal had come to the court in a dramatic manner – in an ambulance with oxygen mask attached to his face. Rajagopal’s counsel had even sort more time for his surrender stating his ill health. But this plea was rejected by the Madras High Court.His appeal against the Madras High Court order upholding the trial court’s judgement convicting him was rejected by the apex court in March this year.In October 2001, the daughter of a Saravana Bhavan employee and her husband were kidnapped. Jeevajothi was the daughter of an assistant manager at one of Saravana Bhavan’s Chennai branches. Rajagopal wanted to marry Jeevajothi as an astrologer had told him to marry one Jeevajothi to become one of the richest in the country.advertisementRajagopal then was already married with two wives.Despite Rajagopal’s advances and threats, Jeevajothi went on to marry one Prince Santhakumar, a man she loved. In 2001, after the kidnapping, Jeevajothi’s husband Santhakumar’s body was found by the forest department officials from inside the Tiger Chola forests in Kodaikanal on October 31.His post-mortem report had said the cause of death was asphyxia due to throttling. Soon after, police found the cloth used for the murder.In 2004, a sessions court found Rajagopal guilty of the crime and sentenced him to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment.Rajagopal challenged the sessions court verdict in the Madras High Court but was given life imprisonment in 2009.Rajagopal once again appealed against the verdict in the Supreme court, which upheld the Madras High Court order in March 2019.Rajgopal was asked to surrender on July 7, but he appealed again, asking for more time owing to his ill health. This was rejected by the Supreme Court.ALSO READ: Saravana Bhavan founder Rajagopal sports oxygen mask to surrender in murder caseALSO WATCH: Saravana Bhavan founder gets life termFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShreya Sinhalast_img read more

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A path-maker in publishing, retailing, hospitality and education

first_imgIMPACT FEATURE india today digital July 31, 2019UPDATED: July 31, 2019 19:15 IST Mr. Suneel Galgotia, an educationist, philanthropist and humanitarian was born in New Delhi and completed his education from SRCC, Delhi University. He went on to establish, grow and diversify his family business of retailing, publishing and hospitality to global level. He is now the founder chancellor of one of India’s largest and most sought after universities. The unmatched growth of Galgotias University is a culmination of delivering new technology courses, globally benchmarked hi-tech campuses, world-class faculty comprising thought leaders and practicing professionals, innovative technology based teaching methodology and an unparalleled corporate interaction.YOUR BIG MOMENTSThere have been several moments which I have cherished in my journey of creating a university of global standards. One of our big moments was when Hon’ble PM Shri Narendra Modi ji gave Galgotias University an award for academic excellence. I firmly believe in our Prime Minister’s vision which says knowledge and education are not restricted to books. The purpose of education is to enable balanced growth of every dimension of a human being, which is not possible without innovation.WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME AN EDUCATIONIST?I saw a big gap in the higher education sector where there were a growing number of educational institutions, but the quality of education was completely missing. I wanted to establish a university that’s a place of cutting edge learning and research, and one that ensured that the best quality of education is delivered to the youth of this nation by offering them a world class curriculum, latest industry ready courses with placement tie-ups, and bringing together the best faculty minds from across the world.advertisementWe were also prompted by the Prime Ministers vision for India’s development as a knowledge-acquiring as well as a learning society, and we feel that imparting quality education at affordable costs is an important input for both the growth of the society as well as the individual.FORTUNE SEED: MAKING BEST PROFESSIONALS FOR THE FUTUREProperly imparting quality education and skill development in students contributes to increase in the national gross product, brings about cultural richness, builds positive attitude towards use of technology, and increases the efficiency and effectiveness of the governance. Education opens new horizons for an individual, provides new aspirations, and develops new values. It strengthens competencies and develops commitment. Education – using today’s cutting edge platforms – generates in an individual a critical outlook on social and political realities and sharpens the ability to self-examine, self-monitor and self-criticize, which is very important for today’s generation. The future agenda for education will be to empower individuals, assure high quality of life and pave way to a learning society. The new system of education has to be rooted in culture and committed to progress.UPLIFTING LIVES: TIPS FOR ASPIRING STUDENTSMy only tip for aspiring students is – You can be the best and you can be anything you want to be in future. The time to make it happen starts now! So stay the course and be focused. I firmly believe that there is no substitute for hard work. Every student must stay focused on the end goal and work towards achieving it in-spite of distractions, diversions and roadblocks which may come in the way for each of them. Charismatic and an out-of-the-box thinker, Dhruv Galgotia is spearheading the transformation of Galgotias University as an Institute of Excellence. The youngest CEO of any Indian University, Dhruv has been honored by national and international luminaries for his innovative global education system.DREAM PLANWith a knack for projecting pragmatism with idealism into work-life decisions, Dhruv has fast-tracked the growth trajectory at Galgotias. Committed to international education in India, his focus is on creating a collaborative global education system for greater impetus to academic excellence at Galgotias University. He also aims at providing a technology-based learning environment to the students so their interest is built in the subjects.TECHNOLOGY BASED LEARNINGDhruv Galgotia has always believed in the use of technology as an enabler to ensure learning is maximised and stays effective. Using artificial intelligence, augmented reality and IOT in education can amplify and enable learning abilities of students and make the classroom an interesting and effective space for them.Galgotias University is one of the first in India to use technology to enhance teaching and learning abilities.HOLISTIC DEVELOPMENTBlessed with the energy of logic, Dhruv is a firm believer in continuous research and innovation to identify and execute newer ways for real value addition to students’ growth. Today, Galgotias University can proudly boast of many clubs like culture, fine arts, dance, recreation, sports, etc. making the university a hub of academic and human excellence.advertisementVISIONI have the vision of making our university one of the Institutions of Eminence’ which will not only raise the quality of education in Indian universities, but will also contribute towards making the country a shining example in the international world of education. India is a young country that is hungry for the best quality education. I aim to fill that space and provide opportunities for fulfilling all aspirations to access quality and affordable living.SUCCESS MANTRAMy success mantra is to dream big and focus on achieving that dream. I feel it is also a mixture of hard work, perseverance, destiny and blessings from the almighty. To fill this gap and follow our quest of providing quality education, we established our institution with a vision to provide our students with education and skills that are comparable to the best universities of the world. So, my ultimate desire is to achieve that goal and contribute to our nation. It gives me great pleasure to see our students securing good jobs in national and international companies. Their excellent performance is a source of pride for Galgotias. It is true that with trends taking a shift, women are ruling the world as top leaders. They are not only excelling in all the fields they step into, they are bringing revolutionary changes in those fields with their innovative ideas. They are the change-makers in today’s world. One such change-maker is Ms. Aradhana Galgotia, 26, a lawyer by profession and an educationist at heart. A joyful and vivacious woman, she is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence at work and any responsibility she takes on. She runs by the motto of imbibing values before imparting them in her life.She studied Political Science from Jesus and Mary College. Later, she graduated in LLB Law from Amity Law School, Noida. With her interest in gaining ample knowledge, she went to Queen Mary University of London to pursue LLM in Intellectual Property Rights.DRIVING FORCEGaining exposure to international education, she realized that theoretical knowledge is not enough to survive in the industry. She felt that Indian education needs to be transformed to a more holistic teaching as well as learning system. She was so inspired with the international education system that she decided to transform the education system here from theory-based to practice-based learning. Aradhana is keen to ensure the enriched ambience at the Galgotias University.COMMITTED TO SOCIAL UPLIFTMENTA realist with a speculative mind, Aradhana is committed to the cause of social upliftment, especially of women from broken homes. She is extremely keen on providing them access to quality education, counseling, and an environment of healthy living and healthy learning at Galgotias. She believes that every woman must get quality education and succeed in her life just like she has.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySania Ahmad A path-maker in publishing, retailing, hospitality and educationInspired by the Prime Ministers vision for India’s development as a knowledge-acquiring as well as a learning society, Mr. Suneel Galgotia feels that imparting quality education at affordable costs is an important input for both the growth of the society as well as the individual.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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South Africa name Lance Klusener as assistant batting coach for T20 against India

first_img Next Press Trust of India JohannesburgAugust 23, 2019UPDATED: August 23, 2019 12:54 IST Former South Africa all-rounder Lance Klusener (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSouth Africa will travel to India for a three-match T20 series starting September 15Justin Ontong will retain his position as the assistant fielding coachCSA announced that former pacer Vincent Barnes will serve as the assistant bowling coachFormer South Africa all-rounder Lance Klusener was on Friday appointed as the assistant batting coach of the national team for the three-match Twenty20 series against India in September.Cricket South Africa (CSA) also announced that former pacer Vincent Barnes will serve as the assistant bowling coach. While Justin Ontong will retain his position as the assistant fielding coach in Enoch Nkwe’s Proteas management.”In terms of the new team structure the Team Director appoints his three assistant coaches who have specific skills focus in the three key disciplines of batting, bowling and fielding,” CSA Acting Director, Corrie van Zyl, said in a statement.”Former Proteas all-rounder Lance Klusener will fill the role of assistant coach (batting) for the T20 Series only as he is currently not available for all formats.”Klusener, considered one of the best all-rounders of his generation, has collected 1906 runs and 80 wickets in Tests, as well as 3576 runs and 192 wickets in ODIs.He took up coaching with domestic side Hollywoodbets Dolphins from 2012-2016 before being appointed as batting coach for the Zimbabwe national team.In July this year, he was appointed as the head coach of the Glasgow Giants for the cancelled inaugural edition of the Euro T20 Slam cricket tournament.”His record as one of the best all-rounders in the world, particularly in white ball cricket, during his playing career speaks for itself and he also has extensive coaching experience both at franchise and international level,” van Zyl said.Barnes has a long history with the Proteas, having served as the bowling and then assistant coach from 2003 until 2011.advertisement”Vincent Barnes will be the assistant coach (bowling). He also has extensive coaching experience at international level and his knowledge of playing conditions in India will make his contribution invaluable. Vincent currently also fills the role of the HP Bowling Lead for CSA.”Ontong, who has represented the national side in all three formats, also served as South Africa’s fielding coach under Ottis Gibson before the restructuring.”Justin Ontong will fill the role of assistant coach (fielding). He has built up a strong relationship with the players over the last two years and is an acknowledged expert in this department,” the statement said.Van Zyle also said: “Team director Enoch is targeting a batting coach who has extensive knowledge of Indian conditions for the Test series and we will be in a position to announce this successful candidate shortly.”Van Zyl added that all the technical staff — performance analyst Prasanna Agoram, strength and conditioning coach Greg King and physiotherapist Craig Govender — will continue in their positions, although Govender will be replaced temporarily for the India tour after he had knee surgery.South Africa will travel to India for a three-match T20 series starting September 15. The two sides will then compete in a three-match Test series.Also Read | IND vs WI: Will try to sneak up wickets in morning session, says Kemar RoachAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow ProteasFollow Lance KlusenerFollow CSAFollow T20Follow RSA vs INDFollow Enoch Nkwe South Africa name Lance Klusener as assistant batting coach for T20 against India”In terms of the new team structure the Team Director appoints his three assistant coaches who have specific skills focus in the three key disciplines of batting, bowling and fielding,” CSA Acting Director, Corrie van Zyl, said in a statement.advertisementlast_img read more

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Former India captain Sourav Ganguly takes over as 39th BCCI president

first_imgOther Videos from Sports 22:37 Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 A new start for BCCI: Sourav Ganguly after taking charge as board president 03:09 Thu, 17 Oct, 2019 Haven’t had a discussion about Ashwin’s future at KXIP yet, says coach Kumble 09:34 Mon, 14 Oct, 2019 Never aspired to become BCCI chief: Sourav Ganguly 05:16 Mon, 14 Oct, 2019 Sourav Ganguly likely to become new BCCI boss 09:04 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 We will create Indian champions in Free Fire: Kiren Rijiju 02:16 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 Watch: Free Fire India Today League trophy unveiled 03:11 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 Watch: Kalli Purie speech at Free Fire India Today League trophy 03:13 Wed, 09 Oct, 2019 Good to see Rohit Sharma opening in Tests: Harbhajan Singh to India Today Load More Other Video CategoriesIndiaSportsMoviesSo SorryProgrammelast_img read more

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Off The Cuff + Linked In

first_img A Good Waxed Jacket Is the Best Jacket to Wear This Season Editors’ Recommendations Affordable Watch Hunting: 10 Best Timex Watches For Men The Best Men’s Short-Sleeve Button-Downs Shirts Raise the Bar You Definitely Need a Shirt Jacket for Fall Cufflinks have a unique history. They first appeared in Europe in the early 17th century, but were not widely used. The men of that time preferred to wear lace and ribbons to hold their shirt cuffs together.  Accounts from this period suggest that men of elegance were not to be seen wearing jewelry. The exceptions were their wedding rings, a watch, or a signet ring bearing their family coat-of-arms/crest. It wasn’t until the 19thcentury when men’s fashion began to change and that cufflinks were gladly pushed through the buttonholes of many a man’s cuffs.Cufflinks are one of the very few pieces of masculine jewelry in existence and that can add a touch of personality or flair to an outfit.Brooks BrothersThe Lighthouse Cufflinks in sterling silver with enamel are inspired by that traditional New England iconic structure.  They offer a subtle homage to a vacation, sailing, or any coastal point on a map.J. PressIn silver and onyx, this pairing has so many meanings and references.  From pirates to poison, or from bad boy rocker to a Yale secret society, nothing is more recognizable than the Skull & Bones.Ralph LaurenWe often think of black tie when the topic of cufflinks comes into conversation.  However, a tuxedo twist for a casual is a nice option.  Sterling silver tuxedo bear would be perfectly paired with denim and your favorite French cuffed tartan shirt.Wurkin StiffsDON’T PANIC is so perfect for almost every occasion. Designed with original artwork from artist Peter Tunney, this hand-laid resin and stainless steel cufflink is literally wearable art. The message works for just about everyone.Let me know which you liked best on Twitter at @PRProfessor Ditch the Bottle Opener Because Canned Wines are Having More than Just a Momentlast_img read more

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Kaufmann Merchantile — Crave It Year Round

first_img Editors’ Recommendations A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America 1. Leather & Canvas Weekend Bag 2. Wool Cap 3. Snow Shoes 4. Leather Notebook 5. Carafe Set 6. Buffalo Plaid Blanket 7. Mocha Coffee Syrup 8. Crystal & Pewter cocktail glass 9. Copper Pitcher 10. Hand-held Candle Holders 11. Pewter Candlestick Set 12 Best Seiko Watches for Men, From Flashy to Functional When Sebastian Kaufmann, a German expatriate, founded Kaufman Mercantile in 2009, he brought his passion and discerning eye for art, design, culinary science, as well as the great outdoors. Kaufmann Mercantile is a combination of online retailer and a highly edited approach to offering well-designed goods. They started offering only eight items, but that has increased to approximately 600.All types of new products are launched every Wednesday and Sunday, ranging from weekend bags to kitchen utensils, and from grooming tools to notebooks and stationary.  They also provide interesting articles on their website every other week.  Kaufmann and his team put more thought, more effort, and more time into finding and developing these unique items, then offer them in one place.The team selects products where equal importance is given, not to only to design, but also functionality and durability. Long-lasting materials go into product design that marries form and function.  Handmade products are their specialty.The Manual posed a few questions to Sebastian:Tell us what it is that the brand values.You should never pay a dollar more than you need to, but you should never pay a dollar less than it’s worth. These are valuable pieces that will enrich your life, not clutter it. Most of the things in the world can now be obtained, but what makes them truly special is who made it, how it was made, when it was made, why it was made, and collectively, why it should be yours.Give us some insight into your point of view. Each product comes replete with a blip of verbal wit.  We are selling stuff after all, no need to be terribly serious. We want to make people learn, we want to make them laugh, and if we can do both, then we earn the right to make people lust after merchandise that matters.Based in Brooklyn, New York, with a warehouse located in Raleigh, North Carolina, they devote a great deal of time researching all that goes into everything they offer. Their slogan, “More of What Matters,” pertains to a point of view of purchasing goods for the life that you live every day. This site is an awesome opportunity to select from durable, fine quality luxury items made under ethical, environmentally safe circumstances. And just in time for the holidays!  What are you favorite finds?  Let us know on Twitter @TheManualGuidecenter_img 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider Are Fermented Pizzas a Trend to Watch? We Asked a Pro to Find Out For Sale: A Treehouse in the Suburbs Designed by John Lautner last_img read more

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End of Season Fireplace Cleaning Tips from Jason Cameron

first_img The Best CBD Coffee Brands for Energy Without the Jitters The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities 7 Best Travel Coffee Mugs for Morning Joe To Go How to Smoke Meat: Everything You Need to Know Editors’ Recommendations Believe it or not, the long, dark, cold winter is nearing its end.And while that icy feeling that has been gripping your chest since November 8th, 2016, is not going to go away just because the days grow warmer as spring settles in, at least it will soon be nice enough to go for a stroll down by the riverbank, to play games of stickball in the alley, or to sip your mint julep on the porch instead of in the parlor.Sadly, the approach of spring also means enjoying the last few uses of your fireplace for this winter. After enjoying the last fire of the season, don’t simply shut the fireplace doors and forget all about it until next autumn; no, you’ve got a bit of work to do in order to clean and maintain that hearth of yours. Fortunately, we spoke to Jason Cameron, a DIY Network star who knows his way around a fireplace or two, and got some tips on proper fireplace maintenance and cleaning techniques.Jason is a bona fide licensed home improvement contractor and the host of several DIY Networks shows, including Desperate Landscapes, Man Caves, and Sledgehammer. Along with his passion for home improvement, he is an outdoorsman and sportsman. He is also the PR representative for several national brands, currently serving as “home expert” for Pine Mountain. (You’re going to see a few Pine Mountain plugs — figured you should know that’s not just coming out of left field.)We first asked Jason Cameron some very personal questions, but things got awkward in a hurry, so then we reverted to these slightly less personal questions. (OK, maybe we started with these….)Were you always a fan of fires?Yes, growing up in the Upper Peninsula (UP) of Michigan, we heated our house with a wood burning stove. This forced me and my brothers to maintain the fire day and night throughout the winter. And by the way, winter in the UP is really long. So fire has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.So they call up childhood memories, then?One of my fondest memories from childhood was building a bonfire in the backyard with friends and staring at that night sky full of stars. In the UP, there is no light pollution, so you can still see a sky full of stars.What should someone do during the last fire they burn each season?Along with an annual chimney sweep [cleaning], it’s important to clean your fireplace and chimney yourself to help prevent dangerous chimney fires, which are more likely to occur when there is excess creosote buildup in your chimney. Creosote is the chemical mass of carbon formed when wood is burned, and if not periodically removed it can cause a chimney fire. To help clean your chimney, just add a [creosote sweeping] log to an existing fire in a wood fireplace or wood stove. When heated, the powder in the firelog changes to an active gas and attacks the creosote in the chimney. Using a Creosote Buster is both easy and mess-free. The firelog stays in its wrapper when placed in the existing fire, allowing your hands and home to remain clean.And how should you safely put out a fire in your fireplace?Extinguishing a fire safely is easy with the proper tools, specifically a fireplace poker and fireplace shovel. Plus, I always keep baking soda in my home. First, you want to help the fire die down by using the poker to shift the wood around with the goal of spreading out the embers. Once the fire has damped, use the shovel and cover the wood [with ash] to completely extinguish any remaining flames and burning embers. The last step is to sprinkle a layer of baking soda over the ashes – the sodium bicarbonate in the baking soda will ensure that no little embers are still burning. For clean-up, all you need to do is scoop up the ashes and toss them in metal ash container.What is something most people get wrong when making fires?Most people assume the more wood, the bigger the fire. However, you don’t want to overload your fireplace. Smaller fires help keep your chimney from cracking and slow down the development of creosote deposits. [Also] damp wood is a top frustration among those who have ever tried to start a fire. Make sure your supply is stacked with seasoned firewood that has been dried for at least six months [for] longer-lasting fires. To accompany the seasoned firewood, an ample supply of firestarters, such as the new Pine Mountain® ExtremeStart™ Firestarter, is essential to have on hand to enjoy each fire of the season with less hassle — and you won’t waste time trying to make your own firestarter. With the ExtremeStart, there’s no need to find kindling.Any ideas for ash disposal? Ideally eco-friendly ideas?Gardeners will love this idea: ashes can be mixed with soil in your outdoor garden to enhance the nutrients [and lower soil acidity]. (As a side bar, you can also spread wood ash over a lawn as fertilizer. Use between ten and fifteen pounds of ash per 1,000 square feet of your lawn.)OK, tell us about Pine Mountain specialty logs, especially the coffee aroma fire log.As a coffee drinker, I just can’t get enough of the coffee smell from the Java-Log Firedogs, and it’s amazing how Pine Mountain makes them – from real coffee grounds! That’s right, each year Pine Mountain sources over 100 million pounds of sawdust and coffee grounds from instant coffee manufactures and waste grounds from coffee shops. The result is an all-natural firelog with a cleaner burn and that emits less carbon monoxide, combustion residue, and particulate matter. How to Put Out a Fire Without Hurting Yourself in the Process last_img read more

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Founders CBS is the Maple Beer You Need in Your Life Right Now

first_img The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens 10 Lawnmower Beers You Should Sip This Summer Editors’ Recommendations Sun, Sand, and Suds: Here are Some of the Best Coastal Breweries Founder Brewing Co./FacebookFounders Brewing Co. makes some of the nation’s highest rated beers (according to professional and casual drinkers alike) and it just released one of its most sought-after brews: CBS.On December 1, The Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Founders launched CBS (short for Canadian Breakfast Stout) and sent it to 46 states, making 2017 the first time many beer fans will get to try the stuff instead of just reading about the maple-infused bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout. Originally introduced in bottles as part of the brewery’s Backstage Series, Founders has periodically hosted CBS in its taproom, often with a Canadian flag displayed. This year’s release of CBS is part of Founders Barrel-Aged Series, which includes Frootwood, Doom, DKML, Backwoods Bastard, and KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout).CBS was created in 2011 when brewers at Founders came across bourbon barrels that were used by BLiS Gourmet to age maple syrup and filled these barrels with the same base beer as their much-lauded release, KBS. (The city of Grand Rapids even has a week dedicated to the KBS when it’s released every April.)The result of aging an imperial stout in maple-infused bourbon barrels is as expected: an 11.7 percent ABV imperial stout loaded with maple syrup, coffee, and chocolate. It’s nearly the polar opposite Founders’ flagship beer, All Day IPA, but just one of many in a large portfolio of award-winning beers.At any given time, Founders has thousands of barrels aging beers. Originally the barrels were left to age in gypsum caves under Grand Rapids, but the brewery has started transitioning to a second brewhouse that also serves as an aging facility. This is a far cry from the several near-bankruptcies that the company has weathered since it opened in 1997.CBS might not be the only maple beer on the market, but it might be soon become the most well-known now that distribution has increased so dramatically from previous years. What remains to be seen is if consumers will be willing to shell out the $25  for a bottle. If other releases like Goose Island’s Bourbon County Stout is any indication, we think they will.Writer’s note: A distillery in Grand Rapids, Gray Skies Distillery, has released a rye whiskey this week also aged in the maple-infused bourbon barrels from BLiS Gourmet.Feature image courtesy of Founders Brewing Co./Facebook. Saint Archer Brewing Company’s New Tropical IPA is Coming Soon and Coming In Big Goose Island Releases 2019 Bourbon County Stout Lineup last_img read more

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All Inclusive Resorts – Puerto Vallarta

first_imgWritten By: Geoff Millar, Ultimate All Inclusive Vacations  This month we will continue our journey of all-inclusive resort destinations on the West coast of Mexico. We are going to focus on Puerto Vallarta and the surrounding area. The Puerto Vallarta area is bordered on the East by the Sierra Madre Mountains,   “We don’t need no stinking badges”, and by the Pacific Ocean to the West. The Main town of Puerto Vallarta sits on the largest bay in Mexico, Banderas Bay. The Puerto Vallarta area is made up of a number of different locations. To the South you have the Southern Zone including the Mismaloya area. This is a beautiful area made up of resorts and some very up-scale villas and private homes.  The Mismaloya area is also the location where the movie “Night of the Iguana” with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton was filmed. It was actually filmed on the exact location of the current Barcelo Resort. In the mountains and jungle behind Mismaloya, the movie “Predator”, with Arnold Swartznager was filmed. The Southern Zone is beautiful with a jungle backdrop, some of the nicest smaller beaches and one of the top snorkeling locations in the Puerto Vallarta area, Los Arcos, a large rock formation just offshore.  The Southern Zone includes such resorts as the Barcelo and the Hyatt Ziva. The next area toward the town of Puerto Vallarta is the Romantic Zone.  This area sits in the southern part of the town of Puerto Vallarta.  It is bordered by the Cuale River and contains 2 great beaches, Los Muertos Beach and Olas Altas Beach.  The area was developed in the 60’s and 70’s and has few all-inclusive resorts but contains a number smaller boutiques hotels. The Romantic Zone is filled with shopping, art galleries, restaurants, and bars. It is known as old Vallarta with cobblestone streets and wonderful Mexican décor. There is really no great need for all-inclusive resorts in this area as fantastic dining and nightlife are right outside your door. The next area we come to is the Downtown area or the oldest part of Puerto Vallarta.  The center of this area is the town Plaza anchored by the church and fronting the Malecon, the public walkway along the ocean. This is where families and tourists alike stroll along the Malecon enjoying the views and gentle evening breezes, artists and craftsmen display their wares and musicians serenade the onlookers. In the downtown area there are a number of upscale restaurants and art gallaries with private residences in the hills above the town. Cuale River Island borders the downtown area and the Romantic area. The Island is home to fantastic shopping and dining. You can also view the Taylor-Burton Bridge that linked the Apts. of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton when they were filming “Night of the Iguana”.  I will leave the rest up to your imagination. Just north of the Downtown area is the Hotel Zone.  This area was the major resort growth area beginning in the 70s. There is a mixture of all-inclusive resorts and non-all-inclusive resorts, from mid-level to up-scale resorts with very nice beaches. Some of the resorts in this area are the Secrets and NOW resorts, the Sheraton Buganvillas, and the newest Sunscape resort, formerly the Holiday Inn. Restaurants, nightlife, and shopping have grown up in this area with newer Malls and it is also the location of the Sam’s Club. This area is just a short cab or bus ride into the downtown and Romantic areas. The hotel zone is more of a modern area with a different vibe. It has some very nice beaches that front the large number of resorts in the area. A number of the land tours leave from this area and the downtown area. Land tours in Puerto Vallarta tend to lean toward the active adventure tours, ATV tours, ziplineing,  cliff rappelling, tequila tasting, golf, hiking, horseback riding, visits to movie sets as a number of movies were filmed in the Puerto Vallarta area. Using public transportation in Puerto Vallarta is very easy and fairly inexpensive.  Cabs and buses tend to be the most popular. The fourth area and the last area close to the main town is the Marina Zone. This is the area where the cruise port is located and where the majority of the ocean tour activities depart from. Ocean activities in the Puerto Vallarta area include swimming, fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, whale watching in the winter months, dinner cruises, and surfing in the Northern Zone. This area is also the closest to the airport. There are a number of resorts located in the Marina Zone like the Marriott, the Melia, the Velas Vallarta, and Mayan Palace.  There are some very nice beaches in the area.  The only drawback is at the southern end of the marina zone and the Northern end of the Hotel zone is the river that runs into the ocean and during the rainy season can muddy the water of the resorts close to the river entrance. As we move north from the Town of Puerto Vallarta we come to Nuevo Vallarta or as it is called today, Nayarit. This area sits about ½ hour north of Puerto Vallarta. This area was developed as a resort area in the early 90s. A little known fact is that even though the two are fairly close, Nayarit actually is in a different time zone than Puerto Vallarta and the time differs by 1 hour.  Tell your clients not to panic as the resorts actually keep the same time in both places to avoid confusion.  A big problem was that if your resort is in Nayarit and one time zone, the airport is in another time zone and it was hard to track when you needed to leave the resort to check-in at the airport. The Nayarit Zone is the newest resort area and the location of most of the all-inclusive resorts. It sits on, what, I feel, is the best beach in the Puerto Vallarta area.  The beach is 13 miles long and is very swimmable and great for watersports. There are everything from mid-level 3 star resorts to up-scale 5 star resorts like the Grand Velas, Hard Rock, RIU resorts, Dreams, Marival, and Marival Residences. It takes about ½ hour 45 minutes to get to the downtown Puerto Vallarta Zone by bus or cab. There are also watersport tours that leave from the Nayarit area to the same areas as the ones that leave from the Marina area.  3 golf courses are very close to Nayarit. Aside from the resorts, Nayarit is a great beach community with very nice homes and condominiums. This area is great for clients that want great beaches, very nice resorts and a slower pace away from the town environment, Nayarit is a great destination. The last area we are going to look at is the Northern Zone with the best known area being Punta De Mita. The area tends to be more upscale than most of the areas. The area is about 1 hour north of the airport and is home to resorts such as the St. Regis and the Four Seasons, Iberostar, and closer to Nayarit, the Palladium. The area includes beautiful golf courses, its own Marina with fishing charters, and up-scale residences all set in a beautiful setting. This area is known for surfing and surfers from all over the world come here to experience it.  Most stay in the wonderfully quirky town of Syulita. The town of Syulita started as a small village with one street and has developed into one of the most charming towns in the area with great restaurants and shopping.  While in the area stop in and take a surfing lesson. Puerto Vallarta is a fantastically diverse area with something for everyone.  Even though it has grown, it still retains it old world Mexican charm.  The people are warm and friendly, the food is fantastic, and the activities never end. There is a huge expat community in Puerto Vallarta and Puerto Vallarta is one of the most LGBTA friendly areas in Mexico and the Caribbean. In future articles, we will talk about the different resorts in all the areas.last_img read more

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Cabinet to Approve Merger of CDA and OCR

first_img In January, the Government appointed a committee chaired by University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Director, Michael McAnuff-Jones, to streamline the services offered by the agencies, and as part of forward planning, the CDA and the OCR recently met at a retreat and agreed on a strategic three-year plan, in keeping with the objectives of the new-look agency. Work is now complete for the merger of the Child Development Agency (CDA) and the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR), and is awaiting approval by Cabinet.Making the disclosure, Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, says by the end of October, the “merger will be operationalized”, while work continues on the legal aspects of the entities.In an interview with JIS News, the State Minister said both the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, and the Public Sector Transformation Unit gave feedback on the structure of the new entity, and all the changes have been shared with critical partners.“Those have been finalised, and we expect that within a few weeks, Cabinet will sign off on the approval,” he informed, adding that the two agencies are now operating on a parallel basis as they await a formal decision by the Cabinet.In January, the Government appointed a committee chaired by University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Director, Michael McAnuff-Jones, to streamline the services offered by the agencies, and as part of forward planning, the CDA and the OCR recently met at a retreat and agreed on a strategic three-year plan, in keeping with the objectives of the new-look agency.“We are in the process of circulating that draft strategic plan among staff members,” Mr. Green said, noting that work is far advanced for the reallocation of spaces.“The changes are holistic. This is a complete reorganisation of divisions, the creation of a new department, as well as strengthening the internal efficiencies and accountability, to ensure that the agency functions with secrecy and in a timely manner,” the State Minister explained. Work is now complete for the merger of the Child Development Agency (CDA) and the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR), and is awaiting approval by Cabinet. Story Highlights Making the disclosure, Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, says by the end of October, the “merger will be operationalized”, while work continues on the legal aspects of the entities.last_img read more

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