Joint India-Japan military exercise in Mizoram


first_imgA 25-member team of the Japanese Ground Self-Defence Forces is scheduled to undergo a joint military exercise with Indian Army soldiers at the Counter-Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School in Mizoram’s Vairengte from October 19 to November 2.The aim of the exercise is to share experience gained during various counter-terrorism operations in the respective countries, Defence spokesperson Wing Commander Ratnakar Singh said on Tuesday.The joint exercise is under the Army’s annual Dharma Guardian training programme. The scope of the exercise will cover platoon-level joint training on counter-terrorism operations in jungle and urban scenarios, he said.“Dharma Guardian is a series of military training exercises undertaken by India with various countries. The exercise with Japan is crucial and significant in terms of security challenges faced by both nations in the backdrop of global terrorism,” Wing Commander Singh said.last_img read more

Govt mulling PPP model for urban water supply sector


first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 10 (PTI) The government is considering a public-private-partnership (PPP) model for urban water supply to enhance coverage and efficiency of service delivery, Rajya Sabha was informed today.”Public-Private Partnership (PPP) is being explored as one of the options to bridge the demand-supply gap in urban water supply sector with a view to improving coverage and efficiency of sevice delivery,” Minister of State for Urban Development Bahul Supriyo said in a written reply.To a query on response to similar exercise undertaken globally, he said, “PPP experience in urban water supply the world over has been mixed.”In case of Manila (Philippines), he said the PPP in water supply has “improved coverage and reduced non-revenue water, suggesting that PPPs can produce benign outcomes if structured well.”Responding to a separate question on fine for littering in public places, Supriyo said, “The government proposes to amend the Environment Protection Act 1986 to provide for civil monetary penalty for violation of Municipal Solid Waste Rules, 2000.” PTI MP KND SK KNDlast_img read more

ST: secure-element evaluation kit with ready-to-use software for IT and IoT applications


first_img Continue Reading Previous Renesas: Synergy platform adds low power S5D3 MCU group with advanced securityNext Garz & Fricke extends portfolio by ultra-low-power NALLINO SBC and a new industrial display STMicroelectronics’ STSAFE-A100 Evaluation Pack extends the richly supportive STM32 Nucleo ecosystem to accelerate secure-element integration, leveraging reusable source code that simplifies the creation of secure IoT devices, high-value consumables such as medical probes, IT accessories, and consumer products.The pack comprises the X-NUCLEO-STSA100 expansion board, which contains the STSAFE-A100 Secure Element, and the STSW-STSA100 software pack. The software includes device drivers, STM32 microcontroller source code, and STSAFE-A100 source code for use cases including brand and ecosystem protection, device enrolment, and secure Cloud connection.The STSAFE-A100 is a convenient 8-pin device that provides robust, immutable, hardware-based authentication and secure data-management services to a host system. Highly resistant to cyber-attacks, it features a secure OS running on a state-of-the-art, CC EAL5+ -certified secure microcontroller, advanced symmetric and asymmetric cryptography, crypto key management, and built-in protection against physical and side-channel attacks.Using the STSAFE-A100 Evaluation Pack in conjunction with any compatible STM32 Nucleo development boards, device designers can combine the STSAFE-A100 secure element with an unrestricted variety of STM32 microcontrollers, sensors and actuators to protect products ranging from simple IoT endpoints to industrial networking and control equipment, computer peripherals, wearables, gaming equipment, and mobile accessories.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components, Tools & Software last_img read more

Photo Advisory First, Photos released upto 4 p.m.


first_imgNew Delhi: June 27, 2018 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos withCaptions released today. To view thumbnails of thesePhotographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.comNATINONALNew Delhi: US Envoy NIkki Haley in New Delhi(B+A)New Delhi: Rainfall(B+A)New Delhi:File….Astad Deboo(B+A)Jaipur: Strom in Jaipur(B)Ranchi: Clashes in Ranchi(B)New Delhi: National Conclave on GST(B)Nashik: Su-30 MKI fighter jet crashes near Nashik(B)Jammu: Amarnath Yatra begins(B)Patna: Bihar Police Constables Examinations(B)Kolkata: Dark clouds(B)Mumbai: ‘Sanju’ promotions(B)Bhopal: MP leader Ajay Singh Rahul addresses’Janta Ki Adalat'(B)Sangli: Vat Purnima(B)New Delhi: Arms seized from Usmanpur in Delhi(B+A)INTERNATIONALWashington :People protest against the Supreme Courtruling upholding President Donald Trump’stravel ban(B)Washington :Ivanka Trump watches as President Trumpawards the Medal of Honor to 1st Lt. Garlin Conner(A)Orem : Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romneyduring an election night party(A)Kuala Lumpur : Malaysia’s commercial crime investigationschief Amar Singh during press conference(B)SPORTSSt. Petersburg/Rostov-on-Don/Moscow : 2018 soccer World Cup(B+A)Buenos Aires/Lagos :Soccer fans watch a live broadcastof 2018 World Cup soccer match betweenArgentina and Nigeria(B)Burnaby: Harry Jerome International Track Classic inBurnaby(B+A)PTI PHOTO VNA DLDLlast_img read more

Meet Ehsan Khan, the Hong Kong bowler who dismissed MS Dhoni for a duck


first_imgThere was cheers all around the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Tuesday even though India’s centurion Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed trying to up the ante. The reason for the cheer, MS Dhoni was walking out to bat.But the cheers suddenly turned to sorrow. The reason, Dhoni walked back to the pavilion and that too for a duck.In India’s 2018 Asia Cup opener against Hong Kong, Dhoni tried to force the issue as he came down the track but was deceived. He ended up getting a faint edge as the Hong Kong keeper took a sharp catch to send back the former India captain.The perpetrator (read bowler) was Ehsan Khan, a Pakistan-born 33-year-old off-spinner.Earlier in the match he had dismissed Rohit Sharma, who is leading Team India in the tournament after regular captain Virat Kohli opted to take a break. Ehsan Khan reacts after getting the wicket of MS Dhoni (AP Photo)So who is Ehsan Khan?Playing just his 15th one-day international, Ehsan made his first-class cricket debut against Ireland in the 201517 ICC Intercontinental Cup, and played his first ODI against Scotland – where he took 2/28. His best performance tough came against Afghanistan as he took 4 wickets for just 33 earlier this year in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier at Bulawayo.After that performance Ehsan, named the match of the match, had said that Hong Kong “showed we can beat any team”. After the end of the qualifiers, though Hing Kong failed, Ehsan was named the ‘rising star’ of his team by ICC.advertisementHe has taken a total of 47 first class wicket from 22 matches and 11 wickets from 4 List-A games. In T20Is, Ehsan has a total of 6 wickets from 4 matches since making his debut against Ireland in 2016. Apart from the Hong Kong national team, Ehsan has played for Diasqua Little Sai Wan Cricket Club in Hong Kong and also for Rawalpindi in Pakistan.In Hong Kong’s first match of the Asia Cup, Ehsan had dismissed Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam, finshing the game with figures of 2/34.India went from 240/2 in 40 overs to 285/7, despite Dhawan scoring his 14th ODI ton as the other middle-order faltered once again, thanks to some clever bowling by the Hong Kong spinners.As for Dhoni, the frowns on the World Cup-winning captain’s brow must be growing especially given his recent slump in form.His strike rate in the recent tour of England had brought a lot of criticism, and doubts being raised over his finishing abilities during the limited-overs series.Dhoni’s slow batting led to boos from the stands in Lord’s as India failed to chase down England’s set target of 323 in the second ODI.Though the world stands divided on questions of Dhoni’s participation in the 50-over World Cup in 2019, the answer might just have to wait for the time now.last_img read more

Mike Gundy Goes on Mike & Mike, Says QB Play in Big 12 is ‘Fantastic’


first_imgMike Gundy went on Mike & Mike this morning and *sort of* pumped up the Big 12.“The quarterback play we’re getting in this league is fantastic. We went through this four or five years ago where we had several first round draft picks. At any level, when you’re getting fantastic quarterback play, you’re going to run up some big offensive numbers. The talk will go on forever. We never really know until we get into bowl season, into playoff season.”I wish Gundy had been joined by Yurcich so we could have had Mike & Mike on Mike & Mike.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Wozniacki tells Liverpool: Impossible is nothing


first_imgLiverpool ‘Impossible is nothing’ – Wozniacki tips Liverpool for Premier League glory after Australian Open win Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 23:12 1/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Caroline Wozniacki Getty Liverpool Premier League The Danish tennis star has broken her duck at Grand Slam tournaments and believes her beloved Reds will taste title success in England at some stage Caroline Wozniacki has broken her Grand Slam duck and is tipping her beloved Liverpool to taste Premier League title glory in the near future.The Danish tennis star is back on top of the world rankings following a maiden major triumph at the Australian Open.Having twice been a runner-up at the US Open, Wozniacki outlasted Simona Halep, 7-6, 3-6, 6-4 in a pulsating final on Saturday in Melbourne. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player As she savoured that success, attention was diverted back to football matters and the chances of Liverpool emulating her achievement by reclaiming the English top-flight title at some stage.Wozniacki told reporters on that challenge: “Impossible is nothing.”I’m sure, eventually, it will go well for them.”The 27-year-old is a famous follower of the Reds, with regular visits to Anfield made when a busy tennis schedule allows.Having been born on July 11, 1990, Liverpool have not tasted title glory during Wozniacki’s lifetime.Their last triumph, an 18th in the club’s illustrious history, came in the 1989-90 season.There have been a few near misses since then, most notably under Rafa Benitez and Brendan Rodgers, but the crown has remained elusive.Jurgen Klopp is the man currently charged with the task of restoring the good times to Merseyside.He has been unable to break a silverware drought thus far, with that barren run having entered a sixth year, but remains in the hunt as the 2017-18 campaign approaches the business end.Whatever happens from this point, all of those connected with Liverpool can rely on the support of Wozniacki, with her exploits having proved that persistence and hard work will be rewarded in time. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer compares Rashford to Juventus star Ronaldo


first_imgMan Utd boss Solskjaer compares Rashford to Juventus star Ronaldoby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has compared Marcus Rashford to Cristiano Ronaldo due to his swerving free-kicks.Rashford has often cited the Juventus superstar as a player he’s tried to emulate in his career.And after scoring United’s second from a set-piece in last night’s 2-0 win over Newcastle, Solskjaer had high praise for the 21-year-old.Speaking after the game, Solskjaer told BBC Sport: “Marcus Rashford has the Cristiano hit, it swerves everywhere, but I liked his goal today. Calmed himself down, just passed it in. Well done.”He is only 21, you have to remember that.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Look At What Happened To This Cheerleader Behind Paul Finebaum This Morning


first_imgA pylon with the SEC logo on it.ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 07: An ‘SEC’ logo is seen on an end zone pylon before the Missouri Tigers take on the Auburn Tigers during the SEC Championship Game at Georgia Dome on December 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)The SEC Network’s college football pregame show is in Auburn this morning in anticipation of the Tigers’ showdown against Tennessee.Auburn and Tennessee are set to kick off at noon E.T. The game will be on SEC Network.We had an unfortunate moment with an Auburn cheerleader behind Paul Finebaum this morning.An Auburn cheerleader appeared to take a tough fall as the show was going on.Check it out:This poor Auburn cheerleader?????? pic.twitter.com/HLQH5bDxmP— Ty Bohannan (@Tbo280) October 13, 2018Yikes. Hopefully everything is OK.Auburn and Tennessee are set to kick off at noon on SEC Network.last_img read more

5 held for duping people on pretext of job offers


first_imgNoida: Noida police have arrested five persons including three women for allegedly duping people on the pretext of offering jobs. Cops said that the gang hack their bank accounts and withdraw money.According to police, the arrested accused have been identified as Amit Verma, native of Laxmi Nagar area in Delhi, Ramit from Dwarka in Delhi and three women. Vineet Jaiswal, Superintendent of Police, Noida said that the gang stole data from online job search websites and approached candidates while posing as job consultants. Also Read – Gurdwara Bangla Sahib bans single use plastic”Upon sustained interrogations, it came to light that the gang used to steal data of job seekers from an online portal-jobsformshine.com and called them posing as job consultants. The gang members asked the targeted candidate to fill an online form and pay Rs 10 for registration on their job portal- Monstorjobs.com. This way they used to fetch the bank and card details of the candidate and later use the information to hack their bank accounts and withdrew money,” said Jaiswal. The officer further said that the gang has duped several people in Delhi NCR region. “We are investigating to find out as how many people they have duped this way. As of now we have found three cases registered against them in Sector 58 and 49 police stations of Noida,” added Jaiswal. Police have recovered one laptop and seven mobile phones from the possession of accused persons.last_img read more

In Sri Lanka UN deplores targeting of truck on its way to


1 October 2008United Nations officials in Sri Lanka today deplored the placing of explosives by an unknown group on a Government truck that was due to join a UN food convoy in the north of the country, the scene of intense recent fighting between Government forces and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). In a statement, the UN reiterated that humanitarian operations and personnel must be protected at all times, in line with international humanitarian law, adding that it acknowledged the actions of the Government to meet this responsibility. The UN remains committed to supporting humanitarian operations that will reach Sri Lankans living in the north’s Vanni area with vital aid, according to the statement. The convoy is now scheduled to depart in the coming days, accompanied by UN international staff, because of the effective cooperation of all involved, the Organization stated. Early last month Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed deep concern over escalating violence in northern Sri Lanka, especially its humanitarian impact on civilians. read more

Norfolk council holds off on Hastings decision


Norfolk County council is taking a wait and see approach to the situation on Hastings Drive in Long Point.Property owner Mary Weber made a public deputation to council on Tuesday asking for those who own vacant lots on the 3.2 kilometre strip of land be able to park trailers and RVs on their properties.The land that sits on the shore of the Inner Bay was home to a number of cottages before a large storm in 1985 wrecked and damaged several structures. Fearing another weather event would endanger the structures and people in them, the Haldimand-Norfolk Region imposed a hazardous land designation.In recent years, an estimated 11 owners have parked trailers on their lots and left them for much of the summer season. Trailers are considered to be vehicles and were deemed a legal non-conforming use of the land.In the days following the Oct. 28 municipal election, 16 charges were handed to land owners, most for having trailers on their property which goes against a 2014 Norfolk by-law.There are 24 cottages in total on Hastings Dr., 75 lots are privately owned and 47 are owned by Norfolk County.“Please do the right thing here,” Weber urged council. “I’m not asking you to allow us to build three storey condos, dig up deep basements or put up street lights, I’m asking you to save the county hundreds of thousands of dollars in litigation costs and allow what has been allowed by this county since at least 1985. These recreational vehicles are as much of the colour of the landscape on Hastings Drive as the (24) cottages are. In fact, they are as much a part of the landscape on the rest of Long Point as those 800 cottages are.”A 2018 decision by the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal – an agency that replaced the Ontario Municipal Board – said that all new development on Hastings is forbidden because the land is declared hazard land. The LPAT decision did not deal with the suggestion that camping trailers, RVs and the like count as a legal non-conforming use and thus should be allowed.Waterford Councillor Kim Huffman noted that some property owners purchased their land following 1985 knowing it was designated hazardous.“To me, that’s two different issues, that you had people that owned their property, had a structure on it, the structure was lost and then we have people who bought (land) after,” she said.Weber said she doesn’t think there’s a difference between the two.“People bought lots (after 1985) because they wanted to fish, they wanted to launch boats so there’s no difference between people who have a lot that has been in their family for generations, or people who just bought a lot ten years ago with the hope of spending the day on their property,” Weber said.“Respectively, there is a little bit of a difference,” Huffman replied.Stephen Corke of Brantford – whose family owns two lots – also spoke at Tuesday’s council meeting.“Our lot and many others are referred to as vacant lots,” he said. “We’ve never considered it a vacant lot, we never considered it abandoned. We feel we have uses established with it from 1940 on.”Long Point and area councillor Tom Masschaele said he finds the situation “troubling”.“We’re here today and some very good people who are residents of Norfolk County have actually had to come here to plead to council to have their rights as property owners listened to,” he said.Masschaele made a motion that Norfolk wait for a ruling in a civil action against Norfolk by Randy Mawhiney of St. Williams before proceeding on the issue. Mawhiney, who owns vacant lots on Hastings Drive, is challenging Norfolk’s current restrictions.Masschaele also suggested Norfolk withdraw from those proceedings.The motion was seconded by Simcoe councillor Ian Rabbitts and agreed upon unanimously.Weber applauded council for hearing the case of lot owners.“I think it’s moving forward because we have a council that is at least considering both sides of the story,” she said. “In my option, our old council was very much against anything on Hastings Drive. I look at this as a step forward, baby steps – it’s all going to be baby steps – but there were great questions, people wanted clarification and they’re willing to listen.”jrobinson@postmedia.com read more

The 5 at 5 Wednesday


first_imgEACH WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you five things you should know before you head out the door.1. #ASSISTED SUICIDE: A woman has been charged with assisting the suicide of another woman in Dublin in what is believed to be the first case of this kind in Ireland.2. #PIG MEAT: Half of pig meat tested in Ireland is not Irish, according to the Irish Farmers Association, which said today that consumers “continue to be misled”.3. #ACCOMMODATION: Desperate renters are accepting sub-standard accommodation as prices, particularly in Dublin, continue to rise. Standards in housing are failing to be met and many tenants face a raft of bad practices by landlords.4. #THE TROUBLES: Northern Ireland Attorney General John Larkin has said he believes there should be no more police investigations, inquiries or prosecutions of any killings that occurred during the Troubles before the Good Friday Agreement.5.#FRIENDS: Dublin is a more friendly student city than Tokyo, Barcelona and New York, according to a new survey, though the capital scored poorly on affordability.last_img read more

Unpaid taxes on the rise


first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greeks failed to pay taxes totalling over 9.2 billion euros last year according to data presented this week by the Finance Ministry, although the country’s creditors deem the performance of the tax collection mechanism for 2013 as significant given the fact that its restructuring was delayed.The new expired debts to the state created in 2013 amounted to 9.27 billion euros, from 8.26 billion at end-November – that is an increase of 1.01 billion in just one month. Just 18.69 per cent of that has been collected, totalling 1.68 billion euros. According to the bailout agreement, authorities should have collected 24.5 per cent.The old debts came to 53 billion euros, after the collection of 1.52 billion from previous years’ debts, against a target for 1.9 billion.The number of regular tax checks on major enterprises reached 324, compared to a target of 596.Source: ekathimerinilast_img read more

Police Investigate Aggravated Burglary and search for missing vehicle


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 10, 2017 – Providenciales – Detectives are searching and seeking the assistance of the public in locating a 2008 Silver Nissan Skyline car, Licence plate unknown that was stolen during an Aggravated Burglary incident that occurred on Friday 7th April 2017 in Wheeland Settlement of Providenciales.Police responded to the Belglade Gardens area also known as Phase one where the complainant  was met and told officers that around 8:55PM he was at home when three masked men dressed in dark clothing came into his home with guns and assaulted him. The culprits took his Iphone, Xbox, a Jamaican Passport and the vehicle mentioned above. He describe the men as being slim built 5 feet 8 inches in height, and the other thicker in size.  The victim was taken to the Cheshire Hall Medical for his injuries. Investigations are ongoing.Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or have information that can assist with investigation can contact the Chalk Sound Police Station at 338-5901. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1- 800 8477 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: www.crimestoppers.tc.Press Release: RTCIPF Related Items:last_img read more

Alisson says Liverpool has to win every game


first_imgThe Brazilian goalkeeper believes the only way the Reds can become champions at the end of the season is by winning everything and not looking back.Liverpool is currently in the first place of the English Premier League standings.The Reds are three points ahead, with 62 points, of current champions Manchester City.But for the team’s goalkeeper, Brazilian footballer Alisson, the only way to win the competition is by winning all of the matches.“We have to be prepared to fight everything,” Alisson said to Goal.com“All the adverse circumstances that come our way.”“I believe our team is on the right track. Now we do not have much room for hesitation. If we want to be champions, we have to win everything from now on,” he added.“I believe we had glimpses into the game. Some moments of insecurity.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“We started ahead. [But] from the moment we started to miss some passes – some silly passes that we are not used to missing – I think the team lost a little confidence in the match. I think the opposing team also gained confidence,” he explained.“We have confidence,” Alisson’s compatriot Fabinho added.“We enjoyed a brilliant December, which was almost perfect, but now we have had this dip.”“It is difficult to explain why this has happened. I believe that now teams who play against us sit very deep. We need to do things a little differently and maybe we aren’t doing this – we are unable to find the spaces,” Fabinho said.“Often, we want to go through the middle and it is difficult against physically strong and defensive teams. We need to find solutions and in these past few games we haven’t.”Alisson Becker on Instagram. pic.twitter.com/ViR59NtJCR— LFC Round Up (@LFCroundup) January 30, 2019last_img read more

Landing incorrect claims Tribhuvan airport


first_imgTribhuvan International Airport general manager Raj Kumar Chhetri is holding a press conference on Friday on the US Bangla plane crash. Photo collected from the Facebook.The landing approach of the US-Bangla aircraft that crashed in Nepal’s Kathmandu on 12 March was not correct, according to Tribhuvan International Airport officials.”The plane was bumping. We had cried out for help before the plane attempted for landing,” Tribhuvan International Airport general manager Raj Kumar Chhetri quoted a survivor as saying on Friday.Chhetri said the survivor is known to him and he has now been undergoing treatment.”Moreover, the control panel and many others told me that the landing was not normal,” Raj Kumar Chhetri told a press conference in the afternoon.Asked about any flaw by the Air Traffic Control (ATC) room, Chhetri said, “We neither denied nor admitted the flaw on the part of ATC.”A total of 49 out of 72 passengers died in the US-Bangla plane crash at Tribhuvan International Airport on Monday. A total of 26 out of 36 Bangladeshis died in the accident.last_img read more

Sheraton Phuket Grand Bay Resort to open in Thailand


first_imgStarwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) has announced the signing of an agreement with Grand Bay Hotel Co., Ltd., wholly owned by Apex Development Public Co., Ltd, to unveil the Sheraton Phuket Grand Bay Resort.Slated to open in January 2019 on Thailand’s largest island, the hotel will support the brand’s Sheraton 2020 goal of adding 150 hotels in the next five years.“We look forward to partnering with Grand Bay Hotel Co., Ltd. to expand Starwood’s robust footprint in Thailand,” said Rajit Sukumaran, Senior Vice President for Acquisitions and Development, Starwood Hotels & Resorts.“With its idyllic beaches and lush rainforests, Phuket draws an unwavering number of inbound and domestic travelers, making it a strategic market for Sheraton and further driving formidable growth for Starwood in Asia Pacific.”Boasting a private beachfront and hillside location with unobstructed views of the sparkling Andaman Sea, the 200-room resort will feature all of the Sheraton brand’s signature offerings, ranging from a premium sleep experience and rejuvenating bath amenities to a grandiose lobby area and bar serving the brand’s new bar menu PairedSM, comprised of small plates served alongside local craft beer and premium wine.On-site facilities will include three distinctive dining venues, 1,326 square meters of meeting and event space, a luxurious spa, fully-equipped fitness center and picturesque outdoor swimming pool.“We are delighted to partner with Starwood Hotels & Resorts, and we are confident that our respective strengths will steer this project toward success, elevating the hospitality offerings in Phuket with the iconic and globally renowned Sheraton brand,” said Pongphan Sampawakoop, CEO of Grand Bay Hotel Co., Ltd.Sheraton Phuket Grand Bay Resort is located in northeast Phuket in the Grand Bay area, home to the Ao Po Grand Marina. The hotel is an approximate 25-minute drive from Phuket International Airport and an hour’s drive to Patong, the hub of entertainment on the island.Sheraton Phuket Grand Bay Resort will join Starwood’s dynamic Thai portfolio, which includes 22 properties operating under eight of the company’s distinct global brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W® Hotels, Sheraton, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Aloft® and Four Points® by Sheraton.Starwood currently operates five Sheraton hotels in Thailand, including Sheraton Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers; Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa; Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas; Sheraton Samui Resort; and Sheraton Pattaya Resort. The brand’s development pipeline also includes Sheraton Phuket Kalim Beach Resort, which is slated to open in 2018. Sheraton Hotels & ResortsSource = Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter On 1 May Martin Place


first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterOn 1 May, Martin Place came to life when the Spirit of Aloha Sydney commuters were treated to a little bit of Hawaiian aloha spirit in the morning with a fresh flower lei, flown in overnight from Honolulu to celebrate ‘Lei Day’.The 1 May is ‘Lei Day’ in the Hawaiian Islands, so to mark the occasion, fresh flower leis were handmade in Hawaii and gifted to Sydneysiders by 28 visiting tourism operators from the islands.Passers-by in Martin Place were entertained by dancers from Germaine’s Lū‘au on O‘ahu, who performed hula and music throughout the morning.Kerri Anderson, Country Manager Australia for Hawaii Tourism Oceania said: “Lei day is a great opportunity to bring a little bit of aloha to Sydney and a feel-good start to the working week.“Lei Day, which was established in 1929, honours the aloha spirit of love and sharing as well as the Hawaiian tradition of friendliness and hospitality that any Australian who has visited the Hawaiian Islands would already be already familiar with.”A lei is a garland or necklace of fresh flowers, seeds, shells or nuts, created as a gift and given in Hawai‘i as a token of love, congratulations, welcome or farewell. It is a tangible representation of aloha and a symbol of that special warmth that is felt throughout the Hawaiian Islands.Ms Anderson said Hawai’í residents celebrated Lei Day across the islands with lei making, hula and music. In recent years Lei Day has also become a part of the ‘Mele Mei’ festival, which runs for the month of May and offers visitors even more opportunity to take in a Hawaiian Music concert or cultural event over an extended period of time. Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania has made a short video to say Mahalo to Sydney for letting us share aloha with them this morning.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter The Emporium Hotel in


first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThe Emporium Hotel in Brisbane has announced its Winter Escape package. Starting at $259 per night, this offer includes an overnight stay in a luxurious suite, a bottle of perfect cold-weather red wine, chocolates on arrival, daily valet parking and a late checkout.The hotel’s cocktail bar features a fusion of vintage and custom-designed pieces, and is home to an all-new Winter Cocktail menu featuring winter delights like the Banofee Pie cocktail, the Pavlova Martini, the Spiced Pumpkin Latte, the Bee’s Knees (featuring honey from the hives on the rooftop) and the classic Strawberries and Champagne. The bar also offers wonderful mocktails like the Lychee & Lemon Myrtle Collins and the Nutella Sundae.Celebrating history and beauty, the bar is also home to a stunning German chandelier which overlooks the grand onyx bar proper, a stained glass wall from Paris, custom-designed furnishings and is one of the most beautiful places in the city to sit, sip and celebrate the cooler months of the year.The Winter Escape package is valid for stays between now and 31 August 2016 (excluding 22 June 2016).Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more