first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism D-League: Manganti heats up as Akari-Adamson clinches playoff seat Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments “Kuya Ping is an inspiration to us and him being our inspiration is really a big help to us,” said Magnolia guard Paul Lee in Filipino after a 106-99 win in Game 3 Wednesday night.“He texts us almost everyday, every hour. He texted us before the game telling that we can do it and that’s a big help to us,” Lee, who wore Pingris’ jersey during warmup prior to tipoff.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkLee, who led the Hotshots’ 99-84 win in Game 2 with 27 points, didn’t need to score that much with Jio Jalalon exploding for 25 points after a quiet first two games. Magnolia also drew 24 points from Ian Sangalang while Rome dela Rosa added 17.“I dedicate my performance to kuya Ping,” Sangalang said in Filipino. “I think of him during [crucial] situations and what he’s taught me.” Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ It was Jalalon, however, who set the tone for the Hotshots with eight points in the first quarter. He also hardly missed, hitting 10 of his 13 shots from the field.Jalalon wasn’t his usual self in Games 1 and 2, but Game 3 was a different story and he had Pingris to thank for his sterling showing.“He messaged me after our game in MOA and that brought my self-esteem up,” Jalalon recalled.The 36-year-old Pingris has been the team’s heart and soul for the longest time and it doesn’t seem like his value to Magnolia hasn’t diminished one bit.“We can still feel that his heart is still with us even though he’s not playing,”Lee said.ADVERTISEMENT Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Marc Pingris. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMarc Pingris may be out for the rest of the 2018 Philippine Cup playoffs but his presence is still very much felt in Magnolia in its semifinals series against NLEX.Pingris went down with an ACL injury in Game 1, but his absence became the Hotshots’ source of inspiration to win and so far, they’re 2-0 without him.ADVERTISEMENT Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comebacklast_img read more

first_imgLATEST STORIES “This, to my recollection, is one of the best teams we have ever assembled,” nonplaying captain Bones Floro told the Inquirer after overseeing Yuka Saso, LK Go and Bianca Pagdanganan tee off in the last official practice round.“We are very optimistic [of gold medal chances], and the teams are in high spirits,” Floro said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Hidilyn Diaz literally gave the sagging spirits of the Philippine contingent here a lift on Tuesday night by winning the country’s first gold medal, and golf looks as a prime candidate to nail the next one on Sunday after four rounds.Filipino women never won medals better than bronze in the Games, the last from the 2002 team in Busan backstopped by Heidi Chua. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal JAKARTA—Now that the Philippines has already equaled its gold medal haul in the last Asian Games, the real question now is: Who, or which team, will surpass that?Unnoticed since the start, the Philippine golf teams swing into action on Thursday with high hopes of landing a medal in the 18th edition of this continental sporting showcase, with the three-strong women’s team looming as one of the favorites for championships at Pondok Indah course here.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Guiao takes it easy after loss to China, gives Clarkson, team a break Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Jamille Jose won the bronze in individual play in 1990 in Beijing, where her team also finished third.Ramon Brobio is the only Filipino ever to win a gold, doing it in 1986 in Seoul before settling for bronze in his defense four years later in Beijing, where the flamboyant Shigeki Maruyama won.Rupert Zaragosa, Luis Castro, Wei Wei Gao and LJ Go make up the men’s team, which national coach Rick Gibson said could surprise the field.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,I was born in Guyana. I am loyal to my country, notwithstanding its challenges and idiosyncrasies. My patriotism is a natural manifestation of where I was birthed. I pay close attention to events in my country. I am as proud of its achievements as I am constructively critical of some of its avoidable pitfalls. I also pay attention to international affairs. I try to draw comparisons, and assess where my country is positioned compared to the rest of the world. Those comparisons help me to determine whether life is still worth living in Guyana, and I unapologetically think it is.A New York Times reporter recently published an article in that media, painting a very distorted, condescending and insulting account of Guyana. That reporter’s name is given as Strauss or Krauss, or some crosses like that. All persons who were born in this country, Guyana, should be very offended and feel disrespected by the article. Equally, too, should be thousands of naturalised Guyanese, immigrants seeking a better life in Guyana; and Exxon. Yes, Exxon!Recent media editorials and columns in the media regarding KRAUSS (pronounced as Cross), were fitting thorny garlands which I wish they both had the privilege of physically affixing firmly around his neck.I was moved to add my two ounces of protest in writing mainly because of my concern about the deafening silence from those who have the power and influence to request a retraction of the New York Times article. Many persons quiver at the thought of expressing themselves or taking a stand on critical matters, not realising that their very silence condemns them to even greater annihilation.The New York Times is internationally renowned, and is read daily by millions of businessmen, investors, tourists and aristocrats worldwide. I have seen many professionals on the Metro and LIRR from Manhattan reading the New York Times with undivided diligence as they commute daily. There must be expeditious damage control by Guyana before their minds are permanently stained on Krauss’s account.I am advocating that formal missives be sent to the New York Times in protest of Krauss’s dismal report on Guyana from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Business, Guyana Press Association, The University of Guyana, The Human Rights Association, The Private Sector Commission, The Diaspora, The Churches (SDA, AOG, CIOG, HDS, GRC, etc.), the Bar Association, the political Opposition, and all the usual voices of dissent against injustices and issues affecting the development and image of beautiful Guyana.Sincerely,Orette Cuttinglast_img read more

first_imgThere is more than enough blame to go around for the unmanageable traffic plaguing commuters all day and every business day at the Red Light commercial district in Paynesville. Police officers assigned at Red Light have sometimes at the height of the chaos under the blazing sun, disappeared, leaving car loaders or affected commuters to deal with angry, swearing and unyielding motorists in order to untangle the mess and keep the traffic moving. Minor accidents frequently happen.Some officers blame the constant traffic jam at Red Light on the hundreds of vendors encroaching on the road, competing to reach commuters in vehicles with their wares.According to the officers who spoke to the Daily Observer on condition of anonymity, street vendors have overwhelmed them and they face a serious challenge driving them away from the road.One officer said, “See these vendors all here. We are after them all day to go away from the road; but they will re-occupy the road as soon as we turn our backs.”The Red Light district is host to thousands of people from various parts of Monrovia and from the interior of the country who converge there to buy or sell their produce and other goods at the “Go Buy Chop” (pronounced gobachop) market. Trucks loaded high with bags of charcoal and produce from various parts of the country come there to transact with retailers who have now taken over both sides of the road.The resulting traffic jam, commuters and drivers say, is a complete “nightmare” that is difficult to handle.Vehicles and humans all mixed up on the road every day to transact business anywhere they please, make the free flow of traffic nearly impossible without enough police manpower equipped to control it.However, some vendors crowding the road at Red Light justified their actions saying that they are on the road selling because they make more money that way. Besides, they say, there is nowhere else for them to sell since inside the main market hall at Gobachop was not spacious enough to accommodate all of the sellers.“One specific area that has become a total headache to us is the Bob Taylor Junction before reaching the heart of the Red Light Market,” a police officer noted.A vehicle could take up to ninety minutes between Police Academy and Bob Taylor junction almost the same time it takes to drive to Kakata and back.Another culprit of the traffic jam is the lack of organized parking areas near the road and a terminal to accommodate the many vehicles under the Federation of Road Transport Union (FRTUL), other police officers complained. As a result, commercial vehicles stop in traffic to take on or let off their passengers, thus holding up traffic throughout the commute to the irritation of other vehicles plying the road.The motorcyclists, for their part, have organized themselves into groups that park in dozens of places all over the Paynesville area. With a penchant (liking) for being somewhat reckless, however, they dart across intersections, zig zag in and out of traffic, posing a serious accident risk to their hapless passengers and others. Traffic rules are not their worry, and they believe vehicles should watch out for them instead.But not many business people complain about the parking space taken over by the cyclists in front of their stores, usually near the various junctions because they provide a cheaper means of traveling from the highway into the various communities where taxis will not go due to the usually deplorable condition of neighbourhood streets. At least the motorcycles are not in the traffic until they have a passenger.A car loader said, “The road is not wide enough for cars to park on the side. It is on the very road they park for passengers to get down, and as you can see, cars are turning ahead, while people are sitting on the road selling. So traffic jam will always be here until the road is widened or marketers are relocated from here.”Others added that wheelbarrow pushers are also on the road finding space among cars and vendors to make business.The congestion causes vehicles and ambulances to spend hours in traffic beginning from the Greater Outreach Church to the Red-light turning point near the parking.Another problem that has worsened the traffic situation is the presence of the ‘car loaders,’ who often assume the task of directing traffic instead of the police officers. This phenomenon points to the need for more police officers to be assigned along the most congested sections of the Red Light area and for the enforcement of ordinances to keep vendors and marketers off the road and in their rightful areas of business activity. Past governments including the regime of President Charles Taylor attempted to remove street vendors from Red Light, but did not succeed due to the lack of space to accommodate them elsewhere.The Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Administration has identified the Omega Community to relocate marketers and construction work is ongoing. Furthermore, Public Works Minister Gyude Moore disclosed last year to a team of Daily Observer reporters that government will reconstruct the ELWA-Coca Cola road, making it into a four lane thoroughfare to ease the traffic congestion in this large commercial hub. The expanded road would also eliminate another serious traffic complication — the huge potholes which vehicles have to wade through, slowing traffic further during the rainy season. When these projects are completed, vendors and marketers will be relocated to the new market and space provided for parking, ensuring the free flow of traffic in the Red Light area.In the meantime, commuters traveling to and from Monrovia are urged to avoid when possible the stretch of the traffic jam between Coca Cola Factory all the way past the market zone to Police Academy junction, after which you are home free. There are alternative routes to bypass that vexing traffic. Alternative RoutesA factor associated with the Red Light Market traffic is that some commercial drivers do not use the alternative routes because some commuters do not want to pay the extra fares to those destinations. Some transport analysts also told the Daily Observer Wednesday that commuters and others who do not need to pass through Red Light Market could use the alternative routes such as the Zubah Town, Duport Road and Zayzay Community road corridors.The transport analysts also suggested that those commuters and other business people who frequently travel to the rural parts and others coming from the direction of Duala, Bushrod Island, Freeport and Somalia Drive could use the Nezoe Community route in order to avoid the horrendous Red Light Market traffic.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgDENVER – Peter Budaj raised his stick in the air for a brief moment, accepted congratulations from teammates for a quick second, acknowledged the applause for an instant and then skated off the ice. The Colorado Avalanche goalie didn’t want to dwell too much on his second shutout of the season in a 2-0 win over the Ducks on Tuesday night. Colorado 2, Ducks 0Thursday: at Phoenix, 6 p.m. KDOC, KLAA/830 After all, it was just two days earlier he was pulled for allowing four goals in 26 minutes against Dallas. This was just the second Avalanche win in six games. “We can’t get too high,” said Budaj, who had 39 saves. Budaj knows Colorado has plenty of work to do to climb back into the playoff picture. The team is still eight points out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Avalanche have never missed the playoffs since moving to Colorado in 1995. “We’ve got to build on that,” he said. Budaj’s confidence, like that of the Avalanche, has been restored following the 7-5 defeat to the Stars. “We really bounced back after a tough loss to Dallas,” said Budaj, who has four career shutouts, including a 3-0 win over Columbus on Nov. 17. “We did what we were talking about. We were talking about starts to the game and we can’t fall behind early.” In its previous three games, Colorado had been outscored 8-2 in the first period. But Milan Hejduk staked the Avalanche to a 1-0 lead after the first with his 18th goal of the season. He also assisted on Paul Stastny’s 18th in the second. The way Budaj was playing, the two-goal cushion was more than enough. “When you get strong goaltending like that your chances of winning are enhanced tremendously,” Colorado coach Joel Quenneville said. “There was a little frustration built up after the last few games, and I think we had a nice approach to our overall game.” The Ducks’ high-powered offense has suddenly turned nonexistent as they dropped their third straight. They’re averaging 3.21 goals a game, but haven’t scored in two contests – going 139:16 without finding the net. “The guys in the dressing room have to turn it around,” forward Teemu Selanne said. “We had a good chance, because we moved the puck pretty well, but I think their goalie was hot. We need more confidence to score right now, and it’s a little frustrating.” Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said the reason behind the loss wasn’t hard to figure out. “We had all kinds of opportunities, but we couldn’t find a way to get a puck by Budaj,” Carlyle said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe public action group Montebello Citizens for Honest Government gathered 6,717 signatures, of which 5,028 were verified by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s Office. At least 4,413 were needed, which is 20 percent of the city’s 23,563 registered voters. The recall election will cost the city about $90,000, said Deputy City Clerk Lillian Guzman. “There will be 11 polling places and the results will be tabulated and given at the council chambers election night,” she said. “The public is welcome.” She also said the city clerk’s office has been notified by residents confused about the election. MONTEBELLO – Voters will go to the polls a week from today to decide whether City Councilman Jeff Siccama loses his seat on the panel. Those seeking to take his place are Leo Rodriguez, who ran in the November council election, and Mary Anne Saucedo, a former councilwoman and city clerk. The effort to recall Siccama, a first-term councilman, was started earlier this year by residents who felt he helped block them from having the final say on whether fire and police services should be under the control of the city or the county. He said the recall is an effort by those behind it to “hijack local government.” “They want to know why they received another sample ballot when we just had an election in November,” Guzman said. Siccama, 46, agreed there is a sense of confusion among Montebello residents. “While out campaigning,” he said, “a lot of people have asked why they have to vote again.” During this last week of campaigning, Siccama said he will continue going door-to-door and making phone calls to let people know where he stands on the issue. “There’s a lot of misinformation out there,” he said. “I just want my message to get across so voters can read through the smokescreen.” He said he and former council members Norma Lopez-Reid and Bob Bagwell never intended to disband either the police or fire departments. “We voted to conduct a survey to find out if going county would be a savings for the city,” he said. Lopez-Reid and Bagwell lost by a large margin to Robert Urteaga and Kathy Salazar, who’ve been sworn into office. Siccama, who was elected in November 2005 and is a manager of an Alhambra towing and transport company, said he thinks the voter turnout may be light because of the confusion. No matter, he is optimistic he will prevail. “I have confidence people will see that I have done a good job in my two years on the council, and they will vote to keep me in office,” Siccama said. He will be recalled if a simple majority votes for his ouster – 50 percent plus one. “I am sad that the community has to go through this recall election,” said Saucedo, 65. She said she was asked to run by members of the community to bring stability back to city government. Rodriguez, in his candidate’s statement in the sample ballot, called himself a 35-year resident who wants to repay the city by offering 25 years worth of municipal administration leadership and 35 years of volunteer work to the job. “I am not a career politician,” said Rodriguez, a Vietnam War veteran. sandra.molina@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgLetterkenny-based chef Chris Molloy will fly the flag for Donegal’s famous seafood chowder this weekend, when he heads to Kinsale to represent the county in the 7th All-Ireland Chowder Cook-Off.Chris, from the family-owned Lemon Tree restaurant, won the Donegal Chowder competition at the Hooked Festival in Killybegs last August and heads to Kinsale on April 9th to join over 30 professional chefs, fishermen and makers of commercial chowder in a bid to be crowned All-Ireland Chowder Champion.Chris and the team won the public vote with their winning chowder, which they complemented with breads made featuring local craft beer. Donegal has previously tasted success at national level, with Kieran Duey Doherty from Nancy’s Barn bringing home the prestigious title to the county last year.The famous victory means that Kieran will now go to Rhode Island to take part in the Word Chowder Cook off on 9th June.The Ballyliffin-based chef is a member of The Food Coast Network and is under no illusions about the benefits that brings.He said: “It’s a great support for anyone working in a food related business in the county and it encourages businesses to collaborate and work towards a common goal of making Donegal famous for good food. Events like the All-Ireland Chowder Cook-Off are great fun, but they also have a serious role to play in helping us share Donegal’s food story with a wider audience and I feel honoured to be able to do that now when I travel to Rhode Island.” Michael Tunney, Head of Enterprise at Donegal’s LEO says The Food Coast is about helping businesses work together to highlight the developing food culture in the county.He said: “The Food Coast Initiative gives new and existing food businesses in Donegal the opportunity to connect with fellow businesses while building the profile of Donegal.“The ambition for the Local Enterprise Office is to encourage new food start-ups and the development of established businesses. We already have a strong network of businesses on board and we’re inviting anyone with an interest in the county’s food sector to join, from start-up businesses to established primary producers, farmers, manufacturers, distributors, retailers and restaurateurs.”Describing both Chris Molloy and Kieran as “great ambassadors for Donegal food,” Michael took the opportunity to wish good luck to both on behalf of all the Local Enterprise Office team in Donegal.Meanwhile, local chefs keen to get in on the action, can start practicing for the 2017 Donegal Chowder Cook-Off regional heat, which takes place on Saturday September 2 as part of the Hooked Maritime Festival in Killybegs. The winner will go to Kinsale in 2018 to represent Donegal. Letterkenny chef represents Donegal at All-Ireland Chowder Cook-Off was last modified: April 5th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Chris MolloyKieran Duey DohertyLemon TreeletterkennyLocal Enterprise Officelast_img read more

first_imgIt’s no surprise that the undermanned Gilas Pilipinas has been playing with full of heart of in the continental championships, already taking out powerhouse China and a taller Iraq side to clinch the top seed in Group B.Photographers from Fiba.com were able to capture the heartwarming sight of Gilas Pilipinas’ cheering squad in action.Cheering hard for Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from Fiba.comFilipinos in Lebanon let our cheers in support of Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from Fiba.comTerrence Romeo gets some love from Filipino fans after the game vs Iran. Photo from Fiba.comRomeo, who has been starring for Gilas Pilipinas, take photos with fans. Photo from Fiba.comJapeth Aguilar mingles with Filipino fans.Gilas Pilipinas wave to Filipino fans in the gallery. Photo from Fiba.comFilipino fans react after a play. Photo from Fiba.comMatthew Wright nails a triple—and Filipino fans explode in cheers. Photo from Fiba.comWith game all but decided against Iraq, Filipino fans take photos with Gabe Norwood and Jayson Castro. Photo from Fiba.comThe Filipino gallery at Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex. Photo from Fiba.comRising star Christian Standhardinger takes fun photos with Filipino fans. Photo from Fiba.comGilas Pilipinas bids the crowd goodbye after the big win over China. Photo from Fiba.comMore FIlipino fans in the gallery. Photo from Fiba.comArmed with banners and flags, Filipino fans in Beirut cheer for Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from Fiba.comSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters The support for Gilas Pilipinas from overseas Filipinos has been overwhelming so far in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup. For the past two games, we’ve seen and heard them cheer their hearts out—something you can’t miss when you’re watching on your television here in the Philippines—and shower the players with love.READ: Players, coaches turn into fans after Gilas’ big win over ChinaFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWith games scheduled on weekdays, most of them must’ve taken a day off work just to watch at Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex in Beirut. They may have not been able to fill the entire stadium, but they were loud enough to make it feel like they did.READ: Gilas sews up QF berth  Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Gilas Pilipinas national team sing the national anthem. Photo from Fiba.comGilas Pilipinas may be a long way from home, but Filipinos in Lebanon have not failed to make the national team feel it was still playing on its home floor.READ: Philippines stuns China to open 2017 Fiba Asia Cup bid ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES McGregor holds strong on prediction of a knockout Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelolast_img read more

first_imgFather’s day is on this Sunday. We asked the experts where to go on the special weekend. According to Aloke Bajpai, CEO of ixigo, Kasauli is an ideal location to spend some quality time with your family. “With the government ban on any new construction here, this hill station has managed to retain its natural charm, giving you an opportunity to experience a real retreat,” he says. The trip will cost approximately Rs 5,000 to Rs 6,000 per person for three days.Says Manmeet Ahluwalia, Marketing Head of Expedia in India, “Father’s Day has become another opportunity for kids to pamper and spend time with their fathers, be it by taking a break and going for a staycation or pursue a new experience like go-karting, paragliding, rafting during a short weekend trip. This year, we have seen a hike of 25-30 per cent in queries around adventure and sports activities for the June 17 weekend. Destinations like Rishikesh, Corbett National Park and Jaipur that provide these activities have seen a 20-25 per cent jump in bookings compared to same period last year. We have also witnessed a 15 per cent rise in staycations in this month.”If your family is into nature as well as activities, go to Jim Corbett which has seen a rise in bookings for the Father’s Day weekend. Photo: Mail TodayNainital is another destination that is seeing a lot of interest, mainly due to its proximity to Delhi. Bajpai says, “Walk up and down the Mall Road while you shop for knick-knacks and indulge yourself in the serenity of Naini Lake in the backdrop. You will get a good deal for Rs 4000 to 5000 per person for three days.”advertisementAlso Read: Vacationing with your family is a great idea, even if you’re an adult; here’s whyLonavala in Maharashtra boasting of pristine surroundings and velvet meadows; Pondicherry with its lovely beaches, Mediterranean buildings, Aurobindo Ashram and sweeping views of the Bay of Bengal; and Coorg with its immense picturesque beauty and dense green forests are on the list of the travellers. So is the city of Jaipur which is a unique combination of the modern and the ancient, beauty of the kings and software czars, gleaming malls and the resplendent palaces.Head to Rishikesh if your family is into sports and activities. Photo: Mail TodayOFF THE BEATEN TRACK: Paytm travel suggests these places for the Father’s Day weekendLAKSHADWEEPThe pristine lagoons, unspoilt coral reefs, palm-covered islands, turquoise sea and stretch of white sand, Lakshadweep’s landscape is straight out of a storybook. The isolated island is lessexplored and sees very less travellers as compared to other destinations. It’s a paradise for water sports lovers, and that’s what makes Lakshadweep perfect for a family vacation.How to get there: To reach Lakshadweep, you can take a flight from Kochi. Ships, ferries and boats from Kerala ply regularly to Lakshadweep for locals.Cost: Approximately Rs 20,000 per head for 4-5 days (accommodation & food)Also Read: 8 breathtaking destinations where you can explore India’s heritage UDAIPURIndia has been the land of kings, and Udaipur with its unique architecture and opulent grandeur, gives you a sneak peek into royalty. Also known as City of Lakes, Udaipur offers variety of activities for your family. Do visit Lake Pichola for a memorable boating experience.How to get there: The nearest airport is the Maharana Pratap Airport, situated about 20 km away from the city. It is well-connected by air to all major cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chandigarh and Jaipur.Cost: Approximately Rs 10,000 per head for 4-5 daysSikkim. Photo: Mail TodaySIKKIMMesmerising waterfalls, Buddhist monasteries, snow-capped mountains, and wildlife sanctuaries make this Northeast’s misty and quaint state of Sikkim a prime destination. Travellers vouch for Sikkim as being one of the most serene and humbling choices for a peaceful family vacation.How to get there: The nearest airport is in Bagdogra in West Bengal, around 124 km from Gangtok. You can take a taxi or bus from Bagdogra to Gangtok.Cost: Approximately Rs 10,000-15,000 per head for 4-5 dayslast_img read more

first_imgGuwahati, Nov 6 (PTI) Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today said people of the state have highlighted their hospitality by helping the government organise world-class sporting events here.The International Boxing Associations (AIBA) Youth Womens World Boxing Championship would be held in Guwahati from November 19 to 26 where 193 registered boxers from 39 countries would participate and the prestigious competition will be held in India for the first time.”Many world-class tournaments are being organised in Guwahati regularly now and many more such tournaments are going to take place in the city in the near future,” Sonowal said while launching the official logo, mascot and anthem for the forthcoming championship.The government would develop 500 playgrounds in the state during 2017-18 and state-of-the-art sports stadiums will soon be constructed in Dibrugarh, North Lakhimpur and Sualkuchi in Kamrup, he said.The state governments focus has been to identify sporting talents from rural areas and nurture them for achieving success at the national and international level, Sonowal said.”Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Centre is giving a big push to sports and the state government is also committed to make Guwahati the sports capital of the country,” he said.The tournament would also be the qualifying competition for the Youth Olympic Games to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2018, according to officials, an AIBA statement said.The championship would also mark the beginning of the journey for women boxers to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, the statement said.Five-time world champion and Olympic bronze-medallist M C Mary Kom, the states leading boxer Shiva Thapa and singer Zubeen Garg have been appointed as brand ambassadors of the championship. PTI DG SBN PSadvertisementlast_img read more