The index

first_img October 23, 2002 – Updated on January 25, 2016 The index | Rank | Country | Note || 1 | Finland | 0,50 || – | Iceland | 0,50 || – | Norway | 0,50 || – | Netherlands |0,50 || 5 | Canada | 0,75 || 6 | Ireland | 1,00 || 7 | Germany | 1,50 || – | Portugal | 1,50 || – | Sweden | 1,50 || 10 | Denmark | 3,00 || 11 | France | 3,25 || 12 | Australia | 3,50 || – | Belgium | 3,50 || 14 | Slovenia | 4,00 || 15 | Costa Rica | 4,25 || – | Switzerland | 4,25 || 17 | United States | 4,75 || 18 | Hong Kong | 4,83 || 19 | Greece | 5,00 || 20 | Ecuador | 5,50 || 21 | Benin | 6,00 || – | United Kingdom | 6,00 || – | Uruguay | 6,00 || 24 | Chile | 6,50 || – | Hungary | 6,50 || 26 | South Africa | 7,50 || – | Austria | 7,50 || – | Japan | 7,50 || 29 | Spain | 7,75 || – | Poland | 7,75 || 31 | Namibia | 8,00 || 32 | Paraguay | 8,50 || 33 | Croatia | 8,75 || – | El Salvador | 8,75 || 35 | Taiwan | 9,00 || 36 | Mauritius | 9,50 || – | Peru | 9,50 || 38 | Bulgaria | 9,75 || 39 | South Korea | 10,50 || 40 | Italy | 11,00 || 41 | Czech Republic | 11,25 || 42 | Argentina | 12,00 || 43 | Bosnia and Herzegovina | 12,50 || – | Mali | 12,50 || 45 | Romania | 13,25 || 46 | Cape Verde | 13,75 || 47 | Senegal | 14,00 || 48 | Bolivia | 14,50 || 49 | Nigeria | 15,50 || – | Panama | 15,50 || 51 | Sri Lanka | 15,75 || 52 | Uganda | 17,00 || 53 | Niger | 18,50 || 54 | Brazil | 18,75 || 55 | Ivory Coast | 19,00 || 56 | Lebanon | 19,67 || 57 | Indonesia | 20,00 || 58 | Comoros | 20,50 || – | Gabon | 20,50 || 60 | Yugoslavia | 20,75 || – | Seychelles | 20,75 || 62 | Tanzania | 21,25 || 63 | Central African Republic | 21,50 || 64 | Gambia | 22,50 || 65 | Madagascar | 22,75 || – | Thailand | 22,75 || 67 | Bahrain | 23,00 || – | Ghana | 23,00 || 69 | Congo | 23,17 || 70 | Mozambique | 23,50 || 71 | Cambodia | 24,25 || 72 | Burundi | 24,50 || – | Mongolia | 24,50 || – | Sierra Leone | 24,50 || 75 | Kenya | 24,75 || – | Mexico | 24,75 || 77 | Venezuela | 25,00 || 78 | Kuwait | 25,50 || 79 | Guinea | 26,00 || 80 | India | 26,50 || 81 | Zambia | 26,75 || 82 | Palestinian National Authority | 27,00 || 83 | Guatemala | 27,25 || 84 | Malawi | 27,67 || 85 | Burkina Faso | 27,75 || 86 | Tajikistan | 28,25 || 87 | Chad | 28,75 || 88 | Cameroon | 28,83 || 89 | Morocco | 29,00 || – | Philippines | 29,00 || – | Swaziland | 29,00 || 92 | Israel | 30,00 || 93 | Angola | 30,17 || 94 | Guinea-Bissau | 30,25 || 95 | Algeria | 31,00 || 96 | Djibouti | 31,25 || 97 | Togo | 31,50 || 98 | Kyrgyzstan | 31,75 || 99 | Jordan | 33,50 || – | Turkey | 33,50 || 101 | Azerbaijan | 34,50 || – | Egypt | 34,50 || 103 | Yemen | 34,75 || 104 | Afghanistan | 35,50 || 105 | Sudan | 36,00 || 106 | Haiti | 36,50 || 107 | Ethiopia | 37,50 || – | Rwanda | 37,50 || 109 | Liberia | 37,75 || 110 | Malaysia | 37,83 || 111 | Brunei | 38,00 || 112 | Ukraine | 40,00 || 113 | Democratic Republic of the Congo | 40,75 || 114 | Colombia | 40,83 || 115 | Mauritania | 41,33 || 116 | Kazakhstan | 42,00 || 117 | Equatorial Guinea | 42,75 || 118 | Bangladesh | 43,75 || 119 | Pakistan | 44,67 || 120 | Uzbekistan | 45,00 || 121 | Russia | 48,00 || 122 | Iran | 48,25 || – | Zimbabwe | 48,25 || 124 | Belarus | 52,17 || 125 | Saudi Arabia | 62,50 || 126 | Syria | 62,83 || 127 | Nepal | 63,00 || 128 | Tunisia | 67,75 || 129 | Libya | 72,50 || 130 | Iraq | 79,00 || 131 | Vietnam | 81,25 || 132 | Eritrea | 83,67 || 133 | Laos | 89,00 || 134 | Cuba | 90,25 || 135 | Bhutan | 90,75 || 136 | Turkmenistan | 91,50 || 137 | Burma | 96,83 || 138 | China | 97,00 || 139 | North Korea | 97,50 | Organisation RSF_en center_img News Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

Four Syracuse players named to Inside Lacrosse’s Preseason All-America team

first_imgThe Syracuse lacrosse team, recently voted the No. 2 team in Inside Lacrosse’s Face-Off Yearbook Top 20, placed four players on Inside Lacrosse’s Preseason All-America team. Sean Young earned either third-team honors while Henry Schoonmaker, Matt Harris and Brandon Mullins were honorable mentions.Young, a junior defender who was named to the NCAA All-Tournament team in 2013, started 16 games last season and picked up 11 ground balls. Schoonmaker, a redshirt junior midfielder, scored 18 goals last season, including a four-goal performance in a 13-12 win over Princeton. Harris, a senior long-stick midfielder, is a co-captain this year and was named to the All-Big East second team a season ago. He led SU with 29 caused turnovers and finished second on the team with 52 ground balls.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMullins, a redshirt sophomore defender, played in three games last year before suffering a season-ending knee injury against Virginia in March. As a freshman, he recovered 27 ground balls and caused 13 turnovers.The Orange equaled a program-best 16 wins last season, advancing to the NCAA title game before losing to Duke. Syracuse loses JoJo Marasco, Brian Megill and Luke Cometti, among others, but brings back the aforementioned group of four, as well as Kevin Rice, Dylan Donahue and Hakeem Lecky.The schedule for Syracuse’s first year in the Atlantic Coast Conference has not yet been released, but practices will start in January. Comments Published on December 10, 2013 at 4:56 pm Contact Trevor: [email protected] | @TrevorHass Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Thurston County Celebrates National Public Health Week: Solid Waste

first_imgFacebook36Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston CountyIt’s National Public Health Week. We are celebrating this week by sharing more about the work that Thurston County Public Health & Social Services (PHSS) staff do as a part of local public health work. Solid and hazardous waste collection and management is identified as one of the essential activities that is critical to continue during this worldwide pandemic.Why? This goes back to fundamental public health. Solid waste contains parasites, bacteria, and viruses that can cause disease. Waste also attracts animals that can carry these diseases to other animals and potentially people. So, while COVID-19 is not likely spread by mis-managing waste, many otherwise avoidable diseases are spread this way. We don’t want to see an increase in these diseases.It’s vital to always have consistent solid waste disposal service at your home and business. If you haul your own waste to a landfill, make sure all stored waste is in tight sealing containers that rain, rodents, and other animals cannot access. As of April 9, both the Thurston County Waste and Recovery Center and the Drop-Off Facilities at Rochester and Rainier are open.Photo courtesy: Thurston CountyHazardous wastes are also a very important category of wastes to store and dispose of correctly. Hazardous wastes are unwanted products that are:flammable (like spray paint)corrosive (like toilet cleaner)reactive (like lithium metal in batteries)oxidizer (like chlorine bleach)toxic (like household cleaners)These items should be kept in their original containers and then stored in another leak-proof container. Make sure that they are stored out of the reach of children and in a safe, dry place.In Thurston County, hazardous waste disposal is free and easy at HazoHouse located at the Waste and Recovery Center at 2420 Hogum Bay Road NE. They are open regular hours 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily.  Entrance gates close at 4:45 p.m.Check the Thurston County Public Works website for updated information about County solid and hazardous waste disposal services at: read more

Govt railroads Opposition to approve SARA start-up monies

first_imgGovernment on Thursday, using its parliamentary majority, brushed aside concerns over its legality and approved in excess of 0 million as part of the start-up fund for the controversial State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA).The matter came to the fore as the House resolved itself into a Committee of Supply to consider the Administration’s second supplementary request from the national coffers to the tune of some billion.Monies allocated for the Legal Affairs Ministry was the first up for consideration, at which point concerns were raised over a $90 million transfer of monies for SARA.Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams indicated to the House that SARA falls under his remit following assent to the Legislative Instrument by the President on May 4, last.Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira attempted in vain to have Government postpone the consideration of the monies for SARA since, according to the law, there was no provision for a Minister to make a request but rather the Director of the outfit would present the budget directly to Parliament.The Attorney General insisted that he was within his remit since the Director was not being represented in Parliament.Concerns were raised too by former Minister within the Finance Ministry, Juan Edghill, who questioned on what authority Government was making a supplementary provision available for a unit for which there was no original budgetary provision.Coming to the aid of the Attorney General was Finance Minister Winston Jordan, who insisted that a Supplementary Paper was meant to amend the original budget in any fashion.“I fail to understand the question, this is a supplementary paper amending the original budget so that it doesn’t have to have a previous budget line item or whatever.”Bishop Edghill insisted that the Finance Minister show to the House under which section of the laws he was authorised to make such a provision.According to Jordan however, “I have answered that question already… if he feels we violated laws or the Constitution he have remedies… as for now, this is the last comment on the matter.”Former Minister with responsibility for Commerce, Irfaan Ali also raised concerns over the manner with which the monies for SARA were being pursued.FMAAAccording to Ali, the Financial Paper presented by Jordan failed miserably to meet the minimum requirements of the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act (FMAA) which dictates what substantively must accompany such documents when being presented to the House for approval.The former Minister drew reference to contentions raised by now Vice President Carl Greenidge who was in Opposition at the time and had vehemently questioned the format with which the People’s Progressive Party/Civic Administration was presenting its budget.The discourse, however, attracted the intervention of Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, who drew reference to a 2013 ruling by the then Speaker of the House (himself).Trotman had ruled following the objections by then Opposition Member of Parliament Greenidge and had found that the Speaker did not have the power to dictate to Government in what format a budget should be presented.According to that ruling, it was for the House to accept or reject the financial requests being made by Government.Ali contested the notion and the applicability of the ruling since, according to him, the query did not deal with format but rather substance as dictated by the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act.The former Speaker insisted that the format in which the Financial Paper was presented to the House followed precedent and that Government would in fact continue along the same vein.Former Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister, Anil Nandlall, also attempted to no avail to sway the Speaker’s judgment on the matter.He too contended that the ruling referenced was not applicable to the situation at hand, since the PPP’s objection did not deal with format but rather substance.SubsidyAccording to Nandlall, if it is the laws had been violated in the past, “then that is so but at some point in time we have to comply with the law.”Speaker, Dr Barton Scotland eventually informed the House that he had heard no arguments to sway his decision and that the House will be guided by the 2013 ruling made by Trotman.The $90 million allocation was represented as a Subsidy and Contribution to Local Organisations from the Legal Affairs Ministry to be turned over to SARA but another $26 million was also sought from the Legal Affairs Ministry budget for capital expenditure.According to the Legal Affairs Minister, the unit fell under his ministerial responsibility and as such the Ministry would be making the purchase of the two pick-ups and furniture and other accessories and they will be turned over to SARA.Questioned on the allocations that had been made to the State Asset Recovery Unit (SARU) – the outfit that preceded SARA – Attorney General Williams was unable to provide any answers since according to him, the Unit only fell under his remit from May.Some $19.7 million had been allocated to SARU for the purchase of vehicles but at the end of today’s process, parliamentarians were none the wiser as to what obtained with those monies.As it relates to the staffing of the Unit, Williams told the House that the Former Director, Professor Clive Thomas along with the deputy continue to hold the post.Grace periodOpposition Chief Whip Teixeira had pointed out to the House that it is the Parliamentary Committee of Appointments which is mandated to appoint a Director.Williams contends however that there is a four-month grace period that has not yet elapsed, and as such, the SARU Director continues to hold the post under the new SARA outfit.Opposition members during the course of the hours-long grilling session complained bitterly to the Speaker over the Attorney General’s refusal to provide information, instead opting to lay over at a later date.Among the information promised included the names and remunerations of those in the employ of SARA as well as breakdowns of monies already spent on the SARU outfit which was housed in the Ministry of the Presidency.He did indicate to the House that the SARA will be looking to rent its own accommodation with the approval of the funds.By the end of the session, related to the Legal Affairs Ministry and SARA in excess of $115 million had been approved by the coalition Government – despite the protestations of the Opposition – to operationalise SARA.A total of $89.9 million was voted as current expenditure to cater for salaries, rental, utilities and other such recurring expenditure; while $13 million was approved for the purchase of two pick up vehicles for the unit and another $13.4 million for the purchase of furnishing and other equipment.last_img read more

Half-time: Man Utd 1 QPR 0

first_imgTen-man QPR trail at Old Trafford after Wayne Rooney’s controversial 15th-minute penalty.Already massive underdogs against the champions, Rangers’ cause was not helped by a dismal refereeing decision.Referee Lee Mason pointed to the spot and then red-carded Shaun Derry when Ashley Young went down in the box after the R’s midfielder did little more than place a hand on his back.Not only was contact minimal, Young was in an offside position as he looked to latch onto Rooney’s pass.Keeper Paddy Kenny went the right way but was unable to save the resulting penalty – Rooney’s 29th goal of the season.United had been well on top – Clint Hill cleared off the line and Kenny kept out a Rooney free-kick early on – but Rangers appeared to have weathered the predictable early storm before United were helped along by the officials.Derry’s sending-off was Rangers’ seventh red card of the season and while their indiscipline will be a major factor in their relegation if they fail to escape the drop, this dismissal was harsh to put it mildly and any appeal by the club would surely succeed.Inevitably, QPR were forced into damage limitation, and United should have doubled their lead when Rooney’s cross was headed wide by an unmarked Young.Rangers are without Joey Barton and Bobby Zamora, with Akos Buzsaky and Jay Bothroyd starting in their place.Zamora has been ill, while boss Mark Hughes opted not to risk Barton as the midfielder is a booking away from being suspended.Click here for our Man Utd v QPR quizSee also: Hughes urges QPR to recreate spirit of ’92Mixed news for QPR ahead of Man Utd clashlast_img read more

How You Became the Sales Manager You Are

first_imgAs a sales manager, you are a composite of the sales managers you worked for.If your sales manager lived behind his desk, never going into the field with his people, you learned to live behind the lines with nice clean boots. If your manager was in the field dealing with customers, you will lead from the front. You’ll have muddy boots from being close to the action.If your sales manager was a super-closer, swooping in to save deals at the last minute in an heroic effort to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, you’ll do the same. The opposite could also be true. Your sales manager may have been the kind to sit quietly, providing feedback after the call, there only to help you grow. If you were lucky enough to have that manager, your people will be equally lucky.Forecasts are important. Some sales managers (and company leaders) act as if the only thing that matters is the forecast. These forecasters stare at dashboards and sift through data, as if the data itself could create the outcomes they need. If you were relentlessly asked for a forecast, you’ll do the same. But you may have had a sales manager that only asked for a forecast when it was necessary, you’ll invest your time doing the work that makes the forecast worth looking at.Many sales managers never coach the people in their charge. Instead, they dole out orders, always directing people in what they need then to do, and how they need them to do it. If you simply took orders, you will give orders. A coaching manager is different. They focus on helping their people grow and turn in their best ever performance. If you had a coach as a model, you’ll be a coach.Like any profession, the reason there are so many bad sales managers is because so many of them had bad models themselves. The reason there are so many great sales managers is because they had great managers of their own.If you had a bad sales manager as a model, you know what not to do. You can give people a better experience than the experience to which you were subjected. If you had a great sales manager, you need to honor that by being that model for your team.last_img read more

Mitchell has 28 as Jazz top Trail Blazers in OT

first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion “I didn’t think it would happen this fast,” Mitchell said. “It was definitely surreal. Plays ran for me, just a matter of hitting the shots.”Rubio, who finished with a season-high 30 points, buried a 3-pointer from the top of the arc with 30.9 seconds left in overtime to give the Jazz a seven-point lead and put the game away.The two Utah guards were fantastic down the stretch after the Jazz struggled on the offensive end.“Each thing has to be better and a little bit sharper,” Blazers guard Damian Lillard said. “We can take pressure off each other by screening a little bit better, throwing better passes on time and on target.“I think part of it is our execution. We’ve got to get to our spots, we’ve got to scrape for each other, we’ve got to sprint and make hard cuts and just be strong with the ball.”ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Jazz forward Joe Johnson is out at least two weeks with right wrist instability. Jonas Jerebko, who had only played four minutes in the first seven games, checked in early in the first quarter and will see more time in the rotation.“Jonas is going to play, we need him to play,” Snyder said. “As the game goes on, we’ve had to feel (out) the game. There isn’t clarity. It’s not hockey. We don’t just sub rote. … The game is going to dictate minutes for our team for the majority of the guys.” MOST READ LATEST STORIES The game was tight throughout, with 17 lead changes and 14 ties — and neither team ever leading by double-digits.“The game wasn’t real fluid for either team offensively early on,” Snyder said. “We hung in there and didn’t get discouraged. As the game progressed, were much more aggressive.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“You have faith in someone when they’re not playing well. That’s what we have to have in this team.”The Jazz ran their offense through Mitchell in overtime and he didn’t disappoint. The No. 12 overall pick accounted for the first six Utah points with a 3-pointer, a pair of free throws and Rudy Gobert’s two free throws that Mitchell set up with a pass to the cutting big man.center_img QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View comments Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum, left, guards Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45). APSALT LAKE CITY — Faith became the keyword in Quin Snyder’s postgame press conference. The Utah Jazz coach talked about his faith in rookie Donovan Mitchell, his faith in Ricky Rubio and his faith in his team.Mitchell scored a career-high 28 points and the Jazz beat the Portland Trail Blazers 112-103 in overtime Wednesday (Thursday Manila time).ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Lillard put the Blazers on his shoulders in the fourth quarter, but was kept in relative check in overtime. The two-time All Star finished with 33 points, and Jusuf Nurkic had a season-high 19 points.The Blazers cleared out for Lillard on the final possession of regulation, but Gobert blocked his floater as time expired.“When you have a six-point lead, or whatever we had, with two or three minutes to go,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said, “you’ve got to make the plays to hold the lead and come out with a win. We didn’t do that.”TIP-INSBlazers: Portland entered the game ranked No. 6 in the league allowing 98.3 points per game. Stotts said that’s been the focus this season and their effectiveness has been more mental that schematic. … Portland shot a season-low 26.5 percent from 3-point range.Jazz: Rodney Hood was 0 for 11 two days after scoring a season-high 25 points. He was benched down the stretch. … Thabo Sefelosha scored a season-high 15 points. … The Jazz reserves outscored their Blazers counterparts 54-20. … Gobert finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots.BUDDING FRIENDSHIPLillard and Mitchell have become friends in the last year and text regularly. Lillard said he liked Mitchell’s game at Louisville and noticed that he wore Lillard’s Adidas signature shoe. He texted Mitchell congratulations after the draft and had hoped the rookie would slide to Portland in the draft. The two went head-to-head on numerous occasions throughout the night.“Love going head to head with a guy who loves to compete,” Mitchell said. “It was kind of crazy how all that came out. … You learn from stuff like that in big moments. It felt like he was coasting all game and I looked at the score and he had 33.”NO JOE Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nuggets rout Raptors with big 3rd quarter blastlast_img read more

Porzingis returns to score 34, Knicks beat Kings

first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Harden lifts Rockets in victory over Grizzlies John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Skal Labissiere scored 19 points and Buddy Hield chipped in 17 for the Kings, whose two-game winning streak was snapped.Porzingis missed Wednesday night’s loss at Orlando with ankle and elbow injuries.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Kings got within one point on three occasions in the second quarter, the last coming with 6:54 remaining when Hield’s jumper made it 43-42. New York then took off on a 21-7 run, capped by four straight points from Porzingis, and led 64-49 at halftime.The 22-year-old Porzingis, who entered play as the NBA’s second-leading scorer, went 11 of 21 from the field, including 3-for-4 from 3-point range. He strung together six straight points to put the Knicks ahead 74-53 with 8:38 left in the third quarter as fans serenaded him with “MVP” chants. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa He went to the bench for the night with the Knicks leading 88-60 late in the third.New York started out slowly, missing five straight shots and turning the ball over twice as the Kings jumped out to a 10-0 lead.The Knicks closed out the opening period on a 32-13 run, highlighted by 16 points from Porzingis, including a personal 8-0 run.TIP-INSSacramento is 1-6 on the road, its only win coming on Oct. 20 at Dallas.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion New York Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis, center, celebrates with team mates during the first half of a NBA basketball game against Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden in New York. APNEW YORK — Kristaps Porzingis returned after a one-game absence to score 34 points, Courtney Lee added 20, and the New York Knicks beat the Sacramento Kings 118-91 on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).Enes Kanter had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Knicks, who have won four straight at Madison Square Garden. New York led by as many as 33 points in the fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENT The Kings have lost three straight to the Knicks. They last beat New York on March 20 of last year. LATEST STORIES Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

Diu going steady

first_imgThe impressive St. Paul’s ChurchThere’s no escaping the near-indelible Portuguese stamp on Diu, the Union Territory that was a Portuguese colony till 1961. In fact, even now, its the Portuguese ‘feel’ and ‘look’ that draws tourists to this laidback tidal island. Often considered a cheaper option to the more frequented Goa, also a former Portuguese colony, Diu offers a bouquet of similar attractions–Portuguese forts, medieval churches, lovely beaches, water sports, lively bars, great seafood and et al.Diu’s appeal has a lot to do with its laidback character and most of all, its friendly people. Though largely composed of villages, it is now a leading example of how resorts can change the pace of life. And its the people from Gujarat, one of its immediate neighbours, who set the ball rolling. A steady flow of tourists, which grew considerably in the last decade, reaped a harvest of hotels and resorts on the island.First movesParasailing is one of the sports on offer for water enthusiastsA special mention must be made of Yatin Fugro, son of a wealthy and influential family from Goa, who gave Diu its first sprawling resort-Kohinoor Hotel. Proud of the island’s Portuguese heritage, he decided to build the resort hotel in the style of a Mediterranean village and even got an entire team of artisans from Goa for their expertise in recreating the architectural style of Goa’s old Latin Quarters. Thus, the 50 rooms are located in bungalows with classical cream-hued faades, mouldings, pilasters, cornices and a balcao or a pillared portico at the entrance. Each room has a balcony with ornamental trelliswork railings. These bungalows are set around a swimming pool, the hotel’s centrepiece.Between 2001 and 2004, Fugro developed a plot of three-and-a-half acres around Kohinoor. This includes a waterpark with slides, a wave pool, play areas for children, a discotheque, a large landscaped lawn and garden for outdoor events, a cake shop and ayurvedic spa. A complete family destination.Resort fareThe mini fort of Pani KotaThe success of the Kohinoor Hotel became a forerunner for other developments in Diu. The most remarkable of these is the Radhika Beach Resort, which is set on the road facing the popular Nagoa beach.Cross the road from Radhika and you reach the crescent-shaped Nagoa Beach. The sea is safe for swimming in winter and the sands are lovely for a long stroll. The more adventurous can engage in a round of parasailing, sailing and scootering. Some smaller properties have opened up over the last 10 years near the beach, Resort Hoka and Richie Rich being among the prominent ones.While Kohinoor and Radhika has taken Diu upscale on the tourist front, it is the Fugro family’s most recent offering that has added a touch of luxury to the island. Called the Azzaro Resort & Spa, it is set beside a lake across the road from Kohinoor. The highlight here is the mid-water pool bar–you swim or wade to it and enjoy a drink in the centre of the pool. The gardens have tented gazebos and al fresco seating in the lawn. The 36 rooms and suites offer views of either the pool or the lawns. The restaurant here serves a variety of cuisines but no one should come away without a taste of its seafood. Ask the chef for the fresh catch and choose your bite.Golden oldThe Portuguese FortTangible reminders of the colonial past, scattered across the island, are not to be missed either. The most important on the list of monuments is the 400-year-old Portuguese Fort. Imposingly situated on a promontory on the eastern-most tip of the island, it gave the colonisers a commanding view of ships approaching the island. The deep moat, hewn from sheer rock, made the fort impregnable.Another interesting place is the Fortim do Mar or Pani Kota in local parlance. This ship-like mini fort sits in the middle of the narrow channel that connects the Diu harbour to the sea. St. Paul’s Church, too, is impressive, with intricate woodcarvings and old paintings. There is daily Mass for those who wish to attend.Good appetiteThe island’s food offerings, too, have grown over the last few years. A whole range of restaurants have opened shop, luring holidaymakers with various cuisines. A popular choice is the terrace restaurant of Apana Hotel on Fort Road. Patrons swear by the generous tandoori seafood platter. On most days, however, you are likely to find on it a whole kingfish or pomfret, a lobster or crab, a variety of shrimps, squid, vegetables and rice. Equally recommended is the pomfret pulao, kingfish masala, tandoori chicken and shark tikka.For Indo-Portuguese food the best bet is Heranca Goesa where you can have fish recheido, chicken cafreal, chicken or prawns with peri peri sauce, bebinca in the front room of a family-owned home. If fish ‘n’ chips and pasta is more your style there is O’Couqueiro while for breakfast the favourite is Uma Shakti with views of the town from its rooftop cafe. There is only so much you can do in Diu, the small island that has, thankfully, not changed its character with the arrival and growth of tourism. The days in Diu are filled with sunshine and the pleasures of an easier paced life. Yet there is an awareness that changes must come in, which is likely to take this small island several notches up on the tourism ladder.advertisementadvertisement Fact fileKohinoor Hotel Fofrara-Fudam; tel: (02875) 252 209, 253575Radhika Beach Resort Nagoa; tel: (02875) 252 553/54/55Resort Hoka Nagoa; tel: (02875) 253 036Richie Rich Nagoa; tel: (02875) 255 355Azzaro Resort & Spa Fofrara-Fudam; tel: (02875) 255 421Diu Fort Near Diu Jail. Open from 8a.m.-6p.m.St Paul’s Church Near Diu fort. Open 8a.m.-6p.m.Apana Hotel Fort Road; tel: (02875) 252 650Heranca Goesa Near Diu Museum; tel: (02875) 253 851O’Couqeiro Garden Restaurant Near Diu Museum; tel: (0)98246 81565Uma Shakti Behind Diu vegetable market; tel: (02875) 252 150last_img read more

CTVs Critically Acclaimed CARDINAL is 1 New Canadian Program of the 20162017

first_imgWith five days of PVR playback data now available, CTV confirmed today that the series debut of its Wednesday night event series CARDINAL is the most-watched debut of any Canadian series in the 2016/17 broadcast season with total viewers, A25-54, and A18-34. CARDINAL premiered as the most-watched program on Canadian television on the night of Jan. 25, and currently has an average audience of 1.3 million viewers with two days of data to still be reported.Building on its Wednesday night success, last Saturday night’s encore of the premiere episode is averaging over half a million viewers on CTV. More than 4 million unique viewers have now seen the debut episode of CARDINAL across all airings on CTV and Super Écran.CARDINAL premiered to critical acclaim and social media buzz, with the hashtag #Cardinal trending on Twitter in Canada.* Login/Register With: Social Media links What viewers on Twitter are saying:@Virtual_Writer: I’m impressed #Cardinal – visually stunning – perfect. Our Wallander. Canadian stories! Canadian [email protected]: Totally digging the feel of #Cardinal. Already wishing it was more than 6 episodes. @karinevanasse @WOCampbell @[email protected]: Hooked on this first episode. Very well done – great acting & script. Nice twists & turns already. [email protected]_Lewes: Wow wow @Cardinal on @CTV_Television #mustwatch #GreatTV Human characters, real setting, surprise twist WATCH THIS SHOW! Advertisement Advertisement Following an all-new episode of CRIMINAL MINDS (tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO), this week’s episode of CARDINAL (available as of last night on CraveTVTM First-Look, and airing tonight at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO) is entitled “Delorme”. Cardinal (Billy Campbell, THE KILLING) and Delorme (Karine Vanasse, REVENGE) attend Todd Curry’s autopsy in Toronto. It’s a stressful balancing act for Delorme, trying to help Cardinal catch a murderer while feeling the pressure from her Special Investigations Sergeant Malcolm Musgrave (David Richmond-Peck, ORPHAN BLACK) to ramp up her investigation into her partner.New episodes of CARDINAL will continue to receive a Canadian First Look on CraveTV, available to viewers the day before their broadcast premieres, with the first episode streaming now.CARDINAL is adapted from the award-winning novel Forty Words for Sorrow, the first of the John Cardinal Mysteries, a series of six, best-selling crime novels written by Ontario native and award-winning author Giles Blunt. The gripping murder mystery was shot in Winter 2016 in Sudbury, Ont., North Bay, Ont., Atikameksheng Anishnawbek in Northern Ontario, and Toronto.CARDINAL is produced by Sienna Films and eOne in association with CTV, and commissioned for French-language Canadian broadcast by Super Écran. CARDINAL is distributed worldwide by eOne. Executive Producers are Julia Sereny and Jennifer Kawaja (COMBAT HOSPITAL) for Sienna Films. The series is also executive produced by Showrunner Aubrey Nealon, who adapted the series for television, and Director Daniel Grou, aka Podz. For Bell Media, Tom Hastings is Director, Drama, Independent Production; and Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, CTV and Specialty. Randy Lennox is President, Broadcasting and Content, Bell Media. Actor Billy Campbell plays Det. John Cardinal in a scene from the detective drama Cardinal. In advance of tonight’s broadcast of CARDINAL, series lead Karine Vanasse (REVENGE) will be participating in a live Tweet Chat, at 9 p.m. ET. Starring in the series as the driven and intuitive Detective Lise Delorme, Vanasse will speak to her experience on the series and what Canadians can expect this season, answering viewer questions live across the country. Fans can follow along on Twitter: @karinevanasse, @fityourstyle, #Cardinal. Advertisement @CTV_Television @WOCampbell @karinevanasse @BrendanFletch1 @glen_gould @richmondpeck @karinevanasse @glengould LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook About CTV  CTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 15 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at Twitterlast_img read more

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