Danny Kelly is joined by Mark Langdon to take a look at all the big football news from the continent.They discuss Tony Adams’ continuing struggles with lowly Granada – take in action from France, Italy and Spain, and chat about the goalkeepers who are likely to be on the move during the summer transfer window.This week’s European cult hero is the former Real Zaragoza and Paraguay goalkeeper José Luis Chilavert, and there’s also time to preview the second-legs of both the Champions League and Europa League semi-finals.Listen above, or click here to download the podcast from iTunes.
The Spurs’ player was happy about getting a 3-1 win over Chelsea, but he knows the team didn’t play wellTottenham Hotspur defeated Chelsea 3-1 yesterday in the English Premier League.And Dele Alli scored his team’s first goal and although he was happy for the win, he knew the club’s performance could have been better.“It was a top performance from us, not perfect, there are still some things we need to improve on, but we dominated from the first whistle,” said Dele to the club’s official website.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“The fans were right behind us, kept us going and we didn’t want to give Chelsea a chance to play their way into the game.”“We knew how important it was to start the game well and to maintain that level for 90 minutes is difficult but we showed great character to do that and we’re obviously happy with the win,” he added.“We knew they like to play out from the back and keep the ball – they are a possession-based team like a lot of the top teams are now.”“We wanted to get down their necks early and win the ball high up the pitch and if not, turn the ball over where we could and attack them as quickly as we could once they were out of position,” he commented.
26 Photos 6 Sphero Spider-Man Watching the MCU movies in the perfect order 10. ThorThree movies in, Thor has managed to produce one of the most fun Marvel movies we’ve seen (Ragnarok, helmed by Taika Waititi) and one of the most ponderous, dull ones (The Dark World, directed by Alan Taylor). Ragnarok was everything The Dark World wasn’t — like good. Who knew giving the god of thunder a sense of humor would make for a more enjoyable viewing experience?11. BladeWhile reviewers gave 1998’s Blade props for its visual style, the trilogy was inconsistent. Of Blade 2, Slate said “There’s no script to speak of,” and Blade Trinity earned this sick burn: “If ever there was a case for quitting while you’re behind, this Blade is it,” from The Washington Post. However, as The Ringer pointed out in 2018, the original Blade accomplished two important things: essentially launching the superhero movie industry, and placing a person of color in the lead role.12. The Amazing Spider-ManIn short, there was no solid reason to make this iteration of Spider-Man. Granted, Andrew Garfield does a good job capturing teenage boy nervous energy. But it’s not enough to save what feels like long, un-noteworthy deviations from Sam Raimi’s earlier movies. The Amazing Spider-Man flirts with the hour mark before Peter Parker gets into something resembling a suit. Also, who is prepared to watch Jed Bartlett die on screen? Not us. 13. Fantastic FourIt’s almost hard to believe our beloved Cap originally came from the critically panned Fantastic Four franchise. The original? Oft referred to as “juvenile.” And when Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer came out in 2007 (two years after its predecessor), it smacked of trying to milk this whole superhero movie thing for maximum dollar before leaving the genre a desiccated husk. As Entertainment Weekly put it, “If you swept the cosmic dust of the superhero boom into a flimsy dustpan, you’d have the Fantastic Four franchise.”14. Ghost RiderIf you’re like me, you might have forgotten that Ghost Rider and its sequel Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance even happened. It did, though. Nicholas Cage portrayed Johnny Blaze and the The New York Times asked the important question, “Is the world ready for a flaming Nicholas Cage?” Meanwhile the New York Daily News called it a “vast an array of spiritual gibberish, literary poppycock and pure flummery.” We cringed hard at the CGI effects, which probably should have been a lot better for 2007. The real question remains, though: How did Sam Elliott get dragged into this? 15. DaredevilBy the early 2000s, superhero movies smelled like money. Unfortunately, we ended up with Daredevil and the Jennifer Garner-led follow-up Elektra, two films that still take casual beatings for how bad they were. If you need a refresher on just how bad, consider that the Daredevil trailer alone contains the lines “time to give the devil his due” and “I prowl the rooftops and alleyways at night searching for justice — blind justice.” Elektra, meanwhile, claims a whole 10% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 42 on CNET sister site Metacritic and might have put Marvel off female superhero movies until, well, this year. A February Times piece on Marvel’s “woman problem” referenced an email exchange that surfaced out of the 2014 Sony hack where then-Marvel CEO Isaac Perlmutter listed Elektra and other disastrous female-led superhero movies. CNET’s Andrew Gebhart and Chris Monroe contributed to this report. More Marvel Share your voice Originally published April 6, 2019. How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order Since 2012, we’ve been all about waiting for that next team-up, curious how the various relationships will play out, inching our way toward the highest stakes we’ve seen yet with Endgame, out April 26. From the original, to Age of Ultron, to Infinity War, it would be an understatement to say audiences were excited. Just consider that seven years after Joss Whedon’s original entry, tickets for the upcoming Avengers: Endgame broke Fandango’s presale record in just six hours. 2. Captain AmericaCaptain America. He’s quite a guy — self-sacrificing with a ram-rod-straight sense of ethical duty. Maybe most importantly, Cap is reliable. That evenness translates to the franchise, which has been one of the most consistent of the lot. While franchises don’t always produce a second movie that’s as good as the first, Captain America came back even stronger with The Winter Soldier. Plus, this franchise has also done a lot of heavy-lifting in terms of setting up Infinity War and, ultimately, Endgame. 3. Spider-ManLet’s get something out of the way: Spider-Man 3 was terrible. In fact, it was almost awful enough to tarnish the legacy of the Sam Raimi trilogy, because now when you think of Tobey Maguire’s Peter Parker, you think of ill-advised guyliner… and that cringe-worthy dance number.Why, Peter, why?However, we’re focused on the impact of Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 — evidence that you can make fun, satisfying, heartfelt comic book movies capable of burrowing into our pop culture psyche (hello, upside-down Spidey kiss). Those two entries from 2002 and 2004 helped create the kind of interest in terms of both box office and critical acclaim (domestically, the first did $114.84 million in its opening weekend, and the second did $88.16 million and is a Metacritic Must See) in superhero movies that’s made it sustainable for Marvel to make a 20-something-part story arc in the years since. Also consider the strength of Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock in Spider-Man 2. What’s scarier than a good man corrupted? Turns out making a villain relatable and even a bit sympathetic makes for a more compelling battle. 4. Iron ManBack in 2008, Iron Man was first in a long line of MCU movies. This franchise helped establish a strong foundation for all MCU offerings that followed. It also gave us Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark, who is narcissistic, vexing, funny and kind of an ass, but a character you can’t help but like. Iron Man also helped clue the MCU in on how to balance tone and stakes, pushing Stark’s humor even while chaos is unfolding. 5. DeadpoolThe Merc with a Mouth garnered attention when it came out in 2016, R-rating and all. Dripping in smart-assery and digs at the other inhabitants of its genre, Deadpool was just the counter-programming we needed to balance out the glossy and at times over-earnest MCU. Deadpool also gets a tip of the hat for consistency — Deadpool 2 was just about as joke-packed and irreverent as the first. 3:13 Now playing: Watch this: Marvel X-Men Iron Man Tags 6. X-menIn assembling this ranking, we made a call to keep all the X-Men movies together given Days of Future Past essentially fixed and linked back to X3. Both sets of films have had inconsistencies, starting strong but battling weakness in the third iterations. Rolling Stone said of X-Men: Last Stand that “the third and weakest chapter in the X-Men series is a blatant attempt to prove there is still life in the franchise.” Meanwhile, X-Men Apocalypse’s villain was… blue with a propensity for chewing up scenery. Even X3’s writer Simon Kinberg told ScreenCrush in 2014 that “there are a lot of things about ‘X3’ that I love and there are a lot of things that I regret.” In any case, the later movies tried to clean up some of the messiness the earlier ones left behind. And yes, we did also make allowances here for the size of the franchise. Guardians of the Galaxy brought the jokes. Marvel 7. Guardians of the GalaxyWhen Guardians of the Galaxy came out in 2014 with its ’70s rock soundtrack, it brought an important insight — superhero movies don’t have to be stifling and take themselves too seriously. They can be funny. While the 2017 installment wasn’t quite a strong as the original, we’re giving it serious points for paving the way for the likes of the surprisingly funny Thor: Ragnarok. 8. Ant-ManWhen we put Ant-Man right smack in the middle of this ranking, we do it with love. Why? Because Ant-Man is fine. The world isn’t about to end. Half the population is about to disappear. There are stakes, yes, but they’re a break from the destruction and catastrophe the MCU wreaks. Also, at this point we’ve seen so many action sequences it’s easy to get numb to them. Ant-Man gets props for re-energizing fights by, you know, getting Thomas the Tank Engine in the mix. 9. WolverineOne word: Logan. My race to see every MCU film before Avengers: Endgame Endgame a three-hour bladder-buster, so make a plan Women of Marvel: Straight talk from real-life superheroes The Avengers are a tough team to battle for the top spot. Marvel Marvel movies have been part of our popular culture for the better part of the last 20 years, but you might forget that given the dominance of Marvel Cinematic Universe films these days. You know, that whole kit and kaboodle encompassing Iron Man on through Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame, which busts into theaters next week. The MCU isn’t where Marvel begins or ends on screen, though. With this in mind, I decided to take a look back at all of Marvel’s movie franchises (defined as having more than one movie in the series) and rank them from the best to the most regrettable. In an effort to share the power bestowed on me to compile such an Earth-shaking list, I turned to my colleagues here in Louisville, Kentucky, where we busted out a white board on wheels and undertook the serious task of deciding just how bad Ben Affleck’s Daredevil was and what exactly to do with Nicholas Cage’s Ghost Rider. Here’s our ranking, from best to worst: 1. AvengersEnsembles movies can easily sprawl into unwieldy, disjointed disasters. Somehow, the Avengers have avoided all that. And after four years of movies leading up to the first Avengers installment of the MCU, there was a lot riding on this first point of culmination for the franchise that brought together the likes of Captain America, Iron Man and the rest of the high-powered crew. Preview • Sphero’s new voice-activated Spider-Man toy sure is chatty Avengers: Endgame — Everything you need to know Comments TV and Movies Now playing: Watch this: 2:09
Earlier this month, we had reported that Tata’s cheapest offering Nano is getting a makeover with Nano Diesel and Nano Twist. It is now being said that besides Nano Twist and Diesel, Tata Nano Plus, a new variant is also in the offing.Following the launch of Nano Twist and Nano Diesel, Nano Plus, a new model would hit the Indian markets soon, according to the Economic Times. Tata would offer the new variant of Nano with exciting features like front disc brakes, improved aircon, bucket seats, new dashboard, LED headlamps and fog lights, revised hood styling and open-able tail.Tata appears to be trying hard to make Nano the Indian auto aficionados’ car with the strategic reposition of the vehicle. Nano, which was expected to capture the common man’s taste in the domestic market failed to do so when launched in the country. Even though the maker of the car made numerous attempts to revive Nano’s market in the sub-continent, the effort did not yield good result.However, Tata was not ready to give up just yet. The news of Nano coming in new avatars has been hitting the headlines for quite some time. Interestingly, Tata group’s chairman Ratan Tata, who dreamt of making Nano poor man’s car, recently opined that labeling Nano as the cheapest car was unfortunate and the company is planning to re-launch the car in new avatars. “We are on the fast journey in making the transformation, making sure all the fundamentals are in place, in trying to create aspiration around the brand, but a slow journey in making sure we don’t mess (up) on the fundamentals,” a company spokesperson told ET adding, “We should see a tipping point in the next six months’ time.”At present, Nano is available in five variants which include Tata Nano STD, Tata Nano CX, Tata Nano LX, Tata Nano CNG CX and Tata Nano CNG LX. The petrol variant of the car is powered by a 0.6-litre MPFI engine, which churns out a power of 37.4 bhp and a peak torque of 51 Nm. The engine is mated to a four-speed manual gearbox.The upcoming Nano diesel is speculated to pack an 800 cc common rail diesel engine under the hood, which can churn out a power of 40.2 bhp and torque of 70 Nm. Earlier reports suggested that the diesel Nano is likely to offer a mileage of 30+ kmpl, which is currently the best in the Indian market.Additionally, Tata is also gearing up to offer its least expensive car with power steering developed by ZF. The new avatar of Tata Nano with power steering will be called Nano Twist and will be launched in the market on 15 January, 2014.
Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:09/0:57Loaded: 0%0:09Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:48?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Know about the new 100 currency note A better probability of Prime Minister Narendra Modi getting a second term after an escalation in tensions between India and Pakistan has had an unlikely gainer — rupee. In a matter of five weeks, the rupee has made a dramatic turnaround to become Asia’s best-performing currency from its worst. The optimism after several exit polls showed a spike in approval ratings of the prime minister has led to robust flows into local shares and debt, turning the carry-trade returns on the rupee to the highest in the world in the past month.The currency is set to rally further if PM Modi wins a second term, Gao Qi, a currency strategist at Scotiabank in Singapore told Bloomberg. A dovish tilt by major central banks across the world amid weakening growth could also lead to investors chasing high returns in emerging economies. Around 11 central banks have eased monetary policy this year, while just three have tightened policy. Qi expects the rupee to strengthen to around 67 per dollar by June-end.A sudden surge in the inflow of dollars has sent the rupee to its highest level since August, prompting profit booking that led to the currency witnessing a drop on Tuesday after six trading sessions of continuous gains. In the year-to-date, foreigners bought a net $3.3 billion of shares, accounting for over half of total inflows of $5.6 billion in the period. Foreign investors have also raised holdings of bonds by $1.4 billion this month. According to data compiled by Bloomberg, borrowing in dollars to purchase rupee assets has earned 3.8 per cent over the past one month, the best carry-trade return in the world. A customer hands Indian currency notes.REUTERS”The market is pricing in a Modi victory as there are no other factors that explain the sudden change of mood,” Anindya Banerjee, an analyst at Kotak Securities told the media agency.Several opinion polls show the ruling coalition-led by PM Modi may get over 272 seats in the Lok Sabha needed to form the next government. Polling will start on April 11 and results are slated to come out on May 23. Besides improved sentiments, carry traders are eager to long rupee and short other low-yielding currencies, including the dollar.Investor optimism on rupee is also reflected in the derivatives market, where one-month options conferring the right to sell the rupee now cost 19 basis points more than those to buy. “Global conditions — dovish Fed and ECB — have turned more supportive and domestically, increased confidence in the BJP’s prospects and a recovery in portfolio flows have been the key driver for the rupee,” said Dushyant Padmanabhan, a currency strategist at Nomura Holdings Inc. in Singapore.Other indicators such as three-month implied volatility, which is used to gauge expected swings used to price options, too point towards a stronger rupee. The volatility gauge fell to 5.87 per cent on Friday, the lowest level since August.
Scientists working at Biocon, Bengaluru.Reuters fileUpdate at 3.06 pm: Biocon shares were trading 1.85 percent lower at Rs 1,099 on the BSE on Friday, in response to the quarterly and full-year results. The BSE Sensex was down 112 points to 29,918.Original story:Biocon, the Bengaluru-based biotech company, reported 75 percent increase in consolidated net profit to Rs 135.4 crore (excluding Syngene fire losses) for the March 2017 quarter (Q4) as against Rs 77 crore (ignoring exceptional items) in the corresponding period last year. Revenues came in at Rs 974.3 crore in comparison to Rs 972.7 crore in the year-ago period.Shareholders had something to cheer about as the company declared a bonus of 2:1 (two bonus shares for every share held) and a final dividend of Rs 3 per share. The bonus shares will be credited to shareholders within two months (by June 26). The share price of Biocon closed at Rs 1,119.60 on the BSE on Thursday.”Our Q4 revenue at Rs 974 crore reported a muted growth due to elongated approval timelines in some emerging markets, discontinuance of some in-licensed products and impact of the fire at Syngene,” the company said in a regulatory filing on Thursday.The full year (2016-17) consolidated net profit rose 11.2 percent to Rs 612.1 crore from Rs 550.4 crore (including deferred revenue of Rs 268.4 crore and impairment in Biocon SA assets of Rs 107.80 crore).Full year consolidated revenues increased 18 percent to Rs 4,078.7 crore on all-round improvement in sales in comparison to Rs 3,460.2 crore in the preceding fiscal.”We have closed the year FY 17 with a strong revenue growth of 18% led by a sturdy performance of our Biologics as well as Small Molecules businesses. “FY17 was a landmark year wherein we established our credibility as a global biosimilars player with the launch of Biocon’s Insulin Glargine pen in Japan and submission of five regulatory filings of our biosimilars in the developed markets of US and EU. Our Malaysia facility became operational with the Malaysian government’s exclusive contract for Biocon’s insulins, which expanded our footprint in emerging markets,” Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, chairperson and managing director, said in the regulatory filing.The company’s research services business through Syngene contributed sales of Rs 1,138 crore.
Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan. File photoAmid the killings of ‘drug dealers’ in growing ‘gunfights’, home minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Monday said the crackdown on the drug dealers will continue.“No drug peddlers will be spared, no matter how powerful they are socially or politically. Law enforcement agencies will continue the drive against them to bring them to justice,” he said while talking to UNB at the Secretariat.A total of 29 people, mostly suspected drug dealers, were killed in reported gunfights with law enforcers in the last 10 days till Monday.Read More: 9 more killed early Monday as ‘gunfights’ continueThe home minister said prime minister Sheikh Hasina has instructed his ministry to take a ‘zero-tolerance’ policy against the drug trade and stop it at any cost.As per the directives, an anti-narcotic drive has been launched making a division-wise list of drug dealers based on intelligence information, he said.Asked how many are there on the list, Asaduzzaman said the exact number is not known, but it is substantial.He refuted the claim of ‘extrajudicial killings’ or ‘crossfires’ in the name of anti-narcotics drive, saying the drug dealers have firearms. “Whenever law enforcers go to arrest them, they often open fire on them forcing them to retaliate in self-defence which resulted in one or two incidents of killings.”Read More: ‘Gunfights’ continue, 6 killed early SundayThe home minister claimed that gunfights take place in all the countries dealing with drugs. “We don’t think it won’t happen in Bangladesh. We witnessed drug dealers open fire first. So it’s normal that police will fire back,” he said describing it as an act of self-defence, rather than ‘gunfight’ or ‘crossfire’.Asked only small fish are getting killed in ‘gunfights’, the minister said the law enforcement agencies are conducting the anti-narcotics drive following the list. “Every drug peddler will be punished.”As of Monday, he said, mobile court drives have sentenced over 2,000 drug dealers to different jail terms ranging from 1-6 months. “Only one or two isolated incidents of drug dealers are getting killed which are hitting the headlines,” he said.Replying to a query whether Bangladesh is following the path taken the Philippines and Thailand against drugs, Asaduzzaman said the law enforcement agencies will follow the list compiled by intelligence agencies.Asked whether members of law enforcement agencies are involved in the drug peddling, he revealed that the list contains people from a wide range of occupations and almost all spheres of society.Read More: 8 more killed as toll from latest ‘gunfight’ spree nears 40In response to another query about human rights violations during drives, Asaduzzaman said they never apply any “shoot-at-sight” policy, but only fire in self-defence. “We aren’t arresting drug dealers to shoot them. It’s our highest priority to bring them to justice.”According to officials at the home ministry, cocaine, Phensidyl and heroin were used to be smuggled into Bangladesh from India in the past. But due to strong diplomatic endeavours, that has reduced substantially.Now, the spread of yaba is rampant as it is easily being smuggled from neighbouring Myanmar. Despite repeated appeals to curb narcotics smuggling, no response was found from Myanmar.
Asus Eee Asus Eee Pad tablet to favor Android over Windows Embedded OS The Asus Eee 4GB 701 series PC has made a huge hit in the USA since its launch in early November. The item literally sold off the shelves within a minute of its introductory 10,000 unit distribution. The Asus Eee 4GB with a built in web cam has a seven inch display and weighs around two pounds. It has an Intel mobile CPU and chipset. It is preloaded Linux and Microsoft XP compatible. The XP drivers are included. It has an internal WiFi 802.11 b/g enabling users to access the Internet via available Hot Spots. There is 512 MB of memory with the ability to upgrade to 1 GB. It should be noted that upgrades will void the warranty. The Asus Eee has 4 GB flash embedded storage and an additional 100GB is available with the Asus exclusive E-HD external drive. Other options for storage include USB devices, and a memory stick card slot. There are three USB ports and a SDHC card reader. The Asus Eee has a 300 pixel video camera is built in and high definition audio. The system has built in stereo speakers with audio in/out jacks and VGA out capabilities. The 4 cell battery has a qualified 3.5 hour battery life. Asus qualifies the battery life as dependent on the user´s habits. The dimensions of the Asus Eee 4GB 701 is 8.86 inches wide by 6.30 inches in diameter and weighs around 2 pounds. It is comparable to a ladies clutch bag in terms of portability. It comes with a cover sleeve case to protect the outer surface and currently comes in the colors black and white. The box contains an AC adapter charger, the Eee 701, instruction book and back up CD Rom. The current price is $399.AsusTek Company is based in Taiwan with a presence in virtually all parts of the world. The company is focused on serving the international community by opening financial and technical offices world-wide. It currently employs one hundred thousand employees with a substantial portion of its budget devoted to research and design. A recent 1300 units purchase by Fresno Unified School District in California was made due to its shock resistant design and ease in portability. An initial survey indicated that the students and faculty find the Asus Eee a great asset in education and affordability.In the weeks before Christmas 2007 and the holiday season, AsusTek will release two more Eee laptops. The Asus Eee 4GB 700 and the Asus 2GB 700. These models are primarily for surfing the web and directed research projects for students or on- the- go professionals. The two models do not have a built in video camera, but the internal system is substantially the same. These models will sell for $299 and $349 respectively. The popular Eee is not without its critics. IT Wire reports that Asus Eee may have misrepresented the Linux loaded capabilities. According to IT Wire, some Linux advocates say the Eee uses Xandros a Debian-based distribution that charges a license fee and has an agreement with Microsoft similar to the one signed by Novell. Additionally, some commentators knowledgeable of Linux believe there may be some copyright issues involved that may present problems. Another concern is expressed by Cliff Biffle, a Java developer who invented the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface for Linux. He states that Asus did not follow the rules required by GPL when it modified a particular module of the Linux kernel. Asus is required to publish the source code for the modified module and the name of the author or provide a new name for the modification. Notwithstanding the critics, the very popular Asus Eee is projecting sales to reach three to five million for year 2008. Its short term goals are expected to be met by selling 350 thousand by years end. External Link: Asus eeePC violates GPL say Linux stalwarts — www.itwire.com/content/view/15490/ The sturdy and light weight Asus Eee has captured the hearts and minds of US consumers, students and educators. The Eee series has all the features of its competitors, but its affordable price is turning heads. The Eee units are literally selling off the shelves world-wide. Citation: The Asus Eee Laptop Series Selling Off the Shelves World Wide (2007, November 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-11-asus-eee-laptop-series-shelves.html Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
<< Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Princess Cruises Sale pricing for third, fourth passengers on select Princess sailings SANTA CLARITA — For all Ocean Medallion Caribbean cruises on Regal Princess and Royal Princess, sailing November 2017 – April 2018, Princess Cruises is offering discounted US$99 pricing for third and fourth passengers.The cruise line notes there is room for up to four guests in all types of staterooms – interior, balcony and mini-suites, many with interconnecting options.New interactive games and family-friendly offerings onboard Ocean Medallion class ships will include Tagalong Sprint, which pits guests’ digital companions in a race across the ocean floor. Guests see who can speed across the finish line first.At the newly launched Camp Discovery youth center – created in partnership with Discovery Consumer Products, the licensing arm of Discovery Communications – Princess offers a wide selection of programs and activities where kids and teens will make memories and create keepsakes while sailing on the Caribbean-bound Regal Princess and Royal Princess.As part of the cruise line’s Discovery at Sea program, there are three centre themes where kids and teens can make new friends and participate in activities, including:The Treehouse, ages 3-7 (formerly Pelicans): A bright, whimsical forest and animal-themed centre including captivating creatures and hands-on activities for kids to focus on play time, creativity and the world around them.The Lodge, ages 8-12 (formerly Shockwaves): Inspired by the great outdoors, this cozy centre is filled with sports activities and fun places for kids to explore, hang out and lounge.The Beach House, for ages 13-17 (formerly Remix): Offers a contemporary surf-themed lounge, featuring a place for teens to hang out and socialize.More news: CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionNew youth and teen centre programming includes MythBusters science activities with new hands-on challenges. In addition, new Camp Discovery offers destination-themed programs focusing on the Caribbean to immerse young cruisers into the culture, nature and customs of this region.Families will also enjoy lively concerts, sporting events and hit blockbuster films at Movies Under the Stars, a giant 300-square-foot poolside movie theatre complete with comfortable chaise lounges and cozy blankets. Travelweek Group Posted by Share Friday, July 7, 2017
Travelweek Group Share Posted by Cruise lines scramble to deal with new Cuba restrictions Wednesday, June 5, 2019 MIAMI — U.S. cruise lines are consulting with lawyers to understand the impact of the Trump administration’s new restrictions on travel to Cuba, handed down with just one day’s notice.The Trump administration has said it will allow anyone who has already paid for their trip to go ahead with it, but the process going forward for passengers isn’t clear.A Miami-based attorney who represents Carnival and three other major cruise lines says cruise lines carrying passengers booked before June 4 have been hoping that they could request specific federal permits to complete their trips to Cuba.“For now, it’s prohibited unless the cruise lines requests a specific license,” says Pedro Freyre. He said cruise lines had been trying to determine “if there’s any opening there to at least complete trips that have been booked and passengers that have made travel plans.”Norwegian Cruise Line says it is looking at the new rules and consulting with lawyers and trade experts.More news: Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from Ottawa“We are closely monitoring these recent developments and any resulting impact to cruise travel to Cuba,” NCL said in a statement. “We will communicate to our guests and travel partners as additional information becomes available.”CLIA also issued a statement in response to the new regulations, saying that they affect nearly 800,000 passenger bookings that are currently scheduled or already underway.“Without warning, CLIA Cruise Line Members are forced to eliminate all Cuba destinations from itineraries, effective immediately. Passenger bookings had been made under a general licence previously issued by the United States Government that authorized ‘people to people’ travel to Cuba. These travel restrictions effectively make it illegal to cruise to Cuba from the United States,” read the statement.CLIA’s Chairman, Adam Goldstein, added that the organization is “disappointed” that cruises will no longer be operating to Cuba. “While out of our control, we are genuinely sorry for all cruise line guests who were looking forward to their previously booked itineraries to Cuba.”More news: ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthThe Trump administration’s new rules, announced yesterday and taking effect today, bans stops by cruise ships at Cuban ports, among other measures.Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the measures are a response to what it calls Cuba’s “destabilizing role” in the Western Hemisphere, including support for the government of President Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela.While the doors to restoring U.S. tourism to Cuba were nudged open by then-President Barack Obama, the Trump administration has now walked back all of those first steps.Impacted U.S. cruise lines with Cuba on their itineraries include Carnival, Holland America, Seabourn, NCL, Royal Caribbean and MSC Cruises.With files from The Associated Press Tags: Trump << Previous PostNext Post >>