Liga MX Mexico earthquake forces postponement of Liga MX Jornada 10 Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 2 years ago 04:23 21/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ronaldo Schmiedt Liga MX América América v Guadalajara Guadalajara All matches scheduled to take place in Mexico this weekend will be rescheduled as the country continues to cope with Tuesday’s quake The 10th round of the Liga MX Apertura has been postponed as Mexico continues to recover from an earthquake that rocked central Mexico.”The Liga Bancomer MX, along with all competitions in the category like Under-20, Under-17 and Under-15, are suspending activity this weekend,” a league statement released Wednesday afternoon read. “We’re inviting all our fans to participate and help at different collection centers in support of those affected by the earthquake September 19.”Liga MX Femenil, the women’s league, and the second-division Ascenso MX also are postponing their slates of games. Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing All three leagues’ matches have been rescheduled for Oct. 24 and 25.The league already had decided to postpone all of this week’s Copa MX matches, which were set to take place Tuesday and Wednesday, after the 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck in the state of Puebla. Those matches will be played Oct. 24 and 25 with the quarterfinals pushed back to Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 and the semifinals taking place during the November international break.Stadiums across the country are being used as collection centers for donations with all the league’s teams using their community influence to help their fans funnel donations to those affected. “All the clubs are doing their small part. We’d like to bring the people a moment of happiness in this tough time, but it’s a more complex decision than that and it’s necessary to have all the information from the authorities,” Liga MX president Enrique Bonilla told Fox Deportes before the cancellation of the games.It’s the second consecutive tournament that has seen Round 10 postponed, after the Clausura’s 10th round was moved back because of a referee strike.Earlier in the day, Club America owner Televisa had announced the club’s match against Chivas set for Saturday in the Estadio Azteca has been postponed.The two clubs are the country’s oldest rivals and the Clasico Nacional is one of the most anticipated matches of the year. But fans will continue to wait as the Mexico City recovers from Tuesday’s earthquake that caused more than two dozen buildings to collapse throughout the capital and the surrounding region, killing more than 200 people.The quake came just days after another earthquake hit off the coast of southwest Mexico, causing deaths and damage in Chiapas and Oaxaca.”The America vs. Guadalajara match Saturday, September 23 is postponed. Club America has decided not to distract the attention of the thousands of security and civil protection officers who generally come with an event of this nature,” a Televisa statement read. “Their players, coaching staff and the rest of the staff will be supporting different aid efforts taking place as volunteers. We reiterate that when the match is rescheduled, all ticket sales for the Clasico Nacional will be designated to reconstruction works in Chiapas, Oaxaca, Puebla, Morelos and (Mexico City).”
Watford midfielder Doucoure rules out Marseille moveby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure has ruled out a move to Olympique Marseille.Doucoure has talked up a January move to PSG in the last 24 hours.But asked about Marseille, Doucoure told RMC: “No OM no, it does not interest me at all. “Marseille already contacted me at the time with my agent, there were some tracks, it did not really interest me at the time, because I really wanted to move to England. “Marseille, it’s still a big French club, but as I said, my heart club is PSG and then that’s it.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool legend Souness scoffs at Man Utd youth policyby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Graeme Souness has questioned Manchester United’s youth policy.He warns that United won’t be able to nuture these players if they are drafted into a squad low on confidence.”Ever since the Busby Babes, the club have made a fetish out of youth,” Souness wrote in the Sunday Times. “In itself, that is no bad thing, especially at a club which subsequently brought George Best through its ranks and then produced the Class of 92. “It’s possible that the likes of Marcus Rashford, James Garner and Mason Greenwood might go on to emulate their illustrious predecessors — though I’m sceptical — but just because they have been picked to start for United while they are still teenagers doesn’t make it so. “The difficulty is compounded by the fact that they are being thrust into a team which is shorn of authority and confidence.”
Leader of Government Business in the Senate and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, said the Government intends to put the infrastructure and systems in place over the next 12 months. A National Identification System (NIDS) is intended to provide a comprehensive and secure structure to enable the capture and storage of identity information for all Jamaicans. The National Identification and Registration Bill, which seeks to establish a reliable identification system for Jamaicans, was passed in the Senate on Monday (November 13) after 12 hours of deliberations. Story Highlights The National Identification and Registration Bill, which seeks to establish a reliable identification system for Jamaicans, was passed in the Senate on Monday (November 13) after 12 hours of deliberations.The legislation was passed with 168 amendments and will return to the House of Representatives today (November 14) for approval.A National Identification System (NIDS) is intended to provide a comprehensive and secure structure to enable the capture and storage of identity information for all Jamaicans.Each citizen will be provided with a randomised nine-digit National Identification Number (NIN), which they will have for life.Leader of Government Business in the Senate and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, said the Government intends to put the infrastructure and systems in place over the next 12 months.“The pilot would begin in January 2019, and the national roll-out is intended to commence in September 2019 (and will be undertaken) over a period of three to four years. NIDS is not an event; it is a journey, a transformation of how we do business,” she pointed out.Leader of Opposition Business in the Senate, Senator Donna Scott-Mottley, urged the Government to ensure that the public education programme that is to be developed will be “designed in such a way, that it will get full participation of the public, who can make their thoughts heard”.She argued that the number of amendments to the Bill, including 100 from the Lower House, is an indication that it should have been put before a joint select committee.Senator Johnson Smith, in response, said, “I believe that it is actually the converse. We have demonstrated that with focus, with energy, and with cooperation, we can make changes in a timely manner.”The layered roll-out and management of the NIDS will be handled by a new agency, the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA), which will replace the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) and provide more enhanced services.
Goo Goo Dolls, the Buffalo-based rock band that has sold millions of albums for more than 20 years, named St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as its charity of choice with donations totaling $422,800 and a new fundraising campaign to support Music Gives to St. Jude Kids Day.John Rzeznik and Robby Takac share a special moment with a patient family during their visit to St. Jude Children’s Research HospitalThe band’s gift will benefit Music Gives to St. Jude Kids, a program led by Jason Thomas Gordon, musician and grandson of St. Jude founder, Danny Thomas. Gordon created this year-round initiative which informs, inspires and engages artists, their fans and the entertainment industry to support the mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: Finding Cures. Saving children.On August 4, 2017, St. Jude will present Music Gives to St. Jude Kids Day, an inaugural event that will allow bands, fans and venues all across the United States to show their support and raise funds and awareness for the patients and families of St. Jude.“We absolutely love St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, its awe-inspiring mission, and look forward to helping Music Gives to St. Jude Kids Day in August,” said John Rzeznik, Goo Goo Dolls lead singer. “It’s an honor for us to play a role, however small, in helping St. Jude find cures and save children’s lives.”John Rzeznik and bandmate Robby Takac have both visited the St. Jude campus, meeting with patients and their families. The group has also involved fans in their support of St. Jude by selling autographed guitars and drumheads during their 2016 tour in support of their most recent album, Boxes. Proceeds from those sales were donated directly to St. Jude.“I want to extend our sincerest thanks to the Goo Goo Dolls for their generous and ongoing support of the Music Gives to St. Jude Kids campaign,” said Richard Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “We are honored to be the band’s charity of choice and look forward to working with them and their fans for many years to come.”
The field for the inaugural College Football Playoff (CFP) was finally set Sunday, but — in true college football style — it wasn’t without controversy. The 12-person CFP selection committee chose Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Ohio State, arguably snubbing Big 12 co-champions Baylor and (especially) TCU.The last four teams standing are exceptional. The Ducks, Crimson Tide and Buckeyes rank Nos. 1, 2 and 3, respectively, in ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI). And although the Seminoles have been unconvincing throughout the season, it would have been difficult to justify leaving the undefeated, defending national champion out of the playoff — No. 10 FPI ranking be damned. So, the committee may well have made the best decision it could have, according to its mandate to select the nation’s four best teams.But by ranking TCU third (ahead of both Florida State and Ohio State) the week before the conference championships, the committee also set itself up to violate the precedent of how college football rankings have always worked. That’s why, even after previous No. 5 Ohio State rolled over No. 13 Wisconsin 59-0, the FiveThirtyEight College Football Playoff model — which is based on a historical analysis of Coaches Poll voters’ tendencies — saw little chance that TCU would drop from third place to fifth or lower in the committee’s final rankings.Using the traditional media polls as a guide, that was a reasonable assumption. Since the advent of the Bowl Coalition in 1992, only four times (in 214 opportunities) did the third-ranked team in the AP poll drop below fourth place the week after it won a game over an FBS opponent. All four of those teams (Florida State in Week 1 of the 2002 season, Ohio State in Week 3 of 2003, Tennessee in Week 1 of 2005 and Ohio State in Week 2 of 2008) posted victory margins that underwhelmed their pregame FPI expectations. By contrast, TCU beat its pregame expectations by 19 points in thrashing Iowa State. (And it bears repeating that none of those cases took place any later than the third week of a season, when you would expect voters to still be sorting out the order of teams.)And yet TCU did drop in the committee’s rankings — from third place to sixth, below Florida State, Ohio State and even Baylor (whom the committee had controversially slotted beneath TCU in every previous edition of its rankings, seemingly ignoring the Bears’ head-to-head victory over the Horned Frogs on Oct. 11). It was a stunning fall that, for better or worse, seemed to contradict the way college football teams traditionally move in the rankings.TCU’s exclusion also broke with tradition from another standpoint. Using poll data since 1992, I ran a logistic regression attempting to predict whether a team would finish the regular season in the AP’s top four based on various “résumé” statistics provided by ESPN’s Stats and Info Group. The factors that emerged as significant were a team’s winning percentage (modified slightly by Laplace’s Rule of Succession), its average points-per-game margin, its strength of schedule (according to the average FBS team’s expected winning percentage against its schedule using FPI), and whether it won its conference or not.This year, those criteria would have yielded the following probabilities of making the top four (assuming the committee would follow the pollsters’ traditional logic):(Note: Baylor and TCU were co-champions of the Big 12; for the purposes of the regression, they were each treated the same as a team that was sole champion of its conference.)It’s not outside the realm of plausibility that historical voters would exclude TCU and include Ohio State on the basis of their résumés alone (this method shows there was a 16 percent chance that would happen). In fact, the real AP poll dropped TCU from fourth to sixth, with two teams (Baylor and Ohio State) hurdling the Horned Frogs.It is, however, another way to underscore that the playoff committee may be rethinking the way college football teams have been ranked at the end of the season. As FiveThirtyEight’s editor in chief, Nate Silver, wrote in his final assessment of the committee’s selection, the sport’s old algorithm rarely entailed a top-to-bottom reassessment of the field this late in the year (voters usually just made slight adjustments to teams’ rankings after losses or big wins; otherwise the current rankings were basically enslaved to the previous rankings). The committee’s final rankings, on the other hand, suggest it sorted the teams from scratch after the conference championships, with no allegiance to its previous choices.That’s not necessarily a bad thing. But, like the existence of a playoff in the first place, it’s a new thing.
Wayne Rooney is likely to leave Everton after just one season and join DC United in the American MLS – and Gary Neville can understand this decision as playing again in your old club just isn’t the same.The former England international has been a key player this season for the Toffees but he is likely to leave in the summer, while Gary Neville insisted that it is understandable that he wants to try something different in his career.The former Manchester United player spoke about Rooney’s situation, according to Sky Sports:Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I thought it was nice that he went back to Everton, but it never quite works when you go back.”“My view is that to experience something completely different would be a great thing for him – to get away and try something different.” “He’s got 30/35 years of his life to think about, coming pretty quickly. To experience different things, different culture, different environment, and to learn about new things is not a bad thing for him.”“He’s got a big decision to make in the next couple of years about what he does in his post-career.”
Arsenal have reportedly decided to sanction Reiss Nelson’s season-long loan move to German side HoffenheimThe 18-year-old is highly-rated at the Emirates but has found opportunities hard to come by.Nelson has under 12 months remaining on his current contract and is keen to secure himself regular first-team action.The Daily Mirror reports that a compromise has now been reached between Nelson and Arsenal.The agreement involves Nelson being allowed to go on loan for the remainder of the current campaign.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.In return, the young forward will agree to sign a new deal with the Gunners.Nelson has made a total of 16 appearances in all competitions for the senior side.But new boss Unai Emery is unlikely to give Nelson much playing time this year.Therefore, Arsenal have reached an agreement with Hoffenheim to loan Nelson.The Bundesliga club signed former Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry on loan from Bayern Munich last season.
The bill will be introduced during the upcoming legislative session set to convene tomorrow, January 16, in Juneau. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Senator Peter Micciche (R-K-Pen) has introduced a bill for the upcoming legislative session aimed at reducing the number of commercial set net fishers on the east side of the Cook Inlet. Senator Micciche emphasized that this is an introduction to a conversation, and is a ‘voluntary’ fleet reduction: “It’s at no cost to the state- we have discovered national and private funds that would help with it.” The bill also puts forward the question of a ‘commercial set net fishing permit buy-back program’. On March 1, 2019, the commission, and the Department of Natural Resources, will conduct an election among individuals qualified (certain set net fishers) on the question of whether to establish an entry permit buy-back program. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-set-net-bill-1.mp3VmJennifer-on-set-net-bill-1.mp300:00RPd The bill was introduced for the purpose of issuing entry permits and controlling entry into the commercial set net fishery on the east side of Cook Inlet, the commission would establish the area administered on December 31, 2018, as the Eastern Set Net Subdistrict of the Cook Inlet Central District as a distinct administrative area separate from the Cook Inlet Central District. The bill reads- “An Act relating to the powers of the Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission; requiring certain set net fishers to vote on the question of whether their entry permits shall be subject to a state buy-back program; establishing a buy-back program for certain set net entry permits; providing for the termination of set net site leases held by individuals who participate in the entry permit buy-back program; providing for a condition on future leases of certain state land; and providing for an effective date.” Senate Bill 135, according to Senator Micciche has a max 40% overall reduction. That would bring the ‘east set net fleet’ down to where it was prior to the eastern migration in the 80’s. Senator Micciche: “The numbers that came from back from the set netters polling themselves, were that 79.5% answered ‘yes’ that they would support the concept of a voluntary fleet reduction.” Senator Micciche: “This is a starting point in a conversation that began probably four years ago, when a group of set netters were looking for a solution. A gear reduction in the Cook Inlet, particularly in the east side set net fishery, if it were a win/win for all all would be a healthy outcome.”
A 17-year-old college student was killed in a road accident in Bahaddarhat area under Chandgaon thana in the city on Sunday.The deceased is Mohammad Nazimur Rahman, a second year student of Bakalia Shahid NMMJ Degree College.Police said the accident occurred when a minibus collided head-on with a city-bound truck from Cox’s Bazar near Chandgaon police station in the city at 11:00 am, leaving Rahman critically injured.Locals brought the victim to Chittagong Medical College Hospital but the doctors declared him dead on arrival.
Image of Sirius A and Sirius B taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. Sirius B, which is a white dwarf, can be seen as a faint pinprick of light to the lower left of the much brighter Sirius A. Image: NASA, ESA (Phys.org) — Most any chemistry student when asked, will say that there are just two ways atoms bond to make molecules: covalent and ionic. In the former, atoms are bonded together by sharing electrons, in the latter it’s due to the transfer of electrons from one atom to another leading to a Coulombic attraction between the ions. Now however, it appears there is a third kind of bond, though it doesn’t exist here on Earth. E. I. Tellgren, Kai K. Lange, T. Helgaker and M. R. Hoffmann from the University of Oslo, Norway and the University of North Dakota in the US have found that some molecules can form and hold together due to extremely high magnetic fields. As they write in their paper published in the journal Science, their calculations suggest that such molecules likely exist near white dwarf stars. Explore further More information: A Paramagnetic Bonding Mechanism for Diatomics in Strong Magnetic Fields, Science 20 July 2012: Vol. 337 no. 6092 pp. 327-331. DOI: 10.1126/science.1219703ABSTRACTElementary chemistry distinguishes two kinds of strong bonds between atoms in molecules: the covalent bond, where bonding arises from valence electron pairs shared between neighboring atoms, and the ionic bond, where transfer of electrons from one atom to another leads to Coulombic attraction between the resulting ions. We present a third, distinct bonding mechanism: perpendicular paramagnetic bonding, generated by the stabilization of antibonding orbitals in their perpendicular orientation relative to an external magnetic field. In strong fields such as those present in the atmospheres of white dwarfs (on the order of 105 teslas) and other stellar objects, our calculations suggest that this mechanism underlies the strong bonding of H2 in the triplet state and of He2 in the singlet state, as well as their preferred perpendicular orientation in the external field. Citation: Chemists discover new type of molecular bond near white dwarf stars (2012, July 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-chemists-molecular-bond-white-dwarf.html German team finds a way to link boron atoms with a triple bond Journal information: Science 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. Because it’s impossible, at least at this time, to create a magnetic field anywhere near as strong as that found near a white dwarf star, the researchers turned to quantum chemical simulations (full configuration-interaction) focusing on hydrogen atoms and the simple hydrogen molecule H2. At extremely hot temperatures, such as would exist near a white dwarf, the covalent bond that normally holds the molecule together wouldn’t survive and the molecule would come apart. But if there were a strong enough magnetic field (such as exists near a white dwarf) the spin states of the two atoms could align with the magnetic field (rather than exist as opposed) the molecule could bond and continue to stay that way. And that’s exactly what the team’s calculations showed, they’re calling it – perpendicular paramagnetic bonding.To further test their ideas, the team also ran helium through the simulations and found that they too could form perpendicular paramagnetic bonding of He2 molecules, though they were less stable.The researchers note that because of the different characteristics of hydrogen or helium molecules bonded together through magnetic forces near white dwarf stars, their spectrum should be different as well, which means that they should be detectable using telescopes tuned properly, assuming they exist in sufficient numbers.And just because such a strong magnetic field cannot currently be created in the lab, it doesn’t mean it can’t ever happen. If it does become possible, not only would magnetically bonded molecules be observable, but they might also be controllable by adjusting the amount of magnetism, paving the way perhaps to a quantum memory computer. © 2012 Phys.org
Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B Marsh Rabbit (Sylvilagus palustris) at Green Cay wetlands, Delray Beach, Florida. Credit: Tomfriedel/birdphotos.com, Wikipedia, CC BY 3.0 Citation: Invasive Burmese pythons shown to be reducing marsh rabbit population in Everglades (2015, March 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-03-invasive-burmese-pythons-shown-marsh.html © 2015 Phys.org A sneaky snake: Teams hunt for rock pythons in Everglades Marsh rabbits are native to the Everglades, and like most rabbits reproduce at a very high rate (approximately six litters each year, with each litter having multiple young). Because of that, scientists have been skeptical about a single predator being capable of dramatically reducing their numbers. But still, something has, of that there has been no doubt. Marsh rabbits are very nearly disappearing from some areas—many have blamed the Burmese python, a large snake that has been in the news a lot of late due to the many problems it has created for animals and humans alike in south Florida. In this new effort, the researchers sought to learn whether the blame for the rabbit decline could be attributed solely to the arrival of the pythons.The researchers released 80 marsh rabbits into two different parts of the park—in parts known to be heavily populated by pythons and in parts where no pythons were living. By retrieving the carcasses of dead rabbits over a nine month period, the researchers were able to determine what killed them. In the areas where there were no pythons, other predators proved to be the primary killer. But in areas where there were a lot of pythons, they found that the snakes accounted for approximately two thirds of those that were killed, which the researchers note, is not sustainable over a long period of time—that means at the current rate, the pythons are going to eliminate marsh rabbits (and possibly other animals) entirely from the park.The researchers conclude that Burmese pythons are a serious threat to the ecosystem in the park and that the threat will likely spread as the snake extends its range. More information: Marsh rabbit mortalities tie pythons to the precipitous decline of mammals in the everglades, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/lookup/doi/10.1098/rspb.2015.0120 AbstractTo address the ongoing debate over the impact of invasive species on native terrestrial wildlife, we conducted a large-scale experiment to test the hypothesis that invasive Burmese pythons (Python molurus bivittatus) were a cause of the precipitous decline of mammals in Everglades National Park (ENP). Evidence linking pythons to mammal declines has been indirect and there are reasons to question whether pythons, or any predator, could have caused the precipitous declines seen across a range of mammalian functional groups. Experimentally manipulating marsh rabbits, we found that pythons accounted for 77% of rabbit mortalities within nine months of their translocation to ENP and that python predation appeared to preclude the persistence of rabbit populations in ENP. On control sites, outside of the park, no rabbits were killed by pythons and 71% of attributable marsh rabbit mortalities were classified as mammal predations. Burmese pythons pose a serious threat to the faunal communities and ecological functioning of the Greater Everglades Ecosystems that will likely spread as python populations expand their range Explore further (Phys.org)—A small team of researchers working in the Florida Everglades, with affiliations to several institutions in the state, has found that an invasive species of snake, the Burmese python, appears to be responsible for a drastic decline in marsh rabbit populations in the park. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the team describes how they placed rabbits in a section of the park and monitored how they were killed to finger the culprit. 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.
Kicking off the celebrations for America’s Independence day on fourth of July, the American Center will feature blockbuster movies in the capital. Organised in collaboration with Motion Picture Distribution Association (MPDA), India office, and Cinedarbaar, the American Centre will be screening Star Trek into Darkness,The Great Gatsby, After Earth and A Good Day To Die Hard from the beginning of July. The Annual Independence Day celebration at the American Center attracts large numbers of young Delhites. The week-long celebration will include interaction with U.S. Embassy officials and quiz contests on a number of topics including IPR, followed by a film screening. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’While the United States of America celebrates its Independence day across the country with parades, fireworks, and backyard barbeques in honor of the 1776 Declaration of Independence, the capital joins in with these special screenings. Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer of the American Center, Natalia Susak says, ‘At the American Center, we are proud to mark the occasion this year together with the MPDA, India office and Cinedarbaar. We are bringing our audiences the latest blockbuster films. After all: a love for cinema unites the people of our two nations.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSharing his thoughts, Mr. Uday Singh, Managing Director, MPDA (India) said ‘We need to continue to encourage audiences to appreciate and respect creative works and a legitimate market place for films.’ From JJ Abrams’ explosive action thriller Star Trek into Darkness to John Moore’s riveting screenplay of a deadly plot in Chernobyl in A Good Day to Die Hard, the Independence day screenings offer you the best of American cinema this July.
Darjeeling: Bengal is all set to be promoted as a tourist destination in Europe. For this, a familiarisation tour will be organised soon, whereby renowned tour operators from Europe will be taken around the state to familiarise them with the tourist destinations.”We have plans to tap the European market. Very soon, we will organise a familiarisation programme for tour operators of Europe. The tour operators will be taken around Bengal to familiarise them with the destinations. North Bengal will form an integral and important part of this programme,” said Thendup Namgyal Sherpa, joint director, Tourism department. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSherpa was delivering an address at the seminar entitled ‘Destination: North Bengal- sustainable, economic and social development’, organised by the Indian Chamber of Com- merce and North Bengal Development department, in Siliguri on Friday. “There is huge potential in Bengal. However, the potential is still untapped in the avenue of adventure tourism and tea tourism,” added the joint director. The impetus at present by the government is on home stays. “Tourists want to taste local cuisines, experience the culture and want to get a feel of Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in statethe place. Home stays provide the perfect opportunity for this. The process of registration of home stays has begun and we are coming out with a clear cut policy on home stays,” stated Sherpa. The focus is on selling Bengal with intense marketing in all travel marts in the country and across the globe. “However, in national platforms we see at times that there is absence of aggressive marketing. We are doing our part. The stakeholders have to come forward as well and be a part of the journey together,” added Sherpa. Majority of the domestic tourists in Bengal hail from the southern part of the country. The state government has come up with travel guide books and will soon come up with destination-specific brochures. “We will also give emphasis to thematic tourism promotion,” said the joint director. The importance of North Bengal as a tourist destination could be gauged to an extent by the increase in the number of passengers at the Bagdogra Airport. “Bagdogra has evolved as a major airport in the country. A major airport handles over 20 lakh passengers annually. There are 22 major airports in the country. Last year, Bagdogra saw a footfall of 29 lakh passengers,” stated Subramani P, director, Bagdogra Airport. Bagdogra was originally designed as a small airport with a passenger handling capacity of 75,000 passengers annually.
UK telco BT now has just over 60,000 TV customers with YouView connected TV boxes, the company has revealed. BT said it signed up 21,000 BT Vision customers in the quarter to the end of December. The company ended its fiscal third quarter with 770,000 BT Vision customers.YouView is a joint venture between service providers BT and TalkTalk, transmission services provider Arqiva and broadcasters the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5.BT is proceeding with its multicast rollout and now offers 18 standard-definition linear and four HD linear channels, available to customers for an additional £2 (€2.33) a month.The telco added 122,000 retail broadband customers in the quarter, and added 200,000 customers to its high-speed fibre offering.BT’s retail division posted revenues of £1.8 billion for the quarter, down 3%, and EBITDA of £474 million, up 5%.
TiVo has passed the 2.5 million subscriber milestone in Europe for the first time.TiVo said its advanced TV platform now covers almost half of Virgin Media’s subscribers and a third of ONO’s. The platfor has also been adopted by Swedish cable operator Com Hem in Europe.TiVo recently began showcasing its full hybrid QAM/IP and IPTV offering. According to the company, this platform is designed to work within cable operators’ existing architecture to implement advanced television as operators continue to transition to video delivery over IP. The solution can be migrated between either network while providing the same TiVo functionality including integration of linear, on-demand, catch-up and over-the-top services.Com Hem’s launch of TiVo in October 2013 was the first such full hybrid QAM/IP and IPTV deployment.“Consumers globally are increasingly demanding a superior TV viewing experience that enables them to access content across multiple screens and devices anytime and anywhere. Our growing roster of international pay-TV operator partners including Com Hem, Virgin Media and ONO recognized this trend early and share TiVo’s vision for the future of TV consumption,” said David Sandford, vice-president, general manager, iInternational at TiVo.“TiVo leads the market in multi-screen, TV Everywhere capabilities with deployments across multiple third party set-top boxes, iOS and Android operating systems and the Web, and Europe represents the largest share of TiVo deployments worldwide to date. Our success here puts a fine point on the overall success of TiVo’s strategic transformation to a major international advanced television platform and services company. We are extremely pleased with the strong and sustained rate of adoption throughout Europe.”