Reliance Jios rival Airtel is also offering 10GB free 4G/3G data per month for one year with any Airtel Infinity post-paid plan.The free data benefit will be over and above the plan benefits, it said.”We are delighted to roll out this exciting data offer for our users to allow them to get the most out of the amazing iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus,” Bharti Airtel Director Operations (India and South Asia) Ajai Puri said.The latest edition of the iPhone has been launched in India today across multiple platforms like Apple resellers, Flipkart, Snapdeal and Tata Cliq.Most of these companies are bundling in offers to woo customers in the worlds second largest telephony market.While Snapdeal has teamed up with American Express to offer the latters card members a discount of Rs 10,000 on the purchase of the device.Flipkart also said it has prepared itself to make deliveries to customers from 1900 hrs onwards today.”Delivery executives are fanning out across key cities in India to surprise several lucky customers at the exact time when the clock strikes seven. Flipkart CEO Binny Bansal will be one among the delivery executives who will be delivering the iPhone 7 today starting at 7 PM in Bangalore,” it said in a statement.Tata CliQ is offering its customers Rs 10,000 deferred cashback with HDFC credit and debit cards (issued in India).The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will be available in 32GB, 128GB and 256GB storage variants in silver, gold and rose gold colours. The new jet black colour variant will come only in 128GB and 256GB variants. While the 32GB phone will be available for Rs 60,000, the pricing of the other models has not been disclosed.advertisementiPhone 7 features a 4.7-inch display with 3D touch, while iPhone 7 Plus has a 5.5-inch Retina HD display with 3D touch. Both the smartphones are powered by a new quad-core Apple A10 Fusion processor, which it claims is 40 percent faster than the previous generation. The iOS 10-powered iPhone 7 sports a 12MP iSight camera and 4K video recording. The iPhone 7 Plus has dual 12MP rear cameras ? one wide-angle and a telephoto lens.The handsets come with IP67 rating, signifying the fact that it is water and dust resistant, a first for the Apple smartphone. The Cupertino-based company is betting big on the Indian market. In July, Apple CEO Tim Cook had said that India is one of its fastest growing markets. PTI SR MKJ
Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored his first Arsenal goal as the London club rebounded from four successive losses with a 2-0 win at AC Milan in the first leg of the Europa League last 16 on Thursday.There was another surprise in Germany where two goals from Valon Berisha led Salzburg to a 2-1 victory at Borussia Dortmund.Atletico Madrid recorded a comfortable 3-0 home win over Lokomotiv Moscow while CSKA Moscow was beaten 1-0 in Russia by Lyon.Fredy Montero’s two goals guided Sporting past Viktoria Plzen 2-0 and Leipzig, which knocked out Serie A leader Napoli in the round of 32, defeated Zenit 2-1.Lazio was held to a 2-2 home draw by Dynamo Kiev while Marseille struck in the first minute on the way to a 3-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao.A minute’s silence was observed at every match in honor of Davide Astori, the Italy and Fiorentina player who died last week at the age of 31.____MILAN MISERYIn a tussle of two heavyweights with proud histories, Arsenal went ahead after 15 minutes when Mkhitaryan, signed from Manchester United in January, saw his right-foot shot deflect into the net off Milan captain Leonardo Bonucci.Dynamo Kiev’s players celebrate their second goal during the Europa League round of 16, first-leg soccer match between Lazio and Dynamo Kiev at the Olympic stadium, in Rome Thursday, March 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)Mkhitaryan also hit the crossbar towards the end of the first half.Bonucci almost leveled for Milan two minutes before the interval when he rose in the penalty area to head a corner narrowly wide.Mesut Ozil then laid on the second goal in first-half stoppage time for Aaron Ramsey, who went round goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma to give his team a healthy advantage to take into the second leg at the Emirates Stadium next Thursday.“Our best away performance for a long time,” Ozil tweeted.____ATLETICO CRUISESSaul Niguez fired a spectacular shot from 25 meters to put Atletico in front against Lokomotiv in the 22nd minute before Diego Costa added his sixth goal in 13 matches since rejoining the club from Chelsea.Costa pounced to score after Antoine Griezmann’s goalbound effort was saved before captain Koke made it 3-0 in the final minute.Atletico has reached two Champions League finals since winning the Europa League in 2012.___EARLY STRIKESMarseille didn’t waste any time against Bilbao as Lucas Ocampos netted inside the first minute after collecting a pass from the marauding Florian Thauvin.Leipzig’s Bruma celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Europa League round of sixteen first leg soccer match between RB Leipzig and FC Zenit St. Petersburg in Leipzig, Germany, Thursday, March 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)Captain Dimitri Payet made it 2-0 after 14 minutes. Aritz Aduriz pulled one back for Bilbao from the penalty spot in injury time before Ocampos struck again in the second half after Payet had set him up.___OTHER GAMESBerisha was twice on target early in the second half, his opener coming from the penalty spot, to put Salzburg on top before Andre Schurrle pulled a goal back for Dortmund.Lyon was indebted to a 68th-minute header from Marcelo as the French team triumphed at CSKA.Leipzig squandered numerous chances against Zenit before Armindo Bruma scored in the second half after Timo Werner had set him up with a brilliant backheel.Werner added the second with a lob over goalkeeper Andrei Lunev but Domenico Criscito got one back for Zenit from a free kick.Lazio’s Ciro Immobile, right, celebrate his goal with his teammate Felipe Anderson fduring the Europa League round of 16, first-leg soccer match between Lazio and Dynamo Kiev at the Olympic stadium, in Rome Thursday, March 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)After scoring a hat trick in the previous round, Ciro Immobile equalized for Lazio with his 32nd goal of the season two minutes after Viktor Tsygankov had put Kiev 1-0 up.Felipe Anderson made it 2-1 to Lazio before substitute Junior Moraes leveled 11 minutes from time.Montero struck for Sporting in the last seconds of the first half against Plzen and the Colombian added a second goal four minutes after half time.—By KAREL JANICEK , Associated PressMarseille’s Lucas Ocampos celebrates after scoring the opening goal of his team during the Europa League round of 16, 1st leg soccer match between Marseille and Athletic Bilbao, at the Velodrome stadium, in Marseille, southern France, Thursday March 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)Salzburg’s Valon Berisha is celebrated by his team celebrates after scoring during the Europa League soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Salzburg in Dortmund, Germany, Thursday, March 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Interface Concept is announcing the IC-FEP-VPX3f board, a new high-speed 3U VPX FPGA board based on the Xilinx Kintex UltraScale technology and designed for the signal-processing-intensive applications of high-performance embedded computing systems.The IC-FEP-VPX3f board is the first VITA 66.5 compliant 3U VPX Xilinx Kintex UltraScale FPGA board available today on the market. The VITA 66.5 standard enhances VPX capabilities by offering fiber optic interfaces on the board’s backplane connectors: the IC-FEP-VPX3f comes with 12 such full-duplex optical lanes.Interface Concept has selected the LightCONEX LC 150G optical interconnect from Reflex Photonics to equip its IC-FEP-VPX3f, as it is the only full-duplex optical interconnect with 24-lane transceivers on the market. It provides bandwidth in excess of 150 Gbps, and delivers unprecedented performance to our FPGA VPX board.The IC-FEP-VPX3f board integrates the following key devices: a user-programmable Xilinx Kintex UltraScale FPGA (KU060, KU85 or KU115) based on the cutting-edge 20 nm technology and which provides higher performance than its predecessors while maintaining low power consumption; 8GB of 64-bit wide DDR4 (2 x Bank of 4GB); 2*128 Mbytes of QSPI Flash for bit streams storage; 1*128 Mbytes of QSPI Flash for user data storage; one Xilinx Artix -7 transceiver optimized FPGA.From an interface point of view, the Kintex® UltraScale™ FPGA directly connects to the board’s backplane connectors via SERDES, LVDS and fiber, thus optimizing digital signal processing, packet processing and board transfer performance with achievable data rates of up to 16.3 Gbps. Up to 3*4-lane fabric ports are available on the board’s VPX connectors, configurable as either 3 * GTH x4 to Fat Pipes on the P1A and P1B VITA 66.4 connectors, or 3 * GTH x4 to 12 optical transceivers on the VITA 66.5 connector (12TRX). In addition, 28 FPGA GPIOs are made available on the P2 VITA 66.4 connector.The board is delivered with host drivers and an example design including hardware IP Resources (VHDL code) that can be used to implement PCI Express Gen2/Gen3 links, 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports (XAUI, 10GBase-KR) and Xilinx Aurora. A VITA 57.4 compliant FMC+ site is available to plug in an FPGA Mezzanine Card (see our FMC modules range). Additional accessories include an Engineering kit (JTAG ports for FPGA configuration) and rear transition modules. From a firmware standpoint, the IC-FEP-VPX3f board is compatible with the Xilinx development tools (Vivado, platform cable). The board is available in standard, air-cooled and conduction-cooled grades (85°C).Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Verification environment leverages digital twins for automotive SoC designNext Rohde & Schwarz demonstrates comprehensive range of testing solutions
Transfers Arsenal January transfer news LIVE: Mkhitaryan move done, Alexis leaves for £35m Goal Last updated 1 year ago 03:25 1/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Arsenal Premier League Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Gunners as the January transfer window heats up Alexis Sanchez signs for Man UtdHenrikh Mkhitaryan has signed for Arsenal after agreeing terms on his new contract on Saturday morning, according to the Daily Mail . The Gunners valued £35 million at Alexis Sanchez from Manchester United and in return get Mkhitaryan in one of the highest-profile swap deals in Premier League history.Alexis, who will earn £450,000 per week at Old Trafford, will complete his Red Devils medical on Saturday night and be revealed as a new signing shortly afterwards. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Malcom reveals Premier League ‘dream’Bordeaux star Malcom has admitted he would relish the chance to play in the Premier League.The Brazilian has received interest from both Arsenal and Tottenham, who are reportedly keen on recruiting him during the current transfer window. His club, however, are determined to hold out until the summer before discussing a prospective deal.Read the full story on Goal!Arsenal make €50m Aubameyang bidBorussia Dortmund have confirmed Arsenal have made a first official offer for striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Goal understands Aubameyang has already agreed personal terms to move to the Emirates Stadium in the transfer window, with Olivier Giroud tipped to head in the opposite direction.The Gunners have now made their first bid for the Gabon striker, although Dortmund have not specified the amount following reports in Kicker that the bid was €50 million .Read the full story right here on Goal! Arsenal & Man Utd scout Porto midfielderArsenal and Manchester United scouts watched Porto midfielder Danilo Pereira produce an impressive performance against Tondela on Friday night, reports A Bola . The Portugal international has been in fine form this season, with the likes of Atalanta, Burnley and Celta Vigo also taking in Friday’s match.Both Arsenal and United have been linked with moves for new midfielders in the January transfer window, and have watched Danilo more than once this season.No January exit for Andre SilvaAC Milan are not willing to let Andre Silva leave the club in January, coach Gennaro Gattuso insists.Silva earned a reported €38million move to Milan after impressing in his maiden full season in Porto’s first team, but the 22-year-old has endured a dismal start to life in Italy.Wolves, Swansea City and Arsenal have all been linked to the striker, but Gattuso is adamant he will not be going anywhere.Read the full story right here on Goal! Alexis bids farewell to ArsenalAlexis Sanchez has edged another step close to completing a move to Manchester United, with The Daily Mirror claiming he has said his goodbyes at Arsenal.The Chilean was back in training with the Gunners on Friday as a switch to Old Trafford was held up, but he could see a transfer pushed through over the weekend.Atletico eyeing LemarAtletico Madrid are prepared to beat Liverpool and Arsenal to Monaco winger Thomas Lemar if Antoine Griezmann leaves for Barcelona, according to Mundo Deportivo .The France international has been linked with a move to England for some time, but he could be offered the opportunity to fill a fellow countryman’s boots in Spain.Mahrez to stay put?Leicester remain confident that interest from the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool in Riyad Mahrez can be fended off.Foxes boss Claude Puel, who values the Algerian at £100m, has said of a much sought-after asset: “He’s enjoying playing for Leicester with his team-mates. This is the most important thing – we have this good feeling that the player wants to stay with us.”United lead hunt for £35m SeriManchester United have jumped to the front of the queue to sign Nice midfielder Jean-Michael Seri, says the Daily Mail .Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal have also expressed an interest in the Ivorian, but the Red Devils are ready to complete a £35 million deal.Arsenal pull out of Malcom raceArsenal have pulled out of the race to sign Malcom from Bordeaux in January.The Gunners are not willing to pay the French club’s asking price of £44 million, though they remain confident that they can sign the 20-year-old in the summer.Tottenham have also been linked with the exciting forward.Read the full story on Goal!
eSports FIFA 18 Ultimate Team of the Week: Ronaldo leads the way as Aguero earns fifth in-form Harry Sherlock Last updated 1 year ago 23:59 2/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) eSports Cristiano Ronaldo Sergio Agüero Manchester City Real Madrid Premier League Primera División The Real Madrid and Manchester City strikers are the highest-rated stars in this week’s TOTW in the game mode Sergio Aguero earns his fifth In-Form card on FIFA 18 Ultimate Team after a staggering weekend performance for Manchester City.The Argentine striker scored four goals in City’s 5-1 win over Leicester City, and subsequently sees his card upgraded from its base 89 rating to 93.However, he is not the highest-rated card available in packs this week, with that honour belonging to Real Madrid superstar, and FIFA cover star, Cristiano Ronaldo! Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in Madrid’s 5-2 win over Real Sociedad, and receives an upgrade of 94 to 96. Perhaps more importantly, the Portuguese also moves from his base left-wing position to a striker.Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino earns his second in-form after a fine showing in his side’s win over Southampton, while Jan Vertonghen is also given a boost after Tottenham kept a clean sheet against Arsenal in the north London derby.Dani Parejo is having a quietly excellent season for Valencia and is also given a boost, from 82 to 86, after his side’s 3-1 win over Levante, while Federico Bernardeschi also slots into the team after opening the scoring in Juventus’ 2-0 success against Fiorentina.STARTING XIGK – Lecomte – Montpellier – 79>85CB – Vertonghen – Tottenham – 85>86LB – Tagliafico – Ajax – 79>82CB – Lejeune – Newcastle United – 79>82CDM – Carvalho – Sporting Lisbon – 83>85RM – Bernardeschi – Juventus – 82>84CM – Parejo – Valencia – 82>86CM – Zielinski – Napoli – 80>83ST – Ronaldo – Real Madrid – 94>96ST – Aguero – Manchester City – 89>93ST – Firmino – Liverpool – 83>87BENCHGK – Sergio Rico – Sevilla – 81>84RWB – Victor Moses – Chelsea – 79>82CB – Raul – Braga – 78>82CAM – Khazri – Rennes – 78>82LM – Puch – Queretaro – 76>81ST – Jovetic – Monaco – 81>84ST – Kramaric – Hoffenheim – 81>86RESERVESRM – Under – Roma – 74>80RM – Chevalier – Kortrijk – 70>78ST – Morys – VfR Aalen – 70>78ST – Jacobsen – Odense – 66>75ST – Eisa – Cheltenham – 56>65
Dhoni has nothing left to achieve, says chess wizard Viswanathan AnandIn the midst of Dhoni’s retirement speculation from cricket, Viswanathan Anand has heaped praise on former captain and said He (Dhoni) knows what’s the right decision for him.advertisement Press Trust of India KolkataSeptember 12, 2019UPDATED: September 12, 2019 16:56 IST MS Dhoni in action (File photo: Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSDhoni has also not been included for the T20 series against South Africa beginning September 15Dhoni himself has preferred to stay quiet and took a break from cricketDhoni has won India two World Cups (2007 World T20 and 2011 ODI World Cup) as captainChess wizard Viswanathan Anand says it is totally MS Dhoni’s prerogative to take a call on his retirement and the former captain has nothing left to achieve in his career, should he decides to quit anytime soon.India’s semi-final exit at the ICC World Cup earlier this year has led to speculations about the veteran stumper’s retirement, but he himself has preferred to stay quiet and took a break from cricket to serve his regiment in Territorial Army.Dhoni, who is in the middle of a two-month sabbatical which will end later this month, has also not been included for the T20 series against South Africa beginning September 15.”He (Dhoni) knows what’s the right decision for him. But I think nothing is left behind or on the table for him,” Anand told PTI from Chennai.”He has a phenomenal fan following. He had achieved everything which he had set out to achieve. He has won India two World Cups (2007 World T20 and 2011 ODI World Cup) as captain. He has been a great captain. No one can decide (when to quit) better than him.”He is obviously in the best position to know what he wants to do. But if he quits, there’s nothing left for him to achieve. He has had a remarkable career,” the five-time world chess champion said.Also Read | No intimation of MS Dhoni retirement, say BCCI sourcesAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow Viswanathan Anand Next
NEW DELHI: The water level of Yamuna is receding and the river is now flowing below the danger mark of 205.33 metres, an official said on Thursday.”The level of Yamuna at railway bridge was 206.60 metres at 10 am. It is expected to recede further,” the official at the flood department’s control room said. The water level of Yamuna reached the highest level of 206.60 metres Wednesday morning and remained constant for nearly seven hours. The river started receding from afternoon and flowed at 206.44 metres at 6 pm. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderIt had crossed the danger mark of 205.33 metres on Monday. Officials said around 23,000 affected people were evacuated from the flood-plains to safer places. Over 18,000 of them were accommodated in more than 2700 relief tents set up by the Delhi government agencies. A total of 35 boats were deployed to rescue the stranded people. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that he was in touch with the Haryana government and expected that the situation will improve by Thursday as the neighbouring state was reducing the amount of water being released towards Delhi. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”The water level of Yamuna was recorded at 206.10 at 9 pm near Old Railway Bridge. The river is expected to go down the danger level by early Thursday morning,” said Delhi government officials. The water level of Yamuna reached the highest level of 206.60 metres on Wednesday morning and remained constant for nearly seven hours. The river started receding from afternoon and flowed at 206.44 metres at 6 pm. It had crossed the danger mark of 205.33 metres on Monday. A Northern Railway spokesperson said rail traffic over the old Yamuna bridge, temporarily suspended on Tuesday night, was restored at 4.25 pm on Wednesday with speed restriction of 20 kmph. On Wednesday afternoon, the Chief Minister met the people who were shifted from inundated low-lying areas to relief tents near Usmanpur and assured them of all the help. “Met the flood affected people at the Yamuna bank. Most people have left their belongings in their houses but its good thing that there is no loss of life. Arrangements of tents, food, water and medicine have been made. Let us know if there is any shortage, we will immediately do the needful,” CM Kejriwal tweeted in Hindi after the visit.
Guwahati: The updated final NRC, which validates bonafide Indian citizens of Assam, was out on Saturday, with over 19 lakh applicants who failed to make it to the list staring at an uncertain future. A total of 3,30,27,661 people had applied to be included in the NRC. Of them, 3,11,21,004 have been included in the document and 19,06,657 excluded, a statement from the NRC State Coordinator’s office said here. Those who have been excluded from the National Register of Citizens have 120 days to appeal against it at Foreigners Tribunals. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The Assam government has already ruled out detention of people who do not figure in the list “in any circumstances” till the time Foreigners Tribunals declare them foreigners. The final list was published at 10 am and the hard copies of the Supplementary List of Inclusions are available for public viewing at the NRC Seva Kendras (NSK), offices of the deputy commissioner and offices of the Circle Officer during office hours, a statement by the NRC authority said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Hundreds of people began thronging these offices soon after the list was released, with some returning home happy and some disappointed. The ruling BJP and opposition Congress, besides the All Assam Students Union said they were dissatisfied with the final citizenship roll. Ramen Deka, a former BJP MP from Mangaldoi, said a large number of illegal Muslim migrants from Bangladesh had made the cut, while many indigenous people were left out. “We are not at all happy. A large number of Bangladeshi Muslims have been enlisted, while genuine Indian citizens have been left out. The exercise was conducted under the supervision of the Supreme Court but the document is not up to the mark,” he said. Abdul Khaleque, the Congress lawmaker from Barpeta, said he was “not fully satisfied”. “A lot of genuine names have been excluded,” he said. The All Assam Students Union (AASU), which spearheaded the 6-year movement that culminated in the signing of the Assam Accord of 1985, also said it was not happy with the final NRC and will appeal against it in the Supreme Court. One of the clauses of the accord was “detection, deletion and deportation” of illegal Bangladeshi migrants. “We are not happy at all. It seems there were some deficiencies in the updatation process. We believe that it is an incomplete NRC. We will appeal to the Supreme Court to remove all the faults and descrepancies in this NRC,” AASU General Secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi said. Addressing a press conference, Gogoi said the final figure of exclusion did not even come close to the figures officially announced by authorities on various occasions. Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who is also the convener of the North-East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), the NDA’s version in the northeast, deplored that many people who came to India as refugees before 1971 were not included in the final citizenship roll. He demanded that the Supreme Court allow reverification of at least 20 per cent of people included in the list in districts bordering Bangladesh and 10 per cent in the rest of Assam. “Names of many Indian citizens who migrated from Bangladesh as refugees prior to 1971 have not been included in the NRC because authorities refused to accept refugee certificates. Many names got included because of manipulation of legacy data as alleged by many,” he tweeted. The Assam Public Works (APW), the original petitioner in the Supreme Court which led to the NRC updation, called the final NRC a “flawed document”. It said the citizenship roll could not become error-free because the apex court had turned down its demand for reverification. “The Final NRC has made it obvious that the problem of illegal immigration will never be resolved in Assam. If this NRC had been completed flawlessly, it would have gone down as a golden chapter in Assam’s history,” APW president Aabhijeet Sharma said.
New York – An American teenager from the State of Connecticut is missing in Morocco after she flew from New York JFK airport to Casablanca in order to meet up with her Facebook “boyfriend.”The 17-yar old American was driven to JFK airport by her mother who believed her daughter was flying to meet a friend in California.Rebecca Arthur flew from New York to Monday night and arrived in Casablanca on Tuesday. But her arrival in the Moroccan economic hub, she has been unaccounted for, according to NBC. According to the same source, Rebecca’s parents did not know about their daughter’s plans to travel to Morocco.Rebecca allegedly took the seven-hour long trip to meet up with her Facebook boyfriend, Simo El Adala, for the first time.But El Adala’s profile states that he lives in Uruguay. The alleged Moroccan man’s Facebook profile shows also that he is in a “relationship” with Rebecca, although he has never seen her in person. The virtual couple have been in a “relationship since last February, police said.The American teenager arrived in Morocco on Tuesday with as little as $25 in her pockets, according to the New York Daily News.
10 February 2010The ongoing economic and financial crises are an opportunity to implement social protection programmes in Pacific island countries that address the needs of the vulnerable, particularly of women and children, the United Nations development chief said today at the start of a conference about the impact of the global downturn on the region. “The crisis presents an opportunity either to initiate or to broaden existing social protection programmes. Measures which could be considered include school feeding programmes cash and in-kind transfers to the most vulnerable and cash-for-work programmes,” said UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark in her keynote address to the Human Face of the Global Economic Crisis Pacific Conference, held in Port Vila, Vanuatu. More than 220 delegates from the Pacific region are attending the three-day conference to discuss specific policies and joint actions that countries in the region can take to mitigate the effects of the economic crisis.Miss Clark said that while such measures were not cost free, the evidence suggested that they can have results which go beyond the temporary alleviation of suffering. “Well designed, they can help make societies more crisis-resilient over the longer term, and contribute to more stable and equitable growth,” she said. Miss Clark added that there is much to be gained by exchanging experiences and cooperating in the design of social protection programmes within the Pacific and beyond and emphasized that the UN supports such efforts. The cumulative effects of the food, fuel and economic crises have adversely affected progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the anti-poverty targets world leaders have pledged to achieve by 2015. The UNDP Pacific Centre, based in Suva, Fiji, calculates that in the 12 Pacific island countries for which data are available, the poverty rate has worsened over the last two years as the incomes of the poorest and most vulnerable people declined. The meeting follows a high-level forum organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), also held in Port Vila earlier this week.Seventeen-year-old Danielle Willis from Palau, who spoke on behalf of Pacific youth at that conference, told officials today that the global economic crisis and the unemployment that followed has had severe impacts on the lives of Pacific islanders.“Frustration, tension and violence at home and within communities is increasing. Increased substance abuse worsens these situations. Girls and women are the most vulnerable due to existing gender inequality,” said Ms. Willis. “Please listen carefully to what the voices of the vulnerable are telling you. Your decisions made this week can change their lives,” she urged the leaders at the conference.
The Panel, set up by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, highlighted in particular the roles played by the Secretariat, the agencies and programmes of the UN Country Team, and the members of the Security Council and Human Rights Council in the final months of that conflict.The Panel of Experts’ report raised a number of issues, including those regarding the UN response to the situation facing civilians in the north of Sri Lanka in the last months of the war. It recommended “a comprehensive review of action by the United Nations system during the war in Sri Lanka and the aftermath, regarding the implementation of its humanitarian and protection mandates” – which, in turn, led to the internal UN review. (Colombo Gazette) The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, speaking at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) today after submitting her annual report for 2012, said she welcomed the release of the report of the internal review panel on the United Nations actions in Sri Lanka during the last phase of the conflict.Pillay said that the report released last year concluded that there was a systematic failure on the part of the United Nations. The report by the Internal Review Panel released last November concluded that “events in Sri Lanka mark a grave failure of the UN to adequately respond to early warnings and to the evolving situation during the final stages of the conflict and its aftermath, to the detriment of hundreds of thousands of civilians and in contradiction with the principles and responsibilities of the UN.” “It is a powerful reminder that the United Nations, wherever we are, has a duty to live up to the principles and standards we promote,” she said.
The first leg matches of the second round of the EHF Cup did not bring us huge surprise as the favorite teams generally won their matches. Spanish Ademar Leon and French Nantes can be already considered to have qualified for the second round of the EHF Cup. The boys from Leon were better away at Swiss Bern, and won the high-scoring match 38:30. The French Nantes at home were much better than Varteks Varazdin, and have easily won the game with 42:27.EHF Cup scores: Guif 29:27 Sonderjyske, Elverum 36:28 Maccabi Le Zion, Fasano 27:28 Turda, SKA Minsk 34:30 Zabrze, Bern 30:38 Ademar Leon, Balatonfuredi 21:23 Kaspiya, Pfadi Winterthur 35:26 Zeljeznicar, Plzen 23:25 Perm, Topolcany 32:25 Eurotech, Bregenz 27:36 Skjern, Hasselt 25:26 Oroshazi, Nantes 42:27 Varteks, Sporting 34:24 Hlohovec Ademar LeonbalatonfuredibernBregenzEHF CupelverumeurotechFasanoguifhandballhlohoveckaspiyamaccabi le zionoroshazipermPfadi WinterthurplzenSKA Minskskjernsonderjysketopolcanyturdavartekszabrze ← Previous Story ASOBAL (Round 6): Cuenca with the first win! Next Story → Alison Pineau with two months handball break!
Share2 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Mar 24th 2019, 5:24 PM Image: PSNI Murder investigation launched as man dies after sustaining serious head injury in attack The incident happened in Limavady, Co Derry. Sunday 24 Mar 2019, 5:24 PM Darren McGurk By Hayley Halpin https://jrnl.ie/4558735 19,645 Views Darren McGurk Image: PSNI Were you in touch with Darren, via text or on the phone? Did you see him that day? Was he with anyone? Were you in the Glenbeg Walk around the time of the assault? Did you hear or see anything that was out of the ordinary?McKenna said he is also keen to speak to anyone who knows McGurk and may have been trying to get in contact with him between 6pm on Wednesday through to 4.20pm on Thursday, including any attempts to contact him by mobile phone or on social media. “I want to establish an accurate picture of what occurred on Wednesday night so Darren’s family know exactly what happened to their loved one,” McKenna said. Anyone with information can call PSNI detectives in Coleraine on 101, quoting reference number 901 of 21/3/19. Alternatively, people can anonymously call UK Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Comments are closed as a person has been charged. A MURDER INVESTIGATION has been launched after a 23-year-old man died following an assault at a house in Co Derry. The PSNI received a report at around 4.20pm on Thursday that Darren McGurk had sustained a serious head injury following an assault at a house in the Glenbeg Walk area of Limavady the previous evening. Officers believe the assault happened at around 6pm on Wednesday. McGurk was taken to hospital and he subsequently died this morning. On Friday, the PSNI arrested a 32-year-old man in connection with the assault. He was charged with grievous bodily harm and attempting to pervert the course of justice. Following McGurk’s death this morning, the same man was further arrested and charged with murder. He is due to appear before Coleraine Magistrate’s Court tomorrow for the offences of murder and attempting to pervert the course of justice. Detectives from the PSNI’s Major Investigation Team have launched a murder investigation into the incident. The PSNI is now seeking further information into what happened. “First and foremost, I want to offer my heartfelt condolences to Darren’s family and loved ones who are struggling to come to terms with Darren’s untimely death,” Detective Chief Inspector Peter McKenna said. “I want to establish Darren’s movements in the house before the assault on Wednesday night,” he said. No Comments
Chine : le gouvernement veut lancer son propre moteur de rechercheChine – Le gouvernement devrait bientôt lancer son propre moteur de recherche sur Internet. Une initiative qui n’est pas du goût de Google, ni de Baidu, le moteur privé numéro un sur le territoire chinois.Deux entreprises publiques, China Telecom et Xinhua News, collaborent pour mettre bientôt en ligne leur propre moteur de recherche sur le Net. Opposées à Google concernant la censure sur la Toile, les autorités chinoises proposeront prochainement leur propre outil, fruit de la collaboration entre China Telecom, principal opérateur téléphonique dans l’empire du milieu, et Xinhua News, relais officiel du parti communiste chinois. Sur le marché actuel, Baidu (60,5%) et Google (37,6%) dominent, mais le gouvernement chinois peut clairement faire pencher la balance de son côté en imposant ses propres outils.Le 16 août 2010 à 14:55 • Emmanuel Perrin
Pesticides sur les champs de thé : les éléphants, les oiseaux, et le bétail empoisonnésInde – Les administrateurs d’un parc naturel de l’Assam demandent l’interdiction des pesticides sur les plantations de thé de la région, après la mort de bovins, de deux éléphants sauvages et de nombreux oiseaux, empoisonnés sur les pâtures environnantes. Après des centaines d’oiseaux, de nombreuses vaches et des vautours qui avaient mangé les carcasses de celles-ci, deux éléphantes gravides, sorties du parc national de Kaziranga, en Assam (nord-est de l’Inde), ont été mortellement empoisonnées en broutant à proximité de plantations de thé pulvérisées de produits anti-fourmis.À lire aussiL’effrayante attaque d’un crabe de cocotier sur un oiseau”La mort de ces éléphants a mis en lumière ce problème de pesticides, parce que les produits chimiques pulvérisés dans ces plantations de thé ravagent la flore et la faune de nos forêts, qui sont entourées par des centaines de ces exploitations. (…) Vous pouvez imaginer les conséquences sur la santé des consommateurs qui boivent ce thé”, a expliqué Anurag Singh, responsable de la gestion des forêts, qui envisage d’attaquer en justice certains planteurs, et qui préconise une agriculture bio autour du parc.Un point de vue soutenu par Moni Manik Gogoi, qui dirige un comité populaire près de Kaziranga, et qui considère que les populations humaines locales sont elles aussi menacées. Un avis également partagé par certains producteurs de thé de la région, comme Binod Saharia, qui estime que l’image de ce produit risque de pâtir de ces pratiques dévastatrices dans la région, et que le bio devrait s’y généraliser. Le 13 janvier 2011 à 16:49 • Emmanuel Perrin
WhatsApp Charlotte Flair to reportedly take on WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus at SummerSlam Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR November 12, 2017 at 3:30 pm SPOILER: New Slammiversary PPV match announced at Thursday’s TV taping Videos Articles Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next Kurt Angle You have to remember, though,that house show events are not always canon as 99.5% of the the time they are not mentioned on TV. This, however. part of the 0.5% of the time that house show events do carry over to TV. Another example is AJ Styles beating Kevin Owens to win the US Title at a Friday night house show at MSG then defending it against Owens on the subsequent episode Snackdown Live four days later. 3 COMMENTS Kurt Angle Shares Message In Support Of Roman Reigns JFJ Roman Reigns Is Back, But Not Fighting For Belts Now Playing Up Next WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Google+ Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia Yeah, kinda foresaw this. Recent events at house shows kinda furthered the idea. Two more talents switch brands following Superstar Shake-up, Ambrose moved to Alumni November 12, 2017 at 4:28 pm Local advertising in the Houston area for WWE Survivor Series is now listing The Shield vs. The New Day for the PPV next Sunday according to Prowrestling.net.Roman Reigns is scheduled to make his return to television tomorrow night on RAW in Atlanta to reunite with The Shield since his absence the last few weeks. Reigns contracted the mumps and was replaced by Kurt Angle at the TLC PPV as a result.PWInsider.com is also reporting that The Shield (Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose) are all scheduled to make an appearance at the Smackdown Live taping on Tuesday night in Charlotte as well to further hype the match at Survivor Series.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipKurt Angle Shares Message In Support Of Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:43/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:41 FullscreenUp NextThis 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.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Jeffery Adam Phillips Twitter Pinterest Shield vs New Day = squash match Now Playing Up Next WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Paul Raymond November 13, 2017 at 10:15 am Comments are closed. Facebook
Trucks wait in queue for border customs control, to cross into the US, at the Otay border crossing in Tijuana, Mexico on 7 June. Photo: ReutersThe United States and Mexico reached a deal on Friday to avert a tariff war, with Mexico pledging to take “strong measures” to contain the migration of mostly Central Americans crossing the southern US border, a surge in recent months that has overwhelmed US resources.US president Donald Trump, who has continually railed against illegal immigration as a candidate and since taking office, had threatened to impose 5 per cent import tariffs on all Mexican goods from Monday if Mexico did not do more to tighten its borders. Imposing tariffs on Mexico would have left the United States fighting trade wars with two of its three largest trading partners and would further unnerve financial markets already on edge about a global economic slowdown.The agreement announced on Friday followed three days of negotiations in Washington.The US-Mexico joint declaration released in Washington said Mexico had agreed to take more migrants seeking asylum in the United States while they await adjudication of their cases and agreed to increase enforcement to curb illegal immigration, including deploying the National Guard to its southern border.Mexican foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard said in Washington that the National Guard deployment would start on Monday. “I think it’s a fair balance,” he said.The agreement appeared to fall short of a key US demand that Mexico accept a “safe third country” designation that would have forced it to permanently take in most Central American asylum seekers.”The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the US on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended,” Trump said in a tweet on Friday evening.The two countries will continue discussions, to be completed in 90 days, on further steps, according to the declaration.US border officers apprehended more than 132,000 people crossing from Mexico in May, the highest monthly level since 2006. Trump, who has called the surge in migrants an “invasion,” had threatened to impose levies rising to 25 per cent unless Mexico addressed the problem.Mexico had prepared a list of possible retaliatory tariffs targeting products from agricultural and industrial states regarded as Trump’s electoral base, a tactic China has also used with an eye toward the Republican president’s 2020 re-election bid.The United States slapped tariffs of up to 25 per cent on $200 billion in Chinese imports last month, prompting Beijing to levy its own tariffs on $60 billion in American goods. Trump said on Thursday he would decide later this month whether to hit Beijing with tariffs on an additional list of $300 billion in Chinese goods.Economists have said that two trade disputes could damage supply lines and pinch consumers at a time when the global economic expansion that followed the 2008 financial crisis has started to sour and the risk of recession has risen.Even the United States, one of the more solid performers on the economic stage, would not be immune to the downdraft.The US Labour Department reported on Friday that job growth slowed sharply in May and wages rose less than expected, raising fears that a loss of momentum in economic activity could be spreading to the labour market.US business groups were generally opposed to the tariffs, warning they would raise costs for companies and lead to higher prices for American consumers. Trump’s fellow Republicans were also not keen on the prospect of a two-front trade war.
‘Avengers: Endgame’ Director Explains Thanos’ Faceoff With Captain America‘Marvels’ Expands Marvel’s Podcast Universe Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target It’s finally here. Black Panther premieres this weekend, and fans couldn’t be more excited. Everything we’ve seen of this movie looks stellar. Not only have critics loved it, it’s set to rake in huge amounts of money at the box office. But since the movie isn’t out just yet, is it too early to start thinking about the sequel? Not if you’re Marvel. Pretty much everyone knows there’s going to be a Black Panther 2, and Marvel is making sure they’re prepared for it. At this point, that means starting to think about who they’d like to ask back if (when) a sequel does happen. Since Chadwick Boseman, and most of the rest of the cast, is already locked in for multiple movies, the biggest question is the director. Would Marvel bring back Ryan Coogler for a Black Panther sequel? The answer is, of course, they would, why is that even a question?In an interview with Variety, Kevin Feige said he hopes Coogler would come back for a sequel. When asked if he’d like to see another Coogler-directed Black Panther movie, Feige said, “Absolutely.” He was still being a little cagey about whether or not there will be a sequel, even though the ticket pre-sales alone pretty much demand one.“We always say we work on one movie at a time,” Feige said, which is really funny coming from the head of a studio pumping out between three and four of these movies each year. But to be fair, he probably means one movie per series at a time. “If you have any good ideas, put it in the movie you’re making. If you don’t, you might not be able to make another one. That said, Panther has been around for more than half a century in the comic books and there are many, many stories to tell.” OK, so it’s definitely happening, they just haven’t settled on which story it’s going to be next time. When they do, you can guarantee Coogler will be getting a call, though.One director who definitely wants to come back to the Marvel Cinematic Universe is Thor: Ragnarok’s Taika Waititi. Marvel fans probably wouldn’t mind seeing him make a return either. Ragnarok took the Thor movies in a new direction that easily made it the best of the three. That it also doubled as a Planet Hulk movie is even better. During a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, he spoke about what other Marvel toys he’d like to play with. He has the best idea, and I need Marvel Studios to make it happen right now. Aside from Korg, the character Waititi himself voiced in Ragnarok, he wants to make a movie about Paul Bettany’s Vision.“I would love to see Vision. How about Vision, how about a documentary? A mockumentary? Like a What We Do in the Shadows meets Vision movie. See what he gets up to, you know what his day-to-day life… What’s it’s like for him in his downtime. I know a little bit because he was cooking for Scarlet Witch in Ultron. So, sometimes he likes to cook. But what else does he like to do?” he said.Waititi and the interviewer eventually start joking around about a Vision-Scarlet Witch romantic comedy, which I’d totally be down for. Then, as riffs do, it spiraled out of control into a comedy about twins conjoined at the back because that’s what rom-com posters look like. Hilarious riffs aside, a What We Do in the Shadows-style mockumentary about Vision sounds like exactly the kind of new idea the MCU desperately needs. It’s not even that far from what Marvel has already done with the character in the comics. Not the fake documentary thing, but Vision is no stranger to the mundane domestic life. In the 2015 Vision series written by Tom King, Vision creates a family for himself and moves to the suburbs to learn how to be human. It’s seriously one of the best stories Marvel Comics has put out in the last few years. It’s a funny, touching, real, heartbreaking series—a tone Waititi is perfectly suited to. Now, the brief shot of Vision we see in the Avengers: Infinity War trailer doesn’t make things look good for the character. But he’s an A.I.there’s definitely a way to bring him back if he does end up dying. He’d better still be around by the end of Infinity War. After seeing this interview, a Waititi-directed adaptation of King’s Vision series is all I want.Paul Bettany as Vision in Avengers: Infinity War (Photo via Marvel Studios)Speaking of Infinity War, that movie is coming out relatively soon. By next week, we’ll all have seen and obsessed over Black Panther, and we’ll be ready for Marvel’s next big thing. So when are we going to see another trailer for it? Well, there’s no definitive answer for that. Screen Rant seems to think we have a couple of months of waiting ahead of us, and they’re probably right. We’ve seen one trailer already, so a second one isn’t going to be the big reveal attached to a sporting event thing that Disney does with debut trailers. Instead, it’s probably going to be attached to another movie. And that movie is probably going to be A Wrinkle in Time. Disney’s next live-action fantasy film would be the perfect place for a second Infinity War trailer. The movie looks absolutely gorgeous, so it’s only logical that Disney would use it to promote its next special effects showcase.Whenever we see another trailer though, it looks like we will get to see some new footage this week. Comic Book reports that a “special look” at Avengers: Infinity War will air during the premiere of the Disney Channel original movie, Zombies. The movie itself, oddly enough, looks like a teen version of DC’s iZombie only without the brain-eating. The movie-musical is set in a high school where the living and the undead are divided into cliques. A human cheerleader and a zombie football player fall for each other, and there’s romance and dancing and a very Disney lesson about intolerance and acceptance. There are worse things you could sit through to see some new Avengers footage, I guess. Or you could just wait for it to show up on YouTube. That sounds like a better plan.Photo: Screenshot via YouTube/20th Century FoxOver in the X-Men universe, many of us were disappointed to learn that The New Mutants was being pushed back until next year. The trailer certainly piqued our interest, with a genuinely scary vibe nobody expected from a superhero movie. Excitement for the film was only intensified by a newfound hunger for horror in the general populace brought about by the successes of Get Out, Stranger Things, and It. Then, Fox decided to shuffle its release schedule around, which meant that instead of New Mutants coming out in April, we’d have to wait until February 22, 2019 to see it. Now Maisie Williams, who plays Wolfsbane in the movie, says she thinks the delay will make it better. She finished shooting the movie in September, and says there was a lot of concern about what the movie’s original quick turnaround would mean for the final product.“Actually, I think it’s for the better. I think it’s good that we’ve got more time. We’re not so strapped and up against it. It gives us time- it gives me time to get to know the project once its finalized,” she said in an interview with Collider. “Films take a real different shape after you finish shooting, and after they have edited. Sometimes you watch a movie and with the score, etc., it’s a completely different film than the one you had in mind.”One of the reasons Fox gave for delaying the movie was to make it scarier. They saw how popular horror movies had become at the box office, and they saw how people reacted to the horror in that initial New Mutants trailer. They want to make sure they can deliver on expectations. Williams also shared her thoughts on that, saying she’s happy the film will have more editing time.“Well, it was always bizarre to me when we were shooting- when were shooting it was frightening and the scenes that we were doing were supposed to be like PG-13. I was always like are we going to get away with this?” she said. “It was really scary. I feel like all of the suspense and horror has always been there, it’s just nice to have a little bit more leeway in the editing and make it as scary as it deserves to be.”And finally, in the X-Men universe, it’s pretty much a given that they’re going to recast Wolverine at some point. Hugh Jackman is done playing the role, and while he’s at least flirted with the idea of coming back once the Disney-Fox deal goes through and the X-Men are officially in the MCU, it’s probably not going to happen. Characters rarely get so perfect a goodbye as Jackman’s Wolverine got in Logan, and it’s likely that Marvel and Fox will choose to have that iteration of the character stay gone. But once Marvel Studios starts making X-Men movies again, they’re definitely going to want to include Wolverine. That means hiring a new actor to play him. According to We Got This Covered, the one name that keeps floating to the top is Tom Hardy.Now, Hardy is already playing a Marvel character in this year’s upcoming Venom movie. But Venom is purely a Sony product. Though Tom Holland’s Spider-Man exists in that movie, Tom Hardy’s Venom won’t exist in the MCU. Separate from both X-Men and the MCU, Tom Hardy playing Venom and Wolverine shouldn’t cause too much confusion. It’ll even be less tricky than Josh Brolin playing both Thanos and Cable. Plus, the teaser trailer for Venom came out last week and barely made any sort of impact. The only conversations it sparked centered around the disappointing lack of Venom and its complete failure to excite or even tell audiences anything about the movie. That’s not to say the final product will be bad. It has every chance of being a fine superhero flick. But for now, nobody really has anything good, or at all, to say about it. That’s not a good place for a movie to be. If Venom continues on that course, it could end up being completely irrelevant. Which would only make it easier for Disney-Fox to cast Hardy in a different superhero role.And you can’t deny that Hardy would look fantastic as Wolverine. There’s even already fanart of him in the role. Artist Jimmy Vong drew this one, and yeah.. Hardy makes one perfect Wolverine. He can even make the yellow spandex work.(Art by Jimmy Vong, via We Got This Covered)Yeah! If Disney’s going to own everything, the least they could do is give us something like this.
Kolkata: Tour operators in Puri are keeping their fingers crossed as uncertainty looms large over hotel booking during Durga Puja. Tourists usually start making inquiring about hotels much before the Pujas but, this year, such inquires have not come yet. The all-time favourite beach destination of Bengalis was badly affected by the cyclonic storm Fani that hit the Puri coastline on May 3.”There was virtually zero booking in May. The hotels located close to the beach has been the worst affected. There was neither water supply nor electricity services in the entire month of May. Water and electricity supply were restored in the beginning of June but the ordeal of power cut is still on. It will take at least two to three months to overcome the extent of damage caused by Fani,” said Sanjoy Bose, proprietor of Hallmark Travel Wing, who is associated with booking of nearly a dozen hotels in Puri. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe air conditioning facilities in almost all the hotels have been damaged and it would take at least another two months for things to fall in place. “Even during May-June, 80 percent of the hotel rooms are occupied but people look for air conditioning facilities as the temperature here is very high during these months. We are unable to provide AC rooms. So, booking in June has been very feeble,” said a senior official of Das Travels who is associated with nearly a dozen hotels in Puri. The glass windows, the furniture, interior and exterior decoration have also bore the brunt of the cyclonic storm and majority of hotels have undertaken massive restoration work. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe Rathyatra festival in July draws the maximum number of tourists to Puri but the tour operators have received queries far below expectations till now. “People are still sceptical about the situation in Puri. Rathyatra queries are coming but bookings are a few till date. We are hopeful that bookings for Puja will pick up after Rathyatra,” said Shekhar Nath of Tara Tirtha Special, who is associated with 10 hotels in Puri. Nath said visitors from the city are not bookings hotels in Puri. “We are suggesting the visitors to find out the situation there and then book hotels,” he said. There are nearly 2,000 hotels in Puri and 497 of them are listed online. “In May and June, the business has been nil and the destruction by cyclone Fani has hit hotel business here because such establishments are bearing huge expenses on the restoration. We will take some time to recover. But we hope that the ball will start rolling from the Puja,” said Kamal Kumar Rout, GM of Golden Tree Boutique Hotel. The hotel that has stepped into its third year had 70 percent occupancy even in summer. “We have 30 rooms and 18 have been restored,” Rout said.