first_img‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Early theme to NBA season: You score, I score, we all score Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDe La Salle is headed to the Final Four after brushing off University of the East, 99-78, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.The defending champions Green Archers streaked to their fourth straight win to improve to 9- while the Red Warriors slipped to 3-8, but remained mathematically in contention for a semifinals spot.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments “Actually our team is a strong unit as long as we follow our system, and we should move as one.”Reigning MVP Ben Mbala led all scorers with 25 points to go along 14 rebounds to lead La Salle while Santi Santillan added a 14-point, 11-rebound double-double.Rivero and Justine Baltazar came off the bench and had 26 points apiece to help La Salle’s cause.Alvin Pasaol, who put up a career-high 49 points in the first round against La Salle, managed 23 points and nine boards to lead UE while Mark Olayon had 18 points and seven assists.ADVERTISEMENT La Salle started to command respect as early as midway through the second quarter when it mounted a 22-6 run with Justine Baltazar capping it off with an off-balanced jumper that gave the Green Archers a 40-24 lead.That then ballooned to 27 points with 2:25 left in the third when Baltazar hit a triple that punctuated the Green Archers’ 11-3 run that put La Salle up 74-47.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAnd even though La Salle’s remaining games became mere formalities, Ricci Rivero said they shouldn’t think ahead and that they should remain focused on the eliminations.“We shouldn’t think ahead, and we should focus on just one game at a time,” said Rivero in Filipino who filled in for the post-game press conference as La Salle head coach Aldin Ayo snubbed it for the sixth time.last_img read more

first_imgLike they did when they played NLEX and Kiefer Ravena, when they devastated TNT KaTropa on the road, when they nipped Meralco, and when they bamboozled Phoenix Petroleum on opening day.“They have the killer’s instinct and their confidence is very high,” Jarencio said of his foes as the Batang Pier try to climb above .500 for the first time here.“But we have been on a run of our own and the last two practices were very good,” Jarencio said. “It will be tough. But we’re ready for a tough game.”Jarencio is particularly wary of four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo, whom he describes as the “best player in the league,” and expects Kelly Nabong to step up once again and give his GlobalPort a Chinaman’s chance against the Beermen.“Kelly did his share against (Greg) Slaughter (of Barangay Ginebra),” Jarencio said. “And as long as he can do his share on defense against June Mar, we will have a good chance.”ADVERTISEMENT So thin, Jarencio knows, that the tiniest of errors will crack it.“We have no room for mistakes,” Jarencio told the Inquirer over the phone as the Batang Pier try to put the first blemish on the Beermen’s record in the PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“We have to be 100 percent in everything we do against them, on offense, in defense,” he went on, even as he raved about how cohesive his team has been in the last two weeks of the conference despite their biggest star, Terrence Romeo, continuing to sit it out. “It has to be total team effort (on our part) and flawless execution.”San Miguel will come into the game with a four-game winning streak and, knowing how the Beermen are when a serious challenge is on the other end of the court, they are expected to respond to any GlobalPort upset plans with great efficiency. PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Cellar-dwellers Meralco and KIA Picanto tangle at 4:30 p.m. with the Bolts seeking to snap a three-game slide and the Picanto shooting for a second straight win.KIA will come into the game minus Eric Camson, who was fined P30,000 and suspended a game for exchanging blows—and starting the fight—with Rain or Shine’s Raymond Almazan last Friday.Almazan was also canned a game and fined P20,000, the same penalties slapped by officer in charge Willie Marcial on NLEX’s Mike Miranda, who kicked San Miguel’s Chris Ross in the groin in their game over the weekend.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Pido Jarencio admitted that his GlobalPort crew is currently on a hot streak.But he also knows exactly what he and his Batang Pier will be up against, and how thin the ice they will be skating on against powerhouse three-time defending champion San Miguel Beer.ADVERTISEMENT Pacio unfazed by last-minute opponent change SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more

first_imgSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics View comments NorthPort forces rubber match, blasts No. 1 NLEX I’d like to express special gratitude to the PBA Team Owners and Board of Governors led by Chairman Ricky Vargas and Commissioner Willy Marcial; special mention to Boss Ramon Ang and my friend, Al Chua, as well, for the moral and material support they have extended to our team.My deep gratitude to Boss Raymund Yu and Boss Terry Que, for keeping their trust in me and endorsing me to coach the Rain or Shine core team in the 2018 Asian Games, which led to my appointment as Head Coach of the Gilas Team.Special thanks to Boss Rod Franco, NLEX Management, and the whole team for their understanding and support as I served my country in my capacity as Head Coach of the Gilas Team, thereby diluting my focus and attention from my duties to them. I am now back home in NLEX to fully focus on winning our first championship.Above all, I am most thankful to SBP Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan and SBP President Al Panlilio for the opportunity to have been of service to the country in the sport I love most.To all fans and friends who wished us well, supported us, and offered their prayers, I am grateful from the bottom of my heart.I am truly blessed to have coached the best that Philippine Basketball has to offer and to have competed amongst the best in the world. I consider the past year, most especially our participation in the World Cup, as the highlight of my career.Even if I had known from the beginning that this would be the end result of my decision to accept  this coaching job, I would have had no second thoughts in making the same decision. I have no regrets in having taken the path I have taken in the past year; the only regret is that I would have wanted the team to have performed better on the world stage.I take pride in having taken over the Gilas Program at a point of crisis, where the team was decimated by the suspension of players and coaches after the Australian incident. From there we put together the team and the program with the support of the SBP, the PBA, and our basketball public, to take 5th place in the Asian Games – our best finish in the last 16 years – with an opportunity to make the finals, except for a loss to China which was decided with one possession. With the help of Filipino-American NBA player Jordan Clarkson, we almost achieved the improbable.After some struggles and adjustments through three qualifying windows for the FIBA World Cup, we were able to qualify for our second straight World Cup appearance.  This was my only promise to our basketball officials and public – that if we were not able to achieve this, I would gladly step down as head coach of the GILAS Program.After all the hard work and struggles, the stars aligned for us and the Philippines made it to the top 32 elite teams in the world – and this, only a year after the team was almost decimated by suspensions. UST’s Rhenz Abando in awe after receiving 2 pairs of shoes from Thirdy Ravena “I am sorry we could not deliver a better performance. Our players gave their best against talented, bigger, stronger, and better prepared athletes from the best teams in the world. I truly appreciate their efforts and sacrifices – and that of their families. Our times together will never be erased from my memory,” Guiao said.“In the light of all these developments, I am stepping down, as of today, as the Head Coach of the Gilas Men’s Basketball Team, in order to give the SBP a free hand in building and developing a program towards achieving our objective of competing with the best of the best.”AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPH women’s football team not spared from SEA Games hotel woesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSThailand claims not enough Thai food, drinks for players at hotelGilas went 0-5 in the World Cup, including a pair of blowout losses to Tunisia and Iran in the classification phase.The Nationals opened the world meet with losses to European powers Italy and Serbia by an average losing margin of 52.5 points before dropping a heartbreaker to lower-ranked Angola in overtime. Women’s football teams served just egg, kikiam and rice for breakfast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss It is in this context that I view my year of leading this program in a positive light.The efforts and sacrifices of all those involved, overcoming the many trials and tribulations, putting ourselves on the world stage of basketball – I can only wish we could have performed better these past two weeks, but the odds were stacked against us.Nonetheless, I take full responsibility.I knew what conditions existed, what the limitations were, and still, I accepted the challenge. I hold myself responsible for the consequences.I am sorry we could not deliver a better performance. Our players gave their best against talented, bigger, stronger, and better prepared athletes from the best teams in the world. I truly appreciate their efforts and sacrifices – and that of their families. Our times together will never be erased from my memory.In the light of all these developments, I am stepping down, as of today, as the Head Coach of the Gilas Men’s Basketball Team, in order to give the SBP a free hand in building and developing a program towards achieving our objective of competing with the best of the best.I am truly grateful for the opportunity to serve our country through the sport we love most.Para sa bayan.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kim Chiu rushed to ER after getting bitten by dog in BGC Manila’s hidden reservoir to re-emerge as tourist draw MOST READ Guiao, who replaced Chot Reyes at the helm last year, coached the national team in the 2018 Asian Games where he steered the country to its best finish in 16 years.Full statement here:As regards the past performance of the GILAS PILIPINAS MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM in the recent World Cup, I am as disappointed as the rest of the country.I truly and fully appreciate the efforts and sacrifices of all the players; not just those of the recent FIBA World Cup Team, but of all those who have contributed to the program since my appointment as head coach for the 2018 Asian Games.I would also like to extend my personal thanks to the coaching staff, trainers, utilities and the  management of the Gilas Team for their hard work, support, and cooperation.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Foot fetish: Nibbles a specialty at Indonesian restaurant Malasakit Center bill awaits Duterte signature Yeng Guiao. Photo from Fiba.comMANILA, Philippines–Yeng Guiao on Wednesday stepped down as Gilas Pilipinas head coach just a day after the Philippine team returned from a disappointing Fiba World Cup campaign in China.Guiao, who took full responsibility for the team’s poor performance, released a statement Wednesday afternoon announcing that he has decided to vacate his post.ADVERTISEMENT ‘City-killer’: Asteroid the size of the Great Pyramid may hit Earth in 2022, says NASAlast_img read more

first_imgJoining the line of publishers who are entering the e-commerce space is New York magazine and NY.com; they’ve announced a New York City-specific online deals program that is set to launch in May. The program, New York Deals, will work in tandem with partner companies such as Gilt City, zozi, BuyWithMe and Lifebooker. Curated by New York magazine staff, New York Deals will feature a weekly round-up of deals for dining, shopping, spas, activities and events. According to a news release, more than 15,000 users are projected to subscribe to New York Deals, which will be in the form of a weekly email. Serena Torrey, executive director of digital business development with New York magazine’s parent company New York Media, says, “It’s incredibly difficult for busy people to know which email is worth opening and which deal is worth buying, particularly when the businesses featured are unfamiliar…by subscribing to the New York Deals newsletter, New Yorkers will be receiving a short, weekly list of the deals that are most worthy of their attention…” In other e-commerce news, F + W Media has announced that they will be opening their 25th e-commerce store in a joint venture with Hoffman Media. The new store, which will be located at store.marthapullen.com, is set focus on the sewing marketplace. Content will be pulled from the Martha Pullen Co. publication Sew Beautiful Magazine, The School of Art Fashion, PBS TV series and Martha’s Sewing Room (a television series), among others. F +W Media currently has 30 magazine titles, and houses over 350 thousand SKUs over its 25 sites. According to a news release from F + W, e-commerce revenues are up more than 60 percent in year over year comparison.last_img read more

first_imgNETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 14, 2015 – 5:57 pm “Lady Marmalade” Wins Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals Facebook Christina Aguilera, Demi Lovato To Debut New Single “Fall In Line” Two dynamic divas are set to unveil their long-awaited collaboration later this monthRenée FabianGRAMMYs May 8, 2018 – 10:22 am Dust off your vocal runs, because two of music’s biggest divas are preparing to break the internet when they unveil their collaboration later this month.On May 8, Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato announced via social media they will debut their new single “Fall In Line” at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, making good on a promise they have been teasing for quite some time. Twitter “Fall In Line” With Xtina & Demi christina-aguilera-demi-lovato-debut-new-single-fall-linecenter_img Email “Fall In Line” is a track off of Aguilera’s forthcoming album due out June 15, Libertation. The LP, her first since 2012’s Lotus, spans 11 tracks, including features from rappers Ty Dolla Sign and 2 Chainz (“Acceleration”) and production from Anderson .Paak and Kanye West, who oversaw a track titled “Maria,” which includes a Michael Jackson sample and an introduction that channels The Sound Of Music. “Issues” singer/songwriter Julia Michaels also contributed a song to the album, which Aguilera told Billboard was more hip-hop and R&B-infused.”At the end of the day, I am a soul singer,” Aguilera said. “When you strip back the words ‘pop star’ and the many things that I’ve done, singing soulfully is where my core, my root and my heart really is. And as you can see, it’s what I’m inspired by.”Aguilera’s duet with Lovato also marks the first time the singer/songwriter has recruited another female singer since the GRAMMY-winning “Lady Marmalade” in 2001, which featured Lil Kim, Mya and Pink. News As for her part, Lovato cites Aguilera as a big influence on her own career.”I have always looked up to Christina,” Lovato told Billboard. “I remember being at her concert and singing facing the crowd instead of the stage, knowing that that was exactly what I wanted to do in life.”Don’t miss the debut of “Fall In Line” at the Kelly Clarkson-hosted Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20 at 8 p.m. ET /5 p.m. PT.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

first_img Share @KHOU twitterSouth Houston Warehouse FireOfficials say an overnight fire at a vacant warehouse in South Houston spread to a used car dealership and left hundreds of homes and businesses without electricity when a transformer blew. A Houston Fire Department statement says the blaze was extinguished before dawn Thursday. Nobody was hurt. Arson investigators from nearby Pasadena are investigating. Fire department authorities say a transformer near the two-story warehouse exploded during the fire reported around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday. CenterPoint Energy had restored most power by Thursday morning. Officials say several vehicles in a dealership lot were damaged or destroyed. Some of the vehicles burned. No damage estimate was immediately available.last_img read more

first_imgPC-based headsets make it easy for users to simply download a separate app store or subscription service to their device. That’s a bit harder for mobile headsets, and Facebook’s developer terms of service make it clear that the company doesn’t want to help apps that effectively function as alternative app stores, with documentation on the Oculus developer site noting: “Apps in the Oculus Store must not contain other platforms or commerce solutions.”An Oculus spokesperson didn’t immediately respond to questions about the impact these policies might have on VR subscription services.The irony of those terms is that Oculus once found itself on the other side of such restrictions. Google doesn’t allow developers to distribute alternative app stores via Google Play either, which was a challenge to Facebook’s plans to bring the Oculus Store to mobile phones. Oculus circumvented those restrictions by partnering with Samsung for the Gear VR headset, a partnership that allowed the company to sideload the store and any VR apps sold with it to Samsung phones.That’s a path that HTC could theoretically take as well, and Steiber’s latest remarks on Reddit suggest that the company is looking at such solutions. “Quest is a great device and we would love to support it in some way if it is possible,” he said during the AMA. “Once it launch(es) we will evaluate what the opportunities are.” Related ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety Facebook’s new Oculus Quest headset is set to launch with a series of notable games and experiences later this month — but one key service will be missing: Viveport Infinity, HTC’s Netflix-like VR subscription service, won’t be available on the device.Viveport president Rikard Steiber first mentioned the missing support in a Reddit AMA interview Thursday, and a HTC spokesperson subsequently confirmed it to Variety.“We don’t have plans to support Oculus Quest at this time,” the spokesperson said via email. “Right now Viveport is focused on supporting PC VR and VIVE Wave devices.”Viveport Infinity offers subscribers unlimited access to a catalog of more than 600 VR apps and games for $12.99 per month. This week, the service announced that it would soon also be available to owners of Facebook’s new Oculus Rift S and headset as well as Valve’s Index VR headset. HTC’s Viveport VR store, and a predecessor to Viveport Infinity, launched for Facebook’s Oculus Rift headset last summer. Oculus Founder Accused of Groping Woman During VR Demo Former Oculus Head of Mobile VR Max Cohen Leaves Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgConsuming protein rich foods such as nuts, eggs, seeds, beans, poultry, yogurt, cheese and even chocolates may foster a more tolerant and less inflammatory gut environment, which could mean relief for people living with abdominal pain and diarrhoea of inflammatory bowel disease, a study has said.These food items contain an appreciable amounts of tryptophan – an amino acid used in the buildup of proteins – which when fed on mice led to the development of immune cells that foster a tolerant gut, the study said. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe findings indicated that a protein rich diet triggers the appearance of immune cells in Lactobacillus reuteri (L. reuteri) – a bacterium that normally lives in the gut, and together these promote a more tolerant, less inflammatory gut immune system.”We established a link between one bacterial species – Lactobacillus reuteri – that is a normal part of the gut microbiome, and development of a population of cells that promote tolerance,” said Marco Colonna, the Robert Rock Belliveau, Professor at the Washington University School of Medicine in St.Louis. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”The more tryptophan the mice had in their diet, the more of these immune cells they had,” Belliveau added.For the study, published in the journal Science, the team examined mice that had lived under sterile conditions since birth and was germ-free.When L. reuteri was introduced to these mice, the immune cells arose. Further, when tryptophan was doubled in the mice’s feed, the number of such cells rose by about 50 per cent.Humans have the same tolerance-promoting cells as mice, and have L. reuteri in the gastrointestinal tracts.”The development of these cells is probably something we want to encourage since these cells control inflammation on the inner surface of the intestines,” explained Luisa Cervantes-Barragan, Postdoctoral researcher from the varsity. “High levels of tryptophan in the presence of L. reuteri may induce expansion of this population,” Cervantes-Barragan said.ianslast_img read more

first_imgYesterday, Google announced the release of Flutter 1.0, its first stable release, at the Flutter Live event. They further shared that they are working on a project called Hummingbird, which is a way to bring Flutter apps to the “modern, standards-based web”. Flutter Live was held yesterday at the Science Museum on Exhibition Rd, Kensington, London SW7 2DD, UK. At this event, Google shared the latest from Flutter, Google’s free and open source SDK for building high-quality native iOS and Android apps from a single codebase. Flutter 1.0 updates The primary focus of Flutter 1.0 was bug fixes and stabilization. Some of the updates introduced in this release are: They have added support for nearly twenty different Firebase services. Performance is improved and work has been done around reducing the Flutter apps size. Dart platform has been updated to 2.1, which offers smaller code size, faster type checks, and better usability for type errors. They have also introduced previews of two new major features namely, Add to App and platform views, which are estimated to be released in February 2019. Developers can try these features in the preview mode. Add to App Add to App is introduced for the developers who wanted to use Flutter for adding new features in their existing applications or to convert their existing application to Flutter in stages. This feature makes it easier to incrementally adopt Flutter by updating templates, tooling, and guidance for existing apps. Also, the tooling has been reworked to make it easy to attach to an existing Flutter process without launching the debugger with the application. Platform views The newly-added platform view widgets, AndroidView and UiKitView allow you to embed an Android or iPhone platform in a Flutter app. These platform view widgets participate in the composition model, which means that you can integrate it with other Flutter content. Hummingbird to bring Flutter to web Flutter primarily focussed on iOS and Android, but now Google is extending it to a broader set of platforms. To achieve this goal, they recently shared a project called Flutter Desktop Embedding, which aims to brings Flutter to desktop operating systems. Also, to expand Flutter to the web they introduced Hummingbird. It is a web-based implementation of the Flutter runtime that utilizes the capability of Dart to compile not just to native ARM code but also to JavaScript. Google’s product manager for Flutter, Tim Sneath told TechCrunch, ”From the beginning, we designed Flutter to be a portable UI toolkit, not just a mobile UI toolkit. And so we’ve been experimenting with how we can bring Flutter to different places.” To explain more about what Hummingbird exactly is, Mr. Sneath added, “One of the great things about Flutter itself is that it compiles to machine code, to Arm code. But Hummingbird extends that further and says, okay, we’ll also compile to JavaScript and we’ll replace the Flutter engine on the web with the Hummingbird engine which then enables Flutter code to run without changes in web browsers. And that, of course, extends Flutter’s perspective to a whole new ecosystem.” Read the official announcement about Flutter, check out Google’s blog. Read Next Google Flutter moves out of beta with release preview 1 Google Dart 2.1 released with improved performance and usability JavaScript mobile frameworks comparison: React Native vs Ionic vs NativeScriptlast_img read more

first_imgIndia in high demand, says Contiki, after launching new 2018 Asia program Tags: Asia Pacific, Contiki << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by TORONTO — Contiki’s 2018 Asia program keeps getting bigger and better, with the launch of a new 10-day ‘In-Depth Discoverer’ trip to India.Titled ‘Southern Spice’, the itinerary was launched in response to the high demand of the company’s widely popular 12-day ‘Eternal India’ trip, which first debuted in 2016. According to Contiki, visitor growth to India has increased year after year, especially after the introduction of the e-Tourist Visa, fuelled in part by millennial demand.‘Southern Spice’ takes clients from Chennai through Pondicherry, Kumbakonam, Mudurai, Periyar, Kumbakonam, Kerala Backwaters and Cochin over 10 culture-filled days. Highlights include an exclusive overnight on a house boat, a Martial Arts performance in Kalaripayattu, a rickshaw ride to Meenakshi Temple in Madurai, and visits to a spice plantation, tea factory, silk weavers’ homes and a bronze casting school. ME Time Optionals also offer travellers the chance to go on a Sunset Boat Cruise in Cochin, dress up in sarees (ladies) or a dhoti (men) in Kumbakonam, and partake in a local family cooking demonstration and dinner in Periyar.More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthContiki’s new 2018 Asia program continues to offer four unique accommodation styles including central hotels, beachside resorts and unique Special Stays such as jungle tree houses and floating raft bungalows in Khao Sok National Park. In addition, an authentic Asian travel experience is guaranteed with bullet trains, rickshaws, junk boats and tuk-tuks to travel around in, while knowledgeable Trip Managers, experienced Drivers and a network of highly trained Local Guides ensure clients are in the best possible hands.In addition to Contiki’s new trip to India, other trips that are part of the new Asia program include the refined and improved ‘China Adventure’ and the ‘Big Indochina’ itineraries.To help agents entice their clients to experience Asia, clients can save up to $580 or 10% if they book and pay in full by Nov. 30, 2017 on trips departing on or after April 1, 2018.center_img Share Travelweek Group Wednesday, August 16, 2017 last_img read more