first_img “I hope for him (del Potro) that it’s nothing serious,” Federer said. “He’s had problems in the past and this is why he’s worried, rightfully so. At the end of the day nothing changes for me, I’ll be ready to come out here to play, and it’s for revenge for the US Open.” Meanwhile, Nadal tied Andre Agassi for sixth place on the list of all-time Open Era wins. Topping Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3 was his 870th match win. Nadal also improved his win streak to 15 having won the China Open last week. In Beijing, he defeated Dimitrov in a three-set semi-final. SHANGHAI, China (AP): Juan Martin del Potro’s bruised left wrist was placed in a splint after a nasty fall while winning his quarter-final at the Shanghai Masters yesterday. Del Potro is due to play Roger Federer in the semi-finals today. The other semi-final features top-ranked Rafael Nadal against Marin Cilic. Del Potro tumbled on the court at 2-2 in the third set against Viktor Troicki of Serbia and instinctively tried to break the fall with his left wrist. Del Potro, who has undergone surgery on both wrists, conferred with a trainer as he repeatedly shook his wrist. Del Potro ended up breaking Troicki’s serve in that fifth game and prevailed 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. “I don’t know how my wrist is after I fell down,” del Potro said before leaving for a local hospital. “I felt something wrong in that moment, but I continued to play, just playing (backhand) slices just to finish the match. I’m going to the hospital to see what the MRI says, and what the doctor says. “Then I will take a decision for (today). I would like to play and be 100 per cent.” Jorge Viale, del Potro’s agent, later tweeted that tests revealed a “wrist contusion” but “more serious problems were ruled out.” “The doctors put a splint to immobilise the wrist,” Viale added. “Tomorrow morning, Juan Martin will decide whether he plays the semi-final.” Del Potro beat Federer in the U.S. Open quarter-finals. Federer made another match-up by beating Richard Gasquet 7-5, 6-4. Not worriedlast_img read more

first_img2017 National Toshaos ConferenceNational Toshaos’ Council (NTC) Chairman Joel Fredericks has announced that issues surrounding mining and matters concerning the livelihoods of Indigenous persons will come into focus at this year’s six-day meeting. Fredericks made theseNational Toshaos Council Chairman Joel Frederickscomments during an interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI) ahead of the NTC meeting, which is slated to be held from August 22 to 27, 2017 in Georgetown.On Wednesday, Fredericks was quoted by the DPI as saying that the Conference will be able to address serious issues faced by the Indigenous peoples. He also indicated that the majority of the minor issues were addressed at the regional level, at the Regional Toshaos Conferences, which were held countrywide. Fredericks also noted that this year’s Conference would place much emphasis on “bigger issues like the land and the mining and we can spend more time and give more space for people to address those issues”.It was explained that Indigenous leaders from more than 200 communities across the country would gather in the capital city, where they would deliberate on issues affecting their livelihoods. According to the DPI, the six-day event will also provide Ministers with a chance to outline their immediate and long-term plans for Indigenous peoples’ development.One of the hot-button matters expected to take centre stage at the 2017 NTC Conference relates to the Chenapau, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni), miners who were briefly detained by ranks attached to the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) for illegal mining in the Kaieteur National Park (KNP) in May of this year. In early June, Government had dropped charges against the 20 miners in what wasChenapau residents protested their community members being detained earlier this yeardescribed as “a show of good faith”, after the NTC had called for their release.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon had reminded that the area was part of the protected areas system of Guyana, and stressed that mining was not permitted under the law. He then highlighted that any further mining would see the perpetrators being arrested.However, residents of Chenapau felt that mining in the area was a matter of their livelihood and protested the heavy military presence in their community. Conversely, Protected Areas Commission (PAC) Board Member Raquel Thomas-Caesar described the heavy military presence in the KNP as a “temporary operation” that was conducted to deal with alleged mining in the reserve.In a social media post, Thomas-Caesar had said, “…we don’t want the world to know we are going in as they would run away…there is mining in the park and there is a monitoring operation for a period (not permanent)…everyone knows this is a very sensitive issue for Chenapau Village and for the Government, and we all need to sit together as I have told Chenapau Village Council and work this out. Issues are sorted when people work together.This KNP has had a difficult history and there are some key issues to address.”Nevertheless, the NTC had called on President David Granger to examine the dynamics of the alleged illegal mining in Chenapau more closely, in order to amicably resolve the issue.At that time, the NTC reasoned that the matter should not have been viewed and assessed only from a humanitarian perspective, but also for the very survival of the Patamona peoples of the upper Potaro region.The NTC, on June 2, further described the arrest of Indigenous people as an infringement on their human rights, which denied them the ability to survive by traditional means and criminalising their activities.A subsequent fact-finding mission into the Joint Services operation in the KNP took a drastic turn when a Capitol News cameraman Rudy Morris and Chenapau resident Anthony Melville were arrested by Army ranks. On June 12, it was reported that Morris and Melville were both taken into custody at the Muri Muri Landing in Region Eight. They were released shortly afterwards but the move was condemned by many Indigenous stakeholders groups, including the Amerindian Peoples Association (APA) and the media fraternity.last_img read more

first_img Brazilian starlet Lucas Silva Arsenal and Real Madrid have been told they will have to wait until the summer to sign Brazilian starlet Lucas Silva.The 21-year-old has been attracting the interest of clubs all over Europe with some impressive performances for Cruzeiro in Brazil.Real Madrid have already made in-roads to sign Silva, while Arsenal have reportedly sent scouts to South America on several occasions.However, Cruzeiro sporting director Alexandre Mattos has now told both clubs that they will have to wait until the summer to land the midfielder.“We’ve held four formal meetings to discuss the future of Lucas Silva, but I’ve spoken with Real Madrid representatives over ten times,” Mattos told Radio Itatiaia.“In principal they are not intending to bring any players in during the winter transfer window and we have no urgency to sell Lucas.” 1last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.However, the Assembly’s failure to vote on the prison bills Thursday does not mean Nelles is out of danger yet, said Councilman Greg Nordbak. “The subject can still come back up again between now and Nov. 30,” Nordbak said. “The issue is not over until they agree to sell it for the benefit of the city.” Both the Senate and Assembly bills were re-written in the past week, removing any mention of Nelles as a potential target for re-opening. But Mayor Cathy Warner said that was just the first round. “The Senate bill stipulates that all state facilities must be evaluated and reviewed by April 1, 2007,” Warner said. “But who’s to say what can or can’t happen by April 1? If we make a concerted effort with the governor to work out something that can benefit the administration while facilitating the sale, then maybe we can have a development.” Councilman Joe Vinatieri said while the earlier versions of the bills, that were amended Aug. 24, prohibited the sale of Nelles, the new bills put the site in the same position it was to start with. The only difference is that it must be put up for sale again by the Department of General Services (DGS), which oversees state property, before the process of trying to develop the site can get back on track. “If it passes today, it’s just the first step,” Vinatieri said. “We won’t have any bills saying \ has to be a prison or that it can’t be sold, but we still have the challenge of convincing the governor to let DGS sell it.” Lawmakers told the governor Tuesday they would not approve some of the major aspects of his $6 billion prison reform plan, proposing to fund less than $1 billion of it, published accounts said. Schwarzenegger ordered a special session on prison overcrowding this month after it became apparent that bed space in the state’s penitentiaries is projected to run out in June. In an effort to head off the release of thousands of inmates, the governor was forced to halt the pending sale of any surplus correctional sites in order to review the possibility of reopening them. “The whole thing started when the state lost a lawsuit by a prisoners’ rights group making the state responsible for the health and safety needs of prisoners,” Warner said. “That’s when the governor said time- out, we have to address the overcrowding and look at all our sites.” State Public Works Board members had been scheduled July 14 to formally approve the sale of the 73-acre Nelles site to private developer Meruelo Maddux Properties of Los Angeles, which submitted a high bid of $107 million for the property. Instead, acting on a request from the DGS, the board pulled the approval from its agenda to allow officials more time to consider whether Nelles should be reopened as a prison, officials said. But the move came nearly two weeks after Schwarzenegger called on June 26 for the state to build more prisons. The governor said he worried that the federal government could seize control of overcrowded state prisons unless more lockups are built soon. pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Local and state lawmakers managed to keep the Fred C. Nelles Correctional Facility out of all legislation related to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s $6 billion prison package by the session deadline Thursday night. However, since the Assembly never voted on their prison-related bills, it’s still possible for lawmakers to add it to new legislation if the special session is reconvened before Nov. 30, said city officials. The Senate passed some similar bills Wednesday night. Whittier officials have been in Sacramento around the clock this past week in an effort to head off any last-minute amendments that would put Nelles in a position to be re-opened as a correctional facility. last_img read more

first_imgAberdeen took time to respond but Niall McGinn twice found Andrew Considine in good positions with crosses. The left-back headed the first over, under pressure, before his volley was blocked.Celtic had a great opportunity to double their lead just before the break but Armstrong shot wide from 12 yards after being set up by James Forrest.Celtic maintained their pressure after the interval and Joe Lewis produced a brilliant fingertip save to stop Scott Sinclair’s effort curling in the top corner after the wide player cut inside.After making small inroads at the start of the second period, Aberdeen brought on Rooney and Maddison in the 53rd minute but they were soon caught out by Lustig’s diagonal ball, Lewis again coming to the rescue to deny Rogic.The goalkeeper again kept the game alive when he saved from Moussa Dembele and Rogic, before the Australian and Forrest both shot wide from 18 yards.Maddison was starting to pose questions to Celtic and his free-kick found Rooney but the striker’s backwards header was cleared in the goalmouth.A melee erupted when Scott Brown kicked the ball against the grounded Graeme Shinnie, who had been decked by Lustig. The Celtic pair were booked along with Hayes, who pushed the visiting captain over.Aberdeen made a late surge for an equaliser but Sviatchenko produced a last-ditch sliding tackle to deny Shinnie and Maddison volleyed just over from 16 yards.Armstrong shot just over at the other end but the game finished in the Celtic penalty box with Lewis among those attacking several testing set-pieces from Maddison, and Craig Gordon saved brilliantly from Sviatchenko’s misplaced header five minutes into injury-time. A moment of real class from Tom Rogic earned Celtic a 1-0 victory over Aberdeen and further strengthened the champions’ grip on the Scottish Premiership title race.The Australian’s controlled half-volley in the 23rd minute at Pittodrie was enough to send Celtic 10 points clear of Aberdeen with a game on hand on the team who have finished runners-up in the past two seasons.Celtic passed up a stream of chances either side of the interval and defended well when Aberdeen pushed for an equaliser in the final quarter.All but two of the eight players who came in for Celtic’s 4-0 victory over Ross County dropped out of the team. Stuart Armstrong and Emilio Izaguirre were the exceptions, the latter after Kieran Tierney suffered a training-ground ankle injury that will keep him out for two months. Aberdeen gave captain Ryan Jack his first start in 10 weeks following knee surgery while top goalscorer Adam Rooney and James Maddison started on the bench, Wes Burns being preferred up front.Erik Sviatchenko was booked in the first minute for chopping down Jonny Hayes as Aberdeen started on the front foot, but the closest they got to an early goal was when the winger had a penalty-box effort blocked by Jozo Simunovic.Celtic grew in possession but they had not seriously threatened before opening the scoring.Mikael Lustig found room to cross and the ball was only half-cleared to Rogic on the edge of the box. The Australian took one touch with his right foot and quickly sliced across the ball with the outside of his left foot to send it into the corner of the net.last_img read more

first_imgBlue Line Contractors Ltd. is a Toronto-area general contractor specializing in commercial and residential renovations that require expertise in structural modifications or complex building changes.Blue Line’s president, Silvio Santos, didn’t have the budget to hire an IT expert. But he knew the way they worked needed an overhaul, as he “would be on the phone from 6 to 10 or 11 every night organizing crews, organizing clients, and scheduling meetings.”The biggest issue for Blue Line was that their old system didn’t support remote access. That meant the team couldn’t collaborate seamlessly between the office and the site. It meant scheduling had to happen over the phone in the evening. And it meant Santos couldn’t take time off. “I used to go 24/7,” Santos says, “And I just don’t have that in me anymore.” Big Changes on a Small BudgetFor Santos, the only choice for the hardware refresh was Intel: “They have the reputation and have been around a long time. I’ve never had issues with Intel processors so I always stick with Intel.”Santos replaced his six-year-old PC fleet with a Lenovo ThinkServer, powered by an Intel Xeon processor E3-1225 v3. Site supervisors received new laptops featuring the Intel Core i5 processor family. All of the hardware was chosen carefully so the team could communicate changes and deal with issues on-the-fly. Schedule or design changes that once threw a wrench in the whole project and considerably slowed down the workday were suddenly no big deal.Santos says that with a new network infrastructure in place, Blue Line has also improved administration with more accurate payroll, and now has the capacity to email invoices and track expenses in real time. He believes these new tools will also help him attract new staff because he can offer more flexible work options. That flexibility extends to Santos himself, too: “I can now take a week off without feeling stressed. It’s a lot easier because I can be in communication and help to address issues quickly.” The New NormalThe day-to-day operations at Blue Line now look completely different. These days, Santos can put a schedule together any time of day and send it out. “If there’s a conflict, I know right away and can modify plans in real time so we don’t have downtime if someone doesn’t show up when they were expected,” he says.Before the refresh, Santos would travel back and forth to client locations to pick up and drop off drawings to quote projects. Today, drawings are emailed to Santos who accesses CAD drawings on his workstation powered by the Intel Xeon processor E5-1630 v3. According to him, “this has been one of the biggest benefits of the new technology.”Reviewing and quoting on large projects used to take two to three weeks to get drawings in for revisions and verification. Add another two weeks for production and six weeks later, they’d be starting installation.“Now, we can get shop drawings for urgent jobs in a day or two, if not same day,” says Santos. “The whole process has streamlined from a month to a day.”Santos estimates his business has grown 30 percent since they started making the investment in new technologies, and he’s projecting a further 30 to 40 percent increase in sales this year — all thanks to the right hardware.Learn more about Blue Line’s refresh process and how the right hardware upgrades could boost your small business. Have you upgraded recently? Comment below, and tell us what’s helped your small business compete! And join us on TwitterOpens in a new window!last_img read more

first_imgNarayanaswami SrinivasanNarayanaswami Srinivasan, 65, is in the middle of several controversies, befitting his status as newly anointed president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the richest, most powerful and most-pilloried cricket board in the world. He has rejected demands for an inquiry into India’s disastrous England,Narayanaswami SrinivasanNarayanaswami Srinivasan, 65, is in the middle of several controversies, befitting his status as newly anointed president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the richest, most powerful and most-pilloried cricket board in the world. He has rejected demands for an inquiry into India’s disastrous England tour, sought legal advice on how to resolve the Kochi Tuskers crisis, and parried countless calls from Pakistan Cricket Board president Ijaz Bhatt seeking a renewal of Indo-Pakistan cricket ties.The chairman of India Cements which, in turn, is the prime investor in IPL team Chennai Super Kings, Srinivasan is a chemical engineer from the Illinois Institute of Technology as well as a chartered accountant. As he sits in the Chennai office of India Cements, which has a turnover of Rs 3,800 crore, surrounded by pictures of grandchildren, a clay model of Mahatma Gandhi and a miniature charkha on his table, he is determined to change the course of BCCI in his three years as president.”I hate this middle path where you have to please everybody. The Lalit Modi issue has been hanging fire, it has to end. In the International Cricket Council (ICC), I would like members to strongly take up various cricketing issues and involve associate members as well. Let’s expand, let the best man lead ICC,” he says. With fewer hours devoted to golf-he used to play daily as compared to his current weekly cycle-he has also dropped out as president of the All India Chess Federation so that he can devote more time to BCCI.advertisementHe has enough on his plate. The finance ministry claims the board owes it Rs 160 crore in service tax on IPL franchisee fees and sale of advertisement space in 2010. Worse, his one-time mentor and former BCCI president, A.C. Muthiah, has been seeking an injunction from the Supreme Court against Srinivasan holding top slots in the BCCI and an IPL team. The courts have refused to restrain Srinivasan who, as a matter of routine, maintains that he does not own Chennai Super Kings and that it’s run by a team of professionals.From district vice-president of Tamil Nadu Cricket Association in 2001 to his big break in 2005, when he became treasurer in the Sharad Pawar-led BCCI, he has managed to steer clear of controversy until now. Excerpts from an interview with deputy editor Shantanu Guha Ray.Q. Did you check your stars before assuming the role of BCCI president?A. (Laughs) I did but cannot share the name of my astrologer, nor what he told me about my future.Q. List three of your immediate priorities as board president.A. I want to focus on the development of the game, greater accountability and transparency. There is a fourth priority: The public must know the truth about former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi. It must also know that the BCCI is an honest body.Q. Why is the BCCI not pushing for Modi’s extradition? He is being investigated by the Enforcement Directorate and the Income Tax department on charges of accepting kickbacks in IPL television deals, rigging bids for teams and openly flouting BCCI guidelines.A. He is mocking us from England with his tweets. He is making a mockery of our judicial system. He thinks he can still control cricket with his tweets and blogs. I cannot issue summons, I do not run a court in this country. There are investigating agencies which are pursuing these cases against him. There are courts which will take note if summons are being avoided. If the Government wants, his passport will be cancelled. The recent Supreme Court judgment rejected Modi’s demand for a change in the BCCI Disciplinary Committee probing him.Q. But the Kochi issue is hanging fire and the team has been suspended because of payment defaults. There are rumours that some of the players could be put up for auction.A. We did what was written in the rule book. The team was repeatedly warned and asked to pay its dues. Now, the Kochi Tuskers management has threatened legal action. As far as the BCCI is concerned, Kochi is out of IPL. The case needs to be resolved. I know what you will ask next. There’s no personal agenda here. We had issues with Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab but those were sorted out.Q. What are your thoughts on icc’s recent efforts to revisit the governance of the game? There are demands that associate members be given a larger say.A. I am not in favour of regulations which give only a few the upper hand. They need to be changed. After all, members own the ICC and have to play an integral part in running the game.advertisementQ. Do you think the ICC’s rotation system of appointing a president should be done away with?A. It’s my view that the best person should run ICC. We can work out a system where professionals take charge.Q. Does this mean the president has to be from India?A. No, I didn’t say that. He can be from any member country.Q. Is the BCCI behind the ICC’s call for depoliticisation of cricket because of the mooted National Sports Development Bill that seeks to rein in sports bodies in India?A. There should be depoliticisation of cricket. But I was not on the executive board when this decision was taken. I think it would be grossly unfair to lay the blame at BCCIs doorstep.Q. Politicians like Rajiv Shukla, Vilasrao Deshmukh and Anurag Thakur are holding crucial posts in the BCCI. It appears as if you are seeking a political solution to what has become a political problem (the sports ministry’s demand to bring BCCI under its control) in sports?A. Scan the list of BCCI’s state bodies and you will see loads of politicians, except in the south where people associated with cricket run the show. So, appointing politicians is not a recent phenomenon and I am certainly not doing it to fortify my defence.Q. The parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance in 2010 asked the Government to investigate FEMA and FIPB violations by IPL franchisees. Will the BCCI cooperate?A. Aren’t we cooperating? All papers pertaining to IPL during Modi’s tenure were handed over to the investigating agencies in 2010.Q. The Indian team is riddled with injury-related problems. You lost as many as eight players on the England tour. Already short of pacers, the batting mainstay of Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and V.V.S. Laxman is unlikely to last your three-year term. How do you propose to reinforce the side?A. We have a strong bench. That’s why we could send a team to the West Indies and survive the England tour. This is cricket, not child’s play. It’s an ordeal by fire. Those in it will have to perform if they wish to replace legends like Sachin and Rahul.Q. Do you think the huge sums of money involved in cricket distract attention from other sports?A. That is an unfair charge. Corporations in India put in money because they find the game of cricket an attractive investment. You cannot blame BCCI for the decline of other sports. On the contrary, the BCCI continues to help games like football in India.Q. Finally, when will you play a series against Pakistan?A. This needs a political answer. Please get it from Delhi.last_img read more

first_imgIn the backdrop of growing outrage over Dow Chemicals’ sponsorship of the London Games, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has decided to convey the concerns of the 1984 Bhopal Gas disaster victims to the world body.In a letter to acting IOA president Vijay Kumar Malhotra, the sports ministry has asked him to take up the matter with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) which has entered into a 10-year agreement with Dow Chemicals.Dow has bought Union Carbide, considered to be responsible for the loss of thousands of lives due to the leakage of toxic gas in their Bhopal plant.While Malhotra said they will convey the concerns to the IOC, he admitted that the IOA is still undecided about its stand if the world body refuses to heed their requests.”On December 15 we have a meeting with all the IOA officials and we will decide what exactly has to be asked for,” Malhotra told Mail Today.”As of now what has been decided is that IOA will make IOC aware of the feelings of the people in India with regard to Dow Chemicals’ involvement. In the IOA meeting, we”ll decide on the other options as well.”In its letter, the ministry also states that Dow’s agreement is not only with the IOC but also with other National Olympic Committees (NOC), including the IOA.”Under the agreement between Dow and IOC, Dow will partner IOC and National Olympic Committees around the world, including India. We would advice the Indian Olympic Association to raise this matter immediately with the IOC, while keeping the government informed,” read the letter from joint secretary (sports) Rahul Bhatnagar.advertisement”You are also aware that the matter of Dow’s liability, in respect of the Bhopal Gas tragedy victims, is sub judice and that the government of India has itself filed a suit against the company. Strong public sentiment exists in this matter and a number of eminent Olympians have also raised concerns.”Many Olympians have come out in protest of Dow’s agreement with the IOC. Malhotra, however, stuck to his stand and reiterated that India will not boycott the Games.He admitted that the deal signed by the IOC with the sponsors automatically brings into it the National Olympic Committees although he claimed that the agreement was till the 2016 Olympics.”The National Olympic Committees automatically fall under the agreement because they are also involved in profit sharing with the IOC for the event.” Organisers of the London Olympics have entered into a sponsorship deal with Dow Chemicals for an $ 11million artistic wrap around the Olympic Stadium.last_img read more

first_imgIs the big city life getting to you? Can’t wait to get away from it all? Simply Bangalore has caught the travel bug too this month so give in to temptation before the good weather runs out and take the first road out. Get set and read on as we,Is the big city life getting to you? Can’t wait to get away from it all? Simply Bangalore has caught the travel bug too this month so give in to temptation before the good weather runs out and take the first road out.Get set and read on as we scrounge through popular travel hubs and adventure hotspots as well as carefully hidden secrets to bring you the best weekend getaway options.Nature’s lapChikmagalur: This coffee town is no longer just a far-flung quaint hamlet, but has become a popular weekend spot for Bangaloreans. Located in the foothills of the Mulayanagiri range of hills, Chikmagalur is a nature lover’s paradise and there’s not much to do here except appreciate nature. A visit to this town will help get rid of your worldly worries and rejuvenate you with its natural beauty and fresh air. One can drive further down to Ayyanakere, barely 18 kms away from Chikmangalur, from where the view is breathtaking. Sit by the fresh water lake which is surrounded by seven hills. Another 56 km away is the picturesque hill station of Kemmanagundi-head there if you’re interested in trekking. Of late, Chikmagalur has seen considerable development in star hotel groups setting up properties here. One such notable project is The Serai, sprawling luxury resort nestled among verdant coffee estates. After a long day of sightseeing or trekking along one of the hills, this is an ideal place to unwind at. One can also opt for budget accommodations or homestays.Chikmagalur is about 3,400 ft. above sea level, making it relatively cooler than other parts of the state even in the summer. The town is about 220 km from Bangalore, where regular buses ply from.advertisement Fact fileGetting there: Take the NH 206.Distance: 250 km.Stay: The Serai.Call: 40012200; theserai.inCost: Rs 15,000 onward per nighSoul colourShravanabelagola: Between the Vindyagiri and Chadragiri hills is a snapshot of history. The largest monolithic statue in the world-58 feet tall and weighing about 80 tons stands here at Shravanabelagola. The sacred site for Jains, it’s close to Hassan and approximately 150 km from Bangalore. This peaceful place is mostly meant for prayer. There’s a Sanskrit Pathshala where one can study the language and shastras. There are some temples and other monuments close by that you can visit on foot but the statue of Bahubali is the most noteworthy. It really depends on whether you want to learn about history, take in nature or immerse yourself in the Jain culture. This is a great place for photography, so don’t forget to carry your camera. When here, indulge in the variety of south Indian and traditional Jain cuisine. Shravanabelagola is best accessed by road although there are no direct buses from Bangalore. Accomodation is plenty, there are many places to stay at. Fact fileGetting there: Take the NH 48.Distance: 150 km.Stay: Hotel Raghu.Call: 08176-25723.Cost: Rs 300 onward per nightSomething fishyCauvery Fishing Camp: No longer is fishing considered an American family bonding activity. More and more Bangaloreans are taking time out over the weekend to head out for fishing trips at one of the three locations along the banks of the Cauvery River at the Cauvery Fishing Camp. One can fish for Mahseer, but to support conservation of fish, you will have to return it to the river right after you catch it. Then you can also visit the Bheemeshwari Fishing and Nature Camp just 100 km from Bangalore, off the Kanakpura-Kollegal highway. Another 6 km further is The Doddamakali Nature Camp and just a short distance from there is the Galibore Nature and Fishing Camp. All these fishing camps are close to the city, making the trip stress-free and tireless. Keep your eyes peeled for animals like sambar, spotted deer, jackals, elephants and even leopards-apart from the 200 species of birds that flock to this region.The best season to visit is during the monsoons from June to August, when the river is swollen, teeming with fish, and the forest is lush.Accommodation is available at each of the camps. Options include log huts, tented cottages, and bamboo huts. In addition to fishing, one can take a guided trek through the surrounding dense forest area and even warm their toes at the evening campfire. Fact fileGetting there: Take the Kanakpura-Kollegal Highway.Distance: 100 km.Stay: At the Fishing Camps. Call: 40554055.Cost: Rs 4,000 to Rs 6,000 per night.Spice it upCoorg: The monsoons around August bring the place to life but also make it quite messy with slushy mud, making it difficult to walk and drive. Leeches also pose a bit of a problem. So a good time to visit is in spring when the worst of winter has passed but summer hasn’t yet set in. Getting there by road is the best option.There are several ways to experience Coorg ranging from homestays to hotels and the higher end luxury resorts. And you can decide whether you want this to be an escape from crazy city life, an educational trip for the kids or an adventure-packed holiday.Tours of plantations are available if you just want to walk around extensive green grounds. Although the most common crop is coffee, spices like pepper, cardamom and vanilla are also grown and paddy fields cultivated. The Valanoor Fishing Camp is great during October through May where you can try hooking a mahseer, catfish or eel in the teeming backwaters of the Cauvery near Kushalnagar. Maybe even a crab or two. For the young at heart, there is river rafting, trekking and quad biking.If you’re lucky, you might be able to go home with some Civet Coffee. Not for the faint hearted, this delicacy is prepared from coffee beans that have passed through the Civet cat’s digestive tract. Infused with enzymes and amino acids, the beans sell at Rs 5,000 per kg.advertisementFact fileGetting there: Take the NH 17.Distance: 250 km.Stay: Orange County Resort.Call: 41911170; orangecounty.inCost: Rs 15,000 onward per night.On a heritage trailHampi: Once the seat of power of the Vijaynagar Empire, Hampi has since been christened a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its temple ruins. Pay a visit to the Vittala Temple, the jewel in Hampi’s extravagant architectural landscape and spend a few moments by the iconic stone chariot. Eating in Hampi can be enjoyable because of the sheer number of options available. For local fare, head to the area around Virupaksha Temple. Hampi Bazar is dotted with kiosks and restaurants serving idly, dosa and thali meals. But the most famous of all is Mango Tree restaurant, ironically nestled in a banana plantation. Once there, order their Nutella pancakes and banana dosas. Travel to Hampi between November and March, when you can avoid soaring temperatures, but don’t forget to carry sunscreen. Do watch out for stray monkeys that are known to grab purses or food. Fact fileGetting there: Take the train to Hospet or drive on NH 7.Distance: 350 km.Stay: Not many hotels in Hampi. Stay in Hospet, 13 km away.Cost: Rs 400 onward per night.Divine blissTirupati: A religious centre for many devout from across the world, Tirupati might be religious tourism at its best or worst, depending on how you look at it. Regardless, it is a must visit destination at least once, just to see the scale of it, if nothing else. The hill town of Tirumala near Tirupati is known globally for the Lord Venkateshwara Temple which is also the most visited place of worship in the world. A common practice here is to take a dip in the tank adjacent to the temple before the darshan as the waters are considered sacred. After your visit to the temple, check out the Chandragiri Fort, the last capital of the Vijaynagar Empire situated on the banks of the Swarnamukhi River, atop a huge rock. The sound and light show organised in the evenings here narrates the history of the fort and the glory of the Vijaynagar Empire with special attention to interesting details.-Mona Ramawatadvertisement Fact fileGetting there: Drive down NH 7 and turn at NH 18 to reach Tirupati.Distance: 525 km.Stay: Hotel Bliss.Call: 0877 2237773.Cost: Rs 3,000 onward per night.Down memory laneMysore: The city of Mysore, which is about 150 km away from Bangalore has many wonderful things to offer. Steeped in history dating back to the 16th century, it has played a pivotal role in the reigns of rulers like the Wodeyars and Tipu Sultan.Home to the glorious Mysore Palace of the Wodeyars, it is one of the most popular tourist attractions after the Taj Mahal. The building looks resplendent when illuminated with its 97,000 bulbs against an inky night sky. The galleries sporting life-size regal portraits, and other magnificent rooms like the Diwan e Khas and Public Darbar Hall are open to public on all days of the week at a nominal fee. Make time for a visit to the nearby Brindavan Gardens, where colourful fountains against the landscaped backdrop make for a lovely sight, particularly in the evening when the place is lit up. Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, located close by is worth the effort for a leisurely boat ride where you can spot some of the varied species of migratory birds that make their home here for some part of the year. Mysore offers the conveniences of a city while retaining the charm of a smaller town. So, the roads are smaller, traffic is less and prices are lower than the booming metropolises! Don’t forget to buy exquisite silk sarees and sample some mouthwatering Mysore Pak that Mysore is known for. The weather is pleasant throughout the year and is easily accessible by rail or road-the new Bangalore-Mysore highway is a pleasure to drive on. Fact fileGetting there: Take the Bangalore-Mysore Highway.Distance: 150 km.Stay: Hotel Viceroy.Call: 0821 2424001.Cost: Rs 2,000 per night.Healthy holidays! Soukya: A little more than 20 kms from the city, close to Whitefield, is a holistic healing centre that allows you to relax and rejuvenate. An Ashoka tree lined driveway leads you to Soukya International Holistic Health Centre.Spread across 30 acres, this healing centre provides treatment to those suffering from various illnesses- from serious ailments like cancer and multiple sclerosis to those with conditions like arthritis and diabetes. The Center is also open to guests who may be fit but just want to improve the quality of their life. Depending on an individual’s diet, sleep patterns, personal history and emotional wellness, special health programmes are designed to suit each guest.It might sound a little like a hospital, but it’s actually a resort that is a holistic retreat. There are three categories of rooms to choose from but none have a television. Cable television is accessible only in the common room at specified hours. Yoga sessions are held throughout the day at the yoga centre. The food served here is only vegetarian and specially designed according to the guest’s diet plan. Although the lush green property looks beautiful during the rains, it is best to visit Soukya during drier months so that you can make the most of the beautiful landscaped outdoors with swimming and long walks. Indoor treatments include the luxurious Turkish bath and hydrotherapy. So, discover the joys of Soukya amid the sound of wind chimes and chirping birds. Fact fileGetting there: Drive down to Whitefield. Distance: 25 km.Stay: Soukya International Holistic Health Centre.Call: 28017000; soukya.comCost: Rs 10,000 onward per night.Coastal retreatPondicherry: Home to popular meditation centre and township, Auroville, this former French colony in Tamil Nadu is unlike any place around for miles. Located on the languorous Coramandel coast about 300 km from Bangalore, it is best reached by road. It is hot through most of the year although temperatures dip slightly in December, making that the most pleasant time to visit. Hotels for varying budgets as well as upmarket beach resorts are plenty, but rooms are limited so it is best to make reservations. Children below three years are not allowed in the ashram and photography as well as access to certain parts of the settlement is only allowed with prior permission from authorities.The 1.5 km stretch of lazy beach is the pride of the place. It is dotted with sights like the heritage town hall, a statue of Mahatma Gandhi and an old light house. There are five major shopping districts where most common purchases include cloth, pottery and aromatic non-toxic incense sticks. The hot sellers here are jams, jellies and preserves. While Indian food is available, we recommend you sample some of the European food that the region is known for. Treat yourself to some sweet and milky South Indian filter coffee after your meal.Fact fileGetting there: Take the NH 7.Distance: 300 km.Stay: Ginger Hotel.Call: 020 66292929; gingerhotels.comCost: Rs 1,000 onward per night.Valley of flowers Kodaikanal: One of the most popular holiday spots, Kodiakanal which is 450 km from Bangalore, witnesses a number of Bangalore and Chennai natives as well as tourists from other parts of the country. Given its elevation, it is much cooler than its neighboring cities. In fact, it was set up in 1845 as a place to recover from the tropical diseases that were rampant on the plains. The rolling hills are covered with blooming flowers, meadows and grasslands. Fruit trees share space with rhodendrons, magnolias and dahlias and the valleys are dotted with towering eucalyptus trees. Cyprus and acacia are also in plenty. Cascading streams make their way past enormous rocks and waterfalls gush forth. The Kodaikanal Lake is a popular attraction for all age groups and one can hire boats and bicycles here. At the local bazaar, woollen clothes are sold at affordable prices. Also on sale are flowers, fresh groceries, meat, snacks, handicrafts and medicinal herbs and oils.There are several hotels and restaurants here spanning a range of budgets. If you’re planning to travel during peak season between April and June, make hotel reservations well in advance and prepare for crowds because the place gets quite packed. Fact fileGetting there: Take the NH 7.Distance: 450 km.Stay: Carlton Hotel.Call: 022 26051821; krahejahospitality.comCost: Rs 8,000 onward per person.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisementThe Mumbai Indians defeated the Chennai Super Kings in the final of Indian Premier League to win the title for the fourth time, which is the highest won by any other team.Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings by 1-run to win the final in a nail-biting and tremendously entertaining match.As MI clinched their fourth IPL title, Coach Mahela Jayawardene delivered an extremely rousing and inspirational speech in the dressing room.🗣| “No purple caps, no orange caps but who cares? We’ve got this 🏆” – @MahelaJay #OneFamily #Believe #CricketMeriJaan #MumbaiIndians pic.twitter.com/k4Vf1p7gfq— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 13, 2019“Today, we never gave up. Yes, we made mistakes but we just keep coming back, that’s important. That is the culture you need to create and throughout the season everyone has put their hand up,” Jayawardene said.“Yes, we don’t have a purple cap, we don’t have an orange cap but who cares, we got this,” the former Sri Lanka captain said as cheers erupted inside the dressing room.Rohit Sharma later talked about the final over and how the team depended on team performance rather than individual performance.“The moment umpire raised his hand, I just ran. It was just a great moment. In the last few overs, we gather and decide collectively as to what we need to do as a team at that particular time. Few of the senior guys in the squad, we always get together between the overs and talk about what we should be doing in the next few overs.“That’s always been the trend at MI. I’ve been talking through the tournament, we don’t rely on one individual, it’s a collective effort through the tournament that we’ve had and even the decision making, it’s all collective,” he added.ALSO READ:MS Dhoni fined 50% of match fee after angry reaction to umpire’s decision Advertisementlast_img read more