Punjab Congress chief and Lok Sabha MP from Gurdaspur Sunil Jakhar on Sunday said that the party will expose the misdeeds and failures of the BJP-led Central government in the monsoon session of Parliament, slated to start from July 18. “The BJP government has completely failed to achieve the goals, in the shape of promises in its election manifesto of 2014. The government has virtually run away from the promises made to the farmers. Nothing has been done on issues like area-specific crops, vegetable farming scheme, agricultural rail link and price stability fund,” alleged Mr. Jakhar. ‘Lot of noise’ He added that on the issue of black money, the BJP had made a lot of noise before the elections. “The government has failed to bring back black money to the country,” he said. Mr. Jakhar said on the job front as well, the NDA government has failed to deliver. “Unemployment across the country has increased manyfold in the last four years. Similarly, the condition of the weaker sections and minorities has worsened,” he alleged. ‘Religious issues’ He added that the party had come to power by raising religious and emotional issues like ‘Ram Temple’ and ‘Article 370’, but after assuming power, ‘the government threw its own manifesto in trash’. “We will raise all these issues in upcoming session of Parliament to expose the NDA government’s failures and misdeeds,” said Mr. Jakhar.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Tuesday criticised the custom of ‘ghoonghat’’ (veil) practised in the rural areas and called for its eradication for ensuring women’s empowerment. Mr. Gehlot affirmed that the custom of covering women’s faces with veil, which had its origin in a “bygone era”, was a deterrent to women’s progress.“Time has changed, but we still see women covering themselves with ghoonghat… what is the justification for continuing with this practice? Women cannot progress till their veil exists,” Mr. Gehlot said while addressing a programme marking the completion of 20 years of a women’s group, Ekal Nari Shakti Sangathan.Mr. Gehlot said women could play a meaningful role in nation building if they were not confined to homes and forced to cover their faces. He asked the women to move forward with strength and assured the State government’s support to them.Child marriage concern Ekal Nari Shakti Sangathan works for the welfare and empowerment of widows and single and deserted women. Mr. Gehlot also laid emphasis on eradicating the practice of child marriage.Among others, Minister of State for Women and Child Development Mamta Bhupesh attended the programme.
Indian athletes on Friday won the 4×400 metres women’s relay at the Asian Games in Guangzhou, bagging the fifth gold medal for the country in the track and field events. The team of Manjit Kaur, Shiney Jose, Akkunji Ashwini and Mandeep Kaur clocked 3.29.02 seconds. In the process, the athletes defended their title won at the Doha Asian Games in 2006. The Indian quartet has been in great form, having won the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in October. Considered the favourites at Guangzhou, the team trailed for the first 800 metres but did not disappoint in the end. A spirited run from Akkunji and Mandeep in the last 800 metres put the rest of the competition behind.
Kumara Sangakkara.Just days after Sri Lanka lost in the final of the 2011 World Cup, skipper Kumar Sangakkara announced on Tuesday that he was stepping down from the helm in the shorter formats, but would continue to play international cricket.Speaking to Headlines Today, Sangakkara said that it was time to build a new team keeping in mind the 2015 edition of the showpiece event.”It is time for someone else to come forward and build the team.With the World Cup getting over, my job is finished. It is time for a change and it is apt for new players to come in,” he said.But Sangakkara made it clear that he would continue representing Sri Lanka in the international arena.”I will play. I am not retiring. I feel I still have some good three to four years of international cricket left in me. So I want to enjoy my role in the team in all three formats,” he said.The left-hander is yet to make up his mind on whether he wants to continue leading his country in Test cricket.”The decision whether I will remain the captain in Test cricket or not will have to be taken only after discussing with the selectors.So I have to see what they feel before I take a call.” In a letter to Sri Lanka Cricket, Sangakkara said he had made up his mind some time back.”This was a decision I made prior to the World Cup. I will be 37 by the next World Cup and I cannot therefore be sure of my place in the team. It is better that Sri Lanka is led now by a player who will be at the peak of their career during that tournament,” he wrote.advertisement”I met with the selectors on Monday and I explained my reasons for my decision and I assured them of my fullest support in helping our new captain settle into the leadership. In this regard, I have offered to continue as the Test captain for the forthcoming series with England, and possibly Australia, if the selectors believe this would help the new captain and aid the transition.” Sangakkara has scored 8,244 runs in 94 Tests at an average of 57.25 with 24 centuries. He also has 9,164 runs in 291 one- dayers with 11 hundreds.Sangakkara said he had enjoyed his two- year stint as captain since taking over from Mahela Jayawardene in March, 2009.Under him, Sri Lanka won five of their 14 Tests and 27 out of 45 One- Day Internationals.In Twenty20 Internationals, he led his country to 12 wins and nine defeats. He took the team to the 2009 World T20 Championships.”It has been a true honour and a great privilege to serve my country as captain during the past two years,” he said.”Although bitterly disappointed that we could not win the final, I am very proud of the performances of the team.”I would like to take this opportunity to thank my teammates and the coaching staff for their hard work and support.The 33-year-old led by example at the World Cup, finishing as the third highest scorer with 465 runs behind Tillakaratne Dilshan (500) and Sachin Tendulkar (482).Asked about the highlight of his tenure, Sangakkara said: ” Nothing to match reaching the finals of the World Cup. I have been there before as a vice-captain. Getting there as a captain was great. Beating Australia in Australia last year (2-1 in a one-day series) was sensational.The greatest satisfaction I had in leading the side is getting so many young players in and getting them to perform.” Of the modern captains, Sangakkara said he looked up to Mahendra Singh Dhoni.” I have a lot of respect for Arjuna (Ranatunga). He has always been on the top. I have learned a lot from Dhoni also. He has been a great inspiration for me. He’s been actually a revelation for lot of people in the world.”- With inputs from agencies
TweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — Quickly trailing by 10 against a tired team, coach Derek Fisher had a simple message for his New York Knicks.“Wake up, basically,” he said.The Chicago Bulls, coming off a four-overtime marathon, never quite could.Carmelo Anthony scored 27 points and the Knicks beat the weary Bulls 107-91 on Dec. 19 for their fourth straight victory.A night after a lengthy loss in Chicago, the Bulls started well and had a strong third quarter, but the rest of the game mostly belonged to the Knicks.“You’re a little fatigued but I feel everybody felt it tonight. I think everybody gave it their all, at least what they had, and just didn’t have it tonight,” Bulls star Derrick Rose said.Arron Afflalo added 18 points for New York, which got back to .500 at 14-14 after winning only 17 games last season. Lance Thomas scored 13 off the bench.Anthony said the Knicks, who also played Dec. 18, knew not to take the Bulls lightly.“They’re a very experienced group, so we couldn’t take no chances with that,” Anthony said. “I thought after those first couple minutes we played great basketball.”Joakim Noah had a season-high 21 points for the Bulls in his first start of the season. Rookie forward Bobby Portis had the best night of his brief career with 20 points and 11 rebounds.The Bulls’ 147-144 home loss to Detroit finished about 20 hours before the tip-off at Madison Square Garden, and they didn’t get to their New York hotel until after 4 a.m. Pau Gasol didn’t even make the trip after playing 48 minutes Dec. 18, remaining behind in Chicago for rest and treatment for some recent soreness.Jimmy Butler and Rose both started after playing 56 and 54 minutes, respectively, but were without their usual sharpness. Butler was 4-of-11 for 12 points a night after scoring 43, while Rose played 20 minutes and had six points on 3-of-10 shooting.Coach Fred Hoiberg said the Bulls didn’t move the ball well, but part of that might have been because their legs weren’t moving well, either.“There’s no doubt about that, but you’ve got to find a way to muster up energy and fight through the tough times,” Hoiberg said. “I didn’t feel we did a very good job of that tonight.”Still, the Bulls looked fine early in racing to a 12-2 lead. But the Knicks dominated the remainder of the first quarter, particularly when the teams went to their reserves, and led 25-18 entering the second.Anthony scored 19 in the first half, but Chicago was down only nine after three. The Knicks’ reserves then opened the fourth with eight quick points to extend it to 85-68 and they remained comfortably ahead from there.New York shot 50 percent against a Chicago team that came in limiting teams to an NBA-low 41.3 percent but was understandably a step slow in this one.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)
Back in July, Motorola confirmed that the Moto G6 Plus would come to India soon, but there was a brief silence in August where we did not hear anything about the launch date, perhaps seeing how the month was busy with new phones from Nokia, Samsung and Xiaomi, among others. Now, Motorola has finally set September 10 as the date for the launch of the Moto G6 Plus in the country. The company announced the date through its social media account with a short clip that gives a quick glimpse of some of the best features about the Moto G6 Plus.The Moto G6 Plus comes a few months after the Moto G6 and G6 Play were brought to India. The Plus model slots above the Moto G6 in the trio as it brings a bigger display, more RAM and a faster processor, among other things. Much of the outer design will look similar to the G6 including a glass rear panel and circular camera setup. The G6 Plus also sports a tall 18:9 Max Vision display with narrow bezels. Notably, the Plus model gets a 5.9-inch FHD+ display which is slightly bigger than the 5.7-inch display on the Moto G6.The Moto G6 Plus is powered by a Snapdragon 630 chipset and this will be coupled with 6GB of RAM as per the video teaser. This variant could be offered with 64GB of internal storage with support for storage expandability. The G6 Plus also sports a dual rear camera setup that includes a 12-megapixel primary sensor, while the secondary camera comes with a 5-megapixel image sensor. Motorola teases good low-light performance and features like selective black and white, spot colour and portrait mode. The phone will also get native Google Lens support.advertisementUp front, the Moto G6 Plus brings an 8-megapixel selfie camera with support for face unlock. The phone houses a 3,200mAh battery with turbopower charging support. The fingerprint sensor will be embedded in the home button on the front and the device is expected to ship with Android Oreo out-of-the-box. Considering the competition in the market right now, we expect the G6 Plus to be priced well below Rs 20,000.
EDMONTON – Alberta Health Services says one patient contracted a bacterial infection associated with a machine that is used during open-heart surgery.Last December, the health agency notified about 11,500 former open-heart surgery patients of a risk of infection related to potential exposure to bacteria.The Federal Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control in the U.S., as well as Health Canada, has reported a potential risk for Mycobacterium chimaera infection associated with equipment needed to keep blood and organs at a certain temperature during adult and pediatric open-heart surgery.Dr. Mark Joffe, a senior medical director with Alberta Health Services, said open-heart surgery is done at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary and at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute and the Stollery Children’s Hospital, both in Edmonton.He wouldn’t disclose where the infected patient received the surgery, but said all three sites are well aware of the problem with the machine and have taken steps to try to prevent patients from getting the infection.The patient had surgery one year to 18 months before symptoms showed up. It took another several months before the patient was diagnosed.Symptoms generally progress over several weeks and may include fever, unexplained, persistent and profuse night sweats, unintentional weight loss, muscle aches, fatigue, and redness, heat or pus at the surgical incision site.The patient is being given several drugs to treat the infection. The chances of getting the infection are between one in a 100 and one in a 1,000. But the benefits of surgery outweigh the risk of getting the infection, which can lead to death and is a very serious illness, Joffe said.“Heart surgery is never zero risk. There have always been risks of infection following surgery … This is a small additional risk added on to the other risks that have already been recognized.“Individuals now undergoing surgery are advised they have a very low risk of this infection,” Joffe said.The manufacturer of the heater-cooler units, LivaNova PLC, has developed a fix to prevent the bacteria from entering air from the water reservoirs, but it is waiting to be licensed, Joffe said.Until the machines can be replaced, Alberta Health Services has changed how the machines are cleaned and disinfected.It is are looking at a way to put the machine in a containment device. AHS now puts the machine as far away as possible from the patient, and the unit’s exhaust system vents directly into the operating room’s system, so it doesn’t come back into the room.The bacteria cannot be spread by person-to-person contact and doctors and other health professionals in the operating room are not at risk.Joffe said there have been two or three cases in Quebec, but no others in Canada.
LOS ANGELES — The nation’s largest legal marijuana market opened for business in January with jubilation and long lines of customers.As the year ends, California’s pot economy remains a work in progress.Consumers can buy legal buds from San Diego to San Francisco, and thousands of growers have state licenses.But the market is dogged by thousands of illegal operators that undercut legal shops.Because of rules that vary from city to city, whether you can buy marijuana products depends on where you are.State regulators get credit for beginning the massive job of transforming the longstanding illegal and medicinal marijuana markets into a unified, multibillion-dollar industry. But the results have been mixed.Some companies are doing well, but many others are not.And some already are casualties.Michael R. Blood, The Associated Press
“The Security Council is fully seized of this matter, and is looking at ways and means of strengthening the peacekeeping operations on the ground,” Mr. Annan told reporters in New York. “For the immediate we will need to ensure that the African Union forces have all the support – financial, logistical and material that they need.“So we need to take immediate measures to strengthen the African Union, give them the support necessary whilst we work on the future plans for the Security Council,” he said.Last week, the Secretary-General noted that the AU mission will run out of resources in March, and said the UN is undertaking contingency planning as the Council weighs future options.In his remarks to the press today, the Secretary-General said talks in Abuja, Nigeria, aimed at resolving the crisis are not going well and he appealed to both sides to negotiate a settlement.“I think the Government and the rebels have to understand that there is a need for urgency, and each day that they delay peace, they are condemning thousands and thousands of their people to misery and impossible conditions,” he said. “So I appeal to the Government and all the rebels to really negotiate in earnest for the sake of their country and their people.”Mr. Annan was accompanied by President Janez Drnovšek of Slovenia, who voiced appreciation for the work of the AU force, but said it was not sufficient to address the problem. “They cannot insure the safety of the refugees, of the civilian population, and unfortunately, these paramilitary troops have not been stopped,” he observed. “They are still attacking the civilian population, killing them, raping, all kinds of atrocities going on.”President Drnovšek voiced support for the creation of a UN force for Darfur. “A UN mission I think is needed there and I hope that the Security Council will once again discuss the situation and adopt more decisive measures,” he said.The UN currently has a peacekeeping mission in Sudan (UNMIS) tasked with supporting the Comprehensive Peace Agreement signed between the Government of Sudan and the southern Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A). It also has a mandate from the Security Council to provide some support to AMIS in Darfur.Today, UNMIS reported that in South Darfur banditry has continued and buses and commercial vehicles contracted to international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and humanitarian agencies have been attacked.In Southern Sudan, two anti-tank mines were discovered, one on the Juba-Yei road and one on the Gogrial-Wau road. The UN Mine Action Office declared the usually heavily-travelled Juba-Yei road a no-go area for the UN, limiting the delivery of humanitarian assistance.Over last weekend and on Monday, UNMIS chief Jan Pronk visited Washington, DC, where he met with officials of the World Bank and the United States Administration for discussions on Sudan, including Darfur, and on relations between Sudan and Chad.He also briefed NATO officials in Brussels today on the same issues.
Shopify says it will spend more to grow ahead of holiday season, posts Q2 loss by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 30, 2015 7:41 am MDT Last Updated Jul 30, 2015 at 4:48 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Shopify Inc. expects to increase spending in the final half of the year as the e-commerce software maker prepares for a surge of business leading up to Christmas shopping season.The Ottawa-based technology company, which made its debut as a publicly traded company in May, delivered its second quarter results on Thursday which showed a loss of US$3.3 million on higher costs as revenue nearly doubled.The company, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, said the loss amounted to six cents per share for the quarter ended June 30 compared with a loss of $6.9 million or 18 cents per share a year ago.Revenue improved to $44.9 million from $23.7 million.Shares of the company jumped 11 per cent to close at $49.50 on the Toronto Stock Exchange as investors responded positively to the results.Shopify (TSX:SH), which helps connect businesses to the online shopping world with its software platforms, said its customer base has grown by 13,000 members since it went public two months ago. Overall, it had about 175,000 businesses using its service at the end of the quarter.Total operating expenses jumped 34 per cent to $28.7 million, as the company spent about $3.5 million more on sales and marketing over the same time last year, while general and administrative expenses grew by $1.7 million.Chief financial officer Russ Jones told analysts on the company’s financial results conference call that more investments would be made during the third quarter as it builds sales and support resources.“As growth accelerates our plan is to keep reinvesting,” he said. “The opportunity in front of us is so large that it clearly makes sense.”Shopify expects the cost of its larger workforce will be seen in the third-quarter results, while it projects revenue to come in between $47 million to $48 million. It projects operating losses for that period in the range of $6.5 million to $7.5 million.For the year, revenues are anticipated in the range of $181 million to $183 million with an operating loss in the range of $21 million to $23 million.Shopify is launching a variety of new features which help customers link their e-commerce stores to blogs and websites.It is also rolling out ShopifyPlus, a premium service for high volume merchants, as a way to attract larger clients away from competing services.Chief platform officer Harley Finkelstein said ShopifyPlus is not yet a material portion of the company’s revenue, but that it offers plenty of potential.“We hope to make shopping a Shopify store as fun as watching HBO,” he said.— Follow @dj_friend on Twitter. Shopify CEO Tobias Lutke, center wearing hat, is celebrated as he rings the New York Stock Exchange opening bell, marking the Canadian company’s IPO, Thursday, May 21, 2015. Shopify Inc. expects to increase spending in the final half of the year as the e-commerce software maker prepares for a surge of business leading up to Christmas shopping season. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Richard Drew
WASHINGTON – The U.S. trade deficit narrowed in May, and the politically sensitive trade gap with China also slid.The Commerce Department said Thursday that the U.S. deficit in the trade of goods and services fell 2.2 per cent in May to a seasonally adjusted $46.5 billion. U.S. exports rose modestly to $192 billion — the highest level since April 2015 — on rising shipments of cars and consumer goods, including cellphones. Imports fell slightly.The trade gap shows the difference between what the United States exports to other countries and what it imports from them.A growing trade gap is a drag on economic growth. A narrowing gap lifts growth. Critics of unfettered trade say persistent trade deficits are a sign that the United States is losing out to global rivals and that U.S. trade policy is failing American companies and workers. Conventional economists argue that trade deficits reflect broader economic forces — such as Americans’ propensity to spend more than they save — and not necessarily bad policies; they note that buying lots of imports can be a sign of economic strength.President Donald Trump has vowed to reduce America’s trade deficits blaming them on bad trade deals and abusive practices by U.S. trading partners, particularly China. His administration also is preparing to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico to overhaul a trade pact he’s called a “disaster” for American workers.The deficit in goods with China fell by 6.2 per cent to a seasonally adjusted $30.1 billion. The gap with Mexico rose by 5.6 per cent to $6.8 billion.Despite the dip in May, the overall U.S. trade deficit is up 13.1 per cent so far this year to $233.1 billion. Exports are up 6 per cent to $957.8 billion. But imports are up more — 7.3 per cent to $1.19 trillion.So far in 2017, the U.S. is running a $336.2 billion deficit in the trade of goods and a $103.1 billion surplus in the trade of services such as banking and tourism. by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press Posted Jul 6, 2017 6:34 am MDT Last Updated Jul 6, 2017 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US trade deficit fell in May as exports hit 2-year high In this Oct. 24, 2016, photo, a container is unloaded from a ship at the Port of Baltimore, in Baltimore. On Thursday, July 6, 2017, the Commerce Department reports on the U.S. trade gap for May. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
A 74-YEAR-OLD woman was killed on a Longford road last night.She was fatally injured when a vehicle hit her has she crossed the road at Lisnagrish in Edgeworthstown.The incident occurred at about 7.45pm. Her body was removed to Longford/Westmeath General Hospital and post mortem is due thi morning.The road has been reopened following forensic examinations.Gardaí investigating would like to make an appeal for information and ask anyone who may know something, to call on 1800 666 111.Read: Slavery suspects linked to 13 properties across LondonMore: Gardaí seized alcohol in public places 354 times last year
OLYMPIA — Day visits to Washington state parks will be free on March 19, with visitors not required to display a Discover Pass.March 19 is the third of 12 “free’’ days in 2017.Discover Passes cost $30 annually or $10 for a single day. They are required for vehicle access to state recreation lands managed by state parks along with the departments of Fish and Wildlife and Natural Resources.The state parks agency is allowed to designate a dozen free days a year. Free days apply only at state parks, not WDFW or WDNR lands.The remaining free days are April 15, April 22, June 3, June 10, Aug. 25, Sept. 30, Nov. 11 and Nov. 24.March 19 is the 104th birthday of Washington’s state parks agency.The free days do not apply to sno-parks, which are winter recreation parking lots cleared of snow with funding from the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.
The advisory also includes; Whittier, Seward, Girdwood, and Moose Pass. According to the National Weather Service, this will lead to bankfull conditions and possible flooding along the Resurrection River near Exit Glacier and local area streams in the Seward area. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Moderate to locally heavy rainfall is expected to redevelop across the Seward area again Saturday evening and continue through Sunday afternoon. The Seward City Council will be meeting this afternoon, at 1pm, to formally sign a disaster declaration following several days of heavy rainfall and flooding. KSRM News will be live at the signing at Seward City Hall. Michael Kuntz with the NWS in Anchorage: “Most of the heavy-duty weather rainwise will be affecting the Seward area and the Eastern Kenai Peninsula.” This will exacerbate already swollen streams and rivers from the previous heavy rain events. Additionally, low lying areas in the Seward area, including the Seward airport runway, may see some minor flooding. Doug Schoessler, Seward’s public works director: “I think we’ve gotten about 4 inches of rain in the last 24 hours. When it comes down that hard in the mountains rocks are loose and the falls just start turning gray-black and just start shooting loose gravel everywhere.”
No related posts. Costa Rica’s new liquor law implements an open container ban putting an end to drinking in the streets. The law, which went into affect last Wednesday, calls for a ₡180,000 fine ($360) for drinking alcohol in public.The Regulation and Marketing of Alcoholic Beverages Law does allow public drinking at sanctioned activities such as civic festivals, fairs and other public events.The legislation also affects the way alcohol is licensed and sold in the country, according to the daily La Nación.President Laura Chinchilla signed the bill into law on June 25, and it became official after it was published on Aug. 8 in the government newspaper La Gaceta.Sanctions also include a ₡5.4 million ($10,800) fine for businesses caught selling liquor to minors.Another major change in the law gives more power to municipalities to issue and benefit from liquor licenses. Before the law, a limited number of liquor licenses could be sold from one entity to another. The government believed this system led to a type of black market for liquor licenses, and the new law prohibits transferring licenses.Instead, municipalities will decide who is awarded a permit to sell liquor.San José Mayor Johnny Araya told La Nación that, “The rule allows for more flexibility with the municipalities. They will be able to regulate revenue and control liquor licenses. Instructions already have been issued to inspectors and the municipal police so that they can enforce the law.” Facebook Comments
Source = ETB Travel News: Brittney Levinson Echo Entertainment Group Limited has announced, effective today, it has officially changed its name to The Star Entertainment Group Limited (ASX: SGR).The new name was approved by shareholders at the Annual General Meeting held on 4 November 2015.Coinciding with this news, Destination Brisbane Consortium (DBC), a joint venture between The Star Entertainment Group and Hong Kong-based organisations Chow Tai Fook Enterprises Limited and Far East Consortium, has entered into development agreements with the Queensland Government for the delivery of the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane project.In an address made at Queen’s Wharf in Brisbane this morning, The Star Entertainment Group chairman John O’Neill AO said today is a milestone moment for the company.“A lot of work and lengthy, robust negotiation has brought us to this point. While the Government drives a hard bargain, we’re delighted with the outcome,” Mr O’Neill said.“We believe in the project and our vision to give this State a design, a development and a destination that will be quintessentially Brisbane and Queensland and will resonate around the world.”Mr O’Neill said with the company’s rebranding comes a promise of new standards of excellence.“Excellence in the properties we’re developing, or transforming; excellence in guest service; and excellence in how we support and interact with the communities in which we operate,” he said.“We want to be the best integrated resorts operator in Australia. And to achieve that goal this mega-development at Queen’s Wharf will be a major driver – it will be the centrepiece of our business.”While the corporate rebrand has now taken effect, The Star Entertainment Group’s three properties in south-east Queensland and Sydney will transition to their new names next year.More specifically, a rebrand of The Star, Sydney will occur in March 2016; Jupiters Hotel & Casino will rebrand as The Star, Gold Coast during the second half of 2016; and, at the same time, Treasury Casino & Hotel will become Treasury by The Star.When the Queen’s Wharf project is completed in 2022 it will be known as The Star, Brisbane.DBC’s proposal for the Queen’s Wharf development includes an investment of approximately AUD$3.0 billion that covers a range of tourism infrastructure and residential developments including:An iconic world class Integrated Resort and entertainment precinct with over 1,100 premium hotel rooms and feature Sky Deck – approximately $2 billion;A residential precinct of approximately 2,000 apartments – approximately $0.9 billion;Public infrastructure, including a pedestrian bridge, and development of public area spaces largely along Brisbane’s riverfront and repurposed Treasury Casino & Hotel buildings; andInvestments in improved connectivity solutions for the City of Brisbane. The Star Entertainment Group’s new website
Go back to the enewsletterThe Raffles Hotels & Resorts brand, synonymous with luxury and extraordinary adventure, will enter the India market, signalling a new direction for Accor in India, with a stronger focus on luxury and premium brands. Raffles Jaipur and Raffles Udaipur will deliver a palatial experience in an extraordinary setting along with the famously discreet and personalised Raffles service.Raffles is renowned for setting the standard for luxury hospitality for over 130 years. With 13 properties across 11 countries, each Raffles hotel represents a carefully curated experience in the most distinguished addresses in the world. Since joining the Accor network in 2015, the brand has undergone a renaissance, with a strong pipeline that will see the portfolio double in the next few years.India’s state of Rajasthan is unique for its rich heritage and tradition and is famous for its spectacular palaces and forts, which makes it the perfect setting to continue the Raffles legend. Jaipur forms part of the culturally rich tourist circuit known as The Golden Triangle, which comprises New Delhi, Agra and Jaipur; while Udaipur is a natural extension of this given its proximity to Jaipur. Both cities are renowned as epicentres for the highest levels of luxury, so it makes sense that the Raffles brand will make its presence in both. For the well-travelled, both Rajasthan and Raffles represent a perfect confluence of adventure, luxury, gastronomy and discovery.“It is with immense pride that we announce the arrival of the Raffles brand in India, a hallmark of luxury and sublime service in a country that is famous for delivering luxury at the highest level,” said Sébastien Bazin, Chairman and CEO Accor. “With our strategic partners, we look forward to providing an oasis of calm and charm in two of the most incredible destinations in India.”“We thank Mr Ratankant Sharma and our partners for entrusting us with these landmark properties and we look forward to delivering the distinctive Raffles experience to travellers in India. We also thank Mr Sharma for bringing the first Fairmont to India in Jaipur and extending this partnership to the Raffles brand.”Sébastien Bazin, Chairman and CEO Accor with Ratankant Sharma“Today’s signing of the Raffles Jaipur and Raffles Udaipur marks a historic moment for Accor in India and certainly for tourism in India,” said Jean-Michel Cassé, Chief Operating Officer (COO) – India and South Asia, Accor. “We are seeing increasing demand for luxury travel in India and are looking forward to expanding Accor’s globally renowned portfolio of luxury brands in this incredible country. The addition of the iconic Raffles brand signals a new era for our group.”Also commenting on this occasion, Rantankant Sharma, said “Bringing the Raffles brand, which is synonymous with excellence, taste and luxury, to India is a perfect fit for our vision to lead both Udaipur and Jaipur, the historic cities of Rajasthan, into their next chapter whilst keeping their historic values and ties.“The opening of Raffles Udaipur and Raffles Jaipur is a key moment in our strategic growth in India and represents a new era of highly differentiated ultra-luxury experiences for Udaipur’s and Jaipur’s residents and visitors. These two hotels will be the jewel in the crown of our landmark developments and centrepiece in these vibrant, rich and magnificent cities.Raffles UdaipurThe Raffles Udaipur will be located in the historic Udaipur, one of the most romantic cities in India. The hotel is set on a 21-acre private island in the midst of Udai Sagar Lake, one of the five prominent lakes of Udaipur. The 101 lake-facing rooms are surrounded by spectacular hill scenery with views of the 400-year-old temple in the background. The suites additionally boast of private pools. It will provide a rare and authentic experience of one of India’s most scenic destinations. Expected to open by mid-2020, the Raffles Udaipur is truly set to be an oasis for the well-travelled, at a short 15-20 minutes’ drive from the Udaipur Maharana Pratap Airport, followed by a short boat ride.Raffles JaipurThe Raffles Jaipur is being built at Kukas in the city of Jaipur as a set of secluded private residences and courtyards adjacent to the larger hotel complex that presently houses the Fairmont Jaipur. The development is planned as a discreet destination for guests to “be themselves”. The hotel is anticipated to commence operations in 2022 and is located close to key tourist destinations in Jaipur including the Amer Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort and Jal Mahal palace.Go back to the enewsletter
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