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More of you than ever before are getting behind the team. Welcome to the party! You were there in the stadiums to break attendance records, putting your bums on seats and you’re watching the games in unprecedented numbers on TV. And you could break those records all over again on Saturday.The Matildas are ranked sixth in the world and failing a major upset or two against the unknown quality of World Cup debutants Chile, they should retain that ranking and head into France as a seeded team. This, Australia, is a huge deal. It means the Matildas won’t meet the other top five ranked teams in the group stages and, as much as we love to hate it, no group of death.But realistically, should we – the fans, the media – expect them to win it?“I think they’ve proven themselves that they’re capable of beating any team on the day,” says Joey Peters, the former Matildas midfielder and now coach and founder of Game Play Learn.But this is the World Cup and it’s a bit longer than a day. It’s a month-long tournament with up to seven games, if they make it all the way to the final. “At the last World Cup, if we reflect back, we probably got tired by game five,” coach Alen Stajcic told Fox Sports. World Cups are hard yakka. Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Australia, we need to talk about the Matildas. It’s time we had a frank conversation about their chances at the World Cup. We are all, on the whole, more than a little bit excited at the prospect of them storming to victory in France next year. We have the team to do it.This is widely considered the golden generation of Australian women’s football. We’ve been saying “wait until 2019” since the 2011 World Cup. We’ve been looking forward to the tournament when players like Sam Kerr, Kyah Simon, Tameka Butt, Caitlin Foord and Emily van Egmond will be at their peak. This playing group represents Australia’s best chance yet and Kerr seems out to prove that personally, given her unstoppable goal scoring rampage over the last two years. The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share via Email Read more What is Stajic doing differently to prepare for this World Cup to make sure the players don’t wear themselves out too early?“What you need is depth so that every player you have confidence in to put on, [you know] that they are going to do just as well just as your first XI,” says Peters. “Stajcic has been saying that he’s trying to build that depth and versatility. Sometimes a positional change can be as good as a rest, even just psychologically. That’s a good weapon that we’ve got.”So, while it might unsettle us to see strikers reinvented as defenders, they’re on the right track. Have they nailed it yet? We can’t know that until we get to France. It’s hard to replicate a World Cup environment, and you probably shouldn’t. Marathon runners don’t run marathons to prepare for the big race.“It’s unknown territory,” says Peters. “That amount of games in a month plus your preparation beforehand, you’ve got a couple of friendlies leading in, it’s very hard to replicate that. It’s one of those things you almost can’t.”There are a few worries. Have they peaked too soon? Are players burnt out? Even if that’s a risk, it’s better than it used to be. Maybe. At the time of the 2007 Women’s World Cup, the issue wasn’t rest, it was the lack of consistent, high-level play and preparation and even greater risk of injury.Something that concerns Peters, is the apparent lack of ability to adapt within the game. “As much as you want to make sure that you’re confident in your own style of play, I think what we really need to work on is reacting in games to what’s actually happening in the game. Did we go down a goal? Are we up a goal? Can we change something within the game to make something happen within the 90 minutes? I think that’s our probably our biggest weakness and hopefully that’s what they’re working on at the moment.“That’s what I’d say is the biggest factor in the tournament. You need to be able adapt within the tournament within the game to what the opposition is doing and to what the conditions are on the day.” Share on Messenger Topics Read more Women’s football Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Sam Kerr back in strong Matildas squad for Chile friendlies Matildas W-League ‘chalk and cheese’ compared to 11 years ago Share on Facebook Australia sport features The Matildas have defeated plenty of top quality opposition in the last couple of years, but those teams have had plenty of time to study Australia. Stajcic has to be wary of his side becoming predictable, easy to read and easy strategically and tactically to beat.The French dished out a harsh lesson in how a team can counter the Matildas style of play. They’d have learned a lot from that.So, what does this all mean? What should we expect from the Matildas in France?Peters says we’re right to expect them to reach the semi-finals, “and this particular team is proving that it should at least perform to that expectation”.“If you’re reaching the semi-final then of course you’re thinking you may as well go all the way.” Reuse this content read more
I-League: Real Kashmir FC vs East Bengal postponed due to thick snow cover in SrinagarReal Kashmir FC confirmed on Friday that their home fixture against I-League title rivals East Bengal has been postponed and the new date for the much-anticipated clash will be announced soon.advertisement Next Press Trust of India SrinagarFebruary 8, 2019UPDATED: February 8, 2019 17:26 IST Real Kashmir FC posted photos of a snow-covered TRC Ground in Srinagar on Friday (@realkashmirfc Photo)HIGHLIGHTSReal Kashmir FC posted photos of a snow-covered TRC Ground in Srinagar on FridayReal Kashmir had played their previous home game on Tuesday was also played amid played amid snowing and rainReal Kashmir are on the second spot of the league table with 32 points from 16 matchesThick snow cover at the TRC Ground in Srinagar on Friday forced the postponement of Sunday’s crucial I-League match between title contenders Real Kashmir FC and East Bengal.Real Kashmir and East Bengal were to clash in the match, where a lot is at stake for both the sides to remain in contention for the I-League title. However, the ground condition has led to the postponement of the match.”Due to bad weather and pitch condition in Srinagar, our next match vs Kashmir FC on February 10 has been called off. The new date of the match will be announced later,” the East Bengal club said on its official Twitter handle.Real Kashmir co-owner Sandeep Chattoo uploaded a picture of the snow-covered ground on his Facebook page.URGENT ANNOUNCEMENTDue to a snowed in TRC Astro Turf in Srinagar, our next match against @eastbengalfc scheduled for 10th February 2019 has been called off.New date will be announced soon.@JKSportsCouncil @ILeagueOfficial pic.twitter.com/e90k2339kdReal Kashmir FC (@realkashmirfc) February 8, 2019Real Kashmir are on 32 points from 16 matches while East Bengal have collected 28 from 14 matches.Real Kashmir’s previous match against Gokulam Kerala on Tuesday was also played amid snowing and rain. The players had a really difficult time to play under the heavy ground conditions, besides coping near freezing temperature.Also Read | Flamengo fire: 10 killed at Brazilian football club training centre in Rio de JaneiroAlso Read | West Ham United hand evidence to police on racist abuse of Mohamed SalahFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Real Kashmir FCFollow kashmir snowFollow East BengalFollow I-League footballFollow Real Kashmir vs East Bengal read more
It is not his business: Mary Kom replies to Abhinav Bindra on Nikhat Zareen controversyAfter shooter Abhinav Bindra backed Nikhat Zareen, who has been asking for a trial bout against Mary Kom, the 6-time world champions said Bindra should not interfere in matters of boxing.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiOctober 19, 2019UPDATED: October 19, 2019 17:11 IST Mary Kom won a bronze medal at the Boxing World Championship in Russia. (India Today Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNikhat Zareen has been demanding a trial bout against Mary Kom ahead of Tokyo Olympic QualifiersMary Kom said she will abide by BFI’s decision on this matterMary Kom also hit back at Abhinav Bindra after the shooter backer Zareen’s demand for a trialThe Women World Boxing Championships is over. 6-time world Champion Mary Kom returned home with a bronze medal-her 8th medal at the Worlds to become only the first player (both among men and women) to do so. Mary Kom is now targeting a medal at the Tokyo Olympics to finish her celebrated career with the most coveted medal in the sport.However, prior to the World Championships and in the lead up to the Tokyo Games, an issue that remains persistent is Nikhat Zareen’s demand for a trial bout against Mary Kom for a berth in 51kg, the Olympic weight division.Asking for the same, Nikhat Zareen also wrote a letter to the Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju after the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) hinted that there would no trial between her and Mary Kom in the 51kg category for participating in the Tokyo Olympic qualifiers in Wuhan from February 3 to 14.Kiren Rijiju, however, said ministers should not get involved in a matter that is in hands of the BFI.Commenting on the controversy, Mary Kom also said the Boxing Federation is the right body to decide who they want to send to the Olympics and she will abide by the BFI’s decision.”I don’t know why she (Nikhat) is bringing in my name into this again and again. I don’t know what is her interest or if she want popularity. I don’t want to speak on that,” Mary Kom told reporters on the sidelines of a felicitation ceremony for the worlds medallists.advertisement”Let BFI decide who they want to send to the Olympics 2020. Let them decide who will come back with the medal. It’s not that I have ever told BFI that I want to skip the trials or I want to be selected for the Olympics. I never requested.”BFI president Ajay Singh is the right person to decide it. I have no right to say whether it is right or wrong. If BFI wants me to get into the trial, I am fine with it. Why would I be scared from fighting her?The matter turned further complicated after India’s only individual Olympic gold medallist shooter Abhinav Bindra backed Nikhat Zareen, saying, in sports yesterday never counts.”While I have all the respect for Marykom, Fact is, an athlete’s life is an offering of proof. Proof that we can be as good as yesterday. Better than yesterday. Better than tomorrows man /woman. In sport, yesterday NEVER counts,” Bindra wrote on his twitter handle,” Bindra tweeted on Friday.However, Mary Kom said the star India shooter should not get involved in boxing as he not well versed about the rules of the sport.”This is not his business to involve in boxing. He doesn’t know anything about boxing. I don’t talk about shooting. He doesn’t know about the rules and also the point systems,” Mary Kom said.”It is better to be quiet. I don’t think Abhinav would also go for trials before every shooting tournament,” she added.Also Read | Mary Kom questions protest rule after her semi-final loss at WorldsAlso Read | Minister shouldn’t be involved in selection of players: Kiren Rijiju on Nikhat Zareen letterFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Next read more
Meet the World’s Legendary Locals NEW YORK, New York, Feb. 7, 2019 – Luxury Gold is inviting travelers to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the meaningful gift of travel and journeys beyond the ordinary by presenting its expanded 2019 Chairman’s Collection of exceptional VIP travel experiences personally curated by The Travel Corporation (TTC)’s Chairman, Mr. Stanley Tollman. The collection offers travelers once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to meet the world’s Legendary Locals such as Princess Anita von Hohenberg at her Artstetten castle and Count Francesco Mazzei at his Tuscan estate. Guests will be transported into an elite world of regal lunches, noble dinners and cocktails with aristocracy and they will also meet other exceptional local characters. Here are the Top 7 Chairman’s Collection experiences with only a handful of select departures offering opportunities to meet these Legendary Locals: 1. Learn the Art of Wine Making with Marchese Francesco Mazzei at his Centuries Old Tuscan EstateWine lovers and guests can join the 12-day Ultimate Italy journey on the May 19th and May 22nd departures to meet Count Francesco Mazzei whose family has perfected the art of winemaking for over 24 generations. For the past 600 years, the Mazzei family has been pioneers and champions of Chianti wines since the very beginning. Travelers will meet a member of the Mazzei family at their vineyard estate, Castello di Fonterutoli for a private tour, including a delicious Tuscan lunch using fresh seasonal ingredients and wine tasting. 2. Enjoy a Private Cocktail Reception with Princess Anita von Hohenberg at Her Home in Artstetten CastleAustria History buffs and travelers can join the 13-day Harmony of Central Europe luxury journey on the May 14th and May 20th 2019 departures to meet Princess Anita. She is a proud descendant of the Habsburgs which includes prominent historical figures such as Empress Maria Theresa and Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Guests will join the princess for a private sparkling wine reception and hear personal stories about her family heritage. 3. Join Lady Jane Percy, the Duchess of Northumberland for a Private Tour at Alnwick Castle’s Award-Winning GardensGardening lovers and guests can book the 9 or 10-day British Royale escorted journey on the April 19th and August 9th, 2019 departures. The Duchess takes immense pride in her family home, the majestic 11th century Alnwick Castle which is considered one of Britain’s most iconic castles and was featured in the Harry Potter film series. Thanks to her visionary planning, fundraising and care, the adjoining castle gardens have been meticulously restored beyond their former grandeur. While over 800,000 people visit each year, only Luxury Gold guests will join Lady Percy for a private tour of her award-winning gardens. 4. Indulge in a Memorable Dinner with Count Remy de Scitivaux at Paris’ Oldest Restaurant Francophiles and travelers can join Count Remy at the legendary Le Procope, Paris’ oldest restaurant in continuous operation since 1686 on the 10-dayFrench Vogue journey on May 11th and September 14th, 2019 departures. Count Remy will recount stories of Paris’ greatest intellects and artists who frequented this restaurant. Guests will enjoy an exceptional dining experience located in the equally iconic Saint-Germain-des-Prés district and sample the famous coq au vin and homemade millefeuille. 5. Sample Local Wines with Canadian Olympic athlete and legendary alpine skier, Rob Boyd in WhistlerSports fans and guests can join an exclusive reception to meet Canadian Olympic athlete, Rob Boyd in the scenic mountain village of Whistler while exchanging insightful stories and sampling local wine on the 22-day Majesty of the Rockies journey on June 2nd, July 14th and August 11th, 2019 departures. 6. Enjoy Locally Distilled Drinks with Grammy Award winner and Country Hall of Fame Musician, Charlie McCoy in Nashville Music aficionados who adore jazz, blues, rock and country music can join the lively 14-day Sumptuous Soul of America journey, departing on the May 12th and September 8th, 2019. Guests will meet Charlie McCoy who performed with musical legends, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash and will recount his epic stories over locally distilled bourbon. 7. Exclusive Celebration Dinner with Cultural Ambassador, Kainoa Hocajo in Maui Foodies and guests can meet Cultural Ambassador, Kainoa Hocajo and enjoy an exclusive celebration dinner created by world famous chef, Michael Lofaro on the 12-day Luxurious Hawaiian Escapejourney, on the April 7th and September 15th, 2019 departures. Kainoa is an emerging leader in the field of cultural tourism and will share impactful stories about his native Hawaiian values and culture. He has studied under the guidance of highly respected kupuna (elders) and to help honour the traditions of his ancestors. Travelers can view the complete Chairman’s Collection experiences: https://www.luxurygoldvacations.com/us/vacation-types/the-chairmans-collectio To book a trip with Luxury Gold, contact your favorite travel advisor, call 1-888-862-5952, or visit www.luxurygoldvacations.com.Join the conversation using the hashtags #LUXURYGOLDMOMENTS and #LUXURYGOLDVACATIONS About Luxury GoldLuxury Gold sets an unmatched standard with its collection of award-winning journeys. Guided by a Traveling Concierge, Luxury Gold is a journey beyond the ordinary, where guests enjoy exclusive VIP Experiences, savor exceptional dining and relax in luxury hotels on every curated itinerary. As global leaders in luxury travel with expertise accumulated over nearly 100 years, Luxury Gold epitomizes extraordinary exploration to some of the world’s most spectacular destinations. To find out more, visit www.luxurygoldvacations.com. About The TreadRight FoundationCreated as a joint initiative between The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) family of brands, The TreadRight Foundation is a not-for-profit that works to help ensure the environment and communities we visit remain vibrant for generations to come. Founded by Brett Tollman, Chief Executive, TTC, to date TreadRight has supported more than 40 sustainable tourism projects worldwide. To learn more about our past and current work at TreadRight, please visit us at TreadRight.org. read more
Spring weight restrictions on all provincial roads will begin on Monday, Feb. 26, starting at 12:01 a.m. Heavy commercial vehicles will not be allowed to travel on specified roads throughout the province. The weight restrictions on heavy trucks are necessary during the spring thaw to help protect roads that are weakened by mild and wet weather. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal monitors air and road temperatures, and works closely with the trucking industry and Environment Canada to determine the date that best protects the province’s road surfaces. The department monitors conditions throughout spring so roads can be opened or closed as needed. For a complete list of restricted and exempt roads visit, http://www.novascotia.ca/tran/trucking/springweight.asp . read more
7 January 2008On the eve of the third round of United Nations-led talks on Western Sahara, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the parties to use the opportunity to enter into a more intensive and substantive phase of discussions. “The Secretary-General recognizes that it will take both time and patience to negotiate a mutually acceptable solution to this longstanding dispute,” according to a statement issued by his spokesperson. Mediated by the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy Peter van Walsum, the three-day talks are taking place in Manhasset, New York, at the Greentree Estate, the site of the two previous rounds of negotiations that took place in June and August of 2007. Mr. Ban expressed his appreciation to Morocco and the Frente Polisario, as well as to neighboring States, for accepting his invitation to the discussions to be held under the terms of Security Council resolutions 1754 (2007) and 1783 (2007). The second round of talks last August ended with agreement among the parties that the status quo is unacceptable and the process of negotiations will continue. In his October 2007 report on the issue, Mr. Ban said the two sides held mutually exclusive positions that had prevented them from seriously discussing each other’s proposals during the talks. Morocco holds that its sovereignty over Western Sahara should be recognized, while the Frente Polisario’s position is that the Territory’s final status should be decided in a referendum that includes independence as an option. The UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) has been in the Territory since September 1991 to monitor the ceasefire between Morocco and the Frente Polisario. Last October, the Security Council extended MINURSO’s mandate through this April, calling on the two sides “to continue to show political will and work in an atmosphere propitious for dialogue in order to engage in substantive negotiations.” read more
President Maithripala Sirisena’s former Chief of Staff K. Mahanama and State Timber Corporation (STC) Chairman P. Dissanayaka have been ordered to be further remanded till May 22.Mahanama and Dissanayaka had been arrested for accepting a bribe of Rs.20 million over a land deal. Mahanama and the Chairman of the State Timber Corporation, P. Dissanayake were arrested at the car park of a Colombo hotel while accepting the bribe from an Indian businessman. Mahanama, who was arrested last week while accepting a bribe, was reportedly going to pay a VIP part of the money. It was later revealed that a VIP is also involved in the whole deal and part of the bribe was to be paid to the VIP.Officers of the Bribery Commission arrested Mahanama and Dissanayake while they were accepting the bribe of Rs 20 million on Thursday. It was reported that they had agreed to a bribe of Rs 100 million from the individual over the business deal and Rs 20 million had been paid as the installment. (Colombo Gazette) read more
Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) carries the ball toward the end zone during a game against Michigan on Nov. 29 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-28.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo creditThe Ohio State football team won its third straight matchup with Michigan, but the emotions were mixed as the Buckeyes left the field.OSU — ranked No. 6 in the College Football Playoff poll — lost redshirt-freshman quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate J.T. Barrett to a fractured ankle during the game, ruling him out for the remainder of the season. But after the injury, the Buckeyes found a way to post 14 fourth-quarter points on their way to a 42-28 win Saturday at Ohio Stadium.With the Big Ten Championship Game on the horizon, The Lantern sports editors picked five key takeaways as OSU tries to bounce back from losing its signal caller.1. It’s redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones’ time to shineWith Barrett out after undergoing surgery on Sunday, the Buckeyes have no choice but to turn to Jones.Listed at 6-feet, 5-inches and 250 pounds, the Glenville High School product is an imposing physical presence, but has very little collegiate game experience. Jones has attempted 17 passes this season and completed 10, totaling 118 yards and two touchdowns without throwing an interception. He also has 26 carries for 206 yards, for an average of 7.9 yards per rush.In a small sample size, the numbers are promising, but his playing experience during significant portions of a game is limited to almost none. Up until Saturday, he had only taken the field for extended stretches when the Buckeyes already had a big lead.With his first OSU start set to come in the conference title game, Jones might be expected to struggle — potentially harming the team’s shot at making the playoffs no matter if it wins or loses. But if he finds a way to shine, the Buckeyes should still be able to win and work their way into the final four come season’s end.2. With Jones under center, sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott should carry the loadIn 12 games played — 11 as the starter — Elliott has run for 1,182 yards and 10 touchdowns with an average of six yards per carry.Perhaps the best game of his young career came against the Wolverines when he ran for 121 yards on just 17 carries, and helped put the game away with a 44-yard touchdown run on fourth down in the fourth quarter.If OSU wants to win the Big Ten championship, it’ll have to find some success throwing the ball. But if Jones does struggle, co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman should turn to Elliott to carry the load.If Elliott does see significant — as in 25-plus — carries, it will either mean Jones has been a bust, or Elliott is having a standout performance. If the latter is true, he has the natural ability to carry the Buckeyes to a win.3. The OSU defense is still a work in progressGiving up 28 points to Michigan isn’t necessarily a red flag, but when it comes against the 2014 Wolverines, there’s something going wrong.Michigan had a poor season — highlighted by the team missing out on bowl-game eligibility — and a lot of that can be attributed to the offense. Coming into the game, redshirt-senior quarterback Devin Gardner hadn’t thrown a touchdown pass on the road all season, but he managed to throw two at the Horseshoe.Overall, the Buckeyes gave up 372 yards of total offense, but also managed five sacks and 10 tackles for loss. OSU had a quick start to the game with an interception on the second play from scrimmage and a strong finish, but the time in between has to raise a red flag for coach Urban Meyer and his staff.Especially with a question mark at quarterback, the OSU defense will need to step up going forward.4. Jalin Marshall will need to be a bigger part of the OSU offenseWith OSU down to just two healthy scholarship quarterbacks, it is likely that the Buckeyes will need extra production from the redshirt-freshman H-back this week. That production might come from all over the field, including lining up behind center and taking reps at quarterback. Against Indiana, Marshall flexed his muscle and scored four touchdowns in the second half of an OSU win that clinched a spot in the Big Ten title game. With Barrett out, most expect Marshall to see extended minutes in addition to the playing time he was already getting with fellow H-back Dontre Wilson out with a broken foot. 5. The starting quarterback job in 2015 just got more interestingWith Barrett’s injury, OSU carries two hobbled Heisman candidate quarterbacks into the 2015 season. Meyer said during a Sunday teleconference that he expects Barrett to be back in time for spring practice in a limited role, and a timetable for senior quarterback Braxton Miller has not recently been discussed. The debate had been swinging in Barrett’s favor as to who should start for the Buckeyes next season, but now it becomes a matter of who is more healthy, rather than who has been more productive.The two are arguably the best two quarterbacks in the conference, and, for the time being, both reside in Columbus.The Buckeyes are set to take on the Wisconsin Badgers in the Big Ten title game on Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:17 p.m. read more
PORTLAND — A Portland bus driver will not face any criminal charges for hitting five pedestrians on a downtown crosswalk and killing two of them.A Multnomah County grand jury on Wednesday declined to indict TriMet bus driver Sandi Day, 48, who struck the group of two men and three women while making a left turn just before midnight April 24.Jenee Hammel, 26, of Gresham, Ore., and Danielle Sale, 22, of Vancouver died under the wheels of the 17-ton bus.Hammel’s father, Robert Hammel, called the grand jury’s decision “unbelievable” and “ridiculous.”He said he is considering a lawsuit against TriMet, the largest transit agency in the state.“It was a totally illegal turn and she was not indicted on anything,” Robert Hammel said. “What a joke.”TriMet General Manager Fred Hansen called the accident “an unbelievable tragedy” and said the agency is conducting a comprehensive safety review.An eight-page report by Chuck Sparks, senior deputy district attorney, provided details of the accident but concluded “it is not chargeable as criminally negligent homicide.”Sparks noted that most vehicular homicides that result in criminal charges are more serious manslaughter cases because they involve intoxicated drivers who also engage in other traffic offenses, including speeding, making unsafe passes and running stop signs or red lights.“Criminally negligent homicide cases typically involve this same level of bad driving, but usually without intoxication,” Sparks said in the report.He noted Day was not intoxicated, was not taking any prescription medication and was not using her cell phone.He also noted she had been named a TriMet “safe driver” for the past two years, and had a lower-than-average number of complaints.But the report concluded Day made an illegal left turn that crossed two traffic lanes and was at fault for striking the pedestrians who were legally in the crosswalk. read more
Earlier this year, Popular Science switched from a monthly to a bimonthly print schedule for the first time in the title’s 144-year history. Ransom joined Popular Science as executive editor in 2011 before being promoted to editor-in-chief late in 2013. Prior to that, he held editorial roles at National Geographic Adventure and Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel. Bogo joined Popular Science in 2012. Popular Science has dismissed editor-in-chief Cliff Ransom and executive editor Jennifer Bogo, representatives for the Bonnier-owned title confirmed today. “By far, the biggest area of growth Popular Science faces is on the Web and in social media,” wrote Ransom in a note posted on PopSci.com. “Changing the print frequency will allow us to redeploy resources to seize those opportunities.” *An earlier version of this story referenced Popular Mechanics as a Bonnier-owned title. Popular Mechanics is published by Hearst. Average circulation for the monthly title dipped about 4.4 percent year-over-year in 2015, according to the Alliance for Audited Media, but average monthly unique visitors to PopSci.com jumped 20.3 percent over the same time period, and the brand’s combined audience across Facebook and Twitter increased 13.8 percent. Updated at 1:56 pm on April 19, 2016. A Bonnier representative tells Folio: that Popular Science is currently interviewing for a new editor-in-chief as the brand continues to focus on developing content across channels—Facebook video views jumped 308 percent in February, according to the spokesperson. The departures come less than two months after design director Todd Detwiler also left the brand. Detwiler has since been succeeded in that role by Chris Mueller. read more
New Delhi, October 15 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 89.58 points down to stand at 20,517.96. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 23.65 points down to stand at 6089.05. MCX and Jaiprakash Associates Ltd. were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 4.99% and 4.65% along with Nestle India and JP POWER with an increase of 3.92% and 3.38% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Bank of India and Canara Bank with a decrease of 7.27% and 6.60% along with Karnataka Bank and Union Bank with a decrease of 6.34% and 5.89% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 71.01 points at 11,942.44 while the banking sector is down 355.92 points at 11,798.43 and the realty sector is down 24.66 points at 1,325.13. The Indian currency is down 0.54% at Rs 61.88 per dollar. read more
Visiting Japan foreign minister Taro Kono calls on prime minister Sheikh Hasina at her official Ganabhaban residence in Dhaka on Tuesday afternoon. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday renewed her call to the international community, including Japan, to persuade Myanmar to take back their Rohingya nationals from Bangladesh.“The Rohingyas must return and for this, the global community will have to persuade Myanmar to take them back from Bangladesh,” she told Japanese foreign minister Taro Kono, who paid a courtesy call on her at her official Ganabhaban residence in the city in the afternoon.After the meeting, the prime minister’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed newsmen, reports BSS.The premier told Taro Kono a huge number of Rohingyas had fled to Bangladesh since August last year  and they outnumbered the local people in Cox’s Bazar district causing various problems.She said local people of Cox’s Bazar are suffering a lot as their arable land was occupied by the Rohingyas. “So, we are also helping the local people,” she said.Referring to signing of a deal with Myanmar on the Rohingya repatriation, Sheikh Hasina said though Naypyidaw has agreed to take back the Rohingyas, they do not take any action in this regard. “We’re continuing discussion with Myanmar for the Rohingya repatriation,” she said.The premier said the international organisations’ staff and volunteers working in Cox’s Bazar for mitigating the sufferings of the Rohingyas could also help them (Rohingyas) in Myanmar after their repatriation.The Japanese foreign minister told Sheikh Hasina that he had talks with Myanmar president Win Myint and state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on the Rohingya issue during his recent tour to Myanmar.He said the Myanmar leaders informed him that they had inked an MoU on the Rohingya repatriation. “I’ve asked them to speed up the activities for constructing houses and schools so that Rohingyas can live in Rakhaine state in a better condition on their return from Bangladesh,” he said.Taro Kono said he also asked the Myanmar authorities to send their teams to Bangladesh to visit the refugee camps, talk to Bangladesh authorities and take back the Rohingyas. read more
According to a “trusted source” at Engadget, the Nintendo Wii has been around long enough to earn itself a break at the checkout counter. If you haven’t picked one up yet, or if you bought one, got bored with it, sold it, and are now interested in getting another one because you’re really looking forward to Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, it’s possible that one may be in your future for $150 retail instead of the current $199. Nintendo hasn’t weighed in on the matter yet, but some are expecting the cut to come as soon as mid-May, while others point out that the Electronic Entertainment Expo in June would be a more appropriate place for Nintendo to make such an announcement. Regardless, nothing has been confirmed yet, but if it’s true it could mean a bright summer for Nintendo, not to mention lower prices across the board if other manufacturers choose to respond in kind. [via Engadget] read more
7 min read If you’re like most people in business today, there always seem to be a million things on your to-do list and you don’t know where to start.You need to conduct research, streamline collaboration, increase communication, sell your wares, reach your fan base, log your time and keep track of your accounts, to mention just a few. How the heck will you do it all? Well, there’s an app for that.In fact, there are quite a few. Here are the top 17 apps every entrepreneur should be downloading to make the most of each day.1. AccompanyTouted as a virtual “chief of staff,” Accompany does all the research necessary to prep you for big meetings by emailing you a concise briefing beforehand. It provides you with all the pertinent information you will need to succeed in any situation. Accompany works by connecting to your Google or Microsoft email account, your mobile calendar and your Facebook and Twitter accounts. It examines your personal data and goes through biographies and other information online to create summaries of each of your contacts.2. PocketThis “save for later” app allows you to file away useful articles, interesting videos and any other content that you want to hang on to for future use. When you find something you want to view later, simply put it in your Pocket, and you’ll be able to access it from your phone, tablet or computer, even without internet access.3. SlackThis team communication tool gathers group exchanges into one place, making information instantly available and searchable wherever you go. This cloud-based collaboration application began as an internal tool used by a now-defunct online game. Slack is currently the fastest-growing B2B application, used by over 4 million active users every day.4. Motivation Daily & PositivityIf you are looking for a daily dose of motivation to keep you on track to achieve important goals and big dreams, this app is for you. It comes in a streamlined, simple format, which includes perfect quotes to keep you focused when you’re tempted to slack off. Whether you’re pursuing health and fitness goals, prepping for a major project at work or school, or just need some inspiration, this app will help get you there.5. CalendarAn AI-enabled calendar app, Calendar helps you manage time better, schedule meetings, and arrange appointments so you can focus on the bigger picture to your business. The calendar app, available for iOS and Android, can learn your schedule, contact regular meeting participants, select ideal meeting times for , and put the event on your schedule. You’ll also be able to integrate other digital calendars like Google, Outlook, and iCal.6. Salesforce1Salesforce1 empowers you to connect directly with your customers and run your business from your phone. It channels all your customer information into a single, integrated platform, enabling you to build a client-centered business that includes marketing, sales, customer service and business analysis. This gives you a more complete understanding of your customers, allowing you to drive your business’s success and make smarter decisions from anywhere in real time.7. SquareSquare credit-card processing works for any size business, and is easy to do from anywhere. Square allows you to accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express, all for one low rate. Once you sign up, they will send you a free magstripe reader (their newest reader even takes chip cards). Or you can use your iPad in a Square Stand for countertop sales. The Square Register app also includes other useful tools to help you manage every area of your business.8. TogglToggl is an insanely simple way of tracking and logging your time that eliminates the need for timesheets. This app allows you to track time from a browser, computer or smartphone so you never again lose a minute of billable time. You can organize your time by project or tag, and mark as billable. If you forget to turn it on, just enter the time later.9. TrelloTrello is collaboration tool organizes your projects into boards, lists and cards so you can better prioritize work and life. At a single glance you can see what’s being worked on, who’s working on what and where in the process a project is. It makes project management–which can include work assignments, family chores or travel plans–easy and enjoyable.10. MobileDayThis one-touch dialing app gets you into all your conference calls on time and unflustered. With MobileDay, there’s no more searching for misplaced conference call PINs or passcodes. The app auto-syncs with your iOS or Android calendar and plugs you into your calls with one click, so you can connect to that business call from anywhere.11. WorkflowWorkflow allows you to connect the best features of your applications, so you can combine multiple steps across a number of apps into a single tap. With Workflow you can create shortcuts, manage your media and share content. It has been lauded as the “Swiss Army knife” for completing complicated tasks, and basically feels like you’re designing your own app (but much easier).12. BoxBox offers a simple, secure way to share files and collaborate with coworkers, customers and partners. It allows you to centralize your files, keep your team on track and simplify workflow, not to mention ditch email attachments. You can create, edit and review documents with others in real time from anywhere and on any device, and can view full documents without needing to download the file first.13. WunderlistWunderlist helps you tick off your personal and professional to-do list by getting your life in sync and making it easy to share your lists. A cloud-based task-management application, it makes sharing grocery lists, working collaboratively on projects or planning household activities and vacations easier. It syncs with your phone, tablet and computer so you can access your lists from anywhere.14. CloudMagicIf your inbox fills up quicker than a sinking ship takes on water, you need CloudMagic. This email management application is known for its searching capabilities, cross-platform capabilities and user interface. It can scour all of the email you’ve ever received to locate exactly what you’re looking for. It supports multiple accounts, and even includes a feature called Cards, which connects services like Evernote, Pocket, Trello, Salesforce and Microsoft OneNote. This makes it easier for users to get the information they are looking for without leaving their email.15. WaveWave helps you create and send professional invoices, estimates and receipts in seconds. It keeps your business organized and running smoothly by tracking income and expenses effortlessly, with receipt-scanning tools and bank connections. It includes a suite of online small-business software products, including direct bank-data imports, invoicing and expense tracking, customizable charts of accounts and journal transactions.16. HelloSignHelloSign is the easiest and simplest way to handle contracts or other agreements on the fly, because it lets you view and sign without visiting the office. This app also eliminates the burden of needing to print, sign and scan a document to be sent back. It allows you to just use your fingertip to sign any PDF file and forward it to the necessary party.17. 1PasswordDo away with all those sticky notes with your passwords scrawled on them. 1Password allows you to collect all those codes in one safe place online. This app keeps all your passwords and important information protected behind your Master Password. It has extensions or plug-ins for all the major browsers, and can securely store other things, like credit cards, bank accounts and licenses. You can save all the entries from a webpage form, so you can remember answers to security questions or other information. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. February 15, 2017 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now read more
Update, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 10:23 a.m.:Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) Director Francisco Segura told Costa Rica’s Supreme Court that a supposed threat to Keylor Navas’ family motivated his decision to approve a police database search of the soccer star and his family, according to the daily La Nación. Segura said that his authorization only extended to two officials. The OIJ chief did not give additional details about the reported threat during his testimony on Monday, the newspaper reported.Chief Prosecutor Jorge Chavarría criticized Segura’s handling of the threat, saying that police should have been searching for the criminal, not searching for information on Navas’ sisters. Still no word as to why 26 other OIJ officials and prosecutors were looking into the Navas family.Original post continues here:The investigation into alleged spying by law enforcement officials on Real Madrid goalie and Costa Rican World Cup darling Keylor Navas is heading all the way to the top of the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ). On Monday morning, the Prosecutor’s Office announced it is expanding the number of prosecutors and police under investigation to include OIJ Director Francisco Segura. Segura’s name brings the total number of law enforcement officers under investigation to 29, along with 24 OIJ officials and four prosecutors.The Prosecutor’s Office said they would investigate Segura after the OIJ director mentioned off the cuff in a press conference last week that he has approved at least two of the queries into Navas and his family. Costa Rican Supreme Court justices ordered the Prosecutor’s Office to look into why the OIJ agents and prosecutors searched a police database a total of 51 times for personal information on Navas and two of his sisters, Keilyn and Kimberly, earlier this year.OIJ officials later confirmed that Navas was not under investigation for any crime.“We have decided to open a case for the crime of abuse of authority,” Chief Prosecutor Jorge Chavarría said on Oct. 30. “There likely were other crimes committed, but we don’t yet have enough information. We need to let the investigation proceed,” he told reporters.If found guilty of abuse of authority, the officials could face up to three years in prison for arbitrarily using their authority allegedly to violate someone’s human rights, according to Article 338 of the Costa Rican Penal Code.Navas said that he is “outraged” by the events and asked his lawyers to take legal action against the alleged snoops. Spain’s Best Goalkeeper said he would fight this case to be sure it doesn’t happen to anyone else, according to his lawyers, who spoke during a press conference on Oct. 30.Read more stories about Costa Rican goalie Keylor Navas here.AFP contributed to this report. Facebook Comments Related posts:WATCH: Keylor Navas makes two incredible saves, extends historic shutout streak Keylor Navas puts on a show in Real Madrid win Costa Rica’s soccer chief arrested in FIFA corruption probe FIFA corruption probe: Swiss to extradite ex-VP Figueredo to US read more
FDIC-Backed Banks Rebound Over Second Quarter As bank failures dwindle, “”FDIC””:http://www.fdic.gov/-backed institutions continue to see their own coffers swell, with an agency report finding that banks with government guarantees earned $34.5 billion over the second quarter.[IMAGE]And banks seemed to sweat a little less over the last quarter. The FDIC reported that banks with its seal of approval saw their year-over-year increases for the 12th straight quarter. Loan balances meanwhile ticked up by $102 billion, increasing for the fourth time in the last five quarters.””The banking industry continued to make gradual but steady progress toward recovery in the second quarter,”” FDIC Acting Chairman Martin J. Gruenberg said in a statement. “”Most institutions are profitable and are improving their profitability. All of these trends are consistent with the moderate pace of economic growth that has occurred over the past year.””The FDIC accordingly noted fewer “”problem”” institutions for the fifth consecutive quarter. Those identified as problems fell from 772 to 732, making this year one for the smallest problem banks since fourth-quarter 2009. Assets for institutions on the decline fell from $292 billion to $282 billion.[COLUMN_BREAK]Of those problem institutions, only 15 shuttered their doors over the second quarter, the lowest number since year-end 2008. Forty banks have failed so far this year.With fewer banks failing, the FDIC’s embattled Deposit Insurance Fund posted a net worth of $22.7 billion, which rose from $15.3 billion from the end of March. The loss reserve declined from $5.3 billion to $4 billion over the second quarter, with insured deposits growing 0.7 percent over the same time frame.According to the FDIC, nearly two-thirds of all banks, or 62.7 percent, saw growth in their quarterly net income on a year-over-year basis. Financial institutions also fielded fewer losses on the whole, with net losses dropping quarter-over-quarter to 10.9 percent, down from 15.7 percent from the year before. The average return on assets went up to 0.99 percent from 0.85 percent over the same time frame.Banks saw second-quarter losses to the tune of $14.2 billion, still 26 percent less than $19.2 billion set aside for expected losses over the same quarter.With loan sales up by $3 billion, net operating revenue rounded out to $165 billion, reflecting $1.3 billion in increases. The FDIC report showed that investment securities and other assets rallied at $1.7 billion more than in the second quarter last year.The agency found asset quality indicators picking up as insured banks and thrifts accounted for $20.5 billion in uncollectible loans during the last quarter, a decline of $8.4 billion from the year before.Loans and leases 90 days or more past due fell for a ninth straight quarter, with noncurrent loans and leases stooping to their lowest in more than three years. Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bank Failure FDIC Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Profits Quarterly Earnings Service Providers 2012-08-28 Ryan Schuette August 28, 2012 464 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Servicing read more
RelatedCheap flights carriers plan on introducing routes to MaltaNew flights to Malta will improve accessibility to the Mediterranean archipelago for British holidaymakers.Malta opening up air routesThe Malta Tourism Authority announced the highest number of UK visitors in over 13 years.Discover Malta: A video tourThinking about booking a holiday to Malta but not sure what to expect? Watch this short video guide to this beautiful Mediterranean island, and discover things to do, beaches to visit, plus get a feel for Maltese food, nightlife and café culture. Increasing numbers of Brits are booking flights to Malta for short stays and weekend breaks.This is according to the Malta Tourism Authority, whose director Alex Incorvaja remains “cautiously optimistic” about tourism numbers going into next year.”You can fly out from every corner of the UK and we have our legacy carriers including Air Malta, which services Gatwick, Birmingham and London Heathrow,” he commented.”We’ve got Ryanair servicing a multitude of airports to Malta [and] we’ve got some new operators too.”Mr Incorvaja went on to say that Malta’s size, variety of accommodation and ease of access made the Mediterranean archipelago an “ideal” holiday destination.He also highlighted the importance of the British tourism market, with 35 percent of Malta’s 1.3 million annual tourists arriving from the UK. This figure is second only to the number of German holidaymakers heading to the island country.Cheap flights carrier Ryanair will launch new flights to Malta from Leeds Bradford in the spring, with the twice weekly service due to operate on Thursdays and Sundays.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map read more
Visit Jupiter ArtlandIn the outskirts of Edinburgh, Jupiter Artland is paradise for art and nature lovers. Just hop on bus 27or X27 and be amazed by this huge sculpture park, a place where the natural environment and the creativity of contemporary artists collide. Wander through the exhibitions, take pictures (selfies are more than welcome) and be inspired. Hit the dancefloor at Lulu’sYou’ve shoppied ’til you flopped into a booth at the Canny Man’s, seen some amazing art and checked out some of the citiy’s museums and galleries, but the night is still young – underneath Tigerlily you’ll find Lulu’s nightclub, the perfect place to see how Edinburgh parties. Try more mouth-watering cocktails, throw some shapes on the light-up dancefloor and enjoy the club’s buzzing atmosphere. Follow the steps of Emeli Sande, Dizzee Rascal, Russel Brand and Girls Aloud who’ve all partied at Lulu’s – the perfect way to round off your trip! Visit SummerhallJust in case you’re feeling a bit more arty and you don’t really want to mix with all the other tourists taking over the Royal Mile, then pay a visit to Summerhall. This former Royal School of Veterinary Science has been transformed into a creative hub, with studio and workshop spaces, as well as very nice café/bar and it’s very own micro-brewery, Barney’s Beer. Make sure you check out whatever exhibitions they have. Visit Camera Obscura and World of IllusionsSet in a medieval building right in front of Edinburgh Castle, Camera Obscura and World of Illusions is the perfect choice for an hour or so of entertainment and fun. This Aladdin’s cave is filled with fascinating illusions, tricks and unbelievable effects. Will you stay on your feet in the Vortex Tunnel? Will you find your way out of the mirror maze? Find out for yourself! Open 9am until 9pm during the summer months, tickets cost about £14 for adults and £10 for children. For more tips on what to see and do in Edinburgh, check these out:Top 10 picture-perfect spots in EdinburghEdinburgh – one of the most stunning cities in the world. Here are the most beautiful places to take the perfect holiday pics.The best places to grab a bite in the ‘BurghGet the locals’ lowdown on where to eat & drink in Edinburgh: Skyscanner staff reveal their favourite cafés, pubs & restaurants.A guide to getting the most out of the Edinburgh Fringe FestivalThousands of shows, forever changing weather and endless pints of beer. Here are our top tips for Edinburgh’s biggest festival.5 things to do on Edinburgh’s Princes Street that doesn’t involve shoppingPrinces Street is Edinburgh’s busiest shopping street, but it also holds a lot of history and there is far more to see than the many high street shops.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Wander through Edinburgh Old TownNow that you have learned a bit more about Scotland’s fascinating past and present, it’s time to hit the Old Town. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Royal Mile is a very long street (actually longer than a mile) that will take you from Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood Palace. Take your time and enjoy the medieval looking buildings along the route. Drink at The Canny ManNot far from the Wild West film set, down in Morningside, The Canny Man’s pub is an iconic Edinburgh watering hole, serving loyal customers since 1871. With an unusual décor (antiques and paintings hang from the walls and ceiling) and a huge selection of good whiskys, make yourself comfortable in one of their old armchairs and taste their legendary Bloody Marys. Celebrity Chef Rick Stein even called it the best pub in the world.Eat at Scran and ScallieThere are plenty of gastropubs in the city, but one of the best has got to be The Scran and Scallie, from Michelin star chefs Tom Kitchin and Dominic Jack. Serving scrumptious menus of fresh, home-cooked dishes with quality and seasonal local produce that will have you salivating from the very moment you set foot through the door. If you don’t know what to order, go for Scottish classics such as Sheep’s Heid Scotch Broth, Cottage Pie or, to top it all, the seasonal crumble of the day. Have a cup of tea in Maison de Moggy, Cat CaféCat lovers will adore this cute little cat café close to the Grassmarket. The teahouse’s 10 furry residents will make sure you feel welcome while you sip a cuppa and cuddle them. But remember to book before you go, since the owners only allow a certain amount of people in at the same time, to make sure the cats don’t get too stressed out and everybody can have a good time. In the shadow of Calton Hill, The Gardener’s Cottage is another perfect option for a lovely spot of lunch. Chefs Dale Mailley and Edward Murray serve excellent dishes made with the best seasonal and local produce – choosing only one or two dishes from their menu will be a challenge as all are delicious! Visit an Old Western movie setDid you know Edinburgh has a little bit of the old Wild West hidden in the trendy neighbourhood of Morningside? Well, it does! This quirky place was built in the mid-1990s for a furniture business in the area that specialised in Southwestern style. Now abandoned and dilapidated, it still has a lot of charm and remains well-off the typical Edinburgh tourist trail. What to see and do in Edinburgh in the evening?Watch a film at Cameo CinemaRaining outside? Probably, but fear not, The Cameo cinema (allegedly one of Quentin Tarantino’s favourite filmhouses in the whole world) is one of the oldest theatres in Scotland still in use and a good place to catch a film. From chart-topping blockbusters, to foreign films and killer double bills. there’ bound to be a film showing that will entertain and save you from the rain for an afternoon. The cinema’s Cameo Bar is also a cool place to enjoy a drink post-screening, with walls crowded with vintage film posters and big comfy sofas. Where to have lunch in Edinburgh?Around midday you’ll most likely want to regain your strength by tucking into some delicious food. Why not head over to the trendy Timberyard. This authentic brick warehouse with a south facing yard only uses locally sourced and seasonal ingredients. They have a delicious eight course tasting menu (£70 a head, £120 with paired wines), but any dish from their menu will challenge your tastebuds. Visit the National Museum of ScotlandDescend from Calton Hill and venture into the Royal Mile and the Old Town. Whether you like history or not, the fascinating National Museum of Scotland is more than just a stuffy museum; it’s packed with interactive displays about a variety of subjects, from ancient Roman remains to Dolly the sheep or Sir Jackie Stewart’s F1 car. There’s so much to see and do you could spend a whole day exploring the museum’s vast halls, the most beautiful being the Victorian atrium in the oldest part of the building. Open from 10am to 5pm daily, it’s a fabulous place and it’s 100% free! What to see and do in Edinburgh at night?Experience a festivalEdinburgh is a city of festivals, and not only the Fringe. All year round there is a great variety of smaller festivals being held in different venues. One of the finest is Hidden Door, a not for profit arts festival that takes place every year in abandoned or hidden places in Edinburgh. Once you cross its gates you will have your senses filled with twinkling fairy lights, beats from some of the best bands in town, tantilising aromas wafting from delicious food trucks and inspiring works from talented contemporary artists. Sip cocktails at TigerlilyGrab a cocktail (and maybe some food) at Tigerlily. This trendy boutique hotel has a fabulous bar and restaurant that serves a mean afternoon tea and some of the classiest cocktails in town. So get dressed to impress and head to Edinburgh’s George Street in the heart of New Town to this incredibly cool venue. What to do in Edinburgh in the morning?Climb Calton HillStart the day with a climb to Calton Hill. On a sunny day (and also on a not so sunny one) it has some of the best views of Edinburgh. On one side, the very organised New Town; on the other, the medieval marvel of the Old Town and the very impressive exctinct-volcano of Arthur’s Seat, which is also an amazing park. There is no better way of getting aquainted with Edinburgh that to look at it from the heights.On your way down, stop for a while at the Omni Centre. It may be too early for a cinema session, but at least say hi to the cute pair of giraffes that stand tall outside this venue.If the early rising and walking has made you hungry, head over to an Edinburgh institution, the luxurious Balmoral Hotel. In operation since 1902, their bar is a good place for a full Scottish breakfast that will give you all the energy you need to explore this beautiful city. What to see and do in Edinburgh in the afternoon?Shop at Harvey NicholsIf you’re in need of a little bit of retail therapy, then Harvey Nichols is the place to go to. This high-end super-chic department store prides itself on stocking a wide range of designer clothes, shoes, hangbags, toiletries – everything you might possibly want to freshen up your wardrobe. Even if you’re not in the mood to splash the cash, it’s worth popping inside and heading up to their rooftop restaurant for amazing views of Edinburgh – which look even better with a cocktail from the fourth floor Window Bar in your hand. Related10 beautiful places to visit in EdinburghEdinburgh – one of the most stunning cities in the world. Here are the most beautiful places to take the perfect holiday pics.Beyond the Fringe: More things to see and do around EdinburghWe bring you the best things to do in Edinburgh and around, perfect for when Edinburgh Festival Fringe comes to town this August.9 Top picks for places to stay in EdinburghStunning views, luxurious spas and great grub: Edinburgh’s accommodation caters for all trip types and budgets. Choosing a hotel, hostel, B&B or swanky self-catering apartment in Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh, is no easy feat with so many options available. Whether you want to glam it up in plush, five star style,… read more
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