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Sportscover Launches Sports and Leisure Travel Insurance

first_imgMr Chris Nash, CEO of Sportscover Australia, explained this was a natural progression for Sportscover. “Sportscover covers millions of people for their sports and leisure activities all over the world. Therefore, it’s a natural progression for us to provide cover for these people when they are travelling around the world for their sports and leisure activities,” he said. For more information please flick the following link http://www.sportscover.com/files/media-release/Sportscover-Travel-Product-MAR-2010.pdf or contact sports cover on 03 8562 9100.last_img read more

Three weeks left to register for Bundaberg Cup!

first_imgIf you’re looking to compete in the richest Touch Football knockout in Australia, travelling to, playing in and staying at the event and location just got a whole lot easier!Touch Football Australia and Queensland Touch Football have partnered with local travel and accommodation operators making it easier and more affordable for you and your team to not only play in this year’s Bundaberg Cup, but also stay and enjoy the great tourism destination options synonymous with the Southern Great Barrier Reef region.The more streamlined process to get to and compete in the event has been made possible through the great support and collaboration of event partners, Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ), Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism, Bundaberg Regional Council and Queensland Rail. Following the success of the inaugural Bundaberg Cup in 2015, teams from around the country are registering now in pursuit of the $20,000 prize purse across men’s, women’s, mixed and junior divisions. The event will be held at the Greg Duncan Touch Fields on the weekend of 19 and 20 November 2016.With less than 50 days to go, check out the top 50 things to do in location in coming weeks: see 41-50 of the best tourism experiences in the Bundaberg-North Burnett region on the event website and to continue up to the event date.  We will provide you with the hottest tips on things to do and places to stay while you are participating and for all your friends and family to consider as well. Event Ambassador and ex-NRL star, Scott Prince will be in location sampling the local tourism sights and delights on Tuesday, 18 October to give you an insider’s view of the best attractions on offer. With an exciting event format planning for this second instalment of the Bundy Cup, Prince is looking forward to returning to Bundaberg to compete in the event…and stay for a few days. “I’m really excited to be returning to Bundaberg to not only take part in the Bundaberg Cup but also to re-visit what the Bundaberg and North Burnett Region has to offer,” he said. “it’s a great time of year as the turtles are coming to shore to lay their eggs – a moment the family and I and I’m sure others would love to see,” Prince said.“The prizemoney on offer is outstanding which should see the best of the best in town but also a strong social contingent as well. “I am hopeful that our team can go back-to-back,” Prince added.The Bundaberg Cup is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland in partnership with the Bundaberg Regional Council, Bundaberg and North Burnett Tourism and promoted as part of the It’s Live! in Queensland event calendar.To register your team and take advantage of the many accommodation and travel offers, download the Bundaberg Cup Offers PDF here , or visit the Official Bundaberg Cup website. Hurry, registrations close soon, and this touch tournament is not one to miss! Discover 50-41 top tourist attractions in Bundaberg now!Related LinksBundaberg Cuplast_img read more

22 days agoBoly stoppage-time header steals late win for Wolves over Besiktas

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Boly stoppage-time header steals late win for Wolves over Besiktasby Freddie Taylor22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNuno was proud of his players after Wolves secured their first ever Europa League group stage win over Besiktas on Thursday.Most teams in the world struggle to deal with the ferocious atmosphere in Istanbul, but the Premier League outfit showed grit and determination to grab all three points. With the game destined for a draw, defender Willy Boly popped up in stoppage time to score the winner.Speaking after the game, Nuno said: “The performance wasn’t the best, we competed well but we were sloppy, we weren’t accurate when we should be and we’ve got to improve that. It’s a tough stadium and environment but we managed the game well and we kept pushing.”I was trying to find solutions with our substitutions, Adama [Traore] did well but we struggled with the final touch, that’s something we’ve got to improve.”We’ll keep on fighting, it’s a competitive group but we’ll just keep looking forward. We were in the Championship two years ago, we must be proud, the fans were superb tonight. We have to improve and keep believing in the things that we do.” last_img read more

9 days agoMan Utd duo De Gea and Pobga ruled OUT of Liverpool clash

first_imgMan Utd duo De Gea and Pobga ruled OUT of Liverpool clashby Ansser Sadiq9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United will be without David De Gea and Paul Pogba for Sunday’s clash with Liverpool.De Gea was substituted during Spain’s draw with Sweden on Tuesday due to an abductor problem, while Pogba has missed United’s last five games with an ankle injury.”David needs a scan,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports of his Spanish goalkeeper. “I think he’ll be out. It certainly looked like it anyway judging on last night so it’s just one of those things.On Pogba, Solskjaer added: “Paul had an injury, he came back, he worked really hard. He came back and played a couple of games, maybe played through the pain barrier.”He had a scan after the Arsenal game and maybe needed a few weeks’ rest in a boot so hopefully he won’t be too long, but he won’t make this game, no.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Celebrities Want You To Move Your Body For Michelle Obama

first_imgWAT-AAH! Foundation, an organization founded by WAT-AAH!, a brand of functional bottled water for kids and teens, aimed at improving kids’ health through working with youth focused creative and physical activity groups, announces the 3rd annual Move Your Body 2013 event, taking place in New York City and Los Angeles, Wednesday, May 1st at 1:42pm EDT/10:42am PDT.Video: WAT-AAH!’s Move Your Body 2013 PSAExciting 250,000 kids in over 600 schools, the annual nationwide youth exercise event supports First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative with a motivational Public Service Announcement (PSA) featuring some of today’s biggest celebrities such as Austin Mahone, Bella Thorne, Blake Michael, Carly Rae Jepsen, Coco Jones, Eve, Jacob Latimore, Jada Grace, Jessica Sanchez, Luke James, Madison Beer, Mindless Behavior, Perez Hilton and The Wanted.Through their commitment to the Let’s Move! program, the WAT-AAH! Foundation continues their pledge to fight childhood obesity. The foundation raises awareness not only through this PSA video but also through billboards and media across major markets such as New York, Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, and Los Angeles. The PSA, directed by Charles Nordeen of Light of Day Productions, features the celebrities dancing and moving to Beyonce’s flash workout theme song “Move Your Body.” The celebrities share encouraging messages, such as “You’ve got it!” and “Keep it going,” to inspire the young viewers to keep dancing.On May 1st at 1:42pm EDT, Move Your Body’s national initiative will kick off with hubs in New York City and Los Angeles accompanied by schools all across the nation including Washington D.C., Atlanta, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, San Diego, Phoenix, Portland and Jacksonville. The special events will feature celebrity appearances and performances by Hollywood Records artists Bella Thorne and Coco Jones, teen heartthrob Jacob Latimore, as well as pop group Mindless Behavior (Streamline/Conjunction/Interscope) amongst others.In 2011, WAT-AAH! joined The National Association of Broadcasters Educational Foundation (NABEF), who teamed up with Beyonce as she debuted “Move Your Body,” for the Let’s Move! Flash Workout. The song and music video instructed a pre-choreographed dance routine re-recorded from her hit single “Get Me Bodied.” It was performed simultaneously by thousands of school children on May 3rd. The event gained global recognition as Beyonce surprised students at Harlem’s P.S.161 and First Lady Michelle Obama surprised students at Alice Deal Middle School in Washington, D.C..In 2012, due to the overwhelming requests from both students and teachers, WAT-AAH! took on the challenge and spearheaded the event. Not wanting to disappoint the kids, WAT-AAH! strived to make it an even bigger event involving thousands of kids and NFL/NBA athletes in its nationwide Move Your Body 2012 event.“Thanks to the kids, Move Your Body has taken on a life of its own,” says Rose Cameron, CEO and Founder of WAT-AAH!. “The WAT-AAH! Foundation is committed to facilitating this event for the thousands of participating students, acknowledging their hard work and their desire to live healthy lives. It has become more than a fun, well-choreographed exercise routine with great music, it is a celebration of the children’s efforts to stay healthy and the WAT-AAH! Foundation will not abandon them. May 1st is the day we celebrate the children and applaud their efforts,” she adds.Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and today, nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese. The numbers are even higher in African American and Hispanic communities, where nearly 40% of the children are overweight or obese. Studies have shown that chronic obesity-related health problems can cause such diseases as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and asthma among children.This year, the WAT-AAH! Foundation looks to encourage even more schools to take part in the campaign and spread the message of healthy hydration and physical activity to even more students. To resonate with kids and teens, WAT-AAH!, recently profiled in Forbes as one of the fastest growing functional water brands in the U.S. and Billboard for their fun and contemporary marketing approaches in their initiatives and their exclusive celebrity affiliations. Some of its major partnerships have included young celebrities such as The OMG Girlz, Diggy Simmons, Willow Smith, Nick Cannon, Ryan Beatty, Cody Simpson, along with NFL/NBA athletes such as Marques Colston of the New Orleans Saints, Pat Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals and Lou Williams of the Atlanta Hawks, who have come together to take a stand for kid’s health.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Toys R Us files for bankruptcy protection in Canada

first_imgTORONTO – Toys “R” Us Canada has initiated bankruptcy proceedings in an Ontario court a day after it filed for creditor protection in the U.S.The company said Tuesday its 82 stores across Canada, as well as its e-commerce sites will continue to operate as usual during its restructuring process under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act.“The restructuring is intended to facilitate the continued success of our iconic brands; building a stronger company for our customers, business partners and team members,” Melanie Teed-Murch, president of Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us Canada said in a statement.The move comes at a critical time leading into the holiday season that is crucial to retailers’ bottom lines.The company has financing commitments to ensure normal operations throughout the CCAA proceedings, including stocking the hottest toys for the holidays and honouring all gift cards, warranties and returns, Teed-Murch said.“We are confident that this process will enable us to leverage Toys “R” Us’ existing strengths to succeed.”Toys “R” Us filed Chapter 11 documents late Monday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Richmond, Virginia.The company said its approximately 1,600 Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us stores around the world – the “vast majority of which are profitable” – and its web portals continue to operate as usual.The chain also said it had secured US$3 billion in financing to stay open while it restructures its outstanding debt and establishes a sustainable capital structure to invest in long-term growth.Toys “R” Us is the latest brick-and-mortar retailer to struggle amid growing competition from online merchants and changing consumer preferences, with Sears Canada filing for CCAA protection this past June.if Toys “R” Us had offered a better online offering “perhaps they could have avoided such fate,” said Ryerson University business professor Seung Hwan Lee.“A lot of physical stores and brick-and-mortar stores are struggling with this concept because Amazon is really taking over,” said Lee, an associate professor at the Ted Rogers School of Retail Management.Meanwhile, children are increasingly gravitating towards digital toys rather than physical trinkets, he added.“There are consumer trends that are changing from both the parents’ side and the children’s side, and I don’t know if Toys “R” Us was innovative enough to adapt to that,” Lee said.This comes as Canadian retailer Mastermind Toys announced its continued expansion, with its 56th store opening in Orleans, Ont. on Tuesday. It said it plans to open four more stores across the country later this year, on top of the seven stores it had already launched in 2017.Lee says some brick-and-mortar retailers have been able to lure in customers by offering a more interactive experience in their stores.“Toys “R” Us, when you go in there, it looks exactly the same as, perhaps, 10, 20 years ago,” he said. “It’s aisles of toys, and you get to maybe try out some of the things, but there is nothing innovative about the physical store itself that draws people in.”Toys “R” Us Canada said Tuesday it is extending a “customer-centric store format that opened in Langley, British Columbia in July to a new store in Barrie, Ont. that will open in November. The format includes dedicated play areas, interactive stations for kid, mobile pay and Wi-Fi into the parking lot to make curbsite pick up easier.The company, which is headquartered in Wayne, N.J., and has nearly 65,000 employees worldwide, says it is committed to working with its vendors to ensure inventory levels are maintained and products continue to be delivered.Toys “R” Us, a major force in toy retailing in the 1980s and early 1990s, started losing shoppers to discounters like Walmart and Target and then to Amazon. GlobalData Retail estimates that in 2016 about 13.7 per cent of toy sales were made online, up from 6.5 per cent five years ago.While toy sales overall have held up fairly well, they are shifting toward discounters and online companies. U.S. toy sales rose 6 per cent last year on top of a seven per cent increase in the prior year, says NPD Group Inc., a market research firm. That was the biggest increase since 1999 and was fuelled by several blockbuster movies.—With files from the Associated Presslast_img read more

Pilots picket WestJet annual meeting as profit streak threatened by strike

first_imgCALGARY – The CEO of WestJet Airlines Ltd. warned Tuesday a potential strike could end its 13-year streak of quarterly profits as about 150 picketing pilots in uniform greeted shareholders at the company’s annual meeting.The airline’s shares plummeted to a two-year intraday low after it issued first-quarter results that cautioned its revenue per available seat mile will be flat or fall by two per cent in the current quarter partly due to a possible pilots’ strike.The stock closed at $19.94, its lowest since April 2016, after trading as low as $19.30 earlier in the day.“What we have seen over the last two weeks is a significant deferral of bookings, while some guests will either postpone travel plans or make other decisions,” CEO Ed Sims said Tuesday morning during a conference call.WestJet has agreed to give refunds if job action results in travel disruptions, he added.The Calgary-based airline and its pilots have been in contract negotiations since September. However, negotiations have been fraught as the union takes issue with the company’s hiring of outside pilots for its new ultra-low cost carrier Swoop, which is set to launch in June.After the annual meeting at the company’s Calgary International Airport headquarters, Sims said he doesn’t see the share price drop as a comment on his leadership since unexpectedly being appointed to replace retiring Gregg Saretsky in March.“It’s always challenging to go through a tough quarter and potentially to be advising on a future tough quarter but it is part of the headwinds that come in the aviation industry… I don’t tend to personalize those sort of reactions,” he told reporters.Analysts on the call challenged Sims for maintaining the same strategy despite an abrupt change in CEO. He defended the strategy, saying it was developed by a team and not one person.The airline is committed to remaining at the negotiating table with pilots until a sustainable agreement is reached, Sims said, noting there has been some progress.On the sidewalk outside, WestJet 230 YYC chairman Capt. David Colquhoun agreed the quality and frequency of negotiations has improved since the pilots commenced a strike vote late last month.The voting is expected to wrap up by May 10 and, if strike action is endorsed, job action could be taken after a cooling off period ends May 18.The pilots’ main concern, said Colquhoun, is job security. They fear that WestJet will move planes and jobs to Swoop after it begins operations in June.Earlier Tuesday, WestJet reported it earned $37.2 million or 32 cents per diluted share in its latest quarter, down from a profit of $46.7 million or 40 cents per diluted share a year ago.The results fell short of analysts’ expectations for earnings of 36 cents per share, according to data from Thomson Reuters Eikon.The airline attributed the drop to factors including heightened spending to prepare for the introduction of Swoop, the introduction of Boeing 787s for international routes, increased domestic competition, winter weather disruptions and an increase in fuel costs.Its charter business also slowed as construction on Suncor Energy Inc.’s Fort Hills oilsands mine came to a close and partnership revenue fell due to the loss of its codeshare relationship with American Airlines.WestJet is expanding its relationship with Delta Airlines and exploring partnerships for new regions including the transatlantic.It also moved up its goal of finding $200 million in annual savings by two years to 2020 from 2022.Revenue for the three-month period totalled $1.19 billion, up from $1.11 billion in the same quarter last year.The increase in revenue came as capacity increased 4.3 per cent and revenue passenger miles — a measure of traffic — increased 6.5 per cent.Revenue for non-fare ancillary services like checked baggage and upgrades increased 7.4 per cent to $109.5 million in the quarter or $18.58 per passenger.WestJet said it raised prices three times in its first quarter and five times since November to partially adjust to rising fuel costs, which rose 14.1 per cent in the quarter compared with the same period last year.However, it is cautious about raising fares too much and causing demand to falter.Still, Sims said the fundamentals of the airline’s business remain strong. WestJet’s load factor, a measure of how full its aircraft were, increased to 84.8 per cent compared with 83 per cent a year ago.— With files from Ross Marowits in Montreal.Follow @HealingSlowly on TwitterCompanies in this story: (TSX:WJA, TSX:SU)last_img read more

Can be differences in ideology but PMs post must be respected Krishna

first_imgKolkata: There can be differences in ideology but one should respect the prime minister’s post, former TMC MP and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s kin Krishna Bose said, amid a war of words between Narendra Modi and Mamata Banerjee. The octogenarian said Modi, too, should not forget that state governments are elected and have powers. “I may not agree with the ideology of the BJP but as long as Narendra Modi is the elected prime minister of the country, I have to be respectful towards him. I will respect him as the PM of the country but not as the head of a political party with whom I do not agree,” Bose told PTI in an interview. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Referring to Modi’s “speed-breaker didi” jibe at Banerjee and her “expiry prime minister” retort, the former four-time Lok Sabha MP said the remarks were absolutely unnecessary. “I do not take it only as a part of a speech of an election campaign saying who is a speed breaker or who is not a prime minister at all. It is much more serious than that… But I do not think such comments should not have come from both the sides… Otherwise a federal government will not be able to function properly. Both the governments are elected ones,” she said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway When pointed to the BJP’s allegations that Banerjee was appeasing the Muslims in West Bengal, Bose said leaders should refrain from blaming head of another elected government. She said “everyone should remember that India is a multi-lingual, multi-cultural and multi-religious country and if you do not follow that ideal then you cannot really rule India. In that way, Modi has to remember this and not blame others for what they are doing or not doing”. “And if you are talking about appeasing the Muslims, that is not new but it had been going on for a very very long time and that is why the community is left behind. Had the political parties thought of the real good of them then something else should have been done,” she said. She said how can one just blame Banerjee. “Everybody has been doing it. Everyone is questioning it at the time of the elections. I cannot blame Mamata for that,” Bose opined. On the rise of the BJP in West Bengal, Bose reasoned the growing dissatisfaction among the people of the state with the TMC government. Bose claimed Mamata has done certain good things for the development of West Bengal, but all her good work has been spoilt by some people around her. “People here are also unhappy with two things, the syndicate and secondly that they could not vote in the last panchayat election held here. The present government should have taken strong steps,” Bose said. She added the BJP was quickly filling up the vacuum in the state created by little presence of the CPI(M) and the Congress. Bose, however, was critical about the manner the ruling Trinamool Congress was “trying to stop” the rise of the BJP in West Bengal. “Today’s ruling party in Delhi has a particular ideology. They say it openly. They want Hindutva. But in Bengal, the manner we are trying to stop that by competing with them is not the way.Think of Netaji and Gandhiji and how they fought this thing by not competing,” Bose said. When asked whether the Election Commission was biased towards the BJP-led central government, Bose said, “The EC, the judiciary, the Army never came into our political process. The EC must be free, independent, so it can do whatever it wants to. These were checks which had kept the election alive”. The EC had curtailed the campaigning on Thursday, a day before its scheduled deadline, in the wake of violence between BJP and TMC workers in Kolkata during a rally of BJP chief Amit Shah. “By what is happening, it seems they are unable to control the situation. It looks like they are either afraid of being independent or they are partisan to different parties in different situation,” she said. Bose said if bodies like the EC gets “diluted and were not allowed to function independently” then the future was not far away when this would become a “threat to the Indian democracy”. “Now you sort of dilute these bodies and if the EC is afraid to do their own work and do not have the independence or they fall to such a level that they listen to certain parties then you cannot keep democracy any more and free and fair elections now look like a joke to us,” she pointed out. Bose, who has witnessed polling since the first elections in the country, questioned the need of deploying central forces almost in every polling booths in West Bengal. “Why should we at all need central forces or police or the state police. This itself means that we are unable to control the election and organise a free and fair polling. I have been seeing the elections since 1952 and at the beginning we did not have these problems. “In a democracy, people want free and fair elections. But that is not happening. Our Constitution is very good and that is the reason we could keep our democracy intact for so long. But I am sceptical for how long our democracy will be intact,” she said. On the chances of ‘Mahagatbandhan’ (grand alliance), Bose said, “I believe they definitely have a chance. I cannot deny that, but we have to wait for that. But if they come together and preserve unity and not fight among themselves I think they may have a good future”. More than 20 parties had come together during a rally hosted by the Trinamool Congress in Kolkata in January, vowing to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party in Lok Sabha polls.last_img read more