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first_imgYour horoscope of the day is out. The stars indicate a vacation is on the cards. Not a usual, lets-go-sit-in-a-nice-hotel or sweat-it-out-on-a-trek kind of a trip. No. We are talking about a vacation that involves desktop wallpaper meadows and beaches, exotic animals, shopping frenzies, and the best food you can gorge on, among other things. You did sit up and start paying attention to that one, didn’t you? Here’s what you can choose from:1. Enjoy the heady cocktail of modern and traditional in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia From the futuristic PETRONAS Twin Tower to the vibrant and colourful Sri Mahamariamman Temple (the oldest temple in the country; built in the 19th century), the capital city of Kuala Lumpur has a beautiful skyline of skyscrapers, domes, and Mughal-style minarets. Do not forget to check out the awe-inspiring view of the city from the KL Tower atop the KL Forest Eco Park, and enjoy high tea at its revolving restaurant. Sample mouth-watering multi-cultural food at Jalan Alor and explore the caves and grottoes at Batu Caves where stands a 47.2 metre-tall statue of Lord Murugan. And if you end up missing India and its cuisine, you can also head out to Brickfields, also known as Little India, to treat your taste buds to the familiar. Shopaholics looking for steal deals can head to the Amcorp Mall Flea Market to find everything from silverware to old film cameras at throwaway prices.2. Relax in the tranquillity and spirituality of Denpasar, Indonesia So what will you say if we tell you that you can chill with sharks? Yes! You heard that right. We did say sharks. The Serangan Shark Island Project, Denpasar allows you to swim with well-fed and placid sharks, and is an absolutely safe experience too! Enjoy leisurely walks in the dense mangrove forests of Taman Hutan Raya Ngurah Rai and relax in the shelters in its midst when tired. Miss human contact? Head to the Denpasar Arts Centre for live performances, modern concerts, and cultural events. Oh! And do not forget to check out the Sanur beach for Instagram worthy sunsets and warm, sandy shores. Balis provincial capital offers just the right blend of the rustic and the urban. From the comfort of nature on the outer fringes to the bustling city life when you go towards the center, Denpasar includes several must-visit attractions for the most relaxing vacation ever!advertisement3. Chill with kangaroos and koalas in Brisbane, Australia (There is shopping on the cards too!) Home to koalas and kangaroos, Tasmanian devils, and dingoes, Brisbane is a gateway to white, sandy beaches, and sub-tropical rainforests- in short, heaven for nature lovers, thanks to the many parks where you can these exotic animals face-to-face. One can also take a ferry from Holt Street Wharf to Moreton Island for an adventurous rendezvous with vast sand dunes, shipwreck dives, beautiful beaches and wild dolphins. And while you are at it, do not forget to go whale-watching from Tangalooma too! Go kayaking on the Brisbane River at twilight, put on your hiking boots and go chase the cascading waterfalls and expansive lakes lining the many nature trails. Experience the exhilaration of abseiling down Kangaroo Point Cliff. And when you are done, enjoy a great dining experience with live music at Eat Street Food Markets and go shopping at the vibrant Queen Street Mall which is home to 700 retailers! Oh! And did we mention you can also watch the sunrise from a hot air balloon? We can bet it cannot get more exhilarating and incredible than that.4. Party away in the worlds most liveable city Melbourne, Australia Go crazy in Melbourne. Chill at the plethora of bars, pubs, and discotheques that line Melbourne’s streets and make its nightlife pulsating and vibrant, and dine at some incredible restaurants that are open till late. Take a City Circle Tram to the Australian Ballet and get wowed by powerful performances that leave you spell-bound. Or maybe, take a walk through the kaleidoscope of colours that the Royal Botanic Gardens of Melbourne present, for that much-needed peace and beginning-of-the-year introspection. Absorb the sheer magnificence of Block Arcade in Collins Street while you walk around its unique shops and period details. And as Melbourne’s biggest claim to fame is sports, do not forget to check out the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the National Sports Museum for a trip down memory lane of some iconic moments in sports history. Also, it is highly recommended that you take a boat cruise on the Yarra River. Sounds idyllic, doesn’t it?advertisementAnd if these details are not enough, here is what will sway you to take your much-deserved vacation. Malaysia Airlines is offering a variety of super interesting Travelicious Deals on flights to these very locations- deals that you just wouldn’t want to miss! Promo fares that offer discounts up to 35% off, a 15% discount each on prepaid baggage, seat selection, and travel insurance, a 15% discount if you bundle up seat selection and 10 kg extra baggage, double miles if you book your tickets through booking.com- these are deals that will be your gift to your family and to yourself, all bows and ribbons tied. Offered from 21st to 27th August- the deals given would be applicable for travel all the way to June 2019! You can check out the incredible fares here.We are planning our travel itinerary already. Countdown to vacation begins.last_img read more

first_imgMilan: Juventus captain Giorgio Chiellini scored the first goal of the Serie A season on Saturday as the champions kicked off their bid for a ninth consecutive title with a pedestrian 1-0 win at Parma. As the champions struggled without coach Maurizio Sarri, absent from the bench as he recovers from pneumonia, Serie A runners-up Napoli won a 4-3 thriller in Fiorentina. Skipper Lorenzo Insigne scored a brace for Napoli including the 67th-minute winner and had a role in Dries Mertens and Jose Callejon’s goals for the southerners. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhIn Parma, Chiellini made the difference early, connecting with an Alex Sandro deflected shot to fire in from close range after 21 minutes in Emilia Romagna. “He (Sarri) can be proud because the team have shown that we are united, that we can train with dedication and application. We will improve, but the important thing is to grow by winning,” said 35-year-old Chiellini after just his 27th goal in his 14-year Juventus career. Sarri’s arrival has been hailed as the dawn of a new era for Juventus with a different exciting style of football. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterBut the Turin giants new-look side mirrored Massimiliano Allegri’s of last season. Apart from Argentine Gonzalo Higuain, back from a loan to Chelsea, preferred up front alongside Cristiano Ronaldo in place of Paulo Dybala, the team was the same as last season. New Dutch defender Matthijs De Ligt remained on the bench with Welsh international Aaron Ramsey not in the group, while French midfielder Adrien Rabiot came on after an hour in place of Sami Khedira. Sarri’s assistant Giovanni Martusciello was on the bench and took instructions from the former Napoli and Chelsea boss. “I spoke to him before, during the break and at the end of the game, when obviously he was much happier with the result,” he said. “Being a perfectionist he was still angry at the mistakes made.” Martusciello defended the lineup, insisting “taking a gamble in the first game of the season would have been unnecessary”. “This is a team full of champions.” Ronaldo drew a blank with a goal ruled offside and several missed efforts against Parma who finished 14th on their return to Serie A last season. Ronaldo squandered a golden chance after half an hour, controlling a Higuain cross with his chest but sending wide across the face of goal. The Portuguese looked to have made up for his earlier error on 34 minutes, finishing off a Douglas Costa effort into the back of the net. The goal was ruled offside after consultation with VAR with Ronaldo deemed to be marginally offside. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner again proved wasteful after an hour latching on to a Costa cross but sending the ball over the top of goal. His frustration continued five minutes later with Parma goalkeeper Luigi Sepe denying the Portuguese at full stretch. “Great to start the season with three points!” the 34-year-old Ronaldo tweeted after the game. In Florence, midfielder Erick Pulgar converted a penalty after just nine minutes to the delight of the home crowd and new club owner Italian-American media magnate Rocco Commisso. But Mertens pulled Napoli back after 38 minutes with Insigne adding a second from the spot just before the break. Nikola Milenkovic’s powerful header six minutes after the break kept Fiorentina, 16th last season, in the game.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 26, 2017 – Providenciales -FortisTCI (the Company) announced today that there are no additional major damages to the electricity infrastructure across the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) as a result of Hurricane Maria.   Additionally, only minor outages occurred during the passing of the storm, impacting very few of the nearly 4,000 customers whose electricity was restored following Hurricane Irma.On Saturday, September 23, after the ‘all clear’ was issued by the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME), FortisTCI local crews resumed restoration of services, which had been temporarily suspended to prepare for Hurricane Maria.   On the same day, 60 members of the Fortis team visiting from Canada and Grand Cayman returned to Providenciales and joined the local crews across the islands on Sunday, September 24.FortisTCI, supported by its parent Company Fortis Inc., is keen on restoring electricity to the TCI as quickly as possible and has recently signed an agreement to deploy an additional 60 utility workers across the TCI.   These additional crews will assist with repairing and rebuilding the transmission and distribution (T&D) infrastructure in areas severely damaged or destroyed.President and CEO Eddinton Powell said, “Our T&D systems across the islands suffered considerable damage as a result of Hurricane Irma, and unlike some of our Caribbean neighbors, the TCI was fortunate to have experienced minimal impact from Hurricane Maria, which has allowed the Company to resume restoration very quickly.   While full recovery will take some time due to the extensive damage caused by Hurricane Irma, the additional utility workers expected to arrive this week will provide significant added resources.   It is important that we build and repair the system fast, and it is equally important that we build and repair the system to be strong and resilient.Press Release: FortisTCI Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgEating a high-carb breakfast, which includes bread, cheese and milk, may help you make good decisions throughout the day, say scientists who found that people who consume a lean meal in the morning tend to accept unfair financial offers. Researchers said that people’s decision-making was often influenced by the amount of carbohydrates and protein contained in their breakfast.The study participants were more likely to reject an unfair financial offer if they had filled up on carbs that morning. However, if they had eaten a lower-carb, higher-protein breakfast, they were more apt to accept such offers. According to Soyoung Park from the University of Luebeck, in Germany, after a high-carb breakfast people tended to have lower levels of an amino acid called tyrosine. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfTyrosine is important in producing brain chemicals like dopamine – which is part of the brain’s “reward system.” Changes in tyrosine correlated with changes in people’s decision-making, Park said. In the first, Park’s team had 87 college students play an online version of the Ultimatum Game. The game gives players the opportunity to either accept or reject a clearly unfair financial offer from an opponent. The catch is, if the offer is rejected, no one gets any money. So when a player makes that choice, it’s seen as a form of “social punishment” for the opponent. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAfter playing the game, the students told the researchers what they had eaten that morning. It turned out that 53 per cent of people who had eaten a high-carb breakfast rejected unfair offers, compared with only a quarter of students who had eaten a lower-carb breakfast. The second phase included 24 men who came to the lab for a controlled breakfast before playing the Ultimatum Game. They also had blood samples drawn over several hours.On one day, the breakfast was 80 per cent carbs, 10 per cent protein: Bread with jam and cream cheese; milk and apple juice; and an apple and banana. On another day, the breakfast was 50 per cent carbs and 25 per cent protein: There was bread and jam again, but also ham, yogurt, milk and a bigger slab of cream cheese.The results were similar. The men were more likely to reject unfair offers after the high-carb breakfast. The test included only men, Park said, because there are gender differences in metabolism that might have interfered with the results. Even in the all-male group, people varied in their responses. Some still accepted unfair offers after having a high-carb breakfast, for instance.last_img read more