PSG ‘I sent a sign to Paris’ – Draxler confident of PSG role despite Neymar and Mbappe arrivals Ben Spratt Last updated 2 years ago 06:36 9/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Bongarts PSG Germany Norway Germany v Norway WC Qualification Europe World Cup Ligue 1 While the summer signings have added clear competition at Paris Saint-Germain, the Germany star is not worried Julian Draxler says he is confident he has a future at Paris Saint-Germain, despite the signings of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.PSG brought in Neymar — for a world-record €222 million fee — and Mbappe, on loan from Monaco ahead of a reported €180m switch, to boost their front line, leaving the futures of stars like Draxler and Angel Di Maria in doubt.PSG 13/2 to win CL Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Germany star Draxler says that while he realises the new signings are likely to be guaranteed starters, he believes he can still have a key role to play at PSG.After just two substitute appearances at club level this term, he was also pleased to send a message with a goal against Norway in World Cup qualifying.”I only played two games for a short time [on the pitch] in Paris, but I came back to training four weeks later than other players because of the Confederations Cup,” Draxler told RTL. “That’s something which is forgotten about in the media sometimes.”The 90 minutes [against Norway] have been very, very important for me. I also sent a sign to Paris that they can bank on me.”I am greatly looking forward to playing with [Neymar and Mbappe] — but, if players are bought for €222m or €180m, they have an advantage on paper.”But I am confident — that’s why I didn’t think about leaving Paris.”That’s the way …aha…aha…I like it!!! #NiceWin #Fun #HereToCreate #GERNOR pic.twitter.com/hTZakDywtE— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) September 4, 2017Germany coach Joachim Low was pleased with his side’s 6-0 thrashing of Norway, identifying clear attacking progress from a last-ditch win at the Czech Republic on Friday.”After the match against the Czech Republic, we wanted to bring a different spirit to the team,” he added.”Especially in the last third of the pitch, we wanted to have more options and make more runs. We had insanely good movements. The players always had two, three possibilities to play a pass.”
Kolkata: India is on the right track of growing steel, the likes of which hasn’t been seen before, says Sushim Banerjee, Director General, Institute for Steel Development & Growth (INSDAG).Banerjee was speaking at the ‘Metals Conclave 2018-Steel Intensive Growth: Pathway for India’, organised by the Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCC&I) in a city hotel on Wednesday.”According to world steel figures, India is the only country, exhibiting a growth nearing 8 percent. It is one of the few countries trying to come up from the lower-income group to mid-income group. Hence, there is a demand for steel consumption that requires a lot in terms of development on the part of steel producers,” Banerjee said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIndia stands at third position in steel production and the sector has contributed much owing to the availability of raw materials like iron ore and of course cheap labour. India stands 4th largest in the world with regards to iron ore production and third largest in coal production.In 2016, the world crude steel production reached 1,630 million tonne (mt) and showed a growth of 0.6 percent over 2015.The Government’s rapid progress in road and infrastructure projects has increased the demands for steel. Consumption of steel is expected to grow by 5.7 percent year on year to 92.1 MT by 2018, experts said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAloke Mukherjea, former President, BCC&I said: “Steel plays a pivotal role in traditional fields like construction, housing and ground transportation. Special steels are finding increasing usage in engineering sectors like fertilizers, petrochemicals and power generation.” Gulshan Ratan, AGM, Design, Garden Reach Shipbuilding & Engineers Limited (GRSE), stated that steel is used in warships, naval ships and exporting Bailey bridges in neighboring countries like Bhutan and Bangladesh.
Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Flexible branding for agencies a selling point: Flight Centre Associates Wednesday, April 12, 2017 Tags: Flight Centre Associates TORONTO — Flight Centre Associates, Flight Centre’s host-agency solution for Independent Contractors, marked its ninth anniversary with a weekend event in Toronto with more than 50 Flight Centre Associates.Part of the larger Flight Centre Leisure business, FCA now has agents in nearly every province and territory across Canada, said Flight Centre Associates Brand Leader, Lee Zanello. FCA Independent Contractors access to the same support and infrastructure that supports Flight Centre’s over 150 shops nationwide.The event was the largest Canadian gathering of home-based agents the company had ever hosted and showed Flight Centre’s commitment to the Independent Contractor community, said Zanello.“We have a very strong Independent offering with a vibrant culture. To be able to bring so many people together for a weekend like this only helps strengthen the family-feel that we exude in our brand.”It’s been nine years since Flight Centre Associates got its start its own brand within the larger Flight Centre Leisure brand. The Beatles-influenced ‘Come Together’ theme of the weekend was about more than bringing people together from across the country, said Zanello. It was also about bringing agents together with top Flight Centre partners to learn about product, and served as a launch pad for new Flight Centre initiatives designed to provide even more support and inclusion for the Independent brand.More news: Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaFlexibility with branding remains one of FCA’s biggest selling points with agents, says Zanello. “Agents are, and always have been, free to keep their own name and their own branding if they choose. What we are doing moving forward is giving them even more Flight Centre infrastructure to lean on to support their business.”Agents at the event learned about opportunities to grow their business through taking on sub-contractors as well as how to work more closely with Flight Centre’s corporate brands to grow their corporate portfolios.The session launching Flight Centre’s Group Centre and Cruise Centre was one of the highlights of the weekend, added Zanello, offering full support to agents for both group and cruise travel, from enquiry through to close. “We have built an offering that is unmatched in the Canadian marketplace. Where else do you get that combination of a global company with a massive infrastructure and consumer recognition mixed with one-on-one attention around your specific business?”More news: CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionFlight Centre has three Independent offerings. “Our size and strength in the Canadian travel industry gives us the resources to work directly with each agent or agency on an individual basis,” said Zanello. “We aren’t cookie-cutter and we work hard to ensure we have a host solution that is flexible enough to fit pretty much any arrangement.” Share
<< Previous PostNext Post >> NAKHON SI THAMMARAT — Thai authorities suspended ferry services and began evacuations Thursday ahead of a powerful tropical storm that is expected to pound the Southeast Asian nation’s famed southern beach resorts during a peak tourism season.Rain was already falling around the Gulf of Thailand and officials warned that torrential downpours, strong winds and rough seas were expected in 16 provinces when Tropical Storm Pabuk makes its expected landfall late on Friday.There are fears that the storm will be the worst to hit Thailand since 1989, when Typhoon Gay left more than 400 dead. A tropical storm in 1962 killed more than 900 people in the south.In an incident possibly related to the storm, a Russian tourist in Koh Samui died Wednesday as he tried to rescue his daughter, who was struggling in strong surf. Thai PBS television reported that the daughter survived but her father lost consciousness after being tossed against some rocks and couldn’t be revived by rescuers.Thailand’s Meteorological Department said the storm will lash southern Thailand’s east coast from Thursday to Saturday, with the two provinces of Surat Thani and Nakhon Si Thammarat expected to be hardest hit. Surat Thani is home to the popular tourist islands of Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Koh Phangan.Army trucks were driving around remote seaside areas in Nakhon Si Thammarat on Thursday evening, searching for stragglers who had not yet been evacuated.More news: Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portal“We have prepared three shelters and currently have about 1,000 people in them,” said local official Kriangsak Raksrithong.Fishing is another major industry in the south, and small boat owners were heeding the warning. Many dragged their vessels ashore, attaching ropes to the boats and having friends help tug them on to beaches.The Meteorological Department said the storm was moving west into the Gulf of Thailand with maximum winds of 65 kilometres (40 miles) per hour, and that waves 3 to 5 metres (10 to 16 feet) high were possible in the Gulf of Thailand, and 2 to 3 metres (6 to 10 feet) high in the Andaman Sea on the west coast. It warned of strong winds and storm surges on the gulf side and said all ships should stay berthed on land through Saturday.“There will be heavy rainfall and we have to prepared for flooding or an impact on transportation,” Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said. “We are ready ourselves, but if the rainfall is high we will need some time to resolve problems.”He later held a video conference with the governors of the 16 provinces to discuss preparations for the emergency, including digging drainage canals to run off floodwaters, mobilizing rescue vehicles, ordering all boats to be docked, and readying medical facilities.Southern Thailand’s tourist industry is a huge moneymaker, and authorities have become particularly sensitive to visitors’ safety since last July, when 47 Chinese tourists drowned when the boat they were on sank in rough seas near the popular resort of Phuket in the Andaman Sea.More news: Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsOn Samui island, beach guards hoisted red flags to warn people to stay out of the sea. Police patrolled beaches, although many were almost deserted.Anne Britt Sodefjed, a tourist from Norway, said she wasn’t worried.“We have bought lights, yes, and some more water. And we know the hotel will look after us,” she said.Two natural gas production platforms in the Gulf of Thailand directly in the path of the storm suspended operations and had their personnel evacuated to shore, said the exploration and production arm of the That state oil company PTT. It said drilling rigs and vessels had been moved to unaffected areas, and gas production at a third platform remained operating to help meet energy needs.The storm was passing about 300 kilometres (180 miles) south-southwest of Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City at midday Thursday, and was expected to bring heavy rain and strong winds to the Mekong Delta, the country’s major area for rice and aquaculture production.According to Vietnamese state television VTV, authorities ordered people to take precautions and sent radio alerts to thousands of fishing boats to take shelter or return to shore. They had forbidden new boat departures in five southern coastal provinces since Tuesday. Tags: Storm, Thailand Thailand braces for powerful storm at southern beach towns Thursday, January 3, 2019 Share By: The Associated Press