Seattle Sounders beat Toronto FC on penalties to win MLS Cup

first_imgThe Seattle Sounders claimed their first MLS Cup by beating Toronto FC 5-4 on penalties after the Major League Soccer title game ended 0-0 after extra-time on Saturday.After Toronto’s Justin Morrow hit the crossbar, Seattle defender Roman Torres coolly slotted home the decider as the Sounders finally reached the North American soccer summit after seven seasons of near misses.With zero shots on goal after 120 minutes it looked as if the Sounders, who have reached the postseason in each of their eight years in the league, would come up short yet again but they found the target when it mattered most.A spectacular save deep into extra-time by Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei kept Seattle’s championship dream alive as the Swiss dove across the net full stretch and with his left hand tipped away a header from Jozy Altidore that looked a winner.Frei, who spent five seasons with TFC before moving to Seattle, took MLS Cup most valuable player honours after shutting out a high-powered Toronto attack that had produced 17 goals in five playoff contests.It was perfect hockey weather at frigid BMO Field, that in three weeks will host the NHL’s Centennial Classic outdoor game, but the bone-chilling temperatures did little to cool down a fired up capacity crowd of close to 36,000.Toronto made a lively start and enjoyed the run of play in a scrappy opening half but TFC’s was held in check.The Reds’ best scoring chance came early when Altidore squeezed a shot from inside the area that sliced by the post and a diving Frei in the second minute.advertisementAfter the break it was Sebastian Giovinco, the other half of Toronto’s strike partnership, finally finding space down the left wing and ripping a shot that just missed the near post.Despite unrelenting pressure, Toronto FC could not breach a Seattle defence that had conceded just three goals in five playoff matches.Toronto nearly ended the drama with an injury time winner when Michael Bradley sent in a corner that Frei narrowly punched clear just before a diving Altidore could get his head on the ball.last_img read more

Neymar to stay at PSG Reports

first_imgParis: Neymar is to stay at Paris Saint-Germain after seeing his desire to transfer back to Barcelona fail, according to press reports Sunday. “Se queda,” Spanish for he’s staying, read the L’Equipe headline on its front page with a photo of the Brazilian. “Faces with the impossiblity of completing his transfer to Barcelona, Neymar had informed his entourage he has decided to end the season at PSG,” the daily said. Spanish sports newspaper Mundo Deportivo carried similar news, which comes just ahead of the transfer market deadlines in France and Spain on Monday. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”Neymar’s entourage admit it: it’s finished,” it said. Neymar, 27, became the world’s most expensive player when PSG paid 222 million euros (USD 264 million at the time) for his transfer from Barcelona two years ago. A scorer of 51 goals in 58 appearances in his two seasons in the French capital, Neymar has not featured at all for his current club this season amid the uncertainty surrounding his future. He trained with PSG on Thursday, but coach Thomas Tuchel omitted him from the team that beat Metz 2-0 in Ligue 1 action on Friday. Efforts to negotiate a suitably lucrative transfer back to Barcelona have seemingly floundered, with PSG sporting director Leonardo saying Friday there was “no agreement. It depends on Barcelona”.last_img read more

Diseased Turtles in TCI Waters

first_img Poachers slammed with seven charges; some escape Teenaged Turtles tagged and released use any unused pics from govt release yesterday Recommended for you Related Items:disease, tci waters, turtles Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciaes, 08 Sept 2015 – Recent studies have found an increasing amount of diseased turtles in Turks and Caicos; this as a result of fishermen harvesting out turtles, keeping the healthy ones, and then discarding those that appear diseased which ultimately leads to a wider species loss through promoting the spread of disease. This finding has come about after researchers began studying incidents of green turtle disease. A herpes virus is believed to be the causative agent of the disease. The viral disease manifests as pink tumors that appear on the turtles’ flesh. The disease affects the turtles’ vision and impedes their movement as a result many turtles eventually die of starvation.Researchers say the numbers of infected turtles are steadily rising, over a two-year period in the waters around Turks and Caicos Islands; it was found that some 13 percent of green turtles had the disease. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Poachers caught raping TCI waters of some 2,000lbs of catchlast_img read more

Sept exports fall 2433 in 10th straight monthly dip

first_imgContracting for the 10th month in a row, India’s merchandise exports dipped 24.33 per cent in September to $21.84 billion, mainly due to steep fall in shipments of petroleum products, iron ore, and engineering goods amid tepid global demand.The imports too shrank 25.42 per cent to $32.32 billion in September on yearly basis, thus narrowing the trade gap to $10.47 billion from $14.47 billion recorded in the same month of 2014. Exports in September 2014 were valued at $28.86 billion. The cumulative exports during the first half of 2015-16 have been valued at $132.93 billion versus $161.39 billion in the same period of last year. Exports were down 17.36 per cent yera-on-year in the first half of 2015-16. Also Read – Punjab & Sind Bank cuts MCLR by up to 20 basis pointsAs per the data released by the Commerce Ministry, the trade gap or trade deficit during April-September 2015-16 has narrowed to $67.99 billion as against $72.69 billion in the same period last fiscal. The data further showed that oil imports during September were valued at $6.62 billion, down 54.53 per cent year-on – year. Oil imports during April-September stood at $48.128 billion which were 41.58 per cent lower than that of $82.378 billion in the corresponding period last year.  On export front, shipments of petroleum products shrank 60.35 per cent to $2.44 billion while that of iron ore declined by 40.37 per cent to 9.47 million. A sharp decline in exports of engineering products was also witnessed in September. The shipments declined by 22.81 per cent to $5 billion from $6.5 billion in the year ago period.  Also Read – ‘The great gold bull market has begun’The decline in exports in September is the steepest since March 2015 when the shipments shrunk by 21.06 per cent. Expressing disappointment over the September numbers, Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) President S C Ralhan said the decline of 17.6 per cent in first six months of the fiscal will put enormous pressure even in realising the export figure which India achieved in 2014-15. “As against seven sectors which were in positive out of 30 for which disaggregated data is available for August, the number of sectors has further compressed to six only for the month of September,” he said.Ralhan however, expressed the hope that export numbers in coming months would be better following cut in interest rate by the RBI and encouraging IIP and manufacturing data of August. The data showed that non-oil imports during September were estimated at $25.697 billion which were 10.68 per cent lower than $28.76 billion in the same month of 2014.last_img read more

Iberostar outlines plans for 15 new hotels in 2018

first_img MADRID — Growing at a rate of seven hotels a year over the past few years, and with plans to ramp that up even more with new hotel openings in the years to come, Iberostar Hotels and Resorts is looking to build on its momentum with a re-branding initiative that includes a new segmentation of its hotels.A recent press trip to Madrid took trade media including Travelweek to Iberostar’s flagship hotel, Iberostar Las Letras Gran Via in Madrid, where the hotel company announces its rebranding and new directions.Canadian travel agents (and their clients) best know Iberostar from its Caribbean beach resorts in the D.R., Cuba, Mexico and Jamaica, however the Iberostar Group – which opened its first hotel in 1993 – now operates 110 hotels in 17 countries, hosting over eight million guests annually.In 2018 The Iberostar Group is embarking on an ambitious plan including openings, new projects and major renovation work. Its portfolio will be increased by 15 new hotels, including 11 resorts in Cuba, from Havana to Holguín, Cayo Coco and Santiago de Cuba. There are also two new resorts opening in Montenegro, and one new development for Iberostar Cancun coming this year.The first of the new 2018 hotels, the 119-room, four-star Iberostar Paseo de Gracia, its first in Barcelona, just opened this month.More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaMore projects are on the horizon for Los Cabos, Aruba and the D.R.Meanwhile approximately 70% of The Iberostar Group’s portfolio – made up exclusively of four- and five-star properties – has recently been renovated with focus on product and service innovation and technological development.The company is particularly proud of its 42% returning guests rate.Iberostar says it plans to continue to invest to strengthen its position in the high-end hotel segment with a further 700 million euros allocated through 2022, with expansion plans focused on the best locations, up-market gastronomy options and superior service.Sabina Fluxà, Vice-Chairman and CEO, The Iberostar GroupSabina Fluxà, Iberostar Group’s Vice-Chairman and CEO, presented Iberostar’s strategic plan to the media, announcing that Iberostar has regrouped its hotels into three segments: City hotels, Ocean resorts and Iberostar Heritage, a new category that includes classic hotels with an emphasis on history and tradition.Grand, the group’s luxury category, is present in all three of the new segments, she said.City hotels are located in the heart of leading destinations including Madrid, New York, Lisbon, Barcelona, Budapest, Miami and Havana, says Fluxà.Ocean resorts comprise beachfront locations focused on vacations and leisure travel.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJAnd Iberostar Heritage properties include unique hotels featuring architectural, historical and cultural elements.As part of its new initiatives, Iberostar has also changed its corporate logo, colours and added the tagline ‘Let it shine’.Fluxà also introduced Iberostar’s new ‘Oceans Project’ focused on sustainable fishing, reducing plastic pollution and supporting coral reef conservations and protection. Iberostar plans to promote sustainable fishing by sourcing and serving only seasonal fish on its menus, plus it has instituted a program at all of its hotels to reduce reliance on single-use plastic items with the ultimate aim of eliminating them and replacing them with biodegradable materials.Iberostar’s senior management team feels that the company is at a critical point. Having spent years and a significant investment in developing its plan for the future, it is now ready to implement this plan over the next 12 to 18 months.“We are all part of a large family made up of more than 28,000 employees that offers unbeatable service for the 8 million customers we welcome each year. We remain as excited and enthusiastic as when we started … We are now taking a major step forward in what is a key development for the business, repositioning it and setting even higher standards.” Tuesday, February 20, 2018 By: Gerry Kinasz << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Tags: IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts Iberostar outlines plans for 15 new hotels in 2018last_img read more