CONCACAF Nations League Countdown…As Guyana prepares for its first match of the CONCACAF Nations League in September, Guyana’s senior men’s national team, commonly known as the Golden Jaguars, will benefit from the most comprehensive and experienced technical staff Guyana’s national football has ever had, during the “Train and Play” scheduled for August 12-26 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.Goalkeeper Coach Ademola BankoleThe 17-man staff includes the Head Coach, Senior Coach, Goalkeeper Coach, Team Doctor, Head of Sports Science, Head of Recruitment and Player Liaison, Head of People and Culture, Performance Analyst and Head Scout, Development Coaches and operations staff.Head Coach Michael Johnson said a qualified staff is critical to the achievement of the GFF (Guyana Football Federation) national programme’s goals.“This comprehensive technical team is vitally important for the Nations League campaign; we are pushing the boundaries to keep up to date with modern football trends and compete with regional and international competition. The Guyana-based Development Coaches are there on merit by excelling in recent CONCACAF/FIFA coaching courses as well as their work at various clubs and ATCs. In Brazil, they will be mentored as part of their Coach Education, but ultimately will have to prove their potential within the coaching staff, with the ultimate goal of taking the knowledge back into their own coaching contexts.”Johnson added that a top-class support staff was also necessary to “develop, inspire, and motivate not only the team but the nation.”Technical Director Ian Greenwood said a “machinery of excellence” was being developed for the senior national programme: “The high-quality professionals that complement the staffing structure are all vital cogs to the machinery of excellence as we look to develop a vibrant and successful senior national team programme. Their primary focus is working to achieve the short, medium, and long-term targets of the GFF, but their expertise and added value of mentoring in areas of sports science, performance analysis, sports medicine, coaching methodology will significantly improve the national team programme at youth levels.”GFF President Wayne Forde, for his part, said this staff structure served as a solid platform to realise greater success among the senior national team: “While we are laying in place a solid youth development foundation that will definitely evolve in the coming years, it is of critical importance that we build the senior national team’s management structure to support and maximise the performance of those players that emerge from the Youth development structure.“The transfer of knowledge and expertise is a key objective in the selection of the national team staff. Our collaboration with Brazil will also buttress our capacity-building targets. We have to be humble, patient and open to learning new and modern principles and methodologies.”The “Train and Play” is a national encampment of senior footballers as part of the preparation for the CONCACAF Nations League.Guyana have been matched against Barbados, Turks and Caicos Islands, French Guiana and Belize and will play host to Barbados and Belize in September 2018 and March 2019 respectively, while Turks and Caicos Islands and French Guiana will host Guyana in October and November 2018.
An under-strength Finn Harps side were defeated 3-0 by Wexford Youths last night at Ferrycarrig Park.Keith Cowan and Kevin McHugh were suspended, while Gareth Harkin, Damien McNulty Conor Winn and Michael Funston were all rested.The only first-team regulars to feature for Ollie Horgan’s side were Pat McCann, Ciaran Coll and Packie Mailey. They were rare starts for Carol Tiofack, Darragh Black and Shaun Patton.Harps were comprehensively defeated by a Wexford side still fighting for promotion.A first-half hat-trick from Danny Furlong sealed the points for Wexford in a clinical display from the frontman whose had an outstanding season.For Harps all attention switches to this weekend’s FAI semi-final cup with St. Patrick’s Athletic. It’s a tough ask for Ollie Horgan’s chares at the home of the current champions, but they’ll go their confident of causing an upset.The game is being screened live on RTE Two at 1.45pm.HARPS DEFEATED IN WEXFORD AS ATTENTION SWITCHES TO CUP SEMI-FINAL was last modified: October 1st, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:fai cupFinn Harps FCnewsSportwexford youths
Letterkenny Town Mayor Paschal Blake and Anne Mc Gowan, Chairperson of Letterkenny Tidy Towns, at the Helix (Photo from Twitter @LKTidy)Letterkenny has won Regional, County and Tourism Awards today in the Tidy Towns Awards. The town earned 313 marks and recieved a gold medal.Letterkenny was named the tidiest town in the North West and in Donegal. It also won a Tourism Town Award.The regional award prize was €2000. The county and tourism prizes were both €1000. Moynalty in Co. Meath was named Ireland’s Tidiest Town. Letterkenny was just 3 points short of the overall winning town’s 316 score.Glenties also won a gold medal with 306 marks. Raphoe and Buncrana won silver medals, while Malin and Carrigart both won bronze medals. Carraig Airt won the Gaeltacht Award.James O’Neill from Buncrana was one of the Tidy Town Heroes of the year.In Letterkenny’s adjudication report, the judge found that litter control and street clean-ups in the town were good. However, the Bring Centre was disappointing as the barrier was locked and bottles were dumped outside the units. They admired the design of the Century Cinemas building, the glass front of Gallagher’s Hotel, and the rugged look of Bank of Ireland.The design of Bernard McGlinchey Town Park and Ballymacool Town Park impressed the judge.The presentation of the Tourist Information Office and the surrounding landscaping was highly praised. The report said it was “a real credit to Letterkenny and Failte Ireland.”The pedestrian archways and wide footpaths along Letterkenny’s Main Street were commended for showing the importance of pedestrians in the town.The judge remarked that the view of the Oatfield factory from De Valera road was “uninspiring”. The Oldtown area needed much more attention under the Tidy Towns scheme, according to the report.On the second visit, the adjudicator said “Letterkenny looked very well on the day-it’s a working town of great character which continues to do well in the competition.”by Rachel McLaughlinNEAT NEWS FOR LETTERKENNY IN TIDY TOWNS AWARDS was last modified: September 9th, 2013 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:awardletterkennytidy towns
ONCE A PROUD BOAST OF AIB, BUT NOW GAOTH DOBHAIR BRANCH WILL CLOSESinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty has accused AIB of abandoning rural Ireland following the decision to close eight branches in Co Donegal.The decision by AIB saw angry locals gather in Gaoth Dobhair last night.The move will see a number of branches including Lifford, Dunfanaghy, Raphoe, Falcarragh, Gaoth Dobhair, Milford, Bundoran and Moville close its door for good. Local post offices are expected to pick up some of its basic banking services.However the closure of many West Donegal branches including Falcarragh and Gaoth Dobhair means that people will have to travel to Dungloe to carry out any business.Deputy Doherty said: ” The AIB’s decision will be a serious blow to communities throughout the state particularly rural communities here in Co Donegal that are already suffering from a lack of investment and a withdrawal of services.“AIB is a nationalised bank. The people own it. Yet it is being allowed to abandon rural communities across the state and to hike up its interest rate putting its customers under more financial strain. This is just weeks after the bank refused to pass on the ECB interest rate cut of half a percentage point to its customers. “The government needs to show its commitment to rural Ireland. Its action plan on jobs means nothing to people in rural communities where more and more jobs are being lost and more and more services are being cut.“This government was elected on a promise to create jobs yet again and again we hear of major job losses and the live register stands at nearly half a million. Its action to create jobs has been pathetic and subservient to its commitment to pump billions into zombie banks.“Unfortunately the government’s record in rural Ireland is no better than its job creation record.”It’s all a far cry from the TV ads of the 1980s – which featured the Gaoth Dobhair branch at the end and the AIB’s slogan of having branches “where you live.”Last night local people voiced their concerns about the latest cuts to services in rural Donegal. BANK CLOSURE PROTESTS: TD ACCUSES AIB OF ‘ABANDONING RURAL IRELAND’ was last modified: July 31st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BANK CLOSURE PROTESTS: TD ACCUSES AIB OF ‘ABANDONING RURAL IRELAND’
(Visited 102 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Astronomers don’t know what they are, or where they come from, but big blasts from space have opened up a new field of research.In a mature science like deep space astronomy, it seems hard to discover something brand new. But ten years ago, Nature reports, an astronomer saw a burst of radio waves lasting only 5 thousandths of a second. What was it? Since then, some 75 of these “fast radio bursts” (FRBs) have been detected. In her article “Astronomers grapple with new era of fast radio bursts,” Elizabeth Gibney discusses a recent conference in Aspen, Colorado that laid out a strategy for studying the phenomenon. If FRBs are indeed extragalactic—as the majority of astronomers believe—they must be enormously powerful.One of the most perplexing phenomena in astronomy has come of age. The fleeting blasts of energetic cosmic radiation of unknown cause, now known as fast radio bursts (FRBs), were first detected a decade ago. At the time, many astronomers dismissed the seemingly random blasts as little more than glitches. And although key facts, such as what causes them, are still largely a mystery, FRBs are now accepted as a genuine class of celestial signal and have spawned a field of their own.It may seem to some people in the era of the Hubble Space Telescope that astronomers had found everything there is to be found in deep space, and the rest is fine-tuning. But FRBs follow in a long line of mysterious objects never before imagined: radio galaxies, quasars, pulsars, neutron stars, blazars, magnetars, and gamma-ray bursts. As astronomers begin to build more sensitive detectors to study these enigmatic bursts of energy, no one knows where FRB astronomy will lead in the next decade. It may seem to some people in the era of the Hubble Space Telescope that astronomers had found everything there is to be found in deep space, and the rest is fine-tuning. But FRBs follow in a long line of mysterious objects never before imagined: radio galaxies, quasars, pulsars, neutron stars, blazars, magnetars, and gamma-ray bursts. As astronomers begin to build more sensitive detectors to study these enigmatic bursts of energy, no one knows where FRB astronomy will lead in the next decade.Other Astronomical Observations and MysteriesThe dawn of a new era for Supernova 1987a (Phys.org). In 1987, astronomers were delighted to have an opportunity to observe one of the nearest supernovas in centuries. The debris of SN 1987a, in the Large Magellanic Cloud, has been expanding for 30 years now. The article contains new images from Hubble of the ring of light reflected off the expanding dust cloud that has reached a light-year across.Astronomers find faintest early galaxies yet, probe how the early universe lit up (Phys.org). This article by Rebecca Johnson discusses the difficulty of finding faint galaxies at the limit of Hubble’s detection. The “Frontier Fields Project” has detected galaxy clusters 100 times fainter than those seen in the Hubble Deep Field, finding complex structure just 1 billion years after the big bang. “Their observations showed that these faint galaxies are extremely numerous,” Johnson says.If atoms are mostly empty space, why do objects look and feel solid? (The Conversation). Roger Barlow, a physicist, explains this counter-intuitive phenomenon. Find out why he uses a photo of starlings to make his point.The universe is stranger than we can imagine. Beware of any scientist who boasts overmuch about what science understands. Big-bang cosmology is prime example. To see why, obtain Bob Enyart’s comprehensive DVD, “Evidence Against the Big Bang,” available also in download format.For those interested in questions in Biblical cosmology, Spike Psarris just published a discussion of starlight and time on his Creation Astronomy website. In “Distant starlight: Does it disprove Biblical creation?, Psarris describes seven assumptions behind the claim that light needed billions of years to get to earth. In the process, he offers alternative assumptions that reveal solutions for rapid light travel time. He ends by showing that starlight and time is just as much a problem for big bang theory, so it is hypocritical for big-bangers to criticize Biblical cosmology on that basis.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Large-scale pesticide application takes skill. Farmers, retailers and crop consultants can increase their know-how by attending the Northwest Ohio Precision Ag Sprayer Day at the Fulton County Fairgrounds on Aug. 9.“They have to make sure their sprayers are calibrated, rates are correct, drift is reduced as much as possible, and application coverage is the best it can be,” said Eric Richer, agriculture and natural resources educator for Ohio State University Extension and organizer of the event. “There will be a wide variety of precision spray equipment demonstrated that day, all the way from the most advanced self-propelled sprayers costing hundreds of thousands of dollars down to four-wheeler or ATV small sprayers. From a budget perspective, we’ll be covering a wide spectrum.“We’ll also talk about the latest and greatest in nozzle technologies. Costs can range from just a couple of dollars to $10 to $12 for a single nozzle.”The event takes place from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the fairgrounds at 8591 state Route 108, Wauseon. Registration is $25 if postmarked by Aug. 1 or $40 at the door (space permitting) and includes lunch. A complete agenda and registration form can be downloaded at fulton.osu.edu.The morning portion of the program will focus on education, Richer said.“We’ll show farmers how to calibrate their sprayer, whether they have one of the oldest sprayers in the county or the newest,” Richer said. “Sprayer calibration is important each and every year.”Erdal Ozkan, an agricultural engineering professor in the college and spray technology expert, and Greg LaBarge, agronomic systems field specialist with OSU Extension, will lead that portion of the program.“We want to make sure we’re at the right rate, the right coverage and the right droplet size so we minimize drift,” Richer said.New seed technologies anticipated to be coming on the market soon will make such precision even more vital, he added.“With dicamba and 2,4-D soybeans on the horizon for 2017, applicators will want to make sure pesticide doesn’t drift off-site and damage non-target plants, including neighboring specialty crops and landscaping,” Richer said. “This program will be an opportunity to educate farmers and retailers on that topic.”Also in the morning, Mark Gaerte of Gaerte Ag Service will conduct a flyover aerial spray demonstration, and a sponsor panel will discuss improved pesticide technologies.In the afternoon, live demonstrations will take place thanks to the participation of industry partners, including:• Hardi Sprayers (Kahrs Tractor Sales), pull-type sprayer stability• KFG/John Deere, direct injection and BoomTrac• Archbold Equipment, top air pull-type with ATV• Ohio Ag Equipment/RoGator, sprayer cleanout and section control• Capstan Ag/Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute, pulse-width modulation demo• Case IH, turn compensation and nozzle overlapParticipants at the event will qualify for 3.5 hours of pesticide applicator recertification credits from both the Ohio and the Michigan departments of agriculture, Richer said.For more information, contact Richer at email@example.com or call the Fulton County OSU Extension office at 419-337-9210.
The unsolicited email pitch offered me the chance to close deals 500% faster than I am closing them now. Outstanding. Who doesn’t want to compress their sales cycle? Even your dream clients want to produce better results faster, so why not compress the sales cycle.Can You Make This Thing Go Faster?But let’s say your average deal closes in 90 days. If you were to close that deal 500% faster, it would close in 18 days. Maybe your normal sales cycle should be 18 days, but it isn’t likely if your real metrics shows 90 days.If your normal deal closes in 120 days, which is not uncommon for large, complex, business-to-business opportunities that require a lot of diagnosis, consensus, and technical conversations, closing it 500% faster means closing it in 24 days.Different businesses, different industries, and different customers can all have different sales cycles. This is not to say that most sales organizations couldn’t stand to improve their ability to compress their sales cycle time; most could.Too Fast or Too Slow?An unnaturally shortened timeframe comes with a cost.Taking less time to understand what your dream client needs can speed your time to proposal while also making it less likely that you hit all the right notes.Spending too little time with different stakeholder groups means forfeiting consensus for a faster decision, only to discover the decision is a “no decision” because your prospective client didn’t have agreement from their team.Treating complex, longer sales cycle prospects like they are simple, low-risk decisions creates a mismatch in what you want in the way of speed for what your dream client needs from you to make a good decision.You want to move through your sales cycle efficiently and effectively, but not at the cost of losing an opportunity. If you want to help your client move faster, than you will gain agreement on what the process needs to look like, and you will gain all the commitments you need as you move from target to close.Going 500% faster isn’t the right goal.
Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now The loudest voices on the social channels will tell you the largest change in sales is the advent of those same social channels. They are all hyped up on digital transformation and social selling and all the shiny, digital objects that capture their attention. While it’s nice to have new tools, they are not even close to the largest change in sales over the last decade.Here are the new rules of B2B Sales:Rule 1: Your business acumen must now be equal to or greater than your sales acumen.The largest and most important change that has occurred in B2B sales is the requirement that the salesperson has the business acumen and situational knowledge to help their clients understand why and how they need to change what they are doing.It is no longer enough to show up with a slide deck that outlines your company’s storied history, your global or national footprint, your board of directors and investors, the logos of the big companies that buy from you, and your product and service offerings. It is no longer enough to talk features, benefits, and advantages, these providing no advice as it pertains to change. Overcoming objections provides clients zero value in a world where change is necessary and one in which real and valid concerns need to be addressed.If you are going to succeed in B2B sales, you are going to need to be someone with the advice and counsel your dream clients need.Rule 2: You must sell strategic outcomes.No one wants to buy your product or service or solution. With rare exceptions, no one cares about what you sell. Instead, they care about their business, their products and services and solutions, and their clients and customers. What they want most of all is better outcomes in all the areas where better outcomes would help them produce better results for their business.The reason you must be other-oriented instead of self-oriented is because the focus of the conversation you have with your dream clients and existing clients needs to be about the strategic outcomes they need. There has been a serious change to what clients want and need from salespeople, as well as what creates a preference to work with one over another. While it used to be enough to look for “dissatisfaction” or “pain,” unless you can very tightly tie what needs to change to some strategic outcome, you will struggle to displace your competitor in an account.This rule follows the first rule on business acumen. Without the business acumen, you aren’t going to be able to sell strategic outcomes. Instead, you’ll sell a solution that solves the client’s existing pain. And while this may be what they believe they want and need from you, you will struggle to maintain the margins you need to serve your clients, and you will not position yourself or your company as a strategic partner.Strategic business results are much more compelling than products, services, or solutions.Rule 3: You are responsible for controlling the process.There are a lot of pseudo-experts on sales who will tell you that buyers now have all the power, that the best thing you can do is provide them with the information they need when they ask for it, and that salespeople create no value. These beliefs are not only false, they are disempowering. The truth is quite the opposite.Right now, your dream clients need someone who knows what needs to change, why it needs to change, how it needs to change, and how guide them from their current state to a better future state. If your dream client knew what to do and how to do it, they would already be generating the better results they need. If they had a process that served them in understanding why and how they need to change, they’d have already done what you know they need to do.Your dream clients don’t know that they need to collaborate with you to design a solution that is going to work inside their company. It’s likely they have never considered who they need on their side to decide, and they may not have even considered how much consensus is going to be necessary to move forward with a new idea. It’s almost impossible that they believe that they are underinvesting in the results they need, nor do they know that they need to have all their concerns resolved before moving forward. You, on the other hand, know all these things.If your client has a process, it’s likely an RFP. If they don’t, they are going to flail around, avoiding making the commitments they need to make to produce the strategic outcomes they need. This makes controlling the process your responsibility.If you don’t control the process, the process will prevent your client from making good decisions—and it will cost you opportunities.Rule 4: You lead change initiatives.You lead change initiatives. You lead your team by owning the outcomes you sell and by ensuring they own the transactions (all the things they need to do to produce those outcomes). You also help lead your client’s team, educating them and ensuring they make the necessary changes on their side.There is no list of sales competencies that includes leadership, minus this one. It isn’t the way that we have historically thought about the role of salesperson. The attributes and skills that make one a good salesperson are very helpful for those who lead, and the lack of the tangibles and intangibles in leadership are as pronounced in sales as they are in leadership. Chief among these competencies are being able to share a compelling vision of the future, helping people make the changes they need to make, and marshaling the necessary resources.Salespeople also need to deal with the conflict that come with any real change initiative, including conflicting needs, conflicting priorities, and conflicting ideas about what needs to be done to succeed (the “how” to change). If the salesperson cannot—or will not—lead, then the strategic outcomes are almost certain to be put at risk.You must lead others in the pursuit of a better future state.Rule 5: You are accountable for what you sell.In the past, you may have sold a product or service and left it to the client to figure out for themselves how to achieve the results they needed. The end of your responsibility may have been ink on a contract and a signed statement of work or order form.If you want to be a trusted advisor and a strategic partner, the price of admission is that you own the outcomes you sell. It isn’t enough that you provide the advice, even though you must obey those rules (rules 1 and 2). It isn’t enough that you know how to help your dream client make a good decision (rule 3). The reason that you need to lead (rule 4) is because you are being measured on your ability to deliver the strategic outcomes you sell.The fact that your product or service is delivered is not enough. Without generating the outcome, your client is not going to get what they needed—and what they were promised—and you are not going to retain your client, nor will you have created the result that would give you an absolute right to propose the next change initiative that moves them closer to the better future results they need.You own the outcomes you sell.These are the new rules for success in B2B sales. Violate them at your peril.
The charming Casa Bella Vista in ManaliThere is nothing quite like an addiction called the mountains. It nudges, tugs, propels and directs you to it time and again, to those silent sentinels that can be as gentle as they are unforgiving. They renew, inspire and exalt the spirit, as little else can. If mountain air and its thrills are your poison, a trip to Himachal is bound to be in the offing because there is always something on the roster to tempt. Despite your many visits to the State you can never have attempted it all. For some people the challenge lies in its summits clothed in the radiance of white where only the gods dare to reside, and the winds whisper tales of creation. For others the twisty roads or a hike can be as much of a thrill as a rafting trip down the river.On an Adventure SpreeNothing beats the thrill of a snow scooter ride on a cold winter morningateThe mountains spell dare, and those with the guts for extreme adventure can always expect Himachal to unravel something new. One such spectacular trip is a rafting expedition on the Spiti and Pin rivers. The twin valleys have captured the imagination of travellers and rafting provides unparalleled views of Spiti’s dramatic topography. In between braving the rapids you can hop off the raft on excursions to its monasteries that are so implausibly perched on precipices, and come face-to-face with the culture of this State, preserved since centuries.advertisementThere are many places for skiing in the StateIn the escapade kingdom of Manali, there is the option of heli skiing. A chopper transports you to the top of a peak making it convenient to ski down some of the finest slopes in the country. The choices lie in Hanuman Tibba, Deo Tibba, Rohtang Pass and Chandrakhani Pass. A key feature at Manali is the compact heli-skiing area and all it requires is a flight time of around ten minutes to carry skiers to the top of peaks that are as high as 14,000 ft. From there it’s a thrilling ride down the slopes, their smooth ridges promising an adrenaline boost for the skier. There is opportunity for beginners too with a combination of testing slopes including the ones with gentle gradient making it a particularly thrilling outing for the first-timer. A winter carnival is held in the middle of February capping the skiing season with added fiesta.Evening OutChandrakhani pass is one of the finest options for winters sports in the countryWith Manali being an all-season destination, there’s no lack of entertainment options. You can let your hair down at Piccadily Cinema, the State’s first cineplex, that’s opened recently on The Mall. The town also has a fair share of foreigners who have fallen for its charms. Some of the restaurants and hotels welcomely offer them a taste of their respective countries. The sprightly Casa Bella Vista, that offers charming cottages, overlooking the Manalsu rivulet has a cafe that serves scrumptious Spanish cuisine. It is the perfect place to sit under the deodars for a satisfying meal. If you happen to be in Shimla, and are craving for an Italian meal, head to Cafe Sol in Hotel Combermere, which also offers mouth-watering Mexican and Continental dishes.Spa RetreatsThe Surya Vilas Luxury Spa Resort at SolanThough the mountains in themselves are succour for the soul, spa resorts are going all out to make the holiday in the hills more rejuvenating. Even before spa became the buzz word, Himachal had some of the finest ones to offer. Much in line with that standard are two new properties perched in the very accessible Shivalik ranges: Moksha Himalaya Spa Resort-Centara Boutique Collection in Parwanoo and Surya Vilas Luxury Spa Resort in Solan; both an easy drive from the nearest railhead at Kalka. These wellness sanctuaries are truly a vacation in the lap of nature and offer tastefully furnished rooms, excellent views and soothing therapies, all elements that let you unwind in complete tranquillity. Moksha, which has been set up in alliance with Thailand’s award-winning hotel chain, extends the elegance and graciousness associated with a Thai experience. And it’s all the more special when you arrive at the resort by cable car.Home for HolidaysMarigold Holiday Cottages near Shimla make for a charming stay optionFor most first-timers and some veterans too, a trip to Himachal remains incomplete without visiting Shimla. The queen has aged but nothing has diminished her magnetism and The Mall indicates that. The pedestrians-only stretch was once a ramp for connoisseurs of elegance, where handsome men strode gallantly and stylish ladies fluttered their eyelashes and romance continues to blooms here. Anytime of the day is perfect and as the evening sets in, the hills start to twinkle attractively with the lights coming on. That’s the time to head for the snug warmth of your booked accommodation.With Shimla getting saturated, the towns around it have reinvented themselves and among other features, it’s the concept of homestays that has caught on. Mashobra offers quite a variety and from among its inventory, Violet Hill and Forest Hill Villas come in for special mention. If you’re looking for self-contained chalets, there’s Marigold Holiday Cottages in Sidhora, a picturesque village 15 km from Shimla.advertisementThe colourful Himachal shawls are a must-buyRealising the potential of homestays, Himachal Tourism has also jumped into the fray and now offers a choice of 160 homes across most districts. The accommodation details are available on their website (himachaltourism.nic.in) and lend a fair idea of the sort of place that’s likely to appeal. Considering its impeccable past record in choice of location and hospitality at guest houses, tourism homestays are all set to take off, providing as they do, a more intimate experience to the traveller. Traditional ShoppingPiccadily cinema at ManaliThink Himachal and images of its vibrant, multi-coloured weaves flash in the mind. The colourful bands of woven patterns found on caps and shawls–its biggest export after apples–stand out distinctly wherever you travel in these hills. The designs are reflective of the intermingling of traditions, especially Tibetan and Chinese, those influences coming by way of trading ties. And now there is a shift in colour codes with subdued pastels and rich earthy tones appearing on the shelves. The long established Bodh Shawl Weavers in Manali is a recommended place to pick up stylish new patterns and stay wrapped in the warmth of Himachal long after you’ve reached home.Whatever you do here, whether it is indulging in the thrill of adventure sports or just spending a comfortable weekend, one thing is sure, the mountains will never disappoint. Fact fileRafting is one of the most popular adventure sport optionsRafting Tours operated by Mainak Travels; www.mainaktravels.comHeli skiing Tours operated by Mainak Travels; tel: (0) 98163 54380Piccadily Cinema The Mall, ManaliCasa Bella Vista Log Huts Area, Log Huts Road; tel: (0) 98166 99663Cafe Sol Hotel Combermere, The Mall, Shimla; tel: (0177) 265 1246Moksha Himalaya Spa Resort, Centara Boutique Collection Parwanoo, Solan; tel: (01792) 232 301; www.centarahotelsresorts.comSurya Vilas Luxury Spa Resort Kumarhatti-Nahan Road, Gandhigram, Solan; tel: (01792) 307 000Violet Hill Vilas Mashobra; tel: (0)98154 42233, 13 km from Shimla Forest Hill Villas Purani Koti village, Mashobra, 16 km from Shimla; tel: (0) 97178 44088Marigold Holiday Cottages Sadhora Village, Mashobra-Naldehra Road, Shimla; tel: (0) 92185 18600Bodh Shawl Weavers 109/6 Hotel Tashila, Model Town, Manali; tel: (0192) 251 471
Taapsee Pannu is on fire, and it is the kind of fire, we can never be scared of. The chirpy Naam Shabana actor, who is known for her vibrant and flowy outfits is setting new parameters with her flamboyant outfits. And honestly, we’re so lovin’ it.Just when we thought that it couldn’t get better after her hot pink dress, she burst our bubble and managed to put us in a state of trance.Picture courtesy: Instagram/afashionistadiaries Also Read: Taapsee Pannu is a miracle in pink, and this is not about the movie Taapsee was spotted in a yellow sleeveless top which saw an appealing amalgamation of peplum-vibes and neat pleats.The pleats looked jazzy and peppy, while the peplum gave an elegant tinge to the bright outfit. We’re kind of crushing over that top a bit too much. Why? Because it has got the best of both worlds!Picture courtesy: Instagram/bollywoodfashionfiesta She paired the bumblebee-hued top with a matching pair of trousers that had white-floral embroidery on one side. Doing what it does best, the floral embroidery make everything so much better.Also Read: 5 times Konkona Sen Sharma redefined the beauty of comfortable, easygoing fashion The beautiful embroidery lit up the sunny vibe of this chic outfit further, and made us fall in love with the smart blend of multiple clothing aesthetics in just this one ensemble by Divya Reddy.Picture courtesy: Instagram/vinayaghamurthy77 Taapsee tied her hair in an elegant low bun, and sported a pair of golden, open-toe stilettos and kept it subtle.advertisementThe actor was overjoyed in her bright attire, and looked like our own version of Little Miss Sunshine.