- Sixth and final event of 2014 Feeder Tour season to decide Order of Merit champion
- Prize money of Rs. 6 lakh
Lucknow, September 15, 2014: The Ansal API Feeder Tour Championship presented by The Palms Golf Club – Sushant Golf City, the sixth and final event of the Professional Golf Tour of India’s (PGTI) 2014 Feeder Tour season, will be held from September 16 – 18, 2014, at The Palms Golf Club – an 18 hole international standard championship golf course located in Ansal API’s hi-tech township – Sushant Golf City, Lucknow.
The Palms Golf Club, touted as one of the best upcoming golf courses in India, is set to stage the event for the second year running. The tournament carries a total prize purse of Rs. 6 lakh. The tournament will feature a field of 72 players and will be played over three rounds of 18 holes each with the cut being applied after 36 holes.
The top names in the field include Randhir Singh Ghotra of Chandigarh and Meerut’s Sudhir Sharma, a winner of two events during the 2010 Feeder Tour season. The local challenge will be led by Lucknow-based professionals Rajesh Kumar Rawat, Sheeraz Kalra, Bhoop Singh, Manoj Kumar, Amardeep Rawat, Sanjeev Kumar, Eshanvir Singh and Rishi, to name a few. Akshay Sharma of Chandigarh and Delhi’s Gulfam, currently placed first and second on the Feeder Tour Order of Merit respectively, will also be among the top contenders at the event.
Akshay Sharma and Gulfam are currently engaged in a keen contest for the top spot in the Order of Merit. While Akshay, the winner of the season’s first event in Jaipur, has earnings of Rs. 2,15,280, Gulfam, who bagged the fourth event of the season at Forest Hill Golf Resort in Punjab, is not far behind with earnings of Rs. 1,74,540. The winner of the 2014 PGTI Feeder Tour Order of Merit will get an exemption to play on the PGTI in 2015.
Director’s Charles Martin Smith’s “Postcard of the Destination” to Open Nationwide Tomorrow
Mumbai, 15th September 2014 :The Hollywood spotlight will shine brightly on the St. Pete/Clearwater area this Friday as Warner Bros. Dolphin Tale 2, the much-anticipated sequel to the 2011 blockbuster Dolphin Tale, hits movie theaters across the country.
The inspirational tale that focuses on the “rescue-rehab-release” mission of Clearwater Marine Aquarium introduces a baby dolphin, Hope, to the original film’s aquatic star, Winter, in an emotional, family friendly story that is based on the real-life rescue of the injured mammal in 2010.
All of the human stars from the original film—including Harry Connick Jr., Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd and Kris Kristofferson—also returned for the sequel, which director Charles Martin Smith describes as a “postcard to the destination.”
In concert with the release of the film, Visit St. Pete/Clearwater has launched a variety of marketing initiatives, including online promotions with AMC Theatres andMovieTickets.com, promotional hang tags in more than 300,000 Hertz, Dollar and Thrifty rental cars at airports in the Orlando and Tampa Bay areas, and branded trams at Tampa International Airport, where dolphin-themed “selfie” stands flank the shuttle platforms.
International efforts include hosted media screenings in the UK, and full-page sweepstakes in magazines distributed at 1,300 McDonald’s restaurants throughout Germany.
But the most convincing advertisements of all might come from the movie’s director and stars themselves, who appear on a series of VSPC’s online videos candidly describing their relationship with the film’s aquatic heroes, their admiration for Clearwater Marine Aquarium, and their love for the destination itself.
“It’s difficult to overstate how much Dolphin Tale and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium have become part of the overall brand of the St. Pete/Clearwater area,” said Interim Director of Visit St. Pete/Clearwater David Downing.
“The publicity the destination receives is immeasurable, and the feel-good plot resonates with a wide variety of visitors—particularly families,” said Downing. “In terms of tourism promotion, we couldn’t ask for a better marketing vehicle.”
The 2011 release of the blockbuster Dolphin Tale made Clearwater Marine Aquarium a household name, grossing more than $100 million and skyrocketing visitation at the aquarium from 78,000 in 2010 to 750,000 in 2012.
A delegation of tourism and business leaders from the Clearwater area traveled to Los Angeles for last Sunday’s Hollywood premiere, followed by last night’s local premiere at a sold out Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, where appearances by wounded warriors, musicians, and other inspirational personalities echoed the film’s central theme of the search for strength in the face of adversity.
Dolphin Tale 2 will open internationally in the UK on October 3 and Germany on October 9, followed by continued worldwide roll out in Latin America and other markets.
On Saturday, both Yes and No campaigns were given a final push at the last weekend ahead of the Referendum.
In October 2012, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond signed the Edinburgh Agreement, allowing Scotland to hold an independence referendum in autumn 2014 on the question of “Should Scotland be an independent country?” the online Scottish Daily Record reported.
Queen Elizabeth on Sunday urged Scots to think “carefully” ahead of Thursday’s Scottish independence referendum, local media reported.
In an unprecedented move after attending Church near Balmoral Castle in northern Scotland, the Queen went to speak to Royal watchers and urged people to think very carefully about the Referendum on Sept. 18, the online Scottish Daily Record reported.
It was the very first time Her Majesty, who is normally above politics, has spoken out on the independence question, said the report.
Sweden’s Social Democrats and their centre-left allies are poised to return to power after defeating the centre-right government, in a general election that also resulted in strong gains for the anti-immigration party.
As all voting districts tallied by Monday morning, the Social Democrat-led bloc won 43.7 percent of the vote while the ruling centre-right coalition, led by the Moderate Party, gained 39.3 percent.The anti-immigration far-right Sweden Democrats were celebrating large gains as the party won 12.9 percent of votes cast – more than doubling the 5.7 percent of votes won in the 2010 election.Sweden’s opposition “red-green” center-left alliance headed by the Social Democratic Party beat the center-right ruling coalition in Sunday’s general elections, preliminary results show. Social Democratic Party, famed for having built Sweden’s reputable welfare “Nordic Model,” became the biggest winner with over 31 percent of the vote. Together with the Green Party and the Left Party, the “red-green” alliance harvested 43.5 percent of the vote, compared with 39.5 percent for the center-right ruling bloc. Meanwhile, the anti-immigration far-right Sweden Democrats gained an unexpected 13 percent, making it the third-biggest winner.
The huge gain doubled what it achieved four years ago. The party was dubbed by local media as a “balance of power” between the center-left and center-right blocs.The “red-green” alliance appears unable to form a majority in parliament, and therefore probably has to partner with small parties within the ruling center-right bloc to form a new government. The poor performance of the ruling coalition has forced Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt to announced his resignation both as prime minister and Moderate Party leader.
Social Democratic head Stefan Lofven, leader of the opposition “red-green” alliance, is ready to replace Reinfeldt as the next Swedish head of government.”Tonight Sweden has decided — a change is needed. I am ready to probe the possibilities for creating a new government in Sweden,” said Lofven just after midnight.
“All parties have a responsibility now. I’ll talk to other parties. My hand is outstretched. I’ll talk to the Greens, but also to other parties,” Lofven said, in hope of forming a stable majority government soon.
However, he explicitly stated that he would not cooperate with the far-right Sweden Democrats. “Even if the Sweden Democrats had even higher numbers, we would not cooperate with them,” said Lofven, amid cheers of his supporters.About 7 million Swedes went to the polls on Sunday to select 349 members of parliament.
Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt declared his resignation on Sunday night amid disappointing results of his center-right government in the 2014 parliamentary election.
Reinfeldt made this declaration when addressing his Moderate Party on Sunday night when they were witnessing the disappointing results.
“The election is over and the Swedish people have made their decision,” Fredrik Reinfeldt said.He announced that he would be stepping down and would not fight for the position of prime minister for another term – and would also be leaving his post as Moderate party leader.”I will hand in my notice tomorrow. All these years under the Alliance have been fantastic,” he told the crowd.Meanwhile, Social Democrat leader Stefan Lofven is ready to lead the opposition “red-green” alliance, which narrowly beat the Reinfeldt-led center-right government. Media agencies
India and Vietnam on Monday inked seven pacts, including one to enhance cooperation in the strategic oil sector, as they called for freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, a remark which could irk China which has been claiming territorial sovereignty over the high seas.The agreements were signed during the second day of the four-day state visit of President Pranab Mukherjee who held talks with his Vietnamese counterpart Truong Tan Sang in Hanoi on Monday.
Both the countries decided to “strengthen and deepen bilateral cooperation on the basis of the strategic partnership with focus on political, defence and security cooperation, economic cooperation, science and technology, culture and people-to-people links, technical cooperation and multilateral and regional cooperation.”
In a subtle message to China, the two countries, who established strategic ties in 2007, asserted that the freedom of navigation in the disputed waters of the South China Sea should not be impeded and called all the parties concerned to exercise restraint in this context.
“The leaders reiterated their desire and determination to work together to maintain peace, stability, growth and prosperity in Asia. They agreed that freedom of navigation in the East Sea/South China Sea should not be impeded and called the parties concerned to exercise restraint, avoid threat or use of force and resolve disputes through peaceful means in accordance with universally recognised principles of international law, including the UNCLOS-1982,” said a joint communique issued after the meeting.
China has been exerting its influence in these waters which is not taken well by Vietnam and other bordering countries like the Philippines.
The two sides urged for “collective commitment of the concerned parties to abide by and implement the 2002 Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea and to work towards the adoption of a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea on the basis of consensus.
“They called for cooperation in ensuring security of sea-lanes, maritime security, combating piracy and conducting search and rescue operations,” it said.
“Both the nations also agreed to continue closer interaction under the institutional architecture of the strategic partnership, particularly the Joint Commission meeting, the Foreign Office consultations and strategic dialogue, security dialogue and other dialogue mechanisms between the two countries,” the communique said.
After the delegation-level talks, both the leaders oversaw the signing of pacts on seven different subjects in the presence of dignitaries and senior government officials.
Apart from a Letter of Intent (LoI) signed between the ONGC Videsh Limited (OVL) and Vietnam Oil, the other pacts include extending a dollar credit line between Vietnam and EXIM Bank of India, agreement on co-operation and mutual assistance in customs matters, MoU on animal health, MoU on setting up of Pangasius breeding and farming in India, MoU on operating and jointly promoting direct air services between Vietnam Airlines and domestic Indian air carrier Jet Airways and MoU on cooperation in youth affairs and skill development.
The two sides also agreed to undertake a focussed cooperation in defence related procurement.
“The leaders agreed that defence and security cooperation was an important pillar of the strategic partnership between the two countries. They expressed satisfaction with the ongoing cooperation between the two sides in this field and noted that the signing of the MoU for the Line of Credit of USD 100 million for defence procurement extended by India to Vietnam would open new avenues for cooperation,” the joint statement said.
They also reiterated their desire and determination to work together to maintain peace, stability, growth and prosperity in Asia, it said.
It said official talks between the leaders were held in an atmosphere of friendship and mutual trust.
“President Sang and President Mukherjee exchanged views on the socio-economic developments and foreign policy of their respective countries, bilateral relations and issues of mutual interest,” it said.
Mukherjee also congratulated the government and people of Vietnam on the remarkable achievements recorded in recent years while Sang saluted India on the successful completion of the recent Lok Sabha elections and expressed his belief that under the leadership of the new government in India, the people of India will attain greater achievements in national development.
The two leaders also agreed to enhance the economic partnership and strengthen the trade and investment linkages between the public and private sectors of both countries, including forging joint ventures.
“They welcomed the strong growth in bilateral trade in recent years and urged business to further expand and diversify trade to achieve the bilateral trade target of USD 15 billion by 2020. They identified tourism, garments and textiles, pharmaceuticals and agriculture as important areas of potential growth in bilateral trade,” the statement said.
The two leaders highlighted scope for expansion in ICT, science and technology, space and other areas.
The MoU on line of credit of the Exim bank signed on Monday will explore opportunities for this cooperation in the future.
“Details of equipment to be purchased by Vietnam are under finalisation,” the joint statement said.
Also, under the new air connectivity deal, both Jet Airways and Vietnam Airlines will fly a daily flight connecting Delhi, Mumbai and Ho Chi Minh city starting 5th November.
Before meeting his Vietnamese counterpart, Mukherjee visited the Ho Chi Minh’s residential complex in Hanoi and laid wreath at the memorial of National Heroes and Martyrs.
Upon his arrival to the Presidential palace, Mukherjee was given a guard of honour.
He and Sang jointly planted a sapling of the Holy ‘Bodhi Tree’ which was gifted to Vietnam as a mark of respect and recognition of India’s strong-rooted and growing ties with it.
The Indian delegation comprises Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and five other Parliamentarians.
Czech Castles in the Currency Building Kolkata
September 18 – October 31, 2014
Czech Castle architecture is an important part of the cultural heritage of the Czech Republic, which abounds in cultural treasures, among which castles and chateaux as historical residences of the social elite, former rulers, aristocracy, and religious institutions attract special attention.
For this reason, the Embassy of the Czech Republic decided to present the exhibition “Czech Castles”, which presents a selection of 37 most interesting castles and chateaux of Bohemia and Moravia, two of the historic areas that constitute the Czech state. The main criterion for the selection of the localities has been their historical significance as well as their architectural and artistic value. The exhibition depicts both historic and current images of the most exquisite and popular Czech Castles.
The exhibition “Czech Castles” is organised by the Embassy of the Czech Republic in New Delhi, in collaboration with the National Museum of the Czech Republic, Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, the Archaeological Survey of India and the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.
The exhibition „Czech Castles“ has been presented with huge success in several cities in India and other countries, for instance in Delhi (Red Fort), Bhutan (Royal Textile Academy in Thimphu), Nepal (Siddharta Art Gallery in Kathmandu) and in Leh-Ladakh (Leh Palace).
In Delhi, the Exhibition was officially inaugurated by H.E. Mr. Jan Kohout, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, H.E. Mr. Jiri Balvin, Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic, and H. E. Mrs. Chandresh Kumari Katoch, Minister of Culture of the Republic of India, at the iconic Red Fort – “Quarter Guard” Gallery in Delhi on November 7, 2013. The Exhibition stayed in the Red Fort until January 13, 2014, and was visited by 5-7 thousand visitors daily.
In Bhutan, the exhibition was officially inaugurated by Her Majesty the Queen Mother Sangay Choden Wangchuck, H.E. Mr. Tomas Dub, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, and H.E. Mr. Miloslav Stašek, Ambassador of the Czech Republic, at the Royal Textile Academy in Thimphu on February 13, 2014. The Exhibition stayed in Thimphu until March 23, 2014.
In Nepal, the exhibition was inaugurated by H.E. Mr. Bhim Prasad Acharya, Minister of Culture of Nepal, and H.E. Mr. Miloslav Stašek, Ambassador of the Czech Republic, at the prestigious Sidharta Art Gallery at Baber Mahal Revisited in Kathmandu on on April 9, 2014. The Exhibition stayed in Nepal until May 25, 2014.
In Ladakh, the inauguration of the “Czech Castles” Exhibition on June 13, 2014, in the touristic gem Leh Palace was graced by the presence of H.E. Mr. N.N. Vohra, Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, several Ministers of Jammu and Kashmir Government, members of the Ladakh Autonomous Development Council and by other numerous dignitaries.
This time, the exhibition „Czech Castles“ will attract the audience in the Currency Building in Kolkata from September 18, 2014, until October 31, 2014. The Exhibition will be inaugurated on September 18, 2014, at 18:30, in the Currency Building in Kolkata by H.E. Mr. Miloslav Stašek, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to India, H.E. Mr. Utsav Parekh, Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic, and Mr. R. S. Fonia, Joint Director General, Archaeological Survey of India, Ministry of Culture, Government of India, will inaugurate the exhibition. H.E. Mr. Keshari Nath Tripathi, Honorable Governor of West Bengal, will grace the inauguration as the Guest of Honor.
Subsequently, in the second half of the 2014, the Exhibition will tour further to Goa andMumbai.
The exhibition “Czech Castles” is organized within the greatest cultural project ever performed by the Embassy of the Czech Republic in India called “2014 – The Year of Czech Culture in India”, that encompasses broad promotion campaign to highlight the Czech Republic as a country of immensely rich history and culture and also highly attractive touristic destination in the heart of Europe. As part of “2014 – The Year of Czech Culture in India” project, the Embassy of the Czech Republic presents series of exhibitions, concerts, theatre shows, food festivals, film screenings and other cultural events in India.
Ambassador of the Czech Republic
For more information, please contact:
Mr. Vikas Sharma
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Embassy of the Czech Republic
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