Disappointing draw for Reggae Boyz … Costa Rica hold Jamaica to 1-1 result

first_imgJamaica’s Reggae Boyz were held to a 1-1 draw by Costa Rica in their key CONCACAF semi-final round FIFA World Cup qualifier inside the National Stadium last night. Goals in either half by Jamaican midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson and Costa Rica’s Johnny Acosta has left things interestingly poised in the group. The Jamaicans grabbed a deserved lead in the 16th minute after midfielder Watson went low to meet a teasing Kemar Lawrence cross at the back post, sending his header in the opposite direction. They could have been 2-0 up just before half time, but Clayton Donaldson could not make contact with a low cross by Joel McAnuff as the hosts looked comfortable in possession, while enjoying the better chances. Earlier, McAnuff missed one of several Jamaican opportunities as he wasted a glorious chance to send the Jamaicans ahead in the 8th minute, after he was found unmarked at the back-post after a flicked header, which came from a long throw by full back Lawrence. HALF-CHANCES The visitors ended the first half with a couple half-chances themselves, but were not able to break the Jamaican backline. They did, however, get the breakthrough in the 67th minute when Johnny Acosta latched on to a rebound to make it 1-1 after Joel Campbell’s shot was well saved by Jamaican goalkeeper Andre Blake. Both teams traded chances but neither could add to the scoreline, leaving the Jamaicans to deal with another disappointing result in front of their home crowd. The Jamaicans now sit on four points with the Costa Ricans improving to seven points. Haiti and Panama played out a 0-0 draw in the group’s other game. The Jamaicans will travel to Costa Rica where both teams will meet again on Tuesday.last_img read more

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DELIGHT AS ROSSES ATHLETE FODHLA MCFADDEN WINS BRONZE AT ALL-IRELAND CHAMPIONSHIPS

first_imgFodhla McFadden.Rosses ACAll Ireland Medal for Fodhla – Gweedore girl Fodhla McFadden won a fantastic bronze in the triple jump at the All Ireland Junior/u23 Champ’s in the Athlone International Arena at the weekend became the first female athlete to ever win an All Ireland medal in these championships for the club. A huge well done from all at Rosses AC.The Donegal Athletic board held its sports star awards at the weekend with awards for boys u16 – Patrick Marry, girls u16 – Emilly Croke, boys over 16 – Odhran Mac Ruairi, girls over 16 – Fodhla McFadden. Well done to David Geoghegan, Cruit who was 6th in the Fastest Kid competition. Well done to our local schools – Pobalscoil GD, RCS And Pobalscoil CCF who took part in Donegal secondary schools Sportshall final in Raphoe. The club was well represented with athletes from the club in all 3 schools. Congrats to Pobalscoil GD who won the girls comp and to PCC who won the boys. Special thanks to teachers in charge – Gavin ward (RCS), Stephen Doohan (PCC) and Ita Gallagher (PSGD).Nineteen athletes from the North West competed at the Sportshall Athletics to pick Donegal U-13 and U-15 teams for the Ulster Sportshall Athletics Final in Magherafelt on 10th March. In the U-13 Girls Leah Mc Garvey won the 2 lap race, the 4 lap race and the Speed Bounce. Emilly Croke won the Shot Putt. Mia Baikie 2nd in the 2 lap race, 3rd Long Jump and 4th in 4 lap race. Caoimhe Ní Fhearraigh was 3rd in Vertical Jump. Good performances also from Aoibhinn Mc Elroy, Charmaine Caldwell and Grainne Mc Glynn.U-13 Boys – Gaoth Dobhair lad Johnson Bangora was the star performer in the Boys U-13 winning the 2 lap race, Standing Long Jump, Vertical Jump and was 2nd in the Triple Jump. Falcarragh lad Conor Coyle in his first year in athletics won the Standing Triple Jump and was 3rd in the 4 Lap race and in the Standing Long Jump. Good performance from John Gallagher, Acres NS in his first competition. Emma Brown, Pobal Scoil Ghaoth Dobhair was the star performer in the U-15 Girls competition. Emma won the 2 Lap race, the 4 Lap race and was 2nd in the Standing Long Jump and the Vertical Jump. Good performances from Aoise Willoughby, Orfhlaith Winters, Mia Mc Devitt, Emma Doherty and Caoimhe Boyle.In the U-15 Boys competition there were good performances from John Boyle, Sean O’Donnell and Joe Sharkey.Good luck to all the North West athletes competing in the Ulster Indoor Athletics Ch’s in Magherafelt this weekend with most competing on the Saturday and a handful competing on the Sunday.Table quiz for Rosses A.C. in Caisleain Oir Annagry on Wednesday 10th February. Starts at 10.00. Your support or donations would be very much appreciated.Registration Due: Reminder that registration fees for the year are now due. Prices for 2016 are: adult €20, 1st child €15, 2nd child €15, 3rd child €10, family €40. It is important that for insurance reasons only registered members of the club are permitted to attend training sessions. Registration lasts for a calendar year (January – December), all membership will expire on 31st December annually regardless of which month it commenced and will need to be renewed again every January. Registration forms can be obtained at any of the club training sessions check facebook, by emailing request to rossesac@yahoo.ie for registration form.The club will have about twenty athletes taking part in the Donegal Sportshall Athletics trials being held in the Aura on Sunday 31st January at 1.00pm. Entry fee is €5 and registration opens at 12.30 pm.Sportshall Athletics continues on Mondays in RCS gym, Dungloe. First group is from 5:45pm to 6:45pm for athletes born 2006, 2007 and 2008 with coaches Leanne Sharkey, Emer McGee and Grace Garvie. Second session is from 6:45pm to 7:45pm for athletes born 2005 and older with coaches Louise Gillespie and Sean McGinley. Fee is two euro.Adult training continues Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Estate in Gweedore starting at 7pm. Meet at Euroflex. All levels of athletes or runners welcome.DELIGHT AS ROSSES ATHLETE FODHLA MCFADDEN WINS BRONZE AT ALL-IRELAND CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: February 2nd, 2016 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:athleticsGAAROSSES ACSportlast_img read more

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Evalauting fixed costs on the farm – Part 2

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Earlier this month, Evan Hahn, Vice President Credit-Agribusiness with Farm Credit Mid-America shared some thoughts on how to better manage fixed costs. Employee and family labor expenses can be difficult to trim but the costs of overpaying for labor or not fully utilizing a workforce can be a drag on earnings.“Identifying ways to improve production efficiency is one strategy for adjusting labor costs,” Hahn said. “For example, precision equipment has allowed farmers to reduce their labor needs while still operating efficiently.”Family expenses is another tough area to find ways to cut down, but Hahn says it needs to be considered. “As farm profits decline with commodity prices, families may need to take a closer look at their living expenses and adapt to living with less income,” Hahn said. “One way to control family living costs is to write yourself a check from the operation every month. Separating your family living funds from operational expenses will keep you from overspending.”As you examine these expenses, Hahn suggests farmers talk to their financial advisor or lender to better understand how these costs impact their balance.AUDIO: The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visits with Farm Credit’s Evan Hahn about addition ways to manage fixed costs on the farm.FCMA Financially Speaking Evan Hahn 4.24.17For more financial tips, insights and perspectives from Farm Credit Mid-America visit e-farmcredit.com/insightslast_img read more

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The Sky Is Falling For Smartphone Maker HTC

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement readwrite What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img Tags:#Android#HTC#now Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Smartphone manufacturer HTC is in disarray. According to a report from The Verge, the company is hemorrhaging executives from its Seattle-based office amid poor sales, internal turmoil and controversy. Within the last several months, HTC has lost its chief produdct officer Kouji Kodera, VP of global communications Jason Gordon and product strategy manager Eric Lin among several others. In a classic “the sky is falling” scenario, everybody is blaming everybody else. Many in HTC blame Facebook for the problems selling the HTC First – “The Facebook Phone” – while others blame erratic snap decisions from CEO and co-founder Peter Chou. See Also:HTC’s Financial Woes Put Pressure On Microsoft & FacebookHTC’s New Smartphones Are Great – Let’s Hope The Company SurvivesHTC’s Problems Go Way Beyond MarketingHTC Earnings Reveal New Foray Into Emerging Marketslast_img read more

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Rejuvenating one of India’s leaders in technical education, via TEQIP

first_imgEstablished in 1854, the College of Engineering Pune (CoEP) is one of the oldest in Asia and one of the hallowed leaders in technical education, harnessing some of India’s best and the brightest.While the CoEP has many firsts to its credit, its inclusion under the Technical Engineering Education Quality Improvement Project (TEQUIP) — supported by the World Bank and implemented by the Ministry of Human Resource Development — has triggered a transformation in the institute’s philosophy, making it sharper enabler of innovation.The TEQIP — the World Bank’s longest-running project in the field of higher education — has proved to be the kiss of life for 163-year-old CoEP, rejuvenating the institute and its education standards.From 2003 onwards, when the college was chosen – through a nationally competitive process – to be one of the 127 engineering and technical institutes supported by the Government of India and World Bank’s Technical/Engineering Education Quality Improvement Project (TEQIP), the institute has undergone a major overhaul in its quality of education besides offering a diverse range of programs.“The Government of Maharashtra had granted us complete autonomy in 2003 as a precondition for participating in TEQIP. We then revamped our curriculum using IIT Bombay as the role model,” said Dr. Bharatkumar Ahuja, Director, CoEP, adding that the CoEP’s curriculum today changes by around 25 per cent each year.The practices under TEQIP- Phase II, like introducing a choice-based credit system, making Mathematics courses in all eight semesters in undergraduate and post-graduate programs mandatory and introducing mandatory courses on ‘Innovation’ and ‘Entrepreneurship’ in the second and third years has immensely bolstered the students’ ability to cope with industry demands.“For instance, given the growing importance of bio-medical engineering, the institute introduced a new course in biology way back in 2007. Now, IIT Bombay has emulated us by introducing a similar course,” he said.Prof. Ahuja commented that while CoEP has always blazed many a trail in technical innovation, it was the TEQIP (Phase II) that resulted in shoring up the college’s Post Graduation education standards. The institute received a massive fund influx of Rs. 25 crore 17.20 crore under TEQIP-II for bolstering their higher education programme.“We ended up introducing five new programs that eventually resulted in increased student intake,” said Dr. Ahuja, remarking that the TEQIP program has led to the empowerment of students and faculty.Its shibboleth of ‘faculty first and students’ always’ chimes in with TEQIP’s aim of producing more employable and higher quality engineers throughout the country.Before TEQIP, the CoEP had 99 regular faculty members of whom only 11 were Ph.D.’s. Now, the institute boasts 217 member-strong faculty — 118 of whom are Ph.D.’s.“There are programs at World Bank which endure for barely four years. But TEQIP has transcended time constraints,” said Prof. Franciso Marmolejo, Lead, Global Solutions Group on Tertiary Education, World Bank.Prof. Marmolejo, who is also the World Bank’s Lead Education Specialist in India, observed of CoEP that its core virtues of transparency, a participatory approach, a willingness to learn and willingness to share has led to the institute not only bolstering its own standards, but actively taking the lead in mentoring ‘weaker institutes’ in economically challenged states.Since its inclusion under TEQIP in 2003, the CoEP’s TEQIP audit score has shot up from 5 grade points in 2005 to 9.5 in 2009.“TEQIP Phase- III, begun recently, will carry forward the quality-oriented reforms initiated under TEQIP-II. Its focus will be on shoring up the quality of engineering education system in India’s low-income states. Around 100 government engineering colleges from these states will be paired with well-performing colleges from previous phases of TEQIP, like CoEP,” he said, noting that an important feature of TEQIP has been to build bridges between institutes.“The project has leveraged the expertise of the best in the country — the IITs and IIMs — to improve the academic rigor in TEQIP colleges while also strengthening leadership practices,” said Tara Béteille, TEQIP’s project leader, adding that this kind of resource-sharing and leveraging was especially vital, given that India has more than 30,000 higher education institutes spread across the country.last_img read more

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State of Origin

first_imgThe New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) will host the Queensland Touch Association (QTA) at Tempe on Friday, 23 August and Saturday, 24 August 2008. The fiercest of rivals will compete in Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Mixed Open, Men’s 20’s, Women’s 20’s, Men’s 30’s, Women’s 30’s, Men’s 35’s, Women’s 35’s, Men’s 40’s, Women’s 40’s, Men’s 45’s, and Men’s 50’s divisions to determine the overall winner.The two states last competed in 2006 where NSWTA defeated QTA winning seven of the thirteen divisions. QTA will be looking to add to their three titles won since the inaugural State of Origin Series was conducted at the NSW State Cup in Port Macquarie in 1995.For more information about the 2008 State of Origin, please visit the website – http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?assoc=931&pID=14last_img read more

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Girl Dies after Falling aboard Carnival Glory

first_imgzoom An 8-year-old girl died following a fall while on board a Carnival Cruise Line’s ship, Carnival Glory, while the ship was docked at PortMiami on October 14.As informed, the girl fell from a deck in the ship’s interior atrium to a lower deck. The cause of the fall is yet to be determined by the relevant authorities.“The ship’s medical team responded immediately and the child was transported to the ship’s medical center. The ship’s command immediately contacted Miami Dade Police Department which was on site. She was subsequently transferred via ambulance to a local hospital where, tragically, she succumbed to her injuries. “Our most heartfelt condolences are with the family at this very difficult time,” Carnival said in a statement to World Maritime News.The 2,974-passenger vessel has been handed over to the company by the authorities and its latest AIS data show that it has arrived in George Town, the Cayman Islands.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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DHX Media Garners 23 Canadian Screen Awards Nominations for its Outstanding Programming

first_imgDHX MEDIA:THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES (5)DHX-Hour Productions XXIII Inc.Best Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or SeriesMichael Donovan, Peter McBain, Steve DeNure, Mark Gosine, Jenipher RitchieBest Direction in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or SeriesVivieno Caldinelli, Michael Lewis – “Episode 6”Best Photography in a Variety Program or SeriesIan Bibby – “Episode 6”Best Writing in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or SeriesMike Allison, Mark Critch, Bob Kerr, Greg Thomey, Jon Blair, Tim Polley, Heidi Brander, Adam Christie, Scott Vrooman, Jeremy Woodcock, Dean Jenkinson, Cathy Jones, Mary Walsh – “Episode 3”Best Performance in a Variety or Sketch Comedy Program or Series (Individual or Ensemble)Mark Critch, Cathy Jones, Susan Kent, Shaun Majumder, Meredith MacNeillDEGRASSI: NEXT CLASS (3)DHX MediaBest Children’s or Youth Fiction Program or SeriesLinda Schuyler, Stephen Stohn, Sarah Glinksi, Matt Huether, Stefan Brogren, Stephanie WilliamsBest Direction in a Children’s or Youth Program or SeriesEleanore Lindo – “#ThisCouldBeUsButYouPlayin’”Best Writing in a Children’s or Youth Program or SeriesAlejandro Alcoba – “#YesMeansYes”THE DEEP (2)DHX Media & A Stark ProductionBest Animated Program or SeriesAsaph Fipke, Avrill Stark, Steven Wendland, Chuck Johnson, Ken Faier, Chris Rose, David Whealy, Robert ChandlerBest Sound in a Variety or Animated Program or SeriesJonny Ludgate, Jeff Davis, Melanie Fung, Ray Zhao – “Here Be Dragons”INSPECTOR GADGET (1)DHX MediaBest Direction in an Animated Program or SeriesPhillip Stamp, William Gordon – “Gadget 2.0 Part 1/2”MAKE IT POP (1)DHX MediaBest Children’s or Youth Fiction Program or SeriesThomas W. Lynch, Nick Cannon, Steven DeNure, Anne Loi, Tracey Jardine, Jim Corston, Mark PurdyDHX TELEVISION (PARTNER SERIES BROADCAST ON OUR SUITE OF KIDS’ CHANNELS):FANGBONE! (4)Radical Sheep Productions Best Animated SeriesMichelle Melanson-Cuperus, John Leitch, Michael Rex, Simon Racioppa, Richard Elliott, Susie GrondinBest Writing in an Animated Program or SeriesMike Kiss – “The Polluted Light of Destiny”Best Writing in an Animated Program or SeriesRichard Elliott, Simon Racioppa – “The Field Trip of Mayhem Part 1/2”Best Cross-Platform Project – Children’s and YouthFangbone: The BillbariansPietro Gagliano, Michala Duffield, Joshua Manricks, Todd Feaver, Michelle Melanson CuperusBACKSTAGE (2)Fresh TV Inc.Best Children’s or Youth Fiction Program or SeriesBrian Irving, Lara Azzopardi, Jennifer Pertsch, Tom McGillis, George ElliottBest Cross-Platform Project – Children’s and YouthBackstage: Too Much KeatonRyan Andal, CJ Hervey, Michala Duffield, Todd Feaver, Brian IrvingTHE NEXT STEP (1)Temple Street Productions Best Performance in a Children’s or Youth Program or SeriesBrittany RaymondLOST & FOUND MUSIC STUDIOS (1)Temple Street ProductionsBest Performance in a Children’s or Youth Program or SeriesJeni RossGAMING SHOW (IN MY PARENTS’ GARAGE) (1)B-MinorsBest Children’s or Youth Non-Fiction Program or SeriesScot McFadyen, Sam Dunn, Jesse ShamataWE ARE SAVVY (1)B-MinorsBest Children’s or Youth Non-Fiction Program or SeriesScot McFadyen, Sam Dunn, Adrienne Reid, jeni b.JUSTIN TIME (1)Guru StudiosBest Direction in an Animated Program or SeriesHarold Harris – “Babushka’s Bear”About DHX MediaDHX Media Ltd. (www.dhxmedia.com) is the world’s leading independent, pure-play children’s content company. Owner of the world’s largest independent library of children’s content, at more than 11,800 half-hours, the Company is recognized globally for such brands as Teletubbies, Yo Gabba Gabba!, Caillou, In the Night Garden, Inspector Gadget, Make It Pop, Slugterra and the multiple award-winning Degrassi franchise. As a content producer and owner of intellectual property, DHX Media delivers shows that children love, licensing its content to major broadcasters and streaming services worldwide. Through its subsidiary, WildBrain, DHX Media also operates one of the largest networks of children’s content on YouTube. The company’s robust consumer products program generates royalties from merchandise based on its much-loved children’s brands.Headquartered in Canada, DHX Media has offices in 15 cities globally, and is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (DHX.A and DHX.B) and the NASDAQ Global Select Market (DHXM). DHX Media (or the “Company”) (TSX: DHX.A, DHX.B; NASDAQ: DHXM), the world’s leading independent, pure-play children’s content company, has received 23 nominations for the 2017 Canadian Screen Awards, as announced earlier today by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. With nominations for both live-action and animated work, in categories ranging from writing to performance to digital media, DHX Media series nominated in recognition of their contributions to Canadian television include, This Hour Has 22 Minutes; Degrassi: Next Class; The Deep; Inspector Gadget; Fangbone!; Backstage and The Next Step.“Congratulations to our amazing and ingenious in-house production team, and to our brilliant Canadian production partners, whose collective creativity has secured 23 nominations for DHX Media,” said Steven DeNure, President and COO, DHX Media. “We are thrilled to have five of our original series and seven of DHX Television’s series recognized across a number of categories for Canada’s most prestigious television, film and digital awards.”A full list of DHX Media nominations include: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

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German lawmaker apologizes after racist slur on Twitter

first_imgBERLIN – A lawmaker for the nationalist Alternative for Germany party is apologizing to the son of former tennis star Boris Becker following a racist outburst on Twitter.Jens Maier claims the tweet that was directed at Noah Becker was posted by a member of his staff, who has since been disciplined.A lawyer for Becker said Thursday the 23-year-old had filed a criminal complaint against Maier.In an unusual step, the party on Friday released a copy of an email in which Maier said he regretted the “mishap,” had issued a formal warning to the staffer and planned to apologize to Becker.Maier, a judge from the eastern state of Saxony, is regarded as being on the far-right wing of the nationalist party.last_img

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Into the Wild

first_imgThere still exists a place where the tiger rules as the king of the jungle – the mighty Sundarbans. A marvellous natural wonder, this forest is also a tiger and ecological reserve. While a major portion of the Sundarbans is governed by Bangladesh, a smaller part of this mangrove and Gewa forest delta lays with India. This delta is formed by the confluence of Ganges, Bramhaputra and Meghna along with other minor rivers and distributaries. This mangrove forest today stands as one of the last strongholds of the endangered Royal Bengal Tiger. Also Read – Oman – Beauty with an addressTravelling to Sundarbans is an adventure. Especially because these beautiful big cats here have earned themselves a terrible reputation and some have even developed an affinity for human flesh. It would be perilous to not account for the crocodiles in the rivers in the list of animals fond of human flesh. If one is travelling from Kolkata, they can book themselves a taxi till Godkhali, from where launches are available to Gosaba and other popular tourist spots. Also Read – CANADA: A traveller’s delightGosaba, a small village situated in the south of South 24 Parganas, has two wooden stilt cottages belonging to Mr Hamilton and Rabindranath Tagore within walking distance of one another. The launches have partitioned beds beneath the deck for travellers to rest, since the next destination Pakhiralaya takes around four hours along Durgaduani creek, Bidyadhari and Gomdi Khal rivers. Pakhiralaya, also a village, has new well-built resorts for vacationers to spend their nights in comfort. According to locals and the travel-guide, the time between March and April is the most suitable to soak in the beauty of the land of mangroves or Sundri trees. The place is bound by rivers on almost all sides and the primary occupation of the villagers includes pisciculture and collecting honey from the forest. Many people lose their lives to tigers while trying to collect honey illegally from dangerous zones in the forest interiors. They worship ‘Banbibi’ or ‘Bandevi’ for keeping them safe in the forest and in water. A large section of villagers also depend on tourism for their livelihood. Villagers here recommend that vacationers spend their nights peacefully inside resorts and not on boats, keeping in mind various issues like tigers and local pirates. The Matla river of Sundarbans has an age-old association with Bengali sentiment – Uttam Kumar had romanced Sharmila Tagore here in the movie Amanush. Tourists have several options to choose for a visit, for instance the Jharkhali Tiger Reserve, probably the only place where travellers can see tigers if they are fortunate enough. A place like Sajnekhali has a museum about the demographic and geographical features of the place, the flora and fauna of Sundarbans along with a small zoo. There are two specific watch towers for observing animals in their natural habitat at Sudhanyakhali and Dobanki. The watch tower at Dobanki has a canopy attached to it. The forests provide habitat to 453 faunal lives, including 290 bird, 120 fish, 42 mammal, 35 reptile and eight amphibian species. The Sundarbans mangrove forest covers an area of approximately 10,000 sq km, of which, forests in Bangladesh’s Khulna Division extend across 6,017 sq km, and in West Bengal, they occupy 4,260 sq km across South 24 Parganas. Four protected areas in Sundarbans are enlisted as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, i.e., Sundarban National Park, Sundarban West, Sundarban South and Sundarban East Wildlife Sanctuaries. The boat ride through dense forest areas is the most enthralling part of the entire trip. It is usually a three-day trip and Mother Nature ensures that none of your precious hours is wasted. A favourite saying among boatmen is that you can probably never see the tiger but you are already being watched by the beautiful Bengal cat. A visit to the dense natural forests of Sundarbans provides the ideal gush of fresh air to whisk away horrors of our urban, concrete living – embracing all in the lap of pristine, lush nature.last_img read more

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