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first_imgFormer Rangers striker Derek Johnstone insists the upcoming Old Firm derby against Celtic is a must win for his old club.Rangers host arch-rivals Celtic in the second Old Firm derby of the season at the Ibrox Stadium this Saturday, following their game against Hibernian on Wednesday.Steven Gerrard’s men are currently one point behind league leaders Celtic, although the defending champions have a game in hand.
Ibrox is expected to witness a full house on Saturday and Johnstone, who has featured in so many of these games claims that the Old Firm derby is the biggest game in Europe.The former Rangers man also said the magnitude of the Celtic clash should serve as extra motivation for the players.“I think, first and foremost, these games stand out above anything in Europe, it’s an Old Firm game”, Johnstone told the official Rangers podcast.Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“That’s the game that everybody wants to see.”“Even down south, they will turn it over from a Liverpool game to watch an Old Firm game.”“That’s how important you have to take it because you know the fans.”
”If you are beaten on the Saturday, you don’t work on the Monday because you get slaughtered by the opposition.”“And we realised that as players, that was the game I had to win.”last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: A senior official of a foreign Consulate office here was allegedly molested by a man in its vicinity, police said today. The middle-aged woman complained to the Shakespeare Sarani police station that she was molested by a man while she was walking on the street on Wednesday, Joint Commissioner (crime) Praveen Tripathi said. Acting on the woman’s complaint, police ran a check of the CCTV footage and the man was identified as Rohit Agarwal, a third year commerce student of a college in south Kolkata. He was arrested on Thursday and is currently in judicial custody, Tripathi said.last_img read more

first_imgEvery year, Bollywood sees a plethora of movie releases and this year is no different for the film industry. Hundreds of Bollywood films are set to release this year, but there are certain releases that have gained immense popularity and generated enthusiasm among audience. One such eagerly awaited directorial venture-Fitoor by Abhishek Kapoor, starring Aditya Roy Kapur, Katrina Kaif and Tabu, will release on February 12. The film is an adaptation of Charles Dicken’s classic novel Great Expectations. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Abhishek Kapoor, an award winning writer-director, who has three prominent films to his credit, started his career as an actor but his acting career did not take off very well. But destiny had some different plans for him as after the success of Rock On, he won multiple awards including India’s Filmfare award for best story and prestigious National award for best Hindi film.Commenting on his acting career, Abhishek, who was recently in the national Capital for the promotion of Fitoor said: “I started my career as an actor but it did not take off very well after which there was a very dark space in my life. The transition period was very difficult for me. I had just stopped writing and after a few years, I produced my first feature film Aryan in 2006, which was based on the story of a boxer and his travails to keep his head high against all odds, through the storms of love, life and everything else in between as he attains self actualisation. Although the movie was not a hit on the box office but it is very close to my heart.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixFitoor, which set in Kashmir, is a passionate love story between Firdaus, played by Katrina Kaif and Noor, played by Aditya Roy kapur. Tabu will be seen playing the character of Begum, which is the Indian version of Miss Havisham’s character from the book. The reason why the movie has been set up in the backdrop of Kashmir was also revealed by Abhishek Kapoor. “I have grown up as a child by watching most romantic films set in Kashmir. Those movies left a mark on me and influenced me lot.  “Kashmir is a very beautiful hill station and my film’s story is also like that. Also for a very long duration nobody shot in Kashmir”, said the Rock On director. The movie has been produced by Disney UTV and Guy in the Sky Pictures. On his joint venture with UTV Disney, Abhishek commented, “Guy in the Sky Pictures is my company. I have good relations with UTV Disney and we have done Kai Po Che and now Fitoor together. We are very hopeful that this movie will do well and we hope to collaborate again in the near future.”Commenting on the movie, Abhishek said: “The film will showcase passionate love between the characters. This is the first time that I have done any love story, so it was a totally new experience for me. Although the movie is based on the novel but the storyline is quite different as we have done some modifications from our side.”“It is a story about love which is based on real emotions that everybody faces in their daily lives. We have worked very hard and we hope that people will enjoy it”, concluded Abhishek.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The popularity of eco-friendly electric buses in New Town is increasing fast with 81,000 people availing the vehicles in the past five months.New Town is the first area in Bengal where air-conditioned electric buses have been introduced. Three buses have been introduced, which follow a circular route. Two buses are for Action Area I and one for Action Area II. The buses are going up to Unitech, covering the campus of St. Xavier’s University and Karigari Bhavan. The average speed of the buses is around 40-50 kmph. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe buses strictly observe the guidelines of ‘Safe Drive Save Life’. Before introduction of the buses, the drivers were given special training as they have to give tickets to the passengers themselves, as there are no conductors. The fare of the buses is Rs 10. The coaches of the 32 seater buses have been built by Eicher Motors. Taking cue from the success of the electric buses, self-drive car rental company Zoomcar has proposed to introduce electric vehicles that can be hired and used by people inside New Town. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedCharging stations have come up in the area to ensure smooth operations of the vehicles. New Town has been declared as a green city and steps have already been taken by Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) for its maintenance in this regard. Cycle sharing, an eco-friendly scheme, has become a great success in the area and discussions are on to introduce e-vehicles on sharing basis as well. LED lamps have been installed in street lights to conserve power.last_img read more

first_imgTowel or bear? You decide. The budget-conscious are no doubt drawn to the fact that so many attractions are free of charge once you’re at Butlins. You don’t have to count your pennies or say no to just another ride when you’re at the vintage-style fairground complete with waltzers, dodgems and carousel. A few rides and attractions carry an addition charge, but the vast majority are free and queues are virtually non-existent. My daughter was keen to visit the fairground as often as possible, as well as the neighbouring games arcade with its tuppenny push machines. It was well worth paying a small extra fee to hire a three-seater bike and spend a happy half hour exploring corners we hadn’t seen on foot. We also paid just a few pounds for a round of crazy golf. Read More’Only seeing your parents at mealtimes, Butlin’s was a children’s paradise’   Study your site map well, as there are hidden treasures waiting to be uncovered. We enjoyed seeing snakes and other critters in the Discovery Studio and played endless games of Cluedo after stumbling across a board games lending library in a quiet corner. Search for them and you’ll find some nostalgic remnants of early Butlin’s, including carriages from a monorail and old-fashioned chalets. Anyone for ice cream? But once we stepped inside the accommodation it had Butlin’s written through it like a stick of rock. From the Skegness cushions on the primary coloured sofas to the wooden pin the tail on the donkey game on the wall, the decoration was inspired, retro and a brilliant reminder of the heritage of the brand. There are numerous different types of accommodation at Butlin’s, with numerous different prices. Ours was spacious, well-appointed and spotlessly clean. The big stage shows are so popular that some people start queueing hours in advance. There’s really no need to leave the site at all, and we didn’t touch our car until it was time to go home. We did walk off site to paddle in the sea and build sandcastles, before a bracing stroll along the prom to get the full British holiday resort experience. You don’t even need to do that though, as Butlin’s has created a mini beach inside the resort complete with outsized seaside accessories for the full selfie experience. Like so many other aspects of Butlin’s, the food experience is what you make it. I’m sure some families arrive with their weekly shop, or buy ingredients from the two small supermarkets. But if you want to eat out there’s a varied selection of cuisines to tempt you. Billy the Butlin’s bear. We spent four nights at Butlin’s Skegness, staying in a two bedroomed Seaside Apartment. Among the more exclusive accommodation on the site, at first glance it looked a world apart from the old Butlin’s stereotype. If anything it looked more like a rival holiday resort, the one renowned for being middle class and located in wooded areas. 1950s advert for Butlins One thing we did struggle with was figuring out where to start with the entertainment. There’s so much going on, so many varied things happening at the same time, you almost want to clone yourself to take it all in. We visited during the school holidays with my eight-year-old daughter, and discovered a packed programme designed to provide something for adults and children of all ages. Helpfully, guests are given printed guides to exactly what is on when and where plus details of the age ranges it is most suited to. You can also download an app with everything from interactive maps to restaurant opening times and menus. center_img Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailButlin’s is all poolside knobbly knee competitions and poky chalets the size of the average garden shed, isn’t it? Come on, climb out of the 1950s. If it’s been some time since you last visited the original British holiday camp then you may be surprised to discover it’s undergone something of a renaissance since Gladys Pugh last said Good Morning Campers. Rather like a bag of pick n’ mix sweets, a short break to Butlin’s can contain whatever you choose to put into it. If you’re content with nothing but fizzy cola bottles then they’re there for the taking, but you can opt for mint humbugs or luxury toffee as well. A game of crazy golf whiles away a happy hour. We saw Titan the Robot, live wrestling by men in tiny, shiny pants, a puppet show and were encourage to exercise by giant Mr Men. But that was just the tip of the big show iceberg with other offerings including a circus, magic acts, a Sleeping Beauty panto, Paddington Bear and much more. The shows were so popular that some people started queuing hours in advance just to get a seat near the front. And if you consider the ticket price to see similar calibre acts at theatres elsewhere, you can easily see why lots of Butlin’s guests pack their holiday with as many of them as possible. Splash Waterworld ranked near the top of our Butlin’s highlights list. We enjoyed it so much that we spent hours moving between the different pools and water features, two days in a row. The outdoor rapids were a favourite – so much so that we stayed outdoors in our swimsuits even when it rained. A Butlin’s full English. There was so much to choose from in the Scoop ice cream parlour that it took quite some time to make a decision, then of course we had to visit again the next day to try a flavour we’d missed. I can confirm that bubblegum flavour ice cream does indeed turn your tongue blue. We had a premium dining package, which included breakfast and evening meal each day at either The Deck Restaurant or The Yacht Club. We hadn’t expected so much choice, so much fresh food and the lack of queues. It’s self-service, with much of the food cooked in front of diners, and there are no limits on what you can have or how many times you can top your plate up. Over the four days we had roast dinners, poached Salmon, rainbow-coloured vegetable stir fries and thick wedges of cheesecake. You could have burger and chips for every meal or you could have four courses rounded off with cheese and crackers if you wanted. Pin the tail on the Butlin’s donkey. Butlin’s is much more than that 1950s cliché. It’s a well-rounded family resort that can be exceptionally good value if you want it to be, or a more luxurious escape if that is what your heart desires. And there isn’t a Gladys Pugh in sight.last_img read more